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20 Jan: @ 20:12:43 Re: Short-eared Owls and Loggerhead Shrike [Sam Simon]
20 Jan: @ 16:32:52  Short-eared Owls and Loggerhead Shrike [Sam Simon]
20 Jan: @ 13:51:51  OBNWR: Lincoln's Sp [Mark Moran]
20 Jan: @ 10:38:38  American Birding Expo is moving to Philly! [Gerco H]
20 Jan: @ 09:34:01  Red-throated loon, Occoquan Bay NWR [Marc Ribaudo]
20 Jan: @ 09:13:59 Re: [shenvalbirds] N. Saw-whet Owls (Shenandoah NP, Augusta & Albemarle Co.) [juliekazz]
19 Jan: @ 21:08:06  N. Saw-whet Owls (Shenandoah NP, Augusta & Albemarle Co.) [Gabriel Mapel via va-bird]
19 Jan: @ 17:31:34  Fwd: eBird Report - Leggett's Bottom, Hwy 58W, Jan 16, 2017 [Jeff Blalock]
18 Jan: @ 19:43:57  Silver Lake Quarry Pond [KELLY K]
18 Jan: @ 18:45:41  Cackling Geese, Greater White-Fronted Geese and a Snow Goose in Bristow, Prince William County [KELLY K]
18 Jan: @ 18:42:23  Cackling Geese, Greater White-Fronted Geese and a Snow Goose in Bristow, Prince William County [KELLY K]
18 Jan: @ 18:41:55  No Northern Shrike seen at Sully this afternoon [KELLY K]
18 Jan: @ 18:35:45  Trip to Southern Texas [Allen Bryan via va-bird]
18 Jan: @ 15:42:49  Baltimore Oriole - Belle Haven North Parking lot - Fairfax County [Sarah G]
18 Jan: @ 13:41:00  Sandhill Cranes -Loudoun Co. [david.boltz4]
18 Jan: @ 12:43:09  Northern Virginia Bird Club walk Huntley Meadows Park -- Jan 18, 2017 [Thomas Nardone]
18 Jan: @ 09:19:18  Question re/ Chaney Island [Stephen Grimes]
17 Jan: @ 17:31:31  Highland & Bath County field trip [Herbert Larner via va-bird]
17 Jan: @ 17:20:34  Highland & bath County field trip [Herbert Larner via va-bird]
17 Jan: @ 11:54:56  FW: DC Area, 1/17/2017 [Joe Coleman]
17 Jan: @ 10:21:18 Re: Announcement of Kenneth Clark White's Death in Daily Press, Sun., Jan.15, 2017 [Bruno, Rexanne]
17 Jan: @ 08:56:54  Adult male Baltimore oriole continues (Lynchburg) [Ashley Lohr]
17 Jan: @ 07:29:29  Potential Nashville Warbler at Belle Haven Park [Quinn Emmering]
16 Jan: @ 19:58:38  Photographer Bob Schamerhorn featured at Williamsburg Bird Club meeting Jan 18 [Shirley Devan]
16 Jan: @ 17:54:50  Red-necked Grebe - Potomac River near National Airport/Hains Point [dcharlesl@msn.com]
16 Jan: @ 17:53:47  Ross's Goose, Madison Heights, Amherst, Co [Nena Morgan]
16 Jan: @ 16:56:02  Clay-colored Sparrow at Feeder in James City County [Brian Taber via va-bird]
16 Jan: @ 16:26:06  Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
16 Jan: @ 13:07:51  Lincoln's Sparrow continues at Occoquan Bay NWR [Daniel Lebbin]
16 Jan: @ 12:42:53  Greater - white fronted Geese at Quarry pond Fishersville [Herbert Larner via va-bird]
16 Jan: @ 12:37:09  Greater - white fronted Geese at Quarry pond Fishersville [Herbert Larner via va-bird]
16 Jan: @ 11:48:50  Greater White-fronted and Snow Geese, Rockingham [Diane L via va-bird]
16 Jan: @ 10:49:03  Announcement of Kenneth Clark White's Death in Daily Press, Sun., Jan.15, 2017 [benmarycop]
16 Jan: @ 05:34:19  Yorktown-Colonial Parkway-Jamestown [Barbara Houston]
15 Jan: @ 21:52:08 Re: Brown Pelican continues at Pohick Bay Regional Park, Fairfax County [Sarah Anderson via va-bird]
15 Jan: @ 20:50:26  Possible Trumpeter Swans in Loudoun County [Gerco H]
15 Jan: @ 17:49:12  Short-eared show [Marc Ribaudo]
15 Jan: @ 17:35:32  NVBC Riverbend Park, Jan 15, 2017 [Gerco H]
15 Jan: @ 16:38:05  Pohick Bay: Brown Pelican [Donald Sweig]
15 Jan: @ 15:49:51  Short-eared Owls and Sandhill Cranes [Andrew Rapp]
15 Jan: @ 14:54:24  Dyke Marsh, Jan 15, 2017 [Larry Meade via va-bird]
15 Jan: @ 12:42:39  Snowy Owl being seen ChIncoteague NWR South of South Parking Lot [Bill Hohenstein]
15 Jan: @ 11:18:56  Brown Pelican continues at Pohick Bay Regional Park, Fairfax County [Dave Larsen - Birding]
15 Jan: @ 10:15:09  Great Falls National Park Walk (Fairfax County) [Marshall Rawson via va-bird]
15 Jan: @ 08:48:19  RFI: brown Pelican [Donald Sweig]
15 Jan: @ 06:47:55  Bird Club Field Trip to CBBT by Boat, January 28 [Shirley Devan]
14 Jan: @ 18:37:23 Re: Brown pelican at Pohick [Betsy]
14 Jan: @ 18:34:26 Re: Brown pelican at Pohick [Betsy]
14 Jan: @ 17:36:39 Re: va-bird Digest, Vol 117, Issue 20 [Larry Cartwright]
14 Jan: @ 17:05:43 Re: va-bird Digest, Vol 117, Issue 20 [Art Drauglis]





Subject: Short-eared Owls and Loggerhead Shrike
Date: Fri Jan 20 2017 20:12 pm
From: samsimon387 AT gmail.com
 
This site is in Warren County, VA, north of Front Royal. I apologize for not including this in my previous email.
~Sam Simon

> On Jan 20, 2017, at 5:29 PM, Sam Simon wrote:
>
> All,
> I arrived at Milldale and Stone Bridge Road at about 4:15 today to look for the Short-eared Owls, and there were four in a distant tree and two in a tree close to the road. They started flying around at about 4:45. Also great views of a harrier and a kestrel. At 5:00, a Loggerhead Shrike popped up in a bush across from the entrance to Milldale Farm. Very cool! I wasn't expecting this species, but looking on eBird showed that one had been seen in the area last weekend. The bird flew off to the row of trees to the east of Milldale Road. I'm assuming this is a different bird from the one nearby at Featherbed Road.
> Good birding,
> ~Sam Simon
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Subject: Short-eared Owls and Loggerhead Shrike
Date: Fri Jan 20 2017 16:32 pm
From: samsimon387 AT gmail.com
 
All,
I arrived at Milldale and Stone Bridge Road at about 4:15 today to look for the Short-eared Owls, and there were four in a distant tree and two in a tree close to the road. They started flying around at about 4:45. Also great views of a harrier and a kestrel. At 5:00, a Loggerhead Shrike popped up in a bush across from the entrance to Milldale Farm. Very cool! I wasn't expecting this species, but looking on eBird showed that one had been seen in the area last weekend. The bird flew off to the row of trees to the east of Milldale Road. I'm assuming this is a different bird from the one nearby at Featherbed Road.
Good birding,
~Sam Simon
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Subject: OBNWR: Lincoln's Sp
Date: Fri Jan 20 2017 13:51 pm
From: moran4 AT gmail.com
 
The Lincoln's Sparrow was found at Deep Hole Pt.

Entire list below.

Canada Goose
Tundra Swan - 18 flyover
Wood Duck
American Black Duck
Mallard
Canvasback
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup 4 off Deephole Rd
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Ruddy Duck
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Red-shouldered Hawk
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird - Easy Rd
Brown Thrasher - Bayview Rd
Eastern Towhee
American Tree Sparrow - Bayview
Field Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow - Deephole Pt
Savannah Sparrow - Bayview
Fox Sparrow - Bayview & Easy
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
American Goldfinch
Spring Peeper - Easy

- Mark Moran
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Subject: American Birding Expo is moving to Philly!
Date: Fri Jan 20 2017 10:38 am
From: drgerco AT hotmail.com
 
I know this is a bit off topic, but worth letting folks know.

In 2015 I attended the first expo and it was a lot of fun. Now it is within a few hours driving (instead of 7).

Gerco
Leesburg, VA

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Subject: American Birding Expo is moving to Philly!

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I am writing you to share some exciting news about the American Birding Expo! In case you haven't heard already, the Expo is changing locations for 2017 and 2018. Let me tell you more...

After two years in Columbus, Ohio, the American Birding Expo is moving to the East Coast for 2017 and 2018. The 2017 and 2018 Expos will be at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center (GPEC) in Oaks, Pennsylvania, about 25 miles northeast of downtown Philadelphia. The dates for the 2017 Expo are Friday, September 29, through Sunday, October 1.

Moving to the Philly area puts us in the midst of a densely populated region of the United States, and an area with a high percentage of birders and active, thriving bird clubs. We'll be inside a building designed for holding events like ours! GPEC hosts dozens of events annually, so we're confident that the 2017 Expo will be bigger and better than ever! As an added bonus, the Expo Center is just a mile or so from Mill Grove Audubon Center-the very first place John James Audubon lived in the United States, which is one of the reasons the Philadelphia area is often referred to as "the cradle of American Ornithology."

Details of the 2017 American Birding Expo are still being finalized, but enthusiasm is already building in the region among likely attendees, bird clubs, and potential partners such as the Valley Forge Regional Conventions and Visitors Bureau, Cape May Birding Observatory, and the American Birding Association.

Here at the home office of Bird Watcher's Digest, our events team is hard at work planning the specifics of the Expo, including guided morning birding field trips, skill-building workshops for birders of all levels, and early evening keynote presentations from well-known experts, including Scott Weidensaul and Julie Zickefoose. We expect to host more than 100 exhibitors from all over the world-and these exhibitors are eager to meet and connect with you and your fellow North American birders. As always, the Expo Conservation Fund will raise money to support important conservation programs and organizations.

We hope you'll make plans to join us at the 2017 American Birding Expo, September 29 to October 1 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania. An entrance fee of just $10 gets you access for all three days to the event that we call "The World of Birding in One Place!"

To learn more about this one-of-a-kind event, please visit the Expo website at birdingexpo.com.
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Subject: Red-throated loon, Occoquan Bay NWR
Date: Fri Jan 20 2017 9:34 am
From: moribaudo AT verizon.net
 
I saw a red-throated loon at Occoquan Bay NWR this morning.  It was between Deephole Pt. Rd. and the fishing pier at Leesylvania.  A common loon was nearby offering comparison.  Other notables in the area were 7 common goldeneye off Belmont marina, and a peregrine falcon sitting in a tree behind the Ospreys country club building.

Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: N. Saw-whet Owls (Shenandoah NP, Augusta & Albemarle Co.)
Date: Fri Jan 20 2017 9:13 am
From: juliekazz AT comcast.net
 
Last night in Powhatan, VA. We netted a NSWO-SY female that I originally banded Oct 28.2016 as a HY bird. The little girl weighed 90.7 grams last night , 4.4 grams leaner than Oct.

This is going on our 12th year of our Saw Whet project (Project OwlNet) . Is this a resident, over-winterer or migrating north or other points...?
We do know these little owls are highly nomadic and remarkably cute!

JulieKacmarcik
Powhatan WMA
Powhatan VA


> On January 19, 2017 at 10:04 PM "Gabriel Mapel birdmangabriel@yahoo.com [shenvalbirds]" wrote:
>
>
>
> Hi all,
> Tonight my dad and I headed up to the south district of Shenandoah National Park to try for N. Saw-whet Owls (NSWO) after two were found in the park last winter. We entered at Rockfish Gap (southern point of SNP & Skyline Dr mile 105.5) and went as far north as Turk Gap Parking Area (mile 94) and stopped at about 5-6 places along the way listening for owls. As luck would have it we found 2 NSWO in the same areas as last winter's birds.
>
> Our first stop was at Beagle Gap (Skyline Drive mile 99.5) where a NSWO was heard repeatedly last January giving both the toot song and the alarm call (rising, screechy cat-like call.) Last year the bird was heard calling on the east side of the drive, off of the Appalachian Trail, in the woods near the edges of the large meadow at Beagle Gap. If you hike up the Appalachian Trail through the meadow on the east side of the drive once you are about halfway through the meadow you are no longer in Shenandoah NP. Using playback is prohibited in the park but not outside the park. This evening I was about 2/3 of the way through the meadow and just off the trail when I chose to use a little bit of playback in hopes of locating a NSWO. Within a couple minutes the bird called a total of 5 times giving the alarm call. It called from across Skyline Drive from where I was. It was in Augusta County on the west side of Skyline Dr. The Appalachian Trail crosses Skyline Drive at Beagle Gap with another large meadow that the trail goes through on the west side of the road. Almost this entire meadow is outside the park so playback is allowed. It sounded like the bird was in the forest on the NW side of this meadow. Once we heard the bird we crossed the road to get closer to where the bird was. We stayed at least 10 more minutes but did not use much more playback in an effort to not disturb the bird. The bird never called again but when it called those five times although we were a couple hundred yards away with the calm wind we were able to hear it very well. If anyone decides to try for this bird and chooses to use playback be sure to make sure you are outside the park boundary when using playback.
>
> The second NSWO we had was in an area where a NSWO was heard and reported by several Albemarle County birders in November-December 2015. This location is in Albemarle along the Appalachian Trail on the east side of Skyline Drive, approximately 150 yards south on the trail from the AT/Skyline Drive crossing at Sawmill Run Overlook (mile 95.3). This area is well within the park so playback is prohibited but vocal/whistling non-electronic imitations are allowed. However we didn't even have to use that tonight as right as we walked up into the pine grove along the AT the bird gave the alarm call from very close range!
>
> Other sightings along our drive along Skyline Drive tonight included 1 Barred Owl, 1 Am. Woodcock flushed from the meadow at Beagle Gap, 1 Striped Skunk and 1 Raccoon.
>
> Good Luck to anyone that tries for the NSWOs and feel free to let me know if you have any questions.
> Gabriel Mapel
> New Hope
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Subject: N. Saw-whet Owls (Shenandoah NP, Augusta & Albemarle Co.)
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 21:08 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hi all,Tonight my dad and I headed up to the south district of Shenandoah National Park to try for N. Saw-whet Owls (NSWO) after two were found in the park last winter.  We entered at Rockfish Gap (southern point of SNP & Skyline Dr mile 105.5) and went as far north as Turk Gap Parking Area (mile 94) and stopped at about 5-6 places along the way listening for owls.  As luck would have it we found 2 NSWO in the same areas as last winter's birds.
Our first stop was at Beagle Gap (Skyline Drive mile 99.5) where a NSWO was heard repeatedly last January giving both the toot song and the alarm call (rising, screechy cat-like call.)  Last year the bird was heard calling on the east side of the drive, off of the Appalachian Trail, in the woods near the edges of the large meadow at Beagle Gap.  If you hike up the Appalachian Trail through the meadow on the east side of the drive once you are about halfway through the meadow you are no longer in Shenandoah NP.  Using playback is prohibited in the park but not outside the park.  This evening I was about 2/3 of the way through the meadow and just off the trail when I chose to use a little bit of playback in hopes of locating a NSWO.  Within a couple minutes the bird called a total of 5 times giving the alarm call.  It called from across Skyline Drive from where I was.  It was in Augusta County on the west side of Skyline Dr.  The Appalachian Trail crosses Skyline Drive at Beagle Gap with another large meadow that the trail goes through on the west side of the road.  Almost this entire meadow is outside the park so playback is allowed.  It sounded like the bird was in the forest on the NW side of this meadow.  Once we heard the bird we crossed the road to get closer to where the bird was.  We stayed at least 10 more minutes but did not use much more playback in an effort to not disturb the bird.  The bird never called again but when it called those five times although we were a couple hundred yards away with the calm wind we were able to hear it very well.  If anyone decides to try for this bird and chooses to use playback be sure to make sure you are outside the park boundary when using playback.

The second NSWO we had was in an area where a NSWO was heard and reported by several Albemarle County birders in November-December 2015.  This location is in Albemarle along the Appalachian Trail on the east side of Skyline Drive, approximately 150 yards south on the trail from the AT/Skyline Drive crossing at Sawmill Run Overlook (mile 95.3).  This area is well within the park so playback is prohibited but vocal/whistling non-electronic imitations are allowed.  However we didn't even have to use that tonight as right as we walked up into the pine grove along the AT the bird gave the alarm call from very close range! 

Other sightings along our drive along Skyline Drive tonight included 1 Barred Owl, 1 Am. Woodcock flushed from the meadow at Beagle Gap, 1 Striped Skunk and 1 Raccoon.

Good Luck to anyone that tries for the NSWOs and feel free to let me know if you have any questions.Gabriel MapelNew Hope

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Leggett's Bottom, Hwy 58W, Jan 16, 2017
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 17:31 pm
From: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
 
Greetings all

On Monday I went to the Richmond - Danville Trail to look for birds in Pittsylvania County and just after I crossed the Dan River on Hwy 58W at Leggett's Bottom I saw a flock of 30 Wild Turkeys out in the open.

Got a picture of the big flock.

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: January 19, 2017 at 6:24:47 PM EST
> To: jcbabirder@gcronline.com
> Subject: eBird Report - Leggett's Bottom, Hwy 58W, Jan 16, 2017
>
> Leggett's Bottom, Hwy 58W, Halifax, Virginia, US
> Jan 16, 2017 9:30 AM - 9:35 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 1 species
>
> Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) 30
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Subject: Silver Lake Quarry Pond
Date: Wed Jan 18 2017 19:43 pm
From: tripacct1 AT gmail.com
 
Observed only one male Hooded Merganser on the quarry pond at Silver Lake,
Prince William County. Very quiet.

Kelly Krechmer
Fauquier County
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Subject: Cackling Geese, Greater White-Fronted Geese and a Snow Goose in Bristow, Prince William County
Date: Wed Jan 18 2017 18:45 pm
From: tripacct1 AT gmail.com
 
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Kelly Krechmer

Fauquier County
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Subject: Cackling Geese, Greater White-Fronted Geese and a Snow Goose in Bristow, Prince William County
Date: Wed Jan 18 2017 18:42 pm
From: tripacct1 AT gmail.com
 
I stopped by New Bristow Village Pond on December 28, 2016 and was scanning
the Canadian Geese with my bins hoping to find a Cackling Goose. Instead, I
was amazed to find a lifer and first for the area: three Greater
White-fronted Geese. Since then some of you have been fortunate to also
tick them off your list after a visit to the pond.

I returned 4-5 time since the new year and dipped on seeing them again each
visit. I would have thought they moved on if it were not for other birders
seeing them this year!

Today, I dipped on seeing the Greater White-fronted Geese again!
I decided to return to the pond an hour later though. I am so glad I did
because they came back! Not only did I see them, I also saw 10 cute
Cackling Geese, and a Snow Goose along with at least 500 Canada Geese (the
most I have ever seen here!!). Made my day!

New Bristow Village Pond is now listed as a Hotspot for Prince William
County. I began birding this residential area pond in February last year.

My list for today:

New Bristow Village pond, Prince William, Virginia, US
Jan 18, 2017 11:20 AM - 12:21 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile(s)
Comments:
Start: 55 sunny
End: 70 sunny

11 species

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 3 Video and photo
https://youtu.be/xHeiZZ_7RfY
Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens) 1
Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) 10 Video and photo.
https://youtu.be/59pV_WzELQUco... 10 mixed in with Canada Geese. Not all
of them are in the photo and video.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 500 Estimate
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 2 Pair
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 10
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 2
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1 Adult
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 2
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) 1

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

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Subject: No Northern Shrike seen at Sully this afternoon
Date: Wed Jan 18 2017 18:41 pm
From: tripacct1 AT gmail.com
 
I dipped on the Northern Shrike at Sully Woodlands today.

Kelly Krechmer
Fauquier County
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Subject: Trip to Southern Texas
Date: Wed Jan 18 2017 18:35 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I visited southern Texas along the Rio Grande Valley during the 2nd week of January.Some photos can be found at:
Southern Texas- January 2017 | VisitingNature



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Allen Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Subject: Baltimore Oriole - Belle Haven North Parking lot - Fairfax County
Date: Wed Jan 18 2017 15:42 pm
From: sarchrisgus AT hotmail.com
 
I saw a first-year female Baltimore Oriole this afternoon.  It was on the ground foraging in leaves on the Potomac river side of the Mt. Vernon trail, north of the Belle Haven North Parking lot, about halfway to Hunting Creek Bridge.  After about 5 minutes, it went into an opening/hole in some tight ground brush.  Photos on Ebird checklist at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

Regards,
Sarah Gustafson
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Subject: Sandhill Cranes -Loudoun Co.
Date: Wed Jan 18 2017 13:41 pm
From: david.boltz4 AT gmail.com
 
2 Sandhill Cranes are still present at the ponds at Algonkian Nature Preserve just east of Leesburg in Loudoun County. They were seen and photographed by me and Bill Parkin just after noon today.

Dave Boltz

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Subject: Northern Virginia Bird Club walk Huntley Meadows Park -- Jan 18, 2017
Date: Wed Jan 18 2017 12:43 pm
From: nardonet AT verizon.net
 
Five birders participated in the NVBC walk this morning at Huntley Meadows Park.  The highlight was two bald eagles seen circling repeatedly over the wetlands.  Complete list is shown below.


Jan 18, 2017
8:30 AM
Traveling
1.50 miles
150 Minutes


200 Canada Goose
3 American Black Duck
50 Mallard
20 Northern Shoveler
8 Hooded Merganser
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Black Vulture
2 Turkey Vulture
3 Bald Eagle
1 Red-tailed Hawk
25 Ring-billed Gull
5 Mourning Dove
3 Red-headed Woodpecker
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
8 Downy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
1 Merlin
2 Blue Jay
3 Fish Crow
5 crow sp.
12 Carolina Chickadee
2 Tufted Titmouse
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Carolina Wren
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
6 Eastern Bluebird
1 American Robin
5 White-throated Sparrow
6 Song Sparrow
2 Swamp Sparrow
2 Eastern Towhee
1 Northern Cardinal
50 Red-winged Blackbird
2 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 34



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Subject: Question re/ Chaney Island
Date: Wed Jan 18 2017 9:19 am
From: sternman AT cox.net
 
Is this area still off limits to birders or have they re-instituted limited public visits?

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Subject: Highland & Bath County field trip
Date: Tue Jan 17 2017 17:31 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hello all

This coming Saturday 21st I will be leading a field trip to Highland & Bath Counties in search of Rough-legged Hawk , Golden Eagle , Ducks of any kind in Bath County . Meet at 07 :30 at the North Coalter St. Food Lion lower parking lot . bring snacks , lunch , & dress for the weather . The Temps look like they will be in or around 60 degrees on Saturday . Contact Allen Larner at birdergonewild@yahoo.com for further info . Hoppe to see you all there .

On the other side of the coin I did a little birding around Augusta County this morning in search of any waterfowl that may have dropped in with this last weather system . The only good waterfowl found was one Common Merganser at the Boy Scout Camp in Swoope . On the other hand I did find a total of 30 Common Ravens thru out Augusta County .

Allen Larner
Staunton
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Subject: Highland & bath County field trip
Date: Tue Jan 17 2017 17:20 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

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Subject: FW: DC Area, 1/17/2017
Date: Tue Jan 17 2017 11:54 am
From: joecoleman AT rstarmail.com
 
FYI Joe Coleman

-----Original Message-----

Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 1/17/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: voice@anshome.org
Compiler: Joe Coleman
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, Jan 10 and was
completed on Tuesday, Jan 17 at 10:15 a.m.

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

The top birds this week were BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* in MD, WESTERN GREBE* in
VA, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in MD and VA, SNOWY OWL in VA, BLACK-THROATED GRAY
WARBLER* in MD and WESTERN TANAGER* in VA.

Other birds of interest this week included geese, TRUMPETER SWAN, ducks
including EURASIAN WIGEON, COMMON EIDERS, and HARLEQUIN, RED-NECKED GREBE,
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, SANDHILL CRANE, RAZORBILL, BLACK-HEADED and
ICELAND GULLS, pelicans, AMERICAN BITTERN, GREEN HERON, SHORT-EARED OWL,
LOGGERHEAD and NORTHERN SHRIKES, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, BROWN-HEADED
NUTHATCH, SNOW BUNTING, warblers, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, LARK SPARROW, and
LINCOLN'S SPARROWS.

TOP BIRDS

The drake BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* continued to be seen at the Elm's
Environmental Education Center, St. Mary's Co, MD with the most recent
sighting on Jan 13. If looking for this bird do not drive in but park in the
hunter's parking lot before the gate and walk about a mile to the bay and
then several hundred yards to the north.

A WESTERN GREBE* was seen Jan 10 from Sandfiddler Rd and White Cap Ln,
Virginia Beach VA. One was also reported from the Back Bay NWR, Virginia
Beach, VA on Jan 16 a bit north of the closed area signs.

A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was captured and banded Jan 14 at the Belvedere
Community, Portsmouth, VA. A continuing young female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in
Wildewood, St. Mary's Co, MD was seen most recently on Jan 15.

A SNOWY OWL was seen at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on Jan 14, 15 and
16.

A continuing BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* at Tydings Memorial Park, Harford
Co, MD was last seen on Jan 15.

The continuing female WESTERN TANAGER* in a residential yard in the Alanton
neighborhood of Virginia Beach, VA was seen as recently as Jan 13.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at several locations in the reporting
area including one at Anacostia Park, SE DC on Jan 10; three continuing
individuals at Bristow Village Lake, Prince William Co, VA on Jan 16; and as
many as 5 continued on Broadford Lake, Garrett Co, MD, on Jan 16. There was
also one at Black Hill Regional Park, Montgomery Co, MD on Jan 11 and 12;
one at Lake Churchill, Montgomery Co, MD as recently as Jan 12; and one at
the Solomons, Calvert Co, MD on Jan 13. Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were
seen Jan 16 in a storm water pond at Sentara RMH Hospital, Rockingham Co,
VA; on the same day 2 continuing GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at
the nearby 2041 Solera Ct. Another was seen at the Quarry pond,
Fishersville, Augusta Co, VA on Jan 16. Several were seen from the 13th
through the 16th at the Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE.

Inland SNOW GEESE continued to be found in a number of locations in both MD
and VA. ROSS'S GEESE were also seen at a number of locations including a 2nd
that joined the continuing ROSS'S GOOSE at Lake of the Woods in Orange Co,
VA on Jan 10. One was seen Jan 11 on the Potomac from Quantico, Prince
William Co, VA. One was also seen as recently as Jan 13 in the private pond
at the Rubbermaid Factory in Frederick Co, VA. There was one at Shirley
Plantation, Charles City Co, VA on Jan 12. There was also one on Jan 13 and
16 at the pond behind the Walmart in Madison Heights, Amherst Co, VA. In
Delaware's Kent Co a ROSS'S GOOSE was seen at Speedway X Zoar Rd on Jan 12
and at a private residence in Sussex Co, on Jan 13 and 14. CACKLING GEESE
were seen throughout the region.

Continuing TRUMPETER SWANS were seen as recently as Jan 16 at Lake
Artemesia, Prince George's Co, MD and at Perryville Community Park, Cecil
Co, MD. Two untagged TRUMPETER SWANS were seen at Black Hill Regional Park,
Montgomery Co, MD on Jan 12 while the longstanding tagged TRUMPETER SWAN was
seen at the nearby Lake Churchill as recently as Jan 15. On Jan 15 two
TRUMPETER SWANS were seen moving from the Patton Turf Farm to Edwards Ferry,
Montgomery Co, MD. Two likely TRUMPETER SWANS (tagged) flew over a house in
Taylorstown, Loudoun Co, VA on Jan 15.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen Jan 11 at Pleasure House Point Natural Area,
Virginia Beach, VA. One was seen Jan 15 with American Wigeons off the
observation boardwalk, Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA.

A SURF SCOTER was seen Jan 15 on Lake Shenandoah, Rockingham Co, VA. Another
inland SURF SCOTER was found from Tide Lock Park, Alexandria, VA in the
Potomac River (DC waters) Jan 16. Two Common Eiders were seen at Point
Lookout SP, St. Mary's Co, MD throughout the week. Nine COMMON EIDERS were
seen Jan 16 at Indian River Inlet, DE. A HARLEQUIN DUCK was spotted Jan 14
in the main channel behind the Marian Bay Hotel, Chincoteague, Accomack Co,
VA. A LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen Jan 14 and 15 in the Potomac River (DC
waters) from Tide Lock Park, Alexandria, VA.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was observed Jan 15 from the Lower Lake Overlook, Kerr
Reservoir, Mecklenburg Co, VA. Multiple RED-NECKED GREBES were in the
Potomac River off of Hains Point, SW DC Jan 15 and 16; while Hains Point
will be closed until at least Jan 21, they were also visible with a scope
from Gravelly Point, Arlington Co, VA. A RED-NECKED GREBE was also found Jan
16 at Elizabeth Dixon Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD.

A RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD continues to visit a window feeder at a
residence in the Alanton neighborhood of Virginia Beach, VA, with the latest
report on Jan 13. A likely RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was seen Jan 14 in Cape
Charles, Northampton Co, VA.

On Jan 11 a SANDHIILL CRANE flew over the Marriott Lake at Dulles Airport.
The two continuing SANDHILL CRANES at the Algonkian Nature Preserve, Loudoun
Co, VA, were seen as recently as Jan 15. On Jan 15 and 16 two SANDHILL
CRANES were seen in the Green Springs area on East Jack Jouett Rd, Louisa
Co, VA.

RAZORBILLS were seen in multiple locations in Virginia Beach; there were as
many as 20 at Little Island Park on Jan 15, two at Fort Story on Jan 12, and
3 seen from Sandfiddler Rd and White Cap Ln on the 10th.

Both a BLACK-HEADED GULL and an ICELAND GULL were seen from the Tom's Cove
Visitor center, Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on Jan 14 and 15; the
BLACK-HEADED GULL was also seen on the 16th. A BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen
last week at Wolfe Neck Wastewater Treatment Plant, Rehoboth Beach, Sussex
Co, DE. Two ICELAND GULLS were found Jan 10 among 3,000 or so gulls in the
open water around the pier at North East Community Park, Cecil Co, MD. An
ICELAND GULL was seen Jan 16 at the Eastern Sanitary Landfill (restricted
access), Baltimore, MD.

Varying numbers of AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were seen in a number of
locations in Virginia Beach throughout the week. An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
was seen Jan 11 and 12 at the Perryville Community Park, Cecil Co, MD. A
BROWN PELICAN, apparently the first ever seen in Fairfax Co, VA, was found
at Pohick Bay on Jan 13 and seen again the 14th and 15th; it was seen from
the boat rental parking lot.

The AMERICAN BITTERN at Black Marsh, North Point SP, Baltimore Co, MD was
seen through Jan 12. The very late GREEN HERON at Ben Brenman Park,
Alexandria, VA, was most recent reported on Jan 15.

Birders continue to enjoy seeing SHORT-EARED OWLS at fields along Konterra
Drive in Prince George's Co, MD, with the latest sighting on Jan 16. The
owner's restrictions on access to this location may be viewed on posts to MD
Birding and the MD Birding Facebook page on Jan 6. SHORT-EARED OWLS were
also seen at a number of other locations including two during the first
census of the year at Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD, on Jan 11 and flying
over the fields south of Harrison Rd, The Plains, Fauquier Co, VA on Jan 13.
On Jan 15 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen flying along East Jack Jouett Rd,
Louisa Co, VA as well as from Stone Bridge Rd near Milldale, Warren Co, VA.

A continuing NORTHERN SHRIKE* was seen along the Observation and the
Boardwalk Trail at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE with reports through Jan
15. The NORTHERN SHRIKE found in Montgomery Co, MD on Jan 1 was last
reported on Jan 13; it was viewed from a parking lot along Triadelphia Lake
Rd. The continuing NORTHERN SHRIKE along Bens Point Road in Queen Anne's Co,
MD was seen most recently on Jan 16. The NORTHERN SHRIKE* that has been
present at the Sully Woodlands, Fairfax Co, VA since early October was seen
as recently as Jan 15.

Confirmed widely scattered sightings of irruptive BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES in
MD and VA continued this past week.

As many as 3 BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES were seen in Southern Park, Charles Co,
MD on Jan 16.

A continuing SNOW BUNTING mixed in with a flock of Horned Larks was seen
again along Strickley Road in Augusta Co, VA on Jan 13 and 15. Two SNOW
BUNTINGS continued to be seen at Point Lookout SP, St. Mary's Co with the
most recent report from Jan 16.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were found at several locations in DC, MD and VA.
Over-wintering NASHVILLE WARBLERS include one at the Cheriton Landfill,
Northampton Co, VA, seen as recently as Jan 11; another in Pinecrest,
Fairfax Co, VA on Jan 14 and 15; and still another Jan 15 at Kingman Island,
NE DC; one has also been reported from Heritage Island which is next to
Kingman Island.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen again at Big Water Farm (private), Queen
Anne's Co, MD on Jan 11. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW turned up at a feeder in
James City Co, VA, on Jan 16. A LARK SPARROW was found Jan 12 at the
Botetourt Center at Greenfield, Botetourt Co, VA. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was
seen Jan 10 at Lilypons Water Gardens, Frederick Co, MD. The continuing
LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen again from the Boardwalk at Back Bay NWR,
Virginia Beach, VA, with the latest sighting on Jan 15. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW
was seen Jan 16 at the Occoquan Bay NWR, Woodbridge, Prince William Co, VA;
it was with a flock of Song Sparrows at the end of Easy Rd. at the junction
with Deep Hole Point.

***

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

The Audubon Sanctuary Shop (301-652-3606, 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: Announcement of Kenneth Clark White's Death in Daily Press, Sun., Jan.15, 2017
Date: Tue Jan 17 2017 10:21 am
From: bruno AT lynchburg.edu
 
I was saddened to read of Clark White's death. He lead many local and state birding field trips. His obituary is online at http://m.legacy.com/obituaries...

Rexanne Bruno
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: Adult male Baltimore oriole continues (Lynchburg)
Date: Tue Jan 17 2017 8:56 am
From: aklohr AT vt.edu
 
Private residence. Stops by the feeder daily for oranges and other fruit :)

Ashley Lohr
Loudoun County/Lynchburg/Athens, GA
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Subject: Potential Nashville Warbler at Belle Haven Park
Date: Tue Jan 17 2017 7:29 am
From: qemmering AT gmail.com
 
On Monday, January 16 (about 10:00 AM), I may have spotted a Nashville
warbler at Belle Haven Park along GW parkway bike trail. It was in a
weedy/brushy area across from the southernmost "No Parking sign". I got
only a quick glimpse through binos before it disappeared, hence my
reservation on confidently calling it. I hung around for about 15-20 more
minutes, but could not relocate it. Looked like it had a contrasting green
body and gray head feathers, yellow underside, and conspicuous white
eye-ring. Could have been a common yellowthroat as one was seen near mile
marker 8 by another birder, but where I saw the potential Nashville was
200-300 meters from where the common yellowthroat was seen... and that
eye-ring really popped so not likely a yellowthroat.

Also the Orange-crowned warbler was still present in same general area as
previously reported plus two Merlins were chasing each other over the golf
course.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

Anyway, if anyone is out there this week see if you can relocate the
Nashville.

Cheers,
Quinn
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Subject: Photographer Bob Schamerhorn featured at Williamsburg Bird Club meeting Jan 18
Date: Mon Jan 16 2017 19:58 pm
From: sedevan52 AT cox.net
 
Greetings,

Well-known and award-winning nature and bird photographer Bob Schamerhorn will present a new program on “Birds of Prey” at the regular meeting of the Williamsburg Bird Club this Wednesday, January 18, 2017.

Experience the beauty and majesty of these apex predators. This program includes some of our most exciting, fierce, and perhaps most interesting North American predatory birds which includes: Hawks, Owls, Falcons, Eagles and even Vultures. Bob will focus primarily on mid-Atlantic raptor species, with information on food, migration, adaptations and identification. Learn about some of their protection history, survival struggles, and successes. Includes stories and discussion of the characteristics of these amazing birds. Presentation displayed in colorful award winning photography, with HD Video clips, audio samples. Here is the link to Bob’s website: http://www.iphotobirds.com

Time: 7 pm

Location: W&M Campus, Andrews Hall, Room 101. Park in front of Phi Beta Kappa Hall, 601 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg. Here is a link to the Parking Pass you will need to park on campus. http://williamsburgbirdclub.or...

This meeting, like all Williamsburg Bird Club meetings, is free and open to the public.

Please join us!

Shirley Devan
Williamsburg Bird Club
Cell Ph: 757.813.1322
Look for me on Facebook ...






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Subject: Red-necked Grebe - Potomac River near National Airport/Hains Point
Date: Mon Jan 16 2017 17:54 pm
From: dcharlesl AT msn.com
 
I am posting to the VA and the MD/DC listserv since this is of interest to both.


After reading reports of Red-necked Grebe near Hains point in DC, I decided to go late this morning to look for them from Gravelly Point Park in Virginia next to National Airport. From this vantage point, I was able to see 4 Red-necked Grebe close to the wall at Hains Point (spotting scope needed). In order to get a better view, I drove to Hains Point in DC and found that is was closed. I asked a Park Police officer if I could walk into Hains Point and he told me that Hains Point is closed to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic due to the upcoming inauguration. The officer said that the park wouldn't open again until sometime next Saturday at the earliest.

David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA
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Subject: Ross's Goose, Madison Heights, Amherst, Co
Date: Mon Jan 16 2017 17:53 pm
From: nmorgan0707 AT mac.com
 
Mark Johnson saw the Ross’s Goose this afternoon at the pond behind Walmart at 1530. It comes in with the Canada Geese in the late afternoon.
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Subject: Clay-colored Sparrow at Feeder in James City County
Date: Mon Jan 16 2017 16:56 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

There's a photo on the Blog at the Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory website at www.cvwo.org

of a Clay-colored Sparrow at my feeder this afternoon. If it returns I'll make another post.

Brian Taber
CVWO
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Date: Mon Jan 16 2017 16:26 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
A large gathering came together for today's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk, and we tallied 45 species.  Our highlights included a lone Gray Catbird;  large flocks of Canada Geese, Mallards, and American Crows; and what appeared to be a 4th year Bald Eagle circling lazily over the central wetland.  Our thanks to Stuart and Pam Davis for hosting our tally breakfast in their delightful home.
Canada Goose  250
American Black Duck  3
Mallard  100
Northern Shoveler  19
Northern Pintail  20
Green-winged Teal  15
Hooded Merganser  8
Turkey Vulture  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  3
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  8
Mourning Dove  6
Barred Owl  2
Red-headed Woodpecker  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  10
Downy Woodpecker  10
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  60
Fish Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  8
Brown Creeper  3
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet  6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  6
American Robin  12
Gray Catbird  1
Dark-eyed Junco  1
White-throated Sparrow  17
Song Sparrow  6
Eastern Towhee  6
Northern Cardinal  10
Red-winged Blackbird  35
Common Grackle  4
American Goldfinch  9
House Sparrow  2

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 8AM (7AM from March  through November), 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: Lincoln's Sparrow continues at Occoquan Bay NWR
Date: Mon Jan 16 2017 13:07 pm
From: djlebbin AT gmail.com
 
at the end of Easy Rd. at junction with Deep Hole Point with 8 Song
Sparrows.
-Dan
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Subject: Greater - white fronted Geese at Quarry pond Fishersville
Date: Mon Jan 16 2017 12:42 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

Hello all

After getting off work this morning I went over to the Quarry pond in Fishersville to see if I could find the 6 Cackling Geese . It was just starting to get light enough to see what was there & mixed in the group of Canada's of about 450 + was only one Cackling Goose & two GWF Geese . Other waterfowl there was 2 Redheads , the continuing Coot , Bufflehead & 6 Horned Grebe's .

Allen Larner
Staunton


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Subject: Greater - white fronted Geese at Quarry pond Fishersville
Date: Mon Jan 16 2017 12:37 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

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Subject: Greater White-fronted and Snow Geese, Rockingham
Date: Mon Jan 16 2017 11:48 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
This morning, two of each were at a storm water pond west of Sentara RMH Hospital. They flew before I left, heading towards the hospital.
Diane Lepkowski

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Subject: Announcement of Kenneth Clark White's Death in Daily Press, Sun., Jan.15, 2017
Date: Mon Jan 16 2017 10:49 am
From: benmarycop AT cavtel.net
 
Virginia Birders, I was shocked to read of Clark White's Jan. 8 death, as posted in yesterday's Daily Press, Newport News, Va.

The only info I have is from the obit. Service will be private. .

Memorial made to St. Marks Lutheran Church Missions, 118 Old York-Hampton Hwy., Yorktown, VA. 23692. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, VA.

Clark was a member of all our local bird clubs and served in different capacities since the mid-to late 1990's. He and wife Marilyn lived at Kiln Creek for many years.

Enjoyed participating in the Audubon Christmas counts and the endless field trips made w/Hampton Rds Bird Club, Wmsbg and Cape Henry as well as very active at Hoffler Creek, Portsmouth.

Mary Copeland
Hampton Rds Bird Club
Hampton, VA.

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Subject: Yorktown-Colonial Parkway-Jamestown
Date: Mon Jan 16 2017 5:34 am
From: rinksyd AT gmail.com
 
Judy Jones and I spent the cloudy, dark morning in Yorktown and worked
our way down the parkway to Jamestowne Island. It was cold and windy,
and the small birds were hard to find. The highlight of the day was
most definitely the pair of Common Goldeneye at the Yorktown
waterfront. They stayed around the area the entire time we were there
among the Buffleheads and Loons.

On the day, we observed seven different bald eagle nests and had
activity on four of them. We saw quite a few eagles flying around on
the day, so it looks like nesting has not quite started in our area.

A fun morning out with the birds...

A few pics of the Goldeneye are at: http://fynefoto.phanfare.com/1...

Yorktown Beach
Bufflehead 20
Common Goldeneye 2
Common Loon 5
Great Blue Heron 2
Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 2
Bald Eagle 3
Ring-billed Gull 3
Herring Gull 2

Colonial National Historical Park--Yorktown Battlefield
Canada Goose 23
Mute Swan 2
Great Blue Heron 3
Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 3
Bald Eagle 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
hawk sp. 1
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Mourning Dove 3
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 2
American Robin 8
Brown Thrasher 2
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler 12
White-throated Sparrow 5
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 7
Common Grackle 3

Jamestown Island
Great Blue Heron 1
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Bald Eagle 5
Downy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 1
Carolina Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 2
Eastern Bluebird 5
American Robin 3
Brown Thrasher 2
Northern Mockingbird 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 13
White-throated Sparrow 4
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 5






















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Subject: Brown Pelican continues at Pohick Bay Regional Park, Fairfax County
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 21:52 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

I'm just going through the photos I took today of the Brown Pelican at Pohick. It has a silver band on its right leg. I don't think I'll be able to make out any numbers on the band but if I do, I'll report back!

BTW, it was fairly active this afternoon and made several very close fly-bys near the shore at the far end of the parking area (the parking area at the opposite end of the park from where the bathrooms and playground are).



Sarah Anderson
Cabin John, MD
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Subject: Possible Trumpeter Swans in Loudoun County
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 20:50 pm
From: drgerco AT hotmail.com
 
This morning, we had a very big surprise flying low over the yard. Barely above the tree tops at an altitude of 40-50 ft., 2 big white swans came slowly flying over the yard. Had enough time to get bino's an get out of the house when the birds flew almost straight over us.

Observation details:
1 - Both birds had a neck band, that was (vaded) red. No numbers could be read.
2 - In flight: Large white swan with a longish black bill and black feet. Size of the bird was comparable with that of a Mute Swan. Bill appeared to be straight, entirely black except for a red stripe on the lower bill. The birds were silent in flight. Overall the birds were entirely white.
3 - Bird were flying in Northern direction.

Ruled out :
1 - Snow Goose: birds were too large and no black wing tips present.
2 - Mute Swan: About same size, but Mute Swans have an orange bill.
3 - Tundra Swan: Initial assessment was this bird, but it was a tad odd they were not calling, a bit bigger (though this can be difficult to call), no yellow was seen on the bill and the red on the was clearly visible.

Having no camera ready for photos and a short observation time, I call this "possible" Trumpeter Swans.

Web research indicates that red neck band are typically used for Trumpeter Swans.

Thoughts are welcome.

Gerco
Leesburg, VA
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Subject: Short-eared show
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 17:49 pm
From: moribaudo AT verizon.net
 
The short-eared owl show on Stone Bridge Rd near Milldale started at 3:40pm this afternoon.  Rich Rieger, Dave Boltz, Phil Silas and I were then treated to a great show as at least 5 owls coursed over both sides of the road.  Absolutely enchanting. 

Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: NVBC Riverbend Park, Jan 15, 2017
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 17:35 pm
From: drgerco AT hotmail.com
 
NVBC's rescheduled trip to Riverbend Park in Fairfax County was attend by 19 people. The later start had the advantage of having very good light on the ducks on the river. No longer we were staring into the rising sun.

Buffleheads, Canada Goose and Common Mergansers were quickly found and were present up and down the river. A large raft of ducks towards contained a lot of nice waterfowl including Ring-neck Duck, Redheads, Gadwall and American Wigeon. Nearby we found Lesser and one Greater Scaup, few Hooded Mergansers and Pied-billed Grebe.

Several Herring and Ring-billed Gull were found and a few Turkey Vultures flew over. Towards the end of the trip we saw a Bald Eagle pair sitting next to each other in a large sycamore not too far a "their" nest.

Near the visitors center a eastern red cedar tree was full of birds, including Ruby and Golden-crowned Kinglet, White-throated Sparrows, Chickadees and Tufted Titmouse. Given all the activity in the tree was searched without luck for a hidden owl. Ah well, you can’t have it all.

Not much activity was recorded in the forest parts of the park, but a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (female) was found and she was not shy.

As a group we recorded 37 species during a very nice afternoon walk.

Gerco
Leesburg, VA

Canada Goose 110
Gadwall 7
American Wigeon 2
American Black Duck 20
Mallard 12
Redhead 26
Ring-necked Duck 200
Greater Scaup 1
Lesser Scaup 4
Bufflehead 170
Hooded Merganser 6
Common Merganser 33
Pied-billed Grebe 3
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Coot 51
Ring-billed Gull 12
Herring Gull 5
Mourning Dove 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 1
American Crow 80
Fish Crow 8
Carolina Chickadee 12
Tufted Titmouse 8
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
White-throated Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 3

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Subject: Pohick Bay: Brown Pelican
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 16:38 pm
From: skybirds.d AT gmail.com
 
  I failed to find the Brown pelican at Pohick Bay between about 2:45 and 41:5 this afternoon.
I understand it was there earlier and left about 20 minutes before I arrived. Oh, well.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia






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Subject: Short-eared Owls and Sandhill Cranes
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 15:49 pm
From: lax3birder AT live.com
 
For anyone interested the Short-eared Owls off of East Jack Jouett Rd, Louisa are back including around five birds. Also there is a pair of Sandhill Cranes moving around the area of Green Springs and they can be seen off of East Jack Jouett Rd as well. For anyone interested in more details just send me an email and I can give more specific details on location.

Good birding,

Andrew Rapp
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Subject: Dyke Marsh, Jan 15, 2017
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 14:54 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

This morning's group of seven birders enjoyed a pleasant walk at Dyke Marsh, This walk is held every Sunday morning at 8:00 AM and is sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh, We managed 41 species despite a lack of diversity in both sparrows and waterfowl. A group of Killdeer and a Pileated Woodpecker were nice surprises. We also enjoyed an exciting eagle show as pairs of Bald Eagles flew together in pairs over our heads. We also saw male Hooded Mergansers displaying to a female. She did not seem impressed.

Larry Meade

Merrifield, VA






Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Jan 15, 2017 8:00 AM - 11:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
41 species

Canada Goose 1150
Mallard 75
Lesser Scaup 30
Bufflehead 15
Common Merganser 28
Pied-billed Grebe 3
Horned Grebe 2
Double-crested Cormorant 12
Great Blue Heron 11
Turkey Vulture 1
Bald Eagle 9
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 5
Ring-billed Gull 155
Herring Gull 10
Great Black-backed Gull 6
Mourning Dove 5
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 5
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 20
American Crow 5
Fish Crow 50
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 8
Carolina Wren 10
American Robin 80
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 30
White-throated Sparrow 10
Song Sparrow 15
Swamp Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 12
Red-winged Blackbird 45
Brown-headed Cowbird 6
House Finch 5
American Goldfinch 20
House Sparrow 2

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Subject: Snowy Owl being seen ChIncoteague NWR South of South Parking Lot
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 12:42 pm
From: elliety AT msn.com
 
Being seen now from over wash area 1/2 mile down from south parking lot.  My sister is there and sent me a text with a photo.
________________________________
From: va-bird on behalf of Dave Larsen - Birding
Sent: Sunday, January 15, 2017 12:17:26 PM
To: Virginia Birding
Subject: [Va-bird] Brown Pelican continues at Pohick Bay Regional Park, Fairfax County

Just flew past boat launch ramp. Resting on water.

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Subject: Brown Pelican continues at Pohick Bay Regional Park, Fairfax County
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 11:18 am
From: hirundo AT comcast.net
 
Just flew past boat launch ramp. Resting on water.

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Subject: Great Falls National Park Walk (Fairfax County)
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 10:15 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Our group of six birders tallied 29 species.  It was the morning of spotting juncoes.  An eagle was seen on Conn Island, but no activity on the nest. All are welcome to join this regular Sunday walk, which meets at 8:00am in the visitors center parking lot. -- Marshal Rawson, McLean VA

Canada Goose 90
American Black Duck 9
Mallard 6
Ring-necked Duck 40
Bufflehead 50
Common Merganser 7
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Black Vulture 12
Turkey Vulture 4
Bald Eagle 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 12
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 4
Carolina Chickadee 10
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 4
Eastern Bluebird 3
American Robin 1
Dark-eyed Junco 40
Song Sparrow 2
American Goldfinch 8
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Subject: RFI: brown Pelican
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 8:48 am
From: skybirds.d AT gmail.com
 
Has anyone looked for and found, or not found, the brown pelican at Pohick Bay this morning?
Thanks.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Bird Club Field Trip to CBBT by Boat, January 28
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 6:47 am
From: sedevan52 AT cox.net
 
The Williamsburg Bird Club is sponsoring its annual boat trip to Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Islands Saturday, January 28th, 2017.

Geoff Giles has chartered the Bay Princess, a large comfortable boat, for this eye-level look at the bay ducks and other wonderful species around the tunnel islands. Birding and photo opportunities should be very good from the boat. The boat will stay around the CBBT tunnel islands and pilings and will likely go as far as Fisherman Island near the Eastern Shore and then out to the Capes near the mouth of the Bay if the birds are there.

The Bay Bridge Tunnel islands area tends to have smoother water than ocean trips with many of the same exciting views of birds. It will be possible to do some birding from the warm, dry cabin, but the best views and photos will be from outside on deck, so clothing that protects against wind and dampness is recommended.

The last few years this trip has given us some views and photo ops with humpbacked whales and harbor seals as well as ducks.

We will gather at 8:30 a.m. to board the Bay Princess which will leave at 9 a.m. from Dockside Restaurant & Marina, 3311 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23451. We will return to the dock about 1 pm.

“Dockside" is a very good seafood restaurant at the marina for those inclined to have lunch on return. If the trip gets weathered out, we'll return your check, of course, or give you the option of a rain date about two weeks later.

The fee is $30 per person. Your check is your reservation. Please mail your check early so we can be sure to have enough people for the trip to go -- we need 25. Include your email address and phone number so Geoff can get back to you to confirm and let you know the final details.

Reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis until the trip is filled.

Please make checks ($30.00 per person) payable to “Williamsburg Bird Club” and mail to Club Treasurer Ann Carpenter, PO Box 764, Lightfoot, VA 23090.
For additional info contact Geoff Giles at tylerandal2@aol.com or (757) 645-8716. More info at Bird Club web site: http://williamsburgbirdclub.or...

We look forward to seeing you on board.


Geoff Giles and Shirley Devan
Williamsburg Bird Club
www.williamsburgbirdclub.org/



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Subject: Brown pelican at Pohick
Date: Sat Jan 14 2017 18:37 pm
From: betc AT cox.net
 
Oops, sorry, my sighting was for the white pelican, in Nov 2006.

Betsy True

> On Jan 14, 2017, at 4:18 PM, David Boltz wrote:
>
> This was the first year I was a birder, around 2006-'07.
>
> Dave
>
> -----Original Message----- From: Bill McGovern
> Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2017 4:15 PM
> To: 'David Boltz' ; 'uberlarry' ; 'Fred Atwood' ; 'Marc Ribaudo'
> Cc: 'Va-bird'
> Subject: RE: [Va-bird] Brown pelican at Pohick
>
> Dave:
>
> There was a White Pelican in Accotink Bay about 7 years ago. I do not
> remember a Brown Pelican.
>
> Bill
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: va-bird [mailto:va-bird-bounces+bmcgovern=cx.net@listserve.com] On
> Behalf Of David Boltz
> Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2017 4:13 PM
> To: uberlarry ; Fred Atwood ; Marc
> Ribaudo
> Cc: Va-bird
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Brown pelican at Pohick
>
> I believe there was one reported on Accotink Bay on Ft. Belvoir about 10
> years ago. I did not see it, but it was only there a short time.
>
> Dave Boltz
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: uberlarry via va-bird
> Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2017 3:02 PM
> To: Fred Atwood ; Marc Ribaudo
> Cc: Va-bird
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Brown pelican at Pohick
>
> This may be the first Brown Pelican ever recorded in Fairfax County. There
> are no other records in ebird. Does anyone know of any other sightings ever
> in Northern Virginia?
>
> Larry Meade
> Merrifield VA
>
>
> Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device
>
>
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Fred Atwood
> Date:01/14/2017 2:27 PM (GMT-05:00)
> To: Marc Ribaudo
> Cc: Va-bird
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Brown pelican at Pohick
>
> Still here as Marc described. Thanks.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Jan 14, 2017, at 10:06 AM, Marc Ribaudo wrote:
>>
>> Still here. Seen from platform behind restrooms. Sitting on old duck
>> blind.
>>
>> Marc Ribaudo
>>
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Subject: Brown pelican at Pohick
Date: Sat Jan 14 2017 18:34 pm
From: betc AT cox.net
 
I have it in my e-bird records as Nov 2006; my photos were used for the State Record.

Betsy True


> On Jan 14, 2017, at 4:18 PM, David Boltz wrote:
>
> This was the first year I was a birder, around 2006-'07.
>
> Dave
>
> -----Original Message----- From: Bill McGovern
> Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2017 4:15 PM
> To: 'David Boltz' ; 'uberlarry' ; 'Fred Atwood' ; 'Marc Ribaudo'
> Cc: 'Va-bird'
> Subject: RE: [Va-bird] Brown pelican at Pohick
>
> Dave:
>
> There was a White Pelican in Accotink Bay about 7 years ago. I do not
> remember a Brown Pelican.
>
> Bill
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: va-bird [mailto:va-bird-bounces+bmcgovern=cx.net@listserve.com] On
> Behalf Of David Boltz
> Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2017 4:13 PM
> To: uberlarry ; Fred Atwood ; Marc
> Ribaudo
> Cc: Va-bird
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Brown pelican at Pohick
>
> I believe there was one reported on Accotink Bay on Ft. Belvoir about 10
> years ago. I did not see it, but it was only there a short time.
>
> Dave Boltz
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: uberlarry via va-bird
> Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2017 3:02 PM
> To: Fred Atwood ; Marc Ribaudo
> Cc: Va-bird
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Brown pelican at Pohick
>
> This may be the first Brown Pelican ever recorded in Fairfax County. There
> are no other records in ebird. Does anyone know of any other sightings ever
> in Northern Virginia?
>
> Larry Meade
> Merrifield VA
>
>
> Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device
>
>
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Fred Atwood
> Date:01/14/2017 2:27 PM (GMT-05:00)
> To: Marc Ribaudo
> Cc: Va-bird
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Brown pelican at Pohick
>
> Still here as Marc described. Thanks.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Jan 14, 2017, at 10:06 AM, Marc Ribaudo wrote:
>>
>> Still here. Seen from platform behind restrooms. Sitting on old duck
>> blind.
>>
>> Marc Ribaudo
>>
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Subject: va-bird Digest, Vol 117, Issue 20
Date: Sat Jan 14 2017 17:36 pm
From: prowarbler AT verizon.net
 
Yes,  there was.  Ebird has a July 5, 2012 record with a photo for DC.

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> On Jan 14, 2017, at 6:04 PM, Art Drauglis wrote:
>
> A juvenile showed up in DC for a couple of days in July 2012.
> I’ve never heard of one anywhere in NoVa before.
> Great county bird!
>
> Art Drauglis
>
> W. DC
>
>>
>>
>> Message: 7
>> Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:02:28 -0500
>> From: uberlarry
>> To: Fred Atwood , Marc Ribaudo
>>
>> Cc: Va-bird
>> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Brown pelican at Pohick
>> Message-ID:
>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8
>>
>> This may be the first Brown Pelican ever recorded in Fairfax County. ?There are no other records in ebird. Does anyone know of any other sightings ever in Northern Virginia??
>>
>> Larry Meade?
>> Merrifield VA
>
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Subject: va-bird Digest, Vol 117, Issue 20
Date: Sat Jan 14 2017 17:05 pm
From: art AT adrauglis.com
 
A juvenile showed up in DC for a couple of days in July 2012.
I’ve never heard of one anywhere in NoVa before.
Great county bird!

Art Drauglis

W. DC

>
>
> Message: 7
> Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:02:28 -0500
> From: uberlarry
> To: Fred Atwood , Marc Ribaudo
>
> Cc: Va-bird
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Brown pelican at Pohick
> Message-ID:
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8
>
> This may be the first Brown Pelican ever recorded in Fairfax County. ?There are no other records in ebird. Does anyone know of any other sightings ever in Northern Virginia??
>
> Larry Meade?
> Merrifield VA
>
>

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