Saturday, December 22, 2012

Western Kingbird in James City County

Tom Armour found this Western Kingbird this morning, about 1/4 mile before the end of Treasure Island Road, along the fence and wires. It was still there as of 1:30 when this picture was taken. This is just across the James River from Chippokes State Park, where one has been seen recently.
Brian Taber

Friday, December 14, 2012

Speaking of Rare Grebes...

Just a few days after the post below, of the rare Red-necked Grebe, this Eared Grebe, a bird typically of western North America and very rare in this area, was found at Craney Island, Portsmouth yesterday...photo by Bill Williams. The image, though distant and backlit, shows the characteristic rounded, "peaked" head shape, very thin bill, dusky face and a body profile that rides high on the water.

Brian Taber

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Red-necked Grebe

This Red-necked Grebe, rare in the area, was at the south island of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-tunnel today.
Brian Taber