Date: 3/5/17 5:49 pm
From: Elton Morel via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] NVBC walk at Huntley Meadows Park-Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax county, Mar 5, 2017
VA Birders:
This evening, the Northern Virginia Bird Club held its annual woodcock walk at the Huntley Meadows Hike & Bike Trail in Fairfax county. The usual woodcock meadow was again quite productive for woodcocks.  Sunset was at 6:05, 'peenting' started at 6:18 and display flights started at 6:26.  At least a dozen display flights were seen perhaps involving about 8 birds.

Other highlights were flyovers of Wood Ducks, calling Eastern Towhees and a Fox Sparrow, a Brown Thrasher deep in a thicket scolding us and a late flyby of a Barred Owl.
Below is the eBird checklist.  If there is anybody on tonight's walk that I haven't shared a checklist, please send me an email.
Elton MorelArlington, VA
Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Mar 5, 2017 5:05 PM - 7:05 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.25 mile(s)
Comments: NVBC Woodcock walk led by Elton Morel, Rich Rieger, Phil Silas.
23 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 2 Heard only
Wood Duck 3 Flyovers
Cooper's Hawk 1 Flyover at the parking lot with a full crop.
Buteo sp. 1 Flyby at dusk behind the tree line; probable Red-tail.
American Woodcock 8 First 'peents' started at 6:18; first display flights at 6:26. Show mostly over by about 6:45. Many display flights. At least 8 woodcocks involved.
Ring-billed Gull 5 Flyover
Mourning Dove 2
Barred Owl 1 Quick flyby late on north side of the woodcock meadow.
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Heard only
Downy Woodpecker 1 Heard only
American Crow 4
Fish Crow 75 Flyover of a flock, calling.
crow sp. 10
Carolina Wren 2 Heard only
Eastern Bluebird 2 At the parking lot.
American Robin 20
Brown Thrasher 1 Found buried in a thicket at the woodcock meadow; scolded us with a series of 'churr' calls.
European Starling 5 At the parking lot.
Fox Sparrow 1 Heard, then seen at the woodcock meadow.
White-throated Sparrow 6 Heard only
Song Sparrow 4
Swamp Sparrow 1 Heard only at the woodcock meadow.
Eastern Towhee 3 Quite vocal and active at the woodcock meadow.
Northern Cardinal 5 Heard only
Red-winged Blackbird 6 Flyovers

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