Spring Birds Nature Walk

Yellow Chat singingEven from the parking lot we could hear so many birds singing that the day promised to be a good one for finding birds. Bryan Knedler led the group of 9 (including a photographer from the Gazette) on a 3 hour meandering tour of the park that included sights and sounds of 33 different bird species. Many were singing and defending their territory – we watched one build a nest. There was much discussion of the plant communities in the park – in the fields and forests as well as down in the marshy areas. Arrow Alum, Pickerel Weed, and Cattails are three key native wetland plants that have good stands at the confluence of Dueling Creek and the Anacostia – some no doubt as a result of the efforts by Anacostia Watershed in wetland restoration.

Here is the bird list for the day – some were only heard, but many were seen and heard.

Canada Goose 2
Mallard 5
Great Blue Heron 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Alder Flycatcher 1 
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
White-eyed Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 2
crow sp. 3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
American Robin 9
Gray Catbird 2
European Starling 9
Cedar Waxwing 43
Common Yellowthroat 3
Northern Parula 2
Yellow Warbler 1
Yellow-breasted Chat 2
Field Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 3
Indigo Bunting 5
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 4
Orchard Oriole 1
House Sparrow 2

The Alder Flycatcher is considered rare, and we are awaiting confirmation that the song is correct. This is the song file of his call.

 

Next Nature walk is Sunday June 7 at 8 am!

 

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