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24 Apr: @ 00:21:06  Report on Field Trip along the Hike-bike Trail at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co [Gerry Hawkins via va-bird]
23 Apr: @ 22:01:48  Birds Seen April 21 and April 22, 2017 [janet anderson via va-bird]
23 Apr: @ 19:31:03  8 warbler species [Marshall Faintich via va-bird]
23 Apr: @ 19:00:52  Northern Bobwhite - Northwestern Culpeper County [Caroline Heald via va-bird]
23 Apr: @ 16:49:24  Four Warbler Afternoon at Hidden Pond [George Martin via va-bird]
23 Apr: @ 15:12:32  FOS Redstart @ Switzer Lake, Rockingham Co. [Kevin Shank via va-bird]
23 Apr: @ 12:54:15  2 cattle egrets Westmoreland Co [Fred Atwood via va-bird]
23 Apr: @ 11:52:08  FOS Yellow-throated Vireo, Loudoun County 23 April [Stephen Johnson via va-bird]
23 Apr: @ 11:44:19  FOS GC Flycatcher, Union Springs, R'ham County [Kevin Shank via va-bird]
23 Apr: @ 09:23:20  American Bittern continues at Bles Park, Loudoun County [dcharlesl--- via va-bird]
23 Apr: @ 09:22:00  "Our" Summer Tanager has returned [Gwbirds37]
22 Apr: @ 22:32:22  Last three days at White Oaks Park--Swainson's thrush, great crested flycatcher, etc. [Pam and Ben via va-bird]
22 Apr: @ 21:09:17  14 Common Loons at Lake Frederick - Frederick Co. [David Boltz via va-bird]
22 Apr: @ 19:23:27  two sightings on 20 April 2017 [David Matson via va-bird]
22 Apr: @ 18:15:39  Blue-winged Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Baltimore Oriole at Blue Ridge Center, Loudoun [Mary Ann Good via va-bird]
22 Apr: @ 17:09:49  Black-bellied Whistling Ducks Virginia Beach today [goshawk--- via va-bird]
22 Apr: @ 16:50:07  Loudoun County Birds [Gerco H via va-bird]
22 Apr: @ 15:59:12  Chimney Swifts in Arlington Co. [David Bridge via va-bird]
22 Apr: @ 15:31:00  [va-bird] Leesylvania SP - FOS Chimney Swift, Wood Thrush, Scarlet Tanager & Indigo Bunting [Scott Priebe via va-bird]
22 Apr: @ 14:40:35  FOS Wood Thrush, I. Bunting, Sc.Tanager; Purple Finch still--w. Albemarle [MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird]
22 Apr: @ 12:29:25  Purple Finches at Huntley Meadows and more [Larry Cartwright via va-bird]
22 Apr: @ 09:26:29  FOS chat at Occoquan Bay NWR [Ron Vogel via va-bird]
21 Apr: @ 16:16:13  Birding Arlington! Gulf Branch and Old Glebe Parks on Saturday, April 22, at 8:00 a.m. [Kenneth Rosenthal via va-bird]
21 Apr: @ 14:22:55  Introduction to Bird Language - April 29, Marshall VA [Lori B via va-bird]
21 Apr: @ 11:51:03  No. Waterthrush @Huntley Meadows [Rich Rieger via va-bird]
21 Apr: @ 11:13:47  Hummingbirds and Chuck-will's-widow are back R'ham County [Kevin Shank via va-bird]
21 Apr: @ 11:12:30  First of Season Male Ruby Throated Hummingbird [Craig Zalk via va-bird]
21 Apr: @ 09:40:35  Augusta County, VA 4/20/17 [Marshall Faintich via va-bird]
21 Apr: @ 07:44:17  Snowy Egret at OCcoquan Bay NWR, Prince William Co. [Phil Silas via va-bird]
21 Apr: @ 06:48:54  Birding Augusta Wetlands & Swoope this morning . [Herbert Larner via va-bird]
21 Apr: @ 05:23:23  Vriginia Prairie Falcon Video [William Young via va-bird]
21 Apr: @ 00:51:45  FOS Black-and-white warblers (3) at Monticewllo park, Alexandria..., 2 Blue-headed Vireos..many Yellow-rumps (30+) [Albright, Tom (USMS) via va-bird]
20 Apr: @ 17:15:51  Least terns [Andrew Hawkins via va-bird]
20 Apr: @ 16:54:45  Recent arrivals in Franklin County [Alyce Quinn via va-bird]
20 Apr: @ 09:42:33  Sunday Morning Field Trip at Dyke Marsh WP moved to Huntley Meadows Park [Gerry Hawkins via va-bird]
19 Apr: @ 18:59:51  NVBC Daniel's Run Park -- Ap [Thomas Nardone via va-bird]
19 Apr: @ 13:42:27  Gray Catbird, male Rb Grosbeak, pair of Com. Grackles-west. Albemarle [MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird]
19 Apr: @ 11:27:22  Rails @ Huntley Meadows tonite [Rich Rieger via va-bird]
19 Apr: @ 09:21:43 Re: Morning surprise [Deapesh Misra via va-bird]
18 Apr: @ 21:54:54  Chincoteague NWR April 18, 2017 Shorebird/Gull Survey [Joelle Buffa via va-bird]
18 Apr: @ 21:18:22  Rb Nuthatch and Rb Grosbeak today!--western Albemarle [MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird]
18 Apr: @ 20:50:58  6 Red Crossbills and 6 warbler species [Marshall Faintich via va-bird]
18 Apr: @ 18:53:44  Arlington Gray Catbird [frazmo via va-bird]
18 Apr: @ 18:08:29  VSO Guatemala trip photos [Edward Eder via va-bird]
18 Apr: @ 16:03:35  Red-breasted Nuthatch and Purple Finches at Huntley Meadows Kings Highway side. [Larry Cartwright via va-bird]
18 Apr: @ 13:55:00  Yellow-rumped Warblers [John Greenwood via va-bird]
18 Apr: @ 12:40:10  Tacking Tricky Breeding Codes Part 2 [Ashley Peele via va-bird]
18 Apr: @ 06:51:02  Morning surprise [Donald Sweig via va-bird]
18 Apr: @ 02:02:44  Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
17 Apr: @ 18:42:51  FOS dates for birds, western Albemarle; migrating Blue Jays; and NOTE [MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird]





Subject: Report on Field Trip along the Hike-bike Trail at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co
Date: Mon Apr 24 2017 0:21 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
The weekly walk sponsored by The Friends of Dyke Marsh was held along the
hike-bike trail at Huntley Meadows Park this morning because the Capital
Classic running event made access to Dyke Marsh WP difficult. The regular
weekly walk at Dyke Marsh WP starts at 8 a.m. each Sunday morning at the
south end of the parking lot for the Belle Haven picnic area and is open to
all. Highlights of todays walk started early when several participants saw
five COMMON LOONS fly over the parking lot at the beginning of the trail.
Boreal migrants included a continuing lone RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and a flock
of PURPLE FINCHES. Neotropic migrants included a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD
at a feeder, a couple of singing WOOD THRUSH, newly-arrived GRAY CATBIRDS,
seven species of well-seen warblers and BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, which were
seemingly everywhere, as were EASTERN TOWHEES. Raptors included two OSPREYS,
several BALD EAGLES, RED-TAILED, RED-SHOULDERED and COOPERS HAWKS and a
distant NORTHERN HARRIER. The return trip produced a couple of RED-HEADED
WOODPECKERS. For those interested, a complete list of the 61 species
encountered on the walk may be viewed at the following link:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...


Thanks to regular field trip leaders Larry Cartwright, Rich Rieger and Phil
Silas and all other persons who joined me for all or part of the field trip
today.

Gerry Hawkins
Arlington, VA





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Subject: Birds Seen April 21 and April 22, 2017
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 22:01 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
April 21, 2017 -  Gray Catbird - Deerlick Park, Annandale, Fairfax  County,
VA

April 21, 2017 - Orchard Oriole - Mason District Park in Annandale, Fairfax
County, VA

April 22, 2017 - Cliff Swallow seen flying to and from the nests under the
eastbound Route 7 Bridge
1/2 miles west of Snickers Gap

Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Subject: 8 warbler species
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 19:31 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
In and near Crozet, VA; 4/23/17. Report and photos:




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



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

marshall@faintich.net

www.faintich.net

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

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________





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Subject: Northern Bobwhite - Northwestern Culpeper County
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 19:00 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Only the second time I've heard one on our land in nine years.  The previous time was May 9, 2015.  We are located at the end of SR628 close to the Hazel River in Rixeyville/Castleton area.    Link to my ebird posting:

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

Caroline Heald
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Subject: Four Warbler Afternoon at Hidden Pond
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 16:49 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I saw four warbler species at Hidden Pond Park in Springfield this
afternoon -
yellow-rumped
palm
ovenbird
northern waterthrush

and heard two barred owls calling around 3:30 PM.

George Martin
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Subject: FOS Redstart @ Switzer Lake, Rockingham Co.
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 15:12 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Pretty quiet at Switzer this afternoon, but I did manage six common
warblers: Ovenbird, LA Waterthrush, B&W, FOS Redstart, Blackburnian, and
BTG. http://ebird.org/ebird/atlasva...



Shaphan Shank

Union Springs

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Subject: 2 cattle egrets Westmoreland Co
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 12:54 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Right now on currioman rd near currioman landing in beautiful breeding plumage. In last field before the landing. This is near Montross.

Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: FOS Yellow-throated Vireo, Loudoun County 23 April
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 11:52 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Lynn and I saw a Yellow-throated Vireo along Elklick Run this morning, south of South Riding, VA.  Our only other passage migrant was a Waterthrush spp.  At eBird, I see a few other reports of YTVI in Northern Virginia, mostly from yesterday and today.

Still plenty of White-throated Sparrows, a few Yellow-rumps, and one Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Summer residents included lots of singing Gnatcatchers, Prairie Warblers, and Towhees - all very vocal.

http://ebird.org/ebird/atlasva...

Steve Johnson & Lynn Rafferty
Fairfax, Virginia



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Subject: FOS GC Flycatcher, Union Springs, R'ham County
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 11:44 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Had my FOS GC Flycatcher at our place in Union Springs this morning before
church. Not many warbler species yet but did have 8 Ovenbirds and 2
counter-singing Worm-eating Warblers, plus another WEWA and a Pine. We've
had eagles at the lake several times over the last couple days, plus an
Osprey yesterday.



Checklist from this a.m.:
http://ebird.org/ebird/atlasva...



Shaphan Shank

Union Springs

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Subject: American Bittern continues at Bles Park, Loudoun County
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 9:23 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Heard calling twice from east side of wetland between 9:30 and 10:00 am. Thanks Gerco!

David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA
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Subject: "Our" Summer Tanager has returned
Date: Sun Apr 23 2017 9:22 am
From: dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org
 
We've always had nesting SU TA's on our property, but last year, for the first time, a male SUTA frequented our suet and platform feeders. Well, this am he ( or a relative ) was back on the platform feeder busily chowing down. Seems a tad early, but so does everything. And, BTW, our R-B Nuthatches ( 2 pair ) who have been here since mid-Fall, are still present. And, a FM Ruby-throat arrived yesterday, just about a week after our first male arrived.

Gerry Weinberger
Doswell - Hanover County



Subject: Last three days at White Oaks Park--Swainson's thrush, great crested flycatcher, etc.
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 22:32 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I have seen or heard FOS birds each of the last three days.



Thursday:



B&W warbler 1



Friday:



Catbird 3 (these seemed to have arrived everywhere about the same time)

Swainson's thrush 1 (my earliest date by 4 days)

Wood thrush 1

Ovenbird 1 (the last three of these were together with a group of 4 hermit
thrushes)

Yellowthroat 1



Saturday:



Scarlet tanager 1

Great crested flycatcher 1 (I saw one of these from the window of my bus on
Friday just south of the airport)



Ben Jesup

Alexandria, VA

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Subject: 14 Common Loons at Lake Frederick - Frederick Co.
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 21:09 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
A late afternoon stop at the boat ramp showed 10 Common Loons not too far out, and 4 more landed as I watched in the rain. After dinner things cleared a bit and I got some decent pics, which can be seen at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch... .

I wouldn™t be surprised to still see them in the morning, as they appeared to be going into a sleep mode after an earlier feeding frenzy.

Dave Boltz
Lake Frederick
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Subject: two sightings on 20 April 2017
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 19:23 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Chestnut-sided Warbler--at head of Paker's Creek, South Onancock shore
Golden Eagle--along Cashville Road, approximately 2 miles from Onancock,
flying north (the bird, not the Road or Onancock, was flying)

David Matson
--
David Matson
Suffolk and Onancock, Virginia
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Subject: Blue-winged Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Baltimore Oriole at Blue Ridge Center, Loudoun
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 18:15 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Six birders walked the Farmstead Loop trail at the Blue Ridge Center for
Environmental Stewardship (incipient state park) this morning in mostly
drizzling rain and chilly temps. We had good activity for the first hour,
then things quieted as the rain socked in. Three of the species
(Blue-winged Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, and Baltimore Oriole) were my
personal earliest FOSs for these species in Loudoun Co. in the 20 years
I've been keeping track. Other highlights were a Barred Owl flying through
the woods, many singing Ruby-crowned Kinglets, a singing and seen Northern
Waterthrush, and FOS Prairie Warbler.

Canada Goose
Great Blue Heron - flyover
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Barred Owl
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
No. Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Tree Swallow
Car. Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Car. Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - several singing
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Am. Robin
No. Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Eur. Starling
Blue-winged Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Prairie Warbler
No. Waterthrush
La. Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
No. Cardinal
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
Am. Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Mary Ann Good
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Subject: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks Virginia Beach today
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 17:09 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
There were two Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in the Bayville Farms area of Virginia Beach. They were observed on the golf course near the entrance. Please be aware that the course is not public, I had permission to be there today.

Tim Barry
(757) 575-7960
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Subject: Loudoun County Birds
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 16:50 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Birded several places in eastern Loudoun County this morning and saw several great bird birds. Starting at Bles Park, I found a American Bittern, 2 singing White-eyed Vireos and a Gray Catbird. Along Loudoun County Parkway several Savannah Sparrows were found as well as a Grasshopper Sparrow. A single Great Egret was seen flying by the Heron Rookery. Algonkian Park was interesting for a bit with many  Yellow-rumped Warblers and a single Palm Warbler. Along the river I found Bald Eagle, Common Merganser and a few Bonapartes Gulls. Once the rain settled in many birds were quiet and hiding.

Happy Birding.

Gerco
Leesburg, VA
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Subject: Chimney Swifts in Arlington Co.
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 15:59 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Around 3:30pm today in Arlington Co., there was a brief break in the rain,
15+ Chimney Swift were observed in a gap between some tall trees.
The total number of swifts was unknown.
FOS for me.

David Bridge
Alexandria, VA
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Subject: Leesylvania SP - FOS Chimney Swift, Wood Thrush, Scarlet Tanager & Indigo Bunting
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 15:31 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Kind of quiet at Leesylvania this AM, except for Grackles and Yellow-rumped Warblers.  Had two Wood Thrushes singing at the Powell Creek Trail parking area, a male Scarlet Tanager at the gun battery, and a male Indigo Bunting in the ruins meadow. eBird link below for complete list.


Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA

http://ebird.org/ebird/va/view...
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Subject: FOS Wood Thrush, I. Bunting, Sc.Tanager; Purple Finch still--w. Albemarle
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 14:40 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
4/20--FOS Wood Thrush

4/21--FOS Indigo Bunting, Scarlet Tanager

4/22--male Purple Finch still here
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Subject: Purple Finches at Huntley Meadows and more
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 12:29 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Sixteen people joined me for a rainy Northern Virginia Bird Club sponsored
walk along the Hike-Bike Trail at Huntley Meadows today. The highlight was
the 22 Purple Finches seen in the Woodcock Meadow. Seemed to be evenly
divided between male and female. The Pond Trail was fairly active at the
beginning with lots of Ovenbirds and Yellow-rumped Warblers present, plus
several Blue-headed Vireos, Black-and White Warblers, and Northern Parulas,
and a Red-eyed Vireo making an appearance. Kurt also noted a vocalizing
Broad-winged Hawk along the Pond Trail. The water control structure hosted
four Palm Warblers. A male bluebird contested ownership of a nest box with
a Tree Swallow near the maintenance building. A pair of Ring-necked Ducks
remains in the central wetland. We observed a Spotted Sandpiper near the
platform overlooking the central wetland.



Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia, US Apr 22,
2017 7:28 AM - 11:47 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

Comments: Route consists of Hike-Bike and Pond Trails, Woodcock Meadow,
central and north Wetlands, and water control structure. Weather was
overcast and rainy with temperatures in the 60s Fahrenheit.

51 species



Canada Goose 10

Wood Duck 7

Mallard 3

Ring-necked Duck 2

Great Blue Heron 3

Broad-winged Hawk 1

Spotted Sandpiper 1

Mourning Dove 5

Chimney Swift 3

Red-bellied Woodpecker 11

Downy Woodpecker 6

Hairy Woodpecker 2

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2

Pileated Woodpecker 1

Blue-headed Vireo 4

Red-eyed Vireo 1

Blue Jay 15

American Crow 5

Fish Crow 2

Northern Rough-winged Swallow 4

Purple Martin 1

Tree Swallow 12

Barn Swallow 2

Carolina Chickadee 9

Tufted Titmouse 16

Carolina Wren 8

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 25

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3

Eastern Bluebird 6

Hermit Thrush 2

Wood Thrush 4

American Robin 13

Gray Catbird 1

Ovenbird 12

Black-and-white Warbler 4

Common Yellowthroat 21 Yellow with black "mask." Singing witchity song

Northern Parula 4

Palm Warbler (Yellow) 5

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 30

Chipping Sparrow 8

White-throated Sparrow 33

Swamp Sparrow 2

Eastern Towhee 13

Northern Cardinal 13 Including one bird on nest.

Red-winged Blackbird 25

Common Grackle (Purple) 3

Brown-headed Cowbird 5

House Finch 7

Purple Finch 22 Males run with no streaking on underparts, auricular
area darker red and contrasting with rest of head markings. Female with
white supercilium.

American Goldfinch 60

House Sparrow 2



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



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



Larry Cartwright

prowarbler@verizon.net







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Subject: FOS chat at Occoquan Bay NWR
Date: Sat Apr 22 2017 9:26 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Also several prairie warblers in same general vicinity-the central shrub
land bordered by the paved drive , Fox, and Deep hole point roads.



Ron Vogel

Annandale, VA

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Subject: Birding Arlington! Gulf Branch and Old Glebe Parks on Saturday, April 22, at 8:00 a.m.
Date: Fri Apr 21 2017 16:16 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hi All,

Arlington County Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring free, family
bird walks to highlight the great spots to bird in Arlington County.

Please join us tomorrow for a walk at Gulf Branch & Old Glebe parks - 3608
Military Rd., from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. While I can't make any promises,
highlights this week have included a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, a Northern
Waterthrush, and a Barred Owl.

Thank you,

Ken Rosenthal
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Subject: Introduction to Bird Language - April 29, Marshall VA
Date: Fri Apr 21 2017 14:22 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
http://earthvillageeducation.o...

Organizer asked for help publicizing an upcoming class.

-Lori

Arlington, VA
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Subject: No. Waterthrush @Huntley Meadows
Date: Fri Apr 21 2017 11:51 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
there are at least two N. Waterthrush at Huntley Meadows (Alexandria) today.

First on was just off the platform at the end of the hike/bike trail and the second was on the edge of the lake off the meadow to the left of the trail as you approach the platform.

We also had a lone RedBreasted Nuthatch in the pines close to the maintenance yard.

Rich Rieger
Sherman Suter
Alexandria
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Subject: Hummingbirds and Chuck-will's-widow are back R'ham County
Date: Fri Apr 21 2017 11:13 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Yesterday we had a hummingbird visit our feeders, and today there are
multiple hummingbirds visiting our feeders. Also, early this morning a
Chuck-will's-widow was singing near our yard.



Kevin Shank

Union Springs

Rockingham County



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Subject: First of Season Male Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Date: Fri Apr 21 2017 11:12 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Seen today, FOS RTHU.  Same date as last year and 2008.  No earlier FOS
dates observed in 11 years.

Craig Zalk (south Reston, Fairfax County, NOVA)

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Cell: 703.973.5151
Office: 703.208.4008
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Subject: Augusta County, VA 4/20/17
Date: Fri Apr 21 2017 9:40 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
43 avian species. Best birds of the day were a pair of Blue-gray
Gnatcatchers working on their nest. Report and photos:




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



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

marshall@faintich.net

www.faintich.net

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

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Subject: Snowy Egret at OCcoquan Bay NWR, Prince William Co.
Date: Fri Apr 21 2017 7:44 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Perched at top of oak next to pond at parking lot
Phil Silas

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Subject: Birding Augusta Wetlands & Swoope this morning .
Date: Fri Apr 21 2017 6:48 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hello all



I got a late start because of an early morning Dentist appt . but I did
manage to catch up to Paul Callo , Emily & Laura who are in for a Mary
Baldwin reunion . I hope I got the last ones name correct . Losing the mind
. Any way wefound a few birds out at the wetlands . The best by being a
Wood Duck with at least 6 young & a Blue - gray Gnatcatcher nest building
almost complete . Next we traveled to Swoope to Smith's Pond where we found
a few shorebirds . Here we had Greater Yellowlegs - 3 , Lesser Yellowlegs
-- 5 , Solitary Sandpiper -- 2 , Spotted Sandpiper -- 4 , Least sandpiper --
2 & as we were leaving I heard a Bobolink which we found . The Bald Eagles
were not found today .



This Saturday I will be leading a field trip at Gyspy Hill Park at 8 am .
Meet at the Tennis Courts . All are welcome . Also on April 29th a
Saturday the Augusta Bird Club is having their annual BIG SPRING DAY which
still has many open areas that need to be filled . Contact Allen Larner at
this e mail address or birdergonewild@yahoo.com if you are interested in an
area .



Allen Larner

Staunton

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Subject: Vriginia Prairie Falcon Video
Date: Fri Apr 21 2017 5:23 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Last evening at the Northern Virginia Bird Club meeting, I showed a video
that Ashley Bradford and I made about the Virginia Prairie Falcon. I have
uploaded it to YouTube. You can view it at:



https://youtu.be/Mn9LoWHmT7E



or on my YouTube channel at:



https://www.youtube.com/user/w...



Best,

William Young

Arlington, VA
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Subject: FOS Black-and-white warblers (3) at Monticewllo park, Alexandria..., 2 Blue-headed Vireos..many Yellow-rumps (30+)
Date: Fri Apr 21 2017 0:51 am
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Subject: Least terns
Date: Thu Apr 20 2017 17:15 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Least terns have returned to Messick Pt. at the end of Poquoson Ave.  There
around noon today.
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Subject: Recent arrivals in Franklin County
Date: Thu Apr 20 2017 16:54 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
On 4/16 we had our first yellow-throated vireo, and this morning a scarlet tanager returned.
Tim and Alyce QuinnBurnt Chimney
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Subject: Sunday Morning Field Trip at Dyke Marsh WP moved to Huntley Meadows Park
Date: Thu Apr 20 2017 9:42 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Because access to Dyke Marsh WP will be difficult on Sunday morning due to the Parkway Classic running event, the regular Sunday morning walk held there has been moved to the hike-bike trail at Huntley Meadows Park. Meet at 8:00 am in the parking lot at the entrance to this trail, which is located off South Kings Highway a very short distance east of the intersection with Telegraph Road. Please join us you can.

Gerry Hawkins
Arlington, VA

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Subject: NVBC Daniel's Run Park -- Ap
Date: Wed Apr 19 2017 18:59 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
This morning, half a dozen birders enjoyed a pleasant, albeit somewhat rainy, walk  in Daniels Run Park in Fairfax.  The highlights were a pair of barred owls at the start  of the park trail and a broad wing hawk seen toward the far end of the trail.

Daniels Run Park
Apr 19, 2017
8:29 AM
Traveling
1.50 miles
131 minutes

3 Mallard
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
1 Broad-winged Hawk
6 Mourning Dove
2 Barred Owl
6 Red-bellied Woodpecker
8 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
2 Eastern Phoebe
6 Blue Jay
4 American Crow
7 Fish Crow
6 Carolina Chickadee
8 Tufted Titmouse
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
4 Carolina Wren
6 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
1 Eastern Bluebird
4 American Robin
10 European Starling
15 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Chipping Sparrow
12 White-throated Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
1 Eastern Towhee
15 Northern Cardinal
1 Red-winged Blackbird
2 Common Grackle
2 Brown-headed Cowbird
2 House Finch
2 American Goldfinch
2 House Sparrow

Number of Taxa: 34


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Subject: Gray Catbird, male Rb Grosbeak, pair of Com. Grackles-west. Albemarle
Date: Wed Apr 19 2017 13:42 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Right now I have a Gray Catbird (rarely seen in my yard) feeding on  suet.
It had also tried to get some sunflower bits but the feeder is only for
small birds (sigh).

A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak flew in to eat sunflower seeds right after
the catbird arrived.

And earlier this morning, I had a pair of Common Grackles (another bird
that is rarely seen here), with the male trying to impress the female in
EXACTLY the same way a male cowbird tries to impress his female (by putting his
wings up as if to make himself look larger)!!!!!

Oh, and a thrasher visited earlier this morning also.

Sincerely,
Marlene
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Subject: Rails @ Huntley Meadows tonite
Date: Wed Apr 19 2017 11:27 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Both VA Rail and Sora were present at Huntley Meadows this eve.

Sherman Suter and I went looking. Sherman heard the VA Rail close to the edge of the woods that you walk thru before getting to the observation tower. Unfortunately, I was distracted by the men geese rumbling in the main pond and was not paying attention.

The Sora started calling on our way out (about 8;30) - along the edge of the woods east of the boardwalk. Did it's two syllable
"ker-wee" call repeatedly.

Rich Rieger
Alexandria
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Subject: Morning surprise
Date: Wed Apr 19 2017 9:21 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } Around 15 chipping sparrows here too in Centreville right now :)


- Deapesh.


On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 8:06 AM, Donald Sweig via va-bird wrote:

I had 15 Chipping Sparrows pecking around on the asphalt driveway of my suburban Falls Church home this morning. I've never had anywhere near that many before.
What a fun surprise.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Chincoteague NWR April 18, 2017 Shorebird/Gull Survey
Date: Tue Apr 18 2017 21:54 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
It was a warm but windy day for the weekly shorebird survey at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. The first few mosquitos and biting flies have arrived to mark the new season.
We counted 2,779 individual shorebirds of 14 species. The most common was Dunlin 1,319 followed by Sanderling 625, Willet 416 and Dowitcher sp. 169. Eastern Willets are doing their fight displays over the local marshes. The Refuge staff has found the first Piping Plover and American Oystercatcher nests of the year. The 112 Lesser Black-backed Gulls on Wild Beach was a high number even for this section of beach which is known as a great place to look for this species on the Eastern Shore.
The noteworthy non shorebird species for us were the White-faced Ibis on the north end of the Wildlife Loop where it has been reported for over a week; Common Gallinule an uncommon species on the Refuge, just across the paved road from the White-faced Ibis on the Wildlife Loop; and first-of-the-year sightings for Common Tern, House Wren and Prairie Warbler.
Below are the results of our weekly shorebird/gull survey conducted at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge onTues. April 18, 2017.All water areas (impoundments and beach areas) were covered inthe7hour survey. All individuals are counted for the target species; other birds seen or heard on the survey are followed by a dash.
Thisis our last shorebird survey at CNWR. It has been a pleasure to carry on this volunteer project for the past 8 years. We thank the Refuge staff including Kevin Holcomb and Emarie Ayala for supporting us and many Refuge volunteers who helped along the way. We especially thank Joanne and Hal Laskowski who took on the burden of doing many of the surveys during our long absences while we followed our other passion - traveling the world. We are thrilled that Joanne and Hal will replace us as the main Shorebird Survey volunteers. They will do a great job. And if they need a break later in the fall, we may step in as "relief counters."
It has been fun!
Clyde Morris and Joelle Buffa

| Canada Goose | -- |
| Gadwall | -- |
| American Black Duck | -- |
| Mallard | -- |
| Northern Shoveler | -- |
| Green-winged Teal | -- |
| Bufflehead | -- |
| Red-throated Loon | 5 |
| Common Loon | 4 |
| Horned Grebe | 1 |
| Northern Gannet | 16 |
| Double-crested Cormorant | 109 |
| Great Blue Heron | -- |
| Great Egret | -- |
| Snowy Egret | -- |
| Little Blue Heron | -- |
| Tricolored Heron | -- |
| Cattle Egret | -- |
| White Ibis | -- |
| White-faced Ibis | -- |
| Black Vulture | -- |
| Turkey Vulture | -- |
| Osprey | -- |
| Bald Eagle | -- |
| Common Gallinule | 1 |
| American Oystercatcher | 25 |
| Black-bellied Plover | 40 |
| Semipalmated Plover | 1 |
| Piping Plover | 15 |
| Killdeer | 1 |
| Whimbrel | 18 |
| Marbled Godwit | 29 |
| Ruddy Turnstone | 2 |
| Sanderling | 625 |
| Dunlin | 1,319 |
| Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher | 169 |
| Greater Yellowlegs | 114 |
| Willet | 416 |
| Lesser Yellowlegs | 30 |
| Laughing Gull | 52 |
| Ring-billed Gull | 24 |
| Herring Gull | 241 |
| Lesser Black-backed Gull | 126 |
| Great Black-backed Gull | 62 |
| Common Tern | 5 |
| Forster's Tern | 91 |
| Royal Tern | 21 |
| Black Skimmer | 14 |
| Mourning Dove | -- |
| Belted Kingfisher | -- |
| American Crow | -- |
| Fish Crow | -- |
| Tree Swallow | -- |
| Carolina Chickadee | -- |
| Tufted Titmouse | -- |
| Brown-headed Nuthatch | -- |
| House Wren | -- |
| Carolina Wren | -- |
| Blue-gray Gnatcatcher | -- |
| American Robin | -- |
| European Starling | -- |
| Common Yellowthroat | -- |
| Pine Warbler | -- |
| Yellow-throated Warbler | -- |
| Prairie Warbler | -- |
| Chipping Sparrow | -- |
| Field Sparrow | -- |
| White-throated Sparrow | -- |
| Song Sparrow | -- |
| Eastern Towhee | -- |
| Northern Cardinal | -- |
| Red-winged Blackbird | -- |
| Eastern Meadowlark | -- |
| Common Grackle | -- |
| Boat-tailed Grackle | -- |
| Brown-headed Cowbird | -- |

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Subject: Rb Nuthatch and Rb Grosbeak today!--western Albemarle
Date: Tue Apr 18 2017 21:18 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Much to my surprise, a Red-breasted Nuthatch and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak
have been to my feeders this evening. Still lots of Blue Jays too.

Sincerely,
Marlene
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Subject: 6 Red Crossbills and 6 warbler species
Date: Tue Apr 18 2017 20:50 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
In Augusta and Rockingham counties, VA; 4/18/17. Report and photos:




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

___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

marshall@faintich.net

www.faintich.net

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

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Subject: Arlington Gray Catbird
Date: Tue Apr 18 2017 18:53 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
My first Gray Catbird of the season has just appeared in my Arlington back
yard. I had noticed the White-throated Sparrows were singing away and I
assume they will momentarily be gone. Shift change. Cheers, Steve Young
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Subject: VSO Guatemala trip photos
Date: Tue Apr 18 2017 18:08 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Some pictures of the recent Guatemala VSO trip are on Flickr photostream.at    https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
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Subject: Red-breasted Nuthatch and Purple Finches at Huntley Meadows Kings Highway side.
Date: Tue Apr 18 2017 16:03 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
While checking my nest boxes today along the Hike-Bike Trail side of Huntley
Meadows, I found a few interesting birds, both migrants and potential
breeders. I began the day by discovering a Red-breasted Nuthatch vocalizing
from one of the Virginia Pines along the paved path to the Maintenance
Building. Common Yellowthroats seemed to be everywhere, while Ovenbirds
were concentrated along the Pond Trail. Red-headed Woodpeckers were at two
locations where they have been spotted before, near the bridge at the North
Marsh and near the entrance to the Woodcock Meadow on the opposite side. I
also heard and then spotted Purple Finches near the Woodcock meadow entrance
near the small sign. A small flock of Rusty Blackbirds were in the marsh
near the Water Control Structure.



Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia, US Apr 18,
2017 6:41 AM - 11:03 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

Comments: Route consists of Hike-Bike and Pond Trails, Woodcock and
adjacent meadows, Central and North Wetlands, and water control structure.
Weather was sunny with light breeze and temperatures ranging from

53 to 63 degrees Fahrenheit.

37 species



Canada Goose 20

Wood Duck 5

Mallard 6

Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 3

American Coot 1

Mourning Dove 5

Red-headed Woodpecker 4 Two near the bridge along the North Marsh and
two near the Woodcock Meadow on the opposite side of the Hike-Bike Trail.

Red-bellied Woodpecker 17

Downy Woodpecker 7

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 4

Pileated Woodpecker 1

Blue Jay 41

American Crow 1

Fish Crow 3

Tree Swallow 26

Carolina Chickadee 26

Tufted Titmouse 42

Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 In Virginia Pine near maintenance building

White-breasted Nuthatch 5

Carolina Wren 7

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 18

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4

Hermit Thrush 1

American Robin 8

Ovenbird 10 Concentrated along Pond Trail

Common Yellowthroat 19 Black mask. Singing "witchity" song.

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 13

Chipping Sparrow 3

White-throated Sparrow 21

Eastern Towhee 10

Northern Cardinal 20

Red-winged Blackbird 38

Rusty Blackbird 8 near water control structure

Common Grackle (Purple) 1

Brown-headed Cowbird 7

Purple Finch 7 Near entrance to Woodcock Meadow.

American Goldfinch 34



View this checklist online at
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This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



Larry Cartwright

prowarbler@verizon.net



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Subject: Yellow-rumped Warblers
Date: Tue Apr 18 2017 13:55 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
We encountered a number (8?) of Yellow-rumped Warblers at Mason District Park, Fairfax County, this morning. Also spotted a single Eastern Phoebe.

Jack Greenwood
Falls Church

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Subject: Tacking Tricky Breeding Codes Part 2
Date: Tue Apr 18 2017 12:40 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hi Folks,

Check out the latest Atlas article, "Tackling Tricky Codes Part 2: The
Probables," for tips on application of some of the more common, but tricky
Probable codes. A big thanks to both Betty Sue Cohen and Bob Schamerhorn
for donating their awesome photos of breeding behaviors for this article!

The article can be read on the Atlas portal at:
http://ebird.org/content/atlas...

The migrant stream is beginning it's transition from a flood to a torrent.
Remember to avoid using breeding codes for passage migrants that do not
breed in VA. We'll soon be putting out a new article on best practices for
coding migratory species.

Stay tuned and thanks much for all your efforts. We just hit *600
contributors* to the project on our Atlas eBird portal and are zeroing in
on *21,000 checklists* submitted. Woohoo!!

All the best,

Ashley Peele, PhD
Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator
Conservation Management Institute - Virginia Tech
Office: 540-231-9182
Fax: 540-231-7019
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Subject: Morning surprise
Date: Tue Apr 18 2017 6:51 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I had 15 Chipping Sparrows pecking around on the asphalt driveway of my suburban Falls Church home this morning. I've never had anywhere near that many before.
What a fun surprise.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Date: Tue Apr 18 2017 2:02 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Twenty-five birders set out on today's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk in a gentle, refreshing rain. The rain came and went most of the morning, but it had no effect on the birding. Our first Prothonotary Warblers of the season put on a dazzling show at nearly eye level in some trees near the tower. We also were entertained by a large flock of Blue-grey Gnatcatchers as they teased us with a game of Find-the-Nest. We were unable to find the Sora or the Virginia Rail that were reported at Huntley over the weekend. We did spot a solitary Solitary Sandpiper, as well as Yellow-rumped, Common yellow throat, Palm, and Pine Warblers.
Canada Goose 35
Wood Duck 20
Mallard 4
Green-winged Teal 2
Hooded Merganser 12
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 4
Green Heron 2
Osprey 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
American Coot 3
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Ring-billed Gull 1
Mourning Dove 5
Barred Owl 2
Chimney Swift 2
Red-headed Woodpecker 5
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay 30
American Crow 2
crow sp. 24
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 5
Purple Martin 2
Tree Swallow 25
Barn Swallow 2
Carolina Chickadee 10
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 36
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 6
American Robin 10
Prothonotary Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 6
Palm Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 12
Chipping Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 24
Song Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 8
Eastern Towhee 4
Northern Cardinal 8
Red-winged Blackbird 32
Rusty Blackbird 24
Common Grackle 3
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
American Goldfinch 4

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

Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park

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Subject: FOS dates for birds, western Albemarle; migrating Blue Jays; and NOTE
Date: Mon Apr 17 2017 18:42 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
TODAY:

FOS R-b Grosbeak (male at feeder) 11:37 AM with more than 15 Blue Jays
(they've been coming through the last couple of days)

FOS hummer 9:41 AM NOTE: I'm not going to put up a hummer feeder right
away because the Tulip Poplars are already blooming (early!) and I don't see
a hummer eating at my feeder until these trees stop producing nectar.

PREVIOUSLY:

FOS Osprey along nearby river (have seen one--only one--every spring for
several years now), April 14

FOS Broad-winged Hawk (that's been nesting here for several years now),
April 12

FOS Whip-poor-will and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, April 10

FOS Barn Swallows at nearby vineyard, April 3

FOS Tree Swallows at nest boxes at neighbor's, March 22

Sincerely,
Marlene


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