It was a great holiday. Maggy was here to help me cook the Thanksgiving meal "that couldn't be beat." Friends joined us for dinner. It was a beautiful day.
Many cultures have harvest festival traditions. In the United States the tradition has drifted away from thoughts of the harvest. We use the day to take time to reflect on the many things we’re thankful for.
As I began to hear from birders around the world I realized that people who love birds are great people to share Thanksgiving with.
I'm especially thankful for conservationist heros working to make the world safe for the birds we love.
My own hero is George Archibald who has led the incredible, successful effort to save Whooping Cranes from threat of extinction.
Bill Eley highlights the work of the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory and asks How important is this habitat?
I also want to honor the work of Dr. Arthur Allen, his collegues and students. An example of their work is described by George Sutton in his book Birds in the Wilderness.
Birders give special thanks for the addition of each life list bird.
Kay at Don't Mess with Taxes gives Thanks for a Different Bird.
Mike was thankful for the mild Thanksgiving weather that he and the birds were enjoying. Still reaching for 10,000 birds, Mike added the Northern Shrike to his list.
John, from A DC Birding Blog was in New Jersey for the holiday where he also added the Northern Shrike to his life list.
Tho' Ben Cruachan didn't find the elusive Painted Snipe, his trip led to a surprise addition to his life list.
Likewise, Leigh's missed her intended target: the first recorded Ross's Gull in California but still garnered two lifers.
For lots of us there's a favorite bird or place or birdsong or photo opportunity to be thankful for.
From Snails Eye View A wonderful bird is the pelican
Trevor's Birding shares Great Birding Moment #18
Kevin at Natural Visions has gorgeous pictures of Vermilion Flycatchers at Whitewater Draw
Amy from Wildbird on the Fly has a great day at the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival
Roger at Words and Pictures got a glimpse of Urban Goldcrests apparently amused by the nearby installation of the city's Christmas tree.
Clare at The House and other Actic musings reports a Falcon Attack
Patrick at the Hawk Owl's Nest appreciates the humor in The Onion's satirical bird stories.
Lillian Stokes got great pictures of a Forked Tail Flycatcher in New Hampshire.
Don't forget the profound lessons that come with many birding experiences.
Karen at Rurality got a close look at the plumage of a Virginia Rail, tho' not by the preferred method.
At Find the River Paul grapples with "to help or not to help" a Bird in the Hand .
John at Birds Etcetera looks closely at Redefining Extinction
Rob, the Birdchaser shares a lesson we should all take to heart: To Bird, or Not to Bird.
Nuthatch at Bootstrap Analysis got an unexpected lesson in Peregrines' cuckoo tastes.
At the end of the day we’ll all be saying thanks for the memories.
Cindy's memories of The Gentle Snowflake Band are recent.
Jayne at Journey Through Grace shares Memories from when she was a novice birder.
Pam at Tortoise Trail remembers bird songs in Taiwan from long before she was interested in birds at all.
I thank everyone for sharing their stories with me. It's been an honor.