Date: 2/25/17 9:00 am From: Howard Wu <howiewu1...> Subject: [Va-bird] Sully Woodlands Phoebe and Shrike
This morning, before the wind picked up, I made a brief visit to Sully Woodlands in Fairfax County again (8:15AM - 9AM).
What first caught my attention was a couple of singing Eastern Phoebes near the barn. These early migrants have arrived and spring is at hand; it also makes me wonder if the Northern Shrike will stick around for long.
But the Northern Shrike was there. In fact, I got one of the best pictures of it, in the beautiful early morning sunlight. I've seen and photographed this bird quite a few times now, but now, with the advancing season, every time I see it, I know it may be my last, for a while at least. Soon it will fly north, to its breeding grounds in in taiga and tundra. I bide it godspeed and wish it well!