Q. Where do you live?
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Q. What got you interested in birding?
Q.  What's your favorite birding spot in Oklahoma?
Introducing our August 2004
Birder of the Month:

Harold Peterson
of Norman, OK
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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?
Since I was about 9-1/2 years old.  I'm still young enough to admit how old I am, so I'm closing in on 14 years of birding.
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A flock of Dark-eyed Juncos outside Caroline, actually.  My dad was already into birding and was always trying to get me interested, but the Juncos were the first birds I bothered to look at.  (Alternately, it might make more sense to say my dad got me interested.)
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The Wichita Mountains were the first "outdoorsy" place I visited in Oklahoma and I'll always have a soft spot for them.  Not just for birds, but the bison, cactus flowers, even a rattlesnake once.
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Being short on cash, like most students, I tend to go online to look up details about birds.  The USGS has a particularly good website (http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/Infocenter/).  If I had money to spend on a field guide, I would go with Sibley, based on what I've seen of the guides available at Barnes & Noble.
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I only get three???
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Brown Creeper:  always fun to hear their little peep-peep and then see a section of tree bark slowly inching upward.
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Ruby-crowned Kinglet:  I've always been amused by how such a little bird can belt out such a vocal, dynamic song.  Double bonus points for the red feathers that shoot out of their heads when they get excited.
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American Coot:  The coots at Lake Thunderbird are incredibly entertaining.  Throw one a slice of whole wheat bread, and it attempts to fly off with it.  Trouble is, the weight of the bread plus its own weight makes too much for the coot to take off, and it only paddles across the water (generally pursued by a dozen gulls).  They also get bonus points for their "songs."
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Definitely climbing down the side of Elk Mountain (the rock face, not the trail), and finding a sleeping Poorwill in the woods below.
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Well, I've birded in 108-degree heat in Oklahoma, -70 wind chills in Wisconsin, freezing rain/sleet in Wisconsin, and just about every other condition imaginable, but the worst birding experiences come when I'm the only birder and surrounded by non-birders who couldn't care less that I just saw a "little brown job" of interest.
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"Here we go again," followed by a mad dash through brush, terrain, and whatever else it takes to catch up to the bird again.
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I'm working on several non-textbook reads, in addition to my studies.  I finished the New International Version of the Bible in December, 2002.... that might be the most recent book I finished reading.  I also read through "The Five Languages of Love" by Gary Chapman more recently, which is a good advice book on how to best communicate love to your significant other (my idea to read it, not Kelly's), although I skimmed it more than actually reading it.
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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My dad  has generally had good advice for me, so I've looked up to him on several occasions.  Also, Jim Dunlop from my church, for the same reason.
Q. How long have you been birding?
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Currently, Norman, OK.  Originally, Caroline, WI for the first 17 years of my life, and soon to be Reno, NV!
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