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Bird Watching
or "Birding"!


Birdwatching can be any number of things to different people. It may be a birdfeeder in the backyard or it may be trips to far away lands just to find a new "life" bird. Jim and I love birding because it is something we can do together, does not cost a lot of money and is enjoyable. We keep a list of what we see although we aren't "listers" per say. Some people keep lists of the birds they see in their yard, then a "life" list which is a list of all the birds they have ever seen (note, there are rules to adding a bird to your list). There are state lists, year lists, any number of lists if you want to keep track of them!

We do like to see "new" birds, ones that we have never seen before and will travel quite a ways to see the bird, especially if it is of particular interest to us (such as a Great Gray Owl or a Summer Tanager). I also enjoy waiting for the first Rose Breasted Grosbeak to arrive or the first hummingbird of the season, but even the chickadees and goldfinch bring me joy. 



I encourage all of you reading this to try birdwatching, in addition to bird feeding. The birds offer so much and ask so little in return. If you are lucky enough to have a backyard with orioles, grosbeaks and warblers, you may not need to travel to see all that you want to see, but if you have mostly sparrows and blackbirds, then taking a short trip to East Rock Park or White Memorial Foundation in Litchfield can be a rewarding experience! Please try to come on one of our bird walks or come into the store to find out more about this wonderful pastime. Although Connecticut is small there are many places you can go to find wonderful birds, and if you like to travel, well there is no limit to what kinds of birds you can see!



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