[va-bird] Sky Meadows SP, Fauquier Co., July 15 and 16
- From: Scott Baron <brnpelican@xxxxxxxxx>
- To: va-bird <va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2006 11:28:09 -0700 (PDT)
Hello, birders. I birded the west side of Sky Meadows both days this weekend - highlight was a singing NORTHERN BOBWHITE near the contact station on Sunday, a calling BROAD-WINGED HAWK soaring above the intersection of the North Ridge Trail and Gap Run Trail on Saturday, PURPLE MARTINS flying in the vicinity of the contact station both days. Bobwhite is a rare bird at the park. It's my 3rd summer in a row seeing Broad-winged Hawk here. Strangely, the only month where I've recorded Purple Martin there is during June, that is, until this weekend. I don't see them annually at the park. Also, TREE SWALLOWS appear to leave Sky Meadows in mid-July but a check of the fishing pond on Saturday found a female Tree Swallow visiting her nest box, with calling young inside. At least one other Tree was in the area. Barn Swallows appear to have a nest (active? or are they just roosting? - I heard no young vocalizing) on the Mt. Bleak House. Other birds still nesting - I found a WOOD THRUSH pair with an active nest in a Box Elder tree, an INDIGO BUNTING male was very upset at my presence so I guess he had a nest with eggs or young close by. Warblers - CERULEAN and KENTUCKY WARBLERS were still singing on both days near the South Ridge Trail/North Ridge Trail intersection, YELLOW-BR. CHAT still singing on the AT, which I hiked on Sunday, WORM-EATING (in mixed flock), OVENBIRD (curious because of the angry bunting calling) and HOODED. I forgot to check Peterson's warbler guide but I saw an adult male Cerulean with what I believe was an imm. male. It looked grayish instead of blue but had wing bars and a hint of a line across the breast. WAXWINGS are scattered about the park. GRACKLES and STARLINGS are very common near the Visitor Center. Several RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS around - easy to see and hear. And of course families of lots of species are commonplace now. Scott Baron Fairfax, Va. 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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