Date: 10/7/18 4:12 pm
From: krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 10/07/2018 (Fairfax County)
Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified approximately 26 species and included 12 participants. Particularly noteworthy were the sightings of 1) a Merlin on a snag upriver; 2) a Yellow-billed Cuckoo at one of the falls overlooks; and 3) the Four Flickers Flying Forward Furiously. There also was the rare flash of insight that the Vireo olivaceus must have earned its common name of "Red-eyed Vireo" because of its penchant for migratory flight at night. 
This 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 National Park Visitors' center; it does not take place, though, during electrical storms, heavy snows, or when the trails are icy. All those with an interest in the natural world - beginning and experienced birders alike - please join us.
Canada Goose 53
Mallard 14
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Chimney Swift 130
Double-crested Cormorant 4
Great Blue Heron 1
Black Vulture 12
Turkey Vulture 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 9
Downy Woodpecker 8
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 9
Merlin 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Blue Jay 40
American Crow 2 Heard
crow sp. 24
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 8
American Robin 2
Cedar Waxwing 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Northern Cardinal 10

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