I know the subject of birds/birdwatching/birding doesn't appeal to all of my romance readers--to each his/her own--but these amazing winged creatures sure bring me a whole heck of a lot of joy. Because of that, I wanted to have a place where I can post as many bird photos as I want without the fear of alienating anyone on my author blog. So, I had an "Aha!" moment and decided to create a specific blog where I could write and rave about birds as often as I like.
During the process of setting up the new blog, I came across something I've had sitting on my bookshelf for over a decade. When I first became interested in birding, I started a journal to chronicle my discoveries. I was diligent in writing down each new (and familiar) bird that came across my path and it's been wonderful to go back and read those entries. I didn't always know what was on the other end of my new binoculars, and the common theme seems to be how difficult I found it to identify different species. But it didn't matter that I had no idea what I was doing (and sometimes no idea what I was seeing!). What mattered was that I was having a blast spotting new creatures in my world and eager to learn more about the wildlife around me.
I'd like to say I've come a long way in my birdwatching since 2002, but I still have to look things up in my field guide (although I have upgraded to an app!) and I still get a kick out of seeing a plain old brown sparrow in my backyard. I never know what's going to fly in and grace my feeders with their presence next and that's what I love most about it.
In the Blog Archive on the right column of the blog, you'll notice over a dozen posts from 2002-2003. These posts are taken directly from that journal I used to keep. My only regret is that I didn't continue jotting down my observations throughout the years. When you live a life so focused on the present and living life in the moment (and occasionally worrying about where you're steering the future), it's nice to take a look back once in a while and remember where you started.
My next project will be to go back through my old photo albums and see if I can wrangle up the photos I mentioned in those old journal entries. I can't believe we used to have to wait days, sometimes even weeks to get our photos after having the film developed! Thanks to modern technology, I can now instantly upload all the beautiful photos I'm so proud to have shot. One of those photos (of a red-tailed hawk) was even posted on Facebook by the Sacramento Wildlife National Refuge! (I'll get more into that a little later :)
I hope you enjoy reading about my birding journey and I look forward to new discoveries in the future. Whether they are exotic birds I've never even heard of before and have to look up in my trusty field guide, or plain old brown sparrows, I'll be delighted just the same.
Let's go birding!
Here I am with my hubby and amazing birding partner at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. I couldn't spot all these birds without him!
Not only is he the love of my life and the inspiration for many of the heroes in my books, he's the reason I'm able to write those books for a living and spend so much time in my fantasy world of Red Valley!