by Robin Tuck
But the question was a good one, one we should probably ask ourselves. I have been an active birder for about eight years now and I wonder if I actually have a good eight years experience. Perhaps I am hard on myself, but it seems I am baffled all the time by the same old birds. Some days I feel "learning impaired."
I wonder if this is because of how I approach birding. I bird because I enjoy looking at/for birds and being with other birders, most notably, my wife. I have not been birding to increase my knowledge of birds. Sure, some knowledge rubs off and sticks to me, but it wasnt because I sought it.
I think it is time to focus on learning and go birding with a goal, to get some real experience. Why dont you join me and choose some aspect of birding to learn about. I think I have been confused by sparrows long enough, so, sparrows, here I come. Im going to focus and learn and get some useful experience.