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27 May: @ 05:47:22  VSO Breeding Bird Foray, Franklin County, 6-14 June [Clyde Kessler]
26 May: @ 22:00:24  Chincoteague NWR -- A black bellied plover gets the worm [Bill Hohenstein]
26 May: @ 21:44:44  White Ibis and Grasshopper Sparrow at Kiptopeke [Alyssa Freeman]
26 May: @ 20:16:53  Meadowood Dickcissel - YES (Fairfax Co.) [Claire Kluskens]
26 May: @ 18:04:32  May 24, 2015 Chincoteague Shorebird/Gull Survey [Joelle Buffa]
26 May: @ 11:55:43  Bald Eagle association with cattle grazing??? [Eric Harrold via va-bird]
26 May: @ 11:22:10  Meadowood Dickcissel - YES [Donald Sweig]
26 May: @ 11:17:26  Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
26 May: @ 09:12:03  Online Birding Resources [R. Bruce Richardson]
26 May: @ 08:09:25  Old Courthouse Spring Branch, Tysons Corner, Ffx co. [Russell W Taylor]
26 May: @ 07:13:48  Dickcissel at Meadowoods Recreational Area (Fairfax County) [Ron Vogel]
26 May: @ 05:32:40  Ruth Beck Tribute [Brian and Deborah Taber via va-bird]
25 May: @ 21:30:40  Northern Virginia Bird Club walk Wednesday, May 27 - A request for help [Larry Cartwright]
25 May: @ 21:17:14  Chincoteaguw NWR - GADWALL, Black-bellied Plover [Alyssa Freeman]
25 May: @ 19:03:30 Re: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Walter L. Barrows]
25 May: @ 18:21:01  Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
25 May: @ 14:50:05  5/25/15 - Virginia Beach - Back Bay NWR - 4 Red Knots [Rob Bielawski]
25 May: @ 11:23:33  Dickcissel - Meadowood Recreation Area, Lorton [dcharlesl]
25 May: @ 09:24:12  Birding Around Concord and Questions about Piliated WP [pepherup--- via va-bird]
25 May: @ 09:04:46  Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
24 May: @ 23:07:10  Willow Flycatcher, Markham Rd, Pittsylvania Co. [Mary Foster]
24 May: @ 23:01:07  Willow Flycatcher, Markham Rd., Pittsylvania Co. [Mary Foster]
24 May: @ 22:46:53  Saxis WMA [Alyssa Freeman]
24 May: @ 21:50:12  Blue-winged Warblers, Broad-winged Hawk, Chats and more, Blue Ridge Center Lo Co [Joe Coleman]
24 May: @ 20:56:53  Fwd: eBird Report - G.R. Thompson WMA - MFR02, May 24, 2015 [Phillip Kenny]
24 May: @ 15:24:12  Common Nighthawks, Badger Rd (Augusta Co., today) [Diane L via va-bird]
24 May: @ 14:08:24  Dyke Marsh, Alexandria [Marc Ribaudo]
24 May: @ 13:41:40  Mississippi Kite - Dismal Swamp Canal Trail - Chesapeake VA [Tracy Tate]
24 May: @ 12:22:02  Great Falls Walk [Marshall Rawson via va-bird]
24 May: @ 12:03:12  2 Mississippi Kites in Burke, VA [janet anderson via va-bird]
24 May: @ 10:22:23  Killdeer distraction display [Stephen Johnson]
24 May: @ 08:25:54  Willow Flycatcher at Occoquan bay NWR [Candice Lowther]
23 May: @ 21:26:17  Eastern shore birds - Black Scoters, White Ibises, Summer Tanager, Chuck-Will's-Widows, more [Alyssa Freeman]
23 May: @ 21:06:06  Huntley Meadows, FRFX Co, 23 May 2015 [Kurt Gaskill]
23 May: @ 20:44:13  Thompson WMA- scads of Redstarts [Scott Priebe]
23 May: @ 20:26:17  5/22/15 & 5/23/15 - Virginia Beach - Back Bay NWR & False Cape SP [Rob Bielawski]
23 May: @ 20:14:02  Highland (the usual Black-billed Cuckoos, GW Warblers, Mourning Warbler, and two Alders) (5/23) [Andrew Rapp]
23 May: @ 19:08:20  Highland County Report, 5/23 (4 Alder Flycatchers) [Diane L via va-bird]
23 May: @ 18:45:48  Fwd: Black-necked Stilts at Hog Island [Wendy Ealding]
23 May: @ 18:42:07  Black-necked Stilts at Hog Island [Wendy Ealding]
23 May: @ 18:27:14 Re: Whimbrel duke marsh [Gerry Hawkins]
23 May: @ 17:14:36  Mississippi Kite - Lake Accotink Park, Springfield [dcharlesl]
23 May: @ 16:50:56 Re: Whimbrel duke marsh [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
23 May: @ 15:10:47  Whimbrel duke marsh [Robnoblestar via va-bird]
23 May: @ 14:53:11  Red Headed Woodpecker [wesley233]
23 May: @ 10:07:43  Blackpoll warbler and hummingbirds [mb b]
23 May: @ 09:36:04  Prairie Warbler [Otis G. Sowell, Jr.]
22 May: @ 16:10:11  Chalet Woods Park (Centreville, Fairfax County) 22 May [Stephen Johnson]
22 May: @ 14:11:53  [va-bird] Leesylvania SP & Julie Metz Wetlands [Scott Priebe]
22 May: @ 13:46:59  Dutch Gap (Chesterfield County) this morning 5/22/15, COMMON GALLINULE [Wendy Ealding]





Subject: VSO Breeding Bird Foray, Franklin County, 6-14 June
Date: Wed May 27 2015 5:47 am
From: mrbrock.o.lee AT gmail.com
 
Greetings,

The Breeding Bird Foray is in Franklin County this year, 6 to 14 June.

Here is a link to website with more info...

https://sites.google.com/site/...


As of now there is pretty good coverage the first few days of the Foray. We
could use more folks birding the last half of the foray time.

If you would like more info, please feel free to contact me at

ckessler@vt.edu

or at my work phone: 540-231-9261.


Good birding everyone,

Clyde Kessler
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Subject: Chincoteague NWR -- A black bellied plover gets the worm
Date: Tue May 26 2015 22:00 pm
From: elliety AT msn.com
 
Shorebirds continue to be plentiful on Chincoteague NWR and the surrounding marshes and flats.  Shorebirds included large numbers of Semipalmated Sandpipers (probably 50% of all of the shorebirds present); Dunlin, Ruddy turnstones, Dowitchers (I only heard short-billed); Willets -- atlantic and one holdout Western; Black Bellied Plovers; Least Sandpipers; Both Yellowlegs -- mostly Greater; Oystercatchers; Semipalmated Plovers; Piping Plovers; Spotted Sandpipers; Black Necked Stilts on the main causeway and two on the flats of the wildlife loop; Whimbrel -- in the marshes of Tom's Cove; Marbled Godwit -- 9 on the flats of Tom's Cove; and Sanderlings on the beaches and behind Tom's Cove.  Two of the rarer sandpipers also made an appearance -- a couple of White Rumped Sandpipers came close in for id on the South side of the wildlife loop; and 4 Stilt Sandpipers were identifiable out on the flats of the loop.  I missed out on Red Knots -- but they should be coming through on the
beaches.
Other birds of note -- lots of Glossy Ibis and a few White Ibis. Chats are breeding by the beach at D-Dike, along with Prairie Warblers and Field Sparrows. A lone gull billed tern was mixed in with the Skimmers and Forster's at Queens landing. Horned Larks in the sand behind the south parking lot. Black Crowned Night Heron along Beach Drive. A lone Tundra Swan remains on Swan's Cove (of course)-- could be injured?
All and all ... great birding.
Check out the photos on my flickr page.... there is a set of the "Early Black Bellied Plover catching the Worm" (and then not knowing what to do with it!). I couldn't believe it when I was shooting it.
Bill
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...




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Subject: White Ibis and Grasshopper Sparrow at Kiptopeke
Date: Tue May 26 2015 21:44 pm
From: tsiporah.shani AT gmail.com
 
While driving home from Chincoteague today, I stopped off for an hour or so
at Kiptokepe State Park. On the road that leads into the park, I saw a
White Ibis in someone's yard, then had a Grasshopper Sparrow hop onto a
sign and start singing. While walking on the Wood Warbler Boardwalk, I
heard a Scarlet Tanager singing.

Alyssa Freeman,
Richmond, VA
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Subject: Meadowood Dickcissel - YES (Fairfax Co.)
Date: Tue May 26 2015 20:16 pm
From: ckluskens AT verizon.net
 
Thanks David and Ron ó 
I likewise went there today, but around noon, and eventually heard the Dickcissel singing from the grass at very close range in the same area. I also thought I heard a second one, briefly, a little further off, but still in the same area. Neither obliged to sing in plain view, however. Came up empty on Bobolinks.

Claire Kluskens
Fairfax Co.


On May 26, 2015, at 12:15 PM, Donald Sweig wrote:

> At about 10:20 this morning I had good looks at, and got a number of clear, definitive photographs of an energetically singing male Dickcissel at the Meadowood recreation area in Fairfax county.
> This is surely the same bird that David Ledwith found and reported yesterday. THANK YOU DAVID! I found the bird along the Mustang Trail out of the parking lot off of Harley Road. I took the trail closest to Gunston Road and found the bird out about 100 yards, it was first singing in the grass and then it flew up to the top of the large cedar tree on the ridge and sang for about 10 minutes. I had excellent looks and got excellent photographs. The bird was still singing from the same perch when I left.
> Donald Sweig
> Falls Church, Va
>

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Subject: May 24, 2015 Chincoteague Shorebird/Gull Survey
Date: Tue May 26 2015 18:04 pm
From: clyde_joelle AT verizon.net
 
Below are the results of our weekly shorebird/gull survey conducted at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday May 24, 2015. All water areas (impoundments and beach areas) were covered in a 9.5 hour survey. All individuals are counted for the target species; other birds seen or heard on the survey are followed by a dash. It was another wonderful spring migration shorebird survey at the Refuge. The Refuge's impoundments continue to provide excellent habitat for all shorebirds from those needing shallow water or mudflats to those needing deeper water depths.
We counted 18,272 individual shorebirds  which is a notch down from last week's 28,161. We saw 19 species of shorebirds which is also lower than last week. It appears that we are on the downward slope of shorebird migration. However, we still see many (hundreds or thousands?) of shorebirds using portions of the impoundments that are so far from our route that we can't even determine if they are peeps or larger species such as Yellowlegs, Willets or Dowitchers. How many birds are actually using the Refuge? We may never know exactly but it certainly more than we see on our survey which follows a very strict route and protocol so the data is comparable to past surveys.
We also noticed that some species which were dominant in the past few weeks are now at much lower numbers such as Dunlin (last week: 9,694 and this week: 2,889) and others that have not moved on since last  week such as Semi-palmated Sandpiper (8,000  this week and 9,314 last week). This seems to reflect the well known peaks in bird migration with some species peaking earlier than others.
 If you and/or the Refuge visitors are looking to see shorebirds, we continue to recommend the Wildlife Loop with Pond B-South having over 9,000 individual shorebirds to be studied and admired.
For us, the best bird of the survey was not even a shorebird. We saw a Sooty Shearwater not far from the shoreline of Wild Beach about half-way between the parking lots and the MD State Line. Though this is a fairly common pelagic seabird worldwide, it usually requires a boat trip far offshore. However, even more exciting is that the bird knows how to read, since it showed up in Chincoteague just when "Birds of Virginia" says it should: " Small numbers are seen from shore, particularly during strong easterly winds in late spring." (Wind was from the east the day before the survey).Clyde Morris & Joelle Buffa

| Canada Goose | -- |
| American Black Duck | -- |
| Mallard | -- |
| Black Scoter | -- |
| Red-breasted Merganser | -- |
| Wild Turkey | -- |
| Common Loon | 5 |
| Sooty Shearwater | 1 |
| Double-crested Cormorant | 183 |
| Brown Pelican | 24 |
| Great Blue Heron | -- |
| Great Egret | -- |
| Snowy Egret | -- |
| Little Blue Heron | -- |
| Tricolored Heron | -- |
| Cattle Egret | -- |
| Green Heron | -- |
| White Ibis | -- |
| Glossy Ibis | -- |
| Black Vulture | -- |
| Turkey Vulture | -- |
| Osprey | -- |
| Northern Harrier | -- |
| Bald Eagle | -- |
| American Oystercatcher | 39 |
| Black-bellied Plover | 242 |
| Semipalmated Plover | 1,432 |
| Piping Plover | 31 |
| Killdeer | 10 |
| Spotted Sandpiper | 1 |
| Greater Yellowlegs | 132 |
| Willet | 52 |
| Lesser Yellowlegs | 10 |
| Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs | 2 |
| Whimbrel | 43 |
| Marbled Godwit | 1 |
| Ruddy Turnstone | 271 |
| Red Knot | 16 |
| Sanderling | 2,309 |
| Dunlin | 2,889 |
| Least Sandpiper | 19 |
| White-rumped Sandpiper | 1 |
| Semipalmated Sandpiper | 8,000 |
| peep sp. | 2,060 |
| Short-/Long-billed Dowitcher | 751 |
| Laughing Gull | 155 |
| Ring-billed Gull | 8 |
| Herring Gull | 311 |
| Lesser Black-backed Gull | 88 |
| Great Black-backed Gull | 118 |
| Least Tern | 78 |
| Common Tern | 18 |
| Forster's Tern | 46 |
| Royal Tern | 1 |
| Black Skimmer | 81 |
| Mourning Dove | -- |
| Yellow-billed Cuckoo | -- |
| Chuck-will's-widow | -- |
| Northern Flicker | -- |
| Merlin | -- |
| Eastern Wood-Pewee | -- |
| Great Crested Flycatcher | -- |
| Eastern Kingbird | -- |
| American Crow | -- |
| Fish Crow | -- |
| crow sp. | -- |
| Purple Martin | -- |
| Tree Swallow | -- |
| Barn Swallow | -- |
| Tufted Titmouse | -- |
| Brown-headed Nuthatch | -- |
| House Wren | -- |
| Carolina Wren | -- |
| American Robin | -- |
| Gray Catbird | -- |
| Northern Mockingbird | -- |
| European Starling | -- |
| Cedar Waxwing | -- |
| Black-and-white Warbler | -- |
| Common Yellowthroat | -- |
| Yellow Warbler | -- |
| Pine Warbler | -- |
| Yellow-throated Warbler | -- |
| Prairie Warbler | -- |
| Yellow-breasted Chat | -- |
| Eastern Towhee | -- |
| Chipping Sparrow | -- |
| Field Sparrow | -- |
| Song Sparrow | -- |
| Northern Cardinal | -- |
| Blue Grosbeak | -- |
| Indigo Bunting | -- |
| Red-winged Blackbird | -- |
| Eastern Meadowlark | -- |
| Common Grackle | -- |
| Boat-tailed Grackle | -- |
| Brown-headed Cowbird | -- |
| Orchard Oriole | -- |
| Baltimore Oriole | |
| House Sparrow | -- |

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Subject: Bald Eagle association with cattle grazing???
Date: Tue May 26 2015 11:55 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
The following statement appears in a blog posting on Blue Ridge Discovery Center's website. I am curious about the conclusion that extensive cattle pastures are somehow benefitting Bald Eagles??? What aspect of their biology is benefitted by cattle pastures? This is the kind of misinformation that should not be disseminated to the general public through non-profits masquerading as environmental education organizations. The same author recently implied that Golden-winged Warbler declines were due to hybridization and forest succession, making no mention of the fact that habitat loss of forests previously occupied by GWWAs occurred when those forests were converted to cattle pastures. It would appear he is either naive or has a strange agenda as an educator. 
Eric Harrold Hays, NC
From Virginia Society of Ornithology records research and conversation with wildlife officers, we have concluded that this is the first documented active bald eagle nest in Grayson County for 100 years. We have heard that bald eagles have been nesting below Byllesby and Buck Dams, and though adjacent to Grayson, that section of the New is in Carroll County. In general, the increase in bald eagle sightings in Grayson has concentrated along the New, from Fries to Mouth of Wilson. This resurgence points directly to a renewal of healthy populations and the success of conservation efforts. ‚ÄúThe newly-discovered eagle nest in Grayson County is a welcome sign of the recovery of our Bald Eagle population, nearly lost from the widespread use of DDT decades over 50 years ago.‚ÄĚ (Allen Boynton, formerly with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, is now employed by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.)The nest was discovered in a somewhat remote section of the New, with a cattle farm on one side and a steep forested slope on the other.¬†Grayson contains a considerable amount of wilderness areas, private, state and national. Combine that with extensive cattle grazing lands, and a picture of viable habitat for the bald eagles emerges.


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Subject: Meadowood Dickcissel - YES
Date: Tue May 26 2015 11:22 am
From: skybirds.d AT gmail.com
 
At about 10:20 this morning I had good looks at, and got a number of clear, definitive photographs of an energetically singing male Dickcissel at the Meadowood recreation area in Fairfax county.
This is surely the same bird that David Ledwith found and reported yesterday. THANK YOU DAVID! I found the bird along the Mustang Trail out of the parking lot off of Harley Road. I took the trail closest to Gunston Road and found the bird out about 100 yards, it was first singing in the grass and then it flew up to the top of the large cedar tree on the ridge and sang for about 10 minutes. I had excellent looks and got excellent photographs. The bird was still singing from the same perch when I left.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Va

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Subject: Virginia Rare Bird Alert
Date: Tue May 26 2015 11:17 am
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: ebird-alert@cornell.edu
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*** Species Summary:

Gadwall (1 Prince William)
Mississippi Kite (2 Virginia Beach)
American Coot (2 Virginia Beach)
Semipalmated Plover (1 Fauquier)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (1 Fauquier)
Sandwich Tern (1 Mathews)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (1 Virginia Beach)
Alder Flycatcher (5 Highland)
Loggerhead Shrike (1 Isle of Wight)
Seaside Sparrow (1 Mathews)
Dark-eyed Junco (2 Bedford)
Dickcissel (1 Prince William)

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

Gadwall (Anas strepera) (1)
- Reported May 25, 2015 20:02 by kelly krechmer
- US-VA-Gainesville-13550 Heathcote Blvd, Prince William, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.803419,-77.595034&ll8.803419,-77.595034
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23637529
- Comments: "Skittish and first time sighted sitting on wood fence next to marshy water"

Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (1)
- Reported May 24, 2015 18:10 by Ron Furnish
- Furnish Yard, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.863836,-76.1009207&ll6.863836,-76.1009207
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23626127
- Comments: "Watched as bird worked its way towards us from the east. Flight was a combination of long, soaring glides, combined with the occasional sharp arcing movement. The Kite continued in our direction until it got very close to the house, then it disappeared behind a tree line to the north."

Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (1)
- Reported May 24, 2015 18:10 by Marie Mullins
- Furnish Yard, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.863836,-76.1009207&ll6.863836,-76.1009207
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23626146
- Comments: "Watched as bird worked its way towards us from the east. Flight was a combination of long, soaring glides, combined with the occasional sharp arcing movement. The Kite continued in our direction until it got very close to the house, then it disappeared behind a tree line to the north."

American Coot (Fulica americana) (1)
- Reported May 25, 2015 08:00 by Rob Bielawski
- Back Bay NWR - CSY06, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.6779,-75.9159&ll6.6779,-75.9159
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23631153
- Comments: "Located in same spot as on Friday (5/22) and Saturday (5/23) along West Dike Trail just before entering the maritime forest when travelling southward. Bird was sitting out on shallow spot in pond. Photographed."

American Coot (Fulica americana) (1)
- Reported May 25, 2015 07:45 by Jason Strickland
- Back Bay NWR - CSY06, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.6779,-75.9159&ll6.6779,-75.9159
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23638549
- Comments: "Black, ducklike bird, white chicken-shaped bill, "strutted" as it swam; in small open pool where Rob had previously seen it.( recently)"

Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) (2)
- Reported May 25, 2015 11:10 by Elton Morel
- Belvoir Pond, Fauquier, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.8498133,-77.8269331&ll8.8498133,-77.8269331
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23626793
- Comments: "Slightly bigger than SESAs, white underparts except for single breast band, mud brown upper parts, short blunt bill."

Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) (5)
- Reported May 25, 2015 11:10 by Elton Morel
- Belvoir Pond, Fauquier, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.8498133,-77.8269331&ll8.8498133,-77.8269331
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23626793
- Comments: "Peeps smaller than SEPLs, pale grayish above, whitish below, no brownish tones to either the back or breast as in LESA. Couldn't see leg color at distance & heat shimmer. Long distance scope view."

Sandwich Tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis) (5)
- Reported May 25, 2015 11:20 by Ellison Orcutt
- New Point Wharf - CMT07, Mathews, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.3448,-76.2749&ll7.3448,-76.2749
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23633229
- Comments: "Medium sized terns, all black bills with light tips; 3 in breeding plumage."

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) (1)
- Reported May 25, 2015 07:40 by Jason Strickland
- Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.852951,-75.977951&ll6.852951,-75.977951
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23642974
- Comments: "Pale gray dove, black stripe on collar, squared tail..regularly seen here..photos available"

Alder Flycatcher (Empidonax alnorum) (1)
- Reported May 25, 2015 11:00 by William Leigh
- Margaret Obryan's WV, Highland, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.5346717,-79.5217037&ll8.5346717,-79.5217037
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23635438

Alder Flycatcher (Empidonax alnorum) (1)
- Reported May 25, 2015 09:40 by John Shea
- Route 640 (Highland Co.), Highland, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.5243628,-79.539299&ll8.5243628,-79.539299
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23635179
- Comments: "heard well and detected by others over the past few days"

Alder Flycatcher (Empidonax alnorum) (1)
- Reported May 25, 2015 12:40 by William Leigh
- Route 642 - Laurel Fork Rd., Highland, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.5023278,-79.6047878&ll8.5023278,-79.6047878
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23635439
- Comments: "heard"

Alder Flycatcher (Empidonax alnorum) (1)
- Reported May 25, 2015 12:30 by John Shea
- Route 642 - Laurel Fork Rd., Highland, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.5023278,-79.6047878&ll8.5023278,-79.6047878
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23635448
- Comments: "beaver ponds - known location"

Alder Flycatcher (Empidonax alnorum) (1)
- Reported May 25, 2015 09:40 by William Leigh
- Wimer Mountain Road 640, Highland, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.5292332,-79.5289135&ll8.5292332,-79.5289135
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23635436
- Comments: "foy"

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) (1)
- Reported May 24, 2015 09:00 by Adam Bollinger
- Burwells bay rd at Purvis rd, Isle of Wight, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.0452443,-76.7022514&ll7.0452443,-76.7022514
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23642806
- Comments: "Gray bird with distinctive black mask, white throat and underbelly, black and white wing; fighting with mockingbird..went to a nest in a tree that looked like a Bradford pear, not sure if it was raiding or going to its own nest. Photographs available."

Seaside Sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus) (6)
- Reported May 25, 2015 08:38 by Ellison Orcutt
- Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve - CMT04, Mathews, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.4102069,-76.2489138&ll7.4102069,-76.2489138
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23632315
- Comments: "Certainly more. Vocal and visible"

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) (1)
- Reported May 24, 2015 08:05 by James Marcum
- Apple Orchard Mountain, Bedford, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.5169,-79.5106&ll7.5169,-79.5106
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23633660
- Comments: "Single bird clearly seen in area where three were seen yesterday."

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) (3)
- Reported May 23, 2015 08:00 by James Marcum
- Apple Orchard Mountain, Bedford, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.5169,-79.5106&ll7.5169,-79.5106
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23632341
- Comments: "Birds were singing and making themselves quite visible. Not uncommon for these higher elevations."

Dickcissel (Spiza americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 25, 2015 14:25 by Elton Morel
- Prince William County, rural - Aden, Nokesville, Brentsville, Prince William, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.6549211,-77.5367859&ll8.6549211,-77.5367859
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23631041
- Comments: "Heard only. Corner of Brookfield Road & Parkgate Drive. In field on SW corner of intersection. Previously reported at this location."

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Subject: Online Birding Resources
Date: Tue May 26 2015 9:12 am
From: rbrucegrp AT gmail.com
 
Dear Va-Birders,

There is a world of birding info out there. For those of you who would like to receive your own eBird Virginia Rare Bird Alert, it is only a couple of clicks away from landing in your inbox every morning.

Simply go to eBIrd http://ebird.org/content/ebird... and click on "My eBirdĒ then scroll down the right side to: ďManage My AlertsĒ and click that. You will then be on a page where you can select Virginia and or any number of states (including the entire ABA Area) and have the alerts emailed to you daily. You can change them at any time! And if youíre traveling to other states, you can add those as well.

Also, under the ďExplore DataĒ page, the new "Explore a Region" section is wonderful! You just enter an area such as Richmond, VA and it will give you all the top Hot Spots, the latest sightings and top listers. Just a bit of exploring around eBird can bring you a wealth of information.

And I should also mention Facebook. Sometimes the first postings and information on rare and unusual bird sightings hit Facebook before the list serves. Check out Birding Virginia: https://www.facebook.com/group... or the ABA Mid-Atlantic page: https://www.facebook.com/group... or the ABA Rare Bird Alert Page: https://www.facebook.com/group... and Carolina Birders might be of interest to many of you: https://www.facebook.com/groups/carolinabirders/753047218104220/?notif_t=like There are other birding oriented groups on Facebook, just have a look around to see what interests you.

I made a similar post last January, but I thought I would put this info out there again. I hope some of you find it helpful. I am not particularly technologically inclined, but these are some of the resources that have helped me to find some very good birds (and hopefully many more) and I wanted to share this with those of you who might not be familiar with them.

Cheers,
R. Bruce Richardson
Manns Harbor, NC
Global Citizen
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Subject: Old Courthouse Spring Branch, Tysons Corner, Ffx co.
Date: Tue May 26 2015 8:09 am
From: gnatcatcher AT gmail.com
 
Walked the bluebird trail in the local stream valley park in the early afternoon yesterday. Net was 40 spp in a pre and post lunch pass through. Highlight for me were three Acadian Flycatchers, which have become an uncertain breeder in this particular spot. Also present were Eastern Wood-Peewees, Eastern Phoebe, and Great Crested Flycatchers, completing the resident flycatcher set. Late day warblers were limited to Common Yellowthroat and a Blackpoll.

Interesting observation: I had identified a Fish Crow nest in a pine next to an office building a month ago. Walking by there, the two crows were going berserk. Getting closer, I could see there was an adult Red-tailed Hawk sitting in the nest eating the babies. I returned 70 minutes later and the hawk was still there dining.

Good birding,

Russ Taylor

Ineptly thumbed into my iPhone
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Subject: Dickcissel at Meadowoods Recreational Area (Fairfax County)
Date: Tue May 26 2015 7:13 am
From: vireo AT cox.net
 
Early this morning I was able to quickly relocate the dickcissel that David
Ledwith

reported yesterday. It was signing from the tops of small shrubs to the
right of the blue bird nesting boxes

as you leave the parking area at the Mustang Trailhead. There may actually
be two birds.

As an added bonus, I observed a pair of bobolinks signing from the tops of
the red cedars closest to the parking area.

This is my first springtime sighting of bobolinks at the Meadowood
Recreational Area.



A pair of blue grosbeaks, which are generally common at this location, is
also hanging around the parking area, making for some easy photo

opportunities.



Ron Vogel

Annandale, VA

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Subject: Ruth Beck Tribute
Date: Tue May 26 2015 5:32 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
A Tribute to our friend and friend to all birds, Ruth Beck, who passed away in early May, is on the website at www.cvwo.org.


Brian Taber
Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory
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Subject: Northern Virginia Bird Club walk Wednesday, May 27 - A request for help
Date: Mon May 25 2015 21:30 pm
From: prowarbler AT verizon.net
 
A Mr. Ezekiel Jakub is arriving from Panama to attend a conference on
Golden-winged Warbler conservation on the wintering grounds. He would like
to attend the NVBC-sponsored walk at Huntley Meadows this Wednesday before
the conference, but lacks transportation. He is located close to Southside
815 Restaurant at 815 S. Washington Street in Alexandria which is just after
the Washington St/Jefferson St intersection (5 blocks south of the Duke
Street intersection).



If there is anybody near this location or going by this location to the
Huntley Meadows walk this Wednesday, and would be willing to provide
transportation to and from the walk for this gentleman, please let me know.



Larry Cartwright

prowarbler@verizon.net

703-941-3142





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Subject: Chincoteaguw NWR - GADWALL, Black-bellied Plover
Date: Mon May 25 2015 21:17 pm
From: tsiporah.shani AT gmail.com
 
Today at Chincoteague, I saw an adult male Gadwall across from the
Boardwalk Trail/visitor's center in Tom's Cove. He was swimming out far
from the waterfowl that were resting on the sandbar, off the right, as if
he was going to go to the beach to Parking Lot 1. I needed a scope to see
him. I tried to get some pictures, but he was so far out. I think I got one
or two that are usable. However, I'm still in the area and it will be a few
days before I can upload them. I also had an adult Black-bellied Plover in
full breeding plumage. I saw it in the evening, around 7pm or so. I was
driving along the road toward the beach. He was walking in the mudflats off
the right side of the road, no more than 10 feet or so from the road. I got
some great looks and pictures of it.

Bald Eagles were also highly entertaining today. There was an adult sitting
next to a large tire in the marsh (seen along the Wildlife Loop) with an
IMMATURE eagle. The immature was clearly eating something, though it was
impossible to tell what because of how far off it was. The adult just sat
next it while "Junior" ate. The adult eventually flew off and "Junior" just
sat there, as if it was waiting for the adult to return (which it probably
was). Then, along the back part of the trail, facing east, I was watching
some shorebirds when I saw another immature sitting on what looked like the
remains of a wooden tower. It eventually hopped off and walked around the
mudflats next to it, picked something up, and returned to its perch. When I
zoomed in with the scope to see what it was he'd "caught," I discovered
that it was a ball! It was white and big - baseball-sized or softball-sized
- hard to tell for sure how big. He had it in his mouth, then put it
between his toes and tried to pick at it. It seemed confused! Got some pics
of it. Hopefully, they turned out ok. As I was leaving the island at
sunset, something scared the daylights out of a large flock of seagulls -
at least 100, I'd say (the best of my knowledge, none of themw ere singing,
"I Ran (So Far Away)," though I had the windows up so I can't say for
certain - LOL!) - probably another eagle. The full list is below/


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23639134


Alyssa Freeman,
Richmond. VA
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Date: Mon May 25 2015 19:03 pm
From: wbarrows AT gmail.com
 
I've added 7 photos to my Huntley Meadows gallery from this morning's
birdwalk. http://wlb3.smugmug.com/Virgin...

Thanks, Harry.

Cheers

*Walt*

*Follow me for a daily bird photo .*

On Mon, May 25, 2015 at 7:18 PM, Harry Glasgow
wrote:

> More than 25 birders gathered for today's Memorial Day edition of the
> Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk. We spotted 61 species, with some
> highlights being a Warbling Vireo and Yellow-throated Vireo seen near the
> tower. A Least Bittern was clearly heard in the wetland as well. We would
> like to thank Sally Lindfors and David Keegan for hosting the group for the
> traditional post birding breakfast, and to the many birders who brought
> some very delicious offerings for the breakfast.
>
> Canada Goose 35
> Wood Duck 7
> American Black Duck 1
> Mallard 4
> Hooded Merganser 7
> Least Bittern 1
> Great Blue Heron 3
> Great Egret 1
> Green Heron 6
> Turkey Vulture 2
> Osprey 4
> Bald Eagle 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk 3
> American Coot 1
> Mourning Dove 3
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
> Chimney Swift 3
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
> Downy Woodpecker 5
> Hairy Woodpecker 2
> Northern Flicker 1
> Pileated Woodpecker 2
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
> Acadian Flycatcher 9
> Willow Flycatcher 1
> Great Crested Flycatcher 2
> Yellow-throated Vireo 1
> Warbling Vireo 2
> Red-eyed Vireo 8
> Blue Jay 1
> American Crow 1
> Fish Crow 1
> crow sp. 1
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
> Tree Swallow 10
> Barn Swallow 10
> Carolina Chickadee 6
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> Carolina Wren 1
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 20
> Eastern Bluebird 2
> Wood Thrush 1
> American Robin 6
> Gray Catbird 2
> Cedar Waxwing 10
> Prothonotary Warbler 1
> Common Yellowthroat 10
> American Redstart 1
> Eastern Towhee 1
> Chipping Sparrow 1
> Song Sparrow 2
> Northern Cardinal 6
> Blue Grosbeak 1
> Red-winged Blackbird 50
> Common Grackle 20
> Brown-headed Cowbird 2
> House Finch 1
> American Goldfinch 6
>
> 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: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Date: Mon May 25 2015 18:21 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
 More than 25 birders gathered for today's Memorial Day edition of the Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.  We spotted 61 species, with some highlights being a Warbling Vireo and Yellow-throated Vireo seen near the tower.  A Least Bittern was clearly heard in the wetland as well.  We would like to thank Sally Lindfors and David Keegan for hosting the group for the traditional post birding breakfast, and to the many birders who brought some very delicious offerings for the breakfast.
Canada Goose  35
Wood Duck  7
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  4
Hooded Merganser  7
Least Bittern  1
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  1
Green Heron  6
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  4
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  3
American Coot  1
Mourning Dove  3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Chimney Swift  3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Acadian Flycatcher  9
Willow Flycatcher  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Warbling Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  8
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  1
crow sp.  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Tree Swallow  10
Barn Swallow  10
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  20
Eastern Bluebird  2
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  6
Gray Catbird  2
Cedar Waxwing  10
Prothonotary Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  10
American Redstart  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Chipping Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  6
Blue Grosbeak  1
Red-winged Blackbird  50
Common Grackle  20
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  6
The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 7AM (8AM from November through March), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at (703)768-2525.
Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park

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Subject: 5/25/15 - Virginia Beach - Back Bay NWR - 4 Red Knots
Date: Mon May 25 2015 14:50 pm
From: robbielawski AT gmail.com
 
Folks,

If anyone happens to be out birding in the Virginia Beach area today...
Jason Strickland & I encountered 4 Red Knots along the beach while walking
from False Cape State Park northward to the parking area at Back Bay NWR at
about 1 PM. The birds were seen roughly 1 mile south of the Back Bay NWR
parking areas. Perhaps these are some holdovers from the group encountered
on Friday by Ron Furnish & Marie Mullins. Either way, they were a state
first for me, and the first I've seen in breeding plumage, showing off
their namesake coloring! Shorebirds species were low along this stretch
with just Sanderlings, Semipalmated Sandpipers, 2 Ruddy Turnstones & 2
Black-bellied Plovers seen, so they were a welcome sight in that regard as
well!

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: Dickcissel - Meadowood Recreation Area, Lorton
Date: Mon May 25 2015 11:23 am
From: dcharlesl AT msn.com
 
This afternoon, I saw a singing Dickcissel at Meadowood Recreation Area, Mustang Trailhead, Gunston and Harley Roads, Lorton.

David Ledwith

Falls Church, VA

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Subject: Birding Around Concord and Questions about Piliated WP
Date: Mon May 25 2015 9:24 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

Yesterday morning I spent a couple of hours birding in areas not more than 5 miles from my home. I was looking for lingering bobolinks but with no luck. However, I was in one area with a creek and tall trees and 2 piliated woodpeckers were in a tree just over my head. The noise was deafening. So much so that I thought there must be more than 2 of them. I was able to watch them and as the noise continued, neither one of them were opening their bills as they called. Do piliated make that noise without opening their mouths? If not, there were definitely more than 2 there in the trees and I couldn't find them. They kept it up for more than 5 minutes.
Other birds of note heard or seen: BOBWHITE QUAIL! , chats, white eyed vireo, prairie warbler, pair of blue grosbeaks, barn and tree swallows, blue birds, indigo buntings, towhees, chipping and field sparrows, meadowlarks and flocks of goldfinches.
In my yard, there is a nesting pair of Baltimore orioles. Don't know exactly where. Saw male attacking a crow and saw the female working the holly bushes. Large flocks of cedar waxwings visiting the mulberry tree which has berries this year.

Peggy Lyons
Concord
Campbell County
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Subject: Virginia Rare Bird Alert
Date: Mon May 25 2015 9:04 am
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 


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Subject: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: ebird-alert@cornell.edu
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*** Species Summary:

Tundra Swan (1 Accomack)
Common Merganser (1 Fairfax)
Horned Grebe (1 Accomack)
White-faced Ibis (1 Accomack)
Forster's Tern (1 Rockingham)
Sandwich Tern (Cabot's) (1 Hampton)
Sandwich Tern (1 Hampton)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (1 Accomack, 1 Virginia Beach)
Alder Flycatcher (6 Highland, 1 Prince William)
Loggerhead Shrike (1 Isle of Wight)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (1 Grayson)
Tennessee Warbler (1 Fairfax)
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (3 Madison)
Dark-eyed Junco (1 Madison)

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

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus)
- Reported May 19, 2015 by Greg Moyers
- Chincoteague NWR, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.9084456,-75.3516541&ll7.9084456,-75.3516541
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23612976

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 24, 2015 08:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- Great Falls National Park - CGF10, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.9937,-77.2553&ll8.9937,-77.2553
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23609658
- Comments: "year round residents of the Potomac River at Great Falls"

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) (1)
- Reported May 24, 2015 12:30 by Joanne Laskowski
- Metompkin Island, VA, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.7694444,-75.5388889&ll7.7694444,-75.5388889
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23618188
- Comments: "Bird was seen in channel behind Metompkin Island between the Island and the mainland marshes. Bird was in breeding plumage. Took photos b/c knew it was a late season sighting.

"

White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)
- Reported May 19, 2015 by Greg Moyers
- Chincoteague NWR, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.9084456,-75.3516541&ll7.9084456,-75.3516541
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23612976

Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri) (2)
- Reported May 21, 2015 by Greg Moyers
- Silver Lake - MNR01, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.4239,-78.941&ll8.4239,-78.941
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23613085

Sandwich Tern (Cabot's) (Thalasseus sandvicensis) (4)
- Reported May 23, 2015 11:30 by Lee Schuster
- Grandview Beach, Hampton, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.08267,-76.2743962&ll7.08267,-76.2743962
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23614246
- Comments: "Seen with a group of gulls and terns. Observed fairly close with the black beak with yellow tip very obvious."

Sandwich Tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis) (6)
- Reported May 20, 2015 11:50 by Lee Schuster
- Grandview Beach, Hampton, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.08267,-76.2743962&ll7.08267,-76.2743962
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23613963
- Comments: "Spotted with a large group of mixed royal terns, common terns, gull-billed terns. Smaller than the royals and the black bill with yellow tip was very obvious."

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) (2)
- Reported May 19, 2015 by Greg Moyers
- Sandpiper Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.7167252,-75.9344745&ll6.7167252,-75.9344745
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23612986

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) (1)
- Reported May 24, 2015 18:12 by Gary Smith
- US-VA-Chincoteague-6001‚Äď6131 Hallie Whealton Smith Dr, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.937715,-75.356465&ll7.937715,-75.356465
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23617881
- Comments: "Single EUCD seen feeding or getting grit in the driveway of the Elementary School. Approx 1 mi from prevoiusly reported location on Pension St."

Alder Flycatcher (Empidonax alnorum) (4)
- Reported May 23, 2015 by Greg Moyers
- Highland Co., Highland, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.4853072,-79.5080566&ll8.4853072,-79.5080566
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23613078

Alder Flycatcher (Empidonax alnorum) (1)
- Reported May 23, 2015 08:30 by Elisa Enders Flanders
- O'Bryan's, Wimer Mountain Road (Virginia), Highland, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.53376,-79.52327&ll8.53376,-79.52327
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23613382
- Comments: "along Wimer Mtn Road, nearby"

Alder Flycatcher (Empidonax alnorum) (1)
- Reported May 23, 2015 08:30 by Stacey Maggard
- Occoquan Bay NWR - CPW02, Prince William, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.6455061,-77.2361183&ll8.6455061,-77.2361183
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23611395
- Comments: "Heard only, very husky "fee-be-oo" call"

Alder Flycatcher (Empidonax alnorum) (1)
- Reported May 22, 2015 07:30 by John Pancake
- Route 640 (Highland Co.), Highland, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.5243628,-79.539299&ll8.5243628,-79.539299
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23608427
- Comments: "calling below Margaret's, distinct three part call "fee-b-er" with emphsis on the last part of the call. ID'd by Bob Ake first."

Alder Flycatcher (Empidonax alnorum) (1)
- Reported May 22, 2015 07:30 by Barry Kinzie
- Route 640 (Highland Co.), Highland, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.5243628,-79.539299&ll8.5243628,-79.539299
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23608137
- Comments: "calling below Margaret's, distinct three part call "fee-b-er" with emphsis on the last part of the call. ID'd by Bob Ake first."

Alder Flycatcher (Empidonax alnorum) (1)
- Reported May 22, 2015 08:20 by John Pancake
- Route 642 - Laurel Fork Rd., Highland, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.5023278,-79.6047878&ll8.5023278,-79.6047878
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23608999
- Comments: "Calling at Straight Fork beaver ponds...call "fee-b-r","

Alder Flycatcher (Empidonax alnorum) (1)
- Reported May 22, 2015 08:20 by Barry Kinzie
- Route 642 - Laurel Fork Rd., Highland, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.5023278,-79.6047878&ll8.5023278,-79.6047878
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23608813
- Comments: "Calling at Straight Fork beaver ponds...call "fee-b-r","

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) (1)
- Reported May 24, 2015 09:00 by Jason Strickland
- Burwells bay rd at Purvis rd, Isle of Wight, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.0452443,-76.7022514&ll7.0452443,-76.7022514
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23611691
- Comments: "Gray bird with distinctive black mask, white throat and underbelly, black and white wing; fighting with mockingbird..went to a nest in a tree that looked like a Bradford pear, not sure if it was raiding or going to its own nest. Photographs available."

Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) (2)
- Reported May 24, 2015 10:30 by James Shelton
- Mt. Rogers - VA Rt. 600 - Mt. Rogers NRA - MMR08, Grayson, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.6597,-81.5447&ll6.6597,-81.5447
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23619176
- Comments: "Have clear photos will post this week."

Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina) (1)
- Reported May 23, 2015 08:27 by Seth Factor
- US-VA-Vienna-901 Lauren Ln SE, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.898357,-77.246484&ll8.898357,-77.246484
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23607351
- Comments: "Heard singing. Seen. Responded to playback."

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis) (5)
- Reported May 24, 2015 09:45 by Robert Mains
- Big Meadows, Shenandoah NP - MSD05, Madison, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.518,-78.4321&ll8.518,-78.4321
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23614056
- Comments: "Seen in several locations in woods near Big Meadows"

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis) (2)
- Reported May 23, 2015 07:58 by Linda Chittum
- Limberlost Trail, Shenandoah NP - MSD03, Madison, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.5732,-78.3795&ll8.5732,-78.3795
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23610298

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis) (1)
- Reported May 19, 2015 09:30 by Ron-Tracy Snyder-George
- Shenandoah NP--multiple locations, Madison, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.5273012,-78.4008708&ll8.5273012,-78.4008708
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23607817
- Comments: "flashing white of tail, slate gray back, head, and breast"

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) (1)
- Reported May 24, 2015 09:10 by Thomas Jones
- big meadows, Madison, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.5191944,-78.4336281&ll8.5191944,-78.4336281
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23608283
- Comments: "nothing surprising"

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Subject: Willow Flycatcher, Markham Rd, Pittsylvania Co.
Date: Sun May 24 2015 23:07 pm
From: chathambirds08 AT hotmail.com
 
Sorry for the late post.  Mom and I were riding around Saturday AM and
heard and then saw a Willow Flycatcher on Markham Rd. near North Meadows
Rd. in Pittsylvania County. This is a section of river bottom near the
Banister River. It was in the cut over area singing loudly!

Mary Foster
Dry Fork
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Subject: Willow Flycatcher, Markham Rd., Pittsylvania Co.
Date: Sun May 24 2015 23:01 pm
From: chathambirds08 AT hotmail.com
 
Sorry for the late post.  Mom and I were riding around Saturday AM and heard and then saw a Willow Flycatcher on Markham Rd. near North Meadows Rd. in Pittsylvania County.  This is a section of river bottom near the Banister River.  It was in the cut over area singing loudly!

Mary Foster
Dry Fork

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Subject: Saxis WMA
Date: Sun May 24 2015 22:46 pm
From: tsiporah.shani AT gmail.com
 
Drove around this WMA on the bay side of the Eastern Shore peninsula
(opposite side form Chincoteague, about) this morning. Saw and heard my
first Marsh Wren of the year and only my second one ever. Didn't get a very
good look, though. ID'd more by song that appearance. Also, saw the typical
gulls, immature Bald Eagles, a Common Yellowthroat, three tern species
(Forster's, Common, and Least), Dunlin,a Baltimore Oriole, and others.

Chincoteague today turned up a Blue Grosbeak in the same spot he was in
yesterday, another Baltimore Oriole, an Orchard Oriole,a Chestnut-sided
Warbler (ID'd by voice), Brown-headed Nuthatches, and a couple of
Tricolored Herons (one on the wildlife loop and a couple around Tom's
Cove). Also saw a D.P. Fox Squirrel and a couple of ponies.

Alyssa Freeman
Richmond, VA
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Subject: Blue-winged Warblers, Broad-winged Hawk, Chats and more, Blue Ridge Center Lo Co
Date: Sun May 24 2015 21:50 pm
From: joecoleman AT rstarmail.com
 
Thirty-five birders showed up for the regularly scheduled monthly bird walk
at the 900-acre Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship in
northwestern Loudoun County this past Saturday morning. This month's walk
was sponsored by both the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and the Northern
Virginia Bird Club and split into two different groups. One group, led by
Elton Morel & Marc Ribaudo, concentrated on the area around the Education
Center & organic farm and found 59 species; the other group, led by Joe
Coleman & Mary Ann Good, walked the trails at the southern end of the
property and found 57 species. Neither group spent much time in the forest
and, for the most part, found the same species with some notable exceptions
such as the four Chats found around the Education Center. After the
scheduled walk a couple people briefly visited the open areas under the
power line on Arnold Road and added American Robins and two counter-singing
Orchard Orioles to the days list.



The highlights of the 70 species were five Blue-winged Warblers, a couple of
which were well-seen, a flyover Broad-winged Hawk, one Cerulean Warbler, and
4 Yellow-breasted Chats.



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



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



Joe Coleman



Canada Goose 6

Great Blue Heron 2

Black Vulture 3

Turkey Vulture 9

Cooper's Hawk 1

Bald Eagle 3

Red-shouldered Hawk 3

Broad-winged Hawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 26

Mourning Dove 6

Yellow-billed Cuckoo 4

Chimney Swift 18

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3

Red-bellied Woodpecker 7

Downy Woodpecker 3

Hairy Woodpecker 3

Northern Flicker 1

Pileated Woodpecker 4

Eastern Wood-Pewee 3

Acadian Flycatcher 6

Eastern Phoebe 1

Great Crested Flycatcher 10

Eastern Kingbird 4

White-eyed Vireo 6

Yellow-throated Vireo 2

Red-eyed Vireo 25

Blue Jay 3

American Crow 9

Fish Crow 3

Common Raven 1

Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1

Tree Swallow 9

Barn Swallow 14

Carolina Chickadee 8

Tufted Titmouse 15

White-breasted Nuthatch 2

House Wren 3

Carolina Wren 5

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 9

Eastern Bluebird 6

Wood Thrush 2

American Robin 2

Gray Catbird 5

Northern Mockingbird 2

Brown Thrasher 2

European Starling 8

Cedar Waxwing 27

Ovenbird 1

Louisiana Waterthrush 1

Blue-winged Warbler 5

Kentucky Warbler 1

Common Yellowthroat 8

American Redstart 8

Cerulean Warbler 1

Yellow-breasted Chat 4

Eastern Towhee 5

Chipping Sparrow 3

Field Sparrow 15

Grasshopper Sparrow 1

Song Sparrow 1

Scarlet Tanager 4

Northern Cardinal 12

Indigo Bunting 25

Eastern Meadowlark 1

Common Grackle 3

Brown-headed Cowbird 18

Orchard Oriole 2

American Goldfinch 30

House Sparrow 2



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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - G.R. Thompson WMA - MFR02, May 24, 2015
Date: Sun May 24 2015 20:56 pm
From: philkenny AT verizon.net
 
Dear Virginia Birders,
I birded upper Thompsonís WMA, Fauquier County, Virginia, this morning. At the first parking lot off of Freezeland Road, there were signing Kentucky Warblers heard as soon as I got out of the car! Nice way to start the day birding!!! There were also Cerulean, Scarlet Tanager, lots of Redstarts and a Hooded Warbler further down the path.
At the second stop, there was a Red-headed Woodpecker, Raven and Rose-Breasted Grosbeak heard near the road, and Worm-eating, Black and White, and Black Pole Warblers along the trail. Redstarts were in abundance, and Cerulean plentiful. Red-eyed Vireo, Wood Thrush, Acadian and Pewee could always be heard.
My third stop was at the end of the FireRoad. I found another Kentucky, Ceruleans, one Chat and lots of Indigo Buntings.
It was a great day to be outside and birding, but a tough day for photography. The birds were well ensconced in leaves, high up and fast moving. Here is a link to some of the photos of the day, including my life Zebra Swallowtail:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
Cheers,
Phil


Phillip Kenny
1731 Killarney Court
Vienna VA 22182-2133
703-255-5423
philkenny@verizon.net


Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist@cornell.edu
> Subject: eBird Report - G.R. Thompson WMA - MFR02, May 24, 2015
> Date: May 24, 2015 at 9:01:52 PM EDT
> To: philkenny@verizon.net
>
> G.R. Thompson WMA - MFR02, Fauquier, US-VA
> May 24, 2015 6:42 AM - 10:36 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
> 42 species
>
> Black Vulture 1
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Mourning Dove 4
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
> Red-headed Woodpecker 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 8
> Acadian Flycatcher 8
> Great Crested Flycatcher 3
> Red-eyed Vireo 8
> Blue Jay 1
> American Crow 3
> Common Raven 2
> Carolina Chickadee 1
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
> Wood Thrush 6
> American Robin 2
> Gray Catbird 4
> Cedar Waxwing 12
> Ovenbird 5
> Worm-eating Warbler 6
> Black-and-white Warbler 1
> Kentucky Warbler 3
> Hooded Warbler 5
> American Redstart 25
> Cerulean Warbler 15 Many birds seen and heard.
> Blackpoll Warbler 2
> Yellow-breasted Chat 1
> Eastern Towhee 5
> Chipping Sparrow 1
> Scarlet Tanager 6
> Northern Cardinal 4
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
> Blue Grosbeak 1
> Indigo Bunting 1
> Brown-headed Cowbird 1
> American Goldfinch 1
>
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>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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Subject: Common Nighthawks, Badger Rd (Augusta Co., today)
Date: Sun May 24 2015 15:24 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
On Badger Road late this morning, a brownish bump on a White Oak's gray bark looked a bit out of place.  Well, it turned out to be a bird head -- Common Nighthawk.  Which was not at all out of place, as we've had several reports of C. Nighhawks there.  Most recently, I believe, by Dan Perkuchin.  And, as I recall, first in a prior year by Gabriel Mapel.


Along with finding a second C. Nighthawk in flight, Greg Moyers and I watched two Red-headed Woodpeckers excavating a nest hole. Sorry to report that when both birds briefly left the job-site, starlings snooped at the hole. Among other finds were Grasshopper and Savannah Sparrows.

Diane Lepkowski
Harrisonburg

PS - We saw a flying C. Nighthwak first, then searched trees from every angle imaginable after studying Cornell's 'Birds of North America' website for info on the species' preferred daytime roosts. Just a tiny window in the fully-leafed oak offered a view. (This bird had apparently not done its homework...it was facing west on a west-facing limb, a 180 degree spin from my reading of its likely position(!))


A few pics:
http://birdtrek.smugmug.com/An...
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Subject: Dyke Marsh, Alexandria
Date: Sun May 24 2015 14:08 pm
From: moribaudo AT verizon.net
 
About 30 people attended the weekly walk at Dyke Marsh in Alexandria.  The walk is sponsored by Friends of Dyke Marsh and open to all.  It was a beautiful morning and the few migrants we saw is indicative of the tail end of the spring migration.  Highlights were 2 greater yellowlegs on the mudflats seen from the picnic area, 3 spotted sandpipers, a little warbler flock containing 1 each of American redstart, magnolia warbler, and blackpoll warbler, 2 eastern kingbirds working on a nest, 3 osprey chicks getting fed at the nest next to the marina, a migrant scarlet tanager in the picnic area before the walk, 2 male Baltimore orioles offering great views, 2 warbling vireos, and a grey-cheeked thrush seen by only a few.  We tallied 60 species in all.

Marc Ribaudo
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Subject: Mississippi Kite - Dismal Swamp Canal Trail - Chesapeake VA
Date: Sun May 24 2015 13:41 pm
From: tltaterbug44 AT gmail.com
 
Good birding on the Canal Trail this afternoon.  I am reporting a
Mississippi Kite soaring high and toward Lake Drummond just south of
Balyhack Rd. Nice look at the flight profile and adult plumage! Cool!

All the expected species including a singing Wood Thrush that came to my
imitation and gave very cooperative profiles.

Good birding and be safe!

Tracy Tate
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Subject: Great Falls Walk
Date: Sun May 24 2015 12:22 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

Our group of fourteen birders tallied 50 species. It was a very busy morning in the park. Highlights included a mourning warbler which was just beyond the stream as you leave the picnic area for the holding basin. An acadian flycatcher was in the same general area. We spotted a pair of nesting waterthrushes in the holding basin area. It was a beautiful morning but the birding was slow. All are welcome to join this regular Sunday morning walk that meets in the visitors center parking lot at 8:00am. --m Marshall Rawson, McLean VA

Canada Goose 4
Mallard 1
Common Merganser 3
Double-crested Cormorant 5
Great Blue Heron 12
Black Vulture 22
Turkey Vulture 1
Bald Eagle 3
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Mourning Dove 3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Chimney Swift 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 5
Eastern Kingbird 1
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 6
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 2
Fish Crow 2
Tree Swallow 2
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 12
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 1
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 2
Cedar Waxwing 8
Louisiana Waterthrush 3
Mourning Warbler 1
Northern Parula 3
Blackpoll Warbler 3
Chipping Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 1
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 10
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 12
Common Grackle 6
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Orchard Oriole 1
Baltimore Oriole 2
American Goldfinch 3

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Subject: 2 Mississippi Kites in Burke, VA
Date: Sun May 24 2015 12:03 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
May 21, 2015

2 Mississippi Kites seen in a tree close to the road at Gaines and Jackson
Street in Burke, Fairfax County, VA

Janet M. Anderson
Falls Church, VA
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Subject: Killdeer distraction display
Date: Sun May 24 2015 10:22 am
From: stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net
 

Hello birders,

I birded today along a powerline cut in eastern Loudoun County, near the county parkway. Nothing unusual species-wise, but a cool bit of behavior.

At the end I did a perfunctory check of a construction site with a couple of temporary puddles, and found a Solitary Sandpiper and 2 Killdeer. I spooked the Killdeer as I arrived, then concentrated on ID-ing the Solitary.

Then I heard a strange sound. In binoculars I found that the Killdeer was making this funny twittering sound, with its tail fanned and tilted and wings slightly opened. I lost track of the other Killdeer, and this bird was looking back over its shoulder - apparently, at me.

I realized this was a distraction display, so approached slowly closer. (Watching my step to avoid stepping on a nest.) The bird moved further and repeated all of the above, including the cocked head back towards me.

We did 2 more reps of this interesting dance, then I left. (Again, watching out for the nest - didn't find it.)

Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia

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Subject: Willow Flycatcher at Occoquan bay NWR
Date: Sun May 24 2015 8:25 am
From: candiceylowther AT gmail.com
 
VA-birders,

There is currently a singing Willow Flycatcher near the main parking area at Occoquan bay NWR. It is singing from the top of one of the trees around the small pond.

Good birding!

Candice Lowther
Bristow, VA

Live long and prosper.

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Subject: Eastern shore birds - Black Scoters, White Ibises, Summer Tanager, Chuck-Will's-Widows, more
Date: Sat May 23 2015 21:26 pm
From: tsiporah.shani AT gmail.com
 
Hope everyone is having a nice Memorial Day weekend so far! I decided to
head out the Chincoteague for the long weekend. Along the way, on Route 13,
I had four Black Scoters on the ocean side of the CBBT, off Island #1.
Also, quite a few Ruddy Turnstones - no Purple Sandpipers, though. I then
proceeded to Eastern Shore NWR. The highlights there included 8 singing
Indigo Buntings (in various places), Northern Bobwhites calling (FOY), a
good look at a pair of Orchard Orioles (both male - one adult, 1 immature),
a Ruby-throated Hummingbird seen as I was trying to call out a White-eyed
Vireo, and at least two immature Bald Eagles. There were also several
Prairie Warblers singing.

A brief stop at Mockhorn/GATR WMA (off of SR's 600 and 750) netted five
White Ibises that flew up in front of me into a tree and gave me great
looks. I think this was a state bird for me. I got several photos of them,
but can't upload photos until I get back to Richmond. Also picked p a
Red-headed Woodpecker and a Summer Tanager doing his pikituk call. I think
that was the first time I ever heard one call (rather than sing). I got a
quick look at it - enough to know what it was.

Ended the day at Chincoteague NWR. Tons of peeps but the only ones I could
ID were Semipalmated Plovers AND Semipalmated Sandpipers. There were also a
number of Dunlin, Lesser Yellowlegs, and Short-billed Dowitchers. Saw over
a dozen Glossy Ibises - no White-faced, unfortunately. As I was leaving
around 8:30 or so, I heard a pair of Chuck-Will's-Widow's (FOY) in the
parking lot. The highlight was about 50 Snowy Egrets with about 5 Glossy
Ibises taking off en masse and overhead when an adult Bald Eagle got too
close for comfort.They all eventually settled down right back where they
were.

66 species altogether today, as well as about a dozen butterfly species,a
Red Saddlebag dragonfly, and two mammals (2 Gray Squirrel and 2 Eastern
Cottontails). Good birding!

Alyssa Freeman,
Richmond, VA
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Subject: Huntley Meadows, FRFX Co, 23 May 2015
Date: Sat May 23 2015 21:06 pm
From: KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net
 
VA BIRDers,

I visited Huntley Meadows today and the highlight was Mourning Warbler,
singing along the entrance road towards the maintenance facility, near where
the trail and road diverge. It quickly moved north along the creek as I
tried to watch it at about 0630 this morning. By the way, from my No. VA
records, the period from 18 to 25 May is peak for finding Mourning Warblers.

I worked the area from the Telegraph Rd side of the park early in the
morning and then visited the VC side in the early evening. Other highlights
were Hooded Merganser with 6 - 2 week old merglets, Wild Turkey gobbling
behind the maintenance area, Spotted Sandpiper along Barnyard Run, American
Woodcock flying in a copse of woods next to the woodcock meadow (maybe a
breeder?), Willow Flycatcher in the woodcock meadow, Bank Swallow over the
small lake, Veery, Gray-cheeked Thrush, YB Chat, Field Sparrow singing in
the meadow to the east of the platform, and Lincoln's Sparrow in the "Coast
Guard Marsh". I recorded 72 species, a tie with an effort on this same date
in 2001 (Also a tie with 5/19/08; all other years produced fewer species
for this date give or take a few days), which means it was a good day at
Huntley for this time of year.

I started a bit after 6am heading down the road from the Telegraph Rd
parking area. I did the pond trail and then the woodcock meadow, afterwards
heading through forest to the Coast Guard Marsh, then off trail until back
to the new asphalt trail to the water control feature - probably about 4
miles. Despite finding the Mourning Warbler early in the morning, the
warbler diversity was quite paltry with many misses - yet, good counts of
Magnolia (8), American Redstart (7) and Ovenbird (10) plus singles of YB
Chat and the Mourning. The local breeding Common Yellowthroats tallied 35.
Thrush were perhaps a bit less than average:

Eastern Bluebirds 4
Veery 1
Gray-cheeked 1
Swainson's 5
Wood 1, this latter is surprising, heard only in a portion of the park with
very little invasive Japanese Stiltgrass
American Robin 14

A good count for Great Crested Flycatcher (7) was obtained but only one
Eastern Kingbird. A pair of White-eyed Vireos, 32 Red-eyed Vireos, and
single Carolina and House Wrens (the former is surprising). A few Gray
Catbirds, 18 Cedar Waxwings, and a surprising 6 Eastern Towhees as I never
considered this species as widespread breeders in the park (at least the
west section) - this year I appear to be wrong. The Blue Grosbeak tally was
4 suggesting movement through the area, ditto for Scarlet Tanager with 7
tallied. Indigo Buntings were only 10, so perhaps the bulk of this species
has moved through. A single Baltimore Oriole was singing east of the main
boardwalk leg.

Big Misses? Red-shouldered Hawk - I am still flabbergasted.

Kurt Gaskill


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Subject: Thompson WMA- scads of Redstarts
Date: Sat May 23 2015 20:44 pm
From: falco57 AT msn.com
 
Spent the morning at Thompson WMA, mainly for the warblers, esp. Cerulean, Kentucky, and Hooded.  Had good looks at all but the Kentucky, one of which was singing within 20-30 ft of the trail in deep cover.


Redstarts were all over the mountainside, mostly calling. I counted 31 that I could be sure of, but I suspect that was a significant undercount. I found one female visiting a substantial nest; she was bringing nesting material. While she was away, a Red-eyed Vireo came to the nest and poked about for a minute or so.


Scott Priebe

Springfield


Species: 36

Broad-winged Hawk
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Yellow-throated Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Common Raven
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Gray-cheeked Thrush 1
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Ovenbird 8
Worm-eating Warbler 1
Louisiana Waterthrush 1
Kentucky Warbler 2
Hooded Warbler 8
American Redstart 31
Cerulean Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Scarlet Tanager 9
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 5
Indigo Bunting
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch


Birder's Diary - www.BirdersDiary.com - 5/23/2015






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Subject: 5/22/15 & 5/23/15 - Virginia Beach - Back Bay NWR & False Cape SP
Date: Sat May 23 2015 20:26 pm
From: robbielawski AT gmail.com
 
Folks,

*Highlights*
*Back Bay NWR (5/22/15)* - 3:45 to 7:00 PM - 1 female Black Scoter on
northernmost freshwater impoundment along West Dike Trail, 1 American Coot
on pond north of maritime forest, FOY Yellow-billed Cuckoo (3 in maritime
forest), FOY American Redstart (male on Bay Trail), FOY Cattle Egret
(overhead fly-by on Bay Trail), Greater Yellowlegs, Indigo Buntings, Blue
Grosbeaks, Eastern Kingbirds, Orchard Orioles.
*Back Bay NWR (5/23/15) *- 7:40 to 9:20 AM - American Redstart (female
behind visitor center on Bay Trail), Flycatcher (likely Acadian but unable
to determine off quick look), two separate warblers seen along Bay Trail as
fleeting looks that were unable to ID, Orchard Orioles, 1 American Coot in
same spot as before, Greater Yellowlegs, Indigo Buntings, Blue Grosbeaks,
Eastern Kingbirds, No scoter present this time along West Dike Trail.
*False Cape SP (5/23/15) *- 9:20 to 10:10 AM - FOY Summer Tanager (male &
female near visitor center), Prairie Warbler, Ruby-throated Hummingbird,
Indigo Buntings, Ruddy Turnstone, No Red Knots present along beach today.
*Back Bay NWR (5/23/15) *- 10:10 to 11:50 AM - No Red Knots presents today,
Black-bellied Plovers, Ruddy Turnstones, Royal Tern, lots of Brown Pelicans
over dune line but essentially no other birds flying in the windy
conditions, Cedar Waxwings.

*Outing Photographs*
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*Full Details*

Memorial Day weekend got off to a nice start with beautiful sunny skies and
weather in the low 70s on Friday evening. After work, I headed down to Back
Bay NWR, arriving about 3:45 PM, parking near the Loop Road entrance. With
success that many folks have had at the base of the Bay Trail, I made a
quick stop to see if I could find any warblers here, but seeing & hearing
nothing after a few minutes, headed down the Loop Road's western side
instead. *Red-winged Blackbirds* were frequently seen, but birds were quiet
on the Loop Road. One Northern Watersnake was seen swimming in the ponds
adjacent to the gravel roadway, and photographed. This particular snake
kept submerging itself and swimming down into the vegetation at the bottom
of the shallow pond, then would rise up with just its head sticking out of
the water's surface. I've never seen one act quite like this before, but it
made for some neat photographs (see link above). Reaching the junction with
the West Dike Trail, a pair of *Eastern Kingbirds* flew across the trail
and headed off to the southeast. Throughout the next stretch of the
trail, *Boat-tailed
& Common Grackles* were seen, and one *Great Egret* made a fly-over, but
still, pretty quiet for birds. Reaching the southwest corner of the large,
marshy impoundment, I spotted a duck sitting out on the water, thinking it
was probably a* Mallard* since they're really the only species around right
now in any numbers. However, as I got closer, it was obvious that the bird
was actually a female *Black Scoter*. I believe this is the first one I've
ever photographed on freshwater before, and it was a strange feeling seeing
it against a marshy backdrop rather than the open ocean. The bird never
took to the air, but did dive several times, coming up to see where I was,
then diving again. After a few dives, and a few photographs, I continued on
my walk so that it wouldn't be disturbed. Near here, there is a junction
with a trail that cuts east-west across the impoundments, forming the
northern edge of a large rectangular pond. On this pond, there are a couple
small mudflats, though most of the pond is just open water. *Semipalmated
Plovers *and *Greater Yellowlegs* could be seen on the mudflats in small
numbers, with a pair of female *Red-breasted Mergansers* that were sitting
on the exposed surface. Mallards & *Canada Geese* were out on the water
swimming, and 7 *Snowy Egrets* were hunting out in the middle where it must
be quite shallow. One *Caspian Tern* could be seen all the way across the
pond on the eastern shore, and it later did a flyby of my location,
providing some nice looks at the large amount of black on its underwings.


Over the next stretch of trail, I passed the pumphouse that floods the
impoundments with water from Back Bay when needed, and continued south,
nearing the entrance to the maritime forest. In the couple hundred yards
north of the maritime forest, I've been seeing a fair amount of *Orchard
Orioles*, which seem to enjoy the few trees that dot this portion of the
trail. On the pond near here was 1 *American Coot*, which is hanging around
quite late into the month, and also a pair of *Greater Yellowlegs* that
seem to be in this area each time I walk nearby. A beautiful male *American
Goldfinch* was seen with a female companion in one of the small trees along
the trail here as well, making it the second time I've seen one this week
out far from suburbia and feeders. Entering the maritime forest, a *Blue
Grosbeak *was seen calling from high up a tall tree. Also, a single *Mourning
Dove* was perched up in a tree where the east-west trail crossing the
park's interior hits the roadway. Along the roadway, I finally encountered
my first *cuckoos* of the year when two *Yellow-billeds* jumped from an
overhanging branch visible from the road up into the protection of the
canopy. I snapped a few shots of one of the birds before it flew off into
the forest (see above link). A single *Prothonotary Warbler* was heard in
the forest also, and it actually flew right across the road in front of me,
giving me good looks of a bird that I don't often spend time trying to put
eyes on in this section due to the thickness of the foliage. A pair of *Great
Crested Flycatchers* also provided nice looks and photos along the forested
roadway. Upon exiting the forest, a Nutria was pulled up on the shoreline
of the adjacent ditch, cleaning itself and shaking off for a few minutes. I
walked a hundred yards or so to the south, sadly seeing a very small, young
Cottonmouth smashed on the roadway. The young snakes have a beautiful
pattern of varying brown colors and are a sight to behold when alive, so
this was a quite sad to see. I turned around here and headed back
northward, seeing a couple of Carolina Chickadees in the forest but not
much else. The coot, yellowlegs, and Black Scoter were all present on the
northward journey again, and more photographs were taken. When I reached
the northern end of the West Dike Trail, I took the Loop Road around to the
east, hoping to get some looks at a Prairie Warbler, which are quite common
along this section. Unfortunately, I didn't get my Prairie this time, but
did find a pair of Blue Grosbeaks up near the Dune Trail's boardwalk. I
opted not to walk down to the beach this time, instead heading directly up
to the Bay Trail, which I walked out and back. Walking westward, about
mid-way between the Bayside Trail boardwalk connection and the pond at the
west end, a small songbird flew across the trail, pausing briefly on a
branch before disappearing into the thick foliage. Fortunately, I got a
good look at the bird while perched, clearly a male *American Redstart*
showing just a little bright-orange and a mostly black body, my first of
the year. Continuing west, I reached the end of the trail & made the
turn-around, seeing a white bird flying over quite high up. Sporting yellow
legs, a stocky yellow bill, and a rusty patch on the chest, this bird was
my first *Cattle Egret *of the year, so the Bay Trail turned out to be a
good move this time. I headed back to the vehicle, not re-locating the
redstart for a photo unfortunately, but still excited to have seen one here.


After good success on Friday evening at the park, and after reading and
hearing about the Red Knots that Ron Furnish & Marie Mullins had spotted
along the beachfront near the False Cape SP border, I headed down to Back
Bay again as soon as I woke up on Saturday, arriving at 7:40 AM. I started
off with a walk down the Bay Trail, which again turned out to be a good
decision. I had a warbler cross in front of me, that looked to have several
colors on it, but it never stopped or stood still long enough to let me
focus on it unfortunately. A part of me hopes this might be the Magnolia
Warbler spotted near here by Karen & Tom Beatty recently, and all of me
hopes if this is the case, that it sticks around so I can actually get a
look at it! Behind the visitor center, in the hotspot apparent of the last
couple of weeks I got a female American Redstart, and photos this time, so
I was excited about that! Also, a flycatcher that was most likely an
Acadian hopped through the dense foliage, but I couldn't get good enough
looks to validate the ID. So the birds are definitely around this area, but
they weren't giving me much time to see them today. The wind was really
howling from the northeast at probably 15-20 mph, continuously, so birds in
general today were tough to find in the open. Heading down the Loop
Road, a *Common
Tern* flew over me, as did a couple of *Ospreys*, but again the dominant
birds now are the Red-winged Blackbirds. Walking the West Dike Trail
yielded the same typical birds I'd seen the day before (Blue Grosbeaks,
Indigo Buntings, Orchard Orioles, Eastern Kingbirds), but nothing new was
sighted. A *Great Blue Heron* was seen trying to swallow a rather massive
Bluegill that it must have caught just before I spotted it. A few decent
photographs of this bird show just how gluttonous they can be. I wondered
exactly how they're able to swallow these fish whole and digest them
without the spines on the fins hurting their throats or stomachs, but I
guess they've been doing for a while, and have figured it out. The Black
Scoter had disappeared overnight and could not be re-located on any of the
visible impoundments from the roadway, which I was happy about, since I was
concerned it might be an injured bird given its behavior on Friday evening.
The American Coot sighted yesterday was sitting right about in the same
spot, as were the pair of Greater Yellowlegs.


Entering the maritime forest, I felt I might see more birds than I had out
in the open, given that the area was protected from the winds. Great
Crested Flycatchers were again see, and Prothonotary Warblers were heard,
but still the birds remained tough to find here. Exiting the forest, what
was likely the same Nutria was seen again cleaning itself up. At the border
road with False Cape SP I headed eastward, turning south at the main entry
road towards the visitor center. Along this roadway a flock of *Double-crested
Cormorants* cruised by overhead, and again many Red-winged Blackbirds were
seen. Eastern Kingbirds, Tufted Titmice and Indigo Buntings were also seen
here, and a single* Red-tailed Hawk* was flying in circles overhead. Near
the visitor center, two birds flew by me overhead, calling a song I didn't
recognize. They landed in a tree nearby, one, a red bird, the other, a
greenish-yellow bird. Getting the binoculars up on them got me excited when
I realized they were *Summer Tanagers,* a male & female, and also the first
I've seen this year. I never see a lot of these birds in any given year,
last year I believe I only saw 2 as well (at First Landing SP), so they
were a welcomed sight. Continuing eastward from the visitor center towards
Barbour Hill and the beachfront yielded a Blue Grosbeak, and good looks at a*
Prairie Warbler* that was calling from a roadside shrub. A *Ruby-throated
Hummingbird *was seen along a powerline, and another was seen near some
honeysuckle. A Mud Turtle, and a newly hatched Snapping Turtle were also
seen where the powerlines cross the road and there is a small marshy spot.
When I reached the beach, I quickly scanned both directions hoping to
locate the Red Knots I was after, but couldn't see them from the hilltop
anywhere along the beachfront. Walking north on the beach, I had a pack of
*Sanderlings* staying out in front of me for the first mile or so, before I
finally walked closer to the duneline to get around them without spooking
them.* Ruddy Turnstones, Black-bellied Plovers, and Semipalmated Sandpipers*
were noted among the Sanderlings, but these were the only shorebirds seen
for the day. With the winds whipping into shore, and the waves crashing,
almost no birds were seen in flight over the open water. Brown Pelicans,
about 50 of them in total, were sighted flying over the duneline, but again
staying off the open ocean. Only a single* Royal Tern*, and two other
unidentified terns were seen the entire way from False Cape to the parking
area trails of Back Bay.


Heading over the dunes on the Dune Trail to the Loop Road yielded an*
Eastern Towhee* in the area they're typically seen and heard. Walking the
Loop Road north, I stopped and attempted to put eyes on a few birds that
were calling from cover, but just never could. I opted to walk the Bay
Trail one more time, hoping to re-spot the warblers I couldn't get good
looks at earlier in the day, but the trail remained quiet, with just one
Indigo Buntings calling from a very visible spot high up a tree. I did get
some nice looks at a Marsh Rabbit that was hiding in my favorite warbler
spot. As a final check, I walked the Kuralt Trail, which is the short
boardwalk north of the parking area, turning up a flock of *Cedar Waxwings*
and a *Carolina Chickadee*, but nothing out of the ordinary. So I headed
back to the car after the 10.5 mile walk, to go home and relax / sift
through all the photos from the last two days. Hopefully tomorrow brings
nice weather again, maybe a little less windy though so the smaller birds
can be a bit more visible!


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Rob Bielawski

Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: Highland (the usual Black-billed Cuckoos, GW Warblers, Mourning Warbler, and two Alders) (5/23)
Date: Sat May 23 2015 20:14 pm
From: lax3birder AT live.com
 
Hey Everyone,
Today in hopes of seeing some interesting butterflies and well I guess birds :) I made a trip up to Highland. My Dad who has never been up to Highland in the summer got three lifers (impressive) while I sadly had none but I am not complaining as we had beautiful weather and some awesome stuff. We started off at Forks of Water where we heard a Warbling Vireo (FOY), then headed to Margaret's. On the way we stopped by the graveyard and stream where we had a Cliff Swallow, tons of Bobolinks, and a Willow Flycatcher. Then we snaked our way up 640 to Margaret's. On the way we saw Alder (Lifer for my pops) and Least Flycatchers (both FOYs). We arrived at Margaret's to about ten cars! and saw a flock of birders well doing what birders do best bird. My Dad and I talked with them to figure out what was around the area and they pointed us in the way of a GW Warbler. My Dad and I had great looks of a male and female (FOY). A Rose-breasted Grosbeak showed up for the group. Then we were ca
lled over to a Black-billed Cuckoo on the WV side :(. A lifer for my Dad so we stuck around and watched it for a while. It was bringing nesting materials to a bush along the field (next weekend I will check up on the progress of the nest). Butterflies seen were Common Ringlets, Hobomok Skipper, American Copper, Meadow Fritillary, Azure sp. (Not big enough or light enough for Appalachian which will show up in a week); My only lifer of the trip was a Northern Pygmy Clubtail (Dragonfly). Then we headed off sald yin a different way than the bird club towards Straight Fork. On Heverner's I didn't give much effort into Vesper Sparrows because I have already seen a few and I wanted to find Meadow Fritillaries (Which I couldn't find). But the highlight of Heverner's was a pair of Black-billed Cuckoos chasing each other across the field (of all places) into a large tree. In the area were lots of tent caterpillars so they were probably feeding on these. On Laurel Fork we had a pair of
Bald Eagles, Blackburnian Warblers, Veeries, Magnolia Warblers, a Hermit Thrush, a Canada Warbler for another year along the river beside the cabin, Alder Flycatcher, Least Flycatchers, Aurora Damsel, Tiger Swallowtails (either Appalachian or Eastern), and Maryland Yellowthroats as my dad calls them. WE then made our way up to the fire road where we were able to locate a male Mourning Warbler and hear a Veery. An awesome day all in all with nine FOYs for me and three lifers for my dad. Pictures from the trip can be seen at https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
Good Birding,
Andrew Rapp

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Subject: Highland County Report, 5/23 (4 Alder Flycatchers)
Date: Sat May 23 2015 19:08 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Beautiful day in Highland County today! Greg Moyers and I started at Paddy Knob, headed north to Laurel Fork as far as the Beaver Dams, then up Hevener, and east on Hardscrabble to Wimer Mt Rd near Margaret O'Bryan's.  Then south on Wimer Mt, ending with just a brief stop at Forks of Water.   Nothing out of the ordinary...that is if one dares to call Highland County OR its birds "ordinary!"


Some highlights:

Well, one treat/surprise was finding three Alder Flycatchers at and near the Beaver Ponds. One seen, heard and videotaped/ photographed near the road at the water. Two more heard -- one sounded a fair distance upstream from the road, the other was well downstream. We heard Least FC near the ponds as well, plus Common Yellowthroat and Yellow Warbler.

A Mourning Warbler sang, and mostly stayed in good view (mid-level in trees, often staying still), for about 15 minutes near Paddy Knob. A Ruffed Grouse was drumming.


Laurel Fork: two Vesper Sparrows in close proximity, roadside before the road enters forest. Bobolinks (near Hevener)...also found these on Hardscrabble. Both heading up and heading down the mountain, we heard one Cerulean Warbler near what appears (on maps) to be a ridge-line.


Hevener: Grasshopper Sparrow.

On Wimer Mt Road: Golden-winged Warbler, Black-billed Cuckoo, Willow Flycatcher, Yellow Warblers and an Alder Flycatcher heard. The latter probably the same individual reported a day or two ago by an avid, shore-dwelling, ebird-user (thank you, Bob Ake!) All except the Willow FC were within 1/4 mi or so of M. O'Bryan's.

Other warblers along the way included Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Green, Black-and-white, A. Redstart, Blackburnian and Ovenbird.

Diane Lepkowski

Harrisonburg

PS - video of the Alder FC is here, for those interested...wind noise is a real distraction...and beeps are camera clicks, courtesy of Greg(!) --
http://birdtrek.smugmug.com/An...
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Subject: Fwd: Black-necked Stilts at Hog Island
Date: Sat May 23 2015 18:45 pm
From: wendy.ealding AT gmail.com
 
 Correction!  Been watching too many Black-*winged* Stilts recently in
Spain! Before you all get excited, what we saw today were Black-necked
Stilts!

Wendy Ealding

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From: Wendy Ealding
Date: Sat, May 23, 2015 at 7:39 PM
Subject: Black-necked Stilts at Hog Island
To: Bird sightings in Virginia


Paul Bedell, Gerry Weinberger and I birded at Hog Island this morning.
Shorebirds were few and distant as the water levels are very high. We were
surprised to see a couple of Black-winged
Stilts. Large numbers of Great Blue Herons, no other egrets or herons. We
had six Bald Eagles in the air at one time and a flock of Cedar Waxwings
were feasting on mulberries.

Full list at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23595122

Wendy Ealding
Midlothian


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Subject: Black-necked Stilts at Hog Island
Date: Sat May 23 2015 18:42 pm
From: wendy.ealding AT gmail.com
 
 Paul Bedell, Gerry Weinberger and I birded at Hog Island this morning.
Shorebirds were few and distant as the water levels are very high. We were
surprised to see a couple of Black-winged
Stilts. Large numbers of Great Blue Herons, no other egrets or herons. We
had six Bald Eagles in the air at one time and a flock of Cedar Waxwings
were feasting on mulberries.

Full list at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23595122

Wendy Ealding
Midlothian


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Subject: Whimbrel duke marsh
Date: Sat May 23 2015 18:27 pm
From: maineusa AT comcast.net
 
Nine Whimbrels are on the far side of the mudflats on the river side now with eight Spotted Sandpipers, three Semipalmated Plovers, a pair of Lesser Scaup, two pairs of Wood Ducks, a Caspian Tern and two Laughing Gulls among other birds.
Gerry Hawkins
Arlington, VA

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> On May 23, 2015, at 5:49 PM, "kurtcapt87@verizon.net" wrote:
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> Whimbrels at hunting creek mudflats now
> Kurt Gaskill
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> Robnoblestar via va-bird wrote:
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>> 8 whimbrel currently (4;10pm)perched on tree branch mid channel behind the island at the end of the boardwalk (adjacent to nps boundary buoy)
>>
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>> Rob Young
>> Alexandria,va
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Subject: Mississippi Kite - Lake Accotink Park, Springfield
Date: Sat May 23 2015 17:14 pm
From: dcharlesl AT msn.com
 
This afternoon, I saw a Mississippi Kite while I was at Lake Accotink Park in Springfield.

David Ledwith

Falls Church, VA

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Subject: Whimbrel duke marsh
Date: Sat May 23 2015 16:50 pm
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 
Whimbrels at hunting creek mudflats now
Kurt Gaskill
Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

Robnoblestar via va-bird wrote:

>8 whimbrel currently (4;10pm)perched on tree branch mid channel behind the island at the end of the boardwalk (adjacent to nps boundary buoy)
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>Rob Young
>Alexandria,va
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Subject: Whimbrel duke marsh
Date: Sat May 23 2015 15:10 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
8 whimbrel currently (4;10pm)perched on tree branch mid channel behind the island at the end of the boardwalk (adjacent to nps boundary buoy)


Rob Young
Alexandria,va



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Subject: Red Headed Woodpecker
Date: Sat May 23 2015 14:53 pm
From: wesley233 AT comcast.net
 
Noted on my feeder and an Oak beside my deck a Red Headed Woodpecker. They are resident here at Lake Monticello, Fluvanna County. Quite a sight. Liz
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Subject: Blackpoll warbler and hummingbirds
Date: Sat May 23 2015 10:07 am
From: marlabeth AT hotmail.com
 
Blackpoll warbler in my holly tree in my front yard near the King Street Metro in Alexandria. Spent the day. Didn't seem to mind the trains. I never get anyone from the migration through here - I always see them down at Dyke Marsh, so this was a treat.
As to hummers, what I would like to know is, if they eat insects while they are nesting, so it is normal not to see them at feeders until the juvenile has fledged, why do I always hear so many people talking about how they have 5 and 10 at their feeders all season, and they get to see the males at the feeder? I get one female adult, and the juvenile, and not until August. Never 5 or 10. I set out my feeders on tax day, put out nesting material, plant flowers they love, and one year I got to see them on and off from May-September, but never the male. All the rest of the years, nada. I heard that if they don't like your food, heaven forbid you are a day late changing it, they will put a bad review on bird Yelp for your restaurant and you will never get one again. So I even hire someone to change the feeder when I am out of town to make sure it does not go bad. I am always worried that I missed a day changing the feeder and that is why I have to wait until late in the season to
see them. So who are these people that get 5 and 10, including males, and what can I do to be one of them?
Also, If they are feeding on insects, will they come in for mealworms?
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Subject: Prairie Warbler
Date: Sat May 23 2015 9:36 am
From: otissowell AT gmail.com
 
A nice looking Prairie Warbler stopped by my back yard this morning for a photo opportunity.

This is my first ever sighting of this fast mowing warbler. I heard it singing for a couple of weeks. I’m glad it decided to pay me a visit.

Indigo Buntings, Brown Thrashers, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Red-eyed Vireos, Blue-grey Gnatcatchers, American Robins, Scarlet Tanagers, Hummingbirds, Chipping Sparrows, Carolina Wrens, Carolina Chickadees, Mockingbirds, Grey Catbirds, Great-crested Flycatchers, American Crows, Tufted Titmice,Northern Cardinals…and more stop by on a daily basis.

Some photos from this morning and yesterday afternoon can be seen here:

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

Otis Sowell, Jr.

Palmyra, Va.
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Subject: Chalet Woods Park (Centreville, Fairfax County) 22 May
Date: Fri May 22 2015 16:10 pm
From: stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net
 

I visited this neighborhood park this morning. It includes backyards and woods, some wet meadows and a stream. On a sunny morning like today, it looks like dynamite habitat. Last year (May 2014) I had my highest-ever day for warblers, and this park contributed most of them.

Today was different. I found 19 total species in 90 minutes starting at sunrise. All were common summer residents. The most interesting one to me was a female Scarlet Tanager.

I have to guess that either migration is mostly over; or else, I was too early. It was really chilly there!!

Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia

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Subject: Leesylvania SP & Julie Metz Wetlands
Date: Fri May 22 2015 14:11 pm
From: falco57 AT msn.com
 
Birded Leesylvania from 5:30-10:00 and Julie Metz from 10:15-12:00.

Most numerous bird at Leesylvania were Cedar Waxwings - 150+ Started at the gun battery and with 20-25 Waxwings in the trees, a flock of 50-60 flew by; walking down the ridge, they were in groups of 10s in many of the trees; a couple dozen in the picnic area; and a couple dozen at Bushy Pt (that I could see). Eight species of warbler including Louisiana Waterthrush, Black-throated Green, Canada (2), Magnolia and Blackpoll.
Oddly, no N. Parula heard or seen.

Had 7 species of wabler at Julie Metz, including N. Parula, with highlights being Northern Waterthrush and Hooded Warblers.

Scott D. Priebe

Springfield, VA

LEESYLVANIA SP -
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Mallard
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Swainson's Thrush 1
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing 150+
Louisiana Waterthrush 1
Prothonotary Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 3
Magnolia Warbler 1
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Yellow-throated Warbler 3
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Canada Warbler 2
Chipping Sparrow
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch

METZ WETLANDS/NEABSCO CR. -
Canada Goose
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing 1
Northern Waterthrush 1
Prothonotary Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 7
Hooded Warbler 2
Northern Parula 4
Yellow Warbler 2
Yellow-throated Warbler 1
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Orchard Oriole
American Goldfinch

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Subject: Dutch Gap (Chesterfield County) this morning 5/22/15, COMMON GALLINULE
Date: Fri May 22 2015 13:46 pm
From: wendy.ealding AT gmail.com
 
 A very pleasant morning at Dutch Gap.  Highlight was a COMMON GALLINULE at
the first overlook. It was still there when I left at 11 AM. Numerous
Prothonotary Warblers including one that landed four feet in front of me on
the deck rail at the kayak launch at the lagoon. Don't know which of us
was more surprised.

Full list at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23575597

Wendy Ealding
Midlothian


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