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Madison Run Fire Road field trip

Weather conditions improved on January 27, as ten members and friends of the Augusta Bird Club went hiking along the Madison Run Fire Road, on the edge of the Shenandoah National Park near the town of Grottoes. Approximately 22 species were identified by sight or sound, including some at a nearby house with a feeder. The highlight was a brief view of a Ruffed Grouse that flushed from the bushes along the road. A Hermit Thrush and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker were also seen. Afterwards, some of the participants paid a brief visit to Bell's Lane and saw two Sharp-shinned Hawks and a Northern Harrier.

by Andrew Clem

Montage 27 Jan 2018

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: White-breasted Nuthatch, Hairy Woodpecker, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and in center, American Goldfinch.

Madison Run field trippers Jan 2018

LEFT TO RIGHT: Mark Gatewood, Herb Myers, Betty Gatewood, Dan Perkuchin, Jo King, Jean Smith, Stephen Petrowski, and William Leigh.

(Not pictured: Peter Van Acker and Andrew Clem.)

American Kestrel Jan 2018

American Kestrel, near the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, Jan. 23.

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