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12/13/18 7:02 pm Dw via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Ross’s Goose at NVCC in Potomac Falls, Loudoun county
12/13/18 1:42 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Ducks and Pine Siskins
12/12/18 11:56 am Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Hampton Visit and Common Eider
12/12/18 10:29 am James Winkelmann via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Off topic: Soar Alongside Migrating Birds
12/12/18 9:42 am Edward Eder via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Tennessee warbler and Orange-crowned warbler together at Dyke Marsh this AM
12/12/18 8:50 am Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Baltiomore orioles (2), Laurel Hill Equestrian Center
12/12/18 6:40 am Jeffrey Blalock via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fox Sparrows
12/12/18 6:32 am Shea Tiller via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Lapland Longspur @Fluvanna
12/11/18 7:20 am David Govoni via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Evening Grosbeaks in Prince William Co.
12/11/18 5:27 am Jeffrey Blalock via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fox Sparrows
12/10/18 5:56 pm Harry Glasgow via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
12/10/18 1:49 pm Howard Wu via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Ross’s Goose at NVCC in Potomac Falls, Loudoun county
12/10/18 1:16 pm Brian Sykes via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Brown creeper eating peanut butter
12/10/18 11:24 am Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Neighborhood Peregrine Falcons
12/10/18 11:13 am Ed Wallace via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Ross’s Goose at NVCC in Potomac Falls, Loudoun county
12/10/18 10:56 am Jeffrey Blalock via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - 103 Elizabeth Court, South Boston, VA, Dec 10, 2018
12/10/18 9:45 am Ed Wallace via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Ross’s Goose at NVCC in Potomac Falls, Loudoun county
12/10/18 6:31 am Walter Hadlock via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Runnymede Park, Herndon, VA, Dec 8, 2018
12/9/18 7:55 pm Mark Mullins via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 12-09-18 / White-winged Dove continues to visit Claytor Lake
12/9/18 4:02 pm Michael Boatwright via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Evening Grosbeak-Amherst County
12/9/18 12:42 pm Logan Anderson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Lynchburg CBC
12/9/18 12:41 pm krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 12/9/2018 (Fairfax County)
12/9/18 12:35 pm Dixie Sommers via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Ross’s Goose at NVCC in Potomac Falls, Loudoun county
12/9/18 11:07 am Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR
12/9/18 9:56 am Dixie Sommers via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Dyke Marsh, Fairfax County - Fleeting Orange-crowned Warbler
12/9/18 8:02 am Ben Jesup and Pam Koger-Jesup via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Possible Swainson's thrush in White Oak Park
12/9/18 7:46 am Elton Morel via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Ross’s Goose at NVCC in Potomac Falls, Loudoun county
12/9/18 6:18 am Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Winter Wren Photo Essay
12/8/18 6:43 pm Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, Fairfax, Co. - Clay-colored Sparrow, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pine Siskin, N. Harrier
12/8/18 3:09 pm Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Location of crow roost in Arlington/Alexandria area
12/8/18 12:33 pm Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve (Lo Co), Dec 8
12/8/18 12:18 pm dcharlesl--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Snow Goose
12/8/18 10:57 am Stuart via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Huntley Meadows: Sora, Dec. 8
12/8/18 10:48 am MrNussbaum.com via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Snow Goose
12/8/18 9:51 am Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, Fairfax, Co. - Clay-colored Sparrow, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pine Siskin, N. Harrier
12/8/18 9:29 am Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bonaparte's Gulls on Belmont Bay at Mason Neck State Park
12/8/18 8:34 am Andrew Baldelli via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Back Bay Christmas Bird Count
12/8/18 7:35 am Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] test message
12/7/18 10:20 am Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] [EXTERNAL] Peregrine Falcon-Dec. 7, 2018
12/7/18 8:45 am Evan Spears via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] LONG-TAILED DUCK at Holliday Lake State Park, Appomattox County
12/7/18 7:36 am Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Peregrine Falcon-Dec. 7, 2018
12/7/18 7:35 am Emily Southgate via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Seven swans a swimming
12/7/18 4:25 am Ashley Peele via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] VABBA2 2018 Season Summary is here!
12/6/18 4:32 pm David Malakoff via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] DEC 29 HAMPSHIRE CTY BIRD COUNT (INCLUDES AREAS NEAR WINCHESTER VA)
12/6/18 6:08 am Rob Bielawski via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Christmas Bird Count Listing on VSO Website
12/6/18 3:56 am kurtcapt87--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fort Belvoir CBC, Sunday Dec 30, 2018
12/5/18 2:37 pm Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, Fairfax Co. - Clay-colored Sparrow, Purple Finches
12/5/18 2:03 pm Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Lake Frederick, Featherbed Rd and Blandy Farm
12/5/18 12:20 pm Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Birds in Hopewell & eastern Henrico County
12/5/18 9:38 am Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] [va-bird] Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, Fairfax Co. - Clay-colored Sparrow, Purple Finches
12/4/18 11:39 am reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (04 Dec 2018) 3 Raptors (GE)
12/4/18 11:06 am mbrubin via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Nassawadox Christmas count, Sunday, December 16
12/4/18 9:31 am Gerry Hawkins via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, week ending 12/3/18
12/4/18 6:40 am Jim Nelson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Reminder -- Seneca Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, Dec. 16-- we still need counters and feeder watchers
12/3/18 8:20 pm Mark Mullins via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] White-winged Dove at Claytor Lake
12/3/18 5:36 pm Brian Sykes via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Duck i.d. more
12/3/18 3:55 pm Brian Sykes via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Duck i.d. ?
12/3/18 3:54 pm Brian Sykes via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Duck i.d. Assateague
12/3/18 3:51 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (01 Dec 2018) Raptors
12/3/18 3:42 pm Harry Glasgow via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
12/3/18 2:42 pm Brian Sykes via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Red-breasted nuthatch challenge
12/3/18 2:06 pm Brian Sykes via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Assateague Va. Snow geese
12/3/18 1:14 pm Donald Sweig via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Riverbend Park: Waterfowl
12/3/18 10:40 am Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Crozet, VA; 12/2-3/2018
12/3/18 4:35 am Jeffrey Blalock via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 3 Species of Nuthatches & Fox Sparrow
12/2/18 5:32 pm barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Riverbend ducks and eagles (and Redskins)
12/2/18 4:07 pm Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Field Trip to Clarke Co, VA & near-by Lake Frederick
12/2/18 3:25 pm joel.c.martin.52 via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Evening Grosbeak in Chincoteague
12/2/18 3:23 pm Colt Gregory via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Great Falls Sunday Bird Walk
12/2/18 3:22 pm Mark Mullins via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] White-winged Dove Continues at Claytor Lake
12/2/18 1:52 pm joel.c.martin.52 via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Evening Grosbeak in Chincoteague
12/2/18 11:25 am Shea Tiller via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Black scoter @Scottsville
12/2/18 9:38 am Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Dyke Marsh walk for December 2
12/2/18 9:35 am David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] How do birds fly?
12/2/18 8:12 am Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Birds in eastern Henrico County
12/2/18 6:53 am Diane L via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Cackling Geese, Lake Shenandoah(Rockingam)
12/1/18 6:52 pm Elton Morel via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] NVBC walk at Clifton Institute, Fauquier county, Dec 1, 2018
12/1/18 5:15 pm Mark Mullins via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] White-winged Dove visits Claytor Lake
12/1/18 11:41 am Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Augusta and Rockingham Counties, VA; 11/30/18
12/1/18 10:11 am Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR
11/30/18 7:13 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (30 Nov 2018) Raptors
11/30/18 1:04 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (30 Nov 2018) 6 Raptors
11/30/18 12:55 pm David Boltz via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Black & Surf Scoter at Lake Frederick, Frederick County
11/30/18 5:07 am Michael C via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Note: Occoquan Bay Nat Wildlife Refuge is Open Now; Closed Next Thursday
11/30/18 4:55 am Bill Teetz via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Red-Breasted Nuthatch Challenge
11/30/18 4:28 am Jeffrey Blalock via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Red-Breasted Nuthatch Challenge
11/29/18 6:57 pm Michael C via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge
11/29/18 6:17 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (29 Nov 2018) 10 Raptors
11/29/18 4:32 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (29 Nov 2018) 29 Raptors
11/29/18 2:05 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Crozet, VA; 11/29/18
11/29/18 1:01 pm David Boltz via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Black & Surf Scoter at Lake Frederick, Frederick County
11/29/18 11:41 am Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Continuing Birds in Hopewell and Charles City County
11/29/18 5:55 am David Boltz via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Black & Surf Scoter at Lake Frederick, Frederick County
11/28/18 6:20 pm Richards, Wendy via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Ovenbird still in Rockbridge County
11/28/18 3:14 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (28 Nov 2018) 16 Raptors
11/28/18 11:53 am reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (28 Nov 2018) 51 Raptors + Sandhill Cranes
11/28/18 10:53 am Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Dyke Marsh
11/27/18 5:54 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (27 Nov 2018) 97 Raptors (1 NG, 3 GE, 6 BE)
11/27/18 3:08 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (27 Nov 2018) 18 Raptors
11/27/18 1:15 pm Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Central Loudoun CBC, Friday, Dec, 28
11/27/18 10:13 am Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Birding in Prince George County
11/27/18 8:10 am Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FW: DC Area, 11/27/2018
11/27/18 8:08 am Harry Armistead via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Nassawadox Christmas count, Sunday, December 16
11/27/18 4:40 am Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Peregrine Falcon still hanging around
11/26/18 2:42 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (26 Nov 2018) 1 Raptors
11/26/18 2:11 pm Harry Glasgow via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
11/25/18 4:19 pm Ben Jesup and Pam Koger-Jesup via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Common yellowthroat at Huntley today
11/25/18 3:47 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (25 Nov 2018) 7 Raptors
11/25/18 3:42 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (25 Nov 2018) 12 Raptors
11/25/18 2:23 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Snickers Gap (25 Nov 2018) 56 Raptors
11/25/18 11:13 am Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Hopewell Birding
11/25/18 10:41 am krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 11/25/2018 (Fairfax County)
11/25/18 9:49 am Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] [va-bird] No. Oriole @Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, Fairfax Co.
11/25/18 9:12 am Thomas Nardone via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Nov 25, 2018
11/25/18 9:07 am Bill and Julie Knight via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Article on "Triple-Hybrid Warbler" in Pennsylvania
11/25/18 7:48 am Ashley Lohr via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Male Baltimore oriole--Lynchburg
11/25/18 6:59 am Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] [va-bird] No. Oriole @Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, Fairfax Co.
11/24/18 11:56 am reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (24 Nov 2018) 1 Raptors
11/24/18 6:57 am Richards, Wendy via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Ovenbird seen in Rockbridge County
11/23/18 6:37 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (23 Nov 2018) 40 Raptors
11/23/18 2:52 pm Diane L via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] G. Eagle, P. Falcon, N. Harrier, R. Crossbills, Goldeneye (Rockingham) & Snow Geese (Augusta)
11/23/18 1:19 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (23 Nov 2018) 59 Raptors
11/23/18 11:54 am Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Birding in Charles City County
11/23/18 5:32 am Gregory Luce via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Thanksgiving Ducks, et al.
11/22/18 5:31 pm barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Nesting eagles & oodles of birds (Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William County)
11/22/18 4:27 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (22 Nov 2018) 66 Raptors
11/22/18 12:21 pm Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Hopewell Birding
11/22/18 9:46 am Mark Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Surf Scoters
11/22/18 5:32 am Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rufous and Raptors!
11/21/18 7:51 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (21 Nov 2018) 22 Raptors
11/21/18 3:33 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (21 Nov 2018) 143 Raptors
11/21/18 1:32 pm Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Birds in Prince George County
11/21/18 11:04 am Lori Keeler via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Request info re birding Ft. Belvoir
11/20/18 7:39 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (20 Nov 2018) 44 Raptors
11/20/18 6:22 pm Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Cub Run RECenter, mixed flock
11/20/18 6:02 pm Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FW: DC Area, 11/20/2018
11/20/18 3:31 pm Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Birding Charles City County
11/20/18 2:18 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (20 Nov 2018) 129 Raptors (BE season record, 2 NG, GE)
11/20/18 12:57 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rusties and Raptors
11/20/18 11:44 am Bill McGovern via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Snow Geese, Mt Vernon
11/20/18 11:25 am William Walsh via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Snow Geese, Loudoun County
11/20/18 4:31 am reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (19 Nov 2018) 84 Raptors
11/19/18 7:16 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (19 Nov 2018) 7 Raptors
11/19/18 6:03 pm Patrick Malone via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] bird photography show- reception on Saturday, December 15 in DC
11/19/18 3:16 pm Jeffrey Blalock via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - 103 Elizabeth Court, South Boston, VA, Nov 19, 2018
11/19/18 1:51 pm Elizabeth Fenton via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Raven at Eakin Park in Fairfax County
11/19/18 1:39 pm Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR
11/19/18 1:28 pm Howard Wu via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Birds on a cow pasture (Herndon, VA)
11/19/18 11:32 am David Boltz via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Marsh Wren at Blandy Farm, Clarke Co. & 2 Surf Scoters now at Lake Frederick, Frederick Co.
11/19/18 10:56 am Bert Harris via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] The Plains Christmas Bird Count, counters needed
11/19/18 8:07 am David Spears via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Managing your VA-Bird account
11/19/18 4:39 am Jeffrey Blalock via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] WC Sparrow
11/18/18 6:00 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (18 Nov 2018) 71 Raptors
11/18/18 4:13 pm krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 11/18/2018 (Fairfax County)
11/18/18 2:26 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Snickers Gap (18 Nov 2018) 3 Raptors
11/18/18 2:03 pm Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Birding in Hopewell & Charles City County
11/18/18 1:02 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (18 Nov 2018) 36 Raptors
11/18/18 10:23 am Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Dyke Marsh, Nov 18, 2018
11/18/18 9:53 am William Hohenstein via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Snow geese?
11/18/18 6:58 am John Belz via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Snow geese?
11/17/18 9:21 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (17 Nov 2018) 75 Raptors GE NG BE
11/17/18 6:34 pm William Hohenstein via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Chincoteague NWR Ross's Goose, Scoters and more
11/17/18 6:11 pm Elton Morel via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] NVBC walk at Aquia Landing Park, Crows Nest NAP, Widewater SP, Stafford, Nov 17, 2018
11/17/18 5:51 pm Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Willow Lake and McCormick's Farm - Rockbridge Co.
11/17/18 4:27 pm Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Mason Neck birdig
11/17/18 3:02 pm Donald Sweig via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Riverbend Park: Ducks
11/17/18 3:01 pm Caroline Heald via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Deer Hunting Allowed at Woodward Turf Farm
11/17/18 2:42 pm Lisa Klein via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Head Waters
11/17/18 1:57 pm Gregory Luce via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] eBird Checklist – Fort C.F. Smith Park, Arlington County, Virginia, US – Sat Nov 17, 2018 – 16 species
11/17/18 1:50 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (17 Nov 2018) 117 Raptors
11/17/18 11:22 am Ezra Staengl via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Common Gallinule --- Nelson County
11/16/18 7:51 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (16 Nov 2018) Raptors
11/16/18 3:04 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (16 Nov 2018) 22 Raptors
11/16/18 12:18 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (16 Nov 2018) 28 Raptors
11/16/18 11:59 am Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Birding Richmond/eastern Henrico County/Charles City County
11/16/18 11:07 am Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Peregrine Falcon taking on a Bald Eagle
11/15/18 5:05 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (14 Nov 2018) Raptors
11/15/18 2:10 pm Ruthenberg, Jessica via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Winter Wildlife Festival Registration is OPEN!
11/15/18 1:50 pm Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Fox Sparrow at Annandale Feeders
11/15/18 11:57 am Bill and Julie Knight via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Leucistic Goldfinch Fairfax County
11/15/18 11:39 am Patti Reum via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Highland Co. birds
11/15/18 9:47 am Bill Teetz via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rusty Blackbird - Lake Ridge, Prince William
11/15/18 9:31 am Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fox Sparrow at Annandale Feeders
11/15/18 8:10 am Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 15 Evening Grosbeaks and 1 Purple Finch in Orange, VA
11/14/18 2:27 pm Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Birds in Charles City County
11/14/18 2:07 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (14 Nov 2018) 50 Raptors
11/14/18 1:40 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Swainson's Hawk at Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (14 Nov 2018) 48 Raptors
11/14/18 1:19 pm George Martin via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Pine Siskins, Buffleheads in Williamsburg
11/14/18 10:33 am Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR
11/14/18 8:19 am Walter Hadlock via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fox Sparrow in the yard
11/14/18 8:13 am Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FOS Fox Sparrow, etc..; nature notes--western Albemarle
11/14/18 5:48 am William Walsh via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Loudoun County Purple Finches and Pine Siskins
11/13/18 2:50 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (13 Nov 2018) 1 Raptors
11/13/18 1:58 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (13 Nov 2018) 6 Raptors
11/13/18 11:54 am Peele, Ashley via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bird Survey Tech Job Announcement
11/13/18 11:41 am Cheryl Coogan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Pine Siskins
11/13/18 11:38 am Jeffrey Blalock via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Pine Siskins
11/13/18 11:02 am David Boltz via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Surf Scoter Still at Lake Frederick-Frederick Co.
11/13/18 8:59 am Tom Thomas via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Pine Siskins and RB Nuthatches- Eastern Goochalnd County
11/13/18 8:23 am David Spears via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] REMINDER from your List Administrator
11/13/18 8:21 am Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Peregrine Falcon
11/13/18 5:56 am Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Snow Geese and Common Loons
11/13/18 4:28 am Gmail via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Pine Siskins - King William
 
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Date: 12/13/18 7:02 pm
From: Dw via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Ross’s Goose at NVCC in Potomac Falls, Loudoun county
*Late this afternoon the Ross’s goose was still at NVCC, Rt 7 and Potomac View Rd, in a field near parking lot B3, and in a flock of approx 32 Canada Geese. We were about 30 yards away, took some photos — at sunset the flock walked across the field to join another large flock of at least 5O+ Canadas. What was a bit striking was how small it looked next to the Canada Geese—

D Woolverton
Arlington, Va

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Date: 12/13/18 1:42 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Ducks and Pine Siskins
In Augusta and Rockingham Counties, VA; 12/12/18. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_12_12.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_12_12.htm



______________________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

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

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Date: 12/12/18 11:56 am
From: Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Hampton Visit and Common Eider
I visited the Hampton area this morning (Grandview Beach and Fort Monroe area).Weather and conditions were enjoyable.  The bird of the day was an immature male Common Eider off of Phoebus Waterfront Park.
Some photos can be found at:
http://visitingnature.com/main/december-2018/

Enjoy each day,
Allen


Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 12/12/18 10:29 am
From: James Winkelmann via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Off topic: Soar Alongside Migrating Birds
Soar Alongside Migrating Birds—and the Man Who Flies With Them | National
Geographic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QAjfH05IUE


James Winkelmann
Richmond
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Date: 12/12/18 9:42 am
From: Edward Eder via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Tennessee warbler and Orange-crowned warbler together at Dyke Marsh this AM
A hatch year Tennessee warbler was photographed near an Orange-crowned warbler near the marina office trailer this morning. Photographs can be see at the Friends of Dyke Marsh Facebook page.
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Date: 12/12/18 8:50 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Baltiomore orioles (2), Laurel Hill Equestrian Center
The Northern Virginia Bird Club midweek walk at Laurel Hill Equestrian Center in Lorton found 2 Baltimore orioles.  When I arrived I checked out the Bradford pears between the parking lot and barn, which were full of waxwings and robins.  Amongst these I discovered 2 orioles.  I was able to get photos of the male before they moved.  When the walk started the birds were gone, flushed by a Cooper's hawk.  However, we later saw the male and probably the female on the far side of the retention basin just to the west of the parking lot.  We did not find the clay-colored sparrow, and saw only a couple of white-crowns,  My guess is that we did not cross paths with the flock that the CCSP is associating with.  We did see and hear lots of fox sparrows.  Other notables were an eastern meadowlark and flyover purple finches.  The e-bird list along with the oriole photos can be found here:  https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50615422
Marc Ribaudo
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Date: 12/12/18 6:40 am
From: Jeffrey Blalock via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fox Sparrows
Greetings all

My Fox Sparrow count for today is four.

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: 12/12/18 6:32 am
From: Shea Tiller via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Lapland Longspur @Fluvanna
Hi all.

After significant deliberation due to the nature of the location, I’ve
decided to post that I had a Lapland Longspur late yesterday afternoon at
Carysbrook Plantation in central Fluvanna County (checklist link here
<https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50603788>). The bird was feeding with a
couple of horned larks at these coordinates: 37.819764, -78.240679,
presumably pushed to the roadsides off the expansive plantation fields by
the snow. If anyone looks for the bird, please* do not park at the driveway
nearest the coordinates. *You can park at one of the pullouts farther down
the road which isn't a driveway, and then walk along the road's edge. *All
of the fields at the plantation are private, so o**nly view from the
road.* Unfortunately,
when there isn't snow, the field birds at Carysbrook Plantation aren't
readily visible except when they are flying over, due to the fields' size
and topography, and the fact that the bean stubble is relatively high.

If anyone's looking to add field birds to their Fluvanna County list,
Carysbrook tends to host a nice mix. Harrier, bald eagle, and kestrel are
typical; ravens, blackbird flocks, and pipits are possible, and it's great
snipe habitat; I had 20+ snipe there in migration, but I'm not sure how
often they're present.

Great birding,

Shea
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Date: 12/11/18 7:20 am
From: David Govoni via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Evening Grosbeaks in Prince William Co.
Two male EVGRs just made a very brief stop at our feeders near Brentsville, VA.
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Date: 12/11/18 5:27 am
From: Jeffrey Blalock via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fox Sparrows
Greetings all

My Fox Sparrow count for today is now up to three

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: 12/10/18 5:56 pm
From: Harry Glasgow via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Unlike most of the rest of Virginia yesterday, The Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk experienced now snow.  It was plenty cold, though, for the 19 birders who showed up.  We tallied 43 species, with a number of highlights.  Perhaps the bird of the day was a lone Canvasback duck.  Also in the duck collection were a pair of ruddy ducks, a pair of Hooded Mergansers, and a single Green-winged Tea


Canada Goose  200
Wood Duck  1
Northern Shoveler  8
Gadwall  18
Mallard  60
American Black Duck  7
Northern Pintail  17
Green-winged Teal  1
Canvasback  1
Hooded Merganser  2
Ruddy Duck  2
Mourning Dove  15
American Coot  1
Ring-billed Gull  1
Great Blue Heron  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  2
Merlin  1
Blue Jay  7
American Crow  9
Fish Crow  15
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Brown Creeper  3
Carolina Wren  4
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  10
American Goldfinch  5
Dark-eyed Junco  5
White-throated Sparrow  30
Song Sparrow  10
Swamp Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Red-winged Blackbird  150
Northern Cardinal  4



The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 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 Pa
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Date: 12/10/18 1:49 pm
From: Howard Wu via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Ross’s Goose at NVCC in Potomac Falls, Loudoun county
Hi,

Today during my lunch break I stopped by the NOVA Loudoun Campus to check
out the Ross's Goose. I saw it even when driving in. The following is my
eBird report with photos, I will paste my eBird notes below as well, there
isn't much else I want to say.

1 Ross's Goose in a flock of CAGO. It was in the field at the corner of the
campus near intersection of Route 7 and Potomac View Road. I was mostly
standing on the grass next to Potomac View Road (which is higher than the
field). The Ross's Goose walked slowly *toward* me, even crossing the ditch
(lined with stones), coming within probably 30 feet from me, giving me
excellent looks! It then wandered away. At times it would suddenly jump
slightly to dodge mock charges from nearby CAGOs, but overall they were
peaceful.
Also note: on weekdays you need a permit or use metered parking on NOVA
campus, I paid 2 quarters for parking, well worth it!

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50579037

Thanks,
Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
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Date: 12/10/18 1:16 pm
From: Brian Sykes via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Brown creeper eating peanut butter
Finally found something for the Brown creeper. Its been testing the feeders
several weeks now. Prob. knew all along it wasnt gonna eat nothing but
peanut butter. It prob wasnt gonna get peanut butter either but i had some
i needed to get rid of so ive been mixing it with oatmeal or cornmeal and
smearing it on the tree hes been scouring. His only prob now is Mr
squirrel. Right after i go out and chase the squirrel off the tree the
Creeper comes right back.
House finches, purple finch, goldfinch, Redbreasted nuthatches, chickadee,
titmouse, downy wp, redbellied wp, c wren, cardinal, mourning doves,
whitethroat sp, fox sp, song sp, junco rounds out other birds at feeders.

Bsykes
Accomack va.
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Date: 12/10/18 11:24 am
From: Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Neighborhood Peregrine Falcons

December 10, 2018.

My neighborhood Peregrine Falcons were just seen again outside my office window. Male and Female. The location is 5107 Leesburg Pike, Skyline Office Complex, Falls Church, Fairfax County, VA.

Janet Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA


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Date: 12/10/18 11:13 am
From: Ed Wallace via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Ross’s Goose at NVCC in Potomac Falls, Loudoun county
I know. When I was using my phone app, it would not let me created a personal location nor allow me to change the location after I clicked on it. I will change the location now.

For what it's worth, the bird allowed incredibly close approach. I probably got within 20 yards of it as it was swimming with the Canada Geese in the frozen pond.
________________________________
From: VA-bird <va-bird-bounces+mottledduck=<hotmail.com...> on behalf of Elton Morel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: Sunday, December 9, 2018 9:46 AM
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rosss Goose at NVCC in Potomac Falls, Loudoun county

VA Birders

The previously reported Snow Goose at the Northern Virginia Community College in Potomac Falls near Sterling is a ROSSS GOOSE. I re-found the goose earlier this AM. It was in a flock of Canada Geese in a field directly across from parking lot B4 along Ankers Shop Circle near the intersection of Cottage Road and Potomac View Road.

Elton Morel
Arlington, Virginia



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Date: 12/10/18 10:56 am
From: Jeffrey Blalock via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - 103 Elizabeth Court, South Boston, VA, Dec 10, 2018
Greetings all

I watched my feeders today for 4 hrs hoping to see some Evening Grosbeaks but none showed up.

Click on the link at the bottom of the report to see the eBird Report with pictures.

From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

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


Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Date: December 10, 2018 at 1:49:25 PM EST
> To: <jcbabirder...>
> Subject: eBird Report - 103 Elizabeth Court, South Boston, VA, Dec 10, 2018
>
> 103 Elizabeth Court, South Boston, VA, Halifax, Virginia, US
> Dec 10, 2018 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 34 species
>
> Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 24
> Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 7
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) 1 1 - Male
> Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2 1 - Male 1 - Female
> Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) (Dryobates pubescens pubescens/medianus) 2 1 - Male 1 - Female
> Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 10
> American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
> Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 1
> Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 1
> Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) (Sitta carolinensis carolinensis) 1
> Brown-headed Nuthatch (Sitta pusilla) 1
> Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 1
> Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1
> Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 2
> American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 20
> Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) 1
> Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 2
> European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 35
> House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 3
> Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) 1 1 - Female
> Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) 1
> American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 10
> Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) 2
> Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis) 10
> White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 25
> Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
> Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) 1
> Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 2
> Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 1 1 - Male
> Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 4
> Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) 1 1 - Male
> Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 15
> House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 5
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50568985
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
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Date: 12/10/18 9:45 am
From: Ed Wallace via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Ross’s Goose at NVCC in Potomac Falls, Loudoun county
The Ross's goose is still there as of 1215. It was in the pond in the center of the NOVA Community College Loundon campus and then moved out to a grassy area that faces Harry Flood Hwy (Route 7). I got lots of photos and will post them on ebird this evening.

Ed Wallace
504 343-1433
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From: VA-bird <va-bird-bounces+mottledduck=<hotmail.com...> on behalf of Elton Morel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: Sunday, December 9, 2018 9:46 AM
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rosss Goose at NVCC in Potomac Falls, Loudoun county

VA Birders

The previously reported Snow Goose at the Northern Virginia Community College in Potomac Falls near Sterling is a ROSSS GOOSE. I re-found the goose earlier this AM. It was in a flock of Canada Geese in a field directly across from parking lot B4 along Ankers Shop Circle near the intersection of Cottage Road and Potomac View Road.

Elton Morel
Arlington, Virginia



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Date: 12/10/18 6:31 am
From: Walter Hadlock via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Runnymede Park, Herndon, VA, Dec 8, 2018
Good morning,

A late posting, but I had a bit of a challenge trying to send this. Red-breasted Nuthatches have been regulars at Runnymede for nearly two months now.

Good birding to all,
Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon, VA (Fairfax County)

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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Subject: eBird Report - Runnymede Park, Herndon, VA, Dec 8, 2018
Date: December 8, 2018 at 1:02:19 PM EST
To: <jaybirder...>

Runnymede Park, Herndon, VA, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Dec 8, 2018 8:05 AM - 10:05 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
Comments: A COLD morning
12 species

Downy Woodpecker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Carolina Wren 4
American Robin 2
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50516618

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

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Date: 12/9/18 7:55 pm
From: Mark Mullins via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] 12-09-18 / White-winged Dove continues to visit Claytor Lake
Greetings,                 The White-winged Dove is still coming to the feeders daily and didn't seem to mind the 15 inches of snow it encountered today. Seven Pine Siskin and four Purple Finches were also present. Good Birding!Mark MullinsClaytor Lake, Va  <wmmullins...>
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Date: 12/9/18 4:02 pm
From: Michael Boatwright via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Evening Grosbeak-Amherst County
Today, Dec 9, 2018, during the snow storm, around 3:15 PM a single female
Evening Grosbeak made a brief visit to the feeders in our yard near Monroe
in Amherst County. It only stayed 5 minutes. Hopefully it will return after
the storm is over. The last time we had this species in our yard was the
winter of 1989-90 (the first year we lived in this house).

Photos at https://www.facebook.com/mboaters1/posts/2195937800438524

Cheers,

Mike

Michael R. Boatwright
Amherst, VA
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Date: 12/9/18 12:42 pm
From: Logan Anderson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Lynchburg CBC
Hey all!
The Lynchburg Bird Club is running low on volunteers for the Christmas Bird Count this year. The count is on the 15th of December. If anyones interested please contact Dr. Gene Sattler at <edsattler...> Help is much appreciated, thanks!

-Logan Anderson
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Date: 12/9/18 12:41 pm
From: krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 12/9/2018 (Fairfax County)
Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified approximately 29 species and included 12 participants. Although the day was cold and overcast, snow thankfully was not in the picture. Interestingly, one of the resident adult Bald Eagles was observed apparently shoring up the Conn Island nest. Notably absent from the scene, however, were Ruby-crowned Kinglets (even Golden-crowned weren't in abundance) and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Non-avian species included in particular one grey squirrel who wanted in the worst way to be included in the morning's count, and six deer who seemed to be confused about 1) Park entrance protocols and 2) general herd leadership. 
This walk meets at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, rain or shine, in the main parking lot closest to the Great Falls National Park Visitors' center; 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 104
Mallard 12
American Black Duck 4
Bufflehead 32
Common Merganser 2
Ring-billed Gull 3
gull sp. 3
Great Blue Heron 1
Black Vulture 5
Bald Eagle 1 Adult observed on the Conn Island nest, arranging sticks.
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 8
Downy Woodpecker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 6
Northern Flicker 6
Blue Jay 6
crow sp. 3
Carolina Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 12
White-breasted Nuthatch 7
Winter Wren 1
Carolina Wren 10
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 5
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 6
American Goldfinch 2
Dark-eyed Junco 22
White-throated Sparrow 20
Song Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 6

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50544361

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

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Date: 12/9/18 12:35 pm
From: Dixie Sommers via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Ross’s Goose at NVCC in Potomac Falls, Loudoun county

Now on the soccer field with the geese. Thanks for the report, Elton.

Dixie Sommers
<dixiesommers...>
On Sunday, December 9, 2018 Elton Morel via VA-bird <elton_morel...> wrote:
VA Birders

The previously reported Snow Goose at the Northern Virginia Community College in Potomac Falls near Sterling is a ROSS’S GOOSE. I re-found the goose earlier this AM. It was in a flock of Canada Geese in a field directly across from parking lot B4 along Ankers Shop Circle near the intersection of Cottage Road and Potomac View Road.

Elton Morel
Arlington, Virginia



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Date: 12/9/18 11:07 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR
Rather subdued birding at Occoquan NWR in Woodbridge this morning.  The almost complete absence of gunshots indicated the scarcity of waterfowl on the river.  There was a huge raft of presumably scaup way out, but closer in numbers were relatively low.  However, there were a number of nice sightings.  The immature male common yellowthroat continues along Fox Rd.  There were 2 tree sparrows along Baywiew Road just past the bench.  Further along Bayview about 7 fox sparrows were singing and moving around in the dense brush, along with a catbird.  A single common goldeneye was on Painted Turtle Pond, and 2 more in one of the golf course ponds along the exit road past the gate on the Wildlife Drive.  Other notables were canvasback, redhead, greater scaup, pine siskin, and purple finch.  I tallied 61 species in all (an indication of good this place is, even when there doesn't seem to be much activity).
Marc Ribaudo
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Date: 12/9/18 9:56 am
From: Dixie Sommers via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Dyke Marsh, Fairfax County - Fleeting Orange-crowned Warbler
On a cold, overcast and strangely quiet morning (bird-wise), 15 people
joined the Dyke Marsh walk this morning. We tallied 41 species, including a
fleeting look at an Orange-crowned Warbler on the drive to the marina.
Thanks to Ed Eder for spotting this bird. Ed related that it has been
feeding in the area between the marina and the picnic area for a few days.
We did not encounter the Purple Finch reported by another birder in the same
area.



White-throated and Song Sparrows were abundant, and all the potential
woodpecker species were found except Pileated. We had excellent views of the
resident Bald Eagle pair, as well as three other eagles seen from a
distance. A young Red-shouldered Hawk was the only other raptor.



Waterfowl was surprisingly absent on the river, except for the usual large
Canada Geese contingent. We had only Mallards, Bufflehead, Hooded
Mergansers, and a nice view from the boardwalk of three Horned Grebes out in
the river channel.



This was the last Dyke Marsh Sunday walk of the year, with no walks
scheduled during Christmas Bird Count season. Our walks for the year tallied
143 species.



The next walk is January 6, starting at 8:00 a.m. in the Belle Haven picnic
area parking lot.





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Date: 12/9/18 8:02 am
From: Ben Jesup and Pam Koger-Jesup via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Possible Swainson's thrush in White Oak Park
While walking the dog with my wife this morning, we came across a very
interesting thrush. It had absolutely no reddish tones on the tail (but
very faint reddish tones on the primaries). I had a narrow, buffy eyering.
I watched it for at least 15 minutes while my wife went back to our house to
get my camera, and it never once pumped its tail as do hermit thrushes.
I'll post a picture on the Virginia bird facebook page.



Ben Jesup

Alexandria

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Date: 12/9/18 7:46 am
From: Elton Morel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Ross’s Goose at NVCC in Potomac Falls, Loudoun county
VA Birders

The previously reported Snow Goose at the Northern Virginia Community College in Potomac Falls near Sterling is a ROSS’S GOOSE. I re-found the goose earlier this AM. It was in a flock of Canada Geese in a field directly across from parking lot B4 along Ankers Shop Circle near the intersection of Cottage Road and Potomac View Road.

Elton Morel
Arlington, Virginia



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Date: 12/9/18 6:18 am
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Winter Wren Photo Essay
I did some birding here in Old Trail (Crozet, VA) on December 5, 6, and 8,
and Walt Childs and I birded in the Stuart's Draft, VA area on December 7,
and over the four day period, totaled 42 avian species. The following link
is to some of my favorite photos from these outings:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_12_08.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_12_08.htm



My 42nd species was a Winter Wren. This species is very secretive, making it
hard to see them, and even harder to photograph them. However, there's a
Winter Wren spending the winter near my house in Old Trail, and I suspect
that it no longer is spooked by me, as it let me take lots and lots of
close-up photos of it; in fact, my best-ever photos of this species. At the
end of this report, there's a link to an entire page of photos of this bird,
or you can go directly to those photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_12_08_WinterWren.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_12_08_WinterWren.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: 12/8/18 6:43 pm
From: Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, Fairfax, Co. - Clay-colored Sparrow, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pine Siskin, N. Harrier
Turned out I did get a photo of the Clay-colored Sparrow, but didn't realize it at the time. I took a picture of two adult White-crowned Sparrows. Didn't realize until I looked at the photos more closely that the Clay-colored Sparrow had photo-bombed (attached to eBird checklist). Better lucky than good I suppose.
https://ebird.org/va/view/checklist/S50532995

Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA

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From: Scott Priebe
Sent: Saturday, December 8, 2018 12:50 PM
To: va-bird
Subject: Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, Fairfax, Co. - Clay-colored Sparrow, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pine Siskin, N. Harrier

Had an excellent morning of birding at Laurel Hill Equestrian Center. the Clay-colored Sparrow found earlier this week is still present. I first saw it in the brushy patch at the northwest corner of the riding ring ~8:45, and then again at 10:00 at the usual briar patches near the parking lot along the entrance road , but on the north side of the trail; both times in the company of White-crowned Sparrows.
I found two Red-breasted Nuthatches and a Pine Siskin in the large Virginia Pines (https://www.google.com/maps/dir//38.6994719,-77.2487111/@38.699393,-77.2483789,141m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!4m1!3e2) that overhang the trail that loops around the riding ring and silo. A Northern Harrier soared by (N->S) as I was getting ready to leave.

Will post checklist on eBird later.

Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA

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Date: 12/8/18 3:09 pm
From: Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Location of crow roost in Arlington/Alexandria area
I went out this evening trying to find the location of the crow roost in
preparation for next Saturday's DC Christmas Bird Count.



I watched them fly NE over Little River Turnpike toward the traditional
roosting area that used to extend roughly north from the intersection of
Beauregard and Seminary Road to 395/7 and Beauregard.



One year they staged near Four Mie Run.



They are not there now. When I got to the Beauregard/Seminary intersection
about 5:00 PM, there were several hundred crows flying west of the
intersection and an equal number over 395.



They were high enough that it didn't appear they were about to land and
indeed the whole stretch from Beauregard/Seminary down to Four Mile Run was
completely devoid of perched crows.



Also, the crows did not roost along this stretch last year, but several
thousand staged at Clyde's on Beauregard before moving on.



We do a crow roost count at dusk every CBC and I would be grateful if anyone
knows the location of the roost site.



Larry Cartwright

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

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Date: 12/8/18 12:33 pm
From: Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve (Lo Co), Dec 8
While cold (about 20) when we began this morning's bird walk, it was a
pleasant winter morning for birding as there was no wind & good light. The
12 birders on the regular monthly Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve bird walk
observed 33 species and a flock of unidentified blackbirds. The highlights
of the walk included 2 Hermit Thrushes, 2 Fox Sparrows, 6 of the 7 possible
woodpecker species, a couple of Brown Creepers, and a Pine Warbler which,
unfortunately was only seen by a couple of people. There was also a fair
amount of beaver activity along the Goose Creek where small trees have been
recently cut down.



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



The regular monthly free bird walk (every 2nd Sat) at the Banshee Reeks
Nature preserve is sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy (
<http://www.loudounwildlife.org> www.loudounwildlife.org) & the Friends of
Banshee Reeks ( <http://www.bansheereeks.org> www.bansheereeks.org );
information on both and their upcoming events can be found on their
websites.



Joe Coleman & Mary Ann Good



Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, Loudoun, Virginia, US Dec 8, 2018 7:54 AM -
10:48 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.5 mile(s)

Comments: Beaver sign

33 species (+1 other taxa)



Canada Goose 3

Mallard 2

Bufflehead 1

Black Vulture 2

Turkey Vulture 5

Bald Eagle 1

Red-shouldered Hawk 1

Belted Kingfisher 1

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 4

Red-bellied Woodpecker 5

Downy Woodpecker 4

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Pileated Woodpecker 3

Northern Flicker 2

Blue Jay 7

American Crow 5

Fish Crow 35

Carolina Chickadee 4

Tufted Titmouse 1

Brown Creeper 2

Carolina Wren 6

Golden-crowned Kinglet 2

Eastern Bluebird 8

Hermit Thrush 2

Northern Mockingbird 5

American Goldfinch 2

Fox Sparrow 2

Dark-eyed Junco 2

White-throated Sparrow 25

Song Sparrow 5

Eastern Towhee 2

blackbird sp. 40

Pine Warbler 1 Small warbler with yellow throat & chest & faint
streaking on chest

Northern Cardinal 6



View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50513181



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



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Date: 12/8/18 12:18 pm
From: dcharlesl--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Snow Goose
Snow Goose still there at 3:15pm. Thanks for the report Greg!

David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA
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Subject: [VA-bird] Snow Goose

There is a single white-phase snow goose foraging with a large flock of
Canada Geese on the campus of Northern Virginia Community College in
Sterling as of this morning. It was clearly viaible from Potomac View Dr.
approaching Rt. 7.
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Date: 12/8/18 10:57 am
From: Stuart via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Huntley Meadows: Sora, Dec. 8
Hi all::
Had a couple of fleeting glimpses at a sora about 150 feet from the entrance.to the marsh
I understand that the same bird may have been seen 2 weeks ago in the same area.
Naturalist at large,
Stuart Merrell
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Date: 12/8/18 10:48 am
From: MrNussbaum.com via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Snow Goose
There is a single white-phase snow goose foraging with a large flock of
Canada Geese on the campus of Northern Virginia Community College in
Sterling as of this morning. It was clearly viaible from Potomac View Dr.
approaching Rt. 7.
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Date: 12/8/18 9:51 am
From: Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, Fairfax, Co. - Clay-colored Sparrow, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pine Siskin, N. Harrier
Had an excellent morning of birding at Laurel Hill Equestrian Center. the Clay-colored Sparrow found earlier this week is still present. I first saw it in the brushy patch at the northwest corner of the riding ring ~8:45, and then again at 10:00 at the usual briar patches near the parking lot along the entrance road , but on the north side of the trail; both times in the company of White-crowned Sparrows.
I found two Red-breasted Nuthatches and a Pine Siskin in the large Virginia Pines (https://www.google.com/maps/dir//38.6994719,-77.2487111/@38.699393,-77.2483789,141m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!4m1!3e2) that overhang the trail that loops around the riding ring and silo. A Northern Harrier soared by (N->S) as I was getting ready to leave.

Will post checklist on eBird later.

Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA

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Date: 12/8/18 9:29 am
From: Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bonaparte's Gulls on Belmont Bay at Mason Neck State Park
Fourteen birders joined David Ledwith and me for a Northern Virginia Bird
Club-sponsored bird walk at Mason Neck State Park today. There was a good
diversity of waterfowl, albeit low numbers for some species. A small flock
of Tundra Swans on Belmont Bay seemed to be a group favorite. We picked up
five Golden-crowned Kinglets and five Hermit Thrushes on the trail back from
the marsh on the west side of the park. As we were completing the checklist
for the day, Elton Morel noticed two small gulls on Belmont Bay. Scope
views reviewed small black spots on the auricular area and thin black bills.
White wing patches were revealed as the birds took to flight. Bonaparte's
Gulls. A nice way to end the way with these little beauties.



Mason Neck State Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US Dec 8, 2018 8:14 AM - 10:24 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.389 mile(s)

38 species



Canada Goose 80

Tundra Swan 14

Gadwall 18

Mallard 10

American Black Duck 6

Canvasback 40

Lesser Scaup 500

Bufflehead 6

Ruddy Duck 550

Bonaparte's Gull 2

Ring-billed Gull 8

Herring Gull 1

Double-crested Cormorant 1

Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1

Bald Eagle 3

Belted Kingfisher 1

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 4

Downy Woodpecker 2

Pileated Woodpecker 1

Blue Jay 20

American Crow 3

Carolina Chickadee 12

Tufted Titmouse 10

White-breasted Nuthatch 5

Brown Creeper 2

Winter Wren 1

Carolina Wren 4

Golden-crowned Kinglet 5

Hermit Thrush 5

American Robin 50

Cedar Waxwing 3

American Goldfinch 20

Dark-eyed Junco 15

White-throated Sparrow 25

Song Sparrow 8

Red-winged Blackbird 7

Northern Cardinal 8



View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50512289



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



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Date: 12/8/18 8:34 am
From: Andrew Baldelli via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Back Bay Christmas Bird Count
Greetings Birders ,

The Back Bay Christmas Bird Count will be held on Saturday December 29. If you would like to participate this year please contact Tracy Tate at
<Tltaterbug44...> or Andrew Baldelli at <Andrewbaldelli...>

Cheers
Andrew



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Date: 12/8/18 7:35 am
From: Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] test message

testing if this mail setting works for VA-Bird(rich text / HTML format)-Steve Johnson
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Date: 12/7/18 10:20 am
From: Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] [EXTERNAL] Peregrine Falcon-Dec. 7, 2018
Just saw a second Peregrine Falcon fly right over the one Peregrine Falcon that has been perched on the building across from my office window.

Janet Anderson

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Sent: Friday, December 07, 2018 10:34 AM
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Subject: [EXTERNAL] [VA-bird] Peregrine Falcon-Dec. 7, 2018

December 7, 2018

Had not seen the neighborhood Peregrine Falcon for a few days. The falcon returned yesterday and today. I am watching the bird flying around the office complex where I work. Skyline Office Complex 5107 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Fairfax County, VA

Truly, one of my favorites

Janet Anderson
Falls Church, VA
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Date: 12/7/18 8:45 am
From: Evan Spears via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] LONG-TAILED DUCK at Holliday Lake State Park, Appomattox County
I found a female Long-tailed Duck at Holliday Lake State Park yesterday
evening diving near the dam. I didn't see the bird on the lake until dusk,
but I hadn't been working since last weekend so bird could have arrived
anytime this week. This is the third county/park record with the most
recent bird seen earlier this year on January 1st and the first one seen
March 11, 2014.

Bird was still present this morning with three Ruddy Ducks near the beach
area, squarely on the Appomattox County side of the lake:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50489384.

Holliday Lake State Park is open 8:00 am to dusk every day from December
through February. A $4.00 parking fee applies at all times while in the
park.

Evan Spears
Farmville, VA
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Date: 12/7/18 7:36 am
From: Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Peregrine Falcon-Dec. 7, 2018
December 7, 2018

Had not seen the neighborhood Peregrine Falcon for a few days. The falcon returned yesterday and today. I am watching the bird flying around the office complex where I work. Skyline Office Complex 5107 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Fairfax County, VA

Truly, one of my favorites

Janet Anderson
Falls Church, VA
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Date: 12/7/18 7:35 am
From: Emily Southgate via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Seven swans a swimming
Yesterday, as a foretaste of Christmas, there were 7 tundra (most likely)
swans, along with 18 mallards and 12 ring-neck ducks on a small lake near
Aldie, Loudoun County.
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Date: 12/7/18 4:25 am
From: Ashley Peele via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] VABBA2 2018 Season Summary is here!
In 2018, the VABBA2 project wrapped it's third season, which means that we
are now halfway through this five year project! It is hard to believe how
these breeding seasons have flown by.

As we head into the holidays, we are excited to share the Seasonal Project
Summary for 2018! This summary is a downloadable poster, but also includes
a new article that lays out some additional project milestones.

Please check both out at:
https://ebird.org/atlasva/news/vabba2-season-three-summary-halfway-home
And stay tuned for new posts and updates in 2019!
Happy Holidays to all!

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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: 12/6/18 4:32 pm
From: David Malakoff via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] DEC 29 HAMPSHIRE CTY BIRD COUNT (INCLUDES AREAS NEAR WINCHESTER VA)
HAMPSHIRE COUNTY WV CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT (INCLUDES AREAS WEST OF WINCHESTER
VA)
SATURDAY DECEMBER 29, 2017
at Cold Stream Lodge - Capon Bridge WV (directions below)
(We have a Facebook page share and join:
https://www.facebook.com/HampCtyBirds/)

Join us for delicious meals, good companionship and we hope great
birding.
Arrive on Friday night, bird from dawn til dark on Saturday, then gather
for dinner and the tally rally. You can stay over Saturday night and leave
Sundday morning if you like.
Bring your own sleeping bag, pillow, warm clothes, thermos (hot chocolate &
coffee provided), bird books and binocs.
Help us avoid food waste & keep everyones cost down by letting us know how
many meals you will be joining us for. (Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast,
lunch and dinner.)
Estimated cost: $35 per person (includes food, shelter, etc; no pro-rating)
PASS THIS NOTE ALONG TO ANYONE YOU THINK MIGHT BE INTERESTED. BIRDERS OF ALL
ABILITIES WELCOME.
Please let us know you are coming by emailing:
David Malakoff (Cell: 703-851-2206)
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Date: 12/6/18 6:08 am
From: Rob Bielawski via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Christmas Bird Count Listing on VSO Website
Greetings Fellow Virginia Birders,

In the spirit of what has been presented in years past, the VSO has again
compiled a table of information regarding all the Christmas Bird Counts
(CBCs) set to occur in the state during December & January. This
information is viewable here on our website:

http://www.virginiabirds.org/events/christmas-bird-counts/

This alphabetical listing mirrors the information that the Compiler for
each Count Circle has submitted to the official Audubon CBC Webpage:

https://audubon.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=fadfb421e95f4949bde20c29a38228bd
).

If you are a Compiler for this season's event, and happen to notice any
errors in the information depicted for your Count Circle, please first
double-check to ensure it is correct on the Audubon CBC page, and if so,
please let me know so I can correct the mistake on the VSO website. If a
date for your count is presently listed as TBA, and you would like to have
the official date added, please pass that information to me.

CBC results for all Count Circles are published each year in *The Raven*,
the VSO's biannual scientific journal. Past editions of *The Raven* are
hosted online through a partnership with the Center for Conservation
Biology, and may be downloaded at this link:

https://ccbbirds.org/resources/the-raven/

More information regarding the journal is also depicted here on the VSO's
website:

http://www.virginiabirds.org/publications/the-raven/

We hope everyone enjoys the CBC season, and we look forward to hearing
about all the species that are observed!

Thank you,

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Date: 12/6/18 3:56 am
From: kurtcapt87--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fort Belvoir CBC, Sunday Dec 30, 2018
VA BIRDers,



Ah, the season is in the air. CBC season, that is! Sending you this Call
for Volunteers note for the upcoming Fort Belvoir CBC, Sunday Dec 30. We
need volunteers to cover many of the areas in the circle. For examples,
Huntley Meadows, the river front near Fort Hunt and Mount Vernon, the stream
valleys along Accotink and Pohick Creeks, the upland areas of Mason Neck and
Gunston Hall, the extensive areas on-base at Fort Belvoir, the wonderful
wildlife refuge of Occoquan Bay, the woodlands and fields near Burke Lake
and the marshes and forests of Leesylvania SP. If you are interested,
please drop me a line and we can find a good match for you. And, as in
nearly all past years, we will have a tally rally with food and refreshment
at my house at the end of the day. Thank you!



Kurt Gaskill

Compiler and clean up technician, Ft B CBC

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Date: 12/5/18 2:37 pm
From: Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, Fairfax Co. - Clay-colored Sparrow, Purple Finches
The briar patch is at the north end of the parking lot - https://www.google.com/maps/dir//38.7015677,-77.2455247/@38.7018732,-77.2456605,142m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!4m1!3e0 .
Photos in eBird post - https://ebird.org/va/view/checklist/S50444436

Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA

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Subject: [VA-bird] [va-bird] Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, Fairfax Co. - Clay-colored Sparrow, Purple Finches

A Clay-colored Sparrow was reported here yesterday on eBird, so went this AM to see if it was still about. Saw the Clay-colored Sparrow. twice (8:45 and 10:00) in the same briar patch at the north end where presumably the same sparrow frequented last year; both times the patch held a mixed flock of sparrows, mainly White-crowned. Saw 8 species of sparrow including Fox. Got good looks at a trio of Purple Finches preening a tree.

Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA

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Date: 12/5/18 2:03 pm
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Lake Frederick, Featherbed Rd and Blandy Farm
Gerry Hawkins and I birded areas near Winchester, mostly with Dave Boltz, who guided us around his usual haunts.  We started in light snow flurries at Lake Frederick, where we saw a nice mix of ducks, including continuing surf scoters (3), long-tailed duck, wood duck, ruddy duck, lesser scaup (2) and greater scaup.  A pond at the library near Stephens City gave up a pair of redheads.  At Featherbed Rd the loggerhead shrike cooperated and was perched up for about 5 minutes after we arrived before disappearing.  We also saw turkeys, kestrel, and a phoebe.  Blandy Farm was very productive,  We found the marsh wren at Rattlesnake Springs, a tree sparrow and orange-crowned warbler near the community gardens, savannah sparrows, tons of white-crowned sparrows, all 7 woodpecker species, purple finch, and red-breasted nuthatch.  All and all a very productive day.
Marc Ribaudo
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Date: 12/5/18 12:20 pm
From: Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Birds in Hopewell & eastern Henrico County
Hopewell continues to host the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at City Point and multiple House Wrens.The gull flock on the James and Appomatox Rivers at this location is now numbering in the 10,000-15,000 range. Laughing Gulls continue to linger in substantial numbers while all of the larger species are now making their presence known.
In eastern Henrico County I observed a large mixed Blackbird flock numbering ~10,000 birds.  While no unusual species was noted, two leucistic Common Grackles were noted.
Some photographs can be found at:
http://visitingnature.com/main/december-2018/

Enjoy each day,
Allen

Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 12/5/18 9:38 am
From: Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] [va-bird] Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, Fairfax Co. - Clay-colored Sparrow, Purple Finches
A Clay-colored Sparrow was reported here yesterday on eBird, so went this AM to see if it was still about. Saw the Clay-colored Sparrow. twice (8:45 and 10:00) in the same briar patch at the north end where presumably the same sparrow frequented last year; both times the patch held a mixed flock of sparrows, mainly White-crowned. Saw 8 species of sparrow including Fox. Got good looks at a trio of Purple Finches preening a tree.

Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA

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Date: 12/4/18 11:39 am
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (04 Dec 2018) 3 Raptors (GE)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 04, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 224
Bald Eagle 0 0 368
Northern Harrier 0 0 68
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 2188
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 455
Northern Goshawk 0 0 18
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 105
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 23589
Red-tailed Hawk 2 2 1431
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 1 1 27
American Kestrel 0 0 289
Merlin 0 0 85
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 55
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 25
Unknown Buteo 0 0 8
Unknown Falcon 0 0 7
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 0 49
Mississippi Kite 0 0 10
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 3 3 29003
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 11:00:00
Observation end time: 13:30:00
Total observation time: 2.5 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers: Jennifer Jowdy

Weather:
Overcast (100% cloud cover). Moderate NNW breezes. 5.6-5.3C temps. Clear
visibility.

Raptor Observations:
The official season is over, but we decided to put in a few hours today to
see what was flying. Plenty of vultures and some local Red-tails but very
few migrant raptors. The big highlight was a beautiful adult Golden Eagle
out the west at 11:41am.

Non-raptor Observations:
2 Common Loons, 40 Red-winged Blackbirds
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (<birdmangabriel...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=491


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Date: 12/4/18 11:06 am
From: mbrubin via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Nassawadox Christmas count, Sunday, December 16
Margaret and I are planning to participate.  
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Date: 12/4/18 9:31 am
From: Gerry Hawkins via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, week ending 12/3/18
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 12/4/2018
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <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,
November 27 and was completed on Tuesday, December 4 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 WESTERN GREBE* in VA, WHITE-WINGED DOVE*
in VA, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in VA, CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD* in MD, PACIFIC
LOON* in VA, SNOWY OWL in MD and PAINTED BUNTING in VA.

Other birds of interest this week included SNOW, ROSS'S and GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, MUTE and TRUMPETER SWANS, BLUE-WINGED TEAL,
REDHEAD, COMMON EIDER, SURF, BLACK and WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS,
LONG-TAILED DUCK, RED-NECKED GREBE, KING RAIL, COMMON GALLINULE,
SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN AVOCET, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, MARBLED GODWIT,
RED KNOT, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, PARASITIC JAEGER,
AMERICAN WHITE and BROWN PELICANS, AMERICAN BITTERN, GREAT EGRET,
TRICOLORED and GREEN HERONS, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, RED-TAILED HAWK
(NORTHERN), ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER,
LOGGERHEAD and NORTHERN SHRIKES, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, HORNED LARK,
NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, SEDGE and MARSH
WRENS, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, AMERICAN PIPIT, EVENING GROSBEAK, RED
CROSSBILL, PINE SISKIN, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, AMERICAN TREE,
CLAY-COLORED, LARK and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT,
BALTIMORE ORIOLE, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, several out-of-season
warblers, including OVENBIRD and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, and INDIGO
BUNTING.

TOP BIRDS

On December 3 a WESTERN GREBE* was photographed off 4005 Sandpiper
Road in Virginia Beach, VA.

On December 1-3 a well-photographed WHITE-WINGED DOVE* visited
backyard feeders on Circle Drive in Radford, Pulaski Co, VA.

Continuing RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRDS along Fosters Branch Road in Albemarle
Co, VA and Ox Road in Augusta Co, VA were reported most recently on
December 2.

A continuing young male CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD* was seen all week
frequenting backyard feeders at 977 Dogwood Tree Lane in Cape St
Claire, Anne Arundel Co, MD. The homeowners have graciously given
permission for birders to visit between 9 am and 4 pm, but request
that they stay on the cement pad on the left side of the backyard, not
park in front of the neighbors' property across the street, close the
gate and sign the guest book.

A continuing PACIFIC LOON* at Sherwood Lakes in Virginia Beach, VA was
last seen on November 28.

On November 29 a SNOWY OWL was seen again this season on Poplar Island
in Talbot Co, MD.

On December 2 a male PAINTED BUNTING was photographed at 232-298 West
Lane in Virginia Beach, VA.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

On November 30 40,000 SNOW GEESE and a single ROSS'S GOOSE flew by the
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch in Sussex Co, DE. A single ROSS'S GOOSE also
was picked out of a large flock of SNOW GEESE along Fowler Beach Road
in Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on December 1 and seen far inland at
a pond near the Piedmont Geriatric Hospital in Nottoway Co, VA on
November 27. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was spotted offshore at the
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch in Sussex Co, DE on November 27 and at Fort
Howard Veterans Park in Baltimore Co, MD on December 1. Sightings of
CACKLING GOOSE included single individuals at Silver Lake in Rehoboth,
Sussex Co, DE on December 2 and C. M. Crockett Park in Fauquier Co, VA
on November 28.

Invasive MUTE SWANS were observed at several locations: 340-440 Stone
Road in Carroll Co, MD most recently on November 28; Stansbury Park in
Baltimore Co, MD on December 3; West Creek Lakes in Goochland Co, VA
most recently on November 29; and the Cheriton Landfill in Northampton
Co, VA on December 1. On November 30 a tagged TRUMPETER SWAN (T87) was
photographed at Alter Pond along Soil Conservation Road in Prince
George's Co, MD. On the same day another TRUMPETER SWAN was seen again
at Shoveler Pool in Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA. On November 28
two swans that have been reported as TRUMPETER SWANS were seen again
at a pond along Cold Spring Road a short distance west of Forestville
Road in Rockingham Co, VA.

Six BLUE-WINGED TEAL were a surprise sighting at Back Bay NWR,
Virginia Beach, VA on December 2. Noteworthy diving ducks during the
week included a REDHEAD at Matoaka Lake in Williamsburg, VA on
November 30 and Occoquan Bay NWR in Prince William Co, VA on December
1. Several COMMON EIDERS were seen at the Indian River Inlet and the
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch in Sussex Co, DE on November 28 and 29 and
November 30, respectively. In Virginia a high of four COMMON EIDERS
were spotted at CBBT Island No. 4 in Northampton Co on December 1 and
Little Island Park in Virginia Beach on December 2. A continuing
young, female SURF SCOTER at Lake Frederick in Frederick Co, VA was
seen all week and was joined by two young male SURF SCOTERS on
December 2 and 3, a BLACK SCOTER on November 29 and 30 and a
LONG-TAILED DUCK on November 30 and December 2. Another inland BLACK
SCOTER was photographed at Hope of Glory Farm pond (view from road
only) in Fluvanna Co, VA on December 2. A continuing WHITE-WINGED
SCOTER was seen at Masonville Cove in Baltimore, MD on November
27-December 1. Single LONG-TAILED DUCKS also were found at the
following inland locations during the week: Broadford Lake and Piney
Run Park in Garrett Co, MD on November 29; Rocky Gap SP in Allegany
Co, MD on December 2; West Potomac Park in Washington, DC on November
30; and Georgetown Reservoir in Washington, DC on November 30-December
3.

On November 30 two RED-NECKED GREBES were spotted in a small group of
HORNED GREBES off Ocean View Road in Chic's Beach, Virginia Beach, VA.

A KING RAIL was encountered at Occoquan Bay NWR in Prince William Co,
VA on December 1 and along Wildlife Drive at Blackwater NWR in
Dorchester Co, MD on December 1 and 2. On November 27 a COMMON
GALLINULE was spotted at the Little Creek Wildlife Area in Kent Co,
DE.

Non-raptor highlights at the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch in Waynesboro, VA
during the week included six southbound SANDHILL CRANES on November
28. Six continuing SANDHILL CRANES were seen along Peat Moss Road east
of Rock Lodge Road in Garrett Co, MD on November 28-30. A high of
eleven SANDHILL CRANES returned to a field along Bradshaw Road in
Kingsville, Baltimore Co, MD on November 30-December 2. Interested
birders are requested to park in the lot for the nearby church and to
walk with caution to but not in the field.

A week high 83, 38 and 60 AMERICAN AVOCETS were counted at Bombay Hook
NWR in Kent Co, DE, Prime Hook NWR in Sussex Co, DE and the Craney
Island Disposal Area (restricted/no public access) in Portsmouth, VA,
respectively. Noteworthy shorebirds during the week also included two
late SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS photographed at South Point in Worcester Co,
MD on November 27; four continuing MARBLED GODWITS at Bombay Hook NWR,
Kent Co, DE on November 29-December 3; a single RED KNOT at Back Bay
NWR, Virginia Beach, VA on November 27; a SPOTTED SANDPIPER at Quarry
Place in Baltimore Co, MD on November 29; and a single LESSER
YELLOWLEGS among various other shorebirds at the Craney Island
Disposal Area (restricted/no public access) in Portsmouth, VA on
November 29.

On November 29 a PARASITIC JAEGER was observed offshore from a
beachside location in mid-Ocean City, Worcester Co, MD.

On November 27 a distant ICELAND GULL (presumably Kumlien's) was
spotted resting on the water well offshore at Fort Story in Virginia
Beach, VA.

AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS apparently have returned to winter at
Blackwater NWR in Dorchester Co, MD, with 27 reported along Wildlife
Drive on November 28 but only one on December 1. Two southbound
AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS passed the Kiptopeke Hawk Watch in
Northampton, Co, VA on November 29. A single BROWN PELICAN was seen
again at Hacks Point Marina in Cecil Co, MD on November 29 and near
the east end of the Rt. 231 bridge in Calvert Co, MD on December 2.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was encountered at the Little Creek Wildlife Area
in Kent Co, DE on November 27 and December 3. A longstanding GREAT
EGRET at Willow Lake in Rockbridge Co, VA was seen most recently on
December 2. One or two TRICOLORED HERONS were found at Back Bay
NWR/False Cape SP in Virginia Beach, VA on November 27 and 28 and
December 2. Continuing GREEN HERONS at Violette's Lock on the C & O
Canal in Montgomery Co, MD and the Ashby Pond Conservancy Site in
Fairfax City, VA were seen most recently on November 27 and December
3, respectively.

Highlights at the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch in Waynesboro, VA during the
week included a NORTHERN GOSHAWK and three GOLDEN EAGLES on November
28. Raptor highlights during the week also included two so-called
"NORTHERN" RED-TAILED HAWKS, a distinct but not uniformly recognized
subspecies that was reported along Turkey Island Road and Herman
Street in Henrico Co, VA on December 2. In addition, on December 3 a
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was observed foraging over the marsh near the last
turn before the bridge on Fowler Beach Road in Sussex Co, DE.

Continuing RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen at Fox Chase Pond and
Wetlands in Howard Co, MD on November 30 and along Gibson Road in
northern Baltimore Co, MD on December 1 and 2.

On December 2 a continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen near the
junction of Cartersville and Oak Forest Roads in Cumberland Co, VA. A
continuing NORTHERN SHRIKE* at the Sully Woodlands in Fairfax Co, VA
was reported most recently on November 30.

A late BLUE-HEADED VIREO was found at Piney Grove Preserve in Sussex
Co, VA on November 28 and along Mt. Hebron Sewage Pumping Station Road
in Howard Co, MD on November 29, and one or two were spotted at
Ancarrow's Landing in Richmond, VA on November 30 and December 1.

Area HORNED LARKS included several calling individuals in low flight
over Kenilworth Park in Washington, DC on December 1.

Late swallows included three NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS along
Turkey Island Road in Henrico Co, VA on December 2.

Irruptive RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES continue to be seen in wooded
habitats throughout the reporting area.

A SEDGE WREN was encountered again at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental
Center (Horsehead) in Queen Anne's Co, MD on November 30 and December
3 and along Magotha Road in Northampton Co, VA on December 1. A MARSH
WREN continues at Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia
in Clark Co, VA, with the most recent encounter at Rattlesnake Spring
on December 3.

One or two continuing BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS were seen at Ancarrow's
Landing in Richmond, VA on November 27 and 30 and December 1, and
another continuing individual was seen at Petersburg National
Battlefield Park-City Point Unit in Hopewell, VA on November 29 and
December 2.

Several AMERICAN PIPITS were observed in flight at the Washington
Sailing Marina (DC waters) in Alexandria, VA on November 30 and
Kenilworth Park in DC on December 1.

Sightings of irruptive EVENING GROSBEAKS consisted of eight
individuals in spruce trees near 11204 McCormick Road in Hunt Valley,
Baltimore Co, MD on December 3 and single individuals at feeders at
the International Conservation House on Airlie Road in Fauquier Co, VA
on November 27 and a residence in Chincoteague, Accomack Co, VA on
December 2.

On December 1 a small flock of RED CROSSBILLS was again heard calling
in flight at Prettyboy Reservoir in northern Baltimore Co, MD.

Irruptive PINE SISKINS continue to be encountered in the reporting
area, including at Kenilworth Park and several other locations in DC
during the week.

On November 27 three LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen and heard at a field
along SR 611 in Brandon, Prince George Co, VA that also contained
AMERICAN PIPITS and HORNED LARKS. Continuing SNOW BUNTINGS were seen
all week at North Point SP in Baltimore Co, MD, with a high of 13
individuals counted on December 2 and 3. On November 30 a single SNOW
BUNTING was flushed at Masonville Cove in Baltimore, MD. In Virginia,
several SNOW BUNTINGS were found at CBBT Island No. 4 in Northampton
Co on December 1 and Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach on December 2.

Highlights of a Northern Virginia Bird Club visit to the Clifton
Institute in Fauquier Co, VA on December 1 included a single AMERICAN
TREE SPARROW, one of the few seen in the reporting area during the
week. Sparrow highlights during the week also included a
well-photographed CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at a residential feeder in
Wyoming, Kent Co, DE on November 27-30; a VESPER SPARROW at Harriet
Tubman Underground Railroad NHP in Dorchester Co, MD on December 3; a
continuing LARK SPARROW near the intersection of Valley and Meadow
Roads at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC on December 2 and 3;
and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW at the Irvine Nature Center in Baltimore Co,
MD and near Bayville Farms Park in Virginia Beach, VA on December 3.
During the week birders also had to distinguish wintering NELSON'S and
SALTMARSH SPARROWS at Scotts Landing in Worcester Co, MD and Pleasure
House Point NA in Virginia Beach, VA.

On December 1 an out-of-season YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was photographed
behind a glue factory near Joyce Layne in Anne Arundel Co, MD.

A BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen at Petersburg National Battlefield
Park-City Point Unit in Hopewell, VA on November 29, and at Ancarrow's
Landing and the nearby T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge in
Richmond, VA on November 30.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at Cox Point Park in Baltimore Co,
MD on November 29 and near the east end of the Rt. 231 bridge in
Calvert Co, MD on December 2. Sightings in Virginia included a single
individual at Petersburg National Battlefield Park-City Point Unit in
Hopewell on November 29 and two individuals seen together at
Ancarrow's Landing in Richmond on November 30.

Out-of-season warblers included a continuing OVENBIRD at Sideway Farm
in Rockbridge Co, VA on November 28 and December 3; a NASHVILLE
WARBLER at James River Park in Richmond, VA on December 2; one or two
continuing BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS at Ancarrow's Landing in Richmond,
VA on November 27 and 30 and December 1; a NORTHERN PARULA along the
Anacostia River Trail in Prince George's Co, MD on December 2 and the
Appalachian Trail near Harper's Ferry, WV on December 3; a PALM
WARBLER at several locations; a YELLOW WARBLER along Port Mahon Road
in Kent Co, DE on December 1; four continuing PINE WARBLERS at the LBJ
Memorial Grove/Columbia Island Marina in Washington, DC on December 2;
a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at 1705 Burroughs Road in Virginia Beach, VA
on November 28; and a WILSON'S WARBLER along Four Mile Run in
Alexandria, VA on December 2.

On November 27 a late INDIGO BUNTING was spotted near the sign for the
raptor trail behind the visitors center at Back Bay NWR, Virginia
Beach, VA.

***

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

The Audubon Sanctuary Shop (301-652-3606,
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...>
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: 12/4/18 6:40 am
From: Jim Nelson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Reminder -- Seneca Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, Dec. 16-- we still need counters and feeder watchers
This is a reminder that the annual Seneca Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
will be held Sunday, December 16. The count circle has a radius of 7.5
miles, centered on Violette’s Lock on the C&O Canal on the Maryland side
of the Potomac River, and includes important areas of Fairfax and
Loudoun Counties in Virginia. Our count circle is divided into 16
sectors each with a Sector Leader.

I am the compiler for the Seneca CBC. The Seneca CBC has been conducted
almost every year since 1955. This will be the 60th recorded count. Last
year, our 124 counters in the field and 14 feeder watchers racked up 98
species and 34,015 individual birds. We could not have done this without
the many volunteers who helped us, both old timers and new participants,
counting in the field and in their yards. We always need new people to
help with the count.

The Fairfax and Loudoun County portions of our count circle (described
below) contain lots of interesting habitat and are very important to the
success of our count. We need additional folks, regardless of your
birding skill level, to help count birds in the field. Doing a CBC can
be a lot of fun, a great learning experience, and a chance to meet other
birders. Those of you who use eBird will find the CBC to be a natural
fit. If you are interested in counting in the field, please contact me.
Let me know where you are located and your level of birding experience,
so I can place you in an appropriate sector. We love having newer
birders join us, and we will make sure you are teamed with a more
experienced person for the count.

There is also an important role for folks who can’t get out in the field
on December 16 but live inside the count circle and like to watch birds
in their yards and at their feeders. You can contribute very useful
information to the CBC too.

In northern Virginia, the border of the count circle extends from the
Potomac River just downstream of Great Falls, swinging south through
northern portions of Reston and Herndon, passing south of Oak Grove,
through Sterling, then swinging west and north just east of Ashburn and
Lansdowne, coming back to the Potomac near Elizabeth Mills Park. If you
live inside this area and you are interested in reporting the birds you
observe in your yard and at your feeders on December 16, please let me
know. I can confirm whether you fall inside the count circle and make
arrangements for you to send in your yard/feeder count.

I will be happy to answer any questions you have about the CBC.

I look forward to your participation.

Thanks in advance.

Jim Nelson
<kingfishers2...>

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Date: 12/3/18 8:20 pm
From: Mark Mullins via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] White-winged Dove at Claytor Lake
The White-winged Dove is still hanging around the yard, this makes three days it has been here. Good BirdingMark MullinsClaytor Lake, <Vawmmullins...>
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Date: 12/3/18 5:36 pm
From: Brian Sykes via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Duck i.d. more
Ok didnt know va listserve dont do pics. Much appreciation to Marc Ribaudo
for looking at my pic. He says its a Common Goldeneye. Again it was in
canal on right side of rd at Assateague island .
Great day
Bsykes
Accomack Va
Oh did i mention the 1000 snow geese?
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Date: 12/3/18 3:55 pm
From: Brian Sykes via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Duck i.d. ?
Maybe the pic isnt coming thru?

Bsykes
Accomack va
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Date: 12/3/18 3:54 pm
From: Brian Sykes via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Duck i.d. Assateague
Maybe beak tip isnt lighter. Just looks like a glare in the pic.

Bsykes
Accomack va
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Date: 12/3/18 3:51 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (01 Dec 2018) Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 01, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 142
Bald Eagle 0 0 134
Northern Harrier 0 0 25
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 368
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 116
Northern Goshawk 0 0 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 13
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 9275
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 266
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 5
American Kestrel 0 0 117
Merlin 0 0 22
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 27
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 3
Unknown Buteo 0 0 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 10
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 13
Mississippi Kite 0 0 2

Total: 0 0 10546
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 10:30:00
Total observation time: 0.5 hours

Official Counter:

Observers:

Visitors:
2 cars drove by


Weather:
Very foggy. Made it up but couldn't even see half way across the overlook.
Around 40F

Raptor Observations:
None

Non-raptor Observations:
Fog

Predictions:
Fog
========================================================================
Report submitted by Kris Newcomb ()
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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


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Date: 12/3/18 3:42 pm
From: Harry Glasgow via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
More than 30 birders gathered for today's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk, and were able to tally 44 species.  Highlights this morning included our new friend the Merlin who showed off today by diving into some shallow water, walked around a bit, took what appeared to be some sips of water (but perhaps it was some small fish, and then flew off, a Winter Wren, all seven species of woodpecker that we see in the winter months, and our growing assortment of ducks

Canada Goose  116
Northern Shoveler  2
Gadwall  5
Mallard  88
American Black Duck  1
Northern Pintail  14
Ruddy Duck  4
Mourning Dove  15
American Coot  1
Ring-billed Gull  3
Great Blue Heron  3
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  7
Downy Woodpecker  6
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  2
Merlin  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  104
Fish Crow  4
crow sp.  1
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  10
Brown Creeper  3
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  8
Golden-crowned Kinglet  6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  4
Gray Catbird  1
American Goldfinch  9
Dark-eyed Junco  12
White-throated Sparrow  36
Song Sparrow  7
Swamp Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  1
Red-winged Blackbird  5
Northern Cardinal  4





The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 8AM (7AM from April through October) , is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all regardless of skill. 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: 12/3/18 2:42 pm
From: Brian Sykes via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Red-breasted nuthatch challenge
Three at feeders in Horntown Accomack
Been thinking was just two til today. Theyve been here regularly for
couple weeks. People /feeder friendly. Lots of pics Brought all their
friends along .titmouse, brown creepers, a. Goldfinch, woodpeckers,
chickadees,brown headed nuthatch.RBNuthatchs werent interested in the mix
cheap stuff i normally feed cardinal, sparrow, finch, b jay so i had to get
them black sunflower that i usually stay away from for the squirrels hog
up.

Bsykes
Accomack va
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Date: 12/3/18 2:06 pm
From: Brian Sykes via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Assateague Va. Snow geese
Approx. 1000 Snow geese at Toms Cove visitor center area of Assateague
island.late this afternoon Not alot of anything else. Few canada geese,
buffleheads tricolored herons gadwall great egret, couple common loon at
causeway between wallops and chincoteague.
Nice chat with virginia beach birder shelly.
Bsykes
Accomack va.
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Date: 12/3/18 1:14 pm
From: Donald Sweig via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Riverbend Park: Waterfowl
Went to Riverbend Park about 3:30 this afternoon. From the bench on the observation platform: About 40 Bufflehead , mostly males, in the middle of the river. Fifty-plus Ring-necked ducks on the far side. A little ways down river I found one male and seven female Common Mergansers floating together as a group. Just as I was leaving, I saw what appeared to be one female and two male Common Mergansers floating downriver, seen through the trees.
Lovely afternoon at the river.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Date: 12/3/18 10:40 am
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Crozet, VA; 12/2-3/2018
Old Trail, Crozet, VA; 32 avian species including ducks, hawks, and wrens.
Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_12_03.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_12_03.htm



______________________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

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

____________________________________________________________________________
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Date: 12/3/18 4:35 am
From: Jeffrey Blalock via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] 3 Species of Nuthatches & Fox Sparrow
Greetings all

Within 20 minutes of starting my morning count I had all three species of Nuthatches and a surprise visit from a Fox Sparrow.

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: 12/2/18 5:32 pm
From: barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Riverbend ducks and eagles (and Redskins)
Buffleheads and scaups finally appeared between Riverbend and Great Falls parks in Fairfax today, following yesterday's deluge -- even though the Potomac River is still running uber-fast!  A pair of eagles has been hanging out by its nest near Redskins' Dan Snyder's riverside manse. Hey, Audubon & VA/MD ornithological societies: It's for sale for a mere $49 million.  Start a "Go Fund Me" page and we'll all pitch in to purchase it as a bird sanctuary!   https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/65719u

- Barbara , Fairfax
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Date: 12/2/18 4:07 pm
From: Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Field Trip to Clarke Co, VA & near-by Lake Frederick
Thirteen people came out for an all-day field trip in Clarke Co and close-by
Lake Frederick meeting at Snicker's Gap a little before 9 am and returning
there at about 4:40 pm. While the Gap was thoroughly socked in with heavy
fog, the Shenandoah Valley was bright and sunny especially when the sun came
out fully around 10:30 am. When we returned to Snickers Gap late in the
afternoon it was still thoroughly socked in and much cooler than what we'd
experienced all day in the Valley.



Highlights of the 54 species of birds seen included a well-seen and heard
continuing MARSH WREN at Blandy in the pond on the east side of the road
near Rattlesnake Spring as well as a SURF SCOTER on Lake Frederick. Other
birds we were pleased to see included a Long-tailed Duck, six of the seven
woodpeckers (only missing Hairy), two Eastern Phoebes, a Long-tailed Duck at
Lake Frederick, 4 Bald Eagles, 8 Red-tailed hawks, 4 American Kestrels, 6
Red-breasted Nuthatches (all at Blandy), and a Swamp Sparrow at Cool Spring.



We also enjoyed seeing two Fox Sparrows.



Joe Coleman & Laura McGranaghan assisted by Liam McGranaghan



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Date: 12/2/18 3:25 pm
From: joel.c.martin.52 via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Evening Grosbeak in Chincoteague
Sorry my signature block didn't copy on the original message.
Joel MartinChincoteague VA


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-------- Original message --------From: "joel.c.martin.52" <joel.c.martin.52...> Date: 12/2/18 4:52 PM (GMT-05:00) To: <va-bird...> Subject: Evening Grosbeak in Chincoteague

This afternoon I had a beautiful male Evening Grosbeak visit my yard on Chincoteague Island. It came to the tray feeder (black oil sunflower) at least three times and could be heard calling off and on throughout the afternoon.

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Date: 12/2/18 3:23 pm
From: Colt Gregory via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Great Falls Sunday Bird Walk
Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk sponsored by National Park Service at Great Falls Park. Our eight participants identified 27 species + 1 taxa. Mixed flocks continued to be the most abundant sightings but we got a close look at a bald eagle flying out of the fog towards our post at the second overlook.

This walk meets at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, rain or shine, in the parking lot.

--- Check this List Serve for bad weather next week. We will notify you in this space if the walk will not take place. 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.



Species Count

27 species and 1 taxa.

Canada Goose 38

Mallard 4

American Black Duck 4

Bufflehead 12

Common Merganser 1

Mourning Dove 1

Ring-billed Gull 10

Black Vulture 4

Bald Eagle 1 Adult, in flight upriver, observed as it passed low over the second of the Great Falls overlooks.

Red-bellied Woodpecker 16

Downy Woodpecker 8

Pileated Woodpecker 8

Northern Flicker 10

Blue Jay 28

crow sp. 4

Carolina Chickadee 9

Tufted Titmouse 12

White-breasted Nuthatch 8

Brown Creeper 5

Carolina Wren 15

Golden-crowned Kinglet 6

Eastern Bluebird 18

Hermit Thrush 1

American Goldfinch 2

Dark-eyed Junco 45

White-throated Sparrow 12

Song Sparrow 6

Northern Cardinal 13
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Date: 12/2/18 3:22 pm
From: Mark Mullins via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] White-winged Dove Continues at Claytor Lake
The White-winged Dove returned to my yard today and continued to visit for the entire day.  Good BirdingMark MullinsPulaski County, <Vawmmullins...>
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Date: 12/2/18 1:52 pm
From: joel.c.martin.52 via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Evening Grosbeak in Chincoteague

This afternoon I had a beautiful male Evening Grosbeak visit my yard on Chincoteague Island. It came to the tray feeder (black oil sunflower) at least three times and could be heard calling off and on throughout the afternoon.

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Date: 12/2/18 11:25 am
From: Shea Tiller via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Black scoter @Scottsville
Hi all.

Myself, accompanied by Ezra and Theo Staengl , found a black scoter in
scottsville (Fluvanna Co. side) today at Hope of Glory Farm pond. The
location is view from the road only, so a scope is definitely necessary.
The pin on our checklist is right near the road from which you can see the
pond. Checklist is here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50367534.

Great birding,

Shea
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Date: 12/2/18 9:38 am
From: Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Dyke Marsh walk for December 2
Three birders joined be for a rather damp, but entertaining walk at Dyke
Marsh today. Much of the land bird activity was concentrated in a few
concentrated locations. A single tree at the marina hosted 2 White-breasted
Nuthatches, 2 Brown Creepers, 3 Golden-crowned Kinglets, and 1 Ruby-crowned
Kinglet simultaneously. The birds descended to eye level, giving wonderful
views. Near the dogleg, some two dozen goldfinches foraged on the ground in
the company of nine House Finches and one male while Purple Finch while two
Fox Sparrows and a Brown Thrasher vocalized in the bushes. Next week is the
last walk of the year. We resume on Sunday, January 6, 2019.



Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax, Virginia, US Dec 2, 2018 8:05 AM -
10:55 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.327 mile(s)

40 species



Canada Goose 1200

Mallard 30

Bufflehead 2

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 4

Mourning Dove 67

Ring-billed Gull 95

Herring Gull 14

Great Black-backed Gull 1

Double-crested Cormorant 15

Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 2

Bald Eagle 5

Belted Kingfisher 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 4

Downy Woodpecker 8

Hairy Woodpecker 2

Pileated Woodpecker 2

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 5

Blue Jay 17

American Crow 5

Fish Crow 6

Carolina Chickadee 6

White-breasted Nuthatch 4

Brown Creeper 2

Carolina Wren 10

Golden-crowned Kinglet 3

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1

Brown Thrasher 1

Northern Mockingbird 1

Cedar Waxwing 25

House Finch 9

Purple Finch 1

American Goldfinch 65

Fox Sparrow (Red) 2

White-throated Sparrow 40

Song Sparrow 5

Swamp Sparrow 1

Eastern Towhee 1

Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 120

Northern Cardinal 7

House Sparrow 1



View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50366086



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



Larry Cartwright

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



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Date: 12/2/18 9:35 am
From: David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] How do birds fly?
Is there anyone out there who has a thorough understanding of the mechanics
of bird flight? I need some help with a project. Please contact me
off-list. Thanks so much!
Dave Gibson
www.elizabethriver.org/wildlife-reports
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Date: 12/2/18 8:12 am
From: Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Birds in eastern Henrico County
I birded a little in both eastern Henrico County and Charles City County this morning.  The dreary weather conditions continue from yesterday.The highlight of the day was three (3) Northern Rough-winged Swallows on Turkey Island Road and a Red-tailed Hawk (abieticola) at this location.  Another apparent "abieticola" was noted at the intersection of Herman and New Market in eastern Henrico County.
http://visitingnature.com/main/december-2018/



Enjoy each day,
Allen
Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 12/2/18 6:53 am
From: Diane L via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Cackling Geese, Lake Shenandoah(Rockingam)
Five Cacking Geese with about 16 Canadas now.  Along w/ Ruddy Ducks, Coots, Horned Grebe, Hooded Mergansers.

Diane Lepkowski Harrisonburg 

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Date: 12/1/18 6:52 pm
From: Elton Morel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] NVBC walk at Clifton Institute, Fauquier county, Dec 1, 2018

VA Birders:

This morning, the Northern Virginia Bird Club visited the Clifton Institute near Arlie, Fauquier county.  Led by Bert Harris, we toured the property and managed to find 47 species before the rains started in the late morning.  Our best find of the day was far and away an American Tree Sparrow at an area known as the pasture.  At this location, we also found a couple of female Northern Harriers, some White-crowned Sparrows in the brush, a female Belted Kingfishers surveying over a small pond, and a Brown Creeper in seemingly odd habitat in a low tangle of trees in the middle of an abandoned corral.
Back where we began in the main section of the property surrounded by two lakes, early arriving participants enjoyed looks at the resident Trumpeter Swans plus a nice selection of ducks including Canvasback, Ring-necked Ducks, Buffleheads, Ruddy Ducks, Lesser Scaups and a lone male American Wigeon. Other notable finds were a couple of softly singing Winter Wrens, a flyover of a female Northern Harrier, and nice scope views of a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
The complete eBird checklist is below.
Elton MorelArlington, VA


 
Clifton Institute (Restricted Access), Fauquier, Virginia, US
Dec 1, 2018 7:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:    NVBC walk led by Bert Harris and Elton Morel. List includes the main house, a walk around the upper lake, survey of lower lake and then a visit to "the Pasture".
47 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  100
Trumpeter Swan  3    Residents. Two neck banded adults plus an unbanded juvenile.
American Wigeon  1
American Black Duck  2    High flyover at the pasture.
Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid)  2
Canvasback  4
Ring-necked Duck  30
Lesser Scaup  6
Bufflehead  20
Ruddy Duck  6
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Black Vulture  1    the pasture
Northern Harrier  2    Two females at the pasture; also saw a female at the main section but probably the one of same ones at the pasture since last seen heading in that direction.
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1    the pasture
Cooper's Hawk  1    the pasture
Bald Eagle  2    the pasture
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Belted Kingfisher  1    the pasture
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  1    Heard
Pileated Woodpecker  1    Heard
Northern Flicker  3
Blue Jay  12
American Crow  6
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Brown Creeper  2    the pasture "corral"
Winter Wren  2
Carolina Wren  7
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2    Heard
Eastern Bluebird  2
Hermit Thrush  1    Heard
American Robin  3
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  5
Cedar Waxwing  12    Flyover of a flock
American Goldfinch  30
Field Sparrow  6
American Tree Sparrow  1    Nice surprise find at the pasture
Dark-eyed Junco  6
White-crowned Sparrow  8    the pasture
White-throated Sparrow  15
Song Sparrow  25
Swamp Sparrow  6
Northern Cardinal  6

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50341240

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





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Date: 12/1/18 5:15 pm
From: Mark Mullins via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] White-winged Dove visits Claytor Lake
A White-winged Dove showed up today feeding with the Mourning Doves on my back porch. Good BirdingMark Mullins Pulaski County, <Vawmmullins...>
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Date: 12/1/18 11:41 am
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Augusta and Rockingham Counties, VA; 11/30/18
40 avian species including male and female Northern Harriers, 2 Brown
Creepers, and some mystery ducks. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_11_30.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_11_30.htm



______________________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

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

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Date: 12/1/18 10:11 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR
I birded Occoquan Bay NWR in Woodbridge with Kurt Gaskill this morning.  We found lots of sparrows of 9 species.  Of particular note was the abundance of swamp sparrows; we counted 35.  We also saw song, white-throated, field, chipping (2), savannah (2), fox (2), junco, and towhee.  Other notables were a calling common yellowthroat along Fox Rd., a calling king rail near the intersection of Fox and Deephole Pt. Roads, rusty blackbirds near the entrance gate, and a catbird near the gate along the wildlife drive.  We counted 58 species in all.
Marc Ribaudo
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Date: 11/30/18 7:13 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (30 Nov 2018) Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 30, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 142
Bald Eagle 0 12 134
Northern Harrier 0 1 25
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 6 368
Cooper's Hawk 0 12 116
Northern Goshawk 0 1 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 13
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 9275
Red-tailed Hawk 0 73 266
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 5
American Kestrel 0 5 117
Merlin 0 0 22
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 27
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 3
Unknown Buteo 0 0 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 10
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 13
Mississippi Kite 0 0 2

Total: 0 113 10546
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Mitch Mitchell

Observers: Bill James, Darryl Martin

Visitors:
None and until later in the watch as drivers discovered the parkway
reopened, very few cars on the parkway at all. Two AT hikers had taken to
the road to get a break from climbing over and/or ducking under downed
trees on the trail.


Weather:
Raining when we arrived at 10:00 with temperature at 45 deg. F and winds
about 5 mph from the SW. Rain ended around 10:30. Low clouds in the
western valley and the far ridges were cloud covered but Harvey's Knob was
clear and visibility into both valleys was good. Occasional periods of
sunshine but completely clouded over by the end of the watch.

Raptor Observations:
Only raptor seen was one that was stirred from the brush just below the
guardrail on the eastern side of the parkway when I walked close by. Only
a brief glimpse before the bird disappeared into the trees. It appeared to
be too small to be a RT and assuming it was possibly a merlin or sharpie.

Non-raptor Observations:
The parkway was open for the first time in two full weeks due to the ice
damaged trees. Extensive tree damage from near the 104 milepost all the
way to the HK overlook. Parkway maintenance crew, shorthanded as they are,
only had time to clear the downed trees from the roadway and lots of small
debris is still in the road. Both trees that we rely on for shade in the
warmer months at HK suffered some damage with a large limb on the maple at
the north end of the parking lot gone which will result in reduced shade no
doubt. We did see small flocks of blue birds and gold finches in he early
part of the watch. No TVs and only a brief glimpse of one raven.
Apparently the birds had not gotten the word that the parkway had reopened.

Predictions:
More rain, I'm sure we really need it because it's been so dry this year!
========================================================================
Report submitted by stan Mitchell (<mitchmitchell77...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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


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Date: 11/30/18 1:04 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (30 Nov 2018) 6 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 30, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 31 3538
Bald Eagle 5 157 617
Northern Harrier 0 140 555
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 702 2708
Cooper's Hawk 0 423 2331
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 71 99
Broad-winged Hawk 0 5 1357
Red-tailed Hawk 1 429 665
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 5
American Kestrel 0 90 3582
Merlin 0 43 1535
Peregrine Falcon 0 16 1375
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 7
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5
Mississippi Kite 0 0 1
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 6 2112 18401
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 4.25 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Brian Taber, Wes Hetrick

Visitors:
Thank you to all who visited the platform and helped out this season. I am
so grateful for your help, enthusiasm, and good company.


Weather:
It rained on and off, with light west northwest winds and mostly cloudy to
overcast skies. Temperatures were in the high forties to low fifties.

Raptor Observations:
A few Bald Eagles and a red-tail passed by.

Non-raptor Observations:
This morning we enjoyed a wonderful flight of passerines, including 3,270
American Robins, 1,330 Red-winged Blackbirds, 710 American Goldfinches, 263
Cedar Waxwings, 120 Dark-eyed Juncos (yes, a flight of juncos!), 60
Chipping Sparrows, 16 American Pipits, seven Horned Larks, three Pine
Siskins, and three Purple Finches. Seven Common Loons and one Hooded
Merganser also passed. This was a beautifully fitting way to end the
season.

Predictions:
Today was the last official day of the fall 2018 season, but some raptors
will still be migrating. I encourage you to visit the platform and see what
you might find, especially on days with cold fronts in early December.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=484
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/cvwo/kiptopeke-hawk-count-2018


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Date: 11/30/18 12:55 pm
From: David Boltz via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Black & Surf Scoter at Lake Frederick, Frederick County
Black Scoter not seen this morning but found this afternoon late from dam breast. Staying close to shoreline and going into inlets.

Both Scoters were joined today by a male Long-tailed Duck.

Dave Boltz

Sent from my iPhone

On Nov 29, 2018, at 4:01 PM, David Boltz <david.boltz4...> wrote:

The Black Scoter is an adult male. Pics on my ebird list at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50295236 . It was refound about a half hour later by James Fox after Bill Parkin and I first saw it. It moves around a lot, including into the shallow inlets, where it dives for very long periods of time, even longer than a Loon. It is somewhat elusive, although not shy when we were close, as evidenced by the photos at 25 yards or less, which were inside the gated neighborhood where we live. James saw it from the boat ramp, as did we, later. When we checked back at 12:30 we did not see it, nor did Dave Carr at 2:30.

The female Surf Scoter is still present and has been for 3 weeks.

Dave Boltz

-----Original Message----- From: <david.boltz4...>
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2018 8:55 AM
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Subject: Black & Surf Scoter at Lake Frederick, Frederick County

Pretty far out from dam breast. Scope needed.

Dave Boltz

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Date: 11/30/18 5:07 am
From: Michael C via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Note: Occoquan Bay Nat Wildlife Refuge is Open Now; Closed Next Thursday
Just FYI for birders: Occoquan was closed yesterday without notice (nothing on web site, etc.). They responded to my calls this a.m. and are OPEN. However, they will be closed again next Thursday for "deer management hunting."
Mikie Catanzaro

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Date: 11/30/18 4:55 am
From: Bill Teetz via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Red-Breasted Nuthatch Challenge
While my home is not a eBird Hotspot, I have three that come regularly
to my feeders in Lake Ridge, VA.

On 11/30/2018 7:28 AM, Jeffrey Blalock via VA-bird wrote:
> Greetings all
>
> When the first RB Nuthatches showed up the fall, I have been trying to find them at as many eBird Hotspots and other locations as well both in Virginia and in North Carolina.
>
> So far I have found them at 29 different locations since September.
>
> My challenge to you is since this looks like it is a big invasion of them this year is to go out to as many eBird Hotspots and find them. Most of my stops they have been easy to find with a few of them all I had to do was to get out of my car and I could heard them playing on their toy horn.
>
> Let’s get them while we can and let’s see how big of an invasion is it this year.
>
> Good luck and happy Birding.
>
> 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: 11/30/18 4:28 am
From: Jeffrey Blalock via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Red-Breasted Nuthatch Challenge
Greetings all

When the first RB Nuthatches showed up the fall, I have been trying to find them at as many eBird Hotspots and other locations as well both in Virginia and in North Carolina.

So far I have found them at 29 different locations since September.

My challenge to you is since this looks like it is a big invasion of them this year is to go out to as many eBird Hotspots and find them. Most of my stops they have been easy to find with a few of them all I had to do was to get out of my car and I could heard them playing on their toy horn.

Let’s get them while we can and let’s see how big of an invasion is it this year.

Good luck and happy Birding.

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: 11/29/18 6:57 pm
From: Michael C via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge
This a.m. I went to OBNWR and it was closed to the public for "deer management hunting." Does anyone know if it's similarly closed tomorrow? I did not get a response from them today after leaving several messages.
Thanks in advance,
Mikie Catanzaro
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Date: 11/29/18 6:17 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (29 Nov 2018) 10 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 29, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 1 224
Bald Eagle 2 94 368
Northern Harrier 1 11 68
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 131 2188
Cooper's Hawk 0 68 455
Northern Goshawk 0 8 18
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 46 105
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 23589
Red-tailed Hawk 6 952 1427
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 11 26
American Kestrel 0 13 289
Merlin 0 6 85
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 55
Unknown Accipiter 0 5 25
Unknown Buteo 1 2 8
Unknown Falcon 0 0 7
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 12 49
Mississippi Kite 0 0 10
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 1

Total: 10 1363 28998
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Ezra Staengl

Observers:

Visitors:
Theo Staengl


Weather:
A cold day with -3 to 5C temps. Mild NW winds. Partly sunny.

Raptor Observations:
A late Northern Harrier (immature) at 9:30am. Two more Bald Eagles: 10:02
4YR and 12:05 immature.

Non-raptor Observations:
15 Canada Goose, 1 DC Cormorant, 30 Robin, 8 Pine Siskin
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=491


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Date: 11/29/18 4:32 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (29 Nov 2018) 29 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 29, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 31 3538
Bald Eagle 1 152 612
Northern Harrier 2 140 555
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 702 2708
Cooper's Hawk 4 423 2331
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 71 99
Broad-winged Hawk 0 5 1357
Red-tailed Hawk 21 428 664
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 5
American Kestrel 0 90 3582
Merlin 0 43 1535
Peregrine Falcon 0 16 1375
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 7
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5
Mississippi Kite 0 0 1
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 29 2106 18395
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Brian Taber, Wes Hetrick

Visitors:
Thank you to today's visitors from Mathews County for stopping by!


Weather:
Moderate winds were generally from the west northwest, with partly cloudy
to mostly sunny skies. Temperatures were in the thirties and forties.

Raptor Observations:
A few birds were on the move, mostly red-tails.

Non-raptor Observations:
Two American White Pelicans passed the platform late this morning, heading
south. Other observations included:

10 Tundra Swans
5 Purple Finches
3 Pine Siskins
2 American Pipits
2 Common Loons
1 House Finch
1 Red-throated Loon

1 Monarch(!)

Predictions:
Tomorrow is the last day of the fall 2018 season. We hope to see you on the
platform!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=484
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/cvwo/kiptopeke-hawk-count-2018


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Date: 11/29/18 2:05 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Crozet, VA; 11/29/18
Old Trail. 32 avian species including 5 woodpecker and 9 sparrow species.
Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_11_29.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_11_29.htm



______________________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

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

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Date: 11/29/18 1:01 pm
From: David Boltz via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Black & Surf Scoter at Lake Frederick, Frederick County
The Black Scoter is an adult male. Pics on my ebird list at
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50295236 . It was refound about a half
hour later by James Fox after Bill Parkin and I first saw it. It moves
around a lot, including into the shallow inlets, where it dives for very
long periods of time, even longer than a Loon. It is somewhat elusive,
although not shy when we were close, as evidenced by the photos at 25 yards
or less, which were inside the gated neighborhood where we live. James saw
it from the boat ramp, as did we, later. When we checked back at 12:30 we
did not see it, nor did Dave Carr at 2:30.

The female Surf Scoter is still present and has been for 3 weeks.

Dave Boltz

-----Original Message-----
From: <david.boltz4...>
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2018 8:55 AM
To: <va-bird...> ; <shenvalbirds...>
Subject: Black & Surf Scoter at Lake Frederick, Frederick County

Pretty far out from dam breast. Scope needed.

Dave Boltz

Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 11/29/18 11:41 am
From: Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Continuing Birds in Hopewell and Charles City County
On my visit to Hopewell this a.m., the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher continues at City Point.  In the same geographic region, multiple House Wrens (2) were noted as were Orange-crowned Warbler (1) and Baltimore Oriole (1).In Charles City County, a Orange-crowned Warbler and House Wren (1) were noted.The Orange-crowned Warbler feeding from my suet feeder in western Henrico County continues.
http://visitingnature.com/main/fall-2018/


Enjoy each day,
Allen
Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 11/29/18 5:55 am
From: David Boltz via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Black & Surf Scoter at Lake Frederick, Frederick County
Pretty far out from dam breast. Scope needed.

Dave Boltz

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Date: 11/28/18 6:20 pm
From: Richards, Wendy via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Ovenbird still in Rockbridge County
The late season Ovenbird seen at our place in Rockbridge County is still around. This afternoon we managed to get a few photos of it. I submitted the sighting and photos to eBird at: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50288755

The photos are not great but you can tell it is an Ovenbird. Temps were close to freezing all day but it was active and I saw it pecking at something.

Wendy Richards
Rockbridge County
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Date: 11/28/18 3:14 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (28 Nov 2018) 16 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 28, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 30 3537
Bald Eagle 0 151 611
Northern Harrier 2 138 553
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 702 2708
Cooper's Hawk 2 419 2327
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 71 99
Broad-winged Hawk 0 5 1357
Red-tailed Hawk 8 407 643
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 5
American Kestrel 1 90 3582
Merlin 0 43 1535
Peregrine Falcon 0 16 1375
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 7
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5
Mississippi Kite 0 0 1
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 16 2077 18366
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Wes Hetrick

Weather:
Strong, cold winds were generally from the west northwest, with mostly
sunny skies and temperatures in the thirties. Brrr.

Raptor Observations:
Not much, but the day started off nicely with a beautiful view of an adult
male harrier.

Non-raptor Observations:
A good number of Northern Gannets were fishing over the bay this morning.
(It's difficult to estimate numbers given the back-and-forth nature of
their movement, but at least 15 gannets were in view at one time.) A large
flock of ~70 Bonaparte's Gulls was seen, along with two more birds flying
separately. Other observations included:

2 Pine Siskins
2 Purple Finches
1 Bufflehead
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=484
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/cvwo/kiptopeke-hawk-count-2018


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Date: 11/28/18 11:53 am
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (28 Nov 2018) 51 Raptors + Sandhill Cranes
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 28, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 1 224
Bald Eagle 2 92 366
Northern Harrier 0 10 67
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 131 2188
Cooper's Hawk 2 68 455
Northern Goshawk 0 8 18
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 46 105
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 23589
Red-tailed Hawk 40 946 1421
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 11 26
American Kestrel 0 13 289
Merlin 1 6 85
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 55
Unknown Accipiter 0 5 25
Unknown Buteo 0 1 7
Unknown Falcon 0 0 7
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 4 12 49
Mississippi Kite 0 0 10
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 1

Total: 51 1353 28988
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers: Jennifer Jowdy

Visitors:
Otis Haney (Hollywood, FL)


Weather:
Extremely cold (-2.7 to 0.2C) and windy (35MPH WNW winds). No clouds at
all. Clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Another decent late-season raptor flight. Due to the high winds, all the
birds were flying very fast with wings and tails tucked, making ID very
difficult at times! The majority of today's birds were blown down the east
side of the gap. A distant Merlin at 12:05 and two Bald Eagles (12:25
adult and 1:39 3rd-YR).

Non-raptor Observations:
Today's big highlight was a group of six Sandhill Cranes spotted over the
ridge to the north. They spent a few minutes circling before heading south
down the east side of the gap at 11:33am. 18 Pine Siskins and 30 Canada
Geese also seen migrating south today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (<birdmangabriel...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=491


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Date: 11/28/18 10:53 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Dyke Marsh
The Northern Virginia Bird Club visited Dyke Marsh this morning.  The blustery, cold weather kept both birds and birders mostly hidden.  Waterfowl diversity was extremely low.  We saw lots of Canada geese and mallards, plus 5 bufflehead, 4 hooded mergansers, and a single greater scaup.  Highlights were a dozen bald eagles, a sharp-shinned hawk, and a couple of winter wrens.  
Marc Ribaudo
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Date: 11/27/18 5:54 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (27 Nov 2018) 97 Raptors (1 NG, 3 GE, 6 BE)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 27, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 1 224
Bald Eagle 6 90 364
Northern Harrier 0 10 67
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 131 2188
Cooper's Hawk 4 66 453
Northern Goshawk 1 8 18
Red-shouldered Hawk 4 44 103
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 23589
Red-tailed Hawk 74 906 1381
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 3 11 26
American Kestrel 1 13 289
Merlin 0 5 84
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 55
Unknown Accipiter 1 5 25
Unknown Buteo 1 1 7
Unknown Falcon 0 0 7
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 1 8 45
Mississippi Kite 0 0 10
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 1

Total: 97 1302 28937
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6.25 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers: Jennifer Jowdy

Weather:
A fun day with dynamic weather and dynamic bird activity! One of the
coldest and windiest days of the season! Extremely strong 45MPH WNW winds
this morning which blew over chairs, etc and snapped branches off trees.
The wind calmed down this afternoon to strong West breezes. -1.0C early
slowly increasing to day high of 4.7C at end of count. Almost no clouds
early but completely overcast by the end of the day. Clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
A slow start and slow end to the day but nonstop action from 10am-2pm!
Lots of Red-tails with plenty of loose groups of 3-4 moving through,
sometimes with an accipiter or eagle mixed in. A beautiful immature
Northern Goshawk (10:59am) appeared over "Rockpile #3" and flew SW across
the gap, never flapping despite flying through the very strong WNW winds!
Six Bald Eagles (9:49 adult, 11:16 2nd-YR, 1:08 2nd-YR/3rd-YR pair, 1:10
adult, 1:13 1st-YR) and three Golden Eagles (10:37 immature, 11:57 unaged,
12:52 adult). One RT flew across the gap carrying an unidentified brown
mammal in its talons!

Non-raptor Observations:
A V of 19 Tundra Swans flew directly overhead. A nice flock of 18 Horned
Larks flew low through the gap. Other sightings included 50 Robins, 2 Pine
Siskins, and 2 Purple Finches.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (<birdmangabriel...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=491


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Date: 11/27/18 3:08 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (27 Nov 2018) 18 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 27, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 29 3536
Bald Eagle 1 151 611
Northern Harrier 1 136 551
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 701 2707
Cooper's Hawk 2 417 2325
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 70 98
Broad-winged Hawk 0 5 1357
Red-tailed Hawk 8 399 635
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 5
American Kestrel 0 89 3581
Merlin 0 43 1535
Peregrine Falcon 0 16 1375
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 7
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5
Mississippi Kite 0 0 1
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 18 2061 18350
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Wes Hetrick

Weather:
Strong to moderate winds were generally from the west, with mostly sunny to
clear skies and temperatures in the forties.

Raptor Observations:
There was a little red-tail activity this afternoon, but it was mostly very
slow.

Non-raptor Observations:
Observations included:

9 American Pipits
3 Pine Siskins
2 Purple Finches
1 Horned Lark
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=484
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/cvwo/kiptopeke-hawk-count-2018


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Date: 11/27/18 1:15 pm
From: Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Central Loudoun CBC, Friday, Dec, 28
The Central Loudoun CBC, sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, is
scheduled for Friday, December 28 this year and needs some help.



Our count circle covers 177 square miles of Loudoun's countryside: north to
Waterford, south to Aldie, east to Ashburn, and west to Purcellville as well
as five miles of the C&O Canal in MD near White's Ferry. It includes some
still rural areas and some areas rapidly becoming suburbs. Everyone is
welcome; amateurs are teamed with experienced birders, and every eye and ear
helps!



If you are interested in participating in the count for just a couple of
hours or for the entire day, email me at
<mailto:<jcoleman...> <jcoleman...> or sign
up online at


<https://loudounwildlife.org/citizen-science/bird-counts/christmas-bird-coun
t/>
https://loudounwildlife.org/citizen-science/bird-counts/christmas-bird-count
/ . You'll see our circle and sectors listed there & if you are int'd in a
particular area let me know - we'll try & accommodate you.



After the counting is done we hope to meet for a Tally Rally where we will
share a casual meal and stories about the day's highlights.



Joe Coleman

<mailto:<jcoleman...> <jcoleman...> or
540-554-2542



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Date: 11/27/18 10:13 am
From: Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Birding in Prince George County
I birded several areas in Prince George County this morning.  Large waterfowl continue in the Brandon area with 32 Tundra Swan present, 1500+ Canada Geese, 1 Snow Goose and various ducks.  Along SR 611, I noted 3 Lapland Longspurs (they were always flying).  In the same fields Horned Larks and American Pipits were also present.
A few photographs are at: http://visitingnature.com/main/fall-2018/

Enjoy each day,
Allen
Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 11/27/18 8:10 am
From: Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FW: DC Area, 11/27/2018
FYI Joe Coleman

-----Original Message-----
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 11/27/2018
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 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, November 20 and was
completed on Tuesday, November 27 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).


The top birds this week were RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in VA, CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD*
in MD, ICELAND GULL (KUMLIEN'S) in VA, PACIFIC LOON* in VA, and EVENING
GROSBEAK in VA and MD.

Other birds of interest this week were: ROSS'S GOOSE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, EURASIAN WIGEON, COMMON EIDER, SURF SCOTER,
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, TRUMPETER SWAN, RED-NECKED GREBE, SANDHILL CRANE,
shorebirds including RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, PARASITIC JAEGER, RED-THROATED
LOON, NORTHERN GANNET, GREAT CORMORANT, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, BROWN
PELICAN, SNOWY EGRET, TRICOLORED and GREEN HERONS, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERN,
raptors including NORTHERN GOSHAWK, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE,
NORTHERN SHRIKE*, MARSH WREN, SEDGE WREN, late WHITE-EYED and BLUE-HEADED
VIREOS, HORNED LARK, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER,
RED CROSSBILL, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, AMERICAN TREE, CLAY-COLORED,
VESPER, LARK, NELSON'S and SALTMARSH SPARROWS, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, late
warblers including YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK and
DICKCISSEL.

TOP BIRDS

A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD continued throughout the week at a private feeder along
Fosters Branch Road in Albemarle Co, VA. Another stray Selasphorus
hummingbird was photographed Nov 21 at a private feeder along Newport Road
in Augusta Co, VA.

A hatch-year male CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD* continued throughout the week at a
house on 977 Dogwood Tree Ln, Cape St Claire, Anne Arundel Co, MD. The
owners have generously given permission for observers to visit between 9 am
and 4 pm, but visitors are asked to stay on the cement pad on the left side
of the house, be quiet and not to park in front of the neighbors' property
across the street.

An ICELAND GULL (KUMLIEN'S)* was photographed at the Fairfax County Landfill
in Fairfax Co, VA on Nov 25.

A continuing PACIFIC LOON* was seen on Nov 20, 22, 23 and 25 at Sherwood
Lakes, Virginia Beach, VA.

A small number of EVENING GROSBEAKS continued to be seen in the reporting
area. Sightings included an individual at a private feeder along Cremen Road
in Anne Arundel Co, MD on Nov 20 and 21. A couple of EVENING GROSBEAKS were
heard along Forestgate Place in Prince George's Co, MD on Nov 20 and 21. On
Nov 23, an EVENING GROSBEAK flew over Corporate Village Parkway in
Chesterfield Co, VA. Another was spotted at the Cape Henlopen Hawkwatch in
Sussex Co, DE on Nov 23. One more was photographed at a private residence
near Jacobs Ladder in Rockbridge Co, VA on Nov 24. Yet another was seen at a
feeder in the Beaver Creek area of Washington Co, MD on Nov 24. A single
EVENING GROSBEAK was photographed at private feeders along Hoyes Run Road in
Garrett Co, MD on Nov 24 and 25. A flock of twelve EVENING GROSBEAKS was
seen near an office building at 4114 Legato Road, Fairfax Co, VA on Nov 26.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

SNOW GOOSE flock flyovers were reported inland in Fairfax and Loudoun Cos,
VA on Nov 20. Four SNOW GEESE and a single ROSS'S GOOSE were photographed
flying by the Brandon area of Prince George Co, VA on Nov 21. A single
ROSS'S GOOSE was nicely photographed among a large flock of SNOW GEESE at
Tom's Cove in Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on Nov 20. Another single
ROSS'S GOOSE was seen on Nov 23 along Lighthouse Road, Sussex Co, DE. A
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was photographed at Blockhouse Pond Park, Sussex
Co, DE on Nov 20. Two more individuals were photographed near Herrington
Harbor in Anne Arundel Co, MD on Nov 22. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was
photographed along 9105 North Point Road, Baltimore Co, MD on Nov 24.
CACKLING GEESE were reported in flight near the Brandon area of Prince
George Co, VA on Nov 21. Single CACKLING GEESE were also spotted at
Blockhouse Pond Park in Sussex Co, DE on Nov 21, Fletcher's Cove in
Washington, DC on Nov 22, West Potomac Park in Washington, DC on Nov 25,
Study Pond in Carroll Co, MD on Nov 26 and Goose Pond in Albemarle Co, VA on
Nov 25. Two TRUMPETER SWANS continue at private ponds along Owensville Rd in
Anne Arundel Co, MD on Nov 20 and 24. Two TRUMPETER SWANS were photographed
at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on Nov 25. Two more were photographed
in Rockingham Co, VA on Nov 23.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on Nov 25.

COMMON EIDERS were seen at several locations. Three were seen at Little
Island Park, Virginia Beach, VA on Nov 23; two at Rudee Inlet, Virginia
Beach, VA on Nov 22 and 24; one at 21 Street Bay Beach, Norfolk VA on Nov
21; and three at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex DE on Nov 25. A single COMMON EIDER
was spotted at Stone Beach in Kent Co, DE on Nov 21. And a continuing
individual was photographed at Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co, DE on Nov 21.

A SURF SCOTER continued all week at Lake Frederick, Frederick Co, VA. Two
SURF SCOTERS were also found at Mill Creek Lake in Amherst, VA on Nov 22. A
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was photographed at Violette's Lock, Montgomery Co, MD
on Nov 21. Several WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were reported at Chincoteague NWR,
Accomack Co, VA on Nov 23 and 24. Two more were reported at a gated
community in Frederick Co, VA on Nov 23. Another was photographed at Shot
Tower Historical State Park, Wythe Co, VA on Nov 25.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen off Assateague Island in Worcester Co, MD on Nov
21 and 23.

Six SANDHILL CRANES were briefly sighted near Payne's Hay and Straw in
Culpeper Co, VA on Nov 23. Four more were spotted in a field near 1520 Hites
Road in Frederick Co, VA on Nov 23. Three were spotted flying near Cavey
Lane in Howard Co, MD and three more were observed flying near Patapsco
Valley State Park in Baltimore Co, MD on Nov 23.

A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was seen on Nov 21 at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach,
VA. Four more were seen Nov 21 at Grandview Nature Preserve, Hampton, VA. On
the same day, a single BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was seen at Wire Narrows Marsh,
Accomack Co, VA. As many as four Plovers were seen at Chincoteague NWR,
Accomack Co, VA on Nov 22 and 23. Continuing HUDSONIAN GODWITS and MARBLED
GODWITS were spotted at Raymond's Pond at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on
Nov 20 and 23. On Nov 21, one LEAST SANDPIPER was seen at Aquatic Center
Pond, Manassas, VA. Another was photographed at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE
on Nov 23. Seven RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were seen at Prime Hook State WMA,
Sussex Co, DE on Nov 25.

A single PARASITIC JAEGER was spotted at the Ocean City Inlet, Worcester Co,
MD on Nov 24. Another individual was seen at Little Island Park, Virginia
Beach, VA on Nov 26.

A RED-THROATED LOON was seen at Broadford Lake in Garrett Co, MD on Nov 20
and 21. Six flew by the Kiptopeke Hawkwatch, Northampton Co, VA on Nov 23.
Hundreds of RED-THROATED LOONS were reported flying past Ocean City Inlet,
Ocean City, MD on Nov 24.

A NORTHERN GANNET was spotted on the bayside of Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE
on Nov 20.

As many as eighteen GREAT CORMORANTS were seen at Kent Point Marina in Queen
Anne's Co, MD on Nov 21 and Nov 25. Another was seen at First Landing State
Park, Virginia Beach VA on Nov 21. On Nov 22, another individual was spotted
from CBBT Island 3, Northampton Co, VA.

An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen at Deal Island WMA, Somerset Co, MD on
Nov 23. An inland BROWN PELICAN was spotted from Route 213 crossing the
Bohemia River in Cecil Co, MD on Nov 24.

A SNOWY EGRET was seen on Nov 23 at Deal Island WMA, Riley Roberts Road
turnoff, Somerset Co, MD. A TRICOLORED HERON seen on Nov 22, 23 and 26 at
Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA. A late GREEN HERON was seen on Nov 20 to
26 at the Ashby Pond Conservancy Site, Fairfax City, VA. A BLACK-CROWNED
NIGHT-HERON continues at Baker Park in Frederick Co, MD, with the most
recent sighting on Nov 23. On Nov 21, five BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were
seen at Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD.

A GOLDEN EAGLE flew over a private residence in Howard Co, MD on Nov 22. On
Nov 23, a GOLDEN EAGLE was seen from Briery Branch Road in Rockingham Co,
VA, and another was seen at the Kiptopeke Hawkwatch, Northampton Co, VA on
Nov 23. On Nov 20, one GOLDEN EAGLE and two NORTHERN GOSHAWKS flew over the
Rockfish Gap Hawkwatch in Augusta Co, VA. Another NORTHERN GOSHAWK was
spotted at the Cape Henlopen Hawkwatch, Sussex Co, DE on Nov 23. A
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK continued at Prime Hook NWR in Sussex Co, DE on Nov 20 and
25. Another was seen on Nov 25 at Eastern Neck NWR, Kent Co, MD.

A well photographed NORTHERN SHRIKE* was seen at Sully Woodlands in Fairfax
Co, VA Nov 20 to 25.

A well photographed MARSH WREN was seen at Blandy Experimental Farm, Clarke
Co, VA on Nov 20.

A SEDGE WREN was heard and briefly seen at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on
Nov 21.

A late WHITE-EYED VIREO was photographed in Charles City Co, VA on Nov 23. A
late BLUE-HEADED VIREO was photographed on Nov 24 at Ancarrow's Landing in
Richmond, VA. Another was heard at Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax Co,
VA on Nov 25.

Six HORNED LARKS were encountered at Kenilworth Park in Washington, DC on
Nov 20.

A NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW was seen on Nov 23 at Lake Frederick,
Frederick Co, VA.

A late BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was seen on Nov 21 at First Landing State Park,
Virginia Beach, VA. Another was seen on Nov 23 and 25 at Petersburg National
Battlefield Park - City Point Unit in Hopewell, VA. Three more were found at
Ancarrow's Landing, Richmond, VA on Nov 24. Another late BLUE-GRAY
GNATCATCHER was seen at Blackwater NWR, Dorchester Co, MD on Nov 22. On Nov
26, another individual was seen at Piney Orchard Nature Preserve, Anne
Arundel Co, MD.

Nine RED CROSSBILLS were observed in flight and recorded at Prettyboy
Reservoir at the Spooks Hill Road Boat Ramp, Baltimore Co, MD on Nov 24 and
ten were found on Nov 26 at the same location. Two RED CROSSBILLS were heard
flying over a middle school on East Wallace Ave, Cecil Co, MD on Nov 25.

On November 24, two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex
Co, DE.

SNOW BUNTINGS continued at North Point State Park, Baltimore Co, MD through
Nov 25. Two SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA on
Nov 25.

An AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was seen at Kenilworth Park in Washington, DC on
Nov 23. Another was seen at Pleasure House Point Natural Area, Virginia
Beach, VA on Nov 21. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was photographed at a private
feeder near Quail Run, Kent Co, DE on Nov 26. A VESPER SPARROW was seen at
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Washington DC, on Nov 20. A LARK SPARROW
continues at the stream restoration area near the intersection of Valley
Road and Meadow Road at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC with the
most recent sighting on Nov 23. A NELSON'S SPARROW was seen at the Pleasure
House Point Natural Area, Virginia Beach, VA on Nov 21. Another was seen at
Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co, DE on Nov 25. Three SALTMARSH SPARROWS were
seen on Nov 23 along Lighthouse Road, Sussex Co, DE. Another individual was
seen at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on Nov 25.

Four BALTIMORE ORIOLES were seen at Charles City Co, VA on Nov 23. On Nov
23, BALTIMORE ORIOLE returned to last year's location at a private feeder in
Lynchburg, VA. Another BALTIMORE ORIOLE was photographed on Nov 25 at the
Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, Fairfax Co, VA. A BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen
at Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Howard Co, MD on Nov 25.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen on Nov 22 through 25 at Fort Smallwood
Park in Prince George Co, VA. Another was reported at Terrapin Nature Park
in Queen Anne's Co, MD on Nov 22. Another was seen at a private residence in
Henrico Co, VA on Nov 23. Yet another was seen in Hopewell, VA on Nov 25. An
OVENBIRD was reported near the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC on Nov 23.
Another was seen at Blackwater NWR Dorchester Co, MD. On Nov 25, one COMMON
YELLOWTHROAT was seen at Eastern Neck NWR, Kent Co, MD, one was seen at
Huntley Meadows Park in Fairfax Co, VA and two were seen at Hughes Hollow,
Montgomery Co, MD. A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was seen on Nov 22 at a private
residence in Virginia Beach, VA. Two BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS and a
NASHVILLE WARBLER were seen at Ancarrow's Landing, Richmond, VA on Nov 24. A
BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER was photographed at a private feeder in Sussex
Co, DE on Nov 25. PALM WARBLERS were seen at several locations throughout
the area during the reporting period. A high of four PINE WARBLERS were seen
at the LBJ Memorial Grove in DC on Nov 22, 23 and 25. Another was seen on
Nov 24 at Conquest Beach, Queen Anne's Co, MD. A third was seen at Crest
Lawn Memorial Gardens in Howard Co, MD on Nov 25. A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER
was seen at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA on Nov 25. A late immature
INDIGO BUNTING was photographed in Charles City Co, VA on Nov 20.

A late ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was photographed at the visitor's center of
Marshy Point Nature Center, Baltimore Co, MD on Nov 25.

A late DICKCISSEL was observed flying low over Big Water Farm
(private) in Queen Anne's Co, MD on Nov 24.

***

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

The Audubon Sanctuary Shop (301-652-3606,
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...>
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: 11/27/18 8:08 am
From: Harry Armistead via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Nassawadox Christmas count, Sunday, December 16
The 13th, come and help increase our knowledge of an underbirded area, Willis Wharf, Hog Island, Red Bank, Exmore, Box Tree Road, harryarmistead at hotmail dot com
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Date: 11/27/18 4:40 am
From: Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Peregrine Falcon still hanging around
November 27, 2018

Looked out my office window this morning to still see my neighborhood peregrine chasing pigeons at the Skyline Complex in Bailey's Crossroads, Falls Church, Fairfax County, VA. (5107 Leesburg Pike)

Janet Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Date: 11/26/18 2:42 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (26 Nov 2018) 1 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 26, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 29 3536
Bald Eagle 0 150 610
Northern Harrier 0 135 550
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 697 2703
Cooper's Hawk 0 415 2323
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 68 96
Broad-winged Hawk 0 5 1357
Red-tailed Hawk 0 391 627
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 5
American Kestrel 0 89 3581
Merlin 0 43 1535
Peregrine Falcon 1 16 1375
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 7
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5
Mississippi Kite 0 0 1
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 1 2043 18332
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 10:30:00
Total observation time: 2.5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Rudy Cashwell, Wes Hetrick

Weather:
Moderate winds were from the southeast, with partly cloudy to overcast
skies and temperatures in the fifties this morning. It rained in the late
morning to afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
One peregrine zipped by.

Non-raptor Observations:
A flock of 30 Dunlin and three Black-bellied Plovers was a nice highlight
on this otherwise slow and brief day.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=484
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/cvwo/kiptopeke-hawk-count-2018


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Date: 11/26/18 2:11 pm
From: Harry Glasgow via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
For much of 2018, the Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk has been pestered by rain.  We have soldered through, however.  This morning was no different except that it was more sporadic and less severe.  We can only suppose that the rainy year may be letting up.  Today, 26 birders gathered and tallied 48 species.


Canada Goose  125
Northern Shoveler  4
Gadwall  2
Mallard  16
American Black Duck  1
Northern Pintail  4
Hooded Merganser  6
Ruddy Duck  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  30
Ring-billed Gull  3
Great Blue Heron  4
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-headed Woodpecker  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  10
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  2
Merlin  2
Blue Jay  9
American Crow  14
crow sp.  6
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  8
Brown Creeper  3
Carolina Wren  7
Golden-crowned Kinglet  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  5
Eastern Bluebird  6
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  5
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Pine Siskin  3
American Goldfinch  12
Dark-eyed Junco  4
White-throated Sparrow  21
Song Sparrow  6
Swamp Sparrow  2
Red-winged Blackbird  12
blackbird sp.  50
Northern Cardinal  8
House Sparrow  1


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: 11/25/18 4:19 pm
From: Ben Jesup and Pam Koger-Jesup via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Common yellowthroat at Huntley today
Heard and then saw a bright female yellowthroat in the first meadow this
morning-my latest yellowthroat by a few days. The only other noteworthy
birds were a FOX SPARROW and a singing PHOEBE.



Ben Jesup

Alexandria

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Date: 11/25/18 3:47 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (25 Nov 2018) 7 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 25, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 29 3536
Bald Eagle 1 150 610
Northern Harrier 0 135 550
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 697 2703
Cooper's Hawk 1 415 2323
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 68 96
Broad-winged Hawk 0 5 1357
Red-tailed Hawk 1 391 627
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 5
American Kestrel 0 89 3581
Merlin 0 43 1535
Peregrine Falcon 0 15 1374
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 7
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5
Mississippi Kite 0 0 1
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 7 2042 18331
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Wes Hetrick

Weather:
Moderate to light winds were from the west northwest, with clear skies and
temperatures in the forties to fifties.

Raptor Observations:
Slow as a slug.

Non-raptor Observations:
Red-breasted Nuthatches were very active today. At least ten or so appeared
to be in the area near the feeders. Other observations included:

4 Horned Larks
3 American Pipits
1 Bufflehead
1 Palm Warbler

4 Monarchs
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=484
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/cvwo/kiptopeke-hawk-count-2018


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Date: 11/25/18 3:42 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (25 Nov 2018) 12 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 25, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 1 224
Bald Eagle 1 84 358
Northern Harrier 0 10 67
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 130 2187
Cooper's Hawk 0 62 449
Northern Goshawk 0 7 17
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 40 99
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 23589
Red-tailed Hawk 11 832 1307
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 8 23
American Kestrel 0 12 288
Merlin 0 5 84
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 55
Unknown Accipiter 0 4 24
Unknown Buteo 0 0 6
Unknown Falcon 0 0 7
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 7 44
Mississippi Kite 0 0 10
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 1

Total: 12 1205 28840
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 12:00:00
Observation end time: 13:30:00
Total observation time: 1.5 hours

Official Counter: Allen Larner

Observers:

Weather:
Temp was 54F, 5-10% cloud cover, Wind was NE at about a 1 on wind chart.

Raptor Observations:
An immature (2-YR) Bald Eagle flew in over the Inn sign.

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=491


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Date: 11/25/18 2:23 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Snickers Gap (25 Nov 2018) 56 Raptors
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 25, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 20
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 58
Bald Eagle 5 33 150
Northern Harrier 1 4 30
Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 34 470
Cooper's Hawk 0 4 51
Northern Goshawk 0 2 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 18 41
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 1074
Red-tailed Hawk 40 210 450
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 3 6
American Kestrel 0 0 63
Merlin 0 0 7
Peregrine Falcon 1 1 11
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 1
Unknown Buteo 0 1 6
Unknown Falcon 0 1 5
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 2 7

Total: 56 313 2453
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:45:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 5.75 hours

Official Counter: Joan Boudreau and Bob Abrams

Observers:

Visitors:
Lots of folks out today after yesterday's heavy rain. All heading for the
Appalachian Trail.


Weather:
Sunny, cool, light variable wind with 30 to 5% cloud cover.

Raptor Observations:
Several uncounted Turkey and Black Vultures as usual.

Non-raptor Observations:
Small numbers of Red-winged Blackbird, Carolina Wren, Tufted Titmouse,
White-breasted Nuthatch, Blue Jay, E. Bluebird, Carolina Chickadee,
American Goldfinch, Common Raven, and Eastern Red Bat.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joan and Bob (<icepeep...>)


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=494


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Date: 11/25/18 11:13 am
From: Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Hopewell Birding
I walked various areas in Hopewell this morning under nice calm and relatively mild temperatures.  Highlights were one (1) Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, two (2) Orange-crowned Warblers, one (1) Lincoln's Sparrow, three (3) House Wrens, one (1) Blue-headed Vireo and one (1) Baltimore Oriole.Some photographs can be found at:
http://visitingnature.com/main/fall-2018/


Enjoy each day,
Allen

Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 11/25/18 10:41 am
From: krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 11/25/2018 (Fairfax County)
Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified 31 species and included 10 participants. Despite - or perhaps because of - yesterday's heavy rain, birds were in abundance, with Ring-billed Gulls and Blue Jays edging out Red-bellied Woodpeckers by only a thin margin. Notably not observed on today's walk, however, were Yellow-rumped Warblers, Hermit Thrush, and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers; perhaps they were simply sleeping in.  Kinglets, while spotted, were in significantly lower numbers, as were the park's resident vultures.
This walk meets at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, rain or shine, in the main parking lot closest to the Great Falls National Park Visitors' center; 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 42
Mallard 4
Bufflehead 12
Ring-billed Gull 25
Black Vulture 7
Turkey Vulture 1
Bald Eagle 2 Two adults, simultaneously observed on Conn Island, in the trees to either side of the existing nest.
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Barred Owl 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 16
Downy Woodpecker 5
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 20
American Crow 3
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 8
White-breasted Nuthatch 7
Brown Creeper 1
Winter Wren 1
Carolina Wren 9
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 7
American Robin 2
Cedar Waxwing 26
American Goldfinch 1
Fox Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 9
White-throated Sparrow 21
Song Sparrow 9
Northern Cardinal 9

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50208035

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

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Date: 11/25/18 9:49 am
From: Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] [va-bird] No. Oriole @Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, Fairfax Co.
Pictures attached to the eBird checklist - https://ebird.org/va/view/checklist/S50207729

Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA

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Sent: Sunday, November 25, 2018 9:59 AM
To: va-bird
Subject: [VA-bird] [va-bird] No. Oriole @Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, Fairfax Co.

There was a female "Northern" Oriole, probably Baltimore, at the drainage basin just north of the parking lot mainly in the willows around the debris catcher at the west end of the basin.

Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA

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Date: 11/25/18 9:12 am
From: Thomas Nardone via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Nov 25, 2018

This morning, 18 people participate in the weekly bird sponsored by Friends of Dyke Marsh. The group observed 43 species. The list is shown below.
>
> Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax, Virginia, US
> Nov 25, 2018 7:47 AM - 10:49 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.599 mile(s)
> Comments: This is the list for the weekly Friends of Dyke Marsh bird walk.
> 43 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose 500
> Mallard 30
> Lesser Scaup 1
> Bufflehead 5
> Common Merganser 5
> Ruddy Duck 1
> Mourning Dove 9
> Ring-billed Gull 40
> Herring Gull 2
> Double-crested Cormorant 20
> Great Blue Heron 4
> Great Egret 1
> Black Vulture 1
> Cooper's Hawk 1
> Bald Eagle 4
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> Downy Woodpecker 3
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 2
> Blue-headed Vireo 1 M
> Blue Jay 6
> American Crow 5
> Fish Crow 12
> crow sp. 20
> Carolina Chickadee 6
> Tufted Titmouse 1
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> Brown Creeper 3
> Carolina Wren 8
> Hermit Thrush 1
> American Robin 2
> Northern Mockingbird 3
> House Finch 2
> American Goldfinch 12
> White-throated Sparrow 30
> Song Sparrow 12
> Swamp Sparrow 1
> Eastern Towhee 1
> Red-winged Blackbird 20
> Northern Cardinal 8
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50205703
>

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Date: 11/25/18 9:07 am
From: Bill and Julie Knight via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Article on "Triple-Hybrid Warbler" in Pennsylvania
A friend of ours, who still lives in the area where Julie was raised in Pennsylvania, sent us a local newspaper article about a triple-hybrid dubbed the Burket’s Warbler. It is the offspring of a Brewster’s and a Chestnut-sided Warbler. For anyone interested, the article is at http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2018/11/blair-native-discovers-new-hybrid-bird/.

Bill and Julie Knight
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Date: 11/25/18 7:48 am
From: Ashley Lohr via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Male Baltimore oriole--Lynchburg
Hi all,

A male Baltimore oriole has returned to a feeder in Lynchburg for the third
(I believe) year in a row.

First sighted 2 days ago (11/23).

Happy birding,
Ashley Lohr
Loudoun County / Lynchburg / Athens, GA
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Date: 11/25/18 6:59 am
From: Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] [va-bird] No. Oriole @Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, Fairfax Co.
There was a female "Northern" Oriole, probably Baltimore, at the drainage basin just north of the parking lot mainly in the willows around the debris catcher at the west end of the basin.

Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA

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Date: 11/24/18 11:56 am
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (24 Nov 2018) 1 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 24, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 29 3536
Bald Eagle 0 149 609
Northern Harrier 0 135 550
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 694 2700
Cooper's Hawk 0 414 2322
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 67 95
Broad-winged Hawk 0 5 1357
Red-tailed Hawk 0 390 626
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 5
American Kestrel 0 89 3581
Merlin 0 43 1535
Peregrine Falcon 0 15 1374
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 7
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5
Mississippi Kite 0 0 1
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 1 2035 18324
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 11:15:00
Total observation time: 3.75 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers:

Weather:
This morning, light to moderate winds were from the southeast. Skies were
mostly cloudy to overcast, with temperatures in the fifties. It rained
throughout the afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
One sharpie.

Non-raptor Observations:
3 Tundra Swans
1 Red-breasted Merganser
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=484
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/cvwo/kiptopeke-hawk-count-2018


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Date: 11/24/18 6:57 am
From: Richards, Wendy via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Ovenbird seen in Rockbridge County
Yesterday afternoon my husband Steve and I were walking on a trail on our place and we were very surprised to see what looked like an Ovenbird flitting around near the ground, close to the trail. We checked the Sibley guide as soon as we got back to the house and sure enough that’s what it was. We were able to see the bird closely and watched it for some time noticing it’s tear drop shaped orange crown patch which was bordered in black, it’s complete white eye ring, black spotted breast and distinctly olive colored back. These markings were especially vivid in the late November landscape. We went back with a camera but we could not relocate the bird. Hopefully it was heading south!

Wendy Richards
Rockbridge County
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Date: 11/23/18 6:37 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (23 Nov 2018) 40 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 23, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 29 3536
Bald Eagle 2 149 609
Northern Harrier 3 135 550
Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 693 2699
Cooper's Hawk 4 414 2322
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 67 95
Broad-winged Hawk 0 5 1357
Red-tailed Hawk 17 390 626
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 1 2 5
American Kestrel 2 89 3581
Merlin 1 43 1535
Peregrine Falcon 1 15 1374
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 7
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5
Mississippi Kite 0 0 1
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 40 2034 18323
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers:

Weather:
Light to moderate winds were mostly from the northeast, with mostly
cloudy/partly cloudy skies. Chilly temperatures were in the thirties.

Raptor Observations:
A juvenile Golden Eagle was a nice way to end the day today.

Non-raptor Observations:
There was an excellent flight of ~800 Snow Geese today. It was wonderful to
watch and listen to several massive flocks as they passed overhead. Other
observations included:

20 Cedar Waxwings
18 Killdeer
15 Common Loons
6 Red-throated Loons
3 Horned Larks
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=484
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/cvwo/kiptopeke-hawk-count-2018


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Date: 11/23/18 2:52 pm
From: Diane L via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] G. Eagle, P. Falcon, N. Harrier, R. Crossbills, Goldeneye (Rockingham) & Snow Geese (Augusta)
Early this morning, alongside Long Meadow Rd, SE of Timberville, I was treated to a tree-perched Peregrine Falcon and a N. Harrier coursing the fields.  

Next, Greg Moyers and I began a birding day that exceeded our expectations.  At Silver Lake, Dayton (9:30 AM), we found a Goldeneye (likely the same bird Diane H. reported this afternoon.)  Also a few Ruddy Ducks, two Redheads and an A. Coot.  

A pair of Red Crossbills at Briery Branch Gap have Greg to thank for scooting them out of the road several times when trucks came through.  We cringed when the female stayed within about 8' of the path of one truck.  (This likely inspired Greg's heroic efforts from there forward!)  On one chase, the birds didn't fly 'til Greg was about 3 feet away.  Geez.  

As we headed down the mountain, a large dark bird soared soared towards us.  Raven, Greg wondered - no - eagle...GOLDEN EAGLE!  Wow, this was a Rockingham County first for us both.  It disappeared behind the tree line before we could stop.  Bummer.  Wait!  It circled back around and made a pass directly above, giving great looks and photo ops!  

In a western Augusta County corn field on North River Rd, just north of Towers Rd, we watched two geese come in for a landing.  White with black was a surprise!  Snow Geese - one was a blue morph.  

Last highlight of the day was an adult Bald Eagle perched along Ridgedale Rd. (Rockingham.)

Diane Lepkowski
Harrisonburg


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Date: 11/23/18 1:19 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (23 Nov 2018) 59 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 23, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 1 224
Bald Eagle 2 83 357
Northern Harrier 0 10 67
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 130 2187
Cooper's Hawk 1 62 449
Northern Goshawk 0 7 17
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 40 99
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 23589
Red-tailed Hawk 53 821 1296
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 8 23
American Kestrel 1 12 288
Merlin 1 5 84
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 55
Unknown Accipiter 0 4 24
Unknown Buteo 0 0 6
Unknown Falcon 0 0 7
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 7 44
Mississippi Kite 0 0 10
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 1

Total: 59 1193 28828
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers:

Weather:
Nice but chilly day with 1.6-4.8C temps. The day started with overcast
skies that gradually opened up to only 20% cloud cover after 1pm. Mild SSE
breezes.

Raptor Observations:
Two immature Bald Eagles at 12:25 (3YR) and 1:45 (1YR). A female Merlin
appeared out over the ridge just after 11am and dive-bombed a Red-tailed
Hawk and then a Kestrel before zipping across the gap. She came in low and
fast, rose up a bit, and landed in a nearby tree (down near the old ice
rink over the Parkway). I took some photos and then proceeded to see how
close I could get. I was able to walk all the way down the hill next to the
old skating rink ending up about eye level with the merlin, still perched
about 150 feet out. She posed for a long time, testing my patience. I
waited and waited with bird focused in viewfinder. She finally took off
after about a half hour. I succeeded in getting some good take-off flight
shots.

Non-raptor Observations:
One Herring Gull. Flock of 17 Mallards.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=491


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Date: 11/23/18 11:54 am
From: Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Birding in Charles City County
I visited Charles City County this morning.Birds of note were Baltimore Orioles (5), with four in sight at one time, White-eyed Vireo (1) and Red-tailed Hawk (abieticola).Some photographs can be found at:
http://visitingnature.com/main/fall-2018/

Enjoy each day,
Allen

Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 11/23/18 5:32 am
From: Gregory Luce via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Thanksgiving Ducks, et al.
After dinner, I made a couple of brief stops.

At Roaches Run:
5 Hooded Mergansers
2 Pied-Billed Grebes
2 Double-Crested Cormorants
25+ Ring-Billed Gulls

At Daingerfield Island:
2 Buffleheads
5 Ring-Necked Ducks
3 Mallards
5 Ring-Billed Gulls
--
Gregory Luce
"I put it down. You gotta pick it up."—Thelonious Monk

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Date: 11/22/18 5:31 pm
From: barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Nesting eagles & oodles of birds (Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William County)

Both eagles' nests may be busy again this winter at OBNWR.  One eagle was hanging out by its nest on Deephole Point Road on Thanksgiving. Another eagle was sitting on its nest on Charlie Road and its mate (?) was perched nearby.  Another pair was staring into each others eyes atop a rock or log in  Belmont Bay.  Lots of other birds at the refuge, too, including a flock of cedar waxwings, several juncos including a banded one), a thrush or ovenbird, a yellow-rumped warbler, and the typical backyard and other birds, including cardinals, great blue herons, robins, goldfinches, 3 kinds of woodpeckers, flickers, blue jays, and more. Pix temporarily here:



https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/0x1aP2

- Barbara, Fairfax
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Date: 11/22/18 4:27 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (22 Nov 2018) 66 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 22, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 29 3536
Bald Eagle 11 147 607
Northern Harrier 1 132 547
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 687 2693
Cooper's Hawk 18 410 2318
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 64 92
Broad-winged Hawk 0 5 1357
Red-tailed Hawk 29 373 609
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 4
American Kestrel 2 87 3579
Merlin 0 42 1534
Peregrine Falcon 0 14 1373
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 7
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5
Mississippi Kite 0 0 1
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 66 1994 18283
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers:

Weather:
It was a brisk, chilly day, with moderate northeasterly winds and partly
cloudy skies. Temperatures were in the low forties.

Raptor Observations:
There was a decent flight, with Cooper's Hawks, red-tails, and Bald Eagles
on the move.

Non-raptor Observations:
The first Snow Geese of the season passed by, with 10 white geese and one
blue goose in a single flock. 58 Canada Geese were also seen in several
flocks (flying high, looking migratory, and traveling southwards). Other
observations included:

12 Common Loons
11 Killdeer
8 Great Blue Herons
6 Wood Ducks
5 Pine Siskins
3 Purple Finches
1 American Pipit
1 House Finch
1 yellowlegs sp.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=484
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/cvwo/kiptopeke-hawk-count-2018


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Date: 11/22/18 12:21 pm
From: Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Hopewell Birding
Activity was at a minimum in Hopewell this morning.  Highlights were two (2) leucistic Canada Geese, a Common Raven and one (1) Orange-crowned Warbler.Some photographs are at:
http://visitingnature.com/main/fall-2018/

Happy Thanksgiving,
Allen

Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 11/22/18 9:46 am
From: Mark Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Surf Scoters
I had 2 Surf Scoters at Mill Creek Lake this morning. They were female and or juvenile. They were still there at 10:21. They flew around to the dam.

Mark Johnson

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Date: 11/22/18 5:32 am
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rufous and Raptors!
In Augusta and Rockbridge Counties, VA; 11/21/18. Rufous Hummingbird and
multiple raptors: Cooper's Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk (8),
Northern Harrier (3), and American Kestrel (9). Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_11_21.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_11_21.htm



______________________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

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

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Date: 11/21/18 7:51 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (21 Nov 2018) 22 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 21, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 29 3536
Bald Eagle 5 136 596
Northern Harrier 4 131 546
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 683 2689
Cooper's Hawk 5 392 2300
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 63 91
Broad-winged Hawk 0 5 1357
Red-tailed Hawk 3 344 580
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 4
American Kestrel 0 85 3577
Merlin 1 42 1534
Peregrine Falcon 0 14 1373
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 7
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5
Mississippi Kite 0 0 1
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 22 1928 18217
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers:

Weather:
Light winds were mostly from the southwest, with clear skies and
temperatures in the forties.

Raptor Observations:
A handful of raptors passed by.

Non-raptor Observations:
Over 2,000 Red-winged Blackbirds were on the move. Other observations
included:

43 Killdeer
20 Pine Siskins
17 Cedar Waxwings
16 Common Loons
6 American Pipits
5 Purple Finches
2 Dark-eyed Juncos
2 House Finches
2 Willets
1 Horned Lark

1 Monarch
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=484
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/cvwo/kiptopeke-hawk-count-2018


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Date: 11/21/18 3:33 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (21 Nov 2018) 143 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 21, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 1 224
Bald Eagle 12 81 355
Northern Harrier 1 10 67
Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 130 2187
Cooper's Hawk 6 61 448
Northern Goshawk 0 7 17
Red-shouldered Hawk 5 39 98
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 23589
Red-tailed Hawk 111 768 1243
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 8 23
American Kestrel 1 11 287
Merlin 1 4 83
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 55
Unknown Accipiter 0 4 24
Unknown Buteo 0 0 6
Unknown Falcon 0 0 7
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 7 44
Mississippi Kite 0 0 10
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 1

Total: 143 1134 28769
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers: Matt Hosner, William Leigh

Visitors:
Andrew Rapp, Noah Sheffield, Tim and Sue Coleman


Weather:
Sunny with cloudless skies. Strong WNW winds. 3.0-9.6C temps.

Raptor Observations:
A nice flow of raptors throughout the day to the last minute. 12 Bald
Eagles: 11:45 4-YR, 11:56 AD pair, 12:50 AD, 1:04 2-Yr pair, 1:42 2-YR,
2:46 1-YR and AD, 2:57 1-YR, 3:55 1-YR pair. An immature Harrier and Merlin
in the 11-12 hour. One early Red-shouldered Hawk appeared suddenly right in
front and below us flying right at us whereupon it rose up at the last
second (appearing to avoid colliding with us!) and flew right over our
heads low and disappeared behind the big water tank.

Non-raptor Observations:
2 Herring Gulls. The first hour was slow so I wondered how many jets I
could count at one time in the sky. Answer: 15.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=491


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Date: 11/21/18 1:32 pm
From: Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Birds in Prince George County
I visited the Brandon area of Prince George County today.  Waterfowl included Tundra Swan (27), Canada Geese (1200), Snow Geese (4), Cackling Goose (1) and Ross's Goose (1).A couple of photographs can be found at:
http://visitingnature.com/main/fall-2018/


Enjoy each day,
Allen
Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 11/21/18 11:04 am
From: Lori Keeler via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Request info re birding Ft. Belvoir
I would like to bird Ft. Belvoir, but don’t know where the best spots are or if special access permits are required for birding. I am a veteran. I have a permit to enter the base for medical care. I’d like to know if that is all I need or if a special birding access permit is also required.

Please respond to me off line if you have information to share with me.

Thank you,

Lori Keeler
Alexandria, VA

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Date: 11/20/18 7:39 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (20 Nov 2018) 44 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 20, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 28 3535
Bald Eagle 8 131 591
Northern Harrier 10 127 542
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 680 2686
Cooper's Hawk 11 387 2295
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 63 91
Broad-winged Hawk 0 5 1357
Red-tailed Hawk 10 341 577
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 4
American Kestrel 0 85 3577
Merlin 2 41 1533
Peregrine Falcon 0 14 1373
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 7
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5
Mississippi Kite 0 0 1
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 44 1906 18195
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers:

Weather:
Light winds were generally from the southwest, with overcast to partly
cloudy skies and temperatures in the fifties to low sixties.

Raptor Observations:
A few birds were on the move, especially this afternoon as the sun came
out.

Non-raptor Observations:
Observations included:

46 Cedar Waxwings
21 Common Loons
16 Eastern Bluebirds
12 Pine Siskins
8 Killdeer
2 American Pipits
2 House Finches
1 Palm Warbler
1 Purple Finch

9 Monarchs
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=484
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/cvwo/kiptopeke-hawk-count-2018


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Date: 11/20/18 6:22 pm
From: Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Cub Run RECenter, mixed flock

Hello Birders,

Today (20 Nov) was the strongest demonstration I’ve seen so far of the “power of the mixed flock”. After 30 minutes of birding at a familiar spot in Fairfax County, I began to mentally compose my griping report to VA-Bird. “An incredibly quiet day in all the various habitats I checked,” etc. was my planned message.

Then I ran into the mixed flock. It contained no less than 14 species all in the same 50-yard diameter area at the same time. 11 of those species were only represented (as far as I could tell) by single individuals. I have heard that is a common feature of mixed flocks.

The multiple-individual exceptions were Carolina Wren (at least two birds), White-throated Sparrows (several) and Cardinal (a M-F pair).

The most notable bird was a Winter Wren, scuttling back and forth between the two banks of the stream. Except for 2 brief perches where it was fully exposed, it demonstrated the classic skulking behavior many times – brief glimpses of a dark blur which quickly disappeared.

So today’s experience reiterated the lesson, “Yes, the woods can seem very quiet in the winter. But they’re out there somewhere. You just need to locate the mixed flock.”

Checklist here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50075934

Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia
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Date: 11/20/18 6:02 pm
From: Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FW: DC Area, 11/20/2018
FYI
Joe Coleman

-----Original Message-----
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 11/20/2018
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, questions: <voice...>
Compilers: Joe Coleman
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

Please consider joining ANS, especially if you are a regular user of the
Voice 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.

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, Nov 13, and was
completed on Tuesday, Nov 20, at 3:30 p.m.

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

Top birds this week are: WHITE-WINGED DOVE in VA, CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD* in
MD, PACIFIC LOON* in VA, BROWN BOOBY* in MD, and EVENING GROSBEAK in MD, VA,
and WV.

Other Birds of Interest include waterfowl, RED-NECKED GREBE, RUBY-THROATED
and RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, COMMON GALLINULE, SANDHILL CRANE, shorebirds,
PARASITIC JAEGER, NORTHERN GANNET, GREAT CORMORANT, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN,
BROWN PELICAN, raptors including SWAINSON'S HAWK, LOGGERHEAD and NORTHERN
SHRIKE*, MARSH WREN, PURPLE FINCH, RED CROSSBILL, PINE SISKIN, SNOW BUNTING,
sparrows, warblers, and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK.

TOP BIRDS

A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was seen on Nov 17 perched on a power line with two
Mourning Doves on Seaside Rd just before it intersects with Magotha Rd,
Northampton Co, VA.

A hatch-year male CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD*, seen on Nov 17, 18 and 19, was
banded at a house on 977 Dogwood Tree Ln, Cape St Claire, Anne Arundel Co,
MD. The owners have generously given permission for observers to visit
between 9 am and 4 pm, but are asked to stay on the cement pad on the left
side of the house, be quiet and not block neighbors' properties or
driveways.

A continuing PACIFIC LOON* was seen at Sherwood Lakes Virginia Beach, VA
throughout the week.

A BROWN BOOBY* was seen foraging offshore of Chesapeake Beach Veterans
Memorial Park, Calvert Co, MD on Nov 18.

EVENING GROSBEAK sightings continued throughout the area with one visiting a
backyard bird feeder on Heather LN, Jefferson Co, WV on Nov 14. EVENING
GROSBEAKS also showed up at several locations in MD including one in
Dorchester Co, MD on the 14th; another on the 13th and 14th along Hoyes Run
Rd, Garrett Co, MD; another at feeders on the 14th at West Ocean City Pond,
Worcester Co, MD. In VA two were seen at Gayton Forest, Henrico Co, VA on
Nov 16 and one in Riverview Park, Charlottesville, VA on Nov 17.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

Three ROSS'S GEESE and a continuing CACKLING GOOSE were reported at
Ancarrow's Landing, Richmond, VA on Nov 16. Another was seen Nov 17 along
Fountain Green Rd, Harford Co, MD. One was also reported on the 19th from
Lake Artemesia, Prince George's Co, MD. Single ROSS'S GEESE were seen at the
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch, Sussex Co, DE on Nov 16 and at Prime Hook NWR,
Sussex Co, DE on the 18th. A ROSS'S GOOSE was also seen Nov 17 at Tom's
Cove, Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA. The two continuing TRUMPETER SWANS
on private ponds along Owensville Rd, Anne Arundel Co, MD were seen Nov 13
and 17. Four TRUMPETER SWANS flew over the Hawkwatch platform, Kiptopeke SP,
Northampton Co, VA with one Tundra Swan (for size comparison purposes) on
Nov 14.

COMMON EIDERS were seen in several location in Sussex Co, DE this past week
including 5 at Cape Henlopen SP on Nov 13, one at Fenwick Island SP on Nov
13 and 15, and three at the Indian River Inlet on the 17th and one on the
18th. A continuing HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen Nov 13 at Rudee Inlet, Virginia
Beach, VA.

Single WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were reported at North Point SP, Baltimore Co,
MD on Nov 16; at Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore CO, MD on Nov 19; and at
Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, MD on Nov 19. A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was
seen throughout the week at the Greenfield-Botetourt Center, Botetourt Co,
VA. One and sometimes 2 SURF SCOTERS were seen throughout the week at Lake
Frederick, Frederick Co, VA.

A LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen in DC waters near the 14th Street Bridge on the
Potomac River on Nov 18; two were on Piney Reservoir, Garrett Co, MD on Nov
19.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen Nov 17 at the Swan Creek Wetland/Cox Creek DMCF
(access by guided tour only), Anne Arundel Co, MD.

Lingering RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS were seen Nov 16 at a feeder on Linden
Ave, Arbutus, Baltimore, MD and in the Kingsmill neighborhood of
Williamsburg, James City Co, VA and on the 17th in Takoma Park, Montgomery
Co, MD. RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRDS continued at several feeders throughout the week
including one at Fosters Branch Road, Albemarle Co, VA and another at Ox
Road, Augusta Co, VA.

A COMMON GALLINULE was seen and photographed Nov 17 and 19 at Harmony Lake,
Nelson Co, VA.

Three SANDHILL CRANES were photographed as they flew over the Morton Dr
Access, Rivanna Trail, Charlottesville Co, VA on Nov 16. A continuing
SANDHILL CRANE* was heard Nov 18 off of Cods Road across from Prime Hook
NWR, Sussex Co, DE.

As many as 4 HUDSONIAN GODWITS and 5 MARBLED GODWITS were seen at Raymond
Pool, Bombay Hook in Kent Co, DE on Nov 18.

Two RED KNOTS were seen Nov 16 at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA. Three
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen Nov 14 at the Craney Island Disposal Area
(restricted access), Portsmouth, VA. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen Nov
17 at Swan Creek Wetland/Cox Creek DMCF (access only by guided tour), Anne
Arundel Co, MD.

A light morph adult PARASITIC JAEGER was seen again at Little Island Park,
Virginia Beach, VA, this time on Nov 17.

Two NORTHERN GANNETS were seen Nov 14 in the upper bay from North Point SP,
Baltimore Co, MD.

Ten GREAT CORMORANTS were seen Nov 18 from Bloody Point, Queen Anne's Co and
18 were seen later in the day at the Kent Point Marina, Queen Anne's Co, MD.

Four AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS flew over Magothy Bay Natural Area, Northampton
Co, VA on Nov 18; the same day 4 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS flew over the
intersection of Sandpiper and Sandbridge, Virginia Beach, VA. A BROWN
PELICAN was seen Nov 14 and 18 at Hacks Point Marina, Cecil Co, MD.

A SWAINSON'S HAWK* was reported on Nov 14 flying over the Rockfish Gap Hawk
Watch, Augusta Co, VA. GOLDEN EAGLES continued to be spotted through the
region, with one on the 17th from the Cape Henlopen Hawkwatch, Sussex Co, DE
and one seen flying overhead on the 18th from Cods Rd, Prime Hook NWR,
Sussex Co, DE. A GOLDEN EAGLE was also spotted in northwestern Loudoun Co,
VA on Nov 16. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on Nov 17 from Fowler Beach Rd,
Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen Nov 17 along Kings Rd, Lunenburg Co, VA in the
usual area. The NORTHERN SHRIKE* at Sully Woodlands in Fairfax Co, VA was
seen again on Nov 14, 16, and 18. A NORTHERN SHRIKE* was seen Nov 18 and 19
at Piney Reservoir, Garrett Co, MD.

A MARSH WREN was seen Nov 19 at the Blandy Experimental Farm, Clarke Co, VA.

A COMMON REDPOLL was seen Nov 14 at a home in Carroll Co, MD and one was
heard Nov 19 in a field on Shriver Rd, Frederick Co, MD.

A RED CROSSBILL was heard at Fort Smallwood Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD on the
18th.

Two SNOW BUNTINGS were seen throughout the week at North Point SP, Baltimore
Co, MD; two were also seen Nov 19 at Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, MD.

An AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was seen Nov 19 at Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore
Co, MD. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen Nov 17 at Back Bay NWR, Virginia
Beach, VA. A VESPER SPARROW was seen Nov 17 at Loch Lynn Boardwalk and
Trail, Garrett Co, MD. The continuing LARK SPARROW at the National
Arboretum, NE DC was seen again on Nov 18 and 19.

Some of the lingering warblers seen in the area were a NASHVILLE WARBLER at
Layton Landing Rd and Resolutions Rd, Leedstown, Westmoreland Co, VA on Nov
18; a YELLOW WARBLER on Nov 17 at Occoquan NWR, Prince William Co, VA; a
BLACKPOLL WARBLER at Ancarrow's Landing, Richmond, VA on Nov 18; and a
PRAIRIE WARBLER on Nov 17 at Lone Star Lakes, Suffolk Co, VA.

Additionally, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen in a number of locations
this past week.

Late ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS turned up in a yard in Frederick Co, VA on Nov
15 and at Marshy Point Nature Center, Baltimore Co, MD on Nov 18.

***

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable state records committee

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Date: 11/20/18 3:31 pm
From: Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Birding Charles City County
I visited Charles City County this morning and checked various sparrow flocks for the most part.The best bird of the day was a tardy immature Indigo Bunting.  I also observed an immature White-crowned Sparrow which had characteristics (pale lore and "lighter loral stripe behind eye) of the Gambel's subspecies(?).  (If you open up the White-crowned image it will toggle back and forth to our expected immature White-crowned, one photographed on 11/14.)  Comments would be appreciated.
Some photographs can be found at:
http://visitingnature.com/main/fall-2018/

Enjoy each day,
Allen
Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 11/20/18 2:18 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (20 Nov 2018) 129 Raptors (BE season record, 2 NG, GE)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 20, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 1 224
Bald Eagle 23 69 343
Northern Harrier 1 9 66
Sharp-shinned Hawk 9 124 2181
Cooper's Hawk 7 55 442
Northern Goshawk 2 7 17
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 34 93
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 23589
Red-tailed Hawk 81 657 1132
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 1 8 23
American Kestrel 0 10 286
Merlin 1 3 82
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 55
Unknown Accipiter 1 4 24
Unknown Buteo 0 0 6
Unknown Falcon 0 0 7
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 1 7 44
Mississippi Kite 0 0 10
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 1

Total: 129 991 28626
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:15:00
Observation end time: 15:45:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers: Jennifer Jowdy, Vic Laubach

Visitors:
Daniel Mapel, Lance & Jill Morrow, Ezra & Theo Staengl, Eli & Ira Lianez.


Weather:
A cold front came through the area today bringing increasingly strong WNW
winds and falling temperatures (10.7-7.0C). Mostly cloudy all day except
for mostly sunny skies from 8-9:30am. Clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
A fairly slow morning followed by a very active afternoon with a fantastic
Red-tail and Eagle flight! Today's impressive count of 23 Bald Eagles
takes us to 343 for the season, surpassing the previous season record of
329 set last year! BE flight today: fourteen immature (11:39 3rd-YR, 11:48
2nd-YR, 11:57 3rd-YR, 12:38 2nd-YR, 12:55 2nd-YR, 12:58 1st-YR, 1:07
1st-YR, 1:16 3rd-YR pair, 1:18 1st-YR, 1:21 1st-YR, 2:04 2nd-YR, 2:20
3rd-YR, 2:49 1st-YR), six adults (9:55, 11:44, 11:57, 12:38, 12:55, 2:34),
two 4th-YR (12:58 and 1:44), and one unaged (7:48). A beautiful adult
Golden Eagle flew through with the two Bald Eagles at 12:58!

A fast-flying immature Northern Goshawk distant to the east at 9:49. A
second immature Goshawk at 12:20 was also fairly distant but stopped to do
some circling, providing wonderful scope views and a few photos. A nice
Merlin spent some time harassing two Red-tails before heading south at
10:12. A late-day immmature Northern Harrier flew fast down the east side
of the gap at 3:30. First Raptor: 7:25 RT, Last Raptor: 3:45 RT.

Non-raptor Observations:
3 Ring-billed and 1 Herring Gulls. A big American Robin flight with 1,590
counted migrating. Other sightings included: 270 Waxwings, 17 Pine
Siskins, 103 Red-winged Blackbirds, and 145 Grackles.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (<birdmangabriel...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=491


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Date: 11/20/18 12:57 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rusties and Raptors
40 avian species in Augusta and Rockingham Counties, VA 11/19/18, including
5 raptor species and 40 to 60 Rusty Blackbirds. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_11_19.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_11_19.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: 11/20/18 11:44 am
From: Bill McGovern via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Snow Geese, Mt Vernon
I may have seen the same flock of snow geese that Bill Walsh reported.
Approximately the same number (70-80) passed over Mt Vernon around 2:15,
headed southeast.

-----Original Message-----
From: VA-bird <va-bird-bounces+bmcgovern=<cox.net...> On Behalf Of
William Walsh via VA-bird
Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 2:25 PM
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Snow Geese, Loudoun County

I just had a flock of about 70-80 Snow Geese fly over our home in Aldie VA
in Loudoun County today. The cold weather up north must have them flying to
the coast now.

Bill Walsh
Aldie VA
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Date: 11/20/18 11:25 am
From: William Walsh via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Snow Geese, Loudoun County
I just had a flock of about 70-80 Snow Geese fly over our home in Aldie VA
in Loudoun County today. The cold weather up north must have them flying to
the coast now.

Bill Walsh
Aldie VA
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Date: 11/20/18 4:31 am
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (19 Nov 2018) 84 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 19, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 1 224
Bald Eagle 0 46 320
Northern Harrier 0 8 65
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 115 2172
Cooper's Hawk 6 48 435
Northern Goshawk 0 5 15
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 32 91
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 23589
Red-tailed Hawk 72 576 1051
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 7 22
American Kestrel 2 10 286
Merlin 1 2 81
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 55
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 23
Unknown Buteo 0 0 6
Unknown Falcon 0 0 7
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 6 43
Mississippi Kite 0 0 10
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 1

Total: 84 862 28497
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:15:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 5.25 hours

Official Counter: Bob Epperson

Observers: Logan Anderson

Weather:
Cool day with temperatures in the low to mid 50's F. Cloud cover initially
95%, eventually decreasing to 70%. Good visibility yet distant very
mountains hazy. Winds were generally SW 2-6 mph. A big thanks to Bob
Epperson (and observer Logan Anderson) who did a count for us today. He and
Logan stopped by only to realize that we had no volunteer counters
available. Bob is from the Lynchburg Bird Club who has also counted at the
Candler Mountain and Harvey's Knob hawk watches.

Raptor Observations:
Nice RT flight today. After a slow start with only one RT in the 10:00
hour, there was a steady flow with hourly counts of 13, 18, 18, 15, and 7
RT from the 11:00 am hour through the 3:00 pm hour. Enough variety of other
raptors to keep it interesting. Majority of birds were on the west side
and seen naked eye. Nice Merlin low and close along the west side at 11:14
am. First and last birds were RT at 10:31 am and 3:23 pm. Three local RT,
seen together several times.

Non-raptor Observations:
Multiple flocks of Cedar Waxwings (328 birds total). Also American Robin
(45), Pine Siskin (6), and well seen Rusty Blackbird (2). One bat, species
unknown.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 11/19/18 7:16 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (19 Nov 2018) 7 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 19, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 28 3535
Bald Eagle 2 123 583
Northern Harrier 0 117 532
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 678 2684
Cooper's Hawk 2 376 2284
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 62 90
Broad-winged Hawk 0 5 1357
Red-tailed Hawk 0 331 567
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 4
American Kestrel 0 85 3577
Merlin 0 39 1531
Peregrine Falcon 0 14 1373
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 7
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5
Mississippi Kite 0 0 1
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 7 1862 18151
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers:

Weather:
Calm to very light winds were generally from the southwest, with overcast
skies and temperatures in the forties to fifties.

Raptor Observations:
Very slow. An Osprey passed low over the platform carrying a needlefish.

Non-raptor Observations:
Observations included:

62 Bonaparte's Gulls (in two flocks)
31 Pine Siskins
5 Black-bellied Plovers
5 Common Loons
2 Hermit Thrushes
2 Horned Larks
1 House Finch
1 Purple Finch

3 Monarchs
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=484
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/cvwo/kiptopeke-hawk-count-2018


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Date: 11/19/18 6:03 pm
From: Patrick Malone via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] bird photography show- reception on Saturday, December 15 in DC
Friends:

We’re having a reception for my first show of photographs — mostly birds, but also bugs, flowers and landscapes — on December 15, and you’re invited!

I’ve sent around some of my photos on the listservs, but now, having printed, matted and framed a couple dozen of my best shots, I can report that they look a heck of a lot better in actual printed format. (Framed sizes vary from 11x14 to 24x32.)


Details:

Saturday, December 15, 2018
1:30 to 3:30 pm
Duffy Parish Center
Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament
3630 Quesada Street NW
Washington, DC
(Park on the lot between the church and the school. Parish center is to the right of the church.)

All proceeds benefit the National Audubon Society.

We’ll have plenty of food and alcoholic plus non-alcoholic beverages — supplies will be more plentiful for early arrivals. Hope you can make it!


Patrick Malone
<pmalone...> <mailto:<pmalone...>




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

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Date: 11/19/18 3:16 pm
From: Jeffrey Blalock via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - 103 Elizabeth Court, South Boston, VA, Nov 19, 2018
Greetings all

Following is my eBird Report for my count this morning with pictures of the White-Crowned Sparrow which is only my second record of this Sparrow in my yard.

Click on the link at the bottom of the report to see the eBird Report with the pictures.

Good Birding Always.

From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

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


Begin forwarded message:

> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Date: November 19, 2018 at 6:12:50 PM EST
> To: <jcbabirder...>
> Subject: eBird Report - 103 Elizabeth Court, South Boston, VA, Nov 19, 2018
>
> 103 Elizabeth Court, South Boston, VA, Halifax, Virginia, US
> Nov 19, 2018 6:40 AM - 9:40 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 25 species
>
> Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 3
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) 2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1 1 - Male
> Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) (Dryobates pubescens pubescens/medianus) 1 1 - Male
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus auratus/luteus) 2
> Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 14
> American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 6
> Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 1
> Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) (Sitta carolinensis carolinensis) 2
> Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1
> Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 2
> American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 16
> Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) 1
> Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 2
> House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 2
> Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) 1
> American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 15
> Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis) 3
> White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 1 1 - Immature Only the second time I have seen this species in my yard. The first was Nov 7, 2011. Note that I was not able to get a picture of the sparrow when I first saw it but as I was locking the back door to run and do some errands I saw the sparrow was back and took some pictures of it through the windows of the back door and storm door.
> White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 15
> Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
> Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 3
> Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 10
> House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 1
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50048106
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
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Date: 11/19/18 1:51 pm
From: Elizabeth Fenton via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Raven at Eakin Park in Fairfax County
At about 9:30 this morning 3 of us had a Raven fly over us "croaking" in Eakin Park on Prosperity Avenue (bet. Rtes 50 and 236) in Fairfax County.

The Raven returned a few mins. later accompanied by a couple of crows. We had a great opportunity to compare sizes and tails.

Elizabeth Fenton
Falls Church
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Date: 11/19/18 1:39 pm
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR
I birded Occoquan Bay NWR in Woodbridge this morning.  Nothing realunusual but I did see a large percentage of what one might expect at this time of year.  I saw my first tundra swans of the season, with two sitting on the  shore across Belmont Bay near Mason Neck SP.  Lots of pied-billed grebes were in Occoquan Bay, and 4 horned grebes were in the vicinity of Deep Hole Point.  There were several very large rafts of ducks way out in the river, presumably lesser scaup.  Several flocks were closer to shore and contained a greater scaup.  A winter wren sang its full song near the parking lot, and I saw 6 of the little buggers during my walk.  A flock of 10 pine siskins was along Deephole Point Rd. between Easy and Fox Rds.  Swamp sparrows seemed particularly numerous, and fox sparrows were singing in several spots.  A catbird was calling along Bayview Rd.  Lots of robins and waxwings were feeding on the plentiful Bradford pears.  I tallied 60 species in all.
Marc Ribaudo
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Date: 11/19/18 1:28 pm
From: Howard Wu via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Birds on a cow pasture (Herndon, VA)
Hi, group:

A quick note: yesterday and today I saw some interesting birds on the cow
pasture at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon -- on Sunday (11-18-2018) I saw
a small flock of Killdeer, which are not rare, but transient at best in
this park and I was pleasantly surprised to see them. Today (11-19-2018), I
was even more surprised to see a flock of American Pipits. On the same cow
pasture, nowadays there were always flocks of black birds -- Red-winged
Blackbirds, Brown-headed Cowbirds and European Starlings, foraging there,
seeing these two species was definitely an added bonus.

See my eBird reports below (with pictures):

11-18-2018 (Killdeer):
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50019300

11-19-2018 (American Pipits):
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50057517

Thanks,
Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
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Date: 11/19/18 11:32 am
From: David Boltz via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Marsh Wren at Blandy Farm, Clarke Co. & 2 Surf Scoters now at Lake Frederick, Frederick Co.
Bill Parkin and I took a trip over to Blandy Farm and found a surprise Marsh Wren in Rattlesnake Spring. At one point we thought there might be 2 singing, but we only ever got eyes on one. I got some pretty decent photos of it, which can be seen at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50051738 .

Also, there are now 2 female Surf Scoters at Lake Frederick. One has now been here for 12 days. Nothing else but a half dozen Canada Geese was seen by us on the lake.

Dave Boltz
Lake Frederick
Frederick Co.
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Date: 11/19/18 10:56 am
From: Bert Harris via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] The Plains Christmas Bird Count, counters needed
Dear all,



Please consider join us for the Plains Christmas Bird Count, that will be
held on Sunday, December 16th. Bird watchers of all skill levels are
welcome!


The count covers northern Fauquier County and western Prince William
county. We have a great variety of habitats in the count circle and we
always turn up a good diversity of birds. Last year we found 92 species,
including Short-eared Owl and Cackling Goose.


Start times vary by sector leaders. Most meet around 7 am at various
locations within the circle, ranging from Haymarket to Warrenton. We will
have food and hot drinks at compilation, which will be held at the Clifton
Institute, north of Warrenton, just after sundown. Please contact me
directly (<bharris...>) if you'd like to join!

Thank you,

Bert

--
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Executive Director
The Clifton Institute
6712 Blantyre Rd.|Warrenton, VA 20187
Email: <bharris...>
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Click here <http://envstudies.org/support.html> to support our education,
restoration, and research activities!
Submit observations to our iNaturalist project
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Date: 11/19/18 8:07 am
From: David Spears via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Managing your VA-Bird account
My fellow VA-Birders,

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I hope this is helpful and I hope you all see some good birds over the
Thanksgiving weekend.

David Spears
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(for the Virginia Society of Ornithology)
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Date: 11/19/18 4:39 am
From: Jeffrey Blalock via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] WC Sparrow

Greetings all

While doing my morning yard count today I had a juvenile White-Crowned Sparrow.

This is only the second time that I have seen them in my yard with the first being on Nov 7, 2011 with 5 juveniles.

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: 11/18/18 6:00 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (18 Nov 2018) 71 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 18, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 28 3535
Bald Eagle 7 121 581
Northern Harrier 3 117 532
Sharp-shinned Hawk 17 675 2681
Cooper's Hawk 15 374 2282
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 62 90
Broad-winged Hawk 0 5 1357
Red-tailed Hawk 24 331 567
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 4
American Kestrel 4 85 3577
Merlin 0 39 1531
Peregrine Falcon 0 14 1373
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 7
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5
Mississippi Kite 0 0 1
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 71 1855 18144
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers:

Weather:
Winds were light and variable, with an easterly component. Skies were
partly cloudy, with temperatures in the forties to mid fifties.

Raptor Observations:
There was a decent red-tail and accipiter flight this morning. A
red-shoulder landed on the t-pole again today.

Non-raptor Observations:
Observations included:

25 Common Loons
20 Canada Geese
4 Pine Siskins
4 Purple Finches
2 American Pipits
1 Barn Swallow
1 Hermit Thrush
1 Red-headed Woodpecker
1 Red-throated Loon

2 Monarchs
1 Buckeye
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=484
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/cvwo/kiptopeke-hawk-count-2018


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Date: 11/18/18 4:13 pm
From: krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 11/18/2018 (Fairfax County)
Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified approximately 35 species and included 10 participants. The walk began with the sighting of Fantastic Mr. Fox, one of the park's many inhabitants, in search of his morning squirrel breakfast. It segued into quite the variety of avian species, including several Brown Creepers and sapsuckers, and was punctuated by a herd of a half-dozen deer plus a few dispersed individuals. The river again was running high and fast; a number of the customary waterfowl had sought refuge on Clay Pond. A handful of tenacious Buffleheads, though, braved the Potomac's swift currents, cruising briskly downstream only to fly back upstream so that they might repeat the process.
This walk meets at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, rain or shine, in front of the snack bar/concession stand of the Great Falls National Park Visitors' center; 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 24
Tundra Swan 9
Mallard 6
American Black Duck 4
Bufflehead 12
Common Merganser 1
Mourning Dove  2
gull sp. 1
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Black Vulture 3
Turkey Vulture 2
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 12
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 13
Hairy Woodpecker 6
Pileated Woodpecker 10
Northern Flicker 5
Blue Jay 14
American Crow 1
Fish Crow 1
crow sp. 8
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 8
White-breasted Nuthatch 8
Brown Creeper 5
Winter Wren 4
Carolina Wren 13
Golden-crowned Kinglet 6
Eastern Bluebird 12
American Robin 1
Cedar Waxwing 1
American Goldfinch 2
Dark-eyed Junco 16
White-throated Sparrow 20
Song Sparrow 5
Northern Cardinal 14

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50034082

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

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Date: 11/18/18 2:26 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Snickers Gap (18 Nov 2018) 3 Raptors
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 18, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 20
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 58
Bald Eagle 0 28 145
Northern Harrier 0 3 29
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 28 464
Cooper's Hawk 0 4 51
Northern Goshawk 0 2 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 15 38
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 1074
Red-tailed Hawk 2 170 410
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 3 6
American Kestrel 0 0 63
Merlin 0 0 7
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 10
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 1
Unknown Buteo 0 1 6
Unknown Falcon 0 1 5
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 2 7

Total: 3 257 2397
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:45:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 5.75 hours

Official Counter: Joan Boudreau and Bob Abrams

Observers: Duane Schilling, The Littles

Visitors:
Andrew and Paul


Weather:
Cold, light wind, hazy, with high clouds

Raptor Observations:
With ESE winds very little activity.

Non-raptor Observations:
Some good passerines: Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers (4), Brown Creeper,
Pileated Woodpecker, American Robins (15) Amer. Bluebirds (3), Euro.
Starling (30), and regular cross-the-street feeder birds (Chickadee,
Titmouse, Cardinal, Carolina Wren), four flocks of Canada Geese with one
Cackling Goose (total approx. 140) and approximately 65 Gulls (Ring-billed
50+/- and Herring 15+/-) both species flying an unusual west to east over
the ridge.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joan and Bob (<icepeep...>)


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Date: 11/18/18 2:03 pm
From: Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Birding in Hopewell & Charles City County
Even though the first hour was foggy in Hopewell the birding was enjoyable.  Six (6) Orange-crowned Warblers and three (3) Black & White Warblers and a Baltimore Oriole were observed.  The counts of both of the above warblers equaled or surpassed the number of Yellow-rumped Warblers observed/heard.
In Charles City County Palm and Pine Warblers were picked up to provide 5 warbler species for the day.
Some photographs can be found at:
http://visitingnature.com/main/fall-2018/

Enjoy each day,
Allen

Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 11/18/18 1:02 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (18 Nov 2018) 36 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 18, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 1 224
Bald Eagle 2 46 320
Northern Harrier 0 8 65
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 113 2170
Cooper's Hawk 2 42 429
Northern Goshawk 0 5 15
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 31 90
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 23589
Red-tailed Hawk 26 504 979
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 7 22
American Kestrel 0 8 284
Merlin 0 1 80
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 55
Unknown Accipiter 1 3 23
Unknown Buteo 0 0 6
Unknown Falcon 0 0 7
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 1 6 43
Mississippi Kite 0 0 10
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 1

Total: 36 778 28413
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Ezra Staengl, Gabriel Mapel

Observers: Ezra Staengl , Gabriel Mapel

Visitors:
Jennifer Jowdy, Marshall Faintich


Weather:
A very chilly start (-1C) warming up to a day high of 8.2C at 12pm.
Moderate SE Breezes. Mostly cloudy and very hazy.

Raptor Observations:
Steady movement of Red-tails between 11:30-1:30 but otherwise very slow.
Two close-in Bald Eagles (a 3rd-YR at 11:46 followed by an adult at 11:50).

Non-raptor Observations:
Ezra had a flock of 5 Ring-billed Gulls this morning. Other sightings
included: 47 Robins, 78 Waxwings, 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch, and 24
Red-winged Blackbirds.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (<birdmangabriel...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 11/18/18 10:23 am
From: Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Dyke Marsh, Nov 18, 2018
Fourteen birders came out for the weekly Sunday morning Dyke Marsh bird walk in Fairfax County. These walks are held every Sunday morning at 8:00 AM except during the Christmas Bird Count season. They are free and open to all. Our group managed to tally 40 species despite the continuing scarcity of waterfowl. We saw three separate pairs of Bald Eagles not far from their respective nests. They will likely be starting the process of shoring up these nests soon. Other highlights included great views of both species of kinglets, Eastern Bluebirds, a perched Red-shouldered Hawk, various sparrows, and a couple of Yellow-rumped Warblers.
Larry MeadeMerrifield, VA



Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Nov 18, 2018 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
40 species

Canada Goose  300
Mallard  22
Bufflehead  3
Ruddy Duck  4
Mourning Dove  55
Laughing Gull  10
Ring-billed Gull  250
Herring Gull  8
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Double-crested Cormorant  14
Great Blue Heron  3
Bald Eagle  6
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  4
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  5
Fish Crow  60
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  8
Golden-crowned Kinglet  5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  6
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  7
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  4
House Finch  10
American Goldfinch  20
Dark-eyed Junco  1
White-throated Sparrow  30
Song Sparrow  23
Swamp Sparrow  6
Red-winged Blackbird  80
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Northern Cardinal  18

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Date: 11/18/18 9:53 am
From: William Hohenstein via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Snow geese?
Not yet thousands... a few hundred have set up in the dunes, south of the
overwash area....on Tom's Cove, south of the parking lots. There were two
flocks today. Yesterday, there was only one, so numbers are building.

One Ross's or a Hybrid is in the mix. It was there again today. All three
species of Scoter are in Tom's Cove. Saw a White Winged in flight today.

A couple of firsts for me... I found Virginia Rail on the Refuge -- off of
the Wildlife loop. I also found Redheads (ducks) along the Marsh Trail. I
added the virginia rail to my flickr site:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73831614@N00/albums/72157673615853447




On Sun, Nov 18, 2018 at 10:00 AM John Belz via VA-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> We're heading to the eastern shore (Worcester county) over Thanksgiving
> and I was wondering if the snow geese have arrived in Chincoteague NWR in
> any numbers. We'll be hosting some family who have never experienced the
> phenomenon of thousands of geese in the pools and wanted to take them down.
>
> Appreciate any reports.
>
> John Belz
> Arlington
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Date: 11/18/18 6:58 am
From: John Belz via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Snow geese?
We're heading to the eastern shore (Worcester county) over Thanksgiving and I was wondering if the snow geese have arrived in Chincoteague NWR in any numbers. We'll be hosting some family who have never experienced the phenomenon of thousands of geese in the pools and wanted to take them down.

Appreciate any reports.

John Belz
Arlington
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Date: 11/17/18 9:21 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (17 Nov 2018) 75 Raptors GE NG BE
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 17, 2018
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 1 224
Bald Eagle 6 44 318
Northern Harrier 1 8 65
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 111 2168
Cooper's Hawk 0 40 427
Northern Goshawk 2 5 15
Red-shouldered Hawk 7 29 88
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 23589
Red-tailed Hawk 55 478 953
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 1 7 22
American Kestrel 1 8 284
Merlin 0 1 80
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 55
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 22
Unknown Buteo 0 0 6
Unknown Falcon 0 0 7
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 5 42
Mississippi Kite 0 0 10
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 1

Total: 75 742 28377
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers: Betty Mooney, Diane Lepkowski, Greg Moyers

Weather:
Very nice day with 38-50F temps. Mild W winds and no clouds all day.
Visibility was hampered a bit with very hazy skies.

Raptor Observations:
Although the day started out slow, we ended up with a nice count and a
number of highlighs. Six Bald Eagles: 11:01 1-YR, 11:55 AD pair, 1:55 AD,
2:25 2-YR, 2:50 4-YR. The 4-YR BAEA was first spotted by Diane directly in
front of us only a stone's throw away! It flew low over toward the iced
skating rink, then out into Rockfish Valley to the east, did a wide circle
and then came back into the gap toward us low and slow and tried to land in
a tree next to the skating rink but decided not to and then came back
through the gap again below eye level and finally disappeared southward on
the west side; all the while giving great photo opps! An unaged Golden
Eagle passed southward out to the west low and behind the plateau. An
immature Northern Goshawk almost escaped us on the west side of the gap at
1:25pm. Then, 13 minutes later, a beautiful, immature Goshawk was spotted
straight ahead over the ridge and proceeded to fly toward us low and slow
giving super views and great photos! These two goshawks were numbers 14 and
15 for the season, breaking the old season record of 13 in 2014! It was a
also a good day for Red-shouldered Hawks with 7 spotted, and we had a late
Northern Harrier (female) in the 1-2pm hour.

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 11/17/18 6:34 pm
From: William Hohenstein via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Chincoteague NWR Ross's Goose, Scoters and more
A quick report from Chincoteague. I walked south from the south lot this
afternoon along tom's cove. A flock of 100-150 snow geese landed along the
shore of Tom's Cove.. On the outer edge was a smaller goose -- a Ross's or
at a minimum a Ross's X Snow Goose hybrid, Ipswich sparrows in the dunes.

Back on the cove, were all three scoters: Black, Surf and and adult male
White Winged Scoter;

I also drove the wildlife loop, Dabbling ducks and a number of tundra
swans. Lots of Black ducks, mallards, a few Pintails and a nice pair of
bald eagles. A peregrine falcon cruised in along the roadway.

Photos and videos can be found here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73831614@N00/albums/72157673615853447

Bill
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Date: 11/17/18 6:11 pm
From: Elton Morel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] NVBC walk at Aquia Landing Park, Crows Nest NAP, Widewater SP, Stafford, Nov 17, 2018
VA Birders:
This morning, the Northern Virginia Bird Club visited Aquia Landing Park and Crows Nest Natural Area Preserve followed by a scouting and orientation trip by several of us to the newly opened Widewater State Park in the afternoon.  We collectively found 63 species across these three locations.
At Aquia Landing, notable findings were multiple flocks of Tundra Swans flying overhead, two each of American Wigeons, Greater Scaups and Northern Harriers, a Bonaparte's Gull, a female Common Yellowthroat, a Common Loon, a Fox Sparrow and multiples of Horned Grebes, Canvasbacks, Forster's Terns.
At Crows Nest NAP, we added Northern Shovelers, American Black Ducks, Hooded Mergansers, Hermit Thrush and best of all two Wilson's Snipes via good spotting by David Ledwith.
Several of us went over for a short visit to Widewater State Park. We visited the very nice Visitor's Center followed by a turn around the picnic area further down the road that has a nice, very vocal and active colony of Red-headed Woodpeckers.  Finally, we stopped at a little opening along the main road north of the Visitor's Center and found a Red-breasted Nuthatch.  Widewater State Park is a very nice new state park that is worth checking out.
Below is the complete eBird checklists for Aquia Landing Park, Crows Nest NAP and Widewater State Park.
Elton MorelArlington, VA

Aquia Landing Park, Stafford, Virginia, US
Nov 17, 2018 7:30 AM - 10:10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:    NVBC walk led by David Ledwith and Elton Morel.
53 species

Canada Goose  25
Mute Swan  8
Tundra Swan  59    Multiple flyover flocks.
Gadwall  30
American Wigeon  2
Mallard  6
Canvasback  12
Ring-necked Duck  1
Greater Scaup  2
Lesser Scaup  2
Bufflehead  40
Ruddy Duck  2
Pied-billed Grebe  12
Horned Grebe  2
Bonaparte's Gull  1
Laughing Gull  20
Ring-billed Gull  40
Herring Gull  10
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Forster's Tern  8
Common Loon  1
Double-crested Cormorant  30
Great Blue Heron  4
Black Vulture  10
Turkey Vulture  10
Northern Harrier  2
Bald Eagle  8
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
Blue Jay  12
American Crow  8
Fish Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  4
Carolina Wren  8
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
Eastern Bluebird  8
American Robin  1    Heard only
Northern Mockingbird  1
Cedar Waxwing  9
American Goldfinch  4
Fox Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  15
Song Sparrow  12
Swamp Sparrow  6
Red-winged Blackbird  40
Common Grackle  5
Common Yellowthroat  1    Warbler with brown face (no black mask), yellow throat, breast and under tail coverts, white vent, green upper parts, no wing bars.
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Northern Cardinal  5

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Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve, Stafford, Virginia, US
Nov 17, 2018 10:25 AM - 11:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:    NVBC walk led by David Ledwith and Elton Morel.
36 species (+1 other taxa)

Tundra Swan  3
Northern Shoveler  12
Gadwall  50
Mallard  5
American Black Duck  8
Hooded Merganser  10
Wilson's Snipe  2
Laughing Gull  200
Ring-billed Gull  300
Double-crested Cormorant  6
Great Blue Heron  4
Black Vulture  8
Turkey Vulture  7
Northern Harrier  1
Bald Eagle  3
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Buteo sp.  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1    Heard
Northern Flicker  2    Heard
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  6
Fish Crow  1    Heard
Carolina Chickadee  2    Heard
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  2    Heard
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Hermit Thrush  2
American Goldfinch  2
White-throated Sparrow  12
Song Sparrow  4
Swamp Sparrow  2
Red-winged Blackbird  8
Northern Cardinal  6

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49994778

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
Widewater State Park, Stafford, Virginia, US
Nov 17, 2018 12:40 PM - 1:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:    NVBC walk led by David Ledwith and Elton Morel. Short visit to scout location as possible future NVBC field trip venue.
25 species (+1 other taxa)

Tundra Swan  15
Gadwall  4
Mallard  8
Lesser Scaup  2
Bufflehead  6
Ruddy Duck  19
Horned Grebe  4
Ring-billed Gull  1
gull sp.  6
Forster's Tern  1
Double-crested Cormorant  17
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  3
Bald Eagle  4
Red-headed Woodpecker  8    All in the picnic area
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1    Heard
Northern Flicker  1    Heard
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  2    Heard
Tufted Titmouse  3
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1    Heard
Carolina Wren  2    Heard
American Robin  1
White-throated Sparrow  2    Heard

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49998131

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Date: 11/17/18 5:51 pm
From: Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Willow Lake and McCormick's Farm - Rockbridge Co.
All - I had a little bit of time this morning so I headed out to Willow Lake and McCormick's Farm. Both are near Raphine and within one mile of Exit 205 on I-81. At Willow Lake there were a number of ducks along with grebes and herons. I was joined at Willow Lake by Scott Dransfield and his birding class from SVU. At WL I found the following:
Gadwall - 3
Ruddy Duck - 30
Bufflehead (mainly females)- 15
Redhead - 3
Canvasback - 1
Ring-necked Duck - 6
Mallard - some
Pied-billed Grebe - 3
Horned Grebe - 1
Bonaparte's Gull - 1
Red-breasted Merganser - 2 females
Great Blue Heron - 1
Great Egret - 1
Kingfisher - 2
Bluebirds
Goldfinches
White-crowned Sparrow - heard

McCormick's Farm was rather quiet - very few small birds. On the back ponds and along the Nature Trail I found:
Brown Creeper - 1
Wood Duck - 1 male
Green-winged Teal - 1 male
Gadwall - 2 M and F
Mallards
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Goldfinches
White-throated Sparrows
Bluebirds
Carolina Wren - 2

I've posted some photos on Flickr, if you are interested.

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

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept.
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Date: 11/17/18 4:27 pm
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Mason Neck birdig
I visited several spots on Mason Neck in Fairfax Co. this morning.  I walked the Mustang Trail at Meadowood Recreation Area to the pond and back.  Lots of sparrows, including song, field, white-throated, white-crowned, fox, swamp, and towhee.  I could not flush up a savannah.  I also saw 2 meadowlarks, red-breasted nuthatch, rusty blackbird. and purple finch.  I next stopped at Pohick Bay regional park, but it was almost totally devoid of waterfowl.  I found plenty of ducks at the George Mason conference center.  Great looks at a nice variety close to shore, including canvasback, redhead, ruddy duck, greater and lesser scaup, ring-necked duck, American wigeon, gadwall, shoveler, black duck, mallard, bufflehead, and common merganser.  Also present were pied-billed and horned grebes in the river and a red-headed woodpecker on the Center grounds.
Marc Ribaudo
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Date: 11/17/18 3:02 pm
From: Donald Sweig via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Riverbend Park: Ducks
I stopped by Riverbend Park in Fairfax County this afternoon about 3:30 to see what might be on the river. I found 25 to 30 Bufflehead and 8 to 10 Ring-necked ducks, all in a group, on the far side of the river, but clearly seen in the scope in the beautiful afternoon sun. I only looked from the observation platform by the visitors center. I did not walk up or down river. Even so, nice to see a few ducks on the river.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia
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Date: 11/17/18 3:01 pm
From: Caroline Heald via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Deer Hunting Allowed at Woodward Turf Farm
Woodward lets its employees hunt on weekends during deer season. A resident employee told me no one hunts between 10 am and 2 pm so those hours should be safe for birdwatching. (I would recommend wearing orange and staying near a vehicle even then.)

Caroline Heald
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Date: 11/17/18 2:42 pm
From: Lisa Klein via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Head Waters
I was somewhat surprised to see a couple of male bluebirds. Other birds
hanging around were robins (4), purple finches, white breasted nuthatches,
a plethora of goldfinches, quite a few doves
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Date: 11/17/18 1:57 pm
From: Gregory Luce via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] eBird Checklist – Fort C.F. Smith Park, Arlington County, Virginia, US – Sat Nov 17, 2018 – 16 species
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50002940


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Date: 11/17/18 1:50 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (17 Nov 2018) 117 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 17, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 28 3535
Bald Eagle 7 114 574
Northern Harrier 2 114 529
Sharp-shinned Hawk 16 658 2664
Cooper's Hawk 19 359 2267
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 61 89
Broad-winged Hawk 0 5 1357
Red-tailed Hawk 65 307 543
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 4
American Kestrel 1 81 3573
Merlin 3 39 1531
Peregrine Falcon 1 14 1373
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 7
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5
Mississippi Kite 0 0 1
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 117 1784 18073
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Steve Thornhill

Weather:
Very light winds were variable, often from the north northeast. Skies were
clear to partly cloudy, with temperatures in the forties and fifties.

Raptor Observations:
There was a very nice red-tail flight today, mostly in the morning. Two
kettles of eight red-tails each were seen flying high. Most of the
red-tails were juvenile birds. A red-shoulder landed on the t-pole this
morning, and Steve managed to get some fantastic photos of the bird.

Non-raptor Observations:
Five American White Pelicans were seen heading northwards together late
this morning. The first two Snow Buntings of the season were heard calling
overhead this morning. Other observations included:

42 Common Loons
10 Tundra Swans
6 Great Blue Herons
6 Purple Finches
5 Buffleheads
3 Pine Siskins
2 American Pipits
2 House Finches
1 American Black Duck
1 Horned Lark
1 White-crowned Sparrow

9 Monarchs
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=484
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/cvwo/kiptopeke-hawk-count-2018


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Date: 11/17/18 11:22 am
From: Ezra Staengl via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Common Gallinule --- Nelson County
Shea Tiller, Theo Staengl and I had a Common Gallinule at Harmony Lake in
Nelson County this morning. Harmony Lake is on Arrington Road just before
it reaches 29 in Colleen.
Ezra

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Ezra Staengl
birdsandbuds.com
flickr <https://www.flickr.com/photos/80681464@N03/>
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Date: 11/16/18 7:51 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (16 Nov 2018) Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 16, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 142
Bald Eagle 0 12 134
Northern Harrier 0 1 25
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 6 368
Cooper's Hawk 0 12 116
Northern Goshawk 0 1 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 13
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 9275
Red-tailed Hawk 0 73 266
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 5
American Kestrel 0 5 117
Merlin 0 0 22
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 27
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 3
Unknown Buteo 0 0 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 10
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 13
Mississippi Kite 0 0 2

Total: 0 113 10546
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 05:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 12 hours

Official Counter:

Observers:

Weather:
Beautiful sunny day, cloudless skies and the Blue Ridge Parkway was closed
so, for the fourth consecutive Friday, no count conducted.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Hearing the BRP from route 460 to route 43 will be closed next week for
some kind of maintenance and, if so, that will be 5 Friday's in a row.
========================================================================
Report submitted by stan Mitchell (<mitchmitchell77...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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


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Date: 11/16/18 3:04 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (16 Nov 2018) 22 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 16, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 27 3534
Bald Eagle 6 107 567
Northern Harrier 2 112 527
Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 642 2648
Cooper's Hawk 1 340 2248
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 59 87
Broad-winged Hawk 0 5 1357
Red-tailed Hawk 7 242 478
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 4
American Kestrel 0 80 3572
Merlin 0 36 1528
Peregrine Falcon 0 13 1372
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 7
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5
Mississippi Kite 0 0 1
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 22 1667 17956
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers:

Weather:
Strong, gusty winds were from the west, with clear skies and temperatures
in the forties to fifties.

Raptor Observations:
A trickle of raptors.

Non-raptor Observations:
Observations included:

84 Tundra Swans
~12 Pine Siskins
11 Common Loons
2 Great Egrets
1 American Black Duck

2 Monarchs
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=484
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/cvwo/kiptopeke-hawk-count-2018


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Date: 11/16/18 12:18 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (16 Nov 2018) 28 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 16, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 1 224
Bald Eagle 0 38 312
Northern Harrier 2 7 64
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 109 2166
Cooper's Hawk 2 40 427
Northern Goshawk 0 3 13
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 22 81
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 23589
Red-tailed Hawk 21 423 898
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 6 21
American Kestrel 0 7 283
Merlin 0 1 80
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 55
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 22
Unknown Buteo 0 0 6
Unknown Falcon 0 0 7
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 5 42
Mississippi Kite 0 0 10
Swainson's Hawk 0 1 1

Total: 28 667 28302
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers: Ezra Staengl

Visitors:
Theo Staengl


Weather:
Yesterday gave us quite an ice storm all day into last evening. Much power
out this morning in Waynesboro including all the traffic signals. Trees
covered in ice and many, many with major damage as branches broke under the
weight. However, the skies cleared overnight. Today's temperature ranged
from 32-40F. Very strong (32-38 mph) W winds upon arrival and diminishing
slightly to 25-31 mph after noon. Mostly blue skies early gradually
changing to partly sunny after 11am. Clear visibility. The mountain looked
like a giant crystal chandelier as the sun rose.

Raptor Observations:
It was slower than I had hoped with a trickle of birds. A nice male
Northern Harrier came in close on west side followed by a female Harrier 30
min later on east side in the 11-12 hour.

Non-raptor Observations:
11 Herring Gulls (a group of 3 early and a group of 8 in early afternoon),
1 Common Loon, 90 Robins
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=491


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Date: 11/16/18 11:59 am
From: Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Birding Richmond/eastern Henrico County/Charles City County
I got to Ancarrow's Landing this morning early.  Species numbers were down and only two Orange-crowned Warblers were noted.On Turkey Island Road the Canada and Snow Goose (temporarily) flocks were present.  Three (3) Ross's Geese were noted before they were flushed by traffic and the continuing Cackling Goose was noted.In Charles City County two (2) Blue-headed Vireos were noted.
http://visitingnature.com/main/fall-2018/


Enjoy each day,
Allen
Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 11/16/18 11:07 am
From: Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Peregrine Falcon taking on a Bald Eagle
November 16, 2018

My neighborhood Peregrine Falcon dueling it out with an Adult Bald Eagle at the office complex where I work in the Skyline complex in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County, VA. With many high rise apartments and office buildings with pigeons on the ledges the falcon has plenty to eat.
Location is Route 7 (East) - George Mason Drive and Seminary Road


Janet Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA


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Date: 11/15/18 5:05 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (14 Nov 2018) Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 14, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 142
Bald Eagle 0 12 134
Northern Harrier 0 1 25
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 6 368
Cooper's Hawk 0 12 116
Northern Goshawk 0 1 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 13
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 9275
Red-tailed Hawk 0 73 266
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 5
American Kestrel 0 5 117
Merlin 0 0 22
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 27
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 3
Unknown Buteo 0 0 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 10
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 13
Mississippi Kite 0 0 2

Total: 0 113 10546
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 12:00:00
Total observation time: 3.5 hours

Official Counter: Dale Miller

Observers:

Visitors:
Ranger Wrongway.......


Weather:
Cold day (33-38), clouds 95 downward to 80%, calm winds.

Raptor Observations:
Had some ravens, vultures, local Redtailed, but no migrants.

Non-raptor Observations:
Ranger came to tell me that they were closing the parkway in an hour,
presumably because of the coming storm. Drove to route 43, as usual, and
the gate was down. There were others there not knowing what to do. After
BJ was unable to get any information, we drove to 460 and the gate was
open.

Predictions:
Stormy, icy, wintry....
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bill James (<bijame...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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


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Date: 11/15/18 2:10 pm
From: Ruthenberg, Jessica via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Winter Wildlife Festival Registration is OPEN!
Registration is open for the Winter Wildlife Festival, January 25-27 in
Virginia Beach! DGIF proudly sponsors this festival, which celebrates the
splendor of birds and wildlife that winter along Virginia's coast. Sign up
now to participate in guided field trips to see seabirds, waterfowl, owls,
whales, seals, and more! Or register for workshops on birding, wildlife,
and nature photography or the keynote presentation, "Welcome to Subirdia,"
by John Marzluff, a professor of Wildlife Science at the University of
Washington. Visit VBgov.com/WinterWildlife
<http://vbgov.com/WinterWildlife> for
full details and registration information.

Jessica Ruthenberg
Watchable Wildlife Biologist
Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries
CONSERVE.CONNECT. PROTECT
www.dgif.virginia.gov
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Date: 11/15/18 1:50 pm
From: Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Fox Sparrow at Annandale Feeders
Hi Larry,
That's interesting, because we had our FOS Fox Sparrow show up today at our feeders too, just S of Reston. Maybe this is the first big wave of them for the season. Either that, and/or the weather.

Steve Johnson and Lynn Rafferty
Fairfax County



-----Original Message-----
From: Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...>
To: va-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: Thu, Nov 15, 2018 12:32 pm
Subject: [VA-bird] Fox Sparrow at Annandale Feeders


Although the Evening Grosbeak (as of yet) has not returned to our Annandale

feeders, we now have a Fox Sparrow, half a dozen Pine Siskins, and two

female/immature Purple Finches right now. 







Larry Cartwright



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



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Date: 11/15/18 11:57 am
From: Bill and Julie Knight via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Leucistic Goldfinch Fairfax County
There has been a leucistic Goldfinch in the neighborhood for the last few weeks, but today I was able to get some photographs. Unfortunately, they were taken through double-pane glass, so the quality suffered. If you’d like to view them, I’ve temporarily put them up at https://billknight.smugmug.com/Magee-Marsh-Birds/. This is a gallery I normally reserve for shots I’ve taken at...you guessed it...Magee Marsh, and if you’ve ever birded there in May, you know the warblers act like they’re in some kind of a modeling contest, so good shots are easy to get with a 100 mm lens!

If you are interested in seeing the bird, contact me for directions. I’m on the western edge of Huntley Meadows Park off Telegraph road.

Bill Knight

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Date: 11/15/18 11:39 am
From: Patti Reum via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Highland Co. birds
We had snow and ice in Highland Co. A few interesting birds. Yesterday
there were 10 Common Mergansers on the South Branch across from my house in
New Hampden (Rt. 640). Easily spooked.
Feeder birds today include, Titmice, one BC chickadee, tons of goldfinch,
downy wp, a pair of cardinals, Carolina wren, one Blue Jay and one Fox
sparrow. And one lonely Phoebe. No house or purple finches or siskins.

--
Patti Reum
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Date: 11/15/18 9:47 am
From: Bill Teetz via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rusty Blackbird - Lake Ridge, Prince William
On this snowy, rainy day, I have had a single Rusty Blackbird chowing
down on Black Oil Sunflower Seed in my back yard in Lake Ridge, Prince
William County.

Bill Teetz

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Date: 11/15/18 9:31 am
From: Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fox Sparrow at Annandale Feeders
Although the Evening Grosbeak (as of yet) has not returned to our Annandale
feeders, we now have a Fox Sparrow, half a dozen Pine Siskins, and two
female/immature Purple Finches right now.



Larry Cartwright

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Date: 11/15/18 8:10 am
From: Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] 15 Evening Grosbeaks and 1 Purple Finch in Orange, VA

November 14, 2018.

My Sister who lives in Orange, VA had 15 Evening Grosbeaks and 1 Purple Finch at her feeders.

Janet Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Date: 11/14/18 2:27 pm
From: Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Birds in Charles City County
I visited Charles City County this morning and despite the overcast skies and cooler temperatures had an enjoyable time.Waterfowl were VERY slight in numbers and Yellow-rumped Warblers were low in numbers(?).  The highlights were a Blue-headed Vireo, Black and White Warbler and an Orange-crowned Warbler.  Some photographs can be found at:
http://visitingnature.com/main/fall-2018/

Enjoy each day,
Allen

Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 11/14/18 2:07 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (14 Nov 2018) 50 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 14, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 3 26 3533
Bald Eagle 3 101 561
Northern Harrier 6 110 525
Sharp-shinned Hawk 9 637 2643
Cooper's Hawk 5 339 2247
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 59 87
Broad-winged Hawk 0 5 1357
Red-tailed Hawk 17 235 471
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 4
American Kestrel 2 80 3572
Merlin 1 36 1528
Peregrine Falcon 2 13 1372
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 7
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5
Mississippi Kite 0 0 1
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 50 1645 17934
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Brian Taber

Weather:
Light winds were variable with a northerly component. Skies were overcast,
with temperatures in the forties.

Raptor Observations:
A few birds, mostly red-tails, were moving. Two Ospreys were seen carrying
needlefish. A young Bald Eagle tried to pirate the catch away from one of
them, resulting in much acrobatics and the fish eventually being dropped to
the ground.

Non-raptor Observations:
The feeders were absolutely dripping with American Goldfinches today. At
least 90 or so goldfinches were present. The first two dapper, beautifully
rufous Fox Sparrows of the season were seen. Other observations included:

220 Tundra Swans
56 Cedar Waxwings
44 Common Loons
23 Eastern Bluebirds
12 Great Blue Herons
10 Bonaparte's Gulls
~10 Pine Siskins
7 Purple Finches
6 Mallards
4 Wood Ducks
3 Rusty Blackbirds
2 Great Egrets
1 House Finch
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=484
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/cvwo/kiptopeke-hawk-count-2018


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Date: 11/14/18 1:40 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Swainson's Hawk at Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (14 Nov 2018) 48 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 14, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 1 224
Bald Eagle 5 38 312
Northern Harrier 0 5 62
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 107 2164
Cooper's Hawk 1 38 425
Northern Goshawk 0 3 13
Red-shouldered Hawk 8 21 80
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 23589
Red-tailed Hawk 31 402 877
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 6 21
American Kestrel 0 7 283
Merlin 0 1 80
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 55
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 22
Unknown Buteo 0 0 6
Unknown Falcon 0 0 7
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 5 42
Mississippi Kite 0 0 10
Swainson's Hawk 1 1 1

Total: 48 639 28274
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers:

Visitors:
Daniel Mapel, Jennifer Jowdy


Weather:
Overcast and chilly (4.6-8.7C temps) all day with fairly light NNW Winds.
Fairly hazy in the distance. The clouds got grayer and grayer throughout
the day as a winter storm approaches.

Raptor Observations:
Slow but steady throughout the day with a good buteo flight. The BIG
highlight was a light-morph juvenile Swainson's Hawk! It was first spotted
distant over the ridge to the north. It was quickly evident that this was
a large buteo, so the original assumption was that it was a Red-tail. As
the bird flew straight towards us, it flew on heavily bowed wings,
reminiscent of a Harrier or even an Osprey. At this point, it was evident
that this buteo was not a RT, but rather something very unusual that we
don't usually see at Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch. The bird stopped to circle
very briefly over "Rockpile #3", and while circling it held its long, thin
wings in a strong dihedral. The bird proceeded to fly directly overhead
providing an excellent view of its plumage (most distinctly, two-toned
underwings with dark flight feathers, as well as light streaking on the
throat forming a semi-bib). The bird clearly lacked patagial marks, a
belly band, wingtip "crescents", and carpal patches, which also helped in
ruling out RT, RS, and RL. The bird disappeared to the south, still flying
on bowed wings at 11:16am. This is only the sixth Swainson's Hawk ever
recorded at Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch! One interesting thing to note is that
all the raptors today (even the Bald Eagles) were making many small wing
adjustments and flapping lots due to the lack of wind and thermals on this
overcast day. The Swainson's was the only bird of the day to not flap a
single time, make no wing adjustments, and only stop to circle very
briefly!

Another surprise sighting today was a late-season Osprey. Five Bald Eagles
(9:53 4th-YR, 9:58 adult, 10:53 1st-YR pair, 1:02 2nd-YR). First Raptor:
9:36 RS, Last Raptor: 2:44 RT.

Non-raptor Observations:
An excellent day for waterbirds: 38 Tundra Swans (three groups), 5
Bonaparte's Gulls (one group), 9 Ring-billed Gulls (three groups), 35
Common Loons (many single birds and small groups, plus one large group of
17), 3 Double-crested Cormorants (one group), and a Great Blue Heron.
Other sightings today included 65 Robins, 33 Pine Siskins, 35 Red-winged
Blackbirds, and 55 Grackles.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (<birdmangabriel...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=491


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Date: 11/14/18 1:19 pm
From: George Martin via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Pine Siskins, Buffleheads in Williamsburg
I'll add my voice to the chorus of pine siskin sightings. They appeared at
my feeder about a week ago, and have been regular visitors since. Maximum
number seen is 11.

Buffleheads also started appearing on my community's retention ponds
yesterday. This afternoon there were several (couldn't get an exact count
while driving) on the pond nearest my house.

George Martin
Williamsburg, VA
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Date: 11/14/18 10:33 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR
Six members of the Northern Virginia Bird Club birded Occoquan Bay NWR in Woodbridge this morning.  Rather chilly, and sparrow diversity was relatively low, but we still managed 57 species.  Waterfowl numbers are building, as we saw several flocks of bufflehead, and hundreds of waterfowl lined the far shore of Occoquan Bay (it is always the far shore, never the near shore for some reason).  In this flock were many canvasback, ruddy ducks, and gadwall, with a smattering of lesser scaup and mallards.  We also saw many pied-billed grebes and a single horned grebe, a hooded merganser, and 2 ring-necked ducks.  Along Bayview Road we heard several singing fox sparrows and saw a thrasher.  In the brushy area at the end of Charlie Road we heard a couple of hermit thrushes and ran into our first flock of golden-crowned kinglets.  A large flock of bluebirds was at Deephole Point.  We saw over a dozen purple finches during our walk and heard a single pine siskin.  We saw 3 sharp-shinned hawks, one with a bulging crop.  On our way back to the parking lot we heard a calling catbird.
Marc Ribaudo
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Date: 11/14/18 8:19 am
From: Walter Hadlock via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fox Sparrow in the yard
Good morning,

Today was our first day of counting for this season’s Project Feeder Watch. We spotted a Fox Sparrow in the back yard. This was a great way to begin the count.

Good birding to all,
Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon, VA (Fairfax County)
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Date: 11/14/18 8:13 am
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FOS Fox Sparrow, etc..; nature notes--western Albemarle
In my yard NW of Crozet:

Nov. 12, 2018:  Saw FOS Pine Siskin, Fox Sparrow (8:30 AM)
 
Nov. 12, 2018:  Heard FOS Great Horned Owl calling (4:30 AM) and Fox Sparrow singing (10:08 AM)
 
Nature Notes:
 
(1) Bear out this morning at 4:30 AM when only 37.7 degrees as well as just before midnight when 42.3 degrees. I take this as a sign it's having trouble getting enough food to put on enough fat to hibernate. Very sad and worrisome.
 
(2) Probably about 2 dozen goldfinches were here this morning feeding on the seeds of the Evening Primrose, False Nettle, and Black Knapweed plants in my front yard.  The goldfinches here this fall are much darker than usual; some are partially a true GRAY in coloration!  I've never seen this before--has anyone noticed goldfinches being darker this year?  Thanks!   
 
Sincerely,
Marlene
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Date: 11/14/18 5:48 am
From: William Walsh via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Loudoun County Purple Finches and Pine Siskins
We have both male and female Purple Finches and Pine Siskins at our feeder
this morning. The last time we had both was during the last finch
irruption. We have also noticed more Blue Jays this year than typical maybe
as a result of the large acorn crop we have.

Yesterday we watched a pair of Northern Harriers hunt over the fields at
Manassas Battlefield Park.

Bill Walsh
Aldie VA (Stone Ridge subdivision)
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Date: 11/13/18 2:50 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (13 Nov 2018) 1 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 13, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 142
Bald Eagle 1 12 134
Northern Harrier 0 1 25
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 6 368
Cooper's Hawk 0 12 116
Northern Goshawk 0 1 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 13
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 9275
Red-tailed Hawk 0 73 266
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 5
American Kestrel 0 5 117
Merlin 0 0 22
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 27
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 3
Unknown Buteo 0 0 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 10
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 13
Mississippi Kite 0 0 2

Total: 1 113 10546
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 14:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 1.5 hours

Official Counter: Bill James

Observers:

Visitors:
Nope.


Weather:
Cloudy and rainy this morning with some clearing this afternoon, although
overcast throughout. Wind was a strong 3-4 from the NW and WNW and
temperature was 43-42 and lateral visibility was 3-4.

Raptor Observations:
One bird, ABE at 3:37 low over the west valley (known as the Great Valley,
the South Shenandoah Valley and, more recently, the James River Basin).





Non-raptor Observations:
Ravens playing in the fog - at least 10. One hunter, unsuccessful.

Predictions:
Partly cloudy with light northerly winds. Thursday rain and Friday
---WAIT, WHAT..... Mitch gets a reprieve? Could it be?
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bill James (<bijame...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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


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Date: 11/13/18 1:58 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (13 Nov 2018) 6 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 13, 2018
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 23 3530
Bald Eagle 1 98 558
Northern Harrier 1 104 519
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 628 2634
Cooper's Hawk 1 334 2242
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 57 85
Broad-winged Hawk 0 5 1357
Red-tailed Hawk 0 218 454
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 4
American Kestrel 0 78 3570
Merlin 1 35 1527
Peregrine Falcon 0 11 1370
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 7
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5
Mississippi Kite 0 0 1
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 6 1595 17884
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers:

Visitors:
Please note that the park will be closed to visitors during the next two
days for the deer hunt. I am still permitted to conduct the count.


Weather:
Moderate to light winds were from the west southwest, with overcast skies
and on and off sprinkles this morning. Temperatures were in the sixties to
fifties. It rained this afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
Not much. A beautiful adult red-shoulder was running around on the lawn to
the east of the platform, catching beetle larvae.

Non-raptor Observations:
There was a wonderful flight of Tundra Swans again, with 264 counted. Many
of them were calling, and several large flocks flew low over the platform.
A late Barn Swallow passed over the platform flying north. Other highlights
included:

~70 American Goldfinches
20 Blue Jays
17 Pine Siskins
3 Buffleheads
2 Common Loons
1 Great Egret
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=484
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/cvwo/kiptopeke-hawk-count-2018


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Date: 11/13/18 11:54 am
From: Peele, Ashley via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bird Survey Tech Job Announcement
The Conservation Management Institute has just put out the call for bird survey field technicians for the 2019 field season. These positions will be filled on a first come first serve, so please get your applications in asap. Note: some flexibility exists for folks looking to do part-time work on the weekends.

Bird Survey Technicians (up to 8)


Description: The Conservation Management Institute at Virginia Tech is looking for qualified field technicians to conduct bird surveys in Virginia during the summer of 2019. This will be year three of a four-year effort to survey breeding birds throughout the entire state of Virginia. Surveyors will document bird species by sight and sound from road-based point count locations following an established protocol. This position requires completion of a training session in Virginia (location to be decided) before deploying to various locations throughout the state.

Required Qualifications: 1) Demonstrated experience in the identification of birds by sight and sound (2) Experience in using topographic maps, GPS and compass for navigation in the field 3) Must have reliable transportation (personal vehicle) and pass a driver’s license check 4) Must be able to pass visual and oral exam on birds of Virginia 5) Must attend training session in VA prior to field season.

Preferred Qualifications 1) A degree in Botany, Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Sciences, Forestry, Environmental Science or related field (applicants with extensive field experience will also be considered) 2) Willingness to occasionally travel overnight and camp or stay in primitive housing.

Responsibilities: Technicians will be responsible for collecting data for a statewide avian point count survey. They will work independently collecting data in the field as part of a larger team effort. Surveyors will also be expected to follow directions to point count locations along roads, complete surveys following a set protocol, and provide all field collected information to a central office. The surveyors will be responsible for providing transportation to survey locations.

Location: Surveyors will be located throughout Virginia working from various locations. Surveyors with lodging available to them in Virginia for the survey period should state that location clearly in their cover letter.

Duration: approximately May 01 to June 30, 2019.

Salary: $20-$22/hour (commensurate with experience).

Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and 3 references in one pdf or one word file to <virginiabirdsurvey...><mailto:<virginiabirdsurvey...>. At least two of the references should be able to attest to applicable field experience. Please apply soon, listing open until positions are filled



Ashley Peele, PhD
Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator
www.vabba2.org<http://www.vabba2.org> | ebird.org/atlasva
www.facebook.com/vabba2<http://www.facebook.com/vabba2>
---
Conservation Management Institute, Virginia Tech
1900 Kraft Drive, Suite 105
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-9182 office
(540) 231-7019 fax
<ashpeele...>
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Date: 11/13/18 11:41 am
From: Cheryl Coogan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Pine Siskins
I have not posted to the list serve before and hope this is correct. I
thought this was perhaps notable as I have had lots of pine siskins on my
feeder in Arlington today.

What started as a few mixing with goldfinches this morning, has increased
and I now have 25 to 30! And this is despite being spooked by a
sharp-shinned hawk looking for a snack. Have had to refill the thistle
feeder which is something I don't normally have to do very often. They are
also eating seed in the tube feeder and the tray feeder and using the
birdbath.

Cheryl Coogan
Arlington, Va
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Date: 11/13/18 11:38 am
From: Jeffrey Blalock via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Pine Siskins
Greetings all

My Pine Siskins number has gone from 3 the other day to 15 this afternoon.

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: 11/13/18 11:02 am
From: David Boltz via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Surf Scoter Still at Lake Frederick-Frederick Co.
Right off the boat dock this morning, along with 7 Bufflehead and a pair of Ruddy Ducks. There was also a Common Loon a little further back.

The Loggerhead Shrike was also present on Featherbed Road this morning, about a quarter mile south of Rt. 340, in Clarke County.

Dave Boltz

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Date: 11/13/18 8:59 am
From: Tom Thomas via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Pine Siskins and RB Nuthatches- Eastern Goochalnd County
Here in Eastern Goochland County, I saw my first Pine Siskin at feeder
today. Red Breasted Nuthatches have been here at least 10 days.

Tom Thomas

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Date: 11/13/18 8:23 am
From: David Spears via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] REMINDER from your List Administrator
When submitting reports to this list, PLEASE include essential details such
as the date and location of the sighting. It's also important to
include your name and location. Sometimes your reports are of great
interest to scientists and citizen scientists who compile bird occurrence
information. A record that seems inconsequential to you may actually have
important implications for the science of ornithology and for bird
conservation.

Thank you.
David Spears
Dillwyn, VA
VA-Bird List Administrator
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Date: 11/13/18 8:21 am
From: Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Peregrine Falcon
November 13, 2018

Neighborhood Peregrine Falcon was seen again this morning at the office complex where I work in the Bailey's Crossroads area of Falls Church, Fairfax County, VA.

Janet Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Date: 11/13/18 5:56 am
From: Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Snow Geese and Common Loons

November 11, 2018-

sitting in my Parent's back yard on both days in Arlington, Arlington County, VA had a nice flock of 33 Snow Geese heading east

November 12, 2018-

6 Common Loons heading east

Janet Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Date: 11/13/18 4:28 am
From: Gmail via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Pine Siskins - King William
I have had quite a few goldfinches at the feeders this past week. This morning in and about the 15-20 that were there was about 5 pine siskins.

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