For the Birds

It’s Spring!  The air is warmer.  The sun is a bit brighter.  And we seems to notice the birds a lot more.  Well, maybe I should say that I notice birds more.

Now I don’t know much about birds and there are few species I can recognize without referring to a guidebook.  But birding is a growing activity in the United States.  Maybe because it doesn’t take special equipment -- just binoculars, maybe a camera, a notebook to write down the species seen, maybe a guidebook.  Or maybe birding is growing because baby boomers like myself are retiring and have more time to go for walks in parks and woods.  Or maybe because birds are just beautiful and are lovely to hear.


Over the decades, most movies featuring birds have been of the animated variety.  And we certainly have favorite characters: Donald Duck, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Road Runner, Foghorn Leghorn, Woodstock.  In the animations, birds are the main characters, of course.  In live action, it’s man’s relationship to birds that drives the story.  In any case, there are some fun movies to choose from featuring our fine feathered friends – and in one case, some pretty scary birds of prey.




Adventures in Zambezia

Chicken Little

Chicken Run

Free Birds

Happy Feet

Legend of the Guardians: the Owls of Ga’Hoole

The Penguins of Madagascar


Surf’s Up



Wallace & Gromit in The Wrong Trousers



Live Action

The Big Year

The Birds

Fly Away Home


Mr. Popper’s Penguins





Documentary and Non-fiction

Adventures in Birdwatching

Better Birdwatching in Oklahoma and Texas


March of the Penguins

Nature. Birds of the Gods

True Life Adventures. Volume 1

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill


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