Birds can be heard and seen all over our area; they must know it’s almost International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD)!
This month’s Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy bird walk at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship was cheerfully led by Bruce Hill and Mary Ann Good.
All participants enjoyed the beautiful surroundings and a number of “First Of Spring” (more widely dubbed as FOS) birds and some hangers-on.
Returning residents included Great Crested Flycatcher, Yellow throated Vireo, Purple Martin, Wood Thrush, Gray Catbird, Blue-winged Warbler (well-seen by all), Cerulean Warbler, Am. Redstart, Ovenbird, Hooded Warbler, Scarlet Tanager glowing in the sun, and Grasshopper Sparrow.
Passers-through (again, they must know it’s almost IMBD) or hangers-on included Blue-headed Vireo, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Swainson’s Thrush, Swamp Sparrow, and lots of White-throats.
Other exciting highlights were a Sharp-shinned Hawk taking a grab at a swallow– the swallow actually got away, 2 Common Ravens vocalizing throughout the walk, and a really close look at a singing White-eyed Vireo.
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s monthly bird walks are FREE and open to the public of all ages. In fact, as the summer months find our kids out of school, we encourage families to join in the fun with their children. Children are naturals at seeing the slightest movement and hearing the higher pitched song birds; with a little instructional help from our wonderful guides, birding can become a wonderful family activity to be shared life-long. Think about inviting your neighbors and their kids to join us in May.
Also, as previously mentioned, IMBD is almost here! Take a look at the online Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy IMBD events and REGISTER for some sure-to-be amazing bird walks.
Here is a preview of some of our upcoming events:
Celebrate Birds, Go Birding! International Migratory Bird Day
Saturday, May 3 – Sunday, May 11.
During the spring, thousands of migratory birds move through North America to their nesting territories. Some will stay and nest in our area, while others will spend only a few days here replenishing their energy before continuing a journey that may be thousands of miles long. To celebrate and highlight this natural phenomenon and the importance of natural habitats,
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy has scheduled several IMBD walks between May 3 and 11. All walks begin at 8 am and require registration except for Birding Banshee.
Registration required: Sign Up Online
Questions: Contact Jill Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Birding Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park, Tuesday, May 6. Led by Bill Brown & Joe Coleman
- Birding Camp Highroad, Friday, May 9. Led by Linda Millington & Christine Perdue
- Birding Algonkian Regional Park, Saturday, May 10. Led by Bill Brown & Larry Meade
- Birding Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, Saturday, May 10. Led by Del Sargent, Dori Rhodes, & Joanne Bradbury.
- Birding Waterford’s Phillips Farm, Sunday, May 11. Led by Bruce Johnson.
Eyes to the sky,
(Report submitted by Mary Ann Good)
The full list of birds seen from this walk follows;
you will be AMAZED at how many species were seen in such a short time:
Bird report by Mary Ann Good