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How to Become A Better Bird Watcher

Like the saying goes, “There’s an app for that!” The bird-watching app I use has helped me identify all different kinds of birds where I live – like the difference between a Stellar Jay and the Scrub Jays that frequent our balcony! My friend Becci recommended The Merlin Bird ID app to me and I have proudly discovered the names of all kinds of different birds and even to tell what sounds belong to which bird.

Watch the Western Scrub Jay drink from this teacup!

Discovering Different Kinds of Birds

I put out this self-filling water dish at a height the birds could use, and they are loving it! I’ve mostly seen California Scrub Jays, and while I know we have Stellar Jays around the apartments, they haven’t been seen here. I did see a tiny hummingbird this morning, but I didn’t get a chance to identify it. Thanks to my friend Becci who recommended the Merlin Bird ID app, I have been able to accurately recognize the California Towhee, Scrub Jays, Mourning Doves, and more of the birds in our area, which is a popular place for bird watchers.

I created this illustration because these lovely birds are inspiring with their beautiful blue feathers – I hope they’ll drop one for me and I’ll use it in a dreamcatcher. Magical!

Merlin Bird ID – the Best Bird- Watching App

The Merlin Bird ID app offers you five simple questions and generates a list of possible birds, complete with photos, making it easy to identify birds!
The Merlin Bird ID app offers you five simple questions and generates a list of possible birds, complete with photos, making it easy to identify birds!

I also like to use this app to play bird calls that will attract the blue jays to come and say hello. I sometimes try to imitate them with my voice and it sounds terrible! And the scrub jays are not known for their beautiful calls to begin with, haha.

There’s a pair of Scrub Jays that hang out on our porch and watch us as much as we watch them. When we go inside, the male watches my husband through the glass of the door, and just now, one of them hopped over to look in at me through the open door before drinking some water.

I lent out the watering dish to a dog whose people are out of town (don’t worry, the roommates are looking after him) and before I got a new dish of water outside, the blue jays got perturbed and dropped one of my crystals off the ledge onto the porch. So funny ! I would love to get a hummingbird feeder up, too!

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