This will be our 10th year. Each of us will set the alarm for a ridiculously early time so that we can meet at the center at 6 a.m. We will sit at the back window and sip coffee noting any birds that visit the feeders. Before we hit the trails, we will already have Blue Jay, Robin, Chickadee, Mourning Dove, Red-winged Blackbird, Phoebe, Cardinal, Brown-headed Cowbird and Canada Goose, among others. We will cajole and tease the unfortunate scholarship winner who is required to work for his money by tagging along with the team. He will be struggling all day to find the birds on the checklist - a confusing tool to a new birder. Why does it have to be listed in taxonomic order? Why can't it just be in alphabetic order?