It was a day for birds on Saturday, Jan. 19 at Beaver Lake and Hobbs State Park. A day of birding activities kicked off at 9 a.m. with a birding hike at Rocky Branch park on Beaver Lake hosted by the Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society. About 30 bird enthusiasts saw a variety of waterfowl, songbirds and raptors on the hike. Trip leader was Joe Neal of Fayetteville, author of several books on birds. Later, Neal gave an informative program on birds at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area on Saturday afternoon. That was followed by a program on raptors and vultures by Lynn Sciumbato, a wildlife rehabilitator who lives near Gravette. She brought a live screech owl, hawk and turkey vulture to her presentation. Staff photos by Flip Putthoff.