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May 11, 2011

Once you start to look at birds — once your eyes follow the flight of a passing crow or a bunch of starlings whirling across the road without any conscious decision having been made — then sooner or later you will have a sight of such wonder and perfection that you will always be a birdwatcher. This is nothing less than a statistical certainty. It is a sight, a moment that confirms your growing interest and makes it part of your life for ever afterwards. It is the moment when you realize that birdwatching isn’t something to do with other people. You, too, can see wonders.

(How to be a Bad Birdwatcher, by Simon Barnes)

Simon Barnes pretty much sums it up. It isn’t hard to see wonders when you’re willing to take the time to look. And speaking of wonders, the fabulously creative people behind To Be Shouted have dedicated the month of May to posts about Birds! Check out their website!

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