Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone -------- Original message --------From: Harry Glasgow <harry.glasgow...> Date: 4/2/18 3:07 PM (GMT-05:00) To: Nancy Vehrs <nvehrs1...> Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk As is the case nearly every Spring and Fall when we change the starting times of the Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk, we have a precipitous drop in attendance. Today we were able to attract 17 birders, while our roster nearly every Monday in the winter averaged about 30 to 40 birders. Poor weather added to this decline as well. Birders are reminded that we begin at 7AM until the fall. While the birder count was off, the bird population was up. The count today was 59 species, with First of Season returnees adding to the count. Among these were Barn Swallows, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Palm Warblers, and a Louisiana Waterthrush. Canada Goose 32 Wood Duck 12 Blue-winged Teal 5 Northern Shoveler 8 Gadwall 6 Mallard 8 Green-winged Teal 33 Hooded Merganser 4 Wild Turkey 5 Pied-billed Grebe 3 Great Blue Heron 12 Black Vulture 2 Turkey Vulture 5 Osprey 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Red-tailed Hawk 2 American Coot 7 Mourning Dove 7 Barred Owl 1 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-headed Woodpecker 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 6 Hairy Woodpecker 5 Northern Flicker 6 Pileated Woodpecker 2 Eastern Phoebe 6 Blue Jay 5 American Crow 5 Fish Crow 12 crow sp. 5 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 8 Barn Swallow 2 First of the Season Carolina Chickadee 10 Tufted Titmouse 12 White-breasted Nuthatch 4 Brown Creeper 1 Carolina Wren 5 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2 Golden-crowned Kinglet 12 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 Eastern Bluebird 4 Hermit Thrush 5 American Robin 17 Cedar Waxwing 28 Louisiana Waterthrush 1 Palm Warbler 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler 4 Dark-eyed Junco 1 White-throated Sparrow 25 Song Sparrow 2 Swamp Sparrow 4 Eastern Towhee 2 Northern Cardinal 15 Red-winged Blackbird 40 Brown-headed Cowbird 1 Rusty Blackbird 60Common Grackle 13 American Goldfinch 5 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 7AM (8AM from October through March), 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.