Date: 7/8/18 9:40 am From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [VA-bird] Mississippi Kite, Dyke Marsh
The weekly walk at Dyke Marsh in Alexandria enjoyed splendid weather and a rather typical list for early summer, meaning things were on the quiet side. The notable exception was a distant Mississippi kite, being mobbed by crows in the vicinity of the eagle nest on Tulane Drive. Identification was based on the buoyant flight, pointed wings, longish tail, and gray upperparts. The other notable sighting was a female-plumaged common merganser, seen in the vicinity of the Hunting Creek bridge and then flying over the picnic area. A complete list for today's walk is below. The walk is sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh, is open to all, and takes place on Sundays at 8am, starting from the Belle Haven picnic area.
Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...>
Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax, Virginia, US Jul 8, 2018 7:41 AM - 10:07 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.7 mile(s) 45 species
Canada Goose 20 Mallard 60 Common Merganser 1 Female. Rufous head, slick-backed crest, gray body. White chin. Double-crested Cormorant 8 Great Blue Heron 4 Black Vulture 1 Turkey Vulture 3 Osprey 17 Ten in the air at once soaring to the south of the boardwalk. Mississippi Kite 1 Saw flying in distance in vicinity of Tulane Drive. Bouyant-flying raptor with pointed wings, longish tail and gray upperparts. Being mobbed by crows. Bald Eagle 2 Ring-billed Gull 63 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2 Mourning Dove 3 Chimney Swift 4 Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 Downy Woodpecker 2 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Great Crested Flycatcher 1 Eastern Kingbird 3 Warbling Vireo 2 Blue Jay 3 Fish Crow 4 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 6 Purple Martin 1 Tree Swallow 2 Barn Swallow 5 Carolina Chickadee 5 Tufted Titmouse 4 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Carolina Wren 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 American Robin 2 Gray Catbird 1 Northern Mockingbird 1 European Starling 4 Common Yellowthroat 1 Northern Cardinal 4 Orchard Oriole 3 Baltimore Oriole 1 Red-winged Blackbird 6 Brown-headed Cowbird 2 Common Grackle 3 House Finch 3 American Goldfinch 2 House Sparrow 2