#MHHCartoon panel 1| Bob: Wow, a Red Tailed Hawk! (Hat: I Heart Bird Window = ‘i love bird watching’ t-shirt:Urban Birding)
#MHHCartoon panel 2| Red Tailed Hawk: “SMACK!” (Red Tailed Hawk crashed into a building window pane and slowly sliding down dead)
#MHHCartoon panel 3| Bob: “That Hawk almost got to 10th street!”
Caption: The Joy of Inner City Birding…BUT watching can be “Pane-full”.
Yes, we are a month into spring, but for many, in the country, it was a bit belated due to record amounts of snowfall this Winter. Some are still cleaning up piles of old salted-snow-drifts that seem like they just won’t melt.
Here in Florida there are many beautiful birds in vast variety. My family and I have en-JOY-ed bird watching up North also. One of our daughters absolutely loves birds and is very protective of them. Well, that’s when she’s not trying to catch them. Down here it’s a lot different then when I was a boy chasing ducks and Canadian Geese at Pine Banks Park in Malden or the seagulls at Revere Beach. The birds in Florida are huge! SO WHEN SHE WAS RUNNING after a Blue Herring, or a Brown Pelican, to pet, we had to hold her back–in fear she would get carried away.
Considering the hobby of birding or bird watching…it can have some really positive and enjoyable effects. But can it be used as a stress-reducer, pain-reliever? Can bird watching indeed help us mentally and emotionally?
Keeping our minds active and healthy is essential for our overall sense of well-being. The Alzheimer’s Association suggests that if we want to keep our brains healthy we need to keep learning new things. What better way to do that than by continuing to learn about birds? If you are new to bird-watching, just identifying the birds you see can be a challenging mental puzzle. If you are an experienced birder, you can still learn new things every day about the behavior of your local birds. Studies have shown that these kinds of mental exercises can help form new neural paths that can help fight back against diseases like Alzheimer’s, other forms of dementia and Parkinson’s.
Birdwatching Leads to New Experiences
Variety is the spice of life. This is an old saying, but it’s true. Lack of variety in our lives can lead to boredom and a general sense of fatigue. Adding variety can make us more energized and positive, giving us more to look forward to. And of course, in terms of variety, birds offer a dizzying array of colors, calls and behaviors. You can’t predict all the birds you’ll see while going out birding. On any given day, some of the expected birds will be nowhere to be seen while totally unexpected ones may pop up at any moment. So birding offers both a reassuring sense of the predictable and an exciting sense of the unpredictable, keeping us on our toes and alive to the possibilities.