Birding Banshee – Migration Underway!
The twelve people on yesterday’s morning walk at Banshee found 56 species. The highlights were the 10 warbler species along with one NORTHERN HARRIER, three YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS, and a RAVEN and an almost complete lack of sparrows. Many of the warblers, some adults and many first year birds, were well-seen by the entire group.
The regular monthly free bird walk (every 2nd Sat) 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 the websites above. On these Saturdays, depending on the weather & the time of the year, we often visit the Dulles Greenway Wetlands Mitigation Project either before or after the Banshee walk.
Joe Coleman, near Bluemont, Loudoun Co
Location: Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve – MFF08
Observation date: 9/11/10
Number of species: 56
Canada Goose, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Killdeer, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Barred Owl, Chimney Swift, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted), Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Common Raven, Tree 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, Cedar Waxwing, Northern Parula, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Palm Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, Eastern Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Indigo Bunting, Common Grackle, Baltimore Oriole, House Finch, American Goldfinch