|The singing Black-tailed Gnatcatcher|
|The Gilded Flicker at sunset|
Naturally we chase birds. Sometimes playback is used a couple times. Sometimes we pish and hope for the best. On this evening, I pished and had a curious Black-throated Sparrow come and visit me.
|Female Northern Shoveler|
|Snowbirds enjoy the varied landscapes of Arizona|
|This is the owl that everyone got to see during our walk. Lots of branches! But they aren't always inside the branches.|
|Sometimes they perch at your campsite in the evening!|
|Peña Blanca Lake for the Rufous-capped Warbler|
So we left to search for the Rufous-capped Warbler. Yet I felt an uneasiness in my stomach. Not a good sign. Then the unthinkable happened. I got word that rumors were spreading throughout the birding community that we had gone back to disturb the owls and get better photos. My new lens has been getting a lot of attention which I hate. They thought we were going to try for better photos. And so did the guide! If they knew me, they would have known better. I am one of the most responsible birders out there. That night I sent emails out. More work for my carelessness!
The next day I went out with my friend Cynthia to go birding. The ill rumors had still lingered and made me upset. Thankfully the guide wrote me back and we were able to clear up the misunderstandings. So what did I learn? When in a group, I need tell the guide what our plan is before starting the trek. From the guide's part, he apologized for assuming the worst. But honestly, I would have done the same thing. And thanks to my reputation, he discovered quickly that I was one of the "good" birders. Your reputation is everything in the birding world. The honor code is an unwritten book of rules that are known by all birders. Break a rule and you will quickly feel their wrath! Birders can be as ruthless as a Great Blue Heron filling up on a newly hatched nest of Red-winged Blackbirds!
|And sometimes, when you least expect it, the bird will pose for you just like the Gilded Flicker did. That's what's fun about birding. Just be patient and it will happen.|