It's been a topsy-turvy year for this birder. I've had some great highs--birding in Cape May with the Flock and meeting new Flockers Lynne and Katdoc, birding the marsh with Susan and Laura, seeing some great lifers like my first wood duck (finally)--and some crushing lows. All in all, it's been a year of evolution, of spreading my wings and taking risks.
For this last post of 2008, I went through my archives and found some moments that I thought you might enjoy reliving with me:
January--birding and observing the locals in the Big Valley of Central Pennsylvania
February--in an especially lucky convergence, a raptor lands right outside the window at work AND I have my camera with me
March--an April post covering my March 30th marsh birding trip with visitors Susan Gets Native and Laura from New Jersey, including an episode of CSI: Bird Dorks
April--in which I discover a new place to bird that yields some great sights
May--a tie between this big birding day afield and the next big birding day on the marsh, both featuring a lot of photos
June--my first-ever owl heard in the wild!
July--we all go camping and fishing, featuring lots of photos including a pretty decent one of an Eastern Towhee
August--in a non-bird-related post, we meet Dr. Matty McMatterson, best friend and confidante of the beginning birder, the Watson to my Holmes (only I'm not addicted to drugs)
September--I get my first-ever photos of an accommodating bald eagle
October--my crazy-ass trip to Cape May to meet the Flock during the Autumn Migration weekend
November--in which the vegetarian beginning birder ponders the Thanksgiving turkey tradition
December--the beginning birder finds out she's going to need a field guide for Western birds. . .
It's been a long year, and a long winter (and it's only just started!), but 2009 promises to be a much warmer and more bird-filled year. Not to mention the fact that we're getting a new president! I wonder if Barack Obama is a birder? I bet Michelle Obama likes birds. She's probably cool like that.