Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Huntley Meadows, Fairfax County, VA solo walk

Hooded Merganser, Female; Huntley Meadows, Fairfax Co., VA. No ducklings visible around this female. There had been one with babies last week.

This was a great morning at Huntley. Soon after I arrived at the boardwalk, I saw some crows mobbing a tree--I ventured farther into the woods and discovered that it was a barred owl. I got quite a good look for a few seconds, including the sight of a crow flying right at the owl's face (it flinched!) before the owl had had enough and flew off.

Other birds seen, besides those pictured above and below:
Barred Owl
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Eastern Bluebird
American Goldfinch
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Cardinal

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