Details for the Bristol Bird Club field trip to the "Scales" area of Pine
the top of the 4-mile trail-crawling the 'Possum Creek off road route to the
Highlands of Grayson County, VA, are coming along nicely.
We go up this Saturday, 13 June 2015. BBC last held this trip in 2004.
Birders are still signing on to go with us and we have good transportation
4-wheelers set to load birders up. Everyone is excited.
Ron Harrington birded up into the Scales area yesterday (10 June).
Ron wrote: "Crawling" is a good verb for progress up the 4.1 mile road.
He says it is very slow going in places. "Saw about 8 folks on horseback,
one jogger, and 10-12 wild ponies. Mountain laurel is in full bloom!"
Ruther Baker, of Kingsport, wrote: "Sure wish I could make this trip!
Hope you get photos of wildflowers. Good luck"
ybss for Pine Mountain 2015.jpgFaye Wagers, BBC secretary,
is meeting several of us at
Mountain Sports in Bristol
Virginia and Clancey Deel is
bringing his truck from Richlands
to meet us at the Chilhowie
pickup area. Kevin Blaylock,
BBC's 1st VP, is bringing his
4-wheeler. Judy and Dick Moose
are coming down from
Rural Retreat to lead the caravan
into the high country.
Cathy Spencer, a birders from
Rugby in Grayson County,
is coming over and bringing her
4-wheeler. She has been birding
the Scales for many years and
knows the ropes and in and outs
like a palm reader. We also have
President-elect Janice Martin and Fred Martin binging a 4-wheeler. Dave
and Diana Worley have a 4-wheeler. I have my 6-passgenger SUV.
Nancy McPeak has a 4-wheel on standby.
Judy and Dick Moose will drive lead and we'll have a couple of sweep
keeping up with everyone from the back of the flock.
This accounting does not include many more birders who will load on board
and ride the climb into God's Country.
Bring your family radio's for communication as we crawl the mountain.
We'll be on Channel 5 just as in Burke's Garden for winter eagle trips.
Bring your lunch with all your snacks and bottled water.
Let me know if you plan to go up with us. We are trying to make sure we
a good handle on this most-fun and good-birding event.
Wilderness birding is just ahead!