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02 Sep: @ 20:49:57 Re: Hudsonian Godwit, Alexandria [Bill Hohenstein]
02 Sep: @ 19:25:25  HSR:Spectacular record-setting flight of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (02 Sep 2014) 40 Raptors [reports]
02 Sep: @ 19:07:56  impressive nighthawk display in Oakton, VA [Chris French]
02 Sep: @ 18:28:23  Nighthawks in Annandale [Larry Cartwright]
02 Sep: @ 17:51:29  HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (02 Sep 2014) 22 Raptors [reports]
02 Sep: @ 17:37:19  HSR: Harvey's Knob (02 Sep 2014) 13 Raptors [reports]
02 Sep: @ 17:16:52  Are you up for a challenge - the Kiptopeke Challenge?! [Paul Nasca]
02 Sep: @ 16:45:15  Wood Stork still present in Clarke county today [Teri]
02 Sep: @ 15:29:21  NEW RECORD-Hummingbirds on the move [Brenda Tekin]
02 Sep: @ 14:09:15  Hudsonian Godwit, Alexandria [Michael Bowen via va-bird]
02 Sep: @ 13:23:50  Red knot decline spreads to Virginia [Wilson, Michael D]
02 Sep: @ 10:33:27  Voice: Greater Washington Area, Sept. 2 [Joe Coleman]
02 Sep: @ 08:58:08  Wilson's Warbler [Gerco (Home)]
02 Sep: @ 08:57:17  Hudsonian Godwit still at Hunting Creek this morning 2 Sept [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
02 Sep: @ 08:38:25  Hudsonian Godwit [Appleaday via va-bird]
01 Sep: @ 21:10:51  Chincoteague environs Sunday and Monday [Denise Ryan via va-bird]
01 Sep: @ 20:29:37  Kiptopeke Hawkwatch [taberzz--- via va-bird]
01 Sep: @ 20:09:28  HSR: Harvey's Knob (01 Sep 2014) 10 Raptors [reports]
01 Sep: @ 19:49:10  Berryville Woodstork Continuous [Gerco]
01 Sep: @ 19:27:27  HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (01 Sep 2014) 20 Raptors [reports]
01 Sep: @ 19:02:15  HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (01 Sep 2014) 52 Raptors [reports]
01 Sep: @ 18:11:08  HUD godwit visible from belle haven [Fredatwood via va-bird]
01 Sep: @ 18:07:00 Re: Hunting Creek Bridge [Kurt Gaskill]
01 Sep: @ 17:12:01  Hog Island WMA 9/1 [Adam D'Onofrio]
01 Sep: @ 17:04:23  Black Terns - Halifax Co. [Paul Glass]
01 Sep: @ 15:57:22  Migrants in Shenandoah National Park; Madison, Rappahannock and Page counties [teresa ivory]
01 Sep: @ 15:39:10  Rufous Hummingbird -Rockfish Gap [Brenda Tekin]
01 Sep: @ 12:25:58  Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk. [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
01 Sep: @ 12:24:13  Black Terns/Potomac River/Dyke Marsh [Rich Rieger via va-bird]
01 Sep: @ 11:56:46  A slow day at Riverbend Park's meadow--lots of Eastern Wood-Pewees [Walter Hadlock]
01 Sep: @ 08:32:35  Woodstork [Arun Bose]
01 Sep: @ 07:48:15  Woodstork 09/01 [Arun Bose]
01 Sep: @ 07:34:25  Hunting Creek Bridge [Marc Ribaudo]
01 Sep: @ 07:00:40  Black terns [Marc Ribaudo]
01 Sep: @ 06:37:01  Wood Stork continues in Clarke county [Teri]
01 Sep: @ 06:30:53  Black tern [Marc Ribaudo]
31 Aug: @ 20:52:08  birds at Craney Island, Portsmouth, VA [Elisa Enders]
31 Aug: @ 20:19:36  Crums Church Rd, Blandy, and Fauquier Co [Kurt Gaskill]
31 Aug: @ 19:30:07  HSR: Snickers Gap (31 Aug 2014) 13 Raptors [reports]
31 Aug: @ 18:51:20  Berryville Woodstork [Gerco]
31 Aug: @ 18:04:55  Dyke marsh...stone bridge [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
31 Aug: @ 18:03:28  HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (31 Aug 2014) 27 Raptors [reports]
31 Aug: @ 15:33:37 Re: Clarke Co. WOST [Russell Taylor]
31 Aug: @ 14:55:57  Unusual(?) Hummingbird [Marshall Faintich]
31 Aug: @ 14:43:14  Clarke Co. WOST [Russell Taylor]
31 Aug: @ 13:26:34  Merrimac Farm WMA [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
31 Aug: @ 12:48:22  westmoreland and king george counties Aug 30 [Frederick Atwood via va-bird]
31 Aug: @ 11:42:08  Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Aug 31, 2014 [Marc Ribaudo]
31 Aug: @ 11:28:28  Great Falls Sunday Walk [Marshall Rawson via va-bird]
31 Aug: @ 08:10:26  Wood Stork, Clarke Co. [Diane L via va-bird]





Subject: Hudsonian Godwit, Alexandria
Date: Tue Sep 2 2014 20:49 pm
From: elliety AT msn.com
 
I was at Hunting Bridge yesterday (Monday) between 4-5 and saw it.  I initially did not know what it was -- it was resting with its head tucked in on some flats way out with a flock of yellowlegs -- I thought it might be a willet.  I snapped a few pictures of it when the flock was spooked and took off.

I was able to go over the shots today and sure enough, it is clearly a Hudsonian godwit -- with long upturned bill, white rump and black tail. and thin whitish bands on upper wings. Underside of wing was dark in front and white in a wide band on trailing side.

Bill

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

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



> Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 15:11:05 -0400
> To: va-bird@listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] Hudsonian Godwit, Alexandria
> From: va-bird@listserve.com
>
> Thanks to several birders posting about its presence, I was able to
> dash from an appointment in D.C. this morning (9/2) and to see the
> previously reported Hudsonian Godwit from the "stone bridge" just
> South of the Beltway. Thanks too to Sherman Suter who put me on to
> the bird and who looked after my scope while I dashed back to my
> parked car to retrieve my forgotten camera.
>
> Getting a decent photo was tough, as the bird was quite a distance
> away and the sun was in our eyes. I failed to see the bird fly, but
> it almost certainly did, because the tide was coming in fast and the
> muddy areas were disappearing at speed. This was around noon.
>
> I embedded one photo in my eBird checklist at:
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...14933539387/in/photostream/" rel="nofollow">https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
> The photo is on my Flickr site at:
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/30142646@N05/
>
> Good luck to those who go looking.
>
> Michael Bowen
> Montgomery Bird Club, MOS
> Bethesda, Maryland
>
> D.H. Michael Bowen
> 8609 Ewing Drive
> Bethesda, MD 20817
> Telephone: (301) 530-5764
> e-mail: dhmbowenATyahooDOTcom
>
>
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Subject: HSR:Spectacular record-setting flight of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (02 Sep 2014) 40 Raptors
Date: Tue Sep 2 2014 19:25 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 02, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 5 14 64
Bald Eagle 2 4 11
Northern Harrier 0 0 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 3 16
Cooper's Hawk 0 1 10
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 3
Broad-winged Hawk 23 54 249
Red-tailed Hawk 1 3 27
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 8 9 28
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 4
Unknown Falcon 1 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 2
Mississippi Kite 0 0 2

Total: 40 92 418
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 15:15:00
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter: Multiple Counters

Observers: Allen Hale, Brenda Tekin, Gabriel Mapel, Josh Laubach

Visitors:
Allan Hale, Josh Laubach, Peter Dutnell, Daniel and Mary Mapel


Weather:
Another windy, very warm and humid day with lots of sunshine. Brisk SW -
Westerly wind throughout the morning diminishing to 10-15km/h by afternoon
and winds from the west. Great cloud cover for most of the day that helped
in locating birds although thick haze hampered viewing conditions over the
eastern Piedmont and the western Shenandoah Valley. Temp: 24.5c>31.1c,
Humidity:72%



Subject: impressive nighthawk display in Oakton, VA
Date: Tue Sep 2 2014 19:07 pm
From: french.l.chris AT gmail.com
 
My daughter and I were treated to a large group of nighthawks over our
neighborhood in Oakton, VA (about a mile from Oakton High School) at around
6:50pm tonight - just before the thunderstorms rolled in. They were
scattered all over the sky at all elevations. Some as close as 75-100
feet, others small specks to the naked eye. Its impossible to say how
many, as I could only see a portion of the sky above, but there were easily
150-200 visible at any one time.

-Chris French
Oakton, VA
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Subject: Nighthawks in Annandale
Date: Tue Sep 2 2014 18:28 pm
From: prowarbler AT verizon.net
 
Up to 30 Common Nighthawks crossed over our Annandale home in a southbound direction right before the rain started 20 minutes ago.

Larry Cartwright
prowarbler@verizon.net

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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (02 Sep 2014) 22 Raptors
Date: Tue Sep 2 2014 17:51 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 02, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 10 24 24
Bald Eagle 2 2 2
Northern Harrier 1 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 8 14 14
Merlin 1 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 22 42 42
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Katie Rittenhouse

Observers:

Weather:
Another humid day, 79-93F, winds from variable S directions 5-15mph.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
A steady trickle of flocks of Chimney Swift, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow,
and Purple Martin.

Monarch Butterflies counted:1
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (02 Sep 2014) 13 Raptors
Date: Tue Sep 2 2014 17:37 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 02, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 3 3 6
Bald Eagle 0 1 15
Northern Harrier 0 0 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 2 6
Cooper's Hawk 2 2 8
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 2
Broad-winged Hawk 3 7 29
Red-tailed Hawk 5 5 11
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 1 1
Merlin 0 0 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 13 23 84
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Carl Christensen

Observers: Darryl Martin, Norris Ford

Visitors:
A special thanks to Darryl Martin's friend, Mitch Mitchell, who provided
extra help observing today.

Several motorcyclists stopped by, all from out of state. One couple from
Australia stopped by for an hour or so. There were lots of interesting
conversations.




Weather:
Hot and humid with temperatures ranging from 22C to 29C. Winds from SW
early and changing to NW by noon and variable throughout the day at a 1 to
3 rating. Clouds were high and constant at 40% coverage.

Raptor Observations:
Hawks appeared on the west side and directly over the Knob. The majority
were observed between the hours of 10 and 2.

Non-raptor Observations:
Many motorcycles on the Parkway today far outnumbering car traffic. Two
monarchs were observed and not much more other than many, many gnats.

Predictions:
More of the same predicted for weather. Hopefully, the bird count will be
up.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Carl Christianson ()
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/...


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Subject: Are you up for a challenge - the Kiptopeke Challenge?!
Date: Tue Sep 2 2014 17:16 pm
From: 63crows AT gmail.com
 
Hello Virginia Birders,
It's not too late to get involved...

The 20th annual Kiptopeke Challenge (KC) is just a few weeks away -
Saturday, September 20, 2014. The Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory
(CVWO) invites birders of all skill levels to participate in the event.

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

It is easy to get involved and there are several categories in which to
compete: 24-Hour, 3-Hour, Youth Team (age 18 and under), and Special Venue.
The event is open to everyone regardless of their birding ability and it
only takes two people to form a team. The KC is a great way for
participants to utilize their birding skills in support of a non-profit
organization dedicated to avian research, habitat conservation, and public
education.

For more information, a brochure, or to register write to
kiptopekechallenge@gmail.com or visit www.cvwo.org.

Best birds,

Paul Nasca

CVWO Kiptopeke Challenge Coordinator

Fredericksburg, VA

kiptopekechallenge@gmail.com
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Subject: Wood Stork still present in Clarke county today
Date: Tue Sep 2 2014 16:45 pm
From: ivory1888 AT gmail.com
 
The Wood Stork continues in Berryville at the cattle pond at the intersection of Crum's Church rd and Old Charlestown rd. Two Great Egrets accompany the stork. No cattle are present.
Teri Holland
Berryville, Va

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Subject: NEW RECORD-Hummingbirds on the move
Date: Tue Sep 2 2014 15:29 pm
From: brenda AT birdsofvirginia.com
 
Today at Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch, counters and observers witnessed an amazing flight of hummingbirds.  By 12 pm EST, 89 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds zipped across the gap heading south.  This broke the previous record of 71 set back on 9/11/2011.

There was a brisk S to WSW wind throughout the morning.

When I left at 2:15 pm EDST, the count was up to 126. Final tally will be sent out later today.

Brenda
Brenda Tekin
Stuart's Draft, VA

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Subject: Hudsonian Godwit, Alexandria
Date: Tue Sep 2 2014 14:09 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Thanks to several birders posting about its presence, I was able to
dash from an appointment in D.C. this morning (9/2) and to see the
previously reported Hudsonian Godwit from the "stone bridge" just
South of the Beltway. Thanks too to Sherman Suter who put me on to
the bird and who looked after my scope while I dashed back to my
parked car to retrieve my forgotten camera.

Getting a decent photo was tough, as the bird was quite a distance
away and the sun was in our eyes. I failed to see the bird fly, but
it almost certainly did, because the tide was coming in fast and the
muddy areas were disappearing at speed. This was around noon.

I embedded one photo in my eBird checklist at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/...14933539387/in/photostream/" rel="nofollow">https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

The photo is on my Flickr site at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/30142646@N05/

Good luck to those who go looking.

Michael Bowen
Montgomery Bird Club, MOS
Bethesda, Maryland

D.H. Michael Bowen
8609 Ewing Drive
Bethesda, MD 20817
Telephone: (301) 530-5764
e-mail: dhmbowenATyahooDOTcom


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Subject: Red knot decline spreads to Virginia
Date: Tue Sep 2 2014 13:23 pm
From: mdwils AT wm.edu
 
Red knot decline spreads to Virginia

By Bryan Watts
(http://www.ccbbirds.org/2014/0...)

The rufa subspecies of the red knot has experienced a dramatic decline over the past three decades. Evidence of the decline has come from long-term population assessments and surveys of both a major spring staging area, Delaware Bay, and the largest known overwintering site, Tierra del Fuego. The decline has led to its listing as an endangered population in Canada, its declaration of endangerment by the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species, and a recent proposed rule change to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to include the population on the list of threatened and endangered wildlife.

Prior to this year, one of the conundrums in the broader decline of rufa knots has been the stronghold of the Virginia Barrier Islands. Despite being less than 100 kilometers south of Delaware Bay, declines in staging red knots had not been documented in Virginia. Long-term aerial surveys of the islands conducted by Bryan Watts of CCB and Barry Truitt of The Nature Conservancy (http://www.ccbbirds.org/2014/0...) had not detected a statistically significant trend in use. However, following the compilation of the 2014 surveys, this pattern has changed. With the addition of the 2014 surveys, an examination of "knot days", an index of seasonal use of the islands, has revealed a significant decline across decades.

Most of the early explanations forwarded to explain the decline in the rufa population focused on spring foraging conditions within Delaware Bay, where estimates of staging birds have declined by 60-80%. Red knots using Delaware Bay depend almost exclusively on eggs from spawning horseshoe crabs to replenish fat reserves before making their final flight to arctic breeding grounds. Commercial overharvest of horseshoe crabs has been suggested as a driver of observed declines. Unlike Delaware Bay to the north, the Virginia Barrier Islands do not support significant horseshoe crab spawning events. In Virginia, staging red knots depend on clams and mussels to build fat reserves. If early explanations for the decline are correct and the prey conditions within mid-Atlantic staging sites are the root cause of declines, then declines in Virginia may raise concerns for the local clam and mussel populations. If the primary cause of declines resides elsewhere, such as arctic breedi
ng grounds, then trends within staging areas may only reflect conditions in these other locations. The most likely scenario is that the population is experiencing multiple stressors throughout its annual cycle.



Michael Wilson
Center for Conservation Biology
College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
phone: 757-221-1649
fax: 757-221-1650
email: mdwils@wm.edu
web: www.ccbbirds.org



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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington Area, Sept. 2
Date: Tue Sep 2 2014 10:33 am
From: joecoleman AT rstarmail.com
 
FYI - this report is for sightings from Aug 26 through Sept.1 and was compiled by Helen Patton & transcribed by Steve Cordle.
Joe Coleman

Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 9/2/2014
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, questions: voice@anshome.org
Compiler: Helen Patton
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic
States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
August 26 and was completed on Tuesday, September 2 at 7:45 a.m.

The top bird this week was WOOD STORK* in VA.

Other birds of interest this week included waterfowl, AMERICAN WHITE
PELICAN, WHITE IBIS, hawks, shorebirds, gulls, terns, COMMON
NIGHTHAWK, flycatchers, vireos, warblers and BOBOLINK.

TOP BIRD

The continuing WOOD STORK* was seen again on during the week at a
small pond at the intersection of Crum's Church Road and Old
Charlestown Road near Berryville, Clarke Co, VA


OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

The August 27 census of Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on August 27
noted that waterfowl are moving in with double digit counts of
NORTHERN SHOVELERS and AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS plus a BLUE-WINGED TEAL.
The continuing hen KING EIDER was also present.

A flock of 19 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS was found August 27 and again on
September 1 at the Hog Island WMA, Surry Co, VA.

The two immature WHITE IBIS at the small pond near the Days Inn off
Bells Ln, Staunton, Augusta Co, VA were seen again on August 31.
Fourteen WHITE IBIS were at Assateague Island, Life of the Forest
Trail. Worcester Co, MD on August 28 and twenty eight WHITE IBIS were
seen from the causeway at Assateague Island on August 30. The
continuing WHITE IBIS at Wooton's Landing, Anne Arundel Co, MD was
seen on August 29 and 30.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was soaring over a yard in Jarrettsville, Harford
Co, MD on August 29. Two BALD EAGLES put on a show at Burke Lake,
Fairfax Co, VA on August 30. An early GOLDEN EAGLE drifted over
Cleveland Park, DC on August 27.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was at the Swan Creek Wetland, Anne Arundel
Co, MD on August 29. Another AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was at the Central
Sod Farm, John Brown Road, Queen Anne's Co, MD on August 30 and 31.
Five AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS were on the Shiloh Turf Farm near
Hurlock, Dorchester Co, MD on August 31. An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was
at the Bristow Road Sod Farm, Prince William Co, VA on September 1.

Shorebird highlights of the August 26 census of Chincoteague NWR,
Accomack Co, VA included AMERICAN AVOCET, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, PIPING
PLOVER, WHIMBREL, MARBLED GODWIT, RED KNOT and PECTORAL SANDPIPER. A
WHIMBREL was on Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on September 1. HUDSONIAN
GODWITS were observed from the Smyrna Auto Tour Route - Raymond Pool
Loop and Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE and from the Belle Haven Marina,
Fairfax Co, VA during the week. WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen at
several venues including: Chincoteague NWR on August 29; Chesapeake
Farms, Kent Co, MD on August 31; and Hunting Creek Bridge, Fairfax Co,
VA on September 1. A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was at the C&O Canal - North
Branch, Allegany Co, MD on August 31. Hog Island WMA, Surry Co, VA
hosted a crisp juvenile BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER and eight WHITE-RUMPED
SANDPIPERS on September 1. More BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were at
Bombay Hook NWR on August 26, and at Little Creek Wildlife Area -
South, Kent Co, DE and the Lois Green Conservation Park, Montgomery
Co, MD, both on September 1.

A FRANKLIN'S GULL was spotted from a canoe in the Patuxent River in
the Jug Bay area, Anne Arundel/Prince George's Cos, MD on August 30.
The Chincoteague NWR (Accomack Co, VA) survey on August 26 found seven
tern species including LEAST, CASPIAN, BLACK, COMMON, FORSTER'S and
ROYAL. A GULL-BILLED TERN was at Violette's Lock, Montgomery Co, MD on
August 27. Four BLACK TERNS were in the grass beds near the Perryville
Community Park, Cecil Co. MD on August 26. Two BLACK TERNS were at the
Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on August 29. Twenty-two BLACK TERNS
were at Hunting Creek Bridge, Fairfax Co, VA on August 31. The tern
number had increased to thirty by September 1; this dissipated by 9 am
but a new group of a dozen came through near 10 am.

The Air Force Memorial in Arlington, VA was the site for observing
COMMON NIGHTHAWKS during the week.

OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were seen at a number of locations, including
two at the Woodlawn Wildlife Area, Cecil Co, MD on August 26; Fort
Totten Park, DC, on August 26; and two on August 27 at Governor Bridge
Natural Area, Prince George's Co, MD. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was
at Middle Run Natural Area, New Castle Co, DE on August 30.

A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen August 29 at the Cromwell Valley Park,
Baltimore Co, MD. The count increased to two birds on September 1.
Another PHILADELPHIA VIREO was at Lilypons, Frederick Co, MD on
September 1.

Warbler sightings increased this past week with many double-digit
observations, including 10 species of warbler at Middle Patuxent
Environmental Area, Howard Co, MD and 10 species at Bayside, Worcester
Co, MD, all on August 28. Another 10 warbler species were at Cromwell
Valley Park, Baltimore Co, MD on August 29. An observer at Elk Neck
SP, Turkey Point, Cecil Co, MD on August 29 was treated to an almost
classic migrant fall-out featuring 15 warbler species with high
aggregate numbers of birds. Also on August 29, 18 warbler species were
observed at Black Walnut Point, Talbot Co, MD. The warbler count at
Rock Creek Park, DC had increased to 15 species on August 29. Also on
August 29, 9 warbler species were at Leesylvania SP, Woodbridge,
Prince William Co, VA. Fifteen warbler species all in two trees were
at Violette's Lock, Montgomery Co, MD on August 29. Fourteen warbler
species were at Ft. DuPont Park, DC on August 30. A GOLDEN-WINGED
WARBLER was at the Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills, Baltimore, MD
on August 30. Another GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was at Wheaton Regional
Park, Montgomery Co, MD on August 31. A LAWRENCE'S WARBLER
(Golden-winged X Blue-winged hybrid) was at Wheaton Regional Park on
September 1. A BLUE-WINGED WARBLER was found August 26 at Milford
Mill, Randallstown, Baltimore Co, MD. MOURNING WARBLERS were seen in
several venues, including: the Appalachian Trail near the trail's
intersection with US 11 in Troutville, Botetourt Co, VA; Schoolhouse
Pond, Prince George's Co, MD on August 28; Governor Bridge Natural
Area, Prince George's Co, MD on August 27 and 29; and Terrapin Nature
Park, Queen Anne's Co, MD on August 28.

BOBOLINKS were seen on and off during the week throughout the region.

***

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

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

To report bird sightings, e-mail your report to voice@anshome.org.
Please post reports before midnight Monday, identify the county as
well as the state, and include your name and a Tuesday morning
contact, e-mail or phone.

Thank you for your interest, and good birding!

*Of interest to the records committee.

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Subject: Wilson's Warbler
Date: Tue Sep 2 2014 8:58 am
From: drgerco AT hotmail.com
 
This morning I was delighted to see more warbler activity in the yard. By
far the best bird was a Wilson's Warbler. Other warblers included
Black-throated Green and Magnolia. More were present but I could not ID
those. The much greenery in the way.



On my way to work, I had to stop for a group of 12 Wild Turkey's in the
road. 1-2 adults an all other birds were juveniles.



Gerco

Leesburg, VA

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Subject: Hudsonian Godwit still at Hunting Creek this morning 2 Sept
Date: Tue Sep 2 2014 8:57 am
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 


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Subject: Hudsonian Godwit
Date: Tue Sep 2 2014 8:38 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
At stone bridge, Alexandria. Dyke marsh. GW PKWY. River side. Here now.

Rich Rieger.

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Subject: Chincoteague environs Sunday and Monday
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 21:10 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Some nice sightings in no particular order from Sunday &Monday in Chincoteague Bay and Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge
This report does not include all birds seen, but I am sharing those that may of interest to others that were not repeated in earlier reports or the shorebird survey from a week ago.



Chincoteague Bay mud flats Sunday morning
1 American Avocet
1 Marbled Godwit
6 American Oystercaters
12 Black Skimmers
Little Blue Heron
6 Brown Pelicans
2 Osprey
1 Horseshoe Crab - alive on the mudflat
One hula hoop sized nest out of grass with a single egg (no birds guarding it). The egg was tan with black speckles and about 30% larger than a extra large chicken egg. I was surprised to see an egg so late in the season that appeared unmolested and unguarded. This was above the high tide line right under a 5 ft tall shrub. I was told they are called Merklebush or shrub? Anyone have ideas about what kind of bird nest/egg I may have encountered?


Monday - North Side of Wildlife Loop Road of the Refuge
2 Solitary Sandpipers

Several Pectoral Sandpipers - I lost count but perhaps a half dozen
2 Spotted Sandpipers in nonbreeding plumage
Could not find any Wilson's Plovers but lots of Semipalm Plovers
1 Imm. Black-crowned night heron

If anyone finds the Wilson's Plover before 2 pm on Tuesday, I'd sure appreciate an email of where you saw it or them to savetheocean at yahoo.com ASAP before I head back to Maryland. Thanks!


Denise Ryan
Cheverly, MD
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Subject: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 20:29 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Welcome back to hawkwatcher Katie Rittenhouse! She started at Kiptopeke today and will also be posting regularly on the Observatory's General Blog at www.cvwo.org about migration highlights, our feeders, our Monarch and Educator programs, which start Sept 15th and our Baywatch Waterbird Migration program, which starts Oct 1st just north of Kiptopeke. Visitors are always welcome!


Brian Taber
Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (01 Sep 2014) 10 Raptors
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 20:09 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 01, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 3
Bald Eagle 1 1 15
Northern Harrier 0 0 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 2 6
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 6
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 1 2
Broad-winged Hawk 4 4 26
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 6
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 1 1
Merlin 0 0 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 1 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 10 10 71
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Bill James

Observers: Dave Brunstetter, Dillard Childress, Katie James,
Steve goff

Visitors:
Very interested and pleasant mom and son up to learn about hawks and
migration.


Weather:
Hot and humid day with temperature ranging from 24 to 27, cloud cover
variable all day 40 to 80%, winds mostly West at 1 to 3, variable all day,
and visibility improving from 3 to 4.

Raptor Observations:
Hawks appeared on both sides despite the westerly wind and the sole eagle
was low on the East side, a mature at 10:36. Allen Miller was chief
spotter and ID'er today.

Non-raptor Observations:
Total observers exceeded total hawks. Not as many parkway users as might
be expected on this holiday. Bear dogs out early. At least 4 Monarchs

Predictions:
Hotter still with more big birds than today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bill James (bijam@aol.com)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/...


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Subject: Berryville Woodstork Continuous
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 19:49 pm
From: drgerco AT hotmail.com
 
Seven of us saw the Berryville Woodstork (at the intersection of Crumbs
Church Rd and Old Chaltestown Rd in far northern Clarke County) late
afternoon today. Most folks arrived between 500 and 530pm and endured a
short (or longer) wait in the heat and sunshine before the stork flew
in. While waiting for the stork we observed many pooling butterflies
(Clouded Sulphurs, Tiger Swallowtail. a monarch, and a bunch of flutter
ones I do not know). Around 545pm today, the stork flew in low over the
trees from north of Old Charlestown Rd and landed in the mud pool. The
resident young great blue heron wasn't very pleased with the arrival of
another youngster. The heron tried to chase away the stork, but was not
successful. The stork went about its way, drinking and fouraging.
Surpisingly the heron followed the stork around, perhaps hoping for a
little snack. No such luck I think. Many of the locals drivng by slowed
down and waved at us. Very nice. I am glad I went back and waited the stork.

Gerco
Leesburg, VA
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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (01 Sep 2014) 20 Raptors
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 19:27 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 01, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 14 14 14
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 6 6 6
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 20 20 20
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Katie Rittenhouse

Observers: Bob Anderson, Harry Armistead, Thuy Tran

Weather:
A humid day of 78-90F with SW winds 5-15mph. A storm front moved in late
afternoon.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
A few flocks of Bobolink and Eastern Kingbird started the count. Purple
Martin in small flocks throughout the day.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (01 Sep 2014) 52 Raptors
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 19:02 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 01, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 9 9 59
Bald Eagle 2 2 9
Northern Harrier 0 0 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 3 16
Cooper's Hawk 1 1 10
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 1 3
Broad-winged Hawk 31 31 226
Red-tailed Hawk 2 2 26
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 1 20
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 4
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 2 2 2
Mississippi Kite 0 0 2

Total: 52 52 378
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Multiple Counters

Observers: Brenda Tekin, Gabriel Mapel, Pete Nebel

Visitors:
Several folks ventured up today including Tyler Turbin and Genevieve O(?)
from Richmond, Mary Mapel, Carson Lambert, Dianna Rapp, Andrew Rapp, Rich
and Peg Hodglana, Joe and Sally Cipollo.


Weather:
Windy, warm and humid. A steady westerly wind throughout the day at times
strong enough to topple small objects. Temp:23.8>27.7 (At the lower
elevation temperature climbed up to lower 90's); Humidity: 75%



Subject: HUD godwit visible from belle haven
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 18:11 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
In scope now. Am moving to bridge to try for closet view

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Subject: Hunting Creek Bridge
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 18:07 pm
From: KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net
 
VA BIRDers,

Additions to Marc's early morning report:

Am. Black Duck - at least 1
Mallard - 165 give or take...I did not do an accurate count.
No. Shoveler 12
Blue-winged Teal 3
Green-winged Teal 2
The early morning Black Tern numbers dissipated by 9am (one left) but a new
group of a dozen came through near 10 am.

Kurt Gaskill

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To: va-bird@listserve.com
Subject: [Va-bird] Hunting Creek Bridge

Besides the terns there was a nice bunch of shorebirds at the bridge. These
included 1 white-rumped, 1 pectoral, 3 short-billed dowitchers, 1
semi-palmated plover, least and semipalmated sandpipers, both yellowlegs,
and killdeer.

Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: Hog Island WMA 9/1
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 17:12 pm
From: bigadfromlb AT comcast.net
 
I visited Hog Island WMA in Surry Co. today. The 19 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS are still present in the Homewood Creek Impoundment. Today, I discovered that one of them has a green wing tag. I got a quick look at the tag through my scope and read what I thought was 546. I did some research online and found that there is a large pelican banding operation in Minnesota that places green cattle tags on the wing as well as a USGS metal band on the leg. I reported the tag number to USGS so I will see if someone responds. There were more shorebirds down there today than there has been including a crisp juvenile BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, definitely one of my favorite species, and 8 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS. Migrant land birds were few but I did have a MAGNOLIA WARBLER, a female BALTIMORE ORIOLE and 3 flyover BOBOLINKS. Ebird list below. Good birding.

Adam D'Onofrio
North Dinwiddie

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Subject: Black Terns - Halifax Co.
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 17:04 pm
From: pag AT gcrcompany.com
 
I spent the morning birding Staunton River State Park in Halifax county.
Unfortunately, the lake level is still much too high to expose any mudflats,
and consequently the only shorebirds were 2 Spotted Sandpipers and a flyby
Greater Yellowlegs. Dickie birds were pretty active up until about 9:00.
The most common species were Red-eyed Vireos, Gnatcatchers and Pine
Warblers. In one flock I found a Warbling Vireo which was my first for the
county. Other migrants included Chesnut-sided Warbler, Redstart, and
Baltimore Oriole. There were a few waterbirds around including many Great
Egrets, a continuing Snowy Egret, and most notably a flock of 43 Black
Terns.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19636969


Paul Glass
South Boston, VA
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Subject: Migrants in Shenandoah National Park; Madison, Rappahannock and Page counties
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 15:57 pm
From: ivory1888 AT gmail.com
 
I had about 12 birds in a mixed flock at South River picnic grounds
(Skyline drive mile marker 63) this a.m. The loop from the parking lot
down South River Falls trail, north on the AT, and back to Skyline on the
fire road is always productive. The last part is where I encountered
Black-throated Greens and Blue, Blackburnian, and Tennessee warblers, Cedar
Waxwings, Ruby-throated Hummingsbirds, and Red-eyed Vireos moving through
the tree tops. Further north at Limberlost the local nesters ( Hooded,
Chestnut-sided, Cerulean, and Redstart warblers) have moved out. Another
mixed flock was near the parking lot where I added Ovenbird and
the breeding Blue-headed Vireos and Juncos in addition to the above
mentioned birds and the ubiquitous Black Bear.
Teri Holland
Berryville, Va
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Subject: Rufous Hummingbird -Rockfish Gap
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 15:39 pm
From: brenda AT birdsofvirginia.com
 
This morning at approximately 9:24am EST, the first documented RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD flew over the hawk watch at Rockfish Gap in Waynesboro, VA.

We are approaching peak migration for Ruby-throats and they were well represented today. Many were high overhead continuing southward on strong westerly winds without slowing down. A few would come in to the hill top feeder.

This hummingbird flew across low with morning sun lighting it up. When I first saw it coming straight in it it seemed large, especially the upper chest area. As it neared it was then that I clearly saw the upper underside from chin to upper breast was ORANGE. That's when my jaw dropped and I uttered a few words under my breadth. Gabriel Maple quickly picked up on the bird about the time it reached the edge of the upper edge of the ridge where we were sitting. This bird was lot up in the morning sun and When the bird vas soon as it veered left to go around the west side of the building toward the parking lot we both could easily see the orange (rufous) rump. I couldn't detect any green but then again, the bird was moving quickly and all I could see was orange.

The extent of the rufous and the rufous rump leads us to the conclusion that it was an adult male Rufous Hummingbird.



Brenda
Brenda Tekin
Stuart's Draft, VA

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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 12:25 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
It was Hazy, Hot and Humid as 21 birders set out on this Labor Day Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.  Reflecting nearby warbler reports for the past week, we kept sharp eyes for any migrating warblers, but our only sightings were Common Yellowthroat and Yellow Warbler.  We felt these could be local nesters as easily as migrants.  So the watch continues.  One of our younger birders reported spotting a Brown Creeper.  We gently explained that really couldn't be the case.  Here's hoping we passed along some bird lore as well as experience in having an error corrected.

Canada Goose 1
Wood Duck 5
Mallard 1
Great Blue Heron
6
Great Egret 2
Green Heron 3
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Mourning Dove 5
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Chimney Swift 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Acadian Flycatcher 2
Eastern Phoebe 2
Eastern Kingbird 2
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 6
crow sp. 12
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Eastern Bluebird 5
American Robin 50
Gray Catbird 4
Common Yellowthroat 3
Yellow Warbler 4
Song Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 7
Indigo Bunting 1
Common Grackle 10
House Finch 2
American
Goldfinch 4


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: Black Terns/Potomac River/Dyke Marsh
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 12:24 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
MidMorning Kayaking out of Belle Haven Marina/Dyke Marsh led to the hoped for BLACK TERNS. Some immatures posted up on pilings in the marina and some plying the hydrilla mats south of the Little Gut. GREAT EGRETS were holding morning meeting at the mouth of the Big Gut - at least 20 - with one SNOWY EGRET interloping. A few shorebirds worked the mats - LESSER YELLOWLEGS and maybe 6 (un)SPOTTED SANDPIPERS. One lone CEDAR WAXWING was about and one BELTED KINGFISHER as well.

Will be back for low tide late this p.m. after caulking the bathtub...

Rich Rieger
Alexandria


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Subject: A slow day at Riverbend Park's meadow--lots of Eastern Wood-Pewees
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 11:56 am
From: jaybirdncarol AT verizon.net
 
Good day all,

It was warm and muggy for our Audubon Society of Northern Virginia (ASNV) sponsored walk at Riverbend Park's meadow (Fairfax County). Lots of dew and wet birds from last night's rain storm. A member of our group visited the river just before the walk and reported it was running high and there were no birds.

The meadow was pretty quiet, but we had good looks at a number of Eastern Wood-Pewees, Eastern Phoebes, and worked hard to identify a Magnolia Warbler. Here's our list:

Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo--H
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker--HY and adult males and females

Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher--maybe

Red-eyed Vireo--H
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse--H

White-breasted Nuthatch--H
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Gray Catbird
Magnolia Warbler

Common Yellowthroat
Chipping Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch

Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon,VA (Fairfax County)
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Subject: Woodstork
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 8:32 am
From: arun1bose AT gmail.com
 
 ... And flew north westerly at 9:25

Arun bose
Richmond

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Subject: Woodstork 09/01
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 7:48 am
From: arun1bose AT gmail.com
 
Is present right now. See previous posts for directions etc.

Arun Bose
Richmond

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Subject: Hunting Creek Bridge
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 7:34 am
From: moribaudo AT verizon.net
 
Besides the terns there was a nice bunch of shorebirds at the bridge.  These included 1 white-rumped, 1 pectoral, 3 short-billed dowitchers, 1 semi-palmated plover, least and semipalmated sandpipers, both yellowlegs, and killdeer.

Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: Black terns
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 7:00 am
From: moribaudo AT verizon.net
 
Make that about 30 black terns at the Stone Bridge.

Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: Wood Stork continues in Clarke county
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 6:37 am
From: ivory1888 AT gmail.com
 
The Wood Stork continues in Berryville at Crums Church rd and old Charlestown rd. The cows are in the puddle with the birds. The stork is actively feeding.
Teri Holland
Berryville, Va


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Subject: Black tern
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 6:30 am
From: moribaudo AT verizon.net
 
There is a black tern over the hydrilla mats off the Stone Bridge in Alexandria.

Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: birds at Craney Island, Portsmouth, VA
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 20:52 pm
From: elisaenders AT hotmail.com
 
Yesterday, during an impromptu visit to Craney Island, several interesting species (although none are unexpected at Craney) were seen.

17 Wilson's Phalaropes and 2 Red-necked Phalaropes were seen well in the northwest corner of the western side of the north cell. Several duck species were seen, including Northern Shovelers, Blue-winged Teal, Mallards, a Ruddy Duck, and several American Black Ducks. Over 100 (probably closer to 200) American Avocets and double digit numbers of Black-necked Stilts, several hundred peep (mostly Semipalmated Sandpipers), Short-billed Dowitchers, several Black Terns, a few Least Terns, Caspian Terns, Royal Terns, and Laughing Gulls were in this pool. One first year Laughing Gull was pursued by a Peregrine Falcon.

In the middle cell, at least 5 White-rumped Sandpipers were counted. Stilt Sandpipers were seen in small numbers. One Western Sandpiper was picked out from the shorebirds, although there are likely more. Two Soras were seen well here, at the water's edge, among phragmites. Among disturbed soil areas on the north side of Craney, a single Buff-breasted Sandpiper was observed by some. The Buff-breasted Sandpiper was skittish and required patience to be observed.

On a sandspit on the east side of Craney, in a flock of gulls and terns, two Lesser Black-backed Gulls (including a very striking adult bird) were seen.

Craney Island is currently open to visitors on a limited basis, on a few Saturdays each month. For more information on which Saturdays Craney is open, call their office at 757-484-1021, during normal weekday business hours.

Elisa Enders
Portsmouth, VA



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Subject: Crums Church Rd, Blandy, and Fauquier Co
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 20:19 pm
From: KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net
 
VA BIRDers,

Rich Rieger and I visited the little pond at the end of Crums Church Rd and
saw the Wood Stork from about 0815 to 0845. Great discussions with the
local State Police where we exchanged stories (birds and drugs). Three
possibly notable non-stork sightings were Northern Bobwhite and Red-tailed
Hawk calling and 3 Cedar Waxwings flying past. Also, kudos to Diane who
stayed to watch where the beastie roosts.

Rich and went to Blandy Arboretum where we found about 15 or so Bobolinks in
the tall grassy bit near the wire-fenced-in Orchard; some Red-headed WPs
were calling from the nearby tree edges along with a Great Crested
Flycatcher. We continued the loop road and where it goes through a wood
grove on the west side where we encountered a few interesting species:

more Red-headed WPs
E. Wood Pewee 3
Red-eyed V 1
Wood Thrush 1
Ovenbird 2
Black&White 1
Magnolia 1
Chestnut-sided 1
Scarlet Tanager 1

We continued east to Fauquier Co, mainly birding Crenshaw Rd heading
southish. A few notables here:

Green Heron 1
Osprey 1 (actually, near Paris)
Red-shouldered 2
Red-tailed 3
Am. Kestrel 2
Barred Owl 1, near the southernmost creek crossing on Crenshaw
RT Hummer 1
Red-headed WP 2
E. Wood Pewee 7, several singing
Acadian Fly 1
Trails Fly 1
E. Phoebe 2
Great Crested Fly 1
Warbling V 1, HY (Crenshaw follows a stream for some length)
Red-eyed V 4
Com. Raven 1, outside of Upperville
Barn Sw 24
BG Gnatcatcher 2
Gray Catbird 6
Brown Thrasher 2
Cedar Waxing 1
Ovenbird 1
Black&White 1
Am. Redstart 2
Magnolia 1
Chestnut-sided 2
Canada 1
Field Sp 2, both singing

finally, we passed quickly through Manassas Battlefield, Chinn Ridge, and
encountered a YB Cuckoo.

Kurt Gaskill

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Subject: HSR: Snickers Gap (31 Aug 2014) 13 Raptors
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 19:30 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 31, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 13 13
Bald Eagle 1 9 9
Northern Harrier 1 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 2 2
Cooper's Hawk 0 1 1
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 5 21 21
Red-tailed Hawk 4 7 7
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 3 3
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 13 57 57
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 13:30:00
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter: Joan Boudreau and Bob Abrams

Observers: BJ Little, Jon Little

Visitors:
As always we had many "what are you looking at" questions. We have great
imaginations though and continue to come up with spectacular answers. As
we're located in a commuter parking lot and a parking lot for the
Appalachian Trail we offer an irresistible curiosity. We're always tempted
to say things like space ships, the Northern Lights, planes, balloons, etc.
Keeps us amused between birds.


Weather:
Light, warm breeze, partly sunny.

Raptor Observations:
Last good bird was a scraggly Harrier, hard to identify. Kept us on our
toes.

Non-raptor Observations:
Nice to be back on our little mountain. Hope this year brings lots of good
birds and good birders.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joan and Bob (icepeep@aol.com)


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Subject: Berryville Woodstork
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 18:51 pm
From: drgerco AT hotmail.com
 
Well no luck with the Woodstork at 1120am this morning. A great blue
hero, a great egret and a red-headed woodpecker were present though.

Also present was a spotting scope lens cap. If you lost yours at the
church, please let me know and I will mail it to you.

Gerco
Leesburg, VA
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Subject: Dyke marsh...stone bridge
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 18:04 pm
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 
Black.bellied Plover and 22 Black Terns plus other goodies at 7pm
Kurt Gaskill

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

Marc Ribaudo wrote:

>The weekly bird walk at Dyke Marsh in Alexandria, sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh, was attended by 15 folks who were treated to more cicadas than birds.  The trail was as quiet as I have ever seen it.  A few birds made very brief appearance that were seen by only a few, such as the adult male black-throated blue warbler (our only warbler) and a Baltimore oriole. There were many water birds off the picnic area, including a pied-billed grebe, yellowlegs on the hydrilla mats, and Caspian and Forster's terns. The complete list is below.
>
>Marc Ribaudo
>
>Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
>
>-------- Original Message --------
>Subject: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Aug 31, 2014
>From: ebird-checklist@cornell.edu
>To: moribaudo@verizon.net
>CC:
>
>Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA
>Aug 31, 2014 7:15 AM - 11:00 AM
>Protocol: Traveling
>1.5 mile(s)
>Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
>43 species
>
>Canada Goose 50
>American Black Duck 2
>Mallard 200
>Pied-billed Grebe 1
>Double-crested Cormorant 12
>Great Blue Heron 3
>Great Egret 24
>Turkey Vulture 1
>Osprey 5
>Bald Eagle 3
>Greater Yellowlegs 1
>Lesser Yellowlegs 8
>Laughing Gull 35
>Ring-billed Gull 40
>Great Black-backed Gull 1
>Caspian Tern 18
>Forster's Tern 10
>Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 4
>Mourning Dove 1
>Chimney Swift 12
>Belted Kingfisher 2
>Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
>Downy Woodpecker 3
>Northern Flicker 1
>Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
>Eastern Phoebe 3
>Great Crested Flycatcher 1
>Blue Jay 1
>Fish Crow 3
>Carolina Chickadee 2
>Carolina Wren 4
>American Robin 12
>Gray Catbird 1
>Northern Mockingbird 2
>European Starling 25
>Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
>Northern Cardinal 3
>Indigo Bunting 1
>Red-winged Blackbird 3
>Common Grackle 10
>Baltimore Oriole 1
>House Finch 1
>American Goldfinch 3
>
>View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19623039
>
>This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (31 Aug 2014) 27 Raptors
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 18:03 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 31, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 50 50
Bald Eagle 1 7 7
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 13 13
Cooper's Hawk 0 9 9
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 21 195 195
Red-tailed Hawk 2 24 24
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 19 19
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 4 4
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 2 2

Total: 27 326 326
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Multiple Counters

Observers: Allen Larner, Vic Laubach

Weather:
Light SE breeze early increasing to brisk SE wind at 1pm. 70-84F. Mostly
cloudy all day (50-97% cloud coverage). Hazy in the distance. Hot and
humid!

Raptor Observations:
Immature Bald Eagle came in low over the Inn at 11:15am.

Non-raptor Observations:
226 Tree Swallow. 232 Chimney Swift. 5 Hummingbird. 6 Raven.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach@virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...

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Subject: Clarke Co. WOST
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 15:33 pm
From: gnatcatcher AT gmail.com
 
And then back in the puddle at a little after 4.

Cheers,
Russ


On Aug 31, 2014, at 3:42 PM, Russell Taylor wrote:

> Just a note; Wood Stork is not present at its personal hotspot. However, it did do a flyover at 3pm, looked down at its puddle and headed off NNE. As of 3:45, has not been back.
>
> Cheers,
> Russ Taylor
>
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Subject: Unusual(?) Hummingbird
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 14:55 pm
From: mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com
 
Rockfish Valley Trail 8/31/14. Report and photos:




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Nellysford, VA



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Subject: Clarke Co. WOST
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 14:43 pm
From: gnatcatcher AT gmail.com
 
Just a note; Wood Stork is not present at its personal hotspot. However, it did do a flyover at 3pm, looked down at its puddle and headed off NNE. As of 3:45, has not been back.

Cheers,
Russ Taylor

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Subject: Merrimac Farm WMA
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 13:26 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Seven birders assembled at Merrimac Farm WMA in Nokesville for the Prince William Conservation Alliance Last-Sunday Nature walk.  We identified 21 bird species, several butterfly species, and many wildflowers.  It was a warm morning but the light breeze kept it comfortable.

Canada Goose 28
Great Egret 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Mourning Dove
1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
White-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 6
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray
Gnatcatcher 1
Gray Catbird 2
Cedar Waxwing 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 4
American Goldfinch 6

The Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area is located on Deepwood Lane in Nokesville. Most GPS devices can find Merrimac Farm, and any good map of Prince William County has it. Merrimac farm is accessible every day, and is subject to the entry fee described on the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website.

Harry Glasgow
Nancy Vehrs
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Subject: westmoreland and king george counties Aug 30
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 12:48 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I spent the day Saturday at many of my usual birding spots in the upper Northern Neck in King George and Westmoreland Counties (King George ponds, Dogue, and Leedstown).  It was my first visit since June since I was away all summer. Highlight of the 96 species was an immature great cormorant on private property along route 3 near Sealston.  This ebird list http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19619190 has poor but identifiable photos and a summary of field marks.  This is an unusual time of year and an unusual place to see this species, normally found in winter at more coastal or bay shore locations.

WARBLERS were found in a few flocks but not many species (13), the highlights being chestnut-sided, immature chat, and great views of a male hooded warbler. Most common warbler other than yellowthroat (34) were black and white (6), redstart (6), parula (6), yellow (6), prairie (4) and pine (4). Also had ovenbird, yellow-throated, and prothonotary.

I looked carefully for SHOREBIRDS in farm fields, shorelines and mucky spots in both counties and the most unusual finds were a short-billed dowitcher at King George Ponds and my first August sighting of a snipe, in Leedstown. Leedstown also had a big flock of killdeer (185), a smattering of peeps (least and semipalmated), and 110 fish crows along Horners Mill Rd. I scanned long, hard, and unsuccessfully in search of golden plovers and buff-breasted sandpipers which I have seen at this location before. Other shorebirds of the day were solitary (2), spotted (1), pectoral (3), semipalmated plover (7, Leedstown and KG Ponds), and both lesser (8) and greater (3) yellowlegs. The total for peeps was 45 least, 27 semipalmated, and 7 unidentified. Day-total for killdeer was 232.

In Leedstown I also heard my first Sora of the year.

There were very few waterfowl--only Canada Geese (237), wood ducks (2), Mallards (30), and Blue-winged Teal (12), as well as 2 pied-billed grebes.

The only gulls and terns I could find were 2 forster's terns in Leedstown and 12 Laughing Gulls.
Hummingbirds were all over the place, 12 found all day.
Mourning Doves (178), Indigo buntings (36), blue grosbeak (34, some of which were feeding fledglings) and bobolinks (56) also seemed to be everywhere today.

Only 1 meadowlark and 3 grasshopper sparrows were seen, in King George, and one group of 5 horned larks, in Leedstown.

2 Baltimore orioles were in Leedstown and a total of only 7 orchard orioles was found in both counties.

Herons totaled 8 great blue, 4 great egret, and 3 green. A local farmer described what sounded like a cattle egret seen earlier this month near Dogue following his tractor eating bugs.

I saw 26 bald eagles, 18 of which were immatures hanging out on the sand bars and dead tree trunks at one of the KG ponds.

All the best
Fred


Frederick D. Atwood
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Aug 31, 2014
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 11:42 am
From: moribaudo AT verizon.net
 
The weekly bird walk at Dyke Marsh in Alexandria, sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh, was attended by 15 folks who were treated to more cicadas than birds.  The trail was as quiet as I have ever seen it.  A few birds made very brief appearance that were seen by only a few, such as the adult male black-throated blue warbler (our only warbler) and a Baltimore oriole.  There were many water birds off the picnic area, including a pied-billed grebe, yellowlegs on the hydrilla mats, and Caspian and Forster's terns.  The complete list is below.

Marc Ribaudo

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Aug 31, 2014
From: ebird-checklist@cornell.edu
To: moribaudo@verizon.net
CC:

Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA
Aug 31, 2014 7:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
43 species

Canada Goose 50
American Black Duck 2
Mallard 200
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 12
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Egret 24
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 5
Bald Eagle 3
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 8
Laughing Gull 35
Ring-billed Gull 40
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Caspian Tern 18
Forster's Tern 10
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 4
Mourning Dove 1
Chimney Swift 12
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Blue Jay 1
Fish Crow 3
Carolina Chickadee 2
Carolina Wren 4
American Robin 12
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 25
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Northern Cardinal 3
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 3
Common Grackle 10
Baltimore Oriole 1
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19623039

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Subject: Great Falls Sunday Walk
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 11:28 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

Our group of ten birders tallied 39 species (+3 other taxa) on this muggy Sunday morning. Highlights included cuckoos in multiple areas, pair of kingfishers and a green heron on the river, wood ducks on the clay pond, indigos behind the dumpster, osprey circling over the parking lot, scarlet tanagers and a Baltimore oriole in the picnic area.
All are welcome to join this Sunday morning walk that meets at 8:00 am in the visitors center parking lot.
Thank you to Ralph and Sally for taking care of the walk while I was on vacation. -- Marshall Rawson, McLean VA

Canada Goose 40
Wood Duck 3
Mallard 24
Common Merganser 1
Double-crested Cormorant 4
Great Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 1
Black Vulture 8
Turkey Vulture 8
Osprey 1
Bald Eagle 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 7
Chimney Swift 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Least Flycatcher 1
Empidonax sp. 6
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 4
Fish Crow 2
swallow sp. 1
Carolina Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 8
White-breasted Nuthatch 7
Carolina Wren 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Eastern Bluebird 6
American Robin 3
warbler sp. 3
Chipping Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Scarlet Tanager 3
Northern Cardinal 6
Indigo Bunting 3
Common Grackle 2
Baltimore Oriole 1



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Subject: Wood Stork, Clarke Co.
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 8:10 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
The bird just left the pond and joined a GB Heron in the field behind the church. 

Diane Lepkowski
Harrisonburg, VA

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