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Received From Subject
2/22/19 5:17 am Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Evening Grosbeaks
2/21/19 12:50 pm David Young via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Lake Fairfax
2/21/19 5:07 am Andrew Hawkins via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Tufted Duck
2/21/19 3:16 am Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] woodcock in Woodbridge
2/20/19 3:29 pm Bill McGovern via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] eBird Report - Huntley Meadows Park--Fairfax County, Feb 20, 2019
2/19/19 7:20 pm Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FW: DC Area, 2/19/2019
2/19/19 6:46 pm David Boltz via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 2 Loggerhead Shrikes on Featherbed Road, Clarke Co., Cackling Goose & Common Goldeneyes, Fauquier Co.
2/19/19 11:03 am Andrew Baldelli via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Tufted Duck Virginia Beach
2/19/19 10:14 am Dixie Sommers via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Dyke Marsh bird walk for Feb. 20 cancelled
2/18/19 3:20 pm Harry Glasgow via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.
2/18/19 6:55 am Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Grosbeaks here at 9:50
2/18/19 6:52 am David Farner via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] VSO Guatemala trip April 3-14, 2019
2/17/19 11:40 am Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] cackling geese, Bristow Village pond
2/17/19 11:10 am Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Crozet, VA; 2/17/19
2/17/19 10:03 am Phil Silas via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Feb 17, 2019
2/17/19 9:42 am Colt Gregory via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Sunday Bird Walk Great Falls National Park
2/16/19 11:30 pm Bill McGovern via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] more action at eagle nest Arlington Va
2/16/19 7:37 pm Howard Wu via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Sully Woodlands -- lot of Ring-billed Gulls fly-by
2/16/19 3:37 pm Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] [va-bird] Bar-tailed Godwit @ Tom's Cove, Chincoteague NWR
2/16/19 3:26 pm Vineeta via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] One Good Tern in Alexandria is closing
2/16/19 12:53 pm Elton Morel via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] NVBC walk at Aquia Landing Park & Crow's Nest NAP, Stafford county, Saturday, Feb 16, 2019
2/16/19 9:02 am Bill McGovern via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] eBird Report - Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria, Feb 15, 2019
2/16/19 8:19 am Brian Sykes via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] White throated sparrows
2/16/19 8:13 am Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Central Virginia, 2/14-15/19
2/16/19 8:00 am Brian Sykes via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Junco ,Purple finch back Accomack
2/15/19 6:26 pm Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Black Scoters in Rockbridge Co.
2/15/19 7:15 am Ashley Peele via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Use Rainy Winter Days To Clean-Up Atlas Data
2/14/19 12:48 pm George Martin via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Tree Swallows at Dutch Gap
2/14/19 11:10 am John Geenwood via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bald Eagle nest, Arlington
2/14/19 11:04 am Wes Teets via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] February 17 tram ride from Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge to False Cape State Park
2/14/19 10:47 am Lee Atwood via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Razorbills
2/13/19 3:18 pm dorgeloh via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] pine sisken
2/13/19 12:21 pm Herbert Larner via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Say's Phoebe & Trumperter Swan's
2/13/19 11:39 am Jean Tatalias via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Burke Lake Park, Feb 13, 2019
2/13/19 6:24 am Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Peregrine Falcon(S) While Working - February 13, 2019
2/12/19 1:27 pm Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Evening Grosbeaks in Union Springs, Rockingham County, update and photos
2/12/19 10:10 am Connie Sale via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Leucistic mystery bird
2/11/19 7:06 pm barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] REDSKINS VS. BALD EAGLES?
2/11/19 2:26 pm Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Mockingbird on Suet
2/11/19 10:58 am Nancy Young via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Mockingbird on Suet
2/11/19 10:37 am Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Birding East of Richmond
2/11/19 10:12 am Vineeta via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Mockingbird on Suet
2/11/19 9:48 am Rob Bielawski via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Early February Birding Summary for Virginia Beach
2/11/19 9:08 am morann--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Mockingbird on Suet
2/10/19 2:29 pm David Boltz via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Long-tailed Duck at Lake Frederick - Frederick Co.
2/10/19 1:17 pm krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 02/10/2019 (Fairfax County)
2/10/19 12:00 pm Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Say's Phoebe in Rockbridge Co.
2/10/19 11:21 am Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Oops--haste makes waste! P. Siskin: PM, not AM!!!!! Also, kestrel, sparrows Pine Siskin--western Albemarle
2/10/19 11:15 am Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Pine Siskin--western Albemarle
2/10/19 10:23 am Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Mating Red-shouldered Hawks
2/10/19 10:15 am Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR
2/10/19 9:45 am kurtcapt87--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Summary of the Fort Belvoir CBC 30 Dec 2018
2/10/19 7:55 am Renee Grebe via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Red-breasted nuthatch (Loftridge Park, Alexandria)
2/10/19 4:40 am Meredith Bell via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] VSO Outer Banks Field Trip Feb 1-3 2019
2/9/19 5:03 pm Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Saturday Birding - Daleville, Natural Bridge, and Lexington with Cackling Geese near Lexington
2/9/19 1:47 pm Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Birds in Richmond Area
2/9/19 1:41 pm Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] NVBC at Riverbend Park
2/9/19 1:35 pm David Boltz via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Blue Morph Snow Goose & Common Goldeneyes, 9 Duck Species - Frederick County
2/8/19 11:34 am Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Raptors while working - February 8, 2019
2/8/19 10:05 am Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Merlin at Cub Run RECenter
2/8/19 9:41 am Dave Larsen - Birding via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Long-tailed Duck at Silver Lake County Park, Prince William County
2/7/19 7:45 am Patti Reum via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Highland County CBC 2018
2/7/19 6:12 am Sergio Harding via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Banded Loggerhead Shrike Reported
2/7/19 6:04 am Ellison Orcutt via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Red-shouldered hawks nesting in Gloucester
2/7/19 4:32 am William Hohenstein via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Banded Loggerhead Shrike Reported
2/6/19 7:14 pm CABOT WILLIAMS via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Red-shouldered hawks nesting in Gloucester
2/6/19 11:17 am Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] White-throated Sparrows
2/6/19 8:51 am Thomas Nardone via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Long Branch Nature Center & Park, Feb 6, 2019
2/5/19 11:23 pm barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Chincoteague & more
2/5/19 9:15 pm Steve Young via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] White-throated Sparrows
2/5/19 6:51 pm Gabriel Mapel via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rough-legged Hawk & six Golden Eagles (Highland Co.), SE Owls & Loggerhead Shrike (Bell's Lane)
2/5/19 5:43 pm Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] White-Throated Sparrows in Virginia
2/5/19 2:12 pm Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] White-throated Sparrows on the DC Count
2/5/19 1:42 pm Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FW: DC Area, 2/05/2019
2/5/19 12:06 pm Fred Atwood via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] White-Throated Sparrows in Virginia
2/5/19 11:46 am Eric Pourchot via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] White-Throated Sparrows in Virginia
2/5/19 9:13 am Jeffrey Blalock via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] eBird -- Paul C. Edmunds, Jr. Memorial Park -- Feb 5, 2019
2/5/19 8:00 am David White via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Canvasbacks +
2/5/19 7:34 am David White via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Canvasbacks, Albemarle County
2/4/19 7:02 pm kurtcapt87--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FW: White-throated Sparrows
2/4/19 6:10 pm Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] White-throated Sparrows--missing titmice
2/4/19 6:03 pm David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] White-throated Sparrows
2/4/19 5:41 pm K Bell via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] White-throated Sparrows
2/4/19 4:51 pm Nancy Young via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] White-throated Sparrows
2/4/19 4:26 pm Deapesh Misra via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Lots of ducks and singing birds at UOSA (Fairfax County)
2/4/19 4:06 pm David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] White-throated Sparrows
2/4/19 3:55 pm Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] White-throated Sparrows
2/4/19 7:31 am Vineeta via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] White-throated Sparrows
2/4/19 6:10 am Jeffrey Blalock via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Not Cackling Geese
2/4/19 6:04 am David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] White-throated Sparrows
2/4/19 5:45 am Jeffrey Blalock via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Cackling Geese at Kerr Dam
2/4/19 5:22 am kurtcapt87--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Ravens in Fairfax breeding?
2/4/19 3:24 am David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Ravens in Fairfax breeding?
2/4/19 2:49 am Paul Woodward via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Ravens in Fairfax breeding?
2/3/19 1:17 pm Allen Hart via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Pictures of the ducks on the Kingston Chase retention pond
2/3/19 12:51 pm Allen Hart via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Unusual visitors on Kingston Chase retention pond
2/3/19 11:38 am Betsy Sharrett via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Emporia, VA Wastewater Treatment Plant
2/3/19 11:27 am Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Dyke Marsh, Feb 3, 2019
2/3/19 10:56 am krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 02/03/2019 (Fairfax County)
2/2/19 7:08 pm Richmond Forsen via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] The Shrike is back in town!
2/2/19 4:09 pm Lucy Uncu via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Ravens in Fairfax breeding?
2/2/19 3:28 pm Howard Wu via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Update on the Northern Shrike at Sully Woodlands
2/2/19 3:07 pm Stuart via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Screech Owl: Va: Great Falls
2/2/19 1:12 pm Howard Wu via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] "Sully Shrike" refound @ Sully Woodlands
2/2/19 11:00 am Herbert Larner via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Cackling Geese , Common Goldeneye , Long -tailed Duck in Augusta County
2/2/19 10:35 am Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Extralimital: Ecuador incl. Galapagos
2/1/19 12:32 pm Trista Nealon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Possible snowy owl in Springfield
2/1/19 11:41 am Evan Spears via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Long-tailed Duck (and others) at Holliday Lake State Park, Appomattox Co.
2/1/19 10:41 am Barnett, Lewis via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Richmond Ash-throated flycatcher YES
2/1/19 8:20 am krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Sunday's Great Falls Bird Walk Returns to Great Falls Park
2/1/19 8:19 am David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Extralimital and extra exciting, part 2
2/1/19 4:05 am Rob Bielawski via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Late January Birding Summary for Virginia Beach
1/31/19 5:00 pm Shea Tiller via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 40+ goldeneyes, other waterfowl etc. @Fluvanna
1/31/19 4:11 pm Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Northern Shrikes (plural)
1/31/19 12:33 pm David White via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Albemarle/Waterfowl Post, today @ 2:17
1/31/19 11:21 am David White via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Waterfowl redux, Albemarle County
1/31/19 5:34 am Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Grosbeaks Union Springs
1/30/19 9:51 am Fred Atwood via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] White winged scoter at Burke lake, Fairfax co
1/30/19 4:55 am Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Evening Grosbeak update Union Springs
1/29/19 2:02 pm Richard Rieger via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] HEADS UP
1/29/19 1:11 pm M Rieger Rich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Proven solution
1/29/19 10:26 am Herbert Larner via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Cackling Geese Augusta County
1/29/19 10:12 am Gerry Hawkins via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, week ending 1/28/19
1/28/19 6:43 pm Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Monk Parakeets in Lexington - request not to look for them
1/28/19 6:20 pm Harry Glasgow via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area.
1/28/19 11:00 am Candice Lowther via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Richmond Ash-throated flycatcher YES
1/28/19 9:18 am John Geenwood via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Lake Accotink
1/27/19 5:15 pm Thomas Nardone via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Jan 27, 2019
1/27/19 1:37 pm David White via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Waterfowl, Albemarle County
1/27/19 12:33 pm James Bunn via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Evening Grosbeaks
1/27/19 10:41 am John Geenwood via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Correction: Arlington VA Bald Eagle nest
1/27/19 9:58 am Peter Robinson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bath County Common Redpoll
1/27/19 9:52 am krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Riverbend Park Bird Walk 01/27/2019
1/27/19 8:20 am Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Waples Mill Park (Fairfax County): Purple Finches
1/26/19 6:39 pm Elton Morel via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] NVBC walk at Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William county, Jan 26, 2019
1/26/19 3:00 pm Ed Wallace via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Dangierfield island - Alexandria, Va
1/26/19 1:10 pm Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Wash Post article about hawk watch, extra-limital
1/26/19 12:41 pm Brian Sykes via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Assateague, Chincoteague Snow Geese, Brant ,Scoter
1/26/19 9:40 am Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Elklick Woodlands (Fairfax Cnty): Lincoln's Sparrow, Merlin, Harrier
1/26/19 9:29 am Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] [va-bird] Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, Fairfax Co. - Clay-colored Sparrow, Common Raven
1/26/19 8:27 am Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Grosbeaks in Union Springs
1/25/19 6:08 pm Michael Boatwright via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] SAY'S PHOEBE- Relocated Amherst County
1/25/19 3:07 pm barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Mergansers, etc. at Great Falls (kinda)
1/25/19 2:05 pm ROB SIMPSON via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] BC Chickadee None; Carolina Chickadees low numbers; Exotic Birding Tours
1/25/19 1:40 pm krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Relocation of Sunday's Great Falls Bird Walk
1/25/19 12:10 pm John Geenwood via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Arlington VA Bald Eagle nest
1/25/19 6:43 am Vineeta via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] extralimital, but extra exciting
1/25/19 5:25 am David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] extralimital, but extra exciting
1/24/19 12:21 pm Stephen D Eccles via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Over-wintering Chipping Sparrows, Fairfax County
1/24/19 10:26 am Herbert Larner via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Snow Geese & Greater - white fronted Geese in Augusta County
 
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Date: 2/22/19 5:17 am
From: Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Evening Grosbeaks
We continue to see the half-dozen Evening Grosbeaks. They first came in
ballpark of late November or early December. Just for fun, I asked Cheryl
how many days in a row we have seen the birds without skipping a day, and it
has been fifteen.



People are still welcome to come. For the record, best activity is early to
mid-morning, with potential for activity up until about 1:00 p.m. We cannot
recall that we have ever seen them after 1:00 p.m.



We have wondered how many people have come to see the birds, and how many
have seen them for the first time ever. If you were one and don't mind to
send me a quick note, that would be welcome. <Kevin...>
Thanks.



Kevin Shank

Union Springs

Rockingham County

4253 Woodcock Lane

Dayton VA 22821





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Date: 2/21/19 12:50 pm
From: David Young via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Lake Fairfax
  I took a spin through Lake Fairfax to see what was using all the meltwater streams and flooded areas. Actually was hoping for American (Water) Pipits but no luck. There is an active pair of Killdeer using the below dam area. Chipping, Song, one Fox and Juncos all present as were Robin, E. Bluebirds, all using the rapidly snow melt streams.  Heard Song Sparrow, Cardinal and Juncos all singing and a pair of doves cooing. 
 Dave Young Reston, Va  

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Date: 2/21/19 5:07 am
From: Andrew Hawkins via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Tufted Duck
As of 7:15 this morning the tufted duck was still in the lake behind the
Chartway Building in Va. Beach off Newtown Rd.
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Date: 2/21/19 3:16 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] woodcock in Woodbridge
A woodcock was peenting from the power line cut behind my home in Woodbridge at 6:08am this morning.  This despite the fact that Dominion has torn up the area to install new transmission towers.  Nice to see that woodcock are pretty forgiving.
Marc Ribaudo
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Date: 2/20/19 3:29 pm
From: Bill McGovern via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] eBird Report - Huntley Meadows Park--Fairfax County, Feb 20, 2019
Huntley Meadows Park-- Fairfax, Virginia, Feb 20, 2019 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.25 mile(s)
Comments: Overcast with intermittent rain.
21 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 150
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata) 6
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 60
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 2
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 50
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 3
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 6
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 4
Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 4
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) 3
Hairy Woodpecker (Dryobates villosus) 1
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 200
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 20
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 4
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 12
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 200

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52977393

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

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Date: 2/19/19 7:20 pm
From: Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FW: DC Area, 2/19/2019
FYI Joe Coleman

-----Original Message-----
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 2/19/2019
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, February 12 and was
completed on Tuesday, February 19 at 6:00 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).
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).


TOP BIRDS THIS WEEK: ROCK WREN* and VARIED THRUSH* in MD.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST: ROSS'S GEESE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, CACKLING
GEESE, TRUMPETER SWANS, EURASIAN WIGEON, COMMON EIDER, WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS,
LONG-TAILED DUCK, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE*, EARED GREBE, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES,
SANDHILL CRANES, DOVEKIE, BAR-TAILED GODWIT*, DOVEKIE, GLAUCOUS GULL, GREAT
CORMORANT, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, SAY'S PHOEBE, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, NORTHERN
SHRIKE, MARSH WREN, EVENING GROSBEAKS, SNOW BUNTINGS, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW,
PAINTED BUNTING and DICKCISSEL.

TOP BIRDS

A continuing ROCK WREN* was seen regularly throughout the week at a private
residence in St. Mary's Co, MD. Viewing at this private residence is
permitted under a strict set of ground rules and by appointment only. Email
Kyle Rambo at kerambo+<rockwren...> for a reservation and copy of the
ground rules, including a request for your preferred viewing date and choice
of 4 available time slots: 8-10 AM, 10 AM-12 Noon, 12-2 PM, or 2-4 PM.

A continuing VARIED THRUSH* at 22070 Philip Drive and nearby in St. Marys
Co, MD was seen as recently as Feb 16. Persons interested in looking for
this bird should follow the guidelines of the homeowners of the property and
include these guidelines in any report of this bird on eBird, Facebook or
another forum. These guidelines may be found in posts by Tyler Bell on MD
Birding on January 9 and 23, 2019.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

Four ROSS'S GEESE were seen at Accident Pond, Garrett Co, MD on Feb 18. A
continuing ROSS'S GOOSE was photographed on Taylor's Mill Rd, Tazewell Co,
VA on Feb 17. Another ROSS'S GOOSE was spotted near Myer's Mill Rd, Culpeper
Co, VA on Feb 16. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was photographed at North
Point State Park, Baltimore Co, MD on Feb 18; another was seen at Wye
Island, Queen Anne's Co, MD on Feb 18. Two CACKLING GEESE were photographed
at New Bristow Village pond, Prince William Co, VA on Feb 17.

Eight TRUMPETER SWANS were seen at Wilde Lake, Howard Co, MD on Feb 18. A
TRUMPETER SWAN was seen at Alter Pond on Soil Conservation Rd, Prince
George's Co, MD on Feb 18. Two TRUMPETER SWANS were seen at Patuxent
Research Refuge, Anne Arundel Co, MD on Feb 16.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was photographed at Riley Roberts Rd at Deal Island WMA,
Somerset Co, MD on Feb 15 and 16.

A continuing COMMON EIDER was seen at Fort Monroe, Hampton, VA on Feb 16.

A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was photographed at West Potomac Park, Washington, DC
on Feb 16. A continuing WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen at Snowden Dam
Overlook, Amherst Co, VA on Feb 17.

A LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen Feb 17 and 18 at Hains Pt, East Potomac Park,
Washington, DC. Another continued at Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted
area), Portsmouth Co, VA on Feb 14. A LONG-TAILED DUCK continued Feb 14 at
Silver Lake Regional Park, Prince William Co, VA.

A continuing BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* was seen Feb 17 at Elms Environmental
Education Center (private), St. Mary's Co, MD.

An EARED GREBE was photographed at Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted
access), Portsmouth Co, VA on Feb 14.

A continuing EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen as recently as Feb 17 in
Selbyville, Sussex Co, DE. Two EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES were seen near West
Virginia Ave, Nottoway Co, VA on Feb 17. Three more were seen near Ottobine
Rd, Rockingham Co, VA on Feb 16.

Two continuing SANDHILL CRANES were photographed at Hughes Rd in
Poolesville, Montgomery Co, MD, most recently on Feb 19.

A BAR-TAILED GODWIT* continued at Tom's Cove in Chincoteague NWR, Accomack
Co, VA on Feb 18.

A DOVEKIE* was seen flying among thousands of RAZORBILLS at Little Island
Park, Virginia Beach, VA on Feb 15.

A continuing GLAUCOUS GULL was seen most recently Feb 18 at Ocean City
Inlet, Worcester Co, MD. A continuing GLAUCOUS GULL was photographed Feb 16
at Claytor Lake State Park, Pulaski Co, VA.

A continuing GREAT CORMORANT was photographed Feb 16 at John H. Kerr
Reservoir, Tailrace Park, Mecklenburg Co, VA.

A continuing ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen most recently Feb 18 at Fowler Beach
Rd, Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE.

A continuing SAY'S PHOEBE was reported on Bellevue Lane, Rockbridge Co, VA
on Feb 13.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was photographed Feb 14 at Fowler Beach Rd, Prime Hook
NWR, Sussex Co, DE. Another LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen near 1287 Miles Creek
Rd, Mecklenburg Co, VA on Feb 17. Another LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen Feb 15
at Smith Farm, Lunenburg Co, VA. A continuing NORTHERN SHRIKE was
photographed Feb 18 at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Talbot Co, MD.

A MARSH WREN was seen Feb 13 at Aquia Landing Park, Stafford Co, VA.

As many as six continuing EVENING GROSBEAKS were observed at feeders along
Union Springs Road in Rockingham Co, VA as recently as Feb 18. Two
continuing EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen Feb 18 at a private residence in
Rockingham Co, VA. A flyover EVENING GROSBEAK was seen Feb 13 on the
Virginia Tech campus, Montgomery Co, VA. A continuing EVENING GROSBEAK was
seen at a private feeder in Howard Co, MD as recently as Feb 16.

SNOW BUNTINGS continue at North Point SP in Baltimore Co, MD, with a high of
ten individuals from the most recent sighting on Feb 18.

A continuing CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at the Laurel Hill Equestrian Center in
Fairfax Co, VA was photographed most recently on Feb 17.

A PAINTED BUNTING continued at a private feeder on Guthrie St in Virginia
Beach, VA on Feb 15.

A continuing DICKCISSEL was photographed Feb 14 at Fletcher's Cove, C&O
Canal, Washington, DC.

***

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.

*Of interest to the applicable state records committee


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Date: 2/19/19 6:46 pm
From: David Boltz via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] 2 Loggerhead Shrikes on Featherbed Road, Clarke Co., Cackling Goose & Common Goldeneyes, Fauquier Co.
Bill Parkin and I drove over to Belvoir Pond on Belvoir Road, just off Rt. 17 in Fauquier County this morning. There was a pair of Common Goldeneyes, along with about 50 Ring-necked Ducks, 2 Scaup Sp. (very distant, even with scope), a pair of Mallards, and a few Canada Geese. There were Redhead, Lesser Scaups, Buffleheads, and Hooded Mergansers further down on the pond on Harrison Road.

From there we headed to Sky Meadows State Park and environs. There we found a Cackling Goose among over 60 Canadas on a farm pond along Gap Run Road, adjacent to Sky Meadows.

However, the highlight of the day was finding 2 Loggerhead Shrikes in the same field on Featherbed Road, on the same bush, and with a brief face to face and beak to beak interaction (no pics of that). There has been one seen intermittently in this same spot since October 30. It has been hard to find, at best. But today, both were in plain sight for an extended period, right around noon. Featherbed Road is Rt. 644, near Dinosaur Land and Double Tollgate (522 & 340). Go about a quarter mile south of Rt. 340. There is a very small pond among the trees near the spot, and the bird(s) are usually seen in the open field near the cedar bush along the perpendicular fence that cuts through that field. Be patient. I check this road usually twice a week or more and have seen the bird 10 times since late October. I spent time there every day during the CBC count week and did not see the bird once. The day after count week, it reappeared. Pics of the Shrikes, mine and Bill’s, can be seen on my ebird list at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52932698 .

Dave Boltz
Lake Frederick
Frederick Co.
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Date: 2/19/19 11:03 am
From: Andrew Baldelli via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Tufted Duck Virginia Beach


Sent from Mail<https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for Windows 10
Tracy Tate and I found a female Tufted Duck on a small lake behind Chartway Federal Credit Union in Virginia Beach . The credit union is located at the end of Cleveland St. , which is off Newtown Rd.
The lake can also be viewed from the end of Toy St. , off of Virginia Beach blvd.
I added some poor photos to ebird report others have taken photos , I will updated photos if I get better photos .


Cheers
Andrew
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Date: 2/19/19 10:14 am
From: Dixie Sommers via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Dyke Marsh bird walk for Feb. 20 cancelled
The Northern Virginia Bird Club walk at Dyke Marsh on Wednesday, Feb. 20, is
cancelled in light of the winter storm forecast for that morning.



Dixie Sommers

Alexandria

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Date: 2/18/19 3:20 pm
From: Harry Glasgow via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.
We drew a big crowd today on the Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.  We estimate more than 50 birders were present on this Washington's Birthday Holiday. We had a 7 woodpecker Day; great flocks of Mallards (70) Northern Pintails (50), and Canada Geese (40).
Canada Goose  40
Wood Duck  2
Northern Shoveler  8
Gadwall  2
Mallard  70
American Black Duck  6
Northern Pintail  50
Green-winged Teal  2
Hooded Merganser  4
Mourning Dove  6
Ring-billed Gull  20
Great Blue Heron  3
Black Vulture  14
Turkey Vulture  2
Bald Eagle  3
Red-shouldered Hawk  3
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-headed Woodpecker  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  6
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  4
Fish Crow  1
crow sp.  10
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  3
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  5
Brown Creeper  3
Carolina Wren  2
Eastern Bluebird  4
Hermit Thrush  3
American Robin  2
American Goldfinch  2
Dark-eyed Junco  2
White-throated Sparrow  20
Song Sparrow  3
Swamp Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Rusty Blackbird  12
Northern Cardinal  3



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

Harry Glasgow
Nancy VehrsFriends of Huntley Meadows Park


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Date: 2/18/19 6:55 am
From: Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Grosbeaks here at 9:50
To the gentleman from Charlottesville driving out the lane, come back and
see the grosbeaks.



Kevin



Union Springs





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Date: 2/18/19 6:52 am
From: David Farner via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] VSO Guatemala trip April 3-14, 2019
Hi folks,

We have late opening for our annual trip to Guatemala so there is availability for one more person to go.

The trip runs from April 3 to April 14 beginning and ending in Guatemala City. We should find over 300 species of birds including Ocellated Turkey, Pink-headed Warbler and Resplendent Quetzal, and will include stops at three Mayan archeological sites such as Tikal National Park. Cost of the trip is $2700 for a female to room with one person currently without a roommate or $3100 for a male as you'd have a single room. Cost includes accommodations, meals and snacks, ground transportation during the tour and the excellent guiding services of John and Rob Cahill of Community Cloud Forest Conservation.

If you'd like the itinerary or more information emailed to you please contact me at one of the addresses below.

Thanks,

David Farner
Vice President, Programs
Northern Virginia Bird Club
<Guatzal18...><mailto:<Guatzal18...>
<dfarner...><mailto:<dfarner...>
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Date: 2/17/19 11:40 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] cackling geese, Bristow Village pond
I visited Silver Lake Regional Park and Bristow Village pond this morning.  No waterfowl whatsoever at the Silver Lake quarry.  A large flock of field sparrows in the brush below the cemetery contained 2 chipping sparrows.  I also found a large stick nest in a pine tree with 2 red-shouldered hawks perched nearby, and a different pair copulating.  At Bristow Village pond 2 cackling geese were feeding on the lawn with about 30 Canada geese.  On the pond were over 70 redheads, plus 2 canvasback, 7 gadwall, 3 mallards, and 4 hooded mergansers.
Marc Ribaudo
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Date: 2/17/19 11:10 am
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Crozet, VA; 2/17/19
Old Trail; 27 avian species. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_02_17.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_02_17.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: 2/17/19 10:03 am
From: Phil Silas via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Feb 17, 2019
VA-Birders,
Fifteen birders joined the Dyke Marsh Preserve walk this chilly morning and found only 34 avian species. The walk meets at the South end of the Belle Haven picnic area and the edge of the river at 8 each Sunday morning. It is sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh and is free and open to all. Besides Canada Geese, only a few waterfowl species were seen and they were in low numbers. This may be attributable to the shortage of sub-aquatic vegetation which was partly caused by the much higher levels of rainfall we experienced in the past several months. The Bald Eagles are actively nesting at 2 sites that were easily visible. The complete eBird list follows:
Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Feb 17, 2019 7:47 AM - 10:22 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
33 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  300
Mallard  4
Lesser Scaup  5
Common Merganser  3
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Mourning Dove  7
Ring-billed Gull  120
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Double-crested Cormorant  6
Great Blue Heron  3
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  2
Bald Eagle  7
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  6
Fish Crow  8
crow sp.  20
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  4
American Robin  14
European Starling  120
White-throated Sparrow  14
Song Sparrow  4
Swamp Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  9
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Common Grackle  56
Northern Cardinal  5

Phil Silas 
Woodbridge, VA
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Date: 2/17/19 9:42 am
From: Colt Gregory via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Sunday Bird Walk Great Falls National Park
Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk sponsored by National Park Service Great Falls Park. Our eight participants identified 32 species + 4 taxa. On a cold clear morning our group of 11 stalwart birders were greeted with a soaring Red-tailed hawk, a Bald Eagle fly by and a mysterious Bueto sp. across the Potomac on the Maryland side. Later we saw the Eagles sitting on their nest up River at Conn Island and also ferreted out a Golden Crowned Kinglet.



This walk meets at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, rain or shine, in the Great Falls parking lot. 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 welcomed to join us.

32 species (+4 other taxa)
Canada Goose 36
Mallard 8
American Black Duck 2
Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid) 1
Bufflehead 18
Common Merganser 3
Mourning Dove 1
Ring-billed Gull 1
gull sp. 10
Great Blue Heron 5
Black Vulture 12
Turkey Vulture 6
Bald Eagle 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
owl sp. 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 11
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 3
Blue Jay 7
crow sp. 2
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 1
Winter Wren 1
Carolina Wren 8
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 7
Hermit Thrush 1
American Goldfinch 1
White-throated Sparrow 8
Song Sparrow 3
Common Grackle 2
Northern Cardinal 10
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Date: 2/16/19 11:30 pm
From: Bill McGovern via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] more action at eagle nest Arlington Va
Patrick:

Great pics! Even individual feathers are very clear!

Since the tail feathers are still dark, this could be a 4-year-old bird--somewhat young to be sitting on a real nest!

Thanks for posting.

Bill McGovern
Alexandria

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From: VA-bird <va-bird-bounces+bmcgovern=<cox.net...> On Behalf Of Patrick Malone via VA-bird
Sent: Saturday, February 16, 2019 8:34 PM
To: <mdbirding...>
Cc: <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] more action at eagle nest Arlington Va

Both male and female in action in these shots taken today around 4pm. (First 8 in this album were from last weekend; new shots start with the long view with Georgetown in background.)
https://flic.kr/s/aHskRYePj7 <https://flic.kr/s/aHskRYePj7>

For those who haven’t been there: go up Lee Hwy from the Key Bridge Marriott, turn right at Scott, go two blocks to the dead end of Scott, walk thru Fort Bennett Park until you are looking over the GW Parkway, and you will see the nest ahead and to your right. There is always one eagle on the nest.




Patrick & Vicki Malone
4901 Essex Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
301-656-9153
<pmalone...> <mailto:<pmalone...>

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Date: 2/16/19 7:37 pm
From: Howard Wu via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Sully Woodlands -- lot of Ring-billed Gulls fly-by
Hi,

This afternoon at Sully Woodlands, I saw a lot of Ring-billed Gulls (I
believe) flying by. They were flying in a northwest-southeast direction.

It is easy to under the southeast destination -- that would be in the
Potomac or on the coast. But where were they coming from?

BTW, I did not see the Northern Shrike there or at Rock Hill Distract Park.
I tried a couple of times since I saw it on Feb.2, but no luck. It has been
more elusive this year.

Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
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Date: 2/16/19 3:37 pm
From: Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] [va-bird] Bar-tailed Godwit @ Tom's Cove, Chincoteague NWR
The Bar-tailed Godwit was at Tom's Cove today 4:30-5:00 (lifer for me). I found it on the south side of the large sandbar south of the beach parking lot. It was in a large mixed flock of Willets (40), 1 Marbled Godwit, Black- bellied Plovers (25), Oystercatchers (2), Sanderlings (20), and Dunlin (50). Unfortunately, no pics due to the rain, sleet, and snow when I left my car ~ 4:00 (my PowerShot is not weather- sealed).

Swan's Cove hosted Marbled Godwits (20) & Willets (10) most of the day, but not the Bar- tailed G.

Scott Priebe
Springfield, VA

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Date: 2/16/19 3:26 pm
From: Vineeta via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] One Good Tern in Alexandria is closing
Some of you may already know that Charles, who owns One Good Tern in
Alexandria, Va., is planning to shut down or sell the store by the summer.
He's a wonderful person and a very knowledgeable birder, but he's in
failing health and wants to return to his roots in Western Pennsylvania and
spend his remaining time there. I've learned a lot from him, and I will
miss him and the store a lot.
If you're shopping for birding supplies, I'm sure Charles would appreciate
the business.
Vineeta in Alexandria.



"In my view, nature has a rather remarkable track record in creating
wetlands and developers do not.” Michael R. Deland, former regional
director of the Environmental Protection Agency. December 1941-January
2019.
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Date: 2/16/19 12:53 pm
From: Elton Morel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] NVBC walk at Aquia Landing Park & Crow's Nest NAP, Stafford county, Saturday, Feb 16, 2019



VA Birders: Five hardy birders participated in this morning's blustery bird walk at Aquia Landing Park in Stafford County.  We also visited Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve in the late morning. We collectively found 48 species.  Our best finds were multiple Common Goldeneyes and an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull amongst the large gull flocks at both locations.  Other notable finds at Aquia Landing were a Northern Harrier, a male Greater Scaup amongst the Lesser Scaups, flybys of a flock of Red-breasted Mergansers and a flock of Rusty Blackbirds.  At Crow's Nest, we found 23 Wilson's Snipe working the mudflat amongst all the gulls, a pair of Northern Pintails,  a pair of Common Mergansers, a flock of Green-winged Teals, two Red-headed Woodpeckers in their usual spot near the end of the Blue Trail, and another flock of Rusty Blackbirds. Strangely, we did not find any Hooded Mergansers or Wood Ducks at Crow's Nest. The complete checklists for both locations are below. Elton MorelArlington, VA  Aquia Landing Park, Stafford, Virginia, US
Feb 16, 2019 7:25 AM - 9:35 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:    NVBC walk led by David Ledwith and Elton Morel.
35 species

Mute Swan  2
Tundra Swan  2
Mallard  4
Canvasback  40
Ring-necked Duck  5
Greater Scaup  1
Lesser Scaup  500
Bufflehead  50
Common Goldeneye  4
Red-breasted Merganser  14    Multiple flybys of presumably the same flock.
Ruddy Duck  5
Pied-billed Grebe  4
Horned Grebe  3
Ring-billed Gull  400
Herring Gull  40
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1    Adult mixed with large gull flock.
Great Black-backed Gull  15
Double-crested Cormorant  6
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  4
Northern Harrier  1
Bald Eagle  8
Downy Woodpecker  1
American Crow  6
Fish Crow  2    Heard
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  1    Heard
Carolina Wren  1
White-throated Sparrow  20
Song Sparrow  4
Swamp Sparrow  2
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Rusty Blackbird  5
Common Grackle  4
Northern Cardinal  3

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52761882

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve, Stafford, Virginia, US
Feb 16, 2019 9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:    NVBC walk led by David Ledwith and Elton Morel.
31 species

Canada Goose  8
Tundra Swan  15
Gadwall  20
Mallard  5
American Black Duck  40
Northern Pintail  2
Green-winged Teal  15
Bufflehead  8
Common Goldeneye  3
Common Merganser  2
Wilson's Snipe  23    Counted individually
Ring-billed Gull  900
Herring Gull  60
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1    Another adult mixed in with the very large gull flock.
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Great Blue Heron  4
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Bald Eagle  4
Red-headed Woodpecker  2    At end of Blue trail where trail makes a right turn along a ditch.
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  4
Carolina Chickadee  2
Winter Wren  1    Heard
Carolina Wren  3
White-throated Sparrow  20
Swamp Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  50
Northern Cardinal  4

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52766400

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


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Date: 2/16/19 9:02 am
From: Bill McGovern via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] eBird Report - Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria, Feb 15, 2019
Huntley Meadows Park--Observation Tower, Fairfax, Virginia, US Feb 15, 2019 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
21 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 200
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata) 1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 60
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 40
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 8
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 5
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 3
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 2
Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 6
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) 2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 40
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 6
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 4
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 20
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 5
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 40
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 10
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 6
View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52768085

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

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Date: 2/16/19 8:19 am
From: Brian Sykes via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] White throated sparrows
No shortage here in Accomack .They only come last minute to feeders with
Cardinals Yard lights up at last supper!
B sykes
Accomack
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Date: 2/16/19 8:13 am
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Central Virginia, 2/14-15/19
A good mix of avian species, and two uncommon winter species (Chipping
Sparrow and Eastern Phoebe). Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_02_15.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_02_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: 2/16/19 8:00 am
From: Brian Sykes via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Junco ,Purple finch back Accomack
Lots of birds at feeders today ! Juncos and Purple finch returned .Hadnt
seen them in few weeks. Lots of Goldfinch. This is my first yr for getting
Goldfinch. Been feeding birds 17 yrs .This yard actually has several birds
i missed on in other yards. Other birds today . Downy wp, chickadee, house
finch, carolina wren, cardinal , blue jay totally rare for yard,
whitethroated sp. ,brown creeper ( has become accustomed to suet feeder
since peanut butter smeared on tree disappears too fast) brown headed
nuthatch, Red Breasted Nuthatch !! Anybody else still getting these?? They
been here all winter!
Brian Sykes Accomack Va
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Date: 2/15/19 6:26 pm
From: Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Black Scoters in Rockbridge Co.
All - Yesterday (Thursday) a local birder spotted and photographed a male and female Black Scoter on the Maury River just up-stream from Buena Vista. These two birds represent the county record. Several of us headed out today to look for the birds. Earlier this morning, Kerry Kilday located the female BLSC but not the male. I headed over to BV this afternoon to look for the Black Scoters. I met up with Kerry and ran into Bob Epperson and Jim Elder who were looking for the scoters. We only found the female. She spent most of the time in the middle of the Maury between the beginning of the Chessie Trail and the lock that is just before the cow pasture. Hopefully the male will show back up. Kerry spent some time checking the river near Glen Maury - no Black Scoter but he did find two female Goldeneyes in the river. These two birds represent our county record so many thanks to Mary Harrington for reporting them to us.

I have posted a few photos on Flickr if you're interested in seeing the scoter:

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

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept.
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Date: 2/15/19 7:15 am
From: Ashley Peele via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Use Rainy Winter Days To Clean-Up Atlas Data
Hi Folks,

OK, OK. We know that data clean-up isn't exactly the most fun task, but(!)
now is the perfect time to take a look at last season's breeding season
data. Cleaning up your checklists will not only help us (the VABBA2
project) out, but will also help you start prepping for the upcoming
breeding season.

To help you catch some of those easy mistakes, one of our Atlas volunteer
coordinators has put together a great article highlighting the top ten
'boo-boos' that he has seen in his own and others' Atlas data.

https://ebird.org/atlasva/news/common-atlas-coding-boo-boos/

Check it out and let us know what questions you have by sending us an email
or posting questions to the Atlas Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/VABBA2/

Happy Birding!

Ashley Peele, PhD
Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator
Conservation Management Institute - Virginia Tech
Office: 540-231-9182
Fax: 540-231-7019
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Date: 2/14/19 12:48 pm
From: George Martin via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Tree Swallows at Dutch Gap
I saw a flock of tree swallows at Dutch Gap Conservation Area (Chester, VA)
today. The birds were mostly resting, with some flitting around a bush
across the wetlands from the Twin Rock spur on the blue blaze trail.

George Martin
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Date: 2/14/19 11:10 am
From: John Geenwood via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bald Eagle nest, Arlington
N Scott St/Ft Bennet/Palisades Trail. On my last visit (1/26) both eagles seemed to be checking out the condition of their massive nest. Today one of the Eagles (Mom?) was on eggs and the other went off looking for lunch. Today’s W Post reported that Liberty laid her first egg on Tues at her SW DC nest. At the Chincoteague NWR Bald Eagle nest, three eggs were laid during the govt shutdown. Best luck to all the expectant parents.

Jack Greenwood
Falls Church

Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 2/14/19 11:04 am
From: Wes Teets via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] February 17 tram ride from Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge to False Cape State Park
Virginia birders,

As part of a weekend trip to coastal Virginia, the Richmond Audubon
Society has reserved a tram ride at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge on
Sunday, February 17 from 12:45 PM to 4:30 PM. The organization will be
covering the associated costs.

The tram seats 24 and we were near capacity a week ago, but several
participants have cancelled, most due to uncertainties regarding weather.

At this point I would be remiss if I didn't offer up the remaining seats
to the rest of the birding community in Virginia. So the first nine
birders to respond to me off-list by Saturday night will be rewarded
with a seat on the tram.

Happy President's Day weekend birding!

Wes Teets
Field Trips Chair
Richmond Audubon Society
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Date: 2/14/19 10:47 am
From: Lee Atwood via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Razorbills
Yesterday (13th), there were still large numbers of Razorbills flying north off Jennette'sPier  These were singles and flocks up to 18.  A few hundred went by in the 15-20  min.I scanned.  The pier is south end Nag's Head near junction with Rt 64 to Manteo.I saw none south of Oregon Inlet.   No luck with  Golden-crowned found by VSObehind Exxon in Harbinger, NC (shortly before Wright bridge to Kitty Hawk).  
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Date: 2/13/19 3:18 pm
From: dorgeloh via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] pine sisken
small flock of pine siskin on nyger seed feeder bag in Hartwood VA
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Date: 2/13/19 12:21 pm
From: Herbert Larner via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Say's Phoebe & Trumperter Swan's
Hello all

This morning I made a decision to trek up to Rockbridge Bath's area to look for the Say's Phoebe . I arrive about 9 : 30ish am I ran into Jerry Jackson & his wife who had been at the location for about an hour . After they had left about 15 minutes later the bird flew in from across the road . It landed in a corn field just across from the white house that is on the left . It was still in the field when I left at 10 :20 am . If using a GPS put in Rockbridge Bath's & then the road Bellevue Lane For the number I put in 100 to finish out the address .That road is narrow & very little places to pull off . Other birds there were Goldfinch , Red - bellied Woodpecker , Eastern Meadowlark & Eastern Bluebirds . After that I headed up to Timberville for the Trumpeter Swan's which were feeding on the pond off of Rt 615 off of Rt 42 .

It was a nice day except for the wind & the Say's Phoebe was a Virginia bird for me . I have tried for many years with no luck .

Allen Larner
Staunton
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Date: 2/13/19 11:39 am
From: Jean Tatalias via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Burke Lake Park, Feb 13, 2019
Eight birders enjoyed the good weather this morning for the walk at Burke
Lake Park for the Northern Virginia Bird Club with participation by Audubon
Soc of No Va as well. Highlights included a very cooperative red-breasted
nuthatch at the feeder station, a merlin conveniently perched by the marina
pier, 3 hawk species, bald eagles, and 7 duck species, with a large flock
of common mergansers most numerous among them.

Burke Lake Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Feb 13, 2019 8:10 AM - 11:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
42 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 150
Mallard 8
Canvasback 2
Lesser Scaup 30
Bufflehead 6
Hooded Merganser 6
Common Merganser 60
Ruddy Duck 8
Mourning Dove 5
Ring-billed Gull 60
Herring Gull 1
Double-crested Cormorant 4
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 2
Black Vulture 6
Turkey Vulture 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 8
Downy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Merlin 1
Blue Jay 12
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 6
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 5
Brown Creeper 1 seen at feeder station on early stop by leader only
Carolina Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 5
American Robin 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 2
House Finch 2
Purple Finch 1 Female. seen at feeder station on early stop by leader
only
American Goldfinch 1
Dark-eyed Junco 2
sparrow sp. 2
Common Grackle 2
blackbird sp. 25
Northern Cardinal 4

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52656777

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
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Date: 2/13/19 6:24 am
From: Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Peregrine Falcon(S) While Working - February 13, 2019

February 13, 2019

2 Neighborhood Peregrine Falcon(S) seen outside my office window in the Skyline Office Complex in Falls Church, Fairfax County, VA - Leesburg Pike and George Mason Drive

Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA

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Date: 2/12/19 1:27 pm
From: Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Evening Grosbeaks in Union Springs, Rockingham County, update and photos
The Evening Grosbeaks continue to visit our feeders-especially the large
platform feeder in the back yard. We often see them several times between
7:30 and 1:00. Today the times we 10:20 and 11:30. I don't recall that we
have ever seen them after 1:00 p.m.



Today I took a few photos of them. Some can be seen at naturefriendmagazine
dot com. Go to the "Photos" tab.

https://www.naturefriendmagazine.com/photos/photos.pl?catid=201



Kevin Shank

Union Springs (10 miles west of Dayton)

Rockingham County







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Date: 2/12/19 10:10 am
From: Connie Sale via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Leucistic mystery bird
A friend sent me these photos of a leucistic bird, we are trying to identify. It hangs out with red-winged blackbirds, but we're not sure what it is.  Any guesses?

http://s272.photobucket.com/user/humnchirp/media/odds%20and%20ends/Leucistic%20mystery%20bird_zpsbtish03i.jpg.htmlhttp://s272.photobucket.com/user/humnchirp/media/odds%20and%20ends/Leucisitc%20mystery%20bird%203_zpsugbrjzzb.jpg.html
http://s272.photobucket.com/user/humnchirp/media/odds%20and%20ends/Leucisitc%20mystery%20bird%202_zpsmbe4aeea.jpg.html


Connie & Wilton Sale 
Chesapeake,VA 
<humnchirp...> 
Hummingbirds, Songbirds, and Woodpeckers
State and Federal Permitted Rehabilitator

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Date: 2/11/19 7:06 pm
From: barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] REDSKINS VS. BALD EAGLES?

If you want to protect Virginia's bald eagles and other precious birds, please note that just feet away from our Potomac River shores, Maryland's governor is trying to do a land grab on a 512-acre national park to build a mega Redskins football stadium in eagle nesting territory.  Please feel welcome to attend a nature hike I'm leading to teach people about this hidden gem by Woodrow Wilson Bridge.


 

https://www.meetup.com/sierrapotomac/events/258860341/

 

- Barb, Fairfax
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Date: 2/11/19 2:26 pm
From: Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Mockingbird on Suet

We've had a Mockingbird at our suet feeders since at least early December.  I have not seen it at the seed feeder.
More than any other bird at our yard, this Mockingbird has become inured to my presence at the feeders.  Recently it perched atop one feeder at eye level, completely exposed 5 feet from me, staring eye to eye as I replenished the suet in another.
The only species that seems more dominant or aggressive than others at our feeders is the Starlings.

Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia

-----Original Message-----
From: Nancy Young via VA-bird <va-bird...>
To: Vineeta <vineetaa...>
Cc: va-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: Mon, Feb 11, 2019 1:59 pm
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Mockingbird on Suet

Yes, I have Mockingbirds quite often on the suet feeder in the winter. But
they don't take it over. Could be the location - under a row of tall Leland
cypress.

Nancy Young
Troutville, VA

-----Original Message-----
From: Vineeta via VA-bird
Sent: Monday, February 11, 2019 1:10 PM
To: <morann...>
Cc: VAListserve
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Mockingbird on Suet

Ah yes, Ann. I can vouch for mockingbirds eating suet. During the
snowmaggedon back in 2010, I had a mockingbird lay claim to a suet feeder
and refuse to let any other birds near it. Fortunately, I have several suet
feeders, but still that was quite hilarious.
Vineeta Anand in Alexandria

On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 12:35 PM morann--- via VA-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> It's about noon and I'm watching a mockingbird eating from a suet block.
> The block is one that has nuts and dried mealworms, which the bluebirds
> and
> others enjoy. But I've never seen a mockingbird eat suet!
> Ann DonaldsonRuckersville
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wetlands and developers do not.” Michael R. Deland, former regional
director of the Environmental Protection Agency. December 1941-January
2019.
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Date: 2/11/19 10:58 am
From: Nancy Young via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Mockingbird on Suet
Yes, I have Mockingbirds quite often on the suet feeder in the winter. But
they don't take it over. Could be the location - under a row of tall Leland
cypress.

Nancy Young
Troutville, VA

-----Original Message-----
From: Vineeta via VA-bird
Sent: Monday, February 11, 2019 1:10 PM
To: <morann...>
Cc: VAListserve
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Mockingbird on Suet

Ah yes, Ann. I can vouch for mockingbirds eating suet. During the
snowmaggedon back in 2010, I had a mockingbird lay claim to a suet feeder
and refuse to let any other birds near it. Fortunately, I have several suet
feeders, but still that was quite hilarious.
Vineeta Anand in Alexandria

On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 12:35 PM morann--- via VA-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> It's about noon and I'm watching a mockingbird eating from a suet block.
> The block is one that has nuts and dried mealworms, which the bluebirds
> and
> others enjoy. But I've never seen a mockingbird eat suet!
> Ann DonaldsonRuckersville
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wetlands and developers do not.” Michael R. Deland, former regional
director of the Environmental Protection Agency. December 1941-January
2019.
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Date: 2/11/19 10:37 am
From: Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Birding East of Richmond
A Cackling Goose and Ross's Geese were noted in the Snow Goose flock along Turkey Island Road in eastern Henrico County.  The Red-tailed Hawk (abieticola) allowed close approach in Charles City County today.  Tundra Swans were noted along the James River near Jordan Point obviously downed by the inclement weather.

http://visitingnature.com/main/january-february-2019/


Enjoy each day,
Allen
Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 2/11/19 10:12 am
From: Vineeta via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Mockingbird on Suet
Ah yes, Ann. I can vouch for mockingbirds eating suet. During the
snowmaggedon back in 2010, I had a mockingbird lay claim to a suet feeder
and refuse to let any other birds near it. Fortunately, I have several suet
feeders, but still that was quite hilarious.
Vineeta Anand in Alexandria

On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 12:35 PM morann--- via VA-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> It's about noon and I'm watching a mockingbird eating from a suet block.
> The block is one that has nuts and dried mealworms, which the bluebirds and
> others enjoy. But I've never seen a mockingbird eat suet!
> Ann DonaldsonRuckersville
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wetlands and developers do not.” Michael R. Deland, former regional
director of the Environmental Protection Agency. December 1941-January
2019.
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Date: 2/11/19 9:48 am
From: Rob Bielawski via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Early February Birding Summary for Virginia Beach
Fellow Birders,

The fully formatted write-up with 100 photographs and hyperlinks to all the
cited eBird reports is available on the web here:
http://www.beachbirding.com/journal/pe-20190210. Past entries of this
thrice-monthly journal are accessible here: http://www.beachbirding.com
/journal-index/.
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---------------------------------------------------
Record-setting heat arrived in early February across southeast Virginia,
which made this a rather interesting first period for the late winter
season. Early on, frigid temperatures in the Midwest and Northeast states
continued to push waterfowl into much of Virginia, and while we did benefit
a bit here on the coast, it seemed to be the drastic rise and drop of
temperatures later in the period that really boosted our sightings locally.
All told, the Early February period produced a total of 153 species
reported to eBird in the city, including two additions to the Virginia
Beach calendar year list which now sits at 173 species! Most reports this
period originated along the immediate coast, with the Williamsburg Bird
Club’s boat trip to the islands of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel greatly
aiding in the number of lists submitted. Highlights this period across the
city included new rarity records for COMMON MERGANSER, AMERICAN WHITE
PELICAN, PAINTED BUNTING, PURPLE FINCH & LINCOLN’S SPARROW continuing
rarity records for HARLEQUIN DUCK, WESTERN GREBE, PARASITIC JAEGER,
BLACK-HEADED GULL & SNOW BUNTING, new unseasonal records for BLUE-WINGED
TEAL, continuing unseasonal records for BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, late
records for lingering BLACK SKIMMERS, first-of-year records for
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and interesting records for SNOW GOOSE, BRANT,
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, RAZORBILL & ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER!

Kicking things off, we notched our fourth location of the year (and fifth
for the winter season) to produce a record for COMMON MERGANSER when a
single female was observed with a group of Red-breasted Mergansers at
Pleasure House Point NA on 2 Feb (ph. Rob Bielawski). This group of
mergansers was observed foraging along Pleasure House Creek, moving
upstream into the portion of the creek that sits just south of Shore Drive
and east of the Bayville Golf Club. Also relating to Common Merganser,
Sherwood Lakes continued to support a group of all females with a peak
count of ten being observed this period with the last records appearing on
10 Feb (ph. Nancy Barnhart [7], vis. Tommy Maloney [6]). This group was
originally found back on 27 Jan (ph. Prashant A.), with the most recent
record occurring 5 Feb (vis. Robert Ake). With other records of single
females last period occurring at Little Island Park on 22 Jan (vis. Andrew
Baldelli) and on the North Landing River on 26 Jan (ph. Steve Coari & Laura
Mae), all waterways seem worth checking for this species, though they tend
to prefer clear, freshwater as opposed to brackish/saltwater (the Pleasure
House Point individual being an obvious exception)!

Only the second record for the year, a pair of AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were
photographed in flight from Rudee Inlet on 2 Feb (ph. Greg Moyers, vis.
David Bridge, Paul Sumner & Matt Wangerin). Back on 20 Jan, a flock of 15
American White Pelicans was observed at Back Bay NWR (ph. Keith Roberts,
vis. Clark Olsen), and likely this same group was then later viewed from
Rudee Inlet the same day (vis. Tracy Tate). It is possible some of them may
have set down on Lake Rudee or another body of water nearby, but it seems
more likely that this more recent pair might be separate individuals,
perhaps moving from Pea Island NWR in NC to Blackwater NWR in MD, or to Hog
Island WMA in Surry County, VA. These are the three locations nearest to us
that seem to hold the species as residents rather than catching birds
solely passing through like we’re accustomed to.

While there are several known locations (all at private residences) where
PAINTED BUNTINGS have been observed this year so far, a new location did
pop up during early February when a female/immature type bird was logged in
Lynnhaven on 2 Feb (ph. Catherine Johnson). Another female/immature was
observed at a private residence in Kempsville on 3 Feb (ph. Teresa Conlon).
Though this individual has likely been present since it’s first report date
of 7 Nov 2018, it hadn’t been observed since 15 Dec 2018 so it was nice to
see another report come in from this location. Adult males have been harder
to find in the city, though several are present in at least one undisclosed
location in central Virginia Beach. Unfortunately, there are just no public
locations known where this species winters in the city.

Following suit with Painted Buntings, PURPLE FINCHES were picked up at a
new location, found again at a continuing location, and unfortunately not
observed anywhere on public property this period! A private residence in
Laurel Cove had recently been visited by a male Purple Finch back on 27
Jan, but this period yielded a female visitor on 4 Feb (ph. Loretta
Silvia). Two additional records of ‘new’ Purple Finches occurred during
early February, with single males being photographed at First Landing SP on
8 Feb (ph. June McDaniels) and at a private residence in Larkspur on 10 Feb
(ph. Steve Myers). As far as continuing Purple Finches go, a group of three
was reported in South Shore Estates on 4 Feb (vis. James Marcum), and
individuals have been observed off-and-on at that residence dating back to
28 Nov 2018. It really has been a banner season for Purple Finch in
Virginia Beach, though records on public land have been very difficult to
come by. The upcoming Great Backyard Bird Count might help ferret out some
additional reports next period.

We added our 13th species of sparrow (not including Eastern Towhee, but
including Dark-eyed Junco) for the calendar year this period when a single
LINCOLN’S SPARROW was discovered at Princess Anne WMA’s Whitehurst Tract on
10 Feb (ph. Rob Bielawski). Winter records for this species throughout
Virginia area difficult to come by, though wintering individuals are
slightly more expected to occur here in the southeastern portion of the
state (like with most species) due to our milder climate during Dec-Feb.
However, there has only been one other individual noted in the city this
winter season, that being the single bird found at Taste on Shore Drive
from 3-14 Dec 2018 (vis. Andrew Baldelli; later photographed on 8 Dec, ph.
Rob Bielawski, Lisa Rose & Jason Strickland). Aside from these two records,
the last one known in the city was way back on 9 Jan 2018 at Ashville Park
(ph. Mary Catherine Miguez). Surprisingly, none were found here during fall
migration, which is typically the peak movement for this species (early
October specifically).

The immature male HARLEQUIN DUCK lingering around Lynnhaven Inlet since at
least 31 Dec 2018 (Little Creek CBC) was again observed this period, on 3
Feb (ph. Andrew Rapp & Matt Wangerin, and observed by a great many others
on the Williamsburg Bird Club boat trip), also on 7 Feb (vis. Sahas Barve,
William Muhic & Russell Winter; later vis. Cindy Hamilton) and then
extensively photographed on 10 Feb (ph. Prashant A.). This has been a
hit-or-miss bird for many, though it seems to move into Long Creek with the
incoming tide, then probably moves out as the tide falls. It has mostly
been observed from the creekside of Dockside Restaurant, and other adjacent
properties as it forages along the hardened/bulkhead shoreline and offshore
tidal reefs. Interestingly, despite the Williamsburg Bird Club boat trip
heading out to the four islands of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (two in
Virginia Beach, two in Northampton), this was the Harlequin Duck to get
logged. Typically, it is the reverse, with most boat trips finding at least
one around the islands, but not seeing any inshore. In fact, aside from
this individual, there is only one other report so far this winter season
in the state as a whole, with two observed on North Chesapeake Island of
the CBBT in Northampton on 26 Dec 2018 (vis. Edward Brinkley) during an
annual Boxing Day seawatch. That said, there was also a single record at
Little Island Park on 9 Nov (vis. Tracy Tate), and an individual logged
from 10-13 Nov at Rudee Inlet (ph. Mark Sopko, Stuart Sweetman & Elizabeth
Wilkins as part of a Hampton Roads Bird Club outing) though these would
both be considered fall records by ornithological journals, but still
should be counted as part of this ‘winter season’.

The miraculous WESTERN GREBE first found at Back Bay NWR way back on 3 Dec
(ph. Diane Hinch & Maggee Smith; later ph. Charlie Bruggemann) was again
observed this period from the Little Island Park pier on 5 Feb (ph. Dixie
Sommers). Given there has not been a single other Western Grebe reported on
the entire East Coast since this one, it seems ‘reasonably’ safe to assume
this is the same individual moving along the coastline. Also, it seems
pretty likely that this could be the same bird that has been found near
here the past pair of winters. Of course, it is difficult to say for
certain and maybe we even have more than one present in the area. However,
we’ll never know until more than one gets observed at the same time (or
very near to it). This ‘individual’ was observed at Back Bay NWR only from
3-6 Dec, then was first picked up at Little Island Park during the Back Bay
CBC on 29 Dec, lingering into this period with only one other record, back
on 5 Jan.

A single PARASITIC JAEGER was noted harassing gulls off the Little Island
Park pier in the late morning of 9 Feb (vis. Robert Ake). A first at this
location dating back to 5 Jan when another individual was noted, the only
other record(s) so far in the city this year have been a single jaeger
viewed from the VA Aquarium Whales & Wildlife boat trips offshore of the
oceanfront resort area in mid-and-late January (see those entries for more
information). As we get closer to spring, this species could start popping
up along the coast with more frequency, given that most records occur
during transitional months and individuals in true winter are tougher to
observe. Though, the fall migration in early November seems to still be the
best time of year to observe jaegers from shore with 2017’s migration
standing out as the season to beat in terms of sheer numbers of jaegers
that passed by our coastline.

An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL, likely the same individual that had been
reported on the Lynnhaven Inlet tidal flats on 13 Jan (vis. Andrew
Baldelli), was observed at Pleasure House Point NA on 2 Feb (ph. Rob
Bielawski; later ph. Steve Myers). This individual was observed dip-feeding
with a group of five Bonaparte’s Gulls over the same school of fish that
the Common Merganser female & Red-breasted Mergansers mentioned earlier
were chasing/feeding on along the upstream tidal reaches of Pleasure House
Creek. A separate report at Rudee Inlet on 4 Feb (vis. Tom Beatty) could
pertain to this same individual if it is moving around with the tide cycle
between the Lynnhaven Estuary and the inlet; or we could have more than one
present in the city, which wouldn’t be that out of the ordinary for
southeast Virginia in terms of recent years’ records.

Last of the continuing rarities, the small flock of SNOW BUNTINGS that took
up residency starting on 12 Dec 2018 (ph. Stephen Keith) on the dune/beach
line of the oceantfront’s north end was again picked up this period
starting on 2 Feb (ph. Allen Bryan) after an absence of almost a month! The
peak count for the flock this winter was 16 back on 26 Dec (ph. Susan
Remmie), with a peak of 14 observed this period from 4 Feb (ph. Andrew
Baldelli & Cindy Hamilton) through 5 Feb (vis. Cathy Williamson). Reports
thus far have all ranged from 88th to 82nd Street, though the same habitat
continues south to 58th Street so there is a good chance they’re using that
whole stretch of vegetated dunes and being missed frequently as a result.

We had a pair of unseasonally-occuring species noted again this period,
with BLUE-WINGED TEAL leading things off since they were reported from a
new location for the year. Three individuals were first observed at Little
Island Park on 1 Feb (vis. Andrew Baldelli), with additional reports for
two individuals on 4 Feb (vis. James Marcum) and on 5 Feb (vis. Andrew
Baldelli). Previously, the only other winter records in the city occurred
at Back Bay NWR on 29 Jan (vis. Robert Ake) & 2 Dec 2018 on the Virginia
Society of Ornithology outing, and at Princess Anne WMA’s Beasley Tract on
6 Jan (ph. Rob Bielawski). The species is likely present each winter
somewhere around Back Bay, but getting to them is likely the problem.

Two separate records for continuing BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS popped up this
period, with singles at Pleasure House Point NA and in Great Neck Estates.
The former was first observed back on 6 Jan off of Dinwiddie Drive (ph.
Nathaniel Abrahams, Logan Anderson, Carson Lambert, Andrew Rapp, Garrett
Rhyne, Sam Simon & Robert Wood) and then amusingly found by two members of
the same group again on 3 Feb following the Williamsburg Bird Club boat
trip (ph. Carson Lambert & Andrew Rapp). The Great Neck Estates individual
was observed first on 11 Jan (vis. J.A.) and then re-found at the same site
on 5 Feb (vis. J.A.). A third wintering individual that had been recorded
throughout January at Stumpy Lake NA ended up being reported right at the
close of the period on 10 Feb (ph. Reuben Rohn), so we still have at least
three Black-and-whites being seen within the city this winter which is
quite remarkable!

As mentioned in the late January journal, with an expected departure date
of 20 Jan in an average year, lingering BLACK SKIMMERS managed to continue
to best the eBird filters this season. Though wintering is rarely observed
in the state, Lynnhaven Inlet tends to be the most expected site for this
to occur. A single individual has persisted at the inlet, visible from
Pleasure House Point NA through at least 9 Feb (vis. Anonymous), though the
last photo record (thus far) occurred on 7 Feb (ph. Cindy Hamilton). This
is the only Black Skimmer still being reported in the state as a whole, and
thus far Virginia Beach & Norfolk are the only cities/counties with records
in Virginia during 2019. Perhaps given the unseasonal heat we experienced
in early February we’ll see this individual linger all the way through to
the spring season?

Having logged 171 species in Virginia Beach to eBird during January, there
wasn’t much left out there in the city to be added during early February.
However, a single BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER observed on the tidal flats where
Long Creek hits the Lynnhaven on 4 Feb (vis. Andrew Baldelli) did provide a
first-of-year record, for species #172 on the year in the city and the
Lincoln’s Sparrow mentioned in more detail above provided a second new
species this period, allowing us to close out with 173 species on the
calendar year in Virginia Beach. Black-bellied Plover is similar to Willet
(which also showed up on that particular checklist), in that it is a common
species during winter both north and south of Virginia Beach. However,
finding one within the city is quite a struggle, so anytime one pops up it
is exciting.

Additionally, we had a few other not-necessarily-noteworthy, but still
interesting observations this period. SNOW GEESE have begun flocking up in
the fields of southern Virginia Beach, and a massive group was foraging
along Muddy Creek Road just north of Nanney’s Creek road on 9-10 Feb (ph.
J Sherwood, ph. Laura Mae, ph. Karen & Tom Beatty, ph. Rob Bielawski). A
single BRANT was observed in flight over Lake Smith on 5 Feb (vis. Tracy
Tate), and likely originated at Oliver’s Point where an out-of-place group
had been reported during January by the same observer. Another individual
of an out-of-place waterfowl species, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, was observed on
the north pond at Sherwood Lakes on 2 Feb (ph. Charlie Bruggemann). This
made for the very first record of the species at this location and also the
first record not along the immediate coastline within Virginia Beach (at
least as far as eBird records go)! Amusingly, the scoter was likely
observed as a result of the Common Mergansers being present on the lake,
but is actually a much rarer find at this site. Another interesting
White-winged Scoter record occurred during the Williamsburg Bird Club boat
trip when an adult male was photographed (ph. Andrew Rapp; observed by
many). Adult males are quite rare in the city so this is an exciting one,
and the only photographed so far this winter season in the city.

Early February saw a massive spike in the number of RAZORBILLS whizzing by
along the coast, with a remarkable flight of 1,456 observed on 9 Feb from
the Little Island Park pier (ph. Andrew Baldelli & Rob Bielawski). Groups
and individuals were continuously streaming northbound past the pier for
the first two hours of daylight before the flight died down. If hoping to
see these lovely alcids, now is the time to watch, especially on days with
onshore or northerly winds. The highest tally earlier this year was just
over 300, and this is the first flight that has come close to rivaling what
was observed in Feb 2017 (the historic, record-breaking season). Moving on
to passerines, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER photographed at Stumpy Lake NA on
1 Feb (ph. Rob Bielawski) provided only the second record for this species
at the park in eBird (with the last record in mid-March 2012), and was the
first eBird record here with a photograph. Though the species is an
uncommon winter resident elsewhere in the city, the habitat at the park
isn’t really a fit, which makes this quite an out-of-place record during
the winter (it might be more expected here during migration when birds tend
to not be so habitat-picky). On that same outing, a pair of female
COMMON/RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were also observed but frustratingly not
able to be narrowed better to species given the lighting conditions at
sunset hit (ph. Rob Bielawski). Either species would be quite out of place
at this location, with Red-breasted holding only three prior records at the
park in eBird, and Common with only two prior records (the last one was in
1995).

Heading into mid-February, it seems likely that we might pick up our
first-of-season Laughing Gulls given they have a typical arrival of 20 Feb.
Also, the Great Backyard Bird Count takes place from Friday, 15 Feb through
Monday, 18 Feb, which should bolster the number of eBird checklists being
submitted and also has the potential to unveil some exciting birds that
have so far escaped the public’s eye! For more information on that event,
the dedicated GBBC Website has all everything you’d need to get involved.
Typically, February feels like a slower month than January, but a lot of
this is simply the fact that we’re all seeing new ‘year birds’ during
January, and aren’t as excited when we keep seeing the same species into
February. However, February can be peak movement time for alcids and also
is the beginning of spring migration for many waterfowl species
(White-winged Scoter, Snow Goose, etc.) and also for Red-necked Grebes.
Coastal seawatching will continue to be the best means of observing the
best variety & counts of these species, but birding the woodlands of the
city could always produce something interesting. All this said, it will be
interesting to see what folks are able to find next period!

Thanks all,
Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
www.beachbirding.com
www.facebook.com/beachbirding
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Date: 2/11/19 9:08 am
From: morann--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Mockingbird on Suet
It's about noon and I'm watching a mockingbird eating from a suet block. The block is one that has nuts and dried mealworms, which the bluebirds and others enjoy. But I've never seen a mockingbird eat suet!
Ann DonaldsonRuckersville
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Date: 2/10/19 2:29 pm
From: David Boltz via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Long-tailed Duck at Lake Frederick - Frederick Co.
At 4:00 today there was a male LT Duck on Lake Frederick. Also present were about 100 Canada Geese.

Dave Boltz

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Date: 2/10/19 1:17 pm
From: krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 02/10/2019 (Fairfax County)
Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified approximately 25 species and included 8 participants. From the standpoint of sheer numbers, the Bird of the Day surprisingly was not the Canada Goose; rather, it was our little friend the White-throated Sparrow.
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  16
Bufflehead  24
Common Merganser  2
Mourning Dove  2
Black Vulture  10
Turkey Vulture  2
Bald Eagle  2    One adult in the Conn Island nest with its head just visible; a second adult soaring above the park's main parking lot and picnic area.
Barred Owl  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Blue Jay  9
Carolina Chickadee  16
Tufted Titmouse  15
White-breasted Nuthatch  7
Brown Creeper  4
Carolina Wren  18
Golden-crowned Kinglet  5
Dark-eyed Junco  14
White-throated Sparrow  19
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  11

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52565661

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

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Date: 2/10/19 12:00 pm
From: Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Say's Phoebe in Rockbridge Co.
All - I headed out this morning to look for birds, which were very few and far between. I decided to check one of my favorite areas for Kestrels, Harriers, and various sparrows - especially White-crowns. While driving down Bellevue Ln I spotted two birds flitting around a flooded field. Being somewhat desperate to actually see a bird, I stopped and to my great surprise one of them was a Say's Phoebe (the other bird was an Eastern Phoebe). I watched the Say's P for about 20 minutes as it flitted from corn stalk to weeds to the ice while it fed. I had called Kerry Kilday and while he was on his way to the site, the Say's disappeared. For about 40 minutes we couldn't find the bird, then it reappeared (we think it was roosting is a hedge of briars and other scrub). Kerry and I were able to watch the bird for about 25 minutes before it disappeared into a thicket. At that point, we left the bird alone. Kerry and I have compared photos that I have of the Amherst Co/Thrasher
's Lake Say's Phoebe to the one found today. The Rockbridge Co phoebe appears to have a lighter/less gray throat, so we think it's likely that the Rockbridge Co. Say's is a different bird. The Say's Phoebe is our county record.

To find the bird: take Hays Creek Rd west from Brownsburg for about 1.5 miles. Turn left onto McElwee, and then almost immediately (cross the bridge) turn right onto Bellevue. About a mile west on Bellevue you'll pass a white farm house on the left. Just past the house as you head up hill - look to the right for the flooded portion of an old corn field. The Say's Phoebe was observed flying, perching, and feeding around the flooded region. There is very limited parking - pull off the road with your wheels in the ditch or up on the bank. The road is very narrow and is basically a single lane, so be prepared. Our experience with the bird is that it disappears for 30-40 minutes at a time, so waiting for it to reappear is advised.

I've posted some photos of the Say's Phoebe on Flickr

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

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept
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Date: 2/10/19 11:21 am
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Oops--haste makes waste! P. Siskin: PM, not AM!!!!! Also, kestrel, sparrows Pine Siskin--western Albemarle


In a message dated 2/10/2019 2:16:19 PM US Eastern Standard Time, <va-bird...> writes:
Pine Siskin at the feeder 2:10 AM today (Feb.10).  Had a Fox and a Song Sparrow here yesterday.I'd thought I'd seen a kestrel in a nearby field recently, and today confirmed one there.  I'm expecting a nesting in the kestrel box because a pair showed up last fall.Sincerely,Marlene

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Date: 2/10/19 11:15 am
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Pine Siskin--western Albemarle
Pine Siskin at the feeder 2:10 AM today (Feb.10).  Had a Fox and a Song Sparrow here yesterday.
I'd thought I'd seen a kestrel in a nearby field recently, and today confirmed one there.  I'm expecting a nesting in the kestrel box because a pair showed up last fall.
Sincerely,Marlene 

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Date: 2/10/19 10:23 am
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Mating Red-shouldered Hawks
Old Trail; Crozet, VA; 2/10/19. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_02_10.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_02_10.htm



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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: 2/10/19 10:15 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR
Phil Silas and I extensively birded Occoquan Bay NWR in Woodbridge this morning, and complied a great list of 68 species.  The morning started off with a great horned owl and turkeys, heard from the gate.  Waterfowl numbers have increased somewhat, with lots of scaup and canvasback, plus some tundra swans.  We saw our first wood ducks of the year, a flock of 5.  We also saw a single goldeneye off Taylor Point, a pintail on Marumsco Creek, 2 green-winged teal at the photo blind, 2 horned grebes and a single coot (hard to come by this winter).  On the passerine side we saw an American tree sparrow, fox sparrows, rusty blackbird, eastern phoebe, brown thrasher, ruby-crowned kinglet, and gray catbird.  We also saw a northern harrier and sharp-shinned hawk.
Marc Ribaudo
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Date: 2/10/19 9:45 am
From: kurtcapt87--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Summary of the Fort Belvoir CBC 30 Dec 2018
Summary of the Fort Belvoir CBC, Dec 30, 2018 (circle center on Rt 1 near
Pohick Church in Fairfax Co.)

The count recorded 108 species and one count week species (Lesser
Black-backed Gull) due to the efforts of 174 field counters (63 parties) and
16 feeder watchers - this is bit below the long-term average of 113 species.
There was one unusual species, Clay-colored Sparrow. Species with High
Counts were Double-crested Cormorant (349), Blue Jay (1746), Red-breasted
Nuthatch (98), Gray Catbird (10), and Swamp Sparrow (319). Species with Low
Counts were House Finch (111). Uncommon species were Greater Scaup (only
2), Common Loon (2), King Rail (2), Greater Yellowlegs (2), Wilson's Snipe
(only 1), American Woodcock (8), the 3 typical owls, American Kestrel (1),
Merlin (2), Peregrine Falcon (1), Common Raven (2), Palm Warbler (1),
American Tree Sparrow (6), White-crowned Sparrow (12), Lincoln's Sparrow
(2), Purple Finch (8), and Pine Siskin (7). I note that American Coot was
almost a low count (7) as well as American Goldfinch (250). After
deconfliction, Bald Eagle numbers were 156 (116 adult).

This winter season had low overall numbers of waterfowl (although all the
typical species were reported), which is thought to be due to the rainy
summer causing high water levels and turbidity and thus lowering submerged
aquatic vegetation growth as well as reduced underwater animal production.
Chickadees (732) and Titmice (731) were low, but not record low, and this
may also be associated with the effects of the wet summer. Moreover, Great
Blue Heron tallies (182) were depressed this year, also possibly related to
the wet summer. Additionally, House Finch and American Goldfinch were also
depressed in numbers, although the impact of disease on the former may be
key to understanding its decline. We note the fall had a poor berry crop
showing for some plant species, e.g., poison ivy, which greatly reduced
warbler (YWRA=19) and waxwing (393) totals.

On the other hand, the significant autumn influx from the north of
Red-breasted Nuthatches was notable and produced a record count.
Unfortunately, this did not extend to the other winter finches, which,
despite a great fall migratory showing, were present in limited numbers in
the circle. A good migratory season coupled with desirable habitat led to
good sapsucker (91), creeper (86), winter wren (53) and Hermit Thrush (125)
numbers. Overall, sparrow numbers appeared to be a bit higher than average,
but not in record numbers (except for SWSP). This year we had 2 Lincoln
Sparrow reports and when one notes that over the last 20 years LISP is
sometimes reported for this circle suggests a new wintering trend. With the
inclusion of the Lorton Landfill and Laurel Hill Parks, good habitat for
species that are problematic elsewhere in the circle can be surveyed and
this enhances harrier, kestrel, meadowlark and White-crowned Sparrow
tallies. Continued maintenance of these habitats should result in the
continued presence of these species in future counts. Notable was the return
of the Clay-colored Sparrow to the Laurel Hill Eq. Center Park after giving
a fine showing last winter. Although the CCSP was a bit more elusive this
season than last, it still has delighted many birders.

Some long-term trends are beginning to become apparent. Vultures and
cormorants have increased greatly in numbers compared to just 20 years ago -
this may be connected to long term warming trends. Another trend is the
switch of buteo abundance from Red-tailed Hawk to Red-shouldered about 14
years ago which is likely due to the increase in the suburban landscape
footprint.

Additional notes on count data: wind direction was variable the day of the
count, but strength was weak throughout the day. Some field counters became
feeder watchers in the afternoon, hence the numbers have some overlap as the
total participants numbered 185.



Last, but not least, a special Thank You to the Sector Leaders and ALL the
Counters who have, once again, made this CBC excellent!

Wishing You All Good Birds,

Kurt



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Date: 2/10/19 7:55 am
From: Renee Grebe via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Red-breasted nuthatch (Loftridge Park, Alexandria)
Each winter I hope we have some red-breasted nuthatches, but, despite the cold, I haven't gotten any - not for the CBC, and nothing all winter so far. Until today!
I wrapped up an hour walk this morning around 8:45am in Loftridge Park (Alexandria, VA) and just as I arrived close to home, I heard the exciting high-pitched "yank" of a red-breasted nuthatch. I was able to get it in the binocs too. I lovely first find of this species for this winter.
-Renee Grebe Alexandria, VA
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Date: 2/10/19 4:40 am
From: Meredith Bell via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] VSO Outer Banks Field Trip Feb 1-3 2019
Hi VA-Birders,


We couldn’t have asked for more beautiful weather for the February 1-3,
2019, annual VSO field trip to the Outer Banks! We enjoyed sunny skies,
mild winds and moderate temperatures most of the weekend. With the combined
eyes and ears of 75 participants, we tallied 141 species. Our trip leaders
Lee Adams, Bill Akers, Jerry Via and yours truly worked hard to ensure that
everyone got to see as many species as possible.



It seems amazing to report that the 2nd most abundant species (after
Yellow-rumped Warbler) was RAZORBILL! On Sunday morning, Jerry Via counted
almost 2,000 in the ocean just off the hotel, with hundreds more in either
direction. We also had great looks at large numbers from Jennette’s pier on
Friday and Saturday.



An unexpected hot spot was the area behind the Exxon Station in Harbinger,
where a Golden-crowned Sparrow (typically found only on the West coast) and
a Dicksissel were seen by many. Also spotted there: Orange-crowned Warbler,
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Ruby-crowned Kinglet.



Jennettes’s Pier provided great looks at all 3 species of Scoter and large
numbers of Razorbill, Red-throated Loon, and Northern Gannets. Other
species included Dovekie, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Loon, and Horned
Grebe. A pod of dolphins came close to the pier and in the distance we
spotted a whale (identity undetermined) spraying water from its blowhole.



At Bodie Island Lighthouse in Saturday afternoon, we enjoyed diverse
species of waterfowl in the impoundments, along with a Virginia Rail and
Marsh Wren.



Sunday morning Jerry and Bill Akers scored two rare gulls – Black-headed
Gull and Little Gull – mixed in with the “regulars.”



Make plans to join us next year. We always have a memorable time, no matter
what the weather brings!



Complete list of 141 species for the weekend follows.



Meredith Bell

VSO Field Trip Co-chair



Snow Goose

Canada Goose
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall

Eurasian Wigeon

American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard

Blue-winged Teal

Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal

Canvasback

Redhead

Ring-necked Duck

Greater Scaup

Lesser Scaup

Common Eider

Harlequin Duck

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Black Scoter

Long-tailed Duck

Bufflehead

Common Goldeneye

Hooded Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck

Northern Bobwhite

Wild Turkey

Red-throated Loon

Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe

Horned Grebe

Northern Gannet
Double-crested Cormorant

American White Pelican
Brown Pelican

American Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
White Ibis
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

Clapper Rail

Virginia Rail

Common Galinule

American Coot

American Avocet

American Oystercatcher

Black-bellied Plover

Killdeer

Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs

Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Dunlin
Wilson's Snipe

Dovekie

Razorbill

Bonaparte's Gull

Black-headed Gull

Little Gull

Laughing Gull

Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull

Forster’s Tern

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Great Horned Owl

Belted Kingfisher

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Merlin

Eastern Phoebe

Blue Jay
American Crow

Fish Crow

Tree Swallow
Carolina Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch

House Wren

Sedge Wren

Marsh Wren

Carolina Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird

Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

American Pipit

Orange-crowned Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Eastern Towhee

Chipping Sparrow

Field Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow

Saltmarsh Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Dicksissel

Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark

Rusty Blackbird

Common Grackle
Boat-tailed Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch

House Sparrow
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Date: 2/9/19 5:03 pm
From: Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Saturday Birding - Daleville, Natural Bridge, and Lexington with Cackling Geese near Lexington
All, This morning I met Lucy, my daughter, at Greenfield Center outside of Daleville to look for ducks. We had a good morning and saw a number of birds. At the Greenfield Center pond there were about 15 Canvasbacks, 40 Ring-necks, 1 Shoveler, 8-12 Buffleheads, 2 Green-winged Teal, 1 Ruddy Duck, 2 Greater Scaup, 15-20 Gadwall, mallards, 3 Coots, and 3 Pied-billed Grebes. In addition, we saw/heard Bluebirds, Brown Thrasher, White-throated Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Cardinals, Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, White-breasted and Red-breasted Nuthatches, Crows, Black and Turkey Vultures, Kingfishers, and a few other species.

On the way back to Lexington, I stopped at Locher Tract, drove River Road, and stopped at Old Farm Rd pond. At Locher Tract, initially things were quiet but I finally located a feeding flock. In it there were Juncos, White-throated Sparrows, Field Sparrows, Cardinals, Downy WP, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Hermit Thrushes, and Goldfinches. Along River Rd, I found 8 Common Mergansers. At Old Farm Rd pond, I ran into Matt, Erin, and James who had been birding around the county. They let me know that there were 2 Cackling Geese mixed in with the Canada Geese that were standing in the lawn of a residence next to the pond. On the pond there were 5 Canvasbacks, 3 Redheads, and 2 Hooded Mergansers.

I’ve posted some photos of some of the birds seen today. I have good comparison shots of Canada and Cackling Geese so you can see the size difference.

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

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept
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Date: 2/9/19 1:47 pm
From: Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Birds in Richmond Area
This morning I got out and birded along Turkey Island Road in eastern Henrico County.  In one of the impoundments I noted a Eurasian Widgeon in amongst the American Widgeon, Gadwall and Ring-necked Ducks.  The flock was very skittish and flew within 30 seconds of observing my stopped car.
In the afternoon I joined Arun Bose along the flood wall in the City of Richmond.  Arun spotted the Iceland Gull previously discovered by Ellison Orcutt yesterday.
Some photos can be found at:
http://visitingnature.com/main/january-february-2019/


Enjoy each day,
Allen

Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 2/9/19 1:41 pm
From: Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] NVBC at Riverbend Park
Thirteens birders joined the Northern Virginia Bird Club walk at Riverbend Park this morning. We started at the Visitor Center and walked up river because the trails going the other way were apparently closed for high water and excessive mud. We hoping for a good showing of waterfowl, but it was not to be, unfortunately. We only saw three species of ducks (Bufflehead, RIng-necked and Common Merganser), although there were over 100 Bufflehead present. There were no grebes or coots. We were not seeing many land birds either as we walked along the river, though we did enjoy watching a couple of Bald Eagles visiting their nest. We decided to walk up the slope and eventually to the meadow near the Nature Center where we hoped for better luck. On the way we saw a couple of Brown Creepers and Golden-crowned Kinglets. Once at the meadow, our fortunes did indeed improve. We watched a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and a Fox Sparrow perch in good light. There was also a Savannah Sparrow, Red
-tailed Hawk and a Pileated Woodpecker. Overall, we managed to tally 36 bird species on the day.
Larry MeadeMerrifield, VA
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Date: 2/9/19 1:35 pm
From: David Boltz via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Blue Morph Snow Goose & Common Goldeneyes, 9 Duck Species - Frederick County
Bill Parkin and I braved the cold and wind this morning, deciding to hit a bunch of waterfowl possibilities in Frederick County.

The highlight was a stop at Whites Lake, part of the Abrams Creek Wetlands Preserve at the edge of the city of Winchester and Frederick County. We got a tip (from Dave Carr via Jim Smith) that there might be a blue morph Snow Goose on the lake and indeed there was. We also found 7 species of duck, including 5 female Common Goldeneyes. Other ducks on the Lake were Canvasback, Ring-necked, Greater Scaup, Gadwall, Mallard, and Bufflehead. Pics of the Goldeneyes and the Snow Goose can be seen on our eBird list at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52515824 .

Just down the road at the Rubbermaid Factory pond on Rt. 11 there were 17 Redheads, 16 Canvasbacks, and a Pied-billed Grebe, along with a couple hundred Canada Geese.

Lakeside Lake behind the Bowman Library on Tasker Road had a Horned Grebe, 5 Hooded Mergansers, 2 Mallards, and a female Greater Scaup.

The pond at Borden’s Spring (Federal Hill) held 17 Canvasbacks and 3 Redheads. This group of ducks has been there since early in the week.

Back home at Lake Frederick we found a single female Common Goldeneye and 100+ Canada Geese. Since about late December there have been very few ducks at this location. Earlier in the week Bill did see 3 Herring Gulls on the ice. These are pretty rare on this side of the Blue Ridge.

Dave Boltz
Lake Frederick



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Date: 2/8/19 11:34 am
From: Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Raptors while working - February 8, 2019
February 8, 2019

Nice array of raptors out my office window this afternoon -Skyline Office Complex, Falls Church, Fairfax County, VA -

2 Immature Bald Eagles,
the neighborhood Peregrine Falcon and
Turkey and Black Vultures

Janet Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA


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Date: 2/8/19 10:05 am
From: Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Merlin at Cub Run RECenter
Hello birders,
aa

As this damp dreary overcast morning turned sunny and cheery, I found a nice variety of the usual suspects plus one goodie.
aa

It was a first time for this Fairfax County location, a Merlin flying low and interacting with another bird. Got good looks at the Merlin, but disappointed I could only follow one bird not both.
aa

The other bird was definitely a raptor of about the same size. I wish I knew whether it was another Merlin, a Kestrel, or a Sharpie. Any of those would have been quite notable at this location.
aa

Checklist link below.
Good birding !!
Steve Johnson
Fairfax, County

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52490433

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Date: 2/8/19 9:41 am
From: Dave Larsen - Birding via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Long-tailed Duck at Silver Lake County Park, Prince William County
The Long-tailed Duck continues at the quarry pond. At least as of noon yesterday. The duck hangs close to the steep quarry rock faces closest to the park road, so the only way to see it is to walk halfway around the pond.

Dave Larsen
Haymarket
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Date: 2/7/19 7:45 am
From: Patti Reum via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Highland County CBC 2018
Sorry this is late but here it goes!

HIGHLAND COUNTY CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT 2018

Date of this event was January 4, 2019. We had 8 participants: Evan
Spears, David Spears, John Spahr, David White, Mary Ames, Lou Tanner, Dan
Bieker and myself, Patti Reum (Compiler). From the hours of 6 am until 2:30
pm (rain started) we saw 49 species. Highlight was a Loggerhead Shrike.
Weather was damp, overcast and breezy. Total individual count was 2,070
birds.

Canada Goose-26

Hooded Merganser-14

Mallard-5

Bufflehead-3

Gadwall-4

Ruffed Grouse-1

Wild Turkey-18

Black Vulture-1

Bald Eagle-3

Unid. Raptor-1

Red-shouldered Hawk-2

Red-tailed hawk-19

American Kestrel-13

Rock Dove-3

Mourning Dove-39

Eastern Screech Owl-6

Great Horned Owl-2

Barred Owl-1

Belted Kingfisher-3

Great Blue Heron-1

Red-bellied Woodpecker-12

Downy Woodpecker-17

Hairy Woodpecker-11

Northern Flicker-2

Pileated Woodpecker-3

Eastern Phoebe-3

Loggerhead Shrike-1

Blue Jay-24

American Crow-213

Common Raven-24

Black-capped Chickadee-47

Tufted Titmouse-33

White-breasted Nuthatch-35

Brown Creeper-1

Carolina Wren-21

Winter Wren-1

Field Sparrow-9

Song Sparrow-15

White-throated Sparrow-13

Dark-eyed Junco-86

Northern Cardinal-32

Eastern Meadowlark-22

House Finch-22

American Goldfinch-9

House Sparrow-150

Northern Mockingbird-5

Golden-crowned Kinglet-10

Ruby-crowned Kinglet-1

Eastern Bluebird-18

European Starling-834

Birds seen by Patti during Count Week-Green-winged Teal-13,
Gadwall-1,Common Merganser-11,Golden Eagle-2, Turkey Vulture-1

Patti Reum
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Date: 2/7/19 6:12 am
From: Sergio Harding via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Banded Loggerhead Shrike Reported
Hi Bill and Virginia birders,

DGIF has been banding loggerhead shrikes in Virginia since 2014, and this
is a bird that Ellison Orcutt and I banded in April of 2017 at this very
site as an adult male. The bird appears to be a resident bird, as I have
resighted it several times during both the breeding and winter seasons
since it was banded. To date I have not seen it paired up with a female.
Great to see it being reported on eBird, both by Mary Coker and a few days
before by Marie and Ron Furnish! I would encourage folks who see shrike
in Virginia to always check for bands and to post to eBird or let me know
directly (you can also report shrike sightings to
<dgifweb...>) - this is valuable information that is of great
help to the banding project.

The shrike banding and monitoring work that DGIF and other Virginia
partners are involved in is being done in collaboration with folks from
Ontario and states in the Southeast and the Midwest. You can see a photo
of the Cumberland bird just after banding and read more about the project
at
https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/blog/progress-continues-on-loggerhead-shrike
-project/ .

Sergio Harding
Nongame Bird Conservation Biologist
P 804.367.0143 / M 804.517.5814
Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries


-----Original Message-----
From: VA-bird
<va-bird-bounces+sergio.harding=<dgif.virginia.gov...> On Behalf
Of William Hohenstein via VA-bird
Sent: Thursday, February 7, 2019 7:32 AM
To: Va-bird Birding <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Banded Loggerhead Shrike Reported

Hi all:

I noticed in today's E-bird Rare Bird Alert that banded Loggerhead Shrike
has been reported by Mary Coker in Cumberland Virginia. This is an
awesome find. It is likely and Eastern Loggerhead that breeds in isolated
pockets in Ontario Canada. This is one of the rarest eastern songbirds
with an estimated 25 breeding pairs left in the wild.

I'm sure the researchers up in Canada would be interested in the sighting
-- if they have not already pulled it from e-bird.

This is a least the 3rd fall/winter sighting of a banded loggerhead in
Virginia, indicating to me that our State plays an important role in the
population's survival.

Great find Mary!

More information on the Canadian program can be found here:
https://wildlifepreservation.ca/eastern-loggerhead-shrike-program/

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 06, 2019 10:54 by Mary Coker
- US-VA-Cumberland-193-271 Cartersville Rd - 37.5312x-78.1986, Cumberland,
Virginia
- Map:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.531185,-78.198589&ll=37.5311
85,-78.198589
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52432881
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Has several bands."
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Date: 2/7/19 6:04 am
From: Ellison Orcutt via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Red-shouldered hawks nesting in Gloucester
Hello,

Ellison Orcutt here. Excellent discovery. Please, if you can, submit the
record to the Breeding Bird Atlas. This would be the first confirmed
record of the species breeding in Gloucester during the Atlas.

Happy to help more,

Ellison

On Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 10:14 PM CABOT WILLIAMS via VA-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> Yesterday we discovered a pair of red-shouldered hawks building a nest
> near the back of our house. They were working on it again this morning.
> The nest is visible from two windows in the house. This is a real treat
> because we moved in June last year from our home of 44 years about three
> miles north, still in Gloucester County. Red-shouldered hawks built their
> nest many of those 44 years in sight of that house.
>
>
> Hayes and Joyce Williams
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--
Ellison Orcutt
Birder/Naturalist
Richmond, Va
Cell: (804) 339-6976
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Date: 2/7/19 4:32 am
From: William Hohenstein via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Banded Loggerhead Shrike Reported
Hi all:

I noticed in today's E-bird Rare Bird Alert that banded Loggerhead Shrike
has been reported by Mary Coker in Cumberland Virginia. This is an awesome
find. It is likely and Eastern Loggerhead that breeds in isolated pockets
in Ontario Canada. This is one of the rarest eastern songbirds with an
estimated 25 breeding pairs left in the wild.

I'm sure the researchers up in Canada would be interested in the sighting
-- if they have not already pulled it from e-bird.

This is a least the 3rd fall/winter sighting of a banded loggerhead in
Virginia, indicating to me that our State plays an important role in the
population's survival.

Great find Mary!

More information on the Canadian program can be found here:
https://wildlifepreservation.ca/eastern-loggerhead-shrike-program/

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 06, 2019 10:54 by Mary Coker
- US-VA-Cumberland-193-271 Cartersville Rd - 37.5312x-78.1986, Cumberland,
Virginia
- Map:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.531185,-78.198589&ll=37.531185,-78.198589
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52432881
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Has several bands."
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Date: 2/6/19 7:14 pm
From: CABOT WILLIAMS via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Red-shouldered hawks nesting in Gloucester
Yesterday we discovered a pair of red-shouldered hawks building a nest near the back of our house. They were working on it again this morning. The nest is visible from two windows in the house. This is a real treat because we moved in June last year from our home of 44 years about three miles north, still in Gloucester County. Red-shouldered hawks built their nest many of those 44 years in sight of that house.


Hayes and Joyce Williams
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Date: 2/6/19 11:17 am
From: Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] White-throated Sparrows
Steve,

I looked at my DC CBC records and discovered a drop in small passerines
(Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmouse, and White-breasted Nuthatch) of about
25 to 30 % between 2002 and 2004 (the West Nile Virus years). However, by
2005 the numbers began to increase again among all three species. At least
the numbers suggest full recovery. Interestingly, Whitehatch numbers
steadily increased and in 2012, the species broke a count record.

In contrast, corvid numbers seem to recover more slowly. A crow roost was
poisoned in 2002 if memory serves me correctly, and that certainly didn't
help recovery.

Larry Cartwright
<prowarbler...>

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From: VA-bird <va-bird-bounces+prowarbler=<verizon.net...> On
Behalf Of Steve Young via VA-bird
Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2019 12:15 AM
To: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Cc: VA-BIRD <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] White-throated Sparrows

My anecdotal impression in Arlington VA is that number of White-throated
Sparrows, Tufted Titmice, and Carolina Chickadees here seem fairly normal
*in good habitats*.

Couple additional thoughts, though. We still don't know everything there is
to know about how heavier snowfalls may impact regional movements and
population numbers of birds. We had some early and significant snows that
may have played a role in the numbers folks are seeing. Areas to the south
were hit significantly by the December storm that utterly skipped DC. And, I
still don't think Chickadee and Titmice numbers have necessarily fully
recovered from the devastating impact of the initial West Nile Virus
outbreak. My impression is we have seen partial but not full recovery.

Finally, the reports of declining insects are extremely worrying and I agree
with Marlene that we should be doing everything we can to help the insects
on which most songbirds rely, at least for successfully rearing their young.
Or making life easier for our winter visitors.

Cheers, Steve Young, Arlington

On Mon, Feb 4, 2019 at 9:03 AM David Gibson via VA-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> Have folks in VA noticed a drop in numbers from previous years?
> According to ebird,
> https://ebird.org/science/status-and-trends/whtspa/trend-map-non-breed
> ing, the trend doesn't look good. I've seen almost zero on trips I've
> led.
> Ironically, I had one bird in my yard this am. I also had a single
> bird in Nov. All the above is highly unusual.
> Dave Gibson
> https://birdpartner.com/
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Date: 2/6/19 8:51 am
From: Thomas Nardone via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Long Branch Nature Center & Park, Feb 6, 2019
Seven people participated in this morning’s Northern Virginia Bird Club walk at Long Branch Nature Center. It was a pleasant morning for a walk but not particular birdy.


> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Date: February 6, 2019 at 11:46:33
>
> Long Branch Nature Center & Park, Arlington, Virginia, US
> Feb 6, 2019 8:22 AM - 10:03 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.584 mile(s)
> 23 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Mallard 4
> Mourning Dove 5
> Ring-billed Gull 4
> Black Vulture 2
> Turkey Vulture 5
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 7
> Downy Woodpecker 4
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Blue Jay 5
> American Crow 2
> crow sp. 3
> Tufted Titmouse 6
> White-breasted Nuthatch 6
> Winter Wren 1
> Carolina Wren 6
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
> European Starling 4
> American Goldfinch 5
> White-throated Sparrow 4
> Song Sparrow 6
> Eastern Towhee 1
> Common Grackle 12
> Northern Cardinal 12
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/
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Date: 2/5/19 11:23 pm
From: barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Chincoteague & more
I saw more swans than geese at Chincoteague yesterday -- and there weren't too many of either -- along with an assortment of ducks, egrets & the usual characters.  (And a fox treating the road like a runway.) Here are my (temporarily accessible) private pix of Chincoteague & other Eastern Shore locations.  Pix include long-tailed ducks, canvasbacks, loons, eagles on ice, a cormorant with a fish the size of China (okay, slight exaggeration!), etc. https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/8gaFEu
- Barb, Fairfax
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Date: 2/5/19 9:15 pm
From: Steve Young via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] White-throated Sparrows
My anecdotal impression in Arlington VA is that number of White-throated
Sparrows, Tufted Titmice, and Carolina Chickadees here seem fairly normal
*in good habitats*.

Couple additional thoughts, though. We still don't know everything there is
to know about how heavier snowfalls may impact regional movements and
population numbers of birds. We had some early and significant snows that
may have played a role in the numbers folks are seeing. Areas to the south
were hit significantly by the December storm that utterly skipped DC. And,
I still don't think Chickadee and Titmice numbers have necessarily fully
recovered from the devastating impact of the initial West Nile Virus
outbreak. My impression is we have seen partial but not full recovery.

Finally, the reports of declining insects are extremely worrying and I
agree with Marlene that we should be doing everything we can to help the
insects on which most songbirds rely, at least for successfully rearing
their young. Or making life easier for our winter visitors.

Cheers, Steve Young, Arlington

On Mon, Feb 4, 2019 at 9:03 AM David Gibson via VA-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> Have folks in VA noticed a drop in numbers from previous years? According
> to ebird,
> https://ebird.org/science/status-and-trends/whtspa/trend-map-non-breeding,
> the trend doesn't look good. I've seen almost zero on trips I've led.
> Ironically, I had one bird in my yard this am. I also had a single bird in
> Nov. All the above is highly unusual.
> Dave Gibson
> https://birdpartner.com/
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Date: 2/5/19 6:51 pm
From: Gabriel Mapel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rough-legged Hawk & six Golden Eagles (Highland Co.), SE Owls & Loggerhead Shrike (Bell's Lane)
Hi all,Vic Laubach and I spent the day birding in Highland County enjoying the warm temperatures.  We started at the Monterey Fish Hatchery where we had four flyover Common Mergansers.
We had a great three hours driving through the Blue Grass Valley finding plenty of raptors along Wimer Mtn and Hardscrabble Roads.  Highlights included a distant unidentified gull, 8 Turkey Vultures, many sightings of at least 5 individual Golden Eagles (2 adults, 2 subadults, 1 juvenile), 3 Harriers, 3 Bald Eagles (occupied nest), 9 Red-tailed Hawks, 1 Kestrel, and today's highlight bird, a light-morph Rough-legged Hawk.  We had good scope views of this bird, an apparent adult male, along Wimer Mtn Rd above Hardscrabble Rd. 

Farther south in Highland County we found another adult Golden Eagle along Dug Bank Rd and two more male Harriers along Blue Grass Valley Rd. 

We finished the day at Bells Lane (Staunton) with 140 Canada Geese, 5 Mallard, 14 Hooded & 16 Common Mergansers, 3 Great Blue Herons, 160 Turkey Vultures, 5 Red-tailed Hawks, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Kestrel, 1 E. Phoebe, the continuing Loggerhead Shrike in the field near the ponds viewed from the top of the hill, and 3 Short-eared Owls at dusk in the same field.
Thanks to Vic for a really fun day out and about.  Good Birding,Gabriel Mapel
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Date: 2/5/19 5:43 pm
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] White-Throated Sparrows in Virginia
Hi Eric,

As someone with a lifelong interest in nature-friendly gardening, I want to take this opportunity to point out that keeping leaves (where there is no lawn to be smothered) is extremely helpful to wildlife.  White-throats and other bird species kick through the leaves because it's a good place to look for overwintering insects.  With so many kinds of insects reduced in number, it's crucial for folks to keep leaves in their landscape, if they can. Many kinds of butterflies, for example, overwinter as eggs, caterpillars, or pupae in leaf "litter" (I don't like this use of the term, with its negative connotations), which illustrates how easily people kill wildlife when yards are overly "manicured".
Sincerely,Marlene


   
In a message dated 2/5/2019 2:46:55 PM US Eastern Standard Time, <va-bird...> writes:
I don't have good records to compare year-over-year, but we have had a consistently large flock of white-throated sparrows at our feeders in Fairfax County (Fort Hunt area) this winter -- far more than we've had over the past four years. At least six at a time, and often at least a dozen (their constant motion makes getting a firm count challenging!).  Perhaps in part because we didn't get our backyard leaves raked before the rain and snow hit?
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Date: 2/5/19 2:12 pm
From: Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] White-throated Sparrows on the DC Count
I can add some information on the DC count from what Kurt and Fred reported.




If wintering populations of White-throated Sparrows appear healthy in rural
locations, they seem to be doing equally well in more urban areas as well.




When factoring out poor weather and a corresponding reduction in counters,
White-throated Sparrows in the DC count circle averaged between 1100 and
1300 individuals in the late 1990s and early 2000s and now average between
1600 and 1700 birds. We had over 2300 birds in 2012, establishing a new
count record.



Carolina Chickadees and Tufted Titmice fluctuate from year to year but show
no evidence of any declines. Chickadee counts range from 400 to 600 birds
and titmice somewhat less.



Larry Cartwright

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





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Date: 2/5/19 1:42 pm
From: Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FW: DC Area, 2/05/2019
FYI Joe Coleman

-----Original Message-----
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 2/05/2019
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Lydia Schindler
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, January 29 and was
completed on Tuesday, February 5, at 8:00 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).

The top birds this week are BAR-TAILED GODWIT* in VA and VARIED THRUSH* in
MD.

Other birds of interest include SNOW, ROSS'S, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED, and
CACKLING GEESE, MUTE and TRUMPETER SWANS, GREATER SCAUP, COMMON EIDER,
HARLEQUIN DUCK, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and other ducks, HORNED and RED-NECKED
GREBES, SANDHILL CRANE, THICK-BILLED MURRE, RAZORBILL, gulls including
BLACK-HEADED, ICELAND, and GLAUCOUS, GREAT CORMORANT, AMERICAN WHITE
PELICAN, OSPREY, raptors including GOLDEN EAGLE, SHORT-EARED OWL, NORTHERN
SHRIKE, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, HORNED LARK, EVENING GROSBEAK, COMMON
REDPOLL, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, CLAY-COLORED, VESPER, and LINCOLN'S
SPARROWS, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER,
PAINTED BUNTING, DICKCISSEL, and PINE SISKIN.

TOP BIRDS

A BAR-TAILED GODWIT* continues at Chincoteague NWR-Tom's Cove, Accomack Co,
VA, with reports from Jan 29 and Feb 4.

The VARIED THRUSH* found in the Leonardtown area of St. Mary's Co, MD, in
late December was seen again Feb 2; this week it showed up across the street
from 22070 Philip Drive. Persons looking for this bird are asked to follow
the access guidelines, which may be found in posts by Tyler Bell on MD
Birding, most recently on Feb 2, and to include these guidelines in any
report.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

While SNOW GEESE by the thousands have been flooding the Eastern Shore, two
of them--one white and one blue--notably made it to Baltimore: they were
reported at Prettyboy Reservoir (Gates 36-37) on Feb 3.

A continuing ROSS'S GOOSE was seen through the week at Whittier Lake, and in
a marshy area bordered by Rocky Springs Road and Rosemont Avenue, in
Frederick Co, MD.

Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were reported Jan 30 at the Clifton
Institute (restricted access) in Fauquier Co, VA. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
GOOSE was found in Howard Co, MD, in fields north of Jennings Chapel Rd. In
Baltimore, MD, a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen Feb 3 at North Point
SP, in the first field south of the park entrance and, on Feb 4, at Todd's
Inheritance Historic Site.

CACKLING GEESE were found at several locations in Northern Virginia during
the week: in Fairfax Co at Dyke Marsh WP Jan 31; Burke Lake Park Feb 1; and
Belle Haven Park--Picnic Area Feb 4; and, in Prince William Co, at Silver
Lake RP on Feb 4.

A MUTE SWAN continues at Piney Run Park in Carroll Co, MD, with the most
recent sighting from Feb 4. Other MUTE SWAN sightings include one from the
C&O Canal (MP 107-108) in Washington Co, MD, Feb 2, and one from Fort Howard
Park in Baltimore Feb 3.

The tagged TRUMPETER SWAN (T87) visited Alter Pond along Soil Conservation
Road in Prince George's Co, MD on Jan 29 and 31 and Feb 3.

An inland GREATER SCAUP was found at Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park,
Loudoun Co, VA on January 31. At least 2 COMMON EIDERS were present at Fort
Monroe in Hampton, VA, through the week. A single HARLEQUIN DUCK was
reported from Lynnhaven Inlet in Virginia Beach, VA Feb 3. On January 30 a
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER showed up at Burke Lake, Fairfax Co, VA. On Feb 2, 4
WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were at Quarry Lake in Baltimore, MD. And on Feb 1 a
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was photographed at West Potomac Park, DC.

One upshot of last week's frigid temperatures was a waterfowl bonanza, with
hundreds of ducks gathering on the Potomac River in the District of Columbia
and Northern Virginia. Three LONG-TAILED DUCKS headlined the rafts that
could be seen from West Potomac Park on Feb 3. Other ducks in the mix that
day included GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, MALLARD, CANVASBACK, some 600 LESSER
SCAUP, 60 BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE, COMMON and RED-BREASTED
MERGANSER-and 1 RUDDY DUCK. One LONG-TAILED DUCK also made it to Riley's
Lock on the C&O Canal in Montgomery Co, MD, Feb 2 and 3.

Smaller bodies of water in the area also benefited from the phenomenon. A
LONG-TAILED DUCK showed up at Burke Lake Park, Fairfax Co, VA, on Feb 2.
Gunner's Lake in Germantown, Montgomery Co, drew CANVASBACK and REDHEAD.
Further south, more than 40 COMMON GOLDENEYES and more than 60 HOODED
MERGANSERS flocked to Lake Monticello (gated community/ restricted access)
in Fluvanna Co, VA on Jan 31.

A RED-NECKED GREBE along with a HORNED GREBE were also to be seen on the
Potomac in DC, reported from West Potomac Park on Feb 1 and East Potomac
Park-Hains Point on Feb 3 and 4.

SANDHILL CRANES continue to visit fields along Harry James Road in St.
Mary's Co, MD, with a report from Feb 3.

A THICK-BILLED MURRE was noted at the Ocean City Inlet, Worcester Co, MD on
Feb 3. Two RAZORBILLS were seen off the jetty at Indian River Inlet in
Sussex Co, DE Feb 3. Two RAZORBILLS were reported from Rudee Inlet in
Virginia Beach, VA on Feb 2.

On Feb 2 a BLACK-HEADED GULL was dip-feeding with 5 BONAPARTE'S GULLS at
Pleasure House Point NA in Virginia Beach. On Feb 3 a BLACK-HEADED GULL was
seen again at Wolfe Neck WTP (restricted access), Sussex Co, DE. In Maryland
ICELAND GULLS showed up at Lorely Beach Community Pier (private), Baltimore
Co, Jan 29; the Trash Transfer Station (restricted access) in Howard Co on
Feb 2; and at the Salisbury Landfill-Naylor Mill Road Pond, Wicomico Co, on
January 29.

On Feb 3 a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL visited Franklin Manor, Anne Arundel Co,
MD.

In Worcester Co, MD, GLAUCOUS GULLS were spotted at the Ocean City Inlet Jan
29 and Feb 4, at the West Ocean City Marina on Jan 29 and 30 and Feb 4, and
at Ocean City's Sunset Park Feb 2 and 3. A GLAUCOUS GULL was also spotted at
Lorley Beach, Baltimore Co, on Jan 29.

During the week small numbers of GREAT CORMORANTS were seen at several
expected coastal locations in DE, MD, and VA.

Two AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were observed flying low over the water at Rudee
Inlet, Virginia Beach, Feb 2.

An early OSPREY was reported from Milton, Sussex Co, DE, on Feb 4.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was in the air over Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Talbot
Co, MD, on Jan 31 and Feb 3 and 4. GOLDEN EAGLES were also reported from two
Virginia locations on Feb 3: James Madison's Montpelier in Orange Co and
Mountain Run Lake Park in Culpeper Co.

A pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen Jan 30 from the W&OD trail in Ashburn,
Loudon Co, VA, flying between the electric towers and the cliffs of the
quarry. A PEREGRINE FALCON was reported Feb 3 at Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince
William Co, VA.

Two SHORT-EARED OWLS-one perched on the ground and one soaring against a
clear blue sky--were a highlight of a Feb 2 Montgomery (MD) Bird Club trip
to Oaks Landfill (restricted access). The outing was raptor-rich: multiple
NORTHERN HARRIERS, RED-TAILED and RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, COOPER'S HAWK, and
MERLIN.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was an exciting find at Pickering Creek Audubon Center,
Talbot Co, MD, on Jan 29, and it gave excellent views thereafter. As of Feb
4 it could be seen between the start of the trail from the parking lot and
the first viewing platform. A NORTHERN SHRIKE is back for the third year at
Sully Woodlands in South Riding, VA, where on Feb 2 it was vigorously
singing.

RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH sightings include 4 birds at Prettyboy Reservoir in
Baltimore on Feb 3; 2 at MP 39 on the C&O Canal, Montgomery Co, MD, Feb 3;
and 4 at Flint Hill, Fairfax Co, VA, Feb 4.

An EVENING GROSBEAK continues to entertain visitors at a private residence
in Howard Co, MD, with reports through Feb 4. On Feb 2 EVENING GROSBEAKS
visited a private feeder in Washington Co, MD.

On Jan 31 a COMMON REDPOLL was reported at a feeder in Howard Co, MD. COMMON
REDPOLLS are also being seen just outside the reporting area in Northern
Delaware.

On Feb 3 two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were picked out of a flock of HORNED LARKS on
Savannah Rd in Dover, Kent Co, DE.

A flock of up to 10 SNOW BUNTINGS has been flying around North Point SP,
Baltimore Co, MD, with reports through Feb 4. On Feb 3, a dozen SNOW
BUNTINGS were seen at Black Marsh, Baltimore. On Jan 31 a single SNOW
BUNTING flew past a store on Price's Distillery Rd in Damascus, Montgomery
Co, MD. A dozen or more SNOW BUNTINGS continue to enliven the 85th St beach
in Virginia Beach, VA, with reports through Feb 4.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW spending its second consecutive winter at the Laurel
Hill Equestrian Center in Fairfax Co, VA was seen again Feb 2.
The VESPER SPARROWS wintering at Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad NHP in
Dorchester Co, MD, were reported Jan 31 and Feb 3. LINCOLN'S SPARROW was
reported by CCBC Catonsville, Baltimore Co, MD, on Feb 2, and at Blue Mash
Nature Trail, Montgomery Co, MD, on Jan 29 and Feb 3.

On Feb 3 a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was reported from the canal south of Browns
Island in Richmond, VA.

A female BALTIMORE ORIOLE brightened a feeder in Dover, DE, on Feb 1.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore, on
Jan 31.

A male PAINTED BUNTING visited a feeder at a private location in Hanover Co,
VA on Feb 2, and a male PAINETED BUNTING was again observed at a feeder in
Chesapeake, VA on January 29. A female PAINTED BUNTING--a "greenie"--visited
a feeder at a private residence in Virginia Beach Feb 2 and 3.

The out-of-season DICKCISSEL enjoyed last week along the C&O Canal near
Fletcher's Cove in Washington, DC, was still around as of Feb 4.

A PINE SISKIN was reported from Belle Haven Park, Fairfax Co, VA, on Feb 4.
Also on Feb 4, a flock of 8 PINE SISKINS were seen in Ellicott City, Howard
Co, MD; they were in a Norway Spruce at the intersection of Font Hill and
Carrigan Drives.

****

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: 2/5/19 12:06 pm
From: Fred Atwood via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] White-Throated Sparrows in Virginia
Hello VA-Birders
On the Walkerton CBC (middle peninsula) our total count of 1187
White-throats was above the average of 1041, below the high of 1461 and
below last year's 1339.

Others have commented on possible declines in titmouse and chickadee.
Walkerton CBC Titmouse: this year 111 (up from last year's 53), average 88,
high 161
Walkerton CBC Carolina Chickadee: this year 118 (up from last year's 70),
average 104, high 165

So, at least in the rural countryside of the Middle Peninsula, none of
these 3 species seems to suffering.

All the best
Fred Atwood
Walkerton CBC compiler
Oakton, VA (Fairfax Co)

On Tue, Feb 5, 2019 at 2:46 PM Eric Pourchot via VA-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> I don't have good records to compare year-over-year, but we have had a
> consistently large flock of white-throated sparrows at our feeders in
> Fairfax County (Fort Hunt area) this winter -- far more than we've had over
> the past four years. At least six at a time, and often at least a dozen
> (their constant motion makes getting a firm count challenging!). Perhaps
> in part because we didn't get our backyard leaves raked before the rain and
> snow hit?
>
> -Eric PourchotAlexandria, VA (Fairfax County)
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Date: 2/5/19 11:46 am
From: Eric Pourchot via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] White-Throated Sparrows in Virginia
I don't have good records to compare year-over-year, but we have had a consistently large flock of white-throated sparrows at our feeders in Fairfax County (Fort Hunt area) this winter -- far more than we've had over the past four years. At least six at a time, and often at least a dozen (their constant motion makes getting a firm count challenging!).  Perhaps in part because we didn't get our backyard leaves raked before the rain and snow hit?

-Eric PourchotAlexandria, VA (Fairfax County)
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Date: 2/5/19 9:13 am
From: Jeffrey Blalock via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] eBird -- Paul C. Edmunds, Jr. Memorial Park -- Feb 5, 2019
Greetings all

Within 16 minutes I had all Corvidae for the area at Edmunds Park.

First there was a Fish Crow in a tree calling and then heard what I thought was a Raven but it was questionable. Next I heard Am Crows and then I clearly heard the Raven calling several times and then got two B Jays.


Paul C. Edmunds, Jr. Memorial Park
Feb 5, 2019
11:50 AM
Stationary
16 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.9.0 Build 9

6 Canada Goose
5 Ring-billed Gull
5 Turkey Vulture
1 Bald Eagle -- 1 - Adult
2 Red-tailed Hawk
2 Blue Jay
2 American Crow
1 Fish Crow
1 Common Raven -- Heard calling several times.
1 Eastern Bluebird

Number of Taxa: 10


From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

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

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Date: 2/5/19 8:00 am
From: David White via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Canvasbacks +
Update on prior post: at least 12 more Canvasbacks, 5 Redheads, 2 Ring-necked Ducks, and 6 Greater Scaup.

Sent from my iPhone
David I. White, Jr.
<dizoo...>

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Date: 2/5/19 7:34 am
From: David White via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Canvasbacks, Albemarle County
16 Canvasbacks on “that lake” below Monticello HS; also one F Bufflehead and one unidentified grebe, now.

Sent from my iPhone
David I. White, Jr.
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Date: 2/4/19 7:02 pm
From: kurtcapt87--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FW: White-throated Sparrows


-----Original Message-----
From: <kurtcapt87...> <kurtcapt87...>
Sent: Monday, February 4, 2019 9:45 PM
To: 'David Gibson' <20cabot...>; '<nanjyoung...>' <nanjyoung...>
Subject: RE: [VA-bird] White-throated Sparrows

VA BIRDers,

Although I have not finished the data input for the Fort Belvoir CBC (the count took place on Dec 30, 2018 and covers a range of habitats in Fairfax and Prince William Counties close to the Potomac River), I can make some preliminary comparisons to previous counts (I have the circle database going back to 1969). Currently the White-throated Sparrows count is near a historical high - both in total and party hour normalized counts; the latter measure is more useful for making comparisons. I have made this assessment by making a quick comparison to data collected in the circle over 20 or more years (statistics are pretty good as, typically in recent times, over 350 party hours are contributed for each count).

My analysis of Tufted Titmouse is more preliminary but current estimates put totals at the bottom of the normalized average range (there are fluctuations about the mean from count to count; using a simple Gaussian fit to estimate the error gives one an estimate of the average range). On the other hand Carolina Chickadees totals this year are below the long term normalized average range.

There were many other ups and downs - for example, nearly all of us know of the dearth of waterfowl in the Northern Virginia region this winter. I hope to report more in about a week when I finish the data compilation and input process. Thank you.

Kurt Gaskill
Compiler, Fort Belvoir CBC

-----Original Message-----
From: VA-bird <va-bird-bounces+kurtcapt87=<verizon.net...> On Behalf Of David Gibson via VA-bird
Sent: Monday, February 4, 2019 8:19 PM
To: <nanjyoung...>
Cc: VA-BIRD <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] White-throated Sparrows

Wow. Isn't it great when you take a careful look at the data.
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/



On Mon, Feb 4, 2019 at 7:51 PM <nanjyoung...> wrote:

> Vineeta and David,
>
> I was surprised you said your numbers have dropped because I've been
> seeing the W.T. Sparrows nearly every day since they arrived in
> October. And it's been the same the last winter and several before
> that. BUT I decided to do some checking and not just go by
> impressions. I've been counting birds for Cornel's "Project Feeder
> Watch" for many years. They keep track of all the entries so I went
> back to 2015 when I moved to my new house. The counting season is from
> mid November to mid April. You count two days with five days in
> between. Here's what I found. Below I wrote the average group size of
> the 2-day count and the highest number of the birds seen during any of
> the count days. I hope the chart comes out looking okay.
>
> 2015 - 2016 Average group size 4.5 and highest 9
> 2016 - 2017 average 4.3 and highest 7
> 2017 - 2018 average 3.3 and highest 5
> 2018 - 2019 (so far) 2.7 and highest 4
>
> So they are declining here!!
>
> Nancy Young
> Troutville, VA (Botetourt County)
> near Roanoke
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vineeta via VA-bird
> Sent: Monday, February 4, 2019 10:30 AM
> To: David Gibson
> Cc: VA-BIRD
> Subject: Re: [VA-bird] White-throated Sparrows
>
> I've noticed a huge drop in numbers in my garden. And it makes me very sad.
> Vineeta in Alexandria.
>
> On Mon, Feb 4, 2019 at 9:45 AM David Gibson via VA-bird <
> <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> > Have folks in VA noticed a drop in numbers from previous years?
> > According to ebird,
> >
> https://ebird.org/science/status-and-trends/whtspa/trend-map-non-breed
> ing,
> > the trend doesn't look good. I've seen almost zero on trips I've led.
> > Ironically, I had one bird in my yard this am. I also had a single
> > bird
> in
> > Nov. All the above is highly unusual.
> > Dave Gibson
> > https://birdpartner.com/
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> director of the Environmental Protection Agency. December 1941-January
> 2019.
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Date: 2/4/19 6:10 pm
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] White-throated Sparrows--missing titmice
Hi Karen,

There have been precious few titmice in my area (western Albemarle) for a month or more now.  I've never seen this happen and find it very worrisome. 

Sincerely,Marlene
In a message dated 2/4/2019 8:41:36 PM US Eastern Standard Time, <va-bird...> writes:
I checked my Project Feederwatch entries, and my White-Throated Sparrow
counts have been steady for the past 3 count seasons.  I haven't been able
to get out to the parks much this winter, but it seems I'm not seeing as
many this season as in the past.

In my yard, the birds I haven't seen as much this year and last year are
the chickadee and tufted titmouse. I generally have a spotting of them for
the feedrwatch entry, but I might only see them only once a day at most. I
used to see them throughout the day. I don't know if I've only had one pair
and they are spending their days elsewhere or if I used to have multiple
visitors throughout the day.

Karen Bell
Northern VA (Prince William CO)


On Mon, Feb 4, 2019 at 7:54 PM Nancy Young via VA-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> Vineeta and David,
>
> I was surprised you said your numbers have dropped because I've been
> seeing
> the W.T. Sparrows nearly every day since they arrived in October. And it's
> been the same the last winter and several before that. BUT I decided to do
> some checking and not just go by impressions. I've been counting birds for
> Cornel's "Project Feeder Watch" for many years. They keep track of all the
> entries so I went back to 2015 when I moved to my new house. The counting
> season is from mid November to mid April. You count two days with five
> days
> in between. Here's what I found. Below I wrote the average group size of
> the
> 2-day count and the highest number of the birds seen during any of the
> count
> days. I hope the chart comes out looking okay.
>
> 2015 - 2016 Average group size 4.5 and highest 9
> 2016 - 2017 average                  4.3 and highest 7
> 2017 - 2018 average                  3.3 and highest 5
> 2018 - 2019 (so far)                    2.7 and highest 4
>
> So they are declining here!!
>
> Nancy Young
> Troutville, VA (Botetourt County)
> near Roanoke
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vineeta via VA-bird
> Sent: Monday, February 4, 2019 10:30 AM
> To: David Gibson
> Cc: VA-BIRD
> Subject: Re: [VA-bird] White-throated Sparrows
>
> I've noticed a huge drop in numbers in my garden. And it makes me very sad.
> Vineeta in Alexandria.
>
> On Mon, Feb 4, 2019 at 9:45 AM David Gibson via VA-bird <
> <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> > Have folks in VA noticed a drop in numbers from previous years? According
> > to ebird,
> >
> https://ebird.org/science/status-and-trends/whtspa/trend-map-non-breeding,
> > the trend doesn't look good. I've seen almost zero on trips I've led.
> > Ironically, I had one bird in my yard this am. I also had a single bird
> in
> > Nov. All the above is highly unusual.
> > Dave Gibson
> > https://birdpartner.com/
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> > unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit
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>
>
> --
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> wetlands and developers do not.” Michael R. Deland, former regional
> director of the Environmental Protection Agency. December 1941-January
> 2019.
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Date: 2/4/19 6:03 pm
From: David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] White-throated Sparrows
Wow. Isn't it great when you take a careful look at the data.
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/



On Mon, Feb 4, 2019 at 7:51 PM <nanjyoung...> wrote:

> Vineeta and David,
>
> I was surprised you said your numbers have dropped because I've been
> seeing
> the W.T. Sparrows nearly every day since they arrived in October. And it's
> been the same the last winter and several before that. BUT I decided to do
> some checking and not just go by impressions. I've been counting birds for
> Cornel's "Project Feeder Watch" for many years. They keep track of all the
> entries so I went back to 2015 when I moved to my new house. The counting
> season is from mid November to mid April. You count two days with five
> days
> in between. Here's what I found. Below I wrote the average group size of
> the
> 2-day count and the highest number of the birds seen during any of the
> count
> days. I hope the chart comes out looking okay.
>
> 2015 - 2016 Average group size 4.5 and highest 9
> 2016 - 2017 average 4.3 and highest 7
> 2017 - 2018 average 3.3 and highest 5
> 2018 - 2019 (so far) 2.7 and highest 4
>
> So they are declining here!!
>
> Nancy Young
> Troutville, VA (Botetourt County)
> near Roanoke
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vineeta via VA-bird
> Sent: Monday, February 4, 2019 10:30 AM
> To: David Gibson
> Cc: VA-BIRD
> Subject: Re: [VA-bird] White-throated Sparrows
>
> I've noticed a huge drop in numbers in my garden. And it makes me very sad.
> Vineeta in Alexandria.
>
> On Mon, Feb 4, 2019 at 9:45 AM David Gibson via VA-bird <
> <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> > Have folks in VA noticed a drop in numbers from previous years? According
> > to ebird,
> >
> https://ebird.org/science/status-and-trends/whtspa/trend-map-non-breeding,
> > the trend doesn't look good. I've seen almost zero on trips I've led.
> > Ironically, I had one bird in my yard this am. I also had a single bird
> in
> > Nov. All the above is highly unusual.
> > Dave Gibson
> > https://birdpartner.com/
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> > unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit
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> >
>
>
> --
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> wetlands and developers do not.” Michael R. Deland, former regional
> director of the Environmental Protection Agency. December 1941-January
> 2019.
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Date: 2/4/19 5:41 pm
From: K Bell via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] White-throated Sparrows
I checked my Project Feederwatch entries, and my White-Throated Sparrow
counts have been steady for the past 3 count seasons. I haven't been able
to get out to the parks much this winter, but it seems I'm not seeing as
many this season as in the past.

In my yard, the birds I haven't seen as much this year and last year are
the chickadee and tufted titmouse. I generally have a spotting of them for
the feedrwatch entry, but I might only see them only once a day at most. I
used to see them throughout the day. I don't know if I've only had one pair
and they are spending their days elsewhere or if I used to have multiple
visitors throughout the day.

Karen Bell
Northern VA (Prince William CO)


On Mon, Feb 4, 2019 at 7:54 PM Nancy Young via VA-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> Vineeta and David,
>
> I was surprised you said your numbers have dropped because I've been
> seeing
> the W.T. Sparrows nearly every day since they arrived in October. And it's
> been the same the last winter and several before that. BUT I decided to do
> some checking and not just go by impressions. I've been counting birds for
> Cornel's "Project Feeder Watch" for many years. They keep track of all the
> entries so I went back to 2015 when I moved to my new house. The counting
> season is from mid November to mid April. You count two days with five
> days
> in between. Here's what I found. Below I wrote the average group size of
> the
> 2-day count and the highest number of the birds seen during any of the
> count
> days. I hope the chart comes out looking okay.
>
> 2015 - 2016 Average group size 4.5 and highest 9
> 2016 - 2017 average 4.3 and highest 7
> 2017 - 2018 average 3.3 and highest 5
> 2018 - 2019 (so far) 2.7 and highest 4
>
> So they are declining here!!
>
> Nancy Young
> Troutville, VA (Botetourt County)
> near Roanoke
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vineeta via VA-bird
> Sent: Monday, February 4, 2019 10:30 AM
> To: David Gibson
> Cc: VA-BIRD
> Subject: Re: [VA-bird] White-throated Sparrows
>
> I've noticed a huge drop in numbers in my garden. And it makes me very sad.
> Vineeta in Alexandria.
>
> On Mon, Feb 4, 2019 at 9:45 AM David Gibson via VA-bird <
> <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> > Have folks in VA noticed a drop in numbers from previous years? According
> > to ebird,
> >
> https://ebird.org/science/status-and-trends/whtspa/trend-map-non-breeding,
> > the trend doesn't look good. I've seen almost zero on trips I've led.
> > Ironically, I had one bird in my yard this am. I also had a single bird
> in
> > Nov. All the above is highly unusual.
> > Dave Gibson
> > https://birdpartner.com/
> > *** You are subscribed to VA-bird as <vineetaa...> If you wish to
> > unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit
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> >
>
>
> --
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> wetlands and developers do not.” Michael R. Deland, former regional
> director of the Environmental Protection Agency. December 1941-January
> 2019.
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Date: 2/4/19 4:51 pm
From: Nancy Young via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] White-throated Sparrows
Vineeta and David,

I was surprised you said your numbers have dropped because I've been seeing
the W.T. Sparrows nearly every day since they arrived in October. And it's
been the same the last winter and several before that. BUT I decided to do
some checking and not just go by impressions. I've been counting birds for
Cornel's "Project Feeder Watch" for many years. They keep track of all the
entries so I went back to 2015 when I moved to my new house. The counting
season is from mid November to mid April. You count two days with five days
in between. Here's what I found. Below I wrote the average group size of the
2-day count and the highest number of the birds seen during any of the count
days. I hope the chart comes out looking okay.

2015 - 2016 Average group size 4.5 and highest 9
2016 - 2017 average 4.3 and highest 7
2017 - 2018 average 3.3 and highest 5
2018 - 2019 (so far) 2.7 and highest 4

So they are declining here!!

Nancy Young
Troutville, VA (Botetourt County)
near Roanoke


-----Original Message-----
From: Vineeta via VA-bird
Sent: Monday, February 4, 2019 10:30 AM
To: David Gibson
Cc: VA-BIRD
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] White-throated Sparrows

I've noticed a huge drop in numbers in my garden. And it makes me very sad.
Vineeta in Alexandria.

On Mon, Feb 4, 2019 at 9:45 AM David Gibson via VA-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> Have folks in VA noticed a drop in numbers from previous years? According
> to ebird,
> https://ebird.org/science/status-and-trends/whtspa/trend-map-non-breeding,
> the trend doesn't look good. I've seen almost zero on trips I've led.
> Ironically, I had one bird in my yard this am. I also had a single bird in
> Nov. All the above is highly unusual.
> Dave Gibson
> https://birdpartner.com/
> *** You are subscribed to VA-bird as <vineetaa...> If you wish to
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wetlands and developers do not.” Michael R. Deland, former regional
director of the Environmental Protection Agency. December 1941-January
2019.
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Date: 2/4/19 4:26 pm
From: Deapesh Misra via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Lots of ducks and singing birds at UOSA (Fairfax County)
Hi,

This past weekend marked two important events at UOSA in Fairfax county. 

As reported across Fairfax county and adjoining counties, UOSA too was host to a lot of ducks. Over the weekend I saw:

Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Gadwall
Mallard
Blue-Winged Teal
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Pied-Billed Grebe
Lesser/Greater Scaup
American Wigeon
Wood Duck
Northern Shoveler
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser


Additionally other birders reported seeing:
Canvasback
American Black Duck


That is over 15 species of ducks! Some ducks were very obliging and were seen right in the part of the pond near the first parking lot.

Here is the eBird URL for UOSA https://ebird.org/hotspot/L277556


I noticed and photographed a female duck over the weekend which was an identification challenge to me. This duck could either be a female Redhead or a female Ring-necked duck. 

Over the weekend, as I read more and got better photographs, I was left with the strong feeling that this is a female Ring-necked duck. A collage of some of my photos is here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/deapesh/46263251964/


According to "Birds of North America" (BNA) Ring-necked duck in comparison to Redhead is smaller in size, has a peaked, angular head profile and has a pale region on front of face. Elsewhere I read that the presence of a strong eye-ring indicates that the bird in question is a female Ring-necked duck and not a female Redhead.

I would love to hear your comments and thoughts about it.

(this female duck usually swims in the area of the pond right next to the first parking lot, if you want to go have a look)



The other event of interest was the singing by birds - there was so much music in the air! It seemed as if a switch had turned on among the birds this past weekend ! 

The Cardinals were singing, Golden-crowned kinglets were incessantly singing (and helping me with song identification), Red-winged blackbird was singing, Song Sparrows were singing long songs, Mourning Doves were cooing, Finches were singing and there was music everywhere! 


I wonder if other birders in Fairfax and adjoining counties also noticed the change in bird behavior with respect to songs. Perhaps the so-to-say "switch" actually switched "on", on a weekday and I happened to notice it this past weekend? Or has there been a gradual increase in the volume of bird songs in the past few weeks?


cheers,
Deapesh.
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Date: 2/4/19 4:06 pm
From: David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] White-throated Sparrows
Thanks for the info, Marlene. Wish that were the case down here.
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/



On Mon, Feb 4, 2019 at 6:54 PM Marlene A Condon <marlenecondon...>
wrote:

> Hi Dave,
>
> I've had lots (as in dozens) of White-throated Sparrows and juncos,
> especially on the very cold weather days.
>
> Sincerely,
> Marlene
>
> In a message dated 2/4/2019 9:05:19 AM US Eastern Standard Time,
> <va-bird...> writes:
>
> Have folks in VA noticed a drop in numbers from previous years? According
> to ebird,
> https://ebird.org/science/status-and-trends/whtspa/trend-map-non-breeding,
> the trend doesn't look good. I've seen almost zero on trips I've led.
> Ironically, I had one bird in my yard this am. I also had a single bird in
> Nov. All the above is highly unusual.
> Dave Gibson
> https://birdpartner.com/
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Date: 2/4/19 3:55 pm
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] White-throated Sparrows
Hi Dave,

I've had lots (as in dozens) of White-throated Sparrows and juncos, especially on the very cold weather days.
Sincerely,Marlene
In a message dated 2/4/2019 9:05:19 AM US Eastern Standard Time, <va-bird...> writes:
Have folks in VA noticed a drop in numbers from previous years? Accordingto ebird,https://ebird.org/science/status-and-trends/whtspa/trend-map-non-breeding,the trend doesn't look good. I've seen almost zero on trips I've led.Ironically, I had one bird in my yard this am. I also had a single bird inNov. All the above is highly unusual.Dave Gibsonhttps://birdpartner.com/*** 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 ***
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Date: 2/4/19 7:31 am
From: Vineeta via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] White-throated Sparrows
I've noticed a huge drop in numbers in my garden. And it makes me very sad.
Vineeta in Alexandria.

On Mon, Feb 4, 2019 at 9:45 AM David Gibson via VA-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> Have folks in VA noticed a drop in numbers from previous years? According
> to ebird,
> https://ebird.org/science/status-and-trends/whtspa/trend-map-non-breeding,
> the trend doesn't look good. I've seen almost zero on trips I've led.
> Ironically, I had one bird in my yard this am. I also had a single bird in
> Nov. All the above is highly unusual.
> Dave Gibson
> https://birdpartner.com/
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wetlands and developers do not.” Michael R. Deland, former regional
director of the Environmental Protection Agency. December 1941-January
2019.
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Date: 2/4/19 6:10 am
From: Jeffrey Blalock via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Not Cackling Geese
After looking at the two Geese more they are not Cackling. When I first spotted them they were hunkered down and appeared smaller.

Will let you know if I find them.

From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

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

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Date: 2/4/19 6:04 am
From: David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] White-throated Sparrows
Have folks in VA noticed a drop in numbers from previous years? According
to ebird,
https://ebird.org/science/status-and-trends/whtspa/trend-map-non-breeding,
the trend doesn't look good. I've seen almost zero on trips I've led.
Ironically, I had one bird in my yard this am. I also had a single bird in
Nov. All the above is highly unusual.
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/
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Date: 2/4/19 5:45 am
From: Jeffrey Blalock via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Cackling Geese at Kerr Dam
The two Cackling Geese continuing at Kerr Dam in Mecklenburg Co.

They are just above the dam and can be seen better at the Dam Area Hotspot just on the south side of the dam down the hill to parking lot.

Any questions call me @
434-470-4352

From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

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

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Date: 2/4/19 5:22 am
From: kurtcapt87--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Ravens in Fairfax breeding?
VA Bird Atlasers,

I sent this message out to some Northern Region Atlasers on April 6, 2018
and given the recent questions, parts of it may be useful to you. The ADW
account does not specifically discuss immatures being fed or helping with
nesting in the following year, but communal groups are noted. Of course,
the ADW accounts are often useful but not always complete.

Kurt Gaskill
Coordinator for Northern Region of VABB2

PS I should note that Atlas year 4 is underway! Planning for finishing
priority blocks has started. Drop me a line if you have any questions.
Thanks!


Young Ravens are here! Yes, young Common Ravens are now making noises in
nests and adults are feeding them. A quick perusal of the ADW website
(https://animaldiversity.org/) shows that about 3 weeks are needed for eggs
to hatch and another 6 weeks (give or take a week) to fledge. Linda
Millington, Rich Rieger and I heard young in the nest at Sky Meadows
(rafters of an open sided shed for field equipment) and observed another
adult carrying food a mile away on 3/25 (probably not for the Sky Meadows
bird!). Given this info, I estimate most Ravens will be feeding young in
nest for about 8 weeks from that observation or about 4-6 weeks from this
message. Basically, April is good month to confirm Raven breeding! (and
into the first or two week of May) After about a week out of the nest, young
Ravens can begin to wander so the confirmation window will become narrow -
it's easier to confirm via CF or FY this month. Also note that Ravens often
use man-made structures for their nests (relay towers, open sided sheds,
billboard walkways) so if you see a Raven foraging in a block I think you
can safely code it as "H" or even "S" if it vocalizes.




-----Original Message-----
From: VA-bird <va-bird-bounces+kurtcapt87=<verizon.net...> On
Behalf Of Paul Woodward via VA-bird
Sent: Monday, February 4, 2019 5:49 AM
To: Virginia Birds <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Ravens in Fairfax breeding?

In regard to the ravens in Fairfax City that Lucy Uncu asked about, a pair
nested there last year and successfully fledged two young. This year the
adults (female) began carrying nesting material in November 2018 and greatly
expanded last year's nest. Until this weekend we had not seen any immature
birds with the adults in the nest area. But this weekend both adults and
two immatures were present. One of the adults is providing food to the
youngsters. Based on 3 observations, it appeared to us that the adult was
greeted with wing-quivering, but did not feed the youngster directly.
Instead, put the food down and the younger birds fed themselves. This was
definitely the case on 2 of the 3 observations Possibly these immature
birds will be helpers at this year's nest, or possibly the recent harsh
weather brought them back to the nest site where at least one adult is
providing food, or a combination of both. All interesting in any event.

Judged by observed fledging date last year, the first egg for 2019 will be
laid in the first half of March.
Paul Woodward
Fairfax City, VA


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Date: 2/4/19 3:24 am
From: David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Ravens in Fairfax breeding?
Hi Lucy, Interesting email/video! I've just started a list of "offbeat"
places one can find birds (wastewater treatment plants, landfills,
retention ponds, etc.). Now I can add maintenance yards to the list. Fits
right in!
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/



On Sat, Feb 2, 2019 at 7:08 PM Lucy Uncu via VA-bird <va-bird...>
wrote:

> The raven pair that lives at the Fairfax City Maintenance Yard off Pickett
> Road appeared to be feeding three young birds Thursday evening. We saw and
> heard the adults and one of the adults approached the three birds perched
> on the roof of the tallest building toward the back of the yard and
> appeared to be feeding them. I had only my phone but captured the sounds of
> the younger birds which appear similar to the fledgling calls in Sibley
> Birds online version. I have attached the recording. The birds are visible
> on the left of the roof in the beginning of the video but the calls should
> be audible.
> It seems awfully early for them to have bred?
> Lucy Uncu
> Falls Church
> VID_20190131_160448579.mp4
> <
> https://drive.google.com/file/d/15OtcckqdwEvONM3eWF0paEvOa7YSutdu/view?usp=drive_web
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Date: 2/4/19 2:49 am
From: Paul Woodward via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Ravens in Fairfax breeding?
In regard to the ravens in Fairfax City that Lucy Uncu asked about, a pair
nested there last year and successfully fledged two young. This year the
adults (female) began carrying nesting material in November 2018 and greatly
expanded last year's nest. Until this weekend we had not seen any immature
birds with the adults in the nest area. But this weekend both adults and
two immatures were present. One of the adults is providing food to the
youngsters. Based on 3 observations, it appeared to us that the adult was
greeted with wing-quivering, but did not feed the youngster directly.
Instead, put the food down and the younger birds fed themselves. This was
definitely the case on 2 of the 3 observations Possibly these immature
birds will be helpers at this year's nest, or possibly the recent harsh
weather brought them back to the nest site where at least one adult is
providing food, or a combination of both. All interesting in any event.

Judged by observed fledging date last year, the first egg for 2019 will be
laid in the first half of March.
Paul Woodward
Fairfax City, VA


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Date: 2/3/19 1:17 pm
From: Allen Hart via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Pictures of the ducks on the Kingston Chase retention pond
Here are links to pictures of the ducks I saw on my neighborhood pond -
just so you know I wasn't kidding:

http://www.pbase.com/allen_hart/image/168772513

http://www.pbase.com/allen_hart/image/168772511

http://www.pbase.com/allen_hart/image/168772510

http://www.pbase.com/allen_hart/image/168772509
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Date: 2/3/19 12:51 pm
From: Allen Hart via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Unusual visitors on Kingston Chase retention pond
My wife and I were out for a walk to downtown Herndon for lunch and on the
way back we noticed that our neighborhood retention pond had some unusual
visitors.

There were about six Canvasback ducks, two male Ring-necked Ducks and a
male and female Red-headed Duck. Also lots of Canada Geese and maybe a
half dozen Mallards.
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Date: 2/3/19 11:38 am
From: Betsy Sharrett via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Emporia, VA Wastewater Treatment Plant
Seen on 2.2.19 at the Emporia Wastewater Treatment Plant:

Trumpeter swan - 2 (these are tagged birds from The Trumpeter Swan Society’s raise and release program in Ontario.Yellow wing tags with black inscriptions “T-15”, and “T-36.”)

Canvasback - 8
Redhead - 4
Greater scaup - 2
Ring-neckedduck - 20
Canada goose - c. 70
Red-shouldered hawk - 1
Red-tailed hawk - 1
Eastern phoebe - 1

Access to the plant is limited, as the gate is often locked.However, the entire lagoon is visible from the locked gate.Check in at the office if the gate is open; the staff is very accommodating.

Allan Sharrett

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Date: 2/3/19 11:27 am
From: Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Dyke Marsh, Feb 3, 2019
Twelve birders came out for a chilly, but overall pleasant morning at Dyke Marsh in Fairfax County. It was the weekly walk sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh and free and open to all.  The tally for the morning was 44 bird species. We had a pretty good waterfowl show with ten species of ducks including all three mergansers, American Wigeon, Canvasbacks, and Lesser Scaup. We saw at nine Bald Eagles (5 adults and 4 immature) and spotted a faraway Peregrine Falcon perched on the Masonic Temple. We also enjoyed closeup views of a Brown Creeper and Golden-crowned Kinglets. Male Red-winged Blackbirds were starting to establish territories and a couple of Eastern Bluebirds were flitting around in the woods. A Red Fox couple was padding around on the ice and provided a non-avian highlight. One of the foxes fell though the thinning ice a couple of times and had to swim out of the frigid water.
Larry MeadeMerrifield, VA



Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Feb 3, 2019 8:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
44 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  1100
American Wigeon  3
Mallard  105
American Black Duck  51
Canvasback  10
Ring-necked Duck  2
Lesser Scaup  3
Bufflehead  7
Hooded Merganser  18
Common Merganser  40
Red-breasted Merganser  2    flying by
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  6
Mourning Dove  7
Ring-billed Gull  500
Herring Gull  6
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron  4
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  9
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  8
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
Peregrine Falcon  1    Perched on Masonic Temple
Blue Jay  30
American Crow  8
Fish Crow  30
crow sp.  20
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  5
Carolina Wren  10
Golden-crowned Kinglet  6
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  10
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  80
White-throated Sparrow  25
Song Sparrow  15
Swamp Sparrow  12
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  22
House Sparrow  2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52336320

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Date: 2/3/19 10:56 am
From: krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 02/03/2019 (Fairfax County)
Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified approximately 33 species and included 13 participants. Highlights included an adult Bald Eagle on the Conn Island nest; quite a few Eastern Bluebirds near the park's main picnic and parking areas; and a couple of Common Goldeneyes and a Canvasback upriver. Some of the ice formations along the riverbank also were quite nice.
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 565
Northern Shoveler 2
Mallard 4
American Black Duck 2
Canvasback 1
Ring-necked Duck 2
Bufflehead 15
Common Goldeneye 2
Common Merganser 4
Ring-billed Gull 6
gull sp. 5
Black Vulture 3
Turkey Vulture 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 1 Adult on nest.
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 11
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 4
Blue Jay 6
crow sp. 4
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 6
Golden-crowned Kinglet 4
Eastern Bluebird 15
American Goldfinch 2
Dark-eyed Junco 2
White-throated Sparrow 12
Song Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 5

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52334156

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Date: 2/2/19 7:08 pm
From: Richmond Forsen via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] The Shrike is back in town!
I visited the Sully Woodlands around 1700 today, and everyone’s favorite Northern Shrike was perched at the top of a tree, near the dilapidated (and very spooky) building. My best photo of it can be found here: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/138600931

Richmond Forsen - Herndon, VA

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Date: 2/2/19 4:09 pm
From: Lucy Uncu via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Ravens in Fairfax breeding?
The raven pair that lives at the Fairfax City Maintenance Yard off Pickett
Road appeared to be feeding three young birds Thursday evening. We saw and
heard the adults and one of the adults approached the three birds perched
on the roof of the tallest building toward the back of the yard and
appeared to be feeding them. I had only my phone but captured the sounds of
the younger birds which appear similar to the fledgling calls in Sibley
Birds online version. I have attached the recording. The birds are visible
on the left of the roof in the beginning of the video but the calls should
be audible.
It seems awfully early for them to have bred?
Lucy Uncu
Falls Church
VID_20190131_160448579.mp4
<https://drive.google.com/file/d/15OtcckqdwEvONM3eWF0paEvOa7YSutdu/view?usp=drive_web>
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Date: 2/2/19 3:28 pm
From: Howard Wu via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Update on the Northern Shrike at Sully Woodlands
Hi,

I was in the field earlier and could not provide much details. Now I've
processed my photos and videos, and I can give a more detailed update:

This afternoon I first went to Rock Hill District Park, where the bird was
last seen. I have been there probably 5-6 times in January, but had not
seen it since Jan. 6.

I decided to stop by Sully Woodlands anyway, not really expecting to find
the shrike. It was sunny and nice there, with a lot of sparrow activities
(sparrow activities are always good there).

When I was about to leave at 4:03PM, I suddenly saw the shrike in a small
tree near (northeast of) the barn. It flew down and changed perch a couple
of times, and eventually flew to the tall tree next to the barn and started
singing and calling. It was still there when I left at 4:35PM. I managed to
take some pictures and videos.

The following is my rolling log (including the photos and a video from
today which shows its singing):
http://www.travelerathome.com/2018_shrike/2018_shrike.html

My eBird report is:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52311899
(I could not upload my video to eBird in my report)

So it is good to know that it is still hanging around!

Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
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Date: 2/2/19 3:07 pm
From: Stuart via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Screech Owl: Va: Great Falls
Hi all:
So far there is a great view of a Red-phased screech owl amazingly close to the Potomac river.One would think the noise level would disturb  its hunting.
Good  luck finding it!

Eagles active cleaning house at the commonly viewed nest.
Naturalist-at-large,
Stuart Merrell   P.S.  Here is a rather gross but interesting link!
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/weird/ct-seals-eels-up-noses-20181208-story.html



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Date: 2/2/19 1:12 pm
From: Howard Wu via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] "Sully Shrike" refound @ Sully Woodlands
At 4:03pm today near barn in small tree. It hopped down at 4:08pm and I've
not found it again.

Howard
(Sent from phone)
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Date: 2/2/19 11:00 am
From: Herbert Larner via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Cackling Geese , Common Goldeneye , Long -tailed Duck in Augusta County
Hello all

This morning after work ( instead of going home to bed ) I did some birding in & around Augusta County . While most of the ponds & lakes were frozen we did have some areas of open water & the waterfowl were in good numbers . At the Quarry pond in Fishersville there were about 230 Canada Geese , 5 Cackling Geese , Gadwall , Redhead , 2 Canvasback , Ring - necked Duck , 1 Common Goldeneye , 1 Horned Grebe , Coot , Mallard .
McCune's was Frozen & have three duck hunters in the corn field . The pond at the intersection of Longmeadow Rd ( Rt 608 ) & Kidsville Rd ( Rt 796 ) There were about 200+ Canada , 4 Cackling Geese , & a few Mallards . In Waynesboro at the Ivy St. ponds there are about 150+ Canada , 8 Cackling Geese , 2 Black Duck , 1 Canvasback & quite a few Mallards . A private pond near Mint Spring had 2 Redhead Duck , 14 Canvasback , 1 Greater Scaup & 1 Common Goldeneye .
Smith's Pond in Swoope only had about 25 Green - winged Teal The pond behind Hardee's in Verona had Canada Geese , one Bufflehead & one Long -tailed Duck .
Bells Lane had a few Canada Geese , about 30 Gadwall , 10 Hooded Merganser, 9 Redhead Duck , 3 Canvasback , one Bufflehead & a couple Coot . The Invista ( Waynesboro ) Pond had Canada Geese , 2 Bufflehead , Mallard , Coot & one Black - crowned Night Heron .

All in all not a bad days worth of birding . ( Sleep NO -- Birding YES!!!!! )

Allen Larner
Staunton
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Date: 2/2/19 10:35 am
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Extralimital: Ecuador incl. Galapagos
Two weeks in Ecuador; January 7-20, 2019. Most of the first week in Quito
and at Mashpi Lodge, a cloud-forest eco-lodge in the western Andes. The
second week was aboard the National Geographic/Lindblad Endeavor II in the
Galapagos Islands. It was quite an adventure. Here's a link to my report and
best photos from the trip:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_01_08.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_01_08.htm



If you are thinking about visiting Ecuador, or just enjoy looking at my
photos, I think that you will find this report of interest.



______________________________________

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: 2/1/19 12:32 pm
From: Trista Nealon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Possible snowy owl in Springfield
My mother told me she saw a snowy owl perched atop a tree on the northbound side of I-395 just north of the 395-495 “mixing bowl” in Springfield around 12 noon today.Keep a lookout if you’re in Springfield.Maybe we’ll get lucky and have a Springfield Mall snowy owl redux!

Trista Nealon

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Date: 2/1/19 11:41 am
From: Evan Spears via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Long-tailed Duck (and others) at Holliday Lake State Park, Appomattox Co.
Ty Smith and I took a very cold walk today at Holliday Lake State Park,
located in eastern Appomattox County, to search for the female LONG-TAILED
DUCK which has been hanging out on the lake here for over almost two months
now. We were surprised by the high species diversity
(it's been extremely quiet here the past few months) as well as the weather
which seemed to get colder and then started lightly snowing. Beach
area highlights included a pair of MALLARDS dabbling in Saunder's Creek
cove, a couple RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES calling from the pines, and a few
woodpecker species near the boat ramp including a HAIRY WOODPECKER. We
walked along Lakeshore Trail about half a mile to Northridge Overlook where
the duck was usually seen. We easily found the LTDU swimming and diving
near the overlook since the upper portion of the lake (Holliday Creek cove)
was entirely frozen. She was in the company of 3 COMMON GOLDENEYE, 2
REDHEAD, 1 CANVASBACK, and 1 LESSER SCAUP. These are all incredible species
for this area, especially since waterfowl have been fairly scarce so far
this season, and to see them all together in one spot was amazing. Both the
COGOs and REDHs have only been seen in both counties only couple times
before today. The ducks moved slowly across the lake toward Forbes Creek
cove as soon as we got to Northridge Overlook.

Note: the county line between Appomattox and Buckingham runs through the
center of the lake; any birds seen near or against the far shore while at
the overlook are technically in Buckingham County. Some digi-scoped photos
were obtained.

Appomattox List: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52268912
Buckingham List: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52268916

A PINE WARBLER, fairly uncommon this time of year, was also seen at the
overlook with an EASTERN PHOEBE and HERMIT THRUSH. Hoping the cold weather
drops even more ducks in our area soon. Holliday Lake State Park is open
8:00 am - 4:30 pm through February, and a $4.00 parking fee is required at
all times.

Evan Spears
Farmville, VA
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Date: 2/1/19 10:41 am
From: Barnett, Lewis via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Richmond Ash-throated flycatcher YES
For anyone trying to find those Ancarrows Landing dirt piles: There are two trails that lead downstream (roughly south, if you look at a map) from the parking area. They converge and lead to a cleared area about 0.25 mi from the parking area. This open area goes from the river to the edge of the water treatment plant, and the dirt piles are located closer to the treatment plant (37.516610, -77.419588). The Ash-throated Flycatcher has primarily been seen in that corridor. Dave and Candice's checklist is the last one submitted at that location as far as I can tell, so there is no new information at this point for anyone who was planning to make the trip this weekend.


Lewis Barnett
Department of Math and CS, University of Richmond



On Jan 28, 2019, at 1:59 PM, Candice Lowther via VA-bird <va-bird...><mailto:<va-bird...>> wrote:

Dave Larsen and I drove to Richmond to see the Ash-throated Flycatcher that
has been reported off and on throughout January. We followed GPS
directions to Ancarow’s Landing. Most of the eBird reports talk about dirt
piles, but we had a difficult time finding them. We ended up braving the
no trespassing signs along the edge of the park by the railroad tracks and
eventually found enormous dirt piles. We met a woman who had just seen the
bird working along the trees between the dirt piles and the river. We
walked along and eventually sat near some rocks close to the river. About
15 minutes later the flycatcher flew to a branch close to where we were
sitting. We had great views and both took pictures. Fortunately, there is
a walking trail along the river that goes back to the car.

Good birding!

Candice Lowther
Bristow
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Date: 2/1/19 8:20 am
From: krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Sunday's Great Falls Bird Walk Returns to Great Falls Park
With the recent end to the federal government shutdown, the Great Falls Bird walk will once again meet at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings in the main parking lot of Great Falls Park.  Please join us!  As a reminder, for non-pass holders there is a $10/vehicle entrance fee to the park, payable at the main kiosk (foot, bicycle or equestrian fee is $5).    
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Date: 2/1/19 8:19 am
From: David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Extralimital and extra exciting, part 2
Hi everyone, As I wrote to you earlier, my wife and I had the good fortune
recently to go out west and work with The Peregrine Fund and to help with
the release of captive-bred and wild-bred California Condors. Here is my
latest blog post (part 2) that describes in more detail all that we did:
https://birdpartner.com/2019/02/01/the-thrill-of-a-lifetime-part-two/.
You'll find there additional photos and a terrific video taken by our host.
Thank you so much,
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/
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Date: 2/1/19 4:05 am
From: Rob Bielawski via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Late January Birding Summary for Virginia Beach
Fellow Birders,

The fully formatted write-up with photographs and hyperlinks to all the
cited eBird reports is available on the web here:
http://www.beachbirding.com/journal/pe-20190131. Past entries of this
thrice-monthly report are accessible here: http://www.beachbirding.com
/journal-index/. Now also on Facebook @
https://www.facebook.com/BeachBirding.
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Late January proved itself to be yet another period jam-packed with birding
excitement! Heavily bolstered by the Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation
department’s Winter Wildlife Festival, hundreds of eBird checklists poured
in over the last eleven days, producing records for 154 species, including
8 new additions to the city’s 2019 list, which now sits at a remarkable 171
species! Among the vast array of species observed, highlights this period
included new rarity records for EURASIAN WIGEON, COMMON MERGANSER, DOVEKIE,
PURPLE FINCH & CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, continuing rarity records for CACKLING
GOOSE, HARLEQUIN DUCK, ICELAND GULL, PARASITIC JAEGER & WESTERN TANAGER,
new unseasonal records for BLUE-WINGED TEAL, continuing unseasonal records
for YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER & BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, late records for
lingering BLACK SKIMMERS, first-of-year records for WILSON’S SNIPE, GREAT
CORMORANT, RUDDY TURNSTONE, TREE SWALLOW & NORTHERN BOBWHITE and
out-of-place records for BRANT & LONG-TAILED DUCK!

Starting off with the newly found rarities, a drake EURASIAN WIGEON was
observed along Long Creek near the Great Neck Road bridge on 27 Jan (ph.
Michelle Payne), marking a first record for this species in Virginia Beach
this year! Thus far, it has not been re-located, but there are a plethora
of locations along the waterway where it could be hiding out, and not as
many public places for birders to view from unfortunately. This section of
Long Creek has held some great birds this winter, with an adult female
Common Eider near here on the Little Creek CBC at the end of December, and
an immature male Harlequin Duck not too far way to the west towards
Lynnhaven Inlet. Last winter, Common Goldeneye were also seen on this
creek, which is fast flowing and therefore makes sense that divers and sea
ducks would enjoy the habitat. A dabbling duck species like Eurasian Wigeon
seems out of place here though! It seems each winter season we have at
least one Eurasian Wigeon known in the city, and it’d be deeply intriguing
if we could ever fully know how many are around.

With no records through the first 21 days of the year, a female COMMON
MERGANSER flying southbound past the Little Island Park pier on 22 Jan
(vis. Andrew Baldelli) made for another 2019 first in the city. At least
two females had been present on the large pond off North Witchduck Road
back in early-to-mid December, but that was the only other record this
winter up until now. Ironically, it wasn’t long before another record
occurred, with another female being found on the North Landing River on 26
Jan during a Winter Wildlife Festival boating trip (ph. Stephen Coari &
Laura Mae). The very next day, 27 Jan, Sherwood Lakes saw its first report
for the winter (and the calendar year) when a group of 7 females was
discovered (ph. Prashant A). A peak count of 13 females was tallied on 28
Jan (ph. Steve Myers), and numbers ranged widely over the next several days
up until the end of the period. In past winters, Sherwood has been the only
reliable place to find Common Mergansers in the city though sporadic
reports occur elsewhere (most aren’t well documented). Males of this
species seem to be quite difficult to come by in the city, which is truly
unfortunate given how striking they are. If you do make an effort to see
these birds, please remember to be respectful of the neighborhood
residents, many of whom are interested in what we’re finding on the ponds.

Along with loads of Razorbill reports this period, we also acquired our
second land-based DOVEKIE report for the year when one flew past the Little
Island Park pier on 25 Jan (vis. Karen & Tom Beatty). This winter is
shaping up to be quite stellar for alcids, and perhaps as we head into
February we’ll start to see more Dovekies mixed in with the larger flocks
of Razorbills. Two years ago, in February 2017, we had our largest alcid
movement on record, and with that movement we also had record for Ancient
Murrelet, Manx Shearwater, Great Shearwater, Little Gull and even a
Magnificent Frigatebird. Time will tell if we’re in for similar treats this
year.

In what has continued to be one of the best winters for PURPLE FINCH in
recent memory, individuals were logged at three separate locations in the
city and reported to eBird (who knows how many backyard feeders are
actually seeing them visiting). The first record for the period was of a
single female, which occurred in Thoroughgood on 21 Jan (vis. Tracy Tate).
The second record was of a male & female pair observed in Bay Colony on 23
Jan (vis. Tommy Maloney), and the final record was that of a photographed
male in Laurel Cove on 27 Jan (ph. Loretta Silvia). Thus far, there doesn’t
seem to be anywhere on public property where this species is being
observed, so seeing one is truly a matter of keeping your feeders filled
and hoping for the best!

Last of the newfound rarities this period, a remarkable record for
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW occurred in the Indian River section of Virginia
Beach’s western fringe on 31 Jan (vis. George Harris). That marks the first
known occurrence for the species in 2019 in the city and only the second
individual documented in the state thus far (the other being at Laurel Hill
Equestrian Center in Fairfax County). Typically observed during the fall
season, winterers are tough to come by even here in the southeastern part
of the state. Last winter, we had just a single record as well, also in
January, so it is certainly one of the rare sparrows to be on the lookout
for along with Lark, Lincoln’s & White-crowned.

In terms of rarities continuing from prior periods, the single CACKLING
GOOSE that has been mixed in with the Canada Goose flock north of Pungo was
again observed on 22 Jan, this time on (and later over) the north pond of
Sherwood Lakes (vis. Andrew Baldelli, later vis. Tom Beatty). The goose
flock tends to move around between the ponds here, the fields to the east
and along Princess Anne Road to the south, as well as the large fields east
of Ocean Lakes High School and the pond surrounded by Haviland Drive.
Careful study of this flock has not yet produced any other rare geese this
winter, but with frigid winter weather impacting the Midwest and the
Northeast this week, perhaps we will get a shot at a Greater White-fronted
or Ross’s Goose in February.

The immature male HARLEQUIN DUCK first detected on the Little Creek CBC on
31 Dec (vis. Andrew Baldelli, Linda Chittum & Lisa Rose) continues to be
observed around Lynnhaven Inlet with the most recent record occurring on 26
Jan (ph. Guy Babineau) in conjunction with the Winter Wildlife Festival
boat trip to the islands of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. “Chaseable”
Harlequin Ducks are difficult to come by in Virginia Beach, even moreso now
that South Thimble Island is no longer accessible to public while
construction of a new tunnel is performed over the next few years. So, the
fact that this one appears to be lingering around the inlet should be
exciting for all birders in the city. Harlequins love fast moving water
surrounded by hardened shorelines and the areas east of the inlet where
Long Creek runs into the Lynnhaven is ideal habitat for this bird. Viewing
from the restaurants along the north side of the channel is probably the
best position to search from, though it has been scoped from as far away as
Pleasure House Point NA to the west as well.

The adult KUMLIEN’S ICELAND GULL first found on the 39th Street Beach of
the Oceanfront Resort Area back on 27 Dec (ph. Linda Chittum & Ada Jones)
continues to linger along the coastal beaches. Most recently, it was
photographed a little further to the north at 85th Street Beach on 26 Jan
(ph. Kathy Richardson). This represents the farthest north that the
individual has been observed, and reports have ranged as far south as Rudee
Inlet, though most records have been at the source, 39th Street. The dredge
spoils pipe at 6th Street Beach is also a good spot to look for this and
other gulls when the dredge is operating and spewing sediment and water
onto the beach.

Another PARASITIC JAEGER was observed this period offshore of the
oceanfront from the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center’s Whales &
Wildlife boat trip on 22 Jan. These excursions have picked up a number of
great birds so far this winter, this being the second jaeger after one was
photographed last period (ph. Jason Sosebee), and of course the incredible
inshore Common Murre early in the month (ph. Alexis Rabon). Loads of
Razorbills and sea ducks have also been viewed from the boat, and the harsh
winter weather north and west of us this week should only increase the
wintering populations of these species along our coastline. For more
information regarding these boat trips, be sure to consult the Aquarium’s
official website!

Our final continuing rarity record for late January goes to the WESTERN
TANAGER that has persisted at the backyard feeders of a private residence
in the Windsor Woods neighborhood, last recorded on 22 Jan (ph. Lisa Rose).
This eBird checklist offers a remarkable comparison of this species with a
superficially similar female Baltimore Oriole, highlighting both the color
and bill differences extremely well. If more people view these photographs
and study them, my bet is we’ll find out there are more Western Tanagers
than we think in the city during winter; it’d be easy to catch a glance of
one and think it was an oriole. This particular tanager has been present
since at least 13 Dec, and it seems likely that it’ll continue until
springtime, hopefully.

We had our second record of the year for BLUE-WINGED TEAL when a female was
detected at Back Bay NWR during the park’s thrice-monthly impoundment
survey on 29 Jan (vis. Robert Ake). Unfortunately, the impoundments at the
refuge are off limits to the public but it is good to see another winter
record for this species in the city regardless. Since mid-November, only
one other record for this species has occurred away from the refuge, with
three (two males & a female) photographed at Princess Anne WMA’s Beasley
Tract on 6 Jan (ph. Rob Bielawski). Return visits to that site on Sundays
when it is open have not yielded additional sightings, but it is certainly
a species to keep looking for as we head into February.

In terms of continuing, unseasonal, species, the YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER
that has been frequenting at least a pair of residential feeder setups in
Bellamy Manor was most recently observed 22 Jan (ph. Reuben Rohn). At this
point, we have far more winter records for this species than we do summer
records, and that should shock anyone reading this. A common breeder in
counties west of Virginia Beach, this has been a shockingly difficult
species to find here during Jun/Jul, though nestbuilding activities at
Stumpy Lake NA last spring helped confirm this species as a breeder, none
were observed at that location into the summer months. Perhaps it will take
some avid kayakers traveling along the shorelines of the lake hoping to
hear one singing. Until then, we can enjoy our winter reports though, and
this is typically the earliest arriving warbler, in late March, along with
another warbler about to receive mention next.

Unseasonal records continued also this period for BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER,
with a single record at Stumpy Lake NA on 26 Jan (ph. Alexandra Munters &
Tim van der Meer) in the same general vicinity of where one has been
observed going back to 15 Jan (ph. Steve Myers). Though this species isn’t
reported here every January, it is quite possible there are one or more
present each winter that manage to go undetected. Along with
Yellow-throated, Prairie and perhaps Nashville, these are the most
‘expected’ warbler species to winter here in addition to the dedicated
winterers (Yellow-rumped, Pine, Orange-crowned, Palm & Common
Yellowthroat). Hopefully this individual continues to be picked up along
the first trail loop from the parking area as we head into February.

With an expected departure date of 20 Jan in an average year, lingering
BLACK SKIMMERS managed to best the eBird filters this season. Though
wintering is rarely observed in the state, Lynnhaven Inlet tends to be the
most expected site for this to occur. Three individuals were observed there
on 30 Jan (vis. William Parkin), resting on the low tide mudflats.
Additionally, another record of two skimmers occurred at Little Island
Park’s pier on 26 Jan (vis. Nancy Barnhart, Jan Lockwood & Joyce Lowry),
making for an exciting report both in terms of the late date and the
unexpected location for lingerers to be found! This has been a strong
winter for this species in Virginia Beach, and is in stark contrast to the
winter of 2017-18 where we didn’t have a single record for the species in
the city between 27 Dec and 6 Apr! In fact, the 6 Apr record was the very
first for the calendar year in the entire state. This just goes to show how
much the weather plays a role in which species we’re seeing. During the
frigid January last year, all the Skimmers seemed to have departed a few
days ahead of our first snow event. So, when we stop seeing them this year,
we know we’re in for some rough weather ahead.

In addition to the Eurasian Wigeon, Common Mergansers & Clay-colored
Sparrow discussed above, we also had five other species which were new
additions to the city’s 2019 calendar year list in eBird! Miraculously,
WILSON’S SNIPE managed to evade birders for the first twenty days of the
year, but patience paid off when a group of nine snipe were found along
Drum Point Rd. on 21 Jan (ph. Eric Alton & Tamara Conklin). Next up, GREAT
CORMORANT and RUDDY TURNSTONE were added on 26 Jan by loads of birders,
courtesy of the Winter Wildlife Festival boat trip to the Chesapeake Bay
Bridge-Tunnel islands. The CBBT is truly the only reliable location in the
state to find Great Cormorants, so it is unsurprising that this was a new
addition to the list with no other means of access to the islands and no
other boat trips reaching them earlier this month. However, it is truly
shocking how our loss of access to the first island has limited our ability
to find Ruddy Turnstones in winter! For a species that used to be one of
our most commonly reported species in winter, it’s just incredible that we
can’t seem to find them elsewhere in the city (Rudee Inlet, Ft. Story,
Little Creek Inlet all seem likely spots but just don’t seem to produce
them). Additionally, our very first TREE SWALLOWS for the year were
reported at Pleasure House Point NA on 26 Jan (vis. Tracy Tate), and
lastly, the first NORTHERN BOBWHITE of the year was reported at Back Bay
NWR (or possibly False Cape SP given the checklist distance) on 27 Jan
(obs. Scott Hartley).

Out-of-place records for BRANT continued to come in this period, with the
flock along Ocean Boulevard originally reported back on 11 Jan (ph. Stephen
Keith) ballooning into a larger grouping of 72 on 29 Jan (ph. Karl
Suttmann). It really is bizarre to be seeing these numbers on inland
agricultural fields, and while it isn’t unheard of in Virginia Beach, it
has not been known to occur the past few winter seasons. Another bizarrely
out-of-place record came in this period, also of the waterfowl variety. A
single adult male LONG-TAILED DUCK was photographed in a Wawa parking lot
at the corner of Virginia Beach Boulevard and Oceana Boulevard on 26 Jan
(ph. Lisa Kirkman). This is actually the only eBird record for a grounded
individual in Virginia Beach, with every other record occurring along the
immediate coastline. Bizarre indeed.

As we head into February, also known as ‘late winter’ in the birding
community, we should continue to see rises in the waterfowl numbers along
the coast, as well as with alcids. Laughing Gull and Black Skimmer are the
only species to expectedly depart the city during the month of January, and
either species would be exciting to see in the new couple of periods
(though Laughing Gulls will start returning typically in late February).
Snowy Egrets & Ospreys should continue to hang around Lynnhaven Inlet and
Pleasure House Point NA is the most reliable place in the state to observe
both during this time of year. As this report is being typed up, a major
freeze event is occurring across the Midwest and Northeast portions of the
country, which could force wintering water birds to head towards the coast
and south in search of open water. Loons, grebes, cormorants, waders and
waterfowl could all potentially be affected by this and it will be
interesting to see what shows up in early February. Also, the Williamsburg
Bird Club has a boat trip to the CBBT scheduled for Sunday, 3 Feb, so we
could see some interesting species getting report, perhaps even a
Thick-billed or Common Murre, but at the very least, loads of ducks and
Razorbills!

Thanks all,

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
www.beachbirding.com
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Date: 1/31/19 5:00 pm
From: Shea Tiller via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] 40+ goldeneyes, other waterfowl etc. @Fluvanna
Hi all.

This evening I birded Lake Monticello (gated) in Fluvanna County. While
another observer turned up gadwall and pintail earlier in the day at this
location, both of which are county rarities, and both of which I missed,
what was lacking in diversity was made up for by sheer numbers.

A flock of over 40 common goldeneyes (including several males) easily
shattered all of the counts recorded in eBird for the Virginia piedmont, at
least all that I could find. Over 60 hooded mergansers also apparently
shattered the Fluvanna County high count, although I'm sure that such
counts are recorded in other parts of the piedmont region from time to
time. Other birds of note included a cackling goose (short neck, silvery
back, overall very small size allowed it to be told from Canada), redheads
and a canvasback, greater scaup, common mergansers and a locally uncommon
ring-billed gull.

While I know that some birders will rejoice on Saturday when this cold
front passes, this freeze also provides a great birding opportunity by
concentrating waterfowl.

Great birding,

Shea
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Date: 1/31/19 4:11 pm
From: Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Northern Shrikes (plural)

Hello birders,
I've been following with interest the newly reported Northern Shrike at Pickering Creek Audubon.  Many of you are aware of the NSHR which has been at Sully Woodlands (Fairfax County, Virginia) for the past 3 winters.  But it seems to have disappeared.
The "Sully Shrike" was last reported on Jan. 8.  Since then many people have filed eBird reports at both of the "known" locations for that bird, but none of us has re-found it.
There was also a report from Gettysburg on Jan. 23, no NSHR reported previously reported around there this winter.  So I am wondering if the NoVa bird is the same as either the Pickering Creek bird, or the Gettysburg bird.  Each of those locations is approximately 70 miles (as the Shrike flies) from Sully Woodlands.
Mere speculation of course, which helps pass the time when it's 8 degrees F outside.
Cheers--Steve JohnsonFairfax, Virginia


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Date: 1/31/19 12:33 pm
From: David White via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Albemarle/Waterfowl Post, today @ 2:17
Also, 1 F Bufflehead was with the aforementioned birds.

Sent from my iPhone
David I. White, Jr.
<dizoo...>
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Date: 1/31/19 11:21 am
From: David White via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Waterfowl redux, Albemarle County
Now, at “Smith Lake,” between PVCC and Monticello HS, at least 10 Redheads, 1 M Canvasback, 1 M Green-winged Teal, 2 M Greater Scaup, 1 F Common Golden-eye and scads of Mallards and Canadas.

Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 1/31/19 5:34 am
From: Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Grosbeaks Union Springs
The Evening Grosbeaks were first noticed this morning at 7:35, and they are
still here as I write this an hour later.



4253 Woodcock Ln address.



Kevin





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Date: 1/30/19 9:51 am
From: Fred Atwood via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] White winged scoter at Burke lake, Fairfax co
Right now...along with ring necked ducks, mallards, blacks, gadwalls, hooded mergansers, common mergansers, buffleheads and ruddy ducks.

Fred Atwood
Oakton

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Date: 1/30/19 4:55 am
From: Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Evening Grosbeak update Union Springs
For whatever it is worth, the Evening Grosbeaks at 4253 Woodcock Lane are
sitting in an oak above our feeders at 7:45 a.m. That is the earliest we've
seen them at our feeders, though I can't say how it has been at the 4475
address.



For those of you who have been here looking for the birds, the large
platform feeder on a pole that was broken down and out of service has been
replaced. We did this two days ago because it needing doing, and we thought
a large platform feeder might be welcome by the grosbeaks. It looks like the
grosbeaks sitting in the oak are building up the courage to take the plunge
and get a bite of breakfast.



Kevin Shank

Union Springs

Rockingham County

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Date: 1/29/19 2:02 pm
From: Richard Rieger via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] HEADS UP
Please do not open any attachment that comes from

M Rich Rieger

That is not me - got hacked somehow - fixed now.

Do a virus check - hope it’s not malicious…

Rich
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Date: 1/29/19 1:11 pm
From: M Rieger Rich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Proven solution
Still available http://progress.groundupstl.com <http://progress.groundupstl.com/>





M Rieger Rich



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Date: 1/29/19 10:26 am
From: Herbert Larner via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Cackling Geese Augusta County
Hello all

Did a little bit of birding this morning to see what this pre weather system has dropped in our area . Over in Swoope there were the two Bald eagles with one on nest , Smith's had about 100 + Mallards & near the intersection of Rt 708 & Cattleman Rd in the corn fields about 100+ Horned Lark .
On Bells Lane there were 10 Canada Geese , 7 Gadwall , 25+ Ringed - necked Duck , 11 Hooded Merganser & 15 Common Merganser .
In the Fishersville area the Quarry was empty & McCune's had about 230+ Canada Geese , 6 Cackling Geese , 50+ Gadwall , 8 Mallard , 2 Pintail , & one Redheaded Duck . In the tree line up from the pond was a good mixed flock of Blackbirds which had the following --- Red - winged Blackbird 35 , Rusty Blackbird 175 + , Brewer's Blackbird 2 , Grackle 21 & Starling 45 .

Allen Larner
Staunton
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Date: 1/29/19 10:12 am
From: Gerry Hawkins via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, week ending 1/28/19
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 1/29/2019
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
<mailto:<voice...>
Compiler: Gerry Hawkins
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, January 22 and was
completed on Tuesday, January 29 at 8:00 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).
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 were GREEN-WINGED TEAL (COMMON) in MD, BAR-TAILED
GODWIT* in VA, SNOWY OWL in DE, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER* in VA, SAYS
PHOEBE* in VA and VARIED THRUSH* in MD.

Other birds of interest this week included ROSSS, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED and
CACKLING GEESE, MUTE and TRUMPETER SWANS, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, GREATER SCAUP,
COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, VIRGINIA RAIL, SANDHILL
CRANE, RED KNOT, PURPLE SANDPIPER, RED PHALAROPE, PARASITIC JAEGER, DOVEKIE,
COMMON and THICK-BILLED MURRES, RAZORBILL, ATLANTIC PUFFIN, BLACK-LEGGED
KITTIWAKE, BLACK-HEADED, ICELAND, LESSER BLACK-BACKED and GLAUCOUS GULLS,
BLACK SKIMMER, AMERICAN WHITE and BROWN PELICANS, AMERICAN BITTERN, GREAT
EGRET, LITTLE BLUE HERON, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, RED-TAILED HAWK
(NORTHERN), ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL,
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, SEDGE and
MARSH WRENS, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, EVENING GROSBEAK, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW
BUNTING, AMERICAN TREE, CLAY-COLORED, VESPER, LINCOLNS, LARK and
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, BALTIMORE ORIOLE,
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, several out-of-season warblers, including
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, WESTERN TANAGER, PAINTED BUNTING and DICKCISSEL.

TOP BIRDS

On January 27 a Eurasian GREEN-WINGED TEAL, which is considered a separate
species known as EURASIAN or COMMON TEAL by European authorities, was
spotted in a flock of GREEN-WINGED TEAL in pool no. 1 at Blackwater NWR in
Dorchester Co, MD.

After a several day absence of reports, on January 24 a continuing
BAR-TAILED GODWIT* was spotted again at Chincoteague NWR-Toms Cove in
Accomack Co, VA.

On January 23 a continuing SNOWY OWL was observed perched on a snow bank by
the runway at Dover Air Force Base (restricted access) in Kent Co, DE.

A continuing ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER* was at Ancarrows Landing in Richmond,
VA all week.

A continuing SAYS PHOEBE* in Amherst Co, VA was relocated on January 25, on
fence wire and posts near hay bales between the Buffalo River and Piney
Grove Baptist Church along Puppy Creek Road south of US Route 60.

After not being seen since January 17, a continuing VARIED THRUSH* at 22070
Philip Drive and nearby in St. Marys Co, MD was seen again on January 22.
Persons interested in looking for this bird should follow the guidelines of
the homeowners of the property and include these guidelines in any report of
this bird on eBird, Facebook or other forum. These guidelines may be found
in posts by Tyler Bell on MD Birding on January 9 and 23, 2019.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

A continuing ROSSS GOOSE was seen all week at Whittier Lake and in a marshy
area bordered by Rocky Springs Road and Rosemont Avenue in Frederick Co, MD.
A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was photographed at Jefferson Patterson Park
in Calvert Co, MD on January 22 and Knills Farm Pond in Carroll Co, MD on
January 26 and 28. In Virginia, three GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and two
SNOW GEESE visited Smith Lake in Augusta Co on January 24. CACKLING GEESE
were found at several locations in Virginia during the week, including seven
individuals at Ben Lomond RP in Prince William Co on January 26 and two
individuals at Ben Brenman Park in Alexandria on January 22. In addition,
one CACKLING GOOSE was spotted at Sherwood Lakes in Virginia Beach on
January 22, Occoquan Sewage Plant in Fairfax Co on January 26, Silver Lake
RP in Prince William Co on January 26 and Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co and
Dyke Marsh WP in Fairfax Co on January 27.

A MUTE SWAN continues at Piney Run Park in Carroll Co, MD, with the most
recent sighting on January 26. A MUTE SWAN also was seen off 1905 Cape May
Road in Baltimore Co, MD on January 25. A tagged TRUMPETER SWAN (T87)
visited Alter Pond along Soil Conservation Road in Prince Georges Co, MD on
January 22 and 25, and two TRUMPETER SWANS were photographed along Cold
Springs Road in Rockingham Co, VA on January 28.

Noteworthy dabbling ducks during the week included an out-of-season
BLUE-WINWGED TEAL found at Piney Run Park in Carroll Co, MD on January 27
and a EURASIAN WIGEON photographed near Lynnhaven Inlet in Virginia Beach,
VA on January 27. Noteworthy diving ducks included an inland GREATER SCAUP
at C. M. Crockett Park in Fauquier Co, VA on January 23. During the week
COMMON EIDERS were found at several coastal locations, including Indian
River Inlet in Sussex Co, DE, Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD and Fort
Monroe in Hampton, VA. The only HARLEQUIN DUCKS in the reporting area during
the week were single individuals at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD
on January 23-28 and photographed off Lynnhaven Inlet in Virginia Beach, VA
on January 26. On January 25 a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was photographed at
KingLincoln Park in Newport News, VA. On January 28 three LONG-TAILED DUCKS
were at the Georgia-Pacific Settling Ponds in Bedford Co, VA. During the
week an inland LONG-TAILED DUCK also was found at Temple Lake (Red Lobster
Pond) in Colonial Heights, VA and Lake Monticello (gated
community/restricted access) in Fluvanna Co, VA on January 22 and Holliday
Lake SP in Appomattox and Buckingham Cos, VA on January 28.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was found at Ivy Lake in Bedford Co, VA on January 28.

VIRGINIA RAILS were encountered at several locations during the week, with a
high of three individuals at Newport News Park-Swamp Bridge in York Co, VA
on January 24.

On January 25 three SANDHILL CRANES returned for the second consecutive
winter to a field along Harry James Road in St. Marys Co, MD. In Virginia,
two likely continuing SANDHILL CRANES were photographed in a field in the
Lucketts area of Loudoun Co on January 25 and a small flock of SANDHILL
CRANES was beautifully photographed in flight over Edinburg in Shenandoah Co
on January 27.

Shorebird highlights included a RED KNOT photographed at the Indian River
Inlet in Sussex Co, DE on January 22 and three PURPLE SANDPIPERS on the
south jetty at Chesapeake Beach Veterans Memorial Park in Calvert Co, MD on
January 22 and 23.

On January 22 a PARASITIC JAEGER was seen off Virginia Beach, VA by an
observer on a Whales & Wildlife Sea Adventure.

A flyby DOVEKIE was reported at Little Island Park in Virginia Beach, VA on
January 25. A THICK-BILLED MURRE, a rare visitor to the reporting area, was
photographed in the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD on January 23 and
reported again there on January 26. A continuing COMMON MURRE was seen at
the Indian River Inlet in Sussex Co, DE on January 22. A high of five
RAZORBILLS were seen at this location on January 22 and 25-27, and a high of
12 RAZORBILLS were seen from the Lewes-Cape May Ferry (DE waters) and Lewes
Beach on January 26. A RAOZORBILL also was found swimming offshore at Cape
Henlopen SP in Sussex Co, DE on January 27. One or two RAZORBILLS were seen
at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD on January 23, 26 and 27. The
continued southbound movement of RAZORBILLS also was evident at several
coastal locations in southeastern Virginia during the week, with week highs
of 281 and 229 individuals counted at Little Island Park and Rudee Inlet in
Virginia Beach on January 25 and 28, respectively.

Highlights of a pelagic trip out of Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach, VA on
January 26 included four RED PHALAROPES, over 30 ATLANTIC PUFFINS, two
COMMON MURRES and five BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES in Northampton Co, VA waters.

As many as three continuing BLACK-HEADED GULLS were seen all week at Wolfe
Neck WTP (restricted access) in Sussex Co, DE. On January 23 two pale
ICELAND GULLS (kumlieni) and a darker, more western ICELAND GULL (thayeri),
which was considered a separate species known as Thayers Gull until
recently, were photographed at North East Community Park in Cecil Co, MD.
Elsewhere in Maryland an ICELAND GULL (kumlieni) was seen at Lorely Beach
Community Pier in Baltimore Co on January 25, the Annapolis Junction
Transfer Station (restricted access) in Anne Arundel Co and in flight over
nearby Howard Co on January 23, at the Route 50 bridge across the Choptank
River in Talbot Co on January 26 and at the Salisbury Landfill-Naylor Mill
Road Pond in Wicomico Co on January 28. In Virginia an ICELAND GULL
(kumlieni) was photographed at the 85th Street Bridge in Virginia Beach on
January 26. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were found at several locations,
including a high of four individuals at North East Community Park in Cecil
Co, MD on January 22, 23, 26 and 27 and one individual far inland at the
Kerr Reservoir in Mecklenburg Co, VA on January 27. A young GLAUCOUS GULL
was observed at the Ocean City Inlet and nearby West Ocean City Marina in
Worcester Co, MD on January 25, 27 and 28 and off Greenbank Road in
Baltimore Co, MD on January 28, and two were found at the Cecil County
Landfill (restricted access) in Cecil Co, MD on January 26 and at North East
Community Park in Cecil Co, MD all week. In Virginia a continuing young
GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at the Prince William County Landfill on January 26.

Two BLACK SKIMMERS were a surprise flyby at Little Island Park in Virginia
Beach, VA on January 26.

During the week small numbers of GREAT CORMORANTS were seen at several
expected coastal locations in DE, MD and VA. On January 25-27 a high of 21
AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were observed flying south from several locations in
southeastern VA: New Point Wharf in Mathews Co, Kiptopeke SP in Northampton
Co and Hog Island WMA in Surry Co. A high of 41 wintering AMERICAN WHITE
PELICANS were counted at Blackwater NWR-Wildlife Drive in Dorchester Co, MD
on January 26. During the week a single BROWN PELICAN was seen as far north
as the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD on January 27.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was observed flying over Port Mahon Road in Kent Co, DE
at dusk on January 24, and two were seen in flight in marsh at the Little
Creek Wildlife Area in Kent Co, DE on January 28. Noteworthy herons and
egrets included a GREAT EGRET found at the Spotsylvania Sportsplex/Publix
Virginia Soccer Training Center or nearby in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania
Co, VA on January 23 and 25 and a LITTLE BLUE HERON photographed at
Assateague I. NS-Life of the Forest in Worcester Co, MD on January 26. Three
overwintering BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were found in barges at Poplar
Island in Talbot Co, MD on January 23.

On January 26 a so-called NORTHERN RED-TAILED HAWK, a dark form that is not
uniformly recognized as a subspecies, was photographed along 24309-24639
River Road in Montgomery Co, MD. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was reported at several
locations during the week, including along Parkersburg Turnpike a short
distance east of the intersection with Swoope Road in Augusta Co, VA on
January 25 and the Blue Mash Nature Trail in Montgomery Co, MD on January 27
and 28. Raptor highlights during the week also included several GOLDEN
EAGLES, including an individual seen in flight from Russell Road and Gleason
Knob in Garrett Co, MD on January 26, which may have been the same bird, and
two individuals at a deer carcass along Savage River Road in Garrett Co, MD
on the same day. A GOLDEN EAGLE also was reported at Jenkins Pond (private)
in Worcester Co, MD on January 27. In Virginia a young GOLDEN EAGLE was
observed on January 26 in flight from Puppy Creek Road a short distance
south of the intersection with Route 60 in Amherst Co.

At dusk on January 26 a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was heard calling along
Annapolis Rock Road in Patuxent River SP, Howard Co, MD.

Area RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS included an individual found along Fowler Beach
Road in Sussex Co, DE on January 25.

A continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen along Featherbed Road in Clarke Co,
VA on January 23, along Cartersville Road-Oak Forest Road Junction in
Cumberland Co, VA on January 26 and at the Smith Farm in Lunenburg Co, VA on
January 24. A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE also was spotted perched on a shrub at 621
East Colonial Trail Highway in Burkeville, Nottoway Co, VA on January 22 and
along Bells Lane in Augusta Co, VA on January 24.

A BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE continues to visit feeders along Wilson Court in
Charlottesville, VA, most recently on January 28.

A continuing SEDGE WREN was encountered along Bennetts Pier Road in Kent Co,
DE on January 26 and at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (Horsehead)
in Queen Annes Co, MD on January 27. A continuing MARSH WREN at Rattlesnake
Spring in Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia in Clarke Co,
VA was seen most recently on January 25.

One or two out-of-season BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS were seen again at
Ancarrows Landing in Richmond, VA on January 23, 25 and 26.

As many as six EVENING GROSBEAKS continue to visit residential feeders in
Union Springs, Rockingham Co, VA, with the most recent report of six
individuals on January 26. On January 27 a resident of Warm Springs in Bath
Co, VA reported without details a COMMON REDPOLL at a feeder.

On January 28 three LAPLAND LONGSPURS were spotted in a flock of HORNED
LARKS along Skidmore Road in Rockingham Co, VA. Continuing SNOW BUNTINGS
were seen all week at North Point SP in Baltimore Co, MD, with a high of
eight individuals counted on January 26. During the latter part of the week
fifty or more wintering SNOW BUNTINGS were found at each of Prime Hook
NWR-Fowler Beach Road and Cape Henlopen SP in Sussex Co, DE.

The few AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS found in the reporting area during the week
included a high of four individuals at Occoquan Bay NWR in Prince William
Co, VA on January 25, 26 and 27 and two individuals at Leopolds Preserve in
Prince William Co, VA on January 26. A continuing CLAY-COLORED SPARROW for
the second consecutive winter at the Laurel Hill Equestrian Center in
Fairfax Co, VA was seen most recently on January 27. At least a couple of
breeding VESPER SPARROWS appear to be wintering at Harriet Tubman
Underground Railroad NHP in Dorchester Co, MD, with reports on January 22,
26 and 27. A LINCOLNS SPARROW was found at several locations, including at
CCBC Catonsville in Baltimore Co, MD, Silver Lake RP in Prince William Co,
VA and Elklick Woodlands Natural Area Preserve in Fairfax Co, VA on January
26, the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Prince Georges Co, MD on
January 27 and the Blue Mash Nature Trail in Montgomery Co, MD on January
28. On January 27 a LARK SPARROW was found in a mixed-species sparrow flock
about 50 yards before the parking lot on Violettes Lock Road in Montgomery
Co, MD. Area WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS included a continuing juvenile in the
stream restoration area at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC on
January 28.

On January 27 a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was photographed along the canal south
of Browns Island in Richmond, VA.

A BALTIMORE ORIOLE was photographed at Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Howard
Co, MD on January 22, a residential feeder on Lake Windsor in Virginia
Beach, VA on January 22 and a residential feeder in the Wyndhurst section of
Baltimore Co, MD on January 24 and 25.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at several locations, including along
Cods Road in Sussex Co, DE on January 22, at feeders in the Wyndamere Park
section of Virginia Beach, VA on January 23 and at the BARC-Old Sewage Pond
in Prince Georges Co, MD on January 27. On January 25 an ORANGE-CROWNED
WARBLER was seen again near the side entrance to the shopping center along
Diamond Point Road in Baltimore Co, MD.

Out-of-season warblers seen during the week included the following:

- a continuing OVENBIRD at 1221 East Broad Street in Richmond, VA
on January 23;

- a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER at the Stumpy Lake Natural Area in
Virginia Beach, VA on January 26;

- a NASHVILLE WARBLER at Ancarrows Landing in Richmond, VA on
January 26 and 27;

- a NORTHERN PARULA at Ancarrows Landing in Richmond, VA on
January 27;

- PALM WARBLERS at several locations, including Ancarrows Landing
in Richmond, VA on January 23 and the Laurel Hill Equestrian Center in
Fairfax Co, VA on January 23;

- PINE WARBLERS at several locations, including three individuals
at Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Howard Co, MD on January 23 and 26 and at
least one continuing individual at the LBJ Memorial Grove/Columbia Island
Marina in Washington, DC on January 26; and

- a continuing YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at the northern end of the
channel side of East Potomac Park in Washington, DC on January 26, 27 and 28
and at feeders in the Wyndamere Park section of Virginia Beach, VA on
January 22.

A continuing WESTERN TANAGER was photographed at a residential feeder along
Lake Windsor in Virginia Beach, VA on January 22.

A male PAINTED BUNTING visited a feeder at a private location in Hanover Co,
VA on January 26 and 27 and was again observed at a feeder in Chesapeake, VA
on January 28.

Many persons enjoyed watching an out-of-season DICKCISSEL foraging with
WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and other songbirds along the C & O Canal at
Fletchers Cove in Washington, DC on January 24-27.

***

This weeks 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, http://anshome.org/naturalist-shop
<http://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...>
<mailto:<voice...> . Please post reports before midnight Monday,
identify the county as well as the state, and include your name and a
Tuesday morning contact, e-mail or phone.

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

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Date: 1/28/19 6:43 pm
From: Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Monk Parakeets in Lexington - request not to look for them
Folks - Apparently, the location of the Monk Parakeets in Lexington was posted today on eBird. I have to ask that you not go looking for the birds. The home owners in the area have specifically asked that we not release the location. Several of the home owners are elderly and do not want any traffic in their neighborhood, and to be honest the road/driveway can barely handle 1-2 vehicles much less an influx of birders.

Thank you for your cooperation,

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Department
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Date: 1/28/19 6:20 pm
From: Harry Glasgow via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area.
Eleven birders. gathered at the Merrimac WMA and tallied 40 species at the last-Sundayof the Month Birdwalk. Highlights for the day included a large group of raptors.

Canada Goose  2
Wild Turkey  1
Black Vulture  4
Turkey Vulture  4
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  2
hawk sp.  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  11
Downy Woodpecker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  4
Blue Jay  50
American Crow  10
Fish Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  3
Red-breasted Nuthatch  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  13
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  2
Hermit Thrush  3
American Robin  2
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  4
House Finch  6
American Goldfinch  11
Field Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  5
White-throated Sparrow  15
Song Sparrow  8
Swamp Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  2
Northern Cardinal  12

The Prince William Conservation Alliance birdwalks at the Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area in Nokesville take place at 8 AM on the final Sunday of every month.  Birders meet at the Area's entrance located at the stonehouse at the end of Deepwood Drive.  Questions may be directed to the Alliance at 703.499.4954,  or <alliance...>

Harry GlasgowNancy Vehrs

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Date: 1/28/19 11:00 am
From: Candice Lowther via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Richmond Ash-throated flycatcher YES
Dave Larsen and I drove to Richmond to see the Ash-throated Flycatcher that
has been reported off and on throughout January. We followed GPS
directions to Ancarow’s Landing. Most of the eBird reports talk about dirt
piles, but we had a difficult time finding them. We ended up braving the
no trespassing signs along the edge of the park by the railroad tracks and
eventually found enormous dirt piles. We met a woman who had just seen the
bird working along the trees between the dirt piles and the river. We
walked along and eventually sat near some rocks close to the river. About
15 minutes later the flycatcher flew to a branch close to where we were
sitting. We had great views and both took pictures. Fortunately, there is
a walking trail along the river that goes back to the car.

Good birding!

Candice Lowther
Bristow
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Date: 1/28/19 9:18 am
From: John Geenwood via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Lake Accotink
Both Common and Hooded Mergansers were on the lake Monday morning. I heard but did not see the Bald Eagles and there was no activity at their nest.

Jack Greenwood
Falls Church

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Date: 1/27/19 5:15 pm
From: Thomas Nardone via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Jan 27, 2019
This morning, 18 people participated in the weekly bird walk sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh. We observed 37 species. The highlight was a long and very good look at a peregrine falcon that was eating some prey in a tree near the marina restrooms. The complete list is shown below.
>
> Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax, Virginia, US
> Jan 27, 2019 7:52 AM - 10:32 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.39 mile(s)
> 37 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Cackling Goose 1
> Canada Goose 625
> American Wigeon 2
> Mallard 30
> Bufflehead 11
> Common Goldeneye 1
> Common Merganser 10
> Pied-billed Grebe 1
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 10
> Mourning Dove 2
> Ring-billed Gull 100
> Herring Gull 12
> Great Black-backed Gull 1
> Double-crested Cormorant 30
> Great Blue Heron 5
> Black Vulture 2
> Bald Eagle 7
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> Downy Woodpecker 3
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 1
> Peregrine Falcon 1
> Blue Jay 5
> American Crow 3
> Fish Crow 12
> crow sp. 20
> Carolina Chickadee 5
> Tufted Titmouse 6
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> Carolina Wren 4
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
> Northern Mockingbird 3
> White-throated Sparrow 5
> Song Sparrow 4
> Swamp Sparrow 2
> Red-winged Blackbird 10
> Northern Cardinal 4
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52117572
>
>

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Date: 1/27/19 1:37 pm
From: David White via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Waterfowl, Albemarle County
On a late morning hike around Swan Lake(?) earlier today
(the body of water between PVCC and Monticello High School) Mike McMahan and I found a single Pied-billed Grebe and moments later saw a pair of Redheads and two F Common Golden-eyes who were with a single F Bufflehead. Nope, no swans.

Sent from my iPhone
David I. White, Jr.
<dizoo...>
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Date: 1/27/19 12:33 pm
From: James Bunn via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Evening Grosbeaks
I hope this is isn't a breach of protocol. I am wondering whether anyone
in the vicinity of Falls Church is planning to look for the grosbeaks in
Union Springs. I am currently without a vehicle, but I would like to see
the grosbeaks. I would be willing to cover gas and lunch for anyone who
wants to try for the birds and would like company.

Please contact me directly at <jbunn46...> or 703-533-7934.

Jim Bunn
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Date: 1/27/19 10:41 am
From: John Geenwood via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Correction: Arlington VA Bald Eagle nest
N. Scott St, not Stuart; oops

Jack

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: John Geenwood <jakpak0821...>
> Date: January 25, 2019 at 3:10:30 PM EST
> To: <va-bird...>
> Subject: Arlington VA Bald Eagle nest
>
> Both adult Bald Eagles were observed on the nest (N Stuart St) this morning. They seemed to be doing maintenance to the massive nest.
>
> Jack Greenwood
> Falls Church
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 1/27/19 9:58 am
From: Peter Robinson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bath County Common Redpoll
A Common Redpoll visited a feeder in Warm Springs today.

Peter Robinson
Warm Springs VA, Hanover PA
<pabirder...><mailto:<pabirder...>

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Date: 1/27/19 9:52 am
From: krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Riverbend Park Bird Walk 01/27/2019
With Great Falls Park beginning to resume operations after the federal government shutdown, Sunday morning's regularly scheduled bird was was again held at Fairfax County's Riverbend Park. The walk -- which included the Conn's Farm Meadow and portions of the Bootlegger, Potomac Heritage, and Hollow Trails -- identified approximately 26 species and included 11 participants. Highlights included several Bald Eagles (two sub-adults), a Lesser Scaup and a Belted Kingfisher. Otherwise the morning was a quiet one, with even the usual plethora of Carolina Wrens sleeping in.
The walk normally meets at 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 8
Lesser Scaup 1
Bufflehead 25 Male and female
Common Merganser 17 Male and female
Ring-billed Gull 21
Black Vulture 5
Turkey Vulture 2
Bald Eagle 3 2 sub-adult
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 2
Fish Crow 3
crow sp. 12
Carolina Chickadee 9
Tufted Titmouse 8
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 4
American Robin 5
House Finch 1
White-throated Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52096445

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

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Date: 1/27/19 8:20 am
From: Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Waples Mill Park (Fairfax County): Purple Finches

Two Purple Finches this morning 27 Jan at Waples Mill Meadow Park, in Fairfax County.  They were atop a sweetgum with Goldfinches at the stream confluence on the left as you walk in.  The meadows are iced over so unless it warms up, you can walk without getting wet shoes. .https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52093206
 
cheers --
 .Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia

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Date: 1/26/19 6:39 pm
From: Elton Morel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] NVBC walk at Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William county, Jan 26, 2019
VA Birders:
This morning, the Northern Virginia Bird Club visited Occoquan NWR in Prince William county.  While the temperature was below freezing at the start of our walk, it was actually a nice morning of birding with little or no wind.  We collectively found 51 bird species.  Our highlight of the morning was finding two American Tree Sparrows on Fox Road amongst the Song, White-throated and Field Sparrows.  Walking back from the gazebo to the duck blind, we heard a Barred Owl, had excellent views of Eastern Towhees and briefly saw a Brown Thrasher.  Waterfowl was scarce but we did manage to find Gadwall, Hooded Mergansers and American Black Duck while we were on a bluff overlooking the back side of Veteran's Park.
In the late morning while walking on Charlie Road back to the parking lot, we had excellent views of a Hermit Thrush and even better views (and photos) of another pair of American Tree Sparrows.  Also perched up on a pole were a pair of adult Bald Eagles looking like a very happy couple together.
Below is the complete eBird checklist.
Elton MorelArlington, VA

 
Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William, Virginia, US
Jan 26, 2019 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.5 mile(s)
Comments:    NVBC walk led by Ken Hunt and Elton Morel.
51 species (+3 other taxa)

Canada Goose  60
Gadwall  5
Mallard  40
American Black Duck  45
Lesser Scaup  8
Bufflehead  20
Hooded Merganser  11
Common Merganser  8
Ruddy Duck  14
duck sp.  200
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  3
Ring-billed Gull  125
Herring Gull  5
gull sp.  150
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron  5
Black Vulture  3
Turkey Vulture  5
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  8
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Barred Owl  1    Heard
Belted Kingfisher  1    Heard
Red-bellied Woodpecker  7
Downy Woodpecker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  22
Blue Jay  20
American Crow  18
Fish Crow  6
crow sp.  15
Carolina Chickadee  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Winter Wren  2
Carolina Wren  10
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  7
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  5
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
Cedar Waxwing  15
Field Sparrow  3
American Tree Sparrow  4
Fox Sparrow (Red)  4
White-throated Sparrow  25
Song Sparrow  40
Swamp Sparrow  8
Eastern Towhee  6
Red-winged Blackbird  30
Northern Cardinal  20

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52056985

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Date: 1/26/19 3:00 pm
From: Ed Wallace via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Dangierfield island - Alexandria, Va
Right before sunset, I ran over to Dangierfield Island. Wonderful birding. Four uncommon species - fox sparrow, winter wren, catbird and brown thrasher. All were in woods along the northernmost trail through the woods. Many paths were flooded and impassable. Also picked up one swamp sparrow. Chilly and overcast - 41. No breeze. Lots of loiterers was the big time downside.

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Date: 1/26/19 1:10 pm
From: Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Wash Post article about hawk watch, extra-limital
Hello birders,This is only tangentially related to Virginia birds - an article in the main local newspaper for many of us, today's Washington Post print edition, about a hawk watch in the Florida Keys.  I've been to that hawk watch several times and watched migrating raptors there over "Little Bob" and "Big Bob".
Virginians who count hawks here at Rockfish Gap, Snickers Gap, Chincoteague, etc. will probably appreciate some of the details given in the article.  Travel section, print edition for 26 January 2019.
Cheers,
Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia
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Date: 1/26/19 12:41 pm
From: Brian Sykes via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Assateague, Chincoteague Snow Geese, Brant ,Scoter
Did some birding yest. with Tammy Dickinson and her husband. We got some
nice birds. It was worth the cold. Nice sunshine tho so got to see better
views of birds. There were about 200 Snow geese in the Ocean floating
around. Prob safe there from hunters. Also dozen Surf scoters and a Black
scoter out there diving. Brrrr! Lots of CGeese, and A Wigeon and182 Tundra
Swan,some Shovelers, Black ducks, a RT Loon, and a Longtailed duck Swan
Cove. Didnt make it to Toms cove .beach still flooded from rain. We did
wildlife loop.My first time thru in a car. Only been couple times at
beginning by bike. Hurried thru so we could get to Queens sound for Brant.
Wildlife loop same ducks other than Northern pintails. Nice to see .Pretty
sure my first for Virginia.
Queens sound netted Boattailed grackles, 100 on begin trip in, Hooded merg.
Few hundred Brant and Capts cove full of Snow geese !! Good day to be out.
Thanks Tammy and husband !
Brian sykes
Accomack va.
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Date: 1/26/19 9:40 am
From: Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Elklick Woodlands (Fairfax Cnty): Lincoln's Sparrow, Merlin, Harrier

Hello Birders,
Sometimes it really pays to follow a bird on a wild goose chase.
This morning I visited Elklick Woodlands.  At a spot where I usually go straight or turn left, I had a brief look at a Merlin before it flew off to the right.  I thought I had very little chance of re-finding it.  But I followed it anyway, into what I consider the least productive area along the power lines.  As expected, I never did see it again.
But along the way, I did get a nice look at a Lincoln's Sparrow, foraging in the middle of the right-of-way clearing with one of the many mixed sparrow flocks.
The two powerlines that cross there have produced many good sparrows for me over the years.  Today there was also a Northern Harrier.  Checklist link is below.
Good birding,Steve JohnsonFairfax, Virginia
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52057392
location is on Pleasant Valley Road 1.3 miles S of Sully Woodlands
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Date: 1/26/19 9:29 am
From: Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] [va-bird] Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, Fairfax Co. - Clay-colored Sparrow, Common Raven
Went to Laurel Hill this morning mainly to try and get pictures of the Clay-colored Sparrow (see checklist), which took a while to join the White-crowned Sparrow flock. As a bonus, two Ravens flew over, fairly low (~50 ft).

Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA

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Date: 1/26/19 8:27 am
From: Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Grosbeaks in Union Springs
Evening Grosbeaks have been at our home 4253 Woodcock Lane, Dayton, VA 22821
several times this morning. About ten o'clock they were seen from the dam
using a spotting scope to see them in the tops of trees near our home, on
the right side of our home. About 11:15 they came to a small platform feeder
hanging from a tree on the far side of our house from where you park. Anyone
wishing to look for Evening Grosbeaks might give our house priority over the
John Hartzler home, as we have seen them here the last four days in a row.



I may or may not see texts or hear calls over the next while, as I work in a
noisy environment, but you can try 540-421-7222. Or, you might try the house
number at 540-867-0765.



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Date: 1/25/19 6:08 pm
From: Michael Boatwright via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] SAY'S PHOEBE- Relocated Amherst County
Nathan Miller relocated the SAY'S PHOEBE in Amherst County today January
25 around 1:15 PM. It was seen ,with a flock of bluebirds, sitting on the
fence wire and posts near a bunch of haybales between the Buffalo River and
Piney Grove Baptist Church along Puppy Creek Road south of US Rt 60.

Cheers,

Mike

Michael R. Boatwright
Amherst VA
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Date: 1/25/19 3:07 pm
From: barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Mergansers, etc. at Great Falls (kinda)
Since Great Falls was still closed today due to the government shutdown, I ventured across the Potomac River to the C&O Canal & found about 4 dozen common mergansers gallivanting around Widewater.  (Roughly MM 13.)  Mergansers have been hanging out there for several weeks.  Also around MM 12 is the home of a very vocal Kingfisher, and several pileated woodpeckers are announcing themselves around Carderock. (Roughly MM 11.)  Some pix temporarily here: xyz zyx xyz zyx     https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/34t76A

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Date: 1/25/19 2:05 pm
From: ROB SIMPSON via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] BC Chickadee None; Carolina Chickadees low numbers; Exotic Birding Tours
Black-capped Chickadees: We have had no reports this winter of BCCH in the low elevations of Virginia (1 reported last fall). Apparently their northern food source was not linked to any of the meager food sources that Ron Pittaway describes in his annual fall finch report. He indicated several northern finches and Red-breasted Nuthatches would be coming south this winter because of specific food shortages. Some people have asked would the recent cold fronts push any BCCH south now. Since I have been studying them (1974 on) we have never had a southern push of BCCH in winter. If they were not here by mid to late fall they would not arrive later. Many people in nw Virginia were reporting very low numbers of Carolina Chickadees and Tufted Titmice. It will be interesting to see if the CBCs around the state show that pattern. This year our Northern Shenandoah Valley CBVC had 81 Carolina Chickadees (next lowest 153, est. average 500+; high count 1045) and 58 eastern Tufted Titmice (next lowest 124, est. average 300+) . This is by far the lowest count for these two species since the count was started in 1975 which was when the 2nd lowest counts were recorded for both species. If anyone has any input please email me.

Please join us on one of our International Field Trips. Each year we lead 2 to 4 birding, photography natural history trips to exotic destinations. Please email us right away if you are interested as the trips often close out in a week or two. Ann and Rob Simpson <rsimpson...> or <asimpson...>

Tanzania: Come join us on safari to the Greatest Show On earth: Serengeti for the great migration of Wildebeest, zebra and gazelles with all of the attendant predators including the crocs waiting as the herd crosses the Mara river; Olduvai Gorge, Leakey fossil sight of past human and other animal evolution; Ngorongoro Crater; Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara. On the extension we will seek out Tanzanias special endemics like Beezleys Lark one of the worlds rarest birds. July 28 - August 13, 2019

https://www.holbrooktravel.com/where-we-travel/africa/tanzania/great-migration-simpsons-photography

Trinidad and Tobago: We had 2 spots just open up on our Best of Trinidad and Tobago tour Photography, Birding, Nesting Leatherback Sea Turtles; if you are interested please email us directly. June 6 17, 2019 <rsimpson...>

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Date: 1/25/19 1:40 pm
From: krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Relocation of Sunday's Great Falls Bird Walk
During the ongoing federal government shutdown, the Great Falls Bird walk -- which normally meets at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings in the Park's main parking lot -- will again take place upriver at Fairfax County's lovely Riverbend Park (8700 Potomac Hills Street; Great Falls, VA). This Sunday's walk (1/27) will meet at 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot at Riverbend Park's NATURE Center. Should the shutdown unexpectedly end before Sunday, the walk will still take place at Riverbend simply to avoid confusion. Please join us!
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Date: 1/25/19 12:10 pm
From: John Geenwood via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Arlington VA Bald Eagle nest
Both adult Bald Eagles were observed on the nest (N Stuart St) this morning. They seemed to be doing maintenance to the massive nest.

Jack Greenwood
Falls Church

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Date: 1/25/19 6:43 am
From: Vineeta via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] extralimital, but extra exciting
Dave, Thank you for sharing your informative blog and fabulous photos with
us. I look forward to reading about more of your adventures. And, since
you're interested in raptors, especially carrion-eating raptors akin to
vultures, you may want to make a trip to India someday. I birded in
Uttrakhand in northern India in 2014 with Rajesh Panwar, a renowned birder
who has noted more than 1100 birds, and we spent a whole day watching
dozens of different species of vultures feeding on carrion near the Jim
Corbett National Park. It was quite a spectacle.
Warmest regards,
Vineeta


On Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 8:26 AM David Gibson via VA-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> Hi everyone, My wife and I had the good fortune recently to go out west and
> work with The Peregrine Fund and to help with the release of captive-bred
> and wild-bred California Condors. That organization is doing absolutely
> incredible work to save raptors and to reintroduce the condor. If you're
> interested in learning about the work they do, and if you're interested in
> learning more about condors our trip (photos included), please click on
> this link: https://birdpartner.com/2019/01/24/the-thrill-of-a-lifetime/.
> Thanks so much!
> Dave Gibson
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Date: 1/25/19 5:25 am
From: David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] extralimital, but extra exciting
Hi everyone, My wife and I had the good fortune recently to go out west and
work with The Peregrine Fund and to help with the release of captive-bred
and wild-bred California Condors. That organization is doing absolutely
incredible work to save raptors and to reintroduce the condor. If you're
interested in learning about the work they do, and if you're interested in
learning more about condors our trip (photos included), please click on
this link: https://birdpartner.com/2019/01/24/the-thrill-of-a-lifetime/.
Thanks so much!
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/
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Date: 1/24/19 12:21 pm
From: Stephen D Eccles via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Over-wintering Chipping Sparrows, Fairfax County
On Wednesday morning (23rd), I disturbed a flock of small birds in Wakefield Park, Fairfax County, most of which could not be re-located. But a few remained in the immediate area, in a dense tangle which did not allow decent views. One turned out to be a White-throated Sparrow and another a Song Sparrow. The bits I could see of a third bird did not fit well with any of our regular winter sparrows, but gave me the impression it might be an immature Chipping Sparrow. So I followed it when it moved to other bushes, strengthening my original impression. Luckily, the immature soon joined up with an adult Chipping Sparrow, still retaining quite a bit of its breeding plumage and making a positive ID much easier!

Stephen Eccles
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Date: 1/24/19 10:26 am
From: Herbert Larner via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Snow Geese & Greater - white fronted Geese in Augusta County
Hello all

this morning I did a couple of pond checks around & in Augusta County to see if any different water fowl has dropped in with this weather system . Quillen's , Fishersville Quarry were empty . McCunes had the best birds & Bells Lane had a few . The list of birds are as follows.

Greater White - fronted Goose -- 3 + -- McCunes

Snow Goose - 2 ( one blue morph ) -- McCunes

Canada Goose -- 300

Gadwall -- 55 +

Mallard -- 35 +

Northern Pintail -- 4

Ring - necked Duck -- 37+ Bells Lane private pond

Loggerhead Shrike -- 1 Bells Lane


Allen Larner
Staunton



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