Date: 9/17/17 12:37 pm From: Dixie Sommers via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax County
Fifteen birders joined the Friends of Dyke Marsh walk on this beautiful September morning. We found 42 species, including an early fall Yellow-rumped Warbler in the sycamore near the marina restrooms, where it was feeding with Red-eyed and Warbling Vireos and a Pewee. We also had an adult female Yellow Warbler with two juveniles on the Haul Road just before the turns to the boardwalk.
One sharp-eyed participant noticed a kettle of raptors in the sky over the Maryland shore below the end of the Dyke Marsh boardwalk. Scope views revealed Broad-winged Hawks as well as both vultures. Counts were hard to get because of the distance, so conservative numbers are shown below. Other species were generally those expected, but included a large group of Blue-winged Teal on the shallow water at the north end of the Belle Haven picnic area.
The Dyke Marsh bird walk occurs every Sunday morning (except in December 17 and 25). Meet at 8 a.m. in the south parking lot of the Belle Haven picnic area. All are welcome to join us.