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PURPLE MARTINS LOVE GOURD HOUSES!!!
NEW PURPLE MARTIN APARTMENTS!!
                                                                    April 2017

Gene Lewis, site manager of Shenandoah University's retreat at Cool Sprigs, proudly hoists Shenandoah Naturalists' latest contribution:  a new Purple Martin colony!!  This is our second Purple Martin project at Cool Springs and brings our unit count up to 30 units!!


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NO, IT WASN'T SNOWING!! HARRY, JEAN AND JIM ON AN EARLIER OUTING

A DISTINGUISHED TRIO OF BIRDERS COMPLETE THEIR OWN "BIG DAY"             April 2015

DEDICATED LOCAL BIRDERS HARRY MCCOY, JEAN MASSEY, AND JIM SMITH SPENT APRIL'S THIRD SATURDAY IN AN ALL DAY BIRDING EXTRAVAGANZA!  THE INTREPID NATURE LOVERS COVERED BLANDY FARM, THIRD WINCHESTER, ABRAMS CREEK AND SEVERAL WELL KNOWN PRIVATE SITES TO BRING THEIR SCORE FOR THE BIG DAY TO 64 BIRDS!!

 

Canada Goose                      Am. Widgeon            Common Loon         Pied-billed Grebe                

Horned Grebe                        Green Heron              Great Blue Heron     Killdeer 

Turkey Vulture                       Black Vulture             Red Tailed Hawk     Red-Shouldered Hawk

Greater Yellowlegs               Spotted Sandpiper     Am.Kestrel                Am. Crow                

Ring-billed Gull                     Rock Pidgeon             Mourning Dove       Common Yellowthroat

Red-Headed WP                    Red Bellied WP           Downey WP             Northern Flicker

Pileated WP                           Eastern Phoebe          Eastern Kingbird     Blue Jay 

Yellow-rumped Warbler       Fish Crow                    Cedar Waxwing       Carolina Chickadee 

Tufted Titmouse                   Tree Swallow                Purple Martin          Carolina Wren

Barn Swallow                        Cliff Swallow                 Mallard                     Northern Cardinal

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher         Brown Thrasher          Eastern Bluebird     Am. Robin

European Starling                House Sparrow            Am Goldfinch           Purple Finch                  

Northern Mockingbird          House Finch                Palm Warbler            Field Sparrow             

White Breasted Nuthatch     Common Grackle        Song Sparrow

Common Yellowthroat          Chipping Sparrow         Eastern Towhee        

Red-winged Blackbird          Chimney Swift               Belted Kingfisher       

White-throated Sparrow       

N. Rough-winged Swallow  

Eastern Meadowlark

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAW-WHET OWL BANDING PROJECT AT ANDY GUEST IS A "HOOT"!             Autumn 2009

A Saw-Whet Owl peeking out from his capture bag

Nearly every autumn evening at Andy Guest State Park until the project was suspended last year, Chief Ranger Brett Clawson was surveying and banding the Saw-Whet owls migrating from the boreal North. Until the past few years, little was known of this migration; the tiny nocturnal creatures have largely escaped notice until modern techniques of calling and capture had allowed scientists to acquire data and describe this migratory phenomenon. 

Many banding programs exclude the public, however; Ranger Clawson generously invited birders to see the banding process.  "The more people know about our program, the more they will respect and support the natural processes that the owl migration represents."

Much care is taken to ensure the birds are safely netted
Black light helps age the owl's plumage
Quickly and safely released after banding