How did you become a birder? Did you have a spark bird or an experience that got you hooked?
"I started off when I was in the Navy. First day in Alaska, a lady came up to me and said "we have to go explore! You could come with me, I'm just going to be birding."
I said that's fine, I'll go out birding with you.
I couldn't tell the difference between a Blue Jay and a Cardinal at that point.
She's getting all excited about an Emperor Goose. I had no clue what it was.
She showed me hundreds of Bald Eagles, Chickadees, all sorts of stuff.
I told her when I get home, I'm going to try this.
She laughed and said, "No you won't".
I got home a couple of weeks later. I borrowed a pair of my dad's old binoculars.
That was two years ago. I haven't stopped.
Birding is all I want to do. It sounds cliche, but it's all I want to do.
If I'm not out birding, I'm reading about birds, I flip through field guides a lot.