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 > > > > > Sent from my iPad