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01 Apr: @ 12:12:25  FOS Chimney Swift - Williamsburg [Matt Anthony]
01 Apr: @ 12:03:27 Re: [shenvalbirds] Eurasian wigeon [Ziegenfus, Zig - ziegencw]
01 Apr: @ 11:48:09  April 1 sightings in Richmond [Alyssa Freeman]
01 Apr: @ 10:08:39  Eurasian wigeon [William Leigh]
01 Apr: @ 07:52:38 Re: Virginia Beach - Back Bay NWR - Fees begin Tomorrow [Adam D'Onofrio]
31 Mar: @ 20:13:50  3/31/15 - Virginia Beach - First Landing State Park [Rob Bielawski]
31 Mar: @ 19:37:35  Rusty Blackbirds - Thanks and keep going [Robert Ake]
31 Mar: @ 15:19:21  Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
31 Mar: @ 13:43:29  Virginia Beach - Back Bay NWR - Fees begin Tomorrow [Rob Bielawski]
31 Mar: @ 12:54:22  Burke Eagles & More [Barbara via va-bird]
31 Mar: @ 12:26:14  FOS Fox Sparrow - Falls Church [SANDY]
31 Mar: @ 11:33:28  Spring birding at Rockwood Park, Chesterfield County 3/31/2015 [Wendy Ealding]
31 Mar: @ 09:14:22  Quick report from Chincoteague NWR [Bill Hohenstein]
31 Mar: @ 08:46:06  A word of caution [Robert Ake]
31 Mar: @ 08:39:03  Tree Swallows [Elizabeth Fedorko]
31 Mar: @ 07:46:40  Pine Siskins Still Present [pepherup--- via va-bird]
31 Mar: @ 07:30:08  Louisiana Waterthrush in Oakton (Fairfax County) [Lynn Rafferty]
30 Mar: @ 22:46:47 Re: 3/30/15 - Virginia Beach - Pleasure House Point NaturalArea [Nancy Young]
30 Mar: @ 22:27:49  Need assistance with id of possible Little Gull [Suzanne Stewart]
30 Mar: @ 21:30:13  3/30/15 - Virginia Beach - Pleasure House Point Natural Area [Rob Bielawski]
30 Mar: @ 20:12:36  FOS Purple Martin - Compton Mt [Roger mayhorn]
30 Mar: @ 17:52:40  Dyke Marsh loons and more [Edward Eder]
30 Mar: @ 17:50:10  Dyke Marsh 5:30 PM [Edward Eder]
30 Mar: @ 17:46:50  Sky Meadows SP, Fauquier Co.; Mar. 30 [Scott Baron]
30 Mar: @ 13:54:07  Early Season Great Egret [Marshall Faintich]
30 Mar: @ 13:23:41  Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
30 Mar: @ 13:20:50  Fwd: eBird Report - Jackson Miles Abbott Wetlands Refuge, Mar 30, 2015 [Rich Rieger via va-bird]
30 Mar: @ 11:37:50  late March birds Nelson/New Kent [Hobson, Chris (DCR)]
30 Mar: @ 11:19:56  CBBT & Chincoteague, March 18 & 19. [Harry Armistead]
30 Mar: @ 11:06:00  Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
30 Mar: @ 09:22:58  Fw: Glossy Ibis at Gravelly Point, near Alexandria [Jim Nelson]
30 Mar: @ 08:33:04  Hog Island WMA [Living, Stephen (DGIF)]
30 Mar: @ 06:59:38  Baltimore Oriole, Portsmouth, VA [Elisa Enders]
29 Mar: @ 18:38:20  Eurasian Wigeon - Cape Charles [Lynda Blair]
29 Mar: @ 17:22:38  Occoquan NWR [leesheehanmiller]
29 Mar: @ 17:01:33  Occoquan Bay NWR Goldeneye [Cheryl Walsh]
29 Mar: @ 16:06:22  Falconer's Bird on the loose [Andrew Rapp]
29 Mar: @ 14:55:47  purple martin [Michael A. Shank.]
29 Mar: @ 14:52:27  FOS Eastern Phoebe and very cold, Blue Ridge Center, Lo Co [Joe Coleman]
29 Mar: @ 14:37:08  Great Falls Sunday Walk today [Sj Wex via va-bird]
29 Mar: @ 14:33:09  LA Water thrush at Possum Pt Rd PR Wm Co [kurtcapt87@verizon.net]
29 Mar: @ 14:11:53  Black-crowned Night-Heron, Four Mile Run Park, Alexandria [dcharlesl]
29 Mar: @ 14:06:11  FOS Eastern Phoebe Orange County [Suzanne Stewart]
29 Mar: @ 13:37:01  Blue-gray Gnatcatchers [Ron Furnish via va-bird]
29 Mar: @ 13:10:40  Dyke Marsh/Alexandria/HiLItes [Rich Rieger via va-bird]
29 Mar: @ 13:03:24  Merrimac Farm Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
29 Mar: @ 13:00:42 Re: Red-necked Grebe at Huntley Meadows? [Tyler Reber]
29 Mar: @ 12:42:33  Ponds on Richfood Rd. off of Rt.301 and I-295 in Richmond [Gwbirds37 via va-bird]
29 Mar: @ 12:39:09  Oregon subspecies of Dark-eyed Junco In Warren County Today, 3/29/15 [Fred Bogar]
29 Mar: @ 10:37:44  Tree Swallows Powhatan Co. [Patty Elton]





Subject: FOS Chimney Swift - Williamsburg
Date: Wed Apr 1 2015 12:12 pm
From: mhanthony AT email.wm.edu
 
This morning at around 10am, I had a Chimney Swift with a large group of
swallows over the golf course pond at the end of the Bassett Hall Nature
Trail, in Colonial Williamsburg. I also had FOS Blue-grey Gnatcatcher at
two separate locations in Williamsburg.

Best,
--Matt Anthony
College of William & Mary
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Subject: Eurasian wigeon
Date: Wed Apr 1 2015 12:03 pm
From: ziegencw AT jmu.edu
 
The James Madison University ornithology class had an exciting day. Pine siskins, Purple finches, Blue and Green winged teal,  Osprey, Horned and Pie-billed grebes, Tree, Roughwing, and Barn swallow, and a Great egret.  Field sparrows were singing as well as a few bars from Whitethroats and the Purple finches.  On various ponds: late Canvasbacks, Ringnecks, Buffleheads, Gadwall, and Scaup.

The highlight of the day was a male Eurasian wigeon Lake Campbell, Massanetta Springs near Harrisonburg. It was with 10 American Wigeons(perhaps more as some where seen flying as the van rolled in).

Zig
The juncos and white-throats are here until March.
PHONE:(540) 568-6737
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Charles Ziegenfus (Zig)
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Subject: April 1 sightings in Richmond
Date: Wed Apr 1 2015 11:48 am
From: tsiporah.shani AT gmail.com
 
Early morning bird walk. I ran into my friend Chris M. Carolle, whom I last
heard from a little more than three months ago. We walked around birding
together and the first thing we saw were 7 Mute Swans, swimming in the
pond. First time I've ever seen that many at the park. Next were about two
dozen Canada Geese. We actually saw six of them laying eggs! The sunlight
on the water was beautiful, too - after a goose took off, there were five
golden-colored ripples of sunlight in the water!

Next was a walk in the woods where we heard 4 Red-bellied Woodpeckers
drumming and calling to each other. Then a rarity! 3 Western European
Junglefowls (together with a pair of Mourning Doves) eating acorns and
seeds under a tree. Finally, while admiring the beauty of the blooming
Bradford Pear trees, we saw a Northern Bobwhite fly into the tree.

SO ... altogether, Chris (who had to leave but promised to come see me the
next time he was in town, in about 8 months) and I saw:
7 swans a-swimming
6 geese a-laying
5 golden rings!
4 calling birds
3 French Hens
2 Mourning Doves -
and a Bobwhite in a Pear Tree!

HAPPY APRIL FOOL'S DAY, EVERYONE!
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Subject: Eurasian wigeon
Date: Wed Apr 1 2015 10:08 am
From: leightern AT msn.com
 
Zig found a male Eurasian widgeon at lake Campbell Massenutten springs in Harrisonburg.The bird was there today at 11 o'clock I am now leaving. There are two parking areas the one closest to a large orange red brick building is the traditional place for parking but it now says no trespassing. the bird can be seen from the road so use your common sense and be respectful. Great find zig!

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Subject: Virginia Beach - Back Bay NWR - Fees begin Tomorrow
Date: Wed Apr 1 2015 7:52 am
From: bigadfromlb AT comcast.net
 
Or better yet, buy a duck stamp that will get you into any NWR in the entire country. You can purchase one at Back Bay. You can't beat it, " Ninety-eight cents of every dollar generated by the sale of Federal Duck Stamps goes directly to purchase or lease wetland habitat for protection in the National Wildlife Refuge System ."

Good birding.

Adam D'Onofrio
North Dinwiddie


----- Original Message -----

From: "Rob Bielawski"
To: "VA-Bird List"
Sent: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 2:41:40 PM
Subject: [Va-bird] Virginia Beach - Back Bay NWR - Fees begin Tomorrow

Folks,

I just wanted to send out a quick message in case people had forgotten...
the West Dike opens tomorrow (April 1) at Back Bay NWR, and therefore the
park begins requiring entrance fees paid at the gatehouse (I believe the
daily fee is something like $5 or an annual pass is something like $20).
I'm very excited to see what birds are viewable in the interior of the
park, its always a very exciting time when birders finally gain access to
the interior impoundments and the maritime forest. It also increases the
available hiking distance in the park by a large margin. While the
beachfront, the Bay Trail and the Loop Road have yielded some great birds
this winter, I'm definitely looking forward to having some additional miles
of trail available!

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
www.rbnature.com
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Subject: 3/31/15 - Virginia Beach - First Landing State Park
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 20:13 pm
From: robbielawski AT gmail.com
 
Folks,

*Quick Notes*
First Landing State Park - 4:20 - 6:45 PM - FOY Blue-gray Gnatcatcher,
Eastern Phoebe, Hermit Thrush, extremely windy which made it difficult to
pick out small songbirds with all the noise & movement in the canopy.

*Outing Photographs*
*http://www.rbnature.com/galler...
*

*Full Outing Details*
Temperatures in southeast Virginia rose to about 70 degrees F today, making
for a wonderful evening of being outdoors. However, the southwesterly winds
bringing in the hot air made for a tough time in observing birds. Sustained
winds around 20mph buffeted the area, sending all the trees and their
branches in motion, making it near impossible to spot small songbirds
moving between the trees. I went after work up to First Landing State
Park's 64th Street entrance, and parking near Pacific Avenue, I headed into
the park about 4:20 PM. With migrants starting to show up across the
region, I'd hoped to find some warblers today, though it is still a bit
early, you never know. I thought perhaps the strong southerly winds might
have pushed some birds our way. Walking into the park, I swung a quick left
at the Cape Henry Trail, where I came across a couple of *White-breasted
Nuthatches* and a *Pine Warbler* high up in the canopy. Seeing these so
quickly made it seem like perhaps there would be a lot of birds out, but,
the next half hour of walking in which I walked the Long Creek Trail, and
Osprey Trail yielded no birds at all. It wasn't until I reached the shore
of Broad Bay along the Osprey Trail that I finally started to see some. The
winds were whipping up across Broad Bay, pummeling the northern shoreline
where the trail sticks close to the water. A pair of *Carolina Chickadees*
was seen bouncing back and forth on a small tree right near the water. It
was surprising to me that they had not fled the area, and all the movement
almost made me dizzy while steadying the camera lens for a photograph. Even
all the large pine trees were bouncing back and forth, but in between the
two tidal creeks with bridges, a feeding flock of songbirds stuck low in
the canopy where they were unaffected by the winds. Among the group
was a *Brown-headed
Nuthatch*, a few *Yellow-rumped Warblers*, a *Pine Warbler*, and my
FOY *Blue-gray
Gnatcatcher* that allowed me a couple photographs before disappearing (see
link above).

After heading out from this spot, I crossed the western of the two bridges,
and was about to head up White Hill when I realized that the park staff
have now blockaded the trail here with lots of branches. The trail now
winds around the hill, hitting the Long Creek Trail a few hundred feet to
the northeast of where it used to. So instead of the 30 degree or so
incline heading up the highest point in the park (roughly 50 vertical
feet), you now have a much more gradual incline winding up around the base
of the hill. I've hiked First Landing over a hundred times since moving to
Hampton Roads in 2005, so it was quite a shock to see a new trail cut into
the side of the hill. Anyway though, I hit the Long Creek Trail, and headed
west to White Hill Lake, where a pair of *Hooded Mergansers* and a pair of
*Buffleheads* were out on the water. Also, a good number of *Great Blue
Herons* were soaring above the lake, and a few were situated on the
shoreline. I didn't check the rookery to the east of the lake, but given
how many herons I saw today, i'd venture a guess that it is already active.
The Osprey nest across the lake, high up in a dead tree, was active as
well, with one bird sitting on it. I kept on westward to the White Hill
Creek bridge, then turned back around, taking the same path (~3 miles) all
the way back to 64th Street. A *Tufted Titmouse* surprised me near the
bridge, and a Belted Kingfisher was sitting on a large branch while holding
onto a rather large fish it had apparently just captured. Atop White Hill,
an *Eastern Phoebe* flew out of the trees where the heaviest Spanish Moss
is found. I was amazed to see all the moss essentially horizontal in the
air from the wind, and I'm not sure that I've ever seen it quite like this
in the past. On the way back, I was delighted to find a Raccoon wandering
around in the western of the two tidal marshes. With all the marsh grasses
from this past winter having fallen to the ground, there isn't much room
for them to hide while feeding along the creeks. But, new marsh grasses are
starting to spring up through the mud, and their green coloring is started
to really show through the drab of the winter's foliage.

On the Osprey Trail again, I ran into a flock of songbirds, but every one I
could isolate turned out to be a Yellow-rumped Warbler, our most common
warblers around here. Soon enough though, other species will start to show
up. After hitting the junction with the Long Creek Trail and continuing
eastward, I spotted one *Golden-crowned Kinglet*, which is the first one
I've seen in a few weeks, so I was a bit surprised to find it here, though
there's no reason it shouldn't be there. At this point in the evening, the
sun was getting pretty low, and it was pretty tough getting any photographs
of the birds in the trees given the general lack of light. Fortunately
though, a group of 3 *Hermit Thrushes* was seen nearby on the trail and low
in the trees, providing some nice photographs. This trail seems to have a
good density of thrushes, and almost everytime in the winter/spring I walk
it, I see a few of them. Crossing 64th Street, and cutting down a secondary
trail to the Cape Henry Trail was next up. Here, you pick up the trail
right at Lake Susan Constant, where a pair of *Mallards*, and a single
*Ring-necked
Duck* were seen. These proved to be the last of the birds for my outing,
and I sped along for the last mile, getting back to the car about 6:45 PM,
just in time to head on home for some dinner. I was excited to find my
first Blue-gray Gnatcatcher on the year, and actually that's my first
migrant songbird of the spring, so another reason to be excited. I can't
wait to keep seeing more first-of-year birds over the next few weeks.

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
www.rbnature.com
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Subject: Rusty Blackbirds - Thanks and keep going
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 19:37 pm
From: rake AT cox.net
 
Hey everyone,
Thank yous all around to everyone who has submitted Rusty Blackbird
sightings to eBird this spring!Although today marks the close of the
target Blitz dates in Virginia, the Blitz isn’t over!In 2014, Rusty
migration was later than usual through many states, and birders were
reporting Rusty Blackbirds in some southern states in early April, and
in northern states through early May.As most of you have experienced,
this year's early spring has been late as well. Even outside of our
official Blitz window for Virginia, we still need all of your Rusty
Blackbird observations to help understand Rusty Blackbird migratory
timing and habitat use.The international Blitz runs through June 15, so
please continue to submit your observations to the “Rusty Blackbird
Spring Migration Blitz” protocol on eBird until then.Thanks for
supporting this international initiative to learn more about Rusty
Blackbirds!
As of now Ohio with 429 checklists is ahead of our 371. But with a
late surge I'm sure we can regain our first place position. If this
sounds like an NCAA Final Four coach's rant, I apologize. Go Rusties!

Bob Ake
State Coordinator
Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz
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Subject: Virginia Rare Bird Alert
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 15:19 pm
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 


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-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: ebird-alert@cornell.edu
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*** Species Summary:

Eurasian Wigeon (4 Accomack)
White-winged Scoter (1 Appomattox)
Common Goldeneye (2 Accomack)
Great Egret (1 Albemarle)
White Ibis (1 Poquoson)
Piping Plover (1 Hampton)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (3 Northampton)
Black-and-white Warbler (1 Suffolk)
Cape May Warbler (1 Chesterfield)

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

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 29, 2015 10:45 by Clark Olsen
- 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=S22591113
- Comments: "Male, rusty head, gray flanks, buffy head stripe, seen in very good light"

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 29, 2015 12:35 by Peyton Smith
- Chincoteague NWR--Toms Cove Visitor Center, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.890028,-75.3449035&ll7.890028,-75.3449035
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22596567
- Comments: "Continuing.

"

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 29, 2015 12:35 by Megan Massa
- Chincoteague NWR--Toms Cove Visitor Center, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.890028,-75.3449035&ll7.890028,-75.3449035
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22591618
- Comments: "Continuing.

"

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 29, 2015 12:35 by Erin Chapman
- Chincoteague NWR--Toms Cove Visitor Center, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.890028,-75.3449035&ll7.890028,-75.3449035
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22591603
- Comments: "Continuing.

"

White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) (3)
- Reported Mar 30, 2015 09:30 by Daniel Puckette
- Holliday Lake State Park - PAP04, Appomattox, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.3967258,-78.641988&ll7.3967258,-78.641988
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22595731
- Comments: "3 of them were resting on the water. 2 males and 1 female. Males easily identified by white around eye and white bar on wing as well as orange bill. My Dad and I assume they are migrating."

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 29, 2015 11:45 by Megan Massa
- Queen Anne's Landing - CES17, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.9348,-75.4228&ll7.9348,-75.4228
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22591595
- Comments: "Drake and hen, scope from the landing. Distant, no photos."

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 29, 2015 11:45 by Erin Chapman
- Queen Anne's Landing - CES17, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.9348,-75.4228&ll7.9348,-75.4228
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22591594
- Comments: "Drake and hen, scope from the landing. Distant, no photos."

Great Egret (Ardea alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 30, 2015 08:15 by Thomas Jones
- Chris Greene Lake, Albemarle, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.1642555,-78.437748&ll8.1642555,-78.437748
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22594022
- Comments: "See well at eye level flying over the lake. Large white bird with yellow bill, black legs and black feet."

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (4)
- Reported Mar 30, 2015 17:21 by Bryan Barmore
- Messick Point, Poquoson, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.110145,-76.3212061&ll7.110145,-76.3212061
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22601803
- Comments: "Seen over the bay across the Marsh with scope. All white birds with black on the tips of the wings. All close together but in a lose flock, unlike snow geese. Slow regular flapping with no gliding so not white pelicans. Stayed too much in formation to be gulls. Plus really white and black, not grey. Thin, long bodies. Not as powerful or direct flight as we would expect for gannets. Flight definitely suggested a wader. Black wing tips eliminate any of the egrets."

Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) (6)
- Reported Mar 24, 2015 11:00 by Scott Peters
- Grandview Nature Preserve, Hampton, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.1023837,-76.2871528&ll7.1023837,-76.2871528
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22604440
- Comments: "2 were together near the first dune access trail (observed same pair previous day, same pair observed by Frank Folgarty) 1 at first Jetty observed joining 2 others, and 1 feeding on a tidal flat. Two then Three adorable Piping Plovers playing & finding dinner in the sand. Collage 3 at Grandview Nature Preserve in Hampton, Va on 3-25-15Posted by Christine Elizabeth Peters on Sunday, March 29, 2015"

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 29, 2015 08:45 by Megan Massa
- Magotha Road, Northampton, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.1773469,-75.9499025&ll7.1773469,-75.9499025
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22591582
- Comments: "Established population locally. Feeding in yard. No photos."

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 29, 2015 08:45 by Peyton Smith
- Magotha Road, Northampton, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.1773469,-75.9499025&ll7.1773469,-75.9499025
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22596549
- Comments: "Established population locally. Feeding in yard. No photos."

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 29, 2015 08:45 by Erin Chapman
- Magotha Road, Northampton, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.1773469,-75.9499025&ll7.1773469,-75.9499025
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22591580
- Comments: "Established population locally. Feeding in yard. No photos."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 29, 2015 13:30 by Adam Bollinger
- Great Dismal Swamp NWR--Jericho Ditch, Suffolk, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.7108159,-76.5235519&ll6.7108159,-76.5235519
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22595620
- Comments: "At first we thought it was a nuthatch, due to behavior; upon closer inspection, black and white stripes on crown and back, gray on wing with wing bar..slight Buffy color near back of flanks...working the tree like a nuthatch"

Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina) (1)
- Reported Mar 30, 2015 15:00 by Neal Mercer
- Dutch Gap Boat Landing, Chesterfield, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.3818236,-77.3775745&ll7.3818236,-77.3775745
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22603485

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Subject: Virginia Beach - Back Bay NWR - Fees begin Tomorrow
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 13:43 pm
From: robbielawski AT gmail.com
 
Folks,

I just wanted to send out a quick message in case people had forgotten...
the West Dike opens tomorrow (April 1) at Back Bay NWR, and therefore the
park begins requiring entrance fees paid at the gatehouse (I believe the
daily fee is something like $5 or an annual pass is something like $20).
I'm very excited to see what birds are viewable in the interior of the
park, its always a very exciting time when birders finally gain access to
the interior impoundments and the maritime forest. It also increases the
available hiking distance in the park by a large margin. While the
beachfront, the Bay Trail and the Loop Road have yielded some great birds
this winter, I'm definitely looking forward to having some additional miles
of trail available!

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
www.rbnature.com
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Subject: Burke Eagles & More
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 12:54 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Burke Lake's eagles' nest was very active yesterday.  Also seen there was a flock

of at least 100 double-crested cormorants, a common loon,and what may be

3 FOS tree swallows. (The tree swallows live on the dam end of the lake and

later barn swallows join them at the road end of thelake by the culvert.)

  Also, since theeagles took over the small nesting island from the great blue herons

two years ago, does anyone know where their new rookeryis?

  Lastly, some pix are temporarily here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/olym...

 - Barb, Fairfax 
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Subject: FOS Fox Sparrow - Falls Church
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 12:26 pm
From: SANFAY AT verizon.net
 
Seen yesterday around noon taking a bath in the backyard.

Sandy Holton
Sleepy Hollow, Falls Church
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Subject: Spring birding at Rockwood Park, Chesterfield County 3/31/2015
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 11:33 am
From: wendy.ealding AT gmail.com
 
 Migrants are definitely on the move - I had 18 Chipping Sparrows at my
feeder yesterday! This morning I headed out to Rockwood Park to look for
early migrants, and was rewarded with my FOY Louisiana Waterthrush singing
in the distance. I found 3 Hermit Thrushes. I found the first one making
a mewing call rather like a Catbird (in fact I thought it was a Catbird
when I first heard it, it wasn't until I saw the bird making the sound that
I realized that I was wrong). At another location a Hermit Thrush was
singing its beautiful song. The third one was really interesting, it was
on the ground, vibrating its foot in Egret fashion among the leaf litter,
presumably to stir up prey. I've never seen them do that before. The
other interesting sighting was an adult Bald Eagle chasing a Mallard in
flight. I don't know the outcome as they flew out of sight.

There was no activity at the Great Blue Heron nests. A pair of Red-bellied
Woodpeckers were working on a nest hole (or rather, the female was doing
the work and the male was watching).

Full list at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22609435



--
Wendy Ealding
Midlothian
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Subject: Quick report from Chincoteague NWR
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 9:14 am
From: elliety AT msn.com
 
I've been out at Chincoteague since Sunday and wanted to give a quick report on some sightings.
The Laughing Gulls showed up in force this morning. On Sunday and Monday I saw a few of them around the refuge and on the causeway from the mainland - but not significant numbers. Herring gulls had already begun setting up their colony along the 175 causeway. In past years, Herring gulls have established their colony on the margins of the Laughing gull colony. This morning over 500 Laughing gulls had showed up and many were already staking out nesting spots in the marsh. This number will grow considerably -- last year I guess 10,000 birds nested there. A sure sign of spring.
A lone Red Knot was on the Chincoteague mud flats yesterday. At least it looked like a Red Knot -- plump, yellow green legs, straight bill, larger than a Dunlin. Gray wash. It was at a considerable distance and I was not able to get usable pictures of it.
The Eurasian Wigeon was out among the Gadwall (and few American Wigeon) on Swan's cove this morning. This has been previously reported. It is a very nice Male. It may be difficult to see without a scope. That flock of ducks tends to hang out on the far side of Swan's Cove -- just behind the dunes on the beach side. I saw a ranger chasing some birders out of that area yesterday -- it is closed. The best spot to look is from the north parking lot. Piping plovers are back. They are also around Swan's Cove on the beach side and have nested in the closed area in previous years.
Tree swallows have returned. Yellow Rump and Pine Warblers are numerous. I heard one Yellow Throated Warbler singing.
Not too much diversity from a shorebird perspective -- still the wintering species (except for the Red Knot).
I'll post again later in the week.
Bill
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Subject: A word of caution
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 8:46 am
From: rake AT cox.net
 
It's a great time of year for birders and new birds.  Birds are on the
move and new species are appearing in our area for the first time this
year. When I spot a new species for the year (FOY), it's a
pulse-increasing event. I'm assuming that's true even for those who
don't keep lists of such things. But I have to remember that by
definition it's true that I haven't seen this species for quite a while
and perhaps the sighting deserves a little extra effort at making
certain it's the species I think it is. If a sighting is considerably
earlier than the posted earliest spring sightings given in "Virginia's
Birdlife," aka the Gold Book, it's probably not the species I might
think it is. In any case it's worth a little extra time just to make
sure. If you don't have a Gold Book, it's a good time to get one. They
can be obtained through the Virginia Society of Ornithology (VSO). See
their website for details (http://www.virginiabirds.net/p....

Bob Ake
Norfolk
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Subject: Tree Swallows
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 8:39 am
From: elizabethholcombefedorko AT gmail.com
 
Hello!~~We spent late Monday afternoon at Huntley Meadows being buffeted by
the wind but seeing a nice variety of waterfowl. What I enjoyed the most
were the Tree Swallows flying all around us while we stood on the boardwalk
between the tower and the woods. I managed to capture two swallows who
appeared to be fighting in mid-air but was wondering if they were mating. I
appreciate any info you all could give me!
Here is the link to my photos:
https://www.pinterest.com/dime...

Cheers! Beth and Dan Fedorko
Falls Church, VA
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Subject: Pine Siskins Still Present
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 7:46 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

I have had pine siskins here every day for the last two months and this morning there were still a few on the niger feeder.
White throats are in abundance, a few juncos and of course large numbers of grackles, cowbirds and red winged blackbirds.
I have seen 2 white breasted nuthatches nearly every day as well as goldfinches, titmouse, Carolina chickadees and house finches.
Song sparrows are building a nest in the front walkway boxwoods and one pair of bluebirds are nesting in a box in the field.
Several times a day pandemonium reigns as a female sharpie makes several visits to the yard each day.
I have not heard or seen any warblers yet.

Peggy Lyons
Concord
Campbell County
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Subject: Louisiana Waterthrush in Oakton (Fairfax County)
Date: Tue Mar 31 2015 7:30 am
From: radmom8992 AT gmail.com
 
At Difficult Run Stream Valley Park, Miller Heights Road entrance in
Oakton, yesterday I spotted a Louisiana Waterthrush in the stream to the
right of the entrance path.
Lynn Rafferty
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Subject: 3/30/15 - Virginia Beach - Pleasure House Point NaturalArea
Date: Mon Mar 30 2015 22:46 pm
From: nanjyoung AT juno.com
 
The trees might be Pin Cherry.

Nancy Young
Blue Ridge
Botetourt County

-----Original Message-----
From: va-bird [mailto:va-bird-bounces+nanjyoung=juno.com@listserve.com] On
Behalf Of Rob Bielawski
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2015 10:27 PM
To: VA-Bird List
Subject: [Va-bird] 3/30/15 - Virginia Beach - Pleasure House Point
NaturalArea

Folks,

*Quick Notes*
Pleasure House Point Natural Area - 4:40 - 6:40 PM - FOY Royal Tern, FOY
Tricolored Heron (3), and possible FOY Caspian Tern

*Outing Photographs*
*http://www.rbnature.com/galler...
*

*Full Information*
During the morning it sure didn't look like today was going to be much of a
day to get out birding. However, the rains stopped, and the clouds cleared
off in the afternoon and it turned into a beautifully clear day with
temperatures close to 60 degrees F. At 4 o'clock I left the office and
headed up to Pleasure House Point for an evening hike, arriving at the park
about 4:40 PM. I parked along Marlin Bay Drive and walked in on the main
entry trail that splits between the two freshwater ponds before reaching
the shoreline trail. Both ponds were empty today, and ducks in general were
scarce comparative to other outings this year. It seems the waterfowl are
starting to move off their wintering grounds, though *Northern Shovelers*
continue to be present in good numbers. A few *Green-winged Teal* were on
the creek, and a few *Gadwall* & *American Wigeons* were as well, with a
pair of *Canada Geese* and a single *Red-breasted Merganser* rounding out
the waterfowl (plus some *Buffelheads* for good measure). I first headed
east along the shoreline, realizing the tide was coming in, and it was
somewhere in the middle of low and high tide. Birding was pretty quiet on
my first pass across the park, though the mudflats were high and dry, and
filled with gulls.

*Laughing Gulls* are now the dominant species at the park, with
*Ring-billeds* now taking up the number two spot after reigning supreme
throughout the winter. *Herring Gulls* and *Lesser Black-backeds* were also
visible. I caught a tern flying away from the mudflats, and initially
thought it was a *Royal Tern*, but the bill looked too bulky, so I believe
it was a *Caspian Tern*, but I cannot say for certain from the 1 photograph
I was able to get (see link above). So it'll remain unidentified
unfortunately, always a bit frustrating. However, there was also another
tern situated on the mudflats with some gulls, and this one was clearly a
Royal (photos at link above), which was a FOY bird. After viewing the
mudflats for a few minutes, and noting that no shorebirds were present, I
headed up and around the stormwater pond at Dinwiddie, finding no Gadwalls
for the second straight outing, then headed back along the creek shoreline.
I walked the shoreline trail again all the way to the western fringe of the
park, seeing a few Ospreys along the way, hovering over the water. *Song
Sparrows* were sighted jumping in and out of the dense shrubbery, and it
seems that many of the flowering trees have become to blossom finally. I
unfortunately don't know my trees like I know my birds, but if anyone knows
the IDs of the trees in my photo link above, just let me know!

Once at the far west end, I repeated the cycle again, walking to the
eastern side and back. This time at the mudflats, I caught sight of several
large shorebird-looking birds rising out of the marshy island to the south.
When I got my binoculars on them, I could see long trailing yellow legs,
but bluish bodies with white underparts. These were my first *Tricolored
Herons* on the year, a group of 3 of them, and I snapped a few very distant
shots as they flew towards the southern shore of the Lynnhaven Bay. Shortly
after, a *Snowy Egret* also flew out of the marshy islands. I thought it
was a bit funny that I hadn't seen a single Great Egret or Great Blue
Heron, but had seen a Snowy and some Tricoloreds instead, not a typical
evening walk! As the sun started to dip lower in the sky, the *Red-winged
Blackbirds* all arrived along the trail and began singing, puffing up their
body and feathers while doing so. It was really nice to hear them singing,
it just feels like spring out there now with all the vocalizing going on.
One could hear the 'laughing' from the gulls halfway across the park as
well. I was a bit surprised to find that no Yellow-crowned Night-Herons
seem to have reached the park yet this spring, and I could not relocate the
Green Heron I saw last Tuesday, so perhaps it has moved further northward
and was just stopping by for a few days along its journey. No new migrant
songbirds were seen today unfortunately, though many sightings of Blue-gray
Gnatcatcher have been logged around the area, I'd expect someone to find
one at Pleasure House Point soon enough. The beautiful weather is supposed
to continue through the week, so I'd expect lots of reports to populate the
listserver and eBird this week and hopefully more migrants are observed
around the region.

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
www.rbnature.com


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Subject: Need assistance with id of possible Little Gull
Date: Mon Mar 30 2015 22:27 pm
From: suzinotsue AT gmail.com
 
I had a small gull swimming just off shore.  I am not experience with gulls
as they usually stay out in the middle of the lake. Since the Little Gull
and the Bonaparte look similar, I would like confirmation on what this gull
is.

https://flic.kr/p/qW974K

https://flic.kr/p/rAm8i1

Thank you,
Suzanne E. Stewart
Lake of the Woods, Orange VA
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Subject: 3/30/15 - Virginia Beach - Pleasure House Point Natural Area
Date: Mon Mar 30 2015 21:30 pm
From: robbielawski AT gmail.com
 
Folks,

*Quick Notes*
Pleasure House Point Natural Area - 4:40 - 6:40 PM - FOY Royal Tern, FOY
Tricolored Heron (3), and possible FOY Caspian Tern

*Outing Photographs*
*http://www.rbnature.com/galler...
*

*Full Information*
During the morning it sure didn't look like today was going to be much of a
day to get out birding. However, the rains stopped, and the clouds cleared
off in the afternoon and it turned into a beautifully clear day with
temperatures close to 60 degrees F. At 4 o'clock I left the office and
headed up to Pleasure House Point for an evening hike, arriving at the park
about 4:40 PM. I parked along Marlin Bay Drive and walked in on the main
entry trail that splits between the two freshwater ponds before reaching
the shoreline trail. Both ponds were empty today, and ducks in general were
scarce comparative to other outings this year. It seems the waterfowl are
starting to move off their wintering grounds, though *Northern Shovelers*
continue to be present in good numbers. A few *Green-winged Teal* were on
the creek, and a few *Gadwall* & *American Wigeons* were as well, with a
pair of *Canada Geese* and a single *Red-breasted Merganser* rounding out
the waterfowl (plus some *Buffelheads* for good measure). I first headed
east along the shoreline, realizing the tide was coming in, and it was
somewhere in the middle of low and high tide. Birding was pretty quiet on
my first pass across the park, though the mudflats were high and dry, and
filled with gulls.

*Laughing Gulls* are now the dominant species at the park, with
*Ring-billeds* now taking up the number two spot after reigning supreme
throughout the winter. *Herring Gulls* and *Lesser Black-backeds* were also
visible. I caught a tern flying away from the mudflats, and initially
thought it was a *Royal Tern*, but the bill looked too bulky, so I believe
it was a *Caspian Tern*, but I cannot say for certain from the 1 photograph
I was able to get (see link above). So it'll remain unidentified
unfortunately, always a bit frustrating. However, there was also another
tern situated on the mudflats with some gulls, and this one was clearly a
Royal (photos at link above), which was a FOY bird. After viewing the
mudflats for a few minutes, and noting that no shorebirds were present, I
headed up and around the stormwater pond at Dinwiddie, finding no Gadwalls
for the second straight outing, then headed back along the creek shoreline.
I walked the shoreline trail again all the way to the western fringe of the
park, seeing a few Ospreys along the way, hovering over the water. *Song
Sparrows* were sighted jumping in and out of the dense shrubbery, and it
seems that many of the flowering trees have become to blossom finally. I
unfortunately don't know my trees like I know my birds, but if anyone knows
the IDs of the trees in my photo link above, just let me know!

Once at the far west end, I repeated the cycle again, walking to the
eastern side and back. This time at the mudflats, I caught sight of several
large shorebird-looking birds rising out of the marshy island to the south.
When I got my binoculars on them, I could see long trailing yellow legs,
but bluish bodies with white underparts. These were my first *Tricolored
Herons* on the year, a group of 3 of them, and I snapped a few very distant
shots as they flew towards the southern shore of the Lynnhaven Bay. Shortly
after, a *Snowy Egret* also flew out of the marshy islands. I thought it
was a bit funny that I hadn't seen a single Great Egret or Great Blue
Heron, but had seen a Snowy and some Tricoloreds instead, not a typical
evening walk! As the sun started to dip lower in the sky, the *Red-winged
Blackbirds* all arrived along the trail and began singing, puffing up their
body and feathers while doing so. It was really nice to hear them singing,
it just feels like spring out there now with all the vocalizing going on.
One could hear the 'laughing' from the gulls halfway across the park as
well. I was a bit surprised to find that no Yellow-crowned Night-Herons
seem to have reached the park yet this spring, and I could not relocate the
Green Heron I saw last Tuesday, so perhaps it has moved further northward
and was just stopping by for a few days along its journey. No new migrant
songbirds were seen today unfortunately, though many sightings of Blue-gray
Gnatcatcher have been logged around the area, I'd expect someone to find
one at Pleasure House Point soon enough. The beautiful weather is supposed
to continue through the week, so I'd expect lots of reports to populate the
listserver and eBird this week and hopefully more migrants are observed
around the region.

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
www.rbnature.com
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Subject: FOS Purple Martin - Compton Mt
Date: Mon Mar 30 2015 20:12 pm
From: rmayhorn AT hughes.net
 



Our first Purple Martin came in circling and calling this afternoon. It was an adult male and it arrived one day later than they did in 2014 and 2013.


Roger Mayhorn
Compton Mt
Buchanan County





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Subject: Dyke Marsh loons and more
Date: Mon Mar 30 2015 17:52 pm
From: nutmegz AT mac.com
 
Under spectacular late afternoon light , 14 Redheads and a single male Canvasback rested north of the boat ramp of the Belle Haven Marina.    A few hundred yards to the south four Common Loons dove and swam in a tight group.  Lastly, 7 Horned Grebes  in various stages of plumage transition approached close to the shore along with a single Pied-billed Grebe.
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Subject: Dyke Marsh 5:30 PM
Date: Mon Mar 30 2015 17:50 pm
From: nutmegz AT mac.com
 
Under spectacular late afternoon light , 14 Redheads and a single male Canvasback rested north of the boat ramp of the Belle Haven Marina.    A few hundred yards to the south four Common Loons dove and swam in a tight group.  Lastly, 7 Horned Grebes  in various stages of plumage transition approached close to the shore along with a single Pied-billed Grebe.
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Subject: Sky Meadows SP, Fauquier Co.; Mar. 30
Date: Mon Mar 30 2015 17:46 pm
From: razorbill1 AT msn.com
 
Hi,

At Sky Meadows today I hiked from the fishing pond to the contact station and also part of the Bridal Trail area.

I heard a VIRGINIA RAIL calling from the cattails that lie to the north of the fishing pond, just outside park property. I also saw approx. 25 WILSON'S SNIPE in the soggy field that lies adjacent to the cattails. This spot also lies just beyond the park fence and is a reliable spot for this species at this time of year. Another Snipe was at the edge of the western farm pond near the silo and barn.

A pair of WOOD DUCKS were in one of the duck ponds on the east side of the park. 8 species of sparrows were seen and heard. I enjoyed getting brief looks at WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS at the beginning of the Bridal Trail and near the western farm pond.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were in the usual area in the Walnut Grove.

Bye,

Scott Baron
Gaithersburg, Md.

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Subject: Early Season Great Egret
Date: Mon Mar 30 2015 13:54 pm
From: mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com
 
Stoney Creek (Wintergreen); 3/30/15; 37 avian species. Report and photos:




http://www.symbolicmessengers....



Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA



____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________



Marshall Faintich, Ph.D.



mfaintich@theworddoctor.com



mfaintich@cyberwind.net



www.symbolicmessengers.com



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: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Date: Mon Mar 30 2015 13:23 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
 A huge crowd of over 30 birders gathered for this morning's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.  Pleasant weather, school spring break, and hopes of spotting some early migrants probably triggered the turnout.  With all these spotters, we had a great count of 53 species.  Our highlights included our FOS Ospreys hovering over the central wetlands; the continuing presence of the Red-necked Grebe who has been at Huntley for about a month; the continued Rusty Blackbird blitz which we have seen for a number of weeks; and 11waterfowl species still with us.  The school spring break allowed several young birders to join us.  Their cheerful enthusiasm added a great deal to this morning's walk.  Once again, all who plan to join the Huntley Monday Morning walk are advised that beginning next week on April 6, we will be adopting our summer hours and begin at 7 AM.
Canada Goose  57
Wood Duck  15
Gadwall  10
American Black Duck  3
Mallard  25
Blue-winged Teal  1
Northern Shoveler  36
Green-winged Teal  15
Ring-necked Duck  10
Hooded Merganser  5Ruddy Duck  5
Pied-billed Grebe  5
Red-necked Grebe  1
Great Blue Heron  4
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  2
Cooper's Hawk  2
Bald Eagle  4
Red-shouldered Hawk  4
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  6
Ring-billed Gull  25
Mourning Dove  4
Barred Owl  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  7
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Eastern Phoebe  12
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  4
Tree Swallow  30
Carolina Chickadee  26
Tufted Titmouse  9
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Brown Creeper  3
Carolina Wren  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  9
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  25
Yellow-rumped Warbler  5
Song Sparrow  6
Swamp Sparrow  11
White-throated Sparrow  15
Dark-eyed Junco  4
Northern Cardinal  10
Red-winged Blackbird  120
Rusty Blackbird  350   
American Goldfinch  6
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: Fwd: eBird Report - Jackson Miles Abbott Wetlands Refuge, Mar 30, 2015
Date: Mon Mar 30 2015 13:20 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
late morning trip to Jackson Abbott Wetlands, off Rt 1 in Fairfax Co. produced the hoped for Pine Warbler, but not the similar sounding Chipping Sparrow.

Phil Silas showed up just as I was leaving so we went back to confirm a PIWA for him, then drove thru base housing to follow Dogue Creek where we kicked up some RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, HOODED MERGS, GW TEAL (but no BWTEAL) and at least a dozen WOOD DUCKS.

We then drove to a pond located behind the office bldg that is behind the Roy Rogers where we tallied 3 GREAT EGRETS, PURPLE MARTINS, GADWALL and a few more HOODIES...

Complete list follows...
Rich Rieger
Alexandria

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist@cornell.edu
> Date: March 30, 2015 2:02:33 PM EDT
> To: zelig88@aol.com
> Subject: eBird Report - Jackson Miles Abbott Wetlands Refuge, Mar 30, 2015
>
> Jackson Miles Abbott Wetlands Refuge, Fairfax, US-VA
> Mar 30, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> 23 species
>
> Canada Goose 6
> Wood Duck 12
> Gadwall 6
> Mallard 4
> Green-winged Teal 8
> Hooded Merganser 4
> Great Blue Heron 1
> Great Egret 3
> Turkey Vulture 2
> Osprey 1
> Blue Jay 1
> Purple Martin 3
> Tree Swallow 1
> Tufted Titmouse 1
> Carolina Wren 2
> Pine Warbler 3
> Song Sparrow 6
> Swamp Sparrow 1
> Dark-eyed Junco 8
> Northern Cardinal 2
> Red-winged Blackbird 7
> Rusty Blackbird 5
> Common Grackle 4
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22595363
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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Subject: late March birds Nelson/New Kent
Date: Mon Mar 30 2015 11:37 am
From: Chris.Hobson AT dcr.virginia.gov
 
Just a couple of observations to report from this and last week

Single remaining Fox Sparrow nr Quinton, along with Louisiana Waterthrush arrival and first Eastern Wood Pewee

Louisiana Waterthrush in Nelson County along Beaver Creek in Shipman area.

Happy spring birding!
C
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Subject: CBBT & Chincoteague, March 18 & 19.
Date: Mon Mar 30 2015 11:19 am
From: harryarmistead AT hotmail.com
 
Was with Ruth Pfeffer for several days until yesterday.  She and Sharon Meeker saw these: At Chincoteague's Osprey Point Trail (a new trail), March 18: 32 Marbled Godwits, 50 Willets & nearby, 3 Red-necked Grebes in Tom's Cove and 2 Piping Plovers on the beach.  On the C.B.B.T., March 19, 14 Harbor Seals (islands 1 & 3), and from Island 2 - 5 Harlequin Ducks and 2 Common Eiders. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.    		 	   		
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Subject: Virginia Rare Bird Alert
Date: Mon Mar 30 2015 11:06 am
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 


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*** Species Summary:

Trumpeter Swan (2 Shenandoah)
Eurasian Wigeon (7 Accomack)
Common Goldeneye (1 Accomack)
Eared Grebe (1 Accomack)
American White Pelican (1 Surry)
White Ibis (2 Virginia Beach)
Piping Plover (1 Hampton)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (1 Northampton)
Black-and-white Warbler (1 Appomattox, 1 Suffolk)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2015 13:35 by Daniel Mapel
- New Market--River Rd (Trumpeter Swan 2015), Shenandoah, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.6526562,-78.7029433&ll8.6526562,-78.7029433
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22584502
- Comments: "Continuing rarity.
With TUSW adult and TRUS was noticeably larger. Overall grayish and appeared a little more washed out than it was because of light in photos. Black from bill connecting all the way to eye with no feathering in between. Longer neck then TUSW, more slanted bill shape and larger bill. Too gray for a TUSW this time of year.
Photographed:


"

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2015 13:35 by Gabriel Mapel
- New Market--River Rd (Trumpeter Swan 2015), Shenandoah, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q8.6526562,-78.7029433&ll8.6526562,-78.7029433
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22583726
- Comments: "Continuing rarity.
With TUSW adult and TRUS was noticeably larger. Overall grayish and appeared a little more washed out than it was because of light in photos. Black from bill connecting all the way to eye with no feathering in between. Longer neck then TUSW, more slanted bill shape and larger bill. Too gray for a TUSW this time of year.
Photographed:


"

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2015 08:00 by Sally Dick
- Chincoteague NWR - CES18, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.9106228,-75.3479719&ll7.9106228,-75.3479719
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22577723
- Comments: "feeding with 200 ducks in Swan Cove, 16 other Am wigeons"

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2015 13:30 by Mark Brown
- 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=S22576181
- Comments: "seen many times in this location with distinctive red head"

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2015 10:45 by Robert Ake
- 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=S22590384
- Comments: "Male, rusty head, gray flanks, buffy head stripe, seen in very good light"

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2015 13:00 by Cheryl J Jacobson
- Chincoteague NWR--Tom's Cove Hook, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.8686,-75.3814&ll7.8686,-75.3814
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22589557
- Comments: "pictures taken by trip leader"

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2015 12:35 by Matt Anthony
- Chincoteague NWR--Toms Cove Visitor Center, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.890028,-75.3449035&ll7.890028,-75.3449035
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22573525
- Comments: "Continuing. Photos."

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
- Reported Mar 29, 2015 08:00 by Assateague Island National Seashore
- Chincoteague NWR--Toms Cove Visitor Center, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.890028,-75.3449035&ll7.890028,-75.3449035
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22571074
- Comments: "male in Swan cove with American Wigeon & Gadwall"

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2015 11:30 by Andrew Hawkins
- Chinoteague NWR, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.9073666,-75.3895569&ll7.9073666,-75.3895569
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22583787
- Comments: "continuing bird at this location"

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) (2)
- Reported Mar 29, 2015 11:45 by Matt Anthony
- Queen Anne's Landing - CES17, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.9348,-75.4228&ll7.9348,-75.4228
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22572375
- Comments: "Drake and hen, scope from the landing. Distant, no photos."

Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2015 08:00 by Sally Dick
- Chincoteague NWR - CES18, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.9106228,-75.3479719&ll7.9106228,-75.3479719
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22577723
- Comments: "swimming in Tom's Cove near road, photos taken"

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) (12)
- Reported Mar 29, 2015 09:00 by Bill Williams
- Hog Island WMA - CSW04, Surry, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.1809086,-76.6829395&ll7.1809086,-76.6829395
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22579122
- Comments: "observed from James City County via spotting scope; the group circled above Hog Island for at least minutes, drifting over the shoreline to the northwest; large predominantly white pelican with black primaries and trail edge of the secondaries; probably part of up to 16 American White Pelicans seen by m. obs. at this site the previous weekend"

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (40) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 29, 2015 12:40 by Marie Mullins
- Princess Anne Wildlife Management Area, Munden Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.6226921,-75.9959078&ll6.6226921,-75.9959078
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22584729
- Comments: "White Ibis are very common in this part of Virginia Beach throughout the winter. These are not rare birds.
"

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (40) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 29, 2015 12:40 by Ron Furnish
- Princess Anne Wildlife Management Area, Munden Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.6226921,-75.9959078&ll6.6226921,-75.9959078
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22584657
- Comments: "White Ibis are very common in this part of Virginia Beach throughout the winter. These are not rare birds.
"

Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) (2)
- Reported Mar 29, 2015 12:00 by Frank Fogarty
- Grandview Nature Preserve - CLP13, Hampton, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.0782,-76.2772&ll7.0782,-76.2772
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22576307
- Comments: "Very small, pale plover feeding alone high on the beach. Single, dark breast band."

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2015 09:00 by Cheryl J Jacobson
- Magotha Road, Northampton, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.1773469,-75.9499025&ll7.1773469,-75.9499025
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22589516
- Comments: "often seen at this location"

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2015 13:30 by Jason Strickland
- Great Dismal Swamp NWR--Jericho Ditch, Suffolk, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q6.7108159,-76.5235519&ll6.7108159,-76.5235519
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22589256
- Comments: "At first we thought it was a nuthatch, due to behavior; upon closer inspection, black and white stripes on crown and back, gray on wing with wing bar..slight Buffy color near back of flanks...working the tree like a nuthatch"

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2015 14:00 by Jim Elder
- Holliday Lake State Park - PAP04, Appomattox, Virginia
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q7.3967258,-78.641988&ll7.3967258,-78.641988
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22589383
- Comments: "One B&W Warbler browsing tree trunks near the lake"

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Subject: Fw: Glossy Ibis at Gravelly Point, near Alexandria
Date: Mon Mar 30 2015 9:22 am
From: kingfishers2 AT verizon.net
 
Forwarded from MDBirding listserv.

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From: Hugh McGuinness
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To: MDBirds
Subject: [MDBirding] Glossy Ibis

The GLIB just flew over the Potomac and landed on the lawn north of the
parking areA at gravelly point. Would someone please also post this to the
Virginia listserv?

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Subject: Hog Island WMA
Date: Mon Mar 30 2015 8:33 am
From: Stephen.Living AT dgif.virginia.gov
 
Good Morning All,

Hog Island WMA will be closed effective today (3/30/15) and until further notice for road repair work. We hope to have the WMA reopened before the end of the week. We'll post our progress to the list-serve.

As always it's a good idea to check the agency's Alerts & Closures page at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/a... before heading into the field to be sure areas are open and accessible.

Thanks,
Steve

Stephen Living | Region 1 Lands & Facilities Manager | Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries | stephen.living@dgif.virginia.gov


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Subject: Baltimore Oriole, Portsmouth, VA
Date: Mon Mar 30 2015 6:59 am
From: elisaenders AT hotmail.com
 
The oriole that has been coming to our yard in south-central Portsmouth was seen again this morning. It comes very early (soon after jelly is put out) and also seems to make a few visits in the early afternoon. It may come more often, but due to our working schedules, this is difficult to know. Unfortunately, it only stays for a few minutes each time.

Elisa Flanders
Portsmouth, VA


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Subject: Eurasian Wigeon - Cape Charles
Date: Sun Mar 29 2015 18:38 pm
From: tomlyn AT verizon.net
 
Driving through Lake Foster in Cape Charles today, we found a beautiful
Eurasian Wigeon. It was in the company of a few Am. Wigeons and a Muskrat
that was getting annoyed with them all hanging around the entrance to its'
burrow.
Images here..
http://lyndablair.smugmug.com/...
Lynda Blair
New Kent County

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Subject: Occoquan NWR
Date: Sun Mar 29 2015 17:22 pm
From: leesheehanmiller AT gmail.com
 


The ducks/grebes are well noted by Walsh -I will add the following birds not on the water:
Birding staring at 10:30 this morning:

Great Blue herons (3)
Wilson's Snipe (approx 15)
Winter wren
Brown Creeper (3)
Carolina wren
Great egret
Rusty blackbirds (3)
Redwing blackbird 
Eastern phoebe (7)
Eastern bluebird (2)
Song sparrow (4)
Chickadee 6)
Merlin or kestrel - silhoutted in flight, wasn't quick enough to distinguish
Male northern harrier
Coopers hawk
Red shouldered hawk
Turkey vulture
Black vulture
Bald eagle
Osprey
Cardinal
Common grackle
Downy woodpecker
Red bellied woodpecker
American crow
Fish crow
Blue jay
Ring billed gull
Double crested cormorant (3 flying overhead)

Passerines were still fairly limited (I blame the weather), but in all, a very nice turnout for what I did see!

-lee


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Subject: Occoquan Bay NWR Goldeneye
Date: Sun Mar 29 2015 17:01 pm
From: wrwccw AT gmail.com
 
Swimming with Lesser Scaup was a single female Common Goldeneye. Also
present with as many as a thousand Scaup in the bay were Bufflehead,
Canvasback, a few Ring-necked, Red-Breasted Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe,
and Horned Grebe.

Bill Walsh
Aldie VA
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Subject: Falconer's Bird on the loose
Date: Sun Mar 29 2015 16:06 pm
From: lax3birder AT live.com
 
Today when I was birding Green Springs, Louisa one of the locals asked me to identify a bird they took a picture of that was harassing their chickens. They pointed out bands and the string hanging off the leg that Falconer's birds have. As he showed me the picture I was in shock. It appeared to me to be one of the Amazonian falcons similar to an Aplomado Falcon. So if you are in Green Springs and you see this weird bird it is a lost falconers bird.
Good Birding,
Andrew Rapp

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Subject: purple martin
Date: Sun Mar 29 2015 14:55 pm
From: tallwhiteoak AT verizon.net
 
Yesterday we had our first Purple Martin

Mike Shank
Rockingham County
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Subject: FOS Eastern Phoebe and very cold, Blue Ridge Center, Lo Co
Date: Sun Mar 29 2015 14:52 pm
From: joecoleman AT rstarmail.com
 
Nine people gathered at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship
yesterday morning for the Loudoun Wildlife's regular monthly bird walk
(every 4th Sat.) there. It started cold (24, 25 degrees) and windy and
stayed that way for the entire walk which was led by Joe Coleman & Joanne
Bradbury. Most birds were quiet and tucked in until about 10 am when we did
start finding a few species in sunny places sheltered from the wind. We
parked on Arnold Lane, took detours down to Piney Run on both the Old Bridge
and Little Turtle Trails and looped back along Sweet Run, Butterfly Alley
and the Wood Thrush Trail. The highlight was, for most of the participants,
a FOS Eastern Phoebe which we found as we were returning to where we had
parked on Arnold Rd.



For a complete list of the birds see the eBird list below.



Information on the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship can be
found at http://www.blueridgecenter.org.
Information on the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and its many free activities
can be found at www.loudounwildlife.org.

Joe Coleman



Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship - MFF01, Loudoun, US-VA Mar
28, 2015 8:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.0 mile(s)



30 species



Black Vulture 1

Turkey Vulture 4

Red-shouldered Hawk 1

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3

Mourning Dove 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 5

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2

Downy Woodpecker 4

Pileated Woodpecker 1

Eastern Phoebe 1

Blue Jay X

American Crow X

Fish Crow X

Carolina Chickadee 8

Tufted Titmouse 8

White-breasted Nuthatch 4

Brown Creeper 2

Carolina Wren 1

Eastern Bluebird 5

American Robin 7

Northern Mockingbird 2

European Starling 2

Song Sparrow 6

Swamp Sparrow 1

White-throated Sparrow 2

Dark-eyed Junco 1

Northern Cardinal 2

Red-winged Blackbird 1

Brown-headed Cowbird 1

House Sparrow 1



View this checklist online at
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Subject: Great Falls Sunday Walk today
Date: Sun Mar 29 2015 14:37 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hi All:
We had a chilly but brilliant day of spring birding today. Unfortunately the first birds we saw and heard were 3 cowbirds but the rest of walk revealed great looks at both kinglets and long views of brown creepers and 2 phoebes. One Bald Eagle was visible on the nest.

All are welcome to our sunday walks which start at the Visitor Center Parking lot.

Sally Wechsler

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 30
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 2
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 4
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 10
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 2
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 5
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 6
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 6
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 6
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 2
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 5
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) 2
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 10
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 18
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 6
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 4
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 10
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 4
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 5
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 1
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 3
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 6

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Subject: LA Water thrush at Possum Pt Rd PR Wm Co
Date: Sun Mar 29 2015 14:33 pm
From: kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net
 
No sound...walking on beaver dam sticks near road.
Kurt Gaskill

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Subject: Black-crowned Night-Heron, Four Mile Run Park, Alexandria
Date: Sun Mar 29 2015 14:11 pm
From: dcharlesl AT msn.com
 
This afternoon, I saw 3 adult Black-crowned Night-Heron at Four Mile Run Park behind the ball fields at Cora Kelly School, Alexandria. At end of parking lot on left past school and viewed from foot bridge looking toward Four Mile Run.

David Ledwith

Falls Church, VA

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Subject: FOS Eastern Phoebe Orange County
Date: Sun Mar 29 2015 14:06 pm
From: suzinotsue AT gmail.com
 
Along with the fox sparrow and field sparrow, the Eastern Phoebe showed up Friday too.
Suzanne Stewart
Lake of the Woods, Wilderness

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Subject: Blue-gray Gnatcatchers
Date: Sun Mar 29 2015 13:37 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Are out in decent numbers at the Princess Anne Wildlife Management Area-Whitehurst Tract in Virginia Beach.  We have counted a dozen birds so far.

Ron & Marie

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Subject: Dyke Marsh/Alexandria/HiLItes
Date: Sun Mar 29 2015 13:10 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
A few HiLites from the Dyke Marsh Sunday a.m. walk which starts at 8am every Sunday (including Easter, but excluding the three Sundays around Xmas...) in or around the south picnic area of Dyke Marsh - Alexandria - just off the GW pkwy south of Old Town where the temps are not always 25 degrees with winds from the NNW blowing across the bay making it feel like it's really, really cold... small crowd today, as it felt really really cold...

NO Little Gull - 1 Lesser BlackBack Gull - 6 Bonapartes Gulls - about 1/2 ton of Horned Grebes - 1 YB Sapsucker around the Marina restrooms - COMMON and RB MERGS and 11 Rusty Blackbirds near the wood bridge heading out the the peninsula -

I am really really ready for warmer weather that lasts more than one day... thanks

Rich Rieger
Alexandria
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Subject: Merrimac Farm Birdwalk
Date: Sun Mar 29 2015 13:03 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
 Eight birders participated in this morning's Merrimac Farm Birdwalk sponsored by the Prince William Conservation Alliance.  It was a cold, bright, breezy morning, and we spotted 34 species.  Our highlights included a Bald Eagle, 5  species of Woodpecker, a Barred Owl, and at least 3 Eastern Meadowlarks singing in a pasture adjacent to the Merrimac trail.  Sub-freezing temperatures or not, singing Meadowlarks means Spring is here!
Canada Goose  2
Wood Duck  2
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  6
Cooper's Hawk  2
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  5
Barred Owl  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  4
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  10
Carolina Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  4
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  4
American Robin  4
Eastern Towhee  4
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  12
Dark-eyed Junco  1
Northern Cardinal  5
Eastern Meadowlark  3
American Goldfinch  3
The Prince William Conservation Alliance birdwalks at the Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area in Nokesville take place at 8 AM on the final Sunday of every month.  Birders meet at the Area's entrance located at the end of Fleetwood Drive.
Harry GlasgowNancy Vehrs
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Subject: Red-necked Grebe at Huntley Meadows?
Date: Sun Mar 29 2015 13:00 pm
From: compwiz35 AT gmail.com
 
It was still there as of this morning.  Floating around in generally the
same area that it's been for the past couple of weeks.

On Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 10:12 AM, Gwbirds37 via va-bird <
va-bird@listserve.com> wrote:

> Is it still there as of today?
>
> thanks
> gerry weinberger
> doswell
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Subject: Ponds on Richfood Rd. off of Rt.301 and I-295 in Richmond
Date: Sun Mar 29 2015 12:42 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Just checking them out, Neale Smith & I found an amazing 10 Great Egrets, 2 Osprey, and 3 Bald Eagles - plus the usual Great Blues and D-C Corms

Gerry Weinberger
Doswell
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Subject: Oregon subspecies of Dark-eyed Junco In Warren County Today, 3/29/15
Date: Sun Mar 29 2015 12:39 pm
From: fbogar AT wildblue.net
 
A male Oregon subspecies of Dark-eyed Junco was seen today, 3/29/15, in
Limeton, Virginia around 0815 this morning. The bird was observed eating
sunflower seed from our feeders. The normally seen Slate-colored Dark-eyed
Juncos feed most commonly on the ground.

Also observed today from 0800 to 0900 at our feeders located in the suburbs
of glorious, downtown, Limeton, Virginia, were the following:

Mourning Dove - 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1
Downy Woodpecker - 2
Northern Flicker - 1
Blue Jay - 4
American Crow - 2
Carolina Chickadee - 2
Tufted Titmouse - 3
White-breasted Nuthatch - 1
Carolina Wren - 1
American Robin - 3
Chipping Sparrow - 2
White-throated Sparrow - 6
Northern Cardinal - 4
Red-winged Blackbird - 1
Brown-headed Cowbird - 5
Pine Siskin - 6
American Goldfinch - 15

Frederic D. Bogar
Bentonville, Virginia
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Subject: Tree Swallows Powhatan Co.
Date: Sun Mar 29 2015 10:37 am
From: joeandpattyelton AT gmail.com
 
Tree Swallows arrived at Lake Shawnee yesterday (Saturday). Visible from
2nd & 3rd dam roads resting on powerlines.

Patty Elton, Powhatan Co.
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