Birds Are Good For Your Mental Health? – Did You Know Birding?



A study found that watching wild birds can be good for your mental health. It was discovered that the more birds people see in the afternoon the lower their level of depression and anxiety.

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27 thoughts on “Birds Are Good For Your Mental Health? – Did You Know Birding?

  1. Pilot177013 September 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    I'm sure it's implied; but not just "seeing" birds, but "hearing" them too helps me to relax. Especially your first clip in the video, I love that bird song, and have always wanted to watch the bird sing like that, but it is normally out of sight. Thanks to you, I have now seen it sing 🙂

  2. infinitecanadian September 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    My condolences for your family member.

  3. Lia Lisamaria September 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Hello Lesley.
    Great video and good information.
    My compliments…it is always nice to see birds in the garden.
    I wish you a very good eek.
    Sweet greetings Lia.

  4. Rashad Scales September 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    LOVED that you opened with the white throated sparrow. I can't get enough of their songs.

  5. Lorna D September 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Hi, Lesley. Really informative and much-needed video for this technological age. Thank you! I too have suffered from anxiety (mostly social) and depression most of my life, and ever since I have put up my bird feeders, and take time out of my day to sit and watch them eat and just generally fly around, I have noticed I have a calmer state of mind, and my spirits are lifted. People need to realize the value of taking a moment to just sit and enjoy nature. I know sometimes I feel guilty for "wasting time" just sitting and watching the birds, but it is NOT wasted time at all. In fact, it is restorative, and nourishing. It is deeply rewarding to fill my bird feeders and watch the birds come. Just last week, a white-breasted nuthatch came to my feeders! I was so excited! I can't wait to see old friends – and new – for many years to come.

  6. Giuseppe Di Cecco September 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Wonderful wild birds! Thank you Lesley. Greetings from Abruzzo

  7. EzPzLmnSqz September 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    i have a bird feeder ^____^ i started it a year ago and now theres a buncha doves and blue jays and regular birds and a handful of cowbirds!

    my mom built a fence around it to keep cats out but it doesnt keep the squirrels from jumping over or chewing through the wires 🙁

  8. Minhao Lee September 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Hi, i suggest you put "did you know your birding" at the end of the title, so people can see more of what that particular video is about, since most of your video titles start with "did you know your birding". On my mobile i can't see most of the titles of your videos

  9. jujie September 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    thank you for sharing this. i loved your story. birds truly help me as well, its indescribable.

  10. AjaxEddiefan September 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    A most profound post, Lesley. My younger brother died from melanoma in the spring of 2011. There were 3 beds in his palliative care room, in Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. The two beds nearest the window looked out onto a walkway that had some Jack Pine trees. The bed nearest the door had no view. The newest patient always got the lousy view. As a patient died, the newest guy would move up to a bed by the window. The trees were a small, but very significant comfort, for the terminal patients and their care-givers. You are a peach, my dear.

  11. San Juan Mountain Bob September 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Very good Lesley. I should be mentally stable thanks to you! Hopefully this vicarious watching counts too!

  12. outwiththem September 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    I eat less so i can feed my Blue Jays and others more. There are flapping those wings thousands of times a day. Need a lot of calories for that. So I give my food calories to them. Keeps me from getting Diabetes, and a joy to watch. Deal.

  13. pefawa September 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Of course those of us who get outdoors don't need a study to tell us this.. And thank you Lesley for sharing a little of what being outdoors has done for you.
    By the way, I love the photo of you in boots mucking it up out there in the marsh..!!

  14. It's An Adventure Discovering Nature With Jp September 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Nice video Lesley! Thanks for sharing the birds with us.👍 😊 JP

  15. Brenda Corica September 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Thank you for this post! I have been dealing with depression for years, and I was never into nature at all. Then last year, a pair of Mourning Doves arrived at my door, and they changed my life! I look forward to seeing them, along with all the other birds I see everyday. I have never felt so relaxed and calm. I could feel my depression lifting. Now I go outside everyday and I feed the Mourning Doves, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Red Bellied Woodpeckers, Crows, White Ibis and etc. I even feed the squirrels! I was never really interested in nature, but now I can't get enough of it!

  16. AMStationEngineer September 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    97% of bird species improve societal mental health. The other 3% are comprised of mockingbirds, woodpeckers, and warblers (1% each). During the period between early March and early August of each year, each and every woodpecker in North America visits my aluminum rain gutters, between the hours of 4:30 AM, and 7:00 AM, where they "telegraph" their need for a mate (hey, I guess that I own a woodpecker brothel?).

    Mockingbirds set up house in the Maple tree which is located between the master bedroom of my home, and the street light at the corner of my property, where they teach their offspring the art of mimicking bird calls, between the hours of 10:00 PM, and 2:30 AM – thanks to that damn street light.

    The aforementioned trio of bird species are responsible for "inching me towards the edge"…..

  17. Leslie Moise September 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    It makes me even happier knowing that what I love to do is good for me. 😛

  18. ILARIO SCHANZER September 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Beautiful … I L♥VE Birds !!!!!

  19. BadgerBotherer1 September 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    So true. I think that, had it not been for my love of nature, I'd have topped myself years ago!

  20. Benign Lover September 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    The only time I don't like birds is when they wake me up in the morning.

  21. Tracy G. September 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    The birds have helped through many hard times in my life.

  22. Allen Page September 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Absolutely, no matter how tough things get I
    will always feed the birds.

  23. InvertedBox September 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    I love attracting birds, chickadees are my favorite!

  24. Frog Man Cometh September 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    agreed! bird watching saved me last winter !

  25. Mike Taglione September 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Probably the healthiest distraction from everyday stress, it works for me, I'm going outside right now! Great Stuff!

  26. TizzieLizzie September 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this. I love when science proves what we know/feel to be true. And the footage in this video is amazing. So special to see the interaction with you and your birds.

  27. Heron boy September 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    very interesting

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