I do most of my bird watching by ear.
Cedar waxwings this morning. Didn't try to see them out in the pepper tree across the street.
During the course of the day I keep a kind of subconscious tally of species.
Scrub jay. Mockingbird. Crow. House finch. English Sparrow. Song Sparrow. Meadowlark...
Even when driving across town, when the windows are down. White-crowned sparrow. Goldfinch. Bewick's Wren. Turkey (!).
Morning meadowlarks along the fence line across from work, happy house finches in the afternoon, sleepy golden-crowned sparrows in the evening, all make me smile.
And I don't even have to catch a glimpse.