Find­ing Joy in Birds

Birds & Blooms - - From The Editor - KIRSTEN SCHRADER, EX­EC­U­TIVE EDITOR

I’m writ­ing this in early April from my liv­ing room in the midst of the COVID-19 pan­demic. My work-at-home rou­tine in­cludes fre­quent vis­its to the win­dow to check my bird feeder. Ear­lier this week I mes­saged my team, declar­ing that ev­ery dark-eyed junco in the county was in my yard—or so it seemed. And editor Rachel shared her first goldfinch sight­ing. Art di­rec­tor Sharon chimed in to say that honk­ing sand­hill cranes were her back­ground noise.

In this try­ing time, shar­ing bird sight­ings is bring­ing us to­gether even though we’re working miles apart. That’s the best thing about birds. No mat­ter what’s go­ing on in the world, they’re still the hun­gry, en­ter­tain­ing fliers we all love.

Noth­ing lifts our spir­its quite like hum­ming­birds, so it’s been a treat to work on this an­nual spe­cial is­sue. En­joy 12 pages of reader pho­tos and the sto­ries be­hind their shots in “Hum­ming­bird Tales” on page 22. Then pick up some pho­tog­ra­phy tips from your fel­low hum­ming­bird lovers in “Shut­ter­bug Magic” on page 38. And find out how re­mark­able fe­male hum­ming­birds are in “Bird Su­per­moms” on page 52.

I hope that by the time you’re read­ing this, the world is in a much bet­ter and health­ier place—and that hum­ming­birds are buzzing around your yard, spark­ing joy with ev­ery flutter of their wings.

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