Date: 7/8/17 2:40 pm From: Peter Frechtel via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] worm-eating warbler, Bull Run Mountains
I took a hike this morning in the Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve, in Prince William and Fauquier County. I was curious to see if there were any summer residents there that I can't find closer to home at places like Scotts Run and Huntley Meadows, both in Fairfax County. The only bird I'd put in that category is a worm-eating warbler, heard singing in the northwestern part of the preserve.
Also, I haven't seen the brown thrashers in Falls Church since that one week in mid-June when they were out every day. They were in the grass next to the W&OD bike path. They may still be there hanging out in the thick shrubbery-there's plenty of that nearby. Maybe they were only out on the grass exploiting some short-term food source (cicadas?). I noticed that when they were out there, so were lots of other birds, mainly house and song sparrows. It's not nearly as lively now.