Midwest Birding Symposium Day 1!

OK, I admit it. I’m a bird festival newbie. Never have been to one. This could be a dangerous habit, kinda like birding. Well actually, I’m not sure this would qualify as a festival, perhaps a meeting of the minds. I have been thoroughly enjoying the early morning birding, super interesting talks, and meeting new friends and putting real faces to my blogging friends.
I mean, after yesterday, meeting and hanging out with John Riutta of Born Again Birdwatcher and sitting next to (I think his elbow even TOUCHED ME) *gasp* Bill Thompson III also known as Bill Of The Birds I could go home a satisfied woman! (A favorite saying about me of my husband is “simple minds, simple pleasures” and “you’re a cheap date”, I can be entertained by going into the woods and picking up rocks and sticks and smelling the trees).

Anyhow. I spent yesterday enjoying my surroundings and getting a feel for the place.

My first look at Lake Erie:
The Patriotic resident houses.

The beautiful, shy, hungry gulls on the dock.
I even ran into some friends from Montrose, CO. where I lived before Loveland and who helped me on the Christmas bird count there.
I LOVED the Sunset Cruise. Here is our boat, the Goodtimes II approaching the dock.Many of you will recognize these beautiful children as the fledglings of Bill Thompson and Julie Zickefoose. I over heard Liam comment about the gulls following the boat – ” They are SO CUTE I wish I could just kiss them!”
“Snacks” said the brochure. Yeah, right. Sauerkraut Balls, Glazed chicken, wonderful fruit and veggies for dipping. Very tasty and well done.
Beautiful, isn’t it?
My delicious plate. I’ll spare you the afterview. Although if you picture an empty plate with a few sticks and little bit of dill dressing, you get the pic.
A picturesque view from the boat.
Simple and sweet.
I thoroughly enjoyed the show of Ring-billed and Herring Gulls that followed our boat. The sun is beginning to set, Green Island I think. People enjoying the view. Me enjoying the people.

I can’t help but think that God smiles on times like these. Sure felt like it.

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3 Responses to Midwest Birding Symposium Day 1!

  1. Anonymous says:

    Looks like a great time, Connie! I’m glad you’re enjoying your first festival. My memory thinks you, Clay and I talked festivals while traversing the CR mountains; true? ~Amy

  2. Yes, Amy we did. It was a conversation I remember clearly. Clay is here so it was great to say hi and see him. Plus he gave me his CR photos. Wow.

  3. Connie-

    Thanks for the great post! It was fun to share the Evening Cruise with so many birding friends.

    You took the most spectacular photos- the food, the birds the sunset! Beautiful!

    Best, Cheryl

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