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20 Nov: @ 09:35:21  CBCs. Lower Eastern Shore (mostly VA), Nov. 12-18, 2014. click way down ? [Harry Armistead]
20 Nov: @ 08:45:07  HSR: Snickers Gap (19 Nov 2014) 3 Raptors [reports]
19 Nov: @ 20:45:59  Riverbend ducks: Wednesday [Donald Sweig]
19 Nov: @ 19:59:50  HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (19 Nov 2014) 6 Raptors [reports]
19 Nov: @ 19:53:26  HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (18 Nov 2014) 6 Raptors [reports]
19 Nov: @ 19:23:54  HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (19 Nov 2014) 16 Raptors - GE#40 [reports]
19 Nov: @ 11:58:19  Chincoteague NWR Shorebird Count 11/18/14 & King Eider still on Causeway [Joelle Buffa]
19 Nov: @ 11:05:43  FOS Fox Sparrow - Buchanan County [roger mayhorn]
19 Nov: @ 08:50:21  Gloucester Loons [Felicity Rask]
18 Nov: @ 17:58:44  HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (18 Nov 2014) 49 Raptors [reports]
18 Nov: @ 17:57:38 Re: Ross's Goose, Snow Bunting, Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach 11/18/14 [nicholas]
18 Nov: @ 17:08:45  Voice: Greater Washington Area, Nov 18, corrected [Joe Coleman]
18 Nov: @ 15:54:53  Painted Bunting Williamsburg -window kill [Nicholas Newberry]
18 Nov: @ 15:26:39  Voice: Greater Washington Area, Nov 18 [Joe Coleman]
18 Nov: @ 12:05:11  Ross's Goose, Snow Bunting, Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach 11/18/14 [nicholas]
17 Nov: @ 20:02:29  Sharp-tailed Sparrows and Clapper Rail [Marshall Faintich]
17 Nov: @ 19:33:14  HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (17 Nov 2014) 19 Raptors [reports]
17 Nov: @ 19:06:03  HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (16 Nov 2014) 16 Raptors [reports]
17 Nov: @ 15:05:18  No. Va. Bird Club meeting Wed. Nov. 19 - new location [Joanna Bellows Taylor]
17 Nov: @ 14:49:48  Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
16 Nov: @ 19:15:07  King Eider & Snow Bunting at Chincoteague [Joelle Buffa]
16 Nov: @ 18:13:57 Re: 11/16 - Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach [Bruno, Rexanne]
16 Nov: @ 18:08:59  HSR: Snickers Gap (16 Nov 2014) Raptors [reports]
16 Nov: @ 17:49:43  Highland Co. highlights [Patti Reum]
16 Nov: @ 17:20:27  HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (16 Nov 2014) RLHawk-species 16 [reports]
16 Nov: @ 17:10:06  Heermann's Gull at Rudee Inlet [Bill Keith]
16 Nov: @ 17:00:35  Potomac Birding Nov 16, 2014 [Phillip Kenny]
16 Nov: @ 16:53:15  Greater White-fronted Goose in Rockbridge Co. [=?WINDOWS-1252?Q?Rowe,__Richard_A,_=94Dick=94?=]
16 Nov: @ 16:26:41  Lapland Longspur at Woodward Turf Farm, Remington, Fauquier, Sunday, Nov 16, 2014 [Elton Morel via va-bird]
16 Nov: @ 16:17:24  [va-bird] Mason Neck waterfowl [Scott Priebe]
16 Nov: @ 14:04:04  Dyke Marsh Walk for Sunday, Nov 16 [Larry Cartwright]
16 Nov: @ 13:52:26  L. Shrike / Clarke Co. [Jon Little]
16 Nov: @ 12:26:39  Great Falls Walk [Marshall Rawson via va-bird]
16 Nov: @ 12:16:14  Pipits at Blandy Farm [Cheryl Walsh]
16 Nov: @ 12:13:14  Pipits at Blandy Farm 80 American Pipits in a harvested soy bean field at Blandy Farm off of Nerys Ferry Road [Cheryl Walsh]
16 Nov: @ 11:26:16  White-eyed vireo, Occoquan Bay NWR [Marc Ribaudo]
16 Nov: @ 10:53:16  ID help for hummingbird in Hampton; may be Ruby-throat and not Selasphorus [Burton, Sharon P. (LARC-E304)]
16 Nov: @ 10:32:19  11/16 - Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach [Rob Bielawski]
16 Nov: @ 09:48:20 Re: FOS Brown Creeper yard bird [Shirley Devan]
16 Nov: @ 08:49:53  Loggerhead Shrike, Rockingham [Diane L via va-bird]
16 Nov: @ 08:39:58  [va-bird] FOS Brown Creeper yard bird [Scott Priebe]
16 Nov: @ 06:28:04  Ref: Visit to Dutch Gap Conservation Area.....Nov 14, 2014 Photos [Les Brooks]
16 Nov: @ 06:00:15  Western Kingbird - Northampton County [Jim Marcum]
15 Nov: @ 20:11:50  HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (15 Nov 2014) 4 Raptors [reports]
15 Nov: @ 18:35:28  HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (14 Nov 2014) 116 Raptors [reports]
15 Nov: @ 18:10:31  HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (15 Nov 2014) 116 Raptors [reports]
15 Nov: @ 17:22:08  Scoter and Long-tailed Duck at Riverbend Park [Donald Sweig]
15 Nov: @ 16:39:33  HSR: Harvey's Knob (15 Nov 2014) 2 Raptors [reports]
15 Nov: @ 16:27:13  FOS Tundra Swans at Mason Neck NWR [Howard Wu]
15 Nov: @ 16:08:27  Albemarle Black-crowned Night Herons [Christopher Murray]





Subject: CBCs. Lower Eastern Shore (mostly VA), Nov. 12-18, 2014. click way down ?
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 9:35 am
From: harryarmistead AT hotmail.com
 






























DECEMBER CBCs. LOWER EASTERN SHORE (MOSTLY VIRGINIA), NOVEMBER 12-18, 2014. An 800.1-mile road swing. I know, I know ... bad carbon footprint. click way down?

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. 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. I do find it strange that the upscale Best Western is cheaper than the Peacock. Not to disparage the Peacock; it's in fine fettle now.

NOVEMBER 12, WEDNESDAY. DELAWARE: I-495 Wilmington, DE, a d.o.r Red Fox; 5K Red-winged Blackbirds, Boyd's Corner; Middletown, a Bald Eagle, another d.o.r. Red Fox. RIGBY'S FOLLY, Armistead property, Talbot County, MD. 1:45 P.M. - dark. Flocks of 90 Tundra Swans and one with 42, the latter wake me up as I doze at Lucy Point in the sun. The swans, high and in full cry, as stirring as anything we saw or heard in South Africa. Really. 45 Surf and 1 female Black scoter, 4 Bald Eagles (1 ad. catches and eats a small fish), 165 Buffleheads, 1 Osprey, 530 Canada Geese. Gulls all flying up Choptank River, presumably to some feeding frenzy. Non-avian taxa: 1 S. Leopard Frog, 2 unID'd sulphurs, 1 spike buck, 2 does, 1 Gray Squirrel. A cluster of 4 Persimmons has many, many 100s of fruit. 13 jet contrails in sight simultaneously. 5 boats plus 1 skipjack. 66-59, clear, NW 15. Sit at Lucy Point 3-5 P.M. A perfect sunset.

NOVEMBER 13, THURSDAY. En route to Kiptopeke, VA. BLACKWATER N.W.R., 7-10:15: Tundra Swan 55, Wood Duck 7, Gadwall 11, American Black Duck 45, Green-winged Teal 75, Ring-necked Duck 1, Hooded Merganser 9, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN 13, Bald Eagle 37, Forster's Tern 30, Peregrine Falcon 1 male, American Pipit 11, Savannah Sparrow 35, Slate-colored Junco 76 (widespread; 1 I was told was stunned in front of a V.C. window for an hour before I arrive; I go outside to try to catch it; when I bend over it flies off; that's about it for my St. Francis of Assisi act; sometimes all such a bird in shock such as this one needs is a distraction).

BUCKTOWN: 3 Wood Ducks. DECOURSEY BRIDGE ROAD: 1 Bald Eagle, 85 Ring-billed Gulls. TUDOR FARMS: 1 ea. of Bald Eagle, harrier & Red-tailed Hawk. MIDDLETOWN BRANCH ROAD: Bald Eagle 2 adults, robin 45. SALEM: Ring-billed Gull 115 in a freshly-disked field, 2K Red-winged Blackbirds. VIENNA: Bald Eagle 1, Red Fox 1 d.o.r.

FAIRMOUNT W.M.A., Somerset County. Noon - 2:30. Walk around the W impoundment (c. 2 mi.; where years ago I found breeding coots, gallinules, Gadwalls, and B.W. Teal, in the goode olde Halcyon days): not much, but - 1 female Gadwall, 1 American Bittern, 2 Great Egrets, 8 Bald Eagles, 2 harriers, 1 Clapper & 7 Virginia rails, 5 Greater Yellowlegs, 6 Dunlin, 95 American Crows, 11 Eastern Bluebirds, 3 Savannah & 4 Swamp sparrows, 2 meadowlarks. At the end of the walk I come across a Raccoon trying to catch minnows in the very deep (but with hardly any water) tidal ditch. In a normal conversational tone I say: "You don't even notice me, do you?" and it shambles off into the Spartina alterniflora. I also run out to the town of Rumbley (not to be confused with Rumbly Point, q.v.; PLEASE don't confuse the 2; that would upset my delicate constitution irreparably), a place that is absolutely rank with watermen's culture. Nice boats, many of them scrapers and dredgers.

RUMBLY POINT, Irish Grove Sanctuary area, Somerset County. Such a beautiful saltmarsh. 3:15-5:15. Great Blue 6 & Black-crowned Night 1 herons, Bald Eagle 3, harrier 5, Clapper 3 & Virginia 5 rails, Black-bellied Plover 2, Greater Yellowlegs 8, Dunlin 275, 11 of the little Western Sandpipers, Long-billed Dowitcher 1, Forster's Tern 6, Eastern Bluebird 7, meadowlark 1, Boat-tailed Grackle 6. Lord knows I scan at dusk a LOT, but ... (I like ellipses) no Short-eared Owls. Overcast all day 42-52-38 degrees F., NW 10+, drizzle from 4 P.M. on. A lot of soy bean harvesting going on today.

NOVEMBER 14, FRIDAY. KSP (Kiptopeke State Park, VA). 25 meadowlarks seen S of Capeville Road. At the hawkwatch hawkcounter Katie Rittenhouse counts 587 Tundra Swans. 2 does feed underneath the bird feeders, the day after the KSP deer hunt ends. 35 gannets in the Bay out past the concrete ships. 3 more deer down by the old ferry slip. 3 Rusty Blackbirds. Common Loons come over in configurations of 8, 2 & 1. I'm on the hawkwatch platform 8:15-12:15 and 1:15-4. We enjoy the antics of flickers on the nearby poles. Once 2 bow to each other as if they are Blue-footed Boobies. 1 woodcock. Katie's totals include 116 raptors with 10 Bald Eagles, 16 harriers, and 62 Red-tailed Hawks.

RAMP LANE, E. Shore of VA N.W.R., 4:15-5:15. More Tundra Swans in groups of 20, 35, 25, 50, 4 and 40 = c. 174. Greater Yellowlegs 34, Boat-tailed Grackle 70, woodcock 1, Great Horned Owl 1, BC Night Heron 1, Bald Eagle 2 (single adults at their respective nests), 1 Little Blue Heron, 1 Snowy Egret, harrier 4, Dunlin 6, black duck 5, Tree Swallow 400. White Ibis 0.

NOVEMBER 15, SATURDAY. Katie logs 122 raptors with 13 sharpies, 18 Coops, and 76 Red-tailed Hawks. I click 980 American Robins. As I arrive at 7:45 there is a kettle of 85 Turkey Vultures and I see 130 (= 215 in toto) more before they begin to confuse the issue with some heading N starting at 10 A.M. Up to 6 at a time perch on the near T-pole. Tundra Swan flocks of 8, 1, 14, 2 and 1. One Bonaparte's Gull. I estimate 195 goldfinches for the day. We see 2 large planes refueling at high altitude. One Wilson's Snipe. I'm on the platform 7:45 - 12:30 and 1:30 - 4.

MAGOTHA ROAD, a nice place to end the day: Bufflehead 640, Tundra Swans a S-bound flock of 21, Virginia 3 (1 seen) and Clapper 3 (1 seen), a Cooper's Hawk flushes from the roadside carrying prey, Bald Eagle 2 adults, woodcock 1, Hooded Merganser 9. Run into Dave Wendelken, who has seen 18 Wild Turkeys here today. On the edge of the tidal ditch on the N side of the road one of the Virginia Rails is fishing among the dense schools of minnows here. Out in Magothy Bay the Buffleheads throng and some of us have seen > 1,000 at a time here later in the season.

NOVEMBER 16, SUNDAY. KSP, Great Horned Owl calling at 6:15 A.M., just 16 raptors today but Katie et al. detect 59 PURPLE FINCHES, a good fall for them. Up to c. 30 goldfinches at a time on the K.S.P. feeders or underneath
them. Go to the annual Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory meeting
3-5. CAPEVILLE ROAD: 1 imm. male Peregrine Falcon (perched), 1 ad. Red-tailed Hawk, 3 Mourning Doves, 17 bluebirds, 19 Fish Crows (from Sting-Ray's). CEDAR GROVE ROAD X ROUTE 600: 2 Eurasian Collared- and 30 Mourning Doves. BULL'S DRIVE/LANDING & MAGOTHY BAY NATURAL AREA PRESERVE, 8:15-12:30, a walk with the Eastern Shore Bird Club led by Joanne Laskowski with Sue Rice, Kit Fechtig, Geronimo (whose surname escapes me; he's a bander at K.S.P. this fall), and 6 others: (these are my personal totals, not the official ones): Gadwall 120, Wood Duck 14, Sharp-shinned Hawk 3, Purple Finch 7 (perched; nice looks), Brown-headed Nuthatch 4, Great Egret 1, White Ibis 2 imm., American Wigeon 15, Clapper Rail 2, screech-owl 1, Bald Eagle 2, Cedar Waxwing 60, BC Night Heron 1 imm., Red-throated 1 and Common 4 loons, Wilson's Snipe 1, Boat-tailed Grackle 85, Greater Yellowlegs 1, black duck 6, Horned Grebe 6, Tundra Swan groups of 6 and 43, Tree Swallow 70, Field Sparrow 1, Bufflehead 35
0, robin 30, goldfinch 30. Also: 2 does.

NOVEMBER 17, MONDAY. Rain off and on last night. Foggy at start, viz 100 yards to 1/3 mi. initially. ROUTE 600 from Townsend to (and out) Magotha Rd. to Cedar Grove Rd. to start of ESVNWR, 7:45 - 8:15: bluebird 42, goldfinch 40, robin 18, Savannah Sparrow 20, Boat-tailed Grackle 8, Mourning Dove 81, kestrel 3, Willet 1, Greater Yellowlegs 1, Bufflehead 40, American Crow 8, starling 310, sharpie 1, harrier 1, House Finch 3, flicker 1, junco 8, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Myrtle Warbler 3. RAMP LANE, ESVNWR, Hooded Merganser 4, Gadwall 4, coot 1, black duck 4, Great Egret 2, Green-winged Teal 1, American Wigeon 1, Little Blue Heron 2 (I may have blown this; they might have been Snowy Egrets). KSP, Hawkwatch Platform, 9-12, 1-3:30, at which time rain starts: robin 370, Wood Duck 1, Red-breasted Merganser 1, Cedar Waxwing 100, Lesser Scaup 3, starling 1,100 (on the wires at the park entrance; one of the wires sagging from their weight). Paul Nasca sees a late Broad-winged Haw
k today at ESVNWR. Big wind and big rain briefly c. 4:30 P.M. Only 19 raptors today at K.S.P.

NOVEMBER 18, TUESDAY. Clear, NW20, high 30s, cold, windy. Time to head home, slowly, with 22 stops along the way, all but 5 are birding stops. ARLINGTON ROAD, a flock of 85 Rock Pigeons. TAYLOR POND @ K.S.P.: Hooded Merganser 1, Pied-billed Grebe 1, kestrel 1, Black Vulture 31, Ruddy Duck 1, Double-crested Cormorant. If you access here from Route 13 you'll get hitchikers (long, black seeds) all over your trou. RAMP LANE, ESVNWR, 9:15-9:30: Gadwall 4, American Wigeon 2, black duck 17, Green-winged Teal 6, Hooded Merganser 6, Pied-billed Grebe 1, cormorant 2, Brown Pelican 7, Great Blue Heron 9, Snowy Egret 1, Bald Eagle 2 (at their nests), Greater Yellowlegs 6. After being dull most of this fall the pond is starting to come alive. MAGOTHA ROAD, 9:45, bad shimmer, Boat-tailed Grackle 65, Willet 1, Great Blue Heron 1. ROUTE 704 terminus, old ferry slip, K.S.P., 10 A.M.: Brown Pelican 35, Double-crested Cormorant 75, Northern Gannet 9, Rock Pigeon 90. ROUTE 600 X ROUTE
684: 260 Ring-billed Gulls in one field.

OYSTER per se, 11 A.M.: Dunlin 230, Willet 17, Common Loon 1, Hooded Merganser 2, Great Blue Heron 1, Black-bellied Plover 6, Greater Yellowlegs 2, Killdeer 1, Cooper's Hawk 1, Bufflehead 1, but terrible shimmer makes it real difficult to see very far. OYSTER LANDFILL, loaded!, 11:15 A.M. Here for c. 45 minutes - Common Gallinule 1 (on extreme N side, in among the vegetation; furtive), Black Vulture 110, Hooded Merganser 115, Gadwall 12, Black-crowned Night Heron 7 immies, pintail 1 male, Canada Goose 235, black duck 14, Mallard 2, shoveler 2, Green-winged Teal 8, Ring-necked Duck 2, Bufflehead 20, Duddy Ruck 30 (a Chan Robbinsism), Pied-billed Grebe 1, cormorant 1, Great Egret 1, Great Blue Heron 1, Bald Eagle 1 imm., coot 18, Herring Gull 95, GBBG 1 ad., Fish Crow 45, Turkey Vulture 4.

ROUTE 600 0.9 MI. S OF JAMES ALLEN DRIVE (Route 628), 14629 Seaside Rd., 12:09 P.M.: 36 Killdeer in one flock. BOXTREE RD. (E extension of Machipongo Rd.): very low tide, bad shimmer, but can still just make out through the Schlieren the tower on Hog Island, 12:27 P.M.: 3 Northern Harriers. Sometimes Boxtree is loaded with roosting shorebirds, but not today. ROUTE 600 2 mi. N of Route 608 (Nassawadox), 5262 Seaside Road: Groups of 175 and 115 American Crows respectively in 2 adjacent fields. For some reason this is a prime area for this species, as shown each year by the Nassawadox C.B.C. totals. WILLIS WHARF, 1-2:30 P.M., a very low tide, which usually means there's hardly anything to see here, but, au contraire, there is today ... : 281 MARBLED GODWITS (all of them elegant, and many of them vocal), 114 Willets, 38 Short-billed Dowitchers, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 2 Semipalmated Plovers, 11 Dunlin, only 4 Ruddy Turnstones, 1 Merlin, 2 Mallards, 41 Canada Geese, 13 Forster'
s Terns, 1 kingfisher, 6 Buffleheads, 10 Ring-billed Gulls, 3 Great Blue Herons, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 20 Rock Pigeons (they like the roof of the Terry's Seafood building), 3 cormorants, 6 Hooded Mergansers, and an imm. Bald Eagle that chases, unsuccessfully, a first-cycle Herring Gull.

over the PURDUE plant near Accomac, VA: a somewhat spectacular kettle of 300 gulls. SEAFORD, DE, 2 Bald Eagles after sunset flying down the Nanticoke River.

Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

























































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Subject: HSR: Snickers Gap (19 Nov 2014) 3 Raptors
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 8:45 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 19, 2014
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 1 142
Bald Eagle 0 20 143
Northern Harrier 0 4 50
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 24 797
Cooper's Hawk 0 7 83
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 37 87
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 5304
Red-tailed Hawk 3 471 778
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 3 8
American Kestrel 0 0 92
Merlin 0 2 13
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 14
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 5
Unknown Buteo 0 1 7
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 0 6

Total: 3 573 7532
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Larry Brindza

Observers:

Visitors:
No AT Trail hikers today!


Weather:
The winds from the west were mostly calm. The word of the day was COLD! The
starting temperature was 27 degrees F, warming up to 32 degrees F in the
afternoon. There were morning Cirrus clouds. At @1:15 p.m. the winds came
from the east. East winds often produce good hawk flights at Snickers Gap,
but it didn't make any difference today. At around 2:00 Cirro Cumulus
clouds moved in. The barometer started at 30.34 and fell steadily down to
30.21.

Raptor Observations:
Very bad day for raptors! Only three Red-tailed Hawks were counted today.

Non-raptor Observations:
The only audible small birds today were a few Blue Jays.

Predictions:
More cold weather!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Larry Brindza (ljbrindza@cox.net)


Site Description:
The Snickers Gap Hawkwatch was established in 1990. It is located in
northern Virginia, on the Clarke and Loudoun County line. It is reached by
taking VA Route 7 to the county line, which runs atop the ridge at Snickers
Gap. On the south side of Route 7 is a commuter parking lot. The count is
conducted from there. It is a volunteer site, and is counted in fall only,
from late August until late November or early December. There are no
facilities at the site, so bring a snack, drinks,and a chair. Many of the
birds can be distant,and a scope is helpful.

As a volunteer site, we are always looking to increase our pool of
counters. We are eager to train those who have never counted, but are
skilled with hawk identification. We are also willing to pair inexperienced
observers with experienced counters. Please contact the compiler, Todd Day,
at blkvulture@aol.com with any questions or if you are interested in
participating in the count.


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Subject: Riverbend ducks: Wednesday
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 20:45 pm
From: skybirds.d AT gmail.com
 
Ralph Wall, Keith Huffman, Chris Lansing, and myself spent about an hour checking the ducks on the Potomac River at Riverbend this afternoon.   It was really cold !!
We found about 75 to 100 Bufflehead, 100-150 Ring-necked ducks (FOS), four Pied-billed Grebes, two Ruddy ducks, and two bald eagles and some Mallards.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (19 Nov 2014) 6 Raptors
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 19:59 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 19, 2014
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 11 3442
Bald Eagle 0 28 271
Northern Harrier 1 86 592
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 203 6688
Cooper's Hawk 1 157 2611
Northern Goshawk 0 1 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 35 90
Broad-winged Hawk 0 5 1001
Red-tailed Hawk 3 407 676
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 1 2 5
American Kestrel 0 15 3914
Merlin 0 10 1722
Peregrine Falcon 0 6 1290
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 3
Unknown Buteo 0 1 5
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 8
Unknown Raptor 0 0 61
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 2

Total: 6 968 22384
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Katie Rittenhouse

Observers:

Weather:
Moderate winds from WNW, W, SW

Raptor Observations:
Juvenile Golden Eagle

Non-raptor Observations:
Rusty Blackbird-2
Purple Finch-2
Tundra Swan-21
Common Loon-8
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (18 Nov 2014) 6 Raptors
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 19:53 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 11 3442
Bald Eagle 0 28 271
Northern Harrier 0 85 591
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 203 6688
Cooper's Hawk 0 156 2610
Northern Goshawk 1 1 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 35 90
Broad-winged Hawk 0 5 1001
Red-tailed Hawk 4 404 673
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 4
American Kestrel 0 15 3914
Merlin 0 10 1722
Peregrine Falcon 0 6 1290
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 3
Unknown Buteo 0 1 5
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 8
Unknown Raptor 0 0 61
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 2

Total: 6 962 22378
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Katie Rittenhouse

Observers:

Weather:
Cold with strong winds from the NW. Partly Cloudy.

Raptor Observations:
Juvenile Northern Goshawk

Non-raptor Observations:
Tundra Swan-15
Purple Finch-2
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (19 Nov 2014) 16 Raptors - GE#40
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 19:23 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 3 364
Bald Eagle 4 28 267
Northern Harrier 0 12 91
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 54 2740
Cooper's Hawk 0 22 401
Northern Goshawk 0 7 11
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 45 147
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 18514
Red-tailed Hawk 10 634 1035
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 1
Golden Eagle 1 20 40
American Kestrel 0 6 402
Merlin 0 4 45
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 65
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 21
Unknown Buteo 0 6 19
Unknown Falcon 0 1 6
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 5 25
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 2

Total: 16 852 24200
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers:

Visitors:
Mary Mapel


Weather:
Mostly sunny early, then mostly cloudy 11am-2pm, than mostly sunny
thereafter. Strong W winds early shifting to moderate S winds after noon.
19-26C. Clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
It turned out to be an overall slow day but with a nice Eagle flight. All
birds were either overhead or down the west side of the gap. Adult BE
11:03, 12:49 and 2:39. 2-YR BE 3:16. Juvenile GE 1:26. First bird 9:18 RT,
last bird 3:16 BE.

Non-raptor Observations:
The leucistic Turkey Vulture was back again today. An American Crow flew by
carrying a small cluster of green grapes in its beak. 2 Killdeer, 14
Ring-billed Gull, 259 Fish Crow, 55 crow species, 9 Raven, 57 Robin, 345
Waxwing, 1 Fox Sparrow, 114 Grackle, 16 Pine Siskin.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach@virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...

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Subject: Chincoteague NWR Shorebird Count 11/18/14 & King Eider still on Causeway
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 11:58 am
From: clyde_joelle AT verizon.net
 
Below are the results of our weekly shorebird/gull survey conducted at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday Nov 18, 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 an average late fall shorebird survey at the Refuge on a cold and very windy day. Shorebirds seemed to be bunched in feeding areas with more protection from strong winds. We counted 717 individual shorebirds of 8 species. Dunlin (258) were the most common with Dowitchers (most if not all were presumed to be Short-billed) (215). This is a high number on the Refuge for this time of year. Most were feeding in one flock in one protected area on "F-Pond" with other shorebirds. Sanderlings (165) were the third most common species, most of which were on the beaches.
Also impressive on the Refuge were the quantity of raptors. We saw 6 Bald Eagles on the Hook with others through out the rest of the Refuge. We also saw multiple Northern Harriers, Merlins and Red-tailed Hawks. Our count of 120 American Coots in one flock on Old Fields impoundment was, by far, the most we have ever seen on the Refuge. Our next survey is Nov. 30.
On the way home we stopped to see the stunning breeding-plumage male KING EIDER, visible from the end of the Queen's Sound boat ramp on the causeway to Chincoteague. Based on observations made on Nov 11 and Nov 12, the bird seems to be closer into shore at higher tides; it showed well in scope views, preening its buffy breast at around 3:00 p.m.,  which was within 2 hours of the high tide. Joelle Buffa and Clyde Morris

| Snow Goose | -- |
| Brant | -- |
| Canada Goose | -- |
| Tundra Swan | -- |
| Wood Duck | -- |
| Gadwall | -- |
| American Wigeon | -- |
| American Black Duck | -- |
| Mallard | -- |
| Northern Shoveler | -- |
| Green-winged Teal | -- |
| Black Scoter | -- |
| Long-tailed Duck | -- |
| Bufflehead | -- |
| Hooded Merganser | -- |
| Red-breasted Merganser | -- |
| Red-throated Loon | 1 |
| Common Loon | 4 |
| Horned Grebe | 2 |
| Northern Gannet | 6 |
| Double-crested Cormorant | 80 |
| Great Blue Heron | -- |
| Great Egret | -- |
| Snowy Egret | -- |
| Black-crowned Night-Heron | -- |
| Turkey Vulture | -- |
| Northern Harrier | -- |
| Bald Eagle | 6 |
| Red-tailed Hawk | -- |
| American Coot | 120 |
| American Oystercatcher | 10 |
| Black-bellied Plover | 18 |
| Greater Yellowlegs | 26 |
| Willet | 15 |
| Red Knot | 7 |
| Sanderling | 165 |
| Dunlin | 258 |
| peep sp. | 13 |
| Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher | 215 |
| Ring-billed Gull | 170 |
| Herring Gull | 131 |
| Lesser Black-backed Gull | 28 |
| Great Black-backed Gull | 20 |
| Forster's Tern | 42 |
| Royal Tern | 3 |
| Belted Kingfisher | -- |
| Northern Flicker | -- |
| Merlin | -- |
| American Crow | -- |
| Tree Swallow | -- |
| Brown-headed Nuthatch | -- |
| Northern Mockingbird | -- |
| European Starling | -- |
| Yellow-rumped Warbler | -- |
| Song Sparrow | -- |
| White-throated Sparrow | -- |
| Dark-eyed Junco | -- |
| Northern Cardinal | -- |
| Red-winged Blackbird | -- |
| Eastern Meadowlark | -- |



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Subject: FOS Fox Sparrow - Buchanan County
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 11:05 am
From: rmayhorn AT hughes.net
 




The bird was scratching under the shrubs in the yard. It probably would have come to feed under the sunflower seed feeder, but there was a flock of Red-wings there.




Roger Mayhorn
Compton Mt
Buchanan County
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Subject: Gloucester Loons
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 8:50 am
From: jericson7 AT cox.net
 
Raft of 13 Common Loons on Ware River. Floated past  Warehouse Landing Road
at 9AM. Relatively high number for this time of year and this end of the
river.

Felicity Rask

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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (18 Nov 2014) 49 Raptors
Date: Tue Nov 18 2014 17:58 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 3 364
Bald Eagle 3 24 263
Northern Harrier 0 12 91
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 54 2740
Cooper's Hawk 4 22 401
Northern Goshawk 0 7 11
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 44 146
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 18514
Red-tailed Hawk 35 624 1025
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 1
Golden Eagle 2 19 39
American Kestrel 0 6 402
Merlin 0 4 45
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 65
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 21
Unknown Buteo 0 6 19
Unknown Falcon 0 1 6
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 5 25
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 2

Total: 49 836 24184
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers:

Visitors:
Mary Mapel (such a trooper!).


Weather:
Cold, and the wind made it even colder! Thanks to Gabriel for manning the
watch on such a severe-weather day! Very strong W winds, starting at
62-74km/hr gradually diminishing to 29-38km/hr. 17-25F (the weather station
thermometer stopped working, so thermometer in car used). Partly sunny with
clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Subadult GE 9:40.
Juv GE 11:01.
4th-YR BE 9:56.
2-YR BE 1:29.
3-YR BE 3:40.
All birds came up over the ridge, and most then sped down the east side of
the gap. All eagles but 1 BE and a few of the RT went down the west side,
however.
First bird 9:25 RS, last bird 3:56 RT.

Non-raptor Observations:
Lots of non-raptor bird movement today! 114 Ring-billed Gull (several
flocks flying overhead SSE), 32 Canada Goose, 2 Tundra Swan, 11 Raven, 4
Common Loon, 105 RW Blackbird, 92 Fish Crow, 45 crow species, 121 Robin, 16
Waxwing, 400 Grackle, 38 Pine Siskin.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach@virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...

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Subject: Ross's Goose, Snow Bunting, Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach 11/18/14
Date: Tue Nov 18 2014 17:57 pm
From: flicknanders AT hotmail.com
 
Hey all, a couple pictures of the Ross's Goose are at the flickr link:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Also, forgot to mention 60+ White Ibis flying over the Visitor's Center this morning and a flock of approx. 25 Forster's Terns that rested directly on the ocean surface for a period between bouts of flying into the wind, interesting behavior for terns in my experience. Best,

Nick Flanders
Portsmouth, VA

> From: flicknanders@hotmail.com
> To: va-bird@listserve.com
> Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:04:41 -0500
> Subject: [Va-bird] Ross's Goose, Snow Bunting, Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach 11/18/14
>
> I was on a field trip with Dr. Eric Walters' Ornithology class from Old Dominion University to Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach this morning and we had a very cooperative Ross's Goose mixed with Tundra Swans and ducks in the cove right off the Visitor's Center parking area around 7:30AM. This goose was not visible when we came back around 9:45AM. We also had good looks at 1 Snow Bunting on the beach and beach/dune interface near the east end of the Dune Trail around 9:00AM before it flew over the dune and out of view. Best,
>
> Nick Flanders
> Portsmouth, VA
>
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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington Area, Nov 18, corrected
Date: Tue Nov 18 2014 17:08 pm
From: joecoleman AT rstarmail.com
 
FYI Attached pls find a corrected version of the Voice of the Naturalist for
Nov 18. The Selasphorus hummingbird has been dropped.



Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist

Date: 11/18/2014

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



Please consider joining ANS, especially if you are a regular user of the
Voice (Individual $50; Family $65; Nature Steward $100; Audubon Advocate
$200). The membership number is 301-652-9188, option 12; the address is 8940
Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815; and the web site is
http://www.AudubonNaturalist.o....



This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, November 11 and was
completed on Tuesday, November 18 at 11:30 a.m.



The top birds this week were KING EIDER in VA, EARED GREBE in MD,
LONG-TAILED JAEGER in DE, SNOWY OWL in MD, COUCH'S KINGBIRD* in MD, and
WESTERN TANAGER* in VA.



Other birds of interest this week were waterfowl including GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, ROSS'S GOOSE, and TRUMPETER SWAN, NORTHERN GOSHAWK,
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, SANDHILL CRANE, POMARINE and PARASITIC JAEGER,
BLACK-HEADED GULL, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, WESTERN KINGBIRD, LOGGERHEAD
SHRIKE, COMMON RAVEN, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING,
warblers, sparrows including LE CONTE'S, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and BREWER'S
BLACKBIRD.



TOP BIRDS



A drake KING EIDER was seen and photographed on the 15th at Queen Anne's
Landing along the causeway to the Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA; it was
seen again on the 16th.



An EARED GREBE was seen Nov 16 at South Point, Worcester Co, MD.



A juvenile LONG-TAILED JAEGER flew by the Cape Henlopen, DE, Hawk Watch on
the 16th



A SNOWY OWL was reported from Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on Nov 16 and
seen and photographed in the rain on the 17th.



The birding news of the week was the COUCH'S KINGBIRD* found on the 11th at
Mason Rd Pond just west of Rocky Gap in Allegany Co, MD. It was seen there
the rest of the week though on some days there were many hours between
sightings. While there were no reports of the bird on the 17th, it was seen
the morning of the 18th. A map of where this bird was seen can be found by
clicking on http://www.mdbirding.com/hotsp... and typing in the name of
the location, Mason Rd Pond. A Google Map will then come up so you can ask
for directions.



A WESTERN TANAGER* turned up at a feeder in Settler's Mill, James City Co,
VA on the 10th and was reported again on the 12th, 13th and 17th.

This is the same location a WESTERN TANAGER has visited every year since
2009. A WESTERN TANAGER* was also found on the 14th at the Bayside
campground on the Assateague Island National Seashore, Worcester Co, MD; it
was seen again on the 15th and 16th.



OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST



GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE turned up at a number of locations including the
one at the Mainland Farm, James City Co, VA with a report as recently as the
17th. One was also found on the 16th at Willow Lake, Rockbridge Co, VA. The
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, first found on the 10th at the Whittier Drive
Pond, Frederick Co, MD, was seen throughout the week, along with a few
CACKLING GEESE on the 11th and 12th. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found
Nov 16 at Willow Lake, Rockbridge Co, VA, about a mile from the I-81 Raphine
exit. A ROSS'S GOOSE was seen at Centennial Lake, Howard Co, MD on the 16th
& 17th; one was also seen Nov 16 at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA. A
TRUMPETER SWAN, which hatched in Toronto in 2013, was banded in Ontario,
Canada in Feb 2014, was seen Nov 16 on Lake Churchill, Germantown,
Montgomery Co, MD.



REDHEADS were seen at a few locations this past week. A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
and a LONG-TAILED DUCK were seen Nov 15 at Riverbend Park, Fairfax Co, VA;
the WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was also there on the 16th. A BLACK SCOTER was found
at Rocky Gap SP, Allegany Co, MD on the 15th and the 16th. Three LONG-TAILED
DUCKS were seen Nov 14 at the Triadelphia Reservoir, Howard Co, MD.



A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was reported from the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch, Augusta
Co, VA, on November 13. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen Nov 15 circling with
three Turkey Vultures above Schoolhouse Ridge battlefield, Harpers Ferry,
WV. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK visited a backyard in Bethesda, Montgomery Co, MD,
on Nov 16. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK flew over the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch on the
16th.



Eight SANDHILL CRANES flew over Ellicott City, MD on the 15th. The
continuing SANDHILL CRANE at the Shearness Observation Tower, Bombay Hook
NWR, Kent Co, DE was seen throughout the week.



A POMARINE JAEGER was seen Nov 16 at the Ocean City Inlet, MD. Several
probable PARASITIC JAEGERS were harassing gulls at Ocean City, MD on the
14th and 15th. PARASITIC JAEGERS also passed by the Cape Henlopen, DE, Hawk
Watch on Nov 12 and 13.



The continuing BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen at Papermill Flats/Loch Raven
Reservoir, Baltimore Co, MD throughout the week.



As they have for years, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES continue to be seen at
several locations in Northampton Co, VA as well as in Virginia Beach and one
at its regular location in South Boston, Halifax Co, VA.



The WESTERN KINGBIRD which was found on Seaside Road, Northampton Co, VA
last week, was seen again this week with reports almost every day in various
locations between where Seaside intersects with Rte 662 and Rte 631.



The LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE continued to be seen along Mountain Valley Road in
Rockingham Co, VA with the most recent report from Nov 16; it was a little
ways north of where the road intersects with Moore's Mill Rd. A LOGGERHEAD
SHRIKE was also found Nov 16 in Clarke Co, VA and Jefferson Co, WV; it was
along Shepherds Mill Rd at the VA/WV border.



A COMMON RAVENS was seen in Chesterfield Co, VA on Nov 11.



A SWAINSON'S THRUSH was found Nov 13 at Monticello Park, Alexandria, VA.



A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found Nov 16 among a flock of about 100 Horned Larks
at the Woodward Turf Farm in Remington, Fauquier Co, VA.



There was a Nov 14 report of SNOW BUNTINGS at the Chesapeake Bay
Bridge/Tunnel islands, Northampton Co, VA.



A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was seen Nov 15 at Weyanoke Sanctuary, Norfolk,
VA. ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS continued to turn up at a number of locations
including one in a yard in DC on the 12th. Other late warbler sightings this
past week included a MAGNOLIA WARBLER in Worcester Co, MD on the 15th and a
BLACK-THROATED WARBLER in Howard Co, MD, the same day. An Audubon's
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was found Nov

15 at the Bayside Development Pond, Worcester Co, MD and seen again on the
16th. A WILSON'S WARBLER was seen Nov 14 in a yard in Silver Spring,
Montgomery Co, MD.



A VESPER SPARROW was seen Nov 15 at the Howard County Conservancy,
Woodstock, MD. A LARK SPARROW was found Nov 16 at the Bayside Development
Pond, Worcester Co, MD. An Ipswich SAVANNAH SPARROW was seen Nov 14 running
along the dike between the NW and NE cells at the Hurlock Wastewater
Treatment Plant, Dorchester Co, MD. A LE CONTE'S

SPARROW* was found on the 15th in the south corner of the pond in the North
section of the E A Vaughn Wildlife Management Area, Worcester Co, MD.
NELSON'S SPARROWS continue to be seen at Pleasure House Point in Virginia
Beach, with a report of four on the 11th. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen Nov
11 at Occoquan Bay NWR, Woodbridge, Prince William Co VA; another was seen
Nov 12 at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA; and a 3rd on the 13th at
Kingston Landing at Choptank River, Talbot Co, MD.



There were a number of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS sightings this past week.



Three BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were found Nov 13 at Drummond's Field/Mainland
Farm, James City Co, VA.



***



This week's report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list
servers via the ABA Internet links, and on eBird records.



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



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

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



Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.



*Of interest to the applicable state records committee.



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Subject: Painted Bunting Williamsburg -window kill
Date: Tue Nov 18 2014 15:54 pm
From: nickenew1 AT gmail.com
 
Exciting, yet sad, news from Williamsburg this afternoon,

A ‘green’ Painted Bunting hit a window on the William & Mary campus and ended its hope of surviving the winter in Va today. The specimen will be preserved as part of the college’s study skin collection.

Best,
Nick Newberry

https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington Area, Nov 18
Date: Tue Nov 18 2014 15:26 pm
From: joecoleman AT rstarmail.com
 
FYI  - this report is for sightings from Nov 11 through Nov 17 and was
compiled by Joe Coleman & transcribed by Steve Cordle.

Joe Coleman



Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist

Date: 11/18/2014

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



Please consider joining ANS, especially if you are a regular user of the
Voice (Individual $50; Family $65; Nature Steward $100; Audubon Advocate
$200). The membership number is 301-652-9188, option 12; the address is 8940
Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815; and the web site is
http://www.AudubonNaturalist.o....



This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, November 11 and was
completed on Tuesday, November 18 at 11:30 a.m.



The top birds this week were KING EIDER in VA, EARED GREBE in MD,
LONG-TAILED JAEGER in DE, SNOWY OWL in MD, COUCH'S KINGBIRD* in MD, and
WESTERN TANAGER* in VA.



Other birds of interest this week were waterfowl including GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, ROSS'S GOOSE, and TRUMPETER SWAN, NORTHERN GOSHAWK,
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, SANDHILL CRANE, POMARINE and PARASITIC JAEGER,
BLACK-HEADED GULL, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, SELASPHORUS HUMMINGBIRD, WESTERN
KINGBIRD, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, COMMON RAVEN, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, LAPLAND
LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, warblers, sparrows including LE CONTE'S, RUSTY
BLACKBIRD, and BREWER'S BLACKBIRD.



TOP BIRDS



A drake KING EIDER was seen and photographed on the 15th at Queen Anne's
Landing along the causeway to the Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA; it was
seen again on the 16th.



An EARED GREBE was seen Nov 16 at South Point, Worcester Co, MD.



A juvenile LONG-TAILED JAEGER flew by the Cape Henlopen, DE, Hawk Watch on
the 16th



A SNOWY OWL was reported from Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on Nov 16 and
seen and photographed in the rain on the 17th.



The birding news of the week was the COUCH'S KINGBIRD* found on the 11th at
Mason Rd Pond just west of Rocky Gap in Allegany Co, MD. It was seen there
the rest of the week though on some days there were many hours between
sightings. While there were no reports of the bird on the 17th, it was seen
the morning of the 18th. A map of where this bird was seen can be found by
clicking on http://www.mdbirding.com/hotsp... and typing in the name of
the location, Mason Rd Pond. A Google Map will then come up so you can ask
for directions.



A WESTERN TANAGER* turned up at a feeder in Settler's Mill, James City Co,
VA on the 10th and was reported again on the 12th, 13th and 17th.

This is the same location a WESTERN TANAGER has visited every year since
2009. A WESTERN TANAGER* was also found on the 14th at the Bayside
campground on the Assateague Island National Seashore, Worcester Co, MD; it
was seen again on the 15th and 16th.



OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST



GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE turned up at a number of locations including the
one at the Mainland Farm, James City Co, VA with a report as recently as the
17th. One was also found on the 16th at Willow Lake, Rockbridge Co, VA. The
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, first found on the 10th at the Whittier Drive
Pond, Frederick Co, MD, was seen throughout the week, along with a few
CACKLING GEESE on the 11th and 12th. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found
Nov 16 at Willow Lake, Rockbridge Co, VA, about a mile from the I-81 Raphine
exit. A ROSS'S GOOSE was seen at Centennial Lake, Howard Co, MD on the 16th
& 17th; one was also seen Nov 16 at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA. A
TRUMPETER SWAN, which hatched in Toronto in 2013, was banded in Ontario,
Canada in Feb 2014, was seen Nov 16 on Lake Churchill, Germantown,
Montgomery Co, MD.



REDHEADS were seen at a few locations this past week. A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
and a LONG-TAILED DUCK were seen Nov 15 at Riverbend Park, Fairfax Co, VA;
the WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was also there on the 16th. A BLACK SCOTER was found
at Rocky Gap SP, Allegany Co, MD on the 15th and the 16th. Three LONG-TAILED
DUCKS were seen Nov 14 at the Triadelphia Reservoir, Howard Co, MD.



A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was reported from the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch, Augusta
Co, VA, on November 13. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen Nov 15 circling with
three Turkey Vultures above Schoolhouse Ridge battlefield, Harpers Ferry,
WV. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK visited a backyard in Bethesda, Montgomery Co, MD,
on Nov 16. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK flew over the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch on the
16th.



Eight SANDHILL CRANES flew over Ellicott City, MD on the 15th. The
continuing SANDHILL CRANE at the Shearness Observation Tower, Bombay Hook
NWR, Kent Co, DE was seen throughout the week.



A POMARINE JAEGER was seen Nov 16 at the Ocean City Inlet, MD. Several
probable PARASITIC JAEGERS were harassing gulls at Ocean City, MD on the
14th and 15th. PARASITIC JAEGERS also passed by the Cape Henlopen, DE, Hawk
Watch on Nov 12 and 13.



The continuing BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen at Papermill Flats/Loch Raven
Reservoir, Baltimore Co, MD throughout the week.



As they have for years, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES continue to be seen at
several locations in Northampton Co, VA as well as in Virginia Beach and one
at its regular location in South Boston, Halifax Co, VA.



A SELASPHORUS HUMMINGBIRD was seen nectaring on pineapple sage (Salvia

elegans) in a yard in Hampton, VA, on Nov 15



The WESTERN KINGBIRD which was found on Seaside Road, Northampton Co, VA
last week, was seen again this week with reports almost every day in various
locations between where Seaside intersects with Rte 662 and Rte 631.



The LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE continued to be seen along Mountain Valley Road in
Rockingham Co, VA with the most recent report from Nov 16; it was a little
ways north of where the road intersects with Moore's Mill Rd. A LOGGERHEAD
SHRIKE was also found Nov 16 in Clarke Co, VA and Jefferson Co, WV; it was
along Shepherds Mill Rd at the VA/WV border.



A COMMON RAVENS was seen in Chesterfield Co, VA on Nov 11.



A SWAINSON'S THRUSH was found Nov 13 at Monticello Park, Alexandria, VA.



A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found Nov 16 among a flock of about 100 Horned Larks
at the Woodward Turf Farm in Remington, Fauquier Co, VA.



There was a Nov 14 report of SNOW BUNTINGS at the Chesapeake Bay
Bridge/Tunnel islands, Northampton Co, VA.



A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was seen Nov 15 at Weyanoke Sanctuary, Norfolk,
VA. ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS continued to turn up at a number of locations
including one in a yard in DC on the 12th. Other late warbler sightings this
past week included a MAGNOLIA WARBLER in Worcester Co, MD on the 15th and a
BLACK-THROATED WARBLER in Howard Co, MD, the same day. An Audubon's
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was found Nov

15 at the Bayside Development Pond, Worcester Co, MD and seen again on the
16th. A WILSON'S WARBLER was seen Nov 14 in a yard in Silver Spring,
Montgomery Co, MD.



A VESPER SPARROW was seen Nov 15 at the Howard County Conservancy,
Woodstock, MD. A LARK SPARROW was found Nov 16 at the Bayside Development
Pond, Worcester Co, MD. An Ipswich SAVANNAH SPARROW was seen Nov 14 running
along the dike between the NW and NE cells at the Hurlock Wastewater
Treatment Plant, Dorchester Co, MD. A LE CONTE'S

SPARROW* was found on the 15th in the south corner of the pond in the North
section of the E A Vaughn Wildlife Management Area, Worcester Co, MD.
NELSON'S SPARROWS continue to be seen at Pleasure House Point in Virginia
Beach, with a report of four on the 11th. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen Nov
11 at Occoquan Bay NWR, Woodbridge, Prince William Co VA; another was seen
Nov 12 at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA; and a 3rd on the 13th at
Kingston Landing at Choptank River, Talbot Co, MD.



There were a number of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS sightings this past week.



Three BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were found Nov 13 at Drummond's Field/Mainland
Farm, James City Co, VA.



***



This week's report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list
servers via the ABA Internet links, and on eBird records.



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



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

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



Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.



*Of interest to the applicable state records committee.



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Subject: Ross's Goose, Snow Bunting, Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach 11/18/14
Date: Tue Nov 18 2014 12:05 pm
From: flicknanders AT hotmail.com
 
 I was on a field trip with Dr. Eric Walters' Ornithology class from Old Dominion University to Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach this morning and we had a very cooperative Ross's Goose mixed with Tundra Swans and ducks in the cove right off the Visitor's Center parking area around 7:30AM.  This goose was not visible when we came back around 9:45AM.  We also had good looks at 1 Snow Bunting on the beach and beach/dune interface near the east end of the Dune Trail around 9:00AM before it flew over the dune and out of view.  Best,

Nick Flanders
Portsmouth, VA

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Subject: Sharp-tailed Sparrows and Clapper Rail
Date: Mon Nov 17 2014 20:02 pm
From: mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com
 
Norfolk, VA 11/13-15/14. Report and photos:




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Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA



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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (17 Nov 2014) 19 Raptors
Date: Mon Nov 17 2014 19:33 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 11 3442
Bald Eagle 0 28 271
Northern Harrier 4 85 591
Sharp-shinned Hawk 12 202 6687
Cooper's Hawk 1 156 2610
Northern Goshawk 0 0 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 35 90
Broad-winged Hawk 0 5 1001
Red-tailed Hawk 2 400 669
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 4
American Kestrel 0 15 3914
Merlin 0 10 1722
Peregrine Falcon 0 6 1290
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 3
Unknown Buteo 0 1 5
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 8
Unknown Raptor 0 0 61
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 2

Total: 19 956 22372
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:45:00
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter: Katie Rittenhouse

Observers: Bob Anderson, Brian Taber, Harry Armistead, Paul Nasca,
Zak Poulton

Weather:
Moderate S winds and mostly cloudy skies.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Purple Finch-15
Tundra Swan-18
Red-throated Loon-1
Common Loon-3

========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (16 Nov 2014) 16 Raptors
Date: Mon Nov 17 2014 19:06 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 11 3442
Bald Eagle 2 28 271
Northern Harrier 6 81 587
Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 190 6675
Cooper's Hawk 2 155 2609
Northern Goshawk 0 0 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 35 90
Broad-winged Hawk 0 5 1001
Red-tailed Hawk 0 398 667
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 4
American Kestrel 0 15 3914
Merlin 0 10 1722
Peregrine Falcon 0 6 1290
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 3
Unknown Buteo 0 1 5
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 8
Unknown Raptor 0 0 61
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 2

Total: 16 937 22353
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Katie Rittenhouse

Observers: Bob Ake, Brian Taber, Harry Armistead, Joe Beatty,
Zak Poulton

Weather:
Light south winds with overcast skies

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Purple Finch-59
Tundra Swan-85
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: No. Va. Bird Club meeting Wed. Nov. 19 - new location
Date: Mon Nov 17 2014 15:05 pm
From: jandrtaylor AT verizon.net
 
The next meeting of the Northern Virginia Bird Club will be this Wed., Nov.
19 St. Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church in north Arlington at 8:00 pm. Our
speaker will be Paul Napier who is the current president of the Cape May
Raptor Banding Project. His talk will cover a brief history of the
project, some impressive statistics, how the project contributes to science
projects, and portraits and facts about the raptors banded. There will be
lots of great close-up photographs. Early bird refreshments start at 7:30
pm. Any contributions of food or beverage will be most gratefully received.




St. Andrews is a new location for the club meetings. It is very close to
where we used to meet. The address is 4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington, VA
22207. Directions can be found in the Siskin at www.nvabc.org. There is a
church across the street - St. Andrew's is the smaller of the two.



Hope to see you there,



Joanna Taylor

Programs, NVBC







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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Date: Mon Nov 17 2014 14:49 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
 Despite unrelenting rain and temperatures in the low 40s, 17 birders showed up for today's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.  We were able to identify 42 species, with 10 of them categorized as ducks.  Other waterfowl noted were a Pied-billed Grebe, and an American Coot.  As winter approaches, and with an approximately 50% increase in water surface brought on by the wetland restoration, we look forward to a great waterfowl winter.  Large numbers of Canada Geese, Re-winged Blackbirds, and White-throated Sparrows made it an enjoyable day, rain and all.

Canada Goose  50+
Wood Duck  1
Gadwall  9
American Wigeon  2
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  35
Northern Shoveler  20
Northern Pintail  2
Green-winged Teal  5
Ruddy Duck  6
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Great Blue Heron  4
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
American Coot  1
Mourning Dove  40
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  5
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Brown Creeper  1
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  6
Song Sparrow  12
Swamp Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  25+
Dark-eyed Junco  2
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  100+
House Finch  2
House Sparrow  1
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: King Eider & Snow Bunting at Chincoteague
Date: Sun Nov 16 2014 19:15 pm
From: clyde_joelle AT verizon.net
 
Today, Sunday, the King Eider was still to be seen both morning and afternoon from the causeway boat ramp on the way to Chincoteague. Four Snow Buntings were next to the Beach Parking Area near the Tom's Cove Visitor Center at the Chincoteague NWR.

Clyde Morris
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Subject: 11/16 - Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach
Date: Sun Nov 16 2014 18:13 pm
From: bruno AT lynchburg.edu
 
Just to add to Rob's observations at PHP today. I birded there for a couple of hours before the Brock Environmental Center's Open House at 1 PM today (probably after he was there).

I found 1 ROYAL TERN & 3 BLACK SKIMMERS with the gulls on the sandbar exposed from low tide. I also saw SANDERLINGS (23) plus 28 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS flew in to join them. There was 1 BONAPARTE'S GULL off by itself plus the other expected gulls (great black-backed, ring-billed, herring & laughing).

The only raptors I found were 4 OSPREYS & 1 female NORTHERN HARRIER.

In addition to the BUFFLEHEADS (27) & HOODED MERGANSERS (12), I also saw 8 GADWALL. While observing the gulls etc on the sandbar, I heard TUNDRA SWANS (12) which I discovered were flying south high above me. While scanning the salt marshes across Lynnhaven Inlet, something flushed a flock of BRANDT (35-ish); I saw a flock of Brandt at PHP for the first time this season on Nov 7.

Rexanne Bruno
Virginia Beach, VA

PS if you haven't noticed this new eBird feature yet, check out 'Target Species' on the Explore Data tab. It will list birds that you need for your state, country, etc list in a location (city, county, state, etc) including a kind of probability based on eBird frequency. So you can create a list of target species for a trip to an area and have an idea how likely you are to find it (plus you can view a map showing where each species has been seen). You can narrow this down to a specific range of months, too. Handy new feature.
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Subject: HSR: Snickers Gap (16 Nov 2014) Raptors
Date: Sun Nov 16 2014 18:08 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 1 142
Bald Eagle 0 20 143
Northern Harrier 0 4 50
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 24 797
Cooper's Hawk 0 7 83
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 37 87
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 5304
Red-tailed Hawk 0 468 775
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 3 8
American Kestrel 0 0 92
Merlin 0 2 13
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 14
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 5
Unknown Buteo 0 1 7
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 0 6

Total: 0 570 7529
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 12:00:00
Total observation time: 2.5 hours

Official Counter: Joan Boudreau and Bob Abrams

Observers: BJ Little, Jon Little, Matt Orsie

Weather:
Cold, damp, little to no wind, and 100% cloud-cover

Raptor Observations:
One Red-shouldered Hawk flew north, across the road, at about 10:30am. We
celebrated!

Non-raptor Observations:
Three Ring-billed Gulls flying SE high overhead at about 10am. On the way
home (east) we saw our regular friends, mostly Black Vultures, all perched;
very little local flight activity. They must know something we don't. [Rain
coming.]
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joan and Bob (icepeep@aol.com)


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Subject: Highland Co. highlights
Date: Sun Nov 16 2014 17:49 pm
From: pareum AT gmail.com
 
John Spahr and I birded in the Blue Grass Valley  today.  He saw a brown
creeper and a fox sparrow, purple finches, Hairy wp, GC Kinglet , Purple
finch, and numerous white throats and juncos in his yard in New Hampden. My
feeders were surprisingly inactive today, except for downies on suet cakes.
We saw over 50 rusty blackbirds in a mixed flock with red-wings, cowbirds,
grackles, a few starlings and also a few Meadowlark. We also flushed a
woodcock in a wet area near Hightown.

--
Patti Reum
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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (16 Nov 2014) RLHawk-species 16
Date: Sun Nov 16 2014 17:20 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 3 364
Bald Eagle 0 21 260
Northern Harrier 0 12 91
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 50 2736
Cooper's Hawk 0 18 397
Northern Goshawk 0 7 11
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 43 145
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 18514
Red-tailed Hawk 3 589 990
Rough-legged Hawk 1 1 1
Golden Eagle 0 17 37
American Kestrel 0 6 402
Merlin 0 4 45
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 65
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 21
Unknown Buteo 0 6 19
Unknown Falcon 0 1 6
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 5 25
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 2

Total: 4 787 24135
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00
Observation end time: 14:15:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers: Gabriel Mapel

Visitors:
Karl Hubner, Ron C (Vienna, VA), Alison Berner.


Weather:
Light S breezes. 4.8-8.2C. A few slivers of blue sky early but complete
overcast after 10am. Good visibility. Light rain beginning at 2:15pm.

Raptor Observations:
A very slow day, but a single bird made all the difference! At Rockfish Gap
Hawk Watch we typically see about 13 species of raptors per fall season.
Our three rarest birds are Mississippi Kite, Rough-legged Hawk and
Swainson's Hawk. After sightings of both Kite and Sainson's this season we
tied the previous record of 15 species. Today a new record of 16 season
raptor species was set as a light-phase Rough-legged Hawk (an apparent
adult male) flew south at 12:57pm.

This bird was first spotted to the northeast near the bear den towers,
circling down low below the ridgeline. It was overall light in color with
longish wings that appeared tapered at the ends as it dipped and glided up
and down. It's flight was quite boyant, with a dihedral wing formation as
it soared. It's underside was farily light with a mottled body that lacked
a broad, dark belly typical of an adult female (suggesting that this bird
was an adult male) and light primaries and secondaries. The underwing
coverts were overall dark with much darker wrist patches apparent. The
trailing edge of the wings underneath were outlined in dark, and a dark,
subterminal tail band was also apparent. The only unusual thing we noticed
with this bird was that the dorsal side (topside) was fairly overall
light-colored with light brown mottling. After circling for a couple
minutes it then quickly turned southward and glided straight and fast down
the east side of the mountain. All present (Vic, Gabriel and Karl) had good
views through our spotting scopes.

Non-raptor Observations:
2 hot air balloons to the east early, 2 Tundra Swan flew straight overhead
low, 2 DC Cormorant, 1,916 American Robin, 204 Cedar Waxwing, 103 RW
Blackbird, 67 Pine Siskin, 2 Raven.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach@virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...

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Subject: Heermann's Gull at Rudee Inlet
Date: Sun Nov 16 2014 17:10 pm
From: unchmp1 AT verizon.net
 
   At about noon Sunday, there was a gull at Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach that I couldn't ID. After searching my books & on line, it looked like a Heermann's Gull. It was on the beach south of the inlet. There was also a gull that I IDed as a first year Franklin's Gull. It was in the parking lot.
Bill Keith
Portsmouth, VA
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Subject: Potomac Birding Nov 16, 2014
Date: Sun Nov 16 2014 17:00 pm
From: philkenny AT verizon.net
 
Russ Taylor and I birded Neabsco Creek, Leesylvania SP, Julie Metz, and Veterans Park, all in Prince William County, this morning. We heard a couple of Pine Siskin, Rusty Blackbirds, Raven, Wood Duck and Green-winged Teal. In Vets Park there were 32 Killdeer in a soccer field. 62 species in all. 
Cheers, Phil

Neabsco Creek:
> Canada Goose 3
> Tundra Swan 1
> American Black Duck 60
> Mallard 120
> Great Blue Heron 5
> Ring-billed Gull 150
> Herring Gull 6
> Great Black-backed Gull 2
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> American Crow 4
> Carolina Chickadee 8
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 3
> Carolina Wren 2
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
> Eastern Bluebird 2
> American Robin 4
> Northern Mockingbird 1
> European Starling 1
> White-throated Sparrow 1
> Red-winged Blackbird 12
> House Finch 3
> Pine Siskin 1
> American Goldfinch 1

Leesylvania SP:
Mallard 6
Ruddy Duck 37
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Double-crested Cormorant 13
Bald Eagle 2
Ring-billed Gull 7
Great Black-backed Gull 1
gull sp. 30
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 1
Carolina Chickadee 9
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 3
Northern Mockingbird 1
Cedar Waxwing 70
Song Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 18
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 14
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird 3
American Goldfinch 2

Julie Metz:
Wood Duck 6
Green-winged Teal 18
Great Egret 2
Turkey Vulture 4
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 15
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 11
Mourning Dove 3
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 3
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 12
American Crow 4
Common Raven 1
Carolina Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 12
American Robin 65
European Starling 2
Cedar Waxwing 8
Field Sparrow 1
Fox Sparrow (Red) 1
Song Sparrow 10
Swamp Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 40
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 5
Northern Cardinal 6
Red-winged Blackbird 80
Rusty Blackbird 8
House Finch 2
Pine Siskin 1
American Goldfinch 5

Veterans Park:
Canada Goose 55
American Black Duck 30
Mallard 85
Hooded Merganser 5
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 3
Black Vulture 3
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 32
Ring-billed Gull 20
Mourning Dove 22
Belted Kingfisher 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 8
Blue Jay 15
American Crow 25
Fish Crow 12
crow sp. 50
Carolina Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Carolina Wren 2
Eastern Bluebird 2
Northern Mockingbird 3
Cedar Waxwing 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 6
Eastern Towhee 1
Field Sparrow 3
Fox Sparrow (Red) 2
Song Sparrow 30
Swamp Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 38
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 10
Northern Cardinal 5
Red-winged Blackbird 100
Rusty Blackbird 6
House Finch 1
Pine Siskin 1
American Goldfinch 10
House Sparrow 10

Phillip Kenny
1731 Killarney Court
Vienna VA 22182-2133
703-255-5423
philkenny@verizon.net

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Subject: Greater White-fronted Goose in Rockbridge Co.
Date: Sun Nov 16 2014 16:53 pm
From: RoweRA AT vmi.edu
 
All – Kerry Kilday and I birded at Willow Lake, about 1 mile from the I-81 Raphine exit, this morning and found the following birds on the lake.  The GWFG is the 3rd county record for this species and the 3rd sighting in 3 years for the county.

3 female Buffleheads
7-10 Pied-billed Grebes
1 Horned Grebe
1 scaup (probably lesser)
1 Greater White-fronted Goose
11 Ring-billed Gulls (immatures)
2 Bonaparte’s Gulls
1 Red-tailed Hawk
4 Ruddy Ducks
1 Ring-billed Duck
6 Mallards

I have posted photos of the GWFG, the Bonaparte’s Gulls, and the flock of Ring-bills on my Flickr site.

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

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Department
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Subject: Lapland Longspur at Woodward Turf Farm, Remington, Fauquier, Sunday, Nov 16, 2014
Date: Sun Nov 16 2014 16:26 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
 VA Birders:
I found a Lapland Longspur at 11:30AM today in amongst a large flock (100+) of Horned Larks at the Woodward Turf Farm in Remington, Fauquier county.  There is a freshly ploughed field on the corner of Sumerduck Road (651) and Normans Ford Road (654) (the field is on the north side of Normans Ford Road).  I first heard the bird when it called with its distinctive rattle as it settled into the ploughed field to feed.  The bird was about 75 to 100 yards out into the field from where I was parking on Normans Ford Road near the bend in the road and the first gravel road to a farm house to the south. I was able to take some rather poor digiscoped pics of the bird with my bins.  I didn't get out of the car to scope the bird fearing that I might flush the flock, but a scope is probably worth having to find and view this bird.  
Elton MorelArlington, VA
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Subject: Mason Neck waterfowl
Date: Sun Nov 16 2014 16:17 pm
From: falco57 AT msn.com
 
Went to Mason Neck this afternoon.  First stop was Mason Neck NWR - Great Marsh platform; highlights here were Tundra Swans, Greater Yellowlegs and a mixed flock of Cedar Waxwings and Starlings with a few Red-winged Blackbirds thrown in.  Second stop was Mason Neck SP - visitors center; highlights here were 120+ Horned Grebes, 700-1000 Gadwall, 300-500 Scaup, which I assume were mostly Lesser based on the first 50 I could ID.  Last stop was Pohick Bay; highlights here were Common Loon and Forster's Tern.  Also, counted 11 Bald Eagles.

Scott D. Priebe

Springfield, VA

Mason Neck NWR - Great Marsh
Canada Goose 55
Tundra Swan 115
Gadwall 2
American Black Duck 300
Mallard 35
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Bald Eagle 4
Greater Yellowlegs 5
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 2
Eastern Bluebird 5
American Robin 15
European Starling 50
Cedar Waxwing 20
Red-winged Blackbird 4

Mason Neck SP - Visitor's Center
Canada Goose 2
Gadwall 700-1000
American Wigeon 2
Lesser Scaup 300-500
Bufflehead 2
Horned Grebe 121
Pied-billed Grebe 19
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Ring-billed Gull 2
Mourning Dove 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 4
American Robin 5
Chipping Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 2
American Goldfinch 1

Pohick Bay Reg. Pk.
Common Loon 1
Pied-billed Grebe 25
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Bald Eagle 7
American Coot 200-300
Ring-billed Gull 7
Forster's Tern 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
American Crow 3
Carolina Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1

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Subject: Dyke Marsh Walk for Sunday, Nov 16
Date: Sun Nov 16 2014 14:04 pm
From: prowarbler AT verizon.net
 
We almost didn't get a Dyke Marsh Walk in today as the parkway was closed
through mid-morning because of a race. I was able to find parking on an
adjacent road and scamper across the parkway to lead the walk. Fortunately,
the Eders, John, and Dorothy braved the weather and conditions and we had a
fairly good time. The highlight was two flocks of Tundra Swans flying
southbound over the river. There are few mid-autumn events that are more
beautiful than that! Except for the swans, the waterfowl situation was a
little bleak, with only a dozen Northern Shovelers and a solitary Ruddy Duck
to provide some diversity. We did spot some Forster's Terns successfully
catching fish and Great Egrets are still hanging around in the "Little Gut"
on the south side of Haul Road. And lots of coots hanging around the marina.
Ed Eder found today's only Winter Wren and John contributed the Killdeer.
Eastern Bluebirds foraged along the picnic area and near the boardwalk on
the Haul Road peninsula. It's always nice to see bluebirds at Dyke; they are
not often seen there and are unlikely to stay the winter.



Today's list





Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA

Nov 16, 2014 8:12 AM - 11:12 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.0 mile(s)

Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8

46 species (+1 other taxa)



Canada Goose 150

Tundra Swan 32

Mallard 60

Northern Shoveler 12

Ruddy Duck 1

Pied-billed Grebe 3

Double-crested Cormorant 8

Great Blue Heron 4

Great Egret 3

Bald Eagle 2

Red-shouldered Hawk 1

American Coot 132

Killdeer 2

Laughing Gull 5

Ring-billed Gull 700

Herring Gull 11

Great Black-backed Gull 15

Forster's Tern 6

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 7

Mourning Dove 20

Belted Kingfisher 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 5

Downy Woodpecker 4

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 6

Blue Jay 5

Fish Crow 22

crow sp. 18

Carolina Chickadee 4

Tufted Titmouse 1

Winter Wren 1

Carolina Wren 9

Golden-crowned Kinglet 1

Eastern Bluebird 8

American Robin 60

Northern Mockingbird 2

European Starling 19

Eastern Towhee 1

Song Sparrow 4

Swamp Sparrow 1

White-throated Sparrow 28

White-crowned Sparrow 1

Dark-eyed Junco 6

Northern Cardinal 9

Red-winged Blackbird 10

House Finch 1

American Goldfinch 4

House Sparrow 3



View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20570236



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



Larry Cartwright

prowarbler@verizon.net

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Subject: L. Shrike / Clarke Co.
Date: Sun Nov 16 2014 13:52 pm
From: littlejon48 AT comcast.net
 
Matt Orsie found a Loggerhead Shrike this afternoon, barely across the
Clarke Co. border, in West Virginia. By the time we got there, the bird had
moved south into Virginia. Bob Abrams re-found it in a pasture along
Shepherd's Mill Rd., about 1/4 mile south from the state line. He watched it
sitting in a small tree, eating what appeared to be a White-crowned Sparrow.
It eventually kept moving south and hunting in that field, but seemed like
it might stick around.



Jon & BJ Little

Winchester

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Subject: Great Falls Walk
Date: Sun Nov 16 2014 12:26 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

Our group of seven tallied 36 species this morning. Highlight of the day was a small eagle's nest with eagle on the left side of their nesting tree on Conn Island. A second adult eagle was nearby. We had good views of a red-tailed hawk perched at the top of a sycamore tree in the picnic area. Bluebirds, robins and waxwings were devouring the last of the fox grapes. There were several flocks of waxwings. While ducks are coming in nicely at River Bend they have yet to come below the dam; perhaps because the river is unseasonably low. All birders are welcome to join this regular Sunday walk that meets at 8 am in the visitors center parking lot. -- Marshall Rawson, McLean VA

Canada Goose 40
American Black Duck 8
Mallard 12
Common Merganser 4
Pied-billed Grebe 3
Turkey Vulture 2
Bald Eagle 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 15
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 10
Tufted Titmouse 12
White-breasted Nuthatch 6
Brown Creeper 4
Winter Wren 2
Carolina Wren 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet 8
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 48
American Robin 12
Cedar Waxwing 60
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Chipping Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 20
Dark-eyed Junco 20
Northern Cardinal 4
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 8



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Subject: Pipits at Blandy Farm
Date: Sun Nov 16 2014 12:16 pm
From: wrwccw AT gmail.com
 
we saw a flock of about 80 American Pipits in a harvested soy bean field
off of Berrys Ferry Rd between Nelson Rd and Blandy Farm Lane.

Bill Walsh
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Subject: Pipits at Blandy Farm 80 American Pipits in a harvested soy bean field at Blandy Farm off of Nerys Ferry Road
Date: Sun Nov 16 2014 12:13 pm
From: wrwccw AT gmail.com
 
we saw a flock of about
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Subject: White-eyed vireo, Occoquan Bay NWR
Date: Sun Nov 16 2014 11:26 am
From: moribaudo AT verizon.net
 
Rich Rieger, Phil Silas and I found an immature white-eyed vireo at Occoquan Bay NWR in Woodbridge this morning.  It was along Delta Rd.  Other highlights among the 61species tallied were 3 common goldeneye, a peregrine falcon, rusty blackbird, and brown thrasher.

Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: ID help for hummingbird in Hampton; may be Ruby-throat and not Selasphorus
Date: Sun Nov 16 2014 10:53 am
From: sharon.p.burton AT nasa.gov
 

We saw the hummingbird again later in the day on 11/15. Bryan was able to get some photos despite the weakening light while I was simultaneously getting decent views in a scope. See his photos here:
http://www.pbase.com/gbheron/2... Views were good enough to make us doubt our original impression, but not the perfect views we would need to be sure of what we're seeing. Any advice appreciated.

Here is what we noticed:
-buffy wash on sides, meeting in a line across the chest
-grayish spotting on throat; together these give an impression of a double necklace
-back is all green with no observable rufous
-did not get views of splayed tail; no rufous on closed tail; upperside of closed tail gives consistent impression of a white terminal band with a black band above it.
-tail is longer than wings, but just a little bit
-bill is yellow - just kidding - it's covered in a thick coating of pollen, really pretty cute!
-face pattern has white chin and dark above that: white spot behind eye, dark smudge in front of eye, dark smudge behind/below eye, no white above the gape
-apparent dark streaks on green head, but we think this is no so much a field mark as the dark spaces between the feather tracts, since the bird seemed to be holding its crest feathers erect the whole time
-two thin lines of yellow or buffy above and behind the eye. Again, not sure if this is actually a field mark (some selasphorus have an "orange" eyebrow line) or just more pollen

But what species (or even genus) is it? Our field guides do not show any dark marks on the throat for a ruby-throat, but then looking online, I did see some photos of immature males with it. Apparently this can be the immature gorget feathers just beginning to come in. No rufous coloring seems to suggest it is not Allen's or Rufous, but apparently it can be hard to see on some individuals. The tail has us really stumped; all the selasphorus (and ruby-throated too) have white on some of the outer tail feathers but not the central feathers. In images I can find of selasphorus, at least some dark shows at the terminal end of the middle of the tail. The only images I can find with the appearance of an all-white terminal band are ruby-throats. I don't know if this is because the outer tail feathers are longer than the inner ones, maybe? On the other hand, images of ruby-throats seem to have the tail sticking out farther compared to the wingtips than on this individual. Th
e relatively shorter tail seems better for immature Rufous or Allen's (or even Calliope, which would also be consistent with lack of rufous on the back, but in that case the tail is supposed to be actually shorter than the wings). The face pattern does not have the extra white above the gape that a Calliope should have, but the white behind the eye and dark in front appears to be common to all of these species. An expert could probably tell more by size, shape and bill length, but we are not experts, with very little experience identifying hummers, so help would be much appreciated!
Sharon Burton and Bryan Barmore
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Subject: 11/16 - Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach
Date: Sun Nov 16 2014 10:32 am
From: robbielawski AT gmail.com
 
Good Morning Folks!

Yesterday I did a day trip down into the Outer Banks to check out Pea
Island, Oregon Inlet, and Hatteras. Had a great long day seeing many many
species (photos will be posted to my site at the link listed below soon).
Since that is outside of the VA area though I'll stay focused here...

I went up to Pleasure House Point this morning, initially getting out a
little later than I'd wanted just because I thought the overcast skies and
chilly weather might keep the birds down. Boy, was I wrong. Low tide was
about 9 AM or thereabouts from my observations, and the mudflats were
packed with the typical species of gulls. I didn't notice any
terns/skimmers/or Oystercatchers, but there were a large number of
Sanderlings out there as well. I found 1 Greater Yellowlegs along the
shoreline, and also got my first American Bittern at the park that wasn't
in-flight. This one was feeding and I got to watch it catch a meal. Clapper
Rails were heard several times, but I never got any looks, which is typical
of these birds here.

There are good numbers of Hooded Mergansers and Buffleheads out on the
tidal creek, but my big surprise with ducks came on one of the interior
ponds when I stumbled upon a group of 6 magnificent Wood Ducks. I took
several photographs from 100 yards out (photos here:
http://www.hrwe.org/staff-admins/rob-bielawski/galleries/we-20141116), and
when I took one step closer, they took to the air. I was behind dense
foliage, and am just amazed at how weary they were! I haven't yet seen any
Gadwall show up to the park though they are very common in winter on the
stormwater pond near the east end, as well as the ponds at the west end.
One lone Common Loon flew overhead also.

There wasn't many songbirds present in the park but I did find a flock of
Yellow-rumped Warblers that had several Pine Warblers in it as well. No
luck with the Nelson's Sparrows today, which is the first time in probably
my last 5 or 6 outings that I haven't found any. I did however, find a
Savannah Sparrow, and many Song Sparrows. Carolina Wrens were also seen in
the dense underbrush along the trail. I did get a good sighting of a small
Sharp-shinned Hawk flying overhead, and a single Osprey that must be
over-wintering in the area like last year.

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: FOS Brown Creeper yard bird
Date: Sun Nov 16 2014 9:48 am
From: sedevan52 AT cox.net
 
Me too! My first Brown Creeper this season — Williamsburg VA — outside my breakfast window climbing up trunk of white oak

Shirley Devan
Ph: 757.813.1322
I'm now on facebook ...


> On Nov 16, 2014, at 9:37 AM, Scott Priebe wrote:
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> Our yard’s harbinger of Winter has arrived.
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Subject: Loggerhead Shrike, Rockingham
Date: Sun Nov 16 2014 8:49 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Just relocated the bird that was first found by Diane Holsinger. Mountain Valley Rd. (Rt. 620), .1 - .2 mile north of Moores Mill R. hunting from power lines on both sides of the road. This is south of Endless Caverns. At and near high tension line crosses the road. William Leigh and I both photographed it. 
Diane Lepkowski
Harrionburg, VA

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Subject: FOS Brown Creeper yard bird
Date: Sun Nov 16 2014 8:39 am
From: falco57 AT msn.com
 
Our yard’s harbinger of Winter has arrived.


Scott Priebe

Springfield






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Subject: Ref: Visit to Dutch Gap Conservation Area.....Nov 14, 2014 Photos
Date: Sun Nov 16 2014 6:28 am
From: ubrooks AT verizon.net
 
Hello everyone,

Well I missed listing one bird that is normally abundant here during the winter months. A Yellow-Rumped Warbler. Only saw one. The others, I guess, were hiding from the windy conditions on Friday.

Below are some links to some of my images, from Friday, if you care to have a look.

Male Gadwall
http://natures-finest-photogra...

Red-Shouldered Hawk

http://natures-finest-photogra...

Yellow-Rumped Warbler
http://natures-finest-photogra...


Everyone have a safe and enjoyable day!

Best birding!

Les Brooks
Glen Allen
http://www.natures-finest-phot...
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Subject: Western Kingbird - Northampton County
Date: Sun Nov 16 2014 6:00 am
From: marcums AT cns.umass.edu
 
The Western Kingbird was seen yesterday (11.15.14) am near 16179 Seaside Road in Northampton  County, VA.

James Marcum
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (15 Nov 2014) 4 Raptors
Date: Sat Nov 15 2014 20:11 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 3 364
Bald Eagle 0 21 260
Northern Harrier 0 12 91
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 50 2736
Cooper's Hawk 0 18 397
Northern Goshawk 0 7 11
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 43 145
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 18514
Red-tailed Hawk 3 586 987
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 17 37
American Kestrel 0 6 402
Merlin 0 4 45
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 65
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 21
Unknown Buteo 0 6 19
Unknown Falcon 0 1 6
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 5 25
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 2

Total: 4 783 24131
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 12:30:00
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers: Gabriel Mapel, William Leigh

Weather:
Mild NW breezes. 0.0-1.1C. Cloudless skies!

Raptor Observations:
Unexpectedly slow today.

Non-raptor Observations:
1 Ring-billed Gull, 4 Raven, 3 Pine Siskin.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach@virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...

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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (14 Nov 2014) 116 Raptors
Date: Sat Nov 15 2014 18:35 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 9 3440
Bald Eagle 10 23 266
Northern Harrier 16 73 579
Sharp-shinned Hawk 11 171 6656
Cooper's Hawk 11 135 2589
Northern Goshawk 0 0 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 31 86
Broad-winged Hawk 0 5 1001
Red-tailed Hawk 62 322 591
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 4
American Kestrel 1 13 3912
Merlin 1 9 1721
Peregrine Falcon 0 5 1289
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 3
Unknown Buteo 0 1 5
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 8
Unknown Raptor 0 0 61
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 2

Total: 116 799 22215
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Katie Rittenhouse

Observers: Harry Armistead

Weather:
Overcast with strong NW winds

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Tundra Swan-587
Rusty Blackbird-3
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (15 Nov 2014) 116 Raptors
Date: Sat Nov 15 2014 18:10 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 9 3440
Bald Eagle 10 23 266
Northern Harrier 15 72 578
Sharp-shinned Hawk 12 172 6657
Cooper's Hawk 11 135 2589
Northern Goshawk 0 0 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 31 86
Broad-winged Hawk 0 5 1001
Red-tailed Hawk 62 322 591
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 4
American Kestrel 1 13 3912
Merlin 1 9 1721
Peregrine Falcon 0 5 1289
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 3
Unknown Buteo 0 1 5
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 8
Unknown Raptor 0 0 61
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 2

Total: 116 799 22215
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Katie Rittenhouse

Observers: Harry Armistead

Weather:
Overcast with strong winds from the NW.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Tundra Swan-587
Rusty Blackbird-3
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz@aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: Scoter and Long-tailed Duck at Riverbend Park
Date: Sat Nov 15 2014 17:22 pm
From: skybirds.d AT gmail.com
 
About 3 :30 this afternoon I found a winter-plumage, female Long-tailed Duck on the Potomac, seen from the observation platform at Riverbend Park. The bird was straight out about three-quarters of the way across the river.   About 150 or 200 yards up river, was an adult, female, white-winged Scoter, well seen, close to the shore.   Also two female Ring-necked ducks, and one female Hooded Merganser.
Bufflehead and Pied-billed Grebes, seen yesterday were still there.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (15 Nov 2014) 2 Raptors
Date: Sat Nov 15 2014 16:39 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 90
Bald Eagle 1 4 111
Northern Harrier 0 0 19
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 12 629
Cooper's Hawk 0 6 121
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 10
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 10833
Red-tailed Hawk 1 58 298
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 2
American Kestrel 0 0 121
Merlin 0 2 12
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 20
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 6
Unknown Falcon 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 13

Total: 2 88 12292
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Matt Hosmer

Observers: Bill & Katie James, Kristine & Andrew

Visitors:
Andrew and his mom, Bill and KT, and Jen came by for a while, couple hikers
none that were talkative, few parkway goers.


Weather:
-5c to start the watch ending at 4c, no wind from any direction, no
clouds until end of watch.

Raptor Observations:
A.B.E. 11:34

Non-raptor Observations:
A lot of various species of woodpeckers Downy, Hairy, Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker and some Pileated's. 3 Snow Geese were also observed.

Predictions:
A wee bit warmer, ha! Possible rain? Hope not. A Golden?
========================================================================
Report submitted by Matt Hosmer ()
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/...





Subject: FOS Tundra Swans at Mason Neck NWR
Date: Sat Nov 15 2014 16:27 pm
From: howiewu1 AT gmail.com
 
Hi,

This morning I saw my FOS Tundra Swans at Mason Neck NWR. There were about
10 of them at the time (no doubt more will be arriving soon), seen from the
viewing platform at the end of Wood Marsh Trail.

Cheers,
Howard Wu
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Subject: Albemarle Black-crowned Night Herons
Date: Sat Nov 15 2014 16:08 pm
From: amarumayo AT gmail.com
 
I flushed 4 immature Black-crowned Night Herons from the the overhanging
vegetation at the south-east edge of Lickinghole Creek Reservoir in the
Western Ridge Housing Development near Crozet this evening.
Good Birding,

Chris Murray
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