In my area, there is a large number of active birders. They make good use of the internet sending out rare bird reports, and at this time of the year, announcing new arrivals for the summer.
I, myself, am not as involved in birding as other are. I record birds I see through my camera and if it's a rare bird, I will make an announcement of it. But I generally don't keep track of when birds arrive around me and the like.
However, the other day I noticed a bird I had not seen in my yard before. I snapped a photo of it and knowing what it was, sent it to a friend of mine who is active in the birding community. He has my permission to use any of my bird photos for educational purposes. Unknown to me, it was the first reported reappearance of the species this year.
First of the year Chipping Sparrow for here
However, I don't think the fellow like me taking his picture as he immediately turned and stared me down.
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