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.