Winter 2017/2018

December 10, 2017

I ventured out midday due to some previous work commitments.  Some remnant snow was on some vegetated surfaces but it was short lived.  Bird activity appeared to be at a minimum but I still got to enjoy an adult Cooper’s Hawk perched in the open at Blandy Experimental Farm and a little later in the afternoon a single American Tree Sparrow west of Winchester.

Cooper's Hawk at Blandy Experimental Farm, Clarke County, Va.

Cooper’s Hawk at Blandy Experimental Farm, Clarke County, Va.

Cooper's Hawk at Blandy Experimental Farm, Clarke County, Va.

Cooper’s Hawk at Blandy Experimental Farm, Clarke County, Va.

American Tree Sparrow in Frederick County, Va.

American Tree Sparrow in Frederick County, Va.

American Tree Sparrow in Frederick County, Va.

American Tree Sparrow in Frederick County, Va.

December 2, 2017

I visited the City of Hopewell this morning.  Temperatures were close to freezing and a light general fog was initially over some of the area.  Birds of interest were continuing Orange-crowned Warblers (4), Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1) and Baltimore Oriole (2 possibly 3).

Later in the day both Red-shouldered and Red-tailed Hawks presented good photographic opportunities.

December 1, 2017

I stopped by Colonial Heights, Va. this afternoon and quickly confirmed and photographed the Brant on the pond in front of the Holiday Inn.