Northampton County is right on schedule with bird movements this fall, and last night's cold front appears to have brought some new birds down the coast. Slowly, more American Kestrels, Eastern Kingbirds, Bobolinks and other early migrants have put in appearances; though kestrels (2 pairs in the county this year) and kingbirds nest locally, migrants are obvious when they begin to show up in coastal spots such as Oyster (where there were 15 kingbirds at dusk today) or at the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge. Bobolinks numbered only about 450 at Oyster this evening, but in a week or two, their numbers will begin to approach those of Common Grackles (low flights of about 15,000 this evening), European Starlings (3000), Brown-headed Cowbirds (500+), and other "blackbirds" here, peaking in the 20,000 to 30,000 range some time in the first week of September, hopefully. Eastern Kingbirds' numbers should also max out in that period, with hundreds likely here in the evening, as all these birds go to roost in the trees and marshes around Oyster. Farm fields today and yesterday in southern Northampton County have held a nice variety of waders and terns. Three Gull-billed Terns today pursued an adult Bald Eagle over Arlington Road (west turn just north of Sting-Ray's), over a field that had an adult Caspian Tern, 34 Black-bellied and 20 Semipalmated Plovers, an Upland Sandpiper (scarce here anymore), and 23 Pectoral Sandpipers. The most productive stretch of fields was between Custis Tomb Road and Capeville Road, where potato fields have been plowed recently. To the north, at Eastville (just south of Willow Oak Road), wet farm fields held 73 Black-bellied and 13 Semipalmated Plovers, 1 Killdeer, 10 Short-billed Dowitchers, 2 Glossy Ibis (there had been 100s here earlier), and numerous peep, including Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers. Oyster yesterday at falling tide had distant Marbled Godwit, close Whimbrel, and many of the typical saltmarsh shorebirds (Willet, Ruddy Turnstone, Black-bellied and Semipalmated Plovers). Juvenile Forster's Terns (3) continue to beg from adults at the harbor mouth, and a Caspian Tern and a Sandwich Tern were present yesterday. At Eastern Shore of Virginia NWR, 4 immature White Ibis, 2 immature Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, and singles of Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, and Snowy Egret were in the Ramp Road pond in the evening, along with the first Blue-winged Teal of the season there. At Cedar Grove, one Eurasian Collared-Dove was out on the wires in the late afternoon (this is due east of Kiptopeke State Park). Ned Brinkley Cape Charles, VA You are subscribed to VA-BIRD. To post to this mailing list, simply send email to va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe, send email to va-bird-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field.