NAAS’s Big Sit Field Trips will be held at differing habitats and are an educational opportunity. We’ll “Put The 4 Keys Into Practice”: Bird watchers can identify many species from just a quick look. They’re using the four keys to visual identification: Size, Shape, Color, Pattern, Behavior, and Habitat.
The fifth key (pun intended):
Another joy of bird watching is listening to birds and deciphering which species are calling and singing. Whether it’s the buzz-trill of a Bewick’s Wren or the squeak toy sound of a Gila Woodpecker, birds can be fun and challenging to identify by ear:
It’s an almost universal feeling: the thrill of hearing a mysterious new bird
song. And it’s usually followed up by a question: What was that bird?
The question just got much easier to answer. The Cornell Lab of
Ornithology’s free Merlin Bird ID app can now identify bird sounds. Merlin
can recognize the sounds of more than 400 species from the U.S. and
Canada, with that number set to expand rapidly in future updates.
What bird is singing - instant answers
We’ll learn how to use this new marvel, the Merlin Bird ID app! Find out how to use it in your own yard. Experts know that one of the best ways to learn bird sounds is to watch a bird while it sings or calls. As Lisa Grubbs says, while “its lips are moving.”
Join us in a “Big Sit” at Dead Horse State Park each 4th Wednesday of the month. between 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Come sit with us and learn more about bird identification through structure, sound, behavior and more. You watch birds through your binoculars, while a NAAS guide teaches about the species visiting numbered feeders at the *Arm-chair Birding site.
*Arm-chair birding can be found at Dead Horse State Park. Turn right on Owl Road, the first road after entering the park. Park on the North end strip – to the right as you drive toward the circular parking. A short stroll up a groomed path to the North takes you to the feeders that NAAS volunteers maintain. There are picnic tables and a bench. No need to schlepp chairs unless you desire. An Arizona State Park pass, or day pass, can be used or let the Park Rangers know you are there for the Big Sit.