Maybe I'm not the only one. Before any major trip, I have a hard time sleeping. Will I find my target birds? What if it rains? How do I balance my time between family, friends and birds??!!! It's never any easy thing to negotiate.
|Cochise Lake in Willcox|
I'll put hours into planning and research. It's truly detective work. Birding during the trips is quite relaxing and enjoyable, but my problem is keeping track of time when I'm outdoors. I love being outside so much. Before birds, I thought time moved quickly. Now by adding birds into my life, everything moves faster!!!
As I write this, it's the end of monsoon. I cannot go outdoors without heatstroke or being attacked by mosquitoes. I NEED to be outdoors. My life from 9 to 5 is difficult. If I don't get outside, everything becomes chaotic and I become anxious. After work, I go home, eat, read and go to bed early because there is nothing else I can do. My job is stressful and I have found nature counters the stress and makes it bearable. I look forward to the freezing cold temps in my vest and beanie. Soon. Very soon.
To occupy my mind until temps cool down, I plan areas to bird both inside and outside of the state. They of course are within budget but have an agenda. Birding with others is fun, but you can't always count on them. Each birder has their own agenda. Ultimately, it's a personal journey that many times has to be done alone.
|Roses at a friend's house|
There are many things that can influence a birding party. Some compete. Some chase and twitch. For some, money dictates the outing. For others, it's about their comfort zone and safety. And for others, it's about the social aspect surrounding the birds. All of these things factor into my own life. I love the restaurants and experiences that go along with it all.
|American White Pelicans!|
When I step back from it all....from the competitive nature of people....or that personal need to get that perfect and sometimes unattainable ID photo of a lifebird......when I step back from it all......I can relax like I did when I first began birding not so long ago.
|New Mexico landscape-reminds me of the Lone Ranger|