[va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Walk

This morning's birdwalk at Huntley Meadows was marked by brutal heat and 
humidity. Nevertheless, 14 sturdy birders spotted 54 species.  The breakfast 
gathering at a local restaurant that customarily follows the weekly walk was 
replaced today by a briefing given by Gary Roisum, Huntley Meadows Park 
Manager.  Gary told us of the plans being developed by the Fairfax County Park 
Authority to restore the Huntley Central Wetlands.  This project is in its 
infancy, and is only partially funded at this point.  Thanks to Stuart and Pam 
Davis for leading the walk this morning while I got refreshments for the 
briefing.

Canada Goose - 6
Wood Duck - 5
American Black Duck - 1
Mallard - 20
Great Blue Heron - 2 
Great Egret - 2
Green Heron - 4
Killdeer - 3
Osprey - 1
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Killdeer - 3
Lesser Yellowlegs - 2
Solitary Sandpiper - 3
Least Sandpiper - 3
Unidentified "peeps" - 6
Mourning Dove - 2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 3
Barred Owl - 1
Chimney Swift - 5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 8
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 4
Downy Woodpecker - 2
Hairy Woodpecker - 1
Northern Flicker - 1
Acadian Flycatcher - 2
Eastern Wood Peewee - 1
Eastern Phoebe - 1
Great Crested Flycatcher - 2
Eastern Kingbird - 2
White-eyed Vireo - 1
Red-eyed Vireo - 2
Blue Jay - 2
Crow Sp - 1
Purple Martin - 2
Tree Swallow - 1
Barn Swallow - 2
Carolina Chickadee - 3
Tufted Titmouse - 3
White-breasted Nuthatch - 1
Carolina Wren - 5
Eastern Bluebird - 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 6
American Robin - 50+
Gray Catbird - 3
Northern Mockingbird - 1
Cedar Waxwing - 2
Brown Thrasher - 2
Common Yellowthroat - 3
Northern Cardinal - 10
Indigo Bunting - 2
Red-winged Blackbird - 12
Common Grackle - 1
House Finch - 1
American Goldfinch - 20

The Monday Morning birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 
1985.  It takes place every week, rain or shine, at 7 AM, is free of charge, 
requires no reservation, and is open to all.  Birders meet in the parking lot 
at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA.  For questions 
call the Park at (703) 768-2525.

Harry Glasgow
Friends of Huntley Meadows Park

 

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