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August 25, 2018 [LINK / comment]
Beautiful days to enjoy nature
The weather for the last few days has been just perfect, almost making me wish I still rode a bicycle. (I certainly could use the exercise.) After attending to chores, late on Thursday morning I went for a brief but vigorous hike along the Falls Hollow trail, located a few miles east of Augusta Springs on Route 254. Birds were predictably scarce given the time of year, though I did glimpse a probable Worm-eating Warbler and a Broad-winged Hawk. The only other birds I saw were an Eastern Wood Pewee, a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, and some Tufted Titmice and Black-capped Chickadees. But the venture was worth it, as I saw in abundant assortment of mushrooms! That kept me busy with the camera.
Mushrooms: Species yet to be determined...
As I returned along the trail, I came across an older fellow with a big bag and plastic bucket full of reddish-brown fungi, which he called "Leatherback" mushrooms. He almost insisted that I take some home with me to try, and I obliged him. I did a quick Internet search (wikipedia), and confirmed that the Lactifluus volemus are not only edible but are a tasty species that can be used in casseroles. I fried a few, carefully tested a small amount one night, and then had a meal-sized portion this evening. No problem (so far)!
On Friday morning I went to Bell's Lane, which was pretty quiet at first, just a Brown Thrasher hiding in the bushes and a few Hummingbirds that I photographed. (The latter are not included in the montage below.) It seemed to get busier after about 11:00, however. A juvenile Goldfinch just north of the Ford farm entrance was making alarm calls as I approached (photo at lower right), and its father came to help. I also glimpsed a Yellow Warbler and saw a family of E. Phoebes nearby; I think the photo here (left) is of a juvenile. By the beaver pond I was startled to see a female Orchard Oriole close by. At first I wasn't sure what that bright yellow bird was! There were one or two Kingbirds mixed in with the hordes of swallows (Tree, N. Rough-winged, and Barn), as well as a Kingfisher and Green Heron in the distance. I also saw (and heard) two Red-tailed Hawks.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: House Finch (M), Orchard Oriole (F), American Goldfinch (juv.), Belted Kingfisher, Brown Thrasher, Eastern Phoebe (juv.), and Eastern Kingbird. (August 24, 2018) Several other photos can be seen on the Wild Birds yearly photo gallery page.
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January 28, 2018 ~ GOP Sixth District candidate forum
January 30, 2018 ~ Grand (public) opening at Valley Smokehouse
February 28, 2018 ~ First gig at Shenandoah Brewing
March 30, 2018 ~ Opening Day(s) 2017: Baseball is back!!!
March 31, 2018 ~ Stormy weather, but Spring is here at last!
June 5, 2018 ~ Forget April! Nats climb into first place (briefly)
June 21, 2018 ~ Spring bird migration 2018: a review
July 15, 2018 ~ June: a month (of birding) to remember!
July 19, 2018 ~ Triple concert: Felder / REO Speedwagon / Styx!
July 28, 2018 ~ Five months of music, three more shows
July 31, 2018 ~ Nats end bleak month on a high note
August 9, 2018 ~ Highlights from a few "recent" day trips
August 23, 2018 ~ Weekend trip to Annapolis
August 22, 2018 ~ Doomsday in D.C.: Nats trade Murphy & Adams
August 25, 2018 ~ Periodic Table of the Stadiums!
September 14, 2018 ~ Ebbets Field BIG update!
September 15, 2018 ~ Utter "chaos" at Bedlam Brewing!
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September 25, 2018 ~ Day trip to West Virginia
October 1, 2018 ~ Wild & crazy end of the 2018 regular season
October 2, 2018 ~ The peak of fall migration season
October 25, 2018 ~ "Innings" and outings in October
October 25, 2018 ~ Birding in early-to-mid October
November 5, 2018 ~ Red Sox win the 2018 World Series
November 10, 2018 ~ Rare birds make big appearances!
December 7, 2018 ~ State of the diagrams, 2018
December 13, 2018 ~ Tiger Stadium update -- with "new" photos!!!
December 27, 2018 ~ Christmas Bird Count 2018
December 31, 2018 ~ Election 2018: Mild blue wave brings the balance back; R.I.P. John McCain & George Bush Sr.
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