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 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.