I am not an impulsive person. At all. It's an old family joke that I can agonize over choosing something new off of a menu. That said, sometimes things come together, details and timing, and I believe I'd be a fool not to act. This morning I was looking at some pictures I took last weekend at Hasty Brook. Puzzling over my field guides I started out thinking it was a Lincoln's sparrow, but now I'm pretty sure it's a juvenile song sparrow. I struggle with sparrows. I love them- their songs, the subtle coloring, their behaviors. I was thinking that I've improved my warbler identification skills a bit this spring and summer and that I really needed to work on sparrows next.
Reading through my blog lists I came across Birdchick's post titled "Learn Your Brown Birds". I need to do that. A sparrow workshop? In October in South Dakota? I immediately checked my work schedule. My weekend off! I clicked on the link. Doug Buri is putting on a three day intensive sparrow workshop on October 3, 4, and 5 in Milbank, South Dakota, about 180 miles east of the Twin Cities.
A combination of field work and classroom instruction, a limit of 20 participants with two very qualified instructors, a chance to see some of the original northern tallgrass prairie- I was sold. I quickly emailed Doug Buri to see if I could reserve a spot. Within five minutes I had a confirmation email from Doug. I grabbed my credit card and made hotel reservations for the weekend. It all just fell together.
In less than an hour all of the details were taken care of. So on October 2 I'll pack my car and hit the road for a weekend of sparrows.