As the About.com Guide to Birding and Wild Birds, I get numerous requests to help identify birds, both in North America and abroad. Too often, we assume that our backyard birds and those locally known to us are the only species, but in fact there are many beautiful and entertaining birds all over the world. Ornithologists estimate that there are approximately 10,000 species of birds today, which makes my pathetic life list -- including recent update for the brown pelican -- seem woefully inadequate and incomplete. Wherever we go, we can find birds, just as they find us at our backyard feeders and bird baths. So long, then, as we can find each other, we shall always be birders.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Where in the World
Where in the world are all the birders? Based on the visitors to BackyardBirdsUtah from data compiled by ClustrMaps, birders are everywhere. I'm thrilled that birders from six continents and more than twenty countries have visited this blog, including guests from South Africa, Italy, Honduras, Brazil, Poland, Turkey, France, Serbia, Australia, and the Bahamas. It is my hope that one day I'll be able to visit all those fine places myself to enjoy their local birds.