Blue Ridge Parkway 4/24/11

All photos are Marshall Faintich


I went up on the north end of the Blue Ridge Parkway to look for warblers, but it was a little after 10:00 a.m. by the time I got there, and although there was still a lot of birds singing, the only warbler I saw was probably an American Redstart - I saw a flash of red and black fly into the woods.

However, I did get a photo treat. Just south of the cirque near mile marker 8 (one of my two favorite birding sites on the first 14 miles of the parkway), and before the Humpback Rocks park area, I looked toward the Sheandoah Valley and saw a large black object at least 50 feet up in a tree - and at my eye level about 100 feet away. This was no warbler - but a black bear having something in the tree to munch on for breakfast. It stayed there for quite a while.


Black Bear


Black Bear


Black Bear


Black Bear



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