Monday, October 30, 2006

The Birder Survey

I decided to put together a little survey for birders. Please copy and paste your responses in the comments or post this on your blog.

What state (or country) do you live in? NJ, USA
How long have you been birding? 6 years
Are you a "lister"? Yep
ABA Life List: 491
Overall Life List: 695
3 Favorite Birding Spots: Sandy Hook, NJ, Cape May, NJ, Barnegat, NJ
Favorite birding spot outside your home country: Costa Rica (it's really the only place I've been)
Farthest you've traveled to chase a rare bird: 2 hours - an unsuccessful chase of a Redwing (a European thrush)
Nemesis bird: Cape May Warbler (no, they don't live in Cape May!)
"Best" bird sighting: Green Violet-ear in NJ
Most wanted trip: Antarctica
Most wanted bird: Ivory-billed Woodpecker
What model and brand of bins do you use?: Nikon Venturer 8x42
What model and brand of scope do you use?: Swarovski AT80HD
What was the last lifer you added to your list?: Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Where did you see your last lifer?: Sandy Hook
What's the last bird you saw today?: European Starling
Best bird song you've heard ever: Winter Wren
Favorite birding moment: The first time I visited a hummingbird feeding station in SE Arizona
Least favorite thing about birding: Birding in the rain
Favorite thing about birding: Leading trips
Favorite field guide for the US: Sibley
Favorite non-field guide bird book: Wild America
Who is your birder icon?: Kenn Kaufman
Do you have a bird feeder(s)? Yes
Favorite feeder bird? Ruby-throated Hummingbird

40 comments:

LauraHinNJ said...

Fun idea - thanks.

Greg said...

What state (or country) do you live in? Washington, DC
How long have you been birding? 21 years
Are you a "lister"? Yes
ABA Life List: N/A
Overall Life List: 409
3 Favorite Birding Spots: Huntley Meadows, Fairfax Cty., VA; Chincoteague, VA; Blackwater Refuge, MD
Favorite birding spot outside your home country: Belize, C.A.
Farthest you've traveled to chase a rare bird: DC to Bombay Hook, DE (about 2-2-1/2 hrs) for Eskimo curlew, et al.
Nemesis bird: N/A
"Best" bird sighting: Golden-cheeked warbler in Belize
Most wanted trip: Colombia
Most wanted bird: Arctic tern
What model and brand of bins do you use?: Minolta 7X35 (soon to get Bushnells)
What model and brand of scope do you use?: Bausch & Lomb
What was the last lifer you added to your list?: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Where did you see your last lifer?: Courtyard of National Geographic (where I work), DC
What's the last bird you saw today?: House sparrow
Best bird song you've heard ever: Mockingbird, late summer
Favorite birding moment: The first time I saw a Bald eagle in the wild
Least favorite thing about birding: Birding in sub-zero weather
Favorite thing about birding: Excitement of discovery, whether a lifer or old favorite; being outdoors in a swamp or forest
Favorite field guide for the US: Peterson's
Favorite non-field guide bird book: "A World of Watchers"
Who is your birder icon?: Paul Dumont
Do you have a bird feeder(s)? No
Favorite feeder bird? Nuthatch (red- or white-breasted) when I did have a feeder

Feel free to publish or otherwise share this!

Patrick Belardo said...

Hi Greg,

Thanks for responding. I was just reading about Huntley Meadows in Birder's World. Sounds great.

Eskimo Curlew... WOW. Did you see it?

I'm going to check out "A World of Watchers". I found it on Amazon for a penny!

John said...

I posted mine last night.

Greg said...

Did see the Eskimo curlew -- amazing! That's why Paul Dumont is my birding idol -- he showed it to me. Huntley Meadows is great; come on down and check it out!

Anonymous said...

Nice idea, Patrick. I posted mine earlier this evening.

Anonymous said...

What state (or country) do you live in? AZ, USA
How long have you been birding? 30 years
Are you a "lister"? no
ABA Life List: 6-something
Overall Life List: don't know
3 Favorite Birding Spots: Patagonia Lake, AZ; Cape May, NJ; Oak Lake Park, NE
Favorite birding spot outside your home country: the Camargue
Farthest you've traveled to chase a rare bird: 18 hours or so, I suppose
Nemesis bird: Russet-crowned Motmot
"Best" bird sighting: Bean Goose (NE, 1985); Brown-chested Martin (AZ, 2006)
Most wanted trip: tomorrow's destination
Most wanted bird: the next one
What model and brand of bins do you use?: B&L Elites (first-generation), Swaro EL 8's
What model and brand of scope do you use?: Kowa TSN823
What was the last lifer you added to your list?: Island Scrub-Jay
Where did you see your last lifer?: guess!
What's the last bird you saw today?: Verdin, so far
Best bird songs you've heard ever: Cetti's Warbler, Brown-backed Solitaire, Andean Cock-of-the-rock
Favorite birding moment: too many to tell.
Least favorite thing about birding: crowds
Favorite thing about birding: puddlewatching
Favorite field guide for the US: big Sibley
Favorite non-field guide bird book: Wild America
Who is your birder icon?: Ted Floyd
Do you have a bird feeder(s)? Yes
Favorite feeder bird? Green-tailed Towhee

Anonymous said...

What state (or country) do you live in? Rockford, IL, USA
How long have you been birding? 19 of my 25 years
Are you a "lister"? Yes
ABA Life List: 330ish
Overall Life List: ditto
3 Favorite Birding Spots: Rio Grande Valley, Southeast Arizona, Horicon Marsh - Wisconsin
Favorite birding spot outside your home country: Peru
Farthest you've traveled to chase a rare bird: Two hours to Horicon for Snowy Owls galore!
Nemesis bird: Black-throated Blue Warbler : was in backyard while I was at work!!
"Best" bird sighting: Blue Mockingbird in Texas
Most wanted trip: Peru
Most wanted bird: Northern Jacana, Worm-eating Warbler, and of course the Ivory-billed Woodpecker
What model and brand of bins do you use?: Swarovski EL 10x42
What model and brand of scope do you use?: Eagle Optics Raven (actually a very good scope for low-end price)
What was the last lifer you added to your list?: Rusty Blackbird
Where did you see your last lifer?: Rock Cut State Park, IL
What's the last bird you saw today?: Northern Cardinal (always when I am at home)
Best bird song you've heard ever: Musician Wren (on CD), I love Bobolinks and Eastern Towhee calls
Favorite birding moment: Experiencing the magic of rarities in the Rio Grande Valley
Least favorite thing about birding: Non-birders
Favorite thing about birding: sharing a cool bird with someone
Favorite field guide for the US: Kaufman
Favorite non-field guide bird book: anything by Pete Dunne
Who is your birder icon?: Pete Dunne
Do you have a bird feeder(s)? Yes
Favorite feeder bird? White-breasted Nuthatch and Eastern Towhee

Patrick Belardo said...

Hey Birdfreak,
I wonder if we were in the RGV at the same time. I was there in early April 2005. I missed the Blue Mocker though. A woman named Lisa from Rockford was on the trip with me. I can't remember her last name.

Hey Anonymous,
I'm guessing who you might be... RW Anyway, I checked out the songs you mentioned. Fantastic! The Solitaire is wild and of course the Cock-of-the-Rock is other-worldy.

Anonymous said...

What state (or country) do you live in? NY (Westernmost part)

How long have you been birding? 10 years

Are you a "lister"? Yep
ABA Life List: Not that hardcore

Overall Life List: My listing is casual and backward. Half the list are great birds and rarities. I'm missing tons of the common ones!

3 Favorite Birding Spots: Rio Grande, Niagara Gorge, My backyard

Favorite birding spot outside your home country: Ontario , Canada

Farthest you've traveled to chase a rare bird: Not yet...getting close to chase mode

Nemesis bird: The next lifer

"Best" bird sighting: Hermit Thrush in my urban backyard

Most wanted trip: Alaska
Most wanted bird: Ivory-billed Woodpecker

What model and brand of bins do you use?: Eagle Ranger 6x32 for the yard, Pentax DCF 8x42 outside
What model and brand of scope do you use?: Eagle Denali (inexpensive and does the trick)

What was the last lifer you added to your list?: yellow-throated warbler
Where did you see your last lifer?: Naples, FLA
What's the last bird you saw today?: Mourning Dove
Best bird song you've heard ever: Hermit Thrush

Favorite birding moment: All of them
Least favorite thing about birding: Going it alone and having to worry about personal safety

Favorite field guide for the US: Kaufman's (my autographed copy)
Favorite non-field guide bird book: Grail Bird

Who is your birder icon?: Kenn Kaufman
Do you have a bird feeder(s)? Many
Favorite feeder bird? Chicadee

Patrick Belardo said...

Hi anonymous,

I also love The Grail Bird. It was a really great read!

birdchick said...

What state (or country) do you live in? MN, USA
How long have you been birding? 25 years.
Are you a "lister"? Not really
ABA Life List: Never counted
Overall Life List: Don't know
3 Favorite Birding Spots: anywhere in Duluth, MN; Bear River National Wildlife Refuge, UT; Felton Prairie, MN
Favorite birding spot outside your home country: I haven't been there yet, but I have a feeling it will be Vera Cruz, Mexico
Nemesis bird: boreal owl--I've done everything legally possible to a boreal (even had one in my car) but have never seen one in the wild.
"Best" bird sighting: Watching over 100,000 broad-wings fly over Hawk Ridge, MN
Most wanted trip: Attu Islands
Most wanted bird: all of them
What model and brand of bins do you use?: Vortex DLS 8x42
What model and brand of scope do you use?: Currently scopeless
What was the last lifer you added to your list?: slaty-backed gull
Where did you see your last lifer?: Grand Marais, MN
What's the last bird you saw today?: Ruffed grouse
Best bird song you've heard ever: tough call between veery and sprague's pipit
Favorite birding moment: First time I sat out at night along Lake Superior listening to thousands of night migrants.
Least favorite thing about birding: Ticks
Favorite thing about birding: I can do it any time, any place, any where
Favorite field guide for the US: Sibley
Favorite non-field guide bird book: Raptor Almanac
Who is your birder icon?: Julie Zickefoose
Do you have a bird feeder(s)? Yes
Favorite feeder bird? Pileated woodpecker and tufted titmouse...and Cooper's hawks too

Patrick Belardo said...

Hey Birdchick,

Thanks for replying. I need to experience this night migration thing! I haven't had a chance to do that yet. Also, I'll check out the Raptor Almanac. It's one I don't have. Is that the Weidensaul book?

birdchick said...

It's the Weidensaul book, it can be found as Raptor or Raptor Almanac. I highly recommend it for any person at any age into birds of prey.

This was a fun meme.

Anonymous said...

What state (or country) do you live in? Maryland
How long have you been birding? 22 years
Are you a "lister"? Sort of (little scraps of paper all over the place, but a husband who lists my sightings for me)
ABA Life List: Approx 450 (I know - pathetic).
Overall Life List: Approx. 2,000 (like I said "sort of lister"
3 Favorite Birding Spots: Western Maryland (Mt. Nebo WMA, the state forest adjacent to Swallow Falls) and Southern Maryland
Favorite birding spot outside your home country: Zimbabwe
Farthest you've traveled to chase a rare bird: nearly an entire day of waiting and ferries to see a Xantus Hummingbird in Vancouver - only 45 miles of driving, but a whole day of dealing with all that water!(yes, I saw it). This was actually the only time I've gone after a rarity.
Nemesis bird: Any bird I haven't seen to my satisfaction. That's a LONG list.
"Best" bird sighting: Angola (African) Pitta. No - wait. Tufted Jays. No - wait. Rosy Thrush Tanager. No - wait...OK this question is torture.
Most wanted trip: New Zealand.
Most wanted bird: Reggiana Bird of Paradise (ok, I'm low rent, I admit it).
What model and brand of bins do you use?: Swarovski 10x42.
What model and brand of scope do you use?: Swarovski 65mm travel scope (love it!)
What was the last lifer you added to your list?: Red-breasted Chat.
Where did you see your last lifer?: Near San Blas, Mexico.
What's the last bird you saw today?: Rose-breasted Cockatoo in the living room.
Best bird song you've heard ever: Cape Turtle Dove at my wedding.
Favorite birding moment: When we FINALLY after 9 years and 3 birding trips to 3 different countries saw a Rosy Thrush Tanager.
Least favorite thing about birding: Not having nearly enough time to bird.
Favorite thing about birding: Everything.
Favorite field guide for the US: NG.
Favorite non-field guide bird book: The Black Robin.
Who is your birder icon?: My husband.
Do you have a bird feeder(s)? Yes
Favorite feeder bird? Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

Keith Dowling said...

What state (or country) do you live in? NY, USA
How long have you been birding? 17 years
Are you a "lister"? Sort of
ABA Life List: 330? Thereabouts
Overall Life List: n/a
3 Favorite Birding Spots: Cape May, NJ, Jones Beach area, NY, Central Park, NYC
Favorite birding spot outside your home country: Costa Rica ("it's really the only place I've been" -me too)
Farthest you've traveled to chase a rare bird: 4 hours Cinnamon Teal in Delaware
Nemesis bird: Swainson's Hawk
"Best" bird sighting: Resplendant Quetxzal, Costa Rica
Most wanted trip: Galapagos
Most wanted bird: Prairie Falcon
What model and brand of bins do you use?: Zeiss 7x45 Night Owls (over sixteen pounds!)
What model and brand of scope do you use?: Have an ancient Bushnell Spacemaster (old school). But don't usually carry it. I'm a scope-leech.
What was the last lifer you added to your list?: Lincoln's Sparrow
Where did you see your last lifer?: Cape May
What's the last bird you saw today?: Carolina Wren
Best bird song you've heard ever: Veery
Favorite birding moment: First time I saw a red-tailed hawk.
Least favorite thing about birding: Don't have enough time to do it more often.
Favorite thing about birding: The beauty of the birds
Favorite field guide for the US: Peterson's Eastern (still my favorite after all these years)
Favorite non-field guide bird book: Season At The Point, Jack Connor
Who is your birder icon?: n/a
Do you have a bird feeder(s)? Yes
Favorite feeder bird? Black-capped Chickadee

Anonymous said...

PB--You're on to me!
:)

Endment said...

What a great life list - guess I have to get out and do some more work on mine:)

Radley said...

What state (or country) do you live in?: Montana
How long have you been birding?: I started in college around 1995, although I have always been a field fanatic.
Are you a "lister"?: Obsessive lister.
ABA Life List: 375 (MT 320).
Overall Life List: 1023
3 Favorite Birding Spots: Westby City Park (Westby, MT), Ninepipe NWR (Ronan, MT) and Pryor Mountains (Southcentral Montana).
Favorite birding spot outside your home country: Playa del Coco (Costa Rica), Monteverde (Costa Rica) and Paghaum Harbour (UK)
Farthest you've traveled to chase a rare bird: I have driven a little over 3,000 miles in 3 days with Sam Koenen for a Big Day.
Nemesis bird: Least Tern.
"Best" bird sighting: Self-found - It would be beautiful Gyrfalcon in January. As for overall, it is the Siberian Accentor in the Paradise Valley of Montana
Most wanted trip: Peru.
Most wanted bird: Kagu.
What model and brand of bins do you use?: Brunton Epochs 10.5x43.
What model and brand of scope do you use?: Brunton Etrena 60X.
What was the last lifer you added to your list?: Curve-billed Thrasher.
Where did you see your last lifer?: Near Roundup, MT.
What's the last bird you saw today?: Rough-legged Hawk.
Best bird song you've heard ever: Three-wattled Bellbird at Monteverde , CR.
Favorite birding moment: Waking up for a Big Day, and hearing Barred Owls hooting at 3 in the morning.
Least favorite thing about birding: Stopping for gas and walking into the middle of a fight between 2 woman with 10 teeth between them.
Favorite thing about birding: Just getting out there.
Favorite field guide for the US: Sibley Guide.
Favorite non-field guide bird book: Roger Tory Peterson's "Wild America"
Who is your birder icon?: Kenn Kaufmann.
Do you have a bird feeder(s)?: Yes.
Favorite feeder bird?: The occasional Red Crossbill.

janet said...

What state (or country) do you live in? Massachusetts, USA
How long have you been birding? my whole life
Are you a "lister"? sort of
ABA Life List: 195 (that can't be right better update BirdBrain)
Overall Life List: 327 (ditto)
3 Favorite Birding Spots: Plum Island, MA, Watchemocket Cove, RI, Salisbury Beach, MA
Favorite birding spot outside your home country: Hungary
Farthest you've traveled to chase a rare bird: they come to me
Nemesis bird: Sora
"Best" bird sighting: Great bustard in Hungary
Most wanted trip: South Africa
Most wanted bird: Emperor penguin
What model and brand of bins do you use?: Nikon Action 10 x 50 Lookout IV
What model and brand of scope do you use?: Nikon
What was the last lifer you added to your list?: Western reef heron
Where did you see your last lifer?: New Castle, NH
What's the last bird you saw today?: House sparrow
Best bird song you've heard ever: Veery
Favorite birding moment: every time I see a piping plover chick
Least favorite thing about birding: Being bitten by greenheads and salt marsh mosquitoes simultaneously
Favorite thing about birding: Birds!
Favorite field guide for the US: National Geographic
Favorite non-field guide bird book: Birding on Borrowed Time
Who is your birder icon?: Phoebe Snetsinger
Do you have a bird feeder(s)? No
Favorite feeder bird?

dguzman said...

What state (or country) do you live in?: Central PA, USA
How long have you been birding?: Seriously since 2005.
Are you a "lister"?: Not really. Don’t really understand listservs!
ABA Life List: under a hundred.
Overall Life List: Same.
3 Favorite Birding Spots: my backyard/marsh behind my house near Spring Mills PA, Shaver’s Creek just south of State College PA, and--I don't know yet. A place yet to be discovered.
Favorite birding spot outside your home country: The only times I’ve ever been outside this country were to go to San Luis Potosi, SLP, Mexico. And I was a kid, not really into birding. Farthest you've traveled to chase a rare bird: I’ve not yet done one of these chases.
"Best" bird sighting: late spring, marsh behind the house, an American bittern.
Most wanted trip: Galapagos Islands or Costa Rica.
Most wanted bird: anything not on my list.
What model and brand of bins do you use?: Leupold Porro I.F. 9x35 (old)
What model and brand of scope do you use?: my own homemade one with 21X magnification and an 80mm x 400mm FL objective (though it’s still in the prototype stage). Someday I may buy a Swarovski ATHD80—but I can’t see spending that kind of dough on a scope at this stage in my birding development.
What was the last lifer you added to your list?: Bald eagle.
Where did you see your last lifer?: my backyard.
What's the last bird you saw today?: my bald eagle again!
Best bird song you've heard ever: couldn’t ID it, but it was beautiful and strange.
Favorite birding moment: The first time I digiscoped.
Least favorite thing about birding: Best times to view birds are either when I’m asleep or at work.
Favorite thing about birding: Birds' quirky and interesting behaviors.
Favorite field guide for the US: Peterson’s.
Favorite non-field guide bird book: haven’t really read any yet.
Who is your birder icon?: ? Maybe Birdchick.
Do you have a bird feeder(s)?: Yes.
Favorite feeder bird?: Black-Capped Chickadee and Northern Cardinal (a tie)

Patrick Belardo said...

Radley,
I'd love to get to Montana to bird someday!

Janet,
I went to Plum Island a few years ago. I loved it and I can't wait to go back. I wish I went this past summer for that Godwit!

-llm. said...


Everyone's doing it


I saw this on
Laurahinnj
's page. Fun idea.

Laura Erickson said...

I posted mine at http://birderblog.com/post.php?id=1677

Anonymous said...

What state (or country) do you live in? WA, USA.
How long have you been birding? All my life.
Are you a "lister"? Yes, as an aid to memory – not competitive.
ABA Life List: over 500 last time I totaled it (it’s been awhile).
Overall Life List: over 1200.
3 Favorite Birding Spots: Sequim, WA, Skagit Flats, WA, High Island, TX
Favorite birding spot outside your home country: So many wonderful places, it’s hard to choose – but Cana and Cerro Pirre in eastern Panama were especially nice.
Farthest you've traveled to chase a rare bird: A day’s drive at least.
Nemesis bird: Long-eared Owl! I’ve seen captives – that’s it!
"Best" bird sighting: They’re all good! Maybe coming face to face with an Ornate Hawk Eagle perched near the summit of a tropical mountain, or no – Purple-bearded Bee-eater – a bird I was “sure” I’d never get to see.
Most wanted trip: Africa, India, etc. heck I’m not greedy!
Most wanted bird: The next one!
What model and brand of bins do you use?: Nikon Venturer 8x42.
What model and brand of scope do you use?: Nikon Fieldscope IIIED.
What was the last lifer you added to your list?: Black-backed Woodpecker, I think (?).
Where did you see your last lifer?: East slope of the Cascade Range in Washington.
What's the last bird you saw today?: A Red-crowned Parrot is helping me write this.
Best bird song you've heard ever: Hermit Thrush in an old growth grove in northern Arizona – haunting, ethereal, better than HETH songs I’ve heard elsewhere (and those are still among the best I’ve heard. Brown-backed Solitaire is pretty spectacular too.
Favorite birding moment: Whenever I get a good look at one I don’t know well. I enjoy intense study of Gulls and shorebirds with the scope – so maybe I’m a masochist!
Least favorite thing about birding: “Seen any GOOD birds?” – folks who take the competitive side of birding (and themselves) too seriously.
Favorite thing about birding: Being outside and seeing and hearing birds.
Favorite field guide for the US: Sibley Grande.
Favorite non-field guide bird book: Handbook of the Birds of the World.
Who is your birder icon?: Roger T. Peterson .
Do you have a bird feeder(s)? Yes.
Favorite feeder bird? Evening Grosbeaks, Purple Finches, and American Goldfinches together in a budding spring tree. Add a dash of Chickadee, Nuthatch, and Sunshine and you have a perfect feeder moment.

Mike R.

Mike said...

I can't believe it took me this long to post...

What state (or country) do you live in? New York
How long have you been birding? 4 years
Are you a “lister”? Oh yeah!
ABA Life List: 343
Overall Life List: 443
3 Favorite Birding Spots: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and Lenoir Nature Preserve in NY, Lakeview Drive on Paradise Island in the Bahamas
Favorite birding spot outside your home country: Belize
Farthest you’ve traveled to chase a rare bird: 2 hours (dipped, of course)
Nemesis bird: Ruffed Grouse (very common at my in-laws’, except when I’m visiting)
“Best” bird sighting: American Pygmy Kingfisher in a secluded Belizean lagoon
Most wanted trip: New Zealand
Most wanted bird: California Condor (wild)
What model and brand of bins do you use?: Minolta Activa 10 x 50
What model and brand of scope do you use?: Swarovski AT65
What was the last lifer you added to your list?: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Where did you see your last lifer?: Irving, TX
What’s the last bird you saw today?: European Starling
Best bird song you’ve heard ever: Melodious Blackbird (joking… Cacophonous is more like it)
Favorite birding moment: First time we spotted an American Kestrel out our apartment window (during our first CBC no less!)
Least favorite thing about birding: Slow days
Favorite thing about birding: Immersion in nature
Favorite field guide for the US: Anything by Sibley
Favorite non-field guide bird book: How to Be a (Bad) Birdwatcher
Who is your birder icon?: Charlie Moores (world-birder extraordinaire)
Do you have a bird feeder(s)? No
Favorite feeder bird? White-breasted Nuthatch

Patrick Belardo said...

Mike,

You have to wonder why they chose the name "Melodious" for that bird!

Peregrine's Bird Blog said...

What state (or country) do you live in? Co Down Northern Ireland
How long have you been birding? Since I was a child but now more serious about it.
Are you a "lister"? Yes
Year List: 159
Overall Life List: Not sure only started listing this year.
3 Favorite Birding Spots: Killard , Co Down. RSPB Belfast Harbour Reserve, Strangford Lough Co. Down
Favorite birding spot outside your home country: Martha’s Vineyard
Farthest you've traveled to chase a rare bird: I don’t as a rule but drove for 1.5 hours for Crane
Nemesis bird: Crested Tit
"Best" bird sighting: Wandering Albatross, NZ
Most wanted trip: Nepal
Most wanted bird: Scissor Tailed Flycatcher
What model and brand of bins do you use?: Zeiss Fl 8 * 42
What model and brand of scope do you use?: Opticron GsED80
What was the last lifer you added to your list?: White Rumped Sandpiper
Where did you see your last lifer?: Cloghy Rocks, Strangford, Co Down
What's the last bird you saw today?: Grey Wagtail
Best bird song you've heard ever: Brent Geese when they return each autumn to the bay in front of my house.
Favorite birding moment: Getting the photograph that you want of the bird that you are after.
Least favorite thing about birding: Seeing a bird that you know will probably be shot.
Favorite thing about birding: New Birds to your list.
Favorite field guide for the US: Birds of Europe Lars Jonsson
Favorite non-field guide bird book: Beguiled by Birds by Ian Wallace
Who is your birder icon?: Anthony McGeehan
Do you have a bird feeder(s)? Yes
Favorite feeder bird? Goldfinch
Favourite Birding Website? www.peregrinesbirdblog.blogspot.com

Patrick Belardo said...

Peregrine,

I *love* the Birds of Europe book. Come on over to our side of the pond and we'll get you a Scissor-tail!

Clare said...

What state (or country) do you live in? Arctic Bay, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

How long have you been birding? Well I describe myself as a birdwatcher, not a birder, so essentially all of my life.

Are you a “lister”? Not really, I do keep a life list, which woefully needs updating.

ABA Life List: no idea, maybe three hundred

Overall Life List: No idea. I suppose I could go and count, perhaps six hundred.

3 Favorite Birding Spots: My deck, whereever I find myself, the Ice Bridge landing at Fort Providence.

Favorite birding spot outside your home country: Right now, Pete's Pond Botswana but perhaps that doesn't count because its a webcam. The Sierra Maestras Cuba or Antarctica. Oh wait, the Galapagos Islands.

Farthest you’ve traveled to chase a rare bird: The dump at Arctic Bay for a White-crowned Sparrow, that would be about 2 kilometres, maybe three. At least it wasn't crowded with other twitchers.

Nemesis bird: Sabine's Gull.

“Best” bird sighting: The two Raven's that were just tumbling through the air outside my livingroom window.

Most wanted trip: Atta Island so I can win the Big Year. No wait that's someone else. Umm. Duncan's neck of the woods, or barring that anywhere with Charlie Moores

Most wanted bird: Dodo, or perhaps the Passenger Pigeon.

What model and brand of bins do you use?: Mountain Equipment Co-op 8X42's

What model and brand of scope do you use?: None, it would have been a Bushnel Elite had some postal worker at the main sorting plant in Toronto not stolen it.

What was the last lifer you added to your list?: Bee Hummingbird. Maybe.

Where did you see your last lifer?: In a Cactus Garden not too far from Guantanamo Bay actually.

What’s the last bird you saw today?: Hmmm. Winter in the Arctic... could it be... Raven.

Best bird song you’ve heard ever: Redwing Blackbird. No wait, Western Meadowlark. No wait, Cuban Solitaire. No wait, Winter Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes - I love saying that). No wait, Cuban Trogan (did I mention that I speak Trogan - pretty much any dialect). No wait, Screaming Piha. Oh hell I don't know. Wait. Raven, yeah definitely Raven.

Favorite birding moment: The last one.

Least favorite thing about birding: Huh?

Favorite thing about birding: That I can.

Favorite field guide for the US: Peterson's, it's an old friend.

Favorite non-field guide bird book: On the Origin of Species, by Charles someone.

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Favorite feeder bird? The first one I really remember, Evening Grosbeaks, hundreds and hundreds of Evening Grosbeaks, although the Pine Grosbeak landing on my hand was pretty cool.

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