Monday, April 01, 2002

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society Birding 201 class
to Shannondale Springs today found the following on our short walk before
heading to the Bloomery area of the Shenandoah:
Eastern phoebe
Carolina chickadee
Red-bellied woodpecker
Downy woodpecker
Northern flicker
Tufted titmouse
Yellow-bellied sapsucker (pair interacting close by for the class)
White-breasted nuthatch
Brown creeper
Yellow-rumped warbler
Hermit thrush (singing)
Black vulture
Turkey vulture
Red-tailed hawk
Common raven
American crow
Am. robin
Am. goldfinch
Mourning dove
Common grackle
House finch

Plus some nice stations of putty root orchid with at least 10 persisting
flower stalks from last year. Not enough snow this winter to knock them
over. Another two weeks and our lists from there should be much more
substantial. Bob Dean and I saw shrikes at the same place on Rt. 9 while
traveling. Also Bonaparte's gulls near the Rt. 9 bridge over the river, and
Louisiana waterthrush, horned grebe, ruddy duck, wigeon, and others north of
Rt. 9 along the river.
The weather was just perfect.

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