All this talk about lenses and such--I realized I haven't entered much bird-focused info lately. Honestly, it's been so freakin' hot up here that I haven't spent too much time outside. I did see a group of goldfinches playing around the yard night before last. They were chasing each other, singing and flying; it was sweet. It's amazing how just watching a bird--any bird--can lift my heart out of whatever doldrums it's in, or put the finishing touches on a magic moment. That's why I bird.
I blog because it keeps my mind focused on the task at hand; seems like the last few years, I've let too many days slip by me without my giving them their proper attention. If the unexamined life is indeed not worth living, then the examined and blogged-about life must be worth something. Blogging certainly fulfills a need I have to record my crazy little thoughts and share my observations. Even when my family is too busy to listen, the blog always has its ear open.
I blog about birds because it gives me joy. The first thing I do in the morning when I get to work is check out all my favorite bird blogs--Sharon Stiteler's Birdchick blog, Julie Zickefoose, Bill of the Birds, the Stokeses, and more. It makes my day start off on a good note. When I add to my humble little bird blog, I feel like I'm a part of a great community of great birders. And that's a good feeling to have first thing in the morning.