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Highroad Guide to the Virginia Mountains

By Deane and Garvey Winegar

Design by Lenz, Inc. Decatur, Georgia.


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On spring nights, the rhythmic, wild whistle of the whip-poor-will (Caprimulgus vociferus) echoes across Douthat Lake. This strictly nocturnal member of the nightjar family stakes out a route. Beginning at the same time each evening and again before dawn, it calls for a few minutes from each spot along the route. Up close, a tiny "cluck" is audible just before the whistle. Dusty roadsides are a favorite location, and the whip-poor-will's eyes reflect red in car headlights.

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