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West Virginia, his father would take him into the garden and point out gray catbirds, northern cardinals, Baltimore orioles, pileated woodpeckers and other backyard birds. A year later, the family moved to North Carolina, and his father took him to local bird club meetings, where he was “taken under the wing” of more experienced birders.
His interest in birds quickly “snowballed”: He began participating in the local Christmas Bird Count and meetings of the Carolina Bird Club, the ornithological society of both Carolinas. By age 7, he learned to identify birds by their songs and calls.
“As time went along,” McCloy said, “I began to travel more frequently and farther afield for the purposes of birding and started to grow an interest in birds from a scientific and professional capacity as well.”
“To me, the beautiful thing about birding is that it’s appeal is limitless,” McCloy said. “What I mean by that is it can be spiritual, artistic, scientific, or even competitive in nature.”
McCloy mentioned how some birders participate in Big Days and Big Years, when they try to see as many species as possible in a given area.
“It’s all in the eye of the beholder,” McCloy said. “My love and appreciation of birds generally stems from a scientific viewpoint, although I enjoy the competitive and spiritual aspects of birding as well. It gets you outside and in touch with nature and leads to a greater appreciation of the world around you.”
Depending on his schedule, McCloy does between five and 10 different bird counts annually – this year it’s only six, due to the move. A typical count involves birders collaboratively seeing, identifying and recording the number, species and location of birds they encounter so researcher can use this information for further study. These counts include: the Christmas Bird Count; the Great Backyard Bird Count, a “wonderful citizen science project;” E-Bird; the U.S. Geological Survey’s Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) with routes all over the nation; and a number of birding festivals.