Date: 2/25/18 11:57 am
From: Kristine Lansing via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Great Falls NP 02/25/2018 (Fairfax County)
Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified approximately 35 species and included 5 participants.  Despite what might charitably be called "inclement weather," birds were out in abundance.  Among the more noteworthy sightings were:  two Barred Owls together (significantly outnumbering picnickers in the park); Bald Eagles trading places on the Conn Island nest; and relatively sizable numbers of Cormorants and Great Blue Herons upriver.  Perhaps Nature was simply dishing everyone up a nice Sunday brunch.

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  32

Mallard  4
American Black Duck  2
Ring-necked Duck  15
Bufflehead  15
Common Merganser  4
Red-breasted Merganser  2
Double-crested Cormorant  10
Great Blue Heron  12
Black Vulture  1
Bald Eagle  2    One adult was observed trading places with the other on the Conn Island nest.
Ring-billed Gull  3
Mourning Dove  2
Eastern Screech-Owl  1
Barred Owl  2    
Red-bellied Woodpecker  9
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  10
American Crow  2
crow sp.  3
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  13
White-breasted Nuthatch  7
Brown Creeper  2
Carolina Wren  12
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Hermit Thrush  2
American Robin  7
Cedar Waxwing  22    A single flock.
Dark-eyed Junco  14
White-throated Sparrow  12
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  2

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