Skip to main content

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.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

National Make a Friend Day

I am not very good at making friends or keeping them it seems. I do not go outside much, in fact I hardly leave my home unless it is family related. That makes it hard especially since friends expect you to come to them at least once in a while and I find I can't.

If it were simply a matter of laziness it would be understandable but it isn't. Some days I can't even open the door to let in some fresh air. I do not know where the fear comes from I just know that that is what I feel when I think about going outside most of the time.

Agoraphobia: Triggers for this anxiety may include wide-open spaces, crowds (social anxiety), or traveling (even short distances). Agoraphobia is often, but not always, compounded by a fear of social embarrassment, as the agoraphobic fears the onset of a panic attack and appearing distraught in public.
Causes: Genetic and environmental factors Symptoms: Anxiety in situations perceived to be unsafe, panic attacks Treatment: Cognitive behavioral ther…

My Fair Lady

Eliza Doolittle Day is celebrated by fans of the musical My Fair Lady, a musical based off of George Bernard Shaw's 1912 play Pygmalion. In the musical, Eliza Doolittle is a Cockney flower girl who wants to learn to speak properly. At the time the story takes place, proper speech was a symbol of upward mobility and education. Eliza meets Professor Henry Higgins in Covent Garden and he agrees to give her elocution lessons. Higgins believes he can transform her from someone who uses words like "ain't" to someone who can fit in with London's elite.In the musical, Eliza dreams of meeting the king. She sings a song, "Just You Wait," to share her thoughts. It is in the song that the date for Eliza Doolittle Day comes from:One day I’ll be famous! I’ll be proper and prim; Go to St. James so often I will call it St. Jim! One evening the king will say: 'Oh, Liza, old thing, I want all of England your praises to sing. Next week on the twentieth of May I procla…

Women's Heart Health

February 1st - 7th is Women's Heart Health Awareness Week and I felt it would be remiss of me not to include some conversation about it here given that the professor suffered a heart attack a bit over two years ago and that I am a prime candidate.

Let us start with why I am a prime candidate - Obviously being 100 pounds overweight puts me in the high-risk area immediately. Add in High Chloresterol, physical inactivity, diabetes, post-menopausal and over 55. Since only two of those are needed to put me in the at-risk category that I have six means that I am very high risk. The only way it could be worse is if I still smoked or drank and still lived a high-stress life. Thank goodness for small miracles.

Not sure where you stand? check out this checklist. This checklist and the other pdf's linked here are from the Women's Heart Foundation

Do you know what the prescription is to lower the risk factors? It's simple join the 10,000 steps a day club. That's it! walk 10 th…