Date: 1/6/18 5:06 pm
From: Evan Spears via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Mute Swan at Wilck's Lake & Palm Warbler at High Bridge Trail SP, Prince Edward County
Continuing cold weather keeps bringing in the rarities.

- Stopped briefly at frozen Wilck's Lake this morning only to see a MUTE
SWAN land on the ice in the middle of the lake. Bird stayed for several
minutes resting on the ice before heading south. This species was last seen
in the region at this location in early December 2015.

- No sign of the Greater White-fronted Geese at Sandy River Reservoir, but
there are still tons of ducks. The lake is more frozen than yesterday but
plenty open water remains. Flock of RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS and three
COMMON GOLDENEYES were the main waterfowl highlights.

- High Bridge Trail State Park yielded the second or third regional winter
record for PALM WARBLER.

- Ended the day at Sailor's Creek Battlefield State Park with an up close
look at a brave SAVANNAH SPARROW.

Evan Spears
Farmville, VA
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