Sunday, May 7, 2006

New River Birding Festival

Sunday, May 7, 2006
I've been in the New River Gorge area of West Virginia since last Wednesday evening helping out at the New River Birding and Nature Festival. Not a lot of time to blog, or even access to the Web, so apologies for the darkness here at Bill of the Birds. Hope I haven't lost your attention completely....

Here's a quick post, done over a delicious breakfast at Fayetteville's legendary Cathedral Cafe. Pix for now, more words later, when I get back home....

Festival attendees have the chance to float down the New River (in calm water) for a bit of casual birding. It's big fun and very peaceful.

More than 140 birders came from all over to attend this year's New River Birding Festival, including famed Ohio weedpicker Jim McCormac (center in white shirt).

In a high mountain pasture we found a healthy breeding population of bobolinks.

Sunset and dogwood flowers over the New River Gorge...I love West Virginiaahhhh!