Date: 5/14/19 1:02 pm
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 5/14/2019
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From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Date: Tue, May 14, 2019 at 12:02 PM
Subject: DC Area, 5/14/2019
To: MDbirding <MDBirding...>


Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 5/14/2019
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Bryan Henson
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 https://www.anshome.org.

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, May
7 and was completed on Tuesday, May 14 at 6:00 a.m.


For nearly 40 years the Voice of the Naturalist has provided DC area
birders with a weekly update of notable sightings. Initially it was a
unique resource, and each Tuesday report was eagerly awaited and
devoured. Today the birding community has access to an abundance of
information, often instantaneous, and it is time: THE VOICE OF THE
NATURALIST IS RETIRING at the end of May.


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 are BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS* in DE and
WILSON'S PHALAROPE* in VA.

Other birds of interest this week included SNOW GEESE, AMERICAN
WIGEON, SURF SCOTERS, LONG-TAILED DUCK, COMMON GALLINULES, SANDHILL
CRANES, BLACK-NECKED STILTS, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, RUFF, GULL-BILLED
TERN, BLACK TERN, BLACK SKIMMER, ROSEATE SPOONBILL*, SWALLOW-TAILED
KITES, MISSISSIPPI KITES, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, MARSH WREN, EVENING
GROSBEAK, SWAINSON'S WARBLER and DICKCISSEL.

TOP BIRDS

Three BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS* were photographed May 9 at Wolfe
Neck WTP (Restricted Access), Sussex Co, DE.

A WILSON'S PHALAROPE* was photographed at Leonard's Pond, Rockingham
Co, VA on May 13.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

Two late SNOW GEESE were photographed May 10 and 11 at Sunset Lakes
Pond, Worcester Co, MD.

A lingering AMERICAN WIGEON was photographed May 8 and 9 at Hains Pt,
Washington, DC. Four more wigeon were seen lingering at Loreley Beach
Community Pier (private), Baltimore Co, MD on May 13.

Two SURF SCOTERS were seen at Rocky Gap SP, Allegany Co, MD on May 11
and 12.

A continuing LONG-TAILED DUCK was last seen at Rocky Gap SP, Allegany
Co, MD on May 8.

As many as three COMMON GALLINULES were photographed at Mason Dixon
Farm Pond (viewed from Bullfrog Rd since the pond is private),
Frederick Co, MD on May 8 to 11. A lone gallinule was photographed
along Stillhouse Rd, Fauquier Co, VA on May 11.

Four SANDHILL CRANES were seen May 11 along Foxtown Rd, Garret Co, MD.
A lone crane was photographed May 11 near Chiswell Ln, Hanover Co, VA.

As many as two BLACK-NECKED STILTS were photographed May 7 and 10 at
Figgs Landing Rd, Worcester Co, MD.

Four BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were photographed May 13 at Patton Turf
Farm, Montgomery Co, MD. A single plover was photographed along
Sugarland Rd, Montgomery Co, MD later on May 13.

A RUFF was reported May 9 and 10 at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE.

A GULL-BILLED TERN was seen at Ted Harvey WMA, Kent Co, DE on May 8
and 11. A BLACK TERN was photographed May 13 at the International
Conservation House, Fauquier Co, VA.

A BLACK SKIMMER was photographed at Sandy Point SP, Anne Arundel Co,
MD on May 12.

Two ANHINGAS were seen May 7, 10, and 11 at Stumpy Lake Natural Area,
Virginia Beach, VA. Twelve were seen flying near 85th street
oceanfront, Virginia Beach, VA on May 9.

A ROSEATE SPOONBILL* was seen May 8 at Gordon's Pond, Cape Henlopen
SP, Sussex Co, DE.

Two SWALLOW-TAILED KITES were photographed May 9 on the Butterfly
Trail at the Eastern Shore of Virginia NWR, Northampton Co, VA.

MISSISSIPPI KITES have returned to many of their breeding territories.
Four were photographed May 9 and one was seen along Vandover Rd,
Henrico Co, VA on May 11. Another was photographed May 7 along Red Oak
Trail, Chesapeake Co, VA.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen along Cartersville Rd, Cumberland Co, VA
on May 7.

On May 7, a continuing MARSH WREN was photographed at Finzel Swamp,
Garrett Co, MD.

An EVENING GROSBEAK was photographed at a private feeder in Havre de
Grace, Harford Co, MD on May 8.

A SWAINSON'S WARBLER was photographed May 12 and 13 on the Deerfield
Trail in the Jefferson National Forest, Montgomery Co, VA.

A DICKCISSEL was seen at Frying Pan Farm Park, Fairfax Co, VA on May
13.

***

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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