Date: 9/23/17 1:53 pm
From: Joe Coleman via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Birds seen Blue Ridge Center (Lo Co), Sept 23
Ten people showed up on a beautiful and crisp (54 when we started) fall
morning for the regular (every 4th Sat.) bird walk by the Loudoun Wildlife
Conservancy at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship. While
fog lay heavy in several places it cleared before long and we found a fair
amount of migratory activity. As the day warmed up several varieties of
butterflies were also seen. Our highlights included good looks at a Merlin,
a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, a Least Flycatcher, a Philadelphia Vireo, four
Ruby-crowned Kinglets, two female Orchard Orioles, and several mixed flocks.
While it was tough to ID all the birds in the mixed flocks because of their
activity, they included Magnolia Warblers (our most common warbler), most of
the Ruby-crowned Kinglets, the Philadelphia Vireo, and the two
Black-and-white Warblers. Indigo Buntings, House Wrens, Field Sparrows, and
Common Yellowthroats and most of the butterflies turned up in the meadows
managed for wildlife which were beautiful with goldenrod. Numerous Cedar
Waxwing flocks flew back and forth over our heads with one large flock of
Brown-head Cowbirds flying overhead as we were checking out the Monarch
Waystation at the end of the walk.

The butterflies included at least 10 Monarchs, a Tiger Swallowtail, Cabbage
Whites, Eastern-tailed Blues, Pearl Crescents, 2 Painted Ladies, a Common
Buckeye, and a Northern Pearly Eye.

For a list of the birds see below.

Information on the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship can be
found at < <>>

Information on the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and its many free activities
can be found at < <>> <>

Good birding,

Joe Coleman, Jane Yocom, Bryan Henson, & Allison Gallo

Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, Loudoun, Virginia, US Sep
23, 2017 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.1 mile(s)

47 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 35

Black Vulture 12

Turkey Vulture 19

Osprey 1

Red-shouldered Hawk 2

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 perched & well-seen by the group

Red-bellied Woodpecker 6

Downy Woodpecker 5

Hairy Woodpecker 4

Northern Flicker 2

Pileated Woodpecker 5

Merlin 1

Eastern Wood-Pewee 2

Least Flycatcher 1

Empidonax sp. 3

Eastern Phoebe 4

Great Crested Flycatcher 1

Philadelphia Vireo 1

Red-eyed Vireo 2

Blue Jay 13

American Crow 12

Fish Crow 1

Northern Rough-winged Swallow 17

Carolina Chickadee 10

Tufted Titmouse 6

White-breasted Nuthatch 4

House Wren 3

Carolina Wren 8

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4

Eastern Bluebird 4

Gray-cheeked Thrush 1

American Robin 2

Gray Catbird 6

Brown Thrasher 2

Black-and-white Warbler 2

Common Yellowthroat 3

American Redstart 1

Magnolia Warbler 5

Black-throated Green Warbler 1

Chipping Sparrow 1

Field Sparrow 5

Northern Cardinal 9

Indigo Bunting 8

Orchard Oriole 2 Were seen in the distance high in a tree interacting
with a Red-bellied WP allowing us to compare the size which was a little
smaller than the Red-bellied. Both were obviously yellow on the body &
throat from a distance with somewhat darker wings. Posture and bill was
oriole-like rather than like a tanager.

Brown-headed Cowbird 80

American Goldfinch 4

House Sparrow 2

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