Saturday, December 27, 2008

CBC and trying to figure out life

Today Bird Boy and I did a CBC in West Seattle. It was drizzly and windy i.e. not so great for bird watching but we still saw some nice birds (wait, there is no such thing as a non-nice bird. I digress) including Fox Sparrows, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Downy Woodpecker (male), Killdeer, Spotted Towhee, Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets and lots of CROWS. I could watch crows all day.

The snow is slowly melting and I was able to drive today. Now I must figure out finding a job for the spring, putting my birds up for the molt (not till March), getting a new computer, grad school and other wonderful things along those lines. Sometimes it's so much to think about that I ignore all of it. This morning I thought about all of it for a moment but decided that watching the golden and yellow striped bamboo blowing in the wind had much more to offer.


JustRingingBirds said...

Good combination. Birdwatching and figur out life. You will get an answer in time. Mentally I'm about your age and I just do things I like. But, then again I have to work to be able to do so. It's a contradiction I know.
Good pictures of birds. Where do you usully band birds? Is it a observatory or do you have a permit of your own?

(I like these crazy wordverification "words" that one have to type in. Stesl! )

FeralBirdGirl said...

Yep, it's hard to find the right balance but I'll get there eventually. As long as you're having fun it can't be too bad, right?!
I have banded birds in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Montana, Idaho, Mexico and Costa Rica. Some were through ornithology field classes, some were observatories or non-profit studies. Also some projects through school. I've banded lots of raptors (a few owls, too) and songbirds. A few strange ones in Costa Rica like ant birds and manakins. I can't get enough of it! You are in Sweden, right? Are you part of a study or school or?? It's great to talk to other banders/ringers but especially in other countries!