For those of you who DON’T know me personally, I am a birder. For those of you who DO know me, you know I am a LAPSED birder…sigh.
My living environment has gone from that of being primarily nomadic to being primarily stationary. I have to make the connection that my”drive” to bird was/is intrinsically tied to my “drive” to drive. My trips have been sparse and my lists? Even more so. My birding buddies used to call me the consummate lister. I had, of course, my life list but I also had year, trip, and state lists. I listed in the ABA little blue books, spreadsheets, and journals that had not only lists, but copious notes about bird sightings.
Birding wasn’t JUST a hobby, there were times when I literally felt it saved my life; a story for another time perhaps.
So it feels a little disrespectful, or ungrateful, that I have seemingly cast this wonderful activity aside. Last year, my New Year’s Resolution was to keep up to date on my birding list. It didn’t happen. In fact, I found that I hadn’t really kept up to date on 2011′s list! These photos (BTW I’ve decided to keep a photo list too – lol) are some of the birds I saw in 2011 – if I get my act together, maybe I’ll put together a photo array of 2012 in the near future and, of course, update my lists.
Just a little ol’ Killdeer, found all across North America and one of the first birds I learned to identify as a child.
Northern Shoveler – very common and aptly named for that “honkin” bill which is used to shovel/filter mud as their feeding method.