I always thought that bird watching would be boring until I actually did it! I can't recall exactly how many birds I saw on my first official try, but I do remember being impressed by the beauty and variety of shorebirds on view in winter down around Tillamook Bay. I was so completely charmed by the sweet little buffleheads as they bobbed around that I almost forgot the freezing temperatures! Then there was the visit in and around the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in spring where I was blown away by the beautiful American White Pelicans and got a close-up look at a rough-legged hawk making a meal of a duck. On another visit to the same area, I got a rare and long look at some juvenile golden eagles as they were snacking on something.
My latest avian adventure happened last spring in Britain when I went to the Farne Islands and was dive-bombed by an Arctic tern! Fortunately, I had a hat on and had been warned that this might happen. I wish I had started my bird-watching ventures when I was a lot younger. if I actually kept a life list, it certainly would have been more complete had I started observing birds when I was five. Fortunately for today's youth, there are lots of fun, fact-filled books to help get them excited about birds. Check out this list for some ideas!