Q. How long have you been birding?
Q. What got you interested in birding?
Q.  What's your favorite birding spot in Oklahoma?

Introducing our March 2004
Birder of the Month:

Dan Reinking
of Bartlesville, OK
Q.  What field guide do you prefer to use?
Q.  What are your 3 favorite birds? and is/are there any particular reason(s) they're your favorites??
Q.  Tell us about your BEST birding experience.... so far.
Q.  What was your WORST??
Q.  What are you most likely to say when a bird flies before you can ID it??
Q.  What was the last book you read?
Over 23 years.
My uncle is an avid birder and took me birding during a Christmas visit one year.  I was hooked.  I used my Christmas money to buy a Peterson field guide and some cheap binoculars from Sears.  Until I could drive, I mostly birded the small woodlot surrounded by cornfields where we lived.
Hmmmmm.... like so many Oklahoma birders, I would have to say that the Black Mesa area is a particular favorite.  The wide open spaces and the look and feel of the western U.S. are appealing.
I like the National Geographic for its clear and concise layout and relatively detailed text, although I frequently refer to Sibley's guide instead of or in addition to the National Geographic.
Another tough question.... I guess Henslow's Sparrow, given the grassland bird research I have worked on; chickadees of any variety for their bold inquisitiveness; and Rose-breasted Grosbeak for its nifty appearance---altho' on a different day, I might choose three completely different species.
One of the most memorable was a January birding/rare bird chasing trip through northern California with a group of friends.  We camped in the snow one night at Lava Beds National Monument, which looked surreal in the moonlight.  Over the course of the few days, I got Whooper Swan, Bohemian Waxwing, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Northern Goshawk, Yellow-billed Loon, Evening Grosbeak, and Brambling as lifebirds (plus a King Eider that I didn't see well enough to count).
C'mon, a bad birding experience??  Well, there WAS that time I was briefly detained by the Venezuelan military for inadvertently driving through a checkpoint where I was supposed to have stopped.  Did I mention I don't speak Spanish?
That really depends on:  (1) if I think it might have been something "good" or (2) if I'm doing a CBC or working on an atlas block and need to record every species I see.
I'm often reading books concurrently rather than consecutively, so I'll list three that I recently completed:  The History of Iceland by Gunnar Karlsson, Shoveling Fuel for a Runaway Train by Brian Czech, and Baghdad Without a Map (and other misadventures in Arabia) by  Tony Horwitz.
Q.  Who are your heroes or role models?  Whom do you admire? and if you care to comment, why are they your heroes?
My grandfather for his lifelong interest in learning and his positive attitude.
Q. Where do you live?
On the edge of Bartlesville.  I have both Pileated Woodpecker and Sedge Wren on my yard list.  I mention those two species because they make for a nice contrast of habitat preferences (not that I really have Sedge Wren habitat in my yard, but you never know what will show up during migration).