Keep A Journal
Keep a Journal ~ by Ms. Lee
Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. (Genesis 2:19 NKJV)
Golden Eagle keeps telling you to write in your Journal. So, what is a journal?
A birdwatching journal is where you put down things about the bird you are looking at now or when you are at home. I keep a list of the birds I see every time I go birdwatching. It is a little 3X5 inch Memo Book (for my pocket) and a bigger one when I am at home. Here is what I put down in mine.
- Where I am
- Weather (sunny, cloudy, raining, windy and sometimes the temperature)
- Name of the bird if I know it
- How many
- If I don’t know the name, I draw the beak or wing or whatever that will help me remember the bird)
Things to put in your journal:
Many write the item down and sometime draw the bird or something about it.
- What kind of bird (if you know)?
- How big is it?
- What color is it?
- Shape? (duck, chicken, heron, sparrow,…)
- Wings? (long, short, pointed, rounded,….)
- Did it sing or make a noise? What did it sound like?
- Date, time, and where you saw the bird
- Did you read the name in your Bible?
- What was the name of the bird?
- What verse?
- What was said about the bird?
You can put other information in your journal. We will be telling you more about each thing. Everyone’s journal is different. Yours does not have to be like mine or Golden Eagles.
Why keep a list or journal?
Birdwatchers like to make lists. They keep some of these lists:
- Life List (all the birds ever seen)
- Year List (each years birds)
- Trip List (a vacation or trip)
- Park or Place List (Park, zoo, lake,…)
- Whatever List (your list)
Most of us that are older wish we had kept a list of birds when we were young like you. We forget what we saw and then can’t put it on our life list. I have seen more birds than what is on my list, but I didn’t keep a journal when I was younger. Most people tell the truth and only list what they saw. Don’t make up birds you think you saw just so you have a long list. As you get older, your list will grow. The Lord has many birds for you to see and enjoy.