Miller Jackson

Joined: Apr 28, 2018 Last Active: Jul 29, 2021 iNaturalist

Hello everyone! I'm Miller, I'm 14 years old and I live in Chicago, Illinois. I've been interested in birds, mushrooms, butterflies, and really all of nature for as long as I can remember, but I started to seriously get into bird watching when I was 7 or 8. My Bubbie is the main reason I'm a birdwatcher, as she was one herself.

I have many bird feeders in my small yard as well as a pollinator garden when the weather is warm. While bird watching is one of my favorite hobbies, I also love physics and mathematics, archery, knitting, and reading.

If it's in nature, I'll probably take an interested to it. Wildflowers, dragonflies, turtles, bees, they're all beautiful! For that reason, the non-bird observations I make will usually be left at a more general ID until someone more experienced than I am comes along.

I devote much of my time to physics, which is my main interest, but if I'm not doing that, I'm outside birdwatching.

If I make any mistakes in identifying other observations, please let me know. I have much to learn and I occasionally rush through observations.

I take my photographs with a Nikon D3500, usually with a new 70-300 mm lens. My mother used to be a professional photographer, so I still have a lot to learn from her! If the bird I'm photographing doesn't move too quickly, I try to take somewhat amusing photographs, or at least photographs that show a bit of their behavior.

Some of my favorite birdwatching spots are the Magic Hedge bird sanctuary in Chicago, the Brownfield bog in Brownfield, Maine, most of Denmark, Maine, Wynnewood valley park in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, Central Park in NYC, and Villa Borghese in Rome.

Update 4/24/2021: I'm finally adding new observations after not having done that since 2019, hooray!!! In my defense, there's been a pandemic and I was too lazy to deal with all of my photos. Either way, keep checking back on my observations to be the first one to ID new ones.

Join the unofficial iNat discord group (https://discord.gg/eCD4WvT)! There's always something fun going on there, you can get help with IDs, and you'll make wonderful friends just as nerdy about nature as you.

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