Date: 9/11/18 2:34 pm From: David Young via VA-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [VA-bird] Lake Fairfax - Red-breasted Nuthatches
Things were extremely quiet at the first couple spots I I scanned at Lake Fairfax, so I went up to see if any RBNU's were up in the Virginia Pines at the Skatepark/camping areas. Found at least three working the pine cones along with a few White-breasted.Then a nice little pocket of locals and migrants started coming in as well. Migrants included Black and White Warbler, ~ 5 Pine Warblers (probably nested here) adult and 1st year, 1 Chestnut-sided. Then the Blue Jays started up a racket and sure enough a Coopers Hawk was on the hunt and quickly shut that party down early. I think these are the first Red-breasted Nuthatches I've had at this reliable location in at least 2 seasons. Also appears to be a bumper crop of Eastern Bluebirds this season, they were all over. Full list on E-bird.