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The joys of birdwatching under lockdown

Admire our avian neighbours, by all means—but don’t envy them; they, too, have been dealing with a difficult period of confinement

By Cal Flyn   July 2020

Birdwatching is having a moment during lockdown, as thousands of normally-uninterested eyes take note of the life around us—in our gardens, on our daily stroll—for the first time. For many, it seems as though the birds are now louder and more active than ever.

Ornithologists, however, assure us that the change has been largely our own. In empty streets, birds have felt more present than ever. In our quieter lives, the comings and goings in between branches have become more enthralling than before.

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