Date: 2/26/17 8:56 am
From: Pam and Ben via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Signs (songs) of spring at Huntley Meadows yesterday, and more book recommendations.
First singing PHOEBE and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET of the season. Deafening
chorus of southern leopard frogs. Two garter snakes, one eating a large
frog that looked to have been dead for a while. A pair of what were
probably question mark butterflies.



Other interesting notes: found a feather pile that was probably a immature
COOPER'S HAWK (wonder what got it). And MERLIN down Barnyard Run.



By the way, can anyone recommend a frog call app?



Regarding the threat about book recommendations, one each obvious and
obscure additions. The obvious: A Sand County Almanac, by Aldo Leopold.
Anyone interested in nature, or the art of writing, must read this book.
The obscure: The Lord's Woods, by Robert Arbib. An elegy to a childhood
haunt by a naturalist who was unable to save it. Beautiful, and
coincidentally written by a friend of the man I was name after, birder and
orchidist Ben Berliner.



Ben Jesup

Alexandria

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