Excellent news on those prothonotaries! (I'm a little biased, of course.) Many of the prothonotary warblers that will be seen at Dutch Gap from now through late July will be the young of this season. They will not be easily distinguishable from the adults when spotted in binoculars. If a small flock of prothonotaries is encountered, however, it is a very good bet that the group is comprised primarily of mixed young drawn from various clutches, with perhaps one or two likely-unrelated adults included. The second round of nesting is now well underway at Dutch Gap, with many additional eggs in the nest boxes. The number of prothonotaries present at Dutch Gap will continue to increase for a while, though the singing of adult males will shortly begin a noticeable decline. Indeed, they are already less territorial than they were three weeks ago. Bob Reilly ----- Original Message ----- From: "ben saunders" <betsyben@xxxxxxxx> To: <va-richmond-general@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Sunday, June 12, 2005 8:43 AM Subject: [va-richmond-general] Henricus Saturday, June 11 > > > We had a cool, breezy morning for our walk at Henricus. We saw 47 > species, most notably: > Prothonatories. ..all over the place > Least Bitterns from the second platform > several Green Herons > Redstarts displaying > Blue Grosbeak singing from the fence > thousands of hatchling toads on the paths and in the > grass...watch your step! > > Thanks to Randy Lewis for a good laugh over his mnemonic of a > Chickadee's song..."Shop on E-Bay." > And to the two unidentified young ladies who did an amazing dance > when they poured water on a black snake hidden in the grass. > > Ben and Betsy Saunders > > > > You are subscribed to VA-Richmond-General. To unsubscribe, send email to > va-richmond-general-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the > Subject field. To adjust other settings (vacation, digest, etc.) please > visit, //www.freelists.org/list/va-richmond-general. > You are subscribed to VA-Richmond-General. To unsubscribe, send email to va-richmond-general-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field. To adjust other settings (vacation, digest, etc.) please visit, //www.freelists.org/list/va-richmond-general.