I did another early morning walk on the Hike/Bike Trail on Sunday. I got to the Woodcock Meadow just in time to hear the final "peeent" of the morning (5:30 a.m.). Watching sunrise over the central wetland, I again saw many small flocks of rusty blackbirds heading west, about 250 in all. I'm guessing they roost near the east side of the wetland, then fly to the western part of the park to forage in the morning. In addition to the 62 green-winged teal and 10 shovelers, there were also 19 snipe. I saw three fox sparrows in the woodpiles; other sparrow numbers were much reduced from recent weeks. The yellow-rumps haven't started to move yet - I only saw one. Still good numbers of golden-crowned kinglets (8, no rubies), and a single winter wren. I've had a fox sparrow at my feeder since Saturday (well, not all of the time . . . .) And I exercised my voyeuristic tendencies watching the local dirty old sharpie having his way with an underage female. Ben Jesup Alexandria 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.