Monday, October 15, 2012
At some point around 11am today, Lisa and I finished walking our 1,000th mile on the Appalachian Trail. Princess will post soon on Birdcouple's AT blog. (Click that link up there!)
Not a huge number of birds in the mountains of southwest Virginia in mid-October, but we did have Eastern Screech-Owl (new AT bird!!), White- and Red-Breasted Nuthatches, Common Raven, Blue Jay and American Crow, Dark-Eyed Junco, White-Throated Sparrows, a possible Peregrine Falcon at dusk at Rice Field Shelter, Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker and Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker and ... well, that's about it, except for an unidentified Thrush species.
We've seen about 120 species of birds in our AT wanderings, everything from a Whip-Poor-Will calling at dusk in a campsite in the Shenendoah mountains to waterfowl on the big pond at Boiling Springs, PA.
Now we must dream trail dreams until the Appalachian Spring.