We got good indicators today that spring is on the way: Red-breasted Mergansers on the river, Tree Swallows doing a preliminary investigation of the nest boxes to the north of Haul Road, and an Osprey circling in the sky. It was sunny, perhaps in the 50s, but very windy (which kinda suppressed the passerine count). We didn't even get American Goldfinches today. So, a special thank you to the towhee and catbird that showed up on Haul Road. Species count: 45. There were over 30 participants today, with the Friends of Dyke Marsh briefly teaming up with the One Good Tern group. P-billed Grebe- 3 GB Heron- 7 Canada Goose- 600 Gadwall- 15 Am. Black Duck- 2 Mallard- 110 Northern Pintail- 3 ( a drake with two hens in tow) Gr-winged Teal- 10 Ring-necked Duck- 18 Lesser Scaup- 38 Bufflehead- 6 Common Merganser- 34 R-br. Merganser- 24 Ruddy Duck- 4 Osprey- 1 Bald Eagle- 5 Red-tailed Hawk- 1 Ring-billed Gull- 200 Herring Gull- 5 Gr Blk-backed Gull- 8 Mourning Dove- 4 Red-bellied Woodpecker- 6 Downy Woodpecker- 2 N. Flicker- 5 Blue Jay- 2 American Crow- 24 Fish Crow- 2 Tree Swallow- 4 Car. Chickadee- 8 Tufted Titmouse- 6 White-breasted Nuthatch- 1 Car. Wren- 3 Winter Wren- 1 Am. Robin- 20 Gray Catbird- 1 Northern Mockingbird- 2 Euro Starling- 40 E. Towhee- 1 Fox Sparrow- 2 Song Sparrow- 4 Wh-thr. Sparrow- 4 N. Cardinal- 14 Red-winged Blackbird- 8 House Finch- 1 House Sparrow- 35 Larry Cartwright acartwright@xxxxxxxxx You are subscribed to VA-BIRD. To post to this mailing list, simply send email to va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe, send email to va-bird-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field.