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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).

2010 Walks


Winter seems to have begun early! December 19, 2010 dawned with temperatures below freezing and most water surfaces iced over. Snow blanketed the park and birds were difficult to find. Mike Lowry, Richard Hudgins, John and Marilyn Adair and Jane Frigo struggled to count 31 species. By far the best observations were made at the first stop in the Ranger Station parking lot in the pines and shrubbery bordering the frozen reservoir and included White and Brown-headed Nuthatches, a Brown Creeper, Carolina Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Carolina Chickadee, Song and Savannah Sparrow and American Goldfinch. A Red-tailed Hawk gave a great show when it flew directly over the group at one point. The only ducks spotted were a small group of Gadwall in the far end of the Spawning Pond and a couple of those were seen walking on the ice. A complete species list follows, meager as it is.

Gadwall
Great Blue Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Ring-billed Gull
Downy Woodpecker

Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird


American Robin
Brown Thrasher
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch


December 5, 2010 was COLD and WINDY!!!!! A light dusting of snow from the previous night left the park looking like a winter wonderland. Although beginning temperatures were in the low 30's and rose to the low 40's the wind made the morning frigid. Only the hardy could survive and no one wanted to make the walk to the Swamp Bridge. Richard Hudgins, Virginia and George Boyles, Tom Charlock, Nick Flanders, Stuart Sweetman, Eileen O'Toole and Jane Frigo did brave the elements and were able to identify 45 species. Ducks were still in small numbers with a group of 14 Gadwall the largest. A pair of female Pileated Woodpeckers gave a long display which was appreciated. Kinglets were also very active. For a second walk, Mourning Doves were absent! Also, Red-headed Woodpeckers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Pine Warblers and Hermit Thrush were not found. A suprise Osprey was seen. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Gadwall
American Black Duck
Mallard
Hooded Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Killdeer
Ring-billed Gull

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet


Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch


Sunday, November 21, 2010 began with clear skies and temperatures around 50.  Winds were mostly calm.  In spite of the near perfect conditions, birds were difficult to find in the early hours but became noticiably more active later in the morning.  John and Marilyn Adair, Nick Flanders, Stuart Sweetman, Mike Lowry, Richard Hudgins, Eileen O'Toole and Jane Frigo were able to count a total of 56 species for the morning. A few Gadwall and Pied-billed Grebe, several Mallards, a pair of Black Ducks and a pair of Hooded Mergansers were spotted.  Later in the morning a flock of Tundra Swans could be heard flying over but did not land.  Good views were seen of Ruby and Golden-crowned Kinglets, Brown Creepers a male Eastern Towhee. There was also a Hermit Thrush that sat for several minutes without moving!   Surprisingly, not one Mourning Dove was seen.  A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Tundra Swan
Gadwall
American Black Duck
Mallard
Hooded Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Back Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Accipter species
Killdeer
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Belted Kingfisher

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
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
European Starling
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
House Finch
American Goldfinch


November 7, 2010 began the first day of the return to regular time.  Skies were clear but breezy and the temperature was a brisk 43 degrees.  Surprisingly only a small group of birders turned out.  They included newcomer Stephanie Schmuck and regulars Marilyn and John Adair, Stuart Sweetman, Tom Charlock and Jane Frigo.  The most memorable moment of the day came just moments after beginning the morning walk. An adult Bald Eagle swooped toward the path by the reservoir carrying a HUGE fish.  As it flew to a perch just feet in front of the group it lost its grip on the heavy load and circled to a perch by the first bridge.  John Adair was able photograph the lost catch before moving on to let the Bald Eagle reclaim his breakfast.  The rest of the morning was productive with 51 species identified.  A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
American Black Duck
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Killdeer
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull

Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin


Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Chipping 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
House Sparrow


The October 17, 2010 bird walk began before dawn.  Seven cars were waiting for the gate to be opened at 7 AM!  The day was perfect--cool and calm.  Phil Bogart, Stuart Sweetman, Bill Ferris, George and Virginia Boyles, John and Marilyn Adair, Richard and Barbara Hudgins, Elisa and Mary Enders, Nick Flanders, Marc Nichols and Jane Frigo had such a pleasant walk that seven stayed until 1:30 PM and a total of 71 species was identified.  The most exciting spotting was of a White-crowned Sparrow at the Arboretum.  The juvenile was foraging with White-throated sparrows near the road.  It was also a good morning for woodpeckers with 7 species spotted. Many winter residents were present.  A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck 
American Black Duck
Mallard
Ruddy Duck
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-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Caspian Tern
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove

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


Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
American Pipit
Northern Parula
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
American Redstart
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
House Finch
American Goldfinch


Newport News Park hosted the Fall Festival of Folklore this weekend. The weather Saturday was spectacular, but Sunday, October 3, 2010 dawned with overcast skies, light mist and occasional showers. Inspite of weather Marc Nichols, Bill Ferris, Virginia and George Boyles, Richard Hudgins, Marilyn and John Adair, Jim Harrison and Jane Frigo met at the campgrounds to see what had flown in. The less varied habitat resulted in fewer species, but considering the weather the morning was productive. Osprey, Bald Eagle and Kingfisher were seen at the boat landing. Common Yellowthroat, Brown Thrasher, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Eastern Bluebirds and the Red-breasted Nuthatch were seen by the Archery Range. When walking the power lines, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Wood-Pewee and Palm Warbler were spotted. A possible Vesper Sparrow was spotted--but not confirmed. Most participants ended their walk around 10 AM, but Marc and Jim continued their walk, completing the five mile trail and coming out by the Swamp Bridge around noon. With the combined sightings 47 species were identified. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Royal Tern
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-belled Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird


Brown Thrasher
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Common Yellowthroat
Field Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch


Migration was in full swing and many avid bird watchers turned out for the beautiful morning of September 19, 2010.  Skies were clear and temperatures began in the mid 60's but rose to the mid 80's by noon when the last of the group finally called it quits.  Stuart Sweetman, Marc Nichols, Eileen O'Toole, Phyllis Roth, Clark White, Richard Hudgins, Bill Ferris, Betsy Garrett, Virginia and George Boyles, Marilyn and John Adair, Lee and Meredith Bell and Jane Frigo all had input over the course of the morning.  Warblers of note included Magnolia, Black-throated Green, Yellow-throated, Northern Parula and American Redstart.  Red-breasted Nuthatches were spotted along with two Pied-billed Grebes.  By far the most exciting of the 69 species was a Least Bittern heard by the Swamp Bridge.  A complete species list follows. 

NOTE! Because of the Fall Festival at Newport News Park, the OCTOBER 3 park walk will meet at the Campground parking lot.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Mallard
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Least Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Barred Owl
Chimney Swift
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Great Crested Flycatcher
White-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird

American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Common Yellowthroat
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Chipping Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
House Finch
American Goldfinch


What a perfect morning!!!  September 5, 2010 began at a refreshing 65 degrees and warmed to 85.  Hurricane Earl brushed the Outer Banks earlier in the week but spared the Peninsula and left the weekend cooler and less humid.  A large group of bird watchers showed up to experience the beautiful day.  Newcomers Elvie Hoag and Rosetta Billips joined old timers Nick Flanders, Elisa Enders, Richard Hudgins, Mike Lowry, Marc Nichols, Betsy Garrett, Eileen O'Toole, Goeff Giles, George and Virginia Boyles, Marilyn and John Adair, Stuart and Dick Sweetman and Jane Frigo.   From 7 AM until 1:30 PM the group totaled 69 species.  Thanks to the keen skills of some the group, several migrants were spotted including a Cape May Warbler, a Blackburnian Warbler and a Blackpoll Warbler.  Other interesting sightings included Spotted and Semipalmated Sandpipers and a very cooperative Yellow-crowned Night Heron.  One non-bird sighting was a very LARGE crayfish that quickly backed down his hole.  A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Mallard
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Forster's Tern
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern  Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Great Crested Flycatcher
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
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Northern Parula
Cape May Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Pine Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Prothonotary Warbler
Ovenbird
Common Yellowthroat
Summer Tanager
Chipping Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch


Sunday, August 15. 2010, began in the 70's with calm conditions and high humidity.  Mike Lowry, Marc Nichols, Meredith and Lee Bell, Marilyn and John Adair, Bill Ferris, Tom Charlock, Richard and Barbara Hudgins, Geoff Giles and Jane Frigo began the morning searching the reservoir.  Terns were seen--Common and Forster's.  Canada Geese were nowhere to be found!  White-breasted and Brown-headed Nuthatches were very vocal. The highlight of the morning was a long look at a Barred Owl near the path just past the second platform on the trail to the Swamp Bridge.  The Great Horned Owl was spotted by Marc but the rest of the group had to be satisfied with seeing only several owl pellets.  63 species were identified.  A complete species list follows.

Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Laughing Gull
Common Tern
Forster's Tern
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
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
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow-throated Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Purple Martin
Tree 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
European Starling
Pine Warbler
American Redstart
Prothonotary Warbler
Summer Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Blue Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Orchard Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch


At last a break from the heat!! August 1, 2010 began with calm winds, overcast skies and temperatures in THE LOW 70's. What a refreshing break from the 105 temperatures of the last week. Also, a welcome storm on Thursday provided much needed rain to the area.  George and Virginia Boyles, Marilyn and John Adair, Richard Hudgins, Jim Harrison, Nick Flanders, Stuart and Dick Sweetman, Mike Lowry, Bill Ferris, Susie Engle, Marc Nichols and Jane Frigo were eager to enjoy the morning and the birds. The morning started off with a bang when a Red-headed Woodpecker was seen near the parking lot. Osprey were in abundance as were Great Crested Flycatchers, Tufted Titmice and Hairy Woodpeckers. Purple Martins lined the power lines. Misses for the morning included Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, Brown-headed Nuthatch and House Wren. An interesting find was a huge (over 6 inch) crayfish. A total of 54 species were identified. 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-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Laughing Gull
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
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

Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Pine Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
House Finch
American Goldfinch


July 18, 2010 was another clear, calm and very warm morning.  This summer has been one of the hottest on record, but the heat couldn't keep the birders inside.  George and Virginia Boyles, Marilyn and John Adair, Bill Ferris, Richard Hudgins, Tom Charlock, Stuart Sweetman, Elisa and Mary Enders, Jane Frigo and Marc Nichols checked off 58 species.  The group searched for the Great Horned Owl at the Arboretum with no luck.  Marc Nichols arrived a little late, just as the group was leaving that area, and he was able to flush out a pair of owls on the ground with prey!  So much of birding is timing.  Osprey were in abundance with what had to have been juveniles practicing their aerial skills.  Also four Belted Kingfishers were seen chasing one another.  An excellent view of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo was had just over the Swamp Bridge. A Red-eyed Vireo put on a lengthy show and a beautiful male Scarlet Tanager made an appearance at the same spot he was seen at last walk.  A rare Warbling Vireo was heard near the Swamp Bridge.  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
Laughing Gull
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
Warbling Vireo
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
House Wren

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Pine Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Chippingsparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Orchard Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch


July 4, 2010 was clear and warm!  The extreme heat wave was predicted to return so bird watchers were taking advantage of the cooler morning hours.  Nick Flanders, Eileen O'Toole, Margaret Ware, Elisa Enders, Virginia and George Boyles, Richard Hudgins, Mike Lowry and Jane Frigo began the morning with optimism.  Later they were joined by Brian Barmore and Sharon Burton.  Together the group was able to identify 56 species for the morning.  Being the nation's birthday, several Bald Eagles were hoped for.  Both adult and immature were seen.  Eastern Wood-Pewee's were seen and an active nest located.  Mike Lowry got a great picture of the nestlings being fed!  No luck finding the owls again this walk, but GREAT views were had of a Scarlet Tanager and a Yellow-throated Vireo.  A Red-eyed Vireo was seen singing.  Great Crested Flycatchers must have fledged for they were seen in abundance having fun playing tag. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Laughing Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker

Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow-throated Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Purple Martin
Tree 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
European Starling
Pine Warbler
Prothonothary Warbler
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch


Father's Day, June 20, 2010, was warm, clear and calm.  A group of eleven birders chose to spend the morning outdoors in search of feathered beauties.  Robin and Bill Samper, Bill Ferris, Marilyn and John Adair, George and Virginia Boiles, Marc Nichols, Elisa Enders, Nick Flanders and Jane Frigo were especially interested in catching a glimpse of the Barred and Great Horned Owls seen on the last park walk.  Although they tried they were unsuccessful this morning.  Inspite of that they were able to see some great beauties including both Scarlet and Summer Tanagers, Red-headed Woodpeckers, Prothonotary Warblers, Yellow-billed Cuckoo and a host of other species, 66 altogether!  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
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker

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

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


June 6, 2010 began with cool temperatures and clear skies but warmed up considerable over the morning.  John and Marilyn Adair and Bill Ferris made an early walk to the Swamp Bridge to get views of the Barred Owl missed on the last walk.  Eileen O'Toole, Stuart Sweetman, Nick Flanders, Marc Nichols and George and Virginia Boiles joined them later and were able to complete visiting the usual stops and finding a total of 60 species for the morning.  A walk through the Arboretum provided a good look at the Great Horned Owl and young owlet.  A complete species list follows.

Canada Gose
Wood Duck
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Rock Pigeon
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Great Horned Owl
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow-throated Vireo
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
House wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird

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


A good thunderstorm passed through the area early in the morning of May 16, 2010.  Newport News Park was wet, but at the time of the regular park walk the showers had stopped.  Mike Lowry, Richard Hudgins, Cathy Bond and Jane Frigo were the only birders showing up to search for spring migrants.  They were able to identify 55 species for the mourning.  The Barred Owl was seen again just past the Swamp Bridge.  Later in the mourning he was heard vocalizing.  Eastern Kingbirds were seen and a nest identified near the Spawning Pond.  A FOS Louisana Waterthrush gave a long show at the Ranger Station Bridge.  FOS Wood Thrush were heard.  Sadly, the Blue-gray Gnatcather  nest observed the previous walk had been destroyed.  A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Mallard
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Laughing Gull
Mourning Dove
Barred Owl
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker 

Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Piliated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow-throated Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Carolina  Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Carolina Wren 

House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Blackpoll Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Summer Tanager
Chipping Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Blue Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch


May 2, 2010 began with overcast skies but warm temperatures and rather brisk winds.  The sun finally broke out near the end of the morning, but winds remained strong.  Eileen O'Toole, Tom Charlock, Jim Harrison, Cathy Bond, Marilyn and John Adair, Lindsay, Ian and Mike Lowry, Seth Wilmore, Diane Mrava, Nicolas and Grace Ferree, and Jane Frigo mixed up the morning by walking to the Swamp Bridge after the first stop at the Ranger Station.  Although missing some regular birds such as the Northern Mockingbird and Brown Thrasher, the change allowed great views of a Barred Owl, Yellow-throated Vireo, Common Yellowthroat and Prothonotory Warblers.  Fifty-four species were identified for the morning.  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
Laughing Gull
Barred Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow-throated Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
N. Rough-winged Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Northern Parula
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black--and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Prothonotary Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch


For our walk on Sunday, April 18, 2010, we had a great turn-out of people and birds – a total of 68 species! The 16 participants were: Meredith and Lee Bell, Stuart Sweetman, John and Marilyn Adair, Libby Carmines, Mike Lowry, Nick Flanders, Louis Johnson,  Vivian Moore, Elisa Enders, Marc Nichols, Joe Kohen, Margaret Ware, Julie Breeden and Jane Frigo. Highlights included:
- First-of-season Red-Eyed Vireo and Green Heron at the park
- a wonderful spotting of a Barred Owl by Marc Nichols near the Swamp Bridge, seen by all
- fabulous looks at the remarkable nest of a Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher through Mike Lowry's scope
- excellent view of a singing Black-throated Green Warbler late morning
- 3 Bald Eagles (1 adult, 2 immature) in the air at the same time, with a crow chasing the adult vigorously
- 3 species of Swallow, plus Purple Martin & Chimney Swift - all flying over reservoir

Complete list of species is listed below. Many thanks to Mike Lowry for sharing these great photos for us on our website!

Prothonotary Warbler


Barred Owl

Canada Goose 
Mute Swan  
Wood Duck  
Mallard  
Pied-billed Grebe  
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron  
Great Egret   
Green Heron   
Turkey Vulture   
Osprey    
Bald Eagle  
Accipiter sp.  
Red-tailed Hawk  
Laughing Gull   
Ring-billed Gull    
Royal Tern    
Mourning Dove    
Barred Owl    
Chimney Swift    
Belted Kingfisher    
Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker    
Downy Woodpecker    
Hairy Woodpecker    
Northern Flicker    
Pileated Woodpecker    
Eastern Phoebe    
White-eyed Vireo    
Red-eyed Vireo    
Blue Jay    
American Crow    
Fish Crow    
Purple Martin    
Tree Swallow    
Northern Rough-winged Swallow   
Barn Swallow    
Carolina Chickadee    
Tufted Titmouse    
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Carolina Wren 
House Wren 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 
Eastern Bluebird

Hermit Thrush   
American Robin    
Northern Mockingbird    
Brown Thrasher   
European Starling   
Northern Parula   
Yellow-rumped Warbler   
Black-throated Green Warbler   
Pine Warbler   
Prairie Warbler   
Palm Warbler   
Prothonotary Warbler    
Ovenbird   
Common Yellowthroat   
Eastern Towhee    
Chipping Sparrow    
Swamp Sparrow    
White-throated Sparrow    
Northern Cardinal   
Red-winged Blackbird    
Common Grackle    
Brown-headed Cowbird    
House Finch    
American Goldfinch    


April 4, 2010, Easter Sunday, was another perfect day.  Spring temperatures were in the 60's rising into the 70's, the winds were calm and the skies clear.  Newcomers Molly Edmonds, Joe Kohen and Joann Roos joined regulars Marilyn and John Adair, Tom Charlock, Stuart Sweetman, Libby Carmines, Julie Breeden, Elisa Enders and Jane Frigo to find 47 species, one HUGE snapping turtle and a muskrat.  FOS Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were welcome spring arrivals.  Ring-billed Gulls were absent.  There was a flyover of Laughing Gulls sporting their summer black hoods.  No new warblers were seen, but hopefully will arrive by the next walk.  A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mallard
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Laughing Gull
Royal Tern
Mourning Dove
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin

Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch 


March 21, 2010 was another perfect birdwatching morning.  The time change made it a bit darker at the start time but the weather was clear, cool and calm.  Marilyn and John Adair, Bill Ferris, Eileen O'Toole, Tom Charlock, Stuart Sweetman, Marc Nichols, Mike Lowry, Phyllis Roth and Jane Frigo tallied 55 birds for the morning.  The cherry blossoms were in full bloom and their colors spectacular.  "Love" was in the air as a pair of Hairy Woodpeckers shared their affections.  Male Pine Warblers were singing as were the Northern Cardinals and Tufted Titmice.  A Winter Wren and a Brown Creeper were still at the park.  A Hermit Thrush gave a lengthy vocalization that was a treat.  A pair of Black Snakes were seen nestled in a hollowed tree.  Sadly the ducks seemed to have moved out.  A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Mallard
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher

Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
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 Thrrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch


March 7, 2010 was another beautiful day.  The sky was clear, temperatures in the 40-50's and winds calm.  The birds were active and quite vocal.  Although no Tundra Swans were observed in the reservoir, a magnificant flight of 40-50 were seen flying overhead.  Several Winter Wrens were spotted.  One was particularly busy gleaning bugs from the logs.  He gave quite a lenghty showing.  Participants speculated that he was getting ready to make a journey north.  A male Pine Warbler was brilliant in the morning sun.  Although the Great Horned Owl could not be found, several pellets were spotted under a cedar tree.  In all, 51 species were identified by Bryan Barmore, Sharon Burton, Maggie Silverman, Marc Nichols, Steven David, Joe Hudick, Margaret Ware, Dick and Stuart Sweetman, Tom Charlock, Richard Hudgins, Phil Bogart, Eileen O'Toole and Jane Frigo.  A species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Tundra Swan
Gadwall
Mallard
Hooded Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher

Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
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
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird 


At last a good weather day for bird watching.  Sunday, February 21, 2010 was perfect.  Temperatures were in the 50's, winds were calm and the sun was shining.  We had six newcomers--Laura and Brent Slaughter, Cathy and Bobby Thacker, Samantha Denny and Joe Hudick and 13 old timers--Geoff Giles, Eileen O'Toole, Nick Flanders, Margaret Ware, Stuart Sweetman, Elisa Enders, Marc Nichols, Mike Lowry, Richard Hudgins, Tom Charlock, Hong Trinh, Theu Le and Jane Frigo.  It was a large group, but many eyes and ears equal many birds.  The group was able to count 59 species for the morning--which included a walk to the Swamp Bridge.  Tufted Titmice and Red-headed Woodpecker's gave great shows.  A pair of Mute Swams were obeserved in what was decided to be "nest building activity." Misses for the day included a much sought after Fox Sparrow, Great Egret, Tundra Swan and Great Horned Owl.  Hopefully March will bring in some early warblers.  A complete species list follows.

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

Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-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
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird

Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
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


Fear of black ice on the roads caused the cancellation of the February 7, 2010, park walk.  Thanks goes out to Mike Lowry for braving the weather and walking into the park to make a species list for the morning, inspite of the weather.  Mike was able to list 30 species.  Ring-necked ducks and a single Bufflehead were special sightings.  Also, five Field Sparrows were seen at the field by the Discovery Center.  Bird's of prey were also out, including Bald Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk and Red-tailed Hawk..  A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Tundra Swan
Gadwall
American Black Duck
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Double-crested Cormorant
Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Ring-billed Gull
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tufted Titmouse

Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Brown Thrasher
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle

NOTE! The list below is an addition to the "canceled" park walk list above.  Nick Flanders, Elisa Enders and Stuart Sweetman made it up to the park around noon.  They were able to make a hike through the park and out to the swamp bridge.  Their additions to the morning's list are impressive.  The following species were added to the morning's sightings making a total of 52 species for the day. 

Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Carolina Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
American Goldfinch


January 15, 2010 was warmer than the last walk, 45 degrees, but spoiled by rain.  In spite of the wet day, Tom Charlock, Stuart Sweetman, John Adair, Nick Flanders, Mike Lowry and Jane Frigo managed to get in two hours of birding before being defeated by the weather.  The lake was still iced over with only a few spots of free water.  Birds and ducks were few in number but the group was able to identify 29 species.  A complete list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Tundra Swan
Gadwall
American Black Duck
Mallard
Hooded Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron

Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch

Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird


Happy New Year!  The first walk of the new year, January 3, 2010 was a frigid one.  Temperatures were in the low 20's and the wind was blowing hard.  Jane Frigo was unable to lead the morning's walk because of participating in the Mathews Christmas Bird Cound.  Thanks to all those that did show up and brave the weather, especially Stuart Sweetman who relayed the species list for the morning.  27 species were identified which was a remarkable accomplishment considering the weather.  

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Tundra Swan
Mallard
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Double-crested Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk

Ring-billed Gull
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch

Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird