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21 Jul: @ 09:19:04  Roseate Spoonbills [goshawk--- via va-bird]
21 Jul: @ 09:02:47  Shirley Plantation [Arun Bose]
20 Jul: @ 10:53:39  9 warbler species [Marshall Faintich via va-bird]
20 Jul: @ 07:44:42  Shiny Cowbird [Jeffrey Blalock via va-bird]
20 Jul: @ 07:36:40  Why the spoonbills are here and throughout the mid-atlantic/northeast--ABA blog [Shea Tiller via va-bird]
19 Jul: @ 16:08:03  South Point Marsh (Accomack County), Smith Island (MD), Ferry Neck (MD), July 8-16, 2017. [Harry Armistead via va-bird]
19 Jul: @ 11:41:24  RFI: Charles City Spoonbills at Shirley Plantation seen? [Bryan Henson via va-bird]
19 Jul: @ 09:04:31 Re: Great egrets near Middleburg [Eirlys Barker via va-bird]
19 Jul: @ 08:13:23  Photo - Mystery pet crate on Fenwick Bridge [Quinn Emmering via va-bird]
19 Jul: @ 08:08:26  Great egrets near Middleburg [Emily Southgate via va-bird]
19 Jul: @ 07:50:18  The Mystery of the Fenwick Bridge Pet Crate [Quinn Emmering via va-bird]
18 Jul: @ 21:39:57  Pelagic Trip September 9th. Rudee Inlet Virginia [Andrew Baldelli via va-bird]
18 Jul: @ 11:45:08  Roseate Spoonbills yes [Gabriel Mapel via va-bird]
18 Jul: @ 07:04:52  Blockbusting [Kurt via va-bird]
18 Jul: @ 06:53:47  Roseate Spoonbills - Shirley Plantation - Monday, 7/17, 3pm [Les Willis via va-bird]
18 Jul: @ 06:35:33  Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
17 Jul: @ 09:35:38 Re: Roseate Spoonbills, Charles City Co. 07/16/17 [Amanda Dymacek via va-bird]
16 Jul: @ 19:55:36 Re: The Next Fifteen (Bird) Species for Virginia? [Ned Brinkley via va-bird]
16 Jul: @ 16:17:01  Access Question: Roanoke Sewage Treatment Plant, Roanoke [Shea Tiller via va-bird]
16 Jul: @ 15:18:50  Fwd: eBird Report - Shirley Plantation, Jul 16, 2017 [Jeff Blalock via va-bird]
16 Jul: @ 14:59:00  Great Falls NP Bird Walk 07/16/2017 (Fairfax County) [Kristine Lansing via va-bird]
16 Jul: @ 14:58:35  Possible Warbler Hybird [Marshall Faintich via va-bird]
16 Jul: @ 14:55:09  Roseate Spoonbills, Charles City Co. 07/16/17 [akb via va-bird]
16 Jul: @ 14:43:49  Crozet Connector Trail; 7/16/17 [Marshall Faintich via va-bird]
16 Jul: @ 12:24:21  eBird -- Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve -- Jul 16, 2017 [Thomas Nardone via va-bird]
15 Jul: @ 15:36:48  Anhingas Nesting at Harwoods Mill Reservoir [Dave Youker via va-bird]
14 Jul: @ 19:59:09 Re: The Next Fifteen (Bird) Species for Virginia? [Bill McGovern via va-bird]
14 Jul: @ 17:07:41  The Next Fifteen (Bird) Species for Virginia? [Ned Brinkley via va-bird]
14 Jul: @ 12:53:46  Mid-July Atlas Update: Maps, Data, and Atlas All-stars [Ashley Peele via va-bird]
14 Jul: @ 10:08:28  Shenandoah Co. rare sighting [etrelawn--- via va-bird]
13 Jul: @ 09:39:40  Blue-headed Vireo, Frederick County [Stauffer Miller via va-bird]
12 Jul: @ 10:06:10  10 warbler species [Marshall Faintich via va-bird]
11 Jul: @ 11:37:45  Canada Geese behavior in Highland County [Patti Reum via va-bird]
10 Jul: @ 21:16:35  Blue Ridge Parkway birding on Monday [Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via va-bird]
10 Jul: @ 20:54:15  Mississippi Kites in Arlington, VA - Nesting Failure [janet anderson via va-bird]
10 Jul: @ 20:13:10  Roseate Tern - Virginia Beach 7-9-17 [Karen Beatty via va-bird]
10 Jul: @ 17:38:58  Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
10 Jul: @ 07:21:24  NOVA--some hits, some misses [Shea Tiller via va-bird]
09 Jul: @ 12:18:29  Great Falls NP Bird Walk 07/09/17 (Fairfax County) [Dendroica--- via va-bird]
09 Jul: @ 11:53:04  Dyke Marsh breeders and terns on the move. [Larry Cartwright via va-bird]
09 Jul: @ 11:17:50  question about an odd cuckoo call, Fairfax County [Stephen Johnson via va-bird]
09 Jul: @ 09:34:12  Arlington Kites : ?? Nest Failure ?? [Donald Sweig via va-bird]
09 Jul: @ 06:37:16  Least Sandpipers Winchester [Stauffer Miller via va-bird]
08 Jul: @ 19:31:20 Re: flycatchers @ Back Bay NWR [Paul Glass via va-bird]
08 Jul: @ 17:27:45  Where to Find Summer Tanagers in NoVA [Michael C via va-bird]
08 Jul: @ 16:45:37  worm-eating warbler, Bull Run Mountains [Peter Frechtel via va-bird]
08 Jul: @ 16:16:58  Banshee Reeks (Lo Co) bird walk Sat. July 8 [Joe Coleman via va-bird]
08 Jul: @ 13:53:49  7 warbler species [Marshall Faintich via va-bird]
08 Jul: @ 13:07:18  flycatchers @ Back Bay NWR [David Gibson via va-bird]
08 Jul: @ 13:03:34  Cliff swallows at Old Yates Ford Rd (Bridge) and other avians (?) [Stuart via va-bird]





Subject: Roseate Spoonbills
Date: Fri Jul 21 2017 9:19 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
As of yesterday afternoon the Spoonbills were still present.

Tim Barry
(757) 575-7960
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Subject: Shirley Plantation
Date: Fri Jul 21 2017 9:02 am
From: arun1bose AT gmail.com
 
All, 
I just received a call from the owner of Shirley Plantation. Apparently people have not been following the instructions I gave. He is not happy. PLEASE STAY ON THE MAIN DIRT RD. DO NOT WANDER INTO FIELDS OR AWAY FROM THE ROAD THAT LEADS DIRECTLY TO THE HOUSE.

Arun Bose
Richmond

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Subject: 9 warbler species
Date: Thu Jul 20 2017 10:53 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Including some juveniles on Reddish Knob, VA; 1/19/17. Report and photos:




http://www.faintich.net/Blog20...



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

marshall@faintich.net

www.faintich.net

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

____________________________________________________________________________
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Subject: Shiny Cowbird
Date: Thu Jul 20 2017 7:44 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Greetings all

Even though it is in NC the Shiny Cowbird continues at Ft Macon SP just outside of Morehead City. It was just a little over a 4 hr drive for me this morning


A bonus bird not a Life but always enjoy seeing them was both a male and female Painted Bunting with the male singing his heart out.

The S Cowbird is just a NA bird not a Life Bird for me but it is a great bird to add to ones list. But then again what bird isn't a great bird to add.

From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
103 Elizabeth Court
South Boston VA 24592
434-572-8619 Home
434-470-4352 Cell
jcbabirder@gcronline.com

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Subject: Why the spoonbills are here and throughout the mid-atlantic/northeast--ABA blog
Date: Thu Jul 20 2017 7:36 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Some of you may have already seen this, but here is the blog's explanation
of the spoonbills popping up around the mid-atlantic.

http://blog.aba.org/2017/07/ha...

Great birding,

Shea
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Subject: South Point Marsh (Accomack County), Smith Island (MD), Ferry Neck (MD), July 8-16, 2017.
Date: Wed Jul 19 2017 16:08 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
SMITH ISLAND, SOUTH POINT MARSH, FERRY NECK, JULY 8-16, 2017.  Liz & Harry Armistead, John Weske.  Unprecedented medical events: PVC (Premature Ventricular Contractions = irregular heart beat), dehydration, hypomagnesemia.  Anyone having a tilt towards it will find grist for their Schadenfreude mill in this report.


JULY 8, SATURDAY. Arrive at Rigby’s Folly, Ferry Neck, Talbot County, MD (family property) at 6:20 P.M. A small fawn and 2 does in Field 2. The Carolina Wren nest in a structure under the car port has been removed (Raccoons?). 1.2” in the rain gauge since last time. Eastern Cottontail 4. Wild Turkey, 5 in Field 4. 86 dropping to 83 degrees F. by 9:15 P.M., fair, SW 10, hot. New growths of weedy “wheat” 6” - 1’ in all the fields in spite of being disked a few weeks ago.


JULY 9, SUNDAY. Cattle Egret 1, Bald Eagle 1 immature, Green Heron 2, Snowy Egret 1, Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1, BLACK SCOTER 1. A tight group of 3 Great Blue Herons at dusk presumably heading for Poplar Island. For the first time this year Cicadas are sounding off, big-time. Five bucks on the driveway between Fields 4 & 5 and a fawn and doe in Field 2. Diamondback Terrapin 25, as seen from Lucy Point. Good Firefly show. Circa 9:30 P.M. Liz hears a Great Horned Owl call 10 times, a funny time of year for that. 75-88, NW5+ becoming calm, clear, low humidity. BUTTERFLIES: Hackberry Emperor 3, Common Wood Nymph 1, Black Swallowtail caterpillars in the parsley.


CAROLINA WREN: a 4th off-the-wall breeding attempt this year, in a planter of Colius by the back porch, with 4 eggs. Previously this year there have been nests in a fold of the director’s chair on the front porch, in the base of an old Osprey nest platform under the car port, and, finally, in the metal vent of the clothes dryer. In the past they have nested inside one of my white waterman’s boots, in the bicycle basket, over the front door sill, in an open bag inside the car accessed from the open hatchback, in my boat’s transom (several times), and other quixotic places.


JULY 10, MONDAY. 76-91, fair, SW10-15+. Cedar Waxwing 1, Snowy Egret 1, a Red Admiral, and a Least Tern. Single Laughing and 2 Ring-billed gulls are fall arrivals, after a fashion. An American Robin singing in the yard is unusual. They do not nest in our yard, that is very isolated (i.e., far from other yards/lawns) and I suspect has no earthworms. Have to do some digging to see.


JULY 11, TUESDAY. A new “yard” species, a 41” Red Drum, dead at the mouth of the cove, covered with flies, El Stinko Grande. a.k.a. Channel Bass, and, the smaller ones, Puppy Drum. Sciaenops ocellatus. On hand are Fishes of Chesapeake Bay by Samuel F. Hildebrand and William C. Schroeder (Smithsonian Institution Press, p. 276-288, 1928, reprinted 1972, 388pp.) and Life in the Chesapeake Bay by Alice Jane Lippson and Robert L. Lippson (Johns Hopkins U. Pr., p. 190, 1984, 229pp.).


Neither source indicates by their illustrations that Red Drum have a notched tail, although Hildebrand states: “slightly concave in larger fish”. This dead one’s tail was pronouncedly concave so if I’d measured it to the outer tip of its caudal (tail) fin instead of the central, notched area, you could say the fish is 42” in length. Overall the fish was rosy-whitish in coloration. Big scales. Gross. Biggest one on record: 94 lbs. I’d guess this one was c. 30 lbs. Some of the photographs via Google do show tails that are forked, but not as markedly so as this one. Wading out to it, c. 100 yards, it is delightful to find so much dense SAV, the most I’ve ever seen in Poplar Cove. At waist depth the water is so much cooler than around the dock. See only 3 Sea Nettles.


Gray Squirrel 5 (including “snowshoes”, “half-tail”, and “tail-half-red”), Eastern Cottontail 5. BUTTERFLIES: Pearl Crescent, Eastern-tailed Blue, Buckeye. At 8:50 P.M., as I am wont to do, I dump chicken remains, popular with minnows, off the end of the dock; coming back I hear a sort of chortling, there between me and the base of the dock, on the dock, is a half-grown Raccoon. Thinking rabies, I blow hard on a whistle and, unimpressed, it slowly shambles off over the rip rap. 77-90, SW 5-10, fair, 86 degrees F. at 9:15 P.M.


JULY 12, WEDNESDAY. A 12” skink on the front porch. See “Snowshoes”. ROYAL OAK: 4 Cattle Egrets. Hook up with John Weske in Easton. CAMBRIDGE, 35 Canada Geese at Sailwinds Visitor Center. CRISFIELD: Rock Pigeon, 50 on the wires, Bald Eagle 1 adult, Barn Swallow 7, Royal Tern 3, Osprey 1.


SOUTH POINT MARSH, ACCOMACK COUNTY, VIRGINIA (a couple of miles south of Smith Island and the MD/VA line). John Weske and I reconnoiter the huge Brown Pelican colony here prior to the main event, banding of young pelis tomorrow, motoring out in John’s Boat, ‘the Lou”na” Sea’, with its 115 horse Suzuki. In the south third of the colony I use the clicker, count 184 nests still with eggs. I think I noticed all of these there. Many either also have very small young (“naked chicks”, so to speak) and/or eggs that are pipping. With his net John catches, employing his classic, legendary 40-foot sprint, 2 adult pelicans banded previously (938-77877 and 938-65715).


I estimate 2,100 flight-capable Double-crested Cormorants in the entire S.P.M. area. Also at this south end: American Black Duck 1, Seaside Sparrow 1, Red-winged Blackbird 2, Yellow-crowned Night Heron 1, American Oystercatcher 11, 7 MUTE SWANS, Snowy Egret 5, Great Egret 2, Royal Tern 35 (intriguing, several carrying minnows), Laughing Gull 12, Great Black-backed Gull c. 85 (many large, fuzzy young), Herring Gull 125 (likewise some big young). Many of the cormorant nests are empty, the young already fledged, but there are still scores with eggs or very small young. Enough Royal Tern sightings to suggest there is a colony somewhere on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Bayside. ?


In the central area of SPM there are also many nests still with eggs, 106. Also Great Egret 2, Snowy Egret 2, Tricolored Heron 1, Seaside Sparrow 2, American Oystercatcher 2. Up here and farther north are many large young (“bruisers’), about as big as adults. Overall I’d say the SPM pelican colony, in toto, comprises well over 1,000 pairs. What with the many nests still with eggs and very small young, many 100s of pelicans will remain to be banded later.


SMITH ISLAND, MARYLAND, today, we pass all 3 of the towns: Little Blue Heron 3, Tricolored Heron 2, Great Egret 2, Snowy Egret 2, Yellow-crowned Night Heron 2, Fish Crow 16, Purple Martin 8, Barn Swallow 5, European Starling 5, Boat-tailed Grackle 4, Double-crested Cormorant 60, Brown Pelican 1, Osprey 6, Willet 5, Green Heron 1, Great Blue Heron 2, and Royal Tern 3.


JULY 13, THURSDAY. SOUTH POINT MARSH again: After 15 minutes ashore I become very weary and spend the rest of the time in a boat under its canopy (thank you APHIS) while the 33 others band 819 (preliminary, unofficial total) Brown Pelican chicks, 10:15 A.M. - 1:45 P.M. A flotilla of 6 boats. I notice 3 other folks, all c. 1/3 my age, come back to the landing area after about an hour and just sit there with their heads down, as well as a couple of older folks, also done in, to various degrees, by the heat. One estimate of the heat index is 110, that I think is much too high. My pulse, for the first time that I know, is irregular, beats 3 times then pauses, 3 times then pauses


While I’m resting in the boat under its canopy in the shade and hydrating I do at least scan vigorously for birds other than gulls, pelicans, and cormorants, and see: American Oystercatcher 1, American Black Duck 4, Snowy Egret 6, Fish Crow 2, Little Blue Heron 2, Royal Tern 3, Tricolored Heron 6, Yellow-crowned Night Heron 1, Laughing Gull, 2, Great Egret 2, and Osprey 1. My high count of flight-capable Brown Pelicans in sight simultaneously from this vantage point is 570.


SMITH ISLAND, MD, (not seen yesterday): MUTE SWAN 3 (still a few not yet “removed” from the lower Bay), Glossy Ibis 1.


THE BIG MESS UPS. One of my very worst days, certainly the worst boating. I’ve had over 50 years experience handling small boats, quite a bit of it in this area (where for 3 straight Junes I operated out of the refuge house in Ewell for a week each year), but today one wouldn’t know that. I take some pride in my experience and seamanship abilities. I don’t think any of the mistakes I make today are related to the onset of the several medical issues, although that would be a convenient excuse. I just don’t know why they happen.


1st I make a wrong turn down towards Tylerton. 2nd I run aground out by the jetties west of Ewell. 3rd, and potentially very serious, I slam into a big, metal channel marker at 5,000 rpms in Big Thorofare. A glancing blow, but it could have broken Jackie’s arm had it been outside the boat. No damage is done to John’s boat save to some barely-detectable on the rub rail. I surrender the helm, but on the way back to Crisfield we cross a very rough wake and the boat slams down SO hard it feels as if my lower back is compressed in half. A very rough ride today and I am amazed not to have any resulting back discomfort. When I think of the collision, which is (too) often, I flinch, close my eyes, shake my head, and have feelings of shame and guilt.


JULY 14, FRIDAY. HEALTH REPORT. Spend from 10 A.M. - 4 P.M. at 2 health facilities in Easton, Maryland, with NO waiting at either place. First at Your Doc’s In (“Doc-in-a-box”) where an EKG reveals, in their words, that my heartbeat is “all over place” and the Dx is PVC (Premature Ventricular Contractions), a low magnesium level, and dehydration from yesterday. Then 4 hours in the Easton hospital ER where I receive an IV infusion of saline solution, a magnesium pill, have blood work done, and am closely monitored. It didn’t help, and it would be a convenient excuse, but I do not believe any of this caused my sloppy boat handling on Thursday. True, the helm is somewhat unresponsive, and it is a boat I’d never driven previously. At both medical places everyone on the staff is terrific.


Back at Rigby’s Folly: 78-96, fair, SW10, a storm from 5:45 P.M., with scary winds of 35 m.p.h.+ and a brief deluge resulting in 0.7”. The temperature drops from 96 to 74 in a few minutes during the storm. Fields 1 & 2 finally get planted, with 2 Cattle Egrets following the huge rig. Two CAEGs also seen with horses in Royal Oak. Four Painted Turtles in Frog Hollow. A 12” skink on the front porch. The rains stimulate 2 Fowler’s Toads and a Cope’s Gray Tree Frog to call, after the rains stop. On the way down from Philadelphia Mary sees a double rainbow, probably unnoticed by her young David and Lucas, and, coincidentally the same day George photographs another doubler in Park City, Utah, where he is attending the annual Audubon Society meeting. John Weske overnights.


JULY 15, SATURDAY. Just take it easy. 74-90, fair, NW5+, hot but humidity not bad. Two American Crows bring smoke on an adult Bald Eagle. Mary and her children (David and Lucas) capture 20+ minnows of 3 species in the trap with leftover pork. A female Blue Grosbeak flies over the dock and lands in the marsh. Sit on the dock 3:30-4:30 and see a Forster’s Tern, 2 Black Vultures, an imm. Bald Eagle in addition to the adult, and the grosbeak and crows. Eight Painted Turtles in Frog Hollow, their basking log finally exposed again.


BAD YEAR hereabouts for Cow-nosed Rays, bluets, Osprey nest sites unoccupied, Diamondback Terrapin, hummingbirds, Fowler’s Toads, and Green Treefrogs. A good year for Eastern Cottontails. Today see BUTTERFLIES: a Tiger Swallowtail, a Red-spotted Purple, and a Hackberry Emperor.


JULY 16, SUNDAY. A 1/2 grown cottontail out on the drive in front of the house. Leave for PA at 8:45 A.M. Big group of 410 mid-morning Tree Swallows in a compact group on 2 adjacent wires E of Route 481 c. 1 mile NE of 481 X Route 309, a sure sign that fall migration is underway, albeit in subdued sort of way. But these are true fall arrivals since hardly any (perhaps none) breed in that area.


SMITH ISLAND (Maryland) can get in your blood. In the excellent (Chesapeake) Bay Journal, that everyone who cares about the Bay should subscribe to (the Bay Journal, P. O. Box 222, Jacobus, PA 17407-0222; it’s free but send at least $25 anyway), in the July-August 2017 issue, vol. 27, no. 5, pages 1, 32-33, is an article “Smith Island losing land, population, and now its shepherd.” There’s a whole bunch of other great articles on the Bay by distinguished authorities. Getting this is worth it just for the evocative photography of Dave Harp.


DAN CRISTOL ARTICLE. Hot off the press by an old friend, now Professor of Biology at William and Mary College. “Age-related differences in foraging ability among clam-dropping Herring Gulls (Larus argentatus)” by Daniel A. Cristol (lead author) and 5 others, the Wilson Journal of Ornithology, vol. 129, no. 2, June 2017, pages 301-310. Studies were done at Powhatan Creek where it enters the James River and Poquoson on the west shore of Chesapeake Bay.


HYDRATION: what I am hearing from my recent experience is that the best antidote to dehydration is simply plain water, but to add some flavor, Diet Gatorade and/or Smartwater, too. Pedialyte is also recommended, but it is sugary so, as an adult diabetic, I must avoid it. Important to get liquids that provide electrolytes. Two of my prescribed medications, Lisinopril-HCTZ 20-12.5 mg and Metformin HCL 1,000mg, are apparently somewhat dehydrating.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.
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Subject: RFI: Charles City Spoonbills at Shirley Plantation seen?
Date: Wed Jul 19 2017 11:41 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Any one see them today?

Thanks,
Bryan
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Subject: Great egrets near Middleburg
Date: Wed Jul 19 2017 9:04 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I actually saw about eight together at a tiny pond off Ark Road in
Gloucester, just South of US 17 yesterday about 10:40, but they were gone
when I passed later, around 4:00 p.m. I saw a male Prothonotary about 7:45
this morning.

Eirlys Barker,

Pinetta, Gloucester

On Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 9:03 AM, Emily Southgate via va-bird <
va-bird@listserve.com> wrote:

> This morning while enjoying breakfast on my porch I was astonished to see a
> flock of about 12 great egrets flying by, heading north toward Aldie. Some
> other birds I saw or heard are listed below. Unfortunately, none of them
> was clearly carrying food or feeding fledglings! A lovely way to start the
> day regardless.
>
> 12 great egrets in flight
>
> ~15 hummingbirds at feeders
>
> 2 mourning doves
>
> 3 bluebirds
>
> several chipping sparrows
>
> at least 2 field sparrows
>
> 1 or 2 yellow-billed cuckoos
>
> 2 mockingbirds
>
> 1 crow being chased by a mockingbird
>
> 2 titmice
>
> 2 meadowlarks
>
> 4 barn swallows
>
> 3 goldfinches
>
> 1 cardinal
>
> 1catbird
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Subject: Photo - Mystery pet crate on Fenwick Bridge
Date: Wed Jul 19 2017 8:13 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I forgot photos can not be attached to listserve emails.  A photo of the
pet crate on the bridge can be viewed on the eBird checklist I submitted:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

Quinn
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Subject: Great egrets near Middleburg
Date: Wed Jul 19 2017 8:08 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
This morning while enjoying breakfast on my porch I was astonished to see a
flock of about 12 great egrets flying by, heading north toward Aldie. Some
other birds I saw or heard are listed below. Unfortunately, none of them
was clearly carrying food or feeding fledglings! A lovely way to start the
day regardless.

12 great egrets in flight

~15 hummingbirds at feeders

2 mourning doves

3 bluebirds

several chipping sparrows

at least 2 field sparrows

1 or 2 yellow-billed cuckoos

2 mockingbirds

1 crow being chased by a mockingbird

2 titmice

2 meadowlarks

4 barn swallows

3 goldfinches

1 cardinal

1catbird
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Subject: The Mystery of the Fenwick Bridge Pet Crate
Date: Wed Jul 19 2017 7:50 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Late Tuesday afternoon, July 18, I was traveling back home to Alexandria on
the Metro yellow line. As usual, I checked the Fenwick Bridge trellis for
perched peregrine falcons, osprey, etc. Only a pair of osprey were there,
but in addition to the osprey was a large pet crate placed on the top of
the trellis. I know such crates are used to transport rehabilitated birds
such as raptors so maybe one was released from the bridge. However, I
don't quite understand why a bird would need to be released from the very
top of the trellis? It seems like an unnecessary and significant
undertaking, if this is indeed the case. If it wasn't used to release a
raptor then I am really dying to know why it's up there. Anyway, returning
back to work on the Metro this morning I captured a photo with my phone and
this time a peregrine was perched next to the crate (see attached).

Any thoughts, insights, or clues from the local community would be
appreciated to help unravel my small mystery.

Cheers!
Quinn Emmering
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Subject: Pelagic Trip September 9th. Rudee Inlet Virginia
Date: Tue Jul 18 2017 21:39 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I have organized a Pelagic Trip for Virginia Birders with Capt. Skip Feller from Rudee Tours, on September 9th. The boat will be the Rudee Angler a 90 foot long 22 foot wide Lydia Vessel , the boat has an upper deck and a large cabin with snack bar,  website to view the boat is Rudeetours.com. The trip is for 35 people at 220 per person first come first serve .


The trip will leave Friday night September 8th. at 10pm boarding the boat will start at 8.30pm , we will be back at the Rudee dock around 7pm. Saturday night . We will head out to the edge of the continental shelf and begin chumming an hour before sunrise to attract a variety of seabirds . After working the chum slick we will cruise the waters along the shelf and Norfolk Canyon in search of more seabirds.


Checks can be made to Rudee Tours , all checks have to be in by August 20th. To avoid the hassle of refunds Capt. has agreed to not cash any checks till after the trip . The rain date for trip will be Sunday September 10th. boarding would begin same time Saturday night to depart by 10pm.


Mail checks to Andrew Baldelli 5569 Dunloe Drive apt. 103 Virginia beach ,Virginia 23455


Any questions please contact me at Andrewbaldelli@hotmail.com or 859-652-1090


Cheers

Andrew

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Subject: Roseate Spoonbills yes
Date: Tue Jul 18 2017 11:45 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Both R. Spoonbills plus 2 Snowy Egrets continue at Shirley Plantation now.
Gabriel Mapel
New Hope

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Subject: Blockbusting
Date: Tue Jul 18 2017 7:04 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Blockbusting.

No, I am not referring to real estate measures that affect communities. I am describing Breeding Bird Atlas activities where blockbusting refers to efforts to fill in the bird list for an area that deserves additional attention. The goal is to raise the species and breeding confirmation list to better levels. To achieve this goal, several teams of birders get together, define birding routes in an area called a block (which is 1/6th of a topographic map quad or about 9 square miles) and then try to tally the most bird species and breeding evidence for these in a day™s effort.

You see, it all started about a week ago. OK, maybe it really started back at the end of May, at least for me. That is about when I started getting serious in contributing to Virginia™s Atlas. I have plugged along and soon realized that many birders I knew were unfamiliar with the Atlas activities. Sowhy not try to gather a few birders to improve on a block? (You can see the status of all of Virginia™s blocks using E-bird™s Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas portal. Then, click on Explore data. To check on a county, just enter the county name and a summary sheet will appear, click on blocks and you can see the block summary. You can find where the blocks are located using VABBA2 Block Explorer tool: click the Maps and Block sign-up button on the Atlas Home page).

> So, I contacted a few people, who contacted a few more and11 people showed up last Sunday morning at the Aden store in Nokesville. (Fleetwood and Aden Rds) Our goal was to blockbust the block known as Nokesville SE. We looked over the map, divided the block into 3 areas, and then went out and atlased! That means, not just hearing or seeing a bird, but trying to determine if it is a breeder. (The Atlas portal has a handbook with a wealth of information; atlasing is not just birding but observing bird behavior.)

The weather was surprisingly good (63F at 7am and partly cloudy) and everyone had a wonderful morning! Moreover, the Blockbusting was a great success. As a group, we found 66 species and confirmed 30 as breeders. Sure, we found a few that were previously confirmed as breeders, yet we really improved on the data. Eliminating the dups, we added 20 BREEDERS to the block! In addition, we added 12 new species. A great showing! The key to our success was an early start, well defined routes, multiple birding eyes per team, and a bit of enthusiasm.

All of us at Nokesville this past Sunday were pleased with our efforts and we hope to do it again. For this reason, I am sure we will organize a few more Blockbusting trips and hope that you can join us! And, although this year™s breeding season is nearly over, there are still opportunities for many blocks this season that have virtually no confirmed breeders “ I am sure there is a block near you. This means I hope you can get out, try a little Atlasing, and add some breeders!

A big Thank You to the participants last Sunday:
Larry Meade, Elizabeth Krone, Rentz Hilyer, Michael Bishop
Dave Larsen, Chris White, Carol White, Phil Kenny,
Lynn Rafferty, Steve Johnson, Kurt Gaskill,
And a grateful Thank You to Kim Hosen for hospitality at Merrimac WMA.

Kurt Gaskill

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Subject: Roseate Spoonbills - Shirley Plantation - Monday, 7/17, 3pm
Date: Tue Jul 18 2017 6:53 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
FYI - observed the 2 spoonbills around 3pm yesterday.  Arrived at 2pm to find no birds, but they finally showed up... :-)

Les Willis
Proposal Coordinator/Capture Management

AGVIQ, LLC
2809 S. Lynnhaven Rd. Suite 200
Virginia Beach, VA 23452-8518

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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Date: Tue Jul 18 2017 6:35 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Please forgive this tardy report. Thirty-one birders met at Huntley Meadow on July 17 for the regular Monday Morning Bird Walk. It was a warm, muggy, and generally sunny morning. The group spotted 54 species, a good total for what is often a slow time of year. My great thanks to Stuart and Pam Davis for filling in for me while I was away. Canada Goose19Wood Duck22Mallard6Pied-billed Grebe1Great Blue Heron9Great Egret17Little Blue Heron1Green Heron12Osprey1Red-shouldered Hawk2Rock Pigeon1Mourning Dove6Yellow-billed Cuckoo6Chimney Swift5Ruby-throated Hummingbird6Belted Kingfisher2Red-headed Woodpecker1Red-bellied Woodpecker6Downey Woodpecker5Hairy Woodpecker2Northern Flicker6Pileated Woodpecker3Eastern Wood-pewee3Acadian Flycatcher8Eastern Phoebe7Eastern Kingbird6Red-eyed Vireo8Blue Jay4Fish Crow1Crow Species2Purple Martin6Tree Swallow5Northern Rough-winged Swallow6Barn Swallow2Carolina Chickadee2Tufted Titmouse6White-breasted Nuthatch2Carolina Wren10Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher2Eastern Bluebird6American Robin21Gray Catbird3Cedar Waxwing3Prothonatary Warbler1Common Yellowthroat3Eastern Towhee1Northern Cardinal8Indigo Bunting3Red-winged Blackbird 25Common Grackle5Orchard Oriole1House Finch3American Goldfinch10House Sparrow2
The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at HuntleyMeadows since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 7AM (8AM fromNovember through March), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at (703)768-2525. Our great thanks to Stuart and Pam Davis for filling in while we were away.

Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Roseate Spoonbills, Charles City Co. 07/16/17
Date: Mon Jul 17 2017 9:35 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Roseate Spoonbills continue in the company of several Great Egrets and four immature Little Blue Herons.

We had to wait for them to come over from their nightly roosting spot but it was worth the hour wait!

Amanda & Julian

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> On Jul 16, 2017, at 3:51 PM, akb via va-bird wrote:
>
> Found 2 Roseate Spoonbills at Shirley Plantation this morning. On the main
> impoundment; view from dirt road that leads to Plantation house.
>
> Location
> 37.34025,-77.24743
>
> Please do not enter fields or stray from this road as Richmond Audubon
> maintains good relations with property owners.
>
> Also if eBirding list add the above in comments.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Arun Bose
> Richmond
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Subject: The Next Fifteen (Bird) Species for Virginia?
Date: Sun Jul 16 2017 19:55 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Thanks, indeed!

And thanks for Bob Ake for reminding me that Lesser Goldfinch was missing
from the second sentence - I completely forgot about that great bird.

On Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 8:57 PM, Bill McGovern wrote:

> Ned:
> Ned, this is an amazing document--it must have taken weeks to compile
> the data, with countless re-writes!
> Thanks! I will keep it at the ready!
> Bill
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: va-bird [mailto:va-bird-bounces+bmcgovern=cx.net@listserve.com] On
> Behalf Of Ned Brinkley via va-bird
> Sent: Friday, July 14, 2017 6:06 PM
> To: VA-BIRD
> Subject: [Va-bird] The Next Fifteen (Bird) Species for Virginia?
>
> Virginia™s Next 15 Species?
>
> Every 10 years or so, I ask regional birders to help predict Virginia™ s
> Next 20 Birds. Ten years after the publication of the Gold Book (2007),
> many of the predicted species have now been detected and documented in the
> state, including Red-billed Tropicbird, Smith™s Longspur, Crested Caracara,
> Dusky Flycatcher, Townsend™s Solitaire (one report from Northern Virginia
> had not been accepted), Brown Noddy, Calliope Hummingbird, Roseate
> Spoonbill, Northern Lapwing, Ancient Murrelet, and Violet-green Swallow.
> Other species that were not predicted, mostly because their patterns of
> occurrence in the East were very weak, were nevertheless welcome additions
> to our avifauna: Zone-tailed Hawk, Prairie Falcon, Bulwer™s Petrel,
> Brewer™s (Timberline) Sparrow, Lucy™s Warbler, Brown-chested Martin, Lesser
> Sand-Plover. And of course, those great rarities no one saw coming have
> knocked our socks off, even if we might have missed them ourselves: Terek
> Sandpiper, White-crowned Pigeon, Violet-crowned Hummingbird. (In the
> business of predicting new species, being wrong is extraordinarily
> enjoyable.)
>
> Perhaps because pelagic trips are so few off our Commonwealth, Bermuda
> Petrel was not predicted to be detected, even though tracking devices
> indicate that these rare birds do transit the state™s waters routinely, and
> North Carolina birders have documented at least 31 there since 1993. But
> sharp-eyed Tom Johnson found one at sea far east of Rudee Inlet and managed
> to get good images from a research vessel, for Virginia™s first.
>
> Virginia has now added so many species with moderate to strong occurrence
> patterns in the East at this point that in predicting the next set of
> birds, I have limited the list to 15 rather than 20 species.
>
> Below are consideration of the various groups of birds (seabirds,
> raptors, passerines, etc.), with notes on the likelihood of occurrence of
> new species based on records from surrounding states as well as Canada
> (Ontario eastward) and Bermuda. The records mentioned for potential new
> species are not exhaustive by any means, just an indication of context for
> possible Virginia appearances.
>
> SEABIRDS
>
> Not all seabirds are seen from boats, but because Virginia has so few
> pelagic trips these days (1-2 per year lately), only one seabird is
> predicted to be among the Next 15 Birds added to the state list.
>
> North Carolina has multiple records of Black-bellied Storm-Petrel,
> Swinhoe™s Storm-Petrel, European Storm-Petrel, and Cape Verde Shearwater,
> while Georgia and South Carolina each have a record of Red-footed Booby (as
> does Nova Scotia). Records of Zino™s Petrel and White-chinned Petrel off
> North Carolina are essentially singular in the western North Atlantic,
> though Maine has a record of the latter. None of these birds above seem
> likely to be recorded in Virginia unless more pelagic trips are undertaken,
> though researchers might well encounter any of them. Masked Booby is
> recorded almost annually now off North Carolina, with single recent records
> from New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New York, and I predict that
> Virginia will soon add that species, probably from a research vessel
> studying marine mammals.
>
> Lesser Frigatebird might have already occurred in Virginia; photographs of
> the Wythe County frigatebird from 1988 look very much like a Lesser to my
> eye. No measurements were taken of that bird, unfortunately. In North
> America, the species is known from Michigan, Maine, Wyoming, and California.
>
> Tufted Puffin, as well as other Pacific alcids, now have open seas in the
> higher latitudes in late summer, making plausible more Atlantic records in
> addition to Maine™s (and England™s) recent records. Long-billed Murrelet
> (two records each from North and South Carolina, three from Florida, and
> about seven each in there Midwest and Northeast) could occur on an inland
> Virginia lake in October/November, but inland records in North America have
> plummeted in recent years.
>
> We™d love to see an Arctic Loon (Ohio, Vermont, Colorado; possibly a few
> more) but far more likely is Yellow-billed Loon (Maine, Massachusetts,
> Pennsylvania, Georgia, Indiana, with multiples from New York, Tennessee,
> Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, and many in the Great Plains and
> Rockies)which makes my Next 15 List. If one is hoping to add new seabirds
> via splits, then Scopoli™s Shearwater and Madeiran Storm-Petrel would be
> the next likely additions for Virginia (these are currently treated as
> types of Cory™s Shearwater and Band-rumped Storm-Petrel). Both have been
> observed off Virginia in recent years. Barolo Shearwater, recorded a few
> times off Massachusetts and Nova Scotia, seems a long shot off Virginia;
> the species apparently forages in very deep waters and would potentially be
> seen only by researchers.
>
> WADERS
>
> Western Reef Heron has been photographed in New York, New Hampshire,
> Massachusetts, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland, with others in the Caribbean,
> and it seems a good candidate to occur in Virginia some day, though records
> are still few and far between. Scarlet Ibis”hardly known in the United
> States except as escapees or released birds in Florida, with one found
> breeding in South Carolina in 2001”was recently reported in western
> Virginia with photographs, but the record is not accepted.
>
> WATERFOWL
>
> Pink-footed Goose! The Northeast has a lot of recent records, with the
> southernmost to Maryland (three records) and Delaware (at least two). Just
> a matter of time for Virginia then! Less likely, by far, would be a Tundra
> Bean-Goose (records from Nova Scotia and Quebec) or Lesser White-fronted
> Goose (W. L. Sladen reported one in Maryland many years ago), or Masked
> Duck (multiples in Florida, singles in North Carolina, Maryland, Georgia,
> Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Wisconsin), or Smew (New York,
> Rhode Island, Illinois, Ontario), or Common Shelduck (records increasing in
> the Northeast, with records south to Delaware). Mottled Ducks, introduced
> to South Carolina, do not seem to be straying northward much, but Ontario
> has a record, and the species has strayed in North Carolina as Lake
> Mattamuskeet, so it should be looked for. See a funny-looking waterbird?
> Take a photo!
>
> RAPTORS
>
> Neighboring states have records of Snail Kite (North Carolina has had one,
> South Carolina two recently), Short-tailed Hawk (Georgia, Alabama; and
> Michigan!), Eurasian Kestrel (Florida, Massachusetts, Nova Scotia,
> Bermuda), Eurasian Hobby (Massachusetts), Red-footed Falcon (Massachusetts;
> sight record at Cape May). Cape May has a possible banding record of Hen
> Harrier, plus a sight report of Eurasian Sparrowhawk, to whet one™s
> studying. None of these make the Next 15 cut, but any could occur!
>
> CRANES AND RAILS
>
> Virginia already has a record of Paint-billed Crake, and there are few
> other rare rails we might add, though Corn Crake comes to mind (old records
> from Maryland, New Jersey, New York, recent Maine record, and a suggestion
> from Back Bay NWR™s first manager Romey Waterfield that he might have seen
> one there many years ago!). Pennsylvania and Texas have records of Spotted
> Rail, so almost anything in that family would be imaginable; Delaware and
> Georgia and Bermuda have records of Purple Swamphens, and New York has a
> record of Azure Gallinule, though some of these records are not favored by
> local committees.
>
> SHOREBIRDS
>
> This is a huge group of species, mostly migratory, but many that have not
> yet been reported in Virginia have weak patterns of vagrancy in the East.
> None of the following would make the cut: Southern Lapwing (Florida,
> Maryland), Wood Sandpiper (New York, Rhode Island, Delaware, Bermuda,
> Newfoundland), Great Knot (Maine, West Virginia), Broad-billed Sandpiper
> (New York, Massachusetts), Common Snipe (Newfoundland, Bermuda, and maybe
> Maryland), Gray-tailed Tattler (Massachusetts), Surfbird (Pennsylvania,
> twice in Florida, Maine, at least four times in Texas), and Greater
> Sand-Plover (Florida).
>
> More likely would be European Golden-Plover (Delaware, twice in New
> Jersey, Maine, many times in Atlantic Canada), Little Stint (multiples for
> New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, with singles
> for Rhode Island, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ontario.we need not continue),
> Spotted Redshank (North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut,
> Massachusetts several times, ditto Ontario, with singles in Ohio, Indiana,
> Wisconsin, Kansas, Texas.), Pacific Golden-Plover (New York, New Jersey,
> Maine, Florida, Delaware, Vermont), and Common Ringed Plover (North
> Carolina, Massachusetts, New York, Maine, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland many
> times, Ontario). Of these, Little Stint and Pacific Golden-Plover seem most
> likely to be among the Next 15 Birds.
>
> GULLS & TERNS
>
> Certainly among Virginia™s Next 15 should be Slaty-backed Gull, now known
> from dozens of records in the Northeast and Midwest, with other records
> from Pennsylvania (two) and North Carolina. There have been reports already
> in Virginia of Ross™s Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, and Ivory Gull, not
> currently accepted, but those could be probably the next most likely gulls
> to be found, with single records of Ross™s from Maryland and Delaware the
> closest to Virginia. Equally likely, perhaps, is Kelp Gull (Maryland,
> Delaware, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, with many more from
> the Gulf Coast states), but far less likely would be Belcher™s Gull
> (Olrog™s Gull? Florida has three records), Gray-hooded Gull (New York,
> Florida), and Gray Gull (Louisiana) could reach us. Large-billed Tern (old
> records from New Jersey, Ohio, Illinois, Bermuda) seems a pipe dream, but
> Whiskered Tern (two in New Jersey, one of those shared with Delaware) less
> so - though freshwater habitats near the coast in Virginia are sadly very
> limited in recent years. Cayenne Tern is not recognized in the United
> States as a distinct species, but it™s certainly a plausible visitor to the
> state; it has been photographed as close as Dare County, North Carolina.
>
> PIGEONS & DOVES
>
> Band-tailed Pigeon, an irruptive and migratory species, should be among
> Virginia™s Next 15, with oddly no reports from Maryland or Delaware but
> records from North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, New York,
> Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Ontario,
> Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois and many more from Ontario and parts
> farther west. Inca Dove seems less probable but still possible, with
> records from Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland (but
> still none from the Carolinas), while European Turtle-Dove (Florida,
> Massachusetts) would be a shocker in Virginia.
>
> OWLS & NIGHTJARS
>
> With the warming of the planet, visits from Northern Hawk Owl, Great Gray
> Owl, or Boreal Owl seem less and less likely every year; records stop at
> about the latitude of New York City or north of it for these birds, but
> there is an odd report, not substantiated, of a hawk owl from West
> Virginia. Antillean Nighthawk, with two North Carolina records (and one
> from Louisiana), seems possible, but far more likely would be Lesser
> Nighthawk, recorded in New Jersey (twice), West Virginia, and many times in
> the Gulf Coast states. Lesser gets my vote.
>
> SWIFTS & SWALLOWS
>
> Hurricanes have produced (or been associated with) records for Common
> Swift in Massachusetts and Black Swift in New Jersey (and both have been
> seen in Bermuda after storms), and these are possible in Virginia, but the
> records are not yet numerous enough to get the nod. Virginia has recorded
> most if not all likely swallows and swifts; an addition to the Virginia
> avifauna from either group of aerialists would be a remarkable rarity,
> possibly from the Caribbean or Mexico but perhaps from Europe. Records of
> Alpine Swift from the Caribbean suggest that these powerful long-distance
> migrants can clearly survive the trans-Atlantic crossing.
>
> HUMMINGBIRDS
>
> Records of Violet-crowned and Magnificent Hummingbirds from the Virginia
> mountains are truly remarkable, but consider that Virginia is almost
> surrounded by records of Mexican Violetear (reported once in Virginia but
> without photographs; records from West Virginia, Maryland twice, New
> Jersey, Maine, Ohio, Tennessee, Indiana, Michigan, etc.), and we still lack
> an Anna™s Hummingbird record (3x in North Carolina, 2x each in
> Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Ohio). Both should be on the Next 15
> list. Likewise possible are Broad-tailed Hummingbird (North Carolina,
> Delaware, New Jersey, many times in Georgia), Buff-bellied Hummingbird
> (multiples for both Carolinas and for Georgia), Blue-throated Hummingbird
> (Georgia, Louisiana), Costa™s Hummingbird (Alabama, Florida, Michigan),
> White-eared Hummingbird (Alabama, Mississippi, Michigan), and Berylline
> Hummingbird (Michigan again!), or perhaps a Bahama Woodstar/Sheartail
> (Pennsylvania), Amethyst-throated Hummingbird (Texas, Quebec), or
> Green-breasted Mango (North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Wisconsin)?
>
> The non-passerines don™t have many more other groups that would provide a
> likely vagrant, though New York has a record of Williamson™s Sapsucker, and
> Pennsylvania has some tantalizing older records of Black-backed Woodpecker.
>
> PASSERINES
>
> Although Virginia has made up some ground lately and added Dusky
> Flycatcher (and has a nice photographic record of Tropical/Couch™s
> Kingbird, probably Tropical), the Next 15 will almost certainly include a
> few new flycatchers, my guesses being Hammond™s Flycatcher, which is known
> from Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, Alabama, Nova Scotia, and
> Massachusetts (four times!), and Tropical Kingbird, with three in North
> Carolina, one in Maryland, two each in Delaware and Pennsylvania, three in
> Massachusetts, one in Maine; the latter species has nested in Florida now,
> and records from Gulf Coast states are increasing. Couch™s Kingbird
> (Maryland, New York, Massachusetts, Michigan) and Cassin™s Kingbird (three
> each Massachusetts and Ontario, plus two in New York, many in Florida)
> would be next in line, but less likely, with Thick-billed Kingbird
> (Ontario, Texas) a dream-on sort of vagrant, and Great Kiskadee (New York,
> South Carolina, recently to South Dakota!) slightly less so. Gray
> Flycatcher (Massachusetts, Delaware, North Carolina, at least twice each in
> Ohio, Louisiana, Ontario) seems very likely to appear in Virginia, but
> records are not quite numerous enough to put it on the Next 15. The same is
> true for those streaky enigmatic Sulphur-bellied, Variegated, and Piratic
> Flycatchers, any of which could appear in Virginia, most likely in fall on
> the coast: records of vagrants are widespread but thin on the ground. A
> silky-flycatcher like Phainopepla (not a flycatcher, of course) would
> brighten birding in Virginia, but records of vagrants only reach Ontario,
> Wisconsin, and Massachusetts.
>
> Of the other passerine groups, thrushes, warblers, blackbirds, and finches
> are more likely than vireos or smaller taxonomic groups to produce new
> records, but White Wagtail is worth a mention: though there are only about
> nine U. S. records east of the Mississippi, three are from the Carolinas.
> Yellow-green Vireo also merits honorable mention, with records from
> Florida, South Carolina, and Massachusetts but many more from coastal Texas
> through Alabama.
>
> Of the thrushes, it is tempting to imagine a Fieldfare or Redwing in
> Virginia, but both are still represented by only a sprinkling of records in
> the Northeast. North American wood-warblers are more likely: Virginia™s
> Warbler would be especially appreciated in Virginia (Maryland, West
> Virginia, New York, Rhode Island, Maine, Georgia, with many more in the
> Midwest), but a Hermit Warbler (multiples for Connecticut, New York,
> Massachusetts, one for Maine), Grace™s Warbler (New York, Ontario,
> Illinois), or Red-faced Warbler (Georgia, Louisiana) would be fine, as
> would a Painted Redstart (New York, Massachusetts, Alabama, Ohio, Ontario,
> twice in Wisconsin). Unlikely, surely, is Golden-cheeked Warbler: single
> vagrants have made it to California, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Florida.
>
> Among sparrows, we still await our first Cassin™s Sparrow (North Carolina,
> New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, and many more) and Golden-crowned
> Sparrow, for which there are perhaps two-dozen records from Maryland to
> Maine, a similar number in the nearer Midwest, and singles from South
> Carolina and Tennessee. Both make my Next 15.
>
> In the blackbird family, a stealth vagrant, Western Meadowlark seems
> likely enough to get a vote for the Next 15, with multiples documented in
> North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, etc. The slowly expanding
> Bronzed Cowbird, with a record north to South Carolina, could be a
> contender. Of the orioles (as a group, very much on the rise as vagrants in
> fall/winter), Scott™s Oriole (North Carolina, South Carolina, New York,
> Pennsylvania, Kentucky) and Hooded Oriole (Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama,
> twice in Ontario) would be most likely, if not more likely than the
> meadowlark and cowbird, but there are far-flung records of Altamira Oriole
> (Mississippi) and Audubon™s Oriole (Indiana) and now Black-backed Oriole
> (Pennsylvania, Connecticut). We can dream. Finally, a Brambling or
> Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch or Eurasian Tree Sparrow could pop up at a feeder
> in winter, as there are increasing patterns beyond the West/Midwest for
> all. Georgia and Massachusetts have single records of McCown™s Longspur,
> and Tennessee has three; this bird seems unlikely to make the cut to me.
>
> We would be remiss in neglecting records from Bermuda, which is closer to
> us than is Chicago! There, Arctic Warbler, Dark-sided Flycatcher,
> Ferruginous Duck, Booted Eagle, White Tern, Eurasian Dotterel (a 2015
> record from Ontario provides some hope!), Caribbean Martin, Common
> House-Martin, among other gems. For veteran birders in Virginia, one of
> these species has probably been seen, if distantly, at Craney Island, way
> way back. Hmmmmm.
>
> So what does this give us for our list of the Next 15 Birds?
>
> Masked Booby
> Yellow-billed Loon
> Pink-footed Goose
> Pacific Golden-Plover
> Little Stint
> Slaty-backed Gull
> Band-tailed Pigeon
> Lesser Nighthawk
> Mexican Violetear
> Anna™s Hummingbird
> Hammond™s Flycatcher
> Tropical Kingbird
> Cassin™s Sparrow
> Golden-crowned Sparrow
> Western Meadowlark
>
> Most of these have been on previous rounds of Next 20 Birds, though not
> the Pink-footed Goose or Yellow-billed Loon. If one had to pick five more?
> A hummer, a flycatcher, a shorebird, a gull, and an oriole!
>
> Why do this exercise every decade or so? Careful study of the birds that
> are in front of us is greatly enriched when we are aware of all
> possibilities, even remote ones, and critically identify the birds we see,
> rather than logging the species we know to be most likely. Perhaps our
> state lacks records for Western Meadowlark because most of us assume all
> meadowlarks we see are Easterns? And perhaps we should pay more attention
> to plovers with rings or with gold tones above? When we study birds closely
> and we eliminate vagrants from consideration, we affirm these
> identifications more definitively, confidently. Naturally, we don™t have
> time to study every meadowlark we see to rule out Western, but when birding
> is slow, why not look and listen to them for a few minutes, or hours?
> They™re really beautiful birds to study for a good while, every now and
> then. And when we study birds closely, we learn not just about plumage and
> vocalizations but also about habits, habitat, and ultimately their status
> and distribution where we are birding. Part of picking out something new
> and unusual is learning the variation in the plumages, calls, and behaviors
> of the birds that are not unusual. We sometimes see aberrant plumages or
> even hybrids when we™re looking at each bird carefully, but often we learn
> a new vocalization or see a new behavior. Some describe bird identification
> as educated guessing, but careful birding can have a very high degree of
> accuracy, of course. Having a few silent meadowlarks recorded on our lists
> as Eastern/Western can remind us to spend more time looking and
> listening. We also benefit from knowing what birders in surrounding regions
> are seeing, as our planet changes and birds respond to these changes; we
> continue to witness profound shifts in bird populations, and this
> witnessing puts us in closer touch to our planet and our fellow species.
> And we can communicate what we see to members of our own species, perhaps.
> Finally, there is the particular thrill of seeing something we™ve never
> seen before, or never seen in our local area, and sharing the discovery
> with others.
>
> Ned Brinkley
> Cape Charles, Va.
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Subject: Access Question: Roanoke Sewage Treatment Plant, Roanoke
Date: Sun Jul 16 2017 16:17 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hello, all.

I have a couple of questions regarding the Roanoke Sewage Treatment Plant.
I have family in Lynchburg so I may be able to get down to the plant
sometimes when I can't see shorebirds otherwise.

First, I see there are two permit options: temporary and permanent. I see
that the permanent one requires that I be over 18 years old, which is not
something I am at this point. Does anyone know if the temporary one also
requires this? Secondly, does anyone know the length of the safety briefing
that you must receive following when you get a permit? If its a day permit,
would you have to get the briefing again the second, third, etc. time you
came?

Thanks,

Great birding (and good luck with the Shirley Plantation spoonbills if you
go look for them!)

Shea
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Shirley Plantation, Jul 16, 2017
Date: Sun Jul 16 2017 15:18 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
103 Elizabeth Court
South Boston VA 24592
434-572-8619 Home
434-470-4352 Cell
jcbabirder@gcronline.com


Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist@cornell.edu
> Date: July 16, 2017 at 3:14:47 PM EDT
> To: jcbabirder@gcronline.com
> Subject: eBird Report - Shirley Plantation, Jul 16, 2017
>
> Shirley Plantation, Charles City, Virginia, US
> Jul 16, 2017 12:50 PM - 2:10 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: After turning off of Hwy 156 (Roxbury Rd) onto Westbury Rd (a dirt road) drive 1.3 miles to pond on your left.
> 20 species
>
> Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 1
> Great Blue Heron (Blue form) (Ardea herodias [herodias Group]) 1
> Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
> Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) 5
> Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1
> Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) 2 Will upload pictures
> Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 10
> Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
> Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 2
> Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 3
> Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 1
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 25
> American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1
> Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 4
> Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1
> Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) 1
> Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2
> Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) 1
> Dickcissel (Spiza americana) 1 Heard singing four times.
> Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 10
>
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>
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Subject: Great Falls NP Bird Walk 07/16/2017 (Fairfax County)
Date: Sun Jul 16 2017 14:59 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Following is the tally from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified 29 species. The walk was quieter than in recent weeks, despite the milder temperature and low humidity. Interestingly, no Great Crested Flycatchers were observed. Larger numbers of Canada Geese and Cormorants, however, were sighted than has been the norm; among the geese were some decent-sized juveniles.
The group meets on Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m. in front of the snack bar/concession stand of the Great Falls Park visitors' center. All birders are welcome!
Canada Goose 40
Mallard 7
Double-crested Cormorant 20
Great Blue Heron 8
Black Vulture 17
Turkey Vulture 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 Auditory
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 Auditory
Pileated Woodpecker 1 Auditory
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 Auditory
Red-eyed Vireo 3 Auditory
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 8
Tree Swallow 1
swallow sp. 2
Carolina Chickadee 1 Auditory
Tufted Titmouse 10
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 5
Eastern Bluebird 2
Wood Thrush 2 One visual, one auditory
Louisiana Waterthrush 1
Chipping Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 7
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 1
American Goldfinch 1

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Subject: Possible Warbler Hybird
Date: Sun Jul 16 2017 14:58 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I just posted my report: Crozet Connector Trail; 7/16/17. One of the
interesting birds is a female American Redstart with a yellowish throat and
breast. I assumed that it was just a variation, but have since read that
hybrid Redstart x Northern Parula, and hybrid Redstart x Nashville Warblers
exist. I'd appreciate any of you that are hybrid experts to take a look and
let me know your opinion.




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Thanks,



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

marshall@faintich.net

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Subject: Roseate Spoonbills, Charles City Co. 07/16/17
Date: Sun Jul 16 2017 14:55 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Found 2 Roseate Spoonbills at Shirley Plantation this morning. On the main
impoundment; view from dirt road that leads to Plantation house.

Location
37.34025,-77.24743

Please do not enter fields or stray from this road as Richmond Audubon
maintains good relations with property owners.

Also if eBirding list add the above in comments.

Thanks!

Arun Bose
Richmond
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Subject: Crozet Connector Trail; 7/16/17
Date: Sun Jul 16 2017 14:43 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
A few interesting birds. Report and photos:




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Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

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Subject: eBird -- Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve -- Jul 16, 2017
Date: Sun Jul 16 2017 12:24 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
This morning, 9 people participated in the weekly bird walk at Dyke Marsh.  We tallied 50 species and enjoyed the comfortable July weather.  See list below.

The walk is sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh and start at 8 AM. Everyone is welcome.


Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve
Jul 16, 2017
8:00 AM
Traveling
3.00 miles
180 Minutes

150 Canada Goose
75 Mallard
2 Double-crested Cormorant
35 Great Blue Heron
35 Great Egret
3 Turkey Vulture
15 Osprey
5 Bald Eagle
2 Ring-billed Gull
50 gull sp.
2 tern sp.
6 Mourning Dove
6 Chimney Swift
4 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
1 Eastern Phoebe
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
1 Eastern Kingbird
3 Warbling Vireo
2 Red-eyed Vireo
5 Blue Jay
3 American Crow
3 Fish Crow
5 crow sp.
12 Purple Martin
1 Ruby Throated hummingbird
4 Tree Swallow
5 Barn Swallow
10 Carolina Chickadee
5 Tufted Titmouse
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
5 Carolina Wren
1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
5 American Robin
2 Gray Catbird
10 Northern Mockingbird
12 European Starling
2 Common Yellowthroat
1 Yellow Warbler
1 Song Sparrow
12 Northern Cardinal
3 Indigo Bunting
40 Red-winged Blackbird
15 Common Grackle
1 Orchard Oriole
4 Baltimore Oriole
3 House Finch
2 American Goldfinch
2 House Sparrow

Number of Taxa: 50


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Subject: Anhingas Nesting at Harwoods Mill Reservoir
Date: Sat Jul 15 2017 15:36 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
This morning while checking my Prothonotary Warbler and Wood Duck boxes at
Harwoods Mill, I ran across a pair of Anhinga. Initially the male took
flight, and then the female emerged from some dense cover on a Bald Cypress.
Since this is the first time this year that I've seen them together, I
checked for a possible nest. Sure enough, low in the Bald Cypress was the
nest. I moved away, and the male eventually took his turn on the nest. A
nice addition to the Poquoson West SW block of the VA Breeding Bird Atlas!
Photo is at the link.

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Dave Youker
Yorktown, VA
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Subject: The Next Fifteen (Bird) Species for Virginia?
Date: Fri Jul 14 2017 19:59 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Ned:
Ned, this is an amazing document--it must have taken weeks to compile the data, with countless re-writes!
Thanks! I will keep it at the ready!
Bill

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From: va-bird [mailto:va-bird-bounces+bmcgovern=cx.net@listserve.com] On Behalf Of Ned Brinkley via va-bird
Sent: Friday, July 14, 2017 6:06 PM
To: VA-BIRD
Subject: [Va-bird] The Next Fifteen (Bird) Species for Virginia?

Virginia™s Next 15 Species?

Every 10 years or so, I ask regional birders to help predict Virginia™ s Next 20 Birds. Ten years after the publication of the Gold Book (2007), many of the predicted species have now been detected and documented in the state, including Red-billed Tropicbird, Smith™s Longspur, Crested Caracara, Dusky Flycatcher, Townsend™s Solitaire (one report from Northern Virginia had not been accepted), Brown Noddy, Calliope Hummingbird, Roseate Spoonbill, Northern Lapwing, Ancient Murrelet, and Violet-green Swallow.
Other species that were not predicted, mostly because their patterns of occurrence in the East were very weak, were nevertheless welcome additions to our avifauna: Zone-tailed Hawk, Prairie Falcon, Bulwer™s Petrel, Brewer™s (Timberline) Sparrow, Lucy™s Warbler, Brown-chested Martin, Lesser Sand-Plover. And of course, those great rarities no one saw coming have knocked our socks off, even if we might have missed them ourselves: Terek Sandpiper, White-crowned Pigeon, Violet-crowned Hummingbird. (In the business of predicting new species, being wrong is extraordinarily
enjoyable.)

Perhaps because pelagic trips are so few off our Commonwealth, Bermuda Petrel was not predicted to be detected, even though tracking devices indicate that these rare birds do transit the state™s waters routinely, and North Carolina birders have documented at least 31 there since 1993. But sharp-eyed Tom Johnson found one at sea far east of Rudee Inlet and managed to get good images from a research vessel, for Virginia™s first.

Virginia has now added so many species with moderate to strong occurrence patterns in the East at this point that in predicting the next set of birds, I have limited the list to 15 rather than 20 species.

Below are consideration of the various groups of birds (seabirds, raptors, passerines, etc.), with notes on the likelihood of occurrence of new species based on records from surrounding states as well as Canada (Ontario eastward) and Bermuda. The records mentioned for potential new species are not exhaustive by any means, just an indication of context for possible Virginia appearances.

SEABIRDS

Not all seabirds are seen from boats, but because Virginia has so few pelagic trips these days (1-2 per year lately), only one seabird is predicted to be among the Next 15 Birds added to the state list.

North Carolina has multiple records of Black-bellied Storm-Petrel, Swinhoe™s Storm-Petrel, European Storm-Petrel, and Cape Verde Shearwater, while Georgia and South Carolina each have a record of Red-footed Booby (as does Nova Scotia). Records of Zino™s Petrel and White-chinned Petrel off North Carolina are essentially singular in the western North Atlantic, though Maine has a record of the latter. None of these birds above seem likely to be recorded in Virginia unless more pelagic trips are undertaken, though researchers might well encounter any of them. Masked Booby is recorded almost annually now off North Carolina, with single recent records from New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New York, and I predict that Virginia will soon add that species, probably from a research vessel studying marine mammals.

Lesser Frigatebird might have already occurred in Virginia; photographs of the Wythe County frigatebird from 1988 look very much like a Lesser to my eye. No measurements were taken of that bird, unfortunately. In North America, the species is known from Michigan, Maine, Wyoming, and California.

Tufted Puffin, as well as other Pacific alcids, now have open seas in the higher latitudes in late summer, making plausible more Atlantic records in addition to Maine™s (and England™s) recent records. Long-billed Murrelet (two records each from North and South Carolina, three from Florida, and about seven each in there Midwest and Northeast) could occur on an inland Virginia lake in October/November, but inland records in North America have plummeted in recent years.

We™d love to see an Arctic Loon (Ohio, Vermont, Colorado; possibly a few
more) but far more likely is Yellow-billed Loon (Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Indiana, with multiples from New York, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, and many in the Great Plains and Rockies)which makes my Next 15 List. If one is hoping to add new seabirds via splits, then Scopoli™s Shearwater and Madeiran Storm-Petrel would be the next likely additions for Virginia (these are currently treated as types of Cory™s Shearwater and Band-rumped Storm-Petrel). Both have been observed off Virginia in recent years. Barolo Shearwater, recorded a few times off Massachusetts and Nova Scotia, seems a long shot off Virginia; the species apparently forages in very deep waters and would potentially be seen only by researchers.

WADERS

Western Reef Heron has been photographed in New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland, with others in the Caribbean, and it seems a good candidate to occur in Virginia some day, though records are still few and far between. Scarlet Ibis”hardly known in the United States except as escapees or released birds in Florida, with one found breeding in South Carolina in 2001”was recently reported in western Virginia with photographs, but the record is not accepted.

WATERFOWL

Pink-footed Goose! The Northeast has a lot of recent records, with the southernmost to Maryland (three records) and Delaware (at least two). Just a matter of time for Virginia then! Less likely, by far, would be a Tundra Bean-Goose (records from Nova Scotia and Quebec) or Lesser White-fronted Goose (W. L. Sladen reported one in Maryland many years ago), or Masked Duck (multiples in Florida, singles in North Carolina, Maryland, Georgia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Wisconsin), or Smew (New York, Rhode Island, Illinois, Ontario), or Common Shelduck (records increasing in the Northeast, with records south to Delaware). Mottled Ducks, introduced to South Carolina, do not seem to be straying northward much, but Ontario has a record, and the species has strayed in North Carolina as Lake Mattamuskeet, so it should be looked for. See a funny-looking waterbird?
Take a photo!

RAPTORS

Neighboring states have records of Snail Kite (North Carolina has had one, South Carolina two recently), Short-tailed Hawk (Georgia, Alabama; and Michigan!), Eurasian Kestrel (Florida, Massachusetts, Nova Scotia, Bermuda), Eurasian Hobby (Massachusetts), Red-footed Falcon (Massachusetts; sight record at Cape May). Cape May has a possible banding record of Hen Harrier, plus a sight report of Eurasian Sparrowhawk, to whet one™s studying. None of these make the Next 15 cut, but any could occur!

CRANES AND RAILS

Virginia already has a record of Paint-billed Crake, and there are few other rare rails we might add, though Corn Crake comes to mind (old records from Maryland, New Jersey, New York, recent Maine record, and a suggestion from Back Bay NWR™s first manager Romey Waterfield that he might have seen one there many years ago!). Pennsylvania and Texas have records of Spotted Rail, so almost anything in that family would be imaginable; Delaware and Georgia and Bermuda have records of Purple Swamphens, and New York has a record of Azure Gallinule, though some of these records are not favored by local committees.

SHOREBIRDS

This is a huge group of species, mostly migratory, but many that have not yet been reported in Virginia have weak patterns of vagrancy in the East.
None of the following would make the cut: Southern Lapwing (Florida, Maryland), Wood Sandpiper (New York, Rhode Island, Delaware, Bermuda, Newfoundland), Great Knot (Maine, West Virginia), Broad-billed Sandpiper (New York, Massachusetts), Common Snipe (Newfoundland, Bermuda, and maybe Maryland), Gray-tailed Tattler (Massachusetts), Surfbird (Pennsylvania, twice in Florida, Maine, at least four times in Texas), and Greater Sand-Plover (Florida).

More likely would be European Golden-Plover (Delaware, twice in New Jersey, Maine, many times in Atlantic Canada), Little Stint (multiples for New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, with singles for Rhode Island, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ontario.we need not continue), Spotted Redshank (North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts several times, ditto Ontario, with singles in Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kansas, Texas.), Pacific Golden-Plover (New York, New Jersey, Maine, Florida, Delaware, Vermont), and Common Ringed Plover (North Carolina, Massachusetts, New York, Maine, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland many times, Ontario). Of these, Little Stint and Pacific Golden-Plover seem most likely to be among the Next 15 Birds.

GULLS & TERNS

Certainly among Virginia™s Next 15 should be Slaty-backed Gull, now known from dozens of records in the Northeast and Midwest, with other records from Pennsylvania (two) and North Carolina. There have been reports already in Virginia of Ross™s Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, and Ivory Gull, not currently accepted, but those could be probably the next most likely gulls to be found, with single records of Ross™s from Maryland and Delaware the closest to Virginia. Equally likely, perhaps, is Kelp Gull (Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, with many more from the Gulf Coast states), but far less likely would be Belcher™s Gull (Olrog™s Gull? Florida has three records), Gray-hooded Gull (New York, Florida), and Gray Gull (Louisiana) could reach us. Large-billed Tern (old records from New Jersey, Ohio, Illinois, Bermuda) seems a pipe dream, but Whiskered Tern (two in New Jersey, one of those shared with Delaware) less so - though freshwater habitats near the coast in Virginia are sadly very limited in recent years. Cayenne Tern is not recognized in the United States as a distinct species, but it™s certainly a plausible visitor to the state; it has been photographed as close as Dare County, North Carolina.

PIGEONS & DOVES

Band-tailed Pigeon, an irruptive and migratory species, should be among Virginia™s Next 15, with oddly no reports from Maryland or Delaware but records from North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Ontario, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois and many more from Ontario and parts farther west. Inca Dove seems less probable but still possible, with records from Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland (but still none from the Carolinas), while European Turtle-Dove (Florida,
Massachusetts) would be a shocker in Virginia.

OWLS & NIGHTJARS

With the warming of the planet, visits from Northern Hawk Owl, Great Gray Owl, or Boreal Owl seem less and less likely every year; records stop at about the latitude of New York City or north of it for these birds, but there is an odd report, not substantiated, of a hawk owl from West Virginia. Antillean Nighthawk, with two North Carolina records (and one from Louisiana), seems possible, but far more likely would be Lesser Nighthawk, recorded in New Jersey (twice), West Virginia, and many times in the Gulf Coast states. Lesser gets my vote.

SWIFTS & SWALLOWS

Hurricanes have produced (or been associated with) records for Common Swift in Massachusetts and Black Swift in New Jersey (and both have been seen in Bermuda after storms), and these are possible in Virginia, but the records are not yet numerous enough to get the nod. Virginia has recorded most if not all likely swallows and swifts; an addition to the Virginia avifauna from either group of aerialists would be a remarkable rarity, possibly from the Caribbean or Mexico but perhaps from Europe. Records of Alpine Swift from the Caribbean suggest that these powerful long-distance migrants can clearly survive the trans-Atlantic crossing.

HUMMINGBIRDS

Records of Violet-crowned and Magnificent Hummingbirds from the Virginia mountains are truly remarkable, but consider that Virginia is almost surrounded by records of Mexican Violetear (reported once in Virginia but without photographs; records from West Virginia, Maryland twice, New Jersey, Maine, Ohio, Tennessee, Indiana, Michigan, etc.), and we still lack an Anna™s Hummingbird record (3x in North Carolina, 2x each in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Ohio). Both should be on the Next 15 list. Likewise possible are Broad-tailed Hummingbird (North Carolina, Delaware, New Jersey, many times in Georgia), Buff-bellied Hummingbird (multiples for both Carolinas and for Georgia), Blue-throated Hummingbird (Georgia, Louisiana), Costa™s Hummingbird (Alabama, Florida, Michigan), White-eared Hummingbird (Alabama, Mississippi, Michigan), and Berylline Hummingbird (Michigan again!), or perhaps a Bahama Woodstar/Sheartail (Pennsylvania), Amethyst-throated Hummingbird (Texas, Quebec), or Green-breasted Mango (North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Wisconsin)?

The non-passerines don™t have many more other groups that would provide a likely vagrant, though New York has a record of Williamson™s Sapsucker, and Pennsylvania has some tantalizing older records of Black-backed Woodpecker.

PASSERINES

Although Virginia has made up some ground lately and added Dusky Flycatcher (and has a nice photographic record of Tropical/Couch™s Kingbird, probably Tropical), the Next 15 will almost certainly include a few new flycatchers, my guesses being Hammond™s Flycatcher, which is known from Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, Alabama, Nova Scotia, and Massachusetts (four times!), and Tropical Kingbird, with three in North Carolina, one in Maryland, two each in Delaware and Pennsylvania, three in Massachusetts, one in Maine; the latter species has nested in Florida now, and records from Gulf Coast states are increasing. Couch™s Kingbird (Maryland, New York, Massachusetts, Michigan) and Cassin™s Kingbird (three each Massachusetts and Ontario, plus two in New York, many in Florida) would be next in line, but less likely, with Thick-billed Kingbird (Ontario, Texas) a dream-on sort of vagrant, and Great Kiskadee (New York, South Carolina, recently to South Dakota!) slightly less so. Gray Flycatcher (Massachusetts, Delaware, North Carolina, at least twice each in Ohio, Louisiana, Ontario) seems very likely to appear in Virginia, but records are not quite numerous enough to put it on the Next 15. The same is true for those streaky enigmatic Sulphur-bellied, Variegated, and Piratic Flycatchers, any of which could appear in Virginia, most likely in fall on the coast: records of vagrants are widespread but thin on the ground. A silky-flycatcher like Phainopepla (not a flycatcher, of course) would brighten birding in Virginia, but records of vagrants only reach Ontario, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts.

Of the other passerine groups, thrushes, warblers, blackbirds, and finches are more likely than vireos or smaller taxonomic groups to produce new records, but White Wagtail is worth a mention: though there are only about nine U. S. records east of the Mississippi, three are from the Carolinas.
Yellow-green Vireo also merits honorable mention, with records from Florida, South Carolina, and Massachusetts but many more from coastal Texas through Alabama.

Of the thrushes, it is tempting to imagine a Fieldfare or Redwing in Virginia, but both are still represented by only a sprinkling of records in the Northeast. North American wood-warblers are more likely: Virginia™s Warbler would be especially appreciated in Virginia (Maryland, West Virginia, New York, Rhode Island, Maine, Georgia, with many more in the Midwest), but a Hermit Warbler (multiples for Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, one for Maine), Grace™s Warbler (New York, Ontario, Illinois), or Red-faced Warbler (Georgia, Louisiana) would be fine, as would a Painted Redstart (New York, Massachusetts, Alabama, Ohio, Ontario, twice in Wisconsin). Unlikely, surely, is Golden-cheeked Warbler: single vagrants have made it to California, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Florida.

Among sparrows, we still await our first Cassin™s Sparrow (North Carolina, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, and many more) and Golden-crowned Sparrow, for which there are perhaps two-dozen records from Maryland to Maine, a similar number in the nearer Midwest, and singles from South Carolina and Tennessee. Both make my Next 15.

In the blackbird family, a stealth vagrant, Western Meadowlark seems likely enough to get a vote for the Next 15, with multiples documented in North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, etc. The slowly expanding Bronzed Cowbird, with a record north to South Carolina, could be a contender. Of the orioles (as a group, very much on the rise as vagrants in fall/winter), Scott™s Oriole (North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Kentucky) and Hooded Oriole (Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, twice in Ontario) would be most likely, if not more likely than the meadowlark and cowbird, but there are far-flung records of Altamira Oriole
(Mississippi) and Audubon™s Oriole (Indiana) and now Black-backed Oriole (Pennsylvania, Connecticut). We can dream. Finally, a Brambling or Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch or Eurasian Tree Sparrow could pop up at a feeder in winter, as there are increasing patterns beyond the West/Midwest for all. Georgia and Massachusetts have single records of McCown™s Longspur, and Tennessee has three; this bird seems unlikely to make the cut to me.

We would be remiss in neglecting records from Bermuda, which is closer to us than is Chicago! There, Arctic Warbler, Dark-sided Flycatcher, Ferruginous Duck, Booted Eagle, White Tern, Eurasian Dotterel (a 2015 record from Ontario provides some hope!), Caribbean Martin, Common House-Martin, among other gems. For veteran birders in Virginia, one of these species has probably been seen, if distantly, at Craney Island, way way back. Hmmmmm.

So what does this give us for our list of the Next 15 Birds?

Masked Booby
Yellow-billed Loon
Pink-footed Goose
Pacific Golden-Plover
Little Stint
Slaty-backed Gull
Band-tailed Pigeon
Lesser Nighthawk
Mexican Violetear
Anna™s Hummingbird
Hammond™s Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Cassin™s Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Western Meadowlark

Most of these have been on previous rounds of Next 20 Birds, though not the Pink-footed Goose or Yellow-billed Loon. If one had to pick five more?
A hummer, a flycatcher, a shorebird, a gull, and an oriole!

Why do this exercise every decade or so? Careful study of the birds that are in front of us is greatly enriched when we are aware of all possibilities, even remote ones, and critically identify the birds we see, rather than logging the species we know to be most likely. Perhaps our state lacks records for Western Meadowlark because most of us assume all meadowlarks we see are Easterns? And perhaps we should pay more attention to plovers with rings or with gold tones above? When we study birds closely and we eliminate vagrants from consideration, we affirm these identifications more definitively, confidently. Naturally, we don™t have time to study every meadowlark we see to rule out Western, but when birding is slow, why not look and listen to them for a few minutes, or hours?
They™re really beautiful birds to study for a good while, every now and then. And when we study birds closely, we learn not just about plumage and vocalizations but also about habits, habitat, and ultimately their status and distribution where we are birding. Part of picking out something new and unusual is learning the variation in the plumages, calls, and behaviors of the birds that are not unusual. We sometimes see aberrant plumages or even hybrids when we™re looking at each bird carefully, but often we learn a new vocalization or see a new behavior. Some describe bird identification as educated guessing, but careful birding can have a very high degree of accuracy, of course. Having a few silent meadowlarks recorded on our lists as Eastern/Western can remind us to spend more time looking and listening. We also benefit from knowing what birders in surrounding regions are seeing, as our planet changes and birds respond to these changes; we continue to witness profound shifts in bird populations, and this witnessing puts us in closer touch to our planet and our fellow species.
And we can communicate what we see to members of our own species, perhaps.
Finally, there is the particular thrill of seeing something we™ve never seen before, or never seen in our local area, and sharing the discovery with others.

Ned Brinkley
Cape Charles, Va.
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Subject: The Next Fifteen (Bird) Species for Virginia?
Date: Fri Jul 14 2017 17:07 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Virginia™s Next 15 Species?

Every 10 years or so, I ask regional birders to help predict Virginia™ s
Next 20 Birds. Ten years after the publication of the Gold Book (2007),
many of the predicted species have now been detected and documented in the
state, including Red-billed Tropicbird, Smith™s Longspur, Crested Caracara,
Dusky Flycatcher, Townsend™s Solitaire (one report from Northern Virginia
had not been accepted), Brown Noddy, Calliope Hummingbird, Roseate
Spoonbill, Northern Lapwing, Ancient Murrelet, and Violet-green Swallow.
Other species that were not predicted, mostly because their patterns of
occurrence in the East were very weak, were nevertheless welcome additions
to our avifauna: Zone-tailed Hawk, Prairie Falcon, Bulwer™s Petrel,
Brewer™s (Timberline) Sparrow, Lucy™s Warbler, Brown-chested Martin, Lesser
Sand-Plover. And of course, those great rarities no one saw coming have
knocked our socks off, even if we might have missed them ourselves: Terek
Sandpiper, White-crowned Pigeon, Violet-crowned Hummingbird. (In the
business of predicting new species, being wrong is extraordinarily
enjoyable.)

Perhaps because pelagic trips are so few off our Commonwealth, Bermuda
Petrel was not predicted to be detected, even though tracking devices
indicate that these rare birds do transit the state™s waters routinely, and
North Carolina birders have documented at least 31 there since 1993. But
sharp-eyed Tom Johnson found one at sea far east of Rudee Inlet and managed
to get good images from a research vessel, for Virginia™s first.

Virginia has now added so many species with moderate to strong occurrence
patterns in the East at this point that in predicting the next set of
birds, I have limited the list to 15 rather than 20 species.

Below are consideration of the various groups of birds (seabirds,
raptors, passerines, etc.), with notes on the likelihood of occurrence of
new species based on records from surrounding states as well as Canada
(Ontario eastward) and Bermuda. The records mentioned for potential new
species are not exhaustive by any means, just an indication of context for
possible Virginia appearances.

SEABIRDS

Not all seabirds are seen from boats, but because Virginia has so few
pelagic trips these days (1-2 per year lately), only one seabird is
predicted to be among the Next 15 Birds added to the state list.

North Carolina has multiple records of Black-bellied Storm-Petrel,
Swinhoe™s Storm-Petrel, European Storm-Petrel, and Cape Verde Shearwater,
while Georgia and South Carolina each have a record of Red-footed Booby (as
does Nova Scotia). Records of Zino™s Petrel and White-chinned Petrel off
North Carolina are essentially singular in the western North Atlantic,
though Maine has a record of the latter. None of these birds above seem
likely to be recorded in Virginia unless more pelagic trips are undertaken,
though researchers might well encounter any of them. Masked Booby is
recorded almost annually now off North Carolina, with single recent records
from New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New York, and I predict that
Virginia will soon add that species, probably from a research vessel
studying marine mammals.

Lesser Frigatebird might have already occurred in Virginia; photographs of
the Wythe County frigatebird from 1988 look very much like a Lesser to my
eye. No measurements were taken of that bird, unfortunately. In North
America, the species is known from Michigan, Maine, Wyoming, and California.

Tufted Puffin, as well as other Pacific alcids, now have open seas in the
higher latitudes in late summer, making plausible more Atlantic records in
addition to Maine™s (and England™s) recent records. Long-billed Murrelet
(two records each from North and South Carolina, three from Florida, and
about seven each in there Midwest and Northeast) could occur on an inland
Virginia lake in October/November, but inland records in North America have
plummeted in recent years.

We™d love to see an Arctic Loon (Ohio, Vermont, Colorado; possibly a few
more) but far more likely is Yellow-billed Loon (Maine, Massachusetts,
Pennsylvania, Georgia, Indiana, with multiples from New York, Tennessee,
Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, and many in the Great Plains and
Rockies)which makes my Next 15 List. If one is hoping to add new seabirds
via splits, then Scopoli™s Shearwater and Madeiran Storm-Petrel would be
the next likely additions for Virginia (these are currently treated as
types of Cory™s Shearwater and Band-rumped Storm-Petrel). Both have been
observed off Virginia in recent years. Barolo Shearwater, recorded a few
times off Massachusetts and Nova Scotia, seems a long shot off Virginia;
the species apparently forages in very deep waters and would potentially be
seen only by researchers.

WADERS

Western Reef Heron has been photographed in New York, New Hampshire,
Massachusetts, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland, with others in the Caribbean,
and it seems a good candidate to occur in Virginia some day, though records
are still few and far between. Scarlet Ibis”hardly known in the United
States except as escapees or released birds in Florida, with one found
breeding in South Carolina in 2001”was recently reported in western
Virginia with photographs, but the record is not accepted.

WATERFOWL

Pink-footed Goose! The Northeast has a lot of recent records, with the
southernmost to Maryland (three records) and Delaware (at least two). Just
a matter of time for Virginia then! Less likely, by far, would be a Tundra
Bean-Goose (records from Nova Scotia and Quebec) or Lesser White-fronted
Goose (W. L. Sladen reported one in Maryland many years ago), or Masked
Duck (multiples in Florida, singles in North Carolina, Maryland, Georgia,
Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Wisconsin), or Smew (New York,
Rhode Island, Illinois, Ontario), or Common Shelduck (records increasing in
the Northeast, with records south to Delaware). Mottled Ducks, introduced
to South Carolina, do not seem to be straying northward much, but Ontario
has a record, and the species has strayed in North Carolina as Lake
Mattamuskeet, so it should be looked for. See a funny-looking waterbird?
Take a photo!

RAPTORS

Neighboring states have records of Snail Kite (North Carolina has had one,
South Carolina two recently), Short-tailed Hawk (Georgia, Alabama; and
Michigan!), Eurasian Kestrel (Florida, Massachusetts, Nova Scotia,
Bermuda), Eurasian Hobby (Massachusetts), Red-footed Falcon (Massachusetts;
sight record at Cape May). Cape May has a possible banding record of Hen
Harrier, plus a sight report of Eurasian Sparrowhawk, to whet one™s
studying. None of these make the Next 15 cut, but any could occur!

CRANES AND RAILS

Virginia already has a record of Paint-billed Crake, and there are few
other rare rails we might add, though Corn Crake comes to mind (old records
from Maryland, New Jersey, New York, recent Maine record, and a suggestion
from Back Bay NWR™s first manager Romey Waterfield that he might have seen
one there many years ago!). Pennsylvania and Texas have records of Spotted
Rail, so almost anything in that family would be imaginable; Delaware and
Georgia and Bermuda have records of Purple Swamphens, and New York has a
record of Azure Gallinule, though some of these records are not favored by
local committees.

SHOREBIRDS

This is a huge group of species, mostly migratory, but many that have not
yet been reported in Virginia have weak patterns of vagrancy in the East.
None of the following would make the cut: Southern Lapwing (Florida,
Maryland), Wood Sandpiper (New York, Rhode Island, Delaware, Bermuda,
Newfoundland), Great Knot (Maine, West Virginia), Broad-billed Sandpiper
(New York, Massachusetts), Common Snipe (Newfoundland, Bermuda, and maybe
Maryland), Gray-tailed Tattler (Massachusetts), Surfbird (Pennsylvania,
twice in Florida, Maine, at least four times in Texas), and Greater
Sand-Plover (Florida).

More likely would be European Golden-Plover (Delaware, twice in New Jersey,
Maine, many times in Atlantic Canada), Little Stint (multiples for New
York, New Jersey, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, with singles for
Rhode Island, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ontario.we need not continue), Spotted
Redshank (North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts
several times, ditto Ontario, with singles in Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin,
Kansas, Texas.), Pacific Golden-Plover (New York, New Jersey, Maine,
Florida, Delaware, Vermont), and Common Ringed Plover (North Carolina,
Massachusetts, New York, Maine, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland many times,
Ontario). Of these, Little Stint and Pacific Golden-Plover seem most likely
to be among the Next 15 Birds.

GULLS & TERNS

Certainly among Virginia™s Next 15 should be Slaty-backed Gull, now known
from dozens of records in the Northeast and Midwest, with other records
from Pennsylvania (two) and North Carolina. There have been reports already
in Virginia of Ross™s Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, and Ivory Gull, not
currently accepted, but those could be probably the next most likely gulls
to be found, with single records of Ross™s from Maryland and Delaware the
closest to Virginia. Equally likely, perhaps, is Kelp Gull (Maryland,
Delaware, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, with many more from
the Gulf Coast states), but far less likely would be Belcher™s Gull
(Olrog™s Gull? Florida has three records), Gray-hooded Gull (New York,
Florida), and Gray Gull (Louisiana) could reach us. Large-billed Tern (old
records from New Jersey, Ohio, Illinois, Bermuda) seems a pipe dream, but
Whiskered Tern (two in New Jersey, one of those shared with Delaware) less
so - though freshwater habitats near the coast in Virginia are sadly very
limited in recent years. Cayenne Tern is not recognized in the United
States as a distinct species, but it™s certainly a plausible visitor to the
state; it has been photographed as close as Dare County, North Carolina.

PIGEONS & DOVES

Band-tailed Pigeon, an irruptive and migratory species, should be among
Virginia™s Next 15, with oddly no reports from Maryland or Delaware but
records from North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, New York,
Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Ontario,
Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois and many more from Ontario and parts
farther west. Inca Dove seems less probable but still possible, with
records from Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland (but
still none from the Carolinas), while European Turtle-Dove (Florida,
Massachusetts) would be a shocker in Virginia.

OWLS & NIGHTJARS

With the warming of the planet, visits from Northern Hawk Owl, Great Gray
Owl, or Boreal Owl seem less and less likely every year; records stop at
about the latitude of New York City or north of it for these birds, but
there is an odd report, not substantiated, of a hawk owl from West
Virginia. Antillean Nighthawk, with two North Carolina records (and one
from Louisiana), seems possible, but far more likely would be Lesser
Nighthawk, recorded in New Jersey (twice), West Virginia, and many times in
the Gulf Coast states. Lesser gets my vote.

SWIFTS & SWALLOWS

Hurricanes have produced (or been associated with) records for Common Swift
in Massachusetts and Black Swift in New Jersey (and both have been seen in
Bermuda after storms), and these are possible in Virginia, but the records
are not yet numerous enough to get the nod. Virginia has recorded most if
not all likely swallows and swifts; an addition to the Virginia avifauna
from either group of aerialists would be a remarkable rarity, possibly from
the Caribbean or Mexico but perhaps from Europe. Records of Alpine Swift
from the Caribbean suggest that these powerful long-distance migrants can
clearly survive the trans-Atlantic crossing.

HUMMINGBIRDS

Records of Violet-crowned and Magnificent Hummingbirds from the Virginia
mountains are truly remarkable, but consider that Virginia is almost
surrounded by records of Mexican Violetear (reported once in Virginia but
without photographs; records from West Virginia, Maryland twice, New
Jersey, Maine, Ohio, Tennessee, Indiana, Michigan, etc.), and we still lack
an Anna™s Hummingbird record (3x in North Carolina, 2x each in
Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Ohio). Both should be on the Next 15
list. Likewise possible are Broad-tailed Hummingbird (North Carolina,
Delaware, New Jersey, many times in Georgia), Buff-bellied Hummingbird
(multiples for both Carolinas and for Georgia), Blue-throated Hummingbird
(Georgia, Louisiana), Costa™s Hummingbird (Alabama, Florida, Michigan),
White-eared Hummingbird (Alabama, Mississippi, Michigan), and Berylline
Hummingbird (Michigan again!), or perhaps a Bahama Woodstar/Sheartail
(Pennsylvania), Amethyst-throated Hummingbird (Texas, Quebec), or
Green-breasted Mango (North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Wisconsin)?

The non-passerines don™t have many more other groups that would provide a
likely vagrant, though New York has a record of Williamson™s Sapsucker, and
Pennsylvania has some tantalizing older records of Black-backed Woodpecker.

PASSERINES

Although Virginia has made up some ground lately and added Dusky Flycatcher
(and has a nice photographic record of Tropical/Couch™s Kingbird, probably
Tropical), the Next 15 will almost certainly include a few new flycatchers,
my guesses being Hammond™s Flycatcher, which is known from Maryland,
Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, Alabama, Nova Scotia, and Massachusetts
(four times!), and Tropical Kingbird, with three in North Carolina, one in
Maryland, two each in Delaware and Pennsylvania, three in Massachusetts,
one in Maine; the latter species has nested in Florida now, and records
from Gulf Coast states are increasing. Couch™s Kingbird (Maryland, New
York, Massachusetts, Michigan) and Cassin™s Kingbird (three each
Massachusetts and Ontario, plus two in New York, many in Florida) would be
next in line, but less likely, with Thick-billed Kingbird (Ontario, Texas)
a dream-on sort of vagrant, and Great Kiskadee (New York, South Carolina,
recently to South Dakota!) slightly less so. Gray Flycatcher
(Massachusetts, Delaware, North Carolina, at least twice each in Ohio,
Louisiana, Ontario) seems very likely to appear in Virginia, but records
are not quite numerous enough to put it on the Next 15. The same is true
for those streaky enigmatic Sulphur-bellied, Variegated, and Piratic
Flycatchers, any of which could appear in Virginia, most likely in fall on
the coast: records of vagrants are widespread but thin on the ground. A
silky-flycatcher like Phainopepla (not a flycatcher, of course) would
brighten birding in Virginia, but records of vagrants only reach Ontario,
Wisconsin, and Massachusetts.

Of the other passerine groups, thrushes, warblers, blackbirds, and finches
are more likely than vireos or smaller taxonomic groups to produce new
records, but White Wagtail is worth a mention: though there are only about
nine U. S. records east of the Mississippi, three are from the Carolinas.
Yellow-green Vireo also merits honorable mention, with records from
Florida, South Carolina, and Massachusetts but many more from coastal Texas
through Alabama.

Of the thrushes, it is tempting to imagine a Fieldfare or Redwing in
Virginia, but both are still represented by only a sprinkling of records in
the Northeast. North American wood-warblers are more likely: Virginia™s
Warbler would be especially appreciated in Virginia (Maryland, West
Virginia, New York, Rhode Island, Maine, Georgia, with many more in the
Midwest), but a Hermit Warbler (multiples for Connecticut, New York,
Massachusetts, one for Maine), Grace™s Warbler (New York, Ontario,
Illinois), or Red-faced Warbler (Georgia, Louisiana) would be fine, as
would a Painted Redstart (New York, Massachusetts, Alabama, Ohio, Ontario,
twice in Wisconsin). Unlikely, surely, is Golden-cheeked Warbler: single
vagrants have made it to California, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Florida.

Among sparrows, we still await our first Cassin™s Sparrow (North Carolina,
New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, and many more) and Golden-crowned
Sparrow, for which there are perhaps two-dozen records from Maryland to
Maine, a similar number in the nearer Midwest, and singles from South
Carolina and Tennessee. Both make my Next 15.

In the blackbird family, a stealth vagrant, Western Meadowlark seems likely
enough to get a vote for the Next 15, with multiples documented in North
Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, etc. The slowly expanding
Bronzed Cowbird, with a record north to South Carolina, could be a
contender. Of the orioles (as a group, very much on the rise as vagrants in
fall/winter), Scott™s Oriole (North Carolina, South Carolina, New York,
Pennsylvania, Kentucky) and Hooded Oriole (Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama,
twice in Ontario) would be most likely, if not more likely than the
meadowlark and cowbird, but there are far-flung records of Altamira Oriole
(Mississippi) and Audubon™s Oriole (Indiana) and now Black-backed Oriole
(Pennsylvania, Connecticut). We can dream. Finally, a Brambling or
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch or Eurasian Tree Sparrow could pop up at a feeder
in winter, as there are increasing patterns beyond the West/Midwest for
all. Georgia and Massachusetts have single records of McCown™s Longspur,
and Tennessee has three; this bird seems unlikely to make the cut to me.

We would be remiss in neglecting records from Bermuda, which is closer to
us than is Chicago! There, Arctic Warbler, Dark-sided Flycatcher,
Ferruginous Duck, Booted Eagle, White Tern, Eurasian Dotterel (a 2015
record from Ontario provides some hope!), Caribbean Martin, Common
House-Martin, among other gems. For veteran birders in Virginia, one of
these species has probably been seen, if distantly, at Craney Island, way
way back. Hmmmmm.

So what does this give us for our list of the Next 15 Birds?

Masked Booby
Yellow-billed Loon
Pink-footed Goose
Pacific Golden-Plover
Little Stint
Slaty-backed Gull
Band-tailed Pigeon
Lesser Nighthawk
Mexican Violetear
Anna™s Hummingbird
Hammond™s Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Cassin™s Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Western Meadowlark

Most of these have been on previous rounds of Next 20 Birds, though not
the Pink-footed Goose or Yellow-billed Loon. If one had to pick five more?
A hummer, a flycatcher, a shorebird, a gull, and an oriole!

Why do this exercise every decade or so? Careful study of the birds that
are in front of us is greatly enriched when we are aware of all
possibilities, even remote ones, and critically identify the birds we see,
rather than logging the species we know to be most likely. Perhaps our
state lacks records for Western Meadowlark because most of us assume all
meadowlarks we see are Easterns? And perhaps we should pay more attention
to plovers with rings or with gold tones above? When we study birds closely
and we eliminate vagrants from consideration, we affirm these
identifications more definitively, confidently. Naturally, we don™t have
time to study every meadowlark we see to rule out Western, but when birding
is slow, why not look and listen to them for a few minutes, or hours?
They™re really beautiful birds to study for a good while, every now and
then. And when we study birds closely, we learn not just about plumage and
vocalizations but also about habits, habitat, and ultimately their status
and distribution where we are birding. Part of picking out something new
and unusual is learning the variation in the plumages, calls, and behaviors
of the birds that are not unusual. We sometimes see aberrant plumages or
even hybrids when we™re looking at each bird carefully, but often we learn
a new vocalization or see a new behavior. Some describe bird identification
as educated guessing, but careful birding can have a very high degree of
accuracy, of course. Having a few silent meadowlarks recorded on our lists
as Eastern/Western can remind us to spend more time looking and
listening. We also benefit from knowing what birders in surrounding regions
are seeing, as our planet changes and birds respond to these changes; we
continue to witness profound shifts in bird populations, and this
witnessing puts us in closer touch to our planet and our fellow species.
And we can communicate what we see to members of our own species, perhaps.
Finally, there is the particular thrill of seeing something we™ve never
seen before, or never seen in our local area, and sharing the discovery
with others.

Ned Brinkley
Cape Charles, Va.
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Subject: Mid-July Atlas Update: Maps, Data, and Atlas All-stars
Date: Fri Jul 14 2017 12:53 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Happy Friday, VA Birders.

Good Friday afternoon, Atlasers!

Just a quick message to share an updated Atlas resource and exciting new
data benchmarks.

First, we recently updated the regional coverage maps available via the *Maps
and Tools page *of the Atlas website (www.vabba2.org). These maps are an
up-to-date look at which Atlas blocks have actually been claimed in each
region. While this does not reflect data submission (many checklists
received for unassigned blocks in eBird), it does provide a sense of what
blocks are likely to be completed in the near future and where we are still
in significant need of breeding observations.

Second, this week we jumped over *35,000* checklists submitted to the Atlas
portal and received data in almost *70%* of the Atlas priority blocks!
This means that despite the heat of summer, folks are still out generating
breeding observations for the project. We appreciate those of you who are
braving the heat to get those high summer breeding confirmations. There
are plenty to be had! Check out the latest summary of Atlas data
collection results at:
http://ebird.org/ebird/atlasva...

Finally, a special shout out to our top contributors who have each managed
to confirm breeding of 70+ species: *Ellison Orcutt, Todd Day, David
Larsen, Kelly Krechmer, Jon and BJ Little, Candice Lowther, James Fox,
Diane Holsinger, Janice Frye, Cheryl Jacobson, Kurt Gaskill, Fred Atwood,
John Spahr, Bruce Hill, and Kim Harrell. *We appreciate all their and
every atlas volunteer's efforts to further our knowledge of VA's breeding
bird communities

Hope everyone has a great weekend,

Ashley Peele, PhD
Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator
Conservation Management Institute - Virginia Tech
Office: 540-231-9182
Fax: 540-231-7019
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Subject: Shenandoah Co. rare sighting
Date: Fri Jul 14 2017 10:08 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
On July 12 I observed a Short-billed Dowitcher feeding at the Racetrack Rd. wetland ponds. Identified with scope and binoculars,also pics but not ID worthy.
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Subject: Blue-headed Vireo, Frederick County
Date: Thu Jul 13 2017 9:39 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I was surprised to see several Blue-headed Vireos this morning at the top of Pinetop Road, southwest Frederick County. As best I can determine, the elevation there is around 1000 to 1200 ft, which seems low for nesting of this species. Stauffer Miller
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Subject: 10 warbler species
Date: Wed Jul 12 2017 10:06 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
On/near the Blue Ridge Parkway; 7/11/17. Report and photos:




http://www.faintich.net/Blog20...



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

marshall@faintich.net

www.faintich.net

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

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Subject: Canada Geese behavior in Highland County
Date: Tue Jul 11 2017 11:37 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
On Sunday morning, very early, I took my regular walk from New Hampden up
the Blue Grass Valley road towards Laurel Fork. Up ahead, I noticed a
rather large dead animal in the road. As I approached it, I saw that it
was a Canada Goose, probably hit by a car. I gently moved it off the road
so that it would not get mangled by traffic. Close by, in the mown grass,
there was another adult Canada, standing absolutely frozen and quiet. I
figured that this was probably the mate. I continued walking for about
another 1/2 hour and when I returned to this spot, there were 5 or 6 more
geese, probably the offspring of this pair. They were all standing frozen,
not uttering a sound, not the usually squawking and interaction of a family
of geese. It was a very moving moment where I realized these geese were
mourning the loss of one of their family. We hear about bird intelligence
and compassion- here was a first hand example!
I wasn't able to walk yesterday, but I did drive by later Monday
afternoon. All the geese were still congregated by the carcass, a full 35
hours later!
I have seen deer linger by their slain mates, but never as long as this
particular occasion with the geese. Made a big impression on me.


Patti Reum
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Subject: Blue Ridge Parkway birding on Monday
Date: Mon Jul 10 2017 21:16 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I was able to get out and do a little birding on the Parkway this morning.  It was lovely up there - cool with a breeze and the birds were active.  I saw/heard Scarlet Tanagers, Wood Thrushes, Towhees, Ovenbirds, Indigo Buntings, Pine Warblers, Worm-eating Warblers, Black-and-white Warblers, Hooded Warblers, Chestnut-sided Warblers, Goldfinches, Carolina Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatches, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Robins, Crows, Turkey Vultures, Brown Thrashers, Catbirds, Field Sparrows, and Barn Swallows.  I am certain I heard a Red-breasted Nuthatch but I was distracted by a Hooded Warbler at the time and didn't pursue the RBNU.  I've up-loaded some photos of a Pine Warbler and Hooded Warbler.


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


Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept.

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Subject: Mississippi Kites in Arlington, VA - Nesting Failure
Date: Mon Jul 10 2017 20:54 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
July 10, 2017.

I went over to 18th and Utah Streets in Arlington, VA to see if any Kites
were around. I did not see any. I was stunned to see a low flying Sharp
Shinned Hawk flying in this area were the Kites used to be. on 18th Street.

Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Subject: Roseate Tern - Virginia Beach 7-9-17
Date: Mon Jul 10 2017 20:13 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Tom and I saw the ROST over the ocean flying north towards Croatan Beach &
Rudee Inlet around 10am. See our eBird report for pictures.

http://ebird.org/ebird/atlasva...

Karen Beatty
Virginia Beach
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Date: Mon Jul 10 2017 17:38 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
It was Great Blue Heron Day at the Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk this morning. As we stepped onto the boardwalk, we were treated to a flock of Great Blues flying in a rough formation. As the GBH flotilla descended and soared just overhead, we were treated to flight antics that reminded this writer of scenes from Jurassic Park style movies. Twenty-nine birders watched with awe all morning as the Herons flew around the central wetland, and sustained harassment by Red-winged Blackbirds who seem to have no fear. Green Herons added to the scene as they darted around the Great Blues. Quite a scene. For the third week in a row, the Yellow-crowned Night Heron was in residence. This bird doesn't seem injured, so we can't figure why it hangs around. Our final total was 51 species.
Canada Goose 3
Wood Duck 12
Great Blue Heron 10
Great Egret 3
Green Heron 12
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1
Osprey 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Ring-billed Gull 1
Mourning Dove 5
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 3
Barred Owl 1
Chimney Swift 4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 4
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-headed Woodpecker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Acadian Flycatcher 8
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 3
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 5
Fish Crow 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Purple Martin 1
Tree Swallow 4
Barn Swallow 3
Carolina Chickadee 7
Tufted Titmouse 12
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Eastern Bluebird 5
American Robin 25
Gray Catbird 4
Prothonotary Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 3
Northern Cardinal 8
Indigo Bunting 2
Red-winged Blackbird 29
Common Grackle 4
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 9

The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at HuntleyMeadows since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 7AM (8AM fromNovember through March), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at (703)768-2525.

Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: NOVA--some hits, some misses
Date: Mon Jul 10 2017 7:21 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Greetings, all

Yesterday I headed up to a few spots in Northern Virginia to look for some
previously reported birds. As shorebird migration has just begun as a
trickle, I drove by the Woodward Turf Farms, and kept a keen eye out, but
saw nothing. Nothing on the Savannah Branch Road mudflats either, except a
couple kind folks who asked if my car was broken down and if I needed help.

Next stop was Smithfield Farm in Clarke County. On the way, two fawns
crossed the road on Mt. Weather. Once at the farm, I quickly found a
dickcissel, which posed for views. There were a few other typical field
birds around, but the only other really good bird was my life loggerhead
shrike, which I got a poor back-end of view of before it flew off to
somewhere else--I don't know where, and scanning all of the surrounding
fields to the horizon didn't turn it up.

My third stop was the Discover Blvd. pond. I couldn't find the continuing
ruddy duck there, but I did see a female hooded merganser.

My last stop was Bull Run Regional Park. I saw barn swallows multiple times
entering nests under all areas of the bridge, but no swallows flying around
without a long forked tail. Maybe mid-afternoon is just the wrong time for
the cliff swallows?

Good birding,

Shea
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Subject: Great Falls NP Bird Walk 07/09/17 (Fairfax County)
Date: Sun Jul 9 2017 12:18 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Our group of four led by Sally Wechsler tallied 42 species. The most
productive birding was in the picnic area and upriver near the dam. We meet
Sundays at 8 AM outside the visitors center Birders are welcome
The list follows.

Posted by Ralph Wall

The list:

Canada Goose 6
Wood Duck 2
American Black Duck 1
Mallard 10
Common Merganser 7
Double-crested Cormorant 10
Great Blue Heron 9
Black Vulture 12
Turkey Vulture 3
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
Chimney Swift 4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Warbling Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 12
American Crow 3
Fish Crow 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 12
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Carolina Wren 6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Eastern Bluebird 4
Wood Thrush 1
Louisiana Waterthrush 1
Northern Parula 1
Chipping Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 7
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Common Grackle 2
Orchard Oriole 2
American Goldfinch 3

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http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

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Subject: Dyke Marsh breeders and terns on the move.
Date: Sun Jul 9 2017 11:53 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
About 10 people joined me for today's walk at Dyke Marsh that is sponsored
by the Friends of Dyke Marsh and begins every Sunday at 8:00 AM except
during the Christmas Bird Count season. It was a bit slow today, but the
assembled group of birders had some interesting sightings. Ospreys have
fledged young from at least three nests and the fledged youngsters at the
marina nest have undertaken short distances forays around the marina and
south picnic area. House Finches were feeding fledged young in two
different family groups and we also found fledged Northern Mockingbirds,
Red-bellied Woodpeckers, and Gray Catbirds. A Marsh Wren sang near the
Little Gut. Alas, this individual is part of a remnant population. Marsh
Wrens have not bred at Dyke Marsh since 2014. Fall migration has started
for some Larids, with both Caspian and Forster's Terns seen today.



Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax, Virginia, US Jul 9, 2017 7:55 AM -
11:21 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.3 mile(s)

51 species



Canada Goose 132

American Black Duck 1

Mallard 40

Double-crested Cormorant 4

Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 4

Great Egret 15

Osprey 17 Including fledged young from three nests.

Bald Eagle 4

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Ring-billed Gull 8

Caspian Tern 2

Forster's Tern 3

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 4

Mourning Dove 5

Chimney Swift 20

Red-bellied Woodpecker 6 Including a fledged young.

Downy Woodpecker 6

Hairy Woodpecker 2

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1

Great Crested Flycatcher 3

Eastern Kingbird 4

Warbling Vireo 4

Red-eyed Vireo 3

Blue Jay 2

Fish Crow 6

Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1

Purple Martin 4

Tree Swallow 2

Carolina Chickadee 7

Tufted Titmouse 3

White-breasted Nuthatch 3

Marsh Wren 1

Carolina Wren 12

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3

American Robin 20

Gray Catbird 2 Including a fledged young

Northern Mockingbird 5 Including three fledged young at the marina.

European Starling 10

Cedar Waxwing 3

Common Yellowthroat 3

Yellow Warbler 1

Song Sparrow 1

Northern Cardinal 10

Indigo Bunting 3

Red-winged Blackbird 30

Common Grackle (Purple) 6

Orchard Oriole 4

Baltimore Oriole 3

House Finch 15 Including adults feeding fledged young in two family
groups.

American Goldfinch 7

House Sparrow 2



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Larry Cartwright

prowarbler@verizon.net



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Subject: question about an odd cuckoo call, Fairfax County
Date: Sun Jul 9 2017 11:17 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hello birders,

Today Lynn and I visited Fraser Preserve, in northern Fairfax County (in the Seneca SE block for the breeding bird Atlas). This was our second visit in 7 days, so here are a couple of notes, in taxonomic order.

Mostly I want to ask you all, about a strange cuckoo call. At first I was reluctant to agree it was a Cuckoo, because it went on and on. Dozens or scores of contiguous notes, rather than the 5-10 consecutive notes I'm used to. Finally Lynn did see it fly from tree to tree several times, and we were able to track it, as the singing continued.

Besides the length of consecutive notes, the other odd aspect was that the string of consecutive monotone notes often began, and/or ended with, a lower tone note.

boop - beep - beep - beep - beep - beep .. etc., for maybe 40-50 straight notes; and/or, ending with the lower "boop".

Other than that, it was a typical Yellow-billed Cuckoo tone and pitch. Is this kind of note pattern familiar, to anyone else?

Last week we had two active Acadian Flycatcher nests, a low one with a big cowbird nestling, and the other much higher up, with two tiny (presumably Flycatcher) nestlings. They were near each other, right over the trail, both being fed by adults.

This week the cowbird nest was empty and shredded; and the other nest, much closer to the roof of the canopy, was completely gone. I can only assume that some of the recent heavy weather took out the nests. We still saw and heard several Acadian adults in the area.

This preserve is blessed with several singing Wood Thrushes, and we enjoyed them again this week.

We found an adult Parula singing by the trail, watched for awhile, but saw no others of its kind, and no food gathering behavior.

Finally, we saw and heard Scarlet Tanagers, male and female; but again, no behavior to confirm breeding.

Fraser Preserve is a beautiful patch of woods to visit, whether you confirm breeding or not. Congratulations Jean Tatalias - I saw that you confirmed a couple of species in this same block yesterday - that was a few we didn't have to concentrate on today, so thank you!!

Steve Johnson and Lynn Rafferty
Fairfax, Virginia

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Subject: Arlington Kites : ?? Nest Failure ??
Date: Sun Jul 9 2017 9:34 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I stopped by 18th and Utah in North Arlington this morning to check on the Mississippi kite nest.  I saw no perched or flying kites.
I managed to get a good scope view of the nest and I saw no evidence of an adult kite or chicks in or around the nest. After about five minutes I saw an American crow fly in, land on the edge of the nest, look into the nest and fly off. There was no evidence of any sort of nest defense by adult kites. I can't imagine that the adult kites would have left unhatched eggs or recently hatched chicks unattended in the open nest.
I have in past years seen Mississippi kites engage in vigorousness nest defense against crows and raptors, and I have seen crows predate and destroy Mississippi kite nests. My best assessment of what I saw this morning is that the nest either failed or was predated by the crows and that the adult kites have abandoned the nest.
Too bad.
If anyone sees any evidence of any Mississippi kites around this nest, I would appreciate a Va-bird post or send me note.
Thank You,
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia


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Subject: Least Sandpipers Winchester
Date: Sun Jul 9 2017 6:37 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
At a shallow retention pond off Apple Valley Road this morning, a pair of Least Sandpipers mixed with Killdeers. Stauffer Miller
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Subject: flycatchers @ Back Bay NWR
Date: Sat Jul 8 2017 19:31 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Any other reports from today positive or negative?  I was thinking of going
down tomorrow, but I don't want to make the 3.5 hour drive if there were no
sightings today.

Paul Glass
South Boston, VA

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No sign of any flycatchers anywhere from 8-11:30 a.m. I did however see 1
long slender silhouette, that may have been the target bird, heading west
just south of the Visitor Center. Good luck! Dave Gibson, Chesapeake
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Subject: Where to Find Summer Tanagers in NoVA
Date: Sat Jul 8 2017 17:27 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Any chance we have Scarlet Tanagers within 30-45 minutes in/around Northern VA? Really want to capture in photos, if possible. Any advice would be most appreciated.


Mikie Catanzaro
Vienna/Tysons, VA

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Subject: worm-eating warbler, Bull Run Mountains
Date: Sat Jul 8 2017 16:45 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hello VA-Birders,



I took a hike this morning in the Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve,
in Prince William and Fauquier County. I was curious to see if there were
any summer residents there that I can't find closer to home at places like
Scotts Run and Huntley Meadows, both in Fairfax County. The only bird I'd
put in that category is a worm-eating warbler, heard singing in the
northwestern part of the preserve.



Also, I haven't seen the brown thrashers in Falls Church since that one week
in mid-June when they were out every day. They were in the grass next to the
W&OD bike path. They may still be there hanging out in the thick
shrubbery-there's plenty of that nearby. Maybe they were only out on the
grass exploiting some short-term food source (cicadas?). I noticed that when
they were out there, so were lots of other birds, mainly house and song
sparrows. It's not nearly as lively now.



Peter Frechtel

Falls Church

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Subject: Banshee Reeks (Lo Co) bird walk Sat. July 8
Date: Sat Jul 8 2017 16:16 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Ten of us had a nice bird walk at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve this
morning with several very active and vocal White-eyed Vireos and
Yellow-breasted Chats as the highlights of the walk. We also had several
Prairie Warblers and Field Sparrows singing in a variety of locations as
well as alarm call, a rapid whip call constantly repeating, that we did not
recognize but a couple of us thought might be from some kind of thrush.
Indigo Buntings were esp. vocal from a number of different perches and one
that was singing in the top of a tree next to the parking lot at 7:45 am was
still going strong at 11 am. While many of the birds were pretty active
until 9:15/9:30 am, they were much less so after that. Fortunately several
butterflies including a couple of Common Wood Nymphs and several swallowtail
species came along after that.



For a complete list of the birds observed at Banshee Reeks see the eBird
report below.



The regular monthly free bird walk (every 2nd Sat) at the Banshee Reeks
Nature preserve is sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy (
www.loudounwildlife.org) & the Friends of
Banshee Reeks ( www.bansheereeks.org );
information on both and their upcoming events can be found on their
websites.



Good birding!

Joe Coleman, Jane Yocom, Del Sargent, & Mary Ann Good



Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, Loudoun, Virginia, US Jul 8, 2017 7:45 AM -
10:45 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.9 mile(s)

Comments: Regular monthly (every 2nd Sat.) bird walk by Loudoun Wildlife
and FOBR; led by Joe Coleman and Jane Yocom assisted by Del Sargent & Mary
Ann Good.

51 species



Black Vulture 6

Turkey Vulture 2

Red-shouldered Hawk 1

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 6

Mourning Dove 4

Yellow-billed Cuckoo 4

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 4

Red-bellied Woodpecker 4

Downy Woodpecker 3

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 1

Pileated Woodpecker 3

Eastern Wood-Pewee 6

Acadian Flycatcher 5

Eastern Phoebe 2

Great Crested Flycatcher 1

Eastern Kingbird 1

White-eyed Vireo 6

Red-eyed Vireo 6

Blue Jay 3

American Crow 2

Fish Crow 4

Tree Swallow 6

Carolina Chickadee 4

Tufted Titmouse 3

White-breasted Nuthatch 3

Carolina Wren 2

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6

Eastern Bluebird 4

Wood Thrush 5

American Robin 7

Gray Catbird 1

Brown Thrasher 3

Northern Mockingbird 4

European Starling 6

Cedar Waxwing 1

Louisiana Waterthrush 1

Common Yellowthroat 4

Prairie Warbler 3

Yellow-breasted Chat 5

Chipping Sparrow 1

Field Sparrow 6

Eastern Towhee 3

Scarlet Tanager 1

Northern Cardinal 8

Blue Grosbeak 2

Indigo Bunting 8 A male that was singing at the top of a tree
bordering the parking lot was singing when we met at 7:45 am & was still
singing when we left at 11 am.

Common Grackle 2

Brown-headed Cowbird 1

Orchard Oriole 4

American Goldfinch 10



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Subject: 7 warbler species
Date: Sat Jul 8 2017 13:53 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
On Skyline Drive, VA; 7/7/17. Report and photos:




http://www.faintich.net/Blog20...



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

marshall@faintich.net

www.faintich.net

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

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Subject: flycatchers @ Back Bay NWR
Date: Sat Jul 8 2017 13:07 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
No sign of any flycatchers anywhere from 8-11:30 a.m. I did however see 1
long slender silhouette, that may have been the target bird, heading west
just south of the Visitor Center. Good luck! Dave Gibson, Chesapeake
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Subject: Cliff swallows at Old Yates Ford Rd (Bridge) and other avians (?)
Date: Sat Jul 8 2017 13:03 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hi all:

I understand that the allaboutbirds website is being reworked. Hopefully there will be more images marked female.
Are the male and female cliff swallow identical?

Had a wonderful view with my scope of a parent cliff swallow bringing a black bug to the open beak of a youngster.

Has anybody had a way to count the nests of these colorful birds?

Other birds


All heard:

Prothonotary warbler near boulder side of bridge in woods.

Wood thrush alarm call

Blue-grey gnatcatcher

Barn Swallows

Acadian Flycatcher






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