[va-richmond-general] Henricus/Dutch Gap 19 October

  • From: Kacmarcik <kacmarcik@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: va-richmond-general@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 20 Oct 2002 11:59:59 -0400

Had a good turn-out of a dozen birders for our chilly sunrise walk through
Henricus Park. Starting at the boat landing where many Black Vultures
continue to gather we headed through the woods and across the boardwalk.
After 2 hours of birding we met Naturalist, Mark Battista who graciously
shuttled our group to the Dutch Gap bird banding station where Mary Arg' and
Bob Reilly gave us a very cordial and informative demonstration.

Highlights of the morning:

Black vulture
Wood Duck
Osprey
Sharp shinned Hawk
Great Blue Heron
Laughing Gull
Eastern Phoebe
*Winter Wren (singing his full chorus)
*House Wren
Brown Creeper
*Ruby Crowned Kinglet
Golden Crowned Kinglet
Cedar Waxwing
*Palm Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler (male)
*Field Sparrow
*White throated Sparrow
.....and the other expected residents

*denotes banded at the station

Two points to note:

There is a large hole in the  center of the boardwalk that could cause
serious injury if you are not watching your footing and are perhaps "looking
up for birds" It appears that a tree went through the boardwalk-so be
careful.

Secondly, stay on the established trails. Cutting through the woods destroys
habitat and increases erosion to our already fragile habitats.

Thanks go out to Mary, Bob and Mark for the excellent bird banding
demonstration. Thanks to all who got up early for a fun morning.

Julie Kacmarcik
Chester

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