Birding Is Big!

dave bird photoI wouldn’t have thought a year ago that when we got together with our family birds would be one of the consistent topics of conversation.  During the pandemic, we’ve shared a meal either virtually or physically with our younger son and his wife once a week and I’ve been surprised how often birds have been discussed.  

merlin dave driedgerBoth our son and my husband have taken up birding a little more seriously since the COVID 19 experience began.  My husband bought a new camera for birding a couple of months ago and our son just bought new binoculars for his birding expeditions. The two of them aren’t unique at all in their increased interest in birds.  Birding has taken off during the pandemic.

diving duck dave

Julia Zarankin writing about the COVID-19 boon in birdwatching in the Toronto Globe and Mail notes that even though most of our travel has been put on hold birds still carry on with their migratory journeys and that brings us solace. She says the vivaciousness and loud presence of birds remind us that they are very much alive and by extension so are we. Watching birds gives us hope and reassurance that even during this dark and chaotic time the cycles of the natural world continue. 

yellow bird dave driedger A recent article in the Winnipeg Free Press reminds novice pandemic bird watchers that Manitoba is the perfect place to take up the hobby because it is on a migration path and more than 400 species pass through the province or live here.  

bird on a post with a worm dave driedgerBirding is a great pandemic social activity because it is done outside and you can stay physically distanced from your birding companions.  Both my husband and son have benefitted from having friends who are seasoned bird watchers show them the ropes. 

bird on the roof dave driedgerI haven’t taken up birding yet but I am enjoying the birding conversations our family has been having.  Our grandson lives in Saskatoon and in one of our pandemic Face Time conversations he was showing us pictures of some birds he’d photographed in his backyard.  The birding bug may be spreading to a third generation! 

Note:  All the bird photos in this post were taken by my husband Dave since March. 

Other posts………..

Dave Goes Birding in Winnipeg

I Kissed An Owl

The Dawn Chorus

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3 responses to “Birding Is Big!

  1. Interesting coincidence, MaryLou. Yesterday, I downloaded an app called Picture Bird which helps birders identify the birds they see. We’ve had an abundance of different species stop to visit our yard, more than previous years.

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    • I think Dave has that too. He also has one with to help identify bird songs. He’s also been learning about wildflowers as well with another friend who is part of the orchid society. Kind of neat how the pandemic is bringing people closer to nature.

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  2. Marie

    We only have to sit at our cabin to see a variety of birds, often ones we’ve never seen before or maybe only saw several years ago. Today I saw one I had not seen before at the feeder. I just use my Manitoba Bird Book. Works everytime although maybe now I’ll get the app. Our third generation love the birds that arrive at our feeder and it always ends up with the book in hand trying to identify the bird. Happy birding everyone!

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