Date: 1/1/19 9:28 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] DC Area 1/1/2019
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 1/1/2019
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compilers: Eugene Murray, Susan Higginbotham, and Gerry
Hawkins
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,
December 25, 2018 and was completed on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at
8:00 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 59th
Supplement (June 2018). This report does not provide information about
likely escaped or released birds (e.g. various parrots and parakeets),
non-established feral birds (e.g., Muscovy Duck) and introduced game
birds (e.g., Ring-necked Pheasant).

The top birds this week were CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD* in MD, BAR-TAILED
GODWIT* in VA, SAY'S PHOEBE* in VA, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER* in VA,
VARIED THRUSH* in MD, HARRIS'S SPARROW* in VA and WESTERN TANAGER in
VA.

Other birds of interest this week included SNOW, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
and CACKLING GEESE, MUTE and TRUMPETER SWANS, REDHEAD, KING EIDER,
HARLEQUIN DUCK, SURF and BLACK SCOTERS, LONG-TAILED DUCK, COMMON
GOLDENEYE, RED-NECKED, EARED and WESTERN GREBES, SORA, SANDHILL CRANE,
RED KNOT, PURPLE SANDPIPER, PARASITIC JAEGER, DOVEKIE, RAZORBILL,
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, BLACK-HEADED, ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULLS,
GREAT CORMORANT, AMERICAN WHITE and BROWN PELICANS, AMERICAN BITTERN,
GREAT EGRET, TRICOLORED and GREEN HERONS, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON,
GLOSSY IBIS, RED-TAILED HAWK ("NORTHERN"), ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN
EAGLE, LONG-EARED OWL, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, WHITE-EYED and BLUE-HEADED
VIREOS, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, SEDGE and MARSH WRENS, BLUE-GRAY
GNATCATCHER, EVENING GROSBEAK, RED CROSSBILL, SNOW BUNTING,
CLAY-COLORED and VESPER SPARROWS, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, ORANGE-CROWNED
WARBLER and several out-of-season warblers, and PAINTED BUNTING.

TOP BIRDS

A continuing young male CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD* at backyard feeders at
977 Dogwood Tree Lane in Cape St Claire, Anne Arundel Co, MD was seen
through December 30 but was not seen on December 31. It is imperative
that persons interested in looking for this bird follow the guidelines
of the homeowners of the property and include these guidelines in any
report of this bird on eBird, Facebook or other forum. These
guidelines may be found on MD Birding and in most recent reports of
this species on eBird under Maryland Rare Bird Alerts.

A BAR-TAILED GODWIT* was a prominent visitor at Chincoteague NWR,
Accomack Co, VA on December 26-31. This is likely the same bird seen
there on December 1 and 18-19.

On December 25 a SAY'S PHOEBE* found on the prior day was relocated in
fields and on various perches at 487-514 Sandidges Road in Amherst Co,
VA.

On December 29 and 30 an ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER* was photographed at
Ancarrow's Landing in Richmond, VA and along Crag's Causeway in
Virginia Beach, VA.

A continuing VARIED THRUSH* at 22070 Philip Drive and nearby in St.
Mary's Co, MD was seen through December 30 but not on December 31,
which may have been due to inclement weather. It is imperative that
persons interested in looking for this bird follow the guidelines of
the homeowners of the property and include these guidelines in any
report of this bird on eBird, Facebook or other forum. These
guidelines may be found in a post by Tyler Bell on MD Birding on
December 31, 2018 titled "Varied Thrush visitation rules" and in most
recent reports of this species on eBird under Maryland Rare Bird
Alerts.

On December 31 a HARRIS'S SPARROW* was photographed at feeders at
10657 Church Neck Road in Northampton Co, VA, making this the second
consecutive winter in which this species has visited Virginia. It is
imperative that persons interested in looking for this bird follow the
guidelines of the homeowners of the property and include these
guidelines in any report of this bird on eBird, Facebook or other
forum. These guidelines may be found in the reports of this species
filed on eBird on December 31, 2018 under Virginia Rare Bird Alerts.

A WESTERN TANAGER continues to visit back yard feeders at a residence
on Lake Windsor in Virginia Beach, VA, with the most recent report on
December 30.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

There were many other noteworthy birds found in the reporting area
during the week, undoubtedly in part due to the increased number of
birders and coverage as a result of National Audubon Society sponsored
Christmas Bird Counts conducted during the week.

In addition to very large numbers of SNOW GEESE at several mid-coastal
locations in Delaware and in Worcester Co, MD, a single SNOW GOOSE was
found at McDonogh Pond in Baltimore Co, MD on December 27-29, and an
apparent continuing single SNOW GOOSE was reported in flight near East
Potomac Park in Washington, DC on December 29. A single SNOW GOOSE and
a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE were photographed at the Mulwyck Lane
Ponds in Fauquier Co, VA on December 30.

A continuing CACKLING GOOSE was spotted among the hundreds of CANADA
GEESE at Belle Haven Park-North Picnic Area in Fairfax Co, VA on
December 25, 26 and 31 and at the Cumberland Terminus in Allegany Co,
MD on December 26. On December 26 four CACKLING GEESE were
photographed in the retention ponds behind Lowe's on Liberty Trail in
Louisa Co, VA. A single CACKLING GOOSE was found at the Dulles
Greenway Wetlands Mitigation Project-South in Loudoun Co, VA on
December 28 and the Cheriton Landfill in Northampton Co, VA on
December 30.

An invasive MUTE SWAN was seen at the Westminster Community Pool in
Carroll Co, MD most recently on December 31 and at Lake Collusion in
Calvert Co, MD on December 30. Reports of TRUMPETER SWAN during the
week included a tagged individual (T87) that was seen again at Lake
Artemesia in Prince George's Co, MD on December 25.

Noteworthy ducks during the week included an inland REDHEAD found at
Lake Habeeb in Rocky Gap SP, Allegany Co, MD on December 27 and 30 and
a female KING EIDER spotted flying north at Back Bay NWR, Virginia
Beach, VA on December 29. The only HARLEQUIN DUCKS reported in the
area during the week were two individuals at CBBT-Island No. 4 on
December 26 and one individual at the Lynnhaven Inlet Flats in
Virginia Beach, VA on December 31. A continuing female SURF SCOTER at
inland Lake Frederick in Frederick Co, VA was seen most recently
December 29. An inland BLACK SCOTER was seen again at Lake Manor in
Bedford Co, VA on December 25-27 and along Temple Lake Drive in
Colonial Heights, VA on December 26-28. On December 30 a continuing
female LONG-TAILED DUCK was spotted on the lower pond at Liberty
Corner Farm in Albemarle Co, VA. COMMON GOLDENEYES continue at the
Georgetown Reservoir in Washington, DC, with one or two females seen
all week.

On December 29 a RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Indian River Inlet in
Sussex Co, DE and Little Island Park in Virginia Beach, VA. On
December 27 and 30 an EARED GREBE was photographed at Tom's Cove in
Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA. An EARED GREBE also was reported at
Assateague Island NS-Bayside Point in Worcester Co, MD on December 27.
On December 29 a WESTERN GREBE was photographed at Little Island Park
in Virginia Beach, VA.

A transmitter-tracked hatch-year male SORA was spotted in the marsh at
Jackson Landing, Patuxent River Park, Prince George's Co, MD on
December 27. On December 30 a SORA was heard at the East Beach marsh
at Sandy Point SP in Anne Arundel Co, MD.

Area SANDHILL CRANES included two continuing individuals along West
Willard Road in Poolesville, Montgomery Co, MD on December 29-31.

Shorebird highlights during the week included a well-photographed
continuing RED KNOT at Assateague Island NS-OSV, Worcester Co, MD on
December 29. A PURPLE SANDPIPER was observed on the jetty at
Chesapeake Beach Veterans Memorial Park in Calvert Co, MD on December
26, and two were spotted on the jetty at Herrington Harbor, Anne
Arundel Co, MD on December 26 and 29.

PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen from shore in Virginia Beach, VA on
December 29 – two at Little Island Park and one at Back Bay NWR.

On December 30 a DOVEKIE was spotted flying from the base of a jetty
at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD. As a result of a large
southbound movement witnessed in the Northeast in recent weeks,
RAZORBILLS were observed at many locations in the reporting area,
especially in Delaware, where a high of 346 individuals were counted
at Cape Henlopen SP on December 30. Much smaller numbers of RAZORBILLS
were observed at various locations in Maryland and Virginia during the
week, with a high of 29 individuals reported at Assateague Island in
Worcester Co, MD on December 28 and 100 individuals at Little Island
Park in Virginia Beach, VA on December 29.

Gull highlights included an immature BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE in flight
at Little Island Park in Virginia Beach, VA on December 29. A
BLACK-HEADED GULL was spotted at Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach, VA on
December 28 and the Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch in Sussex Co, DE on
December 30. An ICELAND GULL (thayeri) was photographed at CBBT-Island
No. 4 in Northampton Co, VA on December 26. An ICELAND GULL that was
not identified to subspecies was photographed at Sandy Point SP in
Anne Arundel Co, MD on December 30 and reported at the Salisbury
Landfill-Naylor Mill Road Pond in Wicomico Co, MD on December 29. A
continuing GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at the Prince William Co Landfill in
Prince William Co, VA on December 30 and 31. A GLAUCOUS GULL also was
reported in flight at Conowingo Dam in Harford Co, MD on December 30.
GREAT CORMORANTS were seen at several coastal and bay locations during
the week, with a high of 14 individuals separated from the
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS perched on the Bloody Point Bar Lighthouse
off the Kent Point Marina in Queen Anne's Co, MD on December 26 and
29.

On December 31 an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was photographed at Salisbury
City Park in Wicomico Co, MD. A continuing BROWN PELICAN was seen at
Assateague I. NS-OSV in Worcester Co, MD on December 29.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen at the Black Marsh in Baltimore Co, MD on
December 26 and at Patuxent River Park-Jackson Landing in Prince
George's Co, MD on December 27.

A continuing GREAT EGRET at Lake Artemesia in Prince George's Co, MD
was most recently seen on December 31. Single GREAT EGRETS also were
spotted this week in Montgomery Co, MD and Kent Co, DE. Two TRICOLORED
HERONS were found at Deal Island WMA-Riley Roberts Road turnoff in
Somerset Co, MD on December 29. On December 27 a GREEN HERON was
photographed at Royal Lake Park in Fairfax Co, VA. On December 26 a
continuing BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at Baker Park, Frederick
Co, MD.

On December 25-28 two GLOSSY IBIS were seen at Chincoteague NWR in
Accomack Co, VA and three were found on December 27 and 30 at Fairmont
WMA-West Impoundment in Somerset Co, MD.

A so-called "NORTHERN" RED-TAILED HAWK (abieticola), a dark form that
is not uniformly recognized as a subspecies, was photographed at the
Brown Station Road Landfill (restricted access) in Prince George's Co,
MD on December 27. On the same day a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was observed in
flight over agricultural fields along Lloyd Bowen Road in Calvert Co,
MD. On December 26 and 27 a GOLDEN EAGLE graced the skies over the
Pickering Creek Audubon Center in Talbot Co, MD, where this species
occurs annually in small numbers.

Although this report typically does not include information on most
owls for their protection, during the week rare bird reports on eBird
noted a LONG-EARED OWL flushed from a stand of red cedar along Prime
Hook Beach Road in Sussex Co, DE on December 30 and a continuing
LONG-EARED OWL at Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia
in Clarke Co, VA.

On December 30 a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was reported on a power line at
1287 Miles Creek Road in Mecklenburg Co, VA.

An out-of-season WHITE-EYED VIREO was photographed at Little Island
Park in Virginia Beach, VA on December 29. On December 25 birders
looking for a vagrant VARIED THRUSH also enjoyed watching a continuing
BLUE-HEADED VIREO in a mixed-species flock at 22070 Philip Drive in
St. Mary's Co, MD. A BLUE-HEADED VIREO also was found at Fairmount
WMA-East Impoundment in Somerset Co, MD on December 27 and along
2800-3076 Butlers Bluff Drive in Cape Charles, Northampton Co, VA on
December 31.

A continuing BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE on Wilson Court in
Charlottesville, VA was seen most recently on December 31.

During the week a SEDGE WREN was discovered at several locations in
Virginia Beach: along Horn Point Road on December 27 and 29, at the
Princess Anne WMA-Whitehurst Tract on December 30 and False Cape SP on
December 29. On December 31 a SEDGE WREN was heard near the end of
Cornfield Harbor Road in St. Mary's Co, MD.

A continuing MARSH WREN at Rattlesnake Spring in Blandy Experimental
Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia in Clarke Co, VA was seen most
recently on December 30. On the same day a MARSH WREN was recorded at
Sandy Point SP in Anne Arundel Co, MD.

A wayward BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was found at Windsor Castle Park in
Isle of Wight, VA on December 25 and at Ancarrow's Landing in
Richmond, VA on December 29-31.

Small numbers of irruptive EVENING GROSBEAKS were found in Virginia
during the week. Three visited feeders on Declan Court in Prince
William Co on December 25, two visited feeders in the Brentsville area
of Prince William Co on December 29 and as many as six visited feeders
at a private location along Woodcock Lane in Dayton, Rockingham Co on
December 25-30. Elsewhere, a single EVENING GROSBEAK was observed at a
feeder at the Cape Henlopen SP Nature Center in Sussex Co, DE on
December 27.

Continuing RED CROSSBILLS at Prettyboy Reservoir in Baltimore Co, MD
were limited to one individual heard in flight on December 28.

As many as eight continuing SNOW BUNTINGS were found at Crystal Pier
in North Point SP in Baltimore Co, MD through December 30, perhaps in
part due to seed being thrown on the rocky habitat favored by this
species. A high of sixteen SNOW BUNTINGS were spotted in dunes between
83rd and 88th Streets in Virginia Beach, VA on December 26 and 31, and
four were found on CBBT-Island No. 4 in Northampton Co, VA on December
26. In Delaware, a high of 18 SNOW BUNTINGS were found along Fowler
Beach Road in Prime Hook NWR and Cape Henlopen SP in Sussex Co, DE on
December 30.

A continuing CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at the Laurel Hill Equestrian Center
in Fairfax Co, VA for the second consecutive winter was seen most
recently on December 31. On December 29 a VESPER SPARROW was recorded
calling at an unspecified location in Worcester Co, MD.

A continuing adult male BALTIMORE ORIOLE at a residential feeder in
Lincoln, Loudoun Co, VA was seen again on December 30.

Sightings of ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER included at least one individual
found between the Belle Haven Park-North Parking Area and the Hunting
Creek Bridge in Fairfax Co, VA on December 26 and at nearby Dyke Marsh
WP in Fairfax Co, VA on December 25. Sightings in Maryland included
1-2 individuals found at the Pickering Creek Audubon Center in Talbot
Co on December 29 and 30 and a single individual found at 500 Osborne
Lane or nearby Mullins Park in Harford Co on December 29 and 30.

Out-of-season warblers found in the reporting area during the week
included the following:

- A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER at two locations in Cape
Charles, Northampton Co, VA on December 30 and Crags
Causeway in Virginia Beach, VA on December 31, and two
individuals at Ancarrow's Landing in Richmond, VA on
December 29.

- A NASHVILLE WARBLER at locations on Main and Taylor
Streets in Chincoteague, Accomack Co, VA on December 29
and Ancarrow's Landing in Richmond, VA on December 30
and 31. Another was reported on December 26 at Summit
Point in Jefferson Co, WV.

- A CAPE MAY WARBLER at the Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt
Club in Loudoun Co, VA on December 28 and a private
residence in Hanover Co, VA on December 29 and 31.

- A NORTHERN PARULA on Capeville Drive in Cape Charles,
Northampton Co, VA on December 30.

- A BLACKPOLL WARBLER at Little Island Park in Virginia
Beach Co, VA on December 29.

- PINE WARBLERS at several locations, including four
individuals at Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Howard Co,
MD on December 27 and five continuing individuals at the
LBJ Memorial Grove/Columbia Island Marina in Washington,
DC on December 30.

- A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at a residential feeder in
Virginia Beach, VA on December 28.

- A PRAIRIE WARBLER at Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach, VA
on December 31.

- A male WILSON'S WARBLER at Settler's Mill in James City
Co, VA on December 25.

A PAINTED BUNTING was seen at private residences in Anne Arundel Co,
MD on December 26, Chesapeake, VA on December 30, and Hanover Co, VA
on December 27 and 30.

And finally, best wishes for a happy and peaceful new year to all!

***

This week's report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA and WV list
servers, eBird records, various birding pages on Facebook and
submissions to ANS.

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.

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