“Birdwatchers are a fussy, eccentric lot, especially perpetual beginners like myself, who seem condemned never to find a bird, anywhere, that corresponds precisely to its description and illustration in the bird books. A failing, on the part of the bird, difficult to forgive.” ~Edward Abbey, excerpted from Abbey’s Road, ©1979
I have the same problem, and it makes me feel a little better to know I’m not the only one.
If I saw a toucan, I would have no problem at all. “That’s a toucan!” I would say. “I recognize you from my cereal box!”
But so many birds I see are sort of brownish, kind of medium sized, perhaps a few speckles. Those are really hard.