Date: 3/11/17 2:20 pm From: Joe Coleman <joecoleman...> Subject: [Va-bird] Banshee Reeks and Dulles Greenway Wetlands Bird Walk Results
Four of us showed up for the regular monthly bird walk at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve this morning. In spite of the beginning (25) and ending (32) temps it was a very pleasant morning for a bird walk. While there weren't a lot of species, we did find a first-of-year (for most of us) Eastern Phoebe. However, except for a few large mixed flocks there weren't a lot of birds.
After we finished at Banshee Reeks three of us went over to the private (restricted access) Dulles Greenway Wetlands Mitigation Project to see what work the bluebird trail (managed by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy) might need. It had warmed up to 35 by then but since the Wetlands is largely sheltered from the west winds it wasn't bad. Because the beavers have been very successful in building a dam at the Dulles Greenway Wetlands spillway there is much more water on the wetlands than there used to be. Not only is there little exposed mud for shorebirds, the ducks can easily hide in the extensive scrub, much of which has its feet in water. The ducks that were there were rather skittish, perhaps because of the active Bald Eagle nest there or for some other reason. In addition to a Bald Eagle sitting in the nest we saw a variety of ducks and 2 Am Coots (see below for the complete list) and a number of ducks we were unable to ID as they darted this way & that in the sky & the scrub.
For a complete list of the birds observed at Banshee Reeks and the Dulles Greenway Wetlands pls see the eBird reports below.
The regular monthly free bird walk (every 2nd Sat) at the Banshee Reeks Nature preserve is sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy ( <http://www.loudounwildlife.org> www.loudounwildlife.org) & the Friends of Banshee Reeks ( <http://www.bansheereeks.org> www.bansheereeks.org ); information on both and their upcoming events can be found on their websites. While there are no regular walks at the private Dulles Greenway Wetlands Mitigation Project which has restricted access we do periodically survey the birds there and occasionally lead walks there - check out our website for
Good birding (regardless of the weather)!
Joe Coleman for the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy
Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, Loudoun, Virginia, US Mar 11, 2017 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM