Category Archives: Love_of_birding

The Kindness of Birders

A “boreal grand slam” in Vermont, and perhaps elsewhere, is to see the four boreal species (Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jay, Spruce Grouse, and Black-backed Woodpecker) on one birding outing. Or for others like me, it’s to get them as life … Continue reading

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Getting Out With Birds

As I slowly recover from knee surgery, my birding has consisted mainly of sitting for brief moments watching our feeders — and enjoying it even while knowing that migration is underway and that I likely have warblers moving through our … Continue reading

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A Wrap-up To The “What Sparked My Interest?” Posts

At the beginning of December, 2012, Gerry Cooperman posted a query on the MASSBIRD list serve in which he asked “all that bird to take a moment to step back and look at why you do what you do. What was the … Continue reading

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What Sparked My Interest in Birding – Part 14

Here are some more posts from MASSBIRD describing birding “sparks.” Matt began noticing birds early: I’m not sure I actually have a spark; when I was 2 weeks old my mother’s journal contains a line “Birds and airplanes catch his … Continue reading

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What Sparked My Interest in Birding – Part 13

Jeff recalls hand-feeding chopped walnut meats to a Black-capped Chickadee: I didn’t have a spark per se but rather more of a constantly fed comfortable fire.  My father was already a “bird-watcher” when I was born 65 years ago.  There … Continue reading

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What Sparked My Interest in Birding – Part 12

A fallout of warblers sparked Denise’s love of birding: What sparked my interest in birding back in the 1960’s was an awesome  outfall of “sparks”, the springtime jewelry of migrating warblers in our beautifully flowering antique apple trees in Lynnfield. … Continue reading

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What Sparked My Interest in Birding – Part 11

Harry, the chaffinch, provided the BIG spark for Margie: I have two sparks–the first being then five year old Jason who received a field guide for a holiday gift .  At the suggestion of my aunt, we began taking him … Continue reading

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What Sparked My Interest in Birding – Part 10

House Sparrows sparked Suzanne’s interest in birding: This year is the first time since I moved to Wilmington, 23 years, that I have had a flock of House Sparrows at my feeders. When I walk out of the house and … Continue reading

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What Sparked My Interest in Birding – Part 9

New birder Lori had no idea the spark was in fact a spark: It was January 28, 2010, and I was driving down Route 27 toward Wayland on my way to work. As I crossed the Sudbury River, something at … Continue reading

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What Sparked My Interest in Birding – Part 8

More “spark” stories from MASSBird: Jo-Anna experienced a number of small sparks until later in life the kindling finally ignited with a swoosh: Birding started slowly.  In my late teens, my aunt bought a house on the Cape in Sandwich.  I … Continue reading

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