Decided to take a trip to Youngstown to spend some time by the water this weekend and was delighted to find flocks of red-breasted mergansers, most of which were fishing in pairs before flying off together. I had the pleasure of watching one couple diving for fish up-close. I enjoyed the tranquil sound of the water with their flight calls in the distance. Listen to their flight calls via Cornell Lab of Ornithology sound lab here.
Since I became interested in studying ornithology, Cornell Lab of Ornithology has been on my list of places to visit. I finally took a quick trip to Ithaca where I was able to spend the night in a cute Airbnb studying my bird biology course and snacking, rest up, and then spend a few hours at lab the following day before heading back home.
I am beyond excited to have just purchased this text book from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Handbook of Bird Biology. I will also be taking their courses Comprehensive Bird Biology and Field Ornithology to help me really obtain the knowledge I need to move forward with internships and field experience in ornithology. I also just went to orientation at our local wildlife department last night and should be able to start volunteering in the next week or two. I’ve dreamt of getting into this field since I was a child, but sometimes life takes you on a stray path for awhile. I’m very lucky to have all these opportunities in front of me right now, and I will document every wonderful detail of it here on my blog.
If you’re interested in snagging your own copy of Cornell’s Handbook of Bird Biology, you can purchase it here.