Date: 6/27/17 7:24 am
From: Gerry Hawkins via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC Area, Week Ending 6/26/17
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 6/27/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
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.AudubonNaturalist.org.

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, June 20 and was
completed on Tuesday, June 27 at 9:00 a.m.

Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order, as
set forth in the American Ornithologistsš Union Checklist for North and
Middle American birds, as revised through the 57th Supplement (July 2016).

The top birds this week were WESTERN GREBE* in VA, NEOTROPIC CORMORANT* in
MD, LITTLE EGRET* in DE, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE in VA and FORK-TAILED
FLYCATCHER* in VA.

Other birds of interest this week included TUNDRA SWAN, GADWALL, AMERICAN
WIGEON, NORTHERN SHOVELER, NORTHERN PINTAIL, CANVASBACK, RING-NECKED DUCK,
GREATER SCAUP, COMMON EIDER, SURF and BLACK SCOTERS, LONG-TAILED DUCK,
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK, COMMON GALLINULE, SANDHILL CRANE,
AMERICAN AVOCET, BLACK-BELLIED and WILSONšS PLOVERS, MARBLED GODWIT, DUNLIN,
WHITE-RUMPED and SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, LITTLE GULL,
GULL-BILLED and CASPIAN TERNS, RED-THROATED LOON, SOOTY and GREAT
SHEARWATERS, WILSONšS STORM-PETREL, ANHINGA, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, LEAST
BITTERN, TRICOLORED HERON, GLOSSY and WHITE-FACED IBIS, MISSISSIPPI KITE,
NORTHERN HARRIER, PURPLE FINCH, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, CERULEAN WARBLER,
DICKCISSEL and BOBOLINK.

TOP BIRDS


On June 25 an experienced observer reported a WESTERN GREBE* off Assawoman
Island in Accomack Co, VA. This unusual sighting appears to be the first
June record in Virginia of this rare winter visitor to the Virginia coastal
plain.

On June 25 a NEOTROPIC CORMORANT* was photographed on the south jetty at the
Chesapeake Bay Marina in Calvert Co, MD before it flew over the bay toward
Poplar Island late in the day.

A LITTLE EGRET* found at Raymond Pool, Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on June
8 was seen on June 22-26.

On June 24 a SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was photographed in flight near 4617
Blackwater Road in Virginia Beach, VA.

Birders from near and far enjoyed watching a continuing FORK-TAILED
FLYCATCHER* at Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach, VA all week. This bird is the
eighth record of this species in Virginia.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

A continuing TUNDRA SWAN along Green Dumpster Road in the Deal Island WMA,
Somerset Co, MD was most recently seen on June 23.

Waterfowl also included small numbers of many migratory duck species. These
included a single GADWALL spotted during the weekly survey at the Craney
Island Disposal Area (restricted access) in Portsmouth, VA on June 22 and
two GADWALLS, along with a NORTHERN PINTAIL and a NORTHERN SHOVELER, found
on Hart-Miller Island in Baltimore Co, MD on June 26. Sightings of dabbling
ducks also included an AMERICAN WIGEON at Masonville Cove in Baltimore Co,
MD on June 23 and 24.

Noteworthy diving ducks included a young male CANVASBACK off Kingman Island
in Washington, DC on June 25; an apparently injured RING-NECKED DUCK at Lake
Shenandoah in Rockingham Co, VA on June 20 and a continued pair of
RING-NECKED DUCKS at each of Culler Lake in Baker Park in Frederick Co, MD
through June 26 and the Monocacy National Battlefield in Frederick Co, MD on
June 24. A GREATER SCAUP was seen at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
(Horsehead) in Queen Annešs Co, MD on June 20. An apparently continuing
COMMON EIDER was seen at Metompkin Island, Accomack Co, VA on June 21. SURF
SCOTERS were seen at several locations, including a high of 17 individuals
at Big Water Farm (private) in Queen Annešs Co, MD on June 22, 23 and 25; a
single individual at Cabin Creek in Queen Annešs Co, MD on June 20; a high
of three individuals at Fort Story in Virginia Beach, VA on June 22 and 24;
and one individual at Chincoteague NWR in Accomack Co, VA on June 23. BLACK
SCOTERS also were observed at several locations, including three individuals
at Big Water Farm (private) in Queen Annešs Co, MD on June 23; four
individuals at the mouth of the Wye River in Queen Annešs Co, MD on June 26;
a single individual reported at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD on
June 20; and nine individuals at Fort Story in Virginia Beach, VA on June
24. Four LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen at Poplar Island in Talbot Co, MD on
June 22. A single BUFFLEHEAD was seen at Twin Pines in Talbot Co, MD on June
25. A single RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was at Big Water Farm (private) in Queen
Annešs Co, MD on June 20-23 and Bay Ridge in Anne Arundel Co, MD on June 22.
A continuing RUDDY DUCK was seen at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on June 22,
25 and 26.

A COMMON GALLINULE was encountered along Green Dumpster Road in Somerset Co,
MD on June 23, Piney Hill Road in Talbot Co, MD on June 26 and Hart-Miller
Island in Baltimore Co, MD on June 26.

On June 22 two birders reported a SANDHILL CRANE in low flight above
3795-3799 Indian River Road in Virginia Beach, VA.

Noteworthy sightings of shorebirds included a high of six AMERICAN AVOCETS
at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on June 20, 21 and 24-26, and one AMERICAN
AVOCET at the Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access) in Portsmouth,
VA on June 22. On June 21 four WILSONšS PLOVERS, including two chicks less
than five days old, were observed on Metompkin Island, Accomack Co, VA,
which is one of the few places in the reporting area that this species
breeds. Sightings of various other species of migratory shorebirds suggest
early departures from the breeding grounds. Sightings included a single
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER at the Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access)
in Portsmouth, VA and Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach, VA on June 22 and 23,
respectively. A single MARBLED GODWIT was seen at Back Bay NWR in Virginia
Beach, VA on June 23 and 24. A single DUNLIN was spotted at Bombay Hook NWR,
Kent Co, DE on June 20, 22, 25 and 26. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen at
several locations, including a single individual at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent
Co, DE on June 24; a single individual at Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach, VA
on June 23; and four individuals at the Craney Island Disposal Area
(restricted access) in Portsmouth, VA on June 22. A SPOTTED SANDPIPER was
spotted at several locations, including two individuals at Hart-Miller
Island in Baltimore Co, MD on June 26 and single individuals at Bombay Hook
NWR, Kent Co, DE on June 24, the Riley Road wetlands in Fauquier Co, VA on
June 24, Oyster, Northampton Co, VA on June 25 and Back Bay NWR, Virginia
Beach, VA on June 26. A reporting area high 13 LESSER YELLOWLEGS were
counted at the Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access) in
Portsmouth, VA on June 22.

A continuing LITTLE GULL was seen all week at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE.
Multiple GULL-BILLED TERNS were seen at several locations in the Virginia
coastal plain, the only place in the reporting area at which this species
regularly breeds, including a reporting area high 14 individuals at the
Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access) in Portsmouth on June 22;
two individuals at Fort Monroe in Hampton on June 21; and two individuals at
Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach on June 26. A single GULL-BILLED TERN was
seen as far north as the Ted Harvey WMA-Logan Land Tract Central in Kent Co,
DE on June 21 and Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on June 22. Sightings of
CASPIAN TERN included an individual that flew by Hains Point in Washington,
DC on June 24.

On June 22 a late RED-THROATED LOON was reported off Metompkin Island,
Accomack Co, VA.

During the week a single WILSONšS STORM-PETREL was observed in flight from
two locations in Virginia Beach, VA: the Atlantic Wildlife Heritage Museum
on June 21 and Fort Story on June 22. A birder also reported a WILSONšS
STORM-PETREL and a SOOTY SHEARWATER at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co,
MD on June 20. On June 24 a GREAT SHEARWATER was photographed in flight at
Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach, VA, and two GREAT SHEARWATERS were reported
at this location on June 26.

On June 20 a possibly continuing ANHINGA was reported in flight over the
Carson Wetland in Prince George Co, VA.

On June 25 a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT was seen from the Appalachian Trail
footbridge over the James River in Amherst Co, VA, which is a relatively
rare sighting of this species in the mountain/valleys region of Virginia,
especially outside of migration.

An area high six LEAST BITTERNS were encountered at Dyke Marsh WP in Fairfax
Co, VA on June 22. During the week 2-3 of the elusive LEAST BITTERN also
were encountered at Bear Swamp Pool in Bombay Hook, NWR, Kent Co, DE on June
22; Hughes Hollow in Montgomery Co, MD on June 22; Hart-Miller Island,
Baltimore Co, MD on June 26; the Port Tobacco Marina in Charles Co, MD on
June 23; Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary in Anne Arundel Co, MD on June 22 and
24; Gunpowder Marsh in Harford Co, MD on June 25; and Back Bay NWR in
Virginia Beach, VA on June 20.

A TRICOLORED HERON was found at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
(Horesehead), Queen Annešs Co, MD on June 20.

A WHITE-FACED IBIS found on June 13 along Green Dumpster Rd in the Deal
Island State WMA, Somerset Co, MD was most recently seen on June 23. A
continuing WHITE-FACED IBIS at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE was last seen on
June 22. Two and one GLOSSY IBIS were observed flying north over Big Water
Farm (private) in Queen Annešs Co, MD on June 26 and 23, respectively.

MISSISSIPPI KITES were observed at several locations in Virginia, including
three individuals over Huntsman Lake in Fairfax Co on June 21 and a pair
observed engaging in nesting behavior on June 25 at the same location in the
Waverly Hills neighborhood of Arlington Co as last year. Raptor highlights
also included a rare summer record of NORTHERN HARRIER in the Piedmont of
Virginia, a male seen just north of Paeonian Springs off Clarkešs Gap Road
in Loudoun Co on June 25.

A late male PURPLE FINCH continued to visit a feeder at Lake Linganore in
Frederick Co, MD through June 21.

A breeding stronghold of the CERULEAN WARBLER in the reporting area appears
to be along Taylor Creek in Heards, Albemarle Co, VA, where seven singing
males were counted on June 24.

A continuing late WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at a private yard in Hanover, Anne
Arundel Co, MD was last seen on June 25.

During the week there were many sightings of DICKCISSEL, a nomadic migrant
breeder in the reporting area. In Delaware five continuing individuals were
seen along Passwaters Farm Road in Sussex Co on June 21, 23-24 and 26, and
1-2 individuals were seen along the entrance road to Prime Hook NWR in
Sussex Co on June 21-26. Representative sightings of DICKCISSEL in Maryland
included an area high 13 individuals at the Oaks Landfill (private) in
Montgomery Co on June 21; a high of four individuals at Sands Road Park in
Anne Arundel Co all week; a high of five individuals in the Underwood Road
area in Howard Co on June 21, 24, 25 and 26; a high of five individuals at
Patuxent River Park-Aquasco Farm in Prince Georgešs Co on June 24 and 25;
and a single individual along Burnt Store Road in Charles Co on June 25.
Encounters with DICKCISSELS in Virginia included a high of five continuing
individuals along Colvin Lane in Prince William Co on June 20 and 25 and a
high of four continuing individuals at the Bristoe Station Battlefield in
Prince William Co on June 21, 23, 24 and 25.

Sightings of BOBOLINK included an area high 20 continuing individuals seen
and heard from parking area three along North Appleton Road at Fairhill NRMA
in Cecil Co, MD on June 26.

***

This weekšs 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/shop)is an
excellent source for guidebooks and many other nature-related titles.

To report bird sightings, e-mail your report to <voice...> 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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