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