Date: 4/1/17 2:22 pm From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...> Subject: [Va-bird] Prince William and Fairfax Co morning
I visited Breckenridge Rd and the Lorton equestrian center with Kurt Gaskill this morning. I was at Breckenridge at about 6am, and all was quiet until 6:20 when a whip-poor-will and woodcock called at the same time. As the sky lightened we were treated to a second whip, a host of pine warblers, red-breasted nuthatches, golden-crowned kinglets, a gnatcatcher, hermit thrush, sapsucker, and phoebe. We then went to Lorton, enjoying a great egret that flew over 95. Shortly after we arrived a tight flock of 44 Bonaparte's gulls flew over, heading NW. Some had full hoods. Shortly afterwards two smaller flocks flew by. Total count was 64. Other highlights were a snipe, 18 white-crowned sparrows, fox and chipping sparrows, 2 jousting Cooper's hawks a (a breeding pair?) and northern rough-winged swallow.