Lots of people, including us, started watching birds more closely during the pandemic. We found many different ways to be fascinated with the world of birds.
Ordinary birds doing interesting things
Food fight on a downtown sidewalk:
Cardinal eating a cicada:
Enjoying exotic visitors
Sometimes a few birds end up in the D.C. region far outside their normal habitats. Ones that we have been lucky to see:
Snowy owl at Union Station:
Black-bellied whistling duck in the Capitol Reflecting Pool:
Roseate spoonbill in northern Virginia:
Seeing a family grow up
Rob’s been documenting the same owl family in Rock Creek Park for several years, watching them interact and produce the next generation.
Traveling to see birds
Did you know that there are puffins in the continental U.S.? Miki recently went to Maine and saw them:
The food chain
Watching birds eat animals lower on the food chain is sad, gross, interesting, and the reality of how the natural world operates.