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April 24, 2008 [LINK / comment]

A few more spring arrivals

The temperatures climbed into the upper seventies today, and I took advantage of the improved weather conditions by taking a stroll behind the Staunton-Augusta Rescue Squad this morning. There were a few first-of-season sightings, not as many as I had hoped, but at least I got some video shots. Purple finches are still abundant almost everywhere you go. Today's highlights:

  • Purple finches (F, M)
  • Goldfinches (M, F)
  • Cowbirds (F, M)
  • Towhees (M)
  • Yellow-rumped warblers (M, F)
  • Blue-gray gnatcatchers
  • Black vultures
  • Blue-headed Vireo (FOS)
  • Black & white warbler (FOS)
  • Broad-winged hawk (FOS)
Blue-headed Vireo

ABOVE: Blue-headed vireo, formerly known as a "Solitary vireo." I am dubious of the new name. (video freeze frame)

Upon entering the campus of Sweet Briar College yesterday morning, I took a few minutes to check out the nature sanctuary, and got lucky almost immediately:

  • Louisiana waterthrush (FOS)
  • Pileated woodpecker
  • Wood thrush (FOS)

I also heard but did not see a Scarlet tanager in the tree tops. On Sunday morning, I saw my first Worm-eating warbler of the season, in the same location. Chimney swifts are now seen fairly regularly up in the skies. Based on all the recent "first-of" sightings, I have updated the Annual arrival page.

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