My Life’s Birds: Catching up to real time
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!