As one of the best small birding festivals, Cerulean Warbler Weekend is always memorable for participants and this year certainly did not disappoint.
This past weekend participants saw some of the highest numbers of Cerulean Warblers in Festival history and over half of the participants we able to add a life bird to their list!
The usual crowd pleasing birds made an appearance including Henslow’s Sparrows, Hooded Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Yellow-throated Vireo, Red-headed Woodpeckers, Dickcissels, numerous Willow Flycatchers, the most southern pair of Common Loons with their two chicks and of course, Cerulean Warblers!
We had 92 people register for the event with a couple from Flagstaff, Arizona making the longest trip (1,800+ miles each way). We offered 18 tours and 5 programs. Additionally, participants provided tourism revenue to the town by filling every hotel room in Hastings. During Friday’s dinner and bird walk, participants spent over $700 on dinner alone!
This past weekend’s festival was a huge success. If you were not able to make it but still want to see the Cerulean Warbler check out eBird.org for local hotspots or take a trip to Otis Farm Bird Sanctuary, there is still time to see this beautiful songbird! Thank you to everyone who attended!
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