Date: 5/14/18 4:04 am
From: Kristine Lansing via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 05/13/2018 (Fairfax County)
Following is the tally from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified approximately 57 species and included 14 participants.  Although a steady rain accompanied birders for a significant portion of the walk, spirits nonetheless ran high.  Perhaps this was because of the variety of species observed, including the possible sighting of a Philadelphia Vireo.  Perhaps it was due to the challenge of bird identification through water droplets, in diffuse light.  Or perhaps it was simply because of the congenial company.    
For participants:  if you did not receive, but would like, a shared copy of the original eBird report, please don't hesitate to contact me.  
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  40
Mallard  3
Common Merganser  2
Double-crested Cormorant  10
Great Blue Heron  18
Black Vulture  22
Turkey Vulture  10
Osprey  1
Bald Eagle  3    One juvenile and one adult observed in and adjacent to the Conn Island nest; one sub-adult observed in flight at the cut just downriver from the aqueduct dam.
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  4
Chimney Swift  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Eastern Wood-Pewee  4
Acadian Flycatcher  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  8
Eastern Kingbird  4
Warbling Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Philadelphia Vireo 1Blue Jay  4
American Crow  6
Fish Crow  3
crow sp.  5
Tree Swallow  10
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  9
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Eastern Bluebird  4
Swainson's Thrush  2
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  2
Cedar Waxwing  30
Louisiana Waterthrush  2
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Prothonotary Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
Northern Parula  2
Bay-breasted Warbler  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  4
Wilson's Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  6
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  10
Indigo Bunting  2
Orchard Oriole  2
Baltimore Oriole  1
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  50
American Goldfinch  1

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