Birding in Rock Creek Park, DC

Birding in Rock Creek Park, DC

When : April 2018 0700              Weather: Cool, 15-20C

In DC for a convention and found 2 hours to take the 20 min cab ride to Rock Creek Park which had been recommended by other bird blogs.   We headed to the Maintenance Road NW car park which was where we actually saw most things, rather than the area behind the maintenance yard accessed by the narrow trail next to the tower.

There were so many things flying around the car park trees at this time…

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The ubiquitous American Robin bade us a warm welcome!

 

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Lincoln Sparrow?

 

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Beautifully coloured red bellied woodpecker….the red belly not apparent in this picture.

 

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Here we can see the red belly more apparently

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house sparrow?

 

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?juvenile purple finch

 

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Dark eyed Junco

 

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Mourning dove on ground

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Starling nesting

 

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Starling perching

 

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tufted titmouse

 

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blue jay

 

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House sparrow

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The wooded forest around the the maintenance yard…

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and then this brilliant red bird appeared…..a northern cardinal…a lifer for me…

 

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Male northern cardinal

 

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female northern cardinal

 

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another female northern cardinal

 

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Here a much clearer view of the savannah sparrow with its characteristic yellow patches in fron of the eyes

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Carolina Wren

 

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another view of the Carolina wren

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Rock Creek Park Nature Centre…..

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and the final bird of the morning was this beautiful white breasted nuthatch

 

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who was hunting and brought breakfast back for his brood

 

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and then resting contently…these sightinggs were near the Rock Creek Nature Centre Building

 

I’m so grateful for fellow birders’ blogs and writeups when they give exact locations where to bird….thank you!   The car park at the maintenance yard was a wonderful resource of new sightings for us and in two hours we really did quite well.  Highly recommended!    Thanks also to Bok Kaufman for help in identifying birds.

 

 

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