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05 Jul: @ 11:49:35  Sunday Dyke Marsh Walk, 5 July 2015 [Russell Taylor]
05 Jul: @ 10:38:23  Great Falls Walk Sunday 7/5/15 [Sj Wex via va-bird]
04 Jul: @ 18:12:39  Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
04 Jul: @ 10:26:12  black-crowned night heron in Falls Church [Peter Frechtel]
03 Jul: @ 08:17:04  Metz Wetlands, least bittern [Marc Ribaudo]
02 Jul: @ 23:48:10  Great Blue Heron evening flight (Lynchburg) [Sattler, Gene]
02 Jul: @ 19:40:30  Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
02 Jul: @ 15:43:01  Greater Yellowlegs - Hunting Creek Bridge, Alexandria [dcharlesl]
02 Jul: @ 15:12:38  Some warbler photos 7/1-2/15 [Marshall Faintich]
01 Jul: @ 19:44:41  Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
01 Jul: @ 10:25:18  Friendly Humminbird [Larry Kline via va-bird]
30 Jun: @ 20:36:15 Re: Friendly Hummingbird [vineeta anand]
30 Jun: @ 20:13:44 Re: Friendly Hummingbird [Rich Rieger via va-bird]
30 Jun: @ 20:07:01  Friendly Hummingbird [janet anderson via va-bird]
30 Jun: @ 19:11:27  Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
30 Jun: @ 17:07:12  Voice: Greater Washington Area, June 30 [Joe Coleman]
29 Jun: @ 18:20:57  Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
29 Jun: @ 17:54:20  Four NC Swainson's Warblers [Marshall Faintich]
29 Jun: @ 16:07:13  Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
29 Jun: @ 14:45:30  Kiptopeke Challenge 2015 [Dave Youker via va-bird]
29 Jun: @ 14:02:27  Huntley Meadows Hike-Bike Trail - young birds about [Larry Cartwright]
29 Jun: @ 09:47:10  Ring-necked Duck; Chesterfield [Ellison Orcutt]
29 Jun: @ 07:30:19  Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Jun 28, 2015 [Rich Rieger via va-bird]
28 Jun: @ 19:18:26  Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
28 Jun: @ 16:36:24  Truhart BBS in King and Queen Co, Middle Peninsula [Frederick Atwood via va-bird]
28 Jun: @ 14:31:45  Merrimac Farm [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
28 Jun: @ 10:34:04  Great Falls Walk [Marshall Rawson via va-bird]
27 Jun: @ 23:47:09 Re: Bird ID needed by rehabber - UPDATE Prothonotary Warbler [Bill]
27 Jun: @ 19:49:53  Bird ID needed by rehabber - UPDATE Prothonotary Warbler [Connie & Wilton Sale]
27 Jun: @ 18:11:25  Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
27 Jun: @ 11:09:12  6/26/15 - Virginia Beach - Pleasure House Point - White Ibis [Rob Bielawski]
27 Jun: @ 10:15:04  Lots of Birds in the Yard [pepherup--- via va-bird]
27 Jun: @ 09:11:56  Wilson's Storm Petrel Virginia Beach Birding [Andrew Baldelli]
26 Jun: @ 22:18:02 Re: More June in Fairfax Co, Sun 21 June 2015 [Kurt Gaskill]
26 Jun: @ 18:18:01  Bird ID needed byrehabber [Connie & Wilton Sale]
26 Jun: @ 12:09:01 Re: Willow Flycatcher/Rock Hill District park/Fairfax [Stephen Johnson]
26 Jun: @ 10:16:37 Re: No Chincoteague NWR. Roseate tern today [Bill Hohenstein]
26 Jun: @ 09:28:39  Prothonitary Warblers [Bulmer, Anthony]
26 Jun: @ 08:04:34  Costa Rica Anyone? [Dave Larsen - birding]
26 Jun: @ 06:46:40  Willow Flycatcher/Rock Hill District park/Fairfax [Rich Rieger via va-bird]
25 Jun: @ 20:51:53  Shanks Island area pelican & cormorant colonies [Henry Armistead]
25 Jun: @ 20:06:53  Harrison Lake-Charles City [Barbara Houston]
25 Jun: @ 12:57:08  Caracara in Poquoson [billwilliams154]
25 Jun: @ 10:17:16 Re: Chincoteague NWR. Roseate tern [Bill Hohenstein]
25 Jun: @ 07:51:52  Chincoteague NWR [Bill Hohenstein]
24 Jun: @ 21:02:31  Blue Ridge Center Bird Walk, Loudoun Co, June 27 [Joe Coleman]
24 Jun: @ 19:24:59  Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
24 Jun: @ 14:54:09  summer DC Cormorant; possible No. Waterthrush?? [Mary Ann Good]
24 Jun: @ 08:20:43  Common Loon on Lake Frederick (Frederick County) [David E. Carr]
24 Jun: @ 06:32:51  The Virginia eBird Portal [Brian and Deborah Taber via va-bird]





Subject: Sunday Dyke Marsh Walk, 5 July 2015
Date: Sun Jul 5 2015 11:49 am
From: gnatcatcher AT gmail.com
 
A group peaking at 15 joined me for the weekly Sunday Dyke Marsh walk
today, sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh. The group included
all-stars Larry Cartwright (performing a breeding bird survey), Phil
Kenny, and Larry Meade, whose assistance were much appreciated. Not
surprisingly conditions were quite wet, with mud and standing water in
many spots. Happily no more precipitation this morning and though
humid, the temperature was initially quite comfortable.

Though not an exceptionally birdy morning, a fair variety of good
birds were seen. Best birds were the LEAST BITTERNs, with 2 males seen
in flight and 3rd bird heard calling continuously (and quite close)
near the bridge and bench area. Near the last dog leg before the
boardwalk a male WARBLING VIREO was singing happily while what we
assumed might be his mate was busily bringing food to a nest on the
other side of the path. Both ORCHARD and BALTIMORE ORIOLEs were seen
and heard. The full complement of likely flycatchers were present,
with EASTERN PHOEBEs, EASTERN KINGBIRDs, and GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERs
in abundance. One EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE was heard. The swallow family
were well represented, with PURPLE MARTINs, BARN, TREE and NORTHERN
ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWs all observed. Raptors were limited to OSPREY and
BALD EAGLE, and waterfowl to MALLARDs, some of which were in the small
temporary ponds the rain had created in the midst of the picnic area.

The full list of 47 spp follows. Prior to the 8 a.m. Dyke Marsh walk,
Phil Kenny and I stopped at the Stone Bridge over Hunting Creek for 30
minutes. Species seen there and not on the DM walk were: Green Heron,
Canada Goose, Greater Yellowlegs, Forster's Tern, Laughing Gull, and
Northern Mockingbird.

Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Jul 5, 2015 7:49 AM - 11:00 AM

Mallard 33
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Least Bittern 3
Great Blue Heron 8
Great Egret 25
Osprey 10
Bald Eagle 2
Ring-billed Gull 2
Caspian Tern 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 8
Mourning Dove 6
Chimney Swift 5
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Phoebe 5
Great Crested Flycatcher 6
Eastern Kingbird 4
Warbling Vireo 4
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 1
Fish Crow 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Purple Martin 8
Tree Swallow 5
Barn Swallow 3
Carolina Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 15
Gray Catbird 6
European Starling 25
Cedar Waxwing 7
Common Yellowthroat 4
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 10
Red-winged Blackbird 35
Common Grackle 24
Orchard Oriole 3
Baltimore Oriole 3
House Finch 6
American Goldfinch 8
House Sparrow 5

Happy birding,
Russ Taylor
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Subject: Great Falls Walk Sunday 7/5/15
Date: Sun Jul 5 2015 10:38 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hello:
Had a cool summer bird walk in the park. Indigo bunting was still holding court upstream in wisteria lane. The eagle nest seems to be dissolving before our eyes.

Everyone is welcome to join our walk. We meet every sunday at 8 am in the visitor center parking lot.

Sally Wechsler



Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 25
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 3
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 7
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 18
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 2
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) 1
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 150
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 3
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 3
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 1
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens) 1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 1
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) 6
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 1
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) 2
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 3
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 12
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) 4
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 5
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 1
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 6
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 3
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 3
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 6
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) 1
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 6
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 4
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 4
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 3
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Subject: Virginia Rare Bird Alert
Date: Sat Jul 4 2015 18:12 pm
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 


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*** Species Summary:

Tundra Swan (4 Accomack)
White-faced Ibis (2 Accomack)
Mississippi Kite (3 Montgomery)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (1 Northampton)
Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Sussex)
Savannah Sparrow (3 Montgomery)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 04, 2015 10:13 by Mike Slaven
- Chincoteague NWR, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.9084456,-75.3516541&ll7.9084456,-75.3516541
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24144752
- Comments: "Continuing bird reported by several others. White swan with black bill. The distance to the bird was about 300' but the bird's field marks ware easily apparent with magnification. There was a suggestion of a tiny lighter area where a yellow spot would be expected at the bill's base but the lighting and distance made the color impossible to confirm. A previous report indicated bird was injured, but I could not tell one way or the other."

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 03, 2015 12:00 by Tyler Grant
- Chincoteague NWR, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.9084456,-75.3516541&ll7.9084456,-75.3516541
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24145749
- Comments: "swan with a black, curved bill (not straight like trumpters swan)"

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 02, 2015 10:36 by Joanne Laskowski
- Chincoteague NWR - CES18, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.9106228,-75.3479719&ll7.9106228,-75.3479719
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24147397
- Comments: "Continuing bird."

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 02, 2015 17:27 by Clark Olsen
- Chincoteague NWR--Wildlife Loop, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.9004587,-75.3431654&ll7.9004587,-75.3431654
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24142652
- Comments: "Injured"

White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) (1)
- Reported Jun 30, 2015 06:00 by Steve Jones
- Chincoteague NWR--Beach Rd., Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.8987655,-75.3591943&ll7.8987655,-75.3591943
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24106600
- Comments: "Pink eye and face. White feathers around face. in picture below, there is the White-faced and a Glossy for comparison.
"

White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) (1)
- Reported Jul 03, 2015 16:03 by Clark Olsen
- Chincoteague NWR--Black Duck Marsh, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.9044274,-75.3574133&ll7.9044274,-75.3574133
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24142619
- Comments: "Seen at medium distance with scopes in large mixed flock. Direct comparison with nearby Glossies showed white facial disk, which was also seen in a number of Glossies, red bare skin in front of eye and reddish legs very apparent. Color of body feathers, posture different. Not close enough to see if eye was red."

Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (1)
- Reported Jul 04, 2015 11:00 by Kent Davis
- Heritage Community Park and Natural Area - MED03, Montgomery, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.2397586,-80.457859&ll7.2397586,-80.457859
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24146344
- Comments: "Falcon-shaped, square tail, gray with white head. Black unbarred tail seen well by all three in birding party. Watched this bird gracefully soring for almost ten minutes while it foraged for insects. It caught one insect in it's talons and took a bite out of it."

Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (1)
- Reported Jul 04, 2015 11:00 by Mike Smith
- Heritage Community Park and Natural Area - MED03, Montgomery, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.2397586,-80.457859&ll7.2397586,-80.457859
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24146361
- Comments: "Falcon-shaped, square tail, gray with white head. Black unbarred tail seen well by all three in birding party. Watched this bird gracefully soring for almost ten minutes while it foraged for insects. It caught one insect in it's talons and took a bite out of it."

Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (1)
- Reported Jul 04, 2015 11:00 by Barry Kinzie
- Heritage Community Park and Natural Area - MED03, Montgomery, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.2397586,-80.457859&ll7.2397586,-80.457859
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24147058
- Comments: "Falcon-shaped, square tail, gray with white head. Black unbarred tail seen well by all three in birding party. Watched this bird gracefully soring for almost ten minutes while it foraged for insects. It caught one insect in it's talons and took a bite out of it."

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) (1)
- Reported Jul 04, 2015 by David Clark
- Northampton, Northampton, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.3417,-75.90427&ll7.3417,-75.90427
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24144199
- Comments: "Magotha Rd"

Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) (2)
- Reported Jul 04, 2015 by David Clark
- Sussex, Sussex, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.91049,-77.28516&ll6.91049,-77.28516
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24148258
- Comments: "Piney Grove"

Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) (1)
- Reported Jul 04, 2015 08:00 by Mike Smith
- Blacksburg High School, Montgomery, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.2116402,-80.4639938&ll7.2116402,-80.4639938
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24145969
- Comments: "Typical Savannah Sparrow with yellow lores. Seen well by all three in birding party."

Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) (1)
- Reported Jul 04, 2015 08:00 by Barry Kinzie
- Blacksburg High School, Montgomery, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.2116402,-80.4639938&ll7.2116402,-80.4639938
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24147056
- Comments: "Typical Savannah Sparrow with yellow lores. Seen well by all three in birding party."

Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) (1)
- Reported Jul 04, 2015 08:00 by Kent Davis
- Blacksburg High School, Montgomery, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.2116402,-80.4639938&ll7.2116402,-80.4639938
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24145961
- Comments: "Typical Savannah Sparrow with yellow lores. Seen well by all three in birding party."

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Subject: black-crowned night heron in Falls Church
Date: Sat Jul 4 2015 10:26 am
From: pafrecht AT verizon.net
 
Hi VA-Birders,

On a similar topic: we've had an adult black-crowned night heron at our
local pond all week. This is the first time I've seen one here in the 9
years we've lived here.

Peter Frechtel
Falls Church

-----Original Message-----
From: va-bird [mailto:va-bird-bounces+pafrecht=verizon.net@listserve.com] On
Behalf Of Sattler, Gene
Sent: Friday, July 3, 2015 12:47 AM
To: VA-BIRD (va-bird@listserve.com)
Subject: [Va-bird] Great Blue Heron evening flight (Lynchburg)

Last evening (Wednesday 7/1) at dusk, 8:25 PM, five Great Blue Herons flew
by over our neighborhood in town heading in a northerly direction. Two were
flying side by side, while the other three were flying ahead of them in a
single file line, each about 20-30 seconds behind the next, with the pair of
birds trailing about a minute or so behind the third bird. All were
relatively high for the species, suggesting that they were engaged in a
relatively long distance movement. A post-breeding dispersal is known for a
number of water bird species such as herons, with a significant component of
the movement being northward before birds later move south for the winter.

I assume that such movements are food-related, as seems to be the case in
some other species. For example, many Bald Eagles move north from Florida
in the summer to areas such as the Chesapeake Bay, and one theory for this
northward dispersal is that it is triggered by fish in Florida retreating
into deeper waters in the summer. And in SW California a recent study found
that most young Red-tailed Hawks migrated north in the summer. It was
suggested that this was due at least in part to ground squirrels there
spending a majority of their time underground during the hot summer (Bloom
et al. 2015 Journal of Raptor Research 49(1):1-17).

I haven't been able to find much information on the specifics of why species
such as herons here in the eastern US disperse north in the summer. In
areas such as Africa it is apparently the result of wetlands drying up in
the south during the summer. If anyone knows of research on the causes of
this I'd be interested to know about it, as I've always wondered about this
post-breeding dispersal that is well known in herons here in the US.

Good birding,

Gene Sattler
Lynchburg


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Subject: Metz Wetlands, least bittern
Date: Fri Jul 3 2015 8:17 am
From: moribaudo AT verizon.net
 
I had a very nice walk around Metz Wetlands this morning.  A bit soggy from the recent rains, but productive with 54 species.  The highlight was a least bittern that popped out of the marsh near the benches along the trail heading east from the main complex.  Other notables were a Louisiana waterthrush, American redstart, and kingbird's eating blackberries.  Lots of common yellowthroats and white-eyed vireos, too.

Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: Great Blue Heron evening flight (Lynchburg)
Date: Thu Jul 2 2015 23:48 pm
From: edsattle AT liberty.edu
 
Last evening (Wednesday 7/1) at dusk, 8:25 PM, five Great Blue Herons flew by over our neighborhood in town heading in a northerly direction.  Two were flying side by side, while the other three were flying ahead of them in a single file line, each about 20-30 seconds behind the next, with the pair of birds trailing about a minute or so behind the third bird.  All were relatively high for the species, suggesting that they were engaged in a relatively long distance movement.  A post-breeding dispersal is known for a number of water bird species such as herons, with a significant component of the movement being northward before birds later move south for the winter.

I assume that such movements are food-related, as seems to be the case in some other species. For example, many Bald Eagles move north from Florida in the summer to areas such as the Chesapeake Bay, and one theory for this northward dispersal is that it is triggered by fish in Florida retreating into deeper waters in the summer. And in SW California a recent study found that most young Red-tailed Hawks migrated north in the summer. It was suggested that this was due at least in part to ground squirrels there spending a majority of their time underground during the hot summer (Bloom et al. 2015 Journal of Raptor Research 49(1):1-17).

I haven't been able to find much information on the specifics of why species such as herons here in the eastern US disperse north in the summer. In areas such as Africa it is apparently the result of wetlands drying up in the south during the summer. If anyone knows of research on the causes of this I'd be interested to know about it, as I've always wondered about this post-breeding dispersal that is well known in herons here in the US.

Good birding,

Gene Sattler
Lynchburg


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Subject: Virginia Rare Bird Alert
Date: Thu Jul 2 2015 19:40 pm
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 


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*** Species Summary:

Tundra Swan (1 Accomack)
Stilt Sandpiper (1 Portsmouth)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (1 Rockingham)
Black-billed Cuckoo (2 Culpeper)
Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Sussex)

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

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 02, 2015 17:27 by David Larsen
- Chincoteague NWR--Wildlife Loop, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.9004587,-75.3431654&ll7.9004587,-75.3431654
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24126793
- Comments: "Injured"

Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus) (1)
- Reported Jul 02, 2015 05:30 by Bill Williams
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.9065,-76.37&ll6.9065,-76.37
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24125442
- Comments: "with Short-billed Dowitchers and Lesser Yellowlegs; thinner bodied than dowitchers; pale white eye-line; slightly long, slightly decurved black bill; continuing"

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) (2)
- Reported Jul 01, 2015 18:05 by Diane Holsinger
- Morris Pottery Rd Dayton Va, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.4599907,-79.0126741&ll8.4599907,-79.0126741
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24124739
- Comments: "Great Looks Calling as it preened it's self"

Black-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus erythropthalmus) (1)
- Reported Jul 02, 2015 09:45 by Caroline Emmet Heald
- Curling Creek Farm, Rixeyville, VA, Culpeper, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.5756822,-78.1044245&ll8.5756822,-78.1044245
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24122188
- Comments: "NOT RARE for this time and location"

Black-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus erythropthalmus) (1)
- Reported Jul 01, 2015 17:00 by Caroline Emmet Heald
- Curling Creek Farm, Rixeyville, VA, Culpeper, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.5756822,-78.1044245&ll8.5756822,-78.1044245
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24117257
- Comments: "This bird is NOT RARE for this time and place. I heard one yesterday and nine other times in June and you did not label it "rare.""

Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) (6)
- Reported Jun 30, 2015 10:00 by Elliot Bernard
- Piney Grove Preserve--Rte. 604, Sussex, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.989528,-77.0351028&ll6.989528,-77.0351028
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24118987
- Comments: "Led by Mike Wilson of CCB, excellent views of several birds"

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Subject: Greater Yellowlegs - Hunting Creek Bridge, Alexandria
Date: Thu Jul 2 2015 15:43 pm
From: dcharlesl AT msn.com
 
This afternoon, I saw a Greater Yellowlegs at Hunting Creek Bridge just south of the Wilson Bridge on the George Washington Parkway in Alexandria.

David Ledwith

Falls Church, Va

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Subject: Some warbler photos 7/1-2/15
Date: Thu Jul 2 2015 15:12 pm
From: mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com
 
Including my first-ever juvenile Canada Warbler and best-ever
Yellow-breasted Chat photos. Report and photos:




http://www.symbolicmessengers....



Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA



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Subject: Virginia Rare Bird Alert
Date: Wed Jul 1 2015 19:44 pm
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 


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*** Species Summary:

Black Swan (1 Isle of Wight)
American White Pelican (1 Northampton)
Mississippi Kite (2 Virginia Beach)
Wilson's Plover (1 Accomack)
Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Sussex)
Common Raven (1 Virginia Beach)
Veery (3 Madison)
Prothonotary Warbler (1 Botetourt)
Canada Warbler (2 Madison)
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (1 Madison)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) (3)
- Reported Jun 30, 2015 10:50 by Jason Strickland
- Chuckatuck creek, Isle of Wight, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.9145584,-76.5213203&ll6.9145584,-76.5213203
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24108920
- Comments: "Most likely escapes; Large, long necked, red-billed, all black swan. Preening on a sand/mud bar; I have seen atleast 1 of these, 4 years ago in Smithfield on the pagan river...not sure if all 3 came from there?, or if they move around."

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) (1)
- Reported Jul 01, 2015 00:00 by Eastern Shore of Virginia NWR eTT
- Eastern Shore of Virginia NWR - CES02, Northampton, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.1274,-75.953&ll7.1274,-75.953
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24115210

Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (4)
- Reported Jul 01, 2015 11:30 by Tracy Tate
- Burroughs Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.8959741,-76.1293194&ll6.8959741,-76.1293194
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24114683
- Comments: "I have confirmed by sight, the nest and one downy young being fed by an adult. Its not a great view they have that nest well hidden in the multi branch crotch of a pine tree and it is tough to get a good look if you don't see any movement to direct your view. Today again the young first summer bird, pictured here a couple of days ago, visited the nest area and hunted around with the adult Kites. I was watching the adults and heard whistling and it was the yearling Kite arriving on the scene. One adult and the yearling flew around catching bugs, delivering food and then finally the adult on nest joined and all three perched in the dead snag trees together for about fifteen minutes. It was difficult to get a great shot with all three since there was always one bird that lit on another section of the tree - not always the same bird. My mother first saw all three perched together on Sunday and said that the yearling Kite was presenting a large stick to one of
the adult Kites at one point - not sure about that behavior, but there certainly aren't any other of its kind to hang out with in our area so maybe it makes sense that it would stay close.
"

Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (1)
- Reported Jun 30, 2015 17:00 by chris adams
- Lake Smith, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.8830834,-76.1466372&ll6.8830834,-76.1466372
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24106828
- Comments: "Have pictures, flew right over my community pool had the pictures verified by many bird groups"

Wilson's Plover (Charadrius wilsonia) (2)
- Reported Jun 28, 2015 18:54 by Joanne Laskowski
- Metompkin Island, VA, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.7694444,-75.5388889&ll7.7694444,-75.5388889
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24114213
- Comments: "Submitting this photo (others available) for confirmation of successful breeding of Wilson's plover on Metompkin Island. One adult is pictured with the fledgling.
"

Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) (6)
- Reported Jun 30, 2015 10:00 by Frederick Atwood
- Piney Grove Preserve--Rte. 604, Sussex, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.989528,-77.0351028&ll6.989528,-77.0351028
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24111017
- Comments: "Led by Mike Wilson of CCB, excellent views of several birds"

Common Raven (Corvus corax) (1)
- Reported Jun 30, 2015 17:00 by chris adams
- Lake Smith, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.8830834,-76.1466372&ll6.8830834,-76.1466372
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24106828
- Comments: "flew in my back yard, we have many ravens here"

Veery (Catharus fuscescens) (4)
- Reported Jun 29, 2015 19:00 by Tyler Grant
- Dark Hollow Falls Trail, SNP - MSD04, Madison, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.518,-78.4321&ll8.518,-78.4321
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24107652
- Comments: "2 observed visually, the others were heard. All were heard singing or calling. Song is very distinctive."

Veery (Catharus fuscescens) (2)
- Reported Jun 29, 2015 17:30 by Tyler Grant
- Jewell Hollow Overlook, Madison, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.6269501,-78.3389649&ll8.6269501,-78.3389649
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24107702
- Comments: "Found by they're distinctive call"

Veery (Catharus fuscescens) (14)
- Reported Jun 30, 2015 07:50 by Tyler Grant
- Shenandoah NP--Hawksbill Mountain, Madison, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.5553,-78.3934&ll8.5553,-78.3934
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24107894
- Comments: "very common here - distinctive song and call"

Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea) (1)
- Reported Jul 01, 2015 09:55 by Barry Kinzie
- Woodpecker Ridge Nature Center - MRV01, Botetourt, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.4169,-79.8612&ll7.4169,-79.8612
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24113761
- Comments: "This species is a rare breeder in Botetourt County mainly near the James River.
This bird was calling constantly from a north slope thicket . I knew the song
immediately "wich-wich-wich-wich-wich". My wife Teresa came out with an "APP" and played the song softly....and agreed that was the exact song.
Teresa has great hearing.
There is a pond of about one acre little more than 100 yards away that has a bad leak and has grown up with willows and wetland shrubs. I have several birdhouses there and it has become very thick with vines and wetland trees. I speculate that this species has completed nesting there."

Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis) (1)
- Reported Jun 29, 2015 19:00 by Tyler Grant
- Dark Hollow Falls Trail, SNP - MSD04, Madison, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.518,-78.4321&ll8.518,-78.4321
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24107652
- Comments: "Warbler with black necklace, white eyering, not a Magnolia Warbler"

Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis) (6)
- Reported Jun 30, 2015 07:50 by Tyler Grant
- Shenandoah NP--Hawksbill Mountain, Madison, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.5553,-78.3934&ll8.5553,-78.3934
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24107894
- Comments: "Warbler with yellow belly, black necklace, bold white eyering, gray above"

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis) (11)
- Reported Jun 30, 2015 07:50 by Tyler Grant
- Shenandoah NP--Hawksbill Mountain, Madison, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.5553,-78.3934&ll8.5553,-78.3934
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24107894
- Comments: "white outer tail feathers, dark gray above, usually near the ground - found a nest with young also"

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Subject: Friendly Humminbird
Date: Wed Jul 1 2015 10:25 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Housecats are non-native killing machines and should be kept indoors if at
all.

Larry Kline
Fredericksburg, VA
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Subject: Friendly Hummingbird
Date: Tue Jun 30 2015 20:36 pm
From: vineetaa AT gmail.com
 
Janet, That sounds delightful. Perhaps you could post a video so we can all
see this charming bird, safely out of reach of your cat?
Thanks, Vineeta in Alexandria (where no hummers have yet shown up).

"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts, With our
own thoughts we make the world." Gautama Buddha

On Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 9:12 PM, Rich Rieger via va-bird <
va-bird@listserve.com> wrote:

> well, at the risk of raising some hackles, and being a "cats indoors"
> person... I think this is something many pet owners say about their pets...
>
> "they would never hurt a (fill in the blank)" ... until they do...
>
> Rich Rieger
> Alexandria, VA
> On Jun 30, 2015, at 9:05 PM, janet anderson via va-bird wrote:
>
> > June 30, 2015
> >
> > Friendly Female Ruby Throated Hummingbird
> >
> > For the past month, my returning hummingbird has visited my hummingbird
> > feeders. I have had the same hummingbird visiting for the last 3 years
> with
> > this same behavior. I know this because every time my cats are on the
> > patio, she will hover over them as they seem to be communicating to
> each other.
> > When the patio door is closed, she (named her Holly) will hover in front
> > of the patio door and look inside as if she is looking for me and my
> cats.
> > My cats are indoor cats except when I am sitting on the patio. My cats
> > will not hurt the hummingbird. I can sit on my sofa and see this sweet
> > hummer every evening.
> >
> > Janet M. Anderson
> > Falls Church, VA
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Subject: Friendly Hummingbird
Date: Tue Jun 30 2015 20:13 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
well, at the risk of raising some hackles, and being a "cats indoors" person... I think this is something many pet owners say about their pets...

"they would never hurt a (fill in the blank)" ... until they do...

Rich Rieger
Alexandria, VA
On Jun 30, 2015, at 9:05 PM, janet anderson via va-bird wrote:

> June 30, 2015
>
> Friendly Female Ruby Throated Hummingbird
>
> For the past month, my returning hummingbird has visited my hummingbird
> feeders. I have had the same hummingbird visiting for the last 3 years with
> this same behavior. I know this because every time my cats are on the
> patio, she will hover over them as they seem to be communicating to each other.
> When the patio door is closed, she (named her Holly) will hover in front
> of the patio door and look inside as if she is looking for me and my cats.
> My cats are indoor cats except when I am sitting on the patio. My cats
> will not hurt the hummingbird. I can sit on my sofa and see this sweet
> hummer every evening.
>
> Janet M. Anderson
> Falls Church, VA
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Subject: Friendly Hummingbird
Date: Tue Jun 30 2015 20:07 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
June 30, 2015

Friendly Female Ruby Throated Hummingbird

For the past month, my returning hummingbird has visited my hummingbird
feeders. I have had the same hummingbird visiting for the last 3 years with
this same behavior. I know this because every time my cats are on the
patio, she will hover over them as they seem to be communicating to each other.
When the patio door is closed, she (named her Holly) will hover in front
of the patio door and look inside as if she is looking for me and my cats.
My cats are indoor cats except when I am sitting on the patio. My cats
will not hurt the hummingbird. I can sit on my sofa and see this sweet
hummer every evening.

Janet M. Anderson
Falls Church, VA
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Subject: Virginia Rare Bird Alert
Date: Tue Jun 30 2015 19:11 pm
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 


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*** Species Summary:

Hooded Merganser (1 Chesterfield)
Wilson's Plover (1 Accomack)
Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Sussex)
Alder Flycatcher (1 Highland)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 29, 2015 07:00 by Andrew Sharp
- US-VA-Brandermill-14618 Duckridge Ter - 37.4054x-77.6755, Chesterfield, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.405379,-77.675524&ll7.405379,-77.675524
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24097499
- Comments: "Male
"

Wilson's Plover (Charadrius wilsonia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 30, 2015 08:30 by Chelsea Blauvelt
- Wallops Island NWR, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.8750566,-75.4517841&ll7.8750566,-75.4517841
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24105152
- Comments: "While surveying for PIPL & AMOY, two WIPL observed foraging in open areas of mudflats."

Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) (6)
- Reported Jun 30, 2015 10:00 by Sam Simon
- Piney Grove Preserve--Rte. 604, Sussex, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.989528,-77.0351028&ll6.989528,-77.0351028
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24106009
- Comments: "Led by Mike Wilson of CCB, excellent views of several birds"

Alder Flycatcher (Empidonax alnorum) (1)
- Reported Jun 29, 2015 11:28 by Diane Holsinger
- Wimer Mt Road Highland County, Highland, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.5327917,-79.5250297&ll8.5327917,-79.5250297
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24095889
- Comments: "calling fee bee O"

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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington Area, June 30
Date: Tue Jun 30 2015 17:07 pm
From: joecoleman AT rstarmail.com
 
FYI  - this report is for sightings from June 23 through June 29 and was
compiled by Lydia Schindler & transcribed by Steve Cordle.

Joe Coleman



Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist

Date: 6/30/2015

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

Reports, comments and questions: voice@anshome.org


Compiler: Lydia Schindler

Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central

Atlantic States (independent of NAS)

Transcriber: Steve Cordle



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Voice (Individual $50; Family $65; Nature Steward $100; Audubon Advocate
$200). The membership number is 301-652-9188, option 12; the address is 8940
Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815; and the web site is
http://www.AudubonNaturalist.o....



This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, June 23 and was
completed on Tuesday, June 30 at 8:00 a.m.



The top birds this week are BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK* in WV, RUFF* in
DE, ROSEATE TERN* in VA, CRESTED CARACARA* in VA, and SCISSOR-TAILED
FLYCATCHER* in MD.



Other birds of interest this week include TRUMPETER SWAN, NORTHERN BOBWHITE,
WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, ANHINGA, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, WHITE and GLOSSY
IBIS, MISSISSIPPI KITE, shorebirds including BLACK-NECKED STILT and WILSON'S
PHALAROPE, LESSER BLACK-BACKED and GLAUCOUS GULLS, terns including LEAST,
BLACK, and SANDWICH, PARASITIC JAEGER, CLIFF SWALLOW, CLAY-COLORED and other
sparrows, and DICKCISSEL.



TOP BIRDS



Four beautiful BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS* showed up at River Bend Park
in Elkins, Randolph Co, WV, on June 28. They were not relocated the
following day, though some of the river in that area is difficult if not
impossible to view. As recently as May a flock of BLACK-BELLIED
WHISTLING-DUCKS had been reported in Pennsylvania.



A RUFF* (identified retroactively through photos taken June 22) was viewed
numerous times at the impoundments along Broadkill Beach Road in Prime Hook
NWR, Sussex Co, DE. By June 25, though, the bird was rapidly losing its
"ruff," making it harder to pick out among the scores of shorebirds and
waders flooding the impoundments. Although it was not relocated on June 28,
on the morning of June 29 the RUFF flew into the first impoundment on the
north side of the road and foraged for about five minutes before taking off
again.



A CRESTED CARACARA* was an astonishing find in Poquosan, a city in the
Hampton Roads region of VA. Photographs taken June 25 at the Shady Banks
Trailer Park were "blurry, .but clearly identifiable."



On June 25 a ROSEATE TERN* was photographed at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack
Co, VA; it was among several other species of tern at Swan Cove.



On June 27 a SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER* was observed in Sussex Co, DE, where
it was flying from power lines to the pine trees across the street. The
location was the intersection of Downtown and Benum Switch roads 1.5 miles
SW of Harbeson, a town that is itself east of Georgetown.



OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST



The tagged TRUMPETER SWAN at Lake Churchill, Montgomery Co, MD, was reported
as recently as June 25.



Two NORTHERN BOBWHITES were encountered at Hughes Hollow, Montgomery Co, MD,
on June 23, and one was heard at Figgs Landing Rd, Worcester CO, MD, June
25. A NORTHERN BOBWHITE previously noted on Long Neck Rd, St Mary's Co, MD,
was found again June 28.



A single ANHINGA was seen at Harwoods Mill Reservoir in York Co, VA, on the
afternoon of June 25.



AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS continue to frequent Fowler Beach Road in Prime Hook
NWR, Sussex Co, DE, with sightings daily through June 29.



On June 25 an immature WHITE IBIS flew into Broadkill Beach in the company
of several GLOSSY IBIS.



MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen again along Whiton Crossing and Queponco Roads
in Worcester Co, MD on June 26. Two or three MISSISSIPPI KITES were present
June 26 at Burroughs Rd in Virginia Beach. And on June 24 a MISSISSIPPI KITE
was noted at the intersection of 18th and Taylor Streets in North Arlington,
VA.



Shorebirds are returning to the area. This week Prime Hook NWR hosted, in
addition to the RUFF, at least 15 species, including a dozen RED KNOTS, a
STILT SANDPIPER, and as many as 6 WILSON'S PHALAROPES. On June 25 the
Broadkill Beach impoundments held a record high of 110 BLACK-NECKED STILTS.



A GLAUCOUS GULL put in a brief appearance June 25 at Masonville Cove,
Baltimore Co, MD. On June 25 a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL showed up at Prime
Hook's Fowler Beach. Fowler Beach Road also showcased a BLACK TERN on June
26 and 28, as well as 4 LEAST TERNS.



On June 25 a PARASITIC JAEGER flew past the Lewes-Cape May Ferry in DE
waters. On June 28 the ferry provided views of a WILSON'S STORM-PETREL as
well as a SANDWICH TERN.



CLIFF SWALLOW nests discovered last week along the C&O Canal in Montgomery
Co, MD, were observed again June 26 and 27; they are beneath a footbridge a
short walk upstream from Lock 6, which can be accessed from the Clara Barton
Parkway. On June 28 in the District of Columbia, CLIFF SWALLOWS were
reported along the C&O Canal at Chain Bridge and at Fletcher's Boathouse.
CLIFF SWALLOWS were also in evidence this week at the Rte 328 bridge between
Talbot and Caroline Counties, MD.



A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was discovered June 27, and seen again June 28, at
Thorn Run Road and the lake, Grant Co, WV--along with multiple CHIPPING,
FIELD, GRASSHOPPER, and SONG SPARROWS. On June 29 a VESPER SPARROW was
singing along West Offutt Road in Montgomery Co, MD.



DICKCISSELS continue to entertain birders: along the south end of Cods Road
in Sussex Co, DE; Long Neck Road in St. Mary's Co, MD; and near the
intersection of Nokesville (Rte 28) and Hornbaker Roads in Prince William
Co, VA, with the latest reported sightings on June 28.



***



This week's report was based on reports to the Voice of the Naturalist, on
the DE, MD, VA, and WV list servers via the ABA Internet links, and on eBird
records.



The Audubon Sanctuary Shop (301-652-3606, http://anshome.org/shop)) is an
excellent source for guidebooks and many other nature-related titles.



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

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



Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.



*Of interest to the applicable state records committee



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Subject: Virginia Rare Bird Alert
Date: Mon Jun 29 2015 18:20 pm
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 


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*** Species Summary:

Ring-necked Duck (1 Chesterfield)
Dickcissel (2 Prince William)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) (1)
- Reported Jun 29, 2015 10:06 by Ellison Orcutt
- US-VA-Chesterfield-7243-7261 State Rte 621, Chesterfield, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.401284,-77.670591&ll7.401284,-77.670591
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24090900
- Comments: "Continuing male on retention pond behind lowes."

Dickcissel (Spiza americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 28, 2015 09:30 by Adam Bollinger
- Nokesville Rd/ Target, Prince William, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7398081,-77.5298309&ll8.7398081,-77.5298309
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24085872
- Comments: "Seen singing from the top of a short shrub that looked like a locust tree;black on throat, yellow on breast, chestnut wing..resembles house sparrow...photos and a video of song available...We thought we may have heard a second bird, but it did not come out of the grasses"

Dickcissel (Spiza americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 28, 2015 09:30 by Jason Strickland
- Nokesville Rd/ Target, Prince William, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7398081,-77.5298309&ll8.7398081,-77.5298309
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24084710
- Comments: "Seen singing from the top of a short shrub that looked like a locust tree;black on throat, yellow on breast, chestnut wing..resembles house sparrow...photos and a video of song available...We thought we may have heard a second bird, but it did not come out of the grasses"

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Subject: Four NC Swainson's Warblers
Date: Mon Jun 29 2015 17:54 pm
From: mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com
 
In southwestern North Carolina, along with 39 other avian species. Report
and photos:




http://www.symbolicmessengers....



Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA



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Marshall Faintich, Ph.D.



mfaintich@theworddoctor.com



mfaintich@cyberwind.net



www.symbolicmessengers.com



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: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Date: Mon Jun 29 2015 16:07 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
  A truly beautiful morning greeted the more than 25 birderswho assembled for this morning's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.  Our tally was down with only 39 speciesspotted, however.  Perhaps our mostnotable highlight was a Great Blue Heron perched in a snag in the small fieldbehind the tower.  This bird remained inplace for a long time, allowing our photographers plenty of opportunity forgreat shots.   Canada Goose  18
Wood Duck  3
Mallard  12
Great Blue Heron  6
Green Heron  4
Osprey  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Mourning Dove  6
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Chimney Swift  10
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Acadian Flycatcher  4
Red-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  1
Tree Swallow  5
Barn Swallow  8
Carolina Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  12
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Eastern Bluebird  2
Wood Thrush  2
American Robin  26
Common Yellowthroat  7
Northern Cardinal  4
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  35
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  10
The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 7AM (8AM from November through March), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at (703)768-2525.
Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Kiptopeke Challenge 2015
Date: Mon Jun 29 2015 14:45 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

Hello VA-Birders,
Save this date - Saturday, September 19, 2015!

The Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory (CVWO) invites birders of all
skill levels to participate in the 21st annual Kiptopeke Challenge (KC).

The KC is a fun and friendly "Big Day" birding competition. Teams compete
to identify the greatest number of bird species in a single day within the
competition boundary of Accomack and Northampton Counties, Virginia,
including the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. The purpose of the KC is to
increases awareness of fall bird migration on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

It is easy to get involved and there are several categories in which to
compete: 24-Hour, 3-Hour, Youth Team (age 18 and under), and Special Venue.
The event is open to everyone regardless of their birding ability. The KC
is a great way for participants to hone their birding skills at one of
Virginia’s great birding locations.
The KC also offers an opportunity to help raise funds for CVWO which is a
non-profit organization dedicated to avian research, habitat conservation
and public education.

For more information, a brochure, or to register write to _youkerd@aol.com_
(mailto:youkerd@aol.com) or visit www.cvwo.org.

Sincerely,

Dave Youker
CVWO Kiptopeke Challenge Coordinator
Yorktown, VA
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Hike-Bike Trail - young birds about
Date: Mon Jun 29 2015 14:02 pm
From: prowarbler AT verizon.net
 
While checking nest boxes off the Hike-Bike Trail on the King's Highway side
of Huntley Meadows, I saw Harry Glasgow's group on the far side, and thought
it might be nice to file a report to complement Harry's. Of course,
breeding season is in full swing, and watching 4 fledged Downy Woodpeckers
chasing around parents in the hopes of being fed maybe just one last time
before heading out on their own was quite entertaining. The Woodcock Meadow
was active with 2 breeding pair of Common Yellowthroats and a female Indigo
Bunting gathering and transporting food for young still in nests. Tree
Swallows dominate the nest boxes and I still had one female swallow on nest
as the incubation period draws to an end. (It's been 14 days on eggs now).
Huntley still has Eastern Bluebirds, but they seem to be hanging out in
spots that host natural cavities. I'm not sure whether bluebirds prefer
natural cavities, or that Tree Swallows are arriving earlier in the spring
and just making first claim on the boxes. I have been monitoring boxes a
long time now and have witnessed little in the way of hostile exchanges
between bluebirds and swallows, and indeed, I had one instance several years
ago where the two species fed each other's nestlings in paired boxes.



Anyway, I got to the platform overlooking the central wetland and tallied a
hen Wood Duck and hen Hooded Merganser that Harry's group probably couldn't
see and of course, his group was finding things I had no hope of seeing.



So here is today's list for those interested.



Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia, US Jun 29,
2015 6:11 AM - 10:51 AM

Protocol: Traveling

3.0 mile(s)

Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 Route
consists of Hike-Bike and Pond Trails, the Central and North Wetlands, the
Woodcock Meadow, and the water control structure. Weather was sunny with no
breeze and temperatures ranging from the high 50s to low 70s.

43 species



Wood Duck 1 Adult female near platform at end of Hike-Bike Trail

Mallard 1

Hooded Merganser 1 Adult female near platform at end of Hike-Bike Trail

Great Blue Heron 4

Green Heron 1

Osprey 1

Red-shouldered Hawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Mourning Dove 3

Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2

Barred Owl 1

Chimney Swift 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 8

Downy Woodpecker 12 Includes family group with 4 fledged young

Pileated Woodpecker 1

Eastern Wood-Pewee 2

Acadian Flycatcher 10

Red-eyed Vireo 6

Blue Jay 2

American Crow 2

Fish Crow 5

Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1

Tree Swallow 5 1 bird in nest box incubating 4 eggs

Barn Swallow 1

Carolina Chickadee 8

Tufted Titmouse 20

White-breasted Nuthatch 6

House Wren 2

Carolina Wren 8

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 10

Eastern Bluebird 4

Wood Thrush 3

American Robin 20

Ovenbird 5

Common Yellowthroat 20 2 pair seen carrying food in Woodcock Meadow

Yellow-breasted Chat 2

Eastern Towhee 3

Scarlet Tanager 4

Northern Cardinal 16

Indigo Bunting 4 1 female carrying food in Woodcock Meadow

Red-winged Blackbird 32

Brown-headed Cowbird 1

American Goldfinch 12



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



Larry Cartwright

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Subject: Ring-necked Duck; Chesterfield
Date: Mon Jun 29 2015 9:47 am
From: mr.ellyo AT gmail.com
 
A male in a retention pond behind the Lowes on Hull St. near Woodlake.

It was also there on the 15th.

Good birds,

Ellison



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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Jun 28, 2015
Date: Mon Jun 29 2015 7:30 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
It was a most pleasant morning for the Sunday walk at Dyke Marsh Alexandria - a very comfortable 65 degrees when our group of 15 commenced our observing. As a group, we managed to spot 48 species - a good summers count. Nothing out of the ordinary as family groups flit around w. young still happy to be fed by mom and dad. Osprey young are testing their wings and some have taken their maiden flight . Orchard Orioles outnumbered Baltimore Orioles, Blue Gray Gnatcatchers are hard to find, considering how many there were early on. Three LESSER SCAUP joined one that has been around for some time now, indicating that the southern migration of waterfowl has started now that the solstice has passed.

Thanks to Ed Eder for pointing out plants and bugs when we weren't seeing birds. As the walkers continued to the platforms, Phil Silas posted up by the woodbridge to wait for the LEAST BITTERNS and was rewarded w. a sighting of a pair near the Little Gut. Rusty Wilson from DC was another valuable pair of eyes on the walk as well.

Rich Rieger
Alexandria

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist@cornell.edu
> Date: June 29, 2015 8:15:01 AM EDT
> To: zelig88@aol.com
> Subject: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Jun 28, 2015
>
> Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, Virginia, US
> Jun 28, 2015 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Sunday Morning FODM walk some clouds 66F to start, 76F at end of walk.
> 48 species
>
> Canada Goose 120
> Mallard 65 includes 5 recently hatched young off picnic area
> Lesser Scaup 4 one continuing bird (injured?) + 3 swimming together in channel off marina - seen well thru scope - white sides, dark head, chest, head peak behind eye.
> Double-crested Cormorant 3
> Least Bittern 2
> Great Egret 6
> Turkey Vulture 4
> Osprey 12 young starting to leave nests...
> Bald Eagle 3
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Ring-billed Gull 8
> Mourning Dove 3
> Chimney Swift 2
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
> Downy Woodpecker 4
> Northern Flicker 2 recent fledges
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
> Eastern Kingbird 4 2 adults feeding young in nest near informal trail past wooden bridge
> Warbling Vireo 1
> Red-eyed Vireo 1
> Blue Jay 7
> American Crow 1
> Fish Crow 6
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow 8
> Tree Swallow 20
> Barn Swallow 10
> Carolina Chickadee 20
> Tufted Titmouse 8
> Carolina Wren 5
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
> American Robin 10
> Gray Catbird 1
> Northern Mockingbird 1
> European Starling 18
> Common Yellowthroat 1
> Northern Parula 1
> Song Sparrow 1
> Northern Cardinal 6
> Indigo Bunting 1
> Red-winged Blackbird 24
> Common Grackle 13
> Brown-headed Cowbird 2
> Orchard Oriole 6
> Baltimore Oriole 3
> House Finch 4
> American Goldfinch 4
> House Sparrow 3
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24089964
>
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Subject: Virginia Rare Bird Alert
Date: Sun Jun 28 2015 19:18 pm
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 


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*** Species Summary:

Common Merganser (2 Fairfax)
Cattle Egret (1 Albemarle)
Osprey (1 Loudoun)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (1 Rockingham)
Blue-headed Vireo (2 Madison)
Veery (3 Madison)
Cerulean Warbler (1 Greene)
Dark-eyed Junco (1 James City)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 Madison)
Dickcissel (1 Prince William)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)
- Reported Jun 28, 2015 07:00 by Linda Fields
- Great Falls 81, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q9.0046536,-77.2553136&ll9.0046536,-77.2553136
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24082851
- Comments: "Male cruising upstream along the near bank. Naked eye bird, but had good looks with binocs. The sharp separation of colors on the neck evident, although the bird's plumage looked a bit worn."

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)
- Reported Jun 28, 2015 07:00 by Alan Schreck
- Great Falls 81, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q9.0046536,-77.2553136&ll9.0046536,-77.2553136
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24082848
- Comments: "Male cruising upstream along the near bank. Naked eye bird, but had good looks with binocs. The sharp separation of colors on the neck evident, although the bird's plumage looked a bit worn."

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1)
- Reported Jun 27, 2015 18:40 by Janet Paisley
- US-VA-Charlottesville-255 Ipswich Pl, Albemarle, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.087087,-78.508669&ll8.087087,-78.508669
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24074188
- Comments: "Small white heron with orange bill and legs, pale orange patches perched in a
juniper on edge of a horse pasture."

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 28, 2015 08:42 by Bonnie Deahl
- US-VA-Leesburg-21085 The Woods Rd, Loudoun, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q9.029982,-77.599937&ll9.029982,-77.599937
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24078860
- Comments: "Sighting"

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) (2)
- Reported Jun 23, 2015 by Greg Moyers
- W. Dry River Road - Montezuma, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.418309,-78.9855194&ll8.418309,-78.9855194
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24082876

Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) (1)
- Reported Jun 24, 2015 09:40 by Joel Martin
- Limberlost Trail, Shenandoah NP - MSD03, Madison, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.5732,-78.3795&ll8.5732,-78.3795
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24073776
- Comments: "Flagged as rare. Singing and seen well. Photo to be added."

Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) (1)
- Reported Jun 25, 2015 09:17 by Joel Martin
- Shenandoah NP--Rapidan Fire Road, Madison, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.5096243,-78.4255815&ll8.5096243,-78.4255815
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24074288
- Comments: "Heard only, singing in wooded portion of trail. Song slower and more musical than REVI with smooth, sliding, descending phrases."

Veery (Catharus fuscescens) (9)
- Reported Jun 24, 2015 13:15 by Joel Martin
- Dark Hollow Falls Trail, SNP - MSD04, Madison, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.518,-78.4321&ll8.518,-78.4321
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24074026
- Comments: "I'm not sure why this is considered rare. It was easily the most vocally conspicuous bird on the trail and several were seen well. Distinguished from Wood Thrush by descending song, warm reddish brown upper parts and white below with weak, limited spotting. One bird near the trail head was observed feeding a fledgling Brown-headed Cowbird."

Veery (Catharus fuscescens) (3)
- Reported Jun 24, 2015 09:40 by Joel Martin
- Limberlost Trail, Shenandoah NP - MSD03, Madison, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.5732,-78.3795&ll8.5732,-78.3795
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24073776
- Comments: "Flagged as rare?? Singing birds were conspicuous throughout our short walk."

Veery (Catharus fuscescens) (3)
- Reported Jun 25, 2015 09:17 by Joel Martin
- Shenandoah NP--Rapidan Fire Road, Madison, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.5096243,-78.4255815&ll8.5096243,-78.4255815
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24074288
- Comments: "Flagged as rare. Two heard singing and one seen perched beside the trail."

Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea) (1)
- Reported Jun 26, 2015 09:18 by Joel Martin
- Shenandoah NP--South River Picnic Area, Greene, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.381171,-78.51877&ll8.381171,-78.51877
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24074337
- Comments: "Heard singing rising, 3-part buzzy song: "zip-zip-zip-teetee-zeeeee"."

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) (1)
- Reported Jun 26, 2015 07:00 by Nancy Barnhart
- Riverview Plantation, James City, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.3798887,-76.6821491&ll7.3798887,-76.6821491
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24082881
- Comments: "Came to feeder, photos taken"

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1)
- Reported Jun 24, 2015 13:15 by Joel Martin
- Dark Hollow Falls Trail, SNP - MSD04, Madison, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.518,-78.4321&ll8.518,-78.4321
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24074026
- Comments: "Female, not far from the trailhead. First heard giving "squeaky sneakers" call, then seen perched about 20 feet up in a deciduous tree. Large, long-tailed finch-like bird. Brown above with thin white wing bars, white below with brown streaks. Dark cheek and bold white supercilium. Big conical bill."

Dickcissel (Spiza americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 27, 2015 06:55 by Stacey Maggard
- Intersection of Route 28/Hornbaker Rd, Prince William, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7391219,-77.529552&ll8.7391219,-77.529552
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24077888
- Comments: "Continuing bird spotted on top of tree behind Innovation Park sign."

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Subject: Truhart BBS in King and Queen Co, Middle Peninsula
Date: Sun Jun 28 2015 16:36 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Dear VA-Birders
On June 25th I conducted the USGS Breeding Bird Survey on the Truhart Route starting at 5:14 AM and finishing at 10:32.  It was a splendidly comfortable morning full of birds, many of which are rare in Oakton where I live, but abundant in this very rural area,  Much of the land is pine timberland in various stages of regrowth, providing a nice mosaic of habitats. There are also swamps, farms, hardwood forest, and a few homes. The area has changed very little (if any) since I started doing this survey in 1996.  Several of the stops are in forest that is now part of the relatively new Dragon Run State Forest. All morning long I encountered only 17 vehicles at 9 of the stops.  Each of the 50 stops is .5 miles from the next and all the birds heard or seen in a 3 minute period at each stop are noted.  I found 919 individuals of 72 species including 12 species of warblers.  As usual, the most common bird was the Red-eyed Vireo. The most common warblers were Ovenbird, Hooded, Pine and Chat (in order). Though I have not looked at a graph showing the yearly totals, some common species seemed significantly fewer this year including bobwhite, prairie warbler, chat, yellowthroat, indigo bunting, and carolina wren.  Blue grosbeaks seemed more common than usual. I am guessing that much of this variation is probably due to the amount of habitat in various stages of ecological succession after being clear-cut for timber. Perhaps Carolina Wren numbers were low due to the severe winter we had.

Here is the list, reported as follows: total number/number of stops found in out of 50.
Wood Duck 1/1Wild Turkey 2/2Bobwhite 6/6  Despite the relatively unchanged environment, even here this species appears to continue its decline.
Great Blue Heron 2/1  At one point one of the stops was a small rookery of several nests, but this rookery is now gone.Black Vulture 1/1Turkey Vulture 14/6Bald Eagle 1/1  Rarely encountered on this route.
Red-tailed Hawk 3/2Killdeer 1/1Laughing Gull (heard calling near the landfill) 1/1Mourning Dove 35/22Yellow-billed Cuckoo 5/5Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2/2Chimney Swift 1/1Red-headed Woodpecker 2/1Red-bellied Woodpecker 7/7Downy Woodpecker 6/5Hairy Woodpecker 4/4YS Flicker 5/5Pileated W 1/1E Wood-pewee 16/16Acadian Flycatcher 20/15E Phoebe 1/1Great Crested Flycatcher 7/7E Kingbird 2/2White-eyed Vireo 36/30Yellow-throated Vireo 7/7Red-eyed Vireo 88/41Blue Jay 8/5American Crow 59/31Purple Martin 14/3Barn Swallow 1/1Tree Swallow 2/1N Rough-winged Swallow 3/1Carolina Chickadee 12/10Tufted Titmouse 37/29Carolina Wren 4/3 (significantly lower than usual)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 17/15E Bluebird 1/1Am Robin 1/1
Wood Thrush 10/7Gray Catbird 2/2Brown Thrasher 8/8Mockingbird 3/3Starling 5/1Cedar Waxwing 3/3Ovenbird 45/30Black-and-white Warbler 12/10Prothonotary Warbler 4/4Worm-eating Warbler 1/1American Redstart 2/1Common Yellowthroat 17/12 (significantly lower than usual)
Hooded Warbler 47/32Northern Parula 10/8Pine Warbler 38/24Yellow-throated Warbler 2/2Prairie Warbler 10/7 (significantly lower than usual)
Yellow-breasted Chat 28/19  (lower than usual)
E Towhee 21/15Chipping Sparrow 31/19Field Sparrow 4/3Summer Tanager 9/8Scarlet Tanager 9/7N Cardinal 51/34Blue Grosbeak 21/17 (higher than usual)Indigo Bunting 39/23 (lower than usual)Red-winged Blackbird 1/1C Grackle 25/7BH Cowbird 15/10Orchard Oriole 2/2
Am Goldfinch 6/4

All the bestFred AtwoodOakton, Fairfax Co

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Subject: Merrimac Farm
Date: Sun Jun 28 2015 14:31 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
  It was a very good day at the Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area in Nokesville, as 4 birders identified 33 species.  You know you're off to a good start when the first bird spotted on the walk is a Yellow breasted Chat.  As we continued, we encountered several Prairie Warblers darting about in some trees, offering one of our birders about 10 minutes of photography producing at least 100  pictures, some of which are truly spectacular.  The walk took a bit longer than usual because of the distraction of ripe raspberries.  Very tasty!
Wild Turkey  1
Green Heron  2
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Mourning Dove  2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  3
Barred Owl  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Acadian Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
White-eyed Vireo  5
Red-eyed Vireo  2
American Crow  6
Tree Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  8
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  9
Eastern Bluebird  1
Wood Thrush  2
Ovenbird  2
Common Yellowthroat  1
American Redstart  2
Prairie Warbler  5
Yellow-breasted Chat  3
Eastern Towhee  8
Northern Cardinal  15
Indigo Bunting  10
American Goldfinch  2
The Prince William Conservation Alliance birdwalks at the Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area in Nokesville take place at 8 AM on the final Sunday of every month.  Birders meet at the Area's entrance located at the end of Fleetwood Drive.  Questions may be directed to the Alliance at 703.499.4954,  or alliance@pwconserve.org
Harry GlasgowNancy Vehrs
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Subject: Great Falls Walk
Date: Sun Jun 28 2015 10:34 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 


Our group of nine tallied 45 species. The bird of the day was a singing brown thrasher, which is a bird we rarely see in the park. Additionally, wehad very good views of orioles and kingbirds. We came across families of gnatcatchers, great crested flycatchers, cardinals and warbling vireos. After yesterday's rains the river was high and muddy. The eagle nest was empty this morning so both chicks have fledged now as opposed to last week when one was in the tree while the other remained on the nest. For summer time in the park, it was a quite productive morning. All are welcome to join this regular Sunday walk which meets at 8:00am in the visitors center parking lot. --Marshall Rawson, McLean VA

Canada Goose 12
Wood Duck 2
Mallard 4
Double-crested Cormorant 6
Great Blue Heron 9
Black Vulture 3
Turkey Vulture 5
Mourning Dove 4
Chimney Swift 200
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 8
Eastern Kingbird 3
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 6
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 2
Fish Crow 1
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 12
White-breasted Nuthatch 6
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5
Eastern Bluebird 1
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 2
Brown Thrasher 1
Northern Parula 1
Chipping Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 1
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 12
Indigo Bunting 3
Red-winged Blackbird 4
Common Grackle 20
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Orchard Oriole 4
Baltimore Oriole 2
American Goldfinch 1
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Subject: Bird ID needed by rehabber - UPDATE Prothonotary Warbler
Date: Sat Jun 27 2015 23:47 pm
From: BMcGovern AT cox.net
 
Prothonatary?  Oh, wow!  I'm impressed!  Would it be too embarrassing to
identify the clever people who figured it out? (It's a good thing that
little bird was not depending on me!)
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Subject: [Va-bird] Bird ID needed by rehabber - UPDATE Prothonotary Warbler


> Thanks to everyone who provided a guess on what the cat-caught fledgie in
> New Orleans was. Turned out it was a fledgling Prothonotary Warbler! The
> good news is that he had no discernible wounds and was re-united with mom.
>
> Connie & Wilton Sale
> Chesapeake,VA 23322
> humnchirp@verizon.net
> Hummingbirds and Songbirds
> State and Federal Permits
> NWRA, IWRC
> WildLife Response, Inc
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Subject: Bird ID needed by rehabber - UPDATE Prothonotary Warbler
Date: Sat Jun 27 2015 19:49 pm
From: humnchirp AT verizon.net
 
 Thanks to everyone who provided a guess on what the cat-caught fledgie in New Orleans was. Turned out it was a fledgling Prothonotary Warbler! The good news is that he had no discernible wounds and was re-united with mom.

Connie & Wilton Sale
Chesapeake,VA 23322
humnchirp@verizon.net
Hummingbirds and Songbirds
State and Federal Permits
NWRA, IWRC
WildLife Response, Inc
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Subject: Virginia Rare Bird Alert
Date: Sat Jun 27 2015 18:11 pm
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 


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*** Species Summary:

Osprey (1 Fauquier)
Mississippi Kite (1 Virginia Beach)
Willet (Western) (1 Portsmouth)
Stilt Sandpiper (1 Portsmouth)
Bonaparte's Gull (1 Fairfax)
Seaside Sparrow (1 Gloucester)
Dickcissel (1 Prince William)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) (2)
- Reported Jun 26, 2015 18:20 by Greg Slader
- Lake Brittle, Fauquier, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7510712,-77.6932955&ll8.7510712,-77.6932955
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24062377
- Comments: "2 Osprey eat as day flying over the lake!!"

Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (2)
- Reported Jun 26, 2015 17:30 by Tracy Tate
- Burroughs Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.8959741,-76.1293194&ll6.8959741,-76.1293194
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24066017
- Comments: "At 7pm on June 11 I confirmed that there were three separate Kites in Thoroughgood. Besides the two adults, I have seen a sub adult visit the nest site on Burroughs Rd. on two occasions as well as seeing it hunting over the Del Ray area of Thoroughgood as well as over Lake Smith and the Lake Smith Terrace neighborhood. I am reporting two for today because I only saw two with the third presumed to be on nest. The adult Kites seen mating in early May, have been very secretive this season and not seen at regular times, with no vocalizations. This evening between 5:30 and 6:30 pm, my parents and I were treated to a nice viewing of hunting, presumed nest visits with food, and a perched and preening sub adult, as well as the first vocalizations of the season. Shortly after we began scanning the sky, an adult Kite soared into sight with spread flared black tail and solid grey undersides, as it banked and soared we could see its light grey to white head and the very well defined wing patch made by the white secondaries. This is the bird that has spent lots of time perched in the dead tree snags as well as chasing Crows away from the nest site. In the last few days it has been seen flying quickly and directly into the thick treetops surrounding the nest site from last year, stays briefly and then flies directly out the other side and disappears to return a few moments later soaring high above the trees. Tonight we watched it soaring and then were delighted to spot a second Kite join in soaring just above the court yard - this was the sub adult that I had been seeing. The two Kites soared around the treetops not seeming to be aggressive toward each other and they both vocalized (first time this season) with their double syllable whistle call “pee tuu” a couple of times. Soon, I could see that the adult had some prey in its talons and it flew directly into the treetops presumably to deliver food and returned to hunt. Shortly after that, the sub adult flew directly into the nest site with food and then out the other side. Very interesting! I read that there can be helper birds in this species is this the case here? - need to read more. The adult flew off and wasn’t spotted again, but as I was leaving I noticed that the sub adult was perched in the dead snag preening. I got my scope and camera out and hurriedly took a couple of shots while it was puffed up preening. You can see from the photo that this is a sub adult because it has the grey head with black around the eye with red iris not seen in amateur photo, and uniform light grey underbody with dark upper tail and wing edges. Peterson Field Guides Hawks (Clark/Wheeler 1987) describes “Birds returning their first spring have molted into adultlike gray bodies but have small, oval white blotches both above and below, the result of retained immature feathers and whitish bases on first adult feathers. Flight feathers and tail are retained from immature plumage.” I first noticed this bird in flight and could see the white barring in the dark tail, the grey underbody with some white splotching, the dark edges of the flight feathers in contrast to the mottling of the inner underwings. I could always see the barring of the tail but the underbody mottling only in the right light. I can’t wait to see what they do next!
"

Willet (Western) (Tringa semipalmata) (1)
- Reported Jun 25, 2015 06:00 by Bill Williams
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.9065,-76.37&ll6.9065,-76.37
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24068486
- Comments: "slightly larger than nearby Eastern Willets; very pale gray/brown; very pale breasted, with little to no markings"

Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus) (3)
- Reported Jun 25, 2015 06:00 by Bill Williams
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.9065,-76.37&ll6.9065,-76.37
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24068486
- Comments: "continuing; pale off-white eye line; distinctive probing behavior; light gray/brown above with light gray markings on the upper breast; at same location as 18 June"

Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 21, 2015 16:00 by David Ledwith
- Hunting Creek Bridge, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7897231,-77.0514321&ll8.7897231,-77.0514321
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24002818
- Comments: "Seen on mudflat. Smaller than nearby Laughing Gull, black bill, dark spot behind eye, back color similar to nearby Ring-billed Gulls."

Seaside Sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus) (4)
- Reported Jun 26, 2015 13:01 by Jonathan Coffey
- Severn River Landing - CGL07, Gloucester, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.2811,-76.388&ll7.2811,-76.388
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24062487
- Comments: "Many singing in reeds video obtained"

Dickcissel (Spiza americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 27, 2015 06:55 by Adam Sedgley
- US-VA-Manassas-11014–11016 Nokesville Rd - 38.7389x-77.5298, Prince William, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.738916,-77.529848&ll8.738916,-77.529848
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24066505
- Comments: "Beautiful. Singing in the rain. Continuing rarity. Pale supercilium, distinct white/black throat and yellowish wash on breast. Grayish rump."

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Subject: 6/26/15 - Virginia Beach - Pleasure House Point - White Ibis
Date: Sat Jun 27 2015 11:09 am
From: robbielawski AT gmail.com
 
Folks,

*Highlights*
Pleasure House Point Natural Area - 3:30 to 5:10 PM - Juvenile White Ibis
(photographed extensively, see link below to a pair of photos I posted,
perhaps the same bird Andrew Baldelli & Tracy Tate sighted?), 1 Sandwich
Tern, Least Terns, Green Heron, Blue Grosbeaks, plenty of Yellow-crowned
Night-Herons as typical.

*More Details*
Yesterday evening after work I did a little hiking up at Pleasure House
Point in Virginia Beach. With the very overcast skies I didn't wish to
venture out further into a park like Back Bay or First Landing since heavy
rain was expected. Water was very high, with no visible mudflats or
sandbars on the tidal reaches of the park. As a result, I didn't see any
shorebirds at all, and very few gulls (just Laughing), with a few Royal
Terns, 1 Sandwich Tern, and several Least Terns all in the air on flybys.
The one big surprise was a juvenile White Ibis, which I first sighted near
the southern tip of the park coming from the marshy islands out in the
Lynnhaven. On my return trip westward, I re-found the bird wading in the
high tidal water across from the recently burned patch of woodland near the
2nd largest pond. It was feeding alongside a pair of Yellow-crowned
Night-Herons. Ibis are pretty common birds around here, but I believe this
is the first one I've ever seen at PHP. eBird shows only 2 other reports
from 2015 of this species at the park as well, so I was really excited to
find one, and one that was cooperative for a few photographs and didn't
appear to be alarmed.

*Outing Photographs*
*http://www.rbnature.com/galler...
*

*Full Details (Posted for Mon-Sun Outings, on Monday evenings each week)*

*http://www.rbnature.com/blog-i... *


Rob Bielawski

Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: Lots of Birds in the Yard
Date: Sat Jun 27 2015 10:15 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

Last evening as I crept out of the house onto the deck for the first time in more than a week, the welcome breeze and lower humidity was appreciated by me as well as a large and varied contingent of flycatching yard birds. As I watched from the deck, I saw a blue bird family 6 in all, a phoebe, a blue grosbeak and a male indigo bunting busy hawking insects on the wing. In other pursuits at feeders etc., were goldfinches, house finches, chickadees, titmouse, cardinals, chipping sparrows, mocking bird, catbird and brown thrasher. I also heard a couple of calls from the woods of a wood thrush and a couple of hummingbirds were visiting the feeder.
I was wonderful to be outside after more than a week and a half of killing heat and humidity.

Peggy Lyons,
Concord
Campbell County
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Subject: Wilson's Storm Petrel Virginia Beach Birding
Date: Sat Jun 27 2015 9:11 am
From: andrewbaldelli AT hotmail.com
 



Yesterday Tracy Tate and I birded around Lynnhaven Inlet and 85th Street. At Lynnhaven Inlet highlights were Sandwich Tern , 2 Glossy Ibis and 1 adult White Ibis .

We then did a sea watch from 85th. st. and found 2 maybe 3 Wilson's Storm petrel's .


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Subject: More June in Fairfax Co, Sun 21 June 2015
Date: Fri Jun 26 2015 22:18 pm
From: KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net
 
VA BIRDers,

Additions to my Fairfax Species in June List found today - Pied-billed Grebe
near the spatterdock in Massey Creek - viewed from the Occoquan Marina. This
is a fairly rare June species in Virginia and is not flagged by ebird.

Adult Black-crowned Night-Heron south of the Dyke Marsh Stone Bridge at 8pm.
The Bonaparte's Gull was there, too. This is another fairly rare species
not flagged by ebird, esp. west of the Chesapeake Bay.

Kurt Gaskill

-----Original Message-----
From: va-bird [mailto:va-bird-bounces+kurtcapt87=verizon.net@listserve.com]
On Behalf Of Kurt Gaskill
Sent: Sunday, June 21, 2015 8:13 PM
To: va-bird@listserve.com
Subject: [Va-bird] More June in Fairfax Co, Sun 21 June 2015

VA BIRDers,

Sherman Suter and I visited a few locations to up the Fairfax Co June list.
Our first stop was Ashby Pond, off of Rt236, a small Conservancy pond near
Daniel Lebbin Park. Highlight was a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron and LA
Waterthrush. The nearby Daniel Lebbin Park, another potential night-heron
stream valley park, produced typical Acadian Flycatchers and Red-eyed Vireos
plus an interesting pair of Cedar Waxwings.

Our next stop was Lake Barton with highlight two Baltimore Orioles and an
Eastern Kingbird family. We next went to Lake Royal and the Mute Swan is
back along with both oriole species. We tried Woodglen Lake, but it was
drained.

We went southish looking for a raven near power line cuts off of Rt 123. No
luck, but a Pileated Woodpecker family group beyond the end of Palmer Rd was
pleasant. A stop in Lorton for hawks produced 3 Red-tailed Hawks plus
Prairie Warbler and Yellow-breasted Chat.

The next stop was a walk into the pipeline cut at Pohick Park after noon
which yielded up Summer Tanager. Taking Telegraph Rd north we chanced upon a
Common Raven flying west just north of the intersection with the Fairfax Co
Parkway.

After escaping the heat, I went to the Dyke Marsh Stone Bridge at 615pm but
the Whimbrel's were not in sight. My consolation prize was a Bonaparte's
Gull mixed in with the Ring-billed Gulls and Caspian Terns.

Kurt Gaskill

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Subject: Bird ID needed byrehabber
Date: Fri Jun 26 2015 18:18 pm
From: humnchirp AT verizon.net
 
Hi Birders,
Need an ID
Fledgie. Cat caught. New Orleans area.
http://i272.photobucket.com/al...

Connie & Wilton Sale
Chesapeake,VA 23322
humnchirp@verizon.net
Hummingbirds and Songbirds
State and Federal Permits
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Subject: Willow Flycatcher/Rock Hill District park/Fairfax
Date: Fri Jun 26 2015 12:09 pm
From: stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net
 

Hi Rich,

Thanks for your report here. I also went out there, today 26 June. I found the WIFL in the exact location you described, which is where I have found it every time I've been there since the original report by Kurt G. It did not sing at all for me today (8:45 AM to 10 AM). I think it's an early singer like most flycatchers, right?

My full eBird list is below. The only other highlight I can add is a Mimid hat trick. The Bluebird eggs are the first we've gotten in 14 boxes this whole season at this trail. It will be by far the lowest Bluebird fledging tally we've had there in 8 seasons.

Since several people have birded there recently and reported to VA-Bird, I went ahead and submitted a nomination to list this park as a Hot Spot on eBird.

Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia



On Jun 26, 2015, at 7:45 AM, Rich Rieger via va-bird wrote:

> Dave Boltz and I had a slow morning of bird hunting in and around Fairfax Co. yesterday.
>
> Highlight was the WILLOW FLYCATCHER still present at Rock Hill District Park. When you pull into the park, dog park is to the left, large lawn area to the right - bird was straight ahead. Very active and vocalizing pretty much the whole time we were there. Check out Dave's picture on eBird - a very nice shot.
> CHAT and PRAIRIE WARBLER were two other nice finds among many usual summer residents.
>
> We searched for RedHeaded WP at Difficult Run and Huntley Meadows, but came up empty. A stop at Ashby Pond for YellowCrowned Night Heron did not pan out, but it's a sweet little park that had a GREAT BLUE HERON, mama WOOD DUCK and 7 little ones -
>
> Let's go Nats!
> Rich Rieger
> Alexandria


S. Johnson at Rock Hill District Park 26 June:

Green Heron 1 fly over
Turkey Vulture 2
Mourning Dove 2
Willow Flycatcher 1 observed several times in exact same location as past 2 weeks. no vocalizations while I was there. watched its bill to make sure - no call movements.
American Crow 1
crow sp. 2
Tree Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Eastern Bluebird 0 saw no birds, but 4 freshly laid blue eggs in nest box (sometime during the past 2 weeks)
Gray Catbird 1
Brown Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 20
Yellow-breasted Chat 2
Field Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Indigo Bunting 1 singing, not seen
Red-winged Blackbird 4
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Orchard Oriole 1
House Finch 3
American Goldfinch 3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24059131



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Subject: No Chincoteague NWR. Roseate tern today
Date: Fri Jun 26 2015 10:16 am
From: elliety AT msn.com
 


No sign of the Roseate Tern this morning 6/26. Will check again later in the day and send along a note if it terns up.
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Subject: Prothonitary Warblers
Date: Fri Jun 26 2015 9:28 am
From: Anthony.Bulmer AT fairfaxcounty.gov
 
We had a nice and very successful bird hike at Mason neck Tuesday the 23rd. We saw over 8 Prothonotary warblers to include fledglings being fed. They are easy to find on if you walk the bay loop trail. 100 degree heat index and they were still active.

Tony Bulmer
Naturalist/Historian Senior Interpreter
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
703-631-0013

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Subject: Costa Rica Anyone?
Date: Fri Jun 26 2015 8:04 am
From: hirundo AT comcast.net
 
I am organizing a small group birding tour in Costa Rica for next February
(8-17). We have a male solo that's looking to pair with another birder.
And we might have room for one additional couple. If interested please
respond to me off-line asap, I need to finalize the group soon.



Dave Larsen

Haymarket



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Subject: Willow Flycatcher/Rock Hill District park/Fairfax
Date: Fri Jun 26 2015 6:46 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Dave Boltz and I had a slow morning of bird hunting in and around Fairfax Co. yesterday.

Highlight was the WILLOW FLYCATCHER still present at Rock Hill District Park. When you pull into the park, dog park is to the left, large lawn area to the right - bird was straight ahead. Very active and vocalizing pretty much the whole time we were there. Check out Dave's picture on eBird - a very nice shot.
CHAT and PRAIRIE WARBLER were two other nice finds among many usual summer residents.

We searched for RedHeaded WP at Difficult Run and Huntley Meadows, but came up empty. A stop at Ashby Pond for YellowCrowned Night Heron did not pan out, but it's a sweet little park that had a GREAT BLUE HERON, mama WOOD DUCK and 7 little ones -

Let's go Nats!
Rich Rieger
Alexandria
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Subject: Shanks Island area pelican & cormorant colonies
Date: Thu Jun 25 2015 20:51 pm
From: harryarmistead AT hotmail.com
 
SHANKS ISLAND-CHEESEMAN ISLAND-SOUTH POINT MARSH, June 24, 2015, Wednesday.  John Weske & Harry Armistead.  These 3 places are sort of fused due to the eastward migration of the 2 islands so that what remains of them is joined to South Point Marsh in Accomack County, adjacent to the Eastern Shore of Virginia.  We land at the north end and walk south c. 0.63 miles, at which point the marsh ends and a long sandy area stretches away to the south towards Tangier Island.  Such fecundity here!  It is a spectacle!  The west side is mostly beach but with some peaty sod banks, too.  Next to the beach are high areas with the panic tussocks, grasses, still sandy.  These give off to high saltmarsh and then lower marsh, Spartina alterniflora.  The higher, dune-type areas sometimes have numbers of garden spiders.



BROWN PELICANS: I accompany John in his Privateer boat, that has a 115 H.P. outboard. We launch at Crisfield. The object is to assess the enormous Brown Pelican colony here to determine the size of the youngsters with an eye to a future banding expedition. We find very few nests that still have eggs, somewhat more of chicks that are too small to band.



Most of the young (at least 310 in sight simultaneously) at the north segment of this colony are large downies, already plenty large enough to band. The more southern sector has young that are larger, starting to get feathering and brownish color on their wings. My very rough combined estimates of the total number of flight-capable birds (virtually 95+% breeding adults plus a few sub-adults not hatched out this year) is of 1,640 Brown Pelicans, probably low. I make no estimate of the # of young in the south colony. Recently there was a small subset of nesting pelicans back in the marsh a ways in the northeast part of this area, difficult to get to. We do not see this today.



One has to figure that almost this many other pelicans may not be present, are off hunting fish, coasting over the adjacent Chesapeake Bay waters. In past years official estimates (counts?) of the # of pairs of pelis here has sometimes exceeded 1,000. My estimates are made by quickly counting by 10s from a single vantage point for each colony. I scan off to the East perhaps 8 times to see if any peli activity is visible in the lines of Baccharis halimifolia & Iva frutescens there. Theres a lot of shimmer but even so there doesnt seem to be any action. These bushes may be a mile or so in the distance. In past years there has been an active pelican colony off in that direction at Peach Orchard Point.



DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS. There may be EVEN MORE DCCOs than pelicans. Their young are so large and look so much like adults today that I do not attempt an estimate of the # of youngsters. My rough (I SAID ROUGH) estimate of the number of DCCOs (adults and large young) visible here is 1,960. As with the pelis, many adults are probably off fishing. And in general adult DCCOs when disturbed by the likes of us LEAVE the nest area in contrast to Brown Pelicans. The later circle overhead and soon return to their nests after a person is perhaps only 150 away from them. So these 1,960 DCCOs may comprise mostly youngsters.



OTHER BIRDS: northern harrier 1 male, royal tern 2, osprey 3, Forsters tern 2, mallard 1 female, American black duck 4, seaside sparrow 2, little blue heron 2, American oystercatcher 12 (none of the 7 or 8 I am able to see close enough wear bands), fish crow 3, laughing gull 4, and boat-tailed grackle 3. We see perhaps 50 Herring and 150 Great Black-backed Gulls. The GBBGs greatly outnumber the Herring Gulls. Lots of large, downy GBBG young present. Strange to say, a great blue heron lands right in the south colony. Why? Perhaps it wants to eat young birds. ?



NON-AVIAN TAXA: 1 diamondback terrapin, 1 cabbage white, and 1 large black (and distant) unIDd butterfly. In the vicinity of the south colony there is a large bed of morning glories. Only see a few of the seaside dragonlet dragonflies whereas sometimes there are countless 1,000s in these saltmarshes. Big clumps of some kind of Panicum grow in the higher dune-like, sandy areas, and the presence of sea rocket makes this seem like a barrier island setting. The remains of a few horseshoe crabs are on the shoreline.



We are in the colony area for c. 3 hours (c. 2-5) but keep moving so as to minimize disturbance. No birds are banded by us today. NW winds, c. 12-16 m.p.h., temps in the 80s, clear or fair, extremely low tide at the start. The passage over from the mainland is rather rough and choppy, a test of the knees and lower back. Other notes of the day from the nearby Smith I., MD, area will appear in MDBIRDING in a few days.



Best to all. Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.
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Subject: Harrison Lake-Charles City
Date: Thu Jun 25 2015 20:06 pm
From: rinksyd AT gmail.com
 
I swung through this morning just after sunrise and was treated to a
great bird...a white-eyed vireo that posed nicely for me to get a couple
pictures before taking off. Also had a blue-grey gnatcatcher,
chickadees, cardinals, blue grosbeaks, a pair of indigo buntings, and
some cowbirds. Good hour spent there....

I posted a couple pictures at:
http://fynefoto.phanfare.com/6928063#imageID$1532363

In that same album is a nice bald eagle I got there yesterday
morning....he seemed to be stalking me... ;-)


Barbara Houston
New Kent, VA


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Subject: Caracara in Poquoson
Date: Thu Jun 25 2015 12:57 pm
From: billwilliams154 AT gmail.com
 
Greetings All,

A photographer friend e-mailed a photo of a Crested Caracara taken at 8:50 am today at "Shady Banks Trailer Park" in Poquoson.

Wish there was more info to send out. The photo is blurry, apparently from a phone, but easily identifiable.

Hopefully others may be able to relocate this bird.

Best Bird,

Bill

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Subject: Chincoteague NWR. Roseate tern
Date: Thu Jun 25 2015 10:17 am
From: elliety AT msn.com
 
Roseate term at Swans cove now - roosting on flats across from visitors center.

> From: elliety@msn.com
> To: va-bird@listserve.com
> Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:48:50 -0400
> Subject: [Va-bird] Chincoteague NWR
>
> Our family is spending the week at Chincoteague. I had low expectations for birding -- late June is the doldrums for migrating shorebirds -- the slack tide in the north-south ebb of birds. True to form, the numbers and species of shorebirds is lower than other times of year, but there are plenty of birds and birding behaviors to hold my interest.
> A few late migrants or juveniles of species I would not expect remain around -- in very low numbers. Semipalmated sandpipers, lesser yellowlegs, and a short billed dowitcher were seen at Swan's Cove on various days. 2 Black Bellied Plovers and a Ruddy turnstone remain on the closed portion of the beach -- scoped from the rope line. Good numbers of piping plovers -- a continued good sign! Sandwich terns were also present at Swan's Cove along with the more numerous Royal and Forsters.
> Birding along the 175 Causeway has been a lot of fun. Breeding Eastern Willets, Black Necked Stilts, Clapper Rails, herons, both Ibis, and large colonies of Laughing and Herring Gulls -- with a few Great Black Backed thrown in are present along the North side (with a larger colony of Laughing Gulls on the South side). An Adult Bald Eagle ventured into the colony and was mobbed by about a thousand birds. A colony of Common and Forsters Terns is back on an oyster shell pile visible from the end of the boat launch area. I did not see Gull Billed Terns which have been there in previous years. Total numbers of Black necked stilts appears to be up from previous years and they seem to be expanding east toward the mainland. I was able to find good numbers of Seaside Sparrows and a single Saltmarsh Sparrow in the saltgrass along the road.
> One of the more interesting areas is accessible by boat. The flats near Smalley Drain -- along Assateague Channel contained large numbers of roosting and feeding shorebirds. A large number of oystercatchers (28+); Marbled Godwits (15 or so) and what I believe are western willets (14+) are in a loose flock that was there in the afternoon on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Godwits and Willets I'm presuming are first year birds that have not migrated to their breeding grounds. A Short Billed Dowitcher showed up too -- the Dowitcher and Willets are in non-breeding plumage. A few Eastern Willets were there yesterday and provided a nice comparison to the larger, lanky, gray counterparts, the bills also show differences in stockiness. I'd be interested in the views of others on the Willets.
> All and all, late June is a good time to be birding out here.
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
> Bill
>
>
>
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Subject: Chincoteague NWR
Date: Thu Jun 25 2015 7:51 am
From: elliety AT msn.com
 
Our family is spending the week at Chincoteague.  I had low expectations for birding -- late June is the doldrums for migrating shorebirds -- the slack tide in the north-south ebb of birds.  True to form, the numbers and species of shorebirds is lower than other times of year, but there are plenty of birds and birding behaviors to hold my interest.
A few late migrants or juveniles of species I would not expect remain around -- in very low numbers. Semipalmated sandpipers, lesser yellowlegs, and a short billed dowitcher were seen at Swan's Cove on various days. 2 Black Bellied Plovers and a Ruddy turnstone remain on the closed portion of the beach -- scoped from the rope line. Good numbers of piping plovers -- a continued good sign! Sandwich terns were also present at Swan's Cove along with the more numerous Royal and Forsters.
Birding along the 175 Causeway has been a lot of fun. Breeding Eastern Willets, Black Necked Stilts, Clapper Rails, herons, both Ibis, and large colonies of Laughing and Herring Gulls -- with a few Great Black Backed thrown in are present along the North side (with a larger colony of Laughing Gulls on the South side). An Adult Bald Eagle ventured into the colony and was mobbed by about a thousand birds. A colony of Common and Forsters Terns is back on an oyster shell pile visible from the end of the boat launch area. I did not see Gull Billed Terns which have been there in previous years. Total numbers of Black necked stilts appears to be up from previous years and they seem to be expanding east toward the mainland. I was able to find good numbers of Seaside Sparrows and a single Saltmarsh Sparrow in the saltgrass along the road.
One of the more interesting areas is accessible by boat. The flats near Smalley Drain -- along Assateague Channel contained large numbers of roosting and feeding shorebirds. A large number of oystercatchers (28+); Marbled Godwits (15 or so) and what I believe are western willets (14+) are in a loose flock that was there in the afternoon on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Godwits and Willets I'm presuming are first year birds that have not migrated to their breeding grounds. A Short Billed Dowitcher showed up too -- the Dowitcher and Willets are in non-breeding plumage. A few Eastern Willets were there yesterday and provided a nice comparison to the larger, lanky, gray counterparts, the bills also show differences in stockiness. I'd be interested in the views of others on the Willets.
All and all, late June is a good time to be birding out here.
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Bill




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Subject: Blue Ridge Center Bird Walk, Loudoun Co, June 27
Date: Wed Jun 24 2015 21:02 pm
From: joecoleman AT rstarmail.com
 
Everyone is welcome at the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy's free monthly bird
walk at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship (BRCES), in the
northwestern corner of Loudoun County near Harpers Ferry at 8 am on Sat.,
June 27. This month's walk is being co-sponsored by the Audubon Society of
Northern Virginia.

The main entrance to BRCES is on the west side of Harper's Ferry Rd, Rte
671, about a 1/4 mile north of the Neersville Fire Station and about 5.5
miles north of the intersection of Rte 9 & Rte 671 and about 2 miles south
of the intersection of Rte 340 & Rte 671.

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

Information on the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship can be
found at www.blueridgecenter.org/. Information on the Loudoun Wildlife
Conservancy's many free programs and field trips can be found at
www.loudounwildlife.org.

Joe Coleman
540-454-3361 or joecoleman@rstarmail.com



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Subject: Virginia Rare Bird Alert
Date: Wed Jun 24 2015 19:24 pm
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 


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*** Species Summary:

Tundra Swan (2 Accomack)
American Bittern (1 Accomack)
Willet (Western) (1 Accomack)
Savannah Sparrow (1 Montgomery)
Dickcissel (2 Prince William)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1)
- Reported Jun 21, 2015 18:20 by Joanne Howl
- Chincoteague NWR--Wildlife Loop, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.9004587,-75.3431654&ll7.9004587,-75.3431654
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24035702
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Black bill, black feet. Cannot rule out trumpeter with view, but that would be less likely species."

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1)
- Reported Jun 21, 2015 16:00 by Joanne Howl
- Chincoteague NWR--Wildlife Loop, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.9004587,-75.3431654&ll7.9004587,-75.3431654
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24035501
- Comments: "Black-billed swan with black feet. Seen close up. Tundra swan has been recently reported here; cannot entirely rule out trumpeter, but tundra is more likely."

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Jun 21, 2015 18:20 by Joanne Howl
- Chincoteague NWR--Wildlife Loop, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.9004587,-75.3431654&ll7.9004587,-75.3431654
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24035702
- Comments: "Very long-necked bird, with sturdy brown body and obvious brown stripes on neck. Body somewhat similar to Green Heron, but sturdier and different color. Standing at edge of marsh, bill extended upward, looking in water with downturned eyes. Very well viewed for five minute or more. Also watched in flight. Have photos if reviewers want, but do not have flickr or similar account to share."

Willet (Western) (Tringa semipalmata) (16)
- Reported Jun 23, 2015 15:20 by Bill Hohenstein
- Chincoteague NWR Smalley Drain, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.9072989,-75.3783131&ll7.9072989,-75.3783131
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24032770
- Comments: "Clearly western birds. Gray, large and lanky. Hanging out with Godwits.


"

Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) (1)
- Reported Jun 24, 2015 05:24 by Clyde Kessler
- Montgomery, Montgomery, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.17262,-80.3979&ll7.17262,-80.3979
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24035410
- Comments: "singing in field 1/10 mile east of Prices Fork Rd. fire station"

Dickcissel (Spiza americana) (2)
- Reported Jun 24, 2015 07:50 by David Sperling
- US-VA-Manassas-11014–11016 Nokesville Rd - 38.7390x-77.5298, Prince William, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.73903,-77.529836&ll8.73903,-77.529836
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24037188
- Comments: "Continuing. First spotted male singing in tree. Subsequently, male flew down from tree into area of tall grass and thistles where it was joined by a second bird in what appeared to be a possible nest site."

Dickcissel (Spiza americana) (2)
- Reported Jun 24, 2015 07:50 by Sharon Forsyth
- US-VA-Manassas-11014–11016 Nokesville Rd - 38.7390x-77.5298, Prince William, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.73903,-77.529836&ll8.73903,-77.529836
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24035254
- Comments: "Continuing. First spotted male singing in tree. Subsequently, male flew down from tree into area of tall grass and thistles where it was joined by a second bird in what appeared to be a possible nest site."

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Subject: summer DC Cormorant; possible No. Waterthrush??
Date: Wed Jun 24 2015 14:54 pm
From: magood1 AT verizon.net
 

Hello,

I had a couple interesting finds while conducting my yearly USGS breeding bird survey in Loudoun County Saturday morning (sorry for the late report). First was a juvenile Double-crested Cormorant at a farm pond on Loudoun Orchard Road near Hamilton, with a bunch of Canada Geese. Second was a possible singing Northern Waterthrush, which I realize would be a highly unlikely occurrence at this time of year (the Gold Book gives the spring transient late date as June 10 in the Piedmont). It sang from right next to me at a stop, hidden behind overhanging overgrowth over a rocky stream in a wooded area--perfect habitat. This was on Old Waterford Rd. near Waterford. Unfortunately it sang 3 or 4 times but stopped as I was getting set up to record, and no luck getting further confirmation. Those who know me know I have a discerning ear; I feel confident in what I heard, but of course without proof have no leg to stand on.

Good birding!
Mary Ann Good
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Subject: Common Loon on Lake Frederick (Frederick County)
Date: Wed Jun 24 2015 8:20 am
From: dec5z AT cms.mail.virginia.edu
 

An immature Common Loon has been lingering on Lake Frederick (Frederick
County, VA) this summer. I saw it in person for the first time this
morning. I don't know if it's injured, but it seems reasonably healthy, and
it dove and caught fish while I was there.

David Carr
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Subject: The Virginia eBird Portal
Date: Wed Jun 24 2015 6:32 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Just a reminder that there's a VA portal for eBird with articles of interest related to Virginia. Birders can submit their lists there. The site has 5 co-sponsors...VA Society of Ornithology, Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory, VA Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Eastern Shore of VA National Wildlife Refuge and VA Audubon Council.


Recent posts there include VSO info and American Oystercatcher research.


The VA portal can also be accessed through the regular eBird site, by clicking on Regional portals on the right-side menu or through www.cvwo.org left-side menu.


Brian Taber
Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory
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