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.

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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

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