February 1, 2017

As we approach completion of the basic structures and plantings of the Quarry Gardens in anticipation of our opening in April, there may be more and more emphasis in our “Progress” blog related to happenings rather than developments. This is one of those, relating to a visit Monday morning, January 30, by volunteers Ezra and Theo Staengl, aged 13 and 10—new to CUH surveying—who walked two miles of Quarry Garden trails and identified 92 birds of 23 species. They gave us a list of what they saw on that one morning.

Their list:

American Crow, Bald Eagle, Black Vulture, Blue Jay, Brown Creeper, Canada Goose, Carolina Chickadee, Carolina Wren, Common Raven, Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored), Downy Woodpecker (Eastern), Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Song Sparrow, Tufted Titmouse, Turkey Vulture, White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern), White-throated Sparrow, Winter Wren. (Their list included the Latin names.)

The home-schooled brothers live in Nelson County and have been exploring habitats with Devin for years. Ezra propagated the Lobelia Cardinalis installed in the QGs fern gully wetland last summer from plants found in a seepage swamp on their parents’ property. So happy to have them on the team.

Caption: Tiny and quick, the Golden-crowned Kinglet and Brown Creeper are hard to photograph—but Theo got them. The brown Creeper is the highlighted photo. Here is the Golden-crowned Kinglet.

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