Date: 5/1/18 7:16 pm From: Ben Jesup and Pam Koger-Jesup via VA-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [VA-bird] Tennessee warbler in White Oaks Park (plus highlights from the weekend, and caution about cerulean warbler song)
The last few mornings in White Oaks Park (Alexandria) have finally picked up. The best bird was a singing Tennessee. Unfortunately, I couldn't get a picture before it flew across Rollins and into a residential area. In addition, good numbers and diversity of thrushes, vireos, and a few other non-yellow-rumps (parula, B&W, redstart, ovenbird).
Saturday at Huntley Meadows (Hike/Bike Trail), the highlights were first of season Swainson's thrush, BTB warbler, and blue grosbeak. Sunday at Great Falls, beautiful looks at a Blackburnian warbler, a harrier migrating high above the falls. Also interesting was a song that sounded exactly like cerulean, but was almost certainly a black-throated blue. I don't know about others, but I have experienced this before, and I simply won't ID a cerulean solely by voice.