Sunday, April 6, 2014

Doing a Good Turn

It is fascinating how many people connect to even the most routine backyard birds.  Just today I encountered a gentleman with a field guide and made the usual inquiry: "Birder?"  Turns out his interest is backyard birds, which I can certainly appreciate.  He allowed that he was flummoxed by a bird he was seeing at his feeders, one that he was certain was one of the sparrows.  Of course I probed for field marks and quickly realized the fellow had seen this bird: a Yellow Rumped Warbler, but in its classic winter plumage.  Mystery solved!  It is a pleasure to help out the seeker, knowing perhaps his or her interest will be enhanced, and they in turn will do a good turn for someone else.  The circle of birding must continue!

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