You can practice your counting skills as we approach the Christmas Bird Counts throughout the area in December. Bob Danley in a recent Bitterroot Outdoor Journal on KLYQ Radio had suggestions:
Determine the General Impressions of Size and Shape (GISS - from WWII aircraft spotting)More detail - start at the head and work to the tail, how big some parts of the body are compared to other parts - size of bill, length of tail, etc.Additionally - capture sounds and note bird behavior, like hopping, flight, or water action.Birds don't stay still, so quickly develop a system of counting by blocks of 5, 10, 20 or more. Practice with the photos above and below.
Identification (2 steps):
When are the Bird Counts? We have some of the information for you right here.