Date: 2/7/18 8:21 pm
From: Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Voice of the Naturalist; Greater DC area; 2/6/18
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 2/6/2018
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Rick and Nancy Sussman
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.anshome.org <http://www.anshome.org/>
.

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
January 30 and was completed on Tuesday, February 6, at 9:30 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 WESTERN GREBE* in MD, THICK-BILLED MURRE*
in MD, LARK SPARROW* in DC, HARRIS'S SPARROW* in MD and YELLOW-HEADED
BLACKBIRD* in MD.

Other birds of interest included SNOW GOOSE, ROSS'S GOOSE,
GREATER-WHITE FRONTED GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, TRUMPETER SWAN, HARLEQUIN
DUCK, LONG-TAILED DUCK, RED-NECKED GREBE, COMMON GALLINULE, SANDHILL
CRANE, DUNLIN, WILSON'S SNIPE, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, RAZORBILL,
BLACK-HEADED GULL, ICELAND GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, RED-THROATED LOON,
DOUBLE-CRESTED and GREAT CORMORANTS, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN and BROWN
PELICAN, AMERICAN BITTERN, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, SNOWY OWL,
SHORT-EARED OWL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, LOGGERHEAD and NORTHERN
SHRIKES, COMMON RAVEN, TREE SWALLOW, RED CROSSBILL, PINE SISKIN,
LAPLAND LONGSPUR, CLAY-COLORED and VESPER SPARROWS, BALTIMORE ORIOLE,
RUSTY BLACKBIRD, warblers, and WESTERN TANAGER.

TOP BIRDS

A WESTERN GREBE* was spotted and photographed, in less-than-ideal
conditions, off the South Point Boat Ramp in Worcester Co, MD in
mid-afternoon on Feb 2.

A photographer snapped a shot of a THICK-BILLED MURRE* and mistakenly
thought it was a Dovekie until corrected by a MD birder, at the jetty
at Ocean City Inlet, Worcester Co, MD on Feb 3. It was not relocated.

The LARK SPARROW* continues to be seen at the National Arboretum in NE
DC, with the most recent sighting on Feb 4.

The wintering HARRIS'S SPARROW* along the Anacostia River Trail in
Prince George's Co, MD continued to be seen on Jan 31, and Feb 1, 2, 3
and 4.

A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD* has been seen off and on at Fort Howard
Veterans Park, and vicinity, Baltimore Co, MD on Feb 1, 2, 3 and 4.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

SNOW GOOSE reports this week came from Penns Hill Rd. in Charles Co,
MD on Jan 30 and 31, another continuing bird at Kershner's Pond in
Frederick Co, MD on Jan 31, a continuing bird at Piney Run Reservoir
in Carroll Co, MD on Jan 31, and another in Jarrettsville, Harford Co,
MD on Feb 1. ROSS'S GEESE were seen at Lake Frederick in Frederick Co,
VA on Jan 31, and one in Rockingham Co, VA on Feb 2 and 3, while
another was seen at Prime Hook NWR-Fowler Beach, Sussex Co, DE on Feb
3. GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE reports have dwindled from the past few
weeks, with four seen at Lake Artemesia, Prince George's Co, MD on Feb
3, two continuing at Foggy Branch Farm Ponds, Montgomery Co, VA on Jan
30, another the same day at Manassas National Battlefield Park in
Prince William Co, VA, and a single bird at the Rockingham Memorial
Hospital Health Campus in Rockingham Co, VA on Feb 1. CACKLING GOOSE
reports came from the Foggy Branch Farm Ponds, Montgomery Co, VA and
Sherwood Lakes in Virginia Beach, VA on Jan 30, and Lake Fairfax in
Fairfax Co, VA on Jan 31, and Feb 2.

TRUMPETER SWANS were spotted at Lake Elkhorn, Howard Co, MD on Jan 30
and 31, and Feb 1, 3, 4 and 5, and another pair at a pond off
Owensville Rd, Anne Arundel Co, MD on Feb 3. In VA, six birds were
seen at the Clifton Institute (restricted access) in Fauquier Co on
Jan 31 and Feb 3, a single bird continued at the Ivy Street Ponds in
Waynesboro, on Jan 31 and Feb 4 and 5, and four were seen at the
Daleville Ponds in Botetourt Co, on Feb 3.

A female HARLEQUIN DUCK continued in Luke, Allegany Co, MD on Jan 31,
and was seen again on Feb 2. On Feb 5, a pair of LONG-TAILED DUCKS
were seen at the C&O Canal-Riley's Lock, Montgomery Co, MD.

RED-NECKED GREBES were seen from many locations this week, including
two at the South Point Boat Ramp in Worcester Co, MD on Feb 1, 3 and
4, another at Kingston Landing, Talbot Co, MD on Feb 3, 4 and 5, one
reported from Delaware Seashore State Park, Sussex Co, DE on Feb 1, 3,
and 4, one at Lake Mooney Park, Stafford Co, VA on Jan 31 and
individuals from Algonkian Regional Park, Loudoun Co, VA, Occoquan Bay
NWR, Prince William Co, VA and The Gardens at Sunday Park in
Chesterfield, VA, all on Feb 3. Another was seen on Feb 4 at Smith
Mountain Lake SP, Bedford Co, VA.

The continuing COMMON GALLINULE at the Bayside Development Pond,
Worcester Co, MD was seen on Jan 31, Feb 1, 2, 3 and 4. Two SANDHILL
CRANES were seen flying in to the C&O Canal-Violette's Lock area,
Montgomery Co, MD from across the river at Algonkian Regional Park,
Loudoun Co, VA on Feb 4.

A lone DUNLIN was scoped from shore at Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve,
Fairfax, Co, VA on Feb 4. A single WILSON'S SNIPE was feeding in a
snow-encrusted stream in Garrett Co, MD on Feb 5. An apparently
continuing but out-of-season SPOTTED SANDPIPER was spotted again by
birders on Feb 3 at the John H. Kerr Reservoir in Mecklenburg Co, VA.

The only RAZORBILL sighting this week was of a lone individual seen at
the Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co, DE on Feb 1, 3 and 4.

Interesting gulls seen this week include the continuing BLACK-HEADED
GULL at Rudee Inlet and Pleasure House Point Natural Area, both in
Virginia Beach, VA seen on Jan 31, Feb 1, 2, 3,4 and 5. ICELAND GULLS
were seen at several locations including Dorsey Rd, Howard Co, MD on
Jan 31, the Annapolis Junction Transfer Station, Anne Arundel and
Howard Co, MD on Feb 1, one seen at the Cambridge waterfront in
Dorchester Co, MD on Feb 3, and another at the Ocean City Inlet,
Worcester Co, MD on Feb 3. One was seen on Feb 2 at the Walmart Ponds
in Colonial Heights, VA and a continuing bird was seen again at the
CBBT Island No. 4 in Northampton Co, VA on Feb 4. GLAUCOUS GULLS were
reported from the Annapolis Junction Transfer Station, Anne Arundel
Co, MD on Feb 1, and on Feb 3 at the same location on the Howard Co,
MD side, and a continuing bird was seen at the Wharton's Bluff TH in
Sussex Co, DE on Jan 31.

A single RED-THROATED LOON was seen and photographed at the C&O
Canal-Riley's Lock, Montgomery Co, MD on Feb 5.

DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS don't usually spend the winter very far
inland, so one seen along the C&O Canal-Great Falls, Montgomery Co, MD
on Jan 31 and Feb 1, and another seen at Lake Frank, Montgomery Co, MD
also on Feb 1, seems notable. Four GREAT CORMORANTS were seen at
Gloucester Point Beach, Gloucester Co, VA on Feb 2.

An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen on Feb 1 at the James River Bridge
area, Newport News, VA. On Feb 5, a flock of 17 AMERICAN WHITE
PELICANS were seen flying in formation at First Landing State Park in
Virginia Beach, VA. A lone BROWN PELICAN was spotted at the Ocean City
Inlet, Worcester Co, MD on Feb 1 and 5, and again from Sunset Park in
Ocean City, Worcester Co, MD on Feb 3.

Two reports of AMERICAN BITTERN came in this week. One was seen at
North Point State Park, Baltimore Co, MD on Feb 1, and the other at
Aberdeen Proving Grounds; Rt 715 Gate Ponds, Harford Co, MD on Feb 2.

An adult ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen feeding along the road shoulder in
Accident, Garrett Co, MD on Jan 31. On Feb 1 one was spotted on Peat
Moss Rd, also in Garrett Co, MD. A continuing bird was seen again at
Pemberton Manor, Queen Anne's Co, MD on Feb 1 and 3. ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWKS were seen again at Prime Hook NWR-Broadkill Marsh, Sussex Co, DE
on Feb 1, 2, 3 and 4. GOLDEN EAGLE reports this week were of a flyover
bird at the International Conservation House, Fauquier Co, VA on Feb
3, and one seen and well photographed perched in a tree at the
entrance to Pickering Creek Audubon Center in Talbot Co, MD on Feb 4,
and seen again on Feb 5.

SNOWY OWL reports continued but in smaller numbers than previous
weeks. On Feb 1 one was seen at Deal Island WMA, Somerset Co, MD,
while an individual at Assateague Island National Seashore was
reported on Feb 2 and 3. In the District of Columbia, one was reported
from the Independence Ave area and the USDA building, SE DC on Jan 30,
Feb 1, 2 and 5, sometimes roosting during the day in the inner
courtyard, and two from the C Street area SW on Jan 31 and Feb 2.
SHORT-EARED OWLS continued at the Konterra fields and ponds
(restricted access, no trespassing without permission), Prince
George's Co, MD with reports from Jan 31, Feb 1 and 3 and another
continuing bird at the Pemberton Manor area in Queen Anne's Co, MD on
Jan 31.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were reported from Fox Chase Ponds and Wetlands
(continuing) Howard Co, MD on Feb 1, 4 and 5, the Center for Maryland
Agriculture and Farm Park, Baltimore Co, MD on Feb 3, Perryville
Community Park, Cecil Co, MD on Feb 5, and two visiting a home feeder
in Sussex Co, DE on Feb 1.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen and photographed in Baskerville,
Mecklenburg Co, VA on Feb 3. The wintering NORTHERN SHRIKE in Sully
Woodlands, Fairfax Co, VA was seen again on Feb 3 and 4.

A COMMON RAVEN was seen flying overhead along I-64 in Henrico Co, VA
on Feb 1.

TREE SWALLOW reports have begun to filter in this week. One was
spotted along the C&O Canal-Great Falls, Montgomery Co, MD on Feb 3,
while six were reported from the John H. Kerr Reservoir in Mecklenburg
Co, VA also on Feb 3. On Feb 5, an estimated flock of 400 were over
the marsh at dusk at Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve, Mathews Co,
VA at the southern end of the Chesapeake Bay.

A RED CROSSBILL was seen and photographed atop Shenandoah Mountain at
Briery Branch Gap, Rockingham Co, VA on Feb 3. A PINE SISKIN was also
seen and photographed there the same day.

LAPLAND LONGSPURS have been very scarce this winter, so the two
continuing birds seen in Westmoreland Co, VA on Jan 31, and the lone
continuing bird in Elkton, Rockingham Co, VA on Feb 3 and 4, were
significant.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen again at Laurel Hill Equestrian
Center, Fairfax Co, VA on Feb 3. Five VESPER SPARROWS were seen on Jan
31 at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical
Park, Dorchester Co, MD, and nine were seen there on Feb 3.

Wintering BALTIMORE ORIOLES are always fun to see at feeders. A female
has been visiting a feeder at a yard in Anne Arundel Co, MD since
around Jan 22, and most recently seen on Feb 2. Another, a bright
male, has been coming to a yard in College Park, Prince George's Co,
MD, seen daily Feb 1 through 4. Another male has been visiting a
feeder in Waynesboro, VA, seen most recently on Feb 5. Four RUSTY
BLACKBIRDS were seen and photographed at the Washington Sailing Marina
in SW DC, on Feb 4, and a single bird was seen in Accident, Garrett
Co, MD the same day, and again on Feb 5.

Warblers seen this week include a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER at a yard in
Virginia Beach, VA on Feb 3, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER seen and heard
at the Oxon Hill Farm Park, Prince George's Co, MD on Feb 3, another
the same day at Prime Hook NWR Visitor's Center, Sussex Co, DE, and
on Feb 5 one was seen in foraging in a holly tree at Cox Point Park,
Baltimore Co, MD. A PALM WARBLER was seen along Dorsey Run Rd, Howard
Co, MD on Feb 3, and a PINE WARBLER was reported at Pemberton Manor,
Queen Anne's Co, MD on Feb 3. A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER continues to
come to feeders for peanut butter and mealworms at a home near Stumpy
Lake, Virginia Beach, VA, seen again on Feb 3.

A WESTERN TANAGER was reported from a yard in Chesapeake Co, VA on Feb
3.

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
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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