Around noon me and Brandon drove to Morgantown, situated in West-Virginia, to pick up his rubber boots...because it is quite wet at the banding area at the moment. Morgantown holds about 40,000 citizens of which about 30,000 are students. So it is a real student town! It is because there is the West-Virginia University here. Brandon graduated at this university some years ago and his sister lives here as well. While driving through Morgantown there were students everywhere and I soon saw something that reminded me of the American Pie movies: a PI BETA PHI house, with some (fat) geeky american girls entering the house.
The Pi Beta Phi house!
In these American Pie movies you have these Alfa and Beta clubs etc. So the university was fun to see, especially because it is totally different from the Netherlands, haha. We went to his sister's appartment where we succesfully picked up his boots.
At West-Virginia University
West-Virginia is really hilly so there is great scenery everywhere. After the visit to Morgantown we went to Cooper's Rock. This is a State Park and there are some great overlookings right there. Some pictures of the beautiful surroundings of Morgantown:
View from Cooper's Rock, amazing!
The Cheat river flowing past Cooper's Rock
Me @ Cooper's Rock
We also observed some good birds. There were plenty of Turkey Vultures around, we found a Black Vulture, quite an unusual sighting! Furthermore there we saw some Ravens, a few Red-tailed Hawks and a migrating Merlin which was a nice surprise. Warblers seen at Cooper's Rock included Black-throated Green and Blackburnian Warbler (which I saw at Powdermill this morning as well). On our way back to Powdermill I observed my first Green Heron (first one since my stay), seen fishing along a river.