Really should get out more when the lighting is better, but taking a walk in the rain along the Potomac River produced two different eagles.
And even the birds that like the water weren't too excited about the rain...
Huintley Meadows Park is always a fine place to spend a day, but early Spring is quite interesting as the wildlife starts to wake up or migrate through. It is also known as a place to somewhat consistently see a red-headed woodpecker, which we did see while we were there.
Wildlife was not active today. Got the shot of the owl at Riverbend, but hard to get much more even after hitting Lake Fairfax. A couple pics from the day out.
An area with a lot of row houses. Nice places, and there is this pond in the middle of it all. In general a pretty good place to live. I walked around the pond there and took a few pics. Nothing amazing.
In general, this area is good for birding, but today just so-so for pics.
So, some photos.
Okay, so we froze our eyebrows off for that bit of birding. But we also hit Riverbend Park to see about the birds on the Potomac River. Still cold as an iceberg in Alaska, but we refused to let the cold stop us.
Today there was a fairly big snow storm. At least for this area. We got three inches of snow. Not amazing for places north, but for here, it was interesting.
I didn't give this much thought, as I have much experience driving in snow, and headed out to Lake Fairfax to see about taking some photos in the snow.
Upon arrival I saw a fox in a field with a bunch of geese. The fox ran off before I could get a picture, but I did get some pictures of the geese.
And, among the Canada geese was a...
Wait...what? The bar-headed goose is native to east Asia and not Virginia.
So, what is up with this?
Seems likely that this goose escaped from captivity, possibly from the nearby Reston zoo. No solution yet on why I found this bird at Lake Fairfax, but seems like it will be figured out soon.
My last post ended with a fish crow, and I will start this post with a fish crow. Here is a...
But let's put up a couple bits where they go...
This pic was taken from a walking bridge over the tracks.
Huntley Meadows is the largest park in Fairfax County, Virginia. But has fewer trails than some. Granted, much of their trail is boardwalk over a swamp, so that's pretty cool and a way to get into a giant swamp without getting one's boots dirty. But being stuck on the boardwalk limits the photos.
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And a now some photos from my 1.5 hour trip there today.
Walking around the lake, we saw quite a few bird species, and generally had a great time.
Keith Christenson - Wildlife Biologist