Date: 1/7/18 1:49 pm
From: Kristine Lansing via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 01/07/2018 (Fairfax County)

Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified approximately 28 species and included 6 participants.  Birds were in abundance despite the single-digit temperature (3 degrees, actually) at the start of the walk.  Although there were gobs of Canada Geese, relatively few species of ducks were sighted -- Common Mergansers, Black Ducks, and Mallards only -- likely due to the amount of ice on the river.  And even the ice was singing.
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  480
Mallard  65
American Black Duck  2
Common Merganser  6
Black Vulture  5
Bald Eagle  2    One eagle was perched adjacent to the Conn Island nest; the other was in a canopy tree along the path that joins Great Falls Park and Riverbend Park, in approximately the same location as on 12/24 and 12/31/2017.
Mourning Dove  1
Eastern Screech-Owl  1    Undisclosed location.
Barred Owl  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  9
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  5
Northern Flicker  5
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  12
crow sp.  8
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Carolina Wren  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  4
Eastern Bluebird  13
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Dark-eyed Junco  5
White-throated Sparrow  12
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  3
American Goldfinch  5

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