2010 Field Trip Reports

Sky Meadows SP – Nov. 2010

Eight FBC members braved the wind and cold morning and saw over 50 species of birds, including 8 species of sparrows.  It was a relatively quiet day, but we were treated to a Cackling (Richardson’s) Goose among a flock of 100+ Canada Geese and a nice showing of several Red-Headed Woodpeckers.

Black Vulture                                Eastern Phoebe                         Chipping Sparrow
Turkey Vulture                            Blue Jay                                      Field Sparrow
Canada Goose                               American Crow                          Fox Sparrow
Mallard                                          Common Raven                          Song Sparrow
Northern Harrier                        Carolina Chickadee                     Swamp Sparrow
Sharp-shinned Hawk                  Tufted Titmouse                        White-throated Sparrow
Coopers Hawk                              White-breasted Nuthatch        White-crowned Sparrow
Red-shouldered Hawk               Carolina Wren                             Dark-eyed Junco
Red-tailed Hawk                         Winter Wren                               Northern Cardinal
American Kestrel                        Golden-crowned Kinglet           Red-winged Blackbird
Killdeer                                         Eastern Bluebird                        Common Grackle
Rock Dove                                    Hermit Thrush                           Pine Siskin
Mourning Dove                           American Robin                          American Goldfinch
Red-Headed Woodpecker         Northern Mockingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker           European Starling                     Cackling Goose (Richardson’s)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker          Cedar Waxwing
Downy Woodpecker                   Yellow-rumped Warbler
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker

Eastern Shore of Virginia – Oct. 2010

A group of twelve birders spent October 1-3 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and came up with over 100 species of birds. The trip included stops at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, the Eastern Shore of Virginia NWR, the hawk-watch platform and songbird banding station at Kiptopeke State Park, Cape Charles, Willis Warf, and Chincoteague NWR. The highlight of the trip was the Northern Wheatear that was sighted in the Chincoteague area.

Brown Pelican                                   Laughing Gull                               Northern Wheatear
Double-crested Cormorant            Ring-billed Gull                            Eastern Bluebird
Great Blue Heron                             Herring Gull                                 American Robin
Great Egret                                       Great Black-backed Gull           Gray Catbird
Snowy Egret                                      Caspian Tern                               Northern Mockingbird
Little Blue Heron                              Royal Tern                                   Brown Thrasher
Tricolored Heron                              Sandwich Tern                            Cedar Waxwing
Black-crowned Night-Heron          Forster’s Tern                              European Starling
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron         Black Skimmer                           Northern Parula
White Ibis                                          Rock Dove                                    Magnolia Warbler
Canada Goose                                    Mourning Dove                        Yellow-rumped Warbler
Green-winged Teal                          Yellow-billed Cuckoo                   Pine Warbler
American Black Duck                      Ruby-throated Hummingbird     Palm Warbler
Mallard                                              Belted Kingfisher                         Black-and-white Warbler
Northern Pintail                               Red-bellied Woodpecker             American Redstart
Blue-winged Teal                             Yellow-bellied Sapsucker            Common Yellowthroat
Northern Shoveler                           Downy Woodpecker                     Northern Cardinal
American Wigeon                            Hairy Woodpecker                        Chipping Sparrow
Black Vulture                                    Northern Flicker                           Savannah Sparrow
Turkey Vulture                               Pileated Woodpecker     Sharp-tailed Salt-marsh Sparrow
Osprey                                              Eastern Phoebe                              Seaside Sparrow
Bald Eagle                                         Tree Swallow                                  Song Sparrow
Northern Harrier                             Blue Jay                                           Bobolink
Sharp-shinned Hawk                       American Crow                              Boat-tailed Grackle
Cooper’s Hawk                                 Carolina Chickadee                         House Finch
Brad-winged Hawk                          Tufted Titmouse                            American Goldfinch
Red-tailed Hawk                              Red-breasted Nuthatch                House Sparrow
American Kestrel                             Brown-headed Nuthatch
Merlin                                                Brown Creeper
Peregrine Falcon                              Carolina Wren
Clapper Rail                                      House Wren
Semipalmated Plover                      Marsh Wren
Killdeer                                              Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Oystercatcher
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Willet
Spotted Sandpiper
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper

Paul and FBC members on the Kiptopeke hawk-watch platform
Our bird of the trip was a very rare Northern Wheatear!
Close-up of a Bald Eagle, Chincoteague NWR
Paul spishing into the wind, Chincoteague NWR
FBC trip to the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Oct. 2010

Occoquan National Wildlife Refuge – Sept. 2010

beautiful weather, 12 birders, and some delicious BBQ for lunch

Canada Goose      Mallard      Wild Turkey      Pied-billed Grebe      Double-crested Cormorant      Great Blue Heron      Great Egret      Snowy Egret      Turkey Vulture      Bald Eagle      Cooper’s Hawk      Red-shouldered Hawk      Broad-winged Hawk      Ring-billed Gull      Caspian Tern      Mourning Dove      Ruby-throated Hummingbird      Red-bellied Woodpecker      Downy Woodpecker      Hairy Woodpecker      Northern Flicker      Pileated Woodpecker      Eastern Wood-Pewee      Eastern Phoebe      White-eyed Vireo      Red-eyed Vireo      Blue Jay      American Crow      Northern Rough-winged Swallow      Carolina Chickadee      Tufted Titmouse      White-breasted Nuthatch      Eastern Bluebird      Gray Catbird      Northern Mockingbird      Cedar Waxwing      Northern Parula      Black-throated Green Warbler      Pine Warbler      Black-and-White Warbler      Common Yellowthroat      Field Sparrow      Song Sparrow      Northern Cardinal      Bobolink      Red-winged Blackbird      American Goldfinch

FBC birding Occoquan
Paul & David scanning the Bay

Summer Social – June 2010

Chef Paul

The Lott family

Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel – Jan. 2010
FBC and Hampton Roads Bird Club

Read about the trip in Fredericksburg’s Free Lance-Star (article).

FBC on Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

Jim, FBC member
Sally & Mike, FBC members
Great Cormorant, Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
Surf Scoters, Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
Ring-billed Gulls, Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

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