I have been staring at my computer screen for about an hour trying to come up with a snappy bird note for you! I was starting to think that my memory is just shot, because I couldn’t think of any recent birding adventures. Where’s the passion, the drive and love of birds!

As I more deeply pondered the many recesses of my mind, I thought about my days. Then it hit me! Although it’s rapidly changing, I often go to work in the dark and come home in the dark. That does not leave a lot of time for this working girl to get out and bird.

Oh sure, I’ll drive down a certain street (such as 11th in Seaside where a northern mockingbird has been visiting a feeder all winter) or spend a couple more minutes in front of my picture window on the weekends (I can usually tally about 15 species in 15 minutes), but I like to tell you about my adventures with people and birding. It just hasn’t worked out like that lately.

But spring is swiftly coming and that means more daylight and hopefully some dryer weather.

The Great Backyard Bird Count was President’s Day weekend. It is always a highlight in my birding year. This year I have been challenged to do motorless birding. So my backyard will be covered as well as my neighborhood. If weather and time are smiling on me, I may venture out to the beach for a little ocean action.

This is a good warm up for the Necanicum Bird Day on April 1st at the Bob Chisholm Center in Seaside and then the 5th Annual Birdathon Fundraiser for the Wildlife Center of the North Coast. We are opening it up to a 24 hour period as a celebration. Starting at noon on April 8 and wrapping up noon on April 9. Find all the details at the Wildlife Center’s website at coastwildlife.org.

Right after that, we’ll be celebrating more outdoor adventures with Cannon Beach’s unique 12 Days of Earth Day, including lectures, plantings, clean-ups and a parade and street fair. Watch for details coming soon!

And don’t forget the First Sunday Cannon Beach Bird Walk. The next one will be on March 5, join a small group at 9 a.m. at the Lagoon Trail on Second Street. Bring binoculars and wear appropriate clothing. Everyone is welcome!

Lots of birding in my future, how about yours?

Susan has spent her life enjoying the great outdoors from the lakes and woods of northern Minnesota, Mount Adams in Washington and now the Oregon beach environs. After spending many pleasurable hours driving her avid birder parents around, she has taken up birding as a passion. Susan resides on Neawanna Creek in Seaside where her backyard is a birder’s paradise.

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