Our Year in Review: Would we do it all again?

We’ve been asked that question several times during the year.

The simple answer is “no.” We seriously doubt that we will ever do another Big Year in the ABA area. That’s not because it wasn’t a great learning experience, or that we didn’t see enough great birds, or that it wasn’t fun (most of the time). We don’t expect to do another Big Year because we came to realize that Big Year birding just isn’t our favorite way to bird. Before the Big Year neither of us was a “chaser” or a meticulous “lister.” The Big Year did nothing to change our minds about that. We will continue to add to our life lists, and we will probably chase more rarities (simply because we are retired now and can) but we don’t expect to become fanatics about it.

On the other hand, our year did give us some ideas for future birding adventures. We do plan to become more active and more wide-ranging in our birding. We won’t restrict ourselves to one continent or try to cram a lifetime of birding into one year, but we may extend our take on the birding on a budget concept to other goal-oriented projects.

2012 was a very special year of birding for us and we’ll remember it for the rest of our lives, but we are glad to be home.

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