Five birders came on a warm, clear and humid morning for the monthly birdwalk at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve in Loudoun. The walk sponsored by The Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and The Friends of Banshee Reeks is held on the second Saturday of the month and is open to all.
We had some great looks at Red-eyed Vireos, Acadian Flycatchers and Yellow-billed Cuckoos and observed a fair amount of breeding behavior including a recently-fledged Green Heron, agitated Indigo Buntings as well as a recently-fledged one, and a Red-eyed Vireo carrying food. After the walk three of the participants saw a family of five Great-crested Flycatchers with three fledglings patiently waiting for their parents to feed them.
A total of 44 species were recorded as follows:
Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Eastern Wood Pewee
Jane Yocom and Del Sargent