At the marsh on Merck Property (viewed from Rte 340, south of Elkton) we found 30 Canada Geese, 3 Am. Black Ducks, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, and our first Rusty Blackbird (a nice female). Traversing Nicholson and Model Rds we added 1 Black Vulture, 6 TVs, 1 RT Hawk, 2 Kestrels, 1 H. Lark, 360 Robins, 7 Meadowlarks, our second Rusty Blackbird (a male), and 225 Grackles.
At Lake Campbell we tallied 25 Geese, 3 Mallards, 2 Redheads (male/female), 28 RN Ducks, 7 RB Mergansers, 1 continuing Red-necked Grebe, 5 Coots, 2 B. Kingfishers, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, and 3 Fish Crows. Over at Lake Shenandoah we found what was perhaps the highlight of our day, an adult Peregrine Falcon flew in, circled once, and then made a beeline to the northeast. Other highlights here included 2 Geese, 7 Mallards, another 1 RN Duck, 5 PB Grebes, 4 more continuing Red-necked Grebes, 1 Coot, 2 Fish Crows, 6 Tree & 1 Barn Swallows, 1 YR Warbler.
From here, we went over to the ponds behind the Rockingham Memorial Hospital and found 1 continuing Snow Goose, 28 Canadas, 9 Mallards, 2 RNDucks, 1 continuing WW Scoter, 1 Kestrel, 1 Field Sparrow. We ended our trip on Scholars Rd where we found 15 Fish Crows, and our third Rusty Blackbird (another female). The grand finale for our field trip was a pair of adult Cooper's Hawks that flew by low right in front of us, with the apparent male chasing the apparent female!
Thanks to everyone who participated, and Good Birding to All,
New Hope, VA