Ken Sinay, March 2015

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 1:21pm Ken Sinay

Identifying birds at a glance.

To say that spring is in the air might be premature, but on the other hand, it’s never felt quite like winter this year anyway. And while it’s only the first week of March, a recent hike in the Bridgers felt more like late April, and the constant chirping of birds confirmed that I wasn’t the only forest visitor confused by the weather.

When we’re in the woods, birds are all around us, but they frequently show up or leave suddenly and unannounced, giving us only a brief moment to ID them. I like to be aware of my companions when I’m outside, and however brief a sighting, an image that may be in my mind’s eye for a fraction of a second rather than an hour is no less beautiful or memorable. Other times, I may not have binoculars with me, yet I still want to identify the bird.

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