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the birder survey

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

What state (or country) do you live in?
MI, USA
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!

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  • Patrick November 1, 2006, 1:38 pm

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

  • Laura November 2, 2006, 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, 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, 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, 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.