Date: 11/8/17 6:47 pm From: Dixie Sommers via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] Winter coming - Huntley Meadows, Fairfax County
Six birders participated in the Northern Virginia Bird Club walk at Huntley Meadows Park this morning. It seemed like the begining of winter. We had a few Dark-eyed Juncos and lots of White-throated Sparrows, those harbingers of colder weather. No warblers except Yellow-rumped, which may be here for the winter. Best of all were 6 Bufflehead on the central wetland, my first encounters of these winter charmers this season.
But the end of fall was still with us. We saw a very late Osprey flying over and a Merlin. The adult Red-headed Woodpeckers that have been around this summer are still present, but additional RHWO seen last winter have yet to return. Two Eastern Phoebes have missed the memo about migrating south.