A few weeks ago we attended the Hummingbird Migration Celebration at the Strawberry Plains Audobon Center. Considering the hype surrounding this festival, we had high hopes. Unfortunately, we ended up disappointed and somewhat wiser: there were too many people at the festival to actually be able to see birds. Next year, we'll avoid the festival and drive down on a weekday to watch the hummingbird migration sans hoopla.
It also rained -- poured -- which meant that people crowded into the few tents, with little respect for those who hadn't seen birds or for four year olds. If we were disappointed by crowds and expense and the woman at the gate who refused to give us the 12 seater van discount because we weren't a "group"... Katydid was very, very frustrated. She got to see exactly one hummingbird -- a male ruby-throated that was being banded.
Tiny birds -- the bands are so small I'm not sure how he was able to manuever them so well.
One surprise of the day: we got to see a Mississippi Kite up close.
But most of us felt like this by the end of the day.