Ladies, it’s our turn. The early days of ornithology were a veritable boy’s club, and many of the birding guides still are penned by men. Don’t get us wrong; we like our David Sibley and Kenn Kaufman books and have a special place for everything George Harrison has written. But, as women who love watching birds, (and in honor of our 6 female bloggers) we wanted to put a female twist on our favorite hobby. Visit our website for a complete chick’s birding guide.
Take this fun quiz to see what type of birder you are!
1. When you’re thinking about weed control in your yard, you:
A. Will do whatever it takes. Those weeds aren’t going to keep your blooming beauties down.
B. Use weed control on a limited basis. You like both your wildlife and your pretty blooms.
C. Never ever use weed killer. It could hurt Mama Robin and her babies!
2. It’s 5:40 on Saturday morning. What are you doing?
A. Sleeping. Duh, it’s a Saturday.
B. Hitting the snooze button. You’ll wake up in a bit to head out to fill your feeders and greet the birds.
C. Grabbing your coffee and heading out the door to catch the best of morning birdsongs.
3. How do you keep track of all the birds you see?
A. It’s all in your head.
B. A birding scrapbook, complete
with photos and notes.
C. A daily birding blog or diary that you share with friends.
4. How many pieces of bird-themed clothing or jewelry do you own?
A. None. It’s not your style.
B. Two or more. You’ll buy it if it’s
the right thing.
C. Too many to count.
5. If a bird was nesting outside your window, you would:
A. Keep an eye on it from time to time, then forget about it until something exciting happens.
B. Check on it day and night, eager
to see any new activity.
C. Watch, photograph and write
about it as much as possible, inviting your neighbors and friends over for a peek.
6. How well can you recognize birds in your backyard?
A. You know the common ones, but many are a mystery.
B. You can name just about every bird you see.
C. You can name them faster than you can name your own children.
Mostly A’s: Fledgling. Sure, you enjoy watching birds in your yard, but you don’t plan your life around them.
Mostly B’s: Mama Bird. Birds really are your feathered friends. If a mourning dove nested in one of your garden
containers, you’d let the plants die to avoid disturbing them.
Mostly C’s: Leader of the Flock. You’d do almost anything for “your” birds. You spend more on them in a month than you do on shoes?…?in an entire year.
So tell us below- what kind of bird chick are you?