2013 Field Trip Reports

Delaware Shore – September 2013

Eleven FBC members had a great weekend on the Delaware shore looking for fall migrants! Check out a complete writeup of the trip here.

Snow Goose Greater Yellowlegs Tree Swallow
Canada Goose Willet Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Tundra Swan Lesser Yellowlegs Barn Swallow
Gadwall Sanderling Carolina Chickadee
American Black Duck Semipalmated Sandpiper Tufted Titmouse
Mallard Western Sandpiper White-breasted Nuthatch
Northern Shoveler Dunlin Brown-headed Nuthatch
American White Pelican Short-billed Dowitcher Carolina Wren
Double-crested Cormorant Long-billed Dowitcher Marsh Wren
Great Blue Heron Laughing Gull Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Great Egret Ring-billed Gull Gray Catbird
Snowy Egret Herring Gull Northern Mockingbird
Tricolored Heron Great Black-backed Gull Brown Thrasher
Green Heron Caspian Tern European Starling
Glossy Ibis Forster’s Tern Pine Warbler
Black Vulture Royal Tern Black and White Warbler
Turkey Vulture Black Skimmer American Redstart
Osprey  Rock Pigeon Common Yellowthroat
Bald Eagle  Morning Dove Scarlet Tanager
Northern Harrier  Ruby-throated Hummingbird Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow
Cooper’s Hawk Belted Kingfisher Seaside Sparrow
Red-shouldered Hawk  Red-bellied Woodpecker Northern Cardinal
Red-tailed Hawk  Downy Woodpecker Blue Grosbeak
Peregrine Falcom  Northern Flicker Bobolink
Clapper Rail  Pileated Woodpecker Red-winged Blackbird
Black-bellied Plover  Eastern Wood Pewee Common Grackle
American Golden Plover  Eastern Phoebe Boat-tailed Grackle
Semipalmated Plover  White-eyed Vireo Brown-headed Cowbird
Killdeer  Red-eyed Vireo House Finch
American Oystercatcher  Blue Jay American Goldfinch
Black-necked Stilt  American Crow House Sparrow
American Avocet


Government Island & Aquia Landing – March 2013

Ten FBC members braved the chilly, overcast morning for a good trip to some local parks.  Below is the combined list for Government Island, Crow’s Nest Parking Lot, and Aquia Landing.

Common Loon American Coot Carolina Chickadee
Pied-billed Grebe Killdeer Tufted Titmouse
Double-crested Comorant Common Snipe White-breasted Nuthatch
Great Blue Heron Ring-billed Gull Brown Creeper
Mute Swan Herring Gull Carolina Wren
Canada Goose Great Black-backed Gull Winter Wren
Wood Duck Mourning Dove Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Black Duck Belted Kingfisher Eastern Bluebird
Mallard Red-bellied Woodpecker Hermit Thrush
Gadwall Downy Woodpecker Brown Thrasher
Ring-necked Duck Hairy Woodpecker European Starling
Lesser Scaup Pileated Woodpecker Northern Cardinal
Bufflehead Eastern Phoebe Rufous-sided Towhee
Hooded Merganser Tree Swallow Field Sparrow
Common Merganser Blue Jay Fox Sparrow
Ruddy Duck American Crow Song Sparrow
Black Vulture Fish Crow White-throated Sparrow
Turkey Vulture Dark-eyed Junco
Osprey Red-winged Blackbird
Bald Eagle Common Grackle
Red-shouldered Hawk Brown-headed Cowbird

North Carolina – February 2013

Click here for a write-up by bird club member, Sally.

Snow Goose Turkey Vulture Fish Crow
Canada Goose Black Vulture Tree Swallow
Tundra Swan Osprey Carolina Chickadee
Wood Duck Bald Eagle Carolina Wren
Gadwall Norther Harrier Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Wigeon Red-tailed Hawk Eastern Bluebird
American Black Duck Coopers Hawk Hermit Thrush
Mallard American Kestrel American Robin
Blue-winged Teal American Coot Gray Catbird
Northern Shoveler Killdeer Northern Mockingbird
Northern Pintail American Avocet Brown Thrasher
Geen-winged Teal Willet European Starling
Greater Scaup Ruddy Turnstone Yellow-rumped Warbler
Lesser Scaup Sanderling Yellow-throated Warbler
Surf Scoter Purple Sandpiper Pine Warbler
Long-tailed Duck Wilson’s Snipe Palm Warbler
Bufflehead Bonaparte’s Gull Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Merganser Ring-billed Gull Eastern Towhee
Common Merganser Herring Gull Chipping Sparrow
Red-breasted Merganser Great Black-backed Gull Savannah Sparrow
Ruddy Duck Forster’s Tern Song Sparrow
Red-throated Loon Razorbill Swamp Sparrow
Common Loon Rock Pigeon White-throated Sparrow
Pied-billed Grebe Mourning Dove Northern Cardinal
Horned Grebe Barred Owl Red-winged Blackbird
Northern Gannet Belted Kingfisher Eastern Meadowlark
Double Crested Cormorant Red-bellied Woodpecker Boat-tailed Grackle
Brown Pelican Downy Woodpecker  Baltimore Oriole
Great Blue Heron Northern Flicker  House Finch
Great Egret Pileated Woodpecker  House Sparrow
Green Heron Eastern Phoebe
Black-crowned Night Heron Blue Jay
White Ibis American Crow


Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel – January 2013

Ten members of FBC enjoyed a great, albeit foggy, day on the CBBT and on the lower eastern shore of Virginia.  Highlights included Harlequin Duck, Red-necked Grebe, and 4 Harbor Seals.

Canada Goose Bald Eagle Red-bellied Woodpecker
Mallard Northern Harrier Downy Woodpecker
Lesser Scaup Red-shouldered Hawk Hairy Woodpecker
Harlequin Duck Red-tailed Hawk Northern Flicker
Surf Scoter American Kestrel Blue Jay
Black Scoter Peregrine Falcon American Crow
Long-tailed Duck Clapper Rail Carolina Chickadee
Bufflehead Black-bellied Plover Carolina Wren
Common Goldeneye American Oystercatcher Northern Mockingbird
Hooded Merganser Greater Yellowlegs European Starling
Red-breasted Merganser Sanderling Yellow-rumped Warbler
Red-throated Loon Purple Sandpiper Eastern Bluebird
Common Loon Rock Pigeon Hermit Thrush
Pied-billed Grebe Eurasian Collard-Dove American Robin
Horned Grebe Mourning Dove House Sparrow
Red-necked Grebe Ring-billed Gull Song Sparrow
Northern Gannet Herring Gull Swamp Sparrow
Brown Pelican Great Black-backed Gull White-throated Sparrow
Double-crested Comorant Great Horned Owl Dark-eyed Junco
Turkey Vulture Belted Kingfisher Northern Cardinal
House Finch


Officer Smith kept a close eye on the crazy birders and even he was excited about the Harlequin Duck!

Officer Smith kept a close eye on the crazy birders and even he was excited about the Harlequin Duck!

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