Watching them is good for the soul. They are beautiful creatures, and stunning in their variety.
Check out this YouTube video from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for a splendid sampling of what birds bring to our world.
Watching this video reminded me to circle four days on my 2016 puppy-dog calendar: Friday, February 12 through Monday, February 15. That weekend for Valentine hearts and flowers is when the Great Backyard Bird Count will occur worldwide for bird-watchers of all ages and levels of expertise. Watchers can record the birds they see at birdcount.org and help researchers at the Cornell Lab and the National Audubon Society study how birds are faring and sometimes changing habitats. It's free and fun, and you can participate for as little as 15 minutes a day or as long as you like.
Obviously, I need to do a lot more reading up on birds before the big count begins.
© Robert G. Holland 2016
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