I am now a Casual Birder.

Okay, thanks to Susan‘s help, I am now officially a casual birder. I know what bins are, and I am now a lister. Oh, and I forgot to mention earlier, I subscribe to Bird Watcher’s Digest and Backyard Birder. And I love Julie Zickefoose‘s artwork.

What state (or country) do you live in? NY
How long have you been birding?
Since I was born, but I’ve been documenting somewhat since April, 2006 via this blog.
Are you a “lister”?
Yup, I am now!
ABA Life List:
25 – I know I have a ways to go here!!
Overall Life List:
25
3 Favorite Birding Spots:
My backyard, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, Desert Botanical Garden
Favorite birding spot outside your home country:
None
Farthest you’ve traveled to chase a rare bird:
I haven’t
Nemesis bird:
None yet
“Best” bird sighting:
Baltimore Oriel – I know woop-ti-do, but they’re hard to see here
Most wanted trip:
Brazil with Rosa to see birds and plants
Most wanted bird:
Eagle – I’ve seen them, now I need to document it.
What model and brand of bins do you use?:
Bushnell with a National Audobon Society label on the side. I use my camera more than my “bins.”
What model and brand of scope do you use?:
None
What was the last lifer you added to your list?:
American Kestrel (only because I was going back in time to list the birds I’ve seen).
Where did you see your last lifer?:
Boyce Thompson Arboretum
What’s the last bird you saw today?:
Red-headed Woodpecker
Best bird song you’ve heard ever:
Baltimore Oriel
Favorite birding moment:
A male Gambel’s Quail at Desert Botanical Garden protecting his family.
Least favorite thing about birding:
The peep. I got it in my eye once.
Favorite thing about birding:
Umm, seeing someone new.
Favorite field guide for the US:
None yet – I use three different ones and they all irritate me, I’m checking out the latest National Geographic bird field guide.
Favorite non-field guide bird book:
First Flight by Noriko and Don Carroll
Who is your birder icon:
I’d have to think about it
Do you have a bird feeder(s)?
No, I grow lots of stuff birds like to eat.
Favorite feeder bird?
None

I have to go outside now and keep building my life list!

Leaves, Julie’s Book, Birds

Yesterday I finally raked and piled my leaves. I figured it was about time since there’s about two leaves left dangling on my tree. And I’ve irritated the neighbors long enough with my leaves on my lawn. The same neighbors who are out every day with their mowers sucking up the one or two leaves that collect during that day and putting them to the curve. I have a nice big juicy pile of leaves in the back now – yay! I *love* leaves for my gardens.

I also visited my parents yesterday. I was in my Mom’s studio working on her computer and looked to the right and on top of her pile of new books what did I see?

Letters from Eden

Yup, sittin’ right there waiting for her to read it. My Mom knows a good book when she sees it. Seriously, she is very good at picking out excellent books. Sweet!

Laura of Somewhere in NJ, Susan Gets Native, and Endment have all taken the following bird survey on their blogs. I’m not a birder. So I won’t make a fool out of myself and answer the questions. However, I love birds. I love listening to birds. I love trying to get decent photographs of birds. I love going to Braddock Bay or the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge to watch bird migrations and other bird activity, along with the plants and animals. Maybe I am a birder and I don’t know it.

For now I have a couple of question for the birders – what are bins? How do you keep your lists?

What state (or country) do you live in?
How long have you been birding?
Are you a “lister”?
ABA Life List:
Overall Life List:
3 Favorite Birding Spots:
Favorite birding spot outside your home country:
Farthest you’ve traveled to chase a rare bird:
Nemesis bird:
“Best” bird sighting:
Most wanted trip:
Most wanted bird:
What model and brand of bins do you use?:
What model and brand of scope do you use?:
What was the last lifer you added to your list?:
Where did you see your last lifer?:
What’s the last bird you saw today?:
Best bird song you’ve heard ever:
Favorite birding moment:
Least favorite thing about birding:
Favorite thing about birding:
Favorite field guide for the US:
Favorite non-field guide bird book:
Who is your birder icon:
Do you have a bird feeder(s)?
Favorite feeder bird?