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 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, http://www.freelists.org/list/va-richmond-general.