Birdwatching is also about the trees
The rhythms of nature are evident in the patterns of the bird movement
Like most things that require identification, be it wine, textiles, or art, identifying birds is about figuring out patterns; like recognizing an artistic or musical signature or the terroir of wine. It is about seeing patterns, not just in the birds but also in the trees that they inhabit. Nature is both generous and opportunistic. Trees attract birds during certain seasons; and then allow other trees to get that opportunity. The red silk-cotton tree beside my house was agog with birds when it flowered a few months ago. Today, it stands bereft, with its flowers and leaves gone. The silk-cotton pods have opened out and released their cotton puffs. Now the tree has become a playground for squirrels. Meanwhile, the gulmohar tree across the street is in full bloom; and attracting White-browed wagtail, rose-ringed parakeets, bulbuls, and Brown-headed barbets in droves—like the sirens of yore.