Date: 4/16/17 1:01 pm
From: Dixie Sommers via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh, Fairfax County - first of season!
On this lovely Easter and Passover morning, 15 birders walked the Dyke Marsh
trail and enjoyed First of Season sightings (first at least for this walk):
three Yellow Warblers heard well and taking some effort to locate, a male
Orchard Oriole singing from a tree top near the boardwalk, and an Eastern
Kingbird posing for views.

There were also lots of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and a Brown Thrasher popped
up in the bushes near the marina restroom. We encountered two Horned Grebes
in breeding plumage, two adult Bald Eagles interacting raucously in the tree
across the water from the last viewing platform, and counted 10 Osprey,
including at least three occupied nests. We saw 43 species in all, plus one
woodpecker that zipped by too fast to distinguish Downy from Hairy.

The Sunday morning Dyke Marsh bird walk is sponsored by the Friends of Dyke
Marsh and is held every Sunday morning at 8:00 AM, free and open to all.

Dixie Sommers

Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax, Virginia, US Apr 16, 2017 7:55 AM -
10:55 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.0 mile(s)

Comments: FODM Sunday walk. Mileage one-way

43 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 7

Mallard 9

Lesser Scaup 3

Pied-billed Grebe 2

Horned Grebe 2

Double-crested Cormorant 10

Great Blue Heron 1

Turkey Vulture 1

Osprey 10

Bald Eagle 5

Ring-billed Gull 50

Caspian Tern 4

Forster's Tern 2

Mourning Dove 4

Red-bellied Woodpecker 5

Downy Woodpecker 2

Downy/Hairy Woodpecker 1

Pileated Woodpecker 1

Eastern Kingbird 1

Blue Jay 4

American Crow 2

Fish Crow 7

Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2

Tree Swallow 15

Carolina Chickadee 6

Tufted Titmouse 6

Carolina Wren 8

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 8

American Robin 10

Brown Thrasher 1

Northern Mockingbird 1

European Starling 15

Common Yellowthroat 1

Yellow Warbler 3

Yellow-rumped Warbler 6

White-throated Sparrow 9

Eastern Towhee 4

Northern Cardinal 13

Red-winged Blackbird 40

Brown-headed Cowbird 1

Orchard Oriole 1 Male

House Finch 2

American Goldfinch 4

House Sparrow 1

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