We're embarassed. Way back in August, a DC Birding blog tagged us with a really cool meme. We have neglected to reply. Our excuse? Can you say work, commute, two teenage sons, a book project, hiking the AT, paying the bills, etc?
Without further ado, here are our answers:
1. What is the coolest bird you have seen from your home?
We are mad crazy for the Wood Thrushes (a family or two) that arrive in our back woods (we have about 1.8 acres) every April from somewhere down south in Central or South America. All summer long they play their lovely flute song in the woods. And then, usually in early August, suddenly they are gone...
We've also had a good warbler fall-out or two, including some American Redstarts, Parulas and a bright Magnolia Warbler down by the stream.
2. If you compose lists of bird species seen, what is your favorite list and why?
We (okay, Cute Husband) keeps lots of crazy lists. Here are a few of our favorites - Our list of birds seen in and over our property (56), a list of birds we've seen while kayaking (21) and our favorite, our list of birds seen while hiking the Appalachian Trail (85).
Lisa says she's going to do a list of birds seen pooping. hasn't happened yet.
3. What sparked your interest in birds?
Lisa: Being outside. All the other things you see when you are out birding. Spending time with Cute Husband.
Warren: Spending time with Princess. :) I got interested in birds at a young age (7 or 8), because I loved to be outdoors and explore nature. My parents helped a lot by taking us on a lot of trips when we lived in England. One of my first bird books (I still have it) is an old copy, now stained and torn, of Birds of Britain and Europe.
4. If you could only bird in one place for the rest of your life where would it be and why?
The whole world. OK, we have to choose one place? Hmmm. Costa Rica (where Warren proposed?) Our beloved East Coast? Africa?
Hmmm. How 'bout Cape May, NJ. There is always something there, the birds are alwasy changing and rarities and stragglers come through often.... and it's pretty!
5. Do you have a jinx bird? What is it and why is it jinxed?
Yes, it is a bird supposedly called the American Pipit. Why? Because we now know it does not exist. It is a phantom bird. A wraith. An imaginary creature that belongs with unicorns and chimeras.
6. Who is your favorite birder? and why?
Paul Baicich. He cares about not just birds, but the environment, where the birds live, and he loves educating people about birds and the environment. He gets great joy out of sharing and has taught us A LOT. And he won't tell us what his ABA Life List is.
7. Do you tell non-birders you are a birder? What do they say to you when they find out?
Of course! Warren could care less about the reaction. Lisa prefaces it with, I know it's nerdy, but it's the coolest thing I do! Most people are actually intrigued and interested.