As someone who recently joined the exciting world of bird watching, I find myself enamored with even the most common songbird. Whenever I leave the house now (or look out my window!), it feels like an adventure and a scavenger hunt. I really believe in the sentiment that birdwatching changes your entire perspective on nature and the world around you. Since I have the pictures to accompany, I'll answer activity 2 and share about a few birds I saw in Arizona last month. I've lived in the Northeast the past 10 years, but I grew up in the Mojave desert in Nevada, and love how resilient the wildlife is in the desert, so I thoroughly enjoyed searching for birds in Phoenix. While hiking around Papago Park, I came across a lake that was filled with a variety of birds including American Coots (waterfowl), Great-tailed Grackles (songbird, blackbird), a Great Egret (wading bird), and my personal favorite, a Neotropic Cormorant (seabird). I only have a phone to take photos with so please forgive the lack of quality!
Above - Great-tailed Grackle
Above - Great Egret, Neotropic Cormorant, Canada Geese
Above - American Coot