On January 2nd, I met this tiny birder at the Bananaquit stakeout. She tickled me with her pink binoculars. I asked her parents if I could take this photo.
Apparently, on the second day of my Big Year, I was also surpassing “James’s” life list.
James is a young birder who follows my blog and who sent me a note that made my day. I’m sure he won’t mind if I share what he said. And I quote:
“Hey Yve! I’m a 13 year old young birder who’s been following your progress ever since I found the blog in August. I actually went back and read every entry! You beat my life list of 104 in just two days. I’ve followed yours and the Stoll brothers’ every checklist on eBird, read and watched the Big Year, and listened to all ten hours of the audiobook by Neil Hayward “Lost Among the Birds.” Keep it up, and I hope to see the next entry soon.:)”
Aside from my personal goal of going above 700, my biggest desire was to inspire young birders with my quest. I am touched and honored that I have so many young followers.
Thank you James for getting me out of my funk today and reminding me why I do this.