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  • Seasons: Migrations, Summer
  • Site Contact: (703) 914-0290 collins@noddy.nrl.navy.mil
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Site CGF12: Wakefield Park

Description

Touted as one of the best migration spots in the state, Wakefield Park produced 36 species of warblers in 1998-1999, including many rare or uncommon birds and high state counts of both Connecticut and mourning warblers. Tall weedy growth along the power line cut is excellent for butterflies. In the winter, these same weedy margins attract a variety of sparrows. Walk along the forest edge, wathcing for trails that access Accotink Creek. Resident species include typical woodland birds, but rarities have included olive-sided flycatcher, alder fly-catcher, sedge wren, Bicknell's thrush, and northern goshawk.

Directions

Exit Riverbend Park and go west on Jeffrey Road to Rt. 603/River Bend Road North. Turn right onto River Bend Road, travel 0.5 miles, and turn left on Beach Mill Road. Go 1.4 miles and turn south on Walker Road to Georgetown Pike/SR 193 to I-495 South. Exit at 5A, Braddock Road/Rt. 620 West, a few miles south of SR 236. Turn right on Braddock Road for 0.3 miles to Wakefield Park. Turn right into the park and continue 0.5 miles to the parking lot in front of the tennis courts, just before the pavement ends. Park here and follow the trail alon ghte power line cut near the tennis courts.

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