Date: 9/12/17 4:41 am From: jcheryljoy--- via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] reminder of Dr. Mitchell Byrd's presentation on 9/20
Dr. Mitchell Byrd will be speaking on September 20, 2017 as the Williamsburg Bird Club celebrates its 40th anniversary. The meeting location has been moved to the Williamsburg Library at 515 Scotland St., Williamsburg, Virginia to assure ample space for all guests.
Many of you know or have heard of Dr. Byrd as he is Chancellor Professor of Biology Emeritus at William and Mary and Director Emeritus of the Center for Conservation Biology. He has received numerous honors and awards for his work with birds and conservation issues.
Dr. Byrd will talk about some of the changes in our avifauna that he has noted during his 70 years of working in the field, some of the projects and conservation issues he has been involved with, and what he sees for the future of birds. Please join us and I look forward to seeing you. Best Cheryl J. Jacobson, WBC Vice President, Programs
Sabines Gull was active this morning (1120) over the hydrilla mat between Dangerfield Island and the airport. Hard to ID at rest even with scope but unmistakeable when flying (and unforgettable?). Best viewing this morning was from the floating sailboat docks on the riverside of the restaurant.
Following is the tally from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified approximately 38 species.? One of the highlights of the walk involved several noted instances, both downstream and upstream, of what appeared to be large clouds of mist rising above the Potomac River. ?Upon closer observation, however, the clouds actually were immense swarms of flying insects, highlighted in the rays of the morning sun. The walk meets on Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m. in front of the snack bar/concession stand of the Great Falls Park visitors' center. ?All birders are welcome!
Canada Goose? 12 Mallard? 14 Double-crested Cormorant? 8 Great Blue Heron? 1 Black Vulture? 6 Turkey Vulture? 3 Bald Eagle? 1? ? Juvenile Mourning Dove? 4 Yellow-billed Cuckoo? 3 Chimney Swift? 5 Ruby-throated Hummingbird? 3 Belted Kingfisher? 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker? 2 Downy Woodpecker? 3 Hairy Woodpecker? 1 Pileated Woodpecker? 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee? 6 Eastern Phoebe? 1 Great Crested Flycatcher? 1 Yellow-throated Vireo? 1 Warbling Vireo? 3 Red-eyed Vireo? 6 Blue Jay? 5 American Crow? 1 Common Raven? 2? ? Riding the thermals. Carolina Chickadee? 5 Tufted Titmouse? 6 White-breasted Nuthatch? 5 Carolina Wren? 5 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher? 3 Gray Catbird? 1 Cedar Waxwing? 3? ? At least one juvenile. Common Yellowthroat? 1 Black-throated Blue Warbler? 1 Black-throated Green Warbler? 1 Scarlet Tanager? 1 Northern Cardinal? 4 American Goldfinch? 2
Message: 3 Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2017 15:12:36 -0400 From: Paul Glass <pag...> To: "Virginia Birds (E-mail)" <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] Staunton River Mudlfats Message-ID: <AA433C2E8795A64D862A4EAECEECD32901D25E20...> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"
Many of the shorebirds that have been present at the Staunton River Mudflats appear to have turned over with this change in the weather. Diversity was way down, but a huge group of 218 Lesser Yellowlegs moved in. According to the Gold Book, this blows away the previous high count of 66 for the Piedmont. The Glossy Ibis, 8 White Ibis, and immature Laughing Gull are all still hanging around. 3 Forster's Terns joined the continuing Caspian Terns. A nice group of 24 Blue-winged Teal joined the usual Canada Geese, Wood Ducks, and Mallards.
Land birds were scarce, but a Blue-winged Warbler was a good find for the area. The only other migrants were a Chestnut-sided Warbler, 2 Magnolia Warblers, and a flyover Bobolink.
This morning 5 members of the Augusta Bird Club had a field trip to the Greenway trail in Waynesboro . This is an easy trail which is paved & it runs from the Waynesboro YMCA for about a mile along the South River . The trail has mixed trees & shrubs with Wild Grape , Va. Creeper vines . We had a total of 38 species with most being year round birds . The high lights of todays walk are as follows as migrants .
Observation start time: 06:00:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Anna Stunkel
Observers: Joe Beatty
Weather: Moderate winds were generally from the northeast. Skies started out clear and became mostly cloudy in the late morning and afternoon. Temperatures remained nice and cool, in the sixties all day.
Raptor Observations: It was a good day for Osprey movement, and kestrels are finally starting to pick up. Ospreys were flying high, often in lines. The raptors are coming, folks! A Merlin was seen flying north with a songbird in tow (possibly a Yellow Warbler).
Non-raptor Observations: We had another great morning, and the forest edge was hopping with passerine activity. Sightings throughout the day included:
13 White Ibises 12 Northern Flickers 3 Dickcissels 1 Common Nighthawk 1 Field Sparrow 1 Red-throated Loon, spotted by Tracy Tate 1 Wilson's Warbler ======================================================================== Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>) Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at: www.cvwo.org
I'll be leading a Blue Ridge Young Birders Trip to Southern Albemarle in search of migrants and other birds. I'm wondering if any other birders would like to join in. It's on Saturday, September 23rd if interested.
We will look for warblers and any other interesting birds in this underbirded area of Southern Albemarle County. Who knows what will show up? Meet at the lower PVCC parking lot at 8:00am. RSVP if you'd like to join
Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 17:00:00 Total observation time: 10 hours
Official Counter: Vic Laubach
Observers: Allen Larner
Visitors: Louis Kauffman, Wade Hildreth, Shannon and Chris Updike, Linda Corwin, Coleman Ticer, Jennifer Jowdy, Marshall Faintich, Erin Johnson, Betty Mooney, Janet Paisley, Pat and John Lloyd, Nina Kaplan, Minot/Charlotte/Gillian Clements, Cole Burrell, Len and Ellen Smock, Peter Dutnell.
Weather: Another beautiful day with moderate NW winds throughout that shifted to NE after 3pm. Partly cloudy early becoming partly sunny after 2pm. Lots of clouds to help spot raptors! Temp. 9.2-21.3-18.3C. Clear visibility.
Raptor Observations: The morning highlight was an immature Mississippi Kite out to the west at 9:35am. It gave a long, nice study as it slowly flew due south with its typical buoyant flight and long, slender, pointed wings and hallmark bell-shaped tail. The afternoon highlight was the Broad-winged Hawk flight! Small groups (from 6-24) came through periodically, usually soaring fast high overhead with a few kettles. Then at 2:30pm Jennifer spotted a nice kettle of 67 directly overhead giving everyone super looks! Then an hour later Jennifer again spotted a kettle to the west, however this one was big and contained 177 birds!
Bald Eagles again came through in good numbers with 12 today (mostly singles): 9:20 1st-YR, 9:44 1st-YR, 10:00 adult, 10:15 two adults, 11:14 2nd-YR, 11:48 3rd-YR, 12:01 adult, 12:35 1st-YR, 1:16 2nd-YR, 2:17 adult, 3:11 3rd-YR.
Osprey numbers continue to be low.
Non-raptor Observations: A single Common Loon flying east fast over the ridge. 45 Monarchs. 3 Hot air balloons flying to the east early. 1 Great Blue Heron, 16 Hummingbird, 2 Red-headed Woodpecker, 9 Raven, 2 Barn Swallow, 1 House Wren, 57 Waxwing, 4 Cape May Warbler, 2 Black-throated Blue Warbler, 1 Scarlet Tanager. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>) Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org
Observation start time: 09:00:00 Observation end time: 17:30:00 Total observation time: 8.5 hours
Official Counter: Joan Boudreau and Bob Abrams
Observers: Wes Hetrick
Visitors: A great dog day with no less than 6 Pit Bulls, a Catahoula, a German Shepard, 5 Dachshunds, 1 Chihuahua, 6 Golden Doodles, a Black Lab, 2 Australian Cattle Dogs, a Sheltie, a brute of an English Bulldog named Zep and about 40 other mutts.
Humans included Wade Snyder, Harry McCoy and Joe Kelly.
Weather: Starting temp of 57 degrees F to about 65. The winds were variable all day with a WNW in the morning and periods of E in the afternoon. Cloud cover varied from 10% to about 80%.
Raptor Observations: Surprising number of Broad-winged Hawks for the date with the largest kettle having 200 birds and another with 111.
Non-raptor Observations: Several DC Cormorants, 2 Common Nighthawks, 6 RT Hummingbirds, 150 Cedar Waxwings, 10 Monarchs.
Predictions: Probably a good liftoff and who knows what else. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Joan and Bob (<icepeep...>)