Date: 5/7/18 3:35 pm From: William Young via VA-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [VA-bird] Warblers at Monticello Park in Alexandria
The past two days at Monticello Park in Alexandria have featured many species of warblers seen at very close range. Yesterday, warblers were entering the stream to drink and bathe. Today, there were numerous termite hatches in rotting logs in the park, and people were seeing warblers hopping on branches 10 or 15 feet away. Among the warblers who were chasing termites were Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, Cape May, Blackpoll, Black-and-white, Black-throated Blue and Green, Chestnut-sided, American Redstart, Northern Parula, and Yellow-rumped. Also in the park today were Nashville, Tennessee, Canada, and Worm-eating Warblers, numerous Indigo Buntings, and many Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, including a second-year male with xanthochroism.
Last night was not a good night for flying, and so some of the birds in the park today were probably the same individuals who were in the park yesterday. I do not know if any of these birds will be around tomorrow or whether there will be more termite hatches. If you want to visit the park, you can find both driving and public transportation directions on the Monticello Park website at www.MPNature.com <http://www.mpnature.com/>.