How to be a Birder part 8
Hint # 8 Recording Your Bird Sightings
Writing down lists of what you see in the field can lead to more detailed records for your own pleasure. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m really into lists; itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an obsessive compulsive thing that my wife tolerates with some amusement.
Birding can lend itself to the following lists:
- A Life List: the total list of birds you have ever seen
- A Year List: a list of birds seen this year (or any other year)
- A Month List: birds seen this month (and every other month of the year)
- A Week List: birds seen this week.
- A Day List: birds seen today.
- A Home List: birds seen around your home and garden.
- A District List: those birds seen within a certain distance from home (eg 5 kilometres radius)
- A State List: birds seen in your home state or territory.
- A Country List: all the birds youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve seen in your home country (and for every other country you have ever visited or lived in)
- A Television Bird List: a list of birds seen on television programmes
- A Film Bird List: ditto Ã¢â‚¬â€œ but on films.
- An Office Window List: birds seen from your office window.
- A Train/Bus Bird List: birds seen from the train or bus while on the way to work.
- A Holiday List: birds seen while on a holiday.
- A Porch List: birds seen while sitting on your front (or back) porch.
- A Church Bird List: this may seem bizarre but I have actually made a list of birds seen while sitting in church! Go figure.
All this does is illustrate how flexible this hobby called birding really is; you make it your hobby and pursue it your way, with what interests you. Of course, you may hate making lists, so donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t go down that path at all. Just enjoy the birds.
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