When the Banshee Reeks Bird Walk was cancelled this morning I decided to visit Sky Meadows State Park in northwestern Fauquier County to see what I could find. I was not disappointed as I saw my first LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE in several months at about 10:00 am. The single Loggerhead Shrike, approx. 100 feet from the rd, was on the east side of Rt. 17 right before you get to the parking lot in front of the stable. It was in the scrub between the paved road and Rt. 17. I watched it for several minutes - it was still there when I left. It took turns between perching in a small tree and flycatching. When I first got there I took a quick walk on the Nature Trail and the first part of the Bridle Trail where the most int'ng bird I saw was a fleeting glance at a Swamp Sparrow. There was also one Red-tailed Hawk and one perching, silent Raven along w/about a dozen Mockingbirds, several Field Sparrow and lots of Song Sparrows. Most of the other species one expects to see in this area were also present (i.e., Crows, Bluebirds, Gold Finches, etc.). Not surprisingly, I did not see any Red-headed Woodpeckers in this area as they are not as common in this section of the park. One Fox Squirrel, always a pleasure to see, crossed the Bridle Trail while I was on it. Joe Coleman near Bluemont, VA 540-554-2542 or jandkcoleman@xxxxxxxxx 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.