Total ABA Species Recorded During 2010 - 731

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Nassawadox CBC

Due to wet weather the Great Dismal Swamp CBC was cancelled. The heavy snowstorm last Saturday wiped out many counts including the Washington Birthplace CBC I had made plans to do. So Sunday's Nassawadox CBC was my first count of the season. The wind kept the boat party from getting out, so we were down 10 or so bird species to begin with. John Young, Renee Hudgins and I were assigned the Willis Wharf sector. Andrew Baldelli, who had ridden up with us, ended up going with Bob Anderson since the two people he was to have been with bailed. We had a nice day with Maplewood Gardens providing some nice uninterrupted birding in the woods and field edges. It was there that we had a Purple Finch in the woods and a handful of Brant in a field for the only individuals of those species on the count. We spent a fair amount of time viewing the mud flats at Willis Wharf where we counted 49 Willets and 98 Marbled Godwits, both numbers being low for this count. One of the godwits is the subject of the image. We also saw the only Red Knots of the count here.  As of this writing the count tallied 107 species.
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