Date: 3/11/17 8:47 am From: Howard Wu <howiewu1...> Subject: [Va-bird] Sully Woodlands shrike and other birds
This morning I took a walk at Sully Woodlands in Fairfax County again, between 7:45AM and 9AM.
I was immediately greeted by a few singing Eastern Towhees (FOS for me), although I did not get a good look at them. One would later perch in front of me to let me get some good shots.
The Northern Shrike -- it was still here! Amazingly, if it stays for another 10 days, it will have stayed the whole season! I first saw it in the burned field, and just when I was about to leave, it flew to a tree right next to the barn, allowing me the closest viewing of it to date. It was very vocal today, singing and chirping, the first time I heard it singing (although other birders reported this before). This also reminded me that despite its viciousness, it is still a songbird.
I walked around the woodland. Notable observations are: a raucous mob of crows were making loud noises in the northwestern corner of the field, but I could not see what the commotion was about. I did see a couple of Red-shouldered Hawks flying out of that spot. A small flock (maybe 2-5) Fox Sparrows were seen in the field. I also saw a singing Field Sparrow. Most abundant are Song Sparrows, some singing.
Rather depressingly, when I was leaving, I saw a feral cat moving into the bushes near the entrance.