Beginning birding

Subject: Beginning birding
From: "jade welch" <>
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2003 14:46:10 +1000


This whole call thing drives me crazy i mean i try to listen to a call and keep as a mentle note but it doesn't work i can't match what species sounds like the sound i have just heard so i guess that's down to lack of experience which will improve sometime. I love to birdwatch by myself or with a ffriend and am in the process of making a portable hide. I have several locations where i watch birds so it should come in handy. Hopefully soon i will have a website with my photos on it up and running. Thanks for your help and encouragement.

Yours Sincerely

Mr Jade Welch
Gold Coast,
>From: jilldening <>
>To: jade welch <>, <>
>Subject: Re: [BIRDING-AUS] Beginning birding
>Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2003 11:36:22 +1000
> jade welch 29/4/03 12:00 AM
> > Over the last two days i have seen a total of ten new species for my life
> > list. Believe it or not i am proud to say this was in a local park in the
> > middle of suburbia ................... One of the species which raised the
>blood pressure
> > and excitement over the two days were a Male Mistletoebird while the other
> > another species which was not expected at all did the same and this was a
> > Buff-banded Rail. ............ As i am
> > only 18 and starting out i have alot of excitement to gain from the new birds
> > i see and i hope for many more years of excitment and learning. At present i
> > am compiling a lis t of species i have seen in the park. So far so good with a
> > total of 49 making it to the list.
>Well done, Jade. It's fun to go out birding, and it's great fun to share it
>with people who share the interest. After a while, you start to feel a
>familiarity with the habitats that certain species use, and further along
>the track you get to the stage where you can just look at a patch of bush
>and write a mental list of the birds you might expect to see in that patch.
>It's a game you can play with yourself, as your knowledge grows. Another
>game you can play with yourself is to count the number of birds you can
>identify by call alone as you go for a walk. I do this sometimes, because I
>can't trust myself to take my binos on my morning walk (or I would take to
>stopping), and so I identify the birds from call. Another fun thing is to
>work out which birds are the first to call as daylight approaches, and in
>which order the birds call.
>You mention the Mistletoebird. I had a new experience with a pair the other
>day. It was terribly windy, and I was out doing a Caloundra sandbanks (SEQ)
>survey. In the lee of Bribie Island we were assailed by a wall of sandflies
>which were seeking shelter from the wind. We had not seen Mistletoebirds
>there before, and a pair was hawking for sandflies. I always associate the
>Mistletoebird with fruits, and this was the first time I can recall seeing
>them hawking for insects. Then along came a couple of Pied Butcherbirds,
>which tried several times to catch the Mistletoe birds. It was a real
>battleground above our heads, the air thick with sandflies, Mistletoebirds
>and Pied Butcherbirds. To our great relief the Mistletoebirds escaped.
>Enjoy your birding,
>Jill Dening
>Sunshine Coast, Qld
>26º 51' 152º 56'
>Ph (07) 5494 0994
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