Date: 8/28/18 7:57 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
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Date: Tue, Aug 28, 2018 at 10:47 AM
Subject: DC Area, 8/28/2018
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Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 8/28/2018
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, questions: <voice...>
Compiler(s): 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.

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
August 21, and was completed on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at 9:00 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).

TOP BIRD this week was a continuing WOOD STORK* in MD.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST were over-summering waterfowl, SANDHILL CRANE,
AMERICAN AVOCET, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER,
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, HUDSONIAN and MARBLED GODWIT, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER,
both DOWITCHER species, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, PARASITIC JAEGER, CASPIAN,
BLACK, and FORSTER'S TERN, GREAT CORMORANT, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN,
LEAST BITTERN, TRICOLORED HERON, WHITE IBIS, MISSISSIPPI KITE,
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, MERLIN, OLIVE-SIDED, YELLOW-BELLIED, and LEAST
FLYCATCHER, RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, SEDGE WREN, PINE
SISKIN, HENSLOW'S SPARROW, BOBOLINK, migrating warblers, and
DICKCISSEL.

TOP BIRD

An immature WOOD STORK* first found on Aug 19, was seen again on Aug
21 and 22 at various location near the intersections of Bethel and
Ruhland Rds, Frederick Co, MD.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

A single BLUE-WINGED TEAL was seen at Hog Island WMA, Surry Co, VA on
Aug 24, and four were seen the same day at Back Bay NWR in Virginia
Beach, VA. A pair of GADWALL were reported from Swan Creek Wetland-Cox
Creek DMCF, Anne Arundel Co, MD on Aug 24. A female or eclipse
plumaged male AMERICAN WIGEON was at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE and
a single GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen at Hog Island WMA, Surry Co, VA
both on Aug 24. A lone LESSER SCAUP was reported from Rockingham Co,
VA on Aug 22, and a RUDDY DUCK was there the same day.

The pair of SANDHILL CRANES that have been spending the summer in
Rockingham Co, west of I-81 in NW VA, were seen again on Aug 22.

Five AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at the Jamestown Island-Causeway,
James City Co, VA, on Aug 22, and a lone bird was seen near the
Lynnhaven Inlet, Virginia Beach, VA on Aug 23.

A pair of BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were reported from Swan Creek
Wetland-Cox Creek DCMF, Anne Arundel Co, MD on AUG 21, 22, and 24. A
molting adult AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was seen at the Sherwood Gate
field, Northampton Co, VA on Aug 21. A SEMIPALMATED PLOVER was seen on
an exposed mudflat from the Washington Sailing Marina, in DC waters
(SW), on Aug 26.

A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was reported from Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on
Aug 24, and was still being seen at Shearness Pool on Aug 26. Three
HUDSONIAN GODWITS were seen at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on
Aug 26. A MARBLED GODWIT was found at Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach,
VA and seen daily through Aug 27. An adult BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was seen
and well photographed at Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on Aug 22. On
Aug 23 and 24, another BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was spotted at the North
Beach marsh in Calvert Co, MD. Further east, a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was
seen at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on Aug 26. Four SHORT-BILLED
DOWITCHERS were seen at Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on Aug 22, and a
pair of LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were reported from Craney Island
Disposal Area (restricted access), Portsmouth, VA on Aug 23. Both
SHORT-BILLED and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen at Chincoteague NWR,
Accomack Co, VA on Aug 26. A single WILSON'S PHALAROPE continued on
Aug 21 at Swan Creek Wetland-DMCF, Anne Arundel Co, MD, and five were
seen on Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on Aug 22. Nine WILSON'S
PHALAROPES were actively feeding, running after insects in the wet
short grass, at Chincoteague NWR in Accomack Co, VA on Aug 26.

Two PARASITIC JAEGERS, one light adult and one dark individual, were
seen at the Ocean City Inlet, Worcester Co, MD, late in the afternoon
on Aug 22. Another PARASITIC JAEGER was reported from Chincoteague
NWR-Beach (Parking Lot 1), Accomack Co, VA, on Aug 27, gliding close
to the water and occasionally attacking terns.

Three CASPIAN TERNS were seen flying down the Potomac River from
Algonkian Regional Park in Sterling, Loudoun Co, VA on Aug 24. BLACK
TERNS were widely reported this week, with one seen in a (private)
flooded field in Rockingham Co, VA on Aug 21, another seen flying down
the Potomac River from East Potomac Park-Hains Point SW DC the same
day, and four seen feeding on the Susquehanna Flats off Perryville
Community Park, Cecil Co, MD on Aug 22, with at least one continuing
there the following day. On Aug 26, ten BLACK TERNS were reported from
Smith Mountain Lake, Franklin Co, VA, in the western part of the
state. On Aug 21, a single FORSTER'S TERN was seen as it dropped into
Nelson Lake, in Nelson Co, VA, staying for only five minutes, for a
possible first county record.

An out-of-season GREAT CORMORANT was seen again, perched on a piling
at Cape Henlopen SP Fishing Pier, in Sussex Co, DE on Aug 24. An
immature GREAT CORMORANT was seen on a piling NW of the beach at Point
Lookout SP, St. Mary's Co, MD on Aug 25.

An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen and photographed in the water
upriver from the parking area at Staunton View Public Use Area, just
north of Clarksville, in Mecklenburg Co, VA on Aug 26.

A continuing LEAST BITTERN was seen again in Stuart's Draft, Augusta
Co, VA on Aug 25. On Aug 23, three TRICOLORED HERONS were seen at
North Beach marsh, Calvert Co, MD. The next day, an immature WHITE
IBIS was seen at the same location. Another immature WHITE IBIS was
seen at New Point Comfort Natural Area Preserve, in Mathews Co, VA, on
Aug 27.

An adult MISSISSIPPI KITE was spotted in Richmond, Henrico Co, VA on
Aug 21. On Aug 23, a flyover MISSISSIPPI KTE was seen at Mid-Lothian
Mines Park, in Chesterfield Co, VA, and on Aug 24, a juvenile was seen
flying over the intersection of Highway 29 and Fontaine Rd, in
Albemarle Co, VA. The three monitored MISSISSIPPI KITE nests in
Fairfax Co, VA, all inside the beltway, each successfully fledged one
juvenile this summer. Unlike most previous years, nesting was early,
with fledging occurring before the end of July.

Early SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS were reported from Swan Creek Wetland-Cox
Creek DMCF, Anne Arundel Co, MD on Aug 21 and from Wheaton Regional
Park, Montgomery Co, MD on Aug 23.

MERLINS were reported from Druid Hill Park and Mt. Vista Park, both in
Baltimore Co, MD on Aug 23, and from Horsepen Run Trail in Loudoun Co,
VA the same day. On Aug 24 another MERLIN was seen at Cromwell Valley
Park, Baltimore Co, MD.

Always a delight to see, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were spotted at
Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore Co, MD on Aug 22, Huntley Meadows
Park, Fairfax Co, VA on Aug 24, and Little Bennett Regional Park,
Montgomery Co, MD on Aug 25. Another was seen further east, foraging
from dead branches in a regrowing lumbered area, in Gloucester Co, VA
on Aug 25. YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS were reported from Governor
Bridge Natural Area, Prince George's Co, MD on Aug 21, Sunset Beach,
Northampton Co, VA on Aug 23 and Deal Island dove hunting area,
Somerset Co, MD on Aug 25. A LEAST FLYCATCHER was also reported from
Sunset Beach in Northampton Co, VA on Aug 23.

Continuing and increasing reports of RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES bode well
for an invasion year. What follows are just some of the reported
birds; on Aug 22, three were at the Blandy Experimental Farm/State
Arboretum of VA in Clarke Co, another was heard and seen briefly at
the National Zoo in NW DC on Aug 23, two were at Rocky Gorge
Reservoir-Supplee Park, Prince George's Co, MD and another at Cromwell
Valley Park, Baltimore Co, MD on Aug 24, while another was at
Assateague Island NS-Bayside Point, Worcester Co, MD the same day, and
two were reported from the Clifton Institute (restricted access) in
Fauquier Co, VA on Aug 25. A BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was still being
seen and heard at Big Stone Beach, Milford, Kent Co, DE, on Aug 24 and
25.

A pair of SEDGE WRENS continued to be heard and sometimes seen at the
Aquatic Resources Education Center in Woodland Beach, Kent Co, DE, on
Aug 22. A single bird was being reported there Aug 23-26.

Two PINE SISKINS were seen and heard at Cross Junction, Frederick Co,
VA on Aug 23 and one there on Aug 24.

Two HENSLOW'S SPARROWS were reported from Old Legislative Rd, Allegany
Co, MD on Aug 23, with four being seen there on Aug 24.

A small flock of eleven BOBOLINKS were heard and then seen at the
USDA, Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Jefferson Co, WV on Aug
21.

Migrating warblers were seen during the week at many locations across
the area, in mostly small numbers, indicating they are not fully on
the move through our area yet. Hotspots this week included Rock Creek
Park, in NW DC, with activity centered mostly at the Maintenance Yard
and Nature Center areas, Monticello Park in Alexandria, VA,
Susquehanna SP in Harford Co, MD, Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore Co,
MD, and Assateague Island NS, Worcester Co, MD.

DICKCISSELS continued to be seen along the Underwood Rd area in Howard
Co, MD with three seen there on Aug 22.

***

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,
https://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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