Bird Observer: The Birding Journal for New England

Bird Observer

The Birding Journal for New England

August 2015

Vol. 43, No. 4

Musings from the Blind Birder: Birding Paraphernalia

Martha Steele

Being a blind birder, I usually do not bring anything with me when I go birding, given that I can no longer see well enough with binoculars to locate a bird, never mind actually see something with enough detail to identify the bird. My walk out the door only requires that I have appropriate clothing given the weather conditions and a heightened attention to bird songs or other vocalizations. Occasionally, I may bring along a tape recorder to record songs or field notes that I do not want to forget.

But for some birders, the checklist they walk out the door with may not be just a list of their local birds – they may also have a checklist of all the accessories they want for their day of birding. Many of us may ask ourselves as we prepare to go birding: Have I got my binoculars? My scope? My tripod? My cell phone? My charger for the cell phone? My camera? My zoom lens for the camera? My memory card for the camera? My Internet-accessing device? My Global Positioning System (GPS) device? My screech owl and other bird song tapes? My printouts from the Massbird listserv with addresses to chase a particular bird?

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