This week I have found much enjoyment, by making a list of places that I would like to go hiking and birding. I have gone though the process of looking though topographical maps, hiking books, birding hotspot books,land trust information, books, and trail information websites.The whole process increases my anticipation to explore new areas.
This week, I heard a program on NPR with a guest talking about hiking in Connecticut. I found it very interesting listening to hikers talk about all that the Appalachian Trail has To offer. The guest, whose name escapes me now, mentioned that one of the most beautiful portions of the trail is right near the border of Massachusetts and Connecticut. I can't wait to explore that part of the trail. I will have my binoculars with me and enjoy seeing whatever birds I might happen to come across.I was also very pleased when I read the 2007-2008 winter finch report out of Ontario Canada. The idea of being able to see winter finches such as: Evening Grosbeaks, Common Redpolls, Purple Finches, and Pine Grosbeaks, in Connecticut this year is very exciting! I plan on visiting areas where I'll have a chance to find some of these species. One area that I'm interested in trying is the Eugene D. Moran Wildlife Management Area which I learned about in the book Birding Western Massachusetts.This area has been known to have Pine Grosbeaks, White-winged Crossbills, and even an occasional Boreal Chickadee. I may not see any of these birds, but I'm sure looking forward to trying.
I now have a new wish list of places I'm looking forward to visiting. Type of habitat, points of historical interest, and finding places that are unfamiliar to me are all factors I've considered when choosing these destinations.This may not lead me to the best birding spots, but how do you know unless you try? What's important is enjoying the overall experience. It's not always just about birds and hiking. It's also about reconnecting with our place in the natural world. On a good day, it can lead to a feeling of spiritual renewal.
Do You Enjoy Planning For The Future? What Are You Looking Forward To?