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18 Dec: @ 22:46:31  American Bittern at Dyke Marsh [Larry Meade via va-bird]
18 Dec: @ 22:40:38  Great Horned Owl [Jeffrey Blalock]
18 Dec: @ 22:27:48  Dunlin - Hunting Creek Bridge, Alexandria [dcharlesl]
18 Dec: @ 21:09:08  Jamestown Island [Barbara Houston]
18 Dec: @ 20:59:22  Lake Biggins, Newport News [Barbara Houston]
18 Dec: @ 20:51:50  Diascund Reservoir - New Kent, VA [Barbara Houston]
18 Dec: @ 13:45:46  Christmas Bird Count Contact [Ron Fowler]
18 Dec: @ 11:29:46  Interactive Map - Audubon Christmas Bird Counts [Ron Fowler]
18 Dec: @ 05:31:53  offer to help on No. Shenandoah CBC Saturday 20 Dec [Stephen Johnson]
17 Dec: @ 20:56:02  Dec 17 Chincoteague NWR Shorebird Sruvey [Joelle Buffa]
17 Dec: @ 20:26:54  61 species on lower Eastern Shore Dec 17 [Shirley Devan]
17 Dec: @ 19:33:00  Need Volunteers for the Ft Belvoir CBC, Jan 4, 2015 [Kurt Gaskill]
17 Dec: @ 19:32:33  Lapland Longspurs continue, Woodward Turf Farm, Fauquier County [Elisa Enders]
17 Dec: @ 19:20:18  Common Eider -- Chincoteague NWR [Gabriel Mapel via va-bird]
17 Dec: @ 19:09:41 Re: Snowy Owl invasions [Bill Portlock]
17 Dec: @ 19:07:15  Snowy Owl In Woodbridge, Prince Wm Co, VA [Joe Coleman]
17 Dec: @ 18:29:08  Lapland Longspurs continue, Woodward Turf, Fauquier County [Elisa Enders]
17 Dec: @ 17:02:06 Re: Snowy owl in Essex County VA [Bill Portlock]
17 Dec: @ 16:50:41  Snowy owl in Essex County VA [Bill Portlock]
17 Dec: @ 14:40:54  Voice: Greater Washington Area, Dec 16 [Joe Coleman]
16 Dec: @ 12:09:31  Snowy Owl invasions [Sattler, Gene]
16 Dec: @ 09:49:15  Injured gull at City Point marina in Hopewell. [Barbara Houston]
15 Dec: @ 23:04:26  Red-shouldered Hawk perched on Bluebird box [roger mayhorn]
15 Dec: @ 18:08:05  Ross's Goose continues in Lynchburg [Michael Boatwright]
15 Dec: @ 15:44:51  Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
15 Dec: @ 14:05:34  Greater Snow Geese [rlukei--- via va-bird]
15 Dec: @ 07:59:40  Posting [Kevin Walter]
15 Dec: @ 07:49:37  Bald Eagle, Vienna [Eliza Morss]
15 Dec: @ 05:04:13  Yellow-Breasted Chat in Charlottesville [Janet Paisley]
14 Dec: @ 21:35:24  Birds seen during part of The Plains CBC [Joe Coleman]
14 Dec: @ 21:27:45  Manassas-Bull Run CBC- Cub Run Stream Valley Park [Larry Cartwright]
14 Dec: @ 17:53:23  Fwd: Manassas-Bull Run CBC - Sector 3 - Bull Run Reg. Pk. Route - 12-14-14 [Phillip Kenny]
14 Dec: @ 17:05:12 Re: [shenvalbirds] Highland Golden Eagles [Maggie via va-bird]
14 Dec: @ 16:50:10  Highland Golden Eagles [William Leigh]
14 Dec: @ 16:21:30  a big thank you to our Virginia CBC compilers [Stephen Johnson]
14 Dec: @ 15:12:26  Cackling Geese in Staunton [Herbert Larner]
14 Dec: @ 12:47:15  Tons of backyard birds [Barry]
14 Dec: @ 11:56:42  Great Falls Walk - Christmas Bird Count [Marshall Rawson via va-bird]
13 Dec: @ 21:20:39 Re: 12/13 - Virginia Beach Area - Back Bay NWR / Little Island / Sandbridge / Rudee Inlet / PHP & CBBT [Rob Bielawski]
13 Dec: @ 19:12:09  Virginia Beach Area 12-13-14 [Matt Anthony]
13 Dec: @ 16:52:52 Re: Common Eiders at Rudee Inlet on behalf of Rob Bielawski [Pam Monahan]
13 Dec: @ 16:06:14 Re: Common Eiders at Rudee Inlet on behalf of Rob Bielawski [RKNFurnish--- via va-bird]
13 Dec: @ 15:35:01  12/13 - Virginia Beach Area - Back Bay NWR / Little Island / Sandbridge / Rudee Inlet / PHP & CBBT [Rob Bielawski]
13 Dec: @ 12:05:01  Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary, Arlington County, Saturday, , Dec 13, 2014 -- Nashville Warbler [Elton Morel via va-bird]
13 Dec: @ 11:44:02  [va-bird] Normans Ford Rd, Remington, VA - Lapland Longspurs - finally [Scott Priebe]
13 Dec: @ 11:17:47  Nassawadox & Cape Charles cbcs, trying again [Harry Armistead]
13 Dec: @ 11:09:22  Christmas Bird Count in Highland County [Patti Reum]
13 Dec: @ 11:03:09  Common Eiders at Rudee Inlet on behalf of Rob Bielawski [Pamela Monahan]
13 Dec: @ 10:33:23  Nassawadox & Cape Charles Christmas counts, Dec. 21 & 30 respectively. [Harry Armistead]
12 Dec: @ 21:29:53 Re: Sharp-shinned catches chickadee [Beth Blair via va-bird]





Subject: American Bittern at Dyke Marsh
Date: Thu Dec 18 2014 22:46 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I joined Ed Eder at around 3:30 PM to observe an American Bittern which he had found today at Dyke Marsh in Fairfax County. The bird was feeding near the bench next to the bridge just after the left turn on Haul Road.

Larry Meade
Merrifield,VA
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Subject: Great Horned Owl
Date: Thu Dec 18 2014 22:40 pm
From: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
 
Greetings to all:

On the way from Danville this evening I saw not one but two Great Horned
Owls. After working in Danville for nearly 26 years I miss coming home at
this time of year and seeing them out on the wires and trees hunting for
supper.

The first one was in Pittsylvania County and the second was in Halifax
County on Hwy 58E.

May the LORD Bless and Keep you

Jeffrey Blalock
103 Elizabeth Court
South Boston, VA 24592
434-572-8619 Home
434-470-4352 Cell
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Subject: Dunlin - Hunting Creek Bridge, Alexandria
Date: Thu Dec 18 2014 22:27 pm
From: dcharlesl AT msn.com
 
Late this afternoon, I stopped by the Hunting Creek Bridge in Alexandria on the George Washington Parkway just south of the Wilson Bridge. I saw 3 Dunlin probing the mudflats.
David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA
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Subject: Jamestown Island
Date: Thu Dec 18 2014 21:09 pm
From: rinksyd AT gmail.com
 
I decided to swing through Jamestown Island on the way home and was some
kind of glad I did. I got onto the island and crossed the little bridge
on the loop tour and thought out loud, 'It sure would be nice to see an
owl today'. (Really, I did say this out loud)

As I went around the corner and look over, there is a Barred Owl sitting
on a stump! I about dropped my camera trying to get it up and snap a
picture before it flew off. I turned off the truck and shot a couple
pics and a video of the owl...it was in good light and was such a
gorgeous bird! I watched him for a few minutes and then he flew a
little farther into the woods. I moved up and watched him sit there for
a minute and then flew even further back. It was so cool!

One thing I found really strange was that the bird activity around him
was crazy. There were little birds flying back and forth between me and
the owl, behind him, above him, under him....it was by far the busiest
and birdiest place on the island. I made the loop and had a few other
nice surprises, a couple eagles, and some cedar waxwings as well.
Yellow rumps ruled the count for the afternoon.

Pics from Jamestown start here:
http://albums.phanfare.com/iso...

I had a great birding day!!

Barbara Houston
New Kent, VA



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Subject: Lake Biggins, Newport News
Date: Thu Dec 18 2014 20:59 pm
From: rinksyd AT gmail.com
 
I headed here after leaving the reservoir in New Kent.  There were
several guys fishing on the front side, so I went down to the playground
pier. There were several grebes, mallards, widgeon, cormorants, and a
couple bufflehead. When I got ready to leave, I had an osprey come in
as well.

Other birds included blue jay, cardinals, chickadees, downy woodpecker,
mourning doves, great blue heron, flicker, and mockingbirds.

The best pictures are of a cormorant trying to wrangle and swallow a
quite large recently stocked trout, and a mallard eating an unexpected
breakfast.

Those pictures start at:
http://albums.phanfare.com/iso...

Barbara Houston
New Kent, VA


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Subject: Diascund Reservoir - New Kent, VA
Date: Thu Dec 18 2014 20:51 pm
From: rinksyd AT gmail.com
 
I swung by the reservoir this morning hoping to get sunrise but instead
was treated to a large raft of Ring Neck and Coots. There were several
hundred of each on the end near the boat ramp, and another hundred or so
scattered up toward the front end as well.

I sat in the truck waiting on the sun to rise and watch the ducks as
well as a dozen or so grebes that were near the shoreline. As I
watched, a pair of adult bald eagles flew over and were surveying the
breakfast offerings on the water and looked about to dive when another
pair of eagles came into view. Breakfast was put on hold as the first
pair chased after the second pair and drove them off. They then went and
sat on a tree on the island and watched to make sure the intruders had
left and then eventually flew off without getting a bird.

I drove up toward the dam end of the reservoir and there were several
other smaller rafts of ducks that included some Canvasbacks, Ruddy
Ducks, Ring necks, Coots, and more grebes.

I didn't get what I had planned in the way of pictures, but sure did
enjoy the show this morning!

A few pics from this morning are loaded here:
http://albums.phanfare.com/iso...

Barbara Houston
New Kent, VA

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Subject: Christmas Bird Count Contact
Date: Thu Dec 18 2014 13:45 pm
From: rfowler64 AT verizon.net
 
VA-Bird List Members -

The National Audubon Society has an interactive map of the all the Christmas Bird Counts with links to the compilers email addresses at http://audubon.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid‡992bb4fea643f6b044488f48528eae

This map would be useful if you are looking for a count to participate in this year.

Ronald Fowler
Arlington, VA 22213
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Subject: Interactive Map - Audubon Christmas Bird Counts
Date: Thu Dec 18 2014 11:29 am
From: rfowler64 AT verizon.net
 
VA-Bird List Members -

The National Audubon Society has an interactive map of the all the Christmas Bird Counts with links to the compilers email addresses at http://audubon.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid‡992bb4fea643f6b044488f48528eae

This map would be useful if you are looking for a count to participate in this year.

Ronald Fowler
Arlington, VA 22213
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Subject: offer to help on No. Shenandoah CBC Saturday 20 Dec
Date: Thu Dec 18 2014 5:31 am
From: stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net
 

This is late notice, but whoever is collecting observers to participate in the Northern Shenandoah Valley CBC this Saturday Dec. 20, I would like to participate. Please let me know if there is a sector lacking coverage (and describe its boundaries to me), and/or put me in contact with whoever I can go with.

I sent an email to the compiler, but no reply. I found the CBC date and his email address at http://www.virginiabirds.net/c...

Steve Johnson
cell Fairfax, VA

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Subject: Dec 17 Chincoteague NWR Shorebird Sruvey
Date: Wed Dec 17 2014 20:56 pm
From: clyde_joelle AT verizon.net
 
 Below are the results of our weekly shorebird/gull survey conducted at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014. All water areas (impoundments and beach areas) were covered in a 5 hour survey. All individuals are counted for the target species; other birds seen or heard on the survey are followed by a dash.
We had a beautiful and warm shorebird survey on the Refuge. The birds must have been enjoying it too as we counted 1,498 individual shorebirds of 12 species. This is above the 5-year average in number of individuals for December, and a good diversity of species for this time of year.
Refuge impoundment F across from the National Park Service Visitor Center and the North Beach Parking Area had an amazing 1,141 of these individuals. Semi-palmated Plovers (6) is a bit of a surprise this late in the year. Greater Yellowlegs had a strong showing with 142 in this pond; Dunlin had 792 and Dowitchers 107. Raptors were also showing well with Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon and both species of Vultures added in. Waterfowl were plentiful with the Snow Geese making quite a show when the Bald Eagles flew overhead.
Our next survey will be December 31st.
Clyde Morris and Joelle Buffa
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- 1 Attachment



| Snow Goose | -- |
| Canada Goose | -- |
| Tundra Swan | -- |
| Gadwall | -- |
| American Wigeon | -- |
| American Black Duck | -- |
| Mallard | -- |
| Northern Shoveler | -- |
| Northern Pintail | -- |
| Green-winged Teal | -- |
| Surf Scoter | -- |
| Black Scoter | -- |
| Bufflehead | -- |
| Red-breasted Merganser | -- |
| Ruddy Duck | -- |
| Red-throated Loon | 16 |
| Common Loon | 18 |
| Horned Grebe | 35 |
| Northern Gannet | 13 |
| Double-crested Cormorant | 4 |
| Great Blue Heron | -- |
| Great Egret | -- |
| Tricolored Heron | -- |
| Black Vulture | -- |
| Turkey Vulture | -- |
| Northern Harrier | -- |
| Sharp-shinned Hawk | -- |
| Bald Eagle | -- |
| Red-tailed Hawk | -- |
| American Coot | 30 |
| American Oystercatcher | 16 |
| Black-bellied Plover | 29 |
| Semipalmated Plover | 6 |
| Greater Yellowlegs | 160 |
| Willet | 67 |
| Lesser Yellowlegs | 3 |
| Marbled Godwit | 7 |
| Ruddy Turnstone | 1 |
| Sanderling | 144 |
| Dunlin | 943 |
| Least Sandpiper | 1 |
| peep sp. | 20 |
| Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher | 117 |
| Bonaparte's Gull | 4 |
| Ring-billed Gull | 305 |
| Herring Gull | 181 |
| Lesser Black-backed Gull | 7 |
| Great Black-backed Gull | 154 |
| Forster's Tern | 44 |
| Mourning Dove | -- |
| Belted Kingfisher | -- |
| Northern Flicker | -- |
| Merlin | -- |
| Peregrine Falcon | -- |
| Blue Jay | -- |
| American Crow | -- |
| Tree Swallow | -- |
| Carolina Chickadee | -- |
| Brown-headed Nuthatch | -- |
| Eastern Bluebird | -- |
| American Robin | -- |
| Brown Thrasher | -- |
| European Starling | -- |
| Yellow-rumped Warbler | -- |
| Eastern Towhee | -- |
| Savannah Sparrow | -- |
| Fox Sparrow | -- |
| Song Sparrow | -- |
| Swamp Sparrow | -- |
| White-throated Sparrow | -- |
| Dark-eyed Junco | -- |
| Northern Cardinal | -- |
| Red-winged Blackbird | -- |
| Eastern Meadowlark | -- |
| Boat-tailed Grackle | -- |
| House Finch | -- |


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Subject: 61 species on lower Eastern Shore Dec 17
Date: Wed Dec 17 2014 20:26 pm
From: sedevan52 AT cox.net
 
Greetings,

Barbara Houston and I traveled around the lower Eastern Shore today — going as far north as the the Cheriton Landfill with stops at CBBT island 1, Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuge, Kiptopeke State Park, Bay Creek in Cape Charles, Cape Charles Beach, Cape Charles Harbor, Town of Oyster, Landfill, Magotha Road, Sunset Beach, back to CBBT island 1 before our last stop at Pleasure House Point in VA Beach.

As you can imagine we didn’t linger too long at any spot so we were pleased to tally 61 species — mostly the usual suspects.

The FOG was the theme of the morning. At Kiptopeke at 11:30 it was so foggy we could not see the concrete ships across from the fishing area!
The surprise birds of the day were the Black Skimmers that flew over our heads on CBBT island 1 about 9 am this morning. They circled over and headed back towards VA Beach and we never saw them again. Barbara was quick with her camera and snapped a few photos.

Diversity of ducks and seabirds at CBBT island 1 is still low — only Black Scoters and Red-breasted Mergansers and just a couple of those.

We tallied the most species at the Cheriton Landfill — 17 species including hundreds of Canada Geese, Ring-billed Gulls, and American Coots. A handful each of: Black Ducks, Bufflehead, Northern Shoveler, Ruddy Ducks, Gadwall, Pie-billed Grebe, Black-crowned Night Herons (3), Canvasback (1), and American Wigeon (4).

Two Clapper Rails today — one seen (but not heard) in the Bay Creek community in Cape Charles. The other heard (but not seen) at Pleasure House Point.

Egrets were coming in to roost as the sun set at Pleasure House Point — 6 each Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets — and about 50 Hooded Mergansers put on quite a show.

All in all, a beautiful day to be on the Shore. The CBC counters have their work cut out for them! Good luck over the next few days and weeks.

If anyone is interested in the list for each spot, contact me off list and I’ll be glad to send along.

Shirley Devan
Williamsburg Bird Club
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Subject: Need Volunteers for the Ft Belvoir CBC, Jan 4, 2015
Date: Wed Dec 17 2014 19:33 pm
From: KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net
 
VA BIRDers,

Well, the CBC opening bell has gone off and many of us are resting and
recounted a wonderful opening weekend. And, you are reading the seasonal
note that the Ft Belvoir CBC, taking place Sunday Jan 4, needs volunteers.
This year the need is approaching critical. Drop me a line if you are
interested in some of the following opportunities:

The Fort Hunt Sector has one volunteer. A team of birders would have full
rein in this area, which includes nearly 4 miles of Potomac River
waterfront, various large estates with exotic plantings, GW Parkway
property, Ft Hunt park and more. In previous years this area has produced
Great Egret multiple times (and nowhere else) plus Baltimore Oriole. Winter
favorites such as Brown Thrasher and Rusty Blackbirds are undoubtedly
present. And always Bald Eagles.

The Huntley Meadows boardwalk portion and east side portion of the park is
currently covered by two birders. A couple more would be most valuable.
Opportunities on the west side exist, too.

The Ft Belvoir sector has lots of wild areas and few counters - see Kevin
Walter's recent message.

The Gunston sector which contains Pohick Park, the Pohick River area
upstream of the park, Meadowood Park, Gunston plantation, and areas next to
Occoquan Bay and Kane's Creek (all great for waterfowl) needs at least 3
more teams for coverage. If you want to go for owls, this sector is wide
open as no one does it! (All 3 typical owls are present year round in good
numbers plus great potential for No. Saw-whet, Long-eared, Short-eared and
Snowy.)

The Mason Neck sector is great for forest birding. Try the early morning for
owls, get the forest birds in the morning and be diverted by waterfowl
present in the thousands off the visitor center or the Great Marsh.

The Burke Lake sector has piedmont habitat and is the last place in Fairfax
Co to report Bobwhite, Rough-legged Hawk, Iceland Gull, No. Saw-whet Owl,
Long-eared Owl and Brown-headed Nuthatch (and, incidentally, the only
Fairfax Co records ever!) on the count. A team or two could have a great
day.

The Occoquan Bay NWR needs a couple good birders. It is likely that right
now there are 2 White-eyed Vireos present, plus great opportunities for
sparrows (remember the Brewer's?) and hawks and woodcock.

The Leesylvania SP and Julie Metz area on Neabsco Cr is currently covered by
only 2 birders - at least one more team is needed and two would be better.
If you have boots, try moving through the marsh of Neabsco Creek and get a
snipe (this has happened, as one year it was the only snipe of the count!).
This area has produced not one but two Harris's Sparrows one year, a
Clay-colored Sparrow, many Pine Siskins have been reported recently at
Leesylvania SP (check for something else?), several Eastern Screech Owls in
a quarter mile of road have been found and now note the nearby Snowy Owl
report!

Please drop me a line or give me a call - 703 768 2172 - and express your
interest in an area. Thank you!

Kurt Gaskill, compiler and clean up technician, Ft B CBC

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Subject: Lapland Longspurs continue, Woodward Turf Farm, Fauquier County
Date: Wed Dec 17 2014 19:32 pm
From: elisaenders AT hotmail.com
 
I tried to post yesterday, but it didn't go through. Here is a report for the turf farm from yesterday (Tuesday, 12/16/14). Nick Flanders and I were in Fauquier County today and stopped by the Woodward Turf Farm. Horned Larks, American Pipits, and Lapland Longspurs were seen along Normans Ford Road.We counted at least 16 longspurs. There may have been more longspurs. These birds were feeding in a plowed field along Normans Ford Road (Route 654), just west of Sumerduck Road (Route 651). They were mixed with Horned Larks. Rattle and "tew" calls (a slightly descending note reminiscent of European Starling call) were heard. Longspurs were seen well. They are slightly smaller than the larks. Very sparrow-like in appearance. White outer tail feathers were observed, as well as dark outlined cheek patch and two strong white lines down back. A flyover Pine Siskin was also heard.
Later, at CF Phelps WMA, a Common Raven was heard. There were good numbers of sparrows by the Wheatley entrance, mostly White-throated.
Elisa FlandersPortsmouth, VA


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Subject: Common Eider -- Chincoteague NWR
Date: Wed Dec 17 2014 19:20 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
All,
At Chincoteague NWR (Accomack County) this afternoon there was a young male Common Eider present among a raft of Surf & Black Scoters, approximately 1.5 miles north of Toms Cove and near where the D-Dike connects the beach and the Service Road.

Also, for anyone wondering I DID NOT find the Common Eiders at CBBT island #1 on Monday or the King Eider at Queen Anne's Landing yesterday or today.

Good birding,
Gabriel Mapel

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Subject: Snowy Owl invasions
Date: Wed Dec 17 2014 19:09 pm
From: portlock AT bealenet.com
 
Hi all,

A Snowy Owl was located and photographed on the George Washington’s Birthplace Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, December 14, 2014. It was on private property.

Bill Portlock, compiler

> On Dec 16, 2014, at 1:01 PM, Sattler, Gene wrote:
>
> Hi all,
>
> Last winter's Snowy Owl invasion prompted a collaboration among some biologists to learn as much as possible about this species through the opportunities provided by the mass movement of birds south. They named their endeavor "Project SNOWStorm", and have been posting a wealth of information at their website, including tracking information on the movement of individual Snowy Owls that have had radio transmitters attached to them.
>
> It is looking like a smaller invasion is possible this winter, so they have geared up to continue taking advantage of this opportunity.
>
> Their website is below, as well as a link to an article from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine on what they have been learning from the necropsies of many of the Snowy Owls that died last winter during the irruption.
>
> http://www.projectsnowstorm.or...
>
>
> http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/publications/penn-vet-extra/penn-vet-extra-december-2014/penn-vet-working-to-understand-snowy-owls?utm_source=EpressPigeon&utm_medium=eail&utm_campaign=Penn+Vet+Extra+%5B15%5D#sthash.Mcgfkr7e.dpuf
>
>
> Good birding,
>
> Gene Sattler
> Lynchburg
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Subject: Snowy Owl In Woodbridge, Prince Wm Co, VA
Date: Wed Dec 17 2014 19:07 pm
From: joecoleman AT rstarmail.com
 
A report of a Snowy Owl came into the Voice of the Naturalist after I
finished the report yesterday.



The reporter said:

"A co-worker of mine took photos of a Snowy owl in her backyard located in
Woodbridge, Virginia 22191. It roosted in a tall tree in her backyard on
Sat, 12/13 and Sunday 12/14 in afternoon. She took me there during our lunch
hour on 12/15 but it was not there.



My co-worker's house is one-half mile from the Featherstone National
Wildlife Refuge, on the Potomac.



I have been a birder for 20+ years and have seen a Snowy owl before. Her
photos were unmistakable."



Joe Coleman



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Subject: Lapland Longspurs continue, Woodward Turf, Fauquier County
Date: Wed Dec 17 2014 18:29 pm
From: elisaenders AT hotmail.com
 
Nick Flanders and I were in Fauquier County today and stopped by the Woodward Turf Farm. Horned Larks, American Pipits, and Lapland Longspurs were seen along Normans Ford Road.
We counted at least 16 longspurs. There may have been more longspurs. These birds were feeding in a plowed field along Normans Ford Road (Route 654), just west of Sumerduck Road (Route 651). They were mixed with Horned Larks. Rattle and "tew" calls (a slightly descending note reminiscent of European Starling call) were heard. Longspurs were seen well. They are slightly smaller than the larks. Very sparrow-like in appearance. White outer tail feathers were observed, as well as dark outlined cheek patch and two strong white lines down back.
A flyover Pine Siskin was also heard.

Later, at CF Phelps WMA, a Common Raven was heard. There were good numbers of sparrows by the Wheatley entrance, mostly White-throated.

Elisa Flanders
Portsmouth, VA
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Subject: Snowy owl in Essex County VA
Date: Wed Dec 17 2014 17:02 pm
From: portlock AT bealenet.com
 
All- I should have added that the Snowy Owl on 12.14.14 apparently moved and was not re-found by same and multiple other observers later the same day.
Bill Portlock

> On Dec 17, 2014, at 4:16 PM, Bill Portlock wrote:
>
> A Snowy owl was reported on the George Washington’s Birthplace Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, December 14, 2014. It was seen well by four observers and photographs document the sighting. It was on private property in Essex County, VA. This is the second consecutive year that Snowy Owl has been recorded on this CBC.
> Bill Portlock, Compiler.
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Subject: Snowy owl in Essex County VA
Date: Wed Dec 17 2014 16:50 pm
From: portlock AT bealenet.com
 
A Snowy owl was reported on the George Washington’s Birthplace Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, December 14, 2014. It was seen well by four observers and photographs document the sighting. It was on private property in Essex County, VA. This is the second consecutive year that Snowy Owl has been recorded on this CBC.
Bill Portlock, Compiler.
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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington Area, Dec 16
Date: Wed Dec 17 2014 14:40 pm
From: joecoleman AT rstarmail.com
 
FYI  - this report is for sightings from Dec  9 through Dec 15 and was
compiled by Joe Coleman & transcribed by Steve Cordle.

Joe Coleman



Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist

Date: 12/16/2014

Coverage: MD/DC/VA/DE/WV panhandle

Reports, comments, questions: voice@anshome.org

Compiler: Joe Coleman

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, December 9 and was
completed on Tuesday, December 16 at 12:30 p.m.



The top birds this week were SNOWY OWL in DE, MD and VA, and WESTERN
TANAGER* in VA.



Other birds of interest this week were waterfowl including GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, ROSS'S GOOSE, TRUMPETER SWAN, and EURASIAN WIGEON,
RED-NECKED GREBE, GREAT CORMORANT, LEAST BITTERN, NORTHERN GOSHAWK,
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, SANDHILL CRANE, PURPLE SANDPIPER, WILSON'S
PHALAROPE, FRANKLIN'S GULL, ICELAND GULL, SHORT-EARED OWL, LOGGERHEAD
SHRIKE, SEDGE WREN, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, warblers, LINCOLN'S
SPARROW, SUMMER TANAGER, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD.



TOP BIRDS



SNOWY OWL sightings continued in MD & DE with one in VA as well. One was
reported from Easton, MD on the 9th. The one in VA was seen in a backyard in
Chantilly, VA on the 12th at a location only about a mile from Dulles
Airport. A SNOWY OWL was reported at Herring Point, Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex
Co, DE on Dec 14. Two were seen Dec 14 in the marshes along Port Mahon Rd,
DE; one was seen there Dec 11.



A WESTERN TANAGER* was again seen at a feeder in Settler's Mill, James City
Co, VA with the latest report from Dec 15.



OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST



GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE continued to be seen at a number of locations.
Nine of them, along with three ROSS'S GEESE and four CACKLING GEESE, were
seen and photographed on private property at Curles Neck, Henrico Co, VA
during the Hopewell CBC on the 14th. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continued
at Whittier Creek Park, Frederick Co, MD, with reports throughout the week.
Single GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at Swan Harbor Farm Park,
Harford Co, MD on Dec 10 and 11 and one was also seen Dec 9 at Cranberry
Reservoir, Carroll Co, MD. As many as two ROSS'S GEESE were seen at the
Cumberland Terminus, Allegany Co, MD throughout the week. Five ROSS'S GEESE
were found at Bombay Hook and one at the Woodland Beach Wildlife Area, Kent
Co, DE during the Bombay Hook CBC on the 14th. A ROSS'S GOOSE was found Dec
14 mixed in with a flock of Canada Geese at a small pond off Gristmill Dr
behind the Graves Mill Shopping Center, Lynchburg, VA; it was also there on
the 15th. CACKLING GEESE were reported from a number of locations throughout
the week including as many as 10 on Dec 13 at Winter's pond on Dennett Rd,
Oakland, Garrett Co, MD. The TRUMPETER SWAN, first seen in mid-Nov and which
hatched in Toronto in 2013 and was banded in Ontario, Canada in Feb 2014,
continued to be seen throughout the week at Lake Churchill and on Little
Seneca Lake at the next-door Black Hill Regional Park, Montgomery Co, MD.
Another TRUMPETER SWAN was seen the 9th, 10th, & 12th at or near the
Cumberland Terminus.



A EURASIAN WIGEON and a EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL* (also known as COMMON
TEAL) were found during a visit to Craney Island, Portsmouth, VA on Dec 11.
A EURASIAN WIGEON was also seen Dec 14 at the Eastern Neck NWR, Kent Co, MD.



A hen GREATER SCAUP was seen Dec 9 at Centennial Park, Howard Co, MD. A male
COMMON EIDER was seen Dec 9 from Island #1 of the Chesapeake Bay
Bridge/Tunnel islands, Northampton Co, VA; two immature COMMON EIDERS were
there on the 12th & 13th. Two COMMON EIDERS were seen Dec 11, 12, & 13 at
Rudee Inlet, Virginia Beach, VA.



A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen Dec 15 at Violette's Lock, C&O Canal, Montgomery
Co, MD.



A GREAT CORMORANT was seen Dec 14 at the Eastern Neck NWR, Kent Co, MD.



A LEAST BITTERN was found at Bear Swamp during the Bombay Hook (DE) CBC on
the 14th.



A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was reported from Woodland Beach Dec 14 during the Bombay
Hook CBC. An immature light phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK flew south over the
Baltimore Beltway east of Charles St on Dec 13.



GOLDEN EAGLES were seen on Dec 13 along Wimer Mountain Rd, Highland Co, VA.
A GOLDEN EAGLE was found Dec 14 at Bear Swamp during the Bombay Hook CBC.



Eight SANDHILL CRANES flew over Ellicott City, MD on the 15th. The
continuing SANDHILL CRANE at Raymond Pool and the Shearness Pool, Bombay
Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE was seen as recently Dec 15. Varying numbers of
SANDHILL CRANES were seen along and near Bradshaw Rd close to Kingsville,
Baltimore Co, MD throughout the week with two there on the 13th, six on the
11th, eight on the 14th, and 12 on the 12th.



A dozen PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen Dec 13 at Herrington Harbor, Anne
Arundel Co, MD. A WILSON'S PLALAROPE was seen Dec 11 at the Craney Island
Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA.



A FRANKLIN'S GULL continued to be seen during the week at Chestertown WWTP,
Kent Co MD. An ICELAND GULL was found Dec 14 at Violette's Lock on the C&O
Canal in Montgomery Co, MD.



A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen Dec 14 and 15 hunting over a farm field on Gerst
Rd in Perry Hall, Baltimore Co, MD.



A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen Dec 11 along Mineral Spring Rd, Boydton,
Mecklenburg Co, VA. For the second year in a row a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was
found at Bergdoll Rd, DE during the Bombay Hook CBC on Dec 14.



A SEDGE WREN was seen the 14th & 15th at the Eastern Neck NWR, Kent Co, MD.
Another was seen Dec 15 near the boat ramp at the Ellis Bay WMA, Wicomico
Co, MD.



Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen and photographed along Whitehall Neck Rd,
right outside Bombay Hook NWR, on the 11th. Six LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen
Dec 13 at the Woodward Turf Farm along Normans Ford Rd, Remington, Fauquier
Co, VA; two were seen there on the 15th. One was found Dec 14 at Woodland
Beach, Kent Co, DE during the Bombay Hook CBC.



A SNOW BUNTING was seen Dec 14 at Sandy Point SP, Anne Arundel Co, MD.

Several were reported from a variety of locations during the Bombay Hook
CBC. There was a Nov 14 report of SNOW BUNTINGS at the Chesapeake Bay
Bridge/Tunnel islands, Northampton Co, VA.



Two BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS were found the 14th; one was at City Point,
Hopewell, VA while the other was at Prince George, Prince George Co, VA. An
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen Dec 13 at Big Water Farm, Queen Anne's Co,
MD. A NASHVILLE WARBLER was seen Dec 13 at Roaches Run, Arlington Co, VA. A
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, first seen in a backyard on Dec 2, was seen again on
Dec 14 during the Charlottesville CBC.



A late LINCOLN'S SPARROW was found Dec 14 during The Plains CBC in
northwestern Prince William Co, VA.



A SUMMER TANAGER was seen and photographed at a backyard feeder in Potomac,
Montgomery Co, MD on Dec 11.



A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen Dec 14 mixed in with a "massive"

flock of Red-winged Blackbirds at Chesapeake Farms, Kent 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, as well as
directly to the Voice.



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



To report bird sightings, e-mail your report to voice@anshome.org
.

Please post reports before midnight Monday, identify the county as well as
the state, and include your name and a Tuesday morning contact, e-mail or
phone.



Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.



*Of interest to the applicable state records committee.



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Subject: Snowy Owl invasions
Date: Tue Dec 16 2014 12:09 pm
From: edsattle AT liberty.edu
 
Hi all,

Last winter's Snowy Owl invasion prompted a collaboration among some biologists to learn as much as possible about this species through the opportunities provided by the mass movement of birds south. They named their endeavor "Project SNOWStorm", and have been posting a wealth of information at their website, including tracking information on the movement of individual Snowy Owls that have had radio transmitters attached to them.

It is looking like a smaller invasion is possible this winter, so they have geared up to continue taking advantage of this opportunity.

Their website is below, as well as a link to an article from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine on what they have been learning from the necropsies of many of the Snowy Owls that died last winter during the irruption.

http://www.projectsnowstorm.or...


http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/publications/penn-vet-extra/penn-vet-extra-december-2014/penn-vet-working-to-understand-snowy-owls?utm_source=EpressPigeon&utm_medium=eail&utm_campaign=Penn+Vet+Extra+%5B15%5D#sthash.Mcgfkr7e.dpuf


Good birding,

Gene Sattler
Lynchburg
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Subject: Injured gull at City Point marina in Hopewell.
Date: Tue Dec 16 2014 9:49 am
From: rinksyd AT gmail.com
 
I was at City Point marina yesterday for a few minutes and saw this gull
near the boat ramps. It let me get right close and as I watched it, I
noticed something was different. When it turned a bit, I could see that
it was missing a foot! and it had a zip-tie looking tag on the other
leg. It did not appear to be in pain or bothered by the missing foot.

The picture is at: http://fynefoto.phanfare.com/6...

and I did video it as well, and that is at: http://youtu.be/FgY-z583GsY

Barbara Houston
New Kent

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Subject: Red-shouldered Hawk perched on Bluebird box
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 23:04 pm
From: rmayhorn AT hughes.net
 
When I first looked out early this morning an immature Red-shouldered Hawk was perched in the same spot where a Barred Owl had perched a couple of nights ago. This fellow, or possibly gal, was more than likely watching for the chipmunks that have been coming to our bird feeders on a regular basis in spite of the cold weather. If any were around this morning they were smarter than to come out where almost certain death was waiting. I don't know how long this fellow had been perched there before I saw him, but he stayed another 15 minutes before heading off, down past my neighbor's barn.


Here is a link to a photo. http://www.pbase.com/mayhorn/i...



Roger Mayhorn
Compton Mt
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Subject: Ross's Goose continues in Lynchburg
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 18:08 pm
From: mboater AT att.net
 

The Ross's Goose was present with 14 Canada Geese today between 11:45 and 1:00 at the same pond off of Gristmill Drive in Lynchburg. My wife Sandra and I enjoyed watching it from our booth as we ate lunch at the adjacent Andy Chang China Grill. Several local birders looked for but did not find the Ross's earlier in the day. So if you go looking for it you may have to wait awhile and/or make multiple visits. The owners of the Chinese grill have said it is okay to park in their lot and look for the bird from their property. 

Cheers,

Mike

Michael R. Boatwright
Amherst VA

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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 15:44 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
 Today's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk drew over 25 birders to a beautiful morning where we identified 46 species. A Merlin, a huge flock of Green-winged Teal reminiscent of earlier days of the Birdwalk, and a lengthy discussion over many photographs and Bird Guide analysis as to the identity of a possible Cackling Goose.  Result was no Cackling Goose. 
Canada Goose  212
Gadwall  3
American Wigeon  1
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  51
Northern Shoveler  10
Northern Pintail  4
Green-winged Teal  100+
Hooded Merganser  10
Ruddy Duck  3
Great Blue Heron  3
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Ring-billed Gull  4
Mourning Dove  9
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Merlin  1
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  15
Carolina Chickadee  17
Tufted Titmouse  11
White-breasted Nuthatch  6
Brown Creeper  1
Winter Wren  2
Carolina Wren  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet  7
Eastern Bluebird  6
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Chipping Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  7
Swamp Sparrow  8
White-throated Sparrow  10
Dark-eyed Junco  12
Northern Cardinal  8
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  3
House Finch  7
American Goldfinch  21
The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 8AM (7AM from April through October), 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: Greater Snow Geese
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 14:05 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Sunday Dec 14 and Monday Dec 15 there are about 10,000 Greater Snow Geese in the Snow Geese Pool around the wildlife drive at Chincoteague NWR. I was able to identify 8 with yellow neck collars.
Monday there are about 15,000 Greater Snow Geese in farm field just off Metompkin Bay. Too far from road to read neck collars.


Reese Lukei
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Subject: Posting
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 7:59 am
From: kevinwalter44 AT gmail.com
 
Please post regarding the Ft. Belvoir CBC.  Thanks!

Kevin Walter


*Fort** Belvoir** Christmas Bird Count*

The Fort Belvoir Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will be held Sunday January
4th, 2015. This annual count is one of the oldest in the area dating back
to 1911 and is sponsored by National Audubon Society. These counts help us
to better understand wintering bird populations. If you’re interested in
Fort Belvoir’s CBC call Kevin Walter at 703-805-3969 to register. Novice
birders as well as experts should consider participating; novices will be
teamed up with seasoned birders, for an invaluable learning experience.
Meeting location will be at Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge Environmental
Education Center for all start times (5am, 7am, and 1pm) Sunday, January
4th, 2015.
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Subject: Bald Eagle, Vienna
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 7:49 am
From: eliza.morss AT gmail.com
 
Shocked to spot a bald eagle flying low near Peterson Lane Park in Vienna (Fairfax County) around 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 13.

Eliza Morss, Oakton
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Subject: Yellow-Breasted Chat in Charlottesville
Date: Mon Dec 15 2014 5:04 am
From: janetpaisley AT comcast.net
 
The Chat first reported by David Shoch on Dec 2, cooperated and continued coming and going into the Wax Myrtle in his back yard for our CBC. No sign of the Nashville Warbler that he reported there on Monday.
Thanks Liz and David for sharing access to this bird with us.

Janet Paisley
Charlottesville, VA




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Subject: Birds seen during part of The Plains CBC
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 21:35 pm
From: joecoleman AT rstarmail.com
 
Laura McGranaghan, Marcia Weidner, Tess McAllister & I covered the northeast
portion of Sector 1 of The Plains CBC this morning. We covered the area east
& north of The Plains east to & including Busthead Rd & north of Rte 55. In
the afternoon Marcia Weidner, Tess McAllister & I covered the portion of
Sector 1 of The Plains CBC south of Rte 55 from the Plains to the eastern
edge of Marshall & north of I-66. Our highlights included finding 7 seven
woodpecker species, a flock of Ring-billed Gulls which included a first year
Herring Gull (which Laura photographed), 3 Common Ravens, 341 American
Robins, 124 Cedar Waxwings, and 3 Savannah Sparrows.



From eBird:

Date Range Dec 13

Locations The Plains



13-Dec

Number of Species 47

Number of Individuals 1,187

Number of Checklists 2





13-Dec

Species Name Species Count

Canada Goose 154

Hooded Merganser 2

Great Blue Heron 1

Black Vulture 11

Turkey Vulture 30

Cooper's Hawk 1

Accipiter sp. 1

Red-shouldered Hawk 2

Red-tailed Hawk 8

Ring-billed Gull 18

Herring Gull 1

Rock Pigeon 16

Mourning Dove 15

Red-headed Woodpecker 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 14

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 6

Downy Woodpecker 4

Hairy Woodpecker 3

Northern Flicker 5

Pileated Woodpecker 6

American Kestrel 1

Blue Jay 34

American Crow 29

Common Raven 3

Carolina Chickadee 6

Tufted Titmouse 12

White-breasted Nuthatch 9

Brown Creeper 1

Winter Wren 1

Carolina Wren 10

Eastern Bluebird 21

Hermit Thrush 1

American Robin 341

Northern Mockingbird 4

European Starling 33

Cedar Waxwing 124

Yellow-rumped Warbler 3

Eastern Towhee 4

Field Sparrow 6

Savannah Sparrow 3

Song Sparrow 31

Swamp Sparrow 3

White-throated Sparrow 87

Dark-eyed Junco 95

Northern Cardinal 9

American Goldfinch 16

House Sparrow 1



Joe Coleman

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Subject: Manassas-Bull Run CBC- Cub Run Stream Valley Park
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 21:27 pm
From: prowarbler AT verizon.net
 


My team was responsible for covering Cub Run Stream Valley Park in western
Fairfax County as part of the Manassas-Bull Run CBC. Woodpeckers put on a
show today; there were Red-bellies and Northern Flickers everywhere.
Red-shouldered Hawks were well-represented as well, with 3 seen
simultaneously at the edge of the golf course at Chantilly Country Club on
the north end of the park. We had 5 total. We had great looks at bluebirds
and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Our list is below for anyone interested.



I want to thank my teammates Katherine Wychulis, Nick Nichols, and Alan Rush
and sons for their sighting and companionship during today's outing.





Cub Run Stream Valley Park- Dec 14, 2014, 2:47 PM, Fairfax, US-VA Dec 14,
2014 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Protocol: Traveling

5.5 mile(s)

Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8

42 species (+1 other taxa)



Canada Goose 7

Mallard 5

Pied-billed Grebe 2

Great Blue Heron 3

Black Vulture 4

Turkey Vulture 9

Cooper's Hawk 1

Red-shouldered Hawk 5

Red-tailed Hawk (Eastern) 1

Ring-billed Gull 120

Mourning Dove 5

Belted Kingfisher 2

Red-bellied Woodpecker 25

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2

Downy Woodpecker 7

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 20

Pileated Woodpecker 4

Blue Jay 25

American Crow 23

Fish Crow 4

crow sp. 6

Common Raven 1

Carolina Chickadee 44

Tufted Titmouse 22

White-breasted Nuthatch 19

Brown Creeper 1

Winter Wren 2

Carolina Wren 20

Golden-crowned Kinglet 1

Eastern Bluebird 27

American Robin 52

Northern Mockingbird 1

European Starling 25

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 19

Chipping Sparrow 2

Field Sparrow 5

Song Sparrow 34

White-throated Sparrow 43

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 63

Northern Cardinal 19

Red-winged Blackbird 6

House Finch 2

American Goldfinch 32



View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20903969



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



Larry Cartwright

prowarbler@verizon.net







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Subject: Fwd: Manassas-Bull Run CBC - Sector 3 - Bull Run Reg. Pk. Route - 12-14-14
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 17:53 pm
From: philkenny AT verizon.net
 
Rentz Hilyer, Russ Taylor and I birded Bull Run Regional Park in Fairfax County this morning as part of the Manassas CBC. We found 8 Brown Creeper, a Merlin and an American Tree Sparrow. The complete list and link to some photos are below.

Phillip Kenny
1731 Killarney Court
Vienna VA 22182-2133
703-255-5423
philkenny@verizon.net
>
> Photos are posted to my flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
> Bull Run Regional Park - CBR07, Fairfax, US-VA
> Dec 14, 2014 6:40 AM - 12:30 PM
>
> 43 species
>
> Canada Goose 100
> Black Vulture 12
> Turkey Vulture 6
> Red-tailed Hawk 2
> Bald Eagle 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk 2
> Ring-billed Gull 100
> Mourning Dove 6
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 12
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
> Downy Woodpecker 14
> Hairy Woodpecker 4
> Northern Flicker 25
> Pileated Woodpecker 3
> Merlin 1
> Blue Jay 20
> American Crow 90
> Fish Crow 55
> Carolina Chickadee 51
> Tufted Titmouse 50
> White-breasted Nuthatch 12
> Brown Creeper 8
> Winter Wren 2
> Carolina Wren 15
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 6
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
> Eastern Bluebird 20
> American Robin 12
> Northern Mockingbird 1
> European Starling 8
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
> Eastern Towhee 1
> American Tree Sparrow 1
> Chipping Sparrow 1
> Field Sparrow 7
> Song Sparrow 37
> Swamp Sparrow 6
> White-throated Sparrow 44
> Dark-eyed Junco 56
> Northern Cardinal 16
> Common Grackle 1
> House Finch 5
> American Goldfinch 21
>
>

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Subject: Highland Golden Eagles
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 17:05 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I saw two Golden Eagles across Wimer Mountain Road from my place a couple of weeks ago.  They often can be found over there in the winter.  Also, at my cottage on the Chesapeake Bay (Gwynn’s Island) I had five adult Bald Eagles in my yard there last week.  One of them landed on the roof of the cottage.  Hope they are there for the Mathews Christmas Count.

Margaret O'Bryan

On Dec 14, 2014, at 5:47 PM, William Leigh leightern@msn.com [shenvalbirds] wrote:

>
> All,
>
> I birded Highland county on Saturday and found several Golden Eagles along Wimer Mountain road across from Margaret Obryan's. GEs were also observed from Laurel Fork road. At least one Bald Eagle was also spotted along Wimer Mountain road. An immature Red-shoulder hawk was seen near intersection of Blue GRass road and Snyder road. Also at the feeders on Synder road I found a lone Swamp Sparrow.
> 2 American Tree Sparrows were seen on Wimer Mountain road about half way between Margaret's place and Hardscrabble road.
>
> Today in Rockingham County things were very quiet but we did find a group of Pintails and Wigeons on Moores Mill road near Broadway. The Shrike was not home.
>
> best,
>
>
> William Leigh leightern@msn.com
>
> Bridgewater, Virginia
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Subject: Highland Golden Eagles
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 16:50 pm
From: leightern AT msn.com
 
All,
I birded Highland county on Saturday and found several Golden Eagles along Wimer Mountain road across from Margaret Obryan's. GEs were also observed from Laurel Fork road. At least one Bald Eagle was also spotted along Wimer Mountain road. An immature Red-shoulder hawk was seen near intersection of Blue GRass road and Snyder road. Also at the feeders on Synder road I found a lone Swamp Sparrow. 2 American Tree Sparrows were seen on Wimer Mountain road about half way between Margaret's place and Hardscrabble road.
Today in Rockingham County things were very quiet but we did find a group of Pintails and Wigeons on Moores Mill road near Broadway. The Shrike was not home.
best,

William Leigh leightern@msn.com

Bridgewater, Virginia





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Subject: a big thank you to our Virginia CBC compilers
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 16:21 pm
From: stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net
 

Every year I participate in one or two bird counts. I've been in several counts just once each, and several others for 5 years or more.

Each circle is led by a compiler who spends countless hours coordinating lots of people and data, and many circles are also supported by people organizing the teams, providing food at lunch or at a tally rally, etc.

Today I am grateful to Bob and Nancy Shipman, Carolyn Williams, and whoever else helped on today's Manassas-Bull Run CBC.

To all the people (you know who you are, compilers and others) who help support Christmas Bird Counts:

Thank you!!

Steve Johnson
Fairfax, VA


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Subject: Cackling Geese in Staunton
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 15:12 pm
From: larnersky AT mindspring.com
 
Hello all



Today we had our CBC & tonight I will know the total species seen . But I
wanted to put out this that we have two Cackling Geese at Lake Tams in the
City of Staunton .



Allen Larner

Staunton

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Subject: Tons of backyard birds
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 12:47 pm
From: sworriorbarry AT gmail.com
 
I'm in the Western Branch of Chesapeake. Today, I found the following:
Blue Jays
Northern Cardinals
Carolina Wrens
Carolina Chickadees
Female Baltimore Oriole
Downy Woodpecker
Redbellied Woodpecker
Yellow bellied Sapsucker
Northern mockingbird
Tufted Titmouse
Cowbird
European Starling
Mourning Dove
House Finch
Yellow-Rumped Warbler
Red shouldered Hawks
Dark-eyed Junco
American Robin


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Subject: Great Falls Walk - Christmas Bird Count
Date: Sun Dec 14 2014 11:56 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

Today for the Christmas Bird Count our group of seven tallied 44 species. Around/ on the holly trees just beyond the entrance kiosk produced a strong start with two hermit thrushes, a hairy and red-belly woodpeckers, cardinals, waxwings, chickadees, juncos, nuthatches. In the holding basin area, much to our delight, wefound three winter wrens. Notably missing today were kinglets. Upstream the mallards were on the clay pond. Both eagles were present on their Conn Island nest.
All birders are welcome to join this Sunday walk that meets at 8:00 am in the visitors center parking lot. -- Marshall Rawson, McLean VA

Canada Goose 36
American Black Duck 3
Mallard 12
Ring-necked Duck 30
Bufflehead 10
Common Merganser 3
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 6
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 3
Herring Gull 3
Mourning Dove 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 8
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 5
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 16
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Brown Creeper 1
Winter Wren 4
Carolina Wren 4
Eastern Bluebird 16
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin 1
European Starling 6
Cedar Waxwing 12
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Song Sparrow 3
White-throated Sparrow 14
Dark-eyed Junco 8
Northern Cardinal 4
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 6



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Subject: 12/13 - Virginia Beach Area - Back Bay NWR / Little Island / Sandbridge / Rudee Inlet / PHP & CBBT
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014 21:20 pm
From: robbielawski AT gmail.com
 
Photos from the outing "12/13 - Virginia Beach Area - Back Bay NWR / Little
Island / Sandbridge / Rudee Inlet / PHP & CBBT" are now posted to
http://www.hrwe.org/staff-admi... for
those who are interested in viewing, there is about 60 or so of them!
Thanks!

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA

On Sat, Dec 13, 2014 at 4:34 PM, Rob Bielawski
wrote:
>
> Hey All!
>
> After what seemed like the longest week of dreary weather of all time, the
> clouds and rain finally cleared here on Thursday/Friday and I got a great
> day out birding the area all day today! There were reports on here of
> Common Eiders being present in pairs at both Rudee Inlet & the Chesapeake
> Bay Bridge-Tunnel, so I went to both locations to check on them. First
> though, I started off at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and didn't see
> anything out of the ordinary. A lone Northern Harrier and the typical
> waterfowl (Tundra Swans, Gadwall, Buffleheads, Hooded Mergansers, etc.)
> were all present. The beach was almost devoid of birds, only 2 Sanderlings
> were out, no gulls/pelicans/cormorants/gannets.
>
> After I left Back Bay about 9:30 AM, I stopped at Little Island Park just
> to sneak out to the kayak launch area across the main road. I immediately
> spooked a Cooper's Hawk that I hadn't seen perched nearby. I could see a
> few ducks out on the water so crept around to the next trail access south
> to get in a better spot with the sun. When I reached the water, there was a
> mixed flock of American Wigeon, Hooded Merganser, Gadwall, American Black
> Duck, and Pied-billed Grebe together. Unfortunately, the Hoodies must have
> spotted me even though I was in thick cover, and the flock took to the air,
> landing further south on this small cove of Back Bay. So again I headed
> northward up through Sandbridge, where I found a Merlin (my FOY in Virginia
> Beach) perched up on a power line along the main road. I swung around a
> couple times to get a few photos of it from the driver seat, and then kept
> on.
>
> Rudee Inlet was the next stop, where I pulled in along the north side of
> the inlet at the resort area. I could see almost immediately the 2 blobs
> riding the waves up and down & soon confirmed them as the Common Eiders
> that Karen Beatty had sighted the other day. A new life bird for me! The
> sun was making it impossible to get any photographs so I drove around into
> the Croatan neighborhood on the south side of the inlet. Parking & walking
> out the public access (about 1/2 mile south of the inlet), then heading up
> to the inlet. I could see them in a perfect spot, and there was another
> fellow with a scope or camera situated along the southern jetty, but as I
> approached, some beachgoers' dog broke away from them and jumped into the
> water, chasing them off into the air (they headed north after rounding the
> outside of the jetty). So that was that, a bit of a bummer, but still was
> excited to have seen them. Headed again northward.
>
> Next stop was Pleasure House Point just in the hopes that something neat
> might show up. I walked the park east to west, parking at Dinwiddie Drive
> and seeing many Gadwall on the small stormwater retention pond nearby. The
> mudflats were slightly visible, and a big group of 42 Brant were sitting
> out on them, and in the nearby waters. Another FOY in Virginia Beach for
> me, though others have posted about them being present in the past couple
> of weeks. Aside from the Brants, the top birds for me here was a group of
> Hooded Mergansers / Buffleheads & a Ruddy Duck in close on one of the
> ponds, and a perched Cooper's Hawk that I redeemed myself on after scaring
> one earlier in the day before I could spot it.
>
> Final stop of the day was the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel's first island.
> The Common Eiders were both present here and was very excited to make that
> 4 of them after having seen the first of my life just hours before! Several
> other birders were present (Karen & Keith Roberts and Karen Kearney also).
> Karen & I got some great looks at both birds over the next 45 mins or so,
> and also got to add a Purple Sandpiper that landed on the rocks nearby.
> There was Buffleheads, Red-breasted Merganser, and Long-tailed Ducks also
> present off the north end of the island and lots of Gannets cruising by. We
> also got good looks at a River Otter that was swimming around in the
> protected waters just west of the point, a first for me out on the islands!
>
> Now I've got 350 or so photographs to go through from the day, but wanted
> to send this out in case anyone wanted the information. I posted some
> photos of the Common Eiders to my website at (
> http://www.hrwe.org/staff-admi...) and
> will post all the rest of the shots once I can get through them over the
> next couple days!
>
> Rob Bielawski
> Virginia Beach, VA
> www.hrwe.org
>
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Subject: Virginia Beach Area 12-13-14
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014 19:12 pm
From: mhanthony AT email.wm.edu
 
Erin Chapman, Megan Massa, and I spent the better part of the day birding
the Virginia Beach area. Here are some highlights:

Rudee Inlet (7:15 am): Common Eider were continuing, with great views in
the inlet. Also counted 11 Lesser Black-backed Gulls on the beach.

Virginia Marine Science Center (8:00am): Nice mixed flock included 2 Pine
Warblers and 1 House Wren

Little Island Park (9:15 am): Not much on the water. Had 2 Grey Catbirds, 1
Field Sparrow, and 1 Orange-crowned Warbler in the scrubby area across the
street.

Back Bay NWR (10:30 am): Not much here. No luck relocating the Prairie
Warbler.

Stumpy Lake (12:30 pm): Eastern Phoebe

Pleasure House Point (3:00 pm): 1 Western Willet, 1 Laughing Gull, 1 Black
Skimmer

Best,
--Matt Anthony
College of William & Mary
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Subject: Common Eiders at Rudee Inlet on behalf of Rob Bielawski
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014 16:52 pm
From: pammonahan AT me.com
 
As a follow up to Ron's follow up, I was also able to locate the 2 Common Eiders and photograph them about 1:30 pm at the mouth of Rudee Inlet.

Please excuse the brevity of this message. It was sent from my iPhone 4s.


> On Dec 13, 2014, at 5:03 PM, RKNFurnish@aol.com wrote:
>
> As a follow up to Rob/Pam's post, we were able to get some photos of the Rudee Inlet Common Eiders at 12:30, so they must've returned once the dog left them alone. A King Eider last winter, Common Eiders this winter...can a Steller's or Spectacled be far behind? (We can dream, right?)
>
> Ron Furnish & Marie Mullins
>
> In a message dated 12/13/2014 3:41:27 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, pammonahan@me.com writes:
> 11:00am 2 Common Eiders were present 10 mins ago at Rudee Inlet but chased off by a dog that jumped into water and swam out after them. They left inlet and headed north after going out around the northern jetty.
>
> Pam Monahan
> Tampa, FL/Virginia Beach, VA
> “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
>
> my photo gallery
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
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Subject: Common Eiders at Rudee Inlet on behalf of Rob Bielawski
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014 16:06 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
As a follow up to Rob/Pam's post, we were able to get some photos of the
Rudee Inlet Common Eiders at 12:30, so they must've returned once the dog
left them alone. A King Eider last winter, Common Eiders this winter...can a
Steller's or Spectacled be far behind? (We can dream, right?)

Ron Furnish & Marie Mullins


In a message dated 12/13/2014 3:41:27 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
pammonahan@me.com writes:

11:00am 2 Common Eiders were present 10 mins ago at Rudee Inlet but chased
off by a dog that jumped into water and swam out after them. They left
inlet and headed north after going out around the northern jetty.

Pam Monahan
Tampa, FL/Virginia Beach, VA
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way
its animals are treated” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

my photo gallery









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Subject: 12/13 - Virginia Beach Area - Back Bay NWR / Little Island / Sandbridge / Rudee Inlet / PHP & CBBT
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014 15:35 pm
From: robbielawski AT gmail.com
 
Hey All!

After what seemed like the longest week of dreary weather of all time, the
clouds and rain finally cleared here on Thursday/Friday and I got a great
day out birding the area all day today! There were reports on here of
Common Eiders being present in pairs at both Rudee Inlet & the Chesapeake
Bay Bridge-Tunnel, so I went to both locations to check on them. First
though, I started off at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and didn't see
anything out of the ordinary. A lone Northern Harrier and the typical
waterfowl (Tundra Swans, Gadwall, Buffleheads, Hooded Mergansers, etc.)
were all present. The beach was almost devoid of birds, only 2 Sanderlings
were out, no gulls/pelicans/cormorants/gannets.

After I left Back Bay about 9:30 AM, I stopped at Little Island Park just
to sneak out to the kayak launch area across the main road. I immediately
spooked a Cooper's Hawk that I hadn't seen perched nearby. I could see a
few ducks out on the water so crept around to the next trail access south
to get in a better spot with the sun. When I reached the water, there was a
mixed flock of American Wigeon, Hooded Merganser, Gadwall, American Black
Duck, and Pied-billed Grebe together. Unfortunately, the Hoodies must have
spotted me even though I was in thick cover, and the flock took to the air,
landing further south on this small cove of Back Bay. So again I headed
northward up through Sandbridge, where I found a Merlin (my FOY in Virginia
Beach) perched up on a power line along the main road. I swung around a
couple times to get a few photos of it from the driver seat, and then kept
on.

Rudee Inlet was the next stop, where I pulled in along the north side of
the inlet at the resort area. I could see almost immediately the 2 blobs
riding the waves up and down & soon confirmed them as the Common Eiders
that Karen Beatty had sighted the other day. A new life bird for me! The
sun was making it impossible to get any photographs so I drove around into
the Croatan neighborhood on the south side of the inlet. Parking & walking
out the public access (about 1/2 mile south of the inlet), then heading up
to the inlet. I could see them in a perfect spot, and there was another
fellow with a scope or camera situated along the southern jetty, but as I
approached, some beachgoers' dog broke away from them and jumped into the
water, chasing them off into the air (they headed north after rounding the
outside of the jetty). So that was that, a bit of a bummer, but still was
excited to have seen them. Headed again northward.

Next stop was Pleasure House Point just in the hopes that something neat
might show up. I walked the park east to west, parking at Dinwiddie Drive
and seeing many Gadwall on the small stormwater retention pond nearby. The
mudflats were slightly visible, and a big group of 42 Brant were sitting
out on them, and in the nearby waters. Another FOY in Virginia Beach for
me, though others have posted about them being present in the past couple
of weeks. Aside from the Brants, the top birds for me here was a group of
Hooded Mergansers / Buffleheads & a Ruddy Duck in close on one of the
ponds, and a perched Cooper's Hawk that I redeemed myself on after scaring
one earlier in the day before I could spot it.

Final stop of the day was the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel's first island.
The Common Eiders were both present here and was very excited to make that
4 of them after having seen the first of my life just hours before! Several
other birders were present (Karen & Keith Roberts and Karen Kearney also).
Karen & I got some great looks at both birds over the next 45 mins or so,
and also got to add a Purple Sandpiper that landed on the rocks nearby.
There was Buffleheads, Red-breasted Merganser, and Long-tailed Ducks also
present off the north end of the island and lots of Gannets cruising by. We
also got good looks at a River Otter that was swimming around in the
protected waters just west of the point, a first for me out on the islands!

Now I've got 350 or so photographs to go through from the day, but wanted
to send this out in case anyone wanted the information. I posted some
photos of the Common Eiders to my website at (
http://www.hrwe.org/staff-admi...) and
will post all the rest of the shots once I can get through them over the
next couple days!

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
www.hrwe.org
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Subject: Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary, Arlington County, Saturday, , Dec 13, 2014 -- Nashville Warbler
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014 12:05 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
 VA Birders:
While visiting Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary this late morning, I found a Nashville Warbler in the scrubby vines and brambles near the south end of the parking lot and the outflow culverts under George Washington Parkway.  Perhaps this bird might stick around for next Saturday's Washington DC CBC.  Next to the inflow culverts at the southwest corner of Roaches Run were a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron and a Great Egret.
While at a stop at Gravelly Point, I saw a Peregrine Falcon zip by a couple of times spooking up the starling and cowbird flock in the fenced field with the landing lights.
Elton MorelArlington, VA
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Subject: Normans Ford Rd, Remington, VA - Lapland Longspurs - finally
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014 11:44 am
From: falco57 AT msn.com
 
Headed to Normans Ford Rd, hoping for Lapland Longspurs (lifer); arriving @ 8:30 AM. Finally, the stars aligned and I found six.   Also present were American Pipits (72), Horned Larks (35-40), E. Meadowlarks (11), and Kildeer (7).  All were on the turf farm property (North side of the road, sun at your back, so great clear views) across from the corn field (still standing) before you reach the first house on the right.  Also 11 Meadowlarks on North side, near Summerduck. Stayed till around 9:30 when a male N. Harrier flew over the field (also saw a female).

Scott D. Priebe

Springfield, VA
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Subject: Nassawadox & Cape Charles cbcs, trying again
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014 11:17 am
From: harryarmistead AT hotmail.com
 
H hour approacheth.  Here's my last appeal.  Many thanks to those already committed.

CBCs: You're cordially invited. 2 E. Shore of VA Christmas Bird Counts.
NASSAWADOX, Sun., Dec. 21. HQ is at Best Western, Exmore.
757-442-7378. $89 on Sat. night, $79 on Sunday.
krsmith@sharconmgt.com (Kassandra Smith, Manager). I will be in Rm.
106 the night before & after. Compilation will be in the continental
breakfast area of the motel. E side of Rt. 13, N end of town.
Dinner is at Sage Restaurant next door; breakfast on your own ... there are
many options. CAPE CHARLES, Tue., Dec. 30, 50TH ANNIVERSARY COUNT. HQ is Peacock Motor Inn
(just like olde tymes), refurbished and professionally run. $99.
Nice. I'll be in Rm. 2 down at the S elbow, nights of Dec. 29 & 30, a
huge suite w/ plenty of room for the compilation. 757-331-1127.
info@peacockmotorinn.com E side of Rt. 13, just N of Sting-Ray's.
Breakfast is at Sting-Ray's at 6. Please eat there then ... they're
opening up early just for us. Dinner there, too. Both motels have
small fridges in all rooms. Both honor AAA and AARP. Compilations
both begin at 7 P.M.

-Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.
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Subject: Christmas Bird Count in Highland County
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014 11:09 am
From: pareum AT gmail.com
 
As the CBC season approaches, I want to give all you birders a heads-up
that I will be starting a count in Highland County next year. I will
schedule it towards the end of the count period, preferably on a Saturday
or even a week day. The more wintry the weather, the better for birds like
Golden Eagles and Rough-legged hawks. It also seems that many counts are
held on Sundays and I am trying not to interfere with established counts. I
believe a count was held here many years ago, but I think it's time to get
one established again. As you plan your winter trips to Highland, please
keep this in mind. If you could send me the lists of birds you see and
approximate locations, it would be very helpful for next year. Also, please
feel free to invite me along!
Thanks,
Patti Reum
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Subject: Common Eiders at Rudee Inlet on behalf of Rob Bielawski
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014 11:03 am
From: pammonahan AT me.com
 
11:00am 2 Common Eiders were present 10 mins ago at Rudee Inlet but chased off by a dog that jumped into water and swam out after them. They left inlet and headed north after going out around the northern jetty.

Pam Monahan
Tampa, FL/Virginia Beach, VA
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

my photo gallery









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Subject: Nassawadox & Cape Charles Christmas counts, Dec. 21 & 30 respectively.
Date: Sat Dec 13 2014 10:33 am
From: harryarmistead AT hotmail.com
 



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Subject: Sharp-shinned catches chickadee
Date: Fri Dec 12 2014 21:29 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Which species?  :)  Great pic, though...
From: roger mayhorn
To: va-bird@listserve.com
Sent: Friday, December 12, 2014 8:51 PM
Subject: [Va-bird] Sharp-shinned catches chickadee




I looked out through the glass of the dining room door today to see a small Sharp-shinned Hawk on the ground not far from our feeders. In its talons was an unfortunate Carolina Chickadee that had just expired. You can see just how small this hawk is by comparing it to the chickadee (See photo link below). According to Sibley's a chickadee is about 4 3/4 inches long. Using that as a reference this hawk should be only about 11 or 12 inches long, which would make it a male Sharp-shinned. I took the photo through the glass just before it took off into the woods with its prey.
Since our Buchanan County CBC is on Sunday, this species can be counted for count week.


http://www.pbase.com/mayhorn/i...



Roger Mayhorn
Compton Mt
Buchanan County


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