Date: 4/12/18 11:33 am From: Jack via VA-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [VA-bird] Lake Accotink: Eagles and Terns and Bluebells; oh my!
Dreary weather this morning but some nice sightings. One of the adult Bald Eagles was on the nest while it’s partner was reported in the area. An immature eagle was practicing its fishing techniques by swooping down to just above the lake surface, extending its talons but not hitting the water. He/she did this a number of times over the same area before flying over to another area of the lake, grabbing a dead fish and flying off with brunch. There were a number (10?) of Caspian Terns fishing, rather successfully in the lake. The bad news was that the fish they were catching were generally too large for them to handle and most were dropped. Anyway, it was refreshing to see terns rather than gulls at the lake. Virginia Bluebells are abundant along the hike/bike trail below the dam, always a nice sight.