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Six Little Words

March 28, 2008

Ok, so I haven’t been officially tagged by this birding meme, or any birding meme for that matter. My heart, she hurts a bit. But, I shall persevere…

411 as follows:

1. Write your own six word memoir
2. Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you’d like
3. Link to the person that tagged you in your post and to this original post if possible so we can track it as it travels across the blogosphere
4. Tag five more blogs with links
5. And don’t forget to leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play!

I’m to sum up my birding life in a six-word phrase. After some serious thinking I think I got it and I present to you my birding mantra:

Every Life Bird Gets A Beer

Yup, I didn’t call this endeavor “The Drinking Bird” just because I like tchotchke. My passion for birds is only barely ceded by my passion for a great brew.

But if I may get serious here for just a sec, these six words do in fact hit the high points of why I love so this pastime pretty well. Because, for me, it’s not just about the birds, not that I mean to lessen them in any way cause they’re fantastic and love of nature can’t be discounted. It’s about the challenge to find and ID them, the sport of it that every listing birder feels even if it’s just competition with oneself (and when it comes down to it, that’s all it is), and most especially, the celebration, the camaraderie, the holding court with other birders sharing a beer and a laugh after a super day in the field. Birding is a great time, but that time is no doubt enhanced by the people that share it with us. And the best day’s birding doesn’t just end when the sun goes down.

So after I’m out and if find something really cool, when that sudsy comestible hits the glass in the evening I stop and reflect a bit on the day, relive the birds I saw. It’s almost as good as seeing it the first time.

Of course, some guidelines need apply. Every life bird gets a beer only works if you have a handful of new birds on any given day. Some caution should be taken when in an especially birdy place. Otherwise I would’ve never made it out of Costa Rica…

The best part of not getting tagged is there’s no obligation to pass it on… so, do it if you like, eh?

  1. Mike permalink
    March 28, 2008 7:40 am

    I’ll drink to that!

  2. Greg permalink
    March 29, 2008 12:13 am

    I’m just glad you developed your birding mantra AFTER your teen birding years!

  3. Jochen permalink
    March 31, 2008 4:29 am

    The first thought after reading your six words was:
    Really? Ever birded Peru?
    (Just for the record, I haven’t, but I’d like to and have read a few reports).

    Cheers, mate! You know … that beer I owe you… May is a good month for birding the North-East of Germany.

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