[va-bird] Afton Mountain Fog Birding

Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch - NOT!

Not much hawk watching for several days due to rain and fog.  Drove up with 
friend Pat Alther this afternoon to restock forms used at the hawk 
watch.  Arrived by 2 p.m. and mountain was fogged in with visibility 
limited to within a few short feet.  As we departed following Afton Circle, 
we noted quite a number of small birds feeding along the edges and in 
scoping them out discovered 2 White-crowned feeding with Field and Song 
Sparrows.  We ended up birding for several hours in the fog and inbetween 
rain showers before a small group of Boy Scout Webelos from Charlottesville 
arrived in hopes of seeing migrating hawks.  Most were disappointed but I 
was able to give them a brief history and introduction to hawk 
migration.  They hope to make it up next weekend, weather permitting.

Pat and I found the following highlights within a short distance from the 
Inn, all between the parking lot and overlook parking area.

Thanks to Yulee Larner whom I telephoned while out in the field and who 
helped in confirming our identification of a Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow.

All were easily seen except for the sapsucker which was further up the 
hillside.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1)
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Winter Wren (1)
Orange-crowned Warble - (1)   great view
Yellow-rumped Warbler - several, but not near as many as Chipping Sparrow
Black-throated Green Warbler - 3
Palm Warbler - numerous!
Mourning Warbler - (1)  great view
Common Yellowthroat
Song Sparrow - numerous
White-crowned Sparrow (2) - spotted several times actively feeding
White-throated Sparrow (numerous)
Savannah Sparrow (1)
Chipping Sparrow (numerous)
Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow
Field Sparrow - 4
and several unidentified WET LBB's.

Fog birding can be productive!

Best wishes,

Brenda Tekin
Charlottesville, VA  

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