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25 May: @ 22:33:55  To the marsh once more. 05/25/16 visit to marsh at entrance to James River NWR. Photos [Les Brooks]
25 May: @ 19:38:18  Chincoteague Wilson's Storm-Petrel [Daniel Lebbin]
25 May: @ 19:34:53  Dyke Marsh Haul Road today [Edward Eder]
25 May: @ 19:30:34  Dickcissels - Grassdale Road, near Remington, Fauquier Co. [David Boltz]
25 May: @ 14:14:45  Invitation to VA Breeding Bird Atlas Workshop [Alyce Quinn via va-bird]
25 May: @ 13:49:06  Huntley Meadows, migrants and breeders, Fairfax County [Larry Cartwright]
25 May: @ 09:37:49  Thrush galore and lingering nuthatches in Ellanor Lawrence Park (Chantilly) [Howard Wu]
25 May: @ 07:04:27 Re: Purple Gallinule Beasley Tract Virginia Beach [Lisa R]
25 May: @ 05:03:15  Eric Harrold has shared an eBird checklist with you from Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve on May 13, 2016 - 9:00 AM [Eric Harrold via eBird]
25 May: @ 04:49:09  Eric Harrold has shared an eBird checklist with you from Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve on May 13, 2016 - 5:05 AM [Eric Harrold via eBird]
24 May: @ 20:55:42  Loudoun County Birds-Am Bittern, Bobolink, Broad-winged and a few Warblers [Gerco H]
24 May: @ 20:05:20  Purple Gallinule Beasley Tract Virginia Beach [David Gibson]
24 May: @ 19:32:54  Voice: Greater Washington Area, May 24 [Joe Coleman]
24 May: @ 18:32:34  Common nighthawk, Woodbridge [Marc Ribaudo]
24 May: @ 18:04:18  Cedar waxwing flight, Fairfax Co [Fredatwood via va-bird]
24 May: @ 15:30:09 Re: Mississippi Kites at Huntley Meadows [24 May: pm sightings] [sjsuter29]
24 May: @ 15:24:50  Dyke Marsh, Fairfax County, Least Bittern, breeding in full swing [Larry Cartwright]
24 May: @ 15:24:20  Fwd: eBird Report - Runt Powell Farm, Wolf Trap Rd, Halifax Co, VA, May 24, 2016 [Jeff Blalock]
24 May: @ 10:55:39  Mississippi kites at Huntley Meadows [Edward Eder]
24 May: @ 05:44:50  Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
24 May: @ 05:37:36  test [Michael A. Shank.]
24 May: @ 04:23:27  Tom Maloney [Jeff Blalock]
23 May: @ 20:58:24  Birds Seen May 20 - 22, 2016 [janet anderson via va-bird]
23 May: @ 19:32:05  Virginia Beach - 16-22 May, Weekly Observations [Rob Bielawski]
23 May: @ 15:55:24  Dickcissels at Grassdale Road (Fauquier County) [Ron Vogel]
23 May: @ 13:20:29 Re: Olive-sided Flycatcher [Marshall Faintich]
23 May: @ 11:03:45  RB Grossbeak [Jeff Blalock]
23 May: @ 09:08:33 Re: Va-bird Downy woodpeckers [Vineeta Anand]
23 May: @ 08:14:45  Wild Turkey [Trollinger, Jeff (DGIF)]
22 May: @ 20:14:21 Re: Wild Turkey [KEN LIPSHY]
22 May: @ 19:55:30 Re: Wild Turkey [Shirley Devan]
22 May: @ 18:17:42  Bobolinks and Alder Flycatchers [Marshall Faintich]
22 May: @ 17:26:48  Wild Turkey [Antonio Quezon]
22 May: @ 15:38:30  Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh, May 22, 2016 [Rich Rieger via va-bird]
22 May: @ 13:40:48  Great Falls Bird Walk -05/22/16 [Dendroica--- via va-bird]
22 May: @ 13:16:21  Black Terns @ Lake Shenandoah (Rockingham) [Diane L via va-bird]
22 May: @ 11:32:30  Olive-sided FC; possible Brewer's Blackbird [Marshall Faintich]
22 May: @ 04:28:33  Fwd: eBird Report - Runt Powell Farm, Wolf Trap Rd, Halifax Co, VA, May 21, 2016 [Jeff Blalock]
22 May: @ 04:16:55  Test [Jeff Blalock]
21 May: @ 17:29:49  Bioblitz at Manassas National Park- Bobwhite [a via va-bird]
21 May: @ 16:33:25  Dyke Marsh/Sunday Walk [Rich Rieger via va-bird]
21 May: @ 10:42:29  rainy/foggy morning on the Trillium Trail - Thompson WMA [Bill Hohenstein]
21 May: @ 10:37:03  Another trip (05/19/16) to the marsh, minus the rain. Photos [Les Brooks]
21 May: @ 09:45:44  Loss of avian habitat along the Blue Ridge Parkway [Marshall Faintich]
20 May: @ 21:13:18  American Legion Bridge: Peregrine falcon [Donald Sweig]
20 May: @ 20:04:30  Chats and Orioles [=?WINDOWS-1252?Q?Rowe,__Richard_A,_=94Dick=94?=]
20 May: @ 19:37:36 Re: late White-Crowned at Pleasant Valley GC (Fairfax) [Stephen Johnson]
20 May: @ 18:25:06  late White-Crowned at Pleasant Valley GC (Fairfax) [Stephen Johnson]
20 May: @ 12:57:44  Willow Flycatcher(s) [Gerco H]
20 May: @ 11:36:51  Dyke Marsh, Fairfax County, Philadelphia Vireo [Larry Cartwright]





Subject: To the marsh once more. 05/25/16 visit to marsh at entrance to James River NWR. Photos
Date: Wed May 25 2016 22:33 pm
From: ubrooks AT verizon.net
 
Hello everyone!
I visited this marsh again today from sunrise until 11:45 A.M.  Much quieter today than previous visits.  On my visit last week, I thought I saw a Yellow Warbler but could not confirm it.  Today nature was kind and one popped up and even stopped long enough for a couple of photos.  I also saw the following: Bank  Swallows, Red-Winged Blackbird, American Goldfinch, Red-Eyed Vireo, Mourning Dove, Carolina Chickadee, overflight of 20 Cedar Waxwing, overflight of one Red-Tailed Hawk and three Turkey Vultures.  Non birds: Black Rat Snake and ...  Just after sunrise I had a car pass me heading to Route 10.  A few minutes after the car had passed I noticed, what looked like, a pine cone in the road.  I went back to scanning the marsh and when another car passed noticed the pine cone was still in the same place.  As I was pondering how the pine cone had stayed in place, after the car had zoomed over it, the cone unfolded itself and made a beeline for the grass along the edge of the road.  I'm still not sure what it was but it looked like a field mouse.  I guess it was getting warmed up by resting on the roadway.  Have a great day!

A couple of photos if you care to have a look: Both are Male Yellow Warblers: http://natures-finest-photogra... and  http://natures-finest-photogra...
Les Brooks Glen Allen
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Subject: Chincoteague Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Date: Wed May 25 2016 19:38 pm
From: djlebbin AT gmail.com
 
Birded Chincoteague NWR today - sunny, little to no wind, lots of mosquitos
in the woodland trail where Delmarva Fox Squirrels seemed unusually
abundant. I was hoping to see shearwaters off the coast (none seen), but
did find a lone *Wilson's Storm-Petrel* at ~10:50am flying in broad circles
and figure-eights over Tom's Cove near where a Red-throated Loon was also
hanging out. I saw it through a scope standing about 200 m south of where
the parking area ends. At my distance, I could see the overall black body,
rounded wings, tawny carpal bars, black belly, white rump and the style of
flight of slow flapping with occasional glides with wings held out straight
at angle below horizontal. I could not see feet extending beyond the tail,
but was just too far. The flight style clinched the identification for me.
-Daniel Lebbin, Vienna, VA
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Subject: Dyke Marsh Haul Road today
Date: Wed May 25 2016 19:34 pm
From: nutmegz AT mac.com
 

Two Willow flycatchers were at Dyke Marsh this morning, one near the tip of the haul Road and one at the dogleg, Both called and were observed for a bit. Two Marsh Wrens sang briefly near the north marsh in the early morning.
Also, three Canada warblers were present along the trail along with Northern WT, Am Redstart, Blackpolls, Yellow W, and CYT.
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Subject: Dickcissels - Grassdale Road, near Remington, Fauquier Co.
Date: Wed May 25 2016 19:30 pm
From: david.boltz4 AT gmail.com
 
Bill Parkin and I drove over to Remington in Fauquier County today in search
of Dickcissels and were not disappointed. We found 4, and possibly a 5th,
all singing males, and one carrying nesting material. Once again this year
some large tracts of fields have been sprayed with herbicides and hence will
not be good for this species. However, at the end of the road approaching
the houses, there are large tracts of undisturbed tall grass that held the
first 2 we saw and heard. As we left and approached the intersection with
Summerduck Road we found 2 more (definitely not the same, as the first 2
flew the opposite direction), and possibly a 3rd.

Other highlights of this stretch of road included:

2 calling Northern Bobwhite. They sounded like they were inside the fence of
the government area.

3 Grasshopper Sparrows, seen and heard.

6 Horned Larks

1 heard only Blue Grosbeak

Complete list below. A few pics of the Dickcissels are attached to my ebird
list, link at bottom.

Dave Boltz
Lake Frederick


Grassdale Road, Fauquier, Virginia, US
May 25, 2016 9:40 AM - 10:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.1 Build 65
27 species

Canada Goose 9
Northern Bobwhite 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 4
Killdeer 1
Mourning Dove 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Fish Crow 1
Horned Lark 6
Barn Swallow 7
American Robin 5
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 12
Common Yellowthroat 1
Grasshopper Sparrow 3
Chipping Sparrow 1
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Blue Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 3
Dickcissel 4 4 singing males. 1 carrying nesting material.
Red-winged Blackbird 5
Eastern Meadowlark 5
Orchard Oriole 1
House Finch 3
American Goldfinch 5

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29899668

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Subject: Invitation to VA Breeding Bird Atlas Workshop
Date: Wed May 25 2016 14:14 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
The Roanoke Valley Bird Club is hosting a VA Breeding Bird Atlas workshop on Wednesday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Grandin Court Baptist Church at 2660 Brambleton Avenue. The workshop will be led by Ashley Peele, the VA BBA coordinator. Come learn about the why, where and how of atlasing. Topics will include field survey methods, eBird data entry, and using smartphones to collect data. Questions and discussion welcome. Feel free to bring a laptop to follow along. Ashley will be happy to help folks get set up in eBird or any other Atlas tool they are intereted in.
Everyone is welcome.  Please consider joining us to learn more about this project and how easy it is to get involved.
Alyce Quinn

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Subject: Huntley Meadows, migrants and breeders, Fairfax County
Date: Wed May 25 2016 13:49 pm
From: prowarbler AT verizon.net
 
Eight people showed up for the Northern Virginia Bird Club sponsored walk at
Huntley Meadows today. We heard several migrants in the visitor's center
parking lot, to include Canada Warbler and a Swainson's Thrush. The hike
down to the wetland produced a Gray-cheeked Thrush and perfect views of two
Red-eyed Vireos. An Eastern Phoebe was hanging out close to the upraised
portion of the boardwalk and I suspect has a nest under the boardwalk.
Waterfowl are busy producing little waterfowl and we saw 2 hen Hooded
Mergansers with young in tow, one with 10 young and the other with 8 young,
and 2 hen Wood Ducks with young, one with 7 ducklings and the other with 3.
We tried in vain to find the Mississippi Kites reported yesterday by Ed Eder
and Sherman Suter, but had great views of a Cooper's Hawk chasing a young
Red-shouldered Hawk. Several Red-winged Blackbirds were in pursuit of the
Red-shouldered Hawk and my guess is that the Cooper's was just helping out.
Maybe the accipiter had a nest nearby; I can't believe a Cooper's would
attempt to kill and eat a Red-shouldered! On the way back to the car, I was
lamenting that Common Yellowthroats and Acadian Flycatchers were quite
numerous, yet we had failed to see either species. Then a singing Common
Yellowthroat gave the group a nice visual performance and once back on the
wooded path, an Acadian Flycatcher did the same. All the walk participants
seemed satisfied! And consequently, so was I.



Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US May 25, 2016 8:39 AM - 11:44 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.1 Build 65

48 species



Canada Goose 25

Wood Duck 15 Includes a hen with 7 young and another with 3 young

Mallard 6

Hooded Merganser 20 Hen with 10 young and a hen with 8 young.

Great Blue Heron 8

Great Egret 1

Green Heron 3

Osprey 3

Cooper's Hawk 1

Red-shouldered Hawk 1

Spotted Sandpiper 1

Mourning Dove 4

Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 6

Downy Woodpecker 4

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Eastern Wood-Pewee 4

Acadian Flycatcher 8

Eastern Phoebe 1

Great Crested Flycatcher 1

Eastern Kingbird 1

Red-eyed Vireo 12

Blue Jay 1

Fish Crow 3

Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2

Tree Swallow 25

Barn Swallow 10

Carolina Chickadee 8

Tufted Titmouse 3

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

Carolina Wren 3

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6

Eastern Bluebird 1

Gray-cheeked Thrush 1

Swainson's Thrush 1

American Robin 3

Gray Catbird 1

Ovenbird 1

Prothonotary Warbler 1

Common Yellowthroat 12

American Redstart 1

Magnolia Warbler 1

Canada Warbler 1

Northern Cardinal 14

Indigo Bunting 2

Red-winged Blackbird 35

Common Grackle (Purple) 5

American Goldfinch 6



View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29899935



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



Larry Cartwright

prowarbler@verizon.net







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Subject: Thrush galore and lingering nuthatches in Ellanor Lawrence Park (Chantilly)
Date: Wed May 25 2016 9:37 am
From: howiewu1 AT gmail.com
 
Hi,

Sorry for the last report, but yesterday (May 24) morning I spent a lovely
hour at Ellanor Lawrence Park in Chantilly. The grounds were still soggy,
but the sun was shining! Many wood thrushes were singing, the loveliest of
sounds in the spring woods. And a Swainson's Thrush (I think) posed for me
at close range. There were quite a few White-breasted Nuthatches in the
park, and a few were having a feast at the feeder near the visitor center.

Some pictures:
http://www.travelerathome.com/...
http://www.travelerathome.com/...
http://www.travelerathome.com/...
http://www.travelerathome.com/...
http://www.travelerathome.com/...

Cheers,
Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
(www.travelerathome.com)
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Subject: Purple Gallinule Beasley Tract Virginia Beach
Date: Wed May 25 2016 7:04 am
From: LROSE777 AT msn.com
 
I found it last night at around 7:30. It was along the bank directly along the trail, so I didn't see it until it flew. It was along the right sided trail of the tract, about 100 yards from the back of the trail (Munden Rd). I plan on going back this evening, to try for it again.

________________________________________
From: va-bird on behalf of David Gibson
Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 9:01 PM
To: va-bird@listserve.com
Subject: [Va-bird] Purple Gallinule Beasley Tract Virginia Beach

The bird is still around. I had it this a.m. out in the open in the south
impoundment. It was about 20' from the trail and not too far down the
trail. I saw it briefly and was able to get a few serviceable photos. But I
turned my back for a moment and it was gone. I never refound it. There are
a ton of shorebirds, egrets, ibises, and various warblers etc. around. I
saw the teals briefly. No sign of the Common Gallinule, Sora etc. A lot of
birds in Whitehurst too. Dave Gibson, Chesapeake
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Subject: Eric Harrold has shared an eBird checklist with you from Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve on May 13, 2016 - 9:00 AM
Date: Wed May 25 2016 5:03 am
From: ebird-share AT cornell.edu
 
To accept this checklist into your eBird account, click on the link below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/shared?subID=UzI5ODk1NjU3&s=t

You will then be able to view, edit, or delete it. Learn more about eBird's checklist sharing process at

http://help.ebird.org/customer...

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Subject: Eric Harrold has shared an eBird checklist with you from Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve on May 13, 2016 - 5:05 AM
Date: Wed May 25 2016 4:49 am
From: ebird-share AT cornell.edu
 
To accept this checklist into your eBird account, click on the link below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/shared?subID=UzI5ODk1NjIw&s=t

You will then be able to view, edit, or delete it. Learn more about eBird's checklist sharing process at

http://help.ebird.org/customer...

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Subject: Loudoun County Birds-Am Bittern, Bobolink, Broad-winged and a few Warblers
Date: Tue May 24 2016 20:55 pm
From: drgerco AT hotmail.com
 
The birds were, well a bit odd today given the wide varierty seen, but it was a lot of fun. This morning I was delighted to see a female Redstart and 4-5 Blackpoll Warblers in the yard, as well as a small group of Cedar Waxwings. On the other hand, I am very disgruntled with our pair of Bluebirds. I think those darn parents have abandoned their young, who are close the leaving the nesting box. No visits were observed this morning as well this evening.
On my way to work notable birds included a Brown Trasher, a male Bobolink sitting on a utility wire (must keep an eye out on that location in the upcoming weeks as breeding may occur), a bunch of Eastern Meadowlarks, one carrying food (Finally a confirmed breeder), the Grasshopper Sparrow was at his usual post (male holding territory) and a Broad-winged Hawk was soaring above the fields. Not bad.
This evening, migration of Cedar Waxwings was in full swing. At least 7 groups were seen with over 150 birds. A Yellow-throated Warbler, I suspect a new Warbler species for the yard, was seen foraging in the oak trees and an American Bittern came flying over. Wow!!! Talking about an unexpected sighting. We have seen Great Blue Heron and Green Herons at times flying over, but this was a not anticipated. And just before dark a pair of Barred Owl was busy "who cooks for you"ing.
Given the nice weather I hope to hear some other birds later tonight.
Happy birding,
Gerco
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Subject: Purple Gallinule Beasley Tract Virginia Beach
Date: Tue May 24 2016 20:05 pm
From: 20cabot AT gmail.com
 
The bird is still around. I had it this a.m. out in the open in the south
impoundment. It was about 20' from the trail and not too far down the
trail. I saw it briefly and was able to get a few serviceable photos. But I
turned my back for a moment and it was gone. I never refound it. There are
a ton of shorebirds, egrets, ibises, and various warblers etc. around. I
saw the teals briefly. No sign of the Common Gallinule, Sora etc. A lot of
birds in Whitehurst too. Dave Gibson, Chesapeake
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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington Area, May 24
Date: Tue May 24 2016 19:32 pm
From: joecoleman AT rstarmail.com
 
FYI  - this report is for sightings from May 17 through May 23 and was
compiled by Helen Patton & transcribed by Steve Cordle.

Joe Coleman



Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist

Date: 5/24/2016

Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle

Reports, comments and questions: voice@anshome.org


Compiler: Helen Patton

Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central

Atlantic States (independent of NAS)

Transcriber: Steve Cordle



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



This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, May 17 and was
completed on May 24 at 4:00 p.m.



The Top Bird was PURPLE GALLINULE in VA.



Other birds of interest this week included waterfowl, NORTHERN BOBWHITE,
RUFFED GROUSE, SOOTY SHEARWATER, LEAST BITTERN, GLOSSY IBIS, MISSISSIPPI
KITE, BALD EAGLE, COMMON GALLINULE, SANDHILL CRANE, shorebirds, BLACK TERN,
BLACK SKIMMER, COMMON NIGHTHAWK, CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW, RED-COCKADED
WOODPECKER, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, PEREGRINE FALCON, flycatchers,
PHILADELPHIA VIREO, CLIFF SWALLOW, warblers, sparrows, SUMMER TANAGER,
DICKCISSEL, DARK-EYED JUNCO and PINE SISKIN.



TOP BIRD



A PURPLE GALLINULE* was on the impoundments at the Beasley Tract at Princess
Anne WMA, Virginia Beach, VA seen during the week.



OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST



On May 19 five SNOW GEESE were seen again near St. Mary Anne's Episcopal
Church in Cecil Co, MD.



A BRANT was seen in Ocean City on Skimmer Island on May 22 and on the 4th
Street Flats on May 23. Another BRANT was at the Cheriton Landfill,
Northampton Co, VA on May 24.



Two TRUMPETER SWANS continue in a restricted area at the Smithsonian
Environmental Research Center, Anne Arundel Co, MD, with the latest sighting
on May 23. A TUNDRA SWAN was at Cameron Run, Alexandria, VA on May 18.
Another TUNDRA SWAN was at Hurlock WWTP, Dorchester Co, MD on May 20.



Small numbers of many migratory duck species were seen during the week.
Among them were 2 NORTHERN PINTAIL, 5 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 12 GREEN-WINGED
TEAL and a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER seen at Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co,
MD on May 18. A GREEN-WINGED TEAL and 2 GADWALL were on Elliott Island Road,
Dorchester Co, MD on May 24. Three CANVASBACK and six RED-BREASTED
MERGANSERS were in Hooper's Island, Dorchester Co, MD also on May 24. A
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was at the Chestertown WWTP, Kent Co, MD on May 17.
Another WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was at the Swan Creek dredge containment Area,
Anne Arundel Co, MD on May 19 and 20.



A NORTHERN BOBWHITE was at the Stone Bridge, Manassas Battlefield NP, Prince
William Co, VA on May 21. A RUFFED GROUSE was drumming at Finzel Swamp.
Allegany Co, MD on May 19.



Migrating SOOTY SHEARWATERS were spotted from points on the Atlantic shore
with a high count of29 seen from Assateague Island, Worcester Co, MD on May
21.



A LEAST BITTERN was on Haul Road, Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Co, VA on May 18. Two
LEAST BITTERNS were on Elliott Island Road, Dorchester Co, MD on May 24.



Twenty GLOSSY IBIS were at Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, MD on May 18. A
GLOSSY IBIS was at Blackwater NWR, Dorchester Co, MD on May 23.



A MISSISSIPPI KITE was on a farm on Wolf Trap Road, Halifax Co, VA on May
22. The Dorchester County, MD May Count on May 24 reported 138 BALD EAGLES
for the county.



A COMMON GALLINULE was seen in the C&O Canal west of Mile Marker 167 in
Allegany Co, MD and at Wiles Branch Park, Frederick Co, MD both on May 17. A
continuing COMMON GALLINULE was most recently seen at Patterson Park,
Baltimore, MD on May 23. In Virginia, a COMMON GALLINULE was seen at
Princess Ann WMA, Virginia Beach on May 17, 19 and 20.

On May 18 a SANDHILL CRANE flew over a backyard in Arlington, VA. On May 20,
a SANDHILL CRANE was at the Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract on May 20.



Twenty-six SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS were at Herrington Manor, Garrett Co, MD on
May 17.



On May 17 a WHIMBREL was on the mudflats in Hunting Creek in Fairfax Co, VA.
Another WHIMBREL was at Middle Run NA, New Castle Co, DE on May 19. A visit
to Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, MD on May 18 noted 12 shorebird species
including 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 3 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and 37
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS. The Swan Creek dredge containment facility, Anne
Arundel Co, MD hosted 9 shorebird species on May 20, including 86
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, 56 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, 20 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 571
LEAST SANDPIPERS and 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS. A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was
at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on May 19 and 20.



A BLACK TERN was at the C&O Canal, North Beach, Allegany Co, MD on May 22.
Another BLACK TERN was at College Creek, James City, VA on May 20.

SANDWICH TERNS were reported from several sites, including: Fort Monroe,
Hampton VA on May 20; Grandview NP, Hampton, VA also on May 20 and the CBBT,
Northampton Co, VA on May 21.



A BLACK SKIMMER was at Eastern Neck NWR, Kent Co, MD on May 17. Another
BLACK SKIMMER was at Sandy Point SP, Anne Arundel Co, MD on May 18.



During the week reports of COMMON NIGHTHAWKS became more numerous. A
CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW was at Patterson Park, Baltimore City, MD on May 18.



Four RED-COCKADED WOODPECKERS were at Piney Grove Preserve, Sussex Co, VA on
May 18 and 22. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was at Ashland Nature Center, New
Castle Co, DE on May 19. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was at Sky Meadows SP,
Fauquier Co, VA on May 20. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was on the Gambrill Mill
Trail, Monocacy National Battlefield, Frederick Co, MD on May 21.



A PEREGRINE FALCON flew over the American Legion Bridge over the Potomac
River, the dividing line between Maryland and Virginia and dove under the
bridge, probably to a nest site on May 20.



OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were reported from many locations during the week. A
LEAST FLYCATCHER was at Patterson Park, Baltimore Co, MD on May 20. Another
LEAST FLYCATCHER was at Fair Hill NRMA, Cecil Co, MD on May 22.



A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on May 18. A
PHILADELPHIA VIREO was at Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Co, VA on May 20. A
PHILADELPHIA VIREO was at Belle Haven and another at Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Co,
VA on May 20.



CLIFF SWALLOWS were on the Rte. 328 Bridge with birds in both Caroline and
Talbot counties, MD on May 19 and 21.



During the week birders routinely recorded double-digit sightings of warbler
species at many migratory hot spots, including popular Monticello Park in
Alexandria, VA and Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC, but warblers and other
migrants could be seen anywhere, from suburban back yards to isolated trees
on city streets. Highlights of the over 30 recorded warbler species included
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, BLUE-WINGED, MOURNING, KENTUCKY, CAPE MAY,
BAY-BREASTED and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS. CERULEAN WARBLERS were reported from
several places including: Eden Mill Road, Harford Co, MD on May 19; Thompson
WMA, Fauquier Co, VA on May 21; Patapsco Valley SP at Henryton Center two in
Carroll Co and one in Howard Co, MD on May 24.



A SALTMARSH SPARROW was at the DuPont Nature Center, Sussex Co, DE on May
23. Five SEASIDE SPARROWS were at New Point Comfort NAP, Matthews Co, VA on
May 22. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was at the Chester River Field Research
Center (private), Queen Anne's Co, MD on May 18, 22 and 23. Another
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was at the Pleasant Valley GC, Fairfax Co, VA on May
20.



A SUMMER TANAGER was at the C&O Canal, Pennyfield Lock, Montgomery Co, MD
on May 18 and 20. Another SUMMER TANAGER was at Milford Neck WA, Big Stone
Beach, Kent Co, DE on May 20.



Two DICKCISSELS were at Antietam National Battlefield, Washington Co, MD on
May 20. Three DICKCISSELS were found at the intersection of Keysville Road @
Sixes Bridge Road, Carroll Co, MD on May 23. Two DICKCISSELS were on
Grassdale Road, east of Remington, Fauquier Co, VA on May 23.



Late winter residents included small numbers of DARK-EYED JUNCOS and PINE
SISKINS among other species.



***



This week's report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list
servers via the ABA Internet links, and on eBird records.



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



To report bird sightings, e-mail your report to voice@anshome.org
.

Please post reports before midnight Monday, identify the county as well as
the state, and include your name and a Tuesday morning contact, e-mail or
phone.



Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.



*Of interest to the applicable state records committee



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Subject: Common nighthawk, Woodbridge
Date: Tue May 24 2016 18:32 pm
From: moribaudo AT verizon.net
 
A common nighthawk just flew over my house in Woodbridge, Prince William County.

Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: Cedar waxwing flight, Fairfax Co
Date: Tue May 24 2016 18:04 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
While bird banding in Oakton this afternoon, the northern Virginia teen bird club saw flocks of 5-55 cedar waxwings flying north for a total of about 210 birds.

Other migrants here in oakton today were blackpoll, magnolia (banded), northern waterthrush, and swainsons thrush. We also saw a painted turtle start to dig a hole to lay eggs. We suspect the reason she stopped after trying two holes in one spot was the soupy mud texture of the soil she was excavating.
All the best
Fred Atwood

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Subject:
Date: Tue May 24 2016 15:30 pm
From: sjsuter29 AT verizon.net
 
Following up on Ed Eder's sighting of 2 Mississippi Kites at Huntley Meadows this morning, I spent 90 minutes along the boardwalk this afternoon (1400 to 1530).  One kite was soaring high over the north edge of the main pond for 3 or 4 minutes around 1410, and I had shorter views (1 to 2 minutes) of a bird farther off (to the NE of the N platform) about 1435 and about 1450.  Each time, I lost the bird behind the trees as it moved off to the north.

Sherman Suter
Alexandria VA 22307 / Port Republic MD 20676
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Subject: Dyke Marsh, Fairfax County, Least Bittern, breeding in full swing
Date: Tue May 24 2016 15:24 pm
From: prowarbler AT verizon.net
 
I was at Dyke Marsh this morning doing some surveying for the Friends of
Dyke Marsh Breeding Bird Survey and the atlas update. Highlights were the
discovery of a breeding pair of Yellow Warblers at a nest along the Haul
Road dogleg and Eastern Kingbirds constructing a nest at the end of Haul
Road near the boardwalk. We have already discovered nests of Warbling
Vireos, Orchard Orioles, and Baltimore Orioles although it appears a few
nests have been abandoned, and in one instance, a Baltimore Oriole nest was
predated by crows. Barn Swallows were busily constructing mud nests under
the dock today as well. Carolina Chickadee, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and
American Robins had fledged young in tow. On a down note, European
Starlings have nests with young at several locations and it appears that one
of the two Osprey nestlings in the marina nest has died.



As I was watching activity at the Warbling Vireo nest near the bridge, a
Least Bittern flew across the path and disappeared into one of the
tributaries of the Little Gut.



Migration seems to be winding down with about a dozen Blackpolls and a few
other migrant warblers present. Most of the other birds have or are
preparing to breed.



The list of today's birds and breeding activity are listed below for anyone
who cares or is involved in the survey.





Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, Virginia, US

May 24, 2016 6:07 AM - 12:06 PM

Protocol: Traveling

2.5 mile(s)

Comments: One new Yellow Warbler nest and one new Eastern Kingbird nest.
One of the marina Osprey nestlings has apparently died. Submitted from
eBird for iOS, version 1.2.1 Build 65

50 species (+1 other taxa)



Canada Goose 45 Includes 2 adults and 7 precocial young about 3 weeks
old in picnic area.

Wood Duck 3 all drakes

Mallard 14

Lesser Scaup 2

Double-crested Cormorant 1

Least Bittern 1 at Haul Road Bridge

Great Blue Heron 1

Osprey 16 Includes at least 2 nests with young. One of the two Osprey
nestlings in the marina nest has apparently died since I have seen only 1
young over the past few days.

Bald Eagle 5

Mourning Dove 6 Includes one bird on a previously reported nest

Chimney Swift 10

Red-bellied Woodpecker 3

Downy Woodpecker 3

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1

Pileated Woodpecker 1

Eastern Wood-Pewee 3

Great Crested Flycatcher 3

Eastern Kingbird 11 Includes a newly discovered nest a breeding pair is
constructing in a Sycamore about 25 feet high at the end of the Haul Road
peninsula near the south platform of the boardwalk.

Warbling Vireo 13 Includes a previously reported nest west of the Haul
Road bridge. A bird left and entered the nest a few times, but construction
seems complete.

Red-eyed Vireo 4

Blue Jay 2

Fish Crow 3

crow sp. 2

Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2

Purple Martin 3

Tree Swallow 14 Includes a bird in a nest box in the marsh.

Barn Swallow 10 A breeding pair is continuing nest construction under a
dock at the marina

Carolina Chickadee 17 Includes two family groups feeding fledged young
consisting of a breeding pair with at least 4 young and a second breeding
pair with at least 1 young

Tufted Titmouse 3

Carolina Wren 5

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 9 Includes a breeding pair in the company of at
least 1 fledged young

American Robin 9 Includes an adult feeding 1 fledged young and another
adult carrying food

Gray Catbird 1

European Starling 25 Includes a nest with young in the picnic area

Prothonotary Warbler 1

Common Yellowthroat 7

American Redstart 1

Northern Parula 1

Magnolia Warbler 1

Yellow Warbler 6 Includes a breeding pair at a new nest found today in
an elm about 25 feet high at the bend in the Haul Road dogleg. The nest is
on the south side of the path.

Blackpoll Warbler 13

Black-throated Blue Warbler 1

Northern Cardinal 16

Red-winged Blackbird 30

Common Grackle (Purple) 12 Two adults carrying food

Brown-headed Cowbird 2

Orchard Oriole 8 There are 2 known nests, but no activity at one today
and the other could not be relocated.

Baltimore Oriole 9 This is the last of 3 nests recently discovered.
Another appears abandoned and another reportedly was predated by crows.

House Finch 1

American Goldfinch 2

House Sparrow 4



View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29879097



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



Larry Cartwright

prowarbler@verizon.net







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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Runt Powell Farm, Wolf Trap Rd, Halifax Co, VA, May 24, 2016
Date: Tue May 24 2016 15:24 pm
From: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
 
Went to Runts farm again today and got much better views of the Mississippi Kites along with some photos that will confirm species but still not great photos but better than the ones on Saturday

Good Birding Always

From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

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


Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist@cornell.edu
> Date: May 24, 2016 at 4:18:29 PM EDT
> To: jcbabirder@gcronline.com
> Subject: eBird Report - Runt Powell Farm, Wolf Trap Rd, Halifax Co, VA, May 24, 2016
>
> Runt Powell Farm, Wolf Trap Rd, Halifax Co, VA, Halifax, Virginia, US
> May 24, 2016 12:00 PM - 2:05 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 29 species
>
> Great Blue Heron 2 Flying in and out of nesting colony in Banister River WMA.
> Black Vulture 5
> Turkey Vulture 10
> Mississippi Kite 2
> Bald Eagle 2 Pair soaring around together.
> Red-shouldered Hawk 3 All three were soaring around together.
> Red-tailed Hawk 2 Soaring around together.
> Mourning Dove 3
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
> Red-eyed Vireo 1
> American Crow 5 Chasing after Raven.
> Common Raven 1 Heard calling for about 20 minutes and being chased by crows.
> Barn Swallow 1
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> Carolina Wren 1
> Eastern Bluebird 1
> Wood Thrush 2
> American Robin 2
> Northern Mockingbird 2
> Ovenbird 1
> Chipping Sparrow 2
> Northern Cardinal 1
> Eastern Meadowlark 2
> Brown-headed Cowbird 2
> Orchard Oriole 1
> House Finch 5
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29883069
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/content/atlas...)
>
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Subject: Mississippi kites at Huntley Meadows
Date: Tue May 24 2016 10:55 am
From: nutmegz AT mac.com
 
Two Mississippi kites soared over the boardwalk at Huntley Meadows between 9:15 and 10 AM today, gracefully riding the thermals and later stooping.( I presume to capture dragonflies.)
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Date: Tue May 24 2016 5:44 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Please excuse the delay of this report.  Monday was a very busy day and I had to delay until this morning.  About 30 birders gathered for the Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk on a brisk, overcast day and spotted 65 species.  Our big Warbler counts seem to have dissipated but we still had a rewarding morning.  Our highlights included a lone Common Loon flyover, one each Bank and Cliff Swallow in addition to our usual compliment of Tree, N Rough-wing, and Barn swallows; and two large groups of Hooded Merganser families.

Canada Goose  33
Wood Duck  15
Mallard  12
Hooded Merganser  36   
Common Loon   1   
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  1
Green Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  1
Accipiter sp.  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Least Sandpiper  1
shorebird sp.  1
Mourning Dove  6
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2
Barred Owl  2
Chimney Swift  5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  7
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  5
Acadian Flycatcher  8
Willow Flycatcher  1
Eastern Phoebe  3
Great Crested Flycatcher  6
Eastern Kingbird  2
Red-eyed Vireo  9
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  3
crow sp.  4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  11
Tree Swallow  13
Bank Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  7
Cliff Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  15
Eastern Bluebird  5
Swainson's Thrush  3
Wood Thrush  3
American Robin  9
Gray Catbird  1
European Starling  1
Cedar Waxwing  4
Ovenbird  2
Prothonotary Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  7
Pine Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  7
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  32
Common Grackle  50
blackbird sp.  37
House Finch  5
American Goldfinch  4
House Sparrow  2
The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 7AM (8AM from November  through March), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at (703)768-2525.

Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park


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Subject: test
Date: Tue May 24 2016 5:37 am
From: tallwhiteoak AT verizon.net
 
just testing to see if e-mail is working
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Subject: Tom Maloney
Date: Tue May 24 2016 4:23 am
From: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
 
If Tom Maloney is on this list please contact me directly as I would like more info on the PUGA

Thank you

From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

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


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Subject: Birds Seen May 20 - 22, 2016
Date: Mon May 23 2016 20:58 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Visiting my Brother in Winchester, VA  made a few short birding  stops.

Sky Meadows - 1 Red Headed Woodpecker 5/20/2016

Blandy (National Arboretum ) Boyce, VA - - Snowy Egret, Warbling
Vireo, Blue Grosbeak, Prairie Warbler -- 5/20/2016

Winchester, Frederick Co., VA -- 2 Common Nighthawks 5/20/2016

A few active nests of Cliff Swallows under the Route 7 (East) bridge over
the Shenandoah River


Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA




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Subject: Virginia Beach - 16-22 May, Weekly Observations
Date: Mon May 23 2016 19:32 pm
From: robbielawski AT gmail.com
 
Fellow Birders,

This past week was a pretty exciting time down here at the coast. Our
fantastic Spring activity continued and some great birds were observed by
seemingly hordes of birders (around 150 eBird reports were submitted this
week in the county). My weekly write-up of all the local sightings has been
added to my website, here:

http://www.beachbirding.com/bl...

There is a slideshow in the middle with a few of my photographs of the
Purple Gallinule, Common Gallinule, Sora & Black-necked stilt that were
seen at Princess Anne WMA throughout the week. Also, a couple shots of the
Sooty Shearwater off the shoreline at Back Bay NWR on Sunday, and some
Bay-breasted & Blackpoll Warblers photos, as well as a few other species.

For folks in the area that reported their observations to eBird and took
the time to upload their own media, whether it be photo/video/audio, I
added links in my writeup to your reports. Lots of good birds across the
board!

If you have the time to check it out, please enjoy!

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: Dickcissels at Grassdale Road (Fauquier County)
Date: Mon May 23 2016 15:55 pm
From: vireo AT cox.net
 
In between rain drops last week, I found a pair of dickcissels along
Grassdale Road east of Remington, VA. This makes at least six consecutive
years that dickcissels have shown up at this location.

Some of the long-time northern Piedmont birders may have even better info on
the length of time Grassdale Road has been home to this special bird. I'd
also be curious if anyone out there knows of another Virginia location

that has a similar streak going for this famously "one and done" bird.



Ron Vogel

Annandale, VA



P.S. I've been monitoring the Mustang Trail parking area at Meadowoods NRA
to see if dickcissels might have returned to this Northern Virginia (Fairfax
County) location, but no luck up to this point.

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Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher
Date: Mon May 23 2016 13:20 pm
From: marshall AT faintich.net
 
Still on the Rockfish Valley Trail; 5/23/16. Report and photos:




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





___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, 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: RB Grossbeak
Date: Mon May 23 2016 11:03 am
From: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
 
It has been several weeks since I have seen a RBGR at my feeders

To my surprise today I just had a male to show up.

From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

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


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Subject: Va-bird Downy woodpeckers
Date: Mon May 23 2016 9:08 am
From: vineetaa AT gmail.com
 
>
>
> A pair of downy woodpeckers spent the afternoon at my bird feeder in
> Alexandria, VA. yesterday. They also spent some time pecking on a cut log
> in the garden.
>

​Vineeta Anand
Alexandria, VA ​


>
>
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Subject: Wild Turkey
Date: Mon May 23 2016 8:14 am
From: Jeff.Trollinger AT dgif.virginia.gov
 
While out Atlasing on Friday morning I came across what looked like a pile of feathers on a very low traffic asphalt road.  As I approached a Wild Turkey hen stood up and meandered off the road.  Then four little poults stood up and wandered off after her.  It was cold Friday morning and I know young turkeys are very sensitive to cold and wet, so I guess this was her solution to keep them warm.

Jeff Trollinger
Gum Spring, VA

Jeffrey B. Trollinger, C.W.B | Deputy Director, Bureau of Wildlife Resources | Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries | PO Box 90778, 7870 Villa Park Drive, Henrico, VA 23228-0778 | 804-367-1134 (o) | 804-363-2268 (c) | jeff.trollinger@dgif.virginia.gov

Wildlife is everywhere Virginia. Get to know the "wild" around you and learn to live with it!!


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Subject: Wild Turkey
Date: Sun May 22 2016 20:14 pm
From: wuzupdoc12 AT msn.com
 
I almost hit a hen on the road by the scout camp by Smithfield today


Kenneth A. Lipshy
Www.crisismanagementleadership.com

> On May 22, 2016, at 8:53 PM, Shirley Devan wrote:
>
> Funny to see this post…I also observed a hen Wild Turkey foraging in my backyard under the feeders late this afternoon. Near Williamsburg, VA.
>
>
> Shirley Devan
> Williamsburg, VA
> Ph: 757.813.1322
> I'm now on facebook ...
>
>
>
>
>> On May 22, 2016, at 6:23 PM, Antonio Quezon wrote:
>>
>> We had a single hen Wild Turkey migrate through our yard in Fairfax Station this evening, pausing to pick at the sunflower seeds spilled at the base of the silo feeder.
>>
>> Regards,
>> Tony
>>
>> A. J. "Tony" Quezon
>> www.TonyQandSuzanne.com
>> Sent from my La-Z-Boy
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Subject: Wild Turkey
Date: Sun May 22 2016 19:55 pm
From: sedevan52 AT cox.net
 
Funny to see this post…I also observed a hen Wild Turkey foraging in my backyard under the feeders late this afternoon. Near Williamsburg, VA.


Shirley Devan
Williamsburg, VA
Ph: 757.813.1322
I'm now on facebook ...




> On May 22, 2016, at 6:23 PM, Antonio Quezon wrote:
>
> We had a single hen Wild Turkey migrate through our yard in Fairfax Station this evening, pausing to pick at the sunflower seeds spilled at the base of the silo feeder.
>
> Regards,
> Tony
>
> A. J. "Tony" Quezon
> www.TonyQandSuzanne.com
> Sent from my La-Z-Boy
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Subject: Bobolinks and Alder Flycatchers
Date: Sun May 22 2016 18:17 pm
From: marshall AT faintich.net
 
In Swoope, VA; 5/20/16. Report and photos:




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



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, 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: Wild Turkey
Date: Sun May 22 2016 17:26 pm
From: antonio.quezon AT cox.net
 
We had a single hen Wild Turkey migrate through our yard in Fairfax Station this evening, pausing to pick at the sunflower seeds spilled at the base of the silo feeder.

Regards,
Tony

A. J. "Tony" Quezon
www.TonyQandSuzanne.com
Sent from my La-Z-Boy
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh, May 22, 2016
Date: Sun May 22 2016 15:38 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Well, the folks that came out for the Sunday Dyke Marsh walk in Alexandria managed to stay pretty dry for the most part. Walk started off under misty skies, cool temps and a  breeze, but the mist stopped and we were left w. cool and cloudy for the remainder of the walk.

The group was treated to some expert leadership as Larry Cartwright and Ed Eder joined us, having already surveyed for the Breeding Bird Survey, and Kurt Gaskill was in attendance as well, prior to shipping out for a European adventure - safe travels, Kurt. The list of 58 species that follows is a cumulative list, so not all attending got to see all birds. Blackpoll Warblers topped the list of 8 warbler species. One B&W Warb posed for us near the marina restrooms. Yellow Warblers were active out on the peninsula, along with Warbling Vireos. We had one flyover Great Egret and from the first platform, the group was treated to a juvie Bald Eagle on the "Tulane Nest" (south marsh) flapping it's wings and jumping about, preparing for it's maiden voyage.

One Common Loon and two late Lesser Scaup were present off the picnic area along w. a lone Spotted Sandpiper. Complete list follows.

Rich Rieger
Alexandria

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist@cornell.edu
> Date: May 22, 2016 4:20:41 PM EDT
> To: zelig88@aol.com
> Subject: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh, May 22, 2016
>
> Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, Virginia, US
> May 22, 2016 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Dyke Marsh Sunday walk w. additional birds from Larry Cartwright and Ed Eder doing BBS
> 58 species
>
> Canada Goose 30
> Mallard 5
> Lesser Scaup 2
> Common Loon 1
> Double-crested Cormorant 20
> Great Blue Heron 3
> Great Egret 1
> Osprey 12
> Bald Eagle 3
> Spotted Sandpiper 1
> Greater Yellowlegs 1
> Laughing Gull 1
> Ring-billed Gull 5
> Mourning Dove 4
> Chimney Swift 100
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> Downy Woodpecker 3
> Hairy Woodpecker 3
> Northern Flicker 2
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
> Acadian Flycatcher 1
> Willow Flycatcher 1
> Great Crested Flycatcher 3
> Eastern Kingbird 4
> Warbling Vireo 5
> Red-eyed Vireo 5
> Blue Jay 2
> Fish Crow 3
> Purple Martin 2
> Tree Swallow 20
> Barn Swallow 10
> Carolina Chickadee 6
> Tufted Titmouse 4
> Carolina Wren 3
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
> American Robin 10
> Gray Catbird 2
> European Starling 30
> Cedar Waxwing 6
> Northern Waterthrush 1
> Black-and-white Warbler 1
> Prothonotary Warbler 1
> Common Yellowthroat 3
> American Redstart 1
> Bay-breasted Warbler 1
> Yellow Warbler 5
> Blackpoll Warbler 11
> Song Sparrow 1
> Northern Cardinal 12
> Red-winged Blackbird 30
> Common Grackle 7
> Brown-headed Cowbird 8
> Orchard Oriole 5
> Baltimore Oriole 4
> House Finch 3
> American Goldfinch 5
> House Sparrow 2
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29841349
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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Subject: Great Falls Bird Walk -05/22/16
Date: Sun May 22 2016 13:40 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Our group of five tallied 45 species on this rainy, low  visibility
morning. The list follows.

We meet in the Visitor's Center parking lot at 8:00 am on Sunday mornings,
weather permitting. We welcome you to join us.

Ralph Wall

The list:

Canada Goose 25
Mallard 1
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 8
Black Vulture 3
Turkey Vulture 12
Mourning Dove 1
Chimney Swift 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 6
Acadian Flycatcher 2
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 10
Warbling Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 4
Fish Crow 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Purple Martin 2
Tree Swallow 25
Carolina Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 12
White-breasted Nuthatch 8
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Eastern Bluebird 8
American Robin 6
Cedar Waxwing 12
Louisiana Waterthrush 1
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 1
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 8
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 10
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
Baltimore Oriole 3
American Goldfinch 25

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29838379

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Subject: Black Terns @ Lake Shenandoah (Rockingham)
Date: Sun May 22 2016 13:16 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
There are two, still there as of now.

Diane Lepkowski

Harrisonburg 

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Subject: Olive-sided FC; possible Brewer's Blackbird
Date: Sun May 22 2016 11:32 am
From: marshall AT faintich.net
 
On the Rockfish Valley Trail; 5/22/16. Report and photos:




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



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, 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: Fwd: eBird Report - Runt Powell Farm, Wolf Trap Rd, Halifax Co, VA, May 21, 2016
Date: Sun May 22 2016 4:28 am
From: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
 
With heavy overcast skies yesterday and during a break from the rain I went down to Runt Powell's farm to see if I could find a Mississippi Kite. After about 40 minutes I saw and adult kite in the same area where I first found them on June 1998. I have now seen them in this area for every year except for 2000.

Click on link below to see a not so good picture of it but you can click on the picture and look real close and you can make out the white head.

Good Birding.

From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

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


Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist@cornell.edu
> Date: May 22, 2016 at 5:18:43 AM EDT
> To: jcbabirder@gcronline.com
> Subject: eBird Report - Runt Powell Farm, Wolf Trap Rd, Halifax Co, VA, May 21, 2016
>
> Runt Powell Farm, Wolf Trap Rd, Halifax Co, VA, Halifax, Virginia, US
> May 21, 2016 12:10 PM - 2:10 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 33 species
>
> Northern Bobwhite 1
> Wild Turkey 1
> Great Blue Heron 3
> Black Vulture 8
> Turkey Vulture 13
> Mississippi Kite 1 in same area since first seen at this area in June 1998. Not the best picture but if you enlarge picture you can clearly see that it is a kite. Cloudy today so not much light to get a good picture.
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Mourning Dove 3
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
> Barred Owl 1
> Chimney Swift 3
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
> Great Crested Flycatcher 1
> Red-eyed Vireo 1
> American Crow 4
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> Carolina Wren 2
> Eastern Bluebird 5
> Wood Thrush 1
> American Robin 2
> Brown Thrasher 1
> Chipping Sparrow 3
> Northern Cardinal 1
> Blue Grosbeak 2
> Red-winged Blackbird 2
> Eastern Meadowlark 3
> Brown-headed Cowbird 4
> Orchard Oriole 1
> House Finch 1
> American Goldfinch 10
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29817746
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/content/atlas...)
>
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Subject: Test
Date: Sun May 22 2016 4:16 am
From: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
 
Sorry but this is just a test to see if I am receiving emails from the List.

From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

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


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Subject: Bioblitz at Manassas National Park- Bobwhite
Date: Sat May 21 2016 17:29 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
As part of the National Park  I birded the Stone Bridge trail and also the Brownsville Tract at Manassas Battlefield National Park. Rain was off and on, but there were some decent intervals where it held off for a while. 46 bird species were tallied in total. Highlights at Stone Bridge included a Wild Turkey with three young, Grasshopper Sparrows, and two Blackpoll Warblers. The Brownsville picnic area had a vocalizing Northern Bobwhite, a Blue Grosbeak and several Eastern Meadowlarks.

Larry Meade
Merrifield, VA


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Subject: Dyke Marsh/Sunday Walk
Date: Sat May 21 2016 16:33 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Folks - weather looks "iffy" for the traditional 8am start at Dyke Marsh, Alexandria. I sense a pattern.

We'll see what the morning brings - if it's not raining, I;ll see you there.

Rich Rieger
Alexandria
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Subject: rainy/foggy morning on the Trillium Trail - Thompson WMA
Date: Sat May 21 2016 10:42 am
From: elliety AT msn.com
 
I had pegged this morning as the time that I would head out to the trillium trail -- a place where I can usually find cerulean and kentucky warblers and a good spot for rose breasted grosbeaks.  It rained the entire drive out and when I arrived at the upper entrance along Freezeland Road, the fog was so thick I couldn't see 20 feet.  With the temps on the cold side and a steady rain -- there were initially not many birds singing.  Things got better as I made my way down -- first redstarts appeared out of the fog, then Wood Thrushes sang.  I heard my first of three ceruleans about 1/2 a mile in, and found a very vocal and cooperative Kentucky warbler on a side trail near the old shed.  Scarlet Tanagers and ovenbirds sang throughout the walk.  On the way back up, I found a Rose Breasted Grosbeak within 200 yards of the parking area.
One interesting note -- I ran into an immature BH Cowbird begging from a female Cerulean -- way into the woods about 3/4 of a mile from the top. I know that nest parasitism is an issue for Ceruleans, but I was surprised to see this so far from the road. I did see a small flock of cowbirds on a lawn along freezeland road on the my drive out.
Bill
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Subject: Another trip (05/19/16) to the marsh, minus the rain. Photos
Date: Sat May 21 2016 10:37 am
From: ubrooks AT verizon.net
 
Hello everyone!
Sorry for being slow on the draw or better, in this case, the editing.  Here are a few links to some images, if you care to have a look.Prothonotary Warbler: http://natures-finest-photogra...
Great Crested Flycatcher: http://natures-finest-photogra...
Female Wood Duck and chick: http://natures-finest-photogra...
Have a super and safe weekend!Les Brooks, Glen Allen
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Subject: Loss of avian habitat along the Blue Ridge Parkway
Date: Sat May 21 2016 9:45 am
From: marshall AT faintich.net
 
This is a bird species report, but I have added some personal comments about
habitat loss. I hope that this does not violate posting rules.



Report and (bird) photos:




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



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, 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: American Legion Bridge: Peregrine falcon
Date: Fri May 20 2016 21:13 pm
From: skybirds.d AT gmail.com
 
  I was sitting on the American Legion bridge, stuck in traffic, going from Virginia to Maryland about 4:30 this afternoon, when I noticed a Peregrine falcon make a fast dive out of the sky and down under  the bridge, probably to its nesting site.
It was all over in about five seconds, but it's always a treat.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Chats and Orioles
Date: Fri May 20 2016 20:04 pm
From: RoweRA AT vmi.edu
 
Today, I found several Yellow-breasted Chats, Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, and a Red-eyed Vireo at a site just outside of Lexington.  The Chats were very active and vocal, so they were easy to locate.  Ive been seeing the orioles for the past several weeks and we found the nest for one of the pairs.  Ive up-loaded some photos to my Flickr site if you are interested in seeing the Chat photos.

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

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology
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Subject: late White-Crowned at Pleasant Valley GC (Fairfax)
Date: Fri May 20 2016 19:37 pm
From: stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net
 

Forgot to mention, Lynn took some nice photos of the Coop-Crow fight, posted with this checklist.

Steve & Lynn


On May 20, 2016, at 7:22 PM, Stephen Johnson wrote:

>
> Two items of note on the following eBird checklist from this morning 20 May:
>
> a very late White-Crowned Sparrow - a quick look at eBird shows latest sighting in NoVa area for last 3 years was 18 May;
>
> and a spectacular Cooper's Hawk - Crow interaction. Basically the two of them went back and forth several times, between the Crow harassing the hawk, and the hawk trying its best to take out the crow. It finally ended with the arrival of a second crow, and then the hawk finally flew off.
>
> It was amazing to see the harassee (the hawk, perched below the crow in a tree) swoop **upwards** to attack the crow (twice), and then the two ensuing aerial "dogfights".
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/atlasva/view/checklist?subID=S29801156
>
> Steve Johnson and Lynn Rafferty
> visiting Pleasant Valley Golf Course (for VABBA2 survey)
> Chantilly Virginia
>
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Subject: late White-Crowned at Pleasant Valley GC (Fairfax)
Date: Fri May 20 2016 18:25 pm
From: stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net
 

Two items of note on the following eBird checklist from this morning 20 May:

a very late White-Crowned Sparrow - a quick look at eBird shows latest sighting in NoVa area for last 3 years was 18 May;

and a spectacular Cooper's Hawk - Crow interaction. Basically the two of them went back and forth several times, between the Crow harassing the hawk, and the hawk trying its best to take out the crow. It finally ended with the arrival of a second crow, and then the hawk finally flew off.

It was amazing to see the harassee (the hawk, perched below the crow in a tree) swoop **upwards** to attack the crow (twice), and then the two ensuing aerial "dogfights".

http://ebird.org/ebird/atlasva/view/checklist?subID=S29801156

Steve Johnson and Lynn Rafferty
visiting Pleasant Valley Golf Course (for VABBA2 survey)
Chantilly Virginia

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Subject: Willow Flycatcher(s)
Date: Fri May 20 2016 12:57 pm
From: drgerco AT hotmail.com
 
During lunch I walked around the van Metre Wetlands in Ashburn (Northern Virginia) I heard and saw a Willow Flycatcher. A second, (tentatively ID-ed as another) WIllow Flycatcher was present too, but it was mute. I could see the bird singing, but no sound came out. Very weird and surreal to see that.
Also seen were Great Egret, Orchard Oriole, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird, Yellow Warblers, too many Canada Geese and a few other assorted avian sp.
GercoLeesburg, VA
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Subject: Dyke Marsh, Fairfax County, Philadelphia Vireo
Date: Fri May 20 2016 11:36 am
From: prowarbler AT verizon.net
 
I saw a Philadelphia Vireo along the road leading to the marina.  Seen during NPS bio blitz activities.

Larry Cartwright
prowarbler@verizon.net

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