Subject: Bird of the Year Date: Jan 1 20:28:16 2000 From: MBlanchrd at aol.com - MBlanchrd at aol.com
Somehow it doesn't seem fair to include exotic, non North American birds on this bird of the year list. Not that I've not done birding on other continents myself, but most of the people on this list have never been to Nepal or Australia and have about a snow ball's chance to ever do that.
So could we keep it to North American species?
And while I'm at it...you may all laugh at me but go ahead, I have the hide of a rhino. My bird of the year is the lowly, the cosmopolitan and the highly secretive BUSHTIT. Yes, I know, you've all heard them if you've ever been birding in a forest, but even though I've heard them for years and years, knowing what they are, I've never SEEN one until this past summer. The bushtit literally landed before my eyes on a limb not five feet from my face, looked at me, I looked at him. He gave me a good view of both sides of his body and then wfft off he went, back to the top of the 100 foot fir where he lives. He was a lifelist bird for me, because I'm one of the "I have to see him to count him" types.