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A big year of birding ahead

A kinder, gentler approach

By Susan Peterson

Cannon Beach Gazette

Published on February 22, 2018 3:47PM

Last changed on February 22, 2018 8:23PM

Susan Peterson

Cannon Beach Gazette

Susan Peterson

Hello again dear readers and fellow birders! After what has felt like a lengthy bit of time, I am once again willing and able to assemble stories about our feathered friends. The timing couldn’t be better as the daylight gets longer!

It’s going to be an exciting bird year for me, as I have decided to once again get out as often as I can, often neglecting chores and family, to see as many birds as I can! I don’t like to use the common catch phrase, “big year” as that denotes an attempt to minimize birds as a number on a list and to compete against a previous year of birding.

In the past, this had been a part of my competitive nature which is now giving way to a more gentle approach. I recently came upon a line from Thoreau’s writings in regards to scheduling. It read: “I love a broad margin to my life.” This means so much more to me than having time between appointments. I am making an attempt to pause, to look and actually see the birds, their behaviors, the habitat and wonders of this beautiful planet. (We will see if I can hold onto that throughout the year!) Maybe I’ll name it a “get out there year.”

So I wish you good fortune, hoping that you too will have a year of enjoying the beauty of this amazing part of the world and maybe you’ll see some birds!

Upcoming birding events

Plan to attend the Necanicum Bird Day on April 7 at the Bob Chisholm Center in Seaside and then the Annual Birdathon Fundraiser for the Wildlife Center of the North Coast on April 14. Find all the details at the Wildlife Center’s website at

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 4. Join a small group at 9 a.m. at the Lagoon Trail on Second Street. Bring binoculars and wear appropriate clothing. Everyone is welcome!

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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