Saturday’s bird walk at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve was pretty quiet without a lot of sightings possibly because of the cool, rainy weather. The four birders present took a long loop down to the beaver pond and back to our cars by way of the pond northeast of the model airplaners’ field. And while the birding was slow the rainy weather did result in beautiful muted colors especially where there was a lot of goldenrod. The fungi we found was also quite stunning and vigorous as a result of the recent cool, damp weather.

Fungi at Banshee Reeks

Fungi at Banshee Reeks

The highlights of the walk were actually the birds we didn’t see. During the walk itself we didn’t come across a single sparrow, highly unusual for this time of year and especially so in the model airplaners’ field.  There was a single Song Sparrow seen on the way out and another birder reported seeing both Lincoln’s and White-throated Sparrows. It was fun watching the many Blue Jays flying back & forth with acorns in the beaks and listening to the flickers making their squeak toy sound.

A quiet field in October

A quiet field in October

For a complete list of the birds observed at Banshee Reeks on October 8 see the eBird report below.

The regular monthly free bird walk (every 2nd Saturday) at the Banshee Reeks Nature preserve is sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy ( and the Friends of Banshee Reeks ( ); information on both and their upcoming events can be found on their websites.

Good birding (regardless of the weather)!

Joe Coleman


Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, Loudoun, Virginia, US Oct 8, 2016 8:00 AM – 9:50 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.0 mile(s)

21 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  3

Cooper’s Hawk  1

Red-shouldered Hawk  1

Mourning Dove  1

Red-bellied Woodpecker  3

Northern Flicker  6

Pileated Woodpecker  2

Eastern Phoebe  3

flycatcher sp. (Tyrannidae sp.)  1

Blue Jay  25

American Crow  6

Carolina Chickadee  4

Tufted Titmouse  4

White-breasted Nuthatch  1

House Wren  1

Carolina Wren  2

Eastern Bluebird  6

American Robin  2

Gray Catbird  1

Northern Mockingbird  5

Song Sparrow  1

Northern Cardinal  6

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