Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Charlottesville, Virginia - Bird Watching Haven, The Inn at Sugar Hollow Farm

We've been blessed with our first male scarlet tanager sighting of the summer.  The bright red orange body with coal black wings are very discernible from the male cardinal which we see almost every day. The scarlet tanagers are long distance migrants, wintering in South America.

Sugar Hollow is home to a wide variety of woodland birds.  In the last few weeks, we have sighted gold finches, indigo buntings, rufous-sided towhees, eastern bluebirds, brown thrashers and various sparrows, vireos and warblers which are harder to identify with casual observations.  We hear the melodic trills of wood thrushes in the adjacent forest daily.

Today, the catbird fledglings came out of their nest and are hiding in various nearby shrubs while their parents are scrambling to keep them all fed.  The hummingbird adults have been visiting our feeders daily, but we have yet to observe any of this year's family.  During your stay at The Inn at Sugar Hollow Farm, you will be amazed at the diverse array of this year's birds.  They are absolutely beautiful, in sound and in sight.
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