Just before leaving for the New River Birding and Nature Festival, I hesitated, wondering what on earth I was doing. I'm going to see warblers, I thought. I'm going all the way to West Virginia to see tiny gray specks in the tops of trees.
Now, that I've returned, I'm marveling at how much I learned during that short week. New bird songs, for one thing, and imprinted images of new bird species. And each time I sit down to describe a day at the festival, I don't know where to begin. My mind churns with people, places and, of course, birds--not tiny gray specks of birds, but great looks at warblers, many of them singing on breeding territory.
My second day in the field began with a trip to Kanawha Falls, pictured below, near where the New and Gauley Rivers unite to form the Kanawha River. From there we traveled up to nearby mountain ridges.
Below, at Cathedral Falls, you see our expert guides for the day, Paul Shaw (left) and Wil Hershberger, who enabled us to get these great looks, even allowing me to bring home a few reference photos for my sketchbook.
More fun people and birds, coming up.
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WV's New River Birding and Nature Festival