I spent the day (Sunday) exploring the northern part of the Northern Neck in Westmoreland and Richmond Counties. The morning was spent on the Rappahannock River side. The afternoon was on the Potomac River side. The wind made the waves choppy, especially in the Potomac, so duck visibility there was difficult. Duck and goose numbers were low compared to earlier in the winter in both the rivers and the ponds. On the Rapahannock side I visited two private farms (Troy Farm and Mulberry Island) as well as Leedstown and all the road-end landings (Layton Landing, Harts Landing, Fones Cliffs, Jones Creek Landing, and Naylors). ALso visited the ponds in Leedstown, Singerly, a mill pond near Warsaw and another on Horner's Mill Rd. On the Potomac side I visited Nomini Creek (found almost nothing), Currioman Landing, Westmoreland State Park and George Washington's Birthplace. Pine warblers were singing throughout. A few Ospreys were back but not everywhere. Some of the Bald Eagles were sitting on nests. The late afternoon light shining on the trumpeting swans and on the flock of 28 turkeys grazing in the open field, both at GW Birthplace, were the most memorable parts of the day. Huge flocks of robins were in some of the fields near GW Birthplace. The rarest bird was the female Brewer's Blackbird among cattle and other blackbirds on a private farm(Mulberry). 3 Horned Grebe (Potomac) 12 Double-crested Cormorant (Rap. fishing weirs) 17 Great Blue Heron (mosty near Rap. weirs) 16 American Merganser (Rap Riv, GWBirthplace) 130 Red-breasted Merg (all in Rap. R) 7 Hooded Merganser 80 Canvasback (Currioman) 250 Scaup sp (GW Birthplace) 99 Ring-necked Duck (75 GWBirthplace, 22 Singerly) 2110 Ruddy Duck (10 in Rap; 2100@ Westmoreland SP) 96 Bufflehead (75 @GWBirthplace) 65 Mallard 17 Black Duck 9 Green-winged Teal (Mulberry) 2 Wood Duck (Leeedstown pond) 7 American Wigeon (Leedstown pond) 25 Canada Goose 374 Tundra Swan (350 GW Birthplace, 24 Currioman) 2 Mute Swan (Currioman) 5 Osprey 16 adult,12 imm Bald Eagle 5 Red-tailed Hawk 4 Red-shouldered Hawk 2 Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 Kestrel 2 Killdeer 3 Snipe 28 Wild Turkey (GW Birthplace) 20 Meadowlark 3 Horned Lark 4 eastern phoebe 100-150 Bluebirds 2600 Robins 12 Pine Warbler 100-150 Song Sparrow 100-150 Junco 100-150 White-throated Sparrow 13 WHite-crowned Sparrow 1 Fox sparrow 4 field sparrow 15 swamp sparrow 1 winter wren singing beautifully 30 Rusty Balckbird 1 female Brewer's Blackbird with 30 cowbird and 150 red-winged blackbird miscellaneous other birds Frogs singing were many spring peepers and a few pickerel and leopard frogs. Shadbush in bloom. ===== Frederick D. Atwood fredatwood@xxxxxxxxx Flint Hill School, 10409 Academic Dr, Oakton, VA 22124 703-242-1675 http://www.agpix.com/fredatwood http://www.flinthill.org __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Try FREE Yahoo! Mail - the world's greatest free email! http://mail.yahoo.com/ 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.