Birds O’ The Morning – Giveaway!

I am excited to announce that I will be doing Once a Month bird book giveaways this year.

For my first BOTM Giveaway I am featuring Ted Floyd’s new book Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds of North America.

If you haven’t yet seen this book it is fantastic, and will make a great addition to your birding book library.

Plus, I know the guy who wrote it.So what do you have to do to have a chance at winning this book?

Answer the following question in the comments section of this post:

What was your best birding day in 2010?

Do this no later than Sunday, January 9th at 10:00 AM. A comment will be randomly chosen and I’ll announce the winner Sunday night!

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14 Responses to Birds O’ The Morning – Giveaway!

  1. Wanna Shaw says:

    I live in a 3 yr old complex on the 2nd floor. Young trees & bushes, so not much coverage for birds. In mid summer I placed several finch feeders in the small trees & walla, many gold finches. It made my summer.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Aside from “ID-ing” birds with Connie Kogler in 2010, I would say the fun of watching the wild birds outside our windows in Loveland. We enjoy watching the little birds vie for each’s share of the seeds and the way they give way to each other and challenge each other. And, watching a small hawk (which we think may have been an American Kestrel, sit on our bird feeder waiting to feed itself with our small feathered friends! Thankfully we did not have to watch that feeding, as the hawk took off. Happy New Birding Year! We intend to do more in 2011 and have even recruited our grand-daughter (age 7).

  3. PaulW says:

    I got lucky on January 30. I arrived at the only California state park unit still open on the Salton Sea just as a local Audubon Society fellow was starting a guided bird walk. We saw 20 species including 5 that were firsts for me. The new ones were Black Phoebe, Bonaparte Gull, Eared Grebe, Long Billed Dowitcher, Ruby Crowned Kinglet.

  4. Kathleen D. says:

    January 23–it was the best day ever! Getting up early,putting on 3 layers of clothes,(freezing anyway) and heading up to Ward and Allenspark. That day I saw Pine Grosbeaks for the first time,lots of them!! I also added Brown creepers, Hairy Woodpeckers, and a Northern Shrike to my list of first timers.

  5. dAwN says:

    Doing the Big sit on Padre Island with some amazing birders!

  6. S.Rashid says:

    My best day in 2010 was March 26th. When I located an active Northern Pygmy-Owl nest after watching the owls since February 20th. I knew the owls were going to nest in one of several aspens within the woods. Having watched the female perched in several different trees. I had no idea which one she was going to nest in, until I scratched on what I believed was going to be “the one” and it was. She flew out and perched on a snow covered juniper three feet from me. The nest later fledged three young.

  7. Joan S says:

    I had never gone on a bird walk before last November . We went on the Big Thompson River walk. That was so much fun! I’m a newbie! Connie was a great leader.

  8. (I’m in the Mountain time zone and it’s only 9:16 a.m. – I hope this counts!)

    My best birding day in 2010 was December 12 – talk about waiting until the end of the year – when I saw the white-breasted nuthatch for the first time. They’re not uncommon in my area, but always seem to evade me. I was in an area I’d birded dozens of times before, when a mixed flock came foraging through the trees: a brown creeper, a ruby-crowned kinglet, five black-capped chickadees, and voila, three white-breasted nuthatches. It was a joy to see their different behaviors and how they all used the very same territory so differently. That is also the day I met another hiker who admired me as a fellow “nature-lover” and I realized that’s what all birders are – we love nature and love to be out in it, and maybe we put just a little too much emphasis on getting that new lifer on a list. Ironic that I did get a new lifer that day, but I also got a new appreciation for birding.

    Thank you!

  9. Anonymous says:

    The best day was the 5th of May last year. I have mature locust and elm trees in my backyard and a good view from my kitchen windows. I looked and saw yellow feathers everywhere. I had a good sized flock of yellow-rumped warblers and there were yellow warblers as well. In the grass several American tree sparrows were feeding and to top it off I had lazuli buntings at my thistle feeder that same day. It was great and the lazuli buntings were new for me.

    Bruce Kronberg

  10. Mermaid Sue says:

    I had three memorable birding incidents…
    1. Was the seeing the Dovekie at Timber Point Marina, Graet River, NY in January 2010. The little guy paddled back and forth for hours at a time, giving unbelievably close views of this rare visitor.
    2. Was in October while walking in my neighborhood. Suddenly there were at least a dozen or more Ruby & Golden Crowned Kinglets all over a little patch of trees and shrubery. I was able to sit under the tree and be within inches of these adorable little birds. I was even able to get off some great shots with my little camera. Much to my surprise there were also some red-brested nuthatches which I have never seen on LI, much less in my neighborhood. One RBN has even stuck it out at my feeder.
    3. Again in October and again on a walk in my neighborhood – this time in the evening – a group of Cedar waxwings. I’ve never seen them in my neighborhood. It was pretty exciting.

  11. lalapapawawa says:

    I have 2 memories. 1st, in October, I birded with Connie. A light went off when I realized how much I had to learn. I bought my first *good* field guide once I got home. 2nd, at the end of the year I brought my mom some bird feeders to entertain her after she broke her leg. Watching birds with her, she thanked me for giving her something that would make her recuperation a “lot more entertaining.” I realized that while I had a lot to learn, I could teach too. It came home to me that I’ve found a truly rewarding hobby.

  12. Hi Connie,

    I tried a couple of times to post my best bird memory of 2010, but it didn’t stick. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. For what it’s worth, here’s my post.

    -Craig Young

    May 10 was my best birding day of 2010. My 10-year-old son and I, who are new to bird-watching, spent a couple of hours along the Big Thompson River in Loveland with a friend who has been devoted to birds for at least six decades. He showed us yellow warblers and yellow-rumped warblers. Then we discovered a pair of Bullock’s orioles and the beginnings of their nest in the drooping branch of an ancient cottonwood. We were thrilled. And we were hooked.

  13. Amy says:

    My best birding day of 2010 was August 14th. My husband and I were visiting his family in the Netherlands and took a short getaway to the north of the country to go birding. On August 14th we spent much of the day visiting spots we had enjoyed in previous years. I was great to revisit spots that were once so familiar – all the European birds seemed new again. I loved seeing Spoonbills, Pied Avocets, and Tufted Ducks again especially. I’ve also really enjoyed reading the best birding days from the other entrants. Thanks for the contest, Connie!

  14. Lynne Hull says:

    Just got this message so I’m late, as usual. My best birding day was during an April trip to the Galapagos, learning to tell blue footed, red footed& masked boobies apart, struggling with the small differences between the Darwin finches, having a tropic bird fly by, going snorkling on a beach and encountering a penguin swimming near me while walking back to the boat. Unfortunately my camera broke down shortly before I got to Galapagos…..Lynne Hull

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