Date: 4/13/18 6:37 am
From: Albright, Tom \(USMS\) via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] VA-bird Digest, Vol 132, Issue 14
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Today's Topics:

1. white-eyed vireo, Leesylvania State Park (Marc Ribaudo)
2. Top Atlas Locations: The Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula
(Ashley Peele)
3. Shrike update; gull ID question; burn results (Fairfax
County) (Stephen Johnson)
4. FOS Eastern Kingbird (Brenda Tekin)
5. Lake Accotink: Eagles and Terns and Bluebells; oh my! (Jack)
6. Re: Shrike update; gull ID question; burn results (Fairfax
County) (Shea Tiller)
7. Lickinghole 4/12/18 (Marshall Faintich)
8. Re: Shrike update; gull ID question; burn results (Fairfax
County) (Frank Fogarty)


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Message: 1
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2018 09:29:37 -0400
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...>
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Subject: [VA-bird] white-eyed vireo, Leesylvania State Park
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I saw my FOY white-eyed vireo this morning at Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge. It was singing at the top of the hill above the ruins. Other highlights of the relatively short visit were numerous yellow-throated warblers, many ruby-crowned kinglets, a yellow-bellied sapsucker, and palm warblers.

Marc Ribaudo


Marc Ribaudo
<moribaudo...>



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Message: 2
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:02:29 -0400
From: Ashley Peele <ashpeele...>
To: VABBA2 Listserv <vabba2-listserv-g...>, <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Top Atlas Locations: The Northern Neck and Middle
Peninsula
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Together the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula offer an array of habitats ranging from fresh and saltwater marshes, to dense forests, grasslands, Chesapeake Bay beaches, and miles of rivers, including the Rappahannock, York, and Potomac. For VABBA2 participants, the area is one of our most diverse, and least covered. Should you decide to pay a visit, here?s a story about this beautiful region and some of our favorite birding locations...

https://ebird.org/atlasva/news/top-va-atlas-locations-the-northern-neck-and-middle-peninsula

If you're looking for a good excuse to visit this region, the VABBA2 will be holding an *Atlas workshop in conjunction with the Rappahannock River NWR on Sunday, April 22nd*, at refuge headquarters in Warsaw. For details about this event or to register, check out
https://goo.gl/forms/0wE9xNBe591TZc3D2

For information about other upcoming Atlas events this Spring and Summer, see the Atlas events page at http://amjv.org/index.php/vabba2/atlas-events

Thanks to all of our volunteers who are putting in the time to start collecting data for our third(!) field season. *Don't forget to consult the Breeding Timeline Charts <http://amjv.org/index.php/vabba2/getting-involved> *to verify that a given species is actually within the 'safe' breeding window. This is time of year when many of us can be easily tricked by passing migrants who display early breeding behaviors.

Happy birding!

Ashley Peele, PhD
Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator Conservation Management Institute - Virginia Tech
Office: 540-231-9182
Fax: 540-231-7019


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Message: 3
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:28:45 -0400
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2...>
To: VA-Bird <va-bird...>
Cc: "Kristen E. Sinclair" <Kristen.Sinclair...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Shrike update; gull ID question; burn results
(Fairfax County)
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Hello birders,

The Northern Shrike showed up today at Sully Woodlands.

I have a gull ID question, please. Every morning in the winter, I see scores or hundreds of gulls flying over Sully Woodlands towards NW. In the afternoon they return SE. I have always assumed they were a common inland winter gull, Ring-billed.

This morning, I saw a flock of similar-sized gulls flying NW as usual. They all had black hoods like Laughing or Bonaparte's. Is there any good reason to eliminate one of those two species? Unfortunately I saw no other obvious field marks.

Question number 2, (gulp), is it possible I've been misidentifying hundreds of gulls during the past few winters - were they likely Laughing or Bonaparte's?

Final topic, the county burned another parcel (section) of the big meadow here yesterday. After last winter's burn, there were many hundreds of birds foraging in the burned area for several days - lots of RW Blackbirds and Robins, but also a good 8-10 species taking advantage. But today, one day after the recent burn, not much of anything. I don't think there were as many birds in the burned area today, as in similar areas outside of it.

Very interesting - my best guess is it's the season. The birds have so many other good sources for food, they're not interested this time. Any thoughts on that, anyone?

Cheers,
Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia



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Message: 4
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:56:18 -0400
From: Brenda Tekin <brenda...>
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Subject: [VA-bird] FOS Eastern Kingbird
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Just now at the Westmoreland Berry Farm (Northern Neck area), Eastern Kingbird perched atop fruit tree. My FOS.

Brenda
Brenda Tekin
Stuarts Draft, VA
(Sent from my iPhone)


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Message: 5
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:33:24 -0400
From: Jack <jakpak0821...>
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Subject: [VA-bird] Lake Accotink: Eagles and Terns and Bluebells; oh
my!
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Dreary weather this morning but some nice sightings. One of the adult Bald Eagles was on the nest while it?s partner was reported in the area. An immature eagle was practicing its fishing techniques by swooping down to just above the lake surface, extending its talons but not hitting the water. He/she did this a number of times over the same area before flying over to another area of the lake, grabbing a dead fish and flying off with brunch. There were a number (10?) of Caspian Terns fishing, rather successfully in the lake. The bad news was that the fish they were catching were generally too large for them to handle and most were dropped. Anyway, it was refreshing to see terns rather than gulls at the lake. Virginia Bluebells are abundant along the hike/bike trail below the dam, always a nice sight.

Jack Greenwood
Falls Church

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Message: 6
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2018 15:55:34 -0400
From: Shea Tiller <sheagordontiller...>
To: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2...>
Cc: VA-Bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Shrike update; gull ID question; burn results
(Fairfax County)
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Steve: Laughing gulls would be quite rare up there in the winter months I think.

On Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 1:28 PM, Stephen Johnson via VA-bird < <va-bird...> wrote:

>
> Hello birders,
>
> The Northern Shrike showed up today at Sully Woodlands.
>
> I have a gull ID question, please. Every morning in the winter, I see
> scores or hundreds of gulls flying over Sully Woodlands towards NW.
> In the afternoon they return SE. I have always assumed they were a
> common inland winter gull, Ring-billed.
>
> This morning, I saw a flock of similar-sized gulls flying NW as usual.
> They all had black hoods like Laughing or Bonaparte's. Is there any
> good reason to eliminate one of those two species? Unfortunately I
> saw no other obvious field marks.
>
> Question number 2, (gulp), is it possible I've been misidentifying
> hundreds of gulls during the past few winters - were they likely
> Laughing or Bonaparte's?
>
> Final topic, the county burned another parcel (section) of the big
> meadow here yesterday. After last winter's burn, there were many
> hundreds of birds foraging in the burned area for several days - lots
> of RW Blackbirds and Robins, but also a good 8-10 species taking
> advantage. But today, one day after the recent burn, not much of
> anything. I don't think there were as many birds in the burned area today, as in similar areas outside of it.
>
> Very interesting - my best guess is it's the season. The birds have
> so many other good sources for food, they're not interested this time.
> Any thoughts on that, anyone?
>
> Cheers,
> Steve Johnson
> Fairfax, Virginia
>
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Message: 7
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2018 16:03:22 -0400
From: "Marshall Faintich" <marshall...>
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Subject: [VA-bird] Lickinghole 4/12/18
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33 avian species at Lickinghole Creek and Reservoir in Crozet, VA, including hawks, Osprey, warblers, Green Heron, and Wilson's Snipes. One of the snipes appeared a bit unusual to me. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_04_12.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_04_12.htm



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Crozet, VA

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Message: 8
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:15:44 -0700
From: Frank Fogarty <fogartyfa...>
To: Shea Tiller <sheagordontiller...>
Cc: VA-Bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Shrike update; gull ID question; burn results
(Fairfax County)
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My guess is that you haven't been misidentifying them, Stephen. Those large flocks throughout the winter likely are Ring-billed (many gulls species 'commute' between their roosts and feeding areas on a daily basis, which is unusual for landbirds). Maybe they are roosting at the nearby landfill? I'm guessing you just caught a migrating flock of Bonaparte's this week. I would think large groups of that species would be unusual during the winter away from large bodies of water, and you don't really see them using dumps, parking lots, or ag fields for foraging.

Best,

Frank Fogarty

On Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 12:55 PM, Shea Tiller via VA-bird < <va-bird...> wrote:

> Steve: Laughing gulls would be quite rare up there in the winter
> months I think.
>
> On Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 1:28 PM, Stephen Johnson via VA-bird <
> <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> >
> > Hello birders,
> >
> > The Northern Shrike showed up today at Sully Woodlands.
> >
> > I have a gull ID question, please. Every morning in the winter, I
> > see scores or hundreds of gulls flying over Sully Woodlands towards
> > NW. In
> the
> > afternoon they return SE. I have always assumed they were a common
> inland
> > winter gull, Ring-billed.
> >
> > This morning, I saw a flock of similar-sized gulls flying NW as usual.
> > They all had black hoods like Laughing or Bonaparte's. Is there any
> > good reason to eliminate one of those two species? Unfortunately I
> > saw no
> other
> > obvious field marks.
> >
> > Question number 2, (gulp), is it possible I've been misidentifying
> > hundreds of gulls during the past few winters - were they likely
> > Laughing or Bonaparte's?
> >
> > Final topic, the county burned another parcel (section) of the big
> > meadow here yesterday. After last winter's burn, there were many
> > hundreds of birds foraging in the burned area for several days -
> > lots of RW
> Blackbirds
> > and Robins, but also a good 8-10 species taking advantage. But
> > today,
> one
> > day after the recent burn, not much of anything. I don't think
> > there
> were
> > as many birds in the burned area today, as in similar areas outside
> > of
> it.
> >
> > Very interesting - my best guess is it's the season. The birds have
> > so many other good sources for food, they're not interested this
> > time. Any thoughts on that, anyone?
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Steve Johnson
> > Fairfax, Virginia
> >
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