Q. What first got you interested in birding?
Q.  What's your favorite birding spot in Oklahoma?

Introducing our March 2009
Birders of the Month:

Jim & Anita Mitchell
of Owasso, 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?
About 10 years.
We happened to see a Pileated Woodpecker in our backyard one day and were surprised at its size.  We then started looking for other birds around our home which eventually led to more active birding whenever we traveled and involvement with the Tulsa Audubon Society.
Anita:  I really don’t have a favorite – but my back yard is very enjoyable. 
Jim:  There are many locations in Oklahoma we have yet to experience.  To date, I think my favorite would be a tie between
Black Mesa and Red Slough.
We both generally rely on Sibley.
Anita:  Carolina and Bewick's Wrens because they can be very entertaining and the Painted Bunting and an African Bird, the Lilac-breasted Roller.
Jim:  The
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (which my parents called a Rain Crow), Brown Thrasher and Western Meadowlark.
We both think our trip to Tanzania and South Africa was our best experience.  Although not primarily a birding trip, we did see more that 200 different species and were able to photograph many of them.
Anita:  The most disappointing trip for birding was a trip to Devil’s Den, Arkansas in the fall of 2007 because we visited on a weekend when the park turned out to be unusually crowded.
Jim:  I can’t think of a bad experience.  If the birds are scarce on a trip, just being outside and looking is enjoyable.
Anita:  What was that?
Jim:  Where did it land?
Anita:  I read constantly so there really is no significant last book.
Jim:  “The Way Through The Woods” by Colin Dexter.
Q.  Who are your heroes or role models?  Whom do you admire? and if you care to comment, why are they your heroes?
Anita:  I really have no heroes, but I have to admire our founding fathers and other historical figures.  Can you guess that I love history?
Jim:  Other than my parents, I probably admired an uncle more than any other individual.  He and my mother’s older sister raised my mother and they were more like grandparents than aunt and uncle.
Q. How long have you been birding?