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The 2017 Solar Eclipse!

Eddyville, KY

all seasons in one day 92 °F

Last day of summer! :( Today, my family and I (as well as nearly all of the country, it seemed) drove almost eight hours down to the small rural town of Eddyville, Kentucky in hopes of having stellar views of the solar eclipse in totality. Southern Illinois would have been a shorter drive; however, a cloudier forecast there spurred our extra jaunt into the state of Kentucky.

We found a nice spot on a hill to have views of the event! I did not take photos of the eclipse because I figure so many people do and I just wanted to enjoy the moment.

There were even a few birds around, including this BLACK VULTURE which is the first I have ever seen in the United States:

A few EASTERN WOOD-PEWEES, including this individual, also graced the area:

It was an amazing experience! Relishing in the beauty and irony of a total solar eclipse is a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

After dinner later today, we had amazing views of this wall cloud before driving through quite a rainstorm:

Bird-of-the-day goes to the Black Vulture.

Good birding, and stay tuned! Email me at [email protected] to sign up for bird walks this fall!

World Life List: 931 Species (no recent life birds)

Posted by skwclar 20:43 Archived in USA

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Great eclipse photo! I see black vultures in Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina during warm-weather trips there. Here in Wisconsin we had a 90% eclipse-strange feeling!

by Liz Cifani

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