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06 May: @ 20:37:36  Bobolinks in Loudoun County [Farid Javidan]
06 May: @ 19:31:09  Nighthawks in the area [Arun Bose]
06 May: @ 18:50:17  Rockingham Bird Club Hillandale Park trip (Harrisonburg) - 14 warblers, incuding Wilson's and Blue-winged [Diane L via va-bird]
06 May: @ 18:32:56  Virginia Rail, Rockingham County [Kevin Shank]
06 May: @ 17:16:49  Eurasian Collared Dove [Mark Johnson]
06 May: @ 13:13:13  Black-billed Cuckoo - Compton Mt [Roger mayhorn]
06 May: @ 12:46:32 Re: Black billed cuckoo now at Ft CF Smith Arlington [Secret Egret]
06 May: @ 11:52:13  Yellow billed cuckoo at Ft CF Smith Arlington [Karen Fairweather]
06 May: @ 11:27:14  Black billed cuckoo now at Ft CF Smith Arlington [Karen Fairweather]
06 May: @ 10:52:57  DC Area Visit [Doug Shoffner]
06 May: @ 10:00:05  Monticello Bird Club [David White]
06 May: @ 09:40:43  Huntley Meadows [Edward Eder]
06 May: @ 09:18:33  Snowy Egret at Claude Moore Park in Loudoun [Farid Javidan]
06 May: @ 09:07:31  Breeding Warblers [Marshall Faintich]
06 May: @ 09:06:15  Harlequin Duck - CBBT island #1 [Robert Ake]
06 May: @ 07:29:11  Prothonotary Warblers and More - Dutch Gap [Otis G. Sowell, Jr.]
06 May: @ 00:50:43  James River Park (42nd St) - FOS Acadian, Chat, Redstart, others [Alyssa Freeman]
05 May: @ 21:37:21  May 4 Chincoteague Shorebird/Gull Survey [Joelle Buffa]
05 May: @ 20:54:10  FOY Great Crested Flycatcher, Wood Thrush, Scarlet Tanager in Blue Ridge [Nancy Young]
05 May: @ 20:23:07  Bobolinks and Grasshopper Sparrow [=?WINDOWS-1252?Q?Rowe,__Richard_A,_=94Dick=94?=]
05 May: @ 20:07:12  Chuck-will's-widow and whip-poor-will both outside house windows, Union Springs, R'ham Co [Kevin Shank]
05 May: @ 15:13:32  Highland County RAPTORTHON (100 species, 18 warblers) (Delayed report from Saturday) [Gabriel Mapel via va-bird]
05 May: @ 14:51:20  Bay-breasted, Cape May, Swainson's, Hooded Warblers--Chesapeake [David Gibson]
05 May: @ 14:40:41  Bay-breasted, Prothonotary, and other warblers at Huntley Meadows [Larry Cartwright]
05 May: @ 14:26:56  Voice: Greater Washington Area, May 5 [Joe Coleman]
05 May: @ 12:17:09  Mississippi Kite at Wilck's Lake in Farmville, Prince Edward County [Evan Spears]
05 May: @ 11:38:40  15 warblers @ Union Springs, R'ham Co [Kevin Shank]
05 May: @ 11:33:06  Great Dismal Swamp NWR--Canal Trail, May 5, 2015, Swainson's, Cape May & Bay-breasted Warblers [David Gibson]
05 May: @ 11:30:32  Cape May Warblers [Lee Adams]
05 May: @ 10:05:19  Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
05 May: @ 08:54:15  Cape May Warbler [Janet Martin]
05 May: @ 07:28:10  Willow Flycatcher - Swoope Area [Matt Anthony]
04 May: @ 21:37:58 Re: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Walter L. Barrows]
04 May: @ 20:46:59 Re: Orange-variant Scarlet Tanager at Monticello Park today [David White]
04 May: @ 20:28:31  Orange-variant Scarlet Tanager at Monticello Park today [Donald Sweig]
04 May: @ 18:58:54  Flycatcher help [Andrew Rapp]
04 May: @ 18:43:05  Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
04 May: @ 17:16:06  DOUBLE Grosbeaks [Donald Sweig]
04 May: @ 15:54:25  dead tree swallows [Frederick Atwood via va-bird]
04 May: @ 15:16:22  IMBD Walk at Loudoun's Bles Park, May 4, 2015 [Bill Brown]
04 May: @ 14:29:23 Re: American Bittern at Alexandria African American Heritage Park [Trista Nealon]
04 May: @ 14:16:39  16 Warbler Species including Kentucky at Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax County [David Boltz]
04 May: @ 14:11:10  Mississippi Kite, Va Beach [Ned Brinkley]
04 May: @ 13:50:56  SNP - Pocosin YT Vireo nest & Ramblr tracking app [Diane L via va-bird]
04 May: @ 12:21:16  Bobolinks / Clarke & Warren Cos [Jon Little]
04 May: @ 11:33:45  Blue-winged Warbler, other FOS birds @ Union Springs, R'ham Co [Kevin Shank]
04 May: @ 11:17:01  Warblers and others along the Blue Ridge Parkway [=?WINDOWS-1252?Q?Rowe,__Richard_A,_=94Dick=94?=]
04 May: @ 09:34:39  American Bittern continues 10:15 am [hayessg]
04 May: @ 09:33:44 Re: American Bittern at Alexandria African American Heritage Park [Trista Nealon]
04 May: @ 08:16:23  Little Spring Day [Alyce Quinn via va-bird]





Subject: Bobolinks in Loudoun County
Date: Wed May 6 2015 20:37 pm
From: fjavidan82 AT gmail.com
 
Hello all,

This evening around 7:00 I was walking around the "inland" pond in Claude
Moore Park's Old Vestal's Gap Rd and I saw 6 Bobolinks on a tall tree
singing their exciting, bubbly songs. What an exciting sighting! Earlier
today, I also saw a Snowy Egret in the same pond.

Farid, Ashburn
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Subject: Nighthawks in the area
Date: Wed May 6 2015 19:31 pm
From: arun1bose AT gmail.com
 
Just saw my first Nighthawks of the year. 13-15 birds over the James River at Pony Pasture in Richmond. 

Arun Bose
Richmond

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Subject: Rockingham Bird Club Hillandale Park trip (Harrisonburg) - 14 warblers, incuding Wilson's and Blue-winged
Date: Wed May 6 2015 18:50 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Today's RBC Hillandale Park morning walk turned up a great mix of birds including 14 warbler species, Scarlet Tanagers, and a Red-headed Woodpecker (heard calling from the adjacent golf course.)  Tom Mizell is our much-appreciated Hillandale Walk leader;  his preliminary report is of the following warblers:

Wilson's
Blue-winged
Cerulean, male (seldom seen/reported in the City)
Black-throated Blue
Black-throated Green
Common Yellowthroat
Nashville
Magnolia
Northern Waterthrush
Ovenbird
Black-and-white
Palm
Northern Parula
Yellow-rumped

Many of these were singing. It was a real treat to hear both the Magnolia and the Wilson's choruses with the birds in good view.

Hillandale is a Harrisonburg City Park. It has wonderfully varied habitat that includes mature woods; small creek; lawn; brushy edge-habitat; and natural open fields (interspersed with occasional cedars and deciduous trees) that have occasionally hosted migrating YB Chat and Prairie Warbler. Club walks are held monthly on varying dates.


Diane Lepkowski
Rockingham Bird Club

Harrisonburg
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Subject: Virginia Rail, Rockingham County
Date: Wed May 6 2015 18:32 pm
From: birds AT naturefriendmagazine.com
 
We had the opportunity to photograph a Virginia Rail at a private location
today. The location was in western Rockingham County near Hopkins Gap.



One photo is currently posted; more photos coming.



Virginia Rail photos

http://www.naturefriendmagazine.com/photos/photos.pl?catid2



Clicking the small photo on the right will enlarge it.



Kevin Shank

Rockingham County





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Subject: Eurasian Collared Dove
Date: Wed May 6 2015 17:16 pm
From: birdmanj61 AT gmail.com
 
Hello all,
A couple who live in Downtown Lynchburg
reported a Eurasian Collared Dove visiting
their feeder about 2 weeks ago off and on.
I decided to go check it out yesterday
afternoon after work. I arrived at the house
at 5:40 and was not disappointed. I was there
less than 5 min. and saw the Dove sitting on a wire.
It stayed for about a min. and flew off to a nearby tree.
It called 6 times but I never saw it. This would be a
first sighting for Lynchburg and vicinity.

Mark Johnson
Madison Heights, Va.
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Subject: Black-billed Cuckoo - Compton Mt
Date: Wed May 6 2015 13:13 pm
From: rmayhorn AT hughes.net
 




I just heard a Black-billed Cuckoo calling in the woods near our yard. I never got sight of it. It moved farther back into the woods and then either moved too far away for me to hear it, or it became silent as they often do.


Roger Mayhorn
Compton Mt
Buchanan County
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Subject: Black billed cuckoo now at Ft CF Smith Arlington
Date: Wed May 6 2015 12:46 pm
From: mysecretegret AT gmail.com
 
We just reported to the park and no sign of cuckoos or FOS warblers. Will keep looking and update if found.

Sent from my iPhone

> On May 6, 2015, at 12:12 PM, Karen Fairweather wrote:
>
> Silent, perched in a tree next to the parking lot by the bird stream. Also seen FOS Cape May and Swainson's thrush.
>
> Karen Fairweather
> Arlington, VA
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Yellow billed cuckoo at Ft CF Smith Arlington
Date: Wed May 6 2015 11:52 am
From: twofairs AT msn.com
 
Also silent, in the same area as the black billed about 10 minutes later.

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Subject: Black billed cuckoo now at Ft CF Smith Arlington
Date: Wed May 6 2015 11:27 am
From: twofairs AT msn.com
 
Silent, perched in a tree next to the parking lot by the bird stream. Also seen FOS Cape May and Swainson's thrush.

Karen Fairweather
Arlington, VA

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Subject: DC Area Visit
Date: Wed May 6 2015 10:52 am
From: eishky AT hotmail.com
 
I will be visiting from Colorado and I am looking for a birding pal in the Fairfax or Alexandria region on May 20.  If anyone is interested in a good long day visiting local hotspots.  I am willing to purchase the gas. My alternative is to take the Richmond Express to Huntley Meadows and that will likely be the only spot I could visit using public transit.

Thank you

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Subject: Monticello Bird Club
Date: Wed May 6 2015 10:00 am
From: dizoo AT comcast.net
 
This morning the MBC hosted Birding Before Work bird walk #8 of 10 total.  This morning's walk took place at Riverview Park in Charlottesville, along the Rivanna River with 10 persons in attendance.  The following species were identified:
Carolina Wren
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Chickadee
N. Cardinal
Tree Swallow
Common Grackle
Mourning Dove
Great Crested Flycatcher
E. Starling
Blue-grey Gnatcatcher
Downy Woodpecker
Louisiana Waterthrush
Mallard
American Crow
Belted Kingfisher
Canada Goose
Blue Jay
Red-eyed Vireo
N. Rough-winged Swallow
Red-bellied Woodpecker
White-throated Sparrow
Solitary Sandpiper
White-eyed Vireo
Indigo Bunting
Common Yellowthroat
N. Flicker
American Goldfinch
Fish Crow
Barn Swallow
Baltimore Oriole
Robin
Song Sparrow

Tomorrow's (Thursday's) walk and Friday's walk will take place beginning at 7 a.m. at the Ivy Creek Natural Area and at Observatory Hill at UVa, respectively.

David I. White Jr. | 505 Park Plaza, Charlottesville VA | H: 434-296-4272 | C: 434-466-3636 | dizoo@comcast.net
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Subject: Huntley Meadows
Date: Wed May 6 2015 9:40 am
From: nutmegz AT mac.com
 
A Glossy Ibis was seen behind the branch pile to the right of the loop observation platform this morning.
Two Virginia Rails were seen bathing and allopreeining near the loop.
Four Rusty Blackbids were seen near the tower.
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Subject: Snowy Egret at Claude Moore Park in Loudoun
Date: Wed May 6 2015 9:18 am
From: fjavidan82 AT gmail.com
 
Hello all,

Around 9:30 this morning I was walking by the second pond on Vestal's Gap Road in Claude Moore Park when I saw a Snowy Egret. It was smaller and was feeding much more actively than a Great Egret. I was able to observe it for quite a bit to make sure it was not a Great Egret. It flew around the pond a few times in search of food. It had long, thin black bill, black legs and yellow feet.

Farid, Ashburn

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Subject: Breeding Warblers
Date: Wed May 6 2015 9:07 am
From: mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com
 
at the north end of the Blue Ridge Parkway; 5/5/15. Report and photos:




http://www.symbolicmessengers....



Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA



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mfaintich@theworddoctor.com



mfaintich@cyberwind.net



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



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Subject: Harlequin Duck - CBBT island #1
Date: Wed May 6 2015 9:06 am
From: robertake AT gmail.com
 
A female Harlequin Duck is loafing on the rocks and feeding near the tip of
Island #1 of the CBBT. Just left the island and it was still there.
Bob Ake
Norfolk


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6603 Catherine Street
Norfolk VA 23505

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Subject: Prothonotary Warblers and More - Dutch Gap
Date: Wed May 6 2015 7:29 am
From: otissowell AT gmail.com
 
I took a late afternoon drive to Dutch Gap Conservation Area in Chesterfield yesterday afternoon to look for Wood ducks. I did not see any, but there were a few other sights that made the trip well worth the drive.

I heard lots of Prothonotary Warblers, Red-eyed Vireos, Blue-grey Gnatcatchers and Red-winged Blackbirds.

I saw the following:

1 Immature Bald Eagle
2 Ospreys hunting together
Tree swallows
1 Great Blue Heron
2 Mockingbirds
19 Canada Geese (including 15 Goslings)
4 Brown Thrashers
3 Red-winged Blackbirds
1 eastern Bluebird
1 Indigo Bunting

27 photos from yesterday’s trip: https://www.flickr.com/photos/...?

Otis Sowell, Jr.

palmyra, Va.
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Subject: James River Park (42nd St) - FOS Acadian, Chat, Redstart, others
Date: Wed May 6 2015 0:50 am
From: tsiporah.shani AT gmail.com
 
I walked around James River Park at the 42nd Street location for about 6
hours this morning and this afternoon. I saw 49 species (all in the first 3
1/2 hours), plus a duck flying overhead that I couldn't identify past
Mallard or American Black. I saw and/or heard my first Acadian Flycatcher
of the year, plus only my second ever Yellow-breasted Chat. I sat and
listened to it for about 10 minutes. Very cool sounds! I also heard a
couple of Swainson's Thrushes (at least one calling and one singing), a
lingering Hermit Thrush, a female American Redstart, Chestnut-sided
Warbler, as well as about 10 each of Black and White Warblers and Northern
Parulas and a pair of immature American Robins. Altogether, it was an 11
warbler species morning! I've submitted a full checklist to eBird here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23256653 with some photos.
More photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/... This is my
first time uploading my photos to Flickr, so I hope the link is good! I got
some great pics of a Veery, Northern Parula and several Black-and-Whites,
plus some other birds.

Alyssa Freeman
Richmond, VA
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Subject: May 4 Chincoteague Shorebird/Gull Survey
Date: Tue May 5 2015 21:37 pm
From: clyde_joelle AT verizon.net
 

Below are the results of our weekly shorebird/gull survey conducted at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Monday May 4, 2015. All water areas (impoundments and beach areas) were covered in a 9 hour survey. All individuals are counted for the target species; other birds seen or heard on the survey are followed by a dash.  
 We enjoyed at great spring migration shorebird survey at CNWR. We counted over 100 species of birds (including all species of birds, not just those listed on the shorebird survey form) which is a single-day record for us on the Refuge survey route. It was a long one (9 hours) with the first mosquitos of the year but well worth it. We counted 6,978 individuals (highest number so far this year) of 19 shorebird species (highest diversity this year). Dunlin continue to dominate the numbers with 3,467 followed by Semi-palmated Plovers (969), Dowitcher (most if not all Short-billed) (669) and Semi-palmated Sandpiper (574). Notable shorebird species were: One Western Sandpiper: which we don't often see this time of year, One Spotted Sandpiper: which has seemed rare so far this year, Two Red Knot: first of the spring migrants, Stilt Sandpiper (3), and the usual May influx of Whimbrel (133 -most all of which were on Wild Beach). Obviously, shorebird migration kicked into high gear this week and should continue to climb over the next few weeks. We saw our first Gull-billed Terns (in the Bay along the Service Rd, opposite of Wash Flats).
Land bird migration is also in full glory. Land birds of interest were three species we have seen at other locations on the Eastern Shore of Virginia but never on a shorebird survey on the Refuge: One Yellow-crowned Night Heron was found in Tom's Cove marsh as seen from Beach Road just as you leave the trees driving toward the beach. This is a species that is sometimes seen in the town of Chincoteague but is a first for us on the Refuge. We saw and heard Bobolinks for the first time on the Refuge near the Wash Flats impoundments off the Service Road. A singing Baltimore Oriole was a delight not far from the more common Orchard Orioles along the Service Road beside Wash Flats.
Our next survey is scheduled for Tues. May 12. Joelle Buffa & Clyde Morris

| Canada Goose | -- |
| Tundra Swan | 1 |
| American Black Duck | -- |
| Mallard | -- |
| Blue-winged Teal | -- |
| Black Scoter | -- |
| Bufflehead | 2 |
| Red-breasted Merganser | -- |
| Wild Turkey | -- |
| Common Loon | 4 |
| Double-crested Cormorant | 330 |
| Brown Pelican | 6 |
| Great Blue Heron | -- |
| Great Egret | -- |
| Snowy Egret | -- |
| Little Blue Heron | -- |
| Tricolored Heron | -- |
| Cattle Egret | -- |
| Green Heron | -- |
| Yellow-crowned Night-Heron | -- |
| White Ibis | -- |
| Glossy Ibis | -- |
| Black Vulture | -- |
| Turkey Vulture | -- |
| Osprey | -- |
| Bald Eagle | -- |
| Clapper Rail | -- |
| American Oystercatcher | 19 |
| Black-bellied Plover | 79 |
| Semipalmated Plover | 969 |
| Piping Plover | 48 |
| Killdeer | 3 |
| Spotted Sandpiper | 1 |
| Greater Yellowlegs | 88 |
| Willet | 76 |
| Lesser Yellowlegs | 134 |
| Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs | 21 |
| Whimbrel | 133 |
| Ruddy Turnstone | 36 |
| Red Knot | 2 |
| Stilt Sandpiper | 3 |
| Sanderling | 468 |
| Dunlin | 3,467 |
| Least Sandpiper | 182 |
| Semipalmated Sandpiper | 574 |
| Western Sandpiper | 1 |
| peep sp. | 24 |
| Short/Long-billed Dowitcher | 669 |
| Laughing Gull | 89 |
| Ring-billed Gull | 8 |
| Herring Gull | 223 |
| Lesser Black-backed Gull | 53 |
| Great Black-backed Gull | 80 |
| Least Tern | 127 |
| Gull-billed Tern | 5 |
| Common Tern | 13 |
| Forster's Tern | 72 |
| Royal Tern | 6 |
| Mourning Dove | -- |
| Chuck-will's-widow | -- |
| Red-headed Woodpecker | -- |
| Northern Flicker | -- |
| Great Crested Flycatcher | -- |
| Eastern Kingbird | -- |
| White-eyed Vireo | -- |
| Red-eyed Vireo | -- |
| American Crow | -- |
| Fish Crow | -- |
| Horned Lark | -- |
| Tree Swallow | -- |
| Barn Swallow | -- |
| Carolina Chickadee | -- |
| Tufted Titmouse | -- |
| House Wren | -- |
| Marsh Wren | -- |
| Carolina Wren | -- |
| Blue-gray Gnatcatcher | -- |
| American Robin | -- |
| Gray Catbird | -- |
| Brown Thrasher | -- |
| Northern Mockingbird | -- |
| European Starling | -- |
| Common Yellowthroat | -- |
| Yellow Warbler | -- |
| Pine Warbler | -- |
| Yellow-rumped Warbler | -- |
| Yellow-throated Warbler | -- |
| Prairie Warbler | -- |
| Eastern Towhee | -- |
| Chipping Sparrow | -- |
| Savannah Sparrow | -- |
| Northern Cardinal | -- |
| Blue Grosbeak | -- |
| Indigo Bunting | -- |
| Bobolink | -- |
| Red-winged Blackbird | -- |
| Eastern Meadowlark | -- |
| Common Grackle | -- |
| Boat-tailed Grackle | -- |
| Brown-headed Cowbird | -- |
| Orchard Oriole | -- |
| Baltimore Oriole | -- |
| American Goldfinch | -- |

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Subject: FOY Great Crested Flycatcher, Wood Thrush, Scarlet Tanager in Blue Ridge
Date: Tue May 5 2015 20:54 pm
From: nanjyoung AT juno.com
 
Saw and heard the GC Flycatcher in the big white oak at the edge of our
woods. He stayed all day. Other years when we've had the flycatchers they
have always picked out that same tree.

This morning I had the pleasure of hearing a Wood Thrush singing in the
woods below my house.

I never did see the Scarlet Tanager though he sang high in the trees for
over an hour. It was clearly the "robin-with-a-sore-throat" song.

Sunday our FOY Indigo Bunting (male) was eating seeds on the deck. I guess
he was passing through. I have yet to hear one sing around here.

One day last week we had our first female RT Hummer but have not seen her
since.

Lots of Pine Siskins are still around. I counted about a dozen today.

Nancy Young
Blue Ridge,
Botetourt County



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Subject: Bobolinks and Grasshopper Sparrow
Date: Tue May 5 2015 20:23 pm
From: RoweRA AT vmi.edu
 
Thanks to the sharp eyes and ears of a local birder, a flock of about 40 Bobolinks was located and has been hanging out in a hay field in an area north of Lexington.  The Bobolinks are feeding in the hay field and singing.  In addition, a single Grasshopper Sparrow was present  singing and trying to set up a territory.  Ive posted some photos on my Flickr site, if you are interested.

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

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept.
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Subject: Chuck-will's-widow and whip-poor-will both outside house windows, Union Springs, R'ham Co
Date: Tue May 5 2015 20:07 pm
From: birds AT naturefriendmagazine.com
 
Just now, we were in the living room with a west window open and a south
window open when a whip-poor-will suddenly burst into song so loudly that
I'm guessing he may have been within twenty feet of our house. Soon a
chuck-will's-widow cut loose near the edge of the yard, and we could hear
its song coming in through the south window. We could hear its "chuck" even
with the noisy whip singing at the top of his voice.



Backing up to a highlight for me from yesterday morning, before daylight I
stood in a trail in one of the clearings in our woods listening to both the
whip-poor-wills and chuck-will-widows sing. A soft noise and perhaps a
little movement drew my attention down to the ground in front of me. I wish
I had not looked, because right there about three feet from my shoe sat a
whip-poor-will. He had just flown in and landed in the trail in front of me.
My movement to see him sent him flying. I'd have rather heard him from three
feet away than to just have seen him at that distance.



I say whip-poor-will, but all I could see of the bird in the moonlight when
it flew were the strong white margins of the tail. It could have been a
chuck-will-widow, I suppose, but the size of the bird seemed more consistent
with that of the smaller whip-poor-will. Also, the whip had been singing
closer to me than the chuck-will's-widow had been.



We've been hearing multiple birds of both species.



Kevin Shank





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Subject: Highland County RAPTORTHON (100 species, 18 warblers) (Delayed report from Saturday)
Date: Tue May 5 2015 15:13 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hi all,
Sorry for the delayed report. This past Saturday (May 2nd) Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch's Team "Fly Like an Eagle" (Brenda Tekin, Penny Warren, and me) set out on our annual all-day RAPTORTHON fundraiser to Highland County.

We started off at 6:30am at the Confederate Breastworks along Hwy 250 on the Augusta/Highland County border and tallied our first 19 species. Highlights included a distant calling Barred Owl, 1 Black-capped Chickadee, 3 Gnatcatchers, a nice array of Warblers (4 Ovenbird, 1 Worm-eating, 2 Black-and-white, 2 Cape May, 1 Magnolia, 1 Black-throated Blue, 2 Black-throated Green), 1 Scarlet Tanager, and a flyover flock of 13 Pine Siskin.

From here we headed west deep into Highland County birding Hwy 250 from the Breastworks to Monterey. Along the first stretch of this road (10 miles from the Breastworks to McDowell) we tallied 39 species with highlights: 1 Northern Goshawk (an adult flyover seen by Penny & Brenda), 1 Killdeer, 1 Great Crested Flycatcher, 1 Raven, 1 BC Chickadee, 1 House Wren, 2 Gnatcatcher, 1 Wood Thrush, 7 warbler species (9 Ovenbird, 2 Worm-eating, 3 Golden-winged, 4 Black-and-white, 1 Hooded, 2 Redstart, 1 Northern Parula), both Oriole species (1 Orchard & 2 Baltimore), and 1 Pine Siskin at the McDowell feeders. The second stretch of this road from McDowell-Monterey was much quieter and we only saw a few repeat warblers. Before reaching Monterey we drove along Rte 631 (Rich Hills Rd) and added 2 Wood Duck, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and another Wood Thrush.

Traveling south from Monterey on Hwy 220 we had 1 Bobolink between Monterey and Hwy 84. Traveling Hwy 84 from Hwy 220 to the WV State Line we had 31 species with highlights: 1 Red-breasted Merganser (female at a small roadside pond), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Least Flycatcher, 1 Cliff Swallow, and warblers (4 Ovenbird, 1 Louisiana Waterthrush, 3 Black-and-white, 1 Redstart, 1 Cape May, 1 Parula, 2 Yellow, 2 Black-throated Green). Traversing Paddy Knob in Bath County for the next nearly 3 hours we added 1 Ruffed Grouse, 1 Wild Turkey that trotted across the road in front of us, 2 different male/female pairs of Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 2 more Least Flycatchers, 2 Blue-headed Vireos, 1 Veery, 1 Hermit Thrush, 7 warbler species (11 Ovenbird, 6 Black-and-white, 1 adult male Nashville seen well by all of us, 3 Redstart, 5 Blackburnian, 2 Black-throated Blue, 10 Black-throated Green), and a Grasshopper Sparrow.

Heading back north of Hwy 84 as we passed Meadowdale Rd we spotted an adult Bald Eagle flying, possibly one from the nearby nest site. Birding Dug Bank Rd from Hwy 84-Hwy 250 we added 1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird, 1 Red-headed Woodpecker, 3 Flicker, another Least Flycatcher, and 1 Eastern Kingbird. Once we shot up to Blue Grass we headed west into the mountains on Laurel Fork Rd. Highlights of 35 species included: 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk picked up by Brenda, 2 more Ruffed Grouse (both seen well including one that we nearly hit!), another Hummingbird, 2 more Kingfishers, 2 more Flickers, 1 E. Wood-Pewee, 1 Acadian Flycatcher, 2 Swainson's & 2 Hermit Thrushes, warblers (3 C. Yellowthroats at Straight Fork, 2 Blackburnian, 1 Yellow-rumped, and 4 Black-throated Green), 1 Field Sparrow, 2 Vesper Sparrows right before the road enters the forest west of Blue Grass, 1 Swamp Sparrow at Straight Fork, and another Baltimore Oriole. On our way back on Laurel Fork Rd
west of Straight Fork we hit a very active pocket of bird and added 3 birds within 2 minutes! (2 Brown Creepers, 3 Red-breasted Nuthatches, and a Golden-crowned Kinglet).

We then spent an hour working through the Blue Grass Valley and saw repeat Hummingbird, Great Crested Flycatcher, Kingbird, Cliff Swallows, and Yellow Warbler, and added one new bird -- N. Rough-winged Swallow. At Forks of Water we tried and failed for Warbling Vireo but added a Palm Warbler (Western subspecies). At the Fish Hatchery along Hwy 220 just south of Forks of Water we had hopes of Osprey and Ducks. It looked like we would fail but as we were pulling out I spotted not one but 2 Osprey circling overhead! In Monterey we tallied our final bird (#100!), Chimney Swift.

It was a fabulous day and huge thanks to my awesome teammates Brenda and Penny for their spotting and identification skills, and to all of our donors who supported this annual fundraiser! Half the proceeds will go to the Hawk Migration Association of North America and the other half come back to our own Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch.

Good Birding,
Team Fly Like an Eagle (Yours truly Gabriel Mapel, Brenda Tekin, and Penny Warren)
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Subject: Bay-breasted, Cape May, Swainson's, Hooded Warblers--Chesapeake
Date: Tue May 5 2015 14:51 pm
From: davidrhorer AT verizon.net
 
Above is the subj. line I should've used earlier. Just wanted folks to know those birds and many others were there (on the Canal Trail) this a.m. Good luck! Dave

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Subject: Bay-breasted, Prothonotary, and other warblers at Huntley Meadows
Date: Tue May 5 2015 14:40 pm
From: prowarbler AT verizon.net
 


I did my weekly survey and monitored nest boxes on the King's
Highway/Telegraph Road side of Huntley Meadows today. I did not have as
great a day as Dave Boltz did, but still picked up some respectable birds.
I looked and listened for Dave's Kentucky Warbler (nice photo Dave!), but
with no luck. However, a singing Bay-breasted Warbler in the first meadow
was a nice consolation prize. I started out at the parking lot at 6:15 and
instantly heard my first of the year Acadian Flycatcher. Three of the four
Acadians I heard were between the parking lot and maintenance building.
When I got to the first meadow, I was greeted by three singing Indigo
Buntings and a host of Common Yellowthroats. Then I heard and found the
Bay-breasted Warbler just off the little unmaintained path that runs along
the right side of the meadow. I heard my first Great Crested Flycatcher
soon after that. The Pond Trail rewarded me with a Blue-headed Vireo. I
was thrilled to see that the Yellow-breasted Chats have returned to the
woodcock meadow. I found the Prothonotary Warbler near the water control
structure where park volunteer Melina Tye has placed some nest boxes for
them.



It looks like the bluebird nest boxes are being dominated by Tree Swallows.
These birds do not seem to have suffered the misfortunes as Fred's Tree
Swallows. Several breeding pairs are on eggs as is a Carolina Chickadee pair
at the maintenance building box.



Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, US-VA May 5, 2015 6:16
AM - 12:06 PM

Protocol: Traveling

3.0 mile(s)

Comments: Route consists of Hike-Bike and Pond Trails, woodcock meadow,
central and north wetlands, and water control structure. Weather was sunny
with light breeze with temperatures ranging from low 60s to mid 70s. Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8

53 species



Canada Goose 3

Mallard 3

Hooded Merganser 2

Great Blue Heron 1

Osprey 2

Solitary Sandpiper 3

Greater Yellowlegs 1

Mourning Dove 11

Yellow-billed Cuckoo 3

Red-bellied Woodpecker 19

Downy Woodpecker 2

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1

Pileated Woodpecker 2

Eastern Wood-Pewee 1

Acadian Flycatcher 4

Great Crested Flycatcher 4

Blue-headed Vireo 1

Red-eyed Vireo 17

Blue Jay 8

American Crow 2

Fish Crow 7

Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2

Tree Swallow 12

Carolina Chickadee 13

Tufted Titmouse 15

White-breasted Nuthatch 3

House Wren 1

Carolina Wren 3

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 28

Swainson's Thrush 1

Wood Thrush 2

American Robin 16

Gray Catbird 1

Ovenbird 16

Black-and-white Warbler 1

Prothonotary Warbler 1

Common Yellowthroat 31

American Redstart 2

Northern Parula 4

Bay-breasted Warbler 1

Black-throated Blue Warbler 7

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 11

Black-throated Green Warbler 3

Yellow-breasted Chat 3

Eastern Towhee 12

White-throated Sparrow 2

Scarlet Tanager 4

Northern Cardinal 28

Indigo Bunting 12

Red-winged Blackbird 30

Common Grackle (Purple) 9

Brown-headed Cowbird 4

American Goldfinch 8



View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23242782



This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



Larry Cartwright

prowarbler@verizon.net



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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington Area, May 5
Date: Tue May 5 2015 14:26 pm
From: joecoleman AT rstarmail.com
 
FYI  - this report is for sightings from April 28 through May 4 and was
compiled by Bob Hartman & transcribed by Steve Cordle.

Joe Coleman



Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist

Date: 5/5/2015

Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle

Reports, comments, questions: voice@anshome.org

Compiler: Bob Hartman

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, April 28,
and was completed on Tuesday, May 5, at about 7:30 a.m.



Top birds this week: WHITE-FACED IBIS, SNOWY PLOVER*, LAWRENCE'S WARBLER
(BLUE-WINGED/GOLDEN-WINGED hybrid), and NELSON'S SPARROW, all in MD, and
WESTERN TANAGER* in VA.



Other birds of interest are: TRUMPETER SWAN, TUNDRA SWAN, dwindling ducks,
BROAD-WINGED HAWK, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, LITTLE GULL, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE,
and warblers and other migrants, including GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER and
CERULEAN WARBLER.



TOP BIRDS



A WHITE-FACED IBIS was present on May 3 along Public Landing Rd just west of
Paw Paw Creek Rd, in Worcester Co MD. A SNOWY PLOVER*, the MD first state
record, showed up May 4 at Hart-Miller Island (Baltimore Co). On May 3, a
LAWRENCE'S WARBLER (a BLUE-WINGED/GOLDEN-WINGED hybrid) was seen in
Washington Co MD, several hundred ft east along the railroad tracks at the
end of Shanktown Rd. A NELSON'S SPARROW was seen April 28 in Anne Arundel
Co MD along Dent Rd. A really special yard bird was a WESTERN TANAGER*
coming to a feeder in Stuart's Draft VA (Augusta Co) on May 3.



OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST



The TRUMPETER SWAN at Lake Churchill (Montgomery Co MD) continued through
May 2. Another late swan, probably an immature TUNDRA SWAN, was present May
2 on Merganser Pond at Patuxent Research Refuge N. Tract (Anne Arundel Co
MD). Although ducks are disappearing, a few are hanging around, including
very late CANVASBACKs, two seen at Swan Creek Wetland (Anne Arundel Co MD)
April 28 and May 1, and one seen at Swan Harbor Farm Park (Harford Co MD) on
April 29 and May 1. Even later was a lonely REDHEAD present at Hanlon Park
in Baltimore City on April 29.



Although not numerous, a trickle of BROAD-WINGED HAWKs is being reported
from hawk watches.



An early WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was reported May 4 at Hart-Miller Island,
and two late LITTLE GULLs continued April 30 in Baltimore City at Back
River.



A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was reported May 2 along Shepherds Mill Rd in Clarke Co
VA.



All the expected warblers and other migrants are being seen, sometimes in
surprising numbers. Quite unusual in Montgomery Co MD was a GOLDEN-WINGED
WARBLER seen May 3 at Little Bennett RP. Seemingly more numerous than usual
in the lowlands were CERULEAN WARBLERs, seen April 28 and May 1 & 2 in Rock
Creek Park (NW DC), and also April 30 at Patapsco Valley SP (Carroll Co MD),
May 1 at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship (Loudon Co VA),
with a high count of ten on May 1 at Susquehanna SP (Cecil Co MD).



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, either e-mail or phone.



Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.



*Of interest to the applicable records committee



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Subject: Mississippi Kite at Wilck's Lake in Farmville, Prince Edward County
Date: Tue May 5 2015 12:17 pm
From: e3spears AT gmail.com
 
After getting a late start this morning, I decided to head to Wilck's Lake.
I thought for sure it was too hot and late in the day for any good
migrants, but as soon as I stepped out of the car I noticed a raptor
soaring high above the lake. My first thought was Osprey because of some
white glistening in sun and the swept back/bent wings, however my
binoculars revealed a MISSISSIPPI KITE. The main identifying features were
the overall drab gray body, large fanned tail, and white tops of the
secondaries. I did not get a good look at the head though. This is the
fifth regional record for this species. The fourth record bird was seen on
May 7th, 2014 by Mike Stinson at the same time and place. I just barely got
a distance picture of the kite's profile as he headed south.

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

Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23242709

Evan Spears
Farmville, VA
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Subject: 15 warblers @ Union Springs, R'ham Co
Date: Tue May 5 2015 11:38 am
From: birds AT naturefriendmagazine.com
 
We had a pretty good morning at our place in Union Springs this morning,
with a Swainson's Thrush and 15 warbler species, including Cape May,
Magnolia, and Canada. Complete list follows:



Canada Goose
Ruffed Grouse
Wild Turkey
Turkey Vulture
Broad-winged Hawk
Mourning Dove
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Ovenbird
Worm-eating Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Canada Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch





Shaphan Shank

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Subject: Great Dismal Swamp NWR--Canal Trail, May 5, 2015, Swainson's, Cape May & Bay-breasted Warblers
Date: Tue May 5 2015 11:33 am
From: davidrhorer AT verizon.net
 
Hi all, Had a great morning along the Canal Trail from Cornland Rd. down to
Douglas. Astonishingly (for me anyway), there were multiple Cape May and
Bay-breasted Warblers in song. What?? I no sooner got out of my pickup than
I was being serenaded. Seriously. Unfortunately I didn't get great looks, or
any looks for that matter, at many of the birds, but I enjoy birding by
sound all the same. (And in the early a.m. the sounds are especially loud.)
It's the next best thing. Good birding, Dave Gibson, Chesapeake
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> Great Dismal Swamp NWR--Canal Trail, Chesapeake, US-VA
> May 5, 2015 6:30 AM - 10:00 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 3.0 mile(s)
> 17 species
>
> Green Heron 1
> Red-headed Woodpecker 1
> Acadian Flycatcher 6
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
> Louisiana Waterthrush 2
> Black-and-white Warbler 2
> Swainson's Warbler 1 On Douglas Rd
> Hooded Warbler 1
> Cape May Warbler 2 Heard only at the corner of the Canal Trail &
> Cornland. There may have been more. High pitched, one pitch song. Note
> repeated 4 or 5 times.
> Northern Parula 3
> Bay-breasted Warbler 2 Heard only at the corner of the Canal Trail &
> Cornland and along the Trail as I headed south. There may have been more.
> song was shorter and fainter than a Black & White's (they were singing
> too).
> Yellow-throated Warbler 2
> Prairie Warbler 2
> Yellow-breasted Chat 1 At the corner of the Trail and Douglas Rd. (ah
> Douglas!).
> Scarlet Tanager 1
> Northern Cardinal 2 Nest was at the corner of Cornland and the Trail.
> Orchard Oriole 1
>
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> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23242627
>
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Subject: Cape May Warblers
Date: Tue May 5 2015 11:30 am
From: leeloudenslageradams AT gmail.com
 
This morning in Fredericksburg I saw several male Cape May Warblers chasing
each other around the tree tops. Yellow Warblers and Northern Parulas were
singing while Eastern Bluebirds, White-breasted Nuthatches and Gray
Catbirds visited a mealworm feeders in my friends' backyard.

Yesterday at home on the Rappahannock River in the Northern Neck a male
Rose-breasted Grosbeak eyed me from atop the sunflower seed feeder while
Blackpolls called from the Willow Oaks. FOS Indigo Buntings and Eastern
Wood-Pewees were also spotted.

--
Lee Loudenslager Adams
Suggett's Point Warsaw, VA
Fredericksburg, VA
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Subject: Virginia Rare Bird Alert
Date: Tue May 5 2015 10:05 am
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 


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*** Species Summary:

Northern Shoveler (1 Fairfax)
Surf Scoter (1 Mathews)
Black Scoter (1 Mathews)
Bufflehead (1 Accomack, 2 Hampton)
Common Merganser (1 Loudoun)
Ruddy Duck (1 James City, 1 Loudoun)
Common Loon (1 Loudoun)
Horned Grebe (1 Mathews, 1 Portsmouth)
Anhinga (1 James City)
Black-necked Stilt (1 Gloucester)
Semipalmated Plover (1 Loudoun)
Piping Plover (1 Hampton)
Willet (2 Fairfax)
Gull-billed Tern (1 Mathews)
Acadian Flycatcher (1 Rockingham)
Willow Flycatcher (1 Augusta)
Least Flycatcher (1 Rockingham)
Tennessee Warbler (1 Charlottesville)
Nashville Warbler (Eastern) (1 Accomack)
Palm Warbler (1 Hampton)
Lincoln's Sparrow (1 Fairfax)
Dark-eyed Junco (1 Greene, 2 Louisa)
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (1 Madison)
Western Tanager (1 Augusta)
Rusty Blackbird (1 Loudoun)
Purple Finch (1 Augusta, 6 Fairfax, 1 Harrisonburg, 1 Rockingham)

---------------------------------------------
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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 01, 2015 07:25 by Ben Jesup
- Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7599063,-77.1169853&ll8.7599063,-77.1169853
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23228445

Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) (8)
- Reported May 03, 2015 16:20 by Janice Frye
- Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve - CMT04, Mathews, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.4102069,-76.2489138&ll7.4102069,-76.2489138
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23222953
- Comments: "Out at scope distance, with one female BLSC. The male has a rather eye-catching head in adult plumage, and another one appeared to be developing the white patch on the back of the head. Crossley indicates that some females have a pale nape."

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (1)
- Reported May 03, 2015 16:20 by Janice Frye
- Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve - CMT04, Mathews, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.4102069,-76.2489138&ll7.4102069,-76.2489138
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23222953
- Comments: "Distinctive pale area on lower part of face, slightly smaller than SUSC nearby."

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) (2)
- Reported May 03, 2015 16:40 by Bill Hohenstein
- Chincoteague NWR--Swan Cove, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.8941,-75.3485&ll7.8941,-75.3485
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23233760
- Comments: "Females -- in middle of cove -- diving actively"

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) (1)
- Reported May 02, 2015 07:30 by William Boeh
- Langley AFB (Private), Hampton, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.096025,-76.3511395&ll7.096025,-76.3511395
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23233897
- Comments: "Unmistakable white/black markings observed from approx. 75 yards. No doubt."

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) (4)
- Reported May 02, 2015 11:00 by cary koronas
- North Fort Monroe, Hampton, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.030651,-76.2958002&ll7.030651,-76.2958002
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23218233
- Comments: "in Mill Creek, seen well in scope, fairly unmistakable, 2 males and 2 females: males white at waterline and on head, females with white spot on face"

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (2)
- Reported May 03, 2015 by Gerco Hoogeweg
- Loudoun County--Birdathon, Loudoun, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q9.031986,-77.5195313&ll9.031986,-77.5195313
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23232750
- Comments: "[Raven Loonatics Birdathon 2015]"

Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) (1)
- Reported May 03, 2015 09:45 by Peyton Smith
- Jamestown Island - CLP03, James City, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.2031985,-76.7564106&ll7.2031985,-76.7564106
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23223048
- Comments: "spotted with scope from point of jamestown island, one individual"

Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) (1)
- Reported May 03, 2015 by Gerco Hoogeweg
- Loudoun County--Birdathon, Loudoun, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q9.031986,-77.5195313&ll9.031986,-77.5195313
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23232750
- Comments: "[Raven Loonatics Birdathon 2015] female; pond in brambleton"

Common Loon (Gavia immer) (1)
- Reported May 04, 2015 18:00 by Brian Meyerriecks
- Daley Pond, Loudoun, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q9.2170933,-77.6882744&ll9.2170933,-77.6882744
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23230381
- Comments: "On my lake for past three weeks"

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) (1)
- Reported May 02, 2015 08:00 by Peyton Smith
- 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=S23186692
- Comments: "Somewhat late, but not unusual for date and location"

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) (1)
- Reported May 03, 2015 14:20 by Janice Frye
- Williams Wharf, Mathews, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.4034231,-76.3454974&ll7.4034231,-76.3454974
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23221066
- Comments: "In breeding plumage. Even at a distance, the bill, profile, and coloration would not be right for another species. No scope photo."

Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) (7)
- Reported May 03, 2015 09:45 by Peyton Smith
- Jamestown Island - CLP03, James City, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.2031985,-76.7564106&ll7.2031985,-76.7564106
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23223048
- Comments: "7 adult birds (all black, no brown) seen soaring above tree line of Jamestown Island, tail much longer than DC cormorant, hovering which is typical, also white was clearly visible on wings"

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (3)
- Reported May 04, 2015 11:50 by Jason Strickland
- Ditch Bank rd, Gloucester, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.2775702,-76.4209414&ll7.2775702,-76.4209414
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23237831
- Comments: "Tall, black and white wader, actively feeding in a flooded field across from an oyster house...got photos"

Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) (3)
- Reported May 03, 2015 by Gerco Hoogeweg
- Loudoun County--Birdathon, Loudoun, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q9.031986,-77.5195313&ll9.031986,-77.5195313
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23232750
- Comments: "[Raven Loonatics Birdathon 2015] Kinkora wetlands"

Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) (12)
- Reported May 03, 2015 12:00 by Scott Peters
- Grandview Beach, Hampton, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.0821,-76.2734&ll7.0821,-76.2734
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23226486
- Comments: "Observed several groups of piping plovers spread out along the beach feeding along the debris and tidal pools."

Willet (Tringa semipalmata) (1)
- Reported May 02, 2015 12:30 by Luke Powell
- Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7599063,-77.1169853&ll8.7599063,-77.1169853
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23228736
- Comments: "about the same size as the greater yellowlegs. Legs dark grey. bill straight."

Willet (Tringa semipalmata) (1)
- Reported May 02, 2015 12:30 by Andreanna Welch
- Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7599063,-77.1169853&ll8.7599063,-77.1169853
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23234004
- Comments: "about the same size as the greater yellowlegs. Legs dark grey. bill straight."

Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica) (1)
- Reported May 03, 2015 16:20 by Janice Frye
- Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve - CMT04, Mathews, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.4102069,-76.2489138&ll7.4102069,-76.2489138
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23222953
- Comments: "Heavy black bill, alone over the marsh, buoyant flight, appeared to be after insects at times. Never saw it dive."

Acadian Flycatcher (Empidonax virescens) (2)
- Reported May 03, 2015 09:45 by Diane Lepkowski
- Switzer Lake Area - MNR03, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.5719,-79.1451&ll8.5719,-79.1451
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23218695

Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) (1)
- Reported May 04, 2015 11:20 by Matt Anthony
- Swoope Area, Augusta, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.1404564,-79.2048333&ll8.1404564,-79.2048333
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23224129
- Comments: "Early. Singing from a wet depression with small/medium size trees, at a known location.

"

Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus) (1)
- Reported May 04, 2015 by William Leigh
- SNP Maintenance Baldface overl, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.3975526,-78.5097504&ll8.3975526,-78.5097504
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23234718

Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina) (1)
- Reported May 02, 2015 08:00 by Walker Catlett
- The Rivanna Trail--Holmes Ave access, Charlottesville, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.045856,-78.462289&ll8.045856,-78.462289
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23233642
- Comments: "Small bird, brownish back, thin bill pink at base"

Nashville Warbler (Eastern) (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) (1)
- Reported May 05, 2015 05:05 by Walter Wehtje
- Deep Hole Road vicinity, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.9378008,-75.3499889&ll7.9378008,-75.3499889
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23238375
- Comments: "Heard distinctive two-tone song across road from trails on Hallie Whealton Smith Drive. Very familiar with song from breeding grounds in Canada."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (3)
- Reported May 02, 2015 07:00 by David Youker
- Mercury North Count area, Hampton, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.0742013,-76.4060926&ll7.0742013,-76.4060926
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23228148
- Comments: "not unusual to find this species here; seen well by all observers"

Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) (1)
- Reported Apr 29, 2015 07:10 by Ben Jesup
- White Oaks Park, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7648194,-77.0704361&ll8.7648194,-77.0704361
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23132884
- Comments: "/p I have a crappy but diagnostic picture. I've seen this species here several times in the past."

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) (1)
- Reported May 02, 2015 10:45 by Diane Lepkowski
- Shenandoah NP--Pocosin Cabin, Greene, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.4103229,-78.4887931&ll8.4103229,-78.4887931
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23219189
- Comments: "found year-round here."

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis) (3)
- Reported May 04, 2015 09:50 by Russell Conard
- Shenandoah NP--Rapidan Fire Road, Madison, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.50962,-78.42558&ll8.50962,-78.42558
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23226584

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) (1)
- Reported May 01, 2015 19:00 by Winston Barham
- le petit Manoir, Louisa, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.989779,-78.2339001&ll7.989779,-78.2339001
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23220464
- Comments: "seen previous day as well, vocalizing often and sticking close to white-throated sparrows. Winter birds had been gone a couple of weeks."

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) (1)
- Reported May 01, 2015 07:15 by Winston Barham
- le petit Manoir, Louisa, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.989779,-78.2339001&ll7.989779,-78.2339001
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23225848
- Comments: "a surprise straggler - the rest left a couple of weeks ago - but it stuck close to feeder so I got good looks and heard contact calls. Seen the next morning as well."

Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) (1)
- Reported May 04, 2015 08:00 by Brenda Tekin
- US-VA-Stuarts Draft-108 Canton Ln, Augusta, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.004986,-78.986227&ll8.004986,-78.986227
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23222431
- Comments: "Adult male showed up at back feeders and was photographed perched in Maple tree."

Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) (1)
- Reported May 03, 2015 by Gerco Hoogeweg
- Loudoun County--Birdathon, Loudoun, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q9.031986,-77.5195313&ll9.031986,-77.5195313
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23232750
- Comments: "[Raven Loonatics Birdathon 2015] Kinkora Wetlands - one female in brreding plumage"

Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) (1)
- Reported May 04, 2015 10:40 by William Benish
- Hillandale Park, Harrisonburg, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.4423629,-78.8958263&ll8.4423629,-78.8958263
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23220995
- Comments: "Brown- also singing."

Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) (1)
- Reported May 03, 2015 08:15 by Diane Lepkowski
- Home: Osceola Springs Rd, Harrisonburg, VA, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.3882094,-78.8622793&ll8.3882094,-78.8622793
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23218634

Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 04, 2015 07:50 by P.W. Boyd
- Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7599063,-77.1169853&ll8.7599063,-77.1169853
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23222629
- Comments: "One colorful male and two females or first -year males feeding on Quaking Aspen catkins near Woodcock Meadow."

Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 04, 2015 07:00 by Sherman Suter
- Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7599063,-77.1169853&ll8.7599063,-77.1169853
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23223703
- Comments: "continuing birds N edge of woodcock meadow; forked tails, unstreaked undertail coverts; male rose red, brightest on head & rump; females with strongly contrasting palesupercilium;"

Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 04, 2015 07:00 by David Boltz
- Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7599063,-77.1169853&ll8.7599063,-77.1169853
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23225265
- Comments: "continuing birds N edge of woodcock meadow; forked tails, unstreaked undertail coverts; male rose red, brightest on head & rump; females with strongly contrasting palesupercilium;"

Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 04, 2015 07:00 by Richard Rieger
- Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7599063,-77.1169853&ll8.7599063,-77.1169853
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23224240
- Comments: "continuing birds N edge of woodcock meadow; forked tails, unstreaked undertail coverts; male rose red, brightest on head & rump; females with strongly contrasting palesupercilium;"

Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 02, 2015 06:45 by Kenneth Hunt
- Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7599063,-77.1169853&ll8.7599063,-77.1169853
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23218509
- Comments: "1 male, 3 females mixed with American Goldfinches. Good scope views of the male."

Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) (13) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 01, 2015 07:25 by Ben Jesup
- Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.7599063,-77.1169853&ll8.7599063,-77.1169853
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23228445
- Comments: "/cs"

Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) (1)
- Reported May 04, 2015 08:00 by Brenda Tekin
- US-VA-Stuarts Draft-108 Canton Ln, Augusta, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.004986,-78.986227&ll8.004986,-78.986227
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23222431
- Comments: "Looked like a female at back feeder."

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Subject: Cape May Warbler
Date: Tue May 5 2015 8:54 am
From: janet5204martin AT gmail.com
 
I just had a new yard bird!

A very nice male Cape May Warbler. He really was beautiful.

What a wonderful way to start the day!

Good birding to all on this warm sunny day.

Cheers, Janet Martin
North Springfield, VA
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Subject: Willow Flycatcher - Swoope Area
Date: Tue May 5 2015 7:28 am
From: mhanthony AT email.wm.edu
 
Hi all,

Yesterday, the William & Mary Ornithology Class took a field trip to bird
several locations in the Shenandoah Valley. Our best find of the trip was
an early WILLOW FLYCATCHER in the Swoope area. I knew it was early, but
after talking to others, it seems that there are very few reports so far,
so I figured I would share. We first heard the bird singing, and later
viewed it, just south of Smithleigh Lake, across the road from the last
known Loggerhead Shrike nesting spot.

Best,
--Matt Anthony
Williamsburg
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Date: Mon May 4 2015 21:37 pm
From: wbarrows AT gmail.com
 
I've added some pix to my Huntley Meadows gallery from today's most
pleasant birdwalk.

http://wlb3.smugmug.com/Virgin...

Thanks, Harry.

*Walt*

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On Mon, May 4, 2015 at 7:36 PM, Harry Glasgow
wrote:

> Today we experienced one of the more spectacular days on the Huntley
> Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk. Whether it was the extremely large group
> of birders (40), or the near record numbers of species counted (78), it was
> quite a day. Our highlights included 14 species of Wood Warbler; increased
> numbers of shorebirds brought about, perhaps, by the lowered water levels;
> and the sighting of 3 Virginia Rails, with two acting and grunting in ways
> that suggest courtship. We can hope.
>
> Canada Goose 28
> Wood Duck 9
> Mallard 14
> Blue-winged Teal 2
> Hooded Merganser 22 With about 10 young
> Great Blue Heron 5
> Green Heron 2
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Osprey 2
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1
> Virginia Rail 3
> American Coot 2
> Spotted Sandpiper 3
> Solitary Sandpiper 13
> Greater Yellowlegs 2
> Lesser Yellowlegs 6
> Least Sandpiper 6
> Wilson's Snipe 3
> Mourning Dove 4
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo 4
> Barred Owl 1
> Chimney Swift 5
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Hairy Woodpecker 2
> Pileated Woodpecker 3
> Acadian Flycatcher 2
> Great Crested Flycatcher 2
> Eastern Kingbird 1
> Red-eyed Vireo 12
> Blue Jay 13
> American Crow 3
> Fish Crow 4
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow 4
> Purple Martin 1
> Tree Swallow 20
> Barn Swallow 8
> Carolina Chickadee 6
> Tufted Titmouse 3
> White-breasted Nuthatch 3
> Carolina Wren 3
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 15
> Eastern Bluebird 1
> Veery 1
> Hermit Thrush 1
> Wood Thrush 3
> American Robin 6
> Gray Catbird 4
> Northern Mockingbird 1
> European Starling 4
> Ovenbird 3
> Northern Waterthrush 2
> Black-and-white Warbler 3
> Prothonotary Warbler 1
> Common Yellowthroat 15
> American Redstart 1
> Northern Parula 3
> Yellow Warbler 1
> Blackpoll Warbler 1
> Black-throated Blue Warbler 2
> Palm Warbler 1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
> Black-throated Green Warbler 2
> Canada Warbler 1
> Eastern Towhee 1
> Chipping Sparrow 1
> Song Sparrow 1
> Swamp Sparrow 2
> White-throated Sparrow 10
> Scarlet Tanager 1
> Northern Cardinal 8
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
> Red-winged Blackbird 25
> Rusty Blackbird 2
> Common Grackle 10
> Brown-headed Cowbird 2
> American Goldfinch 4
>
> The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows
> since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during
> electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 7AM (8AM from
> November through March), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is
> open to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701
> Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff
> during normal business hours at (703)768-2525.
>
> Harry Glasgow
> Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
>
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Subject: Orange-variant Scarlet Tanager at Monticello Park today
Date: Mon May 4 2015 20:46 pm
From: dizoo AT comcast.net
 
Many years ago I had an orange Scarlet Tanager in a tree line near the house in Monroe County WV; I cannot recall the source now but somewhere I read that 1st year males sometimes have this coloration.  Could it be that "simple?"

David I. White Jr. | 505 Park Plaza, Charlottesville VA | H: 434-296-4272 | C: 434-466-3636 | dizoo@comcast.net

> On May 4, 2015, at 9:26 PM, Donald Sweig wrote:
>
> Most of the several adult, male, Scarlet Tanagers seen at Monticello Park today were the bright-red Scarlet color with black wings that one expects to see on this bird.
> One of the adult males, however, while retaining the black wings of an adult male bird, had a body color that was orange, somewhat like an Oriole.
> David Sibley specifically notes this color-variant on page 463 of the first edition of his bird guide.
> I have seen orange-variant Scarlet tanagers at Monticello Park before, in the 25 years that I've been birding there. I also had one at the birdbath in my yard about 8 or 10 years ago.
> The bird was seen, and it's color noted, by a number of people in the park. I was able to get a very good photograph of the bird when it was down low on one of the saplings by the creek. I shared this photograph, on my camera, with several other people in the park.
>
> I have never been able to determine, with any degree of certainty, exactly what causes this orange-variant color on an-otherwise red bird. It is apparently either a genetic aberration, or is caused by the food that the bird eats, or some combination thereof.
> Whatever the cause, it's a strikingly interesting bird to see.
>
> You just never know what you might see at Monticello park this time of year.
> Donald Sweig
> Falls Church, Virginia
>
>
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Subject: Orange-variant Scarlet Tanager at Monticello Park today
Date: Mon May 4 2015 20:28 pm
From: skybirds.d AT gmail.com
 
Most of the several adult, male, Scarlet Tanagers seen at Monticello Park today were the bright-red Scarlet color with black wings that one expects to see on this bird.
One of the adult males, however, while retaining the black wings of an adult male bird, had a body color that was orange, somewhat like an Oriole.
David Sibley specifically notes this color-variant on page 463 of the first edition of his bird guide.
I have seen orange-variant Scarlet tanagers at Monticello Park before, in the 25 years that I've been birding there. I also had one at the birdbath in my yard about 8 or 10 years ago.
The bird was seen, and it's color noted, by a number of people in the park. I was able to get a very good photograph of the bird when it was down low on one of the saplings by the creek. I shared this photograph, on my camera, with several other people in the park.

I have never been able to determine, with any degree of certainty, exactly what causes this orange-variant color on an-otherwise red bird. It is apparently either a genetic aberration, or is caused by the food that the bird eats, or some combination thereof.
Whatever the cause, it's a strikingly interesting bird to see.

You just never know what you might see at Monticello park this time of year.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia


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Subject: Flycatcher help
Date: Mon May 4 2015 18:58 pm
From: lax3birder AT live.com
 
Hey everyone,
Today after school I walked around the house (Albemarle Co) finding a Swainson's Thrush and an Ovenbird. Then I found a silent Empie (Fun) sitting in a clump of vines over the creek. My immediate thoughts of the bird was a Traill's but my mind wondered to a Yellow-bellied when he occasionally flicked his tail and then to an Acadian. I have ruled out Least by size and thicker tail on this bird. I am now on Acadian again. Here is a link to an album I made for this bird. https://www.flickr.com/photos/... Please don't be shy to share opinions. Here is what I noted when watching this bird. First off it seemed un interested in any of my tapes so no help there. Alright the medium sized bird with an olive back and wings, yellowish wing bars, faint yellowish eyering, knobbed tip of tail which makes me lean away from Traill's but isn't decisive, orange lower mandible, yellowish throat not very visible in this picture, yellow lower belly, bobbing of tai
l occasionally, and an olivish upper belly. If it were a Yellow-bellied it would be a paler bird but that isn't unusual as there are extremely bright and dull Yellow-bellied. What I am leaning towards now is an Acadian but usually they seem to have a lime wash over the entire belly but no darker upper belly coloration which this bird has, also usually Acadians are higher up in trees and not low level forager. A Traill's is similar but the defined wingbars and a knobbed tip of tail lead me away from them.
Good Birding,
Andrew Rapp

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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Date: Mon May 4 2015 18:43 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
 Today we experienced one of the more spectacular days on the Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.  Whether it was the extremely large group of birders (40), or the near record numbers of species counted (78), it was quite a day.  Our highlights included 14 species of Wood Warbler; increased numbers of shorebirds brought about, perhaps, by the lowered water levels; and the sighting of 3 Virginia Rails, with two acting and grunting in ways that suggest courtship.  We can hope.

Canada Goose  28
Wood Duck  9
Mallard  14
Blue-winged Teal  2
Hooded Merganser  22    With about 10 young
Great Blue Heron  5
Green Heron  2
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Virginia Rail  3
American Coot  2
Spotted Sandpiper  3
Solitary Sandpiper  13
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  6
Least Sandpiper  6
Wilson's Snipe  3
Mourning Dove  4Yellow-billed Cuckoo  4
Barred Owl  1
Chimney Swift  5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Acadian Flycatcher  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  1
Red-eyed Vireo  12
Blue Jay  13
American Crow  3
Fish Crow  4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  4
Purple Martin  1
Tree Swallow  20
Barn Swallow  8
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  15
Eastern Bluebird  1
Veery  1
Hermit Thrush  1
Wood Thrush  3
American Robin  6
Gray Catbird  4
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  4
Ovenbird  3
Northern Waterthrush  2
Black-and-white Warbler  3
Prothonotary Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  15
American Redstart  1
Northern Parula  3
Yellow Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler  2
Palm Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  4
Black-throated Green Warbler  2
Canada Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Chipping Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  10
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  8
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Red-winged Blackbird  25
Rusty Blackbird  2
Common Grackle  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
American Goldfinch  4
The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 7AM (8AM from November through March), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at (703)768-2525.
Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: DOUBLE Grosbeaks
Date: Mon May 4 2015 17:16 pm
From: skybirds.d AT gmail.com
 
I glanced up at the birdfeeders while I was eating my lunch today and discovered two, male, Rose-breasted grosbeaks, one on the suet feeder and the other one on the sunflower seeds.
WHAT A TREAT !!
Unfortunately, one of them flew off before I could get to the camera, but I got some nice pictures of the other one, which has been back several times since.
Isn't early May wonderful ?
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: dead tree swallows
Date: Mon May 4 2015 15:54 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Dear VA-BirdersIn checking our 16-box bluebird trail on campus today (Flint Hill School, Oakton, Fairfax Co)  I was saddened to find one box with 5 dead adult tree swallows in it.  Earlier in the spring I had been overjoyed to see good numbers of this beautiful bird flying around the campus. Today there are only about three remaining.The two most-recently-dead birds were definitely emaciated, their keel bones (sternum) protruding and their flight muscles greatly reduced. The others also seemed the same, but they had been dead for a longer time so I am not sure about them.  I am guessing that this cool damp spring has grounded their aerial insect food supply.  Today is the first day this spring that the pesky gnats that fly around your eyes and face were a nuisance.   Hopefully now the remaining swallows will have enough food to fatten up and raise some youngsters.There were three bluebird nests also present, a little behind schedule compared to earlier years, containing 3, 4, and 5 eggs.  I am curious to find out if other bluebird trail monitors are finding similar tree swallow deaths this year. All the best
Fred 
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...
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Subject: IMBD Walk at Loudoun's Bles Park, May 4, 2015
Date: Mon May 4 2015 15:16 pm
From: billbr50 AT msn.com
 
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy is sponsoring a series of bird walks this week to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day.  Twelve people showed up for today's walk was at Bles Park and enjoyed perfect weather and great birding.  Highlights included a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Scarlet Tanagers, a Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Orchard and Baltimore Orioles, and Indigo Buntings.
The next walk in the series will be at 8:00 AM on 6 May, at the Institute Farm in Aldie, home of the National Beagle Club of America. See LoudounWildlife.org for more details and registration.
Bill BrownHerndon
> Date: Mon, 4 May 2015 15:56:51 -0400
> From: ebird-checklist@cornell.edu
> To: billbr50@msn.com
> Subject: eBird Report - Bles Park, May 4, 2015
>
> Bles Park, Loudoun, US-VA
> May 4, 2015 8:00 AM - 11:20 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.5 mile(s)
> 49 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose 6
> Double-crested Cormorant 1
> Great Blue Heron 3
> Green Heron 5
> Black Vulture 2
> Turkey Vulture 3
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1
> gull sp. 3
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 8
> Mourning Dove 4
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
> Chimney Swift 2
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Eastern Phoebe 1
> Great Crested Flycatcher 3
> White-eyed Vireo 1
> Blue Jay 8
> American Crow X
> Fish Crow X
> Tree Swallow 6
> Barn Swallow 8
> Carolina Chickadee 5
> Tufted Titmouse 1
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> Carolina Wren 2
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
> American Robin 1
> Gray Catbird 6
> European Starling 4
> Common Yellowthroat 12
> Northern Parula 1
> Yellow Warbler 1
> Black-throated Blue Warbler 3
> Prairie Warbler 2
> Field Sparrow 3
> Song Sparrow 4
> White-throated Sparrow 6
> Scarlet Tanager 3
> Northern Cardinal 8
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
> Indigo Bunting 4
> Red-winged Blackbird X
> Common Grackle X
> Brown-headed Cowbird 4
> Orchard Oriole 4
> Baltimore Oriole 1
> House Finch 2
> American Goldfinch X
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23226715
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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Subject: American Bittern at Alexandria African American Heritage Park
Date: Mon May 4 2015 14:29 pm
From: trnealon AT comcast.net
 
The bittern is still present at 3:15.

Trista

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> On May 4, 2015, at 10:27 AM, Trista Nealon wrote:
>
> Still present at 10:20 a.m.
>
> Trista
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On May 4, 2015, at 8:43 AM, hayessg@gmail.com wrote:
>>
>> This Morning at 8:15 am there was an American Bittern roosting in the trees at the Alexandria African American Heritage Park. It was in the back side of the loop near the canal but in the trees that are in the swampy area.
>>
>> First for this park for me!
>>
>> Shawn Hayes, PhD
>> Alexandria, VA
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: 16 Warbler Species including Kentucky at Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax County
Date: Mon May 4 2015 14:16 pm
From: david.boltz4 AT gmail.com
 
Rich Rieger, Sherman Suter, and I enjoyed a wonderful morning on the
Hike/Bike Trail of Huntley Meadows Park. We tallied a total of 16 warbler
species, including a singing and seen male Kentucky on the Pond Trail Loop
very late in the morning on the way out. Other highlights included several
Canada Warblers, 3 of which were very near the parking lot, a singing
Bay-breasted, Veery, Swainson's, Wood Thrush, and Rose Breasted Grosbeak.

Here is a link to a picture of the Kentucky Warbler
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Complete checklist below.

Dave Boltz


Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, US-VA
May 4, 2015 7:00 AM - 12:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.2 kilometer(s)
Comments: with Rich Rieger, Dave Boltz;
from S King & Telegraph lot, very slowly down B&H path, looping through
woodcock meadow, meadow NE of N platform; to N platform (~1000), scanning
main pond before continuing over to water-control structure platform; back
to N platform until ~1105; back up B&H, taking Pond Loop trail;
10 to 26 C; partly cloudy (scattered 3 km) to start, clearing by 0800; NW 5
km/hr to calm, then variable 8 to 10 km/hr, to S 12 km/hr; sunrise 0608
EDT; water level about the same as for 29 Apr;
68 species

Canada Goose 12
Wood Duck 3
Mallard 7
Blue-winged Teal 2
Hooded Merganser 2
Great Blue Heron 3
Green Heron 1
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 3
Bald Eagle 2
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Solitary Sandpiper 6
Greater Yellowlegs 4
Lesser Yellowlegs 3
Mourning Dove 5
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 14
Downy Woodpecker 6
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Acadian Flycatcher 3
Eastern Phoebe 2 at N platform
Great Crested Flycatcher 5
Red-eyed Vireo 10
Blue Jay 37 several small migrating flocks
Tree Swallow 20
Barn Swallow 1 over N meadow
Carolina Chickadee 23
Tufted Titmouse 9
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 28
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Veery 3
Swainson's Thrush 3
Wood Thrush 5
American Robin 14
Gray Catbird 17
Ovenbird 14
Black-and-white Warbler 5
Prothonotary Warbler 1
Kentucky Warbler 1 Pond Loop trail
Common Yellowthroat 42
American Redstart 3
Northern Parula 5
Magnolia Warbler 1
Bay-breasted Warbler 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 3
Black-throated Blue Warbler 12
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 9
Prairie Warbler 1 heard only; woodcock meadow
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Canada Warbler 4
Yellow-breasted Chat 2
Eastern Towhee 11
Song Sparrow 3
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 20
Scarlet Tanager 7
Northern Cardinal 30
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 4
Indigo Bunting 5
Red-winged Blackbird 40
Common Grackle 14
Brown-headed Cowbird 9
Purple Finch 3 continuing birds N edge of woodcock meadow; forked
tails, unstreaked undertail coverts; male rose red, brightest on head &
rump; females with strongly contrasting palesupercilium;
American Goldfinch 12

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23225265

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Subject: Mississippi Kite, Va Beach
Date: Mon May 4 2015 14:11 pm
From: 23cahow AT gmail.com
 

This morning a little after 930 I watched an adult Mississippi kite soaring just over the treetops along route 13 in Virginia Beach just west of its intersection with Bayside Road. This is also a little west of Lake Smith.

Ned Brinkley, Cape Charles, Virginia

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Subject: SNP - Pocosin YT Vireo nest & Ramblr tracking app
Date: Mon May 4 2015 13:50 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
The "ramblr" tracking app (for smart phones) might be a good tool for sharing a birding adventure/ site tracks and overviews.  I've been fiddling with it and wonder if anyone else is interesting in checking it out.  It may offer good potential for sharing birding sites/travels not just with other birders, but perhaps also for inspiring new birders to join our ranks!
Ramblr strikes me as the most social-friendly tracking app I've seen.  It lets you add photos, video, notes and sound recordings -- all geo-tagged if you add them along the way w/ a tech-friendly device.  You can also edit to add pics (and more) later...helpful, for example, if you're shooting with a non-gps-friendly camera.  AND you can explore tracks of others across the globe.  
I've written to the app's developer to ask if they'll consider adding "birding" to the "activity" list...will let you know what I hear.  I'd also be glad to have input from any of you so inclined.  
Here's a sample track -- it's our May 2 visit to Pocosin Cabin and includes my attempt to document the YT Vireo nest site:
Pocosin Fire Road, Shenandoah National Park

|   |
|   | |   |   |   |   |   |
| Pocosin Fire Road, Shenandoah National ParkBirding trip. Easy, mostly near-level walk on a well-mintained fire road. Found nest-building Yellow-throated Vireos, Cerulean Warblers,... |
| |
| View on rblr.co | Preview by Yahoo |
| |
|   |


Diane LepkowskiHarrisonburg

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Subject: Bobolinks / Clarke & Warren Cos
Date: Mon May 4 2015 12:21 pm
From: littlejon48 AT comcast.net
 
We found 5 Bobolinks displaying along Morgans Ford Rd in Warren Co this
noon. Later, we found 2 on the East side of Red Gate Rd in Clarke Co. No
females were seen.



Jon & BJ Little

Winchester

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Subject: Blue-winged Warbler, other FOS birds @ Union Springs, R'ham Co
Date: Mon May 4 2015 11:33 am
From: birds AT naturefriendmagazine.com
 
We had a beautiful Blue-winged Warbler at our place in Union Springs
yesterday morning before church. This morning we had our FOS Yellow-billed
Cuckoo, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Acadian Flycatcher, and Veery. Combined list
for yesterday and today includes 14 warblers: Ovenbird, Worm-eating,
Blue-winged, Black-and-white, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart,
Cerulean, Northern Parula, Blackburnian, Black-throated Blue, Pine,
Yellow-rumped, and Black-throated Green.



Shaphan Shank

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Subject: Warblers and others along the Blue Ridge Parkway
Date: Mon May 4 2015 11:17 am
From: RoweRA AT vmi.edu
 
All  I spent several, lovely hours up on the Blue Ridge Parkway yesterday morning.  There were lots of warblers in the woods, although not all of the birds are here.  Of note, I found the following: Hooded Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, American Redstart, Blackburnian Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Pine Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Ovenbird, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Blue-headed Vireo, Veery, and Indigo Buntings.  Other notable sightings were several Ravens flying along the Parkway and two Barred Owls discussing the morning news (I didnt see them but they were very vocal).  There were 3 misses for the morning: Canada Warbler (usually there is a pair at Yankee Horse Ridge pull off), Cerulean Warbler (I didnt try very hard to find them), and Red-eyed Vireos (none heard or seen).

Around Rockbridge County, Bobolinks were reported on Sunday, Pine Siskins were seen on Saturday and Sunday, both orioles are present, a Yellow-billed Cuckoo was seen on Saturday along with a Yellow-throated Vireo. The pair of Red-headed Woodpeckers that overwintered at a site in the southern part of the county are being very active, so we hope they nest again at the site.

Ive up-loaded some photos from yesterday, if you are interested.

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

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept.
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Subject: American Bittern continues 10:15 am
Date: Mon May 4 2015 9:34 am
From: hayessg AT gmail.com
 
Tricia and I refound the American Bittern at the African American Heritage Park in Alexandria.

It was kind of birds there- lots of catbirds, couple of warblers including yellowthroat, yellow-rumped, and singing Blackburnian (earlier), indigo bunting, Great-created FCs, Baltimore Oriole, Red-belled WPs.

Good birding,

Shawn Hayes, PhD
Alexandria, VA

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Subject: American Bittern at Alexandria African American Heritage Park
Date: Mon May 4 2015 9:33 am
From: trnealon AT comcast.net
 
Still present at 10:20 a.m.

Trista


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> On May 4, 2015, at 8:43 AM, hayessg@gmail.com wrote:
>
> This Morning at 8:15 am there was an American Bittern roosting in the trees at the Alexandria African American Heritage Park. It was in the back side of the loop near the canal but in the trees that are in the swampy area.
>
> First for this park for me!
>
> Shawn Hayes, PhD
> Alexandria, VA
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Little Spring Day
Date: Mon May 4 2015 8:16 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Yesterday Tim and I hosted Little Spring Day at our house and ended up with a great list of birds--52 species by my count.  These included our yard FOS catbird, Baltimore and orchard orioles, Acadian flycatcher, redstart and black-throated blue warbler.  Some other highlights were rose-breasted grosbeak, scarlet tanager, wood thrush, veery, great crested flycatcher, meadowlark, blue-grey gnatcatcher, red-eyed, white-eyed and yellow-throated vireos, common yellowthroat, ovenbird, parula, pine, black-and-white, and yellow warblers, chat, and grasshopper sparrow.

Alyce QuinnBurnt Chimney
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