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
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
This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) 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