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31 Aug: @ 21:21:40  More Northern Virginia Mississippi Kite Nests . [Donald Sweig]
31 Aug: @ 17:59:09  Arlington kites: Wednesday [Donald Sweig]
31 Aug: @ 13:19:44  Common Nighthawks at Bent Mt., Roanoke County [joan Kinser]
31 Aug: @ 12:42:30  Arlington Kites [barb22030--- via va-bird]
31 Aug: @ 10:08:35  Blue winged Teal family at Lake of the Woods [Suzanne Stewart]
31 Aug: @ 08:53:02  FW: DC Area, 8/30/2016 [Joe Coleman]
31 Aug: @ 07:27:03  new arrivals at Monticello Park 30 August [Albright, Tom (USMS)]
31 Aug: @ 06:15:53  Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (30 Aug 2016) 8 Raptors [reports]
30 Aug: @ 21:14:54  Shorebird Viewing Hunting Creek from Rt 1 bike path bridge [Bill Hohenstein]
30 Aug: @ 21:01:23  yard birds in Fairfax 30 August: 4 warblers [Stephen Johnson]
30 Aug: @ 20:25:13 Re: Arlington kites: Juvenile Flying Well and High [Kurtcapt87]
30 Aug: @ 20:08:18  Fall migrants Pocosin Cabin/The Point Overlook, Shenandoah National Park [Ron Vogel]
30 Aug: @ 17:54:22  Arlington kites: Juvenile Flying Well and High [Donald Sweig]
30 Aug: @ 17:47:56  Harvey's Knob (30 Aug 2016) 4 Raptors [reports]
30 Aug: @ 17:02:18  Buff breasted sandpiper dyke marsh stone bridge [Kurt Gaskill]
30 Aug: @ 12:50:15  Flying Juvenile Mississippi kite [Donald Sweig]
30 Aug: @ 09:43:47  White-cheeked Pintail still at Chincoteague NWR 8/29/16 [Anna Stunkel]
29 Aug: @ 21:27:26  Fall Migration Gaining Momentum on Compton Mt [Roger Mayhorn]
29 Aug: @ 21:11:36  Mississippi Kites in Arlington, VA - 8/29/16 [janet anderson via va-bird]
29 Aug: @ 21:00:59  Yard Veery, Harrisonburg & Birdcast Migration forecasts [Diane L via va-bird]
29 Aug: @ 20:36:57  C.M. Crockett Park - Birds Observed and Update on Mourning Doves [KELLY K]
29 Aug: @ 18:46:00  Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (29 Aug 2016) 5 Raptors [reports]
29 Aug: @ 17:29:49  Arlington kites: Still There . . . [Donald Sweig]
29 Aug: @ 17:05:05  Harvey's Knob (29 Aug 2016) 3 Raptors [reports]
29 Aug: @ 14:21:29  Bobolinks & Y-B Flycatcher at Wilna Unit [Dave Youker via va-bird]
29 Aug: @ 13:44:25  Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
28 Aug: @ 21:25:16  Blue Ridge Parkway - Afton Mtn to Yankee Horse Ridge [Joe Coppock via va-bird]
28 Aug: @ 20:25:43  Snickers Gap (28 Aug 2016) 33 Raptors [reports]
28 Aug: @ 19:41:44  Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (28 Aug 2016) 20 Raptors - 4 BE [reports]
28 Aug: @ 18:50:30  Chincoteague Shorebird/Gull Survey August 26, 2016 [Joelle Buffa]
28 Aug: @ 17:43:36  Arlington Kites: Sunday [Donald Sweig]
28 Aug: @ 16:37:33  Mixed warbler flock along the Blue Ridge Parkway [Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick']
28 Aug: @ 16:20:21  Baird's Sandpiper Hunting Creek [Bill Hohenstein]
28 Aug: @ 16:18:07  Harvey's Knob (28 Aug 2016) 7 Raptors [reports]
28 Aug: @ 14:53:28  Manassas Battlefield migrants [Marc Ribaudo]
28 Aug: @ 13:56:14  Great Falls National Park Walk (Fairfax County) [Marshall Rawson via va-bird]
28 Aug: @ 13:39:43  middle peninsula shorebirds and terns Sat Aug 27 [Frederick Atwood via va-bird]
28 Aug: @ 13:25:36  Buff-breasted & Baird's Sandpipers - Staunton View Park [Paul Glass]
28 Aug: @ 13:16:04  27-28 August Monticello Park, Alexandria [Albright, Tom (USMS)]
28 Aug: @ 12:53:16  Dyke Marsh Walk for August 28 - Black Terns Continue [Larry Cartwright]
28 Aug: @ 12:48:34  Wild Turkeys & Miss Kite [Jeff Blalock]
28 Aug: @ 12:27:41  Merrimac Farm, Nokesville [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
28 Aug: @ 12:22:21  Eastern Whip-poor-will @ Union Springs, R'ham County [Kevin Shank]
28 Aug: @ 09:35:41  VSO Chincoteague trip - openings for boat trip [Meredith Bell]
27 Aug: @ 21:08:53  Arlington : Kites and Nighthawks [Donald Sweig]
27 Aug: @ 20:48:58  Purple Martin show in Winchester [Walter Hadlock]
27 Aug: @ 18:53:50  Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (27 Aug 2016) 10 Raptors [reports]
27 Aug: @ 17:20:15  Leesburg yard birds - Black-and-White, Pine and Canada Warblers. [Gerco]
27 Aug: @ 16:53:06 Re: Fw: eBird Report - Leesylvania State Park, Aug 27, 2016 [Kurtcapt87]
27 Aug: @ 16:20:35  Fw: eBird Report - Leesylvania State Park, Aug 27, 2016 [Marc Ribaudo]





Subject: More Northern Virginia Mississippi Kite Nests .
Date: Wed Aug 31 2016 21:21 pm
From: skybirds.d AT gmail.com
 
 My friend Bob Augustine (who is the worlds greatest Mississippi Kite nest finder) called me tonight to say that he had confirmed fledged juvenile kites from two additional nests in Northern Virginia.
In addition to the nest in Arlington and the one that was associated with the birds around Greenspring Park, Bob says he has confirmed a juvenile kite from the nest near the intersection of Cameron Mills and Enderby in Alexandria. He said he saw the juvenile kite sitting in a tree near that nest today.
He also reported seeing a flying juvenile kite and two flying adult kites near the intersection of Backlick Road and Edsall Road in Annandale. He noted that the two adult kites at the Edsall and Backlick location also appeared be feeding yet another chick that was still in a nearby nest.
It seems to be a banner year for Mississippi kite nesting in Northern Virginia.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Va

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Subject: Arlington kites: Wednesday
Date: Wed Aug 31 2016 17:59 pm
From: skybirds.d AT gmail.com
 
I was at 17th and Utah again this afternoon from about 4 to 6.
About 10 or so folks showed up and then left while I was there .
The Juvenile kite was seen perched in the usual place, as well as flying around. An adult kite was also back this afternoon. The adult did some extended and rather spectacular flying, and then went and perched on a snag near the juvenile. The adult also fed the juvenile two or three times.
Always a pleasure to see them both.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Common Nighthawks at Bent Mt., Roanoke County
Date: Wed Aug 31 2016 13:19 pm
From: ejkinser AT cox.net
 
We've been watching for Common Nighthawks each evening since August 20th,
missing only the evening of the 23rd. Our numbers have ranged from 7 to
401, with a total of 1450 seen as of yesterday, August 30th.

Ed and Joan Kinser

Bent Mt., VA

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Subject: Arlington Kites
Date: Wed Aug 31 2016 12:42 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Both the juvenile and at least one adult were at Utah and 17th streetsin Arlington Tuesday, 8/30, just before 4 p.m.  I visited there with my camera and oneother birder was there with a spotting scope. 
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Subject: Blue winged Teal family at Lake of the Woods
Date: Wed Aug 31 2016 10:08 am
From: suzinotsue AT gmail.com
 
Had a female blue winged teal with five juveniles swim past my dock this
morning. This was a treat for me as I have not seen a family before, nor
so close up!


Suzanne E. Stewart
​Orange County​
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Subject: FW: DC Area, 8/30/2016
Date: Wed Aug 31 2016 8:53 am
From: joecoleman AT rstarmail.com
 
FYI Joe Coleman

Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 8/30/2016
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: voice@anshome.org
Compiler: Lydia Schindler
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

Please consider joining ANS, especially if you are a regular user of the
Voice (Individual $50; Family $65; Nature Steward $100; Audubon Advocate
$200). The membership number is 301-652-9188, option 12; the address is 8940
Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815; and the web site is
http://www.AudubonNaturalist.o....

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, Aug 23 and was
completed on Tuesday, Aug 30 at 9:30 a.m.

Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order, as
set forth in the American Ornithologists' Union Checklist for North and
Middle American birds, as revised through the 57th Supplement (July 2016).

***

Top birds this week are WHITE-CHEEKED PINTAIL* in VA and GRAY KINGBIRD* in
DE.

Other birds of interest include TRUMPETER SWAN, NORTHERN BOBWHITE, COMMON
NIGHTHAWK, COMMON GALLINULE, shorebirds, gulls, terns, herons, CATTLE EGRET,
WHITE IBIS, MISSISSIPPI KITE, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, flycatchers, PURPLE MARTIN,
warblers, SUMMER TANAGER, and BOBOLINK.
TOP BIRDS

The WHITE-CHEEKED PINTAIL* originally spotted Aug 16 was still present Aug
29, as before, in the Shoveler Pool on the Wildlife Loop, Chincoteague NWR,
Accomack Co, VA. (Its provenance is unknown.)

A GRAY KINGBIRD* was found Aug 23 in the town of Little Creek, Kent Co, DE.
This bird was observed and photographed as it perched on wires and snags
around the parking lot of the defunct Cavaliers East Restaurant, on the west
side of Rte 9. There was a possible resighting on Aug 26. If/when confirmed,
it would be a second state record for this coastal Florida specialty.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

As of Aug 29, the TRUMPETER SWAN in Howard Co, MD, was still present at the
storm water pond on the east side of the Broken Land Parkway exit off Rte
29.

On Aug 24 a NORTHERN BOBWHITE showed up at a yard in West Hyattsville,
Prince George's Co, MD, snacking beneath the bird feeder.

Small numbers of migrating COMMON NIGHTHAWKS are being noted throughout the
area. The numbers prize clearly goes to Lost River, in eastern Hardy Co, WV,
where on Aug 23 some 350 to 400 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS darkened the corn fields
they were sailing over.

On Aug 25 a COMMON GALLINULE was found and photographed at Willow Lake,
Rockbridge Co, VA, and it has been seen daily thereafter. This is the first
time this bird has been reported in the county since 1932.

SHOREBIRD migration is in full swing.

Half a dozen AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at Hunting Creek, Fairfax Co, VA,
Aug 23. That same day 4 AMERICAN AVOCETS flew over the Potomac River and
landed on hydrilla mats close to the Wilson Bridge, near the juncture of DC,
MD, and VA.

On Aug 25 the Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA, showcased more
than 100 AMERICAN AVOCETS, as well as a HUDSONIAN GODWIT, 2 MARBLED GODWITS,
and 6 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, along with 14 other shorebird species. Five
MARBLED GODWITS were observed along Prime Hook Road, Prime Hook NWR, Sussex
Co, DE, on Aug 25; on Aug 29 4 MARBLED GODWITS visited Raymond Pool at
Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was present at Youghiogheny Reservoir, Garrett Co,
MD, through the week, accompanied at various times by SANDERLING, STILT
SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, and several other shorebird species.

An UPLAND SANDPIPER surfaced Aug 24 at the airport in Easton, Talbot Co, MD,
and was seen again Aug 26 and 27. On Aug 28 an UPLAND SANDPIPER flew over a
yard in Frederick Co, MD.

A RED KNOT was a highlight of an Aug 24 trip to Poplar Island, Talbot Co,
MD, that produced a total of 22 shorebird species, including 2 BAIRD'S, 1
WHITE-RUMPED, and 3 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS.

On Aug 29 a REEVE was briefly observed near the bridge along Prime Hook Rd,
Sussex Co, DE, before it disappeared into grassy vegetation.
A large group visiting the Swan Creek Dredge Containment Facility, Anne
Arundel Co, MD, on Aug 27 enjoyed a shorebird bonanza; in addition to
AMERICAN AVOCETS and BLACK-NECKED STILTS, they saw STILT, BAIRD'S,
BUFF-BREASTED, and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, among a variety of others.

Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE, is the quintessential shorebird hotspot, and
on Aug 28 it hosted hundreds of avocets, egrets, peeps, and dowitchers-among
them, the previously mentioned MARBLED GODWITS at Shearness Pool, 6 STILT
SANDPIPERS and 2 juvenile WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS at Raymond Pool, and 3
PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and 2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES at Bear Swamp.

A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was seen from the GW Parkway pedestrian bridge,
Alexandria, VA, on Aug 28. Both BAIRD'S and BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS and
PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were found Aug 28 at Staunton View Public Use Area,
Mecklenberg Co, in far southern VA. A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was noted at Murray
Sod Farm, Worcester Co, MD, on Aug 27, and 4 BAIRD'S were reported from
Tydings Memorial Park in Havre de Grace, Harford Co, MD, between Aug 24 and
28.

BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS showed up at a variety of locales (in addition to
Staunton View, Craney Island, Poplar Island, and Swan Creek). One
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA, Aug
25-28. On Aug 27, 28, and 29 a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER joined KILLDEER at
the Polo fields on Hughes Rd, Montgomery Co, MD. A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
was spotted at the Central Sod Farm on John Brown Rd, Queen Anne's Co, MD,
Aug 28.

Three WILSON'S PHALAROPES continued at Swan Creek, being most recently
reported Aug 27; a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen there Aug 26. Poplar Island
hosted both WILSON'S PHALAROPE and as many as 3 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES Aug
24. WILSON'S and RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were also on view at Bombay Hook NWR,
with the most recent report of 2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES at Bear Swamp on Aug
29. On Aug 25 Craney Island hosted, among 18 shorebird species, 10 WILSON'S
and 7 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES.

Both a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and a GREATER BLACK-BACKED GULL, as well as
2 BLACK TERNS, were seen at Oronoco Park, Alexandria, VA, on Aug 25.

Three 3 GULL-BILLED TERNS were observed Aug 25, sitting on a sandspit along
Prime Hook Beach Rd, Sussex Co, DE; they continued to be seen from that road
through Aug 28. Both GULL-BILLED and BLACK TERNS were reported from Bombay
Hook's Shearness Pool on Aug 25.

BLACK TERN sightings along the Potomac River in Fairfax Co, VA, included 8
or 9 spotted from a kayak not far from Belle Haven Marina Aug 27; 3 were
noted at Dyke Marsh Aug 28; and 3 at Hunting Creek Bridge Aug 29. On Aug 23,
19 BLACK TERNS were observed at Poplar Island, as was a LESSER BLACK-BACKED
GULL. Some 40 BLACK TERNS were reported Aug 28 from Staunton View,
Mecklenberg Co, VA.

A SANDWICH TERN was found Aug 27 at Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve,
Mathews Co, VA.

Two immature LITTLE BLUE HERONS and a TRICOLORED HERON were found at Poplar
Island, Talbot Co, MD, Aug 23, and the TRICOLORED HERON again Aug 24. In
Prince George's Co, MD, a TRICOLORED HERON visited Patuxent River Park on
Aug 24 and 26, while another TRICOLORED HERON was seen at Jackson's Landing
on Aug 26. LITTLE BLUE and TRICOLORED HERONS were among the large egret
flock near the bridge on Prime Hook Rd, Sussex Co, DE, Aug 26.

On Aug 28 a CATTLE EGRET flew across the Potomac River into Montgomery Co,
MD, upstream from Riley's Lock on the C&O Canal.

Immature WHITE IBIS continue to frequent the several DE refuges, with as
many as 7 at Bombay Hook on Aug 24. Two juvenile WHITE IBIS were also
reported from Staunton View, Mecklenberg Co, VA, Aug 25 and 28.

On Aug 28 a MISSISSIPPI KITE flew over Hughes Hollow, Montgomery Co, MD.
That same day a MISSISSIPPI KITE was again seen in Halifax Co, VA-as before,
near the intersection of Wolf Trap Rd and Good's Trail.
A MISSISSIPPI KITE family continued to entertain viewers at 17th and Utah
Streets in North Arlington, VA, with sightings throughout the week.

BROAD-WINGED HAWKS are on the move. On Aug 28 the hawk watch at Snicker's
Gap, on the Clarke/Loudon VA county line, reported 15, and the Rockfish Gap
hawk watch near Waynesboro, Augusta Co, VA tallied a dozen.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER posed for a photo at Finzel Swamp, Garrett Co, MD,
on Aug 29. An OLIVE-SIDED flycatcher again appeared at Pennyfield Lock, C&O
Canal, Montgomery Co, MD, Aug 23. On Aug 28 an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was
seen at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Prince George's Co, MD.

PURPLE MARTINS continue to continue to congregate, in the evening, in the
trees by the Walmart and adjacent Home Depot along Pleasant Valley Road in
Winchester, Frederick Co, VA; on Aug 26 the flock was estimated to number
3,000 to 4,000.

Warblers are trickling through. The best finds of the week were a
CONNECTICUT WARBLER at Leesylvania SP, Prince William Co, VA, on Aug 27 (it
was in the small wetland at the end of the boardwalk), and a GOLDEN-WINGED
WARBLER Aug 29 at Little Bennett RP, Montgomery Co, MD (along the Mound
Builder Trail).

A SUMMER TANAGER was seen Aug 27 at Pennyfield Lock, Montgomery Co, MD.

BOBOLINKS were reported from Bombay Hook as of Aug 29.

***

This week's report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list
servers, eBird records and various birding pages on Facebook.

The Audubon Sanctuary Shop (301-652-3606, http://anshome.org/shop)) is an
excellent source for guidebooks and many other nature-related titles.

To report bird sightings, e-mail your report to voice@anshome.org.
Please post reports before midnight Monday, identify the county as well as
the state, and include your name and a Tuesday morning contact, e-mail or
phone.

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable state records committee

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Subject: new arrivals at Monticello Park 30 August
Date: Wed Aug 31 2016 7:27 am
From: Tom.Albright2 AT usdoj.gov
 
FOS and very early (earliest in 12 years) Swainsons thrush as well as two Veerys

Others
(2) yellowstarts
(1) Male Canada W.
(1) Magnolia W.
(3) RE Vireos
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Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (30 Aug 2016) 8 Raptors
Date: Wed Aug 31 2016 6:15 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 30, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 3 31 31
Bald Eagle 1 28 28
Northern Harrier 0 3 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 14 14
Cooper's Hawk 1 12 12
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 3
Broad-winged Hawk 0 119 119
Red-tailed Hawk 3 9 9
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 9 9
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 2
Mississippi Kite 0 1 1

Total: 8 232 232
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:45:00
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter: Allan Hale, Brenda Tekin

Observers: Allen Hale

Visitors:
Kim Harrell (Richmond), Ellison Orsutt (Richmond)


Weather:
Hot, hazy, and humid. The air was very thick and hazy early. Temps
26.6-28.7C. No wind first two hours and then only a mild ESE breeze after
that. Mostly to partly cloudy.

Raptor Observations:
First vulture at 9:09am. First migrant raptor was an immature Bald Eagle at
12:19pm.

Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
A front moving through from the NW. Intervals of clouds and sunshine with a
shower or thunderstorm in spots late this afternoon
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach@virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...



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Subject: Shorebird Viewing Hunting Creek from Rt 1 bike path bridge
Date: Tue Aug 30 2016 21:14 pm
From: elliety AT msn.com
 
I went back to the Rt 1 bike path that goes over Cameron Run and Hunting Creek in Alexandria after work this afternoon.  While I did not see the Baird's from yesterday, the birding was excellent and the light was terrific.   Some of the best shorebird viewing I've had in the county.  The key to this site (I think) is timing.  The shorebirds come into this area to feed as the flats along the Potomac go under water.  This week the tides and sun align for fantastic late afternoon viewing.


The show does not last forever. When I arrived there were 4 greater yellowlegs and a handful of leasts (4-6). Over the next 30 minutes the waters came in and the birds showed up. Shortbilled dowitchers, more yellowlegs (all greaters), semi-palmated and least sandpipers, and a killdeer -- maybe 150 birds, many close in and easy to view. I'm guessing that in another 30 minutes the birds would be pushed further up stream. The location is a e-bird hotspot and is correctly marked on e-bird. Given the Baird's there yesterday and the siting of a Buff Breasted on the Potomac today -- it is worth checking out this spot. No Pectorals today, but they were there yesterday as well.


Here are some pictures from today: https://www.flickr.com/photos/...


Bill


________________________________
From: va-bird on behalf of Bill Hohenstein
Sent: Sunday, August 28, 2016 5:16 PM
To: va-bird@listserve.com
Subject: [Va-bird] Baird's Sandpiper Hunting Creek

I visited the stone bridge over Hunting Creek in Alexandria this afternoon. The tide was rising quickly and the shorebirds moved from the flats on the Potomac to Hunting Creek -- flying over the bridge along the way. First the peeps, leasts and semi-palms, then Pectorals, and finally, the SB Dowitchers and both yellowlegs. I walked around to the bike path that crosses Hunting Creek. (To get there, walk back toward Alexandria and follow a left on the bike path that says "to Rt 1" -- it is a cement sign built into the path). The view there was good. back-lit and the sandpipers had moved to a small island in the creek not too far away. From there, I was able to scope a single Baird's Sandpiper, in with the peeps and SB Dowitchers. It had a rich brown color, larger than the semi-palm and least sandpipers nearby, long lean look with long tail projection, and smaller and thinner than SB dowitchers.


Bill

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Subject: yard birds in Fairfax 30 August: 4 warblers
Date: Tue Aug 30 2016 21:01 pm
From: stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net
 

Today in the yard I had several birds not seen all summer, probably migrants:

Pewee (might have bred here in late spring, but not seen for ~2 months)

Warblers: Chestnut-Sided, B&W, Magnolia, and Redstart

The C-S and B&W seemed to be here all day long - or else, there were multiples coming through.

Plus all the usual suspects - Downy, Jay, Titmouse, etc.


-Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia

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Subject: Arlington kites: Juvenile Flying Well and High
Date: Tue Aug 30 2016 20:25 pm
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 
Kudos to Don on the MIKI updates this year!   His notes have been useful to a great many, esp. New Birders in the Arlington area.
Kurt Gaskill

Sent from my iPad

> On Aug 30, 2016, at 6:50 PM, Donald Sweig wrote:
>
> I was at 17th and North Utah for about two hours, from 4 to 6 today.
> Three or four people were there initially and several more people came as time went on. The juvenile was initially on the snag and then it took off and flew extensively for at least 20 to 25 minutes.
> It flew a long way from the nesting and snag trees, and it flew very, very high. It did several short dives, presumably to catch some prey. During the two hours that I was there no adult was seen at all.
> There was much the discussion among the folks on the street that perhaps the adults had left and it was up to the juvenile to decide when to migrate by itself. We shall see.
> Donald Sweig
> Falls Church, Va.
>
> Sent from my iPad
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Subject: Fall migrants Pocosin Cabin/The Point Overlook, Shenandoah National Park
Date: Tue Aug 30 2016 20:08 pm
From: vireo AT cox.net
 
I birded both the Pocosin Cabin area and the rock promontory below the pull
off at The Point Overlook in Shenandoah National Park this morning. Lots and
lots of birds.

Pocosin Cabin was simply insane and impossible to keep up with. There
appeared to be at least three waves of migrants passing through during the
hour and half I spent at this location. Non- warbler highlights included
several Northern orioles ; lots of scarlet tanagers; and, many red eyed,
blue headed and yellow throated vireos.. Warbler highlights included several
Cape Mays and Blackburnians as well as lots of Tennessees and Black-throated
Geens. Wound up with 11 warbler species with multiple observations of each.
I missed many more birds than I was able to identify with certainty.



At The Point the birding was exceptional as well as manageable. Again, the
highlights were the Blackburnians and the Cape Mays. At one point a small
flock of seven Cape Mays arrived together in the tall hemlock to the left of
the rock promontory, two of which were adult males in full alternate
plumage. Also of note at this location were the rose breasted grosbeaks-I
counted an even dozen in the trees and flitting around in the meadow flowers
with goldfinches. Most of these birds appeared to be juveniles.



A very nice way to kick off the fall migration season.





Ron Vogel Annandale , VA



P.S. I know lots of attention has been given to the Arlington MIKIs, but as
an fyi, the MIKIs reported earlier this summer by both Janet Anderson and
Donald Sweig in the Green Springs Garden area of Fairfax County are still
around. I see at least one adult and an apparent juvenile every now and
then, the latest observation being yesterday (8/29). Also common nighthawks
have been nightly visitors above lights at the soccer field at Mason
District Park.

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Subject: Arlington kites: Juvenile Flying Well and High
Date: Tue Aug 30 2016 17:54 pm
From: skybirds.d AT gmail.com
 
I was at 17th and North Utah for about two hours, from 4 to 6 today.
Three or four people were there initially and several more people came as time went on. The juvenile was initially on the snag and then it took off and flew extensively for at least 20 to 25 minutes.
It flew a long way from the nesting and snag trees, and it flew very, very high. It did several short dives, presumably to catch some prey. During the two hours that I was there no adult was seen at all.
There was much the discussion among the folks on the street that perhaps the adults had left and it was up to the juvenile to decide when to migrate by itself. We shall see.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Va.

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Subject: Harvey's Knob (30 Aug 2016) 4 Raptors
Date: Tue Aug 30 2016 17:47 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 30, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 9 9
Bald Eagle 1 15 15
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 6 6
Cooper's Hawk 0 6 6
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 3 3
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 12 12
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 8 8
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 4 60 60
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 5.75 hours

Official Counter: Carl Christensen

Observers: King Irvin

Visitors:
Very few visitors on the Overlook, and motorcycle traffic was down on the
Parkway. Two day hikers on the AT going North.


Weather:
Temperature pleasant, ranging from 21C early and ending at 28C. Variable
winds out of the NE, changing to SE late in the day. Early haze continued
throughout the day. Cloud cover ranged from 25-50%.

Raptor Observations:
All birds were seen on the west side.
ABE at 10:10.

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch numbers up today--24+
My first stinkbug of the year walked across the parking lot.

Predictions:
Weather projected to be more of the same as today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Carl Christianson ()
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Subject: Buff breasted sandpiper dyke marsh stone bridge
Date: Tue Aug 30 2016 17:02 pm
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 
First spotted by Sherman Sumter and later myself.
Kurt Gaskill

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Subject: Flying Juvenile Mississippi kite
Date: Tue Aug 30 2016 12:50 pm
From: skybirds.d AT gmail.com
 
I observed a juvenile Mississippi kite flying over and around the intersection of Marionet and Vail in Fairfax County about 10:30 this morning.  This is the young bird from the nesting that was associated with the adults that have been seen  from Greenspring park and the Pinecrest golf course this spring and summer.
The juvenile kite was flying very well. It was covering a large area; it was flying very high; it was diving and perhaps feeding. I watched it in the air for 10 or 15 minutes. I also saw at least one flying adult kite from the same location this morning.
I assume that these Kites will be leaving on migration in the very near future.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Va.

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Subject: White-cheeked Pintail still at Chincoteague NWR 8/29/16
Date: Tue Aug 30 2016 9:43 am
From: appywalker AT gmail.com
 
The White-cheeked Pintail that was originally spotted on August 16 is still
hanging out and feeding in the Shoveler Pool along the Wildlife Loop. It
was spotted on August 29 at about 18:30. See photo attached.
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Subject: Fall Migration Gaining Momentum on Compton Mt
Date: Mon Aug 29 2016 21:27 pm
From: rogermayhorn AT gmail.com
 
I had 48 species here in the backyard this morning. I counted 39 of those
while standing in one spot for about an hour. Eleven of those species were
warblers (See list below). I also had 4 vireo species in the yard at the
same time. The surprise was an immature Red-headed Woodpecker, a species we
rarely see.

Here is the complete species list.



Roger Mayhorn

Compton Mt

Buchanan County



Warblers

Blue-winged Warbler 1

Blackburnian Warbler 4

Tennessee Warbler 6

Cape May Warbler 1f

Cerulean Warbler 1f

Yellow-throated Warbler 2

Black-and-white Warbler 4

Magnolia Warbler 1

American Redstart 1

Northern Parula 3

Hooded Warbler 3



Other

Red-shouldered Hawk 1

Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2

Mourning Dove 7

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 8

Red-headed Woodpecker 1 immature

Red-bellied Woodpecker 2

Downy Woodpecker 2

Pileated Woodpecker 1

Eastern Wood Pewee 2

Eastern Phoebe 2

Empidonax Flycatcher 2

Red-eyed Vireo 5

Yellow-throated Vireo 3

Warbling Vireo 1

Blue-headed Vireo 2

Blue Jay 1

American Crow 3

Common Raven 1

Carolina Chickadee 2

Carolina Wren 2

Tufted Titmouse 3

White-breasted Nuthatch 2

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2

Eastern Bluebird 6

American Robin 2

Brown Thrasher 1

European Starling 29

Cedar Waxwing 21

Scarlet Tanager 5

Eastern Towhee 7

Chipping Sparrow 1

Song Sparrow 2

Northern Cardinal 11

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1

Indigo Bunting 5

House Finch 3

American Goldfinch 5



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Subject: Mississippi Kites in Arlington, VA - 8/29/16
Date: Mon Aug 29 2016 21:11 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
August 29, 2016

I saw the Adult Mississippi Kite in the food exchange with the Juvenile
Mississippi Kite at 17th Street and Utah Streets in Arlington, VA. As soon
as I pulled up, I could hear the Juvenile calling. A few minutes later the
adult arrived and was feeding the Juvenile and both were perched together.
The Juvenile was still calling when I left.

Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Subject: Yard Veery, Harrisonburg & Birdcast Migration forecasts
Date: Mon Aug 29 2016 21:00 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Tonight a Veery dropped in at the yard water feature.  Last night had a Black-and-white Warbler.  So be on the lookout for migrants here in the central Shenandoah Valley!
Birdcast migration forecasts are again up and running, updated weekly, on Fridays.  Well worth keeping an eye on: http://birdcast.info/

Diane Lepkowski Harrisonburg  Sent via mobile device
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Subject: C.M. Crockett Park - Birds Observed and Update on Mourning Doves
Date: Mon Aug 29 2016 20:36 pm
From: tripacct1 AT gmail.com
 
The Mourning Doves that had an active nest last week were missing. The nest
was empty and no Mourning Doves were around the area. One Mourning Dove was
in the parking lot.

Northern Cardinals continue to feed young, and I observed a Chipping
Sparrow carrying food.

Migrants are trickling in. I spotted a female Summer Tanager, a female
Chestnut-sided Warbler, and a male Common Yellowthroat today.

Kelly Krechmer


C.M. Crockett Park, Fauquier, Virginia, US
Aug 29, 2016 7:27 AM - 9:10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.29 mile(s)
Comments: Start: 66 sunny end: 77 sunny
27 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 5 One with Angel wing with three other
lakeside. One flew over alone.
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 4
Osprey (carolinensis) (Pandion haliaetus carolinensis) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1 In parking area. None seen or heard
where nest is.
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) 3 1 singing; 1 silent
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 2
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) (Picoides pubescens pubescens/medianus) 1
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens) 2 2 singing
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 4 Silent 3, singing 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 4
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 2
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 7
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 4
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) (Sitta carolinensis carolinensis) 2
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 5
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 5
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1 Male silent
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) 1
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 3 CF
Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) 1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 7 FY
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2

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Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (29 Aug 2016) 5 Raptors
Date: Mon Aug 29 2016 18:46 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 29, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 28 28
Bald Eagle 0 27 27
Northern Harrier 0 3 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 14 14
Cooper's Hawk 0 11 11
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 3
Broad-winged Hawk 5 119 119
Red-tailed Hawk 0 6 6
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 9 9
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 2
Mississippi Kite 0 1 1

Total: 5 224 224
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:30:00
Observation end time: 13:30:00
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter: Brenda Tekin

Observers:

Visitors:
Anne Cline, Penny Warren and from Texas (formerly from our area) Huck
Hutchens.


Weather:
Overall a pleasant day sitting in the shade. Lots of clouds in just the
right places although thick haze out over the Piedmont to the east and
Shenandoah Valley to the west. There were two wind directions over the
ridge, a steady SE wind at the lower level during most of the count and an
upper NE wind, clouds crisscrossing each other over the gap.

Temp: 26c>31.7c; Humidity:70.5%



Subject: Arlington kites: Still There . . .
Date: Mon Aug 29 2016 17:29 pm
From: skybirds.d AT gmail.com
 
I arrived at 17th and Utah in Arlington this afternoon a little after four and one of the regulars was already there.  Over the next 40 or 45 minutes three more people arrived . . . but no kites.
There was much discussion as to when the kites would probably leave on migration, or was it possible that they had already done so.
Finally at about 5 o'clock the person who had been there when I arrived decided it was time to leave. Five minutes later, about five minutes after 5:00, the adult kite flew in from the northwest with a cicada in its beak, followed by the loudly and incessantly calling juvenile. The kites both flew to the usual snag, a quick food exchange was made and the adult flew off. Over the next 30 minutes the adult fed the juvenile three more times and was often perched on a bare limb nearby.
Most of the time the juvenile was perched on the snag, facing us across the street, in the bright sunlight; what a beautiful view against a bright blue sky.
The juvenile seems to be able to fly just fine. There is much speculation about when and how migration will begin. It shouldn't be very long. For the time being, if you haven't seen this bird, you'll probably never get a better opportunity than in the afternoons at 17th and North Utah.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Va.


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Subject: Harvey's Knob (29 Aug 2016) 3 Raptors
Date: Mon Aug 29 2016 17:05 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 29, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 8 8
Bald Eagle 1 14 14
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 6 6
Cooper's Hawk 0 6 6
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 1 12 12
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 7 7
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 3 56 56
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 5.25 hours

Official Counter: Matt Hosmer

Observers: Bill James

Visitors:
Bill J., John S., myself.


Weather:
Not a bad day weather wise temperature ranged from 22-32c. Decent breeze
most of the day from the NW then NE, light cloud cover, hazy in the
distance.

Raptor Observations:
First bird SS, last bird RT.

A.B.E. 11:03

All times reflect "bird time."

Non-raptor Observations:
Light traffic, one hiker not much else...don't believe me ask Bill.

Predictions:
Possible rain, possible conducive conditions...don't know till you go.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Matt Hosmer ()
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Subject: Bobolinks & Y-B Flycatcher at Wilna Unit
Date: Mon Aug 29 2016 14:21 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
There were conservatively 200 Bobolinks at the Wilna Unit of the
Rappahannock River Valley NWR this morning. Multiple large flocks were moving
around the open fields giving flight calls and singing once they landed. All
birds were in winter plumage.

A Yellow-bellied Flycatcher was seen in the area right before entering the
open fields. Underside was still bright yellow. Six Northern Bobwhites
were flushed from this same area. A Yellow-breasted Chat with no tail
feathers made for an interesting looking bird. Finally, a small Eastern Hognose
Snake was in the larger parking area.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

Dave Youker
Yorktown, VA
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Date: Mon Aug 29 2016 13:44 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Another bright, warm, sunny day for the Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.  We drew 18 birders who tallied 52 species.  Highlights included a female Baltimore Oriole,  an American Kestrel, an exciting skirmish among a Sharp-shined, a Coopers, and a Red-shouldered Hawk.  We couldn't discern who won, but it was fun to watch.  The Little Blue Herons who have been with us about a month now remain, sparking a growing hope that Huntley might be the site for a LBH rookery.
Canada Goose  48
Wood Duck  8
Great Blue Heron  5
Great Egret  3
Little Blue Heron  4
Green Heron  5
Osprey  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  3
Killdeer  1
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Solitary Sandpiper  3
Lesser Yellowlegs  3
shorebird sp.  5
Mourning Dove  12
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  4
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  5
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  3
American Kestrel  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  4
Acadian Flycatcher  3
Eastern Phoebe  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  5
Eastern Kingbird  2
Red-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  3
Fish Crow  1
crow sp.  2
Barn Swallow  3
swallow sp.  5
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Eastern Bluebird  6
American Robin  15
Gray Catbird  4
European Starling  9
Common Yellowthroat  3
Northern Cardinal  4
Common Grackle  13
Baltimore Oriole  1
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  14

The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 7AM (8AM from November  through March), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at (703)768-2525.

Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Blue Ridge Parkway - Afton Mtn to Yankee Horse Ridge
Date: Sun Aug 28 2016 21:25 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

I birded the Blue Ridge Parkway from Afton Mountain as far south as Yankee Horse Ridge (just past mile post 34 - Thanks, Dick) beginning early this morning. I encountered three nice pockets of warblers including Worm-eating, Black-and-white, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Northern Parula (calling constantly), Chestnut-sided (immatures - by far the most numerous), Pine, and Black-throated Green. Certainly there were others, but between overwhelming numbers passing quickly through thick foliage, fall plumages, and brief, incomplete looks, many went unidentified. Many Blue-headed Vireos mixed in as well.


Joe Coppock
Charlottesville, VA
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Subject: Snickers Gap (28 Aug 2016) 33 Raptors
Date: Sun Aug 28 2016 20:25 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 28, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 3 4 4
Bald Eagle 1 2 2
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 4 4
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 15 18 18
Red-tailed Hawk 9 12 12
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 2 2
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 33 43 43
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Joan Boudreau and Bob Abrams

Observers: Doug Graham, Matt Orsie, The Littles, Wes Hetrick

Weather:
Warm and sunny

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Joan and Bob (icepeep@aol.com)



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Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (28 Aug 2016) 20 Raptors - 4 BE
Date: Sun Aug 28 2016 19:41 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 28, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 28 28
Bald Eagle 4 27 27
Northern Harrier 0 3 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 14 14
Cooper's Hawk 1 11 11
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 3
Broad-winged Hawk 12 114 114
Red-tailed Hawk 0 6 6
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 9 9
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 2
Mississippi Kite 0 1 1

Total: 20 219 219
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers:

Visitors:
Joe Coppack, Huck Hutchins


Weather:
Sunny blue skies all day (



Subject: Chincoteague Shorebird/Gull Survey August 26, 2016
Date: Sun Aug 28 2016 18:50 pm
From: clyde_joelle AT verizon.net
 
Below are the results of our weekly shorebird/gull survey conducted at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Friday Aug 26, 2016. All water areas (impoundments and beach areas) were covered in the 8 hour survey. All individuals are counted for the target species; other birds seen or heard on the survey are followed by a dash.   
Shorebirds were scarce on the Refuge this week. We counted only 270 shorebirds of 6 species. Sanderling were the most common with 217 but that contrasts with the 1,591 Sanderlings we counted last survey just 2 weeks ago. Surprisingly, the following day, we found large numbers and a good diversity of shorebirds using the peat banks on Motompkin Island just a few miles south of the Refuge. Even though the shorebird numbers were down, there were excellent counts of terns and gulls: Caspian (3), Foresters (129), Royal (310) Terns and Laughing (28), Ring-billed (108), Herring (492), Lesser Black-backed (176) and Greater Black-backed (572) Gulls. The numbers and diversity of waterfowl on the Refuge's impoundments are also increasing, and we saw our first Ruddy Ducks and Hooded Mergansers of the season. Double-crested cormorants were primarily seen in small flocks migrating south along the shoreline. 

With little recent rain, most of the impoundments had little to no water for the shorebirds. Those that had some shallow water were heavily used by shorebirds, as was the beach. We had 6,796 individual shorebirds of 17 species. This was less than last week as is expected as the fall migration starts its slow decline in the total number of shorebirds toward winter at the Refuge. Sanderlings were in huge numbers at 4,338 followed by Semipalmated Plover (493), Peep (334), Willet (304), Dowitcher sp. (294) and Least Sandpiper (291). Pectoral Sandpipers were more visible/abundant than other weeks at 63. Most were feeding on the mudflats of Old Fields, with a few scattered in other impoundments. There were probably a few more Pectoral SP hiding amongst the "peep" category; the heat waves a sun angle challenge our ID capabilities in large impoundments.
Peregrine Falcons are a treat to see but make counting shorebirds a pain when they constantly cause the shorebirds flocks to fly around in avoidance of the Falcons' swopping dives. Eight species of terns in different stages of molt make this a good time to come to the Refuge to study this group along the beach, Tom's Cove and the nearby impoundments.
Our next Survey will be Friday, September 2nd.
Clyde Morris and Joelle Buffa






|


| Canada Goose |


| -- |


|


| Gadwall |


| -- |


|


| American Black Duck |


| -- |


|


| Mallard |


| -- |


|


| Black Scoter |


| 1 |


|


| Double-crested Cormorant |


| 105 |


|


| Brown Pelican |


| 42 |


|


| Great Blue Heron |


| -- |


|


| Great Egret |


| -- |


|


| Snowy Egret |


| -- |


|


| Little Blue Heron |


| -- |


|


| Tricolored Heron |


| -- |


|


| Cattle Egret |


| -- |


|


| Green Heron |


| -- |


|


| White Ibis |


| -- |


|


| Glossy Ibis |


| -- |


|


| Black Vulture |


| -- |


|


| Turkey Vulture |


| -- |


|


| Osprey |


| -- |


|


| Red-tailed Hawk |


| -- |


|


| American Oystercatcher |


| 20 |


|


| Black-bellied Plover |


| 143 |


|


| Semipalmated Plover |


| 493 |


|


| Piping Plover |


| 42 |


|


| Killdeer |


| 15 |


|


| Whimbrel |


| 12 |


|


| Ruddy Turnstone |


| 16 |


|


| Red Knot |


| 3 |


|


| Sanderling |


| 4,338 |


|


| Least Sandpiper |


| 291 |


|


| Pectoral Sandpiper |


| 63 |


|


| Semipalmated Sandpiper |


| 58 |


|


| Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher |


| 294 |


|


| Spotted Sandpiper |


| 10 |


|


| Greater Yellowlegs |


| 57 |


|


| Willet |


| 304 |


|


| Lesser Yellowlegs |


| 131 |


|


| Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs |


| 172 |


|


| shorebird sp. |


| 334 |


|


| Laughing Gull |


| 442 |


|


| Ring-billed Gull |


| 53 |


|


| Herring Gull |


| 385 |


|


| Lesser Black-backed Gull |


| 62 |


|


| Great Black-backed Gull |


| 48 |


|


| Least Tern |


| 1 |


|


| Caspian Tern |


| 14 |


|


| Black Tern |


| 1 |


|


| Common Tern |


| 7 |


|


| Forster's Tern |


| 65 |


|


| Royal Tern |


| 37 |


|


| Sandwich Tern |


| 2 |


|


| Black Skimmer |


| 157 |


|


| Mourning Dove |


| -- |


|


| Peregrine Falcon |


| -- |


|


| Eastern Wood-Pewee |


| -- |


|


| Great Crested Flycatcher |


| -- |


|


| American Crow |


| -- |


|


| crow sp. |


| -- |


|


| Tree Swallow |


| -- |


|


| Barn Swallow |


| -- |


|


| Brown-headed Nuthatch |


| -- |


|


| House Wren |


| -- |


|


| Carolina Wren |


| -- |


|


| Pine Warbler |


| -- |


|


| Summer Tanager |


| -- |


|


| Northern Cardinal |


| -- |


|


| Blue Grosbeak |


| -- |


|


| Red-winged Blackbird |


| -- |


|


| Eastern Meadowlark |


| -- |


|


| Brown-headed Cowbird |


| -- |


|


| American Goldfinch |


| -- |


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Subject: Arlington Kites: Sunday
Date: Sun Aug 28 2016 17:43 pm
From: skybirds.d AT gmail.com
 
I was at N. 17th and Utah from about 3:45-5:45 today.  Ten or more folks, plus some locals, showed up to see what was going on.
Mostly the juvenile just sat around around on various snags calling and waiting to be fed, which the adults did.
But about 5:30, with six or eight of us watching, it took off and began making those nice little circles over the road and the houses.
It kept making circles and moving to the west and getting ever higher. It got quite high. After 5 or 10 minutes, or so, it began to descend and head back toward the trees where it had been perched before. As it got ever closer, when it was right over the road, it pulled its wings back, just like the adults, and went into a dive and landed right on the top of a little branch. This young bird can fly just fine !
It was only about 10 days ago that I saw it fly for the first time.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Mixed warbler flock along the Blue Ridge Parkway
Date: Sun Aug 28 2016 16:37 pm
From: RoweRA AT vmi.edu
 
All - I headed up to the Apple Orchard Mtn along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  I began at Sunset Fields pull off (where Warbler Rd either begins or ends) and instead of going on Warbler Rd, I headed up to the top of Apple Orchard on the gravel road that connects to Warbler Rd.  This grave road is my favorite warblering road.  I wasn't expecting to find much because fall warblers are hit or miss along the Parkway.  There were a number of Pewees calling in the woods - they arrive late and leave late.  I hit one warbler feeding flock and consistent with this time of year, there were birds everywhere.  In the group were several Black-throated Green Warblers, Black-throated Blue Warblers (at least 4 adult males), Black-and-white Warblers, Canada Warblers were heard in the area and are likely nesting birds still in the area, to my surprise there were 3 Cape May Warblers in the tops of the trees, several Blue-headed Vireos, and several Red-eyed Vireos.  I returned to the spot about 45 mi
nutes later and couldn't find a bird. Other birds seen or heard in the area: Indigo Bunting, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, White-breasted Nuthatch, Pileated Woodpecker, and Dark-eyed Junco.

I've posted a few photos - fall warblers are difficult to photograph because they are actively feeding and thus won't sit still.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology
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Subject: Baird's Sandpiper Hunting Creek
Date: Sun Aug 28 2016 16:20 pm
From: elliety AT msn.com
 
I visited the stone bridge over Hunting Creek in Alexandria this afternoon.  The tide was rising quickly and the shorebirds moved from the flats on the Potomac to Hunting Creek -- flying over the bridge along the way.  First the peeps, leasts and semi-palms, then Pectorals, and finally, the SB Dowitchers and both yellowlegs.  I walked around to the bike path that crosses Hunting Creek.  (To get there, walk back toward Alexandria and follow a left on the bike path that says "to Rt 1" -- it is a cement sign built into the path).  The view there was good.  back-lit and the sandpipers had moved to a small island in the creek not too far away.  From there, I was able to scope a single Baird's Sandpiper, in with the peeps and SB Dowitchers.  It had a rich brown color, larger than the semi-palm and least sandpipers nearby, long lean look with long tail projection, and smaller and thinner than SB dowitchers.


Bill

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Subject: Harvey's Knob (28 Aug 2016) 7 Raptors
Date: Sun Aug 28 2016 16:18 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 28, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 8 8
Bald Eagle 1 13 13
Northern Harrier 1 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 5 5
Cooper's Hawk 0 6 6
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 11 11
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 3 7 7
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 7 53 53
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: David Brunstetter

Observers: Bill Adams, Dillard Childress, phillip ferguson

Visitors:
Light AT traffic. Multiple motorcycles and cars.


Weather:
Temperature was pleasant to begin with, but starting heating up after 11a.
Wind, when present, was light. Cloud cover was 5-30%. Haze was lessened
from yesterday, but still present.
Really appreciate the shade trees on days like today.

Raptor Observations:
First bird (sharpie) at 9:50a. N Harrier was at 10:50a. ABE was at 12:30p.
Several local red-tailed hawks. One was attacked by our first kestrel of
the day.

Non-raptor Observations:
A few monarchs and dragonflies. A yellow-billed cuckoo made it's presence
known throughout the morning.

Predictions:
More heat, more haze, more birds
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Brunstetter (DRB57@cox.net)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/...



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Subject: Manassas Battlefield migrants
Date: Sun Aug 28 2016 14:53 pm
From: moribaudo AT verizon.net
 
Kurt Gaskill and I greeted dawn at the New York Monument at Manassas Battlefield.  A small wave of migrants contained 8 warbler species, including Tennessee, Kentucky, chestnut-sided, magnolia, black and white, northern parula, hooded, and redstart.  Other notables were bobolink, Baltimore oriole, and scarlet tanager.  Afterwards we stopped at the sod farm on Nokesville Rd but saw only a single killdeer, horned larks, and 4 turkeys.

Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: Great Falls National Park Walk (Fairfax County)
Date: Sun Aug 28 2016 13:56 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
With the exception of black vultures and swifts, it was a slow morning for our group of seven who tallied 34 species (+1 other taxa).  There was a very cooperative family of pileated woodpeckers and a humming bird enjoying the red mallow and cardinal flower along the river.  The fly by of a great egret was the highlight.  Only one warbler was seen - a blackburnian upstream.  All are welcome to join this regular boardwalk that meets at 8:00am in the visitor center parking lot. -- Marshall Rawson, McLean VA

Canada Goose 5
American Black Duck 3
Mallard 16
Double-crested Cormorant 4
Great Egret 1
Black Vulture 30
Turkey Vulture 10
Osprey 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
Chimney Swift 100
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 8
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 4
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Empidonax sp. 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 1
Fish Crow 1
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 8
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Carolina Wren 3
Eastern Bluebird 1
Wood Thrush 1
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 4
American Goldfinch 1
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Subject: middle peninsula shorebirds and terns Sat Aug 27
Date: Sun Aug 28 2016 13:39 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Dear VA Birders
I spent the day yesterday in King William and Mathews counties hoping for migrating passerines and shorebirds.  Passerines were extremely hard to find even in my woods along the Mattaponi River near Beulahville (King William) which usually has lots of birds. In 1.5 hours there I found only a total of 35 birds of 14 species in 70 acres. All day I found no warblers except a worm-eating and 6 prothonotaries. I even found almost no chickadees (3) and titmice (5) all day. They were all very unresponsive to pishing and screech owl imitations, and the wonderful sound of the cicadas made finding birds by sound very difficult.  The Woodbury Road Turf Farm in King William County had 73 killdeer and 4 least sandpipers but not the upland sandpiper or buff-breasted sandpiper I had been hoping to discover.  Bethel Beach at the end of Mathews County had a good variety of shorebirds and terns which were all very carefully counted as the tide came in, adding 7 species to my Virginia year-list. You can see the totals in the ebird list below.  I will eventually be adding some photos to this eBird list. Despite the scarcity of birds most of the day, it was wonderful just to be out searching and appreciating the wildflowers, butterflies, cicadas, and scenery. A great day! My total bird species for the day was 77 species including red-tail and cooper's hawk that didn't make it into any of my ebird lists between destinations.

Here is the Bethel Beach listBethel Beach Natural Area Preserve, Mathews, Virginia, US
Aug 27, 2016 1:51 PM - 5:02 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:    Tide low and rising.  Also includes some of marsh  etc along road to just beyond bridge. I will be adding photos.
32 species

Canada Goose  43    on distant shore
Double-crested Cormorant  30
Brown Pelican  1    flying, way out over Bay
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  2
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  5
Bald Eagle  1
American Oystercatcher  8    Adult with immature. Flock of 6 on distant shore.
Black-bellied Plover  7
Semipalmated Plover  118    Exact count as birds were concentrated as tide came in.
Ruddy Turnstone  12    Exact count of flock that flew in as tide rose plus two full adult plumage seen earlier that were not in that flock.
Sanderling  52    Exact count.
Least Sandpiper  13
Semipalmated Sandpiper  43
Western Sandpiper  4
Short-billed Dowitcher  7
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Willet (Eastern)  1
Laughing Gull  22
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  22
Great Black-backed Gull  27
Caspian Tern  9    Adults accompanied by begging juveniles
Common Tern  5    2 adults in full breeding plumage, 3 molting adults.
Forster's Tern  2    Adult with begging juvenile
Royal Tern  64    including many immatures, some of which were following parents with begging calls.
Sandwich Tern  3    Adult with begging juvenile. Lone adult.
Fish Crow  2
Brown-headed Nuthatch  1    Heard in pines.
Seaside Sparrow  2    To be expected at this location and seen here often by others.
American Goldfinch  1 Frederick D. Atwood Flint Hill School, 10409 Academic Dr, Oakton, VA 22124 703-242-1675 http://www.agpix.com/fredatwoo... http://www.flinthill.org http://tea.armadaproject.org/t... https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
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Subject: Buff-breasted & Baird's Sandpipers - Staunton View Park
Date: Sun Aug 28 2016 13:25 pm
From: pag AT gcrcompany.com
 
Jeff Blalock and I had a nice morning at Staunton View Park along the
borders of Halifax, Mecklenburg, and Charlotte Counties. After a good early
season, all the rain has kept the water level a bit too high. Finally a dry
week got it down to 299.6 which isn't great, but exposes a bit of mud.
Highlights were singles of Buff-breasted and Baird's Sandpipers, 2 Caspians
Terns, 40 Black Terns, 2 White Ibis, 2 Bank Swallows, and a Worm-eating
Warbler.

Ebird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

Paul Glass
South Boston, VA


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Subject: 27-28 August Monticello Park, Alexandria
Date: Sun Aug 28 2016 13:16 pm
From: Tom.Albright2 AT usdoj.gov
 
The past two days 6 species of warblers and a Veery have been seen at Monticello park

Saturday -2 Canada (male and female), OvB, Redstart, CS W. plus a RE Vireo
Sunday -3 Redstarts (2 YS ), Magnolia, B&W W., CS W plus 5 RE vireos and a Veery
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Subject: Dyke Marsh Walk for August 28 - Black Terns Continue
Date: Sun Aug 28 2016 12:53 pm
From: prowarbler AT verizon.net
 
Six birders joined me for a rather slow, but interesting walk at Dyke Marsh
today. The walk is free and occurs every Sunday at 8:00 AM except during
the Christmas Bird Count season. The walk started at high tide and ended
before 12:30 at low tide, but we still managed to get some interesting water
birds. The highlight for at least one birder was the Black Terns flying by
the marina. We had three of them, all just beginning to molt into basic
plumage. Although it was high tide, we had shorebirds foraging directly on
the aquatic vegetation, consisting of both yellowleg species and a Pectoral
Sandpiper. The aquatic vegetation in the Little Gut on the south side of
the Haul Road dogleg offered close up views of two Solitary Sandpipers and a
young Least Sandpiper. Land birding was very slow with only one watbler, a
Northern Parula. The highlight here was an Eastern Kingbird family group at
Dead Beaver Beach. Red-winged Blackbirds have all but deserted the marsh.
Slow perhaps, but still a pleasant day



Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, Virginia, US

Aug 28, 2016 8:30 AM - 11:08 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.3 mile(s)

Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.6 Build 75

44 species (+2 other taxa)



Canada Goose 60

American Black Duck 3

Mallard 150

Pied-billed Grebe 2

Double-crested Cormorant 20

Great Blue Heron 10

Great Egret 50

Osprey 8

Bald Eagle 1

Least Sandpiper 1

Pectoral Sandpiper 1

Solitary Sandpiper 2

Greater Yellowlegs 8

Lesser Yellowlegs 15

Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs 10

Laughing Gull 80

Ring-billed Gull 140

Herring Gull 1

Caspian Tern 5

Black Tern 3

Forster's Tern 10

Mourning Dove 20

Chimney Swift 10

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2

Belted Kingfisher 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 Including independent fledged young

Downy Woodpecker 4

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Great Crested Flycatcher 2

Eastern Kingbird 8 Including a family group, possibly dispersed birds

Blue Jay 3

American Crow 2

Fish Crow 3 family group

crow sp. 20

Carolina Chickadee 7

Tufted Titmouse 1

Carolina Wren 5

American Robin 10

Gray Catbird 2

European Starling 10

Northern Parula 1

Northern Cardinal 5

Red-winged Blackbird 3

Common Grackle (Purple) 25

American Goldfinch 4

House Sparrow 5



View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...



This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



Larry Cartwright

prowarbler@verizon.net







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Subject: Wild Turkeys & Miss Kite
Date: Sun Aug 28 2016 12:48 pm
From: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
 
On the way home from Staunton View Park today I saw 6 Wild Turkeys on private farm on Hwy 58W.

Before going home I decided to see if one of the Mississippi Kites were around on Wolf Trap Rd & Good's Trail. Took only ten minutes before I had one flying overhead.

From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
103 Elizabeth Court
South Boston VA 24592
434-572-8619 Home
434-470-4352 Cell
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Subject: Merrimac Farm, Nokesville
Date: Sun Aug 28 2016 12:27 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Despite the promise of another very hot day, this morning at Merrimac Farm was delightfully cool.  Four birders gathered.  Perhaps the weather forecast kept others away.  The species count was not too impressive, but it was a nice walk anyway.  We spotted 24 species, with Blue-grey Gnatcatchers topping the list, followed by an unidentified flock of blackbirds and many Grey Catbirds.  We caught most of birds at the intersection of the Pond and the Bluebell Trails, at the location of the large, red barn.  The trees at this site were humming with all sorts of birds.  For those who frequent Merrimack Farm, be sure to investigate this spot.
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Mourning Dove  4
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
White-eyed Vireo  6
Red-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  2
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  12
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  10
Brown Thrasher  1
Prairie Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  3
Northern Cardinal  3
Indigo Bunting  2
blackbird sp.  15
American Goldfinch  5

The Prince William Conservation Alliance birdwalks at the Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area in Nokesville take place at 8 AM on the final Sunday of every month.  Birders meet at the Area's entrance located at the stonehouse at the end of Fleetwood Drive.  Questions may be directed to the Alliance at 703.499.4954,  or alliance@pwconserve.org

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Subject: Eastern Whip-poor-will @ Union Springs, R'ham County
Date: Sun Aug 28 2016 12:22 pm
From: birds AT naturefriendmagazine.com
 
We heard a Whip-poor-will singing for about five seconds last evening (27th)
at our place in Union Springs. I believe my previous late date was August
26.



Shaphan Shank

Union Springs

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Subject: VSO Chincoteague trip - openings for boat trip
Date: Sun Aug 28 2016 9:35 am
From: merandlee AT gmail.com
 
Hi All,

As usual, we are having a great response for the VSO Chincoteague trip
September 16-18!

While the 2 bus trips are filled, we still have seats available for the
boat trip.

Some of you who haven't attended in recent years may not be aware that we
now offer a boat trip on Saturday. The pontoon boat holds up to 100 people,
and past participants all reported having a great time. Since it goes out
during low tide, there's opportunity to see shorebirds feeding, along with
other species. If you'd like to learn more about the weekend trip, or the
boat trip in particular, the details are here:
http://www.virginiabirds.org/e...

Look forward to seeing many of you there!

Meredith
​ Bell​

​VSO Field Trips Co-Chair
Hayes, VA​
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Subject: Arlington : Kites and Nighthawks
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 21:08 pm
From: skybirds.d AT gmail.com
 
The juvenile Mississippi kite continues to fly around the intersection of 17th and Utah in n. Arlington.  It also frequently perches on various snags in the area and continues to be fed by the adult kites as well.

Later, 8:45 - 9:00, I counted six, Common Nighthawks feeding in the lights at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Va.

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Subject: Purple Martin show in Winchester
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 20:48 pm
From: jaybirdncarol AT verizon.net
 
Greetings,
Thanks to the Littles reporting on the Purple Martin show in Winchester, we took a road trip late this afternoon.

The show got off to a slow start but by 7:45, give or take, the sky was full of Purple Martins and European Starlings. They were swirling over the WalMart and Home Depot parking lots just off South Pleasant Valley Road.

We weren’t able to get counts, but there were easily 3-4,000 Purple Martins. The fun part was watching them settle into a line of trees along the West edge of the Home Depot parking lot where a number of storage sheds are on display. The interesting thing was the martins favored trees close to the bright lights of the parking lot.

It was quite a sight.

It was worth the 75 minute drive to get there!

Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon, VA
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Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (27 Aug 2016) 10 Raptors
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 18:53 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 27, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 26 26
Bald Eagle 1 23 23
Northern Harrier 0 3 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 13 13
Cooper's Hawk 0 10 10
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 3
Broad-winged Hawk 6 102 102
Red-tailed Hawk 2 6 6
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 9 9
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 2
Mississippi Kite 0 1 1

Total: 10 199 199
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers:

Visitors:
Andrew Sharp, Lauren Poe, Shannon & Chris Updike, Jason Stricklen, Tina
Manglicmot


Weather:
Partly cloudy (25-50%) with mild E winds. 25.2-28.3C. Hazy early in the
distance.

Raptor Observations:
Adult Bald Eagle 1:01pm. First vulture: 8:52am. First raptor: 9:00am BW.

Non-raptor Observations:
3 Monarchs, 2 Hummingbirds. A drone flying a few hundred yards east of the
watch.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach@virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...



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Subject: Leesburg yard birds - Black-and-White, Pine and Canada Warblers.
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 17:20 pm
From: drgerco AT hotmail.com
 
Is it spring or is it the beginning of fall migration. The answer depends
which bird you believe in. The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are territorial
and aggressive as they are in the spring and will chase pretty much anything
that flies. Bugs, butterflies and birds as large Blue Jay are being dive
bombed or chased like mad. They have yet to chase the frogs in the pond, but
at this rate and with this intense behavior it is a matter of time. It is
fun to watch this display. We have about 4-6 Ruby-throats around. The first
warblers are showing up to indicate fall season migration is beginning. A
pair of American Redstart, Black-and-White, Pine and a Canada Warbler were
seen. The male Scarlet Tanager now is green and is hard to find in the
trees. Yellow-billed cuckoos are calling and woodpeckers are more active.
Finally our resident Pileated, Red-bellied and Downy are showing up again.
Lingering Purple Martins are seen too. European Starlings are on the move,
but it was all juvenile birds. All in all, 36 species were recorded in the
yard this morning.



Gerco

Leesburg, VA

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Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Leesylvania State Park, Aug 27, 2016
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 16:53 pm
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 
VA Birders,
After splitting with Marc I made a quick drive thru Occoquan Bay NWR and tallied two more warblers for the day, Am Redstart and Prairie, plus another Black & White Warbler and an Eastern Kingbird. It was about 11:30 and sunny, hot and humid.
Kurt Gaskill

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> On Aug 27, 2016, at 5:19 PM, Marc Ribaudo wrote:
>
> Kurt Gaskill and I birded Leesylvania State Park this morning. Super-highlight was a Connecticut warbler at the small wetland at the end of the boardwalk. The bird was close to the boardwalk down low and well seen. While birding was slow in most spots we did manage 10 species of warbler, adding ovenbird, prothonotary, hooded, northern parula, common yellowthroat, black and white, yellow, northern waterthrush, and chestnut-sided. The complete list is below.
>
> Marc Ribaudo
>
> Leesylvania State Park, Prince William, Virginia, US
> Aug 27, 2016 7:14 AM - 10:30 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 5.0 mile(s)
> Comments: With Kurt GaskillSubmitted from eBird Android 1.2.5
> 53 species
>
> Mallard 14
> Double-crested Cormorant 4
> Great Blue Heron 2
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Osprey 2
> Bald Eagle 2
> Spotted Sandpiper 2
> Laughing Gull 4
> Ring-billed Gull 4
> Forster's Tern 1
> Mourning Dove 1
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
> Eastern Screech-Owl 2
> Chimney Swift 7
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
> Downy Woodpecker 5
> Northern Flicker 2
> Pileated Woodpecker 2
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 7
> Great Crested Flycatcher 3
> Red-eyed Vireo 11
> Blue Jay 6
> American Crow 3
> Fish Crow 4
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
> Tree Swallow 3
> Barn Swallow 3
> Carolina Chickadee 14
> Tufted Titmouse 8
> White-breasted Nuthatch 3
> House Wren 1
> Carolina Wren 11
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
> American Robin 2
> Brown Thrasher 1
> Northern Mockingbird 1
> European Starling 12
> Ovenbird 1
> Northern Waterthrush 1
> Black-and-white Warbler 1
> Prothonotary Warbler 1
> Connecticut Warbler 1 Bulky warbler. Olive back. Yellow underparts. Brown hood extending down chest. Complete white eye ring. Pale chin. Orangish legs. Stayed in vegetation low to ground.
> Common Yellowthroat 1
> Hooded Warbler 1
> Northern Parula 5
> Yellow Warbler 1
> Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
> Northern Cardinal 14
> Blue Grosbeak 1
> Common Grackle 4
> Baltimore Oriole 1
> American Goldfinch 3
>
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>
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Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Leesylvania State Park, Aug 27, 2016
Date: Sat Aug 27 2016 16:20 pm
From: moribaudo AT verizon.net
 
Kurt Gaskill and I birded Leesylvania State Park this morning.
Super-highlight was a Connecticut warbler at the small wetland at the end of
the boardwalk. The bird was close to the boardwalk down low and well seen.
While birding was slow in most spots we did manage 10 species of warbler,
adding ovenbird, prothonotary, hooded, northern parula, common yellowthroat,
black and white, yellow, northern waterthrush, and chestnut-sided. The
complete list is below.

Marc Ribaudo

Leesylvania State Park, Prince William, Virginia, US
Aug 27, 2016 7:14 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments: With Kurt GaskillSubmitted from eBird Android 1.2.5
53 species

Mallard 14
Double-crested Cormorant 4
Great Blue Heron 2
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 2
Bald Eagle 2
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Laughing Gull 4
Ring-billed Gull 4
Forster's Tern 1
Mourning Dove 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Eastern Screech-Owl 2
Chimney Swift 7
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 5
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 7
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Red-eyed Vireo 11
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 3
Fish Crow 4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Tree Swallow 3
Barn Swallow 3
Carolina Chickadee 14
Tufted Titmouse 8
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 11
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
American Robin 2
Brown Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 12
Ovenbird 1
Northern Waterthrush 1
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Prothonotary Warbler 1
Connecticut Warbler 1 Bulky warbler. Olive back. Yellow underparts.
Brown hood extending down chest. Complete white eye ring. Pale chin.
Orangish legs. Stayed in vegetation low to ground.
Common Yellowthroat 1
Hooded Warbler 1
Northern Parula 5
Yellow Warbler 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Northern Cardinal 14
Blue Grosbeak 1
Common Grackle 4
Baltimore Oriole 1
American Goldfinch 3

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