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One of my favorite pastimes in sitting in our backyard and watching the birds at our feeders. My husband and I love to sit at our patio table, each with our own set of binoculars, and watch the birds come and go.

We have suet feeders which bring all kinds of woodpeckers, especially the big pileated with its gorgeous red head. We have a big platform feeder for the grosbeak and blue jays. I love watching the chickadee, tufted titmouse, nuthatch, and finch on our tube feeders.

Bird Watching is a Great Reason to Be Outside

We all need to find ways to disconnect from technology and get in tune with our surroundings. Bird watching gets you outside and away from your screen (except for when you want to capture a picture with your phone).

Sit and listen to your surroundings. Listen to the wind in the trees, the birds singing, and the critters calling out to each other.

I also love watching other animals like chipmunks, squirrels, and the occasional fox. We even had a badger appear on our Wyze cam!

Bird Watching: A Time to Meditate and Be Calm

Bird watching is a quiet yet meditative experience. We sit quietly waiting and watching. It’s a great way to find a state of calm. It’s a good time to talk without any electronic distractions.

Clear your head and just live in the moment. It will make spotting that elusive indigo bunting or woodpecker much more special.

Breathe the Air

My favorite thing about living in Northern Michigan is the fresh air. While bird watching, I will often focus on breathing in the crisp air while waiting for a special bird to arrive.

For me, bird watching in Northern Michigan is therapeutic and relaxing. Being patient will reward you with the experience of seeing special birds at your feeder.

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