There’s nothing really fun about driving 740 miles. That’s the distance between Meridien MS and Staunton VA. We accomplished the task, but getting to Staunton was a real prize. We did find a roadside Starbucks for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up which helped. In Staunton I followed John in his Prius to the Toyota dealership where he left his car for servicing. Then I took him to pick up his wife’s Prius which she had left at a friend’s house, and the two Priuses returned to John’s house. On the drive today John and I had decided to spend the night in Highland County and try for a few Virginia birds tomorrow. To that end John fixed a quicky dinner of eggs and beans and we left for Highland County. On the way we stopped at a place where John had surveyed nightjars a few years ago and although it was drizzling, we heard a Whip-poor-will (daytime web photo) which was a new bird for me for the year bringing the total to 553. Tomorrow we’ll try for some warblers and flycatchers.