Entries tagged with “bird”.

While yesterday morning’s regular monthly bird walk at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship wasn’t very birdy, it was a beautiful, though chilly, morning for a walk outside and there were lots of signs of spring.

The most obvious one was many Eastern Bluebirds, at least 15, singing and pair-bonding & in two or three cases even visiting the bluebird boxes on the two trails that Loudoun Wildlife maintains on the center.  In one case two males appeared to be squabbling over a female and a box.

There were also a couple of Carolina Wrens giving their long rolling calls as well as lots of Cardinals and Tufted Titmice singing (which they have been doing, at least on nice days, for over a month). Many of the birds, esp. the bluebirds and some of the sparrows, very crisp with rather bright colors, probably because they recently molted.

After the walk I paid a brief visit to Arnold Ln on the south side of the center but it wasn’t very productive either.

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 – MFF01, Loudoun, Virginia, US Feb 27, 2016 8:00 AM – 11:10 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

Comments:     The group spent 2.5 hours around the Education Center and along the Farmstead Loop. After the main walk I drove down Arnold Lane which was also pretty quiet.

28 species

Canada Goose  X
Wood Duck  6
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  10
Cooper’s Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  3
Mourning Dove  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
American Crow  X
Fish Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  X
Tufted Titmouse  X
Carolina Wren  3
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  15
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  2
Field Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  12
White-throated Sparrow  12
Song Sparrow  5
Swamp Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  7
Red-winged Blackbird  50     a flyover flock
American Goldfinch  3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27846973

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



Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

22 birders came out for a nice morning of birding at the BRCES in western Loudoun County on October 25th. This was the monthly walk (every fourth Saturday) sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy. Donna Quinn and Larry Meade were the leaders.

Perhaps the most interesting bird was an Orange-crowned Warbler found near the parking lot. At first we did not get a good enough look at the bird for a positive ID, but the bird later appeared out in the open for better views.

We also found several White-crowned Sparrows, both Kinglets, several Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and Dark-eyed Juncos.

Butterflies included four Monarchs, Common Buckeyes, a Common Checkered-Skipper, Cabbage Whites, and a Clouded Sulphur. The only dragonfly was an Autumn Meadowhawk.

Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship – MFF01, Loudoun,
US-VA Oct 25, 2014 8:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
33 species
Canada Goose 2, Great Blue Heron 1, Turkey Vulture 5, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 6, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 6, Downy Woodpecker 4, Northern Flicker 3, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 8, American Crow 14, Carolina Chickadee 20, Tufted Titmouse 14, White-breasted Nuthatch 5, House Wren 1, Carolina Wren 5, Golden-crowned Kinglet 5, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 15, Eastern Bluebird 4, American Robin 40, Northern Mockingbird 1, Cedar Waxwing 10, Orange-crowned Warbler 1, Yellow-rumped Warbler 7, Field Sparrow 6, Song Sparrow 15, White-throated Sparrow 17, White-crowned Sparrow 6, Dark-eyed Junco 4, Northern Cardinal 10, House Finch 6, American Goldfinch 10, House Sparrow 8


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


The Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy has begun surveying the flora & fauna at the future White’s Ford Park in the Lucketts area of Loudoun County and paid a visit to the property this past Monday and Saturday. 

Most of the property is being farmed at this time and there are cattle on part of it and crops on other parts.  In an area far back from the road that had recently been hayed there were large weedy patches that had not been cut. 

We were excited to find at least four DICKCISSELS. Two of them were a pair who checked out two different possible nesting sites in large patches of thistle that were surrounded by a recently bush-hogged and baled (round) hay. 

We also had a number of GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS (8 to 10).  In one case we inadvertently got too close to a Grasshopper Sparrow’s nest & it darted out the weeds and led us away with a distraction display. 

We also watched a TURKEY VULTURE leaving a small entrance in one of the old farm buildings and two different WILD TURKEYS in the fields of grain along the river.  We also saw three different immature BALD EAGLES, two of which were approx. the same age while the other was much younger.  Our other highlights included a calling WILLOW FLYCATCHER and both oriole species.


Eight birders, led by Sharon Kearns & assisted by Joe Coleman, visited the 1,000-acre Morven Park on Monday morning for one of the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s International Migratory Bird walks. 

Morven Park is a large property which is not only the historic home of Governor Westmoreland Davis but includes several hundred acres of mature forest along the Catoctin Ridge.  Sharon has lived next door to Morven Park for years & is very familiar with its trails.
While the highlight of the walk was a butterfly, the White M Hairstreak (which I will post about separately), we also found over 50 species of birds including several thrush species, a 1/2 dozen warblers, and had dynamite looks at eye-level Scarlet Tanagers.  Before the walk started, Sharon had a Great-horned Owl calling at her house.
We observed:
Canada Goose, Mallard, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Killdeer, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swifts, Red-bellied WP, Downy WP, Pileated WP, Eastern Wood-pewee, Acadian Flycatcher, Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Common Raven, Tree, Swallow, Barn Swallow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Bluebird, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH at least one, maybe two, Swainson’s Thrush – at least three, Wood Thrush, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, European Starling, Northern Parula, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Ovenbird, Chipping Sparrow, Scarlet Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Indigo Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow