birdwatchersdigest.com • MAY/JUNE ’ 17 • BIRD WATCHER’S DIGEST
the wrong end of your binoculars, but never use binoculars to
watch your cholesterol.
7. Make a bucket list of the
buckets you have owned.
8. Listen for the sounds of the
wings of birds flying overhead.
9. Appreciate the commonplace. Common birds are common. Find comfort and joy in
that fact. Common is never ordinary.
10. Stop whining about a
nasty paper cut or hangnail.
Birding isn’t for sissies.
11. Give a Bird Watcher’s
Digest subscription to your boss.
This is called sucking up. It got
me through school.
12. Wanderlust is good when
combined with wonder lust.
Wander and wonder. Take a hike.
Just remember, when the going
gets tough, use your GPS. Who
do you think you are, a scout for
a wagon train?
13. Be patient. Patience is
a good idea when looking for
a bird. Give a bird a second
chance. Take a wait-and-see
attitude. You’ll see why. If you
don’t, keep waiting. Be patient
until your clothes go out of style.
This doesn’t apply to birding
togs. They were never in style.
God gave birders clothing so that
golfers would have someone to
14. Expect to be amazed when
birding. If you’re not amazed, it’s
your fault. Bird your own way.
There are around 10,000 bird
species and more than 10,000 different ways of birding.
15. Don’t judge others.
Mother Teresa said, “If you
judge people, you have no time to
love them.” I say, “If you don’t
judge people, you’ll have more
time for birding.”
16. Warren Buffett said that in
the business world, the rearview
mirror is always clearer than the
windshield. Keep your windshield, side windows, rear window, and mirrors of your vehicle,
plus your eyeglasses, binoculars,
spotting scope, and camera lens
17. Keep learning. Most of us
can’t get much dumber. If you
know too much to ask a question, take up rocket science. Birds
are intentionally vague. You’ll
make mistakes in identification.
Everybody does. Get over it;
you’re not a Jeopardy contestant.
Because one mistake makes a
better cake, make many mistakes.
Making many mistakes means
that you’re birding a lot.
18. Believe in something.
Repeat after me, “I believe I’ll go
birding.” Take a mental health
day and look at birds. The day
you started birding was your
19. Perform a Heimlich
maneuver on a grackle.