Monthly Bird Book Giveaway – March!

Check this book out! I am excited to offer Bird Feathers as my monthly bird book giveaway.

So you wanna win this book? Leave a comment here on my blog in answer to this question:

What was your most memorable experience in sharing birding with others?

Comments MUST be posted by Sunday, March 20, at 6:00 PM Mountain time. If you must sign in as anonymous – I MUST have your name or a way to contact you.
If you are having difficulty in leaving a comment.. please email me zblueheron AT Gmail DOT Com. I will add you to the mix.

Winner will be randomly chosen.. the numbers in the hat thing, OK?

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7 Responses to Monthly Bird Book Giveaway – March!

  1. WillBCO says:

    I was in a tennis league that I emailed results to weekly. I decided to include a photo of a bird (that I had taken) along with the weekly report. I was AMAZED at the number of people who responded positively to these “bird-of-the-week” photos, with some indicating that they had forwarded the photo on to friends!
    Will Burt
    willburt43@gmail.com

  2. Anonymous says:

    My most memorable birding experience has to be when we were in the Grand Canyon, 3 years ago, and we were fortunate enough to see at least 8, Californian Condors. Amazing experience, and such a privilege to witness a such a successful conservation programme! Wonderful!
    Lisa Salt
    hundredakers@fsmail.net

  3. Ryan Carpenter says:

    It’s surprising what transformations can occur when you are exposed to the world around you. I’m always surprised what I find, now that I’m looking. With this in mind I have exposed my colleagues (I’m a high school teacher) to the birds that they are neighbors with. Its’ incredible to hear their stories of what they have been seeing over the past few months, when they saw nothing previous to are discussions. With my constant chatter and discussion of the birds that I see on the way to school and on the weekends and descriptions of where I’m seeing those birds it’s great to hear that they are starting to see birds as well. For me one of the thrills of my day is that we have a great horned owl nest right next to our school and another nest that bald eagles and red tailed hawks have used in the past on campus. Watching the development of these birds and the transition to nesting season has been great, and it’s been great to share this with my colleague. In addition to this it’s been wonderful to hear their stores. Every Monday someone has a story about an incredible bird they saw during the weekend. I’d like to think that this recognition and excitement has something to do with my passion for the birds that live around us and educating as many people as I can so that these birds continue to share are backyards in the future. Happy Birding!

    Ryan Carpenter
    rycarp@gmail.com

  4. Anonymous says:

    Deb and I were birding Pueblo res SP a year or two ago, and found the two just-fledged Great Horned Owlets that someone had told us about. We put a scope on them, and even got some decent digiscoped pics. A mother and two girls (maybe 7 or 8 years old) happened by, and wanted to know what we were looking at, and tried to spot them with plastic drug-store kids’ binoculars. Obviously they couldn’t pick them out. So we dropped the legs on our tripod to get the scope down to small-child’s height, and put the baby owls into the scope again. What looks on those kids faces when they got a look! They were gushing about getting bird guides, telling everyone at school, etc. Nice to inspire kids to want to become interested in birds.

    Dave Cameron
    (I signed anonymously, as the page insisted my email address contained illegal characters, and I couldn’t figure out a way past it. But you can always find me through cobirds)

  5. Anonymous says:

    My most memorable shared birding experiences are the many car trips I’ve taken with my now 87 year old mother. Eight years ago she asked me to go with her to a Wings and Wetlands festavil in Kansas. After I looked through a borrowed spotting scope at a spinning Wilson’s Phalarope, I was hooked.

    Since my retirement 5 years ago we have taken car trips to Oregon, Utah (2), New Mexico (2), Arizona (2), North Dakota (on purpose), Minnesota, Florida, Wisconsin and Texas (5)as destinations, also hitting the states in between. We leave in a few days for three weeks around High Island, TX and the wonderful Houston Audubon sanctuaries.

    We also meet twice a year in Great Bend, Kansas (she lives in Lawrence) for a few days at Cheyenne Bottoms, Quivera NWR and the surrounding back roads. We also bird around Lawrence every time I’m home.

    Each bird is special to both of us but I treasure the momments when I hear “Oh, Karen…(long pause)” or I turn and see the tears in her eyes as she is overwhelmed by being “outside in nature”. I wouldn’t trade those moments for paid guides and exotic locales. Our trips are often planned around National Wildlife Refuges with auto tours.

    While we get excited about any blue birds (Mom) or turkeys (me), or in fact any bird we can ID, our most memorable bird the first US record (no, we didn’t make the id) of a VERY LOST White Crested Elaenia we just happened upon on South Padre Island in Feb, 2008. I asked “What is that?” when I saw it. Fortunately one of many picture takers was able to make the ID for us. We never expected to see a first record bird.

    Karen Carlsen
    kscarlsen@comcast.net

  6. OKbookwoman says:

    When our two boys were growing up, they just thought their bird-watching parents were weird (none of their friend’s parents had such a crazy hobby)! We would try to interest them, and they were just bored…until, one day when we had a few gorgeous Indigo Buntings feeding in our yard. Once 7-8 y/o son, Neal, saw them through the binoculars, he was on his way to becoming a birder (a “closet” birder–but an enthusiast,at any rate). After that, every bird he saw miraculously became an Indigo Bunting! It’s been the family joke for many years.

    Deb Evers
    okbookwoman@gmail.com

  7. Maureen Blackford says:

    I experienced my most memorable ‘sharing’ experience very recently. In early March, while birding in Estero Llano Grande State Parks in Weslaco Texas, I met a man searching the ground under the bushes. I began talking to him, curious what he was looking for. David told me a Common Pauraque had been spotted there consistently over the past couple weeks. In my excitement, I exclaimed that I’d love to see that, having never seen one before. As it turned out, David was a volunteer guide at the park, and was determined to help me find the Pauraque. We walked all through the possible locations and found several roosting in the large leaves. I was bubbling with joy. He departed and I continued birding. Later, I met two couples from Montreal. In struggling with French and English, I told them about the Pauraque. We walked across the park again, to catch a glimpse of this elusive bird. The woman had trouble focusing on the bird until she looked at the picture I’d just taken. They were all so excited, I got a hand-to-check kiss on that one!

    Maureen Blackford
    mblackford@nednet.net
    Boulder County
    (off Sugarloaf Road)

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