Date: 9/25/18 2:51 pm
From: Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FW: DC Area, 9/25/2018
FYI Joe Coleman

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Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 9/25/2018
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
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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, September 18, and was
completed on Tuesday, September 25, 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 Birds this week were LONG-TAILED JAEGER* in MD, BLACK-HEADED GULL* in DC
and VA, and BROWN PELICAN* in MD and VA.



In the fallout from Hurricane Florence, a very displaced juvenile
LONG-TAILED JAEGER* was found flying around and sitting on the water at Deep
Creek Lake, Garrett Co, MD, seen on Sept 20, 21, and last seen early on the
morning of Sept 22.

A first-winter BLACK-HEADED GULL* with a taste for artisanal bread and
baguettes, delighted birders along Georgetown Waterfront Park, NW DC, on
Sept 21 and 22, for the first confirmed DC record since 1989. It was seen
standing in and flying above the parking lot at Gravelly Point Park, in
Arlington Co, VA on Sept 23 and 24.

Two interesting reports came in this week of storm-tossed (and far out of
range) BROWN PELICANS*, both initially found on Sept 20. An immature bird
was found at Deep Creek Lake in Garrett Co, MD, continuing through Sept 24
while another was at Sandy River Reservoir-Dam and Boat Launch area in
Prince Edward Co, VA, west of Richmond, from Sept 20-22.


A very early flock of 19 SNOW GEESE flew by the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch in
Augusta Co, VA on Sept 20.

Though not rare, a rarely seen, and beautifully photographed EASTERN
WHIP-POOR-WILL was discovered as it flushed from a piney bluff then
relocated sitting on a log, where it was enjoyed by a party of birders for
more than ten minutes, at the Rivanna Trail Belvedere in Albemarle Co, VA on
Sept 19.

An Anne Arundel Bird Club field trip to Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek DMCF
(restricted access) in Anne Arundel Co, MD reported a KING RAIL calling
twice from the marsh, on Sept 22.

A continuing COMMON GALLINULE was at Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, MD on
Sept 19, and another was seen at Falls Mills Lake in Tazewell Co, VA, in the
far western part of that state, on Sept 21.

SANDHILL CRANES were reported again from the area of Peat Moss Road in
Garrett Co, MD, with between two and four birds being seen Sept 19-23.

Continuing days of rain hampered shorebirds on their way south, with many
stopping over at flooded fields and wetlands throughout the area, and the
following reports are just some of the many received this

A single AMERICAN AVOCET was seen at Peat Moss Road (private) in Garrett Co,
MD on Sept 18, while eight flew by the Kiptopeke SP-Fishing Pier,
Northampton Co, VA the same day.

AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS continued at Gregg Road in Taneytown, Frederick Co,
MD with four seen there on Sept 18, while another pair was seen at
Assateague Island NS-OSV Zone, Worcester Co, MD on Sept 22. Four AMERICAN
GOLDEN-PLOVERS were seen along Honey Run Road, in Dayton, Rockingham Co, VA
on Sept 22. A WILSON'S PLOVER was seen and photographed on Sept 21, at
Chincoteague NWR-Tom's Cove in Accomack Co, VA. On Sept 18 a PIPING PLOVER
was seen in the company of Semipalmated Plovers at Cape Henlopen SP-Nature
Center area in Sussex Co, DE, and five PIPING PLOVERS were reported there on
Sept 21.

An UPLAND SANDPIPER was reported from the Salisbury Airport in Wicomico Co,
MD on Sept 20.

A single HUDSONIAN GODWIT was at Prime Hook NWR-Broadkill Marsh in Sussex
Co, DE on Sept 19 and 20. Another was at Wachapreague-Marsh Islands,
Accomack Co, VA on Sept 21 and 22, and two were seen in MD, at Figgs Landing
Road, Worcester Co on Sept 22. Also, on Sept 22, six HUDSONIAN GODWITS were
at Raymond Pool, Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE.
Two MARBLED GODWITS were reported from Skimmer Island, Ocean City, Worcester
Co, MD on Sept 21, and one was reported from Figgs Landing Road in the same
county on Sept 23.

A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was seen on Sept 18 and 19 at Snowden Bridge Blvd,
Frederick Co, VA, while three were at the Hughes Road polo fields in
Montgomery Co, MD on Sept 20, with one there the following three days.
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were still being seen in good numbers this week. Two
continued at Gregg Road, Taneytown, Frederick Co, MD, on Sept 18, 19, and
24. On Sept 19, two were at Lilypons Water Gardens, Frederick Co, MD, while
one was seen at the C&O Canal-North Branch, Allegany Co, MD. The polo fields
along Hughes Road in Montgomery Co, MD held between one and four birds Sept
19-22. On Sept 18, in Augusta Co, VA three WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were
seen along Patton Farm Road, and eight at flooded fields on Wayne Avenue. A
single juvenile BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER continued at Wright Road,
Federalsburg, Caroline Co, MD and two were seen at Patton Farm Road, in
Augusta Co, VA, on Sept 18. Another BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was spotted in a
potato field at Whitehall Crossroads in Kent Co, DE on Sept 24.

A WILSON'S PHALAROPE was seen again at the Hurlock WWTP, in Dorchester Co,
MD on Sept 18. A single RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was first spotted swimming
above the rapids and flying upriver, landing on the water and floating
downstream again and again, at the C&O Canal-Violette's Lock, Montgomery Co,
MD on Sept 18, and two were seen there on Sept 19-21.
On Sept 19 five RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were reported from the SW cell at the
Hurlock WWTP in Dorchester Co, MD.

An early BONAPARTE'S GULL was reported from the C&O Canal, Violette's Lock,
Montgomery Co, MD on Sept 21, and another was at the Georgetown Waterfront
Park, NW DC the same day. Three LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were reported from
Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on Sept 21.

A possibly storm-displaced GULL-BILLED TERN was seen at Hog Island WMA,
Surry Co, VA on Sept 22. Three CASPIAN TERNS and two COMMON TERNS were over
Deep Creek Lake in Garrett Co, MD on Sept 23, and three FORSTER'S TERNS were
there on Sept 24. Five SANDWICH TERNS were roosting with a mixed group of
FORSTER'S and ROYAL TERNS at a home in the lower Chesapeake Bay, in York Co,
VA on Sept 21. A BLACK TERN was spotted at Big Water Farm (private), Queen
Anne's Co, MD on Sept 18, another in St. Mary's Co, MD on Sept 21, and
singles in Nottoway, Prince Edward, and Rockingham Co's, all in VA on Sept

An early RED-THROATED LOON was seen flying past the hawk watch at Cape
Henlopen in Sussex Co, DE on Sept 20. On Sept 21 a COMMON LOON was on Smith
Mountain Lake in Bedford Co, VA.

On Sept 18, a GREAT CORMORANT was seen flying north from Sandy Point SP,
Anne Arundel Co, MD. Another common bird in an uncommon location was the
lone DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT spotted standing on a lamppost over the
intersection of Rts 50 and 197 in Prince George's Co, MD on Sept 22.

A lone AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen flying along Raymond Pool dike late
in the morning on Sept 22, at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE.

An immature WHITE IBIS was spotted through a scope as it flew southeast at
the C&O Canal-Violette's Lock, Montgomery Co, MD on Sept 18. Three immature
WHITE IBIS were seen in flight at Cape Henlopen SP-Gordon's Pond, Sussex Co,
DE on Sept 22.

MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen at the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch in Augusta Co, VA
and another in Virginia Beach, VA both on Sept 18, while another was seen
from the Hawk Watch at Harvey's Knob on the Blue Ridge Pkwy in
Botetourt/Bedford Co's, VA on the 19th.

BROAD-WINGED HAWKS took advantage of a passing cold front and a brief period
with no rain, to stream through on Sept 22, with large numbers being seen at
many locations throughout the area. It was hit or miss however, with some
hawk watch sights having low numbers, while others saw many, even from
backyards. One particularly good place for viewing turned out to be Mt.
Vista Park in Baltimore Co, MD, where they tallied over 4700 BROAD-WINGED
HAWKS, with the highlight coming around
3 PM, when three large kettles joined up into one "swirling tornado of
hawks" numbering over 1000 birds!

Early GOLDEN EAGLE reports came in from the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch, Augusta
Co, VA, with an adult and an immature both passing through on Sept 18. On
the 19th, immature birds were seen passing by at Harvey's Knob Overlook on
the Blue Ridge Pkwy, Botetourt/Bedford Co's and at Reddish Knob in Augusta
Co, both in VA.

Late OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were found at Lake Kittamaqundi, Howard Co, MD
on Sept 18, one at Dunkirk District Park, Calvert Co, MD Sept 19, and
another at Deep Creek Lake, Garrett Co, MD on Sept 19 and 20.

RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH sightings increased this week, with reports coming in
from widely scattered locations throughout the area, indicating a possible
"invasion" year for us in the mid-Atlantic states. Three BROWN-HEADED
NUTHATCHES were heard and seen on Sept 20, at Milford Neck Wildlife Area-Big
Stone Beach Road, in Kent Co, DE.

The first WINTER WRENS of the season showed up this week, with one seen in a
yard in Bethesda, Montgomery Co, MD on Sept 20 and another at the C&O
Canal-Violette's Lock, also in Montgomery Co, MD, on Sept 21. Others were at
Cromwell Valley Park in Baltimore Co, MD and at Hughes Hollow-McKee Beshers
WMA, Montgomery Co, MD, both on Sept 22.
On Sept 18, two SEDGE WRENS were seen again at the Aquatic Resources
Education Center, Woodland Beach, Kent Co, DE. A well-seen MARSH WREN was a
nice surprise for a homeowner in Ellicott City, Howard Co, MD on Sept 19,
and two were seen at the Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum of
Virginia, in Clarke Co, VA on Sept 22.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was reported from Kinder Farm Park Anne Arundel Co,
MD on Sept 21, and another was at Back Bay NWR Virginia Beach, VA on Sept
19, 21, and 23. A LARK SPARROW was found and photographed near the pond and
ballfields, before flying off, at Kinder Farm Park in Anne Arundel Co, MD on
Sept 20, and two were seen and photographed at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach,
VA on Sept 21.

Warbler migration continued, with many birds passing through undetected in
frequently bad weather. One of the few consistent locations for seeing them
was at Rock Creek Park in NW DC, either at the Nature Center area or
Maintenance Yard. An early ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was reported from a yard
in Greenbelt, Prince George's Co, MD on Sept 19, and another was seen in
Cape Charles, Northampton Co, VA on Sept 23. CONNECTICUT WARBLERS were seen
at Severn Run NEA, Anne Arundel Co, MD and Blandair, Howard Co, MD on Sept
18, two at Masonville Cove, Baltimore Co, MD on Sept 19, and individuals in
Queen Anne's, Allegany and Baltimore Co's, MD on Sept 20. MOURNING WARBLERS
were found at the Amberley section in Anne Arundel Co, MD on Sept 18, one at
the Chestnut Land Trust in Calvert Co, MD on Sept 19 and 20, and another at
Rocky Gap SP-camping loop in Allegany Co, MD on Sept 20 and 21. On Sept 21
an immature MOURNING WARBLER was found at Schoolhouse Pond in Prince
George's Co, MD, and an adult was seen on Sept 24 at the Rockfish Valley
Trail, in Nelson Co, VA.

A DICKCISSEL was heard calling in flight as it flew over at Masonville Cove,
Baltimore Co, MD on Sept 19.


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.

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and many other nature-related titles.

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