We were recently hosts at China Beach Retreat and the Shelburne Inn to a lovely couple from Spain, named Joaquin and M. Angels Nieto, who had found us on the Internet. They were drawn to our location largely due to our large bird population, as they are avid bird watchers. They were delighted to hook up with a member of our local chapter of the Audubon Society, Mary Atherton, of Discovery Coast Audubon Society. Mary met them early one morning and showed them where to go for some great bird sightings. Interestingly, they own Hotel Mauberme, in Salardu, Lleida, Spain. The area from which they come is also quite a mecca for birders. A visit to their website will reveal this, as well as the Nietos’ passion for bird watching (in other parts of the world, too, such as Africa). While it may be difficult for us to get away from the inn for any extended period during the summertime, we feel as though the world comes to us because of our diverse clientele. The Nietos were kind enough to send us this photo of M. Angels that was taken of her on their hike in Pacific County. If you would like to learn more about birding in our area, please visit our local Visitors Bureau website, funbeach.com, where you’ll find a wealth of information.