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Why is bird watching so fun?

What is it about bird watching that is so relaxing and exciting?

It allows us to slow down with nature. It puts the mind at ease and replaces anxious worries with calming and relaxing thoughts. There is nothing like a bright red cardinal sitting in a tree with its dazzling color shining through the leaves. There is so much to explore and learn about.

Female Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

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. Their fighter jet like maneuvers thrill bird watchers who can keep their eyes on them! 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!

Happy birding to you!

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