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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 December 15, 2013 Newport News Park Walk took place on the second day of the 2013 Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Many regular participants helped out with the Williamsburg CBC, but Mike Lowry, Tom Charlock, Stuart Sweetman, Marc Nichols, Jane Frigo and newcomer Fred Kohlman were able to carry on as usual. Skies were overcast but slowly cleared. Temperatures began in the forties and warmed slightly with the increasing sunshine. Great Blue Heron and Great Egret were almost missed! Finally one of each was spotted in the Spawning Pond. The Great Horned Owl was seen--always a pleasure. A total of 52 species were identified. 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
Doublw-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Ring-billed Gull
Mouning Dove

Great Horned Owl
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
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thasher
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch


The December 1, 2013 Newport News Park Walk began with temperatures near freezing but skies clear and calm. Tom Charlock, Dave Youker, Sandy Robertson, Jason Strickland, Adam Bolinger, Geoff Giles, Richard Hudgins, Joseph Casey, Jane Frigo, Ned and Becky Rose, Marilyn and John Adair, and newcomers Patty Davis, David Epstein and Hannah Logan participated in the morning walk.. Ducks were not as abundant as previously but seven species were still identified. Brown-headed Nuthatches were heard but continued to be impossible to see. All woodpecker species with the exception of the recently elusive Red-headed were spotted. The resident beaver was still active at the first bridge. 53 species were identified.

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

Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
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
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch


The park was covered in a blanket of fog when the November 17, 2013 walk began. Temperatures were mild and winds were calm. The rising sun gradually burned off the fog and gave the morning's participants another memorable experience. Sandy Robertson, Tom Charlock, Mike Lowry, Jason Strickland, Stuart Sweetman, Dave Singletary, Michelle Slosser, Jane Frigo, Walter and Gwen Harris, and Ned and Becky Rose identified 58 species for the morning. Highlights included a lengthy show by an 8 point buck swimming after an immature male and then a doe. None in the birding group had witnessed such a spectacle before. At the same time but right on the shoreline, an adult Bald Eagle was enjoying his breakfast while his mate watched from a perch nearby. The eagles vocalized constantly which was wonderful to hear. Later in the morning, another adult perched right above the White Oak Trail Bridge giving many a close-up view. The group also was able to spot the Great Horned Owl in the Arboretum. There was a clueless squirrel scurrying about the branches being watched by the owl. When the squirrel finally noticed the owl, he made a speedy retreat. The last special sighting was of a female Pileated Woodpecker working a dead tree at the intersection of Swamp Point and the Swamp Bridge Trail. Winter Wrens were abundant! The Red-headed Woodpecker was missed and the group wondered where they might have relocated. One note, Michelle Slosser mentioned that Waterrworks is lowering the level of the reservoir by about two feet. It will be interesting to see the impact. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Black Duck
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Accipiter species
Red-tailed Hawk
Laughing Gull

Ring-billed Gull
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
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
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch


Fall was in full swing November 3, 2013 at Newport New Park. Those participating in the morning walk included Daina Henry, Barbara Collum, Sandy Robertson, Ken Sheide, Susan Crockett, Phyllis Roth, Joyce Lowry, Bettye Fields, Betsy Garrett, Richard Hudgins, Angie Herring, Rock Moeslein, Dave Singletary, Jane Frigo, Kerri and Mike Barger, Ned and Becky Rose and George and Virginia Boyles. Conditions were clear and calm early but winds picked up making it feel quite chilly and blowing leaves were distracting. There is something unique to each walk and this morning it was a beaver sighting at the first bridge. The group had a wonderful view of a busy beaver gathering reeds and plant matter then carrying his bundle right under the bridge and over to the lodge in the cove. He seemed unaware of us until he reached the bridge and made a brief dive underwater. Shortly after that a Downy Woodpecker was spotted in the same area cleaning out a nesting hole for winter roosting. A Lesser Scaup was spotted early. More ducks were spotted above the Spawning Pond including Gadwall, American Wigeon, Black Duck and Mallard. Red-headed Woodpeckers have been absent at the usual spot, but Ken Sheide spotted a lone bird flying to the other side of the White Oak Trail. A total of 49 species were identified.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Gadwall
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Lesser Scaup
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch


October 20, 2013 was another great birding day at Newport News Park. Angela Herring, Judy Jones, Sandy Robertson, Joyce Lowry, Richard Hudgins, Sandy DiCarlo, Mike Lowry, Michelle Shinn, Marc Nichols, Lindsay Dudas, Jane Frigo, John and Marilyn Adair, Ned and Becky Rose, Gwen and Walter Harris, Virginia and George Boyles, Charm and Pete Peterman and newcomers Sherry Rollins and Lee and Yukari Hughes enjoyed the morning and identified a total of 55 species. New duck arrivals included American Wigeon, Ruddy Duck and Gadwall. Marc Nichols spotted a Blue-headed Vireo at the Arboretum that was quite a treat for the group. Both male and female Common Yellowthroat also gave a nice view. Yellow-rumped Warbler's had arrived in abundance and a couple Winter Wrens were seen. Misses included owls and Red-headed Woodpeckers. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove

Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Winger Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush

American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
House Finch


The Fall Festival took place, as usual, the first weekend in October so the regular park walk met at the campgrounds across the reservoir on October 6, 2013.  The weather was perfect!  The morning was clear, calm and comfortable.  Sixteen people participated in the walk and included newcomer Barbara Collum, and returning birders Sandy Robertson, Geoff Giles, Tom Charlock, Bill Ferris, Angie Herring, Mike Lowry, Stuart Sweetman, Pete Peterman, Richard Hudgins, Brenda Gervais, Jane Frigo, Ned and Becky Rose and John and Marilyn Adair.  The morning got off the a great start with a beautiful Bald Eagle flyover. The area behind the archery range was very busy as beautyberry bushes provided an abundance of beautiful and tasty fruit.  Warblers included Black-and-white, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Parula, American Redstart, Magnolia and Pine. First of season species included Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and  Ruby-crowned Kinglet.  A total of 46 species were identified.  A comlete species list follows.

Mute Swan
Mallard
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Charolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin

Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Black-and White Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Pine Warbler
Field Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch


What a beautiful day for a bird walk in the park!. September 15, 2013 at Newport News Park was simply perfect--cool, clear and calm. Newcomers Sandy Robertson and Judy Jones joined Dave Youker, Bill Ferris, Tom Charlock, Stuart Sweetman, Marc Nichols, Eileen O'Toole, Bryan Barmore, Jane Frigo, Lynn and Bill Chandler, Pete and Charm Peterman and Mike and Lindsey Lowry and were able to identify 56 species for the morning. Yellow and Yellow-throated Warblers were spotted along with American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, Black-and-white Warbler, Northern Parula and Pine Warbler. All six woodpeckers were seen. No Ruby-throated Hummingbirds were spotted at the Arboretum but the lantana was still in full bloom. Owls were also a miss for the morning. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Mallard
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Laughing Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chinmey Swift
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Adacian Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
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
Cedar Waxwing
Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Summer Tanager
NOrthern Cardinal
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch


September 1, 2013 was another hot and humid day. Eileen O'Toole, Sandy DiCarlo, Joyce Lowry, John Steinbach, Judy Remsberg, Rock Moelsein, Jane Frigo, Suzie Dubois, Marc Nichols, Charm and Pete Peterman, Barbara and Richard Hudgins, Lynn and Bill Chandler, Cathy and Terry Bond, John and Marilyn Adair and Virginia and George Boyles participated in the morning park walk. The group identified 45 bird species, 2 cotton mouth snakes, a pair of HUGE snapping turtles and a box turtle. The early morning was particularly active with Black-and-white warblers and a Summer Tanager starting the day off. Three Bald Eagles were seen--two adult and one juvenile. Red-headed Woodpeckers were active across from the first bridge. A Ruby-throated Hummingbird was having a feast on the Lantana by the shelters in the Arboretum. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Green Heron
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl

Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-belllied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Yellow-throated Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
House Finch
American Goldfinch


Sunday morning, August 18, 2013, was calm but wet. Inspite of the rain, Mike Lowry, Richard Hudgins, Marc Nichols and Jane Frigo spent several hours searching for fall migrants. They were not too successful, identifing only 30 species. They did see a buck and doe with FOUR fawns! A complete species list follows.

Mute Swan
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Laughing Gull
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch

Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
American Redstart
Pine Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch


August 4, 2013 was warm and calm. Temperatures began in the mid 70's and rose to the mid 80's. Winds were calm and overcast skies eventually cleared. Recent rains left the water levels very high! John and Marilyn Adair, George and Virginia Boyles, Lynn and Bill Chandler, Richard Hudgins, Bill Ferris, Angela Herring, John Steinbach, Cathy Bond, Marc Nichols, Michelle Shinn, Tom Charlock, Mike Lowry, Jane Frigo, Felicity Rask Ericson and Karel Peterse participated. Karel was visiting from Holland! The group did well identifiying 51 species. They also spotted a Ribbon Snake, Muskrat and Painted Turtle! The morning was enjoyable but typical of a quiet August day. Sadly, no owls could be found. Prothonotary Warblers were not spotted, either, but they should still be in the area. Everyone was looking forward to fall migration which should begin in a few weeks. A species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Laughing Gull
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
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
Eastern Kingbird
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthaatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch

Carolina Wren
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Pine Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
House Finch
American Goldfinch


There has been NO change in this summer's weather-- hot and humid. Tom Charlock, Geoff Giles, John Steinbach, Marc Nichols, Eileen O'Toole, Jane Frigo, George and Virginia Boyles, and John and Marilyn Adair turned out on for the July 21, 2013 park walk. They were able to identify 49 species including, after a lenghty discussion, a fly over Rough-legged Hawk! The group did not spend a long time searching for the Ruddy Duck seen previously this summer. Mike Lowry reported seeing a Common Loon earlier in the week but, it too, was not spotted this morning. Another miss for the morning was Prothonotary Warbler. Two Barred Owls were seen at the Swamp Bridge. That always makes for a great day! Several people got photos. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Rough-legged Hawk
Laughing Gull
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Barred Owl
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
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
N. Rough-winged Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse

White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Staring
Northern Parula
Pine Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
House Finch
American Goldfinch


July 7, 2013 was hot and humid at Newport News Park. John Steinbach, Joyce Lowry, Eileen O'Toole, John Adair, Jason Strickland, Adam Bollinger, Sandy DiCarlo, Catherine Bond, Michelle Shinn, Mike Lowry, Jane Frigo, Virginia and George Boyles, and Barbara and Richard Hudgins sweated the morning away, but had a great time identifying 54 species. The lone Ruddy Duck was still seen near the pipeline--very unusual for this time of year! A family of Pileated Woodpeckers gave the group close views. Some participants were able to see the long tongue probe the tree bark for tasty treats! Sadly, the Cedar Waxwing nest at the Arboretum was empty. Earlier in the month, Mike Lowry photographed hatchlings with their mouths gaping to be feed, but no activity was observed shortly after that day. The assumption was that the nest was unsuccessful in producing fledglings. On the way to the Swamp Bridge a Green Heron was seen hunting dragonflies. Instead of standing still in search of fish his head tracked the winged insects, his crown flaring up and down and his neck stretching in and out. The end of the morning walk produced THREE Barred Owls! One interesting note--not a single Canada Goose was seen. A complete species list follows.

Mute Swan
Mallard
Ruddy Duck
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Laughing Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Barred Owl
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
Tree Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

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


Father's Day, June 16, 2013, began with good weather and fourteen birders eager to see what could be found. Eileen O'Toole, Mike Lowry, Stuart Sweetman, John Steinbach, Jason Strickland, Adam Bolinger, Marc Nichols, Nancy Gruttman-Tyler, Jane Frigo and newcomers Lindsay Dudas, Irka Bargielowski, Erik Blosser, and Derek and Heather Hughes identified 58 species for the morning. The lone Ruddy Duck was spotted, again, and theories as to why he hadn't migrated were discussed. The Yellow-billed Cuckoo was heard. The Virginia Rail responded to the tape at the Swamp Bridge but could not be seen. One highlight of the morning was the observation of a Cedar Waxwing on the nest at the Japanese Tea House. The group could see the yellow tail band sticking up from the nest through Mike Lowry's scope. By the next walk the group may be able to witness feeding behaviors. Alas, no owls were observed. It was still a great morning! A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Mallard
Ruddy Duck
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Red-tailed Hawk
Virginia Rail
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow-throated Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

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


Sunday, June 2, 2013 was a perfect day at the park. The sky was clear with a light breeze and temperatures staying in the mid 70's. Those participating in the morning walk included Frank Collins, Marc Nichols, Terry Moore, John Adair, Larry Svihla, Margaret Trejo, Stuart Sweetman, Eileen O'Toole, Joyce Lowry, Brenda Gervais, Adam Bollinger, Jane Frigo, Virginia and George Boyles, Barbara and Richard Hudgins, Jason and Jamie Strickland, Ned and Becky Rose, Angelina and Phil Bogart, and Mike, Lindsey and Ian Lowry. The group identified 58 species. Two suprising sightings were a Ruddy Duck and a Common Loon. Two surprising misses were Double-crested Cormorant and Laughing Gull. The group was able to observe a Summer Tanager, a Great-crested Flycatcher, and a Cedar Waxwing bringing nesting material to their nest sites. It will be fun to check those nests again for further development. Those that stuck with the walk to the end were rewarded with an excellent view of the Barred Owl. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Mallard
Ruddy Duck
Common Loon
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Red-shouldered Hawk
Virginia Rail
Mourning Dove
Barred Owl
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
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
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird

American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Prothonotary Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Parula
Pine Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
American Goldfinch


What a difference two weeks can make. May 19, 2013 was pleasant with temperatures in the low 70's and calm winds. It was humid and cloudy. Dave Youker, Mike Lowry, Marc Nichols, Tom Charlock, Michelle Shinn, Jane Frigo, Ned and Becky Rose, Marilyn and John Adair, Gwen and Walter Harris, and Miles and Spencer Quirion participated in the morning walk. 72 species were identified in addition to 5 non-poisonous water snakes and 2 HUGE cottonmouth's. Wood Duck's were spotted with young. Three Ruddy Ducks napping in the reservoir was a surprise! Acadian Flycatchers were in along with FOS Swainson's Thrush, Wood Thrush and Veery. Mike Lowry captured a photo of the Swainson's Thrush bringing his total species photographed at the park to 140! Both owl's were seen with the Barred Owl spotted in two locations. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
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
Laughing Gull
Royal Tern
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy 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
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Veery
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin

Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Louisiana Waterthrush
Black-and-white Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Pine Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Taqnager
Northern Cardinal
Blue Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
American Goldfinch


Where is Spring? May 5, 2013 at Newport News Park felt more like Winter! Temperatures stayed in the 50's and stiff winds made warm coats and layered clothing necessary. Terri Cuthriel, Walter Harris, Mike Lowry, Bettye Fields, Pete Pererman, Virginia Boyles, Tom Charlock, Marc Nichols, Cathy Bond, Michelle Shinn, Nancy Gruttman-Tyler, Jane Frigo, Jason Strickland, Ned and Becky Rose and newcomers Susan Yager, Bruce Glendening and Sandy DiCarlo participated in a challenging morning that yielded a total of 78 species. Winter ducks have departed. A Pied-billed Grebe spotted along with a pair of Wood Ducks with ducklings. Several Royal Terns put on quite a show along with the Ring-billed and Laughing Gulls. There was a brief glimpse of the Great Horned Owl at the Arboretum, but a lengthy, unobstructive view of a Barred Owl at the Swamp Bridge. First of season warblers included Black-and-white and Blackpoll. Yellow-rumped Warblers were still around. Summer and Scarlet Tanager's and an Orchard Oriole were spotted. A Rusty Blackbird along side a Common Grackle gave a rare opportunity for comparison. Overall it was another long but enjoyable day at the park. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Mallard
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Royal Tern
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
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
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
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
Black and White Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Parula
Blackpoll Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Blue Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
American Goldfinch


The morning park walk on April 21, 2013 was COLD and WINDY! Temperatures never got above the mid 50's and blustery winds made it feel much colder, inspite of the clear skies. Another large group of birders turned out to see what new birds may have arrived. Those birders included Felicity Ericson, Andy Hawkins, Stuart Sweetman, Cathy Bond, Eileen O'Toole, Mike Lowry, Judy Remsberg, Marc Nichols, Tom Charlock, Angela Herring, Becky Holliday, Jane Frigo, Phil and Angelina Bogart, Lee and Meredith Bell, John and Marilyn Adair and first timers Lew Dillon, Terry Moore, Robert Locher, Diane Richmond, Bonnie Baffer, Caroline Herath, Margaret Greene, and Ned and Rebecca Rose. Most winter ducks had departed but an American Coot and Pied-billed Grebe were seen. A beautiful pair of Wood Ducks were also observed. Although the Great Horned Owl could not be found, an excellent sighting of the elusive Barred Owl was enjoyed by those making it all the way to the Swamp Bridge. First of season spottings included Green Heron, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Northern Parula, Prothonotary Warbler, Chimney Swift, Red-eyed Vireo and an Indigo Bunting was heard. A complete listing of the 61 species identified follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Mallard
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove

Barred Owl
Chimney Swift
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
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
Carolina Wren

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Prothonotary Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Parula
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch


Sunday, April 7, 2013 at Newport News Park began with temperatures in the low 40's but rising to near 70! There was a little fog over the water but that cleared quickly. A large group, including regulars and several first timers, came to enjoy the morning and included: Becky Holliday, Geoff Giles, Susan Crockett, Bettye Fields, Andy Hawkins, Angie Herring, Brenda Gervais, Nick Flanders, Sandy Dicarlo, Rock Moelsein, Phyllis Roth, Mike Lowry, Marc Nichols, Tom Charlock, Elisa Enders, Jane Frigo, Bruce Glendening, Steve and Kim Grimes, Richard and Barbara Hudgins, Virginia and George Boyles, Phil and Angelina Bogart, Marilyn and John Adair, Charm and Pete Peterman. 68 species were identified for the morning along with a Mud Turtle and a Northern Watersnake. Spottings of interest included a Black-crowned Night Heron in breeding plumage, a flyover Common Merganser, a Wood Duck with ducklings, a lone Bonapart's Gull, two Marsh Wrens at the Swamp Bridge, a FOS Yellow-throated Warbler and a FOS Purple Martin. The group was able to locate the elusive Great Horned Owl which is always a treat. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Bonaparte's Gull
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Marsh Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
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
Yellow-throated Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch


Happy St. Patrick's Day! Seventeen people came out to spend at least a part of the March 17, 2013, holiday searching for birds. Those participating included Catherine Bond, Angie Herring, Stuart Sweetman, Bettye Fields, Geoff Giles, Marc Nichols, John Adair, Michelle Shinn, Jason Strickland, Jane Frigo, Phil and Angelina Bogart, Barbara and Richard Hudgins, and newcomers Brenda Gervais, Marie Smith and Jeannie Macomber. The weather was again miserable. Temperatures never made it out of the 40's and skies were overcast with threatening rain. Still the group was able to tally an impressive 67 species for the morning which included a walk to the Swamp Bridge. The Great Horned Owl was a target bird that was only heard along with the EasternTowhee. Seven species of woodpeckers were seen and seven species of sparrows. Tree Swallows were spotted but the Rough-winged and Barn Swallows seen Saturday could not be found. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
American Coot
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl

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

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
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


The weather for the March 3, 2013 park walk was again COLD and WINDY! In spite of the uncomfortable weather, 17 hardy birders showed up to explore the park. They included Geoff Giles, Marc Nichols, Richard Hudgins, Dave Youker, Tom Charlock, Angie Herring, Judy Remsberg, Nancy Gruttman-Tyler, Rock Moelsein, Michelle Shinn, Jane Frigo, George and Virginia Boyles, Marilyn and John Adair and first timers Joanne Sheffield and Becky Holliday. A special "thank you" goes to Marilyn Adair for sweetening the morning with a box of donut holes! Again the group skipped the walk to the Swamp Bridge but were still able to identify 59 species. Ducks were abundant and included sightings of Wood Duck, Wigeon, Lesser Scaup and a single American Coot. The last bird of the morning was a single Tree Swallow! The group also got a FOS Osprey! Thanks to the keen eye of Marc Nichols, the group was able to view the Great Horned Owl at the Arboretum. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle

Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy 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
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
American Goldfinch


February 17, 2013 was clear but frigid and windy! Bridges and walkways were covered with a thin layer of ice. Elisa Enders, Mike Lowry, Phyllis Roth, Richard Hudgins, John Adair, Nancy Gruttman-Tyler, Phil Bogart, Michelle Shinn, Jane Frigo, Adam Bollinger, Jason Strickland and Jason's father (and newcomer) Lew Strickland braved at least part of the morning attempting to identify as many winter birds as possible. By unanimous vote the group agreed to skip the walk to the Swamp Bridge and ended the park walk around 11 AM. Both adult and immature Bald Eagles were seen and ducks included Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Ring-necked and Hoodies. No Tundra Swans were seen. Red-headed Woodpeckers were again busy. A total of 45 species were recorded. A special "thank you" goes out to Elisa and Nancy for tallying and submitting species numbers for the Great Backyard Bird Count. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Tundra Swan
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Hooded Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-Crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
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
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
American Goldfinch


February 3, 2013 began with temperatures in the upper 30's, skies overcast and winds calm. Fred Blystone, Eileen O"Toole, Bryan Barmore,Tom Charlock, Bill Ferris, Mike Lowry, Stuart Sweetman, Ernie Miller, Rock Moeslein, Phyllis Roth, Geoff Giles and Jane Frigo braved the chilly morning to identify 60 species. The rising sun gave a spectacular glow to a soaring Bald Eagle as well as illuminating the trees bordering the reservoir. Ring-necked Ducks were in abundance. A pair of Red-shouldered Hawks at the stable also presented a memorable sighting. All expected woodpeckers were identified as well as nuthatches. Both Tundra and Mute Swans were seen. Misses included owls and American Goldfinches. The Virginia Rail was heard again at the Swamp Bridge. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Tundra Swan
Gadwall
American Black Duck
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Hooded Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Virginia Rail
Killdeer
Laughing Gull

Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
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-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
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird


Skies were clear, winds were calm and the temperature was a cool 43 degrees when the January 20, 2013 Newport News Park bird walk began. Fred Blystone, Felicity Ericson, John Adair, Nancy Gruttman-Tyler, Tom Charlock, Jason Strickland, Jane Frigo, Angie Herring, George and Virginia Boyles and newcomers Linda and Frank Schaff, Kay Williamson, Rita Bratteng and Barry Shumate participated. Several Bald Eagles of various ages were spotted over the reservoir. Ducks identified included Gadwall, American Wigeon, American Black Duck, Mallard, Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser, American Coot and Pied-billed Grebe. No one spotted the Redhead seen on the previous walk. Two species that were extremely cooperative in providing lengthy views were a Winter Wren and a Hermit Thrush. The group elected to make a trip to the Swamp Bridge early in the morning to see if the Virginia Rail was still present. The group was not successful, however. The consensus was that the water level was too high as a result of the previous week's rain. A last minute stop at the Arboretum yielded views of Killdeer, Brown-headed Nuthatch and Red-tailed Hawk. No Eastern Bluebirds were spotted, probably because of the adjusted route. The total number for the morning was 46 species. A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Tundra Swan
Gadwall
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Hooded Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot

Killdeer
Ring-billed Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch

Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Northern Mockingbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird
American Goldfinch


Happy New Year 2013! The morning of January 6 began with temperatures in the low 40's and showers ending. Marilyn and John Adair, Virginia and George Boyles, Miles and Spencer Quirion, Jason Strickland, Adam Bollinger, Dave Youker, Nancy Gruttman-Tyler, Geoff Giles, Fred Blystone, Barbara Hudgins and Jane Frigo, with brief visits from Michelle Shinn and Phil Bogart, spent the morning identifying 57 species. A FOS Redhead duck was spotted among a group of Ring-necked ducks. Three Virginia Rails were heard at the Swamp Bridge. Woodpeckers were well represented as were nuthatches and Brown Creepers. No Tundra Swans and only one Mute Swan was spotted. Sadly, no owls were seen and it appears the Eastern Screech Owl nest discovered last month has been destroyed. Other wildlife observed included a busy beaver and an unusual red-tailed squirrel! A complete species list follows.

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Gadwall
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Virginia Rail
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
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatach
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
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow-rumped Warbler
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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