Total ABA Species Recorded During 2010 - 731

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Nansemond River CBC

Boy was it windy and cold! Numbers were down. Andrew Baldelli joined John and me for the sector I usually do, namely Pughsville North. The TCC campus is moving so the place was rather dead. I checked with security to tell them we were going to be around and then we set off for the superfund site which produced a bit less than in earlier years. The pond had only Hooded Mergansers, but a small flock of Sanderlings flew in at our feet and played jump the waves with the wind-swept water breaking over their feet. A Red-shouldered Hawk was nice. Woodpeckers were slow. We did catch up with a Blue-headed Vireo. After the Boat-tailed Grackles at Walmart and a McDonald's lunch, we worked the edges and the two big ponds at Harborview. The 3 American Coots and the single Green-winged Teal were the only ones for the count. Bennet's Creek had another Blue-headed Vireo and a feeder stop produced Brown-headed Nuthatch, House Finch, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and a Baltimore Oriole. The compilation for the count is incomplete but the tally was 121 with two sectors yet to report. The 15 new year birds brought my total to 97.
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