Thursday, April 29, 2010

Why I Always Go Back to the New

Thursday, April 29, 2010
Briefly, because I know we all have better things to be doing, I wanted to share a couple of images with you showing why I come to the New River Birding & Nature Festival every single year.

Male cerulean warbler.

Two words having to do with warblers: Cerulean and Swainson's.

Both of these birds were digiscoped today on my trip down Sugar Creek Road to the Gauley River. And I only took the images AFTER we'd shown every participant views of these species through my Leica spotting scope.
Male Swainson's warbler.


On April 29, 2010 at 5:30 PM LauraHinNJ said...

A bird to match the sky! Thanks for showing me my first, Bill. I'll be back, too. It's such a fun, friendly festival.

On April 29, 2010 at 8:56 PM Dave Lewis said...

You's the lucky boy!
That would be two lifers for me and the Doodles!

On April 29, 2010 at 9:14 PM Anna said...

Nice captures. I like smaller birds a lot. May be because we don't have many here, so I appreciate them a lot more. Thanks for sharing, Anna :)

On April 30, 2010 at 6:20 AM KatDoc said...

Ahhh - drink in the cerulean blue! I gotta see one again this spring.

Even though the Swainson's doesn't equal the Cerulean for "eye candy," still a beautiful photo of an elusive bird.

Good to say "Hi!" no matter how briefly. I'll be "Birdin' with Bill" in North Dakota this June.


On May 2, 2010 at 7:39 PM Beth said...

sooooo jealous! Sorry I missed you all this year. Hope you had a blast and see you in 2011.


On May 3, 2010 at 9:31 AM Mary said...

It was a real treat to bird with you Bill! Next year can't get here quick enough.

On May 5, 2010 at 10:44 AM Angela of Alabama said...

What a kick! Who new a birding festival would be so much fun?! Bill, thanks for so many lifers! (am I allowed to call them that-it being my first real birding adventure?) Admit it, my raised hand and lifer dance got a little obnoxious, didn't it!

On May 5, 2010 at 12:47 PM Angela of Alabama said...

That would be Who "knew"...really meant new, as in newbie...not buyin' it, I know.

On May 6, 2010 at 2:58 PM Bill of the Birds said...

Thanks for the comments, all. It was a great year at The New. Though I understand that next year they won't be allowing any Alabama birders to come. Something about them being too rowdy.

On May 6, 2010 at 3:00 PM Bill of the Birds said...

Just kidding Angela. You gals made the fest even more fun. Ain't birding ossum?