Friday, March 15, 2013

Tales of an Arlandria Twitcher: The Ides of March Edition

More on the wildlife around Four Mile Run by The Arlandrian's resident amateur ornithologist:

American Robin, the familiar songbird in the thrush family, they are some of the first and most familiar birds to show up in numbers in the spring.

The adult Black-crowned Night Heron that is still in the park in the small stream by the Aces field.

The Downy Woodpecker (male), you can tell it’s a male because of the small red patch on the back of his head. 

The Northern Mockingbird. 

Red-winged Blackbirds, a sure sign that spring is in the air is the arrival of Red-winged Blackbirds in numbers. The park is now teaming with them. 

Red-tailed Hawk flying high over park.


In addition to his side-line as a naturalist, Jake Cuomo is an all around neighborhood good guy organizing stream clean-ups of the Four Mile Run, initiating community tree plantings on Earth Day, helping build the new Commonwealth Park on Reed Avenue and the Four Mile Run Park Expansion. 

Jake is the winner of the 2012 Alexandria Beautification Award, along with his wife, Erin. 

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