October Birds at the Blue Ridge Center
Seven birders came to the monthly (fourth Saturday) bird walk at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship in north-west Loudoun County held on October 26th. The walk is sponsored by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and is conducted the fourth Saturday of each month except December. It was a frosty morning (the first killing frost in Loudoun County)but no wind and sunny skies. A total of 32 species was recorded. We had large groups of both Ruby-Crowned and Golden-Crowned Kinglets, probably more than a dozen of both species were seen in several locations.
The complete list follows:
Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Blue-headed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Grey Catbird, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow
Many thanks to Del Sargent for helping lead the trip and preparing the report!