Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Resolutions

The Sanderling Three-step by Alan at the beach in Destin

I don't do them. I have never succeeded, so why set myself up to fail?

However, I do have goals for the coming year. They pretty much all relate to chasing birds so......

First, ten-thousand steps a day. To keep fit enough to keep birding. I was doing pretty well until I hurt my knee last July. Getting back there slowly, but I am going to keep working at it. I sure was frustrated when my phone battery died in Alabama, where we were doing a really long walk looking for gators on our gator quest (we did see tracks at least). Sure would have racked up some steps that day...but for the battery....

90 species of birds on our annual farm census. We found 88 in 2016, with the highlight for me being the Cerulean Warbler in the Cottonwood Tree by the driveway on Big Day, but they are all fun. I was out of commission with the knee and Lyme Disease for the best part of three months last year. Hopefully I can stay healthy and get er done this year.

I had too much tequila last night

Birding is so weird. I never got a Great Black-backed Gull for our count last year. This year I got one on New Year's Day. The new binoculars might have had something to do with that....

And this....this is new....I have been eBirding for a while now, doing checklists fairly regularly, but can I do it every day? Maybe.......Becky just bought me a membership to the ABA, which may spur me to keep at it. So far so good. 


4 comments:

Terry and Linda said...

I do goals also. So much easier. I have also decided to give up some things I have always done even if I don't like them. Just deciding that has been a HUGE relief.

Linda

threecollie said...

Linda, I have never kept a resolution....ever....lol

Jacqueline Donnelly said...

Best wishes for recovering your fitness. I am still struggling from the broken kneecap I suffered a year and a half ago, with noticeable diminution of fitness. (Not to mention about 10 extra pounds.) So let's urge each other to get out there and keep at it. The rewards are so enormous! Love your bird photos.

threecollie said...

Jacqueline, I have much admired the way you have gotten out and gotten going again in the face of so severe an injury. I did a good bird walk today and discovered that I had better wear my brace and get some ski poles when I go out on the snowmobile trails. I had a couple of close calls...but I did get a Cooper's Hawk for my census so it was all good. Thanks!