the birder survey

November 1, 2006

in Me

Patrick at The Hawk Owl’s Nest started a birder survey meme.  I’ll play along…

What state (or country) do you live in?
How long have you been birding? Seriously, about 15 years.
Are you a "lister"? I keep lists (of everything!), but no longer consider myself a lister.
ABA Life List: 568
Overall Life List: 908
3 Favorite Birding Spots: Study site at work, Santa Ana NWR in south Texas, Pipeline Road in Panama.
Favorite birding spot outside your home country: Cienaga de Zapata National Park, Cuba.
Farthest you’ve traveled to chase a rare bird: In 1993, several of us went to Delaware to see North America’s first Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybridus). In 2000, the road trip was to North Carolina for a Green-breasted Mango (Anthracothorax prevostii). I really doubt I would do anything like this again. 
Nemesis bird: Purple Sandpiper.
"Best" bird sighting: As in, rare bird I’ve found?  A Virginia’s Warbler in Michigan.
Most wanted trip:  A trip down the Amazon from Manaus.
Most wanted bird: Wallcreeper.
What model and brand of bins do you use?: I have several pair, but my out-and-about birding bins are Leica 8×32 BA Trivinoids.
What model and brand of scope do you use?: Husband schleps the scope —  Leica APO Televid 77.
What was the last lifer you added to your list?: Rusty Sparrow (Aimophila rufescens).
Where did you see your last lifer?: Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico.
What’s the last bird you saw today?: White-throated Sparrow.
Best bird song you’ve heard ever: Winter Wren.
Favorite birding moment: A Blue-headed Quail-Dove (Starnoenas cyanocephala) strolling across the trail in front of me.
Least favorite thing about birding: Ego-centric obnoxious birders.
Favorite thing about birding: Peace and discovery.
Favorite field guide for the US: Nat Geo.
Favorite non-field guide bird book: The Beak of the Finch.
Who is your birder icon?: None.
Do you have a bird feeder(s)? Yes.
Favorite feeder bird? Red-breasted Nuthatch!

Patrick November 1, 2006 at 1:38 pm

Cool. Thanks for posting. It must have been wonderful to visit Cuba.

Laura November 2, 2006 at 12:34 pm

It's really interesting to see how many birds you have on your life list, yet purple sandpiper is your nemesis bird. Thanks for the chuckle!

Nuthatch November 2, 2006 at 12:43 pm

Aside from the geographical disadvantage here in Michigan, where Purple Peeps usually show up on the west side of the state, is the fact that I really hate being cold. Seeing that species here inevitably means standing someplace cold and windy. YUCK!

Mike M. November 2, 2006 at 4:09 pm

Hey Nuthatch,

I remember helping a friend get his life bird Purple Sandpiper at Sheboygan WI when it was -11d F. My friend commented, "How can its eyeballs not freeze!?" as the bird cheerfully hopped over ice covered rocks with waves splashing on it.

Mike M.

Ellen November 6, 2006 at 7:11 am

Oh shoot! When I did the survey, I couldn't think of a nemesis bird, and now you've reminded me – Blue-headed Quail Dove. Darn Darn Darn we spent several mornings looking….well, an excuse to go back to Cuba. And Mountain Witch (Crested Quail Dove) – excuse to go back to Jamaica. See a trend here? Sorry I missed you in Veracruz….I missed far more people than I actually managed to see.

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