Monday, December 17, 2007

EEOB Birding on December 2nd

Our third EEOB birding outing was to Big Island Wildlife Area and Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area. It was a cold and blustery day. Columbus was experiencing a driving rain while we were out looking for winter raptors with Mike Flynn as our fieldtrip leader. Unfortunately, the weather kept quite a few of the folks who initially signed up for the trip to stay home and miss some fantastic birding. The good news is that we all fit into one minivan and so we didn't have to manage a caravan of cars.

The birding was really great with 47 species of birds seen, including Northern Harrier, Red-tailed, and Cooper's Hawks, a bald eagle, Short-eared owl, American Kestrel, and the list goes on. We also saw several deer hunters.

I brought home-made cookies and hot chocolate as a reward for toughing it out in the cold weather. The rain we had avoided in Columbus caught up with us at the end of the day. Ahhhhh, birding - ya gotta love it!

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