Date: 7/29/20 1:22 pm From: T. M. Day <blkvulture...> Subject: [va-bird] Manassas Park Birding
Greetings, Last Thursday (23 July), Ian Topolsky and I birded a new(ish) park in Manassas Park called Blooms Park. The land was acquired by the City of Manassas Park from Prince William County in spring of 2019. The land had been operated as a golf course, but because the course was so difficult that golfers didn't want to play it, the county couldn't justify keeping it open and turned the course and the land over to Manassas Park. The result is a long, 3.5-mile hiking trail through forest and fairways that are returning to a more natural state. This park may be of interest to birders as well as folks just looking for a nice walk. I will warn that the paved path is surprisingly steep in places.
The birding is what one would expect from the habitat, and the day of our visit was hot and humid. We managed around forty species, with no real surprises. Perhaps the most notable species was Blue Grosbeak, with a pair seen at one spot, and another male singing elsewhere. These birds likely wouldn't have been here while this course was a golf course.
Below I've included a link to the hotspot description from the BirdingVirginia.org website, as well as a brief profile about Manassas Park from the same site. I have also included the eBird checklist from last Thursday.
-- --------------------------------- Todd Michael Day <blkvulture...> Culpeper County, VA --------------------------------
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