Date: 3/25/18 9:19 am From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh, Fairfax County, Mar 25, 2018
It was a cold and blustery morning at the weekly Friends of Dyke Marsh sponsored bird walk held every Sunday at 8:00 AM and free and open to all. We had fifteen birders off and on who braved the cold for various lengths of time. We started at the Belle Haven picnic area which did not yield too much. The Peregrine Falcon was spotted at its usual perch on the Wilson Bridge. When we walked over to the marina, however, the action really picked up. There is a Bald Eagle nest along Haul Road and an Osprey nest in the marina. The two nests are occupied and in close proximity to each other. This situation may invite a certain amount of conflict in the coming months and it will be interesting to see what happens. Today we watched as a Bald Eagle and an Osprey mixed it up in an airborne skirmish. Also at the marina, we studied several Common and Red-breasted Mergansers of both sexes which were hanging out together in a group. It was a good chance to compare the similarities and differ ences of the two species. Along Haul Road on the way to the boardwalk we found both Horned and Pied-billed Grebes, Golden-crowned Kinglets, a Brown Creeper, a Field Sparrow and an Eastern Phoebe.
Larry Meade Merrifield, VA
Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, Virginia, US Mar 25, 2018 8:00 AM - 9:25 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.5 mile(s) 44 species
Canada Goose 24 Mallard 6 Ring-necked Duck 1 Lesser Scaup 9 Common Merganser 8 Red-breasted Merganser 6 Pied-billed Grebe 5 Horned Grebe 6 Double-crested Cormorant 10 Great Blue Heron 4 Turkey Vulture 2 Osprey 5 Bald Eagle 4 American Coot 16 Ring-billed Gull 120 Herring Gull 5 Great Black-backed Gull 1 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 4 Mourning Dove 8 Red-bellied Woodpecker 5 Downy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 1 Peregrine Falcon 1 Eastern Phoebe 1 Blue Jay 7 Fish Crow 10 Carolina Chickadee 6 Tufted Titmouse 4 Brown Creeper 1 Carolina Wren 6 Golden-crowned Kinglet 5 American Robin 40 Northern Mockingbird 1 European Starling 30 Field Sparrow 1 White-throated Sparrow 16 Song Sparrow 12 Northern Cardinal 5 Red-winged Blackbird 9 Brown-headed Cowbird 5 Common Grackle 2 House Finch 2 American Goldfinch 12 House Sparrow 1