Date: 9/10/17 10:46 am From: Kristine Lansing via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 09/10/2017 (Fairfax County)
Following is the tally from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified approximately 38 species. One of the highlights of the walk involved several noted instances, both downstream and upstream, of what appeared to be large clouds of mist rising above the Potomac River. Upon closer observation, however, the clouds actually were immense swarms of flying insects, highlighted in the rays of the morning sun. The walk meets on Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m. in front of the snack bar/concession stand of the Great Falls Park visitors' center. All birders are welcome!
Canada Goose 12 Mallard 14 Double-crested Cormorant 8 Great Blue Heron 1 Black Vulture 6 Turkey Vulture 3 Bald Eagle 1 Juvenile Mourning Dove 4 Yellow-billed Cuckoo 3 Chimney Swift 5 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 Downy Woodpecker 3 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee 6 Eastern Phoebe 1 Great Crested Flycatcher 1 Yellow-throated Vireo 1 Warbling Vireo 3 Red-eyed Vireo 6 Blue Jay 5 American Crow 1 Common Raven 2 Riding the thermals. Carolina Chickadee 5 Tufted Titmouse 6 White-breasted Nuthatch 5 Carolina Wren 5 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3 Gray Catbird 1 Cedar Waxwing 3 At least one juvenile. Common Yellowthroat 1 Black-throated Blue Warbler 1 Black-throated Green Warbler 1 Scarlet Tanager 1 Northern Cardinal 4 American Goldfinch 2