Date: 4/29/18 6:28 pm
From: nicholas via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Great Dismal Swamp NWR highlights, 4/26-28
Hey all, had the privilege to lead bird walks at Great Dismal Swamp NWR on the mornings of April 26, 27, & 28 as part of their annual "Migration Celebration" birding festival. Thursday was Portsmouth Ditch and the new "Black Bear Trail" in Chesapeake, Friday was Jericho Ditch entrance, and Saturday was Washington Ditch entrance, both in Suffolk. Highlights below, thanks to all participants, co-leaders, and refuge staff that make these events possible & successful.

4/26, Portsmouth Ditch/"Black Bear Trail": fly-over American Pipit, Swainson's Warbler singing north of the north trailhead (practically in a backyard of the adjacent neighborhood off Martin Johnson Rd.), my FOY Indigo Bunting & Wood Thrush, and 2 Worm-eating Warblers singing close off the south trailhead.

4/27, Jericho Ditch: 1 Rusty Blackbird, 4 fly-over Pine Siskins, 1 Orchard Oriole (does not breed at this site), 3+ Red-headed Woodpeckers, 1 Northern Waterthrush, 2 Black-throated Blue Warblers, 1 Veery, and 1 Worm-eating Warbler + 2 Swainson's Warblers at the traditional location by the banding station.

4/28, Washington Ditch: 3 Black-throated Green Warblers, nice flock of migrants at the junction of the boardwalk & Ditch road north of the parking area that held mostly Yellow-rumped Warblers but also multiple Black-throated Blue Warblers & 1 Blue-winged Warbler, 1 Swainson's Thrush, 1 Worm-eating Warbler, and 3+ Swainson's Warbler (including one chipping individual seen by a portion of the group).

Nick Flanders

Portsmouth, VA
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