Nature’s Birdbath

By late May, temperatures have risen quite a bit, and the demand for fluids follows suit; birds need to drink and often drink throughout the day. A quick-n-easy field birding tip: as you walk along your favourite trail or in your preferred ‘patch,’ work on developing a mental map of the locations of mud puddles, streams and ponds. When visiting these areas, be sure to approach quietly and slowly, and if possible, keep well back and concealed by vegetation. It often takes a few minutes before seeing a bird appear, so I often pack a tiny fold-out stool for stream-watching occasions: a good time to sit down, have a snack and some fluids ready one’s camera for some intimate views of beautiful birds such as this lovely Swainson’s Thrush.

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Happy birding.