Nature at Frying Pan Farm Park (and surrounding areas)
Frying Pan Farm Park is a small county park located in Fairfax County, Virginia. It has a working farm (Kidwell Farm), a Visitor Center, a country store, an indoor arena (for equestrian competitions and practices) and other recreational facilities. But it also has nature trails and wildlife habitats.
Over the years I've taken countless strolls in the park, most of the time with a camera slung over my shoulder. My main interest is wildlife -- birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects. Although Frying Pan Farm Park is just a little piece of land hemmed in Northern Virginia's immense suburbia, although it is not created as a wildlife refuge as such, whatever still remains here -- woods, thickets, streams, ponds -- still provide a sanctuary for wildlife.
Therefore, I have created this page to celebrate the diversity and resillience of wildlife at Frying Pan Farm Park and its surrounding areas. All the pictures displayed here were taken either in Frying Pan Farm Park itself, or in nearby Horsepen Stream Valley Park, Arrowbrook Park or surrounding neighborhoods.
The pictures on this page are organized in the following way:
Birds: Ducks and Geese
Birds: Herons and Egrets
Birds: Raptors, Owls and Vultures
Birds: Swallows and Swifts
Birds: Nuthatches, Wrens, Kinglets and Gnatcatchers
Birds: Thrushes, Thrashers and Mockingbirds
Birds: Ravens, Crows, Jays and Blackbirds
Birds: Wood-warblers and vireos
Birds: Sparrows, Finches and similar birds
Birds: Plovers, Sandpipers, Kingfishers and other birds
Reptiles and amphibians
Insects and other invertebrates
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