One question I hate when I run across birders is “seen any good birds”? In my opinion, they’re all good. I know people usually mean “have you seen any rare birds”, but still, why is the interest only in rare birds so predominant? I admit, I am biased to look at birds that eat other birds. I can watch Red-tailed Hawks all day and be “giddy” doing it, but that’s just my personal interest. So why does it bug me when others are only interested in looking for rarities? I understand if a rare bird is reported and easy to ‘chase’, why people go to see it…especially if it is a ‘lifer.” I get it, and the fact that I don’t chase rarities doesn’t make me cooler than anyone else. Maybe it bugs me when a person’s main goal is to find rarities in the hopes of boosting their reputation or being recognized. Believe me, I know this is not the agenda of most birders, most birders love all aspects of birding. I just hate the “seen any good birds” question. Ya know what…I gotta get over it!
Just one more thing…I hate the term “warbler neck.” Anyone who has ever spent a 12-hour day looking at high-flying hawks knows it is much more of a strain on your neck than looking at warblers for an hour in the woods….”warbler neck”, seriously? But, the absolute worst question to ask someone, albeit very common, is “are you sure?” Why don’t you just say what you really mean…“I don’t believe you.” And if they are viewing the same bird as you and ask “are you sure?”; it just means they’re not sure. Oh, and don’t tell me ’’I need that” after I mention a particular bird I just saw...spare me. Actually, I don’t mean some of what I say, its just fun to rant…so have fun back and tell me your thoughts. Here's 2 species (above) I've seen in Utah.