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Four people enjoyed Saturday morning’s beautiful weather at the regular (every fourth Saturday except for  December) monthly bird walk at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship (BRCES). Birding around the parking and garden area we were treated to four Common Ravens flying over the gardens. Flocks of Cedar Waxwings flew from treetop to treetop in the area and were still there when we finished our walk at 11 AM. There was a fairly constant stream of Blue Jays flying overhead the entire walk. Other highlights included decent looks at a Philadelphia Vireo, a Bald Eagle flying high above a kettle of vultures and a Pine Warbler. We also saw quite a few Monarch Butterflies, fueling up for their flight to Mexico. Del Sargent and Jane Yocom

Red-Bellied-Woodpecker-Feb-15-2007-1Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, Loudoun, Virginia, US
Sep 24, 2016 7:45 AM – 11:16 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Nice morning with a few clouds and temps in the low 70′s. With Del Sargent.
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.3.0 Build 86
38 species

Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 38
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 15
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 4
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 3
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 4
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 3
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 3
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens) 1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 5
Philadelphia Vireo (Vireo philadelphicus) 1
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 100
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 6
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 2
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 5
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 4
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 5
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 5
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 4
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 24
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 3
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) 4
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 45
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) 1
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 4
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) 6
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 6
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) 1
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) 3
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 40

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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


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


Fifteen people gathered for the regular (every 4th sat. except Dec.) bird walk at the Blue Ridge Center on a cold (15 degrees) but still and sunny morning.

The first couple of hours were spent around the Education Center and the Organic Farm while two people visited Arnold Rd afterwards and added a few more species.

We found lots of sparrows and other int’g birds in and along the edges of the overgrown fields around the Education Center, including at least 8 Fox Sparrows, a Savannah Sparrow, three Hermit Thrushes, and a single Purple Finch.

BRCES_Cedar_Waxwing_Flock_20141122-3Several of the Fox Sparrows and a couple of the Hermit Thrushes posed in bright sunlight so the photographers could carefully take their photos.

We also enjoyed watching a Sharp-shinned Hawk fly right overhead so its diagnostic characteristics could be clearly and easily described.

We also saw a large flock of Cedar Waxwings, first perched along the edge of one of the fields looking like Christmas ornaments, and then doing darting maneuvers in the sky while sharply reflecting the sun off their waxy bodies.

While cutting through the mature forest which borders two of the fields we found three different Brown Creepers which we able to spend some time watching as they gleaned insects and spiders in the crevices of the tree bark.

When we visited Arnold Rd we added a male American Kestrel, two Red-tails, and a loud Raven who flew right over our heads.

Also int’g were the misses, both kinglet species (surprising because they have been common around our homes in western Lo Co this past week) and White-crowned Sparrows.

While there haven’t been a lot of sightings of the latter in western Lo Co so far this fall, three were seen during last month’s walk at the center.

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, US-VA Nov 22, 2014 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s) (one walking, two driving)

37 species

Canada Goose X, Black Vulture 10, Turkey Vulture 8, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Red-shouldered Hawk 3, Red-tailed Hawk 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker 7, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1, Downy Woodpecker 3, Pileated Woodpecker 2, American Kestrel 1, Blue Jay X, American Crow X, Common Raven 1, Carolina Chickadee 11, Tufted Titmouse 2, Brown Creeper 3, Carolina Wren 2, Eastern Bluebird 8, Hermit Thrush 3, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling 1, Cedar Waxwing 40, Field Sparrow 5, Savannah Sparrow 1, Fox Sparrow 8, Song Sparrow 8, Swamp Sparrow 1, White-throated Sparrow 35, Dark-eyed Junco 15, Northern Cardinal 9, Brown-headed Cowbird 15, House Finch 6, Purple Finch 1, American Goldfinch 3, House Sparrow 1

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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 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

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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)


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

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,

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


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


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


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


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




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

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