Nature Notes – Merrimac Farm April 29, 1012

by Harry Glasgow

On the last Sunday of every month, the Prince William Conservation Alliance sponsors a nature walk at the Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area in Nokesville.  This morning, we walked this very beautiful remote property and tallied 38 species. 

Of particular interest were Warblers.  We found an abundance of Prairie Warblers, and what could almost be called a flock of Hooded Warblers along the area’s Cedar Run Trail, which provided the greatest concentration. 

A Louisiana Waterthrush, one of the Hooded Warblers, and the Magnolia provided the best views, while the others were heard rather than seen.  

White-eyed Vireos were very plentiful, as were Red-eyed Vireos, Barred owls, and even a few Wood Thrushes.  It was a beautifully cool and bright morning for a walk deep in the woods. The full list is below the fold and the preliminary bird list for Merrimac Farm is online here.

Merrimac Farm Bird List – April 29 2012

Canada Goose  4
Wild Turkey  1
Green Heron  2
Turkey Vulture  3
Mourning Dove  1
Barred Owl  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Phoebe  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
White-eyed Vireo  6
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  4
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  5
Eastern Bluebird  1
Wood Thrush  4
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  3
European Starling  2
Ovenbird  4
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Common Yellowthroat  5
Hooded Warbler  6
Northern Parula  3
Magnolia Warbler  1
Prairie Warbler  8
Eastern Towhee  7
Field Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  6
Northern Cardinal  4
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  5
American Goldfinch  6

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