Sunday, November 05, 2006

Birder Survey

Have some photos but Blogger won't let me post them today - Sorry

What state (or country) do you live in? NY, USA
How long have you been birding? 45+ years but I have only been keeping a life list since the early 1990’s
Are you a "lister"? I didn’t think so but discovered that we regularly make lists on birding trips
ABA Life List: 430
Overall Life List: ?
3 Favorite Birding Spots: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, NY; Bentsen Rio Grande State Park, Texas; Desoto or LaSalle Wildlife Refuge, Iowa/Nebraska
Favorite birding spot outside your home country: Point Pelee, Ontario, Canada
Farthest you've traveled to chase a rare bird: There are so many left to see that I really haven’t gone bird chasing.
Nemesis bird: Probably a Northern Saw-whet Owl – we hear them but I have never seen one.
"Best" bird sighting: Blue Bunting at trailer loop camp #9 Bentsen Rio Grande State Park, Texas
Most wanted trip: Back to Waterton Lakes or a pelagic trip
Most wanted bird: For the moment- an Atlantic Puffin
What model and brand of bins do you use?: Whichever ones are handy but most frequently Bausch & Lomb because they are light weight
What model and brand of scope do you use?: Haven’t chosen one yet.
What was the last lifer you added to your list?: Black Guillemot
Where did you see your last lifer?: Acadia Park, Maine
What's the last bird you saw today?: Yellow-Rumped Warbler
Best bird song you've heard ever: Wood Thrush or California Thrasher
Favorite birding moment: First trip to South Texas - Sitting at a picnic table in Bentsen Rio Grande State Park and adding twenty birds to my life list in only a couple of hours.
Least favorite thing about birding: Bugs and those birders who blow smoke at me --- oh yes – poison ivy.
Favorite thing about birding: Seeing a new bird
Favorite field guide for the US: This is difficult – there are things I like about several but would love to combine them into one book ( I guess Petersons and National Geographic)
Favorite non-field guide bird book: Possibly a guide to birding sites but my bookshelves are so full I can’t pick.
Who is your birder icon: Can’t think of one unless it is John Muir
Do you have a bird feeder(s)? Yes
Favorite feeder bird? I really don’t think I have a favorite but the chickadees and nuthatches do entertain me greatly.

I invite you to also participate in this survey ---Please copy and paste your responses in the comments or post this on your blog.
Got this from Laura over at Somewhere in New Jersey


Blogger LauraHinNJ said...

Glad you did this! Sounds like you've traveled to some wonderful places and seen some great birds.

Do saw-whets *toot* like the recordings they play in the Cape May Meadows when they're banding?

9:32 AM  
Blogger Potato Print said...

Hi Endment,
This is a prodigious blog entry! I didn't realize the depth of your birding experience. It seems to be the strand on which you hang most of your beautiful beads.

Forty-five years is a long time. Oy, I've just been alive for that long.

And 400+ birds on your life list is such an achievement.

Birders are special people. I once went out to Montauk Point with some Very Serious birders to watch migrating birds. We happened to see a LeConte sparrow, and one of the men almost passed out from excitment.

11:27 AM  
Blogger Endment said...

the saw-whets here sound like a mechanics nightmare :)

potato print
my birding experience isn't very deep - I simply like being outside and looking at birds. I thought 400 birds was pretty good until my sister-in-law and her husband saw number 1000 on a trip with us :)

Yup - I can get pretty excited when we confirm a new addition to the life list :)

1:45 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Although I am not an avid birder, I do love to watch them. We feed from six to eight humming birds at our camp all summer and I have a good variety of birds at home. I had a pair of cardinals here this summer who seemed to be as interested in me as I was in them. It was delightful! We feed them during the winter and the cardinals usually stick around. And I love those little chickadees.

7:05 AM  
Blogger Pam in Tucson said...

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know this aspect of your life.

1:33 PM  
Blogger John said...

Atlantic Puffin is pretty high on my list of desired birds, too. Sometime I will have to make the trip to Maine or Newfoundland to see them.

12:34 AM  

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