Spring is definitely arriving at Huntley Meadows, as noted by the 14 birders who took part in the Monday Morning Walk today. We tallied 44 species, with highlights being our first Tree Swallows of the season, Hooded Mergansers exploring nesting boxes, a Blue-winged Teal in eclipse plumage, and a Pied-billed Grebe. Very exciting morning. Canada Goose 285 Wood Duck 6 American Widgeon 2 American Black Duck 1 Mallard 77 Blue-winged Teal 1 Northern Shoveler 16 Northern Pintail 20 Green-winged Teal 125 Ring-necked Duck 1 Hooded Merganser 5 Pied-billed Grebe 1 Killdeer 1 Wilson's Snipe 4 Ring-billed Gull 5 Mourning Dove 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 5 Downy Woodpecker 5 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 6 Pileated Woodpecker 2 Eastern Phoebe 1 American Crow 1 Fish Crow 1 Tree Swallow 6 Carolina Chickadee 9 Tufted Titmouse 13 White-breasted Nuthatch 4 Brown Creeper 2 Carolina Wren 7 Eastern Bluebird 6 Hermit Thrush 1 European Starling 3 Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 Field Sparrow 3 Fox Sparrow 1 Song Sparrow 3 Swamp Sparrow 3 White-throated Sparrow 5 Dark-eyed Junco 7 Northern Cardinal 8 Red-winged Blackbird 48 House Finch 2 American Goldfinch 3 The Monday Morning birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 1985. It takes place every Monday, rain or shine, at 7 AM, is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Note that occasionally icy conditions on the trail may cause cancellation of the walk at the last moment. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Those with questions should call the Park during normal business hours at (703) 768-2525. Harry Glasgow Friends of Huntley Meadows Park 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.