Each year, I accompany some friends to Burns for the annual Bird Festival, where birds and raptors from all over come to visit. They land on the water in the fields where farmer’s graze their cattle, they land on hay bales and nest, they land in the trees surrounding this wonderful land and beautiful space. There are so many different types of birds, from snipes to stilts, Canada Goose to Ross’s Geese to Avocets. There are ducks and raptors and even sometimes…if you are lucky…an owl! This year there was the Snowy Owl and even though I did not get a picture, my wonderful friend Kelly did. We also had the unique pleasure of seeing lots of Pelicans, but I did not have my camera with me the night that we saw them. Often times when I tell people that I am going to Burns, OR for the bird festival…they ask what is there to do and see? I say there are lovely birds, ducks and people. There are rare sightings that are posted up at the local school…so people can read about all of the birds, ducks, raptors, etc…that are there. This year, was especially nice as we were able to take a tour with a few guides from the Wildlife Conservancy and visit a rookery that had both loons and blue heron in it in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Below are a few links to both Malheur and a video that Kelly took!! It is definitely a worthwhile trip to see all the beauty from the lovely visitors that only happens once a year!! Enjoy the photos below!