Saturday, February 8, 2014

Friends in the news

Birdcouple recently returned from a great vacation in Southern California - more on that and the great birds we saw in our next post - and have been neglectful of

We want to get back into the swing of things by giving a huge shoutout to two of our favorite birders who have gotten special recognition recently.

Peter Kaestner was hailed in an Audubon magazine article aptly titled "Diplomat by Day, Birding Fanatic Around the Clock." Peter, currently on assignment on Afghanistan, did the FIRST-EVER Christmas Bird Count in that country, counting 26 species and more than 2,142 individuals.

The article needs an update, however. In it, Peter (life list 8400+) is quoted as saying, "I haven't added anything new to my life list, but I'm yearning for a glimpse of the Afghan Snow Finch." He scored that lifer last week. Congrats Peter on the bird count and the snow finch!

We're also very happy (and honestly a bit jealous) that friend and Maryland birder Dan Haas was quoted on the FRONT PAGE of the New York Times in its recent article on the Snowy Owl invasion. That's something Warren hasn't achieved in a 30-year journalism career!! Honestly, we are proud for Dan, who does so much for birding and birders in Maryland and Anne Arundel County.

Proud to know you, guys!