Date: 3/11/18 5:09 pm From: Dixie Sommers via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] Mason Neck State Park, Fairfax County
Six birders enjoyed a lovely walk at Mason Neck State Park this morning, sponsored by the Audubon Society Northern Virginia. We were thrilled to watch a very high flight of about 90 Tundra Swans, in wonderful light. We watched them move across Belmont Bay and into the distance, noisy all the way. We also observed four swans on the bay, 2 adults and 2 immatures, seen at good distance through scopes. We thought maybe, then maybe not, that they might be Trumpeters, as 2 Trumpeters were reported at Occoquan yesterday, which is across the bay from Mason Neck. We settled on "maybe not."
There were relatively small numbers of waterfowl, but a nice variety. Largest numbers were Lesser Scaup and a raft of American Coots we watched being harassed by a Bald Eagle. In the woods, we were happy to encounter a Fox Sparrow at the tree downed by last week's windstorm, off the boardwalk near the picnic area/playground. We also found three Hermit Thrushes. Perhaps these guys are gathering up for migration? One Tree Swallow put in a reminder that spring is near.