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Sunday Morning Bird Walks
Newport News City Park

Join us on the First and Third Sunday of each month at 7:00 AM at Newport News Park. 

Meet us in the parking lot behind the Ranger Station!

Thanks to Jane Frigo for providing these reports.  For more information, contact Jane (757-873-0721).

2023 Bird Walks Summary

January 15, 2023

 

Skies on January 15, 2023 were beautiful but the weather was deceiving.  The temperature turned cold and failed to rise above the 30's.  A stiff wind made it feel like the 20's!    Still, 8 people braved the conditions and identified 46 species over the morning---with justified complaining.  Those hardy souls were Stuart Sweetman, John Adair, Marc Nichols, Pete Peterman, Melissa Freudenberg, Jane Frigo and newcomers Sofia Marino and Ashley Shonk.  Canada Geese were easy to spot and hear.  Other waterfowl included Gadwall, Mallard, Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser, American Wigeon and a flyover of Ruddy Ducks.  Sadly the Northern Shoveler seen at the last walk could not be located.  Many of the birds were sheltering from the cold and wind and were hard to find.  A pair of Bald Eagles, however, were enjoying the breezes and playing "tag".  A sizable group of blackbirds were foraging in the field.  Fox Sparrows were seen near where they were spotted on the last walk.  One of the best sightings was of a Red-tailed Hawk perched right over the path.  The Red-breasted Nuthatch was located at the Arboretum but no Chipping Sparrows were spotted.  In spite of the cold it was still a good day of birding.  A species list follows.

 

Canada Goose

Gadwall

American Wigeon

Mallard

Ring-necked Duck

Hooded Merganser

Ruddy Duck

Mourning Dove

Carolina Wren

Virginia Rail*

Ring-billed Gull

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle

Red-tailed Hawk

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Blue Jay

American Crow

Carolina Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet*

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Carolina Wren

Brown Thrasher

Northern Mockingbird

Eastern Bluebird

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

American Goldfinch

Fox Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

White-throated Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Eastern Towhee

Red-winged Blackbird

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Northern Cardinal

January 1, 2023

Happy New Year!  2023 began with a nice group of birders participating in a beautiful day and identifying 55 species over the course of the morning.  Those getting a start on their 2023 year list were Marilyn and John Adair, Gary Wright, June Hartzler, Dianne Snyder, Cindy Schulz, Sue Tomlin, Tom Charlock and Jane Frigo.  The morning began with heavy fog and damp, bone chilling conditions even though the temperature was in the 50's and winds were calm.  As the day progressed and the fog burned off it was simply spectacular!  Hooded Mergansers were the dominant duck with Gadwall coming in a close second.  The group thought they had 2 Ruddy ducks but closer inspection revealed they were male Hooded Mergansers hunkered down with tails erect.  A couple males were performing a toe dance for an uninterested female!  One of the best finds was a pair of Northern Shovelers close to shore feeding and later an immature preening.  Laughing, Ring-billed and Herring Gulls were seen.  Great woodpecker sightings were enjoyed and a pair of Fox Sparrows provided a super photo opportunity.  A Purple Finch sighting was also exciting.  Several Virginia Rails were heard on the approach to the Swamp Bridge.  The previous night's rain must have pushed them farther from the dam.  Two of the best birds were seen at the very end of the walk at the Arboretum...a Red-breasted Nuthatch and a Brown Creeper.  There were misses however.  No Black Vulture was seen and yet another walk without a House Finch!  A complete list follows.

The trip report is available through the following link.  https://ebird.org/tripreport/87128.

 

Canada Goose

Northern Shoveler

Gadwall

Mallard

Ring-necked Duck

Hooded Merganser

Mourning Dove

Carolina Wren

Virginia Rail*

Laughing Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle

Red-shouldered Hawk

Belted Kingfisher

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Blue Jay

American Crow

Fish Crow

Carolina Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Brown-headed Nuthatch*

Brown Creeper

Winter Wren

Carolina Wren

Brown Thrasher

Northern Mockingbird

Eastern Bluebird

HermitThrush 

American Robin

Purple Finch

American Goldfinch

Chipping Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

White-throated Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Eastern Towhee

Red-winged Blackbird

Pine Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Northern Cardinal

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Previous Sunday Walk Reports:

2022

2021       2020

2019       2018

2017       2016

2015       2014

2013       2012

2011       2010

2009       2008

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Contact: Dave Youker  |  757.344.9385  |  youkerd@aol.com

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