Birdwatching in Brooklyn; An Act of Mindfulness

As I’ve mentioned in one of my previous posts, birdwatching is a great way to spend time being present in nature. It’s a great way to be present, period. Bird calls are easily and most notably heard in parks, and we often hear common birds like sparrows, pigeons, starlings, robins, and mourning doves in our neighborhoods.

I’m sure you’ve heard plenty of chirping lately—it’s spring and we’ve spent a lot of time at home or in our neighborhoods. Lately, I’ve been trying to improve my ability to know a bird through its song. I enjoy bird cataloging and learning about why certain birds are found in specific places. You get to learn about which birds are a little bit of a bully, what some mating rituals are like, and where food sources are found.

Birds fly around, doing their own thing, living in their own worlds⁠—all while living among us.
I have been fascinated by that notion for the past few years.

Here are some common birds I’ve captured in Brooklyn:

From top left to top right: American robin, mockingbird, common grackle, cardinal

Did you know all of these are songbirds? I tend to notice the mockingbird and robin quite often. Birdwatching is really peaceful, and if you’re inquisitive, you can learn so much more about the birds you encounter every day.

All images captured by me in Brooklyn, NYC.

Some places you can visit for birdwatching in Brooklyn = Prospect Park, Green-wood Cemetery, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Jamaica Bay – Floyd Bennet Field.

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A millennial residing in Brooklyn, NYC. I hate small talk.

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