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22 Apr: @ 20:40:21  Whippoorwill [Mike McMahan via VA-bird]
22 Apr: @ 17:55:44  Late report 4/20/18 Visit to Rappahannock River Valley NWR and the National Fish Hatchery in Charles City County off Route 5 [Les Brooks via VA-bird]
22 Apr: @ 17:19:02  Fwd: Conway-Robinson State Forest , 22-abr-2018 [philkenny--- via VA-bird]
22 Apr: @ 17:14:52  Great Falls NP Bird Walk 04/22/2018 (Fairfax County) [Kristine Lansing via VA-bird]
22 Apr: @ 17:08:48  Orchard oriole, Woodbridge [Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird]
22 Apr: @ 14:18:59  Crozet, VA; 4/22/18 [Marshall Faintich via VA-bird]
22 Apr: @ 13:06:30  early Empid, Fauquier, 22 April [Steve Johnson via VA-bird]
22 Apr: @ 12:34:26  Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Apr 22, 2018 [Larry Meade via VA-bird]
22 Apr: @ 12:16:46  Warblers, Vireos at Observatory Hill, Albemarle County [Janet Paisley via VA-bird]
22 Apr: @ 12:02:00  Great-crested flycatcher, hooded and wormn-eating warblers, Prince William Co. [Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird]
22 Apr: @ 11:04:06  Blue-winged warbler [Constance L Arness via VA-bird]
22 Apr: @ 10:36:55  Dead GH Owl Accomack [Saundra Byrd via VA-bird]
22 Apr: @ 06:48:09  Saturday birds in Rockbridge Co [Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via VA-bird]
21 Apr: @ 14:27:25  Huntley Meadows merganser correction [Larry Cartwright via VA-bird]
21 Apr: @ 14:15:25 Re: Huntley Meadows Hike-Bike Trail: Migrants and Breeders [Larry Meade via VA-bird]
21 Apr: @ 14:07:46  Huntley Meadows Hike-Bike Trail: Migrants and Breeders [Larry Cartwright via VA-bird]
21 Apr: @ 13:29:11  FOS Wood Thrush, Yellow-throated Warbler in Highland County [Kevin Shank via VA-bird]
21 Apr: @ 13:24:59  Crow's Nest - Stafford County [Bill Hohenstein via VA-bird]
21 Apr: @ 12:40:10  Leesylvania State Park swallows and other migrants [Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird]
21 Apr: @ 12:35:57  VA Shenandoah Wetland Bank [Herbert Larner via VA-bird]
21 Apr: @ 10:12:52  Cliff and bank swallows, Leesylvania SP [Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird]
21 Apr: @ 07:34:51  Seasonal Overlap - FOY Catbird; Junco Remaining in Burke [George Martin via VA-bird]
21 Apr: @ 07:14:39  Cattle Egrets continue in King George [Scott Byrd via VA-bird]
20 Apr: @ 21:27:10  FOS Catbird and RT Hummer [Nancy Young via VA-bird]
20 Apr: @ 18:21:49 Re: Cattle Egrets in King George [Scott Byrd via VA-bird]
20 Apr: @ 18:12:04  Cattle Egrets in King George [Scott Byrd via VA-bird]
20 Apr: @ 15:35:53  2 FOY birds - Reston [David Young via VA-bird]
20 Apr: @ 15:07:27  Meadowwood Recreation Area, Fairfax Co. [Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird]
20 Apr: @ 14:35:24  Briery Branch Gap [Andrew Hawkins via VA-bird]
20 Apr: @ 13:57:28  Blue Ridge Parkway; 4/20/18 [Marshall Faintich via VA-bird]
20 Apr: @ 12:03:24 Re: FOS Indigo Bunting [Tom Thomas via VA-bird]
20 Apr: @ 11:43:18  FOS Catbird [morann--- via VA-bird]
20 Apr: @ 10:23:55  Mason District Park 4/20 [Ron Vogel via VA-bird]
20 Apr: @ 06:30:07  Arlington birding events (ARMN) [Lori B via VA-bird]
19 Apr: @ 18:43:27  help identifying dead baby bird (hawk?) [Lynn Rafferty via VA-bird]
19 Apr: @ 18:29:56 Re: Grasshopper Sparrow Dyke Marsh birds april 19 [Robert Beard via VA-bird]
19 Apr: @ 16:53:13  Windy day Augusta County [Herbert Larner via VA-bird]
19 Apr: @ 14:20:22  Dyke Marsh this morning [Edward Eder via VA-bird]
19 Apr: @ 14:13:49  Occoquan Bay NWR in the rain [Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird]
19 Apr: @ 13:05:29  Dyke Marsh birds april 19 in AM [Edward Eder via VA-bird]
19 Apr: @ 05:24:13 Re: advice for GPS app [Steve Johnson via VA-bird]
18 Apr: @ 21:13:51  FOS Hummingbird, R'ham County [Kevin Shank via VA-bird]
18 Apr: @ 16:59:12  FOY Yard Birds- Reston [David Young via VA-bird]
18 Apr: @ 16:45:25  Bull Run Regional Park April 17 [Steve Johnson via VA-bird]
18 Apr: @ 15:21:28  Fwd: eBird Report - Cub Run Stream Valley Park (South), Apr 18, 2018 [Phil Silas via VA-bird]
18 Apr: @ 14:40:02  Orange-crowned Warbler [Marshall Faintich via VA-bird]
18 Apr: @ 11:17:15  VABBA2 Updates - Northern Saw-whet Owls, workshops, and more! [Ashley Peele via VA-bird]
18 Apr: @ 08:08:59  A pair of bald eagles [Vineeta Anand via VA-bird]
17 Apr: @ 18:24:29  Amended Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, week ending 4-17-18 [Gerry Hawkins via VA-bird]
17 Apr: @ 16:29:54  FOS Spotted Sandpiper [Larry Cartwright via VA-bird]





Subject: Whippoorwill
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 20:40 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
4-22 Albemarle County- 1.5 miles SW of Charlottesville city limits in Dudley Mtn proximity. Started about 8:15 and did 3 short duration calls about 10 min apart., First we have heard on property in at least 2 Years.

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Subject: Late report 4/20/18 Visit to Rappahannock River Valley NWR and the National Fish Hatchery in Charles City County off Route 5
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 17:55 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hello everyone!.......I saw the following during my cold and windy morning visit to the NWR. Red-Tailed Hawk.(2), Bald Eagle.(3 in flight)..Immature Northern Harrier..(1)..Osprey.(2)..White-Throated Sparrow.(10)..Male Northern Cardinal.(2)...Red-Winged Blackbird.(3)..White-Eyed Vireo.(1)....During my visit to the National Fish Hatchery I saw the following. One super looking Yellow-Throated Warbler. It paid me such a close visit that I could not take any photos. It perched on my drivers side mirror right next to me and gave me a good look over before hoping on my windshield and the ground. No photo but that was a cool looker!. I had 3 photos of a White-Eyed Vireo if you care to have a look..... http://natures-finest-photogra... birding!.....Les Brooks......Glen Allen



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Subject: Fwd: Conway-Robinson State Forest , 22-abr-2018
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 17:19 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I birded Conway Robinson in Prince William County this morning.
There were lots of Blue-headed Vireos, and RCKI. I heard a Great-crested Flycatcher, No. Parula and Prairie warblers.
I also found a Northern Waterthrush. Photos are embedded in the eBird list. Please let me know what you think. The eyebrow was fairly short and narrow and the throat had fine streaks. I think it is a bit early for NOWA.
> https://ebird.org/view/checkli...
Thanks,
Phil

Phillip Kenny
1731 Killarney Court
Vienna, VA 22182-2133
703-255-5423
[email protected]



> Inicio del mensaje reenviado:
>
> De: [email protected]
> Asunto: Conway-Robinson State Forest , 22-abr-2018
> Fecha: 22 de abril de 2018, 6:01:04 PM EDT
> Para: [email protected]
>
> Conway-Robinson State Forest, Prince William, Virginia, US
> 22-abr-2018 7:30 - 10:29
> Protocolo: Con Desplazamiento
> 2.697 milla(s)
> 41 especie
>
> Canada Goose 2
> Wood Duck 2
> Black Vulture 1
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Barred Owl 2
> Red-headed Woodpecker 3
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
> Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 8
> Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 2
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 4
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Great Crested Flycatcher 1
> Blue-headed Vireo 8
> Blue Jay 4
> Fish Crow 1
> Common Raven 1
> Carolina Chickadee 7
> Tufted Titmouse 6
> White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 4
> Winter Wren 1
> Carolina Wren 4
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 7
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
> American Robin 6
> Ovenbird 3
> Northern Waterthrush 1
> Northern Parula 1
> Palm Warbler (Yellow) 12
> Pine Warbler 8
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 15
> Prairie Warbler 1
> Chipping Sparrow 3
> White-throated Sparrow 6
> Swamp Sparrow 1
> Eastern Towhee 4
> Northern Cardinal 6
> Red-winged Blackbird 4
> Brown-headed Cowbird 6
> Common Grackle 6
> American Goldfinch 3
>
> Ver este listado en lnea en https://ebird.org/view/checkli...
>
> Este reporte fue generado automticamente por eBird versin 3 (http://www.ebird.org ) (http://ebird.org/content/atlas... )

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Subject: Great Falls NP Bird Walk 04/22/2018 (Fairfax County)
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 17:14 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Following is the tally from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified approximately 48 species and included 21 participants. Highlights included: a Gray Catbird occupying the ideal "catbird's seat" in an evergreen; an Orange-crowned Warbler doing its best not to be counted; a Spotted Sandpiper braving high waters in search of breakfast; a Northern Parula deigning descent to a reasonable viewing level; andan Orchard Oriole basking in the sun.
For participants: if you did not receive, but would like, a shared copy of the original eBird report, please don't hesitate to contact me.
The walk meets at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, rain or shine, in front of the snack bar/concession stand of the Great Falls Park visitors' center; it does not take place, though, during electrical storms, heavy snows, or when the trails are icy. All birders are welcome!


Canada Goose 30
Wood Duck 1
Mallard 3
Common Merganser 2
Double-crested Cormorant 33
Great Blue Heron 12
Black Vulture 30
Turkey Vulture 8
Osprey 1
Bald Eagle 3 Adults in flight and/or at Conn Island nest; also one sub-adult observed in flight over the park.
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Spotted Sandpiper 1
gull sp. 12 Soaring high above the park, too distant to identify with precision.
Mourning Dove 3
Barred Owl 2
Chimney Swift 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Downy/Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Phoebe 3
Blue Jay 10
American Crow 6
crow sp. 8
swallow sp. 50 Too distant to identify with precision.
Carolina Chickadee 12
Tufted Titmouse 15
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 9
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 12
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
Eastern Bluebird 5
American Robin 6
Gray Catbird 1
Cedar Waxwing 3
Louisiana Waterthrush 3
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Northern Parula 8
Palm Warbler 10
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Chipping Sparrow 6
White-throated Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 12
Orchard Oriole 1
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 10
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 50

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

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



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Subject: Orchard oriole, Woodbridge
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 17:08 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I just looked out my window and saw an adult male orchard oriole in a backyard holly, next to a cedar waxwing. Doesn't get much better than that.

Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: Crozet, VA; 4/22/18
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 14:18 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
43 avian species including American Bittern, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron,
Green Heron, and three warbler species: Worm-eating, Prairie, and
Yellow-rumped. Report and photos:




http://www.faintich.net/Blog20...



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Crozet, VA

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www.faintich.net

In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
line, so you might as well enjoy the journey !!

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Subject: early Empid, Fauquier, 22 April
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 13:06 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hello birders,


Can you please advise me on an Empidonax flycatcher ID? Lynn and I were out surveying for the Breeding Bird Atlas this morning 22 April near Markham (Fauquier County). We saw a small bird foraging like a flycatcher at about 8-10 feet above the ground. I looked at it for a long time, studying eye ring, length of primary projection, etc., none of which were probably going to help us anyway. We both listened to try and hear some song. No vocals unfortunately.


I am positive this was an Empid family bird. The family ID is based on giss, overall coloration, wing bars, behavior, bill size and shape, shape of head and crest, and shape and width of eye ring. I had no idea which species it was, except I believe it was too large for Least Fly.


Nearby there was a White-eyed Vireo foraging. Our flycatcher had significant greenish color and yellowish edgings, but subdued by comparison with the Vireo. It struck me as greener than I recall from past years when I saw Alder and Willow.


The foraging behavior was short flights to nearby perches, not returning, and not long flights. The habitat was mixed second growth on a slope; open shrubs under short-medium height deciduous trees, just slightly more open than I would have expected for the Vireo.


So then I looked at eBird reports of Empid flycatchers so far this year. The only one further north is Least, and that has only occurred further west (Ohio). The furthest north of the other Empids (by far) is Acadian, a few reports in North Carolina.



Would Acadian be consistent with the moderate greenish color on this bird? And if so, does the much-further-north distribution this year of Acadians, compared to other Empid species, warrant reporting it as such?


Thanks everyone. FYI before anyone asks -- yes, we did consider all the Vireo species and Kinglets and other flycatcher spp. We saw and heard Great-crested Fly and Ruby-crowned Kings there today, and this was not one of those.


Steve Johnson
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Apr 22, 2018
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 12:34 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Because of road closures affecting access to Dyke Marsh, the Friends of Dyke Marsh held a walk this morning at Huntley Meadows. Next Sunday will be back to normal with a free and open to all walk at Dyke Marsh at 8:00 AM. This morning we found many of the same birds found by the Northern Virginia Bird Club yesterday. A few notables included a Gray Catbird, House Wren, a heard only Great-crested Flycatcher and Ovenbirds.

Larry Meade
Merrifield, VA






Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Apr 22, 2018 8:00 AM - 11:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.6 mile(s)
Comments: FODM walk
45 species

Canada Goose 15
Wood Duck 4
Mallard 5
Hooded Merganser 14 Female with ducklings
Turkey Vulture 5
Cooper's Hawk 2
Bald Eagle 2
Ring-billed Gull 1
Mourning Dove 6
Chimney Swift 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Blue-headed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 5
Fish Crow 4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Tree Swallow 12
Carolina Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 8
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 20
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Eastern Bluebird 4
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin 9
Gray Catbird 1
European Starling 3
Ovenbird 2
Common Yellowthroat 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler 30
Chipping Sparrow 4
White-throated Sparrow 15
Song Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 5
Eastern Towhee 12
Northern Cardinal 12
Red-winged Blackbird 10
Brown-headed Cowbird 8
Common Grackle 4
American Goldfinch 10
House Sparrow 5 Across the street at the gas station

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

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

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Subject: Warblers, Vireos at Observatory Hill, Albemarle County
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 12:16 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
O'Hill is what local birders call the eBird Hotspot, "Observatory Mountain" which is on the UVA Grounds on McCormick Drive where it meets Edgemont Drive at the top of the mountain. It is the highest knob in town, and is along a mountain flyway that brings us migratory birds, both Spring and Fall. I went there this morning to scout for the Monticello Bird Club field trip scheduled there on at 7:00 am on 4/24, as part of the two week long Birding Before Work series. See the monticellobirdclub.org for details. All are welcome.

As soon as I got out of the car this morning, I was into a singing mixed flock of warblers and vireos. Pete came along later for the tail end of the wave.

There is not much parking at the top of the mountain and we have been asked not to pull off on the grass on the side of the road. On field trip days, please park at the bottom of the mountain on Edgemont Drive in the National Radio Astronomy parking lot, and we will carpool to the top at 7:00, and carpool back down at 8:30. You could walk down in about 10 -15 minutes. If you go there by yourself, please park in the pull off areas near the top, which can accommodate several cars. Please be considerate of Ricky, the caretaker who lives up there. We are birding in his yard. Thank you.

Janet Paisley
Charlottesville, VA

Observatory Mountain, Albemarle, Virginia, US
Apr 22, 2018 8:37 AM - 11:10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.846 mile(s)
26 species

Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 6
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 5
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 5
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 3
Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons) 3
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) 2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 5
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 6
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 8
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 7
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 3
Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum) 1
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 3
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) 2
Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea) 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) 8 Actual count as they moved though
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata) 7
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens) 3
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 5
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 4
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Subject: Great-crested flycatcher, hooded and wormn-eating warblers, Prince William Co.
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 12:02 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I helped Phil Silas survey the new Civil War battlefield preserve on Cockpit Point in Dumfries this morning.  We encountered a number of migrants and new arrivals during our bushwhacking.  These included several worm-eating warblers, a silent great-crested flycatcher, a heard-only eastern kingbird, orchard oriole, and savannah sparrow.  Along Possum Point Road we found a green heron and a solitary sandpiper in one of the ponds.  Prior to meeting Phil I birded Breckinridge Road before dawn and heard a FOY hooded warbler, along with very vocal ovenbirds and black-and-white warblers.


Marc Ribaudo
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Subject: Blue-winged warbler
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 11:04 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Jerry Therrien and I had a Blue-winged warbler in the shrubs by the house in Esmont ( southern Albemarle County) this morning.
~Connie

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Subject: Dead GH Owl Accomack
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 10:36 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Was heading south on rt 13 this morning and saw large raptor laying in middle of road .Did a uturn and went back to pull it onto shoulder. Was surprised to see it was gh owl. Very sad. In good condition in center median now near churches north of parksley.

Bsykes
Accomack va

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Subject: Saturday birds in Rockbridge Co
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 6:48 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I visited several places looking for new arrivals, yesterday.  At Willow Lake, near Raphine, there were 2 Green Herons and 4 Pied-billed Grebes plus the usual Canada Geese and swallows.  Nearby at McCormick's Farm, there were a few Ruby-crowned Kinglets still here and there were 5 Blue-winged Teal on the back pond.  Along River Rd, south of Buena Vista, I found 3 Yellow-throated Warblers singing and foraging in the sycamores along the Maury River.  The Cliff Swallows have returned and are busy repairing their nests.  We now have a large colony of CLSW under the Maury River bridge in Glasgow.  I would guess there are 50 nests.

I've posted some photos from yesterday on my Flickr site, if you are interested.

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

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept
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Subject: Huntley Meadows merganser correction
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 14:27 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Thank you Larry Meade for pointing out the checklist era.



That should be 14 Hooded Mergansers instead of 14 Common.



Larry Cartwright

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Subject: Huntley Meadows Hike-Bike Trail: Migrants and Breeders
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 14:15 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I was on the boardwalk side of Huntley Meadows with the Fairfax Master Naturalists and I can add a few birds to Larry's list for the park today. We had Greater Yellowlegs. Blue-winged Teal, Gadwall, and Green Herons.

Larry Meade
Merrifield, VA







-----Original Message-----
From: Larry Cartwright via VA-bird
To: va-bird
Sent: Sat, Apr 21, 2018 3:01 pm
Subject: [VA-bird] Huntley Meadows Hike-Bike Trail: Migrants and Breeders

Twenty-five birders joined the Northern Virginia Bird Club today for a walk
led by Stacia Novy along Huntley Meadow's Hike-Bike Trial. The walk
commenced with the discovery of a Cooper's Hawk sitting on a nest just off
the entrance road leading to the maintenance building. Both Blue-headed and
White-eyed Vireos were singing at the maintenance building. The group was
delighted by a cooperative Louisiana Waterthrush at the Pond along the Pond
Trail. An equally cooperative Pine Warbler entertained the group on the
Hike-Bike Trail just past the Woodcock Meadow. On the way back we found
over a dozen quite vocal Rusty Blackbirds. The wooded area adjacent to the
water control structure hosted a Prothonotary and Yellow Warbler while a
host of swallows, including Purple Martin, foraged for insects over the
marsh. A hen Hooded Merganser with 13 newly-hatched precocial youngsters
obviously pleased the entire group.





Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia, US Apr 21,
2018 7:43 AM - 11:14 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.25 mile(s)

66 species (+1 other taxa)



Canada Goose 15

Wood Duck 3

Mallard 4

Common Merganser 14 One hen with 13 recently hatched young.

Double-crested Cormorant 15

Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1

Black Vulture 1

Turkey Vulture 3

Osprey 2

Cooper's Hawk 1 Sitting on nest just off the road that runs from
parking lot to maintenance building

Bald Eagle 4

Red-shouldered Hawk 3

American Coot 1

Solitary Sandpiper 2

Caspian Tern 3

Mourning Dove 12

Barred Owl 2

Chimney Swift 20

Belted Kingfisher 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 3

Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 8

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2

Pileated Woodpecker 3

Eastern Phoebe 2

White-eyed Vireo 4

Blue-headed Vireo 1

Blue Jay 6

American Crow 3

Fish Crow 2

crow sp. 12

Common Raven 1

Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1

Purple Martin 4

Tree Swallow 25

Barn Swallow 6

Carolina Chickadee 12

Tufted Titmouse 20

White-breasted Nuthatch 2

Carolina Wren 16

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 30

Golden-crowned Kinglet 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 18

Eastern Bluebird 4

Hermit Thrush 4

American Robin 20

European Starling 3

Ovenbird 2

Louisiana Waterthrush 1

Prothonotary Warbler 1

Common Yellowthroat 7

Yellow Warbler 1

Palm Warbler (Yellow) 6

Pine Warbler 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 8

Chipping Sparrow 4

White-throated Sparrow 60

Song Sparrow 2

Swamp Sparrow 1

Eastern Towhee 18

Northern Cardinal 20

Indigo Bunting 1

Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 42

Brown-headed Cowbird 7

Rusty Blackbird 18

Common Grackle (Purple) 8

American Goldfinch 12

House Sparrow 1



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Subject: Huntley Meadows Hike-Bike Trail: Migrants and Breeders
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 14:07 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Twenty-five birders joined the Northern Virginia Bird Club today for a walk
led by Stacia Novy along Huntley Meadow's Hike-Bike Trial. The walk
commenced with the discovery of a Cooper's Hawk sitting on a nest just off
the entrance road leading to the maintenance building. Both Blue-headed and
White-eyed Vireos were singing at the maintenance building. The group was
delighted by a cooperative Louisiana Waterthrush at the Pond along the Pond
Trail. An equally cooperative Pine Warbler entertained the group on the
Hike-Bike Trail just past the Woodcock Meadow. On the way back we found
over a dozen quite vocal Rusty Blackbirds. The wooded area adjacent to the
water control structure hosted a Prothonotary and Yellow Warbler while a
host of swallows, including Purple Martin, foraged for insects over the
marsh. A hen Hooded Merganser with 13 newly-hatched precocial youngsters
obviously pleased the entire group.





Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia, US Apr 21,
2018 7:43 AM - 11:14 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.25 mile(s)

66 species (+1 other taxa)



Canada Goose 15

Wood Duck 3

Mallard 4

Common Merganser 14 One hen with 13 recently hatched young.

Double-crested Cormorant 15

Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1

Black Vulture 1

Turkey Vulture 3

Osprey 2

Cooper's Hawk 1 Sitting on nest just off the road that runs from
parking lot to maintenance building

Bald Eagle 4

Red-shouldered Hawk 3

American Coot 1

Solitary Sandpiper 2

Caspian Tern 3

Mourning Dove 12

Barred Owl 2

Chimney Swift 20

Belted Kingfisher 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 3

Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 8

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2

Pileated Woodpecker 3

Eastern Phoebe 2

White-eyed Vireo 4

Blue-headed Vireo 1

Blue Jay 6

American Crow 3

Fish Crow 2

crow sp. 12

Common Raven 1

Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1

Purple Martin 4

Tree Swallow 25

Barn Swallow 6

Carolina Chickadee 12

Tufted Titmouse 20

White-breasted Nuthatch 2

Carolina Wren 16

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 30

Golden-crowned Kinglet 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 18

Eastern Bluebird 4

Hermit Thrush 4

American Robin 20

European Starling 3

Ovenbird 2

Louisiana Waterthrush 1

Prothonotary Warbler 1

Common Yellowthroat 7

Yellow Warbler 1

Palm Warbler (Yellow) 6

Pine Warbler 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 8

Chipping Sparrow 4

White-throated Sparrow 60

Song Sparrow 2

Swamp Sparrow 1

Eastern Towhee 18

Northern Cardinal 20

Indigo Bunting 1

Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 42

Brown-headed Cowbird 7

Rusty Blackbird 18

Common Grackle (Purple) 8

American Goldfinch 12

House Sparrow 1



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Subject: FOS Wood Thrush, Yellow-throated Warbler in Highland County
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 13:29 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I found a few FOS birds this morning while birding a few miles south of
McDowell in Highland County. Best birds were a Wood Thrush and a singing
Yellow-throated Warbler. The latter was in the sycamores along the
Bullpasture River where McClung Rd. crosses the river. Other birds included
Barred Owl and 3 more warblers: Ovenbird, B&W, and Pine.



Shaphan Shank

Union Springs

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Subject: Crow's Nest - Stafford County
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 13:24 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hi all:


I visited Crow's Nest State Natural Area the past two weekends. The area is a good spot for early season neo-tropicals. Warbler species included Prothonotory, Yellow Rumped, Hooded, Black and White, Black Throated Blue (new this week), Parula, Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, Louisiana Waterthrush, and Yellow Throated Warbler (last week only). Ovenbirds echo through the woods, seemingly everywhere. Parulas are the next most common. Louisiana Waterthrush, Hooded, and Prothonotory are singing in the bottomlands and along the stream. Yellow Throated Vireo were seen both weeks. New this week was a pair of Ravens by the narrow bridge on the way to the entrance (on Raven Road -- who would have guessed).

I loaded a lot of video of singing warblers for anyone with an interest -- or a need to brush up on warbler songs.


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

Last week: https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
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Subject: Leesylvania State Park swallows and other migrants
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 12:40 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge was a bit slow this morning warbler-wise, but several high quality appearances by other birds made for a fun morning.  Best bird was a cliff swallow, seen from the overlook at the end of the Powell's Creek trail.  Many swallows were feeding low over the water, mostly barns and trees.  I was looking for oddballs when I saw a dark-backed bird with a large, buffy rump patch and squared-off tail.  I was able to spot it several times as it made its way up and down the water, passing out of sight behind trees.  I also saw a couple of bank swallows.  Purple martin was the only swallow missing from the flock.  Other goodies were several blue-headed vireos, a kestrel (courtesy of Scott Priebe), and a calling great-horned owl.  The owl was hooting from the ridge behind the administrative office when I passed the entrance booth just before 7am.  Later in the morning I walked the trail that runs along the ridge looking for a nest or branching young, b
ut no luck,


Marc Ribaudo
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Subject: VA Shenandoah Wetland Bank
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 12:35 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
>
> Hi all,
>
>
>
> Allen Larner and I were granted written permission to bird
> the Shenandoah Wetland Bank in Stuart™s Draft and we did
> just that this morning. It was a successful birding morning
> in that we had two Sora, two Virginia Rail, one American
> Bittern, Common Yellowthroat, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Swamp
> Sparrow, etc. A complete list is below.
>
>
>
> Our permission is granted for the next few months as we
> gather information for county records and breeding bird
> surveys.
>
>
>
> There was a redneck on an adjacent property with a gun which
> he fired twice not at us but certainly to let us know that
> he was watching us!
>
>
>
> Penny Warren
>
> Staunton
>
>
>
> Apr 21, 2018
>
> 6:51 AM
>
> Traveling
>
> 0.40 miles
>
> 71 Minutes
>
> All birds reported? Yes
>
> Comments: Birding with Allen Larner
>
> Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.6.5 Build 36
>
>
>
> 2 Canada Goose
>
> 5 Wood Duck
>
> 1 American Bittern
>
> 1 Green Heron
>
> 2 Virginia Rail -- Visual on one while another was singing
> in the background.
>
> 2 Sora
>
> 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
>
> 1 Downy Woodpecker
>
> 1 Northern Flicker
>
> 1 Pileated Woodpecker
>
> 1 Common Raven
>
> 2 Carolina Chickadee
>
> 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
>
> 2 American Robin
>
> 2 Brown Thrasher
>
> 1 Common Yellowthroat
>
> 2 White-throated Sparrow
>
> 1 Song Sparrow
>
> 1 Swamp Sparrow
>
> 1 Eastern Towhee
>
> 7 Northern Cardinal
>
> 37 Red-winged Blackbird
>
> 2 Brown-headed Cowbird
>
> 1 Rusty Blackbird
>
> 5 Common Grackle
>
> 3 American Goldfinch
>
>
>
> Number of Taxa: 26


Penny Warren
Staunton



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Subject: Cliff and bank swallows, Leesylvania SP
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 10:12 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
There is a large flock of swallows currently feeding over Powell's Creek that contains at least one cliff swallow and several bank swallows.

Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: Seasonal Overlap - FOY Catbird; Junco Remaining in Burke
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 7:34 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
It's nice to see birds of different seasons at the same time in my yard.
This morning, I saw my FOY catbird in the birdbath while a dark-eyed junco
pecked under the millet feeder.

George Martin
Burke, VA
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Subject: Cattle Egrets continue in King George
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 7:14 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Currently located in field on right side of Port Conway Road immediately after turning off of Route 3.


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Subject: FOS Catbird and RT Hummer
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 21:27 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Yesterday morning I looked out the back window and saw our first Catbird of
the year. Then I walked to the front window and there was our first
Ruby-throated Hummingbird. I was glad I had hung up the hummer feeder even
though we see very few until late July. Towhees have been around since
February 12 “ males only. I have only seen a female once or twice in the
three years we have lived here. The Juncos and White-throated Sparrows are
still hanging around. A female Red-belly shows up most days year round. But
starting April 6 a male has been coming around for the first time.

Nancy Young
Botetourt County

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Subject: Cattle Egrets in King George
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 18:21 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
King™s Highway
Scott Byrd
Dang autocorrect


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On Friday, April 20, 2018, 6:54 PM, Scott Byrd via VA-bird wrote:

Just saw two Cattle Egrets on the field to the right just after you turn onto Port Conway Rd off of Kong™s Highway.
Sxott Byrd

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Subject: Cattle Egrets in King George
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 18:12 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Just saw two Cattle Egrets on the field to the right just after you turn onto Port Conway Rd off of Kong™s Highway.
Sxott Byrd

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Subject: 2 FOY birds - Reston
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 15:35 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Highlight birds 4/20/18


Sunrise Valley Wetlands

FOY*- Green Heron - 1
Swamp Sparrow 3
Palm Warbler (yellow) 1
Myrtle Warbler - 4
Barn Swallow
Rough Winged Swallow
Tree Swallow

Palm Warbler (yello ) 1
Myrtle Warbler - 4
Swamp Sparrow


Lake Fairfax -
Great Egret - 4
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Solitary Sandpiper 1
FOY * - Eastern Kingbird 1, in first park planted tree by Cricket field parking lot


* I just use first of year FOY when I in fact see a bird for first time in that year

and first of season FOS when perhaps seeing returning bird in the Fall or
Winter again in same year. No rule, just helps mostly later in the year I guess.




David Young
Reston, Va

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Subject: Meadowwood Recreation Area, Fairfax Co.
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 15:07 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I birded Meadowwood Recreation Area on Mason Neck this morning as part of Jim Waggener's ongoing wildlife surveys.  I personally tallied 75 species, with 6 more being seen by others in the group.  Highlights were a FOY broad-winged hawk, a horned grebe in breeding plumage, vesper and savannah sparrows, chimney swifts, sharp-shinned hawk, eastern meadowlark, northern waterthrush, peregrine falcon, canvasback, and Bonaparte's gulls.


Marc Ribaudo
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Subject: Briery Branch Gap
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 14:35 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Red Crossbills right at the Gap this mourning watering at puddle in road.
Area closed
Saturday April 21st for US Forrest Service controlled burn.
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Subject: Blue Ridge Parkway; 4/20/18
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 13:57 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
FOS Blue-headed Vireo; FOS Barred Owl; FOS Broad-winged Hawk. Report and
photos:




http://www.faintich.net/Blog20...



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

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In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
line, so you might as well enjoy the journey !!

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Subject: FOS Indigo Bunting
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 12:03 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
> At feeder this am in Eastern Goochland Co.

Tom Thomas
Manakin Sabot VA


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Subject: FOS Catbird
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 11:43 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Catbird eating red pepper suet cylinder right now. Saw him earlier chasing the female bluebird as she attempted to land on another suet feeder. She was off her nest for food; there are five lovely blue eggs in the bluebird box.


Ann Donaldson
Barboursville
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Subject: Mason District Park 4/20
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 10:23 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Took a quick loop thru Mason District Park (Annandale, Virginia) this
morning, mainly to check on the progress of the Turkeycock Run streambank
stabilization project.

Ran into a nice mix of arriving/departing migrants-best birds were my FOY
black-throated green warbler and an FOY veery. Lots of kinglets, palm
warblers, and several blue headed vireos.

Portends for a great weekend of birding in the Northern Virginia area.



As far as the stabilization project is concerned, I trust the result will be
worth the money that Fairfax County has poured into it. I have watched,
though, as heavy equipment has basically turned the meadow below the
amphitheater

Into a hard packed mess. This meadow and the woodland/scrub margins
surrounding it have been a terrific birding location, and I'm concerned that
recovery will take a long time.



Everyone enjoy a great weekend of birds!





Ron Vogel

Annandale, VA









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Subject: Arlington birding events (ARMN)
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 6:30 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
As part of the 2018 Year of the Bird ,
Arlington Regional Master Naturalists is organizing two public programs to
help us explore and celebrate our avian treasures.

1) Birds of Arlington

this
Sunday, April 22, 6:30pm - 8:30pm at Arlington Central Library.
Learn how to recognize our common birds by ear as well as an introduction
to our local raptors. An overview of the City Nature Challenge 2018 will
also be provided. Prizes will given out as well.

2) Birding Arlington by Bike

next
Saturday, April 28, at 8:30am.

We'll bicycle around Arlington's birding hotspots on this 17 mile jaunt to
see how many species we can tally. Beginning birders are welcome. Meet at
the parking lot of Bancroft Sports & Fitness Center (4200 S Four Mile Run
Drive) at 8:30 am. (Rain date of 4/29.)

Non-bicyclists are invited to join the group at 10 am at Fort CF Smith
(2411 24th St N) where a local naturalist will lead the group in looking
for birds there.

Please bring your own bicycle toolkit including flat tire repair items.

3) Finally, if you are interested in supporting our local ecosystems by
planting native plants, the ARMN blog contains a list of regional spring
native plant sales .
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Subject: help identifying dead baby bird (hawk?)
Date: Thu Apr 19 2018 18:43 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Observed an American Crow awkwardly carrying a dead baby hawk(?).  The head
was missing. Then the crow again tried and failed to fly with it. Several
crows then were after pieces. Over the next 15 minutes we saw several
crows carrying large pieces of something.
Don't know what kind of bird it was, but it was quite large for having
almost no feathers. I thought the claws might give a clue.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
Lynn Rafferty
Oakton, VA
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Subject: Grasshopper Sparrow Dyke Marsh birds april 19
Date: Thu Apr 19 2018 18:29 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Did not relocate all the birds that Ed Eder found, but did find a lonesome Grasshopper Sparrow.  It was seen in the picnic area in the grass near the water's edge directly in line with the restroom building. Had both a view with bins and scope to get nice close ups.

Robert Beard Richmond VA
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------ Original message------
From: Edward Eder via VA-bird
Date: Thu, Apr 19, 2018 1:07 PM
To: va bird;
Cc:
Subject:[VA-bird] Dyke Marsh birds april 19 in AM

Highlights today include three Common Loons including two flyovers, one American Bittern, two Spotted Sandpipers, One Greater Yellowlegs and FOS Worm-eating warbler and Catbird. A surprising number of waterfowl were east of the boardwalk including rafts of 25 Ruddy Ducks, 45 Lesser Scaup along with 2 Greater
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Subject: Windy day Augusta County
Date: Thu Apr 19 2018 16:53 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hello all

This morning when I took off to go birding in Rockingham County I got side tracked by my first stop on Bells Lane . Here I found over 30 Ruddy Duck & over 16 Bufflehead . With this in mind I decided to check out the rest of Augusta County. Also I had 5 warblers Yellow - rumped on Bells Lane , Black & White , La. Waterthrush , Worm - eating , Pine & one House Wren behind the Boy Scout Camp & one Grasshopper Sparrow on Bells Lane .

Shorebirds are starting to come in a few good numbers . Thru out Augusta County I had Spotted Sandpiper -- 8 , Solitary -- 1, Greater Yellowlegs - 4 , Lesser Yellowlegs -- 23 & Wilson Snipe -- 7 . There was a mini waterfowl fallout with the following .

WOOD DUCK -- 14

GADWALL -- 7

BLUE - WINGED TEAL -- 35

NORTHERN SHOVELER -- 4

GREATER SCAUP -- 5

BUFFLEHEAD -- 60

HOODED MERGANSER -- 3

COMMON MERGANSER --3 -- ONE ON BELLS LANE & 2 AT THE RED MILL IN CRIMORA ALONG THE SOUTH RIVER

RUDDY DUCK -- 235 WITH ONE MALE HAVING A SOLID BLACK HEAD --- THE SIBLEYS FIELD GUIDE STATES THAT THIS FORM IS RARE .

PIED - BILLED GREBE -- 9

HORNED GREBE -- 9

D C CORMORANT -- 1

BONAPARTE'S GULL -- 3

Brenda Tekin called me & stated that she saw a dark morph Rough - legged Hawk flying north & hunting along I 81 ( she was south bound ) in a open field to the east about a mile from exit 225 .


Allen Larner
Staunton
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Subject: Dyke Marsh this morning
Date: Thu Apr 19 2018 14:20 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Highlights today include three Common Loons including two flyovers, one American Bittern, two Spotted Sandpipers, One Greater Yellowlegs and FOS Worm-eating warbler and Catbird. A surprising number of waterfowl were east of the boardwalk including rafts of 25 Ruddy Ducks, 45 Lesser Scaup along with 2 Greater Scaup and 11 Northern Shovelers.
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Subject: Occoquan Bay NWR in the rain
Date: Thu Apr 19 2018 14:13 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I had a very enjoyable walk at Occoquan Bay NWR this morning despite intermittent showers.  The temperature was comfortable, there was no wind, and the rain seemed to activate the birds.  I tallied 72 species with several first-of-years, including yellow warbler, prothonotary warbler, and chimney swift.  Other notables were about 100 Bonaparte's gulls in several flocks in the air and on the water, a common loon, lots of ruddy ducks, 2 canvasback and 2 bufflehead, a pied-billed grebe tucked in the reeds off the blind, king rail, kestrel, rusty blackbirds, savannah sparrows, multiple singing prairie warblers, and pine warbler.



Marc Ribaudo
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Subject: Dyke Marsh birds april 19 in AM
Date: Thu Apr 19 2018 13:05 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Highlights today include three Common Loons including two flyovers, one American Bittern, two Spotted Sandpipers, One Greater Yellowlegs and FOS Worm-eating warbler and Catbird. A surprising number of waterfowl were east of the boardwalk including rafts of 25 Ruddy Ducks, 45 Lesser Scaup along with 2 Greater
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Subject: advice for GPS app
Date: Thu Apr 19 2018 5:24 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hello everyone,
I'm sorry to bring this up one last time, but I think I should correct some misinformation I reported here.


It turns out that the Google Maps app on smart phones, both Apple iOS and Android, *does* display the lat/lon coordinates of a "dropped pin" (such as, for example, your current position, if you hold your finger down on it). I was just having trouble finding it.


Here's the trick I was missing. Hold your finger down on the screen to drop a pin on the map - for example, you can do that for your current displayed location if you want. You'll get a sub-window with "Dropped Pin" - usually at the bottom of the map. Slide that sub-window up, and if necessary slide it up again. Somewhere in the resulting expanded window you should see your lat/lon coordinates in decimal degrees.


Thanks to Barbara Saffir, who patiently walked me through understanding this!!


(Note, I do still like the other app "My GPS Coordinates", because it continuously updates the display. You get continuous monitoring of your location without any finger-holding or window-sliding.)


Steve Johnson
[email protected]




-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Johnson via VA-bird
To: va-bird
Sent: Tue, Apr 17, 2018 6:53 am
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] advice for GPS app




Hello birders,


Several people kindly gave me suggestions for a GPS app (Thank you!!), and also several people asked me to pass along what I heard. So I'll go ahead and post the results to the listserv.


First, I should have been more precise in my wording. I said "show me my current latitude and longitude" because I want an app that shows me the numbers. On the display, in real time, right now. Most apps do a lot of fancy map display, way points, tracking, directions, and that stuff is all really cool and I often use it. But most apps don't tell you your current lat and lon coordinates - the numbers are usually hidden from us poor humans who can't cope with such technical detail.


Google Maps, for example, will "pin" your location and you can email that to yourself. I think if I did that, and waited for the email to arrive, and then found the coordinates somewhere inside the email, that would work. But it's not exactly real-time display.


So the winner for this specific purpose, thanks to Janice Frye, is a free app called, "My GPS Coordinates". When you launch the app the first thing you see is your current coordinates, both in minutes / seconds, and in decimal degrees. Perfect.


Other good suggestions which provide a lot of those other cool mapping / GPS functions are Avenza and GPS Essentials. I do use the Avenza app "PDF Maps" on my iPad. It can be forced to reveal your current coordinates but you have to first find and download a PDF map with your current location, and also then move the cursor around to center on your plotted position.


I read through the online manual for GPS Essentials and the manual does not mention my desired feature. (Lots of other cool stuff, of course.)


So for most people's GPS / tracking / mapping purposes, I think there are lots of good apps out there. If you just want to know the coordinates of your current location right away, "My GPS Coordinates" is the only one I know of. Like Jan says, the logo is a little green robot on white background.


Thanks everyone.


Steve Johnson
[email protected]




-----Original Message-----
From: Janice Frye
To: Stephen Johnson
Cc: VAListserve
Sent: Mon, Apr 16, 2018 2:41 pm
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] advice for GPS app



My GPS Coordinates. Has a little green robot icon. You could also look into Avenza, which will load atlas block maps.


On Mon, Apr 16, 2018, 3:22 AM Steve Johnson via VA-bird wrote:




Hi everyone,


I'm looking for an Android app that will show me my current latitude and longitude, preferably in decimal degrees (not minutes and seconds). All of the mapping / GPS apps I have do everything else but that.


I know there's an App store but it would be nice to get a recommendation from someone before risking malware and/or poorly written software. I think this is within VA-Bird topical content because a lot of us birders are tracking our lat/lon both for the Breeding Bird Atlas, and also for our own records.


Steve Johnson
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Subject: FOS Hummingbird, R'ham County
Date: Wed Apr 18 2018 21:13 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
We had our FOS Ruby-throated Hummingbird today at our place in Union
Springs.



Shaphan Shank

Union Springs

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Subject: FOY Yard Birds- Reston
Date: Wed Apr 18 2018 16:59 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I wasn't expecting to pick up three first of year (FOY) birds today
just while I was cleaning off the back decks but first had a
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (male), then saw a Broad-winged Hawk
soaring high over the golf course, certainly bypassing Reston.
While I was getting a good look at it, I also noticed

a few Chimney Swifts. I'm about 50-50 on whether I hear or see my
FOY CHSW, oddly it's long been my favorite FOY bird.
Since I'm typing now, this morning while out with the dog at the pipeline
easement along Wiehle Ave, behind Lake Anne, the bush hogged
slope was full of ground activity. At first glance I noticed rufous caps and
assumed Chipping Sparrows, but it turned out to be a "flock" of
Palm Warblers, easily twenty of them spread out down the hill. I'm
certain I've never saw this many at one time all ground feeding.
Likely they had just dropped in and were refueling. Also the tree margins were loaded
with Myrtles and Ruby-crowned Kinglets. I went back over this afternoon and
no sign of any, but had a few raptors soaring northward,
including an Osprey.



David Young
Reston, Virginia
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Subject: Bull Run Regional Park April 17
Date: Wed Apr 18 2018 16:45 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hello Virginia Birders,
Sorry for the lateness of this report. Yesterday 17 April I visited Bull Run Regional Park (Centreville, Fairfax County).


Highlight birds were:
Wild Turkey along the entrance road
Solitary Sandpiper at rain puddles in the main park area
Rusty Blackbirds (3) also at the rain puddles


I also saw Rusties there a couple of weeks ago, so that seems to be a good location to find them, particularly after rainfall.


Steve Johnson
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Cub Run Stream Valley Park (South), Apr 18, 2018
Date: Wed Apr 18 2018 15:21 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Va-Birders,
Ten No. Va. Bird Club Birders explored the lower part of Cub Run in the Sully Station area of Fairfax County. We found 39 species with Barred Owls, and a mixed flock foraging in the Bluebells that included lots of Yellow-rumped and a few Palm Warblers. A Yellow-crowned Night Heron and a Great Egret were seen as described in the list below.
Phil Silas, Woodbridge, VA
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: [email protected]
> Date: April 18, 2018 at 3:13:57 PM EDT
> To: [email protected]
> Subject: eBird Report - Cub Run Stream Valley Park (South), Apr 18, 2018
>
> Cub Run Stream Valley Park (South), Fairfax, Virginia, US
> Apr 18, 2018 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> 39 species
>
> Canada Goose 5
> Wood Duck 1
> Mallard 2
> Great Blue Heron 3
> Great Egret 1
> Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1 Seen and Photographed (to be added) at the pond in utility right-of -way that is closest by car to Lynnhodge Ct. We walked from Stillfield Pl to Cub Run then E and SE, then to the stream crossing to NE, but the water level was over some of the cement steps, so Antony Consumano did the recon to the pond and found the Great Egret and Yellow-Crowned Night-heron.
> Black Vulture 3
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Cooper's Hawk 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk 5
> Mourning Dove 1
> Barred Owl 4 Saw one as we entered Cub Run Stream from Stillfield, another at S extreme of our walk and a pair perched together while on return on E side of our clockwise loop.
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
> Downy Woodpecker 4
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Eastern Phoebe 1
> Blue Jay 4
> American Crow 1
> Fish Crow 2
> Carolina Chickadee 2
> Tufted Titmouse 4
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> Carolina Wren 5
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
> Eastern Bluebird 6
> American Robin 8
> European Starling 1
> Common Yellowthroat 1
> Palm Warbler 3
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 20 Quite a show as they foraged thru the Bluebells!
> Chipping Sparrow 3
> Field Sparrow 1
> White-throated Sparrow 17
> Song Sparrow 4
> Swamp Sparrow 4
> Eastern Towhee 3
> Northern Cardinal 12
> Common Grackle 1
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checkli...
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Subject: Orange-crowned Warbler
Date: Wed Apr 18 2018 14:40 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Mint Springs Park; Crozet, VA; 4/18/18. Report and photos:




http://www.faintich.net/Blog20...



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

[email protected]

www.faintich.net

In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
line, so you might as well enjoy the journey !!

____________________________________________________________________________
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Subject: VABBA2 Updates - Northern Saw-whet Owls, workshops, and more!
Date: Wed Apr 18 2018 11:17 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hi VA Birders,

Hope this finds everyone enjoying a day that finally feels like spring!
The sunshine out here in southwest VA is a welcome sight.

A quick thank you to our regional coordinator, *Dave Youker*, and
Williamsburg volunteer, *Cheryl Jacobson*, who helped to organize a
three-day run of Atlas events in Hampton and Williamsburg last weekend. We
had a great turn out to our programs and appreciate all those involved!

Our Northern Neck and Eastern Shore training sessions are coming up soon!
The *Northern Neck workshop* is this Sunday, *April 22nd*. We'll be
birding some great habitats in the Rappahannock River NWR and learning many
useful tips for Atlasing. Click here for details and to register:
https://goo.gl/forms/mggJjSmEf...

Our* Eastern Shore* workshop will *Saturday, April 28* at The Nature
Conservancy's Brownsville Preserve in Nassawaddox. Register here!
https://goo.gl/forms/HVbpOX3lu...

Next, check out our latest Year of the Night Birds story on *Virginia's
most mysterious owl species, the Northern Saw-whet Owl
*.
This article was contributed by VDGIF's Sergio Harding and has some
fascinating natural history, as well as survey recommendations, for this
tiny owl.

Lastly, a thank you to the volunteers who have hit the ground running with
early Atlas efforts this season. A number of Atlasers have added blocks to
our list of 'completed', by knocking out nocturnals surveys. Great job!

Happy Birding,

Ashley Peele, PhD
Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator
Conservation Management Institute - Virginia Tech
Office: 540-231-9182
Fax: 540-231-7019
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Subject: A pair of bald eagles
Date: Wed Apr 18 2018 8:08 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
The pair of bald eagles were there again at 8:12 a.m. on the snag off 495
just after where the Telegraph Road exit empties out on to the Beltway. Has
anyone else seen them? And if so, do you know if they're nesting nearby?
I often see them when I'm driving to work.

Vineeta Anand
Alexandria
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Subject: Amended Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, week ending 4-17-18
Date: Tue Apr 17 2018 18:24 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
The below report has been amended to indicate that Burnley Lane in King
George Co, VA is a private road marked by no trespassing signs. Please
respect the wishes of the property owners on this road.

Gerry Hawkins
Arlington, VA

Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 4/17/2018
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: [email protected]
Compiler: Gerry Hawkins
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 of the Naturalist (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.anshome.org
.

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
April 10 and was completed on Tuesday, April 17 at 8:00 a.m.

Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order,
as set forth in the American Ornithological Society Checklist for
North and Middle American Birds, as revised through the 58th
Supplement (July 2017).

The top birds this week were EARED GREBE in MD, WESTERN GREBE* in VA,
RUFF in DE, NORTHERN SHRIKE* in VA and BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* in
MD.

Other birds of interest this week included SNOW and ROSS'S GEESE,
TRUMPETER SWAN, COMMON EIDER, SURF and WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS,
LONG-TAILED DUCK, NORTHERN BOBWHITE, RED-NECKED GREBE, EURASIAN
COLLARED-DOVE, KING RAIL, SORA, COMMON GALLINULE, SANDHILL CRANE,
BLACK-NECKED STILT, AMERICAN AVOCET, PIPING PLOVER, DUNLIN, ANHINGA,
LITTLE, LAUGHING, ICELAND and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, COMMON TERN,
AMERICAN BITTERN, GLOSSY and WHITE-FACED IBIS, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK,
SHORT-EARED OWL, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, AMERICAN PIPIT, RED CROSSBILL,
AMERICAN TREE and VESPER SPARROWS, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD and
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER.

TOP BIRDS

On April 13 an EARED GREBE was spotted off the causeway at Port
Lookout SP in St. Mary's Co, MD.

A likely continuing WESTERN GREBE* was seen off the Horn Point Road
boat ramp in Virginia Beach, VA on April 15.

A continuing RUFF was seen in Shearness Pool at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent
Co, DE on April 10 and 11. On April 15 a RUFF also was see a short
distance north of the reporting area, at the Augustine WA-Port Penn
Impoundments in New Castle Co, DE.

A continuing NORTHERN SHRIKE* was seen most recently at the Sully
Woodlands in Fairfax Co, VA on April 16.

A continuing BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* was seen around Lewis and
Market Streets in Havre de Grace, Harford Co, MD on April 10-13.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

Northbound migration increased in extent and diversity during the week
with first-of-season sightings of many Neotropical migrants, while
small numbers of migratory waterfowl and other winter residents
remained in the reporting area.

On April 13 a late SNOW GOOSE was photographed at 687 Rock Lodge Road
in Garret Co, MD. On April 10 two late ROSS'S GEESE were photographed
on Poplar Island in Talbot Co, MD, and on April 12 one ROSS'S GOOSE
made a brief appearance at a pond along Fort Lynn Road in Rockingham
Co, VA.

On April 15 and 16 a young TRUMPETER SWAN was at Lake Albemarle in
Albemarle Co, VA.

Lingering waterfowl also included a COMMON EIDER spotted at the Ocean
City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD on April 12. Continuing inland SURF
SCOTERS were seen most recently at Blockhouse Point Conservation Park
and C & O Canal-Pennyfield Lock in Montgomery Co, MD on April 11 and
12, respectively. Three continuing SURF SCOTERS were seen most
recently at Centennial Park in Howard Co, MD on April 11. Inland
diving ducks also included a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER at Occoquan Bay NWR
in Prince William Co, VA on April 13, and a continuing WHITE-WINGED
SCOTER at Rocky Gap SP in Allegany Co, MD that was seen most recently
on April 10. An inland LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen at several locations
in Maryland: Rocky Gap SP in Allegany Co on April 11; Fort Frederick
SP-Big Pool in Washington Co on April 10; and Cavey Lane Yard in
Howard Co on April 10 and 11. In Virginia, two inland LONG-TAILED
DUCKS were photographed at Mill Creek Lake Park in Amherst Co on April
16.

Migratory NORTHERN BOBWHITES included two individuals that visited a
yard in Lake Toano Estates in James City Co, VA on April 10 and 11. A
high of nine NORTHERN BOBWHITES were flushed at the Chester River
Field Research Station (Chino Farms) (private) in Queen Anne's Co, MD
on April 11, 12 and 13.

On April 16 a RED-NECKED GREBE was found on Clopper Lake in Seneca
Creek SP, Montgomery Co, MD.

On April 16 a first county record EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was
photographed at 3900 New Haven Drive in Bowie, Prince George's Co, MD.

KING RAILS were encountered most recently at Swan Harbor Farm Park in
Harford Co, MD on April 16 and Occoquan Bay NWR in Prince William Co,
VA on April 13. On April 14 and 15 a SORA and on April 15 a COMMON
GALLINULE were seen at Hughes Hollow in Montgomery Co, MD. On April 15
two COMMON GALLINULES were found at the Princess Anne WMA-Whitehurst
Tract (restricted access) in Virginia Beach, VA.

On April 11 and 16 1-2 continuing SANDHILL CRANES were seen at several
nearby locations in Garrett Co, MD: 471-735 Peat Moss Road, a marsh
along Mosser Road and 5425 Rock Lodge Road. A continuing SANDHILL
CRANE also was seen at Stauffer's Marsh NP in Berkeley Co, WV, most
recently on April 16.

Shorebird highlights included two BLACK-NECKED STILTS spotted at the
Loch Raven Reservoir-Paper Mill Flats in Baltimore Co, MD on April 13.
Three AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek DMCF
(restricted access) in Anne Arundel Co, MD on April 12 and 13, and six
AMERICAN AVOCETS visited Anderson Park in Newport News, VA on April
13. Large numbers of wintering AMERICAN AVOCETS continued in Delaware,
with high counts of 300 individuals at Bombay Hook NWR in Kent Co on
April 11 and 15, 81 individuals at Milford Neck WA-Big Stone Beach
Road in Kent Co on April 13 and 47 individuals at Prime Hook NWR in
Sussex Co on April 14.

Migratory shorebirds included a PIPING PLOVER that made a rare
appearance in Kent Co, DE, on the beach at the end of Bennetts Pier
Road, on April 11, and a DUNLIN photographed at Kenilworth Park in
Washington, DC on April 16.

On April 15 and 16 an ANHINGA visited Loch Raven Reservoir-Paper Mill
Flats in Baltimore Co, MD. On April 13 two ANHINGAS were spotted in
flight above the Stumpy Lake Natural Area in Virginia Beach, VA, and
on April 15 an ANHINGA was seen over the Carson Wetland in Prince
George Co, VA.

On April 10 14 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS flew over Poplar Island in
Talbot Co, MD. The most recent report of wintering AMERICAN WHITE
PELICANS at Blackwater NWR in Dorcester Co, MD was 12 individuals on
April 9.

A LITTLE GULL was spotted at the Chestertown WWTP in Kent Co, MD on
April 13 and 14. On April 16 a single LAUGHING GULL was spotted among
the BONAPARTE'S and RING-BILLED GULLS at Violette's Lock on the C & O
Canal in Montgomery Co, MD and later in ponds across the river in
Loudoun Co, VA. An immature ICELAND GULL (Kumlien's form) was observed
at the Loreley Beach Community Pier (private) in Baltimore Co, MD on
April 11 and 12. In Virginia an ICELAND GULL (Kumlien's form) was seen
at the Walmart ponds in Colonial Heights on April 11 and Pleasure
House Point in Virginia Beach on April 13. Sightings of LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL included single individuals spotted at Hains Point
in Washington, DC on April 15; Thomas Johnson Bridge Fishing Piers in
Calvert Co, MD on April 15; Sandy Point SP in Anne Arundel Co, MD on
April 15; and Violette's Lock on the C & O Canal in Montgomery Co, MD
on April 16.

On April 14 an inland COMMON TERN was spotted at Violette's Lock on
the C & O Canal in Montgomery Co, MD.

The uncommon if not rare AMERICAN BITTERN was encountered at numerous
locations in the reporting area during the week. An AMERICAN BITTERN
continues to be regularly seen at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in
Washington, DC, and two were found in front of the visitors' center
there on April 15. In Maryland, AMERICAN BITTERNS were found at Black
Marsh and Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek DMCF (restricted access) in
Baltimore Co; Swan Harbor Farm Park in Harford Co; Middle Patuxent
Environmental Area, Cavey Lane Yard and Race Road in Howard Co;
Patuxent Research Refuge-North Tract in Anne Arundel Co; Poplar Island
in Talbot Co; and Hughes Hollow and the Blue Mash Nature Trail in
Montgomery Co. In Virginia, AMERICAN BITTERNS were encountered at
Huntley Meadows Park and Jackson Miles Abbott WR in Fairfax Co and
Bles Park in Loudoun Co.

Noteworthy herons and egrets included 1-2 continuing GREAT EGRETS
found along 471-735 Peat Moss Road and at the Mosser Road marsh and
Frostburg Reservoir in Garrett Co, MD on April 10 and 11. Three LITTLE
BLUE HERONS visited Bethel WMA in Cecil Co, MD on April 12. A LITTLE
BLUE HERON also was found at Swan Harbor Farm Park in Harford Co, MD
on April 13 and 14; Green Hills Farm Wetland in Montgomery Co, MD on
April 14-16; Hughes Hollow in Montgomery Co, MD on April 15;
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington, DC on April 14; and Occoquan
Bay NWR in Prince William Co, VA on April 15. Two TRICOLORED HERONS
visited the Chestertown WWTP in Kent Co, MD on April 14, and on April
13 a single TRICOLORED HERON visited Swan Harbor Farm Park in Harford
Co, MD and Poplar Island in Talbot Co, MD. In addition, on April 15
and 16 a TRICOLORED HERON was observed on the grounds of a residence
near Beachwood Lake in Newport News, VA. A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
has returned to the National Zoo in Washington, DC, with sightings on
April 14 and 15.

On April 15 four GLOSSY IBIS were seen in flight over Hains Point in
Washington, DC. On April 10 a WHITE-FACED IBIS was photographed among
GLOSSY IBIS at South Point in Worcester Co, MD.

A continuing ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen at the Mosser Road marsh and
along Russell Road in Garrett Co, MD on April 10 and 11, respectively.

Highlights of a survey of Poplar Island in Talbot Co, MD on April 13
included two SHORT-EARED OWLS.

A continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE at the Smith Farm in Lunenburg Co, VA
was seen most recently on April 15.

A couple of lowland COMMON RAVENS continue in Queen Anne's Co, MD,
with sightings at Terrapin Nature Park and nearby Mowbray Park in
Stevensville on April 14. Two lowland COMMON RAVENS also were seen
over 12301-12331 Burnley Lane (a private road marked by no trespassing
signs) in King George Co, VA on April 14.

Encounters with AMERICAN PIPIT during the week included a single
individual spotted by the lower parking lot at Fletcher's Cove on the
C & O Canal in Washington, DC on April 12 and calling individuals over
Kenilworth Park in Washington, DC on April 13 and 14 and Hains Point
in Washington, DC on April 15.

Based on recorded flight calls, 24 Appalachian or Type 1 and six
Ponderosa Pine or Type 2 RED CROSSBILLS were identified at Briery
Branch Gap in Rockingham Co, VA on April 14.

Sightings of AMERICAN TREE SPARROW included a high of five continuing
individuals seen along 90 Weaver Street in Garrett Co, MD on April
10-15. In Virginia, a late AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was seen at the Third
Winchester Battlefield in Frederick Co on April 14 and 15. VESPER
SPARROW was seen at many locations, including single individuals at
Hains Point, Constitution Gardens and Rock Creek Park-Dog Run in
Washington, DC on April 11, 12 and 13, respectively. In Maryland, a
VESPER SPARROW was seen at Patuxent Research Refuge-South Tract in
Prince George's Co on April 11; Wheaton Branch Stormwater Ponds in
Montgomery Co on April 12; Masonville Cove in Baltimore Co on April
13; Fort Smallwood Park in Anne Arundel Co on April 14; and Swan
Harbor Farm Park in Harford Co on April 15.

On April 16 a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was photographed in a flock of
COMMON and BOAT-TAILED GRACKLES at Chesconessex Schooner Bay in
Accomack Co, VA.

A continuing ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen in the yard of a resident
of Rehoboth Beach, Sussex Co, DE on April 12 and 15. During the week
an ORANGE-CROWNED SPARROW also was seen at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
in Washington, DC on April 11; Hughes Hollow in Montgomery Co, MD on
April 12; and along Windridge Way in Virginia Beach, VA on April
11-16.

Over 20 species of warbler were seen in the reporting area during the
week. With the exception of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, the most
conspicuous was PALM WARBLER (Eastern or Yellow), which was seen in
large numbers at many locations, including 38 individuals counted at
Hains Point in Washington, DC on April 15. Perhaps the most unusual
warbler sighting was a WORM-EATING WARBLER that visited a birdbath in
residential yard in South Boston, Halifax Co, VA on April 15.

***

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,
https://anshome.org/naturalist... an excellent source for
guidebooks and many other nature-related titles.

To report bird sightings, e-mail your report to [email protected]
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: FOS Spotted Sandpiper
Date: Tue Apr 17 2018 16:29 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Along shoreline at north end of boardwalk at Dyke Marsh.  Also half a dozen Palm Warblers present.

Larry Cartwright

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