The 15 birders at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve found 44 species, with another 5 found on a pre-walk visit to the nearby Dulles Wetlands yesterday morning. The wetlands held a pair of Bald Eagles but not much other variety, with Mallards, Black Duck, and Green-winged Teal the only waterfowl and Killdeer the only shorebirds. The group enjoyed looks at 3 flyover Ravens, a Winter Wren, and several Fox Sparrows on the beautiful fall morning.
Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Canada Goose, Am. Black Duck, Mallard,Green-winged Teal (W), Bald Eagle – 3 (pair W, juvenile BR), Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Am. Kestrel (spotted across Goose Creek at Courtlands Farm), Killdeer (W), Ring-billed Gull, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, No. Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Am. Crow, Fish Crow, C. Raven – 3, Car. Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Car. Wren, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, E. Bluebird, Am. Robin, E. Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher (W), Cedar Waxwing, Yellow-rumped Warbler (W), Towhee, Field Sparrow, Fox Sparrow – 7, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow (W), White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, No. Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Purple Finch – 2 (seen by a few), House Finch, Am. Goldfinch
Mary Ann Good