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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


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)


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)


While the Loudoun Wildlife Conserancy’s monthly bird walk at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship lasted from 8 am to approx. 10:30 am, there was also a brief visit to the Sawmill Rd. area on the south side before the walk.  Additionally, after the walk, five of us spent an hour along Arnold Rd. checking out the fields and wetlands that border the roadway.

The 17 birders on the main walk, where most of the birds were observed, checked out the fields near the Education Center and then took the Farmstead Loop into the woods along the stream where we picked up the Piney Run Spur and followed it back to the Farmstead Loop.

Our highlights included 2 Kestrels (male & female) along Arnold Rd.; 7 different warbler species, many only heard… though we did have excellent looks at the different Chats.


A gorgeous yellow Chat seen on the walk.  Photo Credit: Liam McGranaghan

A gorgeous yellow Chat seen on the walk.
Photo Credit: Liam McGranaghan

We also saw a female and male Redstart and a male Scarlet Tanager that landed on the trail right in front of us. The information Liam & Laura McGranaghan’s shared about the different flora and fauna along the trails was fascinating and added much depth to the walk.

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 their online events calendar.

Report by Joe Coleman
Edited by Sarah Steadman

The complete list follows:

Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship
MFF01, Loudoun, US-VA
Jun 28, 2014 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
65 species 

  1. Canada Goose  5
  2. Great Blue Heron  1
  3. Green Heron  1
  4. Black Vulture  5
  5. Turkey Vulture  16
  6. Red-shouldered Hawk  1
  7. Red-tailed Hawk  3
  8. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
  9. Mourning Dove  1

10. Yellow-billed Cuckoo  4

11. Chimney Swift  1

12. Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1

13. Red-bellied Woodpecker  3

14. Hairy Woodpecker  1

15. Northern Flicker  1

16. Pileated Woodpecker  3

17. American Kestrel  2 (Both the male & female landed on one of the power line)

18. pylons off of Arnold Rd.

19. Eastern Wood-Pewee  3

20. Acadian Flycatcher  12

21. Eastern Phoebe  2

22. Great Crested Flycatcher  3

23. Eastern Kingbird  1

24. White-eyed Vireo  3

25. Red-eyed Vireo  19

26. Blue Jay  1

27. American Crow  5

28. Tree Swallow  8

29. Barn Swallow  8

30. Carolina Chickadee  6

31. Tufted Titmouse  6

32. White-breasted Nuthatch  2

33. House Wren  1

34. Carolina Wren  4

35. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  8

36. Eastern Bluebird  8

37. Wood Thrush  1

38. American Robin  1

39. Gray Catbird  2

40. Brown Thrasher  4

41. Northern Mockingbird  1

42. European Starling  3

43. Worm-eating Warbler  2

44. Louisiana Waterthrush  1

45. Blue-winged Warbler  1

46. Common Yellowthroat  7

47. American Redstart  3

48. Northern Parula  1

49. Yellow-breasted Chat  4

50. Eastern Towhee  2

51. Chipping Sparrow  4

52. Field Sparrow  8

53. Grasshopper Sparrow  1

54. Song Sparrow  2

55. Scarlet Tanager  4

56. Northern Cardinal  8

57. Indigo Bunting  13

58. Red-winged Blackbird  3

59. Eastern Meadowlark  1

60. Common Grackle  8

61. Brown-headed Cowbird  8(

62. Baltimore Oriole  1

63. House Finch  1

64. American Goldfinch  10

65. House Sparrow  2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18935166

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



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

Edited by Sarah Steadman


Barred Owl, Louisiana Waterthrush, & juvenile Northern Rough-winged Swallows! WOW!

The highlights of this June bird walk, sponsored by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and led by Mary Ann Good & Joe Coleman on the privately-owned Dulles Greenway Wetlands Mitigation Project, included a Barred Owl who flew across the wetlands right in front of us about 9 am, a Louisiana Waterthrush perched on a limb within 20 feet of us, and a number of juvenile Rough-winged Swallows perched in a tree, one of which was begging food from an adult.

Mary Ann Good, who manages the Bluebird Trail at the wetlands (and is looking for additional volunteers to help there), scouted on Tuesday & also saw two very vocal and active Yellow-breasted Chats and heard a Warbling Vireo. We also heard Willow and Acadian Flycatchers.

Among the several butterflies we saw were two different Monarch butterflies.

See below for complete eBird list of the birds seen at the Wetlands on Wednesday.

Information on upcoming events, including more bird walks, can be found here online.

Report by Joe Coleman
Edited by Sarah Steadman _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Dulles Greenway Wetlands Mitigation Project, Loudoun, US-VA
Jun 18, 2014 8:00-10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)

48 species

  1. Wood Duck  2
  2. Mallard  1
  3. Great Blue Heron  2
  4. Great Egret  4
  5. Green Heron  6
  6. Black Vulture  1
  7. Turkey Vulture  5
  8. Killdeer  1
  9. Mourning Dove  2
  10. Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2
  11. Barred Owl  1
  12. Belted Kingfisher  3
  13. Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
  14. Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
  15. Acadian Flycatcher  2
  16. Willow Flycatcher  3
  17. Great Crested Flycatcher  2
  18. Eastern Kingbird  4
  19. White-eyed Vireo  1
  20. Blue Jay  X
  21. American Crow  X
  22. Fish Crow  X
  23. Northern Rough-winged Swallow  7
  24. Tree Swallow  8
  25. Barn Swallow  1
  26. Carolina Chickadee  2
  27. Tufted Titmouse  1
  28. White-breasted Nuthatch  1
  29. House Wren  2
  30. Carolina Wren  4
  31. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  10
  32. Eastern Bluebird  4
  33. Gray Catbird  5
  34. Northern Mockingbird  2
  35. European Starling  5
  36. Louisiana Waterthrush  1
  37. Common Yellowthroat  8
  38. Northern Parula  1
  39. Prairie Warbler  1
  40. Eastern Towhee  3
  41. Chipping Sparrow  1
  42. Field Sparrow  6
  43. Song Sparrow  2
  44. Northern Cardinal  5
  45. Indigo Bunting  2
  46. Red-winged Blackbird  10
  47. Common Grackle  8
  48. Orchard Oriole  2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18828855
This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)++


With the large turn-out (32 BIRDERS!) for a joint Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy/Northern Virginia Bird Club walk at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship in northwestern Loudoun County, the group split into multiple smaller groups for birding.

We were only a couple of miles from Harpers Ferry and the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. Both the location and the multiple groups of birders resulted in a lot of different and exciting sightings.   There were, at one point or another, four different groups birding in these different areas.

Most of the 81 species observed were nesters at the Blue Ridge Center, but there were a few migrants among the many birds observed.  Many of these migratory species were only heard, including 14 different Warblers species. What a rich experience! The volunteer bird walk leaders included Elton Morel, Larry Meade, Elliott and Nancy Kirschbaum, Mary Ann Good, Del Sargent, and Joe Coleman. Several excellent birders were also present and assisted the walk leaders; these wonderfully informed participants made a big difference in finding the large variety of species.

Highlights of this walk were two Broad-winged Hawks, at least six Yellow-billed Cuckoos, three Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, and a White-eyed Vireo (one of several) on a nest.  We also greatly enjoyed excellent looks at one of the Yellow-throated Vireos, two Swainson’s Thrushes interacting and then posing for one of the groups, and a Cedar Waxwing (one of 32 seen in various locations) carrying nesting material.

Also of interest were four different Blue-winged Warblers, one of which was well seen by one of the groups, four Cerulean Warblers high in the canopy, one Blackburnian, four Kentucky Warblers, one Hooded, and at least four distinct Yellow-breasted Chats, a couple of which were well-seen.

Of the nine Scarlet Tanagers spotted, only two were well seen while at least two of the four Grasshopper Sparrows posed for us. While we were tallying our counts at the picnic area next to the just-planted Monarch Waystation, we not only saw two Bald Eagles fly over high in the sky, but we were also fascinated by how much size difference there was between a much smaller Red-shouldered Hawk that was harassing one of the Bald Eagles.

Also while tallying, we got incredible looks at a male and female Blue Grosbeak which first posed on a utility wire and then landed in the grass close to us; one of the Baltimore Orioles was also seen perched & singing while we were tallying.

Two other Blue Grosbeaks were heard doing their beautiful song along Arnold Road. Additionally, there were at least 30 Indigo Buntings, many seen while in full song, as well as two Purple Martins, a male and a female, and two Eastern Meadowlarks in the vicinity of the organic farm.

As you can see, this was a bird-plentiful walk, and a walk to remember. It is also an inspiration to capture such bird engagement while seated at the picnic areas!  This is an excellent example of the opportunities awaiting participants on our bird walks in Loudoun County.

Please join us at future events, and visit these wonderful places for yourself by seeking more online at:

Submitted by Joe Coleman
Edited by Sarah Steadman

The complete list, from eBird, follows:

Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship – MFF01, Loudoun, US-VA
May 24, 2014 7:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
81 species

  1. Canada Goose  9
  2. Wild Turkey  2
  3. Great Blue Heron  5
  4. Green Heron  1
  5. Black Vulture  4
  6. Turkey Vulture  13
  7. Bald Eagle  3
  8. Red-shouldered Hawk  4
  9. Broad-winged Hawk  2
  10. Red-tailed Hawk  1
  11. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
  12. Mourning Dove  4
  13. Yellow-billed Cuckoo  7
  14. Chimney Swift  3
  15. Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
  16. Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
  17. Downy Woodpecker  2
  18. Northern Flicker  1
  19. Pileated Woodpecker  4
  20. Eastern Wood-Pewee  15
  21. Acadian Flycatcher  12
  22. Eastern Phoebe  4
  23. Great Crested Flycatcher  6
  24. Eastern Kingbird  4
  25. White-eyed Vireo  4
  26. Yellow-throated Vireo  3
  27. Red-eyed Vireo  21
  28. Blue Jay  7
  29. American Crow  40
  30. Fish Crow  2
  31. Common Raven  3
  32. Purple Martin  2
  33. Tree Swallow  20
  34. Barn Swallow  12
  35. Carolina Chickadee  7
  36. Tufted Titmouse  8
  37. White-breasted Nuthatch  2
  38. House Wren  3
  39. Carolina Wren  2
  40. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  15
  41. Eastern Bluebird  12
  42. Swainson’s Thrush  2
  43. Wood Thrush  3
  44. American Robin  2
  45. Gray Catbird  3
  46. Brown Thrasher  5
  47. Northern Mockingbird  1
  48. European Starling  4
  49. Cedar Waxwing  32 (Small flocks of Cedar Waxwings were seen in several dif. locations as well as a single one carrying nesting material into a tree and a couple of pairs in widely different locations)
  50. Ovenbird  1
  51. Worm-eating Warbler  1
  52. Louisiana Waterthrush  2
  53. Blue-winged Warbler  4
  54. Kentucky Warbler  4
  55. Common Yellowthroat  10
  56. Hooded Warbler  1
  57. American Redstart  7
  58. Cerulean Warbler  4
  59. Northern Parula  5
  60. Blackburnian Warbler  1
  61. Yellow Warbler  1
  62. Blackpoll Warbler  2
  63. Yellow-breasted Chat  4
  64. Eastern Towhee  2
  65. Chipping Sparrow  12
  66. Field Sparrow  10
  67. Grasshopper Sparrow  4
  68. Song Sparrow  2
  69. Scarlet Tanager  9
  70. Northern Cardinal  X
  71. Blue Grosbeak  4
  72. Indigo Bunting  30
  73. Red-winged Blackbird  2
  74. Eastern Meadowlark  2
  75. Common Grackle  15
  76. Brown-headed Cowbird  10
  77. Orchard Oriole  1
  78. Baltimore Oriole  5
  79. House Finch  3
  80. American Goldfinch  30
  81. House Sparrow  7

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18537293

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


An even dozen of eager birders enjoyed a warm morning bird walk at Banshee Reeks, May 10th, 2014.

The regular second-Saturday of the month bird walk is sponsored by Friends of Banshee Reeks and by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy.  Additionally, this May walk also supported International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD).

A NASHVILLE WARBLER was the highlight of this walk.  It gave us all a healthy challenge to identify.  We used several field guides, compared those to the photo taken during the walk, and were ultimately convinced of the identity of this bird that is seldom seen at Banshee Reeks. What a find!  It just goes to show you how interesting birding during migratory season can be.

A total of 58 species were documented on this walk–WOW, what a variety (the list follows).
We encourage you to come out to our other bird walks and events as scheduled and seen online at Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy.

Our next walk is this Saturday:
Birding the Blue Ridge Center  Saturday, May 24, 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. This walk is co-sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and Northern Virginia Bird Club & led by Joe Coleman & Elton Morel. Questions: Contact Joe Coleman at 540-554-2542 or jcoleman@loudounwildlife.org.

May 10th at Banshee Reeks bird count and list:

  1. Canada Goose
  2. Wood Duck 2
  3. Mallard 4
  4. Wild Turkey 1
  5. Great Blue Heron 1
  6. Black Vulture 6
  7. Turkey Vulture 6
  8. Osprey 1
  9. Bald Eagle 1
  10. Red-shouldered Hawk 1
  11. Killdeer 1
  12. Mourning Dove 4
  13. Yellow-billed Cuckoo 6
  14. Belted Kingfisher 1
  15. Red-headed Woodpecker 2
  16. Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
  17. Downy Woodpecker 2
  18. Pileated Woodpecker 2
  19. Eastern Wood Peewee 3
  20. Acadian Flycatcher 5
  21. Eastern Phoebe 1
  22. Great-crested Flycatcher 3
  23. Eastern Kingbird 2
  24. White-eyed Vireo 1
  25. Red-eyed Vireo 5
  26. Blue Jay 4
  27. American Crow
  28. Fish Crow
  29. Tree Swallow 4
  30. Carolina Chickadee 4
  31. Tufted Titmouse 4
  32. White Breasted Nuthatch 2
  33. Carolina Wren 3
  34. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 8
  35. Eastern Bluebird 3
  36. Veery 1
  37. Wood Thrush 4
  38. American Robin 6
  39. Gray Catbird 8
  40. Northern Mockingbird 4
  41. Brown Thrasher 2
  42. European Starling 4
  43. Nashville Warbler 1
  44. Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
  45. Prairie Warbler 8
  46. Common Yellowthroat 10
  47. Yellow-breasted Chat 1
  48. Scarlet Tanager 3
  49. Field Sparrow
  50. Song Sparrow 2
  51. White-throated Sparrow 4
  52. Northern Cardinal
  53. Blue Grosbeak 1
  54. Indigo Bunting 4
  55. Red-winged Blackbird 4
  56. Common Grackle
  57. Orchard Oriole 6+
  58. American Goldfinch

Submitted by Del Sargent, Purcellville

Edited by Sarah Steadman



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 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.

Eyes to the sky,
Sarah Steadman
(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:

  • Canada Goose
  • Black Vulture
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Mourning Dove
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • No. Flicker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Am. Kestrel
  • Great Crested Flycatcher
  • White-eyed Vireo
  • Yellow-throated Vireo
  • Blue-headed Vireo
  • Blue Jay
  • Am. Crow
  • Common Raven – 2
  • Purple Martin
  • Tree Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Car. Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Carolina Wren
  • House Wren
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • E. Bluebird
  • Swainson’s Thrush
  • Wood Thrush
  • Am. Robin
  • Gray Catbird
  • No. Mockingbird
  • Brown Thrasher
  • Eur. Starling
  • Blue-winged Warbler
  • Cerulean Warbler
  • Am. Redstart
  • Ovenbird
  • La. Waterthrush
  • Com. Yellowthroat
  • Hooded Warbler
  • Scarlet Tanager
  • E. Towhee
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Field Sparrow
  • Grasshopper Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • Swamp Sparrow
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • No. Cardinal
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • E. Meadowlark
  • Com. Grackle
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • House Finch
  • Am. Goldfinch

Bird report by Mary Ann Good