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02 Aug: @ 21:16:48  Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
02 Aug: @ 17:06:07  Great Falls Sunday Aug 2 [Sj Wex via va-bird]
02 Aug: @ 16:20:28  Mississippi Kites in Richmond Area [Brian and Deborah Taber via va-bird]
02 Aug: @ 15:10:50  Martins at Huntley Meadows [Pam and Ben via va-bird]
02 Aug: @ 14:07:15  Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Aug 2, 2015 [Rich Rieger via va-bird]
02 Aug: @ 09:29:54  Assateague Island Wild Beach MD and VA [Bill Hohenstein]
02 Aug: @ 09:03:11  Ruth Beck Bird Research Fund [Brian and Deborah Taber via va-bird]
02 Aug: @ 05:43:03  Prothonotary Warblers along Accotink Creek [Rick Jones]
02 Aug: @ 00:10:56  8/1/15 - Virginia Beach - Princess Anne WMA (Whitehurst Tract) & Stumpy Lake Natural Area [Rob Bielawski]
01 Aug: @ 17:39:45  Fw: Switzer Dam - Common Mergansers/Warblers- Rockingham County, GW National Forest, 8-1 [Diane L via va-bird]
01 Aug: @ 16:55:19  Huntley Meadows [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
01 Aug: @ 14:46:05  Hog Island WMA, 8/1/15 [Lewis Barnett]
01 Aug: @ 10:47:27  Little Blue(s) @ Huntley Meadows [Rich Rieger via va-bird]
01 Aug: @ 09:15:03  Reddish Knob, VA 7/31/15 [Marshall Faintich]
31 Jul: @ 19:33:11  7/31/15 - Virginia Beach - Back Bay NWR [Rob Bielawski]
31 Jul: @ 18:49:41  lower Eastern Shore, July 25-29, 2015, VA & MD equal time, VA 1st. [Henry Armistead]
31 Jul: @ 10:06:30 Re: not N Harrier, Centerville, Fairfax County [Sarah Anderson via va-bird]
31 Jul: @ 09:42:17  N Harrier?, Centerville, Fairfax County [Sarah Anderson via va-bird]
31 Jul: @ 06:25:02  Kentucky Warbler [Jeff Blalock]
30 Jul: @ 23:36:07  Caspian Tern at Holliday Lake State Park, Appomattox County [Evan Spears]
30 Jul: @ 20:12:35  Fwd: eBird Report - 103 Elizabeth Court, South Boston, VA, Jul 30, 2015 [Jeff Blalock]
30 Jul: @ 19:35:19  Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
30 Jul: @ 17:55:29  Many bird books for sale at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library this Saturday and Sunday [Lisette via va-bird]
29 Jul: @ 22:55:46  New Early Date for TN Warbler in Buchanan County [Roger Mayhorn]
29 Jul: @ 18:58:54  Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
28 Jul: @ 18:48:55  Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
28 Jul: @ 09:18:28  Voice: Greater Washington Area, July 28 [Joe Coleman]
27 Jul: @ 21:37:13  How did you start birding? Poll for VSO newsletter [Nick Newberry]
27 Jul: @ 20:46:43 Re: Huntley Meadows [David L. Crooks]
27 Jul: @ 13:11:36  Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
27 Jul: @ 11:12:34  Horned Grebe at Ft Monroe [Dave Youker via va-bird]
27 Jul: @ 08:15:12  Northern Waterthrush at Monticello park 25 July [Albright, Tom (USMS)]
26 Jul: @ 21:26:37  Big Purple Martin roost in Winchester, VA [David E. Carr]
26 Jul: @ 21:17:03  Weekend birding - Poquoson, Gloucester, Mathews Counties [akb]
26 Jul: @ 16:49:24  Merrimac Farm, Nokesville [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
26 Jul: @ 16:09:24  Great Falls Walk [Marshall Rawson via va-bird]
26 Jul: @ 15:12:53 Re: Dyke Marsh walk and fledged birds, including Least Bitterns [bryan peters]
26 Jul: @ 11:44:04  Dyke Marsh walk and fledged birds, including Least Bitterns [Larry Cartwright]
26 Jul: @ 10:18:39  (no subject) [Felicity Rask]
25 Jul: @ 21:09:57 Re: Mississippi Kite in Arlington, VA [Dixie Sommers via va-bird]
25 Jul: @ 21:05:54  7/25/15 - Virginia Beach - Princess Anne WMA Whitehurst Tract & Southern VB [Rob Bielawski]
25 Jul: @ 20:30:43  Mississippi Kite in Arlington, VA [David Bridge]
25 Jul: @ 19:07:21  Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
25 Jul: @ 16:20:28  Mecklenburg Co. Birding 7/25 [Adam D'Onofrio]
25 Jul: @ 16:04:45  Birds seen, Blue Ridge Center (Lo Co) [Joe Coleman]
25 Jul: @ 14:32:14  Central Virginia 7/24-25/15 [Marshall Faintich]
25 Jul: @ 10:20:11 Re: White Ibis and shorebirds at Huntley Meadows. [Larry Cartwright]
25 Jul: @ 09:04:54 Re: Huntley Meadows [David L. Crooks]
25 Jul: @ 08:44:07  Mississippi Kite - Thorough good VA Beach [Tracy Tate]
25 Jul: @ 08:12:38  Huntley Meadows [bryan peters]





Subject: Virginia Rare Bird Alert
Date: Sun Aug 2 2015 21:16 pm
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 


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*** Species Summary:

Tundra Swan (2 Accomack)
Common Merganser (1 Rockingham)
Mississippi Kite (4 Virginia Beach)
Wilson's Plover (3 Hampton)
Roseate Tern (2 Accomack)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (1 Virginia Beach)
Blue-headed Vireo (1 Madison)
Northern Waterthrush (1 Fredericksburg)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (2 Accomack)
Canada Warbler (1 Madison)
Purple Finch (1 Hampton)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1)
- Reported Aug 01, 2015 15:15 by Mary Coker
- 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=S24467062
- Comments: "continuing bird others have theorized is still there due injury"

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1)
- Reported Aug 01, 2015 15:15 by Avery Coker
- 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=S24470588
- Comments: "continuing bird others have theorized is still there due injury"

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (4)
- Reported Aug 01, 2015 by Greg Moyers
- Switzer Lake Area - MNR03, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.5719,-79.1451&ll8.5719,-79.1451
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24468816

Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (1)
- Reported Aug 02, 2015 16:30 by Marie Mullins
- Furnish Yard, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.863836,-76.1009207&ll6.863836,-76.1009207
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24470063
- Comments: "Spent a few minutes doing tight circles over the house.
"

Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (1)
- Reported Aug 02, 2015 16:30 by Ron Furnish
- Furnish Yard, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.863836,-76.1009207&ll6.863836,-76.1009207
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24470026
- Comments: "Spent a few minutes doing tight circles over the house.
"

Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (2)
- Reported Aug 01, 2015 10:00 by Avery Coker
- Thoroughgood neighborhood, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.8958006,-76.1333656&ll6.8958006,-76.1333656
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24467216
- Comments: "Seen in tree near nest. Adult flew off as soon as we spotted them. Observed the juvenile for some time and took photos. Continuing family of kites."

Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (2)
- Reported Aug 01, 2015 10:00 by Mary Coker
- Thoroughgood neighborhood, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.8958006,-76.1333656&ll6.8958006,-76.1333656
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24464331
- Comments: "Seen in tree near nest. Adult flew off as soon as we spotted them. Observed the juvenile for some time and took photos. Continuing family of kites."

Wilson's Plover (Charadrius wilsonia) (1)
- Reported Aug 01, 2015 16:00 by Ernie Miller
- Grandview Nature Preserve - CLP13, Hampton, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.0782,-76.2772&ll7.0782,-76.2772
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24463714
- Comments: "Phonescoped. Additional photos to add. Located on Back River side sandbar at the beginning of Factory Point.
"

Wilson's Plover (Charadrius wilsonia) (1)
- Reported Aug 01, 2015 15:30 by Bryan Barmore
- Grandview Nature Preserve - CLP13, Hampton, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.0782,-76.2772&ll7.0782,-76.2772
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24466560
- Comments: "Thick black bill (very good views, unmistakable), big-eyed look, white line over eye; gray, not black neck band; pale back well camouflaged on wet sand. See photo here: http://www.pbase.com/gbheron/i... Ernie Miller saw this bird first and got us on it. He also posted photos."

Wilson's Plover (Charadrius wilsonia) (1)
- Reported Aug 01, 2015 15:30 by Sharon Burton
- Grandview Nature Preserve - CLP13, Hampton, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.0782,-76.2772&ll7.0782,-76.2772
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24466431
- Comments: "Thick black bill (very good views, unmistakable), big-eyed look, white line over eye; gray, not black neck band; pale back well camouflaged on wet sand. See photo here: http://www.pbase.com/gbheron/image/160903838. Ernie Miller saw this bird first and got us on it. He also posted photos."

Roseate Tern (Sterna dougallii) (2)
- Reported Aug 01, 2015 15:15 by Avery Coker
- 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=S24470588
- Comments: "photo taken"

Roseate Tern (Sterna dougallii) (2)
- Reported Aug 01, 2015 15:15 by Mary Coker
- 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=S24467062
- Comments: "photo taken"

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) (1)
- Reported Aug 02, 2015 10:45 by Jason Weaver
- Tuna Lane & Bluebill Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.7329749,-75.9418237&ll6.7329749,-75.9418237
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24466326
- Comments: "Spotted on telephone pole and then flying."

Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 31, 2015 09:50 by Wayne Bell
- Shenandoah NP--Hawksbill Summit Trail, Madison, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.5561294,-78.3868504&ll8.5561294,-78.3868504
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24462230
- Comments: "First attracted by song; then called in for clear look through 10 binoculars"

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1)
- Reported Aug 01, 2015 06:30 by Bill Boyd
- Pond along unnamed permanent stream, Fredericksburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.3102309,-77.4972067&ll8.3102309,-77.4972067
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24465440
- Comments: "Please see this video: https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata) (1)
- Reported Aug 01, 2015 12:30 by Avery Coker
- Saxis WMA--Saxis Rd, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.9307943,-75.7099628&ll7.9307943,-75.7099628
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24467215
- Comments: "ID confirmed by Facebook Bird ID Group of the World admins"

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata) (1)
- Reported Aug 01, 2015 12:30 by Mary Coker
- Saxis WMA--Saxis Rd, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.9307943,-75.7099628&ll7.9307943,-75.7099628
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24466871
- Comments: "ID confirmed by Facebook Bird ID Group of the World admins"

Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis) (2)
- Reported Jul 31, 2015 09:50 by Wayne Bell
- Shenandoah NP--Hawksbill Summit Trail, Madison, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.5561294,-78.3868504&ll8.5561294,-78.3868504
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24462230
- Comments: "Heard chips first; called in for clear looks; both showed eye-ring and obscure but distinct necklace"

Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) (1)
- Reported Aug 02, 2015 06:40 by Clark Olsen
- US-VA-Hampton-23664 - 37.0995x-76.2785, Hampton, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.099454,-76.27853&ll7.099454,-76.27853
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24470508
- Comments: "Mixed in with HF and near male HF for comparison. Lighter Raspberry coloring down entire front and on wings, whereas male HF brighter red head with no red on wings, but white wing bars"

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Subject: Great Falls Sunday Aug 2
Date: Sun Aug 2 2015 17:06 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Our walk today confirmed that we are in the summer doldrums (though we did have a migrating spotted sandpiper).  Canada geese were flying but the mallards were earthbound.  Lots of butterflies were about.

Everyone is welcome on our walk. We meet at 8 am in the visitor center parking lot. Walks in August may be leaderless.

Sally Wechsler
31 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 20
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 6
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 5
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 22
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 4
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) 2
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 120
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens) 2
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 2
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 3
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 1
crow sp. (Corvus sp. (crow sp.)) 5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) 20
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 2
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 1
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 6
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) 1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 6
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 4
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 8
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 3
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Subject: Mississippi Kites in Richmond Area
Date: Sun Aug 2 2015 16:20 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

There were 2 adult Mississippi Kites at noon today, circling low and landing in trees around Maybeury Elementary School off Patterson Ave.

Brian Taber
Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory
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Subject: Martins at Huntley Meadows
Date: Sun Aug 2 2015 15:10 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
At least 5 were foraging, calling, and sometimes perching in a dead tree
across from the tower this morning. Other notables:



Solitary sandpiper 2

Spotted 1

Yellowlegs (flyby, probably greater) 2

Little blue heron 2

Hummer 5

Kingbird 1

Ovenbird 1



Also a single monarch butterfly, sadly now noteworthy.



Ben Jesup

Alexandria

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Aug 2, 2015
Date: Sun Aug 2 2015 14:07 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
It was a fine morning weather wise for the first Sunday morning walk at Dyke Marsh, Alexandria. Temps in the low 70's, some mid morning cloud cover and a slight breeze made walking comfortable for our large group. Happy to have help leading from Larry Cartwright, Phil Silas and Ray Smith as it's easy for a large group to fragment, moving at different paces and focusing on different aspects of marsh life.

We managed to pick up 47 species, not a bad tally for the first weekend in August. Lots of Foresters Terns about along w. a few Caspians. Gulls included Laughing, Ringbilled and Great Black Backs. Great Egret numbers are pushing 80 (77 counted today) as they stage for their southbound push. One of each Oriole species was found w. a male Baltimore highlighting our inbound trip. The temp and humidity had gone up by the time we reached the last platform on the Haul Road, but the remaining walkers were rewarded w. quick looks at two Least Bitterns (M&F) flying around the island across the channel from the platform. Ray Smith reported seeing a Snowy Egret and Greater Yellowlegs off the Stone Bridge before the walk started.

Complete list follows -
Rich Rieger
Alexandria

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist@cornell.edu
> Date: August 2, 2015 2:45:48 PM EDT
> To: zelig88@aol.com
> Subject: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Aug 2, 2015
>
> Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, Virginia, US
> Aug 2, 2015 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> Comments: sunday morning at Dyke Marsh
> 47 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose 100
> Mallard 100 some F's w. fledges
> Double-crested Cormorant 14
> Least Bittern 2
> Great Blue Heron 12
> Great Egret 77
> Green Heron 2
> Osprey 12
> Laughing Gull 4
> Ring-billed Gull 14
> Great Black-backed Gull 2
> Caspian Tern 4
> Forster's Tern 25
> Mourning Dove 2
> Chimney Swift 6
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
> Belted Kingfisher 2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Northern Flicker 1
> Acadian Flycatcher 1
> Eastern Kingbird 6
> Red-eyed Vireo 2
> Blue Jay 5
> Fish Crow 2
> crow sp. 1
> Tree Swallow 4
> Barn Swallow 8
> Carolina Chickadee 2
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> Carolina Wren 4
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
> American Robin 8
> Gray Catbird 1
> Brown Thrasher 1
> Northern Mockingbird 3
> European Starling 6
> Cedar Waxwing 6
> Common Yellowthroat 4
> Song Sparrow 1
> Northern Cardinal 6
> Red-winged Blackbird 24
> Common Grackle 7
> Orchard Oriole 1
> Baltimore Oriole 1
> House Finch 1
> American Goldfinch 7
> House Sparrow 5
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24468528
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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Subject: Assateague Island Wild Beach MD and VA
Date: Sun Aug 2 2015 9:29 am
From: elliety AT msn.com
 
I had the chance to travel the 10 mile OSV area of Assateague Island in MD to the State Line with Virginia on August 1.  I walked an additional 1.5 miles into VA (below the high tide line).  Although I stayed on the beach the entire time, I saw a good diversity of shorebirds -- fall migration is underway.  Overall 10 species of Sandpipers.  I found some that only infrequently use beach habitat, semipalmated sandpipers, and SB Dowitchers.  Good numbers of Whimbrels (33) and Willets (38).  Typical assortments of BB Plovers,  Semipalmated Plovers, American Oystercatchers (including one banded one (PJ), Turnstones, and an impressive number of Sanderlings (1,400+).  Of special interest to me were the 21 Red Knots -- all adults.
Also of note, four species of terns: Forster's, Common, Least, and Royal. All expected species of gulls -- including lesser black backed. Distribution was similar on both sides of the border.
Chincoteague was crowded -- with post-pony penning visitors, so I skipped the beach and Swan's Cove. I briefly scanned the 175 Causeway -- BN Stilts are still around, Least Sandpipers are in the marshes with growing numbers of peeps -- too distant to ID.
I've included a link to my photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
Bill
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Subject: Ruth Beck Bird Research Fund
Date: Sun Aug 2 2015 9:03 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

There is now information about the newly-established Ruth Beck Bird Research Fund on the website for Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory at www.cvwo.org

Funds donated will be used to continue the kinds of research and conservation that were Ruth's passion.

Brian Taber
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Subject: Prothonotary Warblers along Accotink Creek
Date: Sun Aug 2 2015 5:43 am
From: rgjones23 AT gmail.com
 
Yesterday morning along Accotink Creek in Fort Belvoir, I saw a pair of
Prothonotary Warblers feeding in the trees that overhang the water on the
east bank, about 30 yards south of the new footbridge.

Rick Jones
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Subject: 8/1/15 - Virginia Beach - Princess Anne WMA (Whitehurst Tract) & Stumpy Lake Natural Area
Date: Sun Aug 2 2015 0:10 am
From: robbielawski AT gmail.com
 
Fellow Birders,

*Highlights*
Princess Anne WMA (Whitehurst Tract) - 7:30 to 8:30 AM - Shorebird counts &
variety surprisingly down from last weekend, only 5 Killdeer & 4 Spotted
Sandpiper sighted (last week there was Least, Solitary & Spotted
Sandpipers, as well as a dozen Killdeer present). No Bobwhite calling for
the 2nd straight outing after 3 outings of hearing them in a row.
Stumpy Lake NA - 9:00 to 10:30 AM - Nothing truly noteworthy, though seeing
a a few Eastern Wood-Pewees here in the city boundaries was nice.

*Photographs (All photograph from this week are posted)*
*http://www.rbnature.com/galler...
*

*Notes*
Early this morning I ran out to Princess Anne WMA (Whitehurst) to check for
shorebirds, and for the first time in the last couple of weekends I regret
to mention that I was a bit disappointed. Of course, I was only
disappointed since the last couple of weeks the variety & counts have been
pretty firm, but they appeared to take a step backward this weekend, which
could probably be chalked up to many reasons. While working my way around
the southern group of impoundments counter-clockwise (hugging west edge
towards south, then east, then north along the east boundary) in order to
keep the sunlight positioned properly for my arrival to the northernmost
impoundment that has held the shorebirds recently, I noted only 4 Spotted
Sandpipers. These birds were sighted where I had previously (as of last
weekend) seen Least, Solitary, & Spotted Sandpipers, and about a dozen
Killdeer. My goal for the walk (as it has been the last couple of weeks)
was to spot my first Pectoral Sandpipers of the year, but unfortunately
that goal was unmet again this weekend. Perhaps in a week or two they'll
start showing up at this site, which seems a perfect habitat, and one that
I saw a couple (though at the time was unable to properly ID and have since
done so via photographs). I am sure there are plenty of spots throughout
Virginia where Pectorals are common, especially during their migration when
essentially 'anything goes', however, I haven't yet found any members of
the species here that I can count for my 'County Big Year' which still sits
at 182 species, with my goal from the start of the year being to identify
200 species by sight. Even if I don't manage to find them here in Virginia
Beach this year, the attempt at seeing as many birds as I can here in my
home city/county equivalent has definitely challenged me to learn as much
as I can about each species and I feel that through the outings & the
writings I've tried to share afterwards have surely helped to increase my
knowledge of the birds that are found in this region. But, I'd still like
to spot some Pectorals, given that I did see them here last mid-August when
seeking out the Ruff that Bob Ake initially spotted!

Also of importance, I did not hear the Bobwhites during this outing that
I've heard while out the last couple of weeks. Perhaps they aren't happy
with someone stopping in each week to check them out, and are instead used
to this area being a dead zone for birders until mid-August as the eBird
reports suggest. With checking the park each week through these hot, summer
months, I realize why most folks tend to avoid this area in summertime
since the activity of most birds, and the variety of species tends to die
down after most were already observed during the springtime. I know that
not everyone birds according to a list of sorts, or a # of species goal for
the year, but the descending amount of activity, and the increase in
ticks/chiggers at the park must have something to do with other birders'
lack of observations posted for the park during the heat of summer, or so I
speculate. And I must say, they are right to do so, as the ticks can get
quite bad in this area throughout the hot, humid summers. Fortunately, I've
only pulled a few of the blood-suckers out of me this year, relying heavily
on high % Deet to keep them off me, but still finding a few individuals
unaffected by my efforts to thwart them. A risk that is taken in the name
of observing birds though, and therefore, a worthwhile one.

After the hour at at PAWMA, I headed back towards home, but quickly changed
the itinerary, realizing it might be an opportune time to target a bird I
still haven't seen here in my home county, the Hairy Woodpecker. This
attempt unfortunately, also proved futile, as very little bird activity was
observed within the roughly 2-mile figure-8 loop through the forests. Upon
exiting the forest though, and walking back towards my vehicle, I met up
with another birder, Una Davenhill, and was delighted to see several
species while chatting, including at least 3 Eastern Wood-Pewees, which
while they are plenty common birds, they are a species I've only seen once
so far within the Virginia Beach boundaries this year so I consider them
quite a catch. We also noted some Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, Pine
Warblers, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Chipping
Sparrows, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, and a Great Egret while standing still
in the forested area between the hiking & golf course parking areas. I had
plans to swing by Pleasure House Point afterwards, but it was already in
the 90s by 10:30 AM, and I was ready to just head home to lay down. I will
try to check out PAWMA again next week just to give an idea of what species
are seen there since it appears to be an area not many eBirders arrive at
during August, unless there is a Ruff present!

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Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: Fw: Switzer Dam - Common Mergansers/Warblers- Rockingham County, GW National Forest, 8-1
Date: Sat Aug 1 2015 17:39 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Greg Moyers asked that I forward his local report of our trip today, which is below.  Common Mergansers were NOT expected!  We didn't need the Gold Book to know this was rare, but it was interesting to read there that 1954 was the last Rockingham summer record; one of just a few in the Mtn & Valley region.


A link to a few pics I grabbed follows Greg's report. He digiscoped the birds, and will also have photos.


Diane Lepkowski
Harrisonburg (Rockingham County)

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Diane Lepkowski and I returned to Switzer Dam this morning. Most of the warblers were again seen at the ever-dwindling stream on the right side of the road on the way down the mtn. Species count was a bit reduced today but we had several Black-Throated Green Warblers bathing in the water and also had Northern Parula, Black-and-White, American Redstart, Ovenbird, a singing Cerulean Warbler, Red-Eyed, and Blue-Headed Vireo, and a handsome Scarlet Tanager at this spot.


On the way to the mountain, Diane had requested a birthday surprise bird. As I scanned the lake, that wish was granted in the form of four juvenile Common Mergansers out on the lake. Definitely a surprise in mid-summer! (or first day of birding Fall if you prefer)

Hooded Warblers and Acadian Flycatchers were found at several stops. Other highlights were Broad-Winged Hawk and Wood Thrush.

The Sora was heard at Nazarene Church Rd wetland. We also counted at least 21 Wood Ducks.

Greg




A few photos are here:
https://birdtrek.smugmug.com/A...
Diane
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Subject: Huntley Meadows
Date: Sat Aug 1 2015 16:55 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
 I led an Audubon Society of Northern Virginia walk this morning at Huntley Meadows.  There were 11 birders.  The advertised object of the walk was to study shorebirds, but due to the heavy rain recently, there were no visible mudflats, and thus, only two  shorebirds - a Solitary Sandpiper and a Killdeer - could be found.  We did identify 39 species, however, with the Little Blue Herons heading the list of highlights. 

Canada Goose  13
Wood Duck  4
Mallard  2
Great Blue Heron  8
Great Egret  2
Little Blue Heron  2
Green Heron  2
Osprey  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Killdeer  2
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Mourning Dove  4
Chimney Swift  6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  7
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  6
Acadian Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  2
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  5
Tree Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Eastern Bluebird  3
American Robin  6
Gray Catbird  2
Common Yellowthroat  6
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  5
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  6
House Finch  4
American Goldfinch  15
House Sparrow  1
Harry Glasgow
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Subject: Hog Island WMA, 8/1/15
Date: Sat Aug 1 2015 14:46 pm
From: blbarnett3 AT gmail.com
 
Richmond Audubon fielded a small but doughty crew today at Hog Island WMA in Surry County. There was one small grouping of shore birds down the road from the observation tower which included Short-billed Dowitcher, Killdeer, Semipalmated Plover, Spotted Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, and one Western Sandpiper. There were four Ruddy Ducks in this same area, as well as a Tricolored Heron. The surprise of the day was the variety of warblers present - we tallied six: Common Yellowthroat, Yellowthroated Warbler, Pine Warbler, Prairie Warbler, American Redstart and Yellow Warbler. We did spot two Caspian Terns. As we were leaving, a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron cruised over the road and perched in a snag near the river for some good looks. We ended the day with 60 species.

Here are a few photos from the day: https://picasaweb.google.com/107330221059062556307/20150801?authuser=0&feat=directlink

Complete checklist below.

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Lewis Barnett
blbarnett3@gmail.com

Hog Island WMA - CSW04, Surry, Virginia, US
Aug 1, 2015 7:44 AM - 11:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
60 species

Canada Goose 8
Mallard 2
Ruddy Duck 4
Northern Bobwhite 2
Double-crested Cormorant 17
Great Blue Heron 5
Great Egret 7
Snowy Egret 5
Little Blue Heron 6
Tricolored Heron 2
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 5
Bald Eagle 2
Semipalmated Plover 6
Killdeer 9
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Lesser Yellowlegs 2
Semipalmated Sandpiper 15
Western Sandpiper 1
Short-billed Dowitcher 2
Laughing Gull 1
Least Tern 9
Caspian Tern 2
Royal Tern 1
Mourning Dove 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Eastern Kingbird 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
American Crow 1
Purple Martin 2
Barn Swallow 3
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 3
Brown-headed Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 3
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 6
Common Yellowthroat 4
American Redstart 2
Yellow Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-throated Warbler 1
Prairie Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Chipping Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Blue Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 5
Red-winged Blackbird 21
Common Grackle (Purple) 2
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24456945

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Subject: Little Blue(s) @ Huntley Meadows
Date: Sat Aug 1 2015 10:47 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
There were at least two LITTLE BLUE HERONS foraging around Lake Huntley this morning. Had a second hand report of a third but only saw the two. No White Ibii to be seen. A few KILLDEER and a few SOLITARY SANDPIPERS were working the sparse mud edges closer to the platform at the end of the hike-bike trail.

Rich Rieger
Alexandria
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Subject: Reddish Knob, VA 7/31/15
Date: Sat Aug 1 2015 9:15 am
From: mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com
 
Four warbler species, and a mystery bird. Report and photos:




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Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA



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Subject: 7/31/15 - Virginia Beach - Back Bay NWR
Date: Fri Jul 31 2015 19:33 pm
From: robbielawski AT gmail.com
 
Folks,

*Highlights*
3:40 to 6:20 PM - 5 distant shorebirds flying away with a group of Willets
southbound. Larger and lacking the white of the Willets. Likely Whimbrels,
but possibly Marbled Godwits, I'll never know for sure unfortunately.
Semipalmated Plovers in increasing numbers. No Piping Plover this time.

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*Notes*
Walked the beach again this week to False Cape State Park's northern
boundary as I've done the past couple of Fridays. The 90+ degree
temperature was enough to make it a tougher than normal walk, but the
abundance of birds made it well worthwhile. No Piping Plovers seen for the
first time in the 3 outings, but I did see 2 Killdeers, 1 of which was on
the beach & quite a surprise to see there. Semipalmated Plovers were in
higher numbers this week, this time 13 individuals counted. No
Black-bellied Plovers as of yet. Nearing the False Cape line I watched a
group of large shorebirds lift off from the beach and fly south, most of
the birds were clearly Willets, showing the bright white & black wing
patterns even at a significant distance, but I just couldn't make out what
the other birds were since they were headed away from me, not showing their
bills. They were either Whimbrels (more likely), or Marbled Godwits (less
likely but a possibility). Either species would have been an excellent add
to this list of birds though if I could have just seen more of them. Maybe
someone else will spot them this weekend if they are out. Sanderlings were
again dominant, with numbers likely over my 300 estimate, and Willets were
in similar numbers to last week at about 35 birds. 1 Ruddy Turnstone also
noted first about 50 feet into False Cape, then the bird suddenly flew
northward, which was a relief to me as I then didn't have to create a 2nd
eBird checklist for the sighting in False Cape, and then start a 3rd for my
trip north in Back Bay so the times all worked properly. Thank you
Turnstone for making life a bit easier on me with just the 1 checklist
being needed.

Terns (Royal, Common, Sandwich, Caspian, Least) in descending order of
number seen,Gulls (Laughing, Lesser Black-backed, Ring-billed, Great
Black-backed, Herring), and a single Black Skimmer were all observed. No
Black Terns which again were my hope, though it is still early as most
sightings here in past years according to eBird are mid to late August,
but, keeping my fingers crossed each week. Osprey were out in huge numbers
today and were never out of sight. Brown Pelicans were in typical numbers
at about 15 or so. No waterfowl of any species seen which was a relief
after the injured White-winged Scoter I saw a couple weeks ago, and the
injured Common Eider seen back in June were both picked up by a local
rehabber on Sunday after both were re-sighted up on the North Mile of the
beach by refuge staff. Hopefully no more of these very beautiful out of
range ducks are found injured this summer along the beach.

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Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: lower Eastern Shore, July 25-29, 2015, VA & MD equal time, VA 1st.
Date: Fri Jul 31 2015 18:49 pm
From: harryarmistead AT hotmail.com
 
LOWER EASTERN SHORE, JULY 25-29, 2015, equal time in MD & VA, 1st in VA.  Because of frequent rains, I guess, many Magnolia grandiflora still have a few blossoms.  The crepe myrtles are luxuriant and there are some huge clusters of pokeweed, that will be patronized by catbirds and thrushes.  In the tidal and brackish areas the marsh hibiscuses are in full bloom, esp. at Pool 5 of Blackwater refuge. 



JULY 25, SATURDAY. Seen from Route 13: A doe & her little fawn near Smyrna, DE, out on the mud of a tidal creek. A Cattle Egret with cattle N of Pocomoke City, MD. At the Purdue chicken plant near Accomac, VA, 190 Canada Geese.



CHINCOTEAGUE, VA, AREA. Brief visits to 3 areas. The CAUSEWAY, 4:30-5:15, high tide, 84-85F., winds S 5-10: bald eagle 5, glossy ibis 8, short-billed dowitcher 80, greater yellowlegs 6, willet 3, Forsters tern 80, brown pelican 4, seaside sparrow 1, black-necked stilt 4, whimbrel 11, boat-tailed grackle 22, fish crow 5, great blue heron 6, great egret 80, snowy egret 75, black skimmer 65, little blue heron 5, tricolored heron 6, osprey 3, American oystercatcher 3, common tern 2, royal tern 1, white ibis 0, and Caspian tern 1. The fecundity of the causeway is so impressive. 100s of nesting gulls, laughing and herring. SNOW GOOSE POOL, except for the ditches, very dry, grassy, so not much action: white ibis 11, snowy egret 7, great egret 2, little blue heron 2, least sandpiper 5, black skimmer 1. SWAN COVE, water level low so lots of mud: cattle egret 55, snowy egret 7, white ibis 11, glossy ibis 3, tricolored heron 4, tundra swan 1 (no doubt disabled), little blue heron 5, great blue heron 3, osprey 1, American oystercatcher 1, semipalmated plover 25, greater yellowlegs 5, short-billed dowitcher 120, willet 8, royal tern 90, black skimmer 3, indigo bunting 1 male, Forsters tern 10, Canada goose 45, great egret 25, least/semipalmated sandpipers 110. With the big buildup to the pony festival there are 100s of cars yet am able to navigate around pretty well with few delays.



WHITE IBIS. I have talked with George Armistead about the count of 1,700 White Ibis that he, Tom Johnson, and Doug Gochfeld made early in the day of Thursday, July 23 on the Chincoteague causeway at Queen Sound. This was a careful count. George believes there may have been even more counted if they had started earlier in the day.



JULY 26, SUNDAY. CAPE CHARLES/KIPTOPEKE, VA. The day of the Delmarva Tip annual butterfly count that takes place within the same circle as the Cape Charles Christmas Bird Count. Twenty or so of us assemble at the Visitor Center of the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge (ESVNWR), incl. Teta Kain, Adrienne Frank et al. I accompany compiler Lynn Davidson and Hal Wierenga. We butterfly from 9 A.M. until 7 P.M., covering 50 miles of roads, mid-80s, sunny, S winds 10 m.p.h.



We pay special attention to patches of clover, sea oxeye, mustard, dogbane, several butterfly gardens, passion flowers (spectacular flowers but w/o butterflies), mimosas, and, especially, abelia bushes. The abelias of the ESVNWR are especially productive, examples of non-native plants that are prime butterfly habitat and should be preserved and even expanded. Their flowering is especially lush this summer. Areas we cover include Ramp Lane, Bulls Drive, ESVNWR, Magothy Bay Natural Area Preserve, and these roads: Custis Tomb, Holly Dale, Jacobia, and Arlington. This count is nice because you dont have to get up early, and much of the action is done within the comfort of a car with AC, peering at close range into road shoulders and ditches at vegetation good for butterflies. This is a skill set I do not do very well with, but Lynn & Hal are experts, seeing all sorts of butterflies before I do, if, in fact, I see them at all.



BUT FIRST THE BIRDS: Locally breeding species blue grosbeak 4, indigo bunting 7, white-eyed vireo 1, northern cardinal 6, Carolina wren 5, yellow-billed cuckoo 3, northern bobwhite 3, clapper rail 4, white ibis 80, bald eagle 3, chipping sparrow 6, northern mockingbird 7, grasshopper sparrow 17 (most of these, to our surprise, in low-growth soy bean fields), field sparrow 1, summer tanager 3 (incl. a male carrying food), eastern bluebird 4, orchard oriole 3, eastern meadowlark 2, red-tailed hawk 2, mourning dove 3, ruby-throated hummingbird 7, eastern wood pewee 2. Before we hook up LD & HW see a yellow-throated warbler at a well-vegetated puddle next to Holly Dale Road and later in the day we see 4 yellow warblers at the same place, all I suspect early migrants. Hal & Lynn also see 6 wild turkeys and a red fox early in the day.



Some of the dragonflies Lynn & Hal ID are halloween pennants, green darners, and amberwings. We also see a gray squirrel and hear another, the latter singing his little heart out, plus 3 cicada species, many hummingbird moths, 7 eastern cottontails, and 14 deer. A sap seep in an oak tree at Custis and several muddy puddles help to boost our butterfly totals.



The BUTTERFLIES. At least 29 species incl. > 200 swallowtails of 5 species (in order of abundance spicebush, tiger, palamedes, black, and 1 of the rare giants). There are lots of buckeyes, esp. in the clover. Also azures, red admiral, checkerspots, duskywings, eastern tailed blue, red-spotted purples, snouts, juniper hairstreaks, an American lady, a common wood nymph, tawny emperors, cabbage whites, cloudless and orange sulphurs, a couple of monarchs, variegated fritillaries, and various skippers: saltmarsh (fond of sea oxeye), zabulon, silver-spotted, broad-winged, and sachem plus an additional hairstreak whose name escapes me. Im not very familiar with bugs so pardon any incorrect nomenclature.



We dine at the Great Machipongo Clam Shack in Nassawadox. Pretty good food. Excellent clam chowder & stewed tomatoes, good flounder, and a merely so-so martini. The GMCS is loaded with hundreds of knickknacks and accessories to food, most of them pretty tasteful once one gets past the T-shirt section, and there are huge freezers full of seafood with notices on them to open them up. Afterwards there is a vigorous chorus of katydids outside of the restaurant right next to the parking area under a waxing gibbous moon and it is nice to listen to some great organ compositions on Pipe Dreams on the way south to my minimalist but somewhat inexpensive motel room, that lacks a phone, a clock, and, to this sinus-challenged birdhead, a comforting, reassuring box of tissues, but to its credit it does have a small fridge but the Peacock suffices. And Room 3 will again be the site of the Cape Charles Christmas Bird Count compilation, c. 7 P.M., this coming December 30. In spite of such vagaries, a MOST stimulating day.



JULY 27, MONDAY. Nice to sleep in. Work my way north, ending at our place, Rigbys Folly, on Ferry Neck, Talbot County, MD, at 7:45 P.M. Hand-lettered sign near Townsend, VA: For sale. Horse and greenhead fly trap. Later Dave Brinker gives me a tutorial on what this is. On the traffic report of WHRO: Armistead is congested. A road named after an ancestor. As it turns out I AM congested, out of Claritin, but WHRO has no way of knowing this.



OYSTER, VA DUMP & LANDFILL. 9:45 10:10 A.M. Substantial rain. Stayed in the car. Theyre accommodating here. If you go be extremely courteous and respectful. Night-herons 79 (incl. at least 6 adult Yellow-crowned Night Herons, 56 black vultures, 235 Canada geese, 20 Herring and 215 laughing gulls, 5 snowy egrets, 4 great egrets, but, surprisingly, no boat-tailed grackles or fish crows. 75F., S 5-10, overcast, and, the rain. The night herons, motionless in the willows, gray eminences, as are the black vultures, waiting for the next delivery of delectable garbage.



WILLIS WHARF, VA. 75F., 10:30 11 A.M., calm, overcast, low tide. Whimbrel 10, killdeer 2, greater yellowlegs 1, great blue heron 7, green heron 2, great egret 12, Caspian 1, Forsters 6 & gull-billed 1 terns, American oystercatcher 2, least sandpiper 11, semipalmated plover 5, barn swallow 50, yellow-crowned night heron 1 immature, snowy egret 2, and bald eagle 1 plus a painted turtle in the Ballard Park pond. Zero willets, marbled godwits, or ruddy turnstones. TEMPERANCEVILLE, VA, near the Tyson chicken plant: 2 bald eagles.



DEAL ISLAND W.M.A., Somerset County, MD. 12:45 2:15 P.M., 81-85F., mostly overcast, winds SW 15, high tide but falling. To be sure, work has been done on the periphery of the 2,800-acre impoundment, but there are next-to-no birds in it. Dumpster Road is open. Edges of Riley Roberts Road have been bushogged. Both roads have gravel and 15 m.p.h. is about as comfortable as one, at least this one, can drive. Great egret 58, snowy egret 19, black-necked stilt 1 large, flying juvenile, glossy ibis 9 (checked for white-faced but no), tricolored heron 2, unIDd duck 7, great blue heron 3, Canada goose 11, bald eagle 2, black vulture 4, turkey vulture 14, osprey 4, short-billed dowitcher 1, greater yellowlegs 17, seaside sparrow 7, boat-tailed grackle 1, northern harrier 1, red-winged blackbird 70, eastern bluebird 3, and eastern kingbird 1 plus a male Black Swallowtail and 2 deer. No willets the breeders have probably left.



BLACKWATER N.W.R., MD: 83-87F., mostly overcast, SW 15, 3:45 6 P.M., tidal water high, impounded fresh waters low. Not a GREAT deal. Mallard 49, American black duck 8, Canada goose 24, spotted 1, least 19 & semipalmated 8 sandpipers, greater yellowlegs 8, red-headed woodpecker 3 (2 adults & 1 flying juvenile), Virginia rail 4, chipping sparrow 12, pileated woodpecker 1, green heron 1, great blue heron 12, great egret 14, snowy egret 3, bald eagle 9, osprey 6, red-tailed hawk 1, Forsters tern 3, red-winged blackbird 1,240 (funny time of year to see a big blackbird flock, eh?), indigo bunting 3, blue grosbeak 3, eastern kingbird 3, American white pelican 1, and tree swallow 70 plus 1 deer, 2 painted turtles, and 2 eastern cottontails (plus an additional bunny d.o.r.). Most of the shorebirds are in Pool 5B.



RIGBYS FOLLY, arrive c. 7:50 P.M. Fair, 81F., winds SW 5+, 13.5/16ths in the rain gauge since last time. Ruby-throated hummingbird at the feeder, 1 green heron. In the cove 3 diamondback terrapin. 3 does at the driveway bend. Fields are still fallow, lush with grasses and weeds, and much sorghum left over from last years spillage. A gray squirrel scampers, lickety-split, across Route 329 earlier in the day.



JULY 28, TUESDAY. 4 painted turtles in Frog Hollow. Lots of bluets (damselflies) over the SAV around the dock. Most of this SAV is Ruppia maritima, and there is A LOT of it, the cove a morass. Jan Reese suggests that much of the SAV here earlier in the year is Zannichellia palustris (Horned Pondweed), saying that the Ruppia (Widgeon Grass, still spelled with the d in contrast to the bird) develops later. A doe and 2 small fawns at the driveway bend at 7:15 P.M. Just take it easy today, sleep 10 hours last night, recovering from 2 active days. 4 pearl crescents. Do a few chores. Two bald eagles low, over Field 7.



JULY 29, WEDNESDAY.



BLACKWATER N.W.R. (+ Egypt Road, too), 6:45-7:30 A.M. What a difference a day (or a different time of day) makes. Some of yesterdays totals from the late afternoon are in parentheses: great egret 63 (14), bald eagle 18 (9), eastern cottontail 11 (2), greater yellowlegs 4 (8), semipalmated plover 1 (0), red-tailed hawk 1, snowy egret 6 (3), American black duck 13 (8), red-headed woodpecker 1, American white pelican 1 (1), grasshopper sparrow 1, least/semipalmated sandpiper 25, indigo bunting 4, blue grosbeak 4, gray squirrel 1. In the late afternoon today, c. 3:41 P.M., at Blackwater: 245 brown-headed cowbirds, 4 Forsters terns, and a short-billed dowitcher. 60 rock pigeons (a lot for this county) in a field west of Egypt Road.



ADAM ISLAND, DORCHESTER COUNTY, MD. 9 A.M. noon. A trip to band young brown pelicans. Thirty will have specimens taken to test for West Nile Virus and Avian Influenza also. There are c. 125 pairs. We band 252 young pelicans, all of them downies (with little or no feathering yet) as opposed to nearly adult-sized bruisers and so-called naked chicks (those too small to band and lacking down or feathers). The recovery rate for banded brown pelicans is 8% according to Dave Brinker, so with any luck 20 or so of our birds today will be heard from again.



There are 19 of us, organized by Dave and John Weske and including Don Webster, Marion Clement, and Beth Reynolds, transported in 3 boats. I see no sign of the great blue herons and the bald eagle pair that nested on Adam in recent years. Off to the south on Holland Island, where once we banded 1,456 chicks in one day, apparently no pelicans are breeding this year, but there are still plenty of cormorants. Dorchesters former thriving heron/ibis colonies are a shadow of what they used to be. Most of the cormorant nests today far fewer than pelican nests - are on the remains of the toppled U. S. Navy tower.



Counts of flight-capable birds in sight at one time: Double-crested cormorant 55, brown pelican 240, herring gull 135, great black-backed gull 20. Also seen: great egret 1, osprey 4 (2 pairs; 2 nests seen), American oystercatcher 8, seaside sparrow 1, unIDd duck 1 (probably a gadwall; it is backlit), least sandpiper 14, laughing gull 1, barn swallow 2, MUTE SWAN 2. High tide c. noon. Winds SW 5-10, fair, temps. In the low-mid 80s. I made what I believe is a complete count of pelican nests still with eggs with these results: 1 egg 2 nests; 2 eggs 2 nests; 3 eggs 4 nests; 2 eggs & 1 young 3 nests; 1 egg & 2 young 1 nest. Plus there are perhaps 30-40 downies still too small to band. This is my 49th year of visits to the Dorchester islands, the first being 1967 when Van Hubbard and I took my small skiff up Fin Creek on Bloodsworth Island.



Some ADAM ISLAND DRAMATIS PERSONAE. John, bearing bandoliers of strings of bands and parachute cord at a jaunty angle, and cutoff leather gloves, looks like and is the genuine article, and he closes the clunky pelican bands with the precision and speed of a neurosurgeon, and is great company, too. Beth, the only person I know who has recordings of klezmer reggae, and Marion, also get good crimps on the bands they do when I bring them birds to process. Don, longtime DNR person, has tales of recent 5-figure counts of Redheads on the lower Chesapeake Bay of MD, that I bet no birders are aware of, symptomatic of the gulf between them and game biologists. He also knows former Phillies owner Ruly Carpenter and has been hunting locally with the likes of Mike Schmidt, Larry Bowa, and Greg Luzinski.



CROCHERON: royal tern 9, double-crested cormorant 40, brown pelican 11.



MISCELLANEOUS OTHER SIGHTINGS TODAY. Route 33 at 5:40 A.M. a d.o.r. Striped Skunk. A gray squirrel next to Route 50 in Easton. A yellow-billed cuckoo at Golden Hill. A red-headed woodpecker at the big bend of Route 336 and Edgar Road.



ROYAL TERNS. John Weske et al. banded 45 royal tern chicks recently at Reedy Island, the little island c. 2 mi. N of Skimmer Island (Ocean City, MD).



DOLPHINS. Talbot County. Recently sizeable pods of dolphins have been encountered in the Tred Avon and Miles rivers. Our neighbors, Michael & Nancy Lytell, saw some in the Tred Avon recently and photographed the falcate dorsal fin, all that was showing, of one. Ive never seen them from our shoreline and would like to get them on the yard list along with the manatee seen recently in the Delaware-Chesapeake Canal. Marshall Iliff and I saw some dolphins once off Holland Island on a June 1 and Jared Sparks and I found a dead one on Adam Island. Thanks to Kathy Shuman for this informative UR:.



http://patch.com/maryland/anna...



Best to all. Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.



Fortunately, for squirrels, they have cuteness on their side. Plenty of people feed squirrels just like other people feed birds. The troublemakers acrobatics can be fun to watch. But, rodents that they are, after a while their gnawing, feeder-destroying habits may shave points off the cuteness factor. Feeding wild birds in America: culture, commerce & conservation by Paul J. Baicich, Margaret A. Barker & Carrol L. Henderson (Texas A&M University Press, 2015, 306 p.) [My Droll Yankee feeders have been patronized by squirrels for many years; these feeders seem impervious to any squirrel damage. HTA]
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Subject: not N Harrier, Centerville, Fairfax County
Date: Fri Jul 31 2015 10:06 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Retracting the n. Harrier in favor of the much more likely juvenile red-shouldered hawk.

Sarah Anderson
Cabin John, MD

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> On Jul 31, 2015, at 10:39 AM, Sarah Anderson wrote:
>
> Standing in the parking lot of my veterinarian's office near the intersection of Rt 28 and Yorkshire Ln just now (7/31, 10:15), without binoculars. I saw a fairly pale, large raptor flying high above. It was doing a few quick flaps followed by a long glide. Tail was pale, under body was pale but the wing tips were obviously very dark and then very light at the "wrist". The contrast was very pronounced as it did the quick flaps. Even though it was up high I think it was a "gray ghost" Northern Harrier. If anyone else has thoughts about what it might have been feel free to post here or respond directly. It sure was beautiful against the very clear blue sky!
>
> Sarah Anderson
> Cabin John, MD
>
> Sent from my prrreciousss6pluss
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Subject: N Harrier?, Centerville, Fairfax County
Date: Fri Jul 31 2015 9:42 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Standing in the parking lot of my veterinarian's office near the intersection of Rt 28 and Yorkshire Ln just now (7/31, 10:15), without binoculars. I saw a fairly pale, large raptor flying high above. It was doing a few quick flaps followed by a long glide. Tail was pale, under body was pale but the wing tips were obviously very dark and then very light at the "wrist".   The contrast was very pronounced as it did the quick flaps.  Even though it was up high I think it was a "gray ghost" Northern Harrier.  If anyone else has thoughts about what it might have been feel free to post here or respond directly. It sure was beautiful against the very clear blue sky!

Sarah Anderson
Cabin John, MD

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> On Jul 30, 2015, at 9:10 PM, Jeff Blalock wrote:
>
>
>
> From my iPhone
>
> May God Bless and Keep You
>
> Jeff Blalock
> 103 Elizabeth Court
> South Boston VA 24592
> 434-572-8619 Home
> 434-470-4352 Cell
> jcbabirder@gcronline.com
>
>
> Begin forwarded message:
>
>> From: ebird-checklist@cornell.edu
>> Date: July 30, 2015 at 9:07:42 PM EDT
>> To: jcbabirder@gcronline.com
>> Subject: eBird Report - 103 Elizabeth Court, South Boston, VA, Jul 30, 2015
>>
>> 103 Elizabeth Court, South Boston, VA, Halifax, Virginia, US
>> Jul 30, 2015 7:00 AM
>> Protocol: Incidental
>> Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.0.1 Build 5
>> 20 species
>>
>> Turkey Vulture 1
>> Mourning Dove 4
>> Chimney Swift 2
>> Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
>> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
>> Blue Jay 5
>> Carolina Chickadee 2
>> Tufted Titmouse 2
>> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
>> House Wren 1
>> Carolina Wren 2
>> American Robin 1
>> Northern Mockingbird 1
>> Kentucky Warbler 1 A New Yard Bird. Pictures taken from inside house through backdoor and storm door.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Chipping Sparrow 1
>> Song Sparrow 1
>> Northern Cardinal 5
>> Red-winged Blackbird 20
>> House Finch 5
>> American Goldfinch 3
>>
>> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24434527
>>
>> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Subject: Kentucky Warbler
Date: Fri Jul 31 2015 6:25 am
From: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
 
I forgot to mention in the subject line on the Forward email from eBird that I sent last night had pictures of a Kentucky Warbler that stopped by for a few brief minutes

This was a New Yard Bird. The pics are not that good as I took them through both the glass in the back and storm doors


From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
103 Elizabeth Court
South Boston VA 24592
434-572-8619 Home
434-470-4352 Cell
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Subject: Caspian Tern at Holliday Lake State Park, Appomattox County
Date: Thu Jul 30 2015 23:36 pm
From: e3spears AT gmail.com
 
A quick afternoon walk around the park turned into a run after seeing a
large white bird diving for fish at the far end of Holliday Lake. I snapped
a few distant pictures and then bolted down Lakeshore Trail for about half
a mile. By the time I reached the Northridge Overlook the bird was gone.
The photographs revealed the bird's large size, black cap, and bright red
bill indicative of a CASPIAN TERN. First mid-summer regional record; most
previous sightings are from April or September. Another tern (yet
unidentified) was seen this past weekend by a couple birders at Sandy River
Reservoir.

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

Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24437551

Evan Spears
Farmville, VA
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - 103 Elizabeth Court, South Boston, VA, Jul 30, 2015
Date: Thu Jul 30 2015 20:12 pm
From: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
 


From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

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


Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist@cornell.edu
> Date: July 30, 2015 at 9:07:42 PM EDT
> To: jcbabirder@gcronline.com
> Subject: eBird Report - 103 Elizabeth Court, South Boston, VA, Jul 30, 2015
>
> 103 Elizabeth Court, South Boston, VA, Halifax, Virginia, US
> Jul 30, 2015 7:00 AM
> Protocol: Incidental
> Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.0.1 Build 5
> 20 species
>
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Mourning Dove 4
> Chimney Swift 2
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Blue Jay 5
> Carolina Chickadee 2
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> House Wren 1
> Carolina Wren 2
> American Robin 1
> Northern Mockingbird 1
> Kentucky Warbler 1 A New Yard Bird. Pictures taken from inside house through backdoor and storm door.
>
>
>
>
> Chipping Sparrow 1
> Song Sparrow 1
> Northern Cardinal 5
> Red-winged Blackbird 20
> House Finch 5
> American Goldfinch 3
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24434527
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
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Subject: Virginia Rare Bird Alert
Date: Thu Jul 30 2015 19:35 pm
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 


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*** Species Summary:

Anhinga (1 Caroline)
White Ibis (1 Fairfax)
Northern Waterthrush (1 Prince William)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 Bedford)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) (1)
- Reported Jul 30, 2015 09:30 by John Yowell
- Logjam Pond, Caroline, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.0884603,-77.310968&ll8.0884603,-77.310968
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24433098
- Comments: "observed for 20min perched on top of a dead standing tree in the middle of the pond."

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (1)
- Reported Jul 27, 2015 07:00 by Lori Cohen
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7589,-77.0959&ll8.7589,-77.0959
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24435219
- Comments: "Confirmed by the group led by H Glasgow"

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1)
- Reported Jul 29, 2015 07:00 by Phil Silas
- Occoquan Bay NWR - CPW02, Prince William, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.6455061,-77.2361183&ll8.6455061,-77.2361183
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24436001
- Comments: "Clear looks as it hopped and moved in front as I birded Wildlife Drive along the golf course. Exhibited the typical rapid tail-pumping, the streaked underparts were against a buffy yellow wash unlike the lighter LOWA."

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 28, 2015 10:15 by Mary Tankersley
- Hearkening Hill Trail, Bedford, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.4475985,-79.6142936&ll7.4475985,-79.6142936
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24430896
- Comments: "mature male seen high up in the oaks- unmistakable"

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Subject: Many bird books for sale at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library this Saturday and Sunday
Date: Thu Jul 30 2015 17:55 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Dear Birders,
I volunteer at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library.  We were donated a large number of books on birding.  They are not the latest identification books (Peterson, National Geographic, Sibley), but older ones plus many other bird books which I have never seen before.  We open Saturday at 10 am and hardbacks will be $3 and paperbacks $2.  There is a bag sale Sunday.
I have been seeing male and female hummingbirds in my garden sporadically these last two weeks.  Just one at a time. They have been at the monarda and cardinal flower.
Happy birding,  Lisette in McLean
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Subject: New Early Date for TN Warbler in Buchanan County
Date: Wed Jul 29 2015 22:55 pm
From: rogermayhorn AT gmail.com
 
This evening, Wednesday, July 29, an adult male Tennessee Warbler surprised
me when it came to our yard stream here on Compton Mt to drink and bathe
along with a Blue-winged Warbler and a Yellow-throated Warbler. This
Tennessee is a new early fall date for our place and for Buchanan County.
Normally the first Tennessees arrive here around the 23 or 24 of August. We
did have one unusually early arrival in 2007 on August 10.



Roger Mayhorn

Compton Mt

Buchanan County

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Subject: Virginia Rare Bird Alert
Date: Wed Jul 29 2015 18:58 pm
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 


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*** Species Summary:

Ruddy Duck (1 Surry)
Mississippi Kite (1 Virginia Beach)
Cerulean Warbler (1 Powhatan)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) (3)
- Reported Jul 29, 2015 07:20 by Adam D'Onofrio
- Hog Island WMA - CSW04, Surry, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.1809086,-76.6829395&ll7.1809086,-76.6829395
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24421144
- Comments: "Possibly the same birds that were seen here on 6/10. One male in breeding, one male in nonbreeding and one female. Photos.
"

Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 28, 2015 18:22 by Benjamin Miller
- Curtiss Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.896049,-76.128889&ll6.896049,-76.128889
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24413778
- Comments: "Continuing breeding birds. The nest was seen clearly, although no young were in it. One adult was observed flying, while an immature provided good views in the tree.


"

Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea) (1)
- Reported Jul 27, 2015 08:00 by Mary Coker
- Old Buckingham Rd, Powhatan VA, Powhatan, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.533688,-77.8992462&ll7.533688,-77.8992462
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24398128
- Comments: "seen at a distance of about 5 yds. Had been in the treetop at edge of woods, dropped down for about 30 seconds, long enough to get a good look. i was most struck by how small it was, Blue and white marbling on the breast and flanks. Did not have a camera with me unfortunately but did get a good look."

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Subject: Virginia Rare Bird Alert
Date: Tue Jul 28 2015 18:48 pm
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 


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*** Species Summary:

Tundra Swan (Whistling) (1 Accomack)
Mississippi Kite (2 Virginia Beach)
Bonaparte's Gull (2 Fairfax)
Rock Pigeon (2 Hampton)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Tundra Swan (Whistling) (Cygnus columbianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 26, 2015 15:00 by George Armistead
- 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=S24408524
- Comments: "*Continuing adult in Swan Cove. Documentation photo for shits 'n giggles. TBJ should have better ones."

Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 27, 2015 14:30 by Andrew Rapp
- US-VA-Virginia Beach-4608-4610 Curtiss Dr, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.896326,-76.128818&ll6.896326,-76.128818
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24403884
- Comments: "Continuing adult pair circling overhead and the fledgling that fledged yesterday was sitting 3 feet below the nest."

Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 27, 2015 14:30 by Eve Gaige
- US-VA-Virginia Beach-4608-4610 Curtiss Dr, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.896326,-76.128818&ll6.896326,-76.128818
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24408681
- Comments: "Continuing adult pair circling overhead and the fledgling that fledged yesterday was sitting 3 feet below the nest."

Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) (1)
- Reported Jul 27, 2015 19:00 by Amelia Dungan
- Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7695,-77.0494&ll8.7695,-77.0494
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24405211
- Comments: "Continuing bird. As previously reported, breeding plumage bird with black head. Seen from final viewing platform, sitting on the branch in the channel between the two islands with Forester's Terns."

Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) (1)
- Reported Jul 27, 2015 19:00 by Keith Maley
- Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7695,-77.0494&ll8.7695,-77.0494
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24404706
- Comments: "Continuing bird. As previously reported, breeding plumage bird with black head. Seen from final viewing platform, sitting on the branch in the channel between the two islands with Forester's Terns."

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) (18) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 27, 2015 08:29 by Eve Gaige
- US-VA-Hampton - 37.0306x-76.3361 - Jul 27, 2015, 8:33 AM, Hampton, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.030578,-76.33609&ll7.030578,-76.33609
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24408685
- Comments: "I don't see option in Birdlog for feral pigeon"

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) (18) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 27, 2015 08:29 by Andrew Rapp
- US-VA-Hampton - 37.0306x-76.3361 - Jul 27, 2015, 8:33 AM, Hampton, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.030578,-76.33609&ll7.030578,-76.33609
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24403871
- Comments: "I don't see option in Birdlog for feral pigeon"

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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington Area, July 28
Date: Tue Jul 28 2015 9:18 am
From: joecoleman AT rstarmail.com
 
FYI  - this report is for sightings from July 21 through July 27 and was
compiled by Gerry Hawkins & transcribed by Steve Cordle.

Joe Coleman



Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist

Date: 7/28/2015

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

Reports, comments and questions: voice@anshome.org


Compiler: Gerry Hawkins

Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central

Atlantic States (independent of NAS)

Transcriber: Steve Cordle



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This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, July 21 and was
completed on Tuesday, July 28 at 9:15 a.m.



The top birds this week were NEOTROPIC CORMORANT* in MD and SWALLOW-TAILED
KITE in DE.



Other birds of interest this week included SNOW GOOSE, TRUMPETER and TUNDRA
SWANS, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, CANVASBACK, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, BLUE-WINGED
TEAL, WOOD DUCK, RED-THROATED LOON, COMMON LOON, HORNED GREBE, AMERICAN
WHITE PELICAN, TRICOLORED HERON, WHITE IBIS, MISSISSIPPI KITE, BROAD-WINGED
HAWK, COMMON GALLINULE, SANDHILL CRANE, RUFF, AMERICAN AVOCET, UPLAND
SANDPIPER, RED-NECKED and WILSON'S PHALAROPES, GULL-BILLED TERN, EURASIAN
COLLARED-DOVE, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, PURPLE MARTIN, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK.



TOP BIRDS



Birders continued to observe a NEOTROPIC CORMORANT* at Violette's Lock on
the C&O Cana in Montgomery Co, MD, with the latest sighting on July 27.



On July 24 a SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was beautifully photographed in flight over
Gordon's Pond in Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co, DE.



OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST



On July 27 a SNOW GOOSE was found with CANADA GEESE along the John J
Williams Highway in Sussex Co, DE. A tagged TRUMPETER SWAN* continues at
Lake Churchill in Montgomery Co, MD, with the latest sighting on July 27. A
TUNDRA SWAN continues at Swan Cove in Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA and
at Pemberton Manor, Queen Anne's Co, MD, with the latest sightings on July
26 and 24, respectively.



Out-of-season waterfowl also included all three scoter species, including
perhaps most notably a male WHITE-WINGED SCOTER at Big Water Farm in Queen
Anne's Co, MD on July 25. In addition, a male CANVASBACK was seen at
Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, VA on July 22 and Tydings Memorial Park in
Harford Co, MD on July 25; and a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was found at
Patuxent River Park - Jackson Landing, Prince George's Co, MD on July 22 and
23 and Lock Raven Reservoir - Loch Raven Point, Baltimore Co, MD on July 23.




A BLUE-WINGED TEAL was observed flying by Swan Creek Wetland - Cox Creek,
Anne Arundel Co, MD on July 26 and in a cell there on July 27, which likely
were early migrants as this species is one of the first ducks to migrate
following breeding.



A location a short distance north of the Seneca Creek Aqueduct above Riley's
Lock on the C&O Canal in Montgomery Co, MD appears to be a molt-migration
location for WOOD DUCKS based on the 56 individuals found there on July 26.




On July 25 a RED-THROATED LOON with an injured wing was again seen near the
dam in the Kerr Reservoir in Mecklenburg Co, VA. A COMMON LOON in
nonbreeding plumage was spotted at The Point in Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co,
DE on July 26. On the next day a birder walking on the beach at Fort Monroe
in Hampton, VA was surprised to see a preening HORNED GREBE there.



A high of ten AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS continue along Fowler Beach and Prime
Hook Roads in Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE, with the latest sighting on
July 27.



Post-breeding dispersal produced many herons and egrets in the reporting
area. These included TRICOLORED HERONS at several locations, including a
high of seven, all juveniles, at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
(Horsehead), Queen Anne's Co, MD all week; a single continuing individual at
Jackson Landing or Selby's Landing in Patuxent River Park, Prince George's
Co, MD on July 22, 23 and 26; and a high of three at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent
Co, DE all week.



The substantial invasion of WHITE IBIS, almost entirely young birds,
continued at various coastal locations as far north as New Castle Co, DE and
into PA and NJ. The high count during the week was an estimated 1,700
individuals at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on July 23. Inland
sightings included 1-2 individuals at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA
all week and, outside the reporting area, a continuing individual as far
north as Wildwood Lake Park north of Harrisburg in Dauphin Co, PA on July
21-26.



On July 21, 22 and 25 two MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen perched, in flight and
copulating several times near Monticello Park in Alexandria, VA, which is a
new location in the reporting area for this species. Sightings of continuing
MISSISSIPPI KITES in Virginia Beach, VA included a recent fledgling in the
Thoroughgood neighborhood on July 25 and 27.



Sightings of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, which included two individuals at the Blue
Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship in northwestern Loudoun Co, VA on
July 25, indicate the onset of raptor migration.



On July 23 and 24 a COMMON GALLINULE was seen again at Southwest Area Park
in Baltimore Co, MD, and on July 24 one was heard at the appropriately named
Moorhen Pond on Elliot Island Road in Dorchester Co, MD.



A SANDHILL CRANE was seen again at Quail Covey Farm Pond in Queen Anne's Co,
MD on July 22.



Shorebirds increased in numbers and diversity and included small numbers of
WHIMBREL, MARBLED GODWIT, RED KNOT, STILT SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER,
WESTERN SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and WILSON'S SNIPE among other
species. In addition, a continuing male RUFF was seen in Shearness Pool at
Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE through July 24. On July 22 three AMERICAN
AVOCETS* were seen at Dyke Marsh WP in Fairfax Co, VA, which is a relatively
rare inland sighting of this species in VA.



UPLAND SANDPIPERS were found at several locations. On July 22 one was seen
in the first field east of Route 85 along the south side of Lilypons Road in
Frederick Co, MD, which is directly across Route 85 from the Oland Road
field where this species has often been found this time of year. On July 22
and 24 1-2 UPLAND SANDPIPERS were seen again at and near (along Bergold
Lane) Dover Air Force Base (restricted access) in Kent Co, DE, which is a
regular migrating location for this species. On July 26-28 a high of four
UPLAND SANDPIPERS were observed at the Salisbury Airport, Wicomico Co, MD.



Noteworthy shorebird sightings also included two RED-NECKED PHALAROPES and
six WILSON'S PHALAROPES at the Craney Island Disposal Area in Portsmouth, VA
on July 23.



GULL-BILLED TERNS were seen at several locations outside of breeding areas
in southeastern Virginia, including one at Truitt's Landing, Worcester Co,
MD on July 22 and 23, one on Skimmer Island in Ocean City, Worcester Co, MD
on July 27, and two at the Ted Harvey WMA - Logan Lane Tract North, Kent Co,
DE on July 24.



EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES were seen again along Magotha Road and at Eastern
Shore of Virginia NWR in Northampton Co, VA on July 24 and 26, respectively,
and also continue at various locations in Radford and Pulaski Co, VA.



On July 25 a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was found along Rough Road a short distance
west of the intersection with Flat Rock Road in Mecklenburg Co, VA.



On July 26 a very large flock of PURPLE MARTINS, estimated at well over
1,000 birds, was seen swirling over the Home Depot on Pleasant Valley Avenue
in Winchester, VA, which has been a staging area for this species in past
years.



The beginning of southbound migration of passerines was further suggested by
recent reports of several species of wood warbler, including an early
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH at Monticello Park, Fairfax Co, VA on July 25, and
perhaps a male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK that was photographed at a residential
feeder in Chevy Chase, Montgomery Co, MD on July 24.



***



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



The Audubon Sanctuary Shop (301-652-3606, http://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: How did you start birding? Poll for VSO newsletter
Date: Mon Jul 27 2015 21:37 pm
From: nickenew1 AT gmail.com
 
Dear VA-bird readership and community,

Beginning this fall I will be writing a twice-annual column in the Virginia
Society of Ornithology's newsletter focusing on emerging birders,
up-and-coming ornithological research, young birders and a variety of other
topics pertaining to the future of birding and bird study in Virginia.

For this first issue I would like to explore the origins of our state's
birders', bird watchers' and ornithologists' interest in birds.

So, I am asking here for your path to an interest in birds. Specifically, I
am interested in those who began their journey prior to graduating college,
were involved in a youth bird club or have mentored young birders.

If you are willing it would help the column immensely to have your input.
Along with a brief description of your humble birding beginnings, other
helpful information could include: where and when you started birding, how
old you are, your level of activity in the birding community, whether or
not you use eBird, etc.

Don't be shy, your name will not be used in the column without your
specific knowledge. Please try to limit your response to a few sentences.
Responses must be submitted to this email address by Friday, 7/31.

Thank you!
Nick Newberry
Bird Club of William & Mary, President
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Subject: Huntley Meadows
Date: Mon Jul 27 2015 20:46 pm
From: davidlcrooks AT gmail.com
 
I had promised a link to some of my photos from Saturday morning at Huntley
Meadows on the Hike-Bike side:


Enjoy!

David L. Crooks


On Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 10:03 AM, David L. Crooks
wrote:

> I was on the Hike-Bike trial this morning and saw 1 White Ibis and 2
> Little Blue Herons, 1 Green Heron, 2 Great Blue Herons, and 7 Great Egrets.
> I will post a link to the photos once I get them processed.
>
> David L. Crooks
>
>
> On Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 8:50 AM, bryan peters wrote:
>
>> This AM: 2 White Ibis, 1 Little Blue Heron, numerous shore birds and
>> waders, 2 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Date: Mon Jul 27 2015 13:11 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
  The significantly lowered water level in the central wetland asdrawn a greatly diverse species of birds to Huntley Meadows.  The Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalkbirders tallied an impressive list of shorebirds and waders this morning as 21of them gathered to compile a list of 56 species.  There was no difficulty in spotting the WhiteIbis trio that has been in the Park for the past week or so, nor the littleBlue Herons.  Additionally, Spotted,Solitary,  Least and Lesser Yellowlegsandpipers were abundant. 
                                                                                                                                                                                  Canada Goose  10
Wood Duck  14
Mallard  7
Great Blue Heron  12
Great Egret  6
Little Blue Heron  3
Green Heron  9
White Ibis  1
Osprey  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Killdeer  3
Spotted Sandpiper  6
Solitary Sandpiper  7
Greater Yellowlegs  12
Least Sandpiper  15
Mourning Dove  6
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Barred Owl  1
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  5
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  7
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Acadian Flycatcher  5
Eastern Phoebe  5
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  2
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Tree Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  12
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Eastern Bluebird  3
American Robin  20
Gray Catbird  6
Brown Thrasher  4
Northern Mockingbird  1
Cedar Waxwing  3
Common Yellowthroat  9
Northern Cardinal  5
Indigo Bunting  3
Red-winged Blackbird  25
Common Grackle  20
Brown-headed Cowbird  7
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  17
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: Horned Grebe at Ft Monroe
Date: Mon Jul 27 2015 11:12 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Walking along the beach at Ft Monroe this morning, I was surprised to find
a Horned Grebe. It was on the beach preening which allowed for some good
photographing. It then slipped into the water and began forging around the
breakers. Three Yellow-crowned Night-Heron were feeding on the crabs in
the same area. A nice group of Royal Terns, Black Skimmers and Common
Terns, most likely from HRBT, were also flying along the beach.

Dave Youker
Yorktown, VA
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Subject: Northern Waterthrush at Monticello park 25 July
Date: Mon Jul 27 2015 8:15 am
From: Tom.Albright2 AT usdoj.gov
 
I spotted a Northern Waterthrush at MCP on the first day of our Fall migration survey this past Saturday. Also had a "yellowstart" and RE Vireo. Bill Young wrote the following... "This is an extremely early record for the species. The Gold Book lists the extreme early fall date as July 29 for the Coastal Plain, which includes Alexandria and Arlington. One of the closest places where Northern Waterthrushes are known to breed is Garrett County, MD., which is in farthest west county in the panhandle."
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Subject: Big Purple Martin roost in Winchester, VA
Date: Sun Jul 26 2015 21:26 pm
From: dec5z AT cms.mail.virginia.edu
 

At 8 PM this evening my wife and I found a huge flock of Purple Martins
swirling above the Home Depot off Pleasant Valley Avenue in Winchester. It
was hard to tell how many birds were in the air, but it was well over 1000
(there were also a few European Starlings in the mix). They seem to be
roosting in the trees in the Home Depot and Target parking lots. I've seen
roost here before (and I think this is one of the places Jon Little has
reported them in the past too).

David Carr
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Subject: Weekend birding - Poquoson, Gloucester, Mathews Counties
Date: Sun Jul 26 2015 21:17 pm
From: arun1bose AT gmail.com
 
Hello Birders,
Took a spin around some western bayside counties over the weekend. Nice to
be out in tolerable summer weather.

I birded around Messick Point, Poquoson, and Guinea in Gloucester Co on
Saturday.The tide wasn't on my side at Poquoson so shorebirds were scant.
Highlights here were cooperative young Clapper Rail, and a Tricolored Heron
perched on a bush apparently feeding on dragonflies (Seaside dragonlet?). I
also observed several Tricolored Herons at the end of Maryus Rd. in
Gloucester Co.

Sunday I visited Mathews Co starting at Bethel Beach NAP. The tide was on
my side this time with some flats showing in the lagoon. There was a nice
variety (although small numbers) of shorebirds. Highlights here were a
single Piping Plover, one Whimbrel and good showing of terns, particularly
Least and Common, and 18 Black Skimmer.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24393830 I have not added
photo links to flagged species yet, but some of the weekends birds are on
the Flickr.

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

Arun Bose
Richmond
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Subject: Merrimac Farm, Nokesville
Date: Sun Jul 26 2015 16:49 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Six birders trekked around Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area in Nokesville this morning and tallied 34 species.  We spent a great deal of time watching and photographing a pair of cooperating Black Vultures resting in a tree near the red barn.   The Area was unusually quiet as an indicator of the post nesting period in mid to late summer.  Visitors to Merrimac should be sure to explore the volunteer-built wildflower garden behind the stone house.  A beautiful setting that attracts an enormous number of pollinating insects.  Birds, wildflowers, insects - Merrimac Farm is a showcase of Nature's beauty.
 Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  3
Mourning Dove  3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  9
Downy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Acadian Flycatcher  3
Eastern Phoebe  3
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
White-eyed Vireo  3
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  8
Tree Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  3
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  12
Eastern Bluebird  1
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  4
European Starling  15
Prairie Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  6
Chipping Sparrow  3
Field Sparrow  1
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  6
Indigo Bunting  8
American Goldfinch  3
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 Jul 26 2015 16:09 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

Our group of ten tallied 36 species on a relatively quiet morning. It was good to see and hear YB cuckoos which have recently been absent. Over head swifts and swallows were back this week. All are welcome to join this Sunday morning walk that meets at 8:00am in the visitors center parking lot. During August the walk will continue to be held, but it may be leaderless. -- Marshall Rawson, McLean VA

Canada Goose 24
Mallard 8
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 1
Black Vulture 6
Turkey Vulture 6
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Mourning Dove 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 4
Chimney Swift 50
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 15
Tree Swallow 3
Barn Swallow 2
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 2
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 1
Chipping Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 1
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 6
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Common Grackle 1
Orchard Oriole 1
Baltimore Oriole 1
American Goldfinch 3



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Subject: Dyke Marsh walk and fledged birds, including Least Bitterns
Date: Sun Jul 26 2015 15:12 pm
From: pas2iche AT gmail.com
 
Sounds like you all had a great morning! To add to today's Dyke Marsh
count... This afternoon (3 PM-ish), I spotted a Bonaparte's Gull in
breeding plumage flying just north of the marina.

--Pete
Alexandria, VA

On Sun, Jul 26, 2015 at 12:39 PM, Larry Cartwright
wrote:

> Ten people attended today's Sunday morning walk at Dyke Marsh with others
> joining and departing as the walk proceeded. The walk starts at 8:00 every
> Sunday except during the Christmas Bird Count season and is open to
> everyone
> free of charge.
>
>
>
> The highlight was Ed and Myriam Eder's observation of a family group of
> Least Bitterns in the marsh vegetation along the channel separating the
> Haul
> Road peninsula from the main island. Unfortunately the canoe they were in
> sprang a leak and the two made a hasty retreat to the marina where Ed
> joined
> those of us on foot in the picnic area. In the picnic area we saw the
> first
> Caspian and Forster's Terns of the morning. Great Egrets were lining the
> shoreline waiting for the tide to go down before resuming foraging. We saw
> a Mallard hen with her brood of 4 young less than a week old just offshore.
> We saw no shorebirds despite the presence of extensive hydrilla mats. One
> female Orchard Oriole, one male Baltimore Oriole, and a young Great Crested
> Flycatcher foraged in a tree covered by wild grape vines in the south
> picnic
> area. Several Forster's Tern were present in the marina.
>
>
>
> A trip down the Haul Road yielded an Eastern Wood-Pewee in the company of a
> recently fledged young and a family group of Gray Catbirds. Fledged
> Red-bellied Woodpeckers were present at two locations and a Warbling Vireo
> remained on nest near the bend in the path leading to the boardwalk. It
> was
> a beautiful day to be out with a cool breeze keeping the walk comfortable
> and mosquitoes at bay.
>
>
>
> Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, Virginia, US Jul 26, 2015 7:57 AM - 10:27 AM
>
> Protocol: Traveling
>
> 1.5 mile(s)
>
> Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
>
> 44 species
>
>
>
> Canada Goose 25
>
> Mallard 90 Includes one hen with 4 precocial young less than a week
> old
>
> Double-crested Cormorant 3
>
> Least Bittern 4 Consists of family group with 2 fledged young in the
> channel between the Haul Road peninsula and the main island
>
> Great Blue Heron 5
>
> Great Egret 22
>
> Green Heron 1
>
> Osprey 12 Includes at least 3 fledged young
>
> Bald Eagle 1
>
> Ring-billed Gull 200
>
> Herring Gull (American) 1
>
> Caspian Tern 3
>
> Forster's Tern 9
>
> Mourning Dove 2
>
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 4 Includes 2 fledged young
>
> Downy Woodpecker 3
>
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
>
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 4 Includes at least one adult with recently fledged
> young (all dark bill, buffy bar on wing coverts, fresh plumage compared to
> worn adult. Located in an area just south of "Dead Beaver Beach" where a
> territorial male has been present since early June.
>
> Great Crested Flycatcher 2 Includes one fledged young
>
> Eastern Kingbird 6
>
> Warbling Vireo 1 On nest near boardwalk entrance
>
> Blue Jay 3
>
> Fish Crow 5
>
> Purple Martin 2
>
> Tree Swallow 5 Adult feeding nestlings in the nest box in the channel
> separating the Haul Road peninsula from the main island
>
> Barn Swallow 2
>
> Carolina Chickadee 8
>
> Tufted Titmouse 3
>
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
>
> Carolina Wren 5 Includes one bird carrying fecal sac
>
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
>
> American Robin 15
>
> Gray Catbird 5 Includes adult with 2 fledged young north of Dead
> Beaver
> Beach
>
> European Starling 50
>
> Northern Cardinal 15
>
> Indigo Bunting 2
>
> Red-winged Blackbird 30
>
> Common Grackle (Purple) 5
>
> Brown-headed Cowbird 1
>
> Orchard Oriole 1
>
> Baltimore Oriole 1
>
> House Finch 2
>
> American Goldfinch 8
>
> House Sparrow 7
>
>
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24385797
>
>
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
>
>
> Larry Cartwright
>
> prowarbler@verizon.net
>
>
>
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Subject: Dyke Marsh walk and fledged birds, including Least Bitterns
Date: Sun Jul 26 2015 11:44 am
From: prowarbler AT verizon.net
 
Ten people attended today's Sunday morning walk at Dyke Marsh with others
joining and departing as the walk proceeded. The walk starts at 8:00 every
Sunday except during the Christmas Bird Count season and is open to everyone
free of charge.



The highlight was Ed and Myriam Eder's observation of a family group of
Least Bitterns in the marsh vegetation along the channel separating the Haul
Road peninsula from the main island. Unfortunately the canoe they were in
sprang a leak and the two made a hasty retreat to the marina where Ed joined
those of us on foot in the picnic area. In the picnic area we saw the first
Caspian and Forster's Terns of the morning. Great Egrets were lining the
shoreline waiting for the tide to go down before resuming foraging. We saw
a Mallard hen with her brood of 4 young less than a week old just offshore.
We saw no shorebirds despite the presence of extensive hydrilla mats. One
female Orchard Oriole, one male Baltimore Oriole, and a young Great Crested
Flycatcher foraged in a tree covered by wild grape vines in the south picnic
area. Several Forster's Tern were present in the marina.



A trip down the Haul Road yielded an Eastern Wood-Pewee in the company of a
recently fledged young and a family group of Gray Catbirds. Fledged
Red-bellied Woodpeckers were present at two locations and a Warbling Vireo
remained on nest near the bend in the path leading to the boardwalk. It was
a beautiful day to be out with a cool breeze keeping the walk comfortable
and mosquitoes at bay.



Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, Virginia, US Jul 26, 2015 7:57 AM - 10:27 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8

44 species



Canada Goose 25

Mallard 90 Includes one hen with 4 precocial young less than a week old

Double-crested Cormorant 3

Least Bittern 4 Consists of family group with 2 fledged young in the
channel between the Haul Road peninsula and the main island

Great Blue Heron 5

Great Egret 22

Green Heron 1

Osprey 12 Includes at least 3 fledged young

Bald Eagle 1

Ring-billed Gull 200

Herring Gull (American) 1

Caspian Tern 3

Forster's Tern 9

Mourning Dove 2

Red-bellied Woodpecker 4 Includes 2 fledged young

Downy Woodpecker 3

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1

Eastern Wood-Pewee 4 Includes at least one adult with recently fledged
young (all dark bill, buffy bar on wing coverts, fresh plumage compared to
worn adult. Located in an area just south of "Dead Beaver Beach" where a
territorial male has been present since early June.

Great Crested Flycatcher 2 Includes one fledged young

Eastern Kingbird 6

Warbling Vireo 1 On nest near boardwalk entrance

Blue Jay 3

Fish Crow 5

Purple Martin 2

Tree Swallow 5 Adult feeding nestlings in the nest box in the channel
separating the Haul Road peninsula from the main island

Barn Swallow 2

Carolina Chickadee 8

Tufted Titmouse 3

White-breasted Nuthatch 2

Carolina Wren 5 Includes one bird carrying fecal sac

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6

American Robin 15

Gray Catbird 5 Includes adult with 2 fledged young north of Dead Beaver
Beach

European Starling 50

Northern Cardinal 15

Indigo Bunting 2

Red-winged Blackbird 30

Common Grackle (Purple) 5

Brown-headed Cowbird 1

Orchard Oriole 1

Baltimore Oriole 1

House Finch 2

American Goldfinch 8

House Sparrow 7



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



Larry Cartwright

prowarbler@verizon.net



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Subject: (no subject)
Date: Sun Jul 26 2015 10:18 am
From: jericson7 AT cox.net
 
During the last 15 hours three Eastern Kingbirds hatched in a nest on a boat at our dock.
Full sun and metal decks.
We went out to get baby pictures and add shade but Mama won’t budge!
Just glares at us and keeps on panting and shading her almost naked little wonders.
She is living up to her name, Tyrannus tyrannus.
If you are a bander and are interested please contact us directly.

Felicity Rask
Ware River, Gloucester
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Subject: Mississippi Kite in Arlington, VA
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 21:09 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
This is in City of Alexandria, not Arlington county



Dixie Sommers
dixiesommers@cs.com


On Saturday, July 25, 2015 David Bridge wrote:
Mississippi Kite in Arlington, VA On July 24, I received an email from a friend on wrote: “I was told that a pair of Mississippi Kites has been roosting on the street next to mine …” The impression received was that the birds at been roosting at this location for several days. Location: 605 and 607 Beverly Drive, Arlington, VA We arrived at this location about 6:10pm today, July 25, 2015. Between about 6:16 and about 6:36 there was one and sometimes two adult Mississippi Kites flying fairly high to very high, circling, clear visible against the higher white clouds. One bird appeared to be missing the number one and/or two primary feathers on both sides, a little indention was observed in the wing outline. I then lost the bird behind a large oak tree. Only discover one adult perched in the top of a dying tree behind the houses. The single adult bird remained perched in the same spot, preening from 6:38 to 7:13pm. Several poor, but identifiable pictures were taken. This location is about two blocks from Monticello Park. David Bridge Alexandria, VA *** You are subscribed to va-bird as dixiesommers@cs.com. If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/l... ***
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Subject: 7/25/15 - Virginia Beach - Princess Anne WMA Whitehurst Tract & Southern VB
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 21:05 pm
From: robbielawski AT gmail.com
 
Folks,

*Highlights*
7:55 to 9:00 AM - 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 4 Solitary
Sandpipers (a bit ironic), 8 Killdeer, several Peeps (likely Least, but
can't tell for certain from photographs or observation), 1 Cattle Egret,
Northern Bobwhite again calling near northeastern corner, no visual on that
one though.

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

*Notes*
Shorebirds a bit more numerous this week that last Saturday, with a better
variety including the above species. The Solitary Sandpipers were the best
surprise, as I didn't expect to see 4 individuals near each other on the
northernmost cell of the southern half of the park (same cell the Ruff was
located last August). I have been hoping for a Pectoral Sandpiper there,
and I think in the next couple weeks one or more will show up there. One
Northern Bobwhite was also heard several times calling from the northern
part of the WMA, though I never spotted it. A Greater Yellowlegs was a nice
addition to the list after not seeing any for a few weeks here. Orchard
Orioles / Blue Grosbeaks / Indigo Buntings were seen across the park. A
Cattle Egret & a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron were nice surprises as
well, having seen no Great Egret or Snowy Egret on any of the impoundments.
The "ring" trail that wraps around the west, north, and middle cells of the
Southern half of the park has recently been mowed, which thankfully makes
it much easier to check out all the cells in this area. The entry trail is
still very overgrown though, so you still need to spray up before heading
south from Munden Road, unless you want to deal with ticks/chiggers.

After exiting the park I spent some time just driving around southern
Virginia Beach, heading down Back Bay Landing Road and then also Blackwater
Road. I spent some time photographing non-bird species (see link above),
and passed by the Anhinga pond, but didn't notice any, so I'm wondering if
they're nesting there again this year or not. Perhaps they moved their
nest, since I did see reports of them being seen this year in that area.

*Full Outing Details & All Photos (Posted each Mon for the previous Mon-Sun
Timeframe)*

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


Rob Bielawski

Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: Mississippi Kite in Arlington, VA
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 20:30 pm
From: bridgedavid AT earthlink.net
 
Mississippi Kite in Arlington, VA

On July 24, I received an email from a friend on wrote:
“I was told that a pair of Mississippi Kites has been roosting on the street next to mine …”
The impression received was that the birds at been roosting at this location for several days.

Location: 605 and 607 Beverly Drive, Arlington, VA
We arrived at this location about 6:10pm today, July 25, 2015.
Between about 6:16 and about 6:36 there was one and sometimes two adult Mississippi Kites
flying fairly high to very high, circling, clear visible against the higher white clouds.
One bird appeared to be missing the number one and/or two primary feathers on both sides,
a little indention was observed in the wing outline.
I then lost the bird behind a large oak tree.
Only discover one adult perched in the top of a dying tree behind the houses.
The single adult bird remained perched in the same spot, preening from 6:38 to 7:13pm.
Several poor, but identifiable pictures were taken.

This location is about two blocks from Monticello Park.

David Bridge
Alexandria, VA
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Subject: Virginia Rare Bird Alert
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 19:07 pm
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 


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*** Species Summary:

Tundra Swan (1 Accomack)
Common Merganser (1 Mecklenburg)
Red-throated Loon (3 Mecklenburg)
Pied-billed Grebe (2 Mecklenburg)
White Ibis (1 Charles City, 4 Fairfax, 1 York)
Mississippi Kite (2 Virginia Beach)
American Coot (2 Mecklenburg)
Piping Plover (1 Virginia Beach)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (1 Northampton)
Loggerhead Shrike (3 Mecklenburg)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (1 Highland)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 07:45 by Joel Martin
- Chincoteague NWR--Swan Cove, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.8941,-75.3485&ll7.8941,-75.3485
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24375908
- Comments: "Continuing at the NE corner of Swan Cove."

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 11:30 by Jeffrey Blalock
- Tailrace Park - John H. Kerr Dam & Reservoir - PCT03, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.6015291,-78.299184&ll6.6015291,-78.299184
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24375840
- Comments: "Female with photos"

Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) (1)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 12:45 by Adam D'Onofrio
- John H. Kerr Reservoir--VA 4 lower lake overlook, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.5909045,-78.291798&ll6.5909045,-78.291798
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24379125
- Comments: "Continuing RT Loon with bad wing
"

Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) (1)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 12:45 by Jeffrey Blalock
- John H. Kerr Reservoir--VA 4 lower lake overlook, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.5909045,-78.291798&ll6.5909045,-78.291798
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24376259
- Comments: "Continuing RT Loon with bad wing
"

Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) (1)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 12:45 by Clyde Wilson
- John H. Kerr Reservoir--VA 4 lower lake overlook, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.5909045,-78.291798&ll6.5909045,-78.291798
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24379197
- Comments: "Continuing RT Loon with bad wing
"

Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) (5)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 08:45 by Clyde Wilson
- US-VA-Boydton-Dick Cross Wildlife Management Area - 36.6163x-78.2929, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.616343,-78.292927&ll6.616343,-78.292927
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24379257
- Comments: "

Saw two juvenile with one adult and one of the juvenile was being feed."

Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) (5)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 08:45 by Jeffrey Blalock
- US-VA-Boydton-Dick Cross Wildlife Management Area - 36.6163x-78.2929, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.616343,-78.292927&ll6.616343,-78.292927
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24375037
- Comments: "

Saw two juvenile with one adult and one of the juvenile was being feed."

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 10:45 by Matthew Daw
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7589,-77.0959&ll8.7589,-77.0959
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24375849

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 09:50 by Elton Morel
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7589,-77.0959&ll8.7589,-77.0959
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24375045
- Comments: "Continuing two juveniles."

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 07:30 by bryan peters
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7589,-77.0959&ll8.7589,-77.0959
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24375484
- Comments: "juvenile plumage"

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 07:30 by r and c young
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7589,-77.0959&ll8.7589,-77.0959
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24374318
- Comments: "Long staying birds"

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (1)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 05:30 by Bill Williams
- New Quarter Park, York, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.2835884,-76.6507279&ll7.2835884,-76.6507279
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24375142
- Comments: "a juv/imm.; flew by with a tricolored heron; long, decurved, pink bill; pale brown head and neck; darker brown upper wing coverts; light colored, somewhat white, down the back to upper rump; dark brown terminal tail band"

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (2)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 15:57 by Ellison Orcutt
- Shirley Plantation, Charles City, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.3386365,-77.2467613&ll7.3386365,-77.2467613
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24378687
- Comments: "Both Imm. Photo"

Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (4)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 09:20 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=S24379195
- Comments: "Arrived at 9:20 am to see the nestling perched above its nest and being harassed mercilessly by a Blue Jay, The bird finally leaned forward and flew not so athletically over to another close tall pine where I couldn't see it. One adult came in with a steep dive from above and prey. It stood in the nest a few moments looking around then flew over to where the young bird was and immediately back to the nest with the food. The nestling did not follow and the adult then took the food over to it and flew off. I returned around 12:30 and could not locate the young Kite but the adults were soaring around so I knew it was still close. Susan Hubbard came for a look and by that time the young Kite had returned to the nest area. It is difficult to find it perched up there in the canopy sometimes but it gave a good show for Susan stretching its wings and looking around. We lost it again for awhile but relocated it for another look. No adult Kites were perched in the dead tree snags but they were all there flying around various times. There was an aggressive chase of a Red Tail flying over and then also a harassing of an Osprey. The young one should be soaring soon. See previous posts for pictures of all four birds"

Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 23, 2015 11:20 by Doug Gochfeld
- US-VA-Virginia Beach-1700–1720 Five Forks Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.894867,-76.127008&ll6.894867,-76.127008
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24368468
- Comments: "Continuing"

American Coot (Fulica americana) (1)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 08:45 by Jeffrey Blalock
- US-VA-Boydton-Dick Cross Wildlife Management Area - 36.6163x-78.2929, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.616343,-78.292927&ll6.616343,-78.292927
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24375037
- Comments: "Duck like bird large round body that is dark gray to almost black, small head with a white bill and frontal shield. Well seen by all four of us together."

American Coot (Fulica americana) (1)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 08:45 by Clyde Wilson
- US-VA-Boydton-Dick Cross Wildlife Management Area - 36.6163x-78.2929, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.616343,-78.292927&ll6.616343,-78.292927
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24379257
- Comments: "Duck like bird large round body that is dark gray to almost black, small head with a white bill and frontal shield. Well seen by all four of us together."

Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) (1)
- Reported Jul 24, 2015 15:45 by Rob Bielawski
- Back Bay NWR - CSY06, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.6779,-75.9159&ll6.6779,-75.9159
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24369596
- Comments: "Seen roughly 1 mile south on beach from parking area; bird was white washed overall with very short bill with orange base and black tip. Possibly same bird I encountered last Friday evening in the same area. This one was near the only Semipalmated Plover I saw on the beach, and the two moved in unison toward the water as I passed. Very similar body types but very different colorations between the two plovers. Photographed."

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) (1)
- Reported Jul 24, 2015 15:55 by Rexanne Bruno
- Magotha Road, Northampton, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.1773469,-75.9499025&ll7.1773469,-75.9499025
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24368563
- Comments: "On wire, collar visible, well known location for them"

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 14:20 by Adam D'Onofrio
- Rough Rd, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.553139,-78.2274507&ll6.553139,-78.2274507
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24379124
- Comments: "Seen at this location most of the time with a little effort"

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 14:20 by Jeffrey Blalock
- Rough Rd, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.553139,-78.2274507&ll6.553139,-78.2274507
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24376980
- Comments: "Seen at this location most of the time with a little effort"

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 14:20 by Clyde Wilson
- Rough Rd, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.553139,-78.2274507&ll6.553139,-78.2274507
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24379212
- Comments: "Seen at this location most of the time with a little effort"

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) (3)
- Reported Jul 22, 2015 06:30 by Bill Hohenstein
- George Washington NF--Locust Springs, Highland, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.5843,-79.6441&ll8.5843,-79.6441
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24377474
- Comments: "Seen clearly, tooting."

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Subject: Mecklenburg Co. Birding 7/25
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 16:20 pm
From: bigadfromlb AT comcast.net
 
I birded with Paul Glass, Jeff Blalock and Clyde Wilson today. We started at Staunton View Park where we were pleased to find some exposed mud. A few shorebirds were about including KILLDEER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, LEAST SANDPIPER and singles of LESSER YELLOWLEGS and SOLITARY SANDPIPER. The only wading birds present were GREAT BLUE HERON and GREAT EGRET. A CASPIAN TERN dropped in right before we left. Hopefully, as the next 2 months wear on, it will not rain too much and more mud will be exposed bringing with it a greater variety of shorebirds and waders.

After Staunton View, we headed to Dick Cross WMA with the hope of confirming breeding of the PIED-BILLED GREBES that have been seen down there recently. We were in luck as we observed 2 juveniles being fed by an adult at Clyde's Pond. There were also 2 other adults there for a total of 5 birds. Other goodies at Clyde's included an unseasonable AMERICAN COOT and 5 LITTLE BLUE HERONS, all juveniles. From there we headed to Tailrace Park. There were a few shorebirds on the rocks there including 5 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS and 2 LEAST SANDPIPERS but the surprise bird on the rocks was a female COMMON MERGANSER. Interestingly enough, I had a female Common Merganser at this exact same location last July. After we left Tailrace we went above the dam to look for the handicapped RED-THROATED LOON that was present last month. We found the bird in the same spot, in the cove just south of the Va 4 Overlook. Our final stop of the day was at Palmer Springs. We were hoping to find a family group of
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES but the only shrike we saw was a single adult on Rough Rd. Good birding.

Adam D'Onofrio
North Dinwiddie
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Subject: Birds seen, Blue Ridge Center (Lo Co)
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 16:04 pm
From: joecoleman AT rstarmail.com
 
The 18 people on the regular monthly walk at the Blue Ridge Center in the
northwestern park of Loudoun County managed to tally 41 species today. The
highlights of the walk on the Farmstead Loop were two very vocal
Broad-winged Hawks who were also seen in the heavy forest along Piney Run.
Also of interest were what appeared to be several family units including a
fledgling crow begging for food and several orioles and very low warbler
diversity. And like many high-summer walks some of the most int'g sightings
were not birds; in today's case it was a live & healthy Luna Moth, a Monarch
Butterfly laying eggs, and several other butterflies.



Also, don't forget that next Saturday is Loudoun Wildlife's annual butterfly
count and the Blue Ridge Center is one of several locations that will be
visited that day in the county. Beginners and experienced butterfliers are
welcome for all or part of the day.



For a complete list of the birds see the eBird list below.



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



Joe Coleman



Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship - MFF01, Loudoun, Virginia,
US Jul 25, 2015 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

44 species



Green Heron 2

Black Vulture 2

Turkey Vulture 2

Red-shouldered Hawk 1

Broad-winged Hawk 2

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 21

Yellow-billed Cuckoo 4

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 2

Downy Woodpecker 4

Pileated Woodpecker 1

Eastern Wood-Pewee 4

Acadian Flycatcher 7

Eastern Phoebe 1

Great Crested Flycatcher 1

White-eyed Vireo 1

Red-eyed Vireo 5

American Crow 8

Common Raven 1

Tree Swallow 4

Barn Swallow 2

Carolina Chickadee 10

Tufted Titmouse 10

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

House Wren 4

Carolina Wren 4

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 10

Eastern Bluebird 8

Gray Catbird 2

Brown Thrasher 2

Northern Mockingbird 1

European Starling 1

Cedar Waxwing 6

Common Yellowthroat 6

Eastern Towhee 1

Chipping Sparrow 3

Field Sparrow 4

Scarlet Tanager 4

Northern Cardinal 1

Blue Grosbeak 1

Indigo Bunting 5

Orchard Oriole 3

Baltimore Oriole 2

American Goldfinch 10



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Subject: Central Virginia 7/24-25/15
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 14:32 pm
From: mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com
 
Five warbler species - has autumn warbler migration started? Report and
photos:




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Nellysford, VA



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Subject: White Ibis and shorebirds at Huntley Meadows.
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 10:20 am
From: prowarbler AT verizon.net
 
Shows what happens when you take your time rather than just a two-minute
scan like I did!

Thanks!

-----Original Message-----
From: Robnoblestar [mailto:robnoblestar@aim.com]
Sent: Saturday, July 25, 2015 8:42 AM
To: Larry Cartwright
Cc:
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] White Ibis and shorebirds at Huntley Meadows.

Saturday update, For those thinking of these birds:

Two white ibis juvs and three little blue heron juvs this morning along with
6+ solitary & 4+ least sandpiper

Ibis can skulk in the veg at the far end of the marsh at times

Rob Young
Alexandria,va



Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 24, 2015, at 13:45, Larry Cartwright
wrote:
>
> While checking my bluebird nest boxes, I stopped to scan the Central
> Wetlands from the platform at the end of the Hike-Bike Trail. After a
> few minutes I spotted the juvenile White Ibis foraging in the marsh
> some 30 or
> 40 yards to my right. There was mud exposed directly in front of me
> and here I spotted 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 2 Solitary Sandpipers, and 7 Least
> Sandpipers. The last Tree Swallow brood in my nest boxes has fledged
since
> my last visit and breeding activity is winding down... except for one
> ambitious House Wren that has commenced nest building. Overall numbers
in
> the wooded area and meadows have gone down since my last visit as
> birds reduce time spent singing. I did see one Common Yellowthroat
> gathering food for nestlings or very quiet fledged youngsters.
> Temperatures and humidity were pleasing and it was a nice day to be in the
park.
>
>
>
> Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia, US Jul
> 24,
> 2015 6:24 AM - 10:39 AM
>
> Protocol: Traveling
>
> 3.0 mile(s)
>
> Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8. Area
> surveyed consists of Hike-Bike and Pond Trails, Central and North
> Wetlands, Woodcock Meadow and meadow to the left of Hike-Bike Trail
> from the platform overlooking the Central Wetland, and the water
> control structure. Weather was sunny with no breeze and temperatures
ranging from mid-60s to high-70s.
>
>
> 37 species
>
>
>
> Canada Goose 9
>
> Great Blue Heron 3
>
> Great Egret 8
>
> Green Heron 1
>
> White Ibis 1 Continuing juvenile bird. Smaller than Great Blue
Heron.
> Brown head, neck, and upper parts, white underparts, and decurved bill.
>
> Osprey 1
>
> Spotted Sandpiper 1
>
> Solitary Sandpiper 2
>
> Least Sandpiper 7
>
> Mourning Dove 4
>
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
>
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
>
> Downy Woodpecker 4
>
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
>
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
>
> Acadian Flycatcher 3
>
> Great Crested Flycatcher 1
>
> Red-eyed Vireo 6
>
> Blue Jay 5
>
> Carolina Chickadee 10
>
> Tufted Titmouse 11
>
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
>
> House Wren 3
>
> Carolina Wren 5
>
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 13
>
> Eastern Bluebird 1
>
> American Robin 5
>
> Gray Catbird 3
>
> Common Yellowthroat 17
>
> Eastern Towhee 6
>
> Scarlet Tanager 3
>
> Northern Cardinal 15
>
> Blue Grosbeak 2
>
> Indigo Bunting 5
>
> Red-winged Blackbird 13
>
> Common Grackle (Purple) 2
>
> American Goldfinch 6
>
>
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24364098
>
>
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
>
>
> Larry Cartwright
>
> prowarbler@verizon.net
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
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Subject: Huntley Meadows
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 9:04 am
From: davidlcrooks AT gmail.com
 
I was on the Hike-Bike trial this morning and saw 1 White Ibis and 2 Little
Blue Herons, 1 Green Heron, 2 Great Blue Herons, and 7 Great Egrets.
I will post a link to the photos once I get them processed.

David L. Crooks


On Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 8:50 AM, bryan peters wrote:

> This AM: 2 White Ibis, 1 Little Blue Heron, numerous shore birds and
> waders, 2 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
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Subject: Mississippi Kite - Thorough good VA Beach
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 8:44 am
From: tltaterbug44 AT gmail.com
 
Hi All - Letting you know that there has been another successful season for
Kites here in VA. Beach. The nestling has fledged. The adult came in this
morning with food and the young kite had just flown a short distance to get
away from a Blue Jay harassing it mercilessly.

Tracy Tate
VA Beach Kite fan!
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Subject: Huntley Meadows
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 8:12 am
From: pas2iche AT gmail.com
 
This AM: 2 White Ibis, 1 Little Blue Heron, numerous shore birds and
waders, 2 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
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