Date: 2/21/18 3:00 pm From: Marshall Rawson via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Mason neck State Park: Wednesday morning
That is a nice outing!
Parulas are singing the week! After the coldest winter in ten years (3 hard freezes and 5 more freezing nights), the garden had a lot of damage. After a good ten days in the 80’s, things are looking up. Today I had a water lily blooming along with a mix of pansies, spiderwort, blue eyed grass, oxalis and a blanket flower. Camellias and azaleas round out the mix.
I would love a picture or two.
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On Wednesday, February 21, 2018, Donald Sweig via va-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
Spent about an hour at Mason neck State Park this morning checking on the waterfowl. Less of everything than last week, however I still found: Lots of Greater Scaup and Coots, Also: Redhead, Canvasbacks, American Widgeon, Gadwall, Ruddy Ducks, and several Horned Grebes. There were many other ducks too far away to identify. The highlight, for me, was about twenty-five Red-breasted Mergansers, well seen in the bright morning sunlight. I did not find any Tundra Swans or any of the half-dozen breeding plumage Great Black-back gulls that I saw last week. Lots of eagles, of course ,as well. Found nothing at Pohick Bay on my way home. Donald Sweig Falls Church, Virginia