Paying Attention Is Good For All Concerned
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard birders talking about something that’s happened to them that’s caught them by surprise. I’ve had people tell me how they turned around and their feeders were getting mobbed by birds they didn’t intend to feed. Or people like myself who found they had inadvertently made some birds sick. What is the common theme here? Attention. Or the opposite, lack of attention.
Let me give you five ways paying attention can help you as a birder.
- You’ll know which feeders you need
- You’ll know which food to provide
- You’ll figure out how to feed only the birds you want to
- You’ll be able to provide for migratory changes throughout the year
- You’ll know when you’ve got a potential disease problem
Did I Miss Anything?
What benefits have you enjoyed in your backyard as a result of simply paying attention to what’s going on back there? What misfortunes have you averted by being mindful or fell victim to by not? Please share your story in a comment below. My goal with this blog has always been to help as many birders as I can but I AM just one person. We can learn so much more by sharing. Thank you.
The Message Behind This Post
One of the things I’m working on lately is mindfulness. I’ve realized that I’ve been running through life towards some goal that keeps eluding me. So, learning to savor every moment and appreciate the journey in life has been a key topic in my recent personal development. It’s also helped me to see more clearly what I’ve been put on this planet to do. Meditating every morning and listening to mindfulness talks like those of Tara Brach and others have been huge in helping me cultivate mindfulness in my life. I’ll never be completely mindful but that is the point: what you gain in that journey.