Celebrate Birds, Go Birding!
While bird migration occurs year-round, from late April through early June millions of birds journey north from their wintering grounds. Some will stay and nest here, but many will only stay in our area long enough to feed and replenish their strength before heading further north. As a result it is possible to observe over 100 species of birds in a single day. To celebrate this phenomenon Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy is sponsoring a number of bird walks, all of which start at 8:00 a.m., at hotspots throughout the county from April 27 through mid-May ─ the peak of migration in our area.
Join us for one or more of these walks. Registration is required for all but the Banshee Reeks and Blue Ridge Center walks. Please click on the event name to register.
— Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship — Saturday, April 27. The center, a future state park, is 894 acres of diverse habitat consisting of vernal pools, meadows, ponds, streams and a rich oak-hickory forest in northwestern Loudoun County. Not only does it border the Appalachian Trail, it is only a couple of miles from the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. It serves as a wonderful sanctuary for Loudoun wildlife with numerous bird species utilizing its richness.
– Goodstone Inn & Restaurant — Saturday, April 27 (rain date May 3). Join Mary Ann Good and Linda Millington for a bird walk at this private country estate in southwestern Loudoun. Goodstone has trails along the Goose Creek and in surrounding fields and old woods just a couple miles north of Middleburg. Meet at the lower parking lot of the Inn. Limit 15.
– Algonkian Regional Park ― Sunday, April 28. Join Allison Gallo and Bryan Henson on a search for birds at this popular large park in eastern Loudoun bordering the Potomac River. The rich bottomland forests, extensive wetlands, and grassy areas that comprise the park are home to numerous species of birds. Limit 20.
– Blackburn Trail Center on the Appalachian Trail — Wednesday, May 1. Join Joe Coleman and Mary Ann Good for a walk at the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club’s Blackburn Center and the nearby Appalachian Trail. Because of the heavy forest this can be a good location for deep-forest inhabitants such as thrushes and warblers. While the Appalachian Trail is relatively level in this area, the ascent up to the trail from the center is steep. Because of limited parking at the Blackburn Center we may need to meet in Round Hill and carpool to the center. Limit 12.
– Beagle Club/Institute Farm — Saturday, May 4. Join Emily Southgate and Linda Millington who, with special permission, will visit the Institute Farm, the home of the National Beagle Club of North America and on the National Register of Historic Places. The farm’s brushy, scrubby intermediate habitat, bordered by mature forests, is home to many thicket-loving bird species. This group will also visit a nearby large farm which includes a large lake and extensive fields. Limit 15.
– Banshee Reeks — Saturday, May 11. Join Joe Coleman and Dori Rhodes at Banshee Reeks which was established as a nature preserve in 1999. In addition to a mile of Goose Creek frontage, Banshee has a great diversity of habitats on its 695 acres ranging from wetlands and ponds to mixed hardwood forests of oak and hickory to wonderful meadows laden with milkweed, goldenrod, and thistle. Numerous trails wind their way through these various habitats and are great for birding.
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