Birds we’re watching while hunkered down

As many of us hunker down due to the coronavirus pandemic, we thought we’d ask what birds our readers are seeing and photographing — in your yards, especially, but also in your neighborhoods, local parks, or other birding patches. The situation with the virus is serious and scary, and taking time to watch birds and other wildlife — at feeders or close to home — is good for our spirits. By sharing our photos with one another, we can lift one another’s moods, and that’s important in trying times.

We asked for photos just yesterday and already received lots of images! Please enjoy the slideshow below. And if you’d like to take part in this communal birding activity, feel free! You can email photos to [email protected]. Be sure to tell us where you took the photos, such as your town, city, state, province, etc. If we can keep this going, we’ll make new posts every week.  

American Robins

American Robins
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Twitter user Trinityprez photographed these American Robins at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.


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Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall is the editor of BirdWatching magazine and BirdWatchingDaily.com. He joined the staff of BirdWatching (formerly Birder’s World) in 2000 and has worn many hats over the years: reporter, story wrangler, photo editor, managing editor, and now editor. Originally from Omaha, he lives with his wife and two daughters in Milwaukee and holds a Bachelor’s in journalism from Marquette University. You can reach Matt at (617) 706-9098 and [email protected].

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