August is a great time for counting swifts and celebrating (and hand-feeding) hummingbirds.
July 1-August 31
Lake Hope State Park, McArthur, Ohio
We highlighted this fun two-month-long event once before, in July. Don’t miss your chance to hand-feed hummingbirds in Lake Hope State Park, in rugged, heavily forested Zaleski State Forest.
July 31-August 3
Southwest Wings Birding & Nature Festival
Sierra Vista, Arizona
As if dozens of expert-led field trips in southeastern Arizona weren’t enough, our friend Scott Weidensaul, acclaimed author of Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds, The Ghost with the Trembling Wings, and Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding, will give the keynote address on Saturday.
Sedona Hummingbird Festival
These three days of presentations, garden tours, and banding demonstrations take place at a time when Sedona’s hummingbird population is highest and most diverse — five species instead of the usual two. Organized by the Hummingbird Society.
Birds and Butterflies of the Big Bend at Gage Hotel
Tour the remote and beautiful Maravillas Ranch with raptor specialist Joel Simon and hummingbird expert Kelly Bryan, who will lead private excursions, walks through the Gage Garden, workshops, group discussions, and talks.
A Swift Night Out
Across North America
Start now: Keep your eyes to the skies at dusk and watch for areas where swifts are feeding. Look for a tall shaft, chimney, or similar structure to locate where Chimney or Vaux’s Swifts go to roost. Then, starting about 30 minutes before sunset August 9-11, observe the roost and estimate the number of swifts that enter. It’s that simple.
We highlight fun birding events in “Birding Briefs” in every issue of BirdWatching magazine. Most of the events above appeared in our August 2013 issue.