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bonneamie
08-17-2009, 14:50
It seems like they should go hand in hand. Bourbon, I'm sure enhances the senses such that hearing and spotting the elusive spruce grouse would be so much easier than without bourbon. Yet. The KBF is the same weekend this year as the Midwest Birding Symposium in Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie, just as the spring tasting is the same weekend as the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Spring Fling in balmy Paradise, Michigan on the shores of Lake Superior. Gives rise to difficult choices ...

OscarV
08-17-2009, 15:03
Hmm,...I see the pattern.
Do you think there is some sort of connection?
I wouldn't want to think that the fine bourbon folks in KY are anti birds.
Maybe just bird watching?
Speaking of bird watching, I saw an Oriole in the yard not long ago munching on the mulberries, which was somewhat rare since they like to stay up in higher places.

barturtle
08-17-2009, 15:11
Kentucky has plenty of birds, but we find that large gatherings of people tend to scare them off, so we gather everyone over to one side to drink, letting a few go off on their own to look at our feathered friends.

Josh
08-17-2009, 21:10
It seems like they should go hand in hand. Bourbon, I'm sure enhances the senses such that hearing and spotting the elusive spruce grouse would be so much easier than without bourbon. Yet. The KBF is the same weekend this year as the Midwest Birding Symposium in Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie, just as the spring tasting is the same weekend as the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Spring Fling in balmy Paradise, Michigan on the shores of Lake Superior. Gives rise to difficult choices ...

Not difficult for me. Why stare into the sky hoping to spot a wild turkey or rare eagle when you can be in KY drinking them?!

Or maybe people are concerned about the immorality of Cardinals recently...:lol:

ILLfarmboy
08-17-2009, 21:31
I always thought Surfin' Bird would be good song for a Wild Turkey commercial.

Luna56
08-17-2009, 21:32
It seems like they should go hand in hand. Bourbon, I'm sure enhances the senses such that hearing and spotting the elusive spruce grouse would be so much easier than without bourbon. Yet. The KBF is the same weekend this year as the Midwest Birding Symposium in Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie, just as the spring tasting is the same weekend as the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Spring Fling in balmy Paradise, Michigan on the shores of Lake Superior. Gives rise to difficult choices ...

Do the Spruce Grouse drum like the Ruffed Grouse do here in the east? Man, it's really something to hear.

Get yourself to Kentucky, the grouse will still be there when you get back.

Cheers!

cowdery
08-17-2009, 21:55
Jim Murray is probably the world’s best known whiskey writer. He was on this trip to BT last week. One of the events they arranged for us was a little ride on the Kentucky River on a pontoon boat. The distillery is right on the river and the ostensible purpose of the boat ride was to see the distillery from that side. It was also just relaxing and fun.

Even though we were right on the edge of the city of Frankfort, the river is in a pretty natural state. I noticed that Jim had brought a small book with him. Yep, it was a birding guide.

I probably don’t need to add that he’s English.

All we saw were a few herons.

Josh
08-18-2009, 10:55
Do the Spruce Grouse drum like the Ruffed Grouse do here in the east? Man, it's really something to hear.

Get yourself to Kentucky, the grouse will still be there when you get back.

Cheers!

The spruce grouse we saw on that last trip wasn't making any noise. It was just sitting under a spruce. One in our party thought it was acting so tame it must be somebody's pet they brought out for the occasion. It was also seen first by a man who gives spruce grouse tours which added to the suspicion. We discussed it over a bottles of WT Rye & Old Forester that night.:grin:

As for the Famous Grouse, not a fan.

callmeox
08-18-2009, 11:05
Straight Bourbon and birds go hand in hand. In fact, whenever I log in to chat, a number of birds are displayed by other forum occupants.

It's become quite a ritual. :slappin:

cas
08-18-2009, 16:22
So how many bird bourbons are there? Wild Turkey, Old Crow... others?
Craig

smokinjoe
08-18-2009, 17:06
So how many bird bourbons are there? Wild Turkey, Old Crow... others?
Craig

Eagle Rare, Peregrine...

CygnusX-1
08-18-2009, 18:47
Dont forget fighting cock

bonneamie
08-18-2009, 19:07
I have to add that when we were in Kentucky for the Spring Sampler, we did go bird watching and I saw a rare and unusual warbler. I'm sure bourbon helped with that!!

jburlowski
08-21-2009, 17:17
... add Joseph Finch.

And I seem to recall an export-only bottling called Virgin. (And that's a rare bird!)