How to ID Birds: Determine group Determine species Size Surroundings (Habitat) Shade (Field Marks) Song Golden-crowned Kinglet What is it? House Sparrow American Crow American Robin Downy Woodpecker Northern Flicker Pileated Woodpecker Determine Species: Size
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What is it?
Learn to recognize plumage patterns and field marks.
Head Field Marks
Tail Field Marks
Wing and Body Field Marks
Learning to a bird’s song and calls can help you identify the bird to species (and know that it is around!)
Small tin horn
“Yank, yank, yank”
What is it?
Before class on March 31:
Choose a spot, your backyard or a favorite nearby location, make a list of the birds you see and hear. Do your best! Anything that you do not recognize, take a picture, make a drawing in your journal or a list of field marks.
For the birds you see and hear, whether you recognize them or not, look each up in your field guide.
Read the description and take a close look at the range map.