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The Beauty in Front of Us

In our everyday lives, it can be easy to overlook the beauty of nature right in front of us. Life is hectic. We’re busy and stressed. Maybe we take nature for granted or maybe we are so focused on our daily routines that we simply don’t notice the beautiful cardinal singing nearby.

What is it about bird watching that is so relaxing and exciting? It allows us to slow down and refresh. For a little while, it puts the mind at ease and replaces anxious worries with calming and relaxing thoughts. There is nothing like a beautiful chickadee or goldfinch sitting in a tree and singing away.

Every time you go outside, you can hear a new bird call in the distance. What bird was that? What is that black and white bird? Curiosity is a part of human nature along with the longing to be outdoors. Bird watching is the perfect activity to develop memory skills for all ages while calming the soul. From young to old and all ages in between, seeing or hearing a bird can put a smile on anyone’s face.

And what about their unique personalities? From mourning doves that love to chill out and lounge for hours at a time, to chickadees that can’t sit still for two seconds, each bird has their own way of going about the day. Woodpeckers and nuthatches cling to trees and dart up and down in the pursuit of their next snack. What about hummingbirds? You can get exhausted just watching them buzz around at a nectar feeder. Learning about migration paths and the unbelievable challenges that hummingbirds, grosbeaks and orioles overcome is amazing.

What’s the best part? Every day is a new and exciting adventure. Maybe a new bird will show up at your feeder. Perhaps a special feathered friend that only sticks around for a short time will make a visit. Maybe you are out for a walk and hear a familiar bird call in the distance. Instead of wondering who it is, you’ll know that you heard a blue jay!

That’s it for now, our family wishes you a very Happy New Year! Enjoy the birds!

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