Today's challenge was snow! It snowed all day but still the birders came. The neat thing about this event is that all kinds of people show up; longtime birders, newbies, kids, people who didn't even know a Kestrel existed until they saw one through our scope. Our job as naturalists is to draw people in with a smile and exclaim "Have you seen the Eagle through the scope??!!" You know those adults....they hang back.....unlike the kids who run right up to the scope for a peek.
I tried more digiscoping and got some nice-ish shots of a male American Kestrel eating a meadow vole that practically outweighed its captor. Lots of water spots on the scope lens and snow obscured the clarity, too. But I'm happy.
Donuts and Coffee=Happy Birders
Despite the less than ideal weather and visibility conditions we saw several Bald Eagles, many Northern Harriers, one male Kestrel, one Cooper's Hawk, a few Red-tailed Hawks, Snow Geese, Canada Geese, Common Mergansers, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Sandhill Cranes, and a Coyote hunting in a field. A good time was had by all!