I have been blogging for awhile, since New Years 2014! It's December already - Winter is here in VA! Thanks for the visit!
By: WeatherWise , 8:35 PM GMT on June 08, 2014
Bluebirds are doing great! You can see that they have developed a nail from this photo and the feathers are popping through. They will be flying away before I know it.
Okay, I am getting really ill now. I have typed this little part about the Cardinal's Nest about 3 times now and it disappears as I am scrolling down to click submit. What is the deal? Is there some cyber troll hanging out in the gully of the scroll bar. It seems to be.
It seems that the cowbird has slipped into the cardinal's nest and tossed an egg to the ground and replaced it with one of its big egg.
Cowbirds do this. They do not build a nest but spend all of their time laying eggs in other birds nest. This little blip is from a website on cowbirds. I did not know the number of eggs was that high.
Cowbirds rely on other birds to raise their young. The cowbird eggs hatch sooner and the cowbird chick is much larger than the host's chicks. The hosts feed the larger and more demanding cowbird chicks first which often lead to the demise of their own offspring.
This is believed to have cut the eastern woodland birds by half and even entire species of birds have nearly vanished. There are over 200 species of birds that can be the recipient of their actions with warblers and vireos usually being the unsuspected host. Cowbirds can lay as many as 80 eggs in one season.
AllAboutBirds website does not give a number so big. The say three dozen which is still a lot considering most birds lay 2 to 5 and perhaps 1 to 2 clutches.
I have typeded this part of the entry so many times that I am not sure what I have in here. Did I say how disappointed I am and how I should not be as it is natures way and that sure did not make me feel any better. I am saving this one line at a time and NOT using the scroll bar as it seems to eat every thing I have typed. I am clicking in a white space outside of text box and then using arrow keys to get down to the submit or update button. Anyone else dealing with such?
Another news article by Denice Thibodeau from the Register and Bee caught my attention today, Monday, June 9:
Franklin TurnpikeBear sightings 'pretty common right now'
It seems that a guy that works for the newspaper spotted this bear crossing the road as he was heading home yesterday. He said it was over six feet tall and that it would have filled up the bed of his truck.
From the news article, it did not sound like the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries was very interested in doing anything about relocating it.
Article From today's local paper: The Register and BeeLink
Danville trail named No. 1 in Virginia, attracting visitors from all over
Posted: Sunday, June 8, 2014 12:00 am
BY PATTI OKEEFE
Special to the Register & Bee
The scenic trails of Danville's Angler’s Ridge are designed for all skill levels from beginner to expert.
Biking at Angler’s Ridge is a year-round sport. With great drainage along the hilly terrain, the trails never close due to weather. In addition, the Boy Scouts built a bike wash to clean off any mud after a ride.
From the easier trails such as Riverside Drive, which is a relatively flat shaded ride alongside creeks and through the woods, to the difficult trails like Witchback and Hidden Hollow, which are more technical with climbs, descends and switchbacks, the Angler’s Ridge Trails draw riders of all skill levels from across the country.
As the miles of trails and the core group of riders increased, the Southern Virginia Mountain Bike Association was formed. Their mission is to promote mountain biking in the area and maintain the trails. The group partnered with Danville Parks and Recreation to use the area for the trail system.
Danville area is fairly hilly with mountaint biking trails that match any in the state of Virginia.
It turns and twists uphill and downhill known as the the Angler’s Ridge mountain bike trail system and its 35 miles of stacked-loop single-track trails is ranked No. 1 in Virginia — and 32nd in the world according to the article in the newspaper.
The trails pass through scenic area and adapt to all levels from beginner to expert. The trails are said to have plenty of gravity drops, log pyramids, tight switchbacks, moguls, rock gardens and 40 bridges to challenge you as you bike along through complete with creeks and wildlife.
You can read Okeefe's article with the following link with more detailed descriptions.
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