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May: warbler walk

A short trip to one of our favorite spring migrant traps. During spring migrants rarely stay for long and the species mix and numbers change on a daily basis. Species also tend to pass through Northern Virginia is a more or less predictable sequence. Today’s birds were consistent with approaching mid-May although a few White-throated Sparrows remain late.

Despite being only a small patch of woodland amongst suburban housing (15 acres), the flowing stream is a major attraction for migrating birds and offers several good viewing points that gave excellent views of species that would otherwise be in the treetops.

Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus

Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura

Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica

Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus

Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens

Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus

Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus

Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus

Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata

American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus

Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis

Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor

White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis

Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus

Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula

Gray-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus

Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus

Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina

American Robin Turdus migratorius

Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis

European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum

Nashville Warbler Vermivora ruficapilla

Northern Parula Parula americana

Chestnut-sided Warbler Dendroica pensylvanica

Magnolia Warbler Dendroica magnolia

Cape May Warbler Dendroica tigrina

Black-throated Blue Warbler Dendroica caerulescens

Yellow-rumped Warbler Dendroica coronata

Black-throated Green Warbler Dendroica virens

Blackpoll Warbler Dendroica striata

Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia

American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla

Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapillus

Northern Waterthrush Parkesia noveboracensis

Wilson's Warbler Wilsonia pusilla

Canada Warbler Wilsonia canadensis

Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea

White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis

Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater

Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula

House Sparrow Passer domesticus