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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).


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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