Date: 10/8/17 11:21 am From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh: Oct 8, 2017
The weekly Sunday 8:00 AM walk sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh and free and open to all was a bit dark and moist this morning. Eight people came out for what proved to be a decent outing despite the conditions. The leaders were Phil Kenny and me with help from Ed Eder. We were fortunate that the rain held off for the most part with only a few sprinkles. Birding was a little slow, but we did enjoy close looks at some waterfowl has come in recently including Blue-winged Teal, Gadwall, Ruddy Ducks, and Northern Shovelers. Warblers remain scarce with only three species encountered. We are hopeful that fall migration has been bottled up north of us and that there will be another surge of migrants once the winds change. Other highlights were nice looks at Bald Eagles, some American Coots, a House Wren, and a Belted Kingfisher. A Green Heron was apparently present in the marina earlier in the morning, but it was not seen when we were there.
Larry Meade Merrifield, VA
Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, Virginia, US Oct 8, 2017 7:26 AM - 10:50 AM Protocol: Traveling 2.0 mile(s) 44 species
Canada Goose 150 Blue-winged Teal 5 Northern Shoveler 50 Gadwall 2 Mallard 60 American Black Duck 2 Ruddy Duck 5 Pied-billed Grebe 9 Great Blue Heron 8 Great Egret 12 Black Vulture 1 Turkey Vulture 3 Bald Eagle 6 American Coot 12 Laughing Gull 50 Ring-billed Gull 12 Herring Gull 2 Caspian Tern 7 Forster's Tern 10 Mourning Dove 5 Chimney Swift 100 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 Downy Woodpecker 2 Northern Flicker 3 Eastern Phoebe 2 Blue Jay 25 American Crow 3 Fish Crow 25 Carolina Chickadee 2 House Wren 1 Carolina Wren 8 American Robin 10 Gray Catbird 3 Northern Mockingbird 1 European Starling 25 Palm Warbler 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler 6 Common Yellowthroat 1 Northern Cardinal 12 Red-winged Blackbird 31 Common Grackle 5 House Finch 10 American Goldfinch 2