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.

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Subject: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Sep 17, 2017

Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax, Virginia, US Sep 17, 2017 7:48 AM - 10:53 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
42 species (+1 other taxa)

Blue-winged Teal 15
Mallard 40
Pied-billed Grebe 14
Double-crested Cormorant 14
Great Blue Heron 5
Great Egret 20
Green Heron 1
Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 3
Osprey 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 5
Broad-winged Hawk 2
Laughing Gull 28
Ring-billed Gull 8
Herring Gull 2
Caspian Tern 11
Forster's Tern 5
Mourning Dove 3
Chimney Swift 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Warbling Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 1
Fish Crow 4
crow sp. 5
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 7
Gray Catbird 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
Yellow Warbler 3 Adult female with 2 young
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 First fall male. Bird was foraging about 20 feet up. Had whitish underparts with light streaking on breast and flanks and prominent yellow patch below wings. Dull white wing-bars. Upper tail coverts not visible. Upperparts primarily dark, including brownish auricular area contrasting with dull whitish unstreaked throat and faint supercilium. Also faint eye-ring.
Northern Cardinal 9
Red-winged Blackbird 70

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