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22 Jul: @ 22:40:52  Anhinga nest with young, Chesapeake [Ellison Orcutt]
22 Jul: @ 20:18:07  2014 Burke Mississippi Kite Nest FOUND [Donald Sweig]
22 Jul: @ 20:04:17  Chincoteague NWR 7/21/14 Shorebird Survey [Joelle Buffa]
22 Jul: @ 16:44:43  Voice: Greater Washington Area, July 22 [Joe Coleman]
22 Jul: @ 15:59:04  lower Eastern Shore of VA & MD, July 19-21, 2014. [Harry Armistead]
22 Jul: @ 15:37:07  Two Red-Eyed Vireos at Motts Reservoir, Fredericksburg, VA [Suzanne Stewart]
21 Jul: @ 17:06:16  Don't forget! The Birder Travel Decision Survey is waiting! [Ginger Deason]
21 Jul: @ 15:20:37  Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
20 Jul: @ 18:10:29  Upper Thompson WMA and nearby, Fauq Co, 20 July 2014 [Kurt Gaskill]
20 Jul: @ 14:13:30  Dyke Marsh Walk today- Least Bittern, Orchard Oriole and Warbling Vireo on Nest [prowarbler]
20 Jul: @ 14:10:45  Mississippi Kite in VA Beach this morning [Dave Youker via va-bird]
20 Jul: @ 13:42:12  Occoquan Bay NWR [Marc Ribaudo]
20 Jul: @ 11:49:07  Various sightings in Shenandoah NP North District [Gabriel Mapel via va-bird]
20 Jul: @ 11:15:58  Wilson's Storm-Petrel at CBBT [taberzz--- via va-bird]
20 Jul: @ 10:06:33  Great Falls Walk [Marshall Rawson via va-bird]
20 Jul: @ 04:11:25  Note on: Anhinga at Lake of the Woods [Bill Hohenstein]
19 Jul: @ 21:08:54  Anhinga at Lake of the Woods [Bill Hohenstein]
19 Jul: @ 12:15:41  Common Loon, Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William County [Phil Silas via va-bird]
19 Jul: @ 09:59:34 Re: Virginia Beach Mississippi Kite [kroberts38@verizon.net]
18 Jul: @ 09:05:22  Migrating Hummingbirds Are Arriving [pepherup--- via va-bird]
18 Jul: @ 06:03:26  from: Linda [Linda]
17 Jul: @ 14:00:06  Virginia Beach Mississippi Kite [Jim Marcum]
17 Jul: @ 12:03:37  Purple Martin Festival, Richmond [Susan Ridd]
16 Jul: @ 15:57:17  Reston Flycatchers [lcdyoung93]
16 Jul: @ 14:01:32  Caspian Terns at Hog Island [taberzz--- via va-bird]
16 Jul: @ 12:59:29  Mississippi Kite - Fairfax County [Stephen D Eccles]
15 Jul: @ 19:17:36  July 14, 2014 Chincoteague NWR Shorebird Survey Results [Joelle Buffa]
15 Jul: @ 15:47:34  Voice: Greater Washington Area, July 15 [Joe Coleman]
15 Jul: @ 11:12:35  Anhinga at Harwoods Mill Reservoir, York Co [Dave Youker via va-bird]
14 Jul: @ 17:45:53  New Video about Belle Haven Ospreys [William Young]
14 Jul: @ 17:05:27  Birder Travel Decisions Survey - please take our survey! [Ginger Deason]
14 Jul: @ 15:26:11  Mississippi Kites - Warrenton, VA [gergrd gmail]
14 Jul: @ 12:33:44  Fwd: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Bird Walk [harry.glasgow via va-bird]
14 Jul: @ 06:37:35  A nice surprise this morning--Female Ruby Throated Hummingbird [Walter Hadlock]
13 Jul: @ 20:57:09  Dyke Marsh Field Trip, Sunday 13 July 2014 [Kurt Gaskill]
13 Jul: @ 18:31:25  Birding near Shenandoah Mountain [Herbert Larner]
13 Jul: @ 12:33:20  Fwd: eBird Report - Bristow Road Sod Farm, Jul 13, 2014 [Phillip Kenny]
13 Jul: @ 10:28:54  Great Falls Walk [Marshall Rawson via va-bird]
12 Jul: @ 21:12:58  Seeking resource recommendations for birding in Catalonia, Spain [Karen Brandt via va-bird]
12 Jul: @ 18:13:11  NVBC on Skyline Drive-Canada Warblers at Limberlost [Larry Meade via va-bird]
12 Jul: @ 16:34:14  Birds seen Banshee Reeks (Lo Co) [Joe Coleman]
12 Jul: @ 15:21:39  Shorebirds in Augusta County [Herbert Larner]
12 Jul: @ 08:01:57  Henry David Thoreau [harry.glasgow via va-bird]
12 Jul: @ 07:05:00  Least bitterns, Neabsco Creek [Marc Ribaudo]
12 Jul: @ 01:06:19  Mathews County [Ellison Orcutt]
11 Jul: @ 18:39:42  Hunting Creek Bridge - Alexandria [dcharlesl]
11 Jul: @ 09:38:16  (Photos) Trip to Rapp River Valley NWR, Wilna Tract on 7/9/2014 [Les Brooks]
10 Jul: @ 17:37:52  Eagle watchers, Difficult Run, Fairfax County [Trish S]
09 Jul: @ 22:01:30  Trip to Rapp River Valley NWR, Wilna Tract on 7/9/2014 [Les Brooks]
09 Jul: @ 19:59:40  Banshee Reeks Bird Walk, Loudoun Co, July 12 [Joe Coleman]





Subject: Anhinga nest with young, Chesapeake
Date: Tue Jul 22 2014 22:40 pm
From: mr.ellyo AT gmail.com
 
Hello Birders,

I visited the pond at 620 Blackwater rd in Chesapeake this evening hoping
to locate an Anhinga nest. In late June Keith Roberts noted that he
believed there was a nest at the pond. He sent me a picture that he took
back in June that seemed to confirm that. When I arrived this evening it
didn't take long to find one nest near the end of a long branch out over
the pond. A female was on the nest and a second female was feeding in the
pond. Pretty quickly a very tiny head popped up next to the incubating
female. For about 20 minutes she regurgitated food and fed the small chick
from her lower mandible. On two occasions she did the same behavior on her
opposite side from me, which led me to believe there could have been a
second chick she was feeding. Given her tight position on the nest I
suspect there could be more young or perhaps unhatched eggs in the nest.

Near the end of my visit there was a quick burst of noise and a third
female popped out of the vegetation behind the visible nest. I have a
hunch that it's possible there is another nest at this location. It could
explain why during some other visits people have counted up to 6 adults.
On my visit today I did not see any males.

I managed a few iffy pictures of the nest which are imbedded in my ebird
list below. In two of the poorer pictures you can see the raised head of
the chick and it reaching into the parents throat to feed.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19189693

Good birding,

Ellison


Ellison Orcutt
Birder/Naturalist
Richmond, Va
Cell: (804) 339-6976
Mr.EllyO@gmail.com
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Subject: 2014 Burke Mississippi Kite Nest FOUND
Date: Tue Jul 22 2014 20:18 pm
From: skybirds.d AT gmail.com
 
 Bob Augustine, who found the Mississippi Kite nest in Burke last year, called me this evening to say he has found one this year as well.
This year's nest is also visible from Jackson Street, about 100 feet west of the intersection with Gaines. He said to walk west on Jackson from the intersection with Gaines until you're about at the place where there's a two car parking area for the house on the left. Then look north across the street past the brown Picket fence, he said, where there is an arbor and a little doorway going through the fence; look directly above that and find the tallest tree, and the nest is in the next tree on the right.
If you go, please remember this is residential area and private property. Please do not park so as to block driveways, or on private property. Please be courteous, we want to be welcome there.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia


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Subject: Chincoteague NWR 7/21/14 Shorebird Survey
Date: Tue Jul 22 2014 20:04 pm
From: clyde_joelle AT verizon.net
 
Below are the results of our weekly shorebird/gull survey conducted at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge onMonday July 21, 2014. All water areas (impoundments and beach areas) were covered in an 8hour survey. All individuals are counted for the target species; other birds seen or heard on the survey are followed by a dash.

Though many of the impoundments were dry, a few have a mixture of mud and shallow water that is perfect habitat for a select number of species. With fall migration picking up, this produced almost twice the number of shorebirds seencompared tolast week. We counted 5,804 shorebirds of 20 species. Semi-palmated sandpipers led the way with 962, followed by least sandpiper (695), dowitcher sp. (mainly short-billed)(662), lesser yellowlegs (558), willet (527), and sanderling (434). There were 1,009 peeps (small shorebirds most likely semi-palmated or least sandpipers) which were so far out in our larger impoundments, we could not identify them. There were also 433 yellowleg sp. recorded which are yellowlegs that are too far away to separate between lesser and greater yellowlegs. With all these birds being too far away to identify, this means the numbers of semi-palmated and least sandpipers and lesser yellowlegs we reported is a conservative estimate.

The other highlight of the count were 62 piping plovers which is a high count on the Refuge for us. This is no doubt due to Sophia being along who has been monitoring them all summer and can see them a mile away. The other noteworthy sighting was a fledgling Wilson's plover on the Hook, a first of season sighting for us, but the nest was monitored by Refuge staff.

Next week's survey will be done on 7/30/14. Clyde Morris and Joelle Buffa

Canada Goose --
American Black Duck --
Mallard --
Black Scoter --
Common Loon 1
Double-crested Cormorant 35
Brown Pelican 211
Great Blue Heron --
Great Egret --
Snowy Egret --
Little Blue Heron --
Tricolored Heron --
Cattle Egret --
Green Heron --
Black-crowned Night-Heron --
White Ibis --
Glossy Ibis --
Turkey Vulture --
Osprey --
Bald Eagle --
Clapper Rail --
American Oystercatcher 47
Black-bellied Plover 6
Wilson's Plover 1
Semipalmated Plover 236
Piping Plover 62
Killdeer 16
Spotted Sandpiper 5
Greater Yellowlegs 104
Willet 527
Lesser Yellowlegs 558
Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs 433
Whimbrel 28
Marbled Godwit 15
Ruddy Turnstone 12
Red Knot 37
Sanderling 434
Least Sandpiper 695
White-rumped Sandpiper 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper 962
peep sp. 1,009
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher 662
Wilson's Phalarope 1
Laughing Gull 366
Ring-billed Gull 35
Herring Gull 172
Lesser Black-backed Gull 95
Great Black-backed Gull 60
Least Tern 198
Gull-billed Tern 2
Common Tern 54
Forster's Tern 82
Royal Tern 69
Sandwich Tern 12
Black Skimmer 31
Mourning Dove --
Yellow-billed Cuckoo --
Chimney Swift --
Red-headed Woodpecker --
Red-bellied Woodpecker --
Northern Flicker --
Peregrine Falcon --
Eastern Wood-Pewee --
Eastern Kingbird --
White-eyed Vireo --
Fish Crow --
Purple Martin --
Tree Swallow --
Barn Swallow --
Brown-headed Nuthatch --
House Wren --
Carolina Wren --
American Robin --
Gray Catbird --
European Starling --
Cedar Waxwing --
Common Yellowthroat --
Eastern Towhee --
Field Sparrow --
Song Sparrow --
Northern Cardinal --
Blue Grosbeak --
Red-winged Blackbird --
Eastern Meadowlark --
Common Grackle --
Brown-headed Cowbird --
House Finch --
American Goldfinch --
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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington Area, July 22
Date: Tue Jul 22 2014 16:44 pm
From: joecoleman AT rstarmail.com
 
FYI - this report is for sightings from July 15 through July 21 and was compiled by Joe Coleman & transcribed by Steve Cordle
Joe Coleman

Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 7/22/2014
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, questions: voice@AudubonNaturalist.org
Compiler: Joe Coleman
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, July
15 and was completed on Tuesday, July 22 at 9:30 a.m.

The top birds this week were pelagic birds seen off of Virginia,
including LEACH'S STORM-PETREL and BAND-RUMPED STORM-PETREL*, and a
RUFF in DE.

Other birds of interest this week were continuing out-of-season
waterfowl, HORNED and RED-NECKED GREBE, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL,
ANHINGA, TRICOLORED HERON, WHITE IBIS, MISSISSIPPI KITE, SHARP-SHINNED
HAWK, shorebirds, terns, MERLIN, ALDER FLYCATCHER, warblers, and
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK.

TOP BIRDS

A pelagic trip off of Virginia Beach on the 17th found 3 CORY'S
SHEARWATERS, an AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER, WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, a
LEACH'S STORM-PETREL, 3 BAND-RUMPED STORM-PETRELS*, and a PARASITIC
JAEGER.

A RUFF was found July 20 on the south side of Fowler Beach Rd before
the bridge at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex, DE.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

There continued to be a number of out-of-season sightings of
waterfowl, including single SNOW GEESE at a number of locations in MD
and DE and the continuing TUNDRA SWAN at Bombay Hook NWR, with the
most recent report there from July 20.

A HORNED GREBE was seen July 19 at Craney Island, Portsmouth, VA;
another was photographed July 21 at Pompco Sound, Accomack Co, VA. A
RED-NECKED GREBE was seen July 18 at the Occoquan Bay NWR, Woodbridge,
Prince William Co, VA.

A WILSON'S STORM-PETREL was seen July 19 flying through the channel at
the southernmost of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel islands,
Northampton Co, VA.

An ANHINGA was seen July 15 at the Harwood Mills Reservoir, York, VA.
Another ANHINGA was reported flying over Lake of the Woods, a gated
community in Orange Co, VA, on July 19.

A juvenile TRICOLORED HERON was seen July 16 at Hart-Miller Island,
Baltimore Co, MD.

WHITE IBIS were seen at several locations throughout the area during
the week. A WHITE-FACED IBIS was reported at the Assateague State
Park, Worcester Co, MD on July 20.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was reported from the intersection of Gaines &
Jackson Streets, Burke, VA on July 15. As many as three MISSISSIPPI
KITES have been seen in a neighborhood in Virginia Beach, VA between
the 15th & 21ST with sightings along Church Point Place, Curtiss Dr,
and Thoroughgood Dr.

A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was seen July 17 at the Dunkirk Shopping Center,
Calvert Co, MD.

Three AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen July 16 at the Swan Creek Wetlands,
Anne Arundel Co, MD. An AMERICAN AVOCET was also seen July 21 at Swan
Cove, Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA. A MARBLED GODWIT was seen on
July 16 at Skimmer Island, Ocean City, MD. Another was seen July 20 at
Castaways Waterfront Campground (formerly Eagle's Nest), Worcester Co,
MD.

A GULL-BILLED TERN was seen July 18 at Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co,
DE. A BLACK TERN was spotted July 18 at Prime Hook NWR, DE. There was
also one at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on the 19th. SANDWICH TERNS
were seen on the 19th and 20th at Point Lookout SP, St. Mary's Co, MD.
A SANDWICH TERN was seen July 21 at Bethany Beach, Sussex Co, DE.

A flyby MERLIN was seen July 18 at the Piney River Ranger Station,
Rappahannock Co, VA.

The ALDER FLYCATCHER in Highland Co, VA was found again on July 18.

An early fall migrating NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was found July 17 in a
yard in Waldorf, Charles Co, MD.

A female ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was seen July 20 at the G. Richard
Thompson WMA, Fauquier Co, VA.

***

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://www.audubonnaturalist.org/index.php/support-ans/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 records committee.
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Subject: lower Eastern Shore of VA & MD, July 19-21, 2014.
Date: Tue Jul 22 2014 15:59 pm
From: harryarmistead AT hotmail.com
 




















LOWER EASTERN SHORE OF VA & MD, JULY 19-21, 2014.
A 617-mile road swing.



Please bear in mind that my postings are also written for family and friends
who may have little knowledge of natural history, so some of what is said here
may be obvious to you but not to some of them. I am not TRYING to insult
anyone's intelligence.



WILLIS WHARF, VA, July 18, seen by Sue, Lynn & Hal: 48 Whimbrels, 6
Willets, and 3 Black Skimmers.



The day after the arrival of Alexis Elizabeth Ayres, 8 lbs. 5 ozs., 20.75 in.,
4:53 P.M., daughter of our daughter, Anne, and Derek Ayres:

JULY 19, SATURDAY,
Kiptopeke (Cape Charles), Virginia area. I spent today tagging along with
Sue Ricciardi, Hal Wierenga, and Lynn Davidson (compiler) on the Delmarva Tip
Butterfly Count (9:15 A.M. - 6:45 P.M.). This count has been going on
for, I forget, at least 12 years anyway, and is conducted within the circle of
the Cape Charles Christmas Bird Count, established by Will Russell in 1965.



One Eurasian Collared-Dove at intersection of Route 600 and Capeville
Road. The small colony in this area is one of the few places in Virginia
where this species may be found with counts going at least as high as 18.



Field W of Route 600 and just N of Magotha Road: an Eastern Cottontail and 170
Rock PIgeons. The pigeons live on the concrete ships at Kiptopeke and fan
out over the agricultural fields during the day.



Magotha Road: 3 Gray Squirrels, 9 Glossy Ibis, and a d.o.r. small fawn.



Ramp Lane/Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge (ESVNWR): A
sub-adult White Ibis, a Forster's Tern, a Bald Eagle, a Tricolored Heron, 3
Glossy Ibis, 5 Ospreys, and a Peregrine Falcon. The Ramp Lane pond has a
Snowy Egret, but this pond has been unproductive during my infrequent visits
for the past year or more. As one faces the Smith Island (Cape Charles it
is called) light the Bald Eagle in between the viewer and the island produced 2
young this year, and the other nest down towards Wise Point 1 youngster (fide
John MIller).



ESVNWR proper: Indigo Bunting, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 35 Bobolinks, Great
Crested Flycatcher, Blue Grosbeak, 11 White Ibis, Orchard Oriole, Least
Sandpiper (heard by HW), all singletons unless noted otherwise. That's a
good number of Bobolinks for so early in the fall even though they are
notorious for turning up in small numbers even as early as the beginning of
July, on their way to the Argentine.



Cape Charles Natural Area Preserve (CCNAP) is a 29-acre area just S of the town
of Cape Charles with a trail that goes out to the beach (the beach is a
restricted area). The little pond here, mostly dried up, has several
boardwalks and is surrounded by willows, which attract Viceroys. I see
one on the boardwalk. Others find 4 more. We hear a Summer Tanager,
see a flicker, and there is a Chipping Sparrow singing vigorously from the top
of a cypress and at close range, so harmless and inoffensive as to be almost
beyond belief. Lynn, whose herp cred includes the fact the she is the
atlas coordinator for Dorchester County, MD, for the MD herp atlas effort (now
in its 5th and final year) has heard with certainty Squirrel Treefrogs here
(Hyla squirella), at the extreme northern limit of their known range.
This is the sort of fact that Brooke Meanley would have loved.



The 3rd edition of the Peterson reptiles and amphibians field guide shows their
northern limit as the Cape Henry-Virginia Beach area (map
296). Google CCNAP and you'll see that other important
aspects here are the presence of the threatened Northeastern Beach Tiger
Beetle, an unusual plant - Coast Bedstraw - and a scarce habitat - maritime
dune woodland. CCNAP is administered by the Virginia Dept. of
Conservation and Recreation. It's a little gem. One Painted
Turtle. Now that we're on the subject of herps, I have heard Eastern
Narrowmouth Toads on the S side of the old ferry slip (end of Route 704) at
Kiptopeke in the wet swale areas in the upper dunes, also near the N limit of
their range, although they are in parts of MD, too.



At Townsend (pronounced locally Town's End): another Eurasian Collared-Dove.



Bull's Drive (we go no further than the gate): Grasshopper Sparrow (great view
on a fence post at close range; heard singing there, too), Least Tern, Brown
Pelican 17 (in a circling kettle) Field Sparrow singing, an active Osprey nest
on top of the tall communications tower, a doe and her fawn.



Pickett's Harbor: Has long stretch full of big American Hackerries and
Black Cherries. I find the only Hackberry Emperor today. In other
years scores of them have been found here. Brown Pelican 14,
Double-crested Cormorant 17, 1 Common Tern, 1 Royal Tern. The lovely
maritime forest at the W end has big Loblolly Pines and a lot of Devil's
Walking Stick, hollies, and plenty of vines.



Cheapside. Aptly named. Many vacant lots, abandoned houses.
Once for a couple of days an Audubon's Warbler was here, found on a Christmas
count, seen by 5-6 of us, found, I think, by Evan Obercian. Lots of
blooming Mimosa. We have 5 or 6 sightings of hummingbirds. A
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher that may be a very early migrant. One Gray
Squirrel, assuming the Weltanschauung posture.



Just W of Route 13 X Arlington Road a seafood building with 115 Herring Gulls
on the roof, all adults in breeding plumage.



Route 13, milepost 71, 6 deer.



Back to Ramp Lane, ESVNWR, 7 - 7:30 P.M.: 18 White Ibis, 12 Clapper Rails, 2
Green Herons, 60 distant Black Skimmers, 4 Great Egrets, 1 Snowy Egret, 20
Brown Pelicans, 7 Eastern Cottontails, and 3 deer (2 does and a small fawn).



BUTTERFLYING certainly requires a special skill set. Finding the one tiny
hairstreak after scutinizing 100s of clover blossoms. Likewise a
diminutive Saltmarsh Skipper or 2 on a long swath of Sea Oxeye.
Especially productive today is the line of Abelia bushes, in full bloom, on the
backside of ESVNWR. Lynn has acquired a Special Use Permit from ESVNWR
giving us access to such restricted areas. Special binoculars that focus
at close ranges are very helpful for butterflyers. Today we find 25
species. Usually it is 10 or so more, but the overcast skies, cool
weather (in the 70s), and NE winds of 15 m.p.h. put the damper on butterflies
today. There are 10 or so others on the butterfly count. We find
these swallowtails: Giant (rare here), Palamedes, Black, Spicebush, and Tiger.
Silver-spotted Skippers may be the most abundant butterfly sighting
today. Lynn's report will tell. We miss such usually dependable
species as Snout, Duskywing, and some of the skippers and sulphurs.
Indigo Buntings, singing males, are just about everywhere today.



JULY 20, SUNDAY. My 3 companions go on to do a butterfly count in the
Nassawango area in MD. I work my way up to Rigby's Folly. Mostly
overcast, winds NE 10, temps in high 70s, low or mid 80s, with a chance of
Denny's country fried steak.



MACHIPONGO - BOXTREE ROAD, VA. Low tide. 8:45-9. Eastern
Cottontail 2, Brown Pelican 2, Great Egret 1, Laughing Gull 33 (hunting in the
marshes and along the tidal guts), Forster's Tern 7, Indigo Bunting 1, Barn
Swallow 30 (actively foraging over the marsh). The S lawn area here is
skirted by a nice stretch of Sea Oxeye which hosts one Saltmarsh Skipper.



WILLIS WHARF, VA, 9:15- 10. Very low tide. Whimbrel 41, Canada
Goose 16, Great Egret 3, Snowy Egret 1, Black Vulture 3, Willet 14, Marbled Godwit
0, Black Skimmer 3, Forster's Tern 6. Two Diamondback Terrapin basking on
the edge of a tidal gut.



THE REST OF THE DAY IN MD:



ELLIOTT ISLAND ROAD, MD. 12:30-3:15. Tide low and getting
lower. 40 species, incl. Canada Goose 12, Mallard 1 (the ONLY duck), 3
Great Blue Herons, 3 Great Egrets, 13 Snowy Egrets, 2 Glossy Ibis, 29 Ospreys,
8 Blad Eagles, 2 Northern Harriers, 2 Virginia Rails, 2 Common Gallinules, 1
Greater Yellowlegs, 2 Willets (they'll be clearing out very soon), 2 Least
Sandpipers, 2 Short-billed Dowitchers, 1 Forster's Tern (the only tern), 8
Eastern Kingbirds, 5 Fish Crows, 35 Purple Martins, 6 Marsh Wrens (doing their
buzzy arerial displays), 4 Eastern Bluebirds, 65 starlings, 5 Seaside Sparrows,
3 Blue Grosbeaks, 4 Indigo Buntings, 150 Common & 2 Boat-tailed grackles,
45 cowbirds. And so it goes, or at least, went. Also: 2 Diamondback
Terrapin, 2 Black Swallowtails (males), and perhaps most unusual of all, a fat
Woodchuck just E of Kraft Neck X Elliott I. roads on the farm driveway
there. I don't think I've ever seen a 'whistle pig' before on Elliott
Island Road.



BESTPITCH FERRY ROAD, Transquaking River area: A hen Wild Turkey with 7
half-grown poults, 2 Painted Turtles, 125 cowbirds.



BLACKWATER N.W.R., 4:15 - 5:30, a cameo appearance. All of 14 species,
incl.: Great Blue Heron 5, Great Egret 14, Bald Eagle 6, Osprey 5, Killdeer 1,
Greater 3 & Lesser 14 yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper 345 (all of the peep I am
able to see are Leasts, but there are no doubt some Semipalmateds and perhaps a
few Westerns in with them), Short-billed Dowitcher 5, Pectoral Sandpiper 4,
Ring-billed Gull 1, Forster's Tern 6, Red-headed Woodpecker 1, Orchard Oriole
1. NON-AVIAN TAXA: Painted Turtle 13, Redbelly Slider 2, Orange Sulphur
3, Cabbage White 1.



EGYPT ROAD, 5:35, P.M., A hen Wild Turkey.



RIGBY'S FOLLY - Armistead digs in Talbot County. Arrive 7:10 P.M.
The 2 young Ospreys on our platform are impressive and the just one young (I
think) on a platform farther up the cove is, too. They look flight-capable,
if they only knew it. Corn is up c. 2.5' in contrast to much of it
elsewhere regionally, which much of it 7'. There's a large, dead oak limb
on the driveway, not what I want to deal with after 200+ miles of
driving. Then in the house a smoke alarm in a hard-to-reach place is
beeping away. Another large limb, on the mostly-dead maple by the garage,
has fallen. 1.75" in the rain gauge since the last visit.
Good.



JULY 21, known to the laity as, simply, Monday. At Rigby's Folly:
overcast, 72, calm. A Yellow-billed Cuckoo calling continuously. A
8-point buck in Field 4. A Gray Squirrel. The 1st Monarch of the
year. At Frog Hollow 19 Painted Turtles, a record count, some of them
very small young, are basking on 2 logs, 16 on one log. Over Royal Oak is
an immature Bald Eagle soaring. In a yard right in the middle of town are
2 Black Vultures. MIDDLETOWN, DE. A Velvet Ant on the paving at the
Wawa only a few feet from the doors.



JULY 22, Tuesday. I hate to miss it, but I need to be home. Today
John Weske, Dave Brinker, and their crew are banding Brown Pelican chicks in
the huge colony (> 1,000 pairs in some years) out in the Shanks I. area of
VA just S of Smith I., MD, and N of Tangier I., VA.



Best to all. - Harry Armistead.






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Subject: Two Red-Eyed Vireos at Motts Reservoir, Fredericksburg, VA
Date: Tue Jul 22 2014 15:37 pm
From: suzinotsue AT gmail.com
 
Two Re-Eyed Vireos (life bird for me) were feeding together just off the
Nature Center deck at Motts Reservoir. I watched one pick off what looked
like caterpillar silk from the back side of a leaf. They were very visible
for about five minutes and I was kicking myself for not bringing my camera
that day!

Also saw the resident Eastern Phoebe.

Suzanne Stewart
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Subject: Don't forget! The Birder Travel Decision Survey is waiting!
Date: Mon Jul 21 2014 17:06 pm
From: ggdeason AT ncsu.edu
 
Dear Virginia Birder,



We know that you are busy, but we also know that birding is important to
you!



This is a reminder that the Birder Travel Decisions Survey
is awaiting your
response. Time is running out to help us with this important study that
could enhance your future birding trips!



Please click here and
complete it now. It will only take about 15 – 20 minutes of your time.



Your voluntary participation in this study will help to assist local
businesses better serve birders as clientele. Study results will be used by
NC State University’s Tourism Extension office to enhance their Birder
Friendly Business program.



All answers are confidential and you could receive a *North Carolina
Birding Trail guidebook* by completing the survey!



If you have any questions about this survey, please feel free to contact me
(ggdeason@ncsu.edu) or Dr. Erin Seekamp (erin_seekamp@ncsu.edu).



Thank you so much for your valuable input!



Sincerely,

Ginger Deason, Doctoral Research Assistant

Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

College of Natural Resources

North Carolina State University

--
PhD Student/Research Assistant
Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
College of Natural Resources
North Carolina State University


Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and
the last fish has been caught, will we realize that we cannot eat money.
~ 19th century Cree saying

Hasta que el último árbol sea cortado, el último río sea contaminado y el
último pescado sea atrapado; solo entonces nos daremos cuenta que el dinero
no se puede comer.
~ profecia Indios Cree
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Date: Mon Jul 21 2014 15:20 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
More than 25 birders assembled for today's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk. We identified 43 species. All species were normal for Huntley Meadows at this time of year. Highlights included an unusually tame Great Blue Heron who loitered next to a portion of the boardwalk while a large crowd of people stood by and watched it systematically catch small fish. This show went on for 15 or 20 minutes. Another highlight was large numbers of Barn swallows harvesting insects from the flowers of the showy Crimson Eyed Rose Mallows (Hibiscis moscheutos) blooming throughout the central wetlands.

Canada Goose 15
Wood Duck 8
Mallard 8
Wild Turkey 1
Great Blue Heron
5
Great Egret 4
Green Heron 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Killdeer 4
Mourning Dove 2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Chimney Swift 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Acadian Flycatcher 3
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 2
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Blue Jay 6
crow sp. 1
Barn Swallow 25
Carolina Chickadee 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Eastern Bluebird 3
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 24
Gray Catbird 7
Common Yellowthroat 6
Eastern Towhee 1
Song Sparrow 1
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 6
Red-winged
Blackbird 20
Common Grackle 15
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 3

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


Harry Glasgow
Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Upper Thompson WMA and nearby, Fauq Co, 20 July 2014
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 18:10 pm
From: KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net
 
VA BIRDers,

A pretty cool day for the middle of July. Freezeland Rd at Thompson WMA was
63F at 7am rising to nearly 68F when I left at 930am. There were a few
birds present and a small fraction of them were singing. Nothing too
surprising, but a delight to see warblers in the middle of summer. The
highlight was a Rose-breasted Grosbeak - female in breeding plumage but no
signs (acoustically or photonically) of a male or young. Let me list the
notable species:

YB Cuckoo 2
Barred Owl 1, big black eyes staring down on me
Chimney Swift 1, pretty good considering the nearest house was half a mile a
way
E. Wood Pewee 11, feeding FL
Acadian Fly 7
White-eyed V 3
Yellow-throated V 3
Red-eyed V 15, FL
Common Raven 1
Wood Thrush 9
Gray Catbird 11
Brown Thrasher 1
Ovenbird 2
Worm-eating 4, one sang
Black & White 1, HY female
Kentucky 5, one sang
Common Yellowthroat 1, singing
Hooded 10, several sang
Am. Redstart 10, CF, two sang
YB Chat 2, one flew out of someone's driveway and after landing made strange
sounds reminiscent of its song
Scarlet Tanager 6, couple singing
E. Towhee 29, FL
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1, ad female
Indigo Bunting 21, CF + FL
Brown-headed Cowbird 3

I then drove Leeds Manor Rd. Most notable were a few American Redstarts in
trees along the route, occasionally chipping. There was also a YB Chat and
YB Cuckoo (graceful flight). I went down Carr Rd and the most notable was a
rufous phase E. Screech Owl (how I wish I had a camera with me!) which stood
outside its entrance hole for nearly a minute. And the Green Heron in one
of the wet patches was a pleasant surprise. As I went south towards I-66 an
American Kestrel flew in parallel with Rectortown Rd. About 73 species for
the trip.

Kurt Gaskill

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Subject: Dyke Marsh Walk today- Least Bittern, Orchard Oriole and Warbling Vireo on Nest
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 14:13 pm
From: prowarbler AT verizon.net
 
Fifteen people joined me today for the Sunday Morning Bird Walk.  Highlights
included a Warbling Vireo and Orchard Oriole nest (the latter with young)
between the Haul Road bridge and the boardwalk entrance, and a Least Bittern
in flight (life bird for David Ledwith and perhaps a few others) - yea!
Fledged Ospreys are perfecting both flight and fishing skills. Barn Swallows
were feeding fledged young at the marina. Red-winged Blackbirds and Northern
Cardinals also tended to begging youngsters. We observed a Willow
Flycatcher (based on its "whit" call) near the boardwalk entrance. Our only
lowlight was a Carolina Wren feeding a young Brown-headed Cowbird
(subjective statement I admit).



Special note of thanks to Larry Meade (young Larry) for helping me (old
Larry) and the group with butterfly identification, providing some hilarious
puns, and improving my English. Note Larry that I have changed "I" to "me"
when needed, avoided the word "myself," and used active voice in my
sentence structure as much as possible.



Today's list:







Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA

Jul 20, 2014 11:19 AM - 2:49 PM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.1

51 species



Canada Goose 40

Mallard 60

Double-crested Cormorant 3

Least Bittern 1

Great Blue Heron 11

Great Egret 17

Osprey 10 Fledged Young

Bald Eagle 5

Spotted Sandpiper 1

Ring-billed Gull 150

Herring Gull (American) 2

Mourning Dove 3

Chimney Swift 8

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2

Belted Kingfisher 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 4

Downy Woodpecker 2

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1

Willow Flycatcher 1 call is "whit whit"

Eastern Phoebe 2

Great Crested Flycatcher 1

Eastern Kingbird 6

Warbling Vireo 2 On Nest

Blue Jay 5

Fish Crow 4

Purple Martin 6

Tree Swallow 15

Barn Swallow 20

Carolina Chickadee 8

Tufted Titmouse 3

White-breasted Nuthatch 3

Marsh Wren 3

Carolina Wren 5 Feeding Young

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2

American Robin 10

Gray Catbird 2

Northern Mockingbird 2

European Starling 15

Prothonotary Warbler 1

Common Yellowthroat 2

Yellow Warbler 1

Song Sparrow 5

Northern Cardinal 12

Indigo Bunting 2

Red-winged Blackbird 20 Feeding Young

Common Grackle (Purple) 16

Brown-headed Cowbird 2 Fledged Young (fed by Carolina Wren)

Orchard Oriole 2 Nest With Young

House Finch 2

American Goldfinch 12

House Sparrow 10



Larry Cartwright

prowarbler@verizon.net







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Subject: Mississippi Kite in VA Beach this morning
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 14:10 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Around 7:30 this morning I visited the intersection of Five Forks  Rd and
Curtiss Dr to see if the Mississippi Kite was still in the area. The bird
was immediately spotted soaring overhead, and then it drifted over the tree
line toward the Bayville Farms Park. I searched for some time but wasn't
able to locate it again.

Dave Youker
Yorktown, VA
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Subject: Occoquan Bay NWR
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 13:42 pm
From: moribaudo AT verizon.net
 
I tallied 60 species at Occoquan Bay NWR in Woodbridge this morning.  Its getting harder to find birds as singing has slowed down, but the indigo buntings, chats, blue grosbeaks, white-eyed vireos, yellowthroats, and field sparrows were still singing away.  Notables were a single king rail, green heron, a lot of orchard orioles (8 in one flock, migration activity?), prothonotary warbler, northern parula, and yellow-billed cuckoo.

Afterwards I stopped at Neabsco Creek and saw 2 least bitterns chasing each other over the marsh.

Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: Various sightings in Shenandoah NP North District
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 11:49 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hi all,

My mom and I got back last night from a camping trip at Matthews Arm Campground in the north district of Shenandoah National Park. Over the course of our 4 days, I had a few good bird sightings.

On Wed (July 16th) along the Knob Mt Trail from the Heiskell Hollow Tr to the Cutoff Trail (1.5 miles -- Page County) I had 34 species with highlights: 1 Rrd-shouldered & 1 Broad-winged Hawks, 2 Acadian Flycatchers, 1 BH Vireo, 7 recently fledged Ovenbirds -- confirmed breeding, 1 Worm-eating, 2 Black-and-white, 4 Redstart, and 2 Junco.

On Wed (16th) and Fri (18th) nights at the Matthews Arm Campground I heard 1-2 Barred Owls (Page County).

At 10:30am on Fri morning (18th) at Piney River Ranger Station (Rappahannock County) I had a surprise northeast-bound flyby Merlin. There were 1 Kentucky (this is a spot I regularly get Kentuckies) and 2 Chestnut-sided Warblers nearby.

Later Fri afternoon at the Front Royal Entrance Station to the park (Warren County) I had 22 species with highlights: 1 Swift, 1 Hummingbird, 3 Pewee, 8 C. Chickadee -- includes Recently Fledged Young (RFY) -- confirmed breeding, 12 Tufted Titmouse -- RFY, 4 Nuthatch, 4 House Wren, 6 Gnatcatcher -- RFY, 4 Worm-eating Warblers -- RFY, 2 L. Waterthrush, 1 Hooded, 2 Redstart, 1 Scarlet Tanager.

Our final notable birds were the same afternoon at Gooney Manor Overlook where we had 1 adult Bald Eagle circling overhead, 2 Broad-winged & 1 Red-tailed Hawks.

Good birding!

Gabriel Mapel
New Hope, VA
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Subject: Wilson's Storm-Petrel at CBBT
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 11:15 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

Late yesterday afternoon, there was a Wilson's Storm-Petrel flying through the channel at the south island CBBT.

Brian Taber
Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory
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Subject: Great Falls Walk
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 10:06 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

At Great Falls National Park this morning our small group of three birders tallied 42 species (+1 other taxa). Highlights of the day included good views of an osprey at the second overlook, blue jays chasing a barred owl in the holding basin area and in the picnic area a brave chipping sparrow that lingered within a foot of us. All are welcome to join this walk that meets every Sunday at 8:00am in the visitors center parking lot. -- Marshall Rawson, McLean VA

Canada Goose 10
American Black Duck 2
Mallard 14
Double-crested Cormorant 6
Great Blue Heron 5
Green Heron 1
Black Vulture 9
Turkey Vulture 8
Osprey 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 1
Mourning Dove 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Barred Owl 1
Chimney Swift 20
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Blue Jay 15
American Crow 3
crow sp. 4
Tree Swallow 1
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 18
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Carolina Wren 12
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Eastern Bluebird 4
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 3
Eastern Towhee 1
Chipping Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 2
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 4
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Baltimore Oriole 1
American Goldfinch 6



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Subject: Note on: Anhinga at Lake of the Woods
Date: Sun Jul 20 2014 4:11 am
From: elliety AT msn.com
 
A couple of points on the Anhinga:

1. Lake of the Woods is a gated lake with a guard post at the entrance. I think you need to be a resident or guest to get access.

2. My view was a fly-over. While I would guess that the bird is somewhere on the lake, there are a number of coves where it could be.

Before driving a distance, you might wait to see if someone local is able to find it and make sure you could get access.



> From: elliety@msn.com
> To: va-bird@listserve.com
> Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:08:26 -0400
> Subject: [Va-bird] Anhinga at Lake of the Woods
>
> I visited some friends at Lake of the Woods today and out on the lake an Anhinga flew by. I observed DC Cormorants as well, but the Anhinga was different. It had a longer neck, two rectangular white wing patches on the upper wings, a very thin bill and long tail. It was a brief but clear look. Our boat was headed one direction and the Anhinga was headed the other.
>
> Bill
>
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Subject: Anhinga at Lake of the Woods
Date: Sat Jul 19 2014 21:08 pm
From: elliety AT msn.com
 
I visited some friends at Lake of the Woods today and out on the lake an Anhinga flew by.  I observed DC Cormorants as well, but the Anhinga was different.  It had a longer neck, two rectangular white wing patches on the upper wings, a very thin bill and long tail.  It was a brief but clear look.  Our boat was headed one direction and the Anhinga was headed the other.

Bill

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Subject: Common Loon, Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William County
Date: Sat Jul 19 2014 12:15 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
VA Birders,
Dave Boltz and I birded the Occoquan Bay refuge this morning and found a Common Loon off Deephole Point Road about 600 yards downstream from Conrad Island. That area is between the end of Charlie Rd. and the mouth of Catamount Creek. We had no luck refinding the Red-necked Grebe I found in the same area and reported in eBird yesterday.
Phil Silas
Woodbridge, VA
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Subject: Virginia Beach Mississippi Kite
Date: Sat Jul 19 2014 9:59 am
From: kroberts38 AT verizon.net
 
There are 3 Mississippi Kites flying over and around Curtiss Dr. in Thoroughgood neighborhood of Virginia Beach. (10:45 am, Saturday, July 19th) Thanks for posting about them Jim!

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Subject: Migrating Hummingbirds Are Arriving
Date: Fri Jul 18 2014 9:05 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

Beginning this week, migrating hummingbirds have begun to show up at my feeders. I have had to fill the two feeds that I have up every other day and there have been multiple birds feeding at each one. Fights for position have begun which always makes me sad as last year I had two injured birds as a result of fights at the feeder. Thankfully they both recovered. Probably by next week I will put up two more feeders at remote locations to take some of the pressure off the ones on the deck. One needs to be careful as you go out the back door onto the deck so you don't get hit by a bird but I love having them here.
Blue/gray gnatcatchers have also been bouncing around the yard in the crape myrtle trees which are in full bloom.

Peggy Lyons
Concord
Campbell County
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Subject: from: Linda
Date: Fri Jul 18 2014 6:03 am
From: lbscherer AT hotmail.com
 



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Subject: Virginia Beach Mississippi Kite
Date: Thu Jul 17 2014 14:00 pm
From: marcums AT cns.umass.edu
 
An adult Mississippi Kite was observed this morning, soaring in the area near the junction of Church Point Place and Hepplewhite Mews. Reports of a MIKI have been made in this area of Virginia Beach for several weeks now. I went to the area to see if the bird could be relocated and observed it around 10:30 this am.

Jim Marcum
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: Purple Martin Festival, Richmond
Date: Thu Jul 17 2014 12:03 pm
From: susaneridd AT gmail.com
 
"The Gone to the Birds Nature Festival has been cancelled due to a lack of
birds and a lack of interest. We regret this but we hope that you will go
to North Carolina and see the 100,000 Purple Martins that roost there. The
Coastal Carolina website is www.purplemartinroost.com." Thank you for your
past support!
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Subject: Reston Flycatchers
Date: Wed Jul 16 2014 15:57 pm
From: lcdyoung93 AT verizon.net
 
 I just returned from three weeks in Cape May, Co. NJ, so I decided to go around
to a couple of local trails and take inventory. The Flycatchers were by far the most
active and vocal birds with 5 species found rather quickly. the most interesting
by far was an Eastern Phoebe repeatly attacking the ground by the trail edge.
I watched as a small to mid-sized Praying Mantis successfully defended itself
against a much larger and very determined foe who eventually gave up the hunt.
I walked from behind Tall Oaks up to and onto the Lake Anne Dam at Wiehle Ave then
behind Universalist Church Garden Plots. I saw and heard the following plus
usuals

Barn Swallow
Chimney Swift
Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Eastern Wood Pewee - 2
Acadian Flycatcher - in wooded stream vallley, was there back in June as well
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Red Eyed Vireo
Indigo Bunting ( 2 pair ) along the gas pipeline right of way.

Dave Young
Reston, Virginia

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Subject: Caspian Terns at Hog Island
Date: Wed Jul 16 2014 14:01 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

If anyone is at Hog Island WMA in Surry in late July, August or early Sept and can count Caspian Terns, I'd be interested in the data. For the past several years, at least, they have been staging there by the many hundreds and I'm not aware of anywhere else they are doing that in VA.

Thanks,

Brian Taber
Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory
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Subject: Mississippi Kite - Fairfax County
Date: Wed Jul 16 2014 12:59 pm
From: stephendeccles AT gmail.com
 
Yesterday afternoon (July 15), I saw an adult MK at its well-known site at Gaines/Johnston in Burke, Fairfax County. Just after the storm abated, one was sitting out on a bare branch, looking most peculiar! This adult had completely lost its tail, with obvious signs of a new one growing in.

Stephen Eccles

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Subject: July 14, 2014 Chincoteague NWR Shorebird Survey Results
Date: Tue Jul 15 2014 19:17 pm
From: clyde_joelle AT verizon.net
 
Below are the results of our weekly shorebird/gull survey conducted at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge onMonday July 14, 2014. All water areas (impoundments and beach areas) were covered in a8 hour survey. All individuals are counted for the target species; other birds seen or heard on the survey are followed by a dash.

Southbound migration has hit the Refuge. We had 2,946 individual shorebirds of 15 species. Willets were the most common with a high number of 900 counted on the survey. This is a huge number for the Refuge surveys. Dowitcher sp. (494), least sandpiper (408), semi-palmated sandpiper (210) and yellowlegs (mostly lesser with some greater and manyyellowlegs sp) (416)were all in increased numbers over the past few weeks. The 19 marbled godwits using Tom's Cove was the most we have seen this summer. Our first pectoral sandpiper of the season was a joy to find. The black tern flying low over the waves on the Hook was a surprise.

Since the impoundments are mostly dry, who knows how many more shorebirds would be using the Refuge if we get some more rain thereby improving their habitat on the Refuge?

The best place to see shorebirds right now on the Refuge is F Pond across from the NPS Visitor Center and the North Wash Flats impoundments. The latter requires a hike up the Service Road north of the Visitors Loop. Good numbers and variety of species of terns can be seen on the Beaches as well as F Pond.

Our next survey is July 21. Joelle Buffa and Clyde Morris


Canada Goose --
Gadwall --
American Black Duck --
Mallard --
Black Scoter --
Brown Pelican 114
Great Blue Heron --
Great Egret --
Snowy Egret --
Little Blue Heron --
Tricolored Heron --
Cattle Egret --
Green Heron --
Glossy Ibis --
Black Vulture --
Turkey Vulture --
Osprey --
Bald Eagle --
American Oystercatcher 37
Black-bellied Plover 37
Semipalmated Plover 34
Piping Plover 58
Killdeer 12
Greater Yellowlegs 86
Willet 900
Lesser Yellowlegs 154
Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs 176
Whimbrel 33
Marbled Godwit 19
Ruddy Turnstone 7
Red Knot 29
Sanderling 63
Least Sandpiper 408
Pectoral Sandpiper 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper 210
peep sp. 188
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher 494
Laughing Gull 114
Ring-billed Gull 12
Herring Gull 147
Lesser Black-backed Gull 53
Great Black-backed Gull 15
Least Tern 85
Gull-billed Tern 2
Black Tern 1
Common Tern 40
Royal Tern 1
Sandwich Tern 1
Black Skimmer 2
Mourning Dove --
Red-headed Woodpecker --
Downy Woodpecker --
Northern Flicker --
Eastern Wood-Pewee --
Great Crested Flycatcher --
Eastern Kingbird --
White-eyed Vireo --
American Crow --
Fish Crow --
crow sp. --
Purple Martin --
Tree Swallow --
Barn Swallow --
Carolina Chickadee --
Brown-headed Nuthatch --
House Wren --
Carolina Wren --
American Robin --
Gray Catbird --
Brown Thrasher --
Northern Mockingbird --
European Starling --
Common Yellowthroat --
Pine Warbler --
Eastern Towhee --
Field Sparrow --
Song Sparrow --
Summer Tanager --
Northern Cardinal --
Blue Grosbeak --
Indigo Bunting --
Red-winged Blackbird --
Eastern Meadowlark --
Common Grackle --
Brown-headed Cowbird --
Orchard Oriole --
House Finch --
American Goldfinch --
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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington Area, July 15
Date: Tue Jul 15 2014 15:47 pm
From: joecoleman AT rstarmail.com
 
FYI - this report is for sightings from July 8 through July 14 and was compiled by Gerry Hawkins & transcribed by Steve Cordle.
Joe Coleman

Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 7/15/2014
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, questions: voice@AudubonNaturalist.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
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, July
8 and was completed on Tuesday, July 15 at 9:45 a.m.

The top birds this week were SOOTY SHEARWATER in MD and WILSON'S
STORM-PETREL in MD and DE.

Other birds of interest this week included SNOW GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN,
MUTE SWAN, KING EIDER and various other ducks, NORTHERN BOBWHITE,
RED-NECKED and HORNED GREBES, ANHINGA, WHITE IBIS, MISSISSIPPI KITE,
WILSON'S PHALAROPE and various other shorebirds, GULL-BILLED, BLACK
and SANDWICH TERNS, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, MERLIN, MARSH WREN,
WILSON'S WARBLER, LINCOLN'S and WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and orange
SCARLET and SUMMER TANAGERS.

TOP BIRDS

Following Hurricane Arthur, seabird sightings included a SOOTY
SHEARWATER in flight at the Ocean City Inlet, Worcester Co, MD on July
10. WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS also were seen in flight at the Ocean City
Inlet on this date, as well as at several other locations, including
at the end of Fowler Beach Road, Sussex Co, DE on July 8, 9 and 13 and
in DE waters from the Lewes-Cape May ferry on July 10 and 12. In
addition, two WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were observed at the mouth of the
Choptank River, Talbot Co, MD on July 12.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

Sightings of geese and swans included a SNOW GOOSE at 12 Stones Road
Pond, Harford Co, MD on July 9, 11 and 13 and Bombay Hook NWR, Kent
Co, DE on July 13, and a TUNDRA SWAN at Bombay Hook NWR on July 12. In
addition, 18 MUTE SWANS were at Bethel Beach, Matthews Co, VA on July
11.

Sightings of ducks included a continuing female KING EIDER on Poplar
Island, Talbot Co, MD on July 9. WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were at North
Beach, Calvert Co, MD on July 8 (1), Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on
July 9 (2) and Black Walnut Point, Talbot Co, MD on July 13 (1). BLACK
SCOTERS were observed at various locations, including several
locations in Sussex and Kent Cos, DE on July 7, 9, 10 and 11 (1-6),
North Beach, Calvert Co, MD on July 8 and 9 (1) and Ocean City Inlet,
Worcester Co, MD on July 10 (80). Four LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen on
Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on July 9. Duck sightings during the week
also included GADWALL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, CANVASBACK, RING-NECKED
DUCK, GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and
RUDDY DUCK.

A NORTHERN BOBWHITE was heard along Turner Road in Calvert Co, MD on
July 8, 10 and 11, and an adult and a juvenile were encountered along
Old Bradley Road in Wicomico Co, MD on July 10.

A breeding adult RED-NECKED GREBE was at Violette's Lock on the C&O
Canal, Montgomery Co, MD on July 10-12. A breeding adult HORNED GREBE
was seen at North Beach, Calvert Co, MD on July 9.

An ANHINGA was reported at a pond along Blackwater Road, Chesapeake
Co, VA on July 13.

WHITE IBIS was seen at several locations during the week, including in
Sussex Co, DE on July 8 (2), Truitt's Landing, Worcester Co, MD on
July 10 (1) and South Haven Beach, Matthews Co, VA on July 11 (8).

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was reported in flight over Virginia Beach, VA on
July 8, 11 and 12. On July 13 two MISSISSIPPI KITES were observed
perched high in a tree in a residential yard in Warrenton, Fauquier
Co, VA, which is the same general area in which this species has
nested in recent years.

Shorebird sightings included a WILSON'S PLOVER on Metompkin Island,
Accomack Co, VA on July 8. This past week saw increasing evidence of
shorebird migration, with WHIMBRELS on Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD
and at Ocean City Inlet, Worcester Co, MD; a MARBLED GODWIT in flight
over Ocean City, Worcester Co, MD; STILT STANDPIPERS at Poplar Island,
Talbot Co, MD, Broadkill Beach marsh, Sussex Co, DE and Bombay Hook
NWR, Kent Co, DE; a RED KNOT at the end of Fowler Beach Road in Prime
Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE; a PECTORAL SANDPIPER at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent
Co, DE; WESTERN SANDPIPERS at various locations, including North
Beach, Calvert Co, MD, Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD, the Craney Island
Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA and Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE; and a
WILSON'S PHALAROPE on Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD. Shorebird
sightings also included BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS,
BLACK-NECKED STILT, AMERICAN AVOCET, SOLITARY and SPOTTED SANDPIPERS,
GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, WILLET (Western subspecies), RUDDY
TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, DUNLIN and LEAST and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS.

A GULL-BILLED TERN was seen at Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek, Anne
Arundel Co, MD on July 8, on Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on July 9
and on Skimmer Island in Ocean City, Worcester Co, MD on July 12.
BLACK TERNS were spotted at Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on July 9
(4), Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA on July 9 (3) and
Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on July 11 and 13 (1). SANDWICH TERNS
were seen at various locations in Matthews Co, VA on July 11, at
Assawoman Wildlife Area, Sussex Co, DE on July 11 (1) and on a sandbar
at the end of Prime Hook Beach Road, Sussex Co, DE on July 13 (1).

A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was reported along Fowler Beach Road in Prime
Hook NWR, Sussex Co, MD on July 9 and at the Bridgewater Retirement
Community, Rockingham Co, VA on July 10.

A MERLIN was observed eating prey and in flight at Burke's Garden,
Tazewell Co, VA on July 12.

A continuing MARSH WREN was reported at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic
Gardens, Washington, DC on July 9.

A WILSON'S WARBLER was reported in Page Co, VA on July 13.

A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen at Finzel Swamp Nature Preserve, Garrett
Co, MD on July 11. A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was spotted again in West
Friendship Park, Howard Co, MD on July 7 and also reported at a home
in Hampton, VA on July 10 and at the Edith Carrier Arboretum,
Harrisonburg Co, VA on July 13.

An unusual all-orange SCARLET TANAGER was seen at Middle Patuxent
Environmental Area, Howard Co, MD on July 13, and an all-orange SUMMER
TANAGER was reported at Pennyfield Lock on the C&O Canal, Montgomery
Co, MD on July 12.

***

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://www.audubonnaturalist.org/index.php/support-ans/shop), is an
excellent source for guidebooks and many other nature-related titles.

To report bird sightings, e-mail your report to
voice@AudubonNaturalist.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 records committee.

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Subject: Anhinga at Harwoods Mill Reservoir, York Co
Date: Tue Jul 15 2014 11:12 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
While kayaking the reservoir this morning, I spotted an adult, male Anhinga
preening in one of the bald cypress trees. There birds have become more
consistent visitors to this reservoir, although its much later in the season
than normal.

Dave Youker
Yorktown, VA
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Subject: New Video about Belle Haven Ospreys
Date: Mon Jul 14 2014 17:45 pm
From: wcyoung4242 AT gmail.com
 
The Osprey nest at the Belle Haven Marina on the Potomac River just south
of Old Town Alexandria has produced two young, who have fledged. I have
been monitoring activity at the nest and shooting video of it since
February. In late March, I posted a video on YouTube called Osprey Love
Nest about the behavior of the birds before the eggs were laid. I have just
posted a sequel called Osprey Love Nest 2: Feeding and Fledging, which
examines the behavior of the Ospreys since the hatching of the eggs. The
new video can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1PN1YiF3rc .

If you would like to see the first Osprey video about the nest, go to:
https://www.youtube.com/user/williamyoung42?feature=watch .

Best
William Young
Arlington, VA
Author of *The Fascination of Birds*
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Subject: Birder Travel Decisions Survey - please take our survey!
Date: Mon Jul 14 2014 17:05 pm
From: ggdeason AT ncsu.edu
 
Dear Virginia Birder,



As a Virginia Birder and someone who cares about birds, I would like to
invite you to take part in the Birder Travel Decision Survey
!



This study is being conducted by the Tourism Extension office at NC State
University. Study results will be used to redesign an outreach program that
helps local businesses better attract and serve birders, like you, as
clientele.



If you travel frequently for birding, the survey should take about 20
minutes to complete. If you don’t travel frequently for birding, the survey
should only take a few minutes. Participation in the study is voluntary and
all answers are confidential.



At the end of the survey, you will be asked if you would like to be entered
into a drawing to win a North Carolina Birding Trail guide.



You can access the survey here
.



If you have any questions about this survey, please feel free to email me (
ggdeason@ncsu.edu) or Dr. Erin Seekamp (erin_seekamp@ncsu.edu).



Thanks in advance for sharing your valuable opinions!



Sincerely,



Ginger Deason, Doctoral Research Assistant

Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

College of Natural Resources

North Carolina State University

--
PhD Student/Research Assistant
Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
College of Natural Resources
North Carolina State University


Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and
the last fish has been caught, will we realize that we cannot eat money.
~ 19th century Cree saying

Hasta que el último árbol sea cortado, el último río sea contaminado y el
último pescado sea atrapado; solo entonces nos daremos cuenta que el dinero
no se puede comer.
~ profecia Indios Cree
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Subject: Mississippi Kites - Warrenton, VA
Date: Mon Jul 14 2014 15:26 pm
From: gergrd AT gmail.com
 
The Mississippi Kites are back again this year.  A pair perched in my tallest backyard tree for a long time this morning.  They appear to range between my neighborhood (Rte 600 / Rte 674) and PB Smith school about this time each year - they've been observed by several people in this general area for the last few years.

Greg
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Subject: Fwd: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Bird Walk
Date: Mon Jul 14 2014 12:33 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 





Sent from Samsung tablet

-------- Original message --------
From spdavis5@netscape.net
Date: 07/14/2014 12:15 PM (GMT-05:00)
To Harry.glasgow@yahoo.com
Subject Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Bird Walk

         It was a warm and very humid morning at Huntley Meadows, Nineteen birders pushed through the muggy weather to find forty-seven species, about normal for this time of year. Highlights included numerous Wood Ducks who have advanced from the duckling to the juvenile stage, a lone Double-crested Cormorant who made a brief fly-over, and three Wood Thrush--one of whom was conspicuous near the Visitors Center. Last week we had no New World Sparrows. This week we were met with a single Song Sparrow.  My thanks to Stuart and Pam Davis who compiled this report while I was away.

Canada Goose    21
Wood Duck           20
Mallard     5
Hooded Merganser    2
Double-crested Cormorant    1
Great Blue Heron    3
Green Heron    6
Osprey    3
Red-shouldered Hawk    1
Mourning Dove    2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo    1
Barred Owl    1
Chimney Swift   2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher    1
Red-bellied Woodpecker    2
Downey Woodpecker    4
Northern Flicker    4
Pileated Woodpecker    1
Eastern Wood-pewee
Acadian Flycatcher    8
Eastern Phoebe    2
Great Crested Flycatcher    1
Eastern Kingbird    3
Red-eyed Vireo    4
Blue Jay    1
American Crow    1
Purple Martin    2
Tree Swallow    1
Barn Swallow    3
Carolina Chickadee    8
Tufted Titmouse    6
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren    5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher    1
Eastern Bluebird    2
Wood Thrush    3
American Robin    8
Gray Catbird    3
Northern Mockingbird    1
Common Yellowthroat    4
Song Sparrow    1
Northern Cardinal    6
Indigo Bunting    1
Red-winged Blackbird    20
Common Grackle    20
American Goldfinch    3

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.
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Subject: A nice surprise this morning--Female Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Date: Mon Jul 14 2014 6:37 am
From: jaybirdncarol AT verizon.net
 
Good morning,

Just before 7 AM, we looked outside and saw a female Ruby Throated Hummingbird on the feeder. A nice surprise on a cloudy, humid morning.

Carol and Jay Hadlock
Herndon, VA (Fairfax County)
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Subject: Dyke Marsh Field Trip, Sunday 13 July 2014
Date: Sun Jul 13 2014 20:57 pm
From: KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net
 
VA BIRDers,

A somewhat coolish start to the morning for the Friends of Dyke Marsh Sunday
morning field trip, ending near 11 am at 86F. Top bird was a Least Bittern
over the Southside marsh seen from the dogleg. Other highlights were
Acadian Flycatcher, staging Purple Martins, Marsh Wrens, southbound
Louisiana Waterthrush, Prothonotary Warbler, Yellow Warbler, and Orchard
Oriole family group. The morning netted 48 species, list below.

We started, as usual, in the picnic area and heard and briefly saw an
Eastern Kingbird. 40-ish Canada Geese and Mallards floated just offshore in
the high tide. At the southern end of the picnic area we saw many Common
Grackles, heard an Indigo Bunting and noted a male Orchard Oriole with 2
hatch year birds. All Ospreys appeared to be fledged and learning fishing
skills. A flyby of a half dozen Great Egrets near the boat launch was
wonderful. The ramp road area held a calling Prothonotary Warbler which
came in and posed to the delight of the group. Near the beginning of Haul Rd
was an Acadian Flycatcher and 2 Northern Parulas. Nearby, a Louisiana
Waterthrush posed on a log which was wonderful; this appears to be my
earliest migrating LA Waterthrush in Northern VA as this species does not
breed at Dyke.

Sightings along the dogleg and nearby platforms were also good - staging
Purple Martins, a Least Bittern flying low over the reeds in the northern
marsh, Marsh Wrens, many Eastern Kingbirds, 2 Gray Catbirds, a couple of
singing Common Yellowthroats, and more Orchard Orioles. On the way back, a
tree held an insect eruption as 2 dozen Chimney Swifts were congregating
near it.

The mornings list is below. After the big football game, I went to the Stone
Bridge at about 6 pm and tallied 7 more species for the day: Wood Duck (7,
all hatch year), more Great Blue Herons, Bald Eagles (2 hatch year and 1
adult), Killdeer, Least Sandpiper (adult), Laughing Gull (3), Ring-billed
Gull (110), and 4 Rock Pigeons. In the wetland NW of the bridge an Indigo
Bunting was singing.

Kurt Gaskill

C. Goose 40
Mallard 40
DC Cormorant 3
Least Bittern 1
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Egret 8
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Mourning Dove 2
C. Swift 30
RB Woodpecker 3
Downy WP 2
No. Flicker 2
Acadian FC 1
Great Crested FC 1, at the parking lot upon return
E. Kingbird 7
Warbling V 1, brief song
Blue Jay 2
Am. Crow 2
Fish Crow 4
Purple Martin 12
Tree Sw 3
Barn Sw 6
C. Chickadee 5
T. Titmouse 3
White-br Nuthatch 2
C. Wren 8
M. Wren 3
BG Gnatcatcher 3
Am. Robing 6
Gray Catbird 2
E. Starling 7
No. Parula 2
Yellow 1
Prothonotary 1
LA Waterthrush 1
Com. Yellowthroat 2
Song Sp 1
No. Cardinal 8
Indigo Bunting 2
RW Blackbird 12
Com. Grackle 12
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Orchard O 5
House Finch 5
Am. Goldfinch 5
House Sparrow 4

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Subject: Birding near Shenandoah Mountain
Date: Sun Jul 13 2014 18:31 pm
From: larnersky AT mindspring.com
 
Hello all



This morning Ann Cline , Gabriel Mapel & I ( Allen Larner ) started out
just before 7am by hiking the Forest Service road to Benson Run . Just
before you get to the Augusta / Highland County line on Shenandoah Mountain
you turn left to a small parking area . From this point to Benson Run is 2
.5 miles & we hiked about another .5 miles so that it made our hike round
trip 5 . 5 to 6 miles . It started out being a very plesant day with
overcast skies & cool gusts of wind but on the way back it got hot but
still a very nice day . The reason for going in this area is that I only get
up there during spring migration . At this time of the year the gates to the
service road are open for hunting & after spring Turkey season is over the
gates are closed until fall hunting season comes in . We confirmed a few
summer birds for breeding . Also we ended up with 9 species of Warblers .
The biggest surprise was finding Yellow - rumped Warblers & confirming
breeding for the species in the western part of Augusta County . A big thank
you for your help in making this a very good summer day of birding on
Shenanadoah Mountain . The list of 37 species are as follows .





Turkey Vulture -- 4



Mouring Dove -- 1



Yellow - billed Cuckoo -- 1



Ruby - throat Hummingbird -- 1



Downy Woodpecker -- 2



Hairy Woodpecker -- 2 adult & 3 Hatch year -- Confirmed breeding



Pileated Woodpecker -- 3



E . Wood -- pewee -- 4



Blue - headed Vireo --- 10 adults & 2 hatch year -- confirmed breeding



Red - eyed Vireo -- 20 & 1 hatch year -- confirmed breeding



Blue Jay -- 4



Am. Crow -- 1



Raven -- 1



Carolina Chickadee -- 11



Blackcapped Chickadee -- 27 total with a couple being family groups .
Confirmed breeding & peak summer count



White - breasted Nuthatch --- 6



Blue - gray - Gnatcatcher --2



Veery -- 1



Wood Thrush -- 5



Am. Robin -- 2



Cedar Waxwing -- 3



Chestnut - sided Warbler -- 3



Black - throated Blue -- 3



Yellow - rumped Warbler -- 1 adult 2 hatch year -- confirmed breeding & a
new area for species breeding in Augusta County



Black - throated Green -- 5 matches summer peak count



Pine Warbler --- 1



Black & White -- 4



Am. Redstart -- 1



Ovenbird -- 1



Hooded Warbler -- 3



Scarlet Tanager -- 11



E . Towhee -- 15



Chipping Sparrow -- 1



Dark - eyed Junco -- 45 total with a couple being family groups . peak
summer count & confirmed breeding



Rose - breasted Grosbeak -- 3



Indigo Bunting -- 13



Am . Goldfinch -- 7





Allen Larner



Staunton













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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Bristow Road Sod Farm, Jul 13, 2014
Date: Sun Jul 13 2014 12:33 pm
From: philkenny AT verizon.net
 
I birded Bristow Road Sod farm in Prince William County this morning. It was a beautiful morning to be outside enjoying the great outdoors! Nothing usual to report. Lots of Killdeer, Mourning Doves and Meadowlarks. I drove down the road and parked just past the creek and walked back up. Along the way I heard Chat, Field Sparrow, Yellow-billed Cuckoo and White-eyed Vireo. There was a female Blue-Grosbeak perched on a wire. 
Phillip Kenny
1731 Killarney Court
Vienna VA 22182-2133
703-255-5423
philkenny@verizon.net


Begin forwarded message:

> From: do-not-reply@ebird.org
> Subject: eBird Report - Bristow Road Sod Farm, Jul 13, 2014
> Date: July 13, 2014 at 1:27:22 PM EDT
> To: philkenny@verizon.net
>
> Bristow Road Sod Farm, Prince William, US-VA
> Jul 13, 2014 7:18 AM - 8:59 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: Submitted from BirdLog World for iOS, version 1.7.4
> 32 species
>
> Canada Goose 2
> Turkey Vulture 2
> Killdeer 20
> Mourning Dove 50
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
> Chimney Swift 3
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Eastern Kingbird 2
> White-eyed Vireo 1
> Red-eyed Vireo 1
> American Crow 3
> Fish Crow 1
> Barn Swallow 1
> Carolina Chickadee 1
> Carolina Wren 1
> Eastern Bluebird 2
> American Robin 1
> Gray Catbird 1
> Northern Mockingbird 1
> European Starling 3
> Cedar Waxwing 1
> Yellow-breasted Chat 1
> Field Sparrow 1
> Grasshopper Sparrow 2
> Northern Cardinal 2
> Blue Grosbeak 1
> Indigo Bunting 1
> Eastern Meadowlark 6
> Common Grackle 7
> House Finch 2
> American Goldfinch 4
> House Sparrow 3
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19085751
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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Subject: Great Falls Walk
Date: Sun Jul 13 2014 10:28 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

It was a hot, muggy and slow morning. The walk was finished in under two hours. Our group of four tallied 39 species. There was a bumper crop of fishermen so the river was quiet. The most plentiful birds were families of titmice and jays. Above the falls, the warbling vireo continues to serenade us. All are welcome to join this regular Sunday walk that meets at 8:00 am in the visitors center parking lot. -- Marshall Rawson, McLean VA

Canada Goose 10
Mallard 1
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 2
Black Vulture 3
Turkey Vulture 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Chimney Swift 6
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 2
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 12
Fish Crow 1
crow sp. 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Tree Swallow 6
Barn Swallow 1
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 20
White-breasted Nuthatch 6
Carolina Wren 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Eastern Bluebird 2
Wood Thrush 3
American Robin 6
Gray Catbird 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Chipping Sparrow 6
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 1
Orchard Oriole 1
American Goldfinch 3



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Subject: Seeking resource recommendations for birding in Catalonia, Spain
Date: Sat Jul 12 2014 21:12 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hello all,
I will be in Catalonia and the Pyrenees in August and am looking for good birding identification resources (books or apps). Any suggestions?
Thank you!
Karen
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Subject: NVBC on Skyline Drive-Canada Warblers at Limberlost
Date: Sat Jul 12 2014 18:13 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
18 members of the Northern Virginia Bird Club ventured out to Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park to find some warblers and other birds not usually seen at lower altitudes in the summer.  It was more a matter of quality over quantity as we did not amass a huge day list.  Nevertheless,we did tally nine warbler species and also had several other highlights.  After entering the park at Thornton Gap ,we made a brief stop at Skyland where we found a singing Yellow-rumped Warbler.  We then headed over to the Limberlost Trail, the main focus of our trip.  Here we found Blue-headed Vireos,Scarlet Tanagers, Dark-eyed Juncos, Ovenbirds, many American Redstarts, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Green, Hooded, and Black-and-White Warblers.  The Canada Warblers were in the area near the first bridge and also a bit further along the trail if you are traveling counter-clockwise.  We were happy to see these birds,especially since we missed them at Limberlost last year.  We made a final s
top at the Pocosin Cabin trail between mile markers 59 and 60. Here we found a female Hooded Warbler right on the trail carrying food and aggressively chipping at us. She was not shy about defending what must of been her nearby nest. Our final warbler was a Cerulean Warbler at Pocosin which we heard, but were unable to see. A non-avian highlight was a Bobcat hanging out on the side of the road. When I saw the animal, it was actually in the road licking the asphalt. I'm not sure what that was about.

Larry Meade
Merrifield,VA
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Subject: Birds seen Banshee Reeks (Lo Co)
Date: Sat Jul 12 2014 16:34 pm
From: joecoleman AT rstarmail.com
 
The highlights of this morning's regular monthly bird walk, sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and the Friends of Banshee Reeks, were three, possibly four, Yellow-breasted Chats, three of which were well seen as they perched high in trees and chatted away; a Cooper's Hawk carrying prey as it flew overhead;  and two Eastern Towhees, who also perched high in shrubs singing away. Most int'g were the birds that have been common on previous July walks at Banshee that were absent today such as Red-shouldered Hawk, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Eastern Kingbird, Starlings, and Cedar Waxwings. Del Sargent, co-leader of today's walk, maintains a spreadsheet of birds seen at Banshee by monthly walk date and all of these have been seen on five or more of the previous seven July walks at Banshee.

See below for complete eBird list of the birds seen at Banshee Reeks.

The regular monthly free bird walk (every 2nd Sat) at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve is sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy (www.loudounwildlife.org) and the Friends of Banshee Reeks (www.bansheereeks.org); information on both and their upcoming events can be found on their websites.

Joe Coleman

Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve - MFF08, Loudoun, US-VA
Jul 12, 2014 8:00 AM - 10:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
.
44 species

Green Heron 3
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 6
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
Mourning Dove 6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 15
Acadian Flycatcher 3
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
White-eyed Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 3
American Crow 3
Tree Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 2
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Eastern Bluebird 4
Wood Thrush 9
American Robin 25
Gray Catbird 2
Brown Thrasher 2
Northern Mockingbird 3
Ovenbird 2
Common Yellowthroat 6
Yellow-breasted Chat 3
Eastern Towhee 2
Chipping Sparrow 3
Field Sparrow 13
Song Sparrow 2
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 6
Indigo Bunting 6
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
House Finch 3
American Goldfinch 15

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19080066

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

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Subject: Shorebirds in Augusta County
Date: Sat Jul 12 2014 15:21 pm
From: larnersky AT mindspring.com
 
Hello all



This morning I went out to two places where mud flats are developing . The
first stop was Smith's in Swoope Here I found at least 31+ killdeer -- 3
Spottted Sandpiper --- 3 Solitary sandpiper & 2 Least Sandpiper . Then I
headed off to Quillen's pond in Lyndhurst & here I found 25 + Killdeer -- 1
Spotted -- 1 Solitary & 5 Least Sandpiper in the now almost dried up pond .
While I was in the area I went over to the Invista Ponds ( old Dupont ponds
) & here I found a nesting Green Heron . It looks like this Heron is just
getting started fore it was sitting on the nest .



After all of this I went over to the Green Valley Book Fair in Rockingham
county so before going there I stopped off at Leonard's pond to see if any
mud flats . It is starting to get a little & the only Shorebirds there were
1of each Killdeer & Solitary Sandpiper . Also just up from the pond was a
grouping of at least 50 + Tree Swallow's & one was almost totally white . It
had those big dark eyes which reminded me of a Fairy Tern .



Allen Larner

Staunton

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Subject: Henry David Thoreau
Date: Sat Jul 12 2014 8:01 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Henry David Thoreau,  whose 197th birth anniversary we celebrate today,  worked much of his adult life as a land surveyor in his hometown of Concord, Massachusetts.   He was continually troubled that setting the boundaries that allowed his fellow townsmen to harvest trees for firewood injured the nature that was the center of his life.  There are several references of this concern throughout his writings.  We 21st Century birders, botanists,  tree huggers, and other naturalists might be facing a similar sort of moral conflict.  Natural areas are sacrificed for our dwellings, businesses,  shopping centers,  highways, and hugh industrial farms.  Forests, prairies, and wetlands are swallowed up in great gulps to house, feed, and transport proportionally small segments of the population.   I read recently, for instance that the entire Renaissance city of Florence,  Italy would fit into the space presently used to build one typical American highway Cloverleaf interchange.   I wonder if Henry would look at the profligate squandering of land in this manner as a waste of such mammoth proportions as to eclipse the small loss of a woodlot to heat a Concord house for many years.

Harry Glasgow
Friends oc Huntley Meadows Park
 



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Subject: Least bitterns, Neabsco Creek
Date: Sat Jul 12 2014 7:05 am
From: moribaudo AT verizon.net
 
I spent about 20 minutes scanning the marsh on Neabsco Creek from along Neabsco Creek Road in Woodbridge this morning and saw 3 least bitterns.  They were all seen flying low over the marsh.  One was in the air long enough to get good scope views.  The tide was high.  Also heard and seen were great egret, wood duck, bald eagle, osprey, kingfisher, Acadian flycatcher, pewee, great crested flycatcher, purple martin, red-eyed vireo, white-breasted nuthatch, pileated woodpecker, and indigo bunting.

Marc Ribaudo
Woodbridge

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Subject: Mathews County
Date: Sat Jul 12 2014 1:06 am
From: mr.ellyo AT gmail.com
 
Hello Birders,

While out searching (unsuccessfully) for Saltmarsh Sparrows in Mathews
County this Firday, Fenton Day and I came across some nice birds. At each
bay beach stop we found a nice variety of terns including Sandwich Terns at
every stop. Oystercatchers were also present at every stop.

At South Haven Beach, there were 8 immature White Ibises.

There was a female Red-breasted Merganser across the creek on Rigby Island.

At Bethel Beach, there were 18 Mute Swans in the cove to go along with a
nice tern flock and 9 Black Skimmers (one "portlandica" Common Tern, also).
Two Short-billed Dowitchers and a lone Black-bellied Plover (likely a
summer holdover) were the only shorebirds apart from oystercatchers.
Seaside Sparrows were signing in several locations across the marsh.

At New Point Comfort there were 4 Brown Pelicans on distant pilings.

Good birds,

Ellison

--
Ellison Orcutt
Birder/Naturalist
Richmond, Va
Cell: (804) 339-6976
Mr.EllyO@gmail.com
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Subject: Hunting Creek Bridge - Alexandria
Date: Fri Jul 11 2014 18:39 pm
From: dcharlesl AT msn.com
 
Early this afternoon at Hunting Creek Bridge in Alexandria, just south of the Wilson Bridge, on the George Washington Parkway, I saw a Greater Yellowlegs along with several Laughing Gulls and Caspian Terns.
David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA
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Subject: (Photos) Trip to Rapp River Valley NWR, Wilna Tract on 7/9/2014
Date: Fri Jul 11 2014 9:38 am
From: ubrooks AT verizon.net
 
Hello again everyone!

I missed listing two birds on my original report. I apologize for that slip up. The two additional birds were:
Female Bob White
Young Male Wood Duck

The Young Green Heron, a Yellow-Breasted Chat and male Orchard Oriole did not survive my editing process. If you care to have a look, here are a couple of links.

Female Northern Bob White
http://natures-finest-photogra...

Male Indigo Bunting
http://natures-finest-photogra...

Male Dickcissel
http://natures-finest-photogra...

There are a couple of others but I don't want to over do it. I like the little yellow folks, Common Yellowthraot, which is the first image in this gallery. I have had a couple of people tell me they are everywhere but, I think, they are full of energy and reflect one of the brighter sides of nature. In other words, I think they are cool!
I had one male, I think it was the same bird, that was singing, from the same branch, from sun rise until I left the refuge at 3:00 P.M. Each time I passed that area, that bird would pop up and sing it's tune. Now that is tenacity or maybe it had gotten into some ripe nectar!


Have a great weekend and best birding!

Les Brooks
Glen Allen
http://www.natures-finest-phot...
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Subject: Eagle watchers, Difficult Run, Fairfax County
Date: Thu Jul 10 2014 17:37 pm
From: pstrat57 AT gmail.com
 
I'm looking for anyone who is watching/observing Bald Eagles in the Upper
Difficult Run Watershed of Fairfax County.
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Subject: Trip to Rapp River Valley NWR, Wilna Tract on 7/9/2014
Date: Wed Jul 9 2014 22:01 pm
From: ubrooks AT verizon.net
 
Hello everyone!

I had a very enjoyable time during my visit to the Wilna Tract of this National Wildlife Refuge today. I started just after sunrise with cloudy, overcast skies and very little wind. It must have been what the birds ordered as several came out to give me a look.
I got rained on twice for nice cool downs until this afternoon when the sun blazed away. Neither myself nor the birds enjoy the heat and humidity. Shortly after the heat returned, the birds made an exit from view. Links to photos will be sent in a separate email.

I saw the following:
Adult Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture

Red-Tailed Hawk(?) No belly band and soft, pale white, absence of any streaking, under body and wings. Tail very light reddish
coloration

Osprey
Blue Bunting
Blue Grosbeak
Eastern BluebirdNorthern Mockingbird
Common Yellowthroat
Orchard Oriole

Yellow-Breasted Chat
Grasshopper Sparrow
Common Grackle
Barn Swallows
Tree Swallows
Belted Kingfisher
Green Heron
Immature Male Wood Duck

White-Tailed Deer

Best birding!

Les Brooks
Glen Allen
http://www.natures-finest-phot...
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Subject: Banshee Reeks Bird Walk, Loudoun Co, July 12
Date: Wed Jul 9 2014 19:59 pm
From: joecoleman AT rstarmail.com
 
Everyone is invited to join Joe Coleman & Del Sargent for the regular (every 2nd Sat.) monthly bird walk at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve in central Loudoun County this Sat., July 12, meeting at 8:00 am in the parking lot at the Visitor Center/Manor House.  These bird walks are sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy (www.loudounwildlife.org) and the Friends of Banshee Reeks (www.bansheereeks.org).

We hold the walk, regardless of the weather, unless it is dangerous but don't expect a lot of participants if the weather is lousy.

Information and directions for Banshee Reeks, which is open every weekend from 8 am to 4 pm, can be found at www.bansheereeks.org.

Information on the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy's many free programs and field trips can be found at www.loudounwildlife.org.

Thanks, Joe Coleman
540-554-2542 or joecoleman@rstarmail.com
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