After the official trip to James River NWR for the Great Backyard Bird Count this morning, I stopped off at Dutch Gap for a "quick" peek at the marsh at around 11:45. Things were hopping there, so the "quick" stop stretched to an hour... There was a good variety of ducks, including four Pintails, a few American Wigeon, and one female Lesser Scaup in amongst the Shovelers, Ring-necked Ducks, Mallards, Gadwall, and plentiful Wood Ducks. One lone female Bufflehead over on the river rounded out the ducks for the day. It was a good day for sparrows, especially in the tangles just past the second observation platform. I found White-throated, Field, Song, Swamp, and Savannah Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos. Also not a bad day for raptors, with three Kestrels hanging out on various power lines, and a Cooper's Hawk out at the point. Complete list for the visit is below.
-- Lewis Barnett -- Chair, Dept. of Math & CS, U. of Richmond, VA 23173 -- lbarnett@xxxxxxxxxxxx | lbarnett@xxxxxxx -- http://www.mathcs.richmond.edu/~lbarnett/ Canada Goose - 17 Wood Duck - 178 Confirmed Gadwall - 19 American Wigeon - 5 Mallard - 48 Northern Shoveler - 16 Northern Pintail - 4 Ring-necked Duck - 45 Lesser Scaup - 1 Bufflehead - 1 Double-crested Cormorant - 20 Great Blue Heron - 2 Black Vulture - 2 Turkey Vulture - 1 Cooper's Hawk - 1 American Kestrel - 2 American Coot - 20 Ring-billed Gull - 70 Herring Gull - 1 Downy Woodpecker - 2 Carolina Chickadee - 1 Carolina Wren - 1 Northern Mockingbird - 1 Field Sparrow - 1 Savannah Sparrow - 2 Song Sparrow - 2 Swamp Sparrow - 1 White-throated Sparrow - 36 Dark-eyed Junco - 6 Northern Cardinal - 1 Red-winged Blackbird - 1 You are subscribed to VA-Richmond-General. To unsubscribe, send email to va-richmond-general-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field. To adjust other settings (vacation, digest, etc.) please visit, //www.freelists.org/list/va-richmond-general.