Date: 5/28/19 5:22 pm
From: Evelyn Ralston <evelynsralston...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] DC Area, 5/28/2019
Thank you so much, Lydia. This Voice still is/was a unique resource. It brought together in a single message a remarkably broad overview of bird movements in a vast area and, as a bonus, was written with grace and humor.


Evelyn Ralston
Bethesda, MD

> On May 28, 2019, at 12:01 PM, Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> wrote:
> Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
> Date: 5/28/2019
> Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
> Reports, comments, questions: <voice...> <mailto:<voice...>
> Compiler: Lydia Schindler
> Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
> Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
> Transcriber: Steve Cordle
> NOTICE: For more than 40 years the Voice of the Naturalist has
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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, May
> 21, and was completed on Tuesday, May 28.
> 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).
> Top Birds this week are PURPLE GALLINULE* in MD and NEOTROPIC
> Other Birds of Interest were waterfowl including TRUMPETER SWAN,
> warblers including GOLDEN-WINGED and MOURNING, SUMMER TANAGER, and
> A PURPLE GALLINULE* briefly emerged from the marsh vegetation on Cash
> Lake at Patuxent Research Refuge-South Tract, Prince Georges Co, MD,
> on May 24; it was seen from the floating bridge between Cash Lake and
> the intake from Lake Reddington.
> The record-setting NEOTROPIC CORMORANT* discovered at Woodglen Lake,
> Fairfax Co, VA on May 17 was still there May 21.
> TRUMPETER SWANS made a splash in Maryland, with May 27 reports from
> Lake Frank and Rock Creek Regional Park, both in Montgomery Co, as
> well as from Stoney Creek in northern Anne Arundel Co May 26; Fort
> Smallwood Park, Anne Arundel Co May 25; and St. Martin's Neck Rd,
> Worcester Co, May 24.
> A NORTHERN PINTAIL was present May 22-25 at Constitution Gardens,
> District of Columbia; it was at the west end of the Reflecting Pool.
> On May 23, two COMMON EIDERS were swimming in a raft of BLACK SCOTERS
> off the north end of Assawoman Island, Accomack Co, VA.
> On May 27 a NORTHERN BOBWHITE called for ten minutes at Port Tobacco
> River Park, Charles Co, MD.
> BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS were still around this week, with reports from
> Rock Creek Park-Maintenance Yard in NW DC May 22 and 27.
> A KING RAIL obligingly crossed into the open multiple times at Black
> Marsh trail, North Point SP, Baltimore, MD, with sightings from May
> 21-24. On May 23 a KING RAIL was again found at Big Stone Beach, Kent
> Co, DE.
> A COMMON GALLINULE continued at E.A. Vaughn WMA-North, Worcester Co,
> MD, as of May 24.
> Two SANDHILL CRANES were spotted May 25 in Accident, Garrett Co, MD.
> Among the 13 species of shorebird tallied May 23 at Hart-Miller
> Island, Baltimore Co, MD, were a pair of BLACK-NECKED STILTS. On May
> 21, four AMERICAN AVOCETS were photographed as they flew up the
> Potomac River from East Potomac Park--Hains Point, DC. East Potomac
> Park also hosted 2 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS on May 23 and a SEMIPALMATED
> WHIMBRELS showed up at a variety of watery locations, including
> Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, but none was a more surprising find
> than one that spent all day May 23 resting on a log in the Potomac
> River across from Violette's Lock on the C&O Canal, Montgomery Co, MD.
> Huge numbers of northbound shorebirds continued to flood onto the
> Delaware beaches to fatten up on horseshoe crab eggs, but among
> SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS at places like Slaughter Beach, Sussex Co, or
> the DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Light in Milford, Sussex Co,
> prized RED KNOTS were relatively sparse and/or disappointingly
> distant; birders struggled to get a good look at more than just a few.
> Four AMERICAN WOODCOCKS surfaced May 25 at the G. W. Thompson WMA,
> Fauquier Co, VA; they were in the vicinity of the Appalachian Trail
> parking area.
> On May 21, a GULL-BILLED TERN was reported from Assateague Island SP,
> Worcester Co, MD, and on May 26 two GULL-BILLED TERNS perched on a
> small rock pile at Hog Island, Surry Co, VA. On May 25, three LEAST
> TERNS were observed from East Potomac Park-Hains Point, DC.
> A flock of ten AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS continued to entertain visitors
> to Shearness Pool, Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE, with reports through
> May 27.
> An AMERICAN BITTERN lingered at Hughes Hollow, Montgomery Co, MD, as
> of May 21. A LEAST BITTERN was seen at Huntly Meadows Park, Fairfax
> Co, VA, on May 26.
> A SNOWY EGRET was found at the Blandy Experimental Farm/State
> Arboretum of Virginia, Clarke Co, VA on May 22. A TRICOLORED HERON was
> observed at Little Creek WMA, Kent Co, DE, on May 25. WHITE IBIS
> reports included two juveniles at Indian River Inlet, Kent Co, DE, on
> May 25. A GLOSSY IBIS was seen May 23 at Violette's Lock on the C&O
> Canal, Montgomery Co, MD.
> MISSISSIPPI KITES were all around. In VA, one was reported on May 24
> from Alexandria, Fairfax Co, and two adults were seen in Falls Church,
> in an area of Fairfax county they have frequented for the past several
> years. In DE, two MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen at Cape Henlopen SP,
> Sussex Co, May 21, and one was reported at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co,
> May 22. In MD, reports came from neighborhoods and parks in Anne
> Arundel, Frederick, Harford, and Howard Counties. In Montgomery Co a
> MISSISSIPPI KITE drew birders to Violette's Lock on the C&O Canal,
> Montgomery Co, for four days running, May 22 through May 25.
> Visitors to the Nature Conservancy's Piney Grove Preserve in Sussex
> Co, VA, reported RED-COCKADED WOODPECKERS on May 25, 26, and 27.
> An ALDER FLYCATCHER was calling at East Potomac Park-Hains Point, DC
> on May 25 and again May 26. In Maryland an ALDER FLYCATCHER visited
> private property in Calvert Co May 24, 25, and 26; on May 23 an ALDER
> FLYCATCHER was found at the Hernwood Landfill, Baltimore Co.
> OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS showed up in the District of Columbia at Fort
> Dupont Park May 22 and East Potomac Park--Hains Point May 26. In
> Maryland OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was reported at Violette's Lock,
> Montgomery Co, May 22; Old Legislative Rd, Allegany Co, May 23; and
> Patapsco Valley SP, Howard Co, May 23. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was
> identified at Rock Creek Park, DC, on May 25.
> CLIFF SWALLOWS were swirling around the Rte 328 Bridge in Caroline Co,
> MD, on May 23 and 27. They were also to be found at the Monocacy
> Aqueduct in Frederick and Montgomery Cos, MD, on May 26 and 27. CLIFF
> SWALLOWS are regulars at the footbridge leading to Roosevelt Island in
> the District of Columbia.
> They're here! Big flocks of CEDAR WAXWINGS filled area trees. A group
> of 50 or more descended on a yard in Herndon, Fairfax Co, VA, on May
> 22, while an estimated 500 passed through a neighborhood Kensington,
> Montgomery Co, MD, throughout the day on May 24.
> SALTMARSH SPARROWS continued at Slaughter Beach-Marvel Saltmarsh
> Preserve, with four--three together--seen on May 21 and two found on
> May 25.
> BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE was reported from a variety of Delaware locations,
> including the Dupont Nature Center (Mispillion, Sussex Co, May 22.
> Just about the only warblers still around are local breeders--but in
> the highlands of Highland Co, VA, that means CHESTNUT-SIDED and
> CERULEAN, as well as a GOLDEN-WINGED at Blue Grass Valley MOURNING at
> Paddy's Knob, all seen May 23.
> On May 24 MOURNING WARBLER was glimpsed, and briefly sang, close to
> the marina bathroom at Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Co, VA. In Maryland,
> MOURNING WARBLER visited Owings, Calvert Co, May 24; Blandair Regional
> Park, Howard Co, May 25; and Indian Springs WMA, Washington Co, May
> 26. On May 26 a CERULEAN WARBLER was "singing nonstop" at Pretty Boy
> Reservoir—Hemlock Gorge Trail, Baltimore.
> SUMMER TANAGER reports came from Soldiers Delight NEA May 23 and 26,
> and Gunpowder Falls SP May 27, both locations in Baltimore Co, MD.
> A DICKCISSEL was heard singing at the Beltsville Agricultural Research
> Center, Prince George's Co, MD, on May 25. Two were singing at Bristoe
> Station Battlefield, Prince William Co, VA, on May 27.
> This week's report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list
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