Visit with friends!
Friday evening Marg spend the night at my house and we had some laughs catching up since our last visit. I left extra early on Saturday morning to pick up Young Naturalist J for the 85th annual Eastern Bird Banding Association meeting at Presque Isle State Park. Young Naturalist J was excited to hear that Marg and Richard would be joining us at this conference. He didn’t expect to see many other banding friends of ours and make a few new friends.
This year the Eastern Bird Banding Association did a wonderful job in organizing this meeting and it was magnificent seeing so many acquaintances of mine. We listened to 14 different presentations on many ongoing bird banding projects and heard a reports from the banding lab. We had a wonderful dinner that evening and then heard a presentation about twenty years of color banding studies at Hemlock Hill Biological Research Area.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet by Young Naturalist J
Just before dinner . . . . Young Naturalist J and myself decided to skip out of the meeting for a few hours to do some birding with Toni from A Spattering. Toni and her husband were wonderful tour guides and helped us find 38 species of birds that were out on Presque Isle State Park. If you have not had an opportunity to visit her blog . . . I strongly suggest it!
Presque Isle Eagle Nest
The first for 2008 birds that we saw included Great Egret (CHECK), Red-breasted Merganser (CHECK), Ruddy Duck (CHECK), Hermit Thrush (CHECK), Yellow-rumped Warbler (CHECK), Eastern Towhee (CHECK), and Common Grackle (CHECK). I tried turning a Red-bellied Woodpecker and Common Flicker into a Red-headed Woodpecker but then again I also tried turning a Mourning Dove who gave us the run around into a Sharpie (but was just a MODO). Even with the bad weather/lighting . . . . we still had a great time getting out to enjoy the birds!
Prints in the Sand by Young Naturalist J
It was such a great weekend to be visiting many great banders, birders and bloggers! I am back to the real world and now need to do some catch-up with everything! I hope everyone had as wonderful of a weekend as I did!
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