What is the word Yakima Hipsters? Bird, bird, bird is the word

Eh eh ! It’s the second day of spring 2022!

And for the record, spring is for the birds.

If you’re looking for a sure sign of the season, look to the sky. The Cliff Swallows return to San Juan Capistrano, California this time of year. Red-headed vultures (buzzards) are returning to Hinkley, Ohio, and good old Turdus migratorius (the American Red Robin) is starting to show up around the Yakima Valley.

Yes, spring is for the birds!

However, the Yakima Audobon Society counts the birds locally from mid-December to early January. The 2021 figures show:

the Yakima Valley Christmas Bird Count found 91 species and 18,389 individual birds. 91 species corresponds exactly to the average of the last ten counts. The record is 97 species set in 2015. The total number of individual birds is slightly above the all-time average but well below the record of 29,260 set in 1994.

That’s great Dave, where are your feathers taking us?

Let your insect breath simmer, I’m getting there.

I’m talking about birds because there is a growing tendency among some younger generations to do a bit of ornithology!

Over the past year and a half, millennials and Gen Zers seem genuinely interested in birdwatching. Is there a level of irony involved? Sure. But over 340 million views for the “birding tiktok” TikTok page would suggest some degree of genuine intrigue.

It becomes kind of an outdoor hipster thing in the hiking, biking, and backpacking sense. And if the birds don’t like it, they can blame the coronavirus pandemic

restrictions on gatherings have forced individuals to go out and pursue more self-reliant hobbies. In February 2021, there was a 175% increase in new downloads of the Merlin mobile app, one of the leading bird identification services. The active user base at this time of year has doubled since the start of the pandemic, and by the end of 2021 more than two million people have used Merlin for the first time. In addition, visits to bird species entries on the English Wikipedia are still well above their pre-pandemic levels.

There are other benefits to birdwatching besides making you look cool and “with it”.

walk in nature

Breathe fresh air

Mental alertness and quick reflexes

upper body strength

Stress reduction

Community and friendliness

Spring is here, it’s for the birds, think about joining them and maybe you’ll see the goldfinch was named the state bird of Washington in 1951.

Oh and finally, maybe you’ve heard that bird is the word? If you haven’t, here are some dancing birds to remind you! Word.

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