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frustration in this bit of writing.
My point is that the ticks are
what we live for, but the dips are
important. We hate nemesis birds,
but we love them, too, because it
just feels so good to finally connect with them. One of these days,
I’ll probably see a rough-legged
hawk in North Carolina, and
it will be all the more satisfying
because I missed this one.
Reprinted from the Carolina Bird
Club Newsletter, with permission.
Nate Swick hosts the American
Birding podcast for the American
and blamed on the weather, or the
tide, or the bird simply moving on.
Most of the time, it’s just a matter
of luck, either good or bad. And
what are you going to do about
For me, the time came and
the bird didn’t. My time was for
naught, from a state list perspective. But it wasn’t a waste. I tallied a few new county ticks. I
watched a few common ravens
wheel around in the north wind. I
gained a new appreciation for the
Christmas tree farm as habitat.
I traveled to a part of the state
that many, if not most, of my
fellow North Carolinians, will
never see. I attempted to mask my
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