Date: 4/10/17 2:48 pm From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
On this beautiful morning, 33 birders gathered to take part in the Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk. For a while we thought this might be the Warbler blitz we experienced last spring when we saw the Yellow-throated Warbler and the Common Yellowthroat, but no such luck. It was still a great walk, with FOS sightings of Chimney Swifts and a Green Heron; Several bright, freshly molted Palm Warblers; large numbers of Rusty Blackbirds and Grackles; and a Double-crested Cormorant fly over. Canada Goose 27 Wood Duck 12 Mallard 4 Blue-winged Teal 3 Green-winged Teal 2 Hooded Merganser 1 Pied-billed Grebe 4 Double-crested Cormorant 3 Great Blue Heron 4 Great Egret 1 Green Heron 1 Black Vulture 1 Turkey Vulture 1 Osprey 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 2 American Coot 6 Ring-billed Gull 1 Mourning Dove 5 Barred Owl 1 Chimney Swift 2 Red-headed Woodpecker 6 Red-bellied Woodpecker 7 Downy Woodpecker 4 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 2 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Eastern Phoebe 6 Blue Jay 3 American Crow 3 Fish Crow 5 Tree Swallow 16 Barn Swallow 1 Carolina Chickadee 10 Tufted Titmouse 8 White-breasted Nuthatch 3 Carolina Wren 6 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 12 Eastern Bluebird 3 American Robin 20 Common Yellowthroat 2 Palm Warbler 5 Pine Warbler 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler 2 Yellow-throated Warbler 1 White-throated Sparrow 40 Song Sparrow 2 Swamp Sparrow 11 Eastern Towhee 2 Northern Cardinal 15 Red-winged Blackbird 40 Rusty Blackbird 100 Common Grackle 100 American Goldfinch 20 House Sparrow 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.