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