Recently a friend who owns a lodge near R.B. Winter State Park in Central PA, invited me to lead a bird walk and do a photo presentation at her beautiful place in Sugar Valley. Nineteen people showed up for the walk, and a few more for the brunch and presentation. Spring has been slow to come to the mountains, and we had to work hard for the few birds we saw and heard; but it was still fun. We had Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Black and White Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Hermit Thrush, Blue-headed Vireo, as well as other more common birds.
It was fun to have my family there, at least part of it including son Daniel, the co-administrator of my blog and group photographer for the day. We enjoyed staying in the lodge for the weekend with its spacious great room, wonderful kitchen, and several bathrooms! Birding habitat began right out the back door with woodcock displaying in nearby fields, the state park just down the road, and feeders at the lodge. If anyone may be interested in a visit, information can be found at www.vrbo.com/358962.