Date: 9/25/17 12:35 pm From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday morning Birdwalk
An unusually large gathering of over 35 birders joined the Huntley Meadows Monday morning Birdwalk today and totaled 45 species. It was a warm, sunny day, with signs of fall prominent everywhere. Highlights of today's walk included a very large group of Chimney Swifts swooping around from the water surface to altitudes of hundreds of feet; 3 very handsome Brown Thrashers openly showing off at the water's edge; a large number of Wood Ducks flying and swimming around the Central Wetland. The two or three males were in full plumage. An impressive sight.
Canada Goose 32 Wood Duck 39 Great Blue Heron 5 Great Egret 3 Green Heron 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Killdeer 1 Ring-billed Gull 2 Mourning Dove 14 Barred Owl 3 Chimney Swift 100 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1 Belted Kingfisher 2 Red-headed Woodpecker 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker 6 Downy Woodpecker 4 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 10 Pileated Woodpecker 5 Acadian Flycatcher 1 Eastern Phoebe 6 Blue Jay 9 American Crow 2 Fish Crow 2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 16 Tree Swallow 2 Carolina Chickadee 4 Tufted Titmouse 10 White-breasted Nuthatch 4 Carolina Wren 6 Eastern Bluebird 9 American Robin 25 Gray Catbird 4 Brown Thrasher 3 Northern Mockingbird 1 European Starling 2 Black-and-white Warbler 1 Common Yellowthroat 3 American Redstart 1 Magnolia Warbler 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler 4 Song Sparrow 1 Northern Cardinal 6 Red-winged Blackbird 29 American Goldfinch 8
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.