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October 9, 2006 [LINK / comment]
Flush with thrushes
The deluge finally ended yesterday, and today turned sunny at last, after the fog burned off. I walked over to the trail behind the Staunton-Augusta Rescue Squad, which was quite soggy, and saw an interesting mixture of summer and winter birds, including quite a few thrushes that were devouring berries. I also heard and then saw the first White-throated sparrows of the season. Today's list:
- Swainson's thrushes (6+)
- Gray-cheeked thrush
- Red-eyed vireos
- White-throated sparrows (FOS)
- Red-bellied woodpecker
- Ruby-crowned kinglet
- Indigo bunting (JM)
- Plus many Blue jays, Catbirds, etc.
At the Augusta Bird Club meeting this evening, one of the staff members of the Wildlife Center of Virginia showed a Barred owl, an American kestrel, and a Broad-winged hawk. They are unable to return to the wild and therefore used for educational purposes. It was quite a thrill to see them up close. They seem smaller than you might guess.
I have nearly completed the Birding Locations page, which makes it easy to find directions to almost any of the major bird-watching destinations in this area. It will be transferred to the Augusta Bird Club Web site before long.
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