Date: 2/18/18 11:06 am From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh, Feb 18, 2018
Eight birders came out for a pleasant walk at Dyke Marsh. These Friends of Dyke Marsh sponsored walks are held every Sunday morning at 8:00 AM and are free and open to all. The morning started out a bit gray and cool, but the sun eventually appeared and warmed us up. We noticed that there has been a decline in waterfowl in both numbers and diversity which kept our count to 47 species this week. Both pairs of Bald Eagles were tending to their business as we observed that both the nest on Haul Road and the one at Tulane Drive were occupied. We also encountered a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers along Haul Road which were flying around not too far from what appeared to be a decent sized nest hole. With woodpeckers, however, it's hard to say, especially this early. The birds might only be utilizing this hole for shelter or for stashing food. Thanks to Larry Cartwright and Sherman Suter who helped out and also observed a Rusty Blackbird shortly before the official start time for the walk.
Larry Meade Merrifield, VA
Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, Virginia, US Feb 18, 2018 8:00 AM - 11:05 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.5 mile(s) 47 species
Canada Goose 1750 Mallard 60 Ring-necked Duck 30 Lesser Scaup 75 Hooded Merganser 5 Common Merganser 60 Red-breasted Merganser 7 Pied-billed Grebe 4 Double-crested Cormorant 24 Great Blue Heron 5 Turkey Vulture 1 Bald Eagle 4 2 adult pairs near nests. Red-shouldered Hawk 1 juvenile Red-tailed Hawk 1 American Coot 23 Ring-billed Gull 115 Herring Gull 6 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5 Mourning Dove 8 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 6 Downy Woodpecker 6 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 4 Pileated Woodpecker 2 Blue Jay 8 American Crow 1 Fish Crow 12 Carolina Chickadee 16 Tufted Titmouse 7 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Carolina Wren 12 Golden-crowned Kinglet 4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2 American Robin 20 Northern Mockingbird 1 European Starling 7 Dark-eyed Junco 4 White-throated Sparrow 40 Song Sparrow 23 Swamp Sparrow 11 Northern Cardinal 20 Red-winged Blackbird 130 Rusty Blackbird 1 House Finch 4 American Goldfinch 3 House Sparrow 6