Date: 6/27/17 8:18 am From: Gerry Hawkins via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC Area - Resending due to formatting issues with initial distribution
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
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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, 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 Ornithologists' 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 WILSON'S 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, WILSON'S 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.
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 for 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 Anne's 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 Anne's Co, MD on June 22, 23 and 25; a single individual at Cabin Creek in Queen Anne's 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 Anne's Co, MD on June 23; four individuals at the mouth of the Wye River in Queen Anne's 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 Anne's 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 WILSON'S 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 WILSON'S 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 WILSON'S 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 Anne's 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 Anne's 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 Clarke's 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 George's 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 week's report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list servers, eBird records and various birding pages on Facebook.
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