Photo by PoPville flickr user angela n.
Bird Watching is a go for Sunday May 4th at 8am. Please email me at princeofpetworth(at)gmail to confirm if you are going (and just in case I need to email you to cancel due to rain.)
From the folks at The Nature Conservancy:
“Theodore Roosevelt Island
Washington’s monument to our 26th president is hidden away on a 91-acre wooded island accessible only from the Virginia side of the river. Roosevelt Island offers several habitat types: hardwood forest, tidal marsh, and wooded swamp. There are trails running around the island, including a boardwalk through the marsh. This memorial site and surrounding land are managed by the National Parks Service, whom we partner with to achieve conservation goals in the Potomac Gorge.
What To See A good day in winter can produce six woodpecker species on the island. Other wintering species have included fox sparrow, winter wren, hermit thrush, and brown creeper. During migration, one can see a diverse array of warbler species, including prothonotary and yellow-throated warblers, both unusual for DC. In summer look for herons, osprey, and terns. Watch for red-shouldered hawks and wood ducks year-round.
NOTE: Public transportation is available.
By public transportation: Blue or Orange Line to the Rosslyn station. Exit to Fort
Myer Drive (between 19th St. & Wilson Blvd). Then walk north on Fort Meyer
Drive towards the Key Bridge. Just after crossing the George Washington Memorial Parkway, turn right onto the bicycle path, which will take you to the parking lot and foot bridge to Roosevelt Island.
The group will meet by the footbridge to the island at 8 a.m.
By car: The parking lot for Roosevelt Island is accessible only from the northbound lanes of the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Virginia. The parking lot is located just north of the Roosevelt Bridge. The group will meet by the footbridge to the island at 8 a.m.
Southbound traffic: take Theodore Roosevelt Bridge to Constitution Ave. Take a
right on 23rd St. and cross Memorial Bridge. Once on the bridge, bear right to
return to the G.W. Parkway and follow directions above.
What to Bring
Please remember to bring the following items:
Sunglasses and hat
Rain gear, including an umbrella and jacket
Sturdy walking shoes
Birding Guide (optional)”