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Q. What first got you interested in birding?
Q.  What's your favorite birding spot in Oklahoma?
Introducing our October 2008
Birder of the Month:

TERRY MITCHELL
of Tulsa, 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?
I started birding in the summer of 1984.
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I used to work for a lawn care crew. In the mornings while I waited for the bosses to show up, I would watch the House Sparrows and Starlings in the neighborhood. I asked one of my bosses if he ever noticed some birds walk and some hop? He said no, he never noticed. The next morning he showed up and gave me a book, Fifty Common Birds of Oklahoma. He saw it at Steve's Sundry and thought I might be interested. I thought, wow I didn't know there were 50 species in Oklahoma, I'll never be able to see them all. On a interesting note, the first birds I watched and got me interested as I said were Starlings and House Sparrows and the first bird I ID'ed with my new book was a Brown-headed Cowbird. That's three of the most disliked species there are, but if not for them, I might have never started birding.
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I love birding Black Mesa, Salt Plains, Hackberry, and Red Slough but if I had to pick one favorite place to bird, it would be Mohawk Park. Mohawk Park has many different habitats; it's amazing the number of species that show up there every year. It is one of the best all around birding spots I've ever visited.
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I carry a National Geographic in my truck and have many more at home, although I use the Sibley guide mostly.
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(1) Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, because it's the best state bird of all time.
(2) Warblers, all of them; I love birding the spring and fall migration looking for Warblers.
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Nighthawk, there is not many things I can think of that are better than watching a Nighthawk's aerial maneuvers.
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There have been so many, it's hard to say, but one stands out in my mind. Many moons ago Jimmy Woodard and I were birding at Oxley Nature Center one fine fall day. This is before Jimmy defected to the western part of the state. A light rain started and we started to pack it in and something wonderful happened. We started seeing Warblers everywhere. For the next two hours, we birded in the rain, soaked to the skin and loving every minute of it. We ended up seeing something like 18 species of warblers and the star of the show was a Connecticut Warbler. I've been a lot of places but I can't think of any I enjoyed more.
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I don't have a worst, I enjoy being out birding every time I go out.
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It used to be #**@*%!!! Now in my old age it doesn't bother me. It gives me something to look for.
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I'm a avid Sci Fi reader. I have to admit I don't pay much attention to titles or authors, I just look at the back for a interesting story. I usually read a couple of books a week and the last one I remember the title was The Mote in God's Eye.
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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Alvin York (Sergeant York), Congressional Medal of Honor winner in World War I. I respect him because he didn't believe that war was right, but he went out of his duty to his country and became a hero. Then after the war, instead of cashing in on his fame and becoming a wealthy man which he easily could have, he used his fame to help people less fortunate than him.
Q. How long have you been birding?
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