Date: 10/10/17 8:53 am
From: Gerry Hawkins via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, week ending 10/9/17
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 10/10/2017
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
<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,
October 3 and was completed on Tuesday, October 10 at 8:00 a.m.

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 RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD* in MD and VA,
WOOD STORK* in VA and ROSEATE SPOONBILL* in VA.

Other birds of interest this week included TRUMPETER and TUNDRA SWANS,
NORTHERN SHOVELER, NORTHERN PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, REDHEAD,
RING-NECKED DUCK, LESSER SCAUP, BLACK SCOTER, NORTHERN BOBWHITE,
SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN AVOCET, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, AMERICAN
GOLDEN-PLOVER, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, SANDERLING, WHITE-RUMPED and WESTERN
SANDPIPERS, WILSON'S and RED PHALAROPES, PARASITIC JAEGER, BONAPARTE'S
GULL, AMERICAN WHITE and BROWN PELICANS, AMERICAN and LEAST BITTERNS,
SNOWY EGRET, LITTLE BLUE and TRICOLORED HERONS, WHITE IBIS, NORTHERN
GOSHAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, PEREGRINE FALCON, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE,
PHILADELPHIA VIREO, CLAY-COLORED, LARK, VESPER, GRASSHOPPER, NELSON'S
and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, BOBOLINK, PROTHONOTARY, CONNECTICUT and
CERULEAN WARBLERS, SUMMER TANAGER, and DICKCISSEL.

TOP BIRDS

A RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD* visited residential feeders along
Baildon Road in Talbot Co, MD on October 6 and 7 and along Wagon Trail
Road in Amherst Co, VA on October 7, 8 and 9. Better photographs or
preferably an examination by an experienced hummingbird bander are
needed to determine whether these individuals are RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRDS
or the very similar but less likely ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD.

On October 9 a WOOD STORK* was photographed along West Road in
Altavista, Campbell Co, VA.

On October 7 two young ROSEATE SPOONBILLS* stood out among the herons
and egrets in the middle of B south along the auto tour route at
Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

On October 8 two banded, resident TRUMPETER SWANS were seen near the
Airlie property at 6234 Blackwell Road in Fauquier Co, VA.

Two early TUNDRA SWANS were found at Hurlock WWTP in Dorchester Co, MD
on October 4.

Migratory dabbling ducks were conspicuous at many locations in the
reporting area, including Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek DMCF
(restricted access) in Anne Arundel Co, MD, which hosted almost 1,000
NORTHERN SHOVELERS and 1,300 GREEN-WINGED TEAL on October 3.
Noteworthy dabbling ducks also included a high of four NORTHERN
PINTAILS, a somewhat difficult bird to see in DC, in the Potomac River
(DC waters) at Tide Lock Park and nearby coves in Alexandria, VA on
October 8 and 9. Sightings of later-arriving migratory diving ducks
included a single REDHEAD at Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek DMCF in Anne
Arundel Co, MD on October 4 and at Havre de Grace in Harford Co, MD on
October 4, 6 and 8; a RING-NECKED DUCK at Fountain/Boat Lake in
Richmond, VA on October 9; a LESSER SCAUP at the Cheatham Annex in
York Co, VA on October 3; and a BLACK SCOTER at Poplar Island in
Talbot Co, MD on October 6.

NORTHERN BOBWHITES continue at the Chester River Field Research Center
(private) in Queen Anne's Co, MD, with a high of 12 individuals
encountered on October 4.

On October 8 a SANDHILL CRANE was seen again at Algonkian Nature
Preserve in Loudoun Co, VA.

High numbers of AMERICAN AVOCETS continued at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent
Co, DE and the Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access) in
Portsmouth, VA, with 225 and 248 individuals reported at these
respective locations on October 3 and 5, respectively. Shorebird
highlights at Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek DMCF (restricted access) in
Anne Arundel Co, MD during the week included two AMERICAN AVOCETS on
October 3-6 and one on October 9; a week-high 61 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS
on October 6; and a high of seven AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS on October
3-6 and 9. AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS also were found at several other
locations in the reporting area, including two continuing individuals
along the Blue Mash Nature Trail in Montgomery Co, MD on October 3;
one individual at Poplar Island in Talbot Co, MD on October 6; two
individuals at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on October 3; a high
of three individuals near a pond along Oakwood Drive in Rockingham Co,
VA on October 3, 7 and 8; and a single individual at the Craney Island
Disposal Area (restricted access) in Portsmouth, VA on October 5.

Shorebirds in DC are always a treat, especially two primarily coastal
SANDERLINGS spotted on hydrilla mats in the Potomac River (DC waters)
off Tide Lock Park in Alexandria, VA on October 9. Sightings of
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER included a high of five individuals at Swan
Creek Wetland-Cox Creek DMCF in Anne Arundel Co, MD on October 3, 6
and 9; three individuals on Poplar Island in Talbot Co, MD on October
6; and one individual at each of Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE and
Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on October 7. Sightings of WESTERN
SANDPIPER ranged from single individuals spotted at Bombay Hook NWR,
Kent Co, DE on October 8, Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on October 7,
Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek DMCF in Anne Arundel Co, MD on October 3
and 9 and the Cape Charles Coastal Habitat Natural Area Preserve in
Northampton Co, VA on October 7 to 25 individuals counted at Mockhorn
Island State WMA in Northampton Co, VA on October 5. Nonraptor
highlights at the Kiptopeke SP Hawkwatch in Northampton Co, VA on
October 3 included a flyby WILSON'S PHALAROPE. On October 6 three
southward migrating RED PHALAROPES were observed at the Cape Charles
Coastal Habitat Natural Area Preserve in Northampton Co, VA.

On October 9 a PARASITIC JAEGER was observed at the Cape Charles
Coastal Habitat Natural Area Preserve in Northampton Co, VA.

A small number of BONAPARTE'S GULLS were spotted during the week,
consisting of one individual at Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek DMCF
(restricted access) in Anne Arundel Co, MD on October 9; two
individuals off Dyke Marsh WP in Fairfax Co, VA on October 4; a
continuing individual on Jamestown Island in James City Co, VA on
October 4; and two individuals at the Cape Charles Coastal Habitat
Natural Area Preserve in Northampton Co, VA on October 7.

A small number of AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS have returned to Blackwater
NWR, Dorchester Co, MD, with three individuals seen along Wildlife
Drive on October 4. BROWN PELICANS continued all week at Big Water
Farm (private) in Queen Anne's Co, MD, with a high of 18 individuals
on October 8. A large number of BROWN PELICANS also continued at
Bodkin Island in Queen Anne's Co, MD, with 88 individuals counted
there on October 8. More may be coming as an experienced birder
counted 1,000 BROWN PELICANS flying north at Little Island Park in
Virginia Beach, VA on October 7.

On October 8 an AMERICAN BITTERN was observed in the central wetlands
at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington, DC, and on the same day a
LEAST BITTERN was photographed at Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach, VA.
A continuing young SNOWY EGRET in DC was seen most recently in the
Potomac River (DC waters) from Tide Lock Park in Alexandria, VA on
October 9. Noteworthy herons and egrets also included 47 LITTLE BLUE
HERONS and 21 TRICOLORED HERONS counted at Assateague I. NS-Bayside
Point in Worcester Co, MD on October 7.

Good numbers of WHITE IBIS were seen at several locations in Worcester
Co, MD during the week, with a reported high 252 individuals observed
in flight over Assateague I. NS-Bayside Point on October 7. Farther
north, 16 WHITE IBIS, mostly immatures, were seen along Fowler Beach
Road in Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on October 7.

Raptor highlights at area hawk watches included a GOLDEN EAGLE and two
NORTHERN GOSHAWKS that flew by the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch in Augusta
Co, VA on October 3, and a whopping 152 migrating PEREGRINE FALCONS
counted at the Kiptopeke SP Hawkwatch in Northampton Co, VA on October
7.

A high of three continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES was seen at the Smith
Farm in Lunenburg Co, VA on October 4 and 8.

Early morning birders at the Nature Center area in Rock Creek Park in
Washington, DC saw a PHILADELPHIA VIREO on October 3, 5 and 7.

A SEDGE WREN was seen at NW Branch Park/Trolley Museum in Montgomery
Co, MD on October 5 and reportedly heard there on the following two
days.

During the week migratory sparrows moved into the reporting area as
migratory warblers moved out. Highlights included a CLAY-COLORED
SPARROW at several locations, including Mount Pleasant Farm-Howard
County Conservancy in Howard Co, MD on October 3; 1300-1398 Shipps
Cabin Road in Virginia Beach, VA on October 3; the Craney Island
Disposal Area (restricted access) in Portsmouth, VA on October 5; and
Hopyard Farm in King George Co, VA on October 8. On October 5 a LARK
SPARROW was photographed near the Springhouse Run stream restoration
site at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC. On October 7 four
late GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were found at the Chester River Field
Research Center (private) in Queen Anne's Co, MD. Noncoastal
encounters with NELSON'S SPARROW included 1-2 individuals along the
road to the wetlands at Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek DMCF (restricted
access) in Anne Arundel Co, MD on October 3, 4 and 9 and a single
individual at NW Branch Park/Trolley Museum in Montgomery Co, MD on
October 5. A high of four LINCOLN'S SPARROWS was found at the Chester
River Field Research Center (private) in Queen Anne's Co, MD on
October 7 and 8. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW also was found at the Nature
Center area in Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC on October 3 and 4;
E. A. Vaughn WMA-North in Worcester Co, MD on October 8; Kenilworth
Park in Washington, DC on October 9; and, along with a VESPER SPARROW,
Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia in Clarke Co, VA
on October 4.

Late migrating BOBOLINKS included a single individual found at
Kenilworth Park in Washington, DC on October 8.

Late migratory warblers included a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER found at the
C&O Canal-Violette's Lock in Montgomery Co, MD on October 5; a
CONNECTICUT WARBLER spotted at Greenbury Point in Anne Arundel Co, MD
on October 5; and a rare coastal migrant CERULEAN WARBLER seen at the
Cape Charles Coastal Habitat Natural Area Preserve in Northampton Co,
VA on October 6.

Late songbird migrants also included a SUMMER TANAGER seen at Cape
Henlopen SP in Sussex Co, DE on October 8. Migrating DICKCISSELS were
seen at a number of locations, including a single individual
consorting with HOUSE SPARROWS in Double Rock Park in Baltimore Co, MD
on October 4, and 1-2 individuals at the Beltsville Agricultural
Research Center in Prince George's Co, MD on October 4-6.

Finally, on behalf of the birding community, a note of thanks to
Wallace Kornack for his continuing daily efforts to compile and share
with the birding community noteworthy spring and fall migrants at Rock
Creek Park in Washington, DC.

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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.

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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