1/29/2009

Have we met?

One of the cool things about blogs is all the visitors you get from all over the world. I'd appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to introduce yourself. Copy and paste the questions below into the comments page located here and type away.

> How long have you been birding?
> How often do you go birding?
> What are your favorite birds?
> What's your rarest bird?
> Where did you see your rare bird?
> What bird would you love to see?
> What's your favorite spot for birding?
> Do you keep a life list?
> How many birds on your list?
> Do you keep a garden list of birds?
> How many birds on your list?
> What's the nicest garden bird you've seen?
> What birds nest in your garden?
> Do you have any owls in your garden?
> Any more info you'd like to share?

4 comments:

Patrick Belardo said...

Oh I love these silly questionnaires...
> How long have you been birding?
I've been a "hardcore" birder for about 8 years. I was a backyard birder for some time and had a stint of birding as a kid for a few years.

> How often do you go birding?
Not often enough - every other week at best.

> What are your favorite birds?
Hummingbirds and raptors

> What's your rarest bird?
Hmm... always a tough question. I'll stick with NJ and say the Green Violet-ear that I saw in 2005. Only state record and it was here less than a day.

> Where did you see your rare bird?
NJ

> What bird would you love to see?
So many... Lammergeier

> What's your favorite spot for birding?
Sandy Hook

> Do you keep a life list?
Yep

> How many birds on your list?
835+ for the world

> Do you keep a garden list of birds?
Yes.

> How many birds on your list?
55 I think

> What's the nicest garden bird you've seen?
Swainson's Thrush

> What birds nest in your garden?
LOL, living in condo land, the best I get is a Song Sparrow.

> Do you have any owls in your garden?
No way.

> Any more info you'd like to share?
I like birds.

Owlman said...

Hi Patrick,

Hmm, I never knew Lammergeier was at the top of your must see list. I have an awesome spot for them - it's 18 hours by plane though ;-)

Namib Naturalist said...

> How long have you been birding? Since I was two (I have a confirmed pointed out sighting in my own made up word for a bird) Listing since Oct 1995.

> How often do you go birding?
Two or three times a week.
Sometimes daily if I am working.

> What are your favorite birds? One of the most amazing I have seen is Pel's Fishing Owl, fishing on the panhandle in Botswana. Now it must be Damara Terns, having helped survey for them and concerned about their protection.

> What's your rarest bird? Wilson's Phalarope. It only showed up here last in 2000 (at Walvis Bay) I think one made it to South Africa this year.

> Where did you see your rare bird? Walvis Bay Lagoon.

> What bird would you love to see? Western Banded Snake Eagle. I have 'just missed it' and 'it's been flying over here daily'--ing for long time.

> What's your favorite spot for birding? That's tough. In a way, Namib Rand Nature Reserve, because I knew the birds so well. I would love to go anywhere in the east of southern Africa. I love the panhandle and the delta and always bird frantically when there. The mile 4 salt works is my closest spot, where I go to all the time.
> Do you keep a life list?
> How many birds on your list? 630 something. (554 in southern Africa - see Zest For Birds, heading for 700, my name is Vernon Swanepoel)

> Do you keep a garden list of birds? Not yet, but may do.

> How many birds on your list?

> What's the nicest garden bird you've seen? Common Waxbill

> What birds nest in your garden? Cape Sparrows, stuff like that. I lived for over 6 years on NamibRand Nature Reserve, and had a sociable weaver's nest in the garden. That's something special.

> Do you have any owls in your garden? No, haven't seen any.

> Any more info you'd like to share? I love your approach. Nice blog.

Owlman said...

Hi Vernon, Pel's Fishing Owl - WOW. One of my childhood friends is based in Kruger Park right by the Pel's Fishing Owls and I would kill to see one.

You are in a GREAT spot for birding. I only did birding in SA and then a tiny bit in Zim. We pased through a piece of Zambia but I was too busy watching the potholes to be birding ;-). I'd love to do birding in Namibia and even Mozambique some day.

Thanks for popping in and taking the time to introduce yourself. Good birding!