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30 Jul: @ 17:12:06  Virginia Beach Mississippi Kite photo [rknfurnish--- via va-bird]
30 Jul: @ 16:57:46  Virginia Beach Mississippi Kites [Ron Furnish via va-bird]
30 Jul: @ 16:17:54  Fwd: MacGillivray's Warbler [Edward Eder]
30 Jul: @ 14:38:22  Piping Plover at Grandview Beach [Dave Youker via va-bird]
30 Jul: @ 13:12:31  Shorebirds at Hog Island WMA [Frank Fogarty]
30 Jul: @ 12:48:23  MacGillivray's v Mourning Warbler [Felicity Rask]
30 Jul: @ 09:09:53  Help with contact info [wes]
30 Jul: @ 08:24:48  Loggerhead Shrike in Northern Loudoun County [Gerco (Home)]
30 Jul: @ 07:30:16 Re: Kudos to Dave Boltz [Scott Priebe]
29 Jul: @ 20:21:08  Mississippi Kite in Annandale, VA [janet anderson via va-bird]
29 Jul: @ 20:20:46 Re: Three Mississippi Kites in Annandale [david.boltz4]
29 Jul: @ 19:06:47  Marbled Godwit in Rockbridge Co. [=?WINDOWS-1252?Q?Rowe,_Richard_A.,_=93Dick=94?=]
29 Jul: @ 14:06:13  Huntley Meadows Yellow-billed Cuckoos with fledgling [prowarbler]
29 Jul: @ 11:12:17  Three Mississippi Kites in Annandale [Paul Lavrakas]
29 Jul: @ 00:26:05  Lynnhaven Inlet [Ellison Orcutt]
28 Jul: @ 21:49:54  Kudos to Dave Boltz [Kurt Gaskill]
28 Jul: @ 21:43:07  No. VA Piedmont, Sunday, 28 July 2014 [Kurt Gaskill]
28 Jul: @ 18:02:27  Annandale Mississippi Kites [prowarbler]
28 Jul: @ 17:05:31  Final Reminder for Birder Travel Decisions Survey! [Ginger Deason]
28 Jul: @ 14:00:06  (no subject) [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
28 Jul: @ 08:55:04  Tangier Island; Sunday, 7/27 [Ellison Orcutt]
27 Jul: @ 20:48:52  Tricolored Heron, Isle of Wight Co., 7/27/14 [nicholas]
27 Jul: @ 19:01:09  MIKIS Burke, VA Good news, Bad news [Stuart via va-bird]
27 Jul: @ 17:49:13 Re: White-faced Ibis - Chincoteague NWR - Photo [Bryan Barmore]
27 Jul: @ 17:45:21  Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Jul 27, 2014 [Rich Rieger via va-bird]
27 Jul: @ 17:18:01  Tricolored Herons Nazarene Church Road Wetlands, Jul 27, 2014 [William Leigh]
27 Jul: @ 15:36:46  More kites in Annandale [Larry Cartwright]
27 Jul: @ 15:29:56  Staunton View and Tailrace Parks 7/27 [Adam D'Onofrio]
27 Jul: @ 14:10:11  Annandale Mississippi Kites [Larry Cartwright]
27 Jul: @ 14:07:45  White-faced Ibis - Chincoteague NWR [Tom Johnson]
27 Jul: @ 11:26:50  Merrimac Farm Nature walk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
26 Jul: @ 15:14:44  Mississippi Kite Nest: Woodbridge, Prince William County [Donald Sweig]
26 Jul: @ 15:03:42  Birds & Butterflies, Blue Ridge Ctr, Lo Co, July 26 [Joe Coleman]
26 Jul: @ 14:01:43  Purple Martins, West Point, VA [Susan Ridd]
26 Jul: @ 07:59:43  Annandale Mississippi Kites [Ron Vogel]
25 Jul: @ 17:54:54 Re: Dyke Marsh Avocets [Nancy Young]
25 Jul: @ 17:04:59 Re: American Avocet - Hunting Creek Bridge, Alexandria [david.boltz4]
25 Jul: @ 16:13:00 Re: Dyke Marsh Avocets [Robert Beard]
25 Jul: @ 16:01:31  American Avocet - Hunting Creek Bridge, Alexandria [dcharlesl]
25 Jul: @ 15:38:00  Hunting Bay Dyke Marsh Avocets [Robert Beard]
24 Jul: @ 06:51:57  Mississippi Kite [D. M. West]
24 Jul: @ 06:28:10  request, please, for info on Tysons Corner Nighthawks [MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird]
23 Jul: @ 21:02:54  White Ibis deep in Great Dismal Swamp, Suffolk VA, 7/23/14 [nicholas]
23 Jul: @ 20:12:51  Black-crowned Night-Heron in Fairfax City [Larry Meade via va-bird]
23 Jul: @ 19:52:47  Blue Ridge Center Bird Walk, Loudoun Co, July 26 [Joe Coleman]
23 Jul: @ 18:53:47 Re: Virginia Beach Mississippi Kites [rknfurnish--- via va-bird]
23 Jul: @ 18:49:05  Virginia Beach Mississippi Kites [rknfurnish--- via va-bird]
22 Jul: @ 22:40:52  Anhinga nest with young, Chesapeake [Ellison Orcutt]
22 Jul: @ 20:18:07  2014 Burke Mississippi Kite Nest FOUND [Donald Sweig]
22 Jul: @ 20:04:17  Chincoteague NWR 7/21/14 Shorebird Survey [Joelle Buffa]





Subject: Virginia Beach Mississippi Kite photo
Date: Wed Jul 30 2014 17:12 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
http://i.imgur.com/KKZDzi3.jpg


Good Birding,
Ron Furnish
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Subject: Virginia Beach Mississippi Kites
Date: Wed Jul 30 2014 16:57 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
One of the Mississippi Kites returned to our backyard tree, departing just a couple minutes ago.  This is the second time it has visited, staying for 40 minutes, just as it did last time. I was able to contact a few local birders who were able to enjoy the wide-open, perched views of the Kite.  If anyone else out there would like me to contact them should the bird return, please shoot me your email address or phone number.  I will be happy to reach out to you if the bird(s) reappear.

Good Birding,
Ron Furnish & Marie Mullins
rknfurnish@aol.com

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Subject: Fwd: MacGillivray's Warbler
Date: Wed Jul 30 2014 16:17 pm
From: nutmegz AT mac.com
 


Begin forwarded message:

> From: Edward Eder
> Subject: MacGillivray's Warbler
> Date: July 30, 2014 4:24:43 PM EDT
> To: va-bird birding
>
> Dan Tallman, a bird-bander and retired biology professor in Minnesota has an excellent bird blog where he reasons through the distinguishing field marks of female/immature MacGillivray's and Mourning Warbler . When the photos were originally taken of the Dyke Marsh bird , his comparisons were very helpful. See (http://dantallmansbirdblog.blo... ).
> Reviewing Dave Boltz's great picture and the ones I had taken a day earlier, MacGillivray's Warbler was the correct ID.
> Last year at Highspire Park, Pennsylvania a Geothlypis warbler was observed closely and sparked the same debate as occurred with the Dyke Marsh warbler. They ultimately concluded that it was Pennsylvania's second confirmed sighting of this western species. (https://www.flickr.com/photos/...)

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Subject: Piping Plover at Grandview Beach
Date: Wed Jul 30 2014 14:38 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
There was a Piping Plover this morning at the far end of Grandview  Beach.
It was associating with Semipalmated Plovers and Sandpipers. Also, two
young Gull-billed Terns were with an adult on the Back River side of the
point, while a single Common Tern and Sandwich Tern were mixed in with a larger
group of Royal Terns on the bay side.

Dave Youker
Yorktown, VA

Grandview Nature Preserve - CLP13, Hampton, US-VA
Jul 30, 2014 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
54 species (+1 other taxa)

Mallard 7 Female with 6 young
Double-crested Cormorant 5
Brown Pelican 1
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Egret 4
Green Heron 3
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1
Osprey 13
Bald Eagle 1 immature
American Oystercatcher 13
Semipalmated Plover 35
Piping Plover 1 Very pale plover, incomplete neck ring, dark bill,
yellow legs
Killdeer 6 includes 2 young
Spotted Sandpiper 12
Willet 2
Whimbrel 1 flyover
Ruddy Turnstone 17
Sanderling 11
Least Sandpiper 4
Semipalmated Sandpiper 38
Laughing Gull 14
Ring-billed Gull 3
Herring Gull 1
Great Black-backed Gull 2
Least Tern 1
Gull-billed Tern 3 Adult with 2 young
Common Tern 1
Royal Tern 187
Sandwich Tern 1
Mourning Dove 13
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
crow sp. 4
Barn Swallow 12
Carolina Chickadee 3
Carolina Wren 2
American Robin 78
Brown Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 6
European Starling 34
Common Yellowthroat 5
Eastern Towhee 2
Seaside Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 5
Indigo Bunting 5
Red-winged Blackbird 15
Common Grackle 11
House Finch 36
American Goldfinch 3
House Sparrow 5

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http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19271636

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Subject: Shorebirds at Hog Island WMA
Date: Wed Jul 30 2014 13:12 pm
From: fogartyfa AT gmail.com
 
Hi Birders,

Headed out to Hog Island WMA this morning in Surry County to look for early
shorebirds. There isn't a lot of available habitat with the lack of rain so
overall numbers were low. The highlight was two AMERICAN AVOCET in the
southeast corner of the refuge and a Western Sandpiper on the north-most
cell (found by Adam D'Onofrio). We also had small numbers of Semipalmated
Plovers and Least, Solitary, and Spotted Sandpipers. Four species of tern
were present, including good numbers of Least and a lone Caspian. Full list
below.

Good birding,

Frank Fogarty
Smithfield

Hog Island WMA - CSW04, Surry, US-VA
Jul 30, 2014 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
54 species (+4 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 15
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 6
Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) 2
Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) 1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 5
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 15
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 20
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 8
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 5
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 6
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) 2 Two individuals feeding
with Snowy Egret in shallow creek. Distinctive, large sandpipers. Striking
Black and white plumaged, rusty wash on the head and odd, curved bills.
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) 5
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 4
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 4
Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) 2
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 2
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) 1
peep sp. (Calidris sp. (peep sp.)) 2 Distant birds. Probably SESA.
Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) 3
gull sp. (Larinae sp.) 7 Too distant to ID.
Least Tern (Sternula antillarum) 25
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 1
Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri) 10
Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus) 4
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 6
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) 1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 3
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens) 1
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 4
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2
crow sp. (Corvus sp. (crow sp.)) 5
Purple Martin (Progne subis) 5
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 3
swallow sp. (Hirundinidae sp.) 10
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 8
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 3
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 1
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 50
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 5
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) 12
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) 2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) 1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 7
Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea) 4
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) 8
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 30
Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna) 2
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 4
Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) 4
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 10
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Subject: MacGillivray's v Mourning Warbler
Date: Wed Jul 30 2014 12:48 pm
From: jericson7 AT cox.net
 
Thinking that I had  never seen either bird, I looked at the two photos on
the Cornell Bird site with a critical eye. The half moon eye ring on the
MacGillviray practically jumped out of the photo and hit me in my eye! But
after checking all the photos and the written description for both species,
I found that immature and female Mourning Warbler also have eye rings. And
as I read further, I found there are other warblers with similar colors and
eye rings.

I wonder why I thought it was only the Fall warblers that were supposed to
be confusing?

Felicity Rask

Gloucester.

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Subject: Help with contact info
Date: Wed Jul 30 2014 9:09 am
From: weshetrick AT me.com
 
For Bob Augustine of Rockville, MD.  Bob was kind in sharing info on MIKI & I would like to send him photos I got of Annandale birds.  I understand that he does not have email so I need other contact info.  Thanks.

Wes Hetrick
Fairfax

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Subject: Loggerhead Shrike in Northern Loudoun County
Date: Wed Jul 30 2014 8:24 am
From: drgerco AT hotmail.com
 
This morning on my way to work I saw a Loggerhead Shrike sitting on the
wires of a utility line near the Waterford Down farm Managers house/pond on
Loyalty Rd in northern Loudoun County. The bird was clearly visible at just
10-15ft about the car. Once I stopped the car and got out the bird had
disappeared. I scanned the area for a while, but did not see it back. Plenty
of areas where the bird can hide. In the meantime American Kestrels,
Starlings, Eastern Kingbirds and Mockingbird were active. Also seen were a
fair number of Northern Rough-winged Swallow and Bluebirds.



Happy birding



Gerco

Leesburg, VA

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Subject: Kudos to Dave Boltz
Date: Wed Jul 30 2014 7:30 am
From: falco57 AT msn.com
 
Congrats Dave.

I guess Cornell, at least, decided this was indeed a MacGillivray's W.

Scott D. Priebe

Springfield, VA

> From: KurtCapt87@verizon.net
> To: va-bird@listserve.com
> Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:49:22 -0400
> Subject: [Va-bird] Kudos to Dave Boltz
>
> VA BIRDers,
>
> A quick congratulatory note to our own Dave Boltz who scored a photo credit
> on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website for MacGillivray's Warbler
> (http://www.allaboutbirds.org/g.... His photo of
> the January 2013 Dyke Marsh bird is noted as a "female/immature male" on the
> website. Excellent!
>
> By the way, this bird was NOT accepted by our VA Records Committee. Makes
> you wonder, eh?
>
> Kurt Gaskill
>
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Subject: Mississippi Kite in Annandale, VA
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 20:21 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
July 29, 2014

1 Adult Mississippi Kite seen at Green Spring Gardens in Annandale, Fairfax
County, VA

Janet M. Anderson
Falls Church, VA
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Subject: Three Mississippi Kites in Annandale
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 20:20 pm
From: david.boltz4 AT gmail.com
 
I parked on the road into Green Spring Gardens Park (Witch Hazel Dr., off
Braddock Rd., across from Pine Crest Golf Course) around 2:20 this
afternoon. Within 15 minutes I saw 2 Mississippi Kites take off from
somewhere near the golf course, cross Braddock Rd., and ride the stiff
breeze right over Green Springs Park and out of sight, all within about 30
seconds.

Dave Boltz

-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Lavrakas
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:11 PM
To: va-bird@listserve.com
Subject: [Va-bird] Three Mississippi Kites in Annandale

Three Mississippi Kites over my house in Annandale at noon on Tuesday. This
is near the Green Spring Farm Park/Pine Crest Golf Course area.

Paul Lavrakas
plavrakas@verizon.net


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Subject: Marbled Godwit in Rockbridge Co.
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 19:06 pm
From: RoweRA AT vmi.edu
 
All Ė Today I discovered a Marbled Godwit at Willow Lake in northern Rockbridge Co.  Willow Lake is a man-made fishing lake with a small housing development around it.  The lake is approximately 1 mile south east of the I-81 Raphine exit on Steeles Fort Rd.  The MAGO is a county record for us and thanks to some quick checking by Allen Larner it appears to be the 2nd Mountains and Valley record according to the Gold Book.

Iíve up-loaded some photos to my Flickr site:

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


Dick Rowe
VMI Biology
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Yellow-billed Cuckoos with fledgling
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 14:06 pm
From: prowarbler AT verizon.net
 


I conducted a survey in several meadows adjacent to the Hike-Bike Trail at
Huntley Meadows this morning. The usual suspects were there, with evidence
of successful breeding in several species. The highlight was three
Yellow-billed Cuckoos, one being a recently fledged, but still begging
youngster near the platform at the end of the Hike-Bike Trail.



Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, US-VA Jul 29, 2014 6:30
AM - 11:10 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

Comments: While monitoring nest boxes and conducting a survey

34 species



Canada Goose 2

Great Blue Heron 3

Red-shouldered Hawk 1

Mourning Dove 3

Yellow-billed Cuckoo 3

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 8

Red-bellied Woodpecker 3

Downy Woodpecker 4

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1

Eastern Wood-Pewee 2

Acadian Flycatcher 4

Great Crested Flycatcher 2

Red-eyed Vireo 3

Blue Jay 17

American Crow 1

Barn Swallow 3

Carolina Chickadee 10

Tufted Titmouse 2

White-breasted Nuthatch 3

House Wren 1

Carolina Wren 6

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4

Eastern Bluebird 2

American Robin 3

Gray Catbird 1

Common Yellowthroat 25

Yellow-breasted Chat 2

Eastern Towhee 4

Scarlet Tanager 2

Northern Cardinal 10

Indigo Bunting 4

Red-winged Blackbird 14

Common Grackle 10

American Goldfinch 16



View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19258825



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



Larry Cartwright

prowarbler@verizon.net







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Subject: Three Mississippi Kites in Annandale
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 11:12 am
From: plavrakas AT verizon.net
 
Three Mississippi Kites over my house in Annandale at noon on Tuesday.  This is near the Green Spring Farm Park/Pine Crest Golf Course area.

Paul Lavrakas
plavrakas@verizon.net


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Subject: Lynnhaven Inlet
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 0:26 am
From: mr.ellyo AT gmail.com
 
Hello birders,

This evening I kayaked out to the main flat inside of Lynnhaven Inlet. I
set up on the flat and waited for the tide to come to me. A nice variety
of terns use the flat when it's uncovered and this week there was an
increase in recently fledged terns. Many juvenile Royal, Sandwich and
Common Terns. One fledgling Gull-billed, too.

There was not an abundance of shorebirds but, one by one, a nice variety
landed briefly on the flat. Happy to see one bright Red Knot and both
Stilt and Pectoral Sandpipers among others.


Full list and some pics below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19250177

Goods birds,

Ellison

--
Ellison Orcutt
Birder/Naturalist
Richmond, Va
Cell: (804) 339-6976
Mr.EllyO@gmail.com
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Subject: Kudos to Dave Boltz
Date: Mon Jul 28 2014 21:49 pm
From: KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net
 
VA BIRDers,

A quick congratulatory note to our own Dave Boltz who scored a photo credit
on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website for MacGillivray's Warbler
(http://www.allaboutbirds.org/g.... His photo of
the January 2013 Dyke Marsh bird is noted as a "female/immature male" on the
website. Excellent!

By the way, this bird was NOT accepted by our VA Records Committee. Makes
you wonder, eh?

Kurt Gaskill

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Subject: No. VA Piedmont, Sunday, 28 July 2014
Date: Mon Jul 28 2014 21:43 pm
From: KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net
 
VA BIRDers,

Marc Ribaudo and I ventured out to the piedmont region yesterday. Not too
many highlights, as one can imagine given its the end of July. We visited a
few turf farms and nearby areas. Highlights were: Wild Turkey at Bristow
Rd turf farm (Pr Wm Co) nr Manassas airport plus Horned Larks and calling
juvie Red-tailed Hawk in tree along Bristow Rd. Northern Bobwhite calling
from edge of harvested turf field on Soweto Rd (Fauq Co) near the model
little airstrip plus Horned Larks. LA Waterthrush calling from Brown's Run,
where it crosses Savannah Branch Rd a bit north of Summerduck Rd. Plus at
least 5 Dickcissels on Grassdale Rd and nearby plus Horned Larks.

Kurt Gaskill

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Subject: Annandale Mississippi Kites
Date: Mon Jul 28 2014 18:02 pm
From: prowarbler AT verizon.net
 
The Mississippi Kites in Annandale (Fairfax County) were active again this
afternoon. I surveyed the area after stopping at the bank and found one
again over the entrance to Green Spring Garden near the intersection of
Braddock Road and Little River Turnpike.



Larry Cartwright

prowarbler@verizon.net





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Subject: Final Reminder for Birder Travel Decisions Survey!
Date: Mon Jul 28 2014 17:05 pm
From: ggdeason AT ncsu.edu
 
Dear Virginia Birder,



It’s *Loon*-ey not to participate in the Birder Travel Decisions Survey!
From *Heron* out you only have one week before the survey closes! It’s your
*Tern* to help with this important study.



This is the last reminder email that the Birder Travel Decisions Survey
is awaiting your
response. *The survey closes on August 4th!*



Please click here
and complete it now.



It will only take about 15 ‚Äď 20 minutes of your time, and your voluntary
participation in this study will help to assist local businesses better
serve birders as clientele.



All answers are confidential and you could receive a North Carolina Birding
Trail guidebook by completing the survey!



If you have any questions about this survey, please feel free to contact me
(ggdeason@ncsu.edu) or Dr. Erin Seekamp (erin_seekamp@ncsu.edu).



Thank you so much for your valuable input!



Sincerely,

Ginger Deason, Doctoral Research Assistant

Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

College of Natural Resources

North Carolina State University

--
PhD Student/Research Assistant
Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
College of Natural Resources
North Carolina State University


Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and
the last fish has been caught, will we realize that we cannot eat money.
~ 19th century Cree saying

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√ļltimo pescado sea atrapado; solo entonces nos daremos cuenta que el dinero
no se puede comer.
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Subject: (no subject)
Date: Mon Jul 28 2014 14:00 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Today's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk drew 23 birders on
a warm, humid morning.† We identified 37 species - a number that seems
commensurate with previous mid-summer bird counts at Huntley.†† Our
top highlight seemed to be repeated unsuccessful plunges†by a pair of
Osprey in the central wetland.† It almost appeared that†after 4 or 5
attempts, one of these birds repaired to a nearby snag, †possibly to review
the instruction manual, for its next try†proved successful.†
Canada Goose† 25
Wood Duck† 10
Great Blue Heron† 6
Green Heron† 6
Turkey Vulture† 1
Osprey† 2
Red-shouldered Hawk† 1
Solitary Sandpiper† 2
Mourning Dove† 3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo† 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird† 2
Belted Kingfisher† 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker† 3
Downy Woodpecker† 4
Pileated Woodpecker† 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee† 3
Acadian Flycatcher† 4
Eastern Kingbird† 1
Red-eyed Vireo† 1
Blue Jay† 1
American Crow† 1
crow sp.† 3
Tree Swallow† 5
Barn Swallow† 6
Carolina Chickadee† 6
Tufted Titmouse† 2
Carolina Wren† 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher† 5
Wood Thrush† 1
American Robin† 3
Gray Catbird† 2
Common Yellowthroat† 5
Northern Cardinal† 8
Indigo Bunting† 1
Red-winged Blackbird† 24
Common Grackle† 10
House Finch† 2
American Goldfinch† 15
The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 7AM (8AM from November through March), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at (703)768-2525.


Harry Glasgow
Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Tangier Island; Sunday, 7/27
Date: Mon Jul 28 2014 8:55 am
From: mr.ellyo AT gmail.com
 
Hello Birders,

Fourteen birders participated in an adventure to Tangier Island with
Richmond Audubon Society on Sunday. We left from Reedville aboard the
Chesapeake Breeze. On our way out to the island and on our way back to
Reedville in the afternoon we encountered good numbers of Wilson's
Storm-petrels (16 on the way out and 26 on the way back).

Tangier was intresting and delightful but from a birding prespective we
encountered mostly standard birds considering the habitat. Considering
that, the birds were great, but nothing that really shouldn't be seen on a
remote salt marsh island in the Chesapeak Bay. Around the homes the most
common birds were House Sparrows and starlings, but we managed a few other
passerines...a few Song Sparrows, a Carolina Wren, mockingbirds and one
cowbird. The powerlines and open spaces were busy with Purple Martins and
Barn Swallows. In the marshes there were plenty of Seaside Sparrows, as
well as, Boat-tailed Grackles and red-wings.

Waders captured the majority of our attetnion. We saw a nice diversity of
wading birds with close looks at many of them. Shorebirds were scarce, but
the tide was very high and we didn't encounter any roosting birds. We did
have a few species, with the highlight being a flyover by three Pectoral
Sandpipers.

Gulls and Terns were present but not overwhelmingly abundant. Also, a nice
flock of Black Skimmers.

A little bit more bushwacking could have drummed up a few more species I
suspect. So too could a walk out towards the southern end of the island.
We viewed that area from afar and could see some washout areas that looked
to have birds on them but there wasn't enough time. In the limited time
the ferry allows you, beach jogging would be the only approach to covering
the southern beach while still getting to explore the heart of the island.


It was a fun day which included some Tangier Island blue crab for the ferry
ride back to Reedville. Below is the eBird link to the list for our time
on Tangier Island.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19239851


Goods birds,

Ellison
--
Ellison Orcutt
Birder/Naturalist
Richmond, Va
Cell: (804) 339-6976
Mr.EllyO@gmail.com
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Subject: Tricolored Heron, Isle of Wight Co., 7/27/14
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 20:48 pm
From: flicknanders AT hotmail.com
 
Hey all, walked the boardwalk at Ragged Island WMA in Isle of Wight Co. this evening and got several good looks at a juv. Tricolored Heron that was flying around the area at approx. 7:30PM.  A few Seaside Sparrows were still singing as well.  Best,

Nick Flanders
Portsmouth, VA

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Subject: MIKIS Burke, VA Good news, Bad news
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 19:01 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Stuart Merrell:
?
Hi all.
?
?
The good news is that a pair of adult Mississippi Kites are still apparently hanging around the nest site near? Gaines and Jacksonville Street
.
?
It is a lot of fun to watch them swoop and soar!
?
?
Unfortunately I can not give a location for the nest -- even if I knew it.? The owners of the viewing site do not (understandably)
?
want interlopers.? From what I understand, one chick will be fledged soon anyway.
?
?
Have a nice summer.
?
Naturalist-at-large,
?
Stuart


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Subject: White-faced Ibis - Chincoteague NWR - Photo
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 17:49 pm
From: gbheron25 AT gmail.com
 
I was there from about 12-2 today and saw the ibis in the distance.
Without a scope I assumed it was a glossy. But I did get a picture and
after seeing Tom's email I looked. And sure enough, that's what I saw.
The picture is at
http://theheronfiles.blogspot....
I also saw a black tern by the beach.

Bryan


On 7/27/2014 3:07 PM, Tom Johnson wrote:
> Virginia birders,
> Nick Bonomo, Doug Gochfeld, and I are watching an adult White-faced Ibis at
> Swan Cove, Chincoteague NWR right now. It is the only dark ibis that we've
> seen here today.
> Cheers,
> Tom
>
>

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Jul 27, 2014
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 17:45 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
oops, sent first email from the wrong mailbox...

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Rich Rieger
> Date: July 27, 2014 6:43:43 PM EDT
> To: Virginia Bird
> Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Jul 27, 2014
>
> Our group of six had a very pleasant morning at the Marsh named Dyke. The regular Sunday morning walk was not impeded by any rain and the cloud cover kept the air at a most pleasant temperature for the duration of the walk. We kick off every Sunday at 8am from the southernmost picnic area and will continue to do so until the Christmas Bird Count season rolls around in December.
>
> A few of today's highlights - An imm. WE VIREO was seen on the peninsula past the wood bridge. Possible that this one fledged from an nest not found by the breeding bird survey crew, but we did not observe any feeding by an adult bird. Three YELLOW WARBLERS were seen in the same area as well. One LEAST BITTERN was seen in flight across from the last platform and MARSH WRENS were chattering here as well.
>
> There was a brief glimpsing of a flyover BC NIGHT HERON close to the marina, heading north toward the stone bridge. Two SPOTTED SANDPIPERS flitted about (tide was high). One NO PARULA was seen in a mixed flock along w. CHICKADEES and TITMICE and down the Haul Rd, one ORCHARD ORIOLE was found foraging on a Black Locust tree. Happy to see two RT HUMMINGBIRDS as they have been in short supply for me this season.
>
> Rich Rieger
> Alexandria
>
> Begin forwarded message:
>
>> From: do-not-reply@ebird.org
>> Date: July 27, 2014 6:24:43 PM EDT
>> To: zelig88@aol.com
>> Subject: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Jul 27, 2014
>>
>> Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA
>> Jul 27, 2014 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
>> Protocol: Traveling
>> 2.0 mile(s)
>> Comments: Sunday Morning at Dyke Marsh
>> 49 species
>>
>> Canada Goose 16
>> Mallard 40
>> Double-crested Cormorant 8
>> Least Bittern 1
>> Great Blue Heron 7
>> Great Egret 7
>> Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
>> Osprey 14
>> Bald Eagle 1
>> Spotted Sandpiper 2
>> Laughing Gull 1
>> Ring-billed Gull 14
>> Caspian Tern 7
>> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
>> Mourning Dove 18
>> Chimney Swift 5
>> Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
>> Belted Kingfisher 1
>> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
>> Downy Woodpecker 3
>> Eastern Phoebe 2
>> Eastern Kingbird 5
>> White-eyed Vireo 1
>> Blue Jay 2
>> American Crow 2
>> Fish Crow 6
>> Purple Martin 2
>> Barn Swallow 6
>> Carolina Chickadee 10
>> Tufted Titmouse 8
>> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
>> Marsh Wren 2
>> Carolina Wren 7
>> American Robin 5
>> Gray Catbird 3
>> Northern Mockingbird 1
>> European Starling 18
>> Common Yellowthroat 2
>> Northern Parula 1
>> Yellow Warbler 4
>> Song Sparrow 3
>> Northern Cardinal 7
>> Indigo Bunting 2
>> Red-winged Blackbird 30
>> Common Grackle 10
>> Brown-headed Cowbird 2
>> Orchard Oriole 1
>> House Finch 2
>> American Goldfinch 12
>>
>> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19238197
>>
>> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>

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Subject: Tricolored Herons Nazarene Church Road Wetlands, Jul 27, 2014
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 17:18 pm
From: leightern AT msn.com
 

All,
It was an interesting day of birding here in Rockingham county today. Two Juvenile Tricolored Herons were found at the Nazarene Wetlands around 12:50 PM. A rather unusual bird for the Mountain and Valley region. Got some documentation photos which can be seen at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...


Nazarene Wetlands are West of Dayton/Bridgewater on Nazarene Church road. Also at the Wetlands was what appeared to be a Juvenile Sora which gave brief but repeated views along the edge of the wetlands. Also at the wetlands were a single Pectoral, 2 Leasts, several Solitary's and single Spotted Sandpiper which made for a nice assortment of Shorebirds. Unfortunately the Tri-colored Herons appear to have left the wetlands shortly after I took these photos. It's possible they are hidden in the back somewhere but we could not relocate them after much searching. The Tricolored Herons may be a Rockingham County record as they are not mentioned in Claire Mellinger's Birds of Rockingham County. The Gold book list 7 records for the Mountains and Valley region but doesn't say which counties.

At Leonard's Pond earlier today there were 15 Solitary , two Least and one Spotted Sandpiper. A Blue Grosbeak was singling in field behind the pond.
see eBird list below for Nazarene Wetlands for details......

best,

William Leigh leightern@msn.com

Bridgewater, Virginia






> Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:40:34 -0400
> From: do-not-reply@ebird.org
> To: leightern@msn.com
> Subject: eBird Report - Nazarene Church Road Wetlands, Jul 27, 2014
>
> Nazarene Church Road Wetlands, Rockingham, US-VA
> Jul 27, 2014 12:50 PM - 3:20 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.2 mile(s)
> 16 species
>
> Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 12
> Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 4
> Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
> Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) 2
>
>
> Both Tri-colored Herons appear to be Juveniles.
> Sora (Porzana carolina) 1 Seen! Buffy yellow face and throat and breast yellow stubby bill, barred belly, Appears to be a juvenile.
> Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 3
> Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 1 basic plumage
> Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) 3
> Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 2
> Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos) 1
> Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 2
> Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
> Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 1
> Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 2
> Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) 2
> American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19237536
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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Subject: More kites in Annandale
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 15:36 pm
From: prowarbler AT verizon.net
 
Bill H. is here.  He saw a Mississippi Kite further down Elmsdale Rd.

Larry C.
Prowarb ler@verizon.net

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Subject: Staunton View and Tailrace Parks 7/27
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 15:29 pm
From: bigadfromlb AT comcast.net
 
This morning, I met Paul Glass at Staunton View Park on the borders of Mecklenburg, Charlotte and Halifax Counties.  As we expected, water levels on the Staunton River were still relatively high which limited any shorebird habitat.  Consequently, we only found a few shorebirds that included single LEAST and SOLITARY SANDPIPERS and a few SPOTTED SANDPIPERS and KILLDEER.  The most numerous wading bird was GREAT EGRET and they were not very numerous, numbering about 12 birds.  Best bird of the morning was a juvenile LITTLE BLUE HERON.  There was a good selection of the expected land birds, some taking advantage of the mayfly bounty that is hatching down there right now.  The hope is that water levels will drop over the next month or so exposing much more habitat.  Staunton View can be very productive for a variety of shorebirds and waders if conditions are right.
 
After we left, I made a solo stop at the Kerr Dam area.  A scan of the lake above the dam was unproductive with only a couple of RING-BILLED GULLS and some DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS floating around.  My next stop was Tailrace Park, just below the dam.  Here I found more interesting birds highlighted by a very "out of season" COMMON MERGANSER.  Also there was another juvie LITTLE BLUE HERON, a few SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, 1 GREATER YELLOWLEGS and 1 LEAST SANDPIPER.  I attached a couple of ebird lists below for those interested including a not so great shot of the Common Merg.  It was nice to get out and look around.  Good birding.
 
Adam D'Onofrio
North Dinwiddie.
 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19236581
 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19236730
 
 
 
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Subject: Annandale Mississippi Kites
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 14:10 pm
From: prowarbler AT verizon.net
 
I am watching two Mississippi Kites over the Golf Course at Braddock Road across from Green Springs Garden.  At least one adult in wing molt - Looks like P7 and P8 missing from both wings.

Larry Cartwright
Prowabler@verizon.net

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Subject: White-faced Ibis - Chincoteague NWR
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 14:07 pm
From: tbj4 AT cornell.edu
 
Virginia birders,
Nick Bonomo, Doug Gochfeld, and I are watching an adult White-faced Ibis at
Swan Cove, Chincoteague NWR right now. It is the only dark ibis that we've
seen here today.
Cheers,
Tom


--
Tom Johnson
tbj4@cornell.edu
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Subject: Merrimac Farm Nature walk
Date: Sun Jul 27 2014 11:26 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
There were only two of us on this morning's Merrimac Farm Nature walk sponsored by the Prince William Conservation Alliance.† We identified 25 species.† There were no particular highlights, but we enjoyed the songs of the Wood Thrushes and the White-eyed Vireos.† We were surprised at the absence of Chikadees and Phoebes.

Red-shouldered Hawk† 2
Mourning Dove† 6
Yellow-billed Cuckoo† 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird†
2
Red-bellied Woodpecker† 1
Downy Woodpecker† 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee† 2
Acadian Flycatcher† 3
Great Crested Flycatcher† 1
White-eyed Vireo† 5
Blue Jay† 6
American Crow† 3
Tufted
Titmouse† 3
Carolina Wren† 3
Eastern Bluebird† 6
Wood Thrush† 2
American Robin† 12
Gray Catbird† 1
Common Yellowthroat† 1
Eastern Towhee† 9
Chipping Sparrow† 1
Field Sparrow† 1
Northern Cardinal† 4
Indigo Bunting† 5
American Goldfinch† 10

The Prince William Conservation Alliance sponsors these walks on the last Sunday of each month.† Details may be found on the Alliance Website,pwconserve.org† The Merrimac Farm WMA is located on Deepwood Lane in Nokesville.† Most GPS devices can find Merrimac Farm,†and any good map of Prince William County has it. Merrimac farm is accessible every day, and is subject to the entry fee†described on the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries†website.

Harry Glasgow
Nancy Vehrs
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Subject: Mississippi Kite Nest: Woodbridge, Prince William County
Date: Sat Jul 26 2014 15:14 pm
From: skybirds.d AT gmail.com
 
  This morning I located what I believe is a previously unreported Mississippi kite nest in the Woodbridge area of Prince William County.
The nest is in a residential backyard and includes one chick, which is quite large, well-feathered, and, seems almost ready to fledge.
It was being actively fed by two adult Mississippi kites.
I was requested not to post the specific location of this nest, however it is in the "general area" of Sturbridge Road and Orleans Street in Prince William County. I assume that the chick in this nest will be fledged within the next week or sooner.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Birds & Butterflies, Blue Ridge Ctr, Lo Co, July 26
Date: Sat Jul 26 2014 15:03 pm
From: joecoleman AT rstarmail.com
 
The 11 people on this morning's regular (every 4th Sat.) bird walk at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship spent most of their time in the forest with only a short walk along Butterfly Alley on the power line. The walk led by Joe Coleman & Elliott & Nancy Kirschbaum followed  Arnold Rd to the Sweet Run Loop, to Butterfly Alley, returning by the westernmost segment of the Sweet Run Loop. We also took two jogs, the Old Bridge Trail & Little Turtle Trail, down to Piney Run   The highlights of today's walk included two American Kestrels along the power line a little east of where it crosses Arnold Rd, the same location as last month, and a Yellow-breasted Chat who flew in perched near us while we tallying at the end of the walk next to the Monarch Waystation. The three Baltimore Orioles who flew in while we were tallying was also nice. In addition to 46 bird species we found 14 different species of butterflies after the heavy clouds lifted, including one Monarch. T
he most common butterflies today were Clouded & Orange Sulphurs. Yesterday while checking out the ford on Sweet Run to see if it was easily passable my wife & I also found a Monarch along Butterfly Alley as well as several Great Spangled Fritillaries; today's Monarch was nectaring among the thistle near the Monarch Waystation.

Don't forget next Saturday's Loudoun County Butterfly Count which stretches from Leesburg to the Blue Ridge Center, beginners and exp'd butterfliers welcome. There will be two teams at the Blue Ridge Center, one of the count's most productive locations. To register for the count go to www.loudounwildlife.org.

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

Joe Coleman

The complete list follows:

Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship - MFF01, Loudoun, US-VA
Jul 26, 2014 8:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
46 species

Turkey Vulture 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3
Mourning Dove 10
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 7
American Kestrel 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 12
Acadian Flycatcher 15
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
White-eyed Vireo 2
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 15
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 8
Fish Crow 1
Tree Swallow 3
Barn Swallow 27
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Carolina Wren 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Eastern Bluebird 8
Wood Thrush 5
Gray Catbird 2
Brown Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 1
Cedar Waxwing 3
Common Yellowthroat 3
Yellow-breasted Chat 1
Eastern Towhee 2
Chipping Sparrow 4
Field Sparrow 8
Grasshopper Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 1
Scarlet Tanager 3
Northern Cardinal 5
Indigo Bunting 9
Common Grackle 1
Baltimore Oriole 3
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 9
House Sparrow 6

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19226291

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


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Subject: Purple Martins, West Point, VA
Date: Sat Jul 26 2014 14:01 pm
From: susaneridd AT gmail.com
 
Friday, July 25, 2014: Jimmy Fitzgerald got up early to check the Doplar
radar for any Purple Martin rings in the James River near Richmond. He did
not find any there, but by West Point the ring was large.

His email address is fitzgerald3herb@aol.com if you want to learn how to
look for yourself. He has been in contact with a wildlife biologist in the
Everglades and she has found a large migratory roost site in the middle of
the national park.

Sue Ridd
Glen Allen, VA
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Subject: Annandale Mississippi Kites
Date: Sat Jul 26 2014 7:59 am
From: vireo AT cox.net
 
Last year Bill Hohenstein and others reported Mississippi
Kites in the Annandale area around the intersection of Rt 236 and Old Braddock Road
(Pine Crest Golf Course). This was a different set of birds than the more
‚Äúfamous‚ÄĚ Kites in the Burke area. Confirmed yesterday that they‚Äôre back and
are apparently nesting in the wooded end of Mason District Park along
Turkeycock Run, although I’m not positive about this. Have now seen a pair of kites on three occasions
in this general area from my pool-side lounge chair
at Forest Hollow Swim Club (life is grand).

Ron Vogel
Annandale
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Subject: Dyke Marsh Avocets
Date: Fri Jul 25 2014 17:54 pm
From: nanjyoung AT juno.com
 
How wonderful to hear that eagles are now "the usual"!

Nancy Young
Blue Ridge

-----Original Message-----
From: va-bird [mailto:va-bird-bounces+nanjyoung=juno.com@listserve.com] On
Behalf Of Robert Beard
Sent: Friday, July 25, 2014 5:13 PM
To: Larry Meade; FNS BOB BEARD
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh Avocets

Today there were 4 American Avocets seen in far sandy marsh areas at Hunting
Bay. With a scope I could see the birds from the north picnic area but
better views from the Stone Bridge. The Avocets were in colorful breeding
plumage.

Other birds included about 20 least sandpipers, one spotted sandpiper, one
Killdeer, 3 greater yellowlegs, and the usual gulls, terns, eagles etc.
Bob Beard now in Richmond formerly Arlington



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Subject: American Avocet - Hunting Creek Bridge, Alexandria
Date: Fri Jul 25 2014 17:04 pm
From: david.boltz4 AT gmail.com
 
Still there at 5:30, also seen from North Picnic Area of Belle Haven/Dyke
Marsh. Closest views may actually be from behind the building at Jones Point
Park. However, high tide is at 8:20 p.m., so they may not be in that
particular spot much longer.

Dave Boltz

-----Original Message-----
From: dcharlesl@msn.com
Sent: Friday, July 25, 2014 5:00 PM
To: va-bird@listserve.com
Subject: [Va-bird] American Avocet - Hunting Creek Bridge, Alexandria

4 American Avocet on mudflats at Hunting Creek Bridge at 5:00pm

David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA

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Subject: Dyke Marsh Avocets
Date: Fri Jul 25 2014 16:13 pm
From: rbeard22205 AT hotmail.com
 
Today there were 4 American Avocets seen in far sandy marsh areas at Hunting Bay.  With a scope I could see the birds from the north picnic area but better views from the Stone Bridge.  The Avocets were in colorful breeding plumage.

Other birds included about 20 least sandpipers, one spotted sandpiper, one Killdeer, 3 greater yellowlegs, and the usual gulls, terns, eagles etc.
Bob Beard now in Richmond formerly Arlington



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Subject: American Avocet - Hunting Creek Bridge, Alexandria
Date: Fri Jul 25 2014 16:01 pm
From: dcharlesl AT msn.com
 
4 American Avocet on mudflats at Hunting Creek Bridge at 5:00pm

David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA

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Subject: Hunting Bay Dyke Marsh Avocets
Date: Fri Jul 25 2014 15:38 pm
From: rbeard22205 AT hotmail.com
 
Looking at  4 bright plumage American Avocets seen from the North parking area toward the Wilson Bridge
Bob Beard
Richmond VA


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Subject: Mississippi Kite
Date: Thu Jul 24 2014 6:51 am
From: tsewmd AT gmail.com
 
I heard and saw what appeared to be a young Mississippi Kite moving through
the Riverside neighborhood of Newport News around 5:30 pm yesterday.

Best regards,
David West
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Subject: request, please, for info on Tysons Corner Nighthawks
Date: Thu Jul 24 2014 6:28 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hi,

I am trying to obtain information about the migrating (?) nighthawks that
have been seen at Tysons Corner for the past several years. I know someone
usually sends reports about them to the listserve.

If you are that person, or someone who has observed nighthawks in that area
, could you please contact me? I want to write an article about their
diminishing numbers.

Thanks ever so much for any help.

Sincerely,
Marlene

Marlene A. Condon
Author/Photographer, The Nature-friendly Garden: Creating a Backyard Haven
for Plants, Wildlife, and People (Stackpole Books)
Syndicated Columnist, Bay Journal News Service
5554 Sugar Ridge Road
Crozet, VA 22932-2204
_www.marlenecondon.com_ (http://www.marlenecondon.com)
marlenecondon@aol.com
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Subject: White Ibis deep in Great Dismal Swamp, Suffolk VA, 7/23/14
Date: Wed Jul 23 2014 21:02 pm
From: flicknanders AT hotmail.com
 
 Hey all, saw a juv. White Ibis off Middle Ditch road in Great Dismal Swamp NWR, Suffolk VA this morning.  I was surprised to see this bird off this road that passes through large blocks of swamp forest, but there it was walking along the edge of some exposed mud and pooled water on the off-ditch side before it wandered into the flooded understory of some young woods and out of view.

Nick Flanders
Portsmouth, VA

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Subject: Black-crowned Night-Heron in Fairfax City
Date: Wed Jul 23 2014 20:12 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
This evening I found a juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron at Ashby Pond which is on Ashby Road in Fairfax City.  There were also four Green Herons at the pond.  http://ebird.org/ebird/va/view/checklist?subID=S19201409

Larry Meade
Merrifield, VA
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Subject: Blue Ridge Center Bird Walk, Loudoun Co, July 26
Date: Wed Jul 23 2014 19:52 pm
From: joecoleman AT rstarmail.com
 
Everyone is welcome at the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy's free monthly bird walk at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship (BRCES), in the northwestern corner of Loudoun County near Harpers Ferry, at 8 am on Sat., July 26. The walk will be led by Mary Ann Good & Joe Coleman. While we will originally meet in the parking lot between the Education Center and the organic farm we will drive over to Arnold Rd & begin the walk where the road crosses over Piney Run. If anyone wants to go directly there we will meet you at the old cabin at the stream. We will follow Arnold Rd to the Sweet Run Loop (taking a couple of jogs down to Piney Run) and then follow Sweet Run to the power line (Butterfly Alley), hopefully crossing the ford on Sweet Run & lopping back to Arnold Road on the upland trail. We have our fingers crossed that we don't get a lot of rain in the next 24 hours and are able to use the Sweet Run ford.

The main entrance to BRCES is on the west side of Harper's Ferry Rd, Rte 671, about a 1/4 mile north of the Neersville Fire Station and about 5.5 miles north of the intersection of Rte 9 & Rte 671 and about 2 miles south of the intersection of Rte 340 & Rte 671.


We hold the walk regardless of the weather unless it is dangerous but don't expect a lot of participants if the weather is lousy.

Information on the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship can be found at www.blueridgecenter.org/. Information on the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy's many free programs and field trips can be found at www.loudounwildlife.org.

Joe Coleman
540-454-3361 or joecoleman@rstarmail.com
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Subject: Virginia Beach Mississippi Kites
Date: Wed Jul 23 2014 18:53 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Here are links to some photos.  I thought that they were part of the original text.


http://imgur.com/3No81EL
http://imgur.com/xYpvoMr
http://imgur.com/fnDlJiy


Ron & Marie









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Maybe the Mississippi Kites are tired of Thoroughgood? Roughly ten minutes ago,
after walking our dog, Marie Mullins and I came home to find two Mississippi
Kites perched on a tree in our Kings Grant back yard. We live on Prince Phillip
Drive.


Good birding to all.
Ron Furnish













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Subject: Virginia Beach Mississippi Kites
Date: Wed Jul 23 2014 18:49 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Maybe the Mississippi Kites are tired of Thoroughgood?  Roughly ten minutes ago, after walking our dog, Marie Mullins and I came home to find two Mississippi Kites perched on a tree in our Kings Grant back yard.  We live on Prince Phillip Drive.


Good birding to all.
Ron Furnish













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Subject: Anhinga nest with young, Chesapeake
Date: Tue Jul 22 2014 22:40 pm
From: mr.ellyo AT gmail.com
 
Hello Birders,

I visited the pond at 620 Blackwater rd in Chesapeake this evening hoping
to locate an Anhinga nest. In late June Keith Roberts noted that he
believed there was a nest at the pond. He sent me a picture that he took
back in June that seemed to confirm that. When I arrived this evening it
didn't take long to find one nest near the end of a long branch out over
the pond. A female was on the nest and a second female was feeding in the
pond. Pretty quickly a very tiny head popped up next to the incubating
female. For about 20 minutes she regurgitated food and fed the small chick
from her lower mandible. On two occasions she did the same behavior on her
opposite side from me, which led me to believe there could have been a
second chick she was feeding. Given her tight position on the nest I
suspect there could be more young or perhaps unhatched eggs in the nest.

Near the end of my visit there was a quick burst of noise and a third
female popped out of the vegetation behind the visible nest. I have a
hunch that it's possible there is another nest at this location. It could
explain why during some other visits people have counted up to 6 adults.
On my visit today I did not see any males.

I managed a few iffy pictures of the nest which are imbedded in my ebird
list below. In two of the poorer pictures you can see the raised head of
the chick and it reaching into the parents throat to feed.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19189693

Good birding,

Ellison


Ellison Orcutt
Birder/Naturalist
Richmond, Va
Cell: (804) 339-6976
Mr.EllyO@gmail.com
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Subject: 2014 Burke Mississippi Kite Nest FOUND
Date: Tue Jul 22 2014 20:18 pm
From: skybirds.d AT gmail.com
 
 Bob Augustine, who found the Mississippi Kite nest in Burke last year, called me this evening to say he has found one this year as well.
This year's nest is also visible from Jackson Street, about 100 feet west of the intersection with Gaines. He said to walk west on Jackson from the intersection with Gaines until you're about at the place where there's a two car parking area for the house on the left. Then look north across the street past the brown Picket fence, he said, where there is an arbor and a little doorway going through the fence; look directly above that and find the tallest tree, and the nest is in the next tree on the right.
If you go, please remember this is residential area and private property. Please do not park so as to block driveways, or on private property. Please be courteous, we want to be welcome there.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia


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Subject: Chincoteague NWR 7/21/14 Shorebird Survey
Date: Tue Jul 22 2014 20:04 pm
From: clyde_joelle AT verizon.net
 
Below are the results of our weekly shorebird/gull survey conducted at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on†Monday July 21, 2014. All water areas (impoundments and beach areas) were covered in an 8†hour survey. All individuals are counted for the target species; other birds seen or heard on the survey are followed by a dash.

Though many of the impoundments were dry, a few have a mixture of mud and shallow water that is perfect habitat for a select number of species. With fall migration picking up, this produced almost twice the number of shorebirds seen†compared to†last week. We counted 5,804 shorebirds of 20 species. Semi-palmated sandpipers led the way with 962, followed by least sandpiper (695), dowitcher sp. (mainly short-billed)(662), lesser yellowlegs (558), willet (527), and sanderling (434). There were 1,009 peeps (small shorebirds most likely semi-palmated or least sandpipers) which were so far out in our larger impoundments, we could not identify them. There were also 433 yellowleg sp. recorded which are yellowlegs that are too far away to separate between lesser and greater yellowlegs. With all these birds being too far away to identify, this means the numbers of semi-palmated and least sandpipers and lesser yellowlegs we reported is a conservative estimate.

The other highlight of the count were 62 piping plovers which is a high count on the Refuge for us. This is no doubt due to Sophia being along who has been monitoring them all summer and can see them a mile away.† The other noteworthy sighting was a fledgling Wilson's plover on the Hook, a first of season sighting for us, but the nest was monitored by Refuge staff.

Next week's survey will be done† on 7/30/14. Clyde Morris and Joelle Buffa

Canada Goose --
American Black Duck --
Mallard --
Black Scoter --
Common Loon 1
Double-crested Cormorant 35
Brown Pelican 211
Great Blue Heron --
Great Egret --
Snowy Egret --
Little Blue Heron --
Tricolored Heron --
Cattle Egret --
Green Heron --
Black-crowned Night-Heron --
White Ibis --
Glossy Ibis --
Turkey Vulture --
Osprey --
Bald Eagle --
Clapper Rail --
American Oystercatcher 47
Black-bellied Plover 6
Wilson's Plover 1
Semipalmated Plover 236
Piping Plover 62
Killdeer 16
Spotted Sandpiper 5
Greater Yellowlegs 104
Willet 527
Lesser Yellowlegs 558
Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs 433
Whimbrel 28
Marbled Godwit 15
Ruddy Turnstone 12
Red Knot 37
Sanderling 434
Least Sandpiper 695
White-rumped Sandpiper 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper 962
peep sp. 1,009
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher 662
Wilson's Phalarope 1
Laughing Gull 366
Ring-billed Gull 35
Herring Gull 172
Lesser Black-backed Gull 95
Great Black-backed Gull 60
Least Tern 198
Gull-billed Tern 2
Common Tern 54
Forster's Tern 82
Royal Tern 69
Sandwich Tern 12
Black Skimmer 31
Mourning Dove --
Yellow-billed Cuckoo --
Chimney Swift --
Red-headed Woodpecker --
Red-bellied Woodpecker --
Northern Flicker --
Peregrine Falcon --
Eastern Wood-Pewee --
Eastern Kingbird --
White-eyed Vireo --
Fish Crow --
Purple Martin --
Tree Swallow --
Barn Swallow --
Brown-headed Nuthatch --
House Wren --
Carolina Wren --
American Robin --
Gray Catbird --
European Starling --
Cedar Waxwing --
Common Yellowthroat --
Eastern Towhee --
Field Sparrow --
Song Sparrow --
Northern Cardinal --
Blue Grosbeak --
Red-winged Blackbird --
Eastern Meadowlark --
Common Grackle --
Brown-headed Cowbird --
House Finch --
American Goldfinch --
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