I have recently been inspired to get to know the birds in my own back yard. I have sometimes thought over the last few years that it would be nice to be able to identify more birds and trees. It’s been fun and inspiring to see how much delight my mom finds in the birds at our bird feeder. Also, on an A Rocha hike two years ago, I was impressed with how many tree and plant species some fellow hikers could identify (A Rocha is an international Christian organization focused on creation care). Then this spring, A Rocha posted an article called "10 Ways to Connect to Creation During Covid-19." This, and my mom’s delight in our birds, inspired me to take the slower pace of life I’m in due to COVID-19 as an opportunity to become a neighbourhood naturalist, to enjoy and become more familiar with the nature right around me.
In less than two weeks, I identified 25 different bird species! I identified beautiful birds in my yard, Elephant Park, Lakeside Park, and around town! My parents and I also went to the trout ponds just outside town for the first time. It’s beautiful there! That trip won’t be my last time there.
The beauty of creation is amazing and wonderful, and taking the time to appreciate and learn about it has been good for my spirit and my connection to God.
Here are some of the birds I’ve spotted in the area, so you don’t have to go far to see them! (Though a lot of them are small, so binoculars do help.) The photos above are ones that I’ve taken. I’m excited about my photos and this fun adventure, so I’m happy to be able to share this with you.
Memorial Park (Elephant Park)
Lac du Bonnet Wildlife Ponds (Trout Ponds)
I’ve been using TheCornellLab All About Birds and iNaturalist websites to figure out what birds I've seen. (Both of these have apps too.)
Oh wow!! Thank you Kristen! I truly enjoyed this article and especially the pictures. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
And now I know the species of the birds that delight me in my own backyard! I no longer have to say the pretty yellow bird, or the cute little bird or the bird that is upside down. Even on my walk this morning, I was able to identify the sound of a nearby oriole from what you have been teaching me. I looked around, and sure enough there he was down by Leslie Park and not by the beach where we spotted him last time. I'm enjoying this new adventure too! :)