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Q.  Please tell us your name.
Q. Where do you live?
Q. How long have you been birding?
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About 28 years.
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Q.  What's your favorite birding spot in Oklahoma?
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Introducing our May 2002
Birder of the Month:

VICKI HATFIELD
from Grand Lake O' the Cherokees
Grove, 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.
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National Geographic and Sibley's.
Mississippi Kite, because of a nesting record I had in Tulsa County, 1974.  I watched them for hours at the nest and obtained specimens of the prey the old birds brought to the young.  I took apart the pellets they regurgitated to determine what kinds of food they ate, by noting the indigestible materials found in the pellets.  I read everything I could.... lived and breathed Mississippi Kites for quite a while.  I can hear their calls in my mind's ear.
Eastern Bluebird, because I have always had access to them and their nestlings.  They seem such gentle creatures, perfect family groups, with melodious songs and calls.  Incidentally, blue is my favorite color.
Red-tailed Hawk has to be my third choice because of the power of the creature.  Powerful flight, powerful wings, powerful beak.  It is no slouch in the beauty department, either.  I have watched many, transferring a snake in a playful manner to a partner in mid-air and marveled at the grace and beauty involved in that.
Spavinaw WMA, off Rt. 20, south of Jay, OK.    Elsewhere?  High Island, TX, and Jekyll Island, GA
Mississippi Kites feeding their young in the tops of the trees near my patio in West Tulsa, 1974.  I followed the species in Tulsa for about 10 years.  Dr. George Miksch Sutton, professor at OU, was especially helpful to me at this time.  He had a special personal interest in the species and had written an article for one of the birding bulletins entitled, "Mississippi Kites in Spring," 1936, I think.  There was not much written information about kites until his paper.
Most people call me Vicki, but my given name is Verajean.
In an itty-bitty mobile home with large screen porch and deck facing the shore of Grand Lake O' the Cherokees in Grove, Oklahoma.
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Having an orange bill and legs clamber over the rocks and into view in the lens of my telescope, off the coast of California.  It was the surprise and first view of a Black Oystercatcher.  He is truly a remarkable sight with his all-black body and orange appendages.
Q.  What was your WORST??
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Taking a Carolina Wren out of a net in a swampy area just at dusk, barely able to see in the fading light, and being eaten alive with mosquitoes.  We didn't get the nets down early enough and she got in there late.  We had to get her out of there! but it was physical torture to stay there and release her.
Q.  What are you most likely to say when a bird flies before you can ID it?
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I usually say "Oh Rats!" and that's the truth.
Q.  What's the last book you read?
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Clive Cussler's "Serpent."  He writes of underwater archaeology and lost treasure, much of it based on real situations with which he is personally familiar.
FIELD NOTES
TULSA BIRDS
OKIE-BIRDERS
EOER
BABY BIRDS
Eastern Phoebe by Bill Horn
used with permission