Friday, November 21, 2008

From a chickadee who IS a hotline bird

My friend Martha was recently expounding on how great it is to NOT be a hotline bird. But you know something? It's pretty great to be one, too. Last winter, birders came from all over the country to the Sax-Zim Bog Birding Festival just to see ME and some friends of mine. It was way cool hanging out at the feeders along the Blue Spruce Road a mile north of 133 just to hear all the "wow"s and "Holy crap!"s. A birder from New York, Peter Schoenberger, took this picture of me there last year. It was the first year for the festival, and even though there weren't a lot of us hotline birds hanging around, just about everyone got to see me and my buddies, a Northern Hawk Owl, and a bunch of other cool birds from my neck of the woods. This year the festival is on Valentine's Day weekend. What a romantic time to see cool birds!

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