Sometimes I feel sorry for the people in my life that show any amount of interest in birds and birding. I tend to pounce on them at once and envelop them with my enthusiasm whether they like it or not. Kind of like the ol' Loony Toon's Abominable Snowman. I'm certain that it turns some people off. But other times that passion takes root and becomes a tree sharing its own fruit with others. I should be on the Christmas card lists for Eagle Optics and Sibley Guides for all of their products I have sold to the poor innocent people in my life that I have enlightened (or ruined) with birding.
Anyway, I have since moved to Utah, but Jason's renewed passion for birding has carried on and we still stay in touch. He has seen several species of birds that I have yet to see. Jason writes for the website UplandIdaho.com and he recently wrote about his birding adventures over the last couple of years. He shares several tales of birding with me and even one in which his eldest daughter pranked us. Jason oozes birding enthusiasm in his writing which I encourage you to check out here: http://tinyurl.com/82spfk8