[va-bird] Kiptopeke Challange

We did the Kiptopeke Challenge over the weekend.  Our area was strictly the
Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refure.  While passerines were
virtually non-existent, others birds were good.  A decent hawk flight also
went through.
Following are our results.

Kiptopeke Challenge - 27 September 2003
Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge
0705-1240; 1630-1915

Common Loon - 1
Brown Pelican - 475
Double-crested Cormorant - 413
Great Blue Heron - 12
Great Egret - 13
Snowy Egret - 9
Little Blue Heron - 3
Tricolored Heron - 8
Green Heron - 2
Black-crowned Night Heron - 2
Mallard - 2
AmericanWigeon - 8
Turkey Vulture - 51
Black Vulture - 45
Osprey - 18
Bald Eagle - 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 20
Cooper?s Hawk - 8
Broad-winged Hawk - 284
Red-tailed Hawk - 5
American Kestrel - 5
Merlin -7
Peregrine Falcon - 6
Clapper Rail - 10
American Oystercatcher - 6
Spotted Sandpiper - 1
Sanderling - 2
Laughing Gull - 24
Herring Gull - 33
Great Black-backed Gull - 12
Caspian Tern - 2
Royal Tern - 22
Common Tern - 1
Forster?s Tern - 7
Black Skimmer - 1
Chimney Swift - 2
Belted Kingfisher - 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1
Northern Flicker - 10
White-eyed Vireo - 2
American Crow - 2
Tree Swallow - 237
Northern Rough-winged Swallow - 52
Swallow sp. - 93
Tufted Titmouse - 1
Carolina Chickadee - 3
Carolina Wren - 13
House Wren - 1
Eastern Bluebird - 7
Gray Catbird - 6
Northern Mockingbird - 5
European Starling - 10
Common Yellowthroat - 3
Eastern Towhee - 2
Song Sparrow - 1
Northern Cardinal - 11
Red-winged Blackbird - 10
Boat-tailed Grackle - 39
Common Grackle - 1

Total Species: 58
Total Time in the Field: 7.25 hours
Walking: 6.75 hours, approx. 4miles
Driving: 45 minutes, approx. 3 miles

Areas birded - we did only the Eastern Shore of Virginia NWR walking the
Butterfly trail, the trail to Wise Point, checking the ponds, marsh, and
boat launch areas in both the morning and the evening.  A good hawk
migration was visible for a little over an hour at the Visitor Center
Parking Lot from about 1130-1300.

Glenn Koppel and Mary Alice Koeneke
koppel@xxxxxxxxx
Centreville, VA 20120-2901


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