I hiked Big Devils Stairs with my son yesterday, March 26, bushwacking our way back up along the stream. The day was gorgeous, and the beginnings of spring are evident, especially at the lower elevations. For the time, we had a nice birdlist, the best being a Louisiana Waterthrush seen clearly and long near the lower boundary of the park along the stream. This seemes early. The full list included Red-tailed Hawk 1 Turkey Vulture 7 Black Vulture 4 Common Raven 1 Yellow-belied Sapsucker 2 males, one gorgeously lit in the sun. Norther Flicker 1 female Hairy Woodpecker 1 female Mourning Dove 1 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 one gathering nesting materials Carolina Wren 1 Winter Wren 2 Carolina Chickadee 2 Tufted Titmouse 4 Brown Creeper 2 Eastern Phoebe 6 Louisiana Waterthrush 1 Northern Cardinal 1 Common Grackle 1 Brown-headed Cowwbird 1 male Field Sparrow 1 Dark-eyed Junco 6 Jim Goehring Mary Washington College PS My son, who fly fishes, reported that there were 5-6 Osprey diving into the Rappahannock River below the Route 1 Bridge. The Shad and Herring are beginning to run. When in full swing, it is often quite a scene as the Great Blue Heron line up in the rapids above the bridge awaiting dinner. James E. Goehring Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion Mary Washington College Fredericksburg, VA 22401 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.