Joys of bird watching

  • Article by: JIM GILBERT
  • Updated: June 18, 2010 - 1:28 AM
Joys of bird watching

Right now we continue to see broods of small wood duck ducklings with their mothers, American robins are nesting for the second time, house wren and Baltimore oriole parents are busy feeding young nestlings and indigo buntings and rose-breasted grosbeaks delight us with their presence at our feeding stations. Also, warbling vireos and mourning doves enchant us with their vocalizations. The list of June bird happenings can go on and on.

Some enthusiasts call their engaging interest "birding" and others say "bird watching." Either way, the observing of birds is a worthwhile activity that helps keep people in touch with some of the living things that share the Earth with us. Our family enjoys having a feeding station near the house and watching the actions of about two dozen bird species in a year's time. But I also take a couple of bird guides and a pair of binoculars on short trips and campouts, on trips throughout the United States and farther afield. Any vacation or outing away from home becomes more interesting if you can add the extra dimension of bird watching.

JIM GILBERT

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