2011 Field Trip Reports


Eastern Shore of Virginia – October 2011

A group of hardy FBC members again braved the cold and damp weather for a rewarding weekend of birding on the Eastern Shore.  Highlights included some great looks at terns and shorebirds on the beach and a Lark Sparrow at the visitor center in Chincoteague NWR. (Photos by Maria Cannata)

Several member of FBC braved the blowing wind and pelting rain as they ID’d shorebirds in their winter plumage.

What a treat this Lark Sparrow was…

Fredericksburg Canal Path – April 2011

Many thanks to Andrew who led this walk and to his wife Michell who hosted everyone afterwords for a wonderful brunch!

Great Blue Heron                Eastern phoebe                            European Starling
Canada Goose                      Great-crested Flycatcher           Red-eyed Vireo
Wood Duck                           Eastern Kingbird                         Northern Parula
Black Vulture                      Tree Swallow                                 Yellow Warbler
Turkey Vulture                   N. Rough-winged Swallow          Yellow-rumped Warbler
Osprey                                 Barn Swallow                                Blackpoll Warbler
Bald Eagle                            Blue Jay                                         Common Yellowthroat
Cooper’s Hawk                    American Crow                            Northern Cardinal
Red-tailed Hawk                Fish Crow                                      Indigo Bunting
Killdeer                                Carolina Chickadee                      Eastern Towhee
Solitary Sandpiper             Tufted Titmouse                          Song Sparrow
Mourning Dove                  Carolina Wren                               Swamp Sparrow
Chimney Swift                    House Wren                                  White-throated Sparrow
Red-bellied Woodpecker  Blue-gray Gnatcatcher                Red-winged Blackbird
Downy Woodpecker          Eastern Bluebird                          Common Grackle
Hairy Woodpecker            American Robin                             Brown-headed Cowbird
Northern Flicker               Gray Catbird                                 Orchard Oriole
Pileated Woodpecker                                                                 Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Baltimore Oriole – Photo by Mike Miller
Pileated Woodpecker – Photo by Mark Miller

Stratford Hall – April 2011

Canada Goose                                   Eastern Phoebe                             Northern Parula
Wild Turkey                                      Great Crested Flycatcher            Yellow-rumped Warbler
Double-crested Cormorant            White-eyed Vireo                         Yellow-throated Warbler
Great Blue Heron                            Blue Jay                                           Pine Warbler
Green Heron                                    American Crow                              Palm Warbler
Black Vulture                                   Purple Martin                               Black-and-white Warbler
Turkey Vulture                               Tree Swallow                                 Ovenbird
Osprey                                              N. Rough-winged Swallow           Common Yellowthroat
Bald Eagle                                        Barn Swallow                                 Eastern Towhee
Red-tailed Hawk                             Carolina Chickadee                       Chipping Sparrow
Mourning Dove                               Tufted Titmouse                            White-throated Sparrow
Ruby-throated Hummingbird      White-breasted Nuthatch           Dark-eyed Junco
Belted Kingfisher                            Carolina Wren                               Northern Cardinal
Red-bellied Woodpecker               Blue-gray Gnatcatcher                Eastern Meadowlark
Downy Woodpecker                      Eastern Bluebird                           Brown-headed Cowbird
Hairy Woodpecker                        American Robin                             House Finch
Northern Flicker                           Brown Thrasher                             American Goldfinch
Pileated Woodpecker                                                                             Ruddy Duck
Black Scoter

Blackwater NWR, Hooper’s Island & Cambridge waterfront – Feb. 2011


Tundra Swan                         Wild Turkey                               Rock Dove
Snow Goose                            Horned Grebe                            Mourning Dove
Canada Goose                        Amer. White Pelican                 Belted Kingfisher
Green -winged Teal              Double-crested Cormorant      Red-bellied Woodpecker
Amer. Black Duck                 Great Blue Heron                      Hairy Woodpecker
Mallard                                  Black Vulture                             Blue Jay
Northern Pintail                   Turkey Vulture                         American Crow
Northern Shoveler               Bald Eagle                                  Horned Lark
Gadwall                                 Northern Harrier                      Tree Swallow
American Wigeon                 Red-tailed Hawk                      Carolina Chickadee
Canvasback                          American Kestrel                      Tufted Titmouse
Redhead                                American Coot                          White-breasted Nuthatch
Ring-necked Duck               Killdeer                                       Brown-headed Nuthatch
Greater Scaup                     Greater Yellowlegs                   Brown Creeper
Lesser Scaup                       Dunlin                                         Eastern Bluebird
Long-tailed Duck                Ring-billed Gull                         Hermit Thrush
Surf Scoter                          Herring Gull                              American Robin
Common Goldeneye          Great Black-backed Gull         Northern Mockingbird
Bufflehead                           Forster’s Tern                          European Starling
Hooded Merganser                                                               Yellow-rumped Warbler
Red-breasted Merganser                                                    Song Sparrow
Ruddy Duck                                                                           White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Looking at wintering birds in one of the ponds.
Lots and lots of birds!
FBC at Blackwater NWR

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