On Sept. 13, 10 die-hard birders showed up in the rain for the regular monthly Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve bird walk. We split into two groups, one led by Kurt Gaskill, one by me. Both leaders were assisted by a lot of very good birders. Before and after the Banshee Reeks walks a few people visited the Dulles Greenway Wetlands Mitigation Project (DGWMP) which is immed. to the west of Banshee. A total of 58 species were observed at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve (www.bansheereeks.org) and at the nearby Dulles Wetlands. While the rain kept the totals down there were some int'g birds. They were: Virginia Rail, Sora, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Bank Swallow, Cliff Swallow and Marsh Wren at the DGWMP and a female/HY Rose-breasted Grosbeak at Banshee. Also observed was 1 Red-headed Woodpeckers. Also, Banshee Reeks is now open to the general public from 8 am to 4 pm on the 3rd weekend of every month (Sept. 20 and 21 this month). The complete list follows (the first number is Banshee, the 2nd the Wetlands): Great Blue Heron 0/2 Great Egret 0/4 Green Heron 1/1 Canada Goose 10/250 Mallard 1/8 Blue-winged Teal 0/1 Northern Shoveler 0/7 Osprey 1/0 Bald Eagle 0/1 Red-tailed Hawk 1/0 Am Kestrel 1 Virginia Rail 0/1 Sora 0/2 Killdeer 0/5 Greater Yellowlegs 0/2 Solitary Sandpiper 0/1 Rock Dove 2 Mourning Dove 15 Chimney Swift 0/12 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 8/3 Belted Kingfisher 3/1 Red-headed Woodpecker 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 4 Northern Flicker 2/2 Pileated Woodpecker 2 Eastern Wood-Peewee 3 Eastern Phoebe 2 Blue Jay 18/5 Am Crow 7/2 Crow, sp. 0/50 Tree Swallow 0/24 Bank Swallow 0/3 Cliff Swallow 0/1 Carolina Chickadee 3 Tufted Titmouse 2 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Carolina Wren 0/1 House Wren 0/1 Marsh Wren 0/1 Wood Thrush 1 Am Robin 1 Gray Catbird 48/4 No Mockingbird 7 Brown Thrasher 2 European Starling 27 Magnolia Warbler 1 Common Yellowthroat 14/8 Eastern Towhee 9 Field Sparrow 3 Song Sparrow 0/2 No Cardinal 10/6 Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 Indigo Bunting 6 Red-winged Blackbird 0/125 Orchard Oriole 1 Am Goldfinch 15/2 Joe Coleman, near Bluemont, VA jandkcoleman@xxxxxxxxx or 540-554-2542 You are subscribed to VA-BIRD. To post to this mailing list, simply send email to va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe, send email to va-bird-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field.