If there's one place that calms me down and makes me happy, it's North Bend State Park. Itching to get there this spring, but the deadlines keep coming. That's OK. I need deadlines, or I'd be out in the garden fondling little green tomatoes and peppers all day. Ooh look, it's beginning to color up. And good for you! You made one too! That kind of thing.
Bird Watcher's Digest is launching a new venture, whereby we invite our readers to come to a neat place, watch birds, and spend good, relaxed time with a contributor to the magazine. The very first Reader Rendezvous was with humor columnist Al Batt, and it was held in February at Sax-Zimm Bog in Minnesota. Believe it or don't, a bunch of readers traveled to Minnesota in February in an epic, flight-stopping snowstorm to get together with Al, Editor/Publisher Bill Thompson III, and awesome birding staffers Kyle Carlsen and Wendy Clark. They had a great time, and many ticked northern hawk-owl and great gray owl off their life lists! If that worked...
No snowstorms this time. How about kayaking/canoeing a glass-calm West Virginia lake in mid August with me?
Bringing a camera with a telephoto lens is a good idea. The photo ops are many and varied, the birds pretty tolerant of quiet floating respectful people.
North Bend State Park's great meandering lake was created by damming the north fork of the Hughes River in Harrisville, WV, in 2003. Flooding killed the trees along the river, and this made a massive nursery for cavity-nesting birds, including great crested flycatcher