Date: 2/10/19 4:40 am
From: Meredith Bell via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] VSO Outer Banks Field Trip Feb 1-3 2019
Hi VA-Birders,

We couldn’t have asked for more beautiful weather for the February 1-3,
2019, annual VSO field trip to the Outer Banks! We enjoyed sunny skies,
mild winds and moderate temperatures most of the weekend. With the combined
eyes and ears of 75 participants, we tallied 141 species. Our trip leaders
Lee Adams, Bill Akers, Jerry Via and yours truly worked hard to ensure that
everyone got to see as many species as possible.

It seems amazing to report that the 2nd most abundant species (after
Yellow-rumped Warbler) was RAZORBILL! On Sunday morning, Jerry Via counted
almost 2,000 in the ocean just off the hotel, with hundreds more in either
direction. We also had great looks at large numbers from Jennette’s pier on
Friday and Saturday.

An unexpected hot spot was the area behind the Exxon Station in Harbinger,
where a Golden-crowned Sparrow (typically found only on the West coast) and
a Dicksissel were seen by many. Also spotted there: Orange-crowned Warbler,
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Jennettes’s Pier provided great looks at all 3 species of Scoter and large
numbers of Razorbill, Red-throated Loon, and Northern Gannets. Other
species included Dovekie, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Loon, and Horned
Grebe. A pod of dolphins came close to the pier and in the distance we
spotted a whale (identity undetermined) spraying water from its blowhole.

At Bodie Island Lighthouse in Saturday afternoon, we enjoyed diverse
species of waterfowl in the impoundments, along with a Virginia Rail and
Marsh Wren.

Sunday morning Jerry and Bill Akers scored two rare gulls – Black-headed
Gull and Little Gull – mixed in with the “regulars.”

Make plans to join us next year. We always have a memorable time, no matter
what the weather brings!

Complete list of 141 species for the weekend follows.

Meredith Bell

VSO Field Trip Co-chair

Snow Goose

Canada Goose
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck

Eurasian Wigeon

American Wigeon
American Black Duck

Blue-winged Teal

Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal



Ring-necked Duck

Greater Scaup

Lesser Scaup

Common Eider

Harlequin Duck

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Black Scoter

Long-tailed Duck


Common Goldeneye

Hooded Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck

Northern Bobwhite

Wild Turkey

Red-throated Loon

Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe

Horned Grebe

Northern Gannet
Double-crested Cormorant

American White Pelican
Brown Pelican

American Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
White Ibis
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

Clapper Rail

Virginia Rail

Common Galinule

American Coot

American Avocet

American Oystercatcher

Black-bellied Plover


Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs

Ruddy Turnstone
Wilson's Snipe



Bonaparte's Gull

Black-headed Gull

Little Gull

Laughing Gull

Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull

Forster’s Tern

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Great Horned Owl

Belted Kingfisher

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Kestrel

Eastern Phoebe

Blue Jay
American Crow

Fish Crow

Tree Swallow
Carolina Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch

House Wren

Sedge Wren

Marsh Wren

Carolina Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird

Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

American Pipit

Orange-crowned Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Eastern Towhee

Chipping Sparrow

Field Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow

Saltmarsh Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Northern Cardinal


Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark

Rusty Blackbird

Common Grackle
Boat-tailed Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch

House Sparrow
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