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Newport News Park

Sunday Morning Walks

 

 

Join us on the First and Third Sunday of each month at 7:00 AM at the parking lot behind the Ranger Station!

Thanks to Jane Frigo for providing these reports. For more information, contact Jane (757-873-0721).


The morning of January 18, 2015, began with heavily overcast skies that quickly developed into annoying drizzle and finally fully developed showers. Inspite of the predicted bad weather ten hardy souls braved part of the morning and were able to identify 36 species. Those participating included Virginia and George Boyles, Sandy Robertson, Anthony Nixon, Tom Charlock, John Adair, Marc Nichols, Jane Frigo and newcomers Lana Bennett and Braxton Allport. A nearly adult Bald Eagle started the morning off. Several duck species were spotted but few passerines were seen on the ground. A search of the Great Horned Owl was unsuccessful and there was speculation that he may have found a different roosting site. The group identified only 32 species before being defeated by the rain. Marc Nichols continued on his own making it to the Swamp Bridge and adding four species to the list--Mute Swan, American Black Duck, Great Egret and Eastern Bluebird--making the total 36. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Gadwall
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret

Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch

Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch


The first HRBC Sunday bird walk of 2015 (January 4) in Newport News Park was preceded by a gentle warm front that advanced the mercury to about 60 F by 7:00 AM. The front had somehow displaced leader Jane Frigo to a formal count in Matthews County, leaving stalwarts Bill Ferris, Richard Hudgins, Cathy Bond and Tom Charlock to find their own, and initially bird-free, way in a very dense fog. Little more than a few Hooded Mergansers, Ring-billed Gulls and a muskrat could be identified from the shoreline behind the ranger station. Some fields on the disk golf course hosted noisy action by about a hundred Red-winged Blackbirds, most of which were male. A moderate rain shower hit; the wind increased and blew most of the fog away. With a few patches of blue sky then appearing at the Discover Center, the birds finally exploded from hiding; fortunately Bill was there to identify them. Beneath the power line, a big Fox Sparrow cavorted on the grass among a group of Song Sparrows; White-throated Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos were in the adjacent brush; a Red-headed Woodpecker moved about the trees nearby. We saw an immature Bald Eagle, American Widgeons, Ring-necked Ducks, Gadwalls, Pied-billed Grebes and Mute Swans on the way to the “spawning pond”, and enjoyed a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on the walk back to the lot at around 10:00 AM. 39 species were observed. (Report by Tom Charlock. Thanks, Tom!)

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Hooded Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull
Mourning Dove
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird


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