Date: 1/23/18 5:27 am
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Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 1/23/2018
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,
January 16 and was completed on Tuesday, January 23 at 6:30 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 BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* in MD, BLACK
GUILLEMOT* in MD, SNOWY OWL in MD and VA, HARRIS'S SPARROW* in MD and
WESTERN TANAGER* in VA.

Other birds of interest this week included SNOW, ROSS'S and GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, BRANT, CACKLING GOOSE, TRUMPETER SWAN, EURASION
WIGEON, KING and COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER,
RED-NECKED and EARED GREBES, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, KING RAIL,
SANDHILL CRANE, PURPLE and SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, DOVEKIE, RAZORBILL,
BLACK-HEADED, ICELAND, GLAUCOUS and GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, GREAT
CORMORANT, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN and LEAST BITTERNS,
TRICOLORED HERON, GLOSSY IBIS, OSPREY, "NORTHERN" RED-TAILED HAWK*,
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, SHORT-EARED OWL, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE,
NORTHERN SHRIKE, SEDGE WREN, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING,
CLAY-COLORED, VESPER, LARK and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, BALTIMORE ORIOLE,
BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, ORANGE-CROWNED, YELLOW-THROATED and WILSON'S
WARBLERS and PAINTED BUNTING.

TOP BIRDS

A male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* continues at The Elms Environmental Center
(private) in St. Mary's Co, MD for the seventh consecutive winter.
This bird was seen most recently on January 22.

On January 20 an apparent first-state record BLACK GUILLEMOT* was
photographed at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD.

A continuing SNOWY OWL was seen all week at Dulles Airport in Loudoun
Co, VA. A continuing SNOWY OWL at Assateague State Park/Assateague I.
NS in Worcester Co, MD was seen most recently on January 21. A SNOWY
OWL also was found in Cell 7 on Poplar Island in Talbot Co, MD on
January 19.

A HARRIS'S SPARROW* continues along a short spur to a boat ramp off
the Anacostia River Trail in Prince George's Co, MD, with the most
recent sighting on January 21.

A male WESTERN TANAGER* has been seen almost daily since it returned
to a residential feeder in Settlers' Mill, Williamsburg, VA on
December 2 for the seventh consecutive winter. In addition, during the
week several WESTERN TANAGERS were seen at feeders in Virginia Beach,
VA, two in the Alanton neighborhood on January 21 and one at another
location on January 16.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

A continuing SNOW GOOSE was seen most recently at Piney Run Park in
Carroll Co, MD on January 22, and 1-2 SNOW GEESE were seen all week at
Whittier Lake Park in Frederick Co, MD. A continuing ROSS'S GOOSE also
was seen at Whittier Lake Park in Frederick Co, MD all week, and three
ROSS'S GEESE were found there on January 22. A ROSS'S GOOSE was found
at Cape Henlopen SP-Wolfe Neck area in Sussex Co, DE on January 22. A
continuing ROSS'S GOOSE was seen at Lake Frederick in Frederick Co, VA
most recently on January 19.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was spotted at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co,
DE on January 19. Sightings of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE in Maryland
included a continuing individual at Centennial Lake in Howard Co that
was most recently on January 20; five individuals at Lake Artemesia in
Prince Georges Co on January 19-21; three individuals at Fort
Frederick SP-Big Pool in Washington Co most recently on January 20;
two continuing individuals at the Cumberland-Terminus in Allegany Co
most recently on January 22; and two individuals along Villa Road in
St. Mary's Co on January 18. Sightings of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE
in Virginia included a high of eight continuing individuals at Lake
Frederick in Frederick Co on January 16, 19 and 20; 13 individuals at
a private location along LaGrange Lane in King George Co on January
20; a high of 18 individuals at the Fishersville Quarry in Augusta Co
on January 18, 20 and 21; three individuals at the Foggy Branch Farm
ponds in Montgomery Co on January 21; and five individuals at Elkton
Farm pond in Bedford Co on January 22. In West Virginia GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE continue at a pond at 3772 Shepherdstown Road in
Berkeley Co, with a high of 15 individuals reported on January 19.

A continuing inland BRANT was most recently seen in a field near the
intersection of Routes 723 and 460 in Nottoway Co, VA on January 21
and at Lake Holiday (gated community; restricted access) in Frederick
Co, VA on January 22.

Sightings of CACKLING GEESE included four individuals at Bombay Hook
NWR, Kent Co, DE on January 19; one individual at Prime Hook NWR,
Sussex Co, DE on January 16; one individual at Cape Henlopen SP-Wolfe
Neck area in Sussex Co, DE on January 22; and one individual at Lake
Artemesia in Prince George's Co, MD on January 20. In Virginia
CACKLING GEESE included eight individuals at the Foggy Branch Farm
ponds in Montgomery Co on January 21; two individuals at Sleeters Lake
in Loudoun Co on January 20; and five individuals along 11976 Bristow
Lake Boulevard in Prince William Co on January 22.

A continuing TRUMPETER SWAN was seen most recently at Lake Elkhorn in
Howard Co, MD on January 21 and White Swan Drive Community Park in
Anne Arundel Co on January 20, and two TRUMPETER SWANS were seen again
at the Owensville Road ponds in Anne Arundel Co, MD on January 22.
Sightings of TRUMPETER SWAN in Virginia included a continuing
individual at the Ivy Street ponds in Waynesboro, VA most recently on
January 22; three continuing individuals along Cold Spring Road in
Rockingham Co most recently on January 16; and six individuals at Vet
School pond on the campus of Virginia Tech in Montgomery Co on January
21.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was spotted at Mason Neck SP in Fairfax Co, VA on
January 21. A continuing young male KING EIDER was last seen off the
fishing pier at Kiptopeke SP in Northampton Co, VA on January 19.
COMMON EIDERS were seen at expected coastal locations, with a high of
14 individuals at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD on January
21. Three HARLEQUIN DUCKS were seen off Island #4 at the Chesapeake
Bay Bridge-Tunnel in Northampton Co, VA on January 20 and at the Ocean
City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD through January 20. A WHITE-WINGED
SCOTER was seen at Fort McHenry NM in Baltimore Co, MD on January 18
and inland again at Willow Lake in Rockbridge Co, VA on January 19.
Inland diving ducks also included a LONG-TAILED DUCK at James River
Park-Belle Isle in Richmond, VA on January 20, and two REDHEADS and a
week-high 22 COMMON GOLDENEYE at the Cumberland-Terminus in Allegany
Co, MD most recently on January 22.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Kingston Landing in Talbot Co, MD on
January 17-22 and the K-Cave campsite area in Washington Co, MD on
January 20. A RED-NECKED GREBE also was reported at the Ocean City
Inlet in Worcester Co, MD on January 22. In Virginia, a RED-NECKED
GREBE was seen in the Roanoke River Greenway in Roanoke on January 21
and 22. An EARED GREBE was seen off the end of the concrete fishing
pier at King-Lincoln Park in Newport News, VA on January 18 and 20-22.
A continuing out-of-season male RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was seen
most recently at a feeder in the Alanton neighborhood in Virginia
Beach, VA on January 21.

On January 21 a KING RAIL was spotted up one of the streams that
crosses Deephole Point Road near the intersection with Fox Road at
Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William Co, VA.

A SANDHILL CRANE was spotted in flight at 6119-6121 Ebenezer Road in
Middle River, Baltimore Co, MD on January 16, and in fields viewed
from the end of Harry James Road in St. Mary's Co, MD on January
20-22. In Virginia two continuing SANDHILL CRANES were observed along
the Sanctuary Trail at Algonkian Nature Preserve in Loudoun Co on
January 21, and likely these same birds were observed in flight in
nearby Lucketts on January 16.

A non-coastal PURPLE SANDPIPER was seen on a jetty at Chesapeake Beach
Veterans Memorial Park in Calvert Co, MD on January 16 and at the
Hooper's Island Bridge in Dorchester Co, MD on January 19, 20 and 22.
A continuing SPOTTED SANDPIPER was seen at the Kerr Reservoir-Tailrace
Park in Mecklenburg Co, VA on January 20.

A DOVEKIE was photographed at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD
on January 19 and 21. A RAZORBILL was seen off Island #3 of the
Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in Northampton Co, VA on January 20, and
1-3 RAZORBILLS were at Rudee Inlet and Little Island Park in Virginia
Beach, VA on January 22. A RAZORBILL also was found at the Ocean City
Inlet in Worcester Co, MD on January 21.

Two continuing BLACK-HEADED GULLS were spotted at Wolfe Neck WTP
(restricted access) in Sussex Co, DE on January 18 and 22. In Maryland
a continuing ICELAND GULL was seen most recently at the Annapolis
Junction Transfer Station (restricted access) in Anne Arundel Co on
January 16; Gwynns Falls Trail South in Baltimore Co on January 16;
and the Choptank River from the Route 50 bridge and Long Wharf Park in
Dorchester Co on January 22. In Virginia an ICELAND GULL was seen most
recently at Occoquan Bay RP in Fairfax Co, VA on January 19; off
Island #3 of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in Northampton Co, VA
and in nearby inshore waters in Virginia Beach, VA on January 20; and
at Ancarrow's Landing in Richmond, VA on January 20. A continuing
GLAUCOUS GULL was most recently seen at Occoquan RP in Fairfax Co, VA
and at the nearby Belmont Bay Marina in Prince William Co, VA on
January 21. A GLAUCOUS GULL also was reported at Pohick Bay RP in
Fairfax Co, VA on January 21. A young GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL was most
recently seen at the Cumberland-Terminus in Allegany Co, MD on January
22.

GREAT CORMORANTS were seen at several locations on the
Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, with a high of 13 individuals at Point
Lookout SP-The Causeway in St. Mary's Co on January 19, and at
expected coastal locations in the reporting area.

A single AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was reported at Blackwater NWR in
Dorchester Co, MD during the week, on January 20.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was encountered at several locations in Maryland
and Virginia, including Black Marsh in Baltimore Co, MD on January 16
and 18 and Little Island Park in Virginia Beach, VA on January 21. A
continuing LEAST BITTERN was seen most recently at Little Island Park
in Virginia Beach, VA on January 18. On January 18 two TRICOLORED
HERONS were found at 6032 Marvin Road in Virginia Beach, VA.

On January 21 two GLOSSY IBIS were found at Little Island Park in
Virginia Beach, VA.

On January 21 an OSPREY was seen again at the Dutch Gap
Conservation/Henricus Historical Park in Chesterfield Co, VA. A
so-called "NORTHERN" RED-TAILED HAWK (abieticola)*, a distinctive
subspecies that is not uniformly recognized as separate from the
eastern subspecies, was reported at Oxon Hill Farm in Prince George's
Co, MD on January 20 and along 3235 Twymans Mill Road in Madison Co,
VA on January 21. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen all week at marshes
near the ends of Broadkill and Fowler Beach Roads and nearby locations
in Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE. In Maryland a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was
seen most recently at Pemberton Manor and Quail Covey Farm Pond in
Queen Anne's Co on January 21 and 22, respectively. A ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWK also was spotted along Cranesville Road in Garrett Co, MD on
January 21. In Virginia a continuing ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen most
recently at Dulles Airport in Loudoun Co on January 21. Raptor
highlights during the week also included a GOLDEN EAGLE spotted from
the south end of Windy Hill Road in Talbot Co, MD on January 20.

In Maryland SHORT-EARED OWLS continue at the Konterra Drive fields and
ponds in Prince George's Co, Pemberton Manor in Queen Anne's Co and
along Russell Road in Garrett Co, with the most recent sightings on
January 21. Sightings of SHORT-EARED OWL in Virginia included six
individuals seen from St. Louis Road just north of the intersection
with Foxcroft Road in Loudoun Co on January 20; a high of four
individuals at Messick Point in Poquoson on January 19-21; and three
individuals along Harrison Road in Fauquier Co most recently on
January 20.

A continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen at the Smith Farm in
Lunenburg, VA on January 16. A NORTHERN SHRIKE* continues at the Sully
Woodlands in Fairfax Co, VA for the second consecutive winter, with
the most recent sighting on January 22.

Noteworthy wrens included a SEDGE WREN found at Jefferson Patterson
Park in Calvert Co, MD on January 20 and MARSH WRENS reported at
several locations.

On January 18 five LAPLAND LONGSPURS were found along Fowler Beach
Road in Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE. In Virginia three LAPLAND
LONGSPURS were found near the intersection of Nicholson and Model
Roads in Rockingham Co on January 17, and one LAPLAND LONGSPUR was
reported along Airport Road in Augusta Co, VA on the same day.
Sightings of SNOW BUNTING included 30 individuals observed along
Fowler Beach Road in Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on January 21; two
individuals at Kiptopeke SP in Northampton Co, VA on January 21 and
22; and a single individual flushed at Lake Holiday (gated community;
restricted access) in Frederick Co, VA on January 21.

A continuing CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen most recently at the Laurel
Hill Equestrian Center in Fairfax Co, VA on January 21. A CLAY-COLORED
SPARROW was found along Pocahontas Club Road in Virginia Beach, VA on
January 18. Up to four continuing VESPER SPARROWS were seen at Harriet
Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Dorchester Co,
MD on January 19 and 20. A VESPER SPARROW also was found along 4541
Harford Creamery Road in Harford Co, MD on January 20. A LARK SPARROW
was seen again at the Foggy Branch Farm ponds in Montgomery Co, VA on
January 21. On January 21 a LINCOLN'S SPARROW was spotted by a woodlot
opposite Raymond Pool at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE.

On January 21 a BALTIMORE ORIOLE visited a feeder in the Alanton
neighborhood of Virginia Beach, VA.

On January 20-21 2-4 continuing BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were seen at
Breeze Farm in Virginia Beach, VA.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were found at several locations in the
reporting area. Sightings in Maryland included single individuals
found at Bogles Wharf in Eastern Neck NWR, Kent Co on January 16;
Terrapin Nature Park in Queen Anne's Co on January 20; and Lake
Artemesia, Oxon Hill Farm and near the Wilson Bridge in Prince
George's Co on January 20. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER continues at the
LBJ Memorial Grove in Washington, DC, with the most recent sighting on
January 21. In Virginia an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at
Ancarrow's Landing in Richmond on January 20; Little Island Park in
Virginia Beach on January 19; and the Weyanoke Sanctuary in Norfolk on
January 20.

Out-of season warblers included a continuing YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER
at a residential feeder in Virginia Beach, VA on January 16 and 17,
and a WILSON'S WARBLER found on the grounds of the Loudoun Water
Authority in Loudoun Co, VA on January 20 and 21.

A continuing male PAINTED BUNTING was seen at a feeder in Manassas,
Prince William Co, VA on January 16 and 21.

***

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/naturalist-shop)is an excellent source for
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