I told myself going into writing this blog it was to be more of an educational blog and not about me per say, but until I figure out how I am going to bird, I guess it will be somewhat about me.
I did my first long birding walk Saturday morning. Went 6.2 miles in about 2h 40m. Saw 21 species. My initial reaction?
I am in shape to go about 6 miles walking right now. At least in the old hiking boots that I walked in. The last couple of blocks were hard on my feet. And I was starting to get tired. So that was about right for walking in wet, melting ice conditions. But first thing is to get new shoes/boots. And they need to be waterproof.
I overdressed and had to carry too many clothes. At least for most of the walk. But I had my “man purse” (as my daughter calls it) with me so I put them in there. But a cold front passed through the last half hour and it started to get cold. If I would have been out longer I would have needed to put the clothes back on. So the second thing is a real backpack to carry lightweights clothes. Just in case.
If I am to continue to do “urban” birding I need to plan to go by convenient stores or fast food restaurants to use the facilities. I’m not out in the sticks anymore.
Carrying the camera is problematic. But I can work on that. How does Dorian Anderson carry a camera on his biking big year? http://bikingforbirds.blogspot.com/
I only saw 21 species. At first I was a little disappointed for the number versus distance covered, but after some thought, I am not sure I would have seen more if I would have traveled farther. Maybe picked up some raptors. It was just that kind of slow winter morning.
But I did see a wren hopping around under a log in a boggy area. About 80% sure it was my current nemesis – the Winter Wren – but it didn’t sing and I didn’t get a clear look. Spent 20 minutes circling and walking that area to no avail. It could have been a Carolina Wren….
And now for the biggest problem. Three hours on a Saturday morning without coffee. Sure I drank plenty of coffee before the walk (thus the need to plan the bathroom stops better) but I could always use more. So the backpack really isn’t for extra clothes, it’s for the coffee. And snacks of course.