Birding by kayak can now come off my bucket list.

… and boy, are my legs tired, from all those hours in scrunched-up airplane seats.

My camera battery is probably pretty tired, too, from taking shot after shot of natural beauty and avian charmers. And my cheeks are tired, as well, from grinning every time I saw a life bird, or a baby bird, or a bird doing something cool, or a non-bird creature that’s emblematic of the American Southwest. Did I mention the writer’s cramp I came close to getting, from scrambling to list everything I saw/heard?

I’ll be reporting more in the next few days about the coolness that is the Spring Wings Bird Festival, held every year in Fallon, Nevada. (Shout-out to the folks at the Fallon Convention and Tourism Authority for sponsoring yours truly and feeding her well.) In the meantime, I am just plain tired, because it’s in the wee hours after a long day of birding and traveling. So I’ll leave you with a few photos that will hopefully whet your appetite for my next wrap-up of what was an amazing experience.


Sometimes birding involves thinking inside the box.


How many different types of birds can you find?

Written by Meredith Mann
The lowly Red-winged Blackbirds in suburban New York triggered Meredith Mann's interest in birds. Five years later, she's explored some of the the USA's coolest hotspots, from Plum Island in Massachusetts to the Magic Hedge in Chicago to the deserts of Fallon, Nevada. She recently migrated from the Windy City (where she proudly served as a Chicago Bird Collision Monitor, rescuing migrants from skyscrapers and sidewalks) to Philadelphia, where she plans to find new editing and writing gigs; keep up her cool-finds chronicle, Blog5B; and discover which cheesesteak really is the best. And she will accept any and all invitations to bird Cape May, NJ.