Date: 1/8/18 6:52 pm From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Bird Walk
It was another frigid morning at Huntley today. Twenty-one birders participated and amassed 40 species. The central wetland remained solidly frozen so the only waterfowl sighted were geese flying overhead. Many members of the group were entranced by a winter wren that provided a spectacular, close-up view. A red-shouldered hawk was in full view across from the beaver bench. Once again the woodpeckers were very active and all seven species were spotted. Canada Goose 33 Turkey Vulture 1 Cooper's Hawk 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Ring-billed Gull 4 Mourning Dove 14 Barred Owl 2 Red-headed Woodpecker 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker 12 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2 Downy Woodpecker 12 Hairy Woodpecker 2 Northern Flicker 3 Pileated Woodpecker 4 Merlin 1 Blue Jay 10 American Crow 53 Fish Crow 3 crow sp. 9 Carolina Chickadee 15 Tufted Titmouse 6 White-breasted Nuthatch 4 Brown Creeper 1 Winter Wren 2 Carolina Wren 5 Golden-crowned Kinglet 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 Eastern Bluebird 9 Hermit Thrush 2 American Robin 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler 2 Chipping Sparrow 1 Dark-eyed Junco 35 White-throated Sparrow 30 Song Sparrow 5 Swamp Sparrow 2 Northern Cardinal 14 Red-winged Blackbird 27 House Finch 2 American Goldfinch 8 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 8AM (7AM from March through October), 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.