Date: 12/31/17 7:46 am
From: Kristine Lansing via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 12/31/2017 (Fairfax County)

Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified approximately approximately 20 species and included 2 participants.  Fewer species were observed than usual, likely in part because the walk was shortened due to the cold.  With the possible exception of ducks, birds did, however, appear to be in abundance, foraging on the ground, and disappearing into and emerging from myriad tree cavities.     
The walk meets at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, rain or shine, in front of the snack bar/concession stand of the Great Falls Park visitors' center; it does not take place, though, during electrical storms, heavy snows, or when the trails are icy.  All birders are welcome!
Canada Goose  245
Mallard  2
Bufflehead  4
Common Merganser  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Bald Eagle  1    Initially in flight but then, as on 12/24/2017, perched in a canopy tree along the trail leading to Riverbend Park, in the general area below the dam.
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  9
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Downy/Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  2
crow sp.  5
Carolina Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  11
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Golden-crowned Kinglet  4
Dark-eyed Junco  27
White-throated Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  10

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