Date: 7/10/17 4:51 am From: Shea Tiller via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] NOVA--some hits, some misses
Yesterday I headed up to a few spots in Northern Virginia to look for some previously reported birds. As shorebird migration has just begun as a trickle, I drove by the Woodward Turf Farms, and kept a keen eye out, but saw nothing. Nothing on the Savannah Branch Road mudflats either, except a couple kind folks who asked if my car was broken down and if I needed help.
Next stop was Smithfield Farm in Clarke County. On the way, two fawns crossed the road on Mt. Weather. Once at the farm, I quickly found a dickcissel, which posed for views. There were a few other typical field birds around, but the only other really good bird was my life loggerhead shrike, which I got a poor back-end of view of before it flew off to somewhere else--I don't know where, and scanning all of the surrounding fields to the horizon didn't turn it up.
My third stop was the Discover Blvd. pond. I couldn't find the continuing ruddy duck there, but I did see a female hooded merganser.
My last stop was Bull Run Regional Park. I saw barn swallows multiple times entering nests under all areas of the bridge, but no swallows flying around without a long forked tail. Maybe mid-afternoon is just the wrong time for the cliff swallows?