Date: 6/2/18 11:13 am From: pep4223 <pep4223...> Subject: PVAS birding field trip, Leetown Hatchery Ponds - Jefferson County
This morning at the USGS Fish Health Lab, Leetown, WV (eBird hotspot Leetown Hatchery Ponds), a Potomac Valley Audubon Society bird walk was held, with Christine as our host. As this rainy summer continues, I was happy to have 9 of us despite the threatening sky and forecast. We called the Rainman's bluff, and never had a drop of rain. The temperature ranged from a humid 70-75 degrees F. With no wind, the "skeeters" were in full force, but we persevered. Such a tough bunch of birders!
Nine year old Tad was a model young birder, being full of curiosity and didn't complain about insects. There was more than birds to explore, like seeing big fish in the ponds, finding turtle and bird egg shells, vulture feathers and leaf galls. Our group was full of excellent bird spotters. We had 58 different species, none of which were warblers. I thought that was great for post migration, and a tribute to how engaged everyone was on the walk.
We covered about 2.5 miles on foot and 0.5 mile in vehicles. Highlights included numerous Green Herons, an Osprey and Bald Eagle, Yellow-billed Cuckoos and wishful thinking coming to fruition. As I mentally went down the taxonomic bird list, mentioning the bird possibilities we had not seen, we would then find one. And it was the real enchilada, not seeing what was not really there. We marveled in our great luck, probably due to the thick clouds, low fog around the wetland and just being out there early with numerous sets of ears and eyes.