This Spring, at the urging of my wife, I created a virtual aviary in my backyard (Of course, nothing in caged in). What I did do was plant, plant, and plant! My yard is now hidden away like a Key West tropical garden.
The new yard prompted us to begin feeding the many birds that surround our home, and the results were fantastic. I now sip my morning coffee watching various bird species, many of which I am just learning to identify. Here of some of the creatures so far:
Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Yellow Rumped Warbler
There are so many different species and so many varieties within each species that I have a long way to go with this new hobby. However, I have already purchased a dozen books on the subject and I am having a blast. It's just another fun thing to do, and it is far more relaxing than I ever imagined. I find it as rewarding as meditation.
If you ever get the chance (or make the chance), give it a try.