I live in eastern Louisa County and fortunately still hear whippoorwills every night. > That's so sad...I've never heard a whippoorwill around where I live, only > at some of the parks I visit. I remember, though, hearing them nightly when > we camped at a place called Placid Bay near Colonial Beach. We'd sit out by > our camping trailer and listen for them in the evening, really loved that > and remember how we'd count how many birds we'd hear answering one another > (or so it seemed). > > I wonder how increasingly far out and away I'll have to keep hearing them? > > Irene in Southside > > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: <Deannamail@xxxxxxx> > To: <va-richmond-general@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> > Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2005 7:02 AM > Subject: [va-richmond-general] Searching for a whippoorwill > > > When we moved to eastern Hanover county 15 years ago, we were mourning the > loss of whippoorwills from western Henrico, and looking forward to a few > more > years of hearing them. And for a few years, we did...even saw them...once > had > one sitting on the roof for a while. No, it wasn't annoying. Now, I > strain my > ears for them in the early hours every morning, starting around April. > Twice > this year I've heard one at a distance; it's a "run into the house and > drag > out the partner to listen" moment each time. > This is the first year we haven't had nesting summer tanagers here. I > miss > their daily calls too. > > In this neighborhood, it's not so much the building of new houses that > forces > out the birds; it's the idiots who move into the houses (new or not) and > then > proceed to denude the surrounding forests on their 1o acre lots. They cut > all the "underbrush" (including blueberries, holly and mountain laurel), > and > acres of trees between their houses and the road. And for what? To grow > "lawns", which require invasive grasses, fertilizer, and artificial > irrigation, and > thereby create nasty runoff into Totopotomoy Creek, the Pamunkey River, > and > ultimately the Chesapeake. The birds leave, the fish die, the natural > beauty of > the land is destroyed. > > And no, it's not immigrants from other countries doing this...just good > old > stupid, greedy Americans, suburbanizing Hanover County with glee. > > D > > In a message dated 6/1/2005 5:45:31 PM Eastern Daylight Time, > jimvb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx writes: > > > The biggest bird event for me is tracking down a whip-poor-will. I took > > a walk about 1/2 mile west from my home into a new development where the > > developiots are chopping down trees like there is no tomorrow. I have > > already seen killdeer hop around on the newly flattened ground. The past > > two nights, I heard the whip-poor-will in that area. I walked down a > > street in the area until I heard the bird whippoorwilling it up loudly > > in a treed area between two houses being constructed. Yesterday I went > > out and heard the bird somewhat farther south and east of where he was > > on Monday, but I could still hear the insistent whippoorwilling. From a > > distance this is a reminder of mild summer nights, but if I lived next > > door to one, I imagine I would find it annoying. > > > > > > 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. > > > David A. Hopler Jr. Fisheries Biologist Dept. of Biology/ Center for Environmental Studies Virginia Commonwealth University 1000 West Cary St. Room 041 Richmond, VA 23284-2012 (804) 827-0236 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.