[va-bird] Banshee Reeks & the Dulles Wetlands, central Loudoun Co., July 12, 2003

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
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