[va-bird] Horned Grebes & Peregrine at Craney Island, Portsmouth, Monday, Feb. 12

VA Birders,

    After our NVBC Chincoteague Weekend, I stayed over Sunday night in 
Chesapeake and went to Craney Island, Portsmouth, this morning before heading 
home.  
My main objective was to look for waterfowl in the Elizabeth River.  Most 
notable was the amazing number of HORNED GREBES in the river--perhaps as many 
as 
100 or more!  There were also lots of RUDDY DUCKS, some BUFFLEHEADS, and a few 
each of CANVASBACKS, RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, & BLACK DUCKS.  As I was about 
to leave, I spotted a large falcon flying across the water, and after it 
landed on a sandspit I confirmed its identification as a PEREGRINE FALCON.

    For the record, Craney Island is now open to birders from 7:00 am-3:30 pm 
on Monday thru Thursday; it is closed on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Good birding,
Val Kitchens
Arlington, VA
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