Eleven of us showed up for a very pleasant winter bird walk at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve on Saturday morning. While cold, it was bright & sunny and, most importantly, weather-wise NOT windy.
Unfortunately the birds didn’t show up as we had only 30 species though we did have great views at a couple of them including a Brown Creeper.
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 their websites.
Joe Coleman, near Bluemont, Loudoun Co
Canada Goose, Mallard 40, Black Vulture 2, Red-tailed Hawk 1, Ring-billed Gull 6, Rock Pigeon 6, Mourning Dove 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1, Downy Woodpecker 4, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 1, Blue Jay, American Crow, Common Raven 1, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Brown Creeper 1, Carolina Wren 1, Eastern Bluebird 12, Northern Mockingbird 5, Eastern Towhee 1, Field Sparrow 1, Song Sparrow 4, White-throated Sparrow 25, Dark-eyed Junco 12, Northern Cardinal 6, Red-winged Blackbird 20, American Goldfinch.