Thursday, April 09, 2009

Top Ten Reasons John Goes Birding

Yesterday, I posted a well-reasoned list of Ten Reasons to Go Birdng. My best friend and domestic partner responded with a decidedly tongue-in-cheek David Letterman-style "Top Ten Reasons John Goes Birding."

Convinced that this provides some humorous insights into how the people closest to us view the strange antics of birders, I am reproducing Marge’s list here in full (with her permission), with the addition of a few pertinent hyperlinks and editorial remarks:
(10) He doesn’t want to go to the grocery store—again—today.

(9) He’s sick and tired of reading about rubes ranting against President Obama speaking at Notre Dame’s graduation.

(8) He wants to see if the kids who camp in our woods left behind any beer.

(7) He doesn’t want to fix the roof.

(6) Even crows sound better than my Bruce Springsteen cd’s.

(5) He can pick up a stick, pretend it’s a mike, and sing like he’s on American Idol [or, more likely, practice his owl imitations].

(4) His pockets are full of Easter candy and he’s gonna eat it all before he returns.

(3) He hopes to practice his snappy comebacks to farmers on whose land he’s trespassing [actually, as an ethical birder, I would never trespass].

(2) He likes to really test those detergent ads that say they can get out any stain.

(1) He’s gathering ideas for his blog so he doesn’t have to post about any more pole dancers.
I’d love to hear the excuses, I mean reasons, that you or your birding partner(s) use to justify going birding—again, or the impressions that non-birding partners have about why their significant other is really going birding—again.


Blogger cyberthrush said...

I think you pretty well covered the reasons most of us bird in your prior post John... but I've always thought too that at a deep psychological level, a lot of birders want to fly (under their own power), and watching birds vicariously grants that experience! -- My favorite dreams still involve flying!

April 09, 2009 7:31 PM  
Blogger John L. Trapp said...

I think you're on to something there, ct. I remember than one of the things that got me hooked on birds as a kid was my fascination with their ability to fly, something we "superior" humans don't have the ability to do on our own.

April 09, 2009 7:49 PM  
Blogger Ellen said...

Because if you don't, your soul will wither away. I should know.

April 11, 2009 5:07 PM  
Anonymous zionafrika safaris said...

I'm a birder i like bird, i can't put it clear like you guys why i like them. I proud to be born in this land where i grown up with them, few of us give them attention, Why?, enough reason, for somebody know something about Africa and African no reason for me to explain.

I'm young African grown in this culture, nature(environment, as we might know this stuff can give you little chance to become you as Jane Goodall said(

I used to go for birdwatching nearby home or far away, most of the folks the sow me like a westerner, perhaps, but for me I'm in the study. I study about them since long and now i know then and I'm consider myself as ornithologist who have never been in the class to study about birds just only field guides books. During the time of my wildlife and tourism certificate my teach dislike my questions about birds because he was shot of material. so about to ten reasons this is my excuse.

April 14, 2009 6:41 AM  

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