I love birds. Not like Audubons love birds, but Bob and I do own a cheap pair of field glasses and a nice Peterson’s Guide. Here in southern MO, we live in a fly-over zone, and also near a conservation area, so we’re just geeky enough to enjoy a “date” seeing how many avians we can identify. Our day is made if we are visited by a bald eagle or a close up view of a gaggle of something.
Back on board this month with the Hobby Club. This month is for the birds, literally. The first week of May was to list 10 birds in our geographically area which we would like to identify. Okay, so I cheated. I already have identified several of these, including one of my all time favorite names, the “Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker”. Now there’s a midwest moniker if ever there was one. (Just try saying that fast three times without spitting on someone…)
I might actually go for the badge on this one. Yes, badges! Totally yes! Specially designed badges just for the Hobby Club members. I still have my Girl Scout blood coursing through my veins, Geritol and all. The capstone will be to design and make our own birdfeeder, which will be a hoot, (pardon the pun), since power tools are not my best friend. Doggone it, I’m gonna earn that bird badge!
But until then, I will content myself with just keeping the existing birdfeeders filled, and trying to snap those shots for my newly christened bird-watching field notebook (oooh, that sounds just so official!) My husband and I enjoy this pasttime together, so much so that I bought him some field glasses a few years ago. Here’s hoping I can get him in on the fun. (He is NOT, however, sharing my badge!!)
Although I may reconsider, of course, if he finds the Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker….
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