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Team Information: Fredericksburg Flighty Flickers
- Canada Goose Branta canadensis
- Mute Swan Cygnus olor
- Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
- Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
- Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
- Herring Gull Larus argentatus
- Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus
- Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
- Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
- Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
- Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
- Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
- Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
- Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
- Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
- Osprey Pandion haliaetus
- Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
- Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
- Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
- Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
- Merlin Falco columbarius
- Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
- American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
- Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus
- Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
- Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
- Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
- Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
- Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
Weather: Early cloud to full sun, strong wind all day with gusts up to 40mph. Temps on the low 60s.
Location: Aquia Landing Park, Stafford, Virginia.
Time At Location: 11 hours. 7:35 am - 6:35 pm.
Hurricaine Matthew impacted our first Big Sit! We had to pick between rain all day Saturday, or sun and wind on Sunday - we picked the latter! The wind was relentless, which kept all the song birds hunkered down and out of sight. In addition, we were unable to hear virtually any vocalizations. However, despite our dismal showing, we had a fun day, with great company, delicious food, and a shared love for being outdoors enjoying the natural world. We will be back! Non-avian species seen: river otter; deer; sulphur, cabbage white, and monarch butterflies.
While birding in the rain is miserable, birding in wind, up to 40mph, is virtually impossible. At one point we spotted 3 Osprey, but it turned out they were headed to Qnantico Marine Base! Mike Bathke scoped 6 birds across Aquia Creek, foraging on the grass, they turned out to be Northern Flickers, a fortuitous sighting considering our team name!