There are many different kinds of birds.....
Most of them are cool, and there are a few that aren't so cool. Don't worry, all of the ones above are cool. Can you identify them?
There are many different field guides to Birding in North America. Some of them are excellent...like these ones below:
|These books, in my opinion, are North America's Big Five Field Guides. Each of them can teach us differently, and each of them may be good for all birding skill level. Have you picked up your copies yet?|
There are also field guides to specific families of birds that draw more attention and careful identification than your typical pigeons, coots, mallard, and grackle. Some of them are excellent, like these ones below:
There are also regional bird finding guides and natural history books for specific regions. These books are published and then followed up by future editions. Some of them are excellent, like these ones below:
And then there are horrible examples of field guides for the three categories listed above. Examples could be given for each, hmmm....let's see. Nah, this blog isn't one that likes to hurt other people's feelings. Heads could be chopped off by one critical comment. But for those pictured above, give yourself a pat on the back, cause your beyond awesome! And there are plenty of excellent guides out there that aren't on here. The counter and writer don't have the room for everybody and can't afford all of them at once, but if your not up there, chances are you may be next in line :)
There are also many types of birders out there. MANY! We have experts and beginners, chasers and patch-sitters, crybabies and tough-bloods, patient and impatient, hawk-lovers and finch feeders, short and tall, good and bad, ethical and immoral, and just about everything else. When you walk down a high school hallway, you see many different stereotypes. The jocks, the cheerleaders, the teachers, the geeks, the punk-rock-emo-kids, the loners, the class clown, the bullies, the average kid, and a whole lot more. Well, the birding community and birders out there are no different. There a studs in birding, some that are nice and not-so-nice. There are jocks, good-and-bad teachers, plenty of loners, tons of geeks, a few class clowns, even a few bullies, tons of average birders, and of course, a whole lot more. And this comes to the point of this movie, which is called Birding Stereotypes. What type of birder are you? Do you fit into a certain stereotype? The birding community isn't too much like high school. Even though there are stereotypes, most of the different birders learn to get along with each other.
So I've taken the task of sort-of coming up with this task of making this movie, and so far, I have had the help of many of my friends, most of which are all birders. I'm the director of this movie, but I'll admit, I'm nowhere as funny as most of my friends. I can think of plots, but I'm not as funny in front of the camera. So I've had the help so far from some very awesome folks, most of which are birders. In the movie, Birding Stereotypes, my goal is to have 40 to 50 different stereotypes. This preview will feature 15 of those. Come along for the ride! These videos aren't public other than on here, so my readers, you are lucky (or perhaps not so lucky with a low budget and corny film!)
Eyes are on a rare bird in Arizona, but one "birder" can only see it as is a bright piece of hawk food. He yells at the other birder and describes the lookout hill as being a "hawk hill". He's on a mission, to be the best "hawker" in North America. Every now-and-then, birders do run into that "birder" who only cares about hawks. Click here below to view the video. And NOTE ALSO: If your browser runs slow by playing the video off of this screen, click on the YouTube button at the bottom right corner of this link icon to view the video in better fashion on YouTube for this and the remainder of the videos on this post.
All iPods out!
With the ever increasing demand in technology, birding has become the same way too! We now have most of North America's top field guides available with just a click of the iPod. Access to images and bird sounds has been made to be easier than before. Take a look into the eyes of the iPod/iPhone birder and play the video below!
Some Rivers Never Stop Flowing!
When Missy made the huge mistake about inviting Dr. Scenus along on a birding expedition, everyone in the vehicle had to listen to his "greatness" as a birder over decades. We have all run into birders like that, those people who never know when or where to stop talking and loving to hear themselves talk! Laugh along at the Blowhard Expert..
Take Your Field Guide Everywhere!
Some birders don't grow past the early field guide stage. They need their field guide present for all id's, and constantly flip back-and-fourth between looking at the bird and the book. Watch the video and have fun hanging out with the Field Guide Flipper!
Where's Joey At?
Irene and William keep running into the same problem from the same employee at their workplace. While they are working, their employee, Joey Brody, is usually sneaking out to look at birds. Irene and William don't understand birding, and Joey is ignorant and needs to have a job at something he really enjoys, such as avian studies. Watch the daily routine of "the guy who birds at work".
Impatient and Patient
When a reported Northern Waterthrush went undetected, one birder gave up after several minutes, while the other one never lost hope. Take a look at a double stereotype, impatient and patient.
Half Good, Half Bad
Some birders, like these two, are good in some ways, and terrible in other ways both at the same time. They know their birds, but also give their birds a very bad name...
Peter's reputation has never been a good one. He's annoying, nasty, mean, rude, and everything else in the book. This especially takes place on birding tours, where Peter is commonly the one birders hate to be around. On the Timothy Titmouse Tours, Peter acts the same way, and guide Timothy Titmouse doesn't like it. As we all know, there's one in every group!
The Birding Guide
Rob Smith is one of the foremost birding guides in the United States. He has good ethics, knows his birds, and knows how to keep his clients happy. Join Rob as he shows his client William a variety of different target birds...
Let's Call It Right In!
Everyone knows Mr. Playback. He's the one who plays tapes to bring most of his targets in, whether they are a sensitive and limited species or a common species. Mr. Playback doesn't care either way, he wants the job to be done immediately. When others question Mr. Playback, he has excuse after excuse of why it is ok to play tapes. Take a look at Mr. Playback, he does call in a lot of birds in interesting ways with even more interesting expectations..
Josephine the Joke
When Josephine gets word of a mega Arizona rarity three hours away, she quickly hops in her car in hopes of seeing the bird. She picks up her birding friend Malcolm along the way, and they both take the long trip. Malcolm is expecting that Josephine was prepared for the trip. But with a mega rarity, freezing temperatures, and a heck of a drive, would Josephine bring all or any of the items Malcolm and she really need?
Fancy Meeting You Here!
When Birder Jr. was out birding by himself without guidance, he ran into famous field guide author and birding stud Lloyd Stillwright. While Birder Jr. wasn't expecting to run into Lloyd and yet have Lloyd talk to him much, Lloyd invited him to come along and he taught Junior many things without anything in expectation back. While some experts are thought of as being too busy, Lloyd is one who enjoys helping others just as much as he has enjoyed his own success. Doesn't watching this video below make you want to bird with Lloyd?
The Butcher Birder
The Lonerhead Shrike is a great birder. He has accomplished many things, but then he hasn't accomplished much at all. The Shrike is a jerk, and he hurts the feelings of many other birders. Because of his success, everyone wants to bird with him. But as the crowds say hi, the Shrike says bye. The heartless Shrike only cares about himself in each and every little way. He's the one birder who humble, friendly, and acclaimed field guide author and birder Lloyd Stillwright never has mentioned. The birders often say, "Who will the Lonerhead impale next?". Watch to see how the Shrike pierces his next victim.
It's Right There Guys!!!!!!
When Max birds with other people, life is never easy for him. Max often spies good birds and when he tries to get others on the birds, he can never seem to pinpoint the bird well. The other birders often get made at Max's describing skills. In the long run, how will this useless tactic affect Max's chances of birding with these birders for very long...
It's a punoo-peppwaaa
Ever run into birders who mis-pronounce the name every single bird it seems? Take a look at this Wisconsin birder, he's a prime example...
Now, that wraps up this preview of the movie-in-the-making, Birding Stereotypes, I hope you have enjoyed it. Out of the 15 stereotypes so far, which one are you or are you most like? Are you the: There's One in Every Group, The "Hawks-only Birder", The Bad Describer, Impatient or Patient, Half-good and Half-bad at the same time, the iPod Birder, The Field Guide Flipper, the Humble Expert, The Lonerhead Shrike, The Birding Guide, Mr. Playback, the Guy Who Birds at Work, The Unprepared Birder, The Blowhard "Expert", or the Bad Pronouncer? Or are you several combined?
There is a TON of work and filming left to do on this project, but you can be sure more birding stereotypes are going to be filmed. I hope you've enjoyed this preview and these clips for this film so far, which is only a third of the way done.
Actors and Actresses (so far!)
Timothy Knupp Jr.
Tommy DeBardeleben (Me)
A huge thanks goes out to everyone who has helped so far!