[va-bird] OBNWR King Rail/Prothonotarys/West Nile
- From: KEVIN.PARKER1@xxxxxxxxxxx
- To: va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx (VA bird)
- Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2006 05:20:27 +0000
Birders I biked around the wildlife dirve today to check for action at the warbler box where catamount creek crosses the wildlife dirve about 430pm. On tuesday, on the weekly monitoring round, a lateish brood was found in this box. The 4 tiny warbler young look to be about 2 days old. I removed a small mub daubber nest from the inside of the box. So today I was delighted to see the female going to the box with a long antenaed food bug. I feared I might see wasps instead. The warblers usu. take 11 days to fledge so I'll see them at least once more before they go. The other two boxes with prothonotarys were empty having fledged 4 each. Also in the same area I saw a King Rail cross the road. I then heard what I thought was the king rail untill it flew up in a sycamore and reveiled itself to be a Green Heron doing a decent King Rail kak call. Humm... I wanted to mention that some prince william county officals have been testing for west nile on and around the refuge. Some areas around the golf course tested positive and the area inbetween the industrial center and veteran's park (back were the Pontiac Fiero carcass is) also tested positive. They said water in new hay filled storm water pods around the centext devopment were very favorable mosquito habitat. The hay consumed oxygene or something. I don't know what the results were on the refuge. Kevin Parker Dale City 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.
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