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29 May: @ 05:15:41  Great Falls NP Bird Walk 05/28/17 (Fairfax County) [Dendroica--- via va-bird]
28 May: @ 20:18:01  Birds Observed, Blue Ridge Center, Lo Co, May 27 [Joe Coleman via va-bird]
28 May: @ 20:05:25  RFI Swallow-tailed kites @ Cull's ln. [Shea Tiller via va-bird]
28 May: @ 19:44:51  NVBC Walk - Shenandoah University River Campus at Cool Spring Battlefield, Clarke County [dcharlesl--- via va-bird]
28 May: @ 19:35:46  Merrimac Farm [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
27 May: @ 09:59:08  Fwd: eBird Report - Chincoteague NWR, May 26, 2017 [Joanne Laskowski via va-bird]
27 May: @ 09:50:46 Re: [shenvalbirds] Imm. Wood Stork in Augusta County [Julian Dymacek via va-bird]
27 May: @ 00:06:56  Dickcissel, Northampton Cty [David Matson via va-bird]
26 May: @ 23:11:25  VERY STRANGE phoebe behavior--have you seen this? [MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird]
26 May: @ 21:33:12  If no one will talk cicadas, I will. [Stuart via va-bird]
26 May: @ 20:26:25 Re: VERY STRANGE phoebe behavior--have you seen this? [morann--- via va-bird]
26 May: @ 20:12:12 Re: Late fledging (phoebe) concerns [MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird]
26 May: @ 16:37:31  Swallow-tailed Kite Northampton [Max Nootbaar via va-bird]
26 May: @ 13:15:45  Late fledging concerns [Tim and Alyce Quinn via va-bird]
25 May: @ 19:17:19 Re: va-bird Digest, Vol 121, Issue 26 [Sandra Galletta via va-bird]
25 May: @ 18:17:36  Ruff & stilt in Accomack County [Harry Armistead via va-bird]
25 May: @ 15:18:33  Dickcissel Augusta County [Herbert Larner via va-bird]
24 May: @ 19:04:48  Arlington Bioblitz Birding -- belated report from Sat 5/20 [frazmo via va-bird]
24 May: @ 11:11:51  Fort C.F. Smith, Arlington County [Dixie Sommers via va-bird]
23 May: @ 22:37:34  Mississippi Kites in Arlington, VA [janet anderson via va-bird]
23 May: @ 19:36:56  Curtiss Drive Mississippi Kites, VA Beach [B. Beamer via va-bird]
23 May: @ 13:04:57  FW: DC Area, 5/23/2017 [Joe Coleman via va-bird]
23 May: @ 12:46:21  Chincoteague Birding Trip - Day 3 and 4 [Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via va-bird]
23 May: @ 09:29:10  test message [Spears, David (DMME) via va-bird]
22 May: @ 15:50:17  test [Rich Rieger via va-bird]
22 May: @ 13:34:18  Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
21 May: @ 17:03:17  Mutton Hunk Fen State Natural Area Preserve, Accomack County [David Matson via va-bird]
21 May: @ 16:39:46  [va-bird] Prince William Forest Natl. Park South - Breckenridge Rd. [Scott Priebe via va-bird]
21 May: @ 16:23:28  Great Falls NP Bird Walk 05/21/17 (Fairfax County) [Dendroica--- via va-bird]
21 May: @ 15:26:33  Sunday walk at Dyke Marsh WP, Fairfax Co [Gerry Hawkins via va-bird]
21 May: @ 15:02:58  Swallow-tailed Kite [J R THRASHER via va-bird]
21 May: @ 12:15:29  Strange Magnolia Warbler @ Union Sprgs, R'ham County [Kevin Shank via va-bird]
21 May: @ 11:05:17  weekend notes from Loudoun and Fairfax, May 20-21 [Stephen Johnson via va-bird]
21 May: @ 10:44:38  Chincoteague Birding Trip - Day 2 [Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via va-bird]
21 May: @ 10:32:31  Sign up for rare bird alert, va [David White via va-bird]
20 May: @ 20:26:09  Fw: eBird Report - Occoquan Bay NWR, May 20, 2017 [Marc Ribaudo via va-bird]
20 May: @ 17:24:51  Arlington Kites: new sighting [Donald Sweig via va-bird]
20 May: @ 16:17:37  American Bittern Photos [William Leigh via va-bird]
20 May: @ 12:28:17  Mason Neck State Park - Fairfax County [Dixie Sommers via va-bird]
20 May: @ 12:17:05  American bittern Nazerine wetlands [William Leigh via va-bird]
20 May: @ 09:53:21 Re: va-bird Digest, Vol 121, Issue 21 [Dick Bauder via va-bird]
19 May: @ 17:31:04  Extra-limital weird Mallard [Lynn Rafferty via va-bird]
19 May: @ 16:47:44  Chincoteague Birding Trip - Day I [Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via va-bird]
19 May: @ 16:29:43  Bath & Highland County Highlights [Peter Robinson via va-bird]
19 May: @ 15:47:24  Arlington Kites - NOT TODAY [Donald Sweig via va-bird]
19 May: @ 13:42:35  Cliff Swallows Port Royal follow-up [Fred Atwood via va-bird]
19 May: @ 10:31:04  Breeding Codes and Migratory Birds [Ashley Peele via va-bird]
18 May: @ 21:22:25  Arlington Mississippi Kites. [Donald Sweig via va-bird]
18 May: @ 15:40:58  patti reum [Gwbirds37 via va-bird]
18 May: @ 11:11:40  Mississippi kite Alexandria [Thomas Nardone via va-bird]





Subject: Great Falls NP Bird Walk 05/28/17 (Fairfax County)
Date: Mon May 29 2017 5:15 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Keith Huffman led this morning's walk.  The group of eleven  birders
tallied 44 species as spring migration slows down. The list follows.

The group meets at 8 AM each Sunday morning in the visitor's center parking
lot. Birders are welcome.to join in.

Posted by Ralph Wall

The list:

Canada Goose 17
Mallard 3
Double-crested Cormorant 6
Great Blue Heron 6
Black Vulture 15
Turkey Vulture 3
Osprey 1
Bald Eagle 2
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Mourning Dove 5
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 8
Eastern Kingbird 2
Warbling Vireo 3
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 2
Fish Crow 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Tree Swallow 1
Carolina Chickadee 7
Tufted Titmouse 8
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 3
Cedar Waxwing 4
Louisiana Waterthrush 1
American Redstart 1
Northern Parula 1
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 9
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Common Grackle 3
Orchard Oriole 2
Baltimore Oriole 3

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Subject: Birds Observed, Blue Ridge Center, Lo Co, May 27
Date: Sun May 28 2017 20:18 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Yesterday morning 10 people gathered for Loudoun Wildlife's regular (every
4th Sat.) monthly bird walk at the Blue Ridge Center of Environmental
Stewardship in northwestern Loudoun County. We found 73 species of which the
highlights included 11 warbler species, including dynamite looks at both
Blue-winged and Kentucky Warblers, glimpses of a Cerulean, and very noisy
Yellow-breasted Chats. Except for a Blackburnian and 3 Blackpolls, all the
warblers were nesters at the center. Other highlights included two
Red-headed WPs crossing Arnold Rd in an area where they have been seen the
past two years, and good looks at a Swainson's Thrush, prob. a 1st year (but
heard only a couple of Wood Thrushes).



While it was quite comfortable with temps in the 60's we did get rained on
at about 10 am. At that time we took a break to tally adding a few more
species, including 3 fly-by Great Egrets, while doing so. Afterwards 7 of us
returned to the field at the end of Sawmill Rd at about 11:30 am for about
an hour to see what we could find in that habitat that we'd missed earlier.
Surprising misses were Red-shouldered and Red-tail Hawks (our only bird of
prey was an Osprey), American Robin, and Great Blue Heron. We constantly
heard and frequently observed in the right habitat, Acadian Flycatchers,
Eastern Wood-Pewees, and Indigo Buntings, both males and females of the
latter.



The walk was led by Gerry Hawkins, Mary Ann Good, and Joe Coleman ably
assisted by Bryan Henson, Allison Gallo, Jane Yocom, and the others. All in
all a great morning of birding with wonderful company!



Information on the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship can be
found at http://www.blueridgecenter.org.
Information on the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and its many free activities
can be found at www.loudounwildlife.org.



Joe Coleman





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Subject: RFI Swallow-tailed kites @ Cull's ln.
Date: Sun May 28 2017 20:05 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hello, all.

If anyone looks for and sees or misses the swallow-tailed/Mississippi kites
at Cull's Ln. in Northampton county today or early tomorrow, a posting as
to the status would be greatly appreciated. I hope these aren't just a
one-time occurrence.

Thanks

Shea
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Subject: NVBC Walk - Shenandoah University River Campus at Cool Spring Battlefield, Clarke County
Date: Sun May 28 2017 19:44 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
The Northern Virginia Bird Club had a field trip this morning to the Shenandoah University River Campus at Cool Spring Battlefield in Clarke County, next to the Shenandoah River.

The park was formerly a golf course and the trails are on paved golf cart and mowed paths. Our group finished most of an abbreviated loop on the north side of the park before the rain came. The Great Blue Heron rookery was very active and Warbling Vireos seemed everywhere. On our way out of the park, a few of us stopped at the Route 7 bridge over the river to look at Cliff Swallows and their nests. The lists of birds seen are below.


David Ledwith

Falls Church, VA



Shenandoah University River Campus at Cool Spring Battlefield, Clarke, Virginia, US
May 27, 2017 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
50 species

Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 20 Conservative estimate of twenty in rookery.
Turkey Vulture 2
Mourning Dove 5
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 8
Acadian Flycatcher 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 6
Eastern Kingbird 8
Warbling Vireo 12
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
Fish Crow 1
Common Raven 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Purple Martin 12
Tree Swallow 8
Barn Swallow 1
Carolina Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 7
Eastern Bluebird 5
American Robin 7
Brown Thrasher 1
Cedar Waxwing 16
Common Yellowthroat 3
Yellow Warbler 3
Chipping Sparrow 12
Field Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 4
Blue Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 12
Red-winged Blackbird 15
Common Grackle 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 10
Orchard Oriole 1
Baltimore Oriole 2
House Finch 3
American Goldfinch 16

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Castlemans Ferry Boat Ramp, Clarke, Virginia, US
May 27, 2017 11:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Stationary
6 species

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
Cliff Swallow 12 Nests beneath bridge.
American Robin 2
European Starling 2
Common Grackle 3
House Sparrow 4

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Subject: Merrimac Farm
Date: Sun May 28 2017 19:35 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Today's Last-Sunday-of-the-Month Prince William Conservation Alliance Merrimac Farm birdwalk produced 40 species by 6 birders. Abundant species at Merrimac this month are White-eyed Vireo, Acadian Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, Eastern Towhee,Common Yellowthroat, Prairie Warbler, and Northern Cardinal. Of somewhat less abundance are Ovenbirds, Indigo Bunting, and Tufted Titmouse. 
Wood Duck 2
Great Blue Heron 2
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
Barred Owl 1
Chimney Swift 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Acadian Flycatcher 10
Eastern Phoebe 3
Great Crested Flycatcher 4
White-eyed Vireo 10
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 15
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 4
Purple Martin 1
Tree Swallow 1
Tufted Titmouse 8
House Wren 3
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Wood Thrush 6
Cedar Waxwing 6
Ovenbird 4
Common Yellowthroat 10
Prairie Warbler 9
Yellow-breasted Chat 6
Field Sparrow 3
Eastern Towhee 9
Scarlet Tanager 3
Northern Cardinal 13
Blue Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 7
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
American Goldfinch 4
The Prince William Conservation Alliance birdwalks at the Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area in Nokesville take place at 8 AM on the final Sunday of every month. Birders meet at the Area's entrance located at the stonehouse at the end of Deepwood Drive. Questions may be directed to the Alliance at 703.499.4954, oralliance@pwconserve.org

Harry GlasgowNancy Vehrs
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Chincoteague NWR, May 26, 2017
Date: Sat May 27 2017 9:59 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From:
Date: 27 May 2017 at 09:21
Subject: eBird Report - Chincoteague NWR, May 26, 2017
To: jlaskowski13@gmail.com


Chincoteague NWR, Accomack, Virginia, US
May 26, 2017 9:22 AM - 3:41 PM
Protocol: Traveling
16.0 mile(s)
Comments: Other Observer: Hal Laskowski. Birds were recorded during the
Refuge's Shorebird Survey. Birds not counted for survey are indicated as
present with an "x".
72 species (+3 other taxa)

Canada Goose X
Gadwall 1
American Black Duck X
Mallard (Northern) X
Double-crested Cormorant 84
Brown Pelican 4
Great Egret X
Snowy Egret X
Little Blue Heron X
Tricolored Heron X
Cattle Egret (Western) X
Green Heron X
Glossy Ibis X
Black Vulture X
Turkey Vulture X
Osprey (carolinensis) X
Bald Eagle X
American Oystercatcher 29
Black-bellied Plover 41
Semipalmated Plover 28
Piping Plover 16
Killdeer 1
Whimbrel (Hudsonian) 4
Ruddy Turnstone 178
Red Knot 3
Sanderling 1484
Dunlin 306
Least Sandpiper 26
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1297
peep sp. 31
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher 89
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Greater Yellowlegs 7
Willet 45
Laughing Gull 66
Ring-billed Gull 1
Herring Gull (American) 273
Lesser Black-backed Gull 62
Great Black-backed Gull 35
Least Tern 61
Common Tern (hirundo) 6
Forster's Tern 60
Royal Tern 87
Mourning Dove X
Eastern Wood-Pewee X
Great Crested Flycatcher X
Eastern Kingbird X
crow sp. X
Purple Martin X
Tree Swallow X
Barn Swallow (American) X
Carolina Chickadee X
Brown-headed Nuthatch X
House Wren (Northern) X
Carolina Wren X
American Robin X
Gray Catbird X
Brown Thrasher X
European Starling X
Common Yellowthroat X
Pine Warbler X
Yellow-throated Warbler X
Prairie Warbler X
Yellow-breasted Chat X
Field Sparrow X
Eastern Towhee X
Northern Cardinal X
Blue Grosbeak X
Indigo Bunting X
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) X
Eastern Meadowlark (Eastern) X
Common Grackle (Purple) X
Brown-headed Cowbird X
Orchard Oriole X
American Goldfinch X

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checklist/S37176340

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Subject: Imm. Wood Stork in Augusta County
Date: Sat May 27 2017 9:50 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
We drove past right as he was getting  harassed by crows and he took off over the neighborhood and soared very very high. Will stay a few minutes to see if he circles back down.

Amanda & Julian

> On May 27, 2017, at 9:33 AM, Diane L via va-bird wrote:
>
> It was still there at 9:00, in spite of being goosed a couple of times by nosey cows!
> Thank you, Allen, for the post.
> Diane Lepkowski Harrisonburg
>
> Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
>
> On Sat, May 27, 2017 at 7:43 AM, Herbert Larner birdergonewild@yahoo.com [shenvalbirds] wrote:
> Hello all
>
> Just got back from viewing the Imm. Wood Stork in the Fishersville area . The bird is on a small pond to the left at the intersection of Long Meadow Rd ( Rt. 608 ) & Kiddsville Rd ( Rt. 796 ) . When I saw the bird it was down in the creek just below the ponds dam . The bird has an injured foot but seems to be healthy & getting around . Thanks to Calvin Jordan for finding this bird & alerting us about it being here . This is the first spring record for Wood Stork in Augusta County & we have two fall records dating back to 1984 & 85 .
>
> Getting there -- Take I 64 to exit 91 & take Rt 285/ 608 North to Rt 250 Take a left at light -- go under rail Road bridge to light & turn right at light . stay straight & you will come to the intersection . *** Note there is very limited areas to park & the traffic is heavy & lots of the drivers do not slow down so be careful & good luck .
>
> Allen Larner
> Staunton
>
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Subject: Dickcissel, Northampton Cty
Date: Sat May 27 2017 0:06 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Found at Magothy Bay Natural Area Preserve Friday, 26 May 2017, at ~9 AM.

Male/pair territorial, as:

--three sightings, all between last turn from Bull's Lane to parking spot
at sign of Preserve; watch to the east and scan patiently
--sightings spaced about 10 to 20 min apart
--each time, male perched at top of tree
--twice, both times on same tree, joined by female for short period

Thus, seemed to want to stay in circumscribed area, with female staying at
one tree.

Not the strongest evidence, yet. . .

Please stay on lawnmower-cut trails.

*****

Singing Prairie Warbler, Field Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Bobwhite. A
number of other species, e.g., Osprey, Barn Swallow, . . . Much more to be
seen at this site: expect Indigo Bunting, Catbird (heard), possible Blue
Grosbeak, possible Oriole, nuthatches if you reach pines, . . .

One Collared Dove on wire between telephone poles at beginning of Bull's
Lane.

*****

Fields from Onancock south with standing water from recent rain held many
shorebirds. For those where I stopped, had White Ibis (Capeville and
fly-over at Machipongo--that from E to W), Dunlin, Ruddy Turnstone. Most
shorebirds seen were flocks (Dunlin-like) in flight as I cruised non-stop
to S on Hwy 13--State Police as active as Dunlin (hyperbole).


*****

No doubt about this being tick haven.

David Matson
--
David Matson
Suffolk and Onancock, Virginia
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Subject: VERY STRANGE phoebe behavior--have you seen this?
Date: Fri May 26 2017 23:11 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Today my phoebe chicks FINALLY fledged--they had hatched from eggs on May
6! Is anyone aware of phoebes being in the nest for such a long time?

Additionally, the female phoebe started building her second nest ON THE
SAME SHELF the chicks were still on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Has anyone else
ever seen this? Instead of feeding the chicks that were overdue to leave,
she just started making another nest yesterday while they watched her.
Her mate continued to feed the young at the nest until they finally left this
morning, although some of them returned to the nest a few times before
finally exiting my porch!!!!! These chicks really did not want to leave home!


This has been an extremely strange year for several species of birds in my
yard. In fact, my July Crozet Gazette article will document some of the
unusual events, in case you are interested. Meanwhile, if you have seen
this kind of phoebe behavior, I would deeply appreciate hearing about it.
Thanks!

Sincerely,
Marlene


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Subject: If no one will talk cicadas, I will.
Date: Fri May 26 2017 21:33 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hi all:

Different avians I guess.

The periodical cicadas seem to be hitting north Arlington pretty hard. I predict a lot of fat chicks with heartburn!

Here in Falls Church, I think the ground temperature is still a bit low for emergence in large numbers.
I can still hear them in the trees however.

Did you notice that periodical cicadas have cycles such as 13 or 17 -which are prime numbers?
Have fun figuring out why!


Happy cicada counting.

Stuart Merrells
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Subject: VERY STRANGE phoebe behavior--have you seen this?
Date: Fri May 26 2017 20:26 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I can't address the phoebe behavior but I'm concerned about the bluebirds that have taken my bluebird box, after 2 summers of avoiding it. These parents put me in mind of the phoebe mother. I was gone the week after Easter but noticed the bluebirds had taken the box upon my return. However, that's now been a month and I've seen no signs of chicks. The parents still guard the box and the female regularly goes in and out, I assume to incubate eggs, but this seems an inordinately long time. I know there are no chicks because the parents have not begun the frantic feeding frenzy, nor do I hear chick noises. I'm concerned about the female being on the eggs for so long.


Ann Donaldson
Barboursville



-----Original Message-----
From: MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird
To: va-bird
Sent: Thu, May 25, 2017 6:59 pm
Subject: [Va-bird] VERY STRANGE phoebe behavior--have you seen this?

Today my phoebe chicks FINALLY fledged--they had hatched from eggs on May
6! Is anyone aware of phoebes being in the nest for such a long time?

Additionally, the female phoebe started building her second nest ON THE
SAME SHELF the chicks were still on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Has anyone else
ever seen this? Instead of feeding the chicks that were overdue to leave,
she just started making another nest yesterday while they watched her.
Her mate continued to feed the young at the nest until they finally left this
morning, although some of them returned to the nest a few times before
finally exiting my porch!!!!! These chicks really did not want to leave home!


This has been an extremely strange year for several species of birds in my
yard. In fact, my July Crozet Gazette article will document some of the
unusual events, in case you are interested. Meanwhile, if you have seen
this kind of phoebe behavior, I would deeply appreciate hearing about it.
Thanks!

Sincerely,
Marlene


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Subject: Late fledging (phoebe) concerns
Date: Fri May 26 2017 20:12 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hi Alyce,

Thanks so much for writing. I should mention that even the parents
thought it was high time for the young to fledge.

When the chicks were 2 days overdue (according to The Birder's Handbook),
both parents stopped feeding for a while and tried to entice the chicks out
of the nest. They would sometimes bring food and sometimes they wouldn't,
but they would visit the young and then leave without feeding them,
perching nearby and calling ("chipping") to them. When it was obvious the chicks
didn't seem to be going anywhere, the female started building another nest
right next to them! The male then resumed feeding the chicks while the
female worked on a new nest.

The young had been fanning their wings a lot in preparation for flying away
for a couple of days before this. Yet even on the day they finally
fledged, one left the nest and then returned to it (the other 2 chicks had not
flown) for a while!!!!!! I mean, these chicks simply did not want to get
out into the world!

I've had phoebes nest in my porch and carport for decades, and I have
never seen anything like this before. There was highly unusual behavior on the
part of both the chicks and the female, at least for this location. As
you are the only person to write in regard to this situation, I'm guessing no
one else has observed this kind of thing either.

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,
Marlene




In a message dated 5/26/2017 12:29:04 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
va-bird@listserve.com writes:

Marlene, with all the rain we™ve had, it™s not surprising that your
phoebes took longer than usual to fledge. All nestlings™ development depends on
how well they are fed, so when there™s a scarcity of bugs (as happens in
wet weather), they develop more slowly.

Ann, it™s possible that something happened to your bluebirds™ first
nesting attempt (such as a predator taking the eggs or nestlings) and that the
parents started a new nest in the same box. So don™t despair; they might
still fledge. BTW, it™s o.k. to quietly peek inside nest boxes to monitor what™
s going on so you don™t have these worries in the future.

Alyce Quinn

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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite Northampton
Date: Fri May 26 2017 16:37 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Two Swallow-tailed Kites observed by Baxter Beamer, Tucker Beamer, and myself at Margaret's Gifts off of Route 13 in Northampton. Foraging above road and parking lot. Mississippi Kite also observed in a kettle of Turkey Vultures a few miles north on Route 13.

Good Birding,

Max Nootbaar
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Subject: Late fledging concerns
Date: Fri May 26 2017 13:15 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Marlene, with all the rain we™ve had, it™s not surprising that your phoebes took longer than usual to fledge. All nestlings™ development depends on how well they are fed, so when there™s a scarcity of bugs (as happens in wet weather), they develop more slowly.

Ann, it™s possible that something happened to your bluebirds™ first nesting attempt (such as a predator taking the eggs or nestlings) and that the parents started a new nest in the same box. So don™t despair; they might still fledge. BTW, it™s o.k. to quietly peek inside nest boxes to monitor what™s going on so you don™t have these worries in the future.

Alyce Quinn

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Subject: va-bird Digest, Vol 121, Issue 26
Date: Thu May 25 2017 19:17 pm
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1. Fort C.F. Smith, Arlington County (Dixie Sommers)
2. Arlington Bioblitz Birding -- belated report from Sat 5/20
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Message: 1
Date: Wed, 24 May 2017 12:01:33 -0400
From: "Dixie Sommers"
To:
Subject: [Va-bird] Fort C.F. Smith, Arlington County
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Eleven birders joined David Farner and me for a walk at Fort C.F. Smith in
north Arlington. We encountered 36 species, with the highlight being scope
views of a fledged juvenile Great Horned Owl. It still has some down on the
head. We also enjoyed music from two wren species (House and Carolina),
several flycatchers, a Swainson's Thrush that has lingered in the park for
several days, and acrobatic Tree and Northern Rough-winged Swallows.
Warblers were few, but we did see (or hear) several Blackpolls and a couple
of American Redstarts.



This walk was sponsored by the Northern Virginia Bird Club
http://www.nvabc.org/





Fort C F Smith Park and Historic Site - CGF06, Arlington, Virginia, US May
24, 2017 8:30 AM - 10:40 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.0 mile(s)

Comments: Northern Virginia Bird Club walk

36 species



Black Vulture 1

Turkey Vulture 1

Mourning Dove 3

Great Horned Owl 2 One fledged juvenile, with some down still on head.

Chimney Swift 3

Red-bellied Woodpecker 3

Downy Woodpecker 2

Eastern Wood-Pewee 1

Acadian Flycatcher 1

Eastern Phoebe 2

Great Crested Flycatcher 2

Red-eyed Vireo 4

Blue Jay 10

American Crow 10

Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2

Tree Swallow 5

Carolina Chickadee 8

Tufted Titmouse 4

White-breasted Nuthatch 2

House Wren 5

Carolina Wren 1

Swainson's Thrush 1

American Robin 12

Gray Catbird 1

Northern Mockingbird 2

European Starling 5

American Redstart 2

Blackpoll Warbler 4

Song Sparrow 3

Eastern Towhee 1

Northern Cardinal 8

Indigo Bunting 2

Brown-headed Cowbird 2

House Finch 2

American Goldfinch 5

House Sparrow 8



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



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





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Message: 2
Date: Wed, 24 May 2017 17:33:16 -0400
From: frazmo
To: "armn@googlegroups.com" , Virginia Birding

Subject: [Va-bird] Arlington Bioblitz Birding -- belated report from
Sat 5/20
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Saturday morning May 20 a nice group of 10 of us birded Long Branch Nature
Center and Glencarlyn Park in Arlington as part of the county?s Bioblitz.
We found just over 40 species which I duly entered into iNaturalist as
requested by the event organizers. Nick in our group also maintained an
eBird checklist. Highlights included a very cooperative Yellow-billed
Cuckoo. We were watching 2 Red Foxes prancing about near the LBNC meadow
when Phil K noticed the silent Cuckoo perched high in a nearby tree. It was
distant but everyone was able to get good looks at the bird. Later, mobbing
Blue Jays and American Robins helped lead us to a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk
perched with its Eastern Gray Squirrel prey, long tail dangling. And at
Sparrow Pond we all got great looks at a male Orchard Oriole perched by the
water?s edge. We also saw some cooperative male Eastern Towhees early in
the walk. And the weather was very nice ? a bonus! Later in the day I was
able to add female Brown-headed Cowbird, Barred Owl (one well-heard call at
7:30 PM), and Chimney Swifts. My thanks to the nice folks who turned out.
Good birding and cheers, Steve Young, Arlington


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Subject: Ruff & stilt in Accomack County
Date: Thu May 25 2017 18:17 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
George Reiger called on Tuesday to say that cinematographer Michael Male had videod a Ruff in George's impoundment on Monday.  There's also been a Black-necked Stilt there for a week or so.  This is near Locustville.  Methinks this should be off limits since Michael continues to do video work there. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.
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Subject: Dickcissel Augusta County
Date: Thu May 25 2017 15:18 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hello all

After coming home from Harrisonburg today I decided to go home on Rt 11 . Once in Mount Sidney I took a left at the service station & went to the intersection of Craig Shop Rd & I think Knightly Rd . On the wire I saw & heard one male Dickcissel singing . There may be more but I only saw the one .

Allen Larner
Staunton
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Subject: Arlington Bioblitz Birding -- belated report from Sat 5/20
Date: Wed May 24 2017 19:04 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Saturday morning May 20 a nice group of 10 of us birded Long Branch Nature
Center and Glencarlyn Park in Arlington as part of the county™s Bioblitz.
We found just over 40 species which I duly entered into iNaturalist as
requested by the event organizers. Nick in our group also maintained an
eBird checklist. Highlights included a very cooperative Yellow-billed
Cuckoo. We were watching 2 Red Foxes prancing about near the LBNC meadow
when Phil K noticed the silent Cuckoo perched high in a nearby tree. It was
distant but everyone was able to get good looks at the bird. Later, mobbing
Blue Jays and American Robins helped lead us to a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk
perched with its Eastern Gray Squirrel prey, long tail dangling. And at
Sparrow Pond we all got great looks at a male Orchard Oriole perched by the
water™s edge. We also saw some cooperative male Eastern Towhees early in
the walk. And the weather was very nice “ a bonus! Later in the day I was
able to add female Brown-headed Cowbird, Barred Owl (one well-heard call at
7:30 PM), and Chimney Swifts. My thanks to the nice folks who turned out.
Good birding and cheers, Steve Young, Arlington
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Subject: Fort C.F. Smith, Arlington County
Date: Wed May 24 2017 11:11 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Eleven birders joined David Farner and me for a walk at Fort C.F. Smith in
north Arlington. We encountered 36 species, with the highlight being scope
views of a fledged juvenile Great Horned Owl. It still has some down on the
head. We also enjoyed music from two wren species (House and Carolina),
several flycatchers, a Swainson's Thrush that has lingered in the park for
several days, and acrobatic Tree and Northern Rough-winged Swallows.
Warblers were few, but we did see (or hear) several Blackpolls and a couple
of American Redstarts.



This walk was sponsored by the Northern Virginia Bird Club
http://www.nvabc.org/





Fort C F Smith Park and Historic Site - CGF06, Arlington, Virginia, US May
24, 2017 8:30 AM - 10:40 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.0 mile(s)

Comments: Northern Virginia Bird Club walk

36 species



Black Vulture 1

Turkey Vulture 1

Mourning Dove 3

Great Horned Owl 2 One fledged juvenile, with some down still on head.

Chimney Swift 3

Red-bellied Woodpecker 3

Downy Woodpecker 2

Eastern Wood-Pewee 1

Acadian Flycatcher 1

Eastern Phoebe 2

Great Crested Flycatcher 2

Red-eyed Vireo 4

Blue Jay 10

American Crow 10

Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2

Tree Swallow 5

Carolina Chickadee 8

Tufted Titmouse 4

White-breasted Nuthatch 2

House Wren 5

Carolina Wren 1

Swainson's Thrush 1

American Robin 12

Gray Catbird 1

Northern Mockingbird 2

European Starling 5

American Redstart 2

Blackpoll Warbler 4

Song Sparrow 3

Eastern Towhee 1

Northern Cardinal 8

Indigo Bunting 2

Brown-headed Cowbird 2

House Finch 2

American Goldfinch 5

House Sparrow 8



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Subject: Mississippi Kites in Arlington, VA
Date: Tue May 23 2017 22:37 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
May 23, 2017 --

Arlington County, VA

2 Adult Mississippi Kites along with the Sub-Adult Kite were seen today -
most sightings were at the corner of 18th Street and Utah Streets in
Arlington, VA. - 1 Adult was perched low in a tree and didn't seem to mind
having pictures taken. The Sub-Adult showed the banded tail while in flight
being chased by Crows.

Dora Kelly Park - Alexandria, Fairfax County, VA

1 Blue Grosbeak
1 Warbling Vireo
Numerous Redstarts
Baltimore and
Orchard Orioles
Yellow Billed Cuckoo
Flyover American Bittern
Kingbird
Crested Flycatcher
Common Yellowthroat
Parula
Scarlet Tanagers
Towhees

Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA


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Subject: Curtiss Drive Mississippi Kites, VA Beach
Date: Tue May 23 2017 19:36 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hi all,

Max Nootbaar, my brother Tucker, and I saw the Mississippi Kites at the
usual spot on Curtiss Drive in Virginia Beach. Max and I had great looks at
two adults perched up on the dead trees at the end of Burroughs Court, and
Tucker observed a third in flight as we watched the other two. Nice to see
that they've returned to this site for another season.

Good birding,

-Baxter Beamer
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Subject: FW: DC Area, 5/23/2017
Date: Tue May 23 2017 13:04 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
FYI Joe Coleman

-----Original Message-----
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 5/23/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: voice@anshome.org
Compiler: Joe Coleman
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, May 16 and was
completed on Tuesday, May 23 at 11:00 a.m.

Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order, as
set forth in the American Ornithologists' Union Checklist for North and
Middle American birds, as revised through the 57th Supplement (July 2016).

The top birds this week were WHITE-WINGED DOVE in VA, WHITE-FACED IBIS in
MD, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE in MD and VA, and SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER* in VA.

Other birds of interest this week included waterfowl, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO,
rails, SANDHILL CRANE, shorebirds, PARASITIC JAEGER, GULL-BILLED TERN, BLACK
TERN, RED-THROATED LOON, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN BITTERN,
MISSISSIPPI KITE, flycatchers including OLIVE-SIDED and YELLOW-BELLIED,
PHILADELPHIA VIREO, SEDGE WREN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, thrushes, warblers,
NELSON'S and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, PAINTED BUNTING, and DICKCISSEL.

TOP BIRDS

A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was seen at a private residence in Hampton, VA on May
16; it was not reported after the 16th.

An adult WHITE-FACED IBIS was seen May 19 on Green Dumpster Rd at Deal
Island WMA, Somerset Co, MD. A WHITE-FACED IBIS was also seen May 18, 19,
and 20 at the Ashton Tract, Augustine Wildlife Area, New Castle CO, DE.

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE flew over North Glen Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD on May
19. A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was seen May 21 while driving on Rte 29 bypass in
Amherst Co, VA about 2.5 miles north of the Rte 130 exit.

A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER* was seen May 16 at Arlington Rd & Custis Tomb
Rd, Northampton Co, VA. A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER* was also seen May 18
and 19 at the NE Corner of the Wallops Flight Facility, Accomack Co, VA.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

Some waterfowl species that winter in the area continued to linger around
this past week. A continuing CACKLING GOOSE at Chesapeake Bay Environmental
Center (Horsehead) in Queen Anne's Co, MD was most recently reported on May
21. A COMMON EIDER was at Metompkin Island, Accomack Co, VA on May 17.

BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS were observed at several locations during the week
including: at private homes in Anne Arundel Co, MD on May 16 and 18; at the
Main Section of the James River Park, Richmond, VA on May 16; from the
Hawkwatching platform at Kiptopeke SP, Northampton Co, VA on May 16; on
Wheat Ln, Northampton Co, VA on May 17; Sky Meadows SP, Fauquier Co, VA on
May 18; Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Co, VA on May 21; Western Fairfax Co, VA on May
6; Leesylvania SP, Prince William Co, VA on May 7; and Sky Meadows SP,
Fauquier Co, VA on May 8.

A KING RAIL was at North Point SP, Baltimore Co, MD on May 19. Another was
at Wooton's Landing, Patuxent River Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD on May 20 and
21. A COMMON GALLINULE was seen at Sandy Bottom Nature Park, Hampton, VA on
May 16, 17, and 18. A COMMON GALLINULE was also seen on May 20 and 21 at
Black Marsh, Baltimore Co, MD. Another was at Swan Harbor Farm Park, Harford
Co, MD, on May 22.

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen May 16 at Fisherman Island NWR, Northampton Co,
VA. One was also seen May 19 at Maury River below Cedar Grove, Rockbridge
Co, VA. SANDHILL CRANES were also seen in De with one at the Ashton Tract of
the Augustine Wildlife Area, New Castle Co, and the other on May 20 and 21 a
little west of Port Penn.

Among the numerous shorebirds at the Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA last
week were PIPING PLOVERS and, on May 17, a MARBLED GODWIT. Three MARBLED
GODWITS were at Willis Wharf, Northampton Co, VA on May 21.

As many as 3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen at a private pond on Peat
Moss Rd, Garrett Co, MD, from May 16 through the 20th. A WILSON'S PHALAROPE
was at the Bombay Hook NWR on May 18, 19, and 20. A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was
seen May 22 at the Roanoke Sewage Treatment Plant, Roanoke, VA.

A PARASITIC JAEGER was seen May 19 from the Assateague SP, Worcester Co, MD.

Two GULL-BILLED TERNS were seen May 17 at Queen Sound Public Landing,
Accomack Co, VA. Three BLACK TERNS were seen May 19 at the Assateague SP. A
BLACK TERN were seen at Bombay Hook NWR on May 19.

A RED-THROATED LOON was seen May 16 from the Fort Smallwood Park Hawkwatch,
Anne Arundel Co, MD. Another was seen May 18 from the Bayside Peninsula,
Assateague Island NS, Worcester Co, MD. On May 19 a RED-THROATED LOON was
seen at Masonville Cove, Baltimore, MD. RED-THROATED LOONS were also seen in
Sussex Co, DE at the DuPont Nature Center, on May 18 and at Indian River
Inlet on May 19.

As many as 5 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were seen throughout the week at the
Ashton Tract, Augustine Wildlife Area, New Castle Co, DE.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was at Hughes Hollow, Montgomery Co, MD on May 16.
Another AMERICAN BITTERN was seen the same day at Meadowbrook Park, Howard
Co, MD. An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen and photographed May 20 at the Nazarene
Church Road Wetlands, Rockingham Co, VA.

MISSISSIPPI KITES turned up at a number of locations during the week. In
Northampton Co, VA on May 16 single birds were seen at Fisherman Island NWR
and at Taylor Pond, Kiptopeke NWR; one was also seen the same day along the
Wildlife Loop, Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA. On May 17 and 18 they were
seen along 17th Street, Upton and Utah Streets, Arlington County, VA; two
were seen at 18th and Utah St on the 19th and as many as 4 were seen either
there or at 17th and Utah on the 20th. One was also seen on May 17 along
Cameron Mills Rd, Alexandria, VA and on the 18th over nearby Central Ave.
One was also seen May 17 in Ferndale, Anne Arundel Co, MD. A MISSISSIPPI
KITE was seen May 18 at the Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access),
Portsmouth, VA and another in an area where they have been seen for several
years, Runt Powell Farm, Halifax Co, VA. Single MISSISSIPPI KITES flew over
the Fort Small Park Hawkwatch, Anne Arundel Co, MD on May 18 and 19. Two
MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen May 20 at the private Big Water Farm, Queen
Anne's Co, MD.

The OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER at Monticello Park, Alexandria, VA, was seen
again on May 16. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen and heard in a yard
near Bluemont, Loudoun Co, VA. ALDER FLYCATCHERS were found at several
locations throughout the area including one at the Blue Ridge Center for
Environmental Stewardship in northwestern Loudoun Co, VA on May 16; Hughes
Hollow, Montgomery Co, MD on May 16; at the Occoquan NWR, Prince William Co,
VA on May 20 and 21; along the Huntley Meadows Park Hike and Bike Trail,
Fairfax Co, VA on May 21. Others were observed at Big Water Farm (private),
Queen Anne' Co, MD, on May 17 as well as one at Leesylvania SP, Prince
William Co, VA on May 17. Three LEAST FLYCATCHERS were at the Swan Creek
Wetlands/Cox Creek DMCF, Anne Arundel Co, MD on May 16. A LEAST FLYCATCHER
was also observed on this week's Dyke Marsh (Fairfax Co) walk on May 21.
Other LEAST FLYCATCHERS were observed at the Middle Patuxent Environmental
Area, Howard Co, MD on May 20; at Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore Co, MD on
May 21; at Patterson Park, Baltimore, MD, on May 21.

PHILADELPHIA VIREOS were seen at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA on May
16; at Watkins Ponds, King Farm Stream Park, Montgomery Co, MD on May 17;
and at a home in Randallstown, Baltimore, MD, on May 18.

On May 21 a SEDGE WREN was seen and heard at Finzel Swamp, Garret Co, MD.

Late RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS popped at a variety of locations in MD & VA early
in the week.

Various thrush species continued to seen and heard throughout the region
this past week, including GRAY-CHEEKED, SWAINSON'S and VEERY.

While warbler migration began to wind down as the week progressed, there
were still a lot of nice sightings especially during the beginning of the
time period. A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER and 3 MOURNING WARBLERS were among the
20 warbler species observed at Rock Creek Park, NW DC, on May 16; the former
and two of the latter were seen in the Maintenance Yard and the other
MOURNING WARBLER was along the Fence Line. A continuing GOLDEN-WINGED
WARBLER was seen again on May
16 at Watkins Ponds, King Farm Stream Valley Park, Montgomery Co, MD. Four
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS were found along Big Valley Rd in Highland Co, VA on
May 19. The 16th was a very good day for MOURNING WARBLERS with one at
Susquehanna SP, Harford Co, MD (along with 27 other warbler species); one at
the Beaver Pond, Fort Frederick SP, Washington Co, MD; and still another at
the Swan Creek Wetlands/Cox Creek DMCF, Anne Arundel Co, MD. MOURNING
WARBLERS were also observed on May 17 with one at the Wheaton RP (Montgomery
Co, MD) and another at the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area, Howard Co,
MD. A MOURNING WARBLER was heard May 18 near the power line between Deer
Pasture Dr and Brush Run in Columbia, MD. Monticello Park (Alexandria, VA)
and Wheaton RP (Montgomery Co, MD) were other great places to see several
warblers with 18 at both on May 16.

There was a NELSON'S SPARROW at Raymond Pool, Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE
on May 20. A NELSON'S SPARROW was also seen May 21 at the Chesapeake Bay
Environmental Center, Queen Anne's Co, MD. Another NELSON'S SPARROW was seen
the same day in Finzel Swamp, Garrett Co, MD. On May 16 single LINCOLN'S
SPARROW were seen at Finzel Swamp, Garrett Co, MD and the Middle Patuxent
Environmental Area, Howard Co, MD. On May 17 one was seen at Mt. Nebo WMA,
Garrett Co, MD.

A PAINTED BUNTING was seen, heard, and photographed on May 16, and again on
May 17 and 18, at Fisherman's Island NWR (restricted access), Northampton
Co, VA.

A DICKCISSEL was at the Taylor Pond, Kiptopeke SP, Northampton Co, VA, on
May 16. On May 20 one was at Collipher Farm, Virginia Beach, VA. A
DICKCISSEL was also heard on May 20 at Shirley Plantation, Charles City Co,
VA. Two DICKCISSELS were observed May 17 at the private Oaks Landfill,
Montgomery Co, MD. Six DICKCISSELS were seen May 22 on Mason Dixon Farms
which straddles the MD/PA border near Emmitsburg, MD, with several males and
some females near the intersection of Bullfrog Rd and Harney Rd, Frederick
Co.

***

This week's report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list
servers, and 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: Chincoteague Birding Trip - Day 3 and 4
Date: Tue May 23 2017 12:46 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I spent most of Thursday, 18 May, on the refuge.  Along Tom's Cove (I think it's called little Tom's Cove) near the visitor's center, I found an adult and an immature Little Blue Heron and a Snowy Egret feeding in the shallow water at low tide.  They were soon joined by a pair of Marbled Godwits and a few Dunlin.  There was a pair of Black Skimmers on the exposed sandbar who were feeding/skimming in the shallows.  I was able to get a few photos of one with a fish in its bill.  At the end of the south beach parking area, there is a cordoned off area with a nesting American Oystercatcher.  I was able to take some photos of the female as she approached her nest and then settled onto her eggs.  On Friday morning, she was sitting tightly on her eggs, as well.  She is easy to spot from the parking lot.  Along the drive to the beach where the first open area is, I found a pair of Blue Grosbeaks.  They were right along the road.  The find of the day and probably the trip was the pair
of Gull-billed Terns along the backside of the Wildlife loop. They were resting and foraging along the back causeway. I was able to take some better photos of them and was lucky enough to have a couple of photos with a fish in the GBTE's mouth.

Overall, I had 94 species for the trip although I wasn't birding very hard. I didn't go along the woodland trail to look for warblers or other species. Most of the birds were seen in the marshes or heard as I was driving.

I've posted the last of the photos on my Flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept.
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Subject: test message
Date: Tue May 23 2017 9:29 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Checking to see if this thing is working.  Do not be alarmed.
David Spears
VA-Bird List Administrator


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Subject: test
Date: Mon May 22 2017 15:50 pm
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Date: Mon May 22 2017 13:34 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
The steady rain shower reduced both the number of birds and the number of birders on today's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk. Last week 38 birders tallied 87 species of birds. This morning 11 birders identified 47 species. Despite this fact, we did spot some interesting highlights. Gray-cheeked, Swainson's, and Wood Thrushes were all heard - but not seen. The Warbler population was down from last week's 19 species to 3 this morning. One supposes that last week's cold fronts provided the impetus to continue migrating north.
Canada Goose 6
Wood Duck 14
Mallard 12
Hooded Merganser 9
Great Blue Heron 5
Green Heron 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Mourning Dove 7
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Chimney Swift 9
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 5
Acadian Flycatcher 3
Empidonax sp. 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 4
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 8
Tree Swallow 25
Barn Swallow 30
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 5
Carolina Wren 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
Gray-cheeked Thrush 1
Swainson's Thrush 1
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 3
European Starling 1
Prothonotary Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 6
Indigo Bunting 2
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Common Grackle 14
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Orchard Oriole 1
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 1

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

Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Mutton Hunk Fen State Natural Area Preserve, Accomack County
Date: Sun May 21 2017 17:03 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
All,

A delightful birding destination, we had all to ourselves.

Highlight: Sedge Wren (one, observed at rest)

Other delight: displaying Indigo Bunting

A variety of habitats to which we could not give sufficient attention,
including a good look at the Wallops Island launch site and an overlook of
Gargathy Bay.

Access very easy, off County 742, Baker Road.

Even a porto-potty.

David Matson

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David Matson
Suffolk and Onancock, Virginia
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Subject: Prince William Forest Natl. Park South - Breckenridge Rd.
Date: Sun May 21 2017 16:39 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Spent most of the morning on Breckenridge Rd., instead of just an early morning stop for Whip-poor-wills on the way to somewhere else. Drove until the yellow gates (twice), about 1.2 mi in, then walked the road to the reservoir and down the stream a bit below the dam breast.  I heard a Barred Owl early near the gates. Heading back, I ran into Marc Ribaudo before dawn, listening for Whip-poor-wills.   Both of us were flummoxed by a song that turned out was a Hooded Warbler's dawn song. Highlights of the morning were Yellow-throated Vireos, one singing while another nearby was foraging, goodly numbers of Hooded and Pine Warblers.


Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA


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Subject: eBird Report - Prince William Co.--Forest Park South, May 21, 2017

Prince William Co.--Forest Park South, Prince William, Virginia, US
May 21, 2017 5:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: 1.2 mi drive and stop; 0.8 mi walking
35 species

Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 2
Eastern Screech-Owl 1
Barred Owl 2
Eastern Whip-poor-will 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 4
Eastern Wood-Pewee 5
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
White-eyed Vireo 2
Yellow-throated Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 23
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 3
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 7
Carolina Wren 3
Wood Thrush 5
Ovenbird 6
Common Yellowthroat 1
Hooded Warbler 7
Northern Parula 2
Magnolia Warbler 5
Pine Warbler 9
Eastern Towhee 1
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 4
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
American Goldfinch 2

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

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/VA)
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Subject: Great Falls NP Bird Walk 05/21/17 (Fairfax County)
Date: Sun May 21 2017 16:23 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Keith Huffman led our group of eleven observing 50 species as listed
below. We meet at 8 AM in the visitors center parking lot on Sunday mornings.
All birders are welcome.

Posted by Ralph Wall

The list:

Canada Goose 15
Mallard 4
Hooded Merganser 1
Double-crested Cormorant 6
Great Blue Heron 14
Black Vulture 25
Turkey Vulture 7
Osprey 1
Bald Eagle 2
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Mourning Dove 4
Chimney Swift 24
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 7
Eastern Kingbird 6
Warbling Vireo 3
Red-eyed Vireo 8
vireo sp. 1
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 4
Fish Crow 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Tree Swallow 25
Barn Swallow 1
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 7
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 1
Cedar Waxwing 20
Louisiana Waterthrush 1
Prothonotary Warbler 1
American Redstart 1
Northern Parula 2
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Song Sparrow 2
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 4
Indigo Bunting 2
Red-winged Blackbird 3
Common Grackle 6
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Orchard Oriole 5
Baltimore Oriole 3
American Goldfinch 2

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

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Subject: Sunday walk at Dyke Marsh WP, Fairfax Co
Date: Sun May 21 2017 15:26 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
All,

Twelve persons joined me this morning for the weekly walk at Dyke Marsh WP
sponsored by The Friends of Dyke Marsh, which starts at 8 a.m. each Sunday
morning at the south end of the parking lot for the Belle Haven picnic area
and is open to all. Highlights on this cloudy but birdy morning included a
well seen and heard BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, an influx of YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS,
a late LESSER SCAUP and NORTHERN SHOVELER, two SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS in
flight over the Potomac River, two SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, a LEAST FLYCATCHER, a
briefly singing MARSH WREN, several OSPREYS, including a female with two
young in a nearby nest, several BALD EAGLES, four swallow species, including
a single PURPLE MARTIN, five warbler species, several BALTIMORE and ORCHARD
ORIOLES, several highly vocal WARBLING VIREOS, several conspicuous EASTERN
KINGBIRDS, including an individual on a nest, and numerous CEDAR WAXWINGS.
For those interested, a complete list of the 56 species encountered on the
walk may be viewed at the following link:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

Thanks to all who joined me on this field trip.

Gerry Hawkins
Arlington, VA


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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite
Date: Sun May 21 2017 15:02 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } This morning after doing some atlasing Randy and I saw a swallow-tailed kite soaring over the road as we were driving home around 11:15. We were on the Rt 29 bypass in Amherst County about 2.5 miles north of the Rt 130 exit.
Yesterday we had a female common merganser on the James River at Wreck Island
Good birding
Sue ThrasherLynchburg


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Subject: Strange Magnolia Warbler @ Union Sprgs, R'ham County
Date: Sun May 21 2017 12:15 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I spent a little time birding before church this morning and had a few
warblers: American Redstart, Chestnut-sided, and most notably, a singing
Magnolia. While observing the Magnolia, I noticed that it had a much of its
back was yellow. It wasn't quite a brilliant yellow like the bird's
underparts, but it was clearly yellow, and not a dull yellowish-brown like,
for example, a Common Yellowthroat's back. Has anyone else seen this
coloring on a Magnolia before?



I was also briefly entertained by a hummingbird harassing a Red-eyed Vireo.
The vireo was sitting on a branch jerking his head back and forth in an
amusing attempt to watch the hummingbird, which was flying back and forth
and around the vireo a foot or so away from it.



This morning's checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/atlasva...



Shaphan Shank

Union Springs

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Subject: weekend notes from Loudoun and Fairfax, May 20-21
Date: Sun May 21 2017 11:05 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
During a lot of birding this weekend in Fairfax and Loudoun counties, I found just one "likely migrating" bird, a "Trail's Flycatcher" on the golf course in Reston.  Could not get close to listen to it, but good looks - I'm sure it was a Willow or Alder.  No more Yellow-Rumps, and no other migrants, from 6 different locations covering about 5-6 hours.

Today, Lynn and I were able upgrade several species in Arcola SE, a priority block for the Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas. For example, we had singing Yellowthroats and Chats in the same location, in appropriate habitat, for the second time 9 days apart, which upgrades them to "Probable". And a Starling carrying nesting material, which confirms that species for this block.

It's still a bit early to rule out migrating birds, singing en route to their territory. But the Chats and Yellowthroats were there last summer, so this seems like a safe upgrade.

Finally, a note about periodical Cicadas. We have zero at our home south of Reston, and zero in Loudoun County this morning. But yesterday I saw several dozen during a 45-minute walk near Lake Anne in Reston. They are very localized, quite concentrated there. One parking lot had accumulated piles of their empty exoskeletons.

According to the web site "Cicadamania", these are most likely "stragglers" from Brood X ("brood number 10"). Many of us in NoVa well remember this brood's huge emergence in 2004. Most of their offspring will emerge again 17 years later, in 2021. "Stragglers" it seems, emerge either earlier or later than the main brood, and the most common form of straggling is to emerge 4 years early - that would be, now.

http://www.cicadamania.com/cic...

Hey, it's still about birds - we're just interested in finding out what our cuckoo and robin friends are likely to be eating this year.

Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia

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Subject: Chincoteague Birding Trip - Day 2
Date: Sun May 21 2017 10:44 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
My second day (first full day) at Chincoteague was Wednesday, 17 May.  There was a thick morning fog, which didn't affect birding but wasn't great for photography.  I was out on the Refuge about 630am hoping to catch the early morning light.  Heading out to Tom's Cove, I found a Blue Grosbeak along the side of the road eating what I call sand burs - those awful spiny things.  He crunched it and ate it.  You can see the bur in the BLGR photos. Out on the Beach and along Tom's Cove there were Dunling, Ruddy Turnstones, Piping Plovers, a Black-bellied Plover, and a few Semipalmated Plovers.  The Willets were active doing courtship flights and I also saw a Marbled Godwit and Oystercatchers.  Along the Wildlife Loop there were Dunlin, Snowy Egrets, Tri-colored Herons, Great Egrets, Dowitchers, and Yellowlegs out in the impoundment.  After visiting the beach I headed to Queen's Sound Landing and was pleased to find the 2 Gull-billed Terns that had been reported there over the past
week or so. They were on the small island along with Oystercatchers, Skimmers, Forster's and 3 Common Terns. I was able to get a few photos but the GBTE really were too far away. I then headed over to Saxis Wildlife area hoping for marsh sparrows and rails. I saw/heard several Seaside Sparrows but no other marsh sparrows. There are a lot of Marsh Wrens there along with Orchard Orioles, Yellow Warblers, and Barn and Tree Swallows.

I've posted some additional photos from the 17th -

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

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept
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Subject: Sign up for rare bird alert, va
Date: Sun May 21 2017 10:32 am
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David I. White Jr. | 505 Park Plaza, Charlottesville VA | H: 434-296-4272 | C: 434-466-3636 | dizoo@comcast.net
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Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Occoquan Bay NWR, May 20, 2017
Date: Sat May 20 2017 20:26 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
The Northern Virginia Bird Club walk at Occoquan Bay NWR this morning was a
bit slow, with few migrants. Local breeders such as chat, prairie warbler,
prothonotary warbler, and indigo bunting were in full force but some
expected species such as warbling vireo and willow flycatcher were no shows.
Highlights were king rail at the culvert on the wildlife drive (responded to
some clapping) and a common nighthawk. The complete list is below.

Marc Ribaudo

Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William, Virginia, US
May 20, 2017 7:15 AM - 10:58 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.4 mile(s)
68 species

Canada Goose 30
Wood Duck 4
Mallard 2
Wild Turkey 1
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 8
Black Vulture 10
Turkey Vulture 5
Osprey 14
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 2
King Rail 1
Ring-billed Gull 6
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3
Mourning Dove 4
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
Common Nighthawk 1
Chimney Swift 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 8
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Acadian Flycatcher 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 4
Eastern Kingbird 5
White-eyed Vireo 4
Red-eyed Vireo 15
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 6
Fish Crow 8
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3
Purple Martin 4
Tree Swallow 20
Barn Swallow 12
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 6
Carolina Wren 9
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 14
Eastern Bluebird 3
American Robin 1
Gray Catbird 2
European Starling 3
Cedar Waxwing 70
Northern Waterthrush 1
Prothonotary Warbler 6
Common Yellowthroat 8
Northern Parula 3
Yellow Warbler 10
Blackpoll Warbler 6
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Prairie Warbler 4
Yellow-breasted Chat 6
Field Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 6
Northern Cardinal 10
Blue Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 18
Red-winged Blackbird 28
Common Grackle 8
Brown-headed Cowbird 7
Orchard Oriole 6
Baltimore Oriole 2
American Goldfinch 8

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

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

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Subject: Arlington Kites: new sighting
Date: Sat May 20 2017 17:24 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I was in Arlington this afternoon and had several Mississippi kite sightings, mostly around 17th and 18th and Utah.
One was a bird I had not seen there before.
Both of the birds that I saw and photographed on Thursday, both perched and flying were adult kites.
One of the birds that I saw today flying was also clearly an adult.
The other kite that I saw flying today, several times, and was able to photograph is a subadult, second-year bird. It appeared to have the white head of an adult, and may have retain some juvenile underwing and body plumage, but most importantly it clearly showed the brown striped tail (left over from its juvenile plumage) of a subadult, second-year Mississippi kite.
I have never seen a subadult Mississippi kite at this location in Arlington before. It is apparently not unusual for a subadult kite to return to a breeding site with adult birds in the spring. There are many documented sightings.
(Four Mississippi kites were observed yesterday near Monticello Park in Alexandria, and at least one of these was a subadult bird).
Subadult Kites have been observed in helper activities such as nest defense with adult breeding birds.
I will be watching the Arlington Kites very carefully in the future to see whether they have the solid black or dark-grey under tail color of an adult, or whether they have the brown-stripe and patterned tails of the subadult.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Va.

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Subject: American Bittern Photos
Date: Sat May 20 2017 16:17 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
All,

I felt incredibly fortunate to find an American Bittern at Nazerine Wetland here in Rockingham County.

It's not a great shot but it will do for identification. See Flickr link below

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

Dave Wendelken and Diane Holsinger also got looks at the bird before it vanished in the reeds.

Dave and I then headed up to Briery Branch gap and down Moyers road to Sugar Grove WV where we added Red -Crossbills, Winter Wren, and a the following Warblers; Black throated Green , BT Blue, Canada, Hooded, Worm, Black and White, Chestnut, Blackburnian, Pine, Amerincan Redstart....

best,


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Subject: Mason Neck State Park - Fairfax County
Date: Sat May 20 2017 12:28 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Eight birders joined me this morning in a walk on the Bayview Trail at Mason
Neck State Park. This was a preliminary to the Eagle Festival taking place
at the park today. Quite an event!



We enjoyed cooler temperatures than the last few days and a light breeze,
and counted 30 species. Bird highlights were good views of a Red-eyed Vireo
low down in a sapling near the trail, a male Baltimore Oriole glowing in the
morning light, and a Least Flycatcher heard (I saw it yesterday on my
scouting walk, on the boardwalk in the woods near the end of the trail.



This walk was co-sponsored by the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia and
the Friends of Mason Neck.



Mason Neck SP--Bay View Trail, Fairfax, Virginia, US May 20, 2017 8:00 AM -
10:00 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

30 species



Canada Goose 4

Double-crested Cormorant 6

Great Blue Heron 7

Turkey Vulture 1

Osprey 6

Bald Eagle 5

Spotted Sandpiper 1

Eastern Wood-Pewee 4

Acadian Flycatcher 2

Least Flycatcher 1

Great Crested Flycatcher 2

Red-eyed Vireo 2

Blue Jay 4

American Crow 1

Tree Swallow 6

Barn Swallow 3

Carolina Chickadee 5

Tufted Titmouse 4

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

Carolina Wren 4

Eastern Bluebird 1

Cedar Waxwing 1

Prothonotary Warbler 1

Northern Parula 1

Northern Cardinal 2

Indigo Bunting 1

Red-winged Blackbird 4

Brown-headed Cowbird 1

Baltimore Oriole 1

American Goldfinch 2



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



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



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Subject: American bittern Nazerine wetlands
Date: Sat May 20 2017 12:17 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Seen this morning on left side near two dead trees
Rockingham co.

Sent from my iPhone
William Leigh
Bridgewater VA


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Subject: va-bird Digest, Vol 121, Issue 21
Date: Sat May 20 2017 9:53 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Arlington kites - I saw 2 near 18 and Utah at noon Fri and again about 5:00 pm Fri

Sent from my iPhone

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> 1. Breeding Codes and Migratory Birds (Ashley Peele)
> 2. Cliff Swallows Port Royal follow-up (Fred Atwood)
> 3. Arlington Kites - NOT TODAY (Donald Sweig)
> 4. Bath & Highland County Highlights (Peter Robinson)
> 5. Chincoteague Birding Trip - Day I (Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick')
> 6. Extra-limital weird Mallard (Lynn Rafferty)
>
>
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>
> Message: 1
> Date: Fri, 19 May 2017 11:24:49 -0400
> From: Ashley Peele
> To: va-bird@listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] Breeding Codes and Migratory Birds
> Message-ID:
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> Migratory birds, particularly those colorful, diverse species that spend
> winter in the Neotropics and summer in the US, add a new dimension to
> breeding data collection for the VABBA2. We get a lot of questions about
> how to deal with such species in the context of the Atlas, so I've
> summarized some important tips about migrants in a quick article.
>
>
> Check out ?*Breeding Codes and Migratory Species
> *?
> on our Atlas eBird portal for the full story on coding migrants.
>
>
> http://ebird.org/content/atlas...
>
>
> Also, as we move closer to the heart of the breeding season, we're seeing
> some great new breeding data coming in to the Atlas eBird portal. In fact,
> here are the most recent stats...
>
>
> *25,849 *checklists submitted to VABBA2 eBird portal
>
> *>50%* of all Atlas blocks have received data
>
> *241* species reported
>
> *178* confirmed as breeders
>
> (Data from: http://ebird.org/ebird/atlasva...
>
>
> This is fantastic progress for the start of our 2nd season! We've
> already *added
> 10,000+ checklists to the VABBA2 dataset in 2017*! This *wouldn't be
> possible without both our new and veteran volunteers*. Thank you all for
> your great work on behalf of the VABBA2! Thank you for both joining and
> sticking with the project. I think we're going to blow season 1 out the
> water!
>
>
> All the best,
>
> Ashley Peele, PhD
> Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator
> Conservation Management Institute - Virginia Tech
> Office: 540-231-9182
> Fax: 540-231-7019
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 2
> Date: Fri, 19 May 2017 11:31:24 -0400
> From: Fred Atwood
> To: Va-bird
> Subject: [Va-bird] Cliff Swallows Port Royal follow-up
> Message-ID:
>
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> I was pleased to receive this email from the Environmental Specialist for
> VDOT Fredericksburg in response to my questions about the swallows nesting
> on the 301 bridge over the Rappahannock R.
>
> Mr. Atwood,
> My name is Steve Sharpeta and I work in VDOT?s Fredericksburg Environmental
> Section. Thank you for your contact in reference to the swallows nesting
> on the Route 301 bridge over the Rappahannock River. One of my
> responsibilities is to conduct environmental compliance inspections on
> projects. This is a project that I have been visiting for a year and
> conducted my last inspection this past Monday on May 15th. Insuring that
> work will not affect the nesting swallows is part of my inspection
> responsibilities. After receiving your inquiry, I spoke with the senior
> inspector about the project. As I had observed on Monday, the contractor
> continues to work below the nests and is not impacting them. The senior
> inspector has also met with the contractor to go over anticipated work for
> the next three months to ensure we would not have a conflict with any
> nests.
> As a little background regarding our approach to migratory bird concerns,
> VDOT is aware that many species utilize our infrastructure as nesting
> grounds, particularly swallows. Due to this, a special provision was
> developed to be included into contracts where migratory barn (Hirundo
> rustica) and cliff (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) swallows are known to nest on
> or under bridges. This provision is a limitation of operations for the
> protection of nesting swallows during the nesting season. Bridges are
> evaluated by district environmental staff prior to the start of
> construction and, when swallows are found to be nesting on our structures
> and work may affect nesting, a time of year restriction (TOYR) is placed on
> those activities from May 1st to August 15th of any year. Contractors
> have an option to preempt nesting activities prior to the TOYR date,
> provided no birds are observed actively nesting (i.e., eggs or young are
> not present). These actions can include placement of netting, planking,
> tarpaulins, and other means that prevent the birds from accessing former
> nests or building new ones.
> During the planning stages of work on the Route 301 Rappahannock River
> Bridge, VDOT was aware of the presence of nesting sites for the swallows
> and incorporated the special provision in the bid package and the
> contractor was made aware of this special provision during the
> preconstruction meeting.
> Once work began in April of 2016, swallows were already present on the
> bridge. VDOT coordinated with the nongame bird conservation biologist with
> the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries about proposed work
> (substructure concrete surface repair, concrete beam end repairs, bearing
> replacement and concrete slope protection repairs) and potential concerns
> for the nesting swallows. Due to the scope of work and the distance from
> the nests, VDGIF did not anticipate activities having an adverse impact on
> the swallows and agreed that work could occur during the TOYR as long as
> activities continued to be away from the nests. We agreed to recoordinate
> with them if nests are found to be in the way of critical construction
> activities or if conflicts with the birds arise.
>
> Regards
> Steve
>
> PS from Fred. Steve said I could share this email with the list serve but
> that I should remove his contact info since questions are supposed to go
> through VDOT's Customer Service first.
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 3
> Date: Fri, 19 May 2017 16:43:32 -0400
> From: Donald Sweig
> To: Va-Bird
> Subject: [Va-bird] Arlington Kites - NOT TODAY
> Message-ID:
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
>
> I spent about an hour, from 10:15 to 11:15, this morning snd about 45 minutes this afternoon, from about 3:00 to 3:45, looking for Mississippi kites around 17th and Utah in Arlington.
> I did not see any birds perched or flying on either occasion.
> I looked carefully repeatedly at where I had seen the bird perched yesterday, and drove around and looked in all the places I had seen them flying. Also, I just looked at E-bird reports and I do not see that anyone has reported seeing them since yesterday late afternoon.
> Maybe tomorrow.
> Donald Sweig
> Falls Church, Virginia
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 4
> Date: Fri, 19 May 2017 21:27:02 +0000
> From: Peter Robinson
> To: "WS: Bird Sightings to VSO"
> Subject: [Va-bird] Bath & Highland County Highlights
> Message-ID:
>
>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8"
>
> Bath Co. Hidden Valley Area
>
> Among the 28 species:
>
> 5 Yellow-billed Cuckoo (one seen from 50')
> 1 Black-billed Cuckoo (seen from 25')
> 1 Cerulean Warbler
> 1 Yellow-breastfed Chat
>
> Highland Co. Big Valley Road
>
> 4 Golden-winged Warbler
> 1 Brewster's hybrid
>
> Peter Robinson
> Warm Springs VA
>
>
> Sent via the Samsung Galaxy Note? 4, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 5
> Date: Fri, 19 May 2017 21:30:35 +0000
> From: "Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick'"
> To: "va-bird@listserve.com"
> Subject: [Va-bird] Chincoteague Birding Trip - Day I
> Message-ID: <9fff033e3203477f95d4d15936c19c54@vmi.edu>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
>
> I spent the past few days birding and mainly photographing at Chincoteague. It was a good trip with nice weather, but a bit windy, which helped me take good photos of birds in flight. I headed for the coast on Tuesday - stopping at the Bay Bridge. There was a Black Scoter and Surf Scoter hanging out off the jetty. There were Royal Terns, a few Spotted Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, and Sanderlings and of course the parking lot Ruddy Turnstones. On the Bridge, I ran into Brian Taber, who was in search of an albatross (don't know if he was able to track it down). Brian gave me directions to the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher that was near Kiptopeke. It was right where Brian said it would be (as a note, I did not find it this morning - Friday).
>
> At Chincoteague, I checked for the Gull-billed Terns at Queens Sound Landing - not present on Tuesday, present on Wednesday, not present on TH or Fri. Black-necked Stilts were along the causeway from the mainland to the islands. At the Refuge, they are paving the main road out to the beach - a bit of a mess. Along the causeway to the beach there were numerous SB Dowitchers, Dunlin, Semipalmated PL, Semipalmated SP, a few BB Plovers, gulls, Forster's terns, a few Least Terns, Piping Plovers, Oystercatchers, and Skimmers. There were lots and lots of shore birds in the wildlife loop, but most were at a distance. Many herons and egrets along the Wildlife loop.
>
> Over the next few days I'll be posting photos from my trip. If you're interested I've posted photos of the Scissor-tailed FL, BB Plover, Dunlin, Piping PL on my Flickr site.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
> Dick Rowe
> VMI Biology Dept
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 6
> Date: Fri, 19 May 2017 18:25:56 -0400
> From: Lynn Rafferty
> To: va-bird@listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] Extra-limital weird Mallard
> Message-ID:
>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="UTF-8"
>
> Hi folks,
> I didn't even see this in Virginia, but I had to share photos of this truly
> "weird duck", a male Mallard, that I saw this week in Rochester, NY along
> the Erie Canal. This looks like a very ordinary Mallard, wearing a
> strange headdress. I'd love to hear if anyone has seen something like
> this before on any species.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
> Thanks so much,
> Lynn Rafferty
> Oakton, VA
>
>
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>
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Subject: Extra-limital weird Mallard
Date: Fri May 19 2017 17:31 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hi folks,
I didn't even see this in Virginia, but I had to share photos of this truly
"weird duck", a male Mallard, that I saw this week in Rochester, NY along
the Erie Canal. This looks like a very ordinary Mallard, wearing a
strange headdress. I'd love to hear if anyone has seen something like
this before on any species.

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

Thanks so much,
Lynn Rafferty
Oakton, VA
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Subject: Chincoteague Birding Trip - Day I
Date: Fri May 19 2017 16:47 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I spent the past few days birding and mainly photographing at Chincoteague.  It was a good trip with nice weather, but a bit windy, which helped me take good photos of birds in flight.  I headed for the coast on Tuesday - stopping at the Bay Bridge.  There was a Black Scoter and Surf Scoter hanging out off the jetty.  There were Royal Terns, a few Spotted Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, and Sanderlings and of course the parking lot Ruddy Turnstones.  On the Bridge, I ran into Brian Taber, who was in search of an albatross (don't know if he was able to track it down).  Brian gave me directions to the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher that was near Kiptopeke.  It was right where Brian said it would be (as a note, I did not find it this morning - Friday).

At Chincoteague, I checked for the Gull-billed Terns at Queens Sound Landing - not present on Tuesday, present on Wednesday, not present on TH or Fri. Black-necked Stilts were along the causeway from the mainland to the islands. At the Refuge, they are paving the main road out to the beach - a bit of a mess. Along the causeway to the beach there were numerous SB Dowitchers, Dunlin, Semipalmated PL, Semipalmated SP, a few BB Plovers, gulls, Forster's terns, a few Least Terns, Piping Plovers, Oystercatchers, and Skimmers. There were lots and lots of shore birds in the wildlife loop, but most were at a distance. Many herons and egrets along the Wildlife loop.

Over the next few days I'll be posting photos from my trip. If you're interested I've posted photos of the Scissor-tailed FL, BB Plover, Dunlin, Piping PL on my Flickr site.

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

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept
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Subject: Bath & Highland County Highlights
Date: Fri May 19 2017 16:29 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Bath Co. Hidden Valley Area

Among the 28 species:

5 Yellow-billed Cuckoo (one seen from 50')
1 Black-billed Cuckoo (seen from 25')
1 Cerulean Warbler
1 Yellow-breastfed Chat

Highland Co. Big Valley Road

4 Golden-winged Warbler
1 Brewster's hybrid

Peter Robinson
Warm Springs VA


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Subject: Arlington Kites - NOT TODAY
Date: Fri May 19 2017 15:47 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I spent about an hour, from 10:15 to 11:15, this morning snd about 45 minutes this afternoon, from about 3:00 to 3:45, looking for Mississippi kites around 17th and Utah in Arlington.
I did not see any birds perched or flying on either occasion.
I looked carefully repeatedly at where I had seen the bird perched yesterday, and drove around and looked in all the places I had seen them flying. Also, I just looked at E-bird reports and I do not see that anyone has reported seeing them since yesterday late afternoon.
Maybe tomorrow.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Cliff Swallows Port Royal follow-up
Date: Fri May 19 2017 13:42 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I was pleased to receive this email from the Environmental Specialist for
VDOT Fredericksburg in response to my questions about the swallows nesting
on the 301 bridge over the Rappahannock R.

Mr. Atwood,
My name is Steve Sharpeta and I work in VDOT™s Fredericksburg Environmental
Section. Thank you for your contact in reference to the swallows nesting
on the Route 301 bridge over the Rappahannock River. One of my
responsibilities is to conduct environmental compliance inspections on
projects. This is a project that I have been visiting for a year and
conducted my last inspection this past Monday on May 15th. Insuring that
work will not affect the nesting swallows is part of my inspection
responsibilities. After receiving your inquiry, I spoke with the senior
inspector about the project. As I had observed on Monday, the contractor
continues to work below the nests and is not impacting them. The senior
inspector has also met with the contractor to go over anticipated work for
the next three months to ensure we would not have a conflict with any
nests.
As a little background regarding our approach to migratory bird concerns,
VDOT is aware that many species utilize our infrastructure as nesting
grounds, particularly swallows. Due to this, a special provision was
developed to be included into contracts where migratory barn (Hirundo
rustica) and cliff (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) swallows are known to nest on
or under bridges. This provision is a limitation of operations for the
protection of nesting swallows during the nesting season. Bridges are
evaluated by district environmental staff prior to the start of
construction and, when swallows are found to be nesting on our structures
and work may affect nesting, a time of year restriction (TOYR) is placed on
those activities from May 1st to August 15th of any year. Contractors
have an option to preempt nesting activities prior to the TOYR date,
provided no birds are observed actively nesting (i.e., eggs or young are
not present). These actions can include placement of netting, planking,
tarpaulins, and other means that prevent the birds from accessing former
nests or building new ones.
During the planning stages of work on the Route 301 Rappahannock River
Bridge, VDOT was aware of the presence of nesting sites for the swallows
and incorporated the special provision in the bid package and the
contractor was made aware of this special provision during the
preconstruction meeting.
Once work began in April of 2016, swallows were already present on the
bridge. VDOT coordinated with the nongame bird conservation biologist with
the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries about proposed work
(substructure concrete surface repair, concrete beam end repairs, bearing
replacement and concrete slope protection repairs) and potential concerns
for the nesting swallows. Due to the scope of work and the distance from
the nests, VDGIF did not anticipate activities having an adverse impact on
the swallows and agreed that work could occur during the TOYR as long as
activities continued to be away from the nests. We agreed to recoordinate
with them if nests are found to be in the way of critical construction
activities or if conflicts with the birds arise.

Regards
Steve

PS from Fred. Steve said I could share this email with the list serve but
that I should remove his contact info since questions are supposed to go
through VDOT's Customer Service first.
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Subject: Breeding Codes and Migratory Birds
Date: Fri May 19 2017 10:31 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Migratory birds, particularly those colorful, diverse species that spend
winter in the Neotropics and summer in the US, add a new dimension to
breeding data collection for the VABBA2. We get a lot of questions about
how to deal with such species in the context of the Atlas, so I've
summarized some important tips about migrants in a quick article.


Check out ˜*Breeding Codes and Migratory Species
*™
on our Atlas eBird portal for the full story on coding migrants.


http://ebird.org/content/atlas...


Also, as we move closer to the heart of the breeding season, we're seeing
some great new breeding data coming in to the Atlas eBird portal. In fact,
here are the most recent stats...


*25,849 *checklists submitted to VABBA2 eBird portal

*>50%* of all Atlas blocks have received data

*241* species reported

*178* confirmed as breeders

(Data from: http://ebird.org/ebird/atlasva...


This is fantastic progress for the start of our 2nd season! We've
already *added
10,000+ checklists to the VABBA2 dataset in 2017*! This *wouldn't be
possible without both our new and veteran volunteers*. Thank you all for
your great work on behalf of the VABBA2! Thank you for both joining and
sticking with the project. I think we're going to blow season 1 out the
water!


All the best,

Ashley Peele, PhD
Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator
Conservation Management Institute - Virginia Tech
Office: 540-231-9182
Fax: 540-231-7019
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Subject: Arlington Mississippi Kites.
Date: Thu May 18 2017 21:22 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I spent about two hours, from 3 to 5, this afternoon looking for and watching the two Mississippi kites that have returned to the nesting site they used last year in Arlington County.
I had brief opportunities to watch both birds fly and an extended opportunity to watch one bird perched. The perched bird was on a snag in a large tree on the southeast corner of 17th and Utah, best seen from the northwest corner. I observed one or both of the kites flying at 17th, 18th, and 19th and Utah.
I got some good but distant photos of the perched bird, and some mediocre photos of the flying birds.
I'll try again tomorrow.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia


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Subject: patti reum
Date: Thu May 18 2017 15:40 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
does anybody have her e-mail or if Patti, you see this, can you contact me?

Thanks
Gerry Weinberger
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Subject: Mississippi kite Alexandria
Date: Thu May 18 2017 11:11 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Seen flying over the 2600 block of Central Avenue about 11 AM being harassed by the local crows.

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