Walt Childs and I hadn't been birding along the James River for several months, so we decided to head first to Warren Ferry to see if any early season Yellow-throated Warblers had arrived.
As we were driving along Langhorne Road, a Red-tailed hawk flew by us. A short distance down the road, we thought that we saw the hawk eating something in a field, but it turned out that the second sighting was actually a different and lighter-colored Red-tailed Hawk. A minute or so later, the first hawk flew from a tree, and then the second hawk took off.
There wasn't much to see at Warren Ferry - only a few woodland birds and Canada Geese.
Our next stop was at Totier Creek Park. I heard a Belted Kingfisher, and as I walked closer to its call, a large bird took off. My first, momentary, thought was that it was awfully big for a Kingfisher, and then soon realized it was an Osprey with a partially eaten fish in its talons.
We saw only a few birds there, including more White-throated Sparrows, a Gray Catbird, Northern Rough-winged Swallows, and a Pied-billed Grebe.
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
We made a few more stops along the James River, and only saw some more common species.
Our last stop was at the James River Wildlide Management Area. This WMA hasn't been very productive for birding on previous visits there, but it was a little better today. Soon after we entered the WMA, we saw our third Red-tailed Hawk of the day.
We crossed the railroad tracks and hiked around the marsh areas. There were lots of loud frogs, a pair of Red-tailed Hawks, some sparrows, Mallards and Wood Ducks, and a Rusty Blackbird. We ended the trip with 30 avian species.