[va-richmond-general] whippoorwill decline? cats?

  • From: botnizn@xxxxxxx
  • To: va-richmond-general@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2005 20:31:36 -0400

Any thoughts that as subdivisions go up and cats move in that Bobwhites and 
Whipporwills go out?
 
 
 
 
 
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From: hoplerjrda@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
To: va-richmond-general@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Fri, 03 Jun 2005 14:25:53 -0400
Subject: [va-richmond-general] Re: Searching for a whippoorwill

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.
>   >
> 
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David A. Hopler Jr.
Fisheries Biologist
Dept. of Biology/ Center for Environmental Studies
Virginia Commonwealth University
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