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20 Aug: @ 20:04:31  Purple Martin roost / Frederick Co [Jon Little]
20 Aug: @ 19:53:12  Mississippi Kites in Annandale, VA Aug. 19, 2014 [janet anderson via va-bird]
20 Aug: @ 18:48:24  Willet in Prince William County and two Tern species in Culpeper County, 20 August 2014 [Perri Borowiecki]
20 Aug: @ 18:04:54  Common Nighthawks - Stuarts Draft [Brenda Tekin]
20 Aug: @ 16:03:37  Mathews, VA 8/19/14 [Marshall Faintich]
20 Aug: @ 11:32:12  Virginia Beach Ruff - Site Update [Jim Marcum]
20 Aug: @ 10:16:39 Re: va-bird Digest, Vol 88, Issue 22 [Patricia Polentz]
20 Aug: @ 09:10:38  Voice: Greater Washington Area, Aug 19 [Joe Coleman]
20 Aug: @ 06:41:07 Re: WWBT 12 SANDHILL CRANE [Adam D'Onofrio]
19 Aug: @ 21:09:15  Manassas: Upland Sandy YES, Amer Golden-Plover NO [Stephen Johnson]
19 Aug: @ 20:45:51  WWBT 12 SANDHILL CRANE [Leo Snead]
19 Aug: @ 19:06:41  HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (19 Aug 2014) 8 Raptors [reports]
19 Aug: @ 17:35:45  Bev Leeuwenburg's Bird Books [taberzz--- via va-bird]
19 Aug: @ 16:38:32  HSR: Harvey's Knob (19 Aug 2014) Raptors [reports]
19 Aug: @ 07:44:57  Bobolinks at Blandy Experimental Farm [David E. Carr]
19 Aug: @ 03:09:02  HSR: Harvey's Knob (14 Aug 2014) 2 Raptors [reports]
18 Aug: @ 14:06:04  Olive-sided and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers [Marshall Faintich]
18 Aug: @ 12:45:22  Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
18 Aug: @ 09:29:28  Upland Sandpiper still at Bristow Road Sod Farm [David Larsen - birding]
18 Aug: @ 07:10:37  Vertebratathon by Virginia group in Ecuador [Frederick Atwood via va-bird]
17 Aug: @ 22:58:41  North Topsail, NC trip report [Andrew Rapp]
17 Aug: @ 19:03:43  Bristow Road Sod Farm, Prince William County, Aug 17, 2014: American Golden-Plover & Upland Sandpiper [Elton Morel via va-bird]
17 Aug: @ 16:06:44  Great Falls NP Bird Walk 08/17/14 [Dendroica--- via va-bird]
17 Aug: @ 15:35:59  HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (17 Aug 2014) 10 Raptors [reports]
17 Aug: @ 12:59:11  Osprey at Reston Bird Walk [WILLIAM]
17 Aug: @ 11:44:46  Dyke Marsh, Aug 17, 2014 [Larry Meade via va-bird]
17 Aug: @ 09:41:35  Whitehurst Tract Ruff [david.clark]
17 Aug: @ 08:40:49 Re: Chincoteague NWR and surrounding areas [Bill Hohenstein]
17 Aug: @ 06:23:58  bird-id....Phoebe [Lynn Rafferty]
16 Aug: @ 19:12:33  HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (16 Aug 2014) 49 Raptors [reports]
16 Aug: @ 19:04:35  Cerulean Warblers! [Jason Berry via va-bird]
16 Aug: @ 18:40:10  Ruff - Virginia Beach [Jim Marcum]
16 Aug: @ 18:14:59  HSR: Harvey's Knob (16 Aug 2014) 11 Raptors [reports]
16 Aug: @ 12:26:53  ID question [Lynn Rafferty]
16 Aug: @ 07:33:15  HSR: Harvey's Knob (15 Aug 2014) 3 Raptors [reports]
16 Aug: @ 06:36:53  swallow roost [Michael A. Shank.]
15 Aug: @ 20:31:51  HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (15 Aug 2014) 55 Raptors [reports]
15 Aug: @ 14:48:18  Ruff at Whitehurst Tract Va Beach [Robert Ake]
15 Aug: @ 13:47:21  MIKI - Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch [Brenda Tekin]
15 Aug: @ 12:39:27  American Avocet at Dyke Marsh [Edward Eder]
15 Aug: @ 12:28:28 Re: Glossy Ibis in Swoope, VA 8/14/14 [Marshall Faintich]
15 Aug: @ 09:56:25  Late Summer Birding- Lynchburg area [Michael Boatwright]
14 Aug: @ 22:15:28  20th annual Kiptopeke Challenge - CALL FOR TEAMS! [Paul Nasca]
14 Aug: @ 15:22:48  Glossy Ibis and Great Egret [Marshall Faintich]
14 Aug: @ 08:39:08  The Channels & Buffalo Mountain NAP hawkwatch dates [Eric Harrold via va-bird]
14 Aug: @ 07:37:22  HSR: Harvey's Knob (13 Aug 2014) 3 Raptors [reports]
13 Aug: @ 22:58:54  Chincoteague Shorebird/Gull Survey 8/13/2014 [Joelle Buffa]
13 Aug: @ 11:52:43  Mississippi Kites in Northern Prince William County [Dave Larsen - birding]
13 Aug: @ 11:39:46  wish list [Felicity Rask]
13 Aug: @ 07:04:16  Correction - link to Rockfishgaphawkwatch [Brenda Tekin]





Subject: Purple Martin roost / Frederick Co
Date: Wed Aug 20 2014 20:04 pm
From: littlejon48 AT comcast.net
 
From 8:00-8:40 tonight, we watched again in awe as the Martins descended
into Walmart's trees. Since we last saw them on 8/9, the flock has
definitely grown to 5000 or more. This time, almost every single bird wanted
to gather in 2 Lindens in the middle of the parking lot. Those that couldn't
get into those 2 adjacent trees settled into 2 others nearby, or into one of
the Sycamores. We've never noticed them to be so intent on using so few
trees. Two other Lindens quite nearby were totally ignored.



Jon & BJ Little

Winchester

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Subject: Mississippi Kites in Annandale, VA Aug. 19, 2014
Date: Wed Aug 20 2014 19:53 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
2 Mississippi Kites - 1 adult and 1 first year bird were seen at Green
Springs Gardens in Annandale, Fairfax County, VA on August 19, 2014. Also seen
there were American Kestrel and Bald Eagle.

Janet Anderson
Falls Church, VA
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Subject: Willet in Prince William County and two Tern species in Culpeper County, 20 August 2014
Date: Wed Aug 20 2014 18:48 pm
From: pborowiecki AT comcast.net
 
VA Birders,
Late this afternoon Todd Day and I had one Black Tern and three Forster's Terns at a private pond in Culpeper County. We also had a very wet juvenile Peregrine Falcon preening in a tree. When the Peregrine took flight, the terns took off.

On my way home I decided to stop at the Bristow sod farm in Prince William County, where I had three Willet (Western). They were in the turned dirt on the northwest side of the road in to the sod farm (Split Oak Lane). With the Willet were both Black-bellied and American Golden Plovers. On the opposite side of the road in the grassy fields were Greater Yellowlegs, seven Wild Turkey, and ubiquitous Killdeer. I did not see any of the previously reported Upland Sandpipers.

Perri

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Perri R. Borowiecki
Dumfries, VA
pborowiecki@comcast.net
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Subject: Common Nighthawks - Stuarts Draft
Date: Wed Aug 20 2014 18:04 pm
From: brenda AT birdsofvirginia.com
 
At 6:42 as I was sitting out on back deck enjoying a lovely late
Summer evening I saw 3 chimney swifts overhead. Then, coming up behind them were more swifts and 3 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS flying in from the North. Common Nighthawks migrating early?? Or, possibly early arrivals that will hang around the area until more arrive before big push??


3 Common Nighthawk -- Flying over house with small group of Chimney Swifts. I believe this is my earliest date for fall migration.

Aug 20, 2014
US-VA-Stuarts Draft-108 Canton Ln-Backyard
Stationary
0 miles
1 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes

9 Chimney Swift
5 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
3 Common Grackle



Brenda
Brenda Tekin
Stuart's Draft, VA

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Subject: Mathews, VA 8/19/14
Date: Wed Aug 20 2014 16:03 pm
From: mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com
 
38 avian species including Seaside Sparrow, Tricolored Heron, Snowy Egret
plus a lot more. Report and photos:




http://www.symbolicmessengers....



Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA



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mfaintich@theworddoctor.com



mfaintich@cyberwind.net



www.symbolicmessengers.com



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



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Subject: Virginia Beach Ruff - Site Update
Date: Wed Aug 20 2014 11:32 am
From: marcums AT cns.umass.edu
 
I went to the Whitehurst Tract of Princess Anne WMA to check on the short grass area where many shorebirds were reported over the weekend. I was quite surprised to find the entire impoundment completely flooded. The only bird present was a Great Egret. Although I checked a lot of other areas in the tract the only shorebirds seen were a few Killdeer and Spotted Sandpiper.

Jim Marcum
Virginia Beach
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Subject: va-bird Digest, Vol 88, Issue 22
Date: Wed Aug 20 2014 10:16 am
From: polentz AT va.net
 
Hello All,
I receive the va-bird list serve in digest form. When birders submit
their oberservations and do not delete previous messages, I receive
screens and screens of repeated messages. This morning when I read
the digest I had 50 screens for 6 messages. Please when you submit
your observations, delete all previous messages except the one you
are replying to. It makes it a lot easier to see and read the new messages.

Thank you,
Patricia Polentz
Christiansburg

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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington Area, Aug 19
Date: Wed Aug 20 2014 9:10 am
From: joecoleman AT rstarmail.com
 
FYI - this report is for sightings from Aug 12 through Aug 18 and was compiled by Helen Patton & transcribed by Steve Cordle.
Joe Coleman

Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 8/19/2014
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, questions: voice@AudubonNaturalist.org
Compiler: Helen Patton
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic
States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
August 12 and was completed on Tuesday, August 19 at 3:45 p.m.

The top birds this week were AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN in MD and VA and
SEDGE WREN in DE.

Other birds of interest this week included SNOW GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN,
ducks, ANHINGA, waders, WHITE and GLOSSY IBIS, MISSISSIPPI KITE,
BROAD-WINGED HAWK, BLACK-NECKED STILT, AMERICAN AVOCET, shorebirds,
BONAPARTE'S GULL, terns, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, flycatchers, COMMON
RAVEN, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, warblers, LARK SPARROW and SUMMER TANAGER.

TOP BIRDS

A flock of nineteen AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS was on the Potomac River
in Charles Co, MD on August 16. An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was at the
Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA on August 18.

A SEDGE WREN was encountered at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on August
16-18.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

A SNOW GOOSE and a TUNDRA SWAN continued at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co,
DE, this week.

Sightings of migrant ducks included BLUE-WINGED TEAL, NORTHERN
SHOVELER, NORTHERN PINTAIL and GREEN-WINGED TEAL at Figgs Landing,
Worcester Co, MD on August 14. The August 14 census of Poplar Island,
Talbot Co, MD found SURF SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCK and
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. A KING EIDER was also on Poplar Island on
August 19. A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was at Black Walnut Point, Talbot Co,
MD on August 17.

On August 16, seven ANHINGAS were seen along Blackwater Road in
Chesapeake Co, VA.

A SNOWY EGRET was on the shores of the Patuxent River just north of
the Rte 231 Bridge, Charles Co, MD on August 17. Thirty-one LITTLE
BLUE HERONS and eleven CATTLE EGRETS were at North Beach State Park,
Baltimore Co, MD on August 14. A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was at the
North Beach Marsh, Calvert Co, MD on August 14.

A continuing immature WHITE IBIS was seen at Wooton's Landing,
Patuxent River Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD on August 12. Another WHITE
IBIS was at Black Hill Regional Park, Montgomery Co, MD on August 13.
A GLOSSY IBIS was at Oxon Hill Farm, Prince George's Co, MD on August
13.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE landed in a yard in Virginia Beach, VA on August
12. A number of MISSISSIPPI KITES were sighted at sites near Largo
Vista, Prince William County, VA on August 13. A MISSISSIPPI KITE flew
over the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch, Augusta Co, VA on August 15.

The migration of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS is underway with 32 reported from
the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch on both August 15 and 16.

Both BLACK-NECKED STILT and AMERICAN AVOCETS were on Poplar Island,
Talbot Co, MD on August 14. An AMERICAN AVOCET was at Dyke Marsh,
Fairfax Co, VA on August 15.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER and an UPLAND SANDPIPER were at the Bristow
Road Sod Farm, Prince William Co, VA on August 17. The UPLAND
SANDPIPER was seen again on August 18. Three UPLAND SANDPIPERS were at
the Salisbury Airport, Wicomico Co, MD on August 17. Three WILSON'S
PLOVERS were at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on August 13. Four
PIPING PLOVERS were at the Craney Island Disposal Area on August 13.
Shorebirds of note seen on Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, MD on
August 14 included BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS and LEAST
and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS. Shorebirds of note on Poplar Island,
Talbot Co, MD on August 14 included WESTERN SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED
SANDPIPER, DUNLIN and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE. Another RED-NECKED
PHALAROPE was seen at the end of Old Morgantown Road, Garrett Co, MD
on August 16, 17 and 18. SOLITARY, PECTORAL, STILT and LEAST
SANDPIPERS were in a small puddle near the end of Taylor Road,
Wicomico Co, MD on August 17. The STILT SANDPIPER was still present on
August 18. A WHIMBREL flew by the beach on Assateague Island,
Worcester Co, MD on August 17. Shorebirds seen on the C&O Canal at
North Branch, Allegany Co, on August 18 included SEMIPALMATED,
WESTERN, LEAST and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS.

A BONAPARTE'S GULL was at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on August 13. A
BLACK TERN was noted at the Old Morgantown Road landing along the
Youghiogheny River, Garrett Co., MD on August 12. Some SANDWICH TERNS
were on Assateague Island and Skimmer Island, Worcester Co., MD on
August 17. A BLACK TERN was at the Anita C. Leight Estuary, Harford
Co, MD, on August 17.

A group of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS was at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack
Co, VA in the dead pines across from the lighthouse parking lot. A
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was at Eastern Neck NWR, Kent Co, MD on August
16. Two adult and one immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were on the
Bradenbaugh Flats, Harford Co, MD on August 18.

A MERLIN was perched on snags at Piney Reservoir, Garrett Co, MD on
August 18.

Migrant flycatchers included: an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER at Black
Marsh, Baltimore Co, MD on August 15; a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER at
North Point State Park, Baltimore Co, MD on August 14; an ALDER
FLYCATCHER on August 16 and a WILLOW FLYCATCHER on August 15 at the
Irvine Nature Center, Baltimore Co., MD; a LEAST FLYCATCHER at Wheaton
Regional Park, Montgomery Co, MD on August 16

A COMMON RAVEN flew over downtown Bethesda, Montgomery Co, MD on
August 18.

An early SWAINSON'S THRUSH was at Wheaton Regional Park, Montgomery
Co, MD on August 14.

A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was at Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore Co., MD
on August 14. A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was at Wheaton Regional Park,
Montgomery Co, MD on August 14. A BLUE-WINGED WARBLER was at Morgan
Run NEA, Carroll Co, MD on August 14. A MOURNING WARBLER was at
Cromwell Valley Park on August 13, 14 and 15. Another MOURNING WARBLER
was in the Maintenance Yard of Rock Creek Park, NW DC, on August 17.
Yet another MOURNING WARBLER was on Red Fox Lane, Albemarle Co, VA on
August 18 and 19. A CANADA WARBLER was at Cromwell Valley State Park,
also Baltimore Co, MD on August 14. Warblers noted at Rock Creek Park,
NW DC on August 15 included OVENBIRD, WORM-EATING, BLUE-WINGED,
BLACK-AND-WHITE, TENNESSEE, AMERICAN REDSTART, CHESTNUT-SIDED,
YELLOW-THROATED and CANADA WARBLERS. Wheaton Regional Park, Montgomery
Co, MD hosted six warbler species on August 15 including NORTHERN
WATERTHRUSH, MAGNOLIA, YELLOW and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS. A
BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER was added to the Rock Creek Park sightings on
August 16. Warblers seen at Finzel Swamp, Allegany/Garrett Cos, MD on
August 17 included: HOODED, BLACKBURNIAN, CHESTNUT-SIDED and
BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS.

A LARK SPARROW was at the Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on August
16.

A SUMMER TANAGER was at the corner of Todd's Corner Road and Sharp
Road, close to Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Talbot Co, MD on August
14.

***

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

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

To report bird sightings, e-mail your report to
voice@AudubonNaturalist.org. Please post reports before midnight
Monday, identify the county as well as the state, and include your
name and a Tuesday morning contact, e-mail or phone.

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

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Subject: WWBT 12 SANDHILL CRANE
Date: Wed Aug 20 2014 6:41 am
From: bigadfromlb AT comcast.net
 
Yes, it was definitely a Sandhill Crane. They misidentified it, calling it a "young Great Blue Heron". I thought they were taking it to the Wildlife Center of Virginia but if they release it at the heron rookery, there may be a Sandhill Crane in Richmond somewhere!!

Adam D'Onofrio
North Dinwiddie


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

From: "Leo Snead"
To: "Virginia Birds"
Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 9:45:21 PM
Subject: [Va-bird] WWBT 12 SANDHILL CRANE

Did anyone else see the 6:00 news tonight showing what they called a GBH in a N chesterfield yard today? Three feet tall, stocky dark bill and large red crown patch....sure looked like a sandhill crane to me! It was captured and was going to be released at the heron rookery downtown.

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> 3. Dyke Marsh, Aug 17, 2014 (Larry Meade)
> 4. Osprey at Reston Bird Walk (WILLIAM)
> 5. HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (17 Aug 2014) 10 Raptors
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> 6. Great Falls NP Bird Walk 08/17/14 (Dendroica@aol.com)
> 7. Bristow Road Sod Farm, Prince William County, Aug 17, 2014:
> American Golden-Plover & Upland Sandpiper (Elton Morel)
> 8. North Topsail, NC trip report (Andrew Rapp)
> 9. Vertebratathon by Virginia group in Ecuador (Frederick Atwood)
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> Message: 1
> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:40:20 -0400
> From: Bill Hohenstein
> To: "va-bird@listserve.com"
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Chincoteague NWR and surrounding areas
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> Hi all:
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> I'm wrapping up a week at Chincoteague and wanted to follow up with a quick report on birds and birding conditions. Shorebird concentrations slowly picked up during the week with yesterday being the best day on the Wildlife Loop. Midweek rains helped extend the area where peeps are feeding, but the vast majority of birds remain frustratingly far out on the flats. There were probably over 1,000 birds on the flats, mostly semipalmated sandpipers and least sandpipers, but also large numbers of semipalmated plovers. There were a small number of larger chunky sandpipers mixed in -- that I'm guessing were Pectoral and a few longer sleeker ones that I'm guessing were White Rumped but they were too far out to confirm.
>
> Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs are present as well as a number of egrets and Ibis on the loop. I've seen Cattle, Snowy, and Great Egrets and Glossy and White Ibis on the loop.
>
> The flats across from the beach visitors center continues to be good for terns, sandpipers, gulls, and egrets. Royal, Common, Forsters, Caspian, Least, Sandwich, Skimmers, and a single Black Tern (on one day) have been present. Red Knots and Dowitchers are scattered among the Willets and Marbled Godwits.
>
> I found a group of Red Headed Woodpeckers in some of the dead pines across from the lighthouse parking lot. A good find -- I don't think they are breeding along the wildlife loop anymore -- I have not seen them there in a couple of years.
>
> Queen Sound Landing -- on the main causeway continues to have a colony of common terns with some newly fledged young. I did not see Gull Billed terns there despite multiple stops.
>
> The clapper rails on the causeway to the refuge (past the McDonalds) are everywhere -- there are some newly fledged young feeding on the insects in the grass -- some are in the road. I also spotted a Saltmarsh Sparrow from here.
>
> I found one other Saltmarsh Sparrow in the dunes along the south beach parking lot.
>
> Overall a great week -- with a stop to see friends in Greenbackville -- I totaled 116 species for the week.
>
> Shorebird numbers should continue to pick up -- with a bit of rain, the conditions here should be very good.
>
> Bill
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
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>
>
> From: elliety@msn.com
> To: va-bird@listserve.com
> Subject: Chincoteague NWR and surrounding areas
> Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:35:36 -0400
>
>
>
>
> Here is a quick report from Monday and Tuesday at Chincoteague NWR and surrounding areas. The highlight so far was a White Faced Ibis, mixed in with four Glossy Ibis. It had bubble gum colored legs, extensive white on three sides of the eye, a reddish eye, and red fleshy area in front of the eye.
>
> The White Faced Ibis was in black duck pool across from the area where folks stop to see the ponies (on beach road).
>
> Swan's Cove is probably the best single spot for seeing birds at the moment. A good variety of terns (Royal, Common, one Sandwich, Least, skimmers, and Forsters). Marbled Godwit, Willet, Red Knot, SB Dowitchers, Sanderlings, Semi palmated Sandpipers, Spotted Sandpipers. A good variety of egrets and herons, and gulls.
>
> Birding is difficult on the wildlife loop. Not too much water and most of the birds are way out. There are good numbers of peeps -- the usuals, but you need to search for them. There was a large flock of White Ibis on the wildlife loop yesterday (35 birds or so).
>
> The beach south of the parking lots has a large number of sanderlings and good numbers of ruddy turnstones and black bellied plovers.
>
> Today, I took the jeep around on the MD side and drove down to the VA state line. From there, my brother and I walked to the north wash flats and back. The wild beach has lots of birds -- again mostly sanderlings and all five types of common summer gulls. In addition, good numbers of ruddy turnstones, willets, and BBPlovers, and flocks of whimbrels and red knots. The impoundments were a bit quiet. Lots of water in the Old Fields -- limiting it to gulls, terns, and egrets. The North Wash Flats had an assortment of peeps -- the usuals. It also had 9 eastern meadowlarks. Another highlight was a single vesper sparrow on the dike north of the Old Fields.
>
> It rained today so we'll see what the weather brings. I'm here for the rest of the week.
>
> Bill
>
>
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> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:41:06 +0000
> From: david.clark@chasnorfolk.org
> To: va-bird@listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] Whitehurst Tract Ruff
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> Still present this morning around 9:00
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> David Clark
> Norfolk
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> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:44:15 -0400 (EDT)
> From: Larry Meade
> To: va-bird@listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh, Aug 17, 2014
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> Nine people out for the weekly bird walk at Dyke Marsh in Fairfax County. The walks, sponsored by Friends of Dyke Marsh, are held every Sunday at 8:00 AM and are free and open to all. Today we tallied 47 bird species. Highlights included a family of Orchard Orioles in the picnic area, Forster's and Caspian Terns, Bald Eagles, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, and many Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets. We also saw some fresh Viceroy Butterflies.
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> Larry Meade
> Merrifield, Va
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> Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, US-VA
> Aug 17, 2014 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> 47 species
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> Canada Goose 100
> Mallard 70
> Double-crested Cormorant 12
> Great Blue Heron 30
> Great Egret 15
> Green Heron 1
> Osprey 8
> Bald Eagle 5
> Greater Yellowlegs 3
> Laughing Gull 25
> Ring-billed Gull 10
> Caspian Tern 2
> Forster's Tern 16
> Mourning Dove 7
> Chimney Swift 3
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird 5
> Belted Kingfisher 2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Downy Woodpecker 3
> Northern Flicker 1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
> Acadian Flycatcher 1
> Great Crested Flycatcher 2
> Red-eyed Vireo 1
> Blue Jay 6
> American Crow 2
> Fish Crow 7
> Tree Swallow 1
> Barn Swallow 12
> Carolina Chickadee 10
> Tufted Titmouse 5
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> Marsh Wren 1
> Carolina Wren 14
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
> American Robin 12
> Gray Catbird 6
> European Starling 10
> Common Yellowthroat 1
> Yellow Warbler 3
> Song Sparrow 1
> Northern Cardinal 16
> Red-winged Blackbird 2
> Common Grackle 12
> Orchard Oriole 6
> American Goldfinch 8
> House Sparrow 6
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> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19494861
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> Message: 4
> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:58:42 -0400
> From: WILLIAM
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> Subject: [Va-bird] Osprey at Reston Bird Walk
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> Twenty-five birders, many of them first-timers to our group, showed up today for the bird walk at Stratton Woods Park in Reston. The most unexpected and entertaining sighting of the day may have been an Osprey that flew in with a large goldfish, apparently filched from a nearby backyard pond. The Osprey landed on a light standard in the park and leisurely fed on the fish, giving everyone plenty of time to observe it. The complete list of birds observed today:
> Great Blue HeronTurkey VultureOspreyRed-shouldered HawkMourning Dove
> Chimney SwiftRuby-throated HummingbirdRed-bellied WoodpeckerDowny-WoodpeckerHairy Woodpecker
> Northern FlickerEastern KingbirdBlue JayAmerican CrowFish Crow
> Tree SwallowBarn SwallowCarolina ChickadeeTufted TitmouseWhite-breasted Nuthatch
> Carolina WrenBlue-gray GnatcatcherEastern BluebirdAmerican RobinGray Catbird
> European StarlingCedar WaxwingEastern TowheeSong SparrowNorthern Cardinal
> Common GrackleHouse FinchAmerican Goldfinch
> The Reston bird walks are held at least monthly at various parks and natural areas in Reston. The walks are co-sponsored by the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia, Reston Association, and the Bird Feeder. Check the ASNV website, audubonva.org, for the dates of upcoming walks.
> Bill BrownHerndon
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> Message: 5
> Date: 17 Aug 2014 16:08:29 -0400
> From: reports@hawkcount.org
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> Subject: [Va-bird] HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (17 Aug 2014) 10
> Raptors
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> Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
> Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
> Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 17, 2014
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> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
> Osprey 1 13 13
> Bald Eagle 0 1 1
> Northern Harrier 0 0 0
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 4 4
> Cooper's Hawk 0 3 3
> Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
> Broad-winged Hawk 7 71 71
> Red-tailed Hawk 0 10 10
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 7 7
> Merlin 0 0 0
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 1 3 3
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
> Mississippi Kite 0 2 2
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> Total: 10 114 114
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> Observation start time: 08:30:00
> Observation end time: 11:30:00
> Total observation time: 3 hours
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> Official Counter: Vic Laubach
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> Observers: Josh Laubach
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> Visitors:
> Al Wolf
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> Weather:
> Strong W winds. 21-25.5C temps. Light rain in early morning but no
> precipitation through late afternoon. Dark 100% cloud coverage early
> becoming partly sunny (75% cloud coverage) by 11:30.
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> Raptor Observations:
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> Non-raptor Observations:
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> Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach@virginia.edu)
> Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
> http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...
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> Message: 6
> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:06:12 -0400 (EDT)
> From: Dendroica@aol.com
> To: va-bird@listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 08/17/14
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> Our group of six birders recorded 34 species of birds on today's walk which
> included several Yellow-billed Cuckoos and our first sighting of a
> Black-and-White Warbler as we enter the fall migration period. The list follows.
>
> We meet every Sunday at 8 AM at the visitors' center parking lot. Come
> join us.
>
> Ralph Wall
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> The list:
> Canada Goose 6
> Wood Duck 2
> Mallard 12
> Double-crested Cormorant 3
> Great Blue Heron 1
> Black Vulture 12
> Turkey Vulture 6
> Mourning Dove 2
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo 4
> Chimney Swift 8
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Northern Flicker 1
> Pileated Woodpecker 2
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 5
> Acadian Flycatcher 1
> Great Crested Flycatcher 3
> Red-eyed Vireo 2
> Blue Jay 8
> American Crow 4
> Fish Crow 2
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3
> Tree Swallow 4
> Barn Swallow 1
> Carolina Chickadee 5
> Tufted Titmouse 10
> White-breasted Nuthatch 4
> Carolina Wren 8
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
> Black-and-white Warbler 1
> Chipping Sparrow 1
> Northern Cardinal 6
> Baltimore Oriole 2
> American Goldfinch 6
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> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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> Message: 7
> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:00:11 -0700
> From: Elton Morel
> To: "va-bird@listserve.com"
> Subject: [Va-bird] Bristow Road Sod Farm, Prince William County, Aug
> 17, 2014: American Golden-Plover & Upland Sandpiper
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> After an unsuccessful attempt early this morning, a return visit this afternoon to the Bristow?Road Sod Farms in Prince William?county was delightfully productive.? I quickly found an American Golden-Plover in a flock of Killdeers and later on I found a very distant scope-view of an Upland Sandpiper - probably the same bird that Linda Chittum found on Saturday.? The details of the location for these birds are in the eBird notes below.
> ?
> I also visited?Valley View Park off of Valley View Road south of Bristow Road.? Four Mississippi Kites are still present.? I found them perched in the sycamores on the north side of the entrance road across from a pond with a high berm and just past a horse trail that crosses the entrance road.
> ?
> Elton Morel
> Arlington, VA
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> Bristow Road Sod Farm, Prince William, US-VA
> Aug 17, 2014 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.25 mile(s)
> Comments:
> 13 species
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> Black Vulture 6
> Turkey Vulture 4
> American Golden-Plover 1 Seen from the corner of Bristow Road & Split Oak Lane, looking east into a plowed field with Killdeers, Horned Larks and MODOs. About 100 to 150 yards out, easily found with binoculars but a scope helped. Breeding-plumaged adult. About the size of a Killdeer. Black underparts and throat bordered by white on the sides of neck and breast. White eyebrow set off by black eyeline and black cap. Brown back and wings speckled with black. Once when the bird lifted its wings, the armpits were light grayish, not black. Digiscoped photos available.
> Killdeer 12
> Upland Sandpiper 1 Initially seen from the corner of Bristow Road & Split Oak Lane, looking east into a grass field about 1/3 of a mile out - scope needed to ID. I then walked about 1/4 mile southeast on Bristow Road to get a better angle. Large brown shorebird with whitish belly, long legs (leg color could not be determined), plump, football shaped body, long neck with small head and short, straight bill (bill color could not be determined), the long neck accentuated by chicken-like head bobbing as it was walking and picking at the turf. Poor digiscoped photos available.
> Laughing Gull 100
> Mourning Dove 75
> American Kestrel 1
> Horned Lark 20
> Barn Swallow 15
> European Starling 25
> Eastern Meadowlark 2
> American Goldfinch 1 Heard only.
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> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/)ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19496225
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> Message: 8
> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 23:58:11 -0400
> From: Andrew Rapp
> To: "va-bird@listserve.com"
> Subject: [Va-bird] North Topsail, NC trip report
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> Hey everyone,
> I returned tonight from the beach in NC at North Topsail, where I have been for the past week. I ended the week with a total of 85 birds. NO lifers anymore :(. I had five targets going into the trip that I hoped to see. By the end I had all five including two rare birds.
> The targets plus rare birds and how many I saw are below
> Gull-bulled Tern 1
> Black Tern 2
> Pectoral Sandpiper 3
> Marbled Godwit 4
> Red Knot 7
> Rare birds
> Reddish Egret 4 (seen at the same time to ensure they were all different birds)
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/... just one of the possible more than four I saw
> Great Cormorant 1 (Early but young birds come down a little earlier)
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
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> Non-bird lifers
> Fiery Skipper
> Ocola Skipper
> Clouded Skipper
> Hayhurst's Scallopwing
> Southern Broken Dash
> Twin-spotted Skipper
> Brazilian Skipper
> Six-lined Racerunner
> Green Tree Frog
> Squirrel Tree Frog
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> To see all my pics view my flickr
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
> As always Good Birding,
> Andrew Rapp
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> P.S. I am jealous of all that were on the Craney Island Trip sounds like you got some great birds
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> Message: 9
> Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:09:29 -0700
> From: Frederick Atwood
> To: Va-bird Birding
> Subject: [Va-bird] Vertebratathon by Virginia group in Ecuador
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> Dear VA-Birders
> The Virginia Society of Ornithology board granted permission for me to post this one-time message.
>
> Flint Hill School students recently conducted a Vertebratathon in Ecuador to
> try to raise money for conservation in Ecuador through Rain Forest Trust (based in Warrenton
> VA). This link describes the vertebratathon and lists the 531 species
> (414 birds) we found in our three week visit to the Andes (Antisana, Papallacta, Otavalo), cloudforests
> (west and east slopes), rain forest (Tiputini), and Galapagos (Tip Top
> III itinerary in N and W portion).
> Please consider donating to this cause as instructed on the link. You can also see our itinerary and other info on this link.
> https://sites.google.com/a/fli...
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> ?
>
> PS we also sponsored an Ecuadorean girl with us during the entire trip,
> and two birding-guides-in-training on the Galapagos portion of the trip.
>
> Thanks!
> All the best
>
> Fred
> ?
> Frederick D. Atwood fredatwood at yahoo dot com
> Flint Hill School, 10409 Academic Dr, Oakton, VA 22124
> 703-242-1675
> http://www.agpix.com/fredatwoo...
> http://www.flinthill.org
> http://tea.armadaproject.org/t...
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Subject: Manassas: Upland Sandy YES, Amer Golden-Plover NO
Date: Tue Aug 19 2014 21:09 pm
From: stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net
 

This morning Tues. 19 August, Lynn Rafferty and I visited the Bristow Sod Farm, following up on recent reports (thank you!!) by Dave Larsen, Gerry Hawkins, Elton Morel, and others.

We spent 45 minutes, saw one other friendly birder, and found the Upland Sandpiper. It was alone in the grass (all the other birds were on bare dirt patches), about 100m east of the intersection. No sign of the American Golden-Plover today.

Most of the birds (Horned Larks, Killdeers, doves) were east of the intersection this morning (8-8:30 AM). Very few to the west.

This is a really good scope situation; either that, or strong, steady binoculars are needed at a minimum.

-Steve Johnson & Lynn Rafferty

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Subject: WWBT 12 SANDHILL CRANE
Date: Tue Aug 19 2014 20:45 pm
From: thesneads2 AT gmail.com
 
Did anyone else see the 6:00 news tonight showing what they called a GBH in a N chesterfield yard today? Three feet tall, stocky dark bill and large red crown patch....sure looked like a sandhill crane to me! It was captured and was going to be released at the heron rookery downtown.

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> 1. Re: Chincoteague NWR and surrounding areas (Bill Hohenstein)
> 2. Whitehurst Tract Ruff (david.clark@chasnorfolk.org)
> 3. Dyke Marsh, Aug 17, 2014 (Larry Meade)
> 4. Osprey at Reston Bird Walk (WILLIAM)
> 5. HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (17 Aug 2014) 10 Raptors
> (reports@hawkcount.org)
> 6. Great Falls NP Bird Walk 08/17/14 (Dendroica@aol.com)
> 7. Bristow Road Sod Farm, Prince William County, Aug 17, 2014:
> American Golden-Plover & Upland Sandpiper (Elton Morel)
> 8. North Topsail, NC trip report (Andrew Rapp)
> 9. Vertebratathon by Virginia group in Ecuador (Frederick Atwood)
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> Message: 1
> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:40:20 -0400
> From: Bill Hohenstein
> To: "va-bird@listserve.com"
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Chincoteague NWR and surrounding areas
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> Hi all:
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> I'm wrapping up a week at Chincoteague and wanted to follow up with a quick report on birds and birding conditions. Shorebird concentrations slowly picked up during the week with yesterday being the best day on the Wildlife Loop. Midweek rains helped extend the area where peeps are feeding, but the vast majority of birds remain frustratingly far out on the flats. There were probably over 1,000 birds on the flats, mostly semipalmated sandpipers and least sandpipers, but also large numbers of semipalmated plovers. There were a small number of larger chunky sandpipers mixed in -- that I'm guessing were Pectoral and a few longer sleeker ones that I'm guessing were White Rumped but they were too far out to confirm.
>
> Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs are present as well as a number of egrets and Ibis on the loop. I've seen Cattle, Snowy, and Great Egrets and Glossy and White Ibis on the loop.
>
> The flats across from the beach visitors center continues to be good for terns, sandpipers, gulls, and egrets. Royal, Common, Forsters, Caspian, Least, Sandwich, Skimmers, and a single Black Tern (on one day) have been present. Red Knots and Dowitchers are scattered among the Willets and Marbled Godwits.
>
> I found a group of Red Headed Woodpeckers in some of the dead pines across from the lighthouse parking lot. A good find -- I don't think they are breeding along the wildlife loop anymore -- I have not seen them there in a couple of years.
>
> Queen Sound Landing -- on the main causeway continues to have a colony of common terns with some newly fledged young. I did not see Gull Billed terns there despite multiple stops.
>
> The clapper rails on the causeway to the refuge (past the McDonalds) are everywhere -- there are some newly fledged young feeding on the insects in the grass -- some are in the road. I also spotted a Saltmarsh Sparrow from here.
>
> I found one other Saltmarsh Sparrow in the dunes along the south beach parking lot.
>
> Overall a great week -- with a stop to see friends in Greenbackville -- I totaled 116 species for the week.
>
> Shorebird numbers should continue to pick up -- with a bit of rain, the conditions here should be very good.
>
> Bill
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
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>
>
> From: elliety@msn.com
> To: va-bird@listserve.com
> Subject: Chincoteague NWR and surrounding areas
> Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:35:36 -0400
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>
>
>
> Here is a quick report from Monday and Tuesday at Chincoteague NWR and surrounding areas. The highlight so far was a White Faced Ibis, mixed in with four Glossy Ibis. It had bubble gum colored legs, extensive white on three sides of the eye, a reddish eye, and red fleshy area in front of the eye.
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> The White Faced Ibis was in black duck pool across from the area where folks stop to see the ponies (on beach road).
>
> Swan's Cove is probably the best single spot for seeing birds at the moment. A good variety of terns (Royal, Common, one Sandwich, Least, skimmers, and Forsters). Marbled Godwit, Willet, Red Knot, SB Dowitchers, Sanderlings, Semi palmated Sandpipers, Spotted Sandpipers. A good variety of egrets and herons, and gulls.
>
> Birding is difficult on the wildlife loop. Not too much water and most of the birds are way out. There are good numbers of peeps -- the usuals, but you need to search for them. There was a large flock of White Ibis on the wildlife loop yesterday (35 birds or so).
>
> The beach south of the parking lots has a large number of sanderlings and good numbers of ruddy turnstones and black bellied plovers.
>
> Today, I took the jeep around on the MD side and drove down to the VA state line. From there, my brother and I walked to the north wash flats and back. The wild beach has lots of birds -- again mostly sanderlings and all five types of common summer gulls. In addition, good numbers of ruddy turnstones, willets, and BBPlovers, and flocks of whimbrels and red knots. The impoundments were a bit quiet. Lots of water in the Old Fields -- limiting it to gulls, terns, and egrets. The North Wash Flats had an assortment of peeps -- the usuals. It also had 9 eastern meadowlarks. Another highlight was a single vesper sparrow on the dike north of the Old Fields.
>
> It rained today so we'll see what the weather brings. I'm here for the rest of the week.
>
> Bill
>
>
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>
> Message: 2
> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:41:06 +0000
> From: david.clark@chasnorfolk.org
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> Subject: [Va-bird] Whitehurst Tract Ruff
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> Still present this morning around 9:00
>
> David Clark
> Norfolk
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> Message: 3
> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:44:15 -0400 (EDT)
> From: Larry Meade
> To: va-bird@listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh, Aug 17, 2014
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> Nine people out for the weekly bird walk at Dyke Marsh in Fairfax County. The walks, sponsored by Friends of Dyke Marsh, are held every Sunday at 8:00 AM and are free and open to all. Today we tallied 47 bird species. Highlights included a family of Orchard Orioles in the picnic area, Forster's and Caspian Terns, Bald Eagles, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, and many Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets. We also saw some fresh Viceroy Butterflies.
>
> Larry Meade
> Merrifield, Va
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>
> Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, US-VA
> Aug 17, 2014 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> 47 species
>
> Canada Goose 100
> Mallard 70
> Double-crested Cormorant 12
> Great Blue Heron 30
> Great Egret 15
> Green Heron 1
> Osprey 8
> Bald Eagle 5
> Greater Yellowlegs 3
> Laughing Gull 25
> Ring-billed Gull 10
> Caspian Tern 2
> Forster's Tern 16
> Mourning Dove 7
> Chimney Swift 3
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird 5
> Belted Kingfisher 2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Downy Woodpecker 3
> Northern Flicker 1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
> Acadian Flycatcher 1
> Great Crested Flycatcher 2
> Red-eyed Vireo 1
> Blue Jay 6
> American Crow 2
> Fish Crow 7
> Tree Swallow 1
> Barn Swallow 12
> Carolina Chickadee 10
> Tufted Titmouse 5
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> Marsh Wren 1
> Carolina Wren 14
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
> American Robin 12
> Gray Catbird 6
> European Starling 10
> Common Yellowthroat 1
> Yellow Warbler 3
> Song Sparrow 1
> Northern Cardinal 16
> Red-winged Blackbird 2
> Common Grackle 12
> Orchard Oriole 6
> American Goldfinch 8
> House Sparrow 6
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19494861
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/VA))
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>
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> Message: 4
> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:58:42 -0400
> From: WILLIAM
> To: va-bird
> Subject: [Va-bird] Osprey at Reston Bird Walk
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> Twenty-five birders, many of them first-timers to our group, showed up today for the bird walk at Stratton Woods Park in Reston. The most unexpected and entertaining sighting of the day may have been an Osprey that flew in with a large goldfish, apparently filched from a nearby backyard pond. The Osprey landed on a light standard in the park and leisurely fed on the fish, giving everyone plenty of time to observe it. The complete list of birds observed today:
> Great Blue HeronTurkey VultureOspreyRed-shouldered HawkMourning Dove
> Chimney SwiftRuby-throated HummingbirdRed-bellied WoodpeckerDowny-WoodpeckerHairy Woodpecker
> Northern FlickerEastern KingbirdBlue JayAmerican CrowFish Crow
> Tree SwallowBarn SwallowCarolina ChickadeeTufted TitmouseWhite-breasted Nuthatch
> Carolina WrenBlue-gray GnatcatcherEastern BluebirdAmerican RobinGray Catbird
> European StarlingCedar WaxwingEastern TowheeSong SparrowNorthern Cardinal
> Common GrackleHouse FinchAmerican Goldfinch
> The Reston bird walks are held at least monthly at various parks and natural areas in Reston. The walks are co-sponsored by the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia, Reston Association, and the Bird Feeder. Check the ASNV website, audubonva.org, for the dates of upcoming walks.
> Bill BrownHerndon
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>
>
>
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>
> Message: 5
> Date: 17 Aug 2014 16:08:29 -0400
> From: reports@hawkcount.org
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> Subject: [Va-bird] HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (17 Aug 2014) 10
> Raptors
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> Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
> Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
> Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 17, 2014
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
> Osprey 1 13 13
> Bald Eagle 0 1 1
> Northern Harrier 0 0 0
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 4 4
> Cooper's Hawk 0 3 3
> Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
> Broad-winged Hawk 7 71 71
> Red-tailed Hawk 0 10 10
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 7 7
> Merlin 0 0 0
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 1 3 3
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
> Mississippi Kite 0 2 2
>
> Total: 10 114 114
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Observation start time: 08:30:00
> Observation end time: 11:30:00
> Total observation time: 3 hours
>
> Official Counter: Vic Laubach
>
> Observers: Josh Laubach
>
> Visitors:
> Al Wolf
>
>
> Weather:
> Strong W winds. 21-25.5C temps. Light rain in early morning but no
> precipitation through late afternoon. Dark 100% cloud coverage early
> becoming partly sunny (75% cloud coverage) by 11:30.
>
> Raptor Observations:
>
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
>
> ========================================================================
> Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach@virginia.edu)
> Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
> http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 6
> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:06:12 -0400 (EDT)
> From: Dendroica@aol.com
> To: va-bird@listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 08/17/14
> Message-ID:
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII"
>
> Our group of six birders recorded 34 species of birds on today's walk which
> included several Yellow-billed Cuckoos and our first sighting of a
> Black-and-White Warbler as we enter the fall migration period. The list follows.
>
> We meet every Sunday at 8 AM at the visitors' center parking lot. Come
> join us.
>
> Ralph Wall
>
> The list:
> Canada Goose 6
> Wood Duck 2
> Mallard 12
> Double-crested Cormorant 3
> Great Blue Heron 1
> Black Vulture 12
> Turkey Vulture 6
> Mourning Dove 2
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo 4
> Chimney Swift 8
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Northern Flicker 1
> Pileated Woodpecker 2
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 5
> Acadian Flycatcher 1
> Great Crested Flycatcher 3
> Red-eyed Vireo 2
> Blue Jay 8
> American Crow 4
> Fish Crow 2
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3
> Tree Swallow 4
> Barn Swallow 1
> Carolina Chickadee 5
> Tufted Titmouse 10
> White-breasted Nuthatch 4
> Carolina Wren 8
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
> Black-and-white Warbler 1
> Chipping Sparrow 1
> Northern Cardinal 6
> Baltimore Oriole 2
> American Goldfinch 6
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 7
> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:00:11 -0700
> From: Elton Morel
> To: "va-bird@listserve.com"
> Subject: [Va-bird] Bristow Road Sod Farm, Prince William County, Aug
> 17, 2014: American Golden-Plover & Upland Sandpiper
> Message-ID:
>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1
>
> VA Birders:
> ?
> After an unsuccessful attempt early this morning, a return visit this afternoon to the Bristow?Road Sod Farms in Prince William?county was delightfully productive.? I quickly found an American Golden-Plover in a flock of Killdeers and later on I found a very distant scope-view of an Upland Sandpiper - probably the same bird that Linda Chittum found on Saturday.? The details of the location for these birds are in the eBird notes below.
> ?
> I also visited?Valley View Park off of Valley View Road south of Bristow Road.? Four Mississippi Kites are still present.? I found them perched in the sycamores on the north side of the entrance road across from a pond with a high berm and just past a horse trail that crosses the entrance road.
> ?
> Elton Morel
> Arlington, VA
> ?
>
>
>
>
> Bristow Road Sod Farm, Prince William, US-VA
> Aug 17, 2014 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.25 mile(s)
> Comments:
> 13 species
>
> Black Vulture 6
> Turkey Vulture 4
> American Golden-Plover 1 Seen from the corner of Bristow Road & Split Oak Lane, looking east into a plowed field with Killdeers, Horned Larks and MODOs. About 100 to 150 yards out, easily found with binoculars but a scope helped. Breeding-plumaged adult. About the size of a Killdeer. Black underparts and throat bordered by white on the sides of neck and breast. White eyebrow set off by black eyeline and black cap. Brown back and wings speckled with black. Once when the bird lifted its wings, the armpits were light grayish, not black. Digiscoped photos available.
> Killdeer 12
> Upland Sandpiper 1 Initially seen from the corner of Bristow Road & Split Oak Lane, looking east into a grass field about 1/3 of a mile out - scope needed to ID. I then walked about 1/4 mile southeast on Bristow Road to get a better angle. Large brown shorebird with whitish belly, long legs (leg color could not be determined), plump, football shaped body, long neck with small head and short, straight bill (bill color could not be determined), the long neck accentuated by chicken-like head bobbing as it was walking and picking at the turf. Poor digiscoped photos available.
> Laughing Gull 100
> Mourning Dove 75
> American Kestrel 1
> Horned Lark 20
> Barn Swallow 15
> European Starling 25
> Eastern Meadowlark 2
> American Goldfinch 1 Heard only.
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/)ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19496225
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/)
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 8
> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 23:58:11 -0400
> From: Andrew Rapp
> To: "va-bird@listserve.com"
> Subject: [Va-bird] North Topsail, NC trip report
> Message-ID:
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"
>
> Hey everyone,
> I returned tonight from the beach in NC at North Topsail, where I have been for the past week. I ended the week with a total of 85 birds. NO lifers anymore :(. I had five targets going into the trip that I hoped to see. By the end I had all five including two rare birds.
> The targets plus rare birds and how many I saw are below
> Gull-bulled Tern 1
> Black Tern 2
> Pectoral Sandpiper 3
> Marbled Godwit 4
> Red Knot 7
> Rare birds
> Reddish Egret 4 (seen at the same time to ensure they were all different birds)
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/... just one of the possible more than four I saw
> Great Cormorant 1 (Early but young birds come down a little earlier)
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
>
> Non-bird lifers
> Fiery Skipper
> Ocola Skipper
> Clouded Skipper
> Hayhurst's Scallopwing
> Southern Broken Dash
> Twin-spotted Skipper
> Brazilian Skipper
> Six-lined Racerunner
> Green Tree Frog
> Squirrel Tree Frog
>
> To see all my pics view my flickr
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
> As always Good Birding,
> Andrew Rapp
>
> P.S. I am jealous of all that were on the Craney Island Trip sounds like you got some great birds
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 9
> Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:09:29 -0700
> From: Frederick Atwood
> To: Va-bird Birding
> Subject: [Va-bird] Vertebratathon by Virginia group in Ecuador
> Message-ID:
>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1
>
> Dear VA-Birders
> The Virginia Society of Ornithology board granted permission for me to post this one-time message.
>
> Flint Hill School students recently conducted a Vertebratathon in Ecuador to
> try to raise money for conservation in Ecuador through Rain Forest Trust (based in Warrenton
> VA). This link describes the vertebratathon and lists the 531 species
> (414 birds) we found in our three week visit to the Andes (Antisana, Papallacta, Otavalo), cloudforests
> (west and east slopes), rain forest (Tiputini), and Galapagos (Tip Top
> III itinerary in N and W portion).
> Please consider donating to this cause as instructed on the link. You can also see our itinerary and other info on this link.
> https://sites.google.com/a/fli...
>
> ?
>
> PS we also sponsored an Ecuadorean girl with us during the entire trip,
> and two birding-guides-in-training on the Galapagos portion of the trip.
>
> Thanks!
> All the best
>
> Fred
> ?
> Frederick D. Atwood fredatwood at yahoo dot com
> Flint Hill School, 10409 Academic Dr, Oakton, VA 22124
> 703-242-1675
> http://www.agpix.com/fredatwoo...
> http://www.flinthill.org
> http://tea.armadaproject.org/t...
>
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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (19 Aug 2014) 8 Raptors
Date: Tue Aug 19 2014 19:06 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 13 13
Bald Eagle 0 1 1
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 5 5
Cooper's Hawk 2 5 5
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 3 74 74
Red-tailed Hawk 1 11 11
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 8 8
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 3 3
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 2 2

Total: 8 122 122
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:45:00
Observation end time: 13:15:00
Total observation time: 2.5 hours

Official Counter: Brenda Tekin

Observers:

Weather:
Dense fog and low clouds persisted until around 10 am EST. Dark clouds
would roll in on the lower level E-SE wind, at times shrouding the Bear Den
towers to the north, and then roll out providing periods of patches of blue
sky and sunshine.

Temp: 26.2c>28.2c; Humidity: 74



Subject: Bev Leeuwenburg's Bird Books
Date: Tue Aug 19 2014 17:35 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

Many of you knew Bev, who passed away in February. I had made a previous post that my Kiptopeke Challenge team was dedicating its efforts this September to Bev, who was a great supporter of the event and of Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory. On the Observatory website www.cvwo.org we have posted information on the left-side menu about Bev's bird book library, which her family and friends wanted to go to "good homes." It is very generous and anyone who has interest in any of the books, please contact me directly, per the instructions there.

Brian Taber
CVWO
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (19 Aug 2014) Raptors
Date: Tue Aug 19 2014 16:38 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 1 1
Bald Eagle 0 3 3
Northern Harrier 0 2 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 2 2
Cooper's Hawk 0 3 3
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 5 5
Red-tailed Hawk 0 2 2
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 0 19 19
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Carl Christensen

Observers:

Visitors:
None


Weather:
Fog and low clouds in the morning hours. Clearing after 12:30 with
visibility at a 2/3 the remainder of the afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
No raptors today.

Non-raptor Observations:
3 TVs the only thing in the air today.

Predictions:
Showers possible, and early AM haze. Hope for a better day than today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Carl Christianson ()
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/...


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Subject: Bobolinks at Blandy Experimental Farm
Date: Tue Aug 19 2014 7:44 am
From: dec5z AT cms.mail.virginia.edu
 

This morning I saw about a dozen basic-plumaged Bobolinks in the new
wildflower meadow along Wilkin's Lane at Blandy Experimental Farm in Clarke
County. Also in the area were Red-headed Woodpeckers, a singing Blue
Grosbeak, and lots of Indigo Buntings. There has been a Great Egret hanging
out at Lake Arnold for a couple of weeks now.

The wildflower meadow is just beyond the southeast corner of the Arboretum,
near the large, chain-link fence enclosed chestnut orchard.

David Carr

Director, Blandy Experimental Farm
Research Associate Professor, Environmental Sciences
University of Virginia
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (14 Aug 2014) 2 Raptors
Date: Tue Aug 19 2014 3:09 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 1 3 3
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 1 1 1
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 2 5 5
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Joyce Holt

Observers: Darryl Martin, Dillard Childress

Weather:
Very nice day with clouds and a breeze. I (Joyce) was not going to do a
report unless something good showed up. Darryl and Dillard found the
eagle; I had already gone. Hence the sketchy weather data.

Raptor Observations:
Mature BE at 3:30 DST low and close

Non-raptor Observations:
Not much

One Monarch
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joyce Holt (blueskyjoyce@adelphia.net)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/...


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Subject: Olive-sided and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers
Date: Mon Aug 18 2014 14:06 pm
From: mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com
 
Rockfish Valley Trail 8/18/14 report and photos:




http://www.symbolicmessengers....



Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA



____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________



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mfaintich@theworddoctor.com



mfaintich@cyberwind.net



www.symbolicmessengers.com



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



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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Date: Mon Aug 18 2014 12:45 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Often, the highlights of the Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk list things that weren't there rather than things that were. This morning's walkwas one of those. Today was one of the very few in this activity's history in which there were no Canada Geese - on the ground or overhead. No Geese! Nineteen birders assembled on this warm, humid, cloudy morning and identified 39 species. Huntley's population of ducksseems to be down to a very few Wood Ducks and Mallards. A pair of snapping turtles in the throes of rough courtship probably drew the most attention of this morning's birders. 

Wood Duck 5
Mallard 5
Great Blue Heron 8
Great Egret
2
Green Heron 5
Osprey 1
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Mourning Dove 2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Chimney Swift 6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 4
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 8
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Acadian Flycatcher 3
Eastern Phoebe 7
Eastern Kingbird 4
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 3
Barn Swallow 30
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
American Robin 24
Gray Catbird 6
Northern Mockingbird 2
Common Yellowthroat 2
Northern Cardinal 7
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Common Grackle 60
House Finch 1
American
Goldfinch 8

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


Harry Glasgow
Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Upland Sandpiper still at Bristow Road Sod Farm
Date: Mon Aug 18 2014 9:29 am
From: hirundo AT comcast.net
 
The previously reported Upland Sandpiper was still on the grassy field near the airport this morning  @ 10:15. Bristow Road is in northern Prince William County.

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Subject: Vertebratathon by Virginia group in Ecuador
Date: Mon Aug 18 2014 7:10 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Dear VA-Birders
The Virginia Society of Ornithology board granted permission for me to post this one-time message.

Flint Hill School students recently conducted a Vertebratathon in Ecuador to
try to raise money for conservation in Ecuador through Rain Forest Trust (based in Warrenton
VA). This link describes the vertebratathon and lists the 531 species
(414 birds) we found in our three week visit to the Andes (Antisana, Papallacta, Otavalo), cloudforests
(west and east slopes), rain forest (Tiputini), and Galapagos (Tip Top
III itinerary in N and W portion).
Please consider donating to this cause as instructed on the link. You can also see our itinerary and other info on this link.
https://sites.google.com/a/fli...



PS we also sponsored an Ecuadorean girl with us during the entire trip,
and two birding-guides-in-training on the Galapagos portion of the trip.

Thanks!
All the best

Fred

Frederick D. Atwood fredatwood at yahoo dot com
Flint Hill School, 10409 Academic Dr, Oakton, VA 22124
703-242-1675
http://www.agpix.com/fredatwoo...
http://www.flinthill.org
http://tea.armadaproject.org/t...
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Subject: North Topsail, NC trip report
Date: Sun Aug 17 2014 22:58 pm
From: lax3birder AT live.com
 
Hey everyone,
I returned tonight from the beach in NC at North Topsail, where I have been for the past week. I ended the week with a total of 85 birds. NO lifers anymore :(. I had five targets going into the trip that I hoped to see. By the end I had all five including two rare birds.
The targets plus rare birds and how many I saw are below
Gull-bulled Tern 1
Black Tern 2
Pectoral Sandpiper 3
Marbled Godwit 4
Red Knot 7
Rare birds
Reddish Egret 4 (seen at the same time to ensure they were all different birds)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/... just one of the possible more than four I saw
Great Cormorant 1 (Early but young birds come down a little earlier)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...


Non-bird lifers
Fiery Skipper
Ocola Skipper
Clouded Skipper
Hayhurst's Scallopwing
Southern Broken Dash
Twin-spotted Skipper
Brazilian Skipper
Six-lined Racerunner
Green Tree Frog
Squirrel Tree Frog

To see all my pics view my flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
As always Good Birding,
Andrew Rapp

P.S. I am jealous of all that were on the Craney Island Trip sounds like you got some great birds


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Subject: Bristow Road Sod Farm, Prince William County, Aug 17, 2014: American Golden-Plover & Upland Sandpiper
Date: Sun Aug 17 2014 19:03 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
VA Birders:

After an unsuccessful attempt early this morning, a return visit this afternoon to the BristowRoad Sod Farms in Prince Williamcounty was delightfully productive. I quickly found an American Golden-Plover in a flock of Killdeers and later on I found a very distant scope-view of an Upland Sandpiper - probably the same bird that Linda Chittum found on Saturday. The details of the location for these birds are in the eBird notes below.

I also visitedValley View Park off of Valley View Road south of Bristow Road. Four Mississippi Kites are still present. I found them perched in the sycamores on the north side of the entrance road across from a pond with a high berm and just past a horse trail that crosses the entrance road.

Elton Morel
Arlington, VA





Bristow Road Sod Farm, Prince William, US-VA
Aug 17, 2014 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile(s)
Comments:
13 species

Black Vulture 6
Turkey Vulture 4
American Golden-Plover 1 Seen from the corner of Bristow Road & Split Oak Lane, looking east into a plowed field with Killdeers, Horned Larks and MODOs. About 100 to 150 yards out, easily found with binoculars but a scope helped. Breeding-plumaged adult. About the size of a Killdeer. Black underparts and throat bordered by white on the sides of neck and breast. White eyebrow set off by black eyeline and black cap. Brown back and wings speckled with black. Once when the bird lifted its wings, the armpits were light grayish, not black. Digiscoped photos available.
Killdeer 12
Upland Sandpiper 1 Initially seen from the corner of Bristow Road & Split Oak Lane, looking east into a grass field about 1/3 of a mile out - scope needed to ID. I then walked about 1/4 mile southeast on Bristow Road to get a better angle. Large brown shorebird with whitish belly, long legs (leg color could not be determined), plump, football shaped body, long neck with small head and short, straight bill (bill color could not be determined), the long neck accentuated by chicken-like head bobbing as it was walking and picking at the turf. Poor digiscoped photos available.
Laughing Gull 100
Mourning Dove 75
American Kestrel 1
Horned Lark 20
Barn Swallow 15
European Starling 25
Eastern Meadowlark 2
American Goldfinch 1 Heard only.

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/)ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19496225

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Subject: Great Falls NP Bird Walk 08/17/14
Date: Sun Aug 17 2014 16:06 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Our group of six birders recorded 34 species of birds on today's walk which
included several Yellow-billed Cuckoos and our first sighting of a
Black-and-White Warbler as we enter the fall migration period. The list follows.

We meet every Sunday at 8 AM at the visitors' center parking lot. Come
join us.

Ralph Wall

The list:
Canada Goose 6
Wood Duck 2
Mallard 12
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 1
Black Vulture 12
Turkey Vulture 6
Mourning Dove 2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 4
Chimney Swift 8
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 5
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 4
Fish Crow 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3
Tree Swallow 4
Barn Swallow 1
Carolina Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 10
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Carolina Wren 8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 6
Baltimore Oriole 2
American Goldfinch 6

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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (17 Aug 2014) 10 Raptors
Date: Sun Aug 17 2014 15:35 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 13 13
Bald Eagle 0 1 1
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 4 4
Cooper's Hawk 0 3 3
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 7 71 71
Red-tailed Hawk 0 10 10
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 7 7
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 1 3 3
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 2 2

Total: 10 114 114
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 11:30:00
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers: Josh Laubach

Visitors:
Al Wolf


Weather:
Strong W winds. 21-25.5C temps. Light rain in early morning but no
precipitation through late afternoon. Dark 100% cloud coverage early
becoming partly sunny (75% cloud coverage) by 11:30.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach@virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...

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Subject: Osprey at Reston Bird Walk
Date: Sun Aug 17 2014 12:59 pm
From: billbr50 AT msn.com
 
Twenty-five birders, many of them first-timers to our group, showed up today for the bird walk at Stratton Woods Park in Reston.   The most unexpected and entertaining sighting of the day may have been an Osprey that flew in with a large goldfish, apparently filched from a nearby backyard pond.  The Osprey landed on a light standard in the park and leisurely fed on the fish, giving everyone plenty of time  to observe it.  The complete list of birds observed today:
Great Blue HeronTurkey VultureOspreyRed-shouldered HawkMourning Dove
Chimney SwiftRuby-throated HummingbirdRed-bellied WoodpeckerDowny-WoodpeckerHairy Woodpecker
Northern FlickerEastern KingbirdBlue JayAmerican CrowFish Crow
Tree SwallowBarn SwallowCarolina ChickadeeTufted TitmouseWhite-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina WrenBlue-gray GnatcatcherEastern BluebirdAmerican RobinGray Catbird
European StarlingCedar WaxwingEastern TowheeSong SparrowNorthern Cardinal
Common GrackleHouse FinchAmerican Goldfinch
The Reston bird walks are held at least monthly at various parks and natural areas in Reston. The walks are co-sponsored by the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia, Reston Association, and the Bird Feeder. Check the ASNV website, audubonva.org, for the dates of upcoming walks.
Bill BrownHerndon



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Subject: Dyke Marsh, Aug 17, 2014
Date: Sun Aug 17 2014 11:44 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

Nine people out for the weekly bird walk at Dyke Marsh in Fairfax County. The walks, sponsored by Friends of Dyke Marsh, are held every Sunday at 8:00 AM and are free and open to all. Today we tallied 47 bird species. Highlights included a family of Orchard Orioles in the picnic area, Forster's and Caspian Terns, Bald Eagles, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, and many Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets. We also saw some fresh Viceroy Butterflies.

Larry Meade
Merrifield, Va







Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, US-VA
Aug 17, 2014 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
47 species

Canada Goose 100
Mallard 70
Double-crested Cormorant 12
Great Blue Heron 30
Great Egret 15
Green Heron 1
Osprey 8
Bald Eagle 5
Greater Yellowlegs 3
Laughing Gull 25
Ring-billed Gull 10
Caspian Tern 2
Forster's Tern 16
Mourning Dove 7
Chimney Swift 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 5
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 2
Fish Crow 7
Tree Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 12
Carolina Chickadee 10
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Marsh Wren 1
Carolina Wren 14
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
American Robin 12
Gray Catbird 6
European Starling 10
Common Yellowthroat 1
Yellow Warbler 3
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 16
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Common Grackle 12
Orchard Oriole 6
American Goldfinch 8
House Sparrow 6

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Subject: Whitehurst Tract Ruff
Date: Sun Aug 17 2014 9:41 am
From: david.clark AT chasnorfolk.org
 
Still present this morning around 9:00

David Clark
Norfolk


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Subject: Chincoteague NWR and surrounding areas
Date: Sun Aug 17 2014 8:40 am
From: elliety AT msn.com
 
Hi all:

I'm wrapping up a week at Chincoteague and wanted to follow up with a quick report on birds and birding conditions. Shorebird concentrations slowly picked up during the week with yesterday being the best day on the Wildlife Loop. Midweek rains helped extend the area where peeps are feeding, but the vast majority of birds remain frustratingly far out on the flats. There were probably over 1,000 birds on the flats, mostly semipalmated sandpipers and least sandpipers, but also large numbers of semipalmated plovers. There were a small number of larger chunky sandpipers mixed in -- that I'm guessing were Pectoral and a few longer sleeker ones that I'm guessing were White Rumped but they were too far out to confirm.

Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs are present as well as a number of egrets and Ibis on the loop. I've seen Cattle, Snowy, and Great Egrets and Glossy and White Ibis on the loop.

The flats across from the beach visitors center continues to be good for terns, sandpipers, gulls, and egrets. Royal, Common, Forsters, Caspian, Least, Sandwich, Skimmers, and a single Black Tern (on one day) have been present. Red Knots and Dowitchers are scattered among the Willets and Marbled Godwits.

I found a group of Red Headed Woodpeckers in some of the dead pines across from the lighthouse parking lot. A good find -- I don't think they are breeding along the wildlife loop anymore -- I have not seen them there in a couple of years.

Queen Sound Landing -- on the main causeway continues to have a colony of common terns with some newly fledged young. I did not see Gull Billed terns there despite multiple stops.

The clapper rails on the causeway to the refuge (past the McDonalds) are everywhere -- there are some newly fledged young feeding on the insects in the grass -- some are in the road. I also spotted a Saltmarsh Sparrow from here.

I found one other Saltmarsh Sparrow in the dunes along the south beach parking lot.

Overall a great week -- with a stop to see friends in Greenbackville -- I totaled 116 species for the week.

Shorebird numbers should continue to pick up -- with a bit of rain, the conditions here should be very good.

Bill

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To: va-bird@listserve.com
Subject: Chincoteague NWR and surrounding areas
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:35:36 -0400




Here is a quick report from Monday and Tuesday at Chincoteague NWR and surrounding areas. The highlight so far was a White Faced Ibis, mixed in with four Glossy Ibis. It had bubble gum colored legs, extensive white on three sides of the eye, a reddish eye, and red fleshy area in front of the eye.

The White Faced Ibis was in black duck pool across from the area where folks stop to see the ponies (on beach road).

Swan's Cove is probably the best single spot for seeing birds at the moment. A good variety of terns (Royal, Common, one Sandwich, Least, skimmers, and Forsters). Marbled Godwit, Willet, Red Knot, SB Dowitchers, Sanderlings, Semi palmated Sandpipers, Spotted Sandpipers. A good variety of egrets and herons, and gulls.

Birding is difficult on the wildlife loop. Not too much water and most of the birds are way out. There are good numbers of peeps -- the usuals, but you need to search for them. There was a large flock of White Ibis on the wildlife loop yesterday (35 birds or so).

The beach south of the parking lots has a large number of sanderlings and good numbers of ruddy turnstones and black bellied plovers.

Today, I took the jeep around on the MD side and drove down to the VA state line. From there, my brother and I walked to the north wash flats and back. The wild beach has lots of birds -- again mostly sanderlings and all five types of common summer gulls. In addition, good numbers of ruddy turnstones, willets, and BBPlovers, and flocks of whimbrels and red knots. The impoundments were a bit quiet. Lots of water in the Old Fields -- limiting it to gulls, terns, and egrets. The North Wash Flats had an assortment of peeps -- the usuals. It also had 9 eastern meadowlarks. Another highlight was a single vesper sparrow on the dike north of the Old Fields.

It rained today so we'll see what the weather brings. I'm here for the rest of the week.

Bill

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Subject: bird-id....Phoebe
Date: Sun Aug 17 2014 6:23 am
From: radmom8992 AT gmail.com
 
Thanks, everyone for your responses.
The consensus is that it is a Phoebe.
Cheers,
Lynn Rafferty
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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (16 Aug 2014) 49 Raptors
Date: Sat Aug 16 2014 19:12 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 5 12 12
Bald Eagle 1 1 1
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 3 3
Cooper's Hawk 1 3 3
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 32 64 64
Red-tailed Hawk 3 10 10
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 3 7 7
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 1 2 2
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 1 2 2

Total: 49 104 104
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers: Allen Larner, Brenda Tekin, Vic Laubach

Visitors:
Mary & Daniel Mapel, Rick Myers, Nancy Newman, Lynne McDonald


Weather:
Mostly sunny with only a few whispy clouds. 17-21.8*C. Light WSW breezes.

Raptor Observations:
Eight different raptor species today! Our first bald eagle, an adult,
passed by on the east side of the mountain at 12:32pm. First bird (9:22am
OS), last bird (2:27pm BW).

Prior to this season, only 8 Mississippi Kites have been reported in the
history of Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch. These 8 Kites were seen in 8 separate
years: 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013. As if it wasn't
enough to see our 9th Kite yesterday, we had our 10th Mississippi Kite
today, making this our first multi-Kite year! Today's Kite was flying very
high up along with 3 Broad-winged Hawks. It was immediately noticed to be
different (falcon-like) from the hawks having long, slender, pointed wings,
squared tail, slender body, and a light head. It shot out ahead of the
hawks and passed by overhead quickly at 10:47am without giving any good
photos. Good looks in spotting scopes were had.

Non-raptor Observations:
2 DC Cormorants spotted flying NW. 7 Hummingbirds. 4 Common Raven. 7
Monarch Butterflies.

Predictions:
Partly sunny, upper 80s, possible rain late in evening.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach@virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...

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Subject: Cerulean Warblers!
Date: Sat Aug 16 2014 19:04 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hi Everyone,

My wife and I watched a pair of Cerulean Warblers closely
associating together about 400 meters down the Trillium Trail at the Thompson
Wildlife Mgt. Area this afternoon around 4 pm.  We came with the hopes of seeming some migrants and the remote hope of seeing Ceruleans.  Since eBird has never had them recorded here in August, I knew it would be unlikely to say the least.  Cerulean seem tough this late in the season (some have already shown up in Guatemala by this date), and they seem to quietly just slip out of the US and just as quietly show up on their Andean wintering grounds.

But we got lucky and within 10 minutes, they came in to spishing! One was an adult male with breast band, the
other appeared to be a female with greenish-blue wash and eyeline and no breast
band.  They foraged high in the oaks.  This is the same, exact location where they
breed, and because this pair was associating together so closely, I am assuming
they are not migrants – though, I could be wrong.  

Otherwise no other warblers and just a pair of red-eyed
Vireos, tons of Pewees, and a beautiful Scarlet Tanager.  I wonder if we birded similar habitat at the
same time, but on the west – not east-facing slope, we would have had more bird
activity (even if the wind might had hindered that too)? 
 
Good Birding!
Jason Berry
Washington, DC
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Subject: Ruff - Virginia Beach
Date: Sat Aug 16 2014 18:40 pm
From: marcums AT cns.umass.edu
 
The Ruff reported yesterday by Bob Ake was observed this afternoon between 3:30 and 4:00 pm at the Whitehurst Tract of the Princess Anne Wildlife Management Area. I observed it the the northernmost impoundment of Whitehurst Tract 2. (See Map of Impoundments, Princess Anne WMA on line.)

Princess Ann WMA--Whitehurst Tract, Virginia Beach, US-VA
Aug 16, 2014 2:45 PM - 7:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
32 species

Canada Goose 9
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Egret 2
Snowy Egret 4
Little Blue Heron 1
Cattle Egret 5
White Ibis 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Semipalmated Plover 8
Killdeer 18
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Solitary Sandpiper 2
Greater Yellowlegs 3
Ruff 1 Ruff in non-breeding plumage seen in the northernmost impoundment of Whitehurst Tract 2. Bird had very stocky body with short neck. Back and wing coverts had very scaly appearance. Legs were orange/greenish and bill was short and slightly decurved. No distinctive markings on head of bird as seen through spotting scope from about 100 yards away. Foreneck and breast appeared to be a drab grey color and belly was white. The distinguishing white markings were observed on the tail when bird was in flight.
Least Sandpiper 30
Pectoral Sandpiper 3
Short-billed Dowitcher 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
American Crow 4
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 2
European Starling 2
Prothonotary Warbler 1
Prairie Warbler 1
Field Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Blue Grosbeak 4
Indigo Bunting 1
American Goldfinch 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19488860

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


Jim Marcum
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (16 Aug 2014) 11 Raptors
Date: Sat Aug 16 2014 18:14 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 1 1
Bald Eagle 0 2 2
Northern Harrier 1 2 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 2 2
Cooper's Hawk 2 2 2
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 3 5 5
Red-tailed Hawk 2 2 2
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 11 17 17
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter: Carl Christensen

Observers: Bill James, Dave Brunstetter, Dillard Childress

Visitors:
Steve and Patty Goss came by . Its been a few years, but at one time were
regulars with their son Cory. Turns out they are friends of my daughter.
Small world.


Weather:
A warm hazy day with temps ranging 18 to 23C with a 3/4 visibility. Cloud
cover at 5-10 % with a light breeze out of the SW.

Raptor Observations:
Most birds flying high and over the Knob. After 2 PM no birds observed.

Non-raptor Observations:
Lots of traffic, but few stopped. One Monarch seen.

Predictions:
Same type of weather but a bit warmer. a stiffer breeze that may bring more
birds.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Carl Christianson ()
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/...


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Subject: ID question
Date: Sat Aug 16 2014 12:26 pm
From: radmom8992 AT gmail.com
 
I took a few photos at Ellanor Lawrence Park (Chantilly) of of some kind of
flycatcher that I need help identifying.
When you click on the link it will bring up one photo, you can see the
others if you arrow left.

https://flic.kr/p/oKsxyB

Thanks for any help on this,
Lynn Rafferty
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (15 Aug 2014) 3 Raptors
Date: Sat Aug 16 2014 7:33 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

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

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 2 2
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 2 2 2
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 1 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 3 6 6
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:15:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 2.75 hours

Official Counter: Katie James

Observers: Bill James

Visitors:
Very nice couple from Vinton who we hope will return on a more productive
day.


Weather:
A cool, but hazy day on the mountain with temps ranging 19 to 22 with a 3
visibility and cloud cover 40 to 60%. Light winds (1-2) were from the west
northwest.

Raptor Observations:
Not much happening today with a couple of high BWs and a low Merlin. Had
hoped for an Osprey or two, but they were in the valley.

Non-raptor Observations:
Not too much traffic today, but did have at least two Monarchs and a couple
of hummers.

Predictions:
Dillard says he is going up.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bill James (bijam@aol.com)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/...


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Subject: swallow roost
Date: Sat Aug 16 2014 6:36 am
From: tallwhiteoak AT verizon.net
 
      Hello va-birders,

The number os swallows useing the cornfields for a roost seems to be growing. They start gathering in at about 7:45 P.M. and usally are roosted by 8:25 P.M. I am not an expert on estimating the numbers, but I think there is 8,000 or more swallows. Tree Swallows are the biggest percentage with Barn Swallows next, have heard some Purple Martins with them. They take off about 6:10 A.M., this really neat to see to. The roost is on Cannery Woods Drive Dayton Va. just south of the intersection with Ottbine Road.

Mike Shank
Rockingham County


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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (15 Aug 2014) 55 Raptors
Date: Fri Aug 15 2014 20:31 pm
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 7 7 7
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 2 2 2
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 32 32 32
Red-tailed Hawk 7 7 7
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 4 4 4
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 1 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 1 1 1

Total: 55 55 55
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers: Brenda Tekin, Rose Thomas

Visitors:
Daniel and Mary Mapel, Eve Gaige, Pam Howie


Weather:
Fall-like, with cooler temps and breezy throughout the day that may have
been the motivator for a decent day. Increasing cloud cover helped in
locating the high fliers. Temp:17c>25c; Wind: NW to W to SW by late
afternoon; clear visibility for miles.

Raptor Observations:
After missing out on most of last year's flight due to a lengthy illness,
it was great to be able to join Gabriel Mapel and Rose Thomas for today's
season opener. Gabriel was first on board to kick off the 39th season,
soon joined by Rose Thomas. I joined up by 11am. The first bird of the
season was an American Kestrel at 8:06 am EST. It was a day full of
surprises that tallied 7 different species (that may be a new record for
opening day) that included an impressive flight of Osprey (a total of 7
with 4 within a 30-minute span) and seven Red-tailed Hawks, all flying
high. The highlight was the distant large falcon-like bird first spotted by
Rose. Gabriel got on the bird with his scope to ID a MISSISSIPPI KITE.
Luck was on our side as the kite turned and sailed directly overhead
providing decent views and photos for documenting the juvenile as it headed
southward.

Link to images of kite:
http://home.ntelos.net/~btkin/...


Non-raptor Observations:
Numerous migrating Barn Swallow(100+); Brown-headed Cowbird(12); Red-winged
Blackbird(3); Chimney Swift(75+); Scarlet Tanager(1); Common Raven(5);
Cedar Waxwing(50); Ruby-throated Hummingbird(3); Monarch Butterfly(3)
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brenda Tekin (brenda@birdsofvirginia.com)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatc...

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Subject: Ruff at Whitehurst Tract Va Beach
Date: Fri Aug 15 2014 14:48 pm
From: robertake AT gmail.com
 
At about 2pm this afternoon I saw a Ruff at the Whitehurst Tract of the
Princess Anne WMA in rural Va Beach. It was in an impoundment (about the
third one south from the entrance on Munden Rd) with short grass that had
65 Canada Geese, 25 Killdeer, 2 Semipalmated Plovers, 3 Pectoral
Sandpipers, a mix of Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers, 2 Spotted
Sandpipers, and a Solitary Sandpiper. Another impoundment along the walk
had a group of White Ibis, Little Blue Herons, Great Egrets, and a Great
Blue Heron. The Ruff was in the female plumage with patterned back, small
head, dumpy body, shortish down-curved bill with a pale base, somewhat
streaked breast, longish yellowish legs. When it flew, the large bright
white patches on the outsides of the tail were obvious. They have never
really struck me as ovals as some field guides suggest. Unfortunately when
it flew, I couldn't refind it, but the weather should be about the same for
the next day or so.
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Subject: MIKI - Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Date: Fri Aug 15 2014 13:47 pm
From: brenda AT birdsofvirginia.com
 
About 15 minutes ago a MISSISSIPPI KITE flew over fairly low providing good views.  Photos taken.

Nice showing of osprey and broad-winged for first day.

Detailed report will be sent out tonight.



Brenda
Brenda Tekin, Co-coordinator
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, VA

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Subject: American Avocet at Dyke Marsh
Date: Fri Aug 15 2014 12:39 pm
From: nutmegz AT mac.com
 
An American Avocet in breeding plumage was seen from the Belle Haven Picnic area just north of Dyke Marsh, this moring at  8:25 AM.
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Subject: Glossy Ibis in Swoope, VA 8/14/14
Date: Fri Aug 15 2014 12:28 pm
From: mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com
 
Report and photos:


http://www.symbolicmessengers....

Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA



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Subject: Late Summer Birding- Lynchburg area
Date: Fri Aug 15 2014 9:56 am
From: mboater AT att.net
 
Been getting out a bit lately around the Lynchburg area looking for late summer waders, shorebirds etc to add to my 2014 Lynchburg Area (Lynchburg, Amherst Co, Bedford County, Campbell Co) big year list. Pretty slow overall as one might expect for this time of year but some notables are listed below.

1 Great Egret- College Lake Lynchburg 08/03/14; continuing 8/8 (fide Sandra Weigand)

9 Great Egret- Thrasher's Lake Amherst Co 08/08/14; seen again early morning as they departed 08/09 (fide Donna Mateski de Sanchez)

1 Great Egret- Mill Creek Lake Amherst Co 08/12/14

1 Black Tern (first summer plumage) Mill Creek Lake Amherst Co 08/12/14

1 Mississippi Kite (first summer plumage) Brookneal Fish Hatchery Campbell Co 08/14/14

Spotted and Solitary Sandpipers College Lake, Thrasher's Lake, Wal-mart pond Madison Heights various days and times since at least 07/12/14

The egret, tern, and kite brought my list total to 193.

Cheers and good birding,

Mike

Michael R. Boatwright
Amherst, VA
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Subject: 20th annual Kiptopeke Challenge - CALL FOR TEAMS!
Date: Thu Aug 14 2014 22:15 pm
From: 63crows AT gmail.com
 
Hello Virginia Birders,

Are you up for a challenge - the Kiptopeke Challenge?!

The 20th annual Kiptopeke Challenge (KC) is just around the corner -
Saturday, September 20, 2014. The Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory
(CVWO) invites birders of all skill levels to participate in the event.

The KC is a fun and friendly "Big Day" birding competition. Teams compete
to identify the greatest number of bird species in a single day within the
competition boundary of Accomack and Northampton Counties, Virginia
(including the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel). The purpose of the KC is to
increase awareness of fall bird migration on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and
to help raise funds for the CVWO.

It is easy to get involved and there are several categories in which to
compete: 24-Hour, 3-Hour, Youth Team (age 18 and under), and Special Venue.
The event is open to everyone regardless of their birding ability and it
only takes two people to form a team. The KC is a great way for
participants to utilize their birding skills in support of a non-profit
organization dedicated to avian research, habitat conservation, and public
education.

For more information, a brochure, or to register write to
kiptopekechallenge@gmail.com or visit www.cvwo.org.

Sincerely,

Paul Nasca

CVWO Kiptopeke Challenge Coordinator

Fredericksburg, VA

kiptopekechallenge@gmail.com
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Subject: Glossy Ibis and Great Egret
Date: Thu Aug 14 2014 15:22 pm
From: mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com
 
Glossy Ibis and Great Egret at Smith Lake this morning (8/14/14) in the
Swoope area southwest of Staunton, VA. Here's a link to one photo:



http://www.symbolicmessengers....
&Egret_EA159940.jpg



I will post a report and more photos when I get a chance to process them.



Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA



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Subject: The Channels & Buffalo Mountain NAP hawkwatch dates
Date: Thu Aug 14 2014 8:39 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Folks,

We will be on hand at The Channels NAP in Russell/Washington Counties on Friday, September 19th from 10-4 at the summit to point out migrating raptors, most of which will be Broad-winged Hawks. The next day we will be observing the migration from Buffalo Mountain NAP in Floyd County during the same hours of the day. Please refer to the attached fliers for more information.

Eric Harrold
Preserve Stewardship Technician
Southwest Region, Virginia Natural Heritage Program
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (13 Aug 2014) 3 Raptors
Date: Thu Aug 14 2014 7:37 am
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
 

Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 2 2 2
Northern Harrier 1 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 3 3 3
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 13:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter: Bill James

Observers: Katie James

Visitors:
Lots of folks drying out from the rain taking in the beautiful views.


Weather:
After 5 days of rain, we couldn't resist going on the mountain. Winds were
from the NW to North at a 3 with 4 visibility and about 70% cover and
temperature 20.

Raptor Observations:
Adult BE up and over the knob at 1:04 and another that hour at 1:58 on a
path over the valley (Eagle Alley). At least two immature Red Shouldereds
playing, a couple of accipiters also not serious and a couple of Red
Taileds testing the wind. A nice and surprising male Harrier was
southbound. Hoping for an Osprey, but apparently they were performing for
Barry at local ponds.

Non-raptor Observations:
A very nice greeting from a quintet of Ravens. Helping our new dog (Patsy
Cline) to adjust to the activities of the hawkwatch and she did very well.
I saw one Monarch.

Predictions:
Will someone go up?
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bill James (bijam@aol.com)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/...


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Subject: Chincoteague Shorebird/Gull Survey 8/13/2014
Date: Wed Aug 13 2014 22:58 pm
From: clyde_joelle AT verizon.net
 
Below are the results of our weekly shorebird/gull survey conducted at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge onWednesday, Aug 13, 2014. All water areas (impoundments and beach areas) were covered in a8.5 hour survey. All individuals are counted for the target species; other birds seen or heard on the survey are followed by a dash.

Recent rains have created a variety of water depths on the impoundments providing habitat for a great diversity of species. We counted 9,665 shorebirds of 22 species. Sanderlings on the beach led the way with 5,096, semi-palmated sandpiper (1,534), semi-palmated plover (618), and willet (486).In addition tothe semi-palmated, plovers were well represented by145 black-bellied, 61 piping, 4 killdeer and 3 Wilson's (these were seen in a closed area 2-3 miles south of the old Coast Guard Station)).We likely under-counted some of the less common shorebird species such as Western, Pectoral, and White-rumped, as they are easy to overlook in the flocks of more common "peeps".Most of the dowitchers were likely short-billed, although we only heard the distinctive calls of 2 individuals.

Two thousand laughing gulls arethe most we've counted during one survey, so perhaps they had a good breeding year in Chincoteague Bay.The 175 lesser black-backed gulls follows the pattern of the last few years of post breeding build up on Wild Beach.

Related to Wildlife Conservation, August 15 is the last day to submit comments onthe Refuge's Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) , which will guide management over the next 15 years. In our opinion, Alternative C is the most wildlife friendly of those presented in the Draft CCP, and will best protect shorebirds and other wildlife since it eliminatesrecreational vehicles on the beaches and reduces the amount of wildlife habitat that will be impacted from the relocated beach parking lot. The draft CCP may be viewed and downloaded online at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/chin... Comments can be submitted via email to northeastplanning@fws.gov. Put "Chincoteague NWR CCP" in the subject line.


Joelle Buffa and Clyde Morris

Canada Goose --
American Black Duck --
Mallard --
Black Scoter --
Northern Bobwhite --
Double-crested Cormorant 101
Brown Pelican 86
Great Blue Heron --
Great Egret --
Snowy Egret --
Little Blue Heron --
Tricolored Heron --
Cattle Egret --
Green Heron --
White Ibis --
Glossy Ibis --
Black Vulture --
Turkey Vulture --
Osprey --
Red-shouldered Hawk --
Clapper Rail --
American Oystercatcher 27
Black-bellied Plover 145
Wilson's Plover 3
Semipalmated Plover 618
Piping Plover 61
Killdeer 4
Spotted Sandpiper 13
Greater Yellowlegs 195
Willet 486
Lesser Yellowlegs 158
Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs 278
Whimbrel 7
Marbled Godwit 37
Ruddy Turnstone 107
Red Knot 71
Sanderling 5,096
Dunlin 2
Least Sandpiper 103
White-rumped Sandpiper 1
Pectoral Sandpiper 4
Semipalmated Sandpiper 134
Western Sandpiper 1
peep sp. 377
Short-billed Dowitcher 2
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher 361
Laughing Gull 2,000
Ring-billed Gull 73
Herring Gull 357
Lesser Black-backed Gull 175
Great Black-backed Gull 63
Least Tern 120
Caspian Tern 5
Common Tern 29
Forster's Tern 95
Royal Tern 241
Sandwich Tern 4
Black Skimmer 59
Mourning Dove --
Yellow-billed Cuckoo --
Belted Kingfisher --
Northern Flicker --
Eastern Wood-Pewee --
Eastern Kingbird --
Blue Jay --
American Crow --
Purple Martin --
Tree Swallow --
Barn Swallow --
Carolina Chickadee --
Brown-headed Nuthatch --
House Wren --
Carolina Wren --
American Robin --
Gray Catbird --
Brown Thrasher --
European Starling --
Cedar Waxwing --
Common Yellowthroat --
Eastern Towhee --
Song Sparrow --
Northern Cardinal --
Blue Grosbeak --
Indigo Bunting --
Red-winged Blackbird --
Eastern Meadowlark --
Common Grackle --
Orchard Oriole --
House Finch --
American Goldfinch --
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Subject: Mississippi Kites in Northern Prince William County
Date: Wed Aug 13 2014 11:52 am
From: hirundo AT comcast.net
 
Besides the kites in Bristow (Valley View Community Park) there have been a
number of sightings along route 15 (James Madison Hwy) further north in
Prince William County. There was a group of four Mississippi Kites reported
near Evergreen Country Club on August 7th, and then another group of 3-5
kites was reported on August 11th at or near a pond on Largo Vista Drive.
These locations are only two miles apart as the kite flies, so it is
possible these are the same individuals.



This morning I was driving north on route 15 heading for Largo Vista Drive
when I spotted a Mississippi Kite sharing a thermal briefly with a
Red-shouldered Hawk near the intersection of 15 and Waverly Farm Drive (Park
Valley Church) about 3 miles south of the Largo Vista location. When I got
to Largo Vista I found another birder watching three kites (two adults and
one sub adult) perched in a tree directly across the pond. They were taking
turns sallying forth to hunt insects and then returning to the tree. While
we watched them another birder who works at a local business stopped to chat
and told us that he had been aware of these birds being at this location for
at least two weeks, but that they could have been there much earlier in the
summer. As I was leaving Largo Vista road, at the intersection of Loudoun
Drive and route 15 I spotted yet another kite soaring off some distance to
the east.



Dave Larsen

Haymarket

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Subject: wish list
Date: Wed Aug 13 2014 11:39 am
From: jericson7 AT cox.net
 
Have been hearing Yellow-billed Cuckoo in several locations around
Gloucester. Now, following the recent posting of a Black-billed Cuckoo in
New Kent Co. am hoping to see, or hear, that one.

Felicity Rask

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Subject: Correction - link to Rockfishgaphawkwatch
Date: Wed Aug 13 2014 7:04 am
From: brenda AT birdsofvirginia.com
 
Yesterday's post for Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch included an incorrect web link.  My apologies.

The correct link is
www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


Brenda
Brenda Tekin
Stuart's Draft, VA

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