On a previous thread, I posed a question what should we discuss next. Forktail replied with the following suggestions:-
reverse migration / pseudo vagrancy?
Why do east coast yanks always turn up in winter?
the seawatching potential of early summer?
the proliferation of birders' websites - is birding devolving back to the masses?
is there life without a pager?
The last one got me going, and I wonder what the feelings of others might be. Are you like me, in having had a pager and now without one? Have you always had one and still love having it? Have you added up your found list - UK or US? What's it like - good, bad, not bothered?
Aaah, life without a pager.
I had one once, but having given it up, I feel much more relaxed about my birding, without the constant feeling that I should chase things - mind you as I am out of the country when most of the good birds turn up, I don't get the chance. Many birders in Suffolk time their days off to coincide with me being away cos they know good birds will turn up just to .... me off!
My found list has become the most important to me, and I keep no other. What it has done is to make me put myself at locations looking to find things for myself rather than rush around like a fool. Mind you, I am lucky to live on the east coast, where things are likely to turn up - I found the Lesser Yellowlegs at Southwold about a mile away from my house, but not as close as the Greater Yellowlegs I found a while back.....
This kind of birding is so much more productive and satisfying. I envy those birders just starting out, the sense of wonder, with everything being new - getting a new pair of bins or new scope can give you the same feeling.
The proliferation of bird information (like pagers) is a good thing, but simply looking for yourself is just as good or better. Try it you might like it....