Date: 5/29/19 12:06 pm
From: 'George Jett' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] DC Area, 5/28/2019
LydiaAs a follower of the Voice for most of those 40 years I thank you and previous reporters for your hard & consistent efforts. A chapter comes to an end, but will be missed George

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On Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 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...>
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
provided DC area birders with a weekly update of notable
sightings. Initially the Voice 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

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we wish you very good birding!

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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
servers, eBird records, and various birding pages on Facebook.

The Audubon Sanctuary Shop (301-652-3606, is an excellent source for
guidebooks and many other nature-related titles.

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