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June by the Potomac

Piscataway Park, Prince George's, US-MD (PP)
Dyke Marsh, Alexandria, VA (DM)

Canada Goose Branta canadensis – several pairs seen with chicks showing a variety of ages.

Mallard Anas platyrhynchos – 15 mainly at DM.

Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus – 14 mainly perched on a sandbar in the Potomac at DM, a few additional individuals.

Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias – 4 including 2 together at DM.

Black Vulture Coragyps atratus – 15, mostly sitting in trees on this dank, muggy day, Often at close range.

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura – 5, surprisingly few with one bird with Black Vultures at PP marsh.

Osprey Pandion haliaetus – 15, several birds watched at close range feeding on recent catches, including a nest with 2 large chicks and both adults at DM.

Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus – 4 singles including a one year bird flying around the smallholding at PP and an adult near the fishing pier.

Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus – 1 heard calling over the PP woodland.

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia – seen en route.

Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura – 4 individuals at PP, DM and en route.

Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica – several birds seen well as they fed near to the ground due to close, humid conditions.

Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus – 6 seen and heard at both sites.

Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens – 5, individuals seen and heard calling at both locations.

Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus – 2 unfortunately only heard, at PP.

Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens – 2, heard at PP.

Acadian Flycatcher Empidonax virescens – 4, heard at various locations in wooded areas around PP.

Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus – 2, presumably a pair, watched at close quarters at DM.

Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus – 3 including 2 in display flight at DM.

White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus – 1 seen briefly and calling at PP.

Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus – 10, calling throughout woodland at PP and DM with two birds seen in the picnic area at PP.

Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata – 10, noisily present in woodland areas and seen on a number of occasions.

American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos – identified by call at PP.

Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus –  The majority of crows seen at both riverside sites were of this species, primarily identified by call.

Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis – 10 around the smallholding at PP.

Purple Martin Progne subis – 4 birds near the Osprey next at DM.

Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor – 15 including nesting birds at DM.

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica – 5 birds at PP.

Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis – 4, eventually seen at DM.

Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor – 2 seen well at DM.

White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis – 1 bird’s nasal call heard at PP.

Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus – 6 birds heard but unusually not seen.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea – 1 at DM.

Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis – 4, breeding at PP.

American Robin Turdus migratorius – Seen at various locations especially at DM.

Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis – 1 bird briefly at PP.

Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum – 1, perched nicely in the open, early in the day.

Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos  – 6.

European Starling Sturnus vulgaris – 3, perched early in the day.

Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum – 15, small groups early in the day.

Prothonotary Warbler Protonotaria citrea – 2, probably a pair, seen well at PP.

Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas – 1 heard at DM.

Northern Parula Setophaga americana  – 4 heard at both sites, at seen briefly.

Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia – 6, heard at several sites and eventually seen well bathing on a muddy beach at DM .

Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina  – 2, singing at PP.

Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis  – 20 at many locations.

Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea  – 20, numerous singing males at PP.

Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus  – Males singing at many locations.

Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula  – 30, seen largely at PP.

Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius – 1, young male watched commuting between two song posts at the end of the. DM  boardwalk.

Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula – 3,  including a pair bathing on a muddy beach at DM with a Yellow Warbler and Goldfinch.

American Goldfinch Spinus tristis – 15 including a party around the smallholding at PP.

House Sparrow Passer domesticus – Seen at a few locations including over lunch!