Usually when I go birding, I’ll see half of the species and only hear the other half. Many birds are shy and only show themselves for fleeting glimpses or not at all. A lot of birds prefer to hide high up in the canopy making it difficult to get a good visual.
We made a personal bird trip today from San Antonio to Austin, Texas to attend the first Purple Martin Party of the year. This event, held by Travis Audubon, takes place four Saturday evenings in early summer every year.
When you go to your local park pond, you are likely to see a consistent cast of birds on the water, some pretty and some not so much… It’s good to familiarize yourself with the park birds you are about to see to make identification easier.