Perth Airport Birding, Kids lists and Northern Pintail

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Subject: Perth Airport Birding, Kids lists and Northern Pintail
From: Joshua Bergmark <>
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2011 19:52:41 +1030
I'm almost 16, and have only been "ticking" for the last two years of my life. 
I've always been interested in birds, and would always ID birds I saw, but 
never specifically looked for them (wish I knew of Grasswrens when I was at 
Kings Canyon...)
In regards to keeping lists - there are many birds I know I've seen, but I just 
can't bring myself to tick. I guess for me I have to remember them. Personally 
- I havent ticked anything I saw before I was 9 either because I cant remember 
the sighting in the slightest or don't trust the ID (ie; Letter-winged Kite 
in-between Sydney and Canberra according to a journal!). The few birds I have 
ticked before 2 years ago include RTTropicbirds, White Tern and Woodhen on Lord 
Howe, which were all pretty memorable
Personally - If my parents were birders and convinced me I'd seen a Northern 
Pintail when I was 5... I probably wouldn't tick it if I didnt remember it (and 
would probably be quite annoyed at that!)
Just my two cents worth :)

Joshua Bergmark
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> Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2011 19:01:10 +1000
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Perth Airport Birding, Kids lists and Northern 
> Pintail
> Hmmm...not sure about the under 3s, but I can certainly remember as a 
> non-birding teenager (but with a birding dad) being taken (dragged was the 
> way I felt at the time) to see birds when I lived in Canada - some I now 
> realise are pretty good birds. Pileated Woodpecker, Great Gray, Northern 
> Hawk, Snowy, Long Eared owls all on my life list as a result!
> Cheers
> Tom Wilson

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