Date: 4/12/18 10:37 am
From: David Moulton, Bethesda, MD <moulton.davidh...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Birdy morning at Algonkian RP, VA - species count tops 60
Something in the air this morning had birdlife up and about and vocal and observable. I birded Algonkian Regional Park in Loudon County, along the river. Nothing too surprising, but some nice finds -- Red-headed Woodpecker, Bonaparte's Gulls working the river, singing Yellow-throated and Pine Warblers. The surprise was seeing my species count pop up over 60, after hovering in the 40s for the last few months. Should be a good weekend in the field. eBird checklist below:

Algonkian Regional Park, Loudoun, Virginia, US
Apr 12, 2018 7:45 AM - 11:22 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
61 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 9
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 5
Gadwall (Mareca strepera) 7
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 4
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 2
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 2
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 2
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 35 Flocks on the river. Nesting nearby.
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 8
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 4
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 2
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 1
Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) 17
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2
Barred Owl (Strix varia) 1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 5
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 5
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) 1
Purple Martin (Progne subis) 7
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 75
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 10
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 7
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 11
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 3
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 9
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 3
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 4
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) 2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 9
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 2
Palm Warbler (Yellow) (Setophaga palmarum hypochrysea) 5
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata) 6
Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica) 1
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 6
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) 4
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 6
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 5
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 5
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 7
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 3
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 5
Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) 6
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 3
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 5
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 2

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