Hermit Thrush and more on Blue Ridge Center Walk
The wind not only made it feel cold, it kept a lot of the birds down except in the well-sheltered stream valleys where we had great views of numerous Hermit Thrushes, a dozen Golden-crowned Kinglets (but not a single Ruby-crowned), Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, and several Brown Creepers.
When we were out in the open we also saw a number of raptors as well as a group of Common Ravens playing.
As during our previous recent walks, the 18 birders on the walk included a lot of beginners making the long views of some of the birds very rewarding.
For a complete list of the birds observed see below. Information on the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship can be found at http://www.blueridgecenter.org Information on the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and its many free activities can be found at www.loudounwildlife.org.
35 species: Canada Goose, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Cooper’s Hawk 1, Bald Eagle 2, Red-shouldered Hawk 2, Red-tailed Hawk 3, Mourning Dove 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 4, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 1, Pileated Woodpecker 1, American Kestrel 1, Blue Jay, American Crow, Common Raven 4, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper 4, Carolina Wren 6, Golden-crowned Kinglet 12, Eastern Bluebird, Hermit Thrush 8, American Robin 50, Northern Mockingbird 1, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing 1, Song Sparrow 12, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, American Goldfinch 1.