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31 Jan: @ 12:10:07  Variety of Ducks at Riverbend Park this morning [Walter Hadlock]
31 Jan: @ 12:01:50  Rough-legged Hawk at Rectortown [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
31 Jan: @ 10:43:16  Dovekie, Chincoteague NWR [Gabriel Mapel via va-bird]
31 Jan: @ 10:27:32  Kumliens gull at PR wm co landfill [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
31 Jan: @ 09:18:06  FW: Short-eared Owl, Rectortown Road (Jan 29th) [Elisa Enders]
31 Jan: @ 08:46:19  Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
31 Jan: @ 05:07:08  Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
30 Jan: @ 18:14:20  W Tanager yes-VA Beach, C Raven-Richmond [Gabriel Mapel via va-bird]
30 Jan: @ 17:30:27  Rough-legged hawk, Rectortown VA, N. Fauquier Co. [Carole Miller]
30 Jan: @ 14:44:59 Re: Dovekie at Cape Charles [Ned Brinkley]
30 Jan: @ 11:05:19  Rough-legged Hawk still here [Linda Millington]
30 Jan: @ 10:52:12  Live bird cams at Ontario Canada [Jeffrey Blalock]
30 Jan: @ 09:47:15  January 29 Chincoteague NWR Shorebird/Gull survey [Joelle Buffa]
29 Jan: @ 18:51:42  Dismal Swamp - Railroad Ditch & Lake Drummond - Jan 29, 2015 [Robert Ake]
29 Jan: @ 17:50:30  Trumpeter Swan - more info (Rockingham) [Herbert Larner via va-bird]
29 Jan: @ 17:46:52  American Robins and Cedar Waxwings [Otis Sowell, Jr.]
29 Jan: @ 16:31:13  Rockingham/Augusta today: 3 Swan species, Snow Geese, L. Shrike, A. Tree Sparrows etc [Gabriel Mapel via va-bird]
29 Jan: @ 16:18:45  Trumpeter Swan, Rockingham County, photos [Kevin Shank]
29 Jan: @ 14:57:43  Searching for Purples [Wilson, Michael D]
29 Jan: @ 13:48:48  Trumpeter Swan - more info (Rockingham) [Diane L via va-bird]
29 Jan: @ 08:56:42  Pohick Bay Park, Fairfax - Ruddy Duck Rumble [Larry Johnson]
29 Jan: @ 08:53:32  Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
29 Jan: @ 08:13:13  Accipiter at bird feeders [Emily Southgate]
28 Jan: @ 20:50:24  Trumpeter Swan, Rockingham Co. (Dayton area) [Diane L via va-bird]
28 Jan: @ 19:46:06 Re: Baltimore Oriole at suet, Portsmouth, VA [Elisa Enders]
28 Jan: @ 18:28:23  Boat Trip Off VA Beach [Brian and Deborah Taber via va-bird]
28 Jan: @ 18:09:31  Birding Augusta County [Herbert Larner]
28 Jan: @ 17:55:20  Long-tailed Duck at Sandy River Reservoir, Prince Edward County [Evan Spears]
28 Jan: @ 17:02:04  Rough-legged Hawk in Rectortown, VA [Linda Millington]
28 Jan: @ 16:58:54  Shen. Co. Jan 23-28- Lots of finches [David Davis]
28 Jan: @ 12:43:42  Test 4 [Brian and Deborah Taber via va-bird]
28 Jan: @ 12:02:06 Re: Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Count - Northern Virginia Bird Club walk [Dixie Sommers via va-bird]
28 Jan: @ 11:53:16  Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Count - Northern Virginia Bird Club walk [Dixie Sommers via va-bird]
28 Jan: @ 08:47:14  Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
28 Jan: @ 08:02:00  Test 2 [Brian and Deborah Taber via va-bird]
28 Jan: @ 07:10:13  Common Goldeneyes (but no swans) at Wilck's Lake in Farmville, Prince Edward County [Evan Spears]
27 Jan: @ 17:43:16  Voice: Greater Washington Area, Jan 27 [Joe Coleman]
27 Jan: @ 12:25:25  test [Deborah Taber via va-bird]
27 Jan: @ 09:22:21  Common Redpoll in Loudoun County [Daniel Car]
27 Jan: @ 09:19:39  Brown-headed Cowbirds [Linda Millington]
27 Jan: @ 09:04:20  Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
26 Jan: @ 23:09:45 Re: TRUMPETER SWANS and Mute Swan at Wilck's Lake in Farmville, Prince Edward County [Evan Spears]
26 Jan: @ 21:46:25  White Throated Sparrow at the Hermitage [Christina Birdsong]
26 Jan: @ 17:47:45  LWC bird of prey trip [Gerco]
26 Jan: @ 16:44:36  2015 VSO Annual Meeting Spring in the Spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains Wintergreen Resort, May 8 - 10 [John Spahr via va-bird]
26 Jan: @ 16:40:34  Dovekie at Cape Charles [Ned Brinkley]
26 Jan: @ 16:34:23  Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
26 Jan: @ 11:53:58  Virginia Beach Western Tanager and Eurasian Wigeon [Jim Marcum]
26 Jan: @ 10:58:13  Baltimore Oriole at suet, Portsmouth, VA [Elisa Enders]
26 Jan: @ 10:54:14  Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspurs, Harlequin Ducks, etc. [Will McPhail]





Subject: Variety of Ducks at Riverbend Park this morning
Date: Sat Jan 31 2015 12:10 pm
From: jaybirdncarol AT verizon.net
 
Good day all,

We had one hardy soul join us for our Audubon Society of Northern Virginia sponsored walk at Riverbend Park (Fairfax County) this morning. It was 21F and sunny. During much of our walk, the wooded trail along the river protected us from the wind. The big surprise was the ice on the river. When I checked the river on Friday, it was ice free. This morning, the current was carrying ice covering up to 3/4 of the water. In areas where the current was slower, the ice was already covering the river. The ice was heavier the closer it got to the Maryland shore. The benefit was the ducks and geese were much closer to the Virginia shore. Even though the numbers have been declining over the past 10 days or so, we did find a good number of species. We started at the boat ramp and walked down river and then up river to the intersection of the river trail with the trail to the Nature Center. Here's our list:

Canada Goose--up and down the river.
Gadwall--2
American Wigeon--6
American Black Duck--2
Mallard--10 or so

Redhead--8 (the numbers are much reduced from a couple of weeks ago)
Ring-necked Duck--75
Bufflehead--up and down the river
Hooded Merganser--5
Common Merganser--11 (much reduced over the past couple of weeks)

Pied-billed Grebe--5
Great Blue Heron--1
Ring-billed Gull--5
Red-bellied Woodpecker--3
Downy Woodpecker--2

Pileated Woodpecker--1 (H)
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren--seen and heard

Eastern Bluebird--6
Song Sparrow--2

Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon, VA


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Subject: Rough-legged Hawk at Rectortown
Date: Sat Jan 31 2015 12:01 pm
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 
Distantly looking north from edge cliff.
Kurt Gaskill

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Subject: Dovekie, Chincoteague NWR
Date: Sat Jan 31 2015 10:43 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Adding to the recent Dovekie reports from the VA shore, had one while seawatching from the beach at Chincoteague NWR this morning.  It was a southbound flyby at 8:45am.
Gabriel Mapel

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Subject: Kumliens gull at PR wm co landfill
Date: Sat Jan 31 2015 10:27 am
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 
3rd or 4th year.

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Subject: FW: Short-eared Owl, Rectortown Road (Jan 29th)
Date: Sat Jan 31 2015 9:18 am
From: elisaenders AT hotmail.com
 
My father asked me to post his report shown below.

Elisa Flanders
Portsmouth, VA






Yesterday afternoon, 29 January, we missed the Roughleg seen west of Rectortown on Rectortown Road.

But, perhaps a mile west, to the south in a tree atop a hill with cattle near 2518 Rectortown Road, a Bald Eagle was perched in the frozen rain at 4:30 PM.

Immediately west of the town limits, just west of 2911 Rectortown Road, on the north side of the road, a Short-eared Owl appeared at 5:13 PM, disappeared behind a hill there, and perhaps 10 minutes later left to the south being pursued and harassed by a "female" harrier. Through the scope, the owl had a vole in its claws, and left, loudly complaining (kee-you), flying at least a half mile, and probably miles, while being pursued. I was surprised the owl caught the vole so quickly.

As one looks northwest, there is a line of brush in a low spot, and then a line of trees. Before the owl showed up, some 6-9 deer were already grazing beyond the trees. One Red-shoulder was perched in the brush and two harriers seemed interested to roost in the brush, but they soon left.
In all, Mary and I saw 1-2 male harriers, and 3-6 female plumage, 4-8 in all, scattered along the road. Also one Red-tail.

We drove perhaps 1.5 miles west of Rectortown looking for the Roughleg, before returning to wait for any owls.

The herbaceous vegetation is surprisingly sparse and short, except for low spots where presumably the farmers cannot drive to hay. Manassas Battlefield looked better (more grass), but had no raptors evident earlier in the PM.

Best wishes,

Frank Enders, Halifax, NC




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Subject: Virginia Rare Bird Alert
Date: Sat Jan 31 2015 8:46 am
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 


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*** Species Summary:

Trumpeter Swan (4 Rockingham)
Eurasian Wigeon (1 Virginia Beach)
Sora (1 James City)
Short-billed Dowitcher (1 York)
Razorbill (1 Virginia Beach)
Glaucous Gull (1 Virginia Beach)
Common Raven (3 Henrico)
Western Tanager (1 Virginia Beach)

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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 Jan 30, 2015 10:15 by Ed Trelawny
- Silver Creek Rd. pond, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.408829,-79.0040334&ll8.408829,-79.0040334
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21602801
- Comments: "continuing bird "

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1)
- Reported Jan 30, 2015 13:45 by John Shea
- 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=S21605337
- Comments: "Likely the same individual that has been seen during the previous few days at Silver Creek Road (~3.5 miles away as the swan flies). I checked Silver Creek Road before stopping by Silver Lake and neither the Trumpeter nor the Mute were there.

Trumpeter Swan


Trumpeter and Tundra Swans
"

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1)
- Reported Jan 30, 2015 11:56 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=S21603450
- Comments: "Bird was at small pond on Silver Creek Rd with a mute swan"

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 30, 2015 09:27 by John Pancake
- swan pond, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.409244,-79.004117&ll8.409244,-79.004117
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21600134
- Comments: "Continuing bird"

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) (1)
- Reported Jan 30, 2015 16:50 by Greg Tito
- Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.903226,-76.0994303&ll6.903226,-76.0994303
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21607896
- Comments: "Continuing adult male, seen with the American Wigeon flock in the creek. Buffy forehead, reddish head, and gray sides seen well."

Sora (Porzana carolina) (1)
- Reported Jan 30, 2015 11:15 by Bill Williams
- Gospel Spreading Farm, James City, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.2184364,-76.7264128&ll7.2184364,-76.7264128
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21601336
- Comments: "responded to hand clapping with distinctive single note "qwur" note; less than 20 m away"

Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus) (16)
- Reported Jan 30, 2015 11:00 by Andrew Hawkins
- Beecham Dr., Yorktown, York, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.136714,-76.4496732&ll7.136714,-76.4496732
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21601730
- Comments: "Flock feeding, belly deep, off mudflat in Poquoson River. Dunlins feeding behind dowitchers or mudflat. Dowitchers larger and straighter bill. Not uncommon in this spot in the winter.



"

Razorbill (Alca torda) (2)
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 09:00 by Cheryl J Jacobson
- Bridge Tunnel - CSY01, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.9824,-76.1065&ll6.9824,-76.1065
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21601679
- Comments: "seen by trip leaders and pointed out as they flew past"

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) (1)
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 09:00 by Cheryl J Jacobson
- Bridge Tunnel - CSY01, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.9824,-76.1065&ll6.9824,-76.1065
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21601679
- Comments: "pointed out by leaders flying between CBBT & Ft. Story"

Common Raven (Corvus corax) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 30, 2015 11:18 by Daniel Mapel
- US-VA-Richmond - 37.5440x-77.3930 - Jan 30, 2015, 6:34 PM, Henrico, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.544,-77.393048&ll7.544,-77.393048
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21606392
- Comments: "Flew low over the car. As the passenger I was able to notice several field marks: the tail was wedge-shaped not rounded like a crow, the head and especially bill were huge. The bird flew by a Turkey vulture and was 2/3-3/4 the size including wingspan whereas a crow would be tiny."

Common Raven (Corvus corax) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 30, 2015 11:18 by Gabriel Mapel
- US-VA-Richmond - 37.5440x-77.3930 - Jan 30, 2015, 6:34 PM, Henrico, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.544,-77.393048&ll7.544,-77.393048
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21606069
- Comments: "Flew low over the car. As the passenger I was able to notice several field marks: the tail was wedge-shaped not rounded like a crow, the head and especially bill were huge. The bird flew by a Turkey vulture and was 2/3-3/4 the size including wingspan whereas a crow would be tiny."

Common Raven (Corvus corax) (1)
- Reported Jan 30, 2015 16:20 by Janice Frye
- WEAG to Willey Bridge, Henrico, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.5800587,-77.568562&ll7.5800587,-77.568562
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21608855
- Comments: "Not rare. Flying close to the bridge as I drove across, Osprey-sized corvid."

Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) (1)
- Reported Jan 30, 2015 13:19 by Gabriel Mapel
- Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.903226,-76.0994303&ll6.903226,-76.0994303
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21606119
- Comments: "Continuing female. Heard giving rattle calls and seen in flight. Yellowish with two white wing bars. Bird was associating with CACH, TUTI, and YRWA."

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Subject: Virginia Rare Bird Alert
Date: Sat Jan 31 2015 5:07 am
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 


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*** Species Summary:

Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Rockbridge)
Cackling Goose (1 James City)
Trumpeter Swan (10 Rockingham)
Eurasian Wigeon (1 Portsmouth)
Ruddy Duck (1 Smyth)
Semipalmated Plover (1 Accomack)
Spotted Sandpiper (2 Portsmouth)
Least Sandpiper (1 Portsmouth)
Razorbill (3 Virginia Beach)
Glaucous Gull (1 Prince William, 2 Virginia Beach)
Marsh Wren (Eastern) (1 Fairfax)
Common Yellowthroat (Eastern) (1 Fairfax)
Painted Bunting (1 Chesapeake)

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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

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (5) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2015 16:30 by John Pancake
- Willow Lake, Rockbridge, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.9183535,-79.2331195&ll7.9183535,-79.2331195
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21593474
- Comments: "Continuing birds."

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) (1)
- Reported Jan 29, 2015 09:30 by Cheryl J Jacobson
- Drummonds Field, Williamsburg VA, James City, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.2341553,-76.7946053&ll7.2341553,-76.7946053
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21589196
- Comments: "previously reported at this location, large flock of Canada Geese, was able to walk very close with scope, smaller than Canada, shorter neck (many heads were tucked so watched for long time) and stubbier bill."

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1)
- Reported Jan 29, 2015 15:28 by Cory Rahman
- 38.4118x-79.0043 - Jan 29, 2015, 3:28 PM, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.411763,-79.004308&ll8.411763,-79.004308
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21592070
- Comments: "Matches the bill shape/pattern of a Trumpeter, does appear slightly larger than the nearby Mute. See Diane's photos as the Mute and Trumpeter are the same two that I'm looking at. Here are some of my photos:

https://www.facebook.com/threeeggsbird/photos/pcb.938589682818147/938588146151634/?type=1&theater"

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1)
- Reported Jan 29, 2015 15:28 by Three Eggs
- 38.4118x-79.0043 - Jan 29, 2015, 3:28 PM, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.411763,-79.004308&ll8.411763,-79.004308
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21596383
- Comments: "Matches the head/bill shape/color of a Trumpeter, does appear slightly larger than the nearby Mute. See Diane's photos as the Mute and Trumpeter are the same two that I'm looking at. Will post some pictures later that I took with my iPhone through binoculars."

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1)
- Reported Jan 29, 2015 12:20 by Diane Lepkowski
- Bridgewater, Silver Creek Road, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.40986,-79.00499&ll8.40986,-79.00499
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21590870
- Comments: "continuing"

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1)
- Reported Jan 28, 2015 17:35 by Diane Lepkowski
- Bridgewater, Silver Creek Road, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.40986,-79.00499&ll8.40986,-79.00499
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21588471
- Comments: "Photos start here:
http://birdtrek.smugmug.com/An...
Size similar to the Mute Swan on- site. Field marks seemed to fit Trumpeter vs. Tundra. First spotted yesterday by Charles Ziegenfus & his JMU Ornithology Class."

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1)
- Reported Jan 29, 2015 17:00 by William Leigh
- Silver Creek Pond, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.4116175,-79.0046382&ll8.4116175,-79.0046382
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21595114
- Comments: "adult"

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1)
- Reported Jan 29, 2015 11:33 by Eve Gaige
- Silver Creek Rd, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.406258,-78.9987212&ll8.406258,-78.9987212
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21594280
- Comments: "Continuing adult found 2 days ago by JMU class led by Charles "Zig" Z and first reported yesterday by Diane L. About same size as the MUSW it was next to. Slanted forehead and bill, feathering at bill base forms "V" (not "U" of TUSW), and the bird had a goldenish wash to it's head. Personal FOY and first for Rockingham County. Photographed."

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1)
- Reported Jan 29, 2015 11:33 by Gabriel Mapel
- Silver Creek Rd, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.406258,-78.9987212&ll8.406258,-78.9987212
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21593255
- Comments: "Continuing adult found 2 days ago by JMU class led by Charles "Zig" Z and first reported yesterday by Diane L. About same size as the MUSW it was next to. Slanted forehead and bill, feathering at bill base forms "V" (not "U" of TUSW), and the bird had a goldenish wash to it's head. Personal FOY and first for Rockingham County. Photographed:


"

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1)
- Reported Jan 29, 2015 10:40 by Kevin Shank
- Silver Creek Rd, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.4088631,-79.0038496&ll8.4088631,-79.0038496
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21590458
- Comments: "Have ID-quality photos"

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1)
- Reported Jan 29, 2015 11:00 by Spencer Burnett
- Silver Creek Rd. Pond, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.4086763,-79.0041748&ll8.4086763,-79.0041748
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21595402
- Comments: "1 trumpeter swan was resting in this pond with 1 other mute swan. It has been spotted here a few times over the last week or so."

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1)
- Reported Jan 29, 2015 11:48 by Diane Holsinger
- Silver Creek Road Bridgewater Va, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.4118025,-79.0041983&ll8.4118025,-79.0041983
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21593551

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2015 08:00 by Bill Williams
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.9065,-76.37&ll6.9065,-76.37
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21593500
- Comments: "both males; have been present for several weeks; bright cinnamon head with pink median crown stripe; pale gray flanks"

Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) (1)
- Reported Jan 29, 2015 10:00 by Clancey Deel
- Saltville Well Fields - MCM02, Smyth, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.8732697,-81.7674208&ll6.8732697,-81.7674208
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21593923
- Comments: "From eBird Photos_2015"

Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) (1)
- Reported Jan 29, 2015 12:01 by Clyde Morris
- Chincoteague NWR - CES18, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.9106228,-75.3479719&ll7.9106228,-75.3479719
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21595489
- Comments: "One seen on edge of Chincoteague Bay with other shorebirds. Not the first one we have seen this winter but only one each survey when we have seen them."

Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) (1)
- Reported Jan 29, 2015 08:00 by David Youker
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.9065,-76.37&ll6.9065,-76.37
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21595678
- Comments: "Slightly smaller than nearby Sanderlings; brown above and brown partial collar on upper breast; bobbed when walking; distinctive stiff wing-beat in flight"

Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2015 08:00 by Bill Williams
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.9065,-76.37&ll6.9065,-76.37
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21593500
- Comments: "foraging with Dunlin, Sanderlings and near-by Killdeer; Dunlin-sized; short thick, dark beak; head and wing coverts pale brown; pale brown partial collar on upper breast;bobbed when walking; distinctive stiff wing-beat in flight"

Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2015 08:00 by Bill Williams
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.9065,-76.37&ll6.9065,-76.37
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21593500
- Comments: "small Calidris foraging with one Dunlin; bright yellow legs; short thin-tipped black bill; observed at less than 30 meters by several experienced observers"

Razorbill (Alca torda) (2)
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 09:00 by Frank Fogarty
- Bridge Tunnel - CSY01, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.9824,-76.1065&ll6.9824,-76.1065
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21542381

Razorbill (Alca torda) (2)
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 08:26 by Diane Lepkowski
- Bridge Tunnel - CSY01, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.9824,-76.1065&ll6.9824,-76.1065
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21588812

Razorbill (Alca torda) (2)
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 09:00 by Jason Strickland
- Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.852951,-75.977951&ll6.852951,-75.977951
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21547261

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) (1)
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 09:00 by Frank Fogarty
- Bridge Tunnel - CSY01, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.9824,-76.1065&ll6.9824,-76.1065
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21542381
- Comments: "1 first cycle (?) bird flying between CBBT and Ft. Story"

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 11:45 by Linda Chittum
- Loafing at the Landfill, Prince William, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.6367015,-77.4284971&ll8.6367015,-77.4284971
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21594466
- Comments: "Adult. Observed landing with no black to primaries. Size was comparable to Herring Gull but mantle color a shade lighter. Bill large with red gonys spot and black distal mark. Iris golden and orbital ring uncolored. Pink legs. Primaries clean white. Based on size and bill possible female. Photos.



"

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) (1)
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 09:00 by Jason Strickland
- Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.852951,-75.977951&ll6.852951,-75.977951
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21547261
- Comments: "Almost completely white, seen in flight not far from boat,..similar to herring gull in size..thanks frank f."

Marsh Wren (Eastern) (Cistothorus palustris) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2015 07:45 by Sherman Suter
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7589,-77.0959&ll8.7589,-77.0959
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21590518
- Comments: "brownish wren with solid cap, light supercilium, and strong white streaks on back; occasional tsuk calls;
along N section of boardwalk loop ~0820;
bird has seemingly been present around loop since late Nov, though often missed;"

Common Yellowthroat (Eastern) (Geothlypis trichas) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2015 07:45 by Sherman Suter
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7589,-77.0959&ll8.7589,-77.0959
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21590518
- Comments: "plain olive upperparts and wings; eyering; strong contrast between brownish olive face and light yellow throat; olive wash across breast; yellow undertail coverts; frequent chuck calls (heard from S of monitoring station as I was leaving, bird was inside loop just E of viewing platform;
previous reports from boardwalk area starting 18 Jan;"

Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2015 13:00 by Robert Ake
- South Norfolk, 1129 Lindale Drive, Chesapeake, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.7747,-76.26065&ll6.7747,-76.26065
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21590854
- Comments: "Female type, greenish plumage, heavy bunting bill, not as yellow underneath as would be expected for a male."

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Subject: W Tanager yes-VA Beach, C Raven-Richmond
Date: Fri Jan 30 2015 18:14 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hello all
Drove from Augusta County over to Chincoteague today. Doing some birding along the way and had a few goodies.

In Richmond along I-64 at Exit 193A (Hwy 33) had a flyover Common Raven which was a surprise given how Far East. The bird flew right over the car and as passenger I was able to notice the wedge-shaped tail, huge head, huge bill. When it flew right next to a Turkey Vulture it was 2/3-3/4 the size unlike a crow which would've looked tiny.

At Pleasure House Point I found the continuing Western Tanager in the same pine woods as previously reported. There were also 2 Osprey flying around. The reported E Wigeon was not among the AmWigeon/Gadwall flock.

At CBBT #1 there were plenty of LTDucks and all 3 Scoter species but nothing unusual like Harlequin Duck, Glaucous Gull, or Razorbill

Good birding
Gabriel Mapel

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Subject: Rough-legged hawk, Rectortown VA, N. Fauquier Co.
Date: Fri Jan 30 2015 17:30 pm
From: caroledmiller1933 AT gmail.com
 
Spotted a rough-legged  hawk yesterday about 12:30 p.m. kiting just to the
west of Rectortown in the fields north of the Rectortown Rd. , Rt. 647, west
of the Edgecliff Farm entrance. The hawk had been spotted the day before by
Linda Millington & Andy Martin. Carole Miller





Carole D. Miller, Associate Broker

Washington Fine Properties, Middleburg, VA

540-729-7896 - Cell & Text

540-687-2200 - Of.

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Subject: Dovekie at Cape Charles
Date: Fri Jan 30 2015 14:44 pm
From: 23cahow AT gmail.com
 
Another Dovekie at lunchtime seawatch today- there must be a few around! Also Purple Sandpipers and the first Horned Grebe of the year I've seen there. When's were 30 knots from the Northwest, necessitating a seawatch from the car at the north end of the beach. Very comfortable!

Ned Brinkley, Cape Charles, Virginia

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> On Jan 26, 2015, at 5:37 PM, Ned Brinkley wrote:
>
> This afternoon, while seawatching at Cape Charles beach, I observed a Dovekie flying north among a small flight of scoters and Bufflehead - only the second I've observed in town. Winds are very high, gusting into the 30-knot range, making for challenging viewing conditions, but well worth the hour or so invested.
>
> Ned Brinkley, Cape Charles, Virginia
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Rough-legged Hawk still here
Date: Fri Jan 30 2015 11:05 am
From: millington.linda AT gmail.com
 
The RL hawk is hovering over the fields along Rectortown Road just west of the village of Rectortown VA now. Three Northern Harriers also enjoying the strong winds.

Linda Millington

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Subject: Live bird cams at Ontario Canada
Date: Fri Jan 30 2015 10:52 am
From: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
 
Greetings to all:

Just now as I was watch the web cam on the bird feeders at Ontario Canada I
saw three Pine Grosbeaks and an Evening Grosbeak.

Following is link to watch.

http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/...

May the LORD Bless and Keep you

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










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Subject: January 29 Chincoteague NWR Shorebird/Gull survey
Date: Fri Jan 30 2015 9:47 am
From: clyde_joelle AT verizon.net
 
Below are the results of our weekly shorebird/gull survey conducted at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Thurs January 29, 2015. All water areas (impoundments and beach areas) were covered in a 5 hour survey. All individuals are counted for the target species; other birds seen or heard on the survey are followed by a dash. 
An average winter shorebird survey for the Chincoteague NWR with a few exceptions as always. The impoundments were mostly frozen over which may have caused a first for us: Not one shorebird was seen on the impoundments (but there are plenty of ducks and other waterfowl). The tidal areas held a fair number of shorebirds (794)of ten species. Dunlin (547) were the most common as is normal in the winter with 165 sanderlings on the beach. A surprisingly high number of Horned Grebes and Long-tailed Ducks using Tom's Cove and a high number of Horned Grebes seen using the ocean off the Hook. A first for us on the Refuge were 3 Ipswich Sparrows Wild Beach. (Ipswich is a race of Savannah Sparrow that only breeds on Sable Is in Nova Scotia.) Though we have seen them on other Virginia Barrier Islands in the winter, for some reason we have not seen them before on Assateague Island.
Our next survey will be Thursday, February 12th.
Clyde Morris and Joelle Buffa

| Snow Goose | -- |
| Canada Goose | -- |
| Tundra Swan | -- |
| Gadwall | -- |
| American Wigeon | -- |
| American Black Duck | -- |
| Mallard | -- |
| Northern Shoveler | -- |
| Northern Pintail | -- |
| Green-winged Teal | -- |
| Surf Scoter | -- |
| Black Scoter | -- |
| Long-tailed Duck | -- |
| Bufflehead | -- |
| Hooded Merganser | -- |
| Red-breasted Merganser | -- |
| Ruddy Duck | -- |
| Red-throated Loon | 15 |
| Common Loon | 21 |
| Horned Grebe | 244 |
| Great Blue Heron | -- |
| Great Egret | -- |
| Black-crowned Night-Heron | -- |
| Black Vulture | -- |
| Turkey Vulture | -- |
| Bald Eagle | -- |
| American Oystercatcher | 3 |
| Black-bellied Plover | 7 |
| Semipalmated Plover | 1 |
| Killdeer | 2 |
| Greater Yellowlegs | 50 |
| Willet | 12 |
| Lesser Yellowlegs | 1 |
| Ruddy Turnstone | 9 |
| Sanderling | 165 |
| Dunlin | 547 |
| Ring-billed Gull | 357 |
| Herring Gull | 439 |
| Lesser Black-backed Gull | 7 |
| Great Black-backed Gull | 53 |
| Forster's Tern | 4 |
| Mourning Dove | -- |
| Belted Kingfisher | -- |
| Downy Woodpecker | -- |
| Northern Flicker | -- |
| Peregrine Falcon | -- |
| Fish Crow | -- |
| crow sp. | -- |
| Horned Lark | -- |
| Brown-headed Nuthatch | -- |
| Carolina Wren | -- |
| European Starling | -- |
| Yellow-rumped Warbler | -- |
| Eastern Towhee | -- |
| Savannah(Ipswich)Spar | 3 |
| Swamp Sparrow | -- |
| White-throated Sparrow | -- |
| Northern Cardinal | -- |
| Red-winged Blackbird | -- |
| Boat-tailed Grackle | -- |
| House Finch | -- |

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Subject: Dismal Swamp - Railroad Ditch & Lake Drummond - Jan 29, 2015
Date: Thu Jan 29 2015 18:51 pm
From: rake AT cox.net
 
     Yes, I know it's the middle of winter and we should expect cold,
but 19F at 7:30am felt really cold this morning even though there was
virtually no wind. No one showed up to accompany me on my walk along
Railroad Ditch, so I decided to drive instead of walking right from the
git-go. Driving on Railroad Ditch is possible after 7:30am and requires
only a self-administered permit available in the kiosk at the gate. I
used the protocol of driving 0.3mile, getting out and birding, going
another 0.3mile and repeating the process in this case for the entire
6.0 miles to Lake Drummond. The last 2.0 miles before reaching the lake
are through the relatively recent burn area.
Because there was no wind, it was easy to hear a long way.
Woodpeckers were numerous. Robins and Red-wings were recorded only as
singles; no flocks were seen or heard flying over. Sparrows were a bit
more obvious than usual, but songbirds were slow. The highlight was
definitely the Blue-headed Vireo, a beautiful bird with bright yellow
flanks and lustrous blue head surrounding the white spectacles. This
winter has not been good for these vireos. None of the southside
Tidewater CBCs recorded any. The burn area produced only an American
Kestrel, but it was my first for the interior of the swamp. The lake
added only the Bald Eagle near its nest, the Hooded Merganser, Mallards,
and Tundra Swans. The Pine Warblers were clustered around the beginning
of the drive where there is a pine stand; they were the only warblers
today. For the third week in a row no Rusty Blackbirds were seen or heard.
The refuge is currently constructing a new boardwalk through the
wet area at the corner of Railroad and West Ditches, two miles from the
headquarters. It's an interesting area and the trail should provide a
better look into it.
I will be away next week, so the next walk will be scheduled for
Friday morning, February 13, leaving the Washington Ditch parking lot at
7:15am. It's too far ahead to get any meaningful weather forecast and
no weather date is possible. So I'll be there and will walk with
whomever shows up. No reservation is needed. Please join me. Don't be
spooked by the date; there will be three Friday the thirteenths this year!
The complete list follows:

Dismal Swamp NWR Railroad Ditch, Suffolk, US-VA
Jan 29, 2015 7:27 AM - 11:22 AM
Protocol: Traveling 6.0 mile(s) 42 species

Tundra Swan 78
Mallard 8
Hooded Merganser 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 6
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 15
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 4
Downy Woodpecker 12
Hairy Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 12
Pileated Woodpecker 6
American Kestrel 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 1
Carolina Chickadee 12
Tufted Titmouse 7
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Brown-headed Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 1
Winter Wren 8
Carolina Wren 14
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Hermit Thrush 8
American Robin 8
Gray Catbird 6
Brown Thrasher 2
Pine Warbler 4
Eastern Towhee 10
Fox Sparrow (Red) 5
Song Sparrow 8
Swamp Sparrow 5
White-throated Sparrow 25
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 4
Common Grackle 1
American Goldfinch 5

Bob Ake
Norfolk

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Subject: Trumpeter Swan - more info (Rockingham)
Date: Thu Jan 29 2015 17:50 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 



> Also if anyone goes to
> see this bird make sure you pull well off the road for it is
> a two lane country road that is well used & be safe .
> I went up around noon today & for the time I was there 5
> to 6 vehicles went by that area . Also if anyone see the
> bird out of the water get a close look at the feet to see if
> it has both hind toes .
>
> Allen Larner
> Staunton
> --------------------------------------------
> On Thu, 1/29/15, Diane L via va-bird
> wrote:
>
> Subject: [Va-bird]
> Trumpeter Swan - more info (Rockingham)
> To:
> "Shenvalbirds Shenvalbirds" ,
> "Va-bird Birding"
> Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015, 2:38 PM
>
> The Silver Creek Road
> Trumpeter Swan
> was still being seen as of
> early this afternoon.
> The owner of the pond
> and surrounds said they didn't place
>
> either of thetwo swans (the Mute or the
> Trumpeter.)
> One had been around on
> and off, then more recently was
> joined by
> the other (I assume the Trumpeter is the more
> recent arrival.)
> Diane
> LepkowskiHarrisonburg
>
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Subject: American Robins and Cedar Waxwings
Date: Thu Jan 29 2015 17:46 pm
From: otissowell AT gmail.com
 
Almost daily I have been stopping by the Old Stone Jail site near the
Fluvanna County Courthouse in Palmyra waiting for the American Robins and
Cedar Waxwings to show up at the Holly trees, which, by the way, are full
of berries.
Well, today they showed up in large numbers. I can only guess the numbers
because they were coming and going so fast that it was impossible for one
person to count them all. In the 30 minutes I was there counted at least
125 American Robins and at least 40 Cedar Waxwings and 1 Red-shouldered
Hawk in a distant tree that was watching all the action.

I did manage to get a few pictures:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...


Otis Sowell
Palmyra, Virginia

www.otissowellphotography.com
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Subject: Rockingham/Augusta today: 3 Swan species, Snow Geese, L. Shrike, A. Tree Sparrows etc
Date: Thu Jan 29 2015 16:31 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hi all,Eve Gaige and I spent the day birding around northern Augusta and southern Rockingham Counties today.  All in all it was a really fun day.
The highlight was my personal first-ever 3-Swan day (and all in Rockingham)!  We were able to view the continuing Trumpeter & Mute Swans along Silver Creek Rd (previously well reported on these listservs by Diane L) as well as the Mute Swan at Silver Lake.  We, were, however surprised to find our 3rd swan, an immature Tundra floating on the river at the far end of Wildwood Park in Bridgewater.
Anyway, here's our summary:We started off the day at Badger Rd (Augusta) where we lucked into an enormous Sparrow flock, primarily White-crowned (145+) but also 15 WTSparrow, 4 Song Sparrow, 35 Junco, and 2 Am. Tree Sparrows which was a really nice treat that gave awesome looks.  These were all in the fields on the north side of Badger Rd and not too far east of Nat. Chimneys Rd (the "Shrike field").  Unfortunately, we didn't find the reported Loggerhead Shrike and moved on.The Mount Solon Pond held 75+ Canada Geese, 3 Gadwall, 4 Am. Wigeon, 18 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 4 Pintail, and 1 GBHeron.
We headed up to the 4-way intersection below Reddish/Bother Knobs and failed to find any Red Crossbills at the intersection.  The roads were too snowy to proceed to Reddish or Bother Knob.  Driving back down Briery Branch Rd (Rockingham), we hit a nice pocket of birds right before the reservoir.  Here, our highlights were: 1 YBSapsucker, 3 Downy & 1 Hairy WP, 2 Black-capped Chickadees, 1 B. Creeper, 1 GCKinglet, 3 Fox Sparrow.Down in the valley we got great looks of the continuing Mute & Trumpeter Swans along Silver Creek Rd.  Other birds along Silver Creek Rd included a flyover Bald Eagle pair, 1 Wilson's Snipe, 1 Am Kestrel, and 1 H. Lark.Silver Lake held 80+ Canada Geese, 1 Mute Swan, 57 Gadwall, 6 Am. Wigeon, 100+ Mallard, 1 Canvasback, 9 Redhead, 1 Bufflehead.
Lake Campbell held 270+ Canada Geese, 9 Gadwall, 45 Mallard, 3 N. Pintail, 1 Canvasback, 4 Redhead, 16 RNDuck, 1 Lesser Scaup, 1 GBHeron.Lake Shenandoah's only waterfowl were 5 Canada Geese and 6 Mallards but we did have our day's only Belted Kingfisher.We lucked into finding 2 Snow Geese (white morph adult and immature) with 70+ Canada Geese at the ponds behind the Rockingham Memorial Hospital.Along Hwy 257 in Mt Crawford we had a flock of 35 Am. Pipits.Wildwood Park in Bridgewater yielded 130+ Canada Geese, 1 Tundra Swan floating on the river at the back of the park, 2 Am. Wigeon, 13 Mallard, 1 Redhead, 1 PBGrebe, 1 resident gray-morph E. Screech-Owl, 1 Pileated Woodpecker.
We finished the day back at Badger Rd where we were able to get distant but satisfactory looks at the Loggerhead Shrike to the north of Badger Rd, near the intersection with Nat. Chimneys Rd.
Thanks to Eve for a very fun day and to everyone else for finding all these good birds, like the Trumpeter and Shrike!  Good Birding to all,Gabriel MapelNew Hope, VA
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Subject: Trumpeter Swan, Rockingham County, photos
Date: Thu Jan 29 2015 16:18 pm
From: birds AT naturefriendmagazine.com
 
When I stopped by to see the Trumpeter Swan this afternoon, the gentleman
who owns the pond stop by to chat. He mentioned they have been seeing this
swan for three to four weeks.



The boys took photos of it, a couple of which I've posted on our website.
They can be seen here:



http://www.naturefriendmagazine.com/photos/photos.pl?catid8



Kevin Shank

Rockingham County





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Subject: Searching for Purples
Date: Thu Jan 29 2015 14:57 pm
From: mdwils AT wm.edu
 
Searching for Purples

by Bryan Watts
see link for photos - http://www.ccbbirds.org/2015/0...

It was one of those magical days when the winds are light, the water feels like silk under the boat and you can't see where the Bay ends and the sky begins. You have the sensation of speeding into a featureless wall of blue. Like riding a sled through fog on an icy hill, you enter the sublime and all time begins to bend and then fades away into blueness. A simple delight that more than makes up for the many poor-weather days in the field.

Purple sandpipers are different. When other sandpiper species migrate to tropical latitudes, they stubbornly overwinter along the frigid waters of the North Atlantic. The bulk of the population moves south just beyond the arctic ice, with birds remaining along the coasts of Newfoundland, Greenland and Iceland. While other shorebirds forage on sandy beaches, mudflats and marshes, they cling to rocks, dodging and weaving through crevices to pluck mollusks and crustaceans from slimy surfaces, escaping just as the next wave surges over. In winter they inhabit the raw, rocky coastline, a rugged habitat where we would like to be if only for a brief visit.

In part because they breed in such remote locations and winter in situations beyond easy human reach, our information on population status is incomplete. Recent estimates of birds wintering along the Western Atlantic fall around 16,000 individuals but may be twice that number. A recent analysis of trends suggests that the North American population may be declining.

The rocky coastline preferred by the purple sandpiper extends south only to New York. This is the position where the fall line (rocky formation that separates the piedmont from the coastal plain) reaches the coast. South of this location, the coast is comprised of the sandy habitats characteristic of the southern Coastal Plain. In recent centuries, we have used rocks to build islands, jetties, groins and other structures, creating rocky habitats for purple sandpipers and extending their winter range south.

On January 20, two CCB crews were out on the water to visit the largest of these artificial rock habitats within the Chesapeake Bay. They are rocky islands created to support the entrance of tunnels under the Bay, including the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel, and the Monitor Merrimac Bridge Tunnel. Because the islands are mostly inaccessible from the bridges, we surveyed the intertidal perimeter for shorebirds by boat.

We know very little about the ecology and population dynamics of purple sandpipers wintering in the mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain. Numbers may vary year to year depending on conditions in the heart of their winter range to the north. We detected only 86 purple sandpipers along more than 7 kilometers of rocky shoreline. The survey provides an initial baseline that may be compared to future surveys to examine interannual variation. In addition to the purples, we also recorded 64 sanderlings, 38 ruddy turnstones, 21 least sandpipers and 1 western sandpiper feeding on the rocks.


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Subject: Trumpeter Swan - more info (Rockingham)
Date: Thu Jan 29 2015 13:48 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
The Silver Creek Road Trumpeter Swan was still being seen as of early this afternoon.
The owner of the pond and surrounds said they didn't place either of the two swans (the Mute or the Trumpeter.)    One had been around on and off, then more recently was joined by the other (I assume the Trumpeter is the more recent arrival.)
Diane LepkowskiHarrisonburg

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Subject: Pohick Bay Park, Fairfax - Ruddy Duck Rumble
Date: Thu Jan 29 2015 8:56 am
From: emaillarryj AT verizon.net
 
The temperature has fallen and competition for food has increased.  Saw this Ruddy Duck rumble at Pohick Bay Park yesterday.  Though yall might enjoy.

https://flic.kr/p/qYneug
https://flic.kr/p/qG6oDx
https://flic.kr/p/qG6oBZ
https://flic.kr/p/qYrrM5

Larry
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Subject: Virginia Rare Bird Alert
Date: Thu Jan 29 2015 8:53 am
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 


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*** Species Summary:

Ross's Goose (1 Augusta)
Black Swan (1 Isle of Wight)
Long-tailed Duck (1 Prince Edward)
Razorbill (1 Virginia Beach)
Glaucous Gull (1 Virginia Beach)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Ross's Goose (Chen rossii) (6)
- Reported Jan 28, 2015 08:15 by John Pancake
- Fishersville Quarry, Augusta, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.074582,-78.9889526&ll8.074582,-78.9889526
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21582687
- Comments: "Continuing birds. White goose with black wingtips. Smaller than Canada Goose and smaller than Snow Goose. Distinctive bill and gape. The birds have been at this location for at least two weeks."

Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) (2)
- Reported Jan 26, 2015 15:00 by Gennette Huber
- Chuckatuck Creek, Isle of Wight, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.9144212,-76.50424&ll6.9144212,-76.50424
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21582491
- Comments: "Two adults seen along the marsh to the right of the bridge heading northbound. White wing feathers visible on one bird. Both a uniform black color otherwise."

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1)
- Reported Jan 28, 2015 16:30 by Evan Spears
- Sandy River Reservoir - PHP06, Prince Edward, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.2524944,-78.3198938&ll7.2524944,-78.3198938
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21583065
- Comments: "Seen from the boat launch at the end of Gates-Bass Road (Rt. 605). Identified quickly by white head/neck, light flanks, black cheek patch, pink-tipped bill, and long black tail.





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Razorbill (Alca torda) (2)
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 09:00 by Pamela Monahan
- Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel VB, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.0217246,-76.087532&ll7.0217246,-76.087532
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21582197
- Comments: "In flight. Close to mouth of Bay. Thanks, F. Fogerty."

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) (1)
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 09:00 by Pamela Monahan
- Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel VB, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.0217246,-76.087532&ll7.0217246,-76.087532
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21582197
- Comments: "Seen by several other birders on trip. In flight."

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Subject: Accipiter at bird feeders
Date: Thu Jan 29 2015 8:13 am
From: ewbsouthgate AT gmail.com
 
Two mornings in a row I have scared an accipter away from my bird feeders
when I opened the drapes on my porch. It has flown away before I was sure
what it was, but I would guess a Cooper's hawk. The feeders have needed
filling less often!
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Subject: Trumpeter Swan, Rockingham Co. (Dayton area)
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 20:50 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
A swan, first spotted yesterday by Charles "Zig" Ziegenfus (with his James Madison University Ornithology class), was seen from a good distance away both yesterday and today. Tonight it offered much closer views, although in poor light -- just after sundown.  This thanks to it having trailed a Mute Swan that seemed interested in checking out my car "blind" as I viewed from the road.

Location is private though the pond is near the road. PLEASE VIEW FROM THE CAR / road shoulder. NOT on the top of the dam, which may be tempting as it's close to the road, but is on private property.

We believe the bird is a Trumpeter. Observations my photos don't show:

Seen from the rear, swimming away, the Mute Swan seemed the narrower of the two -- the Trumpeter looked much more wide-bodied. Viewed in profile they seemed very close to the same size; my impression of which was larger varied with their poses. The Mute Swan seemed to ride higher in the water, which added some question in evaluating apparent size.

The pond is on Silver Creek Rd, Rt. 909, west of Dayton. From Rt. 42 in Dayton: Rt 257 west, left on Thomas Spring Rd, fork right on Silver Creek Rd, pond is on the left.


Good luck!

Photos start here:
http://birdtrek.smugmug.com/An...

Diane Lepkowski
Harrisonburg
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Subject: Baltimore Oriole at suet, Portsmouth, VA
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 19:46 pm
From: elisaenders AT hotmail.com
 
The Baltimore Oriole is still coming to our feeders. It mainly visits the suet feeder and an orange put out for it.

Thanks for emails from folks. Sorry I didn't reply to everyone individually.

While the oriole is not consistent, it has been coming thoroughout the day and seen as late as 4pm. If anyone is interested in trying to see it, please email me.

Elisa Flanders
Portsmouth, VA



> From: elisaenders@hotmail.com
> To: va-bird@listserve.com
> Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:52:07 -0500
> Subject: [Va-bird] Baltimore Oriole at suet, Portsmouth, VA
>
> This morning, just after I left home to drive to work, Nick let me know that a Baltimore Oriole was feeding at the suet feeder in our backyard. I wasn't far from the house, so I headed back and was able to see the oriole, a yard first for me. If the oriole becomes a regular visitor and anyone is interested in seeing it, I might be able to allow visitors. It is difficult to see the feeders from locations other than the house kitchen. I didn't think that an oriole was likely to show up at our location. Our backyard borders the Bide-A-Wee golf course, but pines are not immediately adjacent to our yard, and there is mostly deciduous trees and growth in our yard. Maybe I associate wintertime Baltimore Orioles with hollies and camellias more than I should.
>
> Funny to me was that the oriole showed up on a morning that I was trying to chase, with little success, starlings and squirrels from the suet.
>
> Elisa Flanders
> Portsmouth, VA
>
>
>
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Subject: Boat Trip Off VA Beach
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 18:28 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

I'd like to add my congratulations to the Williamsburg Bird Club for another great winter wildlife boat trip along the CBBT and off VA Beach last Sunday and thanks to Inge Curtis for allowing the remarkable photo of the breaching Humpback Whale to be on the General Blog on the Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory website at www.cvwo.org

Brian Taber
CVWO
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Subject: Birding Augusta County
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 18:09 pm
From: larnersky AT mindspring.com
 
Hello all



This morning I met up with John Pancake & we set off to bird in & around
Augusta County . Starting off at the Quarry we found at least 350 to 400 +
Canada's but no odd Geese mixed in except for the 8 Ross's Geese . Shortly
after we got there most of the Geese flew off to the fields to feed . Left
at the Quarry were the usual ducks that have been hanging out there this
winter . Over at the Invista Ponds in Waynesboro were the two adult BCN
Herons & one GB Heron . Also there was one Pied - billed Grebe & the usual
number of Coot & Hooded Mergansers . McCune's was frozen as well as the Boy
Scout Camp , Smith's had a little open water where there were at least 200
Canada's only & about 20 GW Teal , Mallard & a couple of Black Duck . The
Bald Eagles are working on their nest getting it ready for another season of
fun . We only found a few Horned Larks calling & over at the Mt. Solon pond
we had a small group of Canada's , three Pintail , couple of Am. Wigeon &
the usual Mallards . Bells Lane was mostly frozen except the very back pond
where only I & another member can go . This area had Ruddy , Greater Scaup ,
Gadwall , Coot , Mallard & a few Canada's in which one had a green neck
collar XC 80 . All in all a good & fun day of bird watching in Aug . Co .



Allen Larner

Staunton

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Subject: Long-tailed Duck at Sandy River Reservoir, Prince Edward County
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 17:55 pm
From: e3spears AT gmail.com
 
Male sea duck seen this afternoon from the Gates-Bass Road (Rt. 605) boat
launch area. Flagged as Rare by eBird but not a review species.

Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21583065

Evan Spears
Farmville, VA
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Subject: Rough-legged Hawk in Rectortown, VA
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 17:02 pm
From: millington.linda AT gmail.com
 
Birders,

Andy Martin called me this afternoon to tell me that she was watching a
Rough-legged Hawk at the Short-eared Owl spot along Rectortown Road just
west of the village of Rectortown, VA. I joined her and we watched the
Rough-legged Hawk gliding and hovering over the fields. We were looking
north from the Edgecliff Farm parking area across several fields to a barn
with a red roof. (not the close barn to the west) The hawk was hunting in
the fields in front of the barn from two tall white sycamores at the
eastern edge of the field all the way across to a red silo on the western
edge. At one point, the hawk perched in the brushline and we had great
looks at its light head and bib and dark belly. When it was flying and
hovering, the light tail, dark belly, and dark wrist patches were evident.

Two Northern Harriers, one a gray ghost, were also hunting; a Red-tailed
Hawk cried in the sky; a Common Raven croaked, and a pair of Red-shouldered
Hawks sat close together on a branch of a tall pine along the road. As we
watched the Rough-legged Hawk while perched, we could see Northern Harriers
hunting in the background. A third Red-shouldered Hawk was also perched in
the brushline.

We began watching the hawk about 4 PM. At about 5:20 PM, after being
harassed by a Northern Harrier, the Rough-legged flew east, and I departed.
I know I should have waited for the Short-eared Owls, but I was frozen
solid, and I had had a totally thrilling experience and magical experience.

Linda Millington
Upperville VA
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Subject: Shen. Co. Jan 23-28- Lots of finches
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 16:58 pm
From: daviszepp AT verizon.net
 
We spent this period at our second home on Cedar Creek and did eBird counts every morning and a Feeder Watch count on 2 days.  The first weather event that hit the night of the 23rd-24th left under and inch of granular ice/snow that persisted until the next night.  The second event which arrived on the 25th and lasted until the morning of the night of the 26th left 5 inches of snow that completely covered trees and shrubbery (making for some wonderful photo-ops).  Many of our regular winter birds were in normal numbers, but we did experience some exceptional highs.  Our high count for Dark-eyed Juncos was 35 (27th), Pine Siskins - 64 (24th), and Am. Goldfinches - 69 (25th)these are counts, not estimates and almost certainly are conservative given the frenetic activity of the two fringillids.  These may be records for us (since 1979), but I havent taken the time to make that determination.  Somewhat surprisingly, we had no Purple Finches after having a few much of the winter so far, and we had no other irruptives like Am. Tree Sparrows or Red-breasted Nuthatches.  The only other species of note was an adult male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker that came to our suet feeder on several days.  They dont seem to overwinter in our area every year.

Happy 2015 and good birding

Dave Davis
Arlington and Zepp



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Subject: Test 4
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 12:43 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

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Subject: Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Count - Northern Virginia Bird Club walk
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 12:02 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Oops!  We did NOT see 5 Common Goldeyes. This should be 5 Common Mergansers.
Sorry for the error.



Dixie Sommers



From: Dixie Sommers [mailto:dixiesommers@cs.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 12:49 PM
To: 'Va-Bird'
Subject: Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Count - Northern Virginia Bird Club walk



Three birders, including leaders Dave Boltz and myself, birded at Dyke Marsh
on this sunny but cold and windy winter morning. The conditions probably
kept the passerines down, as we were missing many of the common birds. A
very nice view of a Winter Wren was good compensation. We also spotted an
American Tree Sparrow about 2/3 way down the Haul Road, and debated a bit
about the ID. Calling it ATSP based on the pale breast and belly with dark
spot, rufous cap and gray supercilium. Unfortunately it flew before we got
a bead on the bill color. Another highlight was 7 Canvasbacks resting with
a group of Lesser Scaup and Ruddy Ducks, seen off the platform at the end of
Haul Road.



Waterfowl numbers on the Potomac and flats near the mouth of Hunting Creek
were low, except for a large group of Canada Geese hugging the shore, and a
group of American Black Ducks. Nice views of three Bald Eagles including
watching one immature fishing.



Northern Virginia Bird Club walks are posted at
http://www.nvabc.org/trips.htm





Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA

Jan 28, 2015 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

Comments: Northern Virginia Bird Club walk. 23 degrees at start. Windy,
clear skies.

31 species



Canada Goose 1000

Wood Duck 1

American Black Duck 50

Mallard 150

Northern Shoveler 4

Canvasback 7

Lesser Scaup 330

Bufflehead 16

Common Goldeneye 5

Hooded Merganser 3

Ruddy Duck 120

Double-crested Cormorant 5

Great Blue Heron 4

Bald Eagle 3

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Ring-billed Gull X

Herring Gull X

Great Black-backed Gull 4

Mourning Dove 4

Red-bellied Woodpecker 3

Downy Woodpecker 3

Hairy Woodpecker 1 Heard

Northern Flicker 1

Carolina Chickadee 5

Winter Wren 1

Carolina Wren 5

American Tree Sparrow 1 Pale breast and belly with dark spot, rufous
cap and gray supercilium. Did not get bill color before it flew.

Song Sparrow 14

Swamp Sparrow 8

White-throated Sparrow 12

Northern Cardinal 3



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Subject: Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Count - Northern Virginia Bird Club walk
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 11:53 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Three birders, including leaders Dave Boltz and myself, birded at Dyke Marsh
on this sunny but cold and windy winter morning. The conditions probably
kept the passerines down, as we were missing many of the common birds. A
very nice view of a Winter Wren was good compensation. We also spotted an
American Tree Sparrow about 2/3 way down the Haul Road, and debated a bit
about the ID. Calling it ATSP based on the pale breast and belly with dark
spot, rufous cap and gray supercilium. Unfortunately it flew before we got
a bead on the bill color. Another highlight was 7 Canvasbacks resting with
a group of Lesser Scaup and Ruddy Ducks, seen off the platform at the end of
Haul Road.



Waterfowl numbers on the Potomac and flats near the mouth of Hunting Creek
were low, except for a large group of Canada Geese hugging the shore, and a
group of American Black Ducks. Nice views of three Bald Eagles including
watching one immature fishing.



Northern Virginia Bird Club walks are posted at
http://www.nvabc.org/trips.htm





Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA

Jan 28, 2015 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

Comments: Northern Virginia Bird Club walk. 23 degrees at start. Windy,
clear skies.

31 species



Canada Goose 1000

Wood Duck 1

American Black Duck 50

Mallard 150

Northern Shoveler 4

Canvasback 7

Lesser Scaup 330

Bufflehead 16

Common Goldeneye 5

Hooded Merganser 3

Ruddy Duck 120

Double-crested Cormorant 5

Great Blue Heron 4

Bald Eagle 3

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Ring-billed Gull X

Herring Gull X

Great Black-backed Gull 4

Mourning Dove 4

Red-bellied Woodpecker 3

Downy Woodpecker 3

Hairy Woodpecker 1 Heard

Northern Flicker 1

Carolina Chickadee 5

Winter Wren 1

Carolina Wren 5

American Tree Sparrow 1 Pale breast and belly with dark spot, rufous
cap and gray supercilium. Did not get bill color before it flew.

Song Sparrow 14

Swamp Sparrow 8

White-throated Sparrow 12

Northern Cardinal 3



View this checklist online at
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Subject: Virginia Rare Bird Alert
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 8:47 am
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 


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*** Species Summary:

Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Fauquier)
Cackling Goose (2 James City)
Ruddy Duck (1 Tazewell)
Loggerhead Shrike (1 Charlotte)
Bohemian Waxwing (1 Virginia Beach)
Western Tanager (1 Virginia Beach)
Painted Bunting (1 Chesapeake)
Common Redpoll (2 Loudoun)

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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

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1)
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 09:00 by Greg Slader
- C.M. Crockett Park - PCU05, Fauquier, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.6217,-77.7228&ll8.6217,-77.7228
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21533278
- Comments: "GOOSE WAS AMONG A LARGE GROUP OF CANDA GEESE, ITS HEAD WAS TUCKED IN BUT THEN RAISED ITS HEAD AND I WAS ABLE TO IDENTIFY. I AM CONFIDENT BASED ON PREVIOUS SIGHTINGS THAT THIS WAS INDEED A GWFG."

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) (1)
- Reported Jan 27, 2015 09:15 by Bill Williams
- Drummond's Field/Mainland Farm, James City, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.23487,-76.7850393&ll7.23487,-76.7850393
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21565578
- Comments: "about one third smaller than Canada Geese it was with; small, short black bill; relatively small round head with angled forehead; white facial patch wider and whiter than that of Canadas; relatively short neck; flanks paler gray than Canadas; has been present for several days"

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) (1)
- Reported Jan 27, 2015 09:30 by Jason Strickland
- Mainland Farm, James City, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.2374012,-76.7843056&ll7.2374012,-76.7843056
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21569079
- Comments: "Small goose, roughly half the size of nearby canadas..silvery by comparison to cago, stubby bill, larger whiter patch on face pointed out by Bill.."

Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 27, 2015 12:00 by Clancey Deel
- Falls Mills Lake, Tazewell, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.2721062,-81.3239872&ll7.2721062,-81.3239872
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21571513

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) (1)
- Reported Jan 27, 2015 by Mike Stinson
- Four Locusts Lane at US 15, Charlotte, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.0690595,-78.4753847&ll7.0690595,-78.4753847
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21573636
- Comments: "Seen on same fence as last week. Stopped to watch briefly after first spotting it from the Jeep."

Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) (20)
- Reported Jan 27, 2015 14:16 by Joel Burns
- Catfish Joe's, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.8026831,-76.0737509&ll6.8026831,-76.0737509
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21570075
- Comments: "These fellows were eating berries from backyard trees in company of robins. I viewed these beautiful birds sometimes as near as only five feet. Suspect the blizzard has driven these Northerners to the shores of SE Virginia."

Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) (1)
- Reported Jan 23, 2015 11:30 by Andrew Baldelli
- Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.903226,-76.0994303&ll6.903226,-76.0994303
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21573181
- Comments: "very brief looks at bird which was found a few days earlier , seems to be hanging around with Yellow rumps and Bluebirds . Heard calling many times"

Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris) (1)
- Reported Jan 22, 2015 12:15 by Andrew Baldelli
- feeder in Chesapeake, Chesapeake, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.7734972,-76.2580884&ll6.7734972,-76.2580884
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21572386
- Comments: "Female Painted Bunting coming to feeder"

Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 27, 2015 13:18 by David Larsen
- US-VA-Purcellville-36624 Woodmar Farm Dr, Loudoun, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q9.117794,-77.736656&ll9.117794,-77.736656
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21568513
- Comments: "
Photo by Daniel Carrier who originally found this bird."

Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 27, 2015 08:05 by Daniel Carrier
- Woodmar Farm, Loudoun, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q9.120959,-77.7372596&ll9.120959,-77.7372596
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21564776
- Comments: "I was walking around the lake and on the side where the dam is I found a massive flock consisting of lots of house finch, a couple purple finch, a solitary siskin, and while I was panning through the birds I stumbled upon a bird that I just knew for a fact was a common redpoll. I then ran back to my house and grabbed my camera and was able to photograph the bird.






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Subject: Common Goldeneyes (but no swans) at Wilck's Lake in Farmville, Prince Edward County
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 7:10 am
From: e3spears AT gmail.com
 
There were two female Common Goldeneyes on the lake behind the library
yesterday morning. This birds is currently listed as a "rare winter
visitor" in the South-Central Piedmont, so it's always a treat to find one,
especially on this small lake. Still no swans though.

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

Evan Spears
Farmville, VA
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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington Area, Jan 27
Date: Tue Jan 27 2015 17:43 pm
From: joecoleman AT rstarmail.com
 
FYI  - this report is for sightings from Jan 20 through Jan 27 and was
compiled by Helen Patton & transcribed by Steve Cordle.

Joe Coleman



Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist

Date: 1/27/2015

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

Reports, comments, questions: voice@anshome.org

Compiler: Helen Patton

Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic

States (independent of NAS)

Transcriber: Steve Cordle



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Voice (Individual $50; Family $65; Nature Steward $100; Audubon Advocate
$200). The membership number is 301-652-9188, option 12; the address is 8940
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This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, January 20 and was
completed on Tuesday, January 27 at 3:00 p.m.



The top birds this week were SNOWY OWL in DE and MD and WESTERN TANAGER* in
DE and VA.



Other birds of interest this past week included waterfowl, RED-NECKED GREBE,
GOLDEN EAGLE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, VIRGINIA RAIL, SANDHILL CRANE, DOVEKIE, ,
BLACK-HEADED GULL, SHORT-EARED OWL, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, COMMON RAVENS, MARSH
WREN, warblers, sparrows, SUMMER TANAGER, RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, PAINTED BUNTING
and COMMON REDPOLL.



TOP BIRDS



A SNOWY OWL was on Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on January 21. Four SNOWY
OWLS were at Little Creek, Kent Co, DE on January 22. Another SNOWY OWL was
at Port Mahon, Kent Co, DE on January 25.



The male WESTERN TANAGER* continued to be seen at a residence in Settlers'
Mill, James City Co, VA, on January 21 and 24. A female WESTERN TANAGER was
at Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach, VA on January 22, 24 and 25. A
WESTERN TANAGER was at White Clay Creek SP, New Castle Co, DE on January 23.



OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST



A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA on
January 20. More GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were at the Hunting Creek
Bridge, near the Belle Haven North Parking Area, Fairfax Co, VA on January
25. Five GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were at Willow Lake, Rockbridge Co, VA
also on January 25.



A ROSS'S GOOSE was in Lewes, Sussex Co, DE on January 25. A CACKLING GOOSE
was at Turney's Pond on Harford Creamery Road, Harford Co, MD on January 20.



The tagged TRUMPETER SWAN (M78) continues at Black Hill RP, with sighting
during the week. The continuing TRUMPETER SWAN, also tagged (L55), at the
Cumberland Terminus, Allegany Co, MD was seen on January

23 and 24. And the two, possibly hybrids or escapees, continue at Lake
Artemisia, Prince George's Co, MD, with sightings on January 20, 23 and 25.



A EURASIAN WIGEON was at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on January 20.
The one or two EURASIAN WIGEONS reported last week between the dams at Loch
Raven Reservoir in Baltimore Co, MD were seen again this week. Another
EURASIAN WIGEON was at Pleasure House Creek, Virginia Beach, VA on January
26.

There was a waterfowl bonanza in the Potomac River, as seen from Riverbend
Park, Fairfax Co, VA on January 22, which included enormous mixed-species
rafts containing 300-500 REDHEADS plus other ducks. The HARLEQUIN DUCK
continues at the Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co, DE, with the latest report
from January 25. Six HARLEQUIN DUCKS were seen January 24 at the Ocean City
Inlet, Worcester Co, MD. Four HARLEQUIN DUCKS were seen from the CBBT,
Island #1, Northampton Co, VA on January 25. LONG-TAILED DUCKS were on the
Susquehanna River, seen from the Lapidum boat launch, Harford Co, MD on
January 20. Five COMMON EIDERS were at Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co, DE on
January 21. A trip to the CBBT, Island 1, Northampton Co, and VA on January
24 encountered a male COMMON EIDER, WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, BLACK SCOTERS and
LONG-TAILED DUCKS.



A RED-NECKED GREBE was in the Washington Channel, DC on January 24 and 25.
Another RED-NECKED GREBE was at Lapidum, Harford Co, MD on January 25.



A GOLDEN EAGLE was at the Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Talbot Co, MD on
January 23. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was on Russell Road, Garrett Co, MD on
January 25.



Three VIRGINIA RAILS were in the wetlands at Swan Creek dredge containment
facility, Anne Arundel Co, MD on January 23.



Five SANDHILL CRANES continue to be seen in fields along Bradshaw Road in
Kingsville, Baltimore Co, MD, with the most recent report from January 23.



A DOVEKIE was flying north at Cape Charles Beach, Northampton Co, VA on
January 26



The BLACK-HEADED GULL turned up on January 24 at the Hunt Valley Towne
Centre, Baltimore, MD.



A SHORT-EARED OWL was noted on Stone Chapel Road, Carroll Co, MD on January
20. A SHORT-EARED OWL was working at the top of the landfill at Blue Mash
Nature Trail, Montgomery Co, MD on January 26.



A BLUE-HEADED VIREO was on the Bassett Hall Nature Trail in Williamsburg,
James City Co, VA on January 23rd.



Lowland COMMON RAVENS were seen and heard at several locations this past
week.



A MARSH WREN was in the wetlands at the Swan Creek dredge containment
facility, Anne Arundel Co, MD on January 23. Another MARSH WREN was at
Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA on January 26.



An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at the Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co, DE on
January 22. Another ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at Kingman Island, DC also on
January 22. A PINE WARBLER was at Lake Elkhorn, Howard Co, MD during the
week. A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT came to a home in Charlottesville, Albemarle
Co, VA during the week.



A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was on Blackburn Road, Prince William Co, VA on
January 23 and 24.AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were in the two fields that border
the Willow-Grove entrance road to Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore Co, MD on
January 21. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was at the Fort McHenry NM, Baltimore Co, on
January 25.



A SUMMER TANAGER which is visiting various feeders at the Beacon Place
apartments (916 Beacon Square Court, 20878), Kentlands, Montgomery Co, MD,
was first seen on the 14th, photographed on the 18th, and was seen during
the week.



About eighty RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were along Club House Road pond at the
intersection with Park Beach Drive, Aberdeen, Harford Co, MD on January 23.



A female PAINTED BUNTING turned up at a private residence in Chesapeake Co,
VA on January 22.



The COMMON REDPOLL at Black Hill RP, Montgomery Co, MD, is still visiting
the feeders at the visitors' center with reports during the week. COMMON
REDPOLLS were at seen in many venues including: three at Port Mahon Road,
Kent Co, DE on January 20; one at Bay Pointe, New Castle Co, DE on January
21 and 22; one at Sunset Park, Ocean City, Worcester Co, MD on January 23
and 24; four at the Ocean City Inlet in some seedy weeds by the boardwalk,
Worcester Co, MD on January 24; twelve to thirty-five at Cape Henlopen SP,
Sussex Co, DE on January 25; one at Lake Elkhorn, Howard Co, MD on January
26 and one at Woodmar Farm, Loudoun Co, VA on January 27.



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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.



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

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



Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.



*Of interest to the applicable state records committee



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Subject: Common Redpoll in Loudoun County
Date: Tue Jan 27 2015 9:22 am
From: dscarrier15 AT gmail.com
 
 Dear VA birders,


> I was walking around the lake at Woodmar Farms in Loudoun county when I
> came across a large group of birds consisting of house finch, purple finch,
> a solitary sisking, and while I was panning through the massive flock of
> birds I noticed a different looking finch behind a lot of brush. I waited
> until it came to the front where I could clearly see it was a Common
> Redpoll. I ran back to my house grabbed my camera and was able to take some
> photographs of this great bird.



links to photos:

https://flic.kr/p/q1JxBz

https://flic.kr/p/qVe6xU

https://flic.kr/p/q1w2b9

https://flic.kr/p/qF6s1Z


The bird was found on the dam side of the lake at 8:45 am on 1/27/14. The
common redpoll spends most of it's time in the large section of bramble
near the largest cove on the dam side of the lake. I have also seen it fly
to a nearby feeder in someones backyard.



Good birding,

Daniel Carrier
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Subject: Brown-headed Cowbirds
Date: Tue Jan 27 2015 9:19 am
From: millington.linda AT gmail.com
 
A large flock of Brown-headed Cowbirds - about 60 of them - descended on my
feeders this morning in Upperville, VA.

Linda Millington
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Subject: Virginia Rare Bird Alert
Date: Tue Jan 27 2015 9:04 am
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 


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*** Species Summary:

Cackling Goose (1 Virginia Beach)
Trumpeter Swan (1 Prince Edward)
Eurasian Wigeon (3 Virginia Beach)
White-winged Scoter (2 Mecklenburg)
Long-tailed Duck (1 James City)
Spotted Sandpiper (2 Mecklenburg)
Greater Yellowlegs (1 James City, 1 York)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (2 Mecklenburg)
Glaucous Gull (1 Virginia Beach)
Loggerhead Shrike (2 Mecklenburg)
Marsh Wren (Eastern) (1 Fairfax)
Black-and-white Warbler (1 Hopewell)
Clay-colored Sparrow (1 Prince William)
Western Tanager (3 Virginia Beach)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) (1)
- Reported Jan 26, 2015 13:44 by Robert Ake
- Virginia Beach, 2036 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.74394,-76.01178&ll6.74394,-76.01178
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21553136

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1)
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 15:28 by Mike Stinson
- Wilck's Lake - PHP05, Prince Edward, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.3034,-78.4097&ll7.3034,-78.4097
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21539847
- Comments: "immature, with typical (for Trumpeter) long bill shape and salmon red lining of lower mandible; dark on face continues to dark eye with little or no discernable indentation in front of / at contact with eye (unlike typical Tundra); bill large, nearly completely black (small lighter area on top center); head angular, crown not as rounded as in normal Tundra; crown feathering extending onto bill in distinct point; overall size roughly the same as nearby Mute Swan; tail proportionately shorter than Mute Swan's tail; neck gray, darkest on and near head, fading slightly proximally; body partly white, but with many gray feathers evident; apparently the same three swans seen here yesterday"

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) (1)
- Reported Jan 26, 2015 09:04 by Ashley Merritt
- Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.903226,-76.0994303&ll6.903226,-76.0994303
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21561882
- Comments: "With American Widgeon flock on Pleasure House Creek near the South bank. Head dark rufous to red in color with dark buffy median stripe, all gray flanks and back. Same shape and size as nearby American Widgeons. Have photos."

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) (1)
- Reported Jan 26, 2015 08:50 by James Marcum
- Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.903226,-76.0994303&ll6.903226,-76.0994303
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21553582
- Comments: "Red head and cream-colored pate clearly visible"

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) (1)
- Reported Jan 26, 2015 08:18 by Peggy Eubank
- Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.903226,-76.0994303&ll6.903226,-76.0994303
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21555488
- Comments: "Beautiful male. Nice red head and silver side. In with about 50 AMWI."

White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 13:45 by Beth Oristian
- John H. Kerr Reservoir--Dam area, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.6001493,-78.3036568&ll6.6001493,-78.3036568
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21557927
- Comments: "Found earlier in the day by AD, PG. Poor photo with Greater Scaup."

White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 13:45 by Ellison Orcutt
- John H. Kerr Reservoir--Dam area, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.6001493,-78.3036568&ll6.6001493,-78.3036568
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21553721
- Comments: "Found earlier in the day by AD, PG. Poor photo with Greater Scaup."

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 26, 2015 09:30 by Bill Williams
- Jamestown--Scotland Ferry to Jamestown Beach, James City, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.2231581,-76.7882538&ll7.2231581,-76.7882538
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21551437
- Comments: "foraging with Buffleheads circa 150 meters away; slightly larger and more stocky than Buffleheads; small round white head with a distinct brown cheek patch; light brown wing coverts; short, white neck; breast, belly and flanks white"

Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 13:45 by Beth Oristian
- John H. Kerr Reservoir--Dam area, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.6001493,-78.3036568&ll6.6001493,-78.3036568
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21557927
- Comments: "poor photos; continuing."

Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 13:45 by Ellison Orcutt
- John H. Kerr Reservoir--Dam area, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.6001493,-78.3036568&ll6.6001493,-78.3036568
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21553721
- Comments: "poor photos; continuing."

Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 26, 2015 09:30 by Andrew Hawkins
- Beecham Dr., Yorktown, York, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.136714,-76.4496732&ll7.136714,-76.4496732
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21552653
- Comments: "Seen on mudflat in Poquoson River at low tide. Reported at this location in the winter before. Picture very poor, looking directly into glare, but yellow legs visible.

"

Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 26, 2015 10:15 by Bill Williams
- Chickahominy Riverfront Park - CPL13, James City, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.2656,-76.8725&ll7.2656,-76.8725
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21551562
- Comments: "three note call; bright yellow legs; gray wing coverts an mantle; white tail in flight; relatively long, thin, black bill; expected at this location in winter"

Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 13:45 by Ellison Orcutt
- John H. Kerr Reservoir--Dam area, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.6001493,-78.3036568&ll6.6001493,-78.3036568
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21553721
- Comments: "Continuing adult below the damn."

Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 13:45 by Beth Oristian
- John H. Kerr Reservoir--Dam area, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.6001493,-78.3036568&ll6.6001493,-78.3036568
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21557927
- Comments: "Continuing adult below the damn."

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) (1)
- Reported Jan 26, 2015 12:15 by Clark Olsen
- 42nd Street, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.870609,-75.9801149&ll6.870609,-75.9801149
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21561624
- Comments: "The gull was with all the others and stood out by its size and coloring. Nearly as large as a GBBG with large head, long-yellow bill with dull grey tip, silvery grey feathers on back and all white tips and tail. As all birds were on the water I could not see its legs and feet."

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 15:45 by Beth Oristian
- Mineral Springs Rd., Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.563418,-78.238925&ll6.563418,-78.238925
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21557960
- Comments: "Regular in this area. Found it in this exact spot in Jan, 2014.
"

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 15:45 by Ellison Orcutt
- Mineral Springs Rd., Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.563418,-78.238925&ll6.563418,-78.238925
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21553566
- Comments: "Regular in this area. Found it in this exact spot in Jan, 2014.
"

Marsh Wren (Eastern) (Cistothorus palustris) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 26, 2015 08:00 by Harry Glasgow
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7589,-77.0959&ll8.7589,-77.0959
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21552705
- Comments: "A regular sighting in the HMP central wetlands for at least 2 months"

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1)
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 12:38 by Elisa Enders Flanders
- Petersburg National Battlefield Park--City Point Unit, Hopewell, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.3172399,-77.27736&ll7.3172399,-77.27736
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21561131
- Comments: "young bird or female. black and white streaked warbler, feeding mostly on tree trunks."

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 24, 2015 11:30 by Tobin Hardwick
- US-VA-Woodbridge-15385-15535 Blackburn Rd, Prince William, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.611628,-77.277446&ll8.611628,-77.277446
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21553396
- Comments: "Confirmed straggler at Blackburn road marsh"

Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) (1)
- Reported Jan 26, 2015 08:50 by James Marcum
- Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.903226,-76.0994303&ll6.903226,-76.0994303
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21553582
- Comments: "Fairly uniform olive in color with bright double wing bars and reddish orange beak. Continuing bird."

Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) (1)
- Reported Jan 26, 2015 08:18 by Peggy Eubank
- Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.903226,-76.0994303&ll6.903226,-76.0994303
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21555488
- Comments: "Female. Sort of a dull yellow with a nice bright bill. Continuing bird."

Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 16:10 by Erin Chapman
- Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.903226,-76.0994303&ll6.903226,-76.0994303
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21549212
- Comments: "Continuing. Photos"

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Subject: TRUMPETER SWANS and Mute Swan at Wilck's Lake in Farmville, Prince Edward County
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 23:09 pm
From: e3spears AT gmail.com
 
The Trumpeter Swans have been seen by other local birders each day at
different times since Saturday. I did not see them Sunday (did not check)
or Monday (did check) but will continue to check in the morning and
evening. More swans were also seen by other birders at Motley Lake which is
a few miles west of Wilck's Lake; based on descriptions probably not same
individuals from Wilck's but could also be Trumpeters.

Two new photos posted I forgot to upload that were taken on the 24th (the
first day they were seen):
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

To make discussion easier, swans have been labeled left or right based on
where they are in the group shots. Please feel free to discuss in the
comment section.

Evan Spears
Farmville, VA
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Subject: White Throated Sparrow at the Hermitage
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 21:46 pm
From: helpwithbirth AT gmail.com
 
Today, about noon, I visited the Hermitage grounds in Norfolk to do a bit
of birding. Between the main entrance and the little bridge that looks out
over the water I saw what I first imagined was a rufous sided towee,
because it was scratching backwards on the ground with both feet. But it
was much smaller, had a black and white striped head and distinct bright
yellow spectacles, as well as a broad white throat patch. It was a white
throated sparrow, a bird I have not seen before. It remained where it was
for some time, just jumping from twig to twig on a small bush. I did not
have my camera at the time. This is a life bird for me.

To find the Hermitage Museum get on Hampton Blvd, come past ODU towards the
base and turn left onto North Shore Rd. The museum is located just around
the bend of the loch.

Christina Birdsong
Norfolk VA
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Subject: LWC bird of prey trip
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 17:47 pm
From: drgerco AT hotmail.com
 
26 people participated in Birds of Prey organized by the Loudoun
Wildlife Conservancy trip this past Sunday afternoon. This trip was led
by Laura, Liam, Liz and Gerco. During our trip we visited various
locations along Rte 15 in Loudoun County with stops along Hogeland Mill
Rd, Banshee Reeks, Dulles Wetlands Mitigation Project, Tail Racer Rd and
Limstone School Rd in Northern Loudoun County.

Throughout most of the afternoon the raptors were low in number, except
for the ever present Turkey and Black Vultures (technical not raptors).
Bald Eagles were spotted in several locations along Evergreen Mill rd
and Tail Race rd. No activity was observed at the Dulles Wetlands Bald
Eagle Nest.

Both Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks were apparently laying low.
Very few birds were seen. Not a single Red-shouldered hawk was seen
sitting on the wires, which they typically like to do.

Most raptor activity was found south of Lucketts along Spinks ferry rd
and Limstone school rd. We found a few American Kestrels, Red-tailed and
Red-shouldered Hawks. As dusk came upon us, the Northern Harriers become
more and more active. At one point in time we observed a gray host (male
harrier) sitting on the fence next to another brown (female) harrier.
Shortly after that thing became more interesting, when 3 gray ghosts
were flying around at the same time. Wow, that was cool.

Without a doubt, the best bird of the day was the Short-eared Owl. At
least 5-6 owls were seen flying around or perching on the various posts
along Limstone school rd. With the fading light in our back we still had
excellent looks though the scope of these very interesting owls. With
increasingly darkness it seemed that the wings of the owl were getting
lighter and lighter in color. Very cool to see that contrast. The
Short-eared Owl was a life bird for several of the participants.

Happy birding,

Gerco
Leesburg, VA

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Subject: 2015 VSO Annual Meeting Spring in the Spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains Wintergreen Resort, May 8 - 10
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 16:44 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I plagiarize, paraphrase and editorialize with the following information about the VSO Annual Spring Meeting. 

John Spahr
Member, 2015 VSO Annual Meeting Planning Committee
A spectacular mountain-top setting and Blue Ridge avian specialties will make the 2015 VSO Annual Meeting a can’t missexperience. Field trips along the ridges as well as down into the Rockfish and Shenandoah Valleys should yield unbeatable natural beauty — not to mention an excellent list and great company of fellow birders. Jointly hosting are the Augusta Bird Club andMonticello Bird Club.  Our headquarters will be Wintergreen Resort (see below).
The keynote speaker at the Saturday evening banquet will be Scott Weidensaul, internationally known author, naturalist and conservationist. A Pulitzer Prize nominee, his books cover a spectrum of topics from bird migration, to birding history, extinct species, and early American history. His articles have appeared in publications such as Smithsonian, New York Times and Nature Conservancy. He lectures widely and is an active field researcher, specializing in birds of prey and hummingbirds.  His keynote address will be on Project Snowstorm a multi-state, collaborative effort to better understand the periodic irruptions of snowy owls into southern Canada and the U.S.  http://www.scottweidensaul.com...
 On Friday evening, Dr. Marshall Faintich will introduce us to the birds of the Wintergreen and Nelson County. He is the author of A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Wintergreen, and his wildlife photos have appeared in newspapers, magazines, web sites and presentations in Virginia and Maryland.
More information and lodging details can be viewed on the VSO website http://www.virginiabirds.net/
Registration forms will be included in the upcoming VSO newsletter. 

If you are not a VSO member consider joining. 

Wintergreen Resort, located in Nelson County not far from Charlottesville, a four-season resort in an alpine setting has excellent lodging, two spectacular and challenging golf courses, tennis, swimming, a spa, fine dining, activities for children and more. http://www.wintergreenresort.c... The entire family (even non-birding spouses) can have a fun weekend here.







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Subject: Dovekie at Cape Charles
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 16:40 pm
From: 23cahow AT gmail.com
 
This afternoon, while seawatching at Cape Charles beach, I observed a Dovekie flying north among a small flight of scoters and Bufflehead - only the second I've observed in town. Winds are very high, gusting into the 30-knot range, making for challenging viewing conditions, but well worth the hour or so invested.

Ned Brinkley, Cape Charles, Virginia

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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 16:34 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
 Sometimes, during more reflective moments, I ask myself what drives me to get up in what is essentially the middle of the night,  drive many miles to stand in appalling weather so that I can watch a few birds.   I never come up with an answer, but I do enjoy it.  This morning was one of those moments.   Six birders joined me in the cold and rain to participate in today's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk, and we spotted 33 species.  Perhaps today's highlight was the reaction as an adult Bald Eagle flew low over the wetland spooking nearly every duck into the air.  The geese, on the other hand saw no threat and remained oblivious.  Other observations included complete absences of American Robins and Great Blue Herons.
Canada Goose  150
Gadwall  3
American Black Duck  6
Mallard  75
Northern Shoveler  4
Northern Pintail  28
Hooded Merganser  8
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  8
Mourning Dove  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  20
Fish Crow  15
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  10
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Brown Creeper  1
Marsh Wren (Eastern)  1   
Carolina Wren  6
Eastern Bluebird  3
Song Sparrow  20
Swamp Sparrow  4
White-throated Sparrow  30
Dark-eyed Junco  6
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  90
American Goldfinch  1
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 GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Virginia Beach Western Tanager and Eurasian Wigeon
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 11:53 am
From: marcums AT cns.umass.edu
 
Both of these continuing birds were seen this morning at Pleasure House Point.

The female Western Tanager was observed along the main trail 40-50 yards east of the remains of the dead deer. The bird was very uniformly olive colored except for the fairly bright double wing bars and the reddish-orange beak. (If you are not familiar with the location of the deer carcass take Marlin Bay Drive off Shore Drive to the point where the road makes a sharp left. Park there and follow the path along the water. Where that path intersects with the main trail you can see the deer in the water.)

The male Eurasian Wigeon was in Pleasure House Creek associated with 20-25 American Wigeon.

Jim Marcum
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: Baltimore Oriole at suet, Portsmouth, VA
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 10:58 am
From: elisaenders AT hotmail.com
 
This morning, just after I left home to drive to work, Nick let me know that a Baltimore Oriole was feeding at the suet feeder in our backyard. I wasn't far from the house, so I headed back and was able to see the oriole, a yard first for me. If the oriole becomes a regular visitor and anyone is interested in seeing it, I might be able to allow visitors. It is difficult to see the feeders from locations other than the house kitchen. I didn't think that an oriole was likely to show up at our location. Our backyard borders the Bide-A-Wee golf course, but pines are not immediately adjacent to our yard, and there is mostly deciduous trees and growth in our yard. Maybe I associate wintertime Baltimore Orioles with hollies and camellias more than I should.

Funny to me was that the oriole showed up on a morning that I was trying to chase, with little success, starlings and squirrels from the suet.

Elisa Flanders
Portsmouth, VA



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Subject: Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspurs, Harlequin Ducks, etc.
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 10:54 am
From: butcherbird2013 AT gmail.com
 
Hi VA Birders,



Allow me to add to the reports from the Hampton/Norfolk/VA Beach area over
the weekend. Tom Hardman and started early on Sunday by walking Grandview
Natural Preserve in Hampton. Highlights of the walk included: many loons of
both species; Common Goldeneye (4 including 1 male head bobbing for the
ladies); Long-tailed Ducks (2); close views of all 3 Scoter species
(including 5 White-winged); a lone Western Sandpiper and a handful of BB
Plovers amongst the Dunlin and Sanderlings; Bonaparte’s Gull (30, nothing
wild mixed in); many Gannets; and Savanna Sparrows. As we neared the point
after a long walk, the group of anticipated SNOW BUNTINGS flew directly
over us and settled perhaps a hundred yards back from where we had come. We
counted 14 birds in flight and were able to relocate them in the dunes on
the Back River side along Grundland Creek. While observing from a safe
distance, the group eventually took flight again and re-settled along the
second jetty back from where we had come (again). I thought I noticed a
non-bunting-like bird within the group of 14 while in flight. We relocated
the flock on the second jetty and were able to pick out 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS
that we scoped for some time. The second bird (an adult winter male?)
showed a more brightly patterned face and rufous nape. We spent longer than
expected at Grandview but it was a very productive morning. The Snow
Bunting was a long awaited Virginia Bird for me.



We then popped out to island #1 of the CBBT and had lunch but not before
locating and admiring the 4 HARLEQUIN DUCKS that had been reported. Such
awesome birds! It was also very rewarding continuing to watch this group
from the resto window. We ran into others from the various birding groups
out that day and exchanged sightings a bit bummed that we couldn’t access
the rest of the islands to re-find their goodies. No evidence of the Common
Eiders on island #1 but we did have close range views of all 3 Scoters, 24
Long-tailed Ducks, RB Mergs, Purple Sands and plenty of Gannets.



We spent about an hour and a half at Pleasure House Point before having to
(unfortunately) pull the plug at 3:30. 40+ Brant were highlights as was a
Sedge Wren, Pine Warb, several Osprey and a few additional duck species on
the day. I’m fairly certain we did briefly observe the Western Tanager
while at the spot with a smattering of other birders, but I didn’t get the
bill to clinch the ID. It will go down as unrecorded but I noticed it was
observed later in the day near the same spot. We ended the day with some
great year birds, a few lifers for Tom and a total of 17 duck species
(minus both Scaup species, Redhead, etc.).



Cheers,



Will McPhail
Washington, DC
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