Eight birders came to Banshee Reeks yesterday for the monthly bird walk on a very damp, overcast day.
The monthly walk at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve in Loudoun County is sponsored by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and the Friends of Banshee Reeks. This walk also supported the International Migratory Bird Day.
A total of 57 species were recorded. Highlights included a couple large flocks of Cedar Waxwings, a bare tree full of American Goldfinches and a dead tree with Tree Swallow, American Bluebird and Carolina Chickadee using nesting holes in the same tree. The complete list follows:
Canada Goose, Mallard, Great Blue Heron, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawk, American Kestral, Soiltary Sandpiper, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Wood Pewee, Acadian Flycatcher, Eastern Phoebe, Great-crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Fish Crow, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Blue-grey Gnatcatcher, Eastern Bluebird, Wood Thrush, American Robin, Grey Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Blue Grossbeak, Indigo Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, American Goldfinch