My new backyard is a birder’s paradise. Every day I sit on my porch, close my eyes, and listen to birdsongs of countless species. Recently, on a super hot afternoon, we found a baby robin in the grass, not moving a whole lot. Assuming he needed help, we picked him up and put him in a shoebox with water. Turns out, he wasnt sick or injured: likely just napping, as he eventually flew up and out of the box. I can’t imagine anything scarier than being woken from a heat-induced nap in a cardboard box!
Another highlight: a red-tailed hawk had a chipmunk in its talons and was swooping in the sky, clearly on a celebratory joy ride for minutes before taking the kill home to the nest.
I love being surrounded by so many birds. I am so grateful to bring a retirement hobby to life, well before retirement!