Cerulean warblers and more at BRCES
On Saturday, June 27, we had our monthly bird walk at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship. Sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and led by Joe Coleman, 5 warbler species were found, along with 36 other species. Highlights were 2 singing Cerulean Warblers, Worm-eating Warbler, Ovenbird, Louisiana Waterthrush, and several Common Yellowthroats. The Wormie came in to scold us, making us wonder if its nest was nearby. We heard several Wood Thrushes and Scarlet Tanagers, catching glimpses of both, and heard just one Yellow-billed Cuckoo. A Black Vulture emerged from one of the abandoned houses in the old settlement, where it likely has its nest.
Following is the complete list of birds seen:
Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Red-shouldered Hawk, Mourning Dove, Yellow-billed Cuckoo – 1, Ruby-throated Hummingbird watching us from a telephone wire, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, No. Flicker, E. Wood-Pewee, Acadian Flycatcher – 4, E. Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher – 3, Red-eyed Vireo – 6, Blue Jay, Am. Crow, Tree Swallow, Car. Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, House Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 4, E. Bluebird, Wood Thrush – 6, Am. Robin, Eur. Starling, Cedar Waxwing – 5, Cerulean Warbler – 2, Worm-eating Warbler – 1, Ovenbird – 1, Louisiana Waterthrush – 1, Common Yellowthroat – 3, Scarlet Tanager – 3, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, No. Cardinal, Indigo Bunting, Com. Grackle, Am. Goldfinch