Summer 2017 (June-August)

June 25, 2017

Hoping for some new West Virginia odes I got up early and traveled to Dolly Sods.  Conditions did not prove very rewarding as the temperature only got to 66 with partly cloudy skies and windy conditions.  Observations were limited to Hagen’s Bluets, Fragile and Eastern Forktails and an UnIDed Spiketail and clubtail.  The location is still beautiful and the day was very much enjoyed.

This evening I walked the trail at Abram’s Creek in Winchester and was surprised when a young rabbit flushed from the side of the trail only momentarily ahead of a mink in pursuit.  My camera was not on but I quickly tried one shot which was marginal at best but provides insight into the “hot pursuit”.

June 24, 2017

I visited areas in Clarke County, Virginia and Jefferson County, West Virginia this morning.  I followed up initially on Jon Little’s reporting of Dickcissel at Smithfield Farm in Clark County.  As traveled north on 608 from Highway 7 and came to the first 90 degree curve I heard several Dickcissel’s calling.  From this vantage point I counted a definite 4 and possibly 5 Dickcissels present.  I found the two that Jon had located at Smithfield Farm and then found another 2 further north from the Wickliffe Church to Wickliffe Farm Lane on the left hand side.  Some photographs from my morning follow:

June 18, 2017

I only made it out briefly on Sunday, June 18 and I visited Harrison National Fish Hatchery in Charles City County, Va.

June 11, 2017

I visited Clarke County, Virginia this afternoon with temperatures climbing to ~93 degrees.  My effort was spent walking trails along the Shenandoah River.  Some photographs follow:


June 10, 2017

I got up early today from Winchester, Virginia and headed over to Dolly Sods, WV.  It turned out to be a beautiful day weather wise with mostly clear skies and temperatures ranged from the mid 50’s to low 70’s.  The day was spent enjoying whatever crossed my path as I traveled very rarely on the trails and attempted to travel adjacent to streams and wet areas which as anyone who has hiked in Dolly Sods can attest there are quite a “few”.  Sparrows enjoyed for the day were breeding Song, Swamp, Vesper and Savannah.  Alder Flycatchers were encountered frequently as they were singing on territory and chasing each other with frequency.  Also heard and observed were a lone Purple Finch and Red Crossbill.  Odes encountered were Chalk-fronted Skimmer, Uhler’s Sundragon, Brown Spiketail, Lancet Clubtails, apparent Harpoon Clubtails (couldn’t net any for confirmation/photograph), Northern Pygmy Clubtail, Superb Jewelwing and a few forktails.   Some photographs from the visit follow: