Tuesday, May 8, 2007

I have a little catching up to do! Here goes!

Birds @ Town Point on Nansemond River - Suffolk, VA: Red-shouldered Hawk - 4/28 - 1 soaring N (very high/harassed by grackles)
White-eyed Vireo - 4/28
Tree Swallow - 5/6 - flocks over river during strong NE winds
Gray Catbird - 4/28 - dozens about
Black-throated Green Warbler - 4/28 - FOY - For some reason I mainly have fall records here. (Arrival Dates: 28-Apr-07, 08-May-93, & 31-May-99.)
Blackpoll Warbler - 4/28 - FOY - (Arrival Dates: 24-Apr-04, 28-Apr-07, 01-May-02, 06-May-98, 06-May-06, 10-May-05, 09-May-03, 15-May-00, & 15-May-01)
Common Yellowthroat - 4/28
Eastern Towhee - 4/28 - FOY
Bobolink - 4/28 - FOY - Large flocks have arrived. Note that a 4/28 arrival date has happened three times! (Arrival Dates: 25-Apr-98, 28-Apr-96, 28-Apr-97, 28-Apr-07, 01-May-93, 01-May-99, 08-May-05, 15-May-00, & 15-May-01)
Bobolink - 5/8 - Flocks continue to use the field bordering my front yard - I love to hear these birds in the early morning along with the Purple Martins.

Birds @ Nickawampus Farm in Accomack Co. - 5/2/07:
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Wild Turkey
- 10 gobblers 2 fields over from our farm. For the first time this year we have been seeing hen turkeys on our farm. Hopefully we'll see some poults soon!
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover - nice flock of 20+ along mudflat
Lesser Yellowlegs
- 1 along mudflat
Marbled Godwit - nice flock of 8+ along mudflat
Roseate Tern - 1 flying back out towards the inlet, calling, BEAUTIFUL
Common Tern
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Eastern Bluebird
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Field Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
- There is a small breeding colony at the farm - 2 seen on this date.
White-throated Sparrow
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Orchard Oriole

Birds @ Bennetts Creek - Suffolk, VA - 5/6/07:
Great Egret
Wood Duck
Clapper Rail
Gull-billed Tern
- 1 cruising over marsh
Seaside Sparrow - 10+ singing
Red-winged Blackbird
Boat-tailed Grackle