Date: 3/11/17 10:26 am
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...>
Subject: [Va-bird] European goldfinch details, Leesylvania State Park, Mar 11, 2017
Only 4 people attended the Northern Virginia Bird Club walk at Leesylvania
State Park this morning, counting the leaders, and we found a gem. We found
a male European goldfinch in the picnic area with a flock of American
goldfinches. When first seen its back was to us and what I noticed was two
bright yellow wing panels. It then turned its head and I knew what we were
looking at. Dave Ledwith, Bob Butterworth, Tobin Hardwick and I got good
scope views, and Toby got several good photos that will be added to the
ebird checklist (I got some fuzzy cell-phone shots). We followed the bird
around until the flock flew off. Later, Dave and I met up with Kurt Gaskill
and we refound the bird. We got long, extended views and Kurt also got some
photos. We did not see any leg bands and the plumage showed no signs of
wear. The bird was also singing. Sort of like an abbreviated American
goldfinch that cuts off abruptly. Really cool.

As for the rest of the trip, highlights were a Bonaparte's gull up Powell's
creek, 7 hermit thrushes, and a brown thrasher.

Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: eBird Report - Leesylvania State Park, Mar 11, 2017

Leesylvania State Park, Prince William, Virginia, US
Mar 11, 2017 7:37 AM - 11:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.7 mile(s)
49 species

Canada Goose 20
Tundra Swan 3
American Black Duck 200
Mallard 30
Canvasback 3
Greater Scaup 1
Lesser Scaup 14
Bufflehead 1
Ruddy Duck 25
Double-crested Cormorant 5
Great Blue Heron 5
Black Vulture 3
Turkey Vulture 7
Osprey 3
Bald Eagle 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Bonaparte's Gull 1
Ring-billed Gull 300
Herring Gull 12
Mourning Dove 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 10
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 5
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 10
Fish Crow 3
Carolina Chickadee 18
Tufted Titmouse 12
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Winter Wren 1
Carolina Wren 6
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 18
Hermit Thrush 7
American Robin 18
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling 16
Dark-eyed Junco 50
White-throated Sparrow 40
Song Sparrow 8
Northern Cardinal 8
Common Grackle 60
American Goldfinch 20
European Goldfinch 1 With flock of American goldfinches. Same size.
Bright yellow wing panel. Red face behind flesh-colored bill, bordered by
white and then black. Brownish-green back. Dark buffy upper chest and
along flanks. Underside of short tail black at tip, white at the base.
Heard singing; song like an abbreviated American goldfinch with an abrupt
cut-off. No leg bands observed, and plumage showed now signs of wear.

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