[va-bird] Epilogue: RE: Birds Seen at the Blue Ridge Center (Loudoun Co), August 27

  • From: "Kurt Gaskill" <KurtCapt87@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <jandkcoleman@xxxxxxxxx>, "'VA-Bird'" <va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2005 19:37:59 -0400



After Joe departed, I headed off the small side road that joins Sawmill Rd -
Arnold's Lane on mapblast.com (by the way, an excellent way of getting
directions from your doorstep) or Rt 685.  In the woods over the road was a
singing Cerulean Warbler which I thought was unusual this time of year - did
not see any young Ceruleans.  Also noted a Yellow-throated Vireo.


I visited a few other locations below the ridge south of BRCES in Loudoun Co
(and all north of Rt7), but the rain kept bird activity muted.  I did note a
nice flycatcher group on Appalachian Trail Rd (Rt 713 left hand fork off of
Rt 719 according to topozone.com).which consisted of E. Wood Pewees, Acadian
Flycatcher, two Willow Flycatchers, and a Least Flycatcher.


Kurt Gaskill


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Sent: Saturday, August 27, 2005 4:45 PM
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Subject: [va-bird] Birds Seen at the Blue Ridge Center (Loudoun Co), August


In spite of a pretty decent rain, ten people participated in this morning's
walk at the 900 acre BRCES in northwestern Loudoun County.  Kurt Gaskill
assisted in leading the walk which found 45 species.  The highlight of the
walk were excellent views of a Least Flycatcher, a few warblers, and four
Bobolinks (HY birds w/rich buff-yellow throats).  Kurt also saw a Magnolia
Warbler, a Canada Warbler, and another Least Flycatcher in the same area as
the Least during a short visit before the walk.  First we walked the fields
near the Visitor Center and then we visited the field at the end of Sawmill
Rd (the most productive area).  All these fields looked like they would be
great for sparrows when they come through.


We saw

Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  10

Osprey 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
American Kestrel  1
Mourning Dove  8

Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2

Ruby-throated Hummingbird  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2

Eastern Wood-Peewee 5

Willow Flycatcher 1

Least Flycatcher 2
Eastern Phoebe  2

Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay 4
American Crow  10
Tree Swallow  4
Barn Swallow  12
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  7

House Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2

Gray Catbird  8
Brown Thrasher  1
European Starling  150

Cedar Waxwing  35
Magnolia Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  2

Canada Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee  5
Field Sparrow 4
Grasshopper Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal 6

Indigo Bunting   55

Bobolink 4
Am Goldfinch  8

Information on the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship can be
found at http://www.blueridgecenter.org/directions.html.   Information on
the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy 
can be found at www.loudounwildlife.org.

Joe Coleman

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