Originally Posted by Terry O'Nolley
... I saw many new and (to me) spectacular species on my trip, I still have a better sense of satisfaction with the small forest species that I have managed to pick out from amongst the common species out on the east coast. The feel more "real" to me. Like I worked for them.
spoken like a true (albeit new) birder Terry....
my short answer to what is a birder (and of course it's just a personal opinion) is more to do with depth of knowledge rather than length of list ... and local knowledge is a deeply satisfying thing ... I know (as I'm sure many do) quite a few birders with burgeoning lists who frankly are fairly awful birders (conversely there are many superb birders with large lists) ... the number on a list may often equal availability over ability