[va-bird] Weekend sightings

Given the cool north winds last weekend, I decided to initiate the fall
migration season with a Saturday trip to the Hike/Bike Trai at Huntley.
Passerines were disappointing, to say the least: the only probably migrant
was an empid (probably TRAIL's) in the woodcock meadow.  Highlight of the
morning were at least a dozen HUMMERS in the various meadow, some bathing on
dew-covered leaves, all pugnacious.  At least 500 laughing gulls streamed
overhead during the morning, most silently.  I presume there were a lot more
that I missed.  Other notable birds

 

2 little blue heron/snowy egret (too far to ID)

1 snipe (plus the other usual shorebirds)

1 scarlet tanager (singing)

 

On Sunday, White Oaks Park was similarly lacking in migrant passerines.

 

I still don't understand birds . . . . 

 

I also have a second-hand report (from Woody Blackwell) of 3 MISSISSIPPI
KITES in Waynewood and one flying over Hollin Hills (a mile or two north of
Waynewood) this weekend.

 

Ben Jesup

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