Thanks for the reminder, Maeve. I remember our trip well, snowing so hard
our glasses and binocs were constantly fogged. I was glad that the Mad
River CBC was not yesterday, driving some back roads still dicey. Be
careful where you park on these roads that are narrow due to all the snow.
Happy birding and be careful.
That said, I'm off to hopefully see the Prairie Falcon this morning.
On Sat, Dec 13, 2014 at 7:21 AM, Maeve Kim <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Good morning, everyone – It looks like the next several days are going to
> be wonderful for winter birding! I hope everyone gets out and enjoys diving
> birds on the lake and soaring birds in the air and surprising birds in the
> trees and hedgerows.
> Before the next blast of snow, sleet, ice, high winds, downed trees and
> whatever else winter has waiting for us, though, I’d like to share a
> cautionary thought. We all do things that might not be the smartest, when
> we’re pursuing our passions. I remember walking out onto the Portage
> Glacier in Alaska, in the early morning, all alone, while it was pouring
> sleet, because someone told me there might be a Willow Ptarmigan there. Not
> only did I discover that a sheet of ice with sleet on it is extremely
> slippery; the only bird I saw was a Varied Thrush that followed me for a
> while, apparently curious about the stupidity of the solitary two-legged
> creature. I remember another outing, a trek that Pat Folsom and I took to
> Ausable Point State Park to find a Yellow-throated Warbler: white-knuckle
> driving and – worse! – no warbler! (We did get really close to a gorgeous
> adult Bald Eagle though.)
> Chasing rarities in bad weather can give us great stories to tell later.
> But I urge everyone to be aware that we’re not only putting ourselves in
> danger. We’re risking the lives of first responders who will leave their
> own families and their own warm, safe homes immediately when we call for
> I come from a family of first responders (grandfather, two uncles, father,
> brother, two cousins and a nephew) and I have friends who take part in
> backwoods rescues every winter. These people willingly head out into storms
> - but when they’re back home they (and their families) have choice words
> for people who don’t take Vermont winters seriously!
> Maeve Kim, Jericho Center