Join me for birdwatching at Riverbend Park near Great Falls in Fairfax Co. The winter residents will have largely settled in by late November and we'll be searching the park for them. View waterfowl along the Potomac and search for passerines (songbirds) in the woods and near the Visitor Center. Walking will be on mostly level trails but may include some hilly areas, depending on where the birds are and the whims of the leader. Walking distance will be no more than a couple of miles. We'll end our tour of the park around sunset and drive to a local pub for dinner and beer. The Old Brogue is a cozy, friendly and inexpensive restaurant just minutes from the park. Mmm... beer. Bring something to drink and binoculars. If you have them, bring a field guide and a spotting scope.
Reminder that birding is mostly at a slow pace, unlike regular hiking so be sure to dress warmly. Meet in front of the
Visitor Center at 2:30pm. This is the building with the bird feeders in back and the many stairs in front that faces the Potomac, located off of Jeffery Road at the end of Potomac Hills Street.
Note that the Nature Center, which is at the very end of Jeffery Road, is not the same place. Allow about 35 min. to drive from the Fairfax area. Bathrooms are available at the park. Steady rain will postpone the event until Sunday but drizzle or mist may not. I'll give you my contact info as the date gets closer. When RSVPing, please indicate whether you will attend the restaurant portion of the event. Link to Riverbend Park site:
http://www.fairfaxcou... Link to the Old Brogue Irish Pub
http://www.oldbrogue.... Happy birding, Scott