How I Became a Birder

I don’t remember when I first started noticing birds, but according to household legend I memorized most of the birds in my “Birds of Colorado” field guide when I was two and I have been watching them ever since. I look for birds wherever I go and I’m not usually too far away from my binoculars. I love the challenge of identifying new birds and the joy of watching little house wrens singing in my backyard. I joined the Boulder County Audubon Teen Naturalists several years ago and have gone on bird outings including trips to look for Flammulated Owls, count waterbirds, and photograph ducks.

Jasey's Bird House

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In 2015, after a local birding group visited our neighborhood, I painted an American Kestrel we’d seen and wrote a short article for our neighborhood newsletter. I enjoyed creating the article and artwork so much that I have continued to write one article a month for the past four years, never missing a month! I’ve written about local birds, birds I’ve seen on trips, and an article on bats. As I’ve continued to write them, I’ve begun sending them to friends and family and to the Teen Audubon group. Many of the articles have made it onto the Teen Audubon website. With every article, I learn something new and I love sharing the world of feathers and flight with others.

Click on a bird below to check out my articles

Galapagos Penguin

White-breasted Nuthatch

Western Bluebird

Steller's Jay

White-crowned Sparrow

Peregrine Falcon

Bullock's Oriole

Eastern Screech-Owl

Wild Turkey

House Sparrow


Northern Flicker

Black-crowned Night Heron

Rufous Hummingbird

Wilson's Snipe

Keel-billed Toucan

American Goldfinch

Townsend's Solitaire

Common Grackle

Sandhill Crane

Western Meadowlark

Eurasian Collard-Dove

American Crow

Black-billed Magpie


Tree Swallow

Hooded Merganser

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

White-tailed Ptarmigan

Woodhouse's    Scrub-Jay

Common Raven

Rock Pigeon

Red-tailed Hawk

Downy Woodpecker

Black-capped Chickadee


Ring-necked Duck

Lazuli Bunting

Long-tailed Manakin

Barn Swallow

Mountain Chickadee

Great Blue Heron

Red-winged Blackbird

Northern Cardinal


Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Spotted Towhee

House Wren


Williamson's Sapsucker

Red Crossbill

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Mallard Duck

Scarlet Macaw

House Finch

Common Tern

Canada Goose

Double-crested   Cormorant

Dark-eyed Junco

American Robin

Brown Creeper

Northern Harrier

Magellanic Penguin

Western Tanager

Ferruginous Hawk

Lesson's Motmot

Bald Eagle

Cooper's Hawk

Great-horned Owl


Blue Jay

American Kestrel