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4/25/17 10:57 am Ashley Peele via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Atlas Training Opportunities and a handy new data tool!
4/25/17 10:50 am Joe Coleman via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] FW: DC Area, 4/25/2017
4/25/17 5:22 am Harding, Sergio \(DGIF\) via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Breeding Bird Survey vacancies - volunteers wanted
4/25/17 3:57 am Michael Shank via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Pairie Falcon
4/24/17 7:16 pm Bryan Barmore via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] BioBlitz Newport News Park
4/24/17 6:51 pm Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
4/24/17 1:03 pm Larry Cartwright via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Warblers at Dyke Marsh
4/24/17 11:53 am Stuart via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Riverbend Screech owl
4/24/17 11:00 am m b via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Fos catbird and yellow rumped
4/24/17 6:29 am john via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak FOS unrest in around the Walker Nature Center. He has been at my feeders for the last 3 days. He is aggressive driving off the cardinals from the saflower feeder.
4/24/17 4:13 am Dendroica--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 04/23/17 Fairfax County
4/23/17 9:55 pm Gerry Hawkins via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Report on Field Trip along the Hike-bike Trail at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co
4/23/17 7:44 pm janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Birds Seen April 21 and April 22, 2017
4/23/17 5:22 pm Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] 8 warbler species
4/23/17 5:00 pm Caroline Heald via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Northern Bobwhite - Northwestern Culpeper County
4/23/17 2:40 pm George Martin via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Four Warbler Afternoon at Hidden Pond
4/23/17 12:57 pm Kevin Shank via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] FOS Redstart @ Switzer Lake, Rockingham Co.
4/23/17 10:44 am Fred Atwood via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] 2 cattle egrets Westmoreland Co
4/23/17 9:40 am Stephen Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] FOS Yellow-throated Vireo, Loudoun County 23 April
4/23/17 9:27 am Kevin Shank via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] FOS GC Flycatcher, Union Springs, R'ham County
4/23/17 7:22 am Gwbirds37 via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] "Our" Summer Tanager has returned
4/23/17 7:11 am dcharlesl--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] American Bittern continues at Bles Park, Loudoun County
4/22/17 8:15 pm Pam and Ben via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Last three days at White Oaks Park--Swainson's thrush, great crested flycatcher, etc.
4/22/17 7:04 pm David Boltz via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] 14 Common Loons at Lake Frederick - Frederick Co.
4/22/17 5:17 pm David Matson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] two sightings on 20 April 2017
4/22/17 3:47 pm Mary Ann Good via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Blue-winged Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Baltimore Oriole at Blue Ridge Center, Loudoun
4/22/17 2:53 pm goshawk--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Black-bellied Whistling Ducks Virginia Beach today
4/22/17 2:37 pm Gerco H via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Loudoun County Birds
4/22/17 1:48 pm David Bridge via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Chimney Swifts in Arlington Co.
4/22/17 12:13 pm Scott Priebe via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] [va-bird] Leesylvania SP - FOS Chimney Swift, Wood Thrush, Scarlet Tanager & Indigo Bunting
4/22/17 12:01 pm MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] FOS Wood Thrush, I. Bunting, Sc.Tanager; Purple Finch still--w. Albemarle
4/22/17 10:16 am Larry Cartwright via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Purple Finches at Huntley Meadows and more
4/22/17 7:21 am Ron Vogel via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] FOS chat at Occoquan Bay NWR
4/21/17 1:59 pm Kenneth Rosenthal via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Birding Arlington! Gulf Branch and Old Glebe Parks on Saturday, April 22, at 8:00 a.m.
4/21/17 11:48 am Lori B via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Introduction to Bird Language - April 29, Marshall VA
4/21/17 9:33 am Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] No. Waterthrush @Huntley Meadows
4/21/17 8:57 am Craig Zalk via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] First of Season Male Ruby Throated Hummingbird
4/21/17 7:47 am Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Birding Augusta Wetlands & Swoope this morning .
4/21/17 5:50 am Kevin Shank via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Hummingbirds and Chuck-will's-widow are back R'ham County
4/21/17 5:32 am Phil Silas via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Snowy Egret at OCcoquan Bay NWR, Prince William Co.
4/21/17 4:39 am Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Birding Augusta Wetlands & Swoope this morning .
4/20/17 5:07 pm Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Augusta County, VA 4/20/17
4/20/17 10:43 am William Young via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Vriginia Prairie Falcon Video
4/20/17 10:15 am Andrew Hawkins via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Least terns
4/20/17 9:41 am Alyce Quinn via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Recent arrivals in Franklin County
4/20/17 6:18 am Albright, Tom \(USMS\) via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] FOS Black-and-white warblers (3) at Monticewllo park, Alexandria..., 2 Blue-headed Vireos..many Yellow-rumps (30+)
4/20/17 5:59 am Gerry Hawkins via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Sunday Morning Field Trip at Dyke Marsh WP moved to Huntley Meadows Park
4/19/17 4:15 pm Thomas Nardone via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] NVBC Daniel's Run Park -- Ap
4/19/17 10:26 am MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Gray Catbird, male Rb Grosbeak, pair of Com. Grackles-west. Albemarle
4/18/17 7:25 pm Joelle Buffa via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Chincoteague NWR April 18, 2017 Shorebird/Gull Survey
4/18/17 6:15 pm Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Rails @ Huntley Meadows tonite
4/18/17 6:01 pm Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] 6 Red Crossbills and 6 warbler species
4/18/17 4:11 pm MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Rb Nuthatch and Rb Grosbeak today!--western Albemarle
4/18/17 3:55 pm Deapesh Misra via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Morning surprise
4/18/17 2:53 pm frazmo via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Arlington Gray Catbird
4/18/17 11:19 am Larry Cartwright via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Red-breasted Nuthatch and Purple Finches at Huntley Meadows Kings Highway side.
4/18/17 11:18 am Edward Eder via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] VSO Guatemala trip photos
4/18/17 8:35 am John Greenwood via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Yellow-rumped Warblers
4/18/17 7:43 am Ashley Peele via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Tacking Tricky Breeding Codes Part 2
4/18/17 4:45 am Donald Sweig via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Morning surprise
4/17/17 12:09 pm Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
4/17/17 9:56 am MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] FOS dates for birds, western Albemarle; migrating Blue Jays; and NOTE
4/17/17 8:35 am David Farner <dfarner...> [Va-bird] Northern Virginia Bird Club Meeting Wednesday, April 19 - "A Million Penguins"
4/17/17 8:27 am Walter Hadlock <jaybirdncarol...> [Va-bird] Green Heron in the backyard
4/17/17 6:39 am Stuart via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Red breasted Nuthatch and Pink lady slippers - Annandale
4/17/17 4:03 am Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder...> [Va-bird] RT Hummingbird
4/16/17 7:08 pm Scott Baron <razorbill1...> [Va-bird] Riverbend Park - Orchard Oriole and more, Fairfax Co.; April 16
4/16/17 7:05 pm Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder...> [Va-bird] eBird -- 103 Elizabeth Court, South Boston, VA -- Apr 16, 2017
4/16/17 6:22 pm janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Birds seen 4/16/17
4/16/17 4:32 pm Lee <leesheehanmiller...> [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon 4/16/17
4/16/17 3:33 pm Dendroica--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Great Falls N P Bird Walk 04/16/17 Fairfax County
4/16/17 1:01 pm Dixie Sommers via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh, Fairfax County - first of season!
4/16/17 12:36 pm Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Augusta & Rockingham Counties yesterday, RAPTORTHON
4/16/17 12:30 pm <tkiraly...> <tkiraly...> [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon presently at Plant 3:30
4/16/17 12:27 pm David Young <lcdyoung93...> [Va-bird] Common Merganser Chicks at Riverbend
4/16/17 11:31 am Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2...> Re: [Va-bird] Sully Woodlands Northern Shrike -- yes!
4/16/17 11:23 am Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2...> [Va-bird] Purple Finches, Fairfax, 16 April
4/16/17 8:30 am Arun Bose <arun1bose...> [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon, Alexandria, 04-16-17
4/16/17 5:04 am Scott Byrd via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Possible Cattle Egret in King George
4/16/17 4:52 am Russell W Taylor <gnatcatcher...> Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon tomorrow
4/16/17 3:51 am Arun Bose <arun1bose...> [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon
4/15/17 6:39 pm Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Sora @ Huntley Meadows
4/15/17 5:15 pm Mark Johnson <birdmanj61...> [Va-bird] Fwd: Surf Scoters
4/15/17 4:33 pm Mark Johnson <birdmanj61...> [Va-bird] Surf Scoters
4/15/17 1:39 pm Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] NVBC at Silver Lake Regional Park, Apr 15, 2017
4/15/17 1:02 pm Mark Johnson <birdmanj61...> [Va-bird] Surf Scoters
4/15/17 12:32 pm Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] NVBC at Silver Lake Regional Park, Apr 15, 2017
4/15/17 12:23 pm Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...> [Va-bird] 10 warbler morning, Prince William Co.
4/15/17 12:01 pm Meredith Bell <merandlee...> [Va-bird] Horned Grebes and 2 Loon species - Gloucester Point Beach
4/15/17 11:14 am John Messina <jncmessina...> [Va-bird] Monticello Park Red-Headed Woodpwckervhere now
4/15/17 11:06 am Scott Priebe <falco57...> [Va-bird] [va-bird] Huntley Meadows - Rusty Blackbirds, Blue-winged Teal, Hermit Thrushes, Ovenbird, Purple Finches
4/15/17 7:54 am Will McPhail <butcherbird2013...> [Va-bird] VA Rail and Sora at Huntley Meadows
4/15/17 7:40 am Bert Harris <aramidopsis...> Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon present Saturday morning
4/15/17 6:51 am Jeremy Beck via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon present Saturday morning
4/15/17 6:17 am Gerco H <drgerco...> [Va-bird] Red-breasted Nuthatch
4/14/17 6:36 pm Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] A couple of interesting birds in Northern Virginia
4/14/17 6:07 pm Cornell <rbr73...> Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon tomorrow
4/14/17 6:04 pm Vineeta <vineetaa...> Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon tomorrow
4/14/17 6:03 pm uberlarry via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon tomorrow
4/14/17 5:47 pm Vineeta <vineetaa...> Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon tomorrow
4/14/17 5:34 pm Bert Harris <aramidopsis...> [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon tomorrow
4/14/17 5:06 pm Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding...> [Va-bird] FOS Ruby-throated Hummingbird
4/14/17 4:27 pm Howard Wu <howiewu1...> [Va-bird] Sully Woodlands Northern Shrike -- yes!
4/14/17 3:06 pm Alan Handley <alan.lomion...> [Va-bird] Red-Headed Woodpeck at Monticello Park, Alexandria
4/14/17 1:23 pm Marshall Faintich <marshall...> [Va-bird] In Crozet, VA; 4/14/17. Report and photos:
4/14/17 11:40 am Logan Anderson <northamericaroks...> [Va-bird] 11 warbler day
4/14/17 9:26 am Vineeta <vineetaa...> Re: [Va-bird] Sully woodlands, no shrike, FOS Ixodes scapularis, other sightings
4/14/17 9:20 am Marshall Faintich <marshall...> [Va-bird] VA birding listserver on ABA listing central
4/14/17 8:28 am Larry Cartwright <prowarbler...> [Va-bird] Eastern Kingbird and Orchard Oriole at Dyke Marsh
4/14/17 7:30 am Rob Bielawski <robbielawski...> [Va-bird] Anhingas at Stumpy Lake NA in Va Beach
4/14/17 7:27 am Walter Hadlock <jaybirdncarol...> [Va-bird] Green Heron
4/14/17 7:26 am Margaret Pearson <magzjewelry...> [Va-bird] 2 Brown thrashers first of season
4/14/17 6:03 am Larry Cartwright <prowarbler...> [Va-bird] Easter Kingbird at Dyke Marsh
4/14/17 5:15 am Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> Re: [Va-bird] Sully woodlands, no shrike, FOS Ixodes scapularis, other sightings
4/14/17 4:28 am Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...> [Va-bird] common raven, Woodbridge
4/13/17 8:23 pm Todd Kiraly <tkiraly...> [Va-bird] [Va-Bird] Alexandria/Prairie Falcon may have picked up a fishing line on tail feathers
4/13/17 6:18 pm Howard Wu <howiewu1...> [Va-bird] Sully woodlands, no shrike, FOS Ixodes scapularis, other sightings
4/13/17 5:15 pm Marshall Faintich <marshall...> [Va-bird] Crozet, VA; 4/13/17
4/13/17 3:53 pm <tkiraly...> <tkiraly...> [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon has appeared at Alexandria Plant tonight
4/13/17 1:31 pm Marshall Faintich <marshall...> [Va-bird] Crozet, VA 4/13/17
4/13/17 12:42 pm William Young <wcyoung4242...> [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon, Alexandria, April 13
4/13/17 10:57 am Ashley Peele <ashpeele...> [Va-bird] First VA BBA Data and other Atlas updates...
4/13/17 7:16 am Alyce Quinn via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Recent returns to Franklin County
4/13/17 6:22 am Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder...> [Va-bird] Raven
4/13/17 6:01 am Albright, Tom (USMS) <Tom.Albright2...> Re: [Va-bird] va-bird Digest, Vol 120, Issue 15
4/13/17 5:56 am <mafabjan1977...> [Va-bird] Humming Bird
4/13/17 5:34 am Elizabeth Fedorko <elizabethholcombefedorko...> [Va-bird] Hummingbird and Magnolia Warbler
4/12/17 5:19 pm Bill Hohenstein <elliety...> [Va-bird] White faced ibis Chincoteague nwr and more
4/12/17 2:22 pm Marshall Faintich <marshall...> [Va-bird] FOS Eastern Kingbird
4/12/17 1:33 pm Bill Hohenstein <elliety...> [Va-bird] White faced ibis Chincoteague nwr
4/12/17 9:29 am G B Harris <gbhrlh...> [Va-bird] Great Dismal Swamp NWR--Canal Trail, Apr 12, 2017
4/12/17 6:22 am Barbara Farron <repbarb...> [Va-bird] Hummingbird!
4/12/17 6:04 am Wanda SanJule <wandasanjule...> [Va-bird] FOS hummingbird in northwestern Albemarle County
4/12/17 4:41 am Rob Bielawski <robbielawski...> Re: [Va-bird] Sandwich Tern
4/12/17 4:09 am Andrew Hawkins <andrewcurtishawkins...> [Va-bird] Sandwich Tern
4/12/17 3:18 am nicholas <flicknanders...> [Va-bird] Swainson's, Worm-eating Warblers, Great Dismal Swamp NWR Suffolk, 4/11/17
4/11/17 2:41 pm Eugene Burreson <gene...> [Va-bird] FOS male Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Gloucester Co.
4/11/17 2:03 pm Joelle Buffa <clyde_joelle...> [Va-bird] Chincoteague NWR Shorebird/Gull Survey April 10
4/11/17 1:45 pm KELLY K <tripacct1...> [Va-bird] Lincoln's Sparrow and Rusty Blackbirds seen in Fauquier County
4/11/17 11:54 am Larry Cartwright <prowarbler...> [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Ovenbirds and Pine Warbler
4/11/17 11:26 am <david.boltz4...> [Va-bird] 5 Warblers - Raymond R. "Andy" Guest Jr. Shenandoah River State Park - Warren Co.
4/11/17 11:17 am Marshall Faintich <marshall...> [Va-bird] Lickinghole Reservoir beaver warning
4/11/17 9:56 am Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder...> [Va-bird] eBird -- Tobacco Heritage Trail - Cotton Mill Park to 2.5 Mile Marker -- Apr 11, 2017
4/11/17 8:57 am Phil Silas via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Northern Parula - Leesylvania SP - Prince William County
4/11/17 8:45 am Kevin Shank <birds...> [Va-bird] Whip-poor-will in Union Springs 4-10
4/11/17 8:36 am Grace <gmccrowe...> [Va-bird] Hummer and Whip chase city
4/11/17 5:44 am James Fox <jmsfox11...> Re: [Va-bird] American White Pelican on Lake Frederick-Frederick County
4/11/17 3:52 am <david.boltz4...> Re: [Va-bird] American White Pelican on Lake Frederick-Frederick County
4/10/17 9:27 pm David Young <lcdyoung93...> [Va-bird] White Ibis Chincoteague
4/10/17 6:23 pm James Fox <jmsfox11...> Re: [Va-bird] American White Pelican on Lake Frederick-Frederick County
4/10/17 6:06 pm <david.boltz4...> Re: [Va-bird] American White Pelican on Lake Frederick-Frederick County
4/10/17 6:01 pm <david.boltz4...> [Va-bird] American White Pelican on Lake Frederick-Frederick County
4/10/17 5:12 pm mpo35771 . <mpo357...> [Va-bird] Bald Eagle and Green Herons
4/10/17 2:48 pm Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
4/10/17 12:27 pm Stephen Eccles <stephendeccles...> Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon
4/10/17 12:08 pm Gwbirds37 via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] For free - many, many birding magazines - looking for a new home
4/10/17 10:19 am Phil Silas via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Ovenbird - Huntley Meadows Hike - Bike Trail, Fairfax County
4/10/17 8:58 am Ron Vogel <vireo...> [Va-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR 4/9 and 4/10
4/10/17 7:17 am John Greenwood via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon
4/10/17 6:01 am Clark Olsen <clarkdesignbuild...> [Va-bird] At Least 35 Whimbrels at Willis Wharf
4/10/17 5:50 am Vineeta <vineetaa...> [Va-bird] Northern Flicker in Alexandria
4/9/17 8:08 pm Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' <RoweRA...> [Va-bird] Weekend birding in Rockbridge Co
4/9/17 5:29 pm Sue Garvin <garvin.sue...> [Va-bird] 2nd Wednesday Bird Walk, Warrenton
4/9/17 5:19 pm Scott Byrd via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] FOY/FOS Grasshopper Sparrow
4/9/17 4:25 pm Dendroica--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 04/09/17 (Fairfax County)
4/9/17 3:04 pm Marshall Faintich <marshall...> [Va-bird] Central Virginia; 4/7,9/17
4/9/17 2:14 pm Joe Coleman <joecoleman...> [Va-bird] Birds Observed Banshee Reeks April 8
4/9/17 1:20 pm Thomas Nardone <nardonet...> [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Apr 9, 2017
4/9/17 12:33 pm Stuart via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Link to albinic owl
4/9/17 7:10 am John Messina <jncmessina...> [Va-bird] Prarie Falcon; Palm Warblers
4/9/17 7:07 am Grace <gmccrowe...> [Va-bird] First ovenbird Chase City 4-9-17
4/9/17 6:16 am Robnoblestar via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Prairie falcon 09:15 Sunday
4/9/17 3:12 am Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding...> Re: [Va-bird] Prairie falcon
4/8/17 6:07 pm Joelle Buffa <clyde_joelle...> [Va-bird] FOS Purple Martin: Accomack County
4/8/17 5:41 pm Elton Morel via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] NVBC Walk at Bristoe Station Battlefield, Prince William County, Apr 8, 2017
4/8/17 5:17 pm Rob Bielawski <robbielawski...> [Va-bird] 8 Apr 2017 - Great Dismal Swamp & an unexpected Upland Sandpiper Twitch
4/8/17 3:56 pm Amanda Dymacek <amanda.dymacek...> Re: [Va-bird] Prairie falcon
4/8/17 3:22 pm Gerco H <drgerco...> [Va-bird] Lucketts Area
4/8/17 2:03 pm John Greenwood via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon
4/8/17 1:07 pm David Gibson <20cabot...> [Va-bird] male Painted Bunting et al (Chesapeake & Suffolk)
4/8/17 12:31 pm Ron Furnish via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Prairie falcon
4/8/17 11:15 am Meredith Bell <merandlee...> [Va-bird] Cattle Egrets and FOS Purple Martins - Gloucester County
4/8/17 10:41 am Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder...> [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Falkland Rd, St Rd 716; Halifax County, VA, Apr 8, 2017
4/8/17 9:46 am Vineeta <vineetaa...> Re: [Va-bird] Prairie falcon
4/8/17 9:30 am Vineeta <vineetaa...> Re: [Va-bird] Prairie falcon
4/8/17 6:48 am Joelle Buffa <clyde_joelle...> [Va-bird] Birding Magazine Issues: 2004-present
4/8/17 6:00 am Craig Zalk <craig.zalk...> [Va-bird] Purple Finches - Lots of Them
4/8/17 5:55 am Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...> [Va-bird] Black and white warbler, Breckenridge Rd
4/8/17 5:08 am Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding...> Re: [Va-bird] Prairie falcon
4/8/17 5:05 am Antonio Quezon <antonio.quezon...> [Va-bird] Prairie falcon
4/8/17 4:40 am Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> [Va-bird] Prairie falcon
4/8/17 4:15 am Vineeta <vineetaa...> Re: [Va-bird] Parking info for Alexandria Prairie Falcon
4/7/17 6:03 pm Mark Johnson <birdmanj61...> [Va-bird] American White Pelicans
4/7/17 5:14 pm Ed and Helen Morgan <edandhelenmorgan...> [Va-bird] Osprey
4/7/17 1:40 pm Vineeta <vineetaa...> Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon
4/7/17 11:36 am Andrew Rapp <lax3birder...> [Va-bird] Anhinga- Carson Wetland
4/7/17 9:47 am Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding...> [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon
4/7/17 8:57 am Gerco H <drgerco...> Re: [Va-bird] eBird Hotspots and Tackling Tricky Breeding Codes
4/7/17 8:03 am Claire Kluskens <birdlady2011...> Re: [Va-bird] Parking info for Alexandria Prairie Falcon
4/7/17 6:58 am Eirlys Barker <dreirlys...> [Va-bird] Evening Grosbeak
4/7/17 6:46 am Ashley Peele <ashpeele...> [Va-bird] eBird Hotspots and Tackling Tricky Breeding Codes
4/7/17 6:37 am morann--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Chipping Sparrow
4/7/17 5:59 am Howard Wu <howiewu1...> [Va-bird] Parking info for Alexandria Prairie Falcon
4/7/17 5:55 am Rob Bielawski <robbielawski...> [Va-bird] Virginia Beach Spring 2017 Arrivals & Some Field Observations
4/7/17 5:28 am Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Bald Eagle Rescue Contact Information
4/7/17 5:12 am Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> Re: [Va-bird] Bald Eagle Rescue Contact Information
4/6/17 6:26 pm Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Am Bittern @ Huntley Meadows
4/6/17 8:23 am balexandrescu via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon sighting 04/05/17
4/6/17 8:21 am Michael Boatwright <mboater...> [Va-bird] AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, Amherst Co April 6
4/6/17 7:17 am Elizabeth Fedorko <elizabethholcombefedorko...> [Va-bird] Bald Eagle Rescue Contact Information
4/6/17 6:27 am Gerco H <drgerco...> [Va-bird] Finch Activity Leesburg, VA
4/5/17 7:57 pm Marshall Faintich <marshall...> [Va-bird] Albemarle County, VA; 4/5/17
4/5/17 6:38 pm Herbert Larner <larnersky...> [Va-bird] Chuck - will's - Widow & Whip - poor - Will in Augusta County
4/5/17 6:36 pm nicholas <flicknanders...> [Va-bird] Black-throated Green Warbler, etc., Turkeycock Mountain WMA in Henry/Franklin Co.'s, 4/5/17
4/5/17 6:31 pm mpo35771 . <mpo357...> Re: [Va-bird] Green Herons at Ben Brenman Park, Alexandria
4/5/17 4:43 pm Marshall Faintich <marshall...> [Va-bird] Albemarle County, VA; 4/5/17
4/5/17 2:40 pm Walter L. Barrows <wbarrows...> [Va-bird] Green Herons at Ben Brenman Park, Alexandria
4/5/17 12:36 pm Antonio J. Quezon <antonio.quezon...> Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon
4/5/17 12:14 pm Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] some Fairfax Co. birds
4/5/17 11:28 am Stuart via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Question Re: Prairie falcon
4/5/17 10:14 am Antonio J. Quezon <antonio.quezon...> [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon
4/5/17 10:00 am Elizabeth Fedorko <elizabethholcombefedorko...> [Va-bird] Bald Eagle, Prairie Warbler, and More at Luria Park, Falls Church, VA
4/5/17 7:39 am Albright, Tom (USMS) <Tom.Albright2...> [Va-bird] Monticello park, Alexandria 4-5 April
4/5/17 6:56 am Candice Lowther <candiceylowther...> [Va-bird] Possum point area: Prince William
4/5/17 6:06 am Vineeta <vineetaa...> Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon
4/5/17 4:32 am Antonio Quezon <antonio.quezon...> [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon
4/4/17 8:27 pm <nanjyoung...> [Va-bird] Red-breasted Nuthatch - Troutville
4/4/17 6:22 pm Joelle Buffa <clyde_joelle...> [Va-bird] Chincoteague NWR Shorebird Survey
4/4/17 1:16 pm Eirlys Barker <dreirlys...> [Va-bird] Evening Grosbeak
4/4/17 9:55 am Larry Cartwright <prowarbler...> [Va-bird] Purple Finches in Annandale
4/4/17 8:59 am Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...> [Va-bird] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, 4/4/17
4/4/17 7:42 am Ashley Peele <ashpeele...> [Va-bird] Atlas Workshops and Angry Birds (not the game)
4/4/17 7:34 am Shea Tiller <sheagordontiller...> [Va-bird] 6 purple finches in yard--highest yard count yet
4/3/17 7:40 pm Logan Anderson <northamericaroks...> [Va-bird] 5 warbler day
4/3/17 7:34 pm janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Broad Wing Hawk - 4/1/17
4/3/17 6:35 pm David Young <lcdyoung93...> [Va-bird] Lake Fairfax arrivals, Dulles Lake , Sully Woods
4/3/17 4:39 pm Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder...> [Va-bird] Birding App
4/3/17 3:37 pm Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder...> [Va-bird] All 3 Nuthatches.
4/3/17 3:37 pm David Young <lcdyoung93...> [Va-bird] Lake Fairfax arrivals, Dulles Lake , Sully Woods
4/3/17 2:53 pm Walter L. Barrows <wbarrows...> Re: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
4/3/17 2:41 pm Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
4/3/17 2:27 pm David Boltz <david.boltz4...> [Va-bird] Vesper Sparrows Still at Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia - Clarke Co.
4/3/17 1:36 pm Shirley L. Ruhe via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Prairie falcon
4/3/17 1:04 pm Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder...> [Va-bird] RB Nut
4/3/17 10:01 am Todd Kiraly <tkiraly...> [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon/Power Generating Station T-shirt Designed
4/3/17 8:35 am pepherup--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Snake With Wings Attached!
4/3/17 8:10 am Stuart via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Red-headed Woodpecker still at Loria.Bald Eagle chick seen at River bend.
4/3/17 6:22 am Joel Martin <joel.c.martin.52...> [Va-bird] Eurasian Collared-Dove in Chincoteague
4/2/17 7:09 pm Gerco H <drgerco...> [Va-bird] The yard today; Pine Warbler and Purple Finches
4/2/17 6:27 pm Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> [Va-bird] ????? Prairie Falcon sightings ????
4/2/17 2:21 pm Brian Taber via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] College Creek Hawkwatch 1,000th Bird and March Total
4/2/17 2:08 pm Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...> [Va-bird] Prince William County
4/2/17 12:24 pm Marshall Faintich <marshall...> [Va-bird] Crozet, VA; 4/2/17
4/2/17 12:21 pm Dendroica--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Great Falls N. P. Bird Walk 04/02/17 (Fairfax County)
4/2/17 12:13 pm Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh, Apr 2, 2017
4/2/17 9:45 am G B Harris <gbhrlh...> [Va-bird] Great Dismal Swamp NWR--Canal Trail, Apr 2, 2017
4/2/17 7:11 am morann--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] FOS Phoebe
4/2/17 3:47 am Deapesh Misra via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Prince William and Fairfax Co morning
4/1/17 9:56 pm balexandrescu via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Prairie falcons
4/1/17 8:03 pm janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Birds seen in Alexandria, VA 4/1/17
4/1/17 8:00 pm Robnoblestar via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] No prairie falcon this afternoon, but some consolation
4/1/17 6:48 pm Amanda Dymacek <amanda.dymacek...> Re: [Va-bird] No prairie falcon this afternoon, but some consolation
4/1/17 6:05 pm Pam and Ben via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] No prairie falcon this afternoon, but some consolation
4/1/17 5:24 pm Vineeta <vineetaa...> Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon
4/1/17 4:01 pm Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding...> [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon
4/1/17 3:38 pm Ed and Helen Morgan <edandhelenmorgan...> [Va-bird] Purple finches
4/1/17 3:36 pm G B Harris <gbhrlh...> [Va-bird] Indian River Park, Apr 1, 2017
4/1/17 3:33 pm Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> [Va-bird] Three CHIPPIES in Falls Church,
4/1/17 2:22 pm Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...> [Va-bird] Prince William and Fairfax Co morning
4/1/17 2:15 pm Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> [Va-bird] Burke Lake: LOONS
4/1/17 10:25 am Craig Zalk <craig.zalk...> [Va-bird] Purple Finches
4/1/17 9:34 am Eirlys Barker <dreirlys...> [Va-bird] Evening Grosbeak in Gloucester
4/1/17 9:06 am Larry Cartwright <prowarbler...> [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Walk for April 1
4/1/17 6:30 am David Gibson <20cabot...> [Va-bird] Sora--Paradise Creek Nature Park, Portsmouth
4/1/17 5:44 am <tkiraly...> <tkiraly...> [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon is at the Power Plant now (8:30)
4/1/17 3:25 am Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...> [Va-bird] Whip-poor-will, Prince William Co
3/31/17 2:10 pm Eugene Burreson <gene...> [Va-bird] Blue-grey Gnatcatcher, Gloucester Co.
3/31/17 12:36 pm David Matson <wrenpt...> [Va-bird] Hairy Woodpecker
3/31/17 8:56 am m b <marlabeth...> [Va-bird] ruddy duck at tidal basin
3/30/17 4:25 pm Bill McGovern <bmcgovern...> [Va-bird] Who knew White-Throat morphs could be so complicated?
3/30/17 10:45 am Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> [Va-bird] Prairie falcon-YES
3/30/17 10:35 am Rob Bielawski <robbielawski...> [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon Present Now in Alexandria
3/30/17 10:27 am Tony Futcher <tonyfutcher1...> [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon in Alexandria and Northern Shrike at Sully Woods
3/30/17 9:55 am Ron Vogel <vireo...> [Va-bird] Migration Notes
3/30/17 9:40 am Larry Cartwright <prowarbler...> [Va-bird] Gnatcatcher at Huntley Meadows
3/29/17 6:23 pm Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> [Va-bird] ????? Prairie Falcon???
3/29/17 5:48 pm Marshall Faintich <marshall...> [Va-bird] Albemarle County, VA; 3/29/17
3/29/17 3:06 pm Karen Fairweather <twofairs...> [Va-bird] Long-tailed Duck Potomac River
3/29/17 2:50 pm Marshall Faintich <marshall...> [Va-bird] Albemarle County, VA; 3/29/17
3/29/17 2:19 pm pepherup--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Water thrushes, Herons, Thrashers in Stonewall area of Appomattox County
3/29/17 1:03 pm Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] our Fairfax Foray
3/29/17 12:09 pm Kenneth Rosenthal <rosenthal.k...> [Va-bird] Louisiana Waterthrush at Gulf Branch Nature Center
3/29/17 10:40 am Karen Fairweather <twofairs...> [Va-bird] Long tailed duck pair DC/Arlington
3/29/17 10:26 am Lee <leesheehanmiller...> [Va-bird] Palm warbler
3/29/17 8:44 am Karen Fairweather <twofairs...> [Va-bird] Long tailed duck pair DC/Arlington
3/29/17 8:20 am Keith Maley via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Leesylvania SP - Yellow-throated Warbler
3/29/17 7:05 am Bruno, Rexanne <bruno...> [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon
3/29/17 7:04 am Will McPhail <butcherbird2013...> Re: [Va-bird] More RFI: PRAIRIE FALCON
3/29/17 6:57 am Bruno, Rexanne <bruno...> Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon
3/29/17 6:39 am Patti Reum <pareum...> [Va-bird] VSO Conservation Grants announcement
3/29/17 5:17 am Rob Bielawski <robbielawski...> Re: [Va-bird] More RFI: PRAIRIE FALCON
3/29/17 5:12 am Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> [Va-bird] More RFI: PRAIRIE FALCON
3/28/17 7:12 pm Joe Coleman <joecoleman...> [Va-bird] FW: DC Area, 3/28/2017
3/28/17 4:07 pm David Young <lcdyoung93...> [Va-bird] Palm Warbler, Great Falls NP - Tundra Swans, Lake Anne
3/28/17 12:45 pm Jon Little <littlejon48...> [Va-bird] Snipe / Frederick Co.
3/28/17 11:23 am Dave Larsen - Birding <hirundo...> [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon in Alexandria
3/28/17 10:45 am Sunny Yoder <sunnyyoder...> Re: [Va-bird] Chandler Robbins
3/28/17 8:36 am m b <marlabeth...> [Va-bird] scaup on the tidal basin
3/28/17 8:29 am David White <dizoo...> Re: [Va-bird] Chandler Robbins
3/28/17 8:05 am Alan Handley <alan.lomion...> [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon present around 9:45
3/28/17 8:02 am Ezra Staengl <ezraperegrine...> Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon - Yes
3/28/17 7:47 am drew kulick <uuerd...> [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon still At Power Plant
3/28/17 7:37 am Hobson, Chris (DCR) <Chris.Hobson...> [Va-bird] Louisiana waterthrush calling in Quinton, VA
3/28/17 6:49 am Lori Keeler <lorik3...> Re: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
3/28/17 6:33 am Ruthenberg, Jessica (DGIF) <Jessica.Ruthenberg...> [Va-bird] Have you been following the Richmond Falcon Cam?
3/28/17 6:21 am Roberta Reichwein <b.reichwein...> [Va-bird] Clarification re: Chan Robbins Memorial Service
3/28/17 3:53 am Ludwig, Chris (DCR) <Chris.Ludwig...> [Va-bird] Early Eastern Whip-poor-will
3/27/17 8:06 pm janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] 3 Peregrine Falcons - 3/23/2017 - Falls Church, VA
3/27/17 7:38 pm Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
3/27/17 6:32 pm Todd Kiraly <tkiraly...> [Va-bird] Yesterday/Prairie Falcon chasing Merlin Sunday morning at the Potomac River Generator Station
3/27/17 4:46 pm Daniel Joslyn <djoslyn48...> Re: [Va-bird] Info about Chan Robbins
3/27/17 2:29 pm Sandra Farkas <sandralfarkas2...> [Va-bird] 5:26pm Prairie Falcon
3/27/17 1:01 pm G B Harris <gbhrlh...> [Va-bird] Great Dismal Swamp NWR, Jericho Lane
3/27/17 12:38 pm Claire Kluskens <birdlady2011...> [Va-bird] Sparrow with pink bill, Alexandira
3/27/17 12:07 pm Janice Frye <byrdnyrd33...> Re: [Va-bird] Info about Chan Robbins
3/27/17 11:45 am Daniel Joslyn <djoslyn48...> Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon - Yes
3/27/17 9:46 am Bill McGovern <bmcgovern...> Re: [Va-bird] Info about Chan Robbins
3/27/17 7:58 am Roberta Reichwein <b.reichwein...> [Va-bird] Info about Chan Robbins
3/27/17 7:11 am Melissa Roach <roach.mc1...> [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon - Yes
3/27/17 6:38 am Carr, David E. (dec5z) <dec5z...> [Va-bird] Vesper Sparrows at Blandy Experimental Farm
3/27/17 6:27 am <david.boltz4...> [Va-bird] eBird -- Lake Frederick -- Mar 27, 2017 Frederick Co.
3/27/17 6:22 am Daniel Joslyn <djoslyn48...> Re: [Va-bird] Alexandria - Prairie Falcon
3/27/17 5:26 am Sunny Yoder <sunnyyoder...> [Va-bird] Chandler Robbins
3/27/17 3:35 am Dendroica--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Great Falls Bird Walk 03/26/17 (Fairfax County)
3/26/17 8:54 pm Sunny Yoder <sunnyyoder...> [Va-bird] Chandler Robbins
3/26/17 7:43 pm Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Augusta County today (78 species, Marsh Wren, migrants)
3/26/17 6:13 pm Nick Newberry <nickenew1...> [Va-bird] Black-throated Green Warbler, Williamsburg
3/26/17 5:46 pm Fred Atwood <fatwood...> Re: [Va-bird] Alexandria - Prairie Falcon
3/26/17 4:12 pm William Boyd <billboliviaboyd...> [Va-bird] Possible Crow Nest in Alexandria
3/26/17 2:42 pm Larry Cartwright <prowarbler...> [Va-bird] Mason Neck State Park eagles and coots
3/26/17 2:41 pm Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Merrimac Farm
3/26/17 1:07 pm Scott Priebe <falco57...> [Va-bird] [va-bird] Anyone else having problems receiving posts today?
3/26/17 12:16 pm Walter L. Barrows <wbarrows...> [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon at Alexandria Power Plant: Pix
3/26/17 12:00 pm Joe Coleman <joecoleman...> [Va-bird] Orientation to VABBA2 & More Comprehensive Training Sessions
3/26/17 11:58 am Phil Silas via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Mar 26, 2017
3/26/17 11:23 am Art Drauglis <art...> [Va-bird] Alexandria - Prairie Falcon
3/26/17 11:10 am Scott Priebe <falco57...> [Va-bird] [va-bird] Prairie Falcon at Alexandria Power Plant ~ 12:30 PM today
3/26/17 10:47 am Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...> Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon and RFI
3/26/17 10:24 am Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon and RFI
3/26/17 7:41 am Michael Mayer <michaelmayer48...> [Va-bird] Alexandria Prairie Falcon
3/26/17 7:09 am Janet Paisley <janetpaisley...> [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon in Alexandria
3/26/17 5:56 am Suzanne Stewart <suzinotsue...> [Va-bird] FOS osprey Orange VA
 
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Date: 4/25/17 10:57 am
From: Ashley Peele via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Atlas Training Opportunities and a handy new data tool!
Hi Atlas volunteers!

Hope you've all been able to stay dry, despite the excessively rainy
weather we've been having. Here in Montgomery county, we're seeing many a
flooded basement, road, and over-topped river bank! Despite this wet
weather, Atlas effort continues to come in, which speaks to the intrepid
nature of VA birders! :)

*A couple important Atlas project updates:*

1) *Atlas Training Session this Saturday, April 29! *To be held at Emory
and Henry Bartlett-Crowe Field Station, just south of Glade Spring in SW
VA. This workshop will include field and data entry training by Dr. Steven
Hopp. Time: *8am-1pm*. It's not too late to sign up, so please email Dr.
Hopp if you're interested in participating in this event (<shopp...>).

2) *Personal Breeding Data Summary Tool:* This was recently added to the
'Submit Data' page of the Atlas website (
http://amjv.org/index.php/vabba2/contacts).
If you're interested in summarizing the data that you have contributed to
the Atlas project, then visit the website and download both the How-To PDF
and the excel file to learn how you can easily download and organize your
Atlas eBird data.

3) *Atlas Data Training session at VSO Annual meeting: *It may not sound
glamorous, especially with the many field trips occurring at this year's
annual VSO meeting in Richmond. However, if you're interested in *improving
both your eBird and Atlas data skills, sign-up for my late afternoon
workshop on Saturday, May 6th!* We'll talk web tools, phone apps, and
mapping tools, as well as have some work time for folks to ask questions
and get individual help. It'll be a restful break from your busy days of
birding. ;)

As always, stay tuned for more articles and project updates as we swing in
to the heart of the breeding season!

All the best,

Ashley Peele, PhD
Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator
Conservation Management Institute - Virginia Tech
Office: 540-231-9182
Fax: 540-231-7019
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Date: 4/25/17 10:50 am
From: Joe Coleman via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FW: DC Area, 4/25/2017
FYI Joe

-----Original Message-----
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 4/25/17
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Joe Coleman
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 (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.AudubonNaturalist.org.

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, April 18, and was
completed on Tuesday, April 25 at 9:15 a.m.

Information on noteworthy birds during this week is presented below in
taxonomic order, as set forth in the American Ornithologists' Union
Checklist for North and Middle American birds, as revised through the 57th
Supplement (July 2016).

TOP BIRD THIS WEEK were BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK* in VA, EURASIAN
GREEN-WINGED TEAL (COMMON TEAL)* in VA, and SWALLOW-TAILED KITE in VA.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST include waterfowl, NORTHERN BOBWHITE, rails,
SANDHILL CRANE, shorebirds including RUFF, LITTLE GULL, ANHINGA, AMERICAN
and LEAST BITTERN, SNOWY EGRET, TRICOLORED HERON, CATTLE EGRET,
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, WHITE-FACED IBIS, NORTHERN SHRIKE, RED
CROSSBILL, warblers, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, and LINCOLN
SPARROW.

TOP BIRDS

Two BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS* were found April 22 at the private
Bayville Golf Club, Virginia Beach, VA.

A EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL (COMMON TEAL)* was seen April 20 at Craney
Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA.

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was seen April 22 at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA.
Three were seen April 23 flying overhead east of Von Canon Rd, Northampton
Co, VA toward Cheriton.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

A CACKLING GOOSE continued at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Queen
Anne's Co., MD with a sighting on April 20.

On April 18 two NORTHERN BOBWHITES walked across the C&O Canal towpath at
about the 26.5 mile point (near Sycamore Landing, Montgomery Co, MD).Two
NORTHERN BOBWHITES were heard April 23 along SR628 close to the Hazel River
in the Rixeyville/Castleton area of Culpeper Co, VA.
One and sometimes two KING RAILS were seen April 18, 19, & 20 at Truitt's
Landing, Worcester Co, MD. The VIRGINIA RAIL and SORA were seen again at
Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co., VA on April 18.

The SANDHILL CRANES in Accident, Garrett Co, MD were seen again on April 20.
Four SANDHILL CRANES were seen April 18 at the Ashton Tract, New Castle Co,
Augustine Wildlife Area, DE; one was seen there April 22.

An AMERICAN AVOCET was seen throughout the week at Blackwater NWR,
Dorchester Co, MD. Among the increasing shorebird sightings during the week
was an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER at TRUITT'S LANDING, WORCESTER Co, MD on April
18.

The RUFF at the Port Penn Impoundments, Augustine Wildlife Area, New Castle
Co, DE was seen from the 20th through the 23rd with a second also being seen
on April 20, 21 and 23.

A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on
April 22. A WILLET was the other highlight at the weekly bird walk at
Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA on April 24.

The LITTLE GULL at Back River, Diamond Point Road, Baltimore Co, MD was last
reported on April 19.

The ANHINGA at the Carson Wetland, Prince George's Co, VA was last seen
April 21. ANHINGAS continued to be seen at Stumpy Lake NA, Virginia Beach,
VA through April 21.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was found April 22 at Bles Park, Ashburn, Loudoun Co, VA
and relocated on April 23 and 24. An AMERICAN BITTERN was the highlight of
the weekly bird walk at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA on April 24. A
LEAST BITTERN was found April 23 at Hughes Hollow, Montgomery Co, MD, and
seen again April 24. A SNOWY EGRET was found April 21 in a tree next to the
pond at the parking lot in Occoquan Bay NWR, Woodbridge, Prince William Co,
VA. A TRICOLORED HERON flew over Hains Point, SW DC on April 23. Two CATTLE
EGRETS were found April 23 on Currioman Rd near Currioman Landing,
Westmoreland Co, VA. An adult YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was observed April
22 a little upstream from Fletcher's Cove (and a little downstream from
Chain Bridge, NW
DC) hunting along the edge of a small pond across from Gulf Branch on the VA
side. YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were observed nest building in Sligo Creek
Park, Montgomery Co, MD on April 20, between Piney Branch and Carroll.

The WHITE-FACED IBIS* at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA was seen again on
April 18. A WHITE-FACED IBIS was seen April 23 at the Ashton Tract,
Augustine Wildlife Area, New Castle Co, DE.

The continuing NORTHERN SHRIKE at the Sully Woodlands, Fairfax Co, VA was
seen again on April 23 and 24.

Six RED CROSSBILLS were found April 18 at the four-road intersection on the
way to Reddish Knob, Augusta Co, VA.

Warbler sightings increased as the week progressed. CERULEAN WARBLERS were
reported on April 21 from Henryton Center, Carroll Co, MD and, on the same
day, at Patapsco Valley SP, Marriotsville, Howard Co, MD.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continues to be seen at the Big Water Farm (private),
Queen Anne's Co MD, with the most recent report from April 24. A
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW also continued to be seen at the Driver Rd entrance to
the Patapsco Valley SP, Howard Co, MD through April 22. A VESPER SPARROW was
seen April 18 at Waterford Farm (restricted), Howard Co, MD; another was
seen April 19 along Long Neck Rd, St.
Mary's Co, MD. Two VESPER SPARROWS were seen April 23 in Kenilworth Park, NE
DC. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen April 23 in Druid's Hill Park, Baltimore
MD; the same day a LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen at Hains Point, SW DC.

This report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list servers via
the ABA Internet links, and on eBird records.

The Audubon Sanctuary Shop (301-652-3606, http://anshome.org/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, either
e-mail or phone.

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable records committee

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Date: 4/25/17 5:22 am
From: Harding, Sergio \(DGIF\) via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Breeding Bird Survey vacancies - volunteers wanted
Virginia Birders,



It's that time of year again where we are recruiting skilled Virginia birders to volunteer for the North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS). The BBS has been running for over 50 years and continues to generate population trend information for a large number of landbird species; this information is actively used by scientists and conservationists to monitor the status of bird populations and identify species most in need of conservation attention. The BBS is driven by the active involvement of volunteer citizen scientists.



There are 68 active BBS routes in VA of which 12 (nearly 20%) are in need of observer. Once you sign up and familiarize yourself with a BBS route, running that route requires only one morning per year, with 3-minute bird counts being conducted at 50 stops over a distance of 25 roadside miles.



If you can identify the birds in your area by both sight and sound, have sharp eyesight and good hearing (especially important for the higher-pitched species that might otherwise escape detection), have access to reliable transportation, and are willing to commit to running a route for a minimum of 2 consecutive years (but multiple years are highly encouraged), please consider inquiring about running a BBS route.



To view a map of currently vacant routes, go to https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/index.cfm and click on 'Vacant Routes'. Click on the 'Info' button next to a route to view a list of species recorded to date for that route. Current vacancies are found in the following counties: Amelia/Dinwiddie, Amherst, Carroll, Craig, Dickenson/Wise, Henry, Mecklenburg, Northampton, Patrick/Floyd, Rockbridge, and Washington/Smyth.



You can read up on BBS methodology and view results at https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/. Please contact me with any questions, and especially if you are interested in running a route.



We need your help - thanks!



Sergio


Sergio Harding | Nongame Bird Conservation Biologist | Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries | 7870 Villa Park Dr, Suite 400, Henrico, VA 23228 | 804-367-0143 | www.dgif.virginia.gov<http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/> | www.vabci.org<http://www.vabci.org/>

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Date: 4/25/17 3:57 am
From: Michael Shank via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Pairie Falcon

Is the Pairie Falcon still at the Alexander Power Plant?



Michael Shank
<tallwhiteoak...>

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Date: 4/24/17 7:16 pm
From: Bryan Barmore via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] BioBlitz Newport News Park
All,

The Virginia Herpetological Society
<http://www.virginiaherpetologicalsociety.com/>, Hampton Roads Bird Club
<http://www.hamptonroadsbirdclub.org/>, and other Virginia Peninsula
nature-focused organizations will be conducting a BioBlitz in Newport
News Park on the weekend of May 20-21, 2017, rain or shine. This 7,711
acre urban oasis features 30 miles of trails through lush woodlands,
meadows, as well as the Grafton Ponds Natural Area Preserve
<http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural-heritage/natural-area-preserves/grafton>,
a 375-acre complex of vernal pools. More information can be found at
https://sites.google.com/a/vaherpsociety.com/nnp-bioblitz-2017/

If you are interested, please visit the bioblitz page at
https://sites.google.com/a/vaherpsociety.com/nnp-bioblitz-2017/ for more
information and to register. If you wish to be part of a specific party
or bird a specific area of the park, are familiar with iNaturalist
(where all species will be recorded), or a photographer (we would like
as many photographs of species as possible), please note that in the
comment section. While the main park of Newport News Park is regularly
birded, 200+ species over 750 eBird checklists, other parts of the park
we have access too are infrequently birded but have outstanding habitat.

Questions can be sent to Bryan Barmore (<gbheron25...>
<mailto:<gbheron25...>)

Thanks and I hope to see you out there,

Bryan Barmore

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Date: 4/24/17 6:51 pm
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
The bird of the day on this morning's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk was an American Bittern that exploded out of the wetland directly next to the boardwalk where one of our birders was standing.  Startling!  In a close second place was a Willet found with a group of Greater Yellow legs.  Willets are so rare at Huntley they don't appear on the Park bird list.  Yellow-throated Vireos, Prothonatary Warblers, a Merlin, and a pair of Great Crested Flycatchers highlighted the remainder of the list of 62 species.  Steady rain and a cold chill were slight annoyances given the bird treasures we encountered.
Canada Goose  30
Wood Duck  30
Mallard  7
Hooded Merganser  12
Wild Turkey  1
American Bittern  1
Great Blue Heron  2
Green Heron  1
Osprey  1
Bald Eagle  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Solitary Sandpiper  4
Greater Yellowlegs  15
Willet  1   
Ring-billed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  1
Barred Owl  1
Chimney Swift  6
Red-headed Woodpecker  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  7
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Acadian Flycatcher  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  1
Yellow-throated Vireo  3
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  3American Crow  6
Fish Crow  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  20
Tree Swallow  25
Barn Swallow  12
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  7
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Veery  1
American Robin  12
Northern Waterthrush  2
Prothonotary Warbler  3
Common Yellowthroat  7
Yellow Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  24
Chipping Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  40
Swamp Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  2
Northern Cardinal  8
Red-winged Blackbird  50
Rusty Blackbird  3
Common Grackle  8
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
American Goldfinch  3
The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 7AM (8AM from November through March), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at (703)768-2525.

Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Date: 4/24/17 1:03 pm
From: Larry Cartwright via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Warblers at Dyke Marsh
A walk along the Haul Road at Dyke Marsh (Fairfax County) produced some new
arrivals, including four Yellow Warblers, one Warbling Vireo, and a
Baltimore Oriole all singing near the entrance to the Boardwalk at the end
of the Haul Road peninsula. I noted a half dozen Common Yellowthroats along
Haul Road as well as a Northern Parula; the latter has probably been here
for awhile. An additional Yellow Warbler and Warbling Vireo were singing
near the "Big Gut Bridge" just north of Tulane Drive and a Prothonotary
Warbler vocalized near Bridge 21 near the now inactive Tulane Drive Bald
Eagle nest. I also found several Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers that are
continuing their northbound journey. Bald Eagles were busy at the
Morningside Lane nest, but it was impossible to determine if young are
present.



Larry Cartwright

<prowarbler...> <mailto:<prowarbler...>

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Date: 4/24/17 11:53 am
From: Stuart via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Riverbend Screech owl
Hi all:

There is a Red-morph Screech owl hanging out on the right hand side of the southern
path of Riverbend park.

Unfortunately, leafing out branches may soon render the bird invisible.  Maybe by late fall.

Good luck,

Stuart.
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Date: 4/24/17 11:00 am
From: m b via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fos catbird and yellow rumped
There was a yellow rumped in my hemlock tree. I always have catbirds, but I have never gotten warblers before in my way too urban townhouse area. Last year there were yellowthroats, and now this. I love it but I wonder if it is a good sign or not. Maybe they are here because they built so much junk in Alexandria/Arlington/everywhere that their habitats have shrunk to the point they are forced to look to my yard for sustenance? Or maybe it is good news and their numbers are miraculously increasing so I get them in my yard now? Anyone in the know have a view?

Mb from northern Virginia
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Date: 4/24/17 6:29 am
From: john via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak FOS unrest in around the Walker Nature Center. He has been at my feeders for the last 3 days. He is aggressive driving off the cardinals from the saflower feeder.




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Date: 4/24/17 4:13 am
From: Dendroica--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 04/23/17 Fairfax County
Keith Huffman led our group of thirteen on a productive spring migrant
morning at the park. We tallied 49 species which included 8 species of
warblers and FOS sightings of Scarlet Tanagers, Great Crested Flycatchers,
Blue-headed and Warbling Vireos, and Spotted Sandpipers. The list follows.

We meet at 8 AM every Sunday morning, weather permitting, in the visitors
center parking lot. All birders are welcome to join us.

Posted by Ralph Wall

The list:

Canada Goose 10
Mallard 3
Common Merganser 11 parent and 10 chicks
Double-crested Cormorant 6
Great Blue Heron 9
Black Vulture 35
Turkey Vulture 10
Bald Eagle 1
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Ring-billed Gull 3
Mourning Dove 1
Chimney Swift 15
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Blue-headed Vireo 2
Warbling Vireo 5
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 2
Fish Crow 2
Tree Swallow 7
Carolina Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 5
Louisiana Waterthrush 4
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Northern Parula 7
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 27
Yellow-throated Warbler 2
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 3
White-throated Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 5
Scarlet Tanager 3
Northern Cardinal 9
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Common Grackle 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 8
American Goldfinch 18

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36225033

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Date: 4/23/17 9:55 pm
From: Gerry Hawkins via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Report on Field Trip along the Hike-bike Trail at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co
The weekly walk sponsored by The Friends of Dyke Marsh was held along the
hike-bike trail at Huntley Meadows Park this morning because the Capital
Classic running event made access to Dyke Marsh WP difficult. The regular
weekly walk at Dyke Marsh WP starts at 8 a.m. each Sunday morning at the
south end of the parking lot for the Belle Haven picnic area and is open to
all. Highlights of todays walk started early when several participants saw
five COMMON LOONS fly over the parking lot at the beginning of the trail.
Boreal migrants included a continuing lone RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and a flock
of PURPLE FINCHES. Neotropic migrants included a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD
at a feeder, a couple of singing WOOD THRUSH, newly-arrived GRAY CATBIRDS,
seven species of well-seen warblers and BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, which were
seemingly everywhere, as were EASTERN TOWHEES. Raptors included two OSPREYS,
several BALD EAGLES, RED-TAILED, RED-SHOULDERED and COOPERS HAWKS and a
distant NORTHERN HARRIER. The return trip produced a couple of RED-HEADED
WOODPECKERS. For those interested, a complete list of the 61 species
encountered on the walk may be viewed at the following link:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36205175
<http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36205175>

Thanks to regular field trip leaders Larry Cartwright, Rich Rieger and Phil
Silas and all other persons who joined me for all or part of the field trip
today.

Gerry Hawkins
Arlington, VA





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Date: 4/23/17 7:44 pm
From: janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Birds Seen April 21 and April 22, 2017


April 21, 2017 - Gray Catbird - Deerlick Park, Annandale, Fairfax County,
VA

April 21, 2017 - Orchard Oriole - Mason District Park in Annandale, Fairfax
County, VA

April 22, 2017 - Cliff Swallow seen flying to and from the nests under the
eastbound Route 7 Bridge
1/2 miles west of Snickers Gap

Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Date: 4/23/17 5:22 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] 8 warbler species
In and near Crozet, VA; 4/23/17. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_04_23.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_04_23.htm



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

www.faintich.net <http://www.faintich.net/>

In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
line, so you might as well enjoy the journey !!

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________





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Date: 4/23/17 5:00 pm
From: Caroline Heald via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Northern Bobwhite - Northwestern Culpeper County
Only the second time I've heard one on our land in nine years. The previous time was May 9, 2015. We are located at the end of SR628 close to the Hazel River in Rixeyville/Castleton area. Link to my ebird posting:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36213698 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36213698>

Caroline Heald
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Date: 4/23/17 2:40 pm
From: George Martin via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Four Warbler Afternoon at Hidden Pond
I saw four warbler species at Hidden Pond Park in Springfield this
afternoon -
yellow-rumped
palm
ovenbird
northern waterthrush

and heard two barred owls calling around 3:30 PM.

George Martin
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Date: 4/23/17 12:57 pm
From: Kevin Shank via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FOS Redstart @ Switzer Lake, Rockingham Co.
Pretty quiet at Switzer this afternoon, but I did manage six common
warblers: Ovenbird, LA Waterthrush, B&W, FOS Redstart, Blackburnian, and
BTG. http://ebird.org/ebird/atlasva/view/checklist/S36205871



Shaphan Shank

Union Springs

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Date: 4/23/17 10:44 am
From: Fred Atwood via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] 2 cattle egrets Westmoreland Co
Right now on currioman rd near currioman landing in beautiful breeding plumage. In last field before the landing. This is near Montross.

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Date: 4/23/17 9:40 am
From: Stephen Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FOS Yellow-throated Vireo, Loudoun County 23 April

Lynn and I saw a Yellow-throated Vireo along Elklick Run this morning, south of South Riding, VA. Our only other passage migrant was a Waterthrush spp. At eBird, I see a few other reports of YTVI in Northern Virginia, mostly from yesterday and today.

Still plenty of White-throated Sparrows, a few Yellow-rumps, and one Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Summer residents included lots of singing Gnatcatchers, Prairie Warblers, and Towhees - all very vocal.

http://ebird.org/ebird/atlasva/view/checklist/S36196636

Steve Johnson & Lynn Rafferty
Fairfax, Virginia



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Date: 4/23/17 9:27 am
From: Kevin Shank via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FOS GC Flycatcher, Union Springs, R'ham County
Had my FOS GC Flycatcher at our place in Union Springs this morning before
church. Not many warbler species yet but did have 8 Ovenbirds and 2
counter-singing Worm-eating Warblers, plus another WEWA and a Pine. We've
had eagles at the lake several times over the last couple days, plus an
Osprey yesterday.



Checklist from this a.m.:
http://ebird.org/ebird/atlasva/view/checklist/S36194329



Shaphan Shank

Union Springs

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Date: 4/23/17 7:22 am
From: Gwbirds37 via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] "Our" Summer Tanager has returned
We've always had nesting SU TA's on our property, but last year, for the first time, a male SUTA frequented our suet and platform feeders. Well, this am he ( or a relative ) was back on the platform feeder busily chowing down. Seems a tad early, but so does everything. And, BTW, our R-B Nuthatches ( 2 pair ) who have been here since mid-Fall, are still present. And, a FM Ruby-throat arrived yesterday, just about a week after our first male arrived.

Gerry Weinberger
Doswell - Hanover County
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Date: 4/23/17 7:11 am
From: dcharlesl--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] American Bittern continues at Bles Park, Loudoun County
Heard calling twice from east side of wetland between 9:30 and 10:00 am. Thanks Gerco!

David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA
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Date: 4/22/17 8:15 pm
From: Pam and Ben via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Last three days at White Oaks Park--Swainson's thrush, great crested flycatcher, etc.
I have seen or heard FOS birds each of the last three days.



Thursday:



B&W warbler 1



Friday:



Catbird 3 (these seemed to have arrived everywhere about the same time)

Swainson's thrush 1 (my earliest date by 4 days)

Wood thrush 1

Ovenbird 1 (the last three of these were together with a group of 4 hermit
thrushes)

Yellowthroat 1



Saturday:



Scarlet tanager 1

Great crested flycatcher 1 (I saw one of these from the window of my bus on
Friday just south of the airport)



Ben Jesup

Alexandria, VA

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Date: 4/22/17 7:04 pm
From: David Boltz via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] 14 Common Loons at Lake Frederick - Frederick Co.
A late afternoon stop at the boat ramp showed 10 Common Loons not too far out, and 4 more landed as I watched in the rain. After dinner things cleared a bit and I got some decent pics, which can be seen at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36187028 .

I wouldn’t be surprised to still see them in the morning, as they appeared to be going into a sleep mode after an earlier feeding frenzy.

Dave Boltz
Lake Frederick
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Date: 4/22/17 5:17 pm
From: David Matson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] two sightings on 20 April 2017
Chestnut-sided Warbler--at head of Paker's Creek, South Onancock shore
Golden Eagle--along Cashville Road, approximately 2 miles from Onancock,
flying north (the bird, not the Road or Onancock, was flying)

David Matson
--
David Matson
Suffolk and Onancock, Virginia
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Date: 4/22/17 3:47 pm
From: Mary Ann Good via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Blue-winged Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Baltimore Oriole at Blue Ridge Center, Loudoun
Six birders walked the Farmstead Loop trail at the Blue Ridge Center for
Environmental Stewardship (incipient state park) this morning in mostly
drizzling rain and chilly temps. We had good activity for the first hour,
then things quieted as the rain socked in. Three of the species
(Blue-winged Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, and Baltimore Oriole) were my
personal earliest FOSs for these species in Loudoun Co. in the 20 years
I've been keeping track. Other highlights were a Barred Owl flying through
the woods, many singing Ruby-crowned Kinglets, a singing and seen Northern
Waterthrush, and FOS Prairie Warbler.

Canada Goose
Great Blue Heron - flyover
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Barred Owl
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
No. Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Tree Swallow
Car. Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Car. Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - several singing
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Am. Robin
No. Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Eur. Starling
Blue-winged Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Prairie Warbler
No. Waterthrush
La. Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
No. Cardinal
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
Am. Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Mary Ann Good
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Date: 4/22/17 2:53 pm
From: goshawk--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Black-bellied Whistling Ducks Virginia Beach today
There were two Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in the Bayville Farms area of Virginia Beach. They were observed on the golf course near the entrance. Please be aware that the course is not public, I had permission to be there today.

Tim Barry
(757) 575-7960
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Date: 4/22/17 2:37 pm
From: Gerco H via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Loudoun County Birds
Birded several places in eastern Loudoun County this morning and saw several great bird birds. Starting at Bles Park, I found a American Bittern, 2 singing White-eyed Vireos and a Gray Catbird. Along Loudoun County Parkway several Savannah Sparrows were found as well as a Grasshopper Sparrow. A single Great Egret was seen flying by the Heron Rookery. Algonkian Park was interesting for a bit with many Yellow-rumped Warblers and a single Palm Warbler. Along the river I found Bald Eagle, Common Merganser and a few Bonapartes Gulls. Once the rain settled in many birds were quiet and hiding.

Happy Birding.

Gerco
Leesburg, VA
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Date: 4/22/17 1:48 pm
From: David Bridge via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Chimney Swifts in Arlington Co.
Around 3:30pm today in Arlington Co., there was a brief break in the rain,
15+ Chimney Swift were observed in a gap between some tall trees.
The total number of swifts was unknown.
FOS for me.

David Bridge
Alexandria, VA
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Date: 4/22/17 12:13 pm
From: Scott Priebe via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] [va-bird] Leesylvania SP - FOS Chimney Swift, Wood Thrush, Scarlet Tanager & Indigo Bunting
Kind of quiet at Leesylvania this AM, except for Grackles and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Had two Wood Thrushes singing at the Powell Creek Trail parking area, a male Scarlet Tanager at the gun battery, and a male Indigo Bunting in the ruins meadow. eBird link below for complete list.


Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA

http://ebird.org/ebird/va/view/checklist/email?subID=S36173682
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Date: 4/22/17 12:01 pm
From: MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FOS Wood Thrush, I. Bunting, Sc.Tanager; Purple Finch still--w. Albemarle
4/20--FOS Wood Thrush

4/21--FOS Indigo Bunting, Scarlet Tanager

4/22--male Purple Finch still here
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Date: 4/22/17 10:16 am
From: Larry Cartwright via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Purple Finches at Huntley Meadows and more
Sixteen people joined me for a rainy Northern Virginia Bird Club sponsored
walk along the Hike-Bike Trail at Huntley Meadows today. The highlight was
the 22 Purple Finches seen in the Woodcock Meadow. Seemed to be evenly
divided between male and female. The Pond Trail was fairly active at the
beginning with lots of Ovenbirds and Yellow-rumped Warblers present, plus
several Blue-headed Vireos, Black-and White Warblers, and Northern Parulas,
and a Red-eyed Vireo making an appearance. Kurt also noted a vocalizing
Broad-winged Hawk along the Pond Trail. The water control structure hosted
four Palm Warblers. A male bluebird contested ownership of a nest box with
a Tree Swallow near the maintenance building. A pair of Ring-necked Ducks
remains in the central wetland. We observed a Spotted Sandpiper near the
platform overlooking the central wetland.



Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia, US Apr 22,
2017 7:28 AM - 11:47 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

Comments: Route consists of Hike-Bike and Pond Trails, Woodcock Meadow,
central and north Wetlands, and water control structure. Weather was
overcast and rainy with temperatures in the 60s Fahrenheit.

51 species



Canada Goose 10

Wood Duck 7

Mallard 3

Ring-necked Duck 2

Great Blue Heron 3

Broad-winged Hawk 1

Spotted Sandpiper 1

Mourning Dove 5

Chimney Swift 3

Red-bellied Woodpecker 11

Downy Woodpecker 6

Hairy Woodpecker 2

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2

Pileated Woodpecker 1

Blue-headed Vireo 4

Red-eyed Vireo 1

Blue Jay 15

American Crow 5

Fish Crow 2

Northern Rough-winged Swallow 4

Purple Martin 1

Tree Swallow 12

Barn Swallow 2

Carolina Chickadee 9

Tufted Titmouse 16

Carolina Wren 8

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 25

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3

Eastern Bluebird 6

Hermit Thrush 2

Wood Thrush 4

American Robin 13

Gray Catbird 1

Ovenbird 12

Black-and-white Warbler 4

Common Yellowthroat 21 Yellow with black "mask." Singing witchity song

Northern Parula 4

Palm Warbler (Yellow) 5

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 30

Chipping Sparrow 8

White-throated Sparrow 33

Swamp Sparrow 2

Eastern Towhee 13

Northern Cardinal 13 Including one bird on nest.

Red-winged Blackbird 25

Common Grackle (Purple) 3

Brown-headed Cowbird 5

House Finch 7

Purple Finch 22 Males run with no streaking on underparts, auricular
area darker red and contrasting with rest of head markings. Female with
white supercilium.

American Goldfinch 60

House Sparrow 2



View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36168116



This report was generated automatically by eBird v3
(http://ebird.org/content/atlasva)



Larry Cartwright

<prowarbler...> <mailto:<prowarbler...>







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Date: 4/22/17 7:21 am
From: Ron Vogel via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FOS chat at Occoquan Bay NWR
Also several prairie warblers in same general vicinity-the central shrub
land bordered by the paved drive , Fox, and Deep hole point roads.



Ron Vogel

Annandale, VA

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Date: 4/21/17 1:59 pm
From: Kenneth Rosenthal via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Birding Arlington! Gulf Branch and Old Glebe Parks on Saturday, April 22, at 8:00 a.m.
Hi All,

Arlington County Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring free, family
bird walks to highlight the great spots to bird in Arlington County.

Please join us tomorrow for a walk at Gulf Branch & Old Glebe parks - 3608
Military Rd., from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. While I can't make any promises,
highlights this week have included a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, a Northern
Waterthrush, and a Barred Owl.

Thank you,

Ken Rosenthal
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Date: 4/21/17 11:48 am
From: Lori B via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Introduction to Bird Language - April 29, Marshall VA
http://earthvillageeducation.org/event/bird-language-4-17/

Organizer asked for help publicizing an upcoming class.

-Lori

Arlington, VA
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Date: 4/21/17 9:33 am
From: Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] No. Waterthrush @Huntley Meadows
there are at least two N. Waterthrush at Huntley Meadows (Alexandria) today.

First on was just off the platform at the end of the hike/bike trail and the second was on the edge of the lake off the meadow to the left of the trail as you approach the platform.

We also had a lone RedBreasted Nuthatch in the pines close to the maintenance yard.

Rich Rieger
Sherman Suter
Alexandria
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Date: 4/21/17 8:57 am
From: Craig Zalk via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] First of Season Male Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Seen today, FOS RTHU. Same date as last year and 2008. No earlier FOS
dates observed in 11 years.

Craig Zalk (south Reston, Fairfax County, NOVA)

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Office: 703.208.4008
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Date: 4/21/17 7:47 am
From: Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Birding Augusta Wetlands & Swoope this morning .
Hello all



I got a late start because of an early morning Dentist appt . but I did
manage to catch up to Paul Callo , Emily & Laura who are in for a Mary
Baldwin reunion . I hope I got the last ones name correct . Losing the mind
. Any way wefound a few birds out at the wetlands . The best by being a
Wood Duck with at least 6 young & a Blue - gray Gnatcatcher nest building
almost complete . Next we traveled to Swoope to Smith's Pond where we found
a few shorebirds . Here we had Greater Yellowlegs - 3 , Lesser Yellowlegs
-- 5 , Solitary Sandpiper -- 2 , Spotted Sandpiper -- 4 , Least sandpiper --
2 & as we were leaving I heard a Bobolink which we found . The Bald Eagles
were not found today .



This Saturday I will be leading a field trip at Gyspy Hill Park at 8 am .
Meet at the Tennis Courts . All are welcome . Also on April 29th a
Saturday the Augusta Bird Club is having their annual BIG SPRING DAY which
still has many open areas that need to be filled . Contact Allen Larner at
this e mail address or <birdergonewild...> if you are interested in an
area .



Allen Larner

Staunton

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Date: 4/21/17 5:50 am
From: Kevin Shank via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Hummingbirds and Chuck-will's-widow are back R'ham County
Yesterday we had a hummingbird visit our feeders, and today there are
multiple hummingbirds visiting our feeders. Also, early this morning a
Chuck-will's-widow was singing near our yard.



Kevin Shank

Union Springs

Rockingham County



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Date: 4/21/17 5:32 am
From: Phil Silas via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Snowy Egret at OCcoquan Bay NWR, Prince William Co.
Perched at top of oak next to pond at parking lot
Phil Silas

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Date: 4/21/17 4:39 am
From: Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Birding Augusta Wetlands & Swoope this morning .






Hello all



I got a late start because of an early morning Dentist appt . but I did
manage to catch up to Paul Callo , Emily & Laura who are in for a Mary
Baldwin reunion . I hope I got the last ones name correct . Losing the mind
. Any way wefound a few birds out at the wetlands . The best by being a
Wood Duck with at least 6 young & a Blue - gray Gnatcatcher nest building
almost complete . Next we traveled to Swoope to Smith's Pond where we found
a few shorebirds . Here we had Greater Yellowlegs - 3 , Lesser Yellowlegs
-- 5 , Solitary Sandpiper -- 2 , Spotted Sandpiper -- 4 , Least sandpiper --
2 & as we were leaving I heard a Bobolink which we found . The Bald Eagles
were not found today .



This Saturday I will be leading a field trip at Gyspy Hill Park at 8 am .
Meet at the Tennis Courts . All are welcome . Also on April 29th a
Saturday the Augusta Bird Club is having their annual BIG SPRING DAY which
still has many open areas that need to be filled . Contact Allen Larner at
this e mail address or <birdergonewild...> if you are interested in an
area .



Allen Larner

Staunton

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Date: 4/20/17 5:07 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Augusta County, VA 4/20/17
43 avian species. Best birds of the day were a pair of Blue-gray
Gnatcatchers working on their nest. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_04_20.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_04_20.htm



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

www.faintich.net <http://www.faintich.net/>

In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
line, so you might as well enjoy the journey !!

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________





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Date: 4/20/17 10:43 am
From: William Young via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Vriginia Prairie Falcon Video
Last evening at the Northern Virginia Bird Club meeting, I showed a video
that Ashley Bradford and I made about the Virginia Prairie Falcon. I have
uploaded it to YouTube. You can view it at:



https://youtu.be/Mn9LoWHmT7E



or on my YouTube channel at:



https://www.youtube.com/user/williamyoung42?feature=watch



Best,

William Young

Arlington, VA
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Date: 4/20/17 10:15 am
From: Andrew Hawkins via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Least terns
Least terns have returned to Messick Pt. at the end of Poquoson Ave. There
around noon today.
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Date: 4/20/17 9:41 am
From: Alyce Quinn via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Recent arrivals in Franklin County
On 4/16 we had our first yellow-throated vireo, and this morning a scarlet tanager returned.
Tim and Alyce QuinnBurnt Chimney
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Date: 4/20/17 6:18 am
From: Albright, Tom \(USMS\) via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FOS Black-and-white warblers (3) at Monticewllo park, Alexandria..., 2 Blue-headed Vireos..many Yellow-rumps (30+)

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Date: 4/20/17 5:59 am
From: Gerry Hawkins via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Sunday Morning Field Trip at Dyke Marsh WP moved to Huntley Meadows Park
Because access to Dyke Marsh WP will be difficult on Sunday morning due to the Parkway Classic running event, the regular Sunday morning walk held there has been moved to the hike-bike trail at Huntley Meadows Park. Meet at 8:00 am in the parking lot at the entrance to this trail, which is located off South Kings Highway a very short distance east of the intersection with Telegraph Road. Please join us you can.

Gerry Hawkins
Arlington, VA

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Date: 4/19/17 4:15 pm
From: Thomas Nardone via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] NVBC Daniel's Run Park -- Ap
This morning, half a dozen birders enjoyed a pleasant, albeit somewhat rainy, walk in Daniels Run Park in Fairfax. The highlights were a pair of barred owls at the start of the park trail and a broad wing hawk seen toward the far end of the trail.

Daniels Run Park
Apr 19, 2017
8:29 AM
Traveling
1.50 miles
131 minutes

3 Mallard
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
1 Broad-winged Hawk
6 Mourning Dove
2 Barred Owl
6 Red-bellied Woodpecker
8 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
2 Eastern Phoebe
6 Blue Jay
4 American Crow
7 Fish Crow
6 Carolina Chickadee
8 Tufted Titmouse
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
4 Carolina Wren
6 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
1 Eastern Bluebird
4 American Robin
10 European Starling
15 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Chipping Sparrow
12 White-throated Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
1 Eastern Towhee
15 Northern Cardinal
1 Red-winged Blackbird
2 Common Grackle
2 Brown-headed Cowbird
2 House Finch
2 American Goldfinch
2 House Sparrow

Number of Taxa: 34


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Date: 4/19/17 10:26 am
From: MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Gray Catbird, male Rb Grosbeak, pair of Com. Grackles-west. Albemarle
Right now I have a Gray Catbird (rarely seen in my yard) feeding on suet.
It had also tried to get some sunflower bits but the feeder is only for
small birds (sigh).

A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak flew in to eat sunflower seeds right after
the catbird arrived.

And earlier this morning, I had a pair of Common Grackles (another bird
that is rarely seen here), with the male trying to impress the female in
EXACTLY the same way a male cowbird tries to impress his female (by putting his
wings up as if to make himself look larger)!!!!!

Oh, and a thrasher visited earlier this morning also.

Sincerely,
Marlene
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Date: 4/18/17 7:25 pm
From: Joelle Buffa via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Chincoteague NWR April 18, 2017 Shorebird/Gull Survey
  It was a warm but windy day for the weekly shorebird survey at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. The first few mosquitos and biting flies have arrived to mark the new season.
We counted 2,779 individual shorebirds of 14 species. The most common was Dunlin 1,319 followed by Sanderling 625, Willet 416 and Dowitcher sp. 169. Eastern Willets are doing their fight displays over the local marshes. The Refuge staff has found the first Piping Plover and American Oystercatcher nests of the year. The 112 Lesser Black-backed Gulls on Wild Beach was a high number even for this section of beach which is known as a great place to look for this species on the Eastern Shore.
The noteworthy non shorebird species for us were the White-faced Ibis on the north end of the Wildlife Loop where it has been reported for over a week; Common Gallinule an uncommon species on the Refuge, just across the paved road from the White-faced Ibis on the Wildlife Loop; and first-of-the-year sightings for Common Tern, House Wren and Prairie Warbler.
Below are the results of our weekly shorebird/gull survey conducted at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Tues. April 18, 2017. All water areas (impoundments and beach areas) were covered in the 7 hour survey. All individuals are counted for the target species; other birds seen or heard on the survey are followed by a dash.   
This is our last shorebird survey at CNWR. It has been a pleasure to carry on this volunteer project for the past 8 years. We thank the Refuge staff including Kevin Holcomb and Emarie Ayala for supporting us and many Refuge volunteers who helped along the way. We especially thank Joanne and Hal Laskowski who took on the burden of doing many of the surveys during our long absences while we followed our other passion - traveling the world. We are thrilled that Joanne and Hal will replace us as the main Shorebird Survey volunteers. They will do a great job. And if they need a break later in the fall, we may step in as "relief counters."
It has been fun!
Clyde Morris and Joelle Buffa

| Canada Goose | -- |
| Gadwall | -- |
| American Black Duck | -- |
| Mallard | -- |
| Northern Shoveler | -- |
| Green-winged Teal | -- |
| Bufflehead | -- |
| Red-throated Loon | 5 |
| Common Loon | 4 |
| Horned Grebe | 1 |
| Northern Gannet | 16 |
| Double-crested Cormorant | 109 |
| Great Blue Heron | -- |
| Great Egret | -- |
| Snowy Egret | -- |
| Little Blue Heron | -- |
| Tricolored Heron | -- |
| Cattle Egret | -- |
| White Ibis | -- |
| White-faced Ibis | -- |
| Black Vulture | -- |
| Turkey Vulture | -- |
| Osprey | -- |
| Bald Eagle | -- |
| Common Gallinule | 1 |
| American Oystercatcher | 25 |
| Black-bellied Plover | 40 |
| Semipalmated Plover | 1 |
| Piping Plover | 15 |
| Killdeer | 1 |
| Whimbrel | 18 |
| Marbled Godwit | 29 |
| Ruddy Turnstone | 2 |
| Sanderling | 625 |
| Dunlin | 1,319 |
| Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher | 169 |
| Greater Yellowlegs | 114 |
| Willet | 416 |
| Lesser Yellowlegs | 30 |
| Laughing Gull | 52 |
| Ring-billed Gull | 24 |
| Herring Gull | 241 |
| Lesser Black-backed Gull | 126 |
| Great Black-backed Gull | 62 |
| Common Tern | 5 |
| Forster's Tern | 91 |
| Royal Tern | 21 |
| Black Skimmer | 14 |
| Mourning Dove | -- |
| Belted Kingfisher | -- |
| American Crow | -- |
| Fish Crow | -- |
| Tree Swallow | -- |
| Carolina Chickadee | -- |
| Tufted Titmouse | -- |
| Brown-headed Nuthatch | -- |
| House Wren | -- |
| Carolina Wren | -- |
| Blue-gray Gnatcatcher | -- |
| American Robin | -- |
| European Starling | -- |
| Common Yellowthroat | -- |
| Pine Warbler | -- |
| Yellow-throated Warbler | -- |
| Prairie Warbler | -- |
| Chipping Sparrow | -- |
| Field Sparrow | -- |
| White-throated Sparrow | -- |
| Song Sparrow | -- |
| Eastern Towhee | -- |
| Northern Cardinal | -- |
| Red-winged Blackbird | -- |
| Eastern Meadowlark | -- |
| Common Grackle | -- |
| Boat-tailed Grackle | -- |
| Brown-headed Cowbird | -- |

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Date: 4/18/17 6:15 pm
From: Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rails @ Huntley Meadows tonite
Both VA Rail and Sora were present at Huntley Meadows this eve.

Sherman Suter and I went looking. Sherman heard the VA Rail close to the edge of the woods that you walk thru before getting to the observation tower. Unfortunately, I was distracted by the men geese rumbling in the main pond and was not paying attention.

The Sora started calling on our way out (about 8;30) - along the edge of the woods east of the boardwalk. Did it's two syllable
"ker-wee" call repeatedly.

Rich Rieger
Alexandria
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Date: 4/18/17 6:01 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] 6 Red Crossbills and 6 warbler species
In Augusta and Rockingham counties, VA; 4/18/17. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_04_18.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_04_18.htm

___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

www.faintich.net <http://www.faintich.net/>

In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
line, so you might as well enjoy the journey !!

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________





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Date: 4/18/17 4:11 pm
From: MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rb Nuthatch and Rb Grosbeak today!--western Albemarle
Much to my surprise, a Red-breasted Nuthatch and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak
have been to my feeders this evening. Still lots of Blue Jays too.

Sincerely,
Marlene
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Date: 4/18/17 3:55 pm
From: Deapesh Misra via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Morning surprise
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } Around 15 chipping sparrows here too in Centreville right now :)


- Deapesh.


On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 8:06 AM, Donald Sweig via va-bird <va-bird...> wrote:

I had 15 Chipping Sparrows pecking around on the asphalt driveway of my suburban Falls Church home this morning. I've never had anywhere near that many before.
  What a fun surprise.
    Donald Sweig
    Falls Church, Virginia

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Date: 4/18/17 2:53 pm
From: frazmo via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Arlington Gray Catbird
My first Gray Catbird of the season has just appeared in my Arlington back
yard. I had noticed the White-throated Sparrows were singing away and I
assume they will momentarily be gone. Shift change. Cheers, Steve Young
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Date: 4/18/17 11:19 am
From: Larry Cartwright via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Red-breasted Nuthatch and Purple Finches at Huntley Meadows Kings Highway side.
While checking my nest boxes today along the Hike-Bike Trail side of Huntley
Meadows, I found a few interesting birds, both migrants and potential
breeders. I began the day by discovering a Red-breasted Nuthatch vocalizing
from one of the Virginia Pines along the paved path to the Maintenance
Building. Common Yellowthroats seemed to be everywhere, while Ovenbirds
were concentrated along the Pond Trail. Red-headed Woodpeckers were at two
locations where they have been spotted before, near the bridge at the North
Marsh and near the entrance to the Woodcock Meadow on the opposite side. I
also heard and then spotted Purple Finches near the Woodcock meadow entrance
near the small sign. A small flock of Rusty Blackbirds were in the marsh
near the Water Control Structure.



Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia, US Apr 18,
2017 6:41 AM - 11:03 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

Comments: Route consists of Hike-Bike and Pond Trails, Woodcock and
adjacent meadows, Central and North Wetlands, and water control structure.
Weather was sunny with light breeze and temperatures ranging from

53 to 63 degrees Fahrenheit.

37 species



Canada Goose 20

Wood Duck 5

Mallard 6

Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 3

American Coot 1

Mourning Dove 5

Red-headed Woodpecker 4 Two near the bridge along the North Marsh and
two near the Woodcock Meadow on the opposite side of the Hike-Bike Trail.

Red-bellied Woodpecker 17

Downy Woodpecker 7

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 4

Pileated Woodpecker 1

Blue Jay 41

American Crow 1

Fish Crow 3

Tree Swallow 26

Carolina Chickadee 26

Tufted Titmouse 42

Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 In Virginia Pine near maintenance building

White-breasted Nuthatch 5

Carolina Wren 7

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 18

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4

Hermit Thrush 1

American Robin 8

Ovenbird 10 Concentrated along Pond Trail

Common Yellowthroat 19 Black mask. Singing "witchity" song.

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 13

Chipping Sparrow 3

White-throated Sparrow 21

Eastern Towhee 10

Northern Cardinal 20

Red-winged Blackbird 38

Rusty Blackbird 8 near water control structure

Common Grackle (Purple) 1

Brown-headed Cowbird 7

Purple Finch 7 Near entrance to Woodcock Meadow.

American Goldfinch 34



View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36067764



This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



Larry Cartwright

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Date: 4/18/17 11:18 am
From: Edward Eder via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] VSO Guatemala trip photos
Some pictures of the recent Guatemala VSO trip are on Flickr photostream.at <http://photostream.at/> https://www.flickr.com/photos/123088894@N07/with/33736382020/
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Date: 4/18/17 8:35 am
From: John Greenwood via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Yellow-rumped Warblers
We encountered a number (8?) of Yellow-rumped Warblers at Mason District Park, Fairfax County, this morning. Also spotted a single Eastern Phoebe.

Jack Greenwood
Falls Church

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Date: 4/18/17 7:43 am
From: Ashley Peele via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Tacking Tricky Breeding Codes Part 2
Hi Folks,

Check out the latest Atlas article, "Tackling Tricky Codes Part 2: The
Probables," for tips on application of some of the more common, but tricky
Probable codes. A big thanks to both Betty Sue Cohen​ and Bob Schamerhorn​
for donating their awesome photos of breeding behaviors for this article!

The article can be read on the Atlas portal at:
http://ebird.org/content/atlasva/news/tacking-tricky-codes-part-2-the-probables/

The migrant stream is beginning it's transition from a flood to a torrent.
Remember to avoid using breeding codes for passage migrants that do not
breed in VA. We'll soon be putting out a new article on best practices for
coding migratory species.

Stay tuned and thanks much for all your efforts. We just hit *600
contributors* to the project on our Atlas eBird portal and are zeroing in
on *21,000 checklists* submitted. Woohoo!!

All the best,

Ashley Peele, PhD
Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator
Conservation Management Institute - Virginia Tech
Office: 540-231-9182
Fax: 540-231-7019
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Date: 4/18/17 4:45 am
From: Donald Sweig via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Morning surprise
I had 15 Chipping Sparrows pecking around on the asphalt driveway of my suburban Falls Church home this morning. I've never had anywhere near that many before.
What a fun surprise.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Date: 4/17/17 12:09 pm
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Twenty-five birders set out on today's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk in a gentle, refreshing rain.  The rain came and went most of the morning, but it had no effect on the birding.  Our first Prothonotary Warblers of the season put on a dazzling show at nearly eye level in some trees near the tower.  We also were entertained by a large flock of Blue-grey Gnatcatchers as they teased us with a game of Find-the-Nest.  We were unable to find the Sora or the Virginia Rail that were reported at Huntley over the weekend.  We did spot a solitary Solitary Sandpiper, as well as Yellow-rumped, Common yellow throat, Palm, and Pine Warblers.
Canada Goose  35
Wood Duck  20
Mallard  4
Green-winged Teal  2
Hooded Merganser  12
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron  4
Green Heron  2
Osprey  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
American Coot  3
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Ring-billed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  5
Barred Owl  2
Chimney Swift  2
Red-headed Woodpecker  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  2
Blue Jay  30
American Crow  2
crow sp.  24
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  5
Purple Martin  2
Tree Swallow  25
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  36
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  6
American Robin  10
Prothonotary Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  6
Palm Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  12
Chipping Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  24
Song Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  8
Eastern Towhee  4
Northern Cardinal  8
Red-winged Blackbird  32
Rusty Blackbird  24
Common Grackle  3
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
American Goldfinch  4

The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 7AM (8AM from November through March), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at (703)768-2525.

Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park

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Date: 4/17/17 9:56 am
From: MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FOS dates for birds, western Albemarle; migrating Blue Jays; and NOTE
TODAY:

FOS R-b Grosbeak (male at feeder) 11:37 AM with more than 15 Blue Jays
(they've been coming through the last couple of days)

FOS hummer 9:41 AM NOTE: I'm not going to put up a hummer feeder right
away because the Tulip Poplars are already blooming (early!) and I don't see
a hummer eating at my feeder until these trees stop producing nectar.

PREVIOUSLY:

FOS Osprey along nearby river (have seen one--only one--every spring for
several years now), April 14

FOS Broad-winged Hawk (that's been nesting here for several years now),
April 12

FOS Whip-poor-will and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, April 10

FOS Barn Swallows at nearby vineyard, April 3

FOS Tree Swallows at nest boxes at neighbor's, March 22

Sincerely,
Marlene


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Date: 4/17/17 8:35 am
From: David Farner <dfarner...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Northern Virginia Bird Club Meeting Wednesday, April 19 - "A Million Penguins"
The Northern Virginia Bird Club will hold its April meeting on Wednesday, April 19 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington, VA, 22207 at 8:00 pm Directions can be found in the Siskin and on our web page at www.nvabc.org<http://www.nvabc.org/>.

Bill Young will give a presentation entitled: "A Million Penguins: Watching Penguins in the Antarctic"

In 2016 Bill took a cruise from southern Argentina to the Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. On the trip he saw an estimated one million penguins from 7 species. His presentation will focus on the each of the species, with special emphasis on their biology and behavior and on the environmental issues affecting them. Penguins are found as far north as the Galapagos Islands, but to see large numbers of them, you need to travel to more southerly waters.

Bill is a writer from Arlington and has traveled to all seven continents to observe birds and wildlife. In 2014 his book The Fascination of Birds: From the Albatross to the Yellowthroat was published by Dover Publication.

Early bird refreshments start at 7:30. Any contributions of food or beverage will be most gratefully received.

David Farner
Vice President, Programs, Northern Virginia Bird Club
Arlington, Virginia



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Date: 4/17/17 8:27 am
From: Walter Hadlock <jaybirdncarol...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Green Heron in the backyard
Please pardon the late post. A Green Heron spent at least two hours at our small backyard pond here in the Town of Herndon on Friday, April 14.

Here’s a link to our eBird report, with a photo.

Home, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Apr 14, 2017 9:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: A surprise visitor to our backyard pond
1 species

Green Heron 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35954418

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



Good birding to all,
Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon, VA (Fairfax County)
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Date: 4/17/17 6:39 am
From: Stuart via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Red breasted Nuthatch and Pink lady slippers - Annandale
Hi all:

Heard a Red-breasted Nuthatch clearly near the parking lot at Roundtree Park.

There are several clusters of pink lady slippers as well hidden in the park.

Note for poachers:  These don't transplant easily. So don't even try!

Feel free to contact me.

Stuart Merrell
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Date: 4/17/17 4:03 am
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder...>
Subject: [Va-bird] RT Hummingbird
Greetings all

I usually don't post my FOS but I just saw my first RT Hummingbird at my feeder.

I love those little guys and think they are so amazing.

From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
103 Elizabeth Court
South Boston VA 24592
434-572-8619 Home
434-470-4352 Cell
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Date: 4/16/17 7:08 pm
From: Scott Baron <razorbill1...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Riverbend Park - Orchard Oriole and more, Fairfax Co.; April 16
Hi,


Riverbend Park was busy today. Lots of people enjoying the nice weather, the birds and the wildflower show. The Virginia Bluebells are past peak.


I heard two ORCHARD ORIOLES singing - one near the boat launch and the other in less typical habitat along Potomac Hills St. (this is the road to the boat launch/Visitor Center) in a little woodland clearing. These birds were early and thus were flagged by ebird. Other recent arrivals included Eastern Kingbird and House Wren.


Only a few species of warblers during my 3 mile walk and drive - Yellow-rumped, Yellow-throated and Northern Parula. The Bald Eagle continues on its nest a little upriver from the Visitor Center.


Happy birding and happy Easter,


Scott Baron

Gaithersburg, Md.
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Date: 4/16/17 7:05 pm
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder...>
Subject: [Va-bird] eBird -- 103 Elizabeth Court, South Boston, VA -- Apr 16, 2017
103 Elizabeth Court, South Boston, VA
Apr 16, 2017
9:40 PM
Stationary
5 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

1 Barred Owl -- Heard one from inside the house and went out front and heard it calling from my left and as I looked I saw it fly off from the top of the electric pole with a street light on it. I saw it fly straight across the Haskins and call out again. A few seconds later it called out from a different location to the right of where I saw it fly off to. From that location we carried on a conversation for a few minutes, it would call out and I would answer and then it would answer me.

Number of Taxa: 1


From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
103 Elizabeth Court
South Boston VA 24592
434-572-8619 Home
434-470-4352 Cell
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Date: 4/16/17 6:22 pm
From: janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Birds seen 4/16/17


4/16/17 -Fort Smith Park, Arlington VA

House Wren and Chimney Swifts


Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, Fairfax County, VA

Purple Martins

Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Date: 4/16/17 4:32 pm
From: Lee <leesheehanmiller...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon 4/16/17
Came in at 7:06 pm, disappeared out of view, now (7:25 pm) perched next to grey pipe on second large "white" tank as seen from the river side of the plant.

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Date: 4/16/17 3:33 pm
From: Dendroica--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Great Falls N P Bird Walk 04/16/17 Fairfax County
Keith Huffman led this morning's walk of thirteen participants who tallied
37 species including six warbler species as listed below. We meet every
Sunday morning at 8 AM in the visitors center parking lot. All birders are
welcome to join us.

Posted by Ralph Wall

The list:

Canada Goose 12
Mallard 5
Double-crested Cormorant 14
Great Blue Heron 5
Black Vulture 19
Turkey Vulture 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Broad-winged Hawk 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 12
Fish Crow 6
Tree Swallow 2
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 10
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 7
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 4
American Robin 1
Louisiana Waterthrush 3
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Northern Parula 11
Yellow-rumped Warbler 7
Yellow-throated Warbler 1
White-throated Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 6
Common Grackle 6
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
American Goldfinch 15

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36021995

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Date: 4/16/17 1:01 pm
From: Dixie Sommers via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh, Fairfax County - first of season!
On this lovely Easter and Passover morning, 15 birders walked the Dyke Marsh
trail and enjoyed First of Season sightings (first at least for this walk):
three Yellow Warblers heard well and taking some effort to locate, a male
Orchard Oriole singing from a tree top near the boardwalk, and an Eastern
Kingbird posing for views.



There were also lots of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and a Brown Thrasher popped
up in the bushes near the marina restroom. We encountered two Horned Grebes
in breeding plumage, two adult Bald Eagles interacting raucously in the tree
across the water from the last viewing platform, and counted 10 Osprey,
including at least three occupied nests. We saw 43 species in all, plus one
woodpecker that zipped by too fast to distinguish Downy from Hairy.



The Sunday morning Dyke Marsh bird walk is sponsored by the Friends of Dyke
Marsh and is held every Sunday morning at 8:00 AM, free and open to all.



Dixie Sommers



Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax, Virginia, US Apr 16, 2017 7:55 AM -
10:55 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.0 mile(s)

Comments: FODM Sunday walk. Mileage one-way

43 species (+1 other taxa)



Canada Goose 7

Mallard 9

Lesser Scaup 3

Pied-billed Grebe 2

Horned Grebe 2

Double-crested Cormorant 10

Great Blue Heron 1

Turkey Vulture 1

Osprey 10

Bald Eagle 5

Ring-billed Gull 50

Caspian Tern 4

Forster's Tern 2

Mourning Dove 4

Red-bellied Woodpecker 5

Downy Woodpecker 2

Downy/Hairy Woodpecker 1

Pileated Woodpecker 1

Eastern Kingbird 1

Blue Jay 4

American Crow 2

Fish Crow 7

Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2

Tree Swallow 15

Carolina Chickadee 6

Tufted Titmouse 6

Carolina Wren 8

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 8

American Robin 10

Brown Thrasher 1

Northern Mockingbird 1

European Starling 15

Common Yellowthroat 1

Yellow Warbler 3

Yellow-rumped Warbler 6

White-throated Sparrow 9

Eastern Towhee 4

Northern Cardinal 13

Red-winged Blackbird 40

Brown-headed Cowbird 1

Orchard Oriole 1 Male

House Finch 2

American Goldfinch 4

House Sparrow 1



View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36010057



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Date: 4/16/17 12:36 pm
From: Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Augusta & Rockingham Counties yesterday, RAPTORTHON
Hi all,Yesterday "Team Fly Like an Eagle!" (this year consisting of Vic Laubach, Baxter Beamer and I) spent 14 hours in the field covering 215+ miles for our fifth annual RAPTORTHON fundraiser for the Hawk Migration Association of North America and our local Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch.  This year we birded Augusta & Rockingham Counties.  We had a great day of birding and tallied 96 species.  We are still collecting pledgesand every penny helps!   You can sponsor us here: http://www.hmana.org/raptorthon/#Sponsor Thanks so much for considering!

RAPTORTHON 2017 Summary:
We started at 5:15am at the Shenandoah Wetlands in Stuarts Draft where we heard a displaying American Woodcock.  From there we drove Lake Rd & Coal Rd through Big Levels pre-dawn where we heard 3 Chuck-will's-widows and 28 Eastern Whip-poor-wills.  It was a great show as usual and we even saw five of the Whip-poor-wills in our headlights including a male courting a female, following her across the road and then sitting in a tree side-by-side!  After dawn in Big Levels we tallied 22 species including highlights: 1 Barred Owl, 2 L. Waterthrush, 10 Pine Warblers, 1 Purple Finch. 

At the InVista Pond in Waynesboro we could not find any BC Night-Herons but did pick up 1 Green Heron and 1 Palm Warbler.  At Quillen's Pond we had 1 Red-headed Woodpecker and another Palm Warbler.  We saw an adult Bald Eagle on the Stuarts Draft nest to add that species to our day list.  There were over 40 Purple Martins at the Martin houses behind the Cheese Shop.  Along Guthrie Rd we had a N. Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk and Hairy Woodpecker.  At the Fishersville Quarry we added a Coot and Grasshopper Sparrow.  McCune's Pond held 2 Blue-winged Teal and there were 3 Cliff Swallows flying around.  Along Hildebrand Church Rd we had a northbound migrating group of 6 Broad-winged Hawks and a Red-shouldered Hawk.
Along Bells Lane we had 37 species with highlights: 1 Wood Duck, 3 BW Teal, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, a recently fledged Mourning Dove, 1 Wilson's Snipe, 1 Grasshopper Sparrow, 3 White-crowned Sparrows.  
Over at the Augusta Springs Wetlands we had 24 species with highlights: 2 Hooded Mergansers, 1 Red-shouldered & 2 Broad-winged Hawks, 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch, 1 House Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers building a nest and 2 Swamp Sparrows.  Going over the mountain on Troxel Gap Rd we added 2 Wild Turkeys, 6 Blue-headed Vireos and an apparent hybrid Carolina x Black-capped Chickadee.   In the Swoope Area we had 42 species with highlights: 5 Green-winged Teal, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs and 1 Eastern Kingbird. 

From there we went up into Rockingham County.  Leonard's Pond held a Wilson's Snipe but nothing else.  On the way to Lake Shenandoah we had a flyover Osprey.  At Lake Shenandoah we added the Forster's Tern found earlier in the day by William Leigh.  Over at Newman Lake we found 1 Black-crowned Night-Heron.  Silver Lake held 1 Green Heron and all the swallows (20 N. Rough-winged, 1 Purple Martin, 12 Tree, 1 Bank, 2 Barn, 1 Cliff).
Along Dry River Rd near Lumber Mill Rd we found 3 E. Collared-Doves.  At the Nazarene Church Rd Wetlands we found 4 Wilson's Snipe, 1 Greater Yellowlegs and the continuing Dowitcher.  We finished up back in Waynesboro with our 96th and final species, Chimney Swift.
Thanks so much to Vic for driving and to the entire team for a fun and successful RAPTORTHON!  An additional big, special thank you to all our sponsors!

Good Birding,
Gabriel MapelNew Hope

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Date: 4/16/17 12:30 pm
From: <tkiraly...> <tkiraly...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon presently at Plant 3:30
I was riding my bike through the area and thought I would check to see if it would be around in mid afternoon. Currently perched on large water tower closest to the river (east) on the second sill from the top.

Todd K
Arlington


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Date: 4/16/17 12:27 pm
From: David Young <lcdyoung93...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Common Merganser Chicks at Riverbend
Had quite a few of the usual Spring arrivals at Riverbend Park today
4/16 , but I just wanted to note that there are Common Merganser
chicks once again this year. They were In the vicinity of the new
Bald Eagles nest which up river from visitor center.
Saw FOY Green Heron at Lake Fairfax at dawn and
first heard Barred Owlets then saw the adult too.


Dave Young
Reston, Virgina
<lcdyoung93...>


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Date: 4/16/17 11:31 am
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Sully Woodlands Northern Shrike -- yes!

Hi Howard,

I was in that area one time years ago, with Charles Smith, biologist for Fairfax County. He told me that Sully Woodlands had the highest concentration of ticks they had measured, anywhere in the County. To measure it in any given location, they put down a square white cloth, wait for some definite period of time, pull it up off the ground, and count the ticks on the cloth. (My rough recollection, of what he told me.)

He said the lowest count was in the Huntley Meadows area, and highest was at Sully Woodlands.

I went into the lower meadow there once in May, where the stream crosses Pleasant Valley Road, and spent 15 minutes there before coming back out to the car. I picked 15 ticks off my pants and shirt sleeves during that time.

Steve Johnson
- only one tick attached in 2017, so far -
Fairfax, Virginia



On Apr 14, 2017, at 7:27 PM, Howard Wu wrote:

> Hi, all:
>
> I made another (and probably final, for the season) trip to Sully Woodlands
> today. After about one hour of searching, I finally spotted the bird. Not
> only that, since it perched on a tree near the dirt road that dissects the
> field, I had the best viewing to date.
>
> Another amusing thing is that I think that I have circumstantial evidence
> that Killdeers visited this place -- because I picked up their calls from a
> Norther Mockingbird's songs! I also saw a procession of Wild Turkeys.
>
> The ticks were abundant and ferocious -- I was vigilant and picked off 4
> from my clothes and body. I immediately took a thorough shower after
> getting home. For this reason, I may just not go there for a while ...
>
> For pictures and more narrative, see my rolling log here:
>
> http://www.travelerathome.com/2016_10_shrike/2016_10_shrike.html
>
> Cheers,
> Howard Wu
> Herndon, VA
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Date: 4/16/17 11:23 am
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Purple Finches, Fairfax, 16 April

We had three Purple Finches (MM & F) at our feeders this morning (Sunday). Also Goldfinch and House Finches.

I saw reports here of PUFI a week or two ago, but none recently, at least that I recall.

Steve Johnson
south of Reston, Fairfax County, Virginia

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Date: 4/16/17 8:30 am
From: Arun Bose <arun1bose...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon, Alexandria, 04-16-17
Hello Birders,
Firstly thanks for all the postings and updates, these have been very helpful.

I arrived at the power plant at about 6:20 this morning. From the railroad tracks I checked the I-beam structures on the west side, but did not see the bird. Moving to the riverside trail I set up and waited. Around 6:40am the falcon flew in (from another spot in the power plant?) and perched on east side of the east tank . For the next 30 or so minutes it remained perched there. It left the spot at about 7:10am, presumably to hunt, headed south then to north west.

Arun Bose
Richmond
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Date: 4/16/17 5:04 am
From: Scott Byrd via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Possible Cattle Egret in King George
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } While driving down VA-3 in King George County around 7 this morning I saw a small white egret flush from the medium and fly towards the Farley-Vale farm. My brief glimpse said Cattle Egret, but I cannot be sure. I will not be back in that area until around 1, so if there I anyone who can check that area out you might get a rarity for KGC. Remember Farley-Vale is private property, so you will have to carefully look from somewhere out of traffic off the property. Happy Easter to all!
Scott Byrd 


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Date: 4/16/17 4:52 am
From: Russell W Taylor <gnatcatcher...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon tomorrow
Arun Bose reported the PRFA at 6:52am this morning, 4/16.
Russ

Ineptly thumbed into my iPhone

> On Apr 14, 2017, at 8:46 PM, Vineeta <vineetaa...> wrote:
>
> Bert, I don't think it's been seen since last weekend. But others may be better informed than me. Vineeta in Alexandria
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Apr 14, 2017, at 8:33 PM, Bert Harris <aramidopsis...> wrote:
>>
>>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> Tomorrow morning I'll finally be able to go try for the Prairie Falcon in Alexandria. Any updates, negative or positive, tomorrow morning would be appreciated!
>>
>> Thank you!
>> Bert Harris, Orlean VA
>> Sent from my phone
>>
>>> On Apr 14, 2017, at 7:27 PM, Howard Wu <howiewu1...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Hi, all:
>>>
>>> I made another (and probably final, for the season) trip to Sully Woodlands
>>> today. After about one hour of searching, I finally spotted the bird. Not
>>> only that, since it perched on a tree near the dirt road that dissects the
>>> field, I had the best viewing to date.
>>>
>>> Another amusing thing is that I think that I have circumstantial evidence
>>> that Killdeers visited this place -- because I picked up their calls from a
>>> Norther Mockingbird's songs! I also saw a procession of Wild Turkeys.
>>>
>>> The ticks were abundant and ferocious -- I was vigilant and picked off 4
>>> from my clothes and body. I immediately took a thorough shower after
>>> getting home. For this reason, I may just not go there for a while ...
>>>
>>> For pictures and more narrative, see my rolling log here:
>>>
>>> http://www.travelerathome.com/2016_10_shrike/2016_10_shrike.html
>>>
>>> Cheers,
>>> Howard Wu
>>> Herndon, VA
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Date: 4/16/17 3:51 am
From: Arun Bose <arun1bose...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon
Present now on east tank. Viewing from riverside

Arun bose
Richmond

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Date: 4/15/17 6:39 pm
From: Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Sora @ Huntley Meadows
Sasha Munters and I spent some time at Huntley Meadows (Alexandria) this evening. We "refound" the Sora by the Observation tower that was reported this morning by Will McPhail -

I have not heard that many Soras, and had to listen to this one for a while - never did the whinny - just a one note "kee" -

It was pretty dark when it was sounding off, so never got to see it. No sign of the VA Rail tonite.

Rich Rieger
Alexandria
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Date: 4/15/17 5:15 pm
From: Mark Johnson <birdmanj61...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fwd: Surf Scoters
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mark Johnson <birdmanj61...>
Date: Sat, Apr 15, 2017 at 4:02 PM
Subject: Surf Scoters
To: va-bird <va-bird...>


Hello all,
I went to meet Donna Mateski de Sanchez at
Mill Creek Lake this morning at 7:15 to go help
her on her Altas Block. When she arrived there
were 3 Surf Scoters swimming with a male Scaup.
Most likely a Lesser. The Scoters were an adult
male, an adult female and a 1st Spring female. They
were diving a lot. There was a bass tournament going
on at the lake. The boats didn't seem to bother the
Scoters.
I went back at 12:30 and the Scoters were still there.


Mark Johnson
Madison Heights, Va.
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Date: 4/15/17 4:33 pm
From: Mark Johnson <birdmanj61...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Surf Scoters
I forgot to mention Bob Epperson Jr. also
saw the Scoters and got a photo.

Mark Johnson
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Date: 4/15/17 1:39 pm
From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] NVBC at Silver Lake Regional Park, Apr 15, 2017







Eighteen birders came out for a Northern Virginia Bird Club walk at Silver Lake Park near Haymarket. The walk was led by Phil Silas and by me. Conditions were generally gray and a bit cool, but we managed to tally fifty bird species anyway. Early on, we took the trail through the woods near the picnic area where we were pleased to find a pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches. We took a loop around the lake and found An Eastern Kingbird, House Wrens, a Chimney Swift, a Common Yellowthroat, Brown thrashers, and a couple of Palm Warblers. Northern Rough-winged Swallows appeared to be nesting in the school. We watched them fly in and out of vents in the outside walls. As always at Silver Lake, we also enjoyed seeing the Red-headed Woodpeckers.


Larry Meade

Merrifield, VA








Silver Lake Regional Park, Prince William, Virginia, US
Apr 15, 2017 7:11 AM - 10:27 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
50 species

Canada Goose 12
Wood Duck 2
Mallard 3
Great Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 1
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 8
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Killdeer 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5
Mourning Dove 10
Chimney Swift 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Kingbird 1
Blue Jay 29
American Crow 10
Fish Crow 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 10
Tree Swallow 26
Barn Swallow 2
Carolina Chickadee 18
Tufted Titmouse 16
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 7
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 10
American Robin 12
Brown Thrasher 3
European Starling 6
Common Yellowthroat 1
Palm Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 8
Chipping Sparrow 24
Field Sparrow 8
White-throated Sparrow 24
Song Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 6
Northern Cardinal 22
Red-winged Blackbird 8
Common Grackle 17
Brown-headed Cowbird 11
American Goldfinch 36

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35984348

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/content/atlasva)


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Date: 4/15/17 1:02 pm
From: Mark Johnson <birdmanj61...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Surf Scoters
Hello all,
I went to meet Donna Mateski de Sanchez at
Mill Creek Lake this morning at 7:15 to go help
her on her Altas Block. When she arrived there
were 3 Surf Scoters swimming with a male Scaup.
Most likely a Lesser. The Scoters were an adult
male, an adult female and a 1st Spring female. They
were diving a lot. There was a bass tournament going
on at the lake. The boats didn't seem to bother the
Scoters.
I went back at 12:30 and the Scoters were still there.


Mark Johnson
Madison Heights, Va.
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Date: 4/15/17 12:32 pm
From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] NVBC at Silver Lake Regional Park, Apr 15, 2017
Eighteen birders came out for a Northern Virginia Bird Club walk at Silver Lake Park near Haymarket. The walk was led by Phil Silas and by me. Conditions were generally gray and a bit cool, but we managed to tally fifty bird species anyway. Early on, we took the trail through the woods near the picnic area where we were pleased to find a pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches. We took a loop around the lake and found An Eastern Kingbird, House Wrens, a Chimney Swift, a Common Yellowthroat, Brown thrashers, and a couple of Palm Warblers. Northern Rough-winged Swallows appeared to be nesting in the school. We watched them fly in and out of vents in the outside walls. As always at Silver Lake, we also enjoyed seeing the Red-headed Woodpeckers.

Larry Meade

Merrifield, VA








Silver Lake Regional Park, Prince William, Virginia, US
Apr 15, 2017 7:11 AM - 10:27 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
50 species

Canada Goose 12
Wood Duck 2
Mallard 3
Great Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 1
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 8
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Killdeer 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5
Mourning Dove 10
Chimney Swift 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Kingbird 1
Blue Jay 29
American Crow 10
Fish Crow 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 10
Tree Swallow 26
Barn Swallow 2
Carolina Chickadee 18
Tufted Titmouse 16
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 7
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 10
American Robin 12
Brown Thrasher 3
European Starling 6
Common Yellowthroat 1
Palm Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 8
Chipping Sparrow 24
Field Sparrow 8
White-throated Sparrow 24
Song Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 6
Northern Cardinal 22
Red-winged Blackbird 8
Common Grackle 17
Brown-headed Cowbird 11
American Goldfinch 36

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35984348

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Date: 4/15/17 12:23 pm
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...>
Subject: [Va-bird] 10 warbler morning, Prince William Co.
Kurt Gaskill and I birded several sites in eastern Prince William County this morning, including Breckinridge Rd, Leesylvania SP, Metz Wetlands, Occoquan Bay NWR, and Belmont Marina. We tallied 86 species. We did not find whip-poor-wills this morning at Breckinridge Rd, but had FOS ovenbird and hooded warbler (fantastic views), as well as pine and black-and-white warblers, purple finch, red-breasted nuthatch, both kinglets, hermit thrush, and blue-headed vireo. Leeyslvania had tons of yellow-rumped warblers, as well as parula, yellow-throated, and prothonotary warblers. The prothonotary was at the Confederate Battery rather than its usual spot at the boardwalk. Also at Leesyvlania were winter wren, blue grosbeak, and ruddy duck. The Blackburn Rd side of Metz had 26 greater yellowlegs, 6 snipe and a Bonaparte’s gull. A quick visit to Occoquan added prairie warbler, common yellowthroat, and white-eyed vireo. We also had a singing house wren along Blackburn Rd on the way to Occoquan. We picked up some lingering waterfowl at Belmont Marina, including red-breasted merganser, bufflehead, lesser scaup, gadwall, and pied-billed grebe.

Marc Ribaudo
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Date: 4/15/17 12:01 pm
From: Meredith Bell <merandlee...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Horned Grebes and 2 Loon species - Gloucester Point Beach
Hi Va-Birders,

We had 3 Horned Grebes, 1 Red-Throated Loon and 1 Common Loon at Gloucester
Point Beach between 11am and 12pm today. The Grebes were in various stages
of breeding plumage, with one quite striking. They were feeding together in
the cove on the south side below the Coleman Bridge. The 2 Loons were out
in the open waters of the York River. We also had close-up looks at a lone
female Ruddy Duck feeding to the left of the fishing pier.

Complete list of species is included below.

Meredith
​ and Lee Bell
Hayes, VA​


​Ruddy Duck 1
Red-throated Loon 1
Common Loon 1
Horned Grebe 3
Double-crested Cormorant 5
Brown Pelican 4
Black Vulture 8
Turkey Vulture 2
Osprey 3
Bald Eagle 1
Laughing Gull 3
Ring-billed Gull 12
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Royal Tern 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 12
American Crow 1
Fish Crow 2
Tree Swallow 1
Carolina Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
Carolina Wren 1
American Robin 1
Brown Thrasher 4
Northern Mockingbird 4
Chipping Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 6
Common Grackle 5
House Finch 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S35985025

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (
http://ebird.org/content/atlasva)
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Date: 4/15/17 11:14 am
From: John Messina <jncmessina...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Monticello Park Red-Headed Woodpwckervhere now
Am watching the bird now in Alexandria.
Cathy Messina

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Date: 4/15/17 11:06 am
From: Scott Priebe <falco57...>
Subject: [Va-bird] [va-bird] Huntley Meadows - Rusty Blackbirds, Blue-winged Teal, Hermit Thrushes, Ovenbird, Purple Finches
I birded both sides of the park this morning, starting out on the Visitor Center side. Usual denizens - highlights on this side were Rusty Blackbirds and Blue-winged Teal, and many drake Wood Ducks.

I missed the rails reported by Will McPhail.

On the hike-bike side, the highlights were Ovenbird, six Hermit Thrushes (3 near the marsh and later three near the maintenance area, which are not on the eBird checklist) and ten Purple Finches feeding on Aspen catkins.


Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA

http://ebird.org/ebird/va/view/checklist/S35982309
http://ebird.org/ebird/va/view/checklist/S35983296

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Date: 4/15/17 7:54 am
From: Will McPhail <butcherbird2013...>
Subject: [Va-bird] VA Rail and Sora at Huntley Meadows
FOY Sora and Virginia Rail near the observation tower at Huntley Meadows
around 10:30. Other birds of interest: Northern Paula, Palms, Prothonotary,
Common Yellowthroat, Rusty Blackbirds, Barred Owl and Green Heron.

Will McPhail
Washington, DC
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Will McPhail
Washington, DC
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Date: 4/15/17 7:40 am
From: Bert Harris <aramidopsis...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon present Saturday morning
Now on second most northerly brick smokestack, visible from east

Sent from my phone

> On Apr 15, 2017, at 9:51 AM, Jeremy Beck via va-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> The falcon was present at the Alexandria power plant from 730-830AM this morning. It was perched on top of the antenna tower at the north side of the plant for the whole hour.
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Date: 4/15/17 6:51 am
From: Jeremy Beck via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon present Saturday morning
The falcon was present at the Alexandria power plant from 730-830AM this morning. It was perched on top of the antenna tower at the north side of the plant for the whole hour.
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Date: 4/15/17 6:17 am
From: Gerco H <drgerco...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Red-breasted Nuthatch
A surprise Red-breasted Nuthatch showed up in the yard this morning. It was the first time this year this species was seen in the yard. A male Purple Finch is still hanging out at the feeders and some spring migrants are finally arriving. Last night a Black-and-white Warbler was seen in our coral honey suckle.

Happy birding

Gerco
Leesburg, VA
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Date: 4/14/17 6:36 pm
From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] A couple of interesting birds in Northern Virginia
At Eakin Park today in Fairfax County I heard my FOY Northern Parula and at Longbranch in Arlington I saw a Blue-headed Vireo.

Larry Meade
Merrifield, VA
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Date: 4/14/17 6:07 pm
From: Cornell <rbr73...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon tomorrow
My friend Eric and I were at the power plant site this evening and saw it come in to roost at about 6:30 PM. It caught a House Sparrow and proceeded to eat while perched up on the east side of the plant. I expect it will probably be there tomorrow morning, but if all else fails, it will probably also be present at a similar time tomorrow evening.

- Reid

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 14, 2017, at 8:46 PM, Vineeta <vineetaa...> wrote:
>
> Bert, I don't think it's been seen since last weekend. But others may be better informed than me. Vineeta in Alexandria
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Apr 14, 2017, at 8:33 PM, Bert Harris <aramidopsis...> wrote:
>>
>>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> Tomorrow morning I'll finally be able to go try for the Prairie Falcon in Alexandria. Any updates, negative or positive, tomorrow morning would be appreciated!
>>
>> Thank you!
>> Bert Harris, Orlean VA
>> Sent from my phone
>>
>>> On Apr 14, 2017, at 7:27 PM, Howard Wu <howiewu1...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Hi, all:
>>>
>>> I made another (and probably final, for the season) trip to Sully Woodlands
>>> today. After about one hour of searching, I finally spotted the bird. Not
>>> only that, since it perched on a tree near the dirt road that dissects the
>>> field, I had the best viewing to date.
>>>
>>> Another amusing thing is that I think that I have circumstantial evidence
>>> that Killdeers visited this place -- because I picked up their calls from a
>>> Norther Mockingbird's songs! I also saw a procession of Wild Turkeys.
>>>
>>> The ticks were abundant and ferocious -- I was vigilant and picked off 4
>>> from my clothes and body. I immediately took a thorough shower after
>>> getting home. For this reason, I may just not go there for a while ...
>>>
>>> For pictures and more narrative, see my rolling log here:
>>>
>>> http://www.travelerathome.com/2016_10_shrike/2016_10_shrike.html
>>>
>>> Cheers,
>>> Howard Wu
>>> Herndon, VA
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Date: 4/14/17 6:04 pm
From: Vineeta <vineetaa...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon tomorrow
Oh, that's wonderful.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 14, 2017, at 9:03 PM, uberlarry <uberlarry...> wrote:
>
> It was seen yesterday.
>
>
>
> Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device
>
>
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Vineeta <vineetaa...>
> Date:04/14/2017 8:46 PM (GMT-05:00)
> To: Bert Harris <aramidopsis...>
> Cc: <va-bird...>
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon tomorrow
>
> Bert, I don't think it's been seen since last weekend. But others may be better informed than me. Vineeta in Alexandria
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Apr 14, 2017, at 8:33 PM, Bert Harris <aramidopsis...> wrote:
> >
> >
> > Hi all,
> >
> > Tomorrow morning I'll finally be able to go try for the Prairie Falcon in Alexandria. Any updates, negative or positive, tomorrow morning would be appreciated!
> >
> > Thank you!
> > Bert Harris, Orlean VA
> > Sent from my phone
> >
> >> On Apr 14, 2017, at 7:27 PM, Howard Wu <howiewu1...> wrote:
> >>
> >> Hi, all:
> >>
> >> I made another (and probably final, for the season) trip to Sully Woodlands
> >> today. After about one hour of searching, I finally spotted the bird. Not
> >> only that, since it perched on a tree near the dirt road that dissects the
> >> field, I had the best viewing to date.
> >>
> >> Another amusing thing is that I think that I have circumstantial evidence
> >> that Killdeers visited this place -- because I picked up their calls from a
> >> Norther Mockingbird's songs! I also saw a procession of Wild Turkeys.
> >>
> >> The ticks were abundant and ferocious -- I was vigilant and picked off 4
> >> from my clothes and body. I immediately took a thorough shower after
> >> getting home. For this reason, I may just not go there for a while ...
> >>
> >> For pictures and more narrative, see my rolling log here:
> >>
> >> http://www.travelerathome.com/2016_10_shrike/2016_10_shrike.html
> >>
> >> Cheers,
> >> Howard Wu
> >> Herndon, VA
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Date: 4/14/17 6:03 pm
From: uberlarry via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon tomorrow
It was seen yesterday.



Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device


-------- Original message --------
From: Vineeta <vineetaa...>
Date:04/14/2017 8:46 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Bert Harris <aramidopsis...>
Cc: <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon tomorrow

Bert, I don't think it's been seen since last weekend. But others may be better informed than me. Vineeta in Alexandria

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 14, 2017, at 8:33 PM, Bert Harris <aramidopsis...> wrote:
>
>
> Hi all,
>
> Tomorrow morning I'll finally be able to go try for the Prairie Falcon in Alexandria. Any updates, negative or positive, tomorrow morning would be appreciated!
>
> Thank you!
> Bert Harris, Orlean VA
> Sent from my phone
>
>> On Apr 14, 2017, at 7:27 PM, Howard Wu <howiewu1...> wrote:
>>
>> Hi, all:
>>
>> I made another (and probably final, for the season) trip to Sully Woodlands
>> today. After about one hour of searching, I finally spotted the bird. Not
>> only that, since it perched on a tree near the dirt road that dissects the
>> field, I had the best viewing to date.
>>
>> Another amusing thing is that I think that I have circumstantial evidence
>> that Killdeers visited this place -- because I picked up their calls from a
>> Norther Mockingbird's songs! I also saw a procession of Wild Turkeys.
>>
>> The ticks were abundant and ferocious -- I was vigilant and picked off 4
>> from my clothes and body. I immediately took a thorough shower after
>> getting home. For this reason, I may just not go there for a while ...
>>
>> For pictures and more narrative, see my rolling log here:
>>
>> http://www.travelerathome.com/2016_10_shrike/2016_10_shrike.html
>>
>> Cheers,
>> Howard Wu
>> Herndon, VA
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Date: 4/14/17 5:47 pm
From: Vineeta <vineetaa...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon tomorrow
Bert, I don't think it's been seen since last weekend. But others may be better informed than me. Vineeta in Alexandria

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 14, 2017, at 8:33 PM, Bert Harris <aramidopsis...> wrote:
>
>
> Hi all,
>
> Tomorrow morning I'll finally be able to go try for the Prairie Falcon in Alexandria. Any updates, negative or positive, tomorrow morning would be appreciated!
>
> Thank you!
> Bert Harris, Orlean VA
> Sent from my phone
>
>> On Apr 14, 2017, at 7:27 PM, Howard Wu <howiewu1...> wrote:
>>
>> Hi, all:
>>
>> I made another (and probably final, for the season) trip to Sully Woodlands
>> today. After about one hour of searching, I finally spotted the bird. Not
>> only that, since it perched on a tree near the dirt road that dissects the
>> field, I had the best viewing to date.
>>
>> Another amusing thing is that I think that I have circumstantial evidence
>> that Killdeers visited this place -- because I picked up their calls from a
>> Norther Mockingbird's songs! I also saw a procession of Wild Turkeys.
>>
>> The ticks were abundant and ferocious -- I was vigilant and picked off 4
>> from my clothes and body. I immediately took a thorough shower after
>> getting home. For this reason, I may just not go there for a while ...
>>
>> For pictures and more narrative, see my rolling log here:
>>
>> http://www.travelerathome.com/2016_10_shrike/2016_10_shrike.html
>>
>> Cheers,
>> Howard Wu
>> Herndon, VA
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Date: 4/14/17 5:34 pm
From: Bert Harris <aramidopsis...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon tomorrow

Hi all,

Tomorrow morning I'll finally be able to go try for the Prairie Falcon in Alexandria. Any updates, negative or positive, tomorrow morning would be appreciated!

Thank you!
Bert Harris, Orlean VA
Sent from my phone

> On Apr 14, 2017, at 7:27 PM, Howard Wu <howiewu1...> wrote:
>
> Hi, all:
>
> I made another (and probably final, for the season) trip to Sully Woodlands
> today. After about one hour of searching, I finally spotted the bird. Not
> only that, since it perched on a tree near the dirt road that dissects the
> field, I had the best viewing to date.
>
> Another amusing thing is that I think that I have circumstantial evidence
> that Killdeers visited this place -- because I picked up their calls from a
> Norther Mockingbird's songs! I also saw a procession of Wild Turkeys.
>
> The ticks were abundant and ferocious -- I was vigilant and picked off 4
> from my clothes and body. I immediately took a thorough shower after
> getting home. For this reason, I may just not go there for a while ...
>
> For pictures and more narrative, see my rolling log here:
>
> http://www.travelerathome.com/2016_10_shrike/2016_10_shrike.html
>
> Cheers,
> Howard Wu
> Herndon, VA
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Date: 4/14/17 5:06 pm
From: Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FOS Ruby-throated Hummingbird
At my feeder this evening. My neighbor says she saw it there yesterday.

--
Wendy Ealding
Midlothian
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Date: 4/14/17 4:27 pm
From: Howard Wu <howiewu1...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Sully Woodlands Northern Shrike -- yes!
Hi, all:

I made another (and probably final, for the season) trip to Sully Woodlands
today. After about one hour of searching, I finally spotted the bird. Not
only that, since it perched on a tree near the dirt road that dissects the
field, I had the best viewing to date.

Another amusing thing is that I think that I have circumstantial evidence
that Killdeers visited this place -- because I picked up their calls from a
Norther Mockingbird's songs! I also saw a procession of Wild Turkeys.

The ticks were abundant and ferocious -- I was vigilant and picked off 4
from my clothes and body. I immediately took a thorough shower after
getting home. For this reason, I may just not go there for a while ...

For pictures and more narrative, see my rolling log here:

http://www.travelerathome.com/2016_10_shrike/2016_10_shrike.html

Cheers,
Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
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Date: 4/14/17 3:06 pm
From: Alan Handley <alan.lomion...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Red-Headed Woodpeck at Monticello Park, Alexandria
Heard reports from others that the bird had been around earlier in the day
as well. Also reports of Grey Catbird, though we didn't see it ourselves.
Very little otherwise in terms of migrants, best bird beyond the red-headed
was probably a late Winter Wren.

Alan Handley
Arlington, Va
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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Fri, Apr 14, 2017 at 5:58 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Monticello Park, Apr 14, 2017
To: <alan.lomion...>


Monticello Park, Alexandria, Virginia, US
Apr 14, 2017 4:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
18 species

Mourning Dove X
Red-headed Woodpecker 1 On snag in large tree just northeast of bridge
Red-bellied Woodpecker X
Blue Jay X Adults working on nest
American Crow X
Fish Crow X
Carolina Chickadee X
Tufted Titmouse X
White-breasted Nuthatch X
Winter Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet X singing
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin X
European Starling X
Yellow-rumped Warbler X
White-throated Sparrow X
Eastern Towhee X
Northern Cardinal X

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S35955608

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Date: 4/14/17 1:23 pm
From: Marshall Faintich <marshall...>
Subject: [Va-bird] In Crozet, VA; 4/14/17. Report and photos:
In Crozet, VA; 4/14/17. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_04_14.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_04_14.htm



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In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
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Date: 4/14/17 11:40 am
From: Logan Anderson <northamericaroks...>
Subject: [Va-bird] 11 warbler day
Today George Burruss and I headed up to the Blue-ridge Parkway to do a little birding around the entrances to Warbler road and Petites Gap. We had 3 Black-throated Green Warblers at Petites, and several Ovenbirds, Black-and-white, Black-throated Green, and 1 Black-throated Blue warbler at Warbler Road. We also had Yellow-rumped Warblers, a Pine Warbler, and a few Louisiana Waterthrushes at the James River Gap. In Lynchburg there were 2 Palm Warblers and a Common Yellowthroat at College Lake, and Yellow-throated Warblers and Prothonotary Warblers were seen at Percival’s Island. Other highlights included a Broad-winged Hawk, Blue-headed Vireo, and Hooded Merganser.

Happy Birding,
Logan
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Date: 4/14/17 9:26 am
From: Vineeta <vineetaa...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Sully woodlands, no shrike, FOS Ixodes scapularis, other sightings
Sigh! I got bitten by chiggers at the Merrimac Farm nature walk in Prince
William County with Larry Meade last Sunday. I had no idea what they were
until you mentioned them. Now, I have to figure out how to treat them.
Vineeta

"In the end only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you
lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."
-Gautama Buddha

On Fri, Apr 14, 2017 at 8:15 AM, Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> wrote:

> Anticipating that ticks might be early this year, I just sprayed all of my
> outdoor birding clothes with permethrin yesterday. I have found it to be
> very effective against ticks, chiggers, and other such an unwanted visitors
> in the past.
> Donald Sweig
> Falls Church, Virginia
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> > On Apr 13, 2017, at 9:18 PM, Howard Wu <howiewu1...> wrote:
> >
> > Sorry to disappoint you, *Ixodes scapularis* is deer tick :-)
> >
> > I made a lunch time quick trip to Sully Woodlands. Unfortunately this
> time
> > I did not find the Northern Shrike, however, I did find the birder who
> > first found it -- Steve Johnson (nice meeting you, Steve!).
> >
> > I was rather pressed for time and did not get much else, of mild interest
> > is that I heard a Barred Owl from the northwestern corner of the field.
> >
> > When I got home I found a tick on myself. I promptly changed all my cloth
> > and took a shower. Because of the mild winter, it is forecast that ticks
> > will be especially rampant this year, so be careful.
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Howard Wu
> > Herndon, VA
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Date: 4/14/17 9:20 am
From: Marshall Faintich <marshall...>
Subject: [Va-bird] VA birding listserver on ABA listing central
I usually check the VA birding listserver on my Iphone, or on my desktop
computer, using the ABA listing central for Virginia, as I don't have to
enter my email address and password each time, and the format is a bit
easier to use. However, I have had several problems using the ABA site this
past week. For almost an entire day, all I got was a blank screen, and now,
some of the postings showing up in the VA listserver digest are not showing
up on the ABA site. Is anyone else having the same problem?



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Date: 4/14/17 8:28 am
From: Larry Cartwright <prowarbler...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Eastern Kingbird and Orchard Oriole at Dyke Marsh
Okay folks, got the joke. It is a Good Friday Eastern Kingbird. Also had an Orchard Oriole along the boardwalk. As far as breeding activity, had nest building activity by Northern Cardinals. A House Finch nest that Rich Rieger found on a sailboat trailer hitch in the Belle Haven Marina at Dyke Marsh during the Sunday morning walk now has 4 eggs.


Larry Cartwright
<prowarbler...>
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Date: 4/14/17 7:30 am
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Anhingas at Stumpy Lake NA in Va Beach
All,

There are 6 Anhingas present north of the entry causeway, alternating
between sitting in a cypress tree and soaring overhead. First sern just
before 9 AM, and still being seen now.

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Date: 4/14/17 7:27 am
From: Walter Hadlock <jaybirdncarol...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Green Heron
Good morning,

A Green Heron has been at our small backyard pond since 9:15 this morning. It is enjoying our Mosquito Fish. What luck to be looking out the window and seeing it.

Good Birding to all,

Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon, VA (Fairfax County)
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Date: 4/14/17 7:26 am
From: Margaret Pearson <magzjewelry...>
Subject: [Va-bird] 2 Brown thrashers first of season
Saw a brown thrasher in oak tree. It moved to ground and another one
joined it. I hope they stay.
--
MAGZ
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Date: 4/14/17 6:03 am
From: Larry Cartwright <prowarbler...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Easter Kingbird at Dyke Marsh

Seen and heard along Haul Road peninsula boardwalk. First of season.


Larry Cartwright
<prowarbler...>
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Date: 4/14/17 5:15 am
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Sully woodlands, no shrike, FOS Ixodes scapularis, other sightings
Anticipating that ticks might be early this year, I just sprayed all of my outdoor birding clothes with permethrin yesterday. I have found it to be very effective against ticks, chiggers, and other such an unwanted visitors in the past.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

Sent from my iPad

> On Apr 13, 2017, at 9:18 PM, Howard Wu <howiewu1...> wrote:
>
> Sorry to disappoint you, *Ixodes scapularis* is deer tick :-)
>
> I made a lunch time quick trip to Sully Woodlands. Unfortunately this time
> I did not find the Northern Shrike, however, I did find the birder who
> first found it -- Steve Johnson (nice meeting you, Steve!).
>
> I was rather pressed for time and did not get much else, of mild interest
> is that I heard a Barred Owl from the northwestern corner of the field.
>
> When I got home I found a tick on myself. I promptly changed all my cloth
> and took a shower. Because of the mild winter, it is forecast that ticks
> will be especially rampant this year, so be careful.
>
> Cheers,
> Howard Wu
> Herndon, VA
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Date: 4/14/17 4:28 am
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...>
Subject: [Va-bird] common raven, Woodbridge
A common raven just flew low over my house in Woodbridge, being harassed by a crow. Pretty unusual in this part of Prince William county.

Marc Ribaudo
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Date: 4/13/17 8:23 pm
From: Todd Kiraly <tkiraly...>
Subject: [Va-bird] [Va-Bird] Alexandria/Prairie Falcon may have picked up a fishing line on tail feathers
After reviewing some quick snaps of the Falcon, that glided into the Generating Station at about 6:35 and giving only about 10 seconds of viewing, on my computer I have noticed that there is something trailing away from the end of its tail feathers but “connected” to the Falcon. Poor pictures shot into sunsetting light does not allow for much detail but the trailing shape appear to be in all the photos. Below are links to 2 of the “best” shots and show the Falcon in two different locations in the air with the object staying roughly in the exact same place from the end of the tail. If I had to guess, it may have picked up some fishing line and may be trailing a fishing plug or some debris/feather. It may be just a feather that has a strand hanging on to the tail. Thought I would offer up this observation in case others get a better view in better lighting if seen in the future. There are lost lures up in the trees along the banks of the river here.

http://www.haussparrow.com/Photography/A-Prairie-Falcon-in-Virginia/i-S4Hd4QP/A <http://www.haussparrow.com/Photography/A-Prairie-Falcon-in-Virginia/i-S4Hd4QP/A>
http://www.haussparrow.com/Photography/A-Prairie-Falcon-in-Virginia/i-Gq8t5Sf/A <http://www.haussparrow.com/Photography/A-Prairie-Falcon-in-Virginia/i-Gq8t5Sf/A>

Todd K
Arlington VA



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Date: 4/13/17 6:18 pm
From: Howard Wu <howiewu1...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Sully woodlands, no shrike, FOS Ixodes scapularis, other sightings
Sorry to disappoint you, *Ixodes scapularis* is deer tick :-)

I made a lunch time quick trip to Sully Woodlands. Unfortunately this time
I did not find the Northern Shrike, however, I did find the birder who
first found it -- Steve Johnson (nice meeting you, Steve!).

I was rather pressed for time and did not get much else, of mild interest
is that I heard a Barred Owl from the northwestern corner of the field.

When I got home I found a tick on myself. I promptly changed all my cloth
and took a shower. Because of the mild winter, it is forecast that ticks
will be especially rampant this year, so be careful.

Cheers,
Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
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Date: 4/13/17 5:15 pm
From: Marshall Faintich <marshall...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Crozet, VA; 4/13/17
Old Trail: 43 avian species including Rusty Blackbirds(2) and 4 warbler
species: Yellow-rumped, Pine, Palm, and Prairie. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_04_13.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_04_13.htm



___________________________

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Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

www.faintich.net <http://www.faintich.net/>

In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
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Date: 4/13/17 3:53 pm
From: <tkiraly...> <tkiraly...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon has appeared at Alexandria Plant tonight

It just flew straight in from south and went into the recessed ceiling beam/catwalk at 6:35.

Todd Kiraly
Arlington

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Date: 4/13/17 1:31 pm
From: Marshall Faintich <marshall...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Crozet, VA 4/13/17
Old Trail: 43 avian species including Rusty Blackbirds(2) and 4 warbler
species: Yellow-rumped, Pine, Palm, and Prairie. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_04_13.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_04_13.htm



___________________________

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Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
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Date: 4/13/17 12:42 pm
From: William Young <wcyoung4242...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon, Alexandria, April 13
The Prairie Falcon was at the power plant in Alexandria this morning. I
arrived with my friend Bill Murphy, who is visiting from Indiana and wanted
to see the bird. We arrived at about 8:30 and saw the bird within about
five minutes from the west side of the plant. It was flying south of the
power plant and then circled and flew north. We went to the river side of
the plant and saw the bird briefly perched on one of the dark towers before
it disappeared. We watched for it until about 9:10 and then left.

William Young
Arlington, VA
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Date: 4/13/17 10:57 am
From: Ashley Peele <ashpeele...>
Subject: [Va-bird] First VA BBA Data and other Atlas updates...
Hi Folks,

A quick email to let you know about new Atlas info available through the
Atlas Block Explorer tool. We've just published species lists from the
first Atlas project (1984-1989) on this tool. You can now download the
Atlas data for any block in the state.

Check out this article for more information about the VABBA1 data!

http://ebird.org/content/atlasva/news/first-va-breeding-bird-atlas-data/

Lastly, we have a new Atlas training opportunity in the southwestern part
of the state. Dr. Steven Hopp, the region 7 coordinator, is offering a
training near Emory and Henry College on Saturday, April 29th. This will
be an in-depth session, similar to the regional training sessions that
we've been holding around the state this spring. For more info or to
register for this event, please email Dr. Hopp at <shopp...>

Hope you're all out enjoying this awesome spring weather and knocking out
breeding confirmations on those earlier breeders. Just today, a local
volunteer told me they'd seen Blue Jay's carrying nest material, while
dropping a child at school. I've already got baby Carolina Wren's cheeping
in a nest on my gutters. We're in the thick of it now! :)

All the best,

Ashley Peele, PhD
Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator
Conservation Management Institute - Virginia Tech
Office: 540-231-9182
Fax: 540-231-7019
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Date: 4/13/17 7:16 am
From: Alyce Quinn via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Recent returns to Franklin County
Late on 4/11, I heard (but didn't see) the season's first hummingbird as he buzzed past me.  That night the first whip-poor-will was singing.  And late on 4/12 I heard the first ovenbird.
Alyce QuinnBurnt Chimney
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Date: 4/13/17 6:22 am
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Raven
Greetings all

While doing daily chores inside this morning I heard a Raven calling several times.

From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
103 Elizabeth Court
South Boston VA 24592
434-572-8619 Home
434-470-4352 Cell
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Date: 4/13/17 6:01 am
From: Albright, Tom (USMS) <Tom.Albright2...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] va-bird Digest, Vol 120, Issue 15
Highly unlikely a magnolia warbler would be in Falls Church this eary!! Mostlikely a Yellwo-rump..sorry

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Today's Topics:

1. FOS hummingbird in northwestern Albemarle County (Wanda SanJule)
2. Hummingbird! (Barbara Farron)
3. Great Dismal Swamp NWR--Canal Trail, Apr 12, 2017 (G B Harris)
4. White faced ibis Chincoteague nwr (Bill Hohenstein)
5. FOS Eastern Kingbird (Marshall Faintich)
6. White faced ibis Chincoteague nwr and more (Bill Hohenstein)
7. Hummingbird and Magnolia Warbler (Elizabeth Fedorko)


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Message: 1
Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:01:14 +0000
From: Wanda SanJule <wandasanjule...>
To: "<va-bird...>" <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FOS hummingbird in northwestern Albemarle County
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We saw our FOS male ruby throat hummingbird in northwestern Albemarle county at the coral honey suckle yesterday.

Sent from my iPhone

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Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:22:27 -0400
From: Barbara Farron <repbarb...>
To: VAbirdList <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Hummingbird!
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We just saw the first hummingbird of 2017 at our hummingbird feeder! It was a male.

Barbara Farron
Fairfax, VA 22032


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Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:23:01 -0400
From: G B Harris <gbhrlh...>
To: VA Birdlist <va-bird...>
Cc: Harald Bott <Harald.Bott...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Great Dismal Swamp NWR--Canal Trail, Apr 12, 2017
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Birders,

Good warbler morning!
>
>
>
> Great Dismal Swamp NWR--Canal Trail, Chesapeake, Virginia, US Apr 12,
> 2017 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.5 mile(s)
> Comments: GBH-RLH. l.5 miles round trip. Most birds heard. Saw large Eastern Kingsnake.
> 30 species
>
> Canada Goose 2
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Mourning Dove 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Pileated Woodpecker 3
> Great Crested Flycatcher 7
> White-eyed Vireo 2
> Blue Jay 3
> American Crow 1
> Carolina Chickadee 2
> Tufted Titmouse 4
> Carolina Wren 6
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
> American Robin 1
> Ovenbird 4
> Worm-eating Warbler 1 Olive, buffy head with black stripes; Song high pitched buzzy like pine warbler or chipping sparrow.
> Louisiana Waterthrush 2
> Black-and-white Warbler 4
> Prothonotary Warbler 7
> Common Yellowthroat 3
> Pine Warbler 4
> Yellow-throated Warbler 4
> Prairie Warbler 3
> Black-throated Green Warbler 2
> Eastern Towhee 2
> Northern Cardinal 5
> Rusty Blackbird 2
> Common Grackle 2
> Brown-headed Cowbird 1
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35897617
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3
> (http://ebird.org/VA)



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Message: 4
Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:32:54 +0000
From: Bill Hohenstein <elliety...>
To: "<va-bird...>" <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] White faced ibis Chincoteague nwr
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Seen now on north side of the wildlife loop - looking north toward D Dike.


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Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:21:49 -0400
From: "Marshall Faintich" <marshall...>
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FOS Eastern Kingbird
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Crozet, VA; 4/12/17. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_04_12.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_04_12.htm



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

www.faintich.net <http://www.faintich.net/>

In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight line, so you might as well enjoy the journey !!

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Message: 6
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:19:17 +0000
From: Bill Hohenstein <elliety...>
To: "<va-bird...>" <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] White faced ibis Chincoteague nwr and more
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I've posted a photo and short video clip of the White Faced Ibis.


Today was a day for several firsts. In addition to seeing the Ibis (which has been reported around here by others) I found two Prairie Warblers this morning and the Black Neck Stilts have come back to their breeding territories along the causeway from the mainland. I spotted 5 today (the firsts of the season).


Black skimmers have returned and Yellow Throated Warblers seem more common this year than any I can remember. Both sub-species of willets --the Atlantic and Western --are around in good numbers. They make an interesting contrast -- some overlap in habitat, but different behavior with the Atlantic becoming very territorial as they stake out their spots.


Here is a link to the photos/Videos:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/73831614@N00/albums/72157682398173365

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Subject: [Va-bird] White faced ibis Chincoteague nwr

Seen now on north side of the wildlife loop - looking north toward D Dike.
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Message: 7
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:34:25 -0400
From: Elizabeth Fedorko <elizabethholcombefedorko...>
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Subject: [Va-bird] Hummingbird and Magnolia Warbler
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Hello!

About 6:30 pm on Wednesday we were hanging out on our deck in Falls Church (zip code, not city) and saw a Magnolia Warbler up in the oak trees in the rays of sunlight. A few minutes later a Ruby-throated Hummingbird buzzed up to our geraniums and left. I finally got my act together and made some nectar and filled the feeder.

Happy Birding! Beth and Dan Fedorko


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Date: 4/13/17 5:56 am
From: <mafabjan1977...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Humming Bird
Male Humming bird came to my feeder about 7pm Wed. night. Glad I had my feeder out.


Mary Ann Krammes

Slate Mills, VA






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Date: 4/13/17 5:34 am
From: Elizabeth Fedorko <elizabethholcombefedorko...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Hummingbird and Magnolia Warbler
Hello!

About 6:30 pm on Wednesday we were hanging out on our deck in Falls Church
(zip code, not city) and saw a Magnolia Warbler up in the oak trees in the
rays of sunlight. A few minutes later a Ruby-throated Hummingbird buzzed up
to our geraniums and left. I finally got my act together and made some
nectar and filled the feeder.

Happy Birding! Beth and Dan Fedorko
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Date: 4/12/17 5:19 pm
From: Bill Hohenstein <elliety...>
Subject: [Va-bird] White faced ibis Chincoteague nwr and more
I've posted a photo and short video clip of the White Faced Ibis.


Today was a day for several firsts. In addition to seeing the Ibis (which has been reported around here by others) I found two Prairie Warblers this morning and the Black Neck Stilts have come back to their breeding territories along the causeway from the mainland. I spotted 5 today (the firsts of the season).


Black skimmers have returned and Yellow Throated Warblers seem more common this year than any I can remember. Both sub-species of willets --the Atlantic and Western --are around in good numbers. They make an interesting contrast -- some overlap in habitat, but different behavior with the Atlantic becoming very territorial as they stake out their spots.


Here is a link to the photos/Videos:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/73831614@N00/albums/72157682398173365

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Subject: [Va-bird] White faced ibis Chincoteague nwr

Seen now on north side of the wildlife loop - looking north toward D Dike.
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Date: 4/12/17 2:22 pm
From: Marshall Faintich <marshall...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FOS Eastern Kingbird
Crozet, VA; 4/12/17. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_04_12.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_04_12.htm



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

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line, so you might as well enjoy the journey !!

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Date: 4/12/17 1:33 pm
From: Bill Hohenstein <elliety...>
Subject: [Va-bird] White faced ibis Chincoteague nwr
Seen now on north side of the wildlife loop - looking north toward D Dike.
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Date: 4/12/17 9:29 am
From: G B Harris <gbhrlh...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Great Dismal Swamp NWR--Canal Trail, Apr 12, 2017
Birders,

Good warbler morning!
>
>
>
> Great Dismal Swamp NWR--Canal Trail, Chesapeake, Virginia, US
> Apr 12, 2017 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.5 mile(s)
> Comments: GBH-RLH. l.5 miles round trip. Most birds heard. Saw large Eastern Kingsnake.
> 30 species
>
> Canada Goose 2
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Mourning Dove 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Pileated Woodpecker 3
> Great Crested Flycatcher 7
> White-eyed Vireo 2
> Blue Jay 3
> American Crow 1
> Carolina Chickadee 2
> Tufted Titmouse 4
> Carolina Wren 6
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
> American Robin 1
> Ovenbird 4
> Worm-eating Warbler 1 Olive, buffy head with black stripes; Song high pitched buzzy like pine warbler or chipping sparrow.
> Louisiana Waterthrush 2
> Black-and-white Warbler 4
> Prothonotary Warbler 7
> Common Yellowthroat 3
> Pine Warbler 4
> Yellow-throated Warbler 4
> Prairie Warbler 3
> Black-throated Green Warbler 2
> Eastern Towhee 2
> Northern Cardinal 5
> Rusty Blackbird 2
> Common Grackle 2
> Brown-headed Cowbird 1
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35897617
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/VA)

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Date: 4/12/17 6:22 am
From: Barbara Farron <repbarb...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Hummingbird!
We just saw the first hummingbird of 2017 at our hummingbird feeder! It
was a male.

Barbara Farron
Fairfax, VA 22032
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Date: 4/12/17 6:04 am
From: Wanda SanJule <wandasanjule...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FOS hummingbird in northwestern Albemarle County
We saw our FOS male ruby throat hummingbird in northwestern Albemarle county at the coral honey suckle yesterday.

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Date: 4/12/17 4:41 am
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Sandwich Tern
Hey Andrew,

That's the earliest record of a Sandwich Tern ever to occur in Virginia
according to eBird (and maybe the earliest ever observed period?).

The Gold Book had an extreme early arrival date of 21 April listed, though
records that post-dated its publication exist for earlier dates (16 Apr
2012, 17 Apr 2013, 15 Apr 2015). But, yours is even earlier than all of
those.

Glad you got a nice photo of it too!
http://ebird.org/ebird/va/view/checklist/S35881804

Congrats,

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA

On Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 7:08 AM, Andrew Hawkins <
<andrewcurtishawkins...> wrote:

> First of the year sandwich tern at the end of Poquoson Ave. sitting on
> pilings with Forster's terns yesterday afternoon.
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Date: 4/12/17 4:09 am
From: Andrew Hawkins <andrewcurtishawkins...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Sandwich Tern
First of the year sandwich tern at the end of Poquoson Ave. sitting on
pilings with Forster's terns yesterday afternoon.
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Date: 4/12/17 3:18 am
From: nicholas <flicknanders...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Swainson's, Worm-eating Warblers, Great Dismal Swamp NWR Suffolk, 4/11/17
Yesterday I heard 2 Worm-eating Warblers and 1 Swainson's Warbler singing off Lynn Ditch about 3 mi. so. of Jericho Ditch in Great Dismal Swamp NWR, Suffolk VA.


Nick Flanders

Portsmouth, VA
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Date: 4/11/17 2:41 pm
From: Eugene Burreson <gene...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FOS male Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Gloucester Co.
On my feeder at 5:35pm today, Gloucester Co., Claybank area.

Gene Burreson
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Date: 4/11/17 2:03 pm
From: Joelle Buffa <clyde_joelle...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Chincoteague NWR Shorebird/Gull Survey April 10
Below are the results of our weekly shorebird/gull survey conducted at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Monday April 10, 2017. All water areas (impoundments and beach areas) were covered in the 6.75 hour survey. All individuals are counted for the target species; other birds seen or heard on the survey are followed by a dash.   
Another beautiful spring day at the Refuge. We counted 2,397 individual shorebirds of 14 species. Dunlin were the most common by far with 1,362 followed by Sanderling 537 and Willet 249. We counted 62 Piping Plovers with 52 of them on the Hook. We assume that some of these are stopping at the Refuge on their migration further north, and others may also be staying to breed. Three pectoral sandpipers were difficult to pick out in the wet grassy area at the edge of B-South, north end.
The biggest surprise sightings were not even shorebirds. A Common Goldeneye in Assateague Channel observed from the Service Road is not often seen in our area even in the winter and is normally gone north by this time of year. Early species were the 8 Black Terns along the Wildlife Loop where we have seen them before, just not this early and one Blue Grosbeak on the Service Road.  Birds that we saw for the first time this year were: Royal Terns and Black Skimmers both of which were on F Pool across from the NPS Visitor Center at the beach.
Our next survey will be Tuesday, April 18th. Clyde Morris and Joelle Buffa 

| Canada Goose | -- |
| Tundra Swan | -- |
| Gadwall | -- |
| American Wigeon | -- |
| American Black Duck | -- |
| Mallard | -- |
| Northern Pintail | -- |
| Green-winged Teal | -- |
| Surf/Black Scoter | -- |
| Bufflehead | -- |
| Common Goldeneye | -- |
| Red-breasted Merganser | -- |
| Wild Turkey | -- |
| Red-throated Loon | 32 |
| Common Loon | 10 |
| Horned Grebe | 50 |
| Northern Gannet | 83 |
| Double-crested Cormorant | 178 |
| Great Blue Heron | -- |
| Great Egret | -- |
| Snowy Egret | -- |
| Little Blue Heron | -- |
| Tricolored Heron | -- |
| White Ibis | -- |
| Glossy Ibis | -- |
| Black Vulture | -- |
| Turkey Vulture | -- |
| Osprey | -- |
| Northern Harrier | -- |
| Bald Eagle | -- |
| Red-tailed Hawk | -- |
| American Oystercatcher | 32 |
| Black-bellied Plover | 34 |
| Piping Plover | 62 |
| Killdeer | 2 |
| Whimbrel | 4 |
| Marbled Godwit | 34 |
| Sanderling | 537 |
| Dunlin | 1,362 |
| Pectoral Sandpiper | 3 |
| peep sp. | 6 |
| Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher | 29 |
| Wilson's Snipe | 2 |
| Greater Yellowlegs | 61 |
| Willet | 249 |
| Lesser Yellowlegs | 12 |
| Laughing Gull | 44 |
| Ring-billed Gull | 38 |
| Herring Gull | 158 |
| Lesser Black-backed Gull | 64 |
| Great Black-backed Gull | 33 |
| Black Tern | 8 |
| Forster's Tern | 101 |
| Royal Tern | 5 |
| Black Skimmer | 4 |
| Rock Pigeon | -- |
| Mourning Dove | -- |
| Belted Kingfisher | -- |
| Downy Woodpecker | -- |
| Northern Flicker | -- |
| American Crow | -- |
| Fish Crow | -- |
| crow sp. | -- |
| Tree Swallow | -- |
| Barn Swallow | -- |
| Carolina Chickadee | -- |
| Brown-headed Nuthatch | -- |
| Carolina Wren | -- |
| American Robin | -- |
| European Starling | -- |
| Ovenbird | -- |
| Pine Warbler | -- |
| Yellow-rumped Warbler | -- |
| Yellow-throated Warbler | -- |
| Field Sparrow | -- |
| Savannah Sparrow | -- |
| Song Sparrow | -- |
| Eastern Towhee | -- |
| Northern Cardinal | -- |
| Blue Grosbeak | 1 |
| Red-winged Blackbird | -- |
| Eastern Meadowlark | -- |
| Common Grackle | -- |
| Boat-tailed Grackle | -- |
| Brown-headed Cowbird | -- |

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Date: 4/11/17 1:45 pm
From: KELLY K <tripacct1...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Lincoln's Sparrow and Rusty Blackbirds seen in Fauquier County


Yesterday, I visited White's Mill Trail in Fauquier County hoping to see the Common Yellowthroats reported their by Greg S. I dipped on them but was rewarded with a Lincoln's Sparrow sighting! I also spotted four Rusty Blackbirds foraging in a swampy area. They were first reported by Greg.

Kelly Krechmer
Fauquier County


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Date: 4/11/17 11:54 am
From: Larry Cartwright <prowarbler...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Ovenbirds and Pine Warbler
I went to Huntley Meadows today to check my bluebird boxes and on Phil
Silas's Ovenbird. I found it plus additional Ovenbirds singing along the
Pond Trail and the entrance to the Woodcock Meadow. The day started with a
confirmation that bluebirds are nest building in the new box 1 at the Kings
Highway parking lot. Next I found a singing Pine Warbler near the
maintenance building accompanied by a few Chipping Sparrows. More Chippers
were singing in the first meadow. Yellow-rumped Warblers sang at several
locations. After finding the Pond Trail Ovenbirds, a quick trip to the North
Marsh (path just ahead of the second Pond Trail entrance on the left side of
the Hike-Bike Trail) yielded three Red-headed Woodpeckers near the little
bridge and today's only Common Yellowthroat in the marsh. Then I ran into
Sherman Suter and Rich Rieger. And finally Sasha Munters joined the group.
We saw a nice flock of Rusty Blackbirds on the path leading to the water
control structure. Sasha pointed out a Green-winged Teal pair. I was
delighted at the number of Pied-billed Grebes remaining in the Central
Wetland and pondered if they might stay to breed considering current water
levels and habitat. It was an enjoyable day to be out, especially as the
breeding season is underway.



Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia, US Apr 11,
2017 6:27 AM - 12:06 PM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

Comments: Route consists of Hike-Bike and Pond Trails, Woodcock and
adjacent meadows, Central and North Wetlands, and Water Control Structure.
Weather was clear with light breeze and temperatures ranging from 60 to 79
degrees Fahrenheit.

45 species



Canada Goose 12

Wood Duck 4

Mallard 8

Green-winged Teal (American) 2

Pied-billed Grebe 4

Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1

Bald Eagle 1

American Coot 5

Mourning Dove 4

Red-headed Woodpecker 3 Near North Marsh

Red-bellied Woodpecker 17

Downy Woodpecker 5

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1

Pileated Woodpecker 3

Eastern Phoebe 1

Blue Jay 30

Fish Crow 7

Tree Swallow 24

Barn Swallow 1

Carolina Chickadee 24

Tufted Titmouse 35

White-breasted Nuthatch 3

Carolina Wren 7

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 29

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4

Eastern Bluebird 2

Hermit Thrush 1

American Robin 19

Ovenbird 5 Mostly around Pond Trail. First of the year.

Common Yellowthroat 1

Pine Warbler 1 Singing near maintenance building

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 15

Chipping Sparrow 6

White-throated Sparrow 20

Song Sparrow 3

Swamp Sparrow 2

Eastern Towhee 12

Northern Cardinal 14

Red-winged Blackbird 11

Rusty Blackbird 48 Along marsh as viewed from trail to water control
structure.

Common Grackle (Purple) 2

Brown-headed Cowbird 14

American Goldfinch 23



View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35874266



This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



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Date: 4/11/17 11:26 am
From: <david.boltz4...>
Subject: [Va-bird] 5 Warblers - Raymond R. "Andy" Guest Jr. Shenandoah River State Park - Warren Co.
After viewing the White Pelican at Lake Frederick, I headed down to Shenandoah River SP near Bentonville in Warren Co. I found a pair of Yellow-throated Warblers near the restrooms closest to the canoe launch and the picnic area. Then I walked the Bluebell Trail and was absolutely blown away by the Bluebells, which are in peak bloom right now. Along that trail I had 4 Louisiana Waterthrushes, a Northern Parula and several Yellow-rumps. I also had a Pine Warbler near the park entrance. BG Gnatcatchers were numerous. Other good finds were a 2 Purple Martins and a couple of Red-headed Woodpeckers in the same tree across the river. I was hoping for at least one Vireo (Blue-headed most likely), but none were about. Complete list below.

Go see the Bluebells! They are outstanding!

Dave Boltz

22 Double-crested Cormorant
2 Great Blue Heron
1 Turkey Vulture
4 Mourning Dove
2 Red-headed Woodpecker
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
3 Downy Woodpecker
2 Northern Flicker
2 Pileated Woodpecker
3 Eastern Phoebe
2 Blue Jay
3 American Crow
2 Purple Martin
15 Tree Swallow
8 Carolina Chickadee
9 Tufted Titmouse
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
5 Carolina Wren
10 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
2 Eastern Bluebird
12 American Robin
2 Brown Thrasher
7 European Starling
4 Louisiana Waterthrush
1 Northern Parula
1 Pine Warbler
3 Yellow-rumped Warbler
2 Yellow-throated Warbler
14 Chipping Sparrow
2 Field Sparrow
3 Dark-eyed Junco
5 White-throated Sparrow
2 Eastern Towhee
12 Northern Cardinal
25 Common Grackle
1 Brown-headed Cowbird
12 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 37
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Date: 4/11/17 11:17 am
From: Marshall Faintich <marshall...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Lickinghole Reservoir beaver warning
4/11/17; 30 avian species. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_04_11.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_04_11.htm



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Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
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Date: 4/11/17 9:56 am
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder...>
Subject: [Va-bird] eBird -- Tobacco Heritage Trail - Cotton Mill Park to 2.5 Mile Marker -- Apr 11, 2017
Greeting all:

I spent 4 hrs out on the Tobacco Heritage Trail in South Boston this morning looking for migrants

Although I ended up with 40 species there was only 3 species of warblers and not a single thrush of any kind but I was great to get out and do some birding today after spending all day yesterday cleaning house. I need a maid to do that for me.

Tobacco Heritage Trail - Cotton Mill Park to 2.5 Mile Marker
Apr 11, 2017
8:10 AM
Traveling
1.75 miles
240 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

2 Canada Goose
2 Wood Duck
15 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Great Blue Heron
2 Black Vulture
4 Turkey Vulture
1 Osprey
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
1 Red-tailed Hawk
3 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
10 Mourning Dove
4 Chimney Swift
1 Belted Kingfisher
4 Red-bellied Woodpecker
3 Downy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
1 Pileated Woodpecker
5 White-eyed Vireo
3 Blue Jay
8 American Crow
3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
5 Carolina Chickadee
9 Tufted Titmouse
10 Carolina Wren
4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
4 Brown Thrasher
1 Northern Mockingbird
3 European Starling
1 Ovenbird
4 Common Yellowthroat
2 Northern Parula
3 Field Sparrow
17 White-throated Sparrow
4 Eastern Towhee
17 Northern Cardinal
2 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Common Grackle
7 Brown-headed Cowbird
30 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 40


From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
103 Elizabeth Court
South Boston VA 24592
434-572-8619 Home
434-470-4352 Cell
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Date: 4/11/17 8:57 am
From: Phil Silas via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Northern Parula - Leesylvania SP - Prince William County
Va-birders,
Colleen Cloyed and I were looking for warblers on the Bushey Pt. Boardwalk when a Yellow-throated was joined by 2 Northern Parula singing and giving good looks!
Phil Silas, Woodbridge, VA

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Date: 4/11/17 8:45 am
From: Kevin Shank <birds...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Whip-poor-will in Union Springs 4-10
Yesterday morning and again last evening, we had a Whip-poor-will singing at
our place in Union Springs, Rockingham County.



Kevin Shank

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Date: 4/11/17 8:36 am
From: Grace <gmccrowe...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Hummer and Whip chase city
First whippoorwill in the night. First ruby throat this am.

Sent from my iPad. Grace
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Date: 4/11/17 5:44 am
From: James Fox <jmsfox11...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] American White Pelican on Lake Frederick-Frederick County
The pelican is still present now in the middle of the lake. A breeding
plumage Common Loon also flew in while I was here.

James Fox
On Tue, Apr 11, 2017 at 6:51 AM <david.boltz4...> wrote:

> Still present at 6:50 a.m. Viewing from dam breast with a scope.
>
> Dave Boltz
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Apr 10, 2017, at 9:00 PM, <david.boltz4...> wrote:
>
> I got a call from one of my neighbors that lives in view of the lake
> around 7:30 p.m. this evening. His wife saw a large white bird land on the
> lake and they were pretty sure it was a Swan. I hurried down and the bird
> had gone into a cove from which it eventually emerged, revealing that it
> was an American White Pelican. It was swimming further back the main
> tributary of the lake when a boater was heading in, so the bird took low
> flight. From my vantage point I couldn't tell if it landed or kept going.
> It was very close to dark at that time. I plan to be down there near
> daybreak, but with the warm weather comes more fishermen in boats, often
> very early.
>
> Dave Boltz
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 4/11/17 3:52 am
From: <david.boltz4...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] American White Pelican on Lake Frederick-Frederick County
Still present at 6:50 a.m. Viewing from dam breast with a scope.

Dave Boltz

Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 10, 2017, at 9:00 PM, <david.boltz4...> wrote:

I got a call from one of my neighbors that lives in view of the lake around 7:30 p.m. this evening. His wife saw a large white bird land on the lake and they were pretty sure it was a Swan. I hurried down and the bird had gone into a cove from which it eventually emerged, revealing that it was an American White Pelican. It was swimming further back the main tributary of the lake when a boater was heading in, so the bird took low flight. From my vantage point I couldn't tell if it landed or kept going. It was very close to dark at that time. I plan to be down there near daybreak, but with the warm weather comes more fishermen in boats, often very early.

Dave Boltz

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Date: 4/10/17 9:27 pm
From: David Young <lcdyoung93...>
Subject: [Va-bird] White Ibis Chincoteague
birdied mainly in Maryland on way down to Chincoteague. But had a nice surprise when we pulled into the Refuge Inn, a steady flight of about 70 White Ibis circling around

David Young
Reston, Va
<lcdyoung93...>
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Date: 4/10/17 6:23 pm
From: James Fox <jmsfox11...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] American White Pelican on Lake Frederick-Frederick County
Cool! I'll probably go out there tomorrow morning to check too.

James
On Mon, Apr 10, 2017 at 9:00 PM <david.boltz4...> wrote:

> I got a call from one of my neighbors that lives in view of the lake
> around 7:30 p.m. this evening. His wife saw a large white bird land on the
> lake and they were pretty sure it was a Swan. I hurried down and the bird
> had gone into a cove from which it eventually emerged, revealing that it
> was an American White Pelican. It was swimming further back the main
> tributary of the lake when a boater was heading in, so the bird took low
> flight. From my vantage point I couldn't tell if it landed or kept going.
> It was very close to dark at that time. I plan to be down there near
> daybreak, but with the warm weather comes more fishermen in boats, often
> very early.
>
> Dave Boltz
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 4/10/17 6:06 pm
From: <david.boltz4...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] American White Pelican on Lake Frederick-Frederick County
By the way, we had an American White Pelican on the lake on May 3 of last year.

Dave Boltz

Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 10, 2017, at 9:00 PM, <david.boltz4...> wrote:

I got a call from one of my neighbors that lives in view of the lake around 7:30 p.m. this evening. His wife saw a large white bird land on the lake and they were pretty sure it was a Swan. I hurried down and the bird had gone into a cove from which it eventually emerged, revealing that it was an American White Pelican. It was swimming further back the main tributary of the lake when a boater was heading in, so the bird took low flight. From my vantage point I couldn't tell if it landed or kept going. It was very close to dark at that time. I plan to be down there near daybreak, but with the warm weather comes more fishermen in boats, often very early.

Dave Boltz

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Date: 4/10/17 6:01 pm
From: <david.boltz4...>
Subject: [Va-bird] American White Pelican on Lake Frederick-Frederick County
I got a call from one of my neighbors that lives in view of the lake around 7:30 p.m. this evening. His wife saw a large white bird land on the lake and they were pretty sure it was a Swan. I hurried down and the bird had gone into a cove from which it eventually emerged, revealing that it was an American White Pelican. It was swimming further back the main tributary of the lake when a boater was heading in, so the bird took low flight. From my vantage point I couldn't tell if it landed or kept going. It was very close to dark at that time. I plan to be down there near daybreak, but with the warm weather comes more fishermen in boats, often very early.

Dave Boltz

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Date: 4/10/17 5:12 pm
From: mpo35771 . <mpo357...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Bald Eagle and Green Herons
Saw a bald eagle being chased by three crows roughly around the corner of
Paxton St and Holmes Run Parkway in Alexandria. The eagle flew up the path
of the creek towards Van Dorn Street, then came back,eventually landing in
a tree. The three crows followed and closed in, and eventually the eagle
left and flew off in the other direction towards Duke St, circling at quite
a height for awhile before he was gone. It was a mature adult with white
tail and white head.

Afterwards headed down to Ben Brenman Park to observe the Green Heron pair
nesting on the west side of the park. The other day they were being
harassed by two or three red-winged blackbirds. Did not see them disturbed
today.

Mark O'Connor
Alexandria, VA
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Date: 4/10/17 2:48 pm
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
On this beautiful morning, 33 birders gathered to take part in the Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk. For a while we thought this might be the Warbler blitz we experienced last spring when we saw the Yellow-throated Warbler and the Common Yellowthroat, but no such luck.  It was still a great walk, with FOS sightings of Chimney Swifts and a Green Heron; Several bright, freshly molted Palm Warblers; large numbers of Rusty Blackbirds and Grackles; and a Double-crested Cormorant fly over.
Canada Goose  27
Wood Duck  12
Mallard  4
Blue-winged Teal  3
Green-winged Teal  2
Hooded Merganser  1
Pied-billed Grebe  4
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron  4
Great Egret  1
Green Heron  1
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
American Coot  6
Ring-billed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  5
Barred Owl  1
Chimney Swift  2
Red-headed Woodpecker  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  7
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  6
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  3
Fish Crow  5
Tree Swallow  16
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  12
Eastern Bluebird  3
American Robin  20
Common Yellowthroat  2
Palm Warbler  5
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Yellow-throated Warbler  1
White-throated Sparrow  40
Song Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  11
Eastern Towhee  2
Northern Cardinal  15
Red-winged Blackbird  40
Rusty Blackbird  100
Common Grackle  100
American Goldfinch  20
House Sparrow  2


The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 7AM (8AM from November through March), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at (703)768-2525.

Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Date: 4/10/17 12:27 pm
From: Stephen Eccles <stephendeccles...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon
For the record, since the previous last reported sighting was on Sunday
morning (April 9) and since there is now a null report for this morning
(April 10): the bird returned to its roost in the power plant on Sunday
evening (April 9) at about 7.15 pm., It flew in low from across the river
and went immediately inside the lattice-like structure. It obviously did
not like its first choice of roost, as it very soon flew outside again
before going back inside where it seemed to fine a good spot. We could get
the scope on the roosting bird, but only for an underside view of its tail.

Stephen Eccles

On Mon, Apr 10, 2017 at 10:14 AM, John Greenwood via va-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> On Monday morning, birders were present at the power plant from 7 to
> 9:30am; the Falcon wasn't.
>
> Jack Greenwood
> Falls Church
>
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Date: 4/10/17 12:08 pm
From: Gwbirds37 via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] For free - many, many birding magazines - looking for a new home
Making much needed space. Going way back, have huge runs of:
1. Birding
2.Winging It
3.North American Birds
4.American Birds
5.Field Notes
6. Virginia Birds
7. Bird Watching
8. Birders World
9.Living Bird - from Cornell Lab. of Ornithology

All you have to do is come pick up any or all of them. I live 10" off of I-95 just N. of Ashland

Call for more info
Gerry Weinberger
Doswell
804-227-3657

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Date: 4/10/17 10:19 am
From: Phil Silas via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Ovenbird - Huntley Meadows Hike - Bike Trail, Fairfax County
VA-Birders,
This morning I hiked the West side of Huntley Meadows, and heard my FOS Ovenbird while on the Pond Loop. When I returned from the central wetlands viewing platform about 90 minutes later I heard and then saw it singing near where the 2nd Pond Loop sign and bench are to rejoin the main trail as you proceed from the parking area.
Phil Silas, Woodbridge, VA
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Date: 4/10/17 8:58 am
From: Ron Vogel <vireo...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR 4/9 and 4/10
I spent two very pleasant mornings at Occoquan Bay NWR today (4/10) and
yesterday. Lots of bird song and lots of bird activity. Highlights included
four warbler species (palm, pine, yellow-rump, and c. yellowthroat); both
kinglets w/ the ruby crowns being particularly vocal, lots of blue gray
gnatcatchers, and lots of flight activity by the refuge's several ospreys
and eagles. Had an opportunity this morning to hear two singing hermit
thrush. I don't often have a chance to hear these birds actually sing, It
seems that off of their nesting territory, these little thrushes sing
"pianissimo" as if they were simply tuning up for the events ahead of them.
Nevertheless, is a beautiful song at any amplitude.



I re-found the Lincoln's sparrow at Deep Hole Point first reported by Marc
Ribaudo a few months back, and the red headed woodpeckers continue in and
around the viewing platform overlooking Marumsco Creek. Waterfowl were
scarce, but Marumsco Bay had a rather sizeable flock of Bonaparte's gulls
enjoying a morning bob on the water.



Looking forward to even better days ahead..



Ron Vogel

Annandale, VA





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Date: 4/10/17 7:17 am
From: John Greenwood via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon
On Monday morning, birders were present at the power plant from 7 to 9:30am; the Falcon wasn't.

Jack Greenwood
Falls Church

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Date: 4/10/17 6:01 am
From: Clark Olsen <clarkdesignbuild...>
Subject: [Va-bird] At Least 35 Whimbrels at Willis Wharf
From about 3:00-4:00 PM yesterday I observed at least 35 Whimbrels at Willis Wharf. The tide was dead low. There were likely more as the birds were darting in and out of the gullies. Observed from public landing observation deck. They were wandering in between Marbled Godwits and Willets so size comparison was easy. Long downward curved bill, shorter than LBC. Scoped pics not great, although one has 3-4 in it and you can make out the bill.

Clark S. Olsen
President
Clark Building Group
824 W. 21st. Street
Norfolk, VA 23517
757-855-3450
ClarkBuildingGroup.com
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Date: 4/10/17 5:50 am
From: Vineeta <vineetaa...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Northern Flicker in Alexandria
I just saw a Northern Flicker feeding on the ground in my front yard. An
energetic squirrel shooed it away.
Vineeta in Alexandria, VA
"In the end only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you
lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."
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Date: 4/9/17 8:08 pm
From: Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' <RoweRA...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Weekend birding in Rockbridge Co
I spent some time out this weekend looking to see what birds had moved into the area. Along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Blue-headed Vireos, Black-throated Green Warblers, Pine Warblers, and Louisiana Waterthrushes are common. Juncos are still in groups and are common above 3000 ft. Around the Lexington area, Tree Swallows, Northern Rough-winged Swallows are common along the Maury River and on Saturday I saw my first Barn Swallows of the season. I have some Tree Swallows building nests already at my research site and I have several pairs of Bluebirds with eggs. I found a Black-and-white Warbler, several pairs of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and Yellow-throated Warblers along the Maury both Saturday and Sunday. This morning I watched a Wood Duck land in a tree and was lucky enough to get some photos of it. I still find it odd to see a duck perched in a tree. Near Natural Bridge VA (Locher Tract) I found a late female Purple Finch and singing Swamp Sparrows. Common Mergansers ar
e still present and in large numbers for us. Over the past two years, we have had COME breeding along the Maury River.

I've posted a some photos of the Yellow-throated Warbler and Wood Duck on my Flickr site, if you are interested.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/vmibiology/


Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept
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Date: 4/9/17 5:29 pm
From: Sue Garvin <garvin.sue...>
Subject: [Va-bird] 2nd Wednesday Bird Walk, Warrenton
This Wednesday, April 12th, Todd Day will lead a bird walk at the
Environmental Studies field station. Because of my ineptitude, we will be
meeting at 8 am. If you like to sleep in, this is the bird walk for you!
(Next month we will start at 7 am!) Experienced birders are encouraged to
join us and enjoy this opportunity to bird the fields, woodlands and
wetlands of the 900 acre field station. Novice birders are welcome, too!
Todd will provide plenty of insight on finding and identifying birds.
Binoculars, field guide or app recommended. There will be plenty of hiking,
so please wear appropriate footwear. Water bottles are encouraged. Guests
are welcome to bring a bag lunch to enjoy after the walk.

Wednesday, April 12th, 8 am until 11 am or so. Limited to 10 guests. RSVP
required to <sgarvin...>

6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA.

Regards,

Sue
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Date: 4/9/17 5:19 pm
From: Scott Byrd via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FOY/FOS Grasshopper Sparrow
I walked out on my deck at a little past 8 o'clock and heard the distinctive insect-like trill of a FOY/FOS grasshopper sparrow in the field behind my house. The field is a breading home to this species, so I have seen and heard them many times, but not this early in the year that I can recall. I also got an added bonus. While listening to the sparrow's call, I got an unexpected treat of a Barred Owl calling. Not bad considering I only went outside to let the dogs get a little exercise. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.

Scott Byrd
King George, VA
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Date: 4/9/17 4:25 pm
From: Dendroica--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 04/09/17 (Fairfax County)
Finally a Sunday morning which felt like spring weather wise, with
migrating birds and blooming wild flowers. Keith Huffman led our group of
thirteen. We tallied 40 species.as listed below. We meet at 8 AM every Sunday in
the visitors center parking lot, weather permitting. Come join us.

Posted by Ralph Wall

The list:

Canada Goose 10
Mallard 6
Double-crested Cormorant 6
Great Blue Heron 8
Black Vulture 44
Turkey Vulture 2
Bald Eagle 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
gull sp. 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 7
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 8
Fish Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 8
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 11
American Robin 3
Northern Mockingbird 2
Louisiana Waterthrush 3
Palm Warbler 7
Pine Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
Chipping Sparrow 8
American Tree Sparrow/Spizella sp. 1
Dark-eyed Junco 2
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 7
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Rusty Blackbird 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 11
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 25

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35828839

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Date: 4/9/17 3:04 pm
From: Marshall Faintich <marshall...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Central Virginia; 4/7,9/17
50+ species, including multiple duck species. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_04_09.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_04_09.htm



___________________________

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Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

www.faintich.net <http://www.faintich.net/>

In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
line, so you might as well enjoy the journey !!

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Date: 4/9/17 2:14 pm
From: Joe Coleman <joecoleman...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Birds Observed Banshee Reeks April 8
Eight of us got together for an early Spring bird walk at the Banshee Reeks
Nature Preserve Saturday, April 8. We found 41 species of birds of which the
highlights were numerous Tree Swallows checking out the various next boxes
there, gobbling Wild Turkeys, two Louisiana Waterthrushes in an area where
they are found most years (one of which one was singing and the other which
was much plainer and duller, making anxious chip calls), FOS (for most of
us) Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and Ruby-crowned Kinglets for a nice seasonal
mix of birds.



For a complete list of the birds observed at Banshee Reeks yesterday see the
eBird report below.



The regular monthly free bird walk (every 2nd Sat) at the Banshee Reeks
Nature preserve is sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy
(www.loudounwildlife.org <http://www.loudounwildlife.org> ) & the Friends of
Banshee Reeks (www.bansheereeks.org <http://www.bansheereeks.org> );
information on both and their upcoming events can be found on their
websites. Also, Loudoun Wildlife has several walks and a Birdathon scheduled
from April 29 through May 14 - if you're int'd check out the "Celebrate
Birds!" section of the website.



Good birding!

Joe Coleman for the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy



Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, Loudoun, Virginia, US Apr 8, 2017 7:45 AM -
10:30 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.9 mile(s)

Comments: Regular monthly bird walk by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy &
the Friends of Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve

40 species (+1 other taxa)



American Black Duck/Mallard 4

Wild Turkey 1 Heard them gobbling but were not able to find them.

Great Blue Heron 1

Black Vulture 2

Turkey Vulture 12

Red-shouldered Hawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Ring-billed Gull 10

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3

Mourning Dove 2

Red-bellied Woodpecker 3

Downy Woodpecker 3

Northern Flicker 1

Eastern Phoebe 2

Blue Jay 3

American Crow 1

Fish Crow 20

Common Raven 1

Tree Swallow 25

Carolina Chickadee 4

Tufted Titmouse 4

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

Carolina Wren 3

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3

Eastern Bluebird 2

American Robin 1

Brown Thrasher 2

Northern Mockingbird 3

European Starling 2

Louisiana Waterthrush 2

Chipping Sparrow 1

Field Sparrow 15

Dark-eyed Junco 8

White-throated Sparrow 6

Song Sparrow 1

Eastern Towhee 3

Northern Cardinal 8

Red-winged Blackbird 1

Brown-headed Cowbird 1

House Finch 2



View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35788114



This report was generated automatically by eBird v3
(http://ebird.org/content/atlasva)

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Date: 4/9/17 1:20 pm
From: Thomas Nardone <nardonet...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Apr 9, 2017
About 30 people participated in the weekly bird walk at Dyke Marsh. 53 species were observed including caspian terns, palm warblers, and 3 horned grebes in breeding plumage.
>
> Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax, Virginia, US
> Apr 9, 2017 8:00 AM - 11:20 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> 53 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose 25
> Wood Duck 1
> Mallard 12
> Blue-winged Teal 1
> Lesser Scaup 9
> Red-breasted Merganser 3
> Pied-billed Grebe 2
> Horned Grebe 3
> Double-crested Cormorant 20
> Great Blue Heron 3
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Osprey 11
> Bald Eagle 2
> Killdeer 2
> Ring-billed Gull 80
> Caspian Tern 2
> Mourning Dove 15
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 1
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Eastern Phoebe 1
> Blue Jay 10
> American Crow 1
> Fish Crow 4
> crow sp. 16
> Purple Martin 2
> Tree Swallow 25
> Carolina Chickadee 15
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> Brown Creeper 2
> Carolina Wren 15
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
> American Robin 20
> European Starling 6
> Cedar Waxwing 3
> Palm Warbler 5
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 12
> White-throated Sparrow 20
> Song Sparrow 8
> Swamp Sparrow 1
> Eastern Towhee 1
> Northern Cardinal 18
> Red-winged Blackbird 50
> Common Grackle 12
> Brown-headed Cowbird 1
> House Finch 2
> Purple Finch 1
> American Goldfinch 20
> House Sparrow 5
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35813566
>
>

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Date: 4/9/17 12:33 pm
From: Stuart via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Link to albinic owl
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYOSKYWg-5E

What kind is it?  Screech owl maybe?

Stuart Merrell
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Date: 4/9/17 7:10 am
From: John Messina <jncmessina...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prarie Falcon; Palm Warblers
While standing on the hill above the trail next to the river, I and several
other birders saw the Prairie Falcon at the power plant in Alexandria this
evening after 6:45 pm. It flew in from the south, passed the two large water
tanks, and landed on a beam on the south side of the main building, where it
ate some prey.



Two hours earlier, while monitoring a bluebird nestbox trail at Greendale
Golf Course in Fairfax County, I saw two Palm Warblers.



Cathy Messina

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Date: 4/9/17 7:07 am
From: Grace <gmccrowe...>
Subject: [Va-bird] First ovenbird Chase City 4-9-17
McCrowell Farm Chase City Sunday April 9 others less common were:


common yellow throat

blue gray gnatcatcher

white eyed vireo

brown thrasher

rough wing swallow

hairy woodpecker

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Date: 4/9/17 6:16 am
From: Robnoblestar via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Prairie falcon 09:15 Sunday
Just seen over power station mobbed by crows then headed out over river and on to MD shore.



Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 9, 2017, at 06:12, Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding...> wrote:
>
> Thanks Amanda and Julian for showing us the bird yesterday evening. Lee and
> I would never have found it without your help.
>
> Wendy Ealding
>
> On Apr 8, 2017 6:57 PM, "Amanda Dymacek" <amanda.dymacek...> wrote:
>
> Bird present after a few hours' wait. Brought dinner with it. Viewing from
> river side.
>
> Amanda Dymacek
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Apr 8, 2017, at 3:30 PM, Ron Furnish via va-bird <va-bird...>
> wrote:
>>
>> Marie Furnish and I just saw the falcon at the plant, being chased by
> crows.
>> Ron Furnish
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>>> On Apr 8, 2017, at 12:45 PM, Vineeta <vineetaa...> wrote:
>>>
>>> In case folks missed it, here's a link to Don Sweig's article about the
>>> Prairie Falcon in the Alexandria Gazette Packet. It was good meeting you,
>>> Don.
>>> http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2017/apr/06/big-deal-bird-
> alexandria/
>>> Vineeta
>>>
>>> "In the end only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you
>>> lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."
>>> -Gautama Buddha
>>>
>>> On Sat, Apr 8, 2017 at 8:04 AM, Antonio Quezon <antonio.quezon...>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Prairie falcon present at power plant
>>>>
>>>> A. J. "Tony" Quezon
>>>> www.TonyQandSuzanne.com
>>>> Sent from my La-Z-Boy
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Date: 4/9/17 3:12 am
From: Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Prairie falcon
Thanks Amanda and Julian for showing us the bird yesterday evening. Lee and
I would never have found it without your help.

Wendy Ealding

On Apr 8, 2017 6:57 PM, "Amanda Dymacek" <amanda.dymacek...> wrote:

Bird present after a few hours' wait. Brought dinner with it. Viewing from
river side.

Amanda Dymacek

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 8, 2017, at 3:30 PM, Ron Furnish via va-bird <va-bird...>
wrote:
>
> Marie Furnish and I just saw the falcon at the plant, being chased by
crows.
> Ron Furnish
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Apr 8, 2017, at 12:45 PM, Vineeta <vineetaa...> wrote:
>>
>> In case folks missed it, here's a link to Don Sweig's article about the
>> Prairie Falcon in the Alexandria Gazette Packet. It was good meeting you,
>> Don.
>> http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2017/apr/06/big-deal-bird-
alexandria/
>> Vineeta
>>
>> "In the end only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you
>> lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."
>> -Gautama Buddha
>>
>> On Sat, Apr 8, 2017 at 8:04 AM, Antonio Quezon <antonio.quezon...>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Prairie falcon present at power plant
>>>
>>> A. J. "Tony" Quezon
>>> www.TonyQandSuzanne.com
>>> Sent from my La-Z-Boy
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Date: 4/8/17 6:07 pm
From: Joelle Buffa <clyde_joelle...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FOS Purple Martin: Accomack County
Saw one fly-over today (6:00pm) at Captain's Cove, which is located on the mainland side of Chincoteague Bay, just south of State Line Road (border with MD). At first I thought Clyde was just trying to distract me by calling out the martin while we were playing tennis, so he could win the point. Joelle and Clyde
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Date: 4/8/17 5:41 pm
From: Elton Morel via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] NVBC Walk at Bristoe Station Battlefield, Prince William County, Apr 8, 2017



 VA Birders:
Sixteen NVBC birders enjoyed a sunny, but cold and windy morning of early spring birding at Bristoe Station Battlefield Park in Prince William county.  We collectively found 51 species, the highlights were very active and vocal pairs of Eastern Meadowlarks, a Brown Thrasher delightfully singing away in a cedar tree unembarrassed by his complete absence of a tail, singing Chipping and Field Sparrows, both species of kinglets together with a Brown Creeper, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Killdeers, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and a couple of Palm Warblers that gave us very brief looks before flying away. 
The complete ebird list is below.
Elton MorelArlington, VA  
Bristoe Station Battlefield, Prince William, Virginia, US
Apr 8, 2017 7:25 AM - 10:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: NVBC walk led by David Ledwith and Elton Morel.
51 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 20
Mallard 1 Distant flyby of a male.
Black Vulture 15
Turkey Vulture 7
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Killdeer 5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
Mourning Dove 6
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 5
Eastern Phoebe 3
Blue Jay 12
American Crow 6
Fish Crow 2
crow sp. 3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3
Tree Swallow 10
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 7
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 5 heard only
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 6
American Robin 15
Brown Thrasher 1 Missing its tail, but still singing away in a cedar tree.
Northern Mockingbird 3
European Starling 6
Cedar Waxwing 3
Palm Warbler 2
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 15
Field Sparrow 10
Dark-eyed Junco 8
White-throated Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 4
Eastern Towhee 3
Northern Cardinal 20
Red-winged Blackbird 15
Eastern Meadowlark 8
Common Grackle 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 8
House Sparrow 2

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Date: 4/8/17 5:17 pm
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski...>
Subject: [Va-bird] 8 Apr 2017 - Great Dismal Swamp & an unexpected Upland Sandpiper Twitch
Fellow Birders,

Over the past few Spring seasons, I always enjoyed reading Bob Ake's Great
Dismal Swamp outing write-ups here on the listserve. Since he hasn't been
making trips out there this season, I'm sure many others besides me have
missed reading up on all the swamp's happenings, including which species
have begun to arrive as well as which are about to depart. In the spirit of
those reports, I wanted to share some of my own observations from this
beautiful Saturday spent out at the swamp. I hope others make the trip
soon, as it has surely sprung to life!

First, I arrived at the gate to the Washington Ditch at about 6:50 AM, with
the temperature gauge in my car reading a brisk 29 degrees F. Clear skies
and overnight winds allowed for the low temperatures, and frost could be
seen on many of the fields along White Marsh Road. The gate, which
typically opens at 7 AM, was already open upon arrival, so I headed down
the gravel road eastward. A couple of *Wild Turkeys* were the first find,
in the farm field that abuts the gravel roadway a half mile or so in. While
viewing the pair, a *Yellow-throated Warbler* (a personal FOS bird) could
be heard singing from high up in a pine, and I pulled over to snap a quick
photograph. Reaching the parking lot, it was clear that no one else was
around just yet, and I assume the cold morning may have kept some birders
indoors, at least til after the sun had risen a bit more. A quick walk on
the boardwalk yielded a singing *Hermit Thrush*, several *Ovenbirds
*and a *Hooded
Warbler* (another FOS) that was calling from a perch and took a few minutes
for me to put eyes on. *Ruby-crowned Kinglets *were singing up a storm this
morning, and like the Hermit Thrush, it was refreshing to hear them before
they inevitably depart the area in the next few weeks. Surprisingly absent
was the sound of *Winter Wrens* that I had expected, but never found. When
I reached the Washington Ditch, I headed east, en route to the junction
with Lynn Ditch roughly a mile or so away. Another pair of *Wild Turkeys *could
be seen a at max 10x42 binocular range, but I never got much closer as they
kept moving away. Foxes could be heard in the distance off to the south
through the swamp, though they never came close enough to be seen. *Wood
Ducks*, as is customary here, burst out of the ditch at several locations,
trying their best to give me a heart attack, but keeping me on my toes all
the same. *Swainson's Warblers, *most people's reason for visiting the
swamp,* have not yet arrived,* though by next weekend that should change,
as the past few years they've been pretty reliably posted along the trail
by the 15th of April. *Prothonotary Warblers* on the other hand, have
already set up along the ditch every hundred yards or so. Several other
Hooded Warblers were heard as well, and *Common Yellowthroats* were
abundant, though their song dialect caught me off guard the first few times
I heard it (quite a bit different than the wichity-wichity-wichity I heard
here on the immediate coast). Near the second bench, a pair of *Louisiana
Waterthrush *were observed right next to the water, another FOS bird for me
though I'm sure they've been at this site for a couple of weeks or more by
now. When I reached the Lynn Ditch junction I checked in all directions for
running turkeys, but everything was still so I headed back west. The
highlight of the return trip came about midway back when I glanced at the
ditch next to me, and saw a line of bubbles breaching the surface. I
stopped and watched, and sure enough, a *River Otter* came popping up, but
immediately hissed and dove back under. Pretty darn cool to see one so
close, and it clearly was caught off guard by my presence.

After arriving back to my car just after 9 AM, I input my eBird checklist
for the outing (http://ebird.org/ebird/atlasva/view/checklist/S35779762)
and noticed a had an alert of an *Upland Sandpiper *found by Matt Anthony &
Nick Newberry in Franklin. With that location only being a half hour or so
away, I headed straight there instead of hitting the Jericho Ditch as I had
planned. Upon arrival at the Pretlow Industrial Park, a quick scan of the
field where the bird had been spotted didn't yield anything aside of some
swallows (*Barn & Tree*) and starlings. Matt & Nick pulled up to help me
get on the bird, and in doing so, a shorebird lifted out of the grass and
disappeared quickly over Route 58 to the south. I thought for sure I'd
missed my shot at the bird, though Nick looked up the map and noticed a
farmfield was situated south of the road, so we quickly made plans to head
that way and search for the bird. Walking briskly back to the cars, Matt
shouted that the bird was right in front of us. Sure enough, the Upland was
standing on the opposite side of our vehicles, about a hundred feet away at
the edge of a ditch filled with cattails! Incredible. After having felt
sure I'd lost the bird, the excitement of seeing it up close felt nothing
short of amazing. I snapped a few quick photographs (
http://ebird.org/ebird/atlasva/view/checklist/S35781119) while Nick set his
scope up on the bird. As we moved a bit further East along the road to get
the sun behind us, the bird lifted off, flew north a couple hundred feet
and then set down behind a small rise in the field, obscured from further
view. Perhaps it is still out there now. After a quick jaunt over in to
Southampton County with Matt & Nick to tick some county birds (
http://ebird.org/ebird/atlasva/view/checklist/S35781373), I headed back to
Dismal to carry on my original plan.

About 11 AM, I reached the Jericho Lane parking area, to find only 1 other
vehicle there, which quickly departed, leaving me yet again to myself at
the swamp. The breeze had kicked up considerably, but it was still a
beautiful day out so I decided to walk the entirety of the Hudnell Ditch
trail. Immediately, *Prairie Warblers *could be heard singing. In total I
had 24 of them along the trail. In the next week, that number should keep
rising as I've had over 50 along this ditch before. *Gray Catbirds *were
extremely abundant as well, and if I could get a true count of them all
hiding in the scrub, there's no telling just how many there could be. A
single *Wild Turkey* was seen after the first bend, running down the
two-track gravel trail about a half mile away. Also, a shadowy shape moved
onto the trail, and in raising my binoculars up to my eyes I quickly
realized it was a *Bobcat! *This was only the second I have seen at the
swamp (and only my 4th ever, with 2 others at Back Bay NWR last year).
Unfortunately, it moved across the trail before I could focus my camera,
though at the distance, the photographs wouldn't have been any more than
proof shots anyway. *White-eyed Vireos* were calling along the later half
of the trail, as were many *Common Yellowthroats *and a few *Prothonotary
Warblers. *A small group of *Cedar Waxwings *crossed the trail and landed
high up in a pine trail. Full checklist can be found here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/atlasva/view/checklist/S35787093

Non-bird Species Observed: 1 Bobcat, 1 River Otter, Zebra Swallowtails,
Pearl Crescents, Red Admirals, Palamedes Swallowtails, Tiger Swallowtails,
half a dozen Black Racers including at least one pair mating, several
Spotted Turtles and plenty of Yellow-bellied Sliders!

Overall, I finished the day with 10 warbler species, easily the most I've
had so far in a day this year. 8 new year birds was also a wonderful
surprise, and I never thought Upland Sandpiper would have been one of them,
so thanks to Matt & Nick for that!

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
www.beachbirding.com
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Date: 4/8/17 3:56 pm
From: Amanda Dymacek <amanda.dymacek...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Prairie falcon
Bird present after a few hours' wait. Brought dinner with it. Viewing from river side.

Amanda Dymacek

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> On Apr 8, 2017, at 3:30 PM, Ron Furnish via va-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> Marie Furnish and I just saw the falcon at the plant, being chased by crows.
> Ron Furnish
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Apr 8, 2017, at 12:45 PM, Vineeta <vineetaa...> wrote:
>>
>> In case folks missed it, here's a link to Don Sweig's article about the
>> Prairie Falcon in the Alexandria Gazette Packet. It was good meeting you,
>> Don.
>> http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2017/apr/06/big-deal-bird-alexandria/
>> Vineeta
>>
>> "In the end only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you
>> lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."
>> -Gautama Buddha
>>
>> On Sat, Apr 8, 2017 at 8:04 AM, Antonio Quezon <antonio.quezon...>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Prairie falcon present at power plant
>>>
>>> A. J. "Tony" Quezon
>>> www.TonyQandSuzanne.com
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Date: 4/8/17 3:22 pm
From: Gerco H <drgerco...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Lucketts Area
After dropping of the trash, I birded southeast of Lucketts along Spinks Ferry, Limestone School, Hibbler Rds and White Ferry Regional Park.

Along Spinks Ferry I found a couple American Kestrels, a few Common Ravens, 3 Horned Larks and 2 American Pipits. My first of season Barn Swallow was seen too while observing the Pipits. A Sharpie flew into few and that was it for the show. All birds scatter so I moved on as well.

Limestone School Rd was quiet with a few more Kestrels and a Northern Harrier. Eastern Meadowlarks were loudly announcing that it was spring.

Hibbler Rd was decent for birding with a few White-crowned Sparrow still present. Field and Chipping Sparrow were heard singing at several locations.

The winds kept birds down at White's Ford, but still several good species were seen including 3 Blue-winged Teal on the Potomac River and a couple Wood Ducks. Tree Swallows, Barn Swallow and Purple Martins all were seen. Fun it was to encounter a group of about 5-7 bright yellow Palm Warblers. Light was decent so I managed to take a few photos.

At home A pair of Purple Finches was visiting the feeders and a couple Bald Eagle came soring over.

Happy Birding

Gerco
Leesburg, VA
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Date: 4/8/17 2:03 pm
From: John Greenwood via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon
The Falcon was very active this morning on the river side of the power plant; activity seemed to slack off about 10 am. The Falcon and a couple crows seemed to enjoy chasing each other; no observed contact. The Falcon was not seen feeding. At the same time, an osprey was collecting sticks off the ground on the rr track side of the plant.

Jack Greenwood
Falls Church

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Date: 4/8/17 1:07 pm
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: [Va-bird] male Painted Bunting et al (Chesapeake & Suffolk)
We had a male Painted Bunting in our front yard a few days ago. This
afternoon we hosted a very early fem. Rose-breasted Grosbeak at our tube
feeder. This a.m. I had an early (& noisy) Great Crested Flycatcher along
Jericho Ditch Lane (one of the area's best places to bird in the spring) in
Suffolk. Dave Gibson, Chesapeake
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Date: 4/8/17 12:31 pm
From: Ron Furnish via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Prairie falcon
Marie Furnish and I just saw the falcon at the plant, being chased by crows.
Ron Furnish

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> On Apr 8, 2017, at 12:45 PM, Vineeta <vineetaa...> wrote:
>
> In case folks missed it, here's a link to Don Sweig's article about the
> Prairie Falcon in the Alexandria Gazette Packet. It was good meeting you,
> Don.
> http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2017/apr/06/big-deal-bird-alexandria/
> Vineeta
>
> "In the end only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you
> lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."
> -Gautama Buddha
>
> On Sat, Apr 8, 2017 at 8:04 AM, Antonio Quezon <antonio.quezon...>
> wrote:
>
>> Prairie falcon present at power plant
>>
>> A. J. "Tony" Quezon
>> www.TonyQandSuzanne.com
>> Sent from my La-Z-Boy
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Date: 4/8/17 11:15 am
From: Meredith Bell <merandlee...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Cattle Egrets and FOS Purple Martins - Gloucester County
Hi VA-Birders,

Yesterday we saw 2 Cattle Egrets foraging in a nearby field in the Hayes
area of lower Gloucester County. This species does not breed in this area,
as far as we know, so it was a treat to see them here.

Today the Egrets were gone, but we saw 6 Purple Martins flying above a
neighbor's yard that has multiple Purple Martin houses so they are back.

A great time of year to be out birding!

Meredith
​ and Lee Bell​

​Hayes, VA​
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Date: 4/8/17 10:41 am
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Falkland Rd, St Rd 716; Halifax County, VA, Apr 8, 2017
Greetings all

This morning I meet Julian and Amanda Dymacek from Farmville and we birded the Banister River WMA and then Falkland Farm Rd.

Just as we had gone a little way on Falkland Farm Rd I saw something in the middle of the road that was moving but wasn't going anywhere. At first I thought it was a small branch with some leaves on it being blown by the wind.

I stopped and took a look and was surprised to see it was a female Am Woodcock with two chicks. We got out and was able to take some very up close pictures before I made them get off the road so that they wouldn't get run over.

Click on the link below to see pictures.

From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
103 Elizabeth Court
South Boston VA 24592
434-572-8619 Home
434-470-4352 Cell
<jcbabirder...>


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> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Date: April 8, 2017 at 1:32:54 PM EDT
> To: <jcbabirder...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Falkland Rd, St Rd 716; Halifax County, VA, Apr 8, 2017
>
> Falkland Rd, St Rd 716; Halifax County, VA, Halifax, Virginia, US
> Apr 8, 2017 9:52 AM - 10:52 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.5 mile(s)
> 16 species
>
> Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 1
> American Woodcock (Scolopax minor) 3 As I was driving down the road, I saw something moving but not going anywhere. At first I thought it was a limb with some leaves of it being blown by the wind. I stopped the car and took a look and was surprised to see that it was a Woodcock with two chicks.
> Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus auratus/luteus) 1
> White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) 1
> Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) (Sitta carolinensis carolinensis) 1
> Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 2
> Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 1
> Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1
> Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) 1
> Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) 1
> Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 4
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35786417
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Date: 4/8/17 9:46 am
From: Vineeta <vineetaa...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Prairie falcon
In case folks missed it, here's a link to Don Sweig's article about the
Prairie Falcon in the Alexandria Gazette Packet. It was good meeting you,
Don.
http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2017/apr/06/big-deal-bird-alexandria/
Vineeta

"In the end only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you
lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."
-Gautama Buddha

On Sat, Apr 8, 2017 at 8:04 AM, Antonio Quezon <antonio.quezon...>
wrote:

> Prairie falcon present at power plant
>
> A. J. "Tony" Quezon
> www.TonyQandSuzanne.com
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Date: 4/8/17 9:30 am
From: Vineeta <vineetaa...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Prairie falcon
Thanks to Tony's post earlier this morning, I finally saw the prairie
falcon on my sixth visit to the defunct electric plant. Several of us saw
it engage in a dog fight, sorry, wrong animal metaphor, with a crow or two.
We also saw a pair of turkey vultures or TVs mating, and an osprey busy
gathering sticks for a nest on the water.
Yesterday, on the Mt. Vernon trail heading north toward the berm where the
birders were looking for the falcon, a runner warned me of a black snake
about to slide off a tree on to the trail, so if you go, do be on the
lookout for other creatures.
Cheers, Vineeta in Alexandria


"In the end only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you
lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."
-Gautama Buddha

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> Prairie falcon present at power plant
>
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> www.TonyQandSuzanne.com
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Date: 4/8/17 6:48 am
From: Joelle Buffa <clyde_joelle...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Birding Magazine Issues: 2004-present
Free to whoever responds first and agrees to pay postage (media mail rate- probably less than $10).Weeding out our library.Joelle and Clyde
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Date: 4/8/17 6:00 am
From: Craig Zalk <craig.zalk...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Purple Finches - Lots of Them
Still have lots of Purple Finches in the south part of Reston (Fairfax
County). Perhpas 10 to 16 at a time. Sadly, this entire winter, did not
see even a one Brown Creeper - which has been a standard yard bird for over
10 years. Wonder if their numbers are declining.

Craig Zalk, Reston
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Date: 4/8/17 5:55 am
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Black and white warbler, Breckenridge Rd
I had FOY black-and-white warbler at Breckenridge Rd this morning, along with 2 whip-poor-wills, pine warblers, both kinglets, hermit thrush, turkey, and a pair of dueling barred owls.  A visit to nearby Prince William Forest Park gave me FOY Louisiana waterthrush and blue-headed vireo.

Marc Ribaudo

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Date: 4/8/17 5:08 am
From: Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Prairie falcon
Thanks! Planning to come up this afternoon to check on it this evening and
then first thing tomorrow.

Wendy Ealding

On Sat, Apr 8, 2017 at 8:04 AM, Antonio Quezon <antonio.quezon...>
wrote:

> Prairie falcon present at power plant
>
> A. J. "Tony" Quezon
> www.TonyQandSuzanne.com
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Date: 4/8/17 5:05 am
From: Antonio Quezon <antonio.quezon...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie falcon
Prairie falcon present at power plant

A. J. "Tony" Quezon
www.TonyQandSuzanne.com
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Date: 4/8/17 4:40 am
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie falcon
If anyone sees the Prairie falcon this morning, I would appreciate a post.
Donald Sweig,
Falls Church Virginia

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Date: 4/8/17 4:15 am
From: Vineeta <vineetaa...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Parking info for Alexandria Prairie Falcon
Bashford Lane and North Royal. Near the plant. Vineeta

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 7, 2017, at 8:59 AM, Howard Wu <howiewu1...> wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
> Can someone please share the best place to park to view the Prairie Falcon?
>
> Last weekend I parked at Jones Point Park and walked north. It was a
> delightful walk, but it is a 4-mile round trip and you have to go through
> all the crowds in Old Town. The last few days the bird was seen rather late
> in the afternoon; I hope to park closer. But I understand on the weekend
> street parking can be very limited. If you have any tips, please share.
>
> Thanks in advance,
> Howard Wu
> Herndon, VA
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Date: 4/7/17 6:03 pm
From: Mark Johnson <birdmanj61...>
Subject: [Va-bird] American White Pelicans
Hello all,
I checked all 3 Amherst lakes after work at
3:30 and didn't see the Pelicans. They were a
one day wonder. There were 4 Common Loons
in breeding plumage at Mill Creek Lake. I also
saw an adult Bald Eagle fly down and catch a
fish which was a 1st for me at the lakes. I checked
the Eagle's nest and an adult was moving around
in the nest. Maybe feeding young.


Mark Johnson
Madison Heights, Va.
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Date: 4/7/17 5:14 pm
From: Ed and Helen Morgan <edandhelenmorgan...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Osprey
Last night in my fiddle lesson I worked on a tune, the Osprey, by Scottish
musician, Dougie McClain. Today I was delighted to see a real Osprey in
Lebanon, Virginia. The bird was soaring and hunting over Big Cedar Creek at
the town's eastern limit. The fact that there were several holding ponds
for farm raised trout at that location may have been an added attraction. I
watched the bird for 10 minutes until I had to return to the day job. Ed
Morgan, Abingdon, Va

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Date: 4/7/17 1:40 pm
From: Vineeta <vineetaa...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon
I'm waiting for the weather to clear up and will go there tomorrow morning. Vineeta in Alexandria.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 7, 2017, at 12:46 PM, Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding...> wrote:
>
> Anyone seen it today after yesterday's storm?
>
> --
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Date: 4/7/17 11:36 am
From: Andrew Rapp <lax3birder...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Anhinga- Carson Wetland
Hi all,
Heading north on 95 by Carson Wetland I glanced over and noted a female Anhinga just south of the Carson Rest Area. They're back!
Good Birding,
Andrew Rapp
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Date: 4/7/17 9:47 am
From: Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon
Anyone seen it today after yesterday's storm?

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Date: 4/7/17 8:57 am
From: Gerco H <drgerco...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] eBird Hotspots and Tackling Tricky Breeding Codes
All,


Some additional historical information concerning eBird hotspots is provided in this email and may shed some light on the "odd" locations of some of our hotspots. Many hotspots are associated with Virginia's Birding and Wildlife Trial (VBWT). These were added to eBird during my tenure as eBird hotspot manager for VA. On purpose and based on GIS location data from VDGIF, they were placed at the entrance of the park or location, rather then somewhere in the middle . This was done to facilitate navigation using GPS to the location's entrance. Over time, myself and other VA hotspot manager may have moved some of these locations. This has resulted in an odd mixture of what the VBWT ebird hotspots truly represent.


As stated below, these hotspots have little in common with the VABBA blocks, so be careful when using them to assign breeding birds.


Gerco

Leesburg, VA


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From: va-bird <va-bird-bounces+drgerco=<hotmail.com...> on behalf of Ashley Peele <ashpeele...>
Sent: Friday, April 7, 2017 9:45 AM
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] eBird Hotspots and Tackling Tricky Breeding Codes

Hi Folks,

Happy chilly Friday to you all! It's 35 degrees with a 25 degree wind
chill in Blacksburg this morning. Where did Spring go?? :)

First, let's talk about *eBird hotspots*. It's come to our attention
recently that more of the established hotspots are poorly placed, relative
to Atlas block boundaries. This is logical, b/c the two have nothing to do
with one another. Established hotspots are a part of the regular eBird
system, while the Atlas block boundaries are routed in the USGS Topo Quad
map system.

At any rate, this can cause obvious issues. If you're not careful to note
where a hotspot falls in relation to block boundaries, you may actually be
criss-crossing between two or more blocks. Some NoVA volunteers brought a
specific example of this to our attention.

The hotspot for Leesylvania State Park is (or by now was) out on a tip of
the easternmost edge of the park, which fell in the Arrow Head NW block.
Most of the state parks fell in the Quantico NE block. The easiest way to
avoid this issue is just creating your own points/locations.

So! If you're heading out to atlas and collect breeding data, always try
to look ahead at the locations you'll be visiting. Note the block
boundaries AND the hotspot locations, if you plan on using them.

Lastly, I've started a short article series to compile the various breeding
code clarifications and tips that I've been pushing out over the last
month. The first installment is now published on the Atlas eBird
portal, '*Tackling
Tricky Breeding Codes (Pt 1): The Possibles...
<http://ebird.org/content/atlasva/news/tackling-tricky-breeding-codes-part-1-the-possibles/>*'
I'll keep sharing these via the list-serv as they are posted, so folks can
check them out. Lots of useful tips in a pretty short article. Check it
out!

All for now. Stay warm and good birding this weekend!

Ashley Peele, PhD
Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator
Conservation Management Institute - Virginia Tech
Office: 540-231-9182
Fax: 540-231-7019
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Date: 4/7/17 8:03 am
From: Claire Kluskens <birdlady2011...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Parking info for Alexandria Prairie Falcon
There appears to be plenty of street parking on N. Royal St. just south of Bashford Ln. the two times I have been there. Might be limited to 2 or 3 hours (check for signs) but you can always move the car.

Claire Kluskens
Alexandria/Fairfax Co.

On Apr 07, 2017, at 08:59 AM, Howard Wu <howiewu1...> wrote:

Hi,

Can someone please share the best place to park to view the Prairie Falcon?

Last weekend I parked at Jones Point Park and walked north. It was a
delightful walk, but it is a 4-mile round trip and you have to go through
all the crowds in Old Town. The last few days the bird was seen rather late
in the afternoon; I hope to park closer. But I understand on the weekend
street parking can be very limited. If you have any tips, please share.

Thanks in advance,
Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
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Date: 4/7/17 6:58 am
From: Eirlys Barker <dreirlys...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Evening Grosbeak
Not a sign now in three days and I'm sure the winds yesterday will have
blown him to the next state.

Eirlys Barker
Pinetta, Gloucester
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Date: 4/7/17 6:46 am
From: Ashley Peele <ashpeele...>
Subject: [Va-bird] eBird Hotspots and Tackling Tricky Breeding Codes
Hi Folks,

Happy chilly Friday to you all! It's 35 degrees with a 25 degree wind
chill in Blacksburg this morning. Where did Spring go?? :)

First, let's talk about *eBird hotspots*. It's come to our attention
recently that more of the established hotspots are poorly placed, relative
to Atlas block boundaries. This is logical, b/c the two have nothing to do
with one another. Established hotspots are a part of the regular eBird
system, while the Atlas block boundaries are routed in the USGS Topo Quad
map system.

At any rate, this can cause obvious issues. If you're not careful to note
where a hotspot falls in relation to block boundaries, you may actually be
criss-crossing between two or more blocks. Some NoVA volunteers brought a
specific example of this to our attention.

The hotspot for Leesylvania State Park is (or by now was) out on a tip of
the easternmost edge of the park, which fell in the Arrow Head NW block.
Most of the state parks fell in the Quantico NE block. The easiest way to
avoid this issue is just creating your own points/locations.

So! If you're heading out to atlas and collect breeding data, always try
to look ahead at the locations you'll be visiting. Note the block
boundaries AND the hotspot locations, if you plan on using them.

Lastly, I've started a short article series to compile the various breeding
code clarifications and tips that I've been pushing out over the last
month. The first installment is now published on the Atlas eBird
portal, '*Tackling
Tricky Breeding Codes (Pt 1): The Possibles...
<http://ebird.org/content/atlasva/news/tackling-tricky-breeding-codes-part-1-the-possibles/>*'
I'll keep sharing these via the list-serv as they are posted, so folks can
check them out. Lots of useful tips in a pretty short article. Check it
out!

All for now. Stay warm and good birding this weekend!

Ashley Peele, PhD
Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator
Conservation Management Institute - Virginia Tech
Office: 540-231-9182
Fax: 540-231-7019
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Date: 4/7/17 6:37 am
From: morann--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Chipping Sparrow
I've heard him over the past couple of days and finally see him this morning.


Ann Donaldson
Barboursville
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Date: 4/7/17 5:59 am
From: Howard Wu <howiewu1...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Parking info for Alexandria Prairie Falcon
Hi,

Can someone please share the best place to park to view the Prairie Falcon?

Last weekend I parked at Jones Point Park and walked north. It was a
delightful walk, but it is a 4-mile round trip and you have to go through
all the crowds in Old Town. The last few days the bird was seen rather late
in the afternoon; I hope to park closer. But I understand on the weekend
street parking can be very limited. If you have any tips, please share.

Thanks in advance,
Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
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Date: 4/7/17 5:55 am
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Virginia Beach Spring 2017 Arrivals & Some Field Observations
Fellow Birders,

Spring migration has gotten moving over the last couple of weeks out here
on the coast and we've had 27+/- transient/summer resident species get
logged so far into eBird within the City of Virginia Beach. Thus far,
here's what has showed up, with average arrival date listed being the
average of the last 5 years of eBird data, or the published Gold Book (
http://www.virginiabirds.org/publications/the-gold-book/) dates for the
coastal plain, whichever is earlier:

*Species / Avg. Arrival Date / 2017 Arrival Date / Difference*
Blue-winged Teal / 5 Mar / 19 Feb / -14 Days
Piping Plover / 15 Mar / 17 Mar / +2 Days
Purple Martin / 15 Mar / 28 Mar / +13 Days
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher / 15 Mar / 21 Mar / +6 Days
Tricolored Heron / 15 Mar / 1 Apr /+17 Days
Royal Tern / 15 Mar / 17 Mar / +2 Days
Yellow-throated Warbler / 20 Mar / 20 Mar / Spot on
Glossy Ibis / 20 Mar / 21 Mar / +1 Day
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron / 20 Mar / 18 Mar / -2 Days
Lesser Yellowlegs / 25 Mar / 30 Mar / +5 Days
Northern Rough-winged Swallow / 25 Mar / 1 Apr / +7 Days
Broad-winged Hawk / 30 Mar / 2 Apr / +3 Days
Least Sandpiper / 30 Mar / 20 Mar / -10 Days
Louisiana Waterthrush / 30 Mar / 1 Apr / +2 Days
Short-billed Dowitcher / 30 Mar / 2 Apr / +3 Days
Barn Swallow / 30 Mar / 31 Mar / +1 Day
Little Blue Heron / 30 Mar / 26 Mar / -4 Days
Caspian Tern / 30 Mar / 3 Apr / +4 Days
Cattle Egret / 30 Mar / 1 Apr / +2 Days
Black-and-white Warbler / 5 Apr / 5 Apr
Chimney Swift / 5 Apr / 31 Mar / -6 Days
Ovenbird / 5 Apr / 29 Mar / -8 Days
Green Heron / 5 Apr / 3 Apr / -2 Days
White-eyed Vireo / 5 Apr / 4 Apr / -1 Days
Northern Parula / 5 Apr / 5 Apr / Spot on
Common Tern / 5 Apr / 3 Apr / -2 Days
Least BIttern / 15 Apr / 3 Apr / -12 Days

Overall, the average comes out to be right on time when considering the
last 5 years of arrival dates specific to Virginia Beach (though some
species were very early, some very late).

Things should heat up considerably over the next couple of weeks with many
other species on the way. If you're interested in tracking all the
migrants, please try out this table of eBird Map Links on my website:
http://www.beachbirding.com/distribution/spring-arrivals/

So far, the best spots for migrants have been Back Bay NWR, Little Island
Park & Pleasure House Point NA (shorebirds, terns, gulls) and forested
areas like Stumpy Lake NA, First Landing SP & West Neck Creek NA
(passerines). Unfortunately, the City decided to clean out all the emergent
vegetation from the stormwater retention pond at *Bayville Farms Park*, so
this site is not likely to yield many (or any) shorebirds during the spring
migration. The impoundments at *Back Bay NWR* are also quite high right
now, with the C-Storage Pool not showing any mudflats currently. Any
shorebirds in this area are likely to be flyovers, perhaps some individuals
working the impoundment edges like GRYE/LEYE, SOSA or SPSA, or group
fly-bys along the beach. Piping Plovers have been present in good numbers
since mid-March on the beach here and at Little Island Park as well to the
north. *Princess Anne WMA's Beasley Tract *has become wholly overgrown
since last spring, and doesn't appear that it'll be capable of holding the
shorebirds that it became famous for last year (WIPH, STSA, LBDO, WRSA and
many others). *Whitehurst Tract *is also full of water at present, though
waterfowl numbers haven't been great on Sunday's when the park is open, the
diversity has been typical of the dabblers though. If heading into either
tract, make sure to wear boots as the Cottonmouths are certainly out, and
it is only a matter of time before the trails become more overgrown with
vegetation.

I've enjoyed hearing the songs of Winter Wrens, seeing Hermit Thrush out
and about, and viewing Blue-headed Vireos that wintered, but remained well
concealed at First Landing SP. All these should be heading out of the area
soon, to be replaced by their summer or transient counterparts.

Now to look forward to the weekend of birding, and hoping the incredible
winds we've had the last few days finally come to an end, though it doesn't
appear that end will take place today, or even tomorrow.

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Date: 4/7/17 5:28 am
From: Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Bald Eagle Rescue Contact Information
While I'm sure the Raptor Conservancy would be there to help rescue any injured eagle, last I knew, their facility was not big enough to handle a large bird.

Rich Rieger
Alexandria
On Apr 7, 2017, at 8:11 AM, Donald Sweig wrote:

> For injured raptors including this Bald Eagle, especially here in Northern Virginia, one can also call the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia, 703-578-1175. They are right here in Falls Church, fully licensed, very experienced, and they'll probably get to the bird faster than the state could.
> Donald Sweig
> Falls Church, Virginia
>
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
>> On Apr 6, 2017, at 10:17 AM, Elizabeth Fedorko <elizabethholcombefedorko...> wrote:
>>
>> Hello,
>>
>> I am passing along the contact info for reporting injured Bald Eagles. If
>> you see the Bald Eagle recently seen in Falls Church, VA with leg chain
>> (small animal trap) on its leg, please report to the following:
>>
>> If you see this bird again please immediately call the Wildlife Center of
>> Virginia at 540-942-9453 <%28540%29%20942-9453> and Virginia Department of
>> Game and Inland Fisheries Wildlife Biologist Mr. Kevin Rose at 804-937-3193
>> <%28804%29%20937-3193>. They are handling all of the injured eagles in the
>> state and if possible they will help this bird!
>>
>> Thanks so much!
>>
>> Berth Fedorko, Falls Church, VA
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Date: 4/7/17 5:12 am
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Bald Eagle Rescue Contact Information
For injured raptors including this Bald Eagle, especially here in Northern Virginia, one can also call the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia, 703-578-1175. They are right here in Falls Church, fully licensed, very experienced, and they'll probably get to the bird faster than the state could.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia


Sent from my iPad

> On Apr 6, 2017, at 10:17 AM, Elizabeth Fedorko <elizabethholcombefedorko...> wrote:
>
> Hello,
>
> I am passing along the contact info for reporting injured Bald Eagles. If
> you see the Bald Eagle recently seen in Falls Church, VA with leg chain
> (small animal trap) on its leg, please report to the following:
>
> If you see this bird again please immediately call the Wildlife Center of
> Virginia at 540-942-9453 <%28540%29%20942-9453> and Virginia Department of
> Game and Inland Fisheries Wildlife Biologist Mr. Kevin Rose at 804-937-3193
> <%28804%29%20937-3193>. They are handling all of the injured eagles in the
> state and if possible they will help this bird!
>
> Thanks so much!
>
> Berth Fedorko, Falls Church, VA
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Date: 4/6/17 6:26 pm
From: Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Am Bittern @ Huntley Meadows
Sherman Suter and I walked into Huntley Meadows this evening hoping to hear a rail. No rails, but we did have an Am. Bittern pop up on the east side of the boardwalk. Set back down and disappeared. Also had FOS Green Heron near the observation tower.

Water level in the main pond may not be conducive to rail activity this year. Plan is to keep it on the high side.

Rich Rieger
Alexandria
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Date: 4/6/17 8:23 am
From: balexandrescu via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon sighting 04/05/17
Seen flying around Wednesday April 5th between 6:45 to 7 PM over the Alexandria Power Plant. Easy to spot against the grey clouds. Was chased by crows and then chased the crows. Then it landed on the 1st brick chimney looking structure on a metal handrail. Visible from the river side of the power plant as it was preening from 7PM and onward. I left at 7:30 PM.
Bogdan

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Date: 4/6/17 8:21 am
From: Michael Boatwright <mboater...>
Subject: [Va-bird] AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, Amherst Co April 6
Mark Johnson found 4 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS this morning (4/6/17) around 0830 at Mill Creek Lake in Amherst Co where Rt 778 (Lowesville Rd) crosses Mill Creek. I dashed out there and found them around 0910 in the cove on the right hand side of the bridge as you are facing the lake. Got a few pics and watched them until about 0930. They were still in the cove when I left. This is a first county and first Lynchburg area record.


Cheers,


Mike


Michael R. Boatwright

Amherst, VA
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Date: 4/6/17 7:17 am
From: Elizabeth Fedorko <elizabethholcombefedorko...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Bald Eagle Rescue Contact Information
Hello,

I am passing along the contact info for reporting injured Bald Eagles. If
you see the Bald Eagle recently seen in Falls Church, VA with leg chain
(small animal trap) on its leg, please report to the following:

If you see this bird again please immediately call the Wildlife Center of
Virginia at 540-942-9453 <%28540%29%20942-9453> and Virginia Department of
Game and Inland Fisheries Wildlife Biologist Mr. Kevin Rose at 804-937-3193
<%28804%29%20937-3193>. They are handling all of the injured eagles in the
state and if possible they will help this bird!

Thanks so much!

Berth Fedorko, Falls Church, VA
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Date: 4/6/17 6:27 am
From: Gerco H <drgerco...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Finch Activity Leesburg, VA
This morning the finches were very active and very decent (large for the yard) numbers were seen. At one point I counted 46 American Goldfinches in the trees, shrubs and feeders and the maximum count for Purple Finch was 13. 10 males and 3 females. House Finches were at their usual level of 4.


A first of year Blue-grey Gnatcatcher was seen as well.


Happy birding!


Gerco

Leesburg, Va
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Date: 4/5/17 7:57 pm
From: Marshall Faintich <marshall...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Albemarle County, VA; 4/5/17
40 avian species including Yellow-throated, Yellow-rumped, and Pine
Warblers. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_04_05.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_04_05.htm



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

www.faintich.net <http://www.faintich.net/>

In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
line, so you might as well enjoy the journey !!

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________





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Date: 4/5/17 6:38 pm
From: Herbert Larner <larnersky...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Chuck - will's - Widow & Whip - poor - Will in Augusta County
Hello all



This evening I went up in Big level's area of Stuarts Draft to see if the
Whip's & just maybe an early Chuck - will's - Widow was around . I staked
out a couple of areas & before getting any Whip's I had 2 Barred Owl's , one
calling & the other seen in very dim light . At first I thought it was a
Great Horned But by moving to another area just above where the Owl landed ,
it turned out to be a Barred . after finding these two I drove up further on
the road in Big Levels & got my first Whip & about .4 tenths of a mile
further yeilded another Whip . After getting in the area of the Chuck's I
made a couple of stops with no luck & the third stop was a charm . A Chuck
called out which makes it an early spring date . Our old record is April 10
1995 .



Earlier in the day I went by the Cheese Shop in Stuarts Draft & the house in
the back has several Purple Martin houses that had several Martin's flying
in & out of the houses .



Allen Larner

Staunton

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Date: 4/5/17 6:36 pm
From: nicholas <flicknanders...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Black-throated Green Warbler, etc., Turkeycock Mountain WMA in Henry/Franklin Co.'s, 4/5/17
Hey all, nice mix of birds during a morning at Turkeycock Mountain WMA along the Henry Co./Franklin Co. line, highlighted by 1 singing Black-throated Green Warbler in Henry Co. Other arrivals like Blue-headed Vireo, Black-and-white Warbler, and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher were especially obvious, with 1 Palm Warbler seen as well. Winter species including Red-breasted Nuthatch and Purple Finch were still in evidence, and 1 Raven was heard.


Nick Flanders

Portsmouth, VA
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Date: 4/5/17 6:31 pm
From: mpo35771 . <mpo357...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Green Herons at Ben Brenman Park, Alexandria
Stopped by Ben Brenman around 7pm on the way to dinner, and two of the
three Green Herons were still there, along with a vocalizing red-winged
blackbird. Looked like the pair, did not see the third one.

Mark O'Connor
Alexandria, VA

On Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 5:39 PM, Walter L. Barrows <wbarrows...>
wrote:

> 3 Green Herons were perched in the trees at the west end of the park, the
> usual spot for this species. Two were close together, while one was off to
> the side. I presume but do not know that the singleton is the continuing
> bird that has been here all winter. Perhaps the other two will stick around
> to begin nesting.
>
> This is the earliest of my personal records (which go back to 2005) for the
> appearance of Green Herons at this spot (other than overwintering birds).
>
> Cheers
>
> *Walt*
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Date: 4/5/17 4:43 pm
From: Marshall Faintich <marshall...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Albemarle County, VA; 4/5/17
40 avian species including Yellow-throated, Yellow-rumped, and Pine
Warblers. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_04_05.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_04_05.htm



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

www.faintich.net <http://www.faintich.net/>

In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
line, so you might as well enjoy the journey !!

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________





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Date: 4/5/17 2:40 pm
From: Walter L. Barrows <wbarrows...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Green Herons at Ben Brenman Park, Alexandria
3 Green Herons were perched in the trees at the west end of the park, the
usual spot for this species. Two were close together, while one was off to
the side. I presume but do not know that the singleton is the continuing
bird that has been here all winter. Perhaps the other two will stick around
to begin nesting.

This is the earliest of my personal records (which go back to 2005) for the
appearance of Green Herons at this spot (other than overwintering birds).

Cheers

*Walt*
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Date: 4/5/17 12:36 pm
From: Antonio J. Quezon <antonio.quezon...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon
The Listserve may have mangled the URL for some of you, so if you couldn't
get
to the link in my original posting, try this one. Sorry for the trouble.

www.TonyQandSuzanne.com/resources/galleries/OldTownPrairieFalcon

TonyQ
-----------------------
Antonio J. Quezon
11691 Yates Ford Road
Fairfax Station, VA 22039
www.TonyQandSuzanne.com


I watched the Prairie Falcon in Old Town Alexandria this morning from around
sunrise to 0900 from the east side of the
power plant next to the Mt. Vernon Trail. It perched for periods on the
tanks, towers and structure of the power plant
and stooped on prey behind the wooden fence from my view. Towards 0900 it
started mixing-it-up with several Fish
Crows until I saw it last as it flew around the north side of the power
plant. The link below show a pic of the falcon in
flight.


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Date: 4/5/17 12:14 pm
From: Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] some Fairfax Co. birds
Sherman Suter and I worked the "southern Fairfax Co" route today. We started by driving the entrance road to Mason Neck in search of a singing Wood Thrush - we did not hear (or see) one.

Next stop was Meadowwood - Mustang trail - where there has been 1 Meadowlark for the past 3-4 weeks. Today it was singing from the top of the Japanese Landscape tree in the middle of the field. (Maybe BLM will let the grass grow a bit so it would favor breeding). 5 or 6 Palm Warblers, Savannah Sparrows and lots of Tree Swallows and Bluebirds were about.

Pohick Bay waterfowl is dwindling, but we found our FOS Caspian Terns on a sandbar across the bay.

Equestrian Center on Lorton hill rewarded us w. two (maybe 3) Vesper Sparrows close to the parking lot. White Crowned Sparrows are still present as well.

At Burke Lake, there was one C. Loon, a few (56) DC Corms and 2 Bonapartes Gulls.

Rich Rieger
Alexandria
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Date: 4/5/17 11:28 am
From: Stuart via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Question Re: Prairie falcon
Why is this off course prairie falcon fixating on a decommissioned  plant?

Rats maybe?
Gravel  to attract mourning doves and pigeons?

Other thoughts?
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Date: 4/5/17 10:14 am
From: Antonio J. Quezon <antonio.quezon...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon
I watched the Prairie Falcon in Old Town Alexandria this morning from around
sunrise to 0900 from the east side of the
power plant next to the Mt. Vernon Trail. It perched for periods on the
tanks, towers and structure of the power plant
and stooped on prey behind the wooden fence from my view. Towards 0900 it
started mixing-it-up with several Fish
Crows until I saw it last as it flew around the north side of the power
plant. The link below show a pic of the falcon in
flight.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1300233033364149&set=a.1524463014761
67.50066.100001323941261&type=3&theater

Tony
-----------------------
Antonio J. Quezon
11691 Yates Ford Road
Fairfax Station, VA 22039
www.TonyQandSuzanne.com


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Date: 4/5/17 10:00 am
From: Elizabeth Fedorko <elizabethholcombefedorko...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Bald Eagle, Prairie Warbler, and More at Luria Park, Falls Church, VA
Hello,

Yesterday one of our Add Drive neighbors saw a Bald Eagle perched in a tree
at the edge of their backyard and woods that make up Luria Park. This
morning at about 8:00 I saw the Bald Eagle fly from the direction of her
house and over the park and out of sight. This was right after I heard
Red-tailed Hawks screaming.

From 11:30 to noon my husband I saw a FOS Palm Warbler flitting across the
path near the Fallowfield entrance. Two Rusty Blackbirds were in the
vicinity as well as the Red-headed Woodpecker who was chasing a Downy
Woodpecker from the tree tops.

By the larger bridge over the creek we saw Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned
Kinglets. Chipping Sparrow too!

A nice day in our neighborhood park!

Happy Birding!~~Beth and Dan Fedorko
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Date: 4/5/17 7:39 am
From: Albright, Tom (USMS) <Tom.Albright2...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Monticello park, Alexandria 4-5 April
Past two days have seen a movement of early migrants through the park..FOS Palm Warblers today (3)..Yellow-rumped Warbler yesterday as well as FOS Fox Sparrow and Brown Thrasher...multiple YB Sapsuckers and Brown Creepers present as wellas both Kinglet species..E. Phoebes starting to wind down..only 2 seen today as opposed to 7 yesterday...one Winter Wren heard yesterday...7 Hermit Thrushes seen today..high count to date
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Date: 4/5/17 6:56 am
From: Candice Lowther <candiceylowther...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Possum point area: Prince William
Dear birders,

Dave Larsen and I just visited possum point and cockpit roads. The
construction continues and we were told by security not to park anywhere.
Apparently, we can drive the roads but you can't park and walk. The
traffic on the road is light, but the vehicles that do drive by are
security or workers who seem very late for work. I just want you to know
before heading out for early morning birding.

Good birding,

Candice Lowther
Bristow
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Date: 4/5/17 6:06 am
From: Vineeta <vineetaa...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon
Where are you? I'm at N. Royal and Bashford and there's no one here. Thanks, Vineeta

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 5, 2017, at 7:32 AM, Antonio Quezon <antonio.quezon...> wrote:
>
> Present at Alex. Power Plant since 0648.
>
> A. J. "Tony" Quezon
> www.TonyQandSuzanne.com
> Sent from my La-Z-Boy
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Date: 4/5/17 4:32 am
From: Antonio Quezon <antonio.quezon...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon
Present at Alex. Power Plant since 0648.

A. J. "Tony" Quezon
www.TonyQandSuzanne.com
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Date: 4/4/17 8:27 pm
From: <nanjyoung...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Red-breasted Nuthatch - Troutville
Today I had a Red-breasted Nuthatch at my feeder. I also saw one last
Tuesday but didn't report it because I only saw it for a split second so I
wasn't 100% sure. The one that came today confirmed what I saw last week.
It's a very distinctive bird but a surprise because even the White-breasted
Nuts don't show up here very often. Both times it was on the seed feeder and
not the suet.

Nancy Young
Troutville, VA
Botetourt County

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Date: 4/4/17 6:22 pm
From: Joelle Buffa <clyde_joelle...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Chincoteague NWR Shorebird Survey
 
Below are the results of our weekly shorebird/gull survey conducted at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Mon. April 3, 2017  All water areas (impoundments and beach areas) were covered in the 6 hour survey. All individuals are counted for the target species; other birds seen or heard on the survey are followed by a dash. 
It was a great shorebird survey on the Refuge. It reminds us of why we have enjoyed these weekly surveys so much through the past eight years. We get to see the natural rhythms of nature through the passage of birds as the seasons evolve. We wonder which species will show up or depart each week (knowing which ones should be coming and going based on past years), welcoming them for another migration or nesting season; saying goodbye until some wing south again after nesting. We just can't beat this connection with nature through volunteer work that helps the Refuge while giving us so much satisfaction.
We saw 1,482 individual shorebirds of 15 species. Not a particularly high number of individuals but good diversity. Our numbers may have been down because before we got into position to survey them, a tour boat in the Assateague Channel flushed the birds off the exposed oyster reefs where we have found high numbers of shorebirds in the past month. Dunlin were the most common species 568 followed by Sanderling 437, Willet 148 and Greater Yellowlegs 110.
The surprise shorebird of the day was a Wilson's Snipe. This is a species that is probably common in the winter and migration but we never see them on our windshield surveys. Those who are walking through the vegetated wetlands doing plant surveys tell us they flush them all the time in the proper season.
Spring migration really showed itself this survey. First-of-the-Year species include Laughing Gull (though they have been in big numbers in the last week or so swarming around their nesting area along the Chincoteague Causeway), Osprey, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Cattle Egret, Barn Swallow and Yellow-throated Warbler. Other species were in much higher numbers than we have had earlier in the year: Double Crested Cormorant, American Oystercatcher, Piping Plover, Lesser Yellowlegs and Forester's Terns. Birds in fewer numbers than we have seen this year are the ducks (Long-tailed Duck is still hanging around in Tom's Cove), geese,Tundra Swan, Horned Grebe, Ring-billed Gulls. It all adds up to the "Seasons are a changing".
Our next survey will be April 10Clyde Morris and Joelle Buffa
| Snow Goose | -- |
| Canada Goose | -- |
| Tundra Swan | -- |
| Wood Duck | -- |
| Gadwall | -- |
| American Wigeon | -- |
| American Black Duck | -- |
| Mallard | -- |
| Northern Shoveler | -- |
| Northern Pintail | -- |
| Green-winged Teal | -- |
| Surf/Black Scoter | -- |
| Long-tailed Duck | -- |
| Bufflehead | -- |
| Red-breasted Merganser | -- |
| Red-throated Loon | 9 |
| Common Loon | 37 |
| Horned Grebe | 33 |
| Northern Gannet | 152 |
| Double-crested Cormorant | 108 |
| Great Blue Heron | -- |
| Great Egret | -- |
| Snowy Egret | -- |
| Little Blue Heron | -- |
| Tricolored Heron | -- |
| Cattle Egret | -- |
| Glossy Ibis | -- |
| Black Vulture | -- |
| Turkey Vulture | -- |
| Osprey | -- |
| Bald Eagle | -- |
| Clapper Rail | -- |
| American Oystercatcher | 42 |
| Black-bellied Plover | 33 |
| Semipalmated Plover | 2 |
| Piping Plover | 44 |
| Killdeer | 4 |
| Marbled Godwit | 35 |
| Ruddy Turnstone | 3 |
| Sanderling | 437 |
| Dunlin | 568 |
| Pectoral Sandpiper | 3 |
| Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher | 14 |
| Wilson's Snipe | 1 |
| Greater Yellowlegs | 110 |
| Willet | 148 |
| Lesser Yellowlegs | 62 |
| Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs | 3 |
| shorebird sp. | 15 |
| Laughing Gull | 8 |
| Ring-billed Gull | 63 |
| Herring Gull | 217 |
| Lesser Black-backed Gull | 44 |
| Great Black-backed Gull | 32 |
| Forster's Tern | 63 |
| Mourning Dove | -- |
| Northern Flicker | -- |
| Merlin | -- |
| Peregrine Falcon | -- |
| American Crow | -- |
| Fish Crow | -- |
| Tree Swallow | -- |
| Barn Swallow | -- |
| Carolina Chickadee | -- |
| Tufted Titmouse | -- |
| Brown-headed Nuthatch | -- |
| Blue-gray Gnatcatcher | -- |
| American Robin | -- |
| European Starling | -- |
| Pine Warbler | -- |
| Yellow-rumped Warbler | -- |
| Yellow-throated Warbler | -- |
| Field Sparrow | -- |
| White-throated Sparrow | -- |
| Song Sparrow | -- |
| Swamp Sparrow | -- |
| Eastern Towhee | -- |
| Northern Cardinal | -- |
| Red-winged Blackbird | -- |
| Eastern Meadowlark | -- |
| Common Grackle | -- |
| Boat-tailed Grackle | -- |
| Brown-headed Cowbird | -- |

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Date: 4/4/17 1:16 pm
From: Eirlys Barker <dreirlys...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Evening Grosbeak
We were privileged to have the wonderful male here, seen three times of
Saturday and three times on Sunday, then, alas, no more.

Today.five members of the Middle Peninsula Bird Club went to Beaverdam and
were rewarded with 30 species, including FOS Tree Swallows and Osprey,
along with 2 eagles (one immature), Brown Thrasher, and my personal
favorite, a Brown Pelican. Oodles of coots -- so many that ebird
questioned us.

Spring is here and life is good.

Eirlys Barker
Pinetta, Gloucester
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Date: 4/4/17 9:55 am
From: Larry Cartwright <prowarbler...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Purple Finches in Annandale
Two male Purple Finches just arrived at our Annandale feeders in Fairfax
County. First since last October.



Larry Cartwright

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Date: 4/4/17 8:59 am
From: Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, 4/4/17
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 4/4/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
<mailto:<voice...>
Compiler: 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.AudubonNaturalist.org <http://www.AudubonNaturalist.org> .

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, March 28 and was
completed on Tuesday, April 4 at 6:00 a.m.

Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order, as
set forth in the American Ornithologists Union Checklist for North and
Middle American birds, as revised through the 57th Supplement (July 2016).

The top birds this week were GREEN-WINGED TEAL (EURASIAN) in MD, WESTERN
GREBE* in VA, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in MD and PRAIRIE FALCON* in VA and DC.

Other birds of interest this week included ROSSS and CACKLING GEESE,
TRUMPETER SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, COMMON EIDER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, NORTHERN
BOBWHITE, RED-NECKED GREBE, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN
AVOCET, RAZORBILL, BLACK-HEADED, LITTLE and ICELAND GULLS, RED-THROATED
LOON, GREAT CORMORANT, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN and LEAST BITTERNS,
GREEN HERON, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, WHITE and GLOSSY IBIS, BROAD-WINGED
HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, LOGGERHEAD and NORTHERN SHRIKES, RED CROSSBILL, EVENING
GROSBEAK, OVENBIRD, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, BLACK-AND-WHITE, PROTHONOTARY,
ORANGE-CROWNED and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS, AMERICAN TREE, CLAY-COLORED and
VESPER SPARROWS, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, PAINTED BUNTING and ORCHARD and
BALTIMORE ORIOLES.

TOP BIRDS

A continuing GREEN-WINGED TEAL (EURASIAN), which is considered a separate
species known as EURASIAN or COMMON TEAL by many authorities, was last seen
at West Meadow Park in Cecil Co, MD on March 29.

On April 3 a WESTERN GREBE* was photographed off Little Island Park in
Virginia Beach, VA.

A continuing young female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in the Wildewood neighborhood
in St. Marys Co, MD was most recently seen on April 4.

A PRAIRIE FALCON* that was found on March 24 at a decommissioned power plant
in Alexandria, VA and over nearby DC waters was seen on March 28, 30 and 31
and April 1 and 3 but not, to the dismay of numerous birders, on March 29
and April 2. Subject to review by the VA and MD/DC avian records committees,
this is a first record for VA and DC.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

On March 31 two ROSSS GEESE were spotted in a large flock of SNOW GEESE
along Holland Glade Road in Sussex Co, DE, and a solitary ROSSS GOOSE was
seen with CANADA GEESE on the grounds of the Wade B. Elementary School in
Charles Co, MD. A continuing CACKLING GOOSE was seen at the Chesapeake Bay
Environmental Center (Horsehead) in Queen Annes Co, MD on March 29-31 and
April 2. A CACKLING GOOSE also was spotted with CANADA GEESE in flight over
Perryman Park in Harford Co, MD on March 30. In addition, on April 3 two
CACKLING GEESE were seen at Cranberry Reservoir in Carroll Co, MD.

A continuing TRUMPETER SWAN was at a pond along Otwell Road in Talbot Co, MD
all week. TRUMPETER SWAN sightings in Maryland also included a single
individual at Patuxent Research Refuge-Central Tract (private) in Prince
Georges Co on March 30, and two individuals at the Smithsonian
Environmental Research Center in Anne Arundel Co on April 1. In Virginia two
TRUMPETER SWANS were found near the Airlie Conference Center (restricted
access) in Fauquier Co on March 30 and a short distance north along OBannon
Road on April 1.

Two male EURASIAN WIGEONS were at the Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary
(private) in Montgomery Co, MD all week. Noteworthy diving ducks included a
continuing COMMON EIDER at the Point in Point Lookout SP, St. Marys Co, MD
on March 29 and seven COMMON EIDERS at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co,
MD on April 1. LONG-TAILED DUCKS were found at several inland locations in
Maryland, including single individuals at Violettes Lock on the C & O Canal
in Montgomery Co on March 28; Triadelphia Reservoir-Brighton Dam in Howard
Co on March 29; Baker Park in Frederick Co on April 1-3; and Rock Run
Landing in Cecil Co on April 1. In addition, two LONG-TAILED DUCKS were
found at Finzel Swamp in Allegany Co, MD on March 29. Elsewhere, two
LONG-TAILED DUCKS were photographed in the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC on
March 29.

Encounters with NORTHERN BOBWHITE included a mixed male and female flock
containing 11 individuals along Pirates Cove Road in Talbot Co, MD on March
31, and three continuing individuals in fields along Sycamore Landing Road
in Montgomery Co, MD on April 2. NORTHERN BOBWHITES also continue at Chino
Farms-Foreman's Branch Bird Observatory in Queen Anne's Co, MD, with two
individuals reported there on April 2.

A continuing RED-NECKED GREBE at Loch Raven Reservoir-Loch Raven Point in
Baltimore Co, MD was most recently seen on April 3.

A continuing EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen in Selbyville, Sussex Co, DE on
April 1. On April 3 a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen in a residential yard
in Chincoteague, Accomack Co, VA.

Two continuing SANDHILL CRANES were seen along Peat Moss Road in Garrett Co,
MD on March 29 and April 1 and 3, in flight over nearby Herrington Manor SP
on March 30 and along 335 Orendorf Road on April 2, which likely were the
same birds.

A large number of AMERICAN AVOCETS continue at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE,
Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE and the Craney Island Disposal Area
(restricted access), Portsmouth, VA, with highs of 86, 61 and 54 individuals
reported at these respective locations on April 2, April 1 and March 30,
respectively.

The recent northward movement of RAZORBILLS was essentially over with only
one individual reported, at Island No. 1 to the Chesapeake Bay
Bridge-Tunnel, Virginia Beach, VA on March 3

On March 29 and 30 and April 1 and 2 1-2 BLACK-HEADED GULLS, and on April 1
and 2 a single LITTLE GULL, were spotted among the many BONAPARTES GULLS at
Back River WWTP in Baltimore Co, MD. On March 30 an ICELAND GULL was found
among the many other gulls on Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD.

On April 3 an inland RED-THROATED LOON was spotted in Triadelphia Reservoir,
Howard Co, MD (restricted access).

A reporting area high 14 GREAT CORMORANTS were counted at the Cape Henlopen
Hawk Watch in Sussex Co, DE on April 3. GREAT CORMORANTS also were seen at
several locations in Maryland during the week, consisting of three
individuals at Point Lookout SP in St. Marys Co on March 29; two
individuals at Black Walnut Point in Talbot Co on March 28; and one
individual at Downs Memorial Park in Anne Arundel Co on March 29.

AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS continue at Blackwater NWR in Dorchester Co, MD,
with a high of 45 individuals counted there on April 2.

Birders were fortunate to encounter an AMERICAN BITTERN at Black Marsh in
Baltimore Co, MD on March 29 and 30 and April 2; Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
in Washington, DC on April 3; and the Dulles Greenway Wetlands Mitigation
Project (restricted access) in Loudoun Co, VA on April 2. On April 3 a LEAST
BITTERN was heard calling at Little Island Park in Virginia Beach, VA.

A wintering GREEN HERON at Ben Brenman Park in Alexandria, VA was seen on
March 29 and joined in the reporting area by migrant GREEN HERONS at several
locations. Returning YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS included an annual breeder
in the Whooping Crane cage at the National Zoo in Washington, DC, which was
first seen on March 29.

On March 28 a WHITE IBIS was spotted along Wildlife Drive in Blackwater NWR,
Dorchester Co, MD. On April 1 ten GLOSSY IBIS were seen in flight toward
Janes Island SP in Somerset Co, MD.

On April 3 a wintering GOLDEN EAGLE was again seen in flight above the
Pickering Creek Audubon Center in Talbot Co, MD. Noteworthy raptors also
included a small number of early BROAD-WINGED HAWKS at several locations in
Virginia and the panhandle of West Virginia.

Continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES were seen most recently at the Smith farm in
Lunenburg Co, VA on April 3 and the Sumday Ranch in Cumberland Co, VA on
April 1. A NORTHERN SHRIKE* continues at the Sully Woodlands in Fairfax Co,
VA, with the most recent sighting on April 2.

On April 3 a birder was pleased to see RED-BREASTED, WHITE-BREASTED and
BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES in his yard in South Boston, Halifax Co, VA.

RED CROSSBILLS continue at Briery Branch Gap in Rockingham Co, VA, with 2-3
individuals seen there on April 1 and 2. Residents along Wilson Circle in
Gloucester Co, VA were surprised to see a male EVENING GROSBEAK visit their
feeders on April 1 and 2.

Continuing ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were observed most recently at private
yards in Rehoboth Beach and Lewes, Sussex Co, DE on April 2 and March 29,
respectively. ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS also were found at Bombay Hook NWR,
Kent Co, DE on April 1; Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (Horsehead) in
Queen Annes Co, MD on April 2; Assateague Island NS-Life of the Dunes,
Worcester Co, MD on April 2; and the LBJ Memorial Grove in Washington, DC on
April 1. During the week there were increased sightings of several early
migrant warblers in the reporting area, including OVENBIRD, LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSH and BLACK-AND-WHITE, PROTHONOTARY and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS.

Wintering AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS included two individuals reported at each
of Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on April 1; Cromwell Valley Park in
Baltimore Co, MD on March 29; Finzel Swamp in Garrett Co, MD on April 1 and
2; Blandy Experimental Farm in Clarke Co, VA on March 29; and the Dulles
Greenway Mitigation Project (restricted access) in Loudoun Co, VA on April
2. A continuing CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen most recently at Big Water
Farm (private) in Queen Annes Co, MD on April 3 and at 103 Exeter Court in
James City Co, VA on March 30. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW also was found along
Driver Road at Patapsco Valley SP in Howard Co, MD on April 3. Migrating
VESPER SPARROWS were seen at several locations, with a high of three
individuals at Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia in
Clarke Co, VA on April 3.

A male PAINTED BUNTING continues at a private residence in Berlin, Worcester
Co, MD, with the most recent sighting on April 3.

An early BALTIMORE ORIOLE was a bonus for birders at the above-noted PRAIRIE
FALCON location in Alexandria, VA on April 1.

Early returning songbirds also included ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS reported in
Ferndale, Anne Arundel Co, MD on March 29 and April 1 and 3 and Stuarts
Draft, Augusta Co, VA on April 2 and 3, and ORCHARD ORIOLES reported in
Rohrersville, Washington Co, MD and Patuxent Research Refuge-North Tract,
Anne Arundel Co, MD on April 1 and 2, respectively.

***

This weeks 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, http://anshome.org/shop
<http://anshome.org/shop> )is an excellent source for guidebooks and many
other nature-related titles.

To report bird sightings, e-mail your report to <voice...>
<mailto:<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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Date: 4/4/17 7:42 am
From: Ashley Peele <ashpeele...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Atlas Workshops and Angry Birds (not the game)
Good Tuesday morning, VA Birders!



I have several VABBA2 updates for you, then a good Atlas breeding code tip!



We’ve held our first Atlas regional training sessions in Charlottesville
and NoVA over the last two weekends. Both have been filled to capacity!
Volunteer turnout and enthusiasm has been fantastic, so thanks to all who
attended! *For those of you who are interested in attending one of these
sessions, we still have a few spots open in the Western Training Session on
April 15 (held in the Blacksburg area)*. See our events page for the
registration link. Additionally, we will be holding an afternoon session
at the VSO meeting in Richmond focused on data entry and new Atlas tools.



I want to thank the local organizations and volunteers who have helped make
these events possible. A shout out to Monticello Bird Club members *Jenny
Gaden, Guy and Susan Babineau, and Janet Paisley*, who were hugely helpful
in pulling together the Charlottesville session. In NoVA, *Kristen
Sinclair* of Fairfax County parks helped me pull together two big events
this past weekend. These big workshops wouldn’t be possible without the
help and support of local birders, so thanks much to you all!



On to breeding codes! What codes should you be using for ‘angry birds’?
Three different apply, so let’s clarify when to use each of these.



*A – Agitated Behavior. *This code applies when *birds give angry chip
notes, often flying or walking repetitively through the same area. * They
will often raise their head feathers and body feathers, as further signs of
agitation. (Note! Pishing negates this code, because you won’t know if
their agitation is caused by your behavior or the presence of a nest.



*T – Territorial Defense.* This code covers several major and common
behaviors…

- *Chasing and scolding* individuals of the same species
(intraspecific aggression) or a different species (interspecific defense).

- *Counter-singing* with males of the same species. This can sound
much like a duet with one male echoing or attempting to overshadow the song
of another.

These two codes are similar and some situations will arise where either
could be used. In such cases, don’t fret over which to apply. Since they
are both in same category, this isn’t a huge concern.



*Distraction Display – DD. *This code occurs *when an adult feigns injury
or uses another extreme behavior to distract an intruder from a nest or
young. *With the exception of species like the Killdeer, this type of
behavior is not very common.

Most examples of aggressive or defensive behavior will fall under A or T
codes, so be cautious when applying the DD code.



*Note!* Agitation and distraction displays mean that a bird is likely
stressed out by your presence. Make every effort to leave the area quickly
when you begin observing either A or DD.



With that, I will sign-off for today. Thanks to all of you who are
contributing your breeding observations to the VABBA2. Please keep those
breeding codes rolling in and enjoy the onset of Spring migration!



All the best,


Ashley Peele, PhD
Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator
Conservation Management Institute - Virginia Tech
Office: 540-231-9182
Fax: 540-231-7019
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Date: 4/4/17 7:34 am
From: Shea Tiller <sheagordontiller...>
Subject: [Va-bird] 6 purple finches in yard--highest yard count yet
Hello, all. This morning I had 6 purple finches in my, which is more than I
have ever had before. This winter it started with a pair, and then more
came this morning, with twice as many males as females. I wondered if these
could be northbound migrants, rather than winter residents, and perhaps
they just congregated in my yard for a food stopover. Any thoughts?
Shea
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Date: 4/3/17 7:40 pm
From: Logan Anderson <northamericaroks...>
Subject: [Va-bird] 5 warbler day
On Sunday I went up the James River trying to try for some early warblers coming through and ended up with a fairly nice list. At Lynchburg’s Percival’s Island I had one Yellow-throated Warbler and up river at the Blue Ridge Parkway James River crossover I had a few Louisiana Waterthrushes, singing Pine Warblers, and many Yellow-rumped Warblers. I snuck up onto the parkway for a short bit and came back with a couple Black-throated Green Warblers and a Blue-headed Vireo. Gnatcatchers, Rough-wingeds, and Tree Swallows were everywhere along the river and a single male Common Merganser was at the usual spot at the AT footbridge.

Happy Birding,
Logan
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Date: 4/3/17 7:34 pm
From: janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Broad Wing Hawk - 4/1/17
4/1/17

1 migrating Broad Wing Hawk seen in Arlington, VA

Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, CA
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Date: 4/3/17 6:35 pm
From: David Young <lcdyoung93...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Lake Fairfax arrivals, Dulles Lake , Sully Woods




Went to Lake Fairfax ( 4/3 ) at sunrise, here are a few highlights:
and some new arrivals
Spotted Sandpiper FOY
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher FOY
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Barred Owl - heard
N. Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow FOY
Tree Swallow
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Myrtle Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush FOY
Yellow - throated Warbler FOY

Dulles Lake
Double Crested Cormorants
Ruddy Duck
Hooded Mergansers - 12 in two groups
Bonaparte's Gull (~ 75 ) - in a variety of plumages from Winter to near breeding
Use access road behind Mariott to get real close views without traffic.
Great study of the bird and it's migratory behavior.

Sully Woods
Northern Shrike NO
Kestrel
Brown Thrasher
Eastern Meadowlark
Field Sparrow



David Young
Reston, Virginia



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Date: 4/3/17 4:39 pm
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Birding App
Greetings all

I just found a great birding app on the App Store.

It's Bird Finder. Using the app I found out that you can change your location and then you can select Hot Spots and the select directions and it will open up the mad to the location. You can also select a bird species and see where and when they have been reported in the area of up to 50 miles of your location.

This app will help you find Hot Spots when you are visiting a new area or state and help you find the species that you need to fill in the gaps on your Life List.

Best of all it's free from the App Store for iPhone. I don't know if it's available in Android or not.

Check it out if you don't like it you can always delete it. But I can see where it will be a big help in exploring new areas.

From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
103 Elizabeth Court
South Boston VA 24592
434-572-8619 Home
434-470-4352 Cell
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Date: 4/3/17 3:37 pm
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder...>
Subject: [Va-bird] All 3 Nuthatches.
Greetings all

I ended up with all three species of Nuthatches in my yard today.

From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
103 Elizabeth Court
South Boston VA 24592
434-572-8619 Home
434-470-4352 Cell
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Date: 4/3/17 3:37 pm
From: David Young <lcdyoung93...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Lake Fairfax arrivals, Dulles Lake , Sully Woods
Went to Lake Fairfax ( 4/3 ) at sunrise here are a few highlights
and some new arrivals
Spotted Sandpiper FOY
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher FOY
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Barred Owl - heard
N. Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow FOY
Tree Swallow
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Myrtle Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush FOY
Yellow - throated Warbler FOY

Dulles Lake
Double Crested Cormorants
Ruddy Duck
Hooded Mergansers - 12 in two groups
Bonaparte's Gull (~ 75 ) - in a variety of plumages from Winter to near breeding
Use access road behind Mariott to get real close views without traffic.
Great study of the bird and it's migratory behavior.

Sully Woods
Northern Shrike NO
Kestrel
Brown Thrasher
Eastern Meadowlark
Field Sparrow



David Young
Reston, Virginia

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Date: 4/3/17 2:53 pm
From: Walter L. Barrows <wbarrows...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From this morning's birdwalk, I've added some photos to my Huntley Meadows
gallery. https://wlb3.smugmug.com/Virginia-Parks/Huntley-Meadows-Park/

Thanks, Harry.

Cheers

*Walt*



On Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 5:41 PM, Harry Glasgow <harry.glasgow...>
wrote:

> Once again, a group of about 30 birders took part in today's Huntley
> Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk. We identified some 54 species in about a
> two hour period. Some of our highlights included our FOS sightings of
> Blue-grey Gnatcatchers; about 200 Rusty Blackbirds; and a large group of
> Yellow-rumped Warblers.
>
> Canada Goose 46
> Wood Duck 12
> Mallard 6
> Blue-winged Teal 1
> Northern Shoveler 8
> Green-winged Teal 6
> Ring-necked Duck 11
> Hooded Merganser 6
> Pied-billed Grebe 6
> Double-crested Cormorant 3
> Great Blue Heron 6
> Turkey Vulture 4
> Osprey 2
> Cooper's Hawk 2
> Red-shouldered Hawk 2
> Red-tailed Hawk 2
> American Coot 8
> Ring-billed Gull 2
> Mourning Dove 5
> Barred Owl 2
> Red-headed Woodpecker 4
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 7
> Downy Woodpecker 10
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 2
> Pileated Woodpecker 3
> Eastern Phoebe 3
> Blue Jay 2
> American Crow 4
> Fish Crow 1
> crow sp. 1
> Tree Swallow 20
> Carolina Chickadee 18
> Tufted Titmouse 10
> White-breasted Nuthatch 4
> Winter Wren 1
> Carolina Wren 7
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
> Eastern Bluebird 6
> Hermit Thrush 3
> American Robin 20
> Gray Catbird 1
> Palm Warbler 1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 30
> American Tree Sparrow 1
> White-throated Sparrow 18
> Swamp Sparrow 8
> Eastern Towhee 3
> Northern Cardinal 20
> Red-winged Blackbird 60
> Rusty Blackbird 200
> Common Grackle 4
> Brown-headed Cowbird 2
> American Goldfinch 6
>
>
> The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows
> since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during
> electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 7AM (8AM from November
> through March), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to
> all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701
> Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff
> during normal business hours at (703)768-2525 <(703)%20768-2525>.
>
> Harry Glasgow
> Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
>
>
>
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Date: 4/3/17 2:41 pm
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Once again, a group of about 30 birders took part in today's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.   We identified some 54 species in about a two hour period.  Some of our highlights included our FOS sightings of Blue-grey Gnatcatchers; about 200 Rusty Blackbirds; and a large group of Yellow-rumped Warblers.
Canada Goose  46
Wood Duck  12
Mallard  6
Blue-winged Teal  1
Northern Shoveler  8
Green-winged Teal  6
Ring-necked Duck  11
Hooded Merganser  6
Pied-billed Grebe  6
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron  6
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  2
Cooper's Hawk  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  2
American Coot  8
Ring-billed Gull  2
Mourning Dove  5
Barred Owl  2
Red-headed Woodpecker  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  7
Downy Woodpecker  10
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  4
Fish Crow  1
crow sp.  1
Tree Swallow  20
Carolina Chickadee  18
Tufted Titmouse  10
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  7
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
Eastern Bluebird  6
Hermit Thrush  3
American Robin  20
Gray Catbird  1
Palm Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  30
American Tree Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  18
Swamp Sparrow  8
Eastern Towhee  3
Northern Cardinal  20
Red-winged Blackbird  60
Rusty Blackbird  200
Common Grackle  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
American Goldfinch  6


The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 7AM (8AM from November through March), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at (703)768-2525.

Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park

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Date: 4/3/17 2:27 pm
From: David Boltz <david.boltz4...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Vesper Sparrows Still at Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia - Clarke Co.
Bill Parkin and I spent a couple of hours at Blandy Farm this morning. The
Vesper Sparrows are still along Berry's Ferry Rd. (Rt. 628), just northwest
of Blandy Farm Lane. We had at least 3 perched in a lone tree, along with
several Savannah Sparrow. We also had our FOS Brown Thrashers. Other than
that, a nice mix of birds, but nothing unexpected.

Lake Frederick in nearby Frederick Co. did hold 17 Bonaparte's Gulls and a
Common Loon this morning.

Dave Boltz
Lake Frederick

Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia, Clarke, Virginia, US
Apr 3, 2017 8:45 AM - 11:35 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
46 species

Canada Goose 3
Black Vulture 4
Turkey Vulture 6
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 75
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 20
Fish Crow 6
Tree Swallow 80
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 3
Carolina Wren 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 7
American Robin 12
Brown Thrasher 2
Northern Mockingbird 4
European Starling 30
Cedar Waxwing 25
Pine Warbler 3
Chipping Sparrow 5
Field Sparrow 15
Dark-eyed Junco 14
White-crowned Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 12
Vesper Sparrow 3
Savannah Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 3
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 10
Red-winged Blackbird 15
Eastern Meadowlark 3
Common Grackle 35
Brown-headed Cowbird 7
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 2

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Date: 4/3/17 1:36 pm
From: Shirley L. Ruhe via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie falcon
After no success on Sunday, this morning (4/3) at 9:15 we saw the prairie falcon land on the small platform between the two reddish containers at the Alexandria coal plant. He flew to the end of the conveyor belt farthest away. Got good looks through scope. Then spent about 15 minutes avoiding and in turn chasing several crows behind the buildings, over the railroad track and back and finally down the river.
Shirley and Jon Ruhe
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Date: 4/3/17 1:04 pm
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder...>
Subject: [Va-bird] RB Nut
Greetings all

I was surprised to see a RB Nuthatch at my feeder just a few minutes ago.

From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
103 Elizabeth Court
South Boston VA 24592
434-572-8619 Home
434-470-4352 Cell
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Date: 4/3/17 10:01 am
From: Todd Kiraly <tkiraly...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon/Power Generating Station T-shirt Designed
Good day all,

Hope those who have had a chance to view the activities of the Prairie Falcon, at the old Potomac Power Generating Station, have enjoyed their visit. I’ve made a few visits and have been inspired to do a t-shirt of this brand new visitor because of its rarity to this area (first reported sighting DC/VA that I’m aware of); the aerial acrobats/interactions with the local avians (nice to see a full array of falcon flight activity); and the industrial look of the backdrop “stage” (Potomac Power Generating Station). With that in mind here is a link to view the shirt in a couple of colors and styles.

https://www.bonfire.com/prairie-falcon-guest-from-the-west/ <https://www.bonfire.com/prairie-falcon-guest-from-the-west/>

I will also send along this link of some of my photographs, of the Prairie Falcon. for those that may be interested— I will say that my luck with capturing this falcon with a nice, blue sky background has been fleeting as it seems to leave the area under “perfect conditions”. I certainly would like to know where it has been wondering off to during bright, daylight conditions.

http://www.haussparrow.com/Photography/Newly-Added/

I hope it sticks around like the Sully Woodlands Shrike for more folks to enjoy.

Regards,
Todd Kiraly,
Arlington, VA
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Date: 4/3/17 8:35 am
From: pepherup--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Snake With Wings Attached!

Yesterday I was out on my deck looking around for the red shouldered hawk I could hear screaming in the vicinity. Suddenly, at eye level I saw this strange bird with two long extensions out back fly through the yard. I was so startled for a moment I thought it was a large bird with a forked tail (swallow tailed kite) then I realized that it was the red shouldered hawk holding a really long snake in both talons and heading for it's nest located somewhere in the woods behind the field. The nest is in the woods out of my sight but I know the general location. I must say, I have never seen anything quite like it!
Also yesterday morning as I was returning from the area where I have been scattering seed during the winter the sharp shinned hawk which seems to have taken up residence in my yard as his local supermarket, flew out of a large cedar and flew into the evergreen under which I had scattered the seed. It seems he was waiting for me to scatter the bait. I may have to stop with the seeds as that is where the continuing fox sparrow likes to hang out. It was still here yesterday along with juncos, white throats, three towhees and countless grackles, cowbirds and red-winged blackbirds. I did find a pile of black feathers under there last week.
It's amazing the things you will see when you are looking up.

Peggy Lyons
Concord
Campbell County
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Date: 4/3/17 8:10 am
From: Stuart via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Red-headed Woodpecker still at Loria.Bald Eagle chick seen at River bend.

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Date: 4/3/17 6:22 am
From: Joel Martin <joel.c.martin.52...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Eurasian Collared-Dove in Chincoteague
Just had a EUCD in my yard on Chincoteague Island. Will post details and
photos/video when I get back to Maryland.

Joel Martin
Catonsville, MD and Chincoteague, VA
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Date: 4/2/17 7:09 pm
From: Gerco H <drgerco...>
Subject: [Va-bird] The yard today; Pine Warbler and Purple Finches
This morning a surprise visitor showed up in the yard; A Pine Warbler landed in a Sweet Betsy shrub and jumped to the feeder to eat some suet! Never seen that before. The bird visited the feeder several times throughout the day. Very nice indeed. Several phots can be found at: http://ebird.org/ebird/va/view/checklist/S35656959.

Purple Finches (3) are still present. For most of the winter we had at least 1-2 birds hanging out, but did not see them daily.

Eastern Phoebes and Chipping Sparrows are back and were singing all day long.

Almost daily now, a Bard Eagle sored over. There must be a nest nearby, but with so much private land, this is going to be hard to find.

All together 28 species were recorded today. An interesting mixture of winter birds an dearly migrants.

Happy Birding

Gerco
Leesburg, VA
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Date: 4/2/17 6:27 pm
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: [Va-bird] ????? Prairie Falcon sightings ????
If anyone has seen the Prairie falcon on Sunday I would appreciate knowing when and where. Also the first thing in the morning.
thank you,
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Date: 4/2/17 2:21 pm
From: Brian Taber via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] College Creek Hawkwatch 1,000th Bird and March Total

We always track the 1,000th bird to see how the season is progressing and yesterday, Bill Williams was on hand as a Sharp-shinned Hawk cruised past for number 1,000. The date for the event last year was the second earliest ever, on March 23rd. The 3 previous years were April 6th, April 3rd and April 21st, so we're on the early side of the 21-year average.

The total for March was 626, 4th lowest over the past 10 years...following our 2nd best February ever. Many days saw no coverage due to weather.

And today, despite steady north winds, we were surprised to tally our 10th best day ever, at 153. There were 8 species and 7 Northern Harriers, which is very good for the site, as the daily high is 10. April is off to a very fast start. All data is shown at the Hawkcount.org website.

The season total stands at 1166.

The hawkwatch is located on the James River, along the Colonial Parkway, about 3 miles southeast of Williamsburg.

Brian Taber
Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory
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Date: 4/2/17 2:08 pm
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prince William County
I birded several sites in Woodbridge this morning, tallying 78 species.  Highlights were yellow-throated warblers, common loon, many hermit thrush, and red-headed woodpecker in Leesylvania State Park; red-breasted nuthatch, rusty blackbirds, Bonaparte's gull, Caspian and Forster's terns and greater yellowlegs at Occoquan NWR; many singing ruby-crowned kinglets at both sites, and numerous gnatcatchers. 

Marc Ribaudo

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Date: 4/2/17 12:24 pm
From: Marshall Faintich <marshall...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Crozet, VA; 4/2/17
I logged 32 avian species here in Old Trail, not including at least 5 other
avian species that have been here the past few days, but including 2 new Old
Trail species for me: a Pine Warbler (my Old Trail #108) and 3 or more Rusty
Blackbirds (my Old Trail #109). I also saw a fox (by the pond behind the
lodge) for the second time since moving here last August, and this time was
able to get a few photos of it. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_04_02.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_04_02.htm



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

www.faintich.net <http://www.faintich.net/>

In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
line, so you might as well enjoy the journey !!

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________





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Date: 4/2/17 12:21 pm
From: Dendroica--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Great Falls N. P. Bird Walk 04/02/17 (Fairfax County)
Keith Huffman led our group of nine. We collectively observed 38 species
of birds. An adult Rusty Blackbird was a highlight---a species we seldom
find on our Sunday walks here. We meet every Sunday,weather permitting, at 8
AM in the visitors center parking lot. Birders, come join us.

Posted by Ralph Wall

The List:

Canada Goose 12
Mallard 11
Ring-necked Duck 12
Bufflehead 5
Common Merganser 3
Double-crested Cormorant 33
Great Blue Heron 23
Black Vulture 8
Turkey Vulture 10
Bald Eagle 1
Ring-billed Gull 1
Mourning Dove 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 10
Downy Woodpecker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 6
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 8
Fish Crow 10
Tree Swallow 6
Carolina Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 11
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Carolina Wren 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 1
Palm Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
Chipping Sparrow 3
Dark-eyed Junco 7
White-throated Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 8
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Rusty Blackbird 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
American Goldfinch 9

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35642937

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Date: 4/2/17 12:13 pm
From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh, Apr 2, 2017

A sizable group of birders came out this morning to enjoy a beautiful and interesting morning of birding. It was the Friends of Dyke Marsh sponsored Sunday morning Dyke Marsh walk held every Sunday morning at 8:00 AM which is free and open to all. Our group had nice diversity in terms of age and birding experience and was fun showing birds to people whicb they had not seen before, Some highlights included active Bald Eagles and Ospreys throughout the morning. One pair of Bald Eagles perched closely together not too far from the deck at the end of the boardwalk. The female kept vocalizing loudly right in the ear of the male. We can only imagine what she was complaining about. We also spotted four species of swallows including a pair of Purple Martins flying over the picnic area and a Barn Swallow at the end of the boardwalk. Grebes were agreeable as both species swam close for good views. Also, a Red-tailed Hawk flew in and landed just over our heads and then took off with a
Blue Jay in pursuit. A Brown Creeper, Winter Wren and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker put in appearances and represented wintering birds well.

Larry Meade
Merrifield, VA






Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Apr 2, 2017 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
56 species

Canada Goose 30
Wood Duck 2
American Black Duck 5
Mallard 12
Lesser Scaup 50
Bufflehead 7
Hooded Merganser 1
Common Merganser 3
Red-breasted Merganser 3
Common Loon 3 Flyover
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Horned Grebe 6
Double-crested Cormorant 10
Great Blue Heron 2
Osprey 9
Bald Eagle 6
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 40
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3
Mourning Dove 8
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 8
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 2
Fish Crow 6
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 4
Purple Martin 2
Tree Swallow 15
Barn Swallow 1
Carolina Chickadee 10
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 1
Winter Wren 1
Carolina Wren 7
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin 12
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
White-throated Sparrow 8
Song Sparrow 6
Swamp Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 2
Northern Cardinal 14
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Common Grackle 4
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 8
House Sparrow 3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35643318

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/VA)

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Date: 4/2/17 9:45 am
From: G B Harris <gbhrlh...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Great Dismal Swamp NWR--Canal Trail, Apr 2, 2017
Birders:

6 warbler species,

>
> Great Dismal Swamp NWR--Canal Trail, Chesapeake, Virginia, US
> Apr 2, 2017 8:30 AM - 10:35 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments: GBH-RLH
> 27 species
>
> Canada Goose 2
> Turkey Vulture 2
> Bald Eagle 2
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1
> Laughing Gull 43
> Mourning Dove 3
> Barred Owl 2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Pileated Woodpecker 4
> Carolina Chickadee 3
> Tufted Titmouse 4
> Carolina Wren 5
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
> Hermit Thrush 2
> American Robin 4
> Ovenbird 2
> Black-and-white Warbler 5
> Pine Warbler 4
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 3
> Prairie Warbler 1
> Black-throated Green Warbler 4
> Eastern Towhee 2
> Northern Cardinal 5
> Common Grackle 2
> Brown-headed Cowbird 3
> American Goldfinch 2
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35639128
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/VA)

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Date: 4/2/17 7:11 am
From: morann--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FOS Phoebe
I've heard him for a couple of days and this morning I saw him chasing insects.


Ann Donaldson
Barboursville
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Date: 4/2/17 3:47 am
From: Deapesh Misra via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prince William and Fairfax Co morning
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } Hi Marc,
How does one get into Breckinridge road? I drove here today but then saw the "no trespassing" sign right at the entrance to the road from Joplin road.
And then there was a big sign of military police search which made me feel I was in a wrong place. 

Thanks,
- Deapesh.

On Saturday, April 1, 2017, 7:49 PM, Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...> wrote:

I visited Breckenridge Rd and the Lorton equestrian center with Kurt Gaskill this morning.  I was at Breckenridge at about 6am, and all was quiet until 6:20 when a whip-poor-will and woodcock called at the same time.  As the sky lightened we were treated to a second whip, a host of pine warblers, red-breasted nuthatches, golden-crowned kinglets, a gnatcatcher, hermit thrush, sapsucker, and phoebe.  We then went to Lorton, enjoying a great egret that flew over 95. Shortly after we arrived a tight flock of 44 Bonaparte's gulls flew over, heading NW.  Some had full hoods.  Shortly afterwards two smaller flocks flew by.  Total count was 64.  Other highlights were a snipe, 18 white-crowned sparrows, fox and chipping sparrows, 2 jousting Cooper's hawks a (a breeding pair?) and northern rough-winged swallow. 

Marc Ribaudo

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Date: 4/1/17 9:56 pm
From: balexandrescu via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie falcons
Seen Saturday 4/1 around 6pm coming in fast towards the power plant then quickly veering off to the right towards the river. Waited for it to return until 7 PM but it did not make another appearance.
Bogdan Alexandrescu

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Date: 4/1/17 8:03 pm
From: janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Birds seen in Alexandria, VA 4/1/17


April 1, 2017

Did not see the Prairie Falcon this afternoon.

Dyke Marsh - Caspian Tern, Horned Grebe, Tree Swallows, Bald Eagles and
Ospreys.

Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Date: 4/1/17 8:00 pm
From: Robnoblestar via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] No prairie falcon this afternoon, but some consolation
Good write up Ben,

Here's the Turkey Vulture activity you describe below ...

randc319 shared a photo with you from the Flickr app! Check it out:
https://flic.kr/p/STnrTL

Rob Young
Alexandria, VA

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> On Apr 1, 2017, at 21:08, Pam and Ben via va-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> As of 5 p.m. when I left. We did get good views of a male kestrel eating a
> snake or lizard. Interesting stuff on the river included a loon and
> numerous horned grebes in breeding plumage, lots of rough-winged swallows
> heading up river, a few Bonaparte's gulls, and a Caspian tern.
>
>
>
> Perhaps the highlight of the day was watching rather extended and languorous
> copulation of a pair of turkey vultures on the power plant. Sorry, no
> pictures . . . .
>
>
>
> Actually, the real highlight was spending hours hanging out with kindred
> spirits and explaining our presence to curious passersby.
>
>
>
> Ben Jesup
>
> Alexandria
>
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Date: 4/1/17 6:48 pm
From: Amanda Dymacek <amanda.dymacek...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] No prairie falcon this afternoon, but some consolation
Yes! Explaining to passersby was the most interesting part of the day! The funniest bit was when they would talk about us, but not TO us... "What do you think those people are doing? Airplanes! They must be watching airplanes!" And that's EXACTLY what we were doing.

Julian and I narrowly missed the bird by arriving at 9:35am, we stayed until 12:45pm, returned at 6pm and remained until dark. We looked on both the river and railroad sides of the plant. We left at 8pm and only saw contented and calm starlings roosting.

Amanda Dymacek
Prince Edward Co.


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> On Apr 1, 2017, at 9:08 PM, Pam and Ben via va-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> As of 5 p.m. when I left. We did get good views of a male kestrel eating a
> snake or lizard. Interesting stuff on the river included a loon and
> numerous horned grebes in breeding plumage, lots of rough-winged swallows
> heading up river, a few Bonaparte's gulls, and a Caspian tern.
>
>
>
> Perhaps the highlight of the day was watching rather extended and languorous
> copulation of a pair of turkey vultures on the power plant. Sorry, no
> pictures . . . .
>
>
>
> Actually, the real highlight was spending hours hanging out with kindred
> spirits and explaining our presence to curious passersby.
>
>
>
> Ben Jesup
>
> Alexandria
>
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Date: 4/1/17 6:05 pm
From: Pam and Ben via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] No prairie falcon this afternoon, but some consolation
As of 5 p.m. when I left. We did get good views of a male kestrel eating a
snake or lizard. Interesting stuff on the river included a loon and
numerous horned grebes in breeding plumage, lots of rough-winged swallows
heading up river, a few Bonaparte's gulls, and a Caspian tern.



Perhaps the highlight of the day was watching rather extended and languorous
copulation of a pair of turkey vultures on the power plant. Sorry, no
pictures . . . .



Actually, the real highlight was spending hours hanging out with kindred
spirits and explaining our presence to curious passersby.



Ben Jesup

Alexandria

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Date: 4/1/17 5:24 pm
From: Vineeta <vineetaa...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon
I was there around 5 p.m. along with a group of three or four other people.
They had been there for 2-1/2 hours and not seen the bird. I also left, and
will try to head there tomorrow.
Vineeta in Alexandria

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lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."
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On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 7:00 PM, Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding...>
wrote:

> Has anyone seen the bird since early this morning?
>
> Wendy Ealding
> Midlothian
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Date: 4/1/17 4:01 pm
From: Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon
Has anyone seen the bird since early this morning?

Wendy Ealding
Midlothian
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Date: 4/1/17 3:38 pm
From: Ed and Helen Morgan <edandhelenmorgan...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Purple finches
Six or so, both sexes, at our feeder today in down town Abingdon, Virginia.
Looks like they are making a broad move. Ed Morgan

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Date: 4/1/17 3:36 pm
From: G B Harris <gbhrlh...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Indian River Park, Apr 1, 2017
WINTER WREN was unexpected!



>
> Indian River Park, Chesapeake, Virginia, US
> Apr 1, 2017 8:40 AM - 10:00 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments: GBH-RLH
> 18 species
>
> Canada Goose 4
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
> Pileated Woodpecker 2
> American Crow 4
> Fish Crow 2
> Carolina Chickadee 5
> Tufted Titmouse 4
> Winter Wren 1
> Carolina Wren 6
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
> Brown Thrasher 1
> Pine Warbler 2
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 6
> White-throated Sparrow 2
> Northern Cardinal 4
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35605738
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/VA)

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Date: 4/1/17 3:33 pm
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Three CHIPPIES in Falls Church,
Three Chipping sparrows just arrived and are now pecking around under my bird feeder, right here in my Falls Church yard.
Donald Sweig,
Falls Church, Virginia

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Date: 4/1/17 2:22 pm
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prince William and Fairfax Co morning
I visited Breckenridge Rd and the Lorton equestrian center with Kurt Gaskill this morning.  I was at Breckenridge at about 6am, and all was quiet until 6:20 when a whip-poor-will and woodcock called at the same time.  As the sky lightened we were treated to a second whip, a host of pine warblers, red-breasted nuthatches, golden-crowned kinglets, a gnatcatcher, hermit thrush, sapsucker, and phoebe.  We then went to Lorton, enjoying a great egret that flew over 95. Shortly after we arrived a tight flock of 44 Bonaparte's gulls flew over, heading NW.  Some had full hoods.  Shortly afterwards two smaller flocks flew by.  Total count was 64.  Other highlights were a snipe, 18 white-crowned sparrows, fox and chipping sparrows, 2 jousting Cooper's hawks a (a breeding pair?) and northern rough-winged swallow. 

Marc Ribaudo

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Date: 4/1/17 2:15 pm
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Burke Lake: LOONS
I drove over to Burke Lake Park this afternoon to see what might be on the water. I found numerous, probably hundreds, of Northern Rough-winged and Tree Swallows, hocking insects on the surface of the water. There were least 150 Double-crested Cormorants, many displaying their Spring crests, from which the birds get their name.
The two bald eagles were much of evidence tending to their nest.
And, while scoping the lake, I discovered EIGHT COMMON LOONS in full breeding plumage, on the far side of the lake from the boat launch. Even at that distance their green heads just glowed in the afternoon sun. Too bad they weren't closer.

There were also a couple of the county park employees racing around the lake in a motorboat, which seemed to bother the cormorants a little and the loons a lot. When they came back to the boat launch I asked them what they were doing. "Just doing our job," one of them replied. Who knows?
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia


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Date: 4/1/17 10:25 am
From: Craig Zalk <craig.zalk...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Purple Finches
Purple Finches in south part of Reston. Roughly 5 males and 2 or 3
females. Some in molt, but very distinctive.

Craig Zalk, Reston, Fairfax County.
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Date: 4/1/17 9:34 am
From: Eirlys Barker <dreirlys...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Evening Grosbeak in Gloucester
We just saw our first ever male Evening Grosbeak here. I sent a very fuzzy
-- but ok for ID -- photo to ebird, so I won't attach it here. So exciting
-- just wish he'd stayed a bit longer to get a "pretty" photo.

I'd heard some different bird sounds early this morning and by checking
online, it was clearly more of them.

Eirlys Barker
Pinetta, Gloucester
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Date: 4/1/17 9:06 am
From: Larry Cartwright <prowarbler...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Walk for April 1
Twenty-two people participated in the Huntley Meadows walk sponsored by the
Northern Virginia Bird Club. We had a great time, starting with the
observation of a Brown Thrasher perched near the top of a tree at the
Visitor's Center parking lot followed soon after by the presence of a Barred
Owl. Red-shouldered Hawks were located near the nest. Red-headed
Woodpeckers were close to being ubiquitous, with seven birds congregating
along the path near the entry to the wetland. Hooded Mergansers and Wood
Ducks were in pairs in the wetland while a single hen Ring-necked Duck
preened and seemed unconcerned with her solitude. Half a dozen Northern
Shovelers helped round out the waterfowl numbers. A single Greater
Yellowlegs stopped briefly at the wetland before taking to the air while
vocalizing as it gained altitude. A kingfisher presented nice but brief
views for the assembled birders. Both kinglet species were observed and
Common Yellowthroat, Palm Warbler, and Yellow-rumped Warbler were either
seen or heard.



Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US Apr 1, 2017 7:31 AM - 10:41 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.5 mile(s)

56 species (+1 other taxa)



Canada Goose 30

Wood Duck 6

Mallard 10

Northern Shoveler 6

Ring-necked Duck 1

Hooded Merganser 4

Pied-billed Grebe 2

Double-crested Cormorant 21

Great Blue Heron 5

Black Vulture 2

Turkey Vulture 2

Red-shouldered Hawk 2

American Coot 8

Greater Yellowlegs 1

Mourning Dove 1

Barred Owl 1

Belted Kingfisher 1

Red-headed Woodpecker 7 Continuous

Red-bellied Woodpecker 13

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1

Downy Woodpecker 7

Hairy Woodpecker 5

Northern Flicker 2

Pileated Woodpecker 2

Eastern Phoebe 11

Blue Jay 3

American Crow 2

Fish Crow 3

crow sp. 1

Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3

Tree Swallow 16

Carolina Chickadee 20

Tufted Titmouse 14

White-breasted Nuthatch 5

Winter Wren 2

Carolina Wren 6

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5

Golden-crowned Kinglet 3

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2

Eastern Bluebird 5

American Robin 12

Brown Thrasher 1

Northern Mockingbird 1

Common Yellowthroat 1

Palm Warbler 2

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 5

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 3

White-throated Sparrow 20

Song Sparrow 6

Swamp Sparrow 7

Eastern Towhee 4

Northern Cardinal 15

Red-winged Blackbird 30

Rusty Blackbird 8

Common Grackle (Purple) 2

Brown-headed Cowbird 1

American Goldfinch 12



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Date: 4/1/17 6:30 am
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Sora--Paradise Creek Nature Park, Portsmouth
If anyone's interested, there's a Sora calling from the marsh right near
the dock/boat launch. Way cool! Dave Gibson, Chesapeake, VA
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Date: 4/1/17 5:44 am
From: <tkiraly...> <tkiraly...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon is at the Power Plant now (8:30)
Currently perched on 1st "smoke" stack on South side and has been gliding around- Todd K


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Date: 4/1/17 3:25 am
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Whip-poor-will, Prince William Co
A whip-poor-will is calling along Breckenridge Rd near Prince William Forest Park.

Marc Ribaudo

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Date: 3/31/17 2:10 pm
From: Eugene Burreson <gene...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Blue-grey Gnatcatcher, Gloucester Co.
Blue-grey Gnatcatcher today in the Claybank area of Gloucester Co.

Gene Burreson
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Date: 3/31/17 12:36 pm
From: David Matson <wrenpt...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Hairy Woodpecker
All,

We live on coastal marsh, with a substantial grove of pines, with a few
hardwoods mixed in, Horse Sugar, azaleas, mountain laurel, lots of holly,
at the junction of the Nansemond and James Rivers.

I mention the setting, for the second time since 1993, I, today, saw Hairy
Woodpecker (it's there now) in the yard: it's feeding on the suet.

*****

This is a good year for woodpeckers in our yard: Downy, Red-bellied, Y-b
Sapsucker, Pileated, Flicker and, now, Hairy.

During the 34 years, I have not seen Red-headed within five miles of our
home.

​____

My mother said I was a blockhead, so, fortunately, I am inside and the
woodpeckers cannot create nesting holes in what likely otherwise might be a
reasonable target site.

Best.

David Matson

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Suffolk and Onancock, Virginia
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Date: 3/31/17 8:56 am
From: m b <marlabeth...>
Subject: [Va-bird] ruddy duck at tidal basin



In reviewing my pictures from Monday, I see that among the scaup. but set apart, was an adult female ruddy duck. I do not see the male among my photos, but that does not mean it was not there.

mb from Northern VA
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Date: 3/30/17 4:25 pm
From: Bill McGovern <bmcgovern...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Who knew White-Throat morphs could be so complicated?
This from Ken Kaufman and Audubon: "The Fascinating and Complicated Sex
Lives of White-throated Sparrows"


http://www.audubon.org/news/the-fascinating-and-complicated-sex-lives-white-
throated-sparrows

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Date: 3/30/17 10:45 am
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie falcon-YES
I saw and photographed the Prairie falcon from about 9:50 to about 10:15 this morning. It was perched on the lower rim of the most eastern of the two yellow tanks. About 10:15 it took off, made a dive down around behind the building and it was gone. About 10:45 I thought I saw it circle once over the little building by the railroad tracks.
Later about 11:45 I was standing over on the Riverside talking to someone and they said they saw it fly around the building. I left at 12:15 and did not see the bird again.

I did however get some very nice looks and some nice photographs of a palm warbler in those bushes down the end of the berm by the power plant.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Date: 3/30/17 10:35 am
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon Present Now in Alexandria
Prairie falcon just landed on right cooling tower, viewing from river side
trail at Tide Lock park, flew in overland, not across river. Perched up on
tower now.
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Date: 3/30/17 10:27 am
From: Tony Futcher <tonyfutcher1...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon in Alexandria and Northern Shrike at Sully Woods
Prairie Falcon seen 10:30ish for several minutes on right tower, but
then it flew off to the left of the plant. Did not return during the
next 15-20 minutes. I didn't wait any longer. Thanks to the gentleman
who was taking pictures as I arrived.

Northern Shrike seen at about 11:30 at the usual Sully Woods area. Was
in the large conifer directly in front of the road-trail. Flew after a
few minutes, and re-seen near the far left edge of the open field.

Two new VA birds for the day - not too shabby!

Tony Futcher
Hyattsville, MD

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Date: 3/30/17 9:55 am
From: Ron Vogel <vireo...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Migration Notes
I birded several Northern Virginia locations over the past several days
(Leesylvania State Park, Occoquan Bay NWR, Mason Neck, Accotink Park, etc).
Some general notes on sightings-as previously reported by others, blue-gray
gnatcatchers have arrived as have yellow-throated warblers and
waterthrushes. I've seen a big push by phoebes, golden crowned kinglets
(lots!), and brown creepers (8+). Thrashers and towhees are busy pairing up
and singing. The strangest encounter I had, though, was a singing wood
thrush at Occoquan Bay NWR on 3/30-well ahead of a mid-April date when I
would expect to start hearing these wonderful birds. I guess if we could
have an overwintering northern shrike and visitors like a European
goldfinch and a prairie falcon this year, why should I be surprised by
anything at this point.



Ron Vogel

Annandale, VA



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Date: 3/30/17 9:40 am
From: Larry Cartwright <prowarbler...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Gnatcatcher at Huntley Meadows
While checking nest boxes at Huntley, I found my first Blue-gray Gnatcatcher of the year.

Larry Cartwright
<prowarbler...>

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Date: 3/29/17 6:23 pm
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: [Va-bird] ????? Prairie Falcon???
If anyone saw the Prairie falcon today or sees it the first thing tomorrow morning, I would appreciate a post.
I was there from 1 to 3 this afternoon and did not see the bird and so far as I know people who had been there much of the day had not seen it either.
Thank you,
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Va.

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Date: 3/29/17 5:48 pm
From: Marshall Faintich <marshall...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Albemarle County, VA; 3/29/17
35 avian species including Bald Eagle, and Pine and Yellow-rumped Warblers.
Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_03_29.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_03_29.htm



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
line, so you might as well enjoy the journey !!

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Date: 3/29/17 3:06 pm
From: Karen Fairweather <twofairs...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Long-tailed Duck Potomac River
A male, seen from the Ohio Drive Bridge at the Tidal Basin this AM.

Karen Fairweather
Arlington VA

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Date: 3/29/17 2:50 pm
From: Marshall Faintich <marshall...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Albemarle County, VA; 3/29/17
35 avian species including Bald Eagle, and Pine and Yellow-rumped Warblers.
Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_03_29.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_03_29.htm



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Crozet, VA

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Date: 3/29/17 2:19 pm
From: pepherup--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Water thrushes, Herons, Thrashers in Stonewall area of Appomattox County

It was projected to be a beautiful day today so I decided to skip doing projects and spend the morning birding. The first time in two weeks I have ventured out.
I decided to do my route of back roads in the Stonewall area of northern Appomattox County which has lots of creeks and little bridges. The second creek I came two near an old pond produced the notes of a Louisiana waterthrush which was truly music to my ears. I was even able to locate the bird and get a great look at it. I proceeded along the various roads to one that borders a large creek and mill pond to see if the two great blue heron nests that I observed there last year were in use. There was one nest only in the tree but with a resident sitting tight on the nest. Above it was what appeared to be the beginnings of another nest with a great blue standing on it. I assume that it was the mate of the female in the lower nest but I could be wrong about that. I don't know a lot about great blue nesting protocols.
Meadowlarks were seen and heard in every field I passed and brown thrashers were heard in several areas. The FOS for me appeared at my home yesterday although I occasionally see one now and then during the winter. I always have a pair nest in my yard so I am assuming this one is one of the nesting pair.
Several flocks of juncos were along the roads and many groups of chipping sparrows were active and looking lovely in breeding plumage with their rufus crown. One of the first birds I saw and heard on a road was a lovely field sparrow and it was singing. As a matter of fact I heard them singing nearly everywhere I went. Pine warblers were vocalizing in the pines along the road and I saw 2 of them.
Every bridge over a creek had a resident phoebe flitting around and at one creek a saw a very handsome kingfisher. Titmouse were singing loudly but I did not see or hear a chickadee or Carolina wren. I looked out over the landscape toward Amherst County across the James River for any bald eagles which might be up but only saw turkey and black vultures and two red tail hawks. Last week on my way to Lynchburg from Concord I had seen two adult bald eagles soaring over the James. The usual suspects, cardinals, mocking birds and bluebirds were around in large numbers and I did hear one raven call.

It was a glorious morning and the best reason I can think of to be a birder.

Peggy Lyons
Concord
Campbell County
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Date: 3/29/17 1:03 pm
From: Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] our Fairfax Foray
Sherman Suter and I set out to look for some good Fairfax Co birds today and did pretty well... we headed out for Mason Neck -

Our first stop at the stables at Meadowwood provided a Chipping Sparrow near the stables (my FOS)

We then walked out the Great Marsh Trail and lucked into one (1) Yellow-throated Warbler along the trail - the marsh was relatively empty but we did see 2 Lesser and 11 Greater Yellowlegs on a log not far from the platform.

pushing on to Pohick Bay, there was a pair of Trashers at the edge of the boat rental parking lot and across the way 20 Foresters Terns roosting on a few snags. (and BTW - 0 Bald Eagles...?)

Our route then takes us up to the Equestrian center in Lorton near the Workhouse Art Center where Sherman was able to spy a Vesper Sparrow as it dove into the bushes, never to be seen or heard by me. Consolation prize for me was a much sought after Fairfax Co.Raven that flew overhead croaking.

If you like DC Cormorants, Burke Lake was the place to be today. We counted 180 in a few groups and a few more singles and doubles scattered around the lake. We scored 2 FOS C. LOONS, our target bird for the lake and there was also a flock of 18 BONAPARTE'S GULLS.

Buoyed by our successes, we headed for Lake Accotink where we were able to tick our last "good" bird for the day - one LA WATERTRUSH in the creek below the dam, about 150 yards from the parking lot.

Rich Rieger
Alexandria, VA
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Date: 3/29/17 12:09 pm
From: Kenneth Rosenthal <rosenthal.k...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Louisiana Waterthrush at Gulf Branch Nature Center
Hi All,

Today I hiked to the Potomac from Gulf Branch Nature Center. The trail runs
along Gulf Branch, and I enjoyed good looks at and a serenade by
a Louisiana Waterthrush. Other highlights along the trail included a
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Brown Creeper.

Ken Rosenthal
Arlington, VA
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Date: 3/29/17 10:40 am
From: Karen Fairweather <twofairs...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Long tailed duck pair DC/Arlington
Seen in the Potomac from the Tidal Basin Bridge along with buffleheads and lesser scaup.

Karen Fairweather
Arlington VA

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Date: 3/29/17 10:26 am
From: Lee <leesheehanmiller...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Palm warbler
FOS Palm Warbler. Lovely little male at the end of copper leaf way near Durga temple in fairfax station.

Lee

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Date: 3/29/17 8:44 am
From: Karen Fairweather <twofairs...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Long tailed duck pair DC/Arlington
Seen in the Potomac from the Tidal Basin Bridge along with buffleheads and lesser scaup.

Karen Fairweather
Arlington VA

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Date: 3/29/17 8:20 am
From: Keith Maley via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Leesylvania SP - Yellow-throated Warbler
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } Currently singing in pair of tall pines across street from Bushey Pt sign. 


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Date: 3/29/17 7:05 am
From: Bruno, Rexanne <bruno...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon
Seen today from 9:34-11:09 when we left.
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Date: 3/29/17 7:04 am
From: Will McPhail <butcherbird2013...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] More RFI: PRAIRIE FALCON
Hi Donald,

DC birder Greg Gough found and reported the bird to the DC GroupMe text
around 10:00 last Saturday the 25th. I arrived on the scene around 10:30
and we eventually refound the bird. Others began to arrive and we continued
debating the ID (out of an abundance of caution) as our view of the bird
was partially obscured at the time. I then sent out word to the Va
community when we became more certain.

Tide Lock Park is frequented by DC birders as a good spot for waterfowl
given our limited resources in DC proper. I hope that this helps and that
the falcon sticks for others to enjoy.

Cheers,

Will McPhail
Washington, DC

-sent from my iPhone

On Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 8:24 AM Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> wrote:

> I am trying to determine who first saw and posted the Prairie falcon in
> Alexandria.
> The earliest posting on VA-Bird seems to be from Will McPhail at 11:13
> a.m. on Saturday the 25th. Elton Morel's E-bird report was at 12:50 I same
> day.
> I would appreciate any information as to the falcon being seen/posted
> earlier, by whom, and what time.
> Thanks,
> Donald Sweig
> Falls Church, Va.
>
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Date: 3/29/17 6:57 am
From: Bruno, Rexanne <bruno...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon
Sorry about the brevity of my earlier post - I wanted to let anyone who was considering making the trip to see the bird that it was seen this morning (but I also wanted to get on the road back to VA Beach to beat DC area commuter traffic and get through the HRBT before that traffic got heavy too and beat the storms forecast for VA Beach late this afternoon, too - successful on all counts).

Anyway back to the Prairie Falcon seen today, 3/28/17. Jim Marcum and I arrived about 9:35AM.

We parked on 3rd St (thanks you Dixie Sommers for parking info); we walked one block north on N Royal St and set up our scopes just across the railroad tracks and street where N Royal St curves left at the edge of the Potomac River Generating Station property.

The bird flew up to a perch at the top rim of the right rusty tower just to the left of the vertical silverish tube at 9:50AM. It was peregrine like in appearance but colors were a soft brown and white. It had some flank steaks visible when perched (isn’t seem to have as well defined belly streaks) and long brown wings and tail. It’s facial marks were also peregrine like but its mustache was brown, it had a more brown cheek patch, a white spot behind its large dark eye and a long white eyebrow that stretched well behind its eye. It eventually flew south off its perch and we saw dark blackish ‘armpits’ under the wings. A crow chased it a bit behind the two towers. Another birder rebound it on one of the smaller brick towers. Shortly thereafter it flew and disappeared behind the towers for about 20 minutes. Jim & I walked north trying to see the other side of the towers. Birders waved to us as we walked back as the bird had perched on the left tower, on the rim just below the top and to the left of the silverfish tube on the tower. We re-found it at 10:50 and watched it until about 11:10AM when we left.

Rexanne Bruno
Virginia Beach


> On Mar 28, 2017, at 11:28 AM, Bruno, Rexanne <bruno...> wrote:
>
> Seen today from 9:34-11:09 when we left.

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Date: 3/29/17 6:39 am
From: Patti Reum <pareum...>
Subject: [Va-bird] VSO Conservation Grants announcement
Every year, the Virginia Society of Ornithology awards Conservation Grants
to worthy candidates conducting research in the field of bird conservation
with potential benefits to Virginia species and habitats, or that increases
our knowledge about native avian species. The VSO Board of Directors has
budgeted $2,500.00 annually. Awards are usually $500.00, $1,000.00 or
occasionally more, depending on the worthiness of the project.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a request in writing to the
Conservation Committee Chair. Each application should include:

1. A short research proposal describing benefits to our knowledge of
Virginia’s avifauna or to a Virginia species.

2. Requested funding level,

3. Detailed budget for requested funding, and

4. Agreement to report back to the VSO at the end of the project.



The Conservation Committee will then consider each application, confer with
the entire Board of the VSO, and notify applicants of an award by *August
15**th* and *November 15**th* each year. Just to be clear, there are 2
separate competitions for these awards; this is not a two-step process.

There are two deadlines for application: *JUNE 30* and *OCTOBER 31*.
Please e-mail your application to <pareum...>


Patti Reum
​Conservation Chair/VSO​
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Date: 3/29/17 5:17 am
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] More RFI: PRAIRIE FALCON
Will McPhail's eBird report credit Greg Gough on the initial find, see:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35423501

On Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 8:11 AM, Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> wrote:

> I am trying to determine who first saw and posted the Prairie falcon in
> Alexandria.
> The earliest posting on VA-Bird seems to be from Will McPhail at 11:13
> a.m. on Saturday the 25th. Elton Morel's E-bird report was at 12:50 I same
> day.
> I would appreciate any information as to the falcon being seen/posted
> earlier, by whom, and what time.
> Thanks,
> Donald Sweig
> Falls Church, Va.
>
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Date: 3/29/17 5:12 am
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: [Va-bird] More RFI: PRAIRIE FALCON
I am trying to determine who first saw and posted the Prairie falcon in Alexandria.
The earliest posting on VA-Bird seems to be from Will McPhail at 11:13 a.m. on Saturday the 25th. Elton Morel's E-bird report was at 12:50 I same day.
I would appreciate any information as to the falcon being seen/posted earlier, by whom, and what time.
Thanks,
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Va.

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Date: 3/28/17 7:12 pm
From: Joe Coleman <joecoleman...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FW: DC Area, 3/28/2017
FYI Joe Coleman

-----Original Message-----
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 3/28/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Joe Coleman
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 (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.AudubonNaturalist.org.

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Wednesday, March 22 and was
completed on Tuesday, March 28 at 10:30 a.m.

Information on noteworthy birds during this week is presented below in
taxonomic order, as set forth in the American Ornithologists' Union
Checklist for North and Middle American birds as revised through the 57th
supplement (July 2016).

TOP BIRDS THIS WEEK were PINK-FOOTED GOOSE* in DE, GREEN-WINGED TEAL
(EURASIAN) in MD, PRAIRIE FALCON* in VA, and WESTERN TANAGER in VA.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST included waterfowl, EARED GREBE, EASTERN WHIP-POOR-
WILL, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, KING RAIL, SORA, SANDHILL CRANE, shorebirds,
RAZORBILL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, LITTLE GULL, ICELAND GULL, GREAT CORMORANT,
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN BITTERN, GREEN HERON, YELLOW-CROWNED
NIGHT-HERON, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, LAPLAND
LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, warblers, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, PAINTED BUNTING,
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

TOP BIRDS

The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE* which has been seen near Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co,
DE, was last reported on March 23; at that time it was seen along Wells Rd
just past the intersection with Buttonwood Rd.

The continuing GREEN-WINGED TEAL (EURASIAN) at West Meadow Park, Cecil Co,
MD was most recently seen March 27. There was also one seen March 25 at the
Ashton Tract, Augustine Wildlife Area, DE.

A PRAIRIE FALCON* was found and photographed on March 25 at the
decommissioned Alexandria Power Plant in Alexandria, VA; it was seen again
on the 26th and 27. It is being seen most frequently perched in various
locations on the south side of the power plant. Because the bird
periodically flies out over the Potomac, it can also be considered a DC
sighting.

The WESTERN TANAGER at Settler's Mill, James City Co, VA was seen again on
March 26.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

The CACKLING GOOSE at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Queen Anne's
Co, MD was seen again on March 24 and 26.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was at Broadkill Marsh, Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE also
on March 23. A EURASIAN WIGEON was seem March 25 at Mulberry Landing,
Assawoman WMA, Sussex Co, DE. A LONG-TAILED DUCK continued at Lapidum,
Harford Co, MD, through March 22. Two COMMON EIDERS were seen from the
Lewes-Cape May ferry in Sussex Co, DE waters on 22.

The RED-NECKED GREBE at Loch Raven Reservoir, Baltimore, MD was seen as
recently as March 26. The EARED GREBE at Buckroe Beach, Hampton Co, VA, was
most recently seen on March 26.

An early EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard at a residence in Hanover Co, VA
early on the morning of March 28.

The RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD continued to be seen during the week at Wildewood
Neighborhood Walk, St. Mary's Co MD.

A KING RAIL was calling from the marsh along the wildlife drive where the
road is blocked at the Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William Co, VA on March 25.
A SORA was seen March 25 on the edge of a retention pond along Weaneck Haul
Rd, Charles City, Charles City Co, VA.

Six SANDHILL CRANES flew over Baker Park, Frederick, Frederick Co, MD on
March 25. Two were seen again on March 27 along Peat Moss Rd, Garrett Co, MD
in a corn field.

Shorebird numbers continued to increase this past week. Three PURPLE
SANDPIPERS were seen March 25 at the Veterans Memorial at Chesapeake Beach,
Calvert Co, MD. PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen in two different locations in
Garrett Co, MD on March 25; 6 were at Herrington Manor SP and 13 were
reported from Peat Moss Rd. AMERICAN WOODCOCKS were displaying at Huntley
Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA on March 25.

A RAZORBILL continued at Ft. Monroe, Hampton Co, VA with a report from March
26.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL found March 23 in the pond next to the Walmart, Colonial
heights, VA, was seen again March 26. Another was seen throughout the week
at Back River, Baltimore Co, MD. A LITTLE GULL was seen March 25 from
Lapidum, Harford Co, MD. An ICELAND GULL was seen March 25 from the
Lewes-Cape May Ferry in DE waters.

Six GREAT CORMORANTS were seen March 25 off of Kent Point, Queen Anne's Co,
MD.

The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN at the pier at the Essex Wastewater Treatment
Plant, Baltimore, MD, was seen again on March 24 from Cox Point Park.

AN AMERICAN BITTERN was seen March 25 at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, NE
DC. Another AMERICAN BITTERN was seen the same day in the cell north & west
of the parking lot at the Julie Metz Wetlands Bank, in Woodbridge, Prince Wm
Co, VA.

The GREEN HERON that over-wintered at Ben Brenman Park, Alexandria, VA, was
last reported on March 21.

YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen at a variety of locations including
two at the Jones Fall Trail at Remington, Baltimore Co, MD, throughout the
week.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen March 27 as it flew over a yard near
Shepherdstown, Jefferson Co, WV.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen and photographed on March 27 at 20627 Old Forge
Rd, Washington Co, MD. The continuing NORTHERN SHRIKE, at Sully Woodlands,
Fairfax Co VA was seen as recently as March 26.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen and photographed March 25 at Chincoteague NWR,
Accomack Co, VA. Four SNOW BUNTINGS were seen March 23 at Craney Island
Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA. Two SNOW BUNTINGS were seen March 25 at Fort
Monroe, Hampton, VA.

Early migrating warblers included a BLACK-THROATED GREEN heard at Lake
Matoaka, Williamsburg, VA on March 26.

The CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at the Big Water Farm (private), Queen Anne's Co
MD, was seen as recently as March 26. Two VESPER SPARROWS were seen March 26
at the Agricultural History Farm Park, Montgomery Co, MD. A VESPER SPARROW
was seen March 26 at Swoope, VA along Trimbles Mill Rd. Two VESPER SPARROWS
were seen along Berry's Ferry Road (CR 628) March 27; they were at the edge
of a winter wheat field along the south border of Blandy Experimental Farm,
Clarke Co, VA.

A male PAINTED BUNTING continues to be seen and photographed at a private
residence in Berlin, Worcester Co, MD, with the most recent sighting on
March 27.

The YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD at Hopkins Farm Pond, Harford Co, MD was last
seen on March 22.

RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen throughout the area during the week including a
small flock at the Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William Co, VA on March 25.

This report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list servers via
the ABA Internet links, and on eBird records.

The Audubon Sanctuary Shop (301-652-3606, http://anshome.org/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, either
e-mail or phone.

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable records committee

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Date: 3/28/17 4:07 pm
From: David Young <lcdyoung93...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Palm Warbler, Great Falls NP - Tundra Swans, Lake Anne
Visited Great Falls NP for an hour at 3:00 PM. I had a few FOY birds in mind
while driving over, but totally forgot about the one that I would see, a Palm Warbler ( FOY in Va),
hanging out on the fringes of a vocal Carolina Chickadee/ Titmouse flock .
I birded the area from the far parking lot up to the dam, ducks in order of numbers
included Bufflehead, Ring Necked, Black and Common Mergansers.
Buffleheads have been seen in real solid numbers all winter here and
above the dam at Riverbend.
Double Crested Cormorants were actively fishing below the dam and then making
trips up to the rookery on Conn Island ( Immediately above the dam), they
share space with the dozens of Great Blues that constantly come and go from
the tree tops. Probably Black-crowned Night-Herons in there too. The Bald Eagle nest
on Conn had zero activity while I was there, but saw a few in flight.
On the way home while passing Lake Anne in Reston, I saw 4 Tundra Swans
on the Lake along with Tree Swallows and probable Rough Winged which I lost track
in poor lighting. I've been hearing Tundra Swans migrating overhead late at night, it
still always awes me to hear them woohooing and then see them come into sight
silhouette against the night, but they are an uncommon sight on the Lake.


Dave Young
Reston, Va
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Date: 3/28/17 12:45 pm
From: Jon Little <littlejon48...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Snipe / Frederick Co.
I came upon a flock of 26 Wilson's Snipe today, a few miles NE of
Winchester. At the same spot a week ago, there were only 4.



Jon Little

Winchester

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Date: 3/28/17 11:23 am
From: Dave Larsen - Birding <hirundo...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon in Alexandria
Bird is still present at 2:30 pm. Just finished eating a starling. Resting in plant ironwork between Tower and main building. Todd Day and others also watching it.

Dave Larsen

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Date: 3/28/17 10:45 am
From: Sunny Yoder <sunnyyoder...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Chandler Robbins
I also pulled out my copy, the 1983 edition. It was my mother's field guide of record, so is thoroughly marked up - key field marks highlighted and dates and locations of first sightings annotated - a treasured legacy.

> On Mar 28, 2017, at 11:29 AM, David White <dizoo...> wrote:
>
> Thanks to all of you who were (much) more familiar than I with Chandler Robbins and his many contributions to birding. That Golden Guide has long been a favorite of mine and I just went to my archives (a shelf in the space in my home which is sometimes called an "office") and pulled down my 1966 version, still in quite good condition. I always appreciated that this guide had the range maps as well as the sonograms right there next to the illustrations.
>
> Because of the recent news about the Alexandria Prairie Falcon, I took a glance at the falcons in this old book and noticed that the Peregrine had been "upgraded" from "Duck" but that the Merlin and the Kestrel were still "Pigeon" and "Sparrow."
>
> Maybe now we'll have to have a "Cityscape Prairie" to add to the falcons. And quickly, before they turn into parrots!
>
> David I. White Jr. | 505 Park Plaza, Charlottesville VA | H: 434-296-4272 | C: 434-466-3636 | <dizoo...>
>

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Date: 3/28/17 8:36 am
From: m b <marlabeth...>
Subject: [Va-bird] scaup on the tidal basin
The lesser scaup (I brought the camera and looked) on the Tidal Basin are still there, and have been joined by about 100 buffleheads, a couple of common mergansers, and at least 4 horned grebes. In case anyone wants to combine a cherry blossom session with some migratory waterfowl watching. I go every year, and I have never seen anything but a mallard, Canada goose, or cormorant there. Maybe I just went at the wrong time.



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Date: 3/28/17 8:29 am
From: David White <dizoo...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Chandler Robbins
Thanks to all of you who were (much) more familiar than I with Chandler Robbins and his many contributions to birding. That Golden Guide has long been a favorite of mine and I just went to my archives (a shelf in the space in my home which is sometimes called an "office") and pulled down my 1966 version, still in quite good condition. I always appreciated that this guide had the range maps as well as the sonograms right there next to the illustrations.

Because of the recent news about the Alexandria Prairie Falcon, I took a glance at the falcons in this old book and noticed that the Peregrine had been "upgraded" from "Duck" but that the Merlin and the Kestrel were still "Pigeon" and "Sparrow."

Maybe now we'll have to have a "Cityscape Prairie" to add to the falcons. And quickly, before they turn into parrots!

David I. White Jr. | 505 Park Plaza, Charlottesville VA | H: 434-296-4272 | C: 434-466-3636 | <dizoo...>

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Date: 3/28/17 8:05 am
From: Alan Handley <alan.lomion...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon present around 9:45
We pulled up at the parking on Royal Street, and seconds after getting out
of the car the bird flew in and landed near the top of the right tower,
staying put for a few minutes and giving excellent views. It was eventually
chased off by a fish crow, and after waiting a bit we walked down to the
river. Just after crossing the train tracks and turning left to go
upstream, the falcon swooped in 50 ft or so in front of us, presumably
making a pass at one of the numerous sparrows along the trail.

Plenty of other birds around, including one Field Sparrow amongst the many
juncos, as well as an Osprey flying downstream. In the river we had one
Scaup sp. pair, and big rafts of cormorants and coots.

Alan Handley
Arlington County
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Date: 3/28/17 8:02 am
From: Ezra Staengl <ezraperegrine...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon - Yes
Has anyone seen it today? Or failed to see it? Wondering if the trip
today would be worth it.
Thanks,
Ezra

On Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 2:44 PM, Daniel Joslyn <djoslyn48...> wrote:

> Got some good looks at our Falcon being chased in circles around the power
> plant by two crows around 2pm. Looks like it's holding its ground so far. A
> lot of interesting ducks in the river are also viewable from the same spot,
> you just have to turn around!
>
> Dan Joslyn
> Arlington, VA
>
> On Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 10:10 AM, Melissa Roach <roach.mc1...>
> wrote:
>
> > Currently in view on the tank.
> >
> > Melissa R
> >
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Date: 3/28/17 7:47 am
From: drew kulick <uuerd...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon still At Power Plant
It is sitting on the leftmost tower, from the riverside of the plant.

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Date: 3/28/17 7:37 am
From: Hobson, Chris (DCR) <Chris.Hobson...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Louisiana waterthrush calling in Quinton, VA
First one of the year
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Date: 3/28/17 6:49 am
From: Lori Keeler <lorik3...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Harry,

I saw something yesterday that you might want to keep an eye out for on next week's walk.

I was walking through that little patch of woods that goes from the tower to the boardwalk, when, on my right, I saw two bluebirds perched on a very small tree in the woods on my right. Then, one of them disappeared into a hole on the right-hand side of the tree while the second bird just hung around. I would guess the diameter of the tree trunk was only about 8 inches or so and the hole was about 40-50 feet up the trunk.

Lori Keeler




---- Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...> wrote:

=============
A crowd of nearly 30 birders gathered in the fog for the Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk today.  We tallied 53 species with some of the highlights being northrn Rough-winged, and Barn Swallows in addition to the Tree Swallows we have been seeing for the past couple of weeks.  Our FOS Osprey caught a fish and received a hand from the birders.  We are waiting for the rest of the Warblers.  We had a Yellow-rumped Warbler today.
Canada Goose  62
Wood Duck  15
Mallard  5
Northern Shoveler  3
Green-winged Teal  1
Ring-necked Duck  6
Hooded Merganser  4
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Great Blue Heron  4
Osprey  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
American Coot  13
Ring-billed Gull  13
Mourning Dove  2
Barred Owl  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  9
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  3
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  75
crow sp.  3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  6
Tree Swallow  29
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  12
White-breasted Nuthatch  7
Brown Creeper  2
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  7
Golden-crowned Kinglet  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  4
Hermit Thrush  2
American Robin  25
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Fox Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  30
Song Sparrow  3
Swamp Sparrow  5
Eastern Towhee  3
Northern Cardinal  20
Red-winged Blackbird  145
Rusty Blackbird  30
Common Grackle  20
American Goldfinch  2


The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 7AM (8AM from November through March), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at (703)768-2525.

Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park

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Date: 3/28/17 6:33 am
From: Ruthenberg, Jessica (DGIF) <Jessica.Ruthenberg...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Have you been following the Richmond Falcon Cam?
The Richmond Falcon Cam, which follows the nesting season of a Peregrine Falcon pair atop the Riverfront Plaza building in downtown Richmond, is back for the season! Thanks to our new partner Comcast Business!

The cam resumed on March 1st and it's already been an interesting season! At the seasons' outset, the male Peregrine Falcon who had been paired with the same female for several years, replaced her with a new unbanded female. However, yesterday afternoon, the male was observed with yet another new female in the nest box, but this one is banded. Follow the Richmond Falcon Cam<https://blog.wildlife.virginia.gov/falcon-cam/> to learn more details and view the falcons live!

Jessica Ruthenberg
Watchable Wildlife Biologist
Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries
3909 Airline Blvd., Chesapeake, Virginia 23321
Office: (757) 465-6868 * Cell: (804) 229-2556
<jessica.ruthenberg...><mailto:<jessica.ruthenberg...>

Leading wildlife conservation and inspiring people to value the outdoors and their role in nature.

Discover Our Wild Side! Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail<http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/vbwt/> * Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival<https://www.facebook.com/greatdismalswampbirdingfest/>, April 20-22. * View the Richmond Falcon Cam<https://blog.wildlife.virginia.gov/falcon-cam/> live! * Follow DGIF on Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/VDGIF>


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Date: 3/28/17 6:21 am
From: Roberta Reichwein <b.reichwein...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Clarification re: Chan Robbins Memorial Service
*Subject:* *Chanler Robbins Memorial Service*

Jay Sheppard provides the following corrections to the previous
announcement:

Memorial service: Saturday, April 15 at First United Methodist Church, *424*
Main Street, Laurel. Visitation 9:00 am, service *10:00* am, lunch will
follow.


Bobbi Reichwein

Davidsonville, MD
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Date: 3/28/17 3:53 am
From: Ludwig, Chris (DCR) <Chris.Ludwig...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Early Eastern Whip-poor-will
At 6:28am DST on 3/28/17, I heard an Eastern Whip-poor-will do 5 consecutive "whip-poor-wills" at my residence on the edge of the forest to the south of my house in western Hanover County. It was after first light and there were the first few sprinkles of an approaching thunder storm. Seems way early but what a nice herald of the coming spring. Chris Ludwig, Vontay, Virginia
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Date: 3/27/17 8:06 pm
From: janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] 3 Peregrine Falcons - 3/23/2017 - Falls Church, VA

March 23, 2017 - 3 Peregrine Falcons seen together perched on an office
building in the Skyline Building Complex in the Bailey's Crossroads area of
Falls Church, Fairfax County, VA where I work

March 24, 2017 - 2 Peregrine Falcons seen together in the above location

March 27, 2017 - 1 Peregrine Falcon seen at this location.

March 27, 2017 - 1 Osprey seen - FOS

Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA


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Date: 3/27/17 7:38 pm
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
A crowd of nearly 30 birders gathered in the fog for the Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk today.  We tallied 53 species with some of the highlights being northrn Rough-winged, and Barn Swallows in addition to the Tree Swallows we have been seeing for the past couple of weeks.  Our FOS Osprey caught a fish and received a hand from the birders.  We are waiting for the rest of the Warblers.  We had a Yellow-rumped Warbler today.
Canada Goose  62
Wood Duck  15
Mallard  5
Northern Shoveler  3
Green-winged Teal  1
Ring-necked Duck  6
Hooded Merganser  4
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Great Blue Heron  4
Osprey  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
American Coot  13
Ring-billed Gull  13
Mourning Dove  2
Barred Owl  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  9
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  3
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  75
crow sp.  3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  6
Tree Swallow  29
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  12
White-breasted Nuthatch  7
Brown Creeper  2
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  7
Golden-crowned Kinglet  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  4
Hermit Thrush  2
American Robin  25
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Fox Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  30
Song Sparrow  3
Swamp Sparrow  5
Eastern Towhee  3
Northern Cardinal  20
Red-winged Blackbird  145
Rusty Blackbird  30
Common Grackle  20
American Goldfinch  2


The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 7AM (8AM from November through March), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at (703)768-2525.

Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park

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Date: 3/27/17 6:32 pm
From: Todd Kiraly <tkiraly...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Yesterday/Prairie Falcon chasing Merlin Sunday morning at the Potomac River Generator Station
This is actually reporting on activity from yesterday morning as I was just reviewing pictures. About 9:20 a.m. the Prairie Falcon darted and trailed another fast moving “Falcon” West towards the N. Royal Street/across the train tracks. They darted so fast and low that it was a challenge to distinguish the lead bird — which I initially thought was a Peregrine Falcon after reviewing my small camera screen. I now see that it actually was a Merlin (http://www.haussparrow.com/Photography/Newly-Added/i-rzKqxJG/A , http://www.haussparrow.com/Photography/Newly-Added/i-MF5P8P7/A). I couldn’t get both in the same picture at the same time as it was too quick of an event and barely had time to lift my camera. This was the Prairie Falcon going by a second later (http://www.haussparrow.com/Photography/Newly-Added/i-XhhV9pp/A). Not sure if those that were bird watching from the Potomac River side even had a chance to see that event.

I had noted, on e-bird, that I had viewed a Merlin on Saturday at Daingerfield Island at about 11:30 a.m (http://www.haussparrow.com/Photography/Newly-Added/i-Jz26jR4/A). I also spotted what appeared to be the same Saturday Merlin on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. at Daingerfield Island as I was heading to the Alexandria Power Plant (http://www.haussparrow.com/Photography/Newly-Added/i-cWPk3Mj/A). This particular sighting was more in the swamp area than the Saturday sighting (closer to the marina parking lot) and probably less than a quarter mile away from the Potomac River Generator Station. It is my guess that this could have very well been the same bird that was chased by the Prairie Falcon.

Just in case this info may help with anyone’s identification of a scene they might have caught only a glimpse of.

Regards,
Todd Kiraly
Arlington, VA

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Date: 3/27/17 4:46 pm
From: Daniel Joslyn <djoslyn48...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Info about Chan Robbins
As a younger birder I first learned about Mr. Robbins the other day through
one of the podcasts I subscribe to, "For the Birds with Laura Erickson".
She did a segment on how he encouraged her personally as a young science
teacher getting into birding. I recommend her podcast in general, it is the
online version of short segments she does for the local NPR station in
Duluth, MN. Here is the program for anyone who's interested:
http://www.lauraerickson.com/radio/program/11055/chandler-robbins/

Daniel Joslyn
Arlington, VA

On Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 10:56 AM, Roberta Reichwein <b.reichwein...>
wrote:

> This is taken from the mdbirding group email, and posted by Jane Fallon who
> I would like to thank for keeping us informed. I don't think she'd mind if
> I shared it with Virginia birders. Anyone can access mdbirding.com to
> read
> posts:
>
>
>
>
> It is with sadness that we report that Chandler Robbins, our world famous
> ornithologist, passed away on Monday March 20th. He was a member of the
> Patuxent Bird Club since its beginning and a founder of MOS.
>
> Attached is a link to a tribute from the National Audubon Society
> http://www.audubon.org/news/in-memory-chandler-s-robbins.
>
> His obituary appeared in the Washington Post earlier this week:
> https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/
> chandler-robbins-friend-to-birds-and-birdwatchers-dies-
> at-98/2017/03/23/d7c331b0-0f44-11e7-9b0d-d27c98455440_
> story.html?utm_term=.
> f7b9325e21e0
>
> There will be a memorial service on April 15 at the First United Methodist
> Church in Laurel. Details will be announced later. Also a Life
> Celebration is being planned by the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center where
> Chan worked for 70 Years, date to be announced.
>
> Bobbi Reichwein
> Davidsonville, MD
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Date: 3/27/17 2:29 pm
From: Sandra Farkas <sandralfarkas2...>
Subject: [Va-bird] 5:26pm Prairie Falcon
Hello all,
Prairie falcon in sight from the railroad tracks between the two piles of ties. The bird could be seen on the left-hand side of the tower almost at the very top near the stairs. It's on the second lip from the top.

Sandra Farkas
Springfield Virginia

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Date: 3/27/17 1:01 pm
From: G B Harris <gbhrlh...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Great Dismal Swamp NWR, Jericho Lane
Va. Birders:



> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Great Dismal Swamp NWR, Mar 27, 2017
> Date: March 27, 2017
> To: <gbhrlh...>
>
> Great Dismal Swamp NWR, Suffolk, Virginia, US
> Mar 27, 2017 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments: GBH-RLH. JERICHO LANE
> 21 species
>
> Wood Duck 1
> Black Vulture 50
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1
> Barred Owl 2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
> Pileated Woodpecker 3
> Blue Jay 2
> American Crow 2
> Carolina Chickadee 3
> Tufted Titmouse 1
> Carolina Wren 3
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
> Hermit Thrush 1
> Louisiana Waterthrush 1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 16
> Yellow-throated Warbler 4
> Eastern Towhee 2
> Rusty Blackbird 12
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35474352
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/VA)

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Date: 3/27/17 12:38 pm
From: Claire Kluskens <birdlady2011...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Sparrow with pink bill, Alexandira
Today, at the animal shelter on Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria City, there was a sparrow with a very noticeable pink beak in the little hedgerow between the parking lot and the street. Never saw the breast. The eyebrow is white, as seen in the photos, no yellow noted. Back fairly finely streaked. Legs appear to be pink in the photos. I think this is a Savannah Sparrow, but I would appreciate the thoughts of the group. I obtained some very poor photos of which the best ones are posted here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/32555011@N03/ <https://www.flickr.com/photos/32555011@N03/>

Thanks!
Claire Kluskens
Alexandria/Fairfax Co.
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Date: 3/27/17 12:07 pm
From: Janice Frye <byrdnyrd33...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Info about Chan Robbins
A good tribute to his memory would be to adopt a breeding bird survey
route, or perhaps start one if USGS needs one near you. :-)

Jan

On Mar 27, 2017 1:08 PM, "Roberta Reichwein" <b.reichwein...> wrote:

> This is taken from the mdbirding group email, and posted by Jane Fallon who
> I would like to thank for keeping us informed. I don't think she'd mind if
> I shared it with Virginia birders. Anyone can access mdbirding.com to
> read
> posts:
>
>
>
>
> It is with sadness that we report that Chandler Robbins, our world famous
> ornithologist, passed away on Monday March 20th. He was a member of the
> Patuxent Bird Club since its beginning and a founder of MOS.
>
> Attached is a link to a tribute from the National Audubon Society
> http://www.audubon.org/news/in-memory-chandler-s-robbins.
>
> His obituary appeared in the Washington Post earlier this week:
> https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/
> chandler-robbins-friend-to-birds-and-birdwatchers-dies-
> at-98/2017/03/23/d7c331b0-0f44-11e7-9b0d-d27c98455440_
> story.html?utm_term=.
> f7b9325e21e0
>
> There will be a memorial service on April 15 at the First United Methodist
> Church in Laurel. Details will be announced later. Also a Life
> Celebration is being planned by the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center where
> Chan worked for 70 Years, date to be announced.
>
> Bobbi Reichwein
> Davidsonville, MD
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Date: 3/27/17 11:45 am
From: Daniel Joslyn <djoslyn48...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon - Yes
Got some good looks at our Falcon being chased in circles around the power
plant by two crows around 2pm. Looks like it's holding its ground so far. A
lot of interesting ducks in the river are also viewable from the same spot,
you just have to turn around!

Dan Joslyn
Arlington, VA

On Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 10:10 AM, Melissa Roach <roach.mc1...> wrote:

> Currently in view on the tank.
>
> Melissa R
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 3/27/17 9:46 am
From: Bill McGovern <bmcgovern...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Info about Chan Robbins
Thanks for sharing, Roberta--I would have missed the obit otherwise.
Robbins was a pioneer, and it's neat to think that he lived so close by.

I still have his 1966 Golden Field Guide , and it's a great resource for
seeing how ranges have changed for all species.

Bill

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Behalf Of Roberta Reichwein
Sent: Monday, March 27, 2017 10:57 AM
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Info about Chan Robbins

This is taken from the mdbirding group email, and posted by Jane Fallon who
I would like to thank for keeping us informed. I don't think she'd mind if
I shared it with Virginia birders. Anyone can access
http://www.mdbirding.com/ to read posts:

It is with sadness that we report that Chandler Robbins, our world famous
ornithologist, passed away on Monday March 20th. He was a member of the
Patuxent Bird Club since its beginning and a founder of MOS.

Attached is a link to a tribute from the National Audubon Society:
http://www.audubon.org/news/in-memory-chandler-s-robbins

His obituary appeared in the Washington Post earlier this week:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/chandler-robbins-frie
nd-to-birds-and-birdwatchers-dies-at-98/2017/03/23/d7c331b0-0f44-11e7-9b0d-d
27c98455440_story.html?utm_term=.018bdeff1738

There will be a memorial service on April 15 at the First United Methodist
Church in Laurel. Details will be announced later. Also a Life Celebration
is being planned by the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center where Chan worked
for 70 Years, date to be announced.

Bobbi Reichwein
Davidsonville, MD
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Date: 3/27/17 7:58 am
From: Roberta Reichwein <b.reichwein...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Info about Chan Robbins
This is taken from the mdbirding group email, and posted by Jane Fallon who
I would like to thank for keeping us informed. I don't think she'd mind if
I shared it with Virginia birders. Anyone can access mdbirding.com to read
posts:




It is with sadness that we report that Chandler Robbins, our world famous
ornithologist, passed away on Monday March 20th. He was a member of the
Patuxent Bird Club since its beginning and a founder of MOS.

Attached is a link to a tribute from the National Audubon Society
http://www.audubon.org/news/in-memory-chandler-s-robbins.

His obituary appeared in the Washington Post earlier this week:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/
chandler-robbins-friend-to-birds-and-birdwatchers-dies-
at-98/2017/03/23/d7c331b0-0f44-11e7-9b0d-d27c98455440_story.html?utm_term=.
f7b9325e21e0

There will be a memorial service on April 15 at the First United Methodist
Church in Laurel. Details will be announced later. Also a Life
Celebration is being planned by the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center where
Chan worked for 70 Years, date to be announced.

Bobbi Reichwein
Davidsonville, MD
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Date: 3/27/17 7:11 am
From: Melissa Roach <roach.mc1...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon - Yes
Currently in view on the tank.

Melissa R

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Date: 3/27/17 6:38 am
From: Carr, David E. (dec5z) <dec5z...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Vesper Sparrows at Blandy Experimental Farm
I saw two Vesper Sparrows along Berry's Ferry Road (CR 628) this morning at 9 AM. The birds were at the edge of a winter wheat field along the south border of Blandy Experimental Farm (Clarke County).

David Carr
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Date: 3/27/17 6:27 am
From: <david.boltz4...>
Subject: [Va-bird] eBird -- Lake Frederick -- Mar 27, 2017 Frederick Co.
Lots of waterfowl on Lake Frederick this morning.

Lake Frederick
Mar 27, 2017
9:05 AM
Stationary
15 Minutes
All birds reported? No
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

25 Canada Goose
4 Gadwall
3 American Wigeon
1 Mallard
20 Northern Shoveler
24 Ring-necked Duck
6 Greater Scaup
15 Lesser Scaup
60 Bufflehead -- Very large flock.
2 Hooded Merganser
1 Common Loon
1 Pied-billed Grebe
2 Horned Grebe
1 Double-crested Cormorant
2 Bonaparte's Gull

Number of Taxa: 15


Dave Boltz

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Date: 3/27/17 6:22 am
From: Daniel Joslyn <djoslyn48...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Alexandria - Prairie Falcon
I think our Falcon was still at the power plant this AM between 8:30 and 9,
but due to heavy fog basically what I saw was a falcon shape perched on one
of the tanks. Will try again this afternoon after the fog has hopefully
burned off.

-Dan Joslyn
Arlington, VA

On Sun, Mar 26, 2017 at 2:22 PM, Art Drauglis <art...> wrote:

> Continues Sunday afternoon. Easy binocular and scope views from N Royal st
> at the RR tracks. Tops of tanks at south end of power plant seem to be
> preferred perches.
>
> Art D
> W DC
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Date: 3/27/17 5:26 am
From: Sunny Yoder <sunnyyoder...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Chandler Robbins
Thanks to several of you, I found the obit and appreciation that I had missed in the Post. It would have been good to know him.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/chandler-robbins-friend-to-birds-and-birdwatchers-dies-at-98/2017/03/23/d7c331b0-0f44-11e7-9b0d-d27c98455440_story.html <https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/chandler-robbins-friend-to-birds-and-birdwatchers-dies-at-98/2017/03/23/d7c331b0-0f44-11e7-9b0d-d27c98455440_story.html>

Sunny Yoder
Alexandria
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Date: 3/27/17 3:35 am
From: Dendroica--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Great Falls Bird Walk 03/26/17 (Fairfax County)
Keith Huffman led our group of six. Among the 33 species observed were
three cooperative Winter Wrens. We meet on Sundays at 8 AM in the visitors
center parking lot, weather permitting. All birders are welcome to join us.


Posted by Ralph Wall

The list:

Canada Goose 16
American Black Duck 2
Ring-necked Duck 20
Bufflehead 22
Common Merganser 2
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 5
Black Vulture 8
Turkey Vulture 6
Bald Eagle 2
Ring-billed Gull 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 3
crow sp. 8
Carolina Chickadee 15
Tufted Titmouse 25
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Winter Wren 3
Carolina Wren 4
Eastern Bluebird 2
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 7
Chipping Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 30
Song Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 6
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 1

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35463570

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Date: 3/26/17 8:54 pm
From: Sunny Yoder <sunnyyoder...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Chandler Robbins
I haven’t seen anything about Mr. Robbins’ passing in the local press but happened upon a piece in my hometown newspaper the Corpus Christi Caller Times by South Texas birding legend Phyllis Yochem:

One of the great joys of birding is the comparable accessibility of many of the luminaries of the pursuit.

Chandler S. Robbins, principal author of “Birds of North America: A Guide to Field Identification,” died last week in Maryland at 98. Instantly recognizable to all who began birding in the time before the internet, the Golden Guide, as his book is commonly called, was the one that started it all for many enthusiasts.


Sunny Yoder
Alexandria

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Date: 3/26/17 7:43 pm
From: Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Augusta County today (78 species, Marsh Wren, migrants)
Hi all,Vic Laubach and I birded the day away today covering lots of territory in Augusta County.  Starting at sunrise at the Augusta Springs Wetlands we then made our way through Swoope, across to Stuarts Draft, up to Waynesboro and Fishersville before finishing in the Weyers Cave area at 6pm.  We had a great March day and in total found 78 species including several highlights.  Our top bird was a Marsh Wren located at the roadside marsh in Swoope along Trimbles Mill Rd across from North Mtn Rd.

Below please find a list of our highlight birds with locations listed.Gabriel MapelNew Hope

Blue-winged Teal 4 Bell's LaneHorned Grebe 1 Fishersville QuarryDouble-crested Cormorant 1 InVista Pond (Waynesboro)BC Night-Heron 2 InVista Pond (Waynesboro)Northern Harrier 2 Swoope
Bald Eagle 5 Swoope Nest (occupied by adults) and Stuarts Draft Nest (occupied by adults and at least one eaglet)Wilson's Snipe 13 Various locationsHorned Lark 4 Guthrie Rd & Stuarts Draft WWTPN. Rough-winged Swallow 2 Swoope (Hope Lake, Boy Scout Camp) & Stuarts Draft WWTPBarn Swallow 1 Fishersville QuarryBlack-capped Chickadee 1 Augusta Springs WetlandsWinter Wren 1 Augusta Springs WetlandsMarsh Wren 1 Swoope (Trimbles Mill Rd)American Pipit 35 Guthrie RdLouisiana Waterthrush 1 Augusta Springs WetlandsVesper Sparrow 1 Swoope (Trimbles Mill Rd)Savannah Sparrow 26 All in SwoopeSwamp Sparrow 5 Augusta Springs Wetlands & SwoopeRusty Blackbird 1 Guthrie Rd

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Date: 3/26/17 6:13 pm
From: Nick Newberry <nickenew1...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Black-throated Green Warbler, Williamsburg
Hello,

While kayaking around Lake Matoaka this evening, I heard a Black-throated Green Warbler sing its full song at least 5 times. March 26 is listed as the extreme early date for this species in the coastal plain and this constitutes my first March record of this species. The Louisiana Waterthrushes and Yellow-throated Warblers are back as well.

Best,
Nick


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Date: 3/26/17 5:46 pm
From: Fred Atwood <fatwood...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Alexandria - Prairie Falcon
Bird was present again after about a 45 minute wait at this same location
at about 6:20 this evening. It did not perch; it just hovered over the
building for 20 seconds or so and then moved on to the south. Many thanks
to all of you who posted updates to VA-Bird! Because of your posts, I
stopped on my way back home from Cape Cod (where I saw handsome drake King
Eider and Eurasian Green Winged Teal before I left)
ALl the best
Fred Atwood
Oakton, Fairfax Co, VA
Chatham, Barnstable Co, MA


On Sun, Mar 26, 2017 at 2:22 PM, Art Drauglis <art...> wrote:

> Continues Sunday afternoon. Easy binocular and scope views from N Royal st
> at the RR tracks. Tops of tanks at south end of power plant seem to be
> preferred perches.
>
> Art D
> W DC
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Date: 3/26/17 4:12 pm
From: William Boyd <billboliviaboyd...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Possible Crow Nest in Alexandria
Birders,

I arose today early enough to view a crow repeatedly browsing the grassy
yard of a backyard in Arlington near Pentagon City Mall. The day before I'd
worked in the yard to remove the upper 2/3rds of two enormously overgrown
shrubs, leaving many small sticks and twigs scattered in the grass. The
crow flying off with a bill full of materials returned minutes later to
repeat.

Once the day began to lighten up, I stepped out front to eye a tall tree 3
houses to the west (towards Arlington Ridge) where about 5/6th the way up a
large collection of bedding material appeared be hosting three crows. As
the morning progressed, interrupting myself from work on the front porch,
I'd stop to check out the crow action atop that tree.

My best guess = an active crow's nest. Now, I'm a fan of these corvids but
know little about their natural history particularly related to breeding
time, nesting, etc., so I'd appreciate the thoughts of more experienced
birders.

If anyone wants more details, please email directly. As I'll return to that
Arlington residence on Wednesday, I'll get many more looks.

Bill in Fredericksburg
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Date: 3/26/17 2:42 pm
From: Larry Cartwright <prowarbler...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Mason Neck State Park eagles and coots
Only two birders joined me for the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia
sponsored walk at Mason neck State Park today. Waterfowl species diversity
was low, but there was still a lot of birds on Belmont Bay. A highlight was
watching four Bald Eagles trying to catch coots. None succeeded, but it was
fascinating for our small group to watch. There are lots of cowbirds
displaying today and bluebirds and Tree Swallows investigating nest boxes.
We also had two closeup views from two very cooperative Hermit Thrushes.



Mason Neck State Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US Mar 26, 2017 8:22 AM - 11:20 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

41 species



Canada Goose 60

Wood Duck 4

Gadwall 300

American Black Duck 1

Mallard 80

Northern Shoveler 3

Canvasback 1

Lesser Scaup 800

Ruddy Duck 6

Double-crested Cormorant 3

Great Blue Heron 11

Osprey 4

Bald Eagle 8

American Coot 1200

Mourning Dove 3

Belted Kingfisher 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 6

Downy Woodpecker 4

Northern Flicker 3

Pileated Woodpecker 2

Eastern Phoebe 2

Blue Jay 15

American Crow 5

Fish Crow 3

Tree Swallow 50

Carolina Chickadee 8

Tufted Titmouse 16

White-breasted Nuthatch 3

Carolina Wren 7

Eastern Bluebird 8

Hermit Thrush 2

American Robin 15

Chipping Sparrow 2

Dark-eyed Junco 25

White-throated Sparrow 40

Song Sparrow 10

Eastern Towhee 4

Northern Cardinal 9

Red-winged Blackbird 12

Brown-headed Cowbird 21

American Goldfinch 4



View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35440182



This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



Larry Cartwright

<prowarbler...> <mailto:<prowarbler...>











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Date: 3/26/17 2:41 pm
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Merrimac Farm
Six birders gathered this morning for the Last-Sunday-of-the-Month Merimac Farm birdwalk sponsored by the Prince William Conservation Alliance.  We tallied 37 species with Black and Turkey Vultures appearing in somewhat unusual numbers for Merrimac (Upon leaving after the birdwalk, We spotted a flock of about 50 Black Vultures on a nearby farm field.); a large flock of Robins; and a dozen Eastern Phoebes.
Canada Goose  8
Wood Duck  2
Black Vulture  5
Turkey Vulture  5
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  12
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  3
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  12
Blue Jay  19
American Crow  5
Fish Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  15
Tufted Titmouse  15
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  5
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  46
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Field Sparrow  4
Dark-eyed Junco  1
White-throated Sparrow  6
Song Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  8
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Eastern Meadowlark  1
Common Grackle  3
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
House Finch  1
The Prince William Conservation Alliance birdwalks at the Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area in Nokesville take place at 8 AM on the final Sunday of every month.  Birders meet at the Area's entrance located at the stonehouse at the end of Deepwood Drive.  Questions may be directed to the Alliance at 703.499.4954,  or <alliance...>

Harry GlasgowNancy Vehrs
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Date: 3/26/17 1:07 pm
From: Scott Priebe <falco57...>
Subject: [Va-bird] [va-bird] Anyone else having problems receiving posts today?
I've received exactly three (3) va-bird posts today, but not the one I posted myself (I usually receive my own, and had a reply to it from another birder).

Don't know if the Dyke Marsh report was posted yet, but if so, I didn't get it. With the Prairie Falcon at Alexandria still, I would have expected more posts than the single post I received.


Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA
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Date: 3/26/17 12:16 pm
From: Walter L. Barrows <wbarrows...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon at Alexandria Power Plant: Pix
This morning I joined Ed Eder and several other birders to observe the
falcon from outside one of the gates to the decommissioned power plant.

The bird was actively hunting and defending its new-found territory from
Fish Crows and Turkey Vultures. Here are some shots I took.
https://wlb3.smugmug.com/Virginia-Parks/Alexandria-Power-Plant/

Cheers

*Walt*
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Date: 3/26/17 12:00 pm
From: Joe Coleman <joecoleman...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Orientation to VABBA2 & More Comprehensive Training Sessions
You're invited to come to a program sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife
Conservancy:



Birding for Conservation in Virginia's Second Breeding Bird Atlas (VABBA2) -
Sunday, April 2, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, The Stone Barn at
<http://loudounwildlife.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fbdab4072da8553fd
76f32e8a&id=bce26f0cf2&e=87df9b9b97> the Coach House, Morven Park, Leesburg.
(Please use Old Waterford Rd. entrance to the park.) 2017 is the second year
of the Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas, the largest statewide bird conservation
effort to date. In 2016, more than 450 Atlas volunteers confirmed 174
species breeding species and reported over 200,000 observations to this
project. However, there is still much ground to cover in the next four
years. Dr. Ashley Peele, the State Atlas Coordinator, will speak about the
pressing need for better information on Virginia's breeding birds and how
citizen scientists are helping collect this valuable data. Come hear about
interesting results from the VABBA2's first year and how eBird is
revolutionizing our ability to collect and report real-time bird
observations. Any person with an interest in birds can contribute to this
project, so please join us for the talk and a Q&A session afterwards.
Questions: Contact <mailto:<jcoleman...>
<jcoleman...> or <mailto:<info...>
<info...>

While there were only a couple of slots still open last week, Dr. Peele is
also offering a more comprehensive Spring Training Session at Frying Pan
Park in Herndon (Fairfax Co) on Saturday, April 1 from 8 am to 1 pm. This
session will consist of morning small group field trips/walks led by
experienced Atlas volunteers, followed by a large group session on data
entry, reporting priority species, accurate location plotting, etc. You can
register for the training
<http://loudounwildlife.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fbdab4072da8553fd
76f32e8a&id=4a72006b57&e=87df9b9b97> here.



For other training sessions coming up in other parts of the state check out
the Virginia Breeding Birds Atlas 2 website at www.vabba2.org
<http://www.vabba2.org>



Joe Coleman



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Date: 3/26/17 11:58 am
From: Phil Silas via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Mar 26, 2017

VA-Birders,
The Sunday at 8, free and open to all Bird Walk at the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve had a chilly and breezy morning with 15 birders tallying 45 avian species. A non-avian highlight was the Black Snake in the men's room at the boat launch. No falcons were observed, but much discussion was about the amazing Prairie Falcon being seen just over 2 miles upstream. The Osprey and Bald Eagles were entertaining, especially when an Osprey with a fish objected to the perch of an eagle on one of the islands. The Osprey vocalized repeatedly, and flew close above the eagle, and the eagle held it's perch, and the Osprey moved on without the eagle being displaced or chasing to steal the fish. Four female Mergansers were along the island across from the end of the boardwalk. Nice enlarged photo images on Diane's camera and some discussion led to the conclusion that one who eventually separated from the group was a Common, and the other 3 were Red-breasted. Complete list below.
Phil Silas
Woodbridge, VA




-----Original Message-----
From: ebird-checklist <ebird-checklist...>
To: epsdcva <epsdcva...>
Sent: Sun, Mar 26, 2017 2:22 pm
Subject: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Mar 26, 2017

Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Mar 26, 2017 7:43 AM - 10:54 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Chilly and breezy
45 species

Canada Goose 44
Mallard 16
Lesser Scaup 110
Bufflehead 4
Common Merganser 1 Female, solo until merging with 3 F RBME for a few minutes while at end of boardwalk, nice chance to study the sharp straight neck color change from rufous to white.
Red-breasted Merganser 7 3 F at end of boardwalk, 2 pairs near picnic area at walk's end
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Horned Grebe 5
Double-crested Cormorant 17
Great Blue Heron 1
Osprey 10
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 7
Ring-billed Gull 36
Herring Gull 3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 8 flyovers between Hunting Creek and picnic area
Mourning Dove 10
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
Blue Jay 3
Fish Crow 12
Tree Swallow 10
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 2
Winter Wren 1
Carolina Wren 6
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin 20
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 6
White-throated Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 12
Northern Cardinal 13
Red-winged Blackbird 60
Common Grackle 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 3
House Sparrow 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35439476

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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Date: 3/26/17 11:23 am
From: Art Drauglis <art...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Alexandria - Prairie Falcon
Continues Sunday afternoon. Easy binocular and scope views from N Royal st at the RR tracks. Tops of tanks at south end of power plant seem to be preferred perches.

Art D
W DC
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Date: 3/26/17 11:10 am
From: Scott Priebe <falco57...>
Subject: [Va-bird] [va-bird] Prairie Falcon at Alexandria Power Plant ~ 12:30 PM today
Falcon was frequenting various perches on the south side of the power plant building and on one of the storage tanks @12:20-12:45 PM. Initially on one of the tanks, then swooped away and caught lunch. Was feeding while on perches on the south side of the power plant and the elevator ramp.


Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA
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Date: 3/26/17 10:47 am
From: Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon and RFI
Don,


It is not on the official Virginia list on the VSO website, and there are no other observations in eBird.


Also not on the official Maryland or DC lists either.


Quite a find!


Jim Nelson
Bethesda, MD


On 03/26/17, Donald Sweig<skybirds.d...> wrote:

The Prairie Falcon was well seen, perched and flying, this morning from the bicycle trail near the old power plant in Alexandria. It can often be seen from the corner of Bashford Lane and Royal Street. I parked nearby and saw and photographed it from the bicycle trail.
RFI: Can someone please confirm that this was in fact the first Prairie Falcon seen and recorded in Virginia.
What a wonderful bird.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Date: 3/26/17 10:24 am
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon and RFI
The Prairie Falcon was well seen, perched and flying, this morning from the bicycle trail near the old power plant in Alexandria. It can often be seen from the corner of Bashford Lane and Royal Street. I parked nearby and saw and photographed it from the bicycle trail.
RFI: Can someone please confirm that this was in fact the first Prairie Falcon seen and recorded in Virginia.
What a wonderful bird.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Date: 3/26/17 7:41 am
From: Michael Mayer <michaelmayer48...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Alexandria Prairie Falcon
Present in area of power plant as of 10:35. Having a lot of interaction with Crows so not sitting as much as it did yesterday evening. Corner of Bashford Lane and N. Royal St. is good location to park and scan.

Michael Mayer
Alexandria, VA
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Date: 3/26/17 7:09 am
From: Janet Paisley <janetpaisley...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon in Alexandria
Continues now
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Date: 3/26/17 5:56 am
From: Suzanne Stewart <suzinotsue...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FOS osprey Orange VA
I had a pair of osprey fishing on the lake this morning. Good to see them back.

Suzanne
Lake of the Woods Locust Grove.

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