Date: 2/25/17 1:09 pm From: Phil Silas via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Mason Neck State Park, Feb 25, 2017
Twenty birders with the Northern Virginia Bird Club joined me and co-leader David Ledwith at Mason Neck State Park this balmy winter morning. We tallied 51 species, and many saw their personal high total of Bald Eagles. They were very active and scopes revealed many perched across Belmont Bay toward Meadowood. Waterfowl were abundant with a group of Red-breasted Mergansers providing close views from the beach far down the Bay View Trail. On the wetland side, Wood Ducks were seen behind the not-so-shy Mallards. The Red-headed Woodpeckers and Hermit Thrush were a treat, as were the returning Tree Swallows. Complete checklist follows. Phil Silas Woodbridge, Va.
-----Original Message----- From: ebird-checklist <ebird-checklist...> To: epsdcva <epsdcva...> Sent: Sat, Feb 25, 2017 2:50 pm Subject: eBird Report - Mason Neck State Park, Feb 25, 2017
Mason Neck State Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US Feb 25, 2017 8:00 AM - 10:47 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.1 mile(s) 51 species
Canada Goose 40 Wood Duck 7 Gadwall 100 American Wigeon 8 American Black Duck 4 Mallard 21 Northern Shoveler 60 Canvasback 10 Redhead 12 Ring-necked Duck 8 Lesser Scaup 3000 Bufflehead 20 Hooded Merganser 6 Red-breasted Merganser 36 Ruddy Duck 80 Pied-billed Grebe 9 Double-crested Cormorant 36 Great Blue Heron 4 Turkey Vulture 6 Bald Eagle 36 About 2/3 were scoped from Visitor Center across Belmont Bay from near Frenchman's Point to where Belmont Landing Rd ends. One nest visible just W of a stand of bamboo. Most were perched but many were fishing. Another dozen were flying over the bay, perched across at Occoquan Bay NWR, or seen flying/perched as we walked the open portion of the Bay View trail. Conservative count. American Coot 1000 Ring-billed Gull 30 Herring Gull 20 Great Black-backed Gull 11 Mourning Dove 8 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-headed Woodpecker 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker 5 Downy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 1 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Blue Jay 1 American Crow 5 Fish Crow 2 Tree Swallow 8 Just arrived in numbers Carolina Chickadee 11 Tufted Titmouse 6 White-breasted Nuthatch 4 Carolina Wren 5 Golden-crowned Kinglet 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 Eastern Bluebird 14 Hermit Thrush 1 American Robin 20 Dark-eyed Junco 24 White-throated Sparrow 12 Song Sparrow 6 Eastern Towhee 1 Northern Cardinal 4 Red-winged Blackbird 15 American Goldfinch 4