[va-richmond-general] Re: Rare Bird

  • From: Susan Heath <sheath@xxxxxxx>
  • To: Richmond Birding <va-richmond-general@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2007 12:52:38 -0400

There are only two reports of Bohemian Waxwings in the state. One from Alexandria in 1967 and one from Montgomery County in 1975. Both were single individuals. A flock of 50 would be an unprecedented record.


Al Warfield wrote:

Received a phone call from Michelle Bullis in Newport News. She is a biologist at Christopher Newport University and has been a back-yard birder since her early teens. She reports seeing about fifty Bohemian Waxwings drinking from her birdbath a couple days ago. They drank their fill, then moved on. One unfortunate bird had a fatal encounter with a window. She has bagged and frozen it to give to the university's ornothology program. I don't recall any other sightings of Bohemian Waxwings in this area, but would welcome comments from other birders. Linda Warfield

Susan A. Heath
George Mason University
Environmental Science Department
Fairfax, VA

Secretary, Virginia Avian Records Committee

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