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Barbara Brand 4/19/2020, 5:52 PM (ET) Kudos to Steve Kistler and everyone else who contributed to this weekend-great job! I especially enjoyed Rickey’s photos and Steve and Janet’s wildflower walk since I haven’t taken the trip to MC yet this spring. Tommy’s photos were awesome-congratulations! I have had a number of first of the season and otherwise first-in-a-long-time sightings around my house and at Barren River Lake State Park this weekend-Blue grosbeak, tree swallow, spotted sandpiper, wood thrush, kingbird, palm warbler, Kentucky warbler. I missed birding with my regular birding buddies (Linda, Sandy, Bonnie and Muz), but my husband is great company and an excellent spotter! Thanks to all of you who put on this virtual weekend.
Great job!
Barbara Brand, Barren County
David Lang 4/19/2020, 5:01 PM (ET) I did not take any trips to bird and had only 40 species for the three days, nothing that other people didn't also get, but there is some reward and satisfaction in birding your own patch. I did get some nice photos and became a little more familiar with the locals.

Thanks for the the activities. Had a great time with all the info you all provided.

Bird your patch
David Lang
Scott County
Jeff Sole 4/19/2020, 1:02 PM (ET) A big shout-out to the KOS Team for putting together this great virtual spring meeting. It has been a real joy to participate in the quizzes, watch the presentations, and keep up with the bird tally, even if it did have to be done in a virtual world!

Thanks to everyone involved in putting this together!

Jeff Sole Franklin County
Alice Howell 4/19/2020, 12:30 PM (ET) We really appreciate all the effort that went into pulling together a delightful virtual spring meeting for KOS. The video presentations were well done and a joy to watch. Steve's bird quizzes are always a challenge, though I miss way more than I get, especially for day 3. The Old School Bird Names were a true challenge, only because I'm not old enough to know what they were (kidding, some). KOS has some awesome photographers! April Madness added to the fun of the virtual weekend. I think my favorite wabbler will win.

Thank you to the KOS Board and others who worked on the virtual meeting!

Carol Friedman 4/19/2020, 12:14 PM (CT) Am only slightly prejudiced (I was with the Kistlers when they took the pics for their Cedar Sink virtual wildflower walk), but they did such a fine job of capturing the spirit of that trail and all the splendid beauty one encounters there. I can witness, they had to take ALOT of pics to edit it down to the ones they used, and if course, really know their stuff to start with. I thought the banjo accompaniment to fit the whole thing perfectly.

They put in quite a bit of time, energy, and “angst” to get that together, and I just wanted to recognize them for it. I’ve shared the presentation with many already, so its effects will be even more widely spread.

Carol Friedman (Muz)
KOS Web Team 4/19/2020, 8:48 AM (ET) Keep checking the Day 1 and Day 2 Photo Albums. We are still adding photos from those days that we continue to receive. Day 1 album is up to 27 photos as of this morning.

We even have a photo from San Francisco. So keep those photos from Day 1 and Day 2 coming!
Nour Salam 4/19/2020, 8:31 AM (ET) Good morning!

I had a wonderful day of birding yesterday at Capitol View Park in Frankfort, Franklin County.


Seeing a marsh wren up close was an absolute delight. There's a chance that it's the first marsh wren report for Franklin county?

Thanks and have a great day!

Nour Salam
Asher Higgins 4/19/2020, 12:53 AM (ET) I visited Elmina Castle in Ghana in 2015. I wasn’t a birder at that point (I was 13 years old) but I have photographs of Pied Crow which I have as the only Eastern Hemisphere species on my life list!
Carol Friedman 4/18/2020, 3:46 PM (CT) Just wanted to express my complete delight with The Ahrens’ African trip photos. Since I haven’t gotten to do much travelling myself (YET!), these are especially welcome and delightful. Really give ya the Travel Bug.
Carol Friedman (Muz)n
Ronn Kistler 4/18/2020, 2:52 PM (CT) Day 2 continues to be really fun! Nice job on the website. I didn't get a single bird on day 2 of Steve's quiz, although I was able often to identify the genus, e.g., "That's a flycatcher."
Asher Higgins 4/18/2020, 10:41 AM (ET) Got 21 correct and 7 wrong on the old bird names quiz. I don’t know the old duck names very well
Liz Stone 4/18/2020, 9:37 AM (ET) What a privilege to "travel" to Africa with Ms. Ahrens! I learned a ton, and was happy to note that there was a canary pictured on the Canary Islands. Always wondered about that! Another "Lifelong Question" answered!
Asher Higgins 4/18/2020, 12:21 AM (ET) I counted 141 KY species from eBird as of 12:18 a.m. April 18 but checklists are still coming in. My only claim to fame was reporting the first unidentified Buteos!
Janet Kistler 4/17/2020, 10:51 (CT) The Birding With a Camera video was remarkable. Amazing job by Pam Spaulding for putting it together and to all the KOS photographers who contributed. Really stunning images (and I liked the music)
Asher Higgins 4/17/2020, 10:13 (ET) I scored 41 on the quiz. Some of my mistakes I felt were embarrassing. Didn’t use a field guide.
Steve Brown 4/17/2020, 7:25 PM (ET) I got 39 points on the Day 1 of Steve's Bird Quiz. Just sayin... Has anyone beaten that?
Liz Stone 4/17/2020, 12:49 PM (ET) I was SO SO impressed with the Virtual Quiz that Steve Kistler made!!! As an educator, I thought it was extremely innovative!
Steve Brown 4/17/2020, 12:15 PM (ET) I hope everyone is having a GREAT first day of the Spring Meeting. Thanks to all who are visiting. Now let's get some birding photos submitted!
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April Madness Results - The Elite 8vians

The Bracket

Apri Madness Bracket
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April Madness Results - The Feathered Four

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April Madness Results - The Chirpionship

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April Madness Results - The Chirpion

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Cumulative Species Summary - Spring Meeting Birds

Presented by: Steve and Janet Kistler

Post Meeting - Updates were made occasionally during the weekend meeting.

Steve and Janet provide the final cumulative list of birds reported in Kentucky in eBird during the weekend of our meeting. The serves as our virtual version of the meeting-long species list that we normally keep for our in-person gatherings.

Final List - 190 species!!

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