Nokesville Christmas Bird Count – December 2010 Survey a Great Success

It was a tough day for birds and birders, cold with steady winds gusting to 30+ mph. But despite the wind and mostly frozen ponds, 26 people sighted 87 species at the Nokesville CBC, a high count for the Nokeville CBC.

Highlights of the day include an immature Golden Eagle at MCB Quantico, and Brewer’s Blackbirds at a dairy farm on Fleetwood Drive, near the intersection with Aden Road.

Owls included a Great Horned Owl, Short-eared Owl on Parkgate Road, Eastern Screech Owl at Prince William Forest Park, and Barred Owls at MCB Quantico and Fauquier County.

A Merlin was seen at the Rte. 234 Wetland Mitigation Area.  There was a Yellow-breasted Chat at the Kelly Leadership Center and a Ring-necked Pheasant was spotted near the Cedar Run Wetland Bank, likely escaped from a nearby hunting preserve.

We had just one Winter Wren, found at Merrimac Farm,  and one Purple Finch, spotted in Fauquier County. American Tree Sparrows and a Meadowlark were at the Foggy Bottom Wetland Bank.

There were many White-throated Sparrows, especially in the wetland areas clustered near Cedar Run and MCB Quantico. Wilson’s Snipe were seen at two locations and it was good to see Northern Bobwhite on the list after two years with none.

We had a great day. Many thanks to the people who make the Nokesville CBC a success:

Kurt Gaskill, Marc Ribaudo, Russ Taylor, Kevin Parker, Ron Hughes, Jake Hosen, Charles Smith, Alton Dick, David Dick, Tom Attanaro, Larry Meade, Julia Flanagan, Greg Justice, Catherine Pauls Kubo, Kevin Munroe, Judy Gallagher, Phil Silas, Gary Myers, Lucy Uncu, Tim Stamps, Charlie Grymes, Cliff Pitts, Eli Hosen, Nancy Vehrs, Harry Glasgow, Todd Day, Ernie Sears, Christine Learman, Amy Wilson, and Joyce Andrew.

The species list is included below. Several people with cameras were there and we’ll post their photos with the complete results here as soon as the report is finalized.

Nokesville Christmas Bird Count – December 27 2010 Species List

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Am. Black Duck
Northern Pintail
Ring-necked Duck
Hooded Merganser
Great Blue Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Golden Eagle
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Am. Kestrel
Ring-necked Pheasant
Northern Bobwhite
Am. Coot
Wilson’s Snipe
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
E. Screech Owl
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Short-eared Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bell Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Am. Crow
Fish Crow
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-br. Nuthatch
White-br. Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-Cr. Kinglet
Ruby-Cr. Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Am. Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Eur. Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Eastern Towhee
Am. Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-thrtd. Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
No. Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
House Finch
Pine Siskin
Am. Goldfinch
House Sparrow


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