I'm almost finished reading "To See Every Bird On Earth", a story about birding, and a birder who has seen over 7000 species. I also re-read "Birding: Tales Of A Tribe". Interesting to compare the two, the former is written by a non-birder who has been on many birding trips, and the second by a very keen birder.
I don't see myself wanting to see that many birds... I like birds, and taking bird trips, but that's extreme. Whoa.
It did make me curious for one thing - I wanted to have a chronological life list. I want to be able to say what my 100th bird was. I had a life checklist, but wasn't sure where it was. Found most of my bird books and entered all the info I could find into a database. Ended up with 2605 records. For a piddly life list of 183. Figured it would be at least 200. Sigh. I could increase it without birding if I could get some of my bad blurry photos recognized - my pics aren't good enough to say which peeps I've seen, so I didn't count any. But that won't make it 200.
It ends up being especially bad considering that my yard list is 75!
Oh well, more excuse to go birding!