With birding you never know what you might find. Highlights of previous festivals include large numbers of Snowy owls in the Lake Andes Wildlife Refuge area, as well as a Western grebe paired with a Clark’s grebe. Clark’s grebes are rare enough, but to see one paired with a Western grebe was very special. A Least bittern was seen and photographed when it “froze” mere feet from the edge of the walking path. Many more were heard out in the marsh.
Adult Bald eagles and their eaglets were photographed and observed at their nest. Some of the other cool birds found included: Green heron, Hooded merganser, Stilt sandpiper, Whip-poor-wil, Eastern screech owl, Red-bellied woodpecker, Great-crested flycatcher, Bell’s vireo, Palm warbler, American redstart, Ovenbird, Rose-breasted grosbeak and Bobolink.
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What to wear: Wear comfortable, waterproof/resistant boots or shoes. Also, it is recommended that birders dress in layers, as the weather can vary from cold (mornings) to much warmer (midday.)