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

  • From: <hoplerjrda@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: va-richmond-general@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 07 Jun 2005 19:12:01 -0400

I think cats can be a problem, but are not the main culprit. Bottom
line is habitat destruction by subdivisions.


> Any thoughts that as subdivisions go up and cats move in that
Bobwhites and Whipporwills go out?
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> -----Original Message-----
> 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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> Richmond, VA 23284-2012
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