A question for us all right now: is birding a solitary activity or is it a social activity? My answer seems obvious: Birding is both social and solitary. But, for this short period in our lives, birding has become a bit more solitary as we observe “social distance” in the Year of Covid19. For my part, birding is on my mind although I find myself spending a great of time in front of my computer, and this has given me the opportunity to explore things like the National Audubon site and the wealth of chapter resources made available to me by National Audubon. I will share some of the better ones here:
- Though most are free, this one, offered through Cornell Labs,does carry a cost. It is a bird journaling course of instruction. At the very least, view the video on the its home page.
- Here’s s page of activities you can share with the grandchildren you cannot visit. It’s a pretty good resource for keeping kids at home busy, also.
- Build a Brush Pile in your backyard. You will make habitat for birds and, if you put out bird feeders as well, you will find new species which are easy to spot. However, you might also encourage small rodents.
- Make Your Own Suet for your feeders if you are not comfortable going to stores.
- Learn to Draw Birds with this short introduction which has a link to more professional instruction book.
- Make a Bird Bath in your backyard using materials you already have.
- Make a Bird Feeder out of recycled materials. Here’s a great project to do with the kids. It will provide it’s own ongoing activity upon completion.
- Plants for Backyard is a major Audubon site that asks for your email and zip code. In return, your see a list of suggested plants and the species or groups of birds which will be attracted to them.
- Put out bird feeders and baths and then sit by the window with your binoculars and keep a list. Open an eBird account and make your yard famous.
- Here’s a source: Cornell Labs has a wealth of activities. They are aimed at teachers, but that’s you when you interest kids in birding.
- Finally, get creative. Do an online search for birding activities. You might want to focus on kids activities.
One thing I can promise: with the exception of Hummingbirds, you will not violate the 6ft. social distance between you and birds.
Please feel free to add your own ideas under this article in the “Comments” section. Usually, I do not allow comments since most are spam, but I will keep this open for a while this time.