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April 30, 2007 [LINK / comment]
More spring migrants arrive
Today we had a veritable heat wave, with temperatures soaring into the upper 80s, and May isn't even here yet! I spent some rare free time this morning climbing to the top of Betsy Bell Hill and Mary Gray Hill, the first time I have done both hills in one day. It was breezy, which may explain the low number of warbler species. Today's highlights included four first-of-season birds:
- Yellow-rumped warblers (20+)
- Red-bellied woodpeckers (M, F)
- Downy woodpeckers (M, F)
- Great crested flycatcher (FOS)
- Towhees (M)
- Rose-breasted grosbeak (F) (FOS)
- Black vultures
- Sharp-shinned hawk
- Wood thrush (FOS)
- Black-throated green warbler (M)
- Hairy woodpecker (M)
- Pileated woodpecker (M)
- Scarlet tanager (F)
- House wren (FOS)
- Cedar wawxings
Here are some other first-of-season sightings from the past few days. At the Route 608 crossing over Christians Creek on April 27:
- Yellow warbler (M)
Along the trail behind the Staunton-Augusta Rescue Squad, April 29:
- Black-throated green warbler
- Hooded warbler
- Scarlet tanager (M)
In the just-for-fun department, I saw a Killdeer walking along the railroad tracks next to the industrial park on the north edge of Staunton on Thursday afternoon. I don't mean along the cross ties, I mean along the steel rail itself: quite a balancing act!
No to plastic bags!
My sister Connie tells me there was a piece on Public Radio International today about a town in England that has outlawed plastic shopping bags. "Behind it is a young videographer who happened on an endangered turtle on a beach, choking on a bag." See YouTube.
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