Entries tagged with “Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship”.


Fox squirrrel

Fox squirrrel

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

 

Field Sparrow.  Photo by Diane Nastase

Field Sparrow.
Photo by Diane Nastase

Song sparrow. Photo by Diane Nastase

Song sparrow.
Photo by Diane Nastase

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

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

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

Joe Coleman

 

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

Protocol: Traveling

3.0 mile(s)

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

32 species

Black Vulture  15

Turkey Vulture  10

Sharp-shinned Hawk  1

Red-shouldered Hawk  2

Red-tailed Hawk  1

Red-bellied Woodpecker  6

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1

Downy Woodpecker  4

Hairy Woodpecker  1

Eastern Phoebe  2

Blue Jay  10

American Crow  7

Carolina Chickadee  12

Tufted Titmouse  7

White-breasted Nuthatch  3

Brown Creeper  1

Carolina Wren  2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet  6

Eastern Bluebird  5

Hermit Thrush  2

Gray Catbird  1

Northern Mockingbird  1

European Starling  200

Cedar Waxwing  25

Yellow-rumped Warbler  5

Chipping Sparrow  2

Field Sparrow  4

White-throated Sparrow  8

Song Sparrow  6

Northern Cardinal  8

Red-winged Blackbird  15

American Goldfinch  3

 

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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.
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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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Ten people showed up for Saturday morning’s Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy bird walk at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship in the northwestern corner of Loudoun County. While there may have been fewer species of butterflies (17) than there were birds (33), there more a lot more butterfly individuals. During the very humid walk with temps rising from a low of 67 to a high of 82, we visited portions of the Sweet Run Loop and Butterfly Alley on the south side of the center where there was a wide variety of native wildflowers in bloom with lots of butterflies nectaring on them.

The well-seen bird highlights were two White-eyed Vireos, two fledgling Chipping Sparrows, a male American Goldfinch feeding a recently fledged goldfinch, and while not uncommon, a beautiful Great Crested Flycatcher that posed for us in the open. Another poser was a Northern Rough-winged Swallow on a line over the Visitor Center parking lot. We were especially pleased to see a dozen Monarchs as well as two Monarch caterpillars (one a late instar and the other an early instar) on Common Milkweed, which was plentiful in all the different meadows, as well as about the same number of Great Spangled Fritillaries, which were highly fond of the various thistle plants. We also saw two Cicada Killers, one of which was holding a large moth as it flew in front of us.

Butterflies seen included 2 Black Swallowtails, 75 Eastern Tiger Swallowtails, 10 Spicebush Swallowtails, 2 Clouded Sulphur, 2 Orange Sulphur, 12 Eastern Tailed-Blues, 12 Great Spangled Fritillaries, 3 Pearl Crescents, 1 Mourning Cloak, 4 Red-spotted Purple, 2 Hackberry Emperors (both of which were attracted to the salt on various participants),  1 Northern Pearly-eye, 12 Monarchs (& 2 cats), 1 Silver-spotted Skipper, 1 Least Skipper, and a dozen Dun Skippers (10 of which were on one thistle plant).

American Goldfinches

American Goldfinches feeding! Photo by Diane Nastase

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

BRCES–Sawmill and Butterfly Alley, Loudoun, Virginia, US Aug 27, 2016 8:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.7 mile(s)

Comments:     Regular monthly bird walk by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy at the Blue Ridge Center; led by Joe Coleman & Del Sargent and assisted by Jane Yocom, Pidge Troha and others.

33 species (+1 other taxa)

Black Vulture  1

Turkey Vulture  2

Cooper’s Hawk  1

Red-tailed Hawk  1

Mourning Dove  2

Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2

Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3

Red-bellied Woodpecker  3

Downy Woodpecker  2

Eastern Wood-Pewee  2

Empidonax sp.  1

Great Crested Flycatcher  3

Eastern Kingbird  5

White-eyed Vireo  2

Red-eyed Vireo  2

Blue Jay  1

American Crow  2

Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2

Tree Swallow  3

Carolina Chickadee  2

Tufted Titmouse  1

White-breasted Nuthatch  1

Carolina Wren  2

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3

Eastern Bluebird  6

American Robin  1

Gray Catbird  1

Brown Thrasher  3

Cedar Waxwing  15

Chipping Sparrow  2

Field Sparrow  2

Northern Cardinal  2

Indigo Bunting  3

American Goldfinch  18

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

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

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting.
Photo by Del Sargent

Green Heron.  Photo by Diane Nastase

Green Heron.
Photo by Diane Nastase

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

Del Sargent
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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

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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

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

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

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

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

Reported by Joe Coleman
Edited/Posted by Sarah Steadman

The complete list follows:

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

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

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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

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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)

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