Date: 3/30/17 9:55 am From: Ron Vogel <vireo...> Subject: [Va-bird] Migration Notes
I birded several Northern Virginia locations over the past several days (Leesylvania State Park, Occoquan Bay NWR, Mason Neck, Accotink Park, etc). Some general notes on sightings-as previously reported by others, blue-gray gnatcatchers have arrived as have yellow-throated warblers and waterthrushes. I've seen a big push by phoebes, golden crowned kinglets (lots!), and brown creepers (8+). Thrashers and towhees are busy pairing up and singing. The strangest encounter I had, though, was a singing wood thrush at Occoquan Bay NWR on 3/30-well ahead of a mid-April date when I would expect to start hearing these wonderful birds. I guess if we could have an overwintering northern shrike and visitors like a European goldfinch and a prairie falcon this year, why should I be surprised by anything at this point.