Bird Watching

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For the past couple weeks, at random times, we have spotted a Kingfisher bird around our garden in our yard. We’ve seen different varieties of this bird before, but never on campus or in our yard. I’ve been watching out for it, hoping it would stay around and even bring some friends.

Yesterday morning we noticed it was much closer to our house as it sat on a wire that runs from our house to a security light across our yard. We were so excited to get a closer, longer look. It has been raining a lot the past week so it seemed a bit wet.

As we went through our morning, it kept coming back to rest on this wire. We kept watching and noticing different details about this beauty. We have a bird identification book that we often refer to when seeing a new kind of bird. We read and reread the description and then began to determine if the wings were more brown or black to know if it was male or female. It was kind of hard to tell because it looked wet.

As we watched on and off, we noticed that there were now actually two Kingfisher birds sitting on our wire. How fun! I decided to get out the binocLEEers (as Annie calls them) and get a better look.

And this funny thing happened. I think I became a bird watcher! Not only did I get many close views of the Kingfishers, we got to hear them make their sound. And in the meantime of looking out for them, armed with my binoculars, we noticed a Sunbird and a Hoopoe. Actually, we had tons of birds in our yard yesterday, but these pictured below were the most unusual.

We had a fun time watching, waiting, comparing and listening to these beautiful creatures.

#1 Brown-hooded Kingfisher

#1 Scarlet-chested Sunbird (black one)

#4 African Hoopoe

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6 responses »

  1. Am literally laughing out loud with your comment “this funny thing happened….”
    Glad you all are enjoying God’s beautiful creation in your area!
    Love you all!

  2. And now your trips to Kruger Park will be enhanced. Take that book with you and you will find many, many more. I miss the Hoopee. None of those in Tennessee.

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