First off I hope that everyone is having a fabulous holiday so far, especially with only 10 days left till Christmas. As we all know that sometimes the holidays and the stress that goes along with them might have an effect on certain individuals, however for myself it’s been a pretty routine holiday season. Work has been a zoo, which is normal for the end of the year, so I try to fill myself with as much holiday spirit that work has sucked out of me during the week during the precious time I have off. And sadly that doesn’t include too much birding.
As anyone will tell you during this wonderful time of year the annual Christmas Bird Count is a great time for all involved. Even where I live there must be 7 different bird counts taking place all over the Tri-state area. And you would think that I’d be able to participate in just one. Well not really. You see the one that covers the general area I live is being held this Thursday. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK!
Now I don’t know how it is for you, but during the holidays it gets kind of busy and birding has to take a back burner. Whether it’s picking up that last minute gift, or spending time with family and friends, the holidays are a whirlwind of activities, parties, dinner out with friends and welcoming family home. It’s my favorite time of year. If it wasn’t for work I’d be acting like a giggly little kid.
My weekends are full, as most peoples are. However if by chance you have the opportunity to participate in a Christmas Bird Count, by all means do it. To be able to be outside and do something you really love can certainly change anyone’s mood. To slow down and relax with fellow birders, and share your findings at the end of the day can be very gratifying.
So to all my followers of A Birder’s Notebook, have a Merry Christmas.