Date: 3/11/18 10:42 am From: Larry Cartwright via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] Sunday morning Dyke Marsh Walk- Waterfowl Migration in Full Swing
Eight birders joined me today for the walk at Dyke Marsh. The walk is sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh and occurs every Sunday at 8:00 AM except during the Christmas Bird Count season. Waterfowl have largely moved out, but reduced flocks of several waterfowl species were still present today. We observed four Wood Ducks in the channel as seen from the north end of the Haul Road peninsula boardwalk. The highlight was a flyover of 126 vocal Tundra Swans at high altitude, a sure indication that waterfowl migration continues. Land birds were quite active with Red-bellied Woodpeckers pairing off or driving off competitors in preparation for the breeding season. We heard singing Song Sparrows at the marina and all along Haul Road. And a couple of tireless House Finches. On bird heard singing when I left my car at the marina at 7:45 was still at it three hours later as I prepared to leave. Bald Eagles were sitting on the Haul Road and Tulane Drive nests today and a Mourning Dove appeared determined to find a suitable nesting site near the marina restrooms.
Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax, Virginia, US Mar 11, 2018 8:04 AM - 11:16 AM