3 June 2009
Hoopoe was my 250th "Lifer bird" in Japan; a "new bird" for me. Bird watchers love to compile a life list, which is a list of all the birds species they saw in their lifetime. Someone told me that a person with more than 300 Japanese bird's life list is a real crazy birder.
I don't want to chase very uncommon visitors to Tokyo just to add one more to my list. I'd rather visit their nomal habitat myself. That's what I'm usually thinking...but actually, I went to a park in Tokyo to see this Hoopoe right after I got the information!
It seems that this life list habit is unique to birders when I look around other naturalists. I've met no botanist nor animal watchers talking about their life list. Maybe birds are just about good number of species to count life list, not too few like mammals, not too many like plants or insects.