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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 first Sunday walk on August 6 was beautiful! Skies were clear, humidity was low and temperatures stayed mainly in the 70's. 21 people spent at least some portion of the morning enjoying the birds and visiting. They included first timer Glenn Butler and club members Mike Lowry, Tom Charlock, Andy Hawkins, Stuart Sweetman, Lieve Keeney, Phyllis Roth, Marc Nichols, Jane Frigo, Shannon and Mike Reeves (Mike's first time too), Pete and Charm Peterman, Virginia and George Boyles, John and Marilyn Adair, Ellis and Wendy Maxey, and Lee and Susan Morris. 54 species were identified. A pair of Belted Kingfishers and a Royal Tern got the morning off to a good start. Osprey were actively working the water. A lone American Black Duck, probably a Mallard/Black Duck hybrid was seen. Sadly, the Great Horned Owl could not be found at the Arboretum. Laughing Gulls were seen with one beginning to show a change to winter plumage and reminding us that fall is just around the corner! Chimney Swifts were seen both in the sky and at the Discovery Center (3 were being rehabilitated and almost ready for release!) Stuart got a glimpse of a Louisiana Waterthrush working through the reeds at the Swamp Bridge. A complete species list follows.

American Black Duck
Mallard
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Laughing Gull
Royal Tern
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
White-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
Louisiana Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Pine Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
House Finch
American Goldfinch


Summer was in full swing bringing hot and humid weather for the July 16, 2017 bird walk. Marilyn and John Adair, Charm and Pete Peterman, Harry and Rochelle Colestock, Lieve Keeney, Dianne Snyder, Tom Charlock, Mike Lowry, Dave Youker, Bill Boeh, Brian Magill, Lee Morris, Stuart Sweetman and Jane Frigo spent the morning seeing what was out there. At last the Great Horned Owl was spotted at the Arboretum!!! He has been absent for months and truly made the morning worth the effort. Another interesting sighting was a possible Cliff Swallow at the power lines. Mike Lowry got several pictures showing the forehead and collar. The group also got to witness "allo preening" by a pair of crows at the same location. A single Ring-billed Gull was perched on the pipeline near two Laughing Gulls. Two misses were Red-headed Woodpecker and Eastern Kingbird. Again no Canada Geese were seen. A complete list of the 53 species follows.

Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Royal Tern
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Great Horned Owl
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Purple Martin
Cliff Swallow
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
Common Yellowthroat
Pine Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch


July 2, 2017 was hot and humid. Overcast skies helped but a breeze would have been appreciated. The morning group included Stuart Sweetman, Lieve Keeney, Tom Charlock, Jane Frigo, George and Virginia Boyles, Lee and Susan Morris, John and Marilyn Adair and West Virginia visitors Art and Bernie Calhoun. 58 species were identified. Green Herons were abundant. A Pied-billed Grebe was a surprise. A Red-headed Woodpecker gave quite a view perched at the top of a power pole at the Discovery Center. Upon leaving the park a group of ducks were spotted near the shore. Although out of season, what clearly looked like an American Black Duck was seen among the Mallards. Speculation was that he may be hybridizing with the Mallards. A highlight of the morning was a Great Horned Owl! On the walk to the Swamp Bridge, Blue Jays and Crows alerted the group to the owl who was perched quite high near the edge to the golf course. Stuart's sharp eye located it and Art and Bernie got credit for bringing some luck with them....the last time a GHO was spotted was when they visited a year ago! Misses for the morning included Canada Goose and Bald Eagle. A complete species list follows.

Wood Duck
American Black Duck
Mallard
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Laughing Gull
Royal Tern
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy 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
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
Prothonotary Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Pine Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
House Finch


Happy Father's Day! June 18, 2017 was hot and humid. Mike Lowry, Anthony Nixon, Tom Charlock, Dianne Snyder, Jane Frigo, and Marilyn and John Adair started the morning off early. They met at the Spawning Pond at 5:30 AM to make a dawn walk to the Swamp Bridge. Tom and Jane returned at 7 AM to meet the regular park walk participants who included Lee Morris, Stuart Sweetman, Virginia Boyles, Cindy Schultz, Brian Magil, Shawn Dash and Don Freemon. While still at the Swamp Bridge, Anthony got a great shot of a Scarlet Tanager. 59 species were identified during the walk which got extended and included a SECOND walk to the Swamp Bridge at the end of the morning by Jane Frigo, Stuart Sweetman and Don Freemon. That second walk yielded a look at a pair of Wood Thrush! Other notables included an Eastern Kingbird trying to eat a Cicada and another carrying away a fecal sac, a Green Heron trying to munch on a crayfish, and a turtle laying eggs. The group also had an interesting time identifiying an Indigo Bunting who was singing an original take on his usual song. Surprisingly, no Canada Geese were seen! We all said good-bye to Anthony Nixon who is transferring to Colorado Springs, Colorado. Anthony will be missed but good wishes go with him in this new adventure. A complete species list follows.

Wood Duck
Mallard
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Laughing Gull
Royal Tern
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift
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
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
Wood Thrush
American Robin

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


It was another near perfect day for bird watching on June 4, 2017, at Newport News Park. Anthony Nixon, Dianne Snyder, Tom Charlock, Stuart Sweetman, John Adair, James Abbott, Cindy Schulz, Kyle Olson, Lindsay Ferguson, Jane Frigo and Susan and Lee Morris were able to identify 58 species. It was a cool start but warmed up over the morning. Skies stayed clear and winds calm. The group did not take the White Oak Trail but traveled the usual route. Prothonotary Warblers were seen entering and exiting nest cavities. Sadly, a Brown-headed Cowbird was observed eyeing the same nest. A particularly cooperative Northern Parula was a life bird for one person. Orchard Oriole, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Green Heron and Wood Duck were also seen. A few species missed were Bald Eagle, Eastern Towhee, Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Belted Kingfisher. Canada Goose was only heard! The group was treated to a tour of the rehab facility at the Discovery Center. What an amazing and demanding undertaking. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Mallard
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Red-tailed Hawk
Laughing Gull
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
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
European Starling
Prothonotary Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Pine Warbler
Yellow-throated 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


This weekend a BioBlitz was held at Newport News Park. The event began Saturday, May 20 and concluded at noon May 21, 2017. The regular second Sunday bird walk was able to contribute to the blitz. Those helping to identify species included Melanie Marois, Nancy Ivy, Larissa Steblen, Kate Bernatitus, Bob Pickett, Tom Charlock, Lieve Keeney, Marc Nichols, Stuart Sweetman, Becky Holliday, Anthony Nixon, Dianne Snyder, Genevieve Okuma, Jane Frigo, Wendy and Ellis Maxey and John and Marilyn Adair. The group stayed out until 2 PM and identified 65 species. Both Northern and Louisiana Waterthrush were found off the White Oak Trail. Eastern Wood-Pewee were everywhere as were Great Crested Flycatchers. Excellent views were had of Prothonotary Warblers. At the very end of the walk a Solitary Sandpiper was spotted having a late lunch. Although not a bird sighting, a newborn fawn nestled at the base of a large tree near the tea house provided a great photo opportunity. A king snake was also seen. The species list follows.

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Mallard
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Red-tailed Hawk
Solitary Sandpiper
Laughing Gull
Royal Tern
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy 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

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


May 7, 2017 was clear and breezy. Temperatures remained in the 50's all morning causing a bit of a chill. 16 people spent time identifying an impressive 74 species. Those birders contributing to the count included Stuart Sweetman, Mike Lowry, Dianne Snyder, Jeanette DeBarlolo, Shannon Reeves, Kari Sommers, Leive Keeney, Jacque VanMontfrans, Elizabeth Wikins, Ron Buchsen, Cindy Schulz, Tom Charlock, Marc Nichols, Jim Barnett, Wayne Jones and Jane Frigo. Ten warblers were identified. They were Black-and white, Prothonotary, Common Yellowthroat, Hooded, Northern Parula, Blackpoll, Black-throated Blue, Pine, Yellow-rumped and Yellow-throated. Both Spotted and Solitary Sandpipers were seen and Laughing and Ring-billed Gull. A Red-breasted Nuthatch was seen at the Arboretum. While walking the White Oat Trail a FOS Acadian Flycatcher was heard and excellent views of the Black-thoated Blue Warbler were enjoyed. A Swainson's Thrush was also spotted. There was some discussion about two very rusty brown Double-crested Cormorants. Interesting to note that although the species count was similar to last year's, the species found were quite different! A complete species 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
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Royal Tern
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker

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

Americana Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Black-and-white Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Northern Parula
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Blue Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch


The April 16, 2017 park walk fell on Easter Sunday! The day was beautiful with temperatures starting in the mid 60's and rising to the 80's. Those participating included Tom Charlock, Dianne Snyder, Anthony Nixon, Marc Nichols, Stuart Sweetman, John Adair, Genevieve Okuma, Jane Frigo, Katrina and Shawn Dash, and newcomers Barbara and Jamie Waring. The group identified 58 species. Sunrise services filled the Arboretum early in the morning, but cleared out by the time the group made it to that area. Winter resident ducks appeared to have departed but a female Wood Duck was seen along with a lone American Coot. First of season species (FOS) included Green Heron, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Northern Parula and Yellow-throated Warbler. The group took the White Oak Trail and circled around to the Swamp Bridge. For the next few walks the group will follow this path in hopes of seeing more of the woodland migrating warblers. Kinglets appeared to have departed. Another miss was a Great Blue Heron! Yellow-rumped Warblers were still present, in breeding plumage and singing. Leaves are popping, making sightings more difficult so everyone should brush up on the bird songs. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Mallard
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Killdeer
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Royal Tern
Mourning Dove
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
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

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
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
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch


A special thank you to Stuart Sweetman for leading the walk on April 2, 2017. Nineteen people participated. They were Stuart Sweetman, Dianne Snyder, Mark Nichols, Mike Lowry, Lieve Keeney, Susan Hood, Tom Charlock, Anthony Nixon, Sandy de Carlo, Virginia and George Boyles, John and Marilyn Adair, Mary and Greg Harrington, Ellis and Wendy Maxey, and Kay and Ray Braguglia. The weather was clear and seasonable. 60 species were identified with several winter residents still around like Gadwall, American Wigeon, Winter Wren, and both Kinglets. Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers appear to have left. The outstanding sighting of the morning was a Wild Turkey! It was spotted near the paddle boats, flew across the reservoir and walked the edge of the bank long enough for John to get it in the scope. As has been said so many times before, each walk has something special to offer. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Wild Turkey
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Royal Tern

Mourning Dove
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
N. Rough-winged Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird

Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Common Yellowthroat
Palm Warbler
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
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch


Mother Nature scored a victory on March 19, 2017, defeating the Newport News Park walk participants after just one hour. Because of the return to daylight savings time the walk actually started before sunrise. That wouldn't have been so bad if it were not coupled with wind and rain. Although the actual temperature registered above freezing, wind off the water and persistent drizzle made for miserable conditions. The group, Tom Charlock, Marc Nichols, Anthony Nixon, John Adair and Jane Frigo, did enjoy some good sightings. The morning started off with a pair of Wood Ducks. Winter residents included Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Brown Creeper, Ring-necked Duck and Gadwall. The group identified 22 species.

Note: March Nichols continued the walk alone and relayed the species he identified. This is his list.

Fish Crow
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow

The list of species tallied by the entire group follows.

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Gadwall
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Double-crested Cormorant
Osprey
Bald Eagle

Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee

White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Americana Robin
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal


The weather just can't make up its mind! Last week the area broke a heat record, this Sunday, March 5, 2017, it was more like the polar express! Skies were brilliant and clear, but the temperature hovered around freezing and winds made it seem even colder. Still, 11 hardy souls turned out to identify 57 species for the morning. Those braving the chilly temperatures were Stuart Sweetman, Dianne Snyder, Tom Charlock, Cindy Schulz, Anthony Nixon, Mike Lowry, Jaci St. Pierre, Genevieve Okuma, Jane Frigo and Gwen and Walter Harris. Ducks were pretty scarce with Gadwall still most numerous. At the very end of the morning a beautiful male Green-winged Teal provided some great photo opportunities. Woodpeckers again made a good showing including some good observations of Pileated Woodpeckers and Northern Flicker. Brown Creepers seemed numerous and the group wondered if they were gathering to begin migration. One of the most cooperative birds was a Pine Warbler working in the sun at ground level. His brilliant yellow plumage was a sight to see! A very distant glimpse was had of migrating Tundra Swans. FOS Tree Swallows were seen and a brief glimpse of a returning Osprey was made by Stuart Sweetman. The group agreed to note a possible sighting of a Northern Harrier flyover. Also an otter was fishing in the Spawning Pond and was seen enjoying his breakfast fish catch. All in all a great morning of observation and discussion. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Tundra Swan
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Green-winged Teal
Hooded Merganser
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove

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
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
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
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch


February 19, 2017 was more like Spring than Winter. Temperatures reached into the mid 70's by noon and skies were clear and calm. What a perfect day to spend outside! Those enjoying the morning included George and Virginia Boyles, Wendy and Ellis Maxey, John and Marilyn Adair, Jim Barnett, Stuart Sweetman, Tom Charlock, Cindy Schulz, Mike Lowry, Jacque vanMontfrans, Elizabeth Wilkins, Genevieve Okuma, Sandy DiCarlo and Jane Frigo. In spite of the beautiful weather, the birds/ducks seemed scarce. Woodpeckers seemed the most abundant. A Brown Thrasher was singing his 2-note spring song. Brown-headed Nuthatches were also very vocal. A single American Coot was a nice surprise. Several large groups of blackbirds passed overhead. It wasn't until the very end of the walk that Belted Kingfisher, Brown Creeper and Swamp Sparrow were found. Surprisingly, no Great Blue Heron was spotted. A complete list of 55 species follows.

Canada Goose
Gadwall
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Hooded Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
American Coot
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
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
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
House Finch
American Goldfinch


The weather was cold but relatively clear and winds were light on February 5, 2017. Dianne Snyder, Cindy Schulz, Lieve Keeney, Mike Lowry, Genevieve Okuma, Stuart Sweetman, Tom Charlock, Marc Nichols, Anthony Nixon, Jane Frigo and Wendy and Ellis Maxey spent the morning searching for birds. The group was able to identify 52 species. The morning began with Gadwall, American Wigeon and Ring-necked Duck. Later in the morning a pair of Northern Shoveler flew in to join a group of seldom seen Green-winged Teal. Hermit Thrush were spotted in several areas and a lone Fox Sparrow made an appearance in the Ranger Station parking lot. Woodpeckers were well represented with the exception of Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. A large flock of Red-winged Blackbirds were spotted. Several Brown Creepers were seen. The morning ended with a Belted Kingfisher and a Winter Wren! A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Gadwall
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Hooded Merganser
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove

Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish 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
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
American Goldfinch


The morning of January 17, 2017 remained overcast until after noon. The temperature remained in the 40's but the air was damp and bone chilling. Those participating in at least some of the morning included Tom Charlock, Cindy Shultz, Stuart Sweetman, Mike Lowry, John Adair, Jane Frigo and first timers Jennifer and Andrew McPeters. The hard work paid off with a species total of 56! Outstanding sightings included a VERY cooperative Fox Sparrow at the Ranger Station bridge, feuding Red-headed and Red-bellied Woodpeckers at the Spawning Pond, unencumbered views of both Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets gleaning the mud flats. The Bufflehead pair was still in the same spot. Other ducks included Gadwall, American Wigeon, American Black, Ring-necked, and Hooded Merganser. A Great Blue Heron was not seen until late in the morning...he was missed on the last walk. Multiple adult and immature Bald Eagles were seen. It was a great day. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Gadwall
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
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
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird

Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch


Happy New Year! 2017 began on January 1 with a park walk. The weather was a wet but gradually cleared. Participants were Tom Charlock, Phyllis Roth, Cathy Bond, Shannon Reeves, Kari Sommers, Jane Frigo, Marilyn and John Adair, Wendy and Ellis Maxey, George and Virginia Boyles and first timers Cindy Schulz, Genevieve Okurna and Sapta Y. The group identified 44 species. Woodpeckers were very active with all 7 species seen. The Red-breasted Nuthatch was again spotted. Several Bald Eagles were seen with one adult pair vocalizing and circling over the reservoir in what was thought to be courting behavior. A lone American Coot was spotted early in the walk. The very end of the walk produced a surprise sighting of a pair of Bufflehead in the Spawning Pond! One miss was Great Blue Heron. A special thank you to the Adairs for a donation of trail mix and hand warmers! A complete species list follows.

Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Double-crested Cormorant
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren

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


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