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20 Nov: @ 17:08:31  Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (20 Nov 2017) 15 Raptors [reports--- via va-bird]
20 Nov: @ 15:59:26  Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
20 Nov: @ 15:54:54  Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (20 Nov 2017) 14 Raptors [reports--- via va-bird]
19 Nov: @ 18:28:08  Harvey's Knob (19 Nov 2017) 1 Raptors [reports--- via va-bird]
19 Nov: @ 17:39:00  Snickers Gap (19 Nov 2017) 40 Raptors [reports--- via va-bird]
19 Nov: @ 17:19:46  Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (19 Nov 2017) 92 Raptors [reports--- via va-bird]
19 Nov: @ 17:05:29 Re: Possible White-winged Terns [Marshall Faintich via va-bird]
19 Nov: @ 16:59:34  Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (19 Nov 2017) 15 Raptors [reports--- via va-bird]
19 Nov: @ 16:51:37  FOS Short-eared Owl, Harrison Road, The Plains, Fauquier County [Dave Larsen - birding via va-bird]
19 Nov: @ 16:36:20  Golden Eagle in Frederick County [Allen Bryan via va-bird]
19 Nov: @ 16:15:18 Re: Possible White-winged Terns [Marshall Faintich via va-bird]
19 Nov: @ 15:13:23  Great Falls NP Bird Walk 11/19/2017 (Fairfax County) [Kristine Lansing via va-bird]
19 Nov: @ 11:48:51  Dyke Marsh Walk for November 19: Northern Pintail arrives [Larry Cartwright via va-bird]
19 Nov: @ 10:44:35  Ross's Cackling and Snow Geese Shenandoah County [James Fox via va-bird]
18 Nov: @ 21:25:15  Harvey's Knob (18 Nov 2017) 1 Raptors [reports--- via va-bird]
18 Nov: @ 19:10:10  Possible White-winged Terns [Marshall Faintich via va-bird]
18 Nov: @ 15:50:42  Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (18 Nov 2017) 7 Raptors [reports--- via va-bird]
18 Nov: @ 14:01:43  Flight Deck Ribbon Cutting [Amanda Dymacek via va-bird]
18 Nov: @ 13:55:27  NVBC at Silver Lake Regional Park, Nov 18, 2017 [Larry Meade via va-bird]
18 Nov: @ 07:01:52  Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (17 Nov 2017) 12 Raptors [reports--- via va-bird]
17 Nov: @ 18:47:00  Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (17 Nov 2017) 27 Raptors [reports--- via va-bird]
17 Nov: @ 17:03:25  Harvey's Knob (17 Nov 2017) 1 Raptors [reports--- via va-bird]
17 Nov: @ 15:54:38  Snickers Gap (17 Nov 2017) 2 Raptors [reports--- via va-bird]
17 Nov: @ 09:02:52  Harvey's Knob (16 Nov 2017) 32 Raptors [reports--- via va-bird]
16 Nov: @ 18:47:44  Seneca Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, Dec. 17-- we need counters and feeder watchers [Jim Nelson via va-bird]
16 Nov: @ 18:13:38  lower Eastern Shore, November 8-13, 2017. [Harry Armistead via va-bird]
16 Nov: @ 16:27:40  Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (16 Nov 2017) 62 Raptors (Merlin season record, 3 GE) [reports--- via va-bird]
16 Nov: @ 16:19:05  Snickers Gap (16 Nov 2017) 28 Raptors [reports--- via va-bird]
16 Nov: @ 16:15:21  Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (16 Nov 2017) 3 Raptors [reports--- via va-bird]
15 Nov: @ 17:53:59  Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (15 Nov 2017) 54 Raptors [reports--- via va-bird]
15 Nov: @ 16:20:41  Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (15 Nov 2017) 57 Raptors (3 GE, 1 NG, 15 RS) [reports--- via va-bird]
15 Nov: @ 13:47:50  Fwd: eBird Report - Cub Run Stream Valley Park, Nov 15, 2017 [Phil Silas via va-bird]
15 Nov: @ 11:19:54  Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, Week ending 11-14-17 [Gerry Hawkins via va-bird]
15 Nov: @ 08:10:46  a question [Mary-Carroll Potter via va-bird]
14 Nov: @ 23:10:46  Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (14 Nov 2017) 52 Raptors (RL, NG, GE) [reports--- via va-bird]
14 Nov: @ 21:38:21  Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (14 Nov 2017) 108 Raptors [reports--- via va-bird]
14 Nov: @ 12:00:28  Northern Virginia Bird Club Meeting Wednesday, November 15 - Wood Thrush Conservation and Research [David Farner via va-bird]
14 Nov: @ 11:43:11  Red-necked Grebe at Belvoir Pond in Marshall, Fauquier County [Dave Larsen - Birding via va-bird]
13 Nov: @ 17:44:55  Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (13 Nov 2017) 9 Raptors [reports--- via va-bird]
13 Nov: @ 17:26:00  Harvey's Knob (13 Nov 2017) 29 Raptors [reports--- via va-bird]
13 Nov: @ 16:30:51  Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
13 Nov: @ 13:11:14  Shorebirds at Chincoteague [Brian Taber via va-bird]
12 Nov: @ 19:06:41  Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (12 Nov 2017) 52 Raptors [reports--- via va-bird]
12 Nov: @ 17:59:27  Snickers Gap (12 Nov 2017) 34 Raptors [reports--- via va-bird]
12 Nov: @ 17:22:32  Sedge wren, peregrine, Sully Woodlands [Marc Ribaudo via va-bird]
12 Nov: @ 16:58:22  Orange-crowned Warbler in Frederick County and several Red-tailed Hawks (abeiticola) [Allen Bryan via va-bird]
12 Nov: @ 14:41:22  Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (12 Nov 2017) 15 Raptors [reports--- via va-bird]
12 Nov: @ 14:36:22  Tundra Swans near Dulles Airport [Jack via va-bird]
12 Nov: @ 13:48:56  Huntley Meadows: merlin, fox sparrows, and late tree swallow [Pam and Ben via va-bird]
12 Nov: @ 13:39:54  Great Falls NP Bird Walk 11/12/2017 (Fairfax County) [Kristine Lansing via va-bird]





Subject: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (20 Nov 2017) 15 Raptors
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 17:08 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 20, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 123 2473
Bald Eagle 1 117 396
Northern Harrier 2 142 490
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 237 2226
Cooper's Hawk 1 192 1428
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 53 71
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 1196
Red-tailed Hawk 4 213 339
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 4
Golden Eagle 1 10 10
American Kestrel 0 36 3351
Merlin 0 36 1384
Peregrine Falcon 0 14 785
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 8
Unknown Buteo 0 1 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 1 19
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 15 1182 14203
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6.75 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers:

Weather:
Moderate to light winds were mainly from the northwest, with clear skies
and temperatures in the forties to low fifties.

Raptor Observations:
Despite the slowness, it was a very interesting day! A distant immature
Golden Eagle was a nice highlight. Many large grubs were apparently active
on the lawn to the northeast of the platform, and at least two
red-shoulders (an adult and a juvenile) were taking advantage of this fact.
Throughout the day, I observed them running (it is rather funny to watch a
hawk run) around the lawn and pouncing on grubs. This afternoon, several
American Crows also joined in. A few times, the crows cautiously approached
the adult red-shoulder and pulled its tail. This behavior is often seen in
corvids, and it's thought to be a distraction tactic used to move in and
grab food from other animals. Digiscoped photos of these interactions will
eventually be up on the blog.

Non-raptor Observations:
There seemed to be a considerable Rusty Blackbird movement this morning
(based on call notes heard within Red-winged Blackbird flocks). Northern
Gannets were very actively feeding on the bay, with 20+ birds at a time
often visible in a single scope scan. Two hummingbirds were observed today
(occasionally chasing each other), and photos were obtained of at least one
of the birds. It is a Ruby-throated or Black-chinned, and photos will
require further review before coming to a conclusion. Stay tuned- I will
post any updates here on the hawkcount.org website. Other highlights
included:

327 Tundra Swans
36 Horned Larks
7 American Pipits
1 Purple Finch (FOS, surprisingly)

2 Monarchs
1 Cabbage White
1 Painted Lady (I think), in an Eastern Phoebe's bill and then stomach

========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 15:59 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Some 30 birders showed up for this morning's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk. We had a good morning, with a count of 53 species. Of special note were 10 species of ducks and geese. While the individual counts among these species was low, the genera count is growing. With this morning's cold temperatures, we begin a new season of funny hats. Not too much of a sampling today, but we have all winter yet.
Canada Goose 81
Wood Duck 2
Northern Shoveler 3
Gadwall 2
Mallard 50
American Black Duck 2
Northern Pintail 2
Green-winged Teal 8
Hooded Merganser 1
Ruddy Duck 1
Great Blue Heron 5
Turkey Vulture 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
Bald Eagle 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 9
Herring Gull 5
Mourning Dove 50
Barred Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker 7
Northern Flicker 5
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 16
Fish Crow 1
crow sp. 1
Carolina Chickadee 7
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 7
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Eastern Bluebird 9
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 31
Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
Dark-eyed Junco 2
White-throated Sparrow 10
Song Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 5
Red-winged Blackbird 75
Common Grackle 7
House Finch 7
American Goldfinch 15
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 8AM (7AM fromMarch through October), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at (703)768-2525.

Harry Glasgow
Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (20 Nov 2017) 14 Raptors
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 15:54 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 20, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 227
Bald Eagle 3 62 283
Northern Harrier 2 7 47
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 65 983
Cooper's Hawk 0 22 240
Northern Goshawk 0 3 8
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 63 100
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 6 235 407
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 2
Golden Eagle 0 17 27
American Kestrel 0 1 120
Merlin 0 5 53
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 34
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 20
Unknown Buteo 0 1 14
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 7 29
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 14 492 24941
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers:

Visitors:
Jennifer Jowdy


Weather:
Moderate WNW Winds early shifting to moderate W winds midday, and then
light SSE Winds late this afternoon. 1.1-11.1C. An entirely blue sky all
day, clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
A slow day but we had some excitement in the last two hours with great
views of Bald Eagles and Northern Harriers. Three immature BE (2:05
2nd-YR, 2:28 unaged immature, 2:52 3rd-YR). Two NH (2:41 immature, 3:53
adult male). First Raptor: 10:58 RT, Last Raptor: 3:53 NH.

Non-raptor Observations:
8 Snow Geese (one flock containing 7 white-morph and 1 blue-morph birds), 1
Common Loon, 1 DC Cormorant, 2 Ring-billed Gulls, 47 Fish Crows, 5 Horned
Larks, 1 Winter Wren, 3 Bluebirds, 253 Robins, 1,387 Cedar Waxwings, 340 RW
Blackbirds, 1 Pine Siskin, 18 Goldfinches.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (birdmangabriel@yahoo.com)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...


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Subject: Harvey's Knob (19 Nov 2017) 1 Raptors
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 18:28 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 19, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 92
Bald Eagle 1 15 134
Northern Harrier 0 1 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 23 246
Cooper's Hawk 0 7 102
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 11 26
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 7665
Red-tailed Hawk 0 123 287
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 0 0 70
Merlin 0 1 13
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 15
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 3
Unknown Falcon 0 1 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 8

Total: 1 186 8692
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter: Randy Doss

Observers:

Visitors:
one hiker


Weather:
Visibility - 5
Wind - 6 - 20/25 mph all day
Temperature - 37-41 degrees, a few snow flurries


Raptor Observations:
Only one raptor was seen all day - A immature Bald Eagle at 11:35 AM

Non-raptor Observations:
Six Ravens played in the wind all day - very entertaining
========================================================================
Report submitted by Randy Doss (randyd70@hotmail.com)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/...


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Subject: Snickers Gap (19 Nov 2017) 40 Raptors
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 17:39 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 19, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 65
Bald Eagle 11 18 90
Northern Harrier 1 2 31
Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 9 382
Cooper's Hawk 0 2 75
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 8 18
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 5669
Red-tailed Hawk 21 83 153
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 1 10 12
American Kestrel 0 0 28
Merlin 0 0 8
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 9
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 6

Total: 40 132 6560
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Joan Boudreau and Bob Abrams

Observers: Doug Graham, Jon Little

Visitors:
Allen Bryan stopped by to enjoy. A few other visitors and a few AT hikers
with dog companions, a few without. Most didn't stay long enough to talk
because of the cold wind.


Weather:
Colllld! NW winds gusting to 30mph.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Two small flocks of Common Loons, one flock of Tundra Swans, a few flocks
of Cedar Waxwings and Starlings and one small flock of Bluebirds.
Occasional Turkey and Black Vultures. One Pileated Woodpecker.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joan and Bob (icepeep@aol.com)


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Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (19 Nov 2017) 92 Raptors
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 17:19 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 19, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 227
Bald Eagle 21 59 280
Northern Harrier 0 5 45
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 64 982
Cooper's Hawk 2 22 240
Northern Goshawk 1 3 8
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 61 98
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 63 229 401
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 2
Golden Eagle 0 17 27
American Kestrel 0 1 120
Merlin 1 5 53
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 34
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 20
Unknown Buteo 0 1 14
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 2 7 29
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 92 478 24927
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers: Diane Lepkowski, Greg Moyers, Mark Johnson, William Leigh

Visitors:
Tom Hedrich (Deleware), Debbie Harrison, Bert Harris, Betty Mooney, Carolyn
Sedgwick


Weather:
Beautiful day with very strong (50-60km/hr) and gusty WNW winds. 7.1-8.6C
temp. Partly cloudy early and mostly cloudy after 2pm. Terrific clouds
helped searching for those high raptors. Very clear visibility. Lots of
snow showers throughout the day could be viewed out the the west in the
Allegheny Mountains.

Raptor Observations:
A fun Bald Eagle day with many passing through in groups: 8:40 (3rd-YR),
9:25 (three AD), 10:46 (1st-YR, two 2nd-YR), 12:03 (two AD, 2nd-YR,
3rd-YR), 12:20 (AD), 12:31 (AD), 12:40 (4th-YR), 12:53 (2nd-YR), 1:34 (AD,
2nd-YR, 4th-YR), 2:34 (two AD), 3:30 (AD). Adult Northern Goshawk at 11:26.
First raptor 8:20am RT. Last raptor 3:50pm Merlin.

Non-raptor Observations:
We had some fun non-raptors today starting off with a Pine Warbler at
8:30am. 1 Snow Goose. 2 Greater White-fronted Goose, 5 Wood Duck, 123 DC
Cormorant (3 separate flocks), 6 Raven, 133 Cedar Waxwing, 25 Red-winged
Blackbird.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach@virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...


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Subject: Possible White-winged Terns
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 17:05 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I've received several responses that these birds are first year Forster's
Terns. Thanks to all for the help. We don't get many terns here in central
Virginia, and these are the first time I have seen first year Forster's.



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

marshall@faintich.net

www.faintich.net

In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
line, so you might as well enjoy the journey !!

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________





From: Marshall Faintich [mailto:marshall@faintich.net]
Sent: Sunday, November 19, 2017 5:14 PM
To: va-bird@listserve.com
Cc: Walt Childs (Walt Childs)
Subject: RE: Possible White-winged Terns



I am back from my Delmarva trip, and will try to post a complete report with
photos in a few days. But I posted the photos of the possible White-winged
Terns that I saw at Chincoteague:



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



I am not an expert on coastal birds, and would appreciate opinions as to the
species of the birds I saw there.



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

marshall@faintich.net

www.faintich.net

In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
line, so you might as well enjoy the journey !!

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________





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Subject: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (19 Nov 2017) 15 Raptors
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 16:59 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 19, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 123 2473
Bald Eagle 3 116 395
Northern Harrier 2 140 488
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 234 2223
Cooper's Hawk 2 191 1427
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 50 68
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 1196
Red-tailed Hawk 3 209 335
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 4
Golden Eagle 0 9 9
American Kestrel 0 36 3351
Merlin 0 36 1384
Peregrine Falcon 0 14 785
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 8
Unknown Buteo 0 1 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 1 19
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 15 1167 14188
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers:

Weather:
Strong winds were from the west northwest, northwest, and west southwest,
with mostly sunny skies and a steady temperature of 59 degrees Fahrenheit.

Raptor Observations:
A mere trickle. An adult Red-shouldered Hawk buzzed very close past the
platform this morning while hunting, which was very exciting, though!

Non-raptor Observations:
One Sandhill Crane was seen this afternoon, among vultures and heading
southwards. Many Northern Gannets were feeding on the bay. An unknown
hummingbird species was seen twice today- it buzzed past the platform and
then later visited a feeder for just a couple of seconds before leaving. I
did not get a good enough look at the bird to identify it, so hopefully it
will stick around tomorrow. Five Monarchs and one Cabbage White were seen.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: FOS Short-eared Owl, Harrison Road, The Plains, Fauquier County
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 16:51 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
We drove out to Rectortown in late afternoon to check the fields north of
town where I found two Northern Harriers. It was quite breezy, and the sun
was still too high, so we headed back to Marshall and The Plains. We got to
Harrison Road about 20 minutes before sunset and I stopped on the section at
the eastern end, between Gordonsdale Farm and Old Tavern Road. There were
at least six Northern Harriers there, including a "gray ghost". Just at
sunset, I spotted a single Short-eared Owl working along the new wooden
fence on the south side of the road, just east of the farm. While traveling
south on Rectortown Road, heading back to Marshall, I saw a buteo hovering
along the road margin. As happens so often on this road I was being
tailgated and as there was nowhere to pull off the road, and I had to let
this observation slide. I have seen Red-tails hovering, especially in a
stiff breeze, but it is getting to be the time of year when Rough-legged
Hawks visit, so for those birding around Rectortown be alert to this
possibility.

I used the "tracking" feature on the eBird mobile app for the first time
today and once again the eBIrd folks have executed beautifully. It works as
well from the car as it does on foot. It is going to be very useful for
the Xmas Bird Counts, and for the Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas work in the
spring.

Dave Larsen
Haymarket
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Subject: Golden Eagle in Frederick County
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 16:36 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I spent much of the last two days looking for a Golden Eagle and finally stumbled upon an adult about 2:00 p.m. this afternoon in Frederick County, Va.
http://visitingnature.com/main...

Enjoy each day,
AllenAllen BryanWinchester & Richmond, Va.www.visitingnature.com
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Subject: Possible White-winged Terns
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 16:15 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I am back from my Delmarva trip, and will try to post a complete report with
photos in a few days. But I posted the photos of the possible White-winged
Terns that I saw at Chincoteague:



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



I am not an expert on coastal birds, and would appreciate opinions as to the
species of the birds I saw there.



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

marshall@faintich.net

www.faintich.net

In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
line, so you might as well enjoy the journey !!

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________





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Subject: Great Falls NP Bird Walk 11/19/2017 (Fairfax County)
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 15:13 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified 38 species and included 7 participants. Despite the windy conditions associated with the incoming cold front, quite a few birds were moving about. Highlights included sizeable flocks of cedar waxwings, robins, and bluebirds feeding on berries in the trees, and an impressive murder of marauding American Crows.
The walk meets at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, rain or shine, in front of the snack bar/concession stand of the Great Falls Park visitors' center; it does not take place, though, during electrical storms, heavy snows, or when the trails are icy. All birders are welcome!
Canada Goose 17
Mallard 4
American Black Duck 8
Bufflehead 2
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Black Vulture 12
Turkey Vulture 11
Bald Eagle 1 Bald eagle was perched just above the nest on Conn Island.
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Ring-billed Gull 13
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 5
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 150
Fish Crow 20
Common Raven 1 Auditory.
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 7
Brown Creeper 1
Winter Wren 2
Carolina Wren 5
Eastern Bluebird 62
American Robin 60
European Starling 1
Cedar Waxwing 100
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Dark-eyed Junco 7
White-throated Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 5
Northern Cardinal 3
American Goldfinch 5

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Subject: Dyke Marsh Walk for November 19: Northern Pintail arrives
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 11:48 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Thirteen birders participated in a rather slow walk at Dyke Marsh today.
The wind suppressed land birds quite effectively. The normal convention of
two dozen or more Mourning Doves at the marina failed to materialize. There
were no Winter Wrens to be found.. or Tufted Titmice even! Nobody seemed to
complain about the absence of European Starlings however. Waterfowl
consisted of Canada Geese, Gadwall, Mallards, two Green-winged Teal, a
single Northern Shoveler, and I believe our first Northern Pintail of the
season. A Bald Eagle circled the marina several times at low altitude,
permitting great views.



Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax, Virginia, US Nov 19, 2017 7:32 AM -
10:20 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.45 mile(s)

41 species (+1 other taxa)



Canada Goose 600

Northern Shoveler 1

Gadwall 30

Mallard 70

Northern Pintail 1

Green-winged Teal 2

Pied-billed Grebe 8

Double-crested Cormorant 3

Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 6

Great Egret 17 Ed Eder and I observed these after the walk. White
plumaged birds roughly size of Great Blue Heron with yellow bills and black
legs and feet near the shoreline at Hunting Creek. An accumulation of this
species at this time of year at this location is not all that unusual

Black Vulture 4

Turkey Vulture 6

Cooper's Hawk 1

Bald Eagle 6

American Coot 23 Ed Eder and I observed these after the walk.

Laughing Gull 200

Ring-billed Gull 310

Herring Gull 15

Great Black-backed Gull 14

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 8

Mourning Dove 4

Belted Kingfisher 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 6

Downy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 3

Blue Jay 1

American Crow 1

Fish Crow 11

crow sp. 6

Carolina Chickadee 6

White-breasted Nuthatch 2

Carolina Wren 6

American Robin 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 14

White-throated Sparrow 15

Song Sparrow 20

Swamp Sparrow 4

Northern Cardinal 5

Red-winged Blackbird 2

House Finch 2

American Goldfinch 10

House Sparrow 3



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Subject: Ross's Cackling and Snow Geese Shenandoah County
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 10:44 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Just found a large flock of geese in the pond along south middle road north
of Forestville in Shenandoah County. The flock included seven(!) Ross's
Geese, 8 Snow Geese and 2 Cackling Geese. They all just took off heading
west but they may still be in the area. I have photos which will be posted
on eBird when I get home.

James Fox
Front Royal
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Subject: Harvey's Knob (18 Nov 2017) 1 Raptors
Date: Sat Nov 18 2017 21:25 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 18, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 92
Bald Eagle 0 14 133
Northern Harrier 0 1 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 23 246
Cooper's Hawk 0 7 102
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 11 26
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 7665
Red-tailed Hawk 1 123 287
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 0 0 70
Merlin 0 1 13
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 15
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 3
Unknown Falcon 0 1 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 8

Total: 1 185 8691
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Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter: David Brunstetter

Observers:

Visitors:
Nope.


Weather:
Temperature was not too bad (42-52F), but the wind (at a 3-4) made it
chilly. Winds on South end of sight were from the SW, but winds on northern
end were E to SE. Go figure. 100% cloud cover by 12:30p. Visibility was a
5.

Raptor Observations:
First bird 10:55a
Last bird 10:55a

Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
Colder, windier, but wind from a slightly better direction.
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Subject: Possible White-winged Terns
Date: Sat Nov 18 2017 19:10 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I was At Chincoteague Island (Tom™s Cove) on November 15 and photographed 8 terms that look like they could be White-winged Terns but I don™t know for sure. It will be a few days before I can get the photos processed and posted. These terms had black eye patches like a Forster™s Tern, but also had a gray cap and a gray nape, red legs, black bill, short tail with a white rump patch. I don™t know what else they could be. But I™m not an expert on coastal species.

Marshall Faintich
Crozet, Virginia

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Subject: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (18 Nov 2017) 7 Raptors
Date: Sat Nov 18 2017 15:50 pm
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Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 18, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 121 2471
Bald Eagle 1 113 392
Northern Harrier 1 138 486
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 232 2221
Cooper's Hawk 1 189 1425
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 49 67
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 1196
Red-tailed Hawk 0 206 332
Rough-legged Hawk 1 1 4
Golden Eagle 0 9 9
American Kestrel 0 36 3351
Merlin 0 36 1384
Peregrine Falcon 1 14 785
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 8
Unknown Buteo 0 1 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 1 19
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 7 1152 14173
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Joe Beatty

Visitors:
Gary Williamson


Weather:
Moderate winds were generally from the southwest and south southwest, with
mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid forties to low sixties.

Raptor Observations:
Very slow, but the highlight of the day was a dark morph Rough-legged Hawk!
The bird was of unknown age, and it passed low, rapidly, and relatively
nearby on the east side, heading northwards at 11:25 am.

Non-raptor Observations:
A Common Loon was heard calling today. Other observations included:

3 American Pipits
1 American Black Duck
1 Horned Lark
1 Pileated Woodpecker

2 Monarchs
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: Flight Deck Ribbon Cutting
Date: Sat Nov 18 2017 14:01 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
You™re invited!

This Sunday, (November 19) members of the Margaret Watson Bird Club, Virginia Master Naturalists, and Farmville Community will celebrate the completion of the MWBC Flight Deck. This wildlife observation platform is located on the west end of Wilck™s Lake, on West Third Street in Farmville, VA. Along the trail, you will find interpretive signs for nine of the many bird species found around the lake. On the Flight Deck, three signs explain the habitats that Wilck™s Lake provides and their importance to these bird species.

We would love to have you join us tomorrow to help show our town how important the Wilck™s Lake habitat is to birds!

Where: Park in the Wilck™s Lake Boat Ramp Parking Lot
What: Enjoy a 3/4 mile walk along the Sarah Terry Trail to arrive at the Flight Deck. Fill in your Bird Bingo card for a prize once you™ve reached your destination. Once you arrive, join the group for remarks, ribbon cutting, and refreshments.
When: Bird Bingo Walk starts at 2pm, Remarks and ribbon cutting start at 2:30pm
Who: Everyone! Young folks, old folks, families, students, and strollers are all welcome!


Best birding,
Amanda Dymacek
President, MWBC
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Subject: NVBC at Silver Lake Regional Park, Nov 18, 2017
Date: Sat Nov 18 2017 13:55 pm
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Fifteen birders came out this morning for a bird walk at Silver Lake Park. Conditions were a bit chilly with the wind blowing, but the sun came out to occasionally to warm us up a bit.Our group walked around the lake and around the quarry.  We found 48 species including all seven normally occurring woodpecker species. Sparrow diversity was decent, but we had nothing too unusual. We did see a large flock of Common Grackles which we estimated contained 1000 birds. A later flock of three more grackles upped our count to 1003!  No waterfowl was seen with the exception of some flying Canada Geese and a few ducks seen in the quarry early in the morning by one birder, but not by the main group later on. Raptors were few and far between, but we did have nice looks at a Bald Eagle and Red-shouldered Hawk. A Sharpie gave us a brief look as it patrolled the area looking for a meal.



Larry Meade


Merrifield, VA







Silver Lake Regional Park, Prince William, Virginia, US
Nov 18, 2017 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
48 species

Canada Goose 34
Bufflehead 2
Hooded Merganser 1
Black Vulture 8
Turkey Vulture 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 3
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 6
Mourning Dove 7
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 12
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 15
American Crow 3
Fish Crow 1
Carolina Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 5
Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Eastern Bluebird 12
American Robin 100
Northern Mockingbird 4
European Starling 60
Cedar Waxwing 30
Yellow-rumped Warbler 22
Chipping Sparrow 1
Field Sparrow 6
Dark-eyed Junco 20
White-throated Sparrow 35
Song Sparrow 18
Swamp Sparrow 3
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 11
Red-winged Blackbird 5
Common Grackle 1003
House Finch 6
American Goldfinch 8

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Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (17 Nov 2017) 12 Raptors
Date: Sat Nov 18 2017 7:01 am
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Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 17, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 227
Bald Eagle 2 38 259
Northern Harrier 0 5 45
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 63 981
Cooper's Hawk 1 20 238
Northern Goshawk 0 2 7
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 60 97
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 3 166 338
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 2
Golden Eagle 0 17 27
American Kestrel 0 1 120
Merlin 0 4 52
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 34
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 20
Unknown Buteo 1 1 14
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 1 5 27
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 12 386 24835
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Observation start time: 10:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter: Dave Shoch

Observers:

Visitors:
Chris Good


Weather:
Strong NW winds early gradually diminishing in strength to mild NW wind by
2pm. 5-11C temp range. Mostly sunny. Clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Two Bald Eagles: 12:55 4th-yr and 1:20 AD.

Non-raptor Observations:
1 Pine Siskin, 2 Horned Lark, 52 Fish Crow, 20 RW Blackbird, 8 Pipit, 2
Common Loon.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach@virginia.edu)
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Subject: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (17 Nov 2017) 27 Raptors
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 18:47 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 17, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 121 2471
Bald Eagle 12 112 391
Northern Harrier 2 137 485
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 230 2219
Cooper's Hawk 3 188 1424
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 49 67
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 1196
Red-tailed Hawk 5 206 332
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 3
Golden Eagle 0 9 9
American Kestrel 0 36 3351
Merlin 0 36 1384
Peregrine Falcon 0 13 784
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 8
Unknown Buteo 0 1 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 1 19
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 27 1145 14166
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Joe Beatty, Steve Thornhill

Weather:
Moderate to light winds were mostly from the northwest and north northwest,
with clear skies becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon. Temperatures were
in the forties and low fifties.

Raptor Observations:
There was a decent Bald Eagle flight.

Non-raptor Observations:
It was lovely to see a Sandhill Crane this afternoon. The bird was circling
among a kettle of Turkey Vultures, heading southwards. Nine Monarchs were
flying.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
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www.cvwo.org


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Subject: Harvey's Knob (17 Nov 2017) 1 Raptors
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 17:03 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 17, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 92
Bald Eagle 0 14 133
Northern Harrier 0 1 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 23 246
Cooper's Hawk 0 7 102
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 11 26
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 7665
Red-tailed Hawk 0 122 286
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 1 2 2
American Kestrel 0 0 70
Merlin 0 1 13
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 15
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 3
Unknown Falcon 0 1 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 8

Total: 1 184 8690
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Mitch Mitchell

Observers: Dan DeHart, Don A., Randy Doss

Visitors:
Randy brought his good friend Jewel up for a few hours and they were
fortunate to be present when the golden passed over. One gentleman from
the Danville area stopped and asked about the bird activity.


Weather:
Temperature started mid 30s and got as high as 46F. Winds at the beginning
of watch were from the northwest at 5-7 mph, gradually shifted to southwest
and dropped to only 2-3 mph. Cloud cover was near 90% to start but
decreased to only about 20% by the end of the day. Visibility was a solid
5 all day with even the furthest ridges very clear.

Raptor Observations:
Well, only one bird all day but well worth the trip up as it was a golden
eagle that came low, slow and directly over the top of the knob for plenty
of photo ops. Very few vultures seen today. We saw two red tail hawks but
determined that they were locals as they disappeared behind the knob to the
north.

Non-raptor Observations:
We saw one duck come over the knob very high and, unfortunately the photos
were not clear enough to identify it. One pileated woodpecker and a few
blue jays observed. Very little traffic on the Parkway and most appeared to
be commuters. Only a few cars/motorcycles even came through the overlook.


Predictions:
Warmer but looking to be much windier from the southwest. Could we make it
three goldens in three days.
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Report submitted by stan Mitchell (mitchmitchell7@comcast.net)
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Subject: Snickers Gap (17 Nov 2017) 2 Raptors
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 15:54 pm
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Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 17, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 65
Bald Eagle 0 7 79
Northern Harrier 0 1 30
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 4 377
Cooper's Hawk 0 2 75
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 7 17
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 5669
Red-tailed Hawk 2 62 132
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 9 11
American Kestrel 0 0 28
Merlin 0 0 8
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 9
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 6

Total: 2 92 6520
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Observation start time: 10:15:00
Observation end time: 11:45:00
Total observation time: 1.5 hours

Official Counter: The Littles

Observers:

Visitors:
None


Weather:
NW wind 10-12 at first but dropped to 3mph by 11am. Clear blue sky.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
9 Black Vultures most active species today.
While scoping a distant Retail, Jon had a very distant Common Loon fly
through his field of view.
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Subject: Harvey's Knob (16 Nov 2017) 32 Raptors
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 9:02 am
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Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 16, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 92
Bald Eagle 7 14 133
Northern Harrier 0 1 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 23 246
Cooper's Hawk 1 7 102
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 11 26
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 7665
Red-tailed Hawk 21 122 286
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 1 1 1
American Kestrel 0 0 70
Merlin 1 1 13
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 15
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 3
Unknown Falcon 0 1 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 8

Total: 32 183 8689
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Joyce Holt

Observers:

Visitors:
Very few hikers. One bicyclist in summer attire

Observers - Liz, Joyce, Carl, Matt, Bill and Katie


Weather:
Brisk winds from almost every direction. Very few clouds. Cool
temperatures (read many layers for observers). The type of day to get on
the down-wind side of a tall vehicle.

Raptor Observations:
TV
BV (12 going E to W near end of watch)
Raven (five in one group)

10:05 ABE
10:17 ABE
11:15 two ABE
1:04 two IBE
1:05 IGE Woohoo!
1:11 ABE



Non-raptor Observations:
Caroline Wren, Goldfinch



========================================================================
Report submitted by Joyce Holt (blueskyjoyce@comcast.net)
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Subject: Seneca Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, Dec. 17-- we need counters and feeder watchers
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 18:47 pm
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The annual Seneca Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will be held Sunday,
December 17. The count circle has a radius of 7.5 miles, centered on
Violette™s Lock on the C&O Canal on the Maryland side of the Potomac
River, and includes important areas of Fairfax and Loudoun Counties in
Virginia. Our count circle is divided into sectors each with a Sector
Leader.

I am the compiler for the Seneca CBC. The Seneca CBC has been conducted
almost every year since 1955. Last year, our 115 counters in the field
and 13 feeder watchers racked up 100 species (including 3 never before
found on this CBC) and 26,640 individual birds. We could not have done
this without the many volunteers who helped us, both old timers and new
participants, counting in the field and in their yards. We always need
new people to help with the count.

The Fairfax and Loudoun County portions of our count circle (described
below) contain lots of interesting habitat and are very important to the
success of our count. We need additional folks, regardless of your
birding skill level, to help count birds in the field. Doing a CBC can
be a lot of fun, a great learning experience, and a chance to meet other
birders. Those of you who use eBird will find the CBC to be a natural
fit. If you are interested in counting in the field, please contact me.
Let me know where you are located and your level of birding experience,
so I can place you in an appropriate sector. We love having newer
birders join us, and we will make sure you are teamed with a more
experienced person for the count.

There is also an important role for folks who can™t get out in the field
on December 17 but live inside the count circle and like to watch birds
in their yards and at their feeders. You can contribute very useful
information to the CBC too.

In northern Virginia, the border of the count circle extends from the
Potomac River just downstream of Great Falls, swinging south through
northern portions of Reston and Herndon, passing south of Oak Grove,
through Sterling, then swinging west and north just east of Ashburn and
Lansdowne, coming back to the Potomac near Elizabeth Mills Park. If you
live inside this area and you are interested in reporting the birds you
observe in your yard and at your feeders on December 17, please let me
know. I can confirm whether you fall inside the count circle and make
arrangements for you to send in your yard/feeder count.

I will be happy to answer any questions you have about the CBC.

I look forward to your participation.

Thanks in advance.

Jim Nelson
kingfishers2@verizon.net
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Subject: lower Eastern Shore, November 8-13, 2017.
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 18:13 pm
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LOWER EASTERN SHORE, NOVEMBER 8-13, 2017 (Nov. 8-9, Maryland; other days Virginia): Ferry Neck, Elliott Island Road, Kiptopeke State Park, Ramp Lane (Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge), Magotha Road, Oyster, Box Tree Drive, Willis Wharf, Gargatha Landing.


partial DRAMATIS PERSONAE & abbreviations: Matt Anthony, David Clark, Joke Colijn & Max Ossevoort (from the Netherlands), C.V.W.O. - Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory, cormorant = Double-crested Cormorant, ESVNWR - Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge, Cindy Ferguson & Norm Jones, Betsy & Chris Foster, Katie Garst (C.V.W.O. educator & also assistant to Anna Stunkel), KSP - Kiptopeke State Park, Kathy Louthan, Scott Priebe, Anna Stunkel (C.V.W.O. Hawk Counter), Steve Thornhill & Janie Henderson.


IN SUM: waterfowl seem late. More than usual I’d expect: lingering warm weather species, some of them later than extreme dates in the Gold Book, which, however, IS 10 years old: indigo bunting, ruby-throated hummingbird, red-eyed vireo, yellow-billed cuckoo. This time of year is when western species sometimes turn up, such as the white-winged dove and western tanager seen by participants in the roundup. That weekend is what Pete Dunne calls “wildcard weekend”. However, no western kingbird or ash-throated flycatcher this time.


NOVEMBER 8, WEDNESDAY. Route 301 milepost 110: 9 deer.Along Route 481 in Queen Annes County not much: 5 eastern bluebirds, 2 American kestrels, and 13 mourning doves. At Cordova a bald eagle flies right over town and over Route 309 a good half mile. Arrive at Rigby’s Folly at 5:11 P.M. and see an eastern cottontail at 5:09 on the way in. There’s 1.2” in the rain gauge, fallen since Oct. 30. 49, overcast, NW5+.


NOVEMBER 9, THURSDAY. RIGBY’S FOLLY, Ferry Neck, Talbot County, MD: My f.o.s. Tundra Swans coming in high and calling, always a stirring sound/sight experience, 4 flocks totaling 55 on this cool, overcast day with gray clouds, bringing to mind Paul Johnsgard’s book about the fall arrival of Sandhill Cranes in the Great Plains: Those of the gray wind. Two bucks in Field 1. 2 bluebirds, a phoebe, and a flicker. 46 degrees F. outside. Leave by 7:30 A.M. sprinkles, NW10. On the ground on the driveway near the Waterthrush Pond I find a chipping sparrow nest, very well-cupped, and, in the absence of hair, lined with very fine grasses.


ELLIOTT ISLAND ROAD, Dorchester County, MD. 11 A.M. - 1:30 P.M., NE15-10-5, 55-62 degrees F., fair becoming overcast, high tide falling. 37 species. partial list:


ruddy duck 1,610 (all of them cute), bald eagle 11, canvasback 12, gadwall 4, lesser scaup 40, bufflehead 45, common loon 14, great egret 5, snowy egret 2, boat-tailed grackle 4, Forster’s tern 11, greater yellowlegs 18, short-billed dowitcher 22, dunlin 33, lesser yellowlegs 2, American kestrel 1, killdeer 40 (1 flock in a field near Kraft Neck Road), red-shouldered hawk 3, eastern meadowlark 1, eastern phoebe 2, American black duck just 4, tundra swan 17, Canada goose 185, northern harrier 2, turkey vulture 32, black vulture 2, and great blue heron 7 plus 1 monarch and 1 gray squirrel.


Am at KSP 3:30-4:30 where Anna and Katie have seen 46 Northern Harriers today, their season high, plus arrival Tundra Swans and a Lincoln’s Sparrow. We see a group of 9 Great Blue Herons and one lickety-split male Merlin. A Gray Squirrel runs along the rail next to my quarters, where it has shredded a Loblolly Pine cone.


NOVEMBER 10, FRIDAY. Insomnia has its rewards. Am awake at 4:16 A.M. to hear Tundra Swans going over my quarters. STING-RAY’S: 38 Fish Crows 7:15 A.M. and a few minutes later at CAPEVILLE ROAD: 120 Rock Pigeons, and 80 Killdeer in a tilled field. CONCRETE SHIPS (at the end of Route 704 = the old ferry slip): 8 A.M., brown pelican 215, cormorant 200, royal tern 1, laughing gull 8, northern gannet 25, rock pigeon 25, European starling 40, great blue heron 2, tree swallow 35.



KSP, 8:15 - 3:15, clear, NW25+, 51 degrees F. variously falling through the course of the day to 49. Anna & Katie find c. 872 Turkey Vultures (they go back and forth so much; the reason they don’t get added to the official count anymore), 18 Bald Eagles, 2 Golden Eagles, a late Broad-winged Hawk, 35 Red-tailed Hawks, 32 Bonaparte’s Gulls, a late Barn Swallow, 2 Great Egrets, and 191 Tundra Swans. The swans go over very high. 14 raptor species (counting the 2 vultures). Northern gannets in view all day over and beyond the concrete ships. Six shorebirds flash by in a flock, probably semipalmated plovers. On the walk she leads Katie finds 2 woodcock.


RAMP LANE (ESVNWR), in company with Cindy Ferguson & Norm Jones, 3:30 - 5:30, 48-45, N or NE 20, high tide & falling. complete list: greater yellowlegs 70, Bonaparte’s gull 8, boat-tailed grackle 70, white ibis 3 immatures, hooded merganser 4, surf scoter 3, great blue heron 5, short-billed dowitcher 6, black-bellied plover 1, dunlin 26, great egret 6, snowy egret 2, cormorant 4, bald eagle 3, northern harrier 4, belted kingfisher 1, tree swallow 70, Forster’s tern 6, American kestrel 1, gadwall 2, red-winged blackbird 300, tundra swan 3, sharp-shinned hawk 1, myrtle warbler 5, American robin 3, white-throated sparrow 1, American woodcock 1, and red-throated loon 1.


NOVEMBER 11, SATURDAY. MAGOTHA ROAD general area including the GATR Tract, Capeville, Townsend, Magothy Bay, and Dunton Cove Road with David Clark as part of today’s Matt Anthony’s Rarity Roundup focused on Northampton County. 7:30-2:30; 3:45-4:45. 2 miles on foot, 24 by car. Complete list, much of this due to David’s good eyes and ears:


Canada goose 30, brant 400 (very distant to the N of Magotha Road), tundra swan (heard only), American black duck 4, green-winged teal 2, bufflehead 10, wild turkey 5, Eurasian collared-dove 3, WHITE-WINGED DOVE 1 (Kathy Louthan & Scott Priebe secure an excellent photograph; it flies in and perches on the wire near the Eurasian Collared-Doves), mourning dove 1, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD 1 (GATR Tract parking lot), clapper rail 2, Virginia rail 2,


black-bellied plover 1, semipalmated plover 1, killdeer 32, dunlin 17, greater yellowlegs 22, lesser yellowlegs 2, Bonaparte’s gull 9, ring-billed gull 3, herring gull 22, great black-backed gull 1, Forster’s tern 1, great blue heron 4, black vulture 26, turkey vulture 28, GOLDEN EAGLE 2 immatures (possibly 3; may have been as many as 4-6 in the county today; the the fall they’re almost always immatures/juvies), bald eagle 8, northern harrier 1, sharp-shinned hawk 1, Cooper’s hawk 1, red-shouldered hawk 1, red-tailed hawk 6,


eastern screech-owl 1, great horned owl 1, belted kingfisher 1, red-belleid woodpecker, northern flicker 3, American kestrel 2, peregrine falcon 2, eastern phoebe 3, blue-headed vireo 1 (GATR Tract parking lot), blue jay 4, American crow 550, fish crow 40, horned lark 12, tree swallow 80, Carolina chickadee 6, tufted titmouse 2, house wren 3, winter wren 1, Carolina wren 8, sedge wren 1, golden-crowned kinglet 2, ruby-crowned kinglet 4, eastern bluebird 22, hermit thrush 2, American robin 215,


gray catbird 1, brown thrasher 1, northern mockingbird 6, European starling 90, cedar waxwing 45, house finch 2, palm warbler 3, pine warbler 3, myrtle warbler 46, eastern towhee 1, chipping sparrow 40, Savannah sparrow 1, song sparrow 13 (2 of them singing), swamp sparrow 2, white-throated sparrow 34, slate-colored junco 1, northern cardinal 6, INDIGO BUNTING 1, red-winged blackbird 115, eastern meadowlark 18, common grackle 12, boat-tailed grackle 100, brown-headed cowbird 400.


2:30-3:45 we poached and at RAMP LANE found some birds we’d missed on our assigned area: 1 Osprey, 1 Saltmarsh Sparrow, a cormorant, a Great Egret, and an additional Cooper’s Hawk. There are 14 areas today covered by 38 observers thanks to Matt Anthony’s excellent recruiting and organization. Species seen by others include Northern Parula, Common Gallinule (Oyster landfill), Whimbrel (Box Tree Road), Yellow-headed Blackbird (Indiantown Road), Cave Swallow, Western Tanager, Pomarine & Parasitic jaegers, White-eyed Vireo, Spotted Sandpiper, Nashville Warbler, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Bobolink, Snow Bunting, and Cliff & Barn swallows. The species total: 158.


Dinner at Sting-Ray’s with Bob Ake, John Rowlett and John Spahr. The tally was later on at The Shanty. At KSP Anna & Katie find a late Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 3 Golden Eagles, and good buteo numbers: 19 Red-shoulders and 62 Red-tails, plus 14 Bald Eagles.


NOVEMBER 12, SUNDAY. CONCRETE SHIPS: brown pelican down to a measly 115, northern gannet 3, rock pigeon 70, common loon 6, sanderling 5, and bufflehead 16. KSP: a real late red-eyed vireo spotted by Chris. Anna hears a northern rough-winged swallow.


RAMP LANE with Katie and Anna, 4-5;45, overcast, 48-46, N wind 5 or less. Pretty nice conditions; therefore surprising not to hear more clappers. 24 species, complete list: American black duck 30, gadwall 1, northern shoveler 3, northern pintail 7, northern harrier 3, clapper rail 3, great blue heron 3, black-crowed night heron 3, herring gull 60, tree swallow 70, common loon 9, bald eagle 5, bufflehead 3, cormorant 20, belted kingfisher 1, hooded merganser 18, dunlin 200, great egret 2, boat-tailed grackle 65, Cooper’s hawk 1 immature, American robin 2, scoter unIDd 25, great horned owl 1, and mallard 2 plus 2 deer. No white ibis.


ACCIPITER RATIO: So far, as of the end of Nov. 15, 1,420 Cooper’s vs. 2,215 sharpies, a ratio that would have been unheard of a few decades ago. Sharpies down, Cooper’s up.


NOVEMBER 13, MONDAY. The long trip home, poignant to be leaving, but will return soon eno’. RAMP LANE, 9 A.M. in the rain, 48 degrees F., NE 10, overcast, raw: great egret 1, great blue heron 2, a common loon flying to the NE, bald eagle 2. In this miserable, cold rain: 14 trucks. Don’t know if their owners are hunting, clamming, fishing, or tending the pound nets but you have to admire their grit. Obdurate. ROUTE 600 near Bull’s Drive: 25 eastern meadowlarks. MAGOTHA ROAD, 9:15 A.M.: Eurasian collared-dove 4, eastern bluebird 18, field sparrow 6, myrtle warbler 9, belted kingfisher 1, great blue heron 1, bufflehead 11.


OYSTER, 9:50-10:30, rain stops, low tide & falling still. willet 125, dunlin 250, marbled godwit 1, peregrine falcon 1, bald eagle 1 adult, black-bellied plover 1, short-billed dowitcher 75, American oystercatcher 16, great blue heron 1, black vulture 9, red-breasted merganser 1, cormorant 8, Forster’s tern 20, eastern bluebird 4, and bufflehead 8 plus, nearby, 7 deer and a wild turkey. There’s a red car with VA tags “CHNA DOL”. Park next to the square concrete area on the S side of Oyster: it offers a pretty good view of the distant flats, but the view from the portapotties on the N side is more complete. You need a scope, though. EASTVILLE, 10:45: perhaps 3,000 brown-headed cowbirds, to the dismay of song sparrows, indigo buntings, and yellow warblers.


BOX TREE (Machipongo), 11-11:30: bald eagle 6, brant 40, hooded merganser 11, American black duck 12, northern harrier 1, red-tailed hawk 1, Bonaparte’s gull 1, cormorant 4, and great blue heron 4. 47, VERY low tide. TNC has installed a locked gate here preventing access (which isn’t needed) to the rickety dock. It’s evocative to be able to view, on a day with good clarity, the distant high tower out on Hog Island, perhaps 9 miles away.


WILLIS WHARF, 11:45-12:15, raw, cold, NW15, overcast. gray squirrel 6, Ballard Drive is squirrel city USA. A feature at Willis Wharf is the group of 12 or so, fat, big, white geese with orange bills. Drive around them with care. marbled godwit 135 (in two impressive, wheeling flocks over the mudflats), cormorant 19, short-billed dowitcher 2, dunlin 6, American oystercatcher 1, common loon 1, bald eagle 1. hooded merganser 6, willet 8, semipalmated plover 1, belted kingfisher 1, Canada goose 130, great blue heron 2, and bufflehead 6.


The panic grass (Panicum) has been trimmed so it’s easier to get up on the observation platform. There’s a new, large cinder block building in front of the post office with no trespassing signs, making it harder to see what’s out on the flats. As Woody Guthrie said: “The other side of the sign doesn’t say anything.” But “no pasaran”.


PERDUE plant near Accomac. 1 P.M. Oh perhaps 500 Herring Gulls wheeling in a kettle over this facility and an odious adult bald eagle perched nearby, waiting for tenders? TYSON PLANT near Temperanceville (located appropriately enough near Modest Town): great egret 1, great blue heron 1, turkey vulture 10, and the attendant gulls, herring, 200 some.


GARGATHA LANDING, 1:15-2:15, NW15, overcast, low tide but starting to flood in. bald eagle 8, great blue heron 14, northern harrier 1, northern gannet 2 imm. (perhaps 1-2 miles away and plunge-diving), cormorant 11, turkey vulture 8, greater yellowlegs 5, dunlin 2, belted kingfisher 1, hooded merganser 3, American black duck 7, eastern bluebird 14, mourning dove 36, Canada goose 11, Forster’s tern 14, scoter unIDd 80, eastern meadowlark 1, red-tailed hawk 2, and American kestrel. Usually see some deer off to the south but not today. Fellow here with bins looking for where to hunt ducks grew up on DeCoursey Bridge Road in Dorchester County of all places. He is impressed with my scope. “How much does something like that run?”


VOLUNTEER HOURS: Nov. 9, 1 hour; Nov. 10, 7 hours; Nov. 11, 0 hours; Nov. 12, 7 hours (8:30-3:30). total: 15.


MONARCHS. Monarch tagger Clay Bufkin’s tour of duty is over. He tagged almost 2,000. They’re winding down with these totals for Nov. 9-15: 2, 1, 0, 8, 0, 10, 0. But on one Christmas count when the temperature soared to 79 we saw 3 plus dragonflies and mosquitos.


NASSAWADOX CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT: Sunday, December 17. Please contact me. TANGIER & SMITH islands C.B.C. slated for January 5, 2018. Canceled but maybe in January 2019.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.
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Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (16 Nov 2017) 62 Raptors (Merlin season record, 3 GE)
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 16:27 pm
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Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 16, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 227
Bald Eagle 9 36 257
Northern Harrier 0 5 45
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 60 978
Cooper's Hawk 2 19 237
Northern Goshawk 0 2 7
Red-shouldered Hawk 5 59 96
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 37 163 335
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 2
Golden Eagle 3 17 27
American Kestrel 0 1 120
Merlin 2 4 52
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 34
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 20
Unknown Buteo 0 0 13
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 1 4 26
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 62 374 24823
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Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers:

Visitors:
Jennifer Jowdy (happy birthday!), Dave Sharp & Judy Stepenaskie
(Philadelphia, PA), and Lois McKim (I'm glad you got to see your life bird
Golden Eagle today!)


Weather:
Fairly strong and gusty WNW Winds, 6.7-10.7C, a difficult blue sky (0-5%
cloud cover), clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Another very good day with a great Eagle flight. Nine Bald Eagles: six
adults (11:01, 11:35, 12:30, 1:04, 1:43, 1:43), and three immatures (11:15
2nd-YR, 11:51 3rd-YR, and 12:30 unaged immature). Three juvenile Golden
Eagles (12:03, 12:06, 1:57). At 3:44pm a Merlin appeared over "Rockpile
#3" to our north and shot fast and low down the west side of the gap
disappearing to the south past the "plateau". This was our 51st Merlin of
the season, tying last year's season record. Just seconds later Jennifer
spotted another fast flying raptor over "Rockpile #3", and this bird flew
straight towards us, and down the east side of the gap low and close. This
was another Merlin, #52 of the season, for a new season record! First
Raptor: 8:36 RT, Last Raptor: 4:04 SS.

Non-raptor Observations:
1 late season Monarch Butterfly. 186 Fish Crows, 170 Robins, 515 Waxwings,
171 RW Blackbirds, 1 Rusty Blackbird, 40 Grackles.

Predictions:
Cool, sunny, SW Wind
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (birdmangabriel@yahoo.com)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...


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Subject: Snickers Gap (16 Nov 2017) 28 Raptors
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 16:19 pm
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Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 16, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 65
Bald Eagle 5 7 79
Northern Harrier 0 1 30
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 4 377
Cooper's Hawk 0 2 75
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 7 17
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 5669
Red-tailed Hawk 20 60 130
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 2 9 11
American Kestrel 0 0 28
Merlin 0 0 8
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 9
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 6

Total: 28 90 6518
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Observation start time: 11:15:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 3.25 hours

Official Counter: The Littles

Observers:

Visitors:
None


Weather:
Cold temps with brisk west wind turning more NW after noon. Partly cloudy
skies cleared completely by 2pm. Gusts to 23 mph.

Raptor Observations:
All migrants traveled low along the west side of the ridge, except the
final GOEA, high and impressively steady well above the ridge in the
howling wind.
Two adult BAEA flew close together, curving and twisting in parallel sweeps
and swerves as if dancing, before wafting back to the north, side by side.

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by BJ Little (bluejay48@comcast.net)


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Subject: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (16 Nov 2017) 3 Raptors
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 16:15 pm
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Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 16, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 121 2471
Bald Eagle 0 100 379
Northern Harrier 0 135 483
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 227 2216
Cooper's Hawk 1 185 1421
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 47 65
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 1196
Red-tailed Hawk 0 201 327
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 3
Golden Eagle 0 9 9
American Kestrel 0 36 3351
Merlin 0 36 1384
Peregrine Falcon 1 13 784
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 8
Unknown Buteo 0 1 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 1 19
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 3 1118 14139
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel, Bob Anderson

Observers: Bob Anderson, Thuy Tran

Weather:
Moderate to light winds were generally from the west, with clear skies and
temperatures in the high forties to low sixties.

Raptor Observations:
Very slow. At least we had a peregrine.

Non-raptor Observations:
Hermit Thrushes were quite talkative today, especially in the afternoon.
Other sightings included:

~29 Horned Larks (including a high flock of ~25 together)
13 Tundra Swans
1 Barn Swallow

17 Monarchs
1 Cabbage White
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Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (15 Nov 2017) 54 Raptors
Date: Wed Nov 15 2017 17:53 pm
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Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 15, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 121 2471
Bald Eagle 3 100 379
Northern Harrier 2 135 483
Sharp-shinned Hawk 13 226 2215
Cooper's Hawk 15 184 1420
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 47 65
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 1196
Red-tailed Hawk 16 201 327
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 3
Golden Eagle 0 9 9
American Kestrel 2 36 3351
Merlin 0 36 1384
Peregrine Falcon 0 12 783
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 8
Unknown Buteo 0 1 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 1 19
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 54 1115 14136
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Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Katie Garst

Weather:
Light to moderate winds were generally from the northeast, with clear skies
in the early morning becoming partly cloudy. Temperatures were in the
forties and fifties.

Raptor Observations:
Relatively slow. Today was Katie Garst's last day as our educator and
hawkwatch intern. Many thanks to her for an amazing job well done this
season!

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarchs are still flying! We saw 23 of them today. Other sightings
included:

5 Horned Larks
1 Black-bellied Plover
1 Pine Siskin

1 Buckeye
1 Cabbage White
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (15 Nov 2017) 57 Raptors (3 GE, 1 NG, 15 RS)
Date: Wed Nov 15 2017 16:20 pm
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Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 15, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 227
Bald Eagle 6 27 248
Northern Harrier 1 5 45
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 57 975
Cooper's Hawk 2 17 235
Northern Goshawk 1 2 7
Red-shouldered Hawk 15 54 91
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 27 126 298
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 2
Golden Eagle 3 14 24
American Kestrel 0 1 120
Merlin 0 2 50
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 34
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 20
Unknown Buteo 0 0 13
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 3 25
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 57 312 24761
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Observation start time: 07:45:00
Observation end time: 16:15:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers:

Visitors:
Lysanne Taylor, Jennifer Jowdy


Weather:
The west side of Rockfish Gap was full of thick smoke this morning, which
gradually cleared out by 12pm. Light SW Breezes early then moderate SE
Breezes after 10am. Quite chilly (0.0-9.2C). Very few clouds early,
mostly cloudy after 11am, becoming completely overcast by 4pm.

Raptor Observations:
A very slow start but it turned out to be quite a good day with plenty of
different species including our best Red-shouldered Hawk flight of the
season. The bulk of today's birds came between 10:00am-1:30pm. A great
Eagle day! Six Bald Eagles (11:05 adult pair, 11:39 3rd-YR, 12:07 adult,
12:15 2nd-YR, and 1:35 adult). Three immature Golden Eagles (back-to-back
juveniles at 11:29 and 11:33, and a subadult at 12:54). The subadult GE
came in low and circled directly overhead giving us some absolutely
spectacular views. Adult female Harrier at 11:21 and immature Goshawk at
2:20. First Raptor: 9:58 SS, Last Raptor: 3:55 RT.

Non-raptor Observations:
600+ Robins, 800+ Waxwings, 50+ RW Blackbirds, 20 Grackles, 1 E. Phoebe, 1
Fox Sparrow.

Predictions:
Mostly sunny, warmer, strong NW Wind
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (birdmangabriel@yahoo.com)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...


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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Cub Run Stream Valley Park, Nov 15, 2017
Date: Wed Nov 15 2017 13:47 pm
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VA-Birders,
The Northern Virginia Bird Club & Audubon Society of Northern Virginia birded the central portion of Cub Run Stream Valley Park in Fairfax County today. We tallied 34 species and our group of 11 were treated to easy trail conditions and cool, sunny weather. Highlights included: an aerial display as a group of American Crows challenged a much-smaller Sharp-shinned hawk; good numbers of our common wintering sparrows; and the always colorful Northern Flickers, Northern Cardinals, and Cedar Waxwings. The complete list follows.
Phil Silas, Woodbridge, VA

P.S. Half of us then went a couple miles North on Pleasant Valley Road to Sully Woodlands for great scope-views of the insect-eating Northern Shrike.



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Subject: eBird Report - Cub Run Stream Valley Park, Nov 15, 2017

Cub Run Stream Valley Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Nov 15, 2017 8:07 AM - 11:13 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: 11 birders, cool, beautiful day.
34 species

Canada Goose 1
Mallard 5
Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 10
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
Bald Eagle 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 10
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 7
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 36
American Crow 10
Carolina Chickadee 12
Tufted Titmouse 8
Carolina Wren 8
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 9
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 26
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 3
Cedar Waxwing 30
Yellow-rumped Warbler 7
Dark-eyed Junco 19
White-throated Sparrow 28
Song Sparrow 10
Swamp Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 7
Red-winged Blackbird 18
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Common Grackle 6
American Goldfinch 4

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Subject: Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, Week ending 11-14-17
Date: Wed Nov 15 2017 11:19 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Below is the Voice of the Naturalist for the current week, whlch was
compiled by Helen Patton and transcribed to Birdeast by Steve Cordle.

Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 11/14/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: voice@anshome.org
Compiler: Helen Patton
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

Please consider joining ANS, especially if you are a regular user of
the Voice 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.anshome.org
.

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
November 7 and was completed on Tuesday, November 14 at 7:20 p.m.

Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order,
as set forth in the American Ornithological Society Checklist for
North and Middle American Birds, as revised through the 58th
Supplement (July 2017).

The top birds this week were WHITE-WINGED DOVE in VA, POMARINE JAEGER
and PARASITIC JAEGER in VA, BROWN BOOBY* in MD, HARRIS'S SPARROW* in
MD and WESTERN TANAGER* in MD and VA.

Other birds of interest this week included waterfowl, RING-NECKED
PHEASANT, RED-NECKED GREBE, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, GREATER
SHEARWATER, WILSON'S STORM- PETREL,COMMON GALLINULE, shorebirds,
gulls, hawks, shrikes, swallows, SEDGE WREN, LAPLAND LONGSPUR,
sparrows, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, warblers, BOBOLINK and YELLOW-HEADED
BLACKBIRD.

TOP BIRDS

On November 11 and 12, a WHITE-WINGED DOVE was observed on Magotha
Road in Cape Charles, Northampton Co, VA.

During the week southbound jaegers continued to be observed at the
Cape Charles Coastal Habitat NAP in Northampton Co, VA. The sightings
of a single POMARINE and one to two PARASITIC JAEGERS occurred on
November 8, 10, 11 and 14, a reduction in the numbers seen the
previous week.

A BROWN BOOBY* was seen from northern Assateague Island, Worcester Co,
MD on November 11. Two BROWN BOOBIES* were at the Ocean City Inlet,
Worcester Co, MD on November 14.

A HARRIS'S SPARROW* was on the Anacostia River Trail, Prince George's
Co, MD on November 12 and 13.

On November 11, a WESTERN TANAGER* was at Cedar Lane Rd., Worcester
Co, MD. On the same day a WESTERN TANAGER was at the Hamantown Road
Farms (private) Northampton Co, VA.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was on Executive Blvd, Rockville,
Montgomery Co, MD on November 9. A SNOW GOOSE was at Lake Churchill,
Germantown, Montgomery Co, MD on November 11. ROSS'S GEESE were seen
on Main Chapel Way in Gambrills and Waugh Chapel East, Anne Arundel
Co, MD on November 8. Another ROSS'S GOOSE was on Princess Anne Lane,
Virginia Beach, VA on November 9. TUNDRA SWANS were observed (and
heard) from many locations throughout the area during the week.

A trip to Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on November 7, noted 667
NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 306 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER,
a PECTORAL SANDPIPER plus a WESTERN PALM WARBLER and a WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW. REDHEADS were seen at many venues in Virginia during the
week. November 9 was a good day for SCOTERS. SURF SCOTERS were seen at
Violette's Lock, Montgomery Co, MD; Daingerfield Island, Alexandria,
VA and Silver Lake RP, Prince William Co, VA; WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS
were also at Violette's Lock and North Point SP, Baltimore Co, MD and
a BLACK SCOTER was at Centennial Lake, Howard Co, MD. A visit to Lake
Frederick, Frederick Co, MD on November 9 observed 8 duck species
including: NORTHERN SHOVELER, GADWALL and AMERICAN WIGEON. A
LONG-TAILED DUCK was at the Sandy River Reservoir, Prince Edward Co,
VA on November 8. COMMON GOLDENEYES were seen in a variety of venues.

A RING-NECKED PHEASANT was at Assateague Island NS, Bayside, Worcester
Co, MD on November 10

Two RED-NECKED GREBES were at Flintville Road, Broad Creek Bridge,
Harford Co, MD on November 8. On November 10 and 11 a RED-NECKED GREBE
was at Sherwood Lakes, Virginia Beach, VA.

On November 12, a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was at Back Bay NWR,
Virginia Beach, VA.

On November 10, 8 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent
Co, DE.

A GREATER SHEARWATER and 5 WILSON'S STORM PETRELS were in the sea off
the Mouth of Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach, VA on November 9.

A COMMON GALLINULE was at the West Ocean City Pond, Worcester Co, MD
on November 10 and 12. A COMMON GALLINULE was at Cheriton Landfill,
Northampton Co, VA on November 11.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was at Kiptopeke SP, Northampton Co, VA on
November 11 and 12. A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was at the Swan Creek
dredge containment facility, Anne Arundel Co, MD on November 9. A
PIPING PLOVER was at the Assateague NS, Worcester Co, MD on November
11.

Shorebird highlights also included ten WHIMBRELS at Box Tree Marsh and
30 WHIMBREL at Cape Charles, Seaside Road, both in Northampton Co, VA
and both on November 11; two WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS at Bombay Hook
NWR, Kent Co, DE on November 9; a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER at the North
Beach marsh, Calvert Co, MD on November 14 and a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
at E.A. Vaughn WMA-Central, Worcester Co, MD on November 11.

BONAPARTE'S GULLS were seen at many locations with a high count of 30
at Centennial Lake, Howard Co, MD on November 9. An ICELAND GULL and a
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were at Sandy Point SP, Anne Arundel Co, MD
during the week. A GLAUCOUS GULL was at the CBBT, Northampton Co, VA
on November 9.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on November
10 and 12. GOLDEN EAGLES were observed at all the local Hawk Watches
during the week.

On November 14, a single continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen at the
Smith Farm in Lunenburg Co, VA. A NORTHERN SHRIKE* returned to the
Sully Woodlands in Fairfax Co, VA for the winter, with a sightings on
November 8, 11 and 12.

Two TREE SWALLOWS were at Lake Frederick, Frederick Co, MD on November
9. CAVE SWALLOWS appeared throughout the region this week.

A SEDGE WREN was at Prime Hook NWR, Fowler Beach Road, Sussex Co, DE
on November 9 and 12. A SEDGE WREN was found at the Sully Woodlands,
Fairfax Co, on November 12. Another SEDGE WREN was at Gordon's Pond,
Cape Henlopen, Sussex Co, DE on November 12.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was at Assateague SP, Worcester Co, MD on November
11.

An AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was at Sunset Park in Ocean City, Worcester
Co, MD on November 12. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was at Sandy River
Reservoir, Prince Edward Co, VA on November 9. Two CLAY-COLORED
SPARROWS were at E. A. Vaughn WMA-Central, Worcester Co, MD on
November 11. VESPER SPARROWS showed up at many locations in the area.
A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was at Sunset Park, Ocean City, Worcester Co, MD
on November 12. LINCOLN'S SPARROWS were at Ilia Fehr NP, Lizard Hill
in Bishopville and Deer Run Golf Course, all Worcester Co, MD and all
on November 11. Another LINCOLN'S SPARROW was at the Cheriton
Landfill, Northampton Co, VA also on November 11.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen at several locations.

Several late migratory warblers were seen in Maryland during the week,
including a NASHVILLE WARBLER at Masonville Cove, Baltimore Co, on
November 11; a CAPE MAY WARBLER at Assateague Island NS, Bayside,
Worcester Co, on November 10 and 12 and a BLACK-THROATED BLUE WATBLER
at Club House Road pond, Worcester Co, on November 12.

A BOBOLINK was at Kiptopeke SP, Northampton Co, VA on November 12. A
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen in the Seaside Road vicinity of Cape
Charles, Northampton Co, VA on November 11 and 12. An amazing 10,000
COMMON GRACKLES were at Great Falls NP, VA on November 12.

***

This week's report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list
servers, eBird records and various birding pages on Facebook.

The Audubon Sanctuary Shop (301-652-3606,
http://anshome.org/naturalist-... 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: a question
Date: Wed Nov 15 2017 8:10 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
May I ask a question only generally related to
bird sightings on this email address? It
relates to receiving listings of Maryland
sightings.



================
Mary-Carroll Potter

2003 Bedford Lane

Alexandria, VA 22307

703-768-6590





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Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (14 Nov 2017) 52 Raptors (RL, NG, GE)
Date: Tue Nov 14 2017 23:10 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 14, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 227
Bald Eagle 2 21 242
Northern Harrier 0 4 44
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 55 973
Cooper's Hawk 2 15 233
Northern Goshawk 1 1 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 12 39 76
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 32 99 271
Rough-legged Hawk 1 1 2
Golden Eagle 1 11 21
American Kestrel 0 1 120
Merlin 0 2 50
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 34
Unknown Accipiter 1 3 20
Unknown Buteo 0 0 13
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 3 25
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 52 255 24704
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 13:00:00
Observation end time: 16:15:00
Total observation time: 3.25 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers:

Weather:
Good hawk watching weather all day but no coverage available until 1pm.
Moderate NW Winds and overcast all day, 7.2-6.2C during count period,
moderate visibility with some haze in the distance.

Raptor Observations:
A fantastic flight of late-season raptors! Many RS and RT today, almost
all first seen rising up over the ridge to our NE and then flying SW, with
many coming directly overhead. The #1 highlight of the day was the second
Rough-legged Hawk of the season at 1:09pm, and it was a special sighting of
a dark-morph bird! It was first sighted over the ridge to our NE flying
with 3 RT, and it was quite noticeably the largest bird of the group. It
then proceeded to fly SW passing nearly directly overhead, offering great
views of its stunning dark plumage. This dark-morph RL was identified as
a juvenile by its overall dark brown (rather than black coloration) with
black belly and carpal patches, dirty brown (rather than black) border of
trailing edges of wings, all dark tail, and most distinctly pale primary
windows on upperwings.

Another highlight was a subadult Golden Eagle which flew slow, low, and
close down the east side of the gap at 2:40pm giving wonderful views all
the way across. It was in view for 10 minutes from the time it was first
spotted until it disappeared to the south! The final highlight was an
immature Northern Goshawk flying swiftly across the gap at 2:52. Two
4th-YR Bald Eagles flew through together at 3:57.

Non-raptor Observations:
310 Cedar Waxwings, 45 Robins, 55 Fish Crows, 15 RW Blackbirds

Predictions:
Sunny, light SE Winds
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (birdmangabriel@yahoo.com)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...


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Subject: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (14 Nov 2017) 108 Raptors
Date: Tue Nov 14 2017 21:38 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 14, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 121 2471
Bald Eagle 13 97 376
Northern Harrier 7 133 481
Sharp-shinned Hawk 15 213 2202
Cooper's Hawk 16 169 1405
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 9 44 62
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 1196
Red-tailed Hawk 39 185 311
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 3
Golden Eagle 3 9 9
American Kestrel 0 34 3349
Merlin 3 36 1384
Peregrine Falcon 1 12 783
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 8
Unknown Buteo 0 1 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 1 19
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 108 1061 14082
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Brian Taber, Joe Beatty, Katie Garst, Rudy Cashwell

Weather:
Light to moderate winds were variable, often from the east southeast. Skies
were mostly cloudy, covered with a thin layer of wispy clouds. Temperatures
were in the mid forties to low fifties.

Raptor Observations:
We had a nice buteo and Bald Eagle movement, along with three more Golden
Eagles (one either juvenile or subadult, and two definite juveniles).

Non-raptor Observations:
Observations included:

8 Great Blue Herons
3 American Pipits
1 Dark-eyed Junco

10 Monarchs
1 Buckeye
1 Cabbage White

Predictions:
Please note that Kiptopeke State Park will be closed tomorrow and the next
day for the deer hunt. I have permission to conduct the count during this
time.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: Northern Virginia Bird Club Meeting Wednesday, November 15 - Wood Thrush Conservation and Research
Date: Tue Nov 14 2017 12:00 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
The Northern Virginia Bird Club will hold its November meeting on Wednesday, November 15 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington, VA, 22207 at 8:00 pm  Directions can be found in the Siskin and on our web page at www.nvabc.org.

Dana McCoskey will give a presentation about Wood Thrush Research and Conservation.

Dana McCoskey assisted with the research of Wood Thrushes on their wintering grounds in Costa Rica and then conducted her graduate research with the thrushes on their Indiana breeding grounds as part of a larger Smithsonian Institution project. At George Mason University, she used DNA sequencing and barcoding to develop a novel method to study migratory bird diets and identify prey species that the thrushes in Indiana forage on in different types of forests. Dana's presentation will focus on Wood Thrush research and conservation.

Dana McCoskey is a fish and wildlife ecologist who spent over ten years in the field conducting research on migratory animals, monitoring threatened and endangered species, and studying the effects of land use practices such as forestry, fire, and renewable energy development on animal populations. This work took her into the forests, streams, refuges, and back country of Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Nevada, Indiana, Massachusetts, Hawaii and Costa Rica. She is a board member of the DC Audubon Society focused on bird conservation and education. She currently works for Allegheny Science and Technology supporting environmental research initiatives onsite in the US Department of Energy's Water Power Technologies Office

Early bird refreshments start at 7:30. Any contributions of food or beverage will be most gratefully received.

David Farner
Vice President, Programs, Northern Virginia Bird Club
Arlington, Virginia


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Subject: Red-necked Grebe at Belvoir Pond in Marshall, Fauquier County
Date: Tue Nov 14 2017 11:43 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
The RNGR reported yesterday was still present this morning at 11:00 on Belvoir (Bowman™s)™Pond in Marshall, Fauquier County. Seen initially close to the usual pullout swimming alongside a Pied-billed Grebe, it flew to the far end of the pond. Feeding actively, it is down more than up.  Report and photo on eBird.

Dave Larsen
Haymarket

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Subject: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (13 Nov 2017) 9 Raptors
Date: Mon Nov 13 2017 17:44 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 13, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 119 2469
Bald Eagle 1 84 363
Northern Harrier 1 126 474
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 198 2187
Cooper's Hawk 1 153 1389
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 35 53
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 1196
Red-tailed Hawk 4 146 272
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 3
Golden Eagle 0 6 6
American Kestrel 0 34 3349
Merlin 0 33 1381
Peregrine Falcon 0 11 782
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 8
Unknown Buteo 0 1 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 1 19
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 9 953 13974
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Katie Garst

Weather:
Rain in the morning, followed by overcast skies, light and variable winds,
and temperatures in the high forties.

Raptor Observations:
Slow as a slug.

Non-raptor Observations:
There were plenty of Tree Swallows, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and sparrows
around today. Not much else was going on.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: Harvey's Knob (13 Nov 2017) 29 Raptors
Date: Mon Nov 13 2017 17:26 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 13, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 92
Bald Eagle 0 7 126
Northern Harrier 1 1 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 23 246
Cooper's Hawk 0 6 101
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 10 25
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 7665
Red-tailed Hawk 22 101 265
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 70
Merlin 0 0 12
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 15
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 3
Unknown Falcon 0 1 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 8

Total: 29 151 8657
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Bill James

Observers: Don A.

Visitors:
Nope


Weather:
Brisk 3-4 wind from the NW all day with clouds fluctuating from white to
black and from 10 to 90%. Visibility was a 4 initially but with the
arrival of a cold front became a 5. Temperature ranged from 40 to 45 then
feel to 39; not too pleasant 3 to 5 winds.

Raptor Observations:
All birds on the west side and straight up as expected with NW winds. No
big birds. Don was indispensable today. He doesn't watch from his heel!

Non-raptor Observations:
A couple of soutbound hikers. Hunters noted on the way up. Not many
stoppersby today and no inquiries, unusually.

Predictions:
Less wind, more......
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bill James (bijam@aol.com)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/...


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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Date: Mon Nov 13 2017 16:30 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Once again, some 30 birders gathered to take part in the Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk this morning. We identified 41 species of birds with a number of highlights. We watched as a pair of Great Blue Herons faced off in what was probably a territorial ballet. Very graceful, but there seemed to be no discernible outcome - at least to us humans. The winter duck count is growing, as we saw our first Shovelers, Pintails, and Gadwalls. A group of Field Sparrows were seen in a larger group of Song Sparrows in the small field behind the Tower, and the usual collection of Re-winged Blackbirds, Northern Cardinals, and Eastern Bluebirds rounded out the morning. A very pleasant day.
Canada Goose 52
Northern Shoveler 4
Gadwall 4
Mallard 26
American Black Duck 2
Northern Pintail 6
Hooded Merganser 2
Ruddy Duck 1
Great Blue Heron 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 13
Mourning Dove 7
Red-headed Woodpecker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 4
Eastern Phoebe 3
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 5
Fish Crow 1
crow sp. 1
Carolina Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 7
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 8
American Robin 18
Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
Field Sparrow 4
Dark-eyed Junco 2
White-throated Sparrow 18
Song Sparrow 5
Swamp Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 7
Red-winged Blackbird 19
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 14


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 8AM (7AM fromMarch through October), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at (703)768-2525.

Harry Glasgow
Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Shorebirds at Chincoteague
Date: Mon Nov 13 2017 13:11 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
There's a great article in the VSO's recent RAVEN journal..."Trends in Shorebird Abundance, Distribution and Chronology on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge," by Buffa, Laskowski, Morris and Holcomb. There is lots of data and much discussion, as well as a number of important comparisons to the pioneering work there by Claudia Wilds, showing how things have changed over decades. Ned Brinkley edited Claudia's extensive notes and reports into a book, which was published as several hundred copies in 2007 by Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory, entitled "Shorebirds at Chincoteague: Patterns of Migration on the Virginia Coast." These reports are essential in helping provide data for conservation management.

Brian Taber
Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory
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Subject: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (12 Nov 2017) 52 Raptors
Date: Sun Nov 12 2017 19:06 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 12, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 118 2468
Bald Eagle 7 83 362
Northern Harrier 3 125 473
Sharp-shinned Hawk 15 197 2186
Cooper's Hawk 8 152 1388
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 35 53
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 1196
Red-tailed Hawk 14 142 268
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 3
Golden Eagle 0 6 6
American Kestrel 1 34 3349
Merlin 1 33 1381
Peregrine Falcon 0 11 782
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 8
Unknown Buteo 0 1 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 1 19
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 52 944 13965
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Betsy Foster, Chris Foster, Harry Armistead, Joe Beatty,
Katie Garst

Weather:
Winds were light and variable, mainly from the east southeast. Skies were
overcast, with temperatures in the mid thirties to high forties.

Raptor Observations:
It was a slow day, but the company was enjoyable.

Non-raptor Observations:
Chris spotted a Red-eyed Vireo which was hanging around near the feeders;
this is a very late bird. Other observations included:

15 Eastern Meadowlarks
2 American Pipits
2 Tundra Swans
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
1 Red-throated Loon
1 Rusty Blackbird

8 Monarchs
1 Gray Squirrel
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: Snickers Gap (12 Nov 2017) 34 Raptors
Date: Sun Nov 12 2017 17:59 pm
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Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 12, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 65
Bald Eagle 0 2 74
Northern Harrier 1 1 30
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 3 376
Cooper's Hawk 1 2 75
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 7 17
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 5669
Red-tailed Hawk 23 40 110
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 4 7 9
American Kestrel 0 0 28
Merlin 0 0 8
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 9
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 6

Total: 34 62 6490
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Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Joan Boudreau and Bob Abrams

Observers: Doug Graham, Duane Schilling, The Littles, Wes Hetrick

Weather:
Cold with light wind

Raptor Observations:
Golden Eagles and most other migrants arriving from the NE corner of our
ridge.

Non-raptor Observations:
A few flocks of large numbers of Cedar Waxwings. Only a few waterbirds with
one Common Loon and a small raft of D-c Cormorants. Flocks of American
Crows and Fish Crows, Turkey and Black Vultures, and a small number of N.
Ravens. A few other regulars such as N. Cardinals, C. Wrens, House Finches.
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Report submitted by Joan and Bob (icepeep@aol.com)


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Subject: Sedge wren, peregrine, Sully Woodlands
Date: Sun Nov 12 2017 17:22 pm
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Kurt Gaskill and I visited Sully Woodlands this morning to view the northern shrike and explore the area for sparrows. The shrike cooperated nicely (perched up directly behind the barn) and we tallied some other goodies as well. While walking in the northwest portion of the property we heard a dry, quick chatter from deep in the grass. The first thing I thought of was "wren", and sedge was the closest fit we could think of. The bird did not show itself. We reviewed calls on Xeno Canto and it was a sedge wren. We also saw a peregrine fly low overhead, and 2 fox sparrows.

Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: Orange-crowned Warbler in Frederick County and several Red-tailed Hawks (abeiticola)
Date: Sun Nov 12 2017 16:58 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I located a late Orange-crowned Warbler in Frederick County this afternoon.I observed three (3) different Red-tailed Hawks (abeiticola) today from Goochland County, Culpepper County and Fauquier County.
Photographs can be found at:
http://visitingnature.com/main...

Enjoy each day,
Allen
Allen BryanWinchester & Richmond, Va.www.visitingnature.com
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Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (12 Nov 2017) 15 Raptors
Date: Sun Nov 12 2017 14:41 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 12, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 227
Bald Eagle 2 19 240
Northern Harrier 1 4 44
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 55 973
Cooper's Hawk 0 13 231
Northern Goshawk 0 0 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 6 27 64
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 5 67 239
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 1
Golden Eagle 1 10 20
American Kestrel 0 1 120
Merlin 0 2 50
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 34
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 19
Unknown Buteo 0 0 13
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 3 25
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 15 203 24652
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers: Diane Lepkowski, William Leigh

Weather:
Overcast all day. Light NW breeze early switching to SE at noon. 7-10.7C.
Good visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Two Bald Eagles: 10:01 adult, 12:30 2nd-YR. An immature Golden Eagle was
spotted nearly 4 miles out to our NE, and we proceeded to watch with our
scopes as it slowly made its way toward us, sometimes dropping below eye
level. At a distance the white base of tail and white spots on the
underside of wings were apparent, but it often looked like it had a white
head! As it got close and flying directly toward us we could then see that
it had a bright, golden nape that really stood out quite brightly.
Eventually it flew in close and right over the Inn and down the SE side of
the mountain.

Non-raptor Observations:
Orange-crowned Warbler, DC Cormorant, Wood Duck, Ring-billed Gull, 3 Raven,
235 Robin, 108 Waxwing, 54 Red-winged Blackbird, 11 Rusty Blackbird
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach@virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...


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Subject: Tundra Swans near Dulles Airport
Date: Sun Nov 12 2017 14:36 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
A trio of Tundra Swans were observed flying south over the Dulles Access/toll roads this morning.

Jack Greenwood
Falls Church




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Subject: Huntley Meadows: merlin, fox sparrows, and late tree swallow
Date: Sun Nov 12 2017 13:48 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Lovely still morning on the Hike/Bike Trail.  The merlin was on Barnyard Run
just downstream of the boardwalk. Also lots of kinglets, yellow-rumps, and
hermit thrushes.



Ben

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Subject: Great Falls NP Bird Walk 11/12/2017 (Fairfax County)
Date: Sun Nov 12 2017 13:39 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified 34 species and included 9 participants. Worthy of mention were sightings of Buffleheads and Common Mergansers upstream from the Park visitors' center. The highlight of the walk, however, was an exceedingly large migratory flock of Common Grackles -- estimated count of 10,000 birds -- that took literally minutes to pass by (see comment below). Awe-inspiring.
The walk meets at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, rain or shine, in front of the snack bar/concession stand of the Great Falls Park visitors' center; it does not take place, though, during electrical storms, strong winds, heavy snows, or when the trails are icy. All birders are welcome!
Canada Goose 20
Mallard 30
American Black Duck 20
Bufflehead 30
Common Merganser 8
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Black Vulture 4
Turkey Vulture 2
Bald Eagle 2Red-tailed Hawk 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 6
Pileated Woodpecker 5
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 1
Fish Crow 40
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 10
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 8
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 52
American Robin 10
Cedar Waxwing 24
Dark-eyed Junco 1
White-throated Sparrow 15
Song Sparrow 12
Northern Cardinal 6
Common Grackle 10000 Estimated count of an exceedingly large migratory flock of grackles, flying in close proximity to one another and often in synchrony. The main body took literally minutes to pass by our group, yet more grackles continued to follow. Although other species might have been among the flock, participants observed only grackles, aided by a spotting scope as well as multiple binoculars.
American Goldfinch 18

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