[va-bird] Afton Mountain Fog Birding
- From: Brenda Tekin <bt8x@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Sun, 13 Oct 2002 19:09:47 -0400
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 You are subscribed to VA-BIRD. To post to this mailing list, simply send email to va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe, send email to va-bird-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field.
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