Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens is a Premier Bird Watching Destination

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Just thirty minutes from our Kingstowne apartments is a place where water and wind dance. 

It’s called Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens, and this fascinating destination began in 1926 after an act of Congress preserved the forests and recreational value of Washington D.C.’s waterways. 

The park manages habitat for ground nesting, aquatic, and woodland birds. It draws thousands of birders every year who come to watch for species such as:

Glossy Ibises 

With their football-shaped bodies, long legs, and long curved bills, glossy ibises are easy to identify. Their feathers are mainly maroon with wing coverts featuring metallic shades of bronze, green, and violet. At a distance, they appear blackish. Glossy ibises forage for food with other wading birds, and they stick their bills into water and mud to feel for prey.

Common Merganser 

Common mergansers are charming ducks with long bodies and long, straight bills. Males are white with iridescent green heads, while females have gray bodies and rusty cinnamon heads. These ducks typically live on freshwater rivers and lakes where they dive underwater for fish. Common mergansers are usually quiet, though bird watchers may hear females make a cro cro cro sound to call their ducklings. 

Spotted Sandpiper 

Spotted sandpipers are known for their unique bobbing behavior. They walk with a distinctive teeter, constantly bobbing their tails up and down. These birds are identified by their dark brown back feathers and dark spots on their bright white breasts. Spotted sandpipers are one of the most widespread breeding shorebirds in the United States, and they’re found by rivers, ponds, and lakes.

Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens is just one of the premier attractions near our apartments in Kingstowne,VA. If you are searching for a place to call home, please contact our leasing office. We would love to show you firsthand all we have to offer.

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