Thursday, August 01, 2002

Conspicuous Late-Summer Birds of a Preston County Mini-Farm

As has become our custom, my wife and I have spent the last week of July as live-in caretakers of a house and mini-farm in rural Preston County, located in north-central West Virginia. As we enter the dog days of summer, the birds that have been such a part of our lives for the past 3-4 months start to fade from our conciousness as territorial singing wanes. The woods and fields become eerily quite. Still, there are a few birds about. I haven't done any serious birding in the week that we've been here, but a few species have made their presence known. Here's a list of 17 species that I have noted (in alphabetical order):

American Crow, American Goldfinch, American Robin, Black-capped Chickadee, Blue Jay, Carolina Wren, Chipping Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, Gray Catbird, Mourning Dove, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Wild Turkey, and Wood Thrush.

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