Q. How long have you been birding?
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Q. What got you interested in birding?
Q.  What's your favorite birding spot in Oklahoma?
Introducing our October 2003
Birders of the Month:

FRANK & EVELYN HOUCK
of Grove, Oklahoma
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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?
Our early "birding" memories are as children: Frank while living in Tulsa and noticing beautiful purple birds with white spots on their breasts. (His description of starlings has changed considerably over the years!) and Evelyn, who remembers "snow birds" in her backyard at home in Kansas.  She always remembers them when Juncos visit their yard in Grove.  She says, "as a married couple, we can say that we've been birding since living in Ellsworth, KS in the late 1960's. At our feeder there, we had a robin visit all of at least two winters for the suet. We called 'her' Peg -- the bird had only one leg!"
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Frank says, his mother, while Evelyn says, "Frank."
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Spavinaw Creek, below Lake Eucha in Delaware Co.  We always find great birds there!
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Sibley's and National Geographic.
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Northern Cardinals because they're so beautiful; Carolina Wrens because they're so busy; and Eastern Bluebirds because we've seen so many fledge here.
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That would have to be getting to see Tufted Puffins in Glacier Bay on our trip to Alaska in August of this year (see photo above). Our trip was complete in that instant!
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Going to Spavinaw Creek near Decatur, Arkansas, and seeing 10-15 Bald Eagles, when two years earlier we had seen over 100.
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"Well, darn!" would be the printable version.
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Oklahoma Tough by Ron Padgett.
Q.  Who are your heroes or role models?  Whom do you admire? and if you care to comment, why are they your heroes?
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Frank's answer to this question is "my dad," while Evelyn says, "I admire persons serving in the military for their commitment and dedication."
Frank & Evelyn Houck at Glacier Bay, Alaska, Aug. 6, 2003
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