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Received From Subject
10/22/19 8:06 pm David Boltz via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Marsh Wren at Lake Frederick, Frederick Co.
10/22/19 6:43 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (22 Oct 2019) 104 Raptors
10/22/19 12:56 pm C. Michael Stinson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] VARCOM nominees
10/21/19 6:03 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (21 Oct 2019) 157 Raptors
10/21/19 4:50 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (21 Oct 2019) 17 Raptors
10/21/19 4:45 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (21 Oct 2019) 8 Raptors
10/21/19 4:30 pm Mary Ann Krammes via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Hummingbird!--western Albemarle
10/21/19 2:19 pm Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Hummingbird!--western Albemarle
10/21/19 2:00 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 8 sparrow species
10/21/19 1:57 pm Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] American Wigeons, Mallards, Bald Eagles, etc.--western Albemarle
10/21/19 8:32 am Dave Larsen - Birding via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Surf Scoter at Discovery Blvd Pond, Prince William County
10/20/19 4:39 pm Colt Gregory via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Great Falls Sunday Bird Walk
10/20/19 1:04 pm Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Dyke Marsh walk for October 20
10/20/19 11:33 am Fred Atwood via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] highlights of some rainy visits to a few lakes in Fairfax Co this AM Oct 20
10/20/19 5:37 am Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Sorghum and finches
10/19/19 7:53 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (19 Oct 2019) 208 Raptors
10/19/19 7:49 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (19 Oct 2019) 13 Raptors
10/19/19 3:23 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (19 Oct 2019) 20 Raptors
10/19/19 1:21 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 6 sparrow species
10/19/19 12:33 pm Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] NVBC at Bristoe Station Battlefield
10/19/19 11:51 am dcharlesl--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Horned Grebes - Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton
10/19/19 11:04 am John Greenwood via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Sorghum and finches
10/19/19 10:31 am jjcfox via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Speaking of Godwits
10/19/19 4:36 am reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (18 Oct 2019) 23 Raptors
10/18/19 7:40 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (18 Oct 2019) 16 Raptors
10/18/19 7:17 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (18 Oct 2019) 157 Raptors
10/18/19 12:34 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Lincoln's Sparrow
10/18/19 8:35 am Robin Duska via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Last Scheduled Walk of Season- - Riverbend Park, Oct 18, 2019
10/17/19 7:53 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (17 Oct 2019) 61 Raptors
10/17/19 7:10 pm Brian Sykes via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 170 Yellow rumped Warblers Accomack !
10/17/19 4:19 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (17 Oct 2019) 120 Raptors
10/17/19 2:50 pm David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Birds and bird photography
10/16/19 5:11 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (16 Oct 2019) 14 Raptors
10/16/19 3:26 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (16 Oct 2019) 23 Raptors
10/16/19 2:49 pm Dustin Welch via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Western Kingbird, Lapland Longspur, Chincoteague, Accomack County
10/16/19 11:45 am Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Kirtland’s Warbler Delisted--despite Bahamas (its overwintering site) devastation
10/16/19 11:21 am Mike Petrucha via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Kirtland’s Warbler Delisted--despite Bahamas (its overwintering site) devastation
10/16/19 9:00 am Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kirtland’s Warbler Delisted--despite Bahamas (its overwintering site) devastation
10/16/19 4:05 am Jim Elder via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Chincoteague VSO photos
10/15/19 6:45 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (15 Oct 2019) 8 Raptors
10/15/19 6:31 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (15 Oct 2019) 563 Raptors
10/15/19 5:31 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (15 Oct 2019) 37 Raptors
10/15/19 2:14 pm Aliona Lagoda via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Early Northen Shoveler at silver lake
10/15/19 2:12 pm Walter Hadlock via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Morning and afternoon birds
10/15/19 11:27 am Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Interesting hawk
10/15/19 10:16 am Walter Hadlock via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bird Walk at Bright Pond, Reston, VA included two male Black-throated Blue Warblers
10/15/19 5:48 am Brian Taber via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Blog
10/14/19 6:44 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (14 Oct 2019) 239 Raptors
10/14/19 4:12 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (14 Oct 2019) 46 Raptors
10/14/19 3:54 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (14 Oct 2019) 54 Raptors
10/14/19 11:12 am Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FOS YB Sap, White-throat, Coyotes, etc.--western Albemarle
10/14/19 6:15 am reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (13 Oct 2019) 7 Raptors
10/13/19 7:10 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (13 Oct 2019) 849 Raptors
10/13/19 3:44 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (13 Oct 2019) 96 Raptors
10/13/19 10:55 am Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Crozet, VA
10/13/19 10:40 am Colt Gregory via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Great Falls Sunday Bird Walk
10/13/19 8:51 am Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Birds East of Richmond- returning Northern Red-tailed Hawk (abeiticola)
10/13/19 7:24 am Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Ovenbird on my deck! Coyotes and other yard happenings--western Albemarle
10/13/19 6:54 am Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] [va-bird] Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, Fairfax Co. - CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, White-crowned Sparrow
10/12/19 8:08 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (12 Oct 2019) 414 Raptors
10/12/19 6:44 pm Herbert Larner via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Augusta Wetlands & Swoope area
10/12/19 6:34 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (12 Oct 2019) 12 Raptors
10/12/19 4:15 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (12 Oct 2019) 98 Raptors
10/12/19 1:30 pm Ashley Lohr via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Ovenbird on my deck! Coyotes and other yard happenings--western Albemarle
10/12/19 1:25 pm Elton Morel via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] NVBC walk at Leopold's Preserve, Prince William county, Oct 12, 2019
10/12/19 12:19 pm Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FOS Purple Finch and Winter Wren, Ovenbird again! --western Albemarle
10/11/19 7:43 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (11 Oct 2019) 15 Raptors
10/11/19 7:18 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (11 Oct 2019) 448 Raptors
10/11/19 4:39 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (11 Oct 2019) 61 Raptors
10/11/19 4:03 pm dcharlesl--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Mason Neck NWR, Lorton
10/11/19 3:32 pm Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Ovenbird on my deck! Coyotes and other yard happenings--western Albemarle
10/11/19 1:16 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Crozet, VA
10/11/19 10:39 am Stephen Eccles via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Early Swamp Sparrow, Fairfax County
10/11/19 8:26 am Ron Vogel via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Yellow rumps
10/11/19 7:00 am reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (10 Oct 2019) 111 Raptors
10/10/19 6:02 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (10 Oct 2019) 812 Raptors
10/10/19 5:28 am Walter Hadlock via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bird of the morning, so far
10/9/19 7:33 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (09 Oct 2019) 78 Raptors
10/9/19 4:50 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (09 Oct 2019) 135 Raptors
10/9/19 1:45 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FOS YRWarbler
10/9/19 12:25 pm Jean Tatalias via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Bles Park, Oct 9, 2019
10/9/19 6:22 am Brian Taber via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] The Big Sit at Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
10/9/19 5:53 am Dave Youker via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Results of Kiptopeke Challenge
10/9/19 5:22 am morann--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Hummer--Wow!
10/9/19 1:42 am Michael Godfrey via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] All 3 Godwits
10/9/19 1:27 am Michael Godfrey via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] All 3 NA godwits
10/8/19 4:39 pm Rob Bielawski via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Virginia Beach Birding Summary: September 2019
10/8/19 3:25 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (08 Oct 2019) 49 Raptors
10/8/19 12:51 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Crozet, VA
10/8/19 8:14 am reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (07 Oct 2019) 83 Raptors
10/7/19 7:06 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (07 Oct 2019) 98 Raptors
10/7/19 4:42 pm Jody Vaccaro Lewis via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] NELSON'S SPARROW--Loudoun Co
10/7/19 3:48 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (07 Oct 2019) 6 Raptors
10/7/19 2:22 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 8 warbler species
10/7/19 2:01 pm Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Hummingbird at my McLean, Virginia feeder this morning with temps in the 40's
10/7/19 1:03 pm Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Blue Ridge Parkway 11 warbler species
10/7/19 11:38 am David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Winter Crow Roosts. Thanks for your help...and please keep it coming
10/7/19 9:23 am David Young via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Backyard morning Warblers - Reston
10/7/19 5:37 am Walter Hadlock via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Monday off to a great start
10/6/19 7:27 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (06 Oct 2019) 74 Raptors
10/6/19 3:40 pm krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 10/06/2019 (Fairfax County)
10/6/19 11:54 am reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (03 Oct 2019) 3 Raptors
10/6/19 11:12 am Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FOS WC&WT Sparrows
10/6/19 9:51 am Jeffrey Blalock via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Pine Siskin
10/6/19 7:31 am reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (05 Oct 2019) 5 Raptors
10/6/19 7:04 am Allen Hale via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] A Descent of Woodpeckers
10/6/19 6:56 am reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (05 Oct 2019) 3 Raptors
10/6/19 6:02 am Rob Bielawski via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Purple Gallinule Immature at Whitehurst Tract, VA Beach
10/6/19 4:52 am reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Snickers Gap (05 Oct 2019) 42 Raptors
10/6/19 4:37 am Rob Bielawski via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Purple Gallinule Immature at Whitehurst Tract, VA Beach
10/5/19 9:44 pm Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fw: Birding in Shennandoah National Park & Fluvanna County- Philadelphia Vireo & Connecticut Warbler
10/5/19 7:27 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (05 Oct 2019) 606 Raptors
10/5/19 7:06 pm Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] [va-bird] Leesylvania SP, Prince William Co. - Blue-headed Vireo, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Nashville & Yellow-rumped Warblers
10/5/19 7:04 pm Ashley Lohr via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Screech owls (Lynchburg)
10/5/19 5:49 pm Vineeta via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Come and say goodbye to Charles TODAY
10/5/19 3:55 pm Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Birding in Shennandoah National Park & Fluvanna County- Philadelphia Vireo & Connecticut Warbler
10/5/19 2:21 pm Elton Morel via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] NVBC field trip to Aquia Landing Park & Crow's Nest NAP, Stafford county, Oct 5, 2019
10/5/19 1:09 pm Vineeta via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Come and say goodbye to Charles TODAY
10/5/19 12:20 pm Vineeta via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Come and say goodbye to Charles TODAY
10/5/19 12:00 pm Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Long Branch Nature Center-Arlington
10/5/19 9:05 am Fred Atwood via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Winter Wren, C’ville
10/5/19 8:51 am David White via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Winter Wren, C’ville
10/5/19 5:59 am Lisette via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Hummingbird at my McLean, Virginia feeder this morning with temps in the 40's
10/4/19 6:40 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (04 Oct 2019) 638 Raptors
10/4/19 6:26 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (04 Oct 2019) 9 Raptors
10/4/19 6:13 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (04 Oct 2019) 28 Raptors
10/4/19 2:49 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Some good photos
10/4/19 2:06 pm David Young via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Turner Farm - Observatory Park - Y-B sapsucker, Warblers, etc.
10/4/19 12:43 pm krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Riverbend Park Bird Walk 10/04/2019
10/4/19 10:17 am reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (03 Oct 2019) 11 Raptors
10/4/19 9:53 am Larry Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Winter Crow Roosts
10/4/19 8:45 am Rob Bielawski via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kirtland's Warbler at Back Bay
10/4/19 6:08 am Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Peregrine Falcon -Skyline Complex-Falls Church, VA
10/3/19 7:12 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (03 Oct 2019) 725 Raptors
10/3/19 3:11 pm David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Winter Crow Roosts
10/3/19 2:59 pm Walter Hadlock via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] More warblers in the backyard
10/3/19 12:35 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Early Hermit Thrush
10/3/19 6:00 am Carol Evans via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] warbler party
10/3/19 5:36 am Walter Hadlock via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Three warbler morning
10/2/19 5:59 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (02 Oct 2019) 302 Raptors
10/2/19 4:19 pm morann--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Hummingbird in Woodbridge
10/2/19 3:55 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (02 Oct 2019) 206 Raptors
10/2/19 3:05 pm K Bell via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Hummingbird in Woodbridge
10/2/19 2:55 pm David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] A Few Bird Stories and Anecdotes
10/2/19 2:03 pm Craig Zalk via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Still One Yard Hummer in Reston, VA
10/2/19 1:51 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Gray-cheeked Thrush
10/2/19 1:36 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (02 Oct 2019) 3 Raptors
10/2/19 12:21 pm Barbara via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Huntley and Neabsco
10/2/19 11:59 am nicholas via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Common Nighthawk in Portsmouth, 10/1/19
10/2/19 11:18 am Thomas Nardone via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Long Branch Nature Center & Park, Oct 2, 2019
10/2/19 6:35 am Robert Ake via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fwd: Tagged CLRA
10/1/19 7:42 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] More warblers
10/1/19 6:14 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (01 Oct 2019) 14 Raptors
10/1/19 5:26 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (01 Oct 2019) 451 Raptors
10/1/19 5:18 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (01 Oct 2019) 121 Raptors
10/1/19 3:15 pm Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Nature Notes: birds, insects, frogs
10/1/19 5:47 am David White via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 1st White-throat, Cville
9/30/19 7:56 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (30 Sep 2019) 627 Raptors
9/30/19 6:59 pm Michael Godfrey via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Hudsonian Godwit at Bombay Hook yesterday (9/29/19)
9/30/19 2:28 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] HUGE Warbler flock
9/30/19 1:35 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Mendota Fire Tower (30 Sep 2019) 9 Raptors
9/30/19 4:37 am Anita Storino via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] blue jays
9/30/19 4:31 am Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Sound query.
9/29/19 6:43 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (29 Sep 2019) 1073 Raptors
9/29/19 4:39 pm Elisa Enders via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Second Northern Wheatear
9/29/19 4:24 pm Gerco H via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] heads-up for Philadelphia Vireos
9/29/19 4:06 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (29 Sep 2019) 723 Raptors
9/29/19 3:57 pm Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] heads-up for Philadelphia Vireos
9/29/19 3:49 pm Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Birding in Richmond Area
9/29/19 3:48 pm Ed Wallace via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] heads-up for Philadelphia Vireos
9/29/19 3:17 pm Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] heads-up for Philadelphia Vireos
9/29/19 1:09 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Warblers!
9/29/19 12:16 pm krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 09/29/2019 (Fairfax County
9/29/19 11:01 am Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Dyke Marsh Walk for Sept 29
9/29/19 7:04 am Vineeta via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Stilt sandpiper @ Huntley Meadows
9/29/19 6:31 am Rich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Stilt sandpiper @ Huntley Meadows
9/29/19 6:22 am Stuart via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Sound query.
9/28/19 7:33 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (28 Sep 2019) 9 Raptors
9/28/19 6:48 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (28 Sep 2019) 182 Raptors
9/28/19 6:11 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Mendota Fire Tower (28 Sep 2019) 62 Raptors
9/28/19 4:12 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (28 Sep 2019) 159 Raptors
9/28/19 3:13 pm Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Dyke Marsh Birders
9/28/19 2:59 pm Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] [va-bird] Royal Lake Park, Fairfax Co. - Little Blue Heron, Winter Wren
9/28/19 2:24 pm Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Birds at Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, northwestern Lo Co
9/28/19 12:28 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Lincoln's Sparrow
9/28/19 8:49 am Heidi Krofft via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Second Northern Wheatear
9/28/19 1:05 am reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (26 Sep 2019) 9 Raptors
9/27/19 8:51 pm barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Chincoteague, sick ibis, and more
9/27/19 6:00 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (27 Sep 2019) 506 Raptors
9/27/19 5:34 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (27 Sep 2019) 34 Raptors
9/27/19 4:26 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (27 Sep 2019) 72 Raptors
9/27/19 10:48 am Jody Vaccaro Lewis via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] American Avocets--Loudoun Co.
9/27/19 8:27 am David White via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] C’ville Passerines
9/26/19 5:07 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (26 Sep 2019) 320 Raptors
9/26/19 4:16 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Candler Mountain (26 Sep 2019) 10 Raptors
9/26/19 4:13 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (26 Sep 2019) 109 Raptors
9/26/19 2:03 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Osprey, Eagle, and Warblers
9/26/19 11:15 am Matt Anthony via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] NORTHERN WHEATEAR -- Kiptopeke SP (Northampton SP)
9/26/19 9:16 am Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] western Albemarle: hummer, Wood Thrush, Barred Owl, vireo, warblers, etc.
9/26/19 6:07 am Walter Hadlock via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Hummingbird
9/26/19 3:14 am reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (25 Sep 2019) 17 Raptors
9/26/19 3:07 am nicholas via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] warblers, etc., Prince William & Stafford Co.'s, 9/25/19
9/25/19 7:28 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (25 Sep 2019) 436 Raptors
9/25/19 7:21 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Mendota Fire Tower (25 Sep 2019) 72 Raptors
9/25/19 6:46 pm m b via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Thanks hawk question; no sighting
9/25/19 5:24 pm Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Snake & 8 warbler species
9/25/19 3:13 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (25 Sep 2019) 88 Raptors
9/25/19 12:56 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Snake & 8 warbler species
9/25/19 11:59 am napierpa via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Hawk watches
9/25/19 11:22 am David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Hawk watches
9/25/19 10:44 am m b via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Hawk watches
9/25/19 7:55 am nicholas via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Connecticut Warbler, Prince William Co., 9/25/19
9/24/19 8:28 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Mendota Fire Tower (24 Sep 2019) 140 Raptors
9/24/19 6:43 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Unusual(?) Blackburnian
9/24/19 6:29 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (24 Sep 2019) 40 Raptors
9/24/19 6:11 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (24 Sep 2019) 507 Raptors
9/24/19 6:02 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Snickers Gap (24 Sep 2019) 10 Raptors
9/24/19 1:17 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Candler Mountain (23 Sep 2019) 19 Raptors
9/24/19 1:00 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (24 Sep 2019) 24 Raptors
9/23/19 7:16 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (23 Sep 2019) 248 Raptors
9/23/19 6:55 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (22 Sep 2019) 440 Raptors
9/23/19 6:07 pm Meredith Bell via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] VSO Chincoteague field trip September 20-22
9/23/19 5:55 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (23 Sep 2019) 134 Raptors
9/23/19 5:08 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Mendota Fire Tower (22 Sep 2019) 543 Raptors
9/23/19 5:02 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Mendota Fire Tower (23 Sep 2019) 541 Raptors
9/23/19 4:06 pm reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (23 Sep 2019) 44 Raptors
9/23/19 3:58 pm Vineeta via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Farewell party for Charles Studholme at One Good Tern on Saturday, October 6 in the afternoon
9/23/19 1:41 pm Dave Youker via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] KC Website Updated
9/23/19 12:48 pm Vineeta via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Farewell party for Charles Studholme at One Good Tern on Saturday, October 6 in the afternoon
9/23/19 9:57 am Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] No sighting, literally
 
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Date: 10/22/19 8:06 pm
From: David Boltz via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Marsh Wren at Lake Frederick, Frederick Co.
This morning there was a Marsh Wren right next to the boat ramp at Lake Frederick. First a Common Yellowthroat popped up, then a Song Sparrow, then the Wren. A bit later in the neighborhood I had a singing Magnolia Warbler. Yesterday in the field below the dam breast I had my first ever Lincoln’s Sparrow for this property.

Dave Boltz

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Date: 10/22/19 6:43 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (22 Oct 2019) 104 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 22, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 18 710 3868
Bald Eagle 8 145 391
Northern Harrier 4 121 339
Sharp-shinned Hawk 19 2408 4037
Cooper's Hawk 10 1413 1972
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 17 20
Broad-winged Hawk 0 124 529
Red-tailed Hawk 3 75 159
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 4 933 3330
Merlin 23 836 2103
Peregrine Falcon 12 301 622
Unknown Accipiter 0 12 12
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 5 16
Unknown Raptor 0 6 11
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 104 7106 17412
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Megan Murante, Rudy Cashwell

Weather:
Light to moderate winds were mainly from the southeast, with overcast skies
in the morning and partly cloudy skies in the afternoon. Temperatures were
in the sixties.

Raptor Observations:
Almost nothing was moving in the morning, but there was a nice flight once
the cloud cover rapidly broke up in the early afternoon. Many of the birds
were flying north and milling about. There was great diversity and many
low-flying birds, especially peregrines and Bald Eagles. At the end of the
day, a Cooper's Hawk landed on the t-pole with a double rainbow right
behind it!

Non-raptor Observations:
Observations included:

200 Common Grackles (in one flock)
100 scoter sp.
2 Northern Gannets (FOS)
1 Field Sparrow
========================================================================
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-2019


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Date: 10/22/19 12:56 pm
From: C. Michael Stinson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] VARCOM nominees
The Virginia Avian Records Committee (VARCOM) is soliciting nominees for
new Voting Members for a four-year term beginning in January. A Voting
Member's duties include:

a) reviewing all documentation of birds submitted to VARCOM and
circulated to each Voting Member by the Secretary. (This is typically done
using the online DOVES system.)
b) voting to accept or not accept specific submissions.
c) attending VARCOM meetings (in recent years these have been annual
and in March).
and
d) notifying the Secretary well in advance of absences or duties that
would interfere with timely review of reports.

Any VSO member can nominate a possible VARCOM member for a vacancy. This
year we have two vacancies. A potential member, according to the VARCOM
bylaws, "has demonstrated expertise in the field identification of birds
and their distribution, accepts VARCOM's rules, and is a member in good
standing of the VSO." Our bylaws are posted at
https://www.virginiabirds.org/varcom/bylaws

Nominations should include at least a name and contact information for the
potential member, a statement in support of their candidacy, and a
statement that they have agreed to be nominated. Nominations can be sent to
me or to any other VARCOM member. Please do NOT respond to Va-Bird with
nominations or discussion of nominees.

Thank you -

Mike Stinson
VARCOM Chair

<myrmecocichla...>






--
C. Michael Stinson
Dillwyn, VA
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Date: 10/21/19 6:03 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (21 Oct 2019) 157 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 15 692 3850
Bald Eagle 5 137 383
Northern Harrier 6 117 335
Sharp-shinned Hawk 46 2389 4018
Cooper's Hawk 44 1403 1962
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 14 17
Broad-winged Hawk 1 124 529
Red-tailed Hawk 7 72 156
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 10 929 3326
Merlin 19 813 2080
Peregrine Falcon 4 289 610
Unknown Accipiter 0 12 12
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 5 16
Unknown Raptor 0 6 11
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 157 7002 17308
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Joe Beatty, Megan Murante, Steve Thornhill

Weather:
Winds were light and variable, with mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in
the high fifties to low sixties.

Raptor Observations:
There was a decent accipiter flight and a good number of Merlins for this
time of year.

Non-raptor Observations:
There was an incredible flight of ~830 scoter sp., most of which were
distant and headed south on the east side. Other observations included:

28 Great Blue Herons
19 Common Loons
3 yellowlegs sp.
1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
========================================================================
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-2019


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Date: 10/21/19 4:50 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (21 Oct 2019) 17 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 11 85
Bald Eagle 0 15 87
Northern Harrier 0 3 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk 14 181 244
Cooper's Hawk 1 16 36
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 10
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 5984
Red-tailed Hawk 1 52 114
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 0 11 49
Merlin 0 0 5
Peregrine Falcon 1 6 18
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 9

Total: 17 302 6662
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Don Aldridge

Observers: Bob Epperson, Carl Christensen, Darryl Martin

Visitors:
Did see one hiker on the AT, and one bicycle on the BRP.


Weather:
Foggy at Harvey’s Knob until after noon. All observations were from Pine
Tree overlook which was clear, light SE winds, and 65 deg F at the
beginning of the watch. At the end of the watch we had overcast skies at
apx 3,500’, SE wind at 5, and dropping temps into the upper 50’s.

Raptor Observations:
All but 2 SS hawks were observed from Pine Tree overlook. Carl spotted 2 SS
thru the fog at The Knob as he maintained a watch in horrible conditions
there. Due to the low ceilings, most birds could be seen naked eye as they
passed close to the ridge.

Non-raptor Observations:
Moderate traffic on the parkway with many stopping and asking about the
hawks. Pine Tree was one of the few overlooks that had a view as fog
covered many overlooks until early afternoon.
Thanks to Bob, Carl, and Darrell for helping out.

Predictions:
Heavy rain
========================================================================
Report submitted by Matthew D Hosmer (<cumberlandmatt1...>)
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: 10/21/19 4:45 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (21 Oct 2019) 8 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 26 204
Bald Eagle 0 28 156
Northern Harrier 0 8 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 646 1019
Cooper's Hawk 1 82 147
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 9
Broad-winged Hawk 0 126 26058
Red-tailed Hawk 3 52 129
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 42 128
Merlin 0 9 24
Peregrine Falcon 0 9 27
Unknown Accipiter 0 4 10
Unknown Buteo 0 3 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 2 3
Unknown Raptor 1 13 23
Mississippi Kite 0 0 7

Total: 8 1053 27971
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter: Ezra Staengl

Observers:

Visitors:
Linda Corwin


Weather:
Heavy fog filled the gap and didn't clear enough for hawk watching until
10am. The fog returned somewhat during the 11am-12pm hour and cleared again
around noon. Moderate SSE breezes. 13-17C temps.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
8 Monarchs, 3 Double-crested Cormorant, 36 Tree Swallow, 1 Yellow-rumped
Warbler.
========================================================================
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: 10/21/19 4:30 pm
From: Mary Ann Krammes via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Hummingbird!--western Albemarle
Hummingbird cited in my back yard in N. Chesterfield, VA (Richmond), at
4:45 pm this afternoon.

Mary Ann

On Mon, Oct 21, 2019 at 5:19 PM Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> 5:10 PM--HUMMINGBIRD!!!!! in my front yard. Not much blooming to provide
> nectar for a hummingbird. Makes me sad to see these birds when they should
> be long gone.
> Sincerely,Marlene
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Date: 10/21/19 2:19 pm
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Hummingbird!--western Albemarle
5:10 PM--HUMMINGBIRD!!!!! in my front yard. Not much blooming to provide nectar for a hummingbird.  Makes me sad to see these birds when they should be long gone.
Sincerely,Marlene 

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Date: 10/21/19 2:00 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] 8 sparrow species
30 avian species in Old Trail (Crozet, VA); 10/21/2019. Report and photos:



http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_10_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: 10/21/19 1:57 pm
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] American Wigeons, Mallards, Bald Eagles, etc.--western Albemarle

At local reservoir (Sugar Hollow) saw a pair (male and female) of American Wigeon this morning.  They were swimming with 4 male Mallards.  Also saw 2 adult Bald Eagles (a pair began nesting here in 2016).  These 2 birds were perched close together above the nest where young were raised this year.  No sign of young eagles today.

Hear both kinds of kinglets just about every day now in the yard.  White-throats have arrived and are singing (but not much).  No juncos yet!  This is late for them.

Hear 1-2 towhees, a flicker, and occasionally a Brown Thrasher around the house now as I usually do in fall.  Peepers calling a lot more this year than usual--today they've been calling on and off all day!


My last date to hear a Wood Thrush was the evening of Oct. 15.  It left in advance of the one inch of rain that started during the early-AM hours of Oct. 16.

Sincerely,Marlene
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Date: 10/21/19 8:32 am
From: Dave Larsen - Birding via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Surf Scoter at Discovery Blvd Pond, Prince William County
What looks to me like a female Surf Scoter is with a group of five male Ring-necked Ducks at Discovery Blvd Pond. Noticeably larger than the RNDU, distinctively sloping profile, two white patches on face/neck. When feeding it stays down much longer than the RNDU feeding near it

Dave Larsen
Haymarket
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Date: 10/20/19 4:39 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 party of 3 intrepid but good humored birders peered through the rain curtain to identify 30 species. Some interesting spots for us were a field sparrow and a Swainson's Thrush in the picnic area near Overlook 3.

This walk meets at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, rain or shine in the parking lot next to the Visitors Center. The walk does not take place during electrical storms, heavy snows, or when the trails are icy.

All those with an interest in the natural world, beginning and experience birders, or those who just want in a nice walk in a beautiful and historical setting are welcome to join us.


Species Count

Canada Goose 44

Wood Duck 4

Mallard 16

Double-crested Cormorant 13

Great Blue Heron 1

Osprey 1

Red-shouldered Hawk 2

Red-bellied Woodpecker 4

Downy Woodpecker 4

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Pileated Woodpecker 3

Northern Flicker 4

Blue Jay 22

American Crow 2

Fish Crow 4

crow sp. 5

Carolina Chickadee 4

Tufted Titmouse 3

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2

White-breasted Nuthatch 2

Carolina Wren 5

Eastern Bluebird 8

Swainson's Thrush 1

American Goldfinch 2

Field Sparrow 1

White-throated Sparrow 1

Song Sparrow 2

Eastern Towhee 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler 8

Northern Cardinal 6

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Date: 10/20/19 1:04 pm
From: Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Dyke Marsh walk for October 20
Four people joined me for a miserable and rain-soaked walk at Dyke Marsh
today. The walk is held every Sunday at 8:00 AM except during the Christmas
Bird Count season and is free to all. We only had 29 species today, but
fall is definitely here, with my first Hermit Thrush of the season, and both
White-throated and Swamp Sparrows present.



Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax, Virginia, US Oct 20, 2019 8:03 AM -
10:06 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.4 mile(s)

29 species



Canada Goose 90

Mallard 10

Mourning Dove 3

Laughing Gull 80

Ring-billed Gull 80

Caspian Tern 4

Forster's Tern 1

Double-crested Cormorant 4

Great Blue Heron 1

Great Egret 5

Bald Eagle 5

Red-bellied Woodpecker 2

Downy Woodpecker 2

Northern Flicker 1

Blue Jay 4

Fish Crow 2

Carolina Chickadee 4

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1

Carolina Wren 2

European Starling 6

Hermit Thrush 1

American Robin 2

House Finch 1

White-throated Sparrow 20

Song Sparrow 1

Swamp Sparrow 3

Red-winged Blackbird 35

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 2

Northern Cardinal 6



View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S60782583



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



Larry Cartwright

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Date: 10/20/19 11:33 am
From: Fred Atwood via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] highlights of some rainy visits to a few lakes in Fairfax Co this AM Oct 20
Burke Lake
1 Shoveler
9 Ruddy Ducks
4 Pied-billed Grebes
2 N Rough-winged Swallows

Woodglen Lake
1 Green-winged Teal

Royal Lake
1 Spotted Sandpiper

All the best
Fred Atwood
Oakton, Fairfax Co
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Date: 10/20/19 5:37 am
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Sorghum and finches
Hi Jack,
Another name for sorghum is milo, which Mourning Doves take eagerly.  I enjoy seeing these plants which occasionally show up singly (usually) by my gravel driveway or in the birdfeeding area.  They DO resemble corn stalks!
Sincerely,Marlene
In a message dated 10/19/2019 2:03:09 PM US Eastern Standard Time, <va-bird...> writes:

This spring we saw some strange plants emerging near our bird feeders. Initially I thought we were growing our own corn. However, the plants were sorghum and we thought we’d wait and see. The sorghum developed seed heads and as they ripened House Finches - mostly females - chowed down.  It was amusing to watch the birds clinging to the swaying plant stalks. No other birds seemed Interested?
Jack GreenwoodFalls Church
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Date: 10/19/19 7:53 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (19 Oct 2019) 208 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 19, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 15 677 3835
Bald Eagle 15 132 378
Northern Harrier 5 111 329
Sharp-shinned Hawk 79 2343 3972
Cooper's Hawk 46 1359 1918
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 14 17
Broad-winged Hawk 2 123 528
Red-tailed Hawk 1 65 149
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 18 919 3316
Merlin 20 794 2061
Peregrine Falcon 5 285 606
Unknown Accipiter 0 12 12
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 5 16
Unknown Raptor 0 6 11
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 208 6845 17151
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 10.5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Brian Taber, Joe Beatty, Megan Murante, Steve Thornhill

Weather:
Winds were light and variable, often from the southwest. Skies were partly
cloudy for most of the day, with cloud cover increasing later in the
afternoon. Temperatures were in the fifties to mid sixties.

Raptor Observations:
A steady trickle of birds were on the move. Again, we had a nice Bald Eagle
flight. A Cooper's Hawk landed on the t-pole several times this afternoon.

Non-raptor Observations:
A good variety of species were migrating, especially this morning. These
included Blue Jays (173), Northern Flickers (116), Red-winged Blackbirds,
and American Robins. Other observations included:

34 Killdeer
21 Canada Geese
13 Cedar Waxwings
13 Eastern Meadowlarks
9 House Finches
3 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers
2 American Goldfinches
1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
1 Bobolink
1 Horned Lark
1 House Wren
1 Pine Siskin (FOS)
1 Song Sparrow (FOS)
========================================================================
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-2019


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Date: 10/19/19 7:49 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (19 Oct 2019) 13 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 19, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 11 85
Bald Eagle 0 15 87
Northern Harrier 0 3 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk 8 167 230
Cooper's Hawk 1 15 35
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 10
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 5984
Red-tailed Hawk 1 51 113
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 1 11 49
Merlin 0 0 5
Peregrine Falcon 0 5 17
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 9

Total: 13 285 6645
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Andrew Newcomb

Observers: Dale, Dillard Childress, Kristine & Dana Newcomb,
Phillip Ferguson

Visitors:
Dillard, Dale, Phillip, Pete, and my parents. A couple from Germany who had
a GT500. 2-3 hikers. Decently busy parkway


Weather:
Chilly day with little to no wind on the Botetourt side and big gusts on
the Bedford side throughout the day.

Raptor Observations:
First bird was a Sharp Shin right after 10 AM. Most birds were on the
Bedford side except a Sharpie and an Osprey.

Non-raptor Observations:
3 Monarchs, Blue Jay's, TVs, BVs, Ravens, Chickadees, Northern Flicker,
Hairy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Goldfinches, and Snake Skin!

Predictions:
Maybe a little rainy in the morning.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Kris Newcomb ()
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 10/19/19 3:23 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (19 Oct 2019) 20 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 19, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 26 204
Bald Eagle 2 28 156
Northern Harrier 2 8 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk 11 643 1016
Cooper's Hawk 2 81 146
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 9
Broad-winged Hawk 0 126 26058
Red-tailed Hawk 2 49 126
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 42 128
Merlin 0 9 24
Peregrine Falcon 0 9 27
Unknown Accipiter 0 4 10
Unknown Buteo 0 3 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 2 3
Unknown Raptor 0 12 22
Mississippi Kite 0 0 7

Total: 20 1045 27963
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers: Betty Mooney

Visitors:
Ira Lianez


Weather:
Beautiful autumn day! 8.5-18C temps. Partly cloudy early and then mostly
cloudy after 11am. Moderate SE winds. Clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Two more Northern Harriers (one male and one female) flew down the east
side of the Blue Ridge. First bird was a Harrier at 7:40am, and last bird
was a 1st-YR Bald Eagle at 1:40pm. Another Bald Eagle (adult) came through
in morning.

Non-raptor Observations:
3 Monarchs, 27 Tree Swallow, 2 Eastern Meadowlark, 5 Raven, 1 Ruby-crowned
Kinglet, 2 Golden-crowned Kinglet, 45 waxwing, 2 Dark-eyed JUnco. Four hot
air balloons flying low to the east near Charlottesville in early morning.
A flock of 9 DC Cormorants flew through the gap at 2:30pm. A group of up to
8 Red-tailed Hawks were playing around for a long time over near Bear Den
Towers late in afternoon but never showed any signs of wanting to fly
southward.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 10/19/19 1:21 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] 6 sparrow species
Lincoln's, Swamp, Song, Field, House, and White-crowned, as well as several
non-sparrow species; Old Trail (Crozet, VA); 10/19/2019. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_10_19.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_10_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: 10/19/19 12:33 pm
From: Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] NVBC at Bristoe Station Battlefield
The Northern Virginia Bird Club visited the Bristoe Station Battlefield in Prince William County this morning. Birding was a bit muted, but we did find Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers, a Blue-headed Vireo, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Eastern Meadowlarks, Sharp-shinned Hawks, and a decent showing of sparrows including Swamp and Savannah Sparrows.
The complete checklist can be seen at https://ebird.org/checklist/S60752897
Larry MeadeMerrifield, VA
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Date: 10/19/19 11:51 am
From: dcharlesl--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Horned Grebes - Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton
This afternoon at Pohick Bay Regional Park in Lorton, I saw a pair of Horned Grebe near the far shore across from the shore launch.

David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA
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Date: 10/19/19 11:04 am
From: John Greenwood via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Sorghum and finches
This spring we saw some strange plants emerging near our bird feeders. Initially I thought we were growing our own corn. However, the plants were sorghum and we thought we’d wait and see. The sorghum developed seed heads and as they ripened House Finches - mostly females - chowed down. It was amusing to watch the birds clinging to the swaying plant stalks. No other birds seemed Interested?

Jack Greenwood
Falls Church

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Date: 10/19/19 10:31 am
From: jjcfox via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Speaking of Godwits
Hey all,

One of the fun little quirks about birding in VA is like this-several VA
birders have found all of the Godwits; at Chincoteague; in the same pond
across from the visitor center; within about 50 feet of the same spot,
as I figure it. My records are

Marbled Godwit             Chincoteague        Jul 18, 2005
Hudsonian Godwit         Chincoteague        Sep 17, 2005
Black-tailed Godwit       Chincoteague         Mar 23, 2013
Bar-tailed Godwit Chincoteague        Aug 17, 2013

I imagine that some New Jersey birders can tell a similar story. But I
don't know of anywhere else this might happen.

I've been in Tennessee the last few years, what I miss most about
birding in VA, other than the great birders I have known there, is the
ocean. You'd be hard pressed to find a salt-water marsh in Nashville,
LOL.  Thanks again to the VSO for the listserve, and to everyone who
posts there. I have a lot of great memories of birding in VA! Browsing
the listserve now and then brings them all back.

Warm regards,

John Fox
Mt Juliet, TN
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Date: 10/19/19 4:36 am
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (18 Oct 2019) 23 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 18, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 25 203
Bald Eagle 2 26 154
Northern Harrier 0 6 18
Sharp-shinned Hawk 11 632 1005
Cooper's Hawk 4 79 144
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 9
Broad-winged Hawk 0 126 26058
Red-tailed Hawk 4 47 124
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 42 128
Merlin 0 9 24
Peregrine Falcon 1 9 27
Unknown Accipiter 0 4 10
Unknown Buteo 0 3 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 2 3
Unknown Raptor 1 12 22
Mississippi Kite 0 0 7

Total: 23 1025 27943
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:45:00
Total observation time: 6.75 hours

Official Counter: Rose Thomas

Observers:

Visitors:
Diane Moxley, Randy Smith


Weather:
Strong NW winds but no clouds. Tough sky! 10-14.7C temps. Clear visibility

Raptor Observations:
Most birds were distant, with only the first BE and a late CH coming
somewhat close. Two immature Bald Eagles. An unaged Peregrine Falcon at
1:30pm.

Non-raptor Observations:
3 Monarchs.
========================================================================
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: 10/18/19 7:40 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (18 Oct 2019) 16 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 18, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 9 83
Bald Eagle 0 15 87
Northern Harrier 0 3 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk 11 159 222
Cooper's Hawk 2 14 34
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 10
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 5984
Red-tailed Hawk 2 50 112
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 0 10 48
Merlin 0 0 5
Peregrine Falcon 1 5 17
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 9

Total: 16 272 6632
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: David Kirk

Observers: Bill James, Darryl Martin, Dave Brunstetter

Visitors:
Parkway traffic moderate but many visitors at overlook parking lot. Two
Friends of the Parkway, one whose trail name is Split rail, gave us a
wonderful account of their chapter's efforts to clear Parkway of storm
damage and maintenance of overlooks as well as care for thru hikers by
providing water and occasional food.


Weather:
Winds from the NW at a steady and brisk level 4 with level 5 gusts through
the noon hour receding mid afternoon to a level 2. Full sun and bright
blue skies with very little if any cloud cover. Temperature at 51F > 61F at
end of watch. Barometric pressure steady at 27. Visibility a clear 5,
31-40 KM all day.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
Tomorrow"s weather should be sunny with diminishing winds from SE for most
of the day with rain in early hours of Sunday AM.
========================================================================
Report submitted by stan Mitchell (<mitchmitchell77...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 10/18/19 7:17 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (18 Oct 2019) 157 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 18, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 5 662 3820
Bald Eagle 16 117 363
Northern Harrier 3 106 324
Sharp-shinned Hawk 57 2264 3893
Cooper's Hawk 41 1313 1872
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 12 15
Broad-winged Hawk 0 121 526
Red-tailed Hawk 5 64 148
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 15 901 3298
Merlin 11 774 2041
Peregrine Falcon 3 280 601
Unknown Accipiter 0 12 12
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 5 16
Unknown Raptor 0 6 11
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 157 6637 16943
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 11 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Bob Anderson, Brian Taber, Joe Beatty, Megan Murante,
Thuy Tran

Weather:
Light winds were generally from the northwest, with mostly sunny skies and
temperatures in the fifties to low sixties.

Raptor Observations:
Relatively slow, but there was a very nice Bald Eagle flight. Many birds
were northbound and/or hunting and milling about today. Most were on the
east side.

Non-raptor Observations:
6 Common Loons
4 Great Blue Herons
1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
1 Blue-headed Vireo
1 Eastern Phoebe
1 Wood Duck
========================================================================
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-2019


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Date: 10/18/19 12:34 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Lincoln's Sparrow
Old Trail, Crozet, VA; 10/18/2019. Report and photos:



http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_10_18.htm



______________________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

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

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Date: 10/18/19 8:35 am
From: Robin Duska via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Last Scheduled Walk of Season- - Riverbend Park, Oct 18, 2019
Wound up this season of Friday bird walks at Riverbend Park on a beautiful
sunny morning. Walks co-led by Kris Lansing and/or Robin Duska are
anticipated to resume in April 2020 on the 1st & 3rd Fridays of the month.

Riverbend Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Oct 18, 2019 8:10 AM - 9:58 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.696 kilometer(s)
Comments: Riverbend walk
15 species (+1 other taxa)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 6
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) 2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 15
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 15
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 10
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 2
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 12
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 3
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 4
Spizella sp./American Tree Sparrow (Spizella/Spizelloides sp.) 2
Bill not pink; central spot not visible on either individual
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 3
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) 1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 14

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S60713060

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
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Date: 10/17/19 7:53 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (17 Oct 2019) 61 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 17, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 9 657 3815
Bald Eagle 4 101 347
Northern Harrier 1 103 321
Sharp-shinned Hawk 15 2207 3836
Cooper's Hawk 8 1272 1831
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 11 14
Broad-winged Hawk 0 121 526
Red-tailed Hawk 0 59 143
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 4 886 3283
Merlin 13 763 2030
Peregrine Falcon 6 277 598
Unknown Accipiter 0 12 12
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 5 16
Unknown Raptor 1 6 11
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 61 6480 16786
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Brian Taber, Joe Beatty, Megan Murante, Michael Ferrara

Visitors:
Thanks to the Master Naturalists for visiting us today.


Weather:
Very strong, gusty winds were from the west southwest, with partly cloudy
skies and temperatures in the high fifties to low sixties.

Raptor Observations:
It was slow, but birds were zooming by quite low past the platform.

Non-raptor Observations:
Many birds were hunkered down in the strong winds. A Common Loon flew past.
========================================================================
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-2019


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Date: 10/17/19 7:10 pm
From: Brian Sykes via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] 170 Yellow rumped Warblers Accomack !
Was headed out this morning and noticed some birds moving high in tops of
tall thin pines. Started counting as birds moved from one group of trees
across an opening over to another group of trees. Counted 170 . Was able to
get views of several as they foraged the trees . They disappeared for
several minutes then started returningto trees all around me . I wasn't up
for another count so just watched for several minutes. I did see some a few
days ago in same area . I called it about 20 for that siting but that was
just few minute observation. Most Yellow Rumps I've prob seen at once was
maybe 25-30 before today. Hope this isn't some sort of sign of what's in
store for Winter weather!

Northern Accomack Virginia
BSykes
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Date: 10/17/19 4:19 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (17 Oct 2019) 120 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 17, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 6 25 203
Bald Eagle 10 24 152
Northern Harrier 1 6 18
Sharp-shinned Hawk 58 621 994
Cooper's Hawk 22 75 140
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 9
Broad-winged Hawk 0 126 26058
Red-tailed Hawk 14 43 120
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 4 42 128
Merlin 3 9 24
Peregrine Falcon 1 8 26
Unknown Accipiter 0 4 10
Unknown Buteo 0 3 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 1 2 3
Unknown Raptor 0 11 21
Mississippi Kite 0 0 7

Total: 120 1002 27920
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers: Brenda Tekin

Visitors:
Linda Corwin


Weather:
Gusty NW winds all day; quite strong early and subsiding slightly after
12pm. 7.8-12.7C temps. Mostly cloudy early and partly cloudy after noon.
Clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
The winds brought in a constant supply of raptors throughout the day. First
bird was a Sharpie at 7:10am followed shortly thereafter by an adult
Peregrine. Last bird was a Sharpie at 2:30pm. Most birds were first spotted
low over the ridge as it fought the wind while gaining height and then
shooting out to the southeast. Ten Bald Eagles (6 adult, 2 1st-YR, 2
2nd-YR).

Non-raptor Observations:
3 Monarchs, 1 Herring Gull, 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 7 Raven, 194 Tree
Swallow.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 10/17/19 2:50 pm
From: David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Birds and bird photography
Hi, Virginia birders, I've published yet another photo essay: "A Few
Thoughts on Birds and Bird Photography
<http://birdpartner.com/2019/10/17/birds-bird-photography/>." I cover some
bird photography basics and share some thoughts about birds. Hopefully,
you'll find the content, which also includes some interesting stories, both
engaging and helpful. And as always, I welcome and look forward to your
feedback!

Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/
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Date: 10/16/19 5:11 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (16 Oct 2019) 14 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 16, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 648 3806
Bald Eagle 0 97 343
Northern Harrier 0 102 320
Sharp-shinned Hawk 13 2192 3821
Cooper's Hawk 1 1264 1823
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 11 14
Broad-winged Hawk 0 121 526
Red-tailed Hawk 0 59 143
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 882 3279
Merlin 0 750 2017
Peregrine Falcon 0 271 592
Unknown Accipiter 0 12 12
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 5 16
Unknown Raptor 0 5 10
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 14 6419 16725
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:15:00
Observation end time: 09:00:00
Total observation time: 2.75 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers:

Weather:
Moderate winds were generally from the southeast this morning, with
overcast skies and temperatures in the sixties. It rained for most of the
day.

Raptor Observations:
A few sharpies and one Coop.

Non-raptor Observations:
2 Chimney Swifts
2 Great Blue Herons
1 Golden-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-2019


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Date: 10/16/19 3:26 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (16 Oct 2019) 23 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 16, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 9 83
Bald Eagle 1 15 87
Northern Harrier 0 3 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk 13 148 211
Cooper's Hawk 2 12 32
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 10
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 5984
Red-tailed Hawk 5 48 110
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 1 10 48
Merlin 0 0 5
Peregrine Falcon 0 4 16
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 9

Total: 23 256 6616
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 13:15:00
Observation end time: 15:45:00
Total observation time: 2.5 hours

Official Counter: David Brunstetter

Observers:

Visitors:
Not many people got out of their cars due to the cold.


Weather:
Initially socked in. However, it cleared spectacularly within 15 minutes.
Visibility was easily a 5. Temperature stayed at 52F, but NW winds at 5-6
left it chilly. Cloud cover started at 100%, but was 25% by the end.

Raptor Observations:
The birds, initially mostly RT's (both local and migrating) and ravens,
showed up immediately after the clouds cleared. At one point, 4 RT's could
be seen simultaneously kiting in the western valley. All but one raptor was
seen on the western side. IBE was seen at 1:55p.

Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
More strong NW winds. Bring your jacket and see if the big birds will show.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Brunstetter (<drb57...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 10/16/19 2:49 pm
From: Dustin Welch via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Western Kingbird, Lapland Longspur, Chincoteague, Accomack County
10/15/2019

Yesterday afternoon a WESTERN KINGBIRD landed in a small cedar next the dock of our rental just south of Memorial Park on Chincoteague Island. The moment it landed it was immediately harassed by a Northern Mockingbird. A few laps around the cedar yielded great looks at the tail feathers confirming WEKI. Eventually it flew further south towards the Tom's Cove Campgrounds. It was not relocated after a short drive around the neighborhood.

Earlier in the morning a LAPLAND LONGSPUR was scurrying around in the grasses near the south parking lot of the beach on Chincoteague NWR. Other highlights on the walk to Fisherman's Hook included a somewhat late Bobolink, 4 Piping Plovers, and 2 Red Knots. A Tree Swallow flock of approximately 8,000 was scattered across the entire hook. A handful of Horned Larks and several Eastern Meadowlarks were present in the grasses out there as well.

Bird on,
Dustin Welch
Cape May, NJ

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Date: 10/16/19 11:45 am
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Kirtland’s Warbler Delisted--despite Bahamas (its overwintering site) devastation
Hi Mike,
That's good news and I hope it means many of these warblers will return to their U.S. breeding grounds next year.  It'd be great if you could send us a report at that time.
Thanks for writing!
Sincerely,Marlene
In a message dated 10/16/2019 2:21:38 PM US Eastern Standard Time, <va-bird...> writes:

Hurricane Dorian did no perceptible damage to the central islands in The Bahamas where the majority of Kirtland's Warblers overwinter. However, stopover sites on Abaco and Grand Bahama may have been affected.

Mike Petrucha
Houghton Lake, MI


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Sent: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 12:00 PM
To: <va-bird...> <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kirtland’s Warbler Delisted--despite Bahamas (its overwintering site) devastation

Hurricane Dorian probably severely impacted the island in the Bahamas where the Kirtland's Warbler spends the winter.  Yet, On October 8, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the Kirtland’s warbler is to be delisted (link below).
https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwildlifemanagement.institute%2Fbrief%2Foctober-2019%2Fkirtlands-warbler-delisted&data=02%7C01%7C%7Cc76a3790bc03466b06ab08d75252043d%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637068384514703907&sdata=dkT4Ef7INKPPz%2FFZHB9Oah%2FXoSdz4UT9DdHODymCYqQ%3D&reserved=0

Sincerely,Marlene
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Date: 10/16/19 11:21 am
From: Mike Petrucha via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Kirtland’s Warbler Delisted--despite Bahamas (its overwintering site) devastation
Hurricane Dorian did no perceptible damage to the central islands in The Bahamas where the majority of Kirtland's Warblers overwinter. However, stopover sites on Abaco and Grand Bahama may have been affected.

Mike Petrucha
Houghton Lake, MI


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Sent: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 12:00 PM
To: <va-bird...> <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kirtlands Warbler Delisted--despite Bahamas (its overwintering site) devastation

Hurricane Dorian probably severely impacted the island in the Bahamas where the Kirtland's Warbler spends the winter. Yet, On October 8, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the Kirtlands warbler is to be delisted (link below).
https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwildlifemanagement.institute%2Fbrief%2Foctober-2019%2Fkirtlands-warbler-delisted&amp;data=02%7C01%7C%7Cc76a3790bc03466b06ab08d75252043d%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637068384514703907&amp;sdata=dkT4Ef7INKPPz%2FFZHB9Oah%2FXoSdz4UT9DdHODymCYqQ%3D&amp;reserved=0

Sincerely,Marlene
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Date: 10/16/19 9:00 am
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kirtland’s Warbler Delisted--despite Bahamas (its overwintering site) devastation
Hurricane Dorian probably severely impacted the island in the Bahamas where the Kirtland's Warbler spends the winter.  Yet, On October 8, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the Kirtland’s warbler is to be delisted (link below).   
https://wildlifemanagement.institute/brief/october-2019/kirtlands-warbler-delisted

Sincerely,Marlene
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Date: 10/16/19 4:05 am
From: Jim Elder via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Chincoteague VSO photos
I finally got my pics uploaded to Flickr. There are 27 pics in an album named "Chincoteague 2019". Use the following link to view.

Jim Elder

https://www.flickr.com/photos/155973262@N07/albums/72157711321407797

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Date: 10/15/19 6:45 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (15 Oct 2019) 8 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 15, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 19 197
Bald Eagle 0 14 142
Northern Harrier 0 5 17
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 563 936
Cooper's Hawk 0 53 118
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 9
Broad-winged Hawk 0 126 26058
Red-tailed Hawk 3 29 106
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 38 124
Merlin 0 6 21
Peregrine Falcon 1 7 25
Unknown Accipiter 0 4 10
Unknown Buteo 0 3 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 1 2
Unknown Raptor 0 11 21
Mississippi Kite 0 0 7

Total: 8 882 27800
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00
Observation end time: 12:00:00
Total observation time: 3.75 hours

Official Counter:

Observers:

Visitors:
Rich Wood, Linda Corwin


Weather:
A bit chilly early but quickly warmed up. Bright blue sky with, once
again, not a hint of a wisp for the entire morning! Clear visibility all
across the valleys and I couldn't help but recall the old song by The Who
"I know you've deceived me, now here's a surprise
I know that you have 'cause there's magic in my eyes
I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
Oh yeah.."

Raptor Observations:
Wasn't optimistic with the prevailing light SE to S winds at start of the
day.

Newcomer to the hawk watch, Rich Wood, was on board when first bird of the
day, an adult Peregrine flew in low from area of the plateau out to the
west. Counter had just arrived and was in process of getting set up. The
Peregrine flew down into the trees, apparently going after breakfast.
Approximately 20 minutes later at 8:43 EST Counter observed large falcon
come up from area of rockpile 2, made one quick circle and then zipped
across the gap below eye level along east side of the ridge. I'm sure there
is one less Blue Jay or Northern Flicker....

Only one eagle observed today, a non-migratory juvenile Bald Eagle that
flew in from the east, disappearing low between the two ridges to the NE.
It was later seen far out over the Shenandoah Valley to north of Waynesboro
where it was lazily circling low and disappearing to the north.

Non-raptor Observations:
Blue Jay (36), Northern Flicker (4), Chimney Swift (1), Tree Swallow (47),
Monarch Butterfly (1)

Predictions:
Rain! Keeping fingers crossed.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brenda Tekin (<brenda...>)
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: 10/15/19 6:31 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (15 Oct 2019) 563 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 15, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 8 648 3806
Bald Eagle 10 97 343
Northern Harrier 8 102 320
Sharp-shinned Hawk 235 2179 3808
Cooper's Hawk 175 1263 1822
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 11 14
Broad-winged Hawk 4 121 526
Red-tailed Hawk 12 59 143
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 59 882 3279
Merlin 33 750 2017
Peregrine Falcon 14 271 592
Unknown Accipiter 1 12 12
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 1 5 16
Unknown Raptor 0 5 10
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 563 6405 16711
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 10.5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Joe Beatty, Megan Murante, Michael Ferrara

Weather:
Light to moderate winds were from the northeast, with clear skies for most
of the day and temperatures in the sixties.

Raptor Observations:
There was a good accipiter flight, especially in the morning. We also had a
decent number of falcons.

Non-raptor Observations:
104 Blue Jays
6 Eastern Meadowlarks
2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers
1 Baltimore Oriole
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
========================================================================
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-2019


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Date: 10/15/19 5:31 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (15 Oct 2019) 37 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 15, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 8 82
Bald Eagle 1 14 86
Northern Harrier 0 3 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk 20 135 198
Cooper's Hawk 1 10 30
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 10
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 5984
Red-tailed Hawk 13 43 105
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 0 9 47
Merlin 0 0 5
Peregrine Falcon 0 4 16
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 9

Total: 37 233 6593
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Bill James

Observers: Dave Brunstetter

Visitors:
Many out of state parkway browsers commenting on the draught. Very nice
couple from Alabama.


Weather:
Too blue skies until the last two hours with 30% cloud cover, but in the
right place. Consistent SE winds, ESE late, at a consistent 2, sliding to
a 1 between 2 and 3. Temperature 65.2 initially rising to 80.4 at 1:00
then falling to 70.5. Barometric pressure was 27.85 to 28.50 at 4:00.
Visibility a pleasant 4 throughout.

Raptor Observations:
ABE at 3:14. No falcons seen.

Non-raptor Observations:
David B. helped today, or rather, I helped him by writing down what he saw.
Shame he missed the eagle.

Predictions:
Rain, but then.......
========================================================================
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: 10/15/19 2:14 pm
From: Aliona Lagoda via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Early Northen Shoveler at silver lake
Today I saw one male and two females Northern Shoveler at silver lake in Dayton Va.

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Date: 10/15/19 2:12 pm
From: Walter Hadlock via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Morning and afternoon birds
Our morning got off to a great start with a Northern Parula at one of our bird baths. And, this afternoon, we just happened to be looking out the window and watched a Blue-headed Vireo taking a bath in our pond. A fun migration this Fall.

Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon, VA (Fairfax County, VA)
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Date: 10/15/19 11:27 am
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Interesting hawk
Probable "northern race" Red-tailed Hawk; Blue Ridge Parkway, VA; 10/15 19.
Report and photos:



http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_10_15.htm



______________________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

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

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Date: 10/15/19 10:16 am
From: Walter Hadlock via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bird Walk at Bright Pond, Reston, VA included two male Black-throated Blue Warblers
Eighteen people attended the Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019 bird walk at Bright Pond, Reston, VA. The walk was sponsored by Reston Association, Audubon Society of Northern Virginia, and The Bird Feeder in Reston. It was a cold, cloudy morning with some good sightings. Here’s our list:

Great Blue Heron-2 one of which was being harassed by some crows.
Turkey Vulture—2
Bald Eagle—1
Red-shouldered Hawk—2
Mourning Dove—2

Belted Kingfisher—1 a flyover
Red-bellied Woodpecker—3
Northern Flicker—1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker—4
Downy Woodpecker—1

Pileated Woodpecker—1 female
Blue Jay—12
American Crow—25
Fish Crow—20 flew over in one group
Carolina Chickadee—5 nice to see this species back in the area

Tufted Titmouse—2
White-breasted Nuthatch—2
Carolina Wren—5 mostly heard
Golden-crowned Kinglet—1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet—1

Eastern Bluebird—6
American Robin—4
Gray Catbird—6
Northern Mockingbird—1
Brown Thrasher—1

Black-throated Blue Warbler—2 males who ignored us while they feasted on Mile-a-Minute berries.
Common Yellowthroat—1
Eastern Towhee—1 male
White-throated Sparrow—2
Northern Cardinal—12

House Finch—1
American Goldfinch—1

Jay Hadlock
Herndon, VA (Fairfax County)
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Date: 10/15/19 5:48 am
From: Brian Taber via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Blog
For those interested in bird migration at Kiptopeke State Park, our Hawkwatch Intern/Educator Megan Murante has been busy posting photos and text...with the help of Hawkwatcher Anna Stunkel and Monarch biologist Michael Ferrara...on our Blog at www.vawildliferesearch.org
There have been plenty of interesting events. And...they just added a new bird for our platform list, a Painted Bunting!

We post to the Blog all year, but during fall our staff increases that by a lot.
Brian TaberCoastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory
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Date: 10/14/19 6:44 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (14 Oct 2019) 239 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 14, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 11 640 3798
Bald Eagle 0 87 333
Northern Harrier 3 94 312
Sharp-shinned Hawk 109 1944 3573
Cooper's Hawk 64 1088 1647
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 8 11
Broad-winged Hawk 2 117 522
Red-tailed Hawk 6 47 131
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 17 823 3220
Merlin 23 717 1984
Peregrine Falcon 3 257 578
Unknown Accipiter 0 11 11
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 4 15
Unknown Raptor 0 5 10
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 239 5842 16148
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:15:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 10.25 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Joe Beatty, Megan Murante, Ned Brinkley, Rose Leong,
Wes Hetrick

Weather:
Light winds were generally from the west southwest, with overcast skies for
much of the day until clouds cleared in the later afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
It was relatively slow, but things picked up a bit once the clouds cleared
out. Most birds were high and/or on the east side. A Merlin was zooming
around late this afternoon, catching dragonflies and repeatedly landing on
the t-pole. Once, we could even hear the sound of the Merlin snatching a
dragonfly in midair right next to the platform. What a show!

Non-raptor Observations:
An immature or adult female Painted Bunting was a major highlight of the
day, seen and [poorly, but well enough] photographed this morning in the
holly and cherry trees near the platform. It did not stick around for long
and was presumably chased off by "Jerry" the mockingbird (that
troublemaker). Also, an immature Black-crowned Night-Heron flew past the
platform. Five Common Nighthawks were flying around nearby late in the
afternoon. Other observations included:

55 Blue Jays
1 Common Loon
1 Dickcissel (FOS)
1 Red-headed Woodpecker
========================================================================
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-2019


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Date: 10/14/19 4:12 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (14 Oct 2019) 46 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 14, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 6 80
Bald Eagle 3 13 85
Northern Harrier 0 3 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk 27 115 178
Cooper's Hawk 2 9 29
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 10
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 5984
Red-tailed Hawk 10 30 92
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 1 1 1
American Kestrel 2 9 47
Merlin 0 0 5
Peregrine Falcon 1 4 16
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 9

Total: 46 196 6556
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Don Aldridge

Observers: Bob Epperson, Dave Brunstetter, Phillip Ferguson

Visitors:
More vintage cars on the BRP, a Model A pickup, 2 TR 7’s traveling
together, a 70’s MG, and a mid 60’s Chevy Caprice convertible that you
could have held a swim meet in!


Weather:
Clear skies all day, wind from the NW 15-20mph early, then 5-10 mid watch,
increasing to 15 by end. Temps from the mid 50’s to upper 60’s.

Raptor Observations:
Nice variety with 7 species including the seasons first GE at 12:58
(immature). All seen on the West side of the overlook. ABE at 10:53 and
2:43 with a IBE at 1:44. A local Red Shoulder made our unofficial species
count at 8.


Non-raptor Observations:
Moderate traffic on the BRP. Nice to have the section south of US 460 open
again. Thanks to David, Phillip, and Bob for their expertise in finding and
identifying raptors. Amazing to get 2 Alaska plates thru the watch within
15 minutes of each other. That leaves only HI, ND, NV, and ID for the
sweep.

Predictions:
Could be very good movement ahead of the next weather front.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Matthew D Hosmer (<cumberlandmatt1...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 10/14/19 3:54 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (14 Oct 2019) 54 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 14, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 17 195
Bald Eagle 3 14 142
Northern Harrier 0 5 17
Sharp-shinned Hawk 30 561 934
Cooper's Hawk 9 53 118
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 9
Broad-winged Hawk 1 126 26058
Red-tailed Hawk 4 26 103
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 3 38 124
Merlin 0 6 21
Peregrine Falcon 1 6 24
Unknown Accipiter 2 4 10
Unknown Buteo 0 3 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 1 2
Unknown Raptor 1 11 21
Mississippi Kite 0 0 7

Total: 54 874 27792
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Ezra Staengl

Observers:

Visitors:
Andrew Rapp, Tom Rapp, Linda Corwin


Weather:
Brutally blue skies today with good visibility, moderate NW winds, and
6-23C temps.

Raptor Observations:
Three Bald Eagles (adult, 1st-YR, and unaged). An unaged Peregrine Falcon
at 11:30am.

Non-raptor Observations:
8 Monarchs, 1 Great Blue Heron, 2 Great Egret, 6 flicker, 48 Blue Jay, 20
Tree Swallow, 12 waxwing, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 Scarlet Tanager, 1
Indigo Bunting
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 10/14/19 11:12 am
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FOS YB Sap, White-throat, Coyotes, etc.--western Albemarle
October 12:  3:21 AM Coyotes audible but far away.

October 13: Heard Wood Thrush from 6:35 to 6:38 PM.

October 14:  9:26 Am A male and a female bluebird went through nesting behaviors at the bird box successfully used by bluebirds this year at the SE corner of my fruit/veggie garden.

October 14: 9:33 AM Saw FOS juvenile Yellow-bellied Sapsucker land on one of my 20-25-foot tall Photinias along my deck, which is popular with this species for obtaining sap.  Sapsuckers also always spend a lot of time in my Autumn Olive shrubs getting sap.  NOTE: I have plenty of Tulip Poplar trees,  which are also used frequently by sapsuckers, but the Photinia and Autumn Olive are much preferred by them!  Even the Red-naped Sapsucker from the winter of 2017-18 spent a lot of time in the Photinia, which is how I got good photos of it.  (By the way, for those of you who were interested and contacted me about this bird, I have more info to share if you wish to let me know you're still interested.) 


October 14:  On a sad note, saw my FOS White-throated Sparrow in a local cow field, but it was injured.  It wasn't able to fly well.  On a hopeful note, it was located in a big patch of Japanese Stiltgrass where it was able to easily obtain food for itself (stiltgrass seeds are very popular with juncos and white-throats), so I'm hoping whatever problem it has will heal and this individual will survive.
Sincerely,
Marlene
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Date: 10/14/19 6:15 am
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (13 Oct 2019) 7 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 13, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 6 80
Bald Eagle 0 10 82
Northern Harrier 0 3 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 88 151
Cooper's Hawk 1 7 27
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 10
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 5984
Red-tailed Hawk 0 20 82
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 7 45
Merlin 0 0 5
Peregrine Falcon 1 3 15
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 9

Total: 7 150 6510
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter: David Kirk

Observers:

Visitors:
The Goffs stopped by briefly and Ms. Childress from the Lynchburg Bird Club
chatted for a while. She's and interesting birder with a life list in the
500s but an impressive count of 1700+ seen world wide.


Weather:
Cloud cover 90% until mid-afternoon when skies began to clear with
temperatures dropping back into the upper 50s.

Raptor Observations:
All birds were seen over the Knob or the Great Valley to the west.

Non-raptor Observations:
Parkway traffic was moderate as were overlook visitors and hikers. Two
dozen monarchs were observed.

Predictions:
Cooler with wind increasing as the day progresses.
========================================================================
Report submitted by stan Mitchell (<mitchmitchell77...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 10/13/19 7:10 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (13 Oct 2019) 849 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 13, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 16 629 3787
Bald Eagle 3 87 333
Northern Harrier 14 91 309
Sharp-shinned Hawk 519 1835 3464
Cooper's Hawk 176 1024 1583
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 7 10
Broad-winged Hawk 12 115 520
Red-tailed Hawk 7 41 125
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 74 806 3203
Merlin 21 694 1961
Peregrine Falcon 6 254 575
Unknown Accipiter 0 11 11
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 4 15
Unknown Raptor 0 5 10
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 849 5603 15909
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Chris Foster, Harry Armistead, Megan Murante, Rose Leong,
Wes Hetrick

Weather:
Moderate winds were mostly from the east northeast, with mostly cloudy
skies and temperatures in the sixties to low seventies. There were some
sprinkles in the later afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
It was an excellent day, with birds flying very low overhead. Sharpies were
flying over by the bucketload this morning.

Non-raptor Observations:
Observations included:

65 Blue Jays
59 Northern Flickers
5 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers
2 Great Blue Herons
2 Great Egrets
1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
1 Bobolink (at least one individual was heard calling)
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet (FOS)
1 Horned Lark (FOS)
1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
1 Red-headed Woodpecker
========================================================================
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-2019


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Date: 10/13/19 3:44 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (13 Oct 2019) 96 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 13, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 6 17 195
Bald Eagle 3 11 139
Northern Harrier 1 5 17
Sharp-shinned Hawk 45 531 904
Cooper's Hawk 7 44 109
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 3 9
Broad-winged Hawk 1 125 26057
Red-tailed Hawk 8 22 99
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 19 35 121
Merlin 0 6 21
Peregrine Falcon 1 5 23
Unknown Accipiter 1 2 8
Unknown Buteo 0 3 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 1 2
Unknown Raptor 3 10 20
Mississippi Kite 0 0 7

Total: 96 820 27738
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Rose Thomas

Observers: Brenda Tekin, Dave Hunter, Ezra Staengl

Visitors:
Rock Anderson, Ann Hirschey, Skyler Anderson, Mary Anderson, Mark Perschel,
Drew Chaney, Ira Lianez, Linda Corwin, Kathy and Jim Kaeli


Weather:
Mostly cloudy for most of the day, with a bit of clearing by mid-afternoon
and then more clouds moving in. Light SE wind soon to diminish and more
variable. It was interesting to note lower wind direction from SE to SSE
and upper level clouds moving in completely different directions. It was a
tad chilly but tolerable and then cooling down by late afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
It was a very slow start. By end of the 2nd hour birds began to appear.
They continued to trickle in throughout the day until top of the last hour
when things really slowed down. A surprising showing of 19 American
Kestrel. With such a late date flight we'll probably see the big push of
sharp-shins the first of November! We are seeing later in the season
flights this season that may be due to the above average warming trend we
have experienced all through September into October. One counter noted
they are still harvesting bell peppers as late as yesterday and plants
still loaded with ripening peppers!

Back to the raptors...Also good to see more Osprey, a total of six for the
day, along with 3 migrating Bald Eagles, and one late Broad-winged
(photographed).

Most of the birds were found far out over the western Valley with others
coming overhead or along east side of the ridge.

Non-raptor Observations:
Double-crested Cormorant (4), Chimney Swift (4), Tree Swallow (408),
Yellow-rumped Warbler (1), Golden-crowned Kinglet (2), Monarch Butterfly
(3)
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brenda Tekin (<brenda...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 10/13/19 10:55 am
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Crozet, VA
Old Trail; 37 avian species; 10/13/2019. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_10_13.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_10_13.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: 10/13/19 10:40 am
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 at Great Falls Park. Our 13 participants identified 42 species + 1 taxa. The notable for today was the appearance of 4 American Wigeons up-stream from the Visitors Center. We also got good looks at a rising Coopers Hawk, two Osprey and our first fall Swainson's thrush.

This walk meets at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, rain or shine in the parking lot next to the Visitors Center. The walk does not take place during electrical storms, heavy snows, or when the trails are icy.

All those with an interest in the natural world, beginning and experience birders, or those who just want in a nice walk in a beautiful and historical setting are welcome to join us.



Species Count

Canada Goose 96

Wood Duck 5

American Wigeon 4

Mallard 23

American Black Duck 2

Common Merganser 2

Mourning Dove 3

Chimney Swift 8

Double-crested Cormorant 77

Great Blue Heron 4

Black Vulture 5

Turkey Vulture 4

Osprey 2

Cooper's Hawk 2

Bald Eagle 1

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Barred Owl 1

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3

Red-bellied Woodpecker 7

Downy Woodpecker 8

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Pileated Woodpecker 3

Northern Flicker 11

Eastern Wood-Pewee 1

Blue Jay 30

American Crow 4

Fish Crow 10

crow sp. 10

Carolina Chickadee 4

Tufted Titmouse 9

Golden-crowned Kinglet 2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5

White-breasted Nuthatch 3

Carolina Wren 10

Gray Catbird 1

Eastern Bluebird 13

Swainson's Thrush 2

American Robin 2

White-throated Sparrow 7

Common Grackle 2

Black-and-white Warbler 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler 2

Northern Cardinal 6

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Date: 10/13/19 8:51 am
From: Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Birds East of Richmond- returning Northern Red-tailed Hawk (abeiticola)
I visited the City Point area of Hopewell this morning and then briefly rode through some areas of Charles City County.The highlight as a returning Northern Red-tailed Hawk (abeiticola) for what I think is the 8th year(?).  I only had 4 species of warbler but 39+ of those were Northern Parula in the City Point area.  No Yellow-rumped were heard and/or observed today.

http://visitingnature.com/main/fall-2019/


Enjoy each day,
Allen

Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. ww.visitingnature.com
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Date: 10/13/19 7:24 am
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Ovenbird on my deck! Coyotes and other yard happenings--western Albemarle
Hi Ashley,
I believe you've written to me previously about stink bugs.  I may have pointed out  previously that the only way to know whether stink bugs are truly numerous is to know exactly what people mean when they talk about these bugs.  Most folks complain  about there being a lot of them when there are a few dozen, for example, but that doesn't actually mean there's an abundance of them when compared to previous years.  I take most people's reports with a grain of salt for that reason.

I'm pasting in below a newspaper article from last fall you might find of interest.  It quotes someone from VA Tech who seems in agreement with me about these insects being on the decline.  I am also including my assessment of his comments which I left as an online comment when this article appeared.

As for my comment about this year, I keep track of the numbers of stink bugs that come to my house.  Every year there have been fewer and fewer, with this year the stink bugs being practically nonexistent!  Additionally, because people love to complain about insects, I pay close attention to the hawk watch reports where insects are mentioned when they are bothering folks.  Only one (maybe 2, I'd have to look it up to know for sure) site has mentioned stink bugs at all this fall, and that was only on one day!!!!!  I was at the nearest site one day when maybe a dozen stink bugs were flying around--obviously not a big deal compared to previous years.  The hawk watch sites are located throughout the state, being along the Blue Ridge, thus giving an indication of  the widespread decrease in numbers.
Let me know what you think after you get a chance to read through what I've pasted in.
Thanks for your interest!
Sincerely,Marlene




Where have all the stink bugs gone?
By JOHN MCCASLIN November 23, 2018 Nature 1
‘There are fewer these past few years, and a definite decline since 2010. That was the big year’

Yes, stink bugs remain unwelcome guests in our Rappahannock homes and orchards, but the days when millions of the invasive insects raised havoc in our lives appears to be waning.

The question, posed with great pleasure, is why?

Doug Pfeiffer, a renowned Virginia Tech entomologist who works with the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office, suspects there are several reasons for the fetid bugs to be on the decline.

There’s been progress through classic biological control, pest management with safe insecticides, and just maybe disease is helping to kill off the pungent Asian buggers that first arrived in Pennsylvania in 1996 and invaded Virginia in 2004.

“There are fewer these past few years, and a definite decline since 2010. That was the big year,” Pfeiffer tells the Rappahannock News in a telephone interview from Blacksburg. “Orchards looked like a hail storm had come through. They’ve still been a problem, but it’s not as big.”

As for the biological warfare Pfeiffer refers to, Rappahannock residents may have heard about the wasps discovered to be parasitizing stink bug eggs across the border in Maryland.

“Samurai wasps,” Pfeiffer identifies them, educating that researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture had traveled several years ago to Asia to learn about the brown marmorated stink bugs’ natural enemies. The thought was to introduce a biocontrol species or two in North America, where hundreds of millions of dollars in crop damage was occurring annually, including in Virginia’s apple orchards.

While some of the so-called samurai wasps (Trissolcus japonicus) were eventually brought to America to study in the lab environment, to everybody’s surprise they were recently discovered to already be living here. Identified by Maryland researchers, these tiny wasps had immigrated to the mid-Atlantic states on their own, so small in size (no bigger than a sesame seed) they were hardly noticed. Not to mention they can’t sting.

“Often when we search for natural enemies we go back to the homeland to look for the pest . . . find what works well in the home country,” Pfeiffer explains. “Of course these ‘enemies’ have to undergo testing” to prevent any adverse effects on the local environment, “to make sure they’re predatory instead of plant feeding.”

“Nobody knows how it got here,” the entomologist says of the U.S. samurai discovered first in Delaware, although researchers are convinced they didn’t escape their scientific quarantine. Now, as we speak, additional wasps are being released in fields and orchards up and down the east coast.

“It’s unclear how much of an impact the wasp is having,” says Pfeiffer, but everybody is hoping for some progress.

The Tech professor says there may be other “natural enemies” to stink bugs that increase its mortality, including disease. Plus, he says, fruit growers “are more aware of how to handle” the invasive pests, from safe insecticides to traps placed on trees.

Pfeiffer also pointed to research conducted in his own lab for short term pest control, where for instance “on the night before a grape harvest an organic insecticide blasts the bugs out of the clusters.

“The issue is less with grape growers, but we do provide another tool,” he says.

Stink bugs feed on numerous fruits and vegetables, from apples and peaches to tomatoes and sweet corn. For orchard growers and farmers a plentiful army of stink bugs can wipe out an entire season’s harvest.

For homeowners, they are a nuisance pest as they look for places to over-winter. Hopefully this winter of 2018-19 there won’t be as many swimming in our soup.


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- Marlene A Condon says:NOVEMBER 28, 2018 AT 5:51 PM
Hi, I have been tracking the abundance of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs since they arrived in my area in the latter half of the first decade of the 21st century. I have also tracked the abundance of the Asian Multicolored Lady Beetle and many other organisms over the course of decades. I don’t believe Professor Pfeiffer is correct in his assessment of this situation. The fact is that the severely cold winter of 2013-2014 took a huge toll on many kinds of wildlife. Many deer starved that winter; birds such as Carolina Wrens and Eastern Bluebirds died from the cold and lack of food; and many, many kinds of insects–not only stink bugs and lady beetles–died as well, probably from dehydration (an insect’s biggest “fear”). The insect species affected that year have not recovered, but rather have continued to decline, undoubtedly due to drought-plagued winters. In fact, insect populations of many species were so low this past summer that many birds did not nest successfully or nest as many times as they usually do. I might also point out that the highest abundance of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs was in 2013. In Shenandoah National Park, where I was giving talks, so many were flying that you couldn’t even exit your vehicle! And at hawk watches around the state, folks complained about the abundance of these insects in their reports.
Sincerely, Marlene
Marlene A Condon, Author/Photographer, The Nature-friendly Garden: Creating a Backyard Haven for Plants, Wildlife, and People (Stackpole Books)


In a message dated 10/12/2019 4:30:00 PM US Eastern Standard Time, <aklohr...> writes:

Marlene,
Interesting that you note that brown marmorated stink bug numbers are down near your house, because I've been seeing significantly more this year than in recent years. They seem to be everywhere in the Lynchburg and Natural Bridge areas, and my dad commented yesterday while I was on the phone with him that he's seen an increase in numbers around his (my parent's) house in western Loudoun County.
Ashley LohrLynchburg / Loudoun County
Ashley Lohr
B.S. Virginia Tech 2015 | Wildlife Conservation & EntomologyM.S. University of Georgia 2019 | Forestry and Natural Resources
<aklohr...> | (571)-271-8305
On Fri, Oct 11, 2019 at 6:32 PM Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
Oct. 4: Two Great Horned Owls started hooting to the SW about 6:50 AM and continued for more than 5 minutes.  Fairly close.  Usually start to hear them in August so they are late this year.
Oct. 4: Wood Thrush twittering to the south 6:57 AM.  Heard again about 6:25 PM to about 6:35 PM.  Have heard one every day for  weeks!
Oct. 9: FOS Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets heard in my yard.

Oct. 9: Ovenbird!!!!! about 5:40 PM on sidewalk NW of my deck, walking slowly, looking all around as if lost.  Then it flew up to my west deck railing where its back and tail looked very greenish!  Although it was too dark to get a good picture, I did manage to get a couple before the bird flew down towards my fruit/vegetable garden (that's filled with wildflowers gone to seed). 

Oct. 10: COYOTES yelping very close at 4:08 AM.  I didn't hear them this year in August as I usually do and was worried they'd all been killed.  I was delighted to know there are still some around.
Oct. 11: Wood Thrush this morning at 7:02 AM.  Hear it now at 6:10 PM.

Towhees are calling here a lot every day.  Spring Peepers are still calling a fair bit.  My Green Frogs call very few times per day now.  Still hearing katydids though they are few in number.  Snowy Tree Crickets are still quite loud.  Butterflies have become much less visible with the onset of cooler temps, but I did spot a sulpher flying today.
A few general observations:  Incredibly few Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs coming to the house this year.  It appears that their numbers have continued to drop.  Crickets don't seem to be down in numbers, but Katydids were not as numerous as they usually are (based upon the loudness of their summer cacophony).  Sadly, many insect species have disappeared or are extremely down in number.  On a positive note--have heard more Wood Thrushes at home and on my daily 3-mile-plus walks than ever before!  Suggests they may have done well this past year. 

Sincerely,Marlene


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In a message dated 10/12/2019 4:30:00 PM US Eastern Standard Time, <aklohr...> writes:

Marlene,
Interesting that you note that brown marmorated stink bug numbers are down near your house, because I've been seeing significantly more this year than in recent years. They seem to be everywhere in the Lynchburg and Natural Bridge areas, and my dad commented yesterday while I was on the phone with him that he's seen an increase in numbers around his (my parent's) house in western Loudoun County.
Ashley LohrLynchburg / Loudoun County
Ashley Lohr
B.S. Virginia Tech 2015 | Wildlife Conservation & EntomologyM.S. University of Georgia 2019 | Forestry and Natural Resources
<aklohr...> | (571)-271-8305
On Fri, Oct 11, 2019 at 6:32 PM Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
Oct. 4: Two Great Horned Owls started hooting to the SW about 6:50 AM and continued for more than 5 minutes.  Fairly close.  Usually start to hear them in August so they are late this year.
Oct. 4: Wood Thrush twittering to the south 6:57 AM.  Heard again about 6:25 PM to about 6:35 PM.  Have heard one every day for  weeks!
Oct. 9: FOS Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets heard in my yard.

Oct. 9: Ovenbird!!!!! about 5:40 PM on sidewalk NW of my deck, walking slowly, looking all around as if lost.  Then it flew up to my west deck railing where its back and tail looked very greenish!  Although it was too dark to get a good picture, I did manage to get a couple before the bird flew down towards my fruit/vegetable garden (that's filled with wildflowers gone to seed). 

Oct. 10: COYOTES yelping very close at 4:08 AM.  I didn't hear them this year in August as I usually do and was worried they'd all been killed.  I was delighted to know there are still some around.
Oct. 11: Wood Thrush this morning at 7:02 AM.  Hear it now at 6:10 PM.

Towhees are calling here a lot every day.  Spring Peepers are still calling a fair bit.  My Green Frogs call very few times per day now.  Still hearing katydids though they are few in number.  Snowy Tree Crickets are still quite loud.  Butterflies have become much less visible with the onset of cooler temps, but I did spot a sulpher flying today.
A few general observations:  Incredibly few Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs coming to the house this year.  It appears that their numbers have continued to drop.  Crickets don't seem to be down in numbers, but Katydids were not as numerous as they usually are (based upon the loudness of their summer cacophony).  Sadly, many insect species have disappeared or are extremely down in number.  On a positive note--have heard more Wood Thrushes at home and on my daily 3-mile-plus walks than ever before!  Suggests they may have done well this past year. 

Sincerely,Marlene


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Date: 10/13/19 6:54 am
From: Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] [va-bird] Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, Fairfax Co. - CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, White-crowned Sparrow
Sparrow season at Laurel Hill Equestrian Center started off with a bang this morning. Was hoping for Lincoln's Sparrow (no luck), and found a Clay-colored Sparrow, possibly the same individual that overwintered here the last two years. Found five sparrow species, all sparrows were found in and around the catchment basin north of the parking lot 7:45-8:45 AM. The Clay-colored Sparrow was feeding in the south-east corner of basin, where I observed it feeding for 2-3 min (~8:30). Unfortunately, I could not get a picture, too many stems and such in the way (camera auto-focus defeated).

Other highlights were both Cooper's and Sharp-shinned Hawks

https://ebird.org/va/view/checklist/S60577297

Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA

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Date: 10/12/19 8:08 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (12 Oct 2019) 414 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 12, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 12 613 3771
Bald Eagle 5 84 330
Northern Harrier 4 77 295
Sharp-shinned Hawk 188 1316 2945
Cooper's Hawk 81 848 1407
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 6 9
Broad-winged Hawk 1 103 508
Red-tailed Hawk 2 34 118
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 65 732 3129
Merlin 48 673 1940
Peregrine Falcon 4 248 569
Unknown Accipiter 1 11 11
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 1 4 15
Unknown Raptor 0 5 10
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 414 4754 15060
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 10.5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Betsy Foster, Chris Foster, Harry Armistead, Joe Beatty,
Megan Murante, Paul Shanahan, Rose Leong, Steve Thornhill,
Wes Hetrick

Weather:
Winds were light and variable, often from the southwest. Skies were partly
cloudy to mostly clear, with temperatures in the sixties to low seventies.

Raptor Observations:
There was a good flight of accipiters today. Birds became lower as the day
progressed, allowing for some nice views.

Non-raptor Observations:
We participated in The Big Sit, and ended up with a nice total of 66 bird
species observed from the platform. Many thanks to all who helped out!
Highlights included:

148 Northern Flickers
40 Blue Jays
19 Cedar Waxwings
14 Canada Geese
8 Eastern Bluebirds
8 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers
4 Eastern Meadowlarks (FOS)
3 Eastern Phoebes
3 House Finches
2 Common Nighthawks
1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
1 Blue Grosbeak
1 Common Loon
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 House Wren
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo

========================================================================
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-2019


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Date: 10/12/19 6:44 pm
From: Herbert Larner via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Augusta Wetlands & Swoope area
Hello all

This morning I lead a walk out to the Augusta Wetlands in Augusta Springs & then we ended up in the Swoope area of Augusta County . We tallied a total of 54 species of birds with 33 of them at the Wetlands . high lights at the Wetlands were about 100 Ceadar Waxwings , White - throated Sparrow , Chipping Sparrow , Blackburnian Warbler , Cape May Warbler , Swainson's Thrush & Rose - breasted Grosbeak . In the Swoope area the main gate to Smith's pond is still locked with chain . The high lights in Swoope were Golden Plover mixed in with Killdeer in a corn field near the intersection of Rt. 708 & Cattleman Rd. , Merlin on Livick Rd . also a Lincoln's Sparrow on Livick Rd , & a 3rd year Bald Eagle on Rt 708 .

Allen Larner
Staunton
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Date: 10/12/19 6:34 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (12 Oct 2019) 12 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 12, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 5 79
Bald Eagle 0 10 82
Northern Harrier 1 3 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 84 147
Cooper's Hawk 0 6 26
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 10
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 5984
Red-tailed Hawk 1 20 82
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 3 7 45
Merlin 0 0 5
Peregrine Falcon 1 2 14
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 9

Total: 12 143 6503
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Andrew Newcomb

Observers: Allen, Dillard Childress, Kristine & Dana Newcomb,
Phillip Ferguson

Visitors:
Allen, Dillard, Phillip, and my parents


Weather:
Cool windy day. Winds headed to the North at a good speed. Showers cut the
watch in half before opening up the blue sky.

Raptor Observations:
First bird was a Sharpie 10:47 AM. Allen, Dillard, and Phillip stayed up
and watched after the rain. Thank yall for that!

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarchs, Pileated Woodpecker, Ravens, Blue Jay's

Predictions:
Cooler
========================================================================
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: 10/12/19 4:15 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (12 Oct 2019) 98 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 12, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 11 189
Bald Eagle 0 8 136
Northern Harrier 2 4 16
Sharp-shinned Hawk 80 486 859
Cooper's Hawk 6 37 102
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 8
Broad-winged Hawk 0 124 26056
Red-tailed Hawk 2 14 91
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 5 16 102
Merlin 2 6 21
Peregrine Falcon 0 4 22
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 7
Unknown Buteo 0 3 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 1 2
Unknown Raptor 0 7 17
Mississippi Kite 0 0 7

Total: 98 724 27642
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers:

Visitors:
Tom and Joan Preston (Brooklyn, NY), Linda Corwin, and a handfull of other
visitors including a couple from Chapel Hill, NC (sorry, I couldn't read
handwriting).


Weather:
Most of the day was quite cloudy to completely overcast and cool (16.1-23C)
with light SSE breezes. Then at 2pm things changed where the weather
abruptly shifted to strong W winds with a little clearing and some blue sky
showing. This shift in winds brought forth noticeably more birds. From
7am-2pm there were only 24 Sharpies, but from 2-4pm there were 46.

Raptor Observations:
Two Northern Harriers (a male and a female) were wonderful to see! The
first vulture did not appear until 1:20pm, and then suddenly the skies were
full of vultures! Both Merlins were close, fast overhead fly-bys that gave
great looks! First bird was a 9:15am Sharpie, and last bird was a 3:59pm
Kestrel.

Non-raptor Observations:
22 Monarchs, 4 Chimney Swift, 352 Tree Swallow, 2 Golden-crowned Kinglet, 5
Raven, 2 Cape May Warbler, 1 Black-throated Green Warbler
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 10/12/19 1:30 pm
From: Ashley Lohr via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Ovenbird on my deck! Coyotes and other yard happenings--western Albemarle
Marlene,

Interesting that you note that brown marmorated stink bug numbers are down
near your house, because I've been seeing significantly more this year than
in recent years. They seem to be everywhere in the Lynchburg and Natural
Bridge areas, and my dad commented yesterday while I was on the phone with
him that he's seen an increase in numbers around his (my parent's) house in
western Loudoun County.

Ashley Lohr
Lynchburg / Loudoun County

Ashley Lohr
B.S. Virginia Tech 2015 | Wildlife Conservation & Entomology
M.S. University of Georgia 2019 | Forestry and Natural Resources
<aklohr...> | (571)-271-8305


On Fri, Oct 11, 2019 at 6:32 PM Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> Oct. 4: Two Great Horned Owls started hooting to the SW about 6:50 AM and
> continued for more than 5 minutes. Fairly close. Usually start to hear
> them in August so they are late this year.
> Oct. 4: Wood Thrush twittering to the south 6:57 AM. Heard again about
> 6:25 PM to about 6:35 PM. Have heard one every day for weeks!
> Oct. 9: FOS Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets heard in my yard.
>
> Oct. 9: Ovenbird!!!!! about 5:40 PM on sidewalk NW of my deck, walking
> slowly, looking all around as if lost. Then it flew up to my west deck
> railing where its back and tail looked very greenish! Although it was too
> dark to get a good picture, I did manage to get a couple before the bird
> flew down towards my fruit/vegetable garden (that's filled with wildflowers
> gone to seed).
>
> Oct. 10: COYOTES yelping very close at 4:08 AM. I didn't hear them this
> year in August as I usually do and was worried they'd all been killed. I
> was delighted to know there are still some around.
> Oct. 11: Wood Thrush this morning at 7:02 AM. Hear it now at 6:10 PM.
>
> Towhees are calling here a lot every day. Spring Peepers are still
> calling a fair bit. My Green Frogs call very few times per day now. Still
> hearing katydids though they are few in number. Snowy Tree Crickets are
> still quite loud. Butterflies have become much less visible with the onset
> of cooler temps, but I did spot a sulpher flying today.
> A few general observations: Incredibly few Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs
> coming to the house this year. It appears that their numbers have
> continued to drop. Crickets don't seem to be down in numbers, but Katydids
> were not as numerous as they usually are (based upon the loudness of their
> summer cacophony). Sadly, many insect species have disappeared or are
> extremely down in number. On a positive note--have heard more Wood
> Thrushes at home and on my daily 3-mile-plus walks than ever before!
> Suggests they may have done well this past year.
>
> Sincerely,Marlene
>
>
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Date: 10/12/19 1:25 pm
From: Elton Morel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] NVBC walk at Leopold's Preserve, Prince William county, Oct 12, 2019
VA Birders:

This morning, the Northern Virginia Bird Club visited Leopold's Preserve near Haymarket in Prince William county. We collectively found 51 species. Our best birds of the morning were a high flyover Broad-winged Hawk, a flyby of a Wilson's Snipe, a Blue-headed Vireo, and a couple of Black-throated Green Warblers.

Other notables were two Great Egrets, a rather late Barn Swallow, a couple of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Savannah Sparrows, Red-headed Woodpeckers, Brown Thrashers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and lastly both Palm Warblers and Eastern Bluebirds seemingly everywhere. We did not find any of the hoped for rails or bitterns perhaps because of the extraordinarily dry conditions of the wetlands.

The complete eBird checklist is below.

Elton Morel
Arlington, VA


Leopold's Preserve, Prince William, Virginia, US


Oct 12, 2019 7:45 AM - 11:55 AM


Protocol: Traveling


2.5 mile(s)


Comments: NVBC walk led by Toby Hardwick & Elton Morel


51 species (+2 other taxa)





Canada Goose 20


Wood Duck 8


Mallard 11


Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 7


Mourning Dove 3


Killdeer 2


Wilson's Snipe 1


Great Egret 2


Black Vulture 7


Turkey Vulture 12


Sharp-shinned/Cooper's Hawk 1


Red-shouldered Hawk 2


Broad-winged Hawk 1


Belted Kingfisher 2


Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2


Red-headed Woodpecker 4


Red-bellied Woodpecker 10


Downy Woodpecker 5


Hairy Woodpecker 1 Heard


Northern Flicker 16


Blue-headed Vireo 1


Blue Jay 25


American Crow 10


Fish Crow 1 Heard


crow sp. 6


Carolina Chickadee 4


Tufted Titmouse 1 Heard


Barn Swallow 1


Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3


White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Heard


House Wren 1


Carolina Wren 11


European Starling 25


Gray Catbird 4


Brown Thrasher 2


Northern Mockingbird 4


Eastern Bluebird 40


American Robin 50


Cedar Waxwing 40


House Finch 9


American Goldfinch 8


Field Sparrow 6


White-throated Sparrow 10


Savannah Sparrow 4


Song Sparrow 20


Swamp Sparrow 3


Eastern Towhee 5


Red-winged Blackbird 60


Palm Warbler 12


Yellow-rumped Warbler 10


Black-throated Green Warbler 2


Northern Cardinal 12


Indigo Bunting 1





View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60551149





This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
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Date: 10/12/19 12:19 pm
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FOS Purple Finch and Winter Wren, Ovenbird again! --western Albemarle
Saw my FOS male Purple Finch at 9:06 AM.  It was at the top of a large sycamore with a flock of bluebirds.

As I returned from my morning walk, a bird flew from my property across the road at 9:36 AM and landed where I could get a photo.  It was an Ovenbird again!
And from 1:10 PM to about 1:15 PM, I listened to my FOS Winter Wren chirping continuously near my porch.  Every year a Winter Wren spends a lot of time finding food among the plants going or gone to seed.  It always chirps so I know when it's out there.
Sincerely,Marlene 

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Date: 10/11/19 7:43 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (11 Oct 2019) 15 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 11, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 5 79
Bald Eagle 0 10 82
Northern Harrier 0 2 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 11 78 141
Cooper's Hawk 0 6 26
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 10
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 5984
Red-tailed Hawk 2 19 81
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 4 42
Merlin 0 0 5
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 13
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 2 2 9

Total: 15 131 6491
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: David Kirk

Observers: Dave Brunstetter

Weather:
Mostly blue skies and full sun. Wind calm but reaching intermittent 2
briefly after noon.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Lots of parkway traffic including a NY couple that asked lots of questions
and a couple from Raleigh (Chris and Ken) who stayed and helped spot with
much interest. Without Dave's help today not much would have been seen.

Predictions:
Warmer
========================================================================
Report submitted by stan Mitchell (<mitchmitchell77...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 10/11/19 7:18 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (11 Oct 2019) 448 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 11, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 26 601 3759
Bald Eagle 15 79 325
Northern Harrier 10 73 291
Sharp-shinned Hawk 125 1128 2757
Cooper's Hawk 177 767 1326
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 4 7
Broad-winged Hawk 1 102 507
Red-tailed Hawk 3 32 116
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 53 667 3064
Merlin 27 625 1892
Peregrine Falcon 6 244 565
Unknown Accipiter 0 10 10
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 3 14
Unknown Raptor 2 5 10
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 448 4340 14646
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 17:30:00
Total observation time: 11 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel, Harry Armistead

Observers: Harry Armistead, Joe Beatty, Megan Murante, Paul Shanahan,
Rose Leong, Wes Hetrick

Weather:
Light to moderate winds were variable and generally from the north
northeast, with mostly clear skies and temperatures in the sixties.

Raptor Observations:
It was a decent day, with a good number of accipiters. A beautiful immature
Red-shouldered Hawk flew very low over the platform, and we had some very
nice views of harriers.

Non-raptor Observations:
Observations included:

6 Killdeer
4 House Finches
3 Eastern Towhees
3 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers
1 Bank Swallow
1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
1 Eastern Phoebe
1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
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-2019


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Date: 10/11/19 4:39 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (11 Oct 2019) 61 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 11, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 10 188
Bald Eagle 1 8 136
Northern Harrier 0 2 14
Sharp-shinned Hawk 43 406 779
Cooper's Hawk 7 31 96
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 8
Broad-winged Hawk 3 124 26056
Red-tailed Hawk 2 12 89
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 11 97
Merlin 0 4 19
Peregrine Falcon 0 4 22
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 7
Unknown Buteo 1 3 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 1 2
Unknown Raptor 3 7 17
Mississippi Kite 0 0 7

Total: 61 626 27544
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers: Dave Hunter

Visitors:
Mike Hoekstra (Richmond), Peggy Combs, Linda Corwin


Weather:
Sunny with pure blue skies all day with moderate NNW winds. 11.4-23.4C
temps. Good visibility.

Raptor Observations:
An accipiter day with an adult Bald Eagle and a kestrel.

Non-raptor Observations:
46 Monarchs flying through the gap west to east with the winds. 4
Yellow-bellied Woodpecker, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, 41 Blue Jay, 5 Raven, 1
Magnolia Warbler, 1 Palm Warbler, 1 Cape May Warbler, 1 Black-throated Blue
Warbler (a female that flew into window of Inn and was stunned for a little
while). Three hot air balloons over to the east early.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 10/11/19 4:03 pm
From: dcharlesl--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Mason Neck NWR, Lorton
This afternoon, I went to Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge, Lorton, and took the Great Marsh Trail to the platform at the end overlooking the marsh:

Sora
American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Wood Duck
American Black Duck
Mallard
Pied-billed Grebe

David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA
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Date: 10/11/19 3:32 pm
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Ovenbird on my deck! Coyotes and other yard happenings--western Albemarle
Oct. 4: Two Great Horned Owls started hooting to the SW about 6:50 AM and continued for more than 5 minutes.  Fairly close.  Usually start to hear them in August so they are late this year.
Oct. 4: Wood Thrush twittering to the south 6:57 AM.  Heard again about 6:25 PM to about 6:35 PM.  Have heard one every day for  weeks!
Oct. 9: FOS Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets heard in my yard.

Oct. 9: Ovenbird!!!!! about 5:40 PM on sidewalk NW of my deck, walking slowly, looking all around as if lost.  Then it flew up to my west deck railing where its back and tail looked very greenish!  Although it was too dark to get a good picture, I did manage to get a couple before the bird flew down towards my fruit/vegetable garden (that's filled with wildflowers gone to seed). 

Oct. 10: COYOTES yelping very close at 4:08 AM.  I didn't hear them this year in August as I usually do and was worried they'd all been killed.  I was delighted to know there are still some around.
Oct. 11: Wood Thrush this morning at 7:02 AM.  Hear it now at 6:10 PM.

Towhees are calling here a lot every day.  Spring Peepers are still calling a fair bit.  My Green Frogs call very few times per day now.  Still hearing katydids though they are few in number.  Snowy Tree Crickets are still quite loud.  Butterflies have become much less visible with the onset of cooler temps, but I did spot a sulpher flying today.
A few general observations:  Incredibly few Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs coming to the house this year.  It appears that their numbers have continued to drop.  Crickets don't seem to be down in numbers, but Katydids were not as numerous as they usually are (based upon the loudness of their summer cacophony).  Sadly, many insect species have disappeared or are extremely down in number.  On a positive note--have heard more Wood Thrushes at home and on my daily 3-mile-plus walks than ever before!  Suggests they may have done well this past year. 

Sincerely,Marlene


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Date: 10/11/19 1:16 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Crozet, VA
Old Trail; 10/11/2019; 32 avian species. Report and some good photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_10_11.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_10_11.htm



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Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
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Date: 10/11/19 10:39 am
From: Stephen Eccles via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Early Swamp Sparrow, Fairfax County
There was an unexpectedly early Swamp Sparrow at Rutherford Park in Fairfax
County this morning.
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Date: 10/11/19 8:26 am
From: Ron Vogel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Yellow rumps
I enjoyed an otherwise pretty good fall migration for warblers. The one
species, however, that to date has been conspicuously MIA were yellow rumps.
Well, they have arrived with a vengeance at Occoquan Bay NWR.

This morning I ran into at least 50 of them at the lower end of Easy Road
and along Deephole Point. Lots of fun. Managed also to pull out a parula, a
magnolia, a northern waterthrush, and a couple of palms.



White throats have also arrived in decent numbers, and while picking through
some small flocks to make sure I didn't miss another interesting sparrow or
two, I found a clay colored. A very good morning..





Ron Vogel

Annandale, VA





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Date: 10/11/19 7:00 am
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (10 Oct 2019) 111 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 10, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 10 188
Bald Eagle 0 7 135
Northern Harrier 1 2 14
Sharp-shinned Hawk 94 363 736
Cooper's Hawk 8 24 89
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 2 8
Broad-winged Hawk 2 121 26053
Red-tailed Hawk 3 10 87
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 10 96
Merlin 1 4 19
Peregrine Falcon 0 4 22
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 7
Unknown Buteo 0 2 4
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 1 2
Unknown Raptor 0 4 14
Mississippi Kite 0 0 7

Total: 111 565 27483
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 12:15:00
Total observation time: 3.25 hours

Official Counter: Brenda Tekin

Observers:

Visitors:
Linda Corwin, David White, Denise Barisonzi of Fork Union


Weather:
The VDOT traffic cams along the I-64 corridor showed dense fog and low
clouds being swept across the top of the ridge and through the gap on brisk
NW winds early morning. Poor visibility to the north and west. To the
east, the cam at mile marker 102 near the cut-through showed bright
sunshine.

By 8:45 am EST there were small breaks in clouds out over the western
valley so counter headed up and arrived by 9 EST. There was still dense
fog and low clouds across the northern ridge but the gap was clearing. To
the east it was bright and cloud free all across Rockfish Valley and
extending as far as one could see. Wind was brisk and quite chilly out of
the NW. By now the clouds and fog were no match and within 15 minutes of
arriving most had lifted up above the far ridge although the Bear Den
towers remained encased in fog a bit longer.



Raptor Observations:
Once the remaining thick clouds began breaking up to the north the birds
took to the air. It turned out to be a very good morning with a decent
flight of Sharp-shins. Many struggled against the brisk wind but they
pushed on until they reached about mid-way along the ridge before letting
the wind take them and off they went. Now you see them, now they're gone
in a flash!!! As the winds diminished most began to track further west
before heading southward overhead. Still, quite a few were caught zipping
far out to the east low over the "cut-through". The larger Cooper's took a
more westerly flight. Was hopeful for a Golden Eagle but counter was
unable to stay beyond 12:15 pm EST.

Non-raptor Observations:
Counter reports her FOS Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, first spotted by visitor
Linda Corwin, that flew past fairly low in the morning sun. Surprising to
see Monarch Butterflies (21) and one Red Admiral zipping by. Other
sightings included Eastern Bluebird (2), Tree Swallow (349), Blue Jay (54),
Northern Ficker (5), and Chimney Swift (10)
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brenda Tekin (<brenda...>)
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: 10/10/19 6:02 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (10 Oct 2019) 812 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 10, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 37 575 3733
Bald Eagle 11 64 310
Northern Harrier 10 63 281
Sharp-shinned Hawk 310 1003 2632
Cooper's Hawk 205 590 1149
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 4
Broad-winged Hawk 0 101 506
Red-tailed Hawk 2 29 113
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 112 614 3011
Merlin 97 598 1865
Peregrine Falcon 19 238 559
Unknown Accipiter 6 10 10
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 3 14
Unknown Raptor 3 3 8
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 812 3892 14198
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Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 17:30:00
Total observation time: 10.5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Bob Anderson, Harry Armistead, Joe Beatty, Megan Murante,
Paul Shanahan, Rose Leong, Thuy Tran, Wes Hetrick

Weather:
Light winds were generally from the northeast, with cloud cover varying
throughout the day. It was overcast in the early morning, becoming partly
cloudy and occasionally almost clear. Temperatures were in the sixties.

Raptor Observations:
There was an excellent flight today, with the majority of the birds flying
quite high. Many accipiters were on the move.

Non-raptor Observations:
A major highlight of the day occurred right as we were packing up; a flock
of 29 Great Egrets and seven Snowy Egrets passed over the platform. Four
American Goldfinches and at least two Tennessee Warblers were seen.
Thousands of Tree Swallows put on quite a spectacle, swirling over the
platform throughout the 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-2019


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Date: 10/10/19 5:28 am
From: Walter Hadlock via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bird of the morning, so far
Good morning,

Another active morning. First a Yellow-rumped Warbler, then a number of American Robins, and then, the bird of the morning so far, a Swainson’s Thrush.

Good birding to all,
Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon, VA (Fairfax County)
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Date: 10/9/19 7:33 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (09 Oct 2019) 78 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 09, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 5 79
Bald Eagle 5 10 82
Northern Harrier 0 2 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 55 67 130
Cooper's Hawk 4 6 26
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 10
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 5984
Red-tailed Hawk 11 17 79
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 4 42
Merlin 0 0 5
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 13
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 7

Total: 78 116 6476
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Dale Miller

Observers: Bob Epperson, Dan DeHart, Dave Brunstetter, Don A.

Visitors:
Dave was in fourth gear with lots of spotting today. Dan DeHart could not
resist the perfect weather, and stopped by to help spot birds during the
final hour. A few RV's, many travelers stopping to read the hawk migration
info signs, and a few AT hikers. Ranger Mike was on patrol looking for a
guy in trouble.


Weather:
Overcast with light rain initially, turning sunny with scattered clouds
early and late, cool, 49 to 66 F, wind N 3-7 mph calming in afternoon.
Distant ridges were nice and crisp following the cold front and minor
rainfall that cleared the haze. Cool conditions were a very welcome change
from the previous hot summer-like fall weather.

Raptor Observations:
First birds were three SS at 9:30 EST. Nice steady flight of SS all day,
some groups of 2-4, with peak of 28 birds in the 11:00 hour. SS diving on
everything in sight including RT, BV, TV, and one another. Three adult BE
at 11:27, 11:46 and 12:30, and two immature birds at 11:52 and 12:48 EST.
One AK down the east side. At least one local RT. Best flight in several
weeks.

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch tally was 92, plus several other butterflies, but, no dragonflies.
Two new license plates through the Overlook, Nebraska and Arkansas,
bringing the total to 45 states.

Predictions:
Dale will bring a homemade apple pie to Bob for inputting today's count.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Matthew D Hosmer (<cumberlandmatt1...>)
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: 10/9/19 4:50 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (09 Oct 2019) 135 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 09, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 33 538 3696
Bald Eagle 6 53 299
Northern Harrier 8 53 271
Sharp-shinned Hawk 8 693 2322
Cooper's Hawk 42 385 944
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 4
Broad-winged Hawk 0 101 506
Red-tailed Hawk 3 27 111
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 16 502 2899
Merlin 10 501 1768
Peregrine Falcon 8 219 540
Unknown Accipiter 0 4 4
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 1 3 14
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 135 3080 13386
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Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 10.5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Bob Anderson, Harry Armistead, Joe Beatty, Kevin McGann,
Megan Murante, Michael Ferrara, Rose Leong, Thuy Tran,
Wes Hetrick

Weather:
Moderate winds were generally from the northeast, with overcast skies and
temperatures in the sixties (but with a lower, autumnal windchill).

Raptor Observations:
Still rather slow, but we had a decent flight of Cooper's Hawks. Birds were
high-flying in the afternoon.

Non-raptor Observations:
There were many warblers in the dog fennel and nearby trees throughout much
of the day. In particular, there were plenty of Palm Warblers,
Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Northern Parulas. This morning, two Turkey
Vultures and two Black Vultures perched on the t-pole together. Other
highlights of the day included:

5 Great Blue Herons
4 Canada Geese
3 Cedar Waxwings
2 American Goldfinches
2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers
1 Magnolia Warbler
1 Pileated Woodpecker
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet (FOS)
1 Swamp Sparrow (FOS)
1 Tennessee Warbler
1 White-throated Sparrow (FOS)
========================================================================
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-2019


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Date: 10/9/19 1:45 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FOS YRWarbler
33 avian species including 6 warbler species; Blue Ridge Parkway/610;
10/9/19. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_10_09.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_10_09.htm



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Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

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

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Date: 10/9/19 12:25 pm
From: Jean Tatalias via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Bles Park, Oct 9, 2019
10 birders met at Bles Park this beautiful morning for a walk sponsored by
the Northern Virginia Bird Club. We had some winter arrivals, including a
sapsucker, a winter wren, and a few white-throated sparrows. Departing
phoebes made a major show: they were seemingly everywhere we stopped in a
bit of sun, often in small groups. And chickadees escorted a mixed flock
of warblers, while we found palm warblers separately in low brush.

Very interesting was a waterfowl flyover, which (see notes) was a bit of a
question for us but we settled on goldeneye.

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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Wed, Oct 9, 2019 at 3:15 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Bles Park, Oct 9, 2019
To: <jtatalias...>


Bles Park, Loudoun, Virginia, US
Oct 9, 2019 8:25 AM - 11:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.931 kilometer(s)
39 species

Canada Goose 10
Mallard 1
Common Goldeneye 7 A well formed line of seven large waterfowl flew
over, fairly high but could be seen well (not specks). Necks were not long
enough to be geese or cormorants. Dark heads. Bellies were white or very
light. Underwings were very dark, appeared black. Black came all the way in
underwing to the body of the birds. This is our best call on ID from
comparing to field guide pictures.
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 6
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Belted Kingfisher 1 Heard
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 1 Heard
Northern Flicker 3
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Phoebe 18 Seen in a number of places along walk, often in
groups of 3 or 4
Blue Jay 11
American Crow 1
Fish Crow 1
Carolina Chickadee 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Winter Wren 1
Carolina Wren 3
European Starling 30
Gray Catbird 4
Brown Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 6
Eastern Bluebird 1 Heard
House Sparrow 1
House Finch 3
White-throated Sparrow 3 First of season for many in our group
Song Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 2
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Magnolia Warbler 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Palm Warbler 3
Pine Warbler 1
Northern Cardinal 10

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60481702

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
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Date: 10/9/19 6:22 am
From: Brian Taber via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] The Big Sit at Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
On Oct 12th, Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory is again participating in the The Big Sit...a bird survey throughout the country, done from small circles...our spot is again the hawkwatch platform. Everyone is welcome to come and help. We've been in the top 10 many times.
There's more info on their website at Bird Watcher's Digest.

Brian TaberCVWO
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Date: 10/9/19 5:53 am
From: Dave Youker via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Results of Kiptopeke Challenge

VA Birders,

The final results of the 2019 Kiptopeke Challenge are in, except funding which will be held open until the end of the month.  A total of 10 teams participated in Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory’s 25th Anniversary Kiptopeke Challenge.  The birding category winners are as follows:

 

24-hour:  C'ville Ceruleans (Baxter Beamer, Tucker Beamer, Max Nootbaar)  Species: 114

3-hour:  Hampton Roads Bird Club (Andy Hawkins, James Abbott, Stuart Sweetman) Species: 61

Special Venue:  Piping Platformers (Anna Stunkel, Meagan Murante, Michael Ferrara, Jim Flynn, Marissa Benavente, Kevin McGann) Species: 61

Youth Team:  C'ville Ceruleans (Baxter Beamer, Tucker Beamer, Max Nootbaar) Species: 114

 

Total species seen by all teams was 154 which is two less than last year.  There were 18 species seen by every team, but there were 29 species seen only by a single team.  Even after 25 years of conducting the Challenge, we manage to pick-up a new species or two.  This year’s new bird was the Northern Wheatear!

 

Thanks to all teams that participated this year and hope to see everyone again next year.  Most importantly, thanks to all who donated to the KC!  We could not accomplish the CVWO mission without your generous contributions.

 

Best,

Dave Youker

KC Coordinator

 


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Date: 10/9/19 5:22 am
From: morann--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Hummer--Wow!
When I opened the blinds to my deck this morning I frightened a female hummingbird away from the back yard feeder on my deck. It was 53 degrees outside.
Ann DonaldsonRuckersville
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Date: 10/9/19 1:42 am
From: Michael Godfrey via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] All 3 Godwits
With VA birder Bill Hohenstein's filming of the Hudsonian Godwit at Bombay
Hook NWR last week,
identifying video coverage of all three of North America's breeding godwits
is available in the FeatherFlix free birding app. Check the comparative
clip in the coverage of BTGO, MAGO or HUGO in the app at www.featherflix.com
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Date: 10/9/19 1:27 am
From: Michael Godfrey via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] All 3 NA godwits
With birder Bill Hohenstein's filming of the Hudsonian Godwit at Bombay
Hook NWR last week,
the FEATHERFLIX app now includes video comparison of North America's three
breeding godwits.
It's in the coverage of Hudsonian, Bar-tailed, and Marbled Godwits in the
app at www.featherflix.com.
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Date: 10/8/19 4:39 pm
From: Rob Bielawski via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Virginia Beach Birding Summary: September 2019
Fellow Birders,

The fully formatted write-up with photographs (~120) and hyperlinks to all
the cited eBird reports is available on the web here:
http://www.beachbirding.com/journal/pe-20190930.
<https://www.facebook.com/BirdingVB>
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The momentum gained at August’s close continued throughout September,
providing for one of the most exciting months of birding Virginia Beach in
recent memory! The impacts of Hurricane Dorian on 6 Sep, and also of
several cold fronts and their corresponding migration movements towards the
end of the month bolstered diversity of species across the city. Over the
course of its thirty days, a total of 183 species were logged to eBird for
September, which was a significant increase from the 152 species logged
during August as well as a hefty boost to the 177 species logged during
September last year. With September now completed, Virginia Beach has
logged records for 291 species to eBird during 2019 (a massive +12 compared
with last year’s 279 species through the same timeframe), and the number of
complete checklists submitted now sits at 7,908 (2018 produced 8,489 in
total, the most of any year thus far) so we’re still on pace to top the
10,000 mark for the first time!

With the increase in species diversity came a corresponding rise in species
highlights this month! Topping the list this month, rarity records occurred
for hurricane-displaced species including Sabine’s Gull, Sooty Tern,
Red-necked Phalarope, Roseate Tern as well as a pair of unexpected
vagrants, namely Gray Kingbird & Western Kingbird. Additionally, we saw
records for rare migrant passerines including Mourning Warbler, Least
Flycatcher, Canada Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Philadelphia Vireo,
Blackburnian Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Hooded
Warbler & Yellow-throated Warbler as well as rare shorebirds like American
Golden-Plover, Long-billed Dowitcher, Marbled Godwit and even exciting
‘from-shore’ records for both Pomarine & Parasitic Jaeger! Continuing since
the springtime, Anhinga were also viewed through a good chunk of the month.
Lastly, September provided the city with first-of-season records for
expected fall arrivals which, in order of arrival date, included: Cape May
Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Common Nighthawk, American Bittern,
Northern Harrier, Magnolia Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Merlin, Northern
Pintail, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Swainson’s Thrush, Palm Warbler, Blackpoll
Warbler, Northern Shoveler, Sora, Nashville Warbler, Veery, Savannah
Sparrow, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Yellow-rumped Warbler &
Black-throated Blue Warbler!

With so many excellent observations this month, the rarities that occurred
with Hurricane Dorian are going to be discussed here first just to provide
some form of cohesion to this report. A more extensive article about the
weather impacts from the storm, and a more in-depth look at the species
displacements caused will be published under the Weather section of this
website in the near future, but for the purposes of this monthly article,
the focus will just be put on the rarest of the sightings. So, starting
out, Hurricane Dorian made its passage over Hatteras Island, NC on the
morning of 6 Sep, which provided strong onshore, northeasterly, winds
across Virginia Beach. In anticipation of the potential for seabirds being
blown inland, many birders were out throughout the day searching. Wind
conditions were in the 40-50mph range most of the day, but rainfall was
only heavy for a couple of hours, making conditions reasonably safe to be
outdoors (fortunate for us).

Early on in the day, a single SABINE’S GULL was observed in flight outside
of Lynnhaven Inlet (vis. Andrew Baldelli & Rob Bielawski), making for the
very first eBird record for this species in Virginia Beach and bringing our
city all-time tally up to 378 species! Worth noting, however, one was
reported off Little Island Park a few years ago, but the record was not
accepted by eBird or by the Virginia Avian Records Committee (VARCOM),
though it was likely to have been a correct identification. This species is
a rare offshore migrant during fall, with most records in Virginia being
associated with tropical cyclones or strong onshore gales. Last year, a
single individual was observed in the wake of Hurricane Florence out at
Kerr Reservoir in Mecklenburg County from 15-17 Sep 2018 (ph. Jeffrey
Blalock). However, the closest previous sighting to us here in Virginia
Beach was an immature seen from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel’s fourth
Island, North Thimble Island on 2 Sep 2006 (ph. Edward Brinkley) during the
passage Tropical Depression Ernesto (previously was Hurricane Ernesto).
With records submitted far less than annually in Virginia for this species,
it is one of VARCOM’s statewide reviewable species, and a full report of
the 2019 observation was submitted accordingly.

In addition to the Sabine’s Gull, it wasn’t long before other displaced
rarities started popping up across the northern portion of the city. A
juvenile SOOTY TERN was observed cruising around over the Lynnhaven estuary
south of the Lesner Bridge in the afternoon (ph. Todd Day & Ian Topolsky).
Interestingly, it wasn’t too long afterward that a second Sooty Tern, this
one an adult, also joined in and immediately began associating with the
juvenile in flight over the “shelted” waterway. Sooty Terns were also
logged during the storm at Fort Monroe in Hampton, at King-Lincoln Park in
Newport News, near the Granby Street Bridge in Norfolk, and also at Bill
Jessee Park in Suffolk. Always one to look for during the fall season when
tropical cyclones are in play, this species certainly did not let anyone
down. The last records for Sooty Tern prior to Hurricane Dorian were of a
single individual at Little Island Park, 14 Sep 2018 (vis. Andrew Baldelli
& Tracy Tate) during Hurricane Florence’s landfall over North Carolina and
perhaps as many as twenty observed from South Thimble Island (CBBT) during
Tropical Storm Hermine on 3 Sep 2016 (first noted & ph. Arun Bose with many
additional observers throughout the day).

In the same vein of rareness as the Sooty Terns, a group of 23 RED-NECKED
PHALAROPES was observed swirling around over Little Creek Reservoir from
Shore Drive (ph. Andrew Baldelli / Rob Bielawski / Karl Suttmann). These
birds had clearly been pushed inshore through Little Creek Inlet and found
themselves over freshwater, or perhaps even had been pushed straight over
land on the 40-50mph sustained winds that persisted most of the morning. In
the early afternoon, several flocks at Fort Story JEB accounted for a total
of 109 more Red-necked Phalaropes (ph. Andrew Baldelli / Rob Bielawski /
Karl Suttmann) with the majority flying wildly out over the massive waves,
but with a single group actually observed over the treetops trying
desperately to get back out over water. Smaller numbers were also observed
later in the afternoon from Lynnhaven Inlet, with counts of 2 (vis. Todd
Day & Ian Topolsky) and 6 (vis. Ellison Orcutt) occurring. Prior to
Hurricane Dorian, the last Red-necked Phalaropes observed in Virginia Beach
were a pair associated with a strong nor’easter at Little Island Park on 9
Nov 2018 (vis. Andrew Baldelli & Tracy Tate) and a group of 5 viewed from
South Thimble Island (CBBT) during Tropical Storm Hermine’s passage on 3
Sep 2016 (vis. Edward Brinkley). Surely a species that should be looked for
during any extended periods of strong onshore winds, but typically one that
truly requires tropical cyclone impacts to really provide the opportunity
to view.

A second for Virginia Beach on the year, and a third for the state, a
single ROSEATE TERN was observed mixed in with a large storm roost of
terns/gulls/shorebirds at the Lynnhaven Boat Ramp during the later
afternoon hours (ph. Andrew Rapp). With city facilities all closed for the
day, the gravel area and sandy plateau south of the boat ramp provided a
perfect spot for these birds to rest their wings a bit and hide from the
strong winds (which had swung a bit north/northwesterly by this point).
Here the birds were protected from the worst of the storm, as the rain had
basically subsided. A number of birders were able to arrive and view the
Roseate and all the other terns associating in the same area. In fact, the
Lynnhaven Boat Ramp actually produced recorded for 10 species of terns,
something that appears to have only occurred once before in Virginia (Kerr
Reservoir during Hurricane Fran on 6 Sep 1996, obs. Brian Sullivan). With
the last record for Roseate Tern occurring 1 Jun 2019 at Back Bay NWR (ph.
Rob Bielawski & Lisa Rose), and with the species being missed altogether in
Virginia (not just in Virginia Beach) during 2018, it was exciting to see
this one get logged.

Extended southwesterly winds later in the month were likely the cause of
another exciting pair of species to arrive in Virginia Beach. Early in the
morning hours of 21 Sep, a single GRAY KINGBIRD was observed at Back Bay
NWR (ph. Betty Sue Cohen) near the kayak launch just northwest of the
visitor contact station. This being only the second eBird record the city,
but with a few other records known from The Gold Book, provided quite a bit
of excitement across Virginia Beach birders. While searching for the Gray
Kingbird the following day, incredibly, an immature WESTERN KINGBIRD ended
up being found located in the same area of the park (ph. Andrew Baldelli,
ph. Karen & Tom Beatty, vis. Jason Schatti)! Like the Gray Kingbird, the
Western ended up only being observed throughout that same day but couldn’t
be relocated the following day. To make matters even stranger, on 25 Sep,
perhaps a different GRAY KINGBIRD was found at the park (vis. Andrew
Baldelli, vis. Karen & Tom Beatty, ph. Reuben Rohn). Now, there’s no way to
say for sure whether it was, or wasn’t the same individual observed on 21
Sep that started off this sort of “kingbird madness”, but given the several
day lack of records despite exhaustive searches by many birders, it seems
plausible at least that this was a separate individual. Either way, this
was an incredible set of circumstances, and it’s astonishing to think that
over the last couple of years the park has now hosted both of these vagrant
species of kingbirds, as well as Ash-throated, Fork-tailed & Scissor-tailed
Flycatchers. Back Bay NWR truly is one of a kind.

An extremely rare spring & fall transient along the coast, MOURNING WARBLER
was a remarkable surprise during September. A single individual was
observed in a dense thicket near the parking area of Beach Garden Park on
24 Sep (vis. David Clark), marking the first time this species has been
logged to eBird in the city since 13 Sep 1980 when one was at Back Bay NWR
(vis. Edward Brinkley). Thus far, these are the only two accepted records
for Virginia Beach in eBird. Breeding at the highest elevations in the
state, with most recent records along the West Virginia border in the
vicinity of Paddy Knob, all we can hope for here is strong southwest winds
in the late spring and strong northwest winds in mid-fall to push a migrant
Mourning Warbler towards the coastline. A singing male in Northampton
County this spring gives us some hope that it could happen here, we just
need a lot of eyes in the field at the right times, and some considerable
luck. Several observers did make attempts to re-find this warbler at Beach
Garden Park, but unfortunately all were unsuccessful and this one managed
to get away from the birding community.

Another second record for the city, a single LEAST FLYCATCHER was observed
in a Kings Grant private backyard on 25 Sep (vis. Ron Furnish). With our
only other record in Virginia Beach having occurred at Back Bay NWR from
2-16 Sep 2017 (vis. Tommy Maloney, later ph. Rob Bielawski), any record for
this rare transient is certainly noteworthy. Like the Mourning Warbler
above, this species does breed in the state, but only at high elevation
along the Blue Ridge and in the mountains west of the Shenandoah Valley.
We’re therefore a bit outside it’s normal range for migrants, especially in
the springtime, and really depend on that northwesterly wind in fall to
bring them to the coast. It’s no coincidence that this one was seen on the
same date as the Mourning Warbler.

Not quite as rare as the Mourning Warbler, but in the same vein of
transient passerines that haven’t been reported in Virginia Beach annually,
a CANADA WARBLER viewed at a Cypress Point private residence also on 24 Sep
(vis. Debbie Schroeder) proved to be an exceptional record. With the last
accepted eBird record for this species occurring at Back Bay NWR on 21 Sep
2017 (vis. Karen & Tom Beatty), and only single fall and spring records in
2016 & 2015, respectively, Canada Warbler is such a low density migrant
along the coast that any record is cause for celebration. A bit more
expected at the southern tip of Northampton County in fall, the few seen
there don’t seem to make the crossing of the Chesapeake Bay mouth and
instead we likely see birds here following very strong northwest winds the
move birds from inland Virginia towards the coast while migrating southward
overnight. Just like the Least Flycatcher, it’s surely no coincidence that
this typically high elevation breeder showed up in Virginia Beach on the
same day the Mourning Warbler did, as we had the proper wind setup the
night before.

With just a few more records than the Canada Warbler above, a TENNESSEE
WARBLER this month observed behind the visitor contact station at Back Bay
NWR on 22 Sep (vis. Andrew Baldelli, ph. Rob Bielawski, vis. Mike Collins,
vis. Lisa Rose) was also exceptional. Over the last five years, we’ve had
at least one record in all but one, 2014, for this species, however they
seem to alternate between spring and fall with neither season yielding
records on an annual basis. Prior to this individual, the last accepted
record for Virginia Beach was also at Back Bay NWR, where one was observed
from 5-11 May 2018 (ph. June McDaniels). Now, it’s possible that more than
one was present during that period, but there’s no way to tell for sure so
all that can be said is that the species was logged at this location in
that particular date range. The 2018 record was our first photographically
documented eBird record for the species, and this 2019 record makes for a
welcome second!

Up until 2016, there wasn’t a single record for PHILADELPHIA VIREO in eBird
for the city, but, since that time we’ve managed to get a few good records
in. All of these but one have fit into the Sep/Oct timeframe, so while one
recorded at First Landing SP on 25 Sep (ph. June McDaniels) makes sense,
it’s still an extremely rare find. Like the Mourning & Canada Warblers
mentioned above, this individual was likely the result of a large-scale
movement of passerines overnight on northwest winds that were driven
towards the coastline. Amusingly, the only other records for 2019, was also
photographed by this observer at the same park, but back in early June.
That particular record was almost unheard of for this latitude, but it was
very well documented (ph. June McDaniels), which is good because it would
have been quite a bold claim otherwise! In fact, this was the first June or
July record for Philadelphia Vireo in the state in eBird, and to make
matters even wilder, not a single state that borders Virginia has any
records during that timeframe either! Since 2016, we’ve been averaging
between 1-2 reports for this species each year in the city, so hopefully
this trend continues into the future as they’re a gorgeous species to view.

Another low density transient, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER allowed for a first
fall record when an immature individual was observed along the vegetated
southern edge of Mt. Trashmore Park on 26 Sep (ph. Lisa Rose). This
location proved to be excellent for transient warblers at the tail end of
September, with a dozen-plus species being logged here, including a fairly
rare Wilson’s Warbler on this same checklist. Blackburnians have been
similar in reporting history to Tennessee Warblers, perhaps being reported
annually, but not in either spring or fall in a predictable fashion. For
example, there wasn’t a single record in the fall of 2018, but there was
three records in the fall of 2017. We did have one record this past spring,
with a singing male encountered at Pleasure House Point NA from 11-13 May
(ph. Rob Bielawski, later much more clearly ph. Steve Myers). Looking at
the past five years, the only year without a single record was 2015. At
this point, this is yet another species we’re averaging somewhere around
1-2 reports per season, which keeps it as a candidate for “rare” status in
eBird, but also means it’s a species that likely is passing by undetected
in both spring and fall. Of course, in springtime, they can be singing
along their migration, and their vibrant orange, black and white plumage
can help make them a bit more easily observed. Fall seems to be the tougher
season here, but it’s great to see us get one on the board this time around.

Yet another high elevation breeder in Virginia that tends be quite scarce
here during migration, we managed to get our first record for the fall of
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER with an immature observed at Back Bay NWR on 23 Sep
(vis. Dianne Hinch, ph. Cindy Hamilton). Missed completely in the fall
season of 2018, and with only one record in the spring of 2019 (vis. Kathy
Spencer), this was a great bird to get back onto our month list. The last
fall record we’ve had in the city was back in 2017 when the species was
observed at three different locations (Back Bay NWR, West Neck Creek NA,
and Lago Mar). Slightly more reliable in spring than fall, records in
either season are obviously noteworthy but early May and September have
been the best timeframes for finding them.

Seasonally rare in fall in Virginia Beach, we had a miraculous three
records for WORM-EATING WARBLER during September, all at different
locations including one at a private residence in Bellamy Manor on 7 Sep
(ph. Una Davenhill), one at Camp Pendleton SMR (Restricted Access) on 14
Sep (vis. Karen & Tom Beatty) and another at First Landing SP on 25 Sep
(ph. June McDaniels). Coming off last fall, where only one was observed, at
West Neck Creek NA on 22 Sep (ph. Rob Bielawski), having three records this
fall just seems quite wild, but it still fits the mold of averaging about 2
records per season here in Virginia Beach, right along the same lines as
Chestnut-sided Warbler above.

Lastly for the warblers, both YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER and HOODED WARBLER
have been tough birds to come by in fall, but have produced quite a number
of records during the spring season. As a result, they’ve been set to flag
as ‘rare’ in eBird during the fall season to ensure their records get
proper attention from both observers and reviewers alike. A single Hooded
Warbler record, one of a continuing singing male at First Landing SP came
in on 14 Sep (aud. June McDaniels). Assuming this is the same individual,
it has been present at the western fringe of the Long Creek Trail since
late April (ph. June McDaniels), and was heard during both June and July in
the same location. Now strangely, in fall 2018 there wasn’t a single
migrant record for Yellow-throated Warbler, yet we had potentially two
different individuals attempt wintering in the city, one of which likely
made it all the way through after being logged from late November through
March. This fall, records for this species occurred with one at a private
residence in Bellamy Manor on 24 Aug (ph. Una Davenhill), one at Back Bay
NWR (the first ever photographed in eBird at the refuge!) from 21-23 Sep
(ph. Rob Bielawski & Lisa Rose), one at Lake Lawson & Lake Smith NA on 24
Sep (vis. Gigi DelPizzo), one at a private residence in Lake Smith Terrace
on 25 Sep (vis. Tracy Tate), and finally one at a private residence in Oak
Springs on 26 Sep (vis. Carolyn Page). If these trends continue, this
species is a good candidate to be set as a spring & fall transient in
eBird, and will no longer flag in fall.

September tends to be our first month of the fall season that truly
features a mix of different groups of birds. While shorebird season began
in July and continued through August, it isn’t until September that we
start to get the passerine diversity mixed in. Many folks tend to start
looking more for warblers during this month, and shorebird observations
tend to drop as a result. However, this September proved that shorebirds
still need to maintain a good deal of focus from birders in Virginia Beach.
Near the end of the month, we had our rarest shorebird find of the season
show itself in the form of a single AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER found on the
beach at Back Bay NWR on 29 Sep (ph. Jonathan Snyder & Amresh Vaidya). It
had been just over a year since the last record for this species in
Virginia Beach, when one was observed in the agricultural field at Shipps
Cabin Road on 13 Sep 2018 (ph. Rob & Ruth Bielawski) during the passage of
Hurricane Florence across North Carolina to our south. Additionally, it had
been two years since the last record at Back Bay NWR, the most likely
location in the city for this species to show up (with perhaps Princess
Anne WMA’s Beasley &/or Whitehurst Tracts a close second).

Another rare shorebird find, we had our first LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER record
for the calendar year when a single individual was located during the
official impoundment survey at Back Bay NWR on 16 Sep (vis. Andrew
Baldelli). Due to difficulty in separating Long & Short-billed Dowitcher in
the field without excellent views, this species almost certainly goes
unnoticed and is likely to be an annual transient in fall along our patch
of coastline. However, records are few and far between in Virginia Beach,
with the last record being of a flock of five viewed at Princess Anne WMA’s
Whitehurst Tract on 22 Apr 2018 (ph. Rob Bielawski & Lisa Rose). From now
through the winter season, this is a species that should be carefully
looked for anytime a dowitcher is observed. Typically, the best way to
separate the two in the field is by observing the shape of the bird while
feeding. Long-billeds tend to be much chunkier, and when feeding will show
an arch to the back reaching it’s top most point in the middle.
Short-billeds usually show this point over the shoulder, with a slimmer
appearance and more linear slope to the back behind the shoulder. Bill
length isn’t particularly useful since there is considerable overlap
between females & males of the two species; just something to keep in mind!

Last on the list of rare September shorebirds, a MARBLED GODWIT was
observed on the beach at Back Bay NWR on 13 Sep (ph. Eric Alton & Tammy
Conklin). Depending on how one looks at this, it could possibly be the
third record for Virginia Beach this fall, with an individual observed in
southbound flight past Rudee Inlet on 24 Aug (vis. Andrew Baldelli) and
another logged at Dam Neck NA (Restricted Access) on 30 Aug (ph. Paul
Block). Or, this could all be the same individual slowly working its way
south along our coastal beaches? Impossible to say for certain, so given
that there are records from three locations, it’s safest to assume this is
a 3rd individual…but, you never know. Regardless of the count, it’s
interesting to note that Aug/Sep have been the most reliable months for
Marbled Godwit in Virginia Beach, with the last record outside that window
having occurred back in June of 2017. While the species winters
prolifically in the Eastern Shore barrier island lagoon system, notably at
roosts like Willis Wharf and Oyster, as well as at Pea Island NWR south of
us in North Carolina, records after September here are very tough to come
by…but should be watched for!

Exciting to see from shore anytime of the year, we had our first POMARINE
JAEGER report of the season as well, with an individual flying south along
the beach at Sandbridge on 2 Sep (vis. David Clark). Our first such record
in Virginia Beach going back to the historic jaeger flight during Nov 2017,
this was an exciting addition to our calendar year list and just a great
record overall. In addition to the Pomarine, there was also a record for
PARASITIC JAEGER during September, with at least two observed from Little
Island Park on 8 Sep (vis. Andrew Baldelli, ph. Tommy Maloney). This
species had a few records during the height of winter in Jan/Feb, and on 20
Apr, a new state spring high count was achieved when 12 passed by Little
Island Park (ph. Andrew Baldelli & Rob Bielawski) on the backside of a
strong coastal low pressure system. It’s possible that this is a good sign
for the coming Oct/Nov migration season of these species. Both breed in the
arctic tundra and make their way to the coast, with many passing overland.
Seawatching over the next couple of months could provide some great
observations of these birds, especially in November as Laughing Gulls are
bailing out southbound for the winter and provide the jaegers with a
perfect target to harass.

Just like in August, we had one continuing rarity this month, that being
the Anhingas at Stumpy Lake NA! First observed at this location way back on
21 Apr (2, ph. Stephen Keith), their occurrence alone has boosted the
number of eBirders visiting Virginia Beach (and Stumpy Lake specifically)
throughout the past several months. For the first time during the 2nd
Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas (running 2016-2020), this species was
confirmed as a breeder at Stumpy Lake! It truly has been an incredible year
for the species being observed locally, with a minimum count of 27
individuals having been so far observed across five different locations in
the city (though none away from Stumpy Lake during August). With almost 200
eBird reports now submitted for the species this year, the number of
photographs that have been provided as documentation is also staggering.
For anyone interested in browsing the 200+ photographs so far input, these
can all be viewed by clicking Here! With the last sighting of these highly
sought-after birds occurring 19 Sep (ph. Jonathan Snyder), it seems that
they have finally moved south for the coming winter season. They will
certainly be missed, but it will be exciting to see if they grace us with
their presence once again next spring!

September typically showcases the arrival of most of our transient
passerines, while it’s usually October before most of the wintering species
begin to arrive. This month, regarding expected/annually occurring fall
migrants, records occurred for the following first-of-season arrivals:

- Cape May Warbler – First Observed: 1, Dam Neck NA (Restricted Access),
1 Sep (vis. Karen & Tom Beatty); First Photographed: 1, Back Bay NWR, 22
Sep (ph. Rob Bielawski).
- Black-throated Green Warbler – First Observed: 1, First Landing SP, 1
Sep (obs. Chris Monahan); First Photographed: 1, Back Bay NWR, 21 Sep (ph.
Betty Sue Cohen).
- Common Nighthawk – First Observed: 1, NAS Oceana (Restricted Access),
4 Sep (vis. Karl Suttmann).
- American Bittern – First Observed & Photographed: 1, Pleasure House
Point NA, 7 Sep (ph. Rob Bielawski).
- Northern Harrier – First Observed: 1, Lake Smith Terrace (Private
Residence), 11 Sep (vis. Tracy Tate); First Photographed: 1, Back Bay NWR,
22 Sep (ph. Rob Bielawski).
- Magnolia Warbler – First Observed: 1, Back Bay NWR, 13 Sep (obs.
Richard Chirumbole); First Photographed: 2, Mt. Trashmore Park, 26 Sep (ph.
Lisa Rose).
- Wilson’s Warbler – First Observed & Photographed: 1, Kings Grant
(Private Residence), 13 Sep (ph. Ron Furnish).
- Merlin – First Observed: 1, Lake Smith Terrace (Private Residence), 15
Sep (vis. Tracy Tate); First Photographed: 1, Red Wing Park, 26 Sep (ph.
Jacynthe Fortin).
- Northern Pintail – First Observed: 1, Back Bay NWR, 16 Sep (vis.
Andrew Baldelli).
- Sharp-shinned Hawk – First Observed: 1, Lake Smith Terrace (Private
Residence), 18 Sep (vis. Tracy Tate); First Photographed: 1, Back Bay NWR,
22 Sep (ph. Rob Bielawski).
- Swainson’s Thrush – First Observed: 1, Chesapeake Beach (Private
Residence), 18 Sep (vis. Kathy Spencer); First Photographed: 1, Mt.
Trashmore Park, 26 Sep (ph. Lisa Rose).
- Palm Warbler – First Observed: 1, First Landing SP, 21 Sep (vis. Cindy
Hamilton); First Photographed: 1, Back Bay NWR, 25 Sep (ph. Karen & Tom
Beatty, ph. Reuben Rohn).
- Blackpoll Warbler – First Observed & Photographed: 1, Back Bay NWR, 21
Sep (ph. Rob Bielawski & Lisa Rose).
- Northern Shoveler – First Observed & Photographed: 1, Back Bay NWR, 22
Sep (ph. Rob Bielawski).
- Sora – First Observed: 1, Back Bay NWR, 22 Sep (obs. Jason Schatti).
- Nashville Warbler – First Observed: 1, Back Bay NWR, 22 Sep (vis. Mike
Collins / Tommy Maloney / Jason Schatti); First Photographed: 1, Back Bay
NWR, 22 Sep (ph. Rob Bielawski).
- Veery – First Observed & Photographed: 1, Kings Grant (Private
Residence), 24 Sep (ph. Marie & Ron Furnish).
- Savannah Sparrow – First Observed & Photographed: 1, Back Bay NWR, 25
Sep (ph. Karen & Tom Beatty, vis. Cindy Hamilton).
- Scarlet Tanager – First Observed: 2, Back Bay NWR, 25 Sep (vis. Andrew
Baldelli / Karen & Tom Beatty); First Photographed: 1, Witt Park, 25 Sep
(ph. Rob Bielawski).
- Rose-breasted Grosbeak – First Observed: 1, Oak Springs (Private
Residence), 25 Sep (vis. Carolyn Page).
- Yellow-rumped Warbler – First Observed: 1, Back Bay NWR, 25 Sep (vis.
Karen & Tom Beatty, vis. Evan Standifer); First Photographed: 1, Back Bay
NWR, 26 Sep (ph. Cindy Hamilton).
- Black-throated Blue Warbler – First Observed: 1, Back Bay NWR, 25 Sep
(vis. Andrew Baldelli / Karen & Tom Beatty) and 2, First Landing SP, 25 Sep
(vis. June McDaniels); First Photographed: 1, Back Bay NWR, 25 Sep (ph.
Reuben Rohn).

Aside from the wide variety of species that were observed this month and
logged to eBird, sometimes it is just as interesting to look at which
species expected to be present, managed to get missed altogether. Somehow,
Virginia Beach eBirders managed to miss Wild Turkey for the month, with the
last record occurring 31 Aug! Least Bittern was also missed, with the last
record on 29 Aug, though this one is a bit more understandable since
they’re typically done vocalizing by summer’s end, and being a cryptic
species that hides in dense vegetation it would be easy to miss one if any
were still lingering in the city. Another head scratcher, Eastern
Meadowlark hasn’t been observed in the city since 14 Aug, and missing that
for the month is incredibly surprising since they’re typically a reliable
species along the roads in southern Virginia Beach. Perhaps no one was out
looking, or listening for them in September? All the other species logged
in August, but not in September, were species that one wouldn’t expect to
find, so no harm there. It is a little surprising that we had an August
record for Northern Gannet but none showed up in September. The same can be
said for Black Scoter, though the August records were associated with a
strong low pressure system, but we didn’t see any scoters inshore during
Hurricane Dorian either so it just feels likely that none were around to be
observed.

So, in terms of a comparison between what was logged in Sep 2019 vs. Sep
2018, there’s quite a few differences. The following species were recorded
last Sep, but were not found this Sep: Gadwall, American Wigeon, Surf
Scoter, Black Scoter, Wild Turkey, Dunlin, Baird’s Sandpiper, White-rumped
Sandpiper, Red Phalarope, Common Loon, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Purple Finch,
Clay-colored Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Nelson’s Sparrow, Saltmarsh Sparrow,
Eastern Meadowlark, Orchard Oriole, Orange-crowned Warbler & Dickcissel.

Vice versa, we found the following species this Sep, but didn’t observe
them last Sep: Northern Shoveler, Sora, Stilt Sandpiper, Long-billed
Dowitcher, Wilson’s Snipe, Red-necked Phalarope, Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic
Jaeger, Sabine’s Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Roseate Tern, Anhinga,
Sharp-shinned Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Least Flycatcher, Western Kingbird,
Gray Kingbird, Philadelphia Vireo, Veery, Tennessee Warbler, Mourning
Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Yellow-throated
Warbler, Canada Warbler & Wilson’s Warbler.

Looking at these differences, it’s quite obvious that: 1). The
displacements caused by Hurricane Dorian caused a spike of rarities this
year. 2). We had much better success with warblers in 2019, whether it was
due to better migration conditions which brought us more diversity of
species, or due to better coverage is unable to be quantified. 3). Sparrows
and waterfowl were found in better diversity last year, and perhaps the
record-breaking heat we experienced this Sep was partially to blame for
that. Whatever the cause might be for the above, it was certainly
fascinating to take an in-depth look at, and we’ll see what changes next
Sep!

Thanks,

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
www.beachbirding.com
www.facebook.com/BirdingVB
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Date: 10/8/19 3:25 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (08 Oct 2019) 49 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 08, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 14 505 3663
Bald Eagle 1 47 293
Northern Harrier 7 45 263
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 685 2314
Cooper's Hawk 4 343 902
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 4
Broad-winged Hawk 0 101 506
Red-tailed Hawk 0 24 108
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 3 486 2883
Merlin 8 491 1758
Peregrine Falcon 8 211 532
Unknown Accipiter 0 4 4
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 13
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 49 2945 13251
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Harry Armistead, Kevin McGann, Megan Murante,
Michael Ferrara, Rose Leong, Wes Hetrick

Weather:
There was on and off drizzle and rain throughout the day. Strong winds were
from the east northeast, with overcast skies. Temperatures were in the high
sixties.

Raptor Observations:
Not much given the conditions, but we had some beautiful views of
low-flying raptors. A peregrine stooped several times on a Great Blue
Heron. The poor heron was quite surprised!

Non-raptor Observations:
A group of ten Marbled Godwits flew right over the platform this morning!
Other observations included:

8 Great Blue Herons
1 Wilson's Snipe
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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-2019


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Date: 10/8/19 12:51 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Crozet, VA
Old Trail (Crozet, VA); 10/8/2019, 35 (possibly 38) avian species including
7 sparrow and 2 (3?) warbler species. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_10_08.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_10_08.htm



______________________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
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Date: 10/8/19 8:14 am
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (07 Oct 2019) 83 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 07, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 10 188
Bald Eagle 3 7 135
Northern Harrier 0 1 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk 51 269 642
Cooper's Hawk 5 16 81
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 6
Broad-winged Hawk 19 119 26051
Red-tailed Hawk 0 7 84
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 10 96
Merlin 0 3 18
Peregrine Falcon 2 4 22
Unknown Accipiter 1 1 7
Unknown Buteo 2 2 4
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 1 2
Unknown Raptor 0 4 14
Mississippi Kite 0 0 7

Total: 83 454 27372
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:45:00
Observation end time: 13:45:00
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter: Ezra Staengl

Observers:

Weather:
Mostly cloudy with increasing cloud cover throughout the day and light SSE
winds shifting to more southerly by 11 am EST. Pleasant temps from upper
60's to low 70's.

Raptor Observations:
Finally, a showing of the Sharpies. Where have they been? Hope to see a
lot more of them. Ezra also reported a few more Broad-wings, including 14
between 11-12 EST.

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch Butterfly (30), Chimney Swift (19), Red-headed Woodpecker (1),
Northern Flicker (3), Blue Jay (26), Tree Swallow (25)

Predictions:
Hopefully rain!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brenda Tekin (<brenda...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 10/7/19 7:06 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (07 Oct 2019) 98 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 07, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 20 491 3649
Bald Eagle 5 46 292
Northern Harrier 1 38 256
Sharp-shinned Hawk 15 681 2310
Cooper's Hawk 13 339 898
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 4
Broad-winged Hawk 3 101 506
Red-tailed Hawk 2 24 108
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 3 483 2880
Merlin 3 483 1750
Peregrine Falcon 33 203 524
Unknown Accipiter 0 4 4
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 13
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 98 2896 13202
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Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Hal Wierenga, Harry Armistead, Joe Beatty, Lynn Davidson,
Rose Leong, Wes Hetrick

Weather:
Light winds were generally from the south southeast, with partly cloudy
skies and temperatures in the seventies.

Raptor Observations:
It was slow, but we had some nice views of peregrines again. Passerines
mobbed a Cooper's Hawk that was hanging around the platform this morning.

Non-raptor Observations:
6 Eastern Bluebirds, all lined up on the t-pole
3 Red-bellied Woodpeckers
2 Red-headed Woodpeckers
1 Eastern Phoebe
========================================================================
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-2019


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Date: 10/7/19 4:42 pm
From: Jody Vaccaro Lewis via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] NELSON'S SPARROW--Loudoun Co
A NELSON'S SPARROW was found yesterday by Bryan Henson and Allison G at
Algonkian Regional Park in Loudoun. I observed it today at 5pm. It is in
the large field with long grasses to the right of the parking lot. It is in
the southwest corner of the field, and has been elusive. It is
usually hiding/running under the long grass. There is also at least one
Lincoln's Sparrow and a Marsh Wren at the park. WT Sparrow and Juncos are
also making their way in.
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Date: 10/7/19 3:48 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (07 Oct 2019) 6 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 07, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 3 77
Bald Eagle 1 5 77
Northern Harrier 0 2 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 12 75
Cooper's Hawk 0 2 22
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 10
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 5984
Red-tailed Hawk 2 6 68
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 3 41
Merlin 0 0 5
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 13
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 7

Total: 6 38 6398
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Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Matt Hosmer

Observers: Don A.

Visitors:
Super cool couple from Ireland headed to Luray because VA is prettier...go
figure.
A couple hikers, light traffic.


Weather:
60°-67°F, cloudy, calm decent visibility.

Raptor Observations:
14:07 3rdyr BE

Non-raptor Observations:
100ish Monarchs

Predictions:
Yeah...
========================================================================
Report submitted by Matthew D Hosmer (<cumberlandmatt1...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 10/7/19 2:22 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] 8 warbler species
Including some interesting first fall warblers on the Blue Ridge
Parkway/610; 10/7/19. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_10_07.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_10_07.htm



______________________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
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Date: 10/7/19 2:01 pm
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Hummingbird at my McLean, Virginia feeder this morning with temps in the 40's
Thank you so much for pointing out that it is not a good idea to increase the amount of sugar in sugar water for hummingbirds.  This is a widespread notion that I've even heard long-time birders suggest to others.
The rule that folks should always remember is simply to follow Mother Nature's example.  Don't try to "improve" upon nature.  If hummers were supposed to get a higher concentration of sugar in their diets, the natural world would have provided it already.  After all, it's had plenty of time to do so!
Sincerely,Marlene
In a message dated 10/5/2019 8:59:54 AM US Eastern Standard Time, <va-bird...> writes:

There were 2 visits to my hummingbird feeder in McLean, Virginia at around 7:15 am this morning with temps in the40's.  I hadn't seen any for over a week.A friend advised me to increase the amount of sugar in the nectar in the fall.  This person does NOT feed hummingbirds.I have researched this issue and found NO SUCH RECOMMENDATION by the Audubon or Humminigbird societies.  Infact, I have read the increasing the amount of sugar from the recommended 1 part sugar to 4 parts water can damagea hummingbird's liver and kidneys.  I was interested to read that in very cold weather the nectar can be brought in overnight.  As I have observed hummingbirds drinking nectar in the 7 am time, I would think that you would have to getup very early, say 6:30ish?, to put nectar back out.Happy birding.*** You are subscribed to VA-bird as <marlenecondon...> If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit https://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
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Date: 10/7/19 1:03 pm
From: Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Blue Ridge Parkway 11 warbler species
I went up on the Parkway on both Saturday and Sunday looking for migrating warblers and other birds. On Saturday, my daughter Lucy joined me as we traveled from mile post 0 (Afton Mtn/Rockfish Gap) to mile post 45 (RT 60 to Buena Vista). Saturday was a slow day and we only located one feeding flock and then very few other birds. We did see/hear Ruby-crowned Kinglets (many), Magnolia Warblers, Ovenbirds, Redstarts, Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, White-breasted Nuthatches, Hairy WP, Downy WP, Pileated WP, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, and a few others. On Sunday, I headed up into the fog and mist of the Parkway in hopes of finding some feeding flocks. Near mile post 45 I hit the first of two big flocks. In this group there were Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Tennessee Warblers, Magnolia W, Black-throated Green W, Black-throated Blue W, Chestnut-sided W, Common Yellowthroat, and a Cape May W. About 6 miles farther north on the Parkway I hit another flock that contained 20-30 Swa
inson's Thrushes, Scarlet Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Blackburnian W, Black-throated Blue W., Bay-breasted W, Indigo Bunting, Yellow-throated Vireo, Downy WP, White-breasted Nuthatch, and Carolina Chickadees.

While the lighting conditions were poor for photography, I was able to get some good photos of some of the warblers and thrushes. If you're interested some photos are posted on my Flickr site:

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

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept

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Date: 10/7/19 11:38 am
From: David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Winter Crow Roosts. Thanks for your help...and please keep it coming
Thanks to all who responded to my request for info about winter crow roosts
in VA. As I said, I've become involved in a national effort to locate
reliable roosts. One reason we're trying to do this, and some of you may
know this: these roosts are being used as educational tools to teach kids,
especially urban kids, about birds, wildlife,and nature. Crows are
considered "contact points" or "gateways to learning" about the natural
world. Kids are learning about crows in schools, afterschool programs, Boys
and Girls Clubs, etc. And they're getting excited about what they're
learning (and hopefully some are getting excited about birds in general!).
So the info you provide is really important and helpful.

Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/
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Date: 10/7/19 9:23 am
From: David Young via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Backyard morning Warblers - Reston
   While eating breakfast on the deck I had a 1 first fall female Northern Parula,Magnolia and female Black-throated Blue. As so often the case the local Chickadees and Titmice were leading the pocket of activity.
Dave Young .Reston, Virginia 
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Date: 10/7/19 5:37 am
From: Walter Hadlock via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Monday off to a great start
Good morning bird watchers,

We had two Common Yellowthroat in the yard this morning. Just now (8:31), a Northern Parula was at one of our bird baths.

Good birding to all,
Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon, VA (Fairfax County)
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Date: 10/6/19 7:27 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (06 Oct 2019) 74 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 06, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 22 471 3629
Bald Eagle 1 41 287
Northern Harrier 1 37 255
Sharp-shinned Hawk 13 666 2295
Cooper's Hawk 9 326 885
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 4
Broad-winged Hawk 2 98 503
Red-tailed Hawk 1 22 106
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 5 480 2877
Merlin 7 480 1747
Peregrine Falcon 13 170 491
Unknown Accipiter 0 4 4
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 13
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 74 2798 13104
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:15:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 10.75 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel, Lynn Davidson

Observers: Hal Wierenga, Harry Armistead, Joe Beatty, Katie Garst,
Kevin McGann, Lynn Davidson, Megan Murante, Rose Leong,
Wes Hetrick

Visitors:
Thank you to the group of Nature Conservancy folks and teachers who stopped
by for a raptor ID workshop today!


Weather:
Light to moderate winds were from the southeast, with mostly cloudy skies
and temperatures in the seventies.

Raptor Observations:
It was a slow day, with just a few birds trickling through. We had some
nice views of peregrines in the afternoon, though.

Non-raptor Observations:
Five Gray Catbirds, a few Chipping Sparrows and cardinals, "Jerry Garcia"
the mockingbird, and an Eastern Towhee (FOS) were having a grand time at
the birdbath today. Speaking of the mockingbird, we have been enjoying some
new additions to his repertoire lately. These include Red-tailed Hawk and
Brown-headed Nuthatch calls. Other observations included:

3 Snowy Egrets
2 White Ibises
1 Great Egret
1 Pileated Woodpecker
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
========================================================================
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-2019


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Date: 10/6/19 3:40 pm
From: krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 10/06/2019 (Fairfax County)
Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which was quite birdy. Thirteen lucky participants identified approximately 52 species. Highlights included an assortment of warblers and other migrants; a couple of cuckoos; first-of-season Winter Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker; hawks and eagles; even a Peregrine Falcon. And one possible domestic goose on the loose.
The walk meets in the main parking lot of Great Falls Park at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, rain or shine; it does not take place, though, during electrical storms, heavy snows, or when the trails are icy. All those with an interest in the natural world - beginning and experienced birders alike - please join us.

Domestic goose sp. (Domestic type) 1 Photos attached to eBird report.
Canada Goose 110
Wood Duck 10
American Black Duck 3
Common Merganser 2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2 A great look at the birds by multiple participants; yellow on bills was clearly visible.
Chimney Swift 250
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Double-crested Cormorant 71
Great Blue Heron 2
Black Vulture 17
Turkey Vulture 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
Bald Eagle 3 Two adults perched on/near the Conn Island nest and one immature observed in flight near the second Great Falls overlook.
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Buteo sp. 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 7
Downy Woodpecker 16
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 7
Northern Flicker 5
Peregrine Falcon 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Eastern Phoebe 2
Eastern Kingbird 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Blue Jay 36
American Crow 19
Fish Crow 1
crow sp. 47
Common Raven 1
Carolina Chickadee 12
Tufted Titmouse 8
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Winter Wren 1
Carolina Wren 16
Eastern Bluebird 12
Swainson's Thrush 2
American Robin 58
American Goldfinch 2
Common Grackle  6
Black-and-white Warbler 4
American Redstart 2
Black-throated Blue Warbler 3
Palm Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 8
Indigo Bunting 1 Female/ immature.

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60397163

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
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Date: 10/6/19 11:54 am
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (03 Oct 2019) 3 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 03, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 2 76
Bald Eagle 1 4 76
Northern Harrier 0 2 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 6 69
Cooper's Hawk 0 2 22
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 10
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 5981
Red-tailed Hawk 0 1 63
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 1 39
Merlin 0 0 5
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 13
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 7

Total: 3 20 6380
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Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter: Joyce Holt

Observers: Bill & Katie James, Carl Christensen

Weather:
Pleasant breeze from the NW. Still warm and hazy.

Temps not recorded because I wrote down F. instead of C., but ranged from
77F to 84F.

Raptor Observations:
ABE 13:59 est

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Joyce Holt (<blueskyjoyce...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 10/6/19 11:12 am
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FOS WC&WT Sparrows
Crozet, VA; 10/5-6/2019. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_10_06.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_10_06.htm



______________________________________

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Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
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Date: 10/6/19 9:51 am
From: Jeffrey Blalock via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Pine Siskin
Greetings all

Just had 2 Pine Siskin to land on my feeders in the backyard.

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: 10/6/19 7:31 am
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (05 Oct 2019) 5 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 05, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 10 188
Bald Eagle 0 4 132
Northern Harrier 0 1 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 218 591
Cooper's Hawk 0 11 76
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 6
Broad-winged Hawk 1 100 26032
Red-tailed Hawk 0 7 84
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 10 96
Merlin 0 3 18
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 20
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 2
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 1 2
Unknown Raptor 0 4 14
Mississippi Kite 0 0 7

Total: 5 371 27289
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:45:00
Observation end time: 12:00:00
Total observation time: 4.25 hours

Official Counter: Brenda Tekin

Observers:

Visitors:
Bill Lipcsey, Adriene Beckett-Ansa doing an assignment for her VCU
Environmental Science & Biology class.


Weather:
Upon arrival it was at least 90% cloud cover and 44 degrees Fahrenheit.
There was a dampness in the air making it feel colder. The light SE to NE
wind didn't help. Increasing sunshine had been in the forecast which did
not materialize. In fact, it was 100% cloud cover by top of 9 o'clock hour
(EST).

Raptor Observations:
An extremely slow morning with only 5 birds. First bird, a Broad-wing at
8:23, flew in low, gaining little altitude as it came across the gap
directly overhead over the parking lot. No birds during last 1-1/2 hours.

Non-raptor Observations:
An amazing flight of Norther Flickers, some coming over in groups of 5-11
at a time! Total of 182 counted. Chimney Swift - only one. Blue Jay
(8), Tree Swallow (flock of 78). Not one butterfly seen on this gray,
chilly morning.

Predictions:
Chance of rain.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brenda Tekin (<brenda...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 10/6/19 7:04 am
From: Allen Hale via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] A Descent of Woodpeckers
Three years ago, I reported the arrival in Nelson County of about six
Red-headed Woodpeckers in early September. They stayed the winter
departing in May 2017. None appeared during the past two winters. But on
September 21st at least three RHWOs took up residence. They are very
vocal, but still tricky to see with all the leaves. I have seen at least
one immature bird. Acorns have been raining down on us and our older
hardwood forest has many dead trees and limbs, no doubt attractive to
these birds.

Quoting Alexander Wilson, "The Red-headed Woodpecker is, properly
speaking, a bird of passage."

Unfortunately, nesting sites of Red-headed Woodpeckers have declined in
Central Virginia.

--
Allen M. Hale
3130 Laurel Road
Shipman, VA 22971
USA
434-263-4842 (H)
434-760-1218 (Cell)

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Date: 10/6/19 6:56 am
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (05 Oct 2019) 3 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 05, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 2 76
Bald Eagle 0 3 75
Northern Harrier 0 2 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 9 72
Cooper's Hawk 0 2 22
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 10
Broad-winged Hawk 1 3 5984
Red-tailed Hawk 1 4 66
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 2 40
Merlin 0 0 5
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 13
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 7

Total: 3 29 6389
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Liz Williams

Observers: Dale, Dave Brunstetter, Williams

Visitors:
Barefooted fellow. Nice couple from New England happy to find a hawk
watch.


Weather:
Overcast all day with welcome cooler temps. Wind was primarily from the
southeast 1 to 2 with visibility 4.

Raptor Observations:
Few birds except for participants. Vultures all day tricking us.

Non-raptor Observations:
Not much traffic on the road or in the air.

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


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Date: 10/6/19 6:02 am
From: Rob Bielawski via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Purple Gallinule Immature at Whitehurst Tract, VA Beach
Purple Gallinule still present same location; birders staying on it. There
is also a Hudsonian Godwit out here on north cell, south half of park. WMA
is only open Sundays. Please abide. Birders keeping tabs on both birds.

On Sun, Oct 6, 2019, 7:37 AM Rob Bielawski <robbielawski...> wrote:

> Location 100 yards west of maintenance bldg off munden road.
>
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Date: 10/6/19 4:52 am
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Snickers Gap (05 Oct 2019) 42 Raptors
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 05, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 1 49
Bald Eagle 1 1 58
Northern Harrier 0 0 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk 28 28 221
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 19
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 1 6
Broad-winged Hawk 1 1 9591
Red-tailed Hawk 2 2 22
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 2 23
Merlin 1 1 10
Peregrine Falcon 1 1 4
Unknown Accipiter 4 4 7
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 6

Total: 42 42 10025
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 5.75 hours

Official Counter: Doug Graham

Observers: Wade Snyder

Visitors:
Parking lot full of hikers.


Weather:
Our first cold morning.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
Cloudy with winds from the south.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Doug Graham (<dgraham1492...>)


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Date: 10/6/19 4:37 am
From: Rob Bielawski via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Purple Gallinule Immature at Whitehurst Tract, VA Beach
Location 100 yards west of maintenance bldg off munden road.
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Date: 10/5/19 9:44 pm
From: Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fw: Birding in Shennandoah National Park & Fluvanna County- Philadelphia Vireo & Connecticut Warbler
I want to thank Paul Glass for pointing out that the Connecticut Warbler is a Nashville Warbler.  The apparent total hood had convinced me otherwise but after review with the poor lighting, observed distance, high up in tree, under tail coverts that don't extend to near tip of tail it should be reassigned.
Many thanks for his input,
Allen
Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com

----- Forwarded Message ----- From: Allen Bryan <nshrike1...>To: Reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>Sent: Saturday, October 5, 2019, 06:54:57 PM EDTSubject: Birding in Shennandoah National Park & Fluvanna County- Philadelphia Vireo & Connecticut Warbler
I started the day up near Beagle Gap in the Shenandoah National Park and finished the late morning in Fluvanna County in the Green Springs Historic District.  Activity was very good early morning with Thrushes, Warblers and some sparrows making a movement.  Sixty-four species were observed with the most common species being Swainson's Thrush, Cape May Warbler, Tennessee Warbler and Ruby-crowned Kinglet.  The highlights were a very photogenic Philadelphia Vireo and a very high up early morning Connecticut Warbler.  I have only observed this species on the ground or very near the ground before thus it presented a very different perspective in early morning light.
http://visitingnature.com/main/fall-2019/

Enjoy each day,
Allen
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Date: 10/5/19 7:27 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (05 Oct 2019) 606 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 05, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 49 449 3607
Bald Eagle 14 40 286
Northern Harrier 11 36 254
Sharp-shinned Hawk 188 653 2282
Cooper's Hawk 74 317 876
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 4
Broad-winged Hawk 17 96 501
Red-tailed Hawk 4 21 105
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 102 475 2872
Merlin 131 473 1740
Peregrine Falcon 14 157 478
Unknown Accipiter 0 4 4
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 2 2 13
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 606 2724 13030
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 17:30:00
Total observation time: 11 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Bob Anderson, Hal Wierenga, Harry Armistead, Katie Garst,
Kevin McGann, Lynn Davidson, Megan Murante,
Michael Ferrara, Rose Leong, Rudy Cashwell,
Steve Thornhill, Thuy Tran, Wes Hetrick

Weather:
Moderate to strong winds were generally from the northeast, with mostly
cloudy skies and temperatures in the sixties.

Raptor Observations:
There were good numbers of accipiters, small falcons, and Bald Eagles
today.

Non-raptor Observations:
An interesting event of the day occurred when an American Bittern was seen
skulking around below the platform! There was a massive flight of hundreds
of Monarchs this morning. Other observations included:

209 northbound Northern Flickers
38 White Ibises
24 Great Blue Herons
8 Canada Geese
5 Eastern Bluebirds
3 American Black Ducks
3 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers (FOS)
2 Common Loons (FOS)
1 American Goldfinch
1 Cliff Swallow
1 Common Nighthawk
1 Great Egret
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-2019


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Date: 10/5/19 7:06 pm
From: Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] [va-bird] Leesylvania SP, Prince William Co. - Blue-headed Vireo, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Nashville & Yellow-rumped Warblers
Enjoyed the first cold front coming thru on a weekend. Highlights given above.
I tallied 49 species overall (took 8 hours of walking and standing). Warbler numbers were good, but diversity a bit low - 11 species, 67 individuals.
eBird complained about the numbers of Red-eyed Vireos, Black & White Warblers, Redstarts and N. Parulas (26). I suspect that these birds were late due the summer weather and first real strong cold front.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60375455

Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA

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Date: 10/5/19 7:04 pm
From: Ashley Lohr via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Screech owls (Lynchburg)
Just enjoyed listening to 2 screech owls calling back and forth in Maple
Hills in Lynchburg (near the border of Lynchburg and Bedford County).
Mostly residential in this area, so nice to hear.

Ashley Lohr
Lynchburg / Loudoun County
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Date: 10/5/19 5:49 pm
From: Vineeta via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Come and say goodbye to Charles TODAY
It was wonderful to see you again, Charles, and to see the others in the
store. Thanks for the tip on the wren house. I will hang it facing a
different direction so it's protected from the wind.
Good luck with the move, and happy birding in Smithtown, Pa.
Warmest regards, Vineeta

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


On Sat, Oct 5, 2019 at 7:39 PM Charles Studholme <onegoodtern...>
wrote:

> I am grateful for all that were able to stop by! We were super busy and I
> did not get to relax and talk birds with any one, but it was great to see
> you all.
> If you're in the neighborhood between now and the end of the month, drop
> in and tell me what you're seeing!
> I am?? here Tue - Fri 10-*7*, and Sat 10-6*.*
>
> Chas.
> On 10/5/2019 4:08 PM, Vineeta via VA-bird wrote:
>
> The store is shut on Sunday and Monday. Open weekdays until 6 pm. One Good Tern is closing at the end of October.
>
> Sent from my iPhone. Autocorrect may create typos. Some of them may even be funny.
>
>
> On Oct 5, 2019, at 3:22 PM, Claire Kluskens <birdlady2011...> <birdlady2011...> wrote:
>
> Is this the last day? Open tomorrow, too?
>
>
> On Oct 5, 2019, at 3:20 PM, Vineeta via VA-bird <va-bird...> <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> At One Good Tern on Fern Street in Alexandria. The store is open until 6 pm. He???d love to say goodbye to you. And he???s got a clearance sale going on so it???s the perfect time to stock up. Vineeta
>
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Date: 10/5/19 3:55 pm
From: Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Birding in Shennandoah National Park & Fluvanna County- Philadelphia Vireo & Connecticut Warbler
I started the day up near Beagle Gap in the Shenandoah National Park and finished the late morning in Fluvanna County in the Green Springs Historic District.  Activity was very good early morning with Thrushes, Warblers and some sparrows making a movement.  Sixty-four species were observed with the most common species being Swainson's Thrush, Cape May Warbler, Tennessee Warbler and Ruby-crowned Kinglet.  The highlights were a very photogenic Philadelphia Vireo and a very high up early morning Connecticut Warbler.  I have only observed this species on the ground or very near the ground before thus it presented a very different perspective in early morning light.
http://visitingnature.com/main/fall-2019/

Enjoy each day,
Allen
Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 10/5/19 2:21 pm
From: Elton Morel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] NVBC field trip to Aquia Landing Park & Crow's Nest NAP, Stafford county, Oct 5, 2019
VA Birders:

This morning, the Northern Virginia Bird Club visited Aquia Landing Park and Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve in Stafford county. We collectively tallied 55 species over the two locations.

We started the morning met by a brisk breeze off Aquia Creek that was a bit of a shock to the system given our summer of hot weather. A high flying Common Loon was a nice surprise but the best bird at the parking lot was a loudly calling Northern Waterthrush in the vegetation near of the restrooms. While walking down the entrance road, we found a mixed species flock of sparrows amongst the grasses and rocks on the beach side of the road -- we managed to flush up Savannah, Swamp, Song sparrows and an immature White-crowned Sparrow which was a nice surprise for this location. Other notable finds along the entrance road were a Northern Parula and a Red-eyed Vireo, skulking Brown Thrashers, a flyover Belted Kingfisher and the Pied-billed Grebes have arrived.

Over at the Crow's Nest NAP boardwalk, we briefly heard Soras call on both sides of board walk. Along the Blue Trail, we added both Swainson's and Gray-cheeked Thrush, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, another Northern Parula and a couple of Black-and-white Warblers.

The complete eBird checklists for both locations are below.

Elton Morel
Arlington, Virginia


Aquia Landing Park, Stafford, Virginia, US


Oct 5, 2019 7:35 AM - 10:45 AM


Protocol: Traveling


0.75 mile(s)


Comments: NVBC walk led by Phil Silas & Elton Morel


46 species (+1 other taxa)





Canada Goose 20


Mute Swan 5


Pied-billed Grebe 7


Mourning Dove 2


Laughing Gull 60


Ring-billed Gull 25


Caspian Tern 2


Forster's Tern 20


Common Loon 1 High flyover


Double-crested Cormorant 11


Great Blue Heron 2


Great Egret 1


Black Vulture 3


Turkey Vulture 8


Bald Eagle 5


Red-shouldered Hawk 1


Red-tailed Hawk 1


Belted Kingfisher 1


Red-bellied Woodpecker 3


Downy Woodpecker 3


Pileated Woodpecker 1 Heard


Northern Flicker 8


Eastern Wood-Pewee 1


Eastern Phoebe 1


Red-eyed Vireo 1


Blue Jay 4


American Crow 5


Fish Crow 1 Heard


Carolina Chickadee 5


Tufted Titmouse 2


Northern Rough-winged Swallow 15


White-breasted Nuthatch 1


Carolina Wren 8


Gray Catbird 6


Brown Thrasher 2


Eastern Bluebird 2


Catharus sp. 1


White-crowned Sparrow 1


Savannah Sparrow 2


Song Sparrow 3


Swamp Sparrow 5


Red-winged Blackbird 60


Northern Waterthrush 1 Waterthrush with heavily streaked under parts and rather bright yellow background, yellow supercilium. Bobbing tail. First noticed a loud ringing chip note from the vegetation behind the trash bin in the SW corner of the parking lot next to the picnic area.


Common Yellowthroat 2


Northern Parula 2


Yellow-rumped Warbler 4


Northern Cardinal 7




View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60371925





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

Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve, Stafford, Virginia, US


Oct 5, 2019 10:55 AM - 12:55 PM


Protocol: Traveling


0.75 mile(s)


Comments: NVBC walk led by Phil Silas & Elton Morel


36 species (+1 other taxa)





Wood Duck 2


Sora 2 Heard


Laughing Gull 15


Caspian Tern 2 Flyover


Double-crested Cormorant 1


Great Blue Heron 2


Great Egret 1


Black Vulture 10


Turkey Vulture 8


Cooper's Hawk 1


Bald Eagle 6


Red-shouldered Hawk 2


Belted Kingfisher 2


Red-bellied Woodpecker 4


Downy Woodpecker 3


Hairy Woodpecker 1 Heard, after the tally


Northern Flicker 4


Eastern Phoebe 2


Red-eyed Vireo 1


Blue Jay 8


American Crow 60


Carolina Chickadee 3


Tufted Titmouse 5


Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1


White-breasted Nuthatch 2


Carolina Wren 7


Gray Catbird 6


Eastern Bluebird 1 Heard


Gray-cheeked Thrush 1


Swainson's Thrush 1


Catharus sp. 1


American Goldfinch 8


Red-winged Blackbird 40


Black-and-white Warbler 2


Common Yellowthroat 1


Northern Parula 1


Northern Cardinal 8





View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60371731





This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
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Date: 10/5/19 1:09 pm
From: Vineeta via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Come and say goodbye to Charles TODAY
The store is shut on Sunday and Monday. Open weekdays until 6 pm. One Good Tern is closing at the end of October.

Sent from my iPhone. Autocorrect may create typos. Some of them may even be funny.

> On Oct 5, 2019, at 3:22 PM, Claire Kluskens <birdlady2011...> wrote:
>
> Is this the last day? Open tomorrow, too?
>
>> On Oct 5, 2019, at 3:20 PM, Vineeta via VA-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
>>
>> At One Good Tern on Fern Street in Alexandria. The store is open until 6 pm. He’d love to say goodbye to you. And he’s got a clearance sale going on so it’s the perfect time to stock up. Vineeta
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone. Autocorrect may create typos. Some of them may even be funny.
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Date: 10/5/19 12:20 pm
From: Vineeta via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Come and say goodbye to Charles TODAY
At One Good Tern on Fern Street in Alexandria. The store is open until 6 pm. He’d love to say goodbye to you. And he’s got a clearance sale going on so it’s the perfect time to stock up. Vineeta

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Date: 10/5/19 12:00 pm
From: Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Long Branch Nature Center-Arlington
There was a mini-fallout of birds in front of the Long Branch Nature Center this morning. I spotted five species of warblers: Common Yellowthroat, Black-throated Blue (4), Nashville, Magnolia, and Black and White. I also saw an FOS White-throated Sparrow and a couple of Swainson Thrush.
Larry MeadeMerrifield, VA
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Date: 10/5/19 9:05 am
From: Fred Atwood via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Winter Wren, C’ville
Just had my first of season here In Oakton Fairfax Co a few minutes ago too. Along with FOS sapsucker, rc kinglet, blue headed vireo and FOY Philadelphia vireo. Waples Mill Meadow Park.
Fred Atwood
Oakton

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> On Oct 5, 2019, at 11:51 AM, David White via VA-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> My FOS Winter Wren just appeared on the little stone wall by the back garden here in downtown Charlottesville, a fitting complement to the first really fall-like day of October.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 10/5/19 8:51 am
From: David White via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Winter Wren, C’ville
My FOS Winter Wren just appeared on the little stone wall by the back garden here in downtown Charlottesville, a fitting complement to the first really fall-like day of October.

Sent from my iPhone
David I. White, Jr.
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Date: 10/5/19 5:59 am
From: Lisette via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Hummingbird at my McLean, Virginia feeder this morning with temps in the 40's
There were 2 visits to my hummingbird feeder in McLean, Virginia at around 7:15 am this morning with temps in the40's.  I hadn't seen any for over a week.
A friend advised me to increase the amount of sugar in the nectar in the fall.  This person does NOT feed hummingbirds.I have researched this issue and found NO SUCH RECOMMENDATION by the Audubon or Humminigbird societies.  Infact, I have read the increasing the amount of sugar from the recommended 1 part sugar to 4 parts water can damagea hummingbird's liver and kidneys.  I was interested to read that in very cold weather the nectar can be brought in overnight.  As I have observed hummingbirds drinking nectar in the 7 am time, I would think that you would have to getup very early, say 6:30ish?, to put nectar back out.
Happy birding.
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Date: 10/4/19 6:40 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (04 Oct 2019) 638 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 04, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 92 400 3558
Bald Eagle 18 26 272
Northern Harrier 7 25 243
Sharp-shinned Hawk 120 465 2094
Cooper's Hawk 69 243 802
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 4
Broad-winged Hawk 19 79 484
Red-tailed Hawk 9 17 101
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 168 373 2770
Merlin 109 342 1609
Peregrine Falcon 23 143 464
Unknown Accipiter 4 4 4
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 11
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 638 2118 12424
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 17:30:00
Total observation time: 11 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Betsy Foster, Bob Anderson, Bob Rineer, Chris Foster,
Hal Wierenga, Harry Armistead, Joe Beatty, Lynn Davidson,
Megan Murante, Rose Leong, Steve Thornhill, Thuy Tran,
Wes Hetrick

Weather:
Moderate winds were mainly from the northeast, with mostly clear skies and
temperatures in the seventies.

Raptor Observations:
There was a decent flight, with birds flying very high for most of the day.

Non-raptor Observations:
There was an excellent Great Blue Heron flight, with 100 birds (this is an
exact count) passing by the platform. The flight included one single flock
of 42 birds. All of these herons passed by in the morning. A number of Palm
Warblers were in the area. Other observations included:

5 Wood Ducks
2 Great Egrets
2 Pileated Woodpeckers
1 Barn Swallow
1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
1 Caspian Tern
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler (FOS; so it begins!)
========================================================================
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-2019


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Date: 10/4/19 6:26 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (04 Oct 2019) 9 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 04, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 2 76
Bald Eagle 0 3 75
Northern Harrier 0 2 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 8 71
Cooper's Hawk 0 2 22
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 10
Broad-winged Hawk 2 2 5983
Red-tailed Hawk 2 3 65
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 2 40
Merlin 0 0 5
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 13
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 7

Total: 9 26 6386
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:45:00
Observation end time: 16:15:00
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter: Mitch Mitchell

Observers: Dan DeHart, David Kirk, Mike Crowder, Roger Baroody

Visitors:
A through hiker, trail name "Petey", headed south benefited from some trail
magic left on the large rocks on the AT at the end of the parking lot.
Some thoughtful trail fairy left several large bottles of water and he was
one happy hiker. He said that water is very scarce along the trail and was
very appreciative. A couple from Quebec in one of the aforementioned RVs
spent a few minutes talking with us and a Vermont couple riding motorcycles
and headed to Texas spoke with Mike for a while.


Weather:
Beautiful day on the mountain with much needed relief from the heat.
Temperature was 67F at the start of watch and rose to near 80. Crystal
clear skies without a cloud in sight until the very end of watch.
Visibility of the western valley was the best I've observed so far this
season. Winds were fairly strong most of the day, primarily from the NW
early but varied later in the day.

Raptor Observations:
First bird was a sharp shinned that appeared directly above the overlook
parking lot just as I stepped out of the car at 7:45 (DST). Was hoping
that was a sign of a big count day but no such luck and the last birds
observed passed in the 10:00 hour.

Non-raptor Observations:
Some monarchs, blue jays, red headed woodpeckers, swifts and other small
birds. Parkway traffic wasn't particularly heavy but we did have several
new license plates to add to Don's list. Also had some very nice RVs
through the overlook. Mike spotted what appeared to be a possible forest
fire somewhere north of House Mt. right before he left for the day and it
got steadily larger before the end of the watch. Hopefully it will not get
out of control.

Predictions:
Even cooler and, hopefully birdier!
========================================================================
Report submitted by stan Mitchell (<mitchmitchell77...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 10/4/19 6:13 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (04 Oct 2019) 28 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 04, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 10 188
Bald Eagle 1 4 132
Northern Harrier 1 1 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk 18 214 587
Cooper's Hawk 1 11 76
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 6
Broad-winged Hawk 0 99 26031
Red-tailed Hawk 2 7 84
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 10 96
Merlin 1 3 18
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 20
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 2
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 1 1 2
Unknown Raptor 2 4 14
Mississippi Kite 0 0 7

Total: 28 366 27284
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Rose Thomas

Observers: Dave Hunter

Visitors:
JoAnn Dalley, Judy Cahill, the Minor's, Harry Vest, Diana Hammond of WV,
Linda Corwen. And thanks to Ira Lianez, our young intern in training, who
helped out.


Weather:
Mostly bright blue sky with N to NW wind winds, speed increasing with
advancing cold front by 1pm EST and shifting to WNW.

Raptor Observations:
Another surprising slow day. Rose reported "Well, today was a good bit
slower than I anticipated. Winds seemed to be good. Clouds were few. The
birds were few as well." It was even slower during last 2 hours with only 3
birds! One imm. Bald Eagle at 10:35 and one unknown eagle at 10:56.
We're still waiting for our first definitive Golden for the season!

Non-raptor Observations:
Northern Flicker (16), Red-headed Woodpecker (1), Bluejay (12), Monarch
Butterfly (12)

Predictions:
Noticeably cooler!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brenda Tekin (<brenda...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 10/4/19 2:49 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Some good photos
10 warbler species with some good close-up photos, and some of my best ever
Yellow-billed Cuckoo photos; Blue Ridge Parkway/Route 610; 10/4/2019. Report
and photos:



http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_10_04.htm



______________________________________

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Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
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Date: 10/4/19 2:06 pm
From: David Young via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Turner Farm - Observatory Park - Y-B sapsucker, Warblers, etc.

I've stopped by Observatory Park in Great Falls, midday for a half hour or so the past three days . Mostly watching the surprising activity in the fourth tree along the entrance road. Two Pines, a Maple then and then a smaller non nativeplanted tree which sees the most action. Today it had a male Y-B sapsucker (FOS)but also had a first year male Pine Warbler and Blue-winged Warbler. Previous days I saw a Tennessee, Nashville, Palm, and Magnolia all single birds. The tree also has about a dozen Chipping Sparrows, Bluebirds and a flock of  10Cowbirds with some interesting looking molting 1st year males.  Also nearby an Eastern Phoebe, 1 Emp. Flycatcher ( guessing Willow ) and numerous silent Chimney Swifts above.  Observatory Park is usually just a brief stop on my way to Great Falls NP or Riverbend.. Dave YoungReston, Virginia 
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Date: 10/4/19 12:43 pm
From: krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Riverbend Park Bird Walk 10/04/2019
Following is the count from Friday's bird walk at Riverbend Park which identified 22 species. While there was no splendid warbler party - perhaps because of the wind - participants did see a Common Yellowthroat, a couple of Pine Warblers, and even a Rose-breasted Grosbeak (female).
Walks at Riverbend Park are held on the 1st & 3rd Fridays of the month, although October 18 will be the last in this series. Please call Riverbend Park at 703-759-9018 to register, then meet in the parking lot of the Nature Center off of Jeffery Road at 8 a.m. Walks are co-led by Robin Duska and/or Kris Lansing. 
Canada Goose 11
Mourning Dove 3
Turkey Vulture 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Blue Jay 24
American Crow 4
Carolina Chickadee 3
Carolina Wren 7
Gray Catbird 4
Northern Mockingbird 1
Cedar Waxwing 6
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 6
Song Sparrow 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Pine Warbler 2
Northern Cardinal 12
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60343952

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

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Date: 10/4/19 10:17 am
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (03 Oct 2019) 11 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 03, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 9 187
Bald Eagle 0 3 131
Northern Harrier 0 0 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 8 196 569
Cooper's Hawk 2 10 75
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 6
Broad-winged Hawk 1 99 26031
Red-tailed Hawk 0 5 82
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 10 96
Merlin 0 2 17
Peregrine Falcon 0 2 20
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 2
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 2 12
Mississippi Kite 0 0 7

Total: 11 338 27256
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 11:00:00
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter: Brenda Tekin

Observers:

Visitors:
Greg Moyer arrived just before noon as counter was leaving to head home.


Weather:
Upon arrival, a brisk WNW wind blowing, bright blue sky, a few "faded"
wisps, and already warm at 77 degrees and still climbing. By top of
second hour wind was more SW and diminishing. Much better visibility with
light haze on the far horizons.

Raptor Observations:
Was hopeful and halfway expecting a decent morning flight, given the brisk
WNW winds but maybe it was just too warm. Not sure if it was record
breaking but it was close enough. Reached 94 degrees by mid-afternoon down
at my place not far as a Raven flies from Rockfish Gap!

Only 11 birds in 3 hours. Would have stayed longer but was feeling under
the weather and it had become too miserable to remain.

Non-raptor Observations:
Blue Jays took to the air early morning (121) with a few Norther Flickers
(12) and a couple of small groups of Tree Swallows (17). Monarch
Butterflies were well represented with 63 counted.

The HUGE surprise was an immature Lark Sparrow that flew in at 8:22 am EST!
First saw a bird fly up into top the Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus) next to
skating rink. It was mostly visible on outer upper branch and I could see
that it was a largish sparrow-like bird. Bright morning light made it
difficult to see much detail but when the bird faced looking northward I
could see the facial markings that also included a somewhat wide whitish
eye stripe above left eye. Facial pattern was faded-like but dead ringer
for Lark Sparrow. It flew down to grassy area below, briefly foraging
along edge of thick vegetation, and grabbed up something. I was by now
standing on edge at top of the knoll looking down and had decent views of
the dorsal. Briefly saw what looked like a bit of white on outer tip of
long tail. It the flew up and came up the knoll to right where I was
standing, facing into the wind so it fluttered a bit at that point, me
looking at it in full profile as it faced into the wind (westward). I
could then confirm the bit of streaking on upper underside. WOW! This
may be the first documented record for a Lark Sparrow for the hawk watch.

Predictions:
Cooler!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brenda Tekin (<brenda...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 10/4/19 9:53 am
From: Larry Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Winter Crow Roosts
Dave. Haven’t noticed them this year yet, but last two years there have been hundreds and hundreds roosting at I-264 and I-64 interchange in Virginia Beach. 36.845033 -76.196372. I’d see them circling on my dive home. Will keep an eye out.

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Date: 10/4/19 8:45 am
From: Rob Bielawski via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kirtland's Warbler at Back Bay
A KIRTLAND'S WARBLER was photographed this morning at BACK BAY NWR by Steve
Myers on Raptor Trail. Photo in VA notables group on Facebook. Posted at
steves request.
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Date: 10/4/19 6:08 am
From: Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Peregrine Falcon -Skyline Complex-Falls Church, VA
October 4, 2019

Outside my office window in the Skyline Office Complex in Bailey's Crossroads, Falls Church, Fairfax County, VA watched as a Peregrine Falcon caught a little songbird in flight.

Janet Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA

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Date: 10/3/19 7:12 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (03 Oct 2019) 725 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 03, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 104 308 3466
Bald Eagle 3 8 254
Northern Harrier 10 18 236
Sharp-shinned Hawk 199 345 1974
Cooper's Hawk 134 174 733
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 1 4
Broad-winged Hawk 38 60 465
Red-tailed Hawk 0 8 92
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 107 205 2602
Merlin 90 233 1500
Peregrine Falcon 39 120 441
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 11
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 725 1480 11786
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 10.5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Betsy Foster, Bob Rineer, Brian Taber, Chris Foster,
Hal Wierenga, Harry Armistead, Joe Beatty, Kevin McGann,
Lynn Davidson, Megan Murante, Rose Leong, Wes Hetrick

Weather:
Moderate winds were generally from the northeast, with partly cloudy skies
and temperatures in the seventies to low eighties.

Raptor Observations:
There was a very strong flight in the morning, but things slowed in the
afternoon. There was a good movement of accipiters.

Non-raptor Observations:
There was a decent amount of warbler movement this morning, with American
Redstarts, Palm Warblers, and Northern Parulas on the move. A large group
of over 300 Brown Pelicans spiraled up over the bay this afternoon. Other
observations included:

16 Eastern Bluebirds
13 Bobolinks
10 Cedar Waxwings
8 White Ibises
5 Red-eyed Vireos
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Killdeer
1 Prairie Warbler
========================================================================
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-2019


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Date: 10/3/19 3:11 pm
From: David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Winter Crow Roosts
Hi VA birders, I've become involved in a national effort to locate and
study U.S. winter crow roosts. If you know of an active winter crow roost,
regardless of its size, please let me know, and provide as much detail as
you can. Thanks for your help!
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/
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Date: 10/3/19 2:59 pm
From: Walter Hadlock via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] More warblers in the backyard

The early evening saw Black-throated Green, Palm, and Yellow rump Warblers arrive to dine. Also, three generations of Eastern Bluebirds taking baths, and a Northern Flicker probing the ground. Quite a day.

And, less we forget, an adult Red-shouldered Hawk flew thru late afternoon on Oct. 2.

With the recent report about loss of species, we find that planting for wildlife, and providing water, do help those passing thru as well as the residents.

Lots of bird activity.

Good birding to all,
Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon, VA (Fairfax County)
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Date: 10/3/19 12:35 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Early Hermit Thrush
Blue Ridge Parkway/Route 610, VA; 10/3/19. Also 7 warbler species. Report
and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_10_03.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_10_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: 10/3/19 6:00 am
From: Carol Evans via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] warbler party
We had a three warbler species playing in the spa together day before
yesterday: chestnut-sided, northern parula and female redstart all sharing a
bath, with a couple more female and one male redstart flitting about them,
and at different times a titmouse and chickadee uncharacteristically staying
on the fringes. I was amazed at the cozy comingling of species given the
hard-nosed bluebird, robin, summer tanager, chickadee and titmouse scrapping
there lately. They were just so darn cute!



Carol Evans

Goochland

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Date: 10/3/19 5:36 am
From: Walter Hadlock via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Three warbler morning
A three warbler morning here in Herndon.

We had a female Black-throated Blue, male American Redstart, and a Magnolia working the trees and flower patches in our backyard for breakfast.

Good birding to all,
Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon, VA (Fairfax County)
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Date: 10/2/19 5:59 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (02 Oct 2019) 302 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 02, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 42 204 3362
Bald Eagle 0 5 251
Northern Harrier 4 8 226
Sharp-shinned Hawk 90 146 1775
Cooper's Hawk 6 40 599
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 3
Broad-winged Hawk 4 22 427
Red-tailed Hawk 0 8 92
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 87 98 2495
Merlin 60 143 1410
Peregrine Falcon 9 81 402
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 11
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 302 755 11061
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Betsy Foster, Bob Rineer, Brian Taber, Chris Foster,
Hal Wierenga, Harry Armistead, Joe Beatty, Lynn Davidson,
Rose Leong, Wes Hetrick

Weather:
Light winds were mainly from the southwest, with mostly clear skies and
record high temperatures in the seventies soaring to high eighties. Ugh,
can't wait for the next cold front!

Raptor Observations:
Despite the heat, there was a fairly good flight for the conditions. Birds
were passing low, and there was good diversity. On separate occasions, two
Merlins zoomed very close to the platform!

Non-raptor Observations:
Two Great Horned Owls were dueting behind the platform early this morning.
Later in the afternoon, there was a sudden cacophony of crows presumably
mobbing the owl(s) in the same general area. Two Belted Kingfishers were
seen.
========================================================================
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-2019


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Date: 10/2/19 4:19 pm
From: morann--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Hummingbird in Woodbridge
I had a female hummer at my front yard feeder today; haven't seen one at the back yard feeder in 2 days.
Ann DonaldsonRuckersville


-----Original Message-----
From: K Bell via VA-bird <va-bird...>
To: Craig Zalk <craig.zalk...>
Cc: va-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: Wed, Oct 2, 2019 6:04 pm
Subject: [VA-bird] Hummingbird in Woodbridge

I had a female hummingbird show up in my yard as well this morning. I last
saw a female hummingbird on 24 September. I haven't seen any males in
September.

Curiously, last year in my yard I saw a hummingbird on 24 Sep, and then not
again until 2 Oct. Last year I also had sightings on 4 and 12 Oct, so it
will be interesting to see if any more show up.

Karen Bell

On Wed, Oct 2, 2019 at 5:03 PM Craig Zalk via VA-bird <va-bird...>
wrote:

> Not surprisingly, one plump, female hummingbird visiting feeders in my yard
> in Reston (Fairfax County).  This is the same as in previous years, where I
> get stragglers well into October.
>
> Happy birding!  Craig
>
> --
> ----------------------------------------------------------
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>    Cell:  703.973.5151
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Date: 10/2/19 3:55 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (02 Oct 2019) 206 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 02, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 6 9 187
Bald Eagle 1 3 131
Northern Harrier 0 0 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 127 188 561
Cooper's Hawk 3 8 73
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 6
Broad-winged Hawk 55 98 26030
Red-tailed Hawk 2 5 82
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 7 10 96
Merlin 2 2 17
Peregrine Falcon 2 2 20
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 2
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 1 2 12
Mississippi Kite 0 0 7

Total: 206 327 27245
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Dave Hunter, Rose Thomas

Observers: Dave Hunter

Visitors:
Kathy Louthan, Kathy Carpenter, Barbara Payne, Jim Childress


Weather:
Very warm 25.3-30.2C temps. Moderate NW winds and partly cloudy. Good
visibility. Thanks to Rose and Dave for covering today!

Raptor Observations:
A good Sharpie day and a 3-falcon day! Adult Bald Eagle and 2 Peregrine
Falcon (1 immature and 1 unaged).

Non-raptor Observations:
61 Monarchs, 30 Chimney Swift, 40 Blue Jay.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 10/2/19 3:05 pm
From: K Bell via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Hummingbird in Woodbridge
I had a female hummingbird show up in my yard as well this morning. I last
saw a female hummingbird on 24 September. I haven't seen any males in
September.

Curiously, last year in my yard I saw a hummingbird on 24 Sep, and then not
again until 2 Oct. Last year I also had sightings on 4 and 12 Oct, so it
will be interesting to see if any more show up.

Karen Bell

On Wed, Oct 2, 2019 at 5:03 PM Craig Zalk via VA-bird <va-bird...>
wrote:

> Not surprisingly, one plump, female hummingbird visiting feeders in my yard
> in Reston (Fairfax County). This is the same as in previous years, where I
> get stragglers well into October.
>
> Happy birding! Craig
>
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> Cell: 703.973.5151
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Date: 10/2/19 2:55 pm
From: David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] A Few Bird Stories and Anecdotes
Hi VA birders, I just completed and published another photo essay, "A Few
Stories and Anecdotes
<https://birdpartner.com/2019/10/02/stories-anecdotes/>." There's a story
about a window strike, a visit with a bird rehabber, an injured
hummingbird, and a wildlife photography adventure. And as always, there's
the usual complement of wildlife photos. I hope you enjoy it, and I welcome
your feedback.
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/
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Date: 10/2/19 2:03 pm
From: Craig Zalk via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Still One Yard Hummer in Reston, VA
Not surprisingly, one plump, female hummingbird visiting feeders in my yard
in Reston (Fairfax County). This is the same as in previous years, where I
get stragglers well into October.

Happy birding! Craig

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Craig Zalk
Cell: 703.973.5151
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Date: 10/2/19 1:51 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Gray-cheeked Thrush
Along with 9 warbler species; Blue Ridge Parkway/610, VA; 10/2/2019. Report
and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_10_02.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_10_02.htm



______________________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

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

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Date: 10/2/19 1:36 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (02 Oct 2019) 3 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 02, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 1 75
Bald Eagle 1 3 75
Northern Harrier 0 2 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 6 69
Cooper's Hawk 1 2 22
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 10
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 5981
Red-tailed Hawk 0 1 63
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 38
Merlin 0 0 5
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 13
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 7

Total: 3 17 6377
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:30:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 2.5 hours

Official Counter: Don Aldridge

Observers:

Weather:
Mostly cloudy, NW winds 10-15 MPH, 76 deg F

Raptor Observations:
Solo effort for 2.5 hours. SS, CH, and ABE observed with the Eagle passing
overhead at 12:45.

Non-raptor Observations:
Light traffic on BRP with a 50/50 mix of autos and motorcycles.

Predictions:
HOT!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Matthew D Hosmer (<cumberlandmatt1...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 10/2/19 12:21 pm
From: Barbara via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Huntley and Neabsco
Neabsco & Huntley were hopping with birds yesterday, including one unusual scene -- at least for me.  I saw up to a dozen swallows (likely rough-winged) chasing away two kingfishers for at least 5 minutes.  Got some pix.  Also photographed some of the hawks, yellow legs, herons, GREEN TREE FROGS (still can't resist!) & more here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/A2LV36
- Barb, Fairfax

- Barb, Fairfax
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Date: 10/2/19 11:59 am
From: nicholas via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Common Nighthawk in Portsmouth, 10/1/19
Hey all, yesterday evening around 6:20 PM got a good look at 1 foraging Common Nighthawk loosely mixed with and interacting with a flock of several hundred fly-catching Laughing Gulls overhead in the Briarwood neighborhood of Portsmouth.

Nick Flanders
Portsmouth, VA
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Date: 10/2/19 11:18 am
From: Thomas Nardone via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Long Branch Nature Center & Park, Oct 2, 2019
On this very warm October morning, 14 people participated in the Northern Virginia Bird Club walk at Long Branch Nature Center. We observed 25 species including three warbler species and a yellow-bellied sapsucker the first of this fall for many of us. The complete list is shown below.


> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Date: October 2, 2019 at 2:05:05 PM EDT
> To: <Nardonet...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Long Branch Nature Center & Park, Oct 2, 2019
>
> Long Branch Nature Center & Park, Arlington, Virginia, US
> Oct 2, 2019 8:27 AM - 10:46 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.252 mile(s)
> 25 species
>
> Mourning Dove 2
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
> Chimney Swift 2
> Red-shouldered Hawk 2
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 8
> Downy Woodpecker 4
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 2
> Red-eyed Vireo 2
> Blue Jay 6
> American Crow 5
> Carolina Chickadee 5
> Tufted Titmouse 6
> White-breasted Nuthatch 3
> Carolina Wren 8
> European Starling 6
> Gray Catbird 5
> American Robin 10
> American Goldfinch 5
> Eastern Towhee 2
> Black-and-white Warbler 2
> American Redstart 1
> Northern Parula 2
> Northern Cardinal 20
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60283833
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
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Date: 10/2/19 6:35 am
From: Robert Ake via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fwd: Tagged CLRA
I received this email this morning and thought it worth forwarding to
our listserve at her request.  Keep you eyes and cameras at the alert. 
Contact her directly if you see the rail.

Bob Ake, Norfolk VA



-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: Tagged CLRA
Date: Wed, 2 Oct 2019 09:19:59 -0400
From: Elisa Elizondo <eelizo...>
To: <rake...>



Hi Bob,

I found your email on the VOS website about the rare bird alert. I'm a
researcher in Delaware and while it isn't exactly a rare bird, one of my
tagged Clapper Rails is currently in Virginia beach right off a boat
ramp next to the Virginia Aquarium. He's been very slowly migrating
south from Delaware so he will probably only stop over for a couple
days. Not sure if that would be of interest to the list serv, but I
figured I'd reach out in case it was and by some miracle someone was
able to get a picture of it!

Sorry to bother you if this isn't actually list serv worthy!

Thank you,
Elisa  Elizondo



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Date: 10/1/19 7:42 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] More warblers
15 warbler species on the Blue Ridge Parkway/Route 610; 10/1/2019. Report
and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_10_01.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_10_01.htm



______________________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

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

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Date: 10/1/19 6:14 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (01 Oct 2019) 14 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 01, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 1 75
Bald Eagle 2 2 74
Northern Harrier 2 2 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 5 68
Cooper's Hawk 1 1 21
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 10
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 5981
Red-tailed Hawk 1 1 63
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 38
Merlin 0 0 5
Peregrine Falcon 1 1 13
Unknown Accipiter 1 1 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 7

Total: 14 14 6374
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Bill James

Observers: Darryl Martin, Don A.

Visitors:
Good mandolin player serenading his dog at the other end of the overlook.
Doug and Betty stopped briefly to say hello.


Weather:
Hazy, foggy day with slight, variable wind, primarily on the West side, but
southeast late. Winds 1 to 2, temp range 74 to 86.5, humidity 79%,
barometer 27.1 to 27.6, visibility mostly 3, cloud cover: 75, 50, 35, 80,
50%.

Raptor Observations:
IBE's at 1:25 and 1:32.

Most birds out and high.

Non-raptor Observations:
Not many folks on the parkway or hiking.

Predictions:
Good looking NW wind tomorrow but continuing hot and humid.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bill James (<bijame...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 10/1/19 5:26 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (01 Oct 2019) 451 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 01, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 160 160 3318
Bald Eagle 5 5 251
Northern Harrier 4 4 222
Sharp-shinned Hawk 56 56 1685
Cooper's Hawk 34 34 593
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 3
Broad-winged Hawk 18 18 423
Red-tailed Hawk 8 8 92
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 11 11 2408
Merlin 83 83 1350
Peregrine Falcon 72 72 393
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 11
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 451 451 10757
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 11 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel, Bob Anderson

Observers: Betsy Foster, Bob Anderson, Bob Rineer, Chris Foster,
Hal Wierenga, Harry Armistead, Joe Beatty, Lynn Davidson,
Megan Murante, Rose Leong, Thuy Tran, Wes Hetrick

Weather:
Winds were light and variable, with skies mostly cloudy in the morning
becoming gradually clear in the afternoon. Temperatures were in the
seventies.

Raptor Observations:
There was a decent flight, with good numbers of Ospreys, Merlins, and
peregrines.

Non-raptor Observations:
A Rose-breasted Grosbeak flew by.
========================================================================
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-2019


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Date: 10/1/19 5:18 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (01 Oct 2019) 121 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 01, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 3 3 181
Bald Eagle 2 2 130
Northern Harrier 0 0 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 61 61 434
Cooper's Hawk 5 5 70
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 6
Broad-winged Hawk 43 43 25975
Red-tailed Hawk 3 3 80
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 3 3 89
Merlin 0 0 15
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 18
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 2
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 1 1 11
Mississippi Kite 0 0 7

Total: 121 121 27039
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:45:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7.25 hours

Official Counter: Brenda Tekin

Observers: Dave Hunter, Susi Meddis

Visitors:
A BIG THANK YOU to Susi Meddis and Dave Hunter for helping out with
spotting those distant specs! It was a tough sky.
Ann Cline, Mark Whitis, Nate Miller


Weather:
A summer-like day for first day of October! Dense low ground fog over
Rockfish Valley creeping up the eastern slope that took a while to
dissipate. Way too much blue sky with thick haze on both sides and over
the ridge, making it difficult at times to focus on the distant birds to
the north. Oftentimes we would catch them as they "popped" out overhead.
High humidity at 95% dropping to 63% before starting to climb again by late
afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
Birds trickled in and they trickled out. Some low and some sailing high
across the sky, some birds small specs. More single broad-wings, with
small groups of 4-5 birds, and most didn't linger.

Two adult Bald Eagles circled about and finally disappeared, last seen
heading southward at 12:48 EST.

Non-raptor Observations:
I was "greeted" by a young black rat snake that I did not see until the
last minute as it was stretched across the gray concrete sidewalk in the
morning shade. I stumbled and although my cart with gear and chair rolled
over, I managed to somehow not step on it and the cart wheels just missed
it. It clearly was not that pleased!

A decent morning flight of Blue Jays, with smaller numbers later in the
day, with a total of 268. Chimney Swift still moving through (63),
Northern Flicker (6), Red-headed Woodpecker (2), Canada Goose (3), Scarlett
Tanager (1 female), Palm Warblers showing up!

There were also quite a few butterflies including a decent flight of
Monarch's (330), decent numbers of Red Admiral, Cabbage Whites, Buckeye and
a Varigated Fritilary.

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


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Date: 10/1/19 3:15 pm
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Nature Notes: birds, insects, frogs
Wood Thrush: Have had 1-2 thrushes around my house almost every day since the middle of September.  On Sept. 29, saw 2 Wood Thrushes feeding on Black Gum fruits.

Juvenile Indigo Bunting Oct. 1: Feeding on Japanese Stiltgrass seeds.  Although my hubby works diligently every year to pull out stiltgrass plants, it's impossible to find them all, especially in my flower gardens, which is where the bunting located those seeds this morning.

Common Yellowthroat Oct. 1: Poking among my flowers (now mostly going to seed), it found a large green caterpillar on a goldenrod. The day before a yellowthroat got a similarly sized caterpillar off Tatarian Honeysuckle.

Ocola Skipper Sept. 29: A new yard-butterfly species! Feeding at my Lantana and Black Knapweed plants.

FOS Carolina Mantid Sept. 26: Right on time for me to see one on my house where I can enjoy its company!  These insects spend the summer up high in my oak trees, and come down to house level in the fall.

Hummer here just now (6 PM) Oct. 1: Fed at a pink Weigela blossom that is out of season.

A few nature observations:  Peepers have been calling a lot, even though it's been much hotter than the usual temps I associate with their calling.  It seems that quite a few species are changing their behavior patterns in puzzling ways, and I don't know what to make of it.  I do know that the hot temps of the past month have kept my male Green Frogs' mating coloration from changing--instead of becoming a dark brown for blending into the silt at the bottom of my ponds for the winter, they are still green with bright-yellow throats.  Sadly, the Gray Treefrogs never had much of a mating season, undoubtedly because their numbers are down from previous years due to weather that didn't help them to breed.


Sincerely,Marlene
   

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Date: 10/1/19 5:47 am
From: David White via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] 1st White-throat, Cville
This morning, the first White-throated Sparrow of the season showed up at my yard in downtown Charlottesville. Yesterday, the last (so far) Ruby-throated Hummingbird of the season was touching base with bedraggled zinnias in the back garden.

Sent from my iPhone
David I. White, Jr.
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Date: 9/30/19 7:56 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (30 Sep 2019) 627 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 30, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 157 3135 3158
Bald Eagle 9 244 246
Northern Harrier 8 218 218
Sharp-shinned Hawk 123 1629 1629
Cooper's Hawk 64 558 559
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 3
Broad-winged Hawk 14 403 405
Red-tailed Hawk 1 82 84
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 89 2394 2397
Merlin 121 1267 1267
Peregrine Falcon 40 321 321
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 1 11 11
Unknown Raptor 0 4 5
Mississippi Kite 0 3 3

Total: 627 10272 10306
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 17:30:00
Total observation time: 11.5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Betsy Foster, Bob Anderson, Chris Foster, Hal Wierenga,
Harry Armistead, Joe Beatty, Kevin McGann, Lynn Davidson,
Megan Murante, Rose Leong, Thuy Tran, Wes Hetrick

Weather:
Light to moderate winds were mainly from the east northeast, with partly
cloudy skies and temperatures in the seventies.

Raptor Observations:
There was a pretty good flight, with an especially nice movement of Merlins
late in the day.

Non-raptor Observations:
Highlights included:

7 Great Blue Herons
5 Northern Pintail
1 Baltimore Oriole
1 Eastern Kingbird
1 Northern Waterthrush
1 Solitary Sandpiper
1 White Ibis
========================================================================
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-2019


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Date: 9/30/19 6:59 pm
From: Michael Godfrey via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Hudsonian Godwit at Bombay Hook yesterday (9/29/19)
HUDSONIAN GODWIT AT BOMBAY HOOK. It was a blitz of action and a bit hard to
tell who's who in this clip from Bombay Hook NWR, but see if you can
identify the actors. FeatherFlix Friend, Bill Hohenstein, shares this
cosmic encounter with 1) a Hudsonian Godwit and 2) the Peregrine Falcon
that picked it out of hundreds of shorebirds for a sustained chase,
unsuccessful, glad to report. It’s all in the FeatherFlix free birding app
@ www.featherflix.com , plus more footage of HUGO feeding behavior and
identification features from Bill's encounter yesterday (9/29/19). An
uncommon find by a skilled and determined VA birder.
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Date: 9/30/19 2:28 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] HUGE Warbler flock
100+ warblers - 12 warbler species; Philadelphia Vireo; Blue Ridge Parkway;
9/30/19. Report and photos:



http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_09_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: 9/30/19 1:35 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Mendota Fire Tower (30 Sep 2019) 9 Raptors
Mendota Fire Tower
Mendota, VA, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 30, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 7 7
Bald Eagle 1 21 21
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 18 18
Cooper's Hawk 0 5 5
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 7 4993 4993
Red-tailed Hawk 0 5 5
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 0 1 1
Merlin 0 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 3
Unknown Accipiter 1 5 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 1

Total: 9 5067 5067
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 11:15:00
Total observation time: 3.25 hours

Official Counter: Ron Harrington

Observers:

Visitors:
None.


Weather:
The day started off mostly sunny with a moderate breeze out of the S/SW
estimated at 10-15 mph, temperature 70. It was mostly sunny early but
clouds built as the morning progress and it was mostly cloudy when I left,
temperature 82. The wind slacked off until 11:00, then picked up speed
again, changing into the SE. Visibility was good with little haze.

Raptor Observations:
The first Broad-winged hawks came by at 10:34, easily seen with the naked
eyes at about straight overhead. They stayed on the same track on the
east/southeast side of the mountain throughout. All seven broad-winged
hawks and the bald eagle (Immature) were seen during the last 30 minutes of
the 10:00 hour.

Non-raptor Observations:
Saw an unidentified accipiter chasing a Pileated WP through the thick
timber. Apparently the woodpecker got away, but it was making a big fuss.
(If given a chance, Nature can always be interesting and entertaining).

Other birds seen or heard include blue jay, Yellow-shafted N. flicker,
raven, red-bellied WP, turkey and black vultures, and a scarlet tanager.

Had one monarch butterfly.

Predictions:
End of Mendota Fire Tower Hawk Count for this year. Thanks again all the
folks who helped and made it possible to continue. You helped to keep the
tradition alive and gather data that may help conserve and protect our
raptors!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Ronald Eugene Harrington (<roneharrin...>)


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Date: 9/30/19 4:37 am
From: Anita Storino via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] blue jays
I had blue jays visiting regularly for the past... year or so. They have
not been around the past couple of weeks. Do they move around? Thanks.
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Date: 9/30/19 4:31 am
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Sound query.
Hi Stuart,
When writing my notes, I describe one of the sounds a Brown Thrasher makes around my home as a "kissing" sound.  Was the habitat right for this species perhaps?
Sincerely,Marlene
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Date: 9/29/19 6:43 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (29 Sep 2019) 1073 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 29, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 275 2978 3001
Bald Eagle 16 235 237
Northern Harrier 22 210 210
Sharp-shinned Hawk 130 1506 1506
Cooper's Hawk 97 494 495
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 3 3
Broad-winged Hawk 28 389 391
Red-tailed Hawk 8 81 83
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 202 2305 2308
Merlin 167 1146 1146
Peregrine Falcon 125 281 281
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 1 10 10
Unknown Raptor 0 4 5
Mississippi Kite 0 3 3

Total: 1073 9645 9679
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 17:45:00
Total observation time: 11.75 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Brian Taber, Hal Wierenga, Harry Armistead, Joe Beatty,
Kevin McGann, Lynn Davidson, Megan Murante, Rose Leong,
Rudy Cashwell, Wes Hetrick

Weather:
Moderate to strong winds were generally from the east, with mostly sunny
skies and temperatures in the seventies.

Raptor Observations:
There was an excellent flight, with good numbers for a variety of species.
It was a particularly good afternoon for Ospreys. All three falcon species
put in a strong appearance as well.

Non-raptor Observations:
A few highlights included:

27 Great Blue Herons
1 Eastern Phoebe
1 Semipalmated Plover
========================================================================
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-2019


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Date: 9/29/19 4:39 pm
From: Elisa Enders via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Second Northern Wheatear
The northern wheatear continued today at the same reported location. Nick and I saw it at about 2pm today.

Elisa Flanders
Portsmouth, VA


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From: Heidi Krofft via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Date: 9/28/19 11:49 (GMT-05:00)
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Second Northern Wheatear

While on the Kiptopeke Challenge, we are currently viewing a Norther Wheatear on Seaside Road just south of Machipongo Dr. He is perching cooperatively on orchard crates marked Quail Cove on the west side of the road.
Best birds,
Team Amazing Diving Mallards & Duckling
Paul and Heidi Nasca

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Date: 9/29/19 4:24 pm
From: Gerco H via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] heads-up for Philadelphia Vireos
Several folks saw one in Algonkian Regional Park yesterday (with photos) and I believe also today.

Also At Algonkian yesterday, a marsh wren. This was seen at the end of the trail going downstream from the boat ramp. It was hanging out in the root ball of a few fallen trees.

Gerco
Leesburg VA

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Sent: Sunday, September 29, 2019 6:57 PM
To: Ed Wallace <mottledduck...>
Cc: <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] heads-up for Philadelphia Vireos

There was one reported with a photo yesterday at the Old Isaac Walton League Park in Leesburg.
Joe Coleman

Sent from my iPad

> On Sep 29, 2019, at 6:47 PM, Ed Wallace via VA-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> I had one this morning at Algonquin Regional Park in a flock of warblers and vireos. I missed while birding but found it while going through a photo I took of the tree with the warblers!
>
> Would have posted to eBird but have had problems with the server.
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> on behalf of Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
> Sent: Sunday, September 29, 2019 6:16:41 PM
> To: <va-bird...> <va-bird...>
> Subject: [VA-bird] heads-up for Philadelphia Vireos
>
> The eBird rare bird alert today for Maryland listed reports of Philadelphia Vireos in 9 (nine) different Maryland counties.
> Based on that I would expect the next few days to be a good time to look for them in Virginia.
> Good birding --
> Steve Johnson
> Fairfax, Virginia
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Date: 9/29/19 4:06 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (29 Sep 2019) 723 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 29, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 13 158 178
Bald Eagle 7 112 128
Northern Harrier 0 11 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 34 371 373
Cooper's Hawk 4 56 65
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 5 6
Broad-winged Hawk 647 25802 25932
Red-tailed Hawk 4 63 77
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 5 83 86
Merlin 1 15 15
Peregrine Falcon 5 18 18
Unknown Accipiter 0 6 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 2
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 3 9 10
Mississippi Kite 0 3 7

Total: 723 26715 26918
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:45:00
Observation end time: 15:45:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Brenda Tekin

Observers: Rose Thomas

Visitors:
John ad Lila Porterfield, Mark Kosiewski of Chapel Hill, NC; Pat Doughterty
and Alex Struminger, Susi Meddis


Weather:
Arrived by 7:45 EST and it was already warming up. No clouds, not even one
wisp or contrail. Nothing but bright blue sky and thick haze and low
ground fog to the east and west. Nice WNW wind so if there were any birds,
they would be flying! Humidity was up there at 96% that gradually
diminished throughout the day to 44% with increasing cloud cover. Zero
clouds for first 5 hours, then 5%, 10% and to at least 50% at top of the 3
o'clock hour (EST) with increasing Dark threatening clouds.

Thunderstorms moving through by 5 pm EST.

Raptor Observations:
Wowie Wow!!!! What a day!! Well worth the probable permanent crooked
neck, sore shoulders and fried eyeballs!!! A HUGE THANK YOU to Rose Thomas
for helping out today! We witnessed an early morning gradual liftoff as
the sun burned off the moisture and humidity levels began to drop. Small
groups lifting up out of trees, coming across low and then they began to
gain altitude as the day moved on. We're talking high up, oftentimes up
in bright blue but by golly we found them. May have missed some but we
also found good numbers, including quite a few kettles ranging from 5-10
birds up to several with close to 50! Bulk of the the birds were between
8:30 - 11 EST, 99 between 12-1 EST and then dropping off. Thankfully with
increasing clouds we were able to find small kettles and streaming birds
later in the day.

Things slowed down by 2:15 EST so Rose packed it up for the day. I was
getting ready to head out at 2:30 so I was tallying the day's counts. Rose
had just pulled out when I looked up and saw a group of 8 BW sailing across
the sky against backdrop of clouds. a single BW flew in about 2 minutes
later. I decided to stick around 15 more minutes. A few more birds flew in
so I said to myself 15 more minutes. Just when I thought the coast was
clear, I was recalculating totals, looked up and there was a kettle of
broad-wings, maybe 2 1/2 to 3 glass fields above the ridge over Rockpile
#2! I was able to photograph that group of 29! Within the next 15
minutes, 1 adult Peregrine at 3:05, a merlin that trailed behind a juvenile
Bald Eagles, divebombing it at 3:10, two adult Bald Eagles flying close
together at 3:20.

I was so pleased with myself for finding the high circling Peregrine but
had no-one to share it with. Rose had been the Peregrine finder of the
day, having spotted the other 4 earlier in the day.

An interesting side note. Our current Broad-wing total for the season
stands at 25,932 which is the 4th highest season count over past 10 years.
The third highest season Broad-wing count is 26,257 back in 2006, and only
325 more than our current season total. I'm sure there are more to be
seen. Will it be enough to move up to 3rd place for past 10 years? Stay
tuned.....

Non-raptor Observations:
Too busy counting and searching the sky. There were Monarch Butterflies
and Chimney Swift trickling through throughout the day.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brenda Tekin (<brenda...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 9/29/19 3:57 pm
From: Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] heads-up for Philadelphia Vireos
There was one reported with a photo yesterday at the Old Isaac Walton League Park in Leesburg.
Joe Coleman

Sent from my iPad

> On Sep 29, 2019, at 6:47 PM, Ed Wallace via VA-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> I had one this morning at Algonquin Regional Park in a flock of warblers and vireos. I missed while birding but found it while going through a photo I took of the tree with the warblers!
>
> Would have posted to eBird but have had problems with the server.
>
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> ________________________________
> From: VA-bird <va-bird-bounces+mottledduck=<hotmail.com...> on behalf of Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
> Sent: Sunday, September 29, 2019 6:16:41 PM
> To: <va-bird...> <va-bird...>
> Subject: [VA-bird] heads-up for Philadelphia Vireos
>
> The eBird rare bird alert today for Maryland listed reports of Philadelphia Vireos in 9 (nine) different Maryland counties.
> Based on that I would expect the next few days to be a good time to look for them in Virginia.
> Good birding --
> Steve Johnson
> Fairfax, Virginia
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Date: 9/29/19 3:49 pm
From: Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Birding in Richmond Area
I spent a little time in Charles City, Goochland and Powhatan Counties today.  Warbler activity was slow with only 6 species observed.  The most interesting observations were a continuing Marsh Wren in Charles City County and a Least Flycatcher in Goochland County (Tucker Park).
http://visitingnature.com/main/fall-2019/

Enjoy each day,
Allen
Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 9/29/19 3:48 pm
From: Ed Wallace via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] heads-up for Philadelphia Vireos
I had one this morning at Algonquin Regional Park in a flock of warblers and vireos. I missed while birding but found it while going through a photo I took of the tree with the warblers!

Would have posted to eBird but have had problems with the server.

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Sent: Sunday, September 29, 2019 6:16:41 PM
To: <va-bird...> <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] heads-up for Philadelphia Vireos

The eBird rare bird alert today for Maryland listed reports of Philadelphia Vireos in 9 (nine) different Maryland counties.
Based on that I would expect the next few days to be a good time to look for them in Virginia.
Good birding --
Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia

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Date: 9/29/19 3:17 pm
From: Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] heads-up for Philadelphia Vireos
The eBird rare bird alert today for Maryland listed reports of Philadelphia Vireos in 9 (nine) different Maryland counties.
Based on that I would expect the next few days to be a good time to look for them in Virginia.
Good birding --
Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia

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Date: 9/29/19 1:09 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Warblers!
Blue Ridge Parkway/Route 610, VA; 9/29/19; 9 warbler species (some with
interesting plumages); Blue-headed and Philadelphia Vireos. Report and
photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_09_29.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_09_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: 9/29/19 12:16 pm
From: krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 09/29/2019 (Fairfax County
We had warblers; we had raptors; we even had a thrasher. Oh, and let's not not forget at least 80 robins! Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified approximately 46 species and included 9 participants.
The walk meets in the main parking lot of Great Falls Park at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, rain or shine; it does not take place, though, during electrical storms, heavy snows, or when the trails are icy. All those with an interest in the natural world - beginning and experienced birders alike - please join us.
Canada Goose 53
Wood Duck 2
Mallard 20
Common Merganser 2 Routinely observed in this location during the summer months.
Mourning Dove 4
Yellow-billed/Black-billed Cuckoo 1 Heard. Probable Black-billed due to characteristics of call.
Chimney Swift 32
Double-crested Cormorant 36
Great Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 1
Black Vulture 9
Turkey Vulture 14
Osprey 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 1 Adult, observed riding the thermals over the upper parking lot in the late morning.
Red-shouldered Hawk 3
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Barred Owl 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 10
Downy Woodpecker 13
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 5
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Eastern Phoebe 3
Red-eyed Vireo 6
Blue Jay 42
American Crow 2
Fish Crow 40
Carolina Chickadee 18
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 7
European Starling 4
Gray Catbird 1
Brown Thrasher  1
Eastern Bluebird 3
American Robin 80
Cedar Waxwing 14
American Goldfinch 1
Song Sparrow 1
Common Grackle 20
Black-and-white Warbler 3
American Redstart 2
Northern Parula 5
Magnolia Warbler  6
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Northern Cardinal 8

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60209572

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
----- Forwarded Message ----- From: "<ebird-checklist...>" <ebird-checklist...>To: "<krae1010...>" <krae1010...>Sent: Sunday, September 29, 2019, 03:00:58 PM EDTSubject: eBird Report - Great Falls Park, Sep 29, 2019
Great Falls Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Sep 29, 2019 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
46 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  53
Wood Duck  2
Mallard  20
Common Merganser  2    Routinely observed in this location during the summer months.
Mourning Dove  4
Yellow-billed/Black-billed Cuckoo  1    Heard. Probable Black-billed due to characteristics of call.
Chimney Swift  32
Double-crested Cormorant  36
Great Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  1
Black Vulture  9
Turkey Vulture  14
Osprey  1
Cooper's Hawk  1    A regular park resident.
Bald Eagle  1    Adult, observed riding the thermals over the upper parking lot in the late morning.
Red-shouldered Hawk  3
Broad-winged Hawk  1    Immature, roosting in a tree.  No photo available.
Barred Owl  1    Often observed in the park.
Red-bellied Woodpecker  10
Downy Woodpecker  13
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  5
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Eastern Phoebe  3
Red-eyed Vireo  6
Blue Jay  42
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  40
Carolina Chickadee  18
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  7
European Starling  4
Gray Catbird  1
Brown Thrasher  1
Eastern Bluebird  3
American Robin  80
Cedar Waxwing  14
American Goldfinch  1
Song Sparrow  1
Common Grackle  20
Black-and-white Warbler  3
American Redstart  2
Northern Parula  5
Magnolia Warbler  6
Blackburnian Warbler  1    No photo available.
Northern Cardinal  8

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60209572

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Date: 9/29/19 11:01 am
From: Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Dyke Marsh Walk for Sept 29
Eleven people joined me today for the weekly (except during the Christmas
Bird Count season) Sunday Dyke Marsh bird walk, free and open to all. It
was rather quiet today, with little on the river and almost as little on
Haul Road. A small flock of warblers following chickadees near the haul
Road entrance and a late Northern Waterthrush in the south picnic area were
the only highlight. At least the wind kept the mosquitos away.



Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax, Virginia, US Sep 29, 2019 8:06 AM -
10:59 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

38 species (+1 other taxa)



Canada Goose 23

Mallard 20

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 20

Mourning Dove 10

Chimney Swift 2

Ring-billed Gull 12

Caspian Tern 2

Double-crested Cormorant 13

Great Blue Heron 2

Great Egret 4

Bald Eagle 2

Red-bellied Woodpecker 6

Downy Woodpecker 4

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1

Eastern Wood-Pewee 1

Eastern Phoebe 1

Blue Jay 15

American Crow 2

Fish Crow 10

crow sp. 15

Carolina Chickadee 8

Tufted Titmouse 3

Carolina Wren 9

European Starling 20

Gray Catbird 1

Northern Mockingbird 1

American Robin 120

House Sparrow 1

House Finch 2

American Goldfinch 3

Red-winged Blackbird 50

Common Grackle 2

Northern Waterthrush 1 Large white supercilium. Buffy underparts with
streaking.

Common Yellowthroat 4

Northern Parula 1

Magnolia Warbler 1

Chestnut-sided Warbler 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1

Northern Cardinal 6



View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60206963



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



Larry Cartwright

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Date: 9/29/19 7:04 am
From: Vineeta via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Stilt sandpiper @ Huntley Meadows
It was a wonderful morning to be at Huntley Meadows. Rich, We were probably
there at the same time. There was a gaggle of photographers busy taking
photos of the Sandpipers; also a bald eagle in addition to several GBH and
egrets. And I heard, but did not see a white-breasted nuthatch.
Vineeta in Alexandria
"In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you
lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."
-Gautama Buddha


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wrote:

> One Stilt Sandpiper this morning at Huntley Meadows. Greater Lesser
> yellowlegs, sported sand. , Pec, killdeer
>
> Rich
> Sherman
> Alexandria
>
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Date: 9/29/19 6:31 am
From: Rich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Stilt sandpiper @ Huntley Meadows
One Stilt Sandpiper this morning at Huntley Meadows. Greater Lesser yellowlegs, sported sand. , Pec, killdeer

Rich
Sherman
Alexandria

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Date: 9/29/19 6:22 am
From: Stuart via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Sound query.
Hi all:
Heard a repetitiive kissing sound coming from the edge of the lake.What is it from?
Stuart
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Date: 9/28/19 7:33 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (28 Sep 2019) 9 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 28, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 65 74
Bald Eagle 1 57 72
Northern Harrier 0 9 10
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 58 62
Cooper's Hawk 1 16 20
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 9 10
Broad-winged Hawk 3 5959 5981
Red-tailed Hawk 0 47 62
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 38 38
Merlin 0 5 5
Peregrine Falcon 0 12 12
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 5
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 5 7

Total: 9 6283 6359
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 13:45:00
Total observation time: 3.75 hours

Official Counter: Andrew Newcomb

Observers: Allen & Robin Austin, Kristine & Dana Newcomb

Visitors:
Allen and Robin, my parents, Philip stopped by for a couple minutes as he
was going for a cruise on his motorcycle. A trail club/boy scouts who got
to see the Red Shoulder and also got to see a Broad Wing. A British car
club, a view of them came to ask how the hawks were doing. One man was
talking about how he didnt mind the Red Tails but hates Coopers for they
kill his Pigeons. Bikers and hikers.


Weather:
Temperatures started out at 80°F before rising to 84°F. Smalls winds
headed towards the SE with some gusts within them. Very hazy day-the
diddles weren't very visible, but the sky was very blue. At about 1:15 a
storm started coming over the mountains and after seeing several lightning
strikes, we decided to pack up.

Raptor Observations:
ABE 1:04 PM (12:04). First bird was a Kestrel at 10:25 AM. Not too many
birds, but a good variety made today exciting. Good views of most birds
with the best view I've ever gotten of a Red Shoulder-which was my first RS
of the season. 2 Local Red Tails

Non-raptor Observations:
66 Monarchs, Eastern Towhees, Blue Jay's, Goldfinches, Pileated Woodpecker,
Chimney Swifts, Ruby Throated Hummingbirds, Clouded Sulphur, Red Spotted
Purple, Cabbage Whites, the Red Admirals are still hanging out on the tree
on the trail, the big 3-BVs, TVs, and Ravens.

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


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Date: 9/28/19 6:48 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (28 Sep 2019) 182 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 28, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 51 2703 2726
Bald Eagle 4 219 221
Northern Harrier 5 188 188
Sharp-shinned Hawk 54 1376 1376
Cooper's Hawk 8 397 398
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 0 361 363
Red-tailed Hawk 0 73 75
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 24 2103 2106
Merlin 15 979 979
Peregrine Falcon 20 156 156
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 9 9
Unknown Raptor 1 4 5
Mississippi Kite 0 3 3

Total: 182 8572 8606
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 11 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Harry Armistead, Joe Beatty, Kevin McGann, Megan Murante,
Michael Ferrara, Mike Tove, Rose Leong, Steve Thornhill,
Wes Hetrick

Visitors:
It was great to see many visitors for Outdoor Exploration Day and the
Kiptopeke Challenge today. Thanks to all who stopped by and helped out!


Weather:
Light winds were variable with a southerly component for most of the day.
Skies were overcast in the morning, then mostly clear later on.
Temperatures were in the seventies and eighties.

Raptor Observations:
It was rather slow, although we had a decent peregrine flight.

Non-raptor Observations:
We enjoyed participating in the Kiptopeke Challenge today as the Piping
Platformers. A few highlights from the platform included:

7 Cedar Waxwings
1 Caspian Tern
1 Solitary Sandpiper
1 Wilson's Snipe
========================================================================
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-2019


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Date: 9/28/19 6:11 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Mendota Fire Tower (28 Sep 2019) 62 Raptors
Mendota Fire Tower
Mendota, VA, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 28, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 7 7
Bald Eagle 1 20 20
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 18 18
Cooper's Hawk 0 5 5
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 61 4986 4986
Red-tailed Hawk 0 5 5
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 0 1 1
Merlin 0 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 3
Unknown Accipiter 0 4 4
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 1

Total: 62 5058 5058
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 11:30:00
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter: Jeremy Keller

Observers:

Visitors:
Curtis and Dalton Rhiner


Weather:
It was another hot day with partly cloudy skies with temperature ranging
from the low 70s to the mid 80s. As the morning progressed the clouds
disappeared and the temperature rose steadily. Hazy conditions but
relatively good visibility.


Raptor Observations:
A black vulture was seen at 9:01. The first broad-winged hawk came about
around 9:32 and was below eye level. Then, as usual. they got higher and
higher and were flying overhead by 10:30.
Hourly Count:
8:30-9:00: None
9:00-10:00: 9 BWH
10:00-11:00: 32 BWH and 1 immature bald eagle.
11:00-11:30: 20 BWH

Non-raptor Observations:
None except the lone black vulture and 2 monarch butterflies

Predictions:
Weather about the same. Chance of a thunderstorm. Based on this report,
there may still be some broad-winged hawks moving through. If anyone visits
the site, contact Ron Harrington with your findings (<roneharrin...>)
========================================================================
Report submitted by Ronald Eugene Harrington (<roneharrin...>)


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Date: 9/28/19 4:12 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (28 Sep 2019) 159 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 28, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 145 165
Bald Eagle 2 105 121
Northern Harrier 0 11 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 26 337 339
Cooper's Hawk 0 52 61
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 5 6
Broad-winged Hawk 123 25155 25285
Red-tailed Hawk 2 59 73
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 78 81
Merlin 0 14 14
Peregrine Falcon 2 13 13
Unknown Accipiter 0 6 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 2
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 6 7
Mississippi Kite 0 3 7

Total: 159 25992 26195
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:15:00
Total observation time: 6.25 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers: Dave Hunter

Visitors:
John Tindell, Ray Eavey, Cheryl and John O'Neil, Charlotte Gilmer, Tyler
Terpin, among others.


Weather:
Thick fog in Rockfish Valley to the east spilling into the Gap for first
hour of the count. Once the fog cleared, mostly cloudy skies appeared, then
partly cloudy mid-day, then dark, heavy storm clouds moved in from the west
after 1pm. Thunder and rain out to our west from 1:30-2:15, then it started
to rain on us at 2:15pm. Warm 21.7-28.6C. Light S breezes. Visibility was
somewhat poor due to heavy haze.

Raptor Observations:
Two Peregrine Falcons (both adults, giving great looks to everyone's joy!),
and two 1st-YR Bald Eagles. Groups of Broad-wings kettling in the distance
and then streaming south overhead. Five separate kettles of 12, 12, 10, 11,
and 15 birds. A big thanks to Dave for spotting birds and kettles way up in
the blue! Final bird of the day was a fast-moving Kestrel zooming by at
2:15pm to escape the thunder and rain!

Non-raptor Observations:
Lots of Dragonflies moving south today, and lots of Monarchs as well (130
counted). Lots of migrating passerines early including 142 Chimney Swift, 6
Red-headed Woodpecker, 2 Red-eyed Vireo, 75 Blue-Jay, 84 Tree Swallow, 2
Swainson's Thrush, 1 Ovenbird, 2 Hooded Warbler, 2 American Redstart, 1
female Black-throated Blue Warbler, 1 Northern Parula, 2 Magnolia Warbler,
2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak, 3 Indigo Bunting.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 9/28/19 3:13 pm
From: Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Dyke Marsh Birders
As part of the Kiptopeke Challenge, Ed Eder. Larry Cartwright , Deapesh Misra and I birded Dyke Marsh today. To mark their 25th anniversary,  the CVWO, expanded the KC to include anywhere on the Coastal Plain of Virginia which includes Dyke Marsh in Fairfax County. It was high tide and a bit of a gray day, so conditions were not perfect, but we managed to tally 41 bird species in the three hours that we were out. Highlights included six warbler species: Common Yellowthroat, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, Black and White, American Redstart and Northern Parula. We also found Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Wood Ducks and a vocalizing Marsh Wren which was at the end of the boardwalk on Haul Road.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60180973
Larry MeadeMerrifield, VA
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Date: 9/28/19 2:59 pm
From: Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] [va-bird] Royal Lake Park, Fairfax Co. - Little Blue Heron, Winter Wren
Birded Royal Lake Park today before and after a trip to the Burke Farmer's Market. Highlights were a Little Blue Heron along the eastern shore of the east arm of the lake, near the dam, and a Winter Wren in the trees/bushes along the edge of the lake near the parking lot on the east arm of the lake. Saw 5 species of warbler between the two trips; 30 species of birds.

Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA

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Date: 9/28/19 2:24 pm
From: Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Birds at Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, northwestern Lo Co
Seventeen people enjoyed a beautiful morning at the Blue Ridge Center for
Environmental Stewardship in northwestern Loudoun County on today's regular
(every 4th Saturday except December) bird walk. The temperature, ranging
from the upper 50's at the beginning of the walk rose to about 80 when we
were tallying at the Education Center. Several mixed flocks of migrants were
the highlights of the three mile walk which forded Piney Run in two
different locations. Jane Yocom and Donna Quinn led the walk with a lot of
assistance from the several good birders on the walk who helped find and
identify 40 species of birds including White-eyed Vireos, a Yellow-throated
Vireo, three different groups of Cedar Waxwings eating grape berries,
Black-and-white Warblers, Nashville Warbler, Magnolia Warblers, Pine
Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, a Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and more. The complete
list can be seen at:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60175470



The Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy schedules three regular bird walks most
months, one at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship on the
4th Saturday of the month, one at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve on the
second Saturday of the month, and one at Bles Park on the third Sunday of
the month. Everyone is welcome at these walks.



For more information on the Blue Ridge Center see
<http://www.blueridgecenter.org> http://www.blueridgecenter.org; for Banshee
Reeks see <https://bansheereeksnp.org/> https://bansheereeksnp.org/ . The
Blue Ridge Center will become a state park in the future.



Information on the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and its many activities can
be found at <http://www.loudounwildlife.org> www.loudounwildlife.org.



Joe Coleman for the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy



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Date: 9/28/19 12:28 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Lincoln's Sparrow
Old Trail; Crozet, VA; 9/28/19. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_09_28.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_09_28.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: 9/28/19 8:49 am
From: Heidi Krofft via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Second Northern Wheatear
While on the Kiptopeke Challenge, we are currently viewing a Norther Wheatear on Seaside Road just south of Machipongo Dr. He is perching cooperatively on orchard crates marked Quail Cove on the west side of the road.
Best birds,
Team Amazing Diving Mallards & Duckling
Paul and Heidi Nasca

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Date: 9/28/19 1:05 am
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (26 Sep 2019) 9 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 26, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 63 72
Bald Eagle 0 55 70
Northern Harrier 0 9 10
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 54 58
Cooper's Hawk 0 14 18
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 8 9
Broad-winged Hawk 7 5935 5957
Red-tailed Hawk 1 46 61
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 37 37
Merlin 0 4 4
Peregrine Falcon 0 9 9
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 5
Unknown Buteo 1 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 4 6

Total: 9 6241 6317
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Joyce Holt

Observers: Bill James, Darryl Martin, Phillip Ferguson

Visitors:
Luke and Bobbie Huybrechts of Hardy, VA; Ranger Victoria


Weather:


Raptor Observations:
First bird at 10:51 DST

Non-raptor Observations:
Dragonflies, Monarch butterflies (approx. one every five minutes)
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joyce Holt (<blueskyjoyce...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 9/27/19 8:51 pm
From: barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Chincoteague, sick ibis, and more
It seemed like an egret convention at Chincoteague Thursday.  Besides great egrets and snowy egrets, I also saw oystercatchers, gobs of white ibises huddled around the wild ponies & more.  My pix (temporarily) here:  https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/p5f0s0     But one disconcerting sighting: a juvenile white ibis that had what appeared to be an injured foot with a big lesion on it.  I shot several photos. The bird seemed okay otherwise.  Managed to walk, fish, fly, etc. Mentioning it in the off chance it's related to the pythiosis or "swamp cancer" that killed some ponies in case any readers are experts on the subject.  
- Barb, Fairfax
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Date: 9/27/19 6:00 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (27 Sep 2019) 506 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 27, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 66 2652 2675
Bald Eagle 6 215 217
Northern Harrier 11 183 183
Sharp-shinned Hawk 129 1322 1322
Cooper's Hawk 76 389 390
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 18 361 363
Red-tailed Hawk 8 73 75
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 109 2079 2082
Merlin 41 964 964
Peregrine Falcon 42 136 136
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 9 9
Unknown Raptor 0 3 4
Mississippi Kite 0 3 3

Total: 506 8390 8424
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 11 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel, Bob Anderson

Observers: Bob Anderson, Brian Taber, Harry Armistead, Joe Beatty,
Megan Murante, Steve Thornhill, Thuy Tran

Weather:
Moderate winds were generally from the east, with partly cloudy skies and
temperatures in the seventies.

Raptor Observations:
There was a nice flight today, and peregrine numbers are beginning to
increase.

Non-raptor Observations:
Tree Swallow numbers have been on the rise. We had a nice view of a
Pileated Woodpecker this morning.
========================================================================
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-2019


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Date: 9/27/19 5:34 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (27 Sep 2019) 34 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 27, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 64 73
Bald Eagle 2 57 72
Northern Harrier 0 9 10
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 58 62
Cooper's Hawk 1 15 19
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 8 9
Broad-winged Hawk 21 5949 5971
Red-tailed Hawk 1 46 61
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 37 37
Merlin 1 5 5
Peregrine Falcon 3 12 12
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 4 6

Total: 34 6266 6342
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:45:00
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter: Mitch Mitchell

Observers: David Kirk, King Irvin, Kristine & Dana Newcomb,
Mike Crowder

Visitors:
Lots of help today. Thanks to Pete, Garland Kitts, Don Aldridge, Matt
Hosmer, Bob Epperson, Bond Jerry Bond, Phillip Ferguson, Roger Baroody,
Dave Brunstetter, the couple from Smith Mt. Lake whose names I failed to
get, Al and Debbie McPherson and to Lourdes Page (and husband whose name I
also failed to note). Lourdes spotted 2 sharp shinned which turned out to
be the final birds of the day.


Weather:
72 F at the start of watch climbing to mid 80s. Sunny with cloud cover
increasing throughout the day to about 75%. Winds were light and variable
on the western side but fairly strong and consistent on the east side.

Raptor Observations:
Most birds were spotted over the knob or to the eastern side. First bird
was a broadwing at 9:10 followed shortly by a peregrine falcon five minutes
later. Immature bald eagles at 12:33 and 1:30.

Non-raptor Observations:
Although no formal count was taken there were many monarchs observed. I'm
curious if dragon flies change into stink bugs as the dragonfly population
seems to have thinned but the stink bugs are out now in full force. This
year's version smells no better than previous years.

Predictions:
More of the same weather wise and, probably, count wise but to quote Andy
Dufresne "hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things"!
========================================================================
Report submitted by stan Mitchell (<mitchmitchell77...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 9/27/19 4:26 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (27 Sep 2019) 72 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 27, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 143 163
Bald Eagle 0 103 119
Northern Harrier 0 11 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 11 311 313
Cooper's Hawk 3 52 61
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 4 5
Broad-winged Hawk 50 25032 25162
Red-tailed Hawk 0 57 71
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 77 80
Merlin 2 14 14
Peregrine Falcon 2 11 11
Unknown Accipiter 0 6 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 2
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 6 7
Mississippi Kite 0 3 7

Total: 72 25833 26036
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:45:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7.25 hours

Official Counter: Brenda Tekin

Observers: Dave Hunter

Visitors:
George Scarborough, Mary Elfner of Richmond Audubon, Ken Meyers and Chris
Quay who stopped overnight on their way home in PA to visit the hawk watch
this morning and were rewarded with the low Broad-Winged and Peregrine.
Drew Chaney and John and Lila Porterfield


Weather:
A lovely early fall day, with lots of sunshine with mostly cloudy sky but
the good white high ceiling ones, along with jet contrails, providing nice
backdrop against the bright blue making it easier to spot the high
sailers!

Wind light from SE to SSE throughout the day.

Raptor Observations:
Just as counter stepped out onto the pavement upon arrival by 7:45 EST, a
LOW Osprey came up the slope and flew across the parking lot.

Was hoping for a few more birds but overall not too bad. Even had small
groups of Broad-wing, several 5 to 8 at a time, including a group of 5
kettling high overhead with the day's 2nd osprey. It was also another
3-falcon day with two of each, including one "kestrel" that morphed into
the first Merlin of the day. Thanks to Drew Chaney who was quick on the
draw with his camera to capture and confirm ID! Folks visiting in the
morning got to see a slow sailing fairly close Peregrine and a Broad-winged
Hawk. A second Peregrine came in slow, sailing along later in the day for
the next wave of visitors.

Bird #26,000 for the season was a Sharp-shinned at 12:44 EST.


Non-raptor Observations:
Northern Flickers (26) Quite a few were seen lifting off from the trees to
the north but turning back and not included in the day's tally. Chimney
Swift(13), Blue Jay (16), Pileated Woodpecker (1), Monarch Butterfly (45)
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brenda Tekin (<brenda...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 9/27/19 10:48 am
From: Jody Vaccaro Lewis via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] American Avocets--Loudoun Co.
The 11 AMERICAN AVOCETS found this morning by Bryan Henson at Algonkian
Regional Park (Loudoun County) are still present as of 1pm. Follow the
trail east of the boat ramp to the point. The birds are in a flock in the
water slightly west of the sandbar.

P. Lewis
Loudoun, VA
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Date: 9/27/19 8:27 am
From: David White via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] C’ville Passerines
In the space of about 30 minutes yesterday late afternoon I had visits from an American Redstart, a Red-eyed Vireo and a Common Yellowthroat, all visiting my bird bath with the Rube Goldberg drip here in downtown Charlottesville. This morning, upon returning from an early visit to Riverview Park (heard a White-eyed Vireo there), I was treated to a pair of Red-eyed Vireos, the Redstart, and a Magnolia Warbler, same venue.

Sure am glad the rocking chair is comfortable.

Sent from my iPhone
David I. White, Jr.
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Date: 9/26/19 5:07 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (26 Sep 2019) 320 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 26, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 88 2586 2609
Bald Eagle 4 209 211
Northern Harrier 8 172 172
Sharp-shinned Hawk 90 1193 1193
Cooper's Hawk 6 313 314
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 2 343 345
Red-tailed Hawk 0 65 67
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 74 1970 1973
Merlin 26 923 923
Peregrine Falcon 22 94 94
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 9 9
Unknown Raptor 0 3 4
Mississippi Kite 0 3 3

Total: 320 7884 7918
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 11 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Harry Armistead, Joe Beatty, Megan Murante, Michael Ferrara,
Rose Leong, Wes Hetrick

Weather:
Light winds were mainly from the southwest, with mostly clear skies and hot
temperatures in the seventies to mid eighties.

Raptor Observations:
It was relatively slow, but there was a nice burst of peregrines in the
late afternoon.

Non-raptor Observations:
Observations included:

323 northbound Northern Flickers
11 Killdeer
1 American Bittern
1 Caspian Tern
========================================================================
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-2019


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Date: 9/26/19 4:16 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Candler Mountain (26 Sep 2019) 10 Raptors
Candler Mountain
Lynchburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 26, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 15 15
Bald Eagle 0 8 8
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 13 13
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 6 563 563
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 2 2
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 1
Mississippi Kite 0 1 1

Total: 10 604 604
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 12:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 3.5 hours

Official Counter: Gene Sattler

Observers: Bethany Shull, Wes Carr

Weather:
60% clouds decreasing to 25% briefly just before overcast moved in with a
brief shower at 3:30 EST. WNW 12-18 mph, upper 80s to 90 degrees.

Raptor Observations:
A steady trickle with broadwings in singles only.

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarchs - 18

Predictions:
Only student coverage for the upcoming three days but I do not report
student collected data for the lookout.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gene Sattler (<edsattle...>)


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Date: 9/26/19 4:13 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (26 Sep 2019) 109 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 26, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 141 161
Bald Eagle 3 103 119
Northern Harrier 0 11 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 34 300 302
Cooper's Hawk 2 49 58
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 4 5
Broad-winged Hawk 55 24982 25112
Red-tailed Hawk 2 57 71
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 9 75 78
Merlin 0 12 12
Peregrine Falcon 2 9 9
Unknown Accipiter 0 6 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 2
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 6 7
Mississippi Kite 0 3 7

Total: 109 25761 25964
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers: Jennifer Jowdy, Rose Thomas

Visitors:
Gigi DelPizzo (from Florida), George Scarborough (Chesapeake, VA), and some
other visitors but names not recorded.


Weather:
Strong W winds all day with 20-28.7C temps. Mostly cloudy with lots of dark
clouds in final hour and a light rain beginning at 3pm. Very clear
visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Today's count took us past 26,000 raptors for the season thus far. Most
birds were showing low over the ridge, fighting the winds, eventually
rising up and then streaming down the SE side of the gap. The birds got a
little higher in afternoon. The bulk of today's flight occurred between
10am-2pm. Two adult Peregrine Falcon and three adult Bald Eagle. One kettle
of 8 Broad-wings formed briefly. The first vulture didn't appear until
10:45am.

Non-raptor Observations:
A hot air balloon lifting off early to the east. Many migrating warblers
crossing through the gap in first hour or two. 17 Monarchs, 184 Chimney
Swift, 1 Barn Swallow, 4 Red-headed Woodpecker, 32 Northern Flicker, 55
Blue Jay, 20 waxwing, 1 Catbird, 1 Cape May Warbler, 2 Black-throated Blue
Warbler, 2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak, 12 Raven.
========================================================================
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: 9/26/19 2:03 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Osprey, Eagle, and Warblers
Crozet, VA; 9/26/19. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_09_26.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_09_26.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
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Date: 9/26/19 11:15 am
From: Matt Anthony via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] NORTHERN WHEATEAR -- Kiptopeke SP (Northampton SP)
Hi everyone,

A Northern Wheatear was found this morning at Kiptopeke SP by Kathy
Spencer. The bird has been hanging out on the rock jetty at the Kiptopeke
boat ramp. It was still being seen when I left about 20 minutes ago. This
is the first record in Virginia since 1995.

Matt Anthony
Cape Charles, VA
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Date: 9/26/19 9:16 am
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] western Albemarle: hummer, Wood Thrush, Barred Owl, vireo, warblers, etc.
Hummer here this morning.  Also a Wood Thrush that's been chattering a lot on and off around the yard since 6:42 AM. A Barred Owl could just be heard over the crickets at 7:09 AM.  This local bird never says "Who cooks for you-all?"  It just repeats "Who cooks for you" over and over.  There may have been a second owl responding, but the crickets were too loud and the owls too distant to know for sure.
A male American Redstart, a Black-and-white Warbler, a Black-throated Green, a Blue-headed Vireo, and a  Yellow-billed Cuckoo were here shortly before 11:30 AM.

Sincerely,Marlene
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Date: 9/26/19 6:07 am
From: Walter Hadlock via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Hummingbird
Good morning,

Just when we think the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have moved on, one has been visiting our flowers and feeder for the past several days including this morning.

An American Redstart was flitting around the yard too.

Good birding to all,
Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon, VA (Fairfax County)
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Date: 9/26/19 3:14 am
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (25 Sep 2019) 17 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 25, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 139 159
Bald Eagle 1 100 116
Northern Harrier 1 11 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 266 268
Cooper's Hawk 0 47 56
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 4 5
Broad-winged Hawk 7 24927 25057
Red-tailed Hawk 2 55 69
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 66 69
Merlin 1 12 12
Peregrine Falcon 1 7 7
Unknown Accipiter 0 6 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 2
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 1 6 7
Mississippi Kite 0 3 7

Total: 17 25652 25855
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:15:00
Observation end time: 12:30:00
Total observation time: 5.25 hours

Official Counter: Baxter Beamer

Observers:

Visitors:
Conor Farrell, Janet Paisley, George Scarrborough, Kim Sykes, David ?, John
?, Walt and Jill Auburn, David and Susan ?.


Weather:
Light breezes beginning NW and shifting to SSW. 14-23.8C temps. 20% cloud
cover early reducing to cloudless by 11am.

Raptor Observations:
A morning push of an immature Merlin (7:38am), an adult Peregrine (8:25am),
a Harrier (9:53am), and an adult Bald Eagle (10:24am), as well as some
other migrants all dissipated once the winds shifted and clouds
disappeared.

Non-raptor Observations:
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
========================================================================
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: 9/26/19 3:07 am
From: nicholas via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] warblers, etc., Prince William & Stafford Co.'s, 9/25/19
Really enjoyed observing several diverse and cooperative mixed migrant flocks in Prince William Forest Park yesterday AM, covering Scenic Rd. from Parking Lot E to Burma Rd., Burma Rd. to Quantico Cr., and then approx. 0.7 mi. w. along the north creek shoreline; warblers & other migrants from Prince William Forest Park are below. On my way south I stopped briefly at the intersection of Raven Rd. and Accoceek Cr. just south of Brooke Rd. near Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve in Stafford Co. and found 1 Canada Warbler + 1 Gray Catbird.

Warblers:
Pine -- 4
Palm -- 5
Black-throated Green -- 6
Black-and-white -- 6
Chestnut-sided -- 3
Magnolia -- 6
Blackpoll -- 3
Bay-breasted -- 3
Blackburnian -- 4
Tennessee -- 5
American Redstart -- 2
Common Yellowthroat -- 4
Black-throated Blue -- 4
Connecticut -- 1
Hooded -- 1

Other birds of note:
Eastern Phoebe -- 2
Red-eyed Vireo -- 2
Wood Thrush -- 4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak -- 3
House Wren -- 1
Chimney Swift -- 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo -- 1
Swainson's Thrush -- 1
Yellow-throated Vireo -- 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee -- 1
Gray Catbird -- 1

Nick Flanders
Portsmouth, VA
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Date: 9/25/19 7:28 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (25 Sep 2019) 436 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 25, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 51 2498 2521
Bald Eagle 14 205 207
Northern Harrier 6 164 164
Sharp-shinned Hawk 75 1103 1103
Cooper's Hawk 32 307 308
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 38 341 343
Red-tailed Hawk 4 65 67
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 142 1896 1899
Merlin 64 897 897
Peregrine Falcon 6 72 72
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 1 9 9
Unknown Raptor 2 3 4
Mississippi Kite 0 3 3

Total: 436 7564 7598
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Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 17:45:00
Total observation time: 11.75 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Joe Beatty, Kevin McGann, Megan Murante, Michael Ferrara

Weather:
Winds were light and variable, often from the northwest. Skies were clear,
with temperatures in the seventies.

Raptor Observations:
There was a decent flight, with a good number of Bald Eagles of various
ages. The first red-shoulder of the season passed by quite close to the
platform.

Non-raptor Observations:
The flickers are here! A total of 1,011 Northern Flickers were counted,
mainly in the early morning. A massive northbound flight of warblers was
occurring on the east side, but most of them were too far away to identify
from the hawkwatch platform. Other observations included:

19 Cedar Waxwings
10 Red-headed Woodpeckers
5 Snowy Egrets
4 Gray Catbirds (3 of which were putzing around by the birdbath)
3 Eastern Kingbirds
3 Great Blue Herons
2 Black-and-white Warblers
2 Brown Thrashers
2 Wood Ducks
1 Eastern Phoebe
1 Great Egret
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 House Finch
1 Traill's Flycatcher

1 Red Fox
========================================================================
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-2019


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Date: 9/25/19 7:21 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Mendota Fire Tower (25 Sep 2019) 72 Raptors
Mendota Fire Tower
Mendota, VA, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 25, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 7 7
Bald Eagle 0 19 19
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 18 18
Cooper's Hawk 0 5 5
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 68 4925 4925
Red-tailed Hawk 0 5 5
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 0 1 1
Merlin 0 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 3
Unknown Accipiter 0 4 4
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 1

Total: 72 4996 4996
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Larry McDaniel

Observers: Brent Harris, David Clemens, Dianna Clemens, Harold Willis

Visitors:
Visitors: Cub Scout group 166 - Brenden Shadrick, Colton Fletcher, Kylie
Fletcher, Kyrie Brandon, Rylan Madden, Nehemiah West, Tristan Vicars.
Adults - April Addington, Ricky Addington, Jen Shadrick, Ruby Dickenson,
Rocky West, Susan Greene, Christpher Brandon

Eugene Harris and Chuck Willis from Kingsport helped as observers


Weather:
It was a mostly clear day with a high sky by noon. The temperature was 56 F
at the start of the day then steadily rose to 80 F in the afternoon. Wind
was from the East at 10 mph, then was variable with wind up to 15 mph then
dropping off in the afternoon coming from the South at 5 mph.

Raptor Observations:
The day began with two Broad-winged hawks passing the tower at 8:17.
Hourly: 8-9 BW 10, 9-10 BW 20, 10-11 BW 7, 11-12 BW 3, 12-1 BW 8, SS 2, 1-2
BW 8, 2-3 BW 1, 3-4 BW 5, OS 1, 4-5 BW 6, OS 1

The usual early hawks at or below eye level to the east. Got higher until
probably out of sight by afternoon. Then started to come back down last two
hours. The scout group got to see a low kettle of 6 broad-wings and an
Osprey.


Non-raptor Observations:
Other birds: 1 grouse on Pinnacle Rd., Blue-headed Vireo, ravens and
red-tails. Monarchs 8

Predictions:
50% chance of rain with highs in the upper seventies. No one is scheduled
to be at the tower as compiler. If you go contact Ron Harrington
(<roneharrin...>) with results.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Ronald Eugene Harrington (<roneharrin...>)


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Date: 9/25/19 6:46 pm
From: m b via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Thanks hawk question; no sighting
Thanks to everyone who so kindly answer my question about just dropping in a hawk watch. And for those people who suggested that the Cape May hawkwatch might even be more productive then the Cape Henlopen one. I think I will take the opportunity to take the Cape May Lewes Ferry and go to both! Maybe even pop in at Bombay hook just to see what shorebirds are hanging around.

Anyway thank you all so much! I very much look forward to my first Hawk Watch thanks to you.

Mb from Nova

sent from my phone so please excuse all typos, gibberish, and horrifying misspellings
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Date: 9/25/19 5:24 pm
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Snake & 8 warbler species
The snake is a young Black Rat Snake.  The eye stripe is diagnostic.  Hog-nosed has an upturned snout.
Sincerely,MarleneIn a message dated 9/25/2019 3:57:01 PM US Eastern Standard Time, <va-bird...> writes:

Blue Ridge Parkway, VA; 9/25/19. Report and photos:


<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_09_25.htm>http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_09_25.htm


______________________________________
Marshall Faintich
Crozet, VA
<marshall...>
www.faintich.net <http://www.faintich.net/>
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Date: 9/25/19 3:13 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (25 Sep 2019) 88 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 25, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 63 72
Bald Eagle 2 55 70
Northern Harrier 0 9 10
Sharp-shinned Hawk 10 54 58
Cooper's Hawk 1 14 18
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 8 9
Broad-winged Hawk 72 5928 5950
Red-tailed Hawk 2 45 60
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 37 37
Merlin 0 4 4
Peregrine Falcon 0 9 9
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 4 6

Total: 88 6232 6308
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:45:00
Total observation time: 6.75 hours

Official Counter: Matt Hosmer

Observers: Bob Epperson, Dale, Don A., Mike Crowder, Phillip Ferguson

Visitors:
Phil, The Bonds, Rodney Davis Hanging Rock Tower representative. Birders
from Indiana, and other environs.


Weather:
Pleasant.

Raptor Observations:
10:12 ABE
10:42 Unaged BE

Non-raptor Observations:
A few hikers, Monarchs 108 +/-. Moderate traffic.

Predictions:
"There's nothing I believe in more strongly than getting young people
interested in science and engineering, for a better tomorrow, for all
humankind." ~Bill Nye
========================================================================
Report submitted by Matthew D Hosmer (<cumberlandmatt1...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 9/25/19 12:56 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Snake & 8 warbler species
Blue Ridge Parkway, VA; 9/25/19. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_09_25.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_09_25.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: 9/25/19 11:59 am
From: napierpa via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Hawk watches
Cape May has a large deck for the hawk watch in Cape May State Park and the public is encouraged to attend.  There are also naturalists there to interpret what is in the air, courtesy of Cape May Bird Observatory.Paul NapierPresident, Cape May Raptor Banding ProjectWww.capemayraptors.org Home:  6358 Crosswoods Dr.Falls Church, VA 22044Cell: <703-507-5214Napierpa...>
-------- Original message --------From: David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...> Date: 9/25/19 2:21 PM (GMT-05:00) To: m b <marlabeth...> Cc: <va-bird...> Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Hawk watches Hi MB, If this is helpful, you can go to and would be welcomed at any HMANA(hmana.org) hawk watch site. You never have to register. Good luck.Dave Gibsonhttps://birdpartner.com/On Wed, Sep 25, 2019 at 1:44 PM m b via VA-bird <va-bird...>wrote:> Does anyone know if you can just visit a hawk watch and sit there and be> quiet and watch if you are not participating or signed up or registered or> something? I'm getting ready to drive from the DC area to New England. And> I'm thinking of just stopping off a couple days in Delaware and going to> the Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch. But I don't know if I'm allowed. And I> emailed someone who posted on the Delaware ABA bird listserv about having> been the  primary  recorder  or Observer, and never got an answer as to> whether or not visitors were allowed. Well I never got an answer at all.> Anyway I figured I'd ask people more experienced then I if one can just pop> in.>> Thanks in advance!>> MB from Nova>> sent from my phone so please excuse all typos, gibberish, and horrifying> misspellings> *** You are subscribed to VA-bird as <20cabot...> If you wish to> unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit> https://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***>*** You are subscribed to VA-bird as <napierpa...> If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit https://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
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Date: 9/25/19 11:22 am
From: David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Hawk watches
Hi MB, If this is helpful, you can go to and would be welcomed at any HMANA
(hmana.org) hawk watch site. You never have to register. Good luck.
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/



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wrote:

> Does anyone know if you can just visit a hawk watch and sit there and be
> quiet and watch if you are not participating or signed up or registered or
> something? I'm getting ready to drive from the DC area to New England. And
> I'm thinking of just stopping off a couple days in Delaware and going to
> the Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch. But I don't know if I'm allowed. And I
> emailed someone who posted on the Delaware ABA bird listserv about having
> been the primary recorder or Observer, and never got an answer as to
> whether or not visitors were allowed. Well I never got an answer at all.
> Anyway I figured I'd ask people more experienced then I if one can just pop
> in.
>
> Thanks in advance!
>
> MB from Nova
>
> sent from my phone so please excuse all typos, gibberish, and horrifying
> misspellings
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Date: 9/25/19 10:44 am
From: m b via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Hawk watches
Does anyone know if you can just visit a hawk watch and sit there and be quiet and watch if you are not participating or signed up or registered or something? I'm getting ready to drive from the DC area to New England. And I'm thinking of just stopping off a couple days in Delaware and going to the Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch. But I don't know if I'm allowed. And I emailed someone who posted on the Delaware ABA bird listserv about having been the primary recorder or Observer, and never got an answer as to whether or not visitors were allowed. Well I never got an answer at all. Anyway I figured I'd ask people more experienced then I if one can just pop in.

Thanks in advance!

MB from Nova

sent from my phone so please excuse all typos, gibberish, and horrifying misspellings
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Date: 9/25/19 7:55 am
From: nicholas via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Connecticut Warbler, Prince William Co., 9/25/19
Lots of migrant activity early in Prince William Forest Park, highlighted by a cooperative Connecticut Warbler flushed from a patch of thick grass on the north side of Quantico Creek adjacent to the floodplain approximately 0.2 mi. west of Burma Rd. Not easy terrain off Burma Rd. though and requires some bush whacking. I will try to post a full report later.

Nick Flanders
Portsmouth, VA
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Date: 9/24/19 8:28 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Mendota Fire Tower (24 Sep 2019) 140 Raptors
Mendota Fire Tower
Mendota, VA, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 24, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 5 5
Bald Eagle 3 19 19
Northern Harrier 1 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 16 16
Cooper's Hawk 1 5 5
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 133 4857 4857
Red-tailed Hawk 0 5 5
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 0 1 1
Merlin 0 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 3
Unknown Accipiter 1 4 4
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 1

Total: 140 4924 4924
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 18:00:00
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter: Ron Harrington

Observers: Jennifer Meade, Marian Finucane, Michelle Sparks

Visitors:
Students from the Twin Springs HS Environmental Science Class: Morgan
Begley, Julio Birchfield, Katlin Castle, Savannah Collins, James Craig,
Amica Dooley, Jacob Dooley, Will Farmer, Gracie Gibson, Reese Gillenwater,
Ryleigh Gillenwater, Ryan Horne, Kaylee Keith, Liliana Medina, Jon Salyer,
Kaylee Apel, Hunter Dean, Erika Hensley, Madison Keith, Haley Robertson,
and Dylan Sanders. Teacher April Addington and Bus Driver Mark Kinkead.

Late in the day April Addington returned with a Scout group and their
familes.


Weather:
Early morning fog and cloud cover gave way to mostly sunny skies by 10:30,
clear skies with only a few vapor trails and wispy clouds to serve as a
backdrop starting during the 11:00 hour. Temperatures ranged from the low
sixties to a high of 70 by 12:00 hour. Fog limited visibility to mile on
the East side to less than a 100 yards otherwise. The wind was from the
North/Northwest at speeds of approximately 8-15 MPH until late in the day
when it became relatively calm.

Raptor Observations:
The first raptor was a Northern Harrier that swooped by low at 9:57.
Crossed through a gap from the East side to the Northwest side at about eye
level. The first Broad-winged hawks started moving through in the 10:00
hour and by 11:00 hour were flying relatively high at the limit of unaided
vision. They were on both sides of the ridge. All three American Bald
Eagles were adults, the the students from Twin Springs HS had good views!

Non-raptor Observations:
Other birds noted were Blue Jays, Hairy WP, Yellow-shafted Flicker, Turkey
and Black Vultures, Chimney Swifts, Dark-eyed Juncos, and Ravens.

Predictions:
The peak of the Broad-winged migration has passed but small groups, along
with other raptor species, may still be passing the tower. Should continue
to have good flying weather.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Ronald Eugene Harrington (<roneharrin...>)


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Date: 9/24/19 6:43 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Unusual(?) Blackburnian
Blue Ridge Parkway, VA; 9/24/19. Report and photos:



http://www.faintich.net/Blog2019/2019_09_24.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: 9/24/19 6:29 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (24 Sep 2019) 40 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 24, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 63 72
Bald Eagle 2 53 68
Northern Harrier 0 9 10
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 44 48
Cooper's Hawk 1 13 17
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 8 9
Broad-winged Hawk 24 5856 5878
Red-tailed Hawk 3 43 58
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 36 36
Merlin 1 4 4
Peregrine Falcon 0 9 9
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 2 4 6

Total: 40 6144 6220
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Bill James

Observers: Darryl & Pam Martin, Dave Brunstetter, Katie James,
Tim & Sue Coleman

Visitors:
Pete S. was up and some picnickers late. Pam!


Weather:
Beautiful day on the mountain, if a bit too blue. Temps 68-74 with NW
winds 3 to 2 to 1, with only a few clouds early. Visibility was a 4
throughout and cloud cover 20% to 5%.

Raptor Observations:
With NW winds we expect more big birds, especially with good NW winds.
Adult Eagles at 11:45 and 1:12 were way out; sole Osprey did come right
overhead. Saw BWs early with the clouds and picked a few in the blue later
in the watch.
ABEs: 11:44, 1:12.

Non-raptor Observations:
Not too busy on the parkway.

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


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Date: 9/24/19 6:11 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (24 Sep 2019) 507 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 24, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 70 2447 2470
Bald Eagle 11 191 193
Northern Harrier 9 158 158
Sharp-shinned Hawk 120 1028 1028
Cooper's Hawk 39 275 276
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 9 303 305
Red-tailed Hawk 3 61 63
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 176 1754 1757
Merlin 59 833 833
Peregrine Falcon 8 66 66
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 3 8 8
Unknown Raptor 0 1 2
Mississippi Kite 0 3 3

Total: 507 7128 7162
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Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 17:45:00
Total observation time: 11.75 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Megan Murante, Michael Ferrara

Weather:
Winds were light and variable, with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in
the seventies.

Raptor Observations:
There was a good flight, with birds flying high for most of the day.
Merlins picked up in the late afternoon towards the evening.

Non-raptor Observations:
13 Bobolinks
5 Wood Ducks
1 Caspian Tern
1 Cedar Waxwing
1 Common Nighthawk
1 Eastern Phoebe (FOS, adorably perched at the edge of the butterfly
garden)
1 Eurasian Collared-Dove
1 Magnolia Warbler
1 Northern Parula
1 Palm Warbler
1 Pileated Woodpecker
========================================================================
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-2019


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Date: 9/24/19 6:02 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Snickers Gap (24 Sep 2019) 10 Raptors
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 24, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 47 48
Bald Eagle 3 55 57
Northern Harrier 0 7 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 193 193
Cooper's Hawk 0 19 19
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 5 5
Broad-winged Hawk 1 9579 9579
Red-tailed Hawk 1 20 20
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 21 21
Merlin 1 8 9
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 3
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 3
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 6 6

Total: 10 9968 9972
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Observation start time: 14:30:00
Observation end time: 15:45:00
Total observation time: 1.25 hours

Official Counter: Doug Graham

Observers:

Weather:
Mostly cloudy with winds from the NW.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Doug Graham (<dgraham1492...>)


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Date: 9/24/19 1:17 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Candler Mountain (23 Sep 2019) 19 Raptors
Candler Mountain
Lynchburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 23, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 14 14
Bald Eagle 3 8 8
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 12 12
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 15 557 557
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 1
Mississippi Kite 0 1 1

Total: 19 594 594
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Gene Sattler

Observers: Wes Carr

Weather:
Increasing extensive cirrus cloud coverage early in the day gave good
visibility. SW-NW increasing in strength from 2-7 mph to up to 12-15 mph
as a cold front approached. Mid to upper 80s.

Raptor Observations:
Broadwings in 1-3s in a trickle.

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarchs - 34

Predictions:
No coverage next two days.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gene Sattler (<edsattle...>)


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Date: 9/24/19 1:00 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (24 Sep 2019) 24 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 24, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 139 159
Bald Eagle 2 99 115
Northern Harrier 0 10 11
Sharp-shinned Hawk 14 264 266
Cooper's Hawk 0 47 56
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 4 5
Broad-winged Hawk 5 24920 25050
Red-tailed Hawk 0 53 67
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 3 65 68
Merlin 0 11 11
Peregrine Falcon 0 6 6
Unknown Accipiter 0 6 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 2
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 5 6
Mississippi Kite 0 3 7

Total: 24 25635 25838
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Observation start time: 07:45:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 5.25 hours

Official Counter: Brenda Tekin

Observers: Dave Hunter, Rose Thomas

Visitors:
A few folks ventured up, hopeful to see birds. Herb Meyers,
Keezletown,WV; Lois McKim, Doug Rogers, John Spahr, George Scarborough,
Randy Cline


Weather:
Arrived by 7:45 EST with bright blue sky, cool 14c and steady 11-13km NW
wind and even stronger gusts. Nice white clouds moved in to the north by
10 am but then back to zero clouds by 12pm. Winds began shifting to more
WNW.

Raptor Observations:
Steady NW winds, chill in the air with advancing cold front but bright blue
skies to start with. Conditions perfect for a decent accipiter flight but
it never materialized. Bulk of birds trickled through between 8:31 to
11:30. Only 3 birds in last two hours. 1st bird: Sharp-shinned at 8:31;
last bird: juv. Bald Eagle at 12:07 EST.

Non-raptor Observations:
Two waves of Tree Swallows (110 and 48) all coming up from the east and
heading west over the gap. Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1), Chimney Swift
(33), Red-headed Woodpecker (2), small numbers of Blue-Jays contemplating
crossing the gap but most dropping down into the trees to the north.
Monarch Butterfly(43)

Predictions:
One day cold front moves out overnight.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brenda Tekin (<brenda...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 9/23/19 7:16 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (23 Sep 2019) 248 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 23, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 35 2377 2400
Bald Eagle 1 180 182
Northern Harrier 2 149 149
Sharp-shinned Hawk 102 908 908
Cooper's Hawk 12 236 237
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 294 296
Red-tailed Hawk 1 58 60
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 79 1578 1581
Merlin 4 774 774
Peregrine Falcon 12 58 58
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 5 5
Unknown Raptor 0 1 2
Mississippi Kite 0 3 3

Total: 248 6621 6655
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Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 10.5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel, Rudy Cashwell

Observers: Joe Beatty, Megan Murante, Michael Ferrara, Rudy Cashwell

Weather:
Winds were light and mostly from the southwest. Skies were mostly sunny,
with temperatures in the seventies to mid eighties.

Raptor Observations:
It was relatively slow, but there were a few nice little bursts of kestrels
and sharpies. We also had a few peregrines.

Non-raptor Observations:
1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
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-2019


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Date: 9/23/19 6:55 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (22 Sep 2019) 440 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 22, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 86 2342 2365
Bald Eagle 2 179 181
Northern Harrier 4 147 147
Sharp-shinned Hawk 148 806 806
Cooper's Hawk 20 224 225
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 2 294 296
Red-tailed Hawk 0 57 59
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 166 1499 1502
Merlin 9 770 770
Peregrine Falcon 3 46 46
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 5 5
Unknown Raptor 0 1 2
Mississippi Kite 0 3 3

Total: 440 6373 6407
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Betsy Foster, Brian Taber, Chris Foster, Joe Beatty,
Megan Murante, Michael Ferrara

Weather:
Winds were light and variable, with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in
the seventies.

Raptor Observations:
There was a decent flight of low-flying birds, which was interesting given
the conditions.

Non-raptor Observations:
4 Eastern Kingbirds
3 Red-headed Woodpeckers
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-2019


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Date: 9/23/19 6:07 pm
From: Meredith Bell via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] VSO Chincoteague field trip September 20-22
Hi VA-Birders,

The weather was magnificent for the VSO field trip to Chincoteague on
September 20-22, and we tallied 122 species (see complete list below). It
was exciting to return after missing last year due to the mandatory
evacuation related to the hurricane. We had many first-timers among the 85
participants, and several people got at least one life bird.



Many thanks to field trip leaders Jerry Via, Bill Akers, Andrew Rapp and
Meredith Bell, who worked hard to ensure everyone had a great
experience. Friday
evening we met to overview the weekend, and we enjoyed a very informative
presentation by Jerry Via on migration paths and how birds are affected by
hurricanes.



We made adjustments to the itinerary due to drastic change in habitat at
the Woodland Trail and the Wildlife Loop. Also, mosquitoes were brutal, as
usual, on Assateague. We changed the Warbler Walk to the Island Nature
Trail in Chincoteague, where mosquitoes were not a problem. We cancelled
the birding and biking trip around the loop, and those participants joined
the trail walk. Thanks to Larry Meade for enhancing Saturday with
identification of butterflies and dragonflies, and to Andrew Rapp for
co-leading this trip on Sunday. While the southerly winds did not bring in
the hoped-for woodland birds, we still had some nice species over the two
mornings – a family of Red-headed Woodpeckers, Brown-headed Nuthatches,
several American Redstarts and Northern Parula, a Black-throated Blue
Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, and Yellow-billed Cuckoo.



On the popular Saturday AM boat trip, led by Bill Akers with excellent
assistance from Andrew Rapp and Mike Schultz, the 60 participants enjoyed
close-up views of many species. Highlights were: Seaside Sparrow, Marbled
Godwit, Least Sandpiper, Clapper Rail, Bald Eagles, a Merlin sitting on
driftwood at eye level, and a variety of herons, egrets and terns.



Jerry Via led the two bus trips to Wash Flats, assisted by Andrew Rapp
(again!) and Doug and Sally Pfeiffer. The 25 passengers on each trip
enjoyed some of the best sightings we’ve had there in several years,
including: Gull-billed Tern, Whimbrel, American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt,
Short-billed Dowitcher, and White-rumped and Pectoral Sandpipers.



Ducks were in short supply this year, but we did have an interesting
Mallard/American
Black Duck Hybrid on the Wildlife Loop.



At sunrise on Sunday, two dozen participants gathered at the beach to
celebrate the lives of two very special people we’ve lost in the past two
years: “Nultie” Wiseman, mother of Mary Foster, and Bob Livingston, husband
of Lucinda Jennings. Those who knew these individuals shared memories of
their experiences. We began this in 2015 to honor Ruth Beck and Peggy
Opengari, who always loved to watch the sun rise at the beach during the
Chincoteague trip.



We’ve already locked in the 2020 dates, September 18-20. Mark your calendar
now and plan to join us for spectacular birding at a remarkable place!



Meredith Bell

VSO Field Trips Co-chair



Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Blue-winged Teal

Mallard

American Black Duck

Wild Turkey

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collard-Dove

Mourning Dove

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Clapper Rail

Virginia Rail

Black-necked Stilt

American Avocet

American Oystercatcher

Black-bellied Plover

American Golden Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Kildeer

Whimbrel

Marbled Godwit

Ruddy Turnstone

Red Knot

Stilt Sandpiper

Sanderling

Dunlin

Least Sandpiper

White-rumped Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Short-billed Dowitcher

Spotted Sandpiper

Lesser Yellowlegs

Willet

Greater Yellowlegs

Laughing Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Gull-billed Tern

Caspian Tern

Common Tern

Forster's Tern

Royal Tern

Black Skimmer

Double-crested Cormorant

Brown Pelican

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron

Cattle Egret

Green Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

White Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Osprey

Northern Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

Bald Eagle

Great Horned Owl

Belted Kingfisher

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Merlin

Peregrine Falcon

Great Crested Flycatcher

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Eastern Phoebe

White-eyed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

American Crow

Fish Crow

Purple Martin

Tree Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Carolina Chickadee

White-breasted Nuthatch

Brown-headed Nuthatch

House Wren

Carolina Wren

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Eastern Bluebird

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Brown Thrasher

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

House Sparrow

House Finch

American Goldfinch

Chipping Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Seaside Sparrow

Bobolink

Eastern Meadowlark

Baltimore Oriole

Red-winged Blackbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

Common Grackle

Boat-tailed Grackle

Common Yellowthroat

American Redstart

Northern Parula

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Pine Warbler

Scarlet Tanager

Northern Cardinal

Blue Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting
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Date: 9/23/19 5:55 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (23 Sep 2019) 134 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 23, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 4 139 159
Bald Eagle 0 97 113
Northern Harrier 0 10 11
Sharp-shinned Hawk 33 250 252
Cooper's Hawk 2 47 56
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 4 5
Broad-winged Hawk 81 24915 25045
Red-tailed Hawk 7 53 67
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 3 62 65
Merlin 2 11 11
Peregrine Falcon 1 6 6
Unknown Accipiter 0 6 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 2
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 1 5 6
Mississippi Kite 0 3 7

Total: 134 25611 25814
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:45:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7.25 hours

Official Counter: Ezra Staengl

Observers: Dave Hunter, Rose Thomas

Visitors:
John and Linda Barterfield, Dave and Debby Morris, Marshall Faintich.


Weather:
Hot September day with 17-27C temps and mild NW breezes. Partly cloudy with
good visibility.

Raptor Observations:
A 3-falcon day with 3 Kestrel, 2 Merlin, and 1 Peregrine.

Non-raptor Observations:
63 Monarchs, 42 Chimney Swift, 3 hummingbird, 6 Red-headed Woodpecker.
========================================================================
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: 9/23/19 5:08 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Mendota Fire Tower (22 Sep 2019) 543 Raptors
Mendota Fire Tower
Mendota, VA, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 22, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 5 5
Bald Eagle 2 14 14
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 11 11
Cooper's Hawk 2 4 4
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 529 4646 4646
Red-tailed Hawk 1 4 4
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 0 1 1
Merlin 1 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 1 3 3
Unknown Accipiter 1 2 2
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 1

Total: 543 4698 4698
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:45:00
Total observation time: 8.75 hours

Official Counter: Rob Biller

Observers: George Larkin, Karen Hampton, Larry McDaniel, Teresa Hutson

Visitors:
Janet Brown, Janet Solimar, JC Rodriguez, Donny Linkons, Tina Linkons


Pat Hampton also assisted as an observer for 60 minutes


Weather:
Temperature changed from approx. 60 degree F to 82 degree F from 8am
through 4:45pm EST

Cloud cover changed from approx. 5% to 20% to 5 % as day progressed, + hazy
conditions at the beginning and end of day.

Wind from 5-10 mph SE to 10-15 mph SE TO 5-10mph SE with a few brief gusts.

Raptor Observations:
With only 1 Broad-wing in the first hour(8-9EST), the second hour began
with birds significantly above eye level and quickly got higher in the
proceeding hours of the day. It wasn’t until last couple hours that the
birds slowly started descending the height of their flights and we could
see a few without binocular aid (first bird was sighted by George Larkins
at 8:50 EST).


Per usual, most birds were seen on south side of Clinch Mountain or
directly overhead. The main push today was between 9 and 11AM(EST) with 427
Broad-wing hawks.Direction of travel was from NE toward SW, generally
following the Clinch Mountain range. As we predicted by the 12(EST) hour
the birds were already very high, there were very little cloud aid, and
several migrants were probably missed due to their flight altitude and our
lack of seeing them. The afternoon hours were a brutal exercise in
dedication as balmy blue skies made the hawk watchers struggle to even find
hawks, let alone count them. To get as many as we were able to after the
12pm(EST) hour [75], shows the expertise of George, Teresa, and Larry. I
wouldn’t have found half that number if they weren’t there.


Count by hour EST

8-9EST BW=1

9-10EST BW=74, Osprey=1, Red-tail=1 (flew past the tower and kept going),
unknown accipiter, sharp shin=1

10-11EST BW=353, sharp shin =3,

11-12EST BW= 26, sharp shin=1, cooper’s hawk=1, sharp shin=1

12-1 EST BW=10, Bald Eagle=2, Peregrine Falcon=1,

1-2 EST BW=20, Cooper’s Hawk=1, Red-shouldered=1, Merlin=1

2-3 EST BW=14

3-4EST BW=27

4-4:45 EST BW=4






Non-raptor Observations:
Dragonflies seemed lower in numbers that those recorded on Saturday (Sept
21). The Monarch flights were lower too with only 12 counted today)A total
of 39 monarchs were recorded.


Other birds: The Local ravens were back with vocalizations and acrobatics
throughout the morning and afternoon. Complete list follows:


Phoebe, Yellow-throated Vireo x3, Blue-headed Vireo, Ruffed Grouse x5 ( 3
were also seen on driving down the mountain but were close enough to the
morning birds near the old road trail that I decided not to increase the
number - but my car, after stopping to view the birds, barely made them
move out from where they were dusting themselves), Downy Woodpecker,
Pileated Woodpecker, Carolina Wrens, Hairy Woodpecker, Magnolia Warbler,
Common Ravens, Northern Flicker, Dark-eyed Juncos, Chimney Swifts, Carolina
Chickadees, Tufted Titmouse, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, and Blue Jays,
local Black and Turkey Vultures



Predictions:
Should be fairly good flying conditions in the morning but clouds are
predicted to move in during the late afternoon with possibility of light
showers
========================================================================
Report submitted by Ronald Eugene Harrington (<roneharrin...>)


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=706


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Date: 9/23/19 5:02 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Mendota Fire Tower (23 Sep 2019) 541 Raptors
Mendota Fire Tower
Mendota, VA, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 23, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 6 6
Bald Eagle 2 16 16
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 15 15
Cooper's Hawk 2 6 6
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 3 3
Broad-winged Hawk 529 5175 5175
Red-tailed Hawk 0 4 4
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 0 1 1
Merlin 1 2 2
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 3
Unknown Accipiter 1 3 3
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 1

Total: 541 5239 5239
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:45:00
Total observation time: 8.75 hours

Official Counter: Rob Biller

Observers: George Larkin, Karen Hampton, Larry McDaniel, Teresa Hutson

Visitors:
Janet Brown, Janet Solimar, JC Rodriguez, Donny Linkons, Tina Linkons

Pat Hampton assisted as an observer for 60 minutes


Weather:
Temperature changed from approx. 60 degree F to 82 degree F from 8am
through 4:45pm EST

Cloud cover changed from approx. 5% to 20% to 5 % as day progressed, + hazy
conditions at the beginning and end of day.

Wind from 5-10 mph SE to 10-15 mph SE TO 5-10mph SE with a few brief gusts.

Raptor Observations:

With only 1 Broad-wing in the first hour(8-9EST), the second hour began
with birds significantly above eye level and quickly got higher in the
proceeding hours of the day. It wasn’t until last couple hours that the
birds slowly started descending the height of their flights and we could
see a few without binocular aid (first bird was sighted by George Larkins
at 8:50 EST).


Per usual, most birds were seen on south side of Clinch Mountain or
directly overhead. The main push today was between 9 and 11AM(EST) with 427
Broad-wing hawks.Direction of travel was from NE toward SW, generally
following the Clinch Mountain range. As we predicted by the 12(EST) hour
the birds were already very high, there were very little cloud aid, and
several migrants were probably missed due to their flight altitude and our
lack of seeing them. The afternoon hours were a brutal exercise in
dedication as balmy blue skies made the hawk watchers struggle to even find
hawks, let alone count them. To get as many as we were able to after the
12pm(EST) hour [75], shows the expertise of George, Teresa, and Larry. I
wouldn’t have found half that number if they weren’t there.

Non-raptor Observations:
Dragonflies seemed lower in numbers that those recorded on Saturday (Sept
21). The Monarch flights were lower too with only 12 counted today)A total
of 39 monarchs were recorded.


Other birds: The Local ravens were back with vocalizations and acrobatics
throughout the morning and afternoon. Complete list follows:


Phoebe, Yellow-throated Vireo x3, Blue-headed Vireo, Ruffed Grouse x5 ( 3
were also seen on driving down the mountain but were close enough to the
morning birds near the old road trail that I decided not to increase the
number - but my car, after stopping to view the birds, barely made them
move out from where they were dusting themselves), Downy Woodpecker,
Pileated Woodpecker, Carolina Wrens, Hairy Woodpecker, Magnolia Warbler,
Common Ravens, Northern Flicker, Dark-eyed Juncos, Chimney Swifts, Carolina
Chickadees, Tufted Titmouse, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, and Blue Jays,
local Black and Turkey Vultures





Predictions:
The action may be slowing down but there still hawks to be counted. Should
be good conditions in the morning with increasing clouds and a threat of
light rain tomorrow afternoon
========================================================================
Report submitted by Ronald Eugene Harrington (<roneharrin...>)


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=706


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Date: 9/23/19 4:06 pm
From: reports--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Harvey's Knob (23 Sep 2019) 44 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 23, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 62 71
Bald Eagle 0 51 66
Northern Harrier 0 9 10
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 42 46
Cooper's Hawk 0 12 16
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 5 6
Broad-winged Hawk 33 5832 5854
Red-tailed Hawk 4 40 55
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 3 35 35
Merlin 0 3 3
Peregrine Falcon 0 9 9
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 4

Total: 44 6104 6180
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Don Aldridge

Observers: Baron & Tina Gibson, Phillip Ferguson

Visitors:
A couple from Blacksburg picked Harvey’s Knob over Hanging Rock today and
stayed for a few hours. Matt and Bob stopped by for lunch as they were on a
Fall Warbler Hunt. Garland came early and assisted thru lunch and showed us
many of the wonderful pictures he has taken over the past week at the
Watch. The Bond’s stopped in as well and assisted Philip on the eastern
end of the overlook.


Weather:
High Cirrus clouds at the beginning of the watch with NW winds @ 12-15 mph
and temp at 65 deg F. Winds held for most of the Watch but by 2pm we had
overcast sky’s at 7,500’ with the temperature rising to 78 deg

Raptor Observations:
NW wind had the hawks following the west side of the ridge, passing close
to the overlook. 30 BW by 10 am gave us hope for a good day. Unfortunately
the pace slowed considerably for the rest of the Watch.


Non-raptor Observations:
Light traffic on the Parkway and just a few visitors thru the overlook. We
did pick up DE for State # 38 in our license plate watch.

Predictions:
Cold front passage tonight will make for an interesting Tuesday.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Matthew D Hosmer (<cumberlandmatt1...>)
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: 9/23/19 3:58 pm
From: Vineeta via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Farewell party for Charles Studholme at One Good Tern on Saturday, October 6 in the afternoon
My bad. It's on Saturday, October 5. One Good Tern is closed on Sundays and
Mondays in anticipation of the move.
Vineeta
"In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you
lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."
-Gautama Buddha


On Mon, Sep 23, 2019 at 3:47 PM Vineeta <vineetaa...> wrote:

> I spoke with Charles recently. He lurks on this list and is very touched
> that we want to show how much we appreciate all he does for the birding
> community by giving him a good send-off.
> He is now planning to leave in October instead of at the end of this
> month, so please stop by at One Good Tern on Saturday, October 6 from 3
> p.m. - 6 p.m. to say goodbye to Charles and wish him well as he moves back
> to his home town in Pennsylvania.
> Several of you have written privately to me and would like to participate.
> Unfortunately, because of his health problems, Charles needs to regulate
> very strictly what he eats and drinks. So just bring what you'd like to
> drink and eat or just stop by to spend time with him and maybe buy a few
> items from the store for the last time.
> Vineeta
>
>
>
> "In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you
> lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."
> -Gautama Buddha
>
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Date: 9/23/19 1:41 pm
From: Dave Youker via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] KC Website Updated
The Kiptopeke Challenge website has been updated with the latest teams for the birding event this coming Saturday.  You can visit the website to support your favorite team, or there is still time to register your own team.  This year we have 6 teams in the 24-hour category which includes 3 Youth teams!  Best wishes to the young birders.

There are two 3-hour entries and only a single Special Venue this year.  See all the teams and team members at this link:  https://vawildliferesearch.org/kiptopeke-challenge
The Kiptopeke Challenge is the annual fundraising event to support the mission of the Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory which is celebrating 25 years of protecting wildlife through field research, education and habitat conservation.
Best,Dave YoukerKC Coordinator
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Date: 9/23/19 12:48 pm
From: Vineeta via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Farewell party for Charles Studholme at One Good Tern on Saturday, October 6 in the afternoon
I spoke with Charles recently. He lurks on this list and is very touched
that we want to show how much we appreciate all he does for the birding
community by giving him a good send-off.
He is now planning to leave in October instead of at the end of this month,
so please stop by at One Good Tern on Saturday, October 6 from 3 p.m. - 6
p.m. to say goodbye to Charles and wish him well as he moves back to his
home town in Pennsylvania.
Several of you have written privately to me and would like to participate.
Unfortunately, because of his health problems, Charles needs to regulate
very strictly what he eats and drinks. So just bring what you'd like to
drink and eat or just stop by to spend time with him and maybe buy a few
items from the store for the last time.
Vineeta



"In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you
lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."
-Gautama Buddha
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Date: 9/23/19 9:57 am
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] No sighting, literally
I wrote a commentary about birds and other kinds of species that have greatly decreased in number in my own area, which I was going to submit for publication in a newspaper.  Instead, I'm willing to share it with anyone interested in reading it as it confirms--albeit in a different way--this bander's experience as to what's happening in our world (I am very sad to say).
Just send me your request.
Sincerely,Marlene
In a message dated 9/23/2019 2:15:10 AM US Eastern Standard Time, <va-bird...> writes:

Well here's some more bad news after that report about the massive bird loss since the 70s. From the Massachusetts ABA list:

Subject: Birdbanding Saturday September 21Date: Sat Sep 21 2019 12:08 pmFrom: barb620 AT theworld.com

Thanks to Mark Blazis for this report.
I'm shocked as well.

Barbara VolkleNorthborough, <MAbarb620...>
*


From: Mark BlazisSubject: Birdbanding Saturday September 21Date: Sat, 21 Sep 2019 12:14:06 -0400
For the first time in over 30 years of bird banding fall migration inMassachusetts, I mist-netted zero warblers (Auburn Sportsman�s Clubstation). I find that Shocking, really, for a September morning with aprevious evening of westerly winds.Declining songbird populations, local spraying for EEE, pesticides,diminishing habitat, domestic/feral cat predation, and climate changehave all conspired all too quietly among an uninformed public tonegatively alter not just today�s numbers but, anecdotally, totals at myresearch over the last decade.

Mark
Mark BlazisGrafton, MA 01519
<MarkBlazisSafaris...>

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