Date: 11/12/17 9:45 am
From: Larry Cartwright via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Merlin puts on a show at Huntley Meadows today
The regularly scheduled Sunday morning walk at Dyke Marsh shifted to the
Huntley Meadows Hike-Bike Trail today because of the closure of the George
Washington Parkway for a race. It was rather slow, but the absolute
highlight was a Merlin chasing three American Crows around the central
wetland near the water control structure. Although outsized and outnumbered,
the feisty Merlin put on a virtually nonstop pursuit of the three corvids,
stopping to rest briefly before returning to the chase. This thrilling
sight lasted for over five minutes. I'd say the contest was a draw. Both
Merlin and crows were present when we left. We also heard a small, but
vocal flock of Tundra Swans fly overhead. Several species of woodpeckers,
including a sapsucker, were quite active at the parking lot, and it was a
delight to see several Field Sparrows as well as we returned along the
gravel path from the water control structure.

Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia, US Nov 12,
2017 7:59 AM - 11:09 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.0 mile(s)

35 species

Canada Goose 24

Tundra Swan 5

Northern Shoveler 3

Mallard 30

Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 3

Bald Eagle 1

Ring-billed Gull 5

Mourning Dove 5

Red-bellied Woodpecker 10

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1

Downy Woodpecker 5

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 6

Pileated Woodpecker 1

Merlin 1

Eastern Phoebe 1

Blue Jay 12

American Crow 18

Fish Crow 4

Carolina Chickadee 8

Tufted Titmouse 3

White-breasted Nuthatch 3

Brown Creeper 1

Carolina Wren 6

Golden-crowned Kinglet 2

Eastern Bluebird 1

Hermit Thrush 1

American Robin 5

Field Sparrow 3

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 5

White-throated Sparrow 30

Song Sparrow 25

Northern Cardinal 8

House Finch 1

American Goldfinch 20

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Larry Cartwright

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