Date: 4/10/17 8:58 am From: Ron Vogel <vireo...> Subject: [Va-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR 4/9 and 4/10
I spent two very pleasant mornings at Occoquan Bay NWR today (4/10) and yesterday. Lots of bird song and lots of bird activity. Highlights included four warbler species (palm, pine, yellow-rump, and c. yellowthroat); both kinglets w/ the ruby crowns being particularly vocal, lots of blue gray gnatcatchers, and lots of flight activity by the refuge's several ospreys and eagles. Had an opportunity this morning to hear two singing hermit thrush. I don't often have a chance to hear these birds actually sing, It seems that off of their nesting territory, these little thrushes sing "pianissimo" as if they were simply tuning up for the events ahead of them. Nevertheless, is a beautiful song at any amplitude.
I re-found the Lincoln's sparrow at Deep Hole Point first reported by Marc Ribaudo a few months back, and the red headed woodpeckers continue in and around the viewing platform overlooking Marumsco Creek. Waterfowl were scarce, but Marumsco Bay had a rather sizeable flock of Bonaparte's gulls enjoying a morning bob on the water.