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Indoor Birding

So after the snows last week I got thinking of more ways to amuse myself indoors. 

Today we celebrate the Audubon Society for all their hard work in teaching us about nature & nature conservation. One of the first books I ever saw was the Audubon Field Guide to North American Birds. I didn't know what it was but I liked all the pictures in it. Today they have field Guides to many types of Flora & Fauna. You can find many of them at Amazon in both paper & e-book form.

One of the things I found while searching around for something to do with the Audobon Society is a site called Nature Canada that suggests Indoor bird watching. I remember my dad in his final years sitting in front of the kitchen window that overlooked our back yard & a wooded area with binoculars watching for birds to match in his Field Guide. In the last couple of years he was in the nursing home they put a bird feeder outside his room so that he could continue to watch his beloved birds. 

Back to indoor bird watching. All you need is a window that looks outside ideally one with trees, flowers, grass, you know nature. A comfortable seat, a field guide or notebook to record what you see and a whole lot of patience. It is really simple and the discovery of a bird in nature will stimulate gratitude & happiness as well as a plus the sitting and waiting is a form of meditation, three things in one- learning, meditation, mental stimulation.

If you don't have a window that looks out on nature you can still bird watch but it's a little more complicated. If you are really crafty or don't mind spending a bit of money you can get a nesting box and a feeding station or if you are really ambitious both. Just make sure you put it where you can see it from your window.

Then again if you are like me and don't have a lot of money there are ways to DIY both a nesting box & a feeding station using things you already have around. I've linked you up with two Pinterest boards that I have. One note just because it says it is for chickens doesn't mean you can't change it up a bit for the wild birds.

Canada Jay | John James Audubon's Birds of America 

One last thing if you can't afford to get the field guide you can find images and information about birds online including a copy of John J. Audubon's Journal. The journal page is where I found the picture of this Canadian Jay.


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