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28 Nov: @ 17:57:17  Fairfax Co Highlights, 28 Nov 2014 [Kurt Gaskill]
28 Nov: @ 16:31:27  Larks, lapland longspurs, and pipits-- Remington, VA [Ron Vogel]
28 Nov: @ 16:17:40  ravens - Powhite & Chippenham, Richmond? [Anita Storino]
28 Nov: @ 14:03:40  White crowned sparrow Chase City 11-28 [Grace]
28 Nov: @ 09:11:45  NO kingbird or Caracara [Michael Boatwright]
28 Nov: @ 09:06:57  Painted Bunting [Christina Birdsong]
28 Nov: @ 08:35:57  No on the carara [Brian Prendergast via va-bird]
28 Nov: @ 08:19:24 Re: Late least sandpiper?? [JPMyers via va-bird]
28 Nov: @ 07:23:00  Pine Siskins [Jeff Blalock]
27 Nov: @ 22:19:54 Re: Western Kingbird [Kurt Gaskill]
27 Nov: @ 19:41:36 Re: Western Kingbird [Matt Anthony]
27 Nov: @ 19:39:04 Re: Western Kingbird [Michael Boatwright]
27 Nov: @ 19:33:59  Kingbird [Keith and Karen Roberts]
27 Nov: @ 19:11:24  Late Least Sandpiper? [Victor Laubach]
27 Nov: @ 18:06:39  Nashville, Orange-crowned, Raven, possible Tennessee - Hopewell 11-27 [akb]
27 Nov: @ 15:20:55  Fox Sparrow [Jeff Blalock]
27 Nov: @ 12:43:23  Three Nuthatch Day at Norfolk Home [Andrew Baldelli]
27 Nov: @ 11:30:48  Snow Bunting [William Leigh]
27 Nov: @ 10:43:32  Caracara - NO this morning [Karen Kearney via va-bird]
27 Nov: @ 08:44:11  Western Kingbird [Keith]
26 Nov: @ 21:43:07  Fox Sparrow, Woodcocks [Dennis Irby]
26 Nov: @ 20:51:26 Re: Woodcock spotted in Tyson's Corner [bryan peters]
26 Nov: @ 20:38:42  Woodcock spotted in Tyson's Corner [Bryan Henson]
26 Nov: @ 20:05:17  HSR: Harvey's Knob (26 Nov 2014) Raptors [reports]
26 Nov: @ 16:38:38  New Hope (Augusta Co.) area today: Lapland Longspurs, Merlin, etc [Gabriel Mapel via va-bird]
26 Nov: @ 12:46:31  Tundra swans-Wilderness [Suzanne Stewart]
26 Nov: @ 11:45:51  Finches [Jeff Blalock]
26 Nov: @ 10:56:04 Re: Caracara [Ellison Orcutt]
26 Nov: @ 08:47:43  Caracara [JJ Johnson]
26 Nov: @ 08:40:11  Winter Finches - Halifax Co. [Paul Glass]
26 Nov: @ 08:31:09  Caracara [JJ Johnson]
26 Nov: @ 07:28:30  Ruby-throated Hummingbird [Keith and Karen Roberts]
25 Nov: @ 21:50:04  Caracara alternative [bryan peters]
25 Nov: @ 17:53:13  Crested Caracaracara [David Gibson]
25 Nov: @ 17:32:59  Snow Geese in Rockbridge Co. [=?WINDOWS-1252?Q?Rowe,__Richard_A,_=94Dick=94?=]
25 Nov: @ 16:15:27  Crested Caracara VA Beach [David Gibson]
25 Nov: @ 15:53:42  HSR: Harvey's Knob (25 Nov 2014) 5 Raptors [reports]
25 Nov: @ 15:50:37 Re: Crested Caracara VA Beach [David Gibson]
25 Nov: @ 15:39:13  Crested Caracara Photo [taberzz--- via va-bird]
25 Nov: @ 15:00:51  Crested Caracara VA Beach [David Gibson]
25 Nov: @ 14:34:29  FOS Brown Creeper, Burke, VA [Larry Brindza]
25 Nov: @ 12:44:54 Re: Second hand: CRESTED CARACARA, Chesapeake [Wendy Ealding]
25 Nov: @ 12:42:08  Beaverdam Park, SR 606 Entrance - CGL03, Nov 25, 2014 [G B Harris]
25 Nov: @ 11:31:12  Crested Caracara - Virginia Beach [Rob Bielawski]
25 Nov: @ 09:41:05 Re: va-bird Digest, Vol 91, Issue 29 [Louise Edsall]
25 Nov: @ 09:22:43  Caracara [Ron Furnish via va-bird]
25 Nov: @ 08:55:13  Waterfowl show at Swift Creek Reservoir in Chesterfield [Wendy Ealding]
25 Nov: @ 07:39:23  Crested Caracara update 11-25 am, Virginia Beach [Tony Wood via va-bird]
25 Nov: @ 06:35:11  Subject: Re: Second hand: CRESTED CARACARA, Chesapeake [Bruno, Rexanne]
24 Nov: @ 20:02:16 Re: Second hand: CRESTED CARACARA, Chesapeake [Elisa Enders]





Subject: Fairfax Co Highlights, 28 Nov 2014
Date: Fri Nov 28 2014 17:57 pm
From: KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net
 
VA BIRDers,

Rich Rieger and I started at Huntley Meadows - visitor center and boardwalk
side - at 0800 with highlights of Virginia Rail calling from the eastern
marsh (east of the boardwalk before it splits), Common Yellowthroat just
past the split near the woods (north side) and a few Rusty Blackbirds.

Our next stop was Mason Neck SP visitor center where we scanned for
waterfowl - the wind was in our face and it quickly got a bit cold.
Excellent numbers were present, nearly 10,000 all told, with the following
estimates:

C. Goose 35
Gadwall 2600
Am. Wigeon 600
Canvasback 500
Redhead 70
Lesser Scaup 1600
Bufflehead 15
Ruddy Duck 1600
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Horned Grebe 15
Am. Coot 2500
Bonaparte's Gull 1

We drove over and viewed the Great Marsh of Mason Neck (in between high and
low tide) and found a few more waterfowl although not in the numbers of
Belmont Bay:

C. Goose 350
Tundra Swan 182
Wood Duck 4
Gadwall 420
Am. Wigeon 4
Am. Black Duck 90
Mallard 100
No. Shoveler 140
No. Pintail 15
Green-winged Teal 2
Canvasback 6
Ring-necked Duck 1, really surprising the lack of this species today
Lesser Scaup 2500
Hooded Merganser 2
Ruddy Duck 40
Common Loon 1
Pied-billed Grebe 5
Am. Coot 30
Greater Yellowlegs 1
nearby in the Hallowing Point neighborhood we found a wonderfully
cooperative Brown Thrasher.

We ended our day trying Pohick Bay and Burke Lake but found little of
interest.

Later, I had to go to the store, so stopped at Dyke Marsh at 4 pm and scoped
the mudflats. Highlights were a single Laughing Gull and adult Lesser
Black-backed Gull. As I left, a Brown Creeper alighted on a nearby trunk
and 6 Eastern Bluebirds flew down the roadside edge.

Kurt Gaskill


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Subject: Larks, lapland longspurs, and pipits-- Remington, VA
Date: Fri Nov 28 2014 16:31 pm
From: vireo AT cox.net
 
Seen off of Norman’s Ford Road (Rt. 654) outside of Remington.
Dozens of horned larks, three or more longspurs that were close to the road,
and about a dozen pipits in the short grass of the sod farm. Nice mix of birds on a cold Friday morning.

Ron Vogel
Annandale, VA
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Subject: ravens - Powhite & Chippenham, Richmond?
Date: Fri Nov 28 2014 16:17 pm
From: astorino11 AT gmail.com
 
While driving south on Powhite Pkwy. (Richmond)  exiting onto Chippenham
north, I spotted a LARGE black bird on the "hardware" for the road
signage. It was not a crow, not a vulture...

After circling around the entrance ramp, at the merge with Chippenham, I
looked up and saw 3 of the same type. Again, not crows: larger, wrong
face, feathers were more "scalloped" on the back than crow feathers.
(Note: I believe it was 3 total and that I could only see 1 at first.)

*Didn't someone post recently that they had followed a raven down
Chippenham Pkwy.?*

Not positive these were ravens, but if someone did follow one down
Chippenham recently, it increases the possibility.

Anita Storino
Richmond
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Subject: White crowned sparrow Chase City 11-28
Date: Fri Nov 28 2014 14:03 pm
From: gmccrowe AT hotmail.com
 

3:00 pm. Just now

Have also heard woodcock since 11-23

Grace McCrowell

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Subject: NO kingbird or Caracara
Date: Fri Nov 28 2014 9:11 am
From: mboater AT att.net
 
In case anyone is wondering, there have been no sightings of either the kingbird or caracara along Blackwater Rd or nearby roads this morning. I have been here since about 7:45 along with several other birders. Will post if we have any luck.

Cheers,

Mike

Michael R. Boatwright
Amherst VA


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Subject: Painted Bunting
Date: Fri Nov 28 2014 9:06 am
From: helpwithbirth AT gmail.com
 
We had a male Painted Bunting in our yard for the first time yesterday.  He
stayed from about 11 AM to 2 PM and was foraging in the grass for insects
with many sparrows. Painted Buntings have been reported at the Hermitage
Museum in the past but we have never had one here, just a 1/2 mile away, on
North Shore Rd in Norfolk.

Christina Birdsong
Norfolk VA
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Subject: No on the carara
Date: Fri Nov 28 2014 8:35 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I also failed to locate the caracara on Thanksgiving day.  I looked in the area of Blackwater and Hungarian roads around noon.  I ran into two other birders who also reported that they did not see the bird.  I did not look at any of the songbirds, so I did not see the kingbird.
Brian Prendergast
Virginia Beach
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Subject: Late least sandpiper??
Date: Fri Nov 28 2014 8:19 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Sorry... that was from Pete Myers, White Hall VA
jpm@ehn.org or jpmyers@aol.com



> On Nov 28, 2014, at 09:15, JPMyers wrote:
>
> Looks like a Temminck Stint to me. Black bill, pale legs. Size of least.
>
> I've seen thousands or more least sandpipers from breeding ground to southern edge of wintering ground. Never seen one with black bill and pale legs. The image below is from Birds of Northern Europe.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>> On Nov 28, 2014, at 08:50, va-bird-request@listserve.com wrote:
>>
>> Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:10:53 -0500
>> From: Victor Laubach
>> To: Shenvalbirds , VA-bird
>>
>> Subject: [Va-bird] Late Least Sandpiper?
>> Message-ID:
>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8
>>
>> All,
>> On a private pond in Lyndhurst this morning, Gabriel Mapel and myself came across a peep that may be a late Least Sandpiper. It was a small peep that was about the same size as an American Pipit (which it was walking alongside several times), which makes it Least-sized. We called Allen Larner who soon showed up and was also unsure about this bird.
>>
>> This bird was a bit baffling because it resembled a Least in many ways. However, it had several confusing, non-Least characteristics: This bird was very light: all brilliant white below up through the breast, neck and chin. There was a faint darkish-streaked collar that swung around the sides of the neck and faded away into the upper breast. The bird was very light overall with mostly grey coloring with some black mottling mixed in, especially on the back. We didn?t really detect much brown coloring at all. The legs were bright yellow-orange (not the typical dull, greenish-yellow legs of a non-breading Least). The bill was black, slightly tapered and slightly down-turned. The face was light with a faint dark streak through the eye. The cap was dark mottled. The underside of the wings were very light, and we didn?t detect much of the typical black coloring on the trailing and leading edges of wings.
>>
>> Unlike a Least, this bird seemed to love walking into deep water up to its belly and often dipped its head into the water to probe for food. It was a very active feeder and mostly walked quite quickly at water?s edge while rapidly picking at the surface of the mud and water. In addition, the posture of this bird was not really a crouched or hunched-over posture typical of a Least.
>>
>> Although we think that this bird is most likely a light-plumage adult, non-breeding Least Sandpiper, was also speculated as to whether it could be a Stint. It looked a lot like a stint, but Stint legs are black. We would love your thoughts. I got a lot of digiscoped photos and videos that can be seen here:
>> http://vehawk.smugmug.com/Bird...
>> Gabriel also got some photos that you can see on his Flickr site here:
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>>
>> Your thoughts? If this is a Least, then it breaks are previous Augusta County late date of November 19.
>> Good birding,
>> Vic Laubach
>> Waynesboro, VA
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Subject: Pine Siskins
Date: Fri Nov 28 2014 7:23 am
From: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
 
At last I got a Pine Siskin at my frozen birdbath this morning

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
434-470-4352
South Boston VA
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Subject: Western Kingbird
Date: Thu Nov 27 2014 22:19 pm
From: KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net
 
Nice find Keith - clearly not a Cassin's or Western (from the lack of white noted on the retrices and the extensive yellow breast coloration up to the throat) yet hard to decide if it is Tropical vs Couch's from the photos; vocalization would be most useful. But, given the recent Couch's in Md (which I think has recently left) I would not be surprised if it's a Couch's.  Afterall, it's not like there a many "western" kingbirds kicking around our area!

Kurt Gaskill

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Thursday, November 27, 2014 8:39 PM
To: Keith; Virginia Birds
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Western Kingbird

Pictures of this bird look a little odd to me for Western. With Keith's permission I have reached out to some other birders with more kingbird experience. I have gotten several comments leaning towards Tropical/Couch's based on heavy bill and large amount of yellow extending very high into the upper chest. Tropical, Couch's, and Cassin's have all been sighted along the east coast of the US recently. So if anyone is out there looking for the Caracara keep a lookout for this bird too.

Mike

Michael R. Boatwright
Amherst VA


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-------- Original message --------
From: Keith
Date:11/27/2014 9:44 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: Virginia Birds
Cc:
Subject: [Va-bird] Western Kingbird

My wife and just saw a western Kingbird at the intersection of Blackwater Road and W Gibbs Road in Virginia Beach. He was on the telephone wire across the street from the house on the corner. It's a few miles south of where the Cara Cara was. Happy Thanksgiving everybody! --Keith and Karen Roberts

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Subject: Western Kingbird
Date: Thu Nov 27 2014 19:41 pm
From: mhanthony AT email.wm.edu
 
Regarding the kingbird, I think it is worth pointing out that Maryland just
recently had a first state record Couch's Kingbird, which as far as I know
is still present (I saw it on Monday). The MD bird has been continuing for
over a week now, so it is entirely possible that this bird could stick
around too.

Best,
--Matt Anthony
College of William & Mary

On Thu, Nov 27, 2014 at 8:38 PM, Michael Boatwright wrote:

> Pictures of this bird look a little odd to me for Western. With Keith's
> permission I have reached out to some other birders with more kingbird
> experience. I have gotten several comments leaning towards Tropical/Couch's
> based on heavy bill and large amount of yellow extending very high into the
> upper chest. Tropical, Couch's, and Cassin's have all been sighted along
> the east coast of the US recently. So if anyone is out there looking for
> the Caracara keep a lookout for this bird too.
>
> Mike
>
> Michael R. Boatwright
> Amherst VA
>
>
> Sent on a Sprint Samsung Galaxy S® 5
>
>
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Keith
> Date:11/27/2014 9:44 AM (GMT-05:00)
> To: Virginia Birds
> Cc:
> Subject: [Va-bird] Western Kingbird
>
> My wife and just saw a western Kingbird at the intersection of Blackwater
> Road and W Gibbs Road in Virginia Beach. He was on the telephone wire
> across the street from the house on the corner. It's a few miles south of
> where the Cara Cara was. Happy Thanksgiving everybody! --Keith and Karen
> Roberts
>
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Subject: Western Kingbird
Date: Thu Nov 27 2014 19:39 pm
From: mboater AT att.net
 
Pictures of this bird look a little odd to me for Western. With Keith's permission I have reached out to some other birders with more kingbird experience. I have gotten several comments leaning towards Tropical/Couch's based on heavy bill and large amount of yellow extending very high into the upper chest. Tropical, Couch's, and Cassin's have all been sighted along the east coast of the US recently. So if anyone is out there looking for the Caracara keep a lookout for this bird too.

Mike

Michael R. Boatwright
Amherst VA


Sent on a Sprint Samsung Galaxy S® 5


-------- Original message --------
From: Keith
Date:11/27/2014 9:44 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: Virginia Birds
Cc:
Subject: [Va-bird] Western Kingbird

My wife and just saw a western Kingbird at the intersection of Blackwater Road and W Gibbs Road in Virginia Beach. He was on the telephone wire across the street from the house on the corner. It's a few miles south of where the Cara Cara was. Happy Thanksgiving everybody! --Keith and Karen Roberts

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Subject: Kingbird
Date: Thu Nov 27 2014 19:33 pm
From: kroberts38 AT verizon.net
 
My wife and I spotted a Kingbird on Blackwater Rd in Virginia Beach today and posted as a Western. After posting a picture of it on facebook it may be a different Kingbird Tropic/Couch's. I posted pictures on my Flickr account see what you think.  https://www.flickr.com/photos/... for any helpKeith
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Subject: Late Least Sandpiper?
Date: Thu Nov 27 2014 19:11 pm
From: laubach AT virginia.edu
 
All,
On a private pond in Lyndhurst this morning, Gabriel Mapel and myself came across a peep that may be a late Least Sandpiper. It was a small peep that was about the same size as an American Pipit (which it was walking alongside several times), which makes it Least-sized. We called Allen Larner who soon showed up and was also unsure about this bird.

This bird was a bit baffling because it resembled a Least in many ways. However, it had several confusing, non-Least characteristics: This bird was very light: all brilliant white below up through the breast, neck and chin. There was a faint darkish-streaked collar that swung around the sides of the neck and faded away into the upper breast. The bird was very light overall with mostly grey coloring with some black mottling mixed in, especially on the back. We didn’t really detect much brown coloring at all. The legs were bright yellow-orange (not the typical dull, greenish-yellow legs of a non-breading Least). The bill was black, slightly tapered and slightly down-turned. The face was light with a faint dark streak through the eye. The cap was dark mottled. The underside of the wings were very light, and we didn’t detect much of the typical black coloring on the trailing and leading edges of wings.

Unlike a Least, this bird seemed to love walking into deep water up to its belly and often dipped its head into the water to probe for food. It was a very active feeder and mostly walked quite quickly at water’s edge while rapidly picking at the surface of the mud and water. In addition, the posture of this bird was not really a crouched or hunched-over posture typical of a Least.

Although we think that this bird is most likely a light-plumage adult, non-breeding Least Sandpiper, was also speculated as to whether it could be a Stint. It looked a lot like a stint, but Stint legs are black. We would love your thoughts. I got a lot of digiscoped photos and videos that can be seen here:
http://vehawk.smugmug.com/Bird...
Gabriel also got some photos that you can see on his Flickr site here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Your thoughts? If this is a Least, then it breaks are previous Augusta County late date of November 19.
Good birding,
Vic Laubach
Waynesboro, VA
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Subject: Nashville, Orange-crowned, Raven, possible Tennessee - Hopewell 11-27
Date: Thu Nov 27 2014 18:06 pm
From: arun1bose AT gmail.com
 
Hello birders,
I made a visit to Hopewell mid-morning today. Conditions were not great
with intermittent rain and dull light. At City Point highlights included a
Nashville Warbler (continuing since November 7), an Orange-crowned Warbler,
and a warbler that was possibly a Tennessee Warbler. No clear views, but
impression was generally a bright bird with yellowish towards head. Stayed
up in tree tops.

Later heading as I was heading east on rte.10 a Raven flew low along the
road.

eBird List
http://ebird.org/ebird/va/view/checklist?subID=S20698969

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

Arun Bose
Richmond
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Subject: Fox Sparrow
Date: Thu Nov 27 2014 15:20 pm
From: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
 
Have a Fox Sparrow and Purple Finches but no Siskins today

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
434-470-4352
South Boston VA
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Subject: Three Nuthatch Day at Norfolk Home
Date: Thu Nov 27 2014 12:43 pm
From: andrewbaldelli AT hotmail.com
 
Happy Thanksgiving all ,

Today I was pleased to find a Red Breasted Nuthatch in my yard , White Breasted and Brown Headed were also noted .
The Lake behind my house has Ring Necked Duck,Hooded Merganser , Gadwall , and 1 Lesser Scaup today .
Have Happy Holidays all

Cheers
Andrew

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Subject: Snow Bunting
Date: Thu Nov 27 2014 11:30 am
From: leightern AT msn.com
 
Today around 10:00 there was a single Snow Bunting on Koiner Ford Road in Rockingham county. This was past the intersection of Walnut Stables road and Koiner Ford road if traveling South. Look for a Blue Gray barn and red brick ranch house on left  with "7" on the mailbox. The SNBU was just past the house perched small barb wire fence and feeding along the road.
Ps, I posted this earlier but it doesn't appear to have gone through. Hopefully I am not double posting.
best,

William Leigh leightern@msn.com

Bridgewater, Virginia





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Subject: Caracara - NO this morning
Date: Thu Nov 27 2014 10:43 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
 Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
I started my holiday by spending a couple of hours at the location where the Crested Caracara has been seen this week. I ran into Dianne Hinch and Keith & Karen Roberts there, but none of us saw the bird. I was also there on Tuesday during my lunch hour and did not see it, so apparently it "comes and goes." If anyone else sees it, please post it to the listserv; a lot of us are hoping it hasn't already left town now that we're off work for a few days!
BTW, I also didn't see the Roberts's Western Kingbird right after they saw it, so maybe it was just a bad karma day for me. Any future posts about either bird will be much appreciated----
Karen KearneyChesapeake
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Subject: Western Kingbird
Date: Thu Nov 27 2014 8:44 am
From: kroberts38 AT verizon.net
 
My wife and just saw a western Kingbird at the intersection of Blackwater Road and W Gibbs Road in Virginia Beach. He was on the telephone wire across the street from the house on the corner.  It's a few miles south of where the Cara Cara was. Happy Thanksgiving everybody! --Keith and Karen Roberts

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Subject: Fox Sparrow, Woodcocks
Date: Wed Nov 26 2014 21:43 pm
From: diandcj AT fairpoint.net
 
I saw my FOS Fox Sparrow this afternoon after the rains had diminished.  I have been hearing Woodcocks @ sunset for about a week now & spotted my first ones on the eve before Thanksgiving Day.  Plenty of Juncos, Winter Wrens & Purple Finches on the sunflower feeders.  I hear Kinglets daily on my walks about the property that are mixed in w/ Titmice & Nuthatches.  However, I am yet to encounter a Brown Creeper, who seem to favor their company.  Cedar Waxwings are flocking to our Holly Trees as well as the remaining Polk berries.  Eastern Towhees seem to be on both farms, foraging about the brush piles w/ an assortment of White-throat & White-crowned Sparrows.  We have a grey morph Screech Owl presently residing in one of our Wood Duck nesting boxes and I have been hearing Barred Owls for several weeks as well.  I also spotted a young Bald Eagle earlier in the week flying up the Dan River around the mill area.   Five species of woodpeckers can be found on any given day here (Do
wny, Hairy, Pileated, Northern Flicker & Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.) Life is good, when the birding is good.....



Regards,
Dennis Irby
So Central Va, Hurt
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Subject: Woodcock spotted in Tyson's Corner
Date: Wed Nov 26 2014 20:51 pm
From: pas2iche AT gmail.com
 
Location?

On Wednesday, November 26, 2014, Bryan Henson wrote:

> We saw it this evening around 8:30pm. It caught us by surprise, so we
> thought we would report it.
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Subject: Woodcock spotted in Tyson's Corner
Date: Wed Nov 26 2014 20:38 pm
From: bghenson23 AT gmail.com
 
We saw it this evening around 8:30pm.  It caught us by surprise, so we
thought we would report it.
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (26 Nov 2014) Raptors
Date: Wed Nov 26 2014 20:05 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 26, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 90
Bald Eagle 0 5 112
Northern Harrier 0 0 19
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 12 629
Cooper's Hawk 0 6 121
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 10
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 10833
Red-tailed Hawk 0 61 301
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 3
American Kestrel 0 1 122
Merlin 0 2 12
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 21
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 6
Unknown Falcon 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 13

Total: 0 95 12299
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 12:00:00
Observation end time: 12:15:00
Total observation time: 0.25 hours

Official Counter: Baron Gibson

Observers:

Weather:
Snow
Parkway closed
No count conducted

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Baron Gibson (Hawkwatche215@gmail.com)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/...


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Subject: New Hope (Augusta Co.) area today: Lapland Longspurs, Merlin, etc
Date: Wed Nov 26 2014 16:38 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hi all,It has been quite a decent day for birding here at and near my house in the New Hope area (northeastern Augusta County) in the snow.   In and around my yard I had 27 species today.  The top bird for my yard was a flyby MERLIN at about noon.  It flew low overhead heading north, not to be seen again.  Other yard highlights included 1 Phoebe, a flock of 30 Horned Larks, a flock of 37 Am. Pipits, 1 Fox Sparrow, 1 female-type Purple Finch.
This afternoon around 3:30pm I headed over to Strickley Rd.  This is a great spot in the winter for Larks, Pipits, etc and on numerous occasions in previous winters I've had Lapland Longspurs here as well as a Snow Bunting once.  I quickly located several flocks of Horned Larks totaling 120+++ birds and mixed in were 1 Am. Pipit and 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS.  It was still snowing quite heavily, so I didn't want to take my camera out.  However, I was able to digi-scope with my iPod Touch several photos of the Longspurs. A link is below.  
Good birding, and Happy Thanksgiving to all,Gabriel MapelNew Hope, VALink to Lapland Longspur photos:https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
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Subject: Tundra swans-Wilderness
Date: Wed Nov 26 2014 12:46 pm
From: suzinotsue AT gmail.com
 
Had a family of Tundra swans. Two adults and three juveniles. Juveniles were grey with pinkish beaks. Snowy here.
Suzanne Stewart
Lake of the Woods, Wilderness

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Subject: Finches
Date: Wed Nov 26 2014 11:45 am
From: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
 
Yesterday I had 6 Purple Finches and this morning with the cold rain I have 20 Goldfinches 20 House Finches and 4 Purple Finches

No Siskins yet

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
434-470-4352
South Boston VA
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Subject: Caracara
Date: Wed Nov 26 2014 10:56 am
From: mr.ellyo AT gmail.com
 
To update further…I was in the area from 9am until 11:40 AM with no luck finding the bird. I missed the quick encounter of the bird flying overhead headed southwest by just a few minutes.   I spent the rest of the time carefully checking as much of the tree line and surrounding fields as possible and even expanded my search area to encompass a much greater area but with no success.  The weather couldn't be much worse and no doubt that's making relocating it more difficult.

Hoping someone gives it another go once this weather clears. Good luck and good birding.

Ellison.

Sent from my iPhone

On Nov 26, 2014, at 09:30, JJ Johnson wrote:

>> Just seen flying southwest from Blackwater at Hungarian toward
> Sanderson. Found by A. Baldelli.
>>
>> Jan Frye
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Subject: Caracara
Date: Wed Nov 26 2014 8:47 am
From: byrdnyrd33 AT gmail.com
 
Seen at 9:10 Blackwater and Hungarian flying toward Sanderson.  First seen
by Andrew Baldelli.

Jan Frye
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Subject: Winter Finches - Halifax Co.
Date: Wed Nov 26 2014 8:40 am
From: pag AT gcrcompany.com
 
There have been between 1 and 3 Purple Finches visiting my feeders regularly
for the past 2 weeks. All but 1 sighting has been female/immature types.
This morning I had a single Pine Siskin in with a group of about a dozen
Goldfinches. Now where's that Red-breasted Nuthatch?



Paul Glass

South Boston, VA





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Subject: Caracara
Date: Wed Nov 26 2014 8:31 am
From: byrdnyrd33 AT gmail.com
 
> Just seen flying southwest from Blackwater at Hungarian toward
Sanderson. Found by A. Baldelli.
>
> Jan Frye
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Subject: Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Date: Wed Nov 26 2014 7:28 am
From: kroberts38 AT verizon.net
 
FYI - A young male Ruby-throated Hummingbird was seen at my feeder both yesterday afternoon and this morning. (Chesapeake, by the Virginia Beach line) I've never had one visit this late in the year. Hope he does ok in this weather. --- Karen Roberts

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Subject: Caracara alternative
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 21:50 pm
From: pas2iche AT gmail.com
 
Hello, fellow birders. I understand the Crested Caracara has captured our
collective imagination, but for those not able or interested in traveling
to see that magnificent bird, I'm writing to let you all know about a
superb exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The exhibit is
called "The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art," and it is
a rare opportunity to view a diverse and wonderful collection of
bird-centric art. I saw it myself today, and I can confirm that it is an
extraordinary exhibit, expertly curated and presented. And it's free!

Please visit the following link for more information:

http://americanart.si.edu/exhi...

Hope you all have a very birdy holiday!

--
Bryan Peters
Reston, VA
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Subject: Crested Caracaracara
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 17:53 pm
From: davidrhorer AT verizon.net
 
Thanks to all who replied. I figured it out!

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Subject: Snow Geese in Rockbridge Co.
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 17:32 pm
From: RoweRA AT vmi.edu
 
This afternoon I visited Willow Lake in the northern part of the county and found 3 Snow Geese on the lake  it looked like a family with 2 adults and a juvenile.  Snow Geese are uncommon in the area, these Snow Geese are the 13th records for the county.  I suspect these geese were held up by the coastal storm and may be here for  few days.  In addition to the Snow Geese, there were 3 Redheads, 15 Gadwall, 7 Ruddy Ducks, and a few Mallards.  The Greater White-fronted Goose was not at the lake this afternoon, but neither were any of the Canada Geese it has been with (most likely all were out feeding).  The GWFG was seen at Willow Lake on Monday.

Ive posted a few photos on Flickr

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

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology
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Subject: Crested Caracara VA Beach
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 16:15 pm
From: davidrhorer AT verizon.net
 
How does one post a sighting of this bird on ebird?

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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (25 Nov 2014) 5 Raptors
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 15:53 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 90
Bald Eagle 1 5 112
Northern Harrier 0 0 19
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 12 629
Cooper's Hawk 0 6 121
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 10
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 10833
Red-tailed Hawk 2 61 301
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 3
American Kestrel 1 1 122
Merlin 0 2 12
Peregrine Falcon 1 1 21
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 6
Unknown Falcon 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 13

Total: 5 95 12299
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Carl Christensen

Observers:

Visitors:
Very little traffic on the Parkway with none stopping. At 2:30 a park
ranger stopped by and informed me they were closing the Parkway in
preparation for the expected storm. I was advised it was best for me to
leave at that time.


Weather:
Temperatures ranged from 5C with a high of 11C. Winds variable between 2
and 3 throughout the day. Cloud cover between 50% and 70% with little sun.
Visibility at 5 all day.

Raptor Observations:
ABE at 11:25. This was my first bird. The remaining birds were observed
after 1:00. All were on the west side of the Overlook and close in.

Non-raptor Observations:
Little activity from vultures or ravens during the day. One flock of
approximately 18 bluebirds spent several minutes on and around the parking
lot.

Predictions:
Calling for snow and mixed precipitation. The Parkway will probably be
closed till the inclement weather passes through the area.
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Report submitted by Carl Christianson ()
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Subject: Crested Caracara VA Beach
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 15:50 pm
From: davidrhorer AT verizon.net
 
Karen, I'm sorry I wasn't clear. The bird was in a field on Hungarian Rd., VA Beach near the intersection of Hungarian & Blackwater Rds. From that intersection, go down Hungarian and stop next to the field on the right just before the first house on the left. The CC was in that field and also perched in a tree on the other side of that field. There is virtually no shoulder on Hungarian so pull over as far as you can and be careful.
----- Original Message -----
From: Karen Kearney
To: David Gibson
Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 4:22 PM
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Crested Caracara VA Beach


Hi David-
I went to the intersection during my lunch break today and did not see the bird (12:30 or so). Maybe you can help me; If you are going south on Blackwater Road, coming from Mt. Pleasant, did you turn right on Hungarian? and which side of the road was the bird's field? Thanks; I guess I'll try again tomorrow. Congrats on seeing your Caracara!!
Karen Kearney



On Tuesday, November 25, 2014 4:00 PM, David Gibson wrote:




We observed the above from about 1:30-2:30 PM. It was in a field opposite the first home on the left as one approaches from the intersection of Blackwater and Hungarian Rds. We observed it briefly in the field. We probably spooked it exiting our vehicle, and it spent the rest of the time perched in a tree across the field. Where I'm from (Boston, MA) we would always joke about having seen a Crested Caracara. I can't believe I actually saw one. It really hasn't sunk in yet. Striking bird. Dave & Kathy Gibson, Chesapeake

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Subject: Crested Caracara Photo
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 15:39 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

There's a photo of today's Crested Caracara in Chesapeake, thanks to ODU student Natasha Hagemeyer, on the General Blog of Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory's website at www.cvwo.org

Brian Taber
CVWO
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Subject: Crested Caracara VA Beach
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 15:00 pm
From: davidrhorer AT verizon.net
 
We observed the above from about 1:30-2:30 PM. It was in a field opposite the first home on the left as one approaches from the intersection of Blackwater and Hungarian Rds. We observed it briefly in the field. We probably spooked it exiting our vehicle, and it spent the rest of the time perched in a tree across the field. Where I'm from (Boston, MA) we would always joke about having seen a Crested Caracara. I can't believe I actually saw one. It really hasn't sunk in yet. Striking bird. Dave & Kathy Gibson, Chesapeake

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Subject: FOS Brown Creeper, Burke, VA
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 14:34 pm
From: ljbrindza AT cox.net
 
I live in the Cherry Run community in Burke, VA. An FOS Brown Creeper was apparenty attracted to our backyard, which backs up to an elongated  "Fragmented Forest" between our community and the next one. The Brown Creeper appeared to be attracted to the commotion caused by a family of seven Bluebirds busy checking out our birdboxes.

Larry J. Brindza
Burke, VA
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Subject: Second hand: CRESTED CARACARA, Chesapeake
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 12:44 pm
From: wendy.ealding AT gmail.com
 
Thanks Elisa, you have made an excellent point.  There is only one official
state record, from Highland County in May of this year.

It will be interesting to see how long the bird stays around. Official
reports to VARCOM can be submitted at
http://www.virginiabirds.net/v...

Wendy Ealding
VARCOM Secretary

On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 9:01 PM, Elisa Enders
wrote:

> Indeed, this is a notable sighting. I want to emphasize this. While my
> knowledge of historical data of bird populations is not as thorough as I
> wish it to be, I have only heard of two sightings of caracara in Virginia
> in recent years and the annotated checklist does not have an entry for this
> species. For caracara, behavioral notes are needed (note any bands or tags
> as well), because the origin of the individual is likely to be a point of
> consideration.
>
> Elisa Flanders
> Portsmouth, VA
>
>
>
> > Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:40:36 +0000
> > From: kroberts38@verizon.net
> > To: nickenew1@gmail.com; va-bird@listserve.com
> > Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Second hand: CRESTED CARACARA, Chesapeake
> >
> > Someone reported seeing it feeding with vultures to Steve Coari. Julie
> Coari called my wife since we live nearby and they went out to check. It
> was standing in an open field then flew off into the trees across the
> street. My wife was able to get this picture before it flew.. I'm not
> sure when it was first sighted, but she and Julie saw it this afternoon at
> 4:30 pm. This is about 5 miles up the same street where two Anhingas
> successfully raised four babies this summer. (Blackwater Rd.) Keith
> Roberts
> >
> > On Monday, November 24, 2014 6:16 PM, Regular
> wrote:
> >
> >
> > Thought I'd get the word out because of the potential significance of
> this sighting. From the Virginia Birding Facebook group:
> >
> > Photos of a Crested Caracara were just posted on the Virginia Birding
> group on Facebook by Keith Roberts. The bird was reportedly seen at 4:30pm
> in a field on Hungarian rd. and it was on the left field when they turned
> off of blackwater road. He was sitting next to the field drainage ditch and
> flew off over the street over the trees to the right. The bird was first
> seen yesterday.
> >
> > Unfortunately this wasn't reported earlier, but I would encourage
> everyone to keep an eye on that group on a regular basis, especially this
> time of year.
> >
> > Nick Newberry
> > William & Mary class of 2017
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Subject: Beaverdam Park, SR 606 Entrance - CGL03, Nov 25, 2014
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 12:42 pm
From: gbhrlh AT cox.net
 
Unusual to bind a Norther Pintail at this location.

>
>
>
> Beaverdam Park, SR 606 Entrance - CGL03, Gloucester, US-VA
> Nov 25, 2014 9:20 AM - 10:30 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.25 mile(s)
> Comments: George & Rosemarie Harris
> 23 species
>
> Wood Duck 5
> Gadwall 211
> American Wigeon 2
> Mallard 7
> Northern Pintail 1
> Ring-necked Duck 1
> Hooded Merganser 65
> Ruddy Duck 4
> Bald Eagle 1
> American Coot 900
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Blue Jay 2
> American Crow 10
> Fish Crow 1
> Winter Wren 1
> Carolina Wren 2
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
> Hermit Thrush 1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 12
> Swamp Sparrow 2
> White-throated Sparrow 4
> Northern Cardinal 2
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20668488
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/VA))

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Subject: Crested Caracara - Virginia Beach
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 11:31 am
From: robbielawski AT gmail.com
 
Hey All!

I have not been fortunate like many to get down to the site and see this
beautiful bird, but a number of folks in the Facebook group I run (Hampton
Roads Wildlife Enthusiasts) have been out today and have gotten
photographs. Many of them have started emailing them to me to post on our
website where they are viewable to the public.

I've been adding them to this page on my site (
http://www.hrwe.org/members/rarity-photographs/), in case any Listserver
folks wanted to see the bird without joining Facebook Groups that they
wouldn't use for any other purpose. There is currently 2 photos posted, but
more should get added throughout the day. Just wanted to let you all know,
and if you are one of the lucky folks who get to photograph the bird,
please email me your best shot, I'll watermark your name and it to the
growing gallery.

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: va-bird Digest, Vol 91, Issue 29
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 9:41 am
From: louiseedsall AT gmail.com
 
Greetings,
I have not posted before and would be interested in how to see the Crested Caracara photo. It says the file is private.
Much thanks!

Louise


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> 1. Snow Bunting at Willis Wharf (Harry Armistead)
> 2. Project Snowstorm Snowy Owl Arctic breeding report
> (BlkVulture@aol.com)
> 3. Re: Snow Bunting at Willis Wharf (Karen Kearney)
> 4. Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk (Harry Glasgow)
> 5. Nassawadox Christmas Bird Count IS Sun., Dec. 21.
> (Harry Armistead)
> 6. Second hand: CRESTED CARACARA, Chesapeake (Regular)
> 7. HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (22 Nov 2014) 11 Raptors
> (reports@hawkcount.org)
> 8. HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (24 Nov 2014) 17 Raptors - NG
> (reports@hawkcount.org)
> 9. HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (23 Nov 2014) 11 Raptors
> (reports@hawkcount.org)
> 10. Mason Neck State Park, Lorton (dcharlesl@msn.com)
> 11. HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (24 Nov 2014) 8 Raptors
> (reports@hawkcount.org)
> 12. Re: Second hand: CRESTED CARACARA, Chesapeake
> (Keith and Karen Roberts)
> 13. Re: Second hand: CRESTED CARACARA, Chesapeake (Elisa Enders)
> 14. Subject: Re: Second hand: CRESTED CARACARA, Chesapeake
> (Bruno, Rexanne)
> 15. Crested Caracara update 11-25 am, Virginia Beach (Tony Wood)
>
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Message: 1
> Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:41:19 +0000
> From: Harry Armistead
> To: Virginia Byrd
> Subject: [Va-bird] Snow Bunting at Willis Wharf
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> Curtis and Lynn Badger saw a Snow Bunting at Willis Wharf Sunday on the ground next to the observation platform. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 2
> Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:04:41 -0500
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> To: va-bird@listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] Project Snowstorm Snowy Owl Arctic breeding report
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> Greetings,
>
> The following is a report by Jean-Fran?ois Therrien, a raptor biologist who
> studies, among other things, Snowy Owls breeding at Bylot Island, Nunavut.
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> http://www.projectsnowstorm.or...
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> Cheers,
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> Todd
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> Todd Michael Day
> Jeffersonton, Virginia
> Culpeper County
> blkvulture@aol.com
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>
> Message: 3
> Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:54:47 +0000 (UTC)
> From: Karen Kearney
> To: Harry Armistead , Virginia Byrd
>
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Snow Bunting at Willis Wharf
> Message-ID:
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> I saw it as well, with my friends Tim and Kay Fearington. My photo is posted at https://www.flickr.com/photos/birdingva/15671552640/?If you scroll forwward? you'll also see photos of Belted Kingsfisher, American Bittern and?Tundra Swans seen yesterday. It was a beautiful day!?Karen KearneyChesapeake, VA?
>
> On Monday, November 24, 2014 9:41 AM, Harry Armistead wrote:
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> Curtis and Lynn Badger saw a Snow Bunting at Willis Wharf Sunday on the ground next to the observation platform. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.
>
> ??? ??? ??? ? ??? ??? ?
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> Message: 4
> Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:28:12 +0000 (UTC)
> From: Harry Glasgow
> To: VA Bird Listserv
> Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
> Message-ID:
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> On an extraordinarily warm November morning, 23 birders gathered for today's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.? As the morning progressed, jackets came off, and sunglasses went on.? We spotted 52 species, including the usual compliment of waterfowl.? It was a 6-woodpecker day, with only the elusive Red-Headed missing.? One of the Great Blue Herons snagged a medium sized Snakehead fish, for which he/she was awarded a Monday Morning Gold Star.? A Marsh Wren has made?regular appearances this fall, and didn't disappoint today.?
> Canada Goose? 99
> Gadwall? 16
> American Black Duck? 2
> Mallard? 32
> Northern Shoveler? 13
> Northern Pintail? 5
> Hooded Merganser? 8
> Ruddy Duck? 5
> Great Blue Heron? 3
> Black Vulture? 10
> Turkey Vulture? 1
> Bald Eagle? 2
> Red-tailed Hawk? 1
> hawk sp.? 1
> Ring-billed Gull? 9
> Great Black-backed Gull? 2
> Mourning Dove? 60
> Red-bellied Woodpecker? 8
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker? 2
> Downy Woodpecker? 5
> Hairy Woodpecker? 1
> Northern Flicker? 6
> Pileated Woodpecker? 3
> Eastern Phoebe? 1
> Blue Jay? 3
> American Crow? 2
> Fish Crow? 1
> Carolina Chickadee? 22
> Tufted Titmouse? 10
> White-breasted Nuthatch? 9
> Brown Creeper? 2
> Winter Wren? 1
> Marsh Wren? 1???
> Carolina Wren? 9
> Golden-crowned Kinglet? 2
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet? 1
> Eastern Bluebird? 12
> Hermit Thrush? 2
> American Robin? 14
> Northern Mockingbird? 2
> Cedar Waxwing? 12
> Yellow-rumped Warbler? 1
> Field Sparrow? 5
> Song Sparrow? 25
> Swamp Sparrow? 6
> White-throated Sparrow? 36
> Dark-eyed Junco? 2
> Northern Cardinal? 8
> Red-winged Blackbird? 10
> Common Grackle? 2
> House Finch? 1American Goldfinch? 15
> 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 8AM (7AM from April through October), 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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> Message: 5
> Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:34:23 +0000
> From: Harry Armistead
> To: Virginia Byrd
> Subject: [Va-bird] Nassawadox Christmas Bird Count IS Sun., Dec. 21.
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> There is confusion over when the Nassawadox Christmas Bird
> Count will be. It will be Sunday,
> December 21. If it were Dec. 14, Sunday,
> then Wachapreague would have to be Sat., Dec. 13, since we try to have them on
> consecutive days. The first day of the
> CBC period every year is Dec. 14, so Dec. 13 is a date when there can be no
> official count. The NSWDX date has been listed incorrectly in some forums that neglected to ask the compiler for confirmation. ? Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.
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> Message: 6
> Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:14:53 -0500
> From: Regular
> To: "va-bird@listserve.com"
> Subject: [Va-bird] Second hand: CRESTED CARACARA, Chesapeake
> Message-ID:
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> Thought I'd get the word out because of the potential significance of this sighting. From the Virginia Birding Facebook group:
>
> Photos of a Crested Caracara were just posted on the Virginia Birding group on Facebook by Keith Roberts. The bird was reportedly seen at 4:30pm in a field on Hungarian rd. and it was on the left field when they turned off of blackwater road. He was sitting next to the field drainage ditch and flew off over the street over the trees to the right. The bird was first seen yesterday.
>
> Unfortunately this wasn't reported earlier, but I would encourage everyone to keep an eye on that group on a regular basis, especially this time of year.
>
> Nick Newberry
> William & Mary class of 2017
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 7
> Date: 24 Nov 2014 18:11:57 -0400
> From: reports@hawkcount.org
> To: va-bird@listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (22 Nov 2014) 11 Raptors
> Message-ID:
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>
> Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
> Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
> Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 22, 2014
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
> Osprey 1 12 3443
> Bald Eagle 0 31 274
> Northern Harrier 0 90 596
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 218 6703
> Cooper's Hawk 2 160 2614
> Northern Goshawk 2 3 5
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1 36 91
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 5 1001
> Red-tailed Hawk 0 412 681
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 2 5
> American Kestrel 0 15 3914
> Merlin 0 10 1722
> Peregrine Falcon 0 6 1290
> Unknown Accipiter 0 1 3
> Unknown Buteo 0 1 5
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 8
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 61
> Swainson's Hawk 0 0 2
>
> Total: 11 1002 22418
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Observation start time: 07:30:00
> Observation end time: 14:30:00
> Total observation time: 7 hours
>
> Official Counter: Bob Anderson
>
> Observers: Thuy Tran
>
> Weather:
>
>
> Raptor Observations:
> 2 Juvenile Northern Goshawks
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> 10 Purple Finches
> 70 Tundra Swan
> 2 Common Loons
> 56 Canada Geese
> Between 0800 and 1045: 8000 Common Grackles, 6000 Red-winged Blackbirds,
> 2500 American Goldfinches, 450 Cedar Waxwings, 2000 American Robins
>
>
>
> ========================================================================
> Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
> Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
> www.cvwo.org
>
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 8
> Date: 24 Nov 2014 18:11:49 -0400
> From: reports@hawkcount.org
> To: va-bird@listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (24 Nov 2014) 17
> Raptors - NG
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> Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
> Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
> Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 24, 2014
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
> Osprey 0 4 365
> Bald Eagle 3 34 273
> Northern Harrier 0 13 92
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 61 2747
> Cooper's Hawk 0 22 401
> Northern Goshawk 1 8 12
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 48 150
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 18514
> Red-tailed Hawk 7 674 1075
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 2 2
> Golden Eagle 0 20 40
> American Kestrel 0 7 403
> Merlin 0 5 46
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 65
> Unknown Accipiter 0 3 21
> Unknown Buteo 0 6 19
> Unknown Falcon 0 1 6
> Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
> Unknown Raptor 1 6 26
> Mississippi Kite 0 0 3
> Swainson's Hawk 0 0 2
>
> Total: 17 915 24263
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Observation start time: 09:30:00
> Observation end time: 14:30:00
> Total observation time: 5 hours
>
> Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel
>
> Observers:
>
> Visitors:
> Mary Mapel
>
>
> Weather:
> Mild S winds. 13.7-14.4C. Partly cloudy.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> 9:51 4-YR BE, 11:06 AD BE, 1:29 4-YR BE, 11:56 IMM NG. First bird 9:51 BE,
> last bird 1:40 RT.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> 246 Waxwing, 1 Sapsucker, 45 Fish Crow, 5 Pine Siskin, 2 Raven, 1 RB Gull.
> ========================================================================
> Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach@virginia.edu)
> Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
> http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 9
> Date: 24 Nov 2014 19:11:46 -0400
> From: reports@hawkcount.org
> To: va-bird@listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (23 Nov 2014) 11 Raptors
> Message-ID:
>
>
> Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
> Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
> Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 23, 2014
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
> Osprey 0 12 3443
> Bald Eagle 2 33 276
> Northern Harrier 1 91 597
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 223 6708
> Cooper's Hawk 1 161 2615
> Northern Goshawk 0 3 5
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 36 91
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 5 1001
> Red-tailed Hawk 2 414 683
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 2 5
> American Kestrel 0 15 3914
> Merlin 0 10 1722
> Peregrine Falcon 0 6 1290
> Unknown Accipiter 0 1 3
> Unknown Buteo 0 1 5
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 8
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 61
> Swainson's Hawk 0 0 2
>
> Total: 11 1013 22429
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 15:00:00
> Total observation time: 7 hours
>
> Official Counter: Katie Rittenhouse
>
> Observers: Brian Taber
>
> Weather:
>
>
> Raptor Observations:
>
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> Common Loon-2 flyovers and 35 in a group on the bay
> *Purple Finch- 86* A new platform record
> Pine Siskin-12
> House Finch-3
> estimated 700 American Goldfinch
> Snow Goose- 70 (1 Blue morph) Tundra Swans-50
> Red-breasted Nuthatch-1, White-crowned Sparrow-1, Gray Catbird-1
>
> ========================================================================
> Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
> Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
> www.cvwo.org
>
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 10
> Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:07:50 -0500
> From:
> To: "va-bird@listserve.com"
> Subject: [Va-bird] Mason Neck State Park, Lorton
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> Encouraged by Marc Ribaudo's recent report on waterfowl in Belmont Bay, I went to Mason Neck State Park in Lorton. Today, there were easily 7,000 waterfowl. I saw the following in Belmont Bay and Kanes Creek:
>
> Canada Goose 100
> Gadwall 700
> American Wigeon 300
> American Black Duck 40
> Mallard 200
> Northern Shoveler 2
> Green-winged Teal 5
> Canvasback 150
> Redhead 200
> Ring-necked Duck 5
> Greater Scaup 3
> Lesser Scaup 800
> Bufflehead 3
> Hooded Merganser 18
> Ruddy Duck 750
> Pied-billed Grebe 15
> Horned Grebe 2
> American Coot 3,000
>
> David Ledwith
> Falls Church, VA
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> Falls Church, VA
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> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 11
> Date: 24 Nov 2014 19:11:05 -0400
> From: reports@hawkcount.org
> To: va-bird@listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (24 Nov 2014) 8 Raptors
> Message-ID:
>
>
> Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
> Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
> Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 24, 2014
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
> Osprey 0 12 3443
> Bald Eagle 1 34 277
> Northern Harrier 0 91 597
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 227 6712
> Cooper's Hawk 2 163 2617
> Northern Goshawk 0 3 5
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 36 91
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 5 1001
> Red-tailed Hawk 1 415 684
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 2 5
> American Kestrel 0 15 3914
> Merlin 0 10 1722
> Peregrine Falcon 0 6 1290
> Unknown Accipiter 0 1 3
> Unknown Buteo 0 1 5
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 8
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 61
> Swainson's Hawk 0 0 2
>
> Total: 8 1021 22437
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 14:00:00
> Total observation time: 6 hours
>
> Official Counter: Katie Rittenhouse
>
> Observers:
>
> Visitors:
> Wallace and Clarence
>
>
> Weather:
>
>
> Raptor Observations:
>
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> Purple Finch-20
> Monarch-1
> ========================================================================
> Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
> Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
> www.cvwo.org
>
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 12
> Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:40:36 +0000 (UTC)
> From: Keith and Karen Roberts
> To: Regular , "va-bird@listserve.com"
>
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Second hand: CRESTED CARACARA, Chesapeake
> Message-ID:
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> Someone reported seeing?it?feeding with?vultures to Steve Coari.? Julie Coari called my wife since we live nearby and they went out to check.? It was standing in an open field then flew off into the trees across the street.? My wife was able to get this picture before it flew..? I'm not sure when it was first sighted, but she and Julie saw it this afternoon at 4:30 pm.??This is about 5 miles up the same street where two Anhingas successfully raised four babies this summer.?(Blackwater Rd.)? ?Keith Roberts
>
> On Monday, November 24, 2014 6:16 PM, Regular wrote:
>
>
> Thought I'd get the word out because of the potential significance of this sighting. From the Virginia Birding Facebook group:
>
> Photos of a Crested Caracara were just posted on the Virginia Birding group on Facebook by Keith Roberts. The bird was reportedly seen at 4:30pm in a field on Hungarian rd. and it was on the left field when they turned off of blackwater road. He was sitting next to the field drainage ditch and flew off over the street over the trees to the right. The bird was first seen yesterday.
>
> Unfortunately this wasn't reported earlier, but I would encourage everyone to keep an eye on that group on a regular basis, especially this time of year.
>
> Nick Newberry
> William & Mary class of 2017
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> ------------------------------
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> Message: 13
> Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:01:45 -0500
> From: Elisa Enders
> To: "va-bird@listserve.com"
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Second hand: CRESTED CARACARA, Chesapeake
> Message-ID:
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> Indeed, this is a notable sighting. I want to emphasize this. While my knowledge of historical data of bird populations is not as thorough as I wish it to be, I have only heard of two sightings of caracara in Virginia in recent years and the annotated checklist does not have an entry for this species. For caracara, behavioral notes are needed (note any bands or tags as well), because the origin of the individual is likely to be a point of consideration.
>
> Elisa Flanders
> Portsmouth, VA
>
>
>
>> Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:40:36 +0000
>> From: kroberts38@verizon.net
>> To: nickenew1@gmail.com; va-bird@listserve.com
>> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Second hand: CRESTED CARACARA, Chesapeake
>>
>> Someone reported seeing it feeding with vultures to Steve Coari. Julie Coari called my wife since we live nearby and they went out to check. It was standing in an open field then flew off into the trees across the street. My wife was able to get this picture before it flew.. I'm not sure when it was first sighted, but she and Julie saw it this afternoon at 4:30 pm. This is about 5 miles up the same street where two Anhingas successfully raised four babies this summer. (Blackwater Rd.) Keith Roberts
>>
>> On Monday, November 24, 2014 6:16 PM, Regular wrote:
>>
>>
>> Thought I'd get the word out because of the potential significance of this sighting. From the Virginia Birding Facebook group:
>>
>> Photos of a Crested Caracara were just posted on the Virginia Birding group on Facebook by Keith Roberts. The bird was reportedly seen at 4:30pm in a field on Hungarian rd. and it was on the left field when they turned off of blackwater road. He was sitting next to the field drainage ditch and flew off over the street over the trees to the right. The bird was first seen yesterday.
>>
>> Unfortunately this wasn't reported earlier, but I would encourage everyone to keep an eye on that group on a regular basis, especially this time of year.
>>
>> Nick Newberry
>> William & Mary class of 2017
>> *** You are subscribed to va-bird as kroberts38@verizon.net. If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
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>
> Message: 14
> Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:34:37 +0000
> From: "Bruno, Rexanne"
> To: VA-bird listserve message VA-Bird
> Subject: [Va-bird] Subject: Re: Second hand: CRESTED CARACARA,
> Chesapeake
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> I am watching the bird (I'm on Blackwater Rd). The caracara is in the field across Hungarian Rd from a beige house.
>
> Rexanne Bruno
> Virginia Beach
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 15
> Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:37:12 +0000 (UTC)
> From: Tony Wood
> To: "va-bird@listserve.com"
> Subject: [Va-bird] Crested Caracara update 11-25 am, Virginia Beach
> Message-ID:
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> The CRESTED CARACARA (now NORTHERN CARACARA) was present this morning (11.25) from 6:45 am to 7:15 am at the same location it was found and reported at yesterday by Julie Coari and Karen Roberts.....Corner of Hungarian Road and Blackwater Road in southern Virginia Beach.? Darol Flahart and I observed the bird (an adult) hopping and sitting in the?field on the left as you turn onto Hungarian Road off of Blackwater.? Several times it flew?across the street to the field on the right where it would sit and then hop around as well.??About the size of a black vulture, this bird has a large white neck with black cap and we could clearly?see the red facial?area.? The wings?are tipped in white and the tail is white with a?dark band?across the end.? Pretty simple to ID as it looks just as shown in the Sibleys guide.? The bird seemed unperturbed by the?rain and?at one point it?sat very close to the road where we got our best looks.? The area is tough for viewing?as there are large ditc
> hes adjacent to the road and very limited spots to even stand.? The bird was present when we left the area around 7:15 am.? The area where we saw it was less than? 1/8th mile from the intersection.? Thanks to Karen and Julie for spotting this and getting the word out.
> Tony Wood and Darol FlahartChesapeake, VA
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Subject: Caracara
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 9:22 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
As the rains have slowed down for the moment, the Caracara has made another appearance and is currently being viewed.

Thanks to Karen and Keith for making us aware of it.

Ron Furnish

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Subject: Waterfowl show at Swift Creek Reservoir in Chesterfield
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 8:55 am
From: wendy.ealding AT gmail.com
 
Checked out this location this morning, huge numbers of waterfowl including
Canvasback and Redhead.

Wendy Ealding
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Subject: Crested Caracara update 11-25 am, Virginia Beach
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 7:39 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
 The CRESTED CARACARA (now NORTHERN CARACARA) was present this morning (11.25) from 6:45 am to 7:15 am at the same location it was found and reported at yesterday by Julie Coari and Karen Roberts.....Corner of Hungarian Road and Blackwater Road in southern Virginia Beach.  Darol Flahart and I observed the bird (an adult) hopping and sitting in the field on the left as you turn onto Hungarian Road off of Blackwater.  Several times it flew across the street to the field on the right where it would sit and then hop around as well.  About the size of a black vulture, this bird has a large white neck with black cap and we could clearly see the red facial area.  The wings are tipped in white and the tail is white with a dark band across the end.  Pretty simple to ID as it looks just as shown in the Sibleys guide.  The bird seemed unperturbed by the rain and at one point it sat very close to the road where we got our best looks.  The area is tough for viewing as there are large ditches adjacent to the road and very limited spots to even stand.  The bird was present when we left the area around 7:15 am.  The area where we saw it was less than  1/8th mile from the intersection.  Thanks to Karen and Julie for spotting this and getting the word out.
Tony Wood and Darol FlahartChesapeake, VA
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Subject: Subject: Re: Second hand: CRESTED CARACARA, Chesapeake
Date: Tue Nov 25 2014 6:35 am
From: bruno AT lynchburg.edu
 
I am watching the bird (I'm on Blackwater Rd). The caracara is in the field across Hungarian Rd from a beige house.

Rexanne Bruno
Virginia Beach
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Subject: Second hand: CRESTED CARACARA, Chesapeake
Date: Mon Nov 24 2014 20:02 pm
From: elisaenders AT hotmail.com
 
Indeed, this is a notable sighting. I want to emphasize this. While my knowledge of historical data of bird populations is not as thorough as I wish it to be, I have only heard of two sightings of caracara in Virginia in recent years and the annotated checklist does not have an entry for this species. For caracara, behavioral notes are needed (note any bands or tags as well), because the origin of the individual is likely to be a point of consideration.

Elisa Flanders
Portsmouth, VA



> Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:40:36 +0000
> From: kroberts38@verizon.net
> To: nickenew1@gmail.com; va-bird@listserve.com
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Second hand: CRESTED CARACARA, Chesapeake
>
> Someone reported seeing it feeding with vultures to Steve Coari. Julie Coari called my wife since we live nearby and they went out to check. It was standing in an open field then flew off into the trees across the street. My wife was able to get this picture before it flew.. I'm not sure when it was first sighted, but she and Julie saw it this afternoon at 4:30 pm. This is about 5 miles up the same street where two Anhingas successfully raised four babies this summer. (Blackwater Rd.) Keith Roberts
>
> On Monday, November 24, 2014 6:16 PM, Regular wrote:
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> Thought I'd get the word out because of the potential significance of this sighting. From the Virginia Birding Facebook group:
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> Photos of a Crested Caracara were just posted on the Virginia Birding group on Facebook by Keith Roberts. The bird was reportedly seen at 4:30pm in a field on Hungarian rd. and it was on the left field when they turned off of blackwater road. He was sitting next to the field drainage ditch and flew off over the street over the trees to the right. The bird was first seen yesterday.
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> Unfortunately this wasn't reported earlier, but I would encourage everyone to keep an eye on that group on a regular basis, especially this time of year.
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> Nick Newberry
> William & Mary class of 2017
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