Date: 12/31/18 7:35 am
From: george via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] VA-bird Digest, Vol 140, Issue 31
I have a brown creeper in my yard. Is that unusual for Southern Chesterfield
this time of year? He is a perennial visitor.

Hickory Road
South Chesterfield, VA

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Today's Topics:

1. For Paul Bedell (Jeffrey Blalock)
2. Starting a New CBC Circle (Scott Byrd)
3. Probable RoughLeg Hawk/great marsh/mason neck (Rich)
4. Riverbend Park Bird Walk 12/30/2018 (<krae1010...>)
5. Blandy marsh wren YES; Sully Woodlands No. shrike NO (Ashley Lohr)
6. Short-eared Owl Warren Cty VA (William Walsh)
7. South Carolina - Kiawah Island - Birding trip photos 2 -
Loggerhead Shrike and Snowy Egret (Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick')


Message: 1
Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2018 09:24:46 -0500
From: Jeffrey Blalock <jcbabirder...>
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Subject: [VA-bird] For Paul Bedell
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If you are on the List would you please email me direct on details of where
you found the Ash-throated Flycatcher in the park I am thinking about going
after it tomorrow

Thank you.

If Paul is not on the list and you know him please forward this email to him

Thank you

From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
103 Elizabeth Court
South Boston VA 24592
434-470-4352 Cell


Message: 2
Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2018 14:33:47 +0000 (UTC)
From: Scott Byrd <ewcbyrd...>
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Subject: [VA-bird] Starting a New CBC Circle
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Good morning fellow birders! I am looking for some guidance on starting a
new CBC circle in King George. Most of the county is uncovered including
Caledon State Park and the sand and gravel pits that host wintering
waterfowl along the Rappahannock River. I have tried a generic outreach to
Audubon, but received no response. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks so

Scott Byrd


Message: 3
Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2018 10:57:57 -0500
From: Rich <appleadayonsite...>
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Subject: [VA-bird] Probable RoughLeg Hawk/great marsh/mason neck
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Seen off platform at end of Great Marsh Trail. At west end of marsh. Posted
up. Got some pics. Not 100% sure but pretty sure by process of slim. Dark
bib. Speckled breast. Dark wing edges facing us.

Alexandra Munters
Rich Rieger
Ed Wallace

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Message: 4
Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2018 21:51:18 +0000 (UTC)
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Subject: [VA-bird] Riverbend Park Bird Walk 12/30/2018
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Due to the ongoing federal government shutdown, the regularly scheduled
Sunday morning Great Falls Bird Walk was again held at Fairfax County's
Riverbend Park, with its diverse habitats and extensive network of trails.
The walk -- which included the Conn's Farm Meadow and portions of the
Hollow, Madison's Escape, and Potomac Heritage Trails -- identified
approximately 25 species and included 10 participants. Particularly worthy
of mention was the "Cardinal Tree" observed at the meadow -- a Tulip
Popular, replete with Northern Cardinals (and a few Eastern Bluebirds), all
facing east and basking in the early morning sunglow. A fine salute to
This walk meets at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, rain or shine; it does not
take place, though, during electrical storms, heavy snows, or when the
trails are icy. Stay tuned to this listserve for next weekend's meetup
announcement. All those with an interest in the natural world - beginning
and experienced birders alike - please join us.
Canada Goose 141
Ring-necked Duck 40
Bufflehead 30
Common Merganser 1
duck sp. 2
Ring-billed Gull 19
gull sp. 3
Black Vulture 3
Turkey Vulture 7
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Downy Woodpecker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 5
Blue Jay 24
American Crow 2
Fish Crow 4
crow sp. 3
Carolina Chickadee 7
Tufted Titmouse 10
White-breasted Nuthatch 16
Carolina Wren 20
Eastern Bluebird 14
Hermit Thrush 1
White-throated Sparrow 72
Song Sparrow 3
Swamp Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 28

View this checklist online at

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (


Message: 5
Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2018 17:52:46 -0500
From: Ashley Lohr <aklohr...>
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Subject: [VA-bird] Blandy marsh wren YES; Sully Woodlands No. shrike
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After 45 mins, saw the MARSH WREN at Blandy Experimental Farm (Clarke Co.)
yesterday (12/29). Only managed 1 quick photo. It was in the reeds/grass at
the edge of the pond. Viewed from the gravel road running between the pond
and Rattlesnake Springs marsh.

A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH bounced between the feeder and the surrounding trees
near the office
Took my boyfriend to see the NORTHERN SHRIKE this afternoon (I've seen it in
past years). Arrived at Sully Woodlands (Fairfax Co.) at 4pm, left at
4:45pm. No shrike. Last eBird report was 12/18, but I assume the bird is
still around based on data from past years.

Had a NORTHERN HARRIER working the W/NW field (and another flyover harrier
before we left but possibly the same individual). Also saw a perched adult
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and 2 FOX SPARROWS in the Rubus along the main path by
the old building.
Lastly, saw a BARRED OWL in a small tree right next to Lincoln Rd. (Loudoun
Co.) on my drive home yesterday evening.

Happy birding,
Ashley Lohr
Purcellville / Lynchburg / Athens, GA


Message: 6
Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2018 18:56:41 -0500
From: William Walsh <wrwbirder...>
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Subject: [VA-bird] Short-eared Owl Warren Cty VA
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We had two Short-eared Owls this evening at the location along Milldale Rd
near Stone Bridge Rd where they have been seen in past years. We first
noticed one as it started harassing a perched Red-tail hawk out in the

Bill and Cheryl Walsh
Aldie VA


Message: 7
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2018 00:34:50 +0000
From: "Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick'" <RoweRA...>
To: "<va-bird...>" <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] South Carolina - Kiawah Island - Birding trip
photos 2 - Loggerhead Shrike and Snowy Egret
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Here is my second set of photos. We were lucky enough to locate a
Loggerhead Shrike out near the beach on the famous Ocean Course at Kiawah.
It was very active and at times was chasing other birds. Also, on our last
morning we came across a feeding group of Snowy Egrets and Wood Storks.
They were so intent on feeding that we were able to walk right up to them.
Out on the beach, we found several large, mixed groups of shorebirds -
gulls, terns, and peeps.

In this batch of photos I've posted some shots of Snowy Egret, Tri-colored
Heron, Caspian Tern, Loggerhead Shrike, Dunlin, Little Blue Heron, and a
head shot of a very large alligator. I would guess this guy was 12 feet -
he was huge.

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept


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