Date: 7/3/18 4:49 pm
From: Louise Wilkens <boatnbirdr...>
Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Being a "Pal"
One more thought on Birding Pal:

In other countries, realized the benefit of a local birder sharing their
special spots, even it they are not the best of birders. Here at home, I
never signed up as a "Pal" because I thought I wasn't good enough. But,
people are grateful for a local guide when they are in a new place. I will
sign up to share the experience with other birders.

Louise Wilkens

On Tue, Jul 3, 2018 at 12:37 PM, CHELEMER, MARC J <mc2496...> wrote:

> Jerseybirders,
> A website called has existed for some time. It allows
> birders who are traveling to places they're not familiar with to request to
> meet birders in that area. I've used it to enhance my birding in
> Birmingham (UK), Colorado, Florida, Venice (IT), Utah, and Hawaii. I've
> met really nice people and seen/heard wonderful birds which I would have
> been unlikely to find without these companions.
> Paying it forward, I've listed my name on BirdingPal for New Jersey. In
> the past few years, I've been contacted by a woman from Spain, whom I took
> to Sparta Mountain WMA, and who I introduced to another birder whose native
> language was Spanish (I'm sure it's nice to hear one's mother tongue while
> traveling); a fellow from the Netherlands, who I never met, but who spent a
> few days with great birders I introduced him to in Cape May; and, just last
> week, by a former New Jerseyan who became a birder only after she departed
> our state's borders for Florida.
> G wanted to find passerines near Eatontown where she was staying, so we
> spent three hours or so this morning, in the haze and heat of the rising
> sun, at Thompson Park. What's wonderful about birding with someone who's
> either new to one's geography, or new to the hobby, is the thrill of
> helping that person enjoy a lifer, or a State-r, or just a really good look
> at a bird they've only glimpsed in the past. Today, I helped G get a good
> look at a Lifer Warbling Vireo, and we got a fleeting glimpse of a Lifer
> Willow Flycatcher after hearing it sing. At some point in our birding
> lives, each of these was a Lifer, too, and today I was privileged to share
> that excitement once again.
> We saw or heard four swallows, three woodpeckers, three "blue" birds
> (Bluebird, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting), three "yellow" birds (Yellow
> Warbler, Yellowthroat, Goldfinch), both orioles, and much more, 48 species
> in all. G will return to Florida having heard birdsongs no one in that
> state hears (because it's a wintering ground, she hears calls, but no
> singing) and having enjoyed a taste of her state's heat and humidity right
> here in Monmouth County.
> Good birding all.
> Marc Chelemer
> Tenafly
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