As I've aged, what I've lost in knee cartilage I've gained in old-person hobbies.
For the past 3 or 4 years I've been really into birds. An Audubon Society membership, of course, along with local Chapter outings, feeders galore, native plants and trees, a heated bath in the winter; the whole 9 yards.
In Minneapolis it's pretty run-of-the-mill: sparrows, chickadees, finches, cardinals, bluejays, hummingbirds, robins, and a few different woodpeckers.
At the lot it's like I'm on a safari, discovering birds I've never seen or heard, and some I've never even heard of.
Using the amazing Merlin app, here's what I've heard so far this spring and summer. Just too fun!
(Side note: Help our friends. They need it. If you're not already a member, join the Audubon Society.)