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28 Aug: @ 20:02:54  Manassas Battlefield NP and Bull Run river today 28 August [Stephen Johnson]
28 Aug: @ 19:15:40  Harvey's Knob (28 Aug 2015) Raptors [reports]
28 Aug: @ 17:12:50  Shorebirds at Hunting Creek , Alexandria [Edward Eder]
28 Aug: @ 16:26:40 Re: Brown Booby present 8/28 [Ellison Orcutt]
28 Aug: @ 15:12:43  Riverbend Park: Meadow Birds [Donald Sweig]
28 Aug: @ 14:31:09 Re: Brown Booby present 8/28 [Ellison Orcutt]
28 Aug: @ 14:12:05  FYI: Possible Immature ZONE TAILED HAWK (not Kite oops!) - Lake Smith/Aragona/Independence Area - VA BEACH [Tracy]
28 Aug: @ 13:41:49  FYI Possible Immature Zone Tailed Kite - Lake Smith/Aragona/Independence Area - VA BEACH [Tracy]
28 Aug: @ 10:02:41  Roger Tory Petersen [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
28 Aug: @ 08:49:14  B Booby [Jeff Blalock]
28 Aug: @ 08:14:07  Huntley Meadows [Edward Eder]
28 Aug: @ 07:13:08  Brown Booby [Jeff Blalock]
28 Aug: @ 07:02:41  Brown Booby present 8/28 [Arun Bose]
28 Aug: @ 04:18:40  Harvey's Knob (27 Aug 2015) 1 Raptors [reports]
28 Aug: @ 02:55:26  Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
27 Aug: @ 23:27:12  Migrants Coming Inside [Roger Mayhorn]
27 Aug: @ 19:47:41  Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (27 Aug 2015) 6 Raptors [reports]
27 Aug: @ 18:58:34  Brown Booby at Kerr Resevoir [Frank Fogarty]
27 Aug: @ 18:53:16  Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (26 Aug 2015) 8 Raptors [reports]
27 Aug: @ 18:36:14  Manassas Battlefield NP, NY Monuments 27 August [Stephen Johnson]
27 Aug: @ 18:30:51  Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (25 Aug 2015) 12 Raptors [reports]
27 Aug: @ 14:06:56  Brown Booby, yes [John Pancake]
27 Aug: @ 13:59:05  Brown Booby [Jim Marcum]
27 Aug: @ 13:27:33  Glossy Ibis in Rockingham County [akranck]
27 Aug: @ 12:50:47  RAS field trip to Radcliffe Conservation Area, Saturday August 29 [Wendy Ealding]
27 Aug: @ 10:22:30 Re: Probably Raven in Arlington [bryan peters]
27 Aug: @ 09:01:24  Harvey's Knob (26 Aug 2015) 3 Raptors [reports]
27 Aug: @ 08:57:46  Probably Raven in Arlington [David Davis]
27 Aug: @ 06:07:16  Hummingbirds in Annandale [David L. Crooks]
26 Aug: @ 21:24:03  Could it have been an Anhinga? Burke Lake [Frederick Atwood via va-bird]
26 Aug: @ 20:36:55  Wilson's Snipe - Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach [Karen Beatty]
26 Aug: @ 18:25:47  Chukar Partridge in Crystal City [Tyler Reber]
26 Aug: @ 18:03:48  Fwd: Brown Booby at Buggs Island Lake [Jeff Blalock]
26 Aug: @ 13:22:23 Re: Brown Booby [Paul Glass]
26 Aug: @ 08:41:18  Oops [mb b]
26 Aug: @ 08:10:27  Brown Booby [Jeff Blalock]
25 Aug: @ 21:57:01  Early Fall Migrants [Roger Mayhorn]
25 Aug: @ 21:41:34  Late report: 3 Canada warblers at Huntley Meadows on Sunday [Pam and Ben via va-bird]
25 Aug: @ 20:45:05  Hummingbird Update - Reston [Craig Zalk]
25 Aug: @ 20:32:17  Canada Warbler / Frederick Co. [Jon Little]
25 Aug: @ 20:31:04 Re: Brown Booby [Paul Glass]
25 Aug: @ 20:00:45  Yellow Throated Warbler Pittsylvania County [meadows9]
25 Aug: @ 19:52:59  Yellow Throated Warbler- Pittsylvania County [meadows9]
25 Aug: @ 18:23:17  Harvey's Knob (25 Aug 2015) 29 Raptors [reports]
25 Aug: @ 18:17:10  herbicides at Little Hunting Creek [mb b]
25 Aug: @ 17:39:13  Common Nighthawk and Mississippi Kites-Lake Smith Terrace area VA Beach [Tracy Tate]
25 Aug: @ 15:16:14  Brown Booby [Jeff Blalock]
25 Aug: @ 15:09:10  Fairfax Co: Hunting Creek: Red-necked Phalarope (25 Aug) [sjsuter29]
25 Aug: @ 14:53:39  Brown Booby at Kerr Lake [Ned Brinkley]
25 Aug: @ 11:48:27  Voice: Greater Washington Area, Aug 25 [Joe Coleman]





Subject: Manassas Battlefield NP and Bull Run river today 28 August
Date: Fri Aug 28 2015 20:02 pm
From: stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net
 

Highlights from Manassas Battlefield Nat'l Park, NY Monuments area, and Bull Run river near Clifton - these are both Prince William County.

MBNP / NY Monuments early morning 28 Aug:

Yellow-Billed Cuckoo, Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, 5 Woodpecker spp
Vireos: Red-Eyed and White-Eyed
Warblers: Magnolia, Redstart, Chestnut-Sided (at least 2, possibly 4+)

I rescinded my eBird report (from yesterday) of a R-C Kinglet here. The bird was too far away from me, and my looks at it were too brief, to claim such an exceptionally early sighting. That is to say, never mind that Kinglet I was going on about, yesterday.

Interesting note: We had 3 warbler spp at NY Monuments on two consecutive mornings (yesterday and today), with zero overlap. Today's 3 are all different from yesterday's. I infer that most of these warblers are just dropping by at this location for a few hours or a day, no longer. At least it appears that way this week, this year, at this location.

Bull Run (via kayak, at Bull Run Marina), 5-7PM 28 Aug

Wood Ducks
Green Heron - 3, probable family
Bald Eagle adult
Yellow-Billed Cuckoo - 3; a pair together, another one elsewhere

And at both locations, we had single Common Nighthawks, our FOS.

Non-avian: a slap-happy beaver in Bull Run.

Steve Johnson and Lynn Rafferty
Fairfax, Virginia

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Subject: Harvey's Knob (28 Aug 2015) Raptors
Date: Fri Aug 28 2015 19:15 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 28, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 7 7
Bald Eagle 0 10 10
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 5 5
Cooper's Hawk 0 9 9
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 34 34
Red-tailed Hawk 0 6 6
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 5 5
Merlin 0 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 4 4
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 2

Total: 0 84 84
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 15:15:00
Total observation time: 5.75 hours

Official Counter: David Kirk

Observers: Barry Kinzie, Darryl Martin, King Irvin, Mike Crowder

Visitors:
It was good to spend time with King Ervin and hearing of his many travels
as well as many interesting citizen science projects that has engaged his
interest and time.


Weather:
Winds from the ENE for most of the day at Beaufort 2 with periods of calm.
Temperatures ranged from low of 68F to high of 78F by end of watch. Cloud
cover was minimal at 5% increasing to no more that 15%. No precipitation.
Visibility was a 2 with heavy haze in Great Valley in the a.m. and
remaining for most of the day.

Raptor Observations:
No raptors today with the exception of one local Red Tail.

Non-raptor Observations:
5 Monarchs seen as well as several ravens and TV. Minimal traffice on Blue
Ridge Parkway.

Predictions:
Same as today
========================================================================
Report submitted by David Kirk (dakirk42@cox.net)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/...



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Subject: Shorebirds at Hunting Creek , Alexandria
Date: Fri Aug 28 2015 17:12 pm
From: nutmegz AT mac.com
 
First year Wilson’s Phalarope and a Dowitcher  (probable SB)  seen off the Hunting Creek mudflats at 5 PM today.
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Subject: Brown Booby present 8/28
Date: Fri Aug 28 2015 16:26 pm
From: mr.ellyo AT gmail.com
 
Subject bird has been sitting on a buoy for the last 75 minutes best viewed looking roughly south from North Bank Park.

Ellison

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> From north park
>
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Subject: Riverbend Park: Meadow Birds
Date: Fri Aug 28 2015 15:12 pm
From: skybirds.d AT gmail.com
 
Even starting as late as 8:45, my friend and I found a few interesting birds in the meadow at Riverbend Park this morning.  The most interesting bird was the probable Tennessee Warbler that was seen briefly foraging in the bushes below the tall trees along Jeffrey Road.  The bird clearly had a thinner, smaller, more pointed beak than on any of the the several Red-eyed Vireos we saw this morning.  (Tennessee warblers have been found in this exact location many times over the past several years.)
We also found two Magnolia warblers; was one an adult and one a juvie; other adult was found later at a different location in the meadow.
We also saw at least four Red-eyed vireos, heard two Yellow-throated vireos, both saw and heard several Pee-wees and saw a couple of Phoebes. There was a yellow (fall plumage) Scarlet Tanager with strong black wings, and a juvenile Great-crested flycatcher in the tree by the car when we returned to the parking lot, also a yellow, American Redstart nearby. Also about a half a dozen Blue-grey gnatcatchers, a couple of bluebirds, three Catbirds and a House Wren investigating a bluebird box. We also found at least three, maybe four, hummingbirds, both perched and flying around. There were copious Goldfinches everywhere.
The meadow was quite beautiful with lots of blooming yellow wings-stem and purple thistle. All-in-all, a very nice morning !
The predicted South winds for the next few days do not suggest that we're going to have a strong influx of new migrants for awhile.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Brown Booby present 8/28
Date: Fri Aug 28 2015 14:31 pm
From: mr.ellyo AT gmail.com
 
Visible now from North Bend Park  at the swimming beach but active and often flying towards the damn and out of view.  Going to search for better views.

Ellison

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Subject: FYI: Possible Immature ZONE TAILED HAWK (not Kite oops!) - Lake Smith/Aragona/Independence Area - VA BEACH
Date: Fri Aug 28 2015 14:12 pm
From: tltaterbug44 AT gmail.com
 
Hi All -

I know this is going to sound crazy but I am pretty certain of what I saw and hope someone else will see it and get pictures. I was sitting on my front porch looking at the sky out over Lake Smith wondering why the crows were all riled up somewhere close and saw floating over above me an all dark bird with its wings in a slight dihedral. I picked up my binoculars since it was directly overhead and not too high and looked at the bird that I assumed would be a Turkey Vulture though it didn’t look quite right since with naked eye I could see the head looked a little larger than expected and was the dark color of the body, as well as seeing with naked eye that it had prominent yellow legs against its dark body. As I looked at the bird from underneath with binocs, I thought “Wow! That is some crazy speckling on the body and breast and the close to body inner underwing.” It looked like someone had pointed a spray paint gun at the body of the bird and covered it quickly with white dots that were evenly spread over the area and against the rest of the dark body that had a brownish cast to it. The speckling was really distinct and I had no idea what the bird was having never seen anything like it before. It had a longish tail that was kept folded as it flew in the slight dihedral in circles and then across the lake toward Thoroughgood. On the folded tail I could see just one thick inner band of lighter color and then the thick outer terminal dark band. I knew that Zone-tailed Hawks looked like Turkey Vulture in flight and manner and flew with them often in their normal habitats but since I didn’t see the thin banding of the tail that I expected, I began to think of other all dark birds even though at first glance it looked more like the size of TV, so I considered an eagle like a Golden Eagle since it was flying in a dihedral and then discounted due to the size of the bird and the speckling being so distinct and symmetrical and obviously it seemed to me to be an important field mark.

I watched it soar and also saw it do a wing tuck and dive which didn’t look very Turkey Vulture like. I remembered that earlier today while nailing down the location of the young Mississippi Kite (as well as an adult and subadult) over the Aragona/Sullivan/Ferry Plantation area of VA BEACH, that I had been watching a Kite, two Turkey Vulture, two Cooper’s Hawks and a Black Vulture against the horizon and had noticed one of the supposed Turkey Vultures suddenly tuck its wings and do a steep stoop down to the treeline and I had thought, “interesting I have never seen a TV dive like that, it was kind of like a Kite dive” in reading about the Zone-Tailed Hawk which is often mistaken or assumed to be a Turkey vulture, I read that they will fly with vultures and suddenly do low to the ground quick drop stoops to surprise their prey (birds, small reptiles and mammals). Maybe that was the same bird and it is sticking around the area for the day.

I saw the bird well and watched it for a good amount of time. I can only say, I think it was an immature Zone-tailed Hawk due to those crazy speckles. Hopefully someone else will see this bird and get some photos since it is not supposed to be here and I almost think I imagined it! Kites really weren’t supposed to be here either though, so you never know. If anyone has other ideas or an encounter with a similar bird, please let me know.

Tracy Tate
VA Beach

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Subject: FYI Possible Immature Zone Tailed Kite - Lake Smith/Aragona/Independence Area - VA BEACH
Date: Fri Aug 28 2015 13:41 pm
From: tltaterbug44 AT gmail.com
 
Hi All -

I know this is going to sound crazy but I am pretty certain of what I saw and hope someone else will see it and get pictures. I was sitting on my front porch looking at the sky out over Lake Smith wondering why the crows were all riled up somewhere close and saw floating over above me an all dark bird with its wings in a slight dihedral. I picked up my binoculars since it was directly overhead and not too high and looked at the bird that I assumed would be a Turkey Vulture though it didn’t look quite right since with naked eye I could see the head looked a little larger than expected and was the dark color of the body, as well as seeing with naked eye that it had prominent yellow legs against its dark body. As I looked at the bird from underneath with binocs, I thought “Wow! That is some crazy speckling on the body and breast and the close to body inner underwing.” It looked like someone had pointed a spray paint gun at the body of the bird and covered it quickly with white dots that were evenly spread over the area and against the rest of the dark body that had a brownish cast to it. The speckling was really distinct and I had no idea what the bird was having never seen anything like it before. It had a longish tail that was kept folded as it flew in the slight dihedral in circles and then across the lake toward Thoroughgood. On the folded tail I could see just one thick inner band of lighter color and then the thick outer terminal dark band. I knew that Zone-tailed Hawks looked like Turkey Vulture in flight and manner and flew with them often in their normal habitats but since I didn’t see the thin banding of the tail that I expected, I began to think of other all dark birds even though at first glance it looked more like the size of TV, so I considered an eagle like a Golden Eagle since it was flying in a dihedral and then discounted due to the size of the bird and the speckling being so distinct and symmetrical and obviously it seemed to me to be an important field mark.

I watched it soar and also saw it do a wing tuck and dive which didn’t look very Turkey Vulture like. I remembered that earlier today while nailing down the location of the young Mississippi Kite (as well as an adult and subadult) over the Aragona/Sullivan/Ferry Plantation area of VA BEACH, that I had been watching a Kite, two Turkey Vulture, two Cooper’s Hawks and a Black Vulture against the horizon and had noticed one of the supposed Turkey Vultures suddenly tuck its wings and do a steep stoop down to the treeline and I had thought, “interesting I have never seen a TV dive like that, it was kind of like a Kite dive” in reading about the Zone-Tailed Hawk which is often mistaken or assumed to be a Turkey vulture, I read that they will fly with vultures and suddenly do low to the ground quick drop stoops to surprise their prey (birds, small reptiles and mammals). Maybe that was the same bird and it is sticking around the area for the day.

I saw the bird well and watched it for a good amount of time. I can only say, I think it was an immature Zone-tailed Hawk due to those crazy speckles. Hopefully someone else will see this bird and get some photos since it is not supposed to be here and I almost think I imagined it! Kites really weren’t supposed to be here either though, so you never know. If anyone has other ideas or an encounter with a similar bird, please let me know.

Tracy Tate
VA Beach

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Subject: Roger Tory Petersen
Date: Fri Aug 28 2015 10:02 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
   Todayis the 107th anniversary of the birth of Roger Tory Petersen.   A recent issue of the radio and on-lineservice Bird-Note, had this item about RTP : Petersen's favorite bird was theKing Penguin. He said: "Others see little clowns, ridiculous dwarfs,little people dressed in feathers. But they are far from that. They are highlyspecialized birds dedicated to penguinism, a life molded by the cold,impersonal sea, harsh climate and the crowded colonies in which theyreproduce.”   Readers are advised toadd penguinism to their bird vocabularies.HarryGlasgowFriendsof Huntley Meadows
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Subject: B Booby
Date: Fri Aug 28 2015 8:49 am
From: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
 
Just had it flying around again watched it for three minutes before I lost sight of it

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
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Subject: Huntley Meadows
Date: Fri Aug 28 2015 8:14 am
From: nutmegz AT mac.com
 
An American Golden Plover and a Wilson's Snipe seen about 0800 today.

Ed Eder

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Subject: Brown Booby
Date: Fri Aug 28 2015 7:13 am
From: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
 
Just saw the Brown Booby flying by and landing on the water above the dam at 0800 08-28-2015

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
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Subject: Brown Booby present 8/28
Date: Fri Aug 28 2015 7:02 am
From: arun1bose AT gmail.com
 
From north park

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Subject: Harvey's Knob (27 Aug 2015) 1 Raptors
Date: Fri Aug 28 2015 4:18 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 27, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 7 7
Bald Eagle 0 10 10
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 5 5
Cooper's Hawk 1 9 9
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 34 34
Red-tailed Hawk 0 6 6
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 5 5
Merlin 0 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 4 4
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 2

Total: 1 84 84
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter: Joyce Holt

Observers: Bill & Katie James, David Kirk, Matt Hosmer, Mike Crowder

Visitors:
David Kirk stopped by with his grandson, Harper. Future hawkwatcher? Keep
your fingers crossed.


Weather:
Winds almost non-existent; certainly not good for viewing migrating
raptors.

Raptor Observations:
Not many of local vultures or ravens.

Non-raptor Observations:
No Monarchs. Goldfinch, Blue Jay, Downy WP.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joyce Holt (blueskyjoyce@adelphia.net)
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Subject: Virginia Rare Bird Alert
Date: Fri Aug 28 2015 2:55 am
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: ebird-alert@cornell.edu
To:
CC:

*** Species Summary:

Redhead (1 Portsmouth)
Common Merganser (4 Mecklenburg)
Red-throated Loon (4 Mecklenburg)
Brown Booby (5 Mecklenburg)
Black-bellied Plover (1 Fairfax)
American Golden-Plover (2 Fairfax)
Wilson's Snipe (1 Virginia Beach)
Brown-headed Nuthatch (1 Roanoke)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1 Prince William)
Louisiana Waterthrush (1 Fredericksburg)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (1 Richmond City)
Lark Sparrow (1 Portsmouth)

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

Redhead (Aythya americana) (1)
- Reported Aug 27, 2015 05:30 by Bill Williams
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.9065,-76.37&ll6.9065,-76.37
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24778956
- Comments: "a juvenile; initially observed at less than 20 meters sitting among Blue-winged Teal; very "clean" looking with no mottling above or below; brown, round-shaped head with no peak on the crown; distinct white eye-ring with pale almost indistinct, white/tan marking in front of and behind the eye; dark bill with dark nail; wing coverts brown/black; a very pale blue color was evident on the tertials; breast brown, belly white; when all of the other waterfowl flew this bird escaped by diving then swimming under water; head shape, bill shape and color and color of the tertials ruled out Ring-necked Duck"

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 26, 2015 07:00 by Clyde Wilson
- Tailrace Park, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.6026505,-78.3018659&ll6.6026505,-78.3018659
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24776614
- Comments: "

Click on picture to open it in Flickr and then click on it again to get a better view."

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 26, 2015 07:00 by Jeffrey Blalock
- Tailrace Park, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.6026505,-78.3018659&ll6.6026505,-78.3018659
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24772157
- Comments: "

Click on picture to open it in Flickr and then click on it again to get a better view."

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 26, 2015 17:33 by Adam D'Onofrio
- Tailrace Park - John H. Kerr Dam & Reservoir - PCT03, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.6015291,-78.299184&ll6.6015291,-78.299184
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24774215
- Comments: "Continuing female.

"

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)
- Reported Aug 26, 2015 17:30 by david pennebaker
- Tailrace Park - John H. Kerr Dam & Reservoir - PCT03, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.6015291,-78.299184&ll6.6015291,-78.299184
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24773499

Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 26, 2015 07:35 by Jeffrey Blalock
- Buggs Island Lake - Hwy 4, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.5869852,-78.2893347&ll6.5869852,-78.2893347
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24763656
- Comments: "

Click on picture to view in Flickr and click again to enlarge for better view."

Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 26, 2015 16:18 by Adam D'Onofrio
- John H. Kerr Reservoir--VA 4 lower lake overlook, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.5909045,-78.291798&ll6.5909045,-78.291798
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24774214
- Comments: "Continuing adult in breeding plumage. Injured bird known to be in the area for several summers.

"

Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) (1)
- Reported Aug 26, 2015 16:00 by david pennebaker
- John H. Kerr Reservoir--VA 4 lower lake overlook, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.5909045,-78.291798&ll6.5909045,-78.291798
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24773592
- Comments: "full breeding plumage quite striking"

Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 26, 2015 15:47 by Mike Stinson
- John H. Kerr Reservoir--VA 4 lower lake overlook, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.5909045,-78.291798&ll6.5909045,-78.291798
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24773010
- Comments: "Present in area (on lake above dam) for some time due to wing injury."

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (1)
- Reported Aug 26, 2015 by Matt Lawing
- John H. Kerr Reservoir--Dam area, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.6001493,-78.3036568&ll6.6001493,-78.3036568
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24770766
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Dam as campground area"

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (1)
- Reported Aug 26, 2015 17:21 by Derek Hudgins
- John H. Kerr Reservoir--Palmer Point, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.5620246,-78.2887787&ll6.5620246,-78.2887787
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24771962
- Comments: "13; Continuing bird by the dam; I would recommend trying the other stop reported in eBird to look at it, though I didn't have time to get better views myself."

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 26, 2015 16:18 by Adam D'Onofrio
- John H. Kerr Reservoir--VA 4 lower lake overlook, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.5909045,-78.291798&ll6.5909045,-78.291798
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24774214
- Comments: "Continuing adult. Found by Gene Larson two days ago, seen by many.

"

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (1)
- Reported Aug 26, 2015 16:00 by david pennebaker
- John H. Kerr Reservoir--VA 4 lower lake overlook, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.5909045,-78.291798&ll6.5909045,-78.291798
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24773592
- Comments: "Patroling,flying,diving, flewun top of gull or tern to steal fish, this bird was flyinhg around a fishermen on a boat as well as terns all the birders said does that guy know what he,s looking at? NO! but he was too busy fishing too care as well as all the birds also"

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 26, 2015 15:47 by Mike Stinson
- John H. Kerr Reservoir--VA 4 lower lake overlook, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.5909045,-78.291798&ll6.5909045,-78.291798
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24773010
- Comments: "Known to be in area since Monday. Seen perched on bouy and in flight, and once diving into water. Obvious gannet/booby shape, brown dorsally, brown neck and breast, white belly, pale feet, prominent pale bill. Several photographs by other observers. Observed in scopes(s)."

Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) (1)
- Reported Aug 27, 2015 14:17 by Michael Bowen
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7589,-77.0959&ll8.7589,-77.0959
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24778691
- Comments: "Midway between alternate and basic plague. Photo taken. Will be embedded here when eBird implements the new system for which a reference to a public web site like Flickr is no longer needed."

American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica) (1)
- Reported Aug 27, 2015 06:40 by P.W. Boyd
- Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7570938,-77.0990057&ll8.7570938,-77.0990057
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24775475
- Comments: "Seen foraging in areas with a small amount of sparse grass, rather than exposed mud. Speckled with gold and white on back, retained a scattering of black feathers on breast and belly."

American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica) (1)
- Reported Aug 26, 2015 19:15 by Mike Parr
- US-VA-Alexandria - 38.7561x-77.1113 - Aug 26, 2015, 7:26 PM, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.756071,-77.111254&ll8.756071,-77.111254
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24770611
- Comments: "Flew in took a look didn't land"

Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 26, 2015 10:15 by Pamela Monahan
- Back Bay NWR - CSY06, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.6779,-75.9159&ll6.6779,-75.9159
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24769221
- Comments: "In green grassy vegetation in pond of boardwalk to beach. Stripes on back clearly visible and long bill. Bird very skittish. Species previously observed in same location. Sorry, no photo."

Brown-headed Nuthatch (Sitta pusilla) (1)
- Reported Aug 27, 2015 11:05 by Tom Davis
- Blue Ridge Parkway/Bandy Road, Roanoke, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.2262406,-79.9209023&ll7.2262406,-79.9209023
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24778573
- Comments: "High-pitched rubber-duck like squeaks heard off and on for the entire time I was at the site. Had brief view of it through binoculars and the brown head, white chest and slate-blue back and wings were evident. I have seen/heard BHNU at this site on several occasions over the past year. Site consists largely of mature Virginia pine."

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) (1)
- Reported Aug 27, 2015 06:40 by stephen johnson
- New York Monument Manassas Battlefield, Prince William, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.8102705,-77.5439608&ll8.8102705,-77.5439608
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24780000
- Comments: "I studied this bird well in the field, realizing this is early. tiny compared to Chickadees and 2 warbler spp. (Pine and B&W) which I'd just seen. Hyperactive foraging behavior, classic kinglet - brief flutters, constant motion. All slaty green plumage over whole bird, white eye ring, two strong white wing bars on each wing. no ruby crown visible."

Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla) (1)
- Reported Aug 27, 2015 06:10 by Bill Boyd
- Pond along unnamed permanent stream, Fredericksburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.3102309,-77.4972067&ll8.3102309,-77.4972067
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24776248
- Comments: "white supercillium, striped breast, wagging tail, same location and approx. same time as bird seen numerous times earlier this month. no video today (bird needs to eat unmolested as possible)"

Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) (1)
- Reported Aug 24, 2015 09:45 by Janice Frye
- James River Park--The Wetlands, Richmond City, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.5466699,-77.5098753&ll7.5466699,-77.5098753
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24775349
- Comments: "Female with typical pocket handkerchief, dark cheek, pale brow line."

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus) (1)
- Reported Aug 27, 2015 05:30 by Bill Williams
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.9065,-76.37&ll6.9065,-76.37
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24778956
- Comments: "observed in flight twice at ~20m; relatively large, pale brown sparrow that flushed from road edge, then from water-side rocks; white outer tail feathers with white more prevalent on the length of the outer rectrices through tips of the inner rectrices; bird was not seen at rest, only in flight; size. Body size and color of this sparrow plus amount of and location of white in the rectrices ruled out Vesper Sparrow"

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Subject: Migrants Coming Inside
Date: Thu Aug 27 2015 23:27 pm
From: rogermayhorn AT gmail.com
 
You know the migrants must be on the move when they start coming inside to
visit. Yesterday morning about 8:00 while my wife and I were having
breakfast at home we heard a noise coming from another room. Investigating
we found a female Hooded Warbler inside the house trying to get out through
a window. The night before we had slept with the sliding window open about 6
or 8 inches, and this Hooded Warbler had found her way inside, but was
having a problem getting out. I quickly captured her and took her to the
kitchen window, which was easier to open. I stuck my hand with the bird in
it outside and opened it. The Hooded just lay there and blinked, not
realizing it could fly away. It stayed in that position for about 30 - 40
seconds then suddenly took flight. She was observed a few minutes later
feeding in the birch tree over the pond.



Other migrants we had yesterday were a Chimney Swift, 3 Ruby-throated
Hummingbirds, 1 Red-eyed Vireo, 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 1 Gray Catbird, 2
Brown Thrashers, 1 male Black-throated Green Warbler, 1 Worm-eating Warbler,
an adult male Hooded Warbler, 2 Scarlet Tanagers and 1 Chipping Sparrow. The
complete list is below.



Roger Mayhorn

Compton Mt

Buchanan County



24 species

Chimney Swift 1

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3f

Mourning Dove 21

Downy Woodpecker 2 ( 1m, 1f)

Red-eyed Vireo 1

American Crow 3

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

Carolina Wren 1

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1

Eastern Bluebird 5

Gray Catbird 1

Brown Thrasher 2

European Starling 6

Cedar Waxwing 3

Black-throated Green Warbler 1m

Worm-eating Warbler 1

Hooded Warbler 2 (1m,1f) (Female came inside the house through an open
window)

Scarlet Tanager 2

Chipping Sparrow 1

Song Sparrow 2

Northern Cardinal 4f

House Finch 1f

American Goldfinch 4

House Sparrow 1f



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Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (27 Aug 2015) 6 Raptors
Date: Thu Aug 27 2015 19:47 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 27, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 25 25
Bald Eagle 0 4 4
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 11 11
Cooper's Hawk 0 3 3
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 5 5
Broad-winged Hawk 5 101 101
Red-tailed Hawk 0 6 6
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 7 7
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: 6 162 162
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Rose Thomas

Observers:

Visitors:
Ellison O????; Allen Belden


Weather:
N to NW winds throughout the day. Temp:16.8C>24.5C; Humidity:72%



Subject: Brown Booby at Kerr Resevoir
Date: Thu Aug 27 2015 18:58 pm
From: fogartyfa AT gmail.com
 
Hi all,

First, a big thanks to Jim Marcum for letting us know where the Brown Booby
was this morning and saving us from scouring the lake searching for it. If
anyone is looking for the bird tomorrow, I wanted to point out that it was
not easily viewable from the dam area for most of the early afternoon
today. The better vantage today was from the nearby North Bend Park. From
the day use swimming area at these coordinates, it spent the majority of
the day perched on a buoy straight out (but quite distant...you need a
scope). The bird would fly around for 5-15 minutes, sometimes disappearing
around the bend towards the dam, but seemed to return to the same buoy
every time for most of the middle of the day. It was still in the same
vicinity through at least 4pm today. The bird seemed to never stay perched
for more than 20 minutes at a time before flying around, so keep an eye out
for it on the wing. Despite all of its flights today, we did not see it
dive or feed at all in several hours.


Coordinates: 36.584433, -78.308849

Good luck!

Frank
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Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (26 Aug 2015) 8 Raptors
Date: Thu Aug 27 2015 18:53 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 26, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 24 24
Bald Eagle 0 4 4
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 11 11
Cooper's Hawk 0 3 3
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 5 5
Broad-winged Hawk 5 96 96
Red-tailed Hawk 0 6 6
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 7 7
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: 8 156 156
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Rose Thomas

Observers:

Visitors:
Harry and Judy Vest


Weather:
Brisk W wind shifting to NW by 10am then dropping to less than 8km/h by 11.
Air was still with increasing haze in the afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
SLOW...One osprey. No eagles.

Non-raptor Observations:
Ruby-throated Hummingbird-4; Cedar Waxwing-19
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brenda Tekin (brenda@birdsofvirginia.com)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...



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Subject: Manassas Battlefield NP, NY Monuments 27 August
Date: Thu Aug 27 2015 18:36 pm
From: stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net
 

I had a very birdy first hour after sunrise this morning at the NY Monuments area of Manassas Battlefield NP (Prince William County). Several goodies including Nashville, B&W, and Pine Warblers, and Scarlet Tanagers.

I am not 100.00 % sure of a Ruby-Crowned Kinglet. It appears on eBird that this is just about a full month early for this species. I had several good looks at it, and studied it as much as I could, knowing it was early.

Unfortunately it was not the closest range bird of the day. You often get Kinglets just a few feet away, but this was a good 50-100 feet off. No photos, unfortunately. I hesitate to report something this unusual. But, based on the field marks I did make out clearly, there is nothing else I can turn this bird into. About the closest thing would be a Chestnut-Sided Warbler, winter female. But the coloration, size, and behavior all screamed Kinglet to me.

Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia, USA


26 species total

25 Canada Goose
3 Mourning Dove
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
3 Northern Flicker
2 Eastern Wood-Pewee
2 Blue Jay
2 American Crow
3 Carolina Chickadee
FY Confirmed--Feeding Young
1 Tufted Titmouse
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Carolina Wren
3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
I studied this bird well in the field, realizing this is early. tiny compared
to Chickadees and 2 warbler spp. (Pine and B&W) which I'd just seen.
Hyperactive foraging behavior, classic kinglet - brief flutters, constant
motion. All slaty green plumage over whole bird, white eye ring, two strong
white wing bars on each wing. no ruby crown visible.
3 Eastern Bluebird
included one heavily spotted first year.
9 American Robin
2 Northern Mockingbird
18 Cedar Waxwing
2 Black-and-white Warbler
foraging together
1 Nashville Warbler
good, long looks. gray hoodie (but not hood), yellow wash under all, white
eye ring. under tail pattern matched too.
2 Pine Warbler
foraging together.
2 Scarlet Tanager
one male halfway through molting red->yellow, one female/immature. together.
4 Northern Cardinal
1 Baltimore Oriole
1 American Goldfinch




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Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (25 Aug 2015) 12 Raptors
Date: Thu Aug 27 2015 18:30 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 25, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 23 23
Bald Eagle 0 4 4
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 10 10
Cooper's Hawk 0 3 3
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 5 5
Broad-winged Hawk 10 91 91
Red-tailed Hawk 1 6 6
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 6 6
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: 12 148 148
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00
Observation end time: 15:45:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Dave Hunter

Observers:

Visitors:
Elaine Carwile, Ben Pumphrey


Weather:
Westerly breeze throughout the day; temp:18c>22.7C; Humidity:69% dropping
to 42%; Bar.Pressure:2791



Subject: Brown Booby, yes
Date: Thu Aug 27 2015 14:06 pm
From: jspancake AT earthlink.net
 
At 3 pm near buoy 4, Kerr Dam, with B Kinzie and Mike Smith.

J Pancake

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> Two Glossy Ibis are at a little pond across the road from 3665 Lumber
> Mill Road west of Dayton. Easily seen from the road.
> Ken Ranck
> Mt. Crawford
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Subject: Brown Booby
Date: Thu Aug 27 2015 13:59 pm
From: marcums AT cns.umass.edu
 
I arrived at the John H Kerr Reservoir at 8:40 am this morning to search for the Booby that was first seen on Monday and seen by several birders since then. After searching for four hours from Palmer Point Park and the Kerr Dam without success I decided to give the day use beach in North Bend Park a try.

Looking south I observed a bird sitting on a buoy that appeared to be the right shape and size. However, due to the distance and the heat waves rising off the water it was difficult to be certain. Once the bird took flight the booby/gannet shape was obvious and the brown color except for the white belly became obvious. Also the sharp cream colored bill was visible when the bird in flight was against a dark background of trees. I also saw the bird dive into the water a number of times. The bird was still present at 2:30 pm when I left the area.

Also observed by Jason, Adam, Frank and Dana.

Jim Marcum
Virginia Beach, VA

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Subject: Glossy Ibis in Rockingham County
Date: Thu Aug 27 2015 13:27 pm
From: akranck AT juno.com
 
Two Glossy Ibis are at  a little pond across the road from 3665 Lumber
Mill Road west of Dayton. Easily seen from the road.
Ken Ranck
Mt. Crawford

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Subject: RAS field trip to Radcliffe Conservation Area, Saturday August 29
Date: Thu Aug 27 2015 12:50 pm
From: wendy.ealding AT gmail.com
 
 A reminder that I will be leading a Richmond Audubon field trip to
Radcliffe Conservation area in southern Chesterfield on Saturday August
29th. Yes, I know I'm competing with a Brown Booby at Kerr Lake. For
those who want to bird at this location nearer to home, either meet near
Starbucks at Oxbridge Square at 7:15 AM to carpool, or if you want to go
direct to the site, the address is 21501 Chesdin Road to meet around 7:45.

You may want to bring insect repellent (I encountered a few deer flies
there a couple of weeks ago). Also there are no bathroom facilities at the
park. We expect to spend a couple of hours there. It is easy walking on a
flat trail with several benches along the way.

It would be helpful if you could let me know ahead of time if you plan to
come and where you want to meet. Either respond by e-mail or call or text
me at 804-338-2848.

Wendy Ealding


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Subject: Probably Raven in Arlington
Date: Thu Aug 27 2015 10:22 am
From: pas2iche AT gmail.com
 
Hi, Dave. A Common Raven has taken up residence at the old coal factory in
north Old Town Alexandria. I've been watching and listening to it for
nearly a week now. It often flies from building to building in the Old Town
area, and I've seen it fly in from the north (your sighting area) a couple
of times.

I'm glad to see your post about the scarcity of this bird because eBird
lists it as a bird that is not a rarity, which is why I didn't pass along
the info to the listserv already. You've been in this area a lot longer
than I have, but it nearly 4 years here, I've never seen nor heard a Common
Raven in this area. You can imagine how delighted I was to wake to the
sound of that croak last weekend.

Here's hoping it finds a partner to mate with!

--Pete Peters
Old Town

On Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 9:53 AM, David Davis wrote:

> While taking an after-dinner stroll in my neighborhood (Fairlington
> Village) yesterday evening (Aug 26), I believe that a raven flew overhead.
> It was just a bit before sunset and I was near the South Utah Street ball
> field and dog park when I heard the distinctive croak of a Common Raven
> coming in my direction from the west (that is, from the area of
> Shirlington). By the time it penetrated my subconscious, it was directly
> overhead at a height of perhaps a hundred feet and heading east toward the
> Parkfairfax development across Quaker Lane in Alexandria. I only got to
> see it for a second or two as it crossed a sky gap between trees and
> buildings before it was out of sight and hearing.
>
> I have lived in this neighborhood for over 41 years and have never seen or
> heard a raven here, but am very familiar with their vocalizations and
> flight style from time spent at my second home in the mountains where they
> are fairly common. The call was, to my ears, unmistakeable and very
> different from that of our two local crow species, including the odd calls
> of juveniles. This was a big bird with a slow, rowing flight style that is
> distinctive and typical of the species. While my view of the body,
> especially the distinctive wedge-shaped tail, was not long enough to be
> completely satisfying, I did get a sense that the tail was more like that
> of a raven than that of our local crows.
>
> I recognize that this is neither a definite sighting nor one of a rare
> species, but if truly a raven, it would certainly be unusual for this area
> and a first for me. I’ll keep my eyes and ears open.
>
> Good birding
>
> Dave Davis
>
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Subject: Harvey's Knob (26 Aug 2015) 3 Raptors
Date: Thu Aug 27 2015 9:01 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 26, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 3 7 7
Bald Eagle 0 10 10
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 5 5
Cooper's Hawk 0 8 8
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 34 34
Red-tailed Hawk 0 6 6
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 5 5
Merlin 0 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 4 4
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 2

Total: 3 83 83
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 11:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter: Dillard Childress

Observers:

Visitors:
One lady hiker.


Weather:
Dillard reports that it was a bit chilly today. He also noted that it was
cloudy the whole time he was there with good visibility and southerly
winds.

Raptor Observations:
Just three birds.

Non-raptor Observations:
Surprised no one was there.

Predictions:
Dunno
========================================================================
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: Probably Raven in Arlington
Date: Thu Aug 27 2015 8:57 am
From: daviszepp AT verizon.net
 
While taking an after-dinner stroll in my neighborhood (Fairlington Village) yesterday evening (Aug 26), I believe that a raven flew overhead.  It was just a bit before sunset and I was near the South Utah Street ball field and dog park when I heard the distinctive croak of a Common Raven coming in my direction from the west (that is, from the area of Shirlington).  By the time it penetrated my subconscious, it was directly overhead at a height of perhaps a hundred feet and heading east toward the Parkfairfax development across Quaker Lane in Alexandria.  I only got to see it for a second or two as it crossed a sky gap between trees and buildings before it was out of sight and hearing.

I have lived in this neighborhood for over 41 years and have never seen or heard a raven here, but am very familiar with their vocalizations and flight style from time spent at my second home in the mountains where they are fairly common. The call was, to my ears, unmistakeable and very different from that of our two local crow species, including the odd calls of juveniles. This was a big bird with a slow, rowing flight style that is distinctive and typical of the species. While my view of the body, especially the distinctive wedge-shaped tail, was not long enough to be completely satisfying, I did get a sense that the tail was more like that of a raven than that of our local crows.

I recognize that this is neither a definite sighting nor one of a rare species, but if truly a raven, it would certainly be unusual for this area and a first for me. I’ll keep my eyes and ears open.

Good birding

Dave Davis

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Subject: Hummingbirds in Annandale
Date: Thu Aug 27 2015 6:07 am
From: davidlcrooks AT gmail.com
 
I saw 2 hummingbirds at my feeder this morning!  Most likely Ruby-throated.
I live in Annandale, Fairfax Co. near I495.

On a side note, I saw about 5 or 6 Ruby-throated humming birds at
Meadowlark Gardens this past Sunday morning and took a bunch of
photographs. This photo is one of the best I took of the as it had to go,
when it had to go:



--
David L. Crooks
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Subject: Could it have been an Anhinga? Burke Lake
Date: Wed Aug 26 2015 21:24 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I didn't see this bird, but today a fellow teacher described a bird at Burke Lake that she saw this weekend as it was swimming near the drain near the dam. SHe said she saw just the neck and head sticking out of the water as it swam, with a very sharp dagger-like beak. SHe tried to get a photo with her cell phone to show me but it kept diving whenever she got it in view. SHe is not familiar with birds so did not know about Anhingas. She just knew it was a strange bird. I showed her a photo of a double crested cormorant swimming like that. She said it looked a lot like that but with a skinnier neck and a sharper, straighter, more dangerous-looking beak. So I showed her an Anhinga and she said that was it!
So, I don't think it is one for the records since she got no photo and is not a birder, but if you bird the lakes in the Burke area you might want to look around for this bird, although it has been a few days since she saw it. If anyone was there this weekend and might have seen her bird I would like to know. I spent about 90 minutes there today but could find neither an Anhinga nor a cormorant. I scanned all the visible water and all the logs and dead branches where it could have been resting along the shore with my scope this evening starting about 4:15. Here is my ebird list if you are interested http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24769586
 All the bestFred
Frederick D. Atwood Flint Hill School, 10409 Academic Dr, Oakton, VA 22124 703-242-1675 http://www.agpix.com/fredatwoo... http://www.flinthill.org http://tea.armadaproject.org/t... https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
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Subject: Wilson's Snipe - Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach
Date: Wed Aug 26 2015 20:36 pm
From: chirp50 AT gmail.com
 
The Snipe was spotted around 10:30 this am in the tall bright green by the
south parking lot (ocean side). The bird was very skittish and would hide
in taller grasses when we moved on the bank by the parking lot to get its
picture. Later we sat in the car and waited. The Snipe was comfortable
coming out and feeding then. You can view the pictures along with one of a
Piping Plover that has been hanging out in the area for 3 days.
https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/nth_Db1ztKskazb3MwpBvZ7oK57QCB-dr1D0QksV_tE?feat=drectlink

Karen Beatty
Virginia Beach
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Subject: Chukar Partridge in Crystal City
Date: Wed Aug 26 2015 18:25 pm
From: compwiz35 AT gmail.com
 
I came home from work this evening and saw a Chukar Partridge running into
the parking area of my building in Crystal City. It didn't seem overly shy
as it strutted around randomly pecking on cars. No clue where this thing
came from, but it was pretty interesting looking. I was able to run
inside, grab my camera and snap some pics. It seemed pretty content just
hanging out between cars in the lot.

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Subject: Fwd: Brown Booby at Buggs Island Lake
Date: Wed Aug 26 2015 18:03 pm
From: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
 

>
> From: Jeff Blalock
> Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 6:56 PM
> To: va-bird@listserve.com
> Subject: Brown Booby at Buggs Island Lake
>
> Greetings to all:
>
> I spent nearly 12 hrs at Buggs Island Lake today looking for the Brown Booby. I got there at 0545 hrs hoping to find the bird napping on the buoys near the dam or on the rocks at Tailrace Park below the dam.
>
> I first checked above the dam to 0655 and then went below the dam from 0700 to 0730 and meet up with Clyde Wilson. We returned to above the dam and I stayed from 0735 to 1700 hrs.
>
> After about and hour and half I found the booby flying around down near the end of the earthen part of the dam.
>
> I had several people to stop by and look for the booby. Everyone that came down to see it did not go away empty handed.
>
> The best way to see it if you go down to look for it is to drive to the top of the dam and go across it. The first drive on the right go down hill to a parking area near the water. Drive pass this and go to the pull off on the right to park and walk along Hwy 4 southward away from the dam. When get about half a mile from the pull off look for a large island which has a single buoy in front of it. The buoy will be easier to see with a scope. The booby was seen flying mostly around the area near this island. For about an hour and half Fenton Day and I watch the booby perch on this buoy. It would fly off for several minutes and then return to it to perch again.
>
> One special note if you go down to see it you must park in the pull off on the right and walk down or drive all the way across and park on the left and walk but up the dam. Do NOT pull off and park on the shoulder of the road as it is not wide enough and the road can be very busy at times. There is plenty of room to walk down the road on the shoulder near the lake and it is wide enough for you to stand and look for the bird. But again DO NOT PARK ON THE SHOULDER even if you have a small car. We have not had any trouble with the police when we walk down the road to bird but they might stop us from walking if people park on the shoulder.
>
> Good Luck and Good Birding.
>
> May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You
>
> Jeffrey C. Blalock
> 103 Elizabeth Court
> South Boston, VA 24592
> Home Phone 434-572-8619
> Cell Phone 434-470-4352
>
> jcbabirder@gcronline.com
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Subject: Brown Booby
Date: Wed Aug 26 2015 13:22 pm
From: pag AT gcrcompany.com
 
Seen again at 11:30am from the rt4 overlook and Palmer Point.

Paul Glass
South Boston, VA


-----Original Message-----
From: Jeff Blalock [mailto:jcbabirder@gcronline.com]
Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 9:06 AM
To: VA-BIRD
Subject: [Va-bird] Brown Booby


I just now relocated the booby at the dam

I am on the pull off on the right not in the park after you cross the dam

>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: Oops
Date: Wed Aug 26 2015 8:41 am
From: marlabeth AT hotmail.com
 
It is Hunting Creek, not Little Hunting Creek where the herbicides were supposedly applied. The map actually refers to it as Cameron Run,  but I have been told this is wrong.

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> 1. Alexandria: Black Tern YES, Phalarope NO (25 August)
> (Stephen Johnson)
> 2. Voice: Greater Washington Area, Aug 25 (Joe Coleman)
> 3. Brown Booby at Kerr Lake (Ned Brinkley)
> 4. Fairfax Co: Hunting Creek: Red-necked Phalarope (25 Aug)
> (sjsuter29@verizon.net)
> 5. Brown Booby (Jeff Blalock)
> 6. Common Nighthawk and Mississippi Kites-Lake Smith Terrace
> area VA Beach (Tracy Tate)
> 7. herbicides at Little Hunting Creek (mb b)
> 8. Harvey's Knob (25 Aug 2015) 29 Raptors (reports@hawkcount.org)
> 9. Yellow Throated Warbler- Pittsylvania County (meadows9)
> 10. Yellow Throated Warbler Pittsylvania County (meadows9)
> 11. Re: Brown Booby (Paul Glass)
> 12. Canada Warbler / Frederick Co. (Jon Little)
> 13. Hummingbird Update - Reston (Craig Zalk)
> 14. Late report: 3 Canada warblers at Huntley Meadows on Sunday
> (Pam and Ben)
> 15. Early Fall Migrants (Roger Mayhorn)
>
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Message: 1
> Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 10:33:44 -0400
> From: Stephen Johnson
> To: VA-Bird
> Subject: [Va-bird] Alexandria: Black Tern YES, Phalarope NO (25
> August)
> Message-ID:
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>
>
> This morning 25 Aug Lynn and I kayaked out of Belle Haven Marina to visit the Black Terns out on the Potomac. We found 3 for sure in the early light (about 8 AM), and got good photos of two of them perched in the hydrilla mats with two Forster's.
>
> Also a couple of big Royal / Caspian Terns, which I have trouble distinguishing. Big reddish-orange bills, but were they big enough and dark enough to be Caspian? I dunno.
>
> The kayaking approach makes a spotting scope unnecessary. However, the spotting scope approach makes a long slog paddling through thick vegetation unnecessary!!
>
> I saw a report from early this morning for the Red-Necked Phalarope at the link location below. We scanned the water from the Washington Sailing Marina (from land, not kayak) north to National Airport. No sandpiper spp. of any kind, along the shores or in, or over, the water.
>
> http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.8342588,-77.0414543&ll8.8342588,-77.0414543
>
> Good birding everyone!!
>
> Steve Johnson & Lynn Rafferty
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 2
> Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:45:00 -0400
> From: "Joe Coleman"
> To:
> Subject: [Va-bird] Voice: Greater Washington Area, Aug 25
> Message-ID:
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII"
>
> FYI - this report is for sightings from Aug 18 through Aug 24 and was
> compiled by Gerry Hawkins & transcribed by Steve Cordle.
>
> Joe Coleman
>
>
>
> Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
>
> Date: 8/25/2015
>
> 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, August 18 and was
> completed on Tuesday, August 25 at 8:30 a.m.
>
>
>
> The top birds this week were TRUMPETER SWAN*, NEOTROPIC CORMORANT* and the
> hybrid BREWSTER'S and LAWRENCE'S WARBLERS*, all in Maryland.
>
>
>
> Other birds of interest this week included SNOW GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, EARED
> GREBE, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, TRICOLORED HERON, LITTLE BLUE HERON, WHITE
> IBIS, MISSISSIPPI KITE, SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN AVOCET, AMERICAN
> GOLDEN-PLOVER, UPLAND SANDPIPER, MARBLED GODWIT, STILT, BAIRD, WHITE-RUMPED
> and WESTERN SANDPIPERS, RED-NECKED and WILSON'S PHALAROPES, FRANKLIN'S and
> BONAPARTE'S GULLS, BLACK and ROYAL TERNS, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE,
> BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, COMMON NIGHTHAWK, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, BLUE-HEADED and
> PHILADELPHIA VIREOS, COMMON RAVEN, GOLDEN-WINGED and MOURNING WARBLERS, LARK
> SPARROW and BOBOLINK.
>
>
>
> TOP BIRDS
>
>
>
> Birders continued to observe a longstanding tagged TRUMPETER SWAN* at Lake
> Churchill and NEOTROPIC CORMORANT at Violette's Lock on the C&O Canal in
> Montgomery Co, MD, with the latest sightings on August 22 and 23,
> respectively.
>
>
>
> On August 22 a BREWSTER'S WARBLER*, the more common hybrid between the
> BLUE-WINGED and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS, was found in a small flock of
> warblers near the entrance to the Minebank Trail at Cromwell Valley Park,
> Baltimore Co, MD. On the next day a LAWRENCE'S WARBLER*, the rarer form of
> this warbler hybrid, was reported across from the lime kiln/dilapidated
> house at this park.
>
>
>
> OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST
>
>
>
> On August 18 a SNOW GOOSE was found along Figgs Landing Road in Worcester
> Co, MD. On August 20 a TUNDRA SWAN was seen along Starr Road near the
> intersection with Fox Meadow Road in Queen Anne's Co, MD. A TUNDRA SWAN that
> has been present since last winter continues at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack
> Co, VA, with the latest sighting on August 24. Waterfowl also included
> sightings of several migratory duck species, including BLUE-WINGED TEAL,
> NORTHERN PINTAIL, LESSER SCAUP, SURF SCOTER and BUFFLEHEAD.
>
>
>
> An EARED GREBE that was first found on August 15 continues at Swan Creek
> Wetland - Cox Creek, Anne Arundel Co, MD, with the latest sighting on August
> 24.
>
>
>
> On August 18 three AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were seen in flight over Rehoboth
> Golf Park in Sussex Co, DE. Ten AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS continue at Prime
> Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE, with the latest sighting on August 23.
>
>
>
> TRICOLORED HERONS were found at several locations, including a reporting
> area high of nine at Hog Island WMA, Surry Co, VA on August 23, one or two
> at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on August 18 and 21, and one at the North
> Beach marsh in Calvert Co, MD on August 23. A juvenile LITTLE BLUE HERON was
> seen as far west as Big Pool in Fort Frederick SP, Frederick Co, MD on
> August 19-21.
>
>
>
> WHITE IBIS continue to be seen in good numbers at many coastal locations,
> with a high count of 60 at Assateague SP - Causeway, Worcester Co, MD on
> August 20. Four WHITE IBIS were seen again inland at the Staunton View
> Public Use Area, Mecklenburg Co, VA, with the latest sighting on August 19.
>
>
>
> There were fewer reports of MISSISSIPPI KITES during the week, but a high of
> five were seen at two locations on Squirrel Level Road in the independent
> city of Petersburg and in Dinwiddie Co, VA on August 19, 21 and 22, and one
> or two were observed at Runt Powell Farm in Halifax Co, VA on August 19 and
> 22.
>
>
>
> A SANDHILL CRANE was seen again at Pemberton Manor and the Quail Covey Farm
> pond in Queen Anne's Co, MD on August 18 and 20, respectively. A SANDHILL
> CRANE also was reported in flight over Valley Mill Road in Frederick Co, VA
> on August 18.
>
>
>
> Over 300 AMERICAN AVOCETS were present at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on
> August 17 and 18, and well over 100 remained there later in the week. In
> Virginia, 184 AMERICAN AVOCETS were counted at the Craney Island Disposal
> Area in Portsmouth on August 20.
>
>
>
> An UPLAND SANDPIPER, which is an uncommon migrant on the Eastern Shore, was
> spotted in short grass on the South Wash Flats Impoundment at Chincoteague
> NWR, Accomack Co, VA during the regular shorebird/gull survey on August 22.
> On August 22-24 a high of seven UPLAND SANDPIPERS were seen in the alfalfa
> fields along Sassafras-Caldwell Road in northeast Kent Co, MD, which is a
> traditional stopover location for this species. On August 23 three UPLAND
> SANDPIPERS were found in the grass field on the south side of Oland Road
> west of Buckeystown Pike in Frederick Co, MD, another traditional stopover
> location. A continuing UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen at the Central Sod Farm on
> Swamp Circle Road in Anne Arundel Co, MD on August 18-20.
>
>
>
> On August 22 an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was seen at Swan Creek Wetland - Cox
> Creek, Anne Arundel Co, MD, which may have been the same bird found there on
> August 15. A high of 18 MARBLED GODWITS were seen at Chincoteague NWR,
> Accomack Co, VA during the week, while one was seen at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent
> Co, DE on August 17 and the Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA on
> August 20. STILT SANDPIPERS ranged from a reporting area high of 21 at the
> Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA on August 20 to one inland at
> Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA on August 22-24. On these same dates
> two juvenile BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS were seen at a pond on the north side of
> Route 9 about five miles east of Georgetown in Sussex Co, DE, which is one
> of the so-called Gravel Hill DelDOT/Besche Furniture Ponds. Three
> WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were found at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA
> during the regular shorebird/gull survey on August 22, and one was seen at
> Broadkill Marsh in Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on August 22 and the West
> Ocean City Pond in Worcester Co, MD on August 23.
>
>
>
> On August 24 a juvenile RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was spotted in the Potomac
> River (District of Columbia waters) from the Washington Sailing Marina in
> Alexandria, VA. Six RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, and three WILSON'S PHALAROPES,
> were among the many shorebirds at the Craney Island Disposal Area in
> Portsmouth, VA on August 20, which also included 47 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, the
> high in the area for the week.
>
>
>
> On August 21 a FRANKLIN'S GULL was spotted in a mixed gull/tern flock in a
> restricted part of Masonville Cove in Baltimore, MD. BONAPARTE'S GULLS began
> moving through the area, with two seen at Dyke Marsh WP, Fairfax Co, VA on
> August 21 and one observed from a private beach house in Calvert Co, MD on
> the same date.
>
>
>
> Migrating BLACK TERNS were observed at many locations and may be found at
> almost any body of water in the reporting area at this time.
>
> Sightings in Virginia included a high of four at Sandy River Reservoir,
> Prince Edward Co on August 18 and 19, ten at McCune's pond on Kiddsville
> Road (private) in Augusta Co on August 19, 15 at the Staunton View Public
> Use Area, Mecklenburg Co on August 19, a high of 10 over the Potomac River
> from Dyke Marsh WP and the nearby Hunting Creek bridge in Alexandria on
> August 20-24 and two at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co on August 22. BLACK
> TERN sightings in Maryland included nine at Violette's Lock on the C&O Canal
> in Montgomery Co on August 18, two at Swan Creek Wetland - Cox Creek, Anne
> Arundel Co on August 20, two at Triadelphia Reservoir, Howard Co on August
> 20 and one at the Chestertown WWTP, Kent Co on August 23 and 24. In Delaware
> a high of six BLACK TERNS were seen at the hawk watch and Gordon's Pond in
> Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co on August 21 and 22, and three wee seen at the
> Ted Harvey WMA, Sussex Co on August 22.
>
>
>
> On August 22 a ROYAL TERN was found on a hydrilla mat off the big dirt
> parking lot at Ospreys Golf Club at Belmont Bay in Woodbridge, Prince
> William Co, VA, which is a relatively uncommon sighting away from the coast.
>
>
>
>
> EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES continue in certain parts of southern Virginia,
> including Virginia Beach and Back Bay NWR in the east and the city of
> Radford and Pulaski Co in the southwest, where a high of
>
> 13 were found in the vicinity of Route 114 and nearby Belspring Road on
> August 18.
>
>
>
> A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was reported along the box trail at Cromwell Valley
> Park, Baltimore Co, MD on August 23 and heard calling at the Smithsonian
> Environmental Research Center, Anne Arundel Co, MD on August 19.
>
> The scenic U. S. Air Force Memorial in Arlington Co, VA continues to be one
> of the best locations in the area to see migrating COMMON NIGHTHAWKS,
> especially on Friday nights, when the lights from the free concerts by the
> U. S. Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants further illuminate these birds
> against the night sky.
>
>
>
> On August 21 a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen on Laurel Fork Road, about
> one-half mile from the junction with Rt. 640, in Blue Grass, Highland Co,
> VA.
>
>
>
> A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at Wheaton Regional Park, Montgomery Co, MD on
> August 22, Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore Co, MD on August 23 and
> Susquehanna SP, Harford Co, MD on August 23. Migrant vireos also included an
> early BLUE-HEADED VIREO found on private property on Black Walnut Point in
> Talbot Co, MD on August 23.
>
>
>
> During the week a lowland COMMON RAVEN was seen as far east as Swan Creek
> Wetland - Cox Creek, Anne Arundel Co, MD on August 20 and 22.
>
>
>
> Warblers increased in numbers and diversity, and late in the week ten or
> more warbler species were seen at Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC,
> Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore Co, MD and Elk Neck SP, Cecil Co, MD.
> Noteworthy warbler sightings included a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER found in a
> mixed warbler flock at Chino Farms - Foreman's Branch Bird Observatory,
> Queen Anne's Co, MD on August 18, which is an especially uncommon sighting
> on the Eastern Shore. An always-desirable MOURNING WARBLER was found at Swan
> Creek Wetland - Cox Creek, Anne Arundel Co, MD on August 22 and Cromwell
> Valley Park, Baltimore Co, MD on August 23. Warblers also included one to
> several early TENNESSEE, NASHVILLE, CAPE MAY, BAY-BREASTED, BLACKPOLL and
> YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS.
>
>
>
> On August 22 a LARK SPARROW was spotted near a feeder behind the visitors
> center in Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA.
>
>
>
> Migrant BOBOLINKS included flocks of 18 in Bardane, Jefferson Co, WV on
> August 18, 10 at Mount Pleasant Farm - Howard County Conservancy, Howard Co,
> MD on August 22, and 13 at Elk Neck SP, Cecil Co, MD on August 23.
>
>
>
> ***
>
>
>
> 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 enjoy the birds.
>
>
>
> *Of interest to the applicable state records committee
>
>
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 3
> Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:50:35 -0400
> From: Ned Brinkley
> To: Va Birds Listserve
> Subject: [Va-bird] Brown Booby at Kerr Lake
> Message-ID:
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
>
>
> Gene Larson posted photos of a Brown Booby from Kerr Lake yesterday 24 August. Not sure where on the lake. He was apparently photographing waterskiers when the bird came by.
>
> Ned Brinkley
> Cape Charles, Va.
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Aug 25, 2015, at 10:33 AM, Stephen Johnson wrote:
> >
> >
> > This morning 25 Aug Lynn and I kayaked out of Belle Haven Marina to visit the Black Terns out on the Potomac. We found 3 for sure in the early light (about 8 AM), and got good photos of two of them perched in the hydrilla mats with two Forster's.
> >
> > Also a couple of big Royal / Caspian Terns, which I have trouble distinguishing. Big reddish-orange bills, but were they big enough and dark enough to be Caspian? I dunno.
> >
> > The kayaking approach makes a spotting scope unnecessary. However, the spotting scope approach makes a long slog paddling through thick vegetation unnecessary!!
> >
> > I saw a report from early this morning for the Red-Necked Phalarope at the link location below. We scanned the water from the Washington Sailing Marina (from land, not kayak) north to National Airport. No sandpiper spp. of any kind, along the shores or in, or over, the water.
> >
> > http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.8342588,-77.0414543&ll8.8342588,-77.0414543
> >
> > Good birding everyone!!
> >
> > Steve Johnson & Lynn Rafferty
> >
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> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 4
> Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:07:53 -0500 (CDT)
> From: sjsuter29@verizon.net
> To: va-bird@listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] Fairfax Co: Hunting Creek: Red-necked Phalarope (25
> Aug)
> Message-ID:
>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
>
> A juvenile Red-necked Phalarope was SW of the Hunting Creek (Stone) Bridge around 1345 EDT this afternoon. I first noticed it inflight heading S heading for the large hydrilla mat to the SE of the bridge. It landed in one of the open leads in the mat (E of the bike path) and was swimming around in that for at least 10 minutes. If the bird stays around that mat, one could probably locate it from the N end of the Belle Haven picnic grounds.
>
> Other shorebirds present between 1300 & 1400 included 1 White-rumped Sandpiper, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, and 1 juvenile Short-billed Dowitcher. Will post a complete list to eBird. There were also at least 7 Black Terns over the hydrilla mats (5 ad, 2 juv).
>
> Sherman Suter
> Alexandria VA 22307
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 5
> Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:14:19 -0400
> From: Jeff Blalock
> To: VA-BIRD
> Subject: [Va-bird] Brown Booby
> Message-ID:
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
>
> Does anyone know the person that took the photos of the booby. So that we might can get more details of where it was seen
>
> 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
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 6
> Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 18:37:31 -0400
> From: Tracy Tate
> To: va-bird
> Subject: [Va-bird] Common Nighthawk and Mississippi Kites-Lake Smith
> Terrace area VA Beach
> Message-ID:
>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
>
> Hi All -
>
> If you are in the Lake Smith Terrace area of VA Beach this evening keep
> your eyes open for a Common Nighthawk feeding over this end of Lake Smith.
> At about 555pm I spotted its bounding flight profile on slender pointy
> looking wings held above the diagonal and the diagnostic white patches
> across the primaries were easy to see as it flew over.
>
> I have been trying to keep track of the resident Mississippi Kite movements
> so that the late date for them here will be somewhat narrowed down. Now
> that the young fledge is far afield at times its been tough. For the last
> six days I have been able to watch sometimes one sometimes two adult Kites
> soaring and hunting in the skies over Aragona Rd from the dead end of Red
> Coat Rd that backs up to a schoolyard field. Looking out across the field
> I can spot the Kites flying above the horizon over the school roof and
> sometimes diving into a tree about two blocks back from Haygood Red. Its a
> far look and today they were quite high. One was definitely a male as its
> secondaries and head were prominently white every time it banked in the
> right direction. If they are there again tomorrow I will try to locate the
> area they dive into. I was unable to locate the young fledged bird in
> Thoroughgood this afternoon but it was presumed to be the one whistling
> above Curtis around 630 to 7am this morning.
>
> Tracy Tate
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 7
> Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 23:14:51 +0000
> From: mb b
> To: "va-bird@listserve.com"
> Subject: [Va-bird] herbicides at Little Hunting Creek
> Message-ID:
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"
>
> Today (Tuesday Aug 25) while walking around the grounds of Porto Vecchio waiting for a friend, (and looking to see those black terns again while I waited) I was approached by two women. I think they approached me because I had my binoculars and camera with me. They were very upset. They lived there, said they, and they said the board of directors of Porto Vechhio had approved spraying and dumping herbicides into the river to kill the spatterdock and the hydrilla. They had been informed that the solution dumped was 58% glyphosate, and 42% things they could not remember. They received a notice that the river would be toxic for three weeks near the dumping area. They were concerned about Dyke Marsh, about fish and bird kills, and about the right or lack thereof of private parties to do such a thing. They said that they thought the river was Maryland's and DC's but that the permit they had been told was received was from Virginia. I also observed a sick or injured juvenile gull
a
> t the bridge - could not fly. A couple who had a car with them took it to the vet to await a wildlife rehabilitator.
> The women said they think this was not the first time this summer this had been done. I wonder, if true, if this had anything to do with the 30-50 large dead fish I saw floating last week from my kayak. There were many of them all together.
>
> In any event, from the stench of chemicals, (I can still taste them just from breathing there) I think it likely what they said is true; that spraying and dumping herbicides was done in the river at Little Hunting Creek. I have no idea if this is legal or not, if they would need a federal permit as well as a state one to do this, or if it is permitted at all. But I saw nothing but gulls there - no more peeps as I saw Sunday, or terns floating along on hydrilla mats. I figured I would post the info here and email Friends of Dyke Marsh, and let the proper people do what can be done, if anything.
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 8
> Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:17:19 -0800
> From: reports@hawkcount.org
> To: va-bird@listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (25 Aug 2015) 29 Raptors
> Message-ID:
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
>
> Harvey's Knob
> Roanoke, Virginia, USA
> Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 25, 2015
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
> Osprey 0 4 4
> Bald Eagle 2 10 10
> Northern Harrier 0 0 0
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 5 5
> Cooper's Hawk 1 8 8
> Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
> Broad-winged Hawk 22 34 34
> Red-tailed Hawk 1 6 6
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 1 5 5
> Merlin 0 1 1
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
> Unknown Buteo 0 4 4
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 2 2
>
> Total: 29 80 80
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Observation start time: 08:30:00
> Observation end time: 15:00:00
> Total observation time: 6.5 hours
>
> Official Counter: Carl Christensen
>
> Observers: Darryl Martin
>
> Visitors:
> Had 3 or 4 couples from out of state stop with a few questions. A special
> thanks to Darryl for all his help today.
>
>
> Weather:
> Beautiful day with SW winds at 2-3 diminishing to 1 late in the watch.
> Cloud cover at 5% and temperatures ranging from 15>23 by the end of the
> day. Visibility at 4-5.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> ABE at 9:08, IBE at 11:26. Most raptors observed on the east side on the
> horizon and lifting higher after 12:30. Two kettles of BWs; the first with
> 5 in number; the second with 7. All others were single sightings.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> Few people using the Parkway, and no hikers observed today.
>
> Three monarchs were counted.
>
> Predictions:
> Repeat of today, both weather and birds.
> ========================================================================
> Report submitted by Carl Christianson ()
> Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
> http://bijame.googlepages.com/...
>
>
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 9
> Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 20:49:23 -0400
> From: "meadows9"
> To:
> Subject: [Va-bird] Yellow Throated Warbler- Pittsylvania County
> Message-ID:
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
>
> This evening I had a Yellow Throated Warbler visit my bird bath rock in the
> back yard. It's a first for my yard. The warbler ate from the peanut
> feeder and the suet feeder only to return and drink and bathe again at the
> rock. Bob Schamerhorn's design has scored again!!!! That's twice in one
> week!!!
>
>
>
> Lexi Meadows
>
> Pittsylvania County
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 10
> Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 20:57:27 -0400
> From: "meadows9"
> To:
> Subject: [Va-bird] Yellow Throated Warbler Pittsylvania County
> Message-ID:
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
>
> I forgot to enclose a photo link in the previous post.
>
>
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
>
>
> Lexi Meadows
>
> Pittsylvania County
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 11
> Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 21:27:52 -0400
> From: Paul Glass
> To: 'Jeff Blalock'
> Cc: VA-BIRD
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Brown Booby
> Message-ID:
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"
>
> I got a response from the photographer on Flickr that the bird was
> photographed from a boat just above the dam. If it's still in that area, it
> should be visible from one of the overlooks or the visitor's center.
>
> Paul Glass
> South Boston, VA
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jeff Blalock [mailto:jcbabirder@gcronline.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2015 4:14 PM
> To: VA-BIRD
> Subject: [Va-bird] Brown Booby
>
>
> Does anyone know the person that took the photos of the booby. So that we
> might can get more details of where it was seen
>
> >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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>
> Message: 12
> Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 21:30:10 -0400
> From: "Jon Little"
> To: ,
> Subject: [Va-bird] Canada Warbler / Frederick Co.
> Message-ID:
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
>
> While birding at 3rd Winchester Battlefield this afternoon, we came upon a
> male Canada Warbler working among the trees - in the very same spot we've
> seen 3 males of that species before.
>
>
>
> Jon & BJ Little
>
> Winchester
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 13
> Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 21:41:32 -0400
> From: Craig Zalk
> To: va-bird@listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] Hummingbird Update - Reston
> Message-ID:
>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
>
> At 7pm this evening (Tuesday) I observed about 10 hummingbirds in my front
> yard in one viewing. That means I have more than 10 , but at a one time
> [snapshot], I noted 10, mostly chasing and fighting and sneaking quick
> drinks of sugar water when possible. I increased the number of feeders to
> seven, to keep the population as high as possible. Over the weekend, I did
> not have quite as many hummers, but the yard was still busy with noisy
> hummingbirds. Last year, mid-August was my population peak with greater
> numbers than what I currently have.
>
> Happy birding to all. Craig
> (south part of) Reston, Northern VA, Fairfax County
> --
> ----------------------------------------------------------
> Craig Zalk
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 14
> Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 22:37:54 -0400
> From: "Pam and Ben"
> To: "Va-Bird"
> Subject: [Va-bird] Late report: 3 Canada warblers at Huntley Meadows
> on Sunday
> Message-ID:
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
>
> Off the Hike/Bike Path. My first clear passerine migrants of the season.
>
>
>
> Ben Jesup
>
> Alexandria
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 15
> Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 22:53:52 -0400
> From: Roger Mayhorn
> To: VA Bird
> Subject: [Va-bird] Early Fall Migrants
> Message-ID:
>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
>
> Today 8/25 here on Compton Mt the following birds, not counting the
> regulars, came through the yard. The Blue-winged and the Tennessee were
> bathing in our yard stream.
>
> Gray Catbird 1
> Brown Thrasher 1
> Blue-winged Warbler 1
> Black-and-white Warbler 1
> Tennessee Warbler 1 FOS
> Black-throated Green Warbler 1
>
> Roger Mayhorn
> Compton Mt
>
>
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>
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Subject: Brown Booby
Date: Wed Aug 26 2015 8:10 am
From: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
 
I just now relocated the booby at the dam

I am on the pull off on the right not in the park after you cross the dam

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: Early Fall Migrants
Date: Tue Aug 25 2015 21:57 pm
From: rogermayhorn AT gmail.com
 
Today 8/25 here on Compton Mt the following birds, not counting the
regulars, came through the yard. The Blue-winged and the Tennessee were
bathing in our yard stream.

Gray Catbird 1
Brown Thrasher 1
Blue-winged Warbler 1
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Tennessee Warbler 1 FOS
Black-throated Green Warbler 1

Roger Mayhorn
Compton Mt
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Subject: Late report: 3 Canada warblers at Huntley Meadows on Sunday
Date: Tue Aug 25 2015 21:41 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Off the Hike/Bike Path.  My first clear passerine migrants of the season.



Ben Jesup

Alexandria

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Subject: Hummingbird Update - Reston
Date: Tue Aug 25 2015 20:45 pm
From: craig.zalk AT gmail.com
 
At 7pm this evening (Tuesday) I observed about 10 hummingbirds in my front
yard in one viewing. That means I have more than 10 , but at a one time
[snapshot], I noted 10, mostly chasing and fighting and sneaking quick
drinks of sugar water when possible. I increased the number of feeders to
seven, to keep the population as high as possible. Over the weekend, I did
not have quite as many hummers, but the yard was still busy with noisy
hummingbirds. Last year, mid-August was my population peak with greater
numbers than what I currently have.

Happy birding to all. Craig
(south part of) Reston, Northern VA, Fairfax County
--
----------------------------------------------------------
Craig Zalk
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Subject: Canada Warbler / Frederick Co.
Date: Tue Aug 25 2015 20:32 pm
From: littlejon48 AT comcast.net
 
While birding at 3rd Winchester Battlefield this afternoon, we came upon a
male Canada Warbler working among the trees - in the very same spot we've
seen 3 males of that species before.



Jon & BJ Little

Winchester

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Subject: Brown Booby
Date: Tue Aug 25 2015 20:31 pm
From: pag AT gcrcompany.com
 
I got a response from the photographer on Flickr that the bird was
photographed from a boat just above the dam. If it's still in that area, it
should be visible from one of the overlooks or the visitor's center.

Paul Glass
South Boston, VA


-----Original Message-----
From: Jeff Blalock [mailto:jcbabirder@gcronline.com]
Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2015 4:14 PM
To: VA-BIRD
Subject: [Va-bird] Brown Booby


Does anyone know the person that took the photos of the booby. So that we
might can get more details of where it was seen

>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: Yellow Throated Warbler Pittsylvania County
Date: Tue Aug 25 2015 20:00 pm
From: meadows9 AT fairpoint.net
 
I forgot to enclose a photo link in the previous post.



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



Lexi Meadows

Pittsylvania County

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Subject: Yellow Throated Warbler- Pittsylvania County
Date: Tue Aug 25 2015 19:52 pm
From: meadows9 AT fairpoint.net
 
This evening I had a Yellow Throated Warbler visit my bird bath rock in the
back yard. It's a first for my yard. The warbler ate from the peanut
feeder and the suet feeder only to return and drink and bathe again at the
rock. Bob Schamerhorn's design has scored again!!!! That's twice in one
week!!!



Lexi Meadows

Pittsylvania County

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Subject: Harvey's Knob (25 Aug 2015) 29 Raptors
Date: Tue Aug 25 2015 18:23 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 25, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 4 4
Bald Eagle 2 10 10
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 5 5
Cooper's Hawk 1 8 8
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 22 34 34
Red-tailed Hawk 1 6 6
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 5 5
Merlin 0 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 4 4
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 2

Total: 29 80 80
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Carl Christensen

Observers: Darryl Martin

Visitors:
Had 3 or 4 couples from out of state stop with a few questions. A special
thanks to Darryl for all his help today.


Weather:
Beautiful day with SW winds at 2-3 diminishing to 1 late in the watch.
Cloud cover at 5% and temperatures ranging from 15>23 by the end of the
day. Visibility at 4-5.

Raptor Observations:
ABE at 9:08, IBE at 11:26. Most raptors observed on the east side on the
horizon and lifting higher after 12:30. Two kettles of BWs; the first with
5 in number; the second with 7. All others were single sightings.

Non-raptor Observations:
Few people using the Parkway, and no hikers observed today.

Three monarchs were counted.

Predictions:
Repeat of today, both weather and birds.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Carl Christianson ()
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/...



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Subject: herbicides at Little Hunting Creek
Date: Tue Aug 25 2015 18:17 pm
From: marlabeth AT hotmail.com
 
Today (Tuesday Aug 25) while walking around the grounds of Porto Vecchio waiting for a friend, (and looking to see those black terns again while I waited) I was approached by two women. I think they approached me because I had my binoculars and camera with me. They were very upset. They lived there, said they, and they said the board of directors of Porto Vechhio had approved spraying and dumping herbicides into the river to kill the spatterdock and the hydrilla. They had been informed that the solution dumped was 58% glyphosate, and 42% things they could not remember. They received a notice that the river would be toxic for three weeks near the dumping area. They were concerned about Dyke Marsh, about fish and bird kills, and about the right or lack thereof of private parties to do such a thing. They said that they thought the river was Maryland's and DC's but that the permit they had been told was received was from Virginia. I also observed a sick or injured juvenile gull a
t the bridge - could not fly. A couple who had a car with them took it to the vet to await a wildlife rehabilitator.
The women said they think this was not the first time this summer this had been done. I wonder, if true, if this had anything to do with the 30-50 large dead fish I saw floating last week from my kayak. There were many of them all together.

In any event, from the stench of chemicals, (I can still taste them just from breathing there) I think it likely what they said is true; that spraying and dumping herbicides was done in the river at Little Hunting Creek. I have no idea if this is legal or not, if they would need a federal permit as well as a state one to do this, or if it is permitted at all. But I saw nothing but gulls there - no more peeps as I saw Sunday, or terns floating along on hydrilla mats. I figured I would post the info here and email Friends of Dyke Marsh, and let the proper people do what can be done, if anything.
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Subject: Common Nighthawk and Mississippi Kites-Lake Smith Terrace area VA Beach
Date: Tue Aug 25 2015 17:39 pm
From: tltaterbug44 AT gmail.com
 
Hi All -

If you are in the Lake Smith Terrace area of VA Beach this evening keep
your eyes open for a Common Nighthawk feeding over this end of Lake Smith.
At about 555pm I spotted its bounding flight profile on slender pointy
looking wings held above the diagonal and the diagnostic white patches
across the primaries were easy to see as it flew over.

I have been trying to keep track of the resident Mississippi Kite movements
so that the late date for them here will be somewhat narrowed down. Now
that the young fledge is far afield at times its been tough. For the last
six days I have been able to watch sometimes one sometimes two adult Kites
soaring and hunting in the skies over Aragona Rd from the dead end of Red
Coat Rd that backs up to a schoolyard field. Looking out across the field
I can spot the Kites flying above the horizon over the school roof and
sometimes diving into a tree about two blocks back from Haygood Red. Its a
far look and today they were quite high. One was definitely a male as its
secondaries and head were prominently white every time it banked in the
right direction. If they are there again tomorrow I will try to locate the
area they dive into. I was unable to locate the young fledged bird in
Thoroughgood this afternoon but it was presumed to be the one whistling
above Curtis around 630 to 7am this morning.

Tracy Tate
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Subject: Brown Booby
Date: Tue Aug 25 2015 15:16 pm
From: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
 
Does anyone know the person that took the photos of the booby. So that we might can get more details of where it was seen

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: Fairfax Co: Hunting Creek: Red-necked Phalarope (25 Aug)
Date: Tue Aug 25 2015 15:09 pm
From: sjsuter29 AT verizon.net
 
A juvenile Red-necked Phalarope was SW of the Hunting Creek (Stone) Bridge around 1345 EDT this afternoon.  I first noticed it inflight heading S heading for the large hydrilla mat to the SE of the bridge.  It landed in one of the open leads in the mat (E of the bike path) and was swimming around in that for at least 10 minutes. If the bird stays around that mat, one could probably locate it from the N end of the Belle Haven picnic grounds.

Other shorebirds present between 1300 & 1400 included 1 White-rumped Sandpiper, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, and 1 juvenile Short-billed Dowitcher. Will post a complete list to eBird. There were also at least 7 Black Terns over the hydrilla mats (5 ad, 2 juv).

Sherman Suter
Alexandria VA 22307
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Subject: Brown Booby at Kerr Lake
Date: Tue Aug 25 2015 14:53 pm
From: 23cahow AT gmail.com
 

Gene Larson posted photos of a Brown Booby from Kerr Lake yesterday 24 August. Not sure where on the lake. He was apparently photographing waterskiers when the bird came by.

Ned Brinkley
Cape Charles, Va.
Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 25, 2015, at 10:33 AM, Stephen Johnson wrote:
>
>
> This morning 25 Aug Lynn and I kayaked out of Belle Haven Marina to visit the Black Terns out on the Potomac. We found 3 for sure in the early light (about 8 AM), and got good photos of two of them perched in the hydrilla mats with two Forster's.
>
> Also a couple of big Royal / Caspian Terns, which I have trouble distinguishing. Big reddish-orange bills, but were they big enough and dark enough to be Caspian? I dunno.
>
> The kayaking approach makes a spotting scope unnecessary. However, the spotting scope approach makes a long slog paddling through thick vegetation unnecessary!!
>
> I saw a report from early this morning for the Red-Necked Phalarope at the link location below. We scanned the water from the Washington Sailing Marina (from land, not kayak) north to National Airport. No sandpiper spp. of any kind, along the shores or in, or over, the water.
>
> http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.8342588,-77.0414543&ll8.8342588,-77.0414543
>
> Good birding everyone!!
>
> Steve Johnson & Lynn Rafferty
>
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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington Area, Aug 25
Date: Tue Aug 25 2015 11:48 am
From: joecoleman AT rstarmail.com
 
FYI  - this report is for sightings from Aug 18 through Aug 24 and was
compiled by Gerry Hawkins & transcribed by Steve Cordle.

Joe Coleman



Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist

Date: 8/25/2015

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



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This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, August 18 and was
completed on Tuesday, August 25 at 8:30 a.m.



The top birds this week were TRUMPETER SWAN*, NEOTROPIC CORMORANT* and the
hybrid BREWSTER'S and LAWRENCE'S WARBLERS*, all in Maryland.



Other birds of interest this week included SNOW GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, EARED
GREBE, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, TRICOLORED HERON, LITTLE BLUE HERON, WHITE
IBIS, MISSISSIPPI KITE, SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN AVOCET, AMERICAN
GOLDEN-PLOVER, UPLAND SANDPIPER, MARBLED GODWIT, STILT, BAIRD, WHITE-RUMPED
and WESTERN SANDPIPERS, RED-NECKED and WILSON'S PHALAROPES, FRANKLIN'S and
BONAPARTE'S GULLS, BLACK and ROYAL TERNS, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE,
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, COMMON NIGHTHAWK, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, BLUE-HEADED and
PHILADELPHIA VIREOS, COMMON RAVEN, GOLDEN-WINGED and MOURNING WARBLERS, LARK
SPARROW and BOBOLINK.



TOP BIRDS



Birders continued to observe a longstanding tagged TRUMPETER SWAN* at Lake
Churchill and NEOTROPIC CORMORANT at Violette's Lock on the C&O Canal in
Montgomery Co, MD, with the latest sightings on August 22 and 23,
respectively.



On August 22 a BREWSTER'S WARBLER*, the more common hybrid between the
BLUE-WINGED and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS, was found in a small flock of
warblers near the entrance to the Minebank Trail at Cromwell Valley Park,
Baltimore Co, MD. On the next day a LAWRENCE'S WARBLER*, the rarer form of
this warbler hybrid, was reported across from the lime kiln/dilapidated
house at this park.



OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST



On August 18 a SNOW GOOSE was found along Figgs Landing Road in Worcester
Co, MD. On August 20 a TUNDRA SWAN was seen along Starr Road near the
intersection with Fox Meadow Road in Queen Anne's Co, MD. A TUNDRA SWAN that
has been present since last winter continues at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack
Co, VA, with the latest sighting on August 24. Waterfowl also included
sightings of several migratory duck species, including BLUE-WINGED TEAL,
NORTHERN PINTAIL, LESSER SCAUP, SURF SCOTER and BUFFLEHEAD.



An EARED GREBE that was first found on August 15 continues at Swan Creek
Wetland - Cox Creek, Anne Arundel Co, MD, with the latest sighting on August
24.



On August 18 three AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were seen in flight over Rehoboth
Golf Park in Sussex Co, DE. Ten AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS continue at Prime
Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE, with the latest sighting on August 23.



TRICOLORED HERONS were found at several locations, including a reporting
area high of nine at Hog Island WMA, Surry Co, VA on August 23, one or two
at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on August 18 and 21, and one at the North
Beach marsh in Calvert Co, MD on August 23. A juvenile LITTLE BLUE HERON was
seen as far west as Big Pool in Fort Frederick SP, Frederick Co, MD on
August 19-21.



WHITE IBIS continue to be seen in good numbers at many coastal locations,
with a high count of 60 at Assateague SP - Causeway, Worcester Co, MD on
August 20. Four WHITE IBIS were seen again inland at the Staunton View
Public Use Area, Mecklenburg Co, VA, with the latest sighting on August 19.



There were fewer reports of MISSISSIPPI KITES during the week, but a high of
five were seen at two locations on Squirrel Level Road in the independent
city of Petersburg and in Dinwiddie Co, VA on August 19, 21 and 22, and one
or two were observed at Runt Powell Farm in Halifax Co, VA on August 19 and
22.



A SANDHILL CRANE was seen again at Pemberton Manor and the Quail Covey Farm
pond in Queen Anne's Co, MD on August 18 and 20, respectively. A SANDHILL
CRANE also was reported in flight over Valley Mill Road in Frederick Co, VA
on August 18.



Over 300 AMERICAN AVOCETS were present at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on
August 17 and 18, and well over 100 remained there later in the week. In
Virginia, 184 AMERICAN AVOCETS were counted at the Craney Island Disposal
Area in Portsmouth on August 20.



An UPLAND SANDPIPER, which is an uncommon migrant on the Eastern Shore, was
spotted in short grass on the South Wash Flats Impoundment at Chincoteague
NWR, Accomack Co, VA during the regular shorebird/gull survey on August 22.
On August 22-24 a high of seven UPLAND SANDPIPERS were seen in the alfalfa
fields along Sassafras-Caldwell Road in northeast Kent Co, MD, which is a
traditional stopover location for this species. On August 23 three UPLAND
SANDPIPERS were found in the grass field on the south side of Oland Road
west of Buckeystown Pike in Frederick Co, MD, another traditional stopover
location. A continuing UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen at the Central Sod Farm on
Swamp Circle Road in Anne Arundel Co, MD on August 18-20.



On August 22 an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was seen at Swan Creek Wetland - Cox
Creek, Anne Arundel Co, MD, which may have been the same bird found there on
August 15. A high of 18 MARBLED GODWITS were seen at Chincoteague NWR,
Accomack Co, VA during the week, while one was seen at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent
Co, DE on August 17 and the Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA on
August 20. STILT SANDPIPERS ranged from a reporting area high of 21 at the
Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA on August 20 to one inland at
Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA on August 22-24. On these same dates
two juvenile BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS were seen at a pond on the north side of
Route 9 about five miles east of Georgetown in Sussex Co, DE, which is one
of the so-called Gravel Hill DelDOT/Besche Furniture Ponds. Three
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were found at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA
during the regular shorebird/gull survey on August 22, and one was seen at
Broadkill Marsh in Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on August 22 and the West
Ocean City Pond in Worcester Co, MD on August 23.



On August 24 a juvenile RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was spotted in the Potomac
River (District of Columbia waters) from the Washington Sailing Marina in
Alexandria, VA. Six RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, and three WILSON'S PHALAROPES,
were among the many shorebirds at the Craney Island Disposal Area in
Portsmouth, VA on August 20, which also included 47 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, the
high in the area for the week.



On August 21 a FRANKLIN'S GULL was spotted in a mixed gull/tern flock in a
restricted part of Masonville Cove in Baltimore, MD. BONAPARTE'S GULLS began
moving through the area, with two seen at Dyke Marsh WP, Fairfax Co, VA on
August 21 and one observed from a private beach house in Calvert Co, MD on
the same date.



Migrating BLACK TERNS were observed at many locations and may be found at
almost any body of water in the reporting area at this time.

Sightings in Virginia included a high of four at Sandy River Reservoir,
Prince Edward Co on August 18 and 19, ten at McCune's pond on Kiddsville
Road (private) in Augusta Co on August 19, 15 at the Staunton View Public
Use Area, Mecklenburg Co on August 19, a high of 10 over the Potomac River
from Dyke Marsh WP and the nearby Hunting Creek bridge in Alexandria on
August 20-24 and two at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co on August 22. BLACK
TERN sightings in Maryland included nine at Violette's Lock on the C&O Canal
in Montgomery Co on August 18, two at Swan Creek Wetland - Cox Creek, Anne
Arundel Co on August 20, two at Triadelphia Reservoir, Howard Co on August
20 and one at the Chestertown WWTP, Kent Co on August 23 and 24. In Delaware
a high of six BLACK TERNS were seen at the hawk watch and Gordon's Pond in
Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co on August 21 and 22, and three wee seen at the
Ted Harvey WMA, Sussex Co on August 22.



On August 22 a ROYAL TERN was found on a hydrilla mat off the big dirt
parking lot at Ospreys Golf Club at Belmont Bay in Woodbridge, Prince
William Co, VA, which is a relatively uncommon sighting away from the coast.




EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES continue in certain parts of southern Virginia,
including Virginia Beach and Back Bay NWR in the east and the city of
Radford and Pulaski Co in the southwest, where a high of

13 were found in the vicinity of Route 114 and nearby Belspring Road on
August 18.



A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was reported along the box trail at Cromwell Valley
Park, Baltimore Co, MD on August 23 and heard calling at the Smithsonian
Environmental Research Center, Anne Arundel Co, MD on August 19.

The scenic U. S. Air Force Memorial in Arlington Co, VA continues to be one
of the best locations in the area to see migrating COMMON NIGHTHAWKS,
especially on Friday nights, when the lights from the free concerts by the
U. S. Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants further illuminate these birds
against the night sky.



On August 21 a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen on Laurel Fork Road, about
one-half mile from the junction with Rt. 640, in Blue Grass, Highland Co,
VA.



A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at Wheaton Regional Park, Montgomery Co, MD on
August 22, Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore Co, MD on August 23 and
Susquehanna SP, Harford Co, MD on August 23. Migrant vireos also included an
early BLUE-HEADED VIREO found on private property on Black Walnut Point in
Talbot Co, MD on August 23.



During the week a lowland COMMON RAVEN was seen as far east as Swan Creek
Wetland - Cox Creek, Anne Arundel Co, MD on August 20 and 22.



Warblers increased in numbers and diversity, and late in the week ten or
more warbler species were seen at Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC,
Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore Co, MD and Elk Neck SP, Cecil Co, MD.
Noteworthy warbler sightings included a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER found in a
mixed warbler flock at Chino Farms - Foreman's Branch Bird Observatory,
Queen Anne's Co, MD on August 18, which is an especially uncommon sighting
on the Eastern Shore. An always-desirable MOURNING WARBLER was found at Swan
Creek Wetland - Cox Creek, Anne Arundel Co, MD on August 22 and Cromwell
Valley Park, Baltimore Co, MD on August 23. Warblers also included one to
several early TENNESSEE, NASHVILLE, CAPE MAY, BAY-BREASTED, BLACKPOLL and
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS.



On August 22 a LARK SPARROW was spotted near a feeder behind the visitors
center in Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA.



Migrant BOBOLINKS included flocks of 18 in Bardane, Jefferson Co, WV on
August 18, 10 at Mount Pleasant Farm - Howard County Conservancy, Howard Co,
MD on August 22, and 13 at Elk Neck SP, Cecil Co, MD on August 23.



***



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.



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.

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the state, and include your name and a Tuesday morning contact, e-mail or
phone.



Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.



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