Beginning Birder Opportunities
New to birding? Take some time to read about the Beginning Birder Workshops. The next one takes place on Sunday, March 26. Click here for information on the entire series.
Welcome to our New Members
Jan/Feb 2017 - The Veep's Peep
As I watch the dizzying array of birds hopping around in the snow from the comfort of my warm seat inside by the window, I am reminded how fortunate we are in Guilford County to have certain individuals who brave the elements to find birds that the rest of us can then go see at our convenience. These birders are out scouting almost every day, sometimes up and out at dawn, reporting their findings quickly and with precise directions to re-find the bird. If a rare bird is found, they provide daily reports until everyone who wants to see it has seen it, or until it departs.
A recent example is that of the Iceland Gull. Originally found by Henry and Elizabeth Link (I hazard a guess, with no intended exclusion of others, that the majority of unusual or reportable birds found in Guilford County have the name ‘Link’ associated with them), this bird has been a “lifer” for many of us, and we have those birders who checked every lake in Greensboro every day for weeks to thank for it.
While I’m at it, I’d like to give a big shout out to George Wheaton, who has worked long and hard at researching, gathering, analyzing and compiling data for the benefit of the Piedmont Bird Club, and has provided us with important local historical records spanning decades for both spring count data and rare bird sightings.
I am personally looking forward to the next time I can run out to enjoy a bird found first by one of our local expert birders. If that local expert is you, please know that I am immensely grateful to you for that opportunity, and I suspect our entire birding community agrees.
The Piedmont Bird Club is always happy to hear from non-members, and we extend a warm and cordial welcome to anyone who would like to experience one of our outside or inside activities. Check our calendar for details.
I look forward to seeing you very soon!
“North Carolina is a great place for birding. And the Piedmont Bird Club is a wonderful group of folks to bird with!”