I must confess, I've always been a bit of a bird nerd. What I love most about birds is that they are (usually) easy to observe. So many animals live secretive lives that we only get a glimpse of here and there, often though car headlights or chance encounter. However, birds seem content to ignore us humans and carry on with their lives. You can easily sit on any shoreline or park bench with a pair of binoculars and see dozens of different species.