Yes it is helping. When watching birds I find myself paying more attention to the beak shape and size. Also how the birds feathers move and take shape when the bird lands. I was watching a video on northern cardinals and blue jays. Getting the imagine down is hard but it is allowing me to see details I may not have before.
Sight observations came more easily to me, especially looking for birds. I am used to looking up and spying movement. Looking at plants and other things on the ground was more out of the box for me because I normally don’t intentionally look at the plants around me.
I wanted to begin nature journaling because I began bird watching with feeders in my backyard. I have also come across other peoples journals of natural journaling and love it. I am inspired by the imagines they capture and the detail they put into it, along with how much information they learn from just journaling about it.
I want to try the journaling approach as the first journalist shared. I love how she has a personal field guide but it can also just be for recording experiences or observations.