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ABA's Birding News >> Virginia

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Updated on October 21, 2014, 8:20 am

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21 Oct: @ 08:15:50  purple finches in Highland Co. [Patti Reum]
21 Oct: @ 07:34:22  10/19-20 Bald Eagles - SNP, Miller's Head & mile 45.6 [Cynthia O'Connell (home)]
21 Oct: @ 07:23:49  HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (20 Oct 2014) 95 Raptors [reports]
20 Oct: @ 20:18:42  migrants on Old Dominion University campus, Norfolk VA, 10/17 + 10/20 [nicholas]
20 Oct: @ 19:50:13  HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (20 Oct 2014) 189 Raptors [reports]
20 Oct: @ 19:46:11  HSR: Harvey's Knob (20 Oct 2014) 36 Raptors [reports]
20 Oct: @ 18:53:57  Weird Accipiter [Andrew Rapp]
20 Oct: @ 18:26:15  HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (19 Oct 2014) 136 Raptors [reports]
20 Oct: @ 17:40:56  Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
20 Oct: @ 15:32:52  Pine siskins at Fort CF Smith, Arlington [David Farner]
20 Oct: @ 10:32:40  Red-breasted Nuthatch, Oakton [Frederick Atwood via va-bird]
20 Oct: @ 09:24:55  Fort C.F. Smith Arlington Oct. 20 [David Farner]
19 Oct: @ 20:20:32  Seasonal Birds in No. VA (Staff, Pr Wm, and FRFX) , 19 Oct 2014 [Kurt Gaskill]
19 Oct: @ 20:17:01  Coots, Grebes, Eagle: C&O Canal, Great Falls [Donald Sweig]
19 Oct: @ 19:54:23 Re: Goose in Founder's Park (Old Town Alexandria) is a hybrid [David Boltz]
19 Oct: @ 19:46:03  Goose in Founder's Park (Old Town Alexandria) is a hybrid [trnealon]
19 Oct: @ 19:40:14  Bird Sightings for October 19, 2014 [janet anderson via va-bird]
19 Oct: @ 18:40:45  HSR: Snickers Gap (19 Oct 2014) 167 Raptors [reports]
19 Oct: @ 18:35:33  HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (19 Oct 2014) 122 Raptors [reports]
19 Oct: @ 18:02:37 Re: Phalarope Sunday Gone [William Leigh]
19 Oct: @ 17:41:42  10/19 - Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach [Rob Bielawski]
19 Oct: @ 16:59:15  HSR: Harvey's Knob (19 Oct 2014) 46 Raptors [reports]
19 Oct: @ 16:08:34  Great Falls National Park Walk [Marshall Rawson via va-bird]
19 Oct: @ 13:31:25  Sunday Field Trip at Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax County [Gerry Hawkins]
19 Oct: @ 11:49:58  Red Phalarope no-show [Rob Hilton]
19 Oct: @ 10:24:30  Test [William Leigh]
19 Oct: @ 10:19:46  [va-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR, Woodbridge, VA [Scott Priebe]
19 Oct: @ 07:34:59  HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (18 Oct 2014) 433 Raptors [reports]
19 Oct: @ 07:32:52  Purple finch [Marc Ribaudo]
19 Oct: @ 06:56:58  Red phalarope ? [William Leigh]
18 Oct: @ 23:12:42  Bird Sightings for October 18, 2014 [janet anderson via va-bird]
18 Oct: @ 22:14:58  HSR: Harvey's Knob (17 Oct 2014) 57 Raptors [reports]
18 Oct: @ 19:41:59  HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (18 Oct 2014) 301 Raptors [reports]
18 Oct: @ 19:29:08 Re: Great Falls Park Walk [aaron via va-bird]
18 Oct: @ 18:28:56  GWFG in Old Town Alexandria [Trista Nealon]
18 Oct: @ 18:19:48  HSR: Harvey's Knob (18 Oct 2014) 75 Raptors [reports]
18 Oct: @ 17:17:27  10/18 - Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach [Rob Bielawski]
18 Oct: @ 16:12:48  Peregrine Falcon, western Albemarle [MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird]
18 Oct: @ 15:36:55  NVBC Walk at Sky Meadows SP - Bridle Trail, Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 - Plenty of Sparrows but no unusual Geese [Elton Morel via va-bird]
18 Oct: @ 11:47:52  Occoquan Bay NWR [Marc Ribaudo]
18 Oct: @ 10:11:46  Shenandoah Valley 10/17/14 [Marshall Faintich]
18 Oct: @ 09:30:15  Gap Run Rd. GWFG & SNGO - No, Emu Yes [Howard Wu]
18 Oct: @ 06:27:06  Red phalarope sat morn [William Leigh]
18 Oct: @ 04:30:12  Fwd: Peregrine Falcon - Red-tailed Hawk dogfight [John Greenwood via va-bird]
17 Oct: @ 21:10:03  10/17 - Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach [Rob Bielawski]
17 Oct: @ 20:31:21  HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (17 Oct 2014) 277 Raptors GE & OS Records! [reports]
17 Oct: @ 20:06:31  HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (16 Oct 2014) 177 Raptors [reports]
17 Oct: @ 18:53:35  FW: eBird Report - Tobacco Heritage Trail - Cotton Mill Park to 2.5 Mile Marker, Oct 17, 2014 [Jeffrey Blalock]
17 Oct: @ 18:51:18  Red Phalarope 6:00 PM [William Leigh]
17 Oct: @ 18:33:30  HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (17 Oct 2014) 294 Raptors [reports]





Subject: purple finches in Highland Co.
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 8:15 am
From: pareum AT gmail.com
 
I know of at least 3 feeders in Highland, including mine and  and the
Spahr's in New Hampden,, that are getting male and female purple finches.


Patti Reum
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Subject: 10/19-20 Bald Eagles - SNP, Miller's Head & mile 45.6
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 7:34 am
From: honeychuck AT comcast.net
 
About a dozen bald eagles at 4:30 p.m., adults and immatures, near Miller's Head, Shenandoah National Park on Sunday afternoon 10/19.

Also, early afternoon on Monday 10/20, 1 adult bald eagle not far from the Hawksbill Mountain trailhead at mile 45.6 on the short trail to the AT.

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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (20 Oct 2014) 95 Raptors
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 7:23 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 59 360
Bald Eagle 6 62 214
Northern Harrier 5 34 64
Sharp-shinned Hawk 46 1427 2205
Cooper's Hawk 11 187 294
Northern Goshawk 0 2 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 9 22 41
Broad-winged Hawk 1 105 18512
Red-tailed Hawk 11 90 175
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 9 10
American Kestrel 3 254 385
Merlin 1 24 37
Peregrine Falcon 0 44 64
Unknown Accipiter 0 11 15
Unknown Buteo 2 6 11
Unknown Falcon 0 2 4
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 5 16
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 2

Total: 95 2344 22415
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers: Dave Hunter

Visitors:
Peter Clark, Mary Mapel


Weather:
Moderate ESE breezes. 6.2-16.5C. Mostly cloudy. Clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
One late season, immature Broad-winged Hawk. An adult male Merlin at
10:04am. Six Bald Eagles: 11:37 AD, 11:43 AD, 11:53 Unaged, 1:15 IMM, 1:46
4th-YR, 2:29 AD. Only 11 more BE needed to break the season record of 224.

Non-raptor Observations:
1 DC Cormorant, 1 Sapsucker, 52 Flicker, 13 Raven, 133 Tree Swallow, 2 Palm
Warbler, 2 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 305 RW Blackbird, 1 Rusty Blackbird, 72
Pine Siskin, 13 Monarchs and 4 hot air balloons to the east.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach@virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...

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Subject: migrants on Old Dominion University campus, Norfolk VA, 10/17 + 10/20
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 20:18 pm
From: flicknanders AT hotmail.com
 



Hey all, spent some time at the clump of trees on Old Dominion University campus with the Quarantine Road historical marker near Webb Center around mid-day on 10/17 and 10/20/14. This little spot still appears to be productive for migrants, very nice to find a little diversity while surrounded by concrete and buildings.

Migrants on 10/17: 1 Tennessee Warbler, 2 Catbirds, 1 Red-eyed Vireo, and 1 No. Parula. Migrants today (10/20): 1 Gray Catbird, 1 Swainson's Thrush, 1 Black-and-white Warbler, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 Common Yellowthroat, 1 White-throated Sparrow, 1 Swamp Sparrow. Best, Nick FlandersPortsmouth, VA


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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (20 Oct 2014) 189 Raptors
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 19:50 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 4 1091 3405
Bald Eagle 0 133 219
Northern Harrier 10 272 408
Sharp-shinned Hawk 121 3858 5903
Cooper's Hawk 20 1124 1875
Northern Goshawk 1 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 11 21
Broad-winged Hawk 2 558 962
Red-tailed Hawk 3 47 102
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 9 1499 3798
Merlin 17 1059 1689
Peregrine Falcon 1 1071 1270
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 1
Unknown Buteo 0 1 4
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 6 8
Unknown Raptor 0 17 61
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 2

Total: 189 10748 19729
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 16:15:00
Total observation time: 9.75 hours

Official Counter: Katie Rittenhouse

Observers: Brian Taber, Joe Beatty

Visitors:
Mary Jane McMillan, Bob Ake


Weather:
Light south winds with partly cloudy skies.

Raptor Observations:
Juvenile Northern Goshawk

Non-raptor Observations:
Purple Finch 4, Pine Siskin 2, Red-breasted Nuthatch 2, Common Loon 1,
Northern Flicker 250, Killdeer 36,
Wood Duck 7
Monarch- 11
Large flocks of American Robins started today along with continuing flocks
of Blue Jays, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and black birds.
Small Flocks of Eastern Meadowlarks, Eastern Bluebirds, and Bobolinks
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (20 Oct 2014) 36 Raptors
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 19:46 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 15 89
Bald Eagle 0 16 103
Northern Harrier 0 3 15
Sharp-shinned Hawk 21 371 531
Cooper's Hawk 1 50 96
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 6
Broad-winged Hawk 0 29 10833
Red-tailed Hawk 10 58 119
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 44 110
Merlin 0 4 9
Peregrine Falcon 1 12 19
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 3
Unknown Buteo 1 2 6
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 10

Total: 36 608 11950
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Bill James

Observers: Carl Christensen, Katie James

Visitors:
Very nice gentleman from Germany who spent some time with us telling us
about European hawks. A few hikers scaring Patsy, but many folks coming by
to speak with her.


Weather:
Chilly day with temps 11-18 C and light winds from the SW and SE late
rarely becoming a steady one. It was clear throughout the day on the East
side, but became increasingly hazy on the West side. Cloud cover began at
30% but increased to 70% in the third hour and maintained.

Raptor Observations:
Birds were on both sides today with the Southwest winds in our Northeast
oriented mountains. East side birds were close whereas West side birds
were often out over the ridge.

Non-raptor Observations:
Parkway continues busy with leafies.

Predictions:
NW winds, more birds and bigger ones!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bill James (bijam@aol.com)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/...


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Subject: Weird Accipiter
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 18:53 pm
From: lax3birder AT live.com
 
Hey everyone,
Yesterday at 9:35 I was birding and had a weird accipiter fly over off the mountain. (Albemarle Co.) It would be helpful to get all your opinions. The bird was large and was only a little smaller than a nearby Black Vulture. The bird was really cruising it took two powerful but fast wing flaps. (not choppy like a Sharpie) I also noted the very broad wings (almost like a buteo's thick wings) on this bird. There was a Goshawk seen later the day only 50 miles away at Afton. Please give me your opinion on this large Accipiter.
My flickr album with my four pics of this bird.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
Thanks,
Andrew Rapp

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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (19 Oct 2014) 136 Raptors
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 18:26 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 4 1087 3401
Bald Eagle 8 133 219
Northern Harrier 11 262 398
Sharp-shinned Hawk 61 3737 5782
Cooper's Hawk 26 1104 1855
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 10 20
Broad-winged Hawk 1 556 960
Red-tailed Hawk 3 44 99
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 13 1490 3789
Merlin 6 1042 1672
Peregrine Falcon 2 1070 1269
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 1
Unknown Buteo 0 1 4
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 6 8
Unknown Raptor 0 17 61
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 2

Total: 136 10559 19540
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 16:45:00
Total observation time: 10.25 hours

Official Counter: Bob Anderson, Katie Rittenhouse

Observers: Bob Anderson, Brian Taber, Joe Beatty, Thuy Tran

Visitors:
Ann McDowell, Ron Fournier, UVA Teacher Workshop


Weather:
Gusty NW winds. Overcast diminishing to blue skies late.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
3 Pine Siskins, 1 Purple Finch, 3 Tundra Swans, 4 Great Blue Heron, 4 Wood
Ducks
Monarch-6
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 17:40 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
A bright, cold morning greeted 17 birders on today's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.  We tallied 55 species, with some of our highlights being our FOS American Tree Sparrow, four Purple Finches with a House Finch nearby allowing comparisons, a Swainson's Thrush, an enormous flock of Red-winged Blackbirds, and a very clearly discernible Mallard x Black Duck hybrid.  Readers ahould be advised that the Monday Morning Birdwalk will adopt its winter starting time of 8 AM on Monday, November 3.

Canada Goose 31
Wood Duck 24
Mallard 12
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) 1
Green-winged Teal 5
Great Blue Heron 7
Green Heron 1
Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 20
Barred Owl 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Downy Woodpecker 8
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 6
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Eastern Phoebe 3
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 44
Fish Crow 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Northern) 5
Carolina Chickadee 9
Tufted Titmouse 11
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Marsh Wren 2
Carolina Wren 6
Golden-crowned Kinglet
2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Eastern Bluebird 14
Swainson's Thrush 1
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 8
Gray Catbird 2
European Starling 12
Cedar Waxwing 3
Common Yellowthroat 1
Palm Warbler 7
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 3
American Tree Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 12
Swamp Sparrow 3
White-throated Sparrow 14
Northern Cardinal 9
Red-winged Blackbird 200+
Rusty Blackbird 3
Common Grackle 5
Brown-headed Cowbird 20
House Finch 1
Purple Finch 4
American Goldfinch 10

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


Harry Glasgow
Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Pine siskins at Fort CF Smith, Arlington
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 15:32 pm
From: dfarner AT arlingtonva.us
 
2 pine siskins were at the bird stream along with 1 white crowned sparrow at 4:15 Monday afternoon.


David Farner
Park Manager
Fort C.F. Smith Park
& Gulf Branch Nature Center

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Subject: Red-breasted Nuthatch, Oakton
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 10:32 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Sorry for the late report, but I was gone all weekend.My first red-breasted nuthatch of the year for Fairfax County was in the Oak Marr Park pine woods next to the Flint Hill School campus on Thursday Oct 16.All the bestFred Atwood
 
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Subject: Fort C.F. Smith Arlington Oct. 20
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 9:24 am
From: dfarner AT arlingtonva.us
 
Birdy morning at Fort C.F. Smith in Arlington today. Sparrows here in big numbers. Mainly chipping, but also song, field, white-throated, 2 towhee, 1st junco of the fall and a 1st winter white-crowned.

Other birds of note – at least 2 (probably 3)blue-headed vireo, 1 hermit thrush, 1 indigo bunting, 1 magnolia warbler, both kinglets, a couple common yellow-throat and yellow-rumped warblers.


David Farner
Park Manager
Fort C.F. Smith Park &
Gulf Branch Nature Center
Arlington, VA

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Subject: Seasonal Birds in No. VA (Staff, Pr Wm, and FRFX) , 19 Oct 2014
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 20:20 pm
From: KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net
 
VA BIRDers,

I tried for a few new October species in the Northern VA area today - high
winds (esp. in the morning) seemed positive but flying birds were few and
perhaps I was a day or two early. In any case, five new species for the
month for me. In addition, I should note that a Horned Grebe was in
Occoquan Bay Friday, 17 Oct - basic, white neck and dark cap. Early for my
records.

I started off in Nokesville - the Bristow sod farms. The expected Horned
Larks were present and a Peregrine Falcon perched on exposed ground near a
sod operation. Nearby were Killdeer and a couple of Palm Warblers,

I went to Aquia Landing SP. Surprisingly dull for waterfowl - Gadwall,
Green-winged Teal, and 110 Pied-billed Grebes. Top bird was a Bonaparte's
Gull settling in with other larids perched on a beach out of the wind.

Next stop was Occoquan Bay Marina. Newly arrived were 10 Lesser Scaup,
otherwise another 80-something Pied-billed Grebes plus Mallards, Gadwall,
American Wigeon, Am. Black Duck and Forster's Terns.

I then visited a spot overlooking the Great Marsh of Mason Neck - the tide
was decidedly low (due to the strong north winds), but the highlights were 2
Bonaparte's Gulls and 48 Pied-billed Grebes (have you detected a theme?).

I dropped into Pohick Bay and found 24 more Pied-billed Grebes and some
Great Egrets.

At 5 pm, I went to the Stone Bridge overlooking Hunting Creek Bay off Dyke
Marsh. Highlights were 10 Dunlin and 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper. The latter I
studies for several minutes (it was distant) but the bill was not long
enough to ID as a Western. Also present were Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs
plus 3 Wood Ducks. I met up with David Ledwith and we went to the picnic
area and scanned the waterfowl. The light was reasonably good for a short
while (the sun was setting) and the highlight was 2 hatch year Redheads.
The waterfowl numbers were quite large with excellent numbers of No.
Shovelers, Ruddy Ducks and American Coots plus 2 Lesser Scaup and pintail
and teal. Given the likelihood of more migrants in the next few days, it
would be useful to check this area in the coming days.

Oh, the conservative Pied-billed Grebe total today was 280.

Kurt Gaskill

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Subject: Coots, Grebes, Eagle: C&O Canal, Great Falls
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 20:17 pm
From: skybirds.d AT gmail.com
 
I spent about an hour on the C&O canal at Great Falls, mostly on the concrete water intake platform.   I found a raft of about 25 or 30 (FOS) American Coots; also four Pied-billed Grebes.  As I was leaving, I had an adult Bald Eagle making nice little circles in the bright sunshine, against the clear blue sky, right over the parking lot.
All so very nice.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Goose in Founder's Park (Old Town Alexandria) is a hybrid
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 19:54 pm
From: david.boltz4 AT gmail.com
 
Yes, I saw and photographed this (likely) same bird at Oronoco Bay Park
(very close to Founder's Park) last September.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Dave Boltz

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From: trnealon@comcast.net
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To: listserve, va-bird
Subject: [Va-bird] Goose in Founder's Park (Old Town Alexandria) is a hybrid

Hello All,

The goose I saw in Old Town Alexandria is not a GWFG but a hybrid that has
been seen here before (see pics on Flickr below). Sorry about the confusion!

Trista Nealon


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

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


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Subject: Goose in Founder's Park (Old Town Alexandria) is a hybrid
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 19:46 pm
From: trnealon AT comcast.net
 
Hello All,

The goose I saw in Old Town Alexandria is not a GWFG but a hybrid that has been seen here before (see pics on Flickr below). Sorry about the confusion!

Trista Nealon


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

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


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Subject: Bird Sightings for October 19, 2014
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 19:40 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Seen migrating over my Parents home in Arlington, Arlington County, VA  on
October 19, 2014


1 Peregrine Falcon
1 Tree Swallow
8 Bald Eagles - all adults
Red Tailed Hawk
Sharp-Shinned Hawk
Black Vultures
Turkey Vultures

Janet M. Anderson
Falls Church, VA
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Subject: HSR: Snickers Gap (19 Oct 2014) 167 Raptors
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 18:40 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 26 141
Bald Eagle 10 29 112
Northern Harrier 3 16 45
Sharp-shinned Hawk 67 314 714
Cooper's Hawk 2 25 74
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 4 8 36
Broad-winged Hawk 0 19 5304
Red-tailed Hawk 70 90 144
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 1 1 1
American Kestrel 8 48 91
Merlin 2 7 11
Peregrine Falcon 0 10 12
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 4
Unknown Buteo 0 2 6
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 4

Total: 167 595 6701
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00
Observation end time: 17:45:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Joan Boudreau and Bob Abrams

Observers:

Visitors:
Tish Tyson, Mark Gionet, Michael Nayer, Duane and Bill Schilling


Weather:
Strong NW winds with clots of clouds in the AM, none in the PM.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
12 Wood Ducks, 140 Double-crested Cormorants, lots of finches swirling
around all day. Most were Goldfinches with a spattering of Purple Finches.


We also had a pair of Silken Windhounds. That is a first time breed for
Snickers, as far as I know. They look like slightly shaggy Greyhounds.
Handsome boys.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joan and Bob (icepeep@aol.com)


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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (19 Oct 2014) 122 Raptors
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 18:35 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 3 59 360
Bald Eagle 2 56 208
Northern Harrier 1 29 59
Sharp-shinned Hawk 56 1381 2159
Cooper's Hawk 16 176 283
Northern Goshawk 1 2 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 4 13 32
Broad-winged Hawk 0 104 18511
Red-tailed Hawk 24 79 164
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 9 10
American Kestrel 8 251 382
Merlin 3 23 36
Peregrine Falcon 0 44 64
Unknown Accipiter 3 11 15
Unknown Buteo 0 4 9
Unknown Falcon 0 2 4
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 5 16
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 2

Total: 122 2249 22320
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 16:15:00
Total observation time: 9.75 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers: Brenda Tekin, Dave Hunter, Gabriel Mapel, William Leigh

Visitors:
Carson & Carol Lambert, Greg Moyers, Diane Lepkowski, Peter & Theresa
Elmondorf, Mark & Debbie Hudgins (Chesapeake, VA), Kristine/Andrew/Dana
Newcomb (Buchanan, VA), Mike White (Chesapeake, VA), Becky & Josh Marvil
(Yarmouth, ME), P. DiFazio (Dallas, TX), Ashley Laubach, Daniel Mapel.


Weather:
Very strong NW winds (39-61km/hr). 7.2-17.2C. Partly cloudy early becoming
mostly just clear blue skies after 11am. Clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
a Northern Goshawk at 8:18am on east side of the gap flying straight and
steady southward. Unaged due to few details observed while bird was flying
underneath the sun.
Two Bald Eagles: 2/3-YR 7:49am, adult 11:30am.

Non-raptor Observations:
181 DC Cormorants migrating eastward in several large groups. 4 Great Blue
Heron, 4 Wood Duck, 5 Raven, 86 Robin, 1 YR Warbler, 1 Lincoln's Sparrow, 1
Pine Siskin. 8 Monarchs.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach@virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...

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Subject: Phalarope Sunday Gone
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 18:02 pm
From: leightern AT msn.com
 
All,  

All reports I have received and my own search early this morning and again this evening all indicate the Phalarope has moved on. It was a fun bird to have in the neighborhood!

best,

William Leigh leightern@msn.com

Bridgewater, Virginia






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I'd appreciate an update on the phalarope if anyone goes by there this morning. Thanks in advance,

GDalton

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Subject: 10/19 - Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 17:41 pm
From: robbielawski AT gmail.com
 
Hey Folks!

Beautiful weather continued today in Hampton Roads, though a bit cooler out
(50s this morning), and with strong 15-20 mph more-or-less continuous
winds. When I woke up and saw how cloudy it was, and how the trees were
whipping, I decided to try out Pleasure House Point again thinking that
maybe something interesting would have been blown across the Chesapeake Bay
and taken up refuge at the park from the winds.

The mudflats (near high tide) were full of several hundred Laughing Gulls,
a number of Herring & Great Black-backed Gulls, some Black Skimmers (though
not as many as on Friday), a lone Willet, and one American Oystercatcher
that I did not see in the field, but was able to uncover while looking at
the photographs at home (see link below). Several Royal Terns, and a single
Caspian Tern were also seen.

I ran into a number of other birders out there today (probably close to 20
or so), and it was great to discuss what we were all seeing throughout the
morning, and also just to meet a number of folks who post to eBird & use
the VA-bird Listserver and be able to put a face to the names. It seemed
many were looking for both the Nelson's Sparrows seen recently, and the
Lapland Longspur that showed up in an eBird report this week. I never had a
sighting of the latter, but did find some of the former again, photographs
are available on my website at (
http://www.hrwe.org/staff-admins/rob-bielawski/galleries/we-20141019), the
last 12 photographs are from today starting with the Yellowlegs, a group of
3 that very loudly flew over the creek.

With all the wind, I was actually very surprised to find quite a few
songbirds flitting about, including a flock of about 20 Yellow-rumped
Warblers, and a lone Ruby-crowned Kinglet. The typical wading birds were
all present with several Great Blue Herons, a number of Great Egrets, a
lone Snowy Egret perched in a distant tree across the creek, and several
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron immatures. Also had a flyover twice by a Bald
Eagle, though moving with the wind it was about as fast as a falcon
overhead. As with most outings, many Clapper Rails could be heard cackling
from the outer marshes, and one very close in (within 100 feet or so), but
could never put eyes on any unfortunately. A great outing, and a very nice
way to end a week of beautiful weather.

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (19 Oct 2014) 46 Raptors
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 16:59 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 15 89
Bald Eagle 1 16 103
Northern Harrier 0 3 15
Sharp-shinned Hawk 19 350 510
Cooper's Hawk 4 49 95
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 6
Broad-winged Hawk 0 29 10833
Red-tailed Hawk 14 48 109
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 3 42 108
Merlin 0 4 9
Peregrine Falcon 4 11 18
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 3
Unknown Buteo 1 1 5
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 10

Total: 46 572 11914
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Matt Hosmer

Observers: Bill James, Dave Brunstetter, Pam Weffel, phillip ferguson

Visitors:
Extra eyes most appreciated as follows, I'm terrible with names so humor me
and I'll give my best shot.
Pam and her husband, John and his significant other, David Brunstetter,
Phillip Ferguson, Bill James and a guy from Goode named Ronnie. If i missed
anybody...sorry.


Weather:
Chilly at first started at 8c ended at 15c, good winds from the NW
until about 1:00p.m. then swirled from every direction. Visibility at 5 all
day, very clear. Clouds cleared out early, blue skys most of the day.

Raptor Observations:
4 Peregrines in the first hour.
Immature B.E. low in the valley southbound @ 10:24

Non-raptor Observations:
A lot of people driving the parkway appreciating the fall foliage I
imagine, few antique cars. Two through hikers headed North of all
directions this time of year...

Predictions:
"Don't know, till you go!"
========================================================================
Report submitted by Matt Hosmer ()
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/...





Subject: Great Falls National Park Walk
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 16:08 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

Our group of ten birders tallied 43 species this morning. The wind from the northwest ushered in a good showing of raptors. -FOS juncos were spotted near the second overlook. We were encouraged to see one of the bald eagles carrying a large stick. Hopefully they will successfully reestablish a nest on Conn Island. Highlight of the day was a blue-headed vireo seen at the locks. All are welcome to join this regular Sunday walk meeting at 8:00 am in the visitors center parking lot. -- Marshall Rawson, McLean VA

Canada Goose 32
American Black Duck 2
Mallard 4
Common Merganser 4
Double-crested Cormorant 6
Black Vulture 4
Turkey Vulture 10
Osprey 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 4
Ring-billed Gull 1
Mourning Dove 3
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker 6
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 12
American Crow 1
Fish Crow 24
Carolina Chickadee 12
Tufted Titmouse 12
White-breasted Nuthatch 8
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 6
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
American Robin 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 12
Eastern Towhee 1
Chipping Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 4
White-throated Sparrow 6
Dark-eyed Junco 2
Northern Cardinal 1
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 3
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Subject: Sunday Field Trip at Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax County
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 13:31 pm
From: maineusa AT comcast.net
 
Fellow birders, 
Sixteen persons joined me for the weekly Sunday walk at Dyke Marsh Wildlife
Preserve, which is sponsored by The Friends of Dyke Marsh and starts at 8
oclock in the south parking lot to the Belle Haven picnic area every Sunday
except during the Christmas Bird Count season. We walked around the picnic
area and nearby marina and to the boardwalks at the end of Haul Road. The
windy conditions on this beautiful sunny day undoubtedly kept many songbirds
hunkered down but we did have a few highlights. Off the picnic are there was
an impressive display of waterfowl that included almost 300 Ruddy Ducks and
over 200 Northern Shovelers along with the expected large numbers of
Mallards and Canada Geese. Here we also saw several American Wigeon,
American Black Ducks and Gadwall and a single female Blue-winged Teal, as
well as close to 50 Pied-billed Grebes. I also found two Northern Pintails
when I briefly scanned the waterfowl after the walk. As we walked to the
marina we found a large, tightly packed raft of American Coot. After
discussing this defensive mechanism, a Bald Eagle illustrated the point by
disrupting the raft but not catching anything. This was one of at least
seven Bald Eagles seen on the walk, all but one of which was an adult. At
the marina we saw a juvenile White-crowned Sparrow cooperatively perched on
the side of a pontoon boat and a nearby Greater Yellowlegs, one of three we
would see on the walk. Haul Road was for the most part quiet, but we did
hear, and then finally see, Golden-crowned Kinglets, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet
and a Belted Kingfisher, and heard a calling Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. In
the area known as the Little Gut near the end of Haul Road we had very close
views of seven Lesser Yellowlegs and two Pectoral Sandpipers. Here we also
saw a couple more Blue-winged Teal and Northern Shovelers at close range as
well as several more Great Egrets, and Laughing and Ring-billed Gulls
provided a good comparison. For those interested, a complete list of the
birds encountered on the walk may be found at the below link.


Thanks to Rich, Ed and all other persons who joined me on this enjoyable
walk.

Gerry Hawkins
Arlington, VA


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/email?subID=S20277066


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Subject: Red Phalarope no-show
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 11:49 am
From: rob.hilton.2010 AT gmail.com
 
I've been at the phalarope pond for almost two hours (since about 10:55
am) and have not seen the Red Phalarope.

Rob Hilton
Silver Spring, Md
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Subject: Test
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 10:24 am
From: leightern AT msn.com
 


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Subject: Occoquan Bay NWR, Woodbridge, VA
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 10:19 am
From: falco57 AT msn.com
 
Given the predicted wind, I was not expecting to see too much this AM, and was not surprised.  Only sparrows seen/heard 1 Towhee and 5 Song Sp.
Highlights were E. Meadowlark, N. Harrier, and Barred Owl (swamp at end of Easy Rd.).

Scott D. Priebe

Springfield, VA


OCCOQUAN BAY NWR - 30
7:00-9:00
Route: Parking lot out Easy Rd., N on Deephole Pt. Rd to view mudflats, return to Bayview to Catamount Cr. crossing on Charlie Rd, then back Bayview to the parking lot.
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Great Blue Heron
Black Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Solitary Sandpiper
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Barred Owl
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark


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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (18 Oct 2014) 433 Raptors
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 7:34 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 18 1083 3397
Bald Eagle 9 125 211
Northern Harrier 20 251 387
Sharp-shinned Hawk 214 3676 5721
Cooper's Hawk 57 1078 1829
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 9 19
Broad-winged Hawk 5 555 959
Red-tailed Hawk 3 41 96
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 81 1477 3776
Merlin 18 1036 1666
Peregrine Falcon 7 1068 1267
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 1
Unknown Buteo 0 1 4
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 6 8
Unknown Raptor 0 17 61
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 2

Total: 433 10423 19404
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter: Katie Rittenhouse

Observers: Joe Beatty

Weather:


Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
White-winged Dove flyover
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: Purple finch
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 7:32 am
From: moribaudo AT verizon.net
 
A female purple finch is currently sitting on my feeder in Woodbridge.

Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: Red phalarope ?
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 6:56 am
From: leightern AT msn.com
 
A 20 minute search this morning did not find the reph. Bird may be hunkered down on the nearshore ....or headed out to sea.

Best,

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Subject: Bird Sightings for October 18, 2014
Date: Sat Oct 18 2014 23:12 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

Bird Sightings for October 18, 2014
Raptors seen migrating in Arlington, VA (parent's home)

Peregrine Falcon
Red Tailed Hawk
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Coopers Hawk
Sharp-Shinned Hawk
Osprey

Janet M. Anderson
Falls Church, VA
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (17 Oct 2014) 57 Raptors
Date: Sat Oct 18 2014 22:14 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 14 88
Bald Eagle 2 11 98
Northern Harrier 0 3 15
Sharp-shinned Hawk 34 283 443
Cooper's Hawk 4 34 80
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 6
Broad-winged Hawk 2 29 10833
Red-tailed Hawk 5 29 90
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 7 35 101
Merlin 1 3 8
Peregrine Falcon 0 6 13
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 3
Unknown Buteo 0 0 4
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 1 10

Total: 57 451 11793
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Baron Gibson

Observers:

Visitors:
Andrew & his parents helped spot today. Katherine & husband Ed visited for
a short period. Michael & Laura from Oregon stopped & asked questions &
were able to view the adult BE that was low & slow giving great looks. A
couple from Sweden visited & loved the area.

A lot of parkway goers & a lot asking questions


Weather:
Blue skies prevailed throughout the day with an occasional distant cloud.
Temps were 16-19c, winds were variable all watch with a westerly component
@ a 1 until the last two hours when they shifted easterly @ 2-3.

Raptor Observations:
Hawks observed all over with a lot close in. During the mid afternoon hours
I found several hawks "Stupid" high up as I was scanning.

Great looks at both Eagles, especially the adult which appeared @ 15:58 dst
(4 o'clock Eagle) and the Imm @ 16:30dst.

Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
NW winds, clouds & more hawks
========================================================================
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: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (18 Oct 2014) 301 Raptors
Date: Sat Oct 18 2014 19:41 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 7 56 357
Bald Eagle 14 54 206
Northern Harrier 2 28 58
Sharp-shinned Hawk 173 1325 2103
Cooper's Hawk 39 160 267
Northern Goshawk 0 1 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 9 28
Broad-winged Hawk 1 104 18511
Red-tailed Hawk 14 55 140
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 2 9 10
American Kestrel 46 243 374
Merlin 0 20 33
Peregrine Falcon 0 44 64
Unknown Accipiter 0 8 12
Unknown Buteo 0 4 9
Unknown Falcon 0 2 4
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 4 15
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 2

Total: 301 2127 22198
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers: Brenda Tekin, Gabriel Mapel, William Leigh

Visitors:
George McCoy (Columbia, SC), Ken Baller, Kim Beard, Jennifer Jowdy, Eve
Gaige, Mary Mapel.


Weather:
Beautiful day with super clouds and super winds (W 39-61km/hr)! 15.0-19.2C.
40-90% cloud cover, with clouds increasing throughout the afternoon. Clear
visibility. Most birds rising low above the ridge fighting the winds all
through the gap crossing by fast and low!

Raptor Observations:
Two Golden Eagles: 7:44 JUV, 11:17 AD.
14 Bald Eagles:
Adult (8:30, 9:55, 11:40, 2:17, 2:17, 3:52).
1-YR (12:28, 12:38, 3:52).
2-YR (12:34)
2/3-YR (8:30, 9:04, 12:28).
3-YR (2:17).

1st bird 6:40 SS; last bird 4:15 NH.

Non-raptor Observations:
3 DC Cormorant, 2 Dunlin (flying westward together through gap), 1
Red-headed Woodpecker, 8 Raven, 12 Pine Siskin, 43 Monarchs.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach@virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...

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Subject: Great Falls Park Walk
Date: Sat Oct 18 2014 19:29 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hi- Where are you spotting the Barred Owl--if there has been a pattern? Also, is it being seen or heard? Thank you.

On Oct 12, 2014 4:25 PM, Marshall Rawson via va-bird wrote:
>
>
> Our group of thirteen tallied 46 species (+1 other taxa).  At the second overlook towhees, cardinals and a catbird were busy eating fox grapes, white-throats and  a chipping sparrow foraged on the ground.  We were delighted to find in the picnic area and at the edge of the woods four species of warbler. Once we were in theholding basin area we were attracted to the disturbed call of a red-shouldered hawk.    The hawk was mobbing a barred owl which it eventually drove off.    The river above the falls was relatively quiet. 
> All are welcome to join this regular Sunday walk which meets at 8:00 am in the visitors center parking lot. -- Marshall Rawson, McLean VA
>
> Canada Goose  50
> American Black Duck  2
> Mallard  6
> Common Merganser  2
> Pied-billed Grebe  3
> Double-crested Cormorant  2
> Black Vulture  10
> Turkey Vulture  6
> Bald Eagle  3
> Red-shouldered Hawk  3
> Red-tailed Hawk  3
> Barred Owl  1
> Belted Kingfisher  1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  8
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
> Downy Woodpecker  8
> Hairy Woodpecker  1
> Northern Flicker  4
> Pileated Woodpecker  4
> Blue Jay  50
> American Crow  4
> Fish Crow  4
> crow sp.  50
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow  6
> Carolina Chickadee  25
> Tufted Titmouse  25
> White-breasted Nuthatch  6
> Brown Creeper  1
> Carolina Wren  7
> Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
> Eastern Bluebird  4
> American Robin  6
> Gray Catbird  1
> European Starling  6
> Cedar Waxwing  7
> Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
> Black-throated Blue Warbler  4
> Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
> Black-throated Green Warbler  2
> Eastern Towhee  3
> Chipping Sparrow  1
> White-throated Sparrow  4
> Northern Cardinal  3
> Common Grackle  30
> House Finch  2
> American Goldfinch  3
>
>
>
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Subject: GWFG in Old Town Alexandria
Date: Sat Oct 18 2014 18:28 pm
From: trnealon AT comcast.net
 
I saw a Greater White-Fronted Goose hanging with the Canada Geese in Old Town Alexandria this afternoon. It was in the water at the south end of Founders Park around 4:30.  Right next to the pier.

Trista Nealon

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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (18 Oct 2014) 75 Raptors
Date: Sat Oct 18 2014 18:19 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 14 88
Bald Eagle 4 13 100
Northern Harrier 0 3 15
Sharp-shinned Hawk 48 297 457
Cooper's Hawk 11 41 87
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 6
Broad-winged Hawk 0 27 10831
Red-tailed Hawk 5 29 90
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 4 32 98
Merlin 1 3 8
Peregrine Falcon 1 7 14
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 3
Unknown Buteo 0 0 4
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 9

Total: 75 469 11811
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Carl Christensen

Observers: Darryl Martin, Dillard Childress

Visitors:
Lots of weekend travelers were on the Parkway. Many stopped but few
questions were asked. (My question is who took my thermometer!) Guess the
views were more interesting for the travelers.


Weather:
Sustained NW winds at 4-5 throughout watch. Temperatures ranged from 12C to
14C and back to 12C. Visibility was at 4-5 all day. Cloud cover started at
50% and filled in to 100% by the end of the watch.

Raptor Observations:
IBE @ 9:30; ABE @ 9:40; ABE @ 1:40; IBE @ 2:10.
High winds pushed all our raptors through over the Knob and on the west
side.

Non-raptor Observations:
Andrew and his mom and dad assisted with spotting today as did Phillip.
Extra eyes are always appreciated.

Predictions:
About the same with less wind.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Carl Christianson ()
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/...


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Subject: 10/18 - Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach
Date: Sat Oct 18 2014 17:17 pm
From: robbielawski AT gmail.com
 
Hi Folks!

We were very fortunate to have another gorgeous day down here in Hampton
Roads, again highs in the low 70s and very sunny, just like yesterday. I
went down to Back Bay NWR and got there at about 8 this morning. At the
gate there was a pair of White-tailed Deer feeding just off the road, a
nice surprise since I don't see them very often in the park, and definitely
not this close up. My first bird sighting was a group of 19 Pied-billed
Grebes that were near the kayak launch area next to the parking lot. While
watching them, an American Bittern flew out over the water as well, they're
seen often in the park during fall & winter but, they usually stay hidden
pretty well so seeing a flyover was very neat.

I ended up walking all the close trails, as well as the East Dike trail
down to False Cape State Park. I thought I mind find some ducks on the
waterways that run adjacent to the False Cape/Back Bay boundary line but
unfortunately did not. The only ducks I saw were a few very far out over
the marshes to the west, and I couldn't properly ID them.

Waders were around in good numbers as usual, with lots of Great Blue Heron,
Great Egret, and a lone Snowy Egret as well. Shorebirds were almost
nonexistent in the park, and I only saw one group of 7 Semipalmated
Plovers. However, I did not walk the beachfront today so I can't speak as
to what may have been out there.

Raptors sightings were few and far between. Along the 8 or 9 miles I
walked, I found one Peregrine Falcon perched in a dead tree west of the 90
degree bend on the East Dike, and my FOS Northern Harrier up near the
parking area on the way back to the car. Driving out of the refuge though I
did get to see a Cooper's Hawk fly in right overhead, and also a Red-tailed
Hawk just after I'd left the park along Sandbridge Road.

I did not see any other species of Warblers aside from the common
Yellow-rumped Warblers that we see very often in fall & winter here.
Though, I did hear a Common Yellowthroat calling from False Cape. It seems
the migrants have moved through, or, I just happened to miss them today.
Some photos from my walk are up on my site (
http://www.hrwe.org/staff-admins/rob-bielawski/galleries/we-20141019), the
first half from yesterday, and the latter half from today. Hope you all had
success on this beautiful Saturday!

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: Peregrine Falcon, western Albemarle
Date: Sat Oct 18 2014 16:12 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hi,

While walking in the very early morning on Oct. 16, I heard a raptor and
noticed it near the top of a tall dead tree. I was able to get a photo of
it, which when enlarged, clearly shows a Peregrine with a bird dangling below
it!!!!!

Pays to carry a camera.

Sincerely,
Marlene
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Subject: NVBC Walk at Sky Meadows SP - Bridle Trail, Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 - Plenty of Sparrows but no unusual Geese
Date: Sat Oct 18 2014 15:36 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
VA Birders:




I'll start with the missed geese. Several of us tried finding before 8AM and then again at noon the Greater White-fronted Goose and Snow Geese reported earlier this week along Gap Run Road -- we did not find any of these geese.

Twenty-seven birders showed up for the NVBC walk at Sky Meadows State Park in Fauquier county. We walked the Bridle Trail and the walk was led by Dixie Sommers and myself. A good variety of sparrows were found but the blustery winds undoubtedly subdued the bird activity. We collectively found 46 species. Notable sparrows found were 3 Lincoln's Sparrows, 3 White-crowned Sparrows and many White-throated, Song, Swamp, Field and Chipping Sparrows. Other notable finds were flybys of male Northern Harriers, a lingering female Indigo Bunting, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 3 female Purple Finches, a Brown Thrasher, an Eastern Phoebe, a Blue-headed Vireo (heard only), many Cedar Waxwings and a couple of Ravens. As stated before, I think the gusting winds led to some really strange misses -- no chickadees, titmice, Yellowthroats, or Palm Warblers.

The complete eBird list is below.

Elton Morel
Arlington, VA




Sky Meadows SP--Bridle Trail, Fauquier, US-VA
Oct 18, 2014 8:15 AM - 11:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.8 mile(s)
Comments: NVBC walk led by Elton Morel and Dixie Sommers.
46 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 50 All flyovers.
Black Vulture 13
Turkey Vulture 30
Northern Harrier 2 Both flyovers of "Gray Ghost".
Accipiter sp. 2
Bald Eagle 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Mourning Dove 1 Flyover
Belted Kingfisher 1 Flyover, rattling.
Red-bellied Woodpecker 10
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 10
American Kestrel 3
small falcon sp. 1 Small falcon zipped by; seen in bad light; most likely a Kestrel but couldn't exclude a Merlin.
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1 Heard only
Blue Jay 60
American Crow 12
Common Raven 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 1 Heard only
Carolina Wren 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
Eastern Bluebird 20
American Robin 5
Brown Thrasher 1 Heard "smacking" calling; a few people saw the bird.
Northern Mockingbird 6
European Starling 50
Cedar Waxwing 30
Yellow-rumped Warbler 15
Eastern Towhee 7
Chipping Sparrow 4
Field Sparrow 17
Song Sparrow 40
Lincoln's Sparrow 3
Swamp Sparrow 15
White-throated Sparrow 40
White-crowned Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 15
Indigo Bunting 1 Female; about the size of a Field Sparrow but chunkier; gray brown bird noted for its almost complete lack of field marks; unstreaked breast, hint of an eye ring, small dark conical bill, paler lower mandible.
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Eastern Meadowlark 25
Common Grackle 1 Flyover
Purple Finch 3 All females.
American Goldfinch 25
House Sparrow 1 Female at entrance to Sheerman's Loop Trail
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Subject: Occoquan Bay NWR
Date: Sat Oct 18 2014 11:47 am
From: moribaudo AT verizon.net
 
I birded Occoquan Bay NWR in Woodbridge this morning with Linda Chittum and Kurt Gaskill.  It was a beautiful morning that was pretty birdy, with 75 species tallied.  Highlights were 8 warblers species (palm, parula, magnolia, black-throated blue, black-throated green, Blackpoll, yellow-rump, yellowthroat), peregrine, yellow-billed cuckoo, red-eyed vireo, Lincoln's sparrow, indigo bunting, and winter wren.

Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: Shenandoah Valley 10/17/14
Date: Sat Oct 18 2014 10:11 am
From: mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com
 
Bald Eagles, Northern Harriers, and Red Phalarope. Report and photos:




http://www.symbolicmessengers....



Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA



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Subject: Gap Run Rd. GWFG & SNGO - No, Emu Yes
Date: Sat Oct 18 2014 9:30 am
From: howiewu1 AT gmail.com
 
Ok, the Emus are farm raised and don't count .. no GWFG or SNGO, but lots
of CAGO between 10 and 10:15.

Please post or reply if they reappear.

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Subject: Red phalarope sat morn
Date: Sat Oct 18 2014 6:27 am
From: leightern AT msn.com
 
Still around 7:15 am sat.


Best
William Leigh
Bridgewater

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Subject: Fwd: Peregrine Falcon - Red-tailed Hawk dogfight
Date: Sat Oct 18 2014 4:30 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Forgot to add my name

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: jakpak0821@aol.com
> Date: October 17, 2014 7:21:20 PM EDT
>
> Subject: Peregrine Falcon - Red-tailed Hawk dogfight
>

> While biking today (Fri) on the 4 Mile Run bike trail I noticed a hawk soaring above the ridgeline across the street from the Alexandria water treatment plant (Glebe Rd - Rte 1 intersection). Fortunately I had binocs with me and identified the hawk as a Red-tailed. I sat there for several minutes watching when a Peregrine came on the scene and decided to dispute the airspace. The Peregrine soared high over the Red-tailed, furled it's wings and swept down toward the hawk. The Red-tailed did the same and both were soon streaking toward the trees. When the Peregrine closed in on the Red-tailed, the hawk turned belly-up and displayed it's talons. They did this five or six times; no contact was noticed. I'm not sure if this was serious or just the two of them enjoying a fine fall day. What fun!
Jack Greenwood
Falls Church
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Subject: 10/17 - Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach
Date: Fri Oct 17 2014 21:10 pm
From: robbielawski AT gmail.com
 
Hi Folks!

We had an absolutely gorgeous day down here in southeastern Virginia, sunny
& in the low 70s, so I went up to Pleasure House Point after work to look
for some birds. A lot of folks have been posting sightings of Saltmarsh &
Nelson's Sparrows the past 10 days or so from Pleasure House Point on eBird
so I was primarily hoping to find some of them, especially since I'd just
seen my first Saltmarsh a few weeks ago and had never seen a Nelson's
before (at least that I could properly identify as one).

Well today I got my first one, and then several more in the same area, when
a flock of 7-8 Nelson's Sparrows was working the shrubbery immediately
adjacent to the tidal creeks around the park. I was amazed when one
actually stood up between a pair of reeds, grasping each with a leg, and
stayed relatively still for a few minutes, moving just a few times, and
allowing me a lot of good quality photographs (posted at
http://www.hrwe.org/staff-admi....

In addition to the sparrows, the birds in general were pretty numerous
tonight. The tide was about at high tide, and the mudflats to the east of
the park were covered up, but the water was still shallow enough for large
numbers of Black Skimmers, Laughing Gulls, Royal & Caspian Terns, and
Herring Gulls to still be out standing on top of them, keeping their bodies
just above the water line. Quite a few Osprey are still seen around the
park, and last year a pair of them over-wintered, so I think I'll be seeing
them all year here again.

I didn't see any warblers today, and really the only songbirds that were
seen was an Eastern Towhee, a few Carolina Chickadees, a Blue Jay, and
several Northern Cardinals, all very common at the park. But, after getting
good looks at the Nelson's Sparrows for the first time ever, it didn't
matter to me if I was to not see another bird the remainder of the hike.
This weekend we're expecting beautiful sunny weather both days, with temps
in the 70s again tomorrow, and then cooling into Sunday with highs in the
upper 50s/lower 60s. Should be a great weekend down here!

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (17 Oct 2014) 277 Raptors GE & OS Records!
Date: Fri Oct 17 2014 20:31 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 6 49 350
Bald Eagle 8 40 192
Northern Harrier 9 26 56
Sharp-shinned Hawk 173 1152 1930
Cooper's Hawk 25 121 228
Northern Goshawk 0 1 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 6 25
Broad-winged Hawk 11 103 18510
Red-tailed Hawk 18 41 126
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 5 7 8
American Kestrel 11 197 328
Merlin 2 20 33
Peregrine Falcon 2 44 64
Unknown Accipiter 2 8 12
Unknown Buteo 1 4 9
Unknown Falcon 0 2 4
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 4 15
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 2

Total: 277 1826 21897
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers: Brenda Tekin, Dave Hunter, Vic Laubach

Visitors:
Mary and Daniel Mapel, George McCoy (Columbia, SC), Jennifer Jowdy


Weather:
Very strong W winds through 10am, then changing to moderate WSW wind
through 1pm, then changing to mild SE breezes thereafter. 10.8-17.3C.
Varying cloud cover throughout the day (20-75%). Clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
12 different raptor species observed today (tying the record). Two records
were broken today! The previous single-day GE record of 4 (1996 and 2010)
has now increased to 5 (11:39 imm, 12:11 imm, 1:51 imm, 2:05 adult, 4:03
2nd-yr). The previous season Osprey record of 348 in 2011 has now been
broken with 350 as of today! 8 more Bald Eagles: 8:48 ad, 12:24 ad, 12:39
2nd-yr, 12:59 ad, 1:26 2 x ad, 1:17 1st-yr, 1:24 ad. The first two birds of
the day were Merlins at 6:41 and 6:43am. Last bird 4:28 Cooper's Hawk.

Non-raptor Observations:
40 Monarchs, 1 Pine Siskin, 10 Tree Swallow, 5 Raven, 1 DC Cormorant.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach@virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...

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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (16 Oct 2014) 177 Raptors
Date: Fri Oct 17 2014 20:06 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 6 43 344
Bald Eagle 0 32 184
Northern Harrier 2 17 47
Sharp-shinned Hawk 119 979 1757
Cooper's Hawk 16 96 203
Northern Goshawk 0 1 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 22
Broad-winged Hawk 3 92 18499
Red-tailed Hawk 2 23 108
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 1 2 3
American Kestrel 22 186 317
Merlin 2 18 31
Peregrine Falcon 4 42 62
Unknown Accipiter 0 6 10
Unknown Buteo 0 3 8
Unknown Falcon 0 2 4
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 14
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 2

Total: 177 1549 21620
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Multiple Counters

Observers: Dave Hunter, Gabriel Mapel, Rose Thomas

Visitors:
Pat & Gorden MacPherson (Sussex, U.K.), Andrew Clem


Weather:
Moderate NW winds. 11.8-17.3C. 40-60% cloud cover. Clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Juvenile Golden Eagle at 2:09pm.

Non-raptor Observations:
13 Monarchs.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach@virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...

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Subject: FW: eBird Report - Tobacco Heritage Trail - Cotton Mill Park to 2.5 Mile Marker, Oct 17, 2014
Date: Fri Oct 17 2014 18:53 pm
From: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
 
Greetings to all:

Walked the Tobacco Heritage Trail in South Boston this morning and found a late B&W Warbler and Indigo Bunting.

May the LORD Bless and Keep you

Jeffrey Blalock
103 Elizabeth Court
South Boston, VA 24592
434-572-8619 Home
434-470-4352 Cell
jcbabirder@gcronline.com


Subject: eBird Report - Tobacco Heritage Trail - Cotton Mill Park to 2.5
Mile Marker, Oct 17, 2014


Tobacco Heritage Trail - Cotton Mill Park to 2.5 Mile Marker, Halifax, US-VA
Oct 17, 2014 8:20 AM - 12:25 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
40 species

Black Vulture 25
Turkey Vulture 10
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5
Mourning Dove 8
Barred Owl 1
Chimney Swift 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 11
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 5
Northern Flicker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 5
Fish Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 3
Carolina Wren 25
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 8
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird 2
Brown Thrasher 3
Northern Mockingbird 3
European Starling 3
Cedar Waxwing 30
Black-and-white Warbler 1 Warbler that is Black and white
Common Yellowthroat 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Eastern Towhee 4
Song Sparrow 10
White-throated Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 7
Indigo Bunting 1 Tannish-yellow with small patches of blue showing.
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 1
American Goldfinch 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20260745

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



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Subject: Red Phalarope 6:00 PM
Date: Fri Oct 17 2014 18:51 pm
From: leightern AT msn.com
 
I stopped by pond at the intersection of Oakwood and route 11 just N of Mount Crawford  on the way home from work.  The  Red Phalarope was observed on the right end of the pond foraging in the mud flats and bowling along edges on the far shore. The glare was awful and  photographers may do well to try to see this bird in the morning hours when the light is more favorable.

As noted by Greg Moyers and others the bird can be completely out of view if it is working the near side of the pond.
see previous posts for directions.
best,

William Leigh leightern@msn.com

Bridgewater, Virginia





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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (17 Oct 2014) 294 Raptors
Date: Fri Oct 17 2014 18:33 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 23 1065 3379
Bald Eagle 1 116 202
Northern Harrier 8 231 367
Sharp-shinned Hawk 85 3462 5507
Cooper's Hawk 59 1021 1772
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 8 18
Broad-winged Hawk 12 550 954
Red-tailed Hawk 0 38 93
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 74 1396 3695
Merlin 20 1018 1648
Peregrine Falcon 11 1061 1260
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 1
Unknown Buteo 0 1 4
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 6 8
Unknown Raptor 0 17 61
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 2

Total: 294 9990 18971
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:15:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 10.75 hours

Official Counter: Bob Anderson, Katie Rittenhouse

Observers: Thuy Tran

Weather:
Blue skies with strong west winds.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Estimated 500 Blue Jays. First White-throated Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco
seen from the platform this season.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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