Date: 10/6/18 5:43 pm
From: Elton Morel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] NVBC walk at Aquia Landing Park, Stafford County, Saturday, Oct 6, 2018 - King Rail

VA Birders:

The Northern Virginia Bird Club visited this morning Aquia Landing Park and Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve in Stafford county.  We collectively found 43 species. A cloudy, overcast morning might have led to a somewhat subdued number of species overall, but we did manage to find a few interesting birds.  Our highlight of the morning were two vocalizing King Rails at Aquia Landing.  Both times the vocalization was very loud at the edge of the marsh along the entrance road, but we were unable to actually see the rails.  Other highlights were two Yellow-billed Cuckoos that posed really well at opposite ends of the park and a very cooperative and singing White-eyed Vireo near the entrance to the park.  There were plenty of Yellow-rumps and Palm Warblers to sort through as well as a few Brown Thrashers.
We then went over to the boardwalk at Crow's Nest NAP hoping to find Soras.  While a couple of observers in our party found Soras before the start of the walk in the early AM, our official visit to the boardwalk in the late morning did not succeed in finding any Soras. We did add Wood Ducks and Hairy Woodpecker to our morning's list.

Below is the eBird checklists for both locations.  Elton MorelArlington, VA 
Aquia Landing Park, Stafford, Virginia, US
Oct 6, 2018 7:20 AM - 9:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:    NVBC walk led by David Ledwith and Elton Morel.
40 species

Canada Goose  40
Mute Swan  2
Mourning Dove  1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2    Counted two in widely separated ends of the park.
King Rail  2    Heard
Laughing Gull  200
Ring-billed Gull  20
Forster's Tern  30
Double-crested Cormorant  10
Great Blue Heron  4
Bald Eagle  4
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  7
Downy Woodpecker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  2
Eastern Phoebe  2
White-eyed Vireo  1    Vireo with white wing bars but yellowish eye ring and spectacles.  Often singing ‘chick-peri-u-chick’.
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  30
American Crow  6
Fish Crow  1    Heard
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  2    Heard
Carolina Wren  8
Eastern Bluebird  1    Heard
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  6
Brown Thrasher  3
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  25
Cedar Waxwing  20
Red-winged Blackbird  120
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Common Grackle  30
Common Yellowthroat  5
Palm Warbler  12
Yellow-rumped Warbler  35
Northern Cardinal  10

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Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve, Stafford, Virginia, US
Oct 6, 2018 10:05 AM - 10:55 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile(s)
Comments:    NVBC walk led by David Ledwith and Elton Morel.
17 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  7
Wood Duck  6
Great Blue Heron  2
Bald Eagle  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1    Heard
Northern Flicker  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  10
crow sp.  12
Carolina Wren  2    Heard
Gray Catbird  1
Brown Thrasher  1    Heard
Red-winged Blackbird  150
Common Grackle  15
Common Yellowthroat  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2

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