[va-bird] Red-necked Phalarope at Huntley Meadows 9am 9/2/06
- From: "Steve Williams" <stephen.l.williams@xxxxxxx>
- To: "Va-Bird" <va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2006 11:06:44 -0400
The scheduled NVBC birdwalk at Huntley was cancelled due to inclement weather, but I decided to walk out to see what the marsh looked like after a big rain, and was accompanied by Bill Powers and Nancy Chang. A steady rain made it impossible to keep optics dry and unfogged so visibility was generally poor. The central marsh was full of water (in sharp contrast to last weekend when it was dry except for a small puddle near the dam) and there were no open bare spots for shorebirds. Lots of greater yellowlegs, perhaps two dozen. Some of them wading in water deep enough so that they appeared at first glance to be swimming. A few peeps flying around looking for a place to land and feed and a couple of leasts in grass at the edge of the pond. The most interesting "shorebird" was a red-necked phalarope in basic plumage swimming on the far side (from the tower). This was a lifebird for Nancy which certainly helped make the conditions more tolerable-at least for her. The rain apparently kept most of the small birds quiet. I didn't make a list, but we neither saw nor heard many species I would normally expect. An interesting sighting, but poorly seen, was a group of four first year Baltimore Orioles.
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