It seems that I am now progressing into a different phase of birdwatching enjoyment. Initially, I was "ahhing and oohing" over the variety and diversity of the many birds that visit Newfoundland. From there, I became quite contented to be able to group my sightings by "family" classification, i.e. finches, warblers, thrushes, etc.. Then, it became important to me to identify the species of the bird, and now, in addition to all of the above, I want to know more about the gender, range and cycle of the birds. For me as a hobbyist, learning has been a low-impact, exciting experience that has naturally progressed and will obviously continue to just happen.
An October Empidonax at Cape Race, Newfoundland
2 weeks ago