Date: 4/2/17 12:13 pm From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh, Apr 2, 2017
A sizable group of birders came out this morning to enjoy a beautiful and interesting morning of birding. It was the Friends of Dyke Marsh sponsored Sunday morning Dyke Marsh walk held every Sunday morning at 8:00 AM which is free and open to all. Our group had nice diversity in terms of age and birding experience and was fun showing birds to people whicb they had not seen before, Some highlights included active Bald Eagles and Ospreys throughout the morning. One pair of Bald Eagles perched closely together not too far from the deck at the end of the boardwalk. The female kept vocalizing loudly right in the ear of the male. We can only imagine what she was complaining about. We also spotted four species of swallows including a pair of Purple Martins flying over the picnic area and a Barn Swallow at the end of the boardwalk. Grebes were agreeable as both species swam close for good views. Also, a Red-tailed Hawk flew in and landed just over our heads and then took off with a Blue Jay in pursuit. A Brown Creeper, Winter Wren and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker put in appearances and represented wintering birds well.
Larry Meade Merrifield, VA
Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, Virginia, US Apr 2, 2017 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.5 mile(s) 56 species
Canada Goose 30 Wood Duck 2 American Black Duck 5 Mallard 12 Lesser Scaup 50 Bufflehead 7 Hooded Merganser 1 Common Merganser 3 Red-breasted Merganser 3 Common Loon 3 Flyover Pied-billed Grebe 4 Horned Grebe 6 Double-crested Cormorant 10 Great Blue Heron 2 Osprey 9 Bald Eagle 6 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Ring-billed Gull 40 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3 Mourning Dove 8 Red-bellied Woodpecker 5 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 Downy Woodpecker 8 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 1 Eastern Phoebe 3 Blue Jay 4 American Crow 2 Fish Crow 6 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 4 Purple Martin 2 Tree Swallow 15 Barn Swallow 1 Carolina Chickadee 10 Tufted Titmouse 4 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Brown Creeper 1 Winter Wren 1 Carolina Wren 7 Golden-crowned Kinglet 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 American Robin 12 Northern Mockingbird 1 European Starling 3 Yellow-rumped Warbler 2 White-throated Sparrow 8 Song Sparrow 6 Swamp Sparrow 1 Eastern Towhee 2 Northern Cardinal 14 Red-winged Blackbird 20 Common Grackle 4 Brown-headed Cowbird 1 House Finch 4 American Goldfinch 8 House Sparrow 3