I walked my usual circuit around the National Arboretum this afternoon. As is common in the afternoon, the birding was pretty slow, with only a few short bursts of activity.
I had been worried that perhaps the pileated woodpecker population in the arboretum had disappeared, since I had not seen any in quite a while. But today I saw one and heard another in the wooded area known as "Fern Valley." I saw one female at close range; it was digging a hole into a dead tree limb.
SPECIES SEEN: 28
Great Black-backed Gull