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Four of us showed up for the regular monthly bird walk at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve Saturday morning, March 11. In spite of the beginning (25) and ending (32) temps it was a very pleasant morning for a bird walk. While there weren’t a lot of species, we did find a first-of-year (for most of us) Eastern Phoebe. However, except for a few large mixed flocks there weren’t a lot of birds.

After we finished at Banshee Reeks three of us went over to the private (restricted access) Dulles Greenway Wetlands Mitigation Project to see what work the bluebird trail (managed by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy) might need. It had warmed up to 35 degrees by then but since the Wetlands is largely sheltered from the west winds it wasn’t bad. Because the beavers have been very successful in building a dam at the Dulles Greenway Wetlands spillway there is much more water on the wetlands than there used to be. Not only is there little exposed mud for shorebirds, the ducks can easily hide in the extensive scrub, much of which has its feet in water. The ducks that were there were rather skittish, perhaps because of the active Bald Eagle nest there or for some other reason.  In addition to a Bald Eagle sitting in the nest we saw a  variety of ducks and 2 Am Coots (see below for the complete list) and a number of ducks we were unable to ID as they darted this way and that in the sky and the scrub.

For a complete list of the birds observed at Banshee Reeks and the Dulles Greenway Wetlands pls see the eBird reports below.

Photo by Pidge Troha

Photo by Pidge Troha

The regular monthly free bird walk (every 2nd Saturday) at the Banshee Reeks Nature preserve is sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy & the Friends of Banshee Reeks. While there are no regular walks at the private Dulles Greenway Wetlands Mitigation Project, which has restricted access, we do periodically survey the birds there and occasionally lead walks there – check our website calendar.

Good birding (regardless of the weather)!

Joe Coleman for the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy

Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, Loudoun, Virginia, US Mar 11, 2017 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.4 mile(s)

Photo by Pidge Troha

Photo by Pidge Troha

34 species

Canada Goose  3

Great Blue Heron  1

Black Vulture  5

Turkey Vulture  3

Red-shouldered Hawk  3

Red-tailed Hawk  1

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  35

Mourning Dove  4

Red-bellied Woodpecker  5

Downy Woodpecker  4

Hairy Woodpecker  2

Northern Flicker  1

Pileated Woodpecker  3

Eastern Phoebe  1

Blue Jay  5

American Crow  6

Fish Crow  2

Carolina Chickadee  15

Tufted Titmouse  6

White-breasted Nuthatch  5

Brown Creeper  1

Carolina Wren  2

Eastern Bluebird  4

American Robin  50

Northern Mockingbird  2

European Starling  2

Field Sparrow  4

Dark-eyed Junco  30

White-throated Sparrow  20

Song Sparrow  6

Swamp Sparrow  1

Northern Cardinal  8

House Finch  2

American Goldfinch  2

 

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35112630

Dulles Greenway Wetlands Mitigation Project, Loudoun, Virginia, US Mar 11, 2017 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Protocol: Traveling

0.8 mile(s)

30 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  X

Wood Duck  2

Gadwall  8

Mallard  2

Green-winged Teal  12

Ring-necked Duck  2

Hooded Merganser  2

duck sp.  30

Wild Turkey  3     seen by one person earlier in the day before the Banshee Reeks walk

Black Vulture  6

Turkey Vulture  6

Cooper’s Hawk  1

Bald Eagle  1     on nest

Red-shouldered Hawk  2

American Coot  2

Red-bellied Woodpecker  1

Downy Woodpecker  11

Pileated Woodpecker  1

Blue Jay  2

American Crow  4

Fish Crow  2

Carolina Chickadee  2

Tufted Titmouse  1

White-breasted Nuthatch  1

Carolina Wren  2

Eastern Bluebird  2

American Robin  2

White-throated Sparrow  2

Song Sparrow  2

Northern Cardinal  1

Red-winged Blackbird  1

 

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35112908

 

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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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With the cold, frigid weather (12 degrees when we began, 14 when we ended), only two of us showed up for the regular monthly bird walk at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve on January 10th. While there were very few birds at first, and never a lot of species, we did find numerous sparrows and other small birds along the southern & eastern edges of forest where they were sheltered from the wind and warmed by the weak winter sun. Highlights of the walk included an AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, two male Eastern Towhees, a number of Field Sparrows, and six of the seven local woodpeckers which are around here in the winter.

There were no raptors or vultures flying at Banshee Reeks but when I swung by the county landfill, which borders Banshee Reeks, after the walk there were hundreds of crows, several Ring-billed Gulls, a few vultures, three Red-shouldered Hawks, and a Common Raven.

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

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

Good birding!

Joe Coleman & Del Sargent

 

Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve – MFF08, Loudoun, US-VA Jan 10, 2015 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.0 mile(s)

Comments:     Regular monthly bird walk at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve.

25 species

Mourning Dove  1, Red-bellied Woodpecker  1, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1, Downy Woodpecker  3, Hairy Woodpecker  2, Northern Flicker  1, Pileated Woodpecker  2, Blue Jay  6, American Crow  6, Fish Crow  75, Carolina Chickadee  5, Tufted Titmouse  5, White-breasted Nuthatch  2, Brown Creeper  1, Carolina Wren  2, Northern Mockingbird  5, Eastern Towhee  2, American Tree Sparrow  1, Field Sparrow  8, Song Sparrow  35, Swamp Sparrow  1, White-throated Sparrow  12, Dark-eyed Junco  20, Northern Cardinal  6, American Goldfinch  3

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Thirteen birders came for our monthly (second Saturday) birdwalk at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve in Loudoun County.  It was a nice (for August) day and the birding was about average for the walks at Banshee in August. Excellent views were seen of three different YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO and several BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS.

A total of 36 species were seen as follows:

Turkey Vulture, Red-shouldered Hawk, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Ruby Throated Hummingbird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Wood-pewee, Eastern Phoebe, Great-crested Flycatcher, White-eyed Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Barn Swallow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, European Starling, Prairie Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, House Finch, American Goldfinch.

Del Sargent and Mary Ann Good

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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

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We were delighted to have a few first-time birders with us on this walk, and we encourage more to join in the “edu-taining” fun and beauty of birding by joining us at our free Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy sponsored bird walks.  No experience is necessary!

Consider joining us this SATURDAY:
Birding the Blue Ridge Center
Saturday, June 28, 8:00 a.m.
On the fourth Saturday of each month (except December), Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy leads a bird walk at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, a beautiful 900-acre preserve in northwestern Loudoun County. The property includes diverse wildlife habitats, including meadows, streams, and heavily forested slopes. Meet at the Education Center; bring binoculars. BRCES is located just north of Neersville at 11661 Harpers Ferry Road, Rte 671; detailed directions at www.brces.org.
Questions: Contact Joe Coleman at 540-554-2542 or jcoleman@loudounwildlife.org.

Now for the June 14th bird walk report…

Seven birders, including three first timers, came for the monthly second Saturday bird walk at Banshee Reeks sponsored by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and The Friends of Banshee Reeks. Following three days of heavy thunderstorms, the morning was beautiful.  At first the birds seemed scarce, and yet we encountered 45 different species, including a juvenile PINE WARBLER.

The list follows:

  1. Black Vulture
  2. Turkey Vulture
  3. Red-shouldered Hawk
  4. Killdeer
  5. Rock Pigeon
  6. Mourning Dove
  7. Chimney Swift
  8. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  9. Downy Woodpecker
  10. Pileated Woodpecker
  11. Eastern Wood-pewee
  12. Acadian Flycatcher
  13. Willow Flycatcher
  14. Eastern Phoebe
  15. Eastern Kingbird
  16. Red-eyed Vireo
  17. Blue Jay
  18. American Crow
  19. Fish Crow
  20. Tree Swallow
  21. Tufted Titmouse
  22. White-breasted Nuthatch
  23. Carolina Wren
  24. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  25. Eastern Bluebird
  26. Wood Thrush
  27. American Robin
  28. Gray Catbird
  29. Northern Mockingbird
  30. Brown Thrasher
  31. Cedar Waxwing
  32. Pine Warbler
  33. Prairie Warbler
  34. Ovenbird
  35. Common Yellowthroat
  36. Yellow-breasted Chat
  37. Scarlet Tanager
  38. Eastern Towhee
  39. Field Sparrow
  40. Song Sparrow
  41. Northern Cardinal
  42. Indigo Bunting
  43. Common Grackle
  44. Orchard Oriole
  45. American Goldfinch

Report by Del Sargent
Purcellville

Edited by Sarah Steadman

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On Saturday, April 12th,  Del Sargent & Joanne Bradbury led the regular monthly bird walk (sponsored every 2nd Saturday of the month) at Loudoun County’s Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve.

One highlight of the walk was not a bird but a probable Mink (there was some debate over whether it was a possible River Otter). It was well seen by the group as it scampered along the shore of the Goose Creek for about 50 yards. Some people thought it might be a young River Otter, but the time of year has not yet arrived for that.

While looking at a kettle of vultures, the group found two Broad-winged Hawks soaring high in the sky. Also, earlier in the walk, an Eastern Kingbird was fly-catching at the pond near the Visitor Center.

While there were numerous Eastern Towhees (at least 8) and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers (at least 8), there was only one warbler–a singing Louisiana Waterthrush. Other highlights included a male and female American Kestrel, and Ruby-crowned Kinglets. There were also at least 15 Spring Azure butterflies, a very fresh Zebra Swallowtail, and an Anglewing–probably an Eastern Comma.

See below for complete eBird list of the birds seen at Banshee Reeks on this walk.

The regular monthly, free bird walk (again, every 2nd Saturday of the month) 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.

Next month, there are two REGULAR birding events scheduled on May 10th at 8am; one at Banshee Reeks, the other at Algonkian Regional Park.

In addition, May is a GREAT time to come out to a birding event with our “Celebrate Birds, Go Birding! International Migratory Bird Day” events, 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 OnlineQuestions:Contact Jill Miller at jmiller@loudounwildlife.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.

We encourage you to share your Loudoun County birding adventures with us on the  Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy Facebook page, especially if you have photos from our bird walk events.

Submitted by Joe Coleman for Del Sargent & Joanne Bradbury
Edited by Sarah Steadman

REPORT:
Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve – MFF08, Loudoun, US-VA

Apr 12, 2014 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.75 mile(s)
48 species

  • Cooper’s Hawk 1
  • Canada Goose 10
  • Wood Duck 2
  • Mallard 2
  • Black Vulture 15
  • Turkey Vulture 6
  • Red-shouldered Hawk 5
  • Broad-winged Hawk 2
  • Red-tailed Hawk 2
  • Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
  • Mourning Dove 12
  • Belted Kingfisher 1
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
  • Downy Woodpecker 12
  • Northern Flicker 8
  • Pileated Woodpecker 1
  • American Kestrel 2
  • Eastern Phoebe 2
  • Eastern Kingbird 1
  • Blue Jay X
  • American Crow X
  • Fish Crow X
  • Tree Swallow 12
  • Carolina Chickadee 7
  • Tufted Titmouse 9
  • White-breasted Nuthatch 1
  • Carolina Wren 1
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 10
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8
  • Eastern Bluebird 10
  • American Robin 12
  • Brown Thrasher 6
  • Northern Mockingbird 4
  • European Starling 6
  • Louisiana Waterthrush 1
  • Eastern Towhee 8
  • Chipping Sparrow 5
  • Field Sparrow 16
  • Song Sparrow 7
  • White-throated Sparrow 15
  • Dark-eyed Junco 11
  • Northern Cardinal 8
  • Red-winged Blackbird 10
  • Common Grackle 2
  • Brown-headed Cowbird 2
  • House Finch 1
  • American Goldfinch 12View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17857444
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On November 9th, eleven people enjoyed the regular 2nd Sat. of the month Banshee Reeks bird walk on a beautiful fall day that started off in mid-20′s but warmed up quickly & didn’t become windy until a little before 11 am. This walk is sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy & the Friends of Banshee Reeks on Sat..

After the Banshee walk six of us spent an hour at the private Dulles Greenway Wetlands Mitigation Project.   Except for seven sparrow species and a few flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds, American Robins, and Fish Crow flying over, Banshee Reeks was quieter than many of us had expected. The highlights of the walk at Banshee Reeks included a group of six Fox Sparrows and a Northern Harrier that flew by twice.

The highlight at the Wetlands were the 19 Wild Turkeys that I saw there as I passed by it on the way to Banshee Reeks about 7:30 am of which there was only one seen when we visited later.  The water level was relatively high and the mud hidden by vegetation so little was visible on or next to the water.

See below for complete eBird list of the birds seen at Banshee Reeks and the Dulles Greenway Wetlands Mitigation Project.   The regular monthly free bird walk (every 2nd Sat) 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, Joe Coleman, near Bluemont, Loudoun Co

Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve – MFF08, Loudoun, US-VA Nov 9, 2013 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.0 mile(s) 38 species

Canada Goose  4 Mallard  1 Great Blue Heron  1 Black Vulture  5 Turkey Vulture  6 Northern Harrier  1 Sharp-shinned Hawk  1 Red-shouldered Hawk  1 Red-tailed Hawk  2 Rock Pigeon  12 Mourning Dove  2 Red-bellied Woodpecker  3 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1 Downy Woodpecker  4 Northern Flicker  5 Blue Jay  X American Crow  X Fish Crow  X Carolina Chickadee  4 Tufted Titmouse  4 White-breasted Nuthatch  2 Carolina Wren  6 Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1 Eastern Bluebird  15 American Robin  125 Northern Mockingbird  10 Yellow-rumped Warbler  5 Eastern Towhee  2 Chipping Sparrow  2 Field Sparrow  3 Fox Sparrow  6 Song Sparrow  10 White-throated Sparrow  35 Dark-eyed Junco  12 Northern Cardinal  8 Red-winged Blackbird  60 Common Grackle  1 American Goldfinch  6

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15621515

Dulles Greenway Wetlands Mitigation Project, Loudoun, US-VA Nov 9, 2013 10:45 AM – 11:50 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.0 mile(s) 23 species

Canada Goose  X Mallard  8 Green-winged Teal  4 Wild Turkey  1 Black Vulture  15 Turkey Vulture  5 Red-shouldered Hawk  1 Downy Woodpecker  2 Blue Jay  X American Crow  X Fish Crow  50 Carolina Chickadee  3 Tufted Titmouse  2 Carolina Wren  2 Eastern Bluebird  4 American Robin  4 Northern Mockingbird  2 Song Sparrow  4 White-throated Sparrow  6 Dark-eyed Junco  4 Northern Cardinal  2 Red-winged Blackbird  X American Goldfinch  2

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On October 12th, a damp & very overcast & occasionally rainy morning, four people showed up for the regular monthly bird walk at the preserve. We decided to take the “Greenway’ through the meadows all the way to the far eastern side of the nature preserve with a side trip along the edge of the woods on the way back. In spite of the weather there were a lot of individuals though species diversity was somewhat lower than average for previous Oct. walks at Banshee Reeks due to some unusual misses such as most of the raptors we usually find there.

Taking the gravel road in front of the Visitor Center we almost immediately found the highlight of the walk, a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW. It was seen flitting back & forth over the gravel road from a patch of briars and scrub to the new David McCarthy Wildflower Meadow and was in with several other birds including a couple of Chipping and Song Sparrows. It was a small sparrow (appearing to be a bit smaller than the chippies it was with and a lot smaller than the Song Sparrows) and was an adult in non-breeding plumage. It had a clear buffy chest with the buffy flanks standing out as well as a very distinctive buffy supercillium and a brownish rump and distinctive lateral throat-stripes. Because this was a bird that none of us were familiar with we spent some time looking at it and the field guides we had with us before it disappeared further back in the brambles & scrub. A little later and a couple hundred yards further we saw it (or a second Clay-colored Sparrow) along the Greenway close to the garden. This one had the same markings and was mixed in with a larger group of Chipping and Field Sparrows as well as a few Song Sparrows and Bluebirds. It appeared to be smaller than the chippies & esp. smaller than the Field Sparrows.

Other highlights of the walk included a juvenile Northern Harrier seen right before we saw the Clay-colored and the sheer quantity of sparrows along with several Phoebes and Catbirds. Our only warblers were a couple of Palms and a Common Yellowthroat. We were also surprised to see a Goldfinch feeding a fledgling.   See below for complete eBird list of the 41 bird species seen at Banshee Reeks. The regular monthly free bird walk (every 2nd Sat) 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, Joe Coleman, near Bluemont, Loudoun Co

Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve – MFF08, Loudoun, US-VA Oct 12, 2013 8:00 AM – 11:10 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.75 mile(s)   41 species Canada Goose  70, Mallard  12, Turkey Vulture  2, Northern Harrier  1, Mourning Dove  8, Belted Kingfisher  1, Red-bellied Woodpecker  7, Downy Woodpecker  4, Hairy Woodpecker  1, Northern Flicker  12, Pileated Woodpecker  2, Eastern Phoebe  12, Blue Jay, American Crow, Fish Crow  2, Carolina Chickadee  8, Tufted Titmouse  6, White-breasted Nuthatch  3, Carolina Wren  6, Ruby-crowned Kinglet  4, Eastern Bluebird  20, American Robin  3, Gray Catbird  12, Brown Thrasher  1, Northern Mockingbird  20, European Starling  12, Cedar Waxwing  1, Common Yellowthroat  1, Palm Warbler  2, Eastern Towhee  5, Chipping Sparrow  6, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW 1, Field Sparrow  6, Song Sparrow  15, Swamp Sparrow  1, White-throated Sparrow  12, Northern Cardinal  15, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird  6, House Finch  2, American Goldfinch  20     One of the Goldfinches was feeding a fledgling.

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15385132

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

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