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08 Feb: @ 08:41:50  Fw: eBird Report - Blue Grass Valley & Snowy Mtn, Feb 6, 2016 [Michael A. Shank.]
07 Feb: @ 21:54:12  Lark Sparrow, Back Bay NWR [Sue Garvin]
07 Feb: @ 19:11:09  Great horned owls & other treats, Blacksburg [Ashley Lohr]
07 Feb: @ 16:06:12  Loggerhead Shrike at Double Toll Gate - Clarke Co. & Lake Frederick Update - Frederick Co. [David Boltz]
07 Feb: @ 16:01:28  Fwd: eBird Report - Riverbend Park - CGF11, Feb 7, 2016 [Jean Tatalias]
07 Feb: @ 15:23:32 Re: Black-headed Gull- Grandview [Ellison Orcutt]
07 Feb: @ 13:58:20  American white pelicans [Andrew Hawkins]
07 Feb: @ 13:53:15 Re: Politics-Black Vulture Bill [MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird]
07 Feb: @ 12:25:41  Politics-Black Vulture Bill [meadows9]
07 Feb: @ 12:04:03  Dyke Marsh, Feb 7, 2016 [Larry Meade via va-bird]
07 Feb: @ 11:15:43  Waterfowl in Poquoson [Dave Youker via va-bird]
07 Feb: @ 10:20:05  Black-headed Gull- Grandview [Megan Massa]
07 Feb: @ 10:17:20  Great Falls Walk [Marshall Rawson via va-bird]
07 Feb: @ 09:52:37  Norfolk Snowy Owl [goshawk@cox.net]
07 Feb: @ 08:58:23  White pelican, Kiptopeke SP [Marc Ribaudo]
06 Feb: @ 21:54:32  waterfowl at Mason Neck [Larry Cartwright]
06 Feb: @ 20:26:06 Re: Black Vultures and Virginia State Bill 37 [MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird]
06 Feb: @ 18:18:23  Mostly Waterfowl Birding in Fairfax Co, 6 Feb 2016 [Kurt Gaskill]
06 Feb: @ 16:59:37  Black Vultures and Virginia State Bill 37 [Otis Sowell, Jr.]
06 Feb: @ 16:48:54  Arizona Trip [Allen Bryan via va-bird]
06 Feb: @ 16:43:08  Nokesville SNBU no, Leesylvania yes! [Candice Lowther]
06 Feb: @ 15:56:36  Redheads at Commander Shepard Ponds [Dave Youker via va-bird]
06 Feb: @ 14:46:56  Red-necked Grebe - Norfolk [David Clark]
06 Feb: @ 09:36:40 Re: Fwd: SB37 and Black Vultures [Robert Wein]
06 Feb: @ 07:23:36  Fwd: SB 37 [William Boyd]
05 Feb: @ 19:53:07  Snowy Owl Norfolk Airport [Andrew Baldelli]
05 Feb: @ 19:31:57  Birded up to Tinker Cliffs, Catawba, VA [Ashley Lohr]
04 Feb: @ 22:44:17  FW: Beginning Bird Banding Class [Roger Mayhorn]
04 Feb: @ 21:29:55  Feb 2 Chincoteague NWR Shorebird Survey [Joelle Buffa]
03 Feb: @ 21:32:28  Potomac R side of King George and Westmoreland from 301 bridge to Coles Pt Sunday Jan 31 [Frederick Atwood via va-bird]
03 Feb: @ 12:44:07  Voice: Greater Washington Area, Feb 3 [Joe Coleman]
02 Feb: @ 18:03:28 Re: snow buntings [Stephen Johnson]
02 Feb: @ 11:12:40  Sandhill cranes, Warrenton [Sue Garvin]
02 Feb: @ 10:02:41  Greater White-fronted Geese (Staunton) [Gabriel Mapel via va-bird]
02 Feb: @ 09:58:14  Snow Goose - Silver Lake today (Dayton, Rockingham Co.) [Diane L via va-bird]
02 Feb: @ 09:22:50  FOY woodcock-western Albemarle, nature observations [MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird]
02 Feb: @ 08:14:22 Re: Albino Yellow-rumped Warbler [Paul Glass]
02 Feb: @ 03:02:19  Lapland Longspur @ Grandview Beach Hampton [David Gibson]
01 Feb: @ 19:59:26  E. Meadowlarks and Blue-winged Teals at Henricus [Alyssa Freeman]
01 Feb: @ 17:21:27 Re: Albino Yellow-rumped Warbler [Matt Anthony]
01 Feb: @ 16:52:54 Re: Black Vulture bill passes committee-please write to newspapers [Dave Youker via va-bird]
01 Feb: @ 16:13:06 Re: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Walter L. Barrows]
01 Feb: @ 15:02:26  Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
01 Feb: @ 12:34:49  Albino Yellow-rumped Warbler [Tim Hodge]
01 Feb: @ 12:07:02 Re: Black Vulture bill passes committee-please write to newspapers [KEN LIPSHY]
01 Feb: @ 11:39:54  Virginia Beach - Iceland Gull Not Present @ 6th Street Beach [Rob Bielawski]
01 Feb: @ 11:35:30 Re: Black Vulture bill passes committee-please write to newspapers [MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird]
01 Feb: @ 08:08:26  snow buntings [Bulmer, Anthony]
01 Feb: @ 07:43:11  Fwd: eBird Report - Pohick Bay Regional Park - CMN06, Jan 31, 2016 [Phillip Kenny]
01 Feb: @ 07:38:20  Fwd: eBird Report - Pohick Bay Regional Park - CMN06, Jan 31, 2016 [Phillip Kenny]





Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Blue Grass Valley & Snowy Mtn, Feb 6, 2016
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 8:41 am
From: tallwhiteoak AT verizon.net
 

----- Original Message -----
From: Dan Perkuchin
To: tallwhiteoak@verizon.net
Sent: Monday, February 08, 2016 9:35 AM
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Blue Grass Valley & Snowy Mtn, Feb 6, 2016





Corrected email forward of original attempt yesterday morning.
Dan

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Dan Perkuchin
To: "talwhiteoak@verizon.net"
Cc: "jspahr@yahoo.com"
Sent: Sunday, February 7, 2016 9:17 AM
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Blue Grass Valley & Snowy Mtn, Feb 6, 2016






RBC Highland Co field trip. Thanks for leading the trip Mike and doing the driving. I sent Andrew a copy by sharing the list via ebird.. It was great having John join us.


Dan




----- Forwarded Message -----
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Sent: Sunday, February 7, 2016 8:54 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Blue Grass Valley & Snowy Mtn, Feb 6, 2016


Blue Grass Valley & Snowy Mtn, Highland, Virginia, US
Feb 6, 2016 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
55.5 mile(s)
Comments: Rockingham Bird Club field trip, Mike Shank (coordinator), Andrew Sharp, Dan Perkuchin,and joined by John Spahr at 11:00am. East & West side of Snowy Mtn + Blue Grass Valley (round trip via Rte 640 to Rte 638; return via Rte 637 to New Hampden)
36 species

Canada Goose 20
Mallard 2
Hooded Merganser 5
Golden Eagle 5 1 immature flying near intersection of US 220 and Rte 642; 2 adults perched on east side of Snowy Mtn, 3 adults flying on west side (2 considered same birds)
Northern Harrier 2 2 different locations
Bald Eagle 4 1 adult perched near intersection of US 220 and Rte 642; 1 adult flying on west side of Snowy Mtn; 1 adult flying on Rte 637 north of Rte 638; 1 immature flying on east side of Snowy Mrn.
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 McDowell US 250
Red-tailed Hawk 5
Wilson's Snipe 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 12
Mourning Dove 8
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-headed Woodpecker 1 heard only by group
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 1 heard only by group
American Kestrel 6
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 15
Common Raven 6
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Carolina Wren 2
Eastern Bluebird 10
American Robin 10
European Starling 100
Dark-eyed Junco 8
White-throated Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Eastern Meadowlark 1
House Finch 10
Pine Siskin 30 McDowell US 250 at traditional feeder stop mixed in with 30 Goldfinches
American Goldfinch 50
House Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/)ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27340807

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





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Subject: Lark Sparrow, Back Bay NWR
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 21:54 pm
From: garvin.sue AT gmail.com
 
At noon, a single adult lark sparrow was seen on the East Dike near the
maintenance area, (just north of the observation blind.) It was loosely
associated with a mixed flock of foraging yellow rumps and cardinals.

Cheers,

Sue and Joe Garvin
Sperryville, VA
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Subject: Great horned owls & other treats, Blacksburg
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 19:11 pm
From: aklohr AT vt.edu
 
Headed out to Deerfield off of Tom's Creek Rd. in Blacksburg this evening
shortly before the sun set to look for great horned owls and, hopefully,
woodcocks. I've heard them displaying there before, and I've read other
birders' reports of displaying woodcocks elsewhere in VA, so I figured it
was worth a shot.

We patiently waited for the sun to go down as we birded along the trail.
Highlight was two FOX SPARROWS. A great horned owl also called a couple
times during this time. Finally, we were rewarded: the GHOW pair graced us
with their presence. One even flew in front of us into a tree, perched and
called to its mate for a few minutes, then flew back in front of us to join
its mate.

I also played an eastern screech owl call, and what turned out to be a
WINTER WREN started doing distress calls behind us. What a treat!

Sadly, no sign of displaying woodcocks yet.

Happy birding and go Broncos!
Ashley Lohr
Blacksburg/Loudoun County
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Subject: Loggerhead Shrike at Double Toll Gate - Clarke Co. & Lake Frederick Update - Frederick Co.
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 16:06 pm
From: david.boltz4 AT gmail.com
 
While heading north on Rt. 522 this morning I saw the Loggerhead Shrike perched on a utility wire overlooking the same field in which it (and one other) were seen several weeks ago. it was 100-150 yards south of the intersection where Rt. 340 turns right toward White Post. I went looking for it one day last week after the snows in the field had completely melted and did not find it. I may spend some time tomorrow trying to find it and to see if the other Shrike may also be present. There were 2 American Kestrels perched on utility wires right outside of Lake Frederick Drive on Rt. 522, where there is usually one Kestrel almost every day.

Lake Frederick is still pretty iced in (80% or so), although there is a nice open area in the deep water close to the dam breast and a few other small pockets. The colder weather that is forecast along with gloomy skies and precip. the next several days will likely not open it up much more for a while and may even close up some of the open water again. Right after the snow there was no waterfowl on the lake for several days, not even a Canada Goose. (At that point the lake was 90-95% iced in). One day last week I observed a single female Common Merganser, which departed within 15 minutes of my finding it. Another day there were about 50 Ring-billed Gulls, and within the past few days the Canada Geese have reappeared, perhaps 75-80. One nice bonus last week was a pair of Fox Sparrows (one singing) on the road into the lake, at the power line break.

Dave Boltz
Lake Frederick
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Riverbend Park - CGF11, Feb 7, 2016
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 16:01 pm
From: jtatalias AT gmail.com
 
Four birders made the Riverbend walk this AM sponsored by the Audubon
Society of Northern Virginia. We saw a very high, fast moving river. Muddy
trails limited walking, especially upriver where water had washed over
trails, leaving pools and much debris. So we only surveyed about 1 mile of
the river.

The most fun was the group of ten ring-necked ducks who would start just
downriver of the boat ramp and ride the current down to a point near
the top of Conn Island. Then we'd see them fly up river and ride down
again. And again. Like watching kids on a sledding hill.

Jean Tatalias

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Date: Sun, Feb 7, 2016 at 4:48 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Riverbend Park - CGF11, Feb 7, 2016
To: jtatalias@gmail.com


Riverbend Park - CGF11, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Feb 7, 2016 8:20 AM - 10:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)

19 species

Canada Goose 25
Mallard 4
Ring-necked Duck 10
Bufflehead 8
Common Merganser 21
Bald Eagle 2 two mature together in tree
American Coot 2
Ring-billed Gull 45
Mourning Dove 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 1
American Robin 2
Northern Cardinal 2

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27362318

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Subject: Black-headed Gull- Grandview
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 15:23 pm
From: mr.ellyo AT gmail.com
 
Bird observed at 410pm a touch South of Grandview NP at the end of Beach Rd.  There when we left.

Ellison

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 7, 2016, at 11:18, Megan Massa wrote:
>
> Dan Cristol, Matt Anthony, and members of the Ornithology class at William
> & Mary just located a Black-headed Gull at Grandview. The bird was in with
> a flock of Bonaparte's Gulls in the surf right where the main path reaches
> the beach.
>
> Megan Massa
> College of William & Mary
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Subject: American white pelicans
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 13:58 pm
From: andrewcurtishawkins AT gmail.com
 
Five American white pelicans were swimming at Hog Island this morning.  All
of the trails and roads except the main road are closed, so as not to
disturb water fowl but they were clearly visible from the main road.
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Subject: Politics-Black Vulture Bill
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 13:53 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hi Lexi,

The issue here centers around farmers and vultures so I'm not going to
take time to address your comments about vultures in general.

I have written several newspaper commentaries about this situation in which
I explain what the problem is and the solution. As some of them have not
yet been published, I can't share them. But once they are published,
you'll be able to access them online by putting in "Marlene A Condon".

I'll just say that people shouldn't react to the natural world any
differently than they do to the human one. For some reason, when it comes to
problems with wild animals, people just want to kill them instead of taking the
time and energy to figure out an alternative solution.

For example, you probably wouldn't just let your pet run out into a roadway
where it would likely get hit by traffic. So why would you feel you
should just let your pet run loose outside where predators exist that might take
it? If you would take precautions to insure it against the dangers
presented by humans, why shouldn't you do the same to protect it from predators?

I hope you'll give this some thought.

Sincerely,
Marlene











In a message dated 2/7/2016 12:44:20 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
meadows9@fairpoint.net writes:

It seems the Black Vulture Bill continues to be a hot topic of this list
serv. I understand everyone has different opinions and the thought of
killing any animal is a sensitive subject. I always feel bad when I trap
and dispose of House Sparrows on my Bluebird trail. However, I understand
it is a necessity if I am to be a responsible Bluebird trail monitor.
Since
the House Sparrow is a non-native species I have the right to do so. The
pesky House Sparrow is here because of human introduction and has created a
big problem for our native cavity nesters.

I wonder if it might be the same with Black Vultures. According to what I
read on the subject, Black Vultures have a long life span and adults have
very few (if any) natural predators. They have expanded their range
northward for the last several decades. This may be the reason I don't
remember them when I was a child. I wonder , did humans kill off their
natural predators? Why are they such a problem in so many states? Please
google Dutch Gap Black Vulture Management .
http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/w...

If you do a little research online it is not just a Virginia problem.
There
seems to be problems with the birds in every state within their range. So
maybe people should be posting their solutions. Instead of just saying
they
should be protected at ALL cost. Dutch gap tried scare tactics that did
not
work.

For the birders that take such a vocal position, maybe you could offer the
senators a solution instead of killing. Instead of just asking them not to
vote for the bill you could suggest an alternative. Has anyone found a
solution that works? Has anyone addressed the fact that the population is
out of control? Is it normal to have several hundred roosting in one
location? What if it was your back yard and they were destroying your
vehicle and you couldn't turn your pets outside ? If you walked out one
morning and a group of 5 or 6 were on your car and had ripped off your
windshield wipers and rubber molding would you simply overlook it? There is
a problem and we need to acknowledge it. If we do not recognize this it
would be as close minded as you accuse the politicians of being.

I am so disappointed someone would openly blame farmers and post to this
list serv and imply that farmers are stupid and write "they have brains and
they should use them". Clearly the poster has no understanding of farmers,
farming or cattle production. Offer some solutions. Please don't say
build
huge barns to accommodate hundreds of head of cattle and find every cow in
labor and transport them to the barn. This isn't feasible.

Lastly, I would like to remind everyone VA_BIRD website states the forum is
for reporting interesting bird sightings in Virginia. I realize I just
violated that rule and I'm sorry. In the future can we abide by the rule?
I'm sure there are other forums for the political agenda and gladly I am
not
a member!

Lexi Meadows

Pittsylvania County



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Subject: Politics-Black Vulture Bill
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 12:25 pm
From: meadows9 AT fairpoint.net
 
It seems the Black Vulture Bill continues to be a hot topic of this list
serv. I understand everyone has different opinions and the thought of
killing any animal is a sensitive subject. I always feel bad when I trap
and dispose of House Sparrows on my Bluebird trail. However, I understand
it is a necessity if I am to be a responsible Bluebird trail monitor. Since
the House Sparrow is a non-native species I have the right to do so. The
pesky House Sparrow is here because of human introduction and has created a
big problem for our native cavity nesters.

I wonder if it might be the same with Black Vultures. According to what I
read on the subject, Black Vultures have a long life span and adults have
very few (if any) natural predators. They have expanded their range
northward for the last several decades. This may be the reason I don't
remember them when I was a child. I wonder , did humans kill off their
natural predators? Why are they such a problem in so many states? Please
google Dutch Gap Black Vulture Management .
http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/w...

If you do a little research online it is not just a Virginia problem. There
seems to be problems with the birds in every state within their range. So
maybe people should be posting their solutions. Instead of just saying they
should be protected at ALL cost. Dutch gap tried scare tactics that did not
work.

For the birders that take such a vocal position, maybe you could offer the
senators a solution instead of killing. Instead of just asking them not to
vote for the bill you could suggest an alternative. Has anyone found a
solution that works? Has anyone addressed the fact that the population is
out of control? Is it normal to have several hundred roosting in one
location? What if it was your back yard and they were destroying your
vehicle and you couldn't turn your pets outside ? If you walked out one
morning and a group of 5 or 6 were on your car and had ripped off your
windshield wipers and rubber molding would you simply overlook it? There is
a problem and we need to acknowledge it. If we do not recognize this it
would be as close minded as you accuse the politicians of being.

I am so disappointed someone would openly blame farmers and post to this
list serv and imply that farmers are stupid and write "they have brains and
they should use them". Clearly the poster has no understanding of farmers,
farming or cattle production. Offer some solutions. Please don't say build
huge barns to accommodate hundreds of head of cattle and find every cow in
labor and transport them to the barn. This isn't feasible.

Lastly, I would like to remind everyone VA_BIRD website states the forum is
for reporting interesting bird sightings in Virginia. I realize I just
violated that rule and I'm sorry. In the future can we abide by the rule?
I'm sure there are other forums for the political agenda and gladly I am not
a member!

Lexi Meadows

Pittsylvania County



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Subject: Dyke Marsh, Feb 7, 2016
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 12:04 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

Twelve birders came out this morning for the weekly Friends of Dyke Marsh sponsored bird walk. Unlike last week, there was a general paucity of waterfowl with one Canvasback, one Red-breasted Merganser, one Ruddy Duck, a few Common Mergansers, Mallards, Canada Geese and that's it. There was also a marked lack of sparrow activity with only a few seen. The Bald Eagles put on a good show for us though. We saw four eagles together in a tree, two eagles fighting over a fish, an eagle eating a fish, an eagle carrying nesting material, and an eagle on a nest. Other highlights included a Brown Creeper. a juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk, and a Belted Kingfisher. Also, a Peregrine Falcon flew over us quickly near the Osprey platform at the marina.



Larry Meade'
Merrifield, VA




Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Feb 7, 2016 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
38 species

Canada Goose 700
Mallard 28
Canvasback 1
Lesser Scaup 2
Common Merganser 6
Red-breasted Merganser 1
Ruddy Duck 1
Double-crested Cormorant 6
Great Blue Heron 3
Bald Eagle 8
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 60
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3
Mourning Dove 7
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Peregrine Falcon 1
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 6
Fish Crow 3
Carolina Chickadee 10
Tufted Titmouse 6
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 5
American Robin 20
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 15
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
White-throated Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 5
Northern Cardinal 11
Red-winged Blackbird 7
Common Grackle 2
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 2

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Subject: Waterfowl in Poquoson
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 11:15 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
At the end of Poquoson Ave this morning, there was a raft of Red-breasted
Mergansers (70) and one of Lesser Scaup (36) with Bonaparte's Gulls (40)
feeding along side of each. There were also 8 Northern Gannets feeding
fairly close to shore.

Dave Youker
Yorktown, VA
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Subject: Black-headed Gull- Grandview
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 10:20 am
From: meganlmassa AT gmail.com
 
Dan Cristol, Matt Anthony, and members of the Ornithology class at William
& Mary just located a Black-headed Gull at Grandview. The bird was in with
a flock of Bonaparte's Gulls in the surf right where the main path reaches
the beach.

Megan Massa
College of William & Mary
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Subject: Great Falls Walk
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 10:17 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Our group of five this morning tallied 25 species (+1 other taxa).  Other than large numbers of geese and gulls in flyovers, it was a slow morning.  The river was high and fast so the duck count was limited.  The highlight of the day was a screech owl and a flicker dining on the few remaining holly berries.


Please note that should the single digit forecast for next Sunday materialize, we will cancel the walk.


All are welcome to join this regular Sunday walk that meets at 8:00 am in the visitors center parking lot.
-- Marshall Rawson, McLean VA

Canada Goose 140
American Black Duck 5
Mallard 10
Ring-necked Duck 2
Bufflehead 5
Common Merganser 3
Great Blue Heron 3
Black Vulture 5
Ring-billed Gull 124
Mourning Dove 12
Eastern Screech-Owl 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 2
crow sp. 5
Carolina Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 24
White-breasted Nuthatch 6
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 3
American Robin 3
White-throated Sparrow 5
Northern Cardinal 2
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Subject: Norfolk Snowy Owl
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 9:52 am
From: goshawk AT cox.net
 
No joy yesterday finding the previously reported Snowy Owl at Norfolk Airport. However it is worth checking out at least daily.

Tim Barry

Tim Barry
(757) 575-7960
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Subject: White pelican, Kiptopeke SP
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 8:58 am
From: moribaudo AT verizon.net
 
A while pelican flew over the concrete ships at Kiptopeke at about 8:30am today.

Marc Ribaudo

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
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Subject: waterfowl at Mason Neck
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 21:54 pm
From: prowarbler AT verizon.net
 
We were at Mason Neck in the morning before Kurt and our numbers in
comparison were:



Canada Goose : Great Marsh: 30 Belmont Bay: 75

Tundra Swan: 229/4

Gadwall: 22/330

American Wigeon: 0/15

American Black Duck: 300/0

Mallard: 180/0

Northern Pintail: 23/2

Canvasback: 0/500

Redhead: 0/90

Ring-necked Duck: 0/2

Greater Scaup: 8/2

Lesser Scaup: 50/2000

Bufflehead: 0/4

Hooded Merganser: 9/0

Common Merganser: 24/3

Plus 12 Greater Yellowlegs in the Great Marsh.



Things do change with time of day and tide.



Larry Cartwright

prowarbler@verizon.net









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Subject: Black Vultures and Virginia State Bill 37
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 20:26 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 

Hi Otis,

I appreciate your comments, but my reaction to the Virginia Senate bill is
not a "knee-jerk reaction". Like you, I don't have cramps!!!!!

The problem here is that farmers are not taking the steps to protect their
livestock. People need to learn to live within the constraints of the
natural world instead of trying to run roughshod over it. Humans shouldn't
take the attitude that they can just kill any animal that gets in their way.
Rather, they have brains and they should use them to figure out how to
circumvent the difficulty.

In this case, sheep and cattle should not be giving birth in a world of
predators without protection. Is it not stupid for a farmer to expect a
helpless ewe or cow to give birth out in the open without taking steps to
protect her? Even the USFWS depredation fact sheet you referenced says killing
is supposed to be a TEMPORARY measure until the farmer implements long-term
measures to eliminate or reduce the problem.

And I might add that since the federal government already has a program in
place to provide permits, why do Virginia taxpayers need to subsidize a
state program to do the exact same thing? Of course, I know why we are
expected to pay taxes for this new program--it's so farmers can more easily get
permits to kill the vultures, which means it will basically be open season
on these birds.

Virginia legislators have the wrong attitude when it comes to wildlife.
The answer is always to allow people to kill or treat wild animals
inhumanely (fox pens are a prime example).

I can understand why people might think farmers trying to earn a living
should be able to kill any animal that goes after their livestock. Well,
years ago that kind of thinking allowed hundreds of hawks of every sort to be
killed over Hawk Mountain during migration season. In 1929, the
Pennsylvania Game Commission offered $5.00 for every goshawk shot because this
species was considered a pest. Well, today the Black Vulture is a "pest".
Which animal will it be tomorrow?

Our legislators in Virginia have no respect for or appreciation of
wildlife. In the 21st century, people should know better than to have the
knee-jerk reaction of killing wildlife instead of figuring out how to live with it.

I can't understand why bird organizations are being so quiet about this
issue. Killing Black Vultures is simply an improper and ignorant response
and people who care about birds should be saying so loud and clear.

Sincerely,
Marlene







In a message dated 2/6/2016 5:59:07 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
otissowell@gmail.com writes:

I have come to appreciate that speed reading anything is not conducive to
accurate comprehension and retention. In fact, in certain situations it
can prove disastrous . Statistics also show that most people who choke on
the food they are eating usually have not taken the time to properly chew it.

I just read the summary of SB 37 with the view to understand it’s purpose
as explained in the link below. Further research and careful reading of the
Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act also proved to be beneficial. That
prevented me from getting cramps, as it were, from a “knee jerk reaction” on
the subject of Black Vulture depredation.


https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?161+sum+SB37S

http://www.fws.gov/southeast/b...
sheet-Apr15.pdf


Otis Sowell, Jr
Palmyra, Virginia
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Subject: Mostly Waterfowl Birding in Fairfax Co, 6 Feb 2016
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 18:18 pm
From: KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net
 
VA BIRDers,

A lazy day brought be to the Dyke Marsh picnic area at 0930 and the
highlight there was a small group of 11 Redhead. Noted were 1190 Canada
Geese, some Mallards, Lesser Scaup, and Common Mergansers.

I drove south on GW Parkway, ducking into Ft Hunt Park. Highlight was a
single Gray Catbird near the last softball field (referenced to the one way
drive). The entrance area lawn was covered with many American Robins and
some Red-winged BBs, Common Grackles, and Brown-headed Cowbirds; a single
Rusty BB was noted. And, yes, a few Red-headed WPs in the park.

I continued south to Pohick Park to check the bay. Highlight was a
delightful group of Bald Eagles - about 28 in view on the west end of the
parking lot and another calling behind me. The time was about 1030 and they
were beginning to disperse - probably attracted to a fish run. Several
years ago such a concentration held a Golden Eagle so future visitors take
note. Another highlight was Mike and Vickie - long time, no see! Waterfowl
were dominated by Gadwall (400) with notable addition of a Horned Grebe.
Others were Am. Wigeon, Am. Black Duck, Mallard, No. Pintail (7), Redhead
(12), Lesser Scaup (6), Bufflehead (38), Ruddy Duck (60) and Pied-billed
Grebe (2). Plus 400 coot.

I went to the Hallowing Pt area and the overlook for the Great Marsh of
Mason Neck. No large waterfowl concentrations although 160 Ring-necked Ducks
were nice. The Tundra Swans (200+) are still in the marsh plus Am. Black
Duck, Mallard, No. Pintail, Canvasback, Lesser Scaup (300), Hooded
Merganser, Common Merganser (3), Ruddy Duck were in the area. The
non-waterfowl highlights were Red-headed WPs and Hermit Thrush.

After lunch I checked the Occoquan Marina area. Highlight was a Common Raven
flying across from Fairfax Co, over the golf course center and thence to
Occoquan Bay NWR. A two-fer! Not much waterfowl-wise (200 coot and a
smattering of others), but I could see large waterfowl rafts eastward,
towards the Mason Neck SP VC.

So, next stop was Mason Neck SP, arriving at about 215pm. I was unable to
get a good count as one of the duck hunter boats had a bit of fun in the bay
pushing the groups back and forth. Here are my estimates:

C. Goose 30
Gadwall 500
Am. Wigeon 24
Am. Black Duck 2
Mallard 8
Canvasback 400
Redhead 120
Ring-necked Duck 75
Greater Scaup 9
Lesser Scaup 3000
Bufflehead 45
Common Merganser 1
Red-breasted Merganser 1
Ruddy Duck 60
Pied-billed Grebe 2
DC Cormorant 12
Am. Coot 200 (different from the Occ. Marina birds)

Kurt Gaskill

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Subject: Black Vultures and Virginia State Bill 37
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 16:59 pm
From: otissowell AT gmail.com
 
I have come to appreciate that speed reading anything  is not conducive to accurate comprehension and retention. In fact, in certain situations it can prove disastrous . Statistics  also show that most people who choke on the food they are eating usually have not taken the time to properly chew it.

I just read the summary of SB 37 with the view to understand it’s purpose as explained in the link below. Further research and careful reading of the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act also proved to be beneficial. That prevented me from getting cramps, as it were, from a “knee jerk reaction” on the subject of Black Vulture depredation.


https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?161+sum+SB37S

http://www.fws.gov/southeast/b...


Otis Sowell, Jr
Palmyra, Virginia
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Subject: Arizona Trip
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 16:48 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
While not pertaining to Virginia Birds I went to Arizona at the end of January and some photographs of birds from my visit can be seen at:
Arizona Trip- January 2016 | VisitingNature

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| Arizona Trip- January 2016 | VisitingNatureI visited southeastern and south-central Arizona from January 22nd through January 29th.  The weather was dry and the temperature range was from 17 degrees to 74... |
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Enjoy each day,

 Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Subject: Nokesville SNBU no, Leesylvania yes!
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 16:43 pm
From: candiceylowther AT gmail.com
 
Hello,

This morning I went to Nokesville in search of Snow Buntings. I drove along park gate road, but did not find any. I did see several kestrels, horned larks and meadowlarks.

At Leesylvania, I opened my car to a flurry of songbird activity. I saw several winter feeding flocks. The bay was mostly waterfowl-free and I heard gun shots in the distance. The best waterfowl spot was powell's creek. The best viewing was through a scope from under the train bridge. Most of the Waterfowl were black ducks, but I also found gadwall, pintails, bufflehead, ruddy ducks, swans, hooded & common mergansers. In the woods I found 5 species of woodpeckers, both kinglets and the usual suspects. Two grackles flew over the parking lot.

Good birding

Candice Lowther
Bristow, VA

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Subject: Redheads at Commander Shepard Ponds
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 15:56 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
This morning there were 119 Redheads on the pond at Commander Shepard Blvd
in Hampton. The best spot for viewing is the small pull-off just after
entering the cloverleaf if you're heading south on Hampton Highway. Hope
they stick around for a few days. A few Gadwall and Ring-necked Ducks were
also present.

Dave Youker
Yorktown, VA
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Subject: Red-necked Grebe - Norfolk
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 14:46 pm
From: davidclark1338 AT gmail.com
 
Seen around 3:20 near the Ocean View Pier off 4th View St

David Clark
Norfolk
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Subject: Fwd: SB37 and Black Vultures
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 9:36 am
From: rwein12 AT verizon.net
 
Bill:
Excuse my ignorance, but I just looked up SB 37 and the entire text as approved by the Senate (36-2) reads:
A BILL to amend and reenact § 29.1-200 of the Code of Virginia, relating to Department of Game and Inland Fisheries; appointments of law-enforcement officers above the rank of conservation police officer.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That § 29.1-200 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

§ 29.1-200 . Appointment of conservation police officers.

A. The Director shall appoint regular and special conservation police officers as he may deem necessary to enforce the game and inland fish laws and shall issue a certificate of appointment to each conservation police officer. Any special conservation police officer initially appointed after October 1, 2009, shall have a valid registration as a Special Conservator of the Peace from the Department of Criminal Justice Services.

There is no mention of Black vultures that I could find. Please clarify so I can understand.

Bob
Reston, VA
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Subject: Fwd: SB 37
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 7:23 am
From: billboliviaboyd AT gmail.com
 
​VA Birders,

If continued protection of Black Vultures in Virginia is important to you,
please consider requesting information on why your state Senator voted in
favor of SB 37. Do note that only one Senator voted in opposition.

Below you may find the email I sent to our Senator. Almost surprisingly,
I've received no response; hmm, could he be re-thinking his vote?

Bill
Fredericksburg

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: William Boyd
Date: Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 5:51 PM
Subject: Re: SB 37
To: district17@senate.virginia.gov
Cc: William Boyd


Mr. Reeves,

Please let me know what data presented during expert testimony led you to
support this bill.

Thank you for your attention to this request.

William Boyd
Fredericksburg
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Subject: Snowy Owl Norfolk Airport
Date: Fri Feb 5 2016 19:53 pm
From: andrewbaldelli AT hotmail.com
 
Today late in afternoon I was heading west on 64 towards Norfolk to run errands when I noticed a large white blob in the grass at the Norfolk airport .

On a hunch I decided to investigate and took the exit into the airport . Well I was right it was a Snowy owl in the grass at the end of the runway . The bird was seen from Miller Store Rd. very close to the fence . I didn't get to stay and observe the owl long local police told me to move along and not come back.


I can't say for sure but I'm assuming it could be the same bird that was observed at 24th street last week. The owl was mostly white with little barring .

Birding along the perimeter of the airport is extremely difficult , very little pull off spots and local authorities will tell you to move along . I would guess that the owl has been hanging out in this local area .


There is a viewing area at the airport where you can look from , other wise I would suggest driving perimeter or try some of the parking lots on the east side of airport .

Good luck chasing the owl .


Cheers

Andrew
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Subject: Birded up to Tinker Cliffs, Catawba, VA
Date: Fri Feb 5 2016 19:31 pm
From: aklohr AT vt.edu
 
My boyfriend and I hiked Tinker Cliffs in Catawba, VA (near Blacksburg)
today. I left my camera at home since I didn't feel like lugging it 3 miles
up the mountain, but we brought our bins.

Even though we weren't out to bird, specifically, it ended up being a
productive day (**highlights were 3 red-tailed hawks in one field, a hermit
thrush, and vocalizing ravens**). The trail was donated by the Roanoke
Cement Company, and there's private land on both sides of the trail until
you connect with the AT about 0.5 miles from the Cliffs. This made for some
really neat habitat consisting of riparian areas, pastures for cattle, and
coniferous forests).

We saw:
-American kestrels (2) on power lines on the drive to the parking lot
-red-tailed hawks (4)
-cedar waxwings (~dozen)
-eastern bluebirds (many)
-yellow-rumped warblers (at least 3-4)
-song sparrow (1)
-downy woodpecker (many)
-hairy woodpecker (1 or 2)
-red-bellied woodpecker (1)
-white-breasted nuthatches (many)
-chickadees (many)
-tufted titmouse (1)
-hermit thrush (1)--really exciting because we got to observe the tail
flick it does (quick flip up and slowly lowers it)
-common raven (heard it croak twice or so near the summit but never saw it)
-turkey & black vultures (many)

'Twas a fun, but slightly chilly and windy, hike.

Good birding to all,
Ashley Lohr
Blacksburg/Loudoun County
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Subject: FW: Beginning Bird Banding Class
Date: Thu Feb 4 2016 22:44 pm
From: rogermayhorn AT gmail.com
 

----- Original Message -----
From: "Keith Richardson"
To:
Sent: Thursday, February 04, 2016 6:18 PM
Subject: Beginning Bird Banding Class


We still have a few spaces available for our Beginning Bird Banding Class.
Dates are April 23rd - April 29th.

2016
Opossum Creek Retreat & The Institute for Bird Populations
Beginner Bird Banding Class

Thank you for your interest in the Beginner Bird Banding Class at Opossum
Creek Retreat, instructed by the Institute for Bird Populations of Point
Reyes, California and Hosted by Opossum Creek Retreat. Opossum Creek Retreat
is nestled uniquely just minutes from the New River Gorge National River in
South Central West Virginia. The Class will be held beginning on the
afternoon of Saturday April 23rd and ending after banding on Friday April
29th. The fee for the beginner class is 1800.00 per person and includes all
class materials, instructors’ fees, lodging and meals.

WHAT TO EXPECT
The class will begin the afternoon of Saturday April 23rd and end on Friday
April 29th after the Morning Banding session. Each day we will be in the
field at sunrise and work the nets for 5-6 hours. Lunch (one hour), then a
2-3 hour classroom session followed by a break and then Dinner. There will
be some “homework”. Information and details of course materials can be found
at the IBP website – www.birdpop.org. Proper field attire is necessary. (mud
boots and rain gear too). We are in the woods. Mosquito and ticks are
present.

FACILITIES & LODGING
Classroom activities will be held in the 1000 square foot meeting /great
room of the Meadows Cabin at Opossum Creek Retreat. On site, in Cabin
lodging at the Meadows Cabin is included in the Registration fee. Each
registrant will have his/her own private room (all linens and towels are
provided). There are three full bathrooms to share. There are several other
cabins available at an additional fee if you would like your own private
cabin. There is a guest laundry available for your convenience during your
stay. Also included in the registration fee is a continental breakfast,
Lunch and a home cooked Dinner each day. Please let us know of any dietary
needs or issues upon registration.

Registration
Class is Limited to 8 people with a minimum of 6. Full payment is due upon
registration. To Register contact Keith at 888-488-4836 or email to
retreat@opossumcreek.com.


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Subject: Feb 2 Chincoteague NWR Shorebird Survey
Date: Thu Feb 4 2016 21:29 pm
From: clyde_joelle AT verizon.net
 
   Below are the results of our weekly shorebird/gull survey conducted at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday Feb 2, 2016All water areas (impoundments and beach areas) were covered in a 6 hour survey. All individuals are counted for the target species; other birds seen or heard on the survey are followed by a dash.  
On a very windy CNWR shorebird survey, we counted 1,534 shorebirds of 12 species. Not bad for the winter season. The impoundments were unfrozen and filled with the recent storms leading good water depths for waterfowl, but a few ponds were shallow enough to attract shorebirds such as North Wash Flats. One third of the individuals were using the beaches which were very changed by the storms' fury.  Dunlin were most common (976) followed by Sanderling (245) and Willet (231). An impressive count of 184 Willets were found on Wild Beach. Our next survey will be Tues Feb 16.Clyde Morris & Joelle Buffa 

 






|


| Snow Goose |


| -- |


|


| Ross's Goose |


| 1 |


|


| Canada Goose |


| -- |


|


| Tundra Swan |


| -- |


|


| Gadwall |


| -- |


|


| American Black Duck |


| -- |


|


| Mallard |


| -- |


|


| Northern Shoveler |


| -- |


|


| Northern Pintail |


| -- |


|


| Green-winged Teal |


| -- |


|


| Lesser Scaup |


| -- |


|


| Surf Scoter |


| -- |


|


| White-winged Scoter |


| 1 |


|


| Black Scoter |


| -- |


|


| Long-tailed Duck |


| -- |


|


| Bufflehead |


| -- |


|


| Red-breasted Merganser |


| -- |


|


| Common Loon |


| 7 |


|


| Horned Grebe |


| 22 |


|


| Double-crested Cormorant |


| 1 |


|


| Great Blue Heron |


| -- |


|


| Great Egret |


| -- |


|


| Tricolored Heron |


| -- |


|


| Turkey Vulture |


| -- |


|


| Northern Harrier |


| -- |


|


| Bald Eagle |


| -- |


|


| American Oystercatcher |


| 5 |


|


| Black-bellied Plover |


| 34 |


|


| Semipalmated Plover |


| 2 |


|


| Greater Yellowlegs |


| 28 |


|


| Willet |


| 231 |


|


| Lesser Yellowlegs |


| 1 |


|


| Ruddy Turnstone |


| 1 |


|


| Red Knot |


| 1 |


|


| Sanderling |


| 245 |


|


| Dunlin |


| 976 |


|


| peep sp. |


| 4 |


|


| Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher |


| 6 |


|


| Bonaparte's Gull |


| 5 |


|


| Ring-billed Gull |


| 99 |


|


| Herring Gull |


| 182 |


|


| Lesser Black-backed Gull |


| 12 |


|


| Great Black-backed Gull |


| 55 |


|


| Forster's Tern |


| 1 |


|


| Mourning Dove |


| -- |


|


| Belted Kingfisher |


| 1 |


|


| Northern Flicker |


| -- |


|


| American Crow |


| -- |


|


| Horned Lark |


| -- |


|


| Tufted Titmouse |


| -- |


|


| European Starling |


| -- |


|


| Yellow-rumped Warbler |


| -- |


|


| White-throated Sparrow |


| -- |


|


| Savannah Sparrow |


| -- |


|


| Northern Cardinal |


| -- |


|


| Red-winged Blackbird |


| -- |


|


| Eastern Meadowlark |


| -- |

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Subject: Potomac R side of King George and Westmoreland from 301 bridge to Coles Pt Sunday Jan 31
Date: Wed Feb 3 2016 21:32 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Dear VA-birdersI am sorry for the delay in sending out this report.
On Sunday I birded the Potomac Side of the NNK including Wayside Park (at end of Rte 301 bridge) in King George Co, and Colonial Beach, Washington's Birthplace, Muse Rd, Coles Pt, and Currioman Landing all in Westmoreland Co. Most of the fields were clear of snow and were very wet and I could find very few field passerines. Despite the many miles of road I covered, I could find no kestrels and only 4 bluebirds. In the many miles of river I scope-scanned, I was surprised to find only 1 Common Loon, no other loons or grebes, 2 gannets, 1 black scoter and 2 surf scoters. However, Ruddy Ducks, Canvasbacks, Buffleheads, and Long-tailed Ducks were present in large numbers. The highlights of my 76 species follow. 
Canvasback 1540, most of which were off of Dahlgren just downriver from the 301 bridge viewed from Wayside Park.
Scaup spp (both species seen but most were too far to identify) about 4000
Long-tailed Duck 255 (243 of these were viewed from the end of Blackbeard Pond Rd (Coles Point). If you go to see them, please stay on the road, the beach is private.) This is my highest count for Virginia, my previous high being 115 at nearby Salisbury Park Rd (also at COles Pt Feb 10, 2013).  In the past few years I have seen Great Cormorant here, along with many double-crested. But this year there were only a few double-crested and no Greats.
Bufflehead 967, these were very visible at every river stop. The 450 seen all along the riverfront at Colonial Beach beats my previous high of 335 at nearby Washington's Birthplace 23 Nov 2013. 
COmmon Goldeneye 38 at five locations, seen best from Washington's Birthplace beach and adjacent Muse Rd, but still you'll need a scope.
Ruddy Duck 14,265; the most abundant bird today, though not as common at the 2 Coles Pt stops where only about 550 were found. Wayside Park had 8600.
Coot 1 at Wayside Park
KIlldeer I was surprised at how few could be seen in all those muddy fields. Only 5 at 3 locations.
Woodcock 19 at dusk at Mothershead in Leedstown (Westmoreland) most of which were peenting and doing their display flights
Brown-headed Nuthatch, as in the last several years at Blackbeard Pond Rd
Savannah Sparrows only TWO, quite a contrast with last week's numbers when the fields were covered with snow
Other sparrows only 23 juncos, 37 white-throats, and 18 Songs. 
No larks, pipits, or meadowlarks.
All the bestFred


 Frederick D. Atwood Flint Hill School, 10409 Academic Dr, Oakton, VA 22124 
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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington Area, Feb 3
Date: Wed Feb 3 2016 12:44 pm
From: joecoleman AT rstarmail.com
 
FYI  - this report is for sightings from Jan 26 through Feb 2 and was
compiled by Joe Coleman & transcribed by Steve Cordle.

Joe Coleman



Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist

Date: 2/03/2016

Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle

Reports, comments and questions: voice@anshome.org


Compiler: Joe Coleman

Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central

Atlantic States (independent of NAS)

Transcriber: Steve Cordle



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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, Jan 26 and was
completed Wednesday, Feb 3 at 11:30 a.m.



The top birds this week were BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* in MD, WHITE-WINGED DOVE in
VA, SNOWY OWL* in DE and VA, WESTERN TANAGER* in VA, and LAZULI BUNTING* in
MD.



Other birds of interest this week included GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE and
other waterfowl, EARED GREBE, GREAT CORMORANT, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN,
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, SANDHILL CRANE, shorebirds, gulls including THAYER'S,
FORSTER'S TERN, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, SHORT-EARED OWL, RUBY-THROATED
HUMMINGBIRD, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, warblers,
sparrows, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, RED CROSSBILL, PINE SISKIN, and EVENING
GROSBEAK.



TOP BIRDS



The BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* continued to be seen at the Elms Environmental
Education Center (private), St. Mary's Co, MD with sightings Jan 30, Feb 1
and Feb 2.



A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was photographed on Jan 28 in Wachapreague, Accomack Co,
VA.



A SNOWY OWL* turned up in Oceanview, Norfolk, VA on Jan 28; it was perched
on a building near 24th Bay St and Pleasant Ave. A SNOWY OWL* was seen Feb 2
from the parking lot of the Air Mobility Command Museum at the Dover Air
Force Base, Kent Co, DE.



A female WESTERN TANAGER* was observed Jan 29 and 30 at Pleasure House
Point, Virginia Beach, VA.



The LAZULI BUNTING* which was first reported back on Dec 28 visiting a
feeder near Berlin, Worcester Co, MD, was seen again Jan 31.



OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST



GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen in a number of locations including one
Jan 29 from the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church driveway between Rte
50 and Rte 322 in large flock of Canada Geese in Easton, Talbot Co, MD; it
was also seen in other fields in the same area the 30th & 31st. Another,
also in a large flock of geese, was seen on Jan 30 on the northwest end of
Turner Rd in southern Calvert Co, MD. A flock of 8 were seen Feb 2 along
Bell's Lane, Staunton, VA. Four CACKLING GEESE were seen Jan 31 at Loch
Raven Reservoir, Baltimore Co, MD. As many as 4 CACKLING GEESE were seen Jan
29 at Crystal Lake, Northampton Co, VA.



The longstanding tagged (M78) TRUMPETER SWAN which has been at Lake
Churchill was seen at the close-by Black Hill Regional Park, Montgomery Co,
MD, this past week. An immature TRUMPETER SWAN also continued at Silver
Lake, Rockingham Co, VA with sightings throughout the week.



A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen Jan 30 and Feb 2 from the Castaways Campground,
Worcester Co, MD. A EURASIAN WIGEON was at the Blackwater NWR, Dorchester
Co, MD Jan 30. One was at the Assawoman Wildlife Area, Sussex Co, DE Jan 30
and one Feb 2 at Port Mahon Rd, Sussex Co, DE. Another EURASIAN WIGEON was
seen Jan 29 and 31 at the Loch Raven Reservoir, Baltimore Co, MD. A
EURASIAN WIGEON also continues to be seen at Craney Island Disposal Area,
Portsmouth, VA with the most recent report from Jan 28. A Eurasian
GREEN-WINGED TEAL was also seen and photographed at Craney the same day.
While the continuing COMMON EIDER was seen almost every day last week at
Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co, DE, the drake HARLEQUIN DUCK was only
reported there on Jan 27. Another male HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen Feb 2 at the
Ocean City Inlet, Worcester Co, MD.



An EARED GREBE was seen Jan 31 at Grandview Nature Preserve, Hampton, VA.



A GREAT CORMORANT was at Sandy Point SP, Anne Arundel Co, MD Feb 2.



AMERICAN WHTE PELICANS turned up at a variety of locations including as many
as 38 on Jan 29 at Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach, VA and 40 at the
Blackwater NWR, Dorchester Co, MD on Jan 31.



A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen Jan 31 at Truitt's Landing, Worcester Co, MD.



Two SANDHILL CRANES flew over Airlie, Fauquier Co, VA on Feb 2. The two
continuing SANDHILL CRANES were along East Jack Jouett Rd, Rte 642, north of
Zion Crossroads in Louisa Co, VA, on Jan 30.



A LEAST SANDPIPER was seen Jan 26 in a field in King George Co, VA; three
were seen Jan 27 during a survey of Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD.



A THAYER'S GULL was seen Jan 27 and then again on Feb 1 at North East
Community Park, Cecil Co, MD; while the Thayer's was not seen there Feb 2, a
GLAUCOUS GULL was. An ICELAND GULL was found Jan 31 at 6th St, Virginia
Beach, VA.



Single FORSTER'S TERNS were seen up at Blackwater NWR, Dorchester Co, MD, on
Jan 31 and Tilghman on the Chesapeake Bay, Talbot Co, MD on Jan 29.



A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was perched on the utility wires by the South
Boston Library (Halifax Co, VA) on Broad St on Jan 27. Another EURASIAN
COLLARED-DOVE was seen Jan 30 in Selbyville, Sussex Co, DE. Five EURASIAN
COLLARED-DOVES were seen Jan 30 on Clark St, Chincoteague, Accomack Co, VA.



Twelve SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen Jan 27 during the survey of Poplar Island,
Talbot Co, MD. A field trip, with special permission to visit the closed
Oaks Landfill in Laytonsville, Montgomery Co, MD, turned up 2 SHORT-EARED
OWLS.



A late RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD continues to visit a feeder in Norfolk, VA
with the latest sighting on Feb 1.



On Jan 31 a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was found along Dry Bridge Rd about .4 miles
west of Keysville Rd, Emmitsburg, Frederick Co, MD; on Feb 1 it was found a
little closer to Keysville. A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen Jan 31 on a sod
farm from Baskerville Rd, Mecklenburg Co, VA.



LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen at a number of locations throughout the past
week including two on Jan 28 in Augusta Co, VA, along Rte 608 just south of
Rte 612; two on Jan 29 in a flock of Horned Larks at the intersection of
Springs Rd and Myers Mill Rd, Culpeper Co, VA. One was seen Jan 30 along the
northwest end of Turner Rd in southern Calvert Co, MD; two were there Feb 2.
A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was also seen Jan 30 in Carroll Co, MD along Ebert Rd
just south of Middleburg Road, and another the same day, in Frederick Co,
MD, along Bullfrog Rd just south of the PA line.



SNOW BUNTINGS were seen in a couple locations this past week including six
on the 30th at Burke's Garden, Tazewell Co, VA and on Feb 1 in a field along
Park Gate Rd in Nokesville, Prince William Co, VA.



An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER continued to be seen at the tip of Jones Point
Park in Alex, VA with the most recent sighting on Jan 26. Another continued
at the restricted access storm water pond at Swan Creek/Cox Creek, Anne
Arundel Co, MD with a sighting on Jan 26. Another was seen Jan 28 foraging
in holly trees at the Tidal Basin, West Potomac Park, SW DC. Another was
seen Jan 31, also foraging in holly trees, at the Gardens entrance at the
Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, NE DC. A few other overwintering
warbler species were also seen.



AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS turned up at a number of feeders and other locations
this past week. The LARK SPARROW at the Hughes Road Polo fields, south of
Poolesville in Montgomery Co., MD, first seen a couple of weeks ago,
continues with a sighting as recently as Feb 2. An incredible 110 SAVANNAH
SPARROWS were counted in a farm field in King George Co, VA on Jan 26. A
LINCOLN'S SPARROW was reported at Big Water Farm, Queen Anne's Co, MD, Jan
27 through Feb 2.



BALTIMORE ORIOLES were seen at a couple of different locations this past
week including one at a home in Anne Arundel Co, MD and another, a
well-photographed male, at a feeder in Leesburg, Loudoun Co, VA on Jan 30.
One was also seen Jan 30 and Feb 1 at the Blandy Experimental Farm, Clarke
Co, VA.



Among the birds seen during a Jan 30 trip in Rockingham Co, VA, up Rte 924
in the George Washington National Forest (west of Dayton) were two RED
CROSSBILLS at Briery Branch Gap.



PINE SISKINS were among the many birds seen at feeders this past week.



A single male EVENING GROSBEAK was seen Jan 29 in Northampton Co, VA near
Cherrystone Inlet.



Good Birding.



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



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



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

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



Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.



*Of interest to the applicable state records committee



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Subject: snow buntings
Date: Tue Feb 2 2016 18:03 pm
From: stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net
 

Hello Birders,

We twitched out to Nokesville today (02 Feb), and carefully scanned the fields along Parkgate Drive. Very little snow, and no Snow Buntings, as far as I could tell. I guess they probably moved on.

We did find 5 Turkeys, a beautiful adult Kestrel, a Harrier, and roughly 1,000 Canada Geese (all in one flock). A quick scan of the Geese did not turn up any of their Ross' or Snow cousins, but we were far from thorough in that search.

We did not find a single sandpiper, finch, lark, pipit, meadowlark, bunting, sparrow, junco, longspur, or goldfinch, anywhere along the 4 miles of road this afternoon.

Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia


On Feb 1, 2016, at 9:05 AM, Bulmer, Anthony wrote:

> In the field along park gate road in Nokesville, a small flock of about 11 snow buntings were feeding in a bare grassy spot.
> Tony Bulmer
> Naturalist FCPA
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Subject: Sandhill cranes, Warrenton
Date: Tue Feb 2 2016 11:12 am
From: garvin.sue AT gmail.com
 
We had a low flyover of two sandhill cranes at Airlie, Warrenton, VA on
Monday afternoon just before 5pm.

Sue

Sue Garvin
Sperryville, VA
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Subject: Greater White-fronted Geese (Staunton)
Date: Tue Feb 2 2016 10:02 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hi all,I just a call from Allen Larner who is looking at 8-9 Greater White-fronted Geese in with a flock of 400+ Canadas along Bells Ln.  They are in a field along the south side of Bells Ln by the big tree in the area that floods in the spring, on the left hand side of the road, downhill (to the west) from the top of the hill. 
Good Birding,Gabriel Mapel, New Hope, for Allen Larner
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Subject: Snow Goose - Silver Lake today (Dayton, Rockingham Co.)
Date: Tue Feb 2 2016 9:58 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
The bird was at the Lake this morning -- it was first reported yesterday (2/1.) The immature Trumpeter Swan was still present.

Diane Lepkowski
Harrisonburg
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Subject: FOY woodcock-western Albemarle, nature observations
Date: Tue Feb 2 2016 9:22 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Heard my first woodcock of the year this morning for about 5 minutes,
beginning about 6:45 AM. Hadn't checked previously so not sure if this was its
first day in this field where I usually hear these birds, but considering
most of the area is still snow-covered, it might have been.

Since there was a brief shower yesterday and the temperature wasn't very
low this AM (about 42 degrees), I decided to check some of the usual nearby
spots for amphibian activity. Again, thanks to the snow cover, there
wasn't any sign of Wood Frog or recent Spotted Salamander activity (6 Spotted
Salamander egg masses have been here since January!!!!). However, there were
several water striders skating around on the surface of one pool. Really
made me feel like spring was almost here in spite of the snow on the
ground!

Sincerely,
Marlene
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Subject: Albino Yellow-rumped Warbler
Date: Tue Feb 2 2016 8:14 am
From: pag AT gcrcompany.com
 
Adam D'Onofrio and I also saw this bird in the same area on 1/16.

Paul Glass
South Boston, VA

-----Original Message-----
From: Matt Anthony [mailto:mhanthony@email.wm.edu]
Sent: Monday, February 01, 2016 5:53 PM
To: Tim Hodge
Cc: Va-bird Listserve
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Albino Yellow-rumped Warbler


Hi Tim!

It sounds like this could potentially be the same leucistic bird that Nick
Newberry and I found in approximately the same location on the Rarity
Roundup this past November. Below is a link to the eBird list with our
photos. If it is the same bird, its nice to know it has managed to survive
thus far.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S25828375

Best,
--Matt Anthony
College of William & Mary

On Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 1:31 PM, Tim Hodge wrote:

> Photographed an albino Yellow-rumped Warbler this morning around 9:45
> at Back Bay NWR at the trail head behind the nature center.
>
> Tim Hodge
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Subject: Lapland Longspur @ Grandview Beach Hampton
Date: Tue Feb 2 2016 3:02 am
From: 20cabot AT gmail.com
 
We had the great fortune to see this bird on Mon 2/1 in the late afternoon.
We walked to the end of the beach and on the way back it flew from the dune
right over our heads to the last jetty. I knew right away I had something
special. No, it wasn't a Song Sparrow. It remained there for probably 15
minutes before it returned to a spot in the dune. I only had a small
camera, so took the best shots I could. A lifer for me and my wife. No sign
of any Snow Buntings, Ipswich Sparrows or the Ocean View Snowy. Dave
Gibson, Chesapeake

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Subject: E. Meadowlarks and Blue-winged Teals at Henricus
Date: Mon Feb 1 2016 19:59 pm
From: tsiporah.shani AT gmail.com
 
Drove down to Henricus Park in Chester this afternoon for two hours. I
mostly stayed along the road to view the pond, then walked out to the
bluffs. The highlights were a pair of Eastern Meadowlarks, which I've never
seen there before, three Northern Pintails, and four Blue-winged Teals. The
Teals and Pintails were over by the second overlook, as were the
Meadowlarks (though the latter were on the other side of the fence). The
complete list is on eBird at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27257866

Alyssa Freeman
Henrico, VA
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Subject: Albino Yellow-rumped Warbler
Date: Mon Feb 1 2016 17:21 pm
From: mhanthony AT email.wm.edu
 
Hi Tim!

It sounds like this could potentially be the same leucistic bird that Nick
Newberry and I found in approximately the same location on the Rarity
Roundup this past November. Below is a link to the eBird list with our
photos. If it is the same bird, its nice to know it has managed to survive
thus far.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S25828375

Best,
--Matt Anthony
College of William & Mary

On Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 1:31 PM, Tim Hodge wrote:

> Photographed an albino Yellow-rumped Warbler this morning around 9:45 at
> Back Bay NWR at the trail head behind the nature center.
>
> Tim Hodge
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Subject: Black Vulture bill passes committee-please write to newspapers
Date: Mon Feb 1 2016 16:52 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Letters were sent today to my House representative and the Governor on half 
of the Boards of the Hampton Roads Bird Club and the Coastal Virginia
Wildlife Observatory. Hoping others do the same!

Dave Youker
Yorktown, VA


Interesting- suppose they did not discuss the India vulture crisis that
began in the 80s and remain unsolved, when supposedly diclifenac used in
cattle presumedly killed off an estimated 96% of some species of vultures
leading to a catastrophic increase in unconsumed carcasses...... With increase
in disease associated with those carcasses and increase in wild dog
populations... ..rabies...rats. And so on.... But it appears that we must have a
system here to assure we do not experience the same problems due to
purposeful culling of the population?? Maybe vultures in the US are not considered
important environmentally?


Kenneth A. Lipshy
Www.crisismanagementleadership.com

> On Feb 1, 2016, at 11:08 AM, MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird
wrote:
>
> Thank you so much to everyone who has made the effort to help the Black
> Vulture.
>
> Creigh Deeds (my representative) was the only senator to stand against
this
> bill when it was voted on in the Senate. I think folks should take a
> moment to say thanks. It takes immense courage to stand alone. His
e-mail
> address is _district25@senate.virginia.gov_
> (mailto:district25@senate.virginia.gov)
>
> Also, we need a public outpouring of complaints against the Senate and
the
> House which is preparing to fund the agency that will allow the killing
of
> the vultures. Sadly, in this case Del. Steve Landes (again, my
> representative) wouldn't listen to reason as Senator Deeds did and he's
the patron of
> the bill to provide money!
>
> This DOES set a very bad precedent for all wildlife. I know it's a
pain
> to write letters to the editor, but I hope birders will publicly stand
up
> for this bird. Too many birders behave as pacifists; they don't want
to
> fight for the birds they care about which means birders have no voice.
I'm
> truly shocked that--as far as I know--even birding associations (ABA,
American
> Bird Conservancy, Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, etc.)
> have not dissented publicly about this situation. (If anyone knows
that they
> have spoken out, please let me know.)
>
> Apparently this fight is being left to individual birders. PLEASE help
> because if enough folks do, it CAN make a difference. In 2008, 2 towns
in
> Loudoun County planned to kill Turkey and BlackVultures. The Loudoun
> Wildlife Conservancy, along with individual members and residents in
the towns,
> sent letters to each of the town governing bodies and to the local
> newspapers. Even though Middleburg had a permit to kill 200 vultures,
neither of the
> 2 towns killed ANY that year.
>
> Sincerely,
> Marlene
>
>
>
> In a message dated 1/23/2016 6:29:44 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> leightern@msn.com writes:
>
> I too emailed everyone on the list Marlene sent out and am concerned
about
> the precedent this may set for other wildlife that becomes inconvenie
nt.
> Keep us posted to what other steps may be taken by concerned citizens.
>
>> Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2016 15:15:20 -0500
>> To: va-bird@listserve.com
>> Subject: [Va-bird] Black Vulture bill passes committee
>> From: va-bird@listserve.com
>>
>> Like many of you, I'm concerned about the way this issue is being
> handled.
>> There is a clear federal process already in place addressing both the
>> short and long term. This bill attempts to circumvent that process.

> As has
>> been stated, it will take a lot of voices to affect a change. Like
> many of
>> you, I wrote to every member of this committee urging them to vote

> against
>> this bill. The results was an unanimous approval of the bill.
> Obviously,
>> these members didn't hear enough to sway their thinking. It will now
> go to
>> the House and Senate.
>>
>> Dave Youker
>> Yorktown, VA
>>
>>
>>
>> Thank you, David! I deeply appreciate your assistance with this
>> situation.
>>
>> I hope you--and other birders--will write to Senator Carrico who is
> the
>> sole sponsor of the bill. He can be contacted at
>> _district40@senate.virginia.gov_
> (mailto:district40@senate.virginia.gov)
>>
>> Government only listens when a LOT of folks chime in. My commentary

> that
>> appeared in the Richmond paper is not enough. The people in Richmond

>> need
>> to hear that other folks feel the same way as I do.
>>
>> Sincerely,
>> Marlene
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> In a message dated 1/22/2016 9:25:16 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
>> wrenpt@gmail.com writes:
>
http://www.fws.gov/birds/manag...
>> t-protected-species.php
>>
>>
>>
>> Marlene,
>>
>>
>> You might direct the sponsor(s) of the bill to the link above.
>>
>>
>> It lists the Black Vulture as among the species protected by
>> international
>> treaty, of which the U.S. is a signer.
>>
>>
>> David Matson
>> Suffolk and Onancock
>>
>>
>> On Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 9:08 AM, MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird
>> wrote:
>>
>> This version is worse in my opinion. First it's unnecessary other

> than
>> to allow the killing of Black Vultures. Please read my Richmond
>> Times-Dispatch commentary about the farming practices that
> undoubtedly
>> bring about the
>> vulture problems. Then I hope you'll contact the Committee.
> Thanks!
>
_http://www.richmond.com/opinio...
>> b1d
>> e-78e6-5bc0-9ed4-12fd27ea91e4.html_
>
(http://www.richmond.com/opinion/their-opinion/guest-columnists/article_6693
>> b1de-78e6-5bc0-9ed4-12fd27ea91e4.html)
>> SENATE BILL NO. 37 AMENDMENT IN THE
>> NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE (Proposed by the Senate Committee on
>> Agriculture,
>> Conservation and Natural Resources on January 21, 2016) (Patron
> Prior
>> to
>> Substitute--Senator Carrico)A BILL to amend and reenact
_3.2-5904_
>> (http://law.lis.virginia.gov/va...) of the Code of
> Virginia,
>> relating to
>> control of black vultures.
>> Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
>> 1. That _3.2-5904_ (http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/3.2-5904)

> of
>> the
>> Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:
>> _3.2-5904_ (http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/3.2-5904) .
Authority
> of
>> the Commissioner; coyotes; black vultures.
>> The Commissioner may enter into agreements with local and state
>> agencies,
>> or other persons for the control of coyotes, black vultures
(Coragyps
>> atratus), and other wildlife that pose a danger to agricultural
>> animals.
>> The
>> Commissioner shall enter into an agreement with the federal
> government to
>> reestablish establish and maintain the Virginia Cooperative Coyote
> Damage
>> Control Wildlife Damage Management Program.
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>>
>>
>>
>> --
>>
>>
>> David Matson
>> Suffolk and Onancock, Virginia
>>
>>
>>
>>
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Date: Mon Feb 1 2016 16:13 pm
From: wbarrows AT gmail.com
 
I added 6 shots to my Huntley Meadows gallery from this morning's birdwalk.
https://wlb3.smugmug.com/Virgi...

Thanks, Harry.

Cheers

*Walt*

*Follow me for bird photos .*

On Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 3:41 PM, Harry Glasgow
wrote:

> Nearly 30 birders broke their cabin fever chains and joined together for
> this morning's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk. The trails were
> a little rough, and the bird count was down, but it was still a glorious
> morning to be out in the woods. The central wetland was still frozen
> over so the waterfowl count was restricted to Canada Geese and a handful of
> Mallards. We were able to tally all 7 of the woodpecker species found in
> our region, as well as a pair of Barred Owls hanging around their usual
> haunts near the parking lot. A large flock of male Red-winged Blackbirds
> were in full voice practicing up for the upcoming spring mating chorus.
> Canada Goose 161
> Mallard 6
> Turkey Vulture 2
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Ring-billed Gull 5
> Great Black-backed Gull 2
> Mourning Dove 6
> Barred Owl 2
> Red-headed Woodpecker 6
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
> Downy Woodpecker 5
> Hairy Woodpecker 4
> Northern Flicker 4
> Pileated Woodpecker 2
> Blue Jay 5
> American Crow 30
> Fish Crow 2
> Carolina Chickadee 10
> Tufted Titmouse 6
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> Brown Creeper 1
> Winter Wren 1
> Carolina Wren 5
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
> Eastern Bluebird 7
> Hermit Thrush 1
> American Robin 27
> European Starling 3
> Dark-eyed Junco 2
> White-throated Sparrow 16
> Song Sparrow 7
> Swamp Sparrow 3
> Northern Cardinal 13
> Red-winged Blackbird 50+
> Common Grackle 2
> Brown-headed Cowbird 3
> American Goldfinch 5
>
> The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows
> since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during
> electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 8AM (7AM from April
> through October), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open
> to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701
> Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff
> during normal business hours at (703)768-2525.
>
> Harry Glasgow
> Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
>
>
>
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Date: Mon Feb 1 2016 15:02 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Nearly 30 birders broke their cabin fever chains and joined togetherfor this morning's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.  The trails were a little rough, and the birdcount was down, but it was still a glorious morning to be out in the woods.  The central wetland was still frozen over sothe waterfowl count was restricted to Canada Geese and a handful of Mallards.  We were able to tally all 7 of the woodpeckerspecies found in our region, as well as a pair of Barred Owls hanging around theirusual haunts near the parking lot.  Alarge flock of male Red-winged Blackbirds  were in full voice practicing up for theupcoming spring mating chorus. Canada Goose  161
Mallard  6
Turkey Vulture  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  5
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Mourning Dove  6
Barred Owl  2
Red-headed Woodpecker  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  30
Fish Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Brown Creeper  1
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  7
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  27
European Starling  3
Dark-eyed Junco  2
White-throated Sparrow  16
Song Sparrow  7
Swamp Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  13
Red-winged Blackbird  50+
Common Grackle  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
American Goldfinch  5
The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 8AM (7AM from April  through October), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at (703)768-2525.
Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park


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Subject: Albino Yellow-rumped Warbler
Date: Mon Feb 1 2016 12:34 pm
From: tanagertim AT gmail.com
 
Photographed an albino Yellow-rumped Warbler this morning around 9:45 at
Back Bay NWR at the trail head behind the nature center.

Tim Hodge
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Subject: Black Vulture bill passes committee-please write to newspapers
Date: Mon Feb 1 2016 12:07 pm
From: wuzupdoc12 AT msn.com
 
Interesting- suppose they did not discuss the India vulture crisis that began in the 80s and remain unsolved, when supposedly diclifenac used in cattle presumedly killed off an estimated 96% of some species of vultures leading to a catastrophic increase in unconsumed carcasses...... With increase in disease associated with those carcasses and increase in wild dog populations... ..rabies...rats. And so on.... But it appears that we must have a system here to assure we do not experience the same problems due to purposeful culling of the population?? Maybe vultures in the US are not considered important environmentally?


Kenneth A. Lipshy
Www.crisismanagementleadership.com

> On Feb 1, 2016, at 11:08 AM, MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird wrote:
>
> Thank you so much to everyone who has made the effort to help the Black
> Vulture.
>
> Creigh Deeds (my representative) was the only senator to stand against this
> bill when it was voted on in the Senate. I think folks should take a
> moment to say thanks. It takes immense courage to stand alone. His e-mail
> address is _district25@senate.virginia.gov_
> (mailto:district25@senate.virginia.gov)
>
> Also, we need a public outpouring of complaints against the Senate and the
> House which is preparing to fund the agency that will allow the killing of
> the vultures. Sadly, in this case Del. Steve Landes (again, my
> representative) wouldn't listen to reason as Senator Deeds did and he's the patron of
> the bill to provide money!
>
> This DOES set a very bad precedent for all wildlife. I know it's a pain
> to write letters to the editor, but I hope birders will publicly stand up
> for this bird. Too many birders behave as pacifists; they don't want to
> fight for the birds they care about which means birders have no voice. I'm
> truly shocked that--as far as I know--even birding associations (ABA, American
> Bird Conservancy, Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, etc.)
> have not dissented publicly about this situation. (If anyone knows that they
> have spoken out, please let me know.)
>
> Apparently this fight is being left to individual birders. PLEASE help
> because if enough folks do, it CAN make a difference. In 2008, 2 towns in
> Loudoun County planned to kill Turkey and BlackVultures. The Loudoun
> Wildlife Conservancy, along with individual members and residents in the towns,
> sent letters to each of the town governing bodies and to the local
> newspapers. Even though Middleburg had a permit to kill 200 vultures, neither of the
> 2 towns killed ANY that year.
>
> Sincerely,
> Marlene
>
>
>
> In a message dated 1/23/2016 6:29:44 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> leightern@msn.com writes:
>
> I too emailed everyone on the list Marlene sent out and am concerned about
> the precedent this may set for other wildlife that becomes inconvenient.
> Keep us posted to what other steps may be taken by concerned citizens.
>
>> Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2016 15:15:20 -0500
>> To: va-bird@listserve.com
>> Subject: [Va-bird] Black Vulture bill passes committee
>> From: va-bird@listserve.com
>>
>> Like many of you, I'm concerned about the way this issue is being
> handled.
>> There is a clear federal process already in place addressing both the
>> short and long term. This bill attempts to circumvent that process.
> As has
>> been stated, it will take a lot of voices to affect a change. Like
> many of
>> you, I wrote to every member of this committee urging them to vote
> against
>> this bill. The results was an unanimous approval of the bill.
> Obviously,
>> these members didn't hear enough to sway their thinking. It will now
> go to
>> the House and Senate.
>>
>> Dave Youker
>> Yorktown, VA
>>
>>
>>
>> Thank you, David! I deeply appreciate your assistance with this
>> situation.
>>
>> I hope you--and other birders--will write to Senator Carrico who is
> the
>> sole sponsor of the bill. He can be contacted at
>> _district40@senate.virginia.gov_
> (mailto:district40@senate.virginia.gov)
>>
>> Government only listens when a LOT of folks chime in. My commentary
> that
>> appeared in the Richmond paper is not enough. The people in Richmond
>> need
>> to hear that other folks feel the same way as I do.
>>
>> Sincerely,
>> Marlene
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> In a message dated 1/22/2016 9:25:16 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
>> wrenpt@gmail.com writes:
> http://www.fws.gov/birds/manag...
>> t-protected-species.php
>>
>>
>>
>> Marlene,
>>
>>
>> You might direct the sponsor(s) of the bill to the link above.
>>
>>
>> It lists the Black Vulture as among the species protected by
>> international
>> treaty, of which the U.S. is a signer.
>>
>>
>> David Matson
>> Suffolk and Onancock
>>
>>
>> On Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 9:08 AM, MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird
>> wrote:
>>
>> This version is worse in my opinion. First it's unnecessary other
> than
>> to allow the killing of Black Vultures. Please read my Richmond
>> Times-Dispatch commentary about the farming practices that
> undoubtedly
>> bring about the
>> vulture problems. Then I hope you'll contact the Committee.
> Thanks!
> _http://www.richmond.com/opinio...
>> b1d
>> e-78e6-5bc0-9ed4-12fd27ea91e4.html_
> (http://www.richmond.com/opinion/their-opinion/guest-columnists/article_6693
>> b1de-78e6-5bc0-9ed4-12fd27ea91e4.html)
>> SENATE BILL NO. 37 AMENDMENT IN THE
>> NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE (Proposed by the Senate Committee on
>> Agriculture,
>> Conservation and Natural Resources on January 21, 2016) (Patron
> Prior
>> to
>> Substitute--Senator Carrico)A BILL to amend and reenact § _3.2-5904_
>> (http://law.lis.virginia.gov/va...) of the Code of
> Virginia,
>> relating to
>> control of black vultures.
>> Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
>> 1. That § _3.2-5904_ (http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/3.2-5904)
> of
>> the
>> Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:
>> § _3.2-5904_ (http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/3.2-5904) . Authority
> of
>> the Commissioner; coyotes; black vultures.
>> The Commissioner may enter into agreements with local and state
>> agencies,
>> or other persons for the control of coyotes, black vultures (Coragyps
>> atratus), and other wildlife that pose a danger to agricultural
>> animals.
>> The
>> Commissioner shall enter into an agreement with the federal
> government to
>> reestablish establish and maintain the Virginia Cooperative Coyote
> Damage
>> Control Wildlife Damage Management Program.
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>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> --
>>
>>
>> David Matson
>> Suffolk and Onancock, Virginia
>>
>>
>>
>>
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Subject: Virginia Beach - Iceland Gull Not Present @ 6th Street Beach
Date: Mon Feb 1 2016 11:39 am
From: robbielawski AT gmail.com
 
Fellow Birders,

Following up on Jeff Byrd's posting yesterday, the Iceland Gull was not
re-found today during my stop-in from 11:30 AM to 12:10 PM. A good
collection of Ring-billed, Herring, Lesser & Great Black-backed as well as
a few Bonaparte's were on the beach, but nothing unusual sadly.

The spoil pipe that removes soils from Rudee Inlet and deposits them on the
beach to the north was still running when I left and the collection of
gulls was still present. Perhaps someone checking the site in the coming
days will get lucky enough to spot this beautiful adult bird again.

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: Black Vulture bill passes committee-please write to newspapers
Date: Mon Feb 1 2016 11:35 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Thank you so much to everyone who has made the effort to help the Black  
Vulture.

Creigh Deeds (my representative) was the only senator to stand against this
bill when it was voted on in the Senate. I think folks should take a
moment to say thanks. It takes immense courage to stand alone. His e-mail
address is _district25@senate.virginia.gov_
(mailto:district25@senate.virginia.gov)

Also, we need a public outpouring of complaints against the Senate and the
House which is preparing to fund the agency that will allow the killing of
the vultures. Sadly, in this case Del. Steve Landes (again, my
representative) wouldn't listen to reason as Senator Deeds did and he's the patron of
the bill to provide money!

This DOES set a very bad precedent for all wildlife. I know it's a pain
to write letters to the editor, but I hope birders will publicly stand up
for this bird. Too many birders behave as pacifists; they don't want to
fight for the birds they care about which means birders have no voice. I'm
truly shocked that--as far as I know--even birding associations (ABA, American
Bird Conservancy, Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, etc.)
have not dissented publicly about this situation. (If anyone knows that they
have spoken out, please let me know.)

Apparently this fight is being left to individual birders. PLEASE help
because if enough folks do, it CAN make a difference. In 2008, 2 towns in
Loudoun County planned to kill Turkey and BlackVultures. The Loudoun
Wildlife Conservancy, along with individual members and residents in the towns,
sent letters to each of the town governing bodies and to the local
newspapers. Even though Middleburg had a permit to kill 200 vultures, neither of the
2 towns killed ANY that year.

Sincerely,
Marlene



In a message dated 1/23/2016 6:29:44 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
leightern@msn.com writes:

I too emailed everyone on the list Marlene sent out and am concerned about
the precedent this may set for other wildlife that becomes inconvenient.
Keep us posted to what other steps may be taken by concerned citizens.

> Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2016 15:15:20 -0500
> To: va-bird@listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] Black Vulture bill passes committee
> From: va-bird@listserve.com
>
> Like many of you, I'm concerned about the way this issue is being
handled.
> There is a clear federal process already in place addressing both the
> short and long term. This bill attempts to circumvent that process.
As has
> been stated, it will take a lot of voices to affect a change. Like
many of
> you, I wrote to every member of this committee urging them to vote
against
> this bill. The results was an unanimous approval of the bill.
Obviously,
> these members didn't hear enough to sway their thinking. It will now
go to
> the House and Senate.
>
> Dave Youker
> Yorktown, VA
>
>
>
> Thank you, David! I deeply appreciate your assistance with this
> situation.
>
> I hope you--and other birders--will write to Senator Carrico who is
the
> sole sponsor of the bill. He can be contacted at
> _district40@senate.virginia.gov_
(mailto:district40@senate.virginia.gov)
>
> Government only listens when a LOT of folks chime in. My commentary
that
> appeared in the Richmond paper is not enough. The people in Richmond
> need
> to hear that other folks feel the same way as I do.
>
> Sincerely,
> Marlene
>
>
>
>
> In a message dated 1/22/2016 9:25:16 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> wrenpt@gmail.com writes:
>
>
>
http://www.fws.gov/birds/manag...
> t-protected-species.php
>
>
>
> Marlene,
>
>
> You might direct the sponsor(s) of the bill to the link above.
>
>
> It lists the Black Vulture as among the species protected by
> international
> treaty, of which the U.S. is a signer.
>
>
> David Matson
> Suffolk and Onancock
>
>
> On Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 9:08 AM, MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird
> wrote:
>
> This version is worse in my opinion. First it's unnecessary other
than
> to allow the killing of Black Vultures. Please read my Richmond
> Times-Dispatch commentary about the farming practices that
undoubtedly
> bring about the
> vulture problems. Then I hope you'll contact the Committee.
Thanks!
>
_http://www.richmond.com/opinio...
> b1d
> e-78e6-5bc0-9ed4-12fd27ea91e4.html_
>
(http://www.richmond.com/opinion/their-opinion/guest-columnists/article_6693
> b1de-78e6-5bc0-9ed4-12fd27ea91e4.html)
> SENATE BILL NO. 37 AMENDMENT IN THE
> NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE (Proposed by the Senate Committee on
> Agriculture,
> Conservation and Natural Resources on January 21, 2016) (Patron
Prior
> to
> Substitute--Senator Carrico)A BILL to amend and reenact _3.2-5904_
> (http://law.lis.virginia.gov/va...) of the Code of
Virginia,
> relating to
> control of black vultures.
> Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
> 1. That _3.2-5904_ (http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/3.2-5904)
of
> the
> Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:
> _3.2-5904_ (http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/3.2-5904) . Authority
of
> the Commissioner; coyotes; black vultures.
> The Commissioner may enter into agreements with local and state
> agencies,
> or other persons for the control of coyotes, black vultures (Coragyps
> atratus), and other wildlife that pose a danger to agricultural
> animals.
> The
> Commissioner shall enter into an agreement with the federal
government to
> reestablish establish and maintain the Virginia Cooperative Coyote
Damage
> Control Wildlife Damage Management Program.
> *** You are subscribed to va-bird as _wrenpt@gmail.com_
> (mailto:wrenpt@gmail.com) . If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify
your
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>
>
>
>
>
>
> --
>
>
> David Matson
> Suffolk and Onancock, Virginia
>
>
>
>
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Subject: snow buntings
Date: Mon Feb 1 2016 8:08 am
From: Anthony.Bulmer AT fairfaxcounty.gov
 
In the field along park gate road in Nokesville, a small flock of about 11 snow buntings were feeding in a bare grassy spot.
Tony Bulmer
Naturalist FCPA
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Pohick Bay Regional Park - CMN06, Jan 31, 2016
Date: Mon Feb 1 2016 7:43 am
From: philkenny AT verizon.net
 
Russ Taylor and I birded Pohick Bay Regional Park, Fairfax County, yesterday. There were lots of waterfowl on the far side of the bay. Highlights being Common Goldeneye, Northern Pintail and Common Mergansers.
We then went over to Mason Neck, but the water was all frozen out to the river. We could see some waterfowl in Belmont Bay. Leesylvania was also quiet. There was a raft of scaup pretty far out in the Potomac, but not much else.
Phillip Kenny
1731 Killarney Court
Vienna, VA 22182-2133
703-255-5423
philkenny@verizon.net



> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: ebird-checklist@cornell.edu
> Subject: eBird Report - Pohick Bay Regional Park - CMN06, Jan 31, 2016
> Date: February 1, 2016 at 8:31:17 AM EST
> To: philkenny@verizon.net
>
> Pohick Bay Regional Park - CMN06, Fairfax, Virginia, US
> Jan 31, 2016 8:13 AM - 9:37 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.5 Build 44
> 44 species
>
> Canada Goose 100
> Gadwall 400
> American Wigeon 80
> American Black Duck 350
> Mallard 50
> Northern Pintail 18
> Redhead 70
> Ring-necked Duck 2
> Lesser Scaup 20
> Bufflehead 45
> Common Goldeneye 5
> Hooded Merganser 30
> Common Merganser 7
> Ruddy Duck 30
> Pied-billed Grebe 6
> Great Blue Heron 18
> Bald Eagle 2
> American Coot 750
> Ring-billed Gull 20
> Herring Gull 6
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
> Pileated Woodpecker 3
> Blue Jay 2
> American Crow 5
> Fish Crow 1
> Carolina Chickadee 2
> Tufted Titmouse 3
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> Brown Creeper 2
> Carolina Wren 3
> Eastern Bluebird 6
> Hermit Thrush 3
> American Robin 3
> European Starling 4
> Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 6
> White-throated Sparrow 6
> Song Sparrow 2
> Northern Cardinal 4
> Common Grackle 2
> Brown-headed Cowbird 15
> American Goldfinch 15
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27223238
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Pohick Bay Regional Park - CMN06, Jan 31, 2016
Date: Mon Feb 1 2016 7:38 am
From: philkenny AT verizon.net
 
Russ Taylor and I birded Pohick Bay Regional Park, Fairfax County, yesterday. There were lots of waterfowl on the far side of the bay. Highlights being Common Goldeneye, Northern Pintail and Common Mergansers.
We then went over to Mason Neck, but the water was all frozen out to the river. We could see some waterfowl in Belmont Bay. Leesylvania was also quiet. There was a raft of scaup pretty far out in the Potomac, but not much else.
Phillip Kenny
1731 Killarney Court
Vienna, VA 22182-2133
703-255-5423
philkenny@verizon.net



> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: ebird-checklist@cornell.edu
> Subject: eBird Report - Pohick Bay Regional Park - CMN06, Jan 31, 2016
> Date: February 1, 2016 at 8:31:17 AM EST
> To: philkenny@verizon.net
>
> Pohick Bay Regional Park - CMN06, Fairfax, Virginia, US
> Jan 31, 2016 8:13 AM - 9:37 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.5 Build 44
> 44 species
>
> Canada Goose 100
> Gadwall 400
> American Wigeon 80
> American Black Duck 350
> Mallard 50
> Northern Pintail 18
> Redhead 70
> Ring-necked Duck 2
> Lesser Scaup 20
> Bufflehead 45
> Common Goldeneye 5
> Hooded Merganser 30
> Common Merganser 7
> Ruddy Duck 30
> Pied-billed Grebe 6
> Great Blue Heron 18
> Bald Eagle 2
> American Coot 750
> Ring-billed Gull 20
> Herring Gull 6
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
> Pileated Woodpecker 3
> Blue Jay 2
> American Crow 5
> Fish Crow 1
> Carolina Chickadee 2
> Tufted Titmouse 3
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> Brown Creeper 2
> Carolina Wren 3
> Eastern Bluebird 6
> Hermit Thrush 3
> American Robin 3
> European Starling 4
> Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 6
> White-throated Sparrow 6
> Song Sparrow 2
> Northern Cardinal 4
> Common Grackle 2
> Brown-headed Cowbird 15
> American Goldfinch 15
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27223238
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org )

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