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Life on the Ground Floor Backyard Birds From a Lowly Perch

Updated: Aug 24, 2018

Life on the Ground Floor

Backyard Birds From a Lowly Perch

I can still hear the screaming sirens of the merlins, the clucking of the cormorants and the take-off squawk of the great blue herons. That was backyard birding this summer and it was always entertaining. Often the entertainment was from a particular perch that was favoured by most flying visitors from songbirds to birds of prey.

Backyard birds as entertainment? They can actually compete with any social media feed, preoccupying you mindlessly, if you just take the time to tune them in. Behind a pair of binoculars you will become immersed in colour, song and behaviour, forgetting that to-do list made moments before. All you have to do is hold your position and take it all in. They will fly into your live feed without prediction or warning sometimes. A drop-in visit last Monday will not guarantee the same bird this week but another may be in the same place. Some are more predictable than others but you can always reap rewards with the usual suspects. They will flit and flutter, scratch and twitch, those fickle feathered friends.

Birds are always on the lookout for their many enemies, eagle eyed or four footed, even the two footed ones. As long as they feel safe from their many predators they may fan their feathers and show off their plumage or spurt out a territorial or mating song. So, if you have a happy place where birds feel safe, and it is in the open where you can keep your eye out for them you will have many hours of happy viewing from your own backyard perch.

For more on birds and birding, see also:

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Osprey Coming in for a Landing, Glenbow Ranch

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Mountain Bluebird, Alberta

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Mountain Bluebirds, Foothills Alberta

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American Robins Sharing a Perch

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Bald Headed Eagle

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Belted Kingfisher

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Great Blue Heron

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