Our team of three spent the afternoon of Friday May 5th through this afternoon (hoping to void incoming rain) participating in the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy birdathon. While the goal is to raise money for Loudoun Wildlife, an active conservancy organization that we strongly support (you can donate at https://loudounwildlife.org/2017/03/birdathon-donation-form/ if so moved), a lot of birding is involved.
We ended up with a little over 100 species for the 24 hour period. Only birds seen from within Loudoun county were counted.
*Highlights included:* Bay-breasted Warbler at Algonkian Park A lone Rusty Blackbird was seen/heard at Algonkian Park A flock of Bobolinks heard and spotted at Bles Park Beautiful Cape May Warblers at Morven Park FOS Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Algonkian Park Yellow Warblers (several locations) Orioles, vireos and grasshopper sparrows were back in force and singing strongly at multiple locations
Waterfowl were scare and shorebirds were limited (high water levels?) to Solitary and Spotted Sandpipers. We had several misses: Great Horned Owl, Broad-winged Hawk, grosbeaks and many missed warblers (too many to list!).
We wrapped up a little before the rain started and headed to a well timed lunch at a local Mexican restaurant.
All the (23!) checklists are in eBird.
Happy Cinco de Mayo, Bryan Henson Sterling, VA
*Non-avian sightings:* Butterflies: Black Swallowtail, Pearl Crescent, American Lady, Tiger Swallowtail, sulphurs Common Green Darner, Fragile Forktail, probable Carolina Saddlebags Eastern Painted Turtle baby - maybe about an 1 to 1.5 inches long - very cute! *** You are subscribed to VA-bird as <lists...> If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit https://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***