Date: 4/23/18 7:44 pm From: Scott Rauland via eBird via VA-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [VA-bird] Scott Rauland has shared an eBird checklist with you from Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve on Apr 22, 2018 - 8:00 AM
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While the Friends of Dyke Marsh wisely avoided the hordes of runners along the GW Parkway near Dyke Marsh, about a half dozen of the Distant Acquaintances of Dyke Marsh found a way around the crowds and enjoyed a walk with far fewer non-birders on the trail and boardwalk than normal.
Highlights included splendid views of the nesting bald eagles and ospreys, and an excellent look at a blue-gray gnatcatcher building its nest near the boardwalk. Yellow-rumped warblers were everywhere.
Alas, there was not a scope in sight, so it is quite possible we missed a number of species out on the water. But the least observant member of the group (me) tallied thirty one species, the number seen by the entire group was likely a good bit larger.