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Re: Birding trip

It really sounds fabulous.  Welcome back!

On 11/29/06, Zemuly Sanders <zsanders@midsouth.rr.com> wrote:
> I am so glad you all had a wonderful trip.  I look forward to your report
> each year as I live vicariously through your descriptions.
> zem
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2006 8:45 PM
> Subject: [CHAT] Birding trip
> > We're back from out semi-annual trip to Bombay Hook NWR, Delaware,
> > and Chincoteague, Va.  What a great trip!  The snow geese at both places
> > were more numerous than ever. If you don't know snow geese, please try
> > to find some.  The snow-goose congregation is just about the most
> exciting
> > natural phenomenon I can imagine.  In both places there were literally
> > thousands of birds.  The sound is amazing - sort of a high-pitched roar.
> > Groups of birds take off, circle around, and settle back down - how do
> > they
> > ever manage not to sit down on another goose.  They are so close-packed
> > but they never seem to have a problem. Also at Bombay Hook, there was
> > an enormous number of ducks .  The snow geese congregated in one area
> > and the ducks in another - real segregation.  We didn't see as many
> > different
> > species as some years, but the numbers of Mallards, PIn-Tails and
> > Shovelers
> > was enornous.  Lots of Coots, too.
> > But one of the thrills at Chincoteague was the two bald eagles we saw on
> > Sunday morning, and the two immature Black-Crowned Night Herons.
> > To keep this horticultural  - On Thanksgiving weekend the 14-mile
> service
> > road on Assateague Island is open from noon to 3:00 PM.  We always plan
> > to take this drive, but this year it was closed on Thanksgiving Day
> > because
> > of the Nor'Easter that had come through.  However, for years I have been
> > noticing and commenting on the fact that pines (Loblolly) and Bayberry
> are
> > the dominant species on the lower part of the island, but as you move
> > northward, Junipers begin to appear, and by the north end of the drive,
> > there
> > are more Junipers than pines.  I think I have mentioned in past years
> the
> > fact that some years ago there was a plague of pine-bark beetles that
> > devasted some of the lower part of the island.  The administration made
> > a big deal out of planting a variety of trees and putting up many signs
> > that
> > explained that the problem was a result of the "uniculture" of pines,
> and
> > that
> > the planting of diverse  trees would correct the problem.  Of course,
> now
> > it
> > is not possible to find any of the many diverse trees that had been
> > planted,
> > but the pine forest has restored itself quite beautifully, with the
> > seedling
> > trees not about 15-18 feet high and growing up to 18 inches a year.
> > Instead of turkey, we feasted on Crab Imperial.  Not good for our
> > waistlines, but once a year...
> > Auralie
> >
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Pam Evans
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zone 8A

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