Birder's Guide

JAN 2019

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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57 January 2019 | Birder's Guide to Travel The next day, we arrive at the last stop of the trip, Rondeau Provincial Park, for a small group hike. "We've seen over 125 species the past few days, and over 20 warblers, including a Hooded and Kentucky warbler", shares Peter Simons, who is leading the hike. Enjoying the hike's pace and camarade- rie, we strike it rich with warblers again, spotting Chestnut-sided, Black-and-white, Black-throated Green, Prairie, and Orange- crowned warblers in the old-growth Caro- linian forest. I finally get my Blue-headed Vireo, and a White-eyed Vireo, too. While waiting for our flights home, I'm feeling grateful for the time spent recon- necting. Though it required a lot of give and take, I realize that, as much as my son enjoys spending time with me hiking and birdwatching, he wants it in smaller doses than I do. And because we are in an airport and not in a forest, I let it go and allow Fortnite to once again become his focus. Downtime comes in great vari - eties, after all.

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