James River – Richmond, Sunday, March 4, 2007 Level: 12 ft., Conditions: Windy Sections of the James River: Pony Pasture, Brown’s Island, and Pipeline Overlook Time: 3:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. As a Whitewater enthusiast, I find intriguing the ease by which ducks calmly ferry across a 12 ft raging river. And even more astonishing is how ducks can find an eddy in the middle of the river to dive, rest and preen, while all around them the muddy-brown churning water and debris pushes swiftly down river. Colony of Great Blue Heron Top the Day! American Crow: 16 American Robin: 9 Bald Headed Eagle: 1 Bufflehead: 6 Canada Goose: 7 Carolina Chickadee: 2 Carolina Wren: 2 Double-crested Cormorant: 5 Great Blue Heron: 23+* Mallard: 8 Mockingbird: 1 Osprey: 2** Ring-billed Gull: 25 Rusty Black Bird: Flock 50+ Yellow-Rump: 5 * The trees on the island in the middle of the river directly across the Pipeline Overlook are currently bare and provide a great view of a colony of great blue heron and nests. The birds are perched throughout the tree tops and sitting on nests. You don't need to get out of your car, the birds can be easily seen as you pull in to a parking space and look straight ahead. ** One in flight near the Pipeline Overlook; a second one sitting in a nest on a tower in the middle of the river that is located between the Ninth and Fourteenth Street bridge. Lori Rutledge Richmond <BR><BR><BR>**************************************<BR> AOL now offers free email to everyone. Find out more about what's free from AOL at http://www.aol.com.