Date: 4/1/18 2:21 pm
From: Kristine Lansing via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 04/01/2018 (Fairfax County)
Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified approximately 43 species.  In what perhaps was a nod to April Fool's Day, the 18 participants on the walk were first pursued by a cloud of Tufted Titmice, and then somewhat smugly regarded by a Barred Owl perched almost directly overhead.  Also heard by two members of the group was a Northern Parula.

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  20
Wood Duck  1
Mallard  4
American Black Duck  2
Bufflehead  5
Common Merganser  5
Double-crested Cormorant  15
Great Blue Heron  14
Black Vulture  30
Turkey Vulture  3
Bald Eagle  3    Two Bald Eagles observed on the Conn Island nest; the third observed in flight, heading upstream towards Riverbend Park.
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  14
Mourning Dove  4
Barred Owl  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  8
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  3
Downy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  7
Eastern Phoebe  4
Blue Jay  7
American Crow  15
Fish Crow  16
swallow sp.  15    Too distant to identify with greater precision.
Carolina Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  24
White-breasted Nuthatch  5
Winter Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  6
American Robin  12
Louisiana Waterthrush  3
Palm Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Dark-eyed Junco  10
White-throated Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  10
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  1    Auditory
Common Grackle  2
American Goldfinch  15

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