Date: 2/13/18 12:17 pm From: Kristine Lansing via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 02/11/2018 (Fairfax County)
Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified 25 species and included 4 participants. The temperature during the walk held at a steady 44 degrees as bands of heavy rain moved through the region, and visibility was limited. Although the river above the falls was running high and swift, some male Buffleheads were hard at work trying to attract the attention of the females.
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 20
Mallard 2 Ring-necked Duck 20 Bufflehead 20 Common Merganser 5 Great Blue Heron 1 Mourning Dove 3 Eastern Screech-Owl 1 Undisclosed location. Barred Owl 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 5 Downy Woodpecker 2 Pileated Woodpecker 3 Blue Jay 5 American Crow 4 Carolina Chickadee 8 Tufted Titmouse 13 White-breasted Nuthatch 3 Carolina Wren 9 Golden-crowned Kinglet 3 American Robin 20 In a flock. Dark-eyed Junco 10 White-throated Sparrow 7 Song Sparrow 4 Swamp Sparrow 1 Northern Cardinal 6