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Aveschapines    2107

I've been thinking for a while that this might be fun. Tell us your "you might be a birder if..." stories. Here's mine.

 

You might be a birder if...

 

You're on the toilet at work when you hear a flock of Pacific Parakeets fly over. You immediately start to calculate how quickly you can get decent (remember I'm a girl LOL) and run out to see how many are in the flock. 

 

I didn't get to count them that day, but today 14 flew over as I was arriving. Which leads to my second "You might be a birder if..."

 

You are walking from the bus to your place of work and chatting with coworkers who were on the same bus when the flock of Pacific Parakeets flies over again. You immediately stop to count them. Your coworkers leave you there counting birds and head in, and ask how many there were when you get in.

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Melierax    2698

This is a neat idea!

 

Here's my story:

 

You might be a birder if...

 

You plow through an entire patch of cheat grass in socks and sandals and endure the pain and annoyance of 5000 tiny pieces of cheat grass sticking into your foot just to get a picture of a bird you think might not just be a White-crowned Sparrow. 

 

Another:

 

You might be a birder if...

 

You sit in a swarm of mosquitoes perfectly still just to hear that little cheep to make sure it's not something cool.

 

Last one:

 

You might be a birder if...

 

You wade knee deep in disgustingly dirty swamp water just to get closer to that little bird.

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Snapshotbirder    691

You might be a birder if...

Whenever a family vacation is planned you make sure to research what kind of birds you might see at the place you're visiting.

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Melierax    2698

You might be a birder if...

 

You point out a bird and list a whole bunch of facts about it even if your audience isn't interested at all.

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Thunderbird    661

You might be a birder if the thought of visiting a depository for urine, feces, old toilet paper, and half-eaten broccoli stems makes your mouth water.

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Astrobirder    3417

You might be a birder if...

You threaten to bike for 2 hours in the cold January rains while sick and lugging a massive spotting scope rig to see a Pink-footed Goose that may or may not be there.

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Melierax    2698

You might be a birder if...

 

You feel an overwhelming urge to correct the guy behind you at a bird show who says that we get Harpy Eagles in Idaho :P . (true story.)

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Snapshotbirder    691

You might be a birder if...

While at the local Wildlife Refuge you get more excited about seeing a little brown bird than the Great Blue Heron a few feet away that everyone else is watching.

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Aveschapines    2107

OK got another one: 

 

You download bird songs ringtones for your phone. Now whenever it rings you go to look outside and see what that new bird singing is :-D

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Snapshotbirder    691

OK got another one: 

 

You download bird songs ringtones for your phone. Now whenever it rings you go to look outside and see what that new bird singing is :-D

I've done that, but with other birder's phones ;)

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Snapshotbirder    691

You might be a birder if...

While at a restaurant you find yourself fascinated by birds outside your window...and then realize you're on a date.

Note: I have never done that ^

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Aveschapines    2107

You might be a birder if...

While at a restaurant you find yourself fascinated by birds outside your window...and then realize you're on a date.

Note: I have never done that ^

 

You just gotta date other birders!

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Astrobirder    3417

You might be a birder if you panic internally while in school since you just got a eBird Alert saying that there is a Pink-footed Goose 15 minutes away.

 

You might be a birder if you rush through a massive school project once you get home so you could have time to see the before mentioned Pink-footed Goose

 

You might be a birder if you don't walk into the park with the same PFGO, but run with big leaps to frantically see the bird before it gets too dark.

 

You might be a birder if you tell EVERYONE (and I mean EVERYONE) that you saw the PFGO.

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1horse2many    432

You might be a birder if you stand outside on the lake's edge in -30 windchill to get a pic of a Little Gull. *Bonus points if you do so whilst wearing a ball cap and not a proper toque! Feat: CC*

 

(But then also wimp out {if you're me} because you're also anemic, have bad circulation and can't keep warm no matter what). 

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Astrobirder    3417

You might be a birder if you wander away from the location of a rarity that isn't showing up and upon hearing that it shows up you run so fast that your hat falls off and you get 2 pounds of sand in your shoes (it was a beach).

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JimBob    10204
1 hour ago, 1horse2many said:

 *Bonus points if you do so whilst wearing a ball cap and not a proper toque! Feat: CC*

You might be Canadian if you know what that is (I honestly had no idea -- had to google it). ;) 

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CanadianCodhead    3465
1 hour ago, 1horse2many said:

You might be a birder if you stand outside on the lake's edge in -30 windchill to get a pic of a Little Gull. *Bonus points if you do so whilst wearing a ball cap and not a proper toque! Feat: CC*

 

(But then also wimp out {if you're me} because you're also anemic, have bad circulation and can't keep warm no matter what). 

It was a good pic, plus I got pics of a Lesser Black-backed and a Thayer's Gull.

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Melierax    2698
13 hours ago, JimBob said:

You might be Canadian if you know what that is (I honestly had no idea -- had to google it). ;) 

Me too -- I'm now calling that hat a toque from now on, I have no idea why we call it a "beanie" here in Murica (or at least where I come from).

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The Traveler    3116

You might be a birder if you're on a bus heading to the place you're volunteering in Costa Rica and panic when a vehicle blocks your view because something good could be behind the vehicle.

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