Friday, November 03, 2006

A bird quiz thingy

I got this from Laura, who got it from Patrick, who got it from....you get the picture.
Feel free to copy and paste it on your blog.
(I would be interested in what non-birders would have to say on this quiz)


What state (or country) do you live in?
Ohio

How long have you been birding?
4 years

Are you a "lister"?
Yes

ABA Life List:
93

Overall Life List:
What's the difference???

Favorite Birding Spots:
Magee Marsh, Northern Ohio

Favorite birding spot outside your home country:
I haven't been there, but I hear that Point Pelee is hoppin'!

Farthest you've traveled to chase a rare bird:
I don't have the luxury of chasing rare birds.

Nemesis bird:
Golden Eagle

"Best" bird sighting:
Bald Eagle near Magee Marsh...the girls were asleep, and Geoff and I watched it together.

Most wanted trip:
Either Cape May or the crane gathering in Nebraska

Most wanted bird:
That's a tough one to answer...a Snowy Owl or a Great Gray (of course, they are raptors!)

What model and brand of bins do you use?:
Bushnell something or others...

What model and brand of scope do you use?:
Don't have one.

What was the last lifer you added to your list?:
Ruby-crowned kinglet

Where did you see your last lifer?:
My yard

What's the last bird you saw today?:
A cardinal, I think

Best bird song you've heard ever:
Song Sparrow...I know, not very exciting

Favorite birding moment:
Any moment that involves me alone in the woods

Least favorite thing about birding:
Bugs

Favorite thing about birding:
It gives me a reason to get out of the house

Favorite field guide for the US:
All time field guide is Birds of Ohio / McCormac-Kennedy

Favorite non-field guide bird book:
To See Every Bird on Earth /Dan Koeppel

Who is your birder icon?:
Birdchick (aka Sharon Stiteler)

Do you have a bird feeder(s)?
Yes, about 10 of them!

Favorite feeder bird?
Any woodpecker

6 comments:

LauraHinNJ said...

Susan, we've got to get you out more and bring up that life list number! Come to Cape May - I promise it won't rain!

Or maybe we could go hunting for that Great Gray together!

;-)

Anonymous said...

You and LauraH should come up to Minnesota this winter to hunt the Great Gray Owl. I think Birdchick is doing a bird trip with Stan Tekiela to the Sax-Zim Bog (the best place to find them)

We would have a BLAST!!!

Susan Gets Native said...

Hmmm. Nice idea, Lynne! What do you say, Laura? Let's go to Minnesota!
I better write to Sharon and ask when she is doing the trip.

KatDoc said...

Fun quiz. OK if I answer here? (since I don't have a blog.)

What state (or country) do you live in? Ohio

How long have you been birding?
"Officially" since 1994 (12 years) when I decided to start sorting out all the "little brown birds" and when I went on my first "warbler walk", but I have been watching feeder birds since childhood. (No, you may not ask how long that is!)

Are you a "lister"?
Yes

ABA Life List:
don't know for sure

Overall Life List:
252 (Includes birds seen outside the USA, which is the difference between this and the ABA list)

Favorite Birding Spots:
Magee Marsh, Oak Openings, Cincinnati Nature Center, Crooked Run Nature Preserve (Clermont Co, OH), and my own back yard

Favorite birding spot outside your home country:
Scotland, in the Highlands

Farthest you've traveled to chase a rare bird:
Wilmington, OH (about 50 miles) for a Snowy Owl in 2001

Nemesis bird:
Blue Grosbeak

"Best" bird sighting:
Lark Sparrow at Oak Openings; any Red-headed Woodpecker; watching an Osprey eat a fish across the road from my house; nesting Bald Eagles with eaglets, Higginsport, Brown Co, OH

Most wanted trip:
ummm - don't know. I'm going to New River, WVa next May, but I'd love to travel to exotic locales, like Africa, Central America, Australia, or Hawaii

Most wanted bird:
One of the rarer warblers - Canada, Kirkland's, something like that

What model and brand of bins do you use?:
I have 2 - a 7x25 pair by Celestron that I use for watching out my windows, and an 8x42 pair (not sure of maker; says "Equinox" on them) that I take into the field

What model and brand of scope do you use?:
Eagle Optics Raven, angled w/ 20-60x zoom lens

What was the last lifer you added to your list?: Blackpoll warbler (I have added 34 Lifers to my List this year, thanks to birding trips)

Where did you see your last lifer?:
Headlands Beach State Park, on Lake Erie, 9/30/06

What's the last bird you saw today?:
Belted Kingfisher (new yard bird)

Best bird song you've heard ever:
Northern Mockingbird. I could listen to mockers all day. I love their talent!

Favorite birding moment:
nest-checking (Bluebirds and other cavity-nesters in my yard)

Least favorite thing about birding:
Summer birding - hate the heat and humidity

Favorite thing about birding:
communing with Nature

Favorite field guide for the US:
my trusty old Peterson's eastern Field Guide, 4th edition - I have had it since 1980, and although I own several others, it is always the one I go to first.

Favorite non-field guide bird book:
Stokes' Guide to Bird Behavior (3 volume set)

Who is your birder icon?:
icon? or "idol"? I have several birding mentors who have taught me a lot; too many to list here.

Do you have a bird feeder(s)?
Yes, 6 or 8, I think. Oh, plus 3 hummingbird feeders that are down now.

Favorite feeder bird?
Just one? Cardinals - a bright red male on a snowy day

~Kathi

PS: I'll go birding with you if you want to increase your Life List.

Susan Gets Native said...

Kathi,
Thanks for doing the quiz thingy! I will take you up on the birding offer. I need real birders in my life!
(sorry, Geoff...)

Endment said...

Great Post...
Hope you have as much fun as I do when you add a new bird to your life list!!!

I put mine up at Endment Birder Survey