Date: 3/28/17 8:05 am From: Alan Handley <alan.lomion...> Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon present around 9:45
We pulled up at the parking on Royal Street, and seconds after getting out of the car the bird flew in and landed near the top of the right tower, staying put for a few minutes and giving excellent views. It was eventually chased off by a fish crow, and after waiting a bit we walked down to the river. Just after crossing the train tracks and turning left to go upstream, the falcon swooped in 50 ft or so in front of us, presumably making a pass at one of the numerous sparrows along the trail.
Plenty of other birds around, including one Field Sparrow amongst the many juncos, as well as an Osprey flying downstream. In the river we had one Scaup sp. pair, and big rafts of cormorants and coots.