Date: 9/29/17 5:40 pm From: Stephen Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] Manassas Battlefield 29 Sept: 10 warbler species
Lynn and I found some nice birds this morning at the New York Monuments area of Manassas Battlefield. That location is amazingly reliable during fall migration. If there's a dip in the temperature in September, there *will* be a lot of birds there.
Typical of this location, was the combination of multiple summer birds who have yet to disappear; multiple wintering species forming our "FOS" for both of us; and the "regular" migrants, not found in NoVa in summer or winter.
Examples of those three categories included (1) Pewee and Tanager; (2) most of the warblers; and (3) Sapsucker, Creeper, and both Kinglets.
Checklist is below. There was one glaring miss: I have found one or more Cuckoos here on most visits, but none today.
-Steve Johnson and Lynn Rafferty Fairfax, Virginia
Manassas National Battlefield Park--New York Monument, Prince William, Virginia, US Sep 29, 2017 7:15 AM - 9:00 AM Protocol: Traveling 0.4 mile(s) Comments: parking lot, meadow immediately NE of lot, and entrance road 39 species (+1 other taxa)
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2 all 5 WP species today visited the central dead tree above the thicket in the middle of the meadow; often 3-4 WP species there at the same time. warblers and BHVI also posed in it several times, completely exposed in bright sun. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) 2 FOS for both of us Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1 Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 1 Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 3 calling and flying back and forth. could easily have been 6-8 birds there today. Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens) 2 Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 6 3 in NY Monument area, 2 at entrance on S side of Lee Hwy, 1 on N side Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) 1 Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 1 Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 8 American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 3 Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 1 Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 1 White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2 LER only, heard only Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 1 FOS; SJ only? in pines next to parking lot House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 2 Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 2 pair foraging together in pines next to parking lot Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 3 everywhere; could have been 5-6, but just 3, assuming many repeat views of same birds Catharus sp. (Catharus sp.) 1 probably Swainson's but only brief glimpse American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1 Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 4 Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) 3 Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 1 SJ only Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina) 1 Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) 2 Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1 American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) 2 Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) 1 Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) 1 Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) 1 quite showy, prominent foraging in pines next to parking lot Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) 1 Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens) 2 Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 3 along entrance road Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 1 SJ only? at base of thicket in center of meadow Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) 2 Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) 2 males either immature and/or molting; subdued rosy chest spot, streaky chests and faces, lots of orange/yellow tints, bright red axillaries when they flew. House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 3