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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

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Fox squirrrel

Fox squirrrel

Five people gathered for the regular (every 4th Saturday except December) bird walk at the Blue Ridge Center on a windy and chilly morning last Saturday. While it started out very cloudy, the sun came out and the wind increased dramatically as the morning progressed.  Most of the walk was spent in sheltered locations around the Education Center on the Farmstead Loop though a short visit afterwards to the Arnold Road segment of the center added a couple  more species, including two different Eastern Phoebes busily fly catching in a sheltered spot, and a Fox Squirrel sitting on a fence post in the sun.

 

Field Sparrow.  Photo by Diane Nastase

Field Sparrow.
Photo by Diane Nastase

Song sparrow. Photo by Diane Nastase

Song sparrow.
Photo by Diane Nastase

The highlights of the walk included at least six Ruby-crowned Kinglets in a variety of locations and habitats, a Brown Creeper and a couple of Hermit Thrushes deep in the woods near Piney Run. We also saw and heard several White-throated Sparrows, multiple Field Sparrows, a Catbird and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. It was also fun watching a flock (one of two) of Cedar Waxwings devouring fox grapes in the top of a tree along piney Run.

For a complete list of the birds see the eBird list below.

Information on the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship can be found at http://www.blueridgecenter.org.  Information on the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and its many free activities can be found at www.loudounwildlife.org.

Joe Coleman

 

Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, Loudoun, Virginia, US Oct 22, 2016 7:45 AM – 10:45 AM

Protocol: Traveling

3.0 mile(s)

Comments:     Walked the trails around the Education Center with the bulk of our time spent on the Farmstead Loop. After the walk visited Arnold Rd where found 2 Eastern Phoebes and a Fox Squirrel sitting on a fence post.

32 species

Black Vulture  15

Turkey Vulture  10

Sharp-shinned Hawk  1

Red-shouldered Hawk  2

Red-tailed Hawk  1

Red-bellied Woodpecker  6

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1

Downy Woodpecker  4

Hairy Woodpecker  1

Eastern Phoebe  2

Blue Jay  10

American Crow  7

Carolina Chickadee  12

Tufted Titmouse  7

White-breasted Nuthatch  3

Brown Creeper  1

Carolina Wren  2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet  6

Eastern Bluebird  5

Hermit Thrush  2

Gray Catbird  1

Northern Mockingbird  1

European Starling  200

Cedar Waxwing  25

Yellow-rumped Warbler  5

Chipping Sparrow  2

Field Sparrow  4

White-throated Sparrow  8

Song Sparrow  6

Northern Cardinal  8

Red-winged Blackbird  15

American Goldfinch  3

 

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32154642

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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 (www.loudounwildlife.org) and the Friends of Banshee Reeks (www.bansheereeks.org ); 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

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31953656

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On an extremely hot morning eight birders came for the monthly birdwalk at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve in Loudoun County. The walk, sponsored by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and the Friends of Banshee Reeks, is held on the second Saturday of each month and is open to all.

Highlights of this walk included a young RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, so young that its call was mostly a squeak and a family group of RED-EYED VIREOS. The hawk perched at the parking lot to provide good views.

Cedar Waxwing

The elegant Cedar Waxwing.
Photo by Diane Nastase

A total of 40 species were recorded as follows:

Canada Goose
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
American Crow
Fish Crow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Orchard Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch

Dori Rhodes and Del Sargent

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Thirteen birders came for the monthly, 4th Saturday, birdwalk at Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship in Loudoun County. It was hot, above 80 at 8 am, and humid. We did the Farmstead Loop, which kept us in the shade most of the time.

Birds were rather quiet and a total of 28 species were recorded as follows:

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting.
Photo by Del Sargent

Green Heron.  Photo by Diane Nastase

Green Heron.
Photo by Diane Nastase

Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Easter Wood-pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Great-crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo
American Crow
Fish Crow
Tree Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Eastern Bluebird
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing
Common Yellowthroat
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
American Goldfinch

Del Sargent
Purcellville

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Rust Sanctuary Great Blue Heron Aug 4 2007 2Morven Park in Leesburg is a place of varied habitats and a great place for an outing. It’s one of Loudoun’s Great Places!

Here is Bryan Henson’s account of the bird species spotted on Sunday’s walk.

During the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s Nature Walk at Morven Park, our group of 20 nature enthusiasts walking mostly on the Wood Thrush trail found 32 species of birds with highlights including

* Brown Thrasher family
* Decent looks at female and male Scarlet Tanagers
* Great looks at Indigo Buntings
* Many calling Wood Thrushes
* An active barn swallow nest
* flycatchers – Great Crested, Eastern Phoebe, and Eastern Wood-Pewee

The list is on eBird at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S30087541

After the walk, 3 of us went to another section of the park and watched
Orchard and Baltimore Orioles, Great Blue Heron, Grasshopper Sparrow and an
active Eastern Kingbird nest.

 

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Rachel Carson said, “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder without any such gift from the fairies, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.”

This year, Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy is expanding its Youth and Family Programs by adding a host of field trips, nature walks, school programs, and speaker programs designed specifically for Loudoun’s K-12 citizens.  We know our young stewards are the future of conservation and people and wildlife living in harmony. Please check our programs calendar to sign up!

One of the main features to this new effort is the addition of the  “We’re Going Wild” Family Nature Walks, a series of discovery hikes in various natural habitats all over the county, and led by seasoned naturalists.  These walks are special because they are EDU-taining and designed to be hands-on, unstructured to allow for deeper exploration of findings, and FUN for FREE!

They are not just for the kids, but also for their families!  When families go wild together, a special process of shared learning takes place…where adults and children are students together as equals.  This is a significantly powerful paradigm shift that creates a richer learning environment for children learning alongside their adult role models!  This further fosters applying new knowledge together outside of our programs–in your own backyards and communities.

This group WENT WILD at Algonkian Regional Park on May 17, 2015.

This group WENT WILD at Algonkian Regional Park on May 17, 2015. Guide Ed Clark (far left) will see you again in June for the next “We’re Going Wild” Family Nature Walk at  the South Riding Blvd. pond…on Father’s Day, June 21st!

Our first “We’re Going Wild” walk took place Sunday, May 17th at Algonkian Regional Park on The Woodlands trail along the beautiful Potomac River. Local entomologist and naturalist, Ed Clark, led an enthusiastic and inquisitive group of families who seemed to have an EYE for wildlife!  Highlights of the many exciting finds on their 1.5 mile hike were a Broad-headed Skink, North American Millipedes, 6-spotted Tiger beetles, Blue-Black beetles, Skippers, and this season’s Eastern Tent Caterpillars and their tented silk nests. Additionally, hikers studied the difference between a beetle and a true bug, as well as between dragonflies and damselflies.

Broad-headed Skink

Broad-headed Skink

Plant ID included Poison Hemlock, Poison Ivy, Bush Honeysuckle/ Barberry Bush/Autumn Olive (providing the platform for a talk about non-native plants), Multi Floral Rose, Pawpaw trees (host plant for Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly), Wingstem (native aster blooming yellow later in summer), Deer Tongue plant, Morning Glory and Bindweed, Virginia Creeper, Common Milkweed (host plant for Monarch Butterflies), and Sycamore trees.

Our families also found the handiwork of wood-peckers on trees, identified as work of a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker based on the pecking patterns in the tree bark, and they enjoyed learning the distinct songs of the Cedar Waxwing, Warbling Vireo, and Gray Catbird.

What an exciting day spent outdoors on the trail together!

Please join us for next month’s walk:

“We’re Going Wild” Family Nature Walk Series ― Sunday, June 21, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., South Riding Blvd. Pond, South Riding. Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and local naturalist and USDA entomologist Ed Clark to explore the natural world through the wonder-filled eyes of children! This series of family nature walks invites families to explore the wide world of nature together, led by an expert in nature and fun! This month’s walk will explore a community pond habitat during pollinator week and ON Father’s Day! Space is limited to 12 children, ages 7+, with accompanying adult. Note: Not designed for Scout groups; no strollers or pets. Registration required: Sign Up Online.

 

 

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The 11 people on this regular bird walk (every 4th Saturday of each month) at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship spent most of their time in the forest with only a short walk along Butterfly Alley on the power line. The walk,  led by Joe Coleman and Elliott & Nancy Kirschbaum, followed Arnold Road to the Sweet Run Loop, to Butterfly Alley, and returning by the westernmost segment of the Sweet Run Loop. We also took two jogs, the Old Bridge Trail & Little Turtle Trail, down to Piney Run.

The highlights of this exciting walk included two American Kestrels along the power line a little east of where it crosses Arnold Rd, the same location as last month, and a Yellow-breasted Chat who flew in and perched near us while we tallying at the end of the walk next to the Monarch Butterfly Waystation.

The three Baltimore Orioles who flew in while we were tallying was also nice. In addition to 46 bird species, we found 14 different species of butterflies after the heavy clouds lifted, including one Monarch! The most common butterflies today were Clouded & Orange Sulphurs. The previous day, while checking out the ford on Sweet Run to see if it was easily passable, my wife & I also saw a Monarch along Butterfly Alley as well as several Great Spangled Fritillaries; today’s Monarch was nectaring among the thistle near the Center’s Monarch Waystation.

Don’t forget this Saturday’s Loudoun County Butterfly Count which stretches from Leesburg to the Blue Ridge Center, beginners and experienced butterflies are all welcome.  There will be two teams at the Blue Ridge Center, one of the count’s most productive locations. To register for the Butterfly Count event, go to Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy online.

Reported by Joe Coleman
Edited/Posted by Sarah Steadman

The complete list follows:

Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship – MFF01, Loudoun, US-VA
Jul 26, 2014 8:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
46 species

  1. Turkey Vulture  5
  2. Red-shouldered Hawk  1
  3. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
  4. Mourning Dove  10
  5. Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
  6. Downy Woodpecker  7
  7. American Kestrel  2
  8. Eastern Wood-Pewee  12
  9. Acadian Flycatcher  15
  10. Eastern Phoebe  1
  11. Great Crested Flycatcher  1
  12. White-eyed Vireo  2
  13. Yellow-throated Vireo  1
  14. Red-eyed Vireo  15
  15. Blue Jay  2
  16. American Crow  8
  17. Fish Crow  1
  18. Tree Swallow  3
  19. Barn Swallow  27
  20. Carolina Chickadee  4
  21. Tufted Titmouse  6
  22. White-breasted Nuthatch  4
  23. Carolina Wren  3
  24. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
  25. Eastern Bluebird  8
  26. Wood Thrush  5
  27. Gray Catbird  2
  28. Brown Thrasher  1
  29. Northern Mockingbird  1
  30. European Starling  1
  31. Cedar Waxwing  3
  32. Common Yellowthroat  3
  33. Yellow-breasted Chat  1
  34. Eastern Towhee  2
  35. Chipping Sparrow  4
  36. Field Sparrow  8
  37. Grasshopper Sparrow  3
  38. Song Sparrow  1
  39. Scarlet Tanager  3
  40. Northern Cardinal  5
  41. Indigo Bunting  9
  42. Common Grackle  1
  43. Baltimore Oriole  3
  44. House Finch  4
  45. American Goldfinch  9
  46. House Sparrow  6

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19226291
This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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The highlights of this morning’s regular monthly bird walk, sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and the Friends of Banshee Reeks, were three (possibly four) Yellow-breasted Chats, three of which were well seen as they perched high in trees and chatted away; a Cooper’s Hawk carrying prey as it flew overhead; and two Eastern Towhees who perched high in shrubs and were singing away. Most interesting were the birds that have been common on previous July walks at Banshee Reeks that were absent, such as Red-shouldered Hawk, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Eastern Kingbird, Starlings, and Cedar Waxwings. Del Sargent, co-leader of the walk, maintains a spreadsheet of birds seen at Banshee Reeks by monthly walk date, and all of these have been seen on five or more of the previous seven July walks at the preserve.

Birding and Butterflies together: Another hightlight was that the meadows are full of Common Milkweed, especially the area between the pond & Goose Creek, and while we found only one Monarch butterfly we were hopeful that there were many caterpillars hidden among the milkweed plants.

See below for complete eBird list of the birds seen at Banshee Reeks.  Also, please see the online events calendar for the regular monthly free bird walk (every 2nd Sat) at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and the Friends of Banshee Reeks.

The next event is for CHILDREN and their FAMILIES, and we want to especially INVITE you to sign up for this wonderful event.

Birding Experience for Children
Friday, July 18, 6:00 p.m. – dusk
Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship.
Come learn about our bluebird trail monitoring by helping us do a weekly survey of the nest boxes, then join some of Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s birders for an evening stroll looking and listening for the birds and other interesting critters that call the Blue Ridge Center their home. Appropriate for children ages 8 to 12 and their families; limited to 18 participants.
Registration required: Sign Up Online. Questions: Contact Phil Daley at 540-338-6528 or pedaley@verizon.net.

Report by Joe Coleman
Edited & Posted by Sarah Steadman

Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve – MFF08, Loudoun, US-VA
Jul 12, 2014 8:00 AM – 10:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Total: 44 species

  1. Green Heron  3
  2. Black Vulture  1
  3. Turkey Vulture  6
  4. Cooper’s Hawk  1
  5. Red-tailed Hawk  1
  6. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
  7. Mourning Dove  6
  8. Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
  9. Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
  10. Downy Woodpecker  2
  11. Northern Flicker  1
  12. Pileated Woodpecker  1
  13. Eastern Wood-Pewee  15
  14. Acadian Flycatcher  3
  15. Great Crested Flycatcher  1
  16. White-eyed Vireo  2
  17. Red-eyed Vireo  3
  18. American Crow  3
  19. Tree Swallow  2
  20. Barn Swallow  2
  21. Carolina Chickadee  3
  22. Tufted Titmouse  2
  23. White-breasted Nuthatch  4
  24. Carolina Wren  1
  25. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
  26. Eastern Bluebird  4
  27. Wood Thrush  9
  28. American Robin  25
  29. Gray Catbird  2
  30. Brown Thrasher  2
  31. Northern Mockingbird  3
  32. Ovenbird  2
  33. Common Yellowthroat  6
  34. Yellow-breasted Chat  3
  35. Eastern Towhee  2
  36. Chipping Sparrow  3
  37. Field Sparrow  13
  38. Song Sparrow  2
  39. Scarlet Tanager  2
  40. Northern Cardinal  6
  41. Indigo Bunting  6
  42. Brown-headed Cowbird  5
  43. House Finch  3
  44. American Goldfinch  15

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19080066

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy president, Nicole Hamilton, is known for her extraordinary vision and her dedication to fostering events that invite, have purpose, and put a spotlight on wildlife…but did you know that she ALSO participates in many of these events? An avid birder, Nicole and her team of birders (the Raucous Robins) enthusiastically competed in this year’s IMBD Birdathon. She tells us all about it in the following article. 

I will warn you…this read has the potential to spark binocular purchases and Bird Walk sign-ups (hint-hint:  here’s the schedule).

So now, we give you Nicole Hamilton and the “Raucous Robins” IMBD REPORT!

Sarah Steadman
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Wow time really flew since our team went out for our big IMBD Birdathon day!  We want to thank all those who supported our team, and widely share a short summary of our 12.5 hour day.  In all we saw 90 species (the full list is below)!

Thank you all for rooting us on and showing your support both for our team and the work of Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy!  It really means a lot to us all! Attached are a few photos from the day as well — birds, glorious birds, and a sweet fox that was camera shy!

Raucous Robins Birdathon 2014!
May 3, 2014, 7:00 am to 7:30 pm
Team members: Joanne Bradbury, Mike Friedman, Tess McAllister and Nicole Hamilton

We started out the day at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship at 7am in order to make sure we got the warblers and vireos at their most active time.  We weren’t disappointed. The birds were down low for most of the morning and were singing away. Gnats and Blue-gray gnatcatchers were a plenty. Northern Parulas were calling so heavily it seemed like they were everywhere!

As we got to the confluence of Piney Run and Sweet run we knew we needed to get a LA Waterthrush but before crossing the bridge we were delighted by a Kentucky Warbler at eye level singing and foraging. Then we crossed the stream and decided, “We’ll just go see for a minute and then we’ll turn back.” Well as we stood on the other side, we had an incredible showing of birds!  Veery, American Redstart, Scarlet Tanager, Black-and-white Warbler, Wood Thrush and Black-throated Blue warbler!  They were beautiful! We never did get a water thrush during the day but what great views of these other birds.

Another highlight were views of a Barred Owl that seemed to be curious about what we were up to. We had just finished identifying a bird when Joanne looked up and said — “an Owl!”  It preened and cleaned its feet before taking off.

From the Blue Ridge Center, we went to the Dulles Wetland, Banshee Reeks and then to the Reservoir.  This was the tough part of the day when the birds have quieted down.  We really worked for each species, but ticked off Wood Ducks, Horned Grebe, Bald eagle, Osprey and even a Red-shouldered Hawk on a nest.

For the last part of our day, we visited the Broadlands Wetlands where we had Baltimore and Orchard Orioles (plus nest building), Green Heron, and peeps (Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper).

By this point it was getting harder to tick off new species, and there were some glaring omissions of common birds that we rather needed. So we headed to Bles Park and had a lovely walk and a temporary drizzle. Here we thankfully added the Indigo Bunting, but that was the only new species.

Broadlands Wetlands Orchard Oriole

Broadlands Wetlands Orchard Oriole

 

Beaver Dam Rd, Red Fox

Beaver Dam Rd, Red Fox

BRCES, Barred Owl

BRCES, Barred Owl

 

BRCES, Scarlet Tanager

BRCES, Scarlet Tanager

 

BRCES, White-eyed Vireo

BRCES, White-eyed Vireo

We were at 89 species and the team was determined to at least hit 90. One of the misses of the day to that point was a Red-tailed Hawk, and we all agreed that we couldn’t go home having missed that…so we scanned the power lines as we drove Rte. 7 and there she was….”Hawk on wire,” I called out…but it was on the other side of the road up an exit ramp. Do we turn back? Yes! Tess made the u-turn and off we went. There she was — species #90 for the day!

We had a great day and were so thankful to have all of you rooting us on through your pledges and sponsorships!  We look forward to next year and going beyond 90!

Good birding,
Nicole

Here is a full list of the 90 species that we tallied for the day:

  1. Canada Goose
  2. Wood Duck
  3. Mallard
  4. Common Merganser
  5. Horned Grebe
  6. Double-crested Cormorant
  7. Great Blue Heron
  8. Green Heron
  9. Black Vulture

10.Turkey Vulture

11.Osprey

12.Bald Eagle

13.Coopers Hawk

14.Red-shouldered Hawk

15.Red-tailed Hawk

16.Spotted Sandpiper

17.Solitary Sandpiper

18.Lesser Yellowlegs

19.Least Sandpiper

20.Ring-billed Gull

21.Rock Pigeon

22.Mourning Dove

23.Great Horned Owl

24.Barred Owl

25.Chimney Swift

26.Belted Kingfisher

27.Red-bellied Woodpecker

28.Downy Woodpecker

29.Pileated Woodpecker

30.Eastern Phoebe

31.Great Crested Flycatcher

32.Eastern Kingbird

33.White-eyed Vireo

34.Blue-headed Vireo

35.Red-eyed Vireo

36.Blue Jay

37.American Crow

38.Fish Crow

39.Common Raven

40.Purple Martin

41.Tree Swallow

42.Northern Rough-winged Swallow

43.Barn Swallow

44.Carolina Chickadee

45.Tufted Titmouse

46.White-breasted Nuthatch

47.Carolina Wren

48.House Wren

49.Ruby-crowned Kinglet

50.Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

51.Eastern Bluebird

52.Veery

53.Wood Thrush

54.American Robin

55.Gray Catbird

56.Northern Mockingbird

57.Brown Thrasher

58.European Starling

59.Blue-winged Warbler

60.Northern Parula

61.Yellow Warbler

62.Yellow-rumped Warbler

63.Prairie Warbler

64.Black-throated Blue Warbler

65.Black-and-white Warbler

66.American Redstart

67.Worm-eating Warbler

68.Ovenbird

69.Kentucky Warbler

70.Common Yellow-throat

71.Yellow-breasted Chat

72.Scarlet Tanager

73.Eastern Towhee

74.Chipping Sparrow

75.Field Sparrow

76.Grasshopper Sparrow

77.Song Sparrow

78.White-throated Sparrow

79.Northern Cardinal

80.Indigo Bunting

81.Bobolink

82.Red-winged Blackbird

83.Eastern Meadowlark

84.Common Grackle

85.Brown-headed Cowbird

86.Orchard Oriole

87.Baltimore Oriole

88.House Finch

89.American Goldfinch

90.House Sparrow

 

 

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