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Green Heron at Dyke Marsh - photo by Ed Eder

Sunday Morning Bird Walks

The weekly Sunday morning bird walks are held every Sunday morning all year. Meet at 8 a.m. in the south parking lot of the Belle Haven picnic area. Walks are led by experienced birders and all are welcome.

Birds Recently Seen at Dyke Marsh

The most recent reports are found at the top of the page; be sure to scroll through the reports to view the earlier sightings.

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Fifteen people joined me today for the Sunday Morning Bird Walk. Highlights included a Warbling Vireo and Orchard Oriole nest (the latter with young) between the Haul Road bridge and the boardwalk entrance, and a Least Bittern in flight (life bird for David Ledwith and perhaps a few others) - yea! Fledged Ospreys are perfecting both flight and fishing skills. Barn Swallows were feeding fledged young at the marina. Red-winged Blackbirds and Northern Cardinals also tended to begging youngsters. We observed a Willow Flycatcher (based on its "whit" call) near the boardwalk entrance. Our only lowlight was a Carolina Wren feeding a young Brown-headed Cowbird (subjective statement I admit). Special note of thanks to Larry Meade (young Larry) for helping me (old Larry) and the group with butterfly identification, providing some hilarious puns, and improving my English. Note Larry that I have changed "I" to "me" when needed, avoided the word "myself," and used active voice in my sentence structure as much as possible. Today's list: Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA Jul 20, 2014 11:19 AM - 2:49 PM Protocol: Traveling 1.5 mile(s) Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.1 51 species: Canada Goose 40 Mallard 60 Double-crested Cormorant 3 Least Bittern 1 Great Blue Heron 11 Great Egret 17 Osprey 10 Fledged Young Bald Eagle 5 Spotted Sandpiper 1 Ring-billed Gull 150 Herring Gull (American) 2 Mourning Dove 3 Chimney Swift 8 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 4 Downy Woodpecker 2 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1 Willow Flycatcher 1 call is "whit whit" Eastern Phoebe 2 Great Crested Flycatcher 1 Eastern Kingbird 6 Warbling Vireo 2 On Nest Blue Jay 5 Fish Crow 4 Purple Martin 6 Tree Swallow 15 Barn Swallow 20 Carolina Chickadee 8 Tufted Titmouse 3 White-breasted Nuthatch 3 Marsh Wren 3 Carolina Wren 5 Feeding Young Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2 American Robin 10 Gray Catbird 2 Northern Mockingbird 2 European Starling 15 Prothonotary Warbler 1 Common Yellowthroat 2 Yellow Warbler 1 Song Sparrow 5 Northern Cardinal 12 Indigo Bunting 2 Red-winged Blackbird 20 Feeding Young Common Grackle (Purple) 16 Brown-headed Cowbird 2 Fledged Young (fed by Carolina Wren) Orchard Oriole 2 Nest With Young House Finch 2 American Goldfinch 12 House Sparrow 10. -- Larry Cartwright, July 20, 2014.

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A somewhat coolish start to the morning for the Friends of Dyke Marsh Sunday morning field trip, ending near 11 am at 86F. Top bird was a Least Bittern over the Southside marsh seen from the dogleg. Other highlights were Acadian Flycatcher, staging Purple Martins, Marsh Wrens, southbound Louisiana Waterthrush, Prothonotary Warbler, Yellow Warbler, and Orchard Oriole family group. The morning netted 48 species, list below. We started, as usual, in the picnic area and heard and briefly saw an Eastern Kingbird. 40-ish Canada Geese and Mallards floated just offshore in the high tide. At the southern end of the picnic area we saw many Common Grackles, heard an Indigo Bunting and noted a male Orchard Oriole with 2 hatch year birds. All Ospreys appeared to be fledged and learning fishing skills. A flyby of a half dozen Great Egrets near the boat launch was wonderful. The ramp road area held a calling Prothonotary Warbler which came in and posed to the delight of the group. Near the beginning of Haul Rd was an Acadian Flycatcher and 2 Northern Parulas. Nearby, a Louisiana Waterthrush posed on a log which was wonderful; this appears to be my earliest migrating LA Waterthrush in Northern VA as this species does not breed at Dyke. Sightings along the dogleg and nearby platforms were also good - staging Purple Martins, a Least Bittern flying low over the reeds in the northern marsh, Marsh Wrens, many Eastern Kingbirds, 2 Gray Catbirds, a couple of singing Common Yellowthroats, and more Orchard Orioles. On the way back, a tree held an insect eruption as 2 dozen Chimney Swifts were congregating near it. The mornings list is below. After the big football game, I went to the Stone Bridge at about 6 pm and tallied 7 more species for the day: Wood Duck (7, all hatch year), more Great Blue Herons, Bald Eagles (2 hatch year and 1 adult), Killdeer, Least Sandpiper (adult), Laughing Gull (3), Ring-billed Gull (110), and 4 Rock Pigeons. In the wetland NW of the bridge an Indigo Bunting was singing. C. Goose 40 Mallard 40 DC Cormorant 3 Least Bittern 1 Great Blue Heron 3 Great Egret 8 Black Vulture 1 Turkey Vulture 1 Mourning Dove 2 C. Swift 30 RB Woodpecker 3 Downy WP 2 No. Flicker 2 Acadian FC 1 Great Crested FC 1, at the parking lot upon return E. Kingbird 7 Warbling V 1, brief song Blue Jay 2 Am. Crow 2 Fish Crow 4 Purple Martin 12 Tree Sw 3 Barn Sw 6 C. Chickadee 5 T. Titmouse 3 White-br Nuthatch 2 C. Wren 8 M. Wren 3 BG Gnatcatcher 3 Am. Robing 6 Gray Catbird 2 E. Starling 7 No. Parula 2 Yellow 1 Prothonotary 1 LA Waterthrush 1 Com. Yellowthroat 2 Song Sp 1 No. Cardinal 8 Indigo Bunting 2 RW Blackbird 12 Com. Grackle 12 Brown-headed Cowbird 1 Orchard O 5 House Finch 5 Am. Goldfinch 5 House Sparrow 4. -- Kurt Gaskill, July 13, 2014.

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Twenty-eight persons, including several enthusiastic young boy scouts, joined me this morning on the regular Sunday walk at Dyke Marsh Nature Preserve sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh. Highlights included six Great Egrets at the edge of Hunting Creek from the picnic area; a flock of House Finch foraging on the ground in the picnic area; four Bald Eagles foraging on mud flats and one on a nest on a power line structure from the picnic area; numerous Osprey, including recently-fledged young feeding on the nest near the marina boat launch; many Purple Martins in flight and perched low on trees above us along Haul Road; two Orchard Orioles; a couple of Warbling Vireos, including to the delight of Dyke Marsh Breeding Bird Survey Coordinator Larry Cartwright a female on a nest spotted by Phil Silas just before the dog leg in Haul Road; Eastern Kingbirds in the picnic area and at the end of Haul Road; a pair of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers along Haul Road; a pair of Belted Kingfishers from the first platform deck at the end of Haul Road; a couple of Marsh Wrens singing from the island across from the second platform deck at the end of Haul Road; and, for a few lucky participants, a briefly seen and heard Least Bittern from the first platform deck at the end of Haul Road. We missed Northern Parula, Yellow Warbler and Baltimore Oriole during this quiet breeding period but thoroughly enjoyed what we saw on this beautiful, relatively cool sunny morning. For those interested a full list of the birds encountered during the walk is below. Gerry Hawkins, Arlington, VA. Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA Jul 6, 2014 7:45 AM - 11:10 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.1 mile(s) Comments: This list records the birds encountered on the regular Sunday walk at Dyke Marsh Nature Preserve sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh. Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.4 43 species: Canada Goose 175 Mallard 30 Double-crested Cormorant 9 Least Bittern 1 Great Blue Heron 8 Great Egret 6 Turkey Vulture 1 Osprey 10 Bald Eagle 5 Ring-billed Gull 29 Mourning Dove 6 Chimney Swift 6 Belted Kingfisher 2 Downy Woodpecker 3 Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 Great Crested Flycatcher 1 Eastern Kingbird 5 Warbling Vireo 1 Red-eyed Vireo 1 Blue Jay 2 American Crow 1 Fish Crow 2 Purple Martin 18 Barn Swallow 7 Carolina Chickadee 5 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Marsh Wren 2 Carolina Wren 4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2 American Robin 8 Gray Catbird 1 European Starling 15 Common Yellowthroat 2 Song Sparrow 4 Northern Cardinal 1 Indigo Bunting 1 Red-winged Blackbird 15 Common Grackle (Purple) 15 Brown-headed Cowbird 2 Orchard Oriole 2 House Finch 7 American Goldfinch 8 House Sparrow 6.

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Five people came out for the weekly Friends of Dyke Marsh walk held every Sunday morning at 8:00 and free and open to all. The weather was somewhat cloudy and cool,but the sun did peak out occasionally which encouraged some more bird song. In the picnic area, we dodged many downed tree limbs caused by last week's storm. There we found Orchard Orioles feeding young and also some Baltimore Orioles. Osprey, including two young, were on the leaning nest in the marina. Along Haul Road we found Indigo Buntings, a Warbling Vireo, Belted Kingfishers and Yellow Warblers. The uncontested highlight of the day, however, was the Least Bittern activity we watched at the point at the end of the boardwalk. One bittern was seen flying quickly across the water from one island to another. Fortunately,soon after this, we saw two more Least Bitterns fly out not too far from us. One of them perched up out in the open across the water from us and provided excellent scope views. This was a life bird for two people in the group. Larry Meade, Merrifield,VA. Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, US-VA Jun 22, 2014 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.0 mile(s) 46 species Canada Goose 190 Mallard 30 Double-crested Cormorant 2 Least Bittern 3 Great Blue Heron 6 Osprey 19 including six young in nests, Bald Eagle 2 Mourning Dove 10 Chimney Swift 20 Belted Kingfisher 4 Red-bellied Woodpecker 7 Downy Woodpecker 3 Northern Flicker 2 Great Crested Flycatcher 2 Eastern Kingbird 7 Warbling Vireo 1 Red-eyed Vireo 2 Blue Jay 12 Fish Crow 5 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 14 Tree Swallow 10 Barn Swallow 3 Carolina Chickadee 14 Tufted Titmouse 6 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Marsh Wren 2 Carolina Wren 10 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 9 American Robin 10 Gray Catbird 3 Brown Thrasher 2 European Starling 20 Common Yellowthroat 1 Northern Parula 2 Yellow Warbler 3 Song Sparrow 6 Northern Cardinal 18 Indigo Bunting 3 Red-winged Blackbird 20 Common Grackle 30 Brown-headed Cowbird 1 Orchard Oriole 8 Baltimore Oriole 2 House Finch 10 American Goldfinch 12 House Sparrow 20.

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Had to take over this morning as a leaderless group of 12 Dyke Marsh walkers milled about in the picnic area, just off the Geo. Washington Pkwy. in Alexandria. Was not inclined to look too closely at the waterfowl, but turns out, not only is the AMERICAN WIGEON (reported by Larry Cartwright last Sunday) still there, we were treated to 2 HORNED GREBES mixed in w. the many C Gooses. Birds were well seen thru scopes and bins by most, longer, thinner bill than PBG's (complete w. white tip) and looking like two males in transition. "Horns" visible, but not quite as pronounced or colorful as they are in breeding plumes. Have to think this is a pretty early record for return flight, but maybe they never left? Otherwise, a pretty morning, w. the usual suspects. A few Black Rat snakes sunning on tree branches and a good look at a Northern Watersnake sunning on a log just below the first platform. Ospreys feeding babies and a quick pass from a COOPERS HAWK, between the platforms at the end of the boardwalk. Thanks to all the other eyes that helped this morning. Ray Smith was along for part of the walk and Rusty from DC spotted a few birds for the group. Happy Dad's Day to all the Pops out there... Dyke Marsh walk happens every Sunday and is free - come one come all. -- Rich Rieger, June 15, 2014.

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Thirty-five persons joined me on the regular Sunday field trip at Dyke Marsh Nature Preserve sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh, which is held every Sunday except during the CBC season in December and open to all. Highlights on this mild, sunny day included a well-seen SAVANNAH SPARROW in the Belle Haven picnic area, EASTERN KINGBIRDS seen and heard at several locations, LAUGHING GULLS that uttered the distinctive call for which this bird is named as they flew above us in the picnic area, a BANK SWALLOW that flew low directly above us at the marina, two SPOTTED SANDPIPERS seen in flight from the gut at the marina and from the last wooded platform at the end of Haul Road, a BLUE-HEADED VIREO seen and heard singing in a tree near the entrance to Haul Road, a GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER that was heard calling near the entrance to Haul Road, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES at a nest cavity at the beginning of Haul Road, WARBLING VIREOS seen and heard singing at two locations along Haul Road, adult male ORCHARD ORIOLES seen and heard singing at two locations along Haul Road, an adult male BALTIMORE ORIOLE that was well photographed by one participant along Haul Road but only briefly seen or heard by most of us, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS at several locations, including at a nest in a low branch over Haul Road, five warbler species, consisting of a well-seen singing NORTHERN PARULA in the picnic area, well-seen singing YELLOW WARBLERS mid-way and at the end of Haul Road, a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER seen in the picnic area and heard singing along Haul Road, COMMON YELLOWTHROATS seen and heard singing at several locations and numerous singing YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, a well-seen FIELD SPARROW along Haul Road, singing SWAMP SPARROWS along Haul Road, several GREATER YELLOWLEGS at the end of Haul Road, a WILSON'S SNIPE that we watched forage for an extended period within 20 feet of Haul Road on the return trip, and a breeding adult HORNED GREBE in the cove that borders Haul Road on the return trip. Highlights also included the numerous nesting OSPREY at this location, several of which were seen carrying fish in flight or eating a fish while perched in a tree, and five BALD EAGLES. For those interested, a complete list of the 64 species encountered on the walk may be viewed at the below link. Thanks to Larry Cartwright and Ben Jessup for coming on this walk and their contributions to it, Paul Baicich and Gerco Hoogeweg for respectively pointing out the Horned Grebe and Wilson's Snipe as our paths crossed on Haul Road, and all other persons who joined me on this beautiful morning. Gerry Hawkins, Arlington, VA, April 27, 2014.

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Half a dozen people joined me for today's Dyke Marsh bird walk, free and open to all, and held every Sunday at 8:00 AM except during the Christmas Bird Count season. It was grebe day at Dyke Marsh, with 6 Horned Grebes in various stages of molt, 2 Red-necked Grebes, and a single Pied-billed Grebe. Six of the birds representing all three species were seen simultaneously in the little bay from Haul Road's Dead Beaver Beach vantage point. Signs of spring are everywhere. The Bald Eagle breeding pair took time from the new nest on the parkway side of the Little Gut to conduct courtship and copulate. Ospreys have occupied 4 nests, including the one on the leaning pole at the marina. We saw 4 Tree Swallows, including one bird that took brief interest in a nest box on the south side of the marina. Waterfowl numbers are down, but there is still some nice diversity, including a group of 7 Redheads in the Potomac River channel. The walk ended with a Merlin flying low over the boardwalk, causing some panic among the Song Sparrows and Red-winged Blackbirds foraging in the remnants of last year's marsh vegetation. My congratulations to Snoopy, who completed his first bird walk in a well-mannered and agreeable fashion. Today's list: Canada Goose 90 American Black Duck 2 Mallard 26 Canvasback 4 Redhead 7 Lesser Scaup 14 Bufflehead 10 Common Merganser 2 Red-breasted Merganser 6 Ruddy Duck 22 Pied-billed Grebe 1 Horned Grebe 6 (from complete basis to almost complete alternate plumage) Red-necked Grebe 2 Double-crested Cormorant 2 Great Blue Heron 3 Osprey 7 (occupying 4 nest sites) Bald Eagle 7 (including 1 nest site) Merlin 1 Ring-billed Gull 250 Herring Gull 6 Great Black-backed Gull 4 Mourning dove 3 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Downy Woodpecker 1 Blue Jay 2 Fish Crow 12 Tree Swallow 4 Carolina Chickadee 2 Tufted Titmouse 2 White-breasted Nuthatch 3 Carolina Wren 5 American Robin 25 Northern Mockingbird 1 European Starling 20 Song Sparrow 23 White-throated Sparrow 10 Northern Cardinal 12 Red-winged Blackbird 25 Common Grackle 2 American Goldfinch 2 House Sparrow 5. -- Larry Cartwright, March 16, 2014.

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Highlights of today's Field Trip to Dyke Marsh, sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh and open to all were Common Goldeneye (male), Red-necked Grebes, Peregrine Falcon, and Tree Swallows. Good northbound migratory movements of Red-winged Blackbirds and Common Grackles were also noted. We started at the Potomac River's edge at the picnic area, braving a stiff northern breeze which really put a wind chill on exposed skin (gloves were the order of the day). Here we picked up the Peregrine perched on a sunny Wilson Bridge abutment overlooking the Potomac. We noted nearby Gadwall, Mallards, Canvasback and Common Mergansers plus Bald Eagle. From the marina we spied a Red-necked Grebe - with quite a red-neck! - nearby were DC Cormorants and another Bald Eagle. A few passerines were noted as we traversed Haul Road including Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Towhee and Swamp Sparrow. From the dogleg, we viewed the new eagle nest and occasionally saw her white head as she incubated. At the southern end of the boardwalk we picked up more Canvasback, a pair of Lesser Scaup and Bufflehead, a first year male Common Goldeneye thanks to David Ledwith and his trusty scope, Red-breasted Mergansers, Ruddy Ducks, Horned Grebes, another Red-necked Grebe and - saving the day - 2 Tree Swallows. We also noted Turkey Vultures and 2 Red-tailed Hawks. At 6pm, I returned and did a gull count at the Stone Bridge adding Killdeer to the day list. We tallied 48 species with Osprey conspicuously absent; the results are tallied below. C. Goose 600 Gadwall 9 Mallard 6 Canvasback 6 Lesser Scaup 2 Bufflehead 2 Common Goldeneye 1 Common Merganser 10 Red-breasted Merganser 4 Ruddy Duck 12 Pied-billed Grebe 1 Horned Grebe 3 Red-necked Grebe 2 DC Cormorant 3 Great Blue Heron 5 Turkey Vulture 3 Bald Eagle 4 - nest near Haul Rd occupied and the nest on the metal pylon over the beltway occupied Red-tailed Hawk 2 Peregrine 1 Killdeer 2 Ring-billed Gull 850 Herring Gull 28 Great Black-backed Gull 4 Rock Pig 2 Mourning Dove 4 Red-bellied WP 3 Downy WP 3 No. FLicker 1 Blue Jay 2 Fish Crow 8 Tree Swallow 2 C. Chickadee 4 T. Titmouse 3 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 C. Wren 6 W. Wren 1 GC Kinglet 1 Am. Robin 8 No. Mocker 2 E. Starling 12 E. Towhee 1, new this week, prob. migrant Song Sp 9 Swamp Sp 4 White-thr Sp 3 No. Cardinal 10 Red-winged BB 375 Common Grackle 330 House Sp 5. -- Kurt Gaskill, March 9, 2014.

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Twelve birders joined me for the survey of Belle Haven picnic area and marina and Haul Road through Dyke Marsh. All are welcome on this walk that meets at 8:00 every Sunday morning except during Christmas bird count season. Other than Canvasbacks, both waterfowl and songbirds were scarce. Highlight for the group was a Red-necked Grebe south of the marina. Highlight for me was a Hairy Woodpecker pair on Haul Rd, as I usually miss this species at Dyke. There were a couple photographers at the screech owl site. They reported that they had seen the bird earlier today (before 8:30). Our group dipped both outbound and inbound, but we did not linger. The list: Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA Mar 2, 2014 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.5 mile(s) 34 species Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 80 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 4 Canvasback (Aythya valisineria) 22 Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) 16 Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 2 Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 14 Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 3 Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 1 Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) 1 Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 3 Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 200 Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 3 Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 6 Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2 Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 4 Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 2 Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1 Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 6 Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 8 Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 3 Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 2 Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 8 Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 1 American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 20 Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 2 European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 100 Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 3 Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 4 White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 1 Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 12 Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 80 House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 4 House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 4. Peter Ross, Arlington, March 2, 2014.

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Twenty birders came out for the weekly Sunday 8:00 AM bird walk at Dyke Marsh sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh and free and open to all. We saw 44 species of birds. While waterfowl numbers were way down, diversity was still decent. Highlights included a female Common Goldeneye and three American Wigeon seen from the picnic area near Hunting Creek and a Horned Grebe seen fairly close up. A surprise of the morning was flocks of Tree Swallows swooping around over the river. They may have flown up the river from the south during the recent warm weather spell. Another nice find was a Red-necked Grebe seen from the marina. We looked in vain for the Screech-Owl. As we watched its hole, a Blue Jay landed and peered in. I suspect that the owl was in there. The Bald Eagle nest as seen from the boardwalk was active. We saw one the eagles on the nest while the other bird perched not too far away. Haul Road was fairly quiet with not much sparrow activity, but we did see a Belted Kingfisher and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. At the end of the walk, many Canada Geese had appeared in the river, but I could not find a Cackling Goose among them. I did find a Brown Creeper near the parking lot though. Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, US-VA Feb 23, 2014 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM Protocol: Traveling 2.5 mile(s) 44 species Canada Goose 1500 American Wigeon 3 American Black Duck 1 Mallard 10 Canvasback 45 Lesser Scaup 45 Bufflehead 2 Common Goldeneye 1 In the direction of Hunting Creek. Female Common Merganser 8 Ruddy Duck 2 Horned Grebe 1 Red-necked Grebe 1 Seen from the marina. Double-crested Cormorant 12 Great Blue Heron 6 Bald Eagle 3 American Coot 1 Ring-billed Gull 60 Herring Gull 4 Mourning Dove 7 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 5 Downy Woodpecker 4 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 1 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Possible nest hole in the picnic area. Blue Jay 6 Fish Crow 14 Tree Swallow 19 A flock of 4 and later a flock of 15 flying over the river. Carolina Chickadee 16 Tufted Titmouse 5 White-breasted Nuthatch 3 Brown Creeper 1 Carolina Wren 12 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 American Robin 30 Northern Mockingbird 2 European Starling 25 Song Sparrow 6 Swamp Sparrow 5 White-throated Sparrow 10 Northern Cardinal 14 Red-winged Blackbird 20 Common Grackle 5 House Sparrow 20. -- Larry Meade, Vienna, VA, February 23, 2014.

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Nine persons joined me and co-leader Larry Cartwright for the weekly Sunday walk at Dyke Marsh Nature Preserve, which is held on Sundays starting at 8 am and is free to all. Before we left the meeting place in the parking lot to the Belle Haven picnic area we had nice views of a Brown Creeper and a Golden-crowned Kinglet, and also were able to see just offshore from the Belle Haven picnic area numerous Common Mergansers and Canvasbacks, which numbered over 90 and 80 , respectively, over the course of the morning, and all three expected gull species on a nearby spit in the Potomac River. Other waterfowl seen off the Belle Haven picnic area or the adjacent marina included small numbers of Buffleheads, Lesser Scaup and Ruddy Ducks. From the viewing platforms at the end of Haul Road we added a couple of male Red-breasted Mergansers, a raft of 17 Redheads, four nearby Greater Scaup and more distant scaup, as well as two American Black Ducks and an apparent American Black Duck/Mallard hybrid based on the dark plumage and extensive greenish gloss on the head. With the mildest of prompting we were able to locate a Winter Wren that was well seen along Haul Road, and another was heard by several of us as we walked back along Haul Road at the end of the field trip. Swamp Sparrows continue to be relatively common along Haul Road, with at least six seen. Raptors included an adult Bald Eagle on a nest along Haul Road and a distant Red-shouldered Hawk in flight. Our final new species for the morning was a solitary Killdeer seen foraging along the shore from the platform at the end of Haul Road. Misses included any type of grebe, although Dave Engelen saw a Pied-billed Grebe from the Hunting Creek Bridge shortly prior to the walk. For those who are interested the list of species encountered on the walk may be viewed at the below link. Gerry Hawkins Arlington, VA, February 16, 2014.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16995474

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Despite being cold and damp, over a dozen people joined me for the Dyke Marsh weekly walk. The walk is held every Sunday except during the Christmas Bird Count season and begins at 8:00 AM. The event is open to all and free. Common Mergansers were the bird of the day, with a large increase from last week. Most other waterfowl were in more modest numbers. Although there was some disappointment over our inability to find a Red-necked Grebe, most participants were pleased to get close-up great views of a Horned Grebe. Silence initially greeted our group as there was no passerine activity as we started down Haul Road, but birds began foraging and vocalizing a bit more on our return. Most surprising miss- no Winter Wrens. The Bald Eagles were on nest today on the south side of the Haul Road peninsula. The nest is best viewed from the wooden footbridge looking west toward the tree line. After the walk, I took a trip down to Morningside Lane to see how the eagle nest is doing there. No activity and several people have told me they have seen nothing going on. Makes me speculate that the Morningside breeding pair has relocated north. Today's totals: Canada Goose 700 Gadwall 2 Mallard 24 Canvasback 15 Lesser Scaup 31 Bufflehead 6 Hooded Merganser 1 Common Merganser 185 Red-breasted Merganser 1 Ruddy Duck 2 Horned Grebe 1 Double-crested Cormorant 5 Great Blue Heron 8 Bald Eagle 12 (including breeding pair on nest) Red-tailed Hawk 1 American Coot 1 Ring-billed Gull 250 Herring Gull 7 Great Black-backed Gull 7 Rock Pigeon 2 Mourning Dove 1 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 3 Downy Woodpecker 2 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Blue Jay 10 American Crow 1 Fish Crow 3 crow, sp. 2 Carolina Chickadee 17 Tufted Titmouse 11 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Carolina Wren 9 Golden-crowned Kinglet 1 American Robin 26 Northern Mockingbird 2 European Starling 30 Song Sparrow 25 Swamp Sparrow 6 White-throated Sparrow 18 Northern Cardinal 11 Red-winged Blackbird 1 American Goldfinch 3 House Sparrow 1. -- Larry Cartwright, February 9, 2014.

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Sixteen folks brought awesome birding power to today's survey of Belle Haven picnic area and Dyke Marsh. This walk, sponsored by Friends of Dyke Marsh, is held every Sunday morning, except during Christmas Bird Count season, at 8:00 and is free to all. Beginner birders are welcome. The highlights of today's walk were massive numbers of waterfowl, particularly scaup and Canvasback, and a Gray Catbird, detected by Rich Rieger, that made a brief appearance as it flew across Haul Road. Otherwise, song bird numbers and diversity were down with Winter Wren and kinglets notable misses. The Eared Grebe seen here last week did not make an appearance. Two *Podiceps* grebes were observed from the marina but at least from a distance appeared to be *auritus*. Below is the ebird tally. First, however, an important announcement: *Those of us privileged to lead these walks are excited about the recent announcement of a $23 million grant to restore Dyke Marsh. We encourage attendance at an **NPS public open house on the subject on February 12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Indigo Landing Restaurant on Daingerfield Island.* Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 1200 Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) 2 Gadwall (Anas strepera) 2 American Wigeon (Anas americana) 2 American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 8 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 20 Canvasback (Aythya valisineria) 60 Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 6 Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) 30 Greater/Lesser Scaup (Aythya marila/affinis) 2000 Trains of birds all up and down the river, too far to ID but likely Lessers Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 4 Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 4 Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 80 Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 2 Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 2 Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1 Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 4 Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1 Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 5 Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 1 Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 300 Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) 0 Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 8 Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1 Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 4 Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2 Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1 Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 4 American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1 Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 4 Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 10 Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 3 White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2 Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 8 Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 1 Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 2 European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 20 Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 8 Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 3 White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 6 Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 3 Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 20 House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1 American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 1 House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 2. -- Peter Ross, February 2, 2014.

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Edward Eder and I led the Sunday morning walk at Dyke Marsh this morning. It started off on the chilly side at 16 degrees, but warmed up into the low 30s by mid-day. The highlight of the day was the Eared Grebe. We were very fortunate to have Ed with us. The Eared Grebe was not seen in the morning but, Ed predicted that once the sun was up for a few hours and the ice started to melt and the water opened up, then the bird would make an appearance. And then, just as Ed predicted, he found the bird at the end of marina road, in the water along the edge of the ice. This was a life bird for many of us!!! Thanks Ed! There were also many Hooded Merganser, Common Mergansers, and Ed had 3 Red-breasted Mergs before the walk started. Belle Haven--Marina, Fairfax, US-VA Jan 26, 2014 8:00 AM - 11:50 AM Protocol: Traveling 2.0 mile(s) Comments: Submitted from BirdLog World for iOS, version 1.7.1 57 species Canada Goose 150 American Black Duck 120 Mallard 200 Canvasback 160 Ring-necked Duck 18 Greater Scaup 5 Lesser Scaup 100 Bufflehead 25 Hooded Merganser 40 Common Merganser 120 Red-breasted Merganser 3 Ruddy Duck 40 Eared Grebe 1 Well seen. Continuing bird. Double-crested Cormorant 12 Great Blue Heron 5 Black Vulture 3 Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Bald Eagle 9 Killdeer 1 Ring-billed Gull 200 Herring Gull 20 Great Black-backed Gull 14 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1 Mourning Dove 4 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 5 Downy Woodpecker 8 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 3 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Blue Jay 12 American Crow 1 Fish Crow 6 Carolina Chickadee 6 Tufted Titmouse 4 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Winter Wren 2 Carolina Wren 7 Golden-crowned Kinglet 3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 American Robin 25 Gray Catbird 1 Northern Mockingbird 3 European Starling 40 Cedar Waxwing 5 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1 Field Sparrow 1 Fox Sparrow 3 Song Sparrow 20 Swamp Sparrow 12 White-throated Sparrow 25 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 4 Northern Cardinal 14 Red-winged Blackbird 11 House Finch 3 American Goldfinch 2 House Sparrow 10. -- Phillip Kenny, Vienna, VA, January 26, 2014.

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The weekly walk at Dyke Marsh sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh was very successful, and the 14 participants enjoyed the sun and a nice variety of birds. The highlights were the Nashville and orange-crowned warblers seen by a few on the way back to the parking lot (reported in an earlier post), a peregrine falcon perched on the Wilson Bridge, a pair of bald eagles actively nest building near the dogleg, 2 horned grebes, 2 greater scaup, and all three merganser species (lots of commons, mostly flying overhead). Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA Jan 12, 2014 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM 57 species: Canada Goose 400 Mallard 12 Canvasback 13 Ring-necked Duck 10 Greater Scaup 2 Lesser Scaup 60 Bufflehead 18 Hooded Merganser 2 Common Merganser 200 Red-breasted Merganser 3 Ruddy Duck 75 Pied-billed Grebe 1 Horned Grebe 2 Double-crested Cormorant 1 Great Blue Heron 4 Turkey Vulture 2 Bald Eagle 6 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Red-tailed Hawk 1 American Coot 2 Killdeer 1 Ring-billed Gull 500 Herring Gull 75 Great Black-backed Gull 15 Mourning Dove 2 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 5 Downy Woodpecker 8 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Peregrine Falcon 1 Blue Jay 6 American Crow 2 Fish Crow 6 Carolina Chickadee 8 Tufted Titmouse 4 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Winter Wren 3 Carolina Wren 10 Golden-crowned Kinglet 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2 American Robin 7 Northern Mockingbird 2 European Starling 20 American Pipit 1 Cedar Waxwing 20 Orange-crowned Warbler 1 Nashville Warbler 1 Bright yellow underparts, prominent white eyering, no wing bars Yellow-rumped Warbler 3 Song Sparrow 10 Swamp Sparrow 5 White-throated Sparrow 25 Northern Cardinal 18 Red-winged Blackbird 10 Common Grackle 1 House Finch 12 American Goldfinch 6 House Sparrow 7. -- Marc Ribaudo, January 12, 2014.

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The regular Sunday morning Field Trip at Dyke Marsh, sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh, began, as usual, at 8 am from the first parking lot and attracted 7 observers on a slightly chilly but calm sunny day. The waters of the Potomac were glass-like and the tide was mid-level (not ideal for dabblers) but going down as we arrived. A good day for birding with highlights being a continuing duck show, Dunlin, a nicely perched Red-shouldered Hawk affording scope views, an excellent kinglet show an Eastern Bluebird - important as Dyke is not a breeding or over-wintering area for this latter species and hence the sighting points to the migration of this species - and an unseen but singing Fox Sparrow. Two adult Bald Eagles continue to use the trees on the islands off the marina and one wonders if they have plans to move the nest site? The list of 50 species is below. Next week is the last Sunday field trip until Jan 12, 2014 - be sure to sign up for your local Christmas Bird Counts! I know that the DC count - contact Larry Cartwright at prowarbler@verizon.net and the Fort Belvoir count - contact me at kurtcapt87@verizon.net are in need of birders of all ages and skill levels. Kurt Gaskill. C. Goose 300 Mallard 40 Ring-necked Duck 12 Lesser Scaup 3 Bufflehead 8 Hooded Merganser 4 Red-breasted Merganser 1 Ruddy Duck 250 Pied-billed Grebe 1 DC Cormorant 22 Great Blue Heron 6 Bald Eagle 3 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Am. Coot 12 Killdeer 20 Dunlin 5 Ring-billed Gull 600 Herring Gull 6 Great Black-backed Gull 6 Mourning Dove 16 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-bellied WP 3 Downy WP 3 Hairy WP 1 No. Flicker 2 Blue Jay 2 Am. Crow 1 Fish Crow 6 C. Chickadee 7 T. Titmouse 1 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 C. Wren 7 W. Wren 4, one in song GC Kinglet 1 RC Kinglet 3 E. Bluebird 1 Am. Robin 6 No. Mocker 3 E. Starling 15 Yellow-rumped Warbler 8 Fox Sp 1 Song Sp 6 Swamp Sp 4 White-thr Sp 15 DE Junco 7 No. Cardinal 10 Red-winged BB 70 House Finch 1 Am. Goldfinch 12 House Sp 2. -- Kurt Gaskill, December 1, 2013.

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The weekly walk at Dyke Marsh, sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh and open to all, was surprisingly good despite the frigid conditions. Best bird was a Nashville warbler along the Haul Road about half way down. It was with a small flock of yellow-rumps. Waterfowl were many and close to the picnic area due to the extraordinarily low tide. Other notables were a peregrine on the Wilson bridge, a Cooper's hawk, both kinglets , Bonaparte's and laughing gulls, and dunlin. We totalled 59 species. Here is the list. Canada goose Gadwall Black duck Mallard Northern shoveler Northern pintail Green-winged teal Ring-necked duck Lesser scaup Bufflehead Hooded merganser Ruddy duck Pied-billed grebe Horned grebe Double-crested cormorant Great blue heron Great egret Bald eagle Cooper's hawk Peregrine falcon American coot Killdeer Dunlin Bonaparte' gull Laughing gull Ring-billed gull Herring gull Greater black-backed gull Rock pigeon Mourning dove Belted kingfisher Red-bellied woodpecker Downy woodpecker Hairy woodpecker Northern flicker Blue jay American crow Fish crow Carolina chickadee Tufted titmouse White-breasted nuthatch Carolina wren Winter wren Golden-crowned kinglet Ruby-crowned kinglet American robin Northern mockingbird European starling Cedar waxwing Nashville warbler Yellow-rumped warbler Song sparrow Swamp sparrow White-throated sparrow Northern cardinal Red-winged blackbird House finch American goldfinch House sparrow. -- Marc Ribaudo, November 24, 2013.

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Sixteen birders joined Ed Eder and us today for the weekly avian survey of Belle Haven picnic area and marina and Dyke Marsh (Haul Road). All are welcome on this walk, sponsored by Friends of Dyke Marsh, which meets at 8:00 AM every Sunday except for during Christmas Bird Counts and Federal Gov't shutdowns. The fog was so thick at 8:00 am that we reversed the traditional order and birded Haul Road first, then surveyed the Potomac from the picnic area. As hoped, the visibility was much better. The birding was never boring. Highlight was probably an Eastern Phoebe, seen by all. Molly had a glimpse of a Wilson's Snipe at the end of Haul Road, but it was gone by the time others could get on it. Quick stops at Hunting Creek before and afterwards added Greater Yellowlegs, Belted Kingfisher, Wood Duck, and Green-winged Teal to the morning tally, yielding a total of 56 species. The list: Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA Nov 17, 2013 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.5 mile(s) 52 species Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 150 Gadwall (Anas strepera) 1 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 120 Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 80 Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 6 Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) 1 Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 4 Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 200 Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 1 Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 8 Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 8 Great Egret (Ardea alba) 16 Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) 1 Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 5 Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 1 American Coot (Fulica americana) 160 Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 4 Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata) 1 Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) 1 Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) 4 Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 220 Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 4 Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 8 Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) 10 Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 4 Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 6 Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2 Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 3 Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 1 Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2 Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 40 Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 3 Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 3 Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis) 2 Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 10 Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 6 Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 1 American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 20 Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1 European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 20 Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 8 White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 10 Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 2 Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 12 Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 160 Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 24 House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 4 American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 30 House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 1. -- Peter and Molly Ross, Arlington, November 17, 2013.

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Skeleton crew at Dyke Marsh, Alexandria, today due to closure of GW Parkway for a race. The five of us that made it to the first platform on Haul Road were rewarded by a quick glimpse of an AMERICAN BITTERN as it flew over the south marsh and put down - probably in the Big Gut. The tide was almost low when we started so we were treated to a nice assortment of waterfowl, listed below. Egrets and GBH's must have corralled some nice morsels as they were standing pretty much side by side in a small pool for quite some time. Three WINTER WRENS were seen not too far from the beginning of the trail and one put on a nice show, chipping, singing and popping about in the open affording good looks. There might be an update on gulls and peeps from the splinter group that went to the stone bridge after the "official" walk ended. I had to go in the opposite direction.... Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend. Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA Nov 10, 2013 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM Protocol: Traveling 3.0 mile(s) Comments: sunday FODM walk 55 species. Canada Goose 400 Tundra Swan 1 Gadwall 10 American Black Duck 2 Mallard 300 Northern Shoveler 40 Green-winged Teal 10 Ring-necked Duck 1 Lesser Scaup 3 Bufflehead 3 Ruddy Duck 300 Double-crested Cormorant 16 American Bittern 1 Great Blue Heron 23 Egrets and GBH side by side in a small pool at low tide. Easy scan count as bird were not scattered... Great Egret 23 same as count for GBH, above - birds were all together, not scattered, very easy to tally Turkey Vulture 2 Bald Eagle 1 Red-tailed Hawk 1 American Coot 300 Killdeer 8 Wilson's Snipe 3 Ring-billed Gull 300 Rock Pigeon 7 Mourning Dove 5 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 3 Downy Woodpecker 4 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 3 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Blue Jay 2 American Crow 6 Fish Crow 50 Carolina Chickadee 6 Tufted Titmouse 6 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Winter Wren 3 Carolina Wren 6 Golden-crowned Kinglet 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2 Eastern Bluebird 2 American Robin 6 Northern Mockingbird 1 European Starling 12 Yellow-rumped Warbler 10 Song Sparrow 3 Swamp Sparrow 2 White-throated Sparrow 10 Dark-eyed Junco 3 Northern Cardinal 3 Red-winged Blackbird 10 Common Grackle 1 House Finch 6 American Goldfinch 2 House Sparrow 10. -- Rich Rieger, Alexandria, November 10, 2013.

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Fifteen birders came out for the weekly Dyke Marsh bird walk sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh and free and open to all. The windy conditions were a bit of an impediment for us, but we still managed to find 41 species. Highlights included the continuing waterfowl show on the river. We had nice looks at Pied-billed Grebes and a raft of Ruddy Ducks. There were many Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets in the area. We found many egrets in the marsh along Haul Road sheltering from the wind. Other highlights included up close and personal looks and both Ruby-crowned and Golden crowned Kinglets and a flock of Cedar Waxwings flying into and out of a cedar tree along Haul Road. We spotted several Bald Eagles flying around and a distant flying Northern Harrier which appeared to be passing through. We got the harrier in two different scopes and had some nice looks as the bird circled around for a short time. Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, US-VA Nov 3, 2013 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.5 mile(s)iled Grebes and a ra Comments: Regular Sunday morning FODM walk. 41 species. Canada Goose 250 Mallard 30 Northern Shoveler 2 Ring-necked Duck 2 Ruddy Duck 300 Pied-billed Grebe 5 Double-crested Cormorant 28 Great Blue Heron 22 Many on the river Great Egret 25 About 20 congregating in the marsh along Haul Road. Turkey Vulture 3 Northern Harrier 1 Bald Eagle 6 Red-tailed Hawk 1 American Coot 300 Greater Yellowlegs 1 Hunting Creek Laughing Gull 40 Ring-billed Gull 600 Great Black-backed Gull 3 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 3 Downy Woodpecker 2 Northern Flicker 2 Blue Jay 6 American Crow 8 Fish Crow 40 Carolina Chickadee 12 Tufted Titmouse 4 Carolina Wren 7 Golden-crowned Kinglet 3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5 American Robin 20 Northern Mockingbird 1 European Starling 60 Cedar Waxwing 16 Yellow-rumped Warbler 6 Song Sparrow 8 Swamp Sparrow 7 White-throated Sparrow 10 Northern Cardinal 14 Red-winged Blackbird 10 House Sparrow 16. -- Larry Meade, Vienna, VA, November 3, 2013.

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Ten birders joined me for today's Dyke Marsh Sunday bird walk. The walk started at low tide and the highlights were 2 American Avocets, a Dunlin, 2 Greater Yellowlegs, and a Bonaparte's Gull that flew in to join its much larger gull brethren. We had great often close up views of a variety of ducks. A Belted Kingfisher at the marina also provided nice views as it sat on a pipe. A Cooper's Hawk entertained the crowd as it chased several Red-winged Blackbirds around the marsh. Winter arrivals are here and kinglets were bunched up in little groups as they foraged along Haul Road. A great day with a nice compatible group of birders. My best wishes to the scheduled leader, Rich, to had to leave early to tend to a medical emergency. I was happy to fill in as leader. Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA Oct 27, 2013 8:00 AM - 8:04 AM Protocol: Traveling 2.5 mile(s) Comments: Submitted from BirdLog World for iOS, version 1.5.2 60 species (+1 other taxa) Canada Goose 170 Wood Duck 3 Gadwall 7 American Black Duck 2 Mallard 250 Northern Shoveler 105 Northern Pintail 1 Green-winged Teal 12 Redhead 3 Ring-necked Duck 2 Lesser Scaup 5 Ruddy Duck 125 Pied-billed Grebe 65 Double-crested Cormorant 110 Great Blue Heron 9 Great Egret 10 Cooper's Hawk 2 Bald Eagle 5 American Coot 150 American Avocet 2 Killdeer 24 Greater Yellowlegs 2 Dunlin 1 Bonaparte's Gull 1 Laughing Gull 90 Ring-billed Gull 100 Herring Gull 5 Great Black-backed Gull 5 Caspian Tern 2 Forster's Tern 5 Mourning Dove 23 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 5 Downy Woodpecker 2 Northern Flicker 1 Blue Jay 2 Fish Crow 12 crow sp. 17 Carolina Chickadee 3 Tufted Titmouse 7 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Carolina Wren 8 Golden-crowned Kinglet 9 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4 Eastern Bluebird 2 American Robin 15 Gray Catbird 1 Northern Mockingbird 2 European Starling 70 Cedar Waxwing 12 Yellow-rumped Warbler 25 Eastern Towhee 1 Song Sparrow 7 Swamp Sparrow 1 White-throated Sparrow 20 Northern Cardinal 15 Red-winged Blackbird 5 Common Grackle 2 House Finch 3 American Goldfinch 8 House Sparrow 12. -- Larry Cartwright, October 27, 2013.

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Twelve birders enjoyed glorious fall weather this morning for the weekly avian survey of Belle Haven picnic area and marina and Dyke Marsh (Haul Road). All are welcome for this walk, sponsored by Friends of Dyke Marsh, which meets at 8:00 AM every Sunday except for during Christmas Bird Counts and Federal Gov't shutdowns. Waterfowl were plentiful, but Haul Road was slow. 43 taxa were observed. A stop at the Stone Bridge added a couple Greater Yellowlegs. The list: Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA Oct 20, 2013 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.5 mile(s) 43 species Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 40 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 36 Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 30 Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 4 Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 100 Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 16 Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 32 Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2 Great Egret (Ardea alba) 2 Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 5 American Coot (Fulica americana) 80 Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) 30 Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 60 Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 10 Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 1 Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 1 Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri) 10 Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2 Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 5 Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2 Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1 Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 10 Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 24 Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 8 Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 4 White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2 Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 8 Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 1 American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 8 Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 1 Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1 European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 3 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 6 Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 6 Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 1 Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 8 Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 12 Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 8 House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1 American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2 House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 3. -- Peter Ross, Arlington, October 20, 2013.

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Twenty people joined me for the Dyke Marsh Sunday Bird walk today. The walk starts at 8:00 AM every Sunday except during the Christmas Bird Count season. Migrant songbirds were hard to come by today, but we had hundreds of Laughing Gulls pushing through and a few migrant ducks mixed in with the Mallards. A few Ospreys were still around and a Copper's hawk perched along the marsh shoreline gave great. The extensive hydrilla mats provided areas of foraging for several Pied-billed Grebes. A gorgeous day offset several areas of avian inactivity. Today's totals: Canada Goose 55 American Wigeon 5 (1 drake, 4 hens) Mallard 90 Blue-winged Teal 2 (hens) Pied-billed Grebe 5 Double-crested Cormorant 12 Great Blue heron 10 Great Egret 6 Osprey 2 Bald Eagle 3 Cooper's Hawk 1 Laughing Gull 400 Ring-billed Gull 500 Herring Gull 30 Great Blacked-backed Gull 8 Caspian Tern 2 Forster's Tern 45 Rock Pigeon 6 Mourning Dove 1 Chimney Swift 3 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1 Belted Kingfisher 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker 4 Downy Woodpecker 2 Northern Flicker 2 Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 Blue Jay 16 Fish Crow 4 Carolina Chickadee 14 Tufted Titmouse 10 White-breasted Nuthatch 4 Carolina Wren 10 American Robin 13 Northern Mockingbird 2 European Starling 25 Magnolia Warbler 2 Common Yellowthroat 1 Northern Cardinal 13 Red-winged Blackbird 20 House Finch 1 American Goldfinch 3 House Sparrow 7 Larry Cartwright, September 29, 2013.

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Seven birders joined me for the weekly avian survey of Belle Haven and Dyke Marsh. This walk, sponsored by Friends of Dyke Marsh, is held every Sunday morning at 8:00 and is free to all. We were blessed with gorgeous early autumn weather but very few passage migrants. Here is the list: Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA Sep 22, 2013 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.5 mile(s) 38 species Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 30 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 20 Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 8 Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 4 Great Egret (Ardea alba) 4 Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1 Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1 Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 3 Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) 30 Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 40 Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 6 Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri) 16 Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) 1 Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 1 Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 3 Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1 Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1 Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 1 Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 8 Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 6 Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 2 Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 1 White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1 Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 6 American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 4 Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 6 Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1 European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 12 Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1 American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) 1 Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) 1 Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2 Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 8 Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 40 Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 2 House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 6. -- Peter Ross, September 22, 2013.

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Cool but beautiful weather greeted the dozen or so participants who filtered in and out the weekly bird walk at Dyke Marsh in Fairfax County, VA. The trip, every Sunday at 8 am, is free and open to all and sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh. The recent cold front spurred migrant activity in many local parks, and we had a taste of this as well. Highlights include nice looks at a cooperative PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTARTS, MAGNOLIA WARBLER. At least 4 BALD EAGLES were spotted and one was in a sort of air duel standoff with a PEREGRINE FALCON high over the marsh. The full list of species seen or heard follows: canada goose 100 mallard 75 pied-billed grebe 1 double crested cormorant 25 great blue heron 1 great egret 5 bald eagle 4 black vulture 5 turkey vulture 21 broad-winged hawk 1 red-tailed hawk 1 peregrine falcon 1 starling 15 red-wing blackbird 30 ring-billed gull 20 laughing gull 6 caspian tern 4 forster's tern 2 eastern phoebe 2 carolina chickadee 8 tufted titmouse 6 gray catbird 3 mockingbird 1 carolina wren 8 prothonotary warbler 1 magnolia warbler 2 palm warbler 1 american redstart 3 american robin 15 northern cardinal 15 fish crow 10 red-bellied woodpecker 5 downy woodpecker 6 northern flicker 1 red-eyed vireo 1 warbling vireo 1 blue jay 3 osprey 1 common grackle 10. -- Robert Beard, September 15, 2013.

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Eleven people came out for the weekly walk at Dyke Marsh in Fairfax County. Walks are sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh and start every Sunday morning at 8:00 AM. They are free and open to all. This morning we were treated to wonderful weather and also to some nice birds with a total of 41 species tallied. Warblers were a highlight with two Northern Parulas spotted in the picnic area, and an American Redstart, Magnolia Warbler, Yellow Warbler and a Common Yellowthroat seen along Haul Road. A few Ospreys and Bald Eagles were in the area along with Caspian and Forster's Terns. Greater Yellowlegs were the only shorebirds that we could find. Butterfly highlights included two monarchs, two Viceroys and a few Black Swallowtails. Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, US-VA Sep 8, 2013 8:00 AM - 10:45 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.0 mile(s) 40 species Canada Goose 150 Mallard 40 Double-crested Cormorant 9 Great Blue Heron 4 Great Egret 10 Osprey 3 Bald Eagle 4 Greater Yellowlegs 4 Laughing Gull 3 Ring-billed Gull 7 Caspian Tern 10 Forster's Tern 4 Rock Pigeon 6 Mourning Dove 5 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Downy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 1 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Eastern Phoebe 2 Warbling Vireo 1 Blue Jay 5 Fish Crow 8 Carolina Chickadee 8 Tufted Titmouse 5 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Carolina Wren 7 American Robin 12 Gray Catbird 6 European Starling 20 Common Yellowthroat 1 American Redstart 1 Northern Parula 2 Magnolia Warbler 1 Yellow Warbler 1 Song Sparrow 1 Northern Cardinal 10 Red-winged Blackbird 8 Common Grackle 1 American Goldfinch 1 House Sparrow 15. -- Larry Meade, Vienna, VA.

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A tough day with few migrants noted at Dyke - likely due to the south wind. Top bird was a pair of Eastern Kingbirds along the dogleg. Some migrant Black Vultures noted as we returned to our cars. A visit to the Stone Bridge added a few more species including Least Sandpipers, Greater Yellowlegs, Killdeer, Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls. The list of 42 species is below. C. Goose 50 Am. Black Duck 1 Mallard 40 DC Cormorant 8 Great Blue Heron 8 Great Egret 12 Black Vulture 1 Osprey 4 Bald Eagle 2 Killdeer 7 Greater Yellowlegs 3 Least Sandpiper 2 L. Gull 25+ RB Gull 50+ Caspian Tern 5 Forsters Tern 28 Rock Pigeon 2, on the mudflats Mourning Dove 5 RT Hummer 4 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-bellied WP 4 Downy WP 2 No. Flicker 1 Pileated WP 1 E. Phoebe 2 E. Kingbird 2 Blue Jay 4 Fish Cr 2 No. Rough-winged Sw 6 C. Chickadee 4 T. Titmouse 3 C. Wren 10 BG Gnatcatcher 1 Am. Robin 6 Gray Catbird 1 E. Starling 30 Song Sp 1 No. Cardinal 8 RW Blackbird 15 Com. Grackle 5 Am. Goldfinch 4 House Sp 8. -- Kurt Gaskill, September 1, 2013.

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This is the report of the regular Sunday Field Trip at Dyke Marsh, sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh and open to all. Top bird today was a Least Flycatcher at the end of Haul Rd near the boardwalk. We encountered a flurry of activity at the picnic area where it meets the brush and trees at the southern end. Here there were many hummingbirds - some accosting Common Grackles - plus a few hatch year Yellow Warblers, many orioles of both types, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbirds, Eastern Wood Pewees, a Red-eyed Vireo, a few Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and a Prothonotary Warbler. We began scoping waterfowl and larids at the water's edge and found 2 Northern Shovelers and brief look at a Northern Pintail (these ducks were still cryptically plumaged). The walk down Haul Rd was somewhat quiet except near the end for more Yellow Warblers and the Least Flycatcher. We tallied 51 species. Before the trip I visited the GW Parkway Stone Bridge and added typical shorebirds - Killdeer, both yellowlegs, and Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers. At the end of the day I re-visited and added 2 Herring Gulls. The total of the today's list at Dyke follows. C. Goose 150 Mallard 50 No. Shoveler 2 No. Pintail 1 DC Cormorant 12 Great Blue Heron 6 Great Egret 10 Green Heron 1 Black Vulture 5 Turkey Vulture 3 Osprey 6 Killdeer 3 Greater Yellowlegs 7 Lesser Yellowlegs 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper 15 Least Sandpiper 2 L. Gull 300 RB Gull 100 Herring Gull 1 Caspian Tern 12 Forster's Tern 15 Rock Pigeon 10 Mourning Dove 5 C. Swift 15 RT Hummer 5 Red-bellied WP 3 Downy WP 2 No. Flicker 1 E. Wood Pewee 3 Least Fly 1 E. Phoebe 2 Great Crested Fly 1 E. Kingbird 5 RE Vireo 2 Blue Jay 5 Fish Crow 3 Barn Sw 6 C. Chickadee 12 T. Titmouse 7 White-br Nuthatch 2 C.Wren 10 BG Gnatcatcher 3 Am. Robin 36 Gray Catbird 5 No. Mocker 2 E. Starling 20 Yellow Warbler 5 Prothonotary Warbler 1 Song Sp 1, still singing No. Cardinal 10 RW BB 14 Com. Grackle 6 Orchard O 3 Baltimore O 6 House Finch 7 Am. Goldfinch 6 House Sp - NONE! -- Kurt Gaskill, August 25, 2013.

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The weekly bird walk at Dyke Marsh, sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh, was a washout this morning, but I joined up with Larry Cartwright on his breeding bird route. The rain was light most of the time, but the birds were quiet. There was some activity in the picnic area where I saw a male prothonotary warbler, a hatch year yellow warbler, red-eyed vireo, and male and female Baltimore Orioles. Here is the complete list, for what it is: mallard 14 double-crested cormorant 16 great-blue heron 6 great egret 1 osprey 12 bald eagle 3 ring-billed gull 20 Caspian tern 1 morning dove 4 chimney swift 2 ruby-throated hummingbird 2 red-bellied woodpecker 1 pileated woodpecker 1 eastern wood pewee 3 white-eyed vireo 2 red-eyed vireo 1 blue jay 2 American crow 1 fish crow 1 purple martin 1 barn swallow 3 Carolina chickadee 6 tufted titmouse 3 white-breasted nuthatch 2 Carolina wren 8 blue-gray gnatcatcher 1 American robin 8 gray catbird 10 European startling 6 yellow warbler 1 prothonotary warbler 1 common yellowthroat 1 song sparrow 1 northern cardinal 12 red-winged blackbird 4 Baltimore oriole 2 house finch 2 American goldfinch 6 house sparrow 2. -- Marc Ribaudo, Woodbridge, VA, August 18, 2013.

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A beautiful morning for a bird walk at Dyke Marsh, Alexandria, VA. Blue skies, a slight breeze and temp hovering around 70. Some walkers gathered in the parking w. Larry Cartwright lot prior to the 8am start time and were treated to a Coopers Hawk being harassed by an Eastern Kingbird. Down by the waterfront, I watched a Momma Mallard float by w. 11 very new ducklings, a late brood to be sure. Nothing too extraordinary, bird wise today. A few (non)Spotted Sandpipers heading south. Berry eaters - Robins, both Orioles, Cedar Waxwings foraging in a cherry tree at the start of Haul Road. Fledged Great Crested Flycatchers being fed near the Marina office, a few Indigo Bunting males still singing near the dogleg. Over the Marina, we watched a Bald Eagle hassle an Osprey w. a fish. Osprey dropped fish and Eagle picked it up in mid air... that was cool. Ed Eder, who was out taking pictures, joined us in the Marina and kept us up on native plant life. He also pointed out an American Praying Mantis, which is quite a bit smaller than the bigger Chinese type most of us are familiar with. It was a lifer for me... After the walk, David Ledwith and I headed up to the stone bridge to see if the Avocets were about. Alas, they were not, but we added Killdeer, G Yellowlegs and Semi P Sandpiper. Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA Aug 4, 2013 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM Protocol: Traveling 2.0 mile(s) 49 species Canada Goose 75 Mallard 25 one mama hen w. 11 young in tow... second hen seen from stone bridge w. 3 Double-crested Cormorant 12 Great Blue Heron 2 Great Egret 5 Osprey 10 Cooper's Hawk 1 Bald Eagle 4 2 imm seen on mud flats at stone bridge Killdeer 3 seen from stone bridge Spotted Sandpiper 3 Greater Yellowlegs 1 seen from stone bridge after walk Semipalmated Sandpiper 4 seen on mudflats from stone bridge after walk Laughing Gull 30 Ring-billed Gull 200 loafing on mudflats... Caspian Tern 4 Forster's Tern 12 Rock Pigeon 1 Mourning Dove 4 one on nest Chimney Swift 4 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3 Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 Downy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 1 Great Crested Flycatcher 3 Eastern Kingbird 4 Blue Jay 6 Fish Crow 6 Purple Martin 10 Tree Swallow 2 Barn Swallow 12 Carolina Chickadee 8 Tufted Titmouse 4 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Carolina Wren 4 American Robin 12 Gray Catbird 3 Northern Mockingbird 2 European Starling X Cedar Waxwing 5 Common Yellowthroat 1 Yellow Warbler 1 Song Sparrow 1 Northern Cardinal 6 Indigo Bunting 2 Red-winged Blackbird 8 Common Grackle 2 Orchard Oriole 3 Baltimore Oriole 1 American Goldfinch 6. -- Rich Rieger, August 4, 2013.

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Fifteen birders joined me this morning for the weekly (except during CBC) survey of Belle Haven picnic area and Marina and Dyke Marsh. This walk is free and open to all. Highlight was excellent views of Prothonotary warbler along Haul Road. We also stopped at low tide at Hunting creek but alas, no Avoocet. The list: - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA Jul 28, 2013 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.5 mile(s) 42 species Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 25 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 14 Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 6 Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 4 Great Egret (Ardea alba) 2 Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 8 Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 4 Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) 2 Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 18 Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 1 Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri) 12 Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 4 Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2 Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1 Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) 1 Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 6 Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 8 Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 4 Purple Martin (Progne subis) 3 Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 6 Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 1 White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1 Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 6 American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 6 Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 2 Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1 Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) 1 European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 12 Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea) 1 Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 3 Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 4 Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) 1 Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1 Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 8 Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) 3 Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 30 Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 5 Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) 1 American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 4 House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 6. -- Peter and Molly Ross, Arlington, VA, July 28, 2013.

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Less heat and humidity was welcome for the weekly birding trip at Dyke Marsh, sponsored by Friends of Dyke Marsh and open to all. About a dozen birders joined in. Highlights included a White-eyed Vireo along the Haul Road, several Spotted Sandpipers, and Forster's Terns in both breeding and Fall plumage. The list of birds seen or heard follows, along with estimates of numbers: Canada Goose 150 Mallard 60 Double-crested Cormorant 10 Great Blue Heron 7 Great Egret 4 Turkey Vulture 1 Black Vulture 1 Osprey 12 Spotted Sandpiper 4 Laughing Gull 4 Ring-billed Gull 300 Caspian Tern 2 Forsters Tern 3 Mourning Dove 6 Chimney Swift 6 Red-bellied Woodpecker 10 Downy Woodpecker 2 Northern Flicker 2 Acadian Flycatcher 1 Great Crested Flycatcher 1 Eastern Kingbird 1 Blue Jay 4 Fish Crow 8 Chimney Swift 50 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3 Purple Martin 25-30, flying and many perched at the Marina Barn Swallow 4 Carolina Chickadee 6 Tufted Titmouse 6 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Marsh Wren 2 Carolina Wren 12 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6 American Robin 4 Gray Catbird 2 Northern Mockingbird 2 White-eye Vireo 1 European Starling 12 Common Yellow-throat 2 Yellow Warbler 1 Northern Cardinal 12 Indigo Bunting 4 Red-winged Blackbird 20 Common Grackle 10 Orchard Oriole 6 House Finch 2 American Goldfinch 4 House Sparrow 2. -- Bob Beard, Arlington VA, July 21, 2013.

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I led the weekly walk at Dyke Marsh and Belle Haven picnic area & marina this morning. The free, weekly walk is sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh and everyone is welcome. There were 10 of us this morning, and we began in overcast skies. The weather cleared by the end of the walk, as the heat rose. One high-light was a Least Bittern, seen at the end of the board walk, across the channel. We may have flushed it as we walk up to the end of the board walk, as it flew up and over the marsh and back down about 20 feet in. The full list of 50 species is below. Cheers, Phil Phil Kenny 1731 Killarney Court Vienna, VA 22182-2133 philkenny@verizon.net H: 703-255-5423 Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA Jul 14, 2013 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.5 mile(s) Comments: Submitted from BirdLog World for iOS, version 1.6.1 50 species: Canada Goose 40 Mallard 60 Double-crested Cormorant 6 Least Bittern 1 Seen briefly at the end of the walk flying over the marsh. Great Blue Heron 7 Great Egret 9 Osprey 10 Parents teaching the kids how to fish. Bald Eagle 3 two adults and one juvenile Spotted Sandpiper 1 Seen by Larry Cartwright before the walk. Laughing Gull 12 Ring-billed Gull 120 Caspian Tern 4 Mourning Dove 20 Chimney Swift 6 Red-bellied Woodpecker 6 Downy Woodpecker 2 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Heard Northern Flicker 1 Heard Acadian Flycatcher 1 Heard Eastern Phoebe 1 Great Crested Flycatcher 6 Eastern Kingbird 5 One on a nest. Blue Jay 7 Fish Crow 8 Purple Martin 6 Parents feeding fledglings. Tree Swallow 4 Barn Swallow 2 Carolina Chickadee 6 Tufted Titmouse 6 White-breasted Nuthatch 3 Marsh Wren 2 Carolina Wren 12 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 American Robin 12 Gray Catbird 1 Northern Mockingbird 4 Brown Thrasher 1 European Starling 12 Cedar Waxwing 3 Common Yellowthroat 2 Northern Parula 1 Yellow Warbler 1 Northern Cardinal 16 Indigo Bunting 2 Red-winged Blackbird 20 Common Grackle 10 Baltimore Oriole 1 House Finch 12 American Goldfinch 4 House Sparrow 20. -- July 14, 2013.

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Birding in early July for the weekly Dyke Marsh bird walk sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh and open and free to all went pretty much as expected. No migration yet and fewer singing birds led to a tally of only 39 bird species. It was still a nice morning to be out. We saw several baby birds including a fledged Osprey showing his spots. Orchard Orioles were feeding young and a Marsh Wren called. The Purple Martins are fledged and we watched them hanging out on the tops of the masts of the sailboats in the marina. Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, US-VA Jul 7, 2013 8:00 AM - 10:20 AM Protocol: Traveling 0.7 mile(s) 39 species: Canada Goose 140 Mallard 15 Double-crested Cormorant 6 Great Blue Heron 3 Osprey 8 Mourning Dove 5 Chimney Swift 6 Red-bellied Woodpecker 4 Downy Woodpecker 2 Northern Flicker 1 Eastern Kingbird 4 Warbling Vireo 1 Red-eyed Vireo 3 Blue Jay 5 Fish Crow 8 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 4 Purple Martin 13 Tree Swallow 1 Carolina Chickadee 10 Tufted Titmouse 8 White-breasted Nuthatch 4 Marsh Wren 1 Carolina Wren 5 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5 American Robin 7 Northern Mockingbird 2 European Starling 25 Common Yellowthroat 6 Northern Parula 1 Yellow Warbler 1 Song Sparrow 1 Northern Cardinal 18 Indigo Bunting 2 Red-winged Blackbird 20 Common Grackle 10 Brown-headed Cowbird 1 Orchard Oriole 3 American Goldfinch 4 House Sparrow 20. -- Larry Meade, Vienna, VA, July 7, 2013.

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Fourteen birders participated in the weekly survey (Every Sunday at 08:00 except during Christmas Bird Counts and occasional local road races) of Belle Haven picnic area and Dyke Marsh, sponsored by Friends of Dyke Marsh, and free to all. Summer doldrums must be upon us. We netted 41 species. Only a few of the group observed the 1300 millisecond appearance of the Least Bittern. I forgot my scope, and none of the participants had one handy; so we probably missed something on the river. The list: Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA Jun 16, 2013 8:00 AM - 10:45 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.5 mile(s) Comments: No scope to scan river 41 species. Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 120 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 20 Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 2 Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) 1 Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 4 Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1 Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 6 Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 4 Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 4 Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 4 Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1 Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 2 Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) 2 Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 1 Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) 4 Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2 Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 4 Purple Martin (Progne subis) 14 Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 2 Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 1 Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 8 Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 8 Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 1 Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 1 Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 10 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 2 American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 10 Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1 European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 20 Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 3 Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 2 Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 4 Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) 1 Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 12 Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 60 Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 12 Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) 8 Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 2 House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 4 American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 3 House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 10. -- Peter and Molly Ross, Arlington, June 16, 2013.

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Sixteen birders came out this morning for the weekly 8:00 AM bird walk at Dyke Marsh which is sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh and is free and open to all. Summer has tamped down the avian activity, but we still managed to see 41 bird species, The first bird we saw was a Cedar Waxwing in the parking lot. On the river we saw DC Cormorants and Ospreys. A couple of distant Bald Eagles were visible on their tower nest. In the marina we saw the first of many Orchard Orioles that we would see. We also checked out the Osprey babies and a couple of Purple Martins. Haul Road had Yellow Warblers and more Orchard Orioles along with Indigo Buntings and an Eastern Kingbird nest. A few people saw a Least Bittern fly over the trail. Unfortunately, the bird disappeared into the marsh before most of the group could see it. From the platform at the end of the boardwalk a Marsh Wren was heard singing and was also briefly seen. Butterflies included a couple of Appalachian Browns, a Silver-spotted Skipper, Azures, and Tiger Swallowtails. Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, US-VA Jun 9, 2013 8:00 AM - 10:20 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.0 mile(s) 41 species Canada Goose 70 Mallard 12 Double-crested Cormorant 4 Least Bittern 1 Great Blue Heron 1 Osprey 8 Bald Eagle 2 Mourning Dove 5 Chimney Swift 6 Red-bellied Woodpecker 3 Downy Woodpecker 2 Northern Flicker 1 Great Crested Flycatcher 2 Eastern Kingbird 7 Red-eyed Vireo 3 Blue Jay 8 Fish Crow 6 Purple Martin 4 Tree Swallow 10 Carolina Chickadee 16 Tufted Titmouse 6 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Marsh Wren 1 Carolina Wren 10 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 9 American Robin 6 Gray Catbird 1 Northern Mockingbird 2 European Starling 40 Cedar Waxwing 2 Common Yellowthroat 2 Northern Parula 1 Yellow Warbler 3 Northern Cardinal 12 Indigo Bunting 1 Red-winged Blackbird 10 Common Grackle 15 Orchard Oriole 8 House Finch 2 American Goldfinch 9 House Sparrow 10. -- Larry Meade, Vienna, VA, June 9, 2013.

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Twelve people attended the weekly walk at Dyke Marsh, sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh. The summer doldrums have set in and birding was a bit slow this morning. From the picnic area was saw lots of Canada Geese and mallards, plus a single Caspian tern on the flats opposite Hunting Towers, a couple of bald eagles, and several ospreys. In the picnic area we got good looks of a pair of eastern kingbirds chasing a fish crow, but were unable to find a singing northern parula. We got great looks of the osprey nest in the marina and the two youngsters, plus the purple martins nesting under the osprey nest. Along the Dyke Marsh trail we saw several orchard orioles, a Baltimore oriole nest (a single female in the vicinity), 2 warbling vireos, several yellow warblers, and a single marsh wren. We tallied 46 species in all. Here is the list: Canada Goose 75 Mallard 38 Double-crested Cormorant 5 Great Blue Heron 4 Turkey Vulture 2 Osprey 14 Bald Eagle 2 Ring-billed Gull 4 Caspian Tern 1 Rock Pigeon 2 Mourning Dove 4 Chimney Swift 3 Red-bellied Woodpecker 4 Downy Woodpecker 5 Northern Flicker 1 Great Crested Flycatcher 2 Eastern Kingbird 4 Warbling Vireo 2 Blue Jay 2 Fish Crow 6 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2 Purple Martin 8 Tree Swallow 4 Barn Swallow 1 Carolina Chickadee 8 Tufted Titmouse 2 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Marsh Wren 1 Carolina Wren 12 American Robin 4 Northern Mockingbird 1 European Starling 10 Common Yellowthroat 1 Northern Parula 2 Yellow Warbler 4 Blackpoll Warbler 1 Song Sparrow 1 Northern Cardinal 10 Red-winged Blackbird 20 Common Grackle 14 Brown-headed Cowbird 1 Orchard Oriole 4 Baltimore Oriole 1 House Finch 2 American Goldfinch 4 House Sparrow 6. -- Marc Ribaudo, Woodbridge, June 2, 2013.

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Eighteen birders attended the weekly Sunday morning walk at Dyke Marsh this morning. These walks are sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh and are held every Sunday at 8:00 AM. They free and open to all. We tallied 52 species on the day which included several highlights. In the picnic area we found a male and female Baltimore Orioles, Eastern Kingbirds and Cedar Waxwings. We also observed a couple of young Opsrey in the nest at the marina. Four types of swallows were buzzing around the marina including Northern Rough-winged, Barn, Tree, and Purple Martins. On Haul Road we found more Baltimore Orioles plus two Oriole nests. A young male Orchard Oriole was singing. Other singers serenading us included Yellow Warblers, a Warbling Vireo, Common Yellowthroats, and Northern Parulas. Blackpoll Warblers and a Common Redstart represented what may be the last of the migrants. Bald Eagles and Ospreys were in the air all morning and a Red-shouldered Hawk flying high overhead showed the "windows" on its wings very clearly. Also, a Marsh Wren was heard in the marsh across the water from the deck at the end of the boardwalk. Perhaps the most popular bird of the morning was a breeding plumage Common Loon which gave a us fairly close looks as it swam around not too far from the boardwalk. Although it was before the walk, I should also note that Scott Priebe reported two Black-bellied Plovers at Hunting Creek. Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, US-VA May 26, 2013 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.0 mile(s) 52 species. Canada Goose 25 Mallard 10 Common Loon 1 Double-crested Cormorant 2 Great Blue Heron 3 Turkey Vulture 4 Osprey 8 Bald Eagle 6 Red-shouldered Hawk 2 Ring-billed Gull 2 Mourning Dove 3 Chimney Swift 20 Red-bellied Woodpecker 3 Downy Woodpecker 4 Northern Flicker 2 Eastern Wood-Pewee 2 Great Crested Flycatcher 1 Eastern Kingbird 6 Warbling Vireo 2 Red-eyed Vireo 4 Blue Jay 2 American Crow 1 Fish Crow 5 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3 Purple Martin 3 Tree Swallow 10 Barn Swallow 3 Carolina Chickadee 6 Tufted Titmouse 2 White-breasted Nuthatch 5 Marsh Wren 1 Carolina Wren 12 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3 American Robin 6 Northern Mockingbird 4 European Starling 18 Cedar Waxwing 12 Common Yellowthroat 4 American Redstart 1 Northern Parula 4 Yellow Warbler 7 Blackpoll Warbler 2 Song Sparrow 2 Northern Cardinal 10 Red-winged Blackbird 12 Common Grackle 15 Brown-headed Cowbird 6 Orchard Oriole 2 Baltimore Oriole 4 House Finch 1 American Goldfinch 6 House Sparrow 8. -- Larry Meade, Vienna, VA, May 26, 2013.

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14 birders, including Chief Inspector Larry Cartwright of the Birding Bird Bureau, participated in the weekly survey (Every Sunday at 08:00 except during Christmas Bird Counts and occasional local road races) of Belle Haven picnic area and Dyke Marsh, sponsored by Friends of Dyke Marsh, and free to all. The predicted rain showers held off, but heavy fog shrouded bird life on the Potomac. Passage migrants were sparse, and there were too many misses to mention. Highlight was a (breeding plumage) Common Loon that was first sighted in Dead Beaver Beach cove and later fished its way over to the marina. The list: Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA May 19, 2013 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.5 mile(s) 46 species Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 12 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 6 Common Loon (Gavia immer) 1 Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 18 Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 4 Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 8 Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 1 Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 4 Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 80 Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 3 Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2 Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 1 Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) 3 Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 4 Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 2 Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 6 American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2 Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 8 Purple Martin (Progne subis) 10 Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 6 Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 2 Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 3 Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 1 White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1 Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 6 American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 10 Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 2 European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 40 Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) 1 Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 1 Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 5 American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) 1 Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) 3 Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 6 Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 1 Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 3 Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) 1 Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 12 Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) 1 Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 60 Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 4 Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) 8 Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 6 American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 5 House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 4. -- Peter Ross, Arlington, May 19, 2013.

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Fellow birders, At least 15 persons joined me this morning for all or part of the regular Sunday morning walk at Dyke Marsh, which starts at 8:00 am in the parking lot to the Belle Haven picnic area. During the walk we surveyed the Potomac River from the Belle Haven picnic area and walked through this picnic area and the nearby marina before walking to the end of Haul Road. Highlights on this birdy morning included the seemingly omnipresent Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, which were heard and seen during the entire walk and included a female Baltimore Oriole building a nest, a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak that landed right above us in the picnic area and uttered its distinctive call several times, several Great Crested Flycatchers, including one that gave us a close view in the picnic area, a singing Scarlet Tanager in the picnic area, a couple of calling Laughing Gulls in flight above us in the picnic area, a female Ruddy Duck just off shore from the picnic area, many Spotted Sandpipers, including four seen perched on a nearby rock and in flight from the picnic area, several Eastern Kingbirds in the picnic area and along Haul Road, a flock of Cedar Waxwings between the picnic area and marina, a pair of Purple Martins seen perched on a light post near the active Osprey nest by the boat ramp at the marina, at which they nested last year and, given the female¹s visits to this nest this morning, may do so again this year, Northern Rough-winged Swallows collecting nest material on the ground in front of us at the marina, several Caspian Terns seen in flight from the marina, great views of Northern Parulas, Yellow Warblers, a male Black-throated Blue Warbler and a male American Redstart along Haul Road, and great views of a singing Warbling Vireo near the end of Haul Road, one of several encountered on the walk. Not included in our list of 57 species for the morning were several species encountered by Todd Day and a friend during an earlier walk down Haul Road, including a Northern Waterthrush, a flushed Least Bittern and a Belted Kingfisher. Hoped for but not encountered during the walk were Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Marsh Wren, regular summer visitors to Dyke Marsh. Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA May 12, 2013 7:34 AM - 11:49 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.2 mile(s) Comments: This list records the birds encountered by me and 15 participants during the regular Sunday morning walk at the Dyke Marsh Nature Preserve. 57 species. Canada Goose 12 Mallard 8 Ruddy Duck 1 Double-crested Cormorant 15 Great Blue Heron 1 Black Vulture 1 Turkey Vulture 4 Osprey 10 Bald Eagle 6 Red-tailed Hawk (Eastern) 1 Spotted Sandpiper 7 Laughing Gull 2 Herring Gull 2 Caspian Tern 4 Mourning Dove 6 Chimney Swift 8 Red-bellied Woodpecker 3 Downy Woodpecker 3 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Great Crested Flycatcher 3 Eastern Kingbird 6 Warbling Vireo 3 Red-eyed Vireo 2 Blue Jay 6 American Crow 5 Fish Crow 2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 10 Purple Martin 2 Tree Swallow 20 Barn Swallow 10 Carolina Chickadee 6 Tufted Titmouse 2 Carolina Wren 12 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6 American Robin 8 Gray Catbird 3 Northern Mockingbird 1 European Starling 12 Cedar Waxwing 18 Common Yellowthroat 1 American Redstart 1 Northern Parula 6 Yellow Warbler 8 Black-throated Blue Warbler 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 6 Song Sparrow 3 White-throated Sparrow 4 Scarlet Tanager 1 Northern Cardinal 12 Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 Red-winged Blackbird 50 Common Grackle (Purple) 6 Brown-headed Cowbird 4 Orchard Oriole 8 Baltimore Oriole 6 American Goldfinch 8 House Sparrow 6. -- Gerry Hawkins, Arlington, VA, May 12, 2013.

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Yes, we wait for the cold front to break so many migrants will arrive! A tough, cold, easterly windy day for the regular Field Trip, sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh and open to all. We did manage to see a few migrants, but really, not many. Highlights were Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Northern Parula plus Warbling Vireo and Red-eyed Vireo in the picnic area. The 20+ participants just loved the show put on the Orchard and Baltimore Orioles! And, we saw the Chipping Sparrow again this week (never has bred at Dyke). Bald Eagles and Osprey were doing their usual best to impress the onlookers. A trio of Caspian Terns worked the island point off the marina. The Chimney Swift show was amazing with about 200 of the sprites doing acrobatics mostly 2 feet over the Potomac River. The swallows were good but the end of the day proved best as 2 Bank Swallows were mixed in the regulars and the swifts. Lastly, as we left the end of the boardwalk, Larry Cartwright spies a Swamp Sparrow! The field trip netted 50 species for the day. We are all hoping for crumbling of the front! Before the 8 am trip, I walked the hike-bike trail and failed to come up with any migrants. Two Prothonotary Warblers were noted (the one at the Big Bridge over the gut should be viewable) plus more orioles and such. And, a Wood Duck pair - failed breeders or late to breed? We shall see! -- Kurt Gaskill, May 5, 2013.

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It seemed like a good morning for the 29 visitors lead by Ed Eder, Rich Rieger and myself - yet the migrant show was a bit muted. Still, we had a great day with highlights of a Wood Duck flying in the marina area, many Osprey including the photogenic bird on nest at the boat ramp, many Bald Eagles of various ages, groups of Laughing Gulls overhead throughout the day, a gray phase Eastern Screech Owl perched in its cavity roost spot for all to see with super scope looks, Great Crested Flycatchers, Eastern Kingbirds, a Warbling Vireo we actually got to see, RC Kinglet singing away, a few Gray Catbirds, a pair of Northern Parulas in the picnic area, Yellow Warblers, some Yellow-rumped Warblers, several Common Yellowthroats, a Chipping Sparrow singing throughout the day in the picnic area (northern portion near 630pm), a single furtive Swamp Sparrow, great looks at a pair of Orchard Orioles and excellent looks at two male Baltimore Orioles. We confirmed food carry for E. Starlings. Ed Eder's visit early in the morning produced a few shorebirds on the mudflats including a Black-bellied Plover plus a Ruddy Turnstone which stuck around for a few early participants to scope view. Ed also kindly added a few other species to our day list including Lesser Yellowlegs, Wood Thrush, Eastern Towhee and Indigo Bunting. Rich Rieger and I visited the Stone Bridge at low tide today (630pm) and added an American Black Duck and Rock Pigeon to the day list. A fine day with 56 species totaled for the field trip and 66 altogether. The list is given below. C. Goose 5 Wood Duck 1 Am. Black Duck 1 Mallard 36 DC Cormorant 30 Great Blue Heron 5 Osprey 10 Bald Eagle 10, two young in nest at top of metal power pole next to the beltway Red-tailed Hawk 1 Black-bellied Plover 1 Greater Yellowlegs 2 Lesser Yellowlegs 1 Spotted Sandpiper 2 Ruddy Turnstone 1 peep sp. 1 L. Gull 70 Ring-billed Gull 130 Herring Gull 2 Great Black-backed Gull 4 Caspian Tern 35 Rock Pigeon 1 Mourning Dove 4 E. Screech Owl 1 C. Swift 7 RB Woodpecker 4 Downy Woodpecker 3 Great Crested Fly 3 E. Kingbird 3 Warbling V 1 Red-eyed V 2 Blue Jay 25, mostly migrants heading north Am. Crow, our token AMCR Fish Crow 4, nest in picnic area Purple Martin 3, will they attempt under the boat ramp Osprey nest again? Tree Sw 10 No. Rough-winged Sw 7 Barn Sw 12 - only one in the AM but many late afternoon C. Chickadee 4 T. Titmouse 3 C. Wren 8 RC Kinglet 1 BG Gnatcatcher 5 Wood Thrush 1 Am. Robin 8 Gray Catbird 3 No. Mocker 2 E. Starling 6, FC No. Parula 3 Yellow Warbler 2 Yellow-rumped 4 Com. Yellowthroat 4 E. Towhee 1 Chipping Sp 1, not a breeder at Dyke Song Sp 4 Swamp Sp 1 White-thr Sp 10 No. Cardinal 10 Indigo Bunting 1 Red-winged BB 15 Com Grackle 8 (not at Dyke, but Rich and I saw one carry a small snake - garden? - out of brush at Dangerfield Is. this afternoon) Brown-headed Cowbird 8 Orchard O 3 Baltimore O 2 House Finch 3 Am. Goldfinch 1 House Sp 4. -- Kurt Gaskill, April 28, 2013.

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Nearly 30 people joined me today for the Sunday morning walk at Dyke Marsh, starting at 8:00 and open to everyone free of charge. The morning began with the receding mudflats hosting Bonaparte's Gulls and Caspian Terns as a Northern Parula burst into song in the picnic area. A small flock of Spotted Sandpipers flew down river along the shoreline, giving decent views. Ospreys and Bald Eagles soared in the clear blue skies as we walked down Haul Road with evidence all around us that spring is here. Yellow-rumped Warblers were numerous with many males in song. Palm Warblers foraged for insects at the end of Haul Road as they continued their migration. We saw or heard half a dozen Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. We osberved 7 active Osprey nests. Fish Crows were working on a nest in the picnic area while Tree Swallows did the same in one of the nest boxes in the channel north of Haul Road. As the walk concluded, an Eastern Phoebe began to vocalize in the picnic area. It was a beautiful day with great company. Today's totals: Canada Goose 4 Mallard 16 Double-crested Cormorant 40 Turkey Vulture 2 Osprey 18 ( 7 active nests) Bald Eagle 7 Spotted Sandpiper 6 Bonaparte's Gull 8 Ring-billed Gull 30 Herring Gull 5 Great Black-backed Gull 2 Caspian Tern 23 Mourning Dove 5 Red-bellied Woodpecker 7 Downy Woodpecker 5 Northern Flicker 1 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Eastern Phoebe 1 Blue Jay 1 Fish Crow 7 (pair nest building: NB) Tree Swallow 35 (pair NB) Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2 Barn Swallow 2 Carolina Chickadee 5 Tufted Titmouse 5 Carolina Wren 9 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5 American Robin 10 Northern Mockingbird 1 European Starling 20 (NB) Northern Parula 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler 40 Palm Warbler 3 Eastern Towhee 1 Chipping Sparrow 3 Song Sparrow 2 Swamp Sparrow 2 White-throated Sparrow 25 Northern Cardinal 18 Red-winged Blackbird 14 Common Grackle 8 Brown-headed Cowbird 6 House Finch 1 American Goldfinch 4 House Sparrow 8 (NB). -- Larry Cartwright, April 14, 2013.

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Well, we had a great crowd for this mornings' walk at Dyke Marsh, Alexandria. Lots of first timers mixed w. the regulars. It was fairly active in the picnic area w. YELLOW RUMP WARBLERS, a few PALM WARBLERS and at least 2 EASTERN PHOEBES giving us some good looks in the bright sunshine. Activity slowed down as we made our way thru the marina and down Haul Road in a stiff breeze that kept the temperature on the chilly side. Two GOLDEN CROWNED KINGLETS and more YELLOW RUMPERS were entertaining - a myriad of CAROLINA WRENS were in full song, one WINTER WREN made a very brief appearance but some hoped for arrivals failed to materialize....small numbers of waterfowl were tallied and we managed 44 species for the day... list follows. C Goose 14 Mallard 16 L. Scaup 6 Bufflehead 1 RB Merg 4 PB Grebe 1 Horned Grebe 1 DC Corm 4 Osprey 8 Bald Eagle 1 RB Gull 30 Herring Gull 4 Caspian Tern 6 Foresters Tern 1 MoDo 4 (one pair nest building) RB WP 7 Downy WP 5 No. Flicker 2 E. Phoebe 3 Blue Jay 8 (carrying nest material) Fish Crow 6 Tree Swallow 30 No. RW Swallow 10 Car. Chick 5 Tuft. Titmouse 2 Carolina Wren 16 winter Wren 1 GC Kinglet 3 RC Kinglet 1 Robin 24 Starling x YR Warbler 12 Palm Warbler 2 Towhee 1 Song Sparrow 6 Swamp Sparrow 2 WT Sparrow 10 DE Junco 3 No. CArdinal 8 RW Blackbird 24 C Grackle 1 BH Cowbird 2 House Finch 1 House Sparrow 2. -- Rich Rieger, April 7, 2013.

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Fellow birders, Eight persons, including for most of the time regular field trip leader Ed Eder, joined me for the regular Sunday morning walk at Dyke Marsh Nature Preserve in Alexandria, VA. During the walk we visited the Belle Haven picnic area and the nearby marina before walking to the end of Haul Road. Highlights on this very birdy morning included five Horned Grebes in the Potomac River, several Bonaparte¹s Gulls on the Hunting Creek mudflats, Tree, Barn and at least a couple of Northern Rough-winged Swallows, a Brown Thrasher in the area between the picnic area and the marina, three Tundra Swans in flight above us, singing Yellow-rumped Warblers along Haul Road, four Winter Wrens along Haul Road, Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets along Haul Road, five Eastern Phoebes in the picnic area and along Haul Road, a Sharp-shinned Hawk being harassed by a crow near the boardwalk at the end of Haul Road, and three Wilson¹s Snipe in flight shortly after we started walking back along Haul Road. The numerous nesting Osprey and Bald Eagles in this area were prominent during the walk. For those interested, a list of the 57 species encountered during the walk is set forth below. Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Alex., VA, Fairfax, US-VA Mar 31, 2013 7:45 AM - 11:15 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.2 mile(s) Comments: This list records the birds encountered by me and eight participants during the regular, Sunday morning walk at Dyke Marsh Nature Preserve. Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.5.2 57 species (+1 other taxa) Canada Goose 35 Tundra Swan 3 Mallard 12 Northern Shoveler 5 Green-winged Teal 8 Lesser Scaup 35 Bufflehead 6 Red-breasted Merganser 2 Pied-billed Grebe 1 Horned Grebe 5 Double-crested Cormorant 35 Great Blue Heron 4 Turkey Vulture 1 Osprey 12 Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Bald Eagle 5 all adults Killdeer 4 Wilson's Snipe 3 Bonaparte's Gull 8 Ring-billed Gull 125 Herring Gull (American) 15 Great Black-backed Gull 4 Caspian Tern 1 seen in flight over the Potomac River by Ed Eder Rock Pigeon 3 Mourning Dove 4 Red-bellied Woodpecker 5 Downy Woodpecker 7 Northern Flicker 3 Eastern Phoebe 5 Blue Jay 5 American Crow 6 Fish Crow 3 crow sp. 6 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2 Tree Swallow 75 Barn Swallow 10 Carolina Chickadee 14 Tufted Titmouse 4 Winter Wren 4 Carolina Wren 12 Golden-crowned Kinglet 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2 Eastern Bluebird 1 American Robin 25 Brown Thrasher 1 European Starling 30 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 6 Eastern Towhee 3 Field Sparrow 3 Song Sparrow 25 Swamp Sparrow 5 White-throated Sparrow 20 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 4 Northern Cardinal 16 Red-winged Blackbird 25 Brown-headed Cowbird 5 American Goldfinch 4 House Sparrow 5. -- Gerry Hawkins, Arlington, VA, March 31, 2013.

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Eleven birders joined me on the weekly walk at Dyke Marsh, sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh. It was quite gray and chilly, but signs of spring were still apparent with lots of song and the appearance of a few migrants. We got off to a good start with a distant view of a peregrine on the Wilson Bridge (thanks, Ray), 4 Bonaparte's gulls out in the channel, one sporting a partial hood, and a large flock of tree swallows milling just over the surface. The picnic area and bordering brushy area yielded singing phoebe and fox sparrow, a yellow-rumped warbler, and flyover cedar waxwings. The marina held a couple of pied-billed grebes, and we got great views of the resident ospreys. The Dyke Marsh trails were pretty quiet, with groups of song and white-throated sparrows providing most of the action. We did hear 2 winter wrens (one gave us a brief look) and a golden-crowned kinglet. At the boardwalk we got great looks at a pair of greater scaup associating with several lesser scaup. We could easily compare the relevant field marks. In the vicinity were a pair of female red-breasted mergansers. One horned grebe was spotted flying up the river. Despite the chill wind the sky seemed full of ospreys, with several males flying high overhead giving their high-pitched courting cries. Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, US-VA Mar 24, 2013 8:00 AM - 10:45 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.5 mile(s) 50 species Canada Goose 8 Mallard 12 Greater Scaup 2 Lesser Scaup 22 Bufflehead 12 Red-breasted Merganser 2 Ruddy Duck 3 Pied-billed Grebe 3 Horned Grebe 1 Double-crested Cormorant 14 Great Blue Heron 3 Osprey 18 Cooper's Hawk 1 Bald Eagle 3 Bonaparte's Gull 4 Ring-billed Gull 100 Herring Gull 10 Great Black-backed Gull 3 Mourning Dove 6 Red-bellied Woodpecker 6 Downy Woodpecker 8 Northern Flicker 2 Peregrine Falcon 1 Eastern Phoebe 1 Blue Jay 6 American Crow 1 Fish Crow 10 Tree Swallow 60 Carolina Chickadee 8 Tufted Titmouse 2 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Winter Wren 2 Carolina Wren 18 Golden-crowned Kinglet 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2 American Robin 35 European Starling 15 Cedar Waxwing 2 Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 Eastern Towhee 2 Fox Sparrow 1 Song Sparrow 20 Swamp Sparrow 3 White-throated Sparrow 18 Dark-eyed Junco 14 Northern Cardinal 12 Red-winged Blackbird 25 Common Grackle 2 House Finch 1 House Sparrow 8. -- Marc Ribaudo, March 24, 2013.

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Twelve enthusiastic birders joined the weekly bird walk this morning sponsored by Friends of Dyke Marsh. We convene at 8:00 every Sunday except during Christmas Bird Count season at the Belle Haven picnic area. All are welcome, including neophytes. We scan the Potomac and the Marina, then Haul Road. Weather raw (40F and overcast) but dry. I started at dawn at the beginning of Haul Road in hopes of a sighting of Screech Owls. I dipped on these but enjoyed a delightful dawn chorus including singing Winter Wren. Highlight was a raft of 15 Horned Grebes in various stages of molt. We also had great looks at always-charismatic Red-breasted Mergansers. Numerous Tree Swallows and a single Eastern Phoebe were welcome harbingers of spring. The list: Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA Mar 17, 2013 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM Protocol: Traveling 3.0 mile(s) 47 species (+1 other taxa) Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 10 Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 2 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 6 Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) 40 Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 4 Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 4 Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 16 Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 2 Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 1 Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 22 Several off Belle Haven picnic area, all in basic plumage. Raft of 15 in various stages of molt south of Haul Road near its terminus. Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 10 Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1 Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 8 Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 4 Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 1 Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 40 Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 10 Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 8 Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 8 Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 5 Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2 Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 4 Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 1 Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 8 American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 4 Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 4 crow sp. (Corvus sp. (crow sp.)) 6 Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 40 Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 8 Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 4 White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1 Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis) 2 Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 8 Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 1 American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 10 Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1 European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 10 Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) 1 Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 50 Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 3 White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 8 Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 1 Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 12 Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 30 House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 2 House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 6. -- Peter Ross, Arlington, March 17, 2013.

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Thirteen birders came out this morning for the weekly bird walk at Dyke Marsh. The walk is sponsored by the friends of Dyke Marsh and is held every Sunday morning at 8:00. It's free and open to all. We started out by scanning the river for ducks and other birds and found a pair of Gadwall, Northern Pintails and Ruddy Ducks. Before the walk, some participants in our group found a Lesser Black-backed Gull and a Merlin at Hunting Creek. We continued to the marina and found a nice collection of Common Mergansers, Red-breasted mergansers and Pied-billed Grebes. There was also a perched Red-shouldered Hawk. On Haul Road, we found a Hairy Woodpecker, a calling Winter Wren, a Belted Kingfisher, a small group of Lesser Scaup, more Ruddy Ducks, and some Bald Eagles. Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, US-VA Mar 3, 2013 8:00 AM - 10:45 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.0 mile(s) 45 species Canada Goose 450 Gadwall 2 Mallard 30 Northern Pintail 8 Lesser Scaup 10 Bufflehead 6 Common Merganser 14 Red-breasted Merganser 7 Ruddy Duck 17 Pied-billed Grebe 3 Double-crested Cormorant 1 Great Blue Heron 2 Bald Eagle 4 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Red-tailed Hawk 1 American Coot 2 Ring-billed Gull 300 Herring Gull 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 Great Black-backed Gull 10 Mourning Dove 6 Belted Kingfisher 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker 7 Downy Woodpecker 5 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 3 Merlin 1 Blue Jay 4 Fish Crow 12 Carolina Chickadee 10 Tufted Titmouse 3 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Winter Wren 1 Carolina Wren 8 Eastern Bluebird 2 American Robin 25 Northern Mockingbird 2 European Starling 15 Song Sparrow 14 Swamp Sparrow 5 White-throated Sparrow 20 Dark-eyed Junco 7 Northern Cardinal 16 Red-winged Blackbird 30 House Sparrow 6. -- Larry Meade, Vienna, VA, March 3, 2013.

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Seven participants enjoyed nice weather and a view of some waterfowl migrants. We had close views of a female and male Red Breasted Mergansers and 80 DC Cormorants chasing a school of fish. total 50 species... Species count is as follows; Horned Grebe 2 Pied -billed Grebe 2 Double rested Cormorant 82 Great Blue Heron 3 Canada Geese 180 Green Winged Teal 1 American Black Duck 1 Mallard 32 Lesser Scaup 20 Bufflehead 2 Common Merganser 6 Red Breasted Merganser 3 Ruddy duck 5 Turkey vulture 3 black Vulture 2 Bald Eagle Sapsucker 1 American Coot 1 Kildeer 1 Ring-billed Gull 210 Herring Gull 8 Greater BB Gull 5 Rock Dove 3 Mourning dove 6 Red-bellied woodpecker4 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 Northern Flicker 2 downy Woodpecker 2 Hairy Woodpecker 1 American Crow 2 Fish Crow 3 Blue Jay 6 Belted Kingfisher 1 Carolina Chickadee 5 Tufted Titmouse 4 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Carolina Wren 4 Winter Wren 2 Golden-crowned Kinglet 4 Ruby-crowned kinglet 1 American Robin 30 Northern Mockingbird 1 European Starling 50 Northern Cardinal 5 Song Sparrow 12 White-throated sparrow 10 Swamp sp 3 Dark-eyed Junco 15 House Sparrow 6 House Finch 2 Goldfinch 1. -- Myriam Eder, February 24, 2013.

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Four birders braved the chilly weather and came out for the weekly Dyke Marsh bird walk. It's held every Sunday at 8:00 AM is is free and open to all. We started out from the picnic area and decided to walk to the Hunting Creek Bridge in search of warblers. We managed to find an Orange-crowned Warbler about halfway up the trail, but that was it. Along the way we found a Sharp-shinned Hawk and a Red-tailed Hawk. At Hunting Creek there were Buffleheads and Common Mergansers. We then walked back to the marina and then down Haul Road. Highlights included a singing Winter Wren, a posing female Belted Kingfisher, several Bald Eagles flying around overhead, a Pied-billed Grebe, a Hooded Merganser and a Red-breasted Merganser. Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, US-VA Feb 17, 2013 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM Protocol: Traveling 2.0 mile(s) Comments: Includes the path from the picnic area to Hunting Creek . 41 species. Canada Goose 450 American Black Duck 1 Mallard 25 Lesser Scaup 6 Bufflehead 7 Hooded Merganser 1 Common Merganser 3 Red-breasted Merganser 1 Ruddy Duck 4 Pied-billed Grebe 1 Double-crested Cormorant 1 Great Blue Heron 9 Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Bald Eagle 8 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Ring-billed Gull 260 Herring Gull 15 Great Black-backed Gull 12 Rock Pigeon 5 Mourning Dove 15 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 3 Northern Flicker 1 Blue Jay 8 Fish Crow 10 Carolina Chickadee 7 Tufted Titmouse 6 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Winter Wren 1 Carolina Wren 10 American Robin 45 Northern Mockingbird 4 European Starling 60 Orange-crowned Warbler 1 Along the trail between the picnic area and the Hunting Creek Bridge. Song Sparrow 9 Swamp Sparrow 4 White-throated Sparrow 15 Dark-eyed Junco 30 Northern Cardinal 16 Red-winged Blackbird 40 Common Grackle 45. -- Larry Meade, Vienna, VA.

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Fourteen enthusiastic birders participated in this morning's survey of Belle Haven picnic area and Dyke Marsh. Sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh and held weekly (except during CBC season) this walk is open to all. The highlight was great close up views from the picnic area of Common Loon. Waterfowl diversity was decent but numbers low. Passerines? Well here's the list. I added a single fly-by Kildeer at Hunting Creek (at high tide). I did not search the hike-bike trail between Belle Haven and Hunting Creek for winter warblers. Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA Feb 10, 2013 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM Protocol: Traveling 2.0 mile(s) 41 species (+1 other taxa) Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 200 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 10 Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) 4 Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 4 Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 1 Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 10 Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 2 Common Loon (Gavia immer) 2 Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 2 Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2 Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) 1 Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 2 Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 200 Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 10 Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 10 Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 4 Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 3 Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2 Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 1 Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 10 American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2 Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 1 crow sp. (Corvus sp. (crow sp.)) 8 Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 4 Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 4 White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2 Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis) 3 Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 10 Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 1 American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1 Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1 European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 10 Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 12 Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 4 White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 16 Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 6 Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 6 Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 20 American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 1 House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 4. We added a single fly-by Killdeer at Hunting Creek (at high tide). I did not search the hike-bike trail between Belle Haven and Hunting Creek for winter warblers. Peter and Molly Ross, Arlington.

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Nine birders participated in the bird walk at Dyke Marsh this morning, sponsored weekly by the Friends of Dyke Marsh. We first headed north along the bike path to see if we could find any of the amazing warblers that have been present the past month and a half. We found the Tennessee prior to the Mile 8 marker. It gave us great looks. We were not able to find the Orange-crowned or Nashville later found by Kurt and Rich, but we did have a merlin perched at the top of a tree on the way back to Dyke Marsh proper. Dyke was pretty quiet. We did run into several groups of sparrows which included swamp, song, and white-crowned. We also found winter wren, yellow-rumped warbler, both kinglets, a very bright red-shouldered hawk, a flyover siskin, a small group of common mergansers, and a large flock of lesser scaup. Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, US-VA Feb 3, 2013 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.5 mile(s) 41 species: Canada Goose 1100 Mallard 40 Lesser Scaup 375 Bufflehead 8 Common Merganser 8 Double-crested Cormorant 4 Great Blue Heron 8 Bald Eagle 3 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Killdeer 1 Ring-billed Gull 1 Herring Gull 1 Great Black-backed Gull 1 Rock Pigeon 5 Mourning Dove 3 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 3 Downy Woodpecker 5 Northern Flicker 5 Merlin 1 Blue Jay 6 American Crow 3 Fish Crow 6 Carolina Chickadee 9 Tufted Titmouse 6 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Winter Wren 2 Carolina Wren 12 Golden-crowned Kinglet 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2 Northern Mockingbird 1 European Starling 7 Tennessee Warbler 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler 2 Song Sparrow 18 Swamp Sparrow 10 White-throated Sparrow 1 15 Northern Cardinal 10 Red-winged Blackbird 20 House Finch 2 Pine Siskin 1 American Goldfinch 2. -- Marc Ribaudo, Woodbridge, February 3, 2013.

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By now you all know nearly all of the highlights today at Dyke Marsh, most of which were found at some point by the field trip participants - we missed Dave and Candice's Com. Yellowthroats. We started from the picnic area heading north to the Stone Bridge and found the Orange-crowned and Nashville Warblers. Great Egret in Hunting Creek and nearly 2 dozen Killdeer. Some waterfowl noted at the Stone Bridge including No. Shovelers, Am. Black Duck, Mallard, Bufflehead, Common Merganser, Hooded Merganser, Ruddy Duck and Am. Coot. We went back, passed a Sharpie, a Yellow-rumped Warbler, a few Cedar Waxwings and some irate bikers, and headed down Haul Rd with highlights of Horned Grebe, Red-shouldered Hawk, Hairy WP, a few Winter Wrens, both kinglets and more Hooded Mergansers. On the way back to the cars we heard that the Tennessee Warbler was being seen - so a few of us went back north of the picnic area along the hike-bike trail and quickly found the Tennessee which acted pretty much like a towhee buried in foliage. If you include Dave and Candice's warbler, the total for the day was 50 species (and 5 January warblers!). An excellent morning! -- Kurt. PS please post your additional Dyke sightings so I can add them to the Friends of Dyke Marsh database. Thank you! C. Goose 350 Am Black Duck 2 Mallard 50 No. Shoveler 13 Bufflehead 6 Hooded Merg 25 Com. Merg 12 Ruddy Duck 1 Horned Grebe 1 Great Blue Heron 3 Great Egret 1 Bald Eagle 4 Sharpie 1 Red-shouldered 1 Am. Coot 3 Killdeer 24 RB Gull 100 Herring Gull 20 Great Black-backed Gull 15 Rock Pig 14 Mourning Dove 2 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-bellied WP 2 Down WP 1 Hairy WP 1 No. Flicker 2 Blue Jay 4 Am. Crow 2 Fish Crow 7 C. Chickadee 2 T. Titmouse 5 C. Wren 4 W. Wren 3 GC Kinglet 3 RC Kinglet 2 Am Robin 1 No. Mocker 1 E. Starling 10 Cedar Wax 3 Tennessee 1 Orange-crowned 1 Nashville 2 Yellow-rumped 1 Com. Yellowthroat 2 Song Sp 24 Swamp Sp 6 White-thr Sp 20 Junco 30 No. Cardinal 12 Red-winged BB 12 Am. Goldfinch 1. January 27, 2013.

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A breezy morning with abundant sunshine at Dyke Marsh was met by myself and 4 other birders Sunday. Instead of spending our time scanning for non present waterfowl, we headed for mile marker 8 in search of the reported Orange Crowned, Pine and Nashville warblers. Much to our chagrin, we found none. (Our friend, Charlotte Friend, crossed our path later in the morning and let me know she had seen it further north, across from the famous golf course Eagle nest). We retraced our steps back to the picnic area, saw a PIEDBILLED GREBE in the bay and headed down Haul Road, where the best bird was probably a BROWN CREEPER. We had a report that the Nashville Warbler had been seen earlier in the morning tho', so on the return trip, Dave Ludwith and I posted up and within 5 minutes or so, we were rewarded w. brilliant (but brief) looks at the bird. The NASHVILLE WARBLER has been seen just north of the infamous "Dead Beaver Beach" - the open area about 1/2 way down Haul Road that provides an open view of the Marina. Look for the root ball of a downed tree on the Parkway side of the trail and post up in that area. There are still some green leafy vines about. This is where the NAWA has been seen for the past two Sundays. It may be foraging on either side of the trail and its loud chip note can be easily heard when it is active. Ed Eder mentioned he had seen the Yellow Warbler on Saturday in the same area. We managed to find 38 species on this trip. Birds seemed to be unusually quiet all morning, even as the temp climbed toward 60 degrees! The Dyke Marsh walk happens every Sunday, 8am, weather permitting. Free and open to all. List Follows. C. Goose 500 Mallard 18 Bufflehead 1 Common Merg 2 PB Grebe 4 DC Corms 7 GB Heron 5 Bald Eagle 2 RedShoulder Hawk 2 Ring-Billed Gull 300 Mourning Dove 6 Belted Kingfisher 2 RebDeli WP 3 Downy WP 3 No. Flicker 1 Blue Jay 6 AM. Crow 4 Fish Crow 3 Car. Chick 8 Tufted Titmouse 2 Brown Creeper 1 Carolina Wren 9 Winter Wren 1 GC Kinglet 3 RC King 2 Am. Robin 1 No. Mockingbird 2 Euro Stars 15 Nashville Warb. 1 YR Warb 1 Song Sparrow 10 WhiteThroat Sparrow 20 Swamp Sparrow 3 DE Juncos 12 No. Cardinals 8 RW Blackbird 12 Common Grackles 12 Am Goldfinch 4. -- Rich Rieger, Alexandria, January 20, 2013.

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The regular Sunday morning field trip to Dyke Marsh, sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh and open to all, started in foggy conditions at 8 am and ended in foggy conditions. Top bird was a one second glimpse of the Nashville Warbler along Haul Rd, about 150 yds north of Dead Beaver Beach. Waterfowl were slim where we added Bufflehead and Hooded Mergansers plus a Pied-billed Grebe. We noted 4 adult Bald Eagles and had a nice look at a Sharpie fly over which then perched for about a minute. And 2 adult Red-shouldered posed for scope views. Winter Wrens continued the good show with 2 showing themselves and another singing. Both kinglets were noted and some White-throated Sparrows were joined by a Yellow-rumped Warbler half way down Haul Rd. Lots of Juncos in the picnic area plus a Brown Creeper and then down Haul Rd was another creeper. We ended the trip with 42 species. Later this afternoon, Phil Kenny visited the hike/bike trail to the Stone Bridge and picked up the Orange-crowned Warbler and noted 5 flyby Northern Shovelers. The field trip tally list is below. C. Goose 300 Mallard 6 Bufflehead 1 Hooded Merganser 5 Pied-billed Grebe 1 DC Cormorant 6 Great Blue Heron 9 Bald Eagle 4 Sharpie 1 Red-shouldered 2 Ring-billed Gull 10 Herring Gull 10 Great Black-backed Gull 4 Mourning Dove 5 Belted Kingfisher 2 Red-bellied WP 4 Downy WP 4 Hairy WP 1 No. Flicker 4 Blue Jay 5 Am. Crow 2 Fish Crow 2 C. Chickadee 7 T. Titmouse 6 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Brown Creeper 2 C. Wren 7 W. Wren 6 GC Kinglet 2 RC Kinglet 4 No. Mocker 1 E. Starling 18 Nashville Warbler 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 Song Sp 15 Swamp Sp 5 White-thr Sp 22 DE Junco 28 No. Cardinal 8 Red-winged BB 1 Am. Goldfinch 2 House Sp 12. -- Kurt Gaskill, January 13, 2013.

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A dozen birders joined me for the weekly survey of Belle Haven picnic area and Dyke Marsh, sponsored by Friends of Dyke Marsh, and free to all. Waterfowl were sparse, but Haul Road was quite birdy. The highlight was a Nashville Warbler cavorting with a Golden-Crowned Kinglet near the beginning of Haul Road. After the formal survey was completed, Scott Priebe and Kurt Gaskill found a Yellow Warbler, which Scott already reported. A walk up the Hike-Bike trail uncovered the Orange-Crowned Warbler previously reported by Kurt; 2 Pine Warblers earlier reported by Scott, and another Nashville Warbler. The list: Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA Jan 6, 2013 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.5 mile(s) 36 species (+1 other taxa) Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 200 American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 1 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 20 Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 2 Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 3 Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 5 Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 6 Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 5 Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 200 Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 10 Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 8 Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 4 Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2 Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2 Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 2 Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 8 American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 3 Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 10 crow sp. (Corvus sp. (crow sp.)) 2 Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 4 Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 1 Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 1 Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis) 8 Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 6 Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 4 Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 2 European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 40 Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 6 Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 4 White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 20 Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 16 Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 10 Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 4 House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1 American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 5. -- Peter Ross, Arlington, January 6, 2013.

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