Participating in citizen science has helped me to see that every little thing is gonna be alright.
Bryn, I loved this one! We sound like exactly the same kind of birder. I sometimes call myself a bird noticer, because mostly I’m out to explore and get exercise, but if I notice a bird, especially a new bird ... all bets are off. Have you turned chat on for your Stack? This might be a fun one to have people share pictures (I’ve got a Kingfisher pic I captured recently I’d share)
Birding is the one hobby I resist for some reason. Perhaps because there are so many birders already, it feels like a crowded field? I enjoy the gregarious species and do have some favorite birds (Swallow-tailed kites, magpies, caracaras) but I find myself drawn to the slow moving, the insects and their odd tracks and galls. The plants, because no one is looking down. But I am so glad people are starting to appreciate nature more closely, no matter how they interact with it.
Lovely, lovely post. And just LOOK at the birds you have over there - wow, that cardinal is amazing - I've never seen anything like it! We have a much-loved friend in the form of a very tame blackbird - he's on the back doorstep every morning for his breakfast of mealworms. Such a character!
We've got so much development going up around here, it is destroying the areas where birds live and thrive. There are a few places left though.
I love all the photos especially the cardinal.
When I first moved into my condo, there were a bunch of cardinals living in the trees just over the fence. They would fly from the trees to across the street to the trees on the other side. Then, they pruned those trees and now I only see and hear a couple of cardinals. It's a shame because there must have been at least 5-7 of them. And that's something you don't see every day.