Date: 10/9/17 7:45 pm From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Eleven people, gathered in the parking lot in the dark and the pelting rain, about to wander off in the woods looking for birds on the Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk. Birders are a strange breed. But, even with the heavy rain we managed to assemble a list of 30 species with no particular highlights. When it was done, the same 11, soaked to the skin, enjoyed a light breakfast picnic under the sheltering roof of the outdoor classroom produced by my partner, Nancy, with contributions from several regulars.
Canada Goose 75 Wood Duck 25 Mallard 1 Great Blue Heron 5 Great Egret 2 Mourning Dove 7 Chimney Swift 25 Belted Kingfisher 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker 3 Downy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 3 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Eastern Phoebe 2 Blue Jay 7 American Crow 17 Carolina Chickadee 3 Tufted Titmouse 5 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Carolina Wren 5 Eastern Bluebird 2 American Robin 34 Gray Catbird 1 Common Yellowthroat 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler 3 Song Sparrow 1 Northern Cardinal 6 Red-winged Blackbird 33 Common Grackle 2 House Finch 1 American Goldfinch 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.