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05 Mar: @ 20:43:33  Crabtree Pond Porterfield Highway, Abingdon Virginia [Ed and Helen Morgan]
05 Mar: @ 18:41:32  Rose-breasted grosbeak found dead, James City County [Cristol, Daniel A]
05 Mar: @ 18:30:27  Cowbird; Barred Owl [George Martin]
05 Mar: @ 18:07:22  Purple Martin, Charles City County [Susan Ridd]
05 Mar: @ 17:01:27  FW: Craney Island, Portsmouth CLOSED Saturday [Elisa Enders]
05 Mar: @ 14:04:07 Re: Fwd: busy feeders [Scott Priebe]
05 Mar: @ 14:01:16 Re: Fwd: busy feeders [Shipman Nancy]
05 Mar: @ 13:45:02 Re: Fwd: busy feeders [morann--- via va-bird]
05 Mar: @ 13:36:09  Fwd: busy feeders [Rich Rieger via va-bird]
05 Mar: @ 13:34:12  busy feeders [Larry Cartwright]
05 Mar: @ 13:16:36  Bryan Park Walk postponed to March 15 [Susan Ridd]
05 Mar: @ 13:02:38  Fwd: busy feeders [Rich Rieger via va-bird]
05 Mar: @ 12:18:20  busy feeders [Marc Ribaudo]
05 Mar: @ 09:12:47  ring-billed gulls [Scott Jackson-Ricketts]
05 Mar: @ 08:44:18  Contacts for Chancellorsville, Charlottesville, and Gordonsville CBC Data [Andrew Rapp]
05 Mar: @ 08:41:02  Female Red-winged Blackbirds [Walter Hadlock]
05 Mar: @ 08:32:25  intermedius Lesser Black-backed Gull, Cape Charles [Ned Brinkley]
05 Mar: @ 06:55:06  Watch your waxwings [Ned Brinkley]
04 Mar: @ 22:32:11  Sharp-shinned Hawk Gives Chase - Compton Mt [Roger mayhorn]
04 Mar: @ 22:20:32  Red-winged Blackbird, Botetourt County [Nancy Young]
04 Mar: @ 21:31:06 Re: Back To The Bay Bridge-Tunnel (photos) [Les Brooks]
04 Mar: @ 14:51:02  Mill Creek Today [pepherup--- via va-bird]
04 Mar: @ 14:32:43  Blue-headed vireo [Scott Jackson-Ricketts]
04 Mar: @ 13:30:45  Smith's and melting snow [david shoch]
04 Mar: @ 13:09:33  Orange-crowned Warbler, Norfolk, 3/4/15 [nicholas]
04 Mar: @ 12:53:13  NVBC meeting tonight YES [Joanna Bellows Taylor]
04 Mar: @ 11:18:05  Smiths longspur yes [Bb]
04 Mar: @ 10:36:41  Common Goldeneye at Greenfield [Wes Teets]
04 Mar: @ 10:24:29  Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
04 Mar: @ 05:19:10  FOS Osprey? Hopewell [Barbara Houston]
03 Mar: @ 21:19:47  Greater Snow Geese [rlukei--- via va-bird]
03 Mar: @ 21:13:32  Voice: Greater Washington area, March 3 [Joe Coleman]
03 Mar: @ 20:25:52  Male and Female Red-breasted Mergansers [Colt Gregory]
03 Mar: @ 18:20:53 Re: College Creek Hawkwatch [Ned Brinkley]
03 Mar: @ 17:29:06  Ross's X Snow Goose at Fort Monroe [Frank Fogarty]
03 Mar: @ 17:28:01  Northern Pintail at Sandy River Reservoir, Prince Edward County [Evan Spears]
03 Mar: @ 15:46:24  College Creek Hawkwatch [Brian and Deborah Taber via va-bird]
03 Mar: @ 14:57:27  Beaverdam Park - CGL02, Mar 3, 2015 [G B Harris]
03 Mar: @ 13:09:00  Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
03 Mar: @ 12:48:08  Great Cormorant photo link [Edward Eder]
03 Mar: @ 12:41:43  Great Cormorant photos [Edward Eder]
03 Mar: @ 10:53:14  Great Cormorant -- Alexandria [sjsuter29]
03 Mar: @ 10:41:47  Smith's Longspur continues at Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport [David E. Carr]
03 Mar: @ 00:11:25  Back to the Bay Bridge-Tunnel (Monday, March 2) [Les Brooks]
02 Mar: @ 19:30:33 Re: RFI: Huntley Meadows Park Hike & Bike Trail [mmktye]
02 Mar: @ 19:20:53  White-winged Scoter, Red-necked Grebe, Common Goldeneye, - Jones Point Park, Alexandria [dcharlesl]
02 Mar: @ 19:05:46  Fairfax Co., Pohick Bay Park [Larry Johnson]
02 Mar: @ 19:02:42  Peregrine Falcon; Bald Eagle [Marshall Faintich]
02 Mar: @ 17:54:34  Common Mergs [Patti Reum]
02 Mar: @ 15:54:40 Re: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning birdwalk [Walter L. Barrows]





Subject: Crabtree Pond Porterfield Highway, Abingdon Virginia
Date: Thu Mar 5 2015 20:43 pm
From: edandhelenmorgan AT embarqmail.com
 
This morning there were 15 hooded mergansers and a pair of ring necked ducks
on the pond. Several Canada geese and one snow goose were in a near-by
field. Ed Morgan, Abingdon, VA

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Subject: Rose-breasted grosbeak found dead, James City County
Date: Thu Mar 5 2015 18:41 pm
From: dacris AT wm.edu
 
The William & Mary Ornithology class visited Little Creek Reservoir Park in James City County near Toano, and found two feather piles that appeared to be Cooper's Hawk kills. The first was a cardinal. The second was really perplexing and consisted of light gray primary and secondary feathers, and many bloody clumps of buffy-tipped breast feathers. There were no tail feathers or back feathers. One secondary feather has a distinctive white spot in the middle of the trailing-edge vane, and several primaries were distinctively notched.  We brought the feathers back and compared them to the skins in our collection and the bird is a female (or dull young male) Rose-breasted Grosbeak.  One cannot rule out Black-headed Grosbeak from the feathers we have, but it looks more like a Rose-breasted to me. Interestingly, another individual of this species appeared for 1+ day at a feeder 10 miles away during Christmas Count week in mid-December. The kill was fresh as the blood was still red.
The class is debating whether to add it to the semester list, which already contains Smith's Longspur and other notables! Dan Cristol
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Subject: Cowbird; Barred Owl
Date: Thu Mar 5 2015 18:30 pm
From: grm0803 AT gmail.com
 
Not rare, but had FOS brown-headed cowbird at the backyard millet feeder
this morning. Later in the morning, a barred owl perched in the woods 20
yards from the house for 30 minutes.

George Martin
Burke, VA
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Subject: Purple Martin, Charles City County
Date: Thu Mar 5 2015 18:07 pm
From: susaneridd AT gmail.com
 
March 5, 2015:  Jimmy Fitzgerald walked towards the mailbox when a familiar
bird flew towards him - a male Purple Martin.

“If the bird could talk, “said Kathy Butler, “he was saying, ‘Jimmy – make
me some eggs! I’m hungry!’” Jimmy is known for frying eggs, cutting them
into slices and then flipping the pieces into the air for his Purple
Martins on the front porch of his home during cold weather. To arrive in
the middle of our third snow storm is just amazing.

When Jimmy returned from the mailbox to his home, he could not see the
bird, and so he called to him. The Purple Martin stuck his head out from
the Martin house and looked at him.

For those who would like to help Jimmy get his 60+ houses ready for the
birds, please email me off line at susaneridd@gmail.com. We may go this
weekend to assist Jimmy. Hope springs eternal, right? Spring *is* coming. .
.

Sue Ridd

Glen Allen, VA



Subject: FW: Craney Island, Portsmouth CLOSED Saturday
Date: Thu Mar 5 2015 17:01 pm
From: elisaenders AT hotmail.com
 
I thought I should on pass this information.

Elisa Flanders
Portsmouth, VA



>
> Subject: Craney Sat.
>
> Ruth Beck called back later today. She said she'd talked to the folks at Craney, and
> they would be closed on Saturday with no public access. This would have
> been an open day for the public. The roads must be pretty bad. She
> asked that we spread the word to people who might have been planning to
> go. Please pass the word along to those you know who frequent the
> site. Might be good to post it to the FB page, too.
> Thanks,
> Virginia Boyles
>

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Subject: Fwd: busy feeders
Date: Thu Mar 5 2015 14:04 pm
From: falco57 AT msn.com
 
Pretty good backyard birding at our house today.  We still have Pine Siskins visiting (6 today), higher than usual numbers of Juncos and Goldfinches, and a pair of Hairy Woodpeckers, which used to be common visitors, but not lately.

Scott D. Priebe

Springfield, VA

> Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:43:26 -0500
> To: appleadayonsite@aol.com; va-bird@listserve.com
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Fwd: busy feeders
> From: va-bird@listserve.com
>
> Speaking of mallards, I wasn't able to send a photo via this list but the web master confirmed (via the photo I sent to him) that I did indeed have a pied-billed grebe on my patio last week! I thought that's what it was, which was unusual, and found out that it was true. Poor birds are scurrying this winter!
>
>
> Ann Donaldson
> Barboursville
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rich Rieger via va-bird
> To: Virginia birding birding
> Sent: Thu, Mar 5, 2015 2:34 pm
> Subject: [Va-bird] Fwd: busy feeders
>
>
> That's what I get for not using my secure email account...
>
> Anon...
>
> Begin
> forwarded message:
>
> > From: "Larry Cartwright"
> >
> Date: March 5, 2015 2:29:50 PM EST
> > To:
> > Subject:
> [Va-bird] busy feeders
> >
> > Marc and Anonymous,
> >
> >
> >
> > Interesting the
> variety that Marc is getting verses what we are getting in
> > Annandale.
> >
> >
>
> >
> > We don't have a single Icterid, not one. Marc has 'em all.
> >
> >
> >
>
> > Yet we have more House Finches than I have seen since the "eye disease"
> hit
> > them 20 years ago... at least 35 and growing. Maybe 50 cardinals (um,
> >
> Eastern Cardinals if the AOU breaks them out). Just as many Goldfinches if
> >
> not more. Juncos about 25 and White-throats maybe 60. A pair of Eastern
> >
> Towhees. A Swamp Sparrow. A dozen Song sparrows. Several dozen Carolina
> >
> Chickadees and Tufted Titmice.
> >
> >
> >
> > Anonymous.. I know where you
> live! :)
> >
> >
> >
> > Larry Cartwright
> >
> > prowarbler@verizon.net
>
> >
> > 703-941-3142
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> Please don't squeal on me... "illegal" (according to condo rules) feeding
> >
> going on in the courtyard... just too cold not to... most interesting so far
> >
> was a pair of Mallards a few days back when I came home from work. It was
> >
> dark and the male flew a short distance off but F stayed put. Threw out some
> >
> mixed seed and she hit it right away. Male came back as I walked away. They
> >
> stayed for around an hour. Came back next night, did not stay as long. It's
> >
> not like I live next to a pond...? Wonder how they found out?
> >
> >
> >
> > No
> sign of them today, but more open water lately.
> >
> >
> >
> > Anonymous
> >
> >
> Alexandria, VA
> >
> >
> >
> > Begin forwarded message:
> >
> >
> >
> >> From:
> "Marc Ribaudo" >>
> >
>
> >> Date: March 5, 2015 1:14:01 PM EST
> >
> >> To: "VA-BIRD"
>
> >
> >> Subject:
> [Va-bird] busy feeders
> >
> >>
> >
> >> As expected, its been a very busy day at
> the feeder's. Lots of blackbirds
> > (grackle, redwinged blackbird and cowbird),
> a pair of towhees, a pair of
> > chipping sparrows, and lots of robins, besides
> the usual winter visitors.
> > The robins appear to be eating seed from the
> feeder, as all the holly and
> > other berries are long gone. One robin entered
> our garage and refused to
> > leave, even when I approached it. I have put out
> some raisins and grapes to
> > help them along. We also had a visit from a
> sharp-shinned hawk.
> >
> >>
> >
> >> Marc Ribaudo
> >
> >> Woodbridge
> >
> >>
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Subject: Fwd: busy feeders
Date: Thu Mar 5 2015 14:01 pm
From: nancy.shipman AT verizon.net
 
In our small townhouse courtyard,  where we feed suet and sunflower seed,   we presently have a Carolina wren, 2 downies, 1 red-bellied, a yellow-rump (only on the suet), 10 goldfinches, 4 house finches, 3 cardinals, 3 mourning doves, 1 song sparrow, lots of juncoes, and 1 robin, who has been entertaining us for days:   he will not allow any other birds to land on the ground.   Whenever one does, he swoops in and chases it away.  The smaller birds go easily, but the cardinals and mourning doves are more difficult to move, and the robin often has to make contact with them to convince them to move out.  Right now, our Japanese maple is full of the other birds, while the robin alone is on the ground, patrolling his territory.   Occasionally, one of the birds in the tree will drop to the ground, but the robin quickly makes it clear that that is not allowed.

Do others see this aggressive robin behavior?

Nancy Shipman


> On Mar 5, 2015, at 2:33 PM, Rich Rieger via va-bird wrote:
>
> That's what I get for not using my secure email account...
>
> Anon...
>
> Begin forwarded message:
>
>> From: "Larry Cartwright"
>> Date: March 5, 2015 2:29:50 PM EST
>> To:
>> Subject: [Va-bird] busy feeders
>>
>> Marc and Anonymous,
>>
>>
>>
>> Interesting the variety that Marc is getting verses what we are getting in
>> Annandale.
>>
>>
>>
>> We don't have a single Icterid, not one. Marc has 'em all.
>>
>>
>>
>> Yet we have more House Finches than I have seen since the "eye disease" hit
>> them 20 years ago... at least 35 and growing. Maybe 50 cardinals (um,
>> Eastern Cardinals if the AOU breaks them out). Just as many Goldfinches if
>> not more. Juncos about 25 and White-throats maybe 60. A pair of Eastern
>> Towhees. A Swamp Sparrow. A dozen Song sparrows. Several dozen Carolina
>> Chickadees and Tufted Titmice.
>>
>>
>>
>> Anonymous.. I know where you live! :)
>>
>>
>>
>> Larry Cartwright
>>
>> prowarbler@verizon.net
>>
>> 703-941-3142
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Please don't squeal on me... "illegal" (according to condo rules) feeding
>> going on in the courtyard... just too cold not to... most interesting so far
>> was a pair of Mallards a few days back when I came home from work. It was
>> dark and the male flew a short distance off but F stayed put. Threw out some
>> mixed seed and she hit it right away. Male came back as I walked away. They
>> stayed for around an hour. Came back next night, did not stay as long. It's
>> not like I live next to a pond...? Wonder how they found out?
>>
>>
>>
>> No sign of them today, but more open water lately.
>>
>>
>>
>> Anonymous
>>
>> Alexandria, VA
>>
>>
>>
>> Begin forwarded message:
>>
>>
>>
>>> From: "Marc Ribaudo" >>
>>
>>> Date: March 5, 2015 1:14:01 PM EST
>>
>>> To: "VA-BIRD"
>>
>>> Subject: [Va-bird] busy feeders
>>
>>>
>>
>>> As expected, its been a very busy day at the feeder's. Lots of blackbirds
>> (grackle, redwinged blackbird and cowbird), a pair of towhees, a pair of
>> chipping sparrows, and lots of robins, besides the usual winter visitors.
>> The robins appear to be eating seed from the feeder, as all the holly and
>> other berries are long gone. One robin entered our garage and refused to
>> leave, even when I approached it. I have put out some raisins and grapes to
>> help them along. We also had a visit from a sharp-shinned hawk.
>>
>>>
>>
>>> Marc Ribaudo
>>
>>> Woodbridge
>>
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Subject: Fwd: busy feeders
Date: Thu Mar 5 2015 13:45 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Speaking of mallards, I wasn't able to send a photo via this list but the web master confirmed (via the photo I sent to him) that I did indeed have a pied-billed grebe on my patio last week! I thought that's what it was, which was unusual, and found out that it was true. Poor birds are scurrying this winter!


Ann Donaldson
Barboursville



-----Original Message-----
From: Rich Rieger via va-bird
To: Virginia birding birding
Sent: Thu, Mar 5, 2015 2:34 pm
Subject: [Va-bird] Fwd: busy feeders


That's what I get for not using my secure email account...

Anon...

Begin
forwarded message:

> From: "Larry Cartwright"
>
Date: March 5, 2015 2:29:50 PM EST
> To:
> Subject:
[Va-bird] busy feeders
>
> Marc and Anonymous,
>
>
>
> Interesting the
variety that Marc is getting verses what we are getting in
> Annandale.
>
>

>
> We don't have a single Icterid, not one. Marc has 'em all.
>
>
>

> Yet we have more House Finches than I have seen since the "eye disease"
hit
> them 20 years ago... at least 35 and growing. Maybe 50 cardinals (um,
>
Eastern Cardinals if the AOU breaks them out). Just as many Goldfinches if
>
not more. Juncos about 25 and White-throats maybe 60. A pair of Eastern
>
Towhees. A Swamp Sparrow. A dozen Song sparrows. Several dozen Carolina
>
Chickadees and Tufted Titmice.
>
>
>
> Anonymous.. I know where you
live! :)
>
>
>
> Larry Cartwright
>
> prowarbler@verizon.net

>
> 703-941-3142
>
>
>
>
>
>
Please don't squeal on me... "illegal" (according to condo rules) feeding
>
going on in the courtyard... just too cold not to... most interesting so far
>
was a pair of Mallards a few days back when I came home from work. It was
>
dark and the male flew a short distance off but F stayed put. Threw out some
>
mixed seed and she hit it right away. Male came back as I walked away. They
>
stayed for around an hour. Came back next night, did not stay as long. It's
>
not like I live next to a pond...? Wonder how they found out?
>
>
>
> No
sign of them today, but more open water lately.
>
>
>
> Anonymous
>
>
Alexandria, VA
>
>
>
> Begin forwarded message:
>
>
>
>> From:
"Marc Ribaudo" >
>

>> Date: March 5, 2015 1:14:01 PM EST
>
>> To: "VA-BIRD"

>
>> Subject:
[Va-bird] busy feeders
>
>>
>
>> As expected, its been a very busy day at
the feeder's. Lots of blackbirds
> (grackle, redwinged blackbird and cowbird),
a pair of towhees, a pair of
> chipping sparrows, and lots of robins, besides
the usual winter visitors.
> The robins appear to be eating seed from the
feeder, as all the holly and
> other berries are long gone. One robin entered
our garage and refused to
> leave, even when I approached it. I have put out
some raisins and grapes to
> help them along. We also had a visit from a
sharp-shinned hawk.
>
>>
>
>> Marc Ribaudo
>
>> Woodbridge
>
>>
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Subject: Fwd: busy feeders
Date: Thu Mar 5 2015 13:36 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
That's what I get for not using my secure email account...

Anon...

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "Larry Cartwright"
> Date: March 5, 2015 2:29:50 PM EST
> To:
> Subject: [Va-bird] busy feeders
>
> Marc and Anonymous,
>
>
>
> Interesting the variety that Marc is getting verses what we are getting in
> Annandale.
>
>
>
> We don't have a single Icterid, not one. Marc has 'em all.
>
>
>
> Yet we have more House Finches than I have seen since the "eye disease" hit
> them 20 years ago... at least 35 and growing. Maybe 50 cardinals (um,
> Eastern Cardinals if the AOU breaks them out). Just as many Goldfinches if
> not more. Juncos about 25 and White-throats maybe 60. A pair of Eastern
> Towhees. A Swamp Sparrow. A dozen Song sparrows. Several dozen Carolina
> Chickadees and Tufted Titmice.
>
>
>
> Anonymous.. I know where you live! :)
>
>
>
> Larry Cartwright
>
> prowarbler@verizon.net
>
> 703-941-3142
>
>
>
>
>
> Please don't squeal on me... "illegal" (according to condo rules) feeding
> going on in the courtyard... just too cold not to... most interesting so far
> was a pair of Mallards a few days back when I came home from work. It was
> dark and the male flew a short distance off but F stayed put. Threw out some
> mixed seed and she hit it right away. Male came back as I walked away. They
> stayed for around an hour. Came back next night, did not stay as long. It's
> not like I live next to a pond...? Wonder how they found out?
>
>
>
> No sign of them today, but more open water lately.
>
>
>
> Anonymous
>
> Alexandria, VA
>
>
>
> Begin forwarded message:
>
>
>
>> From: "Marc Ribaudo" >
>
>> Date: March 5, 2015 1:14:01 PM EST
>
>> To: "VA-BIRD"
>
>> Subject: [Va-bird] busy feeders
>
>>
>
>> As expected, its been a very busy day at the feeder's. Lots of blackbirds
> (grackle, redwinged blackbird and cowbird), a pair of towhees, a pair of
> chipping sparrows, and lots of robins, besides the usual winter visitors.
> The robins appear to be eating seed from the feeder, as all the holly and
> other berries are long gone. One robin entered our garage and refused to
> leave, even when I approached it. I have put out some raisins and grapes to
> help them along. We also had a visit from a sharp-shinned hawk.
>
>>
>
>> Marc Ribaudo
>
>> Woodbridge
>
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Subject: busy feeders
Date: Thu Mar 5 2015 13:34 pm
From: prowarbler AT verizon.net
 
Marc and Anonymous,



Interesting the variety that Marc is getting verses what we are getting in
Annandale.



We don't have a single Icterid, not one. Marc has 'em all.



Yet we have more House Finches than I have seen since the "eye disease" hit
them 20 years ago... at least 35 and growing. Maybe 50 cardinals (um,
Eastern Cardinals if the AOU breaks them out). Just as many Goldfinches if
not more. Juncos about 25 and White-throats maybe 60. A pair of Eastern
Towhees. A Swamp Sparrow. A dozen Song sparrows. Several dozen Carolina
Chickadees and Tufted Titmice.



Anonymous.. I know where you live! :)



Larry Cartwright

prowarbler@verizon.net

703-941-3142





Please don't squeal on me... "illegal" (according to condo rules) feeding
going on in the courtyard... just too cold not to... most interesting so far
was a pair of Mallards a few days back when I came home from work. It was
dark and the male flew a short distance off but F stayed put. Threw out some
mixed seed and she hit it right away. Male came back as I walked away. They
stayed for around an hour. Came back next night, did not stay as long. It's
not like I live next to a pond...? Wonder how they found out?



No sign of them today, but more open water lately.



Anonymous

Alexandria, VA



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> From: "Marc Ribaudo"

> Date: March 5, 2015 1:14:01 PM EST

> To: "VA-BIRD"

> Subject: [Va-bird] busy feeders

>

> As expected, its been a very busy day at the feeder's. Lots of blackbirds
(grackle, redwinged blackbird and cowbird), a pair of towhees, a pair of
chipping sparrows, and lots of robins, besides the usual winter visitors.
The robins appear to be eating seed from the feeder, as all the holly and
other berries are long gone. One robin entered our garage and refused to
leave, even when I approached it. I have put out some raisins and grapes to
help them along. We also had a visit from a sharp-shinned hawk.

>

> Marc Ribaudo

> Woodbridge

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Subject: Bryan Park Walk postponed to March 15
Date: Thu Mar 5 2015 13:16 pm
From: susaneridd AT gmail.com
 
Because of the snow  and time change, we will postpone the March 1 walk to
March 15th. Thanks for your understanding.

Sue Ridd
804.270.5365



Subject: Fwd: busy feeders
Date: Thu Mar 5 2015 13:02 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Please don't squeal on me... "illegal" (according to condo rules) feeding going on in the courtyard... just too cold not to... most interesting so far was a pair of Mallards a few days back when I came home from work. It was dark and the male flew a short distance off but F stayed put. Threw out some mixed seed and she hit it right away. Male came back as I walked away. They stayed for around an hour. Came back next night, did not stay as long. It's not like I live next to a pond...? Wonder how they found out?

No sign of them today, but more open water lately.

Anonymous
Alexandria, VA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "Marc Ribaudo"
> Date: March 5, 2015 1:14:01 PM EST
> To: "VA-BIRD"
> Subject: [Va-bird] busy feeders
>
> As expected, its been a very busy day at the feeders. Lots of blackbirds (grackle, redwinged blackbird and cowbird), a pair of towhees, a pair of chipping sparrows, and lots of robins, besides the usual winter visitors. The robins appear to be eating seed from the feeder, as all the holly and other berries are long gone. One robin entered our garage and refused to leave, even when I approached it. I have put out some raisins and grapes to help them along. We also had a visit from a sharp-shinned hawk.
>
> Marc Ribaudo
> Woodbridge
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Subject: busy feeders
Date: Thu Mar 5 2015 12:18 pm
From: moribaudo AT verizon.net
 
As expected, its been a very busy day at the feeder’s.  Lots of blackbirds (grackle, redwinged blackbird and cowbird), a pair of towhees, a pair of chipping sparrows, and lots of robins, besides the usual winter visitors.  The robins appear to be eating seed from the feeder, as all the holly and other berries are long gone.  One robin entered our garage and refused to leave, even when I approached it.  I have put out some raisins and grapes to help them along.  We also had a visit from a sharp-shinned hawk.

Marc Ribaudo
Woodbridge
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Subject: ring-billed gulls
Date: Thu Mar 5 2015 9:12 am
From: scottjr AT ls.net
 
It is unusual to see these gulls along the New River here at Cox's Chapel.
I counted 33.
Grayson County.

Scott Jackson-Ricketts
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Subject: Contacts for Chancellorsville, Charlottesville, and Gordonsville CBC Data
Date: Thu Mar 5 2015 8:44 am
From: lax3birder AT live.com
 
I am trying to get in contact with some of the leaders of the Charlottesville, Chancellorsville, and Gordonsville CBCs seeking their records for this year. If you could help and point me in the right direction to who to talk to that would very helpful.
Good Birding,
Andrew Rapp

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Subject: Female Red-winged Blackbirds
Date: Thu Mar 5 2015 8:41 am
From: jaybirdncarol AT verizon.net
 
Good morning from snowy Herndon,

Four female Red-wiinged Blackbirds are visiting our back yard looking for food on this snowy morning. It is nice of them to show up on Backyard Feeder Watch day.

Also, we have had as many as two Yellow-rumped Warblers in the yard for a week or so.

Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon, VA (Fairfax County)
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Subject: intermedius Lesser Black-backed Gull, Cape Charles
Date: Thu Mar 5 2015 8:32 am
From: 23cahow AT gmail.com
 
A few minutes ago, I photographed an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull with
very dark upperparts (very little if any contrast with black of primaries)
on Cape Charles harbor. After reviewing the literature, I am sure it is not
a Kelp or Kelp hybrid, and the overall size, shape, shape of bill point to
a Lesser of subspecies intermedius. I know of just two other records of
this subspecies in North America, but there must be others. For what it's
worth, I have never seen a bird that looked anything like this bird in
North America.

The bird is perched among Herring, Great Black-backed, and Ring-billed
Gulls on the barge in the harbor that sits just north of The Shanty
Restaurant. The storm probably means that these birds will stay put here
for the day, as this is a regular roosting area for gulls in the harbor.

Ned Brinkley
Cape Charles, Va.
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Subject: Watch your waxwings
Date: Thu Mar 5 2015 6:55 am
From: 23cahow AT gmail.com
 
This morning at 6:55, Libby Luettinger and I observed a flock of six
waxwings land in the tree in front of Watson's Hardware on Mason Avenue in
Cape Charles, about 35 feet away from us. One of the birds was clearly much
heftier than the others, we noted, and so I walked toward my car, 10 feet
in the birds' direction, to fetch binoculars. The birds flew, the larger
bird leading the smaller ones, toward the north-northwest. We didn't hear
much in the way of vocalizations from the birds, but we were certain that
the birds were all waxwings, as we could see their shapes well when they
were resting (with crests) and in flight.

I drove around for a half hour, trying to relocate the birds without
success.

I think it's possible, but by no means confirmed, that this bird was a
Bohemian Waxwing with five Cedar Waxwings. I know both species well. In a
place where Bohemian is common, I might even have reported it as one. But
we weren't able to see details of plumage or voice that would confirm this,
unfortunately, so it remains one of those birds that got away (unless it
sticks around in town - I'll keep looking).

We should keep a close watch on waxwing flocks this month; Virginia has
only two reports of Bohemian (neither confirmed by photograph), but one is
from March (1975). It would be great to confirm the species in the state;
it is certainly rare enough that a photograph or audio recording would be
highly desirable. The species irrupts into the mid-Atlantic to our north
about every 10 years (1994, 2004 were both years with records into NY/NJ
and as far south as coastal Maryland). There have been records of single
birds south to Island Beach State Park, NJ this year. In Charlottesville in
1994, I saw a heavy-bodied waxwing with Cedar Waxwing around the Pavilion
gardens on UVA Grounds, but it was under similar frustrating circumstances.

Ned Brinkley
Cape Charles, Va.
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Subject: Sharp-shinned Hawk Gives Chase - Compton Mt
Date: Wed Mar 4 2015 22:32 pm
From: rmayhorn AT hughes.net
 




On Monday I glanced outside to see a lone Downy Woodpecker frozen in place on the side of the wooden block that holds our suet feeder, as if it were trying to hide. Having seen this behavior in the past when a hawk was near I looked up into the trees at the edge of the yard. Sure enough there was an adult Sharpie sitting on a branch craning its neck this way and that, looking intently at the area of the feeders.


After a few seconds it flew down to perch on top of one of the bluebird nest box posts beside the yard pond. While it was flying down, the Downy, with a tree between it and the hawk, beat a hasty retreat in the opposite direction without being seen. The hawk sat on the post for about a minute searching for prey.


Suddenly, the hawk exploded into the air. It had seen a small bird leave a bush a few feet away and head toward the woods. By the time the two were at the edge of the woods, the hawk was right on the bird's tail. This small passerine zigged then zagged passing between trees with the hawk close behind. The small bird then made a sharp right, and so did the hawk. I watched as the two streaked through the woods, dodging trees, shrubs and thickets with the small bird managing to stay out in front of the deadly predator close behind it. I didn't see the end of the chase because they disappeared into the woods, but it has been my experience that a bird that manages to elude a hawk for more than a few seconds usually gets away because the bird can make sharper turns than the hawk, and with each turn the smaller bird gains a bit more distance; the hawk realizes it is wasting precious energy and gives up the chase.


There is constant drama in nature if we are fortunate enough to get to witness it.


Roger Mayhorn
Compton Mt
Buchanan County
















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Subject: Red-winged Blackbird, Botetourt County
Date: Wed Mar 4 2015 22:20 pm
From: nanjyoung AT juno.com
 
A male Red-wing at the feeder today was a first for this year.  They are
seldom seen in my yard except during migration. He tried the suet feeder
and found it empty so moved on. I must refill it tomorrow!!

Spring is on the way.

Nancy Young
Blue Ridge, Botetourt County

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Subject: Back To The Bay Bridge-Tunnel (photos)
Date: Wed Mar 4 2015 21:31 pm
From: ubrooks AT verizon.net
 
Hello everyone!

Sorry I'm a bit late on posting the pictures.  It seems a bug and my body are having a disagreement with the bug winning so far.  This afternoon the bod received some assistance and I thought I heard a little bugle playing charge!  As long as I don't hear Taps I should be fine.  So, all in all I have been down but not out.  I think I'm rambling so.......If you care to have a look here is a link to an image.  (All five new photos are in this same section.)  Lets hope this link works....

Female Red-Breasted Merganser http://natures-finest-photogra...
 
Hoping everyone has a great day and best birding!
Les BrooksGlen Allenwww.Natures Finest Photography.com










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Subject: Mill Creek Today
Date: Wed Mar 4 2015 14:51 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

Trying to cure cabin fever, I visited a private pond in Campbell County then drove out to Mill Creek in Amherst County.
At the private property in Campbell I found 7 ring necked ducks and 3 male canvasbacks.
Mill Creek is about 90 % frozen over but has a clear section near the parking area. While there, I saw 4 American wigeon, 1 female common goldeneye, 4 ruddy ducks, 1 Canada goose and 2 bald eagles sitting in trees around the shore.
There is a winter storm warning for Amherst County tonight and tomorrow so more snow is on the way.

Peggy Lyons
Concord, VA
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Subject: Blue-headed vireo
Date: Wed Mar 4 2015 14:32 pm
From: scottjr AT ls.net
 
Just heard my fos Blue-headed vireo, Grayson County.

Scott Jackson-Ricketts
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Subject: Smith's and melting snow
Date: Wed Mar 4 2015 13:30 pm
From: dshoch AT hotmail.com
 
I returned to the Shenandoah Valley Airport this morning to spend some more quality time with the longspur. One bird was present for short feeding bouts by the entrance road in the morning between 10 am and 11:45, and then again at ~1 pm. The snow in the surrounding fields is rapidly melting with the higher temps and intermittent rain today, and the longspur, as well as the larks, is predictably spending more time out in the fields among the corn stubble out of sight from the road. Tomorrow's predicted snow should bring the field birds back in to the road.

No Lapland Longspurs despite diligent searching, and last week's Savannah Sparrows appear to be gone.

David Shoch
Charlottesville

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Subject: Orange-crowned Warbler, Norfolk, 3/4/15
Date: Wed Mar 4 2015 13:09 pm
From: flicknanders AT hotmail.com
 
 Hey all, spent a few minutes at the Quarantine Road path on the campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk today around 1pm and was pleased to get a nice look at 1 Orange-crowned Warbler before it was repeatedly chased by a Myrtle Warbler.

The lone Baltimore Oriole continues at the grape jelly in our yard in southern Portsmouth as of this morning also. Maybe next year it will return with some friends!

Nick Flanders
Portsmouth, VA

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Subject: NVBC meeting tonight YES
Date: Wed Mar 4 2015 12:53 pm
From: jandrtaylor AT verizon.net
 
I have been keeping an eye on the weather and it looks as though we are a go
for tonight's meeting. We will be finished by 10:00 at the latest and
weather.com is predicting that the temperature will be 40F at that time. Do
come, it is going to be a super talk. Check out www.nvabc.org for details.




Joanna Taylor

Arlington, VA



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Subject: Smiths longspur yes
Date: Wed Mar 4 2015 11:18 am
From: birdranger248 AT gmail.com
 
1130 today saw male in flight over high are in field sw of intersection. 1140 female flew in from field to road shoulder by 25mph sign for good views. Walked shoulder for 15 minutes then disappeared.  Now i know why folks waited for her to fly to get diagnostic pics. Heard some longspur type rattles too, gorgeous! Lots of horned larks. Longspur was lifer aba 669! Woo hoo!  Thanks to posters and tipsters.

Brian Bockhahn
Durham NC
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Subject: Common Goldeneye at Greenfield
Date: Wed Mar 4 2015 10:36 am
From: wesrtx AT gmail.com
 
Female on the lake now, with canvasbacks, scaup, pintails, wigeons, and the usuals.

Wes Teets
Buchanan, VA
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Subject: Virginia Rare Bird Alert
Date: Wed Mar 4 2015 10:24 am
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: ebird-alert@cornell.edu
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*** Species Summary:

Trumpeter Swan (3 Rockingham)
White-winged Scoter (3 Alexandria)
Great Cormorant (3 Alexandria)
White Ibis (1 Virginia Beach)
Rough-legged Hawk (1 Fauquier)
Merlin (1 Shenandoah)
Peregrine Falcon (1 Clarke)
Marsh Wren (1 James City)
Smith's Longspur (5 Augusta)

---------------------------------------------
Thank you for subscribing to the Virginia Rare Bird Alert. The report below shows observations of rare birds in Virginia. View this alert on the web at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35646
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1)
- Reported Mar 03, 2015 15:07 by Diane Holsinger
- Silver Lake - MNR01, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.4239,-78.941&ll8.4239,-78.941
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22164782
- Comments: "Still here feeding in the back of the lake with the mute swans"

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 03, 2015 11:25 by Greg Tito
- Silver Lake - MNR01, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.4239,-78.941&ll8.4239,-78.941
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22158989
- Comments: "continuing bird, seen well in scope. All-black bill with feathering on top (between eyes) coming to a sharp point, and feathering on sides not showing the angle near the gape of a Tundra Swan."

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 27, 2015 15:15 by Bob Butterworth
- Silver Lake - MNR01, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.4239,-78.941&ll8.4239,-78.941
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22161835
- Comments: "Continuing bird, seen well in good light, digiscoped. Very large all white swan, about the same size as the two nearby Mute Swans, but shorter-tailed; large all black bill with straight upper edge to top of upper mandible."

White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) (1)
- Reported Mar 03, 2015 15:25 by Aaron Maizlish
- Jones Point Park - CMN01, Alexandria, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7918,-77.0414&ll8.7918,-77.0414
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22164792
- Comments: "About 100 yards from shore, seemed to loosely associate with the RB Merganser for a while. Good views. Male, did not show much of a white comma on face, if any. Conspicuous white wing stripes."

White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 03, 2015 10:15 by Sherman Suter
- Jones Point Park - CMN01, Alexandria, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7918,-77.0414&ll8.7918,-77.0414
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22159962
- Comments: "dark ducks showing white streak above rear flanks (from white secondaries); m, black with white comma up and back from under eye; f, brownish-black, no white on face; likely 2 of the 3 birds present between Belle Haven picnic grounds and Oronoco St since 23 Feb; as E Eder noted, actively feeding on crayfish;"

White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 03, 2015 12:31 by Gerry Hawkins
- Windmill Hill Park, Alexandria, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7993583,-77.04198&ll8.7993583,-77.04198
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22159392
- Comments: "These continuing birds were seen at closer range than yesterday from nearby Jones Point Park but still were at too great a distance to photograph under poor weather conditions."

Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) (1)
- Reported Mar 03, 2015 15:25 by Aaron Maizlish
- Jones Point Park - CMN01, Alexandria, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7918,-77.0414&ll8.7918,-77.0414
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22164792
- Comments: "1st year, on pliings at Jones Beach - reported earlier today. Close to shore."

Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 03, 2015 10:15 by Sherman Suter
- Jones Point Park - CMN01, Alexandria, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7918,-77.0414&ll8.7918,-77.0414
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22159962
- Comments: "1st yr bird perched on piling among series NE of Fords Landing; other pilings occupied by im & ad DCCo;
larger than DCCo, with relatively shorter tail; brown above, including brown neck; large, blocky head; long, heavy grayish bill; yellow chin patch bordered by broad, diffuse white throat; white belly with brownish streakings along flanks and border with brown neck;"

Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 03, 2015 12:31 by Gerry Hawkins
- Windmill Hill Park, Alexandria, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7993583,-77.04198&ll8.7993583,-77.04198
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22159392
- Comments: "The below photo of a juvenile Great Cormorant found by Sherman Suter earlier today shows the key identification characteristics of this bird as compared with a juvenile Double-crested Cormorant: blocky head, brown-streaked neck, upper breast and flanks and a white belly that create an obvious two-toned appearance, less yellow skin in the gular area, some white on the throat and posterior to the yellow gular skin and a grayish bill.
"

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (20) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 03, 2015 14:35 by Rebecca McLaughlin
- Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.859307,-75.9784451&ll6.859307,-75.9784451
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22159919
- Comments: "Near marsh land in a forested area. There was about 20 individuals, one juvenile in the group. They were feasting on small minnows and the seeds of the marsh grass."

Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) (1)
- Reported Mar 03, 2015 14:00 by Robert Ake
- Marshall, 2955 Rectortown Road, Fauquier, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.92454,-77.86541&ll8.92454,-77.86541
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22165574
- Comments: "light phase bird perched at the top of a tall tree on the treeline to the north of the only parking area just west of Rectortown. Long wings, dark belly, blackish face with white eyeliner, white tail with dark terminal band."

Merlin (Falco columbarius) (1)
- Reported Feb 25, 2015 15:00 by Ed Trelawny
- Home Woodstock, Shenandoah, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.9075987,-78.5290289&ll8.9075987,-78.5290289
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22164434
- Comments: "flew in to a perch on a snag strong flier pointed wings dark streaked breast definite mustache noted just larger than a Blue Jay Tiaga race"

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2015 13:17 by Gerry Hawkins
- Borden's Spring, Clarke, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q9.0266937,-78.0995214&ll9.0266937,-78.0995214
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22156504
- Comments: "long-winged falcon with dark gray helmut, fairly wide malar mark; uniformly barred underwings; barred breast & belly (on tawny wash), undertail coverts; thin bars on tail;
in flight around and perched in sycamore near pond, spooking ducks;"

Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) (1)
- Reported Mar 03, 2015 12:10 by Nancy Barnhart
- Jamestown Island - CLP03, James City, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.2031985,-76.7564106&ll7.2031985,-76.7564106
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22159161
- Comments: "Fairly regular winter visitor in this location. Heard vocalizing loudly with classic gurgling song and rapid chatter."

Smith's Longspur (Calcarius pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 03, 2015 09:50 by Greg Tito
- Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (Weyers Cave), Augusta, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.261064,-78.905611&ll8.261064,-78.905611
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22158873
- Comments: "Continuing pale 1st winter bird seen well around the intersection of the small road that comes off the main airport entrance rd. Small pinkish bill, two white outer tail feathers, distinctive head pattern with malar stripe, superciliary, and broken dark markings on auriculars, and typical hunched-over longspur posture."

Smith's Longspur (Calcarius pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 03, 2015 08:50 by David Carr
- Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (Weyers Cave), Augusta, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.261064,-78.905611&ll8.261064,-78.905611
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22156862
- Comments: "Continuing bird. A pale, buffy, sparrow-like bird with dark brown streaking on the back. Outer rectrices all white. Small white patch on shoulder. Bill light except upper mandible darker toward tip. White eye-ring. Scattered dark streaks on throat and along flank. Feeding along the edge of the smaller road near the airport parking lot (not the main airport entrance road). Photographed.

"

Smith's Longspur (Calcarius pictus) (1)
- Reported Mar 02, 2015 13:20 by Joel Martin
- Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (Weyers Cave), Augusta, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.261064,-78.905611&ll8.261064,-78.905611
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22166073
- Comments: "Continuing bird, feeding along the shoulder of the road leading to the airport parking lot. Buffy underparts, finely streaked on breast and sides. White outer tail feathers. White eye ring. Long primary projection.


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Smith's Longspur (Calcarius pictus) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2015 11:30 by Joe Glick
- Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (Weyers Cave), Augusta, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.261064,-78.905611&ll8.261064,-78.905611
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22168171
- Comments: "continuing bird. stays within small area. flushed to edge of main road by a passing car. returned to same location."

Smith's Longspur (Calcarius pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 27, 2015 13:45 by Bob Butterworth
- Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (Weyers Cave), Augusta, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.261064,-78.905611&ll8.261064,-78.905611
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22161837
- Comments: "Continuing bird, well seen again, digiscoped pics taken but not as good as pics taken earlier in the morning due to poorer lighting conditions. Smaller than nearby Horned Larks, more plump and shorter tailed; but slightly larger than the Savannah Sparrow seen further down the road; slender pale conical bill; thin pale eyering, pale ear coverts darkly framed, dark malar stripe connects with the fine streaks across breast and narrowly down the flanks, otherwise quite buffy underparts, thinly white margined coverts, all white outer tail feathers seen in flight."

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Subject: FOS Osprey? Hopewell
Date: Wed Mar 4 2015 5:19 am
From: rinksyd AT gmail.com
 
It is almost 20 days earlier than last year, but I saw an osprey
yesterday morning in Hopewell near my office on the James River. He was
not at one of the four nests, but further inland on a telephone pole
having lunch. Last year, I think my first one returned around the 24th
and then two days later, the other 7 showed up.

I am hoping that means this burst of snow we are getting tomorrow is the
last of winter and spring is here!

Barbara Houston
New Kent. VA

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Subject: Greater Snow Geese
Date: Tue Mar 3 2015 21:19 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Estimate of 15,000 Greater Snow Geese in farm field off Mill Landing Road in Virginia Beach today March 3
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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington area, March 3
Date: Tue Mar 3 2015 21:13 pm
From: joecoleman AT rstarmail.com
 
FYI the following was compiled by Gerry Hawkins & transcribed by Steve Cordle.
Joe Coleman

Sent from my iPad

Begin forwarded message:

>
> Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
> Date: 03/03/2015
> Coverage: MD/DC/VA/DE/WV panhandle
> Reports, comments, questions: voice@anshome.org
> Compiler: Gerry Hawkins
> Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic
> States (independent of NAS)
> Transcriber: Steve Cordle
>
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> the Voice (Individual $50; Family $65; Nature Steward $100; Audubon
> Advocate $200). The membership number is 301-652-9188, option 12; the
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> 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,
> February 24 and was completed on Tuesday, March 3 at 10:00 a.m.
>
> The top birds this week were SNOWY OWL in Maryland, SMITH'S LONGSPUR*
> in Virginia, WESTERN TANAGER* in Virginia and PAINTED BUNTING in
> Virginia.
>
> Other birds of interest this week included GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
> GOOSE, ROSS'S GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, TRUMPETER SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON,
> BLUE-WINGED TEAL, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, HARLEQUIN
> DUCK, RED-NECKED GREBE, GREAT CORMORANT, WHITE IBIS, OSPREY,
> ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, SANDHILL CRANE, WESTERN SANDPIPER,
> ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULLS, DOVEKIE and other alcids on a Maryland
> pelagic trip, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, SHORT-EARED OWL, LOGGERHEAD
> SHRIKE, COMMON RAVEN, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, PINE WARBLER,
> LINCOLN'S SPARROW, out-of-range subspecies of DARK-EYED JUNCO, SUMMER
> TANAGER, DICKCISSEL, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, BALTIMORE ORIOLE and
> COMMON REDPOLL.
>
> TOP BIRDS
>
> The only reported SNOWY OWL sighting during the week occurred on
> February 25, when an individual was seen flying over fields on the
> west side of West Willard Road from Izaak Walton Way, which is the
> entry road to the private property of the Izaak Walton League of
> America in Poolesville, Montgomery Co, MD.
>
> A SMITH'S LONGSPUR* was found along the grassy edge to the entrance
> road to the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in Augusta Co, VA on
> February 23 but was not identified until photographs were examined on
> the following day. This bird was seen throughout the week with HORNED
> LARKS, SAVANNAH SPARROWS and early in the week a few LAPLAND
> LONGSPURS, and generated much interest because it is the first record
> of this species in Virginia. A possible second individual was reported
> at this location by some on February 25 and 26 but has not been
> confirmed.
>
> On February 28-March 2 a female WESTERN TANAGER* was seen at
> residential feeders in Chesapeake, VA. A male WESTERN TANAGER*
> continues at a residence in Settlers' Mill, James City Co, VA, where
> it has been seen almost daily since November 10.
>
> On February 26 several PAINTED BUNTINGS, consisting of two males and a
> female, were seen in a residential yard in Great Bridge, Chesapeake,
> VA.
>
> OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST
>
> On March 2 two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were found in a flock of
> CANADA GEESE on the south side of the Washington Monument in
> Washington, DC. In Maryland, two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE continue
> at the Cumberland-Terminus in Allegany Co, and on February 27 a single
> GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found in a large flock of CANADA GEESE
> along Cooper Lane in Somerset Co. On March 2 a continuing GREATER
> WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen on the south side of the Belle Haven Golf
> Course near the Hunting Creek Bridge and Dyke Marsh WP in Fairfax Co,
> VA. On February 28-March 2 two ROSS'S GEESE were seen on the south
> side of Little Creek Reservoir in James City Co, VA, and on March 1 a
> single ROSS'S GOOSE was spotted in a large flock of SNOW GEESE in
> central Kent Co, DE. On February 28 a possible hybrid blue SNOW
> GOOSE/ROSS'S GOOSE was seen again at Fort Monroe in Hampton, VA.
> CACKLING GEESE continue to be spotted in flocks of CANADA GEESE,
> including two at Greene Mountain Lake, Greene Co, VA on February 25,
> continuing individuals at Dyke Marsh WP, Fairfax Co, VA on February 26
> and along Red Fox Lane in Albemarle Co, VA on March 1, two at Sherwood
> Lakes, Virginia Beach, VA on February 28 and one in the Shenandoah
> River from Bloomery Road in Millville, Jefferson Co, WV on February
> 25.
>
> In Maryland, a TRUMPETER SWAN continues at Ball Park in Frederick Co,
> Black Hill RP in Montgomery Co and the Cumberland Terminus in Allegany
> Co, with the latest sightings on February 24, February 27 and March 2,
> respectively. In addition, on February 25 four TRUMPETER SWANS were
> found at Patuxent Research Refuge-Central Tract, Prince George's Co,
> MD. In Virginia, a TRUMPETER SWAN was reported near Frog Pond Road in
> Augusta Co on February 27, and two were seen again in the North Fork
> Shenandoah River from River and Red Banks Roads in Shenandoah Co on
> February 28-March 2. A TRUMPETER SWAN also continues with two MUTE
> SWANS at Silver Lake in Rockingham Co, VA.
>
> A male EURASIAN WIGEON was found at Bay Creek in Northampton Co, VA on
> February 25, and a male and female were reported at the mouth of the
> Lynnhaven River in Virginia Beach, VA on February 27. A continuing
> BLUE-WINGED TEAL was seen at Schoolhouse Pond in Prince George's Co,
> MD on February 25.
>
> WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were observed at many inland locations. In
> Maryland sightings included a high of eight individuals in the
> Susquehanna River from Port Deposit, Cecil Co and across the river
> from Lapidum, Harford Co, with the latest sightings on February 28, a
> single individual at Violettes Lock on the C&O Canal in Montgomery Co
> on February 25, 26 and 28, a single individual at the Mouth of the
> Monocacy on the C&O Canal in Montgomery Co on February 26, a single
> individual at Edward's Ferry on the C&O Canal in Montgomery Co on
> February 28 and a single individual at the Cumberland-Terminus in
> Allegany Co on March 1. Inland sightings of WHITE-WINGED SCOTER in
> Virginia included several continuing individuals in the Potomac River
> from Dyke Marsh WP and the nearby Jones Point Park and Alexandria
> waterfront in Fairfax Co, a single individual in the James River from
> Half Moon Beach in Richmond on February 28, a single individual at
> Jamestown Island, James City Co on March 1, and two individuals at the
> Jordan Point Marina in Prince George Co on February 28. In the West
> Virginia panhandle, a continuing individual was seen in the Shenandoah
> River from Bloomery Road in Millville, Jefferson Co on February 25.
>
> LONG-TAILED DUCKS also were seen at several inland locations,
> including Conowingo Dam, Harford Co, MD on February 24; Fisherman's
> Park, Harford Co, MD on February 24; Violettes Lock on the C&O Canal
> in Montgomery Co, MD on February 25, 26 and 28; Spring Gap on the C&O
> Canal in Allegany Co, MD on March 1; Susquehanna River from Lapidum,
> Harford Co, MD on February 28; Potomac River from the waterfront in
> Alexandria on March 2; and the Shenandoah River from Bloomery Road in
> Millville, Jefferson Co, WV on February 25. On February 26 an
> estimated 2,500 REDHEADS were observed at Hooper's Island in
> Dorchester Co, MD, most of which were in the Honga River. A HARLEQUIN
> DUCK continues at the Cumberland-Terminus in Allegany Co, MD and the
> Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co, DE, and several individuals continue at
> the Ocean City Inlet, Worcester Co, MD. HARLEQUIN DUCKS also continue
> at the Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel, Virginia Beach, VA, including
> eight seen on Island No. 3 on February 28 and March 1.
>
> More RED-NECKED GREBES were seen in the reporting area as their
> traditional wintering grounds on the Great Lakes freeze. In Maryland
> one was seen at Bay Ridge in Anne Arundel Co on February 25, nearby
> Thomas Point Park, Anne Arundel Co on February 25 and 28 and Fort
> Washington NP, Prince George's Co on March 2; and during the week as
> many as three were seen at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co. On
> February 28 a RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at the Indian River Inlet and
> in nearby Rehoboth Bay from Savages Ditch Road in Sussex Co, DE, and
> on February 27 two were seen in the Potomac River from Gravelly Point
> Park in Arlington, VA. In Virginia one was found at Greene Mountain
> Lake, Greene Co on February 25, in the Potomac River from Jones Point
> Park, Fairfax Co on March 2 and at Narrow Passage Creek, North Fork
> Shenandoah River in Shenandoah Co on March 2. In addition, on February
> 28 a birding group from Hampton Roads, VA found five RED-NECKED GREBES
> during a field trip to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Virginia
> Beach, VA, and four were seen there on March 2.
>
> GREAT CORMORANT was seen at several locations, including a high of 16
> perched on the lighthouse at Thomas Point Park in Anne Arundel Co, MD
> on February 25.
>
> WHITE IBIS continue in Virginia Beach, VA, including several
> continuing individuals along Horn Point Road on February 25 and 29
> individuals along Back Bay Landing Road on March 2.
>
> On February 28 and March 2 an OSPREY was seen perched in a tree on the
> Kent Co side of the frozen Chester River in Chestertown, MD.
>
> The historic irruption of ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS in the reporting area
> continues. In Maryland, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS continue along Konterra
> Drive in Prince George's Co, along Stull and Mountaindale Roads in
> Frederick Co, at Elkton Marsh in Cecil Co and at the Oaks Landfill
> (private) in Montgomery Co. In Maryland, a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK also was
> reported at Trout Run WWTP, Garrett Co on February 25, Irvine Nature
> Center, Owings Mills, Howard Co on February 26 and 27, along Baltimore
> Boulevard in Baltimore Co on February 26, near Gunpowder Falls SP,
> Baltimore Co on February 27, at Shoreham Beach, Anne Arundel Co on
> February 28 and at the Frostburg park and ride in Allegany Co, on
> March 1. In Virginia, this species continues to be seen in fields
> along Rectortown Road in Fauquier Co, and also was reported near Frog
> Pond Road in Augusta Co on February 27, in the Swoope area in Augusta
> Co on March 2 and along Rt. 250 near Bullpasture Mountain in Highland
> Co on February 28.
>
> Sightings of GOLDEN EAGLE included a continuing individual near a deer
> carcass along Stone Bridge Road in Warren Co, VA on February 24 and a
> perched juvenile along Swamp Road in Worcester Co, MD on February 26.
> A GOLDEN EAGLE also was reported trying to capture a SNOW GOOSE along
> Cods Road near Prime Hook NWR in Sussex Co, DE on February 25.
>
> On February 24 and 25 a SANDHILL CRANE was seen in a grassy field
> along Grays Corner Road a short distance before the intersection with
> Route 50 in Worcester Co, MD.
>
> Twelve WESTERN SANDPIPERS were among the shorebirds at Willis Wharf,
> Northampton, Co, VA on February 24, and 10 were found at the 83rd
> Street beach in Virginia Beach, VA on March 1.
>
> On February 24 a GLAUCOUS GULL and an ICELAND GULL were reported at
> North East Community Park, Cecil Co, MD. On February 25 a GLAUCOUS
> GULL and two ICELAND GULLS were reported at the Salisbury Landfill, in
> the pond next to Naylor Mill Road, in Wicomico Co, MD. On February 28
> a local birding group found an ICELAND GULL on Island No. 2 at the
> Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Virginia Beach, VA.
>
> The birds seen in Maryland waters on a pelagic trip out of Ocean City,
> Worcester Co, MD on March 1 included DOVEKIE, COMMON MURRE, RAZORBILL
> and ATLANTIC PUFFIN, as well as NORTHERN FULMAR and BLACK-LEGGED
> KITTIWAKE.
>
> On February 28 two continuing EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES were observed in
> flight near Lyle and Preston Streets in Radford Co, VA.
>
> SHORT-EARED OWLS continue at traditional locations, including along
> Port Mahon Road in Kent Co, DE, Rectortown Road in Fauquier Co, VA and
> Limestone School Road in Loudoun Co, VA. SHORT-EARED OWLS also
> continue at the ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK spot along Konterra Drive in Prince
> George's Co, MD.
>
> On February 27 a continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen perched on a
> wire near the intersection of Langhorne and Irish Roads in Albemarle
> Co, VA.
>
> Lowland COMMON RAVENS continue to be encountered in the reporting
> area, including along the C&O Canal near Chain Bridge and at the
> National Arboretum and Navy Yard in Washington, DC on February 24 and
> 26 and as far east as Scientists' Cliffs on the Chesapeake Bay in
> Calvert Co, MD on March 2.
>
> On March 2 a resident of Nokesville, Prince William Co, VA enjoyed
> watching a mixed flock of LAPLAND LONGSPURS, HORNED LARKS and AMERCAN
> PIPITS in his front yard. Over 20 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were found with
> HORNED LARKS along Mason Branch Road in Caroline Co, MD on March 1. A
> couple of LAPLAND LONGSPURS continue along Ironshire Station Road in
> Worcester Co, MD, with the latest sighting on March 2. On February 28
> at least one LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found in a huge HORNED LARK flock
> along Rt. 36 west of Slaughter Beach in Sussex Co, DE.
>
> Two likely continuing SNOW BUNTINGS were flushed along the beach at
> Sandy Point SP, Anne Arundel Co, MD on February 24. A small flock of
> SNOW BUNTINGS continues at the north end of Grandview Beach in
> Hampton, VA, and a relatively large flock of SNOW BUNTINGS continues
> at Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co, DE.
>
> On February 24 a continuing PINE WARBLER was seen and heard singing
> near Lake Elkhorn in Howard Co, MD.
>
> A LINCOLN'S SPARROW continues in the restricted wetlands area at Fort
> McHenry in Baltimore, MD, with the latest report on February 28.
>
> On February 27 a DARK-EYED JUNCO (Oregon subspecies) was reported at
> the College Creek hawk watch in James City Co, VA, and on February 26
> a possible DARK-EYED JUNCO (Cassiar subspecies) was found at Patapsco
> Valley SP-JMC Quadrant in Baltimore Co, MD.
>
> A male SUMMER TANAGER continues at a feeder and in nearby trees at the
> Beacon Place Apartments on Beacon Square Court in Gaithersburg,
> Montgomery Co, MD.
>
> On March 2 a female/immature DICKCISSEL was reported associating with
> WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS before flying west at Hughes Hollow in
> Montgomery Co, MD.
>
> On February 24 a male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was spotted in a flock
> of COMMON GRACKLES in back of a residential home in Harford Co, MD.
>
> As in past winters, residential feeders in Chesapeake, VA continue to
> be a popular wintering location for several BALTIMORE ORIOLES.
>
> There were fewer reports of COMMON REDPOLL during the week, but three
> were found at Black Marsh in Baltimore Co, MD on February 25, and one
> was seen at a residential feeder in Centreville, Fairfax Co, VA on
> February 27.
>
> ***
>
> 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, anshome.org/shop) is an
> excellent source for guidebooks and many other nature-related titles.
>
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> 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.
>
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>
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Subject: Male and Female Red-breasted Mergansers
Date: Tue Mar 3 2015 20:25 pm
From: colt_gregory AT hotmail.com
 






This morning, I saw a male and female Red-breasted Merganser, several M/F Buffleheads and Rudy ducks among numerous Canada Geese at the small Linden lakes on Williamson Blvd just off Route 234 in Manassas. I didn't expect the Mergansers and don't know how long they will stay but all I have to do to watch is look out my office window!

Colt Gregory




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Subject: College Creek Hawkwatch
Date: Tue Mar 3 2015 18:20 pm
From: 23cahow AT gmail.com
 
Also 13 male Northern Pintails in a northbound flock on Sunday at Cape Charles beach just before noon. Unheard of here!

Ned Brinkley
Cape Charles, VA

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 3, 2015, at 4:42 PM, Brian and Deborah Taber via va-bird wrote:
>
>
> More like a duckwatch today. There were east winds, heavy clouds, a temperature around freezing and lots of waterfowl moving around, including a high for the site 27 Northern Pintails, a Red-necked Grebe, a Pied-billed Grebe, 2 Horned Grebes, 10 Red-throated Loons, 2 Brown Pelicans, hundreds of Red-breasted Mergansers and scaup on the James River.
>
> Despite the weather, 16 Turkey Vultures and 6 Black Vultures were recorded migrating across the river from 10-12:00.
>
> Since our 1st day on Feb 9th, this is only the 3rd hawk count there as 3 weeks of snow, rain, wind and cold shut down migration. The duck blind at the site, where Ospreys nest each year was knocked down last week by the ice.
>
> Brian Taber
> Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory
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Subject: Ross's X Snow Goose at Fort Monroe
Date: Tue Mar 3 2015 17:29 pm
From: fogartyfa AT gmail.com
 
Hi all,

The presumed hybrid Ross's x Snow Goose continues at Fort Monroe in Hampton
and has been seen there almost daily since Friday, although the flock of
CANG it is with seems to move back and forth between the Fort and parts
unknown.

Ernie Miller got some really nice shots of the bird yesterday morning,
including this one: https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Good birds,

Frank Fogarty
Hampton
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Subject: Northern Pintail at Sandy River Reservoir, Prince Edward County
Date: Tue Mar 3 2015 17:28 pm
From: e3spears AT gmail.com
 
As lake is thawing, ducks are becoming less concentrated, but there was
still some good variety near the dam this morning. In with a flock of
AMERICAN WIGEON were three male NORTHERN PINTAIL. There are only a handful
of pintail records in central Virginia. Mixed in with a raft of RUDDY DUCKS
were two male CANVASBACKS and one male REDHEAD. There are still female
COMMON MERGANSERS around with four of them seen in some unfrozen patches of
water opposite the dam. Eleven total waterfowl species.

Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22162444

Evan Spears
Farmville, VA
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Subject: College Creek Hawkwatch
Date: Tue Mar 3 2015 15:46 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

More like a duckwatch today. There were east winds, heavy clouds, a temperature around freezing and lots of waterfowl moving around, including a high for the site 27 Northern Pintails, a Red-necked Grebe, a Pied-billed Grebe, 2 Horned Grebes, 10 Red-throated Loons, 2 Brown Pelicans, hundreds of Red-breasted Mergansers and scaup on the James River.

Despite the weather, 16 Turkey Vultures and 6 Black Vultures were recorded migrating across the river from 10-12:00.

Since our 1st day on Feb 9th, this is only the 3rd hawk count there as 3 weeks of snow, rain, wind and cold shut down migration. The duck blind at the site, where Ospreys nest each year was knocked down last week by the ice.

Brian Taber
Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory
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Subject: Beaverdam Park - CGL02, Mar 3, 2015
Date: Tue Mar 3 2015 14:57 pm
From: gbhrlh AT cox.net
 
Birders,

In addition to the 7 Canvasbacks at Beaverdam Park, there were 26 at Ware House Landing.

>
> Beaverdam Park - CGL02, Gloucester, US-VA
> Mar 3, 2015 10:45 AM - 11:10 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: GBH & RLH. Most of lake frozen.
> 13 species
>
> Canada Goose 55
> Canvasback 7
> Ring-necked Duck 12
> Lesser Scaup 2
> Bufflehead 2
> Hooded Merganser 2
> Ruddy Duck 20
> Bald Eagle 1
> Ring-billed Gull 12
> Tufted Titmouse 1
> American Robin 6
> Northern Mockingbird 2
> White-throated Sparrow 8
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22156925
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/VA))

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Subject: Virginia Rare Bird Alert
Date: Tue Mar 3 2015 13:09 pm
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*** Species Summary:

Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Fairfax)
Ross's Goose (1 James City)
Trumpeter Swan (6 Rockingham, 2 Shenandoah)
White-winged Scoter (2 Alexandria, 1 Fairfax)
White-winged Scoter (Velvet) (1 York)
Red-necked Grebe (1 Shenandoah)
White Ibis (1 Virginia Beach)
Rough-legged Hawk (1 Augusta, 1 Fauquier)
Peregrine Falcon (1 Clarke)
Black-capped Chickadee (1 Rockbridge)
Smith's Longspur (7 Augusta)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1)
- Reported Mar 02, 2015 18:00 by Sherman Suter
- Belle Haven Golf Course: S side, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7809888,-77.0601439&ll8.7809888,-77.0601439
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22153900
- Comments: "continuing bird;
noted white around base of bill, barring on lower breast; orange legs;
feeding along far edge of flock of Canada Geese to N of Barrister Place at 1820;"

Ross's Goose (Chen rossii) (2)
- Reported Mar 02, 2015 14:00 by Andrew Hawkins
- Little Creek Damn, James City, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.3502557,-76.8405247&ll7.3502557,-76.8405247
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22149353
- Comments: "continuing birds for 10 days at this site, originally observed by Bill Williams




"

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (2)
- Reported Mar 02, 2015 13:00 by Kirk Andrews
- Red Banks Rd - Mt Jackson, Shenandoah, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7645859,-78.6049354&ll8.7645859,-78.6049354
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22148513
- Comments: "First reported at this location on 3/1/15 by Diane Holsinger. I located the 2 large swans on the Shenandoah River. Observed through scope from ~90-120 yards away. Was able to enjoy clear views of the heads and bills. Big bill with relatively straight base (no sharp curve at gape). No yellow lores. Had pointed "V" border between bill and forehead. I also had the benefit of having recently observed this species at closer range at Silver Lake."

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1)
- Reported Mar 02, 2015 16:44 by Kurt Schwarz
- Silver Lake - MNR01, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.4239,-78.941&ll8.4239,-78.941
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22146443
- Comments: "Continuing. Photos."

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 02, 2015 12:50 by Mary Ames
- Silver Lake - MNR01, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.4239,-78.941&ll8.4239,-78.941
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22146678
- Comments: "continuing bird .No neck collar or leg bands seen."

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 02, 2015 12:50 by Wendy Ealding
- Silver Lake - MNR01, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.4239,-78.941&ll8.4239,-78.941
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22143373
- Comments: "continuing bird .No neck collar or leg bands seen."

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 01, 2015 13:36 by Michael David
- Silver Lake - MNR01, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.4239,-78.941&ll8.4239,-78.941
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22142308
- Comments: "Continuing adult, with Mutes. No wingtags and no bands on legs.


"

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1)
- Reported Feb 28, 2015 16:20 by Amelia Dungan
- Silver Lake - MNR01, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.4239,-78.941&ll8.4239,-78.941
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22141177
- Comments: "Continuing. Seen beside Mute Swans for comparison. Black bill."

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2015 15:15 by hwi suh
- Silver Lake - MNR01, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.4239,-78.941&ll8.4239,-78.941
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22141055
- Comments: "very large white swan, of the same size of nearby mute swan, shower tail than mute swan, black bill, scoped, photographed by all pf us."

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (2)
- Reported Mar 02, 2015 16:30 by Diane Holsinger
- river road New Market, Shenandoah, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.6607406,-78.686614&ll8.6607406,-78.686614
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22149629
- Comments: "continuing swans"

White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) (1)
- Reported Feb 28, 2015 07:50 by Sherman Suter
- Belle Haven: Picnic Grounds & Marina, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7777986,-77.0514107&ll8.7777986,-77.0514107
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22148906
- Comments: "male close in off S end of picnic grounds; 1 or 2 males present since 23 Feb;"

White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) (1)
- Reported Mar 02, 2015 17:00 by David Ledwith
- Jones Point Park - CMN01, Alexandria, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7918,-77.0414&ll8.7918,-77.0414
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22148969
- Comments: "Continuing male bird."

White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 02, 2015 12:01 by Gerry Hawkins
- Jones Point Park - CMN01, Alexandria, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7918,-77.0414&ll8.7918,-77.0414
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22143006
- Comments: "Continuing adult male and immature male together, the latter having more blackish-brown feathers than the adult with a prominent white patch on the folded wing but apparently no white inverted comma shaped mark below the eye. Seen well with binoculars and a spotting scope but too distant to photograph."

White-winged Scoter (Velvet) (Melanitta fusca) (1)
- Reported Mar 02, 2015 11:45 by stephen grimes
- York, York, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.23049,-76.5698&ll7.23049,-76.5698
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22151063
- Comments: "Continuing adult male. Nearly all black, large Scoter, white crescent behind eye."

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1)
- Reported Mar 02, 2015 17:15 by Kirk Andrews
- Narrow Passage Creek--North Fork, Shenandoah, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.8455571,-78.5291576&ll8.8455571,-78.5291576
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22148186
- Comments: "Relatively large grebe on the Shenandoah River, observed from ~25 yards away through binoculars from the low-water bridge on Chapman's Landing road. Appeared to be transitioning from winter to breeding plumage. Heavy yellow bill with bright yellow base. Black cap, white ear-patch, and a reddish-brown back of the neck. The overall size, heavy bill, and reddish neck distinguished this bird from a horned grebe. Pictures available."

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (29)
- Reported Mar 02, 2015 14:30 by James Marcum
- Back Bay Landing Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.5904467,-75.9959936&ll6.5904467,-75.9959936
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22146319

Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) (1)
- Reported Feb 28, 2015 15:55 by Elisa Enders Flanders
- Rectortown Road (at Edgecliff Farm), Fauquier, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.92431,-77.86662&ll8.92431,-77.86662
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22149336
- Comments: "Large buteo seen in tree line to north of farm. Wingtips extended to tail tip. Dark back. Inner 2/3 of tail white, remainder blackish. Dark malar marking, white line above eye. Dark belly, whitish upper chest. Light phase individual. previously reported."

Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) (1)
- Reported Mar 02, 2015 10:12 by Brenda Tekin
- US-VA-Swoope - 38.1390x-79.1807 - Mar 2, 2015, 10:12 AM, Augusta, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.13897,-79.180714&ll8.13897,-79.180714
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22145749
- Comments: "A light-phased located circling over North Mountain viewing from Livick Rd. at junction with Cattleman Rd. Could not relocate."

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2015 13:17 by Richard Rieger
- Borden's Spring, Clarke, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q9.0266937,-78.0995214&ll9.0266937,-78.0995214
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22149043
- Comments: "long-winged falcon with dark gray helmut, fairly wide malar mark; uniformly barred underwings; barred breast & belly (on tawny wash), undertail coverts; thin bars on tail;
in flight around and perched in sycamore near pond, spooking ducks;"

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) (2)
- Reported Mar 02, 2015 09:30 by John Pancake
- Millard Burke Memorial Highway, Rockbridge, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.009049,-79.437745&ll8.009049,-79.437745
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22141519
- Comments: "Singing blackcap song."

Smith's Longspur (Calcarius pictus) (1)
- Reported Mar 02, 2015 13:55 by Gabriel Mapel
- Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (Weyers Cave), Augusta, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.261064,-78.905611&ll8.261064,-78.905611
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22144922
- Comments: "Continuing pale individual, mega rarity. Seen well and photographed."

Smith's Longspur (Calcarius pictus) (1)
- Reported Mar 02, 2015 13:55 by Daniel Mapel
- Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (Weyers Cave), Augusta, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.261064,-78.905611&ll8.261064,-78.905611
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22144927
- Comments: "Continuing pale individual, mega rarity. Seen well and photographed."

Smith's Longspur (Calcarius pictus) (1)
- Reported Mar 02, 2015 11:45 by Candice Lowther
- Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (Weyers Cave), Augusta, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.261064,-78.905611&ll8.261064,-78.905611
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22144894
- Comments: "Continuing bird"

Smith's Longspur (Calcarius pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 02, 2015 10:45 by Mary Ames
- Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (Weyers Cave), Augusta, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.261064,-78.905611&ll8.261064,-78.905611
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22146658
- Comments: "continuing bird"

Smith's Longspur (Calcarius pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 02, 2015 10:45 by Wendy Ealding
- Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (Weyers Cave), Augusta, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.261064,-78.905611&ll8.261064,-78.905611
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22142471
- Comments: "continuing bird"

Smith's Longspur (Calcarius pictus) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2015 09:30 by Patrick Newcombe
- Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (Weyers Cave), Augusta, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.261064,-78.905611&ll8.261064,-78.905611
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22147854
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Seen by everyone present. Spent most of the time hunkered down in the grass by the side of the entrance road, usually near the beginning of the road (away from the airport). Often, but not always, follows the horned lark flocks. All field marks easily seen."

Smith's Longspur (Calcarius pictus) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2015 13:45 by hwi suh
- Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (Weyers Cave), Augusta, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.261064,-78.905611&ll8.261064,-78.905611
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22140932
- Comments: "more plump, short tailed, slightly larger than Savanna sparrow, photographed by all of there. dark malaria stripe, heavily streaked, reasonably tame, not easily spooked by all of onlookers. perhaps, more then 2 on the ground ."

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Subject: Great Cormorant photo link
Date: Tue Mar 3 2015 12:48 pm
From: nutmegz AT mac.com
 
Pictures of Great Cormorant off Alexandria’s Windmill Hill Park seen today. (North of Jones Point)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
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Subject: Great Cormorant photos
Date: Tue Mar 3 2015 12:41 pm
From: nutmegz AT mac.com
 
Pictures of Great Cormorant off Alexandria’s Windmill Hill Park seen today. (North of Jones Point)
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Subject: Great Cormorant -- Alexandria
Date: Tue Mar 3 2015 10:53 am
From: sjsuter29 AT verizon.net
 
A first-year Great Cormorant was among the cormorants perched on the pilings NE of Ford's Landing late this morning.  It was present when I started back to Jones Point at 1105.  I had walked N from the Jones Point lot to look for the White-winged Scoter (male & female were present, actively feeding on crayfish, as Ed Eder had noted).  Other birds of interest included Common Goldeneye, Red-necked Grebe, Peregrine, and Rusty Blackbird (2 males feeding on seed thrown out on the bike path on the south side of Fords Landing (where it heads W to Jefferson Street).

Sherman Suter
Alexandria VA 22307
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Subject: Smith's Longspur continues at Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport
Date: Tue Mar 3 2015 10:41 am
From: dec5z AT cms.mail.virginia.edu
 

I saw the Smith's Longspur this morning a little before 9 AM at the
Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in Weyers Cave (Augusta County). The
bird was at the edge of the smaller road (771) that branches off the main
airport entrance road.

David Carr
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Subject: Back to the Bay Bridge-Tunnel (Monday, March 2)
Date: Tue Mar 3 2015 0:11 am
From: ubrooks AT verizon.net
 
Hello everyone!
I made a return trip to the Bay Bridge Tunnel today.  A great deal of difference between last week and today.  I delayed my departure time because of the heavy fog this morning and fog was still present along the bridge when I arrived.  The number and diversity of waterfowl was, at best, a tenth of the birds here last week.  The large flock of Scaup, Redhead, Bufflehead and Bay ducks and a Brant that were feeding over the tunnel tube were not present today.  There was a smaller raft of Lesser Scaup, Redhead and Bufflehead moving along the rocky sidewalls of the first Island.  I counted 4 Red-Necked Grebe this morning but could not relocate them this afternoon.  There were also 3 Horned Grebe and 6 Red-Breasted Meganser working the waters along both side of the structures.  I saw one each Surf Scoter and White-Winged Scoter.  Others may have been present as I saw unidentified waterfowl scattered some distance from the structure.  I only saw two Northern Gannel today but was concentrating on finding waterfowl so could have missed others.

I changed my mind, after saying I would stick with the Bridge-Tunnel location and made a couple passes around Eastern Shore of Virginia NWR.  I could have saved my toll money and fuel cost as things there were very quiet.  The pond was not iced over, as it was last week.  But no waterfowl was present.  The tide was very low with the marsh just about totally drained.  This could account for the absence of waterfowl as the ducks were working the marsh channels last week.  I spotted one Horned Grebe near the boat ramp.  I also had a Red-Tailed Hawk flyover.
There is still a fair amount of snow/ice between the guard rail and fence at the Bay Bridge-Tunnel.  This can make it tricky to reach the fence for viewing/photo taking.  Still good feeling the sun and tasting some saltwater!
If I have any photos, hope so, I will post another email.
Have a great week and best birding!
Les BrooksGlen Allenhttp://www.natures-finest-phot...

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Subject: RFI: Huntley Meadows Park Hike & Bike Trail
Date: Mon Mar 2 2015 19:30 pm
From: mmktye AT gmail.com
 
There were some inquiries about if they had any luck at the Woodcock Walk
at Huntley Meadows Park last Saturday... I spoke with the walk leader and
there were no woodcocks seen or heard during their outing on Saturday. Not
even a peent.

Hopefully soon!

Melina

On Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 4:08 PM, mmktye wrote:

> Hi Howard,
>
> I do volunteer work at Huntley and can hopefully answer your questions...
>
> 1. The construction is done and that side of the park is open. There is
> also a new paved (!) parking lot. It is located in the same approximate
> area as the old parking lot, but holds more cars, so it much easier to park
> there now.
> 2. The parking lot should definitely be plowed by this weekend (if not
> already done today), but they do not normally plow the Hike/Bike trail. I
> was there on Sunday and it was certainly walkable, but if you have any
> mobility limitations, you might want to have an alternate plan in case it
> is still icy/snowy.
> 3. I saw a woodcock on that side of the park two weeks ago, although I
> have yet to hear of anyone seeing any displaying yet. But soon! You
> always call the HMP visitor center and ask if they've had any reports of
> the woodcocks displaying. They also have a guided woodcock walk scheduled
> for this Saturday evening, more information can be found online at:
> http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/p... (search for keyword
> "woodcock") or call the visitor center at: 703-768-2525. There is a fee
> ($6/$8 depending on county residency) for the walk and reservations are
> required.
>
> Have fun!
>
> Melina
>
> On Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 3:23 PM, Howard Wu wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>>
>> I have been to this park before, but not recently. The last time I visited
>> this section -- specifically I am referring to the Hike & Bike Trail
>> section from Telegraph Road -- there was some construction going on (this
>> was probably a year ago). My understanding is that strictly speaking, this
>> part was closed to the public, but the rules were not rigorously enforced,
>> especially on weekends, people could part in the construction parking lot
>> and access the trail.
>>
>> Now my questions are:
>> 1. Is the access situation still the same (i.e. construction still going
>> on? etc)?
>> 2. With the recent heavy snow, will the area be accessible this weekend?
>> 3. Ok, now backing to birds -- I suppose it is about the time the
>> Woodcocks
>> start to show .. has anyone had luck recently?
>>
>> Thanks very much in advance,
>> Howard Wu
>> Herndon, VA
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Subject: White-winged Scoter, Red-necked Grebe, Common Goldeneye, - Jones Point Park, Alexandria
Date: Mon Mar 2 2015 19:20 pm
From: dcharlesl AT msn.com
 
Encouraged by Gerry Hawkins' posting on eBird today, I visited Jones Point Park in Alexandria, next to the Wilson Bridge.  I saw White-winged Scoter and Red-breasted Merganser that Gerry reported, but didn't find the Horned Grebes. In addition, I saw a Red-necked Grebe and 5 Common Goldeneye (all female).
David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA
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Subject: Fairfax Co., Pohick Bay Park
Date: Mon Mar 2 2015 19:05 pm
From: emaillarryj AT verizon.net
 
Most of the ice and waterfowl are gone (or hiding), but a few Coot remain.  Heres one eating what I believe to be a chinese mystery snail.

https://flic.kr/p/rrENgr
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Subject: Peregrine Falcon; Bald Eagle
Date: Mon Mar 2 2015 19:02 pm
From: mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com
 
Swoope, VA; 3/2/15. Report and photos:




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Nellysford, VA



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Subject: Common Mergs
Date: Mon Mar 2 2015 17:54 pm
From: pareum AT gmail.com
 
I was really pleased to see a pair of Common Mergansers in the pond near
the Fish Hatchery in Highland County. I know that they are a rather rare
visitor to these parts!


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Patti Reum
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning birdwalk
Date: Mon Mar 2 2015 15:54 pm
From: wbarrows AT gmail.com
 
Here are some photos from this morning's walk.  I've added 7 shots to my
"Huntley Meadows" gallery.
http://wlb3.smugmug.com/Virgin...

Thanks, Harry.

Cheers

*Walt*

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On Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 2:46 PM, Harry Glasgow
wrote:

> Only 6 birders dared to brave the weather and treacherously icy paths
> for today's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning birdwalk. Staying in the snow
> along the edges of the trails helped prevent falls. The sun came out
> midway through the walk which set off a thaw in the trees that resembled a
> moderate shower. Our highlights included a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks
> mating, our occasional Barred Owl perching along the entrance road, and a
> pair of Wild Turkeys crossing the entrance road.
>
> Canada Goose 10
> Mallard 38
> Hooded Merganser 3
> Wild Turkey 2
> Bald Eagle 4
> Red-shouldered Hawk 3
> Ring-billed Gull 2
> Mourning Dove 2
> Barred Owl 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> Downy Woodpecker 3
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Blue Jay 3
> American Crow 8
> Fish Crow 1
> Carolina Chickadee 18
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> Brown Creeper 1
> Carolina Wren 2
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
> Eastern Bluebird 3
> Hermit Thrush 1
> American Robin 6
> Northern Mockingbird 1
> Song Sparrow 10
> Swamp Sparrow 3
> White-throated Sparrow 6
> Dark-eyed Junco 2
> Northern Cardinal 12
> Red-winged Blackbird 40
>
> The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows
> since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during
> electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 8AM (7AM from April
> through October), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open
> to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701
> Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff
> during normal business hours at (703)768-2525.
>
> Harry Glasgow
> Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
>
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