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Noticing birds

Birds are cool, and most only live for a year. Look out and look up, there is a lot to notice out there.

I spent a fair bit of time outside today with the kids, and while they were occupied on the newly-discovered trampoline of our neighbors, I wandered into the nearbye field for a look around.

The scenery was seemingly very tranquil and quiet at first, but as I walked a little bit I started to notice a chorus of bird calls all around, one in particular with a really unique ring to it.

What kind of bird was it? Had I hear it before around the farm? It seemed new, like the bird had just arrived.

I was reminded of the following book review I read recently:

https://www.npr.org/2020/04/19/837047512/ever-wonder-what-its-like-to-be-a-bird-david-allen-sibley-has-some-answers?t=1588277188962

It was sobering to learn that behind the “birds mate for life” meme is a sad statistic: Most often they’re together for a single breeding season. Despite famous and heart-warming exceptions, most birds live less than one year.

The bird was almost certainly new and likely had just arrived. I’m glad to have noticed. My interest is piqued now, I want to learn more.

I wondered what else I could see, and noticed this hawk (?) surfing the steady breeze above, appearing almost completely still in the sky.

See the hawk there?
Here is a closer look

It might be time for some proper binoculars and to remember what that bird identification app was that I’ve seen and heard so much about. This seems like a worthy subject for some drawing studies as well (the art in What It’s Like to Be a Bird is inspiring) .

Look out and look up, there is a lot to notice out there.

By Nick

I'm a father, husband, son. I love reading, drawing, writing, being active, having a beer or a glass of wine with my wife, and am curious about everything.

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