Hello, birders. I found Dorothy Tella's post about the bird walk at Sky Meadows SP quite interesting, as I visited the next day and found quite a different assemblage of birds, even though it seems that we birded some of the same areas. I birded the Visitor Center/area, Gap Run Trail and Snowden Trail. I also stopped along the entrance road a couple of times to look and listen. In the past month of birding in Northern Virginia and the DC area, I've seen most common wintering songbird species. Beside R.b. Nuthatch and R.c. Kinglet, which are obviously early this fall, have others noticed a generally early migration period for Winter Wren, White-thr. Sparrow, etc. this season? Migrants and other notables at Sky Meadows on 10/2: -Am. Kestrel, 1 -All 7 woodpeckers, incl. 3 RED-HEADED and 1 1st fall Y.B. SAPSUCKER. I thought I heard another Sapsuckerr drumming I didn't see it. Instead, a Red-bellied was in that tree. One Red-headed was several hundred feet N of the campground, where I haven't seen one before. -E.W. PEWEE, 2 -E. PHOEBE, 1 -B. JAY, approx. 20 -B. CREEPER, 3 -WINTER WREN, 4 -Both KINGLETS -GRAY-CHEEKED and/or BICKNELL'S THRUSH (4). Three were together and one was not far down the trail. First record for the park for either species. I observed one from about 12' away for about 10 minutes as it was perched a few feet above the ground. It stared at me at first but then relaxed and looked about. I don't want to ID these two species in migration unless they sing, as I understand that the plumage of both are very similar. This bird was in the shade so I want to be careful of using color to ID it. How do others separate these two? I know that Bicknell's is mostly a coastal plain migrant in this region, do they regularly migrate through western Virginia? -WOOD THRUSH, 1 -AM. ROBIN, 4 -CEDAR WAXWING, 2 imm. -warblers seen were Magnolia, Blk-thr. Green, Blackpoll, "Baypoll," Com. Yellowthroat. Possible Tennessee, also. About half of the warblers were B.T. Greens. -sparrows: E. TOWHEE, CHIPPING, FIELD, SONG -I. BUNTING, 11 -E. MEADOWLARK,8, many of them singing Good birding to you, Scott Baron Fairfax, Va. __________________________________ Yahoo! Mail - PC Magazine Editors' Choice 2005 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.