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Can't show you any photos or videos, but I can show you how Japanese haiku poets birdwatch:

the kingfisher;
on its wet feathers
shines the evening sun (Tori)

with the evening breeze,
the water laps against
the heron's legs (Buson)

It is the noon;
orioles are crying;
the river flows in silence (Issa)

falcon perched on
telephone pole, ignores
taunting mockingbird (mine)

And a classic from the master, Basho:

on a withered branch,
a crow is perched,
in the autumn evening
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A blogsite I found that is somewhat helpful to me. The blogger is from central Massachusetts, east of Worcester.

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Can't show you any photos or videos, but I can show you how Japanese haiku poets birdwatch:

the kingfisher;
on its wet feathers
shines the evening sun (Tori)

with the evening breeze,
the water laps against
the heron's legs (Buson)

It is the noon;
orioles are crying;
the river flows in silence (Issa)

falcon perched on
telephone pole, ignores
taunting mockingbird (mine)

And a classic from the master, Basho:

on a withered branch,
a crow is perched,
in the autumn evening
in English Haiku seems
pretentious nonsense
maybe better in Japanese
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Ah, vintage MarkV. You think you are in shallow water, but the currents run deeper.

R.H. Blyth, in his multiple collections of haiku, found comparable poetry of sensation in English poetry.

Wordsworth: Or the swan stirs the reeds, his neck and bill wetting, that drip upon the water still

Tennyson's famous line: the moan of doves in immemorial elms

Keats (like onomatopaeia in haiku):
fast fading violets covered up in leaves...

and full grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn ...

Blyth notes, "In haiku the words are less important than the sensation...."

My working definition for haiku is a verse about a moment in nature expressed in the length of a breath.

Recommend you look up Blyth's works; he will hold your hand while you wade in unknown water.
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An article I found interesting - Mitigation Measures for Highway-caused Impacts to Birds. Sandra L. Jacobson

https://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/p...aymeasures.pdf
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From Cornell University - 4 videos about 10 minutes each on the basics of bird identification


Size and Shape
https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/in...ng-size-shape/

Color Pattern
https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/in...color-pattern/

Bird Behavior
https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/in...ding-behavior/

Habitat
https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/in...rding-habitat/

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An article I found interesting - Mitigation Measures for Highway-caused Impacts to Birds. Sandra L. Jacobson

https://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/p...aymeasures.pdf
A bit unconvincing in places for example one solution is "reduce road kill" doubtless a very laudable aspiration but how - its like a preacher saying we must reduce sin. Similarly "remove road kill" is equally unrealistic.

Last year I hit a pheasant that flew into my car at windscreen height when I was doing 60 mph. That's a big bird, I damn near lost control and a lot of expensive damage was done but I don't see anything in that article that could have mitigated it.
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A link with photos of some of the most popular backyard birds.

https://www.thespruce.com/most-commo...-birds-4121925

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How to identify house sparrows. Many pictures of house sparrows and other birds, including song sparrows.

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A list produced in 1927 of birds to be found close to where I live has 74 species in it. Today 90 years on although some have become much rarer others that were listed as visitors only and not breeding are now relatively common and the line above which they did not breed has moved further North, The 1927 list list has no Goshawk on it and I have seen a pair within a mile of here. That squawking pest the ring necked parakeet (an introduced alien to Britain) has so far not managed to over winter successfully although I have seen the occasional one in the summer but I fear that if winters get milder on average its only a matter of time. If this happens the local vineyards are going to be very unhappy as they love grapes. Sparrow numbers here seem to fluctuate quite dramatically from year to year.
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