One of the great pleasures in life is capturing your own images of birds. It can be frustrating at times, but with a little knowledge and some practice you can have a lot of fun. I just discovered a good blog to get you started. Have a look at Mr. Prathrap’s blog, “Nature Photography Simplified” for a great start!
1. Birds Are Everywhere
You will never have to travel far to see birds. They are as close as your backyard or neighborhood park. For more variety, try the marina, bike path, reservoir shore, the Snake River, our hill country, or even the local landfill. No matter where you are at American Falls, you will find birds.
2. All Season Activity
You can enjoy birds every day – there is no closed season when it comes to birding. Different seasons bring different birds, but there are always some to see on any given day of the year.
There are many kinds of birds to watch and keep things interesting. The American Falls area has many dozens of species, enough to keep you entertained year round.
4. The Element of Surprise
The element of surprise is always present with birds. Birds have a tendency to show up in unexpected places and at unexpected times of the year. There is always a chance you will see something unusual when birding. Try the local cemetery and river view for unusual birds.
5. Birds Are Beautiful
Birds are one of nature’s most colorful groups for a variety of biological reasons, but for us, that makes them all the more enjoyable to watch. Try getting a good look at a Northern Flicker, they are all over in our area and are stunning.
6. Birds are Active During the Day
See a Variety of Birds Up Close
Birds are active when we are. With obvious exceptions, such as owls, birds are daytime creatures just like us and can be observed easily during daytime hours.
7. Birding is for Everyone
Young or old, male or female, techno or aesthetic type, casual or fanatic – there is something for everyone in birding. Take a kid birding today!
8. Birding is Very Popular
In fact, birding is one of the fastest growing outdoor activities today and more people watch birds than any other outdoor pastime. This means there is plenty of help and lots of company to get started. Birders love to share the fun with others.
9. Birding is Educational
Birding is a fun way to learn about science, nature and the environment. It is a great way to connect to the natural world.
10. Equipment Needs are Simple
A binocular and a good field guide (local library) will get you started nicely. You can add a spotting scope later to expand your birding opportunities, but the basic tools for birding are within anyone’s budget.
Birding anywhere, but especially around the American Falls area, is always a fun time that brings lots of joy including better health.
Here a just a few improvements you will enjoy from birding…
- Birding Makes You Happy
- Birdwatching Makes Friends
- Birding Keeps You Physically Avtive
- Birdwatching Takes You Places
- Birding Feeds the Brain
- Birdwatching Leads to New Experiences
For more information, visit the great article at Birds and Blooms’ website. It is a very informative and motivating read.
I thought it only appropriate to thank the generous sponsors of the American Falls Birding Festival. We owe much to these sponsors. Without their support the birding festival would not have survived its first year.
- Idaho Power
- American Falls Chamber of Commerce
- The Ranch
- The Willow Bay Restaurant
- Mountain States Oilseeds
When you visit these businesses, please thank them for helping make our festival possible.
Under the threatening skies of a fast moving storm the first Fall American Falls Birding Festival was held on September 28, 2014. Although a bit damp our group of fifteen birders had a great time were able to spot twenty one species of birds in a big morning of birding.
Dr. Chuck Trost was our guest speaker and told us about how and why American Falls is such a great bird resource for birders world wide and Todd Winters did a presentation on bird feeders and how to feed the birds over the winter months.
Western State Oilseeds, one of our major sponsors enabled us to have door prices and install a very nice bird feeder at the public library. The bird feeder will be used kids program to learn about birds! Thanks so much Bill and Vicki!
Here is some of the press coverage about the festival.
This is what we saw…
Yellow Rumped Warbler
Black Capped Chickadee
Ring Bill Gull
Eurasian Collared Dove
Great Horned Owl
White Capped Chickadee
Red Tailed Hawk
American White Pelican
Double Crested Cormorant
Black Billed Magpie
Great Blue Heron
September 27, 2014
The first ever fall bird festival will be fun for everyone and you are invited!
Free registration will be at the American Falls public library and here is an outline of our day…
- 8:00 – 8:30 – FREE Registration (AF Public Library)
- 8:30 – 9:30 – Orientation and then a short presentation on birding equipment and how to use it. Also, feeding birds over the winter months.
- 9:30 – 9:45 – Stop by The Ranch for coffee and hot cocoa
- 9:45 – 12:00 – Snake River birding at cemetery overlook.
- 12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch at the Bay Restaurant, American Falls Marina (discount coupons available)
- 1:00 – 2:00 – Birding along the shore of American Falls Reservoir and bike path near the Bay Restaurant
- 2:00 – 3:00 – After party at 13 Bottles, a local, non-smoking pub.
We will be car pooling from the library. Children are very welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult.