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September 30, 2015


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Bill, great job! Thanks for sharing your experience with Merlin, as well as the link.

Bill Lorensen

I used the Cornell Labs Merlin Bird ID App and it identified your photo as a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker. Pretty impressive.


The Zen Birdfeeder

Joyce, Daniel, and Barbara, thanks much for the positive comments to this post. I'm glad it was helpful and interesting to you!

Joyce Conley

That was a great process! I enjoyed it.

Daniel LaFrance

I often find myself in the scenario you've described. I love how you went through a logical process of eliminating the extreme unlikely and keeping the relevant possibilities. Having different field guides on hand is equally important.

Excellent post!

Thank you


Oh wonderful way to deduce a mystery bird - thank you Nancy

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  • Our eyes and ears should be open and alert to the natural wonders that surround us every day. Take time to look out our windows to see the birds that visit us and open our windows to hear them. Walk around whatever space we have to enjoy the birds in nature. Every day, work on improving our powers of observation.


  • Nature happens. We cannot MAKE natural things happen (or NOT happen). We can create habitats to encourage natural things to happen around us, but there are no guarantees.


  • Birdfeeding comes with responsibilities to the birds and the environment we share with them. If you are unwilling to accept these responsibilities, you shouldn’t feed the birds. We also have a responsibility to share these natural wonders with the next generation.