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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).


Today's walk was much more comfortable than the previous one. November 16, 2014 was chilly, temperature 40-low 50's, but winds were calm. Rock Moelsein, Stuart Sweeman, Tom Charlock, MIke Lowry, Jane Frigo, Richard and Barbara Hudgins, Shawn and Katrina Dash and newcomers Madeline Vann and Sarah Sumoski spent the morning identifiying 57 species. More ducks had arrived including Gadwall, Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser and Ruddy Duck. Other FOS included Brown Creeper and Winter Wren. Both Laughing and Ring-billed Gull were spotted. Woodpeckers were well represented with only the Hairy missing. Five sparrow were seen--Chipping, Savannah, Song, Swamp and White-throated. Sadly, no owls were spotted. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Black Duck
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Laughing Gull

Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Winter Wren
Golden crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch


A nor'easter moved through bringing nasty weather for the November 2, 2014 Newport News Park Walk. Sleet and drizzle accompanied by 25 mph winds challenged the morning's participants which included Richard Hudgins, Stuart Sweetman, Jason Strickland, Anthony Nixon, newcomer Barb Bucklin, Jane Frigo, Marilyn and John Adair, and Ned and Becky Rose. The group called it quits by 10 AM. Large flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds and Dark-eyed Juncos were seen and several Bald Eagles battled the elements. FOS included American Wigeon, American Coot and Brown Creeper. Most other birds and even ducks tried to find shelter. 37 species were identified. A complete list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
American Coot
Killdeer

Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Brown Thrasher
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird


October 19, 2014 was cool, windy and partly cloudy. Temperatures barely reached the sixties. The sun had not risen when the walk began and neither had the birds. As the morning progressed things did pick up. Pete Peterman, Stuart Sweetman, Anthony Nixon, Shawn Dash, Mike Lowry, Marc Nichols, Hannah Montalvo, Jane Frigo, and Ned and Becky Rose identified 57 species over the morning. First of season sightings included Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-throated Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco. Ducks were hard to find with only two Ruddy Ducks and Pied-billed Grebe joining the resident Mallard and Black Duck. Even gulls were absent until three Laughing Gulls were spotted on the pipeline on the way out of the park. A rare Merlin was seen. By far the best sighting was of a very cooperative Barred Owl spotted along the walk to the Swamp Bridge. 57 species were identified.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
American Black Duck
Mallard
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Merlin
Laughing Gull
Mourning Dove
Barred Owl
Belted Kingfisher

Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird

Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch


Because the Fall Festival is always held at Newport News Park on the first weekend in October, the regular bird walk met on October 5, 2014, at the Campground. The morning was beautiful but a bit chilly. Temperature's began in the low 50's and, in spite of the brillant blue skies, never made it out of the 60's. Those braving the chilly temperatures included Ned and Becky Rose, Shawn and Katrina Dash, Angelina and Phil Bogart, Pete Peterman, Eileen O'Toole, Mike Lowry, Stuart Sweetman, Adam Bolinger, Jason Strickland, Bill Boeh, Jane Frigo and newcomers Jessica Biersach and Jeff Honig. The group identified 47 species including two different Thrush--one a possible Gray-cheeked the other a possible Swainson's. Warblers included Black-and-white, Northern Parula, Common Yellowthroat, Magnolia, Pine, Black-throated Blue and Black-throated Green. Three Vireo species were seen: Red-eyed, White-eyed and Yellow-throated. Two late season spots were a Yellow-billed Cuckoo and an Indigo Bunting. A FOS Swamp Sparrow was also seen. A complete species list and photos by Bill Boeh are shown below.

Mallard
Double-crested Cormorant
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Laughing Gull
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker

Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
White-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Tree Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Eastern Bluebird
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird

Brown Thrasher
Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Pine Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch


Eastern Wood Peewee

Juvenile Osprey


Field Sparrow

Hairy Woodpecker


Rain threatened to cancel the September 21, 2014 walk in Newport News Park but fortunately never materialized. Stuart Sweetman, Tom Charlock, Rock Moeslein, Jason Strickland, Bill Ferris, Anthony Nixon, Adam Bolinger, Jane Frigo, Phyllis and Paul Roth, Gwen and Watler Harris, John and Marilyn Adair and newcomers Rich Decker, and Shawn and Katrina Dash identified 55 species for the morning. Heavy cloud cover made early sightings difficult but as the morning cleared the birds came out too! Green Herons, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and Red-eyed Vireos were still around. Mature adult American Redstarts and "yellowstarts" were actively working the trees. Other notable sightings included a Greater Yellowlegs and White-eyed Vireo! Please note that because of the Fall Festival, the next park walk, October 5, will meet at the campground parking lot. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
American Black Duck
Mallard
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
KIlldeer
Greater Yellowlegs
Laughing Gull
Caspian Tern

Mourning Dove
Reby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-pewee
Great Crested Flycatcher
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch

Carolina Wren
House Wren
Eastern Bluebird
unidentified Thrush species
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Pine Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
House Finch
American Goldfinch


Rain threatened to cancel the September 7, 2014 park walk but never materialized. Becky and Ned Rose, Virginia and George Boyles, Richard and Barbara Hudgins, John and Marilyn Adair, Tom Charlock, Stuart Sweetman, Bill Ferris, Jason Strickland, Anthony Nixon, Rock Moeslein, Joyce Lowry, Marc Nichols, Angie Herring, Jane Frigo and newcomer Michele Clayton were able to identify 49 species for the morning. A pair of Caspian Terns put on a show fishing. Red-headed Woodpeckers were still busy at the Discovery Center power poles. Summer residents still around included Summer Tanager, Green Heron, Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. No Canada Geese were spotted! As for non-bird sightings worthy of mention...a LARGE cottonmouth snake was seen under the Swamp Bridge along with an interesting large school of small catfish lined up in formation. A complete species list follows.

Mute Swan
Wood Duck
American Black Duck
Mallard
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Spotted Sandpiper
Laughing Gull
Caspian Tern

Rock Pigion
Mourning Dove
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Great Crested Flycatcher
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch

Brown-headed Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Pine Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Blue Grosbeak
Common Grackle
House Finch
American Goldfinch


August 17, 2014 was hot and humid. Winds were calm and the birds were quiet. Tom Charlock, Richard Hudgins, John Adair, Stuart Sweetman, Jason Strickland, Adam Bolinger, Virginia Boyles, Mike Lowry, Anthony Nixon, Jamie Strickland, Michelle Shinn, Jane Frigo and Mike and Emili Finn participated in the morning walk and were able to identify 52 species. Three Red-headed Woodpeckers were very interested in the power poles at the Discovery Center. Warbler sightings included Black-and-white, Prothonotary, Pine, Yellow-throated, and a surprise Yellow-breasted Chat. The Chat was spotted at the Swamp Bridge near the golf course. The Great Horned Owl could not be found but on the return walk from the Swamp Bridge a Barred Owl was spotted between the path and the golf course. What a treat! A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Spotted Sandpiper
Laughing Gull
Mourning Dove
Barred Owl
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker

Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Purple Martin
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird

American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Black-and-white Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Chipping Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch


August 3, 2014 was calm and humid. Although temperatures stayed in the 70's, it felt uncomfortable. Bryan Barmore, Tom Charlock, Sandy DiCarlo, Marc Nichols, Angie Herring, Anthony Nixon, Jane Frigo, Virginia and George Boyles, Marilyn and John Adair, and Mike and Lindsey Lowry identified 56 species for the morning. For the most part the birds were quiet as would be expected during the "dog days of summer." The five birds "heard only" were Wood Duck, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Hairy Woodpecker, Gray Catbird and Indigo Bunting. Osprey were everywhere with at least five seen at one time. A young Red-shouldered Hawk gave quite a show at the stable meadow. He appeared to be hunting--dipping into the grass and coming up with something in his talons, then dropping down into the grass again, then up to the fence railing, then down to the ground again and so on. A pair of Belted Kingfishers also were entertaining doing their helicopter hover. Sadly no warblers were seen or heard. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Mallard
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Spotted Sandpiper
Laughing Gull
Royal Tern
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Great Horned Owl

Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Carolina Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Chipping Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Common Grackle
House Finch
American Goldfinch


The morning of July 20, 2014 was pleasant, mid 70's and not too humid. Those coming out to enjoy the morning included Mike Jones, Virginia Boyles, Bill Ferris, Tom Charlock, Stuart Sweetman, John Adair, Mike Lowry, Anthony Nixon, Jane Frigo, Bill and Anne Boeh and Barbara and Richard Hudgins. 60 species were identified plus on unidentified accipiter. A Royal Tern was working the reservoir. The Wood Ducks and ducklings were spotted again along with Mute Swans and signets. A Great Horned Owl was spotted, but not the usual adult seen at the Arboretum. Instead a juvenile, perched on a dead tree near the pipeline, was seen. He appeared to still have some of the downy, light colored feathers on his head. The Red-headed Woodpeckers have returned. Blue Grosbeak and Indigo Bunting were spotted at the Swamp Bridge. There was also an excellent sighting of a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Also, a Red-shouldered Hawk soaring lazily gave the group an opportunity to review field guides for identification. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
American Black Duck
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Accipiter species
Red-shouldered Hawk
Killdeer
Laughing Gull
Royal Tern
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Great Horned Owl

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
N. Rough-winged Swallow
Carolina Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Prothonotary Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch


Summer has definitely arrived! It was a beautiful day at the park on July 6, 2014, and 21 people participated in at least part of the morning's walk. They included Tom Charlock, John Steinbach, Sandy Robertson, Andy Bolinger, Jason Strickland, Bill Ferris, Anthony Nixon, Stuart Sweetman, Richard Hudgins, Angie Herring, Marc Nichols, Nancy Gruttman-Tyler, Jane Frigo, Marilyn and John Adair, Lindsey and Mike Lowry, Wendy and Ellis Maxey, and Angelina and Phil Bogart. 60 species were identified and one coyote was spotted! Mute Swans with signets were seen. The Great Horned Owl put in an appearance before flying off. Brown Thrashers were busy with young. The most outstanding sighting for the morning was a Yellow-throated Warbler across from the Discovery Center spotted by Angie Herring. What a treat to see it working for breakfast. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Laughing Gull
Royal Tern
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Great Horned Owl
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker

Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Purple Martin
N. Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird

Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Louisiana Waterthrush
Prothonotary Warber
Common Yellowthroat
Pine Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Blue Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch


Happy Father's Day! June 15, 2014 was beautiful with clear skies and warm temperatures--70's-80's. Gwen and Walter Harris, Mary and Greg Harrington, Sandy Robertson, Mike Lowry, Virginia Boyles, Eileen O'Toole, Stuart Sweetman, Bill Ferris, Richard Hudgins, Marc Nichols, Jason Strickland, Adam Bolinger, Tom Charlock and Jane Frigo spent the morning bird watching. They identified 62 species for the morning. A male Scarlet Tanager was observed at length by the first bridge. The Great Horned Owl was also seen in the Arboretum on his favorite resting spot. At the Discovery Center a group of noisy Brown Thrashers had the groups attention when a Red-tailed Hawk was spotted perched at the edge of the path just above eye level. He was quite calm and ignored the noise around him. The group enjoyed the great view of his plumage and talons. Close-up photo's showed blood around his neck area. The group wondered if it was from dinner or an injury. Some time was spent trying to get a good photo of a very active Louisiana Waterthrush. At the very end of the walk a nest was spotted near ground level in a rotten tree. One egg was visible. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Mallard
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Laughing Gull
Royal Tern
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Great Horned Owl
Belted Kingfisher

Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Wopodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow-throated Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatach
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin

Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing
Ovenbird
Louisiana Waterthrush
Prothonotary Warbler
Northern Parula
Pine Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch


June 1, 2014 was another beautiful day at Newport News Park. Skies were clear and calm and a comfortable 60-70 degrees. The only regret was that the migration push appeared to be over. Participants included Cheryl and Dave Walberg, Jo Anne and Dale McPherson, Virginia and George Boyles, John Adair, Mike Lowry, Richard Hudgins, Sandy Graham, Rich Knorowski, Sandy Robertson, Judy Remsberg, Sandy DiCarlo, Marc Nichols, Angie Herring, Andy Hawkins and Jane Frigo. They identified 62 species. Highlights for the morning included a lone Ruddy Duck on the reservoir and a Yellow-throated Vireo photographed by Andy Hawkins at the Discovery Center. Rechecking the previous walks Blue-gray Gnatcatcher nests revealed the Swamp Bridge nest destroyed but the Spawning Pond Bridge nest intact and parents apparently feeding young. Also at the Spawning Pond Bridge a lone female Wood Duck was seen being followed by a flotilla of at least 16 ducklings! A complete species list follows.

Wood Duck
Mallard
Ruddy Duck
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Laughing Gull
Royal Tern
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Great Horned Owl
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Yellow-throated Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Tree Swallow
N. Rough-winged Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing
Prothonotary Warbler
Northern Parula
Pine Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch


There was a large turn out for the May 18, 2014 bird walk at Newport News Park. Those participating included Becky Holliday, Stuart Sweetman, Sally Goessel, Cheryl Jacobson, Rhonda Graves, Ellen Coleman, Sandy Robertson, Mike Lowry, Bill Boeh, Eileen O'Toole, Geoff Giles, Bettye Fields, Pete Peterman, Ben Dukes, Richard Hudgins, Mary Harrington, Jane Frigo, Peter and Kathy Coen, John and Marilyn Adair and Ned and Becky Rose. Skies were partly cloudy and the temperature stayed in the 60's with an occasional chilly breeze. The first part of the walk was rather quiet but the birds seemed to wake up as the morning progressed. The group was thrilled to see the return of the Red-headed Woodpeckers. Blackpoll Warblers were still singing but will probably move on by the next walk. A male Blue Grosbeak put on a show at the Discovery Center. A nesting Blue-gray Gnatcatcher was observed just off the Swamp Bridge. What an amazing nest he builds with lichen so abundant in the swamp. The group did not see the Mute Swans but other hikers said they were seen along with several signets. 68 species were recorded. A complete list follows.

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Mallard
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Laughing Gull
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
N. Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin

Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Prothonotary Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Pine Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch


What a perfect day for a bird walk! On May 3, 2014 the skies were clear, winds calm, and the temperature rising from the mid 50's to the upper 70's. Pete and Charm Peterman, Frank and Linda Schaff, Brian and Abigail Day, Bill Ferris, Mike Lowry, Laura Marlowe, Stuart Sweetman, Loye Spencer, Eileen O'Toole, Richard Hudgins, Tony Penza, Jason Strickland, Adam Bolinger and Jane Frigo spent the morning looking for warblers and other migrants. Special jewels included Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Blue and Black-throated Green. Other outstanding birds included both tanagers, Royal and Caspian Terns, Yellow and Red-eyed Vireo. Three snake species were also spotted (banded water snake, black racer and cottonmouth). A list of the 74 species follows.

Canada Goose
Mallard
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Great Horned Owl
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee

Acadian Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow-throated Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Ovenbird
Black-and-white Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch


Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, began with clear skies, temperature in the 50's and winds 20 mph. Marilyn and John Adair, Sandy Robertson, Bill Ferris, Richard Hudgins, Sandy DiCarlo, Marc Nichols, Tom Charlock, Angie Herring, Cathy Bond and Jane Frigo battled the winds but were rewarded with an marvelous sighting of a Prothonotary Warbler singing his heart out and declaring his territory near the Spawning Pond. A pair of Northern Flickers were spotted cleaning out an old woodpecker hole. The group will keep an eye on the nesting progression. The pipeline provided a great perching spot for four species--Laughing Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Royal Tern and Double-crested Cormorant. Near the Swamp Bridge a Mute Swan was spotted scooping nest material around herself. White-throated Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos were still around and a pair of Ruby-crowned Kinglets were seen. Also, a lone Gadwall was spotted beyond the Swamp Bridge. Sadly, no owls were seen. A complete list of 60 species follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Gadwall
Mallard
Common Goldeneye (3 flyover)
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Royal Tern
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
N. Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing
Prothonotary Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Parula
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch


Spring was in the air on April 6, 2014 and Newport News Park was buzzing with activity. A large group, numbering 26, assembled to search for birds. Participants included Gwen and Walter Harris, Virginia and George Boyles, Marilyn and John Adair, Ellis and Wendy Maxey, Pete Peterman, Stuart Sweetman, Sandy Robertson, Libby Carmines, Tom Charlock, Jason Strickland, Eileen O'Toole, Richard Hudgins, Geoff Giles, Cathy Bond, Jane Frigo, Tim Blevins, Loye Spencer, Kelly Haulsee, Suzanne Masten, Ed Quaintance, Felicia L. Mason and Ben Dukes. The morning was clear with temperatures rising from the forties to the lower fifties. Several "first of season" birds included Green Heron, Chimney Swift, Barn Swallow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Palm Warbler and a beautiful Yellow-throated Warbler. A Ruby-crowned Kinglet was singing in the holly tree in the Ranger Station parking lot. What a beautiful performance! Ducks appeared to have moved out with only two American Wigeon remaining. The Red-necked Grebe was still present. Inspite of a large Disc Golf tournament being held throughout the Arboretum, the group was able to spot the resident Great Horned Owl near the Japanese Teahouse. Winter species that may have left were Winter Wren and Brown Creeper. 64 species were noted.

Mute Swan
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
Mallard
Pied-billed Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Ring-billed Gull
Royal Tern
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl

Chimney Swift
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebee
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
N. Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Nothern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco'
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch


The return to Daylight Savings Time made for a very dark start to the March 16, 2014 park walk. The weather was clear but breezy and temperatures stayed in the 40's. Stuart Sweetman, Bill Ferris, Sharon Burton, Bryan Barmore, Geoff Giles, Bettye Fields, Marc Nichols, Kohei Mihami, Joyce Lowry, Rock Moeslein, Jane Frigo, Marilyn and John Adair and newcomers Willard Waples and Ben Dukes persereved until passing last year's number by 1 to reach 68 species. Hightlights of the morning included a group of Canada Geese sporting leg bands. The bands were silver, some on the right leg and some on the left leg. The only number the group could read was 1148-186. No geese have been banded by Newport News Park rangers. The group wondered where the geese were banded and by what group. Next a pair of Wood Ducks were spotted high in the trees near the playground. After walking the branches they finally flew and landed in the water by the foot bridge next to the Ranger parking lot. John Adair got outstanding pictures of the usually elusive pair. The morning continued to provide surprises with FOS Rough-winged Swallows spotted among the Tree Swallows, a flyover of about 100 Tundra Swans spotted by Marc Nichols, a FOS Osprey and finally a good look at two Red-necked Grebes. The grebes have been thought to be in the area because of the abnormally cold winter and frozen Great Lakes. Marc Nichols also spotted a pair of Red-headed Woodpeckers at the Spawning Pond. It was good to know they are still in the area. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Gret Egret
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Killdeer
Ring-billed Gull

Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Tree Swallow
N. Rough-winged Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch


Spring was in the air at the March 2, 2014 Newport News Park Walk. The morning began a bit chilly but warmed up nicely. Skies were clear and winds were calm. Fifteen people participated in the morning walk and included Virginia and George Boyles, Charm and Pete Peterman, Stuart Sweetman, Bill Ferris, Richard Hudgins, Mike Lowry, Joyce Lowry, Sandy DiCarlo, Angie Herring, Marc Nichols, Jane Frigo and newcomers Bill Boeh and Kim Wassink. The group identified 60 species including FOS Tree Swallow, Pine Warbler, and rare Northern Harrier. The lone Red-breasted Nuthatch heard earlier this year was finally spotted.. The Great Horned Owl was sleeping in the Arboretum and always a delight to see. Still no Red-headed Woodpeckers. Looks like there will be no Tundra swans for this winter, either. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Gadwall
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Ring-necked Duck
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
Ring-billed Gull

Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Tree Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titimouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren

Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird


February 16, 2014 was cold (28 degrees rising to the low 40's) but clear and very calm. A small group of enthusiasts participated in the morning walk and included Bill Ferris, Richard Hudgins, Stuart Sweetman, Marc Nichols, Kohei Minami, Jane Frigo and newcomer Della Carrico. The group identified 58 species for the morning. A lone NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen among a group of Mallards. A single CANVASBACK was also spotted. None of the Redhead from the previous walk could be found. Three Bald Eagles (one adult and two immature) were spotted. The GREAT HORNED OWL was found at the Arboretum--always a thrill for oldtimers and newcomers. Although Ring-necked Ducks were abundant, the white-headed female was not seen. Ice from the previous week's cold spell lingered along the shoreline and made for some unusual sound effects. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Gadwall
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Canvasback
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

Killdeer
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper

Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
BRown Thasher
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch


The last week's snow and ice storm left Newport News Park muddy, but navigable. Thick ice still bordered much of the shore and fog lingered in the early part of the February 2, 2014 park walk. Skies later cleared and temperature's remained in the forties. Fifteen people participated in the morning adventure and included Charm and Pete Peterman, Virginia and George Boyles, Dave Youker, Adam Bolinger, Jason Strickland, Richard Hudgins, Sandy Robertson, Judy Jones, Bill Ferris, Rock Moeslein, Stuart Sweetman, Marc Nichols and Jane Frigo. 64 species were identified plus one unidentifiable buteo. Owls and Red-headed Woodpeckers were missed again, but ducks were abundant including the lone female Bufflehead from the last walk, a white-headed female Ring-necked Duck and a group of over 20 Redheads. Marc Nichols spotted a flock of American Pipits on the field by the Discovery Center but the birds were gone by the time the rest of the group arrived. Better luck next time. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Gadwall
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Greabe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Buteo species

American Coot
Killdeer
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird

Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
American Pipit
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch


January 14, 2014 was clear and cold (the temperature began just above freezing, later warming to near 50 degrees). John and Marilyn Adair, George and Virginia Boyles, Sandy and Tony DiCarlo, Tom Charlock, Bill Ferris, Stuart Sweetman, Richard Hudgins, Mike Lowry and Jane Frigo identified 55 species for the morning. The outstanding duck for the morning was a lone female Bufflehead. Mike Lowry captured a photo of it to add to his 130+ record of the park. A Red-breasted Nuthatch was heard, but not seen, at the Arboretum. Kinglet's provided several excellent displays as did the Winter Wren. The Marsh Wren was spotted at the Swamp Bridge. Sadly, no owl species were seen and still no Tundra Swans. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Gadwall
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

Kildeer
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nunthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kingledt
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch


January 5, 2014 at Newport News Park began with cloudy skies and the temperature near 40 degrees and rising to the mid fifties. Participants in the first walk of the new year included Stuart Sweetman, Bill Ferris, Andy Hawkins, Richard Hudgins, Jason Strickland, Adam Bolinger, Pete Peterman, Cathy Bond, and George and Virginia Boyles. The group was able to identify 56 species including 7 duck species and 6 woodpecker species. A Merlin provided the highlight for the morning. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Gadwall
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Merlin
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush

American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch



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