Sunday, November 17, 2002

A Slow Day On the River

Today was a day that only a waterbird could love (think cool and rainy), and even they seem to have largely abandoned the Shenandoah River in Jefferson County. As a result of yesterday’s steady rains, the river was high and the current swift in most places. I checked four distinct sections of the river, from Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area to Millville, and saw a paltry 37 individuals of 6 species:

Great Blue Heron 4
Canada Goose 9
Mallard 2
Ring-necked Duck 14 (including 4 males, very classy looking ducks!)
Bufflehead 4 (2 of each sex)
Belted Kingfisher 4

Other species seen or heard along the river: Red-bellied Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, Eastern Bluebird, European Starling, and Song Sparrow.

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