No doubt due to the weather, no one else showed up for the Friends of Dyke Marsh walk yesterday. Despite the cold, viewing conditions were much better than they had been early Saturday afternoon, so I took the usual route before wandering up to the Stone Bridge and checking the Hunting Creek flats. 23 January 2005: 0800-1130 EST scoping mouth of Hunting Creek and Potomac River from Belle Haven Picnic Grounds; along shore to S end BH Marina; down Haul Rd, out to N tip and return; then (1015-1130) N along bike path to Hunting Creek bridge to check flats east and west of GW Parkway. -10 to -8 C; patches of blue sky early, giving way to complete overcast (no direct sun through AM); winds 10 to 30 km/hr NNW, gusting to 50+km/hr; 6 cm snow on ground; ice on Hunting Creek flats, through much of Dyke Marsh, throughout Marina cove W of point and Haul Rd cove W of entrance; loose chunks and sheets of ice on Potomac, strong flow in main channel; high tide c 0650, low tide c 1300; Canada Goose 1550+ Am Black Duck 115 Mallard 385 Green-Winged Teal 27 Canvasback 1 (m; resting amidst Mallards on shore just E of Stone Bridge) Lesser Scaup 2 (a pair a few m off SE tip of Haul Rd Point) Bufflehead 2 Hooded Merganser 22 Common Merganser 80+ (most in loose flock in main channel, SE of Haul Rd Pt) Red-Breasted Merganser 1 (f, flying upriver off picnic grounds) Common Loon 1 Double-Crested Cormorant 2 Great Blue Heron 1 (fly-over) Bald Eagle 5 (4 ad, 1 im) Red-Tailed Hawk 2 (one working edge of trees along W edge marsh, almost like an Accipiter) Killdeer 1 (on creek delta SW of Hunting Creek bridge) Ring-Billed Gull 475 Herring Gull 95 Great Black Backed Gull 65 Rock Pigeon 45 Mourning Dove 4 Red-Bellied Woodpecker 5 Downy Woodpecker 8 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Yellow-Shafted Flicker 2 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Blue Jay 5 American Crow 8 Fish Crow 2 crow spp 6 Carolina Chickadee 13 Tufted Titmouse 2 Carolina Wren 6 Winter Wren 1 Golden-Crowned Kinglet 1 N Mockingbird 2 European Starling 165 American Pipit 2 (along shore at tip of Haul Rd Pt) E Towhee 1 (m, at entrance to Haul Rd) Am Tree Sparrow 1 (along Haul Rd) Song Sparrow 16 Swamp Sparrow 3 White-Throated Sparrow 14 Slate-Colored Junco 2 N Cardinal 28 Red-Winged Blackbird 2 American Goldfinch 2 Sherman Suter Alexandria VA 22307 ssuter@xxxxxxxx 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.