Birding Entertainment and Education for All
Looking out the kitchen window, something catches my eye. A fluffed-up Black-capped Chickadee sits patiently on a tree branch by the feeder waiting his turn to grab a sunflower seed. Suddenly the chickadee darts to the feeder, seizing on an opportune moment to grab that prized seed and then just as quickly darts back to the tree branch and begins to crack open the shell. I chuckle at the seemingly “rushed” nature of grabbing the seed and dashing back to the tree, but also know that is what chickadees tend to do.
As bird enthusiasts, being able to look out our windows and watch birds in our trees and feeders brings daily entertainment. If we’ve been watching long enough, it is easy to pick up on feeding traits and behaviors that different birds exhibit. In fact, that is part of what makes bird watching so enjoyable! It is the smiles and laughter at what we are seeing and the anticipation of what may come next.
When away from our windows there is a wonderful resource that can bring the joy of bird watching to our computers. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, All About Birds website provides several live stream cameras of bird feeders showcasing different varieties and locations. These are great ways to watch birds from wherever you are and enjoy a few moments of smiles and joy.
In addition to the great bird cams, the website provides excellent educational information on bird species where it is easy to learn more about habitat, behavior, migration and additional interesting facts. So the next time you have a few minutes, check out The Cornell Lab of Ornithology website and enjoy the entertaining and educational world of birds!
That's it for now, enjoy the birds and we hope you stay healthy and safe!