Twenty people showed up this past Saturday on a crisp, sunny morning for the monthly Bird Walk at Banshee Reeks. Joining us for the walk was a group of 4-H youth (with parents) who were working on a Bird Watching Project. It was awesome to see their enthusiasm for spotting birds. We look forward to seeing them at the Loudoun Wildlife Christmas Bird Count Primer program next month.

Fox Sparrow. Photo by Diane Nastase

Fox Sparrow.
Photo by Diane Nastase

It was a great day for Woodpeckers, we saw or heard six of our seven winter species. Sparrows were also in abundance as we noted eight sparrow species, highlighted by great looks at a Fox Sparrow and a number of Savannah Sparrows.

Other highlights include 2 Hermit Thrush and a female Purple Finch.

Dori Rhodes & Jane Yocom

8 Black Vulture
10 Turkey Vulture
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
2 Red-shouldered Hawk
1 Red-tailed Hawk
4 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
4 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
2 Northern Flicker
1 Pileated Woodpecker
12 Blue Jay
8 American Crow
7 Fish Crow
15 Carolina Chickadee
8 Tufted Titmouse
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Brown Creeper
2 Carolina Wren
2 Golden-crowned Kinglet
7 Eastern Bluebird
2 Hermit Thrush
2 American Robin
6 Northern Mockingbird
14 Cedar Waxwing
4 Field Sparrow
1 Fox Sparrow
25 Dark-eyed Junco
30 White-throated Sparrow
4 Savannah Sparrow
12 Song Sparrow
2 Swamp Sparrow
1 Eastern Towhee
17 Northern Cardinal
1 Purple Finch
10 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 36