Bird by Bird

Some of my feathered friends posed for photos in my backyard today.

I’m sitting in my backyard, and the birds are out in force. I just turned on my birdsong identification app. The birds it tells me it’s hearing:

  • Blue jay
  • American crow
  • Northern cardinal
  • Red-shouldered hawk
  • Tufted titmouse
  • House sparrow
  • Eastern towhee
  • Least flycatcher
  • American goldfinch
  • Common grackle
  • Carolina wren
  • Red-bellied woodpecker
  • Gray catbird
  • American robin
  • Song sparrow
  • White-breasted nuthatch
  • Mourning dove

I’m also seeing a couple of ruby-throated hummingbirds right now, but they are quiet — except that one zipped right over my head a few minutes ago, beneath the table umbrella I’m sitting under. It was so close I could hear the whirring of its wings.

I once read that being around a wide variety of bird species has been shown to increase humans’ happiness levels. The study said that at least fourteen bird species are necessary for the optimal happiness effect. I have seventeen different kinds of birds on this list, and that’s just for a short time period this afternoon, and does not come close to the full list of the birds that frequent my backyard.

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