July 1, 2007 [LINK / comment]

Birding around Swoope

It was bright and sunny but with mild temperatures today, so I decided to do a different sort of birding venture: a Sunday drive to various birding hot spots around the village of Swoope, a few miles west of Staunton. I made it as far as the Boy Scout Camp, and saw at least a dozen turtles on the lake there. Today's highlights:

I was distressed to see for the first time evidence of large-scale logging on Little North Mountain, near Trimbles Mill. I was aware there was a controversy about that several months ago, and it is sad that the beautiful scenery has been spoiled.