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Morning on the Blue Ridge

Songbird migration season will be over in just a few weeks, so I try to squeeze in time to see what is coming through. On my way to Sweet Briar this morning, I took a short detour and stopped for a few minutes along the the Blue Ridge Parkway. It didn't take long before several warblers and other migrating birds popped into view:

I also saw a few Cedar waxwings near the Rockfish River.

Kenilworth Gardens

While at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens early on Saturday afternoon, we spent some time looking for birds. Jacqueline saw a Common yellowthroat, but it eluded me. I saw a group of medium-sized shorebirds that made a lot of noise when they flew, revealing white tail feathers. I'm pretty sure they were Black-bellied plovers, which would be a life bird for me!

Just prior to the Washington Nationals baseball game at RFK Stadium, as dusk was approaching, I gazed out toward the east from the upper concourse level and spotted a large white bird wading in the Anacostia River about a quarter mile away. It had to be a Great egret.


For most of this month, it seemed like I saw the same birds behind the Staunton-Augusta Rescue Squad every time I went there, but a several new ones (first of season) appeared this past week.

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