Featherstone Refuge – Christmas Bird Count January 2, 2010

It was a grey day, with temperatures in the high 40’s and light rain on an off throughout the day. Five volunteers – Kevin Parker, Charles Smith, Jim Klakowicz, Ernie Sears and Kim Hosen – trekked through the Featherstone Refuge looking for birds as part of the Ft. Belvoir Circle for the 111th Christmas Bird Count.

We found 47 species of birds. Highlights include adult and immature Bald Eagles, Woodcock, a Barred Owl, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Tundra Swan flying north along the Potomac River shoreline.

It was a very fun day… outdoors at a special natural area, watching birds with good friends. Keep reading for the complete species list. Click here to view  photos of the day, here to read more about the Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge and here to read more about the national Christmas Bird Count, the oldest and largest citizen science event in existence.

Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge
January 2 2010 Christmas Bird Count
– 47 species

Canada Goose
Tundra Swan
Black Duck
Mallard
Ruddy Duck
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
accipter sp.
Buteo sp.
Killdeer
Woodcock
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Barred Owl
Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Robin
Mockingbird
Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Junco
Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Goldfinch

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