[va-richmond-general] James River NWR - Great Backyard Bird Count

  • From: Lewis Barnett <lbarnett@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Richmond Audubon Society mailing list <va-richmond-general@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2007 17:42:43 -0500

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.


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Lewis Barnett -- Chair, Dept. of Math & CS, U. of Richmond, VA 23173
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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

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