[CT Birds] About life birds -

holmses at cox.net holmses at cox.net
Sun Jul 14 10:31:19 EDT 2013

Paul, I have always counted life birds this way. When I began "keeping score" there was hardly any other way to do it. 
I had no mentors or role models that were able to teach me how or show me where I might go, so I made up my own rules. If someone else tells me what it is, I don't count it. If I'm at a zoo or other location that collects or stocks birds, I can't count them. (which means no penguins, no matter how many times I go to Mystic). This website remains a valuable way to confirm an early or late migrant or an irruption, or to safely report something unusual, but my rules prohibit me from going anywhere anyone else sees one and claiming it on my list (sorry Mr Kite). Is there anyone else with similar rules? Dave H.
---- Carrier Graphics <carriergraphics at sbcglobal.net> wrote: 
> About life birds - 
> As I got older and the years of birding became similar in how I was pursuing and enjoying them, I began something new. I began to change my priority for life birds to finding them for myself. I always posted in my Life List where and who found and/or spotted that life bird for me. In these later years, most all are posted as - me finding them. It gives me so much more satisfaction finding my own good and life birds these days. Anyone else also doing it this way as well? 
> And Glen W - about that Sabine's Gull. This was for years my longest to find lifer of all. I missed that Gull several times through the years, and it became an obsession for me to get one. Years ago I missed it at the Vineyard by 5 mins, and once again there years later by another 5 mins as I saw it as a black object flying off into the open ocean. The one who saw it first said it was just 20 feet away! I also missed one on a pelagic trip being seen on the other side of the boat! Finally, in 2005, I was driving to Menemphia (sp) on the Vineyard, when i looked left and over a dune was a classic adult SABINE'S GULL flying along with me! I reported it and was so proud I finally got this elusive bird on my life list all by myself! 
> Paul Carrier - Harwinton
> And to Jay K - I got my first Ivory-billed Woodpecker at the Peabody Museum - still had most of its feathers on...
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