By Bryan Henson
Our group of 10 birders at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve found the birding to be a little quiet. Our highlights were Common Mergansers (poor views along Goose Creek) and all 7 expected woodpecker species (particularly Red-headed Woodpeckers along Cathedral trail). A few Hermit Thrushes were heard but unfortunately unseen. The rain dampened the end of the walk, but not our enthusiasm.
Special thanks to Bruce Hill and Andy Rabin for their time and excellent birding skills.
The eBird checklist can be found at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42637537.
The regular monthly free bird walk (every second Saturday) at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve is sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and the Friends of Banshee Reeks.