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Q. What got you interested in birding?
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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?
George:  I started as a young boy in Arkansas; in those ancient times, binoculars and field guides of less than 5 pounds were not widely available.
Marty:  At least since January 1, 1968, the first formally recorded date of a species on my life list:  a House Sparrow in Houston, Texas.
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George:  My father was interested in natural history.
Marty:  I grew up in a family that liked nature and being out-of-doors.
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George:  The Black Mesa area.
Marty:  No one place---wherever the birds are.
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Both:  Sibley
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George:  I like Scarlet Tanager, Prothonotary Warbler, and Wood Thrush for their beauty of plumage or song.
Marty:  (1) White-throated Sparrow: all winter, its beautiful, plaintive song tells me it longs to be back up north, and when spring comes, it says, "So long! See ya in the fall!"  My reply is, "I hope so!"  (2) Blue Jay: Come on! How could anyone not love this flashy in-your-face bird?  (3) Canyon Wren: perky little guy with haunting, melodious song and lucky resident of the southwest.
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George:  Completing a competitive Big Year in 2001 with different totals and still being best friends.
Marty:  They are all good, mostly.  I'd agree with George---our Big Year in 2001 was special!
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George:  I was intent on observing a flock of gulls from inside the fenced area of a Tulsa sewage treatment plant when all of the workmen left and the gate closed behind them.  While I considered this unpleasant surprise, I remembered a recent news story of two prison escapees who had made their way out through a sewer line.  Then I also remembered I had my cell phone in my car, which was a much better option.
Marty:  Maybe a collection of winter bird outings to Oklahoma lakes, all very, very bone-chilling cold.  Or maybe that Pacific pelagic trip---I was SO sick.  Or when I got lost in the Washington Cascades chasing a bird through the woods---scary!  Naaahhhh.... it was the skunk I met at Red Slough last year (see below).  Actually, that was a "worst" experience for my friends and George!
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George:  Not suitable for a family website.
Marty:  Rats!
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George:  Tom Clancy's "The Bear and the Dragon."
Marty:  I have to list the last three:  "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (on my grandson's recommendation); Michael Pollan's "The Botany of Desire" (on Cyndie's recommendation); and Wallace Stegner's "Beyond the Hundredth Meridian," a wonderful biography of John Wesley Powell.
Introducing our October 2002
Birders of the Month:

George & Marty Kamp
Tulsa, Oklahoma


Marty's Close Encounter with the Skunk
    Last October (2001), Marty Kamp joined Berlin Heck, Dan Reinking, Mike Dillon, and Dave Arbour for a Big Sit! at one of the observation platforms at Red Slough, and among all the fun and birds they enjoyed that day, Marty "got sprayed by a skunk."
     When I wrote and asked Marty what happened, this is what she wrote:
     "It goes like this....when focused 100% on the bird, you may not watch what you are stepping on.  The skunk and I had a really close encounter.  Only my legs got the spray and that was somewhat minimized by the thick grass.  My rubber chore boots took much of the hit.  I left them in a trash can in Idabel.  Driving home, I wrapped an old blanket around my waist/legs and ran the air conditioner on max all the way.  By the time I got home, I couldn't smell anything.  George noticed immediately."
---Cyndie Browning
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