Lots of news.
One of my highly wanted birds was Willow Flycatcher. The Augusta Bird Club that I'm part of has an active facebook group and I asked where to find Willow Flycatcher in the county. A nice birder from the area, Andrew Clem said that they were fairly common along Bells Lane, a location just 20 minutes from where I live. I went there this afternoon and after not much time I heard it, "Fitz Bew" "Fitz Bew". After another couple of minutes I spotted it. Willow Flycatcher on the board -- a life bird for me and year bird 301!
Another piece of news is I got my "eyes on a Scissor". A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, rare for the east coast (other than Florida in the winter, but I missed it there) was seen by several birders about 2 hours away from here today. First spotted at 8:30 am it was still there at 6 pm. If it's around tomorrow, I'm Scissor-tailed bound! Also tomorrow is a trip for Whip-poor-will's and a good chance for Chuck-will's-widdows in the evening. Chuck is a lifer I still need! All so exciting!
Also, Dismal Swamp is a no. My mom just got back from Canada and she's getting a book off to the printer and it's taking all too much time to yet fit a 3 day trip into the Dismal Swamp and Piney Grove Preserve for Red-cockaded Woodpeckers. So I'm giving up Red-cockaded Woodpecker. There's still a chance I can get Swainson's Warbler in southwestern Virginia, or more likely West Virginia. Oh well. I can't do everything and it's not worth busting to the full endless possibilities while home this week to go on the weekend.