Date: 2/28/18 9:59 am
From: Dixie Sommers via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows, Fairfax County - Rusty Blackbirds, Tree Swallows, Brown Thrasher
Eighteen birders were on the Northern Virginia Bird Club's walk at Huntley
Meadows this morning, led by Tom Nardone and Dixie Sommers. The birding
varied from rather quiet to quite busy, and the weather went from
mid-forties and cloudy to above 50 and clearing.

Highlights were at least 31 Rusty Blackbirds moving around in trees on the
wetland edge, two early Tree Swallows swooping over the wetland, and a Brown
Thrasher seen in the woods past the observation tower. The usual Red-headed
Woodpecker also put in an appearance. Waterfowl numbers and variety are down
from earlier this year, but we had nice views of Gadwall, Northern
Shovelers, Hooded Mergansers, and Pied-billed Grebes.

NVBC walks are open to all. Check out the schedule in the Siskin newsletter
at <>

Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US Feb 28, 2018 8:00 AM - 10:46 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.35 mile(s)

Comments: Northern Virginia Bird Club walk

38 species

Canada Goose 6

Northern Shoveler 9

Gadwall 14

Mallard 7

Hooded Merganser 6

Pied-billed Grebe 4

Great Blue Heron 2

Black Vulture 7

Turkey Vulture 5

Bald Eagle 2

Red-shouldered Hawk 2

American Coot 4

Mourning Dove 8

Red-headed Woodpecker 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 6

Downy Woodpecker 4

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 1

Pileated Woodpecker 1

Blue Jay 4

American Crow 3

Tree Swallow 2

Carolina Chickadee 7

Tufted Titmouse 8

White-breasted Nuthatch 4

Carolina Wren 2

Eastern Bluebird 1

American Robin 150

Brown Thrasher 1

European Starling 1

Dark-eyed Junco 1

White-throated Sparrow 4

Song Sparrow 2

Swamp Sparrow 2

Northern Cardinal 8

Red-winged Blackbird 315

Rusty Blackbird 31

Common Grackle 17

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