Date: 3/28/17 6:49 am From: Lori Keeler <lorik3...> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
I saw something yesterday that you might want to keep an eye out for on next week's walk.
I was walking through that little patch of woods that goes from the tower to the boardwalk, when, on my right, I saw two bluebirds perched on a very small tree in the woods on my right. Then, one of them disappeared into a hole on the right-hand side of the tree while the second bird just hung around. I would guess the diameter of the tree trunk was only about 8 inches or so and the hole was about 40-50 feet up the trunk.
---- Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
============= A crowd of nearly 30 birders gathered in the fog for the Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk today. We tallied 53 species with some of the highlights being northrn Rough-winged, and Barn Swallows in addition to the Tree Swallows we have been seeing for the past couple of weeks. Our FOS Osprey caught a fish and received a hand from the birders. We are waiting for the rest of the Warblers. We had a Yellow-rumped Warbler today. Canada Goose 62 Wood Duck 15 Mallard 5 Northern Shoveler 3 Green-winged Teal 1 Ring-necked Duck 6 Hooded Merganser 4 Pied-billed Grebe 2 Great Blue Heron 4 Osprey 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 American Coot 13 Ring-billed Gull 13 Mourning Dove 2 Barred Owl 1 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-headed Woodpecker 6 Red-bellied Woodpecker 9 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3 Downy Woodpecker 5 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 3 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Eastern Phoebe 3 Blue Jay 2 American Crow 2 Fish Crow 75 crow sp. 3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 6 Tree Swallow 29 Barn Swallow 1 Carolina Chickadee 10 Tufted Titmouse 12 White-breasted Nuthatch 7 Brown Creeper 2 Winter Wren 1 Carolina Wren 7 Golden-crowned Kinglet 4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 Eastern Bluebird 4 Hermit Thrush 2 American Robin 25 Yellow-rumped Warbler 2 Fox Sparrow 1 White-throated Sparrow 30 Song Sparrow 3 Swamp Sparrow 5 Eastern Towhee 3 Northern Cardinal 20 Red-winged Blackbird 145 Rusty Blackbird 30 Common Grackle 20 American Goldfinch 2
The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 7AM (8AM from November through March), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at (703)768-2525.