Finding a Silver Lining During Stay At Home
With the pandemic looming across the globe, its clear life looks and feels unusual. Unprecedented times, seems to be the phrase I hear most often. However, among rising virus statistics, a reeling economy and failing leadership, there are silver linings to be found during a Stay at Home order.
Silver linings. like more time to catch up on the to-do list. More time to cuddle up with that pet or partner. Maybe you finally have time to learn something new like cooking a new dish, a new knitting pattern, or possibly a new hobby such as birding. I have taken to setting up a photo blind in the backyard to work on my photography.
Stepping further back from the pandemic’s impact to individuals and families, there are global silver linings to the human race being forced to slow down, close many places of employment, and stay at home. Many of the world’s largest cities are seeing cleaner air than they have in a decade. Animals are gaining access to locations they haven’t in recent memory or even generations; such as dolphins in the canals of Venice, Italy.
While humans are roaming less, our feathered friends are on the move. Seasons are changing bringing new birds to the area. Many birders are finding ways to enjoy migration even from home – by keeping quarantine lists. Our “Metal Birders” group has tallied 93 birds so far on a shared list of birds seen from our collective yards.
Alone, my wife and I have had 29 different species and have grown our yard bird list by a half dozen birds over the last month! A Barred Owl was my favorite new addition to that specific list.
Time at home also gives us more opportunities to observe which bird species are nesting nearby. My father-in-law has been keeping up with a pair of nesting robins that have 3 hatchlings. And we just had a pair build a nest atop one of the lights on our garage.
No matter what is happening with people, you can’t stop migration. It goes without saying, when birds are most active so are birders. While taking care of ourselves and each other is the priority, it is still possible in most states (as of late April 2020), to hike and walk at local parks. Keeping your distance and wearing masks are certainly best practices and are recommendations I am following. The warbler wave has started and I can’t wait for the boom to hit!
With all of the extra time at home I decided to expand upon my typical one-beer-to-one-bird ratio. Partially because I’ve been spending a lot of time watching feeder birds. Partially because I’ve been drinking like its vacation since the end of March. Keeping those feeders full brings colorful life to my yard. Keeping my fridge full of beer is helping to support local Indiana Breweries.
We will get through this, although things may never be the same. Cheers to those silver linings and keeping your energy positive. #BirdOn
Beer Info –
Breweries – 450 North Brewing Co. ; Deviate Brewing ; 18th Street Brewery ; Bare Hands Brewery ; Center Point Brewing Co./Sun King Brewery/Fountain Square Brew Co./Daredevil Brewing Co.
Location – Indiana
Beers and Style –
Slushmallow Peach Tang Fluffy – Sour Fruited – 5.44%
The Freedom of Music – Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout w/ Cinnamon & Vanilla – 14.45%
Vision of Evil – Russian Imperial Stout – 11%
Westy IPA – India Pale Ale – 7%
Social Distance Pale Ale – Pale Ale – 5.5% (This is a collaboration beer from Indianapolis breweries)
Bird Photo Info –
Species – American Robin ; Ruby-crowned Kinglet ; Mourning Doves ; Carolina Chickadee ; Yellow-rumped Warbler
Nikon 850 / Nikon 200-500 lens
Handheld – No Flash
Location – Greenfield, IN
Date – April 2020