There's a big swarm of about 20 Pine Siskins at my feeders right now. Mostly crowding the thistle seed. I've never seen them before. They look like house finches but with little smudges of yellow on their wings and no red/purple.

Here's the first Red-breasted Nuthatch I've ever seen. They're pretty unusual in Kentucky. It's cousin, the White-breasted Nuthatch is pretty common here. Looks like they both love being upside-down.

I am not a morning person, like at all. I often dread getting up early to go , but I've never once regretted it.

I'm really thankful to for giving me a reason to go outside all year long.

How to become a birder:

Step 1: intentionally observe birds.

There is no step 2.

is such an accessible hobby. And so rewarding. Almost every time I go out I learn something. It feels great.

I got lucky and saw a whole bunch of different warblers this morning. I even got some good photos of some, which I'll post as soon as I get off my butt and sort through them.

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Personal instance for myself.