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Alexandria in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Place to Rest—or Nest

George Washington Memorial Parkway

 
 
A Place to Rest—or Nest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Samuel Paik, September 18, 2017
1. A Place to Rest—or Nest Marker
Inscription.  Nearly 300 different kinds of birds find food, shelter, or a rest stop in Dyke Marsh. Birds that migrate thousands of miles along the Atlantic Flyway rest here on their way to winter homes in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.

Heavy herons and kingfishers fish these waters daily. Nearby trees offer insects for warblers, soft wood for cavity nesters like woodpeckers, and hunting perches for birds of prey. Wood ducks hide among the cattails, where blackbirds and wrens often build their nests.

Dyke Marh gives birds — and people — something of value with every visit.

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Bald Eagle
Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Year-round resident
Photo by Ed Eder

Osprey
Pandio Haliaetus
Breeding resident
Photo by Ed Eder

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Melanerpes carolinus
Year-round resident
Photo by

Prothonotary Warbler
Protonotaria citrea
Summertime only
Photo by Ed Eder

Great Egret
Ardea alba
Year-round
A Place to Rest—or Nest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Samuel Paik, September 18, 2017
2. A Place to Rest—or Nest Marker
resident
Photo by Ed Eder

Marsh Wren
Cistothorus palustris
Breeding resident
Photo by Ed Eder

Wood duck
Aix sponsa
Year-round resident
Photo by Ed Eder

Northern Parula
Parula americana
Migrant
Photo by Grehard Hofmann

Great Blue Heron
Ardea herodias
Year-round resident
Photo by Ed Eder

Red-winged blackbird
Agelaius phoeniceus
Year-round resident
Photo by Ed Eder

Photo by Ed Eder
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsEnvironment.
 
Location. 38° 46.456′ N, 77° 3.008′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from George Washington Memorial Parkway 0.2 miles north of Belle View Boulevard, on the right when traveling north. Located on the Dyke Marsh Trail in Belle Haven Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22307, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wasteland or Wetland? (approx. ¼ mile away); Anatomy of a Tidal Marsh (approx. ¼ mile
Birds in Dyke Marsh image. Click for full size.
By Samuel Paik, September 18, 2017
3. Birds in Dyke Marsh
away); Colonial Fort (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Fine Improvable Marsh (approx. 0.4 miles away); Historic Jones Point (approx. 0.4 miles away); These Trees (approx. half a mile away); Defenses of Washington (approx. one mile away); Fort Willard (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
 
More about this marker. Background photo is of a sunset over one of the marsh islands.
 
Also see . . .  George Washington Memorial Parkway - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve. National Park Service (Submitted on September 19, 2017.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 21, 2017. It was originally submitted on September 18, 2017, by Samuel Paik of Gainesville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 184 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 18, 2017, by Samuel Paik of Gainesville, Virginia.   3. submitted on September 19, 2017, by Samuel Paik of Gainesville, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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