There is something quite serene and enjoyable during those slow periods in 
getting to know your common birds. Robins are still cool birds for me; 
especially those spotted ones ;-)

The reality is, we live in the age of instant gratification. We want our birds 
now! Fast and lined up for us.

"I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of 
others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence." ~ Frederick 

風 Swift as the wind
林 Quiet as the forest
火 Conquer like the fire
山 Steady as the mountain
Sun Tzu  The Art of War

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Andrew Baksh

> On Jun 26, 2019, at 2:26 PM, ArieGilbert <> wrote:
> Re doldrums:  one cannot appreciate a great day of birding without bad days. 
> Yin/Yang
> Also  its important to have LOOB
> ( life outside of birding )
> Arie Gilbert
> No. Babylon NY
> Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Shaibal Mitra <>
> Date: 6/26/19 11:11 AM (GMT-05:00)
> To: "NYSBIRDS (" <>
> Subject: [nysbirds-l] Purposeful Birdwatching
> Judging from many, many recent conversations with fellow birders, it seems 
> that people are having a tough time of it during these June doldrums. From 
> independent sources over the past week, I've heard: "crushing 
> disappointment;" "why is it so bad?;" "is it going to get better?" "something 
> could show up, right?;" "didn't birding used to be good?;" "this place used 
> to be good, I think" and more. And this has mostly been in the context of 
> ordinary, local birding, not directly related to the more ominous big-picture 
> concerns expressed by Chris recently.
> My usual response, admittedly slightly sadistic, is that birding excitement 
> has always been relative. We modern observers can't begin to imagine how bad 
> it was before the legal protection of birds was implemented a century ago, 
> and yet the observers of that time still found birdwatching exciting--and 
> were motivated enough to achieve protective legislation in the face of forces 
> as ruthless and malevolent as those confronting us now. Imagine the 
> excitement experienced by Harry Hathaway, the father of Rhode Island 
> ornithology, when in 1894 he saw his first Great Blue Heron, after ten years 
> of field work! It was Hathaway's ongoing work that eventually revealed that a 
> unique, seemingly outlying, 19th Century winter record of White-throated 
> Sparrow in RI was not an accident. He documented two more winter records and 
> lived long enough to see RI's plundered and deforested landscape recover 
> sufficiently to harbor the lisping flocks of White-throats we now take for 
> granted on the CBCs.
> On Long Island, Ludlow Griscom scolded over-exuberant birders who tossed off 
> sight records of Ring-billed Gulls in winter and summer, citing a countable 
> number of such specimens as the gold standard of documentation for that 
> species in that context. Chafing at this discipline, Cruickshank and Peterson 
> figured out how to find and identify Ring-billed Gulls better then their 
> predecessors--proving again the eternal pleasure of purposeful birdwatching.
> Yesterday I saw my first adult Ring-billed Gulls of the season at Robert 
> Moses SP, Suffolk County. I'm not sure of the date for my last spring adult, 
> but I did manage to record that none were present by 17 April:
> And I am able to pull up the date of the late-June return of adults in at 
> least one other year:
> [note to eBird: please enable sorting of checklists by Julian date!]
> A little sleuthing subsequently revealed that two of my colleagues beat me to 
> it this year, documenting an adult Ring-bill at Cupsogue two days before my 
> exciting find (though it required some follow-up work to obtain their photos 
> and a definitive age):
> Hypothesis: Ring-billed Gulls whose breeding efforts fail after early June 
> abandon the colonies and disperse, some reaching the coast.
> Shai Mitra
> Bay Shore
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