During the heavy, but much welcome, rain today at Hog Island WMA in Surry County, I watched for more than an hour as an adult female Least Bittern and two young moved around in the reeds, just above an adult Pied-billed Grebe that was feeding fish to three orange-billed, stripe-headed swimming chicks. These are quite unusual, as well as extremely shy, breeders around here. There were also about 30 Least Terns, with newly-fledged young and for good measure, there were hundreds of Four-spotted Pennant dragonflies perched in the reeds, waiting out the storm. A good deal of clearing has been done along the road, greatly improving the visibility of the fields, impoundments and the James River. Brian Taber 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.