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My Life’s Birds: Catching up to real time

September 29, 2010

September 29, 2010 – Chapel Hill, NC – Well, I’ve finally done it.  When I started this “My Life’s Birds” series on my blog almost exactly two years ago I knew there would come a time when I would reach the end of the list.  Fear not reader, I haven’t gotten there yet, but I have reached a significant milestone.  The next life bird experience I profile will be the first life bird I picked up once I started this blog.  So, in a sense, I’ve already written about these birds in a much more immediate way than the nostalgic backwards peering remembrances I tend to post on Wednesdays.  This presents an obvious problem in the way of potentially repeating myself, especially since those old posts are as easy to search for as anything.  So here’s what I’m gonna do.

I’m going to keep pushing on with this series for a couple reasons.  1) Most of those old posts were from a time when this here blog had about a half dozen regular readers, and since most people don’t sit around and dive back into my archives (and why would they?  There’s several hundred posts back there!) a lot of this stuff will really seem like new content.  Hooray! 2) I’ll probably be able to focus more on my thoughts about the species and descriptions therein in a more general way since the nuts and bolts of trip reportage will already be covered, which will perhaps make the posts more interesting for those people who might tire of the “I went here and saw this then I went there and saw this” type of prose.  And finally 3) I like writing these things so, you know, deal with it, man.

From this moment forward, however, I will link to that original post about finding the life bird so you, dear reader, should you be inclined, can go back and see my initial thoughts on the birds, which will no doubt be full of the excitement of a new lifer and none of the dreary nostalgic resignation of not having had another life bird in some time (I try to hide it but it simmers just below the surface).

In any case, regardless of how I make this work it’s a milestone of sorts to note, the beginning of the bird blog as an additional way to experience new birds and birding experiences.  One that has been as influential in the way I think about birding as the first pair of binoculars I picked up.  No small feat.  Back to you regularly scheduled Life Bird’s post next week!

  1. September 29, 2010 3:43 pm

    Looking forward to it! You dont need to make any excuses for keeping up with this series. It makes for great reading and I am sure that like myself, most birders can relate to those precious, unforgettable moments and days when a life bird is seen. I can recall the exact moment of “ticking” the majority of species on my list (some of those memories playing out in my head like videos even 30 years after the event!) and have sometimes wondered if this was the case for other birders. It apparently is for you- thanks for sharing such important moments.

  2. September 29, 2010 11:21 pm

    Great, I’ve enjoyed the series. It was a great idea, and done well.

    Your mention of not having a lifer in some time got me thinking. I don’t think I’ve had one in 8 months. But it was a doozy (the Ivory Gull in GA), so I guess it will tide me over for a while.

  3. Nate permalink*
    October 4, 2010 10:03 am

    @Pat- Thanks so much, sometimes I wonder whether there are really people who read this sort of naval-gazing stuff. Some of my older memories are more hazy, but the last decade or so are still sharp and getting them down in words will no doubt help them stay that way!

    @Grant- Thanks! It’s been 9 months for me, the longest stint since I began birding hard again several years back. I don’t know how I got through it then!

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