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ABA's Birding News >> Virginia

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Updated on October 24, 2014, 8:25 pm

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24 Oct: @ 20:12:38  HSR: Harvey's Knob (24 Oct 2014) 32 Raptors [reports]
24 Oct: @ 19:30:25  HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (24 Oct 2014) 161 Raptors [reports]
24 Oct: @ 18:55:05  HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (24 Oct 2014) 58 Raptors-New BE record! [reports]
24 Oct: @ 18:46:46  FRFX Co, 23 and 24 Oct [Kurt Gaskill]
24 Oct: @ 18:01:37  Purple Finch in Blue Ridge [Nancy Young]
24 Oct: @ 17:27:59  Winkler BP, Alexandria [Russell Taylor]
24 Oct: @ 16:09:16  HSR: Snickers Gap (24 Oct 2014) 19 Raptors [reports]
24 Oct: @ 16:04:56  [va-bird] Springfield FOS yard birds [Scott Priebe]
24 Oct: @ 15:14:28 Re: Eastern Shore [Barbara Houston]
24 Oct: @ 14:22:50 Re: Leucistic Canada Goose [Lucy Uncu]
24 Oct: @ 14:12:08  Vesper Sparrow near Bowers Hill section of Chesapeake [Elisa Enders]
24 Oct: @ 10:16:34  Occoquan Bay Le Conte's sparrow update [Ron Vogel]
24 Oct: @ 10:03:04  HSR: Harvey's Knob (23 Oct 2014) 28 Raptors [reports]
24 Oct: @ 07:50:01  Bev's Books [taberzz--- via va-bird]
24 Oct: @ 07:10:03  FOS brown creeper [suzanne via va-bird]
24 Oct: @ 06:33:25  Eastern Shore [Barbara Houston]
23 Oct: @ 21:56:52 Re: Leucistic Canada Goose [Bill4]
23 Oct: @ 21:36:40  Leucistic Canada Goose [Barbara via va-bird]
23 Oct: @ 19:25:35  HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (23 Oct 2014) 47 Raptors [reports]
23 Oct: @ 17:12:47  HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (23 Oct 2014) 53 Raptors [reports]
23 Oct: @ 16:11:32  FOS white-throated sparrow & creeper, Gloucester Co. [Eugene Burreson]
23 Oct: @ 09:32:55  Black Rail, Locustville, Accomac County, October 21. [Harry Armistead]
23 Oct: @ 01:50:29  Oct 19 Chincoteague NWR Shorebird Survey [Joelle Buffa]
22 Oct: @ 21:12:05  Oakton late arrivals [Frederick Atwood via va-bird]
22 Oct: @ 19:07:46  HSR: Harvey's Knob (22 Oct 2014) 48 Raptors [reports]
22 Oct: @ 18:29:07  HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (22 Oct 2014) 80 Raptors & windy! [reports]
22 Oct: @ 13:49:33  Fwd: White-throated Sparrow pair [John Greenwood via va-bird]
22 Oct: @ 10:09:03  Possible Northern Goshawk (Juvenile) sighting [Kim Bentz]
22 Oct: @ 09:16:08  HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (21 Oct 2014) 224 Raptors [reports]
22 Oct: @ 05:58:02  Today's NVBC Bird Walk at Ben Brenman Park, Alexandria Cancelled [david.boltz4]
21 Oct: @ 23:32:54  More Migrants on Compton Mt [roger mayhorn]
21 Oct: @ 18:28:58  HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (21 Oct 2014) 162 Raptors [reports]
21 Oct: @ 18:26:02  recent goshawk sightings, and Cub Run Park (Fairfax) for 21 October [Stephen Johnson]
21 Oct: @ 18:08:23  HSR: Harvey's Knob (21 Oct 2014) 34 Raptors [reports]
21 Oct: @ 13:20:35  LeConte's sparrow--Occoquan Bay NWR [Ron Vogel]
21 Oct: @ 13:12:03  [OT] view of solar eclipse on Thursday [Howard Wu]
21 Oct: @ 11:17:04  Pine Siskin [Larry Cartwright]
21 Oct: @ 08:15:50  purple finches in Highland Co. [Patti Reum]
21 Oct: @ 07:34:22  10/19-20 Bald Eagles - SNP, Miller's Head & mile 45.6 [Cynthia O'Connell (home)]
21 Oct: @ 07:23:49  HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (20 Oct 2014) 95 Raptors [reports]
20 Oct: @ 20:18:42  migrants on Old Dominion University campus, Norfolk VA, 10/17 + 10/20 [nicholas]
20 Oct: @ 19:50:13  HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (20 Oct 2014) 189 Raptors [reports]
20 Oct: @ 19:46:11  HSR: Harvey's Knob (20 Oct 2014) 36 Raptors [reports]
20 Oct: @ 18:53:57  Weird Accipiter [Andrew Rapp]
20 Oct: @ 18:26:15  HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (19 Oct 2014) 136 Raptors [reports]
20 Oct: @ 17:40:56  Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
20 Oct: @ 15:32:52  Pine siskins at Fort CF Smith, Arlington [David Farner]
20 Oct: @ 10:32:40  Red-breasted Nuthatch, Oakton [Frederick Atwood via va-bird]
20 Oct: @ 09:24:55  Fort C.F. Smith Arlington Oct. 20 [David Farner]
19 Oct: @ 20:20:32  Seasonal Birds in No. VA (Staff, Pr Wm, and FRFX) , 19 Oct 2014 [Kurt Gaskill]





Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (24 Oct 2014) 32 Raptors
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 20:12 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 16 90
Bald Eagle 0 16 103
Northern Harrier 1 4 16
Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 434 594
Cooper's Hawk 6 61 107
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 7
Broad-winged Hawk 0 29 10833
Red-tailed Hawk 17 110 171
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 54 120
Merlin 0 4 9
Peregrine Falcon 0 13 20
Unknown Accipiter 2 3 5
Unknown Buteo 0 2 6
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 10

Total: 32 750 12092
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: David Kirk

Observers: Carl Christensen, Mike Crowder

Visitors:
It was nice to have Dale Brown from Concord VA with us today. A big thanks
to Carl and Mike for their great help as always.


Weather:
Watch started with high cloud cover at 90% ending day with lots of sun and
10% cloud cover. Temperatures from 7C to 14C and winds steady 3B to dead
calm at the end of watch. Visibility at 5 throughout.

Raptor Observations:
Lots of TV, BV and Ravens all day.

Non-raptor Observations:
A large number of leaf peepers today from start of watch to the close.
Many inquiries from interested folk. Several AT hikers one from Rhode
Island to whom we gave much appreciated water.

Predictions:
Much the same but warmer.
========================================================================
Report submitted by David Kirk (dakirk42@cox.net)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/...


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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (24 Oct 2014) 161 Raptors
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 19:30 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 3 1099 3413
Bald Eagle 1 135 221
Northern Harrier 9 310 446
Sharp-shinned Hawk 63 4034 6079
Cooper's Hawk 57 1272 2023
Northern Goshawk 0 2 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 11 21
Broad-winged Hawk 5 563 967
Red-tailed Hawk 9 66 121
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 9 1526 3825
Merlin 4 1067 1697
Peregrine Falcon 1 1076 1275
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 2
Unknown Buteo 0 1 4
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 6 8
Unknown Raptor 0 17 61
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 2

Total: 161 11186 20167
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Katie Rittenhouse

Observers: Joe Beatty

Visitors:
Charlie and Ellen


Weather:
Strong NW winds

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Tundra Swan-6
Monarch-20
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (24 Oct 2014) 58 Raptors-New BE record!
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 18:55 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 60 361
Bald Eagle 2 74 226
Northern Harrier 2 43 73
Sharp-shinned Hawk 31 1636 2414
Cooper's Hawk 7 225 332
Northern Goshawk 0 2 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 4 39 58
Broad-winged Hawk 1 107 18514
Red-tailed Hawk 9 136 221
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 12 13
American Kestrel 0 257 388
Merlin 1 27 40
Peregrine Falcon 0 44 64
Unknown Accipiter 0 12 16
Unknown Buteo 1 7 12
Unknown Falcon 0 3 5
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 6 17
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 2

Total: 58 2691 22762
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Rose Thomas

Observers: Brenda Tekin

Visitors:
Janice Stone, Michael Dardozzi, John Shea


Weather:
Strong 39-49km/hr NW winds early slowly diminishing to mild NW 6-11km/hr
breezes by 3pm. 12.2-14.7C. Mostly cloudy early becoming partly cloudy
after 1pm. Clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Well we did it, today's two Bald Eagles broke our season record of 224,
bringing the total to 226 now! 11:56 and 2:13 immature Bald Eagles. A
late-season Broad-winged Hawk.

Non-raptor Observations:
2 Monarchs, 1 Cormorant, 70 Pine Siskin, 3 Purple Finch.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach@virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...

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Subject: FRFX Co, 23 and 24 Oct
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 18:46 pm
From: KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net
 
VA BIRDers

A quick note. At sunset yesterday, Huntley Meadows highlights (boardwalk
side) were Virginia Rail, 2 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, 29 Wood Ducks
flying about and a White-crowned Sparrow.

At Dyke Marsh (Stone Bridge) just before sunset today, Western Sandpiper
with 12 Dunlin. Also noted 23 Greater Yellowlegs and 1 Lesser Yellowlegs.
Usual ducks and larids including one Caspian Tern.

Kurt Gaskill

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Subject: Purple Finch in Blue Ridge
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 18:01 pm
From: nanjyoung AT juno.com
 
This afternoon I had my FOS Purple Finches on the feeders in the backyard -
one male and one female.

Nancy Young
Blue Ridge
Botetourt County

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Subject: Winkler BP, Alexandria
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 17:27 pm
From: gnatcatcher AT gmail.com
 
Birded Winkler Botanical Preserve in Alexandria this morning.
Beautiful day, but very windy, industrial-level leaf blowing going on,
and two elementary school classes in there. So really tough birding.

That said, there were 5 spp of sparrows (song, WT, chipping, field and
junco) with large numbers of birds overall. And Ruby-crowned Kinglets
everywhere (I heard them all the time and at one point had 4 in a
small shrub next to me scolding me).

So firmly into fall birding, looks to be a great weekend for Emberzids.

Cheers,
Russ

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Subject: HSR: Snickers Gap (24 Oct 2014) 19 Raptors
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 16:09 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 26 141
Bald Eagle 2 31 114
Northern Harrier 1 17 46
Sharp-shinned Hawk 9 323 723
Cooper's Hawk 0 25 74
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 8 36
Broad-winged Hawk 0 19 5304
Red-tailed Hawk 7 97 151
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 0 48 91
Merlin 0 7 11
Peregrine Falcon 0 10 12
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 4
Unknown Buteo 0 2 6
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 4

Total: 19 614 6720
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 12:00:00
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter: Todd M. Day

Observers:

Visitors:
Nope. Not a one.


Weather:
Steady 10-15 mile-per-hour wind from the northwest. Sky was a perfect mix
of blue and wispy clouds. Temperature was between 50 and 55.

Raptor Observations:
Everything seemed to add up to a good flight. So much for my math.

I gave it two hours, then I realized I was pretty much wasting my time.

Non-raptor Observations:
A steady parade of Turkey Vultures heading south. How far south is
anyone's guess.

Siskins and Purple Finches in small flocks going south.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Todd Day (blkvulture@aol.com)


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Subject: Springfield FOS yard birds
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 16:04 pm
From: falco57 AT msn.com
 
Stepped out onto the deck and was surprised by a Ruby-crowned Kinglet was flitting about (rare visitor in our yard), quickly followed by a Junco. Then several White-throated Sparrows swooped in.  All FOS.  Hoping this is a harbinger for birding tomorrow morning.


Scott Priebe

Springfield, VA






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Subject: Eastern Shore
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 15:14 pm
From: rinksyd AT gmail.com
 
Pics are loaded starting here:
http://fynefoto.phanfare.com/6...

Eagle release pics start here:
http://fynefoto.phanfare.com/6...

Have a great weekend.

Barbara

On Oct 24, 2014, at 7:32 AM, Barbara Houston wrote:
>> Lynda and I did the eastern shore yesterday, starting at the Eastern Shore NWR and ending at Chincoteague. The bird of the day was definitely the Yellow Rump. I think I counted 5 gazillion in our travels. They were everywhere!
>>
>> The trees and brush around the ESNWR were loaded with them. Very active despite the heavy winds. Also was a bunch of small hawk activity with the winds moving them very quickly over the tree tops. We had kestrels, sharpies, red-tailed, osprey, bald eagles and several others we weren't sure of while we were there.
>>
>> From there we went over to Kiptopeke for the eagle release. A small crowd of maybe 40 people was on hand to see a small male adult released back after being rescued by a farmer in late September. The bird was found laying in a field, unresponsive, and near death. It made a speedy recovery and was quick to fly off and continue life on the eastern shore. We had flyovers of several other eagles, lots of vultures, several hawks, and a gorgeous Northern Harrier.
>>
>> From there we headed to Chincoteague. The winds were really bad and there was not any shore bird activity....nothing. Not a sanderling to be seen the whole afternoon...which is really odd. We had some nice birds though including white ibis, tri-colored heron, yellow crowned night herons, one lone avocet at Tom's Cove, lots of egrets, great blue herons, cormorants, and yellow rumps. We also had black ducks, mallards, green wing teal, a few wigeons, and large terns. We saw a good count of oystercatchers on the oyster beds on the way in despite the high water and choppy waves. The wildlife loop was pretty much empty of everything except for a few ducks on the back side. Only the canal along the road has water as everything else was full of brush and grasses and grown over. There was a large bald eagle that flew over Tom's Cove area several times and dove near the ducks to cause mass chaos in the sky over the cove. She left empty-clawed. Nice lines of cormorants were
seen over the area all afternoon.
>>
>> It was a fun, but long day. If you go, they are working on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge tunnel and 64 near the Hampton Roads tunnel after 8pm each night. We hit backups in several places and it was a long ride home.
>>
>> I will post pictures later.
>>
>> Barbara Houston
>> New Kent
>>
>>
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Subject: Leucistic Canada Goose
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 14:22 pm
From: unculp AT gmail.com
 
this bird has been around since summer and is some type of domestic goose I
think. Don Sweig told me what kind but I don't remember.
Lucy Uncu
Falls Church VA

On Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 10:56 PM, Bill4 wrote:

> Barb:
> Could it be a white morph Snow Goose?
> Bill
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>
> I saw what appeared to be a leucistic Canada Goose on the Maryland side
>> of Great Falls today. It was hanging out for several hours with a "regular"
>> Canada Goose by the main visitor center.Here is my (temporarily public)
>> Flickr link: https://www.flickr.com/gp/olym...
>>
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Subject: Vesper Sparrow near Bowers Hill section of Chesapeake
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 14:12 pm
From: elisaenders AT hotmail.com
 
About 30 minutes ago, I saw a Vesper Sparrow, perched in a sapling sycamore, at the intersection of Hertz Road and Peach Road in west Chesapeake. I saw its eye ring and white malar stripe very well. I'm not sure how easy this bird would be to relocate...it flew away across the field. Due to poor lighting, I was unable to see the white outer tail feathers.

For those familiar with the Fork-tailed Flycatcher found in Chesapeake a few years ago, this is the same location.

Elisa Flanders (formerly Enders)
Portsmouth, VA

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Subject: Occoquan Bay Le Conte's sparrow update
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 10:16 am
From: vireo AT cox.net
 
Marc Ribaudo pointed out that the last time a LeConte’s sparrow visited Occoquan Bay NWR,
the bird stayed around for a days. So I went back to the Refuge this morning to see if I could re-locate the bird.
No such luck. However, I placed a stick in the ground on the left hand side of Fox Road to mark the location where I
observed the bird this past Tuesday. Another useful landmark is the orange plastic ribbon attached to a stake in a grassy area
off of Fox Road on the left.

Hopefully, those of you who visit the refuge this weekend will get a look at this little fella and get a picture,too.

The area around Fox Road and Bayview was not very birdy early this morning. Activity did pick up around 9:30,
though, and I got a pretty good list of sparrows by the time I left. Did note one smallish bird that quickly popped
up in the immediate area where I saw the LeConte’s previously, but it went back down into the grass too quickly for me to get a look at it.
I suspect it was a winter wren, which are pretty common along this stretch of Fox Road beginning this time of year. There was no classic wren chatter, though,
and it perched on the top of the tall grasses in an unwren-like posture. So, just maybe...

Ron Vogel
Annandale

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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (23 Oct 2014) 28 Raptors
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 10:03 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 16 90
Bald Eagle 0 16 103
Northern Harrier 0 3 15
Sharp-shinned Hawk 8 429 589
Cooper's Hawk 1 55 101
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 2 7
Broad-winged Hawk 0 29 10833
Red-tailed Hawk 16 93 154
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 53 119
Merlin 0 4 9
Peregrine Falcon 0 13 20
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 3
Unknown Buteo 0 2 6
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 10

Total: 28 718 12060
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Joyce Holt

Observers:

Visitors:
Mike Kelly, Hal Devening, Bill and Katie James, Liz Williams, Baron Gibson,
Carl Christensen, Darryl Martin


Weather:
Pleasant day with strong NW winds and a few clouds. One of those days where
no one wanted to be in the shade; the sun felt good.

Raptor Observations:
TV, BV, quite a few Raven sightings

Non-raptor Observations:
A few hikers, not many leaf peepers.

No Blue Jays or any other passerines.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joyce Holt (blueskyjoyce@adelphia.net)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/...


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Subject: Bev's Books
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 7:50 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

I just wanted to thank everyone who has so far helped find good homes for Bev Leeuwenburg's 85 bird books and contributed to the grant we will do in her name next spring for a William and Mary grad student studying birds in Virginia. The updated list of 20 remaining books is on our website at

www.cvwo.org

Please contact me directly if interested in the books or contributing to the grant fund.

Brian Taber
Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory
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Subject: FOS brown creeper
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 7:10 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

Saw my first of the season brown creeper at Old Colchester Park in Lorton, VA last afternoon.

Suzanne Malone
Woodbridge, VA
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Subject: Eastern Shore
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 6:33 am
From: rinksyd AT gmail.com
 
Lynda and I did the eastern shore yesterday, starting at the Eastern
Shore NWR and ending at Chincoteague. The bird of the day was
definitely the Yellow Rump. I think I counted 5 gazillion in our
travels. They were everywhere!

The trees and brush around the ESNWR were loaded with them. Very active
despite the heavy winds. Also was a bunch of small hawk activity with
the winds moving them very quickly over the tree tops. We had kestrels,
sharpies, red-tailed, osprey, bald eagles and several others we weren't
sure of while we were there.

From there we went over to Kiptopeke for the eagle release. A small
crowd of maybe 40 people was on hand to see a small male adult released
back after being rescued by a farmer in late September. The bird was
found laying in a field, unresponsive, and near death. It made a speedy
recovery and was quick to fly off and continue life on the eastern
shore. We had flyovers of several other eagles, lots of vultures,
several hawks, and a gorgeous Northern Harrier.

From there we headed to Chincoteague. The winds were really bad and
there was not any shore bird activity....nothing. Not a sanderling to
be seen the whole afternoon...which is really odd. We had some nice
birds though including white ibis, tri-colored heron, yellow crowned
night herons, one lone avocet at Tom's Cove, lots of egrets, great blue
herons, cormorants, and yellow rumps. We also had black ducks,
mallards, green wing teal, a few wigeons, and large terns. We saw a good
count of oystercatchers on the oyster beds on the way in despite the
high water and choppy waves. The wildlife loop was pretty much empty of
everything except for a few ducks on the back side. Only the canal
along the road has water as everything else was full of brush and
grasses and grown over. There was a large bald eagle that flew over
Tom's Cove area several times and dove near the ducks to cause mass
chaos in the sky over the cove. She left empty-clawed. Nice lines of
cormorants were seen over the area all afternoon.

It was a fun, but long day. If you go, they are working on the
Chesapeake Bay Bridge tunnel and 64 near the Hampton Roads tunnel after
8pm each night. We hit backups in several places and it was a long ride
home.

I will post pictures later.

Barbara Houston
New Kent



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Subject: Leucistic Canada Goose
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 21:56 pm
From: BMcGovern AT cox.net
 
Barb:
Could it be a white morph Snow Goose?
Bill
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>I saw what appeared to be a leucistic Canada Goose on the Maryland side of
>Great Falls today. It was hanging out for several hours with a "regular"
>Canada Goose by the main visitor center.Here is my (temporarily public)
>Flickr link: https://www.flickr.com/gp/olym...
>
> - BarbFairfax
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Subject: Leucistic Canada Goose
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 21:36 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I saw what appeared to be a leucistic Canada Goose on the Maryland side of Great Falls today.  It was hanging out for several hours with a "regular" Canada Goose  by the main visitor center.Here is my (temporarily public) Flickr link: https://www.flickr.com/gp/olym...

- BarbFairfax
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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (23 Oct 2014) 47 Raptors
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 19:25 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 60 361
Bald Eagle 3 72 224
Northern Harrier 1 41 71
Sharp-shinned Hawk 22 1605 2383
Cooper's Hawk 4 218 325
Northern Goshawk 0 2 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 5 35 54
Broad-winged Hawk 0 106 18513
Red-tailed Hawk 12 127 212
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 12 13
American Kestrel 0 257 388
Merlin 0 26 39
Peregrine Falcon 0 44 64
Unknown Accipiter 0 12 16
Unknown Buteo 0 6 11
Unknown Falcon 0 3 5
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 6 17
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 2

Total: 47 2633 22704
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:45:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9.25 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers: Rose Thomas

Visitors:
Dave and Cathy Gibson (Chesapeake, VA), Buzz Van Santvoord, Ruth Douglas,
Janis Stone (Mannassas, VA), Andrew Clem, Jennifer Gaden, Mary Mapel.


Weather:
Severe WNW winds today (50-74 km/hr). 7.2-15.2C. Mostly sunny and clear
visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Three Bald Eagles today have tied our season high of 224: 10:37 3YR, 10:57
AD, 1:55 AD. First bird 6:51 NH, last bird 3:40 SS.

Non-raptor Observations:
2 Monarchs, group of 6 Common Loon, 341 DC Cormorant, 6 Raven, 3 Tree
Swallow, 4 Pine Siskin. The young Black Rat Snake showed his face again
today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach@virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...

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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (23 Oct 2014) 53 Raptors
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 17:12 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 3 1096 3410
Bald Eagle 1 134 220
Northern Harrier 11 301 437
Sharp-shinned Hawk 23 3971 6016
Cooper's Hawk 3 1215 1966
Northern Goshawk 0 2 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 11 21
Broad-winged Hawk 0 558 962
Red-tailed Hawk 2 57 112
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 8 1517 3816
Merlin 2 1063 1693
Peregrine Falcon 0 1075 1274
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 2
Unknown Buteo 0 1 4
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 6 8
Unknown Raptor 0 17 61
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 2

Total: 53 11025 20006
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Katie Rittenhouse, Zak Poulton

Observers: Joe Beatty, Katie Rittenhouse

Visitors:
Ellen and Charlie


Weather:
Strong WNW winds slowing slightly to NW winds late. Partly cloudy skies.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch-10
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: FOS white-throated sparrow & creeper, Gloucester Co.
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 16:11 pm
From: gene AT vims.edu
 
Had my first White-throated Sparrow today (Oct 23) at Jones Creek, Gloucester Co.  FOS Brown Creeper on Oct. 20.  Both a few days earlier than last year.
Gene Burreson
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Subject: Black Rail, Locustville, Accomac County, October 21.
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 9:32 am
From: harryarmistead AT hotmail.com
 
Seen at 15-20' by George Reiger who was bushogging the edge between a
corn field and the saltmarsh in the Rattrap Creek-Finney Creek estuary
right next to his lawn. It flushed and, get this, FROZE, 11 A.M.,
squatted on the grass. Tuesday, October 21. This is the 3rd record of
his in this area. He and Les Line, former editor of 'Audubon', saw one
years ago. Perhaps 10 years ago one was flushed here during the
Wachapreague Christmas Count by Chris Witt, George Armistead, George
Reiger et al. - Harry Armistead.
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Subject: Oct 19 Chincoteague NWR Shorebird Survey
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 1:50 am
From: clyde_joelle AT verizon.net
 
 Sorry for the delayed posting. Below are the results of our weekly shorebird/gull survey conducted at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday Oct. 19, 2014. All water areas (impoundments and beach areas) were covered in a 6.5 hour survey. All individuals are counted for the target species; other birds seen or heard on the survey are followed by a dash.

Strong winds and cool temperatures were challenging for the birds and birders but we had an average survey for this time of year. We counted 1,069 shorebirds of 11 species. Dunlin were the most common (491), which is expected so late in the migration season, followed by Sanderling (207), Black bellied Plover (132), Dowitcher (short-billed most likely: 81) and a surprisingly high number of Semi-palmated Plovers (57) for this late in the year.

Waterfowl (12 species) were much more common then our last survey two weeks ago including 70 Snow Geese on Tom's Cove near the Overwash Beach. Raptors were active including Bald Eagle, Osprey, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel and Merlin. Yellow-rumped Warblers were everywhere.
Most impressive was the dead Thresher Shark on the beach with its unbelievably long tail. The carcass is in "good" condition, so if folks want to see this unusual shark from a safe distance they can take a short walk south from the Beach Parking area. The goldenrods blooming in the dunes along this stretch are particularly beautiful, and monarchs can be seen feeding on them as they migrate south. Our next survey is Nov. 7.
Joelle Buffa and Clyde Morris

Snow Goose --
Canada Goose --
Gadwall --
American Wigeon --
American Black Duck --
Mallard --
Blue-winged Teal --
Northern Shoveler --
Northern Pintail --
Green-winged Teal --
Black Scoter --
Red-breasted Merganser --
Wild Turkey --
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 624
Great Blue Heron --
Great Egret --
Snowy Egret --
Little Blue Heron --
White Ibis --
Turkey Vulture --
Osprey --
Northern Harrier --
Bald Eagle --
Black-bellied Plover 132
Semipalmated Plover 57
Killdeer 3
Greater Yellowlegs 11
Lesser Yellowlegs 8
Ruddy Turnstone 7
Sanderling 207
Dunlin 491
Least Sandpiper 39
Semipalmated Sandpiper 3
peep sp. 30
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher 81
Laughing Gull 259
Ring-billed Gull 169
Herring Gull 348
Lesser Black-backed Gull 158
Great Black-backed Gull 49
Forster's Tern 63
Royal Tern 78
Black Skimmer 10
Mourning Dove --
Belted Kingfisher --
Northern Flicker --
American Kestrel --
Merlin --
Eastern Phoebe --
Blue Jay --
American Crow --
Horned Lark --
Tree Swallow --
Brown-headed Nuthatch --
Carolina Wren --
American Robin --
Gray Catbird --
European Starling --
Yellow-rumped Warbler --
Chipping Sparrow --
Savannah Sparrow --
Northern Cardinal --
Eastern Meadowlark --
Boat-tailed Grackle --
Brown-headed Cowbird --
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Subject: Oakton late arrivals
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 21:12 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Today after the rain, I went out for my normal short loop walk through the Oak Marr Park woods and NW corner of the Flint Hill School campus. First of the season winter wren and white-throats were about two weeks later than usual. Also present were a ruby-crowned kinglet, a brown creeper, 2 yellow-rumped warblers, and more sparrows than I have seen so far this season, including juncos, field, chipping, song, and swamp. I could not find the red-breasted nuthatch that was here last week. All the bestFred Atwood

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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (22 Oct 2014) 48 Raptors
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 19:07 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 22, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 16 90
Bald Eagle 0 16 103
Northern Harrier 0 3 15
Sharp-shinned Hawk 25 421 581
Cooper's Hawk 2 54 100
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 6
Broad-winged Hawk 0 29 10833
Red-tailed Hawk 16 77 138
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 4 51 117
Merlin 0 4 9
Peregrine Falcon 1 13 20
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 3
Unknown Buteo 0 2 6
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 10

Total: 48 690 12032
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Baron Gibson

Observers: Matt Hosmer

Visitors:
Parkway goers, none stopping to ask question except the couple who were
looking for Winterplace Ski reseort.


Weather:
NW winds @ 3-4 with gust of 5, temps were 50-53F (9-11c), cloud cover
started @ 50% to 100% back to 50% by end of watch. Visibility was a 5 all
watch.

Raptor Observations:
Sharpies still flying well but struggling in the wind.
AEBE north bound in the AM hours (not counted)

Non-raptor Observations:
A lot of activity by Ravens & Vultures the last couple hours of the watch.

Thanks to Matt for the help & company today,,,,,and the convo

Predictions:
Mostlt sunny, a tad bit warmer & a tad bit less NW winds
========================================================================
Report submitted by Baron Gibson (Hawkwatche215@gmail.com)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/...


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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (22 Oct 2014) 80 Raptors & windy!
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 18:29 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 22, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 60 361
Bald Eagle 0 69 221
Northern Harrier 2 40 70
Sharp-shinned Hawk 47 1583 2361
Cooper's Hawk 9 214 321
Northern Goshawk 0 2 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 4 30 49
Broad-winged Hawk 0 106 18513
Red-tailed Hawk 15 115 200
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 1 12 13
American Kestrel 0 257 388
Merlin 0 26 39
Peregrine Falcon 0 44 64
Unknown Accipiter 1 12 16
Unknown Buteo 0 6 11
Unknown Falcon 0 3 5
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 6 17
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 2

Total: 80 2586 22657
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers: Brenda Tekin, Rose Thomas

Visitors:
Mary Mapel


Weather:
Severe WNW winds all day, starting out at 50-61 km/hr and then increasing
to 62-74 km/hr after 11am! Gabriel said of today's wind "Some of the
strongest winds I've ever experienced at the hawk watch. At times walking
was nearly impossible and at times not only huge masses of leaves but also
small twigs and branches flying around in the wind over the ridge!"
7.8-13.8C. 80-95% cloud cover.

Raptor Observations:
Our 13th Golden Eagle of the season today was a juvenile at 12:31pm. First
bird 7:20 SS, last bird 2:16 NH.

Non-raptor Observations:
1 Monarch, 7 Raven, 41 Tree Swallow, 176 Robin, 70 RW Blackbird, 3 Pine
Siskin.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach@virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...

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Subject: Fwd: White-throated Sparrow pair
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 13:49 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 


Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: jakpak0821@aol.com
> Date: October 22, 2014 1:29:29 PM EDT
> To: va-bird-owner@listserve.com
> Subject: White-throated Sparrow pair
>

> FOS White-throated Sparrow pair in the backyard this afternoon (Wed); can the juncos be far behind?
>
> Jack Greenwood
> Falls Church
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Subject: Possible Northern Goshawk (Juvenile) sighting
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 10:09 am
From: bentzkim AT hotmail.com
 
10/20/14 approx 2:15pm over an office building where I work off Balls Ford Road in Manassas, VA.  The sighting was too quick to be certain, but the hawk was flying low and close enough that I got a pretty good look at the belly and underside of the wings.  I could be mistaken.  Happened so fast I couldn't get a photo. 		 	   		
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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (21 Oct 2014) 224 Raptors
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 9:16 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 1093 3407
Bald Eagle 0 133 219
Northern Harrier 18 290 426
Sharp-shinned Hawk 90 3948 5993
Cooper's Hawk 88 1212 1963
Northern Goshawk 1 2 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 11 21
Broad-winged Hawk 0 558 962
Red-tailed Hawk 8 55 110
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 10 1509 3808
Merlin 2 1061 1691
Peregrine Falcon 4 1075 1274
Unknown Accipiter 1 1 2
Unknown Buteo 0 1 4
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 6 8
Unknown Raptor 0 17 61
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 2

Total: 224 10972 19953
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Katie Rittenhouse

Observers: Joe Beatty

Visitors:
Steve Grimes


Weather:
Light southwest skies. Clouds early in the day, disappearing by mid-day.

Raptor Observations:
Juvenile Northern Goshawk

A lot of raptors seen from east side of peninsula

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch-24
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: Today's NVBC Bird Walk at Ben Brenman Park, Alexandria Cancelled
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 5:58 am
From: david.boltz4 AT gmail.com
 
As I write this there is a cold light rain which is supposed to intensify throughout the morning, along with the wind. So, today's bird walk at Ben Brenman Park in Alexandria is cancelled.

Dave Boltz
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Subject: More Migrants on Compton Mt
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 23:32 pm
From: rmayhorn AT hughes.net
 
This Tuesday morning began with  a pair of Purple Finches feeding with the regulars at the sunflower seed feeder. Later in the morning I noticed a late Nashville Warbler at the edge of the yard working the tops of dead goldenrod in search of insects. At least 10 Chipping Sparrows fed in the grass along with 3 Palm Warblers, a Northern Flicker and a FOS Dark-eyed Junco. An immature White-crowned Sparrow came down to the yard stream to drink quickly before moving on.

Roger Mayhorn
Compton Mt
Buchanan County
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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (21 Oct 2014) 162 Raptors
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 18:28 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 60 361
Bald Eagle 7 69 221
Northern Harrier 4 38 68
Sharp-shinned Hawk 109 1536 2314
Cooper's Hawk 18 205 312
Northern Goshawk 0 2 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 4 26 45
Broad-winged Hawk 1 106 18513
Red-tailed Hawk 10 100 185
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 2 11 12
American Kestrel 3 257 388
Merlin 2 26 39
Peregrine Falcon 0 44 64
Unknown Accipiter 0 11 15
Unknown Buteo 0 6 11
Unknown Falcon 1 3 5
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 5 16
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 2

Total: 162 2506 22577
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers:

Visitors:
Diane Holsinger, Ben Pumphrey, Michael & Cindy Kay, Daniel Mapel


Weather:
Mostly sunny early, becoming mostly cloudy after noon (95% cloud cover
after 3pm). A few sprinkles at 4:30pm. Varying strong to severe W winds all
day (20-61 km/hr). 11.1-17.0C. Clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Another terrific eagle day! 2 Golden Eagles (12:20 JUV, 2:53 AD). 7 Bald
Eagles (9:10 2/3-YR, 10:31 AD, 10:36 2xAD, 2:33 AD, 3:38 3-YR, 3:41 1-YR).
A late season BW adult at 1:54pm. First bird 7:38 CH, last bird 3:41 BE. A
leucistic Turkey Vulture observed.

Non-raptor Observations:
4 Tree Swallow, 11 Raven, 299 Robin, 21 Flicker, 14 Pine Siskin, 5
Monarchs.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach@virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...

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Subject: recent goshawk sightings, and Cub Run Park (Fairfax) for 21 October
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 18:26 pm
From: stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net
 

There have been several Goshawk sightings during the past week (one example, below). This morning at Cub Run Park in Chantilly (Fairfax County), I saw a distant fly-over raptor which fit the general description, but definitely did not get a good enough look for an ID. I am reporting this, just to add a "possible" to the recent flurry I've been seeing here.

The raptor I saw was high up, flying south, with a few powerful wing beats, and a few moments of soaring. I only got on it with binoculars for maybe 4-5 seconds. It was big, with a long tail, wide wings, bulky body, and a striking white vent or lower belly area. The strongest "giss" I had was the bulkiness, and the white vent area.

Unfortunately it was just too far away, with no nearby objects for comparison, so I couldn't estimate the size with any certainty, nor see any other details.

Moments later, a much closer Cooper's Hawk, with a typical COHA flair for the dramatic, swooped into a mixed flock right near me and perched low, with empty claws, frantically twisting its neck around looking for a convenient victim. Nice timing after the "almost Goshawk" got away.

Also at Cub Run today: lots of Kinglets (both spp.), lotsa Yellow-Rumps, lotsa White-Throats, and a Nashville Warbler.

Steve Johnson
Fairfax, VA



> *** Species Summary:
>
> Northern Goshawk (1 Northampton)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the Virginia Rare Bird Alert. The report below shows observations of rare birds in Virginia. View this alert on the web at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35646
> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) (1) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Oct 20, 2014 10:54 by Edward Brinkley
> - Cape Charles Central Park, Northampton, Virginia
> - Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.2693315,-76.0169953&ll7.2693315,-76.0169953
> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20296883
> - Comments: "Very unusual observation of a bird engaged in _northbound_ movement here, in the air with Turkey Vultures and one Red-tailed Hawk. Observed for ca. 1 minute."
>

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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (21 Oct 2014) 34 Raptors
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 18:08 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 16 90
Bald Eagle 0 16 103
Northern Harrier 0 3 15
Sharp-shinned Hawk 25 396 556
Cooper's Hawk 2 52 98
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 6
Broad-winged Hawk 0 29 10833
Red-tailed Hawk 3 61 122
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 3 47 113
Merlin 0 4 9
Peregrine Falcon 0 12 19
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 3
Unknown Buteo 0 2 6
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 10

Total: 34 642 11984
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Carl Christensen

Observers: Mike Crowder

Visitors:
Moderate traffic but seemed to be more people stopping and interested in
what we were doing. 3 thru hikers; 1 stopping for a break. We learned a
little bit about the trail and he about raptors...not a bad deal.


Weather:
Temperatures at 16C and dropping to 12C by the end of the watch. Visibility
clear until showers and rain came through the west valley and crossed over
to the east. Cloud cover at 20% increasing to 100% and diminishing back to
25% after rain moved through. SE winds variable at 1-2 with a period of
calm around noon and resumed from the NW at a 3-4.

Raptor Observations:
Most of our raptor sightings were high over the Knob and out over the west
valley. Little TV, BV or raven activity.

Non-raptor Observations:
Birds shut down early when rain began moving through the valley. Rain also
reported further north and I believe this also had an impact on our bird
count.

Thank you, Mike, for the company and extra set of eyes.

Predictions:
NW winds with partial cloud cover. Temps in the low 60s. Potentially good
day for birds.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Carl Christianson ()
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/...


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Subject: LeConte's sparrow--Occoquan Bay NWR
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 13:20 pm
From: vireo AT cox.net
 
Last two days have seen a significant increase in the number and variety of sparrows at Occoquan Bay NWR.
Best bird by far was an adult LeConte’s sparrow in the grass 15-20 feet from the left (walking toward the bay) edge of Fox Road
about 150 yards up from the intersection of Fox and Bayview . Got very good looks—the crown stripe was very clear as well
as the dark streaking down the flanks and the streaking on the nape.. The bird stayed up for about a minute or so before retreating back into the grass.

This bird is a Virginia first for me. I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to Gabriel Mapel whose report and photos of
a Nelson’s Sharptail sparrow a few weeks back caused me to do some serious review of the differences among the buffy/orange-faced Ammodramus
sparrows. I don’t run into these birds all that often. It was also helpful that the bird perched briefly next to a Song sparrow to give me a great perspective
on the size the bird—clearly larger than a Nelson’s.

Ron Vogel
Annandale, VA

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Subject: view of solar eclipse on Thursday
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 13:12 pm
From: howiewu1 AT gmail.com
 
Hi,

My apologies in advance as I know this is OT, but I am fairly desperate in
reaching out to a local group, and I hope this is okay since we are all
nature lovers (otherwise please kindly disregard this message).

Thursday there will be a solar eclipse at around sunset. If weather
permitting, this will be a very interesting spectacle.

Question: does anyone know of a place in northern Virginia where I can have
unobstructed view of the setting sun?

Manassas NBP would be a good place ... in the summer. At this time, the sun
sets over the trees to the southeast, so it will be blocked some time
before the actual sunset.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

(Please do not do reply-all and only reply to myself to avoid further
encumbering people with future messages).

Thanks,
Howard Wu
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Subject: Pine Siskin
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 11:17 am
From: prowarbler AT verizon.net
 
The first Pine Siskin of the season showed up at our Annandale feeders this
morning.



Larry Cartwright

prowarbler@verizon.net

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Subject: purple finches in Highland Co.
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 8:15 am
From: pareum AT gmail.com
 
I know of at least 3 feeders in Highland, including mine and  and the
Spahr's in New Hampden,, that are getting male and female purple finches.


Patti Reum
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Subject: 10/19-20 Bald Eagles - SNP, Miller's Head & mile 45.6
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 7:34 am
From: honeychuck AT comcast.net
 
About a dozen bald eagles at 4:30 p.m., adults and immatures, near Miller's Head, Shenandoah National Park on Sunday afternoon 10/19.

Also, early afternoon on Monday 10/20, 1 adult bald eagle not far from the Hawksbill Mountain trailhead at mile 45.6 on the short trail to the AT.

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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (20 Oct 2014) 95 Raptors
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 7:23 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 59 360
Bald Eagle 6 62 214
Northern Harrier 5 34 64
Sharp-shinned Hawk 46 1427 2205
Cooper's Hawk 11 187 294
Northern Goshawk 0 2 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 9 22 41
Broad-winged Hawk 1 105 18512
Red-tailed Hawk 11 90 175
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 9 10
American Kestrel 3 254 385
Merlin 1 24 37
Peregrine Falcon 0 44 64
Unknown Accipiter 0 11 15
Unknown Buteo 2 6 11
Unknown Falcon 0 2 4
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 5 16
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 2

Total: 95 2344 22415
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers: Dave Hunter

Visitors:
Peter Clark, Mary Mapel


Weather:
Moderate ESE breezes. 6.2-16.5C. Mostly cloudy. Clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
One late season, immature Broad-winged Hawk. An adult male Merlin at
10:04am. Six Bald Eagles: 11:37 AD, 11:43 AD, 11:53 Unaged, 1:15 IMM, 1:46
4th-YR, 2:29 AD. Only 11 more BE needed to break the season record of 224.

Non-raptor Observations:
1 DC Cormorant, 1 Sapsucker, 52 Flicker, 13 Raven, 133 Tree Swallow, 2 Palm
Warbler, 2 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 305 RW Blackbird, 1 Rusty Blackbird, 72
Pine Siskin, 13 Monarchs and 4 hot air balloons to the east.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach@virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...

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Subject: migrants on Old Dominion University campus, Norfolk VA, 10/17 + 10/20
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 20:18 pm
From: flicknanders AT hotmail.com
 



Hey all, spent some time at the clump of trees on Old Dominion University campus with the Quarantine Road historical marker near Webb Center around mid-day on 10/17 and 10/20/14. This little spot still appears to be productive for migrants, very nice to find a little diversity while surrounded by concrete and buildings.

Migrants on 10/17: 1 Tennessee Warbler, 2 Catbirds, 1 Red-eyed Vireo, and 1 No. Parula. Migrants today (10/20): 1 Gray Catbird, 1 Swainson's Thrush, 1 Black-and-white Warbler, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 Common Yellowthroat, 1 White-throated Sparrow, 1 Swamp Sparrow. Best, Nick FlandersPortsmouth, VA


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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (20 Oct 2014) 189 Raptors
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 19:50 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 4 1091 3405
Bald Eagle 0 133 219
Northern Harrier 10 272 408
Sharp-shinned Hawk 121 3858 5903
Cooper's Hawk 20 1124 1875
Northern Goshawk 1 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 11 21
Broad-winged Hawk 2 558 962
Red-tailed Hawk 3 47 102
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 9 1499 3798
Merlin 17 1059 1689
Peregrine Falcon 1 1071 1270
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 1
Unknown Buteo 0 1 4
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 6 8
Unknown Raptor 0 17 61
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 2

Total: 189 10748 19729
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 16:15:00
Total observation time: 9.75 hours

Official Counter: Katie Rittenhouse

Observers: Brian Taber, Joe Beatty

Visitors:
Mary Jane McMillan, Bob Ake


Weather:
Light south winds with partly cloudy skies.

Raptor Observations:
Juvenile Northern Goshawk

Non-raptor Observations:
Purple Finch 4, Pine Siskin 2, Red-breasted Nuthatch 2, Common Loon 1,
Northern Flicker 250, Killdeer 36,
Wood Duck 7
Monarch- 11
Large flocks of American Robins started today along with continuing flocks
of Blue Jays, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and black birds.
Small Flocks of Eastern Meadowlarks, Eastern Bluebirds, and Bobolinks
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (20 Oct 2014) 36 Raptors
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 19:46 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 15 89
Bald Eagle 0 16 103
Northern Harrier 0 3 15
Sharp-shinned Hawk 21 371 531
Cooper's Hawk 1 50 96
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 6
Broad-winged Hawk 0 29 10833
Red-tailed Hawk 10 58 119
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 44 110
Merlin 0 4 9
Peregrine Falcon 1 12 19
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 3
Unknown Buteo 1 2 6
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 10

Total: 36 608 11950
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Bill James

Observers: Carl Christensen, Katie James

Visitors:
Very nice gentleman from Germany who spent some time with us telling us
about European hawks. A few hikers scaring Patsy, but many folks coming by
to speak with her.


Weather:
Chilly day with temps 11-18 C and light winds from the SW and SE late
rarely becoming a steady one. It was clear throughout the day on the East
side, but became increasingly hazy on the West side. Cloud cover began at
30% but increased to 70% in the third hour and maintained.

Raptor Observations:
Birds were on both sides today with the Southwest winds in our Northeast
oriented mountains. East side birds were close whereas West side birds
were often out over the ridge.

Non-raptor Observations:
Parkway continues busy with leafies.

Predictions:
NW winds, more birds and bigger ones!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bill James (bijam@aol.com)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/...


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Subject: Weird Accipiter
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 18:53 pm
From: lax3birder AT live.com
 
Hey everyone,
Yesterday at 9:35 I was birding and had a weird accipiter fly over off the mountain. (Albemarle Co.) It would be helpful to get all your opinions. The bird was large and was only a little smaller than a nearby Black Vulture. The bird was really cruising it took two powerful but fast wing flaps. (not choppy like a Sharpie) I also noted the very broad wings (almost like a buteo's thick wings) on this bird. There was a Goshawk seen later the day only 50 miles away at Afton. Please give me your opinion on this large Accipiter.
My flickr album with my four pics of this bird.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
Thanks,
Andrew Rapp

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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (19 Oct 2014) 136 Raptors
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 18:26 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 4 1087 3401
Bald Eagle 8 133 219
Northern Harrier 11 262 398
Sharp-shinned Hawk 61 3737 5782
Cooper's Hawk 26 1104 1855
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 10 20
Broad-winged Hawk 1 556 960
Red-tailed Hawk 3 44 99
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 13 1490 3789
Merlin 6 1042 1672
Peregrine Falcon 2 1070 1269
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 1
Unknown Buteo 0 1 4
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 6 8
Unknown Raptor 0 17 61
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 2

Total: 136 10559 19540
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 16:45:00
Total observation time: 10.25 hours

Official Counter: Bob Anderson, Katie Rittenhouse

Observers: Bob Anderson, Brian Taber, Joe Beatty, Thuy Tran

Visitors:
Ann McDowell, Ron Fournier, UVA Teacher Workshop


Weather:
Gusty NW winds. Overcast diminishing to blue skies late.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
3 Pine Siskins, 1 Purple Finch, 3 Tundra Swans, 4 Great Blue Heron, 4 Wood
Ducks
Monarch-6
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 17:40 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
A bright, cold morning greeted 17 birders on today's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.  We tallied 55 species, with some of our highlights being our FOS American Tree Sparrow, four Purple Finches with a House Finch nearby allowing comparisons, a Swainson's Thrush, an enormous flock of Red-winged Blackbirds, and a very clearly discernible Mallard x Black Duck hybrid.  Readers ahould be advised that the Monday Morning Birdwalk will adopt its winter starting time of 8 AM on Monday, November 3.

Canada Goose 31
Wood Duck 24
Mallard 12
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) 1
Green-winged Teal 5
Great Blue Heron 7
Green Heron 1
Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 20
Barred Owl 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Downy Woodpecker 8
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 6
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Eastern Phoebe 3
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 44
Fish Crow 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Northern) 5
Carolina Chickadee 9
Tufted Titmouse 11
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Marsh Wren 2
Carolina Wren 6
Golden-crowned Kinglet
2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Eastern Bluebird 14
Swainson's Thrush 1
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 8
Gray Catbird 2
European Starling 12
Cedar Waxwing 3
Common Yellowthroat 1
Palm Warbler 7
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 3
American Tree Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 12
Swamp Sparrow 3
White-throated Sparrow 14
Northern Cardinal 9
Red-winged Blackbird 200+
Rusty Blackbird 3
Common Grackle 5
Brown-headed Cowbird 20
House Finch 1
Purple Finch 4
American Goldfinch 10

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


Harry Glasgow
Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Pine siskins at Fort CF Smith, Arlington
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 15:32 pm
From: dfarner AT arlingtonva.us
 
2 pine siskins were at the bird stream along with 1 white crowned sparrow at 4:15 Monday afternoon.


David Farner
Park Manager
Fort C.F. Smith Park
& Gulf Branch Nature Center

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Subject: Red-breasted Nuthatch, Oakton
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 10:32 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Sorry for the late report, but I was gone all weekend.My first red-breasted nuthatch of the year for Fairfax County was in the Oak Marr Park pine woods next to the Flint Hill School campus on Thursday Oct 16.All the bestFred Atwood
 
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Subject: Fort C.F. Smith Arlington Oct. 20
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 9:24 am
From: dfarner AT arlingtonva.us
 
Birdy morning at Fort C.F. Smith in Arlington today. Sparrows here in big numbers. Mainly chipping, but also song, field, white-throated, 2 towhee, 1st junco of the fall and a 1st winter white-crowned.

Other birds of note – at least 2 (probably 3)blue-headed vireo, 1 hermit thrush, 1 indigo bunting, 1 magnolia warbler, both kinglets, a couple common yellow-throat and yellow-rumped warblers.


David Farner
Park Manager
Fort C.F. Smith Park &
Gulf Branch Nature Center
Arlington, VA

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Subject: Seasonal Birds in No. VA (Staff, Pr Wm, and FRFX) , 19 Oct 2014
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 20:20 pm
From: KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net
 
VA BIRDers,

I tried for a few new October species in the Northern VA area today - high
winds (esp. in the morning) seemed positive but flying birds were few and
perhaps I was a day or two early. In any case, five new species for the
month for me. In addition, I should note that a Horned Grebe was in
Occoquan Bay Friday, 17 Oct - basic, white neck and dark cap. Early for my
records.

I started off in Nokesville - the Bristow sod farms. The expected Horned
Larks were present and a Peregrine Falcon perched on exposed ground near a
sod operation. Nearby were Killdeer and a couple of Palm Warblers,

I went to Aquia Landing SP. Surprisingly dull for waterfowl - Gadwall,
Green-winged Teal, and 110 Pied-billed Grebes. Top bird was a Bonaparte's
Gull settling in with other larids perched on a beach out of the wind.

Next stop was Occoquan Bay Marina. Newly arrived were 10 Lesser Scaup,
otherwise another 80-something Pied-billed Grebes plus Mallards, Gadwall,
American Wigeon, Am. Black Duck and Forster's Terns.

I then visited a spot overlooking the Great Marsh of Mason Neck - the tide
was decidedly low (due to the strong north winds), but the highlights were 2
Bonaparte's Gulls and 48 Pied-billed Grebes (have you detected a theme?).

I dropped into Pohick Bay and found 24 more Pied-billed Grebes and some
Great Egrets.

At 5 pm, I went to the Stone Bridge overlooking Hunting Creek Bay off Dyke
Marsh. Highlights were 10 Dunlin and 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper. The latter I
studies for several minutes (it was distant) but the bill was not long
enough to ID as a Western. Also present were Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs
plus 3 Wood Ducks. I met up with David Ledwith and we went to the picnic
area and scanned the waterfowl. The light was reasonably good for a short
while (the sun was setting) and the highlight was 2 hatch year Redheads.
The waterfowl numbers were quite large with excellent numbers of No.
Shovelers, Ruddy Ducks and American Coots plus 2 Lesser Scaup and pintail
and teal. Given the likelihood of more migrants in the next few days, it
would be useful to check this area in the coming days.

Oh, the conservative Pied-billed Grebe total today was 280.

Kurt Gaskill

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