From Birdwatcher to Birder - 10 Ominous Signs That You've Crossed
that Birding Line
Birdwatching is a hobby...Birding is a way of life. The fellows who
actually make a living looking at birds do scoff if you refer to what they
are doing as 'birdwatching'. Stay on their good sides by calling them
'birders' or, possibly, 'birdmen'. But you don't have to be earning a
paycheck from your involvement in the bird world to undergo that
metamorphosis from birdwatcher to birder. Think this may be happening to
you or someone you love? Look for the following 10 telltale signs:
1) You never leave home without your Sibley Bird Guide. Even if you're
just going to the market. After all, a Eurasian Widgeon just might be
swimming in that puddle in the parking lot.
2) You and your spouse often communicate via a series of bird calls that
actually mean specific things to the two of you.
3) Your friends start chirping derisively when they see you coming.
4) You've gathered all the cats in your neighborhood together and given
them a stern talking to.
5) In your sleep, you argue with people about the Ivory-billed
6) Your 'good' shoes are hiking boots or waterproof boots. In point of
fact, all of the shoes in your closet show traces of dried mud.
7) You named your son Jay and your daughter Phainopepla.
8) On your last birthday, everyone who loves you gave you birdfeeders.
9) Your favorite meal is now, officially, sunflower seeds.
10) You've begun to line the rooms of your home with grasses, twigs and
If you or a loved one is exhibiting at least 4 of these signs, chances
are the line has already been crossed.
* Warning - reading American Bird Guide may turn you from a harmless
birdwatcher into a full-fledged birder. So, come on, start reading!