Acorn Woodpecker, Madera Canyon 1-13-2010
I did not set out to become a birder. I did not even know I was one until a few years ago. I don’t even remember where I first heard the term, “birder.” I just know that I am one now. I am a person who goes out on purpose to watch birds. Why do I do this? Because Birding is Fun.
Birding takes me places I would never have seen in my life, like Madera Canyon in Southeast Arizona, where I was able to see my first Acorn Woodpecker. These comical birds with their clownish faces bring a smile to my face and I know that Birding is Fun.
Birding brings nature to my door, like all the birds that show up at my bird feeders. And since my bird feeders move with me, I have seen Costa’s hummingbirds in Arizona…
… and Field Sparrows in Massachusetts.
|Gray squirrel in Andover, MA|
|Lesser Long-nosed Bat Tucson, AZ September 2008|
I was totally surprised when the nectar feeding bats showed up at my hummingbird feeders when I lived in Sycamore Canyon in Tucson, AZ. Now, how much fun is THAT!
|Susan, Lynne, Kathi, and Mary of The Flock at New River Birding and Nature Festival 2009|
Birding is Fun because I get to meet so many amazing people also. I first started blogging in July of 2007. From there I began eBirding. My blogging led to meeting other birders and bloggers.
|New River Birding and Nature Festival Cranberry Glades Trip 2009|
|Cooper's Hawk in my yard in Sycamore Canyon, Corona de Tucson, AZ 11-14-2008|
|Juvenile Cooper's Hawk in my yard in Andover, MA 5-4-2011|
I have had raptors show up in my yards…
|Bald Eagle over the Kennebec River, Norridgewock, ME 12-25-10|
...and seen a Bald Eagle on Christmas when visiting family in Maine.
|Northern Jacana, Casa Grande, AZ 2-3-2007|
On Super Bowl Sunday in 2007, on our way to watch the game with our son, I had Gus stop by a golf course in Casa Grande, AZ so we could see the Northern Jacana hanging out there!
Birds also come in a rainbow of colors:
|Blue Grosbeak 6-1-2010 Sycamore Canyon, Corona de Tucson, AZ|
|Yellow Warbler 5-13-2011 Skowhegan, Maine|
|Orange Oriole (Baltimore) 5-13-2011 Skowhegan, Maine|
|Red Cardinal 2-18-2011 Andover, Massachusetts|
|White Egret 9-28-2009 Maricopa, AZ|
|Black Phoebe 1-4-2010 Sweetwater Wetlands, Tucson, AZ|
|Brown Canyon Towhee 3-29-2007 Tucson, AZ|
|Gray Hawk 6-12-2009 Rio Rico, AZ|
Birds bring joy to my life and nature to my door. I think that Birding will always be fun for me, because it seems to touch the core of my being. I cannot imagine a world without birds. Birds inspire me to write poetry and paint. They add another level to any walk or hike I take. Birds make my life multidimensional. Whenever there are birds around, I am never bored. I hope that maybe you, too, will discover that Birding is Fun.
Note: You can read more of my birding adventures at Kathie's Birds or read about the three years I lived and birded in southeast Arizona at Sycamore Canyon. If you like nature poetry and art, then check out Kathie's Poet Tree. I hope to see you there! Until then, keep reading about Birding here on the Birding is Fun blog where you can learn all kinds of things about birding and read a whole flock of bird bloggers' stories! By the time you are done, you will know Birding is Fun!