Date: 8/29/17 12:25 pm From: Joe Coleman via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] FW: DC Area, 8/29/2017
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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, August 22 and was
completed on Tuesday, August 29 at noon.
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 WOOD STORK* in VA, ROSEATE SPOONBILL* in VA,
PARASITIC JAEGER* in VA, and SWALLOW-TAILED KITE* in VA.
Other birds of interest this week included waterfowl, NORTHERN BOBWHITE,
COMMON NIGHTHAWK, SANDHILL CRANE, shorebirds, gulls, terns, wading birds,
WHITE and GLOSSY IBIS, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, MISSISSIPPI KITE, flycatchers,
warblers and DICKCISSEL.
A young WOOD STORK* continued to be seen at the stakeout place along
Pleasant Ridge Rd, Virginia Beach, VA with the most recent sighting from the
26th; please view only from the road.
A ROSEATE SPOONBILL* was found on Aug 24 at Pleasure House Point Natural
Area, Virginia Beach, VA and seen again on the 25th.
A possible and highly unlikely, but well-described, PARASITIC JAEGER* was
seen Aug 28 in flight and on the water at the Staunton River SP, Halifax Co,
The SWALLOW-TAILED KITE* that was first seen last week along Bull Run PO Rd,
a ½ mile south of Braddock Rd, in Loudoun Co, VA was seen again on Aug 23
OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST
The two continuing TUNDRA SWANS were seen as recently as Aug 28 at Hurlock
WWTP, Dorchester Co, MD.
One of the BLACK SCOTERS that has been at North Beach Marsh, Calvert Co, MD
was seen as Aug 27. The RED-BREASTED MERGANSER at Knapp's Narrows Marina,
Talbot Co, MD was seen as recently as Aug 24.
A NORTHERN BOBWHITE continues to be heard along Egypt Road, Dorchester Co,
MD with the most recent observation on Aug 23.
COMMON NIGHTHAWKS popped up at many locations this past week. Some of the
better places to find them were the Air Force Memorial in Arlington Co, VA
and the intersection of Wisconsin Ave and East-West Hwy, Bethesda,
Montgomery Co, MD.
A SANDHILL CRANE, "unexpected and startling," was first heard and then seen
Aug 28 at the Staunton River SP, Halifax Co, VA.
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were seen throughout the week at Aldino Airpark,
Harford Co, MD; while only one was most frequently reported, there were as
many as 11 on Aug 25. An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was at Poplar Island on Aug
23. One was also seen Aug 26 and 27 at Staunton River State Park, Halifax
Co, VA. Two AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS and an UPLAND SANDPIPER were among the
shorebirds at the Royal Sod farm on ME331 between Hurlock and Rhodesdale,
Dorchester Co, MD on Aug 25. An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER turned up on Aug 28
at the Hughes Rd polo fields near Poolesville, Montgomery Co, MD.
Three MARBLED GODWITS, six BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, a WILSON'S PHALAROPE, and
four RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were seen Aug 24 at Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD;
a MARBLED GODWIT, three RED KNOTS, a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, two BUFF-BREASTED
SANDPIPERS, three WILSON'S PHALAROPES, and five RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were
seen there Aug 23. A MARBLED GODWIT was seen Aug 26 in a field along
LaGrange Ln (private property - please only view from the road). A MARBLED
GODWIT, a RUDDY TURNSTONE, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS (4 on the 24th), and a
WILSON'S PHALAROPE were seen throughout the week at the Staunton River State
Park, Halifax Co, VA and at the nearby Staunton View Public Use Area,
Mecklenburg Co, VA. The UPLAND SANDPIPER at Pretlow Industrial Park fields,
Franklin City, VA was seen again as recently as Aug 26. A STILT SANDPIPER
was seen and photographed on Aug 27 at the Nazarene Church Rd Wetlands,
Rockingham Co, VA. A STILT SANDPIPER and a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER were also
reported at a private pond along Oakwood Dr, Rockingham Co, VA during the
past week. A STILT SANDPIPER was seen at Blue Mash, Montgomery Co, MD on Aug
24 and 25. The STILT SANDPIPER along Log Cabin Road, Salisbury, Wicomico Co,
MD was seen again Aug 27; a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER and a WILSON'S PHALAROPE were
also seen there on Aug 27. A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was found Aug 25 next to a
pond at Friendly Farm Restaurant, Baltimore Co, MD and seen again the 26th
and 27th; if you bird this area please only park in public lots. A BAIRD'S
SANDPIPER was seen at the Swan Creek Wetland/Cox Creek DMCF, Anne Arundel
Co, MD on Aug 25. A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was also seen at the Roanoke Sewage
Treatment Plant, Roanoke, VA on Aug 25 and 27. A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was seen
Aug 27 along Sandhill Rd, Northampton Co, A. A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was
seen along Sand Hill Rd, Northampton Co, VA the 23rd through the 26th. Two
WILSON'S PHALAROPES were seen at the Hogan Creek WMA, Charlotte, VA on Aug
28. One, and sometimes two, WILSON'S PHALAROPES were seen at the Swan Creek
Wetland/Cox Creek DMCF (restricted access), Anne Arundel Co, MD on Aug 23,
24, 25, 26, and 28. WILSON'S PHALAROPES were seen throughout the week at
Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE.
A BONAPARTE'S GULL was again seen at Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek
(restricted access) in Anne Arundel Co, MD throughout the week. A LAUGHING
GULL, which may be a Halifax County-first, was found Aug 24 at the Staunton
River State Park, VA, and again on the 28th.
A GULL-BILLED TERN continued at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE with sightings
through the 27th. BLACK TERNS were seen at several locations in the
reporting area including 17 on the 23rd flying over and landing on the grass
mats directly off the point at Perryville, Cecil Co, MD. A SANDWICH TERN was
seen Aug 25 at Grant Dr, Fenwick Island, Sussex Co, DE.
TRICOLORED HERONS continued to be seen at a number of inland locations.
Between one and three inland WHITE IBIS continued to be seen throughout the
week at and near the Staunton View Public Use Area, Mecklenburg Co, VA. A
GLOSSY IBIS was seen at the landfill pond, Blue Mash, Montgomery Co, MD
throughout the week.
As many as three MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen at 5624 Dumfries Rd, Fauquier
Co, VA throughout the week. Other sightings occurred in the same area along
Lee Hwy, Warrenton, VA on Aug 23 and at 7442 Mount Sterling Farm Rd,
Warrenton, VA on Aug. 28. Another was seen at 3412 Holland Rd, Suffolk Co,
VA on Nov 26.
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS and YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS turned up at a number
of locations throughout the region with both at Cromwell Valley Park,
Baltimore Co, MD on Aug 26.
Warbler migration increased considerably this past week. Highlights included
a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER at Big Water Farm (private), Queen Anne's Co, MD on
Aug 28; a BREWSTER'S WARBLER on Aug 25 along North Tara Rd, Dorchester Co,
MD; a CONNECTICUT WARBLER and three MOURNING WARBLERS at Cromwell Valley
Park, Baltimore Co, MD on Aug 24, a CONNECTICUT there on Aug 25, and a
MOURNING there on the 26th; another CONNECTICUT WARBLER at Governor Bridge
Natural area, Prince George's Co, MD on Aug 25; a MOURNING WARBLER at Big
Water Farm (private), Queen Anne's Co, MD on Aug 22; a MOURNING WARBLER at
Foreman's Branch Bird Observatory, Chino Farms,, Queen Anne's Co, MD on Aug
23; and a MOURNING WARBLER at Terrapin Nature Park, Queen Anne's Co, MD on
DICKCISSELS continue in the Underwood Road area in Howard Co, MD, with a
high of 12 on Aug 28. Three continuing DICKCISSELS were seen 26 in the HQ
area of Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE.
This week's report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list
servers and eBird records.
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