Q. How long have you been birding? and what first got you interested in birding?
Q.  What's your favorite birding spot in Oklahoma?
Introducing our July 2003
Birder of the Month:

Jimmy Woodard
of Yukon, 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?
Since April 16, 1986, when Terri Mitchell invited me to go birding on a Sunday morning of a weekend camp-out with our soccer team at Ft. Gibson Lake.  He showed me 50 birds including a Scissortail, a Painted Bunting (WOW!), and a duck in a tree (that blew my mind.  It was a Wood Duck, of course).  After that, I was hooked.
Hands down, it's Black Mesa and the rest of Cimarron County.  The area is so unique and different from any other place in Oklahoma.
I have the 4th edition of the National Geographic and Peterson's Western Guide in the bird bag I sometimes carry.  I take the Sibley's along on out-of-town trips.  I'm still kind of partial to the old Peterson's Eastern Guide since that's what I started with.  My copy is well-worn.  Long answer is, I use them all.
No real way to choose just 3.  In no particular order:  (1) Red-headed Woodpecker---I still have the image burned in my mind of the male bird my mom showed me when I was about 4 years old.  It had broken its neck on our picture window at our home in north Tulsa.  (2) Three-toed Woodpecker---I just saw one for the first time in May in Colorado.  I had searched for it for 17 years.  The memories and the places I visited looking for it make this one really special.  (3) Any owl---I like them all because you have to move in their world and on their time.  So little is known about them.  They have a mystique about them.
     Now, if you want to include birds outside the U.S.??.... well, that's whole 'nuther story!
It's impossible to say the best about anything in birding.  Any time you are out in the field is a good thing, whether you see new birds or not.  Let's see.... the Three-toed experience was right up there.  In Rocky Mountain National Park, I've had a female Blue Grouse at my feet and recently saw a pair of mostly white Ptarmigan walk right in front of us on the alpine tundra trail.  Then there were those warbler fallouts in Tulsa and High Island and Point Pelee, and the time in Duluth in the winter with the temp at 10* below zero when I saw Spruce Grouse next to my car, a Hawk-Owl, and a Great Gray Owl and a wolf on the same snow-covered road.  Also, well.... I could go on and on.  Suffice it to say there can't be just one top experience.  You choose to have a good or bad time by your own definition of the term.
You can't be having a bad time if you are out birding.  The worst is when you have to stop birding and go home.  One time, Nancy Vicars and I and two other guys got my jeep hung up in a snow bank east of Campo, Colorado, while trying to get to a Lesser Prairie-Chicken lek.  Fog made visibility about zero but two very nice local folks made even this into a good time through their generosity and kindness.  The tow and repairs to my car and their time only cost me $10!!  Believe it or not.
"I wish we could've seen that.  I don't know what it was but I sure would've like to have known."
A biography of Benjamin Franklin.
Q.  Who are your heroes or role models?  Whom do you admire? and if you care to comment, why are they your heroes?
My parents have taught me how to live my life and treat others the way you would want them to treat you.  Also, what better role model could one have than Jesus or whatever deity you might believe in?  We can't go wrong by trying to be a better person and be more positive than negative.
This picture was taken in 2002 in Franconia Notch State Park in northern New Hampshire, near where the "old man in the mountain" rock formation (New Hampshire's state symbol) recently fell off the mountain.
(c) photo copyrighted by J.Woodward 2003