Date: 9/5/17 5:31 pm From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...> Subject: [MDBirding] Birding the SAV on the Potomac in DC
B/c DC now has its own text-based Rare Bird Alert, rarities from the District are not posted as frequently on this listserv. I thought it might be a good idea to remind members that birding the subaquatic vegetation (SAV) from the Virginia side of the Potomac has been very good in the last week. The mat is not as thick as last year, and so it has not been as productive, however, just like last year the first week of September has seen a lot of activity on (and above) the mat.
The best-bird so far is DC's first SABINE'S GULL, a hatch-year found yesterday morning at Washington Sailing Marina by Paul Pisano. This bird remained through at least 6:30pm tonight, and appears that at least 50-60 e-birders have been to see it so far.
Other recent notables include a hy WILSON'S PHALAROPE found Sunday by Frank Hawkins off the powerplant just north of Tide Lock Park, which was present until dusk but not found subsequently. Yesterday Mark Rositol found 2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES on the SAV northeast of Gibbon Street in Alexandria, and these birds were still present late this afternoon.
In addition, a COMMON TERN was present at the Power Plant yesterday and today, while yesterday a few BLACK TERNS were seen over the SAV throughout much of the afternoon. Both Northern Shoveler and Blue-winged Teal have also been seen recently feeding in the mat.
The best time to visit the mat seems to be on the rising tide just after low tide. The light is much, much better in the afternoon. Key spots to check are from Gibbon Street or Jones Pt Park, the end of Orinoco Street, Tide Lock Park, and the Washington Sailing Marina.
Good birding to all!
-- Hugh McGuinness Washington, D.C.
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