Date: 10/8/18 2:03 pm From: Bryan H via VA-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [VA-bird] Loudoun country birding highlights from the weekend
On this long weekend, we (and come companions) birded several times in Loudoun with the following highlights:
- Saturday at Algonkian Park <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48970811> - mosquitos were terrible and I literally had as many bites as species, but found FOS Brown Creeper and 4 warbler sp (Bay-breasted, Magnolia, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green) - Sunday - Tried to refind Jane's Connecticut Warbler (no such luck) at Mountain View Elementary <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49018192> (Purcellville) - FOS White-throated Sparrows, Swamp Sparrow and 9 warbler sp (Nashville, Common Yellowthroat, Cape May, Northern Parula, Blackpoll, Black-throated Blue, Palm, Pine, Black-throated Green) - Monday - Started at Morven Park <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49043969> with a good bit of fog - Pectoral Sandpiper, FOS Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Golden-crowned Kinglets, and 7 warbler sp (Black-and-white, Northern Parula, Magnolia, Black-throated Blue, Palm, Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Green) dominated in numbers by Yellow-rumped Warblers . We witnessed a shocking sight as a Cooper's Hawk captured and killed a Blue Jay. - Followed up with a trip to Rust Nature Sanctuary <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49052933> - Decent raptor migration overhead with Broad-winged Hawks, Cooper's Hawk, and Merlins. Also had 3 very vocal Common Ravens. But highlight of the walk surely was the serenade by the many Red-breasted Nuthatches (the area by the pond is filled with them). 4 warbler sp (Yellow-rumped, Magnolia, Blackpoll and Northern Parula) dominated by Yellow-rumped Warblers. Also had fantastic views of a late Yellow-throated Vireo. - Then we headed for a brief trip to the Lucketts area - Wild Turkeys, Meadowlarks and Kestrels were the highlights (and fairly expected species) there.