Date: 1/2/18 5:54 am From: Kurt via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] Brief summary of the Fort Belvoir CBC 31 Dec 2017
Despite temperatures just above 20F and an occasional breeze the count did well with the total currently at 109 species and only a few outstanding reports which are not expected to affect the outcome. This is just a little below the long term average of 112 to 113. Unusual and/or notable species were: Cackling Goose off Mason Neck, Eurasian Wigeon in Pohick Bay, Long-tailed Duck off Occ Bat NWR near the Potomac, Great Egret at Occ. Bay NWR, Merlin at Huntley Meadows and Maryland, Lesser Yellowlegs at the Cole Treatment Plant in Lorton, Glaucous Gull in the Occoquan River, Common Raven in several places, American Pipits at Mason Neck NWR and the Lorton landfill, Yellow Warbler at Leesylvania SP, Clay-colored Sparrow at Laurel Hill Eq. Area, Lincoln’s Sparrow in Veteran’s Park (north side) and 2 Pine Siskin in a big goldfinch flock in the Huntley Meadows area.
Other interesting and more common species found were: Wood Duck, Common Goldeneye, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Wilson’s Snipe, American Woodcock, Wild Turkey, the three typical owls, and Eastern Meadowlark.
Count Week species were: Eared Grebe in Pohick Bay, Iceland Gull in the Occoquan River, Peregrine Falcon at Belmont Marina, House Wren at Lorton landfill, and Pine Warbler at a feeder in the Woodbridge area.
My grateful thank yous to all the volunteers and Sector Leaders who made the count possible. See you on the next count Sunday, Dec 30, 2018!