Also at the hatchery was a Belted Kingfisher who put on a fabulous show calling and circling around our small group several times before perching in a tree allowing good looks....and we had a Phoebe as well!
Besides the Bald Eagles on the far off nest from the Administration Building, we had tremendous looks (and vocalizations) from the nesting Ravens near the spillway. With a scope we could actually see one bird on the nest sitting very tight.
Definitely a highlight for our friends was visiting the old apple orchard just below the tower to "feed" the titmice and chickadees.
It was a cold and somewhat windy day, but Brenda was the first to get a chickadee land on her hand.
We weren't too sure since we didn't have any actual seed with us...but as Jan proves the crumbled up Ritz crackers seemed to work just fine.
Melissa (along with the others) were totally in awe of these little things flitting in and out...even though Mark tried to tell them it wasn't anything magical, the birds had just been trained by consistent hand feeding.
Jon was the last to try it, since he was convinced that the birds would be afraid of his height...and you can see the look of total amazement when a bold little chickadee landed the second he offered his handful of crackers.
We also had a good number of Fox Sparrows and several very noisy Red-bellied Woodpeckers on the outskirts of the orchard.