[va-richmond-general] Re: GREAT EGRET at Pocahontas

  • From: tyler turpin <tylerturpin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: va-richmond-general@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2005 11:49:08 -0400 (GMT-04:00)

There has been one  Great Egret in the swamp visible from  I-95 North between Temple Avenue and Swift Creek for almost two weeks. There were a bunch more there  this time period last year maybe they have not shown up yet.
Tyler Turpin

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From: WEalding@xxxxxxx
Sent: Aug 25, 2005 11:18 AM
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Subject: [va-richmond-general] GREAT EGRET at Pocahontas

A pleasant hike around the Beaver Lake Trail at Pocahontas SP turned up a GREAT EGRET.  Not a lot of signs of migration; there were at least half a dozen singing YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS (outnumbering the RED-EYEDS).
Full list follows:
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Wood Duck
Red-shouldered Hawk
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Belted Kingfisher
Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Wood Thrush (nice look)
Yellow-throated Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Also I heard some buzzing and scuffling among the leaves at the side of the trail.  I saw something green and white struggling on the ground.  Thinking it might be a female hummingbird entangled in something, I went to investigate and found what appeared to be a large hornet attacking a cicada.  I carefully separated them with a large stick, and the cicada flew off, apparently unharmed.  The hornet was pretty hefty ( about the size of my thumb to the joint) and yellow and black - like a very fat yellowjacket.
Wendy Ealding
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