Date: 4/2/18 8:38 pm
From: Mary Kimm via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Riverbend Park: Surprisingly Song-birdy
Very cool! Thanks for sharing.

On Mon, Apr 2, 2018 at 11:23 PM Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> wrote:

> A friend and I went to Riverbend Park this afternoon for about three
> hours ostensibly to look for the wild flowers, but it soon turned into a
> birding adventure.
> Walking up river on the river trail from the visitor center, at the
> point where the trail sort of goes down, bends to the left and then goes up
> on the right we found and had good and extensive looks at a Louisiana
> Waterthrush. The bird was walking around and feeding in the creek beside
> the trail. We watched it for about 10 minutes until some people came down
> the trail and flushed it up to a small tree, where it sat for about five
> minutes and sang two or three times and then return to the creek. We then
> watched it for another 10 minutes or so. In the process we also found a
> Hermit Thrush.
>
> On the walk back to the parking lot we found even more birds:
> Six Eastern Phoebes; two Blue-gray Gnatcatchers; two Yellow- rumped
> warblers; two Ruby-crowned Kinglets; a Brown creeper, and five Yellow-Palm
> Warblers (four were feeding up in the trees and one was feeding in the
> leaves about 15 feet off of the path.) .
> We also observed 15 to 20 what appeared to be Bonaparte’s Gulls flying
> down river. We didn’t see the gulls well. They were flying down river on
> the far side of the river and we observed them mostly through the leafless
> trees. But, they did appear to be Bonaparte’s.
>
> On the river we had about six Common Mergansers, and maybe ten
> Bufflehead. Two chicks and one adult Bald eagle were observed at the
> Eagle nest.
> Flowerwise, the bluebells are up everywhere and beginning to come into
> flower, And we found at least eight other varieties of ephemeral wild
> flowers.
> It was a surprisingly birdy and nice afternoon, given the cool, cloudy
> weather.
> Donald Sweig
> Falls Church, Virginia
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> Sent from my iPad

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