William L. Finley Wildlife Refuge

April 17, 1977

After a brief stop at the Refuge Headquarters, we walked over to the red barn to watch the barn swallows testing out their nesting sites. Inside the barn we found lots of owl pellets. Next we drove over to the display pond & parked our cars; hiked along Grey Creek Swamp, along Maple Knoll and had lunch at the Beaver Pond. The weather was great, sunny, cool and just right for hiking and bird watching.

After lunch several people hiked back to the cars while the others hiked over to Pigeon Springs and Pigeon Butte for an excellent view of the refuge and the countryside. Along Cabell Marsh we observed greater yellowlegs & other shore birds. We drove out the west entrance and around the southern edge of the refuge by McFadden Marsh. Here we were able to watch more shore birds; however, the dusky Canada geese had already left the area. We thanked John Annear, the refuge biologist, for being our tour guide and left by 4:30 p.m.

Enjoying the five-mile loop were Ami and John Atkinson, Eugene and Katie Barnes, Lorene Bressler, Mary Couch, Florence Dull, Donna Ferchland, Rachel Major, Elizabeth McMullin, Rose Marie and Dick Moffitt, Connie Ray, Amy Rich, Henrietta Richmond, Pat Taylor, Mary Ellen West, Virginia Wiles and leader Dot Leland.

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