Birds are stress busters. I could sit for hours and watch them come and go as they visit my feeders, build their nests, and elude predators. I actually witnessed a bird hide under some leaves when a hawk flew into the feeder area. The house sparrow stayed still there for 10 minutes until the hawk flew away. The idiosyncrasies of birds are revealed in close up photographs. A photo in this gallery titled "Elvis is in the House" was awarded Honorable Mention in the birds category for the 2010 Maryland Department of Natural Resources photo contest. This photo has been a recent local favorite.