Seventeen birders came for the March birdwalk at Banshee Reeks. The temperature was around freezing with a breeze and very bright sun.
The walk is sponsored by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and The Friends of Banshee Reeks and is held on the second Saturday of every month at 8 am.
The 44 species seen compares favorably with the totals from the last six years with a flyover of NORTHERN PINTAILS being the only new bird seen. We had a nice vanguard of TREE SWALLOWS.
The complete list follows:
Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Northern Pintail, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestral, Ring-billed Gull, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied SapsuckerDowny Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Blue Jay, American Crow, Fish Crow, Tree Swallow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-brested Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Carolina Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, American Goldfinch.