Noticing birds

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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:

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.

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See the hawk there?
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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.

2 responses

  1. […] this book: What It’s Like to Be a Bird, by David Allen Sibley, after discovering recently and noticing birds more often on the farm. I love how it’s structured, with a summary of interesting facts by topic […]

  2. […] present recently, and the kids and I have been using them to explore the surrounding country and notice birds. Just in time for summer. I also read more of What It’s Like to Be a Bird and was again […]

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