Are you a casual naturalist looking to learn more about our feathered friends? This animated video, created by London illustrator Will Rose and called "By the River," offers a great introductory primer on how to spot several varieties of birds, including blackbirds, swallows, kingfishers, swifts, and goldfinches. Rose describes their plumage, tells you where to spot them, and even plays snippets of their lilting songs. The short clip may not turn you into the next Tom Gullick (considered by some to be the "world's greatest birdwatcher"), but it might inspire you to dust off your binoculars and admire the tiny creatures soaring through our skies. 

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

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