Date: 2/21/18 5:05 am From: Kristine Lansing via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 02/18/2018 (Fairfax County)
Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified 29 species and included 8 participants. The river above the falls was again running high and swift, which limited the sightings of ducks. That said, participants were thankful for the absence of solid precipitate, for the relatively warm temperature, and for having the opportunity to observe scads of Ring-billed gulls. Also observed in the distance was a flock of approximately 1,000 individuals, mostly Common Grackles.
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 63 Ring-necked Duck 17 Bufflehead 7 Common Merganser 4 Great Blue Heron 2 Black Vulture 4 Turkey Vulture 2 Bald Eagle 2 One was perched near the Conn Island nest; the second was observed in flight over the park's upper parking lot. Red-tailed Hawk 1 Ring-billed Gull 46 Herring Gull 1 Eastern Screech-Owl 1 Undisclosed location. Red-bellied Woodpecker 13 Downy Woodpecker 3 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Pileated Woodpecker 6 Blue Jay 6 Carolina Chickadee 9 Tufted Titmouse 22 White-breasted Nuthatch 6 Winter Wren 1 Carolina Wren 15 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3 Eastern Bluebird 10 American Robin 12 Dark-eyed Junco 48 White-throated Sparrow 1 Song Sparrow 8 Northern Cardinal 10