Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist Date: 2/28/2017 Coverage: MD/DC/VA/DE/WV panhandle Reports, comments, questions: <voice...> Compiler: Joe Coleman Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States (independent of NAS) Transcriber: Steve Cordle
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This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, Feb 21, and was completed on Tuesday, Feb 28 at 11:00 a.m.
Information on noteworthy birds during this week is presented below in taxonomic order, as set forth in the American Ornithologists' Union Checklist for North and Middle American birds, as revised through the 57th Supplement (July 2016).
Top birds this week: PINK-FOOTED GOOSE* in DE, LE CONTE'S SPARROW* in MD, and WESTERN TANAGER * in VA.
Other birds of interest: waterfowl, NORTHERN BOBWHITE, grebes, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN AVOCET, shorebirds, DOVEKIE, RAZORBILL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, MANX SHEARWATER, GREAT CORMORANT, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, GREAT BLUE HERON, SHORT-EARED OWL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, SNOW BUNTING, warblers, sparrows, PAINTED BUNTING, and blackbirds.
A PINK-FOOTED GOOSE* was seen and photographed on Feb 24 near Milford, Sussex Co, DE; it was relocated on Feb 26 and 27 at the corner of Cods and Fowler Beach Rd.
A LE CONTE'S SPARROW* was found at Swan Harbor Farm Park, Harford Co, MD, near the duck blind on Feb 22 and was seen again on the 23rd and 25th.
The WESTERN TANAGER at Settler's Mill, James City, VA was seen again on Feb 22. The one in Virginia Beach was seen Feb 25 and 26.
OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST
An inland GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen and photographed on Feb 21 at Kershner's Pond, Frederick Co, MD; another was at Belvoir Pond, Fauquier Co, VA on Feb 27. Nine SNOW GEESE flew over North Cleveland Park, NW DC, on Feb 24. The continuing TRUMPETER SWAN at Lake Churchill in Germantown, Montgomery Co, MD, was seen as recently as Feb 25. Six TRUMPETER SWANS were seen Feb 22 at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Anne Arundel Co MD. One of the four TRUMPETER SWANS which were at Gold Mine Marsh, Louisa Co, VA last week, was seen as recently as Feb 25.
The continuing EURASIAN WIGEON was seen as recently as Feb 23 at Loch Raven Reservoir, Baltimore Co, MD. A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen Feb 25 at Grandview Nature Preserve, Hampton, VA. The COMMON EIDER which has been seen at Point Lookout SP, Saint Mary's Co, MD, was there on Feb 26.
Two NORTHERN BOBWHITES were seen Feb 25 at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, Loudoun Co, VA.
A RED-NECKED GREBE continued to be seen at Loch Raven Reservoir, Baltimore Co, MD throughout the week. A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen Feb 26 at the Ocean City Inlet, Worcester Co, MD. The most recent sighting of the EARED GREBE at Black Walnut Point, Talbot Co, MD was on Feb 27. The continuing EARED GREBE at Buckroe Beach, Hampton, VA was last reported on Feb 22.
The RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in the Wildwood Neighborhood, Saint Mary's Co, MD was most recently reported on Feb 25.
Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen Feb 24 along Spinks Ferry Rd, Lucketts, Loudoun Co, VA. The two SANDHILL CRANES at Green Springs NHLD, Louisa Co, VA were reported as recently as Feb 25.
On Feb 25 two AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at the Blackwater NWR, Dorchester Co, MD. Fifty-eight AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen Feb 23 at Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA.
A PURPLE SANDPIPER was among the shorebirds at Grandview Nature Preserve, Hampton, VA on Feb 26. Seven early LEAST SANDPIPERS were seen Feb 23 at the Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA. Two early PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen Feb 26 on private property near Leedstown, Westmoreland Co, VA. Displaying AMERICAN WOODCOCKS were observed at several locations this past week.
Two DOVEKIES were seen from Rudee Inlet, at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA on Feb 23. The next day two were seen from Fort Story, Virginia Beach and one from Little Island Park, also in Virginia Beach.
On Feb 22 four RAZORBILLS were seen at Rudee Inlet and two at Fort Story. Eight RAZORBILLS were observed at Fort Monroe, Hampton, VA on Feb 22 with three there the 25th, one on Feb 26 and two on the 27th. Three RAZORBILLS were at Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co, DE on Feb 22; as many as five were seen there the rest of the week.
A BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen Feb 22 at Wolfe Neck Water Treatment Plant, Lewes, DE; another was seen at Delaware Seashore SP, Rehoboth Beach, on Feb. 27. One was at Swan Cove, Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on Feb 26. A GLAUCOUS GULL was at the CBBT, Thimble Island, Virginia Beach, VA on Feb 22.
A MANX SHEARWATER was seen Feb 21 from Rudee Inlet, Virginia Beach, VA.
Ten GREAT CORMORANTS were seen Feb 21 at Bloody Point Bar Lighthouse, Queen Anne's Co, MD.
A dozen AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were at Hog Island WMA, Surry Co, VA on Feb 22 with 24 there the day before of which 18 crossed over to College Creek, James City Co, VA. An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen Feb 27 at Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, MD.
During the regular weekly walk at the Great Falls Park, Fairfax Co, VA on Feb 26 about 80 GREAT BLUE HERONS rose up out of the trees and circled overhead for five minutes before settling back on Conn Island.
A SHORT-EARED OWL was still being seen in the fields along Konterra Drive in Prince George's Co, MD, with the latest sighting on Feb 21; permission from the owner is required before gaining access to this property.
A Loggerhead Shrike was seen Feb 23 on Smith Farm in Lunenburg Co, VA. The NORTHERN SHRIKE continued at Sully Woodlands in Fairfax Co, VA with the most recent sighting on Feb 27. The NORTHERN SHRIKE in the field next to the Prime Hook NWR (Sussex, DE) was last reported on Feb 21.
A BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE was seen Feb 23 at Mariner Point Park, Harford Co, MD; another was at Hydes Rd Park, Baltimore Co, MD on the 26th. Single BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES were found in western Albemarle Co, VA, one on the 25th, the other on the 26th.
Three BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES was seen at Southern Park, Charles Co, MD on Feb 26; two were seen there on the 27th.
A BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was seen Feb 24 at Hard Bargain Farm, Piscataway Park, Prince George's Co, MD.
Ten SNOW BUNTINGS were at Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA on Feb 23. Six SNOW BUNTINGS were at Grandview NP, Hampton, VA on Feb 24. Nineteen SNOW BUNTINGS were at Fort Monroe, Hampton, VA on Feb 20. The SNOW BUNTING at Point Lookout SP, Saint Mary's Co, MD, continues with the most recent sighting on Feb 26. Approximately 40 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen Feb 24 in the dunes at the north end of Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co, DE.
The ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at Masonville Cove, Baltimore Co, MD was seen as recently as Feb 22. One was also in a restricted area of the Swan Creek Wetlands/Cox Creek DMCF, Anne Arundel Co, MD on Feb 23. Another was also seen Feb 22 at the Georgia-Pacific Settling Ponds, Bedford Co, VA. The NASHVILLE WARBLER at Kingman Island South, NE DC, was seen again on Feb 22. The NASHVILLE WARBLER in Echo Lake Corner, Henrico Co, VA was seen again on Feb 23 and 26. A PALM WARBLER was seen at Swan Harbor Farm Park, Harford Co, MD, throughout the week.
The CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at Big Water Farm (private), Queen Anne's Co, MD, was seen as recently as Feb 28. The CLAY-COLORED SPARROW on Exeter Ct, James City Co, VA was seen throughout the week. The VESPER SPARROW at Swan Harbor Farm Park, Harford Co, MD was seen on Feb 25 and 26. The LINCOLN'S SPARROW at Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William Co, VA was seen on Feb 21, 24, and 26.
The PAINTED BUNTING at Cyprus Point, Virginia Beach, VA was seen Feb 21. Another PAINTED BUNTING was seen Feb 22 bathing and using feeders in a yard in Chesapeake, VA and continued throughout the week.
The YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD at the Delaware Wild Lands, Staveland Road, New Castle Co, DE was seen again on Feb 22. RUSTY BLACKBIRDS turned up at a number of locations throughout the area. As many as 13 BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were seen Breeze Farms, Virginia Beach, VA, throughout the week.
This report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list servers via the ABA Internet links, and on eBird records.
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