That all changed May of last year with the help of my neighbors and nature walks I started taking to get away from it all. I was really getting concerned about the environment at this time and wanted to do my part to make my small acre of land a little greener. My neighbors have this fantastic garden that I would go to in search of ideas. Not only do they have fantastic flora, but fauna as well. I saw my first hummingbird at their feeder and was in awe. Who'd have known there was a bird this tiny and magnificent. I remember watching him and feeling a little saddened to realize that there was a creature on this earth as lovely as that and I had never even seen it.
Wanting a little piece of that heaven in my own yard, I went out and bought a few feeders and there began my journey into birding. At first, everyday was a new adventure and a new bird. I will never forget the first bird to discover my suet feeder. I was ecstatic and had to share my glory with my neighbor. She asked me what the bird looked like and I explained it was black with jewel like tones, a yellow beak and a wonderful song. She paused for a moment and told me the bird was a European Starling and I had better stop putting out suet because they would just waste it. I was perplexed by this because at that time I was thrilled that a bird so exotic would want to be in my yard. Heck, this bird came all the way from Europe and here he was in my small town sampling my bird treats!! HA, now I know what she meant but at that time I was thrilled.
One of the many beauties of birding is there is so much out there to see. According to 10000 Birds there are approximately 10000 birds on this planet of ours. Obviously we here in North America only make up a small portion of that 10000, but more than enough to keep us searching for the new lifer all the way into our golden years. Being fairly new to birding gives me an advantage somewhat because there are so many birds out there I have yet to see. This is why I continue to trudge through woods, rivers and brush. It is for that one opportunity to hear a bird sing its first spring song, to watch a hawk soar gracefully in the sky and to get a glimpse of the hummingbird in my own back yard. It is for that single moment for when it is just I and the bird.