Date: 6/23/17 7:57 am
From: Carol Evans via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] va-bird Digest, Vol 122, Issue 24
"Well, I must say that this was a good birding trip!"
~Marshall Faintich

No kidding! Thank you for sharing those wonderful photos. It is now
cemented in my mind what a mourning warbler looks like.

The scruffy first-year redstart looks like he was dragged in off the street
somewhere! Which brings up a question: what exactly is "first year?" (vs
"juvenile" vs "fledgling") Actually, I think the photo plus your phrase
"first summer" answers my question about this one, but my question about how
"first year" is used remains.

Carol Evans

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Today's Topics:

1. Mid-Summer VABBA2 Updates (Ashley Peele)
2. AUTO: Jim Bernat is out of the office (returning 06/28/2017)
3. Dickcissels, Bobolinks / Clarke Co. (Jon Little)
4. Mississippi Kite in Arlington, VA - 6/21/2017
5. Mourning Warblers! (Marshall Faintich)


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Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:09:51 -0400
From: Ashley Peele <ashpeele...>
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Subject: [Va-bird] Mid-Summer VABBA2 Updates
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Hi VA Birders,

Hope this finds you all enjoying the summer solstice, as well as some
beautiful summer days in the field.? Many of us at the Atlas project are
spending lots of our time in the field, rather than on our computers!? We
wanted to catch up on sharing some exciting milestones and updates from the
project over the past week or so...?

First, the Atlas project has now received over 32,000 checklists to the
Atlas eBird portal.? This equates to 18,000+ checklists submitted thus far
in 2017!? Our volunteers continue to generate excellent breeding data across
the state and we are so excited to see more data slowly coming in from rural
parts of the state.

Second, we wanted to recognize one of our top Atlas contributors and
hard-working Natural Heritage biologists, Ellison Orcutt.? He just blew past
the 100 confirmed breeding species mark, setting the current Atlas state
record at 102.? Ellison juggles his busy work schedule, atlasing, AND
serving as the region-5 coordinator for the Atlas project.? It makes you a
little tired just thinking about it all.? We appreciate him and his tireless
work on behalf of Virginia?s wildlife!

Third, a number of really interesting stories have been shared on the Atlas
Facebook group recently.? Many folks are now using this Atlas forum, where
we can more easily share photos with the group.? Thanks to all of you the
Atlas birders that have contributed.? Here are some interesting recent

Veronica and Chuck Ratliff shared a rare find, a fully albino Tree Swallow
who was fledged from a box near their home in SW VA.? Partial albinism and
leucism are not uncommon in wild birds, but documenting a fully albino
individual is rare.? We appreciate them sharing this really interesting
breeding evidence with the group!

Some additional exciting breeding confirmations shared to the group include
Prothonotary Warbler fledglings at Back Bay NWR (Rob Bielawski), Hooded
Mergansers w/ a chick in western VA (Logan Anderson), an Ovenbird nest in
Highland County (Paul and Hannah Glass), Grasshopper Sparrow fledgling near
Winchester (James Fox), and Loggerhead Shrike fledglings in SW VA (Ashley
Peele).? We appreciate all the folks contributing their exciting breeding
confirmations and photos to this group.? If you?d like to check it out for
yourself, visit

Lastly, please check out the latest Atlas project article on tricky breeding
codes, Part 3: The Confirmations.? This is the final installment addressing
several breeding codes in the ?confirmed? category, which are easy to

Atlas volunteers have been putting forth incredible effort for the Atlas
project in the first half of this summer.? Seeing what our growing community
has accomplished in just 1 (and a half) breeding seasons is inspiring.?
Thank you to these folks who are so tangibly demonstrating the efficacy and
value of citizen science.

Good summer birding,

Ashley Peele, PhD

Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator |


Conservation Management Institute, Virginia Tech

1900 Kraft Drive, Suite 250

Blacksburg, VA 24061

(540) 231-9182 office

(540) 231-7019 fax



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Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:12:36 -0400
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I am out of the office until 06/28/2017.

I will reply after I return.

Note: This is an automated response to your message "va-bird Digest, Vol
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Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:28:23 -0400
From: "Jon Little" <littlejon48...>
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Subject: [Va-bird] Dickcissels, Bobolinks / Clarke Co.
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I found 3 Dickcissels this AM in northern Clarke Co. Two calling males were
at Smithfield Farm, just off Wickliffe Rd. Smithfield Farm is a eBird Hot
Spot and open to the public. The owners are very involved with environmental
issues and encourage birders to use their property anytime. For anyone
interested, they also run a B&B in the old mansion house. Google their web
site to learn more, or check page 7 in the VA Birding & Wildlife Trail

>From the entrance gate, drive .15 miles north to find a Birding Trail
>map on
the fence. From that spot, the first DICK was singing from a small tree, NW
in the field. The second bird was north on the driveway a bit, and near the
road. Also, there were 3 male Bobolinks in the same field - one even perched
alongside the DICK for a good while. The 3rd bird was along Wickliffe Rd,
1.75 miles SW of Smithfield.

Jon Little



Message: 4
Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:59:05 -0400
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Subject: [Va-bird] Mississippi Kite in Arlington, VA - 6/21/2017
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1 Mississippi Kite seen at 18th Street and Taylor Street in Arlington VA on
June 21, 2017

Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA


Message: 5
Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:13:10 -0400
From: "Marshall Faintich" <marshall...>
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Subject: [Va-bird] Mourning Warblers!
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On Paddy Knob; 6/22/17. Report and photos:



Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

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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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