To bird solo or with others?
The first bit to catch my attention is this, particularly after reading a lively debate about social birding on the youngbirder listserv:
To me, companionship in birding is vital. When I started watching birds some sixty years ago, John Kieran had just written in Footnotes on Nature, "It probably is true that a man sees more things and makes more searching observations in the field when he is alone, but there is a virtue in companionship that makes up for any decrease in the supply of clinical notes. A pleasure shared is a pleasure doubled."
What do you think about birding alone and with others? Which is more valuable to you?