1. Spot a rare and difficult to identify bird.
2. Photograph it.
3. Put the pictures on your blog.
4. Notify the local birding / twitching community through a few email lists.
5. Lean back with a drink and relax.
6. Watch the number of visitors to your blog soar (especially cool when the bird you recorded was a raptor).
A sweet 180 visitors - This was by far and a wide margin the highest number of visitors per day ever on Belltowerbirding. Only once before did I manage a three-digit number of (I think) 132 when I hosted I and the Bird.
So praise the Buzzard for showing itself, hail to the Crows for mobbing it and drawing my attention to the hawk and cheers to all those visitors who were either curious or skeptical and thought the news worthy of being checked out.
Please come back again.
I know you [the ones who came here for the Buzzard and the Buzzard only] probably won't as there will not be Buzzards here every day, but it was still nice having you around and I appreciated your presence here.
There are still good birds to be seen and themes to be blogged about.
It is spring, the birds' migrations are all over us and I like that.
By the way, the smaller Friday peak was my Savannah Sparrow post at which I hinted in an Email to the SE Michigan birding list. You see, it always works, it's just that raptors are apparently almost four times as popular with birders as New World sparrows are.
Who'd have guessed?