Field Trip to Hog Island, November 20

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A great morning on Hog Island Sunday -- warm temperatures and a beautiful spot to wander around. We had 32 birders and 59 bird species!!

The list of birds is at the end of this email. There were two groups so not each group saw all of these species, but I hope everyone saw most of them.  One of the birding highlights for our group was the great look at the Peregrine Falcon that zoomed directly in front of us and then perched on a pine limb so we could get great looks through the scopes. Shirley enjoyed seeing the Brown-headed Nuthatches too! A cute bird…and so busy!

We saw butterflies: Cabbage white, clouded and orange sulfur, buckeye, checkered skipper, variegated frit, monarch, and pearl crescent.  Pretty good for November!

Many thanks to Brian Taber and Bill Williams who led the groups around. Everyone appreciated the spotting scopes you brought.


Hog Island WMA - CSW04, Surry, US-VA
Nov 20, 2011 8:05 AM - 2:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.5 mile(s)
Comments:     two birding groups, one of 9, one of 23
59 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose  234
Wood Duck  1
Gadwall  17
American Black Duck  6
Mallard  10
Northern Pintail  7
Green-winged Teal (American)  7
Bufflehead  1
Hooded Merganser  8
Pied-billed Grebe  7
Double-crested Cormorant  41
Great Blue Heron  27

Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  8
Bald Eagle  5
Northern Harrier  3
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
American Kestrel  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
Clapper Rail  1
American Coot  5
Killdeer  1
Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Laughing Gull  28
Ring-billed Gull  35
Herring Gull (American)  5
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Forster's Tern  7
Mourning Dove  2
Belted Kingfisher  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2
American Crow  9
Fish Crow  1
crow sp.  1
Carolina Chickadee  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown-headed Nuthatch  10
Carolina Wren  3
Winter Wren  3
Marsh Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  13
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  5
Eastern Bluebird  5
American Robin  25
Northern Mockingbird  7
European Starling  3
Cedar Waxwing  60
Orange-crowned Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  8
Eastern Towhee  4
Savannah Sparrow (Eastern)  4
Song Sparrow  33
Swamp Sparrow  16
White-throated Sparrow  6
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  126
Eastern Meadowlark  10
American Goldfinch  1

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (


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