A woman named Ostdrossel, who many call Lisa, moved to Michigan from Germany in 2012. She loved seeing the wildlife in her backyard, and when she moved to the United States she never expected that she would fall in love with her new wild neighbors as much as she loved them in Germany.
I’m sure that we all know someone who takes pictures of every moment possible and Lisa was just such a person. It wasn’t long after she started seeing the wildlife in her own yard that she started taking pictures.
“There was so much color and diversity, different from what I was used to in city life,” Ostdrossel told The Dodo. “I wanted to share them with my family in Germany and so I started feeding birds and taking photos.”
When Lisa first got started, she was using a DSLR camera, but she wanted a way to get some more pictures that were up close and personal. She knew that there were plenty of secret moments taking place so she decided to build a feeder cam.
Every night, Lisa would review the pictures and videos, and she loved seeing the expressions on the animals’ faces. Some of the birds that were captured in pictures she had never seen before, including some exotic hummingbirds.
It wasn’t long before families of birds were raising young right in front of her eyes. Those fledglings would even make her feeder a regular stop.
“I have set up a nesting box for the Bluebirds in my yard which also has a camera inside and I have watched them building their nests and raising their babies for several years now,” Ostdrossel said, according to The Dodo. “They are very special to me and the best is when their babies are old enough to be brought to the yard by their parents and get taught how to eat mealworms.”
Migration is one of her favorite times to set up a number of cameras to see what is going on. “You never know who might show up,” Ostdrossel said. “One time, there was a Summer Tanager, then a Palm Warbler, birds like that. They are only passing through and it is exciting to spot them.”
As it turns out, there were other critters who showed up at the feeder. “The chipmunk just started showing up recently, I love the Opossum, [and] the Groundhog is a longtime resident,” Ostdrossel noted. “There is also a family of skunks each year.”
She knew that there were other bird lovers out there so Lisa decided to make a public album on Facebook. The pictures began to go viral quickly.
“Watching the birds and working my garden in a natural and critter and bird-friendly way is something that calms me and balances me in these chaotic times,” Ostdrossel continued, according to The Dodo. “The fact that my photos and videos seem to have the same effect on other people, too, is a wonderful plus.”
Lisa feels more in touch with the area and the United States, thanks to this unique project.
“The whole hobby with the birds has helped me understanding our impact on nature more,” Ostdrossel said. “And it made me want to know what I can do to help preserve it.”
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