Anna's Hummingbird female, DBG, 5/18/11.
2011 was my most birdacious year yet.
This year, most of my days involved birds in one way or another...
spotting, watching, feeding, identifying, photographing.
There were birds seen through my windows:
And birds seen in our yard:
There were birds seen at my beloved Desert Botanical Garden:
Peach-faced Lovebird, DBG, 10/3/11.
And birds seen at many new-to-me places...
There were birds seen in Bermuda, a new-to-me country where our nephew was married in April:
And there were birds rediscovered in August at the Chicago Botanic Garden, long ago the favorite haunt of my family's preschool days:
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (a rarity!) at Chicago Botanic Garden, 8/28/11.
There were bird families I met and followed on the web:
Watching regularly, I grew to care for these birds
as if they were residents of my own backyard.
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I learned so much about birds in 2011.
Apart from my own explorations, I thank the Monday morning DBG birders and the fellow photogs and generous bird experts at Birding--Arizona and the Southwest FaceBook group for broadening my bird horizons and challenging my photography skills.
It's been a birdacious year.