Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Do you have "Maybe-Not" Life Birds too?
Posted by Birding is Fun!
Perhaps I am too hard on myself. I probably did struggle through my field guide in that moment. None of those "maybe-not birds" in my life list were outside of their typical region...but the correct habitat may be another matter! Regardless, I'd still like to see a few birds again so I can "feel" better about them being on my life list.
What do you do with your “maybe-not" or questionable life birds? Did you take them off your list? Do you leave them there and delete them when you see them again “for real”? I have done that a few times. Do you ignore them and pretend they don't really exist while boasting of your massive life list full or errors?
I also find that I really want to see and identify birds with my own skills, especially those birds that someone else had to point out for me before. Because I didn't have to struggle over that previous identification process, the memory and knowledge didn't stick in my cerebro. Lynn Davenport, my father-in-law and birding mentor, was pretty good at forcing me to point out the characteristics of each bird so that it would truly be mine. Yet, even with Lynn, there are a few “maybe-not” life birds that we saw together that were new to both of us and in regions that were new to us.
So in the interest of full-disclosure here are my dozen “maybe-not” birds still on my life list:
1. Hawaiian Duck – I only trust myself about 50% on this one. Jessica, I guess we’re going back to Hawaii to make sure!!!
2. Hawaiian Coot – I saw coots there, but do they have the American Coots there too? I just check eBird and it say no, so I no longer need to question this one...but Jessica, we still have to go back to Hawaii just to make sure!!!
Here's to hoping I see all of these birds and many more again!