Date: 4/2/18 10:28 am From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [VA-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR, vesper sparrow, Bonaparte's gulls, common loon, other
Occoquan Bay NWR in Woodbridge was pretty birdy this morning. The weather started off chilly, breezy, and a little wet, but conditions improved and the birds responded. Highlights include many Bonaparte's gulls moving upriver past Deephole Point (counted 29 but there were probably more); 7 common loons in breeding plumage, 6 flyovers and 1 on the river; 20 horned grebes ranging in plumage from winter to breeding; a vesper sparrow in the burned field along the road to Painted Turtle Pond; a savannah sparrow along Charlie Rd.; Wilson's snipe in the marsh at the end of Easy Rd.; a very dull plumage pine warbler near the banding station; rusty blackbirds in several spots; turkey's courting in the cut field along Charlie Rd.; a greater yellowlegs flying over Painted Turtle Pond; 2 blue-gray gnatcatchers; 4 winter wrens; good numbers of both kinglets. I tallied 73 species in all.