Latin: Accipiter cooperii
Coopers Hawks always create a stir when they fly through a landscape, often evoking alarms and deadly silence among nearby birds. Photo: Shawn Weber/Audubon Photography Awards
Mindful bird sits are a simple yet potent practice that cultivates a quiet mind, relaxation, and a deep love for birds. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can tune into the communication between birds that reveals their secret wild worlds.
A bird sit is the perfect activity to do from your window, backyard, or stoop. Simply sit and quietly watch the birds for 10-20 minutes. You may notice how bird songs help you relax and how their alarms cause tension. While sitting, ask yourself, "What are the birds doing right now?" and simply observe their behaviors and vocalizations. You will discover the exciting drama in birds' everyday lives right outside your window.
Marsh Wren Photo: Craig Goettsch
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A bird's gentle call back and forth allows her companion to relax - perhaps enough to make it to the next day. How can we apply this in our own lives?
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