You Might be a Birder If...
- You carry binoculars with you in your car so that you can be ready at any time for spontaneous birding. You may even recognize that you need them to identify birds while stopped at traffic lights.
- You arrive at destinations (work, appointments) a little early so that you can see what birds may be foraging in the trees of the parking lot or surrounding properties.
- You own more than one field guide, and/or you have a birding app on your phone. And you use them.
- You log your findings on eBird.
- You take time off work to see migrating birds.
- You correct your friends and family when they misidentify birds. "Look at that pretty duck!" You respond, "That's not a duck, it's a Pied-billed Grebe."
- Your friends know to come to you when they've seen a bird they can't identify. "I saw this interesting bird yesterday...."
- You can't let them stop describing the bird until you identify it.
- You make birding jokes. "Do you know how to tell an Ovenbird from a 'Stovebird?' The difference is the range." Or, you create bird-like names for non-birds--for instance, calling a squirrel a "Fluffy-tailed Nutcatcher."
- You know the actual meaning of words like "rufous," "ruddy" and "buff."