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20 Feb: @ 12:35:37  Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, 2-10-18 [Gerry Hawkins via va-bird]
20 Feb: @ 07:51:28  Correction: King Rail was at Prince William County yesterday [Howard Wu via va-bird]
20 Feb: @ 06:35:15  Common Mergansers; Clarke Co. Correction [Sandra Calhoun via va-bird]
20 Feb: @ 06:30:46  Northern Virginia Bird Club Meeting Wednesday, February 21 - Checking in with Virginia’s Breeding Birds Thirty Years Later [David Farner via va-bird]
20 Feb: @ 00:00:55  Common Mergansers, Clarke Co. [Sandra Calhoun via va-bird]
19 Feb: @ 21:38:16  King Rail, Red-necked Grebe in Fairfax County today [Howard Wu via va-bird]
19 Feb: @ 21:06:02  Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
19 Feb: @ 18:06:23  Problem with Ebird Maps [Elizabeth Fedorko via va-bird]
19 Feb: @ 18:02:33  Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk. [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
19 Feb: @ 16:50:41  Atlas Activities this Weekend, Feb 17-19, 2019 [kurtcapt87--- via va-bird]
19 Feb: @ 15:45:45  Red-shouldered Hawks [Marshall Faintich via va-bird]
19 Feb: @ 13:02:51  Fwd: Red-necked Grebe - Burke Lake [Elton Morel via va-bird]
19 Feb: @ 11:49:01  Shorebird Survey 2/16/18 Chincoteague NWR [Joanne Laskowski via va-bird]
19 Feb: @ 11:08:03  Red-necked Grebe - Burke Lake [David Frazelle via va-bird]
19 Feb: @ 10:10:31  Thank You! [Elizabeth Fedorko via va-bird]
19 Feb: @ 09:36:51  red-headed woodpecker group, kestrels, meadowlark influx +more @Fluvanna [Shea Tiller via va-bird]
19 Feb: @ 06:00:29 Re: RedNecked Grebe @ Burke Lake [dcharlesl--- via va-bird]
18 Feb: @ 18:48:02  RedNecked Grebe @ Burke Lake [Rich Rieger via va-bird]
18 Feb: @ 17:49:20 Re: King Rails at Occoquan NWR [Marc Ribaudo via va-bird]
18 Feb: @ 17:40:22 Re: King Rails at Occoquan NWR [Dolores Keeler via va-bird]
18 Feb: @ 16:39:47  Swans and Raptors! [Marshall Faintich via va-bird]
18 Feb: @ 15:11:00  Horned Grebe, Mergansers, GHOW / Clarke Co. [Jon Little via va-bird]
18 Feb: @ 13:15:02  Dyke Marsh, Feb 18, 2018 [Larry Meade via va-bird]
18 Feb: @ 11:07:01  King Rails at Occoquan NWR [Bill Hohenstein via va-bird]
18 Feb: @ 10:26:58  Tundra Swans this morning - Elkton (Rockingham Co.) [Diane L via va-bird]
17 Feb: @ 20:01:38  eBird Trip Summary -- Today [Jeff Blalock via va-bird]
17 Feb: @ 14:13:43  cancel [Bob Cole via va-bird]
17 Feb: @ 14:02:40  Bald Eagle "cauldron" at Mason Neck SP, Fairfax County [Dixie Sommers via va-bird]
17 Feb: @ 13:49:53  Young Red-shouldered Hawk feeding on Wood Frogs! [Marlene A Condon via va-bird]
16 Feb: @ 17:15:01  Brewer's & Rusty Blackbirds, Peregrine Falcon & more (Augusta County) [Gabriel Mapel via va-bird]
16 Feb: @ 16:38:01  Algonkian Park - Rusty Blackbirds, Red Headed Woodpeckers [David Young via va-bird]
16 Feb: @ 13:17:39  Delayed observations S.E. owls et al Middleburg. [Stuart via va-bird]
16 Feb: @ 13:08:58  Woodcock / Nelson Co. [Jon Little via va-bird]
16 Feb: @ 12:50:26 Re: N. Saw-whet Owl (Shenandoah NP area, Augusta County)--still around? [Bert Harris via va-bird]
16 Feb: @ 11:43:15  February VABBA2 Update [Ashley Peele via va-bird]
15 Feb: @ 20:46:49  bluebird aggression behavior [Stephen Johnson via va-bird]
15 Feb: @ 20:08:49  Bells Lane Staunton & Shenandoah Nat . Parkway [Herbert Larner via va-bird]
15 Feb: @ 15:49:46  Good day at Riverbend Park, Fairfax County [Walter Hadlock via va-bird]
15 Feb: @ 13:06:18  Ross’ Geese at Silver Lake - Dayton, Rockingham Co. [David Boltz via va-bird]
15 Feb: @ 09:53:42  Fw: Re: Birding Augusta County [Herbert Larner via va-bird]
14 Feb: @ 15:57:13  Horned Grebe at Lake Shenandoah, Harrisonburg [P 3 via va-bird]
14 Feb: @ 11:31:32  eBird -- US-VA-Fairfax Station-Burke Lake Park - 38.7630x-77.3057 -- Feb 14, 2018 [Thomas Nardone via va-bird]
14 Feb: @ 10:31:02  Birding Augusta County [Herbert Larner via va-bird]
13 Feb: @ 18:43:10  American Tree Sparrow [Marshall Faintich via va-bird]
13 Feb: @ 18:02:47  RB Gulls, Redhead Ducks / Loudoun Co [Jon Little via va-bird]
13 Feb: @ 17:31:49  Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird]
13 Feb: @ 16:03:11  White Wing Scoter & LT Duck Silver Lake Harrisonburg [P 3 via va-bird]
13 Feb: @ 14:18:28  Great Falls NP Bird Walk 02/11/2018 (Fairfax County) [Kristine Lansing via va-bird]
13 Feb: @ 13:05:44  Trumpeter Swans - Turner Pond, Sky Meadows State Park, Virginia, Feb 13, 2018 [Linda Millington via va-bird]
12 Feb: @ 18:51:14  eBird Trip Summary -- Today [Jeff Blalock via va-bird]





Subject: Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, 2-10-18
Date: Tue Feb 20 2018 12:35 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 2/20/2018
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: [email protected]
Compiler: Gerry Hawkins
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
February 13 and was completed on Tuesday, February 20 at 9:30 a.m.

Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order,
as set forth in the American Ornithological Society Checklist for
North and Middle American Birds, as revised through the 58th
Supplement (July 2017).

The top birds this week were PINK-FOOTED GOOSE* in MD, SNOWY OWL in
DC, MD and WV, HARRIS'S SPARROW* in MD and VA, WESTERN TANAGER in VA
and PAINTED BUNTING in DE, MD and VA.

Other birds of interest this week included SNOW, ROSS'S and GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, BRANT, CACKLING GOOSE, TRUMPETER SWAN, EURASIAN
WIGEON, GREEN-WINGED TEAL (intergrade), WHITE-WINGED SCOTER,
LONG-TAILED DUCK, COMMON GOLDENEYE, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, RED-NECKED
GREBE, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, KING RAIL, AMERICAN AVOCET,
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, PURPLE and SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, RAZORBILL,
BLACK-HEADED and ICELAND GULLS, RED-THROATED LOON, GREAT CORMORANT,
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, OSPREY, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, MONK
PARAKEET, LOGGERHEAD and NORTHERN SHRIKES, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, TREE
SWALLOW, AMERICAN PIPIT, RED CROSSBILL, SNOW BUNTING, AMERICAN TREE,
CLAY-COLORED, VESPER, LARK, GRASSHOPPER and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS,
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, BALTIMORE ORIOLE,
BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, ORANGE-CROWNED and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS and
SUMMER TANAGER.

TOP BIRDS

On February 17 and 18 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE* was spotted in a large
flock of SNOW GEESE on Holly Road a short distance north of Route 404
in Caroline County, MD.

Two SNOWY OWLS continue to be seen on the roof of an interior
courtyard at the United States Department of Agriculture building
located at 1351 C Street, SW, Washington, DC and nearby, with the most
recent sighting of both individuals on February 13 and one individual
on February 14-16 and 18. In Maryland a continuing SNOWY OWL was
reported at Assateague I. NS in Worcester Co on February 13, 17 and
18, and a distant SNOWY OWL was seen from the Hooper's Island Bridge
in Dorchester Co on February 17 and 19. In addition, on February 19
two SNOWY OWLS were seen around the nature center buildings at the
south end of the campground in Assateague SP in Worcester Co, MD. A
continuing SNOWY OWL along Currie Road a short distance north of
Charles Town in Jefferson Co, WV was seen on February 13, 14 and 15.

A continuing HARRIS'S SPARROW* was seen most recently along a short
spur to a boat ramp off the Anacostia River Trail in Prince George's
Co, MD on February 15. On February 14 a HARRIS'S SPARROW was relocated
at the White House Boat Ramp in Page Co, VA, apparently for the first
time since late December 2017.

A male WESTERN TANAGER* has been seen almost daily since it returned
to a residential feeder in Settlers' Mill, Williamsburg, VA on
December 2 for the seventh consecutive winter. A female WESTERN
TANAGER continues to visit a feeder at 3616 Harding Drive in
Chesapeake Co, VA, with the most recent sighting on February 19. On
February 18 a female WESTERN TANAGER was photographed at a feeder
located on the east side of Northampton Boulevard a short distance
north of the intersection with Shore Drive in Virginia Beach, VA.

A continuing green PAINTED BUNTING at Masonville Cove in Baltimore, MD
was seen most recently on February 16. A male PAINTED BUNTING visited
2101 Princess Anne Court in Virginia Beach, VA on February 18 and a
feeder located near the intersection of Chase Point Circle and Tremont
Court in Virginia Beach, VA on February 19. A male PAINTED BUNTING
also continues a short distance outside the reporting area, along
Dixie Line Road in New Castle Co, DE, with the most recent sighting on
February 19.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

On February 16 and 17 a blue-morph SNOW GOOSE was found along 471-475
Peat Moss Road and 628-698 Norris Welch Road in Garrett Co, MD. On
February 17 two ROSS'S GEESE were spotted in a large flock of CANADA
GEESE at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE. On February 17 a ROSS'S GOOSE
was spotted in the large SNOW GOOSE flock with the PINK-FOOTED GOOSE
on Holly Road a short distance north of Route 404 in Caroline County,
MD. Three ROSS'S GEESE were at Silver Lake in Dayton, Rockingham Co,
VA on February 15 and 16, and one was found along Bell's Lane in
Staunton, VA on February 16.

On February 15 two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were found at Piney Run
Park in Carroll Co, MD, and on February 17 and 19 four GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at the Pickering Creek Audubon Center in
Talbot Co, MD. Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE also were seen at Trout
Run WWTP in Garrett Co, MD on February 17 and 18. In Virginia 1-2
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were found in a large flock of CANADA
GEESE in a field along Indian River Road just east of North Landing
Road in Virginia Beach on February 17 and 18, and one was seen at the
Daleville Ponds in Botetourt Co on February 18 and 19.

A continuing inland BRANT in Nottoway Co, VA was seen along 6840-7158
W. Patrick Henry Highway on February 16 and 17.

On February 19 a CACKLING GOOSE was seen at a private pond along Peat
Moss Road in Garrett Co, MD.

A continuing TRUMPETER SWAN was seen all week at the Broken Land
Parkway-U.S. 29 Stormwater Pond in Howard Co, MD. In Virginia three
TRUMPETER SWANS visited Turner Pond at Sky Meadows SP in Fauquier Co
on February 13, and a continuing TRUMPETER SWAN was seen most recently
at the Ivy Street ponds in Waynesboro and the Daleville Ponds in
Botetourt Co on February 19. In addition, a continuing tagged
TRUMPETER SWAN was seen at Lakeside Lake in Frederick Co, VA on
February 14 and 16.

Sightings of EURASIAN WIGEON included a continuing individual at the
Assawoman Wildlife Area-Mulberry Landing in Sussex Co, DE on February
13 and 19 and an individual that briefly visited a pond along Study
Road in Carroll Co, MD on February 16. In Virginia, two EURASIAN
WIGEON were found at Chincoteague NWR in Accomack Co on February 14
and 16-18, one was found at the Craney Island Disposal Area
(restricted access) in Portsmouth on February 15, and one was
photographed at Bayville Farms Park in Virginia Beach on February 19.
Noteworthy dabbling ducks also included a GREEN-WINGED TEAL intergrade
found at Oxbow Lake in Anne Arundel Co, MD on February 15.

Noteworthy diving ducks during the week included a high of six and
eight COMMON EIDERS at the Indian River Inlet in Sussex Co, DE and
Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD, respectively. Three HARLEQUIN
DUCKS were spotted at Island No. 4 of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
in Northampton Co, VA on February 17, and one HARLEQUIN DUCK was found
at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD on the same day. Sightings
of WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS in Maryland included a continuing individual
at Piscataway Creek-Wharf Road in Prince George's Co most recently on
February 18; 1-2 individuals at Piney Run Park in Carroll Co on
February 13 and 17; and seven individuals at Eastern Bay in Queen
Anne's Co on February 18. A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and a continuing
LONG-TAILED DUCK were seen all week at Silver Lake in Dayton,
Rockingham Co, VA. LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen at several other
locations away from the coast, including 1-2 individuals at Denton
WWTP in Caroline Co, MD all week, and single individuals at Piney Run
Park in Carroll Co, MD, and Riley's Lock on the C & O Canal in
Montgomery Co, MD most recently on February 13 and 19, respectively.
Inland diving ducks also included a week high 18 COMMON GOLDENEYES at
Cumberland-Terminus in Allegany Co, MD on February 19.

RING-NECKED PHEASANTS of unknown provenance continue along Allen
Heights Avenue in Baltimore Co, MD and at the Pickering Creek Audubon
Center in Talbot Co, MD, where three and one were encountered on
February 19 and 15, respectively.

RED-NECKED GREBES were seen throughout the reporting area. A
continuing RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at the Indian River Inlet in
Sussex Co, DE on February 17 and 19. Three RED-NECKED GREBES were
spotted in the Potomac River (DC waters) from the Washington Sailing
Marina in Alexandria, VA on February 13. Sightings of RED-NECKED GREBE
in Maryland consisted of 1-2 individuals at Lapidum in Harford Co on
February 14-16 and single individuals at the South Point Boat Ramp in
Worcester Co on February 17; Violette's and nearby Riley's Locks on
the C & O Canal in Montgomery Co on February 18 and 19; and Loch Raven
Reservoir-Primary Dam in Baltimore Co on February 18 and 19. In
Virginia a RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at The Gardens at Sunday Park in
Chesterfield on February 13; Burke Lake in Fairfax Co on February 18
and 19; Mexico Viejo in Franklin Co on February 18; and the Carvins
Cove Recreation Area in Botetourt Co on February 19. In addition, on
February 18 two RED-NECKED GREBES were found near the dam at the John
H. Kerr Reservoir in Mecklenburg Co, VA.

A continuing EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was observed perched on a wire at
9 West McCabe Street in Selbyville, Sussex Co, DE on February 17.

Encounters with KING RAIL included 1-2 individuals that were
photographed at Occoquan Bay NWR in Prince William Co, VA on February
17 and 19.

Noteworthy shorebirds included 57 AMERICAN AVOCETS counted at Prime
Hook NWR-Broadkill Marsh on February 16, and 18 AMERICAN AVOCETS found
at the Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access) in Portsmouth,
VA on February 15. On February 14 three BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were
observed in a ditch along the southern half of Egypt Road in
Dorchester Co, MD. Away from the coast a continuing PURPLE SANDPIPER
was seen at the Kent Point marina in Queen Anne's Co, MD on February
17 and the Hooper's Island Bridge in Dorchester Co, MD on February 19.
In addition, a PURPLE SANDPIPER was spotted at the Craney Island
Disposal Area in Portsmouth, VA on February 15. A SPOTTED SANDPIPER
continues at the John H. Kerr Reservoir in Mecklenburg Co, VA, with
the most recent sighting on February 18.

RAZORBILLS continue at the Indian River Inlet in Sussex Co, DE, with
1-2 individuals seen on February 13, 17, 18 and 19. A high of five
RAZORBILLS were spotted at Little Island Park in Virginia Beach, VA on
February 16 and 19.

On February 19 three continuing BLACK-HEADED GULLS were observed at
Wolfe Neck WTP (restricted access) in Sussex Co, DE. A continuing
BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen most recently at Rudee Inlet in Virginia
Beach, VA, on February 17. An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Indian
River Inlet in Sussex Co, DE on February 17 and 19. In Maryland a
continuing ICELAND GULL (kumlieni) was spotted in a field across from
2968 Hunting Creek Road in Caroline Co on February 16 and along
23300-23398 Shore Highway and nearby 11255 Downes Station Road in
Caroline Co on February 18. An ICELAND GULL (kumlieni) also was found
along 31000-31044 Dover Road in Easton, Talbot Co, MD on February 16.
In Virginia a continuing ICELAND GULL was spotted at Neabsco Creek in
Prince William Co on February 17.

On February 14 a single RED-THROATED LOON was observed at the Choptank
Marina in Caroline Co, MD, while 31 RED-THROATED LOONS were counted at
the Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access) in Portsmouth, VA
on February 15.

In addition to several coastal locations, GREAT CORMORANTS continue at
the Kent Point marina and Bloody Point Bar Lighthouse in Queen Anne's
Co, MD, with a high of 20 individuals counted at the latter on
February 18.

AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS continue to winter at Blackwater NWR in
Dorchester Co, MD, with a week high 82 individuals counted along
Wildlife Drive on February 17. On February 14 a single continuing
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen at Hog Island WMA in Surry Co, VA.

Early OSPREYS were seen at the DuPont Nature Center (Mispillion) in
Sussex Co, DE on February 14, Claiborne Landing Road in Talbot Co, MD
on February 18, and the Dutch Gap Conservation Area in Chester, VA on
February 17. Continuing ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were seen most recently at
Broadkill Marsh and along Fowler Beach Road in Prime Hook NWR, Sussex
Co, DE on February 19 and 18, respectively, and one of these
individuals may have been seen along nearby Oyster Rocks Road on
February 16, 17 and 18. On February 18 a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen
farther north, along Port Mahon Road in Kent Co, DE. Raptor highlights
during the week also included GOLDEN EAGLES in flight at Piney Run
Park in Carroll Co, MD on February 13 and the Pickering Creek Audubon
Center in Talbot Co, MD on February 18.

On February 17 three MONK PARAKEETS of unknown provenance briefly
visited a feeder at a private residence along Molly Berry Road in
Prince George's Co, MD.

A continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen most recently at the Smith
Farm in Lunenburg, VA on February 13 and along 14184-14198 Burwells
Bay Road in Isle of Wight Co, VA on February 18. On February 17 a
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE also was photographed along Cartersville Road a
short distance south of the intersection with Oak Forest Road in
Cumberland Co, VA. A NORTHERN SHRIKE* continues at the Sully Woodlands
in Fairfax Co, VA for the second consecutive winter, with the most
recent sighting on February 19.

Migratory BLUE-HEADED VIREOS have made it to southern Virginia, with
three seen at Deep Creek Lock Park in Chesapeake and one seen along
the Nature Conservancy's Darden Trail in Sussex Co on February 18.

Early TREE SWALLOWS included one individual as far north as Bombay
Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on February 17.

On February 18 an AMERICAN PIPIT called in flight over Kenilworth Park
in Washington, DC.

Briery Branch Gap in Rockingham Co, VA continues to be a reliable
location for RED CROSSBILLS, with a high of four individuals reported
on February 15 and 18.

Two SNOW BUNTINGS were found at the Craney Island Disposal Area
(restricted access) in Portsmouth, VA on February 15 and at the
fishing pier at Kiptopeke SP in Northampton Co, VA on February 17 and
18.

AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were seen at several locations, including a
high of four individuals at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on February
14 and 17; three individuals at the Irvine Nature Center in Baltimore
Co, MD on February 14, 15 and 18; a high of four individuals at Swan
Harbor Farm Park in Harford Co, MD on February 14, 15 and 16; and a
high of seven individuals at Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum
of Virginia in Clarke Co, VA on February 18 and 19. A continuing
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen most recently at the Laurel Hill
Equestrian Center in Fairfax Co, VA on February 19. A CLAY-COLORED
SPARROW was spotted at Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National
Historical Park in Dorchester Co, MD on February 17, 18 and 19, and a
week high nine continuing VESPER SPARROWS were counted at this
location on February 19. A continuing LARK SPARROW was seen near the
intersection of Valley and Meadow Roads at the National Arboretum in
Washington, DC on February 18. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found at
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in
Dorchester Co, MD on February 18 and Kenilworth Park in Washington, DC
on February 19. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen at Harriet Tubman
Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Dorchester Co, MD on
February 17, 18 and 19 and the VCU Rice Center in Charles City, VA on
February 16.

On February 17 a continuing YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen at a
residence in Virginia Beach, VA.

On February 19 a continuing YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen near the
gate to the parking lot at North Point SP in Baltimore Co, MD. On
February 17 and 19 a male BALTIMORE ORIOLE visited a feeder at
9824-9826 Homeland Avenue in Baltimore Co, MD. On February 16 two
BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were reported in a mixed blackbird flock in farm
fields to the south of Mish Barn Road in Augusta Co, VA.

Sightings of ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER included continuing individuals at
a residential yard in Sussex Co, DE on February 16 and 17; North Park
in Harford Co, MD on February 13 and 15; and Kenilworth Aquatic
Gardens in Washington, DC on February 14. On February 17 a
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER visited feeders at 1500 Macalpin Court in
Virginia Beach, VA.

On February 16 a female SUMMER TANAGER was photographed at a feeder at
a private residence located in Pittsylvania Co, VA.

***

This week's report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list
servers, eBird records and various birding pages on Facebook.

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

To report bird sightings, e-mail your report to [email protected]
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: Correction: King Rail was at Prince William County yesterday
Date: Tue Feb 20 2018 7:51 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hi,

Sorry for the mistake (and possibly arousing false hopes!), as some pointed
out, and should be obvious from my message text, the King Rail was at
Occoquan Bay NWR in Prince William County.

Thanks,
Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
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Subject: Common Mergansers; Clarke Co. Correction
Date: Tue Feb 20 2018 6:35 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I saw 17 Common Mergansers (12 females, 5 males) swimming down not up the Shenandoah River. They were near the eastern bank. I was on Locke™s Mill Rd just north of Parshall Rd. Not smart to send a post after hours of watching Olympics!

Sandy Calhoun

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Subject: Northern Virginia Bird Club Meeting Wednesday, February 21 - Checking in with Virginia’s Breeding Birds Thirty Years Later
Date: Tue Feb 20 2018 6:30 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
The Northern Virginia Bird Club will hold its November meeting on Wednesday, February 21 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington, VA, 22207 at 8:00 pm  Directions can be found in the Siskin and on our web page at www.nvabc.org.

Dr. Ashley Peele, with give a presentation titled Checking in with Virginias Breeding Birds Thirty Years Later

In the mid-to late-1980s, Virginia conducted its first breeding bird atlas (BBA) project to assess the status and distribution of breeding bird populations. This year, we will dive into the third year of the second Virginia BBA project. Since the inception of the second BBA project, the Virginia birding community has contributed thousands of birding hours. The resulting data has already provided a revealing look into how breeding bird populations have changed over the last thirty years. State Atlas Coordinator, Dr. Ashley Peele, will highlight some of these changes, share interesting species and volunteer highlights, and discuss important needs for the remaining three years of this project. Join us to learn more about this exciting conservation project and how you can get involved.

Dr. Peele is an avian ecologist, who became interested in studying wildlife biology after a childhood spent running around the biodiverse lakes and swamps of Florida. Her mentor at Ohio Wesleyan University introduced her to the world of field ornithology and she learned to mist-net, band, and sample the plumage of wild birds. This experience set her on a lifelong path of study and research on avian ecology and conservation. In 2015, she completed her doctorate in avian ecology, after spending five years studying population dynamics of Neotropical migratory songbirds in Jamaica. She currently is State Director of the Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Project and a research associate at Virginia Techs Conservation Management Institute.

Early bird refreshments start at 7:30. Any contributions of food or beverage will be most gratefully received. There will be a drawing for door prizes. Northern Virginia Bird Club pins will be available for members who would like to buy them ($5 each).

David Farner
Vice President, Programs, Northern Virginia Bird Club
Arlington, Virginia


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Subject: Common Mergansers, Clarke Co.
Date: Tue Feb 20 2018 0:00 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
17 Common Mergansers had moved slightly upriver yesterday afternoon. I spotted them on the Shenandoah from Locke™s Mill Rd (621) just north of Parshall Rd.
Sandy Calhoun

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Subject: King Rail, Red-necked Grebe in Fairfax County today
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 21:38 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hi,

You have probably seen my post on the VA Birding Facebook group and my
eBird reports, but I don't think everyone is on Facebook. In any case,
risking repetition, here's a quick recap:

On this misty, drizzly day I decided to go to Occoquan Bay NWR. On the way
I stopped at Burke Lake at around 10:45AM or so but at that time I did not
see the Red-necked Grebe. I left and went to Occoquan Bay. Newly inspired
by Bill's fantastic photos and videos, I decided to station there for at
least 2 hours. Upon arrival (around 11AM), another birder told me one of
the King Rail just flew over the marsh and landed! It was his first visit
to the refuge and I had not seen it after I don't know how many visits! But
I stayed. Around noon, finally one of the King Rails made a brief
appearance in a gap among the marsh grasses. I took several pictures in the
span of 14 seconds (verified in the EXIF data). I did not quite get an
unobstructed view, but after so many disappointments, I was happy to get
any shots at all! The following are a couple:

http://www.travelerathome.com/...
http://www.travelerathome.com/...

I lingered for another 30 minutes or so but did not see it again.

I stopped at Burke Lake again and this time I saw the Red-necked Grebe
right away from the boat ramp. It swam diagonally across the lake, at one
point fairly close to the fishing pier. It was still misty and the light
was not very good, but I managed a somewhat passable picture:
http://www.travelerathome.com/...

Maybe I will stop by Burke Lake again in the coming warm days during my
"lunch breaks" ;-)

Cheers,
Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 21:06 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
A slight rain met the 30 birders on this George Washington's Birthday Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk. We tallied 47 species with 6 Wild Turkeys, 3 immature Bald Eagles, a Merlin, and a couple of Cooper's Hawks for highlights. The group decided to select 2 April for the adoption of summer hours. On that date, the walk will kick off at 7 AM.
Canada Goose 90
Wood Duck 6
Northern Shoveler 20
Mallard 25
Green-winged Teal 2
Hooded Merganser 8
Wild Turkey 6
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Cooper's Hawk 3
Bald Eagle 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
American Coot 3
Ring-billed Gull 6
gull sp. 1
Mourning Dove 8
Barred Owl 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Merlin 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 7
crow sp. 3
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 4
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin 300
Cedar Waxwing 8
Dark-eyed Junco 5
White-throated Sparrow 20
Song Sparrow 8
Swamp Sparrow 6
Northern Cardinal 10
Red-winged Blackbird 200
Rusty Blackbird 20
Common Grackle 30
House Finch 2

The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at HuntleyMeadows Park since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 8AM (7AM fromApril 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
Nancy VehrsFriends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Problem with Ebird Maps
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 18:06 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hello!

Recently I keep getting this message on ebird when I want to explore hot
spots and use other map functions: "This page didn't load Google Maps
correctly. See the JavaScript console for technical details."

My browser is fine. And this has just started happening in the past few
days. Anyone else have this issue? I wrote Cornell and let them know also.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

Cheers! Beth Fedorko
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 18:02 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
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Subject: Atlas Activities this Weekend, Feb 17-19, 2019
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 16:50 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
VA BIRDers,



I got into the swing of things for this Third Year of the Virginia's
Breeding Bird Atlas. A quick stop Friday added a Bald Eagle ON at a nest
site in Mt Vernon CW. The bird was down low in the nest, so I used a big of
high ground from a distance to scope the female moving about in the nest
cup, her back slightly projecting above the top of the cup.



Saturday Marc Ribaudo and I joined forces. There are not too many species
in "safe date" range as nearly all are migrants or still in winter wandering
mode. That was clear for the vultures as we found large kettles and singles
on buildings along the Potomac (in otherwise open areas) - timing consistent
with the chart the Atlas tool kit provides. We managed to find a silent
Barred Owl at Cockpit Pt, Pr Wm Co (Quantico CE, code "H"), plus a pair
performing "monkey calls" in the Widewater area of Stafford Co (Widewater
SW, code "P"). Plus we tallied 2 different Bald Eagle nests ON in two
blocks in Stafford (Widewater SW and CW) near the Aquia River.



Sunday I linked up with Steve Johnson and Lynn Rafferty. We noted a Bald
Eagle nest near Lake Arrowhead in Stafford Co (Storck NE) with two gray
downy young! We looked for other raptor nests but found only one empty (but
apparently new) nest near Tenerife Rd in Fauquier Co. I should note that it
was a good raptor migration day, esp. for Red-shouldered Hawks as we saw
over 20 (some seemed to be displaying, but since this species continues to
migrate into early April, a breeding code was not assigned).



That evening I visited a few sites in the area known as Meadowood West in
the Fort Belvoir CW block. No owls! But there was one displaying American
Woodcock at the meadow near the Giles Run Trailhead off of Old Colchester
Rd. Of course, woodcock are migrating so no breeding code. Yet, this
location has many of the qualities Ashley Peele described in her Atlas
article on woodcocks and is worth visiting later in the season.



Today (Sunday) Rich Rieger, Sherman Suter and I first started at Burke Lake,
re-finding the Red-necked Grebe. We then motored to Lake Manassas and found
one of the Bald Eagle nests there quite occupied. (also, 500+ Common
Mergansers). We then moved to the Middleburg SE block and found 2
Red-shouldered nests apparently under construction, one nest with maker
unknown, and one likely Red-tailed nest (but no Red-tail evident). We noted
the locations of the empty nests for a re-visit. Also found a Barred Owl
low on a branch near one of the roads - it was not in appropriate habitat
which means this bird is still wandering bit, consistent with the March 1
safe date for the piedmont.



Best of Luck to All in your Atlas-ing Efforts!



Kurt Gaskill



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Subject: Red-shouldered Hawks
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 15:45 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Short photo essay here in Old Trail; Crozet, VA; 2/19/18. Report and photos:




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



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

[email protected]

www.faintich.net

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

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________





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Subject: Fwd: Red-necked Grebe - Burke Lake
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 13:02 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Red-necked Grebe still present at Burke Lake, but I found it at about 1:30pm in the southeast corner of the lake by the dam near a flock of Common Mergansers.

Elton Morel
Arlington, VA


Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: David Frazelle via va-bird
> Date: February 19, 2018 at 12:07:35 PM EST
> To: [email protected]
> Subject: [Va-bird] Red-necked Grebe - Burke Lake
> Reply-To: David Frazelle
>
> The Red-necked Grebe reported by Mr Ledwith at 0700 this morning at Burke Lake was still there at 1000. Sometimes very close to the boat ramp. Several other birders were also enjoying the Grebe.
>
> Dave & Bonnie Frazelle
> Alexandria, VA
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Shorebird Survey 2/16/18 Chincoteague NWR
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 11:49 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Cloudy, warm day (65 degrees F) with little wind.  Made easy viewing of
birds on the ocean, Tom's Cove and Assateague Channel. But alas! few
birds were to be seen.

We only had 8 species of shorebirds matched by 8 species of gulls, grebes
and loons.

But the merlins (3), one peregrine buzzing the huge flock of dunlin on the
Hook, and a beautiful red fox trotting down the beach kept the drive
interesting.

Also, viewed the remains of the necropsied humpback whale at the Hook.
Gulls and Turkey Vultures were pulling off chunks and pieces of the parts
that still remained above the sand. Probably be totally covered in a few
days.








16-Feb
Number of Species 50
Number of Individuals 6,920
Number of Checklists 1





16-Feb
Species Name Species Count
Snow Goose --
Canada Goose --
Tundra Swan --
Northern Shoveler --
Gadwall --
American Wigeon --
Mallard --
American Black Duck --
Northern Pintail --
Green-winged Teal --
Surf Scoter --
White-winged Scoter 22
Black Scoter --
Long-tailed Duck --
Bufflehead --
Red-breasted Merganser --
Red-throated Loon 1
Common Loon 21
Horned Grebe 9
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron --
Great Egret 1
Turkey Vulture --
Northern Harrier 3
Bald Eagle --
American Oystercatcher 10
Black-bellied Plover 34
Killdeer 7
Sanderling 190
Dunlin 6,257
Greater Yellowlegs 41
Willet 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Bonaparte's Gull 11
Ring-billed Gull 51
Herring Gull 210
Great Black-backed Gull 43
Northern Flicker --
Merlin 3
Peregrine Falcon 1
American Crow --
Brown-headed Nuthatch --
European Starling --
Yellow-rumped Warbler --
Song Sparrow --
Northern Cardinal --
Eastern Meadowlark --
Red-winged Blackbird --
Common Grackle --
Boat-tailed Grackle --
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Subject: Red-necked Grebe - Burke Lake
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 11:08 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
The Red-necked Grebe reported by Mr Ledwith at 0700 this morning at Burke Lake was still there at 1000.  Sometimes very close to the boat ramp.  Several other birders were also enjoying the Grebe.

Dave & Bonnie Frazelle
Alexandria, VA

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Subject: Thank You!
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 10:10 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hello!

We had a great long weekend in the Outer Banks! For the most part the
weather was wonderful. We birded from Bodie Lighthouse to Cape Hatteras,
Alligator River, Lake Mattamuskeet, Jennette's Pier, and Corolla. It was
our first time birding there and we drive lots of miles and even added 6
life birds to our list.

Thank you to Jeff Blalock, Larry Cartwright, Jeffery Wright, Stephen
Johnson, and Mary Foster! You all rock with your excellent advice and
suggestions!

Cheers and Happy Birding!

Beth and Dan Fedorko
Falls Church, VA
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Subject: red-headed woodpecker group, kestrels, meadowlark influx +more @Fluvanna
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 9:36 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hello, all.

Yesterday I had time from the morning until about 2:30 to somewhat
thoroughly bird some extremely underbirded portions of Fluvanna County. A
couple of the places apparently hadn't been birded in several years.
Overall, it was a very successful trip, boosting my county life list and
year list. Likely due to the weather front change, winter residents seemed
extremely sparse, and the majority of the songbirds I saw were singing
profusely.

Some highlights included:

*5 meadowlarks *at Pleasant Grove Park.

A group of *red-headed woodpeckers* at the *Lake Monticello Golf Course*;
this was more than had been seen there before, so maybe they'll nest.

*2 kestrels *(rare in Fluv.), a small flock of *pigeons *(uncommon-rare in
Fluv.), and another *meadowlark *at the Carysbrook Plantation (a pig was
freely roaming the plantation fields as well).

*A ring-billed gull* (uncommon-rare in Fluvanna) at the shopping center
just outside of Lake Monticello on Turkeysag Trail.

*Three more meadowlarks*, *a soaring red-shouldered hawk *(a bit of a
surprise in this habitat), and a very distant flock of about 1,500 birds
that were likely all starlings around the intersection of Central Plains
Road and W. River Road. I tried scoping, but they weren't quite close
enough to permit a thorough look. Landowners were extremely polite and two
offered us access to their land, which would have allowed for closer
inspection of the massive flock if I had had time.

*Buffleheads *and a* lesser scaup *at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for
Women pond (*must *be birded from outside the prison property). The water
level appeared very low even after recent precipitation.

Great birding,

Shea
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Subject: RedNecked Grebe @ Burke Lake
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 6:00 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Red-necked Grebe continues this morning at 7am in same location.

David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA

________________________________________
From: va-bird on behalf of Rich Rieger via va-bird
Sent: Sunday, February 18, 2018 7:42:13 PM
To: [email protected] birding
Subject: [Va-bird] RedNecked Grebe @ Burke Lake

Greetings and Salutations -

Sherman Suter and I headed out this p.m. and found our sought after RN Grebe late in the day at Burke Lake (Fairfax Co). It was not too far out from the boat ramp when last we saw it.

After observing a smallish murmur of Starlings (200), we heard another rustle of wings that grew louder and louder. That turned out to be a flock of Grackles that we estimated to be 5,000 strong. Quite the sight as they flew off in an easterly direction.

Rich Rieger
Alexandria
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Subject: RedNecked Grebe @ Burke Lake
Date: Sun Feb 18 2018 18:48 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Greetings and Salutations -

Sherman Suter and I headed out this p.m. and found our sought after RN Grebe late in the day at Burke Lake (Fairfax Co). It was not too far out from the boat ramp when last we saw it.

After observing a smallish murmur of Starlings (200), we heard another rustle of wings that grew louder and louder. That turned out to be a flock of Grackles that we estimated to be 5,000 strong. Quite the sight as they flew off in an easterly direction.

Rich Rieger
Alexandria
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Subject: King Rails at Occoquan NWR
Date: Sun Feb 18 2018 17:49 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Bill,
Super shots and video.!

Marc

Marc Ribaudo
[email protected]

On Sunday, February 18, 2018 Bill Hohenstein via va-bird wrote:
I went out to Occoquan NWR this morning. The highlight was an encounter with a pair of King Rails. I decided to head down Easy Road. As I arrived at the marsh toward the end of Easy Road, I came up on a family with small kids... so I had low expectations of finding anything. (Don't get me wrong, I love kids.. but they tend not to go well with Rails). They kept walking and I stopped for a moment. Almost right away, a Rail started vocalizing close by in the Marsh on the north side. I set up my tripod and waited. Sure enough, after several minutes, I saw a ripple of water and then a rail appeared out of the reeds. I started rolling and stopped breathing. I was able to catch some close ups and then the rail crossed open water. As soon as it settled on the other side a second rail came across. You can see footage of them here and a couple of short audio clips.


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



Also of note -- roughly 2000 lesser scaup and at least one small flock of greater scaup on the open water at the end of easy road. Bufflehead and a horned grebe too. Good numbers of sparrows .. nothing too unusual. Heard a Fox Sparrow and a few Towhees.


Enjoy the day,


Bill
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Subject: King Rails at Occoquan NWR
Date: Sun Feb 18 2018 17:40 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Fantastic pictures and video, Bill. Thank you for posting the link to them.

Lori Keeler

> On February 18, 2018 at 12:04 PM Bill Hohenstein via va-bird wrote:
>
>
> I went out to Occoquan NWR this morning. The highlight was an encounter with a pair of King Rails. I decided to head down Easy Road. As I arrived at the marsh toward the end of Easy Road, I came up on a family with small kids... so I had low expectations of finding anything. (Don't get me wrong, I love kids.. but they tend not to go well with Rails). They kept walking and I stopped for a moment. Almost right away, a Rail started vocalizing close by in the Marsh on the north side. I set up my tripod and waited. Sure enough, after several minutes, I saw a ripple of water and then a rail appeared out of the reeds. I started rolling and stopped breathing. I was able to catch some close ups and then the rail crossed open water. As soon as it settled on the other side a second rail came across. You can see footage of them here and a couple of short audio clips.
>
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
>
>
> Also of note -- roughly 2000 lesser scaup and at least one small flock of greater scaup on the open water at the end of easy road. Bufflehead and a horned grebe too. Good numbers of sparrows .. nothing too unusual. Heard a Fox Sparrow and a few Towhees.
>
>
> Enjoy the day,
>
>
> Bill
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Subject: Swans and Raptors!
Date: Sun Feb 18 2018 16:39 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Mute and Tundra Swans; Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks, Northern
Harrier, Kestrels, and Bald Eagle in Rockbridge and Augusta Counties, VA;
2/18/18. Report and photos:




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



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

[email protected]

www.faintich.net

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

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________





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Subject: Horned Grebe, Mergansers, GHOW / Clarke Co.
Date: Sun Feb 18 2018 15:11 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
We found a single Horned Grebe today in the river, south of Locke's Mill.
There were 17 Common Mergansers in the area. Later, we found 30 more
Mergansers in Warren Co, north of Morgan's Ford.



We also found our 9th nest for the season of Great Horned Owl.



Jon & BJ Little

Winchester

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Subject: Dyke Marsh, Feb 18, 2018
Date: Sun Feb 18 2018 13:15 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Eight birders came out for a pleasant walk at Dyke Marsh. These Friends of Dyke Marsh sponsored walks are held every Sunday morning at 8:00 AM and are free and open to all. The morning started out a bit gray and cool, but the sun eventually appeared and warmed us up. We noticed that there has been a decline in waterfowl in both numbers and diversity which kept our count to 47 species this week. Both pairs of Bald Eagles were tending to their business as we observed that both the nest on Haul Road and the one at Tulane Drive were occupied. We also encountered a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers along Haul Road which were flying around not too far from what appeared to be a decent sized nest hole. With woodpeckers, however, it's hard to say, especially this early. The birds might only be utilizing this hole for shelter or for stashing food. Thanks to Larry Cartwright and Sherman Suter who helped out and also observed a Rusty Blackbird shortly before the official start time for the
walk.

Larry Meade
Merrifield, VA




Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Feb 18, 2018 8:00 AM - 11:05 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
47 species

Canada Goose 1750
Mallard 60
Ring-necked Duck 30
Lesser Scaup 75
Hooded Merganser 5
Common Merganser 60
Red-breasted Merganser 7
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Double-crested Cormorant 24
Great Blue Heron 5
Turkey Vulture 1
Bald Eagle 4 2 adult pairs near nests.
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 juvenile
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Coot 23
Ring-billed Gull 115
Herring Gull 6
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5
Mourning Dove 8
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Downy Woodpecker 6
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 1
Fish Crow 12
Carolina Chickadee 16
Tufted Titmouse 7
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 12
Golden-crowned Kinglet 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
American Robin 20
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 7
Dark-eyed Junco 4
White-throated Sparrow 40
Song Sparrow 23
Swamp Sparrow 11
Northern Cardinal 20
Red-winged Blackbird 130
Rusty Blackbird 1
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 3
House Sparrow 6

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

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

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Subject: King Rails at Occoquan NWR
Date: Sun Feb 18 2018 11:07 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
I went out to Occoquan NWR this morning.  The highlight was an encounter with a pair of King Rails.  I decided to head down Easy Road.  As I arrived at the marsh toward the end of Easy Road, I came up on a family with small kids... so I had low expectations of finding anything.  (Don't get me wrong, I love kids.. but they tend not to go well with Rails).  They kept walking and I stopped for a moment.  Almost right away, a Rail started vocalizing close by in the Marsh on the north side.  I set up my tripod and waited.  Sure enough, after several minutes, I saw a ripple of water and then a rail appeared out of the reeds.  I started rolling and stopped breathing.   I was able to catch some close ups and then the rail crossed open water.  As soon as it settled on the other side a second rail came across.  You can see footage of them here and a couple of short audio clips.


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



Also of note -- roughly 2000 lesser scaup and at least one small flock of greater scaup on the open water at the end of easy road. Bufflehead and a horned grebe too. Good numbers of sparrows .. nothing too unusual. Heard a Fox Sparrow and a few Towhees.


Enjoy the day,


Bill
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Subject: Tundra Swans this morning - Elkton (Rockingham Co.)
Date: Sun Feb 18 2018 10:26 am
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On the river along Captain Yancey Rd (opposite the sod farm), Greg Moyers and I found two Tundra Swans. Captain Yancey Rd is just south of Merck and parallels the river's east side, continuing south to Island Ford Rd.
Diane LepkowskiHarrisonburg
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Subject: eBird Trip Summary -- Today
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 20:01 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Greetings all:

I decided to go to Crewe in Nottoway Co to find the lingering Brant Goose.

On the way I drove up Hwy 360 East and after I just past the sign to Twin Lakes State Park, I had an almost Adult Bald Eagle fly across the road in front of me just feet off the ground. It landed on the side of the road on the left of the west bound lanes. Since there was no cars or trucks immediately behind me I parked in the middle of the road and turned on my flashers. After a minute or two it flew back across the road and landed in a tree and then flew back across the road and out of sight behind me.

I got to the location of the goose and had no problem locating the Brant among the Canada Geese.

Next I hit two places in Crewe and then drove south on Hwy 94 to Lunenburg to take Hwy 90 to Keysville Birding along the way.

I checked any pond I came across for ducks only to find 8 Hooded Mergansers and a flock of 8 Wild Turkeys with Canada Geese. By this time the rain was really coming down and put an end to my day.

jeffblalock
eBird Checklist Summary for: Feb 17, 2018

Number of Checklists: 15
Number of Taxa: 41

Checklists included in this summary:
(1): Paul C. Edmunds, Jr. Memorial Park
Date: Feb 17, 2018 at 7:40 AM
(2): Patrick Henry Hwy, Green Bay US-VA (37.1536,-78.2791)
Date: Feb 17, 2018 at 8:35 AM
(3): 6840“7158 W Patrick Henry Hwy, Crewe US-VA (37.2315,-78.1453)
Date: Feb 17, 2018 at 9:05 AM
(4): W Colonial Trail Hwy, Crewe US-VA (37.1898,-78.1802)
Date: Feb 17, 2018 at 9:25 AM
(5): Crewe Cemetery
Date: Feb 17, 2018 at 9:50 AM
(6): Crewe--Railroad Museum and Town Park
Date: Feb 17, 2018 at 11:35 AM
(7): 8788“9098 The Falls Rd, Burkeville US-VA (37.0501,-78.1482)
Date: Feb 17, 2018 at 12:52 PM
(8): Victoria Railroad Park
Date: Feb 17, 2018 at 1:40 PM
(9): 1100“1198 Marshall Ave, Victoria US-VA (36.9915,-78.2173)
Date: Feb 17, 2018 at 2:31 PM
(10): 2501“2527 Lunenburg County Rd, Keysville US-VA (36.9931,-78.3023)
Date: Feb 17, 2018 at 2:55 PM
(11): 12224“12698 Lunenburg County Rd, Keysville US-VA (37.0290,-78.4528)
Date: Feb 17, 2018 at 3:15 PM
(12): 103 Elizabeth Court, South Boston, VA
Date: Feb 17, 2018 at 5:15 PM
(13): The Falls Boat Ramp
Date: Feb 17, 2018 at 12:55 PM
(14): Kings Hwy & Hatchet Rd, Saxe US-VA (36.8789,-78.5619)
Date: Feb 17, 2018 at 3:35 PM
(15): Jennings Town Rd, Crewe US-VA (37.1488,-78.1311)
Date: Feb 17, 2018 at 12:15 PM

1 Brant -- (3)
147 Canada Goose -- (1),(3),(11),(13)
2 Mallard -- (1)
8 Hooded Merganser -- (10)
1 Ruddy Duck -- (1)
8 Wild Turkey -- (11)
1 Great Blue Heron (Blue form) -- (3)
16 Black Vulture -- (5),(8)
10 Turkey Vulture -- (4),(5),(6),(8)
1 Bald Eagle -- (2)
3 Killdeer -- (5),(11)
15 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) -- (7)
5 Mourning Dove -- (15)
1 Red-headed Woodpecker -- (13)
3 Red-bellied Woodpecker -- (5),(8),(13)
1 Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) -- (5)
2 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) -- (3),(5)
1 Pileated Woodpecker -- (10)
1 American Kestrel -- (14)
1 Eastern Phoebe -- (13)
2 Blue Jay -- (8),(11)
81 American Crow -- (3),(5),(6),(8),(10),(15)
2 Common Raven -- (5)
2 Carolina Chickadee -- (8),(12)
1 Tufted Titmouse -- (6)
1 White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) -- (5)
5 Carolina Wren -- (5),(8),(13),(15)
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet -- (5)
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet -- (5),(13)
14 Eastern Bluebird -- (1),(4),(5),(11),(15)
95 American Robin -- (1),(5),(6),(12),(15)
47 European Starling -- (1),(4),(5),(6),(8)
5 Chipping Sparrow -- (5)
50 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) -- (5),(9)
27 White-throated Sparrow -- (8),(12),(13),(15)
3 Song Sparrow -- (8),(12)
3 Eastern Towhee -- (8),(15)
10 Northern Cardinal -- (5),(12)
3 Eastern Meadowlark (Eastern) -- (4)
5 Red-winged Blackbird -- (6)
2070 Common Grackle -- (5),(8),(12)

This trip summary was created using the eBird app for iPhone and iPad.
See eBird for more information.


From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
103 Elizabeth Court
South Boston VA 24592
434-572-8619 Home
434-470-4352 Cell
[email protected]

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Subject: cancel
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 14:13 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
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Subject: Bald Eagle "cauldron" at Mason Neck SP, Fairfax County
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 14:02 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Eleven birders on the Northern Virginia Bird Club walk this morning were
awed by not a kettle but a virtual cauldron of 13 Bald Eagles circling
overhead at Mason Neck State Park. While the park and adjacent Elizabeth
Hartwell NWR are well known for eagles, seeing so many circling overhead,
adults and immatures, was indeed amazing.



We also scoped Belmont Bay and walked the Bay View Trail, with a total of 53
species. Waterfowl were in good numbers and diversity, although not high
numbers seen earlier this month Passerines were somewhat quiet, but we were
pleased to find a Hermit Thrush on the trail. A pair of early Wood Ducks was
glimpsed at the observation blind and then "ducked" out of sight.



Northern Virginia Bird Club walks are listed at http://nvabc.org/ Come join
us on a walk!



Mason Neck SP--Visitors Center, Fairfax, Virginia, US Feb 17, 2018 8:26 AM -
10:36 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.3 mile(s)

Comments: Visitor Center scanning Belmont Bay, and hike on Bayside Trail

53 species



Canada Goose 34

Tundra Swan 9

Wood Duck 2

Northern Shoveler 1

Gadwall 50

American Wigeon 2

Mallard 37

American Black Duck 6

Canvasback 9

Redhead 100

Ring-necked Duck 100

Lesser Scaup 50

Bufflehead 10

Common Merganser 2

Red-breasted Merganser 33

Ruddy Duck 6

Pied-billed Grebe 1

Horned Grebe 4

Double-crested Cormorant 2

Great Blue Heron 3

Black Vulture 7

Turkey Vulture 4

Bald Eagle 21

Red-shouldered Hawk 1

American Coot 300

Ring-billed Gull 40

Herring Gull 6

Great Black-backed Gull 1

Mourning Dove 11

Belted Kingfisher 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 3

Downy Woodpecker 2

Northern Flicker 2

Pileated Woodpecker 1

Blue Jay 10

American Crow 3

Fish Crow 1

Carolina Chickadee 2

Tufted Titmouse 5

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

Carolina Wren 4

Eastern Bluebird 2

Hermit Thrush 1

American Robin 330

Dark-eyed Junco 2

White-throated Sparrow 12

Song Sparrow 4

Eastern Towhee 1

Northern Cardinal 2

Red-winged Blackbird 200

Common Grackle 54

American Goldfinch 3

House Sparrow 1



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Subject: Young Red-shouldered Hawk feeding on Wood Frogs!
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 13:49 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hi,

This morning a young R-s Hawk perched on my feeder pole for about one hour as a variety of birds fed at the feeders (a quick visit to grab a seed) and on the ground, where two bold Gray Squirrels also got a bite to eat.

Shortly before leaving the feeding area, it must have seen a rodent as it flew to the ground and was poking around in the leaves for about a minute. Then it flew to the top of a covered-tray feeder where it surveyed the feeding area briefly before flying straight to my larger pond where at least 25 Wood Frogs had been very active yesterday. To my surprise, the hawk fished out a total of 3 frogs that had remained in the pond overnight instead of leaving in advance of cold weather. It was strange to see that big hawk standing on the underwater plants, using its feet to feel for frogs!

Sincerely,
Marlene


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Subject: Brewer's & Rusty Blackbirds, Peregrine Falcon & more (Augusta County)
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 17:15 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hi all,I headed out this afternoon to do some birding around Augusta County and it turned out to be a very productive afternoon.
My first stop was McCune's Pond (private property near Fishersville) where I had 38 Gadwall and 16 Northern Pintails. Next I stopped at the Fishersville Quarry where I had 8 GW Teal, 9 Redheads and 8 Coots. Along Guthrie Road I had 10 Horned Larks and a flock of 75 Common Grackles also containing 2 RW Blackbirds, 5 Cowbirds and 2 Rusty Blackbirds.
From Guthrie Rd I headed west towards Swoope traveling some back roads along the way. I didn't find anything of note until I got to Mish Barn Rd. At the first farm on the south side of Mish Barn Rd east of Glebe School Rd there are some feed lots for cattle. Here there was a mixed blackbird flock including 150 Starlings, 20 RW Blackbirds, 40 Cowbirds and the highlight of the day, 2 Brewer's Blackbirds (a male and female).
I finished out my outing up in Swoope with 37 species including highlights: 4 Wood Ducks (Hope Lake at the Boy Scout Camp), 10 Gadwall and 22 GW Teal (Smith Lake, private property), 1 adult Bald Eagle sitting on the nest, 1 Red-headed Woodpecker, an immature Peregrine Falcon along Trimbles Mill Rd, 15 Horned Larks, 1 Am. Tree Sparrow (continuing bird found by Marshall Faintich at Smith Lake, private property), 18 Field & 2 Savannah Sparrows and 55 Cowbirds.
Good Birding,Gabriel MapelNew Hope
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Subject: Algonkian Park - Rusty Blackbirds, Red Headed Woodpeckers
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 16:38 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Did a mostly drive though in wet weather today at
Algonkian Park and had two groups of Rusty Blackbirds,
one of ~ 20 birds mixed in with Robins along the
loop rd. behind Sport fields Complex.
Then a second group (~15 ) were along the entrance road in
wet wooded margins between road and golf course.
Also foraging low with Robins, Downy, Flickers, Juncos,
GC Kinglets, Mallards, etc. All working the pools, leaves and high root spots.
The rather vocal Red-headed Woodpeckers, ( 3 adult) were just past the
entrance gate at the pullover on the left. They like this spot, breeding
here last few years.


David Young

Reston, Virginia

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Subject: Delayed observations S.E. owls et al Middleburg.
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 13:17 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hi all:

Sorry about the lateness of this account.

2/07 about 3: 30

Had about 8 S.E. owls floating in and above the swales of the field by St. Mary's County.

They seemed to like these low hills as a hiding flight before trying for a kill.

Some acoustical irritation for the owls from periodic firecracker noise far back in the opposite corn field.


Had a nice view of a red-tail mantling earlier on my trek up here.

And a kestrel mobbing another r.t.

Also had a r.s. hawk in beautiful light perched on a very irregular stump earlier.

A second r.t. hawk perched.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

2/10

Had only 2 s.e. owls at the same field this time around..

A bonus was 20 meadowlarks also landing in this field.

One or 2 would pop up at a time like one of those circus shooting galleries!

A owl appeared to make a grab for one.


Good birding all.

Naturalist-at-large.

Stuart Merrell



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Subject: Woodcock / Nelson Co.
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 13:08 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
This is a late post. BJ's son reported 5 Woodcocks on 2/14, near Piney
River. He had 2 on 2/15 that buzzed his head.



Jon & BJ Little

Winchester

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Subject: N. Saw-whet Owl (Shenandoah NP area, Augusta County)--still around?
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 12:50 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hi all,

I see that searches for this owl on January 24th and February 15th were
unsuccessful. Has anyone else tried for the bird? Any positive or negative
reports would be appreciated!

Thank you,
Bert Harris, Orlean, VA

On Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 8:38 PM, Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <
[email protected]> wrote:

> Hi all,Allen Larner and I headed up to Shenandoah National Park this
> evening to try for Northern Saw-whet Owls in areas where they've been heard
> during the previous two winters. Our first stop was at Beagle Gap (small
> parking lot on the east side of the road at Mile 99.5 along Skyline Drive,
> not to be confused with Beagle Gap Overlook just south of there). We were
> successful in locating a Saw-whet for the third consecutive winter at
> Beagle Gap. The bird gave the alarm call repeatedly in response to
> playback. We heard it from along the Appalachian Trail (northbound) where
> the trail enters the forest at the backside of the field on the east side
> of Skyline Drive. It was calling from within Augusta County, to the
> northwest of the trail. IMPORTANT NOTE for anyone that tries for this
> bird: playback is strictly prohibited within Shenandoah National Park. The
> boundary of the park runs through the field you'll walk to get to the
> forested edge where we heard this bird from. Once you are halfway through
> the field you are no longer on park property. If you choose to sparingly
> use playback like we did, please make sure you are more than halfway
> through the field from the parking lot to the forest edge!
> We also tried for N. Saw-whet Owls farther north in the park along the
> Appalachian Trail near Sawmill Run Overlook in Albemarle County but were
> unsuccessful. This location is well within the park and playback is
> strictly prohibited. Saw-whets have been heard in this location the
> previous two winters responding to non-electronic imitations (which are
> allowed within the park), however, we had no luck with that there tonight.
> On our drive out of the park we saw a Barred Owl in a tree roadside near
> Beagle Gap. If anyone has any questions about the Saw-whet please feel
> free to ask me. Good Birding,Gabriel MapelNew Hope
>
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Subject: February VABBA2 Update
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 11:43 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hi Folks,

After our winter hiatus, Atlas activities are beginning to pick up with
reports rolling in for early breeders like American Woodcock, Great-horned
Owl, and Red-tailed Hawk.

For those of you not plugged into Atlas social media pages, we wanted to
update you on some important recent Atlas articles.

First, for those of you interested in more detailed information on finding
and reporting American Woodcocks, check out our Atlas article: American
Woodcock, The Forest Species Few Have Seen


Second, we've had a lot of great posts recently about nocturnal surveying.
This is the NUMBER ONE factor currently preventing the completion of over
100 Atlas blocks in the state. We encourage folks to follow the example of
folks in the Northern VA birding community and invest some late
winter/early spring birding effort into nocturnal surveys. Two visits,
totaling at least 4 hours of survey time, can wrap up a block and allow us
to call it complete. Check out this article for more info on nocturnal
species and surveying: Atlasing After Dark: an introduction to nocturnal
surveys


If you still have questions about nocturnal surveys, please reach out to
myself or your local Atlas regional coordinator whose email can be found
here: http://amjv.org/index.php/vabb...

Also, remember that the Atlas eBird tools make it easy to figure out which
blocks do or do not have nocturnal survey time in your area. Simply go to
our eBird portal at https://ebird.org/atlasva, then click the *Explore *button
at top of screen. Next, click '*Explore a Region*', enter your county of
interest, and select '*Blocks*' tab on the county summary page. Bingo!
Handy list of all blocks in the county, including the nocturnal survey
hours.

We will be pushing out more detailed block completion info to the Atlas
community in March, along with more information on what blocks to focus on
for 2018.

This year is the midpoint for the Atlas project and we're excited to get
rolling. Stay tuned for information about spring training sessions, rally
weekends, and new Atlas tools for 2018.

Happy Birding,

Ashley Peele, PhD
Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator
Conservation Management Institute - Virginia Tech
Office: 540-231-9182
Fax: 540-231-7019
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Subject: bluebird aggression behavior
Date: Thu Feb 15 2018 20:46 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Today I saw some amazing behavior between bluebirds.  I was birding at Rock Hill District Park in Fairfax County, where I help monitor a trail of nest boxes.

Today was the first day I've seen more than 2 bluebirds there this season. There were 4-5 together in a big tree near the soccer field. They were singing from the moment I got out of the car.

5-10 minutes later they were re-perched in another part of the tree, with one or more still singing. I saw a fracas and it was two male bluebirds, fighting. They broke it off for a moment, and I could see that one of them had its wing tangled in a branch.

Then they went at it again, bird-on-bird violence which I have never seen before, at least among non-predatory birds. The two of them continued fighting and began to tumble downward, fluttering and fighting. After a few feet plunge, one of them broke off and perched nearby. The other male, apparently the loser, continued fluttering straight down all the way to the ground. It was not a glide flight like bluebirds usually employ to go to the ground.

I walked around to get a closer look, but the "loser" was not there on the ground. He must have managed to fly off.

Confirming that spring is right around the corner, tonight there was a bat flying in our neighborhood. This is pretty early for them, but consistent with 77 deg F temperatures during the afternoon.

Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia

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Subject: Bells Lane Staunton & Shenandoah Nat . Parkway
Date: Thu Feb 15 2018 20:08 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Hello all

this evening I lead a field trip to Bells lane for the Short - eared Owl's . Around 5 : 45 we had a total of 11 Owls in the air . After this we drove up to the Shenandoah National park up to the parking area at Beagle's Gap Mile marker 95.5 . Here we tried for the Northern Saw - whet owl but dipped out on that & Barred owls . We did get about 4 to 5 American Woodcocks displaying .

Allen Larner
Staunton
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Subject: Good day at Riverbend Park, Fairfax County
Date: Thu Feb 15 2018 15:49 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Greetings,

We spent part of this morning and afternoon at Riverbend Park. This is a Fairfax County Park that borders the Potomac River.

While numbers weren™t high, there were ducks and Canada Geese upriver (Potomac River) from the Visitor Center to the point where you can view the Eagle nest.

We did not see the Eagles this morning. This afternoon, I (Jay) saw both of them. One was in the nest and the other one was on a rock up river from the nest. After awhile, the one in the nest flew to the rock (I was looking elsewhere when the one on the rock flew away). The big surprise was Eagle number one had left a fairly good size fish on the rock that Eagle number two proceeded to eat! When I told a park employee this he said they regularly find fish remains on rocks in the river.

The reason for going back this afternoon was to try and re-find the Red-breasted Merganser pair we were certain we saw this morning. They kept ahead of us while floating with the fast moving current, and we could not get close enough for a photo. They matched the field guide to a T. I did not re-find them this afternoon. Here™s our list:

Canada Geese”scattered along the river.
Mallard”5
Ring-necked Duck”50 plus, males, and one female
Bufflehead”60 plus
Common Merganser”25 plus, they were along the far side of the river

Red-breasted Merganser”2 we had hoped to get a photo, but did not
American Bald Eagle”2
American Crow”12, half-heartedly harassing one of the Eagles

Since this was a visit looking for waterfowl, we did not keep track of any other bird sightings. The wooded area was very quiet.

Good birding to all,

Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon, VA (Fairfax County)

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Subject: Ross’ Geese at Silver Lake - Dayton, Rockingham Co.
Date: Thu Feb 15 2018 13:06 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
3 Ross™ Geese flew into Siver Lake around 1:00 this afternoon. The White-winged Scoter was present this morning but appears to be absent this afternoon. The female Long-tailed Duck is still here Also present at Coots, Redheads, Bufflehead, Lesser Scaup, Mallards, Canada Geese.

Dave Boltz

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Subject: Fw: Re: Birding Augusta County
Date: Thu Feb 15 2018 9:53 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
No it is in Augusta County near Staunton If traveling on Interstate


> I 81 to exit 222 Staunton Rt 250 exit
> Take 250 east to the stop light where the Home Town
> Grill & McDonald's is - at light turn left
> onto Sangers Lane to top of hill at Y stay right this is
> Sangers Lane follow for about 3 miles & once at the
> bridge the road turns into a dirt road --take it to top of
> hill & a sharp bend in road . here find a place to pull
> off in this bend & look north over the corn field into
> the tree line , you will see the nests in the trees .
>
> Allen
> --------------------------------------------

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Subject: Horned Grebe at Lake Shenandoah, Harrisonburg
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 15:57 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Just saw Horned Grebe at Lake Shenandoah in Harrisonburg. Moved from back corner dam area to closer to the dock/area you can walk out on.
Also 5 Pintails and perhaps saw a Merlin on Port Republic Road close to Goods Mill Road going out of town.
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Subject: eBird -- US-VA-Fairfax Station-Burke Lake Park - 38.7630x-77.3057 -- Feb 14, 2018
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 11:31 am
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Eight people participated in a bird walk at Burke Lake sponsored by the Northern Virginia Bird Club this morning.  We saw a 32 species.  The highlights were the sighting from the marina floating dock of a very large flock of common mergansers and a close look at a single horned grebe.

US-VA-Fairfax Station-Burke Lake Park - 38.7630x-77.3057
Feb 14, 2018
8:32 AM
Traveling
2.61 miles
144 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.6.5 Build 36

300 Canada Goose
2 Mallard
4 Bufflehead
3 Hooded Merganser
100 Common Merganser
1 Horned Grebe
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Black Vulture
1 Turkey Vulture
3 Bald Eagle
3 Red-tailed Hawk
200 Ring-billed Gull
3 Mourning Dove
6 Red-bellied Woodpecker
4 Downy Woodpecker
1 Pileated Woodpecker
10 Blue Jay
10 American Crow
10 Fish Crow
4 Carolina Chickadee
7 Tufted Titmouse
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Brown Creeper
4 Carolina Wren
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
11 Eastern Bluebird
1 Hermit Thrush
12 American Robin
1 Northern Mockingbird
5 Northern Cardinal
1 Red-winged Blackbird
6 Common Grackle

Number of Taxa: 32


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Subject: Birding Augusta County
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 10:31 am
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Hello all

Did a little birding this morning in & around Augusta County , coming up mostly empty handed . The only high lights I found were the continuing Trumpeter Swan at the Ivy St. Ponds in Waynesboro . While in Waynesboro I stopped by the man made ponds on Randolph St & here I had about 70+ Canada's , Mallard , American Wigeon , Red Head , & a couple of Killdeer . On my way home I stopped by the Sanger's Lane great Blue Heron Rookery & there were Herons standing on the 9 nests . This makes it the earliest that the nest have been occupied .

Allen Larner
Staunton
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Subject: American Tree Sparrow
Date: Tue Feb 13 2018 18:43 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
In Swoope, VA; 2/13/18. Report and photos:




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Subject: RB Gulls, Redhead Ducks / Loudoun Co
Date: Tue Feb 13 2018 18:02 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
We came across 12 Redheads today at a pond near the end of Spinks Ferry Rd.
They were with a large flock of Canada Geese. Later, we found a flock of
180+ Ring-billed Gulls at the large pond east of Hillsboro.



Jon & BJ Little

Winchester

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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Date: Tue Feb 13 2018 17:31 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Once again, gentle readers, we use apologize for the delay in submitting this weeks Huntley Meadows report. Simply lazy reporting. We tallied 35 species by 19 birders It was a cold rainy day on the Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk Our highlights included the full range of winter woodpeckers, our growing waterfowl population, and a growing collection of very vocal Red-winged Blackbirds. Our time change over is drawing near. We are not completely sure of the date yet (sort of weather dependent) but it will probably be in early March. Stay tuned.


Canada Goose 13
Northern Shoveler 6
Gadwall 5
Mallard 29
Northern Pintail 8
Hooded Merganser 7
Great Blue Heron 3
Turkey Vulture 3
Bald Eagle 1
Ring-billed Gull 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 6
Hairy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 4
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 3
Fish Crow 2
crow sp. 32
Carolina Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Carolina Wren 6
Eastern Bluebird 3
American Robin 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
White-throated Sparrow 20
Song Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 8
Red-winged Blackbird 20
House Finch 4
Acanthis/Spinus sp. 4


The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at HuntleyMeadows since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 8AM (7AM fromMarch 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
Nancy VehrsFriends of Huntley Meadows Park



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Subject: White Wing Scoter & LT Duck Silver Lake Harrisonburg
Date: Tue Feb 13 2018 16:03 pm
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Thanks Diane Holsinger... white winged scoter Long tailed duck northern shoveler bufflehead scaup at Silver Lake just outside Harrisonburg- Dayton.
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Subject: Great Falls NP Bird Walk 02/11/2018 (Fairfax County)
Date: Tue Feb 13 2018 14:18 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified 25 species and included 4 participants. The temperature during the walk held at a steady 44 degrees as bands of heavy rain moved through the region, and visibility was limited. Although the river above the falls was running high and swift, some male Buffleheads were hard at work trying to attract the attention of the females.



The walk meets at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, rain or shine, in front of the snack bar/concession stand of the Great Falls Park visitors' center; it does not take place, though, during electrical storms, heavy snows, or when the trails are icy. All birders are welcome!

Canada Goose 20


Mallard 2
Ring-necked Duck 20
Bufflehead 20
Common Merganser 5
Great Blue Heron 1
Mourning Dove 3
Eastern Screech-Owl 1 Undisclosed location.
Barred Owl 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 4
Carolina Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 13
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 9
Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
American Robin 20 In a flock.
Dark-eyed Junco 10
White-throated Sparrow 7
Song Sparrow 4
Swamp Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 6

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Subject: Trumpeter Swans - Turner Pond, Sky Meadows State Park, Virginia, Feb 13, 2018
Date: Tue Feb 13 2018 13:05 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
There were three Trumpeter Swans at Turner Pond at Sky Meadows State Park
today. See ebird report with photos below.

Turner Pond, Sky Meadows State Park, Virginia, Fauquier, Virginia, US
Feb 13, 2018 12:00 PM - 12:15 PM
Protocol: Stationary
1 species

Trumpeter Swan 3 3 Trumpeter Swans, one with a neck band #Z656, on
Turner Pond today at noon. We had seen one of the swans earlier at a
different location in the park.

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Linda Millington
Upperville VA
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Subject: eBird Trip Summary -- Today
Date: Mon Feb 12 2018 18:51 pm
From: va-bird AT listserve.com
 
Greetings all.

After counting the birds at my feeders this morning, I decided to go to Staunton River Battlefield SP and look for ducks in the flooded field along the trail to Randolph.

First I stopped at the cooling pond at the Clover Power plant and found two male Common Mergansers and a Ruddy.

I next drove to Staunton River Battlefield State Park, I wanted to walk down the trail to Randolph but as I reached the park it stated raining heavy so I decided to go to the observatory platform behind the Visitor Center and there at least I would be under cover. Only saw 2 Mallards and a few song birds and a Beaver.

As the rain let up I returned to the parking area at the bridge to hike to Randolph but just as I got into Charlotte Co the rain started coming down again and I retreated to the car to wait it out.

After about a 20 minute wait the rain had let up enough to give it another shot.

The fields were flooded some but not like Christmas Day 2016 when I found 9 species of ducks swimming about.

This time the Mallards that I had seen for the first attempt was gone but I did see an Adult B Eagle, 4 Harriers and heard the two resident RS Hawks.

I had a flock of at least 20 Bluebirds feeding along a creek. Saw two flicks of CW Wings and had only three species of Sparrows.

The best bird of the day besides the C Mergansers was hearing a GH Owl calling in the middle of the day which I don™t think I have ever had before. Usually hear Barred Owls here up close but no today.

The one Snipe I had was one that took flight to get away from a Harrier.

When I left the house I had turned down the thermostat because it was 60 outside but as the day wore on it became colder.

Even with the rain it was a great day to be out.

Complete list follows.

jeffblalock
eBird Checklist Summary for: Feb 12, 2018

Number of Checklists: 8
Number of Taxa: 48

Checklists included in this summary:
(1): 103 Elizabeth Court, South Boston, VA
Date: Feb 12, 2018 at 7:00 AM
(2): 103 Elizabeth Court, South Boston, VA
Date: Feb 12, 2018 at 3:40 PM
(3): Clover Power Plant Cooling Pond & Entrance Rd
Date: Feb 12, 2018 at 9:35 AM
(4): Paul C. Edmunds, Jr. Memorial Park
Date: Feb 12, 2018 at 3:25 PM
(5): Staunton River Battlefield State Park (Halifax Co.)
Date: Feb 12, 2018 at 10:30 AM
(6): Staunton River Battlefield State Park (Halifax Co.)
Date: Feb 12, 2018 at 2:50 PM
(7): Staunton River Battlefield SP - Trail - Bridge to Randolph
Date: Feb 12, 2018 at 11:20 AM
(8): Staunton River Battlefield SP - Trail - Bridge to Randolph
Date: Feb 12, 2018 at 11:50 AM

28 Canada Goose -- (4),(5),(8)
2 Wood Duck -- (8)
6 Mallard -- (5),(7)
1 Greater Scaup -- (4)
2 Common Merganser -- (3)
1 Ruddy Duck -- (3)
4 Turkey Vulture -- (5),(8)
5 Northern Harrier -- (7),(8)
1 Bald Eagle -- (8)
4 Red-shouldered Hawk -- (5),(7),(8)
2 Killdeer -- (4)
1 Wilson's Snipe -- (8)
250 Ring-billed Gull -- (8)
3 Mourning Dove -- (1)
1 Great Horned Owl -- (8)
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker -- (1),(8)
2 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker -- (8)
2 Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) -- (1),(2)
1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) -- (5)
1 Pileated Woodpecker -- (8)
1 Eastern Phoebe -- (8)
4 Blue Jay -- (1),(8)
17 American Crow -- (1),(5),(7),(8)
3 Carolina Chickadee -- (1),(8)
2 Tufted Titmouse -- (5)
2 White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) -- (1)
1 Brown-headed Nuthatch -- (1)
2 Brown Creeper -- (8)
9 Carolina Wren -- (1),(2),(5),(8)
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet -- (8)
3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet -- (1),(8)
26 Eastern Bluebird -- (1),(3),(5),(8)
2 Hermit Thrush -- (8)
4 American Robin -- (1)
1 Brown Thrasher -- (8)
5 European Starling -- (3)
40 Cedar Waxwing -- (8)
3 Pine Warbler -- (1),(2),(8)
25 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) -- (1),(2),(5),(8)
9 Field Sparrow -- (6),(8)
26 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) -- (1),(3),(8)
105 White-throated Sparrow -- (1),(2),(5),(6),(8)
23 Song Sparrow -- (1),(5),(8)
22 Northern Cardinal -- (1),(2),(5),(8)
1 Eastern Meadowlark -- (7)
4 Eastern Meadowlark (Eastern) -- (8)
22 House Finch -- (1),(2)
1 Pine Siskin -- (2)

This trip summary was created using the eBird app for iPhone and iPad.
See eBird for more information.


From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
103 Elizabeth Court
South Boston VA 24592
434-572-8619 Home
434-470-4352 Cell
[email protected]

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