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