Thursday, March 29, 2018

UPDATE: I FOUND MY NOTES FROM BIRDING CLASS!!

Member how in Episode 3 of of the podcast I said that I couldn't find my notes for birding class? Well, I found em! And I transcribed them for you here, to save you money:

-TIP: Find a local spot to visit 1x/week
-The Sewer Ponds in San Rafael are a good spot.
-60-80 million bird enthusiasts worldwide
-Do a little homework w/ the guide before you go into the field.
-High magnification binoculars have a narrower field of view
-Small binocs won't give you as bright an image.
-With binoculars, there's always comprimise!
-Pay attention to FLIGHT STYLE. Woodpeckers are "undulating"
-They have hummingbirds at that place in Bolinas.
-The bill is very useful. Remember the type of bill. (ie "conical" or "wedged")

-"Towhee" is pronounced "Toe-y"
-Cats kill 200 million birds per year

-IDEA: "Third person creepy." A writing style in which the narrator is spying on all the characters through a window.

-BE AS DESCRIPTIVE AS POSSIBLE. BIRDING IS ABOUT PICKING GOOD ADJECTIVES.
-Vultures hold their arms (or "wings.") up in a v. 
-Hummingbirds don't have a well-developed syrnyx (the bird larynx) so they court mates with their fancy flight patterns.
-Female hawks are 15% larger than males, but otherwise similar-looking.
-Movie idea: ME AND MY BULL. A fragile, nebbish insurance salesman becomes best friends with the domineering black bodybuilder he pays to have sex with his wife. And the wife gets jealous.
-Take time to observe the bird's characteristics before looking at the guide.
-Young red-tailed hawks have brown tails. 

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