Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival Was Great!

Great Kiskadee digiscoped at Anzalduas in the Rio Grande Valley TX 2011-11-13 photo: Greg Miller

What a terrific trip!  Too bad the Internet at the Super8 was not working in my room.  Well.  I might not have had time to update here anyway.  I was really busy with too much fun stuff!  I was on field trips every day:

Wednesday – Big Day Vans

Thursday – Brownsville West (University of Texas at Brownsville and Resaca de la Palma)

Friday – Santa Ana NWR

Saturday – Weslaco (Estero Llano Grande, Frontera, and Valley Nature Center)

Sunday – Chase Vans (Anzalduas)

We all got to see many of the Rio Grande Valley specialties.  I also met so many wonderful people and the programs were great, too!  It was a rich experience and a lot of fun.

It was a very different feel to the RGV this year as I saw a few odd, out-of-place birds including Green-tailed Towhee, Pine Siskin, American Robin, Hermit Thrush, and Eastern Bluebird.

This is a really short post.  I’m getting ready to go to work today, then speak at Canton Audubon Society this evening, and leave very early tomorrow morning to catch the first flight out to New Mexico for the Festival of the Cranes (where I’ll be the rest of the week).

Adams County Amish Bird Symposium

March 4-6, 2011

The 8th annual Adams County Amish Bird Symposium was held on Saturday, March 5, 2011.  Although originally intended to attract Amish birders, the symposium now has more non Amish attendees from outside the county.  About

Adams Co. Amish Bird Symposium March 5, 2011

300 people attended this one-day event this year.  It was held in a large pallet warehouse on Wheat Ridge Rd near Dunkinsville, Ohio.

Many of the folks here were from the Cincinnati area, but a few had traveled some pretty long distances around flooded roads to reach this place.   The symposium was well organized and everything ran smoothly.  The speakers were all easy to listen to and had interesting programs.  I was the first speaker of the day.  I talked about my own birding big year as well as the book and the movie.  The crowd was very responsive during the question and answer period after the presentation as I told about my failed canoe experience in the Everglades.  Everyone had a good laugh at my antics.  The day went quickly with all the good programs and there were vendors up and down both sides of the warehouse. Continue reading