Date: 4/15/18 3:13 pm
From: Kristine Lansing via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 04/15/2018 (Fairfax County)
Following is the tally from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which included 23 participants and identified approximately 48 species.  Some birds were in particular abundance, to include the scold of Blue Jays, the siege of herons, the gulp of cormorants, the swoop of swallows, and last, but not least, the sheer wonder of warblers.  And let's not forget the four deer.
Also a huge "thank you" to those stalwart folks who braved rapidly deteriorating weather conditions to ensure an accurate count!
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  16
Mallard  6
American Black Duck  1
Ring-necked Duck  3
Bufflehead  5
Hooded Merganser  2
Common Merganser  2
Double-crested Cormorant  34
Great Blue Heron  35
Black Vulture  17
Turkey Vulture  18
Osprey  2
Bald Eagle  2    One adult on the Conn Island nest, one juvenile poking its head up.
gull sp.  1    Likely Ring-billed but unconfirmed.
Mourning Dove  8
Barred Owl  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  10
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  22
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  3
crow sp.  3
Tree Swallow  50
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  15
Tufted Titmouse  18
White-breasted Nuthatch  15
Carolina Wren  10
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  8
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  4
Eastern Bluebird  9
American Robin  6
Louisiana Waterthrush  6
Black-and-white Warbler  1    Observed by one member of the group, in with a small flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers and in challenging light, but the difference in pattern stood out.
Northern Parula  4
Palm Warbler  12
Yellow-rumped Warbler  25
Yellow-throated Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  6
White-throated Sparrow  6
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  8
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  6
Common Grackle  20
American Goldfinch  11

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