Date: 3/19/17 7:42 pm From: Pam and Ben via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] Songs at Huntley Meadows
After several weekends traveling, I finally got back to the Hike/Bike Trail Saturday morning. Given the weather, the foliage looked no more advanced than three weeks ago. But there were some songs of note. Top of the list were vocalizing PIED-BILLED GREBES, two pairs and a single. Love their weird vocalizations. Will they breed again after several decades? Several of the half dozen FOX SPARROWS I saw were singing-I never get tired of this song, which I rarely hear. The few singing RUSTY BLACKBIRDS-well, someone must like it. And in the Woodcock Meadow I heard the first THRASHER song of the year.
The 48 species I encountered included a decent mix of waterfowl (including a pair of BUFFLEHEADS, not common at the park), a couple of PHOEBES (not surprising), and good numbers of TOWHEES and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS. The two burned areas attracted a lot of action (mostly sparrows, flickers, and a few robins).