Date: 3/11/18 12:10 pm From: Kristine Lansing via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 03/11/2018 (Fairfax County)
Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified approximately 39 species and included 13 participants. Particularly worthy of mention were: 1) the sighting of three Eastern Phoebes; 2) the veritable "junk drawer" full of Juncos; and 3) the sound of a perplexing "witchity-witchity-witchity-witchity" that ceased after several rounds and was not further identified. And last, but not least, there was the Red Fox . . . resplendent in the sunlight as he casually made his rounds.
(Apologies to some participants who might not have received the associated link to the eBird checklist; not all userids validated. Feel free to contact me; you know who you are!) 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 22
Wood Duck 1 Mallard 6 American Black Duck 4 Ring-necked Duck 16 Bufflehead 14 Common Merganser 5 Double-crested Cormorant 1 Great Blue Heron 17 Black Vulture 9 Turkey Vulture 4 Bald Eagle 2 In flight and on the Conn Island nest. Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Ring-billed Gull 27 Mourning Dove 2 Eastern Screech-Owl 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 8 Downy Woodpecker 4 Northern Flicker 4 Pileated Woodpecker 8 Eastern Phoebe 3 Blue Jay 6 American Crow 5 Carolina Chickadee 7 Tufted Titmouse 12 White-breasted Nuthatch 8 Brown Creeper 1 Carolina Wren 8 Golden-crowned Kinglet 3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 Eastern Bluebird 5 American Robin 80 In several flocks around the park. Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 Dark-eyed Junco 30 White-throated Sparrow 2 Song Sparrow 4 Northern Cardinal 16 Red-winged Blackbird 1 Auditory American Goldfinch 5