BirdwatchingInterests | May 19, 2012 | Nik Manojlovich
One of the charms of cottage ownership is discovering new interests and hobbies. One of my latest interests that all started as a result of us purchasing our cottage is BIRDWATCHING. Who knew?
Our friends Leigh and Lidia gave us our first bird feeder as a cottage-warming gift. I hung it from a sturdy bough on a sugar maple that grows close to the front door of the cottage. I purchased birdseed, filled the feeder and soon found myself mesmerized by the activity of the wild birds flocking in droves to enjoy their suspended, all-you-can-eat bird seed buffet.
Birdwatching allows you to notice the familiar: chickadees, robins and sparrows but it didn’t take long before I was sitting up looking at birds I’d simply never noticed before.
A quick trip to our local bookstore provided me with one of my new-found cottage essential reference books – The National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America.
With this essential book in hand, I’ve now spent countless hours learning about birds I pretty much never even knew existed! Ever seen a Junco? What about a Nuthatch? Who knew Cedar Waxwings would fall in love and nest in my Sarvisberry tree?
Whether you’re using an online resource to identify your cottage country feathered friends or a book, as I suggest, birdwatching affords countless hours of enjoyment.
It’s definitely time well-spent on your next Weekend at the Cottage! Enjoy BIRDWATCHING
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