It's summer and if you haven't done much atlasing yet, now is a great time to get started!
Some of the easiest ways to confirm that a bird is breeding are to observe it carrying nesting material or carrying food. Now that migrant birds have been back for a few weeks, a lot of them are starting to feed their ferociously hungry nestlings and fledglings. This means that a lot of birds are really preoccupied with finding suitable food and carrying it back and forth to their young. (Code CF)
Other birds are busy building nests if they failed the first time around for whatever reason or are already working on their second brood. (Code CN) You may even be lucky enough to spot a bird carrying off a white blob or fecal sac, meaning they have young nestlings! (Code FS)
In any case, it's a good idea to look at the bill of every bird you observe to see if it's carrying something. You don't have to go through the trouble of finding a nest, you can watch the birds when they are busily going about their lives.
Learn more about this and other tips to get more confirmations at tonight's town hall.
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