Date: 4/13/18 3:44 pm From: Fred Atwood via VA-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [VA-bird] A few interesting Oakton Birds, Fairfax Co
1. This afternoon (Apr 13) while sitting at the stoplight at the intersection 123 and Jermantown Rd in Oakton next to the Flint Hill School East Campus, 4 Bonaparte's Gulls flew over! An interesting new bird for my "yard list". It was species 175 for my eBird "Oakton" patch. 2. A little earlier, while watching the varsity boys lacrosse game at the Flint Hill School West Campus, my FOY Broad-winged Hawk flew over. 3. While heading out to the woods this afternoon to check on frog activity with my Field Natural History and Ornithology class, two meadowlarks were in the baseball field and water retention drypond. This is only my 5th record here on the West Campus, the other records being single birds in mid April (twice) and mid October (twice). 4. All week 2 Yellow Palm Warblers have been present on the West Campus. 5. FOY Blue-gray Gnatcatchers arrived on Monday of this week at the border of OakMarr Park and the West Campus.
BTW, if you know a teen who is interested in birds, Flint Hill School and The Audubon Society of Virginia sponsor the Northern Virginia Teen Bird Club. Interested students (grades 7-12) may contact me at <fredatwood...> to let me know of their interest, CC-ing their parents. We plan to be banding birds on Sunday afternoon at the FHS West Campus 3320 Jermantown Rd, Oakton VA and will have several other field trips and banding sessions during the school year.