Finding birds and meaning

Finding birds and meaning by Goyo P
Finding birds and meaning, a photo by Goyo P on Flickr.

At the end of the day last Saturday I found myself staring out at the horizon listening to a Meadowlark sing. This year’s North American Migration Count was over. I was tired and hungry and ready to head home…but not until the meadowlark finished his song. Today I was thinking about the birds I saw on that day. Seventy seven species is no record and I didnt find anything extremely rare. I thought about the old mountaineering words, “conquistador of the useless” Those words describe my relationship with birding pretty well. I try not to get caught up in competitive birding. I try not to focus on the numbers. I admit I do succumb to it occasionally. But at the end of the day it isnt the number that feels so good. It’s the knowing. It’s knowing where the best place is to find a Loon, or a Yellow-breasted Chat. It’s also the discovering of those things on your own without being told. It’s the journey that you make to get to the number that matters. It’s the journey that makes me feel more connected to nature. I think it would be pretty awesome to post a video documenting each of the birders who participated in the Lenawee NAMC. It’s fascinating to me to hear about how birders find birds. It’s just as interesting as the bird itself in my opinion. Stay tuned on that thought. =)

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