VA BIRDers, I visited Loudoun County this morning, starting at Dulles Wetlands (which is near Oatlands) and then visited the area near the blue ridge foothills in the NW portion of the county. Highlights were the hawks - some activity was noted along the ridges today with Osprey, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk and several Broad-winged Hawks observed. All of these were seen near the Blue Ridge Center of Education near Neersville. I found that Yellow-billed Cuckoos were readily heard and seen today - I noted 8 and my activities were mainly confined to field edges; I noted CF at Dulles Wetlands. Only one Willow Flycatcher was noted, along the road to the AT trailhead northwest of Round Hill. Four Common Ravens were sparring with Turkey Vultures along the ridge east of Neersville. Three Purple Martins were noted, 2 were over BRCE fields. A telephone wire was the perch for 17 Bank Swallows. And I tallied 83 Barn Swallows during the morning's travels. A little bit of warbler activity was noted at Dulles Wetlands with a No. Parula showing up near a Yellow Warbler. A HY Yellow-breasted Chat flew across the road as another growled from the nearby scrub. Lastly, I noted a flock of about 150 Common Grackles along the ridge near BRCE, an adult Orchard Oriole at Dulles Wetlands and 2 adult Baltimore Orioles in the field along the road to the aforementioned AT trailhead. Kurt Gaskill 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.