How iPhone Birding Apps Work

Author's Note

Admittedly, I'm not that knowledgeable about wild birds, but I can understand why birdwatchers are so passionate about their hobby. When I was a young boy, my family had the good fortune to have a robin's nest on the ledge outside our bathroom window. We kept the window, which opened to the side, propped partially open all summer, so that we could observe the mother robin and the hatching of her eggs through the narrow space. I was sad when the little birds finally grew enough to leave the nest and make their way in the world, but I liked to think of them building nests on windowsills of houses where other little children could delight in them.

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