While I was babysitting earlier this evening, my mother called and said for everyone to get ready for a drive. Not knowing quite what to expect, but having a feeling it had something to do with birds, we did so.
We pulled up next to a cranberry marsh and Mom asked, “What are those duck-like birds out there?” I was very excited once I got a good look at the shape of the bill and took at least a dozen photographs.
“It’s a Northern Shoveler,” I replied. “A Lifer for me!”
You may be asking: “What is a Lifer?”
“A Lifer” is what we birdnerds call a species we have not yet seen – or “ticked” – before. We then mark it down on our Life Lists, and it is called a Lifer.
I am currently at 105 species just in the state of Wisconsin, including some very rare ones.