Date: 11/6/19 10:14 am From: Deb Hale <debhale72...> Subject: PVAS bird walk - North Schoolhouse
I am so happy when people actually show up for my bird walks with PVAS. And this group was great at finding birds, very much a joint effort. We spent a fair amount of time in the parking lot, where so many birds happen. There we determined that the four gleaming white bellied birds circling in migration in the distance were RING-BILLED GULLS; the raptor that had been circling in a kettle of vultures but pulled off was a NORTHERN HARRIER, as evidenced by his very long tail and long slender flapping wings. Not far up the gravel lane, Mark caught sight of a BLUE-HEADED VIREO in the treetops, very much flushed yellow on his underparts and only allowing us a glimpse before he disappeared forever. I found the EASTERN TOWHEE exactly where they've been hanging out. And Mike pointed out the V-formation in the eastern sky near walk's end - which we assumed at first must be geese, but turned out to be about 2 dozen DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS.
The butterflies are still flitting about - a few sulphurs and two common buckeyes. Their days may be numbered. A cold front expected to push through.
Thanks to all participants for a great morning walk.
Deb Hale Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
Mourning Dove 1 heard Ring-billed Gull 4 circling in migration Double-crested Cormorant 24 About 2 dozen flying SE in V-formation over Bolivar Heights towards the Shenandoah River. At first we assumed it was a flock of Canada geese. But quickly we realized that the birds were shaped more like crosses- even parts front and back divided by wings. Some front parts appeared white, as juveniles might be. Black Vulture X Turkey Vulture X Northern Harrier 2 We clearly saw one harrier as he departed a kettle of vultures that had formed over Bolivar Hts; his long tail and long flapping wings (& size of him) indicated harrier. Then another appeared with him and they disappeared over the NW trees. Red-shouldered Hawk 1, juvenile Red-tailed Hawk 4 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3 (2 juveniles) Red-bellied Woodpecker 6 Downy Woodpecker 3 Pileated Woodpecker 2 Northern Flicker 4 Eastern Phoebe 1 Blue-headed Vireo 1 We all got to see the bird in the treetop, no matter how swiftly it disappeared forever. The white spectacle around eye was evident, also the blue head and white wing bars. The bird was very heavily imbued with yellow in his underparts. Blue Jay 5 American Crow 6 Fish Crow 4 Common Raven 2 Carolina Chickadee 2 Tufted Titmouse 1 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Carolina Wren 3 Northern Mockingbird 2 Eastern Bluebird 12 American Robin 10 flying together Cedar Waxwing 1 American Goldfinch 15 Field Sparrow 5 White-throated Sparrow 20 Savannah Sparrow 2 Song Sparrow 15 Eastern Towhee 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler 3 Northern Cardinal 12