Shortcut to Happiness
American goldfinch
Confession:  I’m a bird dork.    I love wild birds.  I watch them.  I feed them.  I read books about them.  Some of my favorite pieces of art in my home are of what else – birds.
In childhood and my younger years I  barely noticed wild birds.  My mother is a “Birdie” and when she talked about them when I was a kid my eyes would glaze over.  But something happened around mid-life for me.   I looked up in the sky and discovered these miraculous little creatures and I’ve been smitten every since.
 A few weeks ago I visited my parents in Michigan  and made a visit to a favorite local garden store.  Its the same garden store my grandmother also frequented for 40 years.     Anyway,  the store has this vast selection of  bird feeders, bird baths, and bird food (two whole aisles of feed).    As I headed out that morning with my daughters in tow I was so excited to purchase the Spring Blend of feed.    I imagine this is how some women feel when their favorite designer  Spring Fashion collection hits the stores.   Oooh! Aaaah!
I was giddy with anticipation…. so many blends to choose from.  Of course there is the tried and true black-oil sunflower, safflower, thistle seed,  cracked corn, millet, suet, peanuts, berries, mealworms, mixed blends.  Perhaps I should purchase them already hulled.  It’s more expensive to purchase hulled seeds but Bubbie is older now and it’s hard work sweeping up the shells…
All of a sudden I feel a tug on my shirt.
My youngest daughter says.  “Why do you and Bubbie  love birds so much.  (Bubbie is the nickname for my Mom.)
 “I don’t know.   I can’t speak for Bubbie but they bring me joy in a way I can’t quite describe”, I said.
” This is super boring. So so so soooooo boring”, she replies.
  I was little like you once and understand.   Give me 5 minutes to decide on a bag and we’ll be heading out”, I replied.
So we headed out to the car and I couldn’t help but thing maybe, just maybe, even 30+  years from now that my daughters will also enjoy the dorking world of birds,  or any other simple pleasure for that matter.  Because its truly the little things that provide shortcuts to happiness.
Here are some bird’s we’ll be looking for this Spring and Summer.
Every Blessing,
Ingrid Kellaghan
Founder, Cambridge Nanny Group

Broad-winged Hawk
Mar 16 – Apr 30

Purple Martin
Mar 16 – Apr 30

Yellow-headed Blackbird
Mar 16 – Apr 30

Louisiana Waterthrush
Mar 16 – Apr 30

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Apr 1 – May 15

Barn Swallow
Apr 1 – Apr 30

Eastern Kingbird
Apr 1 – May 30

Red-eyed Vireo
Apr 1 – May 30

Bobolink
Apr 1 – May 30

Black-and-white Warbler
Apr 1 – Apr 30

Northern Parula
Apr 1 – May 15

Hooded Warbler
Apr 1 – May 15

Cliff Swallow
Apr 16 – May 15

Wood Thrush
Apr 16 – May 30

Least Flycatcher
Apr 16 – May 30

Western Kingbird
Apr 16 – May 30

Baltimore Oriole
Apr 16 – May 30

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Apr 16 – May 15

Scarlet Tanager
Apr 16 – May 30

Yellow Warbler
Apr 16 – May 30

Yellow-breasted Chat
Apr 16 – May 30

Kentucky Warbler
Apr 16 – May 15

Ovenbird
Apr 16 – May 30

Blue-winged Warbler
Apr 16 – May 15

Cerulean Warbler
Apr 16 – May 30

Worm-eating Warbler
Apr 16 – May 15

Orchard Oriole
Apr 16 – May 30

Yellow-billed Cuckoo
May 1 – May 30

Common Nighthawk
May 1 – Jun 15

Swainson’s Thrush
May 1 – Jun 15

Olive-sided Flycatcher
May 1 – May 30

Eastern Wood-Pewee
May 1 – May 30

Warbling Vireo
May 1 – May 30

Blue Grosbeak
May 1 – May 15

Indigo Bunting
May 1 – May 30

American Redstart
May 1 – May 30

Canada Warbler
May 1 – May 30

Wilson’s Warbler
May 1 – May 30

Willow Flycatcher
May 1 – May 30

Western Tanager
May 16 – May 30