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: birds are further divided into groups of similar species.
  • Mammals
  • Reptiles and amphibians
  • Insects and other invertebrates
  • Plants

Birds: Ducks and Geese

Birds: Herons and Egrets

Birds: Raptors, Owls and Vultures

Birds: Woodpeckers

Birds: Flycatchers

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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