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First Day of Fall

September 22, 2010

Summer 2010 is now officially in the past. To celebrate the first day of autumn, I’m pasting in a picture of a shore bird I recently discovered — the Sanderling (Calidris alba).

The greatest thing about being a beginning birder is that every bird feels like a fabulous discovery. I had this terrible fear that bird watching would be completely boring and that I’d be stuck behind my binoculars for hours on end. It turns out, I’m riveted by specimens such as the Sanderling. I can’t help but wonder what they’re thinking about as they tiptoe along the shore. I’d love to tell them that today is the first day of my favorite season, that hot and humid summer is blissfully behind us, that I’m learning a new Beethoven Sonata, and that tomorrow I’m going to eat an incredibly delicious pie, baked by Pickle Me This.

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