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It's a surreal time but I am looking for the positives in it all. Nature is thriving during the silence and a chorus of birdsong now fills the air as migrating birds return. You can watch the birds from your own garden and if you put seeds out regularly you will find the same birds return to your garden everyday. I have been spending so much time in the garden watching Sparrows, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Starlings and Dunnocks at the feeders.

Birdwatching is a great activity during lockdown.

So here are my top tips.

When I am outdoors I listen for birds just as much as I look. Try to focus on one bird at a time. Listen first, then get a look at it to help identify the species. Learning their songs is difficult but be patient, you will find that it is very therapeutic and will become quite addictive.

The best time to hear birdsong is either very early in the morning (around an hour before sunrise) or in the evening (around an hour before sunset). During Spring birds use this time to impress potential mates with their singing. Some songs are quiet similar so focusing on the rhythm, speed and pitch of one song at a time is the easiest way to remember them. RSPB have a bird identifier with images and sounds on their website which is very helpful.

Good luck!

Considered a symbol of freedom, birds bring us hope at a time when we really need it. Lots of bird prints are available from the website, and if you are gifting I can add a hand written message to your order. All prints will be available again this week with small prints posted via the local postbox and larger prints delivered by courier. You can now also join and log into a members area on the site with lots of new features such as creating your very own wish list of prints.

I am also planning to add a small selection of framed original paintings for the first time ever!

Stay safe,

Eimear x


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