Seven hardy birders including trip leaders Caroline Coe and Julie Kacmarcik enjoyed a brisk but relatively quiet morning at James River National Wildlife Refuge, counting birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count. The swamp just off of Route 10 is proving a reliable spot for Red-headed Woodpeckers; two were found today, along with Wood Duck and Hooded Merganser. Other high spots were a Barred Owl who perched patiently for us, though the perch was a bit far from the road and obscured by trees for good viewing; and a mature Bald Eagle. We also ran into several very cooperative Hermit Thrushes, in addition to the usual suspects. The complete trip list appears below.
-- Lewis Barnett -- Chair, Dept. of Math & CS, U. of Richmond, VA 23173 -- lbarnett@xxxxxxxxxxxx | lbarnett@xxxxxxx -- http://www.mathcs.richmond.edu/~lbarnett/ Locality: James River National Wildlife Refuge, VA Observation Date: FEB 17, 2007 Start Time: 8:00 AM Total Birding Time: 3 hours 15 minutes Party Size: 7 Number of Species: 25 Wood Duck - 3 Hooded Merganser - 2 Great Blue Heron - 1 Black Vulture - 3 Turkey Vulture - 2 Bald Eagle - 1 Ring-billed Gull - 1 Barred Owl - 1 Red-headed Woodpecker - 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1 Downy Woodpecker - 2 Northern Flicker - 1 Pileated Woodpecker - 1 Blue Jay - 2 American Crow - 1 Carolina Chickadee - 1 Tufted Titmouse - 2 White-breasted Nuthatch - 1 Brown Creeper - 1 Carolina Wren - 1 Hermit Thrush - 3 European Starling - 24 Song Sparrow - 1 White-throated Sparrow - 18 Northern Cardinal - 2 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.