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08 Dec: @ 17:00:59  Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (08 Dec 2016) 24 Raptors [reports]
08 Dec: @ 15:14:12  Bird Walk, Banshee Reeks, (Loudoun Co), Dec 10 [Joe Coleman]
08 Dec: @ 12:02:24 Re: Snowy Owl - Leesburg Airport [Gerco H]
08 Dec: @ 09:08:37  The Plains Airlie CBC, Sunday, December 18 [Sue Garvin]
08 Dec: @ 08:58:24  Rough-legged Hawk at Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch [Gabriel Mapel via va-bird]
08 Dec: @ 07:24:16  Snowy Owl - Leesburg Airport [Tyler Reber]
08 Dec: @ 05:52:13  Reminder --Seneca Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, Dec. 18-- we still need counters and feeder watchers [Jim Nelson]
07 Dec: @ 20:44:41  TUNDRA SWANS: Riverbend Park [Donald Sweig]
07 Dec: @ 20:19:58  Morning birding Augusta County [Herbert Larner]
07 Dec: @ 17:04:35  Short-eared Owls in Warren County [Carr, David E. (dec5z)]
07 Dec: @ 15:52:48 Re: Sully Woodlands N. Shrike--yes [Ashley Lohr]
07 Dec: @ 12:22:41  Juncos, Fox Sparrow & Baltimore Oriole [Dave Youker via va-bird]
07 Dec: @ 12:16:54  Sully Woodlands N. Shrike--yes [Ashley Lohr]
07 Dec: @ 07:18:32  partial albino Red-tailed near Arlie [delandjoyce]
07 Dec: @ 06:38:46  Oriole remains-Pittsylvania County [Lexi Meadows]
06 Dec: @ 14:09:06  Guatemala trip now full [Andrew Dolby (adolby)]
06 Dec: @ 12:25:33  Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC Area, 12/6/16 [Gerry Hawkins]
06 Dec: @ 10:10:53  Purple Finch [nnva4x4 via va-bird]
06 Dec: @ 09:59:15  Lake Frederick Waterfowl - Frederick Co. [david.boltz4]
06 Dec: @ 08:50:25 Re: Red Bellied Woodpeckers in Marshall VA [John R. Eppler]
06 Dec: @ 06:59:48  CBCs and breeding birds! [Ashley Peele]
05 Dec: @ 22:13:49  Tundra Swans off Belle Haven picnic area [Edward Eder]
05 Dec: @ 16:21:07 Re: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Walter L. Barrows]
05 Dec: @ 13:47:09  Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
05 Dec: @ 11:27:01 Re: Red Bellied Woodpeckers in Marshall VA [Wendy Ealding]
05 Dec: @ 11:17:27 Re: Red Bellied Woodpeckers in Marshall VA [Steve Talley]
05 Dec: @ 10:57:47  Red Bellied Woodpeckers in Marshall VA [skling001]
05 Dec: @ 09:35:58  2017 VARCOM Voting Members and Chair [Bill Williams]
04 Dec: @ 18:41:52  Northern Shrike @ Sully Woodlands this afternoon: yes [Fairfax Co.] [Claire Kluskens]
04 Dec: @ 17:26:41  Northern Shrike @ Sully Woodlands this morning: yes [Howard Wu]
04 Dec: @ 17:03:45  Red-headed Woodpeckers [MrNussbaum.com]
04 Dec: @ 16:49:33  Short - eared Owls on Bells Lane [Herbert Larner via va-bird]
04 Dec: @ 15:24:49  Belle Haven Park--Marina, Sunday, Dec 4, 2016 -- Wilson's Warbler and White-winged Scoter [Elton Morel via va-bird]
04 Dec: @ 14:23:59  Cooper's Hawk Photo Essay [Marshall Faintich]
04 Dec: @ 12:40:50  Great Falls NP Bird Walk 12/4/16 (Fairfax Cty) [Dendroica--- via va-bird]
04 Dec: @ 12:36:47  Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Dec 4, 2016 [Phil Silas via va-bird]
04 Dec: @ 10:56:12  Adult male Baltimore oriole continues (Lynchburg) [Ashley Lohr]
03 Dec: @ 19:56:42  Purple Finch in Gloucester [hjwilliams3]
03 Dec: @ 19:22:46  Two Shrike Day [Gerco H]
03 Dec: @ 16:30:24  NVBC walk at Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia, Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 plus Loggerhead Shrike along Featherbed Road [Elton Morel via va-bird]
03 Dec: @ 16:12:58  Another shrike [charles barnard jr]
03 Dec: @ 15:57:43  Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (03 Dec 2016) 19 Raptors [reports]
03 Dec: @ 15:32:07  Birders needed for Brooke, VA, Christmas Bird Count [David Stewart]
03 Dec: @ 12:04:09  Merlin [Marshall Faintich]
03 Dec: @ 11:05:20  Northern shrike@Sully [Lee]
03 Dec: @ 09:10:57  Unknown raptor overhead [Lee]
02 Dec: @ 16:44:40  Harvey's Knob (02 Dec 2016) 5 Raptors [reports]
02 Dec: @ 16:41:29  Lincoln Sparrow [Jeff Blalock]
02 Dec: @ 16:25:03  Bles Park, Loudoun Cty [Cheryl Walsh]
02 Dec: @ 14:55:23  Loggerhead Shrike Still Present - Clarke County [David Boltz]





Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (08 Dec 2016) 24 Raptors
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 17:00 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 08, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 373
Bald Eagle 8 28 300
Northern Harrier 0 0 78
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 3 1521
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 328
Northern Goshawk 0 0 10
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 6 167
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 26257
Red-tailed Hawk 11 41 1008
Rough-legged Hawk 1 1 1
Golden Eagle 3 4 23
American Kestrel 0 0 167
Merlin 0 0 51
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 34
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 19
Unknown Buteo 0 0 17
Unknown Falcon 0 0 6
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 0 40
Mississippi Kite 0 0 5
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 24 84 30407
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:45:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8.25 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers:

Visitors:
Jennifer Jowdy


Weather:
Moderate to fairly strong WNW Winds all day with a few very strong gusts.
3.2-4.6C temp. Completely overcast gradually decreasing to 70% cloud
cover. Very clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Two subadult Golden Eagles flew side-by-side across the gap giving very
nice views at 8:25am. Little did I know at the time, that was just the
start of today's excitement!

The season's first ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (light morph), an adult male flew
through at 9:44am. Detailed notes of this sighting for anyone interested:
I first spotted this bird soaring over "Rockpile #3" on the North Ridge.
In the binoculars with the bird banking away from me giving me a dorsal
view my first thought was another immature Golden Eagle noting the white
base of tail and black terminal band. Once I refound the bird in the
spotting scope it was very light colored underneath and obviously a large
Buteo, not an Eagle. The next thing I noticed were the long, sleek wings
held in a slight dihedral as well as the loose, lopey flap. As the bird
tracked SSW flying fast down the west side of the gap I was able to observe
many of the key field marks of a light morph, adult male RL: larger belly
band than RT, widening at the edges, distinct blackish carpal patches on
leading edge of underwings, large white areas in wings between carpal
patches and tips.

Nine more Eagles this afternoon: the third GE of the day (adult, 12:51pm)
and 8 BE (1:40 adult & 4th-YR, 1:57 4th-YR, 2:03 adult & 4th-YR and a
family of 2 adults & 1 1st-YR at 3:40).

First Vulture up at 8:13, First Raptor: 8:25 GE (x2), Last Raptor: 3:40 BE
(x3)

Non-raptor Observations:
19 Mallards, 46 Robins, 16 Waxwings, 2 Pipits.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (birdmangabriel@yahoo.com)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...



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Subject: Bird Walk, Banshee Reeks, (Loudoun Co), Dec 10
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 15:14 pm
From: joecoleman AT rstarmail.com
 
Everyone is invited to join us for the regular (every 2nd Sat.) monthly bird
walk at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve in central Loudoun County this
Sat., Dec. 10, meeting at 8:00 am in the parking lot at the Visitor
Center/Manor House. These free bird walks are sponsored by the Loudoun
Wildlife Conservancy (
www.loudounwildlife.org ) and the Friends of Banshee Reeks (
www.bansheereeks.org).



We hold the walk, regardless of the weather, unless it is dangerous but
don't expect a lot of participants if the weather is lousy.



Information and directions for Banshee Reeks, which is open every Sat. &
Sun. from 8 am to 4 pm, can be found at
www.bansheereeks.org .



Information on the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy's many programs and field
trips can be found at
www.loudounwildlife.org .



Thanks, Joe Coleman

joecoleman@rstarmail.com



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Subject: Snowy Owl - Leesburg Airport
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 12:02 pm
From: drgerco AT hotmail.com
 
Hi,


I had no luck finding a Snowy Owl at the airport area. A 30 min scout was not enough. Did find a very white/light creamy Red-tailed Hawk and a American Kestrel.


Tomorrow when I am less pressed for time I shall try again from a few different locations and bring a scope.


Gerco

Leesburg, VA


________________________________
From: va-bird on behalf of Tyler Reber
Sent: Thursday, December 8, 2016 8:22 AM
To: va-bird@listserve.com
Subject: [Va-bird] Snowy Owl - Leesburg Airport

I've received a secondhand report, though one that's very credible, about a
Snowy Owl at Leesburg Airport this morning. The exact location is unknown
to me...just that it's in that general vicinity. As always, please
remember to be respectful of any birds/animals that you may decide to try
and view, especially Snowy Owls.
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Subject: The Plains Airlie CBC, Sunday, December 18
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 9:08 am
From: garvin.sue AT gmail.com
 
With Christmas falling on a weekend, compilers are shifting schedules and a
number of 'local' counts are occurring on December 18th. We all need your
help! If you follow this list, you are a birder. No matter your skill
level, you should sign up for a Count. The CBC is an amazing day in the
field, contributing data to a major, long-term, citizen-science project. It
is a great way to improve your skills, and help others improve their
skills. It is a powerful way to show your support for birds and the
environment. On top of all that, it is fun.

Please sign up and volunteer to assist with a count near you- so that all
our circles are well covered. Or use December 18th to expand your horizons
and bird an area you've always meant to visit. Sector leaders can guide you
to hot spots on their routes. If you live within a circle, contact the
count and contribute feeder data!

If you are interested in volunteering with The Plains/Airlie CBC, near
Warrenton, VA please drop me an email at sgarvin@envstudies.org We have a
fantastic group of sector leaders gathered together by Todd Day, when he
initiated this circle. We are happy to welcome additional volunteers of all
experience levels. Full and half-day volunteers are welcome, just be sure
to let me know what timeframe you have in mind.

Once again, I encourage everyone who reads this list to volunteer for
atleast one CBC. Your effort directly impacts the success of the CBC. And,
with any luck, you might get a life bird and a new friend in the same day!

Best,

Sue Garvin
Sperryville, VA
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Subject: Rough-legged Hawk at Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 8:58 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
A light-morph, adult male Rough-legged Hawk just flew over Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch giving good views.  The bird was last seen headed SSW from the watch (into Augusta County).
Gabriel Mapel

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Subject: Snowy Owl - Leesburg Airport
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 7:24 am
From: compwiz35 AT gmail.com
 
I've received a secondhand report, though one that's very credible, about a
Snowy Owl at Leesburg Airport this morning. The exact location is unknown
to me...just that it's in that general vicinity. As always, please
remember to be respectful of any birds/animals that you may decide to try
and view, especially Snowy Owls.
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Subject: Reminder --Seneca Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, Dec. 18-- we still need counters and feeder watchers
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 5:52 am
From: kingfishers2 AT verizon.net
 
This is a reminder.  The annual Seneca Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will be held Sunday, December 18.  The count circle has a radius of 7.5 miles, centered on Violette’s Lock on the C&O Canal on the Maryland side of the Potomac River, and includes important areas of Fairfax and Loudoun Counties in Virginia.  Our count circle is divided into sectors each with a Sector Leader.

I am the compiler for the Seneca CBC. The Seneca CBC has been conducted almost every year since 1955. Last year, our 111 counters in the field and 8 feeder watchers racked up 93 species and 25,946 individual birds. We could not have done this without the many volunteers who helped us, both old timers and new participants, counting in the field and in their yards. We still need people to help with the count in Virginia.

The Fairfax and Loudoun County portions of our count circle (described below) contain lots of interesting habitat and are very important to the success of our count. We need additional folks, regardless of your birding skill level, to help count birds in the field. Doing a CBC can be a lot of fun, a great learning experience, and a chance to meet other birders. Those of you who use eBird will find the CBC to be a natural fit. If you are interested in counting in the field, please contact me. Let me know where you are located and your level of birding experience, so I can place you in an appropriate sector. We love having newer birders join us, and we will make sure you are teamed with a more experienced person for the count.

There is also an important role for folks who can’t get out in the field on December 18 but live inside the count circle and like to watch birds in their yards and at their feeders. You can contribute very useful information to the CBC too.

In northern Virginia, the border of the count circle extends from the Potomac River just downstream of Great Falls, swinging south through northern portions of Reston and Herndon, passing south of Oak Grove, through Sterling, then swinging west and north just east of Ashburn and Lansdowne, coming back to the Potomac near Elizabeth Mills Park. If you live inside this area and you are interested in reporting the birds you observe in your yard and at your feeders on December 18, please let me know. I can confirm whether you fall inside the count circle and make arrangements for you to send in your yard/feeder count.

I will be happy to answer any questions you have about the CBC.

I look forward to your participation.

Thanks in advance.

Jim Nelson
kingfishers2@verizon.net
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Subject: TUNDRA SWANS: Riverbend Park
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 20:44 pm
From: skybirds.d AT gmail.com
 
 Ralph Wall,  Seth Honig, and I took a walk along the river at Riverbend Park this afternoon and for the first hour or so saw little or nothing.  We had walked about a half a mile down the river from the visitor center and we're about to leave at about 3:40 this afternoon when I heard something, realized what it was, and yelled at them Tundra Swans !  Within a minute we had a large skein of at least 50, perhaps more, birds flying directly overhead of us out of Virginia across the river and into Maryland.  We had great looks and watch them almost disappear over the trees on the Maryland side, when suddenly they begin to wheel around and come back so we saw them again fly across the river from Maryland, over our heads and over the hill behind us in Virginia. 
And then, we heard them and saw them for the third time, flying back from Virginia again over us and then the river and into Maryland.
Even one view of that many beautiful birds against the bright blue sky, in the clear afternoon sun, many of them calling, was spectacular to see; to see them that well three times was unbelievable. What a treat !
A little bit later we had a bald eagle fly off of Conn Island, make several descending circles over the river and come swooping down for a picturesque landing on one of the little rocks in the middle of the Potomac.
All in all, not a bad afternoon.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Morning birding Augusta County
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 20:19 pm
From: larnersky AT mindspring.com
 
Hello all



Did a little birding in & around Augusta County to see if the weather system
dropped any thing in . The Morning was slim picking except for a couple of
good birds . Thru out the County I had the following .



Horned Grebe --1



Pied -billed Grebe -- 30



E Collared Dove -- 1 out on Livick Road in Swoope .





Allen Larner

Staunton

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Subject: Short-eared Owls in Warren County
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 17:04 pm
From: dec5z AT eservices.virginia.edu
 
James Fox and I had Short-eared Owls along Milledale Road this evening in Warren County.  The owls appeared at about 5:10 pm near the intersection of Stone Bridge Road and Milledale.  Our best estimate on the number of owls was 5 birds.  There were three Northern Harriers in the fields prior to the arrival of the owls.

If you come to look for the owls, be aware that parking along Milledale is very iffy. You might be better off parking along Stone Bridge Road.

David Carr

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Subject: Sully Woodlands N. Shrike--yes
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 15:52 pm
From: aklohr AT vt.edu
 
A sharpie flew over while I was there. Predators are around! I wonder who
would come out on top in a sharpie vs. shrike duel...

Also saw an adult red-shouldered hawk on the drive home. Absolutely glowing
in the sunlight. But there was nowhere to pull over and cars were behind me
so I couldn't snap a picture.

On Dec 7, 2016 1:12 PM, "Ashley Lohr" wrote:

> Viewing it on and off right now. Found it as soon as I walked in.
>
> Thank you to everyone for providing updates and detailed directions on
> this listserv! Lifer for me.
>
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Subject: Juncos, Fox Sparrow & Baltimore Oriole
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 12:22 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Some new arrivals today in the yard.  Both the Fox Sparrow and  Dark-eyed
Junco made their first appearance of the season. The Baltimore Oriole that
has been around on-and-off for a couple of weeks fed almost nonstop for 15
minutes while chasing everyone away from the platform feeder...except the
jays of course. Lots of activity in preparation for more rain and the cold
front this weekend.

Dave Youker
Yorktown, VA
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Subject: Sully Woodlands N. Shrike--yes
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 12:16 pm
From: aklohr AT vt.edu
 
Viewing it on and off right now. Found it as soon as I walked in.

Thank you to everyone for providing updates and detailed directions on this
listserv! Lifer for me.
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Subject: partial albino Red-tailed near Arlie
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 7:18 am
From: delandjoyce AT peoplepc.com
 
The partial albino Red-tailed hawk has returned to the Arlie area of Fauquier County, same location as prior years.
Del Sargent Purcellville
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Subject: Oriole remains-Pittsylvania County
Date: Wed Dec 7 2016 6:38 am
From: meadows9 AT fairpoint.net
 
The Baltimore Oriole remains at my house. Any idea how common it is to have one here this time of year?

Lexi Meadows
Pittsylvania County

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Subject: Guatemala trip now full
Date: Tue Dec 6 2016 14:09 pm
From: adolby AT umw.edu
 
All,

The Guatemala trip is now full. Thanks for your interest! The VSO may consider additional international birding trips in future years. Please stay tuned!

Andrew Dolby


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Subject: Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC Area, 12/6/16
Date: Tue Dec 6 2016 12:25 pm
From: maineusa AT comcast.net
 
Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 12/6/2016
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: voice@anshome.org
Compiler: Gerry Hawkins
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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,
November 29 and was completed on Tuesday, December 6 at 10:15 a.m.

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

The top birds this week were RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in MD, LESSER
GOLDFINCH* in VA, BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* in MD and VA, WESTERN
TANAGER* in VA, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD in MD and BULLOCK'S ORIOLE* in
VA.

Other birds of interest this week included GREATER WHITE-FRONTED,
SNOW, ROSS'S and CACKLING GEESE, TRUMPETER SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON,
COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, WHITE-WINGED and BLACK SCOTERS,
LONG-TAILED DUCK, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN
AVOCET, PIPING PLOVER, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER,
BLACK-HEADED and ICELAND GULLS, RED-THROATED LOON, GREAT CORMORANT,
AMERICAN WHITE and BROWN PELICANS, CATTLE EGRET, GREEN HERON, GLOSSY
IBIS, RED-TAILED HAWK (NORTHERN), GOLDEN and BALD EAGLES, SHORT-EARED
OWL, LOGGERHEAD and NORTHERN SHRIKES, CAVE SWALLOW, BLACK-CAPPED
CHICKADEE, EVENING GROSBEAK, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING,
ORANGE-CROWNED and NASHVILLE WARBLERS, NORTHERN PARULA, PALM,
BLACK-THROATED GREEN, PRAIRIE and WILSON'S WARBLERS, VESPER, LARK, LE
CONTE'S, LINCOLN'S and WHITE-CROWNED (GAMBEL'S) SPARROWS, PAINTED
BUNTING, DICKCISSEL and BALTIMORE ORIOLE.

TOP BIRDS

A continuing young female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was seen in Wildewood,
St. Mary's Co, MD on December 1-3.

A continuing first state record LESSER GOLDFINCH* was last seen in a
residential back yard in Virginia Beach, VA early in the morning on
November 29. If it returns the homeowner intends to provide new
directions for those interested in looking for this bird.

After a four-day absence a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* was again seen
in a mixed species flock in or near Tydings Memorial Park, Harford Co,
MD on December 2-6. On November 30 a resident of Fairfax, VA reported
a brief appearance by another BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* in his
yard.

A male WESTERN TANAGER* has been seen almost daily since it returned
to a residential feeder in Settlers' Mill, Williamsburg, VA on
November 4 for the eighth winter in a row.

On November 29 and 30 and December 1 a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was
spotted in a large starling, cowbird and blackbird flock in a field
near the entrance to North Point SP and nearby in Baltimore Co, MD.

On December 2 a male BULLOCK'S ORIOLE* was photographed at Back Bay
NWR, Virginia Beach, VA. This bird was originally spotted in the
parking lot area near the trailhead for the Kuralt Trail and flew to
the right side of the gravel road just after the nearby ponds.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

On December 4 four GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE visited Shearness Pool
at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE. On December 4 and 5 two GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, and on December 4 a single continuing SNOW GOOSE,
were seen in Deep Creek Lake, Garrett Co, MD. Three continuing ROSS'S
GEESE were seen at North Point SP, Baltimore Co, MD all week,
typically in a cove at the southern end of the park during the day and
in fields near the park entrance early in the morning and around
sunset. A continuing CACKLING GOOSE at Silver Lake in Rehoboth, Sussex
Co, DE was most recently reported on December 1.

A longstanding tagged TRUMPETER SWAN that frequents Lake Churchill and
nearby Gunner's Lake in Montgomery Co, MD was last seen at the former
location on December 5.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was spotted in a very large number of ducks in Tubby
Cove at Eastern Neck NWR, Kent Co, MD on December 1 and 2 and at the
Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA on December 2. Noteworthy
diving ducks included a COMMON EIDER and a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER at
Grandview Nature Preserve, Hampton, VA on December 2; a COMMON EIDER
at Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co, DE on December 3; and a COMMON EIDER
off the fishing pier at Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co, DE on December 4.
Two continuing HARLEQUIN DUCKS were reported at the Ocean City Inlet,
Worcester Co, MD on December 4. Inland, a female WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
was photographed at Dyke Marsh WP, Fairfax Co, VA early in the morning
on December 4 and a male BLACK SCOTER was photographed in Sandy River
Reservoir from the end of Gates-Bass Road in Prince Edward Co, VA on
December 2-4. In addition, on December 5 four LONG-TAILED DUCKS were
discovered at Rocky Gap SP, Allegany Co, MD.

Late RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS included a continuing female at a
feeder in Virginia Beach, VA on November 29 and December 3.

On December 4 two continuing SANDHILL CRANES were seen along Rock
Lodge Road in Garrett Co, MD.

Large numbers of AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen during the week at Bombay
Hook NWR, Prime Hook NWR and Lewes, DE, with a high of 90 individuals
at Prime Hook NWR-Broadkill Marsh on December 2. On the same day eight
AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at the Craney Island Disposal Area,
Portsmouth, VA. On December 3 an AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER made an
unusual appearance at Upper Hooper's Island in Dorchester Co, MD.
Other noteworthy shorebirds included a continuing late PIPING PLOVER
at Swan Cove, Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on December 2-4 and a
high of four late LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co,
DE on December 3 and 4.

On December 4 a BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen again at Swan Cove in
Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA. An ICELAND GULL was present for a
short period in the Washington Channel side of Hains Point,
Washington, DC early in the morning on December 4.

An inland RED-THROATED LOON was seen at the C & O Canal ? Violette's
Lock, Montgomery Co, MD on November 29 and December 1.

Sightings of GREAT CORMORANT included an area high ten individuals at
Island #4 at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Northampton Co, VA on
December 3 and six individuals at Black Walnut Point, Talbot Co, MD on
December 1 and 3. A single GREAT COROMORANT was reported at Ocean City
Inlet, Worcester Co, MD on December 4 and 5.

On December 2 six AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were seen in flight at Back
Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA. AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS continue at
Blackwater NWR, Dorchester Co, MD, with a high of 45 individuals
reported along Wildlife Drive on December 3. BROWN PELICANS continue
to move up the Chesapeake Bay, with highs of 300 and 285 individuals
at the east and west ends of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Queen Anne's
Co and Anne Arundel Co, MD, respectively, on December 4.

CATTLE EGRETS included an area high 12 individuals along Morris Neck
Road in Virginia Beach, VA on December 4 and five individuals as far
north as Little Creek Horse Pasture in Kent Co, DE on November 30 and
December 1, 3 and 5. On December 4 a very late GREEN HERON was found
at Sandy Bottom Nature Park, Hampton, VA.

A single GLOSSY IBIS was seen at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on
December 2 and 4.

On December 4 a dark form of the RED-TAILED HAWK (NORTHERN) that is
considered by some authorities to be a separate subspecies was
photographed near the intersection of Route 213 and Lynch Road in Kent
Co, MD. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen perched and in flight along the
Shenandoah River from Locke's Mill Road in Clark Co, VA on December 1
and in flight over the Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Talbot Co, MD
on December 3. On December 1 observers at the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
in Waynesboro, VA saw a GOLDEN EAGLE and 18 BALD EAGLES, which tied
the second-highest single day count for BALD EAGLES in the history of
this hawk watch and broke its prior all-time season record for BALD
EAGLES of 280 by ten.

On December 3 two SHORT-EARED OWLS were photographed along Port Mahon
Road in Kent Co, DE, and on December 4 one was photographed over
Shearness Pool at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE. At dusk on December 4
two SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen at the top of the hill and in the field
across from the ponds along Bells Lane in Staunton, VA.

The continuing NORTHERN SHRIKE* at the Sully Woodlands in Fairfax Co,
VA was seen all week. On December 4-6 another NORTHERN SHRIKE was
found along 123-132 Bens Point Road in Queen Anne's Co, MD. On
December 2-4 a continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen along Featherbed
Road, about 0.5 mile south of the intersection with Rt. 340 in Clarke
Co, VA, and on December 3 another apparent LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen
perched on a wire along Route 50 about 1.3 miles east of the entrance
to Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia in the same
Virginia county. On December 4 a continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen
along Burwells Bay Road a short distance north of the intersection
with Purvis Lane in Isle of Wight, VA.

On December 2 a single CAVE SWALLOW was photographed in flight over
Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek, Anne Arundel Co, MD.

An irruption of BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES in the reporting area
continued, with confirmed sightings including two individuals at Swan
Harbor Farm Park, Harford Co, MD on December 2; one continuing
individual at Mt. Vista Park, Baltimore Co, MD on December 4; one
individual at Blairs Valley Lake, Washington Co, MD on December 2; one
individual at Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia,
Clarke Co, VA on December 3; one individual at Whitaker Woods, Cecil
Co, MD on December 4; one individual at Hydes Roads Park, Baltimore
Co, MD on December 4; and one individual at Tydings Memorial Park,
Harford Co, MD on December 5.

On December 3 an EVENING GROSBEAK was photographed at a feeder at 5624
Dumfries Road, Fauquier Co, VA.

On December 1 and 3-5 a high of eight LAPLAND LONGSPURS, and on
December 1 and 3 a high of four SNOW BUNTINGS, were seen along
Cartanza Road in Kent Co, DE. On December 3 a single LAPLAND LONGSPUR
was briefly seen with the three continuing SNOW BUNTINGS on the rocks
and short grass near the end of Crystal Pier at North Point SP,
Baltimore Co, MD. Also in Maryland, an area high 95 SNOW BUNTINGS were
counted during the regular weekly survey of Hart-Miller Island in
Baltimore Co on December 5, and 12 SNOW BUNTINGS were found on Battery
Island in Harford Co on the same day. In Virginia a high of eight
continuing SNOW BUNTINGS were seen in sand dunes at First Landing SP
in Virginia Beach on November 29 and December 3-5, and seven SNOW
BUNTINGS were found at the Craney Island Disposal Area in Portsmouth
on December 2.

Individual ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen at Tydings Memorial Park,
Harford Co, MD on December 1; Piscataway Park, Prince George's Co, MD
on December 2 and 4; and Mount Pleasant Farm-Howard County
Conservancy, Howard Co, MD on December 5, and two ORANGE-CROWNED
WARBLERS were seen at Burton's Island in Delaware Seashore SP, Sussex
Co, DE on December 2 and 4. Late migratory warblers included a
NASHVILLE WARBLER and a BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER found at Tydings
Memorial Park, Harford Co, MD on December 3; a NORTHERN PARULA
photographed at Blandair Park, Howard Co, MD on December 3; PALM
WARBLERS at several locations; a PRAIRIE WARBLER photographed at
Princess Anne WMA-Beasley Tract, Virginia Beach, VA on December 4; a
continuing WILSON'S WARBLER at the south end of the picnic area at
Dyke Marsh WP, Fairfax Co, VA on December 2 and 4; and a
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT at False Cape SP, Virginia Beach, VA on December
4.

On December 3 and 4 a VESPER SPARROW was seen in the same area as the
SNOW BUNTINGS at First Landing SP, Virginia Beach, VA. A LARK SPARROW
was seen again at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA on December 1-5 and
at Magothy Bay Natural Area Preserve, Northampton Co, VA on December
3. On December 4 a LE CONTE'S SPARROW was photographed at Princess
Anne WMA-Beasley Tract, Virginia Beach, VA. Two LINCOLN'S SPARROWS
were found along the Richmond-Danville Trail in Pittsylvania Co, VA on
December 2, and one was found on the north side of Lake Roland in
Baltimore Co, MD on December 4 and at Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore
Co, MD on December 5. A white-lored WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW (GAMBEL'S)
was found during the weekly survey of Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore
Co, MD on December 5.

On December 4 a female PAINTED BUNTING was seen at 816 Davenport Lane,
Virginia Beach, VA. A continuing DICKCISSEL was most recently seen at
a residential feeder in Charlottesville, VA on December 4.

Late songbirds also included individual BALTIMORE ORIOLES at a feeder
in Lynchburg, VA on November 29 and 30 and December 1, 2 and 4; a
feeder at 13534 Seashore Highway, Sussex Co, DE on December 1;
Piscataway Park, Prince George's Co, MD on December 2; the National
Arboretum, Washington, DC on December 3 and 4; and Dyke Marsh WP,
Fairfax Co, VA on December 4.

***

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable state records committee



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Subject: Purple Finch
Date: Tue Dec 6 2016 10:10 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 


Hey Yall  Yesterday morning as I was eating breakfast I looked over at my feeders and noticed three female Purple Finches. They were eating black oil sunflowers together on the catch tray of a tube feeder. Dark heavy streaking underneath and dark facial pattern with distinctive eye stripe set them apart from the numerous female House Finches. One female came in as I wrote this note but no males so far.    Good Birding  Stuart Sweetman   Newport News VA 


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Subject: Lake Frederick Waterfowl - Frederick Co.
Date: Tue Dec 6 2016 9:59 am
From: david.boltz4 AT gmail.com
 
Finally some waterfowl has arrived. I'm thinking that the strong cold front due on Thursday and Friday may bring more.

6 Buffleheads
6 Red-breasted Mergansers
1 Horned Grebe
1 Pied-billed Grebe
12 Bonaparte's Gulls
25 Ring-billed Gulls

Oddly, no Canada Geese today. They've been plentiful on the lake lately. Perhaps they are in the fields during the rain.

Hopefully, more to come.

Dave Boltz
Lake Frederick




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Subject: Red Bellied Woodpeckers in Marshall VA
Date: Tue Dec 6 2016 8:50 am
From: john AT johnepplerphoto.com
 
I was able to outsmart crows at my suet baskets by hanging them by the
corner. Apparently crows do not like to stand on angled surfaces that move!
Also, I found the crows would stand under the baskets and fly up to take
suet. I cut a 1 foot square piece of rat wire and hung it with a short
piece of wire under the basket to keep them from getting to it at the
bottom. Smaller birds that do not hang on baskets and want suet can stand on
the rat wire to get some, too! I exclusively use pepper suet to keep squires
and raccoons off the baskets. Occasionally, I have squirrels that have
developed a taste for Cajun food! ;-)



As for the starlings, the above technique seems to work too, but I keep a
plastic container with marbles and bbs near the window. I shake it to create
a racket, chasing them off. They do learn eventually that they are not
welcomed. I find it is effective at chasing off deer, too!



Regards,

John R. Eppler

john@johnepplerphoto.com

Cell: 703-201-0129

http://JohnEpplerPhoto.com

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Subject: CBCs and breeding birds!
Date: Tue Dec 6 2016 6:59 am
From: ashpeele AT vt.edu
 
A quick message to draw your attention to a new article published on the Atlas eBird site, which discusses winter breeding bird species AND suggestions on how to use the winter to prep for the 2017 breeding season.  Good luck to all the birders participating in a Christmas Bird Count over the next several weeks and stay safe as you brave the cold!



You can reach the new article at the following link: http://ebird.org/content/atlas...



We also wanted to communicate that things will be relatively quiet on the VA Breeding Bird Atlas front through the New Year, as so many folks will be traveling and otherwise busy with the holiday season.  However, we’ll return in January and hit the ground running with new programs including a series of regional training sessions this spring.  The first year of the Atlas has been a fantastic start to this effort and volunteers have contributed a huge amount of valuable data.  I can’t wait to see what the VA birding community can accomplish in the 2017 Atlas season. 



All the best,



Ashley Peele, PhD

Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator



www.vabba2.org | ebird.org/atlasva

www.facebook.com/vabba2

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Subject: Tundra Swans off Belle Haven picnic area
Date: Mon Dec 5 2016 22:13 pm
From: nutmegz AT mac.com
 
Three Tundra swans were feeding on SAV off the Belle Haven picnic area this morning north of Dyke Marsh.
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Date: Mon Dec 5 2016 16:21 pm
From: wbarrows AT gmail.com
 
From today's birdwalk I've added a few photos to my Huntley Meadows
gallery. The last shot from today, of a Black Vulture, was not taken at
Huntley Meadows but rather on my drive home from the birdwalk.

https://wlb3.smugmug.com/Virgi...

Thanks, Harry.

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On Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 2:45 PM, Harry Glasgow
wrote:

> This morning's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk drew 18 birders who
> counted 48 species. The weather was cool and cloudy, with the sun breaking
> through near the end of the walk. It was not a particularly noteworthy
> count - all 7 woodpecker species, 3 Barred Owls - (a family group,
> perhaps?), and 5 fairly tame Golden Crowned Kinglets. There were the
> standard large flocks of assorted blackbirds who often make exciting flight
> acrobatics over the central wetland. Nice day.
>
> Canada Goose 60
> American Black Duck 2
> Mallard 32
> Northern Shoveler 7
> Northern Pintail 4
> Green-winged Teal 6
> Hooded Merganser 2
> Great Blue Heron 4
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Cooper's Hawk 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk 2
> hawk sp. 1
> Ring-billed Gull 8
> Mourning Dove 30
> Barred Owl 3
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Red-headed Woodpecker 6
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 14
> Hairy Woodpecker 3
> Northern Flicker 4
> Pileated Woodpecker 3
> Blue Jay 6
> American Crow 22
> Fish Crow 5
> crow sp. 5
> Carolina Chickadee 11
> Tufted Titmouse 10
> White-breasted Nuthatch 10
> Brown Creeper 3
> Winter Wren 1
> Carolina Wren 6
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 5
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
> Eastern Bluebird 7
> American Robin 9
> Field Sparrow 1
> Dark-eyed Junco 4
> White-throated Sparrow 20+
> Song Sparrow 10
> Swamp Sparrow 2
> Eastern Towhee 3
> Northern Cardinal 8
> Red-winged Blackbird 100+
> Rusty Blackbird 11
> Common Grackle 13
> American Goldfinch 30
>
> The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows
> since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during
> electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 8AM (7AM from March
> through November), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open
> to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701
> Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff
> during normal business hours at (703)768-2525 .
>
> Harry Glasgow
> Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
>
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Date: Mon Dec 5 2016 13:47 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
This morning's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk drew 18 birders who counted 48 species.  The weather was cool and cloudy, with the sun breaking through near the end of the walk.  It was not a particularly noteworthy count - all 7 woodpecker species,  3 Barred Owls - (a family group, perhaps?),  and 5 fairly tame Golden Crowned Kinglets.  There were the standard large flocks of assorted blackbirds who often make exciting flight acrobatics over the central wetland.  Nice day.
Canada Goose  60
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  32
Northern Shoveler  7
Northern Pintail  4
Green-winged Teal  6
Hooded Merganser  2
Great Blue Heron  4
Turkey Vulture  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
hawk sp.  1
Ring-billed Gull  8
Mourning Dove  30
Barred Owl  3
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  14
Hairy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  22
Fish Crow  5
crow sp.  5
Carolina Chickadee  11
Tufted Titmouse  10
White-breasted Nuthatch  10
Brown Creeper  3
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet  5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  7
American Robin  9
Field Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  4
White-throated Sparrow  20+
Song Sparrow  10
Swamp Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  3
Northern Cardinal  8
Red-winged Blackbird  100+
Rusty Blackbird  11
Common Grackle  13
American Goldfinch  30

The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 8AM (7AM from March  through November), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at (703)768-2525.
Harry Glasgow
Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Red Bellied Woodpeckers in Marshall VA
Date: Mon Dec 5 2016 11:27 am
From: wendy.ealding AT gmail.com
 
Steve, you think you have problems - I have a crow family who are taking
mine. Dad stands on top of the suet cage and throws pieces down to the
four offspring waiting below. I don't really mind in that I really like
corvids in general but, they sure go through it fast.

Wendy Ealding
Midlothian

On Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 12:15 PM, Steve Talley wrote:

> How do folks keep the damn starlings from eating your suet. I have my seed
> mix pretty starling proof but I have not hit on a good way to keep the suet
> safe. I used to think they could not hang onto the suet cage, but my
> starlings are cagier than me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
>
> On Dec 5, 2016 11:57, wrote:
>
> We were delighted to find at our Suet feeders today 3 Red Bellied
> Woodpeckers migrating through. For the last several weeks we've had a small
> number of Downy Woodpeckers, but this is the first Red Bellied that we've
> seen.
>
> I will try to get photos this afternoon and post them
>
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Subject: Red Bellied Woodpeckers in Marshall VA
Date: Mon Dec 5 2016 11:17 am
From: bucktalley AT gmail.com
 
How do folks keep the damn starlings from eating your suet. I have my seed
mix pretty starling proof but I have not hit on a good way to keep the suet
safe. I used to think they could not hang onto the suet cage, but my
starlings are cagier than me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

On Dec 5, 2016 11:57, wrote:

We were delighted to find at our Suet feeders today 3 Red Bellied
Woodpeckers migrating through. For the last several weeks we've had a small
number of Downy Woodpeckers, but this is the first Red Bellied that we've
seen.

I will try to get photos this afternoon and post them

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Subject: Red Bellied Woodpeckers in Marshall VA
Date: Mon Dec 5 2016 10:57 am
From: skling001 AT comcast.net
 
We were delighted to find at our Suet feeders today 3 Red Bellied Woodpeckers migrating through. For the last several weeks we've had a small number of Downy Woodpeckers, but this is the first Red Bellied that we've seen.

I will try to get photos this afternoon and post them

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Subject: 2017 VARCOM Voting Members and Chair
Date: Mon Dec 5 2016 9:35 am
From: billwilliams154 AT gmail.com
 
Greetings All,



The Virginia Avian Records Committee (VARCOM) is proud to announce that its
November 12, 2016 meeting the Virginia Society of Ornithology’s (VSO) Board
of Directors approved the election of Gerco Hoogeweg and Dave Youker as
VARCOM Voting Members. Gerco and Dave will assume their duties on January
1, 2017 joining Lee Adams, Todd Day, Gerry Hawkins, Kieran Kilday, and
Ellison Orcutt.



Current VARCOM Voting Members Adam D’Onofrio and Mike Stinson will complete
their service as 2016 concludes. Their respective contributions to VARCOM
and the maintenance of Virginia’s permanent ornithological record have been
superb. Each deserves our sincere thanks and appreciation.



Mike’s election by the Committee to serve as VARCOM Chairman (a non-voting
position) beginning January 1, 2017 was also approved by the VSO Board of
Directors as was Wendy Ealding’s election to continue her meticulously
excellent and invaluable work as VARCOM Secretary.



Best Birds Everyone!



Bill Williams
VARCOM Chair
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Subject:
Date: Sun Dec 4 2016 18:41 pm
From: birdlady2011 AT icloud.com
 
I likewise located the bird SW of the barn/stable today - in the afternoon about 3:20. Take the vehicle trail SW from the paved area, then take the wide trail that heads south. As you clear the minor rise, start looking to your right (the west). It was along the treeline (running east-west) of cedar/juniper trees - about 200 to 250 feet in.

Claire Kluskens
Alexandria/Fairfax Co.


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Subject: Northern Shrike @ Sully Woodlands this morning: yes
Date: Sun Dec 4 2016 17:26 pm
From: howiewu1 AT gmail.com
 
Hi,

After more than a month of absence (me, not the bird; I had been out of the
country for most of November, to China and Taiwan), I finally made another
visit to Sully Woodlands. The shrike was still there! I located the bird in
the fields west of the barn/shed. This was the farthest west I had observed
it, close to the row of cedar/juniper trees, exact time I located the bird
was 11:43AM. There were a few very vocal Red-shouldered Hawks around there
too.

It occurred to me that during my trip to China, I photographed a similar
species, the Long-tailed Shrike. I've added the pictures of the Northern
Shrike I took today, and its Asian cousin,to the following page (please
read the text to avoid confusion):

http://www.travelerathome.com/...

Cheers,
Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
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Subject: Red-headed Woodpeckers
Date: Sun Dec 4 2016 17:03 pm
From: mrnussbaumcom AT gmail.com
 
So excited to witness a flock of five red-headed woodpeckers at Algonkian
Regional Park in Sterling, VA. I had taken my six year-old to the large
playground across from the softball/baseball fields when I heard the
familiar chattering in the trees along the creek behind the fence of the
playground. I watched them for about ten minutes and they were frequenting
some of the dead trees. At one time, there were four in the same tree.

I have never seen red-headed woodpeckers here before. I know these birds
don't constitute a major sighting, but I couldn't help in sharing my
excitement. I had made a special trip to Sky Meadows once just to them, so
it was amazing to see them so close to home.

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Subject: Short - eared Owls on Bells Lane
Date: Sun Dec 4 2016 16:49 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hello all

After receiving a report of possible Short - eared Owls on Bells Lane I went over there around 4 : 45 & shortly about 5 minutes later one Owl flew up & landed on a fence post at scope distance . About 3 minutes later the second Owl flew in . They are located at the top of the hill & in the field across from the ponds . In the far field where the ponds are I saw a male Northern Harrier ( Gray Ghost ) hunting the fields .


Allen Larner
Staunton
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Subject: Belle Haven Park--Marina, Sunday, Dec 4, 2016 -- Wilson's Warbler and White-winged Scoter
Date: Sun Dec 4 2016 15:24 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
VA Birders: Expanding upon Phil Silas's earlier report, I spent four hour vigil this morning at the Belle Haven Marina near Dyke Marsh in Fairfax county looking for the female Wilson's Warbler.  I managed to find her on three occasions over the course of those four hours. On one of those occasions, I managed to get 3 poor photos of the bird.  Earlier this morning, I thought I only had one photo of the bird, but through the magic of magnification and digital photography, I realized that I managed to get 2 more, albeit poor photos of the bird buried deep in the vine tangles. I also found and photographed a female White-winged Scoter off the marina. The particulars of each of the finds can be found in the species account in the eBird checklist below. You can use the link to the eBird checklist at the bottom of this email to view the photos. Elton MorelArlington, Virginia   
Belle Haven Park--Marina, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Dec 4, 2016 7:30 AM - 11:35 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.2 mile(s)
Comments: Spent entire time at Belle Haven Marina area along entrance road and along the woods north of the marina restrooms.
34 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 200
Mallard 75
Northern Shoveler 4
White-winged Scoter 1 Female found just north of marina at ~9:10am trailing a small flock of Canada Geese. Scoter eventually took flight south down the Potomac River towards the Dyke Marsh point; I didn't see it land.
Double-crested Cormorant 8
Great Blue Heron 3
Cooper's Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 75
Herring Gull 12
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Mourning Dove 25
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Blue Jay 4
Fish Crow 2
crow sp. 5
Carolina Chickadee 7
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Winter Wren 1
Carolina Wren 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
American Robin 4
European Starling 8
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Wilson's Warbler 1 Continuing female, most likely hatch-year bird. Found at ~9:35am about 75 yards north of the marina restrooms. Refound again next to the restrooms at ~9:50am. Found again at ~11:25 at northeast corner of woods. Managed to get a few barely adequate photos. Best strategy for finding this bird is find the attending chickadee / titmouse / kinglets flock(s), listen for the loud chip notes, look for the bird buried deep in the vine tangles and dead leaf clusters and . . . lots of patience.
White-throated Sparrow 12
Song Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 6
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 15

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Subject: Cooper's Hawk Photo Essay
Date: Sun Dec 4 2016 14:23 pm
From: marshall AT faintich.net
 
Old Trail; Crozet, VA; 12/4/16. Report and photos:




http://www.faintich.net/Blog20...



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

marshall@faintich.net

www.faintich.net

In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
line, so you might as well enjoy the journey !!

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________





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Subject: Great Falls NP Bird Walk 12/4/16 (Fairfax Cty)
Date: Sun Dec 4 2016 12:40 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Our group of 5 listed 30 species on an overcast, chilly  morning.  Numbers
of ducks observed this morning were the highest of this fall season. The
list follows.

We meet every Sunday at 8 AM in the visitors center parking lot. Come
join us.

Ralph Wall

Canada Goose 35
American Black Duck 12
Mallard 6
Ring-necked Duck 40
Bufflehead 30
Common Merganser 3
Pied-billed Grebe 3
Great Blue Heron 1
Black Vulture 8
Bald Eagle 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
American Crow 3
Carolina Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 12
White-breasted Nuthatch 6
Carolina Wren 4
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 4
Dark-eyed Junco 20
White-throated Sparrow 10
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 4
American Goldfinch 10

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

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Dec 4, 2016
Date: Sun Dec 4 2016 12:36 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

VA Birders,
Ten birders joined me on this Friends of Dyke Marsh sponsored walk that meets at the South end of the picnic area every Sunday at 0800, except during CBC season. So, next Sunday will be the last walk until January 8, 2017. We saw 46 species as detailed below, with plentiful waterfowl, and a late Baltimore Oriole among the highlights. We got to study the perched Cooper's Hawk, get close looks at kinglets, and a few of us got glimpses of the continuing Wilson's Warbler at the end of the walk. Thanks to Ben Jesup especially on the Brown Thrasher, Sasha Munters on the oriole, and Elton Morel, who wasn't in our party, but helped refind the Wilson's Warbler and also took photos of a White-winged Scoter before it flew South downriver.
Phil Silas
Woodbridge, VA





-----Original Message-----
From: ebird-checklist
To: epsdcva
Sent: Sun, Dec 4, 2016 12:59 pm
Subject: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Dec 4, 2016

Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Dec 4, 2016 7:42 AM - 11:22 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.3 mile(s)
Comments: Cool, calm, mostly overcast Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.6 Build 75
46 species

Canada Goose 520
Gadwall 44
Mallard 260
Northern Shoveler 9
Northern Pintail 1
Bufflehead 8
Hooded Merganser 2
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Double-crested Cormorant 14
Great Blue Heron 23
Great Egret 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 4
Killdeer 4
Ring-billed Gull 140
Herring Gull 2
Great Black-backed Gull 18
Mourning Dove 38
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Blue Jay 7
Fish Crow 12
Carolina Chickadee 10
Tufted Titmouse 7
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
American Robin 9
Brown Thrasher 1 Heard, then briefly seen in flight
European Starling 28
Wilson's Warbler 1 Yellow, continuing in brush and vines at S end of picnic area.
White-throated Sparrow 16
Song Sparrow 9
Swamp Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 11
Red-winged Blackbird 14
Common Grackle 1
Baltimore Oriole 1 Orange breast and tail, dark wings with white wing bars. Photos available.
House Finch 6
American Goldfinch 40

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Subject: Adult male Baltimore oriole continues (Lynchburg)
Date: Sun Dec 4 2016 10:56 am
From: aklohr AT vt.edu
 
Adult male BAOR continues at a private residence in Lynchburg. Seen every
day for the last week or so (including today) except for yesterday. May
have been too windy.

Anyone happen to know the latest date for BAOR in VA?
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Subject: Purple Finch in Gloucester
Date: Sat Dec 3 2016 19:56 pm
From: hjwilliams3 AT cox.net
 
We had our FOS Purple Finch today.  Two pairs.

Hayes Williams at White Marsh in Gloucester County
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Subject: Two Shrike Day
Date: Sat Dec 3 2016 19:22 pm
From: drgerco AT hotmail.com
 
After the NVBC walk at Blandy I followed several other birders to Featherbed Rd in Clark County. Upon arrival we found the Loggerhead Shrike and observed the bird for several minutes. Until it disappeared on a tree east of the road. My thanks to David and Bill for leading us on the backroad to this fantastic bird. Checklist with Photos: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

After the Loggerhead Shrike, I decide to drive over to Sully Woods in Western Fairfax County in hope of seeing the Northern Shrike. Within a few minutes I found the bird and observed it for a while. It was awesome to see this bird perching, staring to the ground followed by a dive, eating and fly to the next tree top. I saw it catch some crickets and a worm and who knows what else. What fun to see this awesome bird so close and not too afraid of humans. With the clear skies it was also a great opportunity for some photos. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

It was cool to see both Shrikes so close after one and another. The differences were noticeable.

Happy Birding.

Gerco
Leesburg, VA


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Subject: NVBC walk at Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia, Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 plus Loggerhead Shrike along Featherbed Road
Date: Sat Dec 3 2016 16:30 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
VA Birders:
Twenty-four hardy birders from the Northern Virginia Bird Club endured a windy walk this morning at Blandy Farm in Clarke county.  We collectively found 46 species despite the conditions.  Our notable finds were a surprise flyover of a Laughing Gull seen by a few observers in our party, a Black-capped Chickadee seen and photographed at the feeders near the Learning Center building, a Red-breasted Nuthatch and Fox Sparrow near the feeders in the conifer grove, an American Tree Sparrow and a pair of Purple Finches at the pavilion, and a male Northern Harrier flying over the field with the weather station and the usual White-crowned Sparrows near the community garden.
After the walk, several of us drove out the back way of Blandy Farm Lane and scanned the stubble fields near the intersection with Berry's Ferry Road and found a small flock of calling Horned Lark's flying above us and a Cooper's hawk that had just caught a starling (hurray for the Coop!). 
We then proceeded to Featherbed Road (644) and stopped about 1/2 mile south of the road's intersection with Lord Fairfax Hwy (340) where we immediately found the Loggerhead Shrike that has been at this location since this last September (and likely the same bird seen here in January, 2016). 
The complete eBird for the official part of the NVBC walk at Blandy is below.
Elton MorelArlington, VA

  
Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia, Clarke, Virginia, US
Dec 3, 2016 7:35 AM - 11:10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.1 mile(s)
Comments: NVBC walk led by Larry Meade & Elton Morel.
46 species (+2 other taxa)

Black Vulture 6
Turkey Vulture 10
Northern Harrier 1 Over field near the weather station.
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Heard by Marc Ribaudo prior to the walk.
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Laughing Gull 1 Flyover, seen & ID'd by Gerco Hoogeweg.
Mourning Dove 20
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 6
Pileated Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 1 Flyby near parking lot just prior to the walk.
falcon sp. 1 Distantly observed small falcon, possible Merlin.
Blue Jay 12
American Crow 2
Fish Crow 1 Heard only
crow sp. 10
Common Raven 1
Carolina Chickadee 10
Black-capped Chickadee 1 Seen at feeders next to the Learning Center building. Photographed by Gerco Hoogeweg.
Tufted Titmouse 6
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 Seen near feeders in conifer grove.
White-breasted Nuthatch 6
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 8
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 10
Northern Mockingbird 4
European Starling 15
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
American Tree Sparrow 1 Seen near the pavilion.
Fox Sparrow 3
Dark-eyed Junco 10
White-crowned Sparrow 6 In field near the community garden.
White-throated Sparrow 15
Savannah Sparrow 3 Flushed from field near community garden.
Song Sparrow 8
Northern Cardinal 8
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Common Grackle 1 Flyover of parking lot.
House Finch 8
Purple Finch 2 Seen near the pavilion.
American Goldfinch 15

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Subject: Another shrike
Date: Sat Dec 3 2016 16:12 pm
From: chbarnjr AT gmail.com
 
There was a shrike perched upon a wire along the eastbound side of Rt.50 in
Boyce, VA today about 1.3 miles east of the entrance to the Blandy
Experimental Farm today. It was perched on a wire parallel to the
highway about another 50 yards east of Red Gate Road, facing the road. I
happened to see it out of the corner of my eye as I was driving by and I
turned my car around about 1/10th of a mile beyond the spot and came back
to look for it. I was able to spot it again and confirm that it was a
shrike rather than a Northern Mockingbird, but the bird was silhouetted by
the sun and I could not see critical plumage details before it flew back
into the interior of the field to some trees in the distance. It did so by
taking a shrike-like dive from the wire and flying very rapidly at low
altitude to a small clump of distant trees.

It had a shrike bill, with what seemed to be a wide dark band
over the eyes and it looked shorter than a Northern Shrike, with kind of a
"neckless" look, leading me to think the bird was another Loggerhead
Shrike.. I had seen the one on Featherbed Road in White Post only 90
minutes earlier(thank you to the gentleman who posted that yesterday).
This took place today, December 3rd at about 1:40 PM. I didn't have a smart
phone and I was not subscribed to Virginia Birds so I could not get this
information out earlier. If you are up that way, there is a wide, grassy
shoulder on the eastbound side of RT 50 which you could park on with care,
or you could probably park more safely on Red Gate Road and walk back. in
Charlie Barnard Jr
Fairfax
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Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (03 Dec 2016) 19 Raptors
Date: Sat Dec 3 2016 15:57 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 03, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 373
Bald Eagle 2 20 292
Northern Harrier 0 0 78
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 3 1521
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 328
Northern Goshawk 0 0 10
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 5 166
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 26257
Red-tailed Hawk 13 30 997
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 20
American Kestrel 0 0 167
Merlin 0 0 51
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 34
Unknown Accipiter 1 1 19
Unknown Buteo 0 0 17
Unknown Falcon 0 0 6
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 0 40
Mississippi Kite 0 0 5
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 19 60 30383
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers: William Leigh

Visitors:
Nelson Lewis, Jennifer Jowdy, Allen Bryan (Richmond), Warren Painter, Judy
Hinch (VA Beach)


Weather:
Moderate to fairly strong WNW Winds, 1.1-6.5C temp., varying 10-95% cloud
cover, clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Although raptor numbers weren't super high it was an enjoyable day and
several birds gave nice, close flybys. 4th-YR BE 10:42 & 1st-YR BE 1:40.
First Raptor: 9:41 RS, Last Raptor: 2:36 RT.

Non-raptor Observations:
3 Bonaparte's Gulls, 1 Herring Gull, 18 Fish Crows, 341 Grackles, 25 RW
Blackbirds.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (birdmangabriel@yahoo.com)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...



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Subject: Birders needed for Brooke, VA, Christmas Bird Count
Date: Sat Dec 3 2016 15:32 pm
From: dbstewart1 AT verizon.net
 
The Brooke, VA, Christmas Count very much needs additional participants this
year. The count circle is located NE of Fredericksburg - count center is
three miles east of the town of Brooke. The circle includes the bend in the
Potomac River and a strip of the Maryland shore of the river. The river as
well as Potomac, Aquia, and Accokeek Creeks provide excellent habitat for
waterfowl. The circle also has varied forest, swamp, marsh, field, and
other habitats. Special features in the circle are the King George Landfill
(over 100 Bald Eagles usually seen) and the Crow's Nest Virginia Natural
Area Preserve, a ridge of mature forest recently acquired by the VA system
of natural preserves.



The count was started in 1947 and this will be its 70th consecutive year.
We now have an impressive 69-year database that documents the changes in
populations of the species found in the circle. We see changes in
populations of wintering waterfowl related to the health of the submerged
aquatic vegetation in the river and its tributaries, the same decline in
field birds as observed all over the US, as well as local changes within our
circle related to human-induced habitat changes.



The circle is divided into 10 sectors, and we put one or two parties of
birders into each sector. We normally are a fairly small count, with fewer
than 30 participants, but we would like to expand the number of birders on
the count so that we have about 40-50. At present, we have 13 parties on
the count, with most parties consisting of only two birders. We would like
to add one or two more birders to each party. Total species count over the
past decade or so has averaged about 92 (a high of about 65 in some
individual sectors).



This year the count will take place on Wednesday December 14, with a backup
date of Thursday December 15. The backup date will be used if the weather
forecast is bad for the 14th and much better for the 15th. We ask
participants to reserve both dates if possible, as the decision as to which
day to use is commonly not made until the day before the count. The evening
of count day, we have a buffet spaghetti dinner starting about 5:30 pm at
the home of the compiler, Odette James, in Reston. The dinner is followed
by the tally at about 7:30 pm. All participants are invited. The evening
provides a pleasant end to the day, with a chance to share experiences (and
boast of any particularly exciting observations).



If you are interested, please contact the compiler, Odette James at
o.b.james@verizon.net for more information. The Brooke count is within the
area designated by the National Audubon Society as the Lower Potomac
Important Bird Area, and it is a wonderful place to bird.









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Subject: Merlin
Date: Sat Dec 3 2016 12:04 pm
From: marshall AT faintich.net
 
In Old Trail; Crozet, VA; 12/3/16. Report and photos:




http://www.faintich.net/Blog20...



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

marshall@faintich.net

www.faintich.net

In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
line, so you might as well enjoy the journey !!

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________





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Subject: Northern shrike@Sully
Date: Sat Dec 3 2016 11:05 am
From: leesheehanmiller AT gmail.com
 
Northern shrike still present at Sully Woodlands, west of the stables.

12:00 pm 12/3/16

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Subject: Unknown raptor overhead
Date: Sat Dec 3 2016 9:10 am
From: leesheehanmiller AT gmail.com
 
Yesterday near Lake Mercer in Fairfax station, I had a medium sized raptor (buteo shape) fly overhead. White underparts, black wingtips, broad wing shape that came out straight from the body.

This is the second time I've seen this coloration this fall, and it hasn't rung any bells for me and tossing out searches has been no help. Granted, if I sat down with my Stokes, I'd probably find it, but thought I'd toss it out here and see if anything sticks.

Lee

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Subject: Harvey's Knob (02 Dec 2016) 5 Raptors
Date: Fri Dec 2 2016 16:44 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 02, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 85
Bald Eagle 2 2 130
Northern Harrier 0 0 31
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 443
Cooper's Hawk 1 1 115
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 32
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 3829
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 426
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 1
American Kestrel 2 2 97
Merlin 0 0 9
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 11
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 1
Unknown Buteo 0 0 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 10

Total: 5 5 5226
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:45:00
Observation end time: 15:15:00
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter: Carl Christensen

Observers: Bill James

Visitors:
Traffic very light on the Parkway. No visitors on the Overlook.


Weather:
Clear over the valley with temperatures between 40-42F. Winds 7-14 mph out
of the NW remaining constant throughout the day. Cloud cover was between
30-40%.

Raptor Observations:
ABE and IBE over the west valley at 10:40. Other raptors also observed over
the west valley.

Non-raptor Observations:
Ravens and vultures were seen but not a lot of flying during the day.

Predictions:
Cold.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Carl Christianson ()
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/...



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Subject: Lincoln Sparrow
Date: Fri Dec 2 2016 16:41 pm
From: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
 
Greetings all:

I had to go to Danville this morning as I decided to do a little birding in Pittsylvania Co on the Richmond - Danville Rail Trail to add a few birds for the county list.

Among the Song, Swamp and White-Throated Sparrows I found a Lincoln Sparrow. With all the Red-Breasted Nuthatches around I was able to find two of them.

From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

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


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Subject: Bles Park, Loudoun Cty
Date: Fri Dec 2 2016 16:25 pm
From: wrwccw AT gmail.com
 
The park was relatively quiet as we walked the fields but along the wooded
trail next to the side stream of the Potomac it was very birdy. Highlights
include a late Black and White warbler, 2 Fox sparrows, about a dozen
Golden-crowned Kinglets, Brown Creeper, a dark Red-shouldered Hawk and
about a dozen Cedar Waxwings.

Bill and Cheryl Walsh
Aldie, VA
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Subject: Loggerhead Shrike Still Present - Clarke County
Date: Fri Dec 2 2016 14:55 pm
From: david.boltz4 AT gmail.com
 
If this is a duplicate message I apologize. The first one came back saying
“The message's content type was not explicitly allowed“. I assume it was because I inserted a smiley face after Dinosaur Land, so now I took it out.

Dave Boltz

From: David Boltz
Sent: Friday, December 02, 2016 3:43 PM
To: va-bird@listserve.com
Subject: Loggerhead Shrike Still Present - Clarke County

I took a run down Featherbed Road this morning and was able to immediately find the Loggerhead Shrike that has been present since at least September 28. It was in the exact same location as before, about .7 mile south of Rt. 340 in the Double Toll Gate area (near Dinosaur Land!). It was on the right hand side when heading south, in a single bare tree, and flew to the ground and re-alit eating a caterpillar-like morsel. I have seen it on both sides of the road, but always between .5 and .7 mile south of 340. Another highlight there were 2 American Kestrels hunting the field and doing a lot of hovering.

A few pics, including one of its meal are attached to my e-bird checklist at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch... .

Dave Boltz
Lake Frederick
Frederick Co.
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