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The great blue heron is a familiar sight along the banks of Popes Creek at George Washington Birthplace National Monument. These large, striking birds can be seen wading in the shallows or skimming across the surface of the water, searching for small fish.
GWBNM is a great spot for bird watchers, with diverse habitats including hardwood forests, open meadows, brackish marsh, estuaries and swamps. The National Park Service inventories 218 species in GWBNM, with species ranging from bald eagles and osprey to Carolina wrens, spotted brown thrashers, and indigo buntings. You can download a complete list and information about when you’re likely to spot each species at http://www.nps.gov/gewa/naturescience.