- In all, Loudoun recorded 5 new bird species to eBird in 2020. - 229 species (9th in the state) were found during 2020 across 7500+ checklists (4th in the state). - 229 is a bit less than the banner year we had in 2018 where 236 species were found in the county, but certainly one of our most successful years for finding species diversity.
Allison had a great year - 214 species in eBird, with a handful of those technically in Montgomery County (Red-throated Loon, Black Scoter) for 212 county species for the year in Loudoun! That would be one more than any previous county year that I'm aware of.
Personally, I added 14 new birds to my county list, so I was very happy with how local birding went this year.
I birded Algonkian Park mostly all year. During the initial pandemic shutdown, they closed the road into the park. This enabled the possibility of birding the road without concern of being run over by a car and being able to hear birds along the road. This led to finding a Hooded Warbler ( https://ebird.org/checklist/S67893845 ) in a spot that isn't commonly birded just off the road. When birding Algonkian Park in normal times, we often drive down to the boat ramp or the waterpark area and start birding there. With the road closed, we ended up birding some of the paths that we might normally skip over in the car. It was a great year in the park. In total, the park recorded 185 species in eBird. With 10 new species being recorded, moving the lifetime hotspot total in eBird up to 217 species. Highlights at the park not mentioned above include Kentucky Warbler (first found in many years), Cerulean Warbler ( https://ebird.org/checklist/S68035035 ), Golden-winged Warbler ( https://ebird.org/checklist/S68696501 ), Black-billed Cuckoo, Evening Grosbeak (heard), and Olive-sided Flycatcher (during a NVBC walk!!).
Unfortunately, one of our birder friends, AR, moved out of the area and is enjoying different birding scenery in Florida. AR birded Algonkian pretty much every day (informally at least), so we'll miss running into him and all the wonderful birds he used to find around here.
*Bird Trends I noticed:* More commonly found than typical years:
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