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.
-----Original Message----- From: <ebird-checklist...> Sent: Saturday, March 11, 2017 1:05 PM To: <moribaudo...> 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.