Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Birding in DC

No winter birding trip this year.

Spent 4 days last weekend in Washington DC, with coincidental birding during long walks each day around the National Mall, with a species tally somewhere around 25.

(I had my "walk-around" lens (16-300mm) which is adequate for landscape and cityscape, but not that great for birds.)

Most entertaining sighting was a Red-tailed Hawk being mobbed by American Crows.

Red-tailed Hawk being mobbed by crows

"Enough, already!!"
 The best surprise was a fast fly-by of a Peregrine Falcon, and the Northern Shovelers and Ring-necked Ducks on the pond by Constitution Gardens.

Northern Shovelers with Canada Geese
Ring-necked Ducks
 A few other birds which sort-of  posed for a photo ...

Ring-billed Gull
Northern Mockingbird
Double-crested Cormorant
 On the first day, I thought my birding might be limited to the Snow Geese on display in the "Castle" of the Smithsonian.

Snow Goose in Smithsonian display

1 comment: said...

Ring-billed Gulls are so nice and funny! I love these birds, they are so cute!


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