Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Mason Neck State Park, Monday, April 11, 2005

Mason Neck State Park. Husband Fred and I went for picnic lunch and a walk at Mason Neck State Park. There is also a National Wildlife Refuge there, but we saved that for another time.

On our way out to lunch, on the river overlook trail to the north of the Visitor's Center, we flushed an immature bald eagle--probably 2d year by the amount of white. No pic as he startled us as much as we startled him (or her) and those great wings moved him out pretty fast! We ate lunch at the overlook and saw a flotilla of 24 double-crested cormorants float by, and two great blue herons flew past.

After lunch, we walked along the Bay View Trail. Scared an unidentified snake--what we could see was solid gray--and then from the observation gazebo saw several pairs each of blue-winged and green-winged teal, pictured below, along with wood ducks, Canada geese and mallards.

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