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What is your favorite habitat?

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What habitat do you like the best? My favorite are the Pine forests of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Seaboard (Pine Barrens). They look so cool with the Pines (genus Pinus) having ruler-straight trunks with crooked branches ending in "starbursts" of needles. It's also very interesting to walk through a habitat similar to the one Dinosaurs roamed in and where Birds took their first flights

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Great question.  I love the cheniere ridges we have here in south Louisiana.  I love the old gnarled oaks covered in Spanish moss and you are always close to interesting marsh habitat so you never know what you will run into. 

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My favorite habitat, not based on the birds present in them, are mountains. Especially during the summer when the forest is lush. Such an awesome place to spend a day, even if you don't see much of interest.

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I agree with JimBob. The mountains are my favorite habitat because of the fresh, lush forests, and the high alpine peaks. The air always smells fresh and the wildlife is amazing. 

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Swamps and wetlands, even on those days when the only avians I see are the mosquitoes.  I'm with @IvoryBillHope and @S.C. too, as far as marshes go.

The Army gave me plenty of opportunities to be out in the pine forests of the southeastern US.  It's hard to appreciate them on your belly in the sand with chiggers, and harder to see the Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers.  I'll give the military credit; they do a good job these days of protecting endangered wildlife on their reservations.

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Neat idea! I hadn't seen this thread earlier.

For favorite birding habitat I'll have to go with riparian oases in a desert or the great plains during migration.

Favorite habitats in general include old growth New England deciduous forests, California coastal redwood forests, and alpine tundra.

 

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My favorite habitat has to be mixed second growth habitat, wet brushy fields and tangles interspersed with bushes and young sycamores adjacent to woodlots and mixed forest. Nothing like getting out in these areas on a brisk autumn morning after fresh rainfall and seeing a cascade of warblers, sparrows, and other migrants.

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Oohhh, finally something I can contribute to :P

I have two favorite habitats; freshwater wetlands (marshes, swamps, those kind of things) and open grasslands/fields (I'm super hyped about Pawnee day at CC :D)

 

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For those naming mountains as your favorite habitat; they're not really a habitat. That could mean anything from alpine tundra and mountain meadows to boreal and deciduous forests (like in the Appalachians).

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 Independent of birding, it would have to be boreal forest and montane bogs, although that may be because I am least familiar with them (don't visit them often). I like the serotinous pitch pine forests of the Pine Barrens, but prefer the cedar-lined swamps and bogs present in the pines. Mature deciduous forests are strikingly beautiful in the fall, so I can't disregard them.

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Had to move to one of the more rural parts of MN for work this year and am feeling pretty starved for any kind of nature that isn't farmland or the bare field with a few picnic tables that counts as a park out here haha

Loved the variety of habitats one could explore in the Sonoran Desert around Tucson, AZ. One week wasn't enough to take in the diversity of flora and fauna just in one park. And I mean, seeing a cactus wren peaking out of a hole in a Saguaro is pretty neat

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1. Marshes and wetlands :  when the birds aren't there, I can look for the multitudes of dragonflies and damselflies.

2. Mountains : even when the birding is slow, there's nothing better than a day in the mountains. 

3. Meadows and grasslands : I've always loved grassland bird species, and the habitat is great for butterflies, grasshoppers, and other insects. 

 

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4 hours ago, crazed4birds said:

I love salt-marshes and the mountains, because reasons :P 

So you have your highs and lows? :P

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