Today I was going to write a post about the birding excursion I had planned for the weekend. I expected to show colorful ducks, tricky-to-ID waders, and perhaps some cute little songbirds I saw skulking in the nearby bushes. However…
I sprained my ankle last week. I wish I had a good story to relate, but I simply thought the ground was where it wasn’t. (Happily, I landed between the two thorn bushes!) As you can see, the bump was pretty impressive but the x-rays proved nothing was broken; now it’s simply a matter of time and patience. I’m sitting around with my foot elevated, popping anti-inflamatories and catching up on Facebook. I have to get better soon—our kids and grandkids are coming for Thanksgiving!
Meanwhile, instead of writing about the amazing birds I saw on my amazing field trip, I present you with “15 birdy things to do when you can’t go birding”:
- Comment on all the bird photos that your friends have posted on Facebook.
- Study up on sparrow ID so you can nail those LBJs when you finally make it back into the field.
- Read other birding blogs.
- Listen to audio files on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website to improve your birding by ear skills.
- While you’re at the Cornell website, check out their assortment of bird cam links. Start a bird cam life list.
- Then check out the rest of their huge website. This could take hours.
- Really clean your optics. Use lens cleaner and lens cloths and get them sparkling.
- Browse bird-related items on Amazon.com and
add them to your Christmas wish listorder them for your birding friends.
- Add the birds from your recent trips to e-bird.
- ID and label all your photographs of immature gulls.
- Read a book about birding. (Click on “books” in the categories at right for some recommendations.)
- Re-watch bird-related movies, such as The Big Year, March of the Penguins, or Winged Migration. While you’re watching, make a list of the birds that appear in the movie.
- Look at the local rare bird list and see what you’re missing.
- Refill the bird feeder. Hunt for rarities among the House Finches and Juncos.
- Take a nap and dream about birds.
What do you like to do when you can’t get out to go birding?