Date: 3/28/17 4:07 pm From: David Young <lcdyoung93...> Subject: [Va-bird] Palm Warbler, Great Falls NP - Tundra Swans, Lake Anne
Visited Great Falls NP for an hour at 3:00 PM. I had a few FOY birds in mind while driving over, but totally forgot about the one that I would see, a Palm Warbler ( FOY in Va), hanging out on the fringes of a vocal Carolina Chickadee/ Titmouse flock . I birded the area from the far parking lot up to the dam, ducks in order of numbers included Bufflehead, Ring Necked, Black and Common Mergansers. Buffleheads have been seen in real solid numbers all winter here and above the dam at Riverbend. Double Crested Cormorants were actively fishing below the dam and then making trips up to the rookery on Conn Island ( Immediately above the dam), they share space with the dozens of Great Blues that constantly come and go from the tree tops. Probably Black-crowned Night-Herons in there too. The Bald Eagle nest on Conn had zero activity while I was there, but saw a few in flight. On the way home while passing Lake Anne in Reston, I saw 4 Tundra Swans on the Lake along with Tree Swallows and probable Rough Winged which I lost track in poor lighting. I've been hearing Tundra Swans migrating overhead late at night, it still always awes me to hear them woohooing and then see them come into sight silhouette against the night, but they are an uncommon sight on the Lake.