Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Jackson Abbott Wildlife Refuge, Woodlawn, VA, April 11, 2005
To complete a full day of birding (unplanned), Fred and I decided to stop off at the Jackson Abbott Wildlife Refuge--a couple miles from our house. We carried the scope in and set up on the observation platform that overlooks the wetlands (not the pond). Got great looks at a great blue heron, several wood ducks and the hooded merganser pair pictured below (much better through the scope!). Also the ubiquitous redwinged blackbirds and Canada geese. One last pass with the scope revealed a belted kingfisher sitting on a tree branch waaaay back--too far by far to try for a pic. All in all, a great day of birding.