Date: 9/30/17 11:46 am
From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] NVBC at Occoquan Bay NWR, Sep 30, 2017

Twenty birders from the Northern Virginia Bird Club came out to enjoy a brilliant cool morning at Occoquan Bay NWR in Prince William County. The walk was led by Phil Silas and me with additional help from Marc Ribaudo. These NVBC walks are free, open to all and require no pre-registration. It was not overwhelmingly birdy at the refuge, but we had a nice diversity of birds as we tallied 63 species. Some highlights included two separate groups of Wild Turkeys on the trails, a well seen Yellow-billed Cuckoo, both kinglets, plus Bay-breasted, Cape May, Magnolia, Palm, Black-throated Green and Yellow-rumped Warblers. We also encountered FOS Song Sparrows and a Swamp Sparrow. It was also interesting to watch some young American Goldfinches being fed by an adult. Marc saw a lone Bobolink fly away from the field near the pond. We also had some nice insects spotted along the trails. A Fine-lined Emerald dragonfly was a lifer for me. Blue-faced Meadowhawks, Eastern Pondhawks and Black
Saddlebags were also around. Notable butterflies included Sleepy Orange, Viceroy, Painted lady, Common Buckeye, Red-banded Hairstreak, and Red-spotted Purple.

Larry Meade
Merrifield, VA

Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William, Virginia, US
Sep 30, 2017 7:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments: Northern Virginia Bird Club walk
63 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 30
Wood Duck 16
Mallard 1
Wild Turkey 14
Pied-billed Grebe 6
Double-crested Cormorant 30
Great Blue Heron 3
Black Vulture 5
Turkey Vulture 12
Bald Eagle 3
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Laughing Gull 3
Ring-billed Gull 18
Caspian Tern 4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 16
Mourning Dove 3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
Chimney Swift 13
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 7
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 5
White-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 10
Fish Crow 6
crow sp. 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 15
Tree Swallow 5
Carolina Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 6
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 3
Gray Catbird 5
Brown Thrasher 2
Northern Mockingbird 6
European Starling 1
Cedar Waxwing 4
Tennessee Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Cape May Warbler 2
Magnolia Warbler 3
Bay-breasted Warbler 2
Palm Warbler 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler 5
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.) 1
Song Sparrow 3
Swamp Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 3
Northern Cardinal 10
Indigo Bunting 6
Bobolink 1
Red-winged Blackbird 6
Common Grackle 1
House Finch 7
American Goldfinch 5

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