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5/22/19 2:27 pm David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] A Killdeer Story
5/22/19 11:12 am Walter Hadlock via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Cedar Waxwing fall out
5/22/19 10:10 am Carr, David E \(dec5z\) via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Snowy Egret at Blandy Experimental Farm (Clarke County)
5/22/19 7:55 am Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Audubon Society of Northern Virginia pelagic birds and mammals workshop and trip
5/21/19 1:48 pm Emily Southgate via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] wood duck
5/21/19 1:13 pm Deapesh Misra via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Neotropic Cormorant, Woodglen Lake, Fairfax County
5/21/19 11:30 am Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] RSHawk chicks in nest
5/21/19 9:40 am Claire Kluskens via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Neotropic Cormorant, Woodglen Lake, Fairfax County
5/21/19 9:32 am Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FW: DC Area, 5/7/2019
5/21/19 5:29 am Will McPhail via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Neotropic Cormorant
5/20/19 1:41 pm Fred Atwood via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Neotropic Cormorant: Woodglen lake Fairfax
5/20/19 12:44 pm Fred Atwood via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Neotropic Cormorant: Woodglen lake Fairfax
5/20/19 12:40 pm dcharlesl--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Neotropic Cormorant: Woodglen lake Fairfax
5/20/19 11:15 am Bryan H via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 'Big Sit' results - Loudoun county
5/20/19 10:41 am Bryan H via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Walk at Izaak Walton League - Leesburg (Loudoun)
5/20/19 10:01 am Stephen Eccles via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Parula with totally white head, Fairfax County
5/20/19 7:43 am William Hohenstein via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] A fine weekend birding in Highland County
5/19/19 7:19 pm Paul Woodward via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] reading one's own posts
5/19/19 5:48 pm Nancy Young via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] reading one's own posts
5/19/19 5:13 pm Vineeta via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] reading one's own posts
5/19/19 3:50 pm Emily Southgate via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] reading one's own posts
5/19/19 3:49 pm Robin Duska via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Great Falls Sunday Walk
5/19/19 12:44 pm Phil Silas via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, May 19, 2019
5/19/19 12:21 pm Walter Hadlock via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] May 19 bird walk along the Turquoise Trail in Reston, VA
5/19/19 12:10 pm Ken Ranck via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bobolinks in eastern Rockingham County
5/19/19 11:03 am Adrianne Dery via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Newfoundland birding
5/19/19 6:59 am Candice Lowther via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Neotropic Cormorant: Woodglen lake Fairfax
5/18/19 1:49 pm Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Neotropic corm.
5/18/19 1:44 pm Rich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Neotropic corm.
5/18/19 12:42 pm Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] NVBC at OBNWR
5/18/19 12:03 pm shaphan--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] YB Chat and warblers at Goshen WMA
5/18/19 11:24 am Dave Larsen - birding via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Olive-sided Flycatcher at Silver Lake Park, Prince William County
5/18/19 8:21 am Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Powhatan State Park Visit- Black-billed Cuckoo
5/18/19 6:37 am barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Magee Marsh's Miracles
5/18/19 6:35 am Gerry Hawkins via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Neotropic Cormorant, Fairfax Co
5/18/19 4:15 am Linda Millington via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] LWC Bird Walk at Deerfield
5/17/19 12:00 pm Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Pine Siskin May 16, turkey gobbling today--western Albemarle
5/17/19 11:39 am Robin Duska via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Riverbend Park Biweekly Friday Walk
5/17/19 9:01 am Paul Woodward via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Neotropic Cormorant @ Woodglen Lake (Fx Co)
5/16/19 12:51 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Warblers and Bears, Oh My!
5/16/19 11:32 am Phil Silas via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] eBird Report - Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, May 16, 2019
5/16/19 10:24 am Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Flyover Mississippi Kite
5/16/19 8:08 am William Leigh via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Wilson’s Phalarope continues
5/15/19 7:58 pm Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Apple Orchard Mtn warblers and Least Flycatcher
5/15/19 7:52 pm Mary Ann Good via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Help Requested w/ bird call - possible Cerulean warbler
5/15/19 4:29 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Veeries; 10 warbler species
5/15/19 2:22 pm Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Luria Park, May 15, 2019-Black-billed Cuckoo
5/15/19 2:19 pm Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Black-billed Cuckoo at Luria Park in Fairfax County
5/15/19 8:51 am Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] turkey gobbling; question, please, about crows--western Albemarle
5/15/19 8:30 am Patti Reum via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Notice about VSO Conservation Awards
5/15/19 7:15 am Carr, David E \(dec5z\) via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Least Bittern at Blandy Experimental Farm (Clarke County)
5/15/19 5:30 am Carol Evans via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] bird i.d.
5/14/19 1:40 pm Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FW: DC Area, 5/7/2019
5/14/19 10:57 am Carol Evans via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] bird song i.d. help
5/14/19 4:25 am Adit Nehra via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Dickcissel at Frying Pan Farm (Herndon, Fairfax Co.)
5/13/19 6:00 pm Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Empid Flycatcher at Rock Hill District Park (Fairfax) 13-May
5/13/19 5:44 pm Fred Atwood via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] chickadee singing songs of both black-capped and carolina
5/13/19 4:59 pm Adit Nehra via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Dickcissel at Frying Pan Farm (Herndon, Fairfax Co.)
5/13/19 2:46 pm Baxter Beamer via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Brown-headed Nuthatch, Albemarle co.
5/13/19 11:09 am James Bunn via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Swainson's Warbler
5/13/19 10:52 am Ashley Lohr via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Help Requested w/ bird call - possible Cerulean warbler
5/13/19 10:35 am Ashley Lohr via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Help Requested w/ bird call - possible Cerulean warbler
5/13/19 10:08 am Carol Evans via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] song id
5/13/19 7:48 am Colt Gregory via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Mother's Day Bird Walk at Wolf Trap
5/13/19 7:28 am Trista Nealon via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Warbler Mania!
5/13/19 5:52 am BMan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Mink predation
5/12/19 6:00 pm barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Warbler Mania!
5/12/19 1:15 pm Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Birding Banshee Reeks (Lo Co) on Sat., May 11
5/12/19 12:08 pm Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Red-tailed Hawk Gallery
5/12/19 9:59 am krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 05/12/2019 (Fairfax County)
5/12/19 9:19 am Alexia Smith via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Window strikes
5/12/19 9:08 am Elton Morel via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] NVBC field trip to Thompson WMA--Trillium Trail, Fauquier county, May 11, 2019
5/11/19 5:54 pm Gerco H via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] WMBD - Yard Big Sit
5/11/19 11:57 am Carol Sottili via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Breeding Rose-breasted Grosbeaks
5/11/19 9:53 am Carol Sottili via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Breeding Rose-breasted Grosbeaks
5/11/19 9:36 am Ben Jesup and Pam Koger-Jesup via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] BREWSTER'S WARBLER in Hollin Hills (Alexandria)
5/11/19 7:52 am Leslie via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Window Strikes
5/11/19 6:35 am Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Bird strikes
5/11/19 6:04 am KEN LIPSHY via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bird strikes
5/11/19 5:09 am Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] one more thought--Parula Postmortem
5/11/19 4:55 am Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] suggestions to avoid Parula Postmortem
5/10/19 6:41 pm Donald Sweig via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Parula Postmortem
5/10/19 2:40 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Prothonotary and Yellow-throated Warbler
5/10/19 10:29 am Janet Merritt via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] indigo bunting
5/10/19 5:15 am Gerco H via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Leesburg Pine Siskin
5/10/19 2:56 am Wes Teets via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Help Requested w/ bird call - possible Cerulean warbler
5/9/19 7:25 pm Jonathan Clough via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Help Requested w/ bird call - possible Cerulean warbler
5/9/19 10:05 am m b via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Black-throated Blue Warbler in my yard
5/8/19 3:55 pm Bill Bickel via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] falls church backyard migrants
5/8/19 3:22 pm Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Hairy Woodpecker nest discovery
5/8/19 1:30 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] B&WWarbler interaction
5/8/19 12:08 pm Walter Hadlock via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Thompson Wildlife Management Area--Trillium Trail, May 8, 2019.
5/8/19 12:07 pm Thomas Nardone via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Walker Nature Center--Reston, May 8, 2019
5/8/19 10:15 am PW - Potomac Star via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 3 Brown-headed Cowbirds
5/8/19 8:43 am David Boltz via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Wilson’s Warbler at Blandy Farm Now -Clarke County
5/8/19 8:01 am Gabriel Mapel via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Paddy Knob, Highland County and other areas yesterday (118 species)
5/8/19 7:11 am Sandra Farkas via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Pine siskin at feeder
5/7/19 1:09 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] BB Cuckoo; 8 warbler species
5/7/19 12:19 pm Ashley Lohr via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Birdy Apple Orchard Falls hike yesterday (Cerulean warblers, etc.)--Botetourt, Co.
5/7/19 9:44 am Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Hooded Warbler-FOS and Pine Siskin! in yard, etc.--western Albemarle
5/7/19 6:21 am Peter Frechtel via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] spring migration birding, Kent Gardens Park, McLean
5/7/19 4:56 am Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Nighthawk
5/6/19 7:10 pm barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Scarlet Fever at Thompson WMA
5/6/19 4:24 pm STAUFFER MILLER via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] common gallinule Frederick County
5/6/19 3:55 pm Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Anhinga in Prince George County, Va
5/6/19 3:47 pm Fred Atwood via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Northern Virginia Teen Bird Club Big Day in the Rain May 5
5/6/19 2:15 pm Ashley Lohr via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Birdy Apple Orchard Falls hike yesterday (Cerulean warblers, etc.)--Botetourt, Co.
5/6/19 10:49 am Ezra Staengl via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bobolink, Lesser Yellowlegs, Chuck-wills-widow, Common Merganser - Nelson County
5/6/19 10:41 am Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Monticello Park, Alexandria, VA
5/6/19 9:37 am Bryan H via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Algonkian Park group walk - Loudoun county
5/6/19 7:58 am Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] White Pelicans in Falls Church, VA
5/6/19 4:36 am Rich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Pelicans@ Dyke Marsh
5/6/19 4:12 am Bulmer, Anthony via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Nokesville
5/5/19 5:20 pm Richard Rieger via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] White pelicans at Dyke Marsh
5/5/19 5:03 pm Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FOS American Redstart-western Albemarle
5/5/19 4:40 pm Rich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] White pelicans at Dyke Marsh
5/5/19 1:26 pm Fred Atwood via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fwd: White pelicans at belle haven, Fairfax County
5/5/19 1:01 pm Fred Atwood via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fwd: White pelicans at belle haven, Fairfax County
5/5/19 12:55 pm Fred Atwood via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] White pelicans at belle haven, Fairfax County
5/5/19 12:36 pm Colt Gregory via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Sunday Great Falls Bird Walk
5/5/19 11:30 am Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kentucky Warbler singing at Huntley
5/5/19 7:12 am Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FW: 9 Warblers and others on Saturday
5/4/19 6:36 pm Elton Morel via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] NVBC walk at Leesylvania State Park, , Prince William county, May 4, 2019
5/4/19 4:52 pm Walter Hadlock via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Ovenbird
5/4/19 3:42 pm Stuart via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Providence Rec. Center: Falls Church: 0 warblers seen or heard!
5/4/19 2:44 pm Dolores Keeler via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bobolinks still at Meadowood
5/4/19 12:06 pm David White via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FOS Cape May Warbler, Charlottesville
5/4/19 10:01 am Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Update on Black-billed Cuckoo at Huntley Meadows
5/4/19 9:59 am reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (03 May 2019) 7 Raptors
5/4/19 9:01 am Ben Jesup and Pam Koger-Jesup via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO at Huntley Meadows; late report from Leesylvania
5/4/19 8:33 am Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 2 Pine Siskins, FOS Yb Cuckoo--western Albemarle
5/3/19 7:53 pm shaphan--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] YB Cuckoo, Pewee in Union Springs, R'ham County
5/3/19 3:32 pm Scott Jackson-Ricketts via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Bridle Creek Boat Ramp, May 3, 2019
5/3/19 1:46 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] A few good photos
5/3/19 11:19 am Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 3 Pine Siskins, FOS Pewee--western Albemarle
5/3/19 11:15 am Robin Duska via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Riverbend Biweekly Friday Morning Walk
5/3/19 6:05 am Vineeta via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] FOY Catbirds
5/3/19 6:02 am Gregory Luce via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FOY Catbirds
5/3/19 4:04 am nicholas via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Anhinga, Nottoway River swamp, Southampton Co., 5/2/19
5/2/19 8:45 pm David Boltz via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bobolinks at Sky Meadows SP, Fauquier Co.
5/2/19 3:52 pm Robin Duska via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Walker Nature Center--Reston on May 2, 2019 - 8:09 AM
5/2/19 1:44 pm William Walsh via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bles Park Loudoun County Bobolinks
5/2/19 10:46 am David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] The iconic Osprey—the second installment
5/2/19 3:55 am Ben Jesup and Pam Koger-Jesup via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Wednesday: summer tanager, Acadian flycatcher, and RB nut at White Oaks Park
5/1/19 7:46 pm Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Barred Owls, etc.--western Albemarle
5/1/19 6:47 pm Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Chuck-will's-widow!!!!!-western Albemarle; anyone have a photo of one?
5/1/19 6:33 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (01 May 2019) 12 Raptors
5/1/19 4:00 pm Elton Morel via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] NVBC at Long Branch Nature Center & Park, Arlington, May 1, 2019
5/1/19 3:25 pm William Young via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Golden-winged Warbler at Monticello Park in Alexandria
5/1/19 3:23 pm barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Black & Blue Bird Banding (Occoquan Bay NWR)
5/1/19 1:51 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] NO&LA Waterthrushes
5/1/19 1:20 pm Renee Grebe via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Red-breasted Nuthatch
5/1/19 12:26 pm Jon Little via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bobolinks in 3 counties
5/1/19 11:57 am John Geenwood via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] A double delightful May Day
5/1/19 5:03 am Jay Pitocchelli via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Request for assistance – song recordings of migrating Mourning Warblers
5/1/19 3:18 am Patti Reum via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Conservation Fund
4/30/19 1:26 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 9 Warbler Species
4/30/19 6:54 am Lisa Klein via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] (no subject)
4/30/19 4:42 am Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Crossbills and Warblers
4/29/19 8:01 pm Donald Sweig via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] R. B. Grosbeak: Day Four
4/29/19 5:52 pm Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Vireos, Warblers, Buntings - Cub Run RECenter (Fairfax)
4/29/19 4:22 pm STAUFFER MILLER via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bobolinks Frederick County
4/29/19 12:31 pm P 3 via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Hot spots near Blacksburg?
4/29/19 11:29 am Jjbelz--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Hot spots near Blacksburg?
4/29/19 10:59 am Ashley Peele via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Grassland Bird Conservation in VA
4/29/19 6:09 am Douglas Burkett via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bobolinks and Grasshopper sparrow - Nelson County
4/28/19 5:18 pm Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Weekend Birds - Sora and Blue-winged Warbler
4/28/19 4:45 pm Bryan H via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bles Park group walk and Bles Park conservation concern - Loudoun County
4/28/19 2:12 pm David Young via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Pine Siskins, Indigo Bunting - Reston
4/28/19 12:56 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Crozet, VA 4/28/19
4/28/19 11:55 am Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Little Blue Heron at Huntley Meadows
4/28/19 11:43 am krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Great Falls Park, Apr 28, 2019
4/28/19 11:11 am Gerco H via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Loudoun County Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park, Apr 28, 2019
4/28/19 7:22 am Eirlys Barker via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Red-breasted Nuthatch
4/27/19 7:04 pm Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Purple Finches and Blue-winged Warbler at Huntley Meadows
4/27/19 6:36 pm nicholas via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Piping Plovers, Sedge Wren, Grandview Nature Preserve, Hampton VA 4/27/19
4/27/19 4:46 pm Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 9 male Northern Shovelers, Augusta County pond 04262019
4/27/19 4:35 pm Howard Wu via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Arlington nesting eagle status?
4/26/19 5:26 pm Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FOS-4!-male Indigo Buntings, Sc Tanager, etc.--western Albemarle
4/26/19 5:14 pm Brian Sykes via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Springs in the Air in Accomack ! Nighthawk, BOBWHITE
4/26/19 3:28 pm Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Ellanor Lawrence Park 26-April: Flys, Vireo, Finch, Warblers, Orioles
4/26/19 3:04 pm Donald Sweig via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Two Grosbeaks
4/25/19 1:54 pm Herbert Larner via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Birding Augusta County
4/25/19 12:47 pm Phil Silas via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] eBird Report - Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, Apr 25, 2019
4/25/19 10:42 am Walter Hadlock via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Great Crested Flycatcher and more
4/25/19 10:00 am David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Singing Chestnut-sided Warbler off Douglas Rd., Chesapeake
4/25/19 9:50 am Anita Huffman via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Orioles
4/25/19 9:31 am Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FOS female hummer, Great Crested Flycatcher, Black-throated Blue--western Albemarle
4/25/19 8:47 am Stuart via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Small list of things to look for in Annandale, Va
4/25/19 8:45 am Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Northbound Pine Siskins and Purple Finch in Annandle
4/24/19 9:52 pm barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Spring Fling at Chincoteague
4/24/19 4:07 pm William Young via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Leucistic White-throated Sparrow at Monticello Park in Alexandria
4/24/19 3:37 pm Russell Taylor via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Arrowbrook Park, Herndon
4/24/19 2:50 pm shaphan--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Migrants in Union Springs, R'ham County
4/24/19 1:59 pm Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Evening Grosbeaks may have left
4/24/19 7:23 am Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FOS birds on Haul Rd at Dyke Marsh
4/24/19 5:29 am David White via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FOS Summer Tanager, Albemarle County
4/24/19 5:28 am Anita Huffman via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Firsts of Spring on my property
4/24/19 5:22 am Howard Wu via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Coming and going birds in Herndon
4/24/19 4:39 am Scott Jackson-Ricketts via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Bridle Creek Boat Ramp, Apr 23, 2019
4/24/19 4:27 am Scott Jackson-Ricketts via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - home, Apr 23, 2019
4/23/19 7:40 pm Gerco H via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Pine Siskin
4/23/19 3:51 pm Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FOS Rose-breasted Grosbeak, titmouse eating butterflies, frog--western Albemarle
4/23/19 2:25 pm David Frazelle via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Leopold’s Preserve - 23 April
4/23/19 1:50 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 9 Warbler Species
4/23/19 12:59 pm Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FW: DC Area, 4/23/2019
4/23/19 10:03 am Ann Donaldson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Female RBG
4/22/19 5:23 pm Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] birds at Cub Run RECenter Monday 22 April
4/22/19 12:08 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Augusta County, VA; 4/21/19
4/22/19 7:01 am Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bird Sightings for April 20, 2019
4/22/19 4:15 am Scott Jackson-Ricketts via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pine Siskins, FOS Wood Thrush, etc.--western Albemarle
 
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Date: 5/22/19 2:27 pm
From: David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] A Killdeer Story
Hi VA birders, A number of you have shown an interest in my reports about
the Chesapeake, VA Killdeer family I've been watching since mid-March. So,
here's my latest effort. The "Killdeer Saga" officially begins after a
short Osprey nests and nesting wrap-up. This will be the first of 2
Killdeer blogs. I hope you enjoy the stories, the photos, and my attempts
at humor. And I hope you learn something as well! All the best.
https://birdpartner.com/2019/05/22/a-killdeer-story/
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/
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Date: 5/22/19 11:12 am
From: Walter Hadlock via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Cedar Waxwing fall out
Good afternoon,

There were so many Cedar Waxwings flying back and forth between a nearby Mulberry Tree, bathing in our small backyard pond, and preening in the Red Bud Tree, they were hard to count. When all was said and done, it looks like more than 50 descended on our backyard just now. Quite a sight.

Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon, VA (Fairfax County)
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Date: 5/22/19 10:10 am
From: Carr, David E \(dec5z\) via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Snowy Egret at Blandy Experimental Farm (Clarke County)
A Snowy Egret appeared today at Blandy Experimental Farm in Clarke County. The bird was seen as recently as 12:45 pm when it was feeding along the edge of Lake Arnold near the Purple Martin Houses.

I know of one other record of Snowy Egret for Blandy (a photo from a local photographer) in my 22 years, but this appears to be the first Clarke County record for eBird.

David E. Carr
Director, Blandy Experimental Farm
Research Professor, Environmental Sciences
University of Virginia

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Date: 5/22/19 7:55 am
From: Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Audubon Society of Northern Virginia pelagic birds and mammals workshop and trip

Marine birds have feathers, and marine mammals breathe air. But in almost every other way, these ocean denizens bear almost no resemblance at all to their counterparts on land. This two-session workshop introduces participants to the identification, foraging strategies, behavior, and nesting/breeding ecology of marine birds and mammals typical of the southeastern Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States. Join Dr. Chris Haney, founder of Terra Mar Applied Sciences, for a pelagic field trip on July 6.  The trip will depart from Hatteras Village on the Outer Banks, North Carolina.  There is no limit on registrations for the workshop but the pelagic trip is limited to the capacity of the boat (19 people). Please note that the trip is not necessarily linked to the workshop. You can sign up for just the two session workshop, just the trip, or for both.

Class: June 4 and 11, 2019, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: National Wildlife Federation, 11100 Wildlife Center Drive, Reston, VA 20190
Members: $100
Non-members: $140

REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP

Field Trip: July 6, 2019
Location: Outer Banks, NC
Fee: $175 (includes gratuity; participants are responsible for accommodations)

REGISTER FOR THE FIELD TRIP



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Date: 5/21/19 1:48 pm
From: Emily Southgate via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] wood duck
I saw a wood duck with 6 ducklings swimming around the pond on Berryman
Lane in Loudoun County this morning. I hope for a better survival rate than
last year when at most 1 of 3 survived.
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Date: 5/21/19 1:13 pm
From: Deapesh Misra via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Neotropic Cormorant, Woodglen Lake, Fairfax County
Hi,
Thanks to the emails from earlier birders, I was able to easily see the Neotropic Cormorant this afternoon (May 21, 2019) around 2:00pm.
This time it was perched on a stone/stump jutting out from the water, close to the fallen down tree. It was constantly looking slightly upwards. It stayed in such a position for all of the 30+ minutes I was there. Every now and then it would open its bill and shake its head vigorously side wards as if it was trying to get something out of its bill/mouth. 


I usually don't observe what perched Cormorants do, but now I feel that I have to spend time observing what they do. Do they look around continuously?  Do they move or prefer to perch still?


Nearby, there were 2 double crested cormorants perched on the fallen down tree and another one was fishing in the water. 

cheers,
Deapesh.Fairfax, VA.

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Date: 5/21/19 11:30 am
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] RSHawk chicks in nest
Crozet, VA; 5/21/19. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_05_21.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_05_21.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: 5/21/19 9:40 am
From: Claire Kluskens via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Neotropic Cormorant, Woodglen Lake, Fairfax County
The bird was still present at approximately 10:45 this morning, Tues. May 21, north end of the lake, on the laying down dead snag. Thank you to the Woodwards for the discovery, and to everyone to has continued to post or eBird its presence.


Claire Kluskens
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Date: 5/21/19 9:32 am
From: Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FW: DC Area, 5/7/2019
FYI Joe Coleman

-----Original Message-----
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 5/21/2019
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, questions: <voice...>
Compilers: Rick and Nancy Sussman
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

Please consider joining ANS, especially if you are a regular user of the
Voice of the Naturalist (Individual $50; Family $65; Nature Steward $100;
Audubon Advocate $200). The membership number is 301-652 9188, option 12;
the address is 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815; and the web site
is https://www.anshome.org.

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, May 14, and was
completed on Tuesday, May 21, at 9:00 a.m.

Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order, as
set forth in the American Ornithological Society Checklist for North and
Middle American Birds, as revised through the 59th Supplement (June 2018).

Top Birds this week were: WHITE-WINGED DOVE* in DE, WILSON'S PLOVER* in DE,
NEOTROPIC CORMORANT* in VA, WHITE-FACED IBIS* in VA, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE in
MD, and BICKNELL'S THRUSH* in VA and MD.

Other Birds of Interest include: late and lingering waterfowl, HORNED and
RED-NECKED GREBE, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, KING RAIL, SORA, COMMON GALLINULE,
SANDHILL CRANE, shorebirds, GULL-BILLED and BLACK TERN, AMERICAN WHITE
PELICAN, LEAST BITTERN, WHITE and GLOSSY IBIS, MISSISSIPPI KITE, OLIVE-SIDED
and ALDER FLYCATCHER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED
NUTHATCH, WINTER and SEDGE WREN, AMERICAN PIPIT, SEASIDE and NELSON'S
SPARROW, SWAINSON'S, CONNECTICUT, MOURNING, and WILSON'S WARBLER, SUMMER
TANAGER, and DICKCISSEL.

TOP BIRDS

A WHITE-WINGED DOVE* showed up at a feeder in a yard in Millsboro, Sussex
Co, DE on May 20, to the astonishment of both the homeowner and the four
Mourning Doves on the ground beneath it.

A WILSON'S PLOVER* was discovered (and photographed) during a shorebird
survey at South Bowers Beach, Kent Co, DE on May 17, a long-awaited 1st
state record.

A NEOTROPIC CORMORANT* was spotted at Woodglen Lake, Fairfax Co, VA on May
17, and continued through May 20, marking a 2nd state record.

A breeding-plumaged adult WHITE-FACED IBIS* was found at Chincoteague
NWR-Wildlife Loop, Accomack Co, VA on May 19. It was off the trail leading
to the beach from the back of the wildlife loop, with 20 Glossy Ibis.

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was seen (and photographed) flying right next to
Konterra Drive over the adjacent fields, a bit south of Van Dusen Road, in
Laurel, Prince George's Co, MD on May 15. Another was seen and photographed
flying over Wheaton Regional Park, Montgomery Co, MD on May 17.

A BICKNELL'S THRUSH* was photographed and recorded from Hampton Roads
Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Virginia Beach, VA on May 14
and 15. Another well-documented BICKNELL'S THRUSH* was reported from Jug Bay
Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel Co, MD on May 16.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

Lots of late and lingering waterfowl were widely reported throughout the
week. Highlights included: BLUE-WINGED TEAL continuing in Augusta Co, VA on
May 14, a pair of NORTHERN SHOVELERS at Chincoteague NWR-Wildlife Loop,
Accomack Co, VA on May 18, three GADWALL seen at Finzel Swamp, Garrett Co,
MD on May 16, and another at Rockingham Co, VA on May 14 and 15, AMERICAN
WIGEON at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on May 15, a late CANVASBACK at
Dulles Airport Pond, Loudoun Co, VA on May 15, and another in Frederick Co,
VA on May 14-18, a RING-NECKED DUCK on May 15 in Frederick Co, MD and
another in Baltimore Co, MD at Middle Branch Park on May 18, and a
first-year male SURF SCOTER at Queen Sound Landing in Accomack Co, VA on May
17. Late BUFFLEHEADS and COMMON MERGANSERS were seen in many widely
scattered locations throughout the area.

A HORNED GREBE was spotted at Herrington Harbor, Anne Arundel Co, MD on May
18. Another HORNED GREBE, in breeding plumage, was found off the tip of East
Potomac Park-Hains Point, SW DC on May 19. A late RED-NECKED GREBE continued
at Talbot Co, MD through May 16.

A big push of BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS came through this week, with many reports
from all over the region. One was seen at Luria Park, Fairfax Co, VA on May
15, and on May 16 one was at Assateague SP, Worcester Co, MD. One was at
Franklin Point SP, Anne Arundel Co, MD; another was spotted in Hanover Co,
VA; and one was seen at Theodore Roosevelt Island, NW DC. One was seen at
Lake Artemesia, Prince George's Co, MD on May 17 and on May 18 one was seen
skulking in Kenilworth Park NE, DC, while another was at the Rock Creek
Park-Maintenance Yard in NW DC the same day. Three were reported from VA on
May 18: one was seen at Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach, one was at Chippokes
Plantation SP, Surry Co, and another at Green Spring Garden Park in Fairfax
Co.

A well-documented KING RAIL was seen and photographed at Southwest Area
Park, Baltimore Co, MD on May 16 and another was heard from Big Water Farm
(private), Queen Anne's Co, MD on May 17 and 18. A SORA was reported from
Barke's Garden, Gose Mill Pond, Tazewell Co, VA on May 14, and one was heard
at Cedar Run (private) in Fauquier Co, VA on May 19.

A COMMON GALLINULE continued at the Mason Dixon Farm Pond (private),
Frederick Co, MD on May 14 and two were heard at E.A. Vaughn WMA-North,
Worcester Co, MD on May 15-18.

SANDHILL CRANE reports came from the Harry James Road area of St. Mary's Co,
MD on May 14, one seen flying over the intersection of Padonia and York
Roads, Baltimore Co, MD on May 15, one at Blackwater NWR, Dorchester Co, MD
on May 18, and another seen flying over I-95 in Bel Air, Harford Co, MD the
same day.

Shorebirds are IN! A BLACK-NECKED STILT was seen at Hart-Miller Island,
Baltimore Co, MD on May 15. AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were back at DuPont
Nature Center-Mispillion, Kent Co, DE on May 18, and at Cape Henlopen Beach,
Lewes, Sussex Co, DE on May 19. A flock of 32 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS
contained a single AMERICAN-GOLDEN PLOVER, flying out from Hart-Miller
Island, Baltimore Co, MD on May 15. The yearly epic feeding frenzy of
shorebirds was at a peak during the full moon this week in many spots along
the Delaware shore. DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Light in Milford,
Sussex Co, DE, was an excellent place to view the birds coming to feed on
the billions of horseshoe crab eggs being laid, with flocks of RUDDY
TURNSTONES, RED KNOTS, DUNLIN, and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS making up the
majority. A DUNLIN was at a pond at West Friendship Field, Howard Co, MD on
May 14. On May 19, a pair of WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS continued at Oakwood
Drive Pond in Rockingham Co, VA, and a single WESTERN SANDPIPER was
discovered at Homestead Farm (restricted access), Montgomery Co, MD on May
16. A late WILSON'S SNIPE was at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel
Co, MD on May 16. A WILSON'S PHALAROPE continued all week at Leonard's Pond,
Rockingham Co, VA, with reports from May 14-18 and another was at
Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, MD on May 15.

On May 18, a GULL-BILLED TERN was reported from Bombay Hook NWR-Raymond
Pool, seen from the observation tower. A pair of BLACK TERNS were seen at
Broadway Wastewater Treatment Plant, Rockingham Co, VA, on May 14-17.
Another was spotted over the water from the Fort Smallwood Park hawk watch
in Anne Arundel Co, MD on May 17, and one was seen bathing on the edge of a
sand spit on May 18 at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE.

On May 15, a group of twelve AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, flying in two separate
flocks, were over Latimer Siding Road, Northampton Co, VA. A flock of ten
AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS made for some lively entertainment at the Fort
Smallwood Park hawk watch in Anne Arundel Co, MD on May 17. And on May 18,
another flock of ten were seen swimming in Shearness Pool at Bombay Hook
NWR, Kent Co, DE, to the delight of many visiting birders.

A LEAST BITTERN was seen and heard at the Blandy Experimental Farm/State
Arboretum of Virginia, Clarke Co, VA on May 15, for a first county and
regional record. It was found again on May 18.

An immature WHITE IBIS was spotted at Cape Henlopen SP-Gordon's Pond, Sussex
Co, DE on May 17. A GLOSSY IBIS was discovered at Hughes Hollow-McKee
Beshers WMA, Montgomery Co, MD on May 14 and continued through May 17.

MISSISSIPPI KITES were active this week, with many birds on the move. A
single bird was observed in flight at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne
Arundel Co, MD on May 16. On the following day, individuals were seen at the
Fort Smallwood Park hawk watch, Anne Arundel Co, Perryman Park, Harford Co,
and Terrapin Park, Queen Anne's Co, all in MD. On May 19 there was a large
movement of MISSISSIPPI KITES going north, with eight spotted in quick
succession, one after another (five in sight at one time!) and then another
kettle of four, for a total of twelve, over a home in Calvert Co, MD. The
same day, a record daily high of eleven were spotted going past the hawk
watch at Fort Smallwood SP, in Anne Arundel Co, MD. The following day, May
20, an unprecedented record number of them were seen from there, a total of
24 birds! Twelve were seen in the first 45 minutes, and at one point, seven
were in view at once. The previous seasonal record was 16 birds, so this was
a very exciting day to be there. In Virginia MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen
over a home in Henrico Co on May 14, with another there on May 15, one
reported from Newport News Park, Newport News, VA on May 17, and from the
Rivanna Trail in Charlottesville, VA on May 18.

OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were reported from Finzel Swamp, Garrett Co, MD on
May 15, Meadowside Nature Center, Montgomery Co, MD on May 17, and Silver
Lake Regional Park, Prince William Co, VA on May 18. ALDER FLYCATCHERS were
heard at Bristoe Station Battlefield, Prince William Co, and Greenbriar
Park, Charlottesville, both in Virginia on May 18.

A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen feeding on a caterpillar in a tulip poplar
tree in Williamsburg, James City, VA on May 17.

Numerous sightings of lingering RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES came in the week
from scattered locations throughout the region. A BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was
still being seen in Charlottesville, Albemarle Co, VA, May 14-17.

A very late WINTER WREN was singing along the stream in front of the lime
kiln in the early morning on May 17, at Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore Co,
MD. A SEDGE WREN continued to be heard at Finzel Swamp, Garrett Co, MD on
May 15.

An AMERICAN PIPIT was seen and heard flying over at West Friendship Field in
Howard Co, MD on May 15 and 16.

A well-described NELSON'S SPARROW was briefly seen and heard at the
Boardwalk Bridge in Accomack Co, VA on May 18 and 19. A SALTMARSH SPARROW
was enjoyed by many birders at Slaughter Beach-Marvel Saltmarsh Preserve on
May 16, and another was spotted in the marsh at DuPont Nature Center
(Mispillion) on May 19, both in Sussex Co, DE.

Warbler migration is winding down as many head north to their breeding
grounds. A SWAINSON'S WARBLER continued at Jefferson National
Forest-Deerfield Trail, Montgomery Co, VA with sightings for May 14-17. One
was singing at Littleton Hunt Club Lane, and another was singing at Cool
Spring Road where it crosses the swamp, both in Sussex Co, VA, on May 20. A
well-described CONNECTICUT WARBLER surprised a birder at Jefferson NF,
Bedford Co, VA on May 16. MOURNING WARBLERS, typically late migrants, were
reported this week from several locations. On May 17 one was seen at
Blandair Regional Park, Howard Co, MD, and another the same day at
Greenbriar Park in Charlottesville, VA. On May 18, a stunning male MOURNING
WARBLER was photographed at a backyard water feature in a yard in
Harrisonburg, Rockingham Co, VA. A male WILSON'S WARBLER, always scarce in
the east in spring, was seen foraging in willows at Back Bay NWR, Virginia
Beach, VA on May 15.

A SUMMER TANAGER continued at Fort DuPont Park, SE DC on May 14, and one was
seen at the Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area, Kent Co, DE the same day. On May
16, a male SUMMER TANAGER was seen at a private residence in Warren Co, VA.

A DICKCISSEL was heard singing at Saint Jerome Neck Road, St. Mary's Co, MD
and another was at the Underwood Road area in Howard Co, MD, both on May 14.
Three DICKCISSELS were at Bristoe Station Battlefield, Prince William Co, VA
on May 18 and 19.

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

The Audubon Sanctuary Shop (301-652-3606,
https://anshome.org/naturalist-shop) is an excellent source for guidebooks
and many other nature-related titles.

To report bird sightings, e-mail your report to <voice...>
Please post reports before midnight Monday, identify the county as well as
the state, and include your name and a Tuesday morning contact, e-mail or
phone.

Thank you for your interest and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable state records committee


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Date: 5/21/19 5:29 am
From: Will McPhail via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Neotropic Cormorant
Still holding strong on Woodglen Lake in Fairfax Country at present. Easy
walk from Zion Dr., parking on Holden Street.

Cheers,

Will McPhail
WASHINGTON, DC
--
Will McPhail
Washington, DC
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Date: 5/20/19 1:41 pm
From: Fred Atwood via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Neotropic Cormorant: Woodglen lake Fairfax
Still here now at 4:40.
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Date: 5/20/19 12:44 pm
From: Fred Atwood via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Neotropic Cormorant: Woodglen lake Fairfax
And many thanks to you and many others for continuing to report its
presence. I am heading over to look for it soon.

On Mon, May 20, 2019 at 3:40 PM dcharlesl--- via VA-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> Neotropic Cormorant still here at 3:30pm today.
>
> Thank you Joan & Paul Woodward for reporting this bird that so many people
> have been able to seen it!
>
> David Ledwith
> Falls Church, VA
>
> ________________________________
> From: VA-bird <va-bird-bounces+dcharlesl=<msn.com...> on behalf
> of Candice Lowther via VA-bird <va-bird...>
> Sent: Sunday, May 19, 2019 9:59:17 AM
> To: VA Bird
> Subject: [VA-bird] Neotropic Cormorant: Woodglen lake Fairfax
>
> Dave Larsen, Sally Knight and I are at Woodglen Lake in Fairfax county.
> The Neotropic Cormorant is still here!
>
> Candice Lowther
> Bristow, VA
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Date: 5/20/19 12:40 pm
From: dcharlesl--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Neotropic Cormorant: Woodglen lake Fairfax
Neotropic Cormorant still here at 3:30pm today.

Thank you Joan & Paul Woodward for reporting this bird that so many people have been able to seen it!

David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA

________________________________
From: VA-bird <va-bird-bounces+dcharlesl=<msn.com...> on behalf of Candice Lowther via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: Sunday, May 19, 2019 9:59:17 AM
To: VA Bird
Subject: [VA-bird] Neotropic Cormorant: Woodglen lake Fairfax

Dave Larsen, Sally Knight and I are at Woodglen Lake in Fairfax county.
The Neotropic Cormorant is still here!

Candice Lowther
Bristow, VA
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Date: 5/20/19 11:15 am
From: Bryan H via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] 'Big Sit' results - Loudoun county
On Saturday, May 18th, Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy held a Big Sit style
event* at Morven Park in Leesburg. We situated ourselves near the Gatehouse
(where Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy's offices are hosted) and
watched/counted birds from ~6am to 8pm.

The earliest part of the morning was pretty active - in the first hour we
found 40 species including Bay-breasted Warbler, Magnolia Warbler,
Blackpoll Warbler, Ovenbird, Indigo Bunting, Orchard Oriole, Warbling Vireo
and Yellow-breasted Chat.

All told, we found 64 species of birds at the Big Sit site (all the
checklists are in eBird under the Morven Park Hotspot -
https://ebird.org/hotspot/L295565 ), with additional highlights of
Baltimore Oriole, Least Flycatcher, Canada Warbler and Wild Turkey.

We led a few participants on short forays around the park and found some
additional highlights with American Redstart, Yellow Warbler, Grasshopper
Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark, Wood Thrush, Solitary Sandpiper, and Great
Egret.

This event was a different event than the typical bird walk with the
thought that it might appeal to people that have limited mobility, limited
schedules (since you could come or go any time of the day), or are
intimidated by being on a more conventional group walk. We were pleased to
help introduce a novice birder to the past-time/obsession and to spend
quality time with several enthusiastic birders and help several see life
birds.

We'll probably try and schedule another Big Sit style event in the fall
during the more traditional time period. Upcoming Loudoun Wildlife events
can be found at https://loudounwildlife.org/events/ ; the annual meeting
will be held June 2 and is a great time to find out more about the
organization.

Our sincere thanks for those folks that visited and spent time with us
during the day.

Thanks,
Bryan Henson
Sterling, VA


* We didn't limit ourselves to a strict circle - we stayed relatively put
though - so perhaps this was more of a Morven Park Gatehouse yard big day
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Date: 5/20/19 10:41 am
From: Bryan H via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Walk at Izaak Walton League - Leesburg (Loudoun)
On Sunday, we (Allison, Jane and I) lead a walk at the Izaak Walton
League's Loudoun chapter. The chapter has a nice property in Leesburg with
88 acres including a pond, fields and mature forest. Our group of 22 nature
enthusiasts found 40 bird species. Migrants included American Redstart,
Swainson's Thrush, and Blackpoll Warbler. Large flocks of Cedar Waxwings
flew over repeatedly with a conservative total of 125 individuals! Several
singing Ovenbirds, a couple singing Louisiana Waterthrushes and Scarlet
Tanagers rounded out the highlights.

The complete list is in eBird at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56485166

The Leesburg chapter is doing lots of great conservation projects on their
property including bluebird nest monitoring, a native pollinator garden,
invasive removal, an inventory of species found on the property, and
several natural education programs. Questions about programs and projects
on the property can be directed to <conservation...>

Thanks,
Bryan Henson
Sterling, VA
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Date: 5/20/19 10:01 am
From: Stephen Eccles via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Parula with totally white head, Fairfax County
In Lake Accotink Park, Fairfax County, at the end of last week, I saw a
very odd male Northern Parula. Everything from the level of the
multi-colored chest bank downwards (aftwards?) was completely normal.
Everything above (forward of) the chest band was completely white. Quite
amazing looking!

Stephen Eccles
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Date: 5/20/19 7:43 am
From: William Hohenstein via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] A fine weekend birding in Highland County
I was invited by Michael Godfrey to join him on an excursion to Highland
County for a weekend of birding. Micheal is an organic farmer, naturalist,
and the developer of a newly launched video-based birding app called
FeatherFlix. Micheal's goal was to improve the coverage of some of
Virginia's breeding warbler species and he let me tag along. Michael's
credits include being the author of Audubon's Video Guide to 505 Birds of
North America which was released in 2004.

Michael's philosophy toward bird ID is that videos can convey a tremendous
amount of information. Not only can you view the look of a bird, but also
their songs and calls and movements and behavior. His App takes a totally
new approach to what a field guide can be.

We met up on his Farm in Swoope VA where Bobolinks were singing in the
fields. From there we traveled up into highland county. We stayed with
friends in a cabin high up on the Laurel Fork is some of the prettiest land
in the entire State of Virginia.

The birding was spectacular both days.

Laurel Fork: This area is way up the mountain toward the tip of Highland
County that juts out into WV along Allegheny road. Chestnut Sided Warblers
and Magnolia Warblers vexed us with their similar songs and were seemingly
everywhere. Blackburnian's warblers sang from the tops of the Spruce
trees, and a Common Yellowthroat also took up a perch at the top of a 25
foot Spruce and belted out it's song both mornings. Ovenbirds sang from
the woods. Indigo Buntings, Phoebes, a Pee Wee, Red Breasted Nuthatches,
Blue headed and Red Eyed Vireos, and Scarlet Tanagers sang, as well as
Chipping Sparrows and Juncos. Other warblers included Black and White,
Black-throated green, and Yellow-rumped.

Our friend Lucile was lucky enough to hear a Saw Whet Owl tooting just at
dawn. Very cool.

Blue Grass Valley: We stopped along the Blue Grass Valley and one in our
group was lucky enough to see a Golden Winged Warbler. We also found
Baltimore Oriole and Red Headed Woodpeckers along the road.

Patty's Knob. South of the Laurel Fork -- off of HW 84. Here the habitat
was different and the birds were slightly different. We were seeking
Mourning Warbler. This time, I was the lucky one to see it, although none
of us were able to get it on video. The area had the densest concentration
of Chestnut sided warblers I have ever seen. We counted at least 15
singing males along a short hike. We also found Black-throated Blue, Black
and White, Ovenbirds, Scarlet Tanagers, and Blue Headed Vireos. We came
across a Broad Tailed Hawk along the road on the way to the Knob.

I stopped by the Trillium Trail on my was back to NoVa and found my only
Redstarts and Cerulean Warblers of the weekend.

My rough and raw videos can be found on my flickr site.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/73831614@N00/albums/72157707179242401

Bill
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Date: 5/19/19 7:19 pm
From: Paul Woodward via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] reading one's own posts
At the bottom of VABIRDS emails is a link where you can modify
your subscriptions. At the bottom of the link enter your email address
I think there is an option there to receive your own e-mails.

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I don't know how else to contact the administrators of this listserve, but
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Date: 5/19/19 5:48 pm
From: Nancy Young via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] reading one's own posts
You can contact the administrator by going to the link that is at the bottom
of all the emails. See mine below. If you aren't seeing your own messages
that may be why you don't have that link to the listserve.
Hope that helps.

Nancy Young
Troutville, VA

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Subject: [VA-bird] reading one's own posts

I don't know how else to contact the administrators of this listserve, but
I have been bothered that I do not see my own posts (which are few), but
have to have it confirmed by fellow birders that they have been posted. Is
there a technical reason that posts do not get sent to the poster? Can this
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Date: 5/19/19 5:13 pm
From: Vineeta via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] reading one's own posts
It bothers me a lot too, but I don't know what to do about it.
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


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Date: 5/19/19 3:50 pm
From: Emily Southgate via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] reading one's own posts
I don't know how else to contact the administrators of this listserve, but
I have been bothered that I do not see my own posts (which are few), but
have to have it confirmed by fellow birders that they have been posted. Is
there a technical reason that posts do not get sent to the poster? Can this
be changed? Does it bother anyone else?
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Date: 5/19/19 3:49 pm
From: Robin Duska via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Great Falls Sunday Walk
Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk sponsored by National
Park Service at Great Falls Park. Considerable Baltimore Oriole activity
today as well as a very cooperative Barred Owl who posed for pictures for
the 17 of us out over the trail.

This walk meets at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, rain or shine, in the
parking lot next to the Visitors Center. The walk does not take place
during electrical storms, heavy snows, or when the trails are icy. All
those with an interest in the natural world, beginning and experience
birders, or those who just want in a nice walk in a beautiful and
historical setting are welcome to join us.

Great Falls Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US
May 19, 2019 7:54 AM - 11:51 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.671 mile(s)
42 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 27
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 4
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 2
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 5
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 6
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 12
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 2 Chased by oriole
Barred Owl (Strix varia) 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) 2
Hairy Woodpecker (Dryobates villosus) 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens) 1
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) 12
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 1
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 7
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 3
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 6
crow sp. (Corvus sp. (crow sp.)) 1 chased by oriole
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 1
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 4
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 1
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 4 1 each chasing RSHA & crow sp
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 6
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 2
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 3
Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla) 2
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 1
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) 3
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) 1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 4
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56490379
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Date: 5/19/19 12:44 pm
From: Phil Silas via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, May 19, 2019
VA-Birders,Fifteen birders joined the every Sunday at 8 walk sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve today and tallied 41 avian species. Highlights included nesting Orchard Orioles, 3 singing vireo species, 4 warblers including Blackpoll which is the only one of these 4 which will be flying further north to breed, and brief looks at Great Crested Flycatcher and Yellow-billed Cuckoo. We also saw 4 types of snake: Northern Water, Garter, Black Rat, and Rough Green. See complete list below with more details.Phil SilasWoodbridge, VA

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Sent: Sun, May 19, 2019 3:03 pm
Subject: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, May 19, 2019

Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax, Virginia, US
May 19, 2019 7:38 AM - 10:38 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
41 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  24    including 3 different broods of 4 goslings each near the picnic area
Mallard  6
Mourning Dove  10
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Least Bittern  1    Heard by 2 birders with sound coming from the area on left as heading out toward the platform at the end of Haul Road. We retreated due to high standing water before reaching the platform and boardwalk.
Great Blue Heron  2
Osprey  6
Bald Eagle  4    Inc at least 1 young on nest
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
White-eyed Vireo  2
Warbling Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  3
crow sp.  2
Tree Swallow  6
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  1
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
American Robin  5
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  5
Cedar Waxwing  4
American Goldfinch  2
Orchard Oriole  3    including a F visiting a nest, a young M, and an adult M
Red-winged Blackbird  16
Common Grackle  10
Prothonotary Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  2
Yellow Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  2
Northern Cardinal  6
Indigo Bunting  1
House Sparrow  3

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56487360

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
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Date: 5/19/19 12:21 pm
From: Walter Hadlock via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] May 19 bird walk along the Turquoise Trail in Reston, VA
Greetings,

Reston has color coded their trail network. Our walk was in the Upper Glade Stream Valley thru which the Turquoise Trail passes. Here is our bird list for our walk that was sponsored by The Bird Feeder, Reston Association, and Audubon Society of Northern Virginia. This was a make up for the walk rained out on May 12. We had 40 species.

Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker (heard)
Acadian Flycatcher, mostly heard
Great Crested Flycatcher, mostly heard
Red-eyed Vireo, heard and seen

Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse

White-breasted Nuthatch, two seen, one heard
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird

Swainson’s Thrush, seen and heard
Wood Thrush, seen and heard
American Robin, observed female feeding nestlings
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing

House Finch
American Goldfinch
Song Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird, an immature

Northern Waterthrush, heard
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Blackburnian Warbler, a male foraging in the tops of some Tulip Poplar trees
Yellow Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler, mostly heard, one seen
Black-throated Blue Warbler, heard
Scarlet Tanager, male
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow

On the non-bird front, we found an active Raccoon nest site in tree. We think there were three young and a parent in the nest.
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Date: 5/19/19 12:10 pm
From: Ken Ranck via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bobolinks in eastern Rockingham County
Birding in 89 degree heat! But saw two and heard other Bobolinks in the
pasture across from 6496 Good's Mill Road and also heard them near the
corner of Good's Mill and Oak Shade Roads. Watch for ticks.
Ken and Mildred Ranck
Mt. Crawford

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Date: 5/19/19 11:03 am
From: Adrianne Dery via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Newfoundland birding
Hello,
I know this is not a Virginia birding question, and hope it’s permissible....I will visit Newfoundland later this summer, for three weeks. I have basic information on must see places such as Cape St. Mary’s, Witless Bay, etc. Was wondering if anyone has been to Newfoundland relatively recently and would be willing to share their experiences, dos & don’ts, etc. If so, please email directly, <ard1319...>

Thanks,
Adrianne
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Date: 5/19/19 6:59 am
From: Candice Lowther via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Neotropic Cormorant: Woodglen lake Fairfax
Dave Larsen, Sally Knight and I are at Woodglen Lake in Fairfax county.
The Neotropic Cormorant is still here!

Candice Lowther
Bristow, VA
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Date: 5/18/19 1:49 pm
From: Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Neotropic corm.
You can also enter from the south side of the lake at Fireside Court. It's a shorter walk, but there is a fair amount of mud to navigate through.
Larry Meade


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Sent: Sat, May 18, 2019 4:43 pm
Subject: [VA-bird] Neotropic corm.

Still at Woodglen Lake.
Fairfax County
Entrance on Zion road.
4:43 p.
Rich RIEGER.

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Date: 5/18/19 1:44 pm
From: Rich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Neotropic corm.
Still at Woodglen Lake.
Fairfax County
Entrance on Zion road.
4:43 p.
Rich RIEGER.

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Date: 5/18/19 12:42 pm
From: Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] NVBC at OBNWR
The Northern Virginia Bird Club visited Occoqaun Bay NWR this morning to check out the breeding birds and possible migrants. We ended up with 56 species. Highlights included close up looks at Prothonotary Warblers, a Great-crested Flycatcher bringing nesting materials to a tree cavity, a calling King Rail, a Blue Grosbeak seen from the parking lot, several Yellow-breasted Chats, Orchard Orioles, and many Blackpoll Warblers. We also enjoyed our visit to the banding station where we watched a female Orchard Oriole getting measured and weighed before she was released.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56452592

Larry Meade
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Date: 5/18/19 12:03 pm
From: shaphan--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] YB Chat and warblers at Goshen WMA

I spent most of the morning at the Goshen-Little North Mtn. WMA in Augusta County. The highlights for me were 3 Yellow-breasted Chats (all singing, I saw one) and 2 singing Prairie Warblers in good breeding habitat. Ended up with 44 species including 8 warbler species (Ovenbird, Worm-eating, B&W, Hooded, Redstart, Blackpoll, Prairie, and BTG) plus the Chats. Also had singing Swainson's and Wood Thrushes, as well as 3 vireos (YT, BH, RE). Checklists are here: [ https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S56435360 ]( https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S56435360 )
and here: [ https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S56444384 ]( https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S56444384 )

Shaphan Shank
Union Springs
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Date: 5/18/19 11:24 am
From: Dave Larsen - birding via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Olive-sided Flycatcher at Silver Lake Park, Prince William County
The Olive-sided Flycatcher continues at Silver Lake Park. Thanks to Toby
Hardwick for spotting it and showing it to me. It's flycatching from one of
the tall dead snags at the former beaver pond, recent Red-headed Woodpecker
nesting location just west of the picnic area where Little Bull Run feeds
the Lake.

Better hurry if you want to see it as the County will be closing the park to
the public soon in preparation for the Tough Mudder event on June 1-2.

Dave Larsen
Haymarket
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Date: 5/18/19 8:21 am
From: Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Powhatan State Park Visit- Black-billed Cuckoo
I visited Powhatan State Park this morning hoping for some migrants that may have been grounded by the overnight rain but was disappointed to observe only local breeders plus one migrant Black-billed Cuckoo.
http://visitingnature.com/main/spring-2019-march-may/


Enjoy each day,
Allen

Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 5/18/19 6:37 am
From: barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Magee Marsh's Miracles

- Although this is not in Fairfax, here's a final look at the wondrous warblers, other beautiful birds, and cute critters at Magee Marsh, Ottawa NWR, and Point Pelee for those who asked:
https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/e9r560
   

Barb, Fairfax


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Date: 5/18/19 6:35 am
From: Gerry Hawkins via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Neotropic Cormorant, Fairfax Co
The Neotropic Cormorant found by Joan and Paul Woodward yesterday continues at Woodglen Lake in Fairfax Co. It is currently perched on a dead snag on the north side of the lake, which may be accessed from the entrance to Woodglen Park on Zion Drive.

Gerry Hawkins
Arlington, VA
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Date: 5/18/19 4:15 am
From: Linda Millington via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] LWC Bird Walk at Deerfield
On Sat, May 18, 2019 at 6:55 AM <millington.linda...> wrote:

> Birders,
>


> Christine Perdue and I led a Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy sponsored walk
> at a private farm in Upperville, Virginia. The property owner mows late in
> the season so the fields are perfect nesting habitat for the threatened
> grassland species Bobolinks which have been breeding there in large numbers
> for years. Bobolinks were plentiful chasing each other over the fields and
> perching on tussocks of grass and wood fence posts. We also enjoyed
> close-up singing Grasshopper Sparrows, Blue Grosbeaks in the tree tops, and
> a noisy family of Common Ravens with two recently fledged young. We found
> warblers including Bay Breasted, Black-throated Blue, and Chestnut-sided by
> sight and sound in the woods.
>
> The list is below and is proof that proper stewardship of land with an eye
> on conservation really does work.
>


LWC sponsored walk at Deerfield Farm in Upperville, Virginia
65 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 9
Wood Duck 2
Northern Bobwhite 1
Mourning Dove 3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Great Blue Heron 2
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 6
Acadian Flycatcher 3
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 5
Red-eyed Vireo 8
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 1
crow sp. 1
Common Raven 4 Gape indicated young birds. Landowner has seen them
consistently.
Purple Martin 9
Tree Swallow 12
Barn Swallow 4
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Eastern Bluebird 6
Wood Thrush 4
Gray Catbird 6
Brown Thrasher 3
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 5
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 4
Grasshopper Sparrow 10
Chipping Sparrow 3
Field Sparrow 6
Savannah Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 1
Bobolink 40
Eastern Meadowlark 10
Orchard Oriole 1
Baltimore Oriole 1
Red-winged Blackbird 12
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Common Grackle 8
Ovenbird 1
Northern Waterthrush 1
Common Yellowthroat 5
American Redstart 5
Bay-breasted Warbler 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Blackpoll Warbler 3
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
Northern Cardinal 6
Blue Grosbeak 3
Indigo Bunting 3
House Sparrow 4

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56398118

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)



> Linda Millington
> Upperville, VA
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 5/17/19 12:00 pm
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Pine Siskin May 16, turkey gobbling today--western Albemarle

May 16--Pine Siskin at sunflower bits feeder in early morning!
Turkey gobbling this morning.

Sincerely,Marlene
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Date: 5/17/19 11:39 am
From: Robin Duska via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Riverbend Park Biweekly Friday Walk
Walks are held on 1st & 3rd Fridays of the month through 18 October (in
July & August, walks will take place on first Friday only). Call
Riverbend Park at 703-759-9018 to register; meet in the parking lot of the
Nature Center off Jeffery Road at 8 am. Walks are co-led by Kris Lansing
and/or Robin Duska.

Today a woodland/river walk, with a follow-on walk around the meadow. A
photographer encountered on woodland walk showed clear pictures of a
Wilson's Warbler taken in the meadow in the morning--no luck finding it
later, however. In total, 43 species were seen/heard:

Woodland/river walk:
Riverbend Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US
May 17, 2019 7:58 AM - 10:22 AM
1.582 mile(s)
22 species
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 3
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 3
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 8
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) 2
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 3
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens) 7
Acadian Flycatcher (Empidonax virescens) 5
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) 4
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 8
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 6
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 4
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 1
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 15
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) 2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 20
Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla) 4
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 12
View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56396247

Meadow walk:
Riverbend Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US
May 17, 2019 10:35 AM - 12:42 PM
1.314 mile(s)
36 species (+1 other taxa)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1
Hairy Woodpecker (Dryobates villosus) 1
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens) 3
Acadian Flycatcher (Empidonax virescens) 1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 1
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) 1
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 1
crow sp. (Corvus sp. (crow sp.)) 2
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 8
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 2
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 3
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 2
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 2
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 4
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 24
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 12
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 1
Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) 1
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 2
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) 1
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 1
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) 1
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) 1
Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) 1
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 2
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) 3
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 6
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) 8
View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56401646
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Date: 5/17/19 9:01 am
From: Paul Woodward via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Neotropic Cormorant @ Woodglen Lake (Fx Co)
We had a breeding plumaged Neotropic Cormorant at Woodglen
Lake early this morning. It was with a couple of double-cresteds . The
size difference
was quite obvious and when it perched we could see the white patch under
the lower bill and the white feathers on the side of the head. At first it
was swimming
in the lake, but later flew to the north and perched on the fallen trees .
Base on our
experience with cormorants at this lake, they don't stay for very long.


Joan & Paul Woodward


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Date: 5/16/19 12:51 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Warblers and Bears, Oh My!
Blue Ridge Parkway, VA; 5/16/19. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_05_16.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_05_16.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: 5/16/19 11:32 am
From: Phil Silas via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] eBird Report - Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, May 16, 2019
VA-Birders,Four birders had a nice hike in Fairfax County this morning as the skies cleared and 37 species were observed. Perhaps the last of the wintering White-crowned Sparrows was seen early (poor but ID-able photo attached). We heard several Common Yellowthroat, a few Prairie and heard a single Magnolia Warbler. We also had a tight flock of Cedar Waxwings flyover, and enjoyed nice scope views of a Great Crested Flycatcher and Indigo Buntings. Complete list attached.
Phil Silas,  Woodbridge, VA


-----Original Message-----
From: ebird-checklist <ebird-checklist...>
To: epsdcva <epsdcva...>
Sent: Thu, May 16, 2019 2:04 pm
Subject: eBird Report - Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, May 16, 2019

Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, Fairfax, Virginia, US
May 16, 2019 8:18 AM - 10:51 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.88 mile(s)
37 species (+1 other taxa)

Mourning Dove  2
Chimney Swift  8
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Merlin  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
White-eyed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  5
crow sp.  3
Tree Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  2
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  2
Cedar Waxwing  19
American Goldfinch  6
Field Sparrow  4
White-crowned Sparrow  1    Adult, Broad white eyebrow & black crown stripes. Many wintered here, last seen here 3 days ago. Per Gold Book, should have headed North by May 10, but still short of the Piedmont extreme date of May 22. Photo.
Eastern Towhee  2
Yellow-breasted Chat  1
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
Common Grackle  2
Common Yellowthroat  6
Magnolia Warbler  1    Heard
Prairie Warbler  3
Northern Cardinal  9
Indigo Bunting  7

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56347510

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Date: 5/16/19 10:24 am
From: Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Flyover Mississippi Kite
May 16, 2019
Adult Mississippi Kite flying over Monticello Park-Alexandria, City of Alexandria, VA

Janet Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Date: 5/16/19 8:08 am
From: William Leigh via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Wilson’s Phalarope continues
The Wilsons Phalarope is still hanging about at Leonards pond today West of Mount Crawford on Faughts road. Excellent opportunities for photos as bird can be quite close at times. Also present were two Semi-palmated Plovers. Dunlin appears to have moved on.

Best

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Date: 5/15/19 7:58 pm
From: Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Apple Orchard Mtn warblers and Least Flycatcher
This morning my daughter, Lucy, and I birded along Radar Rd on Apple Orchard Mtn. The gravel road from Sunset Fields on the Blue Ridge Parkway to the top of Apple Orchard Mtn is one of my favorite spots to look for warblers. It was a little chilly this morning, low 40s, but the birds were very active. We were looking for warblers and other species. We found Canada Warblers, Black-and-white Warblers, Hooded Warblers, Ovenbirds, Cerulean Warblers, Blue-headed Vireos, Red-eyed Vireos, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Scarlet Tanagers, Veerys, Wood Thrushes, Indigo Buntings, Pewees (one female on a nest), American Redstarts (one female building a nest), and some of the other usual suspects. We were surprised not to hear/see Black-throated Blue Warblers.

The highlight of the trip was a Least Flycatcher. Many thanks to Paul Cabe and his field ornithology class for finding the bird on Tuesday and letting me know that it was present along the gravel road.

I have posted some photos on Flickr, if you're interested.

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

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept.

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Date: 5/15/19 7:52 pm
From: Mary Ann Good via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Help Requested w/ bird call - possible Cerulean warbler
Interesting that you said so, Ashley, because, reviewing recent posts, I
just came across Jonathan's question and was about to write the same
opinion! I have close experience with Ceruleans which hang out in
multiples all spring and summer at the nearby Blue Ridge Center,
Neersville. I believe the recordings closely match the 3-part trills of
the Cerulean, ending with a higher "tightly stretched" trill.

Mary Ann Good
Purcellville, Loudoun Co.

On Mon, May 13, 2019 at 1:34 PM Ashley Lohr via VA-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> Hi Jonathan,
>
> Before I read Wes' response I listened to your recordings and immediately
> thought cerulean warbler. They sound just like the ones I heard (and saw)
> singing on my Apple Orchard Falls hike a week ago. The cerulean song is
> less buzzy than the black-throated-blue song. The ones I've heard start
> with a couple notes before increasing in tempo and ascending in pitch.
>
> Ironically, a black-throated-blue warbler also popped in at eye level
> before we left the area and sang his typical, more steady-paced "bzz bzz
> bzz!" that also ascends in pitch.
>
> I'm not sure if you've received many other responses so hopefully I am not
> misleading you, but I believe you did indeed hear a cerulean in your yard.
>
> Ashley Lohr
> Loudoun County / Lynchburg / Athens, GA
>
> On Thu, May 9, 2019, 10:24 PM Jonathan Clough via VA-bird <
> <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> > Before sunrise yesterday (8 May) I heard what I believed sounded like a
> > Cerulean Warbler in my back yard in Springfield, VA. I'm a novice at
> > identifying warbler calls, however, so I'd welcome some help from the
> > experts.
> >
> > Below is a link to a couple (very) brief recordings I made.
> > https://1drv.ms/f/s!AnIJfTaPYo7anlipzkV5s2KeJuZ2
> >
> > Thank you in advance for any confirmations or corrections.
> >
> > Jonathan Clough
> > Springfield, VA
> >
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Date: 5/15/19 4:29 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Veeries; 10 warbler species
Central Virginia, 5/13-15/2019. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_05_15.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_05_15.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: 5/15/19 2:22 pm
From: Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Luria Park, May 15, 2019-Black-billed Cuckoo
I am not sure if the link I sent before worked, so here is the checklist with the link at the bottom.
Larry MeadeMerrifield, VA




Luria Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US
May 15, 2019 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.3 mile(s)
24 species

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  3
Black-billed Cuckoo  1    Smaller and slimmer than a YB. It had a slender black bill, grayish body, small spots on the tail and red around the eyes.
Chimney Swift  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
American Robin  1
American Goldfinch  1
Common Grackle  1
American Redstart  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  4
Indigo Bunting  1
House Sparrow  4

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56321054

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Date: 5/15/19 2:19 pm
From: Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Black-billed Cuckoo at Luria Park in Fairfax County
I decided to stop by Luria Park off of Gallows Road to see what I could find. After spotting a Black-throated Green Warbler and an American Redstart along with the usual breeding birds, I was headed out. Suddenly, a cuckoo flew across the field and landed fairly low. I assumed that it was a Yellow-billed Cuckoo as I walked over to get a closer look. Upon closer inspection, I saw that the bird had a thin black bill. Also, the bird was slimmer and darker than Yellow-billed tend to be. Black-billed Cuckoo! You can see my checklist with photos at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56321054  On one, you can even see the red around the eye which is diagnostic for Black-billed. BTW, this was a new bird for my Fairfax County life list.
Larry MeadeMerrifield, VA
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Date: 5/15/19 8:51 am
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] turkey gobbling; question, please, about crows--western Albemarle
Just thought I'd mention that I'm still hearing a turkey in early morning behind my house and on the mountain also to the west of me where I walk.


Question: The crows have all but disappeared in this area!  There was no winter roost, as there has been for decades.  And now I'm not usually hearing or seeing crows in this area--had one here a few days ago, for the first time in ages.  Has anyone else noticed a dearth of crows?
Thanks.
Sincerely,Marlene
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Date: 5/15/19 8:30 am
From: Patti Reum via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Notice about VSO Conservation Awards
The VSO Board established the VSO Conservation Fund (originally named the
Small Grants Conservation Fund) in March 2007. The VSO Conservation
Committee manages the fund. 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. The VSO Board of Directors has budgeted $2,500.00 annually.
Awards are usually $500.00, $1,000.00 or occasionally more and the amount
is determined by the Conservation Committee.

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

The Conservation Committee will then consider each application, confer with
the entire Board of the VSO, and notify applicants of an award by July 31.
Recipients are asked to report their findings to the VSO board and members
at the completion of their project, occasionally at the VSO Annual Meeting.

Again, the deadline for application is *JULY 31, 2019.*

Please submit your application for a grant to Patti Reum (Conservation
Chair of the VSO) at <pareum...> .

Patti Reum
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Date: 5/15/19 7:15 am
From: Carr, David E \(dec5z\) via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Least Bittern at Blandy Experimental Farm (Clarke County)
I heard a Least Bittern at Blandy Experimental Farm (Clarke County) at about 9 this morning. It was calling from the yellow iris near the road at Lake Arnold. I was never able to see the bird, but I made a few audio recordings.

Also in Clarke County: Dunlin (3), Greater Yellowlegs (2), Lesser Yellowlegs (18), Solitary Sandpipers (about 20), Least Sandpipers (5), Spotted Sandpiper, and Killdeer along Nations Spring Road (off Gun Barrel Road, which heads north from US 340 just east of Dinosaur Land, if you know your area landmarks).


David E. Carr
Director, Blandy Experimental Farm
Research Professor, Environmental Sciences
University of Virginia

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Date: 5/15/19 5:30 am
From: Carol Evans via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] bird i.d.
Thanks everyone for the song i.d's. Now for a bird i.d.! This seems most
likely a phoebe but has an awful lot of white in its wings and tail for a
phoebe. Thoughts?
<https://www.dropbox.com/s/ozr7sdi26emzogg/phoebe.MP4?dl=0>
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ozr7sdi26emzogg/phoebe.MP4?dl=0



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Date: 5/14/19 1:40 pm
From: Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FW: DC Area, 5/7/2019
FYI
Joe Coleman

-----Original Message-----
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 5/14/2019
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Bryan Henson
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

Please consider joining ANS, especially if you are a regular user of the
Voice of the Naturalist (Individual $50; Family $65; Nature Steward $100;
Audubon Advocate $200). The membership number is 301-652-9188, option 12;
the address is 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815; and the web site
is https://www.anshome.org.

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


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


Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order, as
set forth in the American Ornithological Society Checklist for North and
Middle American Birds, as revised through the 59th Supplement (June 2018).
This report does not provide information about likely escaped or released
birds (e.g. various parrots and parakeets), non-established feral birds
(e.g., Muscovy Duck) and introduced game birds (e.g., Ring-necked Pheasant).

The top birds this week are BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS* in DE and
WILSON'S PHALAROPE* in VA.

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

TOP BIRDS

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

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

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

***

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

The Audubon Sanctuary Shop (301-652-3606,
https://anshome.org/naturalist-shop)is an excellent source for guidebooks
and many other nature-related titles.

To report bird sightings, e-mail your report to <voice...>
Please post reports before midnight Monday, identify the county as well as
the state, and include your name and a Tuesday morning contact, e-mail or
phone.

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

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Date: 5/14/19 10:57 am
From: Carol Evans via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] bird song i.d. help
RE: Song i.d. help. Sorry for not providing appropriate links--here they
are, and I hope you can access them!
https://www.dropbox.com/s/05ohxsubhkwq0hl/mystery%20warbler.MP4?dl=0 and
https://www.dropbox.com/s/nrcaew04h3tscoq/prothonotary.MP4?dl=0

The bird in the video with the mystery warbler has me a bit puzzled too. It
doesn't quite look like a house finch, nor is it quite like a purple finch
either. Would love input on that too!

Carol Evans

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Today's Topics:

1. Mink predation (<BMannix...>)
2. Re: Warbler Mania! (<trnealon...>)
3. Mother's Day Bird Walk at Wolf Trap (Colt Gregory)
4. song id (Carol Evans)
5. Re: Help Requested w/ bird call - possible Cerulean warbler
(Ashley Lohr)
6. Re: Help Requested w/ bird call - possible Cerulean warbler
(Ashley Lohr)
7. Swainson's Warbler (James Bunn)
8. Brown-headed Nuthatch, Albemarle co. (Baxter Beamer)
9. Dickcissel at Frying Pan Farm (Herndon, Fairfax Co.) (Adit Nehra)
10. chickadee singing songs of both black-capped and carolina
(Fred Atwood)
11. Empid Flycatcher at Rock Hill District Park (Fairfax) 13-May
(Steve Johnson)
12. Re: Dickcissel at Frying Pan Farm (Herndon, Fairfax Co.)
(Adit Nehra)


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Message: 1
Date: Mon, 13 May 2019 08:51:24 -0400
From: <BMannix...>
To: "Virginia Birding" <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Mink predation
Message-ID: <C6F55E57C8E24CEAAE85ECEC0542267E@L6420>
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I stepped out my front door this morning in Buckland to see a mink bounding
across my front lawn. He then jumped into Broad Run and proceeded to chase
a pair of wood ducks, and then a pair of Canada geese. I suspect he was
hunting ducklings and goslings, but there were none in evidence. Perhaps
because he had already eaten them -- those that the cormorants had not
managed to catch. It was astonishing how fast he moved; the adult birds
were spared only because of their size, not their speed.



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Message: 2
Date: Mon, 13 May 2019 10:27:54 -0400
From: <trnealon...>
To: Virginia Birding <va-bird...>,
"\"=?utf-8?Q?barb22030=40yahoo.com?=\"" <barb22030...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Warbler Mania!
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We were there too!It was awesome and so worth the trip!

Trista Nealon

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Sent: May 12, 2019 at 9:00 PM
Subject: [VA-bird] Warbler Mania!

Okay, I'm cheating.I'm not reporting about NOVA birds but I couldn't bear
just seeing a handful of warblers at Occoquan Bay NWR or Thompson WMA so I
trekked to Magee Marsh near Toledo, which claims to be the "Warbler Capital
of the World."Some private pix of Cape May, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, etc.
warblers&more are temporarily below.PS: the bird festival is over but
there's still time to come see the birds!Full photostream:
https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/1Vcy4k Fav Magee pix (so far):
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Date: Mon, 13 May 2019 14:48:02 +0000
From: Colt Gregory <Colt_Gregory...>
To: "<va-bird...>" <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Mother's Day Bird Walk at Wolf Trap
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It was a wet walk for Mom's Day at Wolf but some interesting birds appeared
the 27 species including a female common Merganser at the Turtle Pond and a
Barred Owl on the ridge. Thanks to our Friends of Wolf Trap sponsor, walk
leaders and brave hearted Moms!


Canada Goose 2

Common Merganser 1

Mourning Dove 1

Black Vulture 1

Red-shouldered Hawk 1

Barred Owl 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 1

Downy Woodpecker 1

Eastern Wood-Pewee 2

Acadian Flycatcher 2

Eastern Phoebe 3

Great Crested Flycatcher 1

Red-eyed Vireo 4

Blue Jay 1

Carolina Chickadee 1

Tufted Titmouse 1

House Wren 1

Carolina Wren 3

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2

Eastern Bluebird 2

American Robin 6

European Starling 9

House Finch 1

Chipping Sparrow 1

Song Sparrow 1

Orchard Oriole 1

Northern Cardinal 10


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Message: 4
Date: Mon, 13 May 2019 13:07:44 -0400
From: "Carol Evans" <evanscarol75...>
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] song id
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I would love help identifying the birds singing in the attached audios. I
believe one is a prothonotary-I'm just surprised if that's the case because
in two years of atlassing in the eastern part of Goochland county I've never
found one. The other sounds like a variation on the house wren also singing
nearby but I'm pretty sure it's not. Thanks!



Carol Evans



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Message: 5
Date: Mon, 13 May 2019 13:34:57 -0400
From: Ashley Lohr <aklohr...>
To: Jonathan Clough <cloughj...>
Cc: VA-Bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Help Requested w/ bird call - possible Cerulean
warbler
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Hi Jonathan,

Before I read Wes' response I listened to your recordings and immediately
thought cerulean warbler. They sound just like the ones I heard (and saw)
singing on my Apple Orchard Falls hike a week ago. The cerulean song is less
buzzy than the black-throated-blue song. The ones I've heard start with a
couple notes before increasing in tempo and ascending in pitch.

Ironically, a black-throated-blue warbler also popped in at eye level before
we left the area and sang his typical, more steady-paced "bzz bzz bzz!" that
also ascends in pitch.

I'm not sure if you've received many other responses so hopefully I am not
misleading you, but I believe you did indeed hear a cerulean in your yard.

Ashley Lohr
Loudoun County / Lynchburg / Athens, GA

On Thu, May 9, 2019, 10:24 PM Jonathan Clough via VA-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> Before sunrise yesterday (8 May) I heard what I believed sounded like
> a Cerulean Warbler in my back yard in Springfield, VA. I'm a novice
> at identifying warbler calls, however, so I'd welcome some help from
> the experts.
>
> Below is a link to a couple (very) brief recordings I made.
> https://1drv.ms/f/s!AnIJfTaPYo7anlipzkV5s2KeJuZ2
>
> Thank you in advance for any confirmations or corrections.
>
> Jonathan Clough
> Springfield, VA
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Message: 6
Date: Mon, 13 May 2019 13:51:37 -0400
From: Ashley Lohr <aklohr...>
To: Jonathan Clough <cloughj...>
Cc: VA-Bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Help Requested w/ bird call - possible Cerulean
warbler
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Content-Type: text/plain; charset="UTF-8"

Another note, if you haven't already check out the Macaulay Library website
for an abundance of recordings to compare the two species. There are
regional dialects in songs of some species (such as black-throated-blue
warblers), plus individual variation doesn't make it any easier. It's a
great way to learn songs and practice ID.

I've heard many stories of parulas that have convinced people they're
another species until they get visual confirmation. :)

On Mon, May 13, 2019, 1:34 PM Ashley Lohr <aklohr...> wrote:

> Hi Jonathan,
>
> Before I read Wes' response I listened to your recordings and
> immediately thought cerulean warbler. They sound just like the ones I
> heard (and saw) singing on my Apple Orchard Falls hike a week ago. The
> cerulean song is less buzzy than the black-throated-blue song. The
> ones I've heard start with a couple notes before increasing in tempo and
ascending in pitch.
>
> Ironically, a black-throated-blue warbler also popped in at eye level
> before we left the area and sang his typical, more steady-paced "bzz
> bzz bzz!" that also ascends in pitch.
>
> I'm not sure if you've received many other responses so hopefully I am
> not misleading you, but I believe you did indeed hear a cerulean in your
yard.
>
> Ashley Lohr
> Loudoun County / Lynchburg / Athens, GA
>
> On Thu, May 9, 2019, 10:24 PM Jonathan Clough via VA-bird <
> <va-bird...> wrote:
>
>> Before sunrise yesterday (8 May) I heard what I believed sounded like
>> a Cerulean Warbler in my back yard in Springfield, VA. I'm a novice
>> at identifying warbler calls, however, so I'd welcome some help from
>> the experts.
>>
>> Below is a link to a couple (very) brief recordings I made.
>> https://1drv.ms/f/s!AnIJfTaPYo7anlipzkV5s2KeJuZ2
>>
>> Thank you in advance for any confirmations or corrections.
>>
>> Jonathan Clough
>> Springfield, VA
>>
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Message: 7
Date: Mon, 13 May 2019 14:08:42 -0400
From: James Bunn <jbunn46...>
To: Va-Bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Swainson's Warbler
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I am a new resident in Roanoke. I am writing to inquire whether any birders
in the Roanoke area are planning to pursue the Swainson's Warbler recently
reported on eBird (seen in Jefferson NF--Deerfield Trail, Montgomery,
Virginia). I would love to join the pursuit.

Jim Bunn
540-591-7799 or reply to my email


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Message: 8
Date: Mon, 13 May 2019 17:45:49 -0400
From: Baxter Beamer <barobe09...>
To: "<MonticelloBirdAlert...>" <MonticelloBirdAlert...>,
"<va-bird...>" <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Brown-headed Nuthatch, Albemarle co.
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Hi all,

While birding around the Scottsville area today Martina Nordstrand and I
came across a Brown-headed Nuthatch on one of the logging pull offs of
Martin Kings Rd in Woodridge. The logging clear cuts are private property
but it should be ok to bird from the entrances off the pull offs. The bird
responded aggressively to playback, perhaps hinting at breeding in the area.

I believe this is the 3rd record for Albemarle county, although the
Woodridge area has lots of good habitat from the logging operations in the
area. Robert Wood discovered two last summer on Rolling Road, also in
Woodridge. Up to 3 have occurred this winter and early spring close to the
Albemarle border at Lake Monticello in Fluvanna county. So, it stands to
reason that there is potentially a population in the area.

Good birding,

Baxter Beamer and Martina Nordstrand
Charlottesville, VA


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Message: 9
Date: Mon, 13 May 2019 19:59:13 -0400
From: Adit Nehra <nehra.adit...>
To: "<va-bird...>" <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Dickcissel at Frying Pan Farm (Herndon, Fairfax
Co.)
Message-ID:
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Content-Type: text/plain; charset="UTF-8"

I?m currently viewing an adult male dickcissel at Frying Pan Farm Park in
Herndon, Fairfax County. The bird is in the long-grass field directly
southeast of the visitor center and parking lot. There is also a pair of
bobolinks (m/f) in the field. Frying Pan Farm is a hotspot on ebird and
directions are available from there and google maps.


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Message: 10
Date: Mon, 13 May 2019 20:44:01 -0400
From: Fred Atwood <FAtwood...>
To: Va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] chickadee singing songs of both black-capped and
carolina
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Dear VA Birders
I was at Paddy's Cove Lane just off of route 55(48) near the top of the
mountain (and near the WV border) in Frederick County when I heard an
interesting series of songs from a chickadee which is most likely a hybrid.
However this article suggests that it might not be quite that clear-cut:
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/some-chickadees-are-bilingual-but-why/

The eBird list linked below has a recording made from my smart-phone. This
is the first time I have heard one bird singing both songs.
https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S56124605

All the best
Fred Atwood
Oakton, VA
Cabins, WV


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Message: 11
Date: Tue, 14 May 2019 00:59:49 +0000 (UTC)
From: Steve Johnson <stevejohnson2...>
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Empid Flycatcher at Rock Hill District Park
(Fairfax) 13-May
Message-ID: <1436333016.1747625.1557795589625...>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8

Hello birders,
If anyone is interested in chasing Trail's Flycatchers, there was one at
Rock Hill District Park late this afternoon (Monday). ?Between the late hour
and my poor hearing, I made no effort to catch its song. ?Maybe Willow,
maybe Alder; too big for Least. ?Willow Fly has been at this park in past
Springs.
Location was the marsh west of the parking lot. ?There are other wettish
spots - the pond to the north, and a reedy marsh area east of the parking
lot. ?In past years the Willow was at this same west marsh, and also at the
pond to the north, beyond the big soccer field.

Other birds there: Green Heron, nesting Martins, Swallows, Bluebirds, and
House Wrens; lively singing Towhees, Orchard Orioles, Indigo Bunting, and
Yellowthroats; and most likely, also Prairie Warbler, and Chat. ?I believe I
heard a Chat there in the past week or two; and I trust the Prairies are
there even though they are almost always outside of my hearing range.
Cheers!!Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia


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Message: 12
Date: Tue, 14 May 2019 07:25:09 -0400
From: Adit Nehra <nehra.adit...>
To: "<va-bird...>" <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Dickcissel at Frying Pan Farm (Herndon, Fairfax
Co.)
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Thank you both. If anyone?s going to try and look for the thing this
morning, there are a couple other fields with similar habitat in the farm so
it may have relocated to one of those. Also, don?t be afraid to check out
some of the wooded trails, especially the short loop nature trail and the
cut into the woods by the equestrian center. This place can be a real gem
for migrant songbirds during spring, and as proven by the dickcissel you
never know what you?ll see.

On Mon, May 13, 2019 at 7:59 PM Adit Nehra <nehra.adit...> wrote:

> I?m currently viewing an adult male dickcissel at Frying Pan Farm Park
> in Herndon, Fairfax County. The bird is in the long-grass field
> directly southeast of the visitor center and parking lot. There is
> also a pair of bobolinks (m/f) in the field. Frying Pan Farm is a
> hotspot on ebird and directions are available from there and google maps.
>


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Date: 5/14/19 4:25 am
From: Adit Nehra via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Dickcissel at Frying Pan Farm (Herndon, Fairfax Co.)
Thank you both. If anyone’s going to try and look for the thing this
morning, there are a couple other fields with similar habitat in the farm
so it may have relocated to one of those. Also, don’t be afraid to check
out some of the wooded trails, especially the short loop nature trail and
the cut into the woods by the equestrian center. This place can be a real
gem for migrant songbirds during spring, and as proven by the dickcissel
you never know what you’ll see.

On Mon, May 13, 2019 at 7:59 PM Adit Nehra <nehra.adit...> wrote:

> I’m currently viewing an adult male dickcissel at Frying Pan Farm Park in
> Herndon, Fairfax County. The bird is in the long-grass field directly
> southeast of the visitor center and parking lot. There is also a pair of
> bobolinks (m/f) in the field. Frying Pan Farm is a hotspot on ebird and
> directions are available from there and google maps.
>
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Date: 5/13/19 6:00 pm
From: Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Empid Flycatcher at Rock Hill District Park (Fairfax) 13-May
Hello birders,
If anyone is interested in chasing Trail's Flycatchers, there was one at Rock Hill District Park late this afternoon (Monday).  Between the late hour and my poor hearing, I made no effort to catch its song.  Maybe Willow, maybe Alder; too big for Least.  Willow Fly has been at this park in past Springs.
Location was the marsh west of the parking lot.  There are other wettish spots - the pond to the north, and a reedy marsh area east of the parking lot.  In past years the Willow was at this same west marsh, and also at the pond to the north, beyond the big soccer field.

Other birds there: Green Heron, nesting Martins, Swallows, Bluebirds, and House Wrens; lively singing Towhees, Orchard Orioles, Indigo Bunting, and Yellowthroats; and most likely, also Prairie Warbler, and Chat.  I believe I heard a Chat there in the past week or two; and I trust the Prairies are there even though they are almost always outside of my hearing range.
Cheers!!Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia
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Date: 5/13/19 5:44 pm
From: Fred Atwood via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] chickadee singing songs of both black-capped and carolina
Dear VA Birders
I was at Paddy's Cove Lane just off of route 55(48) near the top of the
mountain (and near the WV border) in Frederick County when I heard an
interesting series of songs from a chickadee which is most likely a hybrid.
However this article suggests that it might not be quite that clear-cut:
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/some-chickadees-are-bilingual-but-why/

The eBird list linked below has a recording made from my smart-phone. This
is the first time I have heard one bird singing both songs.
https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S56124605

All the best
Fred Atwood
Oakton, VA
Cabins, WV
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Date: 5/13/19 4:59 pm
From: Adit Nehra via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Dickcissel at Frying Pan Farm (Herndon, Fairfax Co.)
I’m currently viewing an adult male dickcissel at Frying Pan Farm Park in
Herndon, Fairfax County. The bird is in the long-grass field directly
southeast of the visitor center and parking lot. There is also a pair of
bobolinks (m/f) in the field. Frying Pan Farm is a hotspot on ebird and
directions are available from there and google maps.
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Date: 5/13/19 2:46 pm
From: Baxter Beamer via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Brown-headed Nuthatch, Albemarle co.
Hi all,

While birding around the Scottsville area today Martina Nordstrand and I
came across a Brown-headed Nuthatch on one of the logging pull offs of
Martin Kings Rd in Woodridge. The logging clear cuts are private property
but it should be ok to bird from the entrances off the pull offs. The bird
responded aggressively to playback, perhaps hinting at breeding in the area.

I believe this is the 3rd record for Albemarle county, although the
Woodridge area has lots of good habitat from the logging operations in the
area. Robert Wood discovered two last summer on Rolling Road, also in
Woodridge. Up to 3 have occurred this winter and early spring close to the
Albemarle border at Lake Monticello in Fluvanna county. So, it stands to
reason that there is potentially a population in the area.

Good birding,

Baxter Beamer and Martina Nordstrand
Charlottesville, VA
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Date: 5/13/19 11:09 am
From: James Bunn via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Swainson's Warbler
I am a new resident in Roanoke. I am writing to inquire whether any
birders in the Roanoke area are planning to pursue the Swainson's Warbler
recently reported on eBird (seen in Jefferson NF--Deerfield Trail,
Montgomery, Virginia). I would love to join the pursuit.

Jim Bunn
540-591-7799 or reply to my email
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Date: 5/13/19 10:52 am
From: Ashley Lohr via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Help Requested w/ bird call - possible Cerulean warbler
Another note, if you haven't already check out the Macaulay Library website
for an abundance of recordings to compare the two species. There are
regional dialects in songs of some species (such as black-throated-blue
warblers), plus individual variation doesn't make it any easier. It's a
great way to learn songs and practice ID.

I've heard many stories of parulas that have convinced people they're
another species until they get visual confirmation. :)

On Mon, May 13, 2019, 1:34 PM Ashley Lohr <aklohr...> wrote:

> Hi Jonathan,
>
> Before I read Wes' response I listened to your recordings and immediately
> thought cerulean warbler. They sound just like the ones I heard (and saw)
> singing on my Apple Orchard Falls hike a week ago. The cerulean song is
> less buzzy than the black-throated-blue song. The ones I've heard start
> with a couple notes before increasing in tempo and ascending in pitch.
>
> Ironically, a black-throated-blue warbler also popped in at eye level
> before we left the area and sang his typical, more steady-paced "bzz bzz
> bzz!" that also ascends in pitch.
>
> I'm not sure if you've received many other responses so hopefully I am not
> misleading you, but I believe you did indeed hear a cerulean in your yard.
>
> Ashley Lohr
> Loudoun County / Lynchburg / Athens, GA
>
> On Thu, May 9, 2019, 10:24 PM Jonathan Clough via VA-bird <
> <va-bird...> wrote:
>
>> Before sunrise yesterday (8 May) I heard what I believed sounded like a
>> Cerulean Warbler in my back yard in Springfield, VA. I'm a novice at
>> identifying warbler calls, however, so I'd welcome some help from the
>> experts.
>>
>> Below is a link to a couple (very) brief recordings I made.
>> https://1drv.ms/f/s!AnIJfTaPYo7anlipzkV5s2KeJuZ2
>>
>> Thank you in advance for any confirmations or corrections.
>>
>> Jonathan Clough
>> Springfield, VA
>>
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Date: 5/13/19 10:35 am
From: Ashley Lohr via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Help Requested w/ bird call - possible Cerulean warbler
Hi Jonathan,

Before I read Wes' response I listened to your recordings and immediately
thought cerulean warbler. They sound just like the ones I heard (and saw)
singing on my Apple Orchard Falls hike a week ago. The cerulean song is
less buzzy than the black-throated-blue song. The ones I've heard start
with a couple notes before increasing in tempo and ascending in pitch.

Ironically, a black-throated-blue warbler also popped in at eye level
before we left the area and sang his typical, more steady-paced "bzz bzz
bzz!" that also ascends in pitch.

I'm not sure if you've received many other responses so hopefully I am not
misleading you, but I believe you did indeed hear a cerulean in your yard.

Ashley Lohr
Loudoun County / Lynchburg / Athens, GA

On Thu, May 9, 2019, 10:24 PM Jonathan Clough via VA-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> Before sunrise yesterday (8 May) I heard what I believed sounded like a
> Cerulean Warbler in my back yard in Springfield, VA. I'm a novice at
> identifying warbler calls, however, so I'd welcome some help from the
> experts.
>
> Below is a link to a couple (very) brief recordings I made.
> https://1drv.ms/f/s!AnIJfTaPYo7anlipzkV5s2KeJuZ2
>
> Thank you in advance for any confirmations or corrections.
>
> Jonathan Clough
> Springfield, VA
>
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Date: 5/13/19 10:08 am
From: Carol Evans via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] song id
I would love help identifying the birds singing in the attached audios. I
believe one is a prothonotary-I'm just surprised if that's the case because
in two years of atlassing in the eastern part of Goochland county I've never
found one. The other sounds like a variation on the house wren also singing
nearby but I'm pretty sure it's not. Thanks!



Carol Evans

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Date: 5/13/19 7:48 am
From: Colt Gregory via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Mother's Day Bird Walk at Wolf Trap
It was a wet walk for Mom's Day at Wolf but some interesting birds appeared the 27 species including a female common Merganser at the Turtle Pond and a Barred Owl on the ridge. Thanks to our Friends of Wolf Trap sponsor, walk leaders and brave hearted Moms!


Canada Goose 2

Common Merganser 1

Mourning Dove 1

Black Vulture 1

Red-shouldered Hawk 1

Barred Owl 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 1

Downy Woodpecker 1

Eastern Wood-Pewee 2

Acadian Flycatcher 2

Eastern Phoebe 3

Great Crested Flycatcher 1

Red-eyed Vireo 4

Blue Jay 1

Carolina Chickadee 1

Tufted Titmouse 1

House Wren 1

Carolina Wren 3

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2

Eastern Bluebird 2

American Robin 6

European Starling 9

House Finch 1

Chipping Sparrow 1

Song Sparrow 1

Orchard Oriole 1

Northern Cardinal 10
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Date: 5/13/19 7:28 am
From: Trista Nealon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Warbler Mania!
We were there too!It was awesome and so worth the trip!

Trista Nealon

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From: barb22030--- via VA-bird
To: Virginia Birding
Sent: May 12, 2019 at 9:00 PM
Subject: [VA-bird] Warbler Mania!

Okay, I'm cheating.I'm not reporting about NOVA birds but I couldn't bear just seeing a handful of warblers at Occoquan Bay NWR or Thompson WMA so I trekked to Magee Marsh near Toledo, which claims to be the "Warbler Capital of the World."Some private pix of Cape May, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, etc. warblers&more are temporarily below.PS: the bird festival is over but there's still time to come see the birds!Full photostream: https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/1Vcy4k Fav Magee pix (so far): https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/J7gEEH - Barb, Fairfax *** You are subscribed to VA-bird as <trnealon...> If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit https://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
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Date: 5/13/19 5:52 am
From: BMan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Mink predation
I stepped out my front door this morning in Buckland to see a mink bounding
across my front lawn. He then jumped into Broad Run and proceeded to chase
a pair of wood ducks, and then a pair of Canada geese. I suspect he was
hunting ducklings and goslings, but there were none in evidence. Perhaps
because he had already eaten them -- those that the cormorants had not
managed to catch. It was astonishing how fast he moved; the adult birds
were spared only because of their size, not their speed.

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Date: 5/12/19 6:00 pm
From: barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Warbler Mania!

Okay, I'm cheating.  I'm not reporting about NOVA birds but I couldn't bear just seeing a handful of warblers at Occoquan Bay NWR or Thompson WMA so I trekked to Magee Marsh near Toledo, which claims to be the "Warbler Capital of the World."  Some private pix of Cape May, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, etc. warblers & more are temporarily below.  PS: the bird festival is over but there's still time to come see the birds!


 

Full photostream: https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/1Vcy4k

Fav Magee pix (so far): https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/J7gEEH
- Barb, Fairfax
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Date: 5/12/19 1:15 pm
From: Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Birding Banshee Reeks (Lo Co) on Sat., May 11
The Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy sponsored one of its many free birds walks
at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve in central Loudoun. Because 21 people
showed up for the walk we split into groups, one led by Jane Yocom & Dori
Rhodes assisted by Bryan Henson and one led by Mary Ann Good & me. The
combined totals from the two groups included 62 species. The highlights were
a Blue Grosbeak, 10 different warbler species including a Chestnut-sided
Warbler, a Magnolia Warbler, several Prairie Warblers and several
Yellow-breasted Chats (no longer a warbler), dynamite looks of a male &
female Scarlet Tanager at eye level & copulating, a Swainson's Thrush, an
American Kestrel, and a couple of Red-headed Woodpeckers. While many of the
trails were very muddy and some were covered in a couple inches of water, it
was a great day for a spring bird walk.



For a complete list of the birds observed at Banshee Reeks yesterday check
out the eBird reports for both at:

<https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56122940>
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56122940 and
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56123622 .



We are holding a Big Sit next Saturday, May 18th all day at Morven Park -

<https://loudounwildlife.org/event/spring-big-sit-at-morven-park/>
https://loudounwildlife.org/event/spring-big-sit-at-morven-park/



Please drop by and visit us for a little while. And if you have any friends
or neighbors that are interested in birds, but can't make some of the
regular walks or have limited mobility or they just are intimidated by the
concept of a group walk, this might be a good event for them.



You can find other upcoming events here:

<https://loudounwildlife.org/events/list/>
https://loudounwildlife.org/events/list/



Thanks,

Bryan Henson and Joe Coleman









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Date: 5/12/19 12:08 pm
From: Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Red-tailed Hawk Gallery
I have updated my Red-tailed Hawk Gallery to include several sub-species or races.  I have now compiled images of Eastern Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis borealis), Western Red-tailed Hawk (B.j. calurus), Fuertes Red-tailed Hawk (B.j. fuertesi), Harlan’s Red-tailed Hawk (B.j. harlani), Krider's Red-tailed Hawk (B.j. kriderii) and images of Northern Red-tailed Hawk (B.j.j abeiticola).  I was fortunate during the month of January to visit many areas of the southwest where I encountered many of the sub-species/races not previously observed/photographed (harlani, kriderii, fuertes).
I would like to thank Bill Clark for reviewing the site and images and providing constructive comments.
http://visitingnature.com/main/red-tailed-hawk-gallery/

Enjoy each day,
Allen

Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 5/12/19 9:59 am
From: krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 05/12/2019 (Fairfax County)
Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified approximately 33 species and included 1 participant. Although even the park's birds were looking bedraggled after yet another rainy Sunday, there again was diversity in species -- actually more than the following tally indicates, as many unidentified birds were observed bouncing around high up in the trees.
The walk meets in the main parking lot of Great Falls Park at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, rain or shine; it does not take place, though, during electrical storms, heavy snows, or when the trails are icy. All those with an interest in the natural world - beginning and experienced birders alike - please join us.
Canada Goose 18
Mallard 1
Chimney Swift 8
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Black Vulture  5
Turkey Vulture 6
Bald Eagle 1 Perched on Conn Island nest.
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 7
Downy/Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 5 Heard.
Red-eyed Vireo 2 Heard.
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 4
Fish Crow 1
Tree Swallow 40
Carolina Chickadee 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 8 Heard.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5 Heard.
Veery 1 
American Robin 2
American Goldfinch 2
Baltimore Oriole 3
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 11
Louisiana Waterthrush 1 Heard.
Northern Parula 3 Heard.
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 8

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56177146

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

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Date: 5/12/19 9:19 am
From: Alexia Smith via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Window strikes
Dr. Daniel Klem of Muhlenberg College has been researching this topic for decades & is a leading expert. In a talk for our bird club, he explained that birds don’t see windows, they see either a reflection of habitat or a continuation of habitat (i.e., indoor plants). To make a bird-visible barrier, he recommended an arrangement of 1/8”-diameter cord hanging vertically 4” apart on the outer surface of the window. Acopian Bird Savers <https://www.birdsavers.com/> sells kits for this treatment, or you can do it yourself inexpensively using their instructions. For a quick fix, he said, you can use non-toxic tempera paint on the window’s outer surface, any kind of squiggles, just so they follow the 4-inch rule. Other solutions can be found on an Acopian Center for Ornithology webpage <https://www.muhlenberg.edu/media/contentassets/pdf/academics/biology/faculty/klem/deterrent%20methods-double-sided-31%20July%202018.pdf> (with a nice example of paint squiggles).

Dr. Klem also said the placement of bird feeders is critical, too. Closer is better: a distance of three feet or less from the window will help prevent serious collisions. That’s because if a bird takes off from the feeder and hits the window, it won’t be going at top speed and thus has a better chance of surviving.
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Date: 5/12/19 9:08 am
From: Elton Morel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] NVBC field trip to Thompson WMA--Trillium Trail, Fauquier county, May 11, 2019
VA Birders:
Yesterday morning, the Northern Virginia Bird Club went to the Trillium Trail in Fauquier county.  It turned out to be a productive morning of birding in part because -- this time -- we didn't encounter much in the way of rain nor fog despite the overcast skies.  We collectively found 41 species.
The best bird of the morning  -- albeit a short viewing --  was a Black-billed Cuckoo that flew over us and perched briefly just as we started our walk down the fire road.  And then of course there were the star attractions of the morning.  First was a Kentucky Warbler perched on a limb over the fire road singing away.  We enjoyed wonderful views of this bird, including scope views and lots of photographs. 
Next, we caught up with Scott Priebe who had already located a singing Worm-eating Warbler on the hillside just before the big right-turning bend in the fire road.  It took some effort to actually see the bird, but eventually sharp-eyes located the bird perched up singing.  We again enjoyed scope views of this bird.
The Cerulean Warblers were a bit more difficult.  We had brief views of a male along the fire road and a female constructing a nest near the junction of the Appalachian Trail but we didn't manage to get really good looks at the males until we climbed the AT and found a pair of males chasing each other around with a female nearby. 
The last warbler on the "request" list was the Hooded Warbler.  Plenty of them singing but none cooperating for a good look until we turned from the AT up the Trico tower trail back towards the fire road.  A bit more effort and patience paid off with almost everyone getting good looks at a singing male Hooded Warbler along this trail.  We also managed to get our best looks at a singing Ovenbird plus a female Black-throated Blue Warbler along this trail.
Other notable finds that were seen well were plenty of Scarlet Tanagers and Wood Thrushes, a few Yellow-throated Vireos, Indigo Buntings, Great Crested Flycatchers and of course loads of flashy American Redstarts.
The complete eBird checklist is below.
Elton MorelArlington, VA
 

Thompson WMA--Trillium Trail, Fauquier, Virginia, US
May 11, 2019 7:10 AM - 11:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:    NVBC walk led by David Ledwith & Elton Morel
41 species (+1 other taxa)

Black-billed Cuckoo  1    Briefly seen along the fire road just past the yellow gate.  Fly over showing no rufous in the wings.  Briefly landed enabling some observers to note the all black bill and red orbital ring before taking off towards the parking lot. Didn't vocalize.
Chimney Swift  2
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2    Heard
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1    Heard
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  3
Acadian Flycatcher  1    Heard
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
Yellow-throated Vireo  4
Red-eyed Vireo  25
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  3
Common Raven  2
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  1    Heard
Eastern Bluebird  2
Catharus sp.  2
Wood Thrush  18
American Robin  10
Gray Catbird  2
Cedar Waxwing  20
American Goldfinch  3
Eastern Towhee  12
Brown-headed Cowbird  8
Ovenbird  15
Worm-eating Warbler  3
Kentucky Warbler  3
Hooded Warbler  6
American Redstart  30
Cerulean Warbler  8
Northern Parula  4
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1    Female
Black-throated Green Warbler  1    Heard
Scarlet Tanager  10
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1    Heard
Indigo Bunting  5

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56127018

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




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Date: 5/11/19 5:54 pm
From: Gerco H via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] WMBD - Yard Big Sit
In honor of World Migratory Bird Day I hosted a spring Big Sit in the yard. My goals were to avoid weeding and see if I can set a new big day record for the yard. 54 species in a single day was the record. From 630am to 630pm any bird species in the yard were recorded. With grey overcasts skies it was a challenge today. In my first hour of birding we recorded 31 species with Bobolink and Yellow-billed Cuckoo being the highlights. In the hours that followed the best birds were a Cape May Warbler in the 830-930am slot, a fly-over Double-crested Cormorant and Black-throated green Warbler (FOS) in the 930-1030am timeslot. By 930am or so, my neighbors across the street had their lawn crew out for mowing and for the next 7 hours it was lots of noisy. Very annoying having to listen to lawnmowers for that long. All that noise also cut down on the number of birds heard/seen and activity. However, we kept on birding and kept seeing new species for the day. By 1143am we hit 50 species f
or the day.

Around noon raptor activity picked up and we saw 3 adult Bald Eagles, 1 juvenile Eagle and an Osprey. Not bad we thought. Just past 1PM, we were delighted to see a female Baltimore Oriole collection nesting materials from the yard. A first in the yard. We hope they are breeding in our large tulip poplar tree or nearby. However, if the birds breed just a little to the south of that tree they will also be breeding in a different atlas block. The dividing line between 2 blocks runs through my yard.

Mid afternoon was a difficult period. Virtually no bird activity and no new species recorded for the day. After 330pm the lawnmower noise was nearly gone and the bird activity picked up. See the table below for the daily cumulative totals and number of new species by the hour. A beautiful Canada Warbler was sighted and quickly re-discovered in the back. Shortly after that we heard a Barred Owl calling. Around 4pm we hit species 55, a Eastern Wood-Pewee. A new record for the yard. The Pewee was also the last new species for the day.

Interesting missing were the Wood Thrush and Red-tailed Hawks. Still we had a great day and saw a nice number of birds.

My thanks to Sheila, Spring, Amy, Bryan, Allison, Dori and Pat for their companionship throughout the day. This was my first big site at home and it was a great experience. The complete list of species seen is provided below.

Happy Birding
Gerco
Leesburg, VA

Species total by hour:
630-730a total 31, new 31.
730-830a total 37, new 6
830-930a total 43, new 6
930-1030a total 47, new 4
1030-1130a total 49, new 2
1130a-1230p total 51, new 2
1230-130p total 52, new 1
130-230p total 52, new 0
230p-330p total 52, new 0
330-430p total 54, new 2
430-530p total 55, new 1
530-63op total 55, new 0

Species: 55 - Subspecies: 0 - Forms: 55
Canada Goose
Wild Turkey
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Double-crested Cormorant
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Cooper's Hawk
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Barred Owl
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Chipping Sparrow
Bobolink
Baltimore Oriole
Brown-headed Cowbird
Common Grackle
Black-and-white Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Canada Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting

Birder's Diary - www.BirdersDiary.com - 5/11/2019

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Date: 5/11/19 11:57 am
From: Carol Sottili via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Breeding Rose-breasted Grosbeaks
Thanks everyone. Turns out it was an adult male rose-breasted
grosbeak, likely injured. I tried to find it again -- no luck. Feel
pretty awful, but did the best I could in circumstances (was on a long
run, no cell phone, no towel/box, dense brush with thorns, on a steep
hill, you get the picture). But still,.......

On Sat, May 11, 2019 at 12:52 PM Carol Sottili <carol.sottili...> wrote:
>
> Do Rose-breasted Grosbeaks breed in Loudoun County? I came across a
> fledging hopping in the underbrush along the W&OD trail at around mile
> marker 36. Colored like an adult male, but without adult tail and
> making fledgling noises. I hung around for a long time waiting for
> adults to come to it, but no adults. I then tried to scoop it up, as I
> was afraid it had been abandoned, but it was too feisty for that. I
> hope adults are still tending to it. I have photo. I had no idea their
> breeding range included Loudoun County. (Carol Sottili)
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Date: 5/11/19 9:53 am
From: Carol Sottili via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Breeding Rose-breasted Grosbeaks
Do Rose-breasted Grosbeaks breed in Loudoun County? I came across a
fledging hopping in the underbrush along the W&OD trail at around mile
marker 36. Colored like an adult male, but without adult tail and
making fledgling noises. I hung around for a long time waiting for
adults to come to it, but no adults. I then tried to scoop it up, as I
was afraid it had been abandoned, but it was too feisty for that. I
hope adults are still tending to it. I have photo. I had no idea their
breeding range included Loudoun County. (Carol Sottili)
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Date: 5/11/19 9:36 am
From: Ben Jesup and Pam Koger-Jesup via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] BREWSTER'S WARBLER in Hollin Hills (Alexandria)
Walking in my neighborhood this morning, I got two brief but clear looks at
what must be a Brewster's warbler. Overall, the bird was very drab-gray and
white. But it had large, brilliant yellow wing patch (not just wingbars, as
in some, but not all, photos of Brewsters). It did not have black throat
and cheek patches of a golden-winged warbler. Instead it had just the black
eyestripe of a blue-winged warbler. Note that unlike most photos of
Brewster's, I did NOT see an obvious bright-yellow crown. (It is possible
that I missed it given the brief looks and angles that I saw, but I don't
think so). Unfortunately, I was not able to get a photo.



I saw the bird around 1920 Martha's Road, last at about 8:30.



Ben Jesup

Alexandria



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Date: 5/11/19 7:52 am
From: Leslie via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Window Strikes
I have large windows all around my house, and some days would hear
strikes every 15-30 minutes.  I read, on David Sibley's site, that
covering the inside of the windows with a yellow highlighter pen would
help a lot.  I immediately tried it and, since doing it for the first
time over 10 years ago, I now get a strike 3-4 times/year.  It works. 
And unbelievably, the markings aren't visible at all.  Only for a brief
time each day when the sun shines directly on the spot, can you see any
indication of the highlighter.  My problem is only during the months
when leaves have fallen from the trees.  Once they leaf out again in
spring, the problem is over.  So I employ this method only November-April.

Leslie Fellows
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Date: 5/11/19 6:35 am
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Bird strikes
Hi Kenneth,
My suggestion is based upon my personal experience.  I couldn't bear the thought of birds getting killed by my windows so I tried a variety of tactics to prevent it.
Hawk silhouettes seemed to limit bird kills against my greenhouse windows, but were not effective in my sliding glass doors or bay window.  Bright red strings hanging in front of my porch storm door were totally ineffective.
I gave this issue a lot of thought and decided to try blinds and curtains.  Curtains meant they had to be fully open, so blinds are the better way to go.  I now have vertical  blinds in my kitchen sliding glass doors, but still have curtains in my office windows.  However, my office windows are under a porch roof which offers a limited measure of protection as some birds don't generally come into the porch area.  Screens on the outsides of windows are also a help because a bird is more likely to bounce than hit hard.
Since making sure the windows had blinds (mostly) and curtains (a few), I have had very few bird kills over the course of many years now.  I'd say that is good evidence for the effectiveness of going this route.
Sincerely,Marlene 

In a message dated 5/11/2019 9:04:07 AM US Eastern Standard Time, <wuzupdoc12...> writes:

At the risk of starting a non-birding observation conversation (i am so sorry) are there any real studies for private homes to show what really will reduce strikes? Ie what is most effective? Hawk figure stickers, gradient glass panel shading, blinds???I did a quick search and it was not conclusive for personal homes

Kenneth A. LipshyWww.crisismanagementleadership.comWww.crisislead.blogspot.com
> On May 11, 2019, at 7:55 AM, Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> wrote:> > Hi Donald,> I've found that using blinds and curtains can greatly reduce window strikes.  Blinds are better because they allow you to open them (not raise them) to see out whereas curtains leave nothing in the window to help show something is there.> Of course, you need to make sure there's not a straight-shot view through the house from one window to another.  For example, when I'm working in my office, I want to see any activity in front of my house so I open the curtains.  But I need to make sure the vertical blinds in the kitchen are closed; otherwise from outside, birds can see the shrubs and forest on the back side of my house and think they can fly through.> One last note: Windows and/or blinds should be light (I use white) in color as that shows up best from outside.  Brown matches my siding better, but it "disappeared" when looking at it from outside.> > Hope you can do something to prevent strikes altogether.  It's not helpful to a bird's wellbeing (it undoubtedly suffers a concussion), even if the bird survives.> > Sincerely,Marlene> In a message dated 5/10/2019 9:41:35 PM US Eastern Standard Time, <va-bird...> writes:> > I was lounging on the couch in my living room casually glancing at the bird feeders in the yard on the other side of the dining room, when I saw some kind of a flash in the air and heard a thump on the big picture window in the dining room.  Birds hit my window not infrequently,  but they’re almost always OK so I didn’t pay much attention.  Sometime later as I was putting food on the table, I noticed that on the ground outside the dining room picture window there was a bird.  When I went out to look I saw that they were two birds.  And when I picked them up I realized that they were two dead Northern Parulas. I have lived in this house for almost 30 years and I don’t remember.  ever  seeing a Parula in my yard before.  I always makes me sad to see a dead bird, but when I realized that those poor little guys had flown all the way from South America just to die on my picture window, I felt particularly bad.  I almost never find dead birds like that.  Although, 15 years or so ago I had a Sharpshinned Hawk kill itself on the same window.    How sad.  Donald Sweig  Falls Church, Virginia> > Sent from my iPad*** You are subscribed to VA-bird as <marlenecondon...> If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit https://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***> *** You are subscribed to VA-bird as <wuzupdoc12...> If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit https://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
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Date: 5/11/19 6:04 am
From: KEN LIPSHY via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bird strikes
At the risk of starting a non-birding observation conversation (i am so sorry) are there any real studies for private homes to show what really will reduce strikes? Ie what is most effective? Hawk figure stickers, gradient glass panel shading, blinds???
I did a quick search and it was not conclusive for personal homes


Kenneth A. Lipshy
Www.crisismanagementleadership.com
Www.crisislead.blogspot.com

> On May 11, 2019, at 7:55 AM, Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> Hi Donald,
> I've found that using blinds and curtains can greatly reduce window strikes. Blinds are better because they allow you to open them (not raise them) to see out whereas curtains leave nothing in the window to help show something is there.
> Of course, you need to make sure there's not a straight-shot view through the house from one window to another. For example, when I'm working in my office, I want to see any activity in front of my house so I open the curtains. But I need to make sure the vertical blinds in the kitchen are closed; otherwise from outside, birds can see the shrubs and forest on the back side of my house and think they can fly through.
> One last note: Windows and/or blinds should be light (I use white) in color as that shows up best from outside. Brown matches my siding better, but it "disappeared" when looking at it from outside.
>
> Hope you can do something to prevent strikes altogether. It's not helpful to a bird's wellbeing (it undoubtedly suffers a concussion), even if the bird survives.
>
> Sincerely,Marlene
> In a message dated 5/10/2019 9:41:35 PM US Eastern Standard Time, <va-bird...> writes:
>
> I was lounging on the couch in my living room casually glancing at the bird feeders in the yard on the other side of the dining room, when I saw some kind of a flash in the air and heard a thump on the big picture window in the dining room. Birds hit my window not infrequently, but they’re almost always OK so I didn’t pay much attention. Sometime later as I was putting food on the table, I noticed that on the ground outside the dining room picture window there was a bird. When I went out to look I saw that they were two birds. And when I picked them up I realized that they were two dead Northern Parulas. I have lived in this house for almost 30 years and I don’t remember. ever seeing a Parula in my yard before. I always makes me sad to see a dead bird, but when I realized that those poor little guys had flown all the way from South America just to die on my picture window, I felt particularly bad. I almost never find dead birds like that. Although, 15 years or so ago I had a Sharpshinned Hawk kill itself on the same window. How sad. Donald Sweig Falls Church, Virginia
>
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Date: 5/11/19 5:09 am
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] one more thought--Parula Postmortem
I just want to mention that I used to hear Northern Parulas along the river where I walk.  Last year, along at least four miles of river, where I had heard these warblers in different locations for over 30 years, I heard only one. It was very late in summer so was probably a migrating bird.  Again this year, I haven't heard a Northern Parula singing.

I know it may not be as pleasant or aesthetically pleasing to have blinds and curtains in windows, and it obviously requires more effort to be conscientious about opening and closing them, but it behooves all of us to do as much as we can to prevent bird kills. Many migratory birds are disappearing, and it's not just due to lack of habitat or problems "elsewhere."

Sincerely,Marlene

In a message dated 5/10/2019 9:41:35 PM US Eastern Standard Time, <va-bird...> writes:

I was lounging on the couch in my living room casually glancing at the bird feeders in the yard on the other side of the dining room, when I saw some kind of a flash in the air and heard a thump on the big picture window in the dining room.   Birds hit my window not infrequently,  but they’re almost always OK so I didn’t pay much attention.  Sometime later as I was putting food on the table, I noticed that on the ground outside the dining room picture window there was a bird.  When I went out to look I saw that they were two birds.  And when I picked them up I realized that they were two dead Northern Parulas. I have lived in this house for almost 30 years and I don’t remember.  ever  seeing a Parula in my yard before.   I always makes me sad to see a dead bird, but when I realized that those poor little guys had flown all the way from South America just to die on my picture window, I felt particularly bad.  I almost never find dead birds like that.  Although, 15 years or so ago I had a Sharpshinned Hawk kill itself on the same window.    How sad.  Donald Sweig  Falls Church, Virginia

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Date: 5/11/19 4:55 am
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] suggestions to avoid Parula Postmortem
Hi Donald,
I've found that using blinds and curtains can greatly reduce window strikes.  Blinds are better because they allow you to open them (not raise them) to see out whereas curtains leave nothing in the window to help show something is there.
Of course, you need to make sure there's not a straight-shot view through the house from one window to another.  For example, when I'm working in my office, I want to see any activity in front of my house so I open the curtains.  But I need to make sure the vertical blinds in the kitchen are closed; otherwise from outside, birds can see the shrubs and forest on the back side of my house and think they can fly through.
One last note: Windows and/or blinds should be light (I use white) in color as that shows up best from outside.  Brown matches my siding better, but it "disappeared" when looking at it from outside.

Hope you can do something to prevent strikes altogether.  It's not helpful to a bird's wellbeing (it undoubtedly suffers a concussion), even if the bird survives.

Sincerely,Marlene
In a message dated 5/10/2019 9:41:35 PM US Eastern Standard Time, <va-bird...> writes:

I was lounging on the couch in my living room casually glancing at the bird feeders in the yard on the other side of the dining room, when I saw some kind of a flash in the air and heard a thump on the big picture window in the dining room.   Birds hit my window not infrequently,  but they’re almost always OK so I didn’t pay much attention.  Sometime later as I was putting food on the table, I noticed that on the ground outside the dining room picture window there was a bird.  When I went out to look I saw that they were two birds.  And when I picked them up I realized that they were two dead Northern Parulas. I have lived in this house for almost 30 years and I don’t remember.  ever  seeing a Parula in my yard before.   I always makes me sad to see a dead bird, but when I realized that those poor little guys had flown all the way from South America just to die on my picture window, I felt particularly bad.  I almost never find dead birds like that.  Although, 15 years or so ago I had a Sharpshinned Hawk kill itself on the same window.    How sad.  Donald Sweig  Falls Church, Virginia

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Date: 5/10/19 6:41 pm
From: Donald Sweig via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Parula Postmortem
I was lounging on the couch in my living room casually glancing at the bird feeders in the yard on the other side of the dining room, when I saw some kind of a flash in the air and heard a thump on the big picture window in the dining room.
Birds hit my window not infrequently, but they’re almost always OK so I didn’t pay much attention. Sometime later as I was putting food on the table, I noticed that on the ground outside the dining room picture window there was a bird. When I went out to look I saw that they were two birds. And when I picked them up I realized that they were two dead Northern Parulas.
I have lived in this house for almost 30 years and I don’t remember. ever seeing a Parula in my yard before.
I always makes me sad to see a dead bird, but when I realized that those poor little guys had flown all the way from South America just to die on my picture window, I felt particularly bad.
I almost never find dead birds like that. Although, 15 years or so ago I had a Sharpshinned Hawk kill itself on the same window.
How sad.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia


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Date: 5/10/19 2:40 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Prothonotary and Yellow-throated Warbler
Sandy Bottom Nature Park (5/9/19); Dutch Gap Conservation Area (5/10/19).
Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_05_10.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_05_10.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: 5/10/19 10:29 am
From: Janet Merritt via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] indigo bunting
So excited that an indigo bunting has been at my feeder in Centreville multiple times this week.  This is a first for me!!!Janet
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Date: 5/10/19 5:15 am
From: Gerco H via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Leesburg Pine Siskin
We still have a single Pine Siskin at the feeder. This is the 4th day in a row we saw it. I think it may not be the healthiest bird as it moves slowly and is fluffed up all the time. Hopefully the bird will get healthy.

Happy birding
Gerco
Leesburg, VA
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Date: 5/10/19 2:56 am
From: Wes Teets via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Help Requested w/ bird call - possible Cerulean warbler
Hey Jonathan,

The song in your recording is that of a Black-throated Blue Warbler.
Cerulean Warbler songs have a trilled quality much like those of
Northern Parula (i.e. they sing lots of short, individual notes that are
strung together into what sounds like slurred, beady phrases--basically,
they "roll their 'R's"). That ringing first note in your recording is
atypical.

Black-throated Blue:
"zheer zheer zheer zhreeee!"

Cerulean:
"chiirrrr chiirrrr chiirrrr trri trri trri trriiii!"

Interestingly enough, I once heard a Black-throated *Green* Warbler
append the last few phrases of a Cerulean song to its own.

Wes Teets
Richmond, VA

On 5/9/19 10:24 PM, Jonathan Clough via VA-bird wrote:
> Before sunrise yesterday (8 May) I heard what I believed sounded like a Cerulean Warbler in my back yard in Springfield, VA. I'm a novice at identifying warbler calls, however, so I'd welcome some help from the experts.
>
> Below is a link to a couple (very) brief recordings I made.
> https://1drv.ms/f/s!AnIJfTaPYo7anlipzkV5s2KeJuZ2
>
> Thank you in advance for any confirmations or corrections.
>
> Jonathan Clough
> Springfield, VA
>
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Date: 5/9/19 7:25 pm
From: Jonathan Clough via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Help Requested w/ bird call - possible Cerulean warbler
Before sunrise yesterday (8 May) I heard what I believed sounded like a Cerulean Warbler in my back yard in Springfield, VA. I'm a novice at identifying warbler calls, however, so I'd welcome some help from the experts.

Below is a link to a couple (very) brief recordings I made.
https://1drv.ms/f/s!AnIJfTaPYo7anlipzkV5s2KeJuZ2

Thank you in advance for any confirmations or corrections.

Jonathan Clough
Springfield, VA

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Date: 5/9/19 10:05 am
From: m b via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Black-throated Blue Warbler in my yard
I don't know whether to be happy about this, or concerned. I never had warblers in my yard. Now that they have completely destroyed all the habitat that was the former railroad yard and lots more habitats than that, in Alexandria, suddenly I'm getting warblers in my yard.

Last year there were common yellowthroats in my back holly trees. Today there was a black-throated blue male in my front holly tree. I have seen no chickadees or titmice for years, or juncos for the short time I was here during junco season. But now I have warblers in my yard during migration.

I don't know if I should be happy that they are spreading, or concerned that they're in my yard because they don't have anywhere else to go due to habitat destruction.

The only for sure good news, is that for someone who is absolutely pathetic at birding by ear, I actually remembered this song from Bill Young's warbler class, and at least I knew it was a warbler. Now I know which one it is. So there's one bit of good news.

MB from Nova

sent from my phone so please excuse all typos, gibberish, and horrifying misspellings

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Date: 5/8/19 3:55 pm
From: Bill Bickel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] falls church backyard migrants
We had good luck today in our Falls Church area yard. Have a stream water feature that draws many birds we would ordinarily not be aware of.
Observed at various times throughout the day; (b = seen bathing)

Redstart (male, b)
BT Blue (male, b)
Cape May (female, b)
N. Parula (male)
Yellowrump (male, female, b)
Blackpoll (male)
Yellow (male)
R.E. vireo
Scar. Tanager (male and female or imm., b)


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Date: 5/8/19 3:22 pm
From: Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Hairy Woodpecker nest discovery
Cheryl found a Hairy Woodpecker nest recently beside our lane. Today the
children took turns photographing the activity. A few photos have been
uploaded at the link below.



https://www.naturefriendmagazine.com/photos/



Kevin Shank

Union Springs

Dayton, VA









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Date: 5/8/19 1:30 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] B&WWarbler interaction
Blue Ridge Parkway, VA; 5/8/19. Interesting photo sequence of interaction
between two B&W Warblers, as well as some other species. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_05_08.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_05_08.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: 5/8/19 12:08 pm
From: Walter Hadlock via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Thompson Wildlife Management Area--Trillium Trail, May 8, 2019.
We visited Thompson WMA this morning. It was overcast and around 60F. The flowers are in bloom and the birds were singing. It was a 50/50 morning: birding by ear/seeing the birds.

Here’s our list:

Turkey Vulture
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker (H)
Red-eyed Vireo
Common Raven

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Wood Thrush (H)
American Robin
Ovenbird (H)
Worm-eating Warbler—good looks right along the fire road

Kentucky Warbler—singing male up in a tree by the side of the fire road about 100 yards down hill from the parking lot.
Hooded Warbler—(H) and seen near where we saw the Kentucky
American Redstart—Male and Female
Cerulean Warbler—(H) up high in the tree canopy
Black-throated Blue Warbler—(H)

Black-Throated Green Warbler—(H)
Eastern Towhee—male and female. Close up views
Scarlet Tanager—male and female

Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon, VA
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Date: 5/8/19 12:07 pm
From: Thomas Nardone via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Walker Nature Center--Reston, May 8, 2019
This morning, 10 people participated in the bird walk at Walker Nature Center sponsored by the Northern Virginia Bird Club.

We observed 28 species including several first-of-year birds—eastern wood pewee, Acadian flycatcher, and yellow bilked cuckoo—for some members of the group.

The club walks are free and open to all. A list of the walks can be found on the club website at http://nvabc.org/updated-field-trips/


> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Date: May 8, 2019 at 2:59:18 PM EDT
> To: <Nardonet...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Walker Nature Center--Reston, May 8, 2019
>
> Walker Nature Center--Reston, Fairfax, Virginia, US
> May 8, 2019 8:27 AM - 10:33 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.434 mile(s)
> 28 species
>
> Canada Goose 4
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
> Spotted Sandpiper 1
> Bald Eagle 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
> Acadian Flycatcher 3
> Eastern Phoebe 2
> White-eyed Vireo 1
> Red-eyed Vireo 4
> Blue Jay 2
> American Crow 3
> Fish Crow 1
> Tree Swallow 2
> Carolina Chickadee 1
> Tufted Titmouse 3
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> House Wren 2
> Carolina Wren 4
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
> Eastern Bluebird 2
> Swainson's Thrush 2
> American Robin 2
> American Goldfinch 1
> Ovenbird 2
> Common Yellowthroat 1
> Northern Cardinal 6
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56001102
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
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Date: 5/8/19 10:15 am
From: PW - Potomac Star via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] 3 Brown-headed Cowbirds
Three Brown-headed Cowbirds spotted in an azalea bush at approximately 7:00
pm last night, in the Woodmont section of Arlington.
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Date: 5/8/19 8:43 am
From: David Boltz via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Wilson’s Warbler at Blandy Farm Now -Clarke County
Near the parking lot for Rattlesnake Spring. Close to the intersection of Blandy Farm Road and Wilkins Lane. Singing and preening and feeding.

Dave Boltz

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Date: 5/8/19 8:01 am
From: Gabriel Mapel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Paddy Knob, Highland County and other areas yesterday (118 species)
Hi all,Vic Laubach and I left Waynesboro at 4:30am yesterday for a full birding day to Paddy Knob, Highland County, and surrounding areas, finishing the day 16 hours later with some birding in Augusta County.  Highlights included a Mourning Warbler at Paddy Knob, a late Gadwall on a pond along Hwy 84, two heard only Golden-winged Warblers at the O'Bryan property, lots of warblers and a Gray-cheeked Thrush along Laurel Fork Rd, and a Yellow-breasted Chat in Swoope.  Here is a full report if anyone is interested in reading:
We stopped at the Confederate Breastworks along Hwy 250 pre-dawn at 5:15am.  We were too early for the Red Crossbills seen later in the morning by Mike Smith and Tom Pendleton, but did hear an E. Whip-poor-will.  Stopping frequently along Hwy 250 west of the breastworks we had a total of 10 Whip-poor-wills.  Arriving at Paddy Knob just before sunrise we had 40 species with highlights: 1 Ruffed Grouse, 1 Wild Turkey, 1 YB Cuckoo, flycatchers (3 Pewee, 1 Acadian, 5 Least, 2 Great Crested), 3 BC Chickadee, thrushes (16 Veery, 6 Hermit, 4 Wood), warblers (23 Ovenbird, 5 Worm-eating, 10 Black-and-white, 1 Mourning, 1 Hooded, 5 Redstart, 8 Blackburnian, 8 Chestnut-sided, 6 BT Blue, 3 Yellow-rumped, 10 BT Green), 6 Scarlet Tanager, and 4 Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
Where Hwy 84 crosses Back Creek we had an Osprey, Red-headed Woodpecker, Bobolink, N. Parula, and several Yellow Warblers.  Just up the road across the Highland County line we had the late Gadwall on a small pond.  At the Trout Hatchery along Hwy 220 we had a Wood Duck, Belted Kingfisher, and another Parula.  At Forks of Water we had a Hummingbird, Kingfisher, Yellow-throated and Warbling Vireos, and 3 Baltimore Orioles.
Spending two hours traversing the Blue Grass Valley we had 52 species with highlights: 1 Killdeer, 1 flyover Double-crested Cormorant, 1 Osprey, 3 Red-tailed Hawk, 3 Red-headed Woodpecker, 3 Kestrel, 18 Cliff Swallow, 11 Bobolink, 2 Orchard and 2 Baltimore Oriole, and warblers (2 Golden-winged, 1 Black-and-white, 3 C. Yellowthroat, 1 Redstart, 9 Yellow, 2 Chestnut-sided, 2 Yellow-rumped).  Heading west on Laurel Fork Rd from the Blue Grass Valley to the WV state line we had 39 species with highlights: 1 Wild Turkey, 1 very vocal Barred Owl, 1 Acadian and 3 Least Flycatcher, 1 Brown Creeper, 1 GC Kinglet, thrushes (1 Gray-cheeked, 6 Hermit, 1 Wood), and warblers (6 Ovenbird, 5 Black-and-white, 1 Nashville, 1 C. Yellowthroat, 9 Redstart, 1 Cape May, 8 Magnolia, 16 Blackburnian, 2 Chestnut-sided, 10 BT Blue, 1 Palm, 1 Pine, 6 Yellow-rumped, 12 BT Green including an occupied nest, 3 Canada).  At Buffalo Lake in WV we had a Spotted Sandpiper, Broad-winged Hawk, and 3 more Least Flycatcher.  At a small marshy area along Hwy 250 in WV we had a Solitary Sandpiper and another Canada Warbler.
Leaving the Highland County area with 105 species we decided to head back to Augusta County for the last few hours of daylight to see how many species we could add to our day list.  In Swoope we had 49 species with highlights: 4 Wild Turkey, sandpipers at Smith Lake (4 Spotted, 7 Solitary, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs), 1 DC Cormorant at Hope Lake, 1 Osprey, 1 Bald Eagle, 5 Red-headed Woodpecker, 1 Willow Flycatcher at Smith Lake, 2 Warbling Vireo, 1 Grasshopper Sparrow, 1 YB Chat on Hewitt Rd, 3 Bobolink, 3 Orchard and 2 Baltimore Oriole, and 6 Yellow Warbler.  On Guthrie Rd we added Horned Lark and Purple Martin.  At the Target Distribution Center Pond we found a Least Sandpiper.  At China Clay Road Wetlands we finally got Great Blue Heron, and at InVista Pond we had our final bird of the day, Green Heron (#118).
Thanks to Vic for what turned out to be an excellent day despite missing our nemesis bird, Mallard!  An additional special thanks to Vic and the entire local birding community for so many awesome birding adventures over the years.  This was my last big birding adventure in the area (at least for a while!) as next week I move to Oregon to work as a Park Ranger at Crater Lake National Park.  Good Birding to everyone,Gabriel MapelNew Hope


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Date: 5/8/19 7:11 am
From: Sandra Farkas via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Pine siskin at feeder

Hello All,
I was surprised to find a pine siskin at my feeder yesterday!! It looked pretty rough, but still chased the goldfinch off the thistle sock and water tray.

Sandy Farkas
Springfield

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Date: 5/7/19 1:09 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] BB Cuckoo; 8 warbler species
Central Virginia; 5/6-7/19. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_05_07.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_05_07.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: 5/7/19 12:19 pm
From: Ashley Lohr via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Birdy Apple Orchard Falls hike yesterday (Cerulean warblers, etc.)--Botetourt, Co.
I forgot to mention on Saturday (5/4) we also heard a WARBLING VIREO where
the Blue Ridge Parkway crosses the James River at the James River Visitor
Center (Milepost 63.6).

Ashley Lohr
Lynchburg


Ashley Lohr
Graduate Research Assistant
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
University of Georgia
B.S. Virginia Tech, 2015 | Wildlife Conservation & Entomology
<aklohr...> | (571)-271-8305


On Mon, May 6, 2019 at 5:15 PM Ashley Lohr <aklohr...> wrote:

> All,
>
> My boyfriend and I hiked Apple Orchard Falls off the Blue Ridge Parkway
> (Milepost 78.4; Buchanan, Botetourt County) yesterday despite the
> on-and-off drizzle, and it was well worth it! Barely into the hike, we had
> singing AMERICAN REDSTARTS and BLUE-HEADED VIREOS. A little further we had
> at least 2-3 singing CERULEAN WARBLERS (*lifer* for both of us!!), plus a
> potential female but I could only see the underside of the bird...pretty
> nondescript. Male & female BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS also popped up less
> than halfway into the hike.
>
> Those were the highlights, but we also heard/saw OVENBIRDS,
> BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, WOOD THRUSH, RED-EYED
> VIREOS, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER, SCARLET TANAGER, plus
> other common spp. (white-breasted nuthatch, Carolina chickadees, tufted
> titmice, northern cardinals, etc.).
>
> On the Parkway the day before (Saturday), we heard OVENBIRDS,
> ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, INDIGO BUNTING, & HOODED WARBLER from one of the
> overlooks in the same general area.
>
> Insect and wildflower diversity was fantastic, as well (rove beetle, bee
> fly, American redstart consuming a mayfly; tons of blooming trilliums &
> violets, bear corn, Jack-and-the-Pulpit, plus lots more). Also saw
> red-spotted newts (red efts), snails, and lots of chicken of the woods on
> one tree along the hike. Sadly, no snakes. :(
>
> Happy birding,
> Ashley Lohr
> Loudoun County / Lynchburg / Athens, GA
>
>
> Ashley Lohr
> Graduate Research Assistant
> Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
> University of Georgia
> B.S. Virginia Tech, 2015 | Wildlife Conservation & Entomology
> <aklohr...> | (571)-271-8305
>
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Date: 5/7/19 9:44 am
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Hooded Warbler-FOS and Pine Siskin! in yard, etc.--western Albemarle

I've had a FOS Hooded Warbler singing nonstop all around my house since about 7:30 AM! 

Also had a Pine Siskin at the feeder this morning.
My Great Crested Flycatcher pair were at a bird box right in the yard about 9:30 AM, which was a first.  They have also been making the rounds to visit other boxes more suited to them (in the past, at least) at the edge of the yard where the forest starts.

Sincerely,Marlene
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Date: 5/7/19 6:21 am
From: Peter Frechtel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] spring migration birding, Kent Gardens Park, McLean
Hello VA-Birders, The last couple of mornings have gone pretty well in my local patch - Kent Gardens Park in McLean. The highlight this morning was a Wilson's warbler chasing around a magnolia warbler, or maybe it was the other way around. Yesterday morning's highlight was a chat, only my second for the park. Last week's highlights were a female blue-winged warbler and a male hooded warbler. Peter FrechtelFalls Church
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Date: 5/7/19 4:56 am
From: Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Nighthawk
May 6, 2019

We were sitting out on the patio and saw 1 Common Nighthawk.

Janet Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Date: 5/6/19 7:10 pm
From: barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Scarlet Fever at Thompson WMA
It felt hot like scarlet fever at Thompson WMA in Linden today -- hot with SCARLET TANAGERS, that is.We saw at least 8 males and heard many more.  Also, lots of American Redstarts, ovenbirds, thrushes, and other birds calling nonstop.  Not to mention, the trillium, geraniums, & orchids are looking particularly pert right now.  Go there this week if you can!  The birds will be great or even better by the weekend but the flowers will be a lot droopier after yesterday's deluge.Private pix temporarily here: .https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/43B670
- Barb, Fairfax
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Date: 5/6/19 4:24 pm
From: STAUFFER MILLER via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] common gallinule Frederick County
A Common Gallinule was in the grassy edge of a pond this evening west of Winchester, Frederick County. It mostly stayed in cover but occasionally stepped out for a good look. Unfortunately, the pond is on private property. Stauffer Miller
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Date: 5/6/19 3:55 pm
From: Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Anhinga in Prince George County, Va
I stopped in Prince George County today as I was heading south into North Carolina.  I visited a pond on Highway 301 just south of the Carson Rest Area and observed four (4) Anhinga.  Also present during my time there was a Mississippi Kite.
http://visitingnature.com/main/spring-2019-march-may/


Enjoy each day,
Allen
Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 5/6/19 3:47 pm
From: Fred Atwood via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Northern Virginia Teen Bird Club Big Day in the Rain May 5
A wonderful group of students joined me and Dr Bert Harris of Clifton
Institute for our club's first ever Big Day from the Mountains to the
Potomac!
Despite the rain that soaked us through and through, and the long hours (we
left Flint Hill School at 3:30 AM and returned at 10:15 PM), these skilled
and positive students fully embraced the experience, and did not complain a
bit. They kept up with their energy and enthusiasm until the end.
Many thanks to Gabriel Ricketts of Frederick Co VA, as well as Adit Nehra
(record-keeper), Autumn Cromartie, and Andrew Pestone from Fairfax county,
for their camaraderie, their passion, and their sharp eyes and ears. And
many thanks to Bert Harris for spear-heading this whole thing.

Despite the rain that limited our warbler discoveries to 14 species, and
kept all the red-tailed hawks out of sight, we managed to find 110 species
including the flock of white pelicans reported at Belle Haven yesterday.

Other highlights included the following:
--wonderful flocks of singing Bobolinks and some White-crowned Sparrows at
Sky Meadows;
--singing Kentucky Warbler, a lot of Ceruleans, and great views of a Hooded
Warbler at Thompson Wildlife Management area in Linden;
--a Sora responding to a roaring train as it passed by Leopold's Preserve;
--Savannah Sparrows, Horned Lark, and a flock of both species of yellowlegs
at Harrison Rd;
--Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck and skirmishing Baltimore Orioles at
Airlie;
--Gadwalls, Lesser Scaups, and Common Loons at UOSA; and
--a welcome relief from the rain at Huntley Meadows where we heard a Marsh
Wren and enjoyed the Red-Headed Woodpeckers excavating a nest cavity on the
opposite side of the same dead tree as a Downy Woodpecker's cavity.

This club is sponsored by Flint Hill School and the Audubon Society of
Northern Virginia. If you know of any other teen birders (grades 6-12) who
would be interested in joining this club, please encourage them and/or
their parents to contact me by email or through the link at the Audubon
Society of Northern Virginia website.

All the best
Fred Atwood
Flint Hill School, Oakton VA
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Date: 5/6/19 2:15 pm
From: Ashley Lohr via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Birdy Apple Orchard Falls hike yesterday (Cerulean warblers, etc.)--Botetourt, Co.
All,

My boyfriend and I hiked Apple Orchard Falls off the Blue Ridge Parkway
(Milepost 78.4; Buchanan, Botetourt County) yesterday despite the
on-and-off drizzle, and it was well worth it! Barely into the hike, we had
singing AMERICAN REDSTARTS and BLUE-HEADED VIREOS. A little further we had
at least 2-3 singing CERULEAN WARBLERS (*lifer* for both of us!!), plus a
potential female but I could only see the underside of the bird...pretty
nondescript. Male & female BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS also popped up less
than halfway into the hike.

Those were the highlights, but we also heard/saw OVENBIRDS, BLACK-AND-WHITE
WARBLERS, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, WOOD THRUSH, RED-EYED VIREOS, EASTERN
WOOD-PEWEE, GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER, SCARLET TANAGER, plus other common
spp. (white-breasted nuthatch, Carolina chickadees, tufted titmice,
northern cardinals, etc.).

On the Parkway the day before (Saturday), we heard OVENBIRDS, ROSE-BREASTED
GROSBEAK, INDIGO BUNTING, & HOODED WARBLER from one of the overlooks in the
same general area.

Insect and wildflower diversity was fantastic, as well (rove beetle, bee
fly, American redstart consuming a mayfly; tons of blooming trilliums &
violets, bear corn, Jack-and-the-Pulpit, plus lots more). Also saw
red-spotted newts (red efts), snails, and lots of chicken of the woods on
one tree along the hike. Sadly, no snakes. :(

Happy birding,
Ashley Lohr
Loudoun County / Lynchburg / Athens, GA


Ashley Lohr
Graduate Research Assistant
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
University of Georgia
B.S. Virginia Tech, 2015 | Wildlife Conservation & Entomology
<aklohr...> | (571)-271-8305
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Date: 5/6/19 10:49 am
From: Ezra Staengl via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bobolink, Lesser Yellowlegs, Chuck-wills-widow, Common Merganser - Nelson County
Hi All,

On May 3rd, Drew Chaney, Theo Staengl and I did a big day in Nelson
County. We ended up with 105 species, the highlights of which were a
bobolink at James River State WMA, a Lesser Yellowlegs on a farm pond along
Variety Mills Road, a Chuck-will's widow singing pre-dawn along Norwood
Road, and a pair of common mergansers on the Tye River just north of 151.
If you're interested, you can read more about it on my blog:
https://birdsandbuds.com/2019/05/06/nelson-county-big-day-2019/

Ezra Staengl
Afton, VA
--
Ezra Staengl
birdsandbuds.com
flickr <https://www.flickr.com/photos/80681464@N03/>
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Date: 5/6/19 10:41 am
From: Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Monticello Park, Alexandria, VA
May 6, 2019

Monticello Park, Alexandria, City of Alexandria, VA

Crested Flycatcher, Peewee, Catbird, Male and Female Baltimore Orioles, Male and Female Scarlet Tanagers, Females Rose Breasted Grosbeak,
Veery, Wood Thrush, Red Eyed Vireo, Indigo Bunting

Warblers

Parula, BT Green, BT Blue, Black and White, Magnolia, Yellow Rump, Blackburnian, Cape May, Redstart, Ovenbird, Chestnut Sided
Yellow Breasted Chat

Janet Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Date: 5/6/19 9:37 am
From: Bryan H via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Algonkian Park group walk - Loudoun county
This morning Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy held an impromptu bird walk* at
Algonkian Park in Loudoun county. We saw 56 species with highlights being
nice looks at Cape May Warblers, Northern Parula, Black-and-white Warbler
and a quick fly over of Common Nighthawks! The complete list is below.

*These impromptu bird walks are advertised on Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy
social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and are scheduled on relatively
short notice - this one was published to social media last night based upon
leader's availability and the outlook of good weather. The walks are free
and open to all; hope to see you on one.

Thanks,
Bryan Henson
Sterling, VA

The complete species list:

1. Canada Goose
2. Mourning Dove
3. Common Nighthawk
4. Chimney Swift
5. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
6. Double-crested Cormorant
7. Great Blue Heron
8. Green Heron
9. Turkey Vulture
10. Bald Eagle
11. Red-shouldered Hawk
12. Red-tailed Hawk
13. Red-bellied Woodpecker
14. Downy Woodpecker
15. Pileated Woodpecker
16. Northern Flicker
17. Great Crested Flycatcher
18. Eastern Kingbird
19. Warbling Vireo
20. Red-eyed Vireo
21. Blue Jay
22. Fish Crow
23. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
24. Purple Martin
25. Tree Swallow
26. Carolina Chickadee
27. Tufted Titmouse
28. House Wren
29. Carolina Wren
30. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
31. Eastern Bluebird
32. American Robin
33. Gray Catbird
34. Northern Mockingbird
35. European Starling
36. Cedar Waxwing
37. American Goldfinch
38. Chipping Sparrow
39. Field Sparrow
40. White-crowned Sparrow
41. White-throated Sparrow
42. Song Sparrow
43. Orchard Oriole
44. Baltimore Oriole
45. Brown-headed Cowbird
46. Common Grackle
47. Black-and-white Warbler
48. Common Yellowthroat
49. Cape May Warbler
50. Northern Parula
51. Black-throated Blue Warbler
52. Yellow-rumped Warbler
53. Scarlet Tanager
54. Northern Cardinal
55. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
56. Indigo Bunting
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Date: 5/6/19 7:58 am
From: Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] White Pelicans in Falls Church, VA

May 6, 2019

Looking out my office window here in the Bailey's Crossroads area of Falls Church, Fairfax County, VA I had 4 White Pelicans soaring in the sky for 5 minutes before heading west. Quite low and beautiful. I assume this was some of the birds from Dyke Marsh in Alexandria, VA

Janet Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Date: 5/6/19 4:36 am
From: Rich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Pelicans@ Dyke Marsh
Are still here this morning. 7:35a.

Rich
Sherman

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Date: 5/6/19 4:12 am
From: Bulmer, Anthony via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Nokesville
I observed 6 bobolinks on barb wire fencing along parkgate road in Nokesville.
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Date: 5/5/19 5:20 pm
From: Richard Rieger via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] White pelicans at Dyke Marsh
Actually turned out to be 12 - viewed from north picnic area and then bike path going north toward stone bridge.
Moved out to deeper water as we watched, but still in Fairfax Co.

Rich again

> On May 5, 2019, at 7:39 PM, Rich via VA-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> Thanks Fred!
> Sherman Suter and I are looking at 11 American White Pelicans. Easily seen from bike path just north of picnic area. Guessing they will stay the night.
>
> Rich Rieger
> Alexandria
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 5/5/19 5:03 pm
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FOS American Redstart-western Albemarle

FOS American Redstart in my back yard today.
Sincerely,Marlene
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Date: 5/5/19 4:40 pm
From: Rich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] White pelicans at Dyke Marsh
Thanks Fred!
Sherman Suter and I are looking at 11 American White Pelicans. Easily seen from bike path just north of picnic area. Guessing they will stay the night.

Rich Rieger
Alexandria

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Date: 5/5/19 1:26 pm
From: Fred Atwood via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fwd: White pelicans at belle haven, Fairfax County
Guess what; we recounted from a different angle and counted 11. Sorry😀

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> From: Fred Atwood <fatwood...>
> Date: May 5, 2019 at 3:55:14 PM EDT
> To: Virginia Bird <va-bird...>
> Subject: White pelicans at belle haven, Fairfax County
>
> Northern Virginia Teen Bird Club sees 9 American white pelicans now.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 5/5/19 1:01 pm
From: Fred Atwood via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fwd: White pelicans at belle haven, Fairfax County
Sorry. Make that ten pelicans since we counted twenty legs. Viewed from north parking lot. Distant.

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> From: Fred Atwood <fatwood...>
> Date: May 5, 2019 at 3:55:14 PM EDT
> To: Virginia Bird <va-bird...>
> Subject: White pelicans at belle haven, Fairfax County
>
> Northern Virginia Teen Bird Club sees 9 American white pelicans now.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 5/5/19 12:55 pm
From: Fred Atwood via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] White pelicans at belle haven, Fairfax County
Northern Virginia Teen Bird Club sees 9 American white pelicans now.

Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 5/5/19 12:36 pm
From: Colt Gregory via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Sunday Great Falls Bird Walk
Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk sponsored by National Park Service at Great Falls Park. Our 5 participants identified 38 waterlogged species. The eaglets continue to grow in the Conn Island nest and today we saw 3 adults. We had some interesting finds with a Rosebreasted Grosbeak, Baltimore Orioles and Redstarts. They were bright colors on a gray day out.

This walk meets at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, rain or shine, in the parking lot next to the Visitors Center. The walk does not take place during electrical storms, heavy snows, or when the trails are icy.
All those with an interest in the natural world, beginning and experience birders, or those who just want in a nice walk in a beautiful and historical setting are welcome to join us.

Species Count
Canada Goose 20
Mallard 5
duck sp. 4
Chimney Swift 40
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Double-crested Cormorant 5
Great Blue Heron 12
Black Vulture 18
Turkey Vulture 2
Bald Eagle 5
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 8
Yellow-throated Vireo 2
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 5
vireo sp. 1
Blue Jay 4
Fish Crow 2
crow sp. 2
Tree Swallow 12
Carolina Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 7
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Hermit Thrush 1
American Goldfinch 6
Baltimore Oriole 2
Red-winged Blackbird 11
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
Common Grackle 4
Black-and-white Warbler 1
American Redstart 1
Northern Parula 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 5
Northern Cardinal 13
Rosebreasted Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 1

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Date: 5/5/19 11:30 am
From: Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kentucky Warbler singing at Huntley
While walking to the events surrounding Wetlands Awareness Day, I heard a Kentucky Warbler singing at the front entrance right off Lockheed Blvd. First Kentucky Warbler I have heard at Huntley in over 15 years.
Larry <Cartwrightprowarbler...>


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Date: 5/5/19 7:12 am
From: Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FW: 9 Warblers and others on Saturday
Yesterday, I was able to get out for a short birding trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I spent most of my time at Yankee Horse Ridge pull off (mile post 34). It was a good morning to be up on the P'way. I heard the following: Worm-eating Warbler, Pine Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Wood Thrush, and Eastern Wood-Pewee. I saw: Cerulean Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Black-and-white Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Veery, Blue-headed Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Indigo Bunting, and Eastern Phoebe.

I've posted a few photos on Flickr

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

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept
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Date: 5/4/19 6:36 pm
From: Elton Morel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] NVBC walk at Leesylvania State Park, , Prince William county, May 4, 2019
VA Birders:
This morning, the Northern Virginia Bird Club visited Leesylvania State Park in Prince William county.  I think the low overcast contributed to a rather subdued day of birding for early May at this location.  We managed to collectively find 58 species despite the length of time we put in today and diversity of habitats covered.  Normally, we should have been well into the high 60s and sometimes into the 70s.  The difficulty observing the warblers high in the trees against a cloudy sky didn't help and we had a complete miss of species that we should have found such as peewees, Acadian Flycatchers, Yellow-billed Cuckoos and all of the 'spotted' thrushes.
Nevertheless, we did find some good birds.  We were serenaded to by both species of orioles, male Scarlet Tanagers, excellent looks at Cape May Warblers (seems to be a big push of this species right now through northern Virginia) and Northern Parulas, a brief look at a Blackburnian Warbler all in the parking lot. We also had really good looks at singing Yellow-throated Warblers in the picnic area contrasting with maddeningly frustrating looks a Blackpolls.  White-eyed Vireos were also quite vocal in the picnic grounds and up at the battery followed by a really good look at a Red-eyed Vireo at the battery. Black-and-white Warblers showed well in several places but several Black-throated Blues and a Yellow Warbler were not very cooperative. By the time we reached Bushey Point and the boardwalks, bird song had really gone quiet.
The complete eBird checklist is below. 


Leesylvania State Park - CPW04, Prince William, Virginia, US
May 4, 2019 7:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:    NVBC walk led by David Ledwith & Elton Morel
58 species

Canada Goose  1
Mallard  4
Mourning Dove  10
Chimney Swift  8
Ring-billed Gull  2
Double-crested Cormorant  9
Great Blue Heron  5    Flyover
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  6
Osprey  8
Bald Eagle  4
Barred Owl  1    Seen in the ravine nearest the maintenance yard on the drive in before the walk.
Red-bellied Woodpecker  7
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Great Crested Flycatcher  8
White-eyed Vireo  4
Red-eyed Vireo  8
Blue Jay  12
American Crow  2    Heard
Fish Crow  6
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Tree Swallow  10
Barn Swallow  6
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  7
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  7
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  10
Eastern Bluebird  6
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  2
European Starling  8
Cedar Waxwing  5
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  8
Chipping Sparrow  5
White-throated Sparrow  1    Heard
Orchard Oriole  6
Baltimore Oriole  5
Red-winged Blackbird  9
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
Common Grackle  30
Ovenbird  1    Heard on the drive in before the start of the walk.
Louisiana Waterthrush  1    Heard in the ravine near the maintenance yard on the drive in before the start of the walk.
Black-and-white Warbler  3
Cape May Warbler  6    At least 4 in the parking lot, others at other locations in the park.
Northern Parula  10
Blackburnian Warbler  1    Briefly seen in the parking lot with the Cape Mays.
Yellow Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  8
Black-throated Blue Warbler  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  30
Yellow-throated Warbler  5
Scarlet Tanager  5
Northern Cardinal  20
Indigo Bunting  4

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55770695

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




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Date: 5/4/19 4:52 pm
From: Walter Hadlock via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Ovenbird
Serendipity is when you look out the window and find a first for the yard list.

An Ovenbird was just here taking a bath in our small backyard pond. Carol was sure she heard one calling on Friday. Here we are, in the middle of Herndon, and no dry hillside anywhere nearby.

I like the comment from David I. White in his VA Bird post from earlier today: “Birds are where you find them.” It sure does apply here.

Good birding to all,
Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon, VA (Fairfax County)
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Date: 5/4/19 3:42 pm
From: Stuart via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Providence Rec. Center: Falls Church: 0 warblers seen or heard!

Hi all:
Disappointing:
Other things:  1 possibly pregnant doe                       1 Barred owl                       3 Gt. Crested Flycatcher                       2 House Wren                       3  Carolina Wren                       1 Red-Headed Woodpecker (Likely heard)                       1 Blackbird (sp.)
                           Lots  of Jack-in-the Pulpit
All birds heard only; although my eyesight is not the best. 
Stuart Merrell
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Date: 5/4/19 2:44 pm
From: Dolores Keeler via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bobolinks still at Meadowood
I saw 8 today around 3:45. They were perched in small bushes along the right edge of the center trail straight out from the Mustang Trail parking lot.

Lori Keeler
Alexandria
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Date: 5/4/19 12:06 pm
From: David White via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FOS Cape May Warbler, Charlottesville
After traipsing all around the fields and hills of Crozet this morning, I returned home to downtown Charlottesville to find a M Cape May Warbler at my birdbath. As Athos Meneboni said, “Birds are where you find them.”

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David I. White, Jr.
<dizoo...>
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Date: 5/4/19 10:01 am
From: Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Update on Black-billed Cuckoo at Huntley Meadows
I ran into Ben Jesup today and he requested that I post on the Black-billed
Cuckoo in the Woodcock Meadow for him, but it looks like he beat me too it.
Anyway, a diligent search of the upper Woodcock Meadow produced no
Black-billed Cuckoo, but I found a Prairie Warbler as a small consolation
prize. Not a lot of migrants today, except for the Prairie, some
Black-throated Blue and Yellow-rumped Warblers, and a Blue-headed Vireo.
Red-eyes were ubiquitous; who knows how many will stay. A check of nest
boxes produced bluebird and Tree Swallows on eggs. My list minus Ben's
cuckoo, is below.



Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia, US May 4, 2019
8:06 AM - 11:54 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.5 mile(s)

Comments: Route consisted of Hike-Bike and Pond Trails, Central and
North Marshes, Woodcock Meadow and meadows adjacent to Hike-Bike Trail, and
Water Control Structure. Weather was cloudy with a moderate breeze, and
temperatures in low 70s.

43 species



Canada Goose 10

Mallard 1

Hooded Merganser 8 One hen with seven precocial young.

Mourning Dove 5

Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1

Osprey 1

Belted Kingfisher 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 10

Downy Woodpecker 3

Pileated Woodpecker 3

Great Crested Flycatcher 7

Blue-headed Vireo 1

Red-eyed Vireo 23

Blue Jay 14

American Crow 1

Fish Crow 2

Tree Swallow 12

Carolina Chickadee 7

Tufted Titmouse 5

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

House Wren 2

Carolina Wren 12

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 16

Eastern Bluebird 2

Wood Thrush 1

American Robin 3

Gray Catbird 5

House Finch 1

American Goldfinch 3

Eastern Towhee 14

Red-winged Blackbird 17

Brown-headed Cowbird 4

Common Grackle (Purple) 4

Ovenbird 13

Common Yellowthroat 10

Northern Parula 6

Black-throated Blue Warbler 4

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 4

Prairie Warbler 1

Scarlet Tanager 1

Northern Cardinal 10

Indigo Bunting 10

House Sparrow 3



View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55768942



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



Larry Cartwright

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



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Date: 5/4/19 9:59 am
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (03 May 2019) 7 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 03, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 5 34
Bald Eagle 2 3 10
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 23
Cooper's Hawk 1 1 2
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 1
Broad-winged Hawk 2 6 93
Red-tailed Hawk 2 4 31
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 3
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 2

Total: 7 19 202
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 11:00:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter: Bill James

Observers:

Visitors:
Some very nice through hikers making the big journey.


Weather:
Warm temps, 76-79, with a nice breeze, 2-3, from the SSW with 40% clouds
and 3-4 clarity. Clouds did not seem to moving with the wind.

Raptor Observations:
IBE 11:05 (1st)
ABE 12:20.

Non-raptor Observations:
Lots of bike teams from other countries....

Predictions:
None
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bill James (<bijame...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=482


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Date: 5/4/19 9:01 am
From: Ben Jesup and Pam Koger-Jesup via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO at Huntley Meadows; late report from Leesylvania
At about 9 a.m., there was a black-billed cuckoo foraging in the isolated
second-growth trees at the far (eastern) end of the Woodcock Meadow. I'll
post some pictures on eBird shortly.



Other than that, it was surprising quiet along the Hike/Bike Trail. The
only other passage migrants were:



Veery 2

B&W warbler 4

BTB warbler 4

Yellow-rumped 4



Other recent arrivals:



YB cuckoo

Pewee

Buntings 6

Blue grosbeak

Scarlet tanager 2



Yesterday, I took the day off and went birding with my wonderful wife. Even
though we started at 8, it was much more productive. Migrants included:



Great crested flycatcher 5

WE vireo 2

RE vireo 18

Wood thrush 1

Orchard oriole 8

Balt. Oriole 3



Ovenbird 1

LA waterthrush 1

B&W 3

Prothonotary 1

Common yellowthroat 3

Redstart 2

Cape May 2

Parula 19

Blackpoll 3

Yellow-rumped 16

Yellow-throated 4



Summer tanager 2

Scarlet tanager 3

RB grosbeak 1

Bunting 2



Ben Jesup

Alexandria



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Date: 5/4/19 8:33 am
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] 2 Pine Siskins, FOS Yb Cuckoo--western Albemarle
2 Pine Siskins at the sunflower bits feeder again today, and heard my FOS Yellow-billed Cuckoo at a neighbor's.

Sincerely,Marlene
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Date: 5/3/19 7:53 pm
From: shaphan--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] YB Cuckoo, Pewee in Union Springs, R'ham County

Yesterday morning before work (5/2) I had a pretty nice variety of migrants at our place, including FOS Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Eastern Wood-Pewee, as well as 11 warblers (Ovenbird, Worm-eating, Cape May, Northern Parula, Magnolia, Bay-breasted, BTB, Palm, Pine, Yellow-rumped, and BTG).

Complete checklist is here: [ https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55667873 ]( https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55667873 )

Shaphan Shank
Union Springs
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Date: 5/3/19 3:32 pm
From: Scott Jackson-Ricketts via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Bridle Creek Boat Ramp, May 3, 2019
Interesting to me was the lack of warbler species. Kingfishers were silent,
no fly overs of crows or ravens, but I was a bit late for the big show.

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Date: Fri, May 3, 2019 at 6:29 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Bridle Creek Boat Ramp, May 3, 2019
To: <scottjr...>


Bridle Creek Boat Ramp, Grayson, Virginia, US
May 3, 2019 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.0 mile(s)
Comments: Exploring the boat ramp and surrounds by foot, eye and ear.
34 species

Canada Goose 3
Mourning Dove 2
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 4
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 FOS observation
Eastern Phoebe 1
Eastern Kingbird 2
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 1 FOS
Blue Jay 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3
Tree Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 1
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 2
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling 2
American Goldfinch 3
Chipping Sparrow 1
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Orchard Oriole 1 Female only
Baltimore Oriole 2
Red-winged Blackbird 4
Common Grackle 4
Common Yellowthroat 1
Northern Parula 1
Yellow Warbler 2
Northern Cardinal 1
Indigo Bunting 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55730666

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
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Date: 5/3/19 1:46 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] A few good photos
43 avian species in central Virginia; 5/3/19; including 7 warbler and 3
vireo species. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_05_03.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_05_03.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: 5/3/19 11:19 am
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] 3 Pine Siskins, FOS Pewee--western Albemarle
3 Pine Siskins this morning.

FOS Pewee May 2.
Sincerely,Marlene

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Date: 5/3/19 11:15 am
From: Robin Duska via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Riverbend Biweekly Friday Morning Walk
On the biweekly walk starting at 0800, Orchard Orioles & Indigo Buntings
galore! Robin Duska Huff/Reston

Riverbend Park
May 3, 2019
8:00 AM
Traveling
1.19 miles
119 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.9.0 Build 9

1 Mourning Dove
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
3 Great Blue Heron
5 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Great Crested Flycatcher
3 Red-eyed Vireo
3 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
1 Fish Crow
4 Tree Swallow
1 Carolina Chickadee
4 House Wren
4 Carolina Wren
3 Eastern Bluebird -- M, F in nestbox, F in natural cavity in snag.
2 Wood Thrush
2 Gray Catbird
2 Chipping Sparrow
2 White-throated Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
5 Eastern Towhee
4 Orchard Oriole -- 1F
1 Ovenbird
1 Black-and-white Warbler
3 Common Yellowthroat
1 Blackburnian Warbler
6 Yellow-rumped Warbler
8 Northern Cardinal
3 Indigo Bunting -- M, F

Number of Taxa: 28
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Date: 5/3/19 6:05 am
From: Vineeta via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] FOY Catbirds
Nice! They've been hanging out in my garden in Alexandria as well. This
morning when I was feeding the birds, a catbird chased away a cardinal from
its stash of peanuts:)
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


On Fri, May 3, 2019 at 9:02 AM Gregory Luce via VA-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> In a friend's backyard in the Arlington Forest neighborhood. One perched
> and sang loudly a few feet away from the back porch. Heard several others
> during my approximately two-hour visit.
>
> --
> Gregory Luce
> "I put it down. You gotta pick it up."—Thelonious Monk
>
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Date: 5/3/19 6:02 am
From: Gregory Luce via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FOY Catbirds
In a friend's backyard in the Arlington Forest neighborhood. One perched
and sang loudly a few feet away from the back porch. Heard several others
during my approximately two-hour visit.

--
Gregory Luce
"I put it down. You gotta pick it up."—Thelonious Monk

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Date: 5/3/19 4:04 am
From: nicholas via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Anhinga, Nottoway River swamp, Southampton Co., 5/2/19
Yesterday afternoon an adult male Anhinga flew out of the swamp forest near the US-258 boat landing on Nottoway River south of Franklin before circling over the boat landing area for some time and then flying out of view towards the northwest.

Nick Flanders
Portsmouth, VA
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Date: 5/2/19 8:45 pm
From: David Boltz via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bobolinks at Sky Meadows SP, Fauquier Co.
This morning Bill Parkin and I went to Sky Meadows SP. We started at Turner Pond. Behind the barn and work shed area we found the field adjacent to the small pond teeming with Bobolinks, at least 18 and likely more. There are 2 other ponds in that area, and one had 4 shorebird species; both Yellowlegs, Solitary SP, Spotted SP. We had Yellow Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, and Common Yellowthroat on this side. Shearman’s Mill loop was a bit slow, but we did manage 4 more warblers; Black and White, BT Blue, Parula, Redstart.

63 total species, list below.

5 Canada Goose
11 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
5 Mourning Dove
1 Spotted Sandpiper
6 Solitary Sandpiper
1 Greater Yellowlegs
1 Lesser Yellowlegs
5 Black Vulture
3 Turkey Vulture
1 Osprey
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Red-headed Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
3 Eastern Phoebe
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
4 Eastern Kingbird
1 Red-eyed Vireo
40 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
1 Fish Crow
2 Common Raven
2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
1 Purple Martin
7 Tree Swallow
18 Barn Swallow
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
12 Carolina Wren
3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
9 Eastern Bluebird
3 Wood Thrush
9 American Robin
25 Gray Catbird -- Super abundant. This is likely a low count. Really!
4 Brown Thrasher
1 Northern Mockingbird
11 European Starling
6 American Goldfinch
2 Chipping Sparrow
2 Field Sparrow
2 White-crowned Sparrow
15 White-throated Sparrow
1 Savannah Sparrow
6 Song Sparrow
3 Swamp Sparrow
5 Eastern Towhee
18 Bobolink
5 Eastern Meadowlark
4 Orchard Oriole
2 Baltimore Oriole
17 Red-winged Blackbird
6 Common Grackle
2 Northern Waterthrush
1 Black-and-white Warbler
14 Common Yellowthroat
2 American Redstart
2 Northern Parula
4 Yellow Warbler
2 Black-throated Blue Warbler
6 Northern Cardinal
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Indigo Bunting
2 House Sparrow

Dave Boltz

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Date: 5/2/19 3:52 pm
From: Robin Duska via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Walker Nature Center--Reston on May 2, 2019 - 8:09 AM
Joanne Bauer and I extended our bluebird nestbox monitoring this morning
around Walker Nature Center trails to enjoy the following, including 10
warbler species and FoS Swainson's Thrush and Scarlet Tanagers.

Robin Duska Huff/Reston

The eBird checklist is at:
https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S55675596

Species Count
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 2
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)
F with 8 downy juveniles 9
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 3
Barred Owl (Strix varia)
Harassed extensively by single AMCR--owl periodically drove crow off 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 7
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) 2
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 3
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 1
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) 3
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) 2
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 8
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 3
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 4
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 2
7 eggs
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 3
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 8
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)
1 nest with young 4
Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) 1
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 13
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 6
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 24
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) 4
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 1
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 1
Common Grackle (Bronzed) (Quiscalus quiscula versicolor) 1
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) 1
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) 3
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 5
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) 3
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) 5
Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 6
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) 3
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 22
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Date: 5/2/19 1:44 pm
From: William Walsh via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bles Park Loudoun County Bobolinks
We took a walk before the rain today to look for migratory birds and were
surprised by two male Bobolinks perched on top of a small tree next to the
parking lot. Warblers were active today with 9 species. Surprised not to
see any Yellow-rumps when we had seen 50+ yesterday at Algonquin Park. We
saw Black and White, Black-throated Blue and Green, Redstart, Yellow,
Common Yellowthroat, Worm Eating, Chestnut-sided and Parula. Indigo
Bunting, Red-eyed and Blue-headed Vireos and Great Crested Flycatchers were
active and we heard the Bittern call as we were leaving.

Bill and Cheryl Walsh
Aldie, VA
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Date: 5/2/19 10:46 am
From: David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] The iconic Osprey—the second installment
Hi all, Here (finally) is "Osprey Country, Part 2
<https://birdpartner.com/2019/05/02/osprey-nests-nesting-and-behavior/>."
As in the last piece, it features my observations, a few stories, a number
of photos, and my usual attempts at humor. I hope you enjoy it—and good
spring birding, one and all!
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/
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Date: 5/2/19 3:55 am
From: Ben Jesup and Pam Koger-Jesup via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Wednesday: summer tanager, Acadian flycatcher, and RB nut at White Oaks Park
Last week was surprisingly quiet, but this week has been better,
particularly Monday (when FOS BTB and BTG warblers showed up), and yesterday
with the above-mentioned species. Only the second time that I have had a
summer tanager in my neighborhood. About to go out in the fog and see what
is there today.



Ben Jesup

Alexandria

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Date: 5/1/19 7:46 pm
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Barred Owls, etc.--western Albemarle
What a night this has been so far!  At 10:20 PM a Red Fox was barking, and at 10:33 PM a Barred Owl started up right at my deck!!!!!  I've never heard one so close.  A second one has arrived and they are making quite a ruckus out there.  Earlier the Peepers were sounding off a lot, with an occasional Green Frog piping up at my smaller pond.  

Sincerely,Marlene
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Date: 5/1/19 6:47 pm
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Chuck-will's-widow!!!!!-western Albemarle; anyone have a photo of one?
My birthday is this week (I'm celebrating it all week) and I got a wonderful b'day present today--a Chuck-will's-widow right outside my door!!!!!

This morning a Whip-poor-will was at the edge of my yard in my woods when it was suddenly joined by what I originally thought was another Whip-poor-will that sounded very strange.  Since the two of them were nearby and overlapping, I couldn't make the second bird's sounds out very well.
This strange-sounding bird spent the day here because it started up this evening, and it was then that I realized it was a Chuck-will's-widow!  I've had one here before--also in May--but it's been several years.  A wonderfully delightful surprise!
As I am not currently writing newspaper columns, I now have the time for other projects that have been on the back burner.  One such project is to post online a video or photo/sound library of all of the wildlife in my nature-friendly garden.  If anyone has a photo of a Chuck-will's-widow that I could post (with credit to you, of course) with the sound recording my hubby got for me today, I would deeply appreciate hearing from you. 

Thanks ever so much!
Sincerely,Marlene
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Date: 5/1/19 6:33 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (01 May 2019) 12 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 01, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 5 5 29
Bald Eagle 1 1 7
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 23
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 1
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 1
Broad-winged Hawk 4 4 89
Red-tailed Hawk 2 2 28
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 3
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 2

Total: 12 12 186
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 13:30:00
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter: Mitch Mitchell

Observers: Dave Brunstetter

Visitors:
Several through hikers on the AT heading north including a lady with a
small dog and a married couple hiking together (at least to this point).
All of those asked had begun their hikes at Springer Mt, GA in the first
week to ten days of March. A number of cars stopped in the overlook but
only one of them inquired about our activity.


Weather:
Although temperatures began at 75F and reached 86 before the end of watch,
a very comfortable day with the strong SE and SSE winds. A haze obscured
the far ridges and the TV towers on Thaxton Mt. were barely visible.
Clouds were scattered and only reached 25 to 30% coverage making it
difficult to spot birds against the clear blue skies much of the time.
Winds were fairly steady in the 5-10 mph range.

Raptor Observations:
Although this is the Harvey's Knob report our observations for the spring
migration are made from the Montvale Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway
approximately half a mile south of HK. First bird of the day (after
reviewing a photo on a larger screen) turned out to be an adult bald eagle
at 9:36 (EST). Plenty of TV/BV activity as well.

Non-raptor Observations:
Several species of smaller birds were observed including swifts, blue jays,
and eastern towhees. One of the ravens made a low pass and was probably
disappointed that Joyce and Liz had not stopped by to leave a snack on the
overlook picnic table. Dave showed off his multitasking skills by
spotting birds whilst proof reading his daughter's term paper. Also, the
trees at the north end of the overlook, having sprouted their new leaves,
provided good shade until the last hour of the watch and made the day much
more pleasant.

Predictions:
The Darrylian Weather Network (aka VentuSky) shows winds will shift to west
and southwest tomorrow and not quite as strong as today. Temps should be
about the same.
========================================================================
Report submitted by stan Mitchell (<mitchmitchell77...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=482


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Date: 5/1/19 4:00 pm
From: Elton Morel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] NVBC at Long Branch Nature Center & Park, Arlington, May 1, 2019
VA Birders:
The Northern Virginia Bird Club held its monthly first Wednesday of the month walk at Long Branch Nature Center and Glencarlyn Park.  As would be expected at this time of year, we had both a good number of bird species as well as participant turnout -- 53 species seen by 22 observers -- despite the low overcast that made observation of warblers at the tops of the trees rather difficult. 
We managed to find 12 warbler species, the best being a Blue-winged Warbler above the Glencarlyn dog park, two Northern Waterthrushes (including excellent, prolonged views of one) and a Yellow Warbler at the confluence of Lubber Run with Four Mile Run. We also had a Chestnut-sided Warbler on the hillside above the LBNC amphitheater (heard only by the group but seen by me before the walk started), two American Redstarts, two Black-throated Green Warblers (mostly heard but seen by a few) and good numbers of Black-and-white, Black-throated Blue (including a female), Northern Parulas, Common Yellowthroats and Ovenbirds. Oh, and lots of Yellow-rumps to sift through.
Other notable finds were excellent looks at Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Scarlet Tanagers and Baltimore Orioles, decent looks at Great Crested Flycatcher, Veery, Red-eyed Vireo and Ruby-throated Hummingbird, and brief looks at a Blue-headed Vireo and a couple of Indigo Buntings.
The complete eBird checklist is below.
Elton MorelArlington, VA 





Long Branch Nature Center & Park, Arlington, Virginia, US
May 1, 2019 8:05 AM - 11:35 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments:    NVBC walk led by Elton Morel
53 species

Mallard  5
Mourning Dove  7
Chimney Swift  12
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  8
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  2    Heard
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  6
Blue Jay  12
American Crow  4
Carolina Chickadee  2    Heard
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
House Wren  3    Heard
Carolina Wren  8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
Veery  2
Hermit Thrush  2
American Robin  12
Gray Catbird  10
European Starling  8
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  15
White-throated Sparrow  8
Song Sparrow  4
Swamp Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  12
Baltimore Oriole  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  1    Heard
Common Grackle  12
Ovenbird  6
Northern Waterthrush  2
Blue-winged Warbler  1
Black-and-white Warbler  5
Common Yellowthroat  4
American Redstart  2
Northern Parula  8
Yellow Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1    Heard
Black-throated Blue Warbler  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler  20
Black-throated Green Warbler  2
Scarlet Tanager  6
Northern Cardinal  25
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  4
Indigo Bunting  2
House Sparrow  8

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55632032

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




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Date: 5/1/19 3:25 pm
From: William Young via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Golden-winged Warbler at Monticello Park in Alexandria
A male Golden-winged Warbler came down to bathe at the front of Monticello
Park in Alexandria at about 2:30 p.m. The warbler came down to bathe again
in the same location at about 5 p.m. This was only the second Golden-winged
Warbler sighting at Monticello since 2008. A photo can be seen at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/145890709@N08/46836244015/in/dateposted/.

The Golden-winged was one of 19 warbler species recorded at Monticello
today. I watched a Worm-eating Warbler forage for about 15 minutes from a
hill on the knoll. A Prairie Warbler came down to bathe – they are not
common at the park. A lot of Black-throated Blue Warblers were in various
parts of the park. Other species included a both Summer and Scarlet
Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Baltimore Oriole, and Indigo Bunting.

My internet service was down last night, so I could not file a report.
Yesterday, 20 species of warblers were recorded at Monticello, with the
highlight being a female Cerulean. Other highlights were a Black-billed
Cuckoo and a Yellow-throated Vireo.

If you are interested in learning more about the nature at Monticello Park,
please visit the MPNature website at: http://www.mpnature.com.

Good Birding.

Bill Young

Arlington, VA
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Date: 5/1/19 3:23 pm
From: barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Black & Blue Bird Banding (Occoquan Bay NWR)

    I saw several birds banded today at Occoquan Bay NWR, including a black-throated blue, common yellowthroat, and black-and-white warblers.  Pix of those & other birds I saw elsewhere on the refuge, including several prothonotary warblers, a pair of brown thrashers, & more are (temporarily) here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/02552w


    I also bumped into two birder/naturalists extraordinare, who will probably post their much more complete findings on eBird.

- Barb, Fairfax
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Date: 5/1/19 1:51 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] NO&LA Waterthrushes
Crozet, VA; 5/1/19. Seven warbler species, including comparison photos of
Northern and Louisiana Waterthrushes. Report and photos:

<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_05_01.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_05_01.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: 5/1/19 1:20 pm
From: Renee Grebe via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Red-breasted Nuthatch
I just heard a red-breasted nuthatch this morning and again this afternoon. I didn't locate is visually, but that little yank from pine trees is unmistakable. I've definitely never heard them in MAY before! Fly north, little one. Summer is coming.
-Renee Grebe Alexandria, VA
I heard and saw my first black throated blue warbler this morning, which was a funny dichotomy to the red-breasted nuthatch (since I don't ever think of them as overlapping). And the ovenbirds are non-stop "teacher'ing" now too.

From: Eirlys Barker via VA-bird <va-bird...>
To: Virginia Birds (E-mail) <va-bird...>
Sent: Sunday, April 28, 2019 10:22 AM
Subject: [VA-bird] Red-breasted Nuthatch

We still have them here, longer and later than ever.  Saw one this morning
at 8:33 and last night at about 5:15.  Purple finches are finally gone --
not seen since last Sunday.

Saw a Black and White Warbler on Friday and hear Summer Tanagers and Wood
Thrushes and Red-Eyed Vireos constantly.

Eirlys Barker,
Pinetta, Gloucester
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Date: 5/1/19 12:26 pm
From: Jon Little via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bobolinks in 3 counties
We found Bobolinks in 3 known spots today - all males. The first were 15 at
the traditional spot in Warren Co along Morgan's Ford Rd (Oxbow Farm).
Later, we found 12 in Clarke Co, along Red Gate Rd.

Next, we found 5 West of Winchester in Frederick Co. (Flint Ridge Rd).
Always a good feeling to get our yearly Bobolink fix, before heading to Ohio
for our warbler fix.



Jon & BJ Little

Winchester

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Date: 5/1/19 11:57 am
From: John Geenwood via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] A double delightful May Day
Glancing out the kitchen window this afternoon I spotted a beautiful Indigo Bunting, a male sitting atop the feeder pole. Shortly later something was skulking through the bushes and a Common Yellowthroat emerged, another male. This is a first time I’ve seen either bird in the backyard and likely the first sightings for me inside the beltway. What fun!

Jack Greenwood
Falls Church

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Date: 5/1/19 5:03 am
From: Jay Pitocchelli via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Request for assistance – song recordings of migrating Mourning Warblers
It is year 5 of this project and I am once again writing to request your
help and participate in a Citizens Science Project that involves
recording migrating Mourning Warbler songs.Our lab is trying to
determine what role song can play in understanding migratory
connectivity in this species.We are interested in whether different song
populations of the Mourning Warbler (Western, Eastern, Nova Scotia,
Newfoundland) migrate together or separately to their respective
breeding areas.Here is a link to a map with previous years’ results
based on recordings from over 100 birders.

https://mowasongmapper.weebly.com/mapping-songs-with-google-maps.html

All you need is a smartphone with a voice recording app and some
luck.Videos with recordings are also helpful.The web page link below
describes the project and how to make recordings on your Smartphone in
more detail.Please send song recordings to the Mourning Warbler Sound
Lab (jpitocch AT anselm.edu).

https://mowasongmapper.weebly.com/

There is also a link to a recent national Audubon Society story on this
research.

Audubon Society reporting

http://www.audubon.org/magazine/spring-2017/this-guy-mapping-how-warblers-migrate-just

I would really appreciate your help and contributions this year to this
Citizens Science Project.

Dr. Jay Pitocchelli

Chair, Biology Department

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, NH 03102

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Date: 5/1/19 3:18 am
From: Patti Reum via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Conservation Fund
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. The VSO Board of
Directors has budgeted $2,500.00 annually. Awards are usually $500.00,
$1,000.00 or occasionally more if the project is deemed especially worthy.

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 and/or its habitat

2. Requested funding level

3. Detailed budget for requested funding


The Conservation Committee will then consider each application and confer
with the entire Board of the VSO. Just to be clear, there are 2 separate
competitions for these awards; this is not a two-step process. Recipients
are asked to report their findings to the VSO board and members at the
completion of their project, specifically at the VSO Annual Meeting.

There are two deadlines for application: *July 31 *and *January 31*. We
currently have $1,000.00 remaining in this fund.

Please submit your application for a grant to Patti Reum (Conservation
Chair of the VSO) at <pareum...> .



--
Patti Reum
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Date: 4/30/19 1:26 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] 9 Warbler Species
Blue Ridge Parkway and Ridgeview Park; 4/30/19. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_04_30.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_04_30.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: 4/30/19 6:54 am
From: Lisa Klein via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] (no subject)
A rose breasted grosbeak appeared yesterday as well as a pair of brown
thrashers. The red breasted nuthatch appears to have taken up nearby
nesting residence. There is a nice pair of eastern towhees that are coming
around as well. There are quite a few in the area.
Hoping the blue jays will move on a bit as they keep away other birds
sometimes.

Lisa Klein
Head Waters, Highland County
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Date: 4/30/19 4:42 am
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Crossbills and Warblers
Reddish Knob and Hone Quarry, VA; 4/29/19. Red Crossbills and 10 warbler
species. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_04_29.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_04_29.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: 4/29/19 8:01 pm
From: Donald Sweig via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] R. B. Grosbeak: Day Four
The Rose breasted grosbeak that first showed up in my yard last Friday continue to be a presence today. It was singing in the maple tree when I went out at 7:00 a.m. to fill the feeders and soon came down to eat the seed I had put out. I saw it on the platform feeder at least three or four times today and twice on the feeder pole.

I still have Chipping sparrows, White-throated sparrows, the local nesting birds and a PINE SISKIN came to eat a couple of times as well. This is the first Siskin I’ve seen at my feeder since last fall.
All very nice.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia


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Date: 4/29/19 5:52 pm
From: Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Vireos, Warblers, Buntings - Cub Run RECenter (Fairfax)
Hello birders,..I was very happy to hear both Blue-headed and Yellow-throated Vireos singing a lot.  We're lucky they are willing to sing well before reaching their breeding destinations, otherwise we'd miss that.
..And if anyone was unable to find any Yellow-rumped Warblers this morning, I think I know why.  I'm pretty sure the entire Eastern U.S. population of Yellow-rumps was right there at the RECenter this morning...Somehow in between all the Butter-butts, I did manage to spot a Parula and hear some Yellowthroats...Finally, a curious observation.  My first-of-season Indigo Buntings consisted of a trio of males.  The three Blue Men flew in to a tree together, hung out for a minute or two, and departed (roughly) together in the same direction.  No females involved...Do the two sexes of Indigos winter separately, and/or do they migrate separately?
..Cheers,
Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia

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Date: 4/29/19 4:22 pm
From: STAUFFER MILLER via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bobolinks Frederick County
Three Bobolinks were perched on a fence this evening along Woodside Road, a gravel road between Woodbine and Branson Springs Roads, northern Frederick County. Stauffer Miller
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Date: 4/29/19 12:31 pm
From: P 3 via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Hot spots near Blacksburg?
Ferrum college is good.

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Subject: [VA-bird] Hot spots near Blacksburg?

Greetings

My wife and I find ourselves in Blacksburg overnight on our way home to Arlington.

Can anyone recommend any good hot spots for migrants in and around Blacksburg or north of here? Please respond off line.

Thanks.

John Belz
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Date: 4/29/19 11:29 am
From: Jjbelz--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Hot spots near Blacksburg?
Greetings

My wife and I find ourselves in Blacksburg overnight on our way home to Arlington.

Can anyone recommend any good hot spots for migrants in and around Blacksburg or north of here? Please respond off line.

Thanks.

John Belz
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Date: 4/29/19 10:59 am
From: Ashley Peele via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Grassland Bird Conservation in VA
Did you know grassland birds are one of the most under-researched avian groups in North America? With nearly 90 percent of the continent’s known species suffering declines, and at least 80 percent of native grasslands lost to development or agriculture, targeted conservation efforts are imperative. Virginia Working Landscapes—an initiative of the Smithsonian National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute—hopes to change that.


From year one, the VABBA2 project has partnered with this great organization to expand our project coverage of grassland species.  To learn more about this great partner, check out our latest Atlas story at: https://ebird.org/atlasva/news/vwl-makes-the-commonwealth-a-template-for-grassland-bird-conservation



We hope to see many of you at this weekend’s VSO annual meeting at Mountain Lake lodge.  The Atlas project will also be holding a number of rallies and events this summer, so check those out at http://amjv.org/vabba/atlas-events/



Happy Atlasing!



Ashley Peele, PhD

Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator

www.vabba2.org | ebird.org/atlasva

www.facebook.com/vabba2

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1900 Kraft Drive, Suite 105

Blacksburg, VA 24061

(540) 231-9182 office

(540) 231-7019 fax

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Date: 4/29/19 6:09 am
From: Douglas Burkett via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bobolinks and Grasshopper sparrow - Nelson County
First Post.  Sunday Morning avian treat observing a flock of bobolinks with their amazing vocalization and numerous grasshopper sparrows perching on the fence line along Arrington Road in Arrington VA.  County first for me. 
For pictures see:  eBird Checklist - 28 Apr 2019 - 2063 Arrington Road, Arrington, Virginia, US (37.692, -78.907) - 8 species

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Date: 4/28/19 5:18 pm
From: Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Weekend Birds - Sora and Blue-winged Warbler
I was able to get out birding both Saturday and Sunday mornings. On Saturday, I headed out to Shenandoah Wetlands Bank near Stuart's Draft. I was lucky enough to run into Allen Larner and a group doing a big day in Augusta County. Allen took me to a location where Soras were calling. There were a number of Soras at SWB and I was able to get some photos of one (in typical Sora poses - partially hidden in the vegetation). In addition, I was looking for Virginia Rails. I was able to see 2 (no photos) and hear 2 others.

On Sunday, I birded with two of my daughters at Natural Bridge State Park and on River Rd which parallels the Maury River south of Buena Vista. At Natural Bridge SP, it was clear that Indigo Buntings had migrated into the area - we saw/heard 6-7. We were lucky enough to locate 2 Blue-winged Warblers although seeing them was a challenge. I took a couple of photos of one. In addition to the BWWA and INBU, we saw a number of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Prairie Warblers, Red-eyed Vireos, Ovenbirds, Wood Thrush, Field Sparrows, Carolina Wrens, American Goldfinches, Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, Scarlet Tanager (1), and Baltimore Oriole (1).

Photos of the Sora and Blue-winged W can be seen at:

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


Along River Rd, we were looking for the Cerulean Warbler that I had reported last weekend. When my daughter Lucy and I first located it, we were confused. The bird was first located by its call - a Parula call. But, when we saw the bird it looked like a Cerulean. We tried calling it in - the bird would not respond to a Parula call but did respond to a Cerulean call. The field marks for the bird show a split eye ring (Parula) but no yellow wash on the throat and breast. It has the blue breast band of a Cerulean but lacks the streaks along the sides. During the week, I heard from a couple of folks who thought that it looked like the Cerulean W. was really a hybrid between a Cerulean W and a Northern Parula. I did some investigating, and the bird does appear to be a hybrid. There are a few reports of this type of hybrid and there are a few photos in the Macaulay Library at Cornell of this hybrid that look nearly identical to this bird. We returned to River Rd to relocat
e the bird and it was in the exact same location. I recorded its vocalizations (I haven't analyzed them yet), to compare to both Parula and Cerulean vocalizations.

My photos of the Cerulean x Parula hybrid can be seen at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vmibiology/albums/72157706811117151

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept

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Date: 4/28/19 4:45 pm
From: Bryan H via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bles Park group walk and Bles Park conservation concern - Loudoun County
On an odd weather day (we lingered near the cars for a while in case it got
bad), our group of 17 saw 49 species at Bles Park. Indigo Buntings, Orchard
Orioles, Prairie Warbler, and White-eyed Vireo provided good looks to the
bulk of the group. American Bittern was heard only by a small portion of
group. The full list can be found at
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55506401 .

This was a group walk sponsored by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy. Upcoming
Loudoun Wildlife walks can be found at https://loudounwildlife.org/events/

On a more important note, Loudoun County is considering "improvements" at
Bles Park -
https://patch.com/virginia/ashburn/bles-park-improvements-be-discussed-ashburn
. While the plans are not available online (beyond the pictures linked
below) yet and no public comment mechanism is currently available, the
general outlook of the current plans are not good IMO for some of the bird
species and other wildlife found at the park.

The current plan calls for

- a dramatic increase in the number of parking spots by paving over a
small marshy area (today, we saw Prairie Warbler, Indigo Bunting,
Red-winged blackbirds, Song Sparrows and a couple species of swallow in
that area) to the west of the current parking lot.
- a boat ramp to be accessible via a 'road' which consists of the
current path along the eastern side of the main marsh
- a boardwalk that will follow the southern and western parts of the
main marsh until it cuts across the currently inaccessible area of the marsh
- a cutting down of a large forested area on the eastern side of the
park to be replaced with a lawn meant for picnicking and planted with
ornamental trees

Pictures of the plan taken at the meeting can be found here:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/srbcnLNFRcDFSVbG8

If you'd like to contact officials to provide input, you can contact:
Mark Novak, Chief Park Planner, Facilities Planning & Development
<mark.novak...>

Thanks,
Bryan Henson
Sterling, VA
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Date: 4/28/19 2:12 pm
From: David Young via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Pine Siskins, Indigo Bunting - Reston
After having zero Pine Siskins all Fall when they were widely seen and zero all Winter 5 showed up at the feeders today. A female Indigo Bunting was on the ground underneath but didn't see it eat anything. Just hanging looking Doe eyed . Heard House Wrens just about everywhere and Catbirds got comfortable out back for first day. Eastern Kingbirds on the golf course out back as well. Dave Young Reston, va.


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Date: 4/28/19 12:56 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Crozet, VA 4/28/19
42 avian species including 4 warbler species and lots of shorebirds. Report
and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_04_28.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_04_28.htm



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Crozet, VA

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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: 4/28/19 11:55 am
From: Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Little Blue Heron at Huntley Meadows
In contrast to yesterday's Huntley Meadows Hike-Bike Trail walk sponsored by
the Northern Virginia Bird Club, today's walk (FODM) had fewer birds, but
some new additions to yesterday's list. An adult Little Blue Heron took
flight from the marsh near the platform overlooking the marsh, giving us
good views. A Yellow-throated Vireo sang at the entrance to the parking lot.
Two Wood Thrushes sang from the Pond Trail and a House Wren was present at
the Maintenance Building. We picked up an American Redstart as well. The
Purple Finches declined to two at the catkins beside the Woodcock Meadow.



Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia, US Apr 28,
2019 7:57 AM - 10:56 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.0 mile(s)

42 species



Canada Goose 6

Hooded Merganser 1

Chimney Swift 2

Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 4

Little Blue Heron 1 While standing on the platform at the end of the
Hike-Bike Trail overlooking the Central Marsh, a small heron, much slender
in form than the Green Herons normally seen there, took flight in front of
us and flew off to the left. The bird as blue all over with a bicolored bill
(much paler at the basal end) and dark legs.

Cooper's Hawk 1

Belted Kingfisher 1

Red-headed Woodpecker 3

Red-bellied Woodpecker 7

Pileated Woodpecker 3

Great Crested Flycatcher 2

Yellow-throated Vireo 1

Red-eyed Vireo 5

Blue Jay 23

American Crow 5

Fish Crow 4

Tree Swallow 14

Carolina Chickadee 5

Tufted Titmouse 8

White-breasted Nuthatch 3

House Wren 1

Carolina Wren 7

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 11

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1

Eastern Bluebird 2

Wood Thrush 2

American Robin 6

Gray Catbird 3

House Finch 2

Purple Finch 2

American Goldfinch 8

White-throated Sparrow 23

Eastern Towhee 10

Red-winged Blackbird 15

Brown-headed Cowbird 3

Ovenbird 10

Black-and-white Warbler 1

Common Yellowthroat 10

American Redstart 1

Yellow Warbler 2

Yellow-rumped Warbler 11

Northern Cardinal 14



View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55506094



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



Larry Cartwright

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Date: 4/28/19 11:43 am
From: krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Great Falls Park, Apr 28, 2019
Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified approximately 49 species and included 21 participants. Despite the inclement start to the day, the walk nonetheless proved to be pretty "birdy" and the season's latest sightings included the following:  Spotted Sandpiper, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, several vireos, Grey Catbird, Chestnut-sided and Black-and-white Warblers, Scarlet Tanager, and Baltimore Oriole.
The walk meets in the main parking lot of Great Falls Park at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, rain or shine; it does not take place, though, during electrical storms, heavy snows, or when the trails are icy. All those with an interest in the natural world - beginning and experienced birders alike - please join us.

NOTE: If you participated in today's walk and would like but did not receive an eBird copy of the list, please contact today's recorder at the above email address.
Canada Goose 42 Including one adult with 8 goslings.
Mallard 10 Including one adult with approximately 6 duckings in tow.
Common Merganser 2
Mourning Dove 5 One on occupied nest.
Chimney Swift 16
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Double-crested Cormorant 11 Excluding residents of the Conn Island rookery.
Great Blue Heron 12 Excluding residents of the Conn Island rookery.
Black Vulture 26
Turkey Vulture 17
Bald Eagle 4 Two adults perched on or adjacent to the Conn Island nest and two eaglets in the nest.
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Barred Owl 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 14
Downy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 5
Eastern Kingbird 2
Blue-headed Vireo 1 Seen and heard.
Warbling Vireo 1 Heard.
Red-eyed Vireo 1 Heard.
Blue Jay 54
Fish Crow 1
crow sp. 12
Tree Swallow 1
Carolina Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren  6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin 1
Gray Catbird 2
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 20
White-throated Sparrow 15
Song Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 1
Baltimore Oriole 2
Red-winged Blackbird 16    
Common Grackle 10
Louisiana Waterthrush 4
Black-and-white Warbler 2
Northern Parula 2 Heard.
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2    
Yellow-rumped Warbler 24
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 13
Indigo Bunting 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55513056

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

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Date: 4/28/19 11:11 am
From: Gerco H via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Loudoun County Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park, Apr 28, 2019
This morning's Spring Migration walk at Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park (Loudoun County) was attended by 20 people and was organized by Wild Birds Unlimited (Ashburn). We started around 9:00 am in a light rain, but ended up with some good weather. We had great comparative looks of the Swamp and Field Sparrow, and saw a very wet Red-shouldered Hawk flew over. Whilst crossing the golf course we saw in the distance a couple Green Heron's we perched on top of a large Sycamore. The first Great-crested Flycatchers were heard, but they were hard to see. It was fun to introduce the participant to warbler neck when we came across a group of warblers which included a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Paula's and a few Black-and-White Warblers. A couple of the participants also saw a Barred Owl. On our way back to the cars we heard a Yellow Warbler and eventually we saw the bird. Very beautiful it was. We ended up with 43 species among all participants. The full list is below.

Happy birding
Gerco
Leesburg, VA

Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park, Loudoun, Virginia, US Apr 28, 2019 9:00 AM - 11:27 AM
43 species

Canada Goose 4
Wood Duck 2
Mallard 1
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift 1
Double-crested Cormorant 11
Great Blue Heron 3
Green Heron 2
Turkey Vulture 4
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Barred Owl 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 4
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 72
American Crow 1
Fish Crow 1
Tree Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird 3
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 6
American Goldfinch 4
Field Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 15
Swamp Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird 5
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Common Grackle 10
Black-and-white Warbler 2
Northern Parula 2
Yellow Warbler 1
Northern Cardinal 5

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55507034

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Date: 4/28/19 7:22 am
From: Eirlys Barker via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Red-breasted Nuthatch
We still have them here, longer and later than ever. Saw one this morning
at 8:33 and last night at about 5:15. Purple finches are finally gone --
not seen since last Sunday.

Saw a Black and White Warbler on Friday and hear Summer Tanagers and Wood
Thrushes and Red-Eyed Vireos constantly.

Eirlys Barker,
Pinetta, Gloucester
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Date: 4/27/19 7:04 pm
From: Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Purple Finches and Blue-winged Warbler at Huntley Meadows
The Northern Virginia Bird Club sponsored a walk on the Hike-Bike Trail at
Huntley Meadows. We started off with vocalizing Black-and-white Warblers
and Northern Parulas as we left the parking lot. The Pond Trail produced
Swainson's Thrush, several Scarlet Tanagers, a Black-throated Green Warbler
(heard and seen) and singing Ovenbirds. Accipiters were well represented
with two each of Cooper's and Sharp-shinned Hawks. We had great views of a
Blue-winged Warbler and a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak as we approached the
Woodcock Meadow. Purple Finches were feeding on catkins on the path beside
the meadow at the same location Ben Jesup had them in his last report. Ben
had many more than we did, but our group was delighted with the six we
found. Eastern Bluebirds and Tree Swallows have begun nesting in Huntley
boxes. It was a beautiful day to be out despite some issues with pollen.



Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia, US Apr 27,
2019 7:05 AM - 11:35 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.5 mile(s)

Comments: NVBC walk led by Larry Cartwright and Elton Morel.

64 species



Canada Goose 6

Wood Duck 1

Mallard 2

Mourning Dove 8

Chimney Swift 8

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3

Double-crested Cormorant 2 Flyover at start of walk at parking lot

Great Blue Heron 2

Green Heron 1

Black Vulture 3

Turkey Vulture 4

Osprey 2

Sharp-shinned Hawk 2

Cooper's Hawk 2

Bald Eagle 3

Red-shouldered Hawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 2

Red-headed Woodpecker 2

Red-bellied Woodpecker 8

Downy Woodpecker 2

Pileated Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 1

Great Crested Flycatcher 1 Heard along pond trail

Eastern Kingbird 2

Red-eyed Vireo 6

Blue Jay 80 Mostly flyovers

American Crow 1 Heard

Fish Crow 3

Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2

Tree Swallow 20

Carolina Chickadee 4

Tufted Titmouse 8

Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 Heard in pines behind maintenance yard

White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Heard

Carolina Wren 12 Heard

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 30

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5

Eastern Bluebird 3

Swainson's Thrush 1 Briefly seen along pond trail

Wood Thrush 1 Heard

American Robin 8

Gray Catbird 4

European Starling 2

House Finch 2

Purple Finch 6

American Goldfinch 10

Chipping Sparrow 1

White-throated Sparrow 12

Swamp Sparrow 1 Heard in woodcock meadow

Eastern Towhee 12

Red-winged Blackbird 9

Brown-headed Cowbird 6

Common Grackle 12

Ovenbird 3 Heard mostly along pond trail

Blue-winged Warbler 1

Black-and-white Warbler 3

Common Yellowthroat 18

Northern Parula 3 Heard

Yellow-rumped Warbler 6

Black-throated Green Warbler 2

Scarlet Tanager 3 Heard along pond trail

Northern Cardinal 20

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1

House Sparrow 1 Heard at parking lot after tally



View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55479626



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



Larry Cartwright

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



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Date: 4/27/19 6:36 pm
From: nicholas via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Piping Plovers, Sedge Wren, Grandview Nature Preserve, Hampton VA 4/27/19
Hey all, highlights from covering Grandview Sector for Newport News Spring Bird Count: 1 singing Sedge Wren along entrance road and 2 Piping Plovers approximately half-way up beach to north point.

Nick Flanders
Portsmouth, VA
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Date: 4/27/19 4:46 pm
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] 9 male Northern Shovelers, Augusta County pond 04262019
Forgot to mention yesterday that my hubby and I saw 9 beautiful male Northern Shovelers in an Augusta County farm pond near Stuarts Draft.
Sincerely,Marlene 

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Date: 4/27/19 4:35 pm
From: Howard Wu via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Arlington nesting eagle status?
Hi,

Does anyone know the status of the Arlington (Fort Bennett) nesting eagles?
Has the chick fledged and left nest? Have the leaves grown so that the nest
is hidden?

I have only been there once and am thinking about checking it out again.
Just gathering some info as it is not a short drive for me.

Thanks,
Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
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Date: 4/26/19 5:26 pm
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FOS-4!-male Indigo Buntings, Sc Tanager, etc.--western Albemarle
Forgot to mention yesterday that I'd heard the "chick-burr" of a Scarlet Tanager at home.
Today I had 4 FOS male Indigo Buntings hanging out together in my driveway--I'm always blown away by their coloring.  So beautiful.
And the Peepers this year are phenomenal!  I can't believe how many are still calling like crazy all around my house.
Sincerely,Marlene
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Date: 4/26/19 5:14 pm
From: Brian Sykes via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Springs in the Air in Accomack ! Nighthawk, BOBWHITE
I do believe these are both seconds for me in Virginia. I saw both the
Bobwhite and the Nighthawk back around 2005 on a trip to Assateague island
Va. I came down for Bird Migratory day and didnt see a single birder or
event. Nice trip though. This evening i just saw and photographed a
Bobwhite walk across the road in front of me and dilly dally across a
neighbors yard. And wouldnt you knowwwww the neighbor was pulling in the
yard!! Looking at me like im nuts again!!! .Sooo i said BOBWHITE and their
like whats this mean ? I said youd be lucky to hear one and let alone SEE
one. I think she got pic? When i got home few min later there was a Common
Nighthawk flying over my yard!. And the calm between the storms also
brought me House wren ,3 Redheaded Woodpeckers skulking and checking out a
nice holey bare dead tree . GC flycatcher weeping, and the other
regulars,Cardinal, Chickadee, BH nuthatch,C wren, Mo Dove, Laughing Gulls
headed to roost, Tree swallows ,N Flicker(eating ants from ground),
Grackles, BH Cowbirds, Starlings ,Downy wp, Redbellied wp,Robins,
HUMMINGBIRD at feeder. Found my first Virginia Purple Martins yesterday.
Using nest boxes next to Horntown post office. RBNuthatch seem to have
left. Right after i said they were still here ...they disappeared.
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Date: 4/26/19 3:28 pm
From: Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Ellanor Lawrence Park 26-April: Flys, Vireo, Finch, Warblers, Orioles
Hello birders,.. ..Today was the first really good day of spring birding for me.  ECL Park (Fairfax County) is usually good during spring migration and today I saw many of my firsts of this season... ..Highlights included Eastern Wood-Pewee, Great Crested Fly (calling), Blue-headed Vireo (singing), Purple Finches, both Oriole species (Orchard singing), and Black-and-white, Yellow, and Yellow-rumped Warblers.
.. ..Still around from winter / spring migration: Ruby-crowned Kinglet.  Almost all of these were at the Visitor Center.  I missed birding around the (also usually reliable) Cabell's Mill area, due to rain... ..Full eBird report is here:https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S55423082.. ..On that list, many species have no breeding code, because it's too early to code them under Atlas guidelines.  The chart for that is at this link:http://amjv.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/BreedingGuidelinesBarChart_Piedmont_7.pdf
.. ..good birding everybody -- --Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia
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Date: 4/26/19 3:04 pm
From: Donald Sweig via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Two Grosbeaks
As I was unloading some groceries from my car to my kitchen about 12:30 today, I suddenly noticed I had a male Rose-breasted grosbeak on my sunflower seed feeder. I was waiting and hoping that one of them would show up. I usually get one or two every year
I ran to get my camera and missed a good shot by about 10 seconds. The bird appeared very briefly two or three times over the next hour. I managed to get two or three not such wonderful photos.
Finally about 2 o’clock, it perched on the top of the feeder pole and and just as I was about to take a picture a SECOND male, Rose-breasted Grosbeak flew in and chased it off. Then it began to really rain and I took a nap.

After the rain the sun came out briefly, I went out and cleaned off the patio and the birdfeeders and filled them again. As I was doing this I could hear the Grosbeak singing it’s sweet song up in the tree.
Over the next couple of hours, one of the Grosbeaks appeared three or four times on the feeder and I managed to get some better photo images. It’s feeding again now and hopefully it will be there in the morning when we have blue sky and sunshine.
OMG, The second Grosbeak just flew in. I now have two of them on the feeder at the same time, but it is far too dark to take a picture.
Maybe in the morning.

Otherwise it’s been a very birdy day in my Falls Church yard.
Three Chipping sparrows appeared with the grosbeaks, and I still have three, singing, White-throated sparrows, with bright yellow lores. My summer resident Catbirds have been busily eating the raisins and suet all day. Both of the Towhees that live in the neighborhood showed up, as did three very active Blue Jays along with the usual Cardinals and woodpeckers.
The wind has now shifted to the northwest, so I hope that both of the grosbeaks will be here in the morning.
What a treat !!!
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Va.

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Date: 4/25/19 1:54 pm
From: Herbert Larner via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Birding Augusta County
Hello all

This morning I met up with John Pancake , Barry Kinzie , & Bob Epperson to do some birding in Augusta County . On the way to the first stop we saw a Northern Harrier flying north . We stopped by the waste water treatment plant where we had a couple of Spotted Sandpiper's , next stop was the Shenandoah Wetlands Bank in Stuarts Draft . Here we chalked up about 40ish species with the best being 5 Va. Rail's , 11 Sora ( a new high for Augusta County , 5 or 6 Wilson's Snipe ( still displaying ) & a Marsh Wren . Next we took off for the Swoope area & on Shuey Rd. we had Baltimore Oriole , Great - crested Flycatcher , Yellow Warbler , Warbling Vireo , Kingbird . Next we stopped by the Bald eagles Nest & got a Red - headed Woodpecker . Our last stop was at Smith's Pond where we had Spotted , Solitary & Lesser Yellowlegs , Cliff Swallow , Warbling Vireo & Yellow Warbler . On Livick Rd. we had a nice Grasshopper & Vesper Sparrow . All in all we ended the day with some where arou
nd 60 to 65 species . ( I did not keep count ) .

Allen Larner
Staunton
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Date: 4/25/19 12:47 pm
From: Phil Silas via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] eBird Report - Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, Apr 25, 2019

VA-Birders,The Northern Virginia Bird Club sponsored walk today at Laurel Hill Equestrian Center was attended by 10 birders, and we observed 45 avian species. Highlights included: several White-crowned Sparrows amongst the 7 sparrow species; scope views of an adult male Orchard Oriole; and the deep arcing courtship flight of a pair of Cooper's Hawks. Some had brief looks at a Blue Grosbeak, and most caught a short look at a couple of fast flying Common Loons. The list below missed the few Brown-headed Cowbirds we saw and under counted the Northern Cardinals by about 8.Phil Silas, Woodbridge, VA

Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Apr 25, 2019 8:15 AM - 10:51 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.905 mile(s)
44 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  4
Mallard  2
Mourning Dove  2
Chimney Swift  4
Common Loon  2    flyovers
Great Blue Heron  2
Black Vulture  8
Turkey Vulture  22
Osprey  1
Cooper's Hawk  3
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  100
American Crow  4
crow sp.  4
Common Raven  1    being harassed by crows
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Tree Swallow  10
Barn Swallow  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  1
Brown Thrasher  2
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  10
American Goldfinch  6
Chipping Sparrow  1
Field Sparrow  7
White-crowned Sparrow  9
White-throated Sparrow  2
Savannah Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  5
Eastern Towhee  6
Orchard Oriole  1
Red-winged Blackbird  6
Common Grackle  2
Common Yellowthroat  1
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Prairie Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Blue Grosbeak  1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55389042

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Date: 4/25/19 10:42 am
From: Walter Hadlock via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Great Crested Flycatcher and more
Good afternoon,

While working at Runnymede Park here in Herndon, a Great Crested Flycatcher was heard in the woods. Also, the morning included 15 Chimney Swifts overhead, two Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, a pair of Chipping Sparrows, and a Red-bellied Woodpecker calling.

Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon, VA (Fairfax County)
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Date: 4/25/19 10:00 am
From: David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Singing Chestnut-sided Warbler off Douglas Rd., Chesapeake
If anyone's interested, I observed the above this a.m. Douglas Rd.
continues to be a "best-kept secret" kind of a place. I also had a singing
Swainson's off the Canal Trail between Douglas and Cornland. Here's my
list: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55392893. The CSW was flagged, of
course. Good birding. And please check out my bird blog!
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/
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Date: 4/25/19 9:50 am
From: Anita Huffman via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Orioles
A cool thing happened this morning. I hear a Baltimore Oriole and
finally found it in an apple tree (They always come back when this
particular apple tree is in full bloom). My son and daughter were trying
to see it when it flew around the corner of the house and we went to
different windows. There we saw him plus a male Orchard Oriole both in
the same binocular field of view. Pretty neat.
Anita Huffman
Rugby, Va
Grayson County
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Date: 4/25/19 9:31 am
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FOS female hummer, Great Crested Flycatcher, Black-throated Blue--western Albemarle

Heard my FOS Great Crested Flycatcher on my morning walk and my FOS Black-throated Blue singing with a Black-throated Green (which I first heard a while ago) here at home this morning.
Also just saw my FOS female hummer at the feeder (already had a male).  I believe she's been here a couple of days though because I'd heard the male "talking" (chirping) 2 days ago, which is a sound I only hear when there are more than 2 hummers and they are interacting.
Oh!  I had Pine Siskins and a female Purple Finch still here yesterday.
Sincerely,Marlene

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Date: 4/25/19 8:47 am
From: Stuart via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Small list of things to look for in Annandale, Va
FOS: 2  G.C. Flycatchers         2  Spotted Sandpiper         1 Towhee

Other:   20 pink lady slippers:  Roundtree Park
Stuart
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Date: 4/25/19 8:45 am
From: Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Northbound Pine Siskins and Purple Finch in Annandle
Eight Pine Siskins and a single Purple Finch are at our feeders in Annandale
during a feeding pit stop before continuing the northbound journey to the
breeding grounds.



Larry Cartwright

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

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Date: 4/24/19 9:52 pm
From: barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Spring Fling at Chincoteague

What's Spring Break without a trip to the beach -- for humans AND birds, including Black skimmers, Royal & Forster's Terns, Willets, Marbled Godwits, Glossy Ibises, pert ponies, and much more at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge?  Pix temporarily here: 

https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/1yXUhU

(PS: Want to see more bird/wildlife photos?  Please join me for a free talk at Chantilly Public Library on June 26, called, " WILD BABIES & BLOSSOMS: Photographing Summer's Nature Spectacles." Details here: https://www.meetup.com/Nature-Photography-DC-MD-VA/events/260264544/ )

 

 

- Barb, Fairfax
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Date: 4/24/19 4:07 pm
From: William Young via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Leucistic White-throated Sparrow at Monticello Park in Alexandria
I was at Monticello Park in Alexandria this afternoon from about 1:30 to
4:30. I have never seen so many White-throated Sparrows at the park – there
may have been a hundred of them, and some were 30 feet up in the trees. I
checked to see if a White-crowned Sparrow might be mixed in. I didn't find
one, but I did see a leucistic White-throated Sparrow. It had much more
white on its head than a typical White-throat, and the white extended
around to the collar. It had the normal yellow lores, but there was no
black next to them. The missing gray and black below the lores was replaced
by the shadow of a mask. It also had a trace of white feathering on its
back. Below are two photos, along with a photo of a typical White-throat.



https://www.flickr.com/photos/145890709@N08/46775181635/in/album-72157679055981842/



https://www.flickr.com/photos/145890709@N08/46775181425/in/album-72157679055981842/



https://www.flickr.com/photos/145890709@N08/28566700330/in/album-72157679055981842/



While I was at the park, I saw Hooded Warblers. There appeared to be about
three, singing and rapidly foraging. A Blue-winged Warbler dropped into the
stream. Some Ovenbirds were walking around, and there were quite a few
Yellow-rumped Warblers. One of the surprises of the afternoon was a
Red-breasted Nuthatch foraging low near the bridge. I saw a first-of-season
Veery and about a dozen Hermit Thrushes. Yesterday, I saw an adult
Red-headed Woodpecker at the park, but I could not relocate it today.



If you want to see a list of what everyone saw at the park today, go to the
Monticello Park hotspot on eBird at https://ebird.org/hotspot/L159356. And
if you need other information about the park, visit the MPNature website at
http://www.mpnature.com.



Good Birding

Bill Young

Arlington, VA
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Date: 4/24/19 3:37 pm
From: Russell Taylor via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Arrowbrook Park, Herndon
I stopped at Arrowbrook briefly at 4pm today. There was a beautiful
breeding plumage Yellow-crowned Night-Heron in the little pool that is NE
of the boardwalk. I of course did not have my camera, but it was near
enough I could get a recognizable picture just pointing my old iPhone at it.

Russ
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Date: 4/24/19 2:50 pm
From: shaphan--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Migrants in Union Springs, R'ham County

I had a decent array of migrants before work this morning at our place in Union Springs. Some of the better birds were FOS Great Crested Flycatcher and Scarlet Tanager, BH and YT Vireos, and seven warbler species (Ovenbird [counted 26 singing], Worm-eating, B&W, Black-throated Blue, Pine, Yellow-rumped, and Black-throated Green). 44 species total.

Checklist is here: [ https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55332367 ]( https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55332367 )

Shaphan Shank
Union Springs
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Date: 4/24/19 1:59 pm
From: Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Evening Grosbeaks may have left
The last we saw the Evening Grosbeaks was Saturday, April 20. On Saturday we
saw a group of four. Prior to Saturday we had seen a group of two part of
the time. We wonder if two left first, and then the remaining four, but we
do not know.



Kevin Shank

Union Springs

Dayton VA

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Date: 4/24/19 7:23 am
From: Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FOS birds on Haul Rd at Dyke Marsh
While checking for evidence of breeding birds, I found the following FOS species:
Warbling Vireo (4) and Yellow Warbler (2), past the bridge
Orchard Oriole (1), just south of Dead Beaver Beach
Chestnut-sided Warbler (1), Haul Road entrance.
All were singing.
Lots of Common Yellowthroats (8).
Larry <Cartwrightprowarbler...>


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Date: 4/24/19 5:29 am
From: David White via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FOS Summer Tanager, Albemarle County
Mike McMahan on Dudley Mountain, just south of Charlottesville, is seeing a male Summer Tanager at his property this morning.

Sent from my iPhone
David I. White, Jr.
<dizoo...>
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Date: 4/24/19 5:28 am
From: Anita Huffman via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Firsts of Spring on my property
3/11 Red-winged Blackbird (at least 45)
3/16 Brown-headed Cowbird
Common Grackle
Eastern Towhee (m & f)
3/20 Brown Thrasher
3/25 Tree Swallow
3/28 Chipping Sparrow
3/30 Blue-headed Vireo (4/7 before I saw another one)
4/1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
4/4 N. Rough-winged Swallow
4/10 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (m & f)
4/12 House Wren
4/13 Parula Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
4/18 N. Yellowthroat
4/21 Black Vulture
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (m)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (m)
4/22 Ovenbird
Wood Thrush

Anita Huffman
Rugby, Va
Grayson County
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Date: 4/24/19 5:22 am
From: Howard Wu via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Coming and going birds in Herndon
Hi,

As of yesterday, there was still a sizable flock of Purple Finches at
Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon. They forage in the tall trees with catkins
(apologies for my poor botany skills) near intersection of the nature trail
and the path to the horse ring. In the afternoon I also saw a lone
(really!) Solitary Sandpiper in a puddle in the cow pasture.

Thanks,
Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
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Date: 4/24/19 4:39 am
From: Scott Jackson-Ricketts via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Bridle Creek Boat Ramp, Apr 23, 2019
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 7:38 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Bridle Creek Boat Ramp, Apr 23, 2019
To: <scottjr...>


Bridle Creek Boat Ramp, Grayson, Virginia, US
Apr 23, 2019 8:15 AM - 8:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.0 mile(s)
24 species

Canada Goose 5
Hooded Merganser 2
Common Merganser 1 Second time seeing this bird, very surprised.
Hanging out with the hoodeds
Mourning Dove 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Eastern Kingbird 2 First if season.
Yellow-throated Vireo 1 FOS
Warbling Vireo 2 FOS
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
American Robin 2
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 2
Chipping Sparrow 2
Field Sparrow 1
Eastern Meadowlark 1
Orchard Oriole 1 FOS
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Common Grackle 3
Northern Parula 1
Yellow Warbler 2 FOS
Yellow-throated Warbler 1 FOS

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55328047

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Date: 4/24/19 4:27 am
From: Scott Jackson-Ricketts via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - home, Apr 23, 2019
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 7:24 AM
Subject: eBird Report - home, Apr 23, 2019
To: <scottjr...>

Another good day hanging out on my hill.

home, Grayson, Virginia, US
Apr 23, 2019 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.0 mile(s)
Comments: Just observed around my shop and house all day.
39 species

Mourning Dove 4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 1
Tree Swallow 1
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 3
Brown Thrasher 1
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 3
Chipping Sparrow 2
Field Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 4
Eastern Towhee 2
Baltimore Oriole 1 First thing this morning at suet feeder, most
unusual...first of season.
Red-winged Blackbird 3
Common Grackle 2
Ovenbird 3 I saw probably 4 chasing one another around in a fury.
Guessing a territorial issue. Much singing.
Louisiana Waterthrush 1
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Hooded Warbler 1 First of season.
Northern Parula 1
Pine Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Scarlet Tanager 1 First of season
Northern Cardinal 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55327785

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Date: 4/23/19 7:40 pm
From: Gerco H via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Pine Siskin
Today, around noon I saw a single Pine Siskin at our feeders.

Yesterday, we were surprised by a quick visit from 2 male indigo buntings.

Gerco
Leesburg, VA
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Date: 4/23/19 3:51 pm
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FOS Rose-breasted Grosbeak, titmouse eating butterflies, frog--western Albemarle
Heard a Rose-breasted Grosbeak singing this morning about 8 AM--FOS for my property.

Titmice have returned to my yard (they disappeared this past winter) where at least one has a taste for butterflies--catching Tiger Swallowtails (of which there have been many flying around this spring) and Spicebush Swallowtails (of which there have been few so far).
Had my FOS Pickerel Frog in my small front-yard pond yesterday!

Sincerely,Marlene
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Date: 4/23/19 2:25 pm
From: David Frazelle via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Leopold’s Preserve - 23 April
American Bittern, Virginia Rail (recorded), Orchard Oriole, Green Heron, Blue-wing Teal, Barn Swallow among the many birds at this little gem of a park.

Returned home to find Male Red-breasted Grosbeak on our feeder. A good day.

David Frazelle
Alexandria, VA

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Date: 4/23/19 1:50 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] 9 Warbler Species
Central Virginia; 4/22-23/19; Warren Ferry: Prothonotary Warbler, Common
Yellowthroat; Totier Creek: Pine Warbler; Blue Ridge Parkway/Route 610:
Lousiana Waterthrush, American Redstart, Cerulean Warbler, Ovenbird, Pine
Warbler, Black&White Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Red-eyed and
Blue-headed Vireos, Wood Thrush, Broad-winged Hawks. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_04_23.htm>
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Date: 4/23/19 12:59 pm
From: Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FW: DC Area, 4/23/2019
FYI
Joe Coleman

-----Original Message-----
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 4/23/2019
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, questions: <voice...>
Compilers: Rick and Nancy Sussman
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

Please consider joining ANS, especially if you are a regular user of the
Voice of the Naturalist (Individual $50; Family $65; Nature Steward $100;
Audubon Advocate $200). The membership number is 301-652 9188, option 12;
the address is 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815; and the web site
is https://www.anshome.org.

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, April 16, and was
completed on Tuesday, April 23, at 9:00 a.m.

Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order, as
set forth in the American Ornithological Society Checklist for North and
Middle American Birds, as revised through the 59th Supplement (June 2018).

Top Bird this week: BAR-TAILED GODWIT* in VA.

Other Birds of Interest include: TRUMPETER SWAN, CANVASBACK, REDHEAD,
GREATER SCAUP, WHITE-WINGED and BLACK SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, RING-NECKED
PHEASANT, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, COMMON NIGHTHAWK, EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL,
CHIMNEY SWIFT, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, rails, UPLAND SANDPIPER, WHIMBREL,
HUDSONIAN GODWIT, STILT and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, PARASITIC JAEGER,
BONAPARTE'S and BLACK-HEADED GULL, terns, NORTHERN GANNET, ANHINGA, AMERICAN
WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN and LEAST BITTERN, GREAT EGRET, TRICOLORED HERON,
CATTLE EGRET, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, WHITE and GLOSSY IBIS,
BROAD-WINGED HAWK, SHORT-EARED OWL, LOGGERHEAD and NORTHERN SHRIKE, COMMON
RAVEN, CLIFF SWALLOW, BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, wrens, VEERY and other
thrushes, EVENING GROSBEAK, PURPLE FINCH, PINE SISKIN, sparrows, BOBOLINK,
warblers, and BLUE GROSBEAK.

TOP BIRD

The BAR-TAILED GODWIT* was seen again at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co VA,
feeding in Swan Cove on Apr 16-21. This bird was first discovered here in
spring, nearly a year ago.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

A pair of TRUMPETER SWANS were seen again at the Home Depot back ponds and
fields in Harford Co, MD on Apr 17, and another pair continued at Tenthouse
Court, Anne Arundel Co, MD the same day. Two others were still at Patuxent
Research Refuge-North Tract, Anne Arundel Co, MD on Apr 18.

Late CANVASBACKS continued at North Beach, Calvert Co, and Patuxent Research
Refuge-North Tract, Anne Arundel Co, both in MD on Apr 17 and 18. A
lingering REDHEAD was reported from a location in Talbot Co, MD on Apr 17. A
GREATER SCAUP was seen diving at Herrington Manor SP-Lake Herrington,
Garrett Co, MD on Apr 17. WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen in Sussex Co, DE at
Delaware Bay, Lewes, on Apr 18, and at the Indian River Inlet on Apr 19 and
20. A female BLACK SCOTER was seen again, swimming near the dam at Piney Run
Park, Carroll Co, MD on Apr 17. Lagging LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen at the
Indian River Inlet in Sussex Co, DE on Apr 19, and at the Assateague
SP-Causeway, Worcester Co, MD on Apr 21.

Carroll County was the place for RING-NECKED PHEASANTS this week, with one
continuing at Little Pipe Creek Park, Carroll Co, MD on Apr 17, and another
standing on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Carroll Co, VA on Apr 21.

A single EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen in flight and photographed sitting
on a wire just outside Prime Hook NWR in Eastwind, Sussex Co, DE on Apr 17.

An early COMMON NIGHTHAWK was reportedly flying north over Rock Creek Park,
NW DC on Apr 22. On Apr 18, two EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS were heard singing
in the restricted area of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Harford Co, MD.

CHIMNEY SWIFTS and RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS were reported throughout the
region this past week, to the delight of many birders. Four parts water and
one part white sugar, mixed, is the traditional recipe for hummingbird
feeders.

On Apr 18, a CLAPPER RAIL was reported from Sandy Point SP in Anne Arundel
Co, MD. Two KING RAILS were reportedly heard at the American Chestnut Land
Trust-North in Calvert Co, MD on Apr 17. Two VIRGINIA RAILS were seen and
heard grunting in their namesake state at Chincoteague NWR-Marsh Trail,
Accomack Co, on Apr 18 and 19. On Apr 20 another was heard but not seen at
Occoquan Bay NWR, Woodbridge, Prince William Co, VA. A SORA continued at
White's Mill Trail, Fauquier Co, VA on Apr 21.

A lone UPLAND SANDPIPER was discovered at the Southern Gap Business Park,
Buchanan Co, VA, in the far western part of the state, on Apr 20. Two
WHIMBRELS were seen at Ted Harvey WMA-Logan Lane Tract-South, Kent Co, DE on
Apr 16, and a HUDSONIAN GODWIT was at Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on the
same day. An early near-breeding-plumaged STILT SANDPIPER was seen at
Shirley Plantation (restricted access) Charles City, VA on Apr 20. Groups of
between 80-100 or more SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS were reported from Bombay
Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on Apr 16.

PARASITIC JAEGERS were noted from Cape Henlopen SP-Herring Point and
Delaware Bay, Lewes (from the ferry), Sussex Co, DE on Apr 18, and on Apr
20, an amazing twelve were seen from Little Island Park, Virginia Beach, VA,
possibly setting a new spring high-count for the state.

A lingering BONAPARTE'S GULL was seen again at International Conservation
House, Airlie, Fauquier Co, VA on Apr 20, and a continuing BLACK-HEADED GULL
was at Rosehaven Memorial Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD on Apr 18.

Quite a few tern species were reported this week. Four LEAST TERNS were seen
at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on Apr 18, and one was at Camp
Pendleton State Military Reservation (restricted access), Virginia Beach, VA
on Apr 19. Two more LEAST TERNS flew over a yard at Windsor Point, Norfolk,
VA also on Apr 19. Four GULL-BILLED TERNS were spotted at Craney Island
Disposal Area (restricted access), Portsmouth, VA on Apr 18. An early BLACK
TERN was reported from Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on Apr 18. A single
COMMON TERN was seen in flight at the end of Twin Pines Road, Talbot Co, MD
on Apr 16.
An inland FORSTER'S TERN was at the International Conservation House,
Airlie, Fauquier Co, VA on Apr 19, and on Apr 20, a ROYAL TERN was seen
flying over heading NW from Governor Bridge Natural Area, Prince George's
Co, MD. A SANDWICH TERN was reported from Cape Charles Coastal Habitat
Natural Area Preserve, Northampton Co, VA on Apr 21.

A pair of NORTHERN GANNETS were seen from Long Bridge Park, Arlington, VA on
Apr 19.

Four reports of migrating ANHINGAS came in this week from Virginia. Six were
reported flying over Appomattox County Community Park, Appomattox Co, seven
were reported from Grist Mill Park, Fairfax Co, and a pair were spotted high
in flight over a home in Virginia Beach, all on Apr 18. On Apr 21, two
ANHINGAS returned to Stumpy Lake Natural Area in Virginia Beach, VA, a
traditional spot for them in recent years.

A flock of a dozen AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were seen in flight over the
Chesapeake Ranch Estates in Lusby, Calvert Co, MD, heading west, on Apr 17.
On Apr 20, nine AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were reported from Morgantown,
Charles Co, MD.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen again at the King Family Vineyard (view from
Roseland Farm Lane only) on Apr 16 and 17 while another was seen at Bles
Park, Loudoun Co, VA on Apr 16-21. On Apr 21, an AMERICAN BITTERN was
discovered "hiding in the open" in a flooded section of the C&O
Canal-Antietam Creek, Washington Co, MD. An early LEAST BITTERN was heard at
Fishing Creek WMA, Bestpitch, Dorchester Co, MD on Apr 16. Two GREAT EGRETS
were a good find at Peat Moss Road, Accident, Garrett Co, MD on Apr 16. A
TRICOLORED HERON continued at North Beach-marsh, Calvert Co, MD on Apr 22. A
CATTLE EGRET was found on Apr 20 at Gravelly Point (in DC waters) SW DC,
flying over the river from Hains Point (East Potomac Park) towards Gravelly
Point. A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON remained throughout the week at the
Atlee walking path, Carroll Co, MD.

Between one and three WHITE IBIS were reported from the Dividing Creek Road
area of Somerset Co, MD Apr 19-21. Three GLOSSY IBIS were at St. Jerome's
Neck Road, St. Mary's Co, MD on Apr 17, and one was nearby at Camp Winslow
Road, St. Mary's Co, on Apr 19. On Apr 20, a surprising 150 were counted at
Assateague Island, Accomack Co, VA.

BROAD-WINGED HAWKS have been drifting through in small numbers, so the 345
counted on Apr 16 from the Fort Smallwood Hawk Watch, Pasadena, Anne Arundel
Co, MD was exciting.

A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen and photographed high in flight, heading north,
over the Potomac River, from Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax Co, VA on
Apr 19.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE continued at King's Road (private property), Lunenburg
Co, VA on Apr 19. A lingering and late NORTHERN SHRIKE, seen as recently as
Apr 17, was at Sully Woodlands, Fairfax Co, VA.

COMMON RAVENS were widely reported in Maryland this week, with one seen
carrying carrion off the road in Indian Head, Charles Co, on Apr 16, two at
Gunpowder Falls SP, Harford Co, on Apr 17, one at Conowingo Dam and two at
Swan Harbor Farm Park, Harford Co, on Apr 20, one flying over a yard mid-day
in Woodbine, Carroll Co, on Apr 21, and another over a yard near Liberty
Reservoir, Baltimore Co the same day.

A pair of CLIFF SWALLOWS returned to their traditional breeding site at the
Rt 328 Bridge in Caroline Co, MD on Apr 21, and another was seen the same
day at Shirley Plantation (restricted access), Charles City, VA.

A BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was still being seen at Mountain Run Lake Park,
Culpeper Co, VA, most recently on Apr 19.

The effervescent singing of HOUSE WRENS was heard throughout the region this
week, as they returned to breed. A late WINTER WREN remained in a yard in
Calvert Co, MD on Apr 18, and another was at Governor Bridge Natural Area,
Prince George's Co, MD on Apr 20. A SEDGE WREN was singing at Finzel Swamp
on Apr 22, in Garrett Co, MD. A MARSH WREN which spent the entire winter at
Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia, Clarke Co, VA, was
seen again on Apr 16.

A VEERY was seen at Huntley Meadows Park-Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax Co, VA
on Apr 17, and another was heard at the C&O Canal-Mile 110, Washington Co,
MD on Apr 18. On Apr 20, a SWAINSON'S THRUSH was reported from Huntley
Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA. WOOD THRUSHES were seen and heard from Rock
Creek Park, NW DC, as early as Apr 16.

EVENING GROSBEAKS were still being seen this week, with reports of four at a
feeder in Bath Co, VA and four continuing in a yard in Union Springs,
Rockingham Co, VA both on Apr 19, and two remained at Burke's Garden-Gose
Mill Pond, in Tazewell Co, VA on Apr 20.

Many people are still enjoying PURPLE FINCHES at their feeders, especially
the beautifully brilliant males; some could even be heard singing. Reports
of record numbers for many yards came in throughout the week. A migrating
PINE SISKIN was spotted in a treetop at Rock Creek Park-Maintenance Yard, NW
DC, on Apr 19, and another was heard as it flew over a yard in Kent Co, DE,
on Apr 21.

An AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was reported from Licking Hole Creek, Albemarle Co,
VA on Apr 16. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW showed up in a yard in Pasadena, Anne
Arundel Co, MD on Apr 17, to the delight of the homeowners. The bird
remained for others to enjoy through Apr 22. Another CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
was reported from Big Waters Farm
(private) in Queen Anne's Co, MD on Apr 18. A pair of VESPER SPARROWS were
seen at Beltsville Agricultural Research Center-Prince George's Co, MD on
Apr 17 and 18. A second VESPER SPARROW was seen at East Potomac Park-Hains
Point SW DC, also on Apr 17.

A pair of early BOBOLINKS were seen at Shirley Plantation (restricted
access), Charles City, VA on Apr 20.

Warbler migration is ramping up, with many species being reported throughout
the region. Rock Creek Park in NW DC has been productive, but any area,
especially with nearby water, is worth checking.

A BLUE GROSBEAK was seen in a yard in Sussex Co, DE on Apr 16, and another
was singing at Lake Artemesia, Prince George's Co, MD on Apr 19.

***

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

The Audubon Sanctuary Shop (301-652-3606,
https://anshome.org/naturalist-shop) is an excellent source for guidebooks
and many other nature-related titles.

To report bird sightings, e-mail your report to <voice...>
Please post reports before midnight Monday, identify the county as well as
the state, and include your name and a Tuesday morning contact, e-mail or
phone.

Thank you for your interest and enjoy the birds.

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Date: 4/23/19 10:03 am
From: Ann Donaldson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Female RBG
Is at my sunflower seed feeder right now.
Ann DonaldsonRuckersville
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Date: 4/22/19 5:23 pm
From: Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] birds at Cub Run RECenter Monday 22 April
Hello folks,
Today in the Cub Run RECenter area (Fairfax County) I saw a Purple Martin, my first-of-season Black-and-White Warbler, and male and female Purple Finches.  A good day for Purple I guess, only missing P. Sandpiper and P. Gallinule, both rather difficult to find at this location.
Mike, the male Martin was perched atop your colony house next to the catchment basin between WHS and the RECenter.
The Purple Finches were both striking, in fresh breeding plumage.  With good looks at each of them (at least, at this time of year) I was thinking, "How could I ever confuse these with a House Finch."  Much easier to distinguish them now, than in the fall.  I saw them here 17 days ago, which makes me wonder if they stayed there for almost 3 weeks.
The Eastern Phoebe was also back at its usual haunt, on the stream at the bridge leading NW to the cul-de-sac in the Cub Run neighborhood.
Steve Johnson
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Date: 4/22/19 12:08 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Augusta County, VA; 4/21/19
50 avian species and 5 foxes! Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_04_21.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_04_21.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: 4/22/19 7:01 am
From: Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bird Sightings for April 20, 2019
April 20, 2019
Visiting my brother in Winchester, VA on Saturday April 20 birded a few places quickly

Harrison Road in Fauquier County, VA
Meadowlarks
Tundra Swans on the Pond
Common Yellowthroats
Osprey

Carr Road in Delaplane, Fauquier, County, VA
White Crowned Sparrows

Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane, Fauquier County, VA
Tree Swallows
Chimney Swifts
4 Red Headed Woodpeckers

Route 50 Bridge
Many Cliff Swallows

State Arboretum Of Virginia (Blandy)
1 Red Breasted Nuthatch at the feeders

Janet Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Date: 4/22/19 4:15 am
From: Scott Jackson-Ricketts via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pine Siskins, FOS Wood Thrush, etc.--western Albemarle
Here in Grayson County still have at least one red-breasted nuthatch and
heard FOS wood thrush on Saturday.
Observed a ruby-throated hummer pecking at a suet feeder...never
landed...just stabbed over an over.


Scott Jackson-Ricketts

On Sun, Apr 21, 2019 at 6:21 PM Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> Still had a Red-breasted Nuthatch and at least 7 Pine Siskins in my yard
> today.
>
> FOS Wood Thrush singing here in very early morning--love that song!
> Keep forgetting to mention the abundance of butterflies this year,
> especially yellow Tiger Swallowtails, Duskywings, and anglewings (both
> Comma and Question Mark). Sadly, still very few bees other than Carpenter
> Bees.
> Saw my first Hummingbird Moth for the year the day after my first male
> hummingbird arrived!
> Sincerely,Marlene
>
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