"We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."  - Aldo Leopold

in Haymarket, Virginia

 June 4, 2016: Below is the list noted by the Northern Virginia Bird Club on Saturday, June 4, 2016 which included 55 species:

Canada Goose: 7
Wood Duck: 5
Mallard: 4
Great Blue Heron: 1
Green Heron: 5
Turkey Vulture: 2
Osprey: 1 (Flyover)
Killdeer: 4 (Flyovers)
Mourning Dove: 5
Yellow-billed Cuckoo: 1 (Heard only by most people, a few saw the bird)
Chimney Swift: 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker: 3
Downy Woodpecker: 2
Pileated Woodpecker: 1 (Heard only)
Eastern Wood-Pewee: 2
Willow Flycatcher: 1 (Long-distance scope view across the marsh)
Eastern Phoebe: 1
Great Crested Flycatcher: 1
Eastern Kingbird: 4
White-eyed Vireo: 3 (Heard only)
Red-eyed Vireo: 1
Blue Jay: 2
American Crow: 4
Fish Crow: 1
Crow sp.: 6
Tree Swallow: 6
Barn Swallow: 9
Carolina Chickadee: 1 (Heard only)
Tufted Titmouse: 6
Carolina Wren: 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher: 8
Eastern Bluebird: 5
American Robin: 4
Gray Catbird: 2
Brown Thrasher: 1
Northern Mockingbird: 3
European Starling: 20
Cedar Waxwing: 5
Common Yellowthroat: 20
Prairie Warbler: 8
Yellow-breasted Chat: 2 (Heard only)
Chipping Sparrow: 3 (At the feeders)
Field Sparrow: 15
Song Sparrow: 1
Eastern Towhee: 5
Northern Cardinal: 9
Blue Grosbeak: 2
Indigo Bunting: 7
Red-winged Blackbird: 40
Common Grackle: 30
Brown-headed Cowbird: 5
Orchard Oriole: 3
Baltimore Oriole: 1
House Finch: 9 (Most at the feeders)
American Goldfinch: 16
House Sparrow: 1 (Male at the feeders)

                                                                                                                                Many thanks to Amy Wolfe-Tutt for sharing her wonderful bird photographs!

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________May 31, 2016: Local bird expert Lyt Wood visited Leopold's Preserve and noted the following species:

Great blue heron
Great egret
Green heron
Redwing blackbird
Broadwing hawk
Red-tailed hawk
Red-shouldered hawk
Turkey vulture
Black vulture
Indigo bunting
Orchard oriole
Canada goose
Blue jay
American crow
Red-eyed vireo
White-eyed vireo
Wood duck
Field sparrow
Chipping sparrow
Carolina chickadee
Barn swallow
Tree swallow
Prairie warbler
Yellow-Breasted chat
Red-headed woodpecker
Red-bellied woodpecker
Downy woodpecker
Hairy woodpecker
White-breasted nuthatch
Tufted titmouse
Crested flycatcher
Blue-gray gnatcatcher
Cedar waxwing
Yellow-billed cuckoo

December 18, 2016:We were glad to participate in the National Audubon Society's Christmas bird count this year with local birding experts. A cool rainy morning in December did not encourage birds to be out and active, but 29 species were still noted at Leopold's Preserve! Many thanks to our volunteers George Alapas and Deborah!

September 14, 2016: Mr. Fred Atwood conducted a bird count at the Preserve and noted 39 species! Click here for the full list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31583204   

We are delighted with the number and diversity of birds at Leopold's Preserve and encourage everyone to visit in order to view and appreciate the many species of year-round residents and migratory species that stop by on their way north or south. Feel free to share your tallies with us! The Preserve is a birding hotspot with 113 bird lists and 122 species noted by volunteers through the ebird program.

September 8, 2016:  We enjoyed our naturalist stroll with expert Lyt Wood on September 8, 2016 at Leopold's Preserve. The walk, focusing on "Flying Things - birds, butterflies, dragonflies and clouds revealed many species in two hours. Here is the list of birds Mr. Wood identified:

Belted kingfisher, Canada goose, Carolina wren, catbird, cowbird, chimney swift, goldfinch,  green heron, indigo bunting, killdeer, mallard, mockingbird, mourning dove, ,red-shouldered hawk,  tufted titmouse, turkey vulture, white-breasted nuthatch.

In addition, Mr. Wood noted the following butterflies: buckeye, eastern tailed blue, hackberry emporer, least skipper, monarch, orange sulphur, pearl crescent, spicebush swallowtail, wood nymph and variegated fritillary.

For our dragonflies and damselflies we noted black saddlebags, common whitetail, eastern pondhawk, green darner, halloween pennant, and wandering glider.

For photos of some of these species, visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LeopoldsPreserve/photos/?tab=album&album_id=962110387230881