Mic Check, 1, 2, 3...

January 04, 2017


Okay, so no one is probably going to read this first post on my new blog.  I've decided instead of investing my energy in making anti-trump memes for the next 4 years to use it for something more constructive and useful.  I have failed miserably at bird blogging the past few years.  What used to be a regular outlet and place of sharing has become a rare escape.  So in 2017 I'm changing that with this new blog.  Birds, Big Years, and Boredom.  I think that will cover the subject matter here pretty well.  I will write mostly about birds, because well, that's the point of a birding blog.  I will talk about big years, with my recent 2016 big year record in Utah, taking out my 2007 big year record I figured big years are something I can talk about--and well, I like to talk about.  And lastly, boredom--this is the catchall for anything else I decide to pull in here and let loose with.  That may be politics, that may be the environment, it could be a delicious cheeseburger in Green River, Utah, or where to find the best food in Disneyland (yes I am keen on this).  I am replacing my blogs at all my other sites with this one--that will feed into them.

So I'm testing the mic, and setting up stage for what will hopefully be entertaining, informational, and at least maybe a few people will check it out on a regular enough basis that I spend some time using it.  If you're here, it's probably because you know me at this point, or for some reason you clicked on a link on Twitter, or Facebook, or wherever and were just like phuckit, I want to see what this is about.  Well regardless, here is a little back info on me.  My name is Tim Avery, I live in the beautiful Little Cottonwood Creek Valley, in Sandy, Utah, right at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon.  It's scenic, beautiful, inspiring, and the gateway to some of the best birding in the Mountain West.  Speaking of the Mountain West, I own Mountain West Birding Company, a guiding outfit that specializes in Flammulated Owl Tours, as well as any bird finding needs you might have while in Utah and hopefully expanding into the surrounding states in 2017 and 2018.

What else, I like birds obviously.  I started birding when I was a wee lad (I was never that wee, and currently stand 6'4" towering over most common men and women) mostly in the style of Audubon.  Yes, I took my BB gun into the field and "collected" the occasional specimen.  One day, I realized I was being a total dick and stopped.  I met another kid who liked birds, he showed me his field guide.  One thing led to another and that gateway drug had me hooked.  Here 20+ years later I haven't looked back besides to remember these "facts" and share them here.   I've been happily married to my lovely wife Sam for almost 6 years.  We met over a decade ago working at an outdoors store here in Utah.  Since then we've traveled the world, and spawned a minion named Cameron, who is the delight of our lives.

Occasionally, I piss people off.  I don't necessarily speak before I think--but I often just speak my mind.  I put thought into what I am going to say, and that sometimes comes across in not the most tactful of ways.  What I've found interesting over the years is that if I do it, I get chastised, while I watch others do it with glee and never catch shit for it.  So with this blog, I gleefully say, if you have an issue, go phuck yourself. Phew, got that out of the way, now I can just let the good times roll.  Okay? Is this thing working? Mic Check? 1... 1, 2, 3?  Alrighty then, see you next time!

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