Congratulations to our contest winners:
- Doreene Linzell
- Pat Brannon
The correct answer to the contest question was: Great Gray Owl (I also counted Great Grey Owl as correct as well). Thanks to everyone who entered!!
Tonight’s post is short and sweet. I just returned from the Snow Goose Festival in sunny, beautiful Chico, California. The events were fun, the field trips were great, the birds were enjoyable, and the people were terrific! Thanks to Jennifer Patten and her team of hard-working folks who helped make this a very special event, and to Rick Wulbern for serving as my personal chauffeur for the festival, and finally, to Bruce & Jeannie Webb for their fine hospitality.
Seeing all the waterfowl in their freshest breeding plumages was a real treat to me. My mom tells me I got excited about seeing ducks before I could talk. And those ducks still get me excited to this day. What’s not to like about a cinnamon teal? Or a shoveler or pintail? And raptors were present in good numbers, too. It was exciting for me to see golden eagles, prairie falcons, and one of my favorite hawks–the ferruginous hawk.