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Received From Subject
1/15/18 9:58 pm Evan Spears via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] BRANT at Piedmont Geriatric Hospital, Nottoway County
1/15/18 7:44 pm Kurt via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] A little MLK Birding in No VA
1/15/18 5:28 pm Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Bird Walk
1/15/18 2:44 pm David Gibson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Common Goldeneye, Portsmouth
1/15/18 1:41 pm Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Lesser black-backed gull, Prince William landfill
1/15/18 11:39 am David Boltz via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Ross' Goose, GWF Geese at Lake Frederick, Frederick Co.
1/15/18 11:09 am Stephen Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Manassas NBP "Sparrow Alley" and Occoquan UOSA pond, 15 January
1/14/18 6:03 pm Howard Wu via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Sully Northern Shrike this morning (1/14) - YES
1/14/18 5:18 pm Michael Shank via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Saw Whet !
1/14/18 4:26 pm Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Central Virginia Raptors
1/14/18 3:48 pm Michael Shank via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Saw Whet !
1/14/18 3:25 pm kurtcapt87--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Sully Woodlands and UOSA, Frfx Co, 14 Jan
1/14/18 1:59 pm dcharlesl--- via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Nashville Warbler, not Orange-crowned Warbler - Daingerfield Island, Alexandria
1/14/18 11:00 am dcharlesl--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Orange-crowned Warbler - Daingerfield Island, Alexandria
1/14/18 10:46 am Kristine Lansing via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 01/14/18 (Fairfax County)
1/14/18 9:53 am Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh, Jan 13, 2018
1/14/18 9:48 am Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh, Jan 13, 2018
1/14/18 9:10 am Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Dulles owl and hawk.
1/14/18 6:23 am Allen Bryan via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Off Topic- Recent Trip to Southern Texas
1/14/18 5:44 am Melissa Gross via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Question on how something is listed
1/13/18 6:18 pm P 3 via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Eiders, Scoters, Mergansers, Gulls, Cormorants, Turnstones on Monticello Pelagic Field Trip
1/13/18 6:11 pm P 3 via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Eiders, Scoters, Mergansers, Gulls, Cormorants, Turnstones on Monticello Pelagic Field Trip
1/13/18 5:56 pm Kurt via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Waterfowl along the Potomac in No VA
1/13/18 4:13 pm David Gibson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Chesapeake Aythya-a-palooza
1/13/18 12:22 pm Jeff Blalock via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] eBird -- Paul C. Edmunds, Jr. Memorial Park -- Jan 13, 2018
1/13/18 10:50 am Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Merlin and Snow Goose Photos
1/13/18 10:40 am Joanne Laskowski via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Chincoteague NWR Shorebird Survey for January 11, 2017
1/13/18 5:14 am Andrew Dolby \(adolby\) via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Guatemala trip full
1/13/18 5:03 am Fred Atwood via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] eBird -- Silver Lake Regional Park -- Jan 13, 2018
1/12/18 3:08 pm Jeff Blalock via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] eBird Trip Summary -- 01/12/2018
1/12/18 1:34 pm Stephen Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Northern Shrike returned (Fairfax County)
1/12/18 11:35 am Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Highland County trip cancelled
1/12/18 7:56 am David Boltz via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Greater White-fronted Geese at Lake Frederick & Loggerhead Shrike at Double Tollgate (Clarke Co.)
1/12/18 6:54 am nnva4x4 via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] New yard bird
1/11/18 3:31 pm P 3 via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Central Loudoun CBC Highlights
1/11/18 3:24 pm Robert Brosnan via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Glaucous and Clay Colored Sparrow
1/11/18 3:13 pm Howard Wu via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] RFI - West Point Snowy Owl
1/11/18 2:52 pm Joe Coleman via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Central Loudoun CBC Highlights
1/11/18 1:49 pm Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Silver Lake Regional Park
1/11/18 1:45 pm David Boltz via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Greater White-fronted Geese at Lake Frederick & Loggerhead Shrike at Double Tollgate (Clarke Co.)
1/11/18 10:43 am Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Lapland Longspur in Augusta County
1/10/18 11:51 am Tom Saunders via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Eastern Phoebe
1/10/18 11:48 am Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Burke Lake Park, Jan 10, 2018
1/10/18 11:09 am Melissa Gross via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Eastern Phoebe
1/10/18 9:59 am David Gibson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Redheads, Portsmouth, VA
1/10/18 8:38 am Dixie Sommers via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] VSO Guatemala trip-late openings!
1/10/18 8:00 am Ed Trelawny via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] (no subject)
1/10/18 6:08 am Carr, David E. \(dec5z\) via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Greater White-Fronted Geese at Lake Frederick
1/9/18 7:21 pm Mary Kimm via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Pohick Bay Water Fowl
1/9/18 2:46 pm Donald Sweig via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Pohick Bay Water Fowl
1/9/18 1:25 pm William Young via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Glaucous Gull and Common Goldeneyes
1/9/18 12:51 pm Andrew Dolby \(adolby\) via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] VSO Guatemala trip-late openings!
1/9/18 12:46 pm Joe Coleman via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] FW: DC Area, 1/9/2018
1/9/18 11:31 am Paul Glass via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Pied-billed Grebes?
1/9/18 8:21 am david shoch via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Pied-billed Grebes?
1/8/18 6:52 pm Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Bird Walk
1/8/18 3:55 pm Jack via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] FW: Migrating Songbird Fallout On Machias Seal Island (Guest Post By Lighthouse Keeper Ralph Eldridge) — The Naturalist's Notebook
1/8/18 2:03 pm Jeff Blalock via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kerr Dam, Tailrace Park and North Bend Park
1/8/18 1:31 pm Stephen Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Burned field Bonanza (Fairfax County)
1/8/18 12:05 pm Barbara via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Mason/OBNWR eagles photo link UPDATE
1/8/18 12:01 pm P 3 via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Trumpeter Swan in Augusta County
1/8/18 10:35 am Nicole Pool Hutcheson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Algonkian Regional Park - White-winged scoter, long-tailed duck and more
1/8/18 10:09 am Larry Cartwright via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Eagles at Mason Neck / Occoquan Bay NWR
1/8/18 8:36 am Kurt Gaskill via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Eagles at Mason Neck / Occoquan Bay NWR
1/8/18 7:57 am Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] tree sparrows, Occoquan Bay NWR
1/8/18 7:15 am Barbara via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Eagles at Mason Neck / Occoquan Bay NWR
1/8/18 5:04 am Linda Millington via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] horned lark flock near Winchester
1/7/18 3:49 pm Stephen Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] a very cold Great Blue Heron (Arlington)
1/7/18 2:37 pm Shea Tiller via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Ragged Mtn., Monticello High School, Green Springs, Lake Monticello
1/7/18 1:49 pm Kristine Lansing via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 01/07/2018 (Fairfax County)
1/7/18 1:36 pm kurtcapt87--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] IMPORTANT Information about Birding at Dulles Airport
1/7/18 11:43 am Scott Priebe via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Fw: eBird Report - Occoquan Regional Park, Jan 7, 2018 - Glaucous Gull
1/7/18 11:30 am Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Jan 7, 2018
1/7/18 8:36 am Stauffer Miller via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] horned lark flock near Winchester
1/7/18 8:33 am m b via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Diving mallards
1/7/18 8:10 am Michael C via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Quinn Emmering - Question
1/7/18 6:45 am dcharlesl--- via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Glaucous Gull at Occoquan Regional Park, Lorton
1/7/18 6:24 am Russell W Taylor via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Snowy Owls at Dulles Airport
1/7/18 3:28 am Patti Reum via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Jackson Abbott conservation award
1/6/18 6:03 pm Mary Ann Good via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Chipping Sparrows (50!)
1/6/18 5:43 pm Shea Tiller via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Mute Swan at Wilck's Lake & Palm Warbler at High Bridge Trail SP, Prince Edward County
1/6/18 5:06 pm Evan Spears via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Mute Swan at Wilck's Lake & Palm Warbler at High Bridge Trail SP, Prince Edward County
1/6/18 4:49 pm Alyssa Freeman via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Sandy River Reservoir, 1/6
1/6/18 12:38 pm David Gibson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - South Orleans
1/6/18 10:47 am Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Chipping Sparrows
1/6/18 10:37 am Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Glaucous, Iceland gulls
1/6/18 10:25 am Guy McGrane via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] diving mallards
1/6/18 10:23 am Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Rough-legged Hawk (Clarke County)
1/6/18 10:20 am Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Rough-legged Hawk (Clarke County)
1/6/18 10:14 am Mary Ann Good via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Chipping Sparrows (50!)
1/6/18 9:54 am Les Willis via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Young Bald Eagle slipping, sliding on the frozen Nansemond
1/6/18 9:28 am Bill Hohenstein via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Glaucous gull, and Iceland Gull occoquan
1/6/18 7:04 am Bill Hohenstein via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Glaucous gull, occoquan
1/6/18 4:49 am David Gibson via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Bird feeding question YBSS
1/6/18 4:29 am Marlene A Condon via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Bird feeding question YBSS
1/5/18 4:13 pm Evan Spears via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] [heartofvabirds] Greater White-Fronted Geese SRR Dam
1/5/18 1:26 pm Stephen Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Northern Virginia notes 5-January
1/5/18 12:41 pm CABOT WILLIAMS via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Bird feeding question YBSS
1/5/18 9:41 am Patti Reum via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Highland County
1/5/18 9:05 am Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Chipping Sparrows (50!)
1/5/18 6:57 am Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Tufted Duck x Scaup (Pohick Bay Regional Park)
1/5/18 6:12 am Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Glaucous gull, occoquan
1/4/18 7:45 pm Daniel Lebbin via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Please post on Say's Phoebe, Western Tanager & Iceland Gull near Richmond
1/4/18 5:07 pm Bill McGovern via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Bird feeding question
1/4/18 2:56 pm Walter Hadlock via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] feeding Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
1/4/18 2:36 pm Stephen Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] sapsucker feeding question
1/4/18 2:07 pm Derek C. Richardson via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Bird feeding question
1/4/18 1:45 pm Stephen Eccles via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Bird feeding question
1/4/18 1:31 pm Marlene A Condon via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Bird feeding question
1/4/18 1:25 pm Walter Hadlock via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Bird feeding question
1/4/18 11:24 am P 3 via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Iceland Gull (Kumlien's) - Colonial Heights Walmart Pond
1/4/18 10:31 am Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Iceland Gull (Kumlien's) - Colonial Heights Walmart Pond
1/4/18 8:28 am Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Central Virginia 1/2-4/2018
1/4/18 8:27 am morann--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
1/4/18 8:25 am Janice Frye via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] diving Mallards??!!
1/4/18 3:10 am David Gibson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] diving Mallards??!!
1/3/18 11:52 am Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Fairfax Co on a warm day
1/3/18 8:40 am Lynn Rafferty via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Iceland & Glaucous at Occoquan
1/3/18 8:40 am Thomas Nardone via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] eBird -- Long Branch Nature Center & Park -- Jan 3, 2018
1/3/18 8:36 am Shirley Devan via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Boat Trip around CBBT Islands Saturday, Jan 20, 2018
1/3/18 8:17 am Jessica Bowser via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Ross's Goose at Bear Creek Lake State Park, Cumberland, VA
1/3/18 8:12 am Harry Armistead via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Cape Hatteras to Cape Charles, December 26-31, 2017, the Redeye Circuit.
1/2/18 6:30 pm Matt Anthony via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Virginia Birding Annual Report--Call for Submissions
1/2/18 5:42 pm Stephen Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Fairfax and Loudoun: No SNOW, no NSHR, yes Rough-legged
1/2/18 3:30 pm Matt Anthony via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Virginia Birding Annual Report--Call for Submissions
1/2/18 11:05 am Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
1/2/18 10:31 am Gerry Hawkins via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Eared Grebe and Eurasian Wigeon, Fairfax County
1/2/18 9:01 am Dave Larsen - Birding via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Glaucous Gull at Occoquan Regional Park
1/2/18 8:30 am Fred Atwood via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Eared Grebe at Pohick Bay
1/2/18 8:24 am Brian Taber via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Black-throated Gray Warbler in James City County
1/2/18 6:53 am David Gibson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Looking back at 2017
1/2/18 5:54 am Kurt via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Brief summary of the Fort Belvoir CBC 31 Dec 2017
1/2/18 4:01 am David Gibson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] waterfowling, Elizabeth River Park, Chesapeake
1/1/18 7:49 pm Donald Sweig via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Potomac River: A Few Ducks
1/1/18 6:34 pm Kevin Shank via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Am. Woodcock @ Union Springs, R'ham County
1/1/18 6:07 pm Bill Hohenstein via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Occoquan Regional Park Glaucous and Iceland Gulls
1/1/18 4:20 pm Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Augusta & Rockingham Counties first of year highlights
1/1/18 4:14 pm Rexanne Bruno via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Say's Phoebe in King William Co., 12/31/2017
1/1/18 1:42 pm Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Snowy Owl continues (Rockingham County)
1/1/18 12:59 pm Kurt Gaskill via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Eared grebe, Pohick Regional Park
1/1/18 12:43 pm Jeff Blalock via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] eBird -- 103 Elizabeth Court, South Boston, VA -- Jan 1, 2018
1/1/18 12:28 pm Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Eared grebe, Pohick Regional Park
1/1/18 11:52 am Elton Morel via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Eared Grebe at Pohick Bay
1/1/18 11:01 am Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] G. White-fronted Geese (29) in Augusta County
1/1/18 8:46 am Frederick Atwood via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Eurasian Wigeon updates?
1/1/18 8:46 am Elisa Enders via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Common Merganser, Lake Whitehurst, Norfolk, VA
1/1/18 7:41 am Joe Coppock via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Eurasian Wigeon updates?
1/1/18 7:26 am Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Eurasian wigeon Pohick Bay
1/1/18 6:37 am Fred Atwood via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Walkerton CBC results Dec 31, 2017
1/1/18 6:20 am nicholas via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Say's Phoebe in King William Co., 12/31/2017
1/1/18 5:47 am Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Glaucous gull, Occoquan Regional Park
12/31/17 6:53 pm Scott Priebe via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Occoquan Regional Park, Dec 31, 2017 - GLAUCOUS GULL GULL, Common Raven
12/31/17 6:43 pm Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiawah Island SC birds
12/31/17 1:16 pm CABOT WILLIAMS via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] FOS in Gloucester
12/31/17 12:05 pm Patti Reum via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Highland Co Tree Sparrow
12/31/17 11:51 am D. M. West via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] West Point, VA Snowy Owl
12/31/17 11:37 am Ashley Lohr via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Dulles snowy owl & roughie--NO
12/31/17 8:52 am Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Yellow warbler Leesylvania SP
12/31/17 8:26 am Tom Brobson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Christmas Bird count - Clover Hollow Christmas Tree Farm - Newport, VA - Giles County) Saturday 12/30/2017
12/31/17 7:46 am Kristine Lansing via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 12/31/2017 (Fairfax County)
12/31/17 4:26 am Jeff Blalock via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Fwd: Match Deadline: Double your impact for birds
12/31/17 2:40 am Jeff Blalock via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Cornell Lab of Ornithology Donations
12/30/17 3:17 pm David Gibson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] West Point, VA Snowy Owl
12/30/17 3:16 pm Leslie Sturges via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Golden eagle
12/30/17 3:11 pm kurtcapt87--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Ft Belvoir CBC Sunday, Dec 31 2017
12/30/17 10:42 am dcharlesl--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Rough-legged Hawk, Dulles Airport
12/30/17 9:56 am Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Fw: Trumpeter Swan in Augusta County
12/30/17 9:50 am Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Trumpeter Swan in Augusta County
12/30/17 9:31 am George Martin via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Tundra Swan, Lake Mercer
12/30/17 8:22 am Fred Atwood via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] West Point Snowy Owl
12/30/17 4:32 am David Gibson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] West Point Snowy Owl
12/29/17 4:43 pm Peter Robinson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Bath County Golden Eagle
12/29/17 8:15 am Brian Taber via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Black-throated Gray Warbler in James City County
12/29/17 7:04 am Ashley Lohr via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Dulles snowy owl?
12/29/17 6:34 am Patti Reum via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] va-bird Digest, Vol 128, Issue 28
12/28/17 4:27 pm Nancy Young via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
12/28/17 3:36 pm akb via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Western Tanager, City Point, Hopewell - 12-28-17
12/28/17 3:33 pm Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Rough-legged Hawk & more (Augusta/Staunton today)
12/28/17 10:33 am Leslie Sturges via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
12/28/17 10:26 am P 3 via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Hermit Thrush
12/28/17 9:01 am David Boltz via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
12/28/17 8:37 am Phillip Arsenault via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
12/28/17 8:25 am Nancy Young via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
12/28/17 7:31 am Marlene A Condon via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
12/28/17 7:15 am morann--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
12/28/17 6:39 am Otis Sowell, Jr. via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Hermit Thrush
12/27/17 7:50 pm Mary Foster via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Snow Geese and Greater White-fronted Geese, Pittsylvania County
12/27/17 2:32 pm Brian Taber via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Black-throated Gray Warbler in James City County
12/26/17 4:28 pm Brian Taber via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Black-throated Gray Warbler in James City County
12/26/17 12:08 pm Ashley Lohr via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Northern shrike
12/26/17 11:14 am Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Birding on Kiawah Island SC - Wilson's Plover and Orange-crowned Warbler
12/26/17 9:54 am nicholas via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] No Snowy Owl at West Point Today
12/26/17 9:23 am Gerry Hawkins via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Voice of the Naturalist; Greater DC area; week ending 12/25/17
12/26/17 7:20 am Jim G via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Canvasbacks - Colonial Heights, VA
12/26/17 5:59 am Lexi Meadows via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Info requested on Franklin County Snowy Owl
12/25/17 7:14 pm Janis Stone via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning, Alexandria, VA
12/25/17 5:19 pm David Matson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Alder Flycatcher
12/25/17 3:42 pm Brian Taber via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Black-throated Gray Warbler in James City County
12/24/17 6:22 pm Kristine Lansing via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 12/24/2017 (Fairfax County)
12/24/17 6:01 pm Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Birding on Kiawah Island SC - Red Knot photos
12/24/17 10:06 am Jim Nelson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Preliminary Report on the Seneca MD/VA Christmas Bird Count 12/17/17
12/24/17 10:04 am Mike Smith via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Northern shrike
12/24/17 9:45 am Leslie via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] No Snowy Owl at West Point Today
12/24/17 9:32 am Allen Bryan via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] American Redstart in the City of Hopewell
12/24/17 6:38 am Stephen Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Cackling at New Bristow Village - maybe, 2017 Dec 24
12/23/17 1:08 pm Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Long - tailed Ducks near Mint Spring
12/23/17 12:28 pm Diane L via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Pine Warbler - Madison Run Fire Rd, Shenandoah NP today (Rockingham)
12/23/17 4:54 am Harry Armistead via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Nassawadox & Wachapreague CBCs addenda.
12/22/17 1:11 pm Leslie Sturges via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Mount Crawford, VA Snowy Owl
12/22/17 9:29 am David Gibson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Mount Crawford, VA Snowy Owl
12/21/17 12:49 pm Shea Tiller via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Tundra swan, common loon, greater white-fronted goose and more @Fluvanna (photos)
12/21/17 9:26 am Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] LT Ducks @ Dyke Marsh, Alexandria
12/21/17 4:26 am Edward Eder via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Hunting blinds at DM
12/20/17 11:24 pm Szybala via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] two active duck hunting bliinds at Dyke Marsh?!!
12/20/17 8:05 pm Alyce Quinn via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Snowy owl in Franklin County
12/20/17 7:46 pm Kurt via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Summary of the North Alexandria Sector of DC CBC, 16 Dec 2017
12/20/17 6:20 pm Peter Robinson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Bath County Highlights
12/20/17 11:09 am Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Leucistic Cardinal continues
12/20/17 10:31 am Harry Armistead via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] December 15-18, lower Eastern Shore MD & VA. Nassawadox Christmas count.
12/20/17 5:36 am Larry Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] 1,000 Crows - Virginia Beach
12/19/17 6:56 pm Joe Coleman via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] FW: DC Area, 12/19/2017
12/19/17 5:12 pm Stephen Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] good sparrow day at Logquarter Lane (Conklin, Loudoun County)
12/19/17 12:21 pm Gwbirds37 via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] 7 Cackling Geese remain in richmond
12/18/17 5:44 pm Antonio Quezon via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Snowy and Short-eared Owls
12/18/17 11:55 am Edward Eder via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Birds at Hunting creek and along Mt Vernon trail from northern Belle Haven parking lot to Stone Bridge
12/18/17 11:19 am Stuart and Pam Davis via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Huntley Monday Morning Bird Walk
12/18/17 10:20 am Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Gordonsville (section II) CBC, 12/17/17
12/18/17 6:56 am Ashley Lohr via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Mt. Crawford Snowy--YES
12/18/17 6:47 am Russell Taylor via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] no SNOW at Dulles
12/18/17 5:04 am Bryan Henson via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] RFI: LeConte's in Loudoun County??
12/18/17 4:45 am Stephen Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] RFI: LeConte's in Loudoun County??
12/18/17 12:12 am Jeff Blalock via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] eBird and CBC
12/17/17 3:18 pm Colt Gregory via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Sunday Great Falls bird walk and Audubon Christmas Count
12/17/17 3:10 pm Edward Eder via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh Haul Road observation platform today
12/17/17 2:56 pm Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Augusta County CBC high lights
 
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Date: 1/15/18 9:58 pm
From: Evan Spears via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] BRANT at Piedmont Geriatric Hospital, Nottoway County
It's shaping up to be a great winter in the south-central Piedmont since
we've already seen amazing waterfowl diversity around the Farmville area as
very cold temperatures persist creating limited open water.
--- http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41589338

A single TUNDRA SWAN showed up at Sandy River Reservoir on January 2nd and
stayed for two days.
--- http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41571122

Five GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE then appeared at Sandy River Reservoir on
January 4th and were last seen on the 9th as the ice thawed during the warm
spell. The third regional record and first county record.
--- http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41622036
--- http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41781820

While checking out the continuing Common Mergansers, Redhead, and
Canvasback on a pond in western Nottoway on Sunday (Jan. 14), a single
BRANT landed with a few hundred Canada Geese. A possible second Virginia
Piedmont record and first regional record.
--- http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41893876

The bird was still present Monday (Jan. 15) at the pond behind the hospital
with the other geese and ducks.
--- http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41946278

Text or email if you have any questions: 434-315-3753.

Evan Spears
Farmville, VA
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Date: 1/15/18 7:44 pm
From: Kurt via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] A little MLK Birding in No VA
VA BIRDers,

David Ledwith and I pursued a few year birds in No VA today. At 8am we arrived at Silver Lake and noted a variety of waterfowl in the old, flooded quarry. Unfortunately, we did not see the Greater White-fronted Goose recently reported - this species appears to be an “albatross” to us this year! Highlights were 2 Canvasbacks plus over 30 Redheads. Also notable were Red-headed WP and Fox Sparrow.

We then went to Lake Brittle, driving past North Fork Wetlands which added GC Kinglet. Lake Brittle did not have the target goose, but the consolation were 5 Green-winged Teal. We continued on to CM Crockett Park, passing a few Red-shouldered Hawks on the way. Unfortunately, Crockett did not yield up the Goose, but we saw another Canvasback, some Redheads, and a Northern Pintail.

We headed north, stopping at the Airlie House where we asked permission to visit. Permission was gladly given along with directions to a viewing location of Airlie Reservoir, which is on private lands. Our view was slightly obstructed and, despite a bit of sun glare, we scoped out a huge number of waterfowl - several thousand. Again the “goose” was not seen, but we found unbanded Trumpeter Swans, incl 2 Adults. Plus Snow Goose, Cackling Goose, Tundra Swan, and a great Bald Eagle strafing show. Not to mention more Northern Pintails and 2 Lesser Scaup.

Our next destination was the Harrison Rd area which produced some Savannah Sparrows. The lake was still frozen solid and no waterfowl were in sight. Afterwards, as it was past noon, we stopped at a nearby Scottish Restaurant for a takeaway meal (consumed near Rectortown) before continuing our Birding quest. Fortunately, as we set out again, a nearby flock of a dozen Wild Turkeys added a fine tally for the trip.

Heading north, we drove Carr Lane hoping for eagles, but we settled for Savannah and White-crowned Sparrows plus our only Red-winged Blackbird flock of the day. We arrived at Sky Meadows and Barn Owl was the payoff; nearby were Common Raven and Eastern Meadowlark. But, it was getting late and we needed to head east.

Along the way we decided to try for the Northern Shrike (again for me) at Sully Woodlands. Well..no Shrike. Our consolation was a flyby Merlin. And another pleasant addition was a hunting adult Coopers Hawk.

Overall, we had a reasonably good day netting a few good targets (and 70 species). But, as I am sure you can imagine, there are more targets to pursue next time!

Wishing You All Good Birds!

David and Kurt

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Date: 1/15/18 5:28 pm
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Bird Walk
After an all-too-brief respite from winter late last week, it was back with a vengeance this morning. The group set off with temperatures in the teens, and we were fortunate there was no wind. Despite the frozen wetland, nearly 300 Canada geese were spotted and many were hanging out on the ice. Woodland birds and ducks were scarce, but a group of six bluebirds were foraging on winterberries below the tower. Two barred owls were spotted, and both a hermit thrush and two sapsuckers enjoyed the feeders.
We thank Pam and Stuart Davis for their gracious hospitality in hosting our holiday potluck brunch this morning. Many regulars attended the brunch, but skipped the frigid walk! Smart!
Canada Goose  300
Mallard  18
Black Vulture  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Ring-billed Gull  10
Herring Gull  7
Mourning Dove  4
Barred Owl  2
Red-headed Woodpecker  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  7
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  3
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  5
crow sp.  8
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  5
Eastern Bluebird  12
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Dark-eyed Junco  5
White-throated Sparrow  15
Song Sparrow  6
Swamp Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  16
American Goldfinch  12

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

Harry Glasgow & Nancy Vehrs
Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Date: 1/15/18 2:44 pm
From: David Gibson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Common Goldeneye, Portsmouth
If anyone's interested, a fem. Common Goldeneye has been hanging out @
Paradise Creek Nature Park and environs for the past few days. Also
present: a pair of Canvasbacks, some Redheads, and some American Black
Ducks. Dave Gibson, Chesapeake
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Date: 1/15/18 1:41 pm
From: Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Lesser black-backed gull, Prince William landfill
As a change of pace from the white-winged gulls on the Occoquan River, I found an adult lesser black-backed gull on the ballfield at the Prince William Co. landfill this morning at about 11am.

Marc Ribaudo

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Date: 1/15/18 11:39 am
From: David Boltz via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Ross' Goose, GWF Geese at Lake Frederick, Frederick Co.
I got an email from Rob Simpson that a Ross’ Goose had come in with a group of Canadas on Lake Frederick. It was still present around 2:05 when I left. Also present were the continuing 13 Greater White-fronted Geese (I believe this is their 7th day here), 333 Canadas, 1 Redhead, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Mallards.

Dave Boltz
Lake Frederick
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Date: 1/15/18 11:09 am
From: Stephen Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Manassas NBP "Sparrow Alley" and Occoquan UOSA pond, 15 January

Hello birders,

Today I visited the eBird hot spot named "Manassas National Battlefield Park--Sparrow Alley" (Prince William). This is one of the very few hot spots that appears to have a nickname contributed by birders. Can anyone tell me the origin of the name? Does it come from an individual, or a bird club, etc.?

Here's the Sparrow Alley check list for today. The best bird was an adult male Northern Harrier.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41935807

Sparrow diversity was really poor I thought, just 4 very common species, even though I was mainly looking for sparrows. Is there a better time of year to find them there?

Then, at the Upper Occoquan Sewage Authority pond (Fairfax), I ran into Scott Priebe. Thanks to Kurt and Marc for reporting, we did see an M-F pair of Wood Ducks. Nothing to add to their report from yesterday. One of the two adult Eagles was at the nest atop the tall communications tower, and the other one caught a fish.

Cheers!!
Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia

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Date: 1/14/18 6:03 pm
From: Howard Wu via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Sully Northern Shrike this morning (1/14) - YES
Hi, all:

Thanks to Steve for refinding this remarkable bird last week, I went to
Sully Woodlands this morning (8:25AM) to look for it with boosted
confidence.

And as if on cue, I saw it in a bare tree outside (southeast of) the
abandoned barn immediately as I arrived. It flew to a cedar tree just
southwest of the barn, then to the line of cedars to the west of the
recently burnt fields. It was active, but not alarmed; at one point it
seemed to chase another bird (probably an American Goldfinch). The burnt
fields provided a lot of food for foraging birds, in particular American
Robins, European Starlings and Northern Flickers. I saw the shrike a few
times through the branches of the cedar trees, but eventually lost it. I
did not quite get the shot I wanted, but managed to get one that's
identifiable:
http://www.travelerathome.com/2017_shrike/northern_shrike10.jpg

My rolling log is at:
http://www.travelerathome.com/2017_shrike/2017_shrike.html

Thanks,
Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
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Date: 1/14/18 5:18 pm
From: Michael Shank via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Saw Whet !

We are located south of Harrisonburg on Cannery Woods Drive. We only saw the owl a short time. It flew out over the field and is gone. A nephew had seen a small owl late one evening that our son thought was possibly a SW instead of a screech because of its flight habit. We have seen the SW owls frequently at Clair and Zig's
Highland banding station north of here, which helped us to easily identify it. This was a first for us here at our farm. Sorry - Evelyn

Michael Shank
<tallwhiteoak...>



-----Original Message-----
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
To: Michael Shank <tallwhiteoak...>
Sent: Sun, Jan 14, 2018 7:42 pm
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Saw Whet !

Can you tell me where you are; can people come see the bird?
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Va.

Sent from my iPad

> On Jan 14, 2018, at 6:47 PM, Michael Shank via va-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
>
>
>
> Of special note to RBC and especially to Clair Mellinger and "Zig", Ben just reported a Saw Whet Owl in our maple tree. I agreed with him! A great yard bird for us. - Evelyn S
>
> Michael Shank
> <tallwhiteoak...>
>
>
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Date: 1/14/18 4:26 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Central Virginia Raptors
Albemarle and Augusta Counties; 1/10-14/18: Merlin, Red-shouldered Hawk;
Red-tailed Hawks (8); American Kestrels (3). Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_01_14.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_01_14.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: 1/14/18 3:48 pm
From: Michael Shank via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Saw Whet !


Of special note to RBC and especially to Clair Mellinger and "Zig", Ben just reported a Saw Whet Owl in our maple tree. I agreed with him! A great yard bird for us. - Evelyn S

Michael Shank
<tallwhiteoak...>


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Date: 1/14/18 3:25 pm
From: kurtcapt87--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Sully Woodlands and UOSA, Frfx Co, 14 Jan
VA BIRDers,



After Dulles, Marc and I drove to Sully Woodlands to try for the shrike,
arriving a bit after 1pm. No Northern Shrike for us. Most notable sightings
were Savannah Sparrows and Sharpie and Coop.



We next went to UOSA - arriving to a completely unfrozen pond after 2pm.
Filled with mergansers - over 400 Commons, 200+ Hoodeds and single
Red-breasted. 3 2nd/3rd year Bald Eagles were angling for a merganser meal,
making for a great show. A few other waterfowl were present, like
Pied-billed Grebes, Gadwall and Coot. Yet, the most notable was a Wood
Duck, not trivial to find in Northern Virginia after our deep freeze!



Kurt Gaskill

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Date: 1/14/18 1:59 pm
From: dcharlesl--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Nashville Warbler, not Orange-crowned Warbler - Daingerfield Island, Alexandria
It wasnt until after seeing Elton Morels eBird posting today of Nashville Warbler at Daingerfield Island that I realized I had meant to say Nashville Warbler. Thanks Elton!

David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA

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From: va-bird <va-bird-bounces+dcharlesl=<msn.com...> on behalf of dcharlesl--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: Sunday, January 14, 2018 2:00:07 PM
To: Virginia Bird
Subject: [Va-bird] Orange-crowned Warbler - Daingerfield Island, Alexandria

Early this afternoon at Daingerfield Island in Alexandria, just south of National Airport, I saw an Orange-crowned Warbler in the vegetation along the shore not far from the first parking lot on the left. From the parking lot, walk north about 150 steps and this bird was in the low vegetation on the right. It was hanging out with a Ruby-crowned Kinglet that tended to be in the lower part of the trees.

Also, I saw 14 species of waterfowl in the marina at Daingerfield Island.

David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA
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Date: 1/14/18 11:00 am
From: dcharlesl--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Orange-crowned Warbler - Daingerfield Island, Alexandria
Early this afternoon at Daingerfield Island in Alexandria, just south of National Airport, I saw an Orange-crowned Warbler in the vegetation along the shore not far from the first parking lot on the left. From the parking lot, walk north about 150 steps and this bird was in the low vegetation on the right. It was hanging out with a Ruby-crowned Kinglet that tended to be in the lower part of the trees.

Also, I saw 14 species of waterfowl in the marina at Daingerfield Island.

David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA
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Date: 1/14/18 10:46 am
From: Kristine Lansing via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 01/14/18 (Fairfax County)


Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified approximately 29 species and included 6 participants.  The diversity of birds was a pleasant surprise given the low temperature and wind; ducks were, however, lacking in abundance.  The river was flowing swiftly after the recent rain, with much of last weekend's ice caught up in the current.  Nice views of pancake ice formations at the main falls overlook.  
The walk meets at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, rain or shine, in front of the snack bar/concession stand of the Great Falls Park visitors' center; it does not take place, though, during electrical storms, heavy snows, or when the trails are icy.  All birders are welcome!
Canada Goose  150
Mallard  8
Bufflehead  8
Hooded Merganser  2
Common Merganser  8
Black Vulture  3
Bald Eagle  2    One was observed soaring above the Park's main picnic area and adjacent woods; the other was, as in recent weeks, perched in the canopy just downstream from the small dam separating Great Falls Park from Riverbend.
Ring-billed Gull  4
Eastern Screech-Owl  1    Undisclosed location.
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  4
American Crow  1
crow sp.  4
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  7
Brown Creeper  1
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  4
Golden-crowned Kinglet  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  11
Yellow-rumped Warbler  6
Dark-eyed Junco  6
White-throated Sparrow  6
Song Sparrow  13
Northern Cardinal  7
American Goldfinch  2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41901288

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



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Date: 1/14/18 9:53 am
From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh, Jan 13, 2018
That list should be for today, January 14.







-----Original Message-----
From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird...>
To: va-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: Sun, Jan 14, 2018 12:49 pm
Subject: [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh, Jan 13, 2018


It was a cold morning along the river at the weekly Sunday morning Friends of Dyke Marsh sponsored bird walk. Eight of us braved the frigid conditions to see a nice collection of waterfowl including Tundra Swans, a Common Goldeneye and rafts of various other ducks. It was difficult to get a really accurate count since they were all mixed together and sometimes submerged as they looked for food. We also saw nine Bald Eagles, both kinglets, Fox Sparrows, and a Peregrine Falcon casting a shadow from its perch on the Wilson Bridge.


Larry Meade
Merrifield, VA





-----Original Message-----
From: ebird-checklist <ebird-checklist...>
To: uberlarry <uberlarry...>
Sent: Sun, Jan 14, 2018 12:36 pm
Subject: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh, Jan 13, 2018

Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Jan 13, 2018 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
45 species

Canada Goose 900
Tundra Swan 3
Northern Shoveler 1
Gadwall 50
American Wigeon 25
Mallard 30
American Black Duck 1
Canvasback 90
Redhead 4
Ring-necked Duck 500
Greater Scaup 3
Lesser Scaup 800
Bufflehead 30
Common Goldeneye 1
Hooded Merganser 70
Common Merganser 100
Red-breasted Merganser 1
Ruddy Duck 12
Great Blue Heron 2
Bald Eagle 9 5 juveniles and 4 adults
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Coot 200
Ring-billed Gull 200
Herring Gull 10
Mourning Dove 15
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 2
Peregrine Falcon 1
Blue Jay 5
Fish Crow 30
Carolina Chickadee 6
Carolina Wren 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 20
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Fox Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 30
Song Sparrow 8
Swamp Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 8
American Goldfinch 7

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41899699

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

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Date: 1/14/18 9:48 am
From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh, Jan 13, 2018

It was a cold morning along the river at the weekly Sunday morning Friends of Dyke Marsh sponsored bird walk. Eight of us braved the frigid conditions to see a nice collection of waterfowl including Tundra Swans, a Common Goldeneye and rafts of various other ducks. It was difficult to get a really accurate count since they were all mixed together and sometimes submerged as they looked for food. We also saw nine Bald Eagles, both kinglets, Fox Sparrows, and a Peregrine Falcon casting a shadow from its perch on the Wilson Bridge.


Larry Meade
Merrifield, VA





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Sent: Sun, Jan 14, 2018 12:36 pm
Subject: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh, Jan 13, 2018

Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Jan 13, 2018 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
45 species

Canada Goose 900
Tundra Swan 3
Northern Shoveler 1
Gadwall 50
American Wigeon 25
Mallard 30
American Black Duck 1
Canvasback 90
Redhead 4
Ring-necked Duck 500
Greater Scaup 3
Lesser Scaup 800
Bufflehead 30
Common Goldeneye 1
Hooded Merganser 70
Common Merganser 100
Red-breasted Merganser 1
Ruddy Duck 12
Great Blue Heron 2
Bald Eagle 9 5 juveniles and 4 adults
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Coot 200
Ring-billed Gull 200
Herring Gull 10
Mourning Dove 15
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 2
Peregrine Falcon 1
Blue Jay 5
Fish Crow 30
Carolina Chickadee 6
Carolina Wren 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 20
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Fox Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 30
Song Sparrow 8
Swamp Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 8
American Goldfinch 7

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41899699

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

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Date: 1/14/18 9:10 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Dulles owl and hawk.
Both the snowy owl and rough-legged hawk were seen at Dulles between 11:50 and noon from the parking garage.  It took an hour and a half of cold searching by Kurt Gaskill and myself before they appeared.  The owl was in a flying mood and did several circuits near where the FedEx planes are parked.

Marc Ribaudo

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Date: 1/14/18 6:23 am
From: Allen Bryan via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Off Topic- Recent Trip to Southern Texas
I recently visited southern Texas where temperatures were in stark contrast to what we had been experiencing in Virginia.  I ended the week with 180 species observed and some memorable experiences.Some photographs can be found at:
http://visitingnature.com/main/texas-trip-january-2018/
 
Enjoy each day,
Allen
Allen Bryan Winchester & Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 1/14/18 5:44 am
From: Melissa Gross via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Question on how something is listed
Hello Bird Buddies,

I have a question. I saw an eastern phoebe last week and it didn't come up on the rarity list, as some other eastern phoebes have. On ebird it listed it as 'infrequent'. Does this have to do with 'location'? In that, if an eastern phoebe is seen in Westmoreland County at this time of year, it's not 'rare', just 'infrequent'? So it doesn't go up on the 'rarity' list?


I hope I'm making my question clear, as I'm not sure how to word it. So, that being said, where can I find the criteria for what ends up on the daily list? Thanks! Stay warm today!


Melissa D. Gross

Watershed Address: Nomini Creek ~ Nomini Bay ~ Potomac River ~ Chesapeake Bay ~ Atlantic Ocean
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Date: 1/13/18 6:18 pm
From: P 3 via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Eiders, Scoters, Mergansers, Gulls, Cormorants, Turnstones on Monticello Pelagic Field Trip


Eiders, Scoters, Mergansers, Gulls, Cormorants, Turnstones on Monticello Pelagic Field Trip
With about 60 others, below are the checklists from what I saw on the boat - Monticello Bird Club field trip to Virginia Beach (got seasick). We departed bayside from Lynnhaven Inlet. A special thanks to Gabriel for finding the rare birds!

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41883181

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41883450

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41884037

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41884273

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From: va-bird <va-bird-bounces+runningquick444=<hotmail.com...> on behalf of P 3 via va-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: January 13, 2018 9:11 PM
To: Virginia Bird
Subject: [Va-bird] Eiders, Scoters, Mergansers, Gulls, Cormorants, Turnstones on Monticello Pelagic Field Trip

With about 60 others, below are the checklists from what I saw on the Monticello Bird Club field trip to Virginia Beach (got seasick). The boat departed bayside from Lynnhaven Inlet. A special thanks to Gabriel Mapel for finding the rare birds!


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41883181

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41883450

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41884037<http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41883450>

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41883181

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Date: 1/13/18 6:11 pm
From: P 3 via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Eiders, Scoters, Mergansers, Gulls, Cormorants, Turnstones on Monticello Pelagic Field Trip
With about 60 others, below are the checklists from what I saw on the Monticello Bird Club field trip to Virginia Beach (got seasick). The boat departed bayside from Lynnhaven Inlet. A special thanks to Gabriel Mapel for finding the rare birds!


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41883181

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41883450

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41884037<http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41883450>

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41883181

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Date: 1/13/18 5:56 pm
From: Kurt via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Waterfowl along the Potomac in No VA
VA Birders,

I visited a few spots today for waterfowl. First stop was Occoquan Reg Park mid morning but no white winged gulls. Next stop was Belmont Marina, where I met up with Marc Ribaudo. Notable here was a Com Goldeneye plus Greater Scaup and Pied-billed Grebe. Most of the waterfowl were distant from here.

We went to Pohick Reg Park - several thousand waterfowl here but the strong wind and cold temps made viewing quite difficult. Highlights were Horned Grebe, No. Pintail, Greater Scaup and E. Phoebe.

We split up and I traveled to the GW Conference Center. A smaller group of waterfowl but good diversity which included distant RB Mergansers.

Marc had mentioned some shovelers at Veterans Park so I went there next, finding a few dabblers incl the shovelers and some Green-winged Teal.

My last stop was early afternoon at Dyke Marsh which produced a Cackling Goose and 14 species of duck; a nice assortment incl No Shoveler, Redhead and Greater Scaup.

The day netted all the typical winter ducks for our area less a Wood Duck. Plus a couple of Grebes and geese.

Kurt Gaskill

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Date: 1/13/18 4:13 pm
From: David Gibson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Chesapeake Aythya-a-palooza
Hi all, All local members of the famous genus represented today @ Elizabeth
River Park with the exception of Greater Scaup. Eleven duck species
observed overall. Good birding, Dave Gibson, Chesapeake, VA (Bird Central)
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Date: 1/13/18 12:22 pm
From: Jeff Blalock via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] eBird -- Paul C. Edmunds, Jr. Memorial Park -- Jan 13, 2018
Greetings all:

Stopped by Edmunds Park near 1400 Hrs today and found 7 GWF Geese.

Paul C. Edmunds, Jr. Memorial Park
Jan 13, 2018
1:57 PM
Stationary
55 Minute
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.6.2 Build 28

7 Greater White-fronted Goose -- Will add pictures
25 Canada Goose
5 Mallard
3 Turkey Vulture
2 Killdeer
1 Ring-billed Gull

Number of Taxa: 6


From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
103 Elizabeth Court
South Boston VA 24592
434-572-8619 Home
434-470-4352 Cell
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Date: 1/13/18 10:50 am
From: Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Merlin and Snow Goose Photos
All - I headed out this morning for a short birding outing. Earlier this morning, I found a Merlin at the Ponds housing development, which is just outside of Lexington. The front ponds are still frozen over, but the quarry is about 40% open water. On the quarry there were Redheads, Ring-necks, Mallard, Coots, a pair of Hooded Mergansers, and at least 1 Canvasback (an uncommon duck in Rockbridge Co). After the Ponds, I went to Willow lake near Raphine- it is nearly frozen over and there were only a few Canada Geese on the upper pond. I went to McCormick's Farm (near Raphine VA, exit 205 on I-81) to look for the Snow Goose that Kerry Killday reported the other day. As he noted, the bird appears to be an immature in transition to adult plumage or it is a blue phase - white phase mix. The Snow Goose was at the front pond, actually in the grass by the lower parking lot. I was able to get some very up-close photos using the car as a photography blind (cars work great for th
is). I've posted a few photos on Flickr if you're interested.

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

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept.

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Date: 1/13/18 10:40 am
From: Joanne Laskowski via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Chincoteague NWR Shorebird Survey for January 11, 2017
Below are the results of our weekly shorebird/gull survey conducted at
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on January 11, 2017.
All water areas (impoundments and beach areas) were covered in a 6
hour survey. All individuals are counted for the target species;
other birds seen or heard on the survey are followed by a dash.

Well, the frozen impoundments, Assateague Channel and Tom's Cove certainly
decreased the species count. Missing in action were Cormorants, snowy
egrets, little blue herons, and any terns. Only 1 great egret was seen.

However, the numbers of sea ducks including surf and black scoters,
long-tailed ducks, and buffleheads greatly increased. Just an estimate of
scoters would be about 2,000 and long-tails about 1,000. And this is
probably an underestimate. Birds were in almost continuous flocks all
along the 15 miles of beach.

Gulls were taking advantage of the upside down washed up horseshoe crabs
which formed a wrack line along Wild Beach and The Hook. A juvenile
Glaucous Gull was on the Hook.
Date Range Jan 11, 2018 - Jan 17, 2018
Locations Chincoteague NWR





11-Jan
Number of Species 38
Number of Individuals 1,517
Number of Checklists 1





11-Jan
Species Name Species Count
Snow Goose --
Canada Goose --
Tundra Swan --
Northern Shoveler --
Gadwall 2
Mallard --
American Black Duck --
Northern Pintail --
Green-winged Teal 4
Greater/Lesser Scaup --
Surf Scoter --
Black Scoter --
Long-tailed Duck --
Bufflehead --
Hooded Merganser --
Red-breasted Merganser --
Great Blue Heron --
Great Egret 1
Black Vulture --
Turkey Vulture --
Bald Eagle --
Sanderling 259
Dunlin 6
Greater Yellowlegs 4
Willet 53
Ring-billed Gull 83
Herring Gull 776
Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
Glaucous Gull 1
Great Black-backed Gull 323
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker --
American Crow --
Brown-headed Nuthatch --
European Starling --
Yellow-rumped Warbler --
Red-winged Blackbird --
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Date: 1/13/18 5:14 am
From: Andrew Dolby \(adolby\) via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Guatemala trip full
All,


The VSO's Guatemala field trip is now full. Wishing best birding success to the travelers!


Andrew Dolby


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Date: 1/13/18 5:03 am
From: Fred Atwood via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] eBird -- Silver Lake Regional Park -- Jan 13, 2018
Birds mostly in quarry pond at start of day. Geese were leaving in small flocks as the time progressed. Other pond frozen.

Silver Lake Regional Park
Jan 13, 2018
7:12 AM
Traveling
0.26 miles
44 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.6.2 Build 28

1 Greater White-fronted Goose -- Orange beak. white around base of beak. Smaller than Canadas. Light line along side.
2 Cackling Goose -- Pair. Tiny compared to Canadas. Stubby beak. Stocky neck.
1350 Canada Goose
25 Gadwall
2 Mallard
2 Canvasback
45 Redhead
30 Ring-necked Duck
15 Bufflehead
4 Hooded Merganser
8 Ruddy Duck
2 Mourning Dove
1 Downy Woodpecker
2 Carolina Wren
1 American Robin
3 White-throated Sparrow
2 Song Sparrow
1 Northern Cardinal

Number of Taxa: 18


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Date: 1/12/18 3:08 pm
From: Jeff Blalock via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] eBird Trip Summary -- 01/12/2018
Greeting all.


I spent the day birding in Halifax County today with most of the time spent at Staunton River State Park and a quick stop at Runt Powell farm and Edmunds Park.

Following is report from the day Birding.

jeffblalock
eBird Checklist Summary for: Jan 12, 2018

Number of Checklists: 6
Number of Taxa: 45

Checklists included in this summary:
(1): State Rd 716 - Owling Route for Banister River WMA CBC
Date: Jan 12, 2018 at 5:25 AM
(2): Staunton River State Park
Date: Jan 12, 2018 at 6:50 AM
(3): Staunton River State Park
Date: Jan 12, 2018 at 7:00 AM
(4): Staunton River SP-Staunton Trail
Date: Jan 12, 2018 at 11:45 AM
(5): Runt Powell Farm
Date: Jan 12, 2018 at 2:25 PM
(6): Paul C. Edmunds, Jr. Memorial Park
Date: Jan 12, 2018 at 3:00 PM

1536 Canada Goose -- (3),(4),(5),(6)
7 Mallard -- (3),(6)
1 Ring-necked Duck -- (6)
90 Bufflehead -- (3)
7 Hooded Merganser -- (3)
10 Great Blue Heron (Blue form) -- (3)
7 Black Vulture -- (3),(4)
9 Turkey Vulture -- (3),(4),(5)
3 Bald Eagle -- (3),(4)
2030 Ring-billed Gull -- (3),(4)
2 Mourning Dove -- (3)
1 Eastern Screech-Owl -- (1)
2 Great Horned Owl -- (1),(2)
1 Belted Kingfisher -- (3)
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker -- (3),(4)
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker -- (3)
3 Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) -- (3),(4)
1 Hairy Woodpecker -- (3)
5 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) -- (3),(4)
3 Pileated Woodpecker -- (3),(4)
4 Blue Jay -- (3),(4)
26 American Crow -- (3),(4),(5)
3 Carolina Chickadee -- (3)
9 Tufted Titmouse -- (3),(4)
5 White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) -- (3),(4)
17 Carolina Wren -- (2),(3),(4),(5)
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet -- (3)
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet -- (3),(4)
18 Eastern Bluebird -- (2),(3),(4)
5 Hermit Thrush -- (3)
2 American Robin -- (3)
2 Northern Mockingbird -- (3),(6)
3 European Starling -- (5)
2 Pine Warbler -- (3)
8 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) -- (3),(4)
30 Chipping Sparrow -- (3)
11 Field Sparrow -- (3),(4)
3 Fox Sparrow (Red) -- (3)
25 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) -- (3)
13 White-throated Sparrow -- (3),(4)
9 Song Sparrow -- (3),(4)
6 Swamp Sparrow -- (3),(4)
2 Eastern Towhee -- (3),(4)
8 Northern Cardinal -- (3)
15 American Goldfinch -- (3),(4)

This trip summary was created using the eBird app for iPhone and iPad.
See eBird for more information.


From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
103 Elizabeth Court
South Boston VA 24592
434-572-8619 Home
434-470-4352 Cell
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Date: 1/12/18 1:34 pm
From: Stephen Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Northern Shrike returned (Fairfax County)

Hello birders,

I've seen a couple of emails inquiring about the Northern Shrike. No eBird reports since 22 December, so I've been keeping an eye open. It was back there today (12 January). Sully Woodlands, Fairfax County.

I took some really low-quality photos. If any of them are not too awful, I'll post them with the eBird report.

Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia

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Date: 1/12/18 11:35 am
From: Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Highland County trip cancelled
Hello all

I regret to inform all who are planning to go on the Highland County field trip Saturday that it is cancelled due to the weather that is to take place tomorrow . The temps are to be a high of 25 with 10mph winds with gusts up to 15 . Also in the morning Highland is to get snow showers with a low cloud ceiling . Sunday looks to be a better day but a high of 22 with winds of 5 to 8 mph & plenty of sun shine . So who ever can make it Sunday we will meet at the Food Lion lower parking lot on N. Coalter St at 8 :30 am . Dress for the weather & bring snacks & a lunch .

Today I found a single Dunlin on the small pond at top of the hill on Bells Lane .

Allen Larner
Staunton
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Date: 1/12/18 7:56 am
From: David Boltz via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Greater White-fronted Geese at Lake Frederick & Loggerhead Shrike at Double Tollgate (Clarke Co.)
The GWF Geese are still present this morning but for the most part are intermingled on the ice with the Canada’s. Many of yesterday’s duck species are gone, but today there is a single male Ring-necked Duck.

Dave Boltz

Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 11, 2018, at 4:45 PM, <david.boltz4...> wrote:

13 Greater White-fronted Geese (previously reported) came and went several times today and were all sitting on the ice at Lake Frederick (Frederick County) at 3:45 this afternoon when I last checked. Also present were 3 Cackling Geese, several hundred Canada Geese, many Mallards, 7 Black Ducks, 4 Redheads, Buffleheads, Northern Shovelers, Gadwalls, 4 Hooded Mergansers, and 1 Red-breasted Merganser. More areas of open water opened up today and so increased the waterfowl. Tomorrow’s warm temperatures and rain should prove interesting.

This afternoon I looked for the Loggerhead Shrike on Featherbed Road near Double Tollgate in Clark County. It was actively hunting and posting on fence posts as I pulled up. Location is .25 mile south of 340 on Featherbed Road (Rt. 644), near the mud puddle pond and along the perpendicular fence line around the Cedar tree in the field.

Dave Boltz

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Date: 1/12/18 6:54 am
From: nnva4x4 via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] New yard bird


Hey Yall                 Last night at the monthly meeting for the HRBC we talked about recent bird sightings and identification. We were shown a photo of a confusing winter visitor. It was a Orange Crowned Warbler that is often confused with our typical Pine Warbler.  Sure enough this morning I look out back and saw this yellow bird on my bark butter feeder. I put optics on it and it was just as described last night. No wing bars, broken eye ring and slight line over the eye.  My first OC Warbler for my yard.  So everyone keep your eyes open and watch that bark butter for this great winter visitor. Good Birding Stuart SweetmanNewport News 


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Date: 1/11/18 3:31 pm
From: P 3 via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Central Loudoun CBC Highlights
Long tailed Duck and Scaup continue at silver lake:
Red shouldered also in the area
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41828951
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From: va-bird <va-bird-bounces+runningquick444=<hotmail.com...> on behalf of Joe Coleman via va-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: January 11, 2018 5:52 PM
To: va-bird
Subject: [Va-bird] Central Loudoun CBC Highlights

This seasons Central Loudoun CBC (Dec. 28), our 21st, was a tremendous
success. While the number of participants was down a bit (about 95), we had
a really good year for species (98) and individuals (46,703).



The colder than normal temperatures (a low of 10 and a high of 24) appeared
to encourage more birds to keep feeding and visible than is usual. And while
most waterbodies, even the Goose Creek, were completely frozen, those that
were open attracted large numbers of waterfowl.



We added three species weve never had before, an Osprey along Goose Creek,
two Iceland Gulls at the County Landfill , and a Count Week Rosss Goose on
a pond a little southwest of Purcellville.



Other unusual sightings were:

- A Greater White-fronted Goose, only the second time weve had one.
Interestingly enough there was a second one during Count Week (the three
days before and after the count, itself).

- A Blue-winged Teal (found only twice before) found during Count
Week

- Three Snow Geese (found on about our counts)

- Two Wood Ducks (found on about our counts)

- Two Northern Shovelers (found on about our counts)

- Three Common Goldeneye (found on a 1/3 of our counts)

- Fourteen Red-breasted Mergansers (found on only three previous
counts)

- One Rough-legged Hawk (found on only five previous counts)

- Two American Woodcocks (found on seven previous counts)

- Lesser Black-backed Gull (found on only three previous counts)

- Great Black-backed Gull (found on about our counts)

- 132 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers (more than any previous year and, in
fact, the first time we have exceeded 100)

- Ten Eastern Phoebes, a high count

- Over 7,000 American Robins. While several of the sector leaders
commented on how abundant this species was, two sectors had very few.

- A Gray Catbird (found on about our counts)

- Four Brown Thrashers, the most weve ever had on this count and
found on about our counts

- Forty Chipping Sparrows, while usually found in small numbers, this
species appears to be lingering further into winter every year in small
flocks.



While the five American Kestrels were not the fewest weve ever had (that
was three in 2015), this low number continues to document the sad decline of
this species in the mid-Atlantic. Also, for the first time ever, we did not
find a single Eastern Meadowlark. While this species, as is true of most
grassland birds, has been declining for years, it is one more indicator of
how difficult it has become for birds that rely on grasslands for their
habitat.



Joe Coleman Compiler

Central Loudoun CBC

Sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy





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Date: 1/11/18 3:24 pm
From: Robert Brosnan via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Glaucous and Clay Colored Sparrow

Went in search for both of them today, the Gull being a lifer for both my wife and I and the Sparrow a lifer for my wife.  Great to say we saw both - great day.  The Gull was sitting by itself at noon as if being scorned by the others.  I saw the Sparrow earlier so new where to look and what we looking for. Saw it several times before it popped out for my wife to see.  Right at the bushes at the parking lot.  Lots of White Crowned and Chipping as well and I saw 1 Fox Sparrow.
Pohick has all that everyone else has reported - a tremendous showing. We did see the Eurasian Wigeon.
Bob Brosnan
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Date: 1/11/18 3:13 pm
From: Howard Wu via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] RFI - West Point Snowy Owl
Hi, group:

I know a Snowy Owl was reported this winter at West Point near Richmond. I
checked the eBird reports; it has not been reported for a week or so. Does
anyone know if it is really not found anymore, or people just stopped
looking?

Also, if you have information on how best to access the viewing place(s),
please kindly let me know as well. If it is spotted again, I am thinking
about making a run for it at some point.

Thanks,
Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
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Date: 1/11/18 2:52 pm
From: Joe Coleman via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Central Loudoun CBC Highlights
This seasons Central Loudoun CBC (Dec. 28), our 21st, was a tremendous
success. While the number of participants was down a bit (about 95), we had
a really good year for species (98) and individuals (46,703).



The colder than normal temperatures (a low of 10 and a high of 24) appeared
to encourage more birds to keep feeding and visible than is usual. And while
most waterbodies, even the Goose Creek, were completely frozen, those that
were open attracted large numbers of waterfowl.



We added three species weve never had before, an Osprey along Goose Creek,
two Iceland Gulls at the County Landfill , and a Count Week Rosss Goose on
a pond a little southwest of Purcellville.



Other unusual sightings were:

- A Greater White-fronted Goose, only the second time weve had one.
Interestingly enough there was a second one during Count Week (the three
days before and after the count, itself).

- A Blue-winged Teal (found only twice before) found during Count
Week

- Three Snow Geese (found on about our counts)

- Two Wood Ducks (found on about our counts)

- Two Northern Shovelers (found on about our counts)

- Three Common Goldeneye (found on a 1/3 of our counts)

- Fourteen Red-breasted Mergansers (found on only three previous
counts)

- One Rough-legged Hawk (found on only five previous counts)

- Two American Woodcocks (found on seven previous counts)

- Lesser Black-backed Gull (found on only three previous counts)

- Great Black-backed Gull (found on about our counts)

- 132 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers (more than any previous year and, in
fact, the first time we have exceeded 100)

- Ten Eastern Phoebes, a high count

- Over 7,000 American Robins. While several of the sector leaders
commented on how abundant this species was, two sectors had very few.

- A Gray Catbird (found on about our counts)

- Four Brown Thrashers, the most weve ever had on this count and
found on about our counts

- Forty Chipping Sparrows, while usually found in small numbers, this
species appears to be lingering further into winter every year in small
flocks.



While the five American Kestrels were not the fewest weve ever had (that
was three in 2015), this low number continues to document the sad decline of
this species in the mid-Atlantic. Also, for the first time ever, we did not
find a single Eastern Meadowlark. While this species, as is true of most
grassland birds, has been declining for years, it is one more indicator of
how difficult it has become for birds that rely on grasslands for their
habitat.



Joe Coleman Compiler

Central Loudoun CBC

Sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy





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Date: 1/11/18 1:49 pm
From: Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Silver Lake Regional Park
I enjoyed a nice visit to Silver Lake park in Prince William County this morning. The lake was still frozen but the quarry was ice free and full of waterfowl. Hundreds of geese and ducks of 11 species were present, including Canada goose, ring-necked duck (about 100), redhead (many), lesser scaup, bufflehead, ruddy duck, gadwall, mallard, canvasback, hooded merganser, and common merganser. Other highlights were a very photogenic merlin, 7 woodpecker species, hermit thrush, creeper, both kinglets, cedar waxwing, and fox sparrow. I tallied 53 species in all.


Marc Ribaudo


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Date: 1/11/18 1:45 pm
From: David Boltz via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Greater White-fronted Geese at Lake Frederick & Loggerhead Shrike at Double Tollgate (Clarke Co.)
13 Greater White-fronted Geese (previously reported) came and went several times today and were all sitting on the ice at Lake Frederick (Frederick County) at 3:45 this afternoon when I last checked. Also present were 3 Cackling Geese, several hundred Canada Geese, many Mallards, 7 Black Ducks, 4 Redheads, Buffleheads, Northern Shovelers, Gadwalls, 4 Hooded Mergansers, and 1 Red-breasted Merganser. More areas of open water opened up today and so increased the waterfowl. Tomorrow’s warm temperatures and rain should prove interesting.

This afternoon I looked for the Loggerhead Shrike on Featherbed Road near Double Tollgate in Clark County. It was actively hunting and posting on fence posts as I pulled up. Location is .25 mile south of 340 on Featherbed Road (Rt. 644), near the mud puddle pond and along the perpendicular fence line around the Cedar tree in the field.

Dave Boltz

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Date: 1/11/18 10:43 am
From: Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Lapland Longspur in Augusta County
Hello all

After work last night I did a little birding in & around Augusta County this morning . While at the Quarry pond in Fishersville I ran into John Pancake & we birded together for a while . At the Quarry among the 450+ Canada's were 20 GWF Geese , 1 Cackling Goose , Gadwall , Redhead , Ruddy , Mallard & Coot . Next we dropped by the pond at the intersection of Rt 608 & 796 ( Long Meadow Rd & Kiddsville Rd ) There were a few Mallard , Gadwall & Hooded Merganser . We moved on to the ponds on Rt 254 in Waynesboro & most of the Canada's along with the Snow Goose were in a corn field about half a mile to the west on Rt 254 . At the ponds were the tagged Trumpeter Swan , Am. Wigeon , Mallard & Pintail . I left John in that area & went home to take a nap & change out of the work clothes . After a short nap I travelled to Swoope where I found Red - winged Blackbird , Field Sparrow , Song , WT & WC Sparrow at Smith's pond along with the two Bald Eagles & the female was carrying grass
to the nest site . Leaving there I went to the area where Horned Lark were found on the first of Jan. . The area is on the end of Rt 708 where the open fields where soy bean was grown last year . Here I found about 200+ Horned Lark with one Lapland Longspur mixed in . The field is the one just below the white house on the left & just before the intersection of Rt 708 & 707 . Follow signs for the Boy Scout Camp & look for the farm with Silos & a pond in the back . A N. harrier spooked the Larks before I could finish looking thru them .

Allen Larner
Staunton
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Date: 1/10/18 11:51 am
From: Tom Saunders via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Eastern Phoebe
Well done. t
On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 2:10 PM Melissa Gross via va-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> I found an eastern phoebe yesterday in Westmoreland County. I posted a few
> pictures on my ebird checklist. I'm sorry, I don't know how to reference
> that here. Since I saw one on the ebird rarity list, and mine wasn't there,
> I just thought I'd share this. Happy birding!
>
>
>
> Melissa D. Gross
>
> Watershed Address: Nomini Creek ~ Nomini Bay ~ Potomac River ~ Chesapeake
> Bay ~ Atlantic Ocean
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Date: 1/10/18 11:48 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Burke Lake Park, Jan 10, 2018
The Northern Virginia Bird Club visited Burke Lake park this morning. The 7 participants enjoyed a productive walk around the west side of the lake, which actually had some open water. Highlights were a merlin perched up across the lake from the pier, all three merganser species, lesser scaup, ruddy duck, fantastic looks at golden-crowned kinglet and creeper, and sharp-shinned hawk. Thirty-three species were tallied in all. The complete list is below.


Marc Ribaudo



Burke Lake Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Jan 10, 2018 8:21 AM - 10:51 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
33 species

Canada Goose 200
Mallard 1
Lesser Scaup 6
Hooded Merganser 14
Common Merganser 6
Red-breasted Merganser 2
Ruddy Duck 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 2
Ring-billed Gull 9
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 5
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Merlin 1
Blue Jay 26
American Crow 8
Fish Crow 4
Carolina Chickadee 10
Tufted Titmouse 8
White-breasted Nuthatch 6
Brown Creeper 3
Carolina Wren 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet 6
Eastern Bluebird 4
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 8
Northern Mockingbird 1
Cedar Waxwing 22
Dark-eyed Junco 4
Northern Cardinal 2
American Goldfinch 4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41794011

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

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Date: 1/10/18 11:09 am
From: Melissa Gross via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Eastern Phoebe
I found an eastern phoebe yesterday in Westmoreland County. I posted a few pictures on my ebird checklist. I'm sorry, I don't know how to reference that here. Since I saw one on the ebird rarity list, and mine wasn't there, I just thought I'd share this. Happy birding!



Melissa D. Gross

Watershed Address: Nomini Creek ~ Nomini Bay ~ Potomac River ~ Chesapeake Bay ~ Atlantic Ocean
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Date: 1/10/18 9:59 am
From: David Gibson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Redheads, Portsmouth, VA
Roughly 20 Redheads have been at Paradise Creek Nature Park (in Paradise
Creek). Just across the river in Chesapeake @ Elizabeth River Park--good
#'s of cold-stunned dead fish and also good #'s of gulls and ducks. Perhaps
best to bird both places @ low tide or thereabouts. Good luck! Dave Gibson,
Chesapeake, VA
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Date: 1/10/18 8:38 am
From: Dixie Sommers via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] VSO Guatemala trip-late openings!
Hi Andrew - what are the trip dates?

Dixie Sommers
<dixiesommers...>

On Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Andrew Dolby (adolby) via va-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
All,

Some prospective travelers on the VSO's Guatemala trip in March had to back out. That means we have a couple of late openings. Please let me know as soon as possible if you are interested. 2018 will be the third year VSO members have been hosted by Community Cloud Forest Conservation<http://cloudforestconservation.org/> in Guatemala. Great opportunity to do some amazing birding with Guatemala's foremost birding expert, John Cahill, and to support a highly effective conservation organization!

Andrew Dolby

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Date: 1/10/18 8:00 am
From: Ed Trelawny via va-bird <va-bird...>
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Date: 1/10/18 6:08 am
From: Carr, David E. \(dec5z\) via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Greater White-Fronted Geese at Lake Frederick
This morning James Fox and I had 13 Greater White-fronted Geese on the ice at Lake Frederick (Frederick County) in a large flock of Canadas. Thanks to Bill Parkins, who alerted us to these birds yesterday. Most of the lake is still frozen, but along with the White-fronts were a single Cackling Goose, a Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Northern Shovelers, Bufflehead, and Mallards.

David Carr
Clarke County

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Date: 1/9/18 7:21 pm
From: Mary Kimm via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Pohick Bay Water Fowl
Very cool!

On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 5:46 PM Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> wrote:

> I was at Pohick Bay for a couple of hours this afternoon. There were
> thousands of ducks and other birds on the water, and the ice. (Partial List
> below) .
> In addition to the ducks, there were a couple of hundred or more Canada
> geese, about 100 Tundra Swans (close enough to hear them calling and see
> them flapping their wings), at least four Bald Eagles out on the ice, and a
> bunch of gulls.
> The afternoon sunshine on the birds made for excellent viewing and
> photography. It was all quite impressive.
> I made no attempt to do an accurate count; many of the birds were too far
> away to hardly even see, even with a scope
> However, I did see:
>
> Redhead: hundreds
> Canvasbacks: dozens
> Coots: countless
> Hooded Mergansers: probably hundreds.
> Common Mergansers
> Bufflehead
> Gadwall
> Ruddy duck
> Ringnecks
> Scaup
> American widgeon
> Mallards
> A pair of Goldeneye,
> (Seen and reported by Bill Young.)
> I did not find or see the Eurasian widgeon, nor the Eared Grebe.
> It was all quite impressive.
> It will be interesting to see how many birds are still there as the ice
> begins to melt.
> Donald Sweig
> Falls Church, Virginia
>
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 1/9/18 2:46 pm
From: Donald Sweig via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Pohick Bay Water Fowl
I was at Pohick Bay for a couple of hours this afternoon. There were thousands of ducks and other birds on the water, and the ice. (Partial List below) .
In addition to the ducks, there were a couple of hundred or more Canada geese, about 100 Tundra Swans (close enough to hear them calling and see them flapping their wings), at least four Bald Eagles out on the ice, and a bunch of gulls.
The afternoon sunshine on the birds made for excellent viewing and photography. It was all quite impressive.
I made no attempt to do an accurate count; many of the birds were too far away to hardly even see, even with a scope
However, I did see:

Redhead: hundreds
Canvasbacks: dozens
Coots: countless
Hooded Mergansers: probably hundreds.
Common Mergansers
Bufflehead
Gadwall
Ruddy duck
Ringnecks
Scaup
American widgeon
Mallards
A pair of Goldeneye,
(Seen and reported by Bill Young.)
I did not find or see the Eurasian widgeon, nor the Eared Grebe.
It was all quite impressive.
It will be interesting to see how many birds are still there as the ice begins to melt.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia



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Date: 1/9/18 1:25 pm
From: William Young via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Glaucous Gull and Common Goldeneyes
The Glaucous Gull was at Occoquan Regional Park this afternoon at about
1:15. It then flew west and did not return. I did not find the Iceland
Gull. At Pohick Bay, there were many thousands of waterfowl crowded into
areas with open water. I counted 16 species, with the highlight being a
pair of Common Goldeneyes.

William Young
Arlington, VA
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Date: 1/9/18 12:51 pm
From: Andrew Dolby \(adolby\) via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] VSO Guatemala trip-late openings!
All,

Some prospective travelers on the VSO's Guatemala trip in March had to back out. That means we have a couple of late openings. Please let me know as soon as possible if you are interested. 2018 will be the third year VSO members have been hosted by Community Cloud Forest Conservation<http://cloudforestconservation.org/> in Guatemala. Great opportunity to do some amazing birding with Guatemala's foremost birding expert, John Cahill, and to support a highly effective conservation organization!

Andrew Dolby

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Date: 1/9/18 12:46 pm
From: Joe Coleman via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FW: DC Area, 1/9/2018
FYI Joe Coleman

-----Original Message-----
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 1/9/2018
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Joe Coleman
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, January 2 and was
completed on Tuesday, January 9 at 12:25 a.m.

Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order, as
set forth in the American Ornithological Society Checklist for North and
Middle American Birds, as revised through the 58th Supplement (July 2017).

The top birds this week were KING EIDER in MD, SNOWY OWL in DC, DE, MD and
VA, SAY'S PHOEBE* in VA, HARRIS'S SPARROW* in MD and VA, SHINY COWBIRD* in
MD, BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* in VA, and WESTERN TANAGER* in VA.

Other birds of interest this week included waterfowl, EARED GREBE,
hummingbirds, SANDHILL CRANE, RED KNOT, gulls, GREAT CORMORANT, AMERICAN
BITTERN, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, SHORT-EARED OWL, LOGGERHEAD
SHRIKE, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, SEDGE WREN, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, sparrows,
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, warblers, PAINTED BUNTING, and
DICKCISSEL.

TOP BIRDS

A female KING EIDER was seen Jan 8 at Assateague Island NS, Worcester Co,
MD.

SNOWY OWLS winter continued in the reporting area with sightings in all
jurisdictions. In D.C. one was reported on an office building in the 1300
block of C St SW on Jan 8. In DE a continuing SNOWY OWL was seen all week
along Fowler Beach Road in Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, and another SNOWY OWL
was seen Jan 2 and 3 along Port Mahon Rd, Kent Co. In MD a SNOWY OWL was
seen Jan 2 at Assateague SP, Worcester Co, MD. In VA, a SNOWY OWL continued
to be seen throughout the week at the Dulles Airport, Loudoun Co (the Dulles
Police Department requests that birders call ahead when they plan to bird
there by calling 703- 572-2954). Also in VA, another continues at the Mt.
Crawford McDonald's in Rockingham Co with a report from Jan 2; and a
continuing bird on the jetty and pier in West Point, King William Co seen
again on Jan 3.

A SAY'S PHOEBE* was seen Jan 3 along Hybla Farm Rd, King William Co, VA.

The HARRIS'S SPARROW* in Bladensburg, Prince George's Co, MD continued to be
seen on a side trail off the Anacostia River Trail, with the most recent
sighting Jan 8.

The SHINY COWBIRD* continues near the intersection of Parkwood Drive and
Franklin Street in the Kensington neighborhood in Bethesda, Montgomery Co,
MD, with the most recent sighting on Jan 5.

The BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* at 103 Exeter Court in James City Co, VA
was last reported Jan 2.

A male WESTERN TANAGER* was seen Jan 3 and 4 at a feeder in Yorktown, York
Co, VA.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

SNOW GEESE turned up at several inland locations this past week. ROSS'S
GEESE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, and CACKLING GEESE were also seen at a
number of locations this past week. Highly unusual inland, an immature BRANT
turned up Jan 2 in ponds along Main St in Darnestown, Montgomery Co, MD; it
was seen again on the 5th with a flock of Canada Geese at the corner of Rte
28 and Main St.

TRUMPETER SWANS also turned up in a number of locations this past week. One
with wing tag, R24, was at the Avtex Fibers Superfund Site Conservancy Park,
Warren Co, VA, on Jan 3. Another continuing swan was seen in a pond on
Claybrook Dr and Ivy St, Waynesboro, VA throughout the week. Two previously
reported TRUMPETER SWANS were seen again on Jan 6 at the Eggleston Boat
Ramp, Giles Co, VA. Additionally, the resident Fauquier Co TRUMPETER SWANS
turned up there and in a number of neighboring counties on and off during
the week.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen Jan 7 at Anderson Park, Newport News, VA. A
EURASIAN WIGEON was also seen throughout the week at Pohick Bay RP, Fairfax
Co, VA. The continuing male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen again at the Poplar
Spring Animal Sanctuary, Poolesville, Montgomery Co, MD on Jan 5. Both
WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and LONG-TAILED DUCKS turned up at a number of inland
locations throughout the week.

An EARED GREBE was seen Jan 2 and 3 at Pohick Bay RP, Fairfax Co, VA.

A lingering RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD continued to visit a feeder in
Virginia Beach, VA through Jan 3. A female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was last seen
on Jan 3 visiting a feeder in the Wildewood Neighborhood of St. Mary's Co,
MD.

Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen Jan 7 in the fields along Spinks Mill Rd,
Lucketts, Loudoun Co, VA. On the same day four SANDHILL CRANES were seen in
a field along JFK Memorial Hwy at Raphel Rd, Baltimore Co, MD.

A RED KNOT was seen throughout the week at the Ocean City (MD) Inlet,
Worcester Co, MD.

One, and possibly two, BLACK-HEADED GULLS were seen Jan 2, 3, and 8 at the
Wolfe Neck WTP (restricted access), Sussex Co, DE. Single ICELAND GULLS
(Kumlien's) turned up at a number of locations in VA this past week with one
at the Occoquan RP, Fairfax Co, VA on Jan 3, 4, and 6; one at Rudee Inlet,
Virginia Beach, VA on Jan 4; one at the Walmart Ponds in Colonial Heights,
VA on Jan 4; and in Virginia Beach, one on Jan 5 at 57th St and another on
Jan 8 at the Lynnhaven fishing pier. In MD ICELAND GULLS were seen Jan 2 and
3 at the Salisbury Landfill, Wicomico Co; on Jan 8 at the Cambridge
(Dorchester Co) Waterfront; on Jan 3, 6, and 8 at the North East Community
Park, Cecil Co; and on Jan 8 at the Trash Transfer Station, Howard and Anne
Arundel Co. A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen throughout the week at the Occoquan RP,
Fairfax Co, VA. Another GLAUCOUS GULL was seen Jan 4 at Rudee Inlet,
Virginia Beach, VA.

GREAT CORMORANTS were seen at Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co, DE throughout
the week with as many as five there Jan 8.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen Jan 2 at the Grandview Nature Preserve,
Hampton, VA. An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen throughout the week at Black
Marsh, North Point SP, Baltimore Co, MD. Two LEAST BITTERNS were seen Jan 6,
7, and 8 at Little Island Park, Virginia Beach, VA.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen throughout the week at the Dulles Airport,
Loudoun Co, VA. A light phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen Jan 3 along Russell
Rd, Garrett Co, MD. Another light phase bird was seen Jan 6 flying near the
intersection of Rte 50 and Rte 340 a little west of the Blandy Experimental
Farm, Clarke Co, VA. The continuing ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen along Fowler
Beach Rd, Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE Jan 2 and 3.

On Jan 2 a GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at the Hagerstown Mall ponds, Washington
Co, MD. Another was briefly seen Jan 3 on the Patuxent River at the end of
Buena Vista Rd, Calvert Co, MD. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen Jan 2 at Willis
Wharf, Northampton Co, VA and another flew over private property in
Westmoreland Co, VA on Jan 6. Also on the 6th, a GOLDEN EAGLE was seen and
photographed at Sky Meadows SP, Fauquier Co, VA.

As many as two SHORT-EARED OWLS continue to be seen at the Konterra Dr
fields and ponds, Prince George's Co, MD with sightings on Jan 2, 3, and 6;
please do not trespass at this location.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen Jan 3 at the Smith Farm, Lunenburg County, VA.
A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was also seen Jan 6 along Langhorne Rd, Albemarle Co,
VA.

A BLUE-HEADED VIREO was seen Jan 3 along Hybla Rd, King William Co, VA.

A continuing SEDGE WREN was seen Jan 3 at the Jefferson Patterson Park &
Museum, Calvert Co, MD.

On Jan 2 and 3 two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were spotted at the edge of the beach
at the end of Fowler Beach Rd, Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE. One was also
seen with a flock of Horned Larks on Jan 7 along Port Mahon Rd, Kent Co, DE.

With AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS so scarce this winter, the four seen at the
Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William Co, VA on Jan 8 were a nice find. A
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continues at the Laurel Hill Equestrian Center in
Fairfax Co, VA, with the most recent sighting on Jan 7. A VESPER SPARROW was
seen Jan 6 along Egypt Rd, Dorchester Co, MD. A VESPER SPARROW was also seen
Jan 8 at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad SP, Dorchester Co, MD. The
continuing LECONTE'S SPARROW was seen Jan 7 at the Beasley Tract, Princess
Anne WMA, Virginia Beach, VA.

A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was found Jan 7 at Black Marsh, North Point SP,
Baltimore Co, MD.

BALTIMORE ORIOLES continued to visit feeders throughout the area including
individuals in Salem, VA; Lincoln, Loudoun Co, VA, and in Albemarle Co, VA.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS and PALM WARBLERS continued to be seen at a variety
of locations as well as an occasional PINE WARBLER visiting feeders. A
NASHVILLE WARBLER was seen Jan 7 on Daingerfield Island, Alexandria, VA. A
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER visited a feeder in Virginia Beach, VA throughout
the week.

A PAINTED BUNTING visited a feeder in Prince William Co, VA on Jan 5 and 6.
The female PAINTED BUNTING visiting a feeder on Carmody Ln in Ocean City, MD
was seen again Jan 6.

A DICKCISSEL turned up Jan 4 and 5 in a backyard in Berwyn Heights, Prince
George's Co, MD.

***

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable state records committee

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Date: 1/9/18 11:31 am
From: Paul Glass via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Pied-billed Grebes?
Interesting observation. Definitely no influx at Kerr Lake. Numbers are
probably about average to slightly below average.

Paul Glass
South Boston, VA

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Sent: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 11:21 AM
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Pied-billed Grebes?


All,
It's been interesting seeing the response of birds to the severe cold
weather this past week, particularly the steady concentration of waterfowl,
and their behavior, in the diminishing ice-free waterbodies. In Albemarle
County, I've also been struck by the absence of a species over the past
week, a species that is usually a fairly reliable winter resident on county
lakes and ponds, namely Pied-billed Grebe. I'm fairly confident they're
absent now at Chris Green Lake, Ragged Mt. Reservoir and Monticello HS Lake,
all places they're generally regular. The last eBird report for the county I
see is for Ragged Mt. Reservoir on January 3rd, despite good coverage
lately. My impression is that they disappeared rather suddenly, thus I don't
think it's a question of mortality (where you would expect to see steadily
diminishing numbers through the period of the cold snap). There's been
discussions on other fora of facultative migrations in response to climatic
conditions, and I wonder if that's not what's taken place. (recall the
influxes of Red-necked Grebes in 2003 and 2014 following prolonged and
extensive ice conditions on the Great Lakes)

It would be interesting to hear if Pied-billed Grebes are also being noted
as absent from other sites in central Virginia, and if others are seeing
influxes of this species to the south (e.g. Kerr Lake) or on the Coastal
Plain.


Dave Shoch
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Date: 1/9/18 8:21 am
From: david shoch via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Pied-billed Grebes?
All,
Its been interesting seeing the response of birds to the severe cold weather this past week, particularly the steady concentration of waterfowl, and their behavior, in the diminishing ice-free waterbodies. In Albemarle County, Ive also been struck by the absence of a species over the past week, a species that is usually a fairly reliable winter resident on county lakes and ponds, namely Pied-billed Grebe. Im fairly confident theyre absent now at Chris Green Lake, Ragged Mt. Reservoir and Monticello HS Lake, all places theyre generally regular. The last eBird report for the county I see is for Ragged Mt. Reservoir on January 3rd, despite good coverage lately. My impression is that they disappeared rather suddenly, thus I dont think its a question of mortality (where you would expect to see steadily diminishing numbers through the period of the cold snap). Theres been discussions on other fora of facultative migrations in response to climatic conditions, and I wonder if thats not whats taken place. (recall the influxes of Red-necked Grebes in 2003 and 2014 following prolonged and extensive ice conditions on the Great Lakes)

It would be interesting to hear if Pied-billed Grebes are also being noted as absent from other sites in central Virginia, and if others are seeing influxes of this species to the south (e.g. Kerr Lake) or on the Coastal Plain.


Dave Shoch
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Date: 1/8/18 6:52 pm
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Bird Walk
It was another frigid morning at Huntley today. Twenty-one birders participated and amassed 40 species. The central wetland remained solidly frozen so the only waterfowl sighted were geese flying overhead. Many members of the group were entranced by a winter wren that provided a spectacular, close-up view. A red-shouldered hawk was in full view across from the beaver bench. Once again the woodpeckers were very active and all seven species were spotted. 
Canada Goose  33
Turkey Vulture  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  4
Mourning Dove  14
Barred Owl  2
Red-headed Woodpecker  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  12
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  12
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  4
Merlin  1
Blue Jay  10
American Crow  53
Fish Crow  3
crow sp.  9
Carolina Chickadee  15
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Brown Creeper  1
Winter Wren  2
Carolina Wren  5
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  9
Hermit Thrush  2
American Robin  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Chipping Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  35
White-throated Sparrow  30
Song Sparrow  5
Swamp Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  14
Red-winged Blackbird  27
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  8
The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 8AM (7AM from March through October), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at (703)768-2525.

Harry Glasgow & Nancy Vehrs
Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Date: 1/8/18 3:55 pm
From: Jack via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FW: Migrating Songbird Fallout On Machias Seal Island (Guest Post By Lighthouse Keeper Ralph Eldridge) — The Naturalist's Notebook
It’s not local but should be of interest.

Jack Greenwood
FallsChurch


http://www.thenaturalistsnotebook.com/our-blog/migrating-bird-fallout-on-machias-seal-isl

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Date: 1/8/18 2:03 pm
From: Jeff Blalock via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kerr Dam, Tailrace Park and North Bend Park
Greetings all

Today I decided to go to Kerr Dam and bird some around the lake hoping to find a variety of ducks since the ponds in the area was all frozen over.

I wasn’t disappointed as I found 13 species of ducks
Am Black Tailrace and Lake
Gadwall most Tailrace a few on Lake
Wood Duck Tailrace only look along shoreline
Mallard - Tailrace and Lake
Pintail - 1 Tailrace only
Greater & Lesser Scaup Lake only
RN Duck Lake only
Common, RB and Hooded Mergansers at Tailrace and Lake for RB & Hood, Tailrace only for Common
Am Wigeon Tailrace and Lake
Redhead Lake only

A few Bald Eagle lots of Horned Grebe and saw a PB Grebe at Tailrace and Lake
The Spotted Sandpiper was seen flying to the small island of rocks with a single tree growing on it at Tailrace.

A very large number of RB Gull some Bonaparte’s and two Herring Gulls one Adult and one Immature.

The best surprise to me was at Tailrace were I almost stepped on an American Woodcock that was enjoying the warmth of the morning sunshine along the edge of the road from the boat ramp to the large shed.
It was on the right side shoulder in some pine needles and I didn’t see it at all until it jumped up and flew over into the trees.

As I neared the fenced in shed either the same bird took flight again or I came up on another bird. The first bird flew over some bushes and into the woods and then I lost sight of it, so I not sure if it was the same bird or not.

I saw one large flock of Sparrows as I entered Tailrace and a few juncos here and there along with both Kinglets, YR and a single Pine Warbler.

A good show of Woodpeckers were seen or heard except for Hairy and RH Woodpecker.

Considering the weather was a bit on the low side when I started this morning at 18 Degrees F it was a very nice and pleasant day to be out.

Good Birding Always

From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
103 Elizabeth Court
South Boston VA 24592
434-572-8619 Home
434-470-4352 Cell
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Date: 1/8/18 1:31 pm
From: Stephen Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Burned field Bonanza (Fairfax County)

Hello birders,

I mentioned last week about the recently burned field parcel at Sully Woodlands. I returned today, during the last hour before the sleet started falling.

In the burn area, very conservative estimates, there were 800+ birds feeding. The parcel is an area of roughly 150 by 300 meters. It was burned 5 days ago, on Jan. 3rd. Here is a rough census, just of the birds in this one parcel today.

500+ Starlings
200+ Robins
80+ Red-winged Blackbirds
dozen+ each of: White-throated and Song Sparrows, Juncos, and Cardinals
6+ Bluebirds
2-3 each Flicker, Jay, Mockingbird, Field and Fox Sparrows, and Goldfinch

I scanned for less-common visitors like other Icterids, Sparrows, etc., and did not find any. But it was really neat to see so many actively feeding birds, on such a chilly (22 deg F) day. Apparently it was a very well-timed barbeque, for the birds. As a bonus, the adjacent unburned field had a hunting Northern Harrier.

Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia

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Date: 1/8/18 12:05 pm
From: Barbara via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Mason/OBNWR eagles photo link UPDATE
Thanks for the replies to eagles around Mason Neck & OBNWR.Also, apparently the three links I supplied got garbled.My pix are posted here -- but you may need to sign on first to Flickr to view them (or not).https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/Bb840K

- Barbara (Fairfax)
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Date: 1/8/18 12:01 pm
From: P 3 via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Trumpeter Swan in Augusta County
Thanks herbert for your post!


Ivy street ponds of R 254 Herimitage Road, in Waynesboro city limits great for fallouts of ducks! We just saw

Trumpeter Swan, Am Wigeon & Black Duck, Northern Pintail & Shovelers also 4 GW Teal.


Trumpeter Swan affords really good looks close-up and easy photography.



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http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41749308


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From: va-bird <va-bird-bounces+runningquick444=<hotmail.com...> on behalf of Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: December 30, 2017 12:50 PM
To: shenvalbirds
Cc: <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Trumpeter Swan in Augusta County

Hello all

Yesterday late in the afternoon Elaine Carwile called me to report a Swan with yellow wing tags & a code number P 61 . As I was under the weather yesterday with some sort of bug I was not able to chase . This morning I am feeling better but not 100% so I went to check it out & sure enough it is a Trumpeter Swan . Also there is a Ross's Goose which may very well be the one that was on RT 608 earlier this month .

Allen Larner
Staunton
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Date: 1/8/18 10:35 am
From: Nicole Pool Hutcheson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Algonkian Regional Park - White-winged scoter, long-tailed duck and more
Someone reported on a Facebook page yesterday that a white-winged scoter and long-tailed duck was present at Algonkian in Sterling, VA. I had no problem locating these this morning at 9:00am, along with a rather large mixed flock of redheads, scaup, bufflehead, a goldeneye, a ruddy duck, mergansers. Geese were the strongest showing. The large mixed flock was down by the large covered picnic pavilion. When I was ready to depart at 11:30, the goldeneye, ruddy and geese were gone, but most others remained, including the scoter and long-tailed. Many other species seen in large numbers at the park, but these are the more rare. --Nicole
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Date: 1/8/18 10:09 am
From: Larry Cartwright via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Eagles at Mason Neck / Occoquan Bay NWR
I have the records in front of me Kurt.

We tallied 62 eagles at Mason Neck on the CBC.

My suggested adjustments to preclude double-counting brought the total down to 49, still an impressive number!

Larry Cartwright
<prowarbler...>

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From: va-bird [mailto:va-bird-bounces+prowarbler=<verizon.net...>] On Behalf Of Kurt Gaskill via va-bird
Sent: Monday, January 08, 2018 11:37 AM
To: Barbara <barb22030...>; Virginia Birding <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Eagles at Mason Neck / Occoquan Bay NWR

I don’t have my notes in front of me but this area of the Christmas Bird Count tallied over 50 Bald Eagles.
Kurt Gaskill

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 8, 2018, at 10:15 AM, Barbara via va-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> Despite much of the Potomac River and Belmont Bay being frozen in Fairfaxand Prince William counties, I counted 12 adult and juvenile eagles on the ice 1/7/18 on Belmont Bay between Mason Neck State Park and OccoquanBay National Wildlife Refuge. (I also saw two mute (?) swans.) It's a great time to visit OBNWR before the eagles return to their nest on the Charlie Road trail because that's when Fish & Wildlife closes that trail. I was told that due to cutbacks, they will NOT mow a trail this year to detour around that closure.My private pix (temporarily) here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/Bb840KOBNWR: https://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/Occoquangenmap.pdf#aMason Neck: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/mason-neck#general_information
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Date: 1/8/18 8:36 am
From: Kurt Gaskill via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Eagles at Mason Neck / Occoquan Bay NWR
I don’t have my notes in front of me but this area of the Christmas Bird Count tallied over 50 Bald Eagles.
Kurt Gaskill

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 8, 2018, at 10:15 AM, Barbara via va-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> Despite much of the Potomac River and Belmont Bay being frozen in Fairfaxand Prince William counties, I counted 12 adult and juvenile eagles on the ice 1/7/18 on Belmont Bay between Mason Neck State Park and OccoquanBay National Wildlife Refuge. (I also saw two mute (?) swans.) It's a great time to visit OBNWR before the eagles return to their nest on the Charlie Road trail because that's when Fish & Wildlife closes that trail. I was told that due to cutbacks, they will NOT mow a trail this year to detour around that closure.My private pix (temporarily) here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/Bb840KOBNWR: https://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/Occoquangenmap.pdf#aMason Neck: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/mason-neck#general_information
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Date: 1/8/18 7:57 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] tree sparrows, Occoquan Bay NWR
I saw my first American tree sparrows of the winter at Occoquan Bay NWR this morning, with 4 seen in accompaniment with other sparrows feeding on the roads. Other notable species were good numbers of fox sparrows, both kinglets, cedar waxwing, and hermit thrush. All surrounding waters are still frozen, but this should change by the end of the week.


Marc Ribaudo
<moribaudo...>

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Date: 1/8/18 7:15 am
From: Barbara via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Eagles at Mason Neck / Occoquan Bay NWR
     Despite much of the Potomac River and Belmont Bay being frozen in Fairfaxand Prince William counties, I counted 12 adult and juvenile eagles on the ice 1/7/18 on Belmont Bay between Mason Neck State Park and OccoquanBay National Wildlife Refuge.  (I also saw two mute (?) swans.)     It's a great time to visit OBNWR before the eagles return to their nest on the Charlie Road trail because that's when Fish & Wildlife closes that trail. I was told that due to cutbacks, they will NOT mow a trail this year to detour around that closure.My private pix (temporarily) here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/Bb840KOBNWR: https://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/Occoquangenmap.pdf#aMason Neck: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/mason-neck#general_information
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Date: 1/8/18 5:04 am
From: Linda Millington via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] horned lark flock near Winchester
Andy Martin and I found the flock yesterday afternoon. They were in perhaps
the same field of corn stubble close to Hopewell Road across from a farm
house and bordered by orchards. We got great looks and sat for a long time
enjoying them. If we had not been looking for them, we never would have
seen them! We also came across 6 Common Mergansers on the Shenandoah river
near the bridge at Swift Shoals Road and Rt. 50. They were swimming amidst
big chunks of floating ice and snow. We saw several Northern Harriers in
our travels but no Short-eared Owls.

Linda Millington
Upperville, VA

On Sun, Jan 7, 2018 at 11:36 AM, Stauffer Miller via va-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> I studied a 200 plus number Horned Lark flock this morning at Clearbrook,
> Frederick County. The flock was in corn stubble at the northwest corner of
> Hopewell Road and I-81, Clearbrook. I searched the flock for buntings or
> longspurs, but did not see any. Stauffer Miller
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Date: 1/7/18 3:49 pm
From: Stephen Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] a very cold Great Blue Heron (Arlington)

Hello birders,

Today Lynn and I observed a Great Blue Heron persevering in this challenging weather. The air temp had risen to around 20 deg F, and a light breeze had started up, at 3 PM today.

The scene picture here shows the challenge for this bird - find fish in a side stream near the Potomac in Arlington, essentially completely frozen over. It was standing in a narrow open section, probably from a runoff pipe.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41725905

The Potomac itself was also completely covered with ice. Earlier today I visited 3 of the larger lakes in Reston (Fairfax County). They were also mostly covered, just two of them with small remaining open sections. The greatest waterfowl diversity was at Lake Thoreau, with 4 normal duck spp and Coot.

Stay warm folks!!
-- -- Steve Johnson and Lynn Rafferty
Fairfax, Virginia


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Date: 1/7/18 2:37 pm
From: Shea Tiller via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Ragged Mtn., Monticello High School, Green Springs, Lake Monticello
Hello, all. Here's a brief update on a 50% successful outing this afternoon
looking for waterfowl.

Ragged Mountain was scanned for 45 mins; goldeneye and greater scaup were
not present, but *redhead* was.

Monticello High School Lake had the same *common merg.* and ring-necked
ducks that have been there recently, plus the deceased coot that David
Shoch earlier reported.

The cackling goose and dabbling ducks that had been reported in a cornfield
in Green Springs were no longer there; thanks to Andrew Rapp for giving me
directions to the correct field.

At Lake Monticello, I met Kim Kozella who showed me phonescopes of *long-tailed
ducks* and a *canvasback*; I scanned the entire group of birds enough to go
over some parts twice, but still missed these. I still got three *common
mergs.* I was very surprised that any open water would remain after the -3
degree temperatures last night and the single-digit temps earlier in the
week. I would have thought that waterfowl that sleep on the water would be
in enough danger from overnight freezing that all of the birds would go
south or to Lake Anna or somewhere else with much more open water.

I guess these birds will be in less danger from the cold and ice starting
tomorrow, when temperatures that will allow melting are forecasted.

Great birding,

Shea
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Date: 1/7/18 1:49 pm
From: Kristine Lansing via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 01/07/2018 (Fairfax County)


Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified approximately 28 species and included 6 participants.  Birds were in abundance despite the single-digit temperature (3 degrees, actually) at the start of the walk.  Although there were gobs of Canada Geese, relatively few species of ducks were sighted -- Common Mergansers, Black Ducks, and Mallards only -- likely due to the amount of ice on the river.  And even the ice was singing.
The walk meets at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, rain or shine, in front of the snack bar/concession stand of the Great Falls Park visitors' center; it does not take place, though, during electrical storms, heavy snows, or when the trails are icy.  All birders are welcome!
Canada Goose  480
Mallard  65
American Black Duck  2
Common Merganser  6
Black Vulture  5
Bald Eagle  2    One eagle was perched adjacent to the Conn Island nest; the other was in a canopy tree along the path that joins Great Falls Park and Riverbend Park, in approximately the same location as on 12/24 and 12/31/2017.
Mourning Dove  1
Eastern Screech-Owl  1    Undisclosed location.
Barred Owl  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  9
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  5
Northern Flicker  5
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  12
crow sp.  8
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Carolina Wren  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  4
Eastern Bluebird  13
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Dark-eyed Junco  5
White-throated Sparrow  12
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  3
American Goldfinch  5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41719684

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Date: 1/7/18 1:36 pm
From: kurtcapt87--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] IMPORTANT Information about Birding at Dulles Airport
ALL BIRDers,



Elton and I encountered a Dulles Law Enforcement Officer whilst scanning
from the parking deck this morning. The Dulles Police Department requests
that birders call ahead when they plan to bird from Dulles, such as the
parking deck. Please call 703 572 2954. We were left with the impression
that, normally, there will be no problem. The Department simply wants to
know when you are birding. I also got the impression you can call when
enroute.



Thank you!



Kurt Gaskill

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Date: 1/7/18 11:43 am
From: Scott Priebe via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fw: eBird Report - Occoquan Regional Park, Jan 7, 2018 - Glaucous Gull
Glaucous Gull was present when I arrived @ 11:30, departed about 12:15. No Iceland Gull while I was there, and others that had started earlier said that no one had seen it this morning.


Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA


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Occoquan Regional Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Jan 7, 2018 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Protocol: Stationary
26 species

Canada Goose 6
Mallard 23
Redhead 9
Greater Scaup 1
Lesser Scaup 3
Bufflehead 6
Common Merganser 1
Ruddy Duck 10
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Black Vulture 4
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Coot 12
Ring-billed Gull 78
Herring Gull 6
Glaucous Gull 1 Continuing bird, all dingy white, pink and black bill, between Herring Gull and Great Black-Backed Gull in size. Present when I arrived; flew down river ~12:15 PM.
Great Black-backed Gull 2
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
Fish Crow 82
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
Dark-eyed Junco 3
White-throated Sparrow 8
Northern Cardinal 6

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Date: 1/7/18 11:30 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Jan 7, 2018

The weekly walk at Dyke Marsh in Alexandria, sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh and open to all, started off in very frosty conditions (9 degrees) that greatly limited attendance, but fortunately not the birds. Despite a lack of open water and waterfowl, we had a productive walk. Lots of sparrows were encountered throughout the walk, including fox sparrow. A phoebe in the picnic area was a nice surprise, and a peregrine was sunning itself on the Wilson bridge. The little guys were well represented, with both kinglets, yellow-rumped warbler, winter wren, and brown creeper. The complete list is presented below.


Marc Ribaudo


Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Jan 7, 2018 7:39 AM - 10:05 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Very cold start at 9 degrees. River mostly frozen.
46 species

Canada Goose 2
Mallard X
American Black Duck X
Lesser Scaup 5
Bufflehead 4
Common Merganser 1
Red-breasted Merganser 1
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 2
Bald Eagle 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull X
Herring Gull X
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Mourning Dove 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Peregrine Falcon 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 1
Fish Crow 6
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Brown Creeper 1
Winter Wren 3
Carolina Wren 8
Golden-crowned Kinglet 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 6
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Fox Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 3
White-throated Sparrow 80
Song Sparrow 20
Swamp Sparrow 8
Northern Cardinal 16
House Finch 3
American Goldfinch 1
House Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41705268

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Date: 1/7/18 8:36 am
From: Stauffer Miller via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] horned lark flock near Winchester
I studied a 200 plus number Horned Lark flock this morning at Clearbrook, Frederick County. The flock was in corn stubble at the northwest corner of Hopewell Road and I-81, Clearbrook. I searched the flock for buntings or longspurs, but did not see any. Stauffer Miller
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Date: 1/7/18 8:33 am
From: m b via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Diving mallards
In Maine I have often seen black ducks dive. All summer and early fall long, not just occasionally. In fact, decades ago I was told by a Mainer they were diving ducks, and was surprised many years later to discover they were considered dabblers. Clearly black ducks are not mallards, but very like mallards. Perhaps similar behavior, though I personally have never seen a mallard dive.

Mb northern va
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Today's Topics:

1. Re: Glaucous gull, occoquan (Bill Hohenstein)
2. Glaucous gull, and Iceland Gull occoquan (Bill Hohenstein)
3. Young Bald Eagle slipping, sliding on the frozen Nansemond
(Les Willis)
4. Re: Chipping Sparrows (50!) (Mary Ann Good)
5. Rough-legged Hawk (Clarke County) (Gabriel Mapel)
6. Re: Rough-legged Hawk (Clarke County) (Gabriel Mapel)
7. Re: diving mallards (<badgerboy...>)
8. Glaucous, Iceland gulls (Marc Ribaudo)
9. Re: Chipping Sparrows (Marshall Faintich)
10. Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - South Orleans
(David Gibson)
11. Sandy River Reservoir, 1/6 (Alyssa Freeman)
12. Mute Swan at Wilck's Lake & Palm Warbler at High Bridge Trail
SP, Prince Edward County (Evan Spears)
13. Re: Mute Swan at Wilck's Lake & Palm Warbler at High Bridge
Trail SP, Prince Edward County (Shea Tiller)
14. Re: Chipping Sparrows (50!) (Mary Ann Good)
15. Jackson Abbott conservation award (Patti Reum)


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Message: 1
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2018 15:04:24 +0000
From: Bill Hohenstein <elliety...>
To: "<va-bird...>" <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Glaucous gull, occoquan
Message-ID:
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________________________________
From: Bill Hohenstein <elliety...>
Sent: Saturday, January 6, 2018 10:02:50 AM
To: Marc Ribaudo
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Glaucous gull, occoquan

Sat morning 10:00 Glaucous gull present
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From: va-bird <va-bird-bounces+elliety=<msn.com...> on behalf of Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: Friday, January 5, 2018 9:11:54 AM
To: Va-bird
Subject: [Va-bird] Glaucous gull, occoquan

The Glaucous gull at Occoquan Overlook park is showing nicely. No sign of Iceland yet but gulls are trickling in.

Marc Ribaudo

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Message: 2
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2018 17:28:10 +0000
From: Bill Hohenstein <elliety...>
To: "<va-bird...>" <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Glaucous gull, and Iceland Gull occoquan
Message-ID:
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The Iceland Gull showed up as well at about 10:30. Here is a link to some photos and videos:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/73831614@N00/albums/72157689129219902/with/25669046598/


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Sent: Saturday, January 6, 2018 10:04 AM
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Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Glaucous gull, occoquan

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From: Bill Hohenstein <elliety...>
Sent: Saturday, January 6, 2018 10:02:50 AM
To: Marc Ribaudo
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Glaucous gull, occoquan

Sat morning 10:00 Glaucous gull present
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Sent: Friday, January 5, 2018 9:11:54 AM
To: Va-bird
Subject: [Va-bird] Glaucous gull, occoquan

The Glaucous gull at Occoquan Overlook park is showing nicely. No sign of Iceland yet but gulls are trickling in.

Marc Ribaudo

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Message: 3
Date: Sat, 06 Jan 2018 12:54:02 -0500
From: Les Willis <leswillis...>
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Young Bald Eagle slipping, sliding on the frozen
Nansemond
Message-ID: <mailman.46.1515333020.706.va-bird...>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8

This morning.? River frozen completely shore to shore.

https://youtu.be/1gqQROS0Vzg

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Message: 4
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2018 13:14:09 -0500
From: Mary Ann Good <magood20132...>
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Chipping Sparrows (50!)
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Like Marshall, I also had a large flock of at least 36 Chipping Sparrows,
foraging up close in my backyard this morning--they clearly separated
themselves from the many White-throats, and fed right under my floor to
ceiling windows.


On Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 12:05 PM, Marshall Faintich via va-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> Flock of 50 Chipping Sparrows in Old Trail; Crozet, VA; 1/5/18. Report and
> photos:
>
>
>
> <http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_01_05.htm>
> http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_01_05.htm
>
>
>
> ___________________________
>
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>
> Crozet, VA
>
> <marshall...>
>
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>
> In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
> line, so you might as well enjoy the journey !!
>
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Message: 5
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2018 13:20:20 -0500
From: Gabriel Mapel <birdmangabriel...>
To: "<va-bird...>" <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rough-legged Hawk (Clarke County)
Message-ID: <621F3557-9C56-423E-B4C9-C15A1673FA98...>
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Light morph juvenile hovering over Hwy 17 median now, 0.5mile east of entrance to Blandy.
Gabriel Mapel et al

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Message: 6
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2018 13:23:27 -0500
From: Gabriel Mapel <birdmangabriel...>
To: "<va-bird...>" <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Rough-legged Hawk (Clarke County)
Message-ID: <89968556-0857-4A03-862F-14EA359A608E...>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii

CORRECTION: 0.5mile WEST of entrance to Blandy.
Sorry for the confusion.
G Mapel

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> On Jan 6, 2018, at 1:20 PM, Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> Light morph juvenile hovering over Hwy 17 median now, 0.5mile east ofentrance to Blandy.
> Gabriel Mapel et al
>
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Message: 7
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2018 13:25:20 -0500
From: <badgerboy...>
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] diving mallards
Message-ID: <6849da83-2862-89dd-a043-6219b4747f74...>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8; format=flowed

Down here in Boone NC Mallards in the New River were diving under but
not deeply today and we surmised that they were going under to warm up.
The air temperature was around 5F while the water was 27 degrees warmer
or so. Just a guess though.

Guy McGrane, boone, NC



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Message: 8
Date: Sat, 06 Jan 2018 13:37:44 -0500
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...>
To: Va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Glaucous, Iceland gulls
Message-ID: <mailman.47.1515333020.706.va-bird...>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8

Both gulls are currently at Occoquan Overlook park, 1:35pm.

Marc Ribaudo

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Message: 9
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2018 13:47:29 -0500
From: "Marshall Faintich" <marshall...>
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Chipping Sparrows
Message-ID: <000001d3871e$ce82e5d0$6b88b170$@faintich.net>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"

I wonder if the coastal nor'easter snowstorm pushed the Chipping Sparrows to
the northwest from their Carolina wintering grounds?



___________________________

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Crozet, VA

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

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Message: 10
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2018 15:38:02 -0500
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
To: VA-BIRD <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - South
Orleans
Message-ID:
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For those interested in the sapsucker thread. This from South Orleans on
Cape Cod.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Charlie Thompson <cot3...>
Date: Sat, Jan 6, 2018 at 3:18 PM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - South Orleans
To: <Massbird...>, <Capecodbirds...>


Have had Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at our suet and sun seed feeders daily
since 12-31-17.
Feeds several times during the day and shares well.

Charlie and Susan Thompson
South Orleans, MA
cot3atcomcast.net


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Message: 11
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2018 19:48:58 -0500
From: Alyssa Freeman <tsiporah.shani...>
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Sandy River Reservoir, 1/6
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I drove down to the Sandy River Reservoir this afternoon, but the Greater
White-fronted Geese were a no-show. There were no more than 10 Canada Geese
when I was there and they didn't stay long (possibly because of hunters).
The Horned Grebes and Common Goldeneyes were still there, however. Most
were quite far out on the water. Totals were as follows (most numbers are
appropriate):

1. Blue Jay - 1
2. Greater Scaup - 10
3. Bald Eagle - 1 (immature. At times standing on the ice, circling the
reservoir, and calling)
4. Hooded Merganser - 31
5. Ruddy Duck - 12
6. Ring-billed Gull - 15
7. Bufflehead - 6
8. Redhead - 1 (male)
9. Gadwall - 12
10. Common Goldeneye - 2 (females)
11. Common Loon - 3 (one standing on the shore by the bridge. First time
I've ever seen one on land)
12. Belted Kingfisher - 1
13. Horned Grebe - 2
14. Red-breasted Merganser - 12
15. Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler - 2
16. American Crow - 1
17. Song Sparrow - 1
18. Canvasback - 30
19. American Black Duck - 8
20. Mallard - 150
21. Great Blue Heron - 1

(the ABDU's and the MALL's were all at the end of Gates-Basse Road)

Alyssa Freeman
Henrico Co.


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Message: 12
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2018 20:06:33 -0500
From: Evan Spears <e3spears...>
To: <heartofvabirds...>, <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Mute Swan at Wilck's Lake & Palm Warbler at High
Bridge Trail SP, Prince Edward County
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Continuing cold weather keeps bringing in the rarities.

- Stopped briefly at frozen Wilck's Lake this morning only to see a MUTE
SWAN land on the ice in the middle of the lake. Bird stayed for several
minutes resting on the ice before heading south. This species was last seen
in the region at this location in early December 2015.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41688442
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41690720

- No sign of the Greater White-fronted Geese at Sandy River Reservoir, but
there are still tons of ducks. The lake is more frozen than yesterday but
plenty open water remains. Flock of RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS and three
COMMON GOLDENEYES were the main waterfowl highlights.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41690693
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41690683

- High Bridge Trail State Park yielded the second or third regional winter
record for PALM WARBLER.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41690676

- Ended the day at Sailor's Creek Battlefield State Park with an up close
look at a brave SAVANNAH SPARROW.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41690658


Evan Spears
Farmville, VA


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Message: 13
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2018 20:43:34 -0500
From: Shea Tiller <sheagordontiller...>
To: Evan Spears <e3spears...>, VA-BIRD <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Mute Swan at Wilck's Lake & Palm Warbler at
High Bridge Trail SP, Prince Edward County
Message-ID:
<CAJP84MXT5rP=cz+_h_fYcXsJTdK=<R_gF-SPmUPA2Y_a3OTVynQ...>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="UTF-8"

Nice photos on the checklists. Always a pleasure to see great documentation
of great sightings!

Great birding,

Shea

On Sat, Jan 6, 2018 at 8:06 PM, Evan Spears via va-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> Continuing cold weather keeps bringing in the rarities.
>
> - Stopped briefly at frozen Wilck's Lake this morning only to see a MUTE
> SWAN land on the ice in the middle of the lake. Bird stayed for several
> minutes resting on the ice before heading south. This species was last seen
> in the region at this location in early December 2015.
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41688442
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41690720
>
> - No sign of the Greater White-fronted Geese at Sandy River Reservoir, but
> there are still tons of ducks. The lake is more frozen than yesterday but
> plenty open water remains. Flock of RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS and three
> COMMON GOLDENEYES were the main waterfowl highlights.
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41690693
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41690683
>
> - High Bridge Trail State Park yielded the second or third regional winter
> record for PALM WARBLER.
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41690676
>
> - Ended the day at Sailor's Creek Battlefield State Park with an up close
> look at a brave SAVANNAH SPARROW.
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41690658
>
>
> Evan Spears
> Farmville, VA
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Message: 14
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2018 21:02:58 -0500
From: Mary Ann Good <magood20132...>
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Chipping Sparrows (50!)
Message-ID:
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Content-Type: text/plain; charset="UTF-8"

I am so sorry I neglected to give my location--this was in western Loudoun
County south of Purcellville (Lincoln).

On Sat, Jan 6, 2018 at 1:14 PM, Mary Ann Good <magood20132...> wrote:

> Like Marshall, I also had a large flock of at least 36 Chipping Sparrows,
> foraging up close in my backyard this morning--they clearly separated
> themselves from the many White-throats, and fed right under my floor to
> ceiling windows.
>
>
> On Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 12:05 PM, Marshall Faintich via va-bird <
> <va-bird...> wrote:
>
>> Flock of 50 Chipping Sparrows in Old Trail; Crozet, VA; 1/5/18. Report and
>> photos:
>>
>>
>>
>> <http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_01_05.htm>
>> http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_01_05.htm
>>
>>
>>
>> ___________________________
>>
>> Marshall Faintich
>>
>> Crozet, VA
>>
>> <marshall...>
>>
>> www.faintich.net<http://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: Sun, 7 Jan 2018 06:28:36 -0500
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To: "WS: Bird Sightings to VSO Comp" <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Jackson Abbott conservation award
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Date: 1/7/18 8:10 am
From: Michael C via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Quinn Emmering - Question
Quinn, can you reply back so I can send you a quick question about one of your 1-6-18 eBird posts?


Thanks so much


Mikie Catanzaro
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Date: 1/7/18 6:45 am
From: dcharlesl--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Glaucous Gull at Occoquan Regional Park, Lorton
Glaucous Gull just flew in at 9:35am today. Only a handful of gulls here and no Iceland Gull seen.

David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA
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Sent: Saturday, January 6, 2018 1:37:44 PM
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Subject: [Va-bird] Glaucous, Iceland gulls

Both gulls are currently at Occoquan Overlook park, 1:35pm.

Marc Ribaudo

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Date: 1/7/18 6:24 am
From: Russell W Taylor via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Snowy Owls at Dulles Airport
Phil Kenny and I observed 2 SNOW at IAD this morning around 7:45am, looking from the south end of parking garage 2. One was initially spotted perched on electrical panel in mid field, it flew, landed in the grass. And then the second owl flew in, swooped at the first, which launched into the air to respond.

Neither owl was anywhere to be seen when we left at 8:30.

Russ

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Date: 1/7/18 3:28 am
From: Patti Reum via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Jackson Abbott conservation award
The last day to submit a nomination for the VSO Abbott conservation award
will be January 16th. Please contact Patti Reum at <pareum...> for
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Date: 1/6/18 6:03 pm
From: Mary Ann Good via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Chipping Sparrows (50!)
I am so sorry I neglected to give my location--this was in western Loudoun
County south of Purcellville (Lincoln).

On Sat, Jan 6, 2018 at 1:14 PM, Mary Ann Good <magood20132...> wrote:

> Like Marshall, I also had a large flock of at least 36 Chipping Sparrows,
> foraging up close in my backyard this morning--they clearly separated
> themselves from the many White-throats, and fed right under my floor to
> ceiling windows.
>
>
> On Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 12:05 PM, Marshall Faintich via va-bird <
> <va-bird...> wrote:
>
>> Flock of 50 Chipping Sparrows in Old Trail; Crozet, VA; 1/5/18. Report and
>> photos:
>>
>>
>>
>> <http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_01_05.htm>
>> http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_01_05.htm
>>
>>
>>
>> ___________________________
>>
>> Marshall Faintich
>>
>> Crozet, VA
>>
>> <marshall...>
>>
>> www.faintich.net <http://www.faintich.net/>
>>
>> In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
>> line, so you might as well enjoy the journey !!
>>
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Date: 1/6/18 5:43 pm
From: Shea Tiller via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Mute Swan at Wilck's Lake & Palm Warbler at High Bridge Trail SP, Prince Edward County
Nice photos on the checklists. Always a pleasure to see great documentation
of great sightings!

Great birding,

Shea

On Sat, Jan 6, 2018 at 8:06 PM, Evan Spears via va-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> Continuing cold weather keeps bringing in the rarities.
>
> - Stopped briefly at frozen Wilck's Lake this morning only to see a MUTE
> SWAN land on the ice in the middle of the lake. Bird stayed for several
> minutes resting on the ice before heading south. This species was last seen
> in the region at this location in early December 2015.
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41688442
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41690720
>
> - No sign of the Greater White-fronted Geese at Sandy River Reservoir, but
> there are still tons of ducks. The lake is more frozen than yesterday but
> plenty open water remains. Flock of RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS and three
> COMMON GOLDENEYES were the main waterfowl highlights.
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41690693
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41690683
>
> - High Bridge Trail State Park yielded the second or third regional winter
> record for PALM WARBLER.
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41690676
>
> - Ended the day at Sailor's Creek Battlefield State Park with an up close
> look at a brave SAVANNAH SPARROW.
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41690658
>
>
> Evan Spears
> Farmville, VA
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Date: 1/6/18 5:06 pm
From: Evan Spears via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Mute Swan at Wilck's Lake & Palm Warbler at High Bridge Trail SP, Prince Edward County
Continuing cold weather keeps bringing in the rarities.

- Stopped briefly at frozen Wilck's Lake this morning only to see a MUTE
SWAN land on the ice in the middle of the lake. Bird stayed for several
minutes resting on the ice before heading south. This species was last seen
in the region at this location in early December 2015.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41688442
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41690720

- No sign of the Greater White-fronted Geese at Sandy River Reservoir, but
there are still tons of ducks. The lake is more frozen than yesterday but
plenty open water remains. Flock of RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS and three
COMMON GOLDENEYES were the main waterfowl highlights.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41690693
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41690683

- High Bridge Trail State Park yielded the second or third regional winter
record for PALM WARBLER.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41690676

- Ended the day at Sailor's Creek Battlefield State Park with an up close
look at a brave SAVANNAH SPARROW.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41690658


Evan Spears
Farmville, VA
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Date: 1/6/18 4:49 pm
From: Alyssa Freeman via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Sandy River Reservoir, 1/6
I drove down to the Sandy River Reservoir this afternoon, but the Greater
White-fronted Geese were a no-show. There were no more than 10 Canada Geese
when I was there and they didn't stay long (possibly because of hunters).
The Horned Grebes and Common Goldeneyes were still there, however. Most
were quite far out on the water. Totals were as follows (most numbers are
appropriate):

1. Blue Jay - 1
2. Greater Scaup - 10
3. Bald Eagle - 1 (immature. At times standing on the ice, circling the
reservoir, and calling)
4. Hooded Merganser - 31
5. Ruddy Duck - 12
6. Ring-billed Gull - 15
7. Bufflehead - 6
8. Redhead - 1 (male)
9. Gadwall - 12
10. Common Goldeneye - 2 (females)
11. Common Loon - 3 (one standing on the shore by the bridge. First time
I've ever seen one on land)
12. Belted Kingfisher - 1
13. Horned Grebe - 2
14. Red-breasted Merganser - 12
15. Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler - 2
16. American Crow - 1
17. Song Sparrow - 1
18. Canvasback - 30
19. American Black Duck - 8
20. Mallard - 150
21. Great Blue Heron - 1

(the ABDU's and the MALL's were all at the end of Gates-Basse Road)

Alyssa Freeman
Henrico Co.
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Date: 1/6/18 12:38 pm
From: David Gibson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - South Orleans
For those interested in the sapsucker thread. This from South Orleans on
Cape Cod.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Charlie Thompson <cot3...>
Date: Sat, Jan 6, 2018 at 3:18 PM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - South Orleans
To: <Massbird...>, <Capecodbirds...>


Have had Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at our suet and sun seed feeders daily
since 12-31-17.
Feeds several times during the day and shares well.

Charlie and Susan Thompson
South Orleans, MA
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Date: 1/6/18 10:47 am
From: Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Chipping Sparrows
I wonder if the coastal nor'easter snowstorm pushed the Chipping Sparrows to
the northwest from their Carolina wintering grounds?



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Crozet, VA

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Date: 1/6/18 10:37 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Glaucous, Iceland gulls
Both gulls are currently at Occoquan Overlook park, 1:35pm.

Marc Ribaudo

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Date: 1/6/18 10:25 am
From: Guy McGrane via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] diving mallards
Down here in Boone NC Mallards in the New River were diving under but
not deeply today and we surmised that they were going under to warm up.
The air temperature was around 5F while the water was 27 degrees warmer
or so. Just a guess though.

Guy McGrane, boone, NC

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Date: 1/6/18 10:23 am
From: Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Rough-legged Hawk (Clarke County)
CORRECTION: 0.5mile WEST of entrance to Blandy.
Sorry for the confusion.
G Mapel

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> On Jan 6, 2018, at 1:20 PM, Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> Light morph juvenile hovering over Hwy 17 median now, 0.5mile east ofentrance to Blandy.
> Gabriel Mapel et al
>
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Date: 1/6/18 10:20 am
From: Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rough-legged Hawk (Clarke County)
Light morph juvenile hovering over Hwy 17 median now, 0.5mile east of entrance to Blandy.
Gabriel Mapel et al

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Date: 1/6/18 10:14 am
From: Mary Ann Good via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Chipping Sparrows (50!)
Like Marshall, I also had a large flock of at least 36 Chipping Sparrows,
foraging up close in my backyard this morning--they clearly separated
themselves from the many White-throats, and fed right under my floor to
ceiling windows.


On Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 12:05 PM, Marshall Faintich via va-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> Flock of 50 Chipping Sparrows in Old Trail; Crozet, VA; 1/5/18. Report and
> photos:
>
>
>
> <http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_01_05.htm>
> http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_01_05.htm
>
>
>
> ___________________________
>
> Marshall Faintich
>
> Crozet, VA
>
> <marshall...>
>
> www.faintich.net <http://www.faintich.net/>
>
> In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
> line, so you might as well enjoy the journey !!
>
> ____________________________________________________________
> ________________
> _______________________
>
>
>
>
>
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Date: 1/6/18 9:54 am
From: Les Willis via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Young Bald Eagle slipping, sliding on the frozen Nansemond
This morning.  River frozen completely shore to shore.

https://youtu.be/1gqQROS0Vzg

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Date: 1/6/18 9:28 am
From: Bill Hohenstein via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Glaucous gull, and Iceland Gull occoquan

The Iceland Gull showed up as well at about 10:30. Here is a link to some photos and videos:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/73831614@N00/albums/72157689129219902/with/25669046598/


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Sent: Saturday, January 6, 2018 10:04 AM
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Glaucous gull, occoquan

________________________________
From: Bill Hohenstein <elliety...>
Sent: Saturday, January 6, 2018 10:02:50 AM
To: Marc Ribaudo
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Glaucous gull, occoquan

Sat morning 10:00 Glaucous gull present
________________________________
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Sent: Friday, January 5, 2018 9:11:54 AM
To: Va-bird
Subject: [Va-bird] Glaucous gull, occoquan

The Glaucous gull at Occoquan Overlook park is showing nicely. No sign of Iceland yet but gulls are trickling in.

Marc Ribaudo

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Date: 1/6/18 7:04 am
From: Bill Hohenstein via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Glaucous gull, occoquan
________________________________
From: Bill Hohenstein <elliety...>
Sent: Saturday, January 6, 2018 10:02:50 AM
To: Marc Ribaudo
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Glaucous gull, occoquan

Sat morning 10:00 Glaucous gull present
________________________________
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Sent: Friday, January 5, 2018 9:11:54 AM
To: Va-bird
Subject: [Va-bird] Glaucous gull, occoquan

The Glaucous gull at Occoquan Overlook park is showing nicely. No sign of Iceland yet but gulls are trickling in.

Marc Ribaudo

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Date: 1/6/18 4:49 am
From: David Gibson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Bird feeding question YBSS
Marlene, Good points. We have seldom had sapsuckers at our suet feeder in
winter. This year it's a different story. We've had 1 (or more) visit
almost daily during the cold snap. Best, Dave

On Sat, Jan 6, 2018 at 7:28 AM, Marlene A Condon via va-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> Hi Hayes,
>
> When it is very cold, sap stops flowing. If sapsuckers are still in an
> area, it's probably kind to help them out with suet.
>
> Undoubtedly the reason you are seeing a sapsucker so close to the ground
> this year is because close to the ground is the only possibility for the
> bird to find sap if it is moving at all.
>
> Sincerely,
> Marlene
>
>
>
>
>
> Marlene A Condon, Author/Photographer--The Nature-friendly Garden:
> Creating a Backyard Haven for Plants, Wildlife, and People (Stackpole Books)
> 5554 Sugar Ridge Road
> Crozet, VA 22932-2204
> Phone: 434--823-8150
> E-mail: <marlenecondon...>
> Book web site: www.marlenecondon.com
> Article web site: www.InDefenseofNature.com
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: CABOT WILLIAMS via va-bird <va-bird...>
> To: Walter Hadlock via va-bird <va-bird...>; Walter Hadlock <
> <jaybirdncarol...>
> Sent: Fri, Jan 5, 2018 3:41 pm
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Bird feeding question YBSS
>
> This is the second winter we have had a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker using a
> very large Loblolly Pine tree. It just started this winter about a week
> ago. It calls frequently as it works the tree. Last winter it drilled holes
> from about 15 feet high to about 40 feet. Smaller birds came to them also .
> This year it is drilling down to about 2 feet above the ground. The
> placement of holes is completely random. Later in the winter when they go
> to the non-native hollies, they use a waffle-shaped group of 1/2 inch
> squares. On the crab-apple tree they make circles of holes (many of them).
> My opinion is they don't need us to feed them. Hayes Williams in the middle
> of Gloucester County > > On January 4, 2018 at 4:25 PM Walter Hadlock via
> va-bird <va-bird...> wrote: > > Good afternoon, > > We are
> able to provide food for all the birds frequenting our yard except for a
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. We have a Suet “Sandwich” that other species of
> woodpeckers can manage, but not the Sapsucker. > > Any suggestions on what
> we can do to help it? It does spend time poking around in the bark on our
> Silver Maple. But, it seems o.k., but with the drastic wind chill here in
> Herndon, we’re not sure it will make it. > > It cannot manage the suet in a
> cup that is in a cage frequented by the Bluebirds. > > Thanks for any
> suggestions, > > Jay and Carol Hadlock > Herndon, VA > *** You are
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Date: 1/6/18 4:29 am
From: Marlene A Condon via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Bird feeding question YBSS
Hi Hayes,

When it is very cold,  sap stops flowing.  If sapsuckers are still in an area, it's probably kind to help them out with suet.

Undoubtedly the reason you are seeing a sapsucker so close to the ground this year is because close to the ground is the only possibility for the bird to find sap if it is moving at all.

Sincerely,
Marlene 





Marlene A Condon, Author/Photographer--The Nature-friendly Garden: Creating a Backyard Haven for Plants, Wildlife, and People (Stackpole Books)
5554 Sugar Ridge Road
Crozet, VA 22932-2204
Phone: 434--823-8150
E-mail: <marlenecondon...>
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-----Original Message-----
From: CABOT WILLIAMS via va-bird <va-bird...>
To: Walter Hadlock via va-bird <va-bird...>; Walter Hadlock <jaybirdncarol...>
Sent: Fri, Jan 5, 2018 3:41 pm
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Bird feeding question YBSS

This is the second winter we have had a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker using a very large Loblolly Pine tree. It just started this winter about a week ago. It calls frequently as it works the tree. Last winter it drilled holes from about 15 feet high to about 40 feet. Smaller birds came to them also . This year it is drilling down to about 2 feet above the ground. The placement of holes is completely random. Later in the winter when they go to the non-native hollies, they use a waffle-shaped group of 1/2 inch squares. On the crab-apple tree they make circles of holes (many of them). My opinion is they don't need us to feed them. Hayes Williams in the middle of Gloucester County > > On January 4, 2018 at 4:25 PM Walter Hadlock via va-bird <va-bird...> wrote: > > Good afternoon, > > We are able to provide food for all the birds frequenting our yard except for a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. We have a Suet “Sandwich” that other species of woodpeckers can manage, but not the Sapsucker. > > Any suggestions on what we can do to help it? It does spend time poking around in the bark on our Silver Maple. But, it seems o.k., but with the drastic wind chill here in Herndon, we’re not sure it will make it. > > It cannot manage the suet in a cup that is in a cage frequented by the Bluebirds. > > Thanks for any suggestions, > > Jay and Carol Hadlock > Herndon, VA > *** You are subscribed to va-bird as <hjwilliams3...> 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 <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: 1/5/18 4:13 pm
From: Evan Spears via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] [heartofvabirds] Greater White-Fronted Geese SRR Dam
The 5 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were back again today at Sandy River
Reservoir, Prince Edward County. Seen from both the boat ramp and briefly
from Gates-Bass Road landing. Large number of ducks still present since all
small lakes/ponds are frozen, but diversity not quite as high as a couple
days ago. Lake had small patches of ice that will likely freeze more over
the next few days, but other than that the lake was open. Duck hunters were
around earlier in the morning but cleared out before noon. Boat ramp should
be completely frozen by tomorrow, hopefully halting their weekend assault.

Other highlights included a few Redhead, a few Northern Pintail, several
Greater Scaup, one Northern Shoveler, and two Common Goldeneye.

January 5, Boat Ramp/Dam: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41643810
January 5, Gates-Bass Road: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41644795


A single Red-breasted Merganser was seen at the boat ramp the night before,
and a Tundra Swan and two Canvasback were present on the lake two days ago.

January 4, Boat Ramp/Dam: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41627477
January 3, Fairlea Road Bridge:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41589294
January 3, Gates-Bass Road: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41589338


Evan Spears
Farmville, VA

On Thu, Jan 4, 2018 at 11:34 AM, Amanda Dymacek <amanda.dymacek...>
wrote:

> Five GWFG present now in company of CAGO viewed on dam from parking area
> with scope. Also present high numbers of NOPI, and some REDH, RUDU, GWTE,
> LESC and others.
>
> County record for Prince Edward? 🤔
>
> Amanda
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 1/5/18 1:26 pm
From: Stephen Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Northern Virginia notes 5-January

Hello birders,

Today I checked a recently burned field, and three open bodies of water, in Fairfax and Loudoun counties.

On Wednesday, Fairfax County conducted their regular prescribed burn on a section of Sully Woodlands. Today (Friday), it was amazing to see the variety and number of birds foraging actively in that field, despite air temperature of about 21 deg F and a steady wind. There were many Bluebirds, Juncos, Field and Song Sparrows, one Savannah, many Robins, and Mockingbird. None of them were "hunkered down", it was constant action while I was out there (about 40 minutes at the field).

By contrast, in two large adjacent un-burned fields, I found a total of 2 Song Sparrows and a few Robins.

The reservoir, pond, and lake did not hold anything unusual. Beaverdam Creek Reservoir (Loudoun), UOSA sewage pond (Fairfax), and Burke Lake (Fairfax) were all mostly iced over, with significant remaining open water in each.

Beaverdam Creek Reservoir - about 400 Canada Geese, nothing else.

UOSA (Upper Occoquan Sewage Authority) pond - Bufflehead, Gadwall, Hooded Merganser, and Mallards and many hundreds of Canada Geese and Ring-billed Gulls. I did not hike down to the S end of the pond, so did not ID the many ducks, geese, and gulls at that end. Probably significantly more variety there.

Burke Lake - from the main access and docks along the SW shore, I could see all of the open water. Hundreds of Canada Geese and one Hooded Merg. No gulls or anything else.

Stay warm!!
Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia

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Date: 1/5/18 12:41 pm
From: CABOT WILLIAMS via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Bird feeding question YBSS
This is the second winter we have had a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker using a very large Loblolly Pine tree. It just started this winter about a week ago. It calls frequently as it works the tree. Last winter it drilled holes from about 15 feet high to about 40 feet. Smaller birds came to them also . This year it is drilling down to about 2 feet above the ground. The placement of holes is completely random. Later in the winter when they go to the non-native hollies, they use a waffle-shaped group of 1/2 inch squares. On the crab-apple tree they make circles of holes (many of them). My opinion is they don't need us to feed them.


Hayes Williams in the middle of Gloucester County

>
> On January 4, 2018 at 4:25 PM Walter Hadlock via va-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> Good afternoon,
>
> We are able to provide food for all the birds frequenting our yard except for a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. We have a Suet “Sandwich” that other species of woodpeckers can manage, but not the Sapsucker.
>
> Any suggestions on what we can do to help it? It does spend time poking around in the bark on our Silver Maple. But, it seems o.k., but with the drastic wind chill here in Herndon, we’re not sure it will make it.
>
> It cannot manage the suet in a cup that is in a cage frequented by the Bluebirds.
>
> Thanks for any suggestions,
>
> Jay and Carol Hadlock
> Herndon, VA
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Date: 1/5/18 9:41 am
From: Patti Reum via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Highland County
I just saw an Eastern Pheobe taking shelter from the high winds and frigid
temps. under the protection of my porch. Can't remember seeing that
species here int he winter.


Patti Reum
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Date: 1/5/18 9:05 am
From: Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Chipping Sparrows (50!)
Flock of 50 Chipping Sparrows in Old Trail; Crozet, VA; 1/5/18. Report and
photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_01_05.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_01_05.htm



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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Date: 1/5/18 6:57 am
From: Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Tufted Duck x Scaup (Pohick Bay Regional Park)
Probable adult male. Mixed in with massive waterfowl flock which were just all flushed by Eagles. Trying to relocate now but flock was entirely reorganized.
Gabriel Mapel et al

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Date: 1/5/18 6:12 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Glaucous gull, occoquan
The Glaucous gull at Occoquan Overlook park is showing nicely.  No sign of Iceland yet but gulls are trickling in.

Marc Ribaudo

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Date: 1/4/18 7:45 pm
From: Daniel Lebbin via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Please post on Say's Phoebe, Western Tanager & Iceland Gull near Richmond
If you are out on Friday, please post if you see or don't see the Say's
Phoebe, Western Tanager and Iceland Gull reported in the Richmond area over
the last week. I may chase some of these on Saturday...Thanks,
Dan
Vienna, VA
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Date: 1/4/18 5:07 pm
From: Bill McGovern via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Bird feeding question
I've had the same female sapsucker coming to my woodpecker feeder for more than 2 years. I use any kind of suet available, mixed with a little hot pepper suet to keep the squirrels away.

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Sent: Thursday, January 4, 2018 5:08 PM
To: Walter Hadlock <jaybirdncarol...>
Cc: VA Bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Bird feeding question


This past year we've had a sapsucker come to our split peanut and finch-blend feeders (the blend is nyjer plus sunflower kernels, from Wild Birds Unltd.) We've been feeding birds for 15+ years and it's the first time a sapsucker has come to our feeders; normally they tap sap from the viburnum next to our house.

-Derek

On Thu, 4 Jan 2018, Walter Hadlock via va-bird wrote:

> Good afternoon,
>
> We are able to provide food for all the birds frequenting our yard except for a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. We have a Suet “Sandwich” that other species of woodpeckers can manage, but not the Sapsucker.
>
> Any suggestions on what we can do to help it? It does spend time poking around in the bark on our Silver Maple. But, it seems o.k., but with the drastic wind chill here in Herndon, we’re not sure it will make it.
>
> It cannot manage the suet in a cup that is in a cage frequented by the Bluebirds.
>
> Thanks for any suggestions,
>
> Jay and Carol Hadlock
> Herndon, VA
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Date: 1/4/18 2:56 pm
From: Walter Hadlock via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] feeding Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Thank you to all who responded to my request for advice on what to do about feeding a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

Jay Hadlock
Herndon, VA
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Date: 1/4/18 2:36 pm
From: Stephen Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] sapsucker feeding question

Hi Jay,

An adult male Y-B Sapsucker has been visiting our suet cage regularly for several weeks here in western Fairfax County, since well before the recent (even colder) weather. We get one here every winter.

Ours is a roughly 2X6X6 inch wire cage hung from a shepherd's crook just above a tube seed feeder. The suet is a solid rectangular cake, mostly a mixture of Crisco, peanut butter, and sunflower kernels.

For many years I have used a home-made suet based on the recipe available at the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy's web site. I tried it side-by-side with store-bought rectangular suet cakes, and the birds' preference for it was dramatic. It costs (in bulk) considerably less than store-bought, too.

The only downside to our arrangement is Starlings. The squirrels are thwarted by a conical baffle on the shepherd's crook. We suffer through frequent Starling invasions and make more suet. All the other birds enjoy the suet, including 5 woodpecker species (not Flicker, and we don't have RHWP here). A lot of birds continue to eat during the Starling frenzy by scarfing up the scraps on the ground.

Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia


On Jan 4, 2018, at 4:44 PM, Stephen Eccles via va-bird wrote:

> We have Sapsuckers in the garden every winter, although they sometimes
> disappear for short very cold spells. This year, they have stayed in the
> garden throughout and are eating our suet in recent days, though they
> normally don't do that. So, keep your suet coming!
>
> On Thu, Jan 4, 2018 at 4:25 PM, Walter Hadlock via va-bird <
> <va-bird...> wrote:
>
>> Good afternoon,
>>
>> We are able to provide food for all the birds frequenting our yard except
>> for a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. We have a Suet Sandwich that other
>> species of woodpeckers can manage, but not the Sapsucker.
>>
>> Any suggestions on what we can do to help it? It does spend time poking
>> around in the bark on our Silver Maple. But, it seems o.k., but with the
>> drastic wind chill here in Herndon, were not sure it will make it.
>>
>> It cannot manage the suet in a cup that is in a cage frequented by the
>> Bluebirds.
>>
>> Thanks for any suggestions,
>>
>> Jay and Carol Hadlock
>> Herndon, VA
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Date: 1/4/18 2:07 pm
From: Derek C. Richardson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Bird feeding question

This past year we've had a sapsucker come to our split peanut and
finch-blend feeders (the blend is nyjer plus sunflower kernels, from Wild
Birds Unltd.) We've been feeding birds for 15+ years and it's the first
time a sapsucker has come to our feeders; normally they tap sap from the
viburnum next to our house.

-Derek

On Thu, 4 Jan 2018, Walter Hadlock via va-bird wrote:

> Good afternoon,
>
> We are able to provide food for all the birds frequenting our yard except for a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. We have a Suet “Sandwich” that other species of woodpeckers can manage, but not the Sapsucker.
>
> Any suggestions on what we can do to help it? It does spend time poking around in the bark on our Silver Maple. But, it seems o.k., but with the drastic wind chill here in Herndon, we’re not sure it will make it.
>
> It cannot manage the suet in a cup that is in a cage frequented by the Bluebirds.
>
> Thanks for any suggestions,
>
> Jay and Carol Hadlock
> Herndon, VA
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Date: 1/4/18 1:45 pm
From: Stephen Eccles via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Bird feeding question
We have Sapsuckers in the garden every winter, although they sometimes
disappear for short very cold spells. This year, they have stayed in the
garden throughout and are eating our suet in recent days, though they
normally don't do that. So, keep your suet coming!

On Thu, Jan 4, 2018 at 4:25 PM, Walter Hadlock via va-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> Good afternoon,
>
> We are able to provide food for all the birds frequenting our yard except
> for a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. We have a Suet “Sandwich” that other
> species of woodpeckers can manage, but not the Sapsucker.
>
> Any suggestions on what we can do to help it? It does spend time poking
> around in the bark on our Silver Maple. But, it seems o.k., but with the
> drastic wind chill here in Herndon, we’re not sure it will make it.
>
> It cannot manage the suet in a cup that is in a cage frequented by the
> Bluebirds.
>
> Thanks for any suggestions,
>
> Jay and Carol Hadlock
> Herndon, VA
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Date: 1/4/18 1:31 pm
From: Marlene A Condon via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Bird feeding question
I've had sapsuckers come to suet in a suet holder attached to a snag.   I've been worried, too, about sapsuckers in this freezing weather because sap is not available.

Marlene A Condon, Author/Photographer--The Nature-friendly Garden: Creating a Backyard Haven for Plants, Wildlife, and People (Stackpole Books)
5554 Sugar Ridge Road
Crozet, VA 22932-2204
Phone: 434--823-8150
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-----Original Message-----
From: Walter Hadlock via va-bird <va-bird...>
To: VA Bird <va-bird...>
Sent: Thu, Jan 4, 2018 4:28 pm
Subject: [Va-bird] Bird feeding question

Good afternoon, We are able to provide food for all the birds frequenting our yard except for a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. We have a Suet “Sandwich” that other species of woodpeckers can manage, but not the Sapsucker. Any suggestions on what we can do to help it? It does spend time poking around in the bark on our Silver Maple. But, it seems o.k., but with the drastic wind chill here in Herndon, we’re not sure it will make it. It cannot manage the suet in a cup that is in a cage frequented by the Bluebirds. Thanks for any suggestions, Jay and Carol Hadlock Herndon, VA *** 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: 1/4/18 1:25 pm
From: Walter Hadlock via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Bird feeding question
Good afternoon,

We are able to provide food for all the birds frequenting our yard except for a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. We have a Suet “Sandwich” that other species of woodpeckers can manage, but not the Sapsucker.

Any suggestions on what we can do to help it? It does spend time poking around in the bark on our Silver Maple. But, it seems o.k., but with the drastic wind chill here in Herndon, we’re not sure it will make it.

It cannot manage the suet in a cup that is in a cage frequented by the Bluebirds.

Thanks for any suggestions,

Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon, VA
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Date: 1/4/18 11:24 am
From: P 3 via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Iceland Gull (Kumlien's) - Colonial Heights Walmart Pond
Long tailed duck continues at silver lake
________________________________
From: va-bird <va-bird-bounces+runningquick444=<hotmail.com...> on behalf of Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: January 4, 2018 1:31 PM
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Iceland Gull (Kumlien's) - Colonial Heights Walmart Pond

Now.
Gabriel Mapel et al

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Date: 1/4/18 10:31 am
From: Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Iceland Gull (Kumlien's) - Colonial Heights Walmart Pond
Now.
Gabriel Mapel et al

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Date: 1/4/18 8:28 am
From: Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Central Virginia 1/2-4/2018
Greater White-fronted and Cackling Geese, and some raptors in Albemarle,
Augusta, and Rockingham counties, VA. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_01_04.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_01_04.htm



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Crozet, VA

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Date: 1/4/18 8:27 am
From: morann--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
Just watched for a long time the first ruby-crowned kinglet I've seen in a couple of years. It drank water and spent a long time picking bits from a large azalea bush. The tiny bird was all fluffed out and the crest was very large, almost jumping out in appearance! Wonderful sight!


Ann Donaldson
Barboursville
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Date: 1/4/18 8:25 am
From: Janice Frye via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] diving Mallards??!!
Seen it in the James at Richmond, probably other places that escape memory
at the moment.

Jan


On Jan 4, 2018 6:10 AM, "David Gibson via va-bird" <va-bird...>
wrote:

I'm curious if folks out there have ever seen Mallards diving for food.
I've birded a long time, but observed this behavior for the first time on
1/1 in the Elizabeth River (near the shore and at low tide). I was stunned,
wiped my eyes several times is disbelief, and observed the behavior
again--and again. We aren't talking about long dives here. But we are
talking about complete submersion. So cool. Dave Gibson, Chesapeake
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Date: 1/4/18 3:10 am
From: David Gibson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] diving Mallards??!!
I'm curious if folks out there have ever seen Mallards diving for food.
I've birded a long time, but observed this behavior for the first time on
1/1 in the Elizabeth River (near the shore and at low tide). I was stunned,
wiped my eyes several times is disbelief, and observed the behavior
again--and again. We aren't talking about long dives here. But we are
talking about complete submersion. So cool. Dave Gibson, Chesapeake
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Date: 1/3/18 11:52 am
From: Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fairfax Co on a warm day
Set out on the warmest day of 2018 to see a few birds.

Eurasian Wigeon and Eared Grebe continue in Pohick Bay. Massive waterfowl flock keeping some water open - don't know what will happen over the next few days though. Eared Grebe was only Grebe to be seen in the hour (11a - no0n) I was there. Wigeon finally moved off from the mass of coots to a less crowded area, so really good scope views. All waterfowl seen today from cartop boat launch area. You can walk out white trail, cross boardwalk and head down toward water when you see "Private Property" signs for a closer look. Good idea to bring a scope.

Over to Occoquan Regional Park - arrived just in time to see Glaucous Gull posted up on ice in middle of river. 4th year Eagle flew over and put all the gulls up. Glaucous flew right over our heads and disappeared - did not return to river. NO Iceland was present.

Then up to Laurel Hill Equestrian Center where the Clay Colored Sparrow appeared in about 5 minutes along edge of entry road near multiflora rose bushes. Still hanging w. the White Crowns, of which there was easily 20. A few Songs and Wthroats also...

Rich Rieger
Alexandria
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Date: 1/3/18 8:40 am
From: Lynn Rafferty via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Iceland & Glaucous at Occoquan
Both Iceland and Glaucous Gulls present at 11:20 am close to pier at Occoquan Regional Park. Neither was there when we arrived around 10:30 ish. Watched Glaucous fly in, then found Iceland.
-Lynn Rafferty & Steve Johnson

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Date: 1/3/18 8:40 am
From: Thomas Nardone via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] eBird -- Long Branch Nature Center & Park -- Jan 3, 2018
Two birders braved the 15 degree temperature to participate in the Northern Virginia Bird Club walk at Long Branch Nature Center in Arlington. The list is shown below.

Long Branch Nature Center & Park
Jan 3, 2018
8:30 AM
Traveling
1.50 miles
90 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.6.2 Build 28

1 Red-shouldered Hawk -- Heard not seen
3 Mourning Dove
4 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
8 Blue Jay
2 American Crow
4 Carolina Chickadee
4 Tufted Titmouse
5 White-breasted Nuthatch
6 Carolina Wren
2 Hermit Thrush
4 American Robin
4 European Starling
3 Dark-eyed Junco
20 White-throated Sparrow
10 Song Sparrow
2 Eastern Towhee
12 Northern Cardinal
6 House Finch
4 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 20


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Date: 1/3/18 8:36 am
From: Shirley Devan via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Boat Trip around CBBT Islands Saturday, Jan 20, 2018
The Williamsburg Bird Club is sponsoring a boat trip to Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Islands Saturday, January 20, 2018.

Field Trip Coordinator Geoff Giles has chartered a large comfortable boat (the Bay Princess with ample heated cabin space, rest room, tables, and indoor seating) for this eye-level look at the bay ducks and other wonderful species (harbor seals and perhaps whales) around the tunnel islands. Birding and photo opportunities should be very good from the boat.

The boat will stay around the CBBT tunnel islands and pilings and will likely go as far as Fisherman Island near the Eastern Shore and then out to the Capes near the mouth of the Bay if the birds are there. The CBBT area tends to have smoother water than ocean trips with many of the same exciting views of birds. It will be possible to do some birding from the warm, dry cabin, but the best views and photos will be from outside on deck, so clothing that protects against wind and dampness is recommended.

Set your GPS for 3311 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, and gather at 8:30 a.m. to board the Bay Princess, which will leave at 9 a.m. from Lynnhaven Inlet and return to the dock at about 1 pm.

The fee is $30 per person. Your check is your reservation. We cannot hold space without a check. Please sign up soon (by mailing in your check) to save your space. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis until the trip is filled.

Please make checks ($30.00 per person) payable to “Williamsburg Bird Club” and mail to Ann Carpenter, PO Box 764, Lightfoot, VA 23090. Include your email address and phone number so Geoff can get back to you to confirm and let you know the final details.

For additional info contact Geoff Giles at <tylerandal2...> <mailto:<tylerandal2...> or (757) 645-8716. More info at Bird Club web site: http://williamsburgbirdclub.org/ <http://williamsburgbirdclub.org/>

[There is a very good seafood restaurant dockside for those inclined to have lunch on return. If the trip gets weathered out, we'll return your check, of course, or give you the option of a rain date about two weeks later.]

We look forward to seeing you onboard!


Shirley Devan
Williamsburg Bird Club
www.williamsburgbirdclub.org/

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Date: 1/3/18 8:17 am
From: Jessica Bowser via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Ross's Goose at Bear Creek Lake State Park, Cumberland, VA
I observed a single Ross's Goose with a flock of Canada Geese on the lake
at Bear Creek Lake State Park in Cumberland, VA on December 27.
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Date: 1/3/18 8:12 am
From: Harry Armistead via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Cape Hatteras to Cape Charles, December 26-31, 2017, the Redeye Circuit.
CAPE HATTERAS TO CAPE CHARLES, December 26-31, 2017, the REDEYE CIRCUIT. WARNING: contains reminiscences, and, even worse, digressions.


ABBREVIATIONS: CBBT, Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. CBC, Christmas Bird Count. ESVNWR, Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge. NWR, national wildlife refuge.


My companions and traveling confreres for the 1st 3 CBCs below are Wes & Sue Earp, Grazina & Michael McClure, largely compensating for the absence of my close friend, the late Jared Sparks. I thank them for their good company.


DECEMBER 26, TUESDAY. 411 miles from Philadelphia to Buxton. Milepost 118, Route 13, a bald eagle (N of Accomac, VA). 3 sanderlings at the CBBT overlook S of N Toll Plaza. A peregrine and a brown pelican seen while crossing the CBBT. Dinner at The Point in Buxton with Pat & Neal Moore, John Wright, Lee Adams, Brian Patteson, and 5 or 6 others. The Point, the only restaurant open, is freezing cold. Theres only 1 waitress, who does a great job considering. Pleased to hear from Brian that there are Gray Squirrels in Frisco. Id wondered.


DECEMBER 27, WEDNESDAY. CAPE HATTERAS, NC, CBC. Ugh! Rain all day, and some wind, too. Temperature in the 40s. Grazina McClure walks the beach W of the ferry. Wes & Sue Earp walk most of the rest of there (Hatteras I., extreme west end). Michael McClure and I are snug and dry in the 4WD vehicle Michael rented at Frisco. Our most interesting beach birds: an immature Black Skimmer and 3 Harlequin Ducks, the latter under the remnants of Frisco pier, very actively diving.


Our combined totals include: 2 immature male and 1 female Common Eider resting on a little beach on the far side of the small inlet into Hatteras harbor, seen by all 5 of us. Sue gets a good shot of the males. These 3 bold-faced species are unique to this most recent count. Also: 774 double-crested cormorants, 341 brown pelicans, only 60 gannets, 5 great egrets, 1 clapper & 1 Virginia rail, 2 royal terns, 46 Eurasian collared-doves, 377 starlings, and 100 boat-tailed grackles plus 1 eastern cottontail, 5 dolphins, and 4 nutria (the latter at Isaac Pond). We find 44 species in our sector. The ocean: largely bereft of loons and gannets, but we do see 187 unIDd scoters plus a male Black Scoter on the beach, not a good sign, perhaps sick or injured.


The weather: aint conducive to a good count, no how, no ways, no wheres, esp. of landbirds. (The following information is preliminary, subject to review). Count grand totals and results: close to 500 lesser black-backed gulls, 459 gadwall at the Salt Pond, 7 razorbills, a sora, 5 common gallinules, a probable yellow-legged gull, an Iceland gull, 4 blue-headed vireos, only 1 ruby-throated hummingbird, 8 ovenbirds (there is a small, disjunct wintering population here; theyve been found even when theres snow cover), and 1 Ipswich sparrow, but the poorest species total in years.


Missed species, in spite of good participation turnout: Bonapartes gull, the 3 marsh sparrows, common grackle, fish crow, merlin, peregrine, sedge wren, wigeon, wood duck, scaup, red-shouldered hawk, and turnstone. Nice compilation as usual at the Catholic church, emphasis on chili and cornbread and pies. Also as usual, Pat Moore does a great job organizing the count, Brian Patteson the compilation, Kate Sutherland recording the results. The species total is, I think, 108 or 109, real low for here thanks to the weather. Were disappointed the Burrus store in Hatteras village isnt open but Connors in Buxton is. Small towns, but these stores got everything.


DECEMBER 28, THURSDAY. BODIE-PEA ISLAND, NC, CBC. No rain but temperatures of 28-31, mostly overcast, and sustained winds of 30-35 m.p.h. And I am dumb to tell a weathers wind/ How time has ticked a heaven round the stars. - Dylan Thomas, from his The force that through the green fuse drives the flower.


This is an area that has long attracted the interest of Paul Sykes. His masters thesis: The fall migration of land birds along the Bodie Island - Pea Island region of the Outer Banks of northeastern North Carolina (North Carolina State University at Raleigh, 1967, 150 pages). My copy is kept safely in a glass-paneled book case along with some of my most valuable and/or rare natural history monographs.


But to return to the issue at hand, very low water at Oregon Inlet. On the way up here our cars get sand-blasted but good. As we do each year, in the classic fashion, we split into 3 sections in the Bodie Island lighthouse area: the McClures walk the length of the overgrown trail from S of the lighthouse area all the way out to Route 12; the Earps do a sea watch; I cover the lighthouse pond plus the woods road going N from the road in to the lighthouse. Nice to see Paul Bedell, a surprise, and he joins me.


Of most interest: wood duck 2 (only ones on the count), gadwall 432, black duck 200, blue-winged teal 6 (our area often gets the only ones), pintail 175, green-winged teal 250, hooded merganser 38, pied-billed grebe 9, northern gannet only 54, American bittern 1, merlin 1, clapper rail 1, Virginia rail 1, woodcock 1, tree swallow 60, brown-headed nuthatch 4, house wren 2 (a good CBC season for them regionally), marsh wren 1, myrtle warbler 245, catbird 4, yellowthroat 1, and swamp sparrow 21 plus 1 deer and 1 river otter. 53 species for us.


Elsewhere on this count (preliminary information subject to confirmation; with my poor hearing combined with exhaustion I may have gotten some of this wrong, in the fog of compilation): 3 additional blue-winged teal, 15,000 redheads, 150 or so pied-billed grebes, c. 60 brown pelicans (low), about 50 great egrets, 14 bald eagles, 1,100 coots, only 1 each of greater & lesser yellowlegs, 2 ruby-throated hummingbirds, and a blue-headed vireo. Missed species: sharp-shinned hawk, winter wren, common grackle, and laughing gull. Very poor species total I think it was c. 116.


Didnt get above freezing all day. Thanks to Michael for giving me some chemical bag inserts for warming the gloves. Compilation at Pamlico Jacks, back in a room where we are the only ones. Nice. Calamari and filet mignon for me.


The lighthouse pond is an old friend. In my prime, such as it was, Id walk its entire marshy circumference. Once did this in knee boots and got away with it, not getting wet, or falling over backwards in areas where the mud is soft, though I teetered that way alarmingly. Walked around it once on ice when it was frozen solid; even then the long-billed dowitchers were there; often the only ones seen on the count are here. Didnt see them today, nor did we see a single heron or ibis other than 2 great blues and bittern.


Once saw a king snake here in June, and others have seen, in season, canebrake rattlers and water moccasins. Weve missed snow geese the last couple of years, but there still are usually over a thousand waterfowl, sometimes a Eurasian wigeon, and once a fulvous whistling-duck, and a Rosss goose. Most unusual was a black-legged kittiwake one time, hovering over the pond as if it was a kingfisher or kestrel. Mondo bizarro. One year a small group of redpolls foraged on the grass lawn surrounding the light. Viva Bodie Island Lighthouse Pond!


DECEMBER 29, FRIDAY. BACK BAY CBC. Its up at 4:15 for the 94.6-mile drive to Back Bay from Nags Head. Paul Sykes turns 80 today. Recently he carefully orchestrated his CBC participation so that his respective 400th and 500th CBCs would be at Back Bay on his birthday date, exploits celebrated by articles in North American Birds and Birding. Hes participated in more CBCs than anyone.


I first met Paul in 1962 after a great noreaster with winds up to 45 knots on March 2. He took Will Russell and me to Craney Island and Back Bay. We saw a Lapland Longspur, a Glaucous Gull, and found on March 3, 1962, an in extremis Northern Fulmar under a wax myrtle bush on our walk down to BBNWR.


One of us said: Was that a rabbit? Another: No, it was a newspaper. We did an about face and captured the fulmar. Paul wrote it up in the Auk, Fulmar taken in Virginia, vol. 81, no. 3, 1964, page 437. Back then my scope was a 25X Bushnell taped onto the stock of a Model 69A Winchester .22 rifle, a Christmas gift from my brother, Gordon. Theres a photograph of this rig in Time, June 2, 1967, page 47 along with Charlie Wurster, the late Jim Meritt, and me.


But to return to the present, today the 5 of us ride the extensive dikes at Back Bay thanks to refuge Biologist Lauren Mowbray, who not only squires us around, but also keeps track of the bird numbers. Virtuoso performance. We hit False Cape State Park, too. Many thanks to her. 57 species. Of most note:


tundra swan 588 (very vocal; one of the most beautiful sounds in nature: tundra swans in full cry), mute swan 1, wood duck 2, black duck 221, mallard 365, blue-winged teal 3, ring-necked duck 8, lesser scaup 1 male, common goldeneye 1, hooded merganser 18, pied-billed grebe 14, bald eagle 10 (never used to see any here), king rail 4, eastern screech-owl 1, kingfisher 5, pileated woodpecker 1, merlin 1, tree swallow 68, house wren 1, orange-crowned warbler 1, and eastern meadowlark 12 plus 2 yellow-bellied sliders, coyote sign (if you know what I mean), and 1 deer. Lauren says the numbers of feral hogs here are down and that there is a family of Bobcats near the refuge office. 27-36, clear, winds a mere 5 m.p.h. A beauty.


After Back Bay I drive north to Cape Charles. Sitting in Sting-Rays, feeling a little blue about being alone for the first time in days, I am absorbed by a hamburger steak (well-done, gravy, no onions) and an issue of Eastern Shore First, when Napier Shelton appears and sits in my booth for a while. Nice to catch up a little. He is author of Where to watch birds in Azerbaijan (2001, 112 pages). His jocular inscription in my copy reads: To Armistead, Cape Charles answer to James Watt. from Napier Shelton, January 2005. He has written many books for the National Park Service, including titles on Saguaro National Monument, Isle Royale, Lake Huron, Shenandoah, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He and his wife are on their way to Chincoteague.


DECEMBER 30, SATURDAY. 53rd CAPE CHARLES CBC. Kim Voss, Steve Grimes, and I work the Bulls Drive-Bulls Landing-Magothy Bay Natural Area Preserve sector plus Magotha Road (which, confusingly, goes out to Magothy Bay), spending most of the day on foot, walkin. 26-42, SW 5-15-5, overcast, high tide becoming low, very low. 73 species, with help from Arun Bose and Ned Brinkley for special, elitist marsh birds late in the day up at Magotha Road. They are out there, stompin the phrags, Juncus, Spartina, and Scirpus.


Many thanks to Steve for securing a surfeit of pizzas for the compilation (at Lodge 7 in Kiptopeke State Park; I favored slices with extra cheese and anchovies) and giving me one of his and Kims ham and cheese sandwiches for lunch. Out on the long dike through the saltmarsh to Bulls Landing are some pretty extensive growths of sea oxeye, plus a few Opuntia (prickly pear cactus, occurs sparingly, coastally, all the way up to NJ).


Notable: brant 330, tundra swan 19, northern pintail 6, green-winged teal 36, bufflehead 187, hooded merganser 20, horned grebe only 1, common loon 2, great egret 2, black-crowned night heron 3 immatures, bald eagle 7, clapper rail 1, Virginia rail 1, short-billed dowitcher 1, oystercatcher 2, Wilsons snipe 1, woodcock 2, lesser yellowlegs 1, greater yellowlegs 14, Eurasian collared-dove 1, kestrel 3, tree swallow 53, brown-headed nuthatch 2, house wren 1, marsh wren 1, sedge wren 2, hermit thrush 2, starling 400, myrtle warbler 275, Nelsons sparrow 2, seaside sparrow 2, Savannah sparrow 14, and house finch 14 plus 1 deer, 2 red foxes, and a gray squirrel.


Unofficial, preliminary results of the count at large (subject to review): species total 155 with a western tanager, Nashville warbler (another seen Dec. 31), ruby-throated hummingbird, Swainsons thrush, and piping plover plus over 100 bald eagles, a Eurasian wigeon, 2 harlequin ducks (photographed), brown pelicans, an imm. little blue heron, 1 white ibis, merlin (2 parties), blue-headed vireo, c. 70 woodcock, 2 snow buntings (photographed), and a good count of vesper sparrows (15?) plus, thanks to the boat party, 8 harbor seals and a large but very dead loggerhead turtle.


As usual the boat party (Dan Cristol, Ellison Orcutt, Frank Renshaw, Jack Carroll, Capt. Tray Jones) distinguish themselves, are hereby mentioned in despatches, finding marbled godwit, whimbrel, red knot, least sandpiper, and purple sandpiper (the latter foraging on a peaty sod tump for want of rocks out on the islands). Bob Anderson got a great photograph of a piping plover, an unbanded individual on Fisherman Island. Unofficial grand totals include 29 waterfowl and 19 shorebird species. During the compilation Dan Cristol makes a neat list of the species found, annotating some, esp. if just 1 party found them.


Jarring missed species: bobwhite, bittern, Bonapartes gull (scarce or missing on all 4 of these counts), Forsters tern, laughing gull, short-eared owl, red-headed woodpecker, red & white-breasted nuthatches, saltmarsh sparrow, white-crowned sparrow, rusty blackbird, and pine siskin. After 48 years of compiling I was ready to retire: in 2016 George Armistead and Ned Brinkley took over as co-compilers. Bless them. Many thanks to Sting-Rays for opening up half an hour early for breakfast.


DECEMBER 31, SUNDAY. 263.7 miles to home, but first: ESVNWR early on: 8 or so of us look for the WESTERN TANAGER frequenting the feeders on the E side of the Visitor Center. It is found, seen by most. George gets some photographs. I miss it but see house sparrows, house finches, titmice, and myrtle warblers at the feed plus a yellowish feral cat lurking nearby.


MILE POST 78, Route 13, S of Cheriton, a field to the W has 66 killdeer and 22 mourning doves. BOX TREE-MACHIPONGO, 10:15-10:35, clear, 26, NW15, low tide, black duck 12, red-winged blackbird 35, sharp-shinned hawk 1, herring gull 25 hunting over the guts. Visibility excellent. HUNKERED DOWN, 1 mi. N of Box Tree, turkey vulture 12, and, 1.7 mi. N of Box Tree, turkey vulture 29, these buzzards just sitting in the early morning sun, out of the wind. SAND PIT W of 600 (Marionville), 3.6 mi. N of Box Tree: hooded merganser 14, ruddy duck 1, black duck 2, but the pit 0.25 mi. S of these has no birds.


WILLIS WHARF: 11-noon, 24 degrees F. very low tide and still lettin out. Run into Curtis Badger. Theres a nice, well-deserved, tribute to Curtis and his writings in Eastern Shore First, January 2018, vol. 1, no. 9, page 6.


Now see here: willet 22, semipalmated plover 6, black-bellied plover 5, killdeer 1, dunlin 44, kingfisher 1, black vulture 4, bald eagle 3, Canada goose 390, great blue heron 18 (hunkered down in one group in the sun & out of the wind), hooded merganser 30, common loon 2, greater yellowlegs 3, rock pigeon 3, bufflehead 10, and gray squirrel 1. No marbled godwits, [I like commas], but Curtis saw the big flock here a few days ago.


GARGATHA LANDING, 12:53-1:45, very low tide, 26 degrees. Most of the time Im here a big female peregrine is perched on top of some drift wood

<200 feet away, shotgun range. hooded merganser 8, Forsters tern 7, northern harrier 2 (1 an adult male), mockingbird 1, bald eagle only 1, boat-tailed grackle 20, great blue heron 1, cedar waxwing 30, eastern bluebird 11, red-breasted merganser 4, dunlin 110, black duck 40, black-bellied plover 3, red-winged blackbird 35. When the waters higher, from here one can see the distant surf c. 1 mi. to the NE. Also in view: the towers of NASA on Wallops Island, and the tall tower on the N end of Cedar Island.


TYSON chicken plant at Temperanceville: Canada goose 380, turkey vulture 12, at 2 P.M., 25 degrees. 11 miles South of DOVER, DE, milepost 38.5, Route 13, c. 2,500 snow geese off to the west in a field. N of SMYRNA near Blackbird Creek tens of thousands of blackbirds flying to roost over by the Delaware River. A bit further N around sunset thousands of Snow Geese headed, Id guess, for Bombay Hook NWR. Near the DELAWARE-CHESAPEAKE CANAL many hundreds of Canada Geese probably headed the same way. CHURCHMANS MARSH, Route I-95 S of Wilmington, another massive flock of blackbirds going to roost somewhere against a backdrop of the super moon one day shy of bring full, an impressive spectacle, 15 minutes after sunset.


GENERAL COMMENTARY. From Dec. 29 onwards most of the smaller fresh water areas near bout froze up. According to Coastal Angler (tidewater, VA/Outer Banks, NC edition), December 2017, p. 6 new materials from the demolition of the Herbert Bonner bridge [crosses Oregon Inlet] after the new bridge is completed will be used to make more artificial reefs offshore. The start of the new bridge is ugly and higher than the old one. This whole trip the tidal waters are way below normal. Lots of mud.


A few of the Baccharis halimifolia on this trip still have remnants of the white seeds that blow in the wind like minor snow flurries in late October. In the saltmarsh along the narrow tidal guts this time a lot of the frozen waters, when they subside, leave what look like panes of glass, big flakes, ice, depending down from the edges lined with Spartina alterniflora. It shore is purty.


Another Redeye in the books. Phew! Perhaps I AM getting a bit old for this. This Redeye was challenging, but as always very rewarding and gratifying, too, and, Oh, Lordy!, with any luck Ill be back for more punishment next December. So nice every year to hobnob with the accomplished Carolina and Virginia naturalists. 10 degrees F. when I arrive home at 6 P.M. Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.
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Date: 1/2/18 6:30 pm
From: Matt Anthony via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Virginia Birding Annual Report--Call for Submissions
Hi all,

A few folks have informed me that va-bird doesn't allow attached files, so
the Annual Report Form did not go through. The form is now uploaded to Rob
Bielawski's website, and can be found by following the link below.

http://www.beachbirding.com/virginia-annual-birding-report


Best,
--Matt Anthony

On Tue, Jan 2, 2018 at 6:30 PM, Matt Anthony <mhanthony...> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> Another year of birding in Virginia has just wrapped up, with many
> wonderful sightings shared by many birders across the state. To mark the
> new year, Rob Bielawski, James Fox, Nick Newberry, and myself would like to
> take the time to ask for submissions for a Virginia Annual Birding Report.
> Several other states publish, or have in the past, annual birding reports
> that collect various list totals, birding summaries, and other data and
> present it for the enjoyment of the birding community. The four of us have
> enjoyed participating and/or reading reports from other states, and would
> really like to get something similar started here in Virginia. We hope many
> of you will also be interested!
>
> As the basis for this report, we have developed a number of categories for
> which we invite people to submit their list totals. Attached to this
> message is a report form that outlines all the categories we would like to
> collect submissions for. Please feel free to submit your totals for as few
> or as many categories as you would like! We are also hoping to chronicle
> some of Virginia’s birding history, so there is also space at the end of
> the form for submitting historic list totals in any of the categories.
>
> To make things easier for you, Rob Bielawski has developed a series of
> Excel workbooks which will calculate many of the values we are requesting.
> Rob’s spreadsheet is able to calculate these values using your eBird data,
> so all you have to do is download your data and forward it to him so that
> he can run the numbers. Instructions on how to do this can be found at the
> beginning of the report form.
>
> In addition to the annual report form, we have also included a Big Day
> Report form, as we would like to track current and historic numbers for
> statewide and/or county Big Days in Virginia. If you have ever done a Big
> Day, please feel free to submit your total using this form.
>
> If anyone has any further questions about the annual report or how to
> submit, please let us know! We hope that many people will send in their
> data for what will hopefully be an interesting and exciting snapshot of the
> Virginia birding community!
>
> Good birding to everyone in 2018!
>
> Best,
>
> --Matt Anthony
>
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Date: 1/2/18 5:42 pm
From: Stephen Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fairfax and Loudoun: No SNOW, no NSHR, yes Rough-legged

Hello birders,

Happy New Year. I did not find the Northern Shrike at Sully Woodlands, yesterday or today. Last report I see for it is Dec. 22.

At Dulles Airport today, no Snowy Owl atop the mid-terminal buildings, but at least one Rough-legged Hawk was there, towards the SW. Recommend if you go there looking for either one, and you want anything more than minimal identification field marks, bring a spotting scope.

Viewing from the parking structure, I could verify the absence of the owl; but if it were there, it would be a round white ball through 12X binoculars. Similarly, I could only get minimal field marks on the Rough-legged, at that distance.

As far as time of day, in the afternoon you're looking into the sun, for the Rough-legged. The best time of day, would be whenever they shut off all those heat-producing jet engines. Let us all know please, if you find out when that is.

Good luck and good birding!!

Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia

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Date: 1/2/18 3:30 pm
From: Matt Anthony via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Virginia Birding Annual Report--Call for Submissions
Hi everyone,

Another year of birding in Virginia has just wrapped up, with many
wonderful sightings shared by many birders across the state. To mark the
new year, Rob Bielawski, James Fox, Nick Newberry, and myself would like to
take the time to ask for submissions for a Virginia Annual Birding Report.
Several other states publish, or have in the past, annual birding reports
that collect various list totals, birding summaries, and other data and
present it for the enjoyment of the birding community. The four of us have
enjoyed participating and/or reading reports from other states, and would
really like to get something similar started here in Virginia. We hope many
of you will also be interested!

As the basis for this report, we have developed a number of categories for
which we invite people to submit their list totals. Attached to this
message is a report form that outlines all the categories we would like to
collect submissions for. Please feel free to submit your totals for as few
or as many categories as you would like! We are also hoping to chronicle
some of Virginia’s birding history, so there is also space at the end of
the form for submitting historic list totals in any of the categories.

To make things easier for you, Rob Bielawski has developed a series of
Excel workbooks which will calculate many of the values we are requesting.
Rob’s spreadsheet is able to calculate these values using your eBird data,
so all you have to do is download your data and forward it to him so that
he can run the numbers. Instructions on how to do this can be found at the
beginning of the report form.

In addition to the annual report form, we have also included a Big Day
Report form, as we would like to track current and historic numbers for
statewide and/or county Big Days in Virginia. If you have ever done a Big
Day, please feel free to submit your total using this form.

If anyone has any further questions about the annual report or how to
submit, please let us know! We hope that many people will send in their
data for what will hopefully be an interesting and exciting snapshot of the
Virginia birding community!

Good birding to everyone in 2018!

Best,

--Matt Anthony
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Date: 1/2/18 11:05 am
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
I am eternally grateful to the many friends of Huntley Meadows Park who have helped with compiling these last several weeks of reports during my hospitalization. One cannot know the depths of friendships until these kinds of situations arise. Thank you.
Twelve birders braved Arctic temperatures to record 35 species to ring in the new year. The central wetland was frozen and no ducks were seen. However, all seven woodpecker species were documented as well as three hermit thrushes and two barred owls. 
Canada Goose  72
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  7
Mourning Dove  11
Barred Owl  2
Red-headed Woodpecker  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  7
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  9
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  5
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  14
Fish Crow  3
Carolina Chickadee  13
Tufted Titmouse  12
White-breasted Nuthatch  7
Brown Creeper  3
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  6
Hermit Thrush  3
American Robin  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Dark-eyed Junco  9
White-throated Sparrow  40
Song Sparrow  3
Swamp Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  10
Red-winged Blackbird  17
American Goldfinch  15

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

Harry Glasgow
Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Date: 1/2/18 10:31 am
From: Gerry Hawkins via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Eared Grebe and Eurasian Wigeon, Fairfax County
I also was able to relocate the Eared Grebe after failing to do so early this morning when the thousands of ducks and coot.present were much more tightly packed. It currently is in the near side of the open ice in the right-center of the concentration of ducks and has had its head resting in its back for most of the time I watched it. It is the only grebe I have seen here today. The continuing male Eurasian Wigeon is easier to find but also easy to lose.

Gerry Hawkins
Arlington, VA

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Date: 1/2/18 9:01 am
From: Dave Larsen - Birding via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Glaucous Gull at Occoquan Regional Park
Met Gerry Hawkins who had just found this rare Gull at the regional park around 11:00am. Glaucous Gull (second year) was with a large group of gulls resting on ice very close to the two docks at the big parking lot just past the new construction.

Dave Larsen
Haymarket

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Date: 1/2/18 8:30 am
From: Fred Atwood via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Eared Grebe at Pohick Bay
Still present right now on far left side of waterfowl swarm.
Many thanks to Elton and Linda for finding and reporting this bird—a county lifer for me.

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> VA Birders
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> Linda Chittum & I found an Eared Grebe off the cartop boat launch at Pohick Bay where there still is some open water. The bird is still present last seen near the big coot flock at about 2:30pm. Many photos were taken of the Grebe.
>
> Elton Morel
> Arlington VA
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Date: 1/2/18 8:24 am
From: Brian Taber via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Black-throated Gray Warbler in James City County
...the bird just re-appeared...same location...

 
Brian Taber
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Date: 1/2/18 6:53 am
From: David Gibson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Looking back at 2017
With Doug's permission, I'm re-posting his earlier post here. Many of us
can relate to the content, what he conveys re: the joys of birding, slowing
down a bit etc.Reflect on/enjoy, Dave Gibson, Chesapeake

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From: DOUGLAS E CHICKERING <dovekie...>
Date: Mon, Jan 1, 2018 at 10:28 PM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Looking back at 2017
To: Massbird <massbird...>
Cc: Douglas Chickering <dovekie...>


Massbirders:

As is usual for Lois and I, and probably for many of you, the
last days of December are days when we reflect back on the previous year.
Was it a good birding year? What it a disappointing birding year? Of
course, there really are no bad birding years. For me the year has been
different from the past ones. Due to circumstances with Lois health there
have been limitations to our birding this last year; as there was in 2016.
The result being the empty spaces on my Checklist of Massachusetts Birds
for 2017. There were misses that have been surprising and disappointing and
for many could be considered depressing. But nothing about birding
depresses me nor Lois and though the character of our birding has altered a
bit it still is the most fulfilling thing we do on a regular, or
semi-regular basis.

This year there were few rarities. Only one write-on our
checklist. The uncommon and rare birds were there all through the year but,
in general, we just couldn’t get to them. Our chasing days such as they
were in previous years, are pretty much over. And this was what created
those blank entries on our checklists. Still there were highlights and
exhilarating moments. And the luster and beauty are still there. Also, now
I find a new appreciation for birds and events that had seemed more prosaic
and uninteresting during more abundant years. The staging of the Tree
Swallows on Plum Island, were spectacular. The Nighthawks over our yard,
always a thrilling event in our household was more so this year for there
were three or four days of sightings and often more than one bird. Although
I didn’t see a Canada Warbler, or a Hooded, or a Cape May, there were many
breathtaking views of Blackburnians, Bay-breasteds, and of Scarlet
Tanagers. Then there was the ora!
nge-crowned Warbler in the S Curves and a startling good look at a
Connecticut Warbler at Hellcat. It would be petty to whine about a year in
which you got good looks at a Connecticut warbler and an orange crowned.
So, I am actually grateful for the new prospective and satisfied with my
past year even though it is different in nature. It is still birding. I am
still thrilled to see the Snowy Owl in the marshes, the Black-and White
darting through the trees and the Solitary Vireo at the end of a newly
budding twig.

And then there was the spectacular interlude of having a Golden
Eagle, soaring slowly overhead, right over our deck. The next year begins
as January comes in with its sanitizing, penetrating cold. And now we can
do it all over again.

Doug Chickering

Groveland

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Date: 1/2/18 5:54 am
From: Kurt via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Brief summary of the Fort Belvoir CBC 31 Dec 2017
VA Birders,

Despite temperatures just above 20F and an occasional breeze the count did well with the total currently at 109 species and only a few outstanding reports which are not expected to affect the outcome. This is just a little below the long term average of 112 to 113. Unusual and/or notable species were: Cackling Goose off Mason Neck, Eurasian Wigeon in Pohick Bay, Long-tailed Duck off Occ Bat NWR near the Potomac, Great Egret at Occ. Bay NWR, Merlin at Huntley Meadows and Maryland, Lesser Yellowlegs at the Cole Treatment Plant in Lorton, Glaucous Gull in the Occoquan River, Common Raven in several places, American Pipits at Mason Neck NWR and the Lorton landfill, Yellow Warbler at Leesylvania SP, Clay-colored Sparrow at Laurel Hill Eq. Area, Lincoln’s Sparrow in Veteran’s Park (north side) and 2 Pine Siskin in a big goldfinch flock in the Huntley Meadows area.

Other interesting and more common species found were: Wood Duck, Common Goldeneye, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Wilson’s Snipe, American Woodcock, Wild Turkey, the three typical owls, and Eastern Meadowlark.

Count Week species were: Eared Grebe in Pohick Bay, Iceland Gull in the Occoquan River, Peregrine Falcon at Belmont Marina, House Wren at Lorton landfill, and Pine Warbler at a feeder in the Woodbridge area.

My grateful thank yous to all the volunteers and Sector Leaders who made the count possible. See you on the next count Sunday, Dec 30, 2018!

Kurt Gaskill, compiler

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Date: 1/2/18 4:01 am
From: David Gibson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] waterfowling, Elizabeth River Park, Chesapeake
I know I don't need to remind anyone here of this, but keep an eye out on
those unfrozen tidal rivers/creeks etc. And maybe visit closer to low tide?
In the past few days or so we've had the following: Bufflehead, Hooded
Merganser, Mallard, American Black Duck, Northern Shoveler, Ruddy Duck,
Northern Pintail, & Ring-necked Duck at the lowly Scuffeltown (I can NEVER
spell this!) Creek here. I've pretty much been the only soul there, but boy
has the birding been great. Bundle up! Dave Gibson, Chesapeake (Anomalous
Birder)
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Date: 1/1/18 7:49 pm
From: Donald Sweig via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Potomac River: A Few Ducks
I took a quick drive and checked a few places between Bellhaven and Riverside down by Mount Vernon today. Fewer ducks than I expected. I saw the most waterfowl from the little pullout parking area off the Parkway just north of Morningside and south of Dyke marsh. I looked quickly from the parking area with the scope: There were about 75 or 100 ducks: Canvasbacks, Redhead, Common Mergansers, lots of Hooded Mergansers, Bufflehead, Scaup, Widgeon, Mallards, about 8 or 10 Tundra swans (four were up on the ice; the rest were in the water).
About halfway down to Mount Vernon two mature bald eagles were sitting on the ice not far from the shore. Unfortunately, no place to park and get a picture.
I also took a quick drive to the end of the road at the marina at Dyke Marsh. There were two or three large rafts of ducks, but they were very far out.
Nothing special.
I should've gone to Pohick.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Date: 1/1/18 6:34 pm
From: Kevin Shank via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Am. Woodcock @ Union Springs, R'ham County
Saw an American Woodcock fly over the (frozen) lake along our driveway at
4:30 or 5:00 this evening.



Shaphan Shank

Union Springs

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Date: 1/1/18 6:07 pm
From: Bill Hohenstein via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Occoquan Regional Park Glaucous and Iceland Gulls
Hi all:


Both a Glaucous and Iceland Gull were at Occoquan Regional Park today. The Iceland gull was seen at about noon from the pulloff that overlooks the area in front of the bridge. I went back later in the day and just after 4:00 the Glaucous Gull flew in. There are numerous GBBG and Herring Gulls as well as Ring Billed there as well -- all ages and various plumages. The immature GBBG are easy to confuse with the rarer gulls. Look for very light colored gulls with light/white primary feathers that extend past the tail. I would age the Glaucous as a 2nd winter bird. The Iceland appears to be a Juvenile, smaller than the GBBG with an all dark bill. Here are links to photos and videos. I'm not 100% on the Iceland gull -- but don't know what else it would be.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/73831614@N00/albums/72157662190931387


Bill
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Date: 1/1/18 4:20 pm
From: Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Augusta & Rockingham Counties first of year highlights
Hi all,Instead of heading over to Highland County Allen Larner and I decided to stay in the valley on this frigid January 1st.  We ended up having a fantastic day of birding around Augusta and Rockingham Counties finding 75 species total.
We spent most of the day in Augusta but wandered up to Rockingham in the afternoon where our highlights included: Lake Campbell waterfowl (300 Canada Geese, 1 N. Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 1 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 4 GW Teal, 2 Redhead, 8 Ring-necked, 1 G. Scaup).  Silver Lake waterfowl (2 Shovelers, 8 Gadwall, 3 Pintails, 1 G. Scaup, and the continuing Long-tailed Duck).  42 Eurasian Collared-Doves at the known location at the intersection of Lumber Mill and Dry River Roads.  The Snowy Owl at the Walmart property in Mt Crawford, viewed from McDonald's as reported real time from the field.
Our Augusta County highlights included:
Note: Most waterfowl noted as "Throughout the County" at the Rte 254 ponds on the north of Waynesboro, Fishersville Quarry, and/or Bell's Lane Private Pond.

Snow Goose 1 -- Rte 254 ponds, north end of WaynesboroG. White-fronted Goose 29 -- 13 at Bell's Lane Private Pond, 13 at Long Meadow Rd Pond, 3 at Fishersville Quarry.  New Winter Peak Count for Augusta County.
Cackling Goose 10 -- 1 at Fishersville Quarry, 9 at Bell's Lane Private Pond.Canada Goose 1,355 -- Throughout the county.Trumpeter Swan 1 -- Continuing at Rte 254 ponds, north end of Waynesboro.  Gadwall 115 -- Throughout the county.American Black Duck 15 -- Throughout.N. Pintail 8 -- Throughout.GW Teal 17 -- Throughout.Redhead 18 -- Throughout.Ring-necked 50 -- Throughout.Lesser Scaup 2 -- Bell's Lane Private Pond.Ruddy Duck 8 -- Bell's Lane Private Pond.Pied-billed Grebe 1 -- Bell's Lane Private Pond.BC Night-Heron 1 -- InVista Ponds in Waynesboro.N. Harrier 3 -- Throughout the county.Bald Eagle 2 -- Guthrie Rd & Swoope.Red-shouldered Hawk 7 -- Throughout the county.Barn Owl 1 -- Private property silo.E. Screech-Owl 1 -- calling post-sunset along Sangers Lane.Great Horned Owl 2 -- calling post-sunset in the New Hope area.Short-eared Owl 7 -- Bell's Lane at dusk.  *NOTE including the Snowy up in Rockingham we had a 5 owl species day today!Red-headed Woodpecker 2 -- Mish Barn Rd and Livick Rd in Swoope.Am. Kestrel 14 -- Throughout the county.Horned Lark 460 -- Mostly in the Swoope Area.American Pipit 90 -- Chapel Hill Ln near Weyers Cave.Swamp Sparrow 2 -- Boy Scout Lane in Swoope.
Thanks to Allen for a fantastic day of birding and a great start to the year!  Wishing everyone a bird-filled and fabulous 2018.Gabriel MapelNew Hope

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Date: 1/1/18 4:14 pm
From: Rexanne Bruno via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Say's Phoebe in King William Co., 12/31/2017
Looked for but did not find Says Phoebe with owners permission. Searched for about an hour and a half, stayed below house, around trees and out buildings as hunters all over property today (per owner). Property owner said other birders had been there earlier but didn’t stay long (as not dressed for cold weather). Did not have the advantage of Nick’s post with more info about locating bird but searched cedars and bluebird, etc flocks in area. Did not see any phoebes there (nor cow manure).

All was not lost though as stopped in West Point on way home to see Snowy Owl there.

Rexanne Bruno
Williamsburg, VA
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Date: 1/1/18 1:42 pm
From: Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Snowy Owl continues (Rockingham County)
Currently looking at the Mt. Crawford Snowy Owl. Easy view of the bird peeves on a light post on the Walmart property, viewing from the McDonald's parking lot, looking in the direction of the cell tower.
Gabriel Mapel & Allen Larner
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Date: 1/1/18 12:59 pm
From: Kurt Gaskill via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Eared grebe, Pohick Regional Park
VA Birders

I ran into Elton about 2 pm who told me if the bird and eventually I found the Eared Grebe 30 min later (battling an eye-tearing wind), thank you Elton for this wonderful find and count week bird!

Needless to say the Eurasian Wigeon was present plus some other ducks. A scope would be useful!

Kurt Gaskill

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>
> After seeing Elton's post I found the eared grebe at about 3:20pm. Behind the left side of big coot flock.
>
> Marc Ribaudo
>
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Date: 1/1/18 12:43 pm
From: Jeff Blalock via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] eBird -- 103 Elizabeth Court, South Boston, VA -- Jan 1, 2018
Greetings all

A very COLD way to start the New Year but I did got outside for a few minutes to see a large flock of Robins flying overhead.

Even though I only reported 2,000 more were flying by as I went back inside to thaw out and get some feelings back into my fingers.

Happy New Year and great Birding to you in 2018


103 Elizabeth Court, South Boston, VA
Jan 1, 2018
7:00 AM
Stationary
240 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.6.2 Build 28

4 Turkey Vulture
3 Mourning Dove
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
2 Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) -- 1 - Male 1 - Female
3 Blue Jay
2 American Crow
2 Carolina Chickadee
2 Tufted Titmouse
1 White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)
2 Carolina Wren
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Eastern Bluebird
2000 American Robin -- Watched a large continuous flock fly over my house and neighborhood for nearly 8 minutes. Flock was still flying by when I had to go back inside to get warm.
1 Brown Thrasher
1 Northern Mockingbird
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
15 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)
15 White-throated Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
8 Northern Cardinal
15 House Finch

Number of Taxa: 22


From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

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



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Date: 1/1/18 12:28 pm
From: Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Eared grebe, Pohick Regional Park
After seeing Elton's post I found the eared grebe at about 3:20pm.  Behind the left side of big coot flock.

Marc Ribaudo


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Date: 1/1/18 11:52 am
From: Elton Morel via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Eared Grebe at Pohick Bay
VA Birders

Linda Chittum & I found an Eared Grebe off the cartop boat launch at Pohick Bay where there still is some open water. The bird is still present last seen near the big coot flock at about 2:30pm. Many photos were taken of the Grebe.

Elton Morel
Arlington VA


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Date: 1/1/18 11:01 am
From: Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] G. White-fronted Geese (29) in Augusta County
Hi all,
Allen Larner and I are birding around Augusta County today and wanted to get the word out about our new peak winter count of Greater White-fronted Geese. We've had 29 GWF Geese today: 13 continuing birds at the Long Meadow Rd pond, 3 continuing birds at the Fishersville Quarry, and a new group of 13 birds at the private pond off of Bell's Lane.

Other highlights for us so far today have included the continuing Trumpeter Swan and Snow Goose at the Annamarie Estates ponds off Hwy 254 in Northern Waynesboro, and 10 Cackling Geese (1 at the Fishersville Quarry and 9 at the private pond off Bell's Lane).

Happy New Year,
Gabriel Mapel
New Hope

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Date: 1/1/18 8:46 am
From: Frederick Atwood via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Eurasian Wigeon updates?
It is here right now as well as thousands of other ducks concentrated in the little bit of open water in the bay. Not very far offshore but scope still a good idea. Very handsome bird
Fred Atwood
Oakton

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> Any recent eyes on the Eurasian Wigeon at Pohick Bay Regional Park? Trying to decide if it’s worth the drive today.
>
> Thanks!
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Date: 1/1/18 8:46 am
From: Elisa Enders via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Common Merganser, Lake Whitehurst, Norfolk, VA
Yesterday, while covering the Norfolk Botanical Gardens, and surrounding areas, for the Little Creek CBC, I saw an adult male Common Merganser on the northwest side of the gardens. The bird swam around the north side of the gardens and disappeared from view.

Also, the pond at the former site of the Lake Wright Golf Course, which has become Norfolk Prime Outlets, held a decent diversity of waterfowl, including Green-winged Teal, Wood Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Northern Shoveler, and Gadwall. There still seems to be construction occurring around the pond, and, unfortunately, much of the understory vegetation has been cleared.

Elisa Flanders
Portsmouth, VA
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Date: 1/1/18 7:41 am
From: Joe Coppock via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Eurasian Wigeon updates?
Any recent eyes on the Eurasian Wigeon at Pohick Bay Regional Park? Trying to decide if it’s worth the drive today.

Thanks!
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Date: 1/1/18 7:26 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Eurasian wigeon Pohick Bay
Eurasian wigeon in massive duck flock from parking lot.

Marc Ribaudo

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Date: 1/1/18 6:37 am
From: Fred Atwood via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Walkerton CBC results Dec 31, 2017
Dear VA-Birders
Though yesterday was a very cold day with brutal windchill of 8 F, and even
though hunting prevented access to 6 of our best locations this year, the 8
teams of 22 birders were able to find 99 species, including two very
exciting finds: a Say's Phoebe found by Nick Flanders in King William
County, and a Clay-colored Sparrow found by Andrew Rapp, Carson Lambert and
Sheila Barnett in Hanover County. If you are going to try to see the
clay-colored sparrow, please hold off trying to do so until I hear back
from the landowner about access. If you are going to try to see the Say's
Phoebe, please note this recent post sent to VA-Bird by Nick Flanders:

"This appears to be the first Say's Phoebe to be found on the Middle
Peninsula. It is on private property. The landowners are friendly towards
birders and are excited about hosting a rare bird. They have requested that
you stay on the road and keep away from the house. Please be conscientious
about your behavior while searching for the bird and communicative with
other birders who may not be following the instructions in this message.

Directions: Turn north from Green Level Rd. (Rt. 621) onto Hybla Farm Road
(Rt. 681) and continue along the road, always keeping right when there is
an option, until reaching a patch of cedars on the left side of the road
just before the road goes up a hill towards the landowner’s house. The
Say’s Phoebe has been at times associating with a bluebird flock, at times
with Eastern Phoebes, and at times alone. It almost always stays within 2
feet of the ground and has ranged from the edge of the cedars to the fields
below the house to the red barn/shed a bit further down the road, but
before reaching the house. You will drive through a cow pasture before
reaching the hill with house/cedars and the phoebe has been spending time
near the ground around cow manure."


Other positive highlights from the Walkerton CBC were the following:

4 Snow Geese in The Pocket, including one Blue
344 American Black Duck, (nearly 3 X the average)
1372 Mallard, a new count high (prev 1214)
38 Shoveler (2 x ave) Pocket
17 American Wigeon (ave = 4) Walkerton, Hatchery, Pocket
14 Redhead, a new count high (prev high 1, seen on 7 of prev 22 counts),
all in Walkerton
117 Hooded Merganser, a new count high (prev high 89)
21 Bobwhite in two locations in one sector (Hatchery)
27 Red-headed Woodpecker (2 x ave)
43 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, a new count high (prev high 40)
2 Merlin (single birds in two sectors: Pampatike, New Kent)
87 Eastern Phoebe, crushing our prev high of 56
2 House Wrens (single birds in two sectors: Pampatike, Pocket)
27 Winter Wren (ave 16)
77 Hermit Thrush (our second highest count, ave = 32, max = 126)
21 Brown Thrasher ( ave = 11, max = 23)
229 Yellow-rumped Warbler our second highest count (ave 101, max 290)
8 Pine Warbler our second highest count (ave 2, max 12)
96 Chipping Sparrow ( 3 x ave)
46 Fox Sparrow (2nd highest count, ave = 10, max 54)
2 Rusty Blackbird single birds at two locations in one sector (Pocket)
139 Meadowlark highest count since 2004 (ave 60, high 176)

In addition, we had significantly lower numbers than usual of the following
species, probably most of which can be explained by the birds being less
active because of the brutal winds, or the fact that the marshes and some
ponds were frozen and ice-covered, or by the fact that we had no teams in
boats on the rivers this year.

28 Green-winged Teal (ave 97. high 481)
288 Pintail (ave 569, high 2151)
2 Lesser Scaup (ave 29, high 447) Walkerton
32 Ruddy Duck (ave 82, high 580)
8 Pied-billed Grebe (ave 14, high 53)
13 DC Cormorant (ave 17, high 91)
16 Great Blue Heron (ave 37, high 69)
17 Red-tailed Hawk (ave 27, high 39)
8 Wild Turkey (ave 32, high 101)
1 Coot (ave 62, high 628) New Kent
149 Killdeer (ave 181, high 625)
4 Wilson's Snipe (ave 53, high 202)
3 American Woodcock (ave 22, high 187) Cohoke and King William
128 Ring-billed Gull (ave 343, high 939)
1 Screech Owl (ave 4, high 12) King William
6 Great Horned Owl (ave 10, high 40)
1 Barred Owl (ave 7, high 15) Aylett
10 Kingfisher (ave 20, high 43)
18 Pileated Woodpecker (ave 32, high 64)
5 Kestrel (ave 9, high 17)
52 Blue Jay (ave 73, high 142)
7 Horned Lark in only the Cohoke sector (ave 71, high 204)
70 Carolina Chickadee (ave 105, high 175)
53 Titmice (ave 88, high 161)
16 WB Nuthatch (ave 30, high 58)
84 Carolina Wren (ave 103, high 218)
159 Eastern Bluebird (ave 201, high 482)

The following birds that we have found fairly often on this count were
missed this year:
Cackling Goose, Canvasback, Lesser Yellowlegs, Dunlin, Herring Gull,
Red-breasted Nuthatch, and Purple Finch

Since there is very little public land in this count circle, we rely
heavily on the generosity of private landowners. Many thanks to the 34
private landowners who provided access to their beautiful and very birdy
properties, and to the following very conscientious and skilled birders who
worked hard in tough conditions to amass an impressive list:
Sector 1 Aylett Leslie Fellows, Ann and Kevin Jennings, Chuck Epes,
Sector 2 Pampatike Arun Bose, Ellison Orcutt,
Sector 3 Cohoke Nick Flanders
Sector 4 Walkerton James Fox, Jason Strickland, Ray Smith
Sector 5 Hatchery/Stephensville Teta Kain, Carolyn Phillips, Ron Kroll (et
al)
Sector 6 King William Dana Bradshaw, Bryan Watts
Sector 7 The Pocket Fred Atwood, Nick Newberry
Sector 8 Hanover/New Kent Andrew Rapp, Carson Lambert, Sheila Barnett

May you have a great 2018 full of excellent views of wonderful birds
Fred Atwood
Flint Hill School
Oakton, VA
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Date: 1/1/18 6:20 am
From: nicholas via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Say's Phoebe in King William Co., 12/31/2017
All, while covering the Cohoke Sector for Walkerton CBC yesterday I saw a Say's Phoebe on private property. Fortunately the bird stuck around the area during the day for other CBC'ers to enjoy. Fred Atwood does a great job as compiler of this count working hard to ensure participants have access to private property, so we waited until now to post to ensure the property owner was OK with continued birder visitation to look for the phoebe. Continued access has been granted, so see below instructions on access and where to look for the bird, crafted mostly by Nick Newberry & Fred Atwood.


"A Say's Phoebe was found by Nick Flanders and seen by several others on the Walkerton CBC in King William VA Dec 31. This appears to be the first Say's Phoebe to be found on the Middle Peninsula. It is on private property. The landowners are friendly towards birders and are excited about hosting a rare bird. They have requested that you stay on the road and keep away from the house. Please be conscientious about your behavior while searching for the bird and communicative with other birders who may not be following the instructions in this message.
Directions: Turn north from Green Level Rd. (Rt. 621) onto Hybla Farm Road (Rt. 681) and continue along the road, always keeping right when there is an option, until reaching a patch of cedars on the left side of the road just before the road goes up a hill towards the landowners house. The Says Phoebe has been at times associating with a bluebird flock, at times with Eastern Phoebes, and at times alone. It almost always stays within 2 feet of the ground and has ranged from the edge of the cedars to the fields below the house to the red barn/shed a bit further down the road, but before reaching the house. You will drive through a cow pasture before reaching the hill with house/cedars and the phoebe has been spending time near the ground around cow manure."

Nick Flanders
Portsmouth, VA

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Date: 1/1/18 5:47 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Glaucous gull, Occoquan Regional Park
The Glaucous gull found yesterday on the Ft. Belvoir CBC us still present in Occoquan River.

Marc Ribaudo

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Date: 12/31/17 6:53 pm
From: Scott Priebe via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Occoquan Regional Park, Dec 31, 2017 - GLAUCOUS GULL GULL, Common Raven


Sent from my iPod

Begin forwarded message:

From: <ebird-checklist...><mailto:<ebird-checklist...>>
Date: December 31, 2017 at 9:50:54 PM EST
To: <falco57...><mailto:<falco57...>>
Subject: eBird Report - Occoquan Regional Park, Dec 31, 2017

Occoquan Regional Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Dec 31, 2017 10:21 AM - 2:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.648 mile(s)
39 species

Canada Goose 350
Mallard (Northern) 21
Common Merganser (North American) 27
Great Blue Heron 5
Black Vulture 15
Turkey Vulture 15
Northern Harrier 1
Bald Eagle 3 2 adult, 1 immature.
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Ring-billed Gull 42
Herring Gull (American) 35
Glaucous Gull 1 Rare. Juvenile plumage. Large all pale gull with light brown edging on body feathers. Pinkish bill with black tip. Pink legs. Almost as large as the great blacked-back gulls it was sitting next to. Seen by all in CBC group.
Great Black-backed Gull 35
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 13
Mourning Dove 6
Barred Owl 2
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 4
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 4
Common Raven 2
Carolina Chickadee 5
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 1
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 11
Golden-crowned Kinglet 15
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 4
Northern Mockingbird 4
European Starling 6
Cedar Waxwing 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 23
White-throated Sparrow 90
Song Sparrow 9
Northern Cardinal 31

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41485371

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Date: 12/31/17 6:43 pm
From: Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiawah Island SC birds
All - I've added some more photos from my birding trip to Kiawah Island, SC. Overall, we found 107 species during our one week stay on Kiawah. The photos that I've added are of a Red-shouldered Hawk, Western Sandpipers, and some shots showing the large sandpiper flocks along the beach. The mixed flocks contained mainly Semipalmated Plovers, Dunlin, and a few Least and Western Sandpipers.

I will continue to post photos over the next few days of some of the different birds that we saw.

Here's the link to my Flickr site if you are interested: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vmibiology/

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept.
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Date: 12/31/17 1:16 pm
From: CABOT WILLIAMS via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FOS in Gloucester
We had our FOS Purple Finch today, a male. We also had a Winter Wren on Friday. I think I saw one a few days earlier but it was too quick to be sure. Hermit Thrush have been pretty regular the last two weeks. I saw two arguing over the cracked beech nuts in our driveway today.

Hayes Williams at White Marsh in the middle of Gloucester County
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Date: 12/31/17 12:05 pm
From: Patti Reum via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Highland Co Tree Sparrow
There is a pale adult Tree Sparrow at my feeder. Yesterday, when we did
our informal CCB up here, Evan Spears spotted 4 at a feeder nearby.



Patti Reum
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Date: 12/31/17 11:51 am
From: D. M. West via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] West Point, VA Snowy Owl
The Snowy made a brief appearance on a multi acre lawn further upstream on
the Mattaponi Friday between 10:30am and 11:00am(north of West Point
school) so it’s ranging over a wide area.

On Sat, Dec 30, 2017 at 6:24 PM David Gibson via va-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> No sign of the Snowy today. We looked everywhere. As Snowy Owls tend to
> frequent airports (resembles home) during the winter, we visited the
> airport nearby and were actually allowed onto the airfield. But no luck
> there either. Oh well. Fun trip nonetheless. And the wine tasting at
> Gauthier Vineyards made the trip fully worthwhile. Dave Gibson, Chesapeake
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Date: 12/31/17 11:37 am
From: Ashley Lohr via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Dulles snowy owl & roughie--NO
No sighting of the snowy owl OR the roughie from 1:45 until 2:30pm today.

There were 2 harriers working the fields along the runways.

Ashley Lohr
Purcellville
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Date: 12/31/17 8:52 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Yellow warbler Leesylvania SP
A yellow warbler is in vegetation along side of road east of train trestle.  Photos taken.

Marc Ribaudo

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Date: 12/31/17 8:26 am
From: Tom Brobson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Christmas Bird count - Clover Hollow Christmas Tree Farm - Newport, VA - Giles County) Saturday 12/30/2017
We were happy to conduct our annual Christmas Bird Count on the tree farm (Newport, VA - Giles county) yesterday (our farm and adjacent properties - from 2300' to about 2800') and to be joined by two intrepid birders: Beth Lancaster and Jennie McCoy.  Intrepid because the winds were howling, the temps were steady and then falling from the mid-20s and the birds - contrary to typical behavior seemed to keep wanting to be seen in the most exposed windy locations - thank you to both!!!!  
Highlights of the day included a very inquisitive winter wren, 20+ pine siskins, a hermit thrush, yellow-rumped warblers, purple finches and both types of kinglets.  The full-list for the farm (with some notable absences that we attribute to the wind and weather) is included below...39 species for the day:

Red-tailed hawk -1

Black Vulture - 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker - 15

Yellow-bellied sapsucker – 3

Downy Woodpecker – 11

Hairy Woodpecker – 5

Northern Flicker – 2

Pileated Woodpecker – 4

Blue Jay – 27

American Crow – 44

Common Raven – 2

Black-capped chickadee – 18

Carolina Chickadee – 14 (min)

Tufted Titmouse – 19 (min)

White-breasted Nuthatch – 15

Brown Creeper – 1

Carolina Wren – 14

Winter Wren – 1

Golden Crowned Kinglet – 7

Ruby Crowned Kinglet – 1

Song Sparrow – 13

White-throated Sparrow – 17

Field Sparrow – 9

Dark-eyed Junco – 50+

Purple Finch – 2

House Finch – 2

Pine Siskin – 21

American Goldfinch – 50+

Wild Turkey – 4
Mourning Dove – 7
Eastern Bluebird - 13
Hermit Thrush – 1

American Robin – 17

Northern Mockingbird – 4

Cedar Waxwing – 46

Starling – 6

Yellow-rumped Warbler – 14

Northern Cardinal – 22

Eastern Towhee – 13

 

Week of Birds –

Broad Winged Hawk – 1
American Kestrel – 1
_____________________________________________________
Tom BrobsonClover Hollow Christmas Tree FarmNewport, VA
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Date: 12/31/17 7:46 am
From: Kristine Lansing via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 12/31/2017 (Fairfax County)


Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified approximately approximately 20 species and included 2 participants.  Fewer species were observed than usual, likely in part because the walk was shortened due to the cold.  With the possible exception of ducks, birds did, however, appear to be in abundance, foraging on the ground, and disappearing into and emerging from myriad tree cavities.     
The walk meets at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, rain or shine, in front of the snack bar/concession stand of the Great Falls Park visitors' center; it does not take place, though, during electrical storms, heavy snows, or when the trails are icy.  All birders are welcome!
Canada Goose  245
Mallard  2
Bufflehead  4
Common Merganser  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Bald Eagle  1    Initially in flight but then, as on 12/24/2017, perched in a canopy tree along the trail leading to Riverbend Park, in the general area below the dam.
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  9
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Downy/Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  2
crow sp.  5
Carolina Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  11
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Golden-crowned Kinglet  4
Dark-eyed Junco  27
White-throated Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  10

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41464769

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



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Date: 12/31/17 4:26 am
From: Jeff Blalock via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fwd: Match Deadline: Double your impact for birds
For making your donation to Cornell following is Link.

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103 Elizabeth Court
South Boston VA 24592
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Date: 12/31/17 2:40 am
From: Jeff Blalock via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Cornell Lab of Ornithology Donations
Greetings all

I just want to remind everyone that you have until midnight tonight to make your donations to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology that will be matched dollar for dollar.

So if you donate $20 that becomes $40. Any amount is accepted and even matched up to $10,000. You can give more but only $10,000 will be matched.

So if you love those birds like I do now is the time to step up to the plate and put your money where your mouth is and proved that you help support the study and preservation of the birds that we love and enjoy seeing so much

Do it today to make it really count.

Happy New Year and Great Birding to you in 2018.

From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
103 Elizabeth Court
South Boston VA 24592
434-572-8619 Home
434-470-4352 Cell
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Date: 12/30/17 3:17 pm
From: David Gibson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] West Point, VA Snowy Owl
No sign of the Snowy today. We looked everywhere. As Snowy Owls tend to
frequent airports (resembles home) during the winter, we visited the
airport nearby and were actually allowed onto the airfield. But no luck
there either. Oh well. Fun trip nonetheless. And the wine tasting at
Gauthier Vineyards made the trip fully worthwhile. Dave Gibson, Chesapeake
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Date: 12/30/17 3:16 pm
From: Leslie Sturges via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Golden eagle
A golden eagle is in rehab in Roanoke. Thought you all would be interested.

https://www.wsls.com/news/virginia/new-river-valley/southwest-virginia-wildlife-center-treats-injured-golden-eagle?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

Leslie
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Date: 12/30/17 3:11 pm
From: kurtcapt87--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Ft Belvoir CBC Sunday, Dec 31 2017
VA BIRDers,



I would like to send my BEST WISHES to all the counters tomorrow - it may be
a somewhat challenging day, but then that makes it all the more interesting!



For those of you not in the count - don't let that stop you from birding!
And, if you happen to see a team out there tomorrow, anywhere, tell them
about that neat sighting you just had. OR maybe join in for a bit. Thank
you!



All the BEST for the last day of 2017 ..and for the NEW YEAR!



Kurt



PS Yve - OUTSTANDING!

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Date: 12/30/17 10:42 am
From: dcharlesl--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rough-legged Hawk, Dulles Airport
Around noon today, I saw the continuing Rough-legged Hawk at Dulles Airport after trying three previous times.

As soon as I got out of the car, I saw this bird flying over tree line south as viewed from Parking Garage 2, 4th level. First entrance to 4th level closed, but access to 4th level obtained by following 3rd level to far end of garage. After viewing bird for a couple of minutes, it disappeared behind tree line. Searched another 45 minutes, but not seen again. Did not see Snowy Owl, but Northern Harriers were active.

David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA
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Date: 12/30/17 9:56 am
From: Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fw: Trumpeter Swan in Augusta County
OOOOOOOOPPPPPPPPP!!!!! I forgot to put in the location of the Swan . It is on the small pond in the Waynesboro city limits on Rt 254 Hermitage Rd . This is the area where 2 pond exist one on each side of the road . Best to park in the subdivision for safety .

> Hello all
>
> Yesterday late in the afternoon Elaine
> Carwile called me to report a Swan with yellow wing tags
> & a code number P 61 . As I was under the weather
> yesterday with some sort of bug I was not able to chase .
> This morning I am feeling better but not 100% so I went to
> check it out & sure enough it is a Trumpeter Swan . Also
> there is a Ross's Goose which may very well be the one that
> was on RT 608 earlier this month .
>
> Allen Larner
> Staunton
>
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Date: 12/30/17 9:50 am
From: Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Trumpeter Swan in Augusta County
Hello all

Yesterday late in the afternoon Elaine Carwile called me to report a Swan with yellow wing tags & a code number P 61 . As I was under the weather yesterday with some sort of bug I was not able to chase . This morning I am feeling better but not 100% so I went to check it out & sure enough it is a Trumpeter Swan . Also there is a Ross's Goose which may very well be the one that was on RT 608 earlier this month .

Allen Larner
Staunton
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Date: 12/30/17 9:31 am
From: George Martin via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Tundra Swan, Lake Mercer
There was a lone tundra swan on Lake Mercer (Springfield) this morning.

George Martin
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Date: 12/30/17 8:22 am
From: Fred Atwood via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] West Point Snowy Owl
I have looked this AM from several locations in West Point with no luck. Locals I asked also have not seen it today. Please Let me know if you find it today.
Fred Atwood
Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 30, 2017, at 7:32 AM, David Gibson via va-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> Any sightings of the above since 12/26? Thanks, Dave Gibson, Chesapeake
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Date: 12/30/17 4:32 am
From: David Gibson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] West Point Snowy Owl
Any sightings of the above since 12/26? Thanks, Dave Gibson, Chesapeake
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Date: 12/29/17 4:43 pm
From: Peter Robinson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Bath County Golden Eagle
7:30 pm

1 Golden Eagle (adult)

Corner of Rt. 603 Richardson Gorge Rd & Rt. 607 Switzerland Trail.

Great view of the bird as it flew in, perched in a tree in a pasture for 2 minutes, then flew off north towards Bacova.

1 Winter Wren
Rt. 603 Richardson Gorge Rd.

Lake Moomaw
63 Common Merganser
3 Horned Grebe

Domion Pumped Storage ponds
Ice covered

Mill Run Pond, Rt. 220 at George Cleek Cemetery

25 Canada Goose
1 Gadwall
2 Am. Wigeon
6 Mallard
60 Ring-necked Duck
40 Hooded Merganser

Peter Robinson
Warm Springs, VA
The More You Look, The More You See


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Date: 12/29/17 8:15 am
From: Brian Taber via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Black-throated Gray Warbler in James City County
...just reappeared...same location...11:10...


Brian Taber
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Date: 12/29/17 7:04 am
From: Ashley Lohr via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Dulles snowy owl?
Any recent sightings of the Dulles snowy owl (or roughie)? Might try for it
today if it was seen recently.

Thanks in advance,
Ashley Lohr
Purcellville
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Date: 12/29/17 6:34 am
From: Patti Reum via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] va-bird Digest, Vol 128, Issue 28
There is a definite pecking order for feeding on carcasses. Goldens are at
the top, followed by Balds. Then the hawks and vultures. Even a little
kestrel will feed in desperate, cold times.
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> 3. Re: Is This Unusual? (Marlene A Condon)
> 4. Re: Is This Unusual? (<nanjyoung...>)
> 5. Re: Is This Unusual? (Phillip Arsenault)
> 6. Re: Is This Unusual? (<david.boltz4...>)
> 7. Re: Hermit Thrush (P 3)
> 8. Re: Is This Unusual? (Leslie Sturges)
> 9. Rough-legged Hawk & more (Augusta/Staunton today) (Gabriel Mapel)
> 10. Western Tanager, City Point, Hopewell - 12-28-17 (akb)
> 11. Re: Is This Unusual? (<nanjyoung...>)
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> Message: 1
> Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2017 09:39:20 -0500
> From: "Otis Sowell, Jr." <otissowell...>
> To: <va-bird...>
> Subject: [Va-bird] Hermit Thrush
> Message-ID: <C35B38FA-2A93-4D7F-A796-1CC25C41995C...>
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>
> Hello to all!
>
> A beautiful Hermit Thrush visited my yard yesterday afternoon. It was the
> second opportunity i have had to get a few acceptable photos of it.
>
> Photos can be seen here: http://www.otissowellphotography.com/
> Wild-Birds-Ducks-and-Geese/i-twNGSRB/A
>
> Otis Sowell, Jr.
>
> Fluvanna County, Virginia.
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 2
> Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2017 10:15:04 -0500
> From: <morann...>
> To: <va-bird...>
> Subject: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
> Message-ID: <1609db0e53b-c0d-6a4...>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8
>
> I saw something I'd never seen before as i was driving last Saturday from
> Virginia to Annapolis for Christmas. Not far on the other side of
> Fredericksburg, on Route 3, I passed a dead deer on the side of the road. A
> vulture (couldn't see his head) and an eagle were at opposite ends of it,
> eating. I was surprised to see an eagle eating road kill. I turned around
> and went back. As I was driving back I saw a vulture in the air and sure
> enough, when I got back to the place where the dead deer was, only the
> eagle was still there. I stopped just short of this and the eagle stopped
> eating and was just watching me watch him. In a couple of minutes he
> obviously got unnerved and flew away, but only about 6 feet or so, he just
> flew and landed a short distance and continued watching me. I left soon
> thereafter so as not to further disturb him. I've seen eagles eating fish
> in Oregon but I'd never seen an eagle eating road kill. Is this normal?
>
> Ann Donaldson
> Barboursville
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 3
> Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2017 10:31:11 -0500
> From: Marlene A Condon <marlenecondon...>
> To: <morann...>, <va-bird...>
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
> Message-ID: <1609dbfa7e0-1716-322fa...>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8
>
> Hi Ann,
>
> Yes, it is normal. Even some species of small birds eat roadkill,
> especially when it's so terribly cold.
>
> Happy New Year!
>
> Sincerely,
> Marlene
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: morann--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
> To: va-bird <va-bird...>
> Sent: Thu, Dec 28, 2017 10:15 am
> Subject: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
>
>
> I saw something I'd never seen before as i was driving last Saturday from
> Virginia to Annapolis for Christmas. Not far on the other side of
> Fredericksburg, on Route 3, I passed a dead deer on the side of the road. A
> vulture (couldn't see his head) and an eagle were at opposite ends of it,
> eating. I was surprised to see an eagle eating road kill. I turned around
> and went back. As I was driving back I saw a vulture in the air and sure
> enough, when I got back to the place where the dead deer was, only the
> eagle was still there. I stopped just short of this and the eagle stopped
> eating and was just watching me watch him. In a couple of minutes he
> obviously got unnerved and flew away, but only about 6 feet or so, he just
> flew and landed a short distance and continued watching me. I left soon
> thereafter so as not to further disturb him. I've seen eagles eating fish
> in Oregon but I'd never seen an eagle eating road kill. Is this normal?
>
> Ann Donaldson
> Barboursville
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> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 4
> Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2017 11:24:55 -0500
> From: <nanjyoung...>
> To: "Marlene A Condon" <marlenecondon...>, <morann...>,
> <va-bird...>
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
> Message-ID: <BE93CFC0C6214A37A06E9A7328670332@NancyPC>
> Content-Type: text/plain; format=flowed; charset="iso-8859-1";
> reply-type=original
>
> Some years ago (25 or more) I saw Golden Eagles feasting on a carcass in a
> field in Ohio across the road from my aunt's farmhouse. I called my aunt to
> come see and she said "Oh they're just vultures." But we went closer to get
> a better look and she agreed they were eagles. We were so surprised. But
> the
> birds were huge and brown colored and they were not vultures.
>
> Nancy Young
> Botetourt County
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Marlene A Condon via va-bird
> Sent: Thursday, December 28, 2017 10:31 AM
> To: <morann...> ; <va-bird...>
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
>
> Hi Ann,
>
> Yes, it is normal. Even some species of small birds eat roadkill,
> especially when it's so terribly cold.
>
> Happy New Year!
>
> Sincerely,
> Marlene
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: morann--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
> To: va-bird <va-bird...>
> Sent: Thu, Dec 28, 2017 10:15 am
> Subject: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
>
>
> I saw something I'd never seen before as i was driving last Saturday from
> Virginia to Annapolis for Christmas. Not far on the other side of
> Fredericksburg, on Route 3, I passed a dead deer on the side of the road. A
> vulture (couldn't see his head) and an eagle were at opposite ends of it,
> eating. I was surprised to see an eagle eating road kill. I turned around
> and went back. As I was driving back I saw a vulture in the air and sure
> enough, when I got back to the place where the dead deer was, only the
> eagle
> was still there. I stopped just short of this and the eagle stopped eating
> and was just watching me watch him. In a couple of minutes he obviously got
> unnerved and flew away, but only about 6 feet or so, he just flew and
> landed
> a short distance and continued watching me. I left soon thereafter so as
> not
> to further disturb him. I've seen eagles eating fish in Oregon but I'd
> never
> seen an eagle eating road kill. Is this normal?
>
> Ann Donaldson
> Barboursville
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> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 5
> Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2017 11:37:30 -0500
> From: Phillip Arsenault <pandbarsenault...>
> To: <nanjyoung...>
> Cc: <va-bird...>
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
> Message-ID: <6357E0A5-701D-4F2A-A6B6-244B652F9DD0...>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
>
> Yes they do feed on carcasses and that is how they get lead poisoning if
> the eat a deer that has been shot and consume the lead.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Dec 28, 2017, at 11:24 AM, Nancy Young via va-bird <
> <va-bird...> wrote:
> >
> > Some years ago (25 or more) I saw Golden Eagles feasting on a carcass in
> a field in Ohio across the road from my aunt's farmhouse. I called my aunt
> to come see and she said "Oh they're just vultures." But we went closer to
> get a better look and she agreed they were eagles. We were so surprised.
> But the birds were huge and brown colored and they were not vultures.
> >
> > Nancy Young
> > Botetourt County
> >
> > -----Original Message----- From: Marlene A Condon via va-bird
> > Sent: Thursday, December 28, 2017 10:31 AM
> > To: <morann...> ; <va-bird...>
> > Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
> >
> > Hi Ann,
> >
> > Yes, it is normal. Even some species of small birds eat roadkill,
> especially when it's so terribly cold.
> >
> > Happy New Year!
> >
> > Sincerely,
> > Marlene
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: morann--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
> > To: va-bird <va-bird...>
> > Sent: Thu, Dec 28, 2017 10:15 am
> > Subject: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
> >
> >
> > I saw something I'd never seen before as i was driving last Saturday
> from Virginia to Annapolis for Christmas. Not far on the other side of
> Fredericksburg, on Route 3, I passed a dead deer on the side of the road. A
> vulture (couldn't see his head) and an eagle were at opposite ends of it,
> eating. I was surprised to see an eagle eating road kill. I turned around
> and went back. As I was driving back I saw a vulture in the air and sure
> enough, when I got back to the place where the dead deer was, only the
> eagle was still there. I stopped just short of this and the eagle stopped
> eating and was just watching me watch him. In a couple of minutes he
> obviously got unnerved and flew away, but only about 6 feet or so, he just
> flew and landed a short distance and continued watching me. I left soon
> thereafter so as not to further disturb him. I've seen eagles eating fish
> in Oregon but I'd never seen an eagle eating road kill. Is this normal?
> >
> > Ann Donaldson
> > Barboursville
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> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 6
> Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2017 12:01:42 -0500
> From: <david.boltz4...>
> To: Phillip Arsenault <pandbarsenault...>
> Cc: <va-bird...>
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
> Message-ID: <61A16C9B-AC06-4277-A9C1-CA4E0B2A4676...>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8
>
> Ben Franklin wanted the Wild Turkey to be the national bird because the
> ?Bald Eagle eats carrion?.
>
> Dave Boltz
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Dec 28, 2017, at 11:37 AM, Phillip Arsenault via va-bird <
> <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> Yes they do feed on carcasses and that is how they get lead poisoning if
> the eat a deer that has been shot and consume the lead.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Dec 28, 2017, at 11:24 AM, Nancy Young via va-bird <
> <va-bird...> wrote:
> >
> > Some years ago (25 or more) I saw Golden Eagles feasting on a carcass in
> a field in Ohio across the road from my aunt's farmhouse. I called my aunt
> to come see and she said "Oh they're just vultures." But we went closer to
> get a better look and she agreed they were eagles. We were so surprised.
> But the birds were huge and brown colored and they were not vultures.
> >
> > Nancy Young
> > Botetourt County
> >
> > -----Original Message----- From: Marlene A Condon via va-bird
> > Sent: Thursday, December 28, 2017 10:31 AM
> > To: <morann...> ; <va-bird...>
> > Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
> >
> > Hi Ann,
> >
> > Yes, it is normal. Even some species of small birds eat roadkill,
> especially when it's so terribly cold.
> >
> > Happy New Year!
> >
> > Sincerely,
> > Marlene
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: morann--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
> > To: va-bird <va-bird...>
> > Sent: Thu, Dec 28, 2017 10:15 am
> > Subject: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
> >
> >
> > I saw something I'd never seen before as i was driving last Saturday
> from Virginia to Annapolis for Christmas. Not far on the other side of
> Fredericksburg, on Route 3, I passed a dead deer on the side of the road. A
> vulture (couldn't see his head) and an eagle were at opposite ends of it,
> eating. I was surprised to see an eagle eating road kill. I turned around
> and went back. As I was driving back I saw a vulture in the air and sure
> enough, when I got back to the place where the dead deer was, only the
> eagle was still there. I stopped just short of this and the eagle stopped
> eating and was just watching me watch him. In a couple of minutes he
> obviously got unnerved and flew away, but only about 6 feet or so, he just
> flew and landed a short distance and continued watching me. I left soon
> thereafter so as not to further disturb him. I've seen eagles eating fish
> in Oregon but I'd never seen an eagle eating road kill. Is this normal?
> >
> > Ann Donaldson
> > Barboursville
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> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 7
> Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2017 18:26:20 +0000
> From: P 3 <runningquick444...>
> To: "Otis Sowell, Jr. via va-bird" <va-bird...>, "Otis
> Sowell, Jr." <otissowell...>
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Hermit Thrush
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> Love those!
> ________________________________
> From: va-bird <va-bird-bounces+runningquick444=<hotmail.com...>
> on behalf of Otis Sowell, Jr. via va-bird <va-bird...>
> Sent: December 28, 2017 9:39 AM
> To: <va-bird...>
> Subject: [Va-bird] Hermit Thrush
>
> Hello to all!
>
> A beautiful Hermit Thrush visited my yard yesterday afternoon. It was the
> second opportunity i have had to get a few acceptable photos of it.
>
> Photos can be seen here: http://www.otissowellphotography.com/
> Wild-Birds-Ducks-and-Geese/i-twNGSRB/A
>
> Otis Sowell, Jr.
>
> Fluvanna County, Virginia.
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>
> Message: 8
> Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2017 13:33:51 -0500
> From: Leslie Sturges <toobysturges...>
> To: <morann...>
> Cc: <va-bird...>
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
> Message-ID:
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> Eagles are notorious scavengers and most raptors won't turn down an easy
> meal. I watched a red shoulder gorge on a roadkill deer for days. In fact
> one of the reasons eagles and hawks are so often found with lead toxicity
> is because of their tendency to feed on gut piles left by hunters. It only
> takes a single lead pellet to kill an eagle.
>
> I saw a red bellied woodpecker feeding on a road killed squirrel last
> week--winter drives a lot of animals to seek fat and protein to get through
> the tough times.
>
> Leslie
>
> On Dec 28, 2017 10:15 AM, "morann--- via va-bird" <va-bird...>
> wrote:
>
> I saw something I'd never seen before as i was driving last Saturday from
> Virginia to Annapolis for Christmas. Not far on the other side of
> Fredericksburg, on Route 3, I passed a dead deer on the side of the road. A
> vulture (couldn't see his head) and an eagle were at opposite ends of it,
> eating. I was surprised to see an eagle eating road kill. I turned around
> and went back. As I was driving back I saw a vulture in the air and sure
> enough, when I got back to the place where the dead deer was, only the
> eagle was still there. I stopped just short of this and the eagle stopped
> eating and was just watching me watch him. In a couple of minutes he
> obviously got unnerved and flew away, but only about 6 feet or so, he just
> flew and landed a short distance and continued watching me. I left soon
> thereafter so as not to further disturb him. I've seen eagles eating fish
> in Oregon but I'd never seen an eagle eating road kill. Is this normal?
>
> Ann Donaldson
> Barboursville
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> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 9
> Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2017 23:33:00 +0000 (UTC)
> From: Gabriel Mapel <birdmangabriel...>
> To: Shenvalbirds <shenvalbirds...>, Reports--- via
> Va-bird <va-bird...>
> Subject: [Va-bird] Rough-legged Hawk & more (Augusta/Staunton today)
> Message-ID: <1764730236.6236170.1514503980356...>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
>
> Hi all, Vic Laubach and I had a good day of birding around Augusta County
> and Staunton today finding 62 species.? Our highlight bird was a
> light-morph Rough-legged Hawk at Bell's Lane at around 4:15pm.? It was seen
> flying in aerial combat with a Bald Eagle over the hill with the red barn
> on it if looking NW from the top of the hill (Short-eared Owl observation
> site.? There were 9 Short-eared Owls again tonight).? We then saw it again
> about 20 minutes later, viewing from the entrance to the Days Inn.? It was
> flying north and crossed Hwy 262 and perched in a tree briefly NW of the
> Bell's Lane/262 intersection.? It's anyone's guess how long it will stay
> around but it's definitely worth keeping an eye on this area.
> For anyone interested, here's a detailed account of our day birding around
> Augusta County:
> We started in Swoope just after sunrise.? Highlights in Swoope included: 1
> N. Pintail (female with Mallard flock along Hewitt Rd), 5 Wild Turkeys, 4
> GB Herons, 2 Harriers, pair of adult Bald Eagles, 4 Red-tailed Hawks, 2
> Wilson's Snipe, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 1 E. Phoebe, 10 Ravens, and 400 Horned
> Larks.? We then went down to Willow Lake in Rockbridge County where a small
> patch of open water held surprisingly few waterfowl (60 Canada Geese, 1
> Hooded Merganser, 2 Ring-billed Gulls).?
> Along Guthrie Road our highlight was a Merlin.? The Fishersville Quarry
> had open water and some waterfowl: 7 Gadwall, 15 Mallard, 3 Black Ducks, 3
> GW Teal, 1 Redhead, 1 Bufflehead, 1 Ruddy Duck, 4 Coots, as well as a large
> flock of 450+ Canada Geese containing 1 Cackling Goose and an odd domestic
> Goose that looked surprisingly Greater White-fronted like at first sight.?
> However, at a closer look, it was definitely a domestic bird (larger and
> chunkier than Canadas).?
> Along Chapel Hill Ln in the Weyers Cave Area we had 90 Pipits and a
> Savannah Sparrow.? Westview School Rd near Mount Sidney had 300 Horned
> Larks and 2 more Northern Harriers (including some misc. sightings while
> driving around the county we had a total of 6 Harriers today).?
> Good Birding,Gabriel MapelNew Hope
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 10
> Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2017 18:35:59 -0500
> From: akb <arun1bose...>
> To: "<va-bird...>" <va-bird...>, Richmond
> Audubon Society mailing list <va-richmond-general...>
> Subject: [Va-bird] Western Tanager, City Point, Hopewell - 12-28-17
> Message-ID:
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>
> Hello Birders,
> City Point in Hopewell was quite birdy today despite the 24?F temperature.
> The highlight was a female Western Tanager. Also seen were continuing
> Yellow-throated Warbler, Common Yellowthroat (both no shows on the CBC),
> Baltimore Orioles and Orange-crowned Warblers.
>
>
> Checklist
> http://ebird.org/ebird/va/view/checklist/S41376299
>
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> Message: 11
> Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2017 19:16:39 -0500
> From: <nanjyoung...>
> To: "Leslie Sturges" <toobysturges...>
> Cc: <va-bird...>
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
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> My biggest surprise was seeing them on farm land in the middle of Ohio!
>
> Nancy Young
> Botetourt Co.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Leslie Sturges via va-bird
> Sent: Thursday, December 28, 2017 1:33 PM
> To: <morann...>
> Cc: <va-bird...>
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
>
> Eagles are notorious scavengers and most raptors won't turn down an easy
> meal. I watched a red shoulder gorge on a roadkill deer for days. In fact
> one of the reasons eagles and hawks are so often found with lead toxicity
> is because of their tendency to feed on gut piles left by hunters. It only
> takes a single lead pellet to kill an eagle.
>
> I saw a red bellied woodpecker feeding on a road killed squirrel last
> week--winter drives a lot of animals to seek fat and protein to get through
> the tough times.
>
> Leslie
>
> On Dec 28, 2017 10:15 AM, "morann--- via va-bird" <va-bird...>
> wrote:
>
> I saw something I'd never seen before as i was driving last Saturday from
> Virginia to Annapolis for Christmas. Not far on the other side of
> Fredericksburg, on Route 3, I passed a dead deer on the side of the road. A
> vulture (couldn't see his head) and an eagle were at opposite ends of it,
> eating. I was surprised to see an eagle eating road kill. I turned around
> and went back. As I was driving back I saw a vulture in the air and sure
> enough, when I got back to the place where the dead deer was, only the
> eagle was still there. I stopped just short of this and the eagle stopped
> eating and was just watching me watch him. In a couple of minutes he
> obviously got unnerved and flew away, but only about 6 feet or so, he just
> flew and landed a short distance and continued watching me. I left soon
> thereafter so as not to further disturb him. I've seen eagles eating fish
> in Oregon but I'd never seen an eagle eating road kill. Is this normal?
>
> Ann Donaldson
> Barboursville
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Date: 12/28/17 4:27 pm
From: Nancy Young via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
My biggest surprise was seeing them on farm land in the middle of Ohio!

Nancy Young
Botetourt Co.

-----Original Message-----
From: Leslie Sturges via va-bird
Sent: Thursday, December 28, 2017 1:33 PM
To: <morann...>
Cc: <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?

Eagles are notorious scavengers and most raptors won't turn down an easy
meal. I watched a red shoulder gorge on a roadkill deer for days. In fact
one of the reasons eagles and hawks are so often found with lead toxicity
is because of their tendency to feed on gut piles left by hunters. It only
takes a single lead pellet to kill an eagle.

I saw a red bellied woodpecker feeding on a road killed squirrel last
week--winter drives a lot of animals to seek fat and protein to get through
the tough times.

Leslie

On Dec 28, 2017 10:15 AM, "morann--- via va-bird" <va-bird...>
wrote:

I saw something I'd never seen before as i was driving last Saturday from
Virginia to Annapolis for Christmas. Not far on the other side of
Fredericksburg, on Route 3, I passed a dead deer on the side of the road. A
vulture (couldn't see his head) and an eagle were at opposite ends of it,
eating. I was surprised to see an eagle eating road kill. I turned around
and went back. As I was driving back I saw a vulture in the air and sure
enough, when I got back to the place where the dead deer was, only the
eagle was still there. I stopped just short of this and the eagle stopped
eating and was just watching me watch him. In a couple of minutes he
obviously got unnerved and flew away, but only about 6 feet or so, he just
flew and landed a short distance and continued watching me. I left soon
thereafter so as not to further disturb him. I've seen eagles eating fish
in Oregon but I'd never seen an eagle eating road kill. Is this normal?

Ann Donaldson
Barboursville
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Date: 12/28/17 3:36 pm
From: akb via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Western Tanager, City Point, Hopewell - 12-28-17
Hello Birders,
City Point in Hopewell was quite birdy today despite the 24ºF temperature.
The highlight was a female Western Tanager. Also seen were continuing
Yellow-throated Warbler, Common Yellowthroat (both no shows on the CBC),
Baltimore Orioles and Orange-crowned Warblers.


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Richmond
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Date: 12/28/17 3:33 pm
From: Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rough-legged Hawk & more (Augusta/Staunton today)
Hi all, Vic Laubach and I had a good day of birding around Augusta County and Staunton today finding 62 species.  Our highlight bird was a light-morph Rough-legged Hawk at Bell's Lane at around 4:15pm.  It was seen flying in aerial combat with a Bald Eagle over the hill with the red barn on it if looking NW from the top of the hill (Short-eared Owl observation site.  There were 9 Short-eared Owls again tonight).  We then saw it again about 20 minutes later, viewing from the entrance to the Days Inn.  It was flying north and crossed Hwy 262 and perched in a tree briefly NW of the Bell's Lane/262 intersection.  It's anyone's guess how long it will stay around but it's definitely worth keeping an eye on this area.
For anyone interested, here's a detailed account of our day birding around Augusta County:
We started in Swoope just after sunrise.  Highlights in Swoope included: 1 N. Pintail (female with Mallard flock along Hewitt Rd), 5 Wild Turkeys, 4 GB Herons, 2 Harriers, pair of adult Bald Eagles, 4 Red-tailed Hawks, 2 Wilson's Snipe, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 1 E. Phoebe, 10 Ravens, and 400 Horned Larks.  We then went down to Willow Lake in Rockbridge County where a small patch of open water held surprisingly few waterfowl (60 Canada Geese, 1 Hooded Merganser, 2 Ring-billed Gulls). 
Along Guthrie Road our highlight was a Merlin.  The Fishersville Quarry had open water and some waterfowl: 7 Gadwall, 15 Mallard, 3 Black Ducks, 3 GW Teal, 1 Redhead, 1 Bufflehead, 1 Ruddy Duck, 4 Coots, as well as a large flock of 450+ Canada Geese containing 1 Cackling Goose and an odd domestic Goose that looked surprisingly Greater White-fronted like at first sight.  However, at a closer look, it was definitely a domestic bird (larger and chunkier than Canadas). 
Along Chapel Hill Ln in the Weyers Cave Area we had 90 Pipits and a Savannah Sparrow.  Westview School Rd near Mount Sidney had 300 Horned Larks and 2 more Northern Harriers (including some misc. sightings while driving around the county we had a total of 6 Harriers today). 
Good Birding,Gabriel MapelNew Hope
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Date: 12/28/17 10:33 am
From: Leslie Sturges via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
Eagles are notorious scavengers and most raptors won't turn down an easy
meal. I watched a red shoulder gorge on a roadkill deer for days. In fact
one of the reasons eagles and hawks are so often found with lead toxicity
is because of their tendency to feed on gut piles left by hunters. It only
takes a single lead pellet to kill an eagle.

I saw a red bellied woodpecker feeding on a road killed squirrel last
week--winter drives a lot of animals to seek fat and protein to get through
the tough times.

Leslie

On Dec 28, 2017 10:15 AM, "morann--- via va-bird" <va-bird...>
wrote:

I saw something I'd never seen before as i was driving last Saturday from
Virginia to Annapolis for Christmas. Not far on the other side of
Fredericksburg, on Route 3, I passed a dead deer on the side of the road. A
vulture (couldn't see his head) and an eagle were at opposite ends of it,
eating. I was surprised to see an eagle eating road kill. I turned around
and went back. As I was driving back I saw a vulture in the air and sure
enough, when I got back to the place where the dead deer was, only the
eagle was still there. I stopped just short of this and the eagle stopped
eating and was just watching me watch him. In a couple of minutes he
obviously got unnerved and flew away, but only about 6 feet or so, he just
flew and landed a short distance and continued watching me. I left soon
thereafter so as not to further disturb him. I've seen eagles eating fish
in Oregon but I'd never seen an eagle eating road kill. Is this normal?

Ann Donaldson
Barboursville
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Date: 12/28/17 10:26 am
From: P 3 via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Hermit Thrush
Love those!
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From: va-bird <va-bird-bounces+runningquick444=<hotmail.com...> on behalf of Otis Sowell, Jr. via va-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: December 28, 2017 9:39 AM
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Hermit Thrush

Hello to all!

A beautiful Hermit Thrush visited my yard yesterday afternoon. It was the second opportunity i have had to get a few acceptable photos of it.

Photos can be seen here: http://www.otissowellphotography.com/Wild-Birds-Ducks-and-Geese/i-twNGSRB/A

Otis Sowell, Jr.

Fluvanna County, Virginia.
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Date: 12/28/17 9:01 am
From: David Boltz via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
Ben Franklin wanted the Wild Turkey to be the national bird because the “Bald Eagle eats carrion”.

Dave Boltz

Sent from my iPhone

On Dec 28, 2017, at 11:37 AM, Phillip Arsenault via va-bird <va-bird...> wrote:

Yes they do feed on carcasses and that is how they get lead poisoning if the eat a deer that has been shot and consume the lead.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 28, 2017, at 11:24 AM, Nancy Young via va-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> Some years ago (25 or more) I saw Golden Eagles feasting on a carcass in a field in Ohio across the road from my aunt's farmhouse. I called my aunt to come see and she said "Oh they're just vultures." But we went closer to get a better look and she agreed they were eagles. We were so surprised. But the birds were huge and brown colored and they were not vultures.
>
> Nancy Young
> Botetourt County
>
> -----Original Message----- From: Marlene A Condon via va-bird
> Sent: Thursday, December 28, 2017 10:31 AM
> To: <morann...> ; <va-bird...>
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
>
> Hi Ann,
>
> Yes, it is normal. Even some species of small birds eat roadkill, especially when it's so terribly cold.
>
> Happy New Year!
>
> Sincerely,
> Marlene
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: morann--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
> To: va-bird <va-bird...>
> Sent: Thu, Dec 28, 2017 10:15 am
> Subject: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
>
>
> I saw something I'd never seen before as i was driving last Saturday from Virginia to Annapolis for Christmas. Not far on the other side of Fredericksburg, on Route 3, I passed a dead deer on the side of the road. A vulture (couldn't see his head) and an eagle were at opposite ends of it, eating. I was surprised to see an eagle eating road kill. I turned around and went back. As I was driving back I saw a vulture in the air and sure enough, when I got back to the place where the dead deer was, only the eagle was still there. I stopped just short of this and the eagle stopped eating and was just watching me watch him. In a couple of minutes he obviously got unnerved and flew away, but only about 6 feet or so, he just flew and landed a short distance and continued watching me. I left soon thereafter so as not to further disturb him. I've seen eagles eating fish in Oregon but I'd never seen an eagle eating road kill. Is this normal?
>
> Ann Donaldson
> Barboursville
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Date: 12/28/17 8:37 am
From: Phillip Arsenault via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
Yes they do feed on carcasses and that is how they get lead poisoning if the eat a deer that has been shot and consume the lead.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 28, 2017, at 11:24 AM, Nancy Young via va-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> Some years ago (25 or more) I saw Golden Eagles feasting on a carcass in a field in Ohio across the road from my aunt's farmhouse. I called my aunt to come see and she said "Oh they're just vultures." But we went closer to get a better look and she agreed they were eagles. We were so surprised. But the birds were huge and brown colored and they were not vultures.
>
> Nancy Young
> Botetourt County
>
> -----Original Message----- From: Marlene A Condon via va-bird
> Sent: Thursday, December 28, 2017 10:31 AM
> To: <morann...> ; <va-bird...>
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
>
> Hi Ann,
>
> Yes, it is normal. Even some species of small birds eat roadkill, especially when it's so terribly cold.
>
> Happy New Year!
>
> Sincerely,
> Marlene
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: morann--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
> To: va-bird <va-bird...>
> Sent: Thu, Dec 28, 2017 10:15 am
> Subject: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
>
>
> I saw something I'd never seen before as i was driving last Saturday from Virginia to Annapolis for Christmas. Not far on the other side of Fredericksburg, on Route 3, I passed a dead deer on the side of the road. A vulture (couldn't see his head) and an eagle were at opposite ends of it, eating. I was surprised to see an eagle eating road kill. I turned around and went back. As I was driving back I saw a vulture in the air and sure enough, when I got back to the place where the dead deer was, only the eagle was still there. I stopped just short of this and the eagle stopped eating and was just watching me watch him. In a couple of minutes he obviously got unnerved and flew away, but only about 6 feet or so, he just flew and landed a short distance and continued watching me. I left soon thereafter so as not to further disturb him. I've seen eagles eating fish in Oregon but I'd never seen an eagle eating road kill. Is this normal?
>
> Ann Donaldson
> Barboursville
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Date: 12/28/17 8:25 am
From: Nancy Young via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
Some years ago (25 or more) I saw Golden Eagles feasting on a carcass in a
field in Ohio across the road from my aunt's farmhouse. I called my aunt to
come see and she said "Oh they're just vultures." But we went closer to get
a better look and she agreed they were eagles. We were so surprised. But the
birds were huge and brown colored and they were not vultures.

Nancy Young
Botetourt County

-----Original Message-----
From: Marlene A Condon via va-bird
Sent: Thursday, December 28, 2017 10:31 AM
To: <morann...> ; <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?

Hi Ann,

Yes, it is normal. Even some species of small birds eat roadkill,
especially when it's so terribly cold.

Happy New Year!

Sincerely,
Marlene

-----Original Message-----
From: morann--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
To: va-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: Thu, Dec 28, 2017 10:15 am
Subject: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?


I saw something I'd never seen before as i was driving last Saturday from
Virginia to Annapolis for Christmas. Not far on the other side of
Fredericksburg, on Route 3, I passed a dead deer on the side of the road. A
vulture (couldn't see his head) and an eagle were at opposite ends of it,
eating. I was surprised to see an eagle eating road kill. I turned around
and went back. As I was driving back I saw a vulture in the air and sure
enough, when I got back to the place where the dead deer was, only the eagle
was still there. I stopped just short of this and the eagle stopped eating
and was just watching me watch him. In a couple of minutes he obviously got
unnerved and flew away, but only about 6 feet or so, he just flew and landed
a short distance and continued watching me. I left soon thereafter so as not
to further disturb him. I've seen eagles eating fish in Oregon but I'd never
seen an eagle eating road kill. Is this normal?

Ann Donaldson
Barboursville
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Date: 12/28/17 7:31 am
From: Marlene A Condon via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
Hi Ann,

Yes, it is normal. Even some species of small birds eat roadkill, especially when it's so terribly cold.

Happy New Year!

Sincerely,
Marlene











-----Original Message-----
From: morann--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
To: va-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: Thu, Dec 28, 2017 10:15 am
Subject: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?


I saw something I'd never seen before as i was driving last Saturday from Virginia to Annapolis for Christmas. Not far on the other side of Fredericksburg, on Route 3, I passed a dead deer on the side of the road. A vulture (couldn't see his head) and an eagle were at opposite ends of it, eating. I was surprised to see an eagle eating road kill. I turned around and went back. As I was driving back I saw a vulture in the air and sure enough, when I got back to the place where the dead deer was, only the eagle was still there. I stopped just short of this and the eagle stopped eating and was just watching me watch him. In a couple of minutes he obviously got unnerved and flew away, but only about 6 feet or so, he just flew and landed a short distance and continued watching me. I left soon thereafter so as not to further disturb him. I've seen eagles eating fish in Oregon but I'd never seen an eagle eating road kill. Is this normal?

Ann Donaldson
Barboursville
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Date: 12/28/17 7:15 am
From: morann--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Is This Unusual?
I saw something I'd never seen before as i was driving last Saturday from Virginia to Annapolis for Christmas. Not far on the other side of Fredericksburg, on Route 3, I passed a dead deer on the side of the road. A vulture (couldn't see his head) and an eagle were at opposite ends of it, eating. I was surprised to see an eagle eating road kill. I turned around and went back. As I was driving back I saw a vulture in the air and sure enough, when I got back to the place where the dead deer was, only the eagle was still there. I stopped just short of this and the eagle stopped eating and was just watching me watch him. In a couple of minutes he obviously got unnerved and flew away, but only about 6 feet or so, he just flew and landed a short distance and continued watching me. I left soon thereafter so as not to further disturb him. I've seen eagles eating fish in Oregon but I'd never seen an eagle eating road kill. Is this normal?

Ann Donaldson
Barboursville
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Date: 12/28/17 6:39 am
From: Otis Sowell, Jr. via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Hermit Thrush
Hello to all!

A beautiful Hermit Thrush visited my yard yesterday afternoon. It was the second opportunity i have had to get a few acceptable photos of it.

Photos can be seen here: http://www.otissowellphotography.com/Wild-Birds-Ducks-and-Geese/i-twNGSRB/A

Otis Sowell, Jr.

Fluvanna County, Virginia.
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Date: 12/27/17 7:50 pm
From: Mary Foster via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Snow Geese and Greater White-fronted Geese, Pittsylvania County
Hello all, while doing the Chatham Christmas Bird Count today (Wednesday Dec. 27th), I found a large flock of geese, including 4 Snow Geese (2 White and 2 dark phase) and 3 Greater White-fronted Geese. They were on a large farm pond on Anderson Mill Rd. with lots of cows around.


Mary Foster

Dry Fork, VA
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Date: 12/27/17 2:32 pm
From: Brian Taber via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Black-throated Gray Warbler in James City County
For anyone interested...visitors are welcome, but the bird was not seen today, despite vigilant looking.


Brian Taber
Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory
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Date: 12/26/17 4:28 pm
From: Brian Taber via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Black-throated Gray Warbler in James City County
The bird made brief appearances at about 12:45 and about 2:00 today...foraging in the hollies at the edge of the backyard. Visitors are welcome and if I'm not around, just walk around the right side of the house and stand in the yard or watch from the deck.


Brian Taber
103 Exeter Court Williamsburg
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Date: 12/26/17 12:08 pm
From: Ashley Lohr via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Northern shrike
I am curious as well since I might go look for it in the next day or two.
Thanks.

Ashley Lohr
Virginia Tech Class of 2015
Wildlife Conservation major / Entomology minor
<aklohr...>

On Sun, Dec 24, 2017 at 1:04 PM, Mike Smith via va-bird <
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> Has anyone seen the northern shrike recently at Sully woodlands ? Please
> answer off line. My email is <foresmiths...>
> Thanks,
> Mike Smith
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Date: 12/26/17 11:14 am
From: Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Birding on Kiawah Island SC - Wilson's Plover and Orange-crowned Warbler
All - Yesterday, the sun finally came out and we were able to bird in the afternoon. We focused our birding on the east end (really northeast end) of the island near the famous Ocean Course. We found several large groups of shorebird - perhaps totaling 1000 birds. The most common birds were Semipalmated Plovers, Sanderlings, Black Skimmers, and Dunlins. There were a number of other species mixed in. We located a group of about 30 Wilson's Plovers who were hunkered down trying to get out of the wind. In the same area, there was a family of Bald Eagles - 2 adults and 3 juveniles. The adults were chased, when they had fish, by either Ring-billed Gulls or their own offspring. I've up-loaded some photos of the encounters but must admit that photographing birds in flight is not one of my strengths. As we were about to leave, we located and Orange-crowned Warbler in the some of the wax myrtle. I have up-loaded some photos of the Wilson's Plovers, Orange-crowned Warbler, an
d the eagles to my Flickr site.

Here's the link to Flickr

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

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept

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Date: 12/26/17 9:54 am
From: nicholas via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] No Snowy Owl at West Point Today
Yesterday, Elisa and I looked for the Snowy Owl at the docks near the intersection of Kirby and 1st, in the afternoon (after about 4pm). We could not find the owl and even asked a resident, who said the owl hadn't been seen all day, about it. On our way out, we saw the owl on a dilapidated dock off the northeast end of 5th Street. This was at about 4:45pm. The bird soon flew toward the tip of the peninsula and perched on a tall, thin pole that was barely in view. We were lucky to have chanced upon seeing the owl.


Nick Flanders

Portsmouth, VA


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Sent: Sunday, December 24, 2017 12:44 PM
To: Virginia Bird
Subject: [Va-bird] No Snowy Owl at West Point Today

Just back from trying to see the owl, but he's obviously moved on.
Local residents said that it's been there for a week, many saw it
yesterday, but there's been no sighting today. I also drove over both
the Pamunkey and Mattaponi River bridges to get a better view of the
area, but saw nothing.

Leslie Fellows

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Date: 12/26/17 9:23 am
From: Gerry Hawkins via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Voice of the Naturalist; Greater DC area; week ending 12/25/17
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 12/26/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
<mailto:<voice...>
Compiler: Gerry Hawkins
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, December 18 and was
completed on Tuesday, December 26 at 8:00 a.m.

Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order, as
set forth in the American Ornithological Society Checklist for North and
Middle American Birds, as revised through the 58th Supplement (July 2017).

The top birds this week were BARROWS GOLDENEYE* in MD, BLACK-LEGGED
KITTIWAKE* in VA, SNOWY OWL in DE, MD and VA, HARRISS SPARROW* in MD and
VA, SHINY COWBIRD* in MD, BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* in VA and WESTERN
TANAGER* in VA.

Other birds of interest this week included SNOW, ROSSS, GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED and CACKLING GEESE, TRUMPETER SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, COMMON
EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, RED-BREASTED
MERGANSER, RED-NECKED GREBE, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, KING RAIL, SORA,
SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN AVOCET, BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS,
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, ICELAND GULL (Kumliens), GREAT
CORMORANT, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN BITTERN, CATTLE EGRET, OSPREY,
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, SHORT-EARED OWL, LOGGERHEAD and NORTHERN
SHRIKES, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, CAVE SWALLOW, SEDGE WREN, RED CROSSBILL, LAPLAND
LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, CLAY-COLORED, LARK and WHITE-CROWNED (Gambels)
SPARROWS, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, BREWERS BLACKBIRD, ORANGE-CROWNED,
BLACK-AND-WHITE and NASHVILLE WARBLERS, AMERICAN REDSTART, NORTHERN PARULA,
YELLOW and PALM WARBLERS and SCARLET TANAGER.

TOP BIRDS

For the seventh winter in a row a BARROWS GOLDENEYE* may be found at The
Elms Environmental Center (private) in St. Marys Co, MD. The most recent
sighting of this bird was on December 23.

A continuing young BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE* was seen at the Stumpy Lake
Natural Area in Virginia Beach, VA on December 19, 21 and 22. A young
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE* also was photographed at 4208-4398 Elbow Road in
Virginia Beach, VA on December 21, which perhaps was the same bird.

The historic irruption of SNOWY OWLS this winter continued in the reporting
area, with sightings in all jurisdictions except DC. In Delaware a
continuing SNOWY OWL was seen all week along Fowler Beach Road in Prime Hook
NWR, Sussex Co, and another SNOWY OWL was spotted along Lighthouse Road in
Sussex Co on December 24. Two SNOWY OWLS were seen in Harford Co, MD: along
1077-1099 Federal Hill Road and nearby Falling Branch Park on December 20,
21 and 22 and at various locations along the waterfront in Havre de Grace on
December 20-23. Elsewhere in Maryland a SNOWY OWL was found on a jetty at
Masonville Cove in Anne Arundel Co on December 22; along 442-465 and 650-880
Springs Road in Garrett Co on December 23; on Grantsville Truck and Trailer
from Route 169 in Garrett Co on December 23; on a sign for exits 32 and 33
northbound on I-95 in Prince Georges Co on December 23; and along W
Watersville Road in Mt. Airy, Carroll Co on December 24. In Virginia, a
SNOWY OWL was seen again at the Mt. Crawford McDonalds in Rockingham Co on
December 19; a private farm in Franklin Co on December 20, 21 and 23; and on
a jetty and pier in West Point, King William Co on December 22 and 23.

Continuing HARRISS SPARROWS* were seen along a short spur to a boat ramp
off the Anacostia River Trail in Prince Georges Co, MD on December 23 and
24 and near the White House Boat Ramp in Page Co, VA on December 22.

A SHINY COWBIRD* continues near the intersection of Parkwood Drive and
Franklin Street in the Kensington neighborhood in Bethesda, Montgomery Co,
MD, with the most recent sighting on December 22.

On December 25 a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* was photographed at 103 Exeter
Court in James City Co, VA.

A male WESTERN TANAGER* has been seen almost daily since it returned to a
residential feeder in Settlers Mill, Williamsburg, VA on December 2 for the
seventh consecutive winter.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

During the week a stray SNOW GOOSE was found at several locations in
Maryland: McDonogh Pond in Baltimore Co on December 19-23; Quarry Lake in
Baltimore Co on December 20; Centennial Lake in Howard Co on December 24;
Kershners Pond in Frederick Co on December 22 and 24; and Amberly in Anne
Arundel Co on December 23 and 24.

Three continuing ROSSS GEESE were seen at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on
December 19, and a single ROSSS GOOSE was found along Cartanza Road in Kent
Co, DE on December 22. In Maryland a single ROSSS GOOSE was spotted at
Kershners Pond in Frederick Co on December 22 and 24; Deep Creek
Lake-McHenry in Garrett Co on December 24; and Cumberland-Terminus in
Allegany Co on December 24 and 25. In addition, on December 23 and 24 a
first county record ROSSS GOOSE was spotted in a flock of CANADA GEESE at
the Hagerstown Mall ponds along Hagers Crossing Drive in Washington Co,
which was the only county in Maryland that this species had not been
recorded prior to this sighting. In Virginia six continuing ROSSS GEESE
were seen at a private farm along 427-1123 Lara Road in Lancaster Co on
December 19. Sightings of ROSSS GOOSE in Virginia also included three
individuals at Sherwood Lakes in Virginia Beach on December 21; and single
individuals at Falls Mills Lake in Tazewell Co on December 20 and 2498
Meadow Creek Road in Montgomery Co on December 22.

On December 21 eight GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at Bombay Hook
NWR, Kent Co, DE. Sightings of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE in Maryland
included 18 individuals at Deep Creek Lake-McHenry in Garret Co on December
22, 24 and 25; two individuals at Cumberland-Terminus in Allegany Co on
December 24 and 25; and a single individual at Blackwater NWR in Dorchester
Co on December 23. Sightings of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE in Virginia
included 16 individuals reported at Leonards Pond in Rockingham Co on
December 25; eight individuals at Snow Goose Pond in Chincoteague NWR,
Accomack Co on December 19; and a continuing individual at the Lake
Monticello Golf Course in Fluvanna Co on December 21, 22 and 24.

Sightings of CACKLING GEESE included a reporting area high 11 individuals at
Whittier Lake in Frederick, Co, MD on December 19, and a single individual
at Deep Creek Lake-McHenry in Garrett Co, MD on December 22. Reports of
CACKLING GEESE in Virginia included a high of five individuals at the New
Bristow Village pond in Prince William Co on December 23 and 25, and
continuing individuals along 1432 Rainbow Forest Drive in Botetourt Co on
December 19 and the Huntingwood Apartments pond in Lynchburg on December 20
and 21.

A banded TRUMPETER SWAN was seen at Lake Elkhorn in Howard Co, MD through
December 23. A tagged TRUMPETER SWAN also was found at Deep Creek
Lake-McHenry in Garrett Co, MD on December 24 and 25. In Virginia two tagged
TRUMPETER SWANS were seen at Seven Islands (private) in Rappahannock Co on
December 23. In addition, resident TRUMPETER SWANS in Fauquier Co were seen
at several locations, including two individuals at Warrenton Reservoir on
December 19 and three individuals at the Environmental Studies on the
Piedmont, Clifton Farm field station on December 20.

A male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in
Montgomery Co, MD on December 19, 20 and 21 and at Rileys Lock on the C&O
Canal in Montgomery Co, MD on December 21. In Virginia, 1-2 EURASIAN WIGEONS
were seen at Swan Cove in Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on December 19,
22, 23 and 24. A COMMON EIDER was seen at the end of Fowler Beach Road in
Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on December 19. Sightings of HARLEQUIN DUCK
were limited to two individuals at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD
on December 24. A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER visited Masonville Cove in Baltimore,
MD on December 20. Inland LONG-TAILED DUCKS included two continuing
individuals at Dyke Marsh WP in Fairfax Co, VA on December 21-24 and two
individuals at a private farm lake in Augusta Co, VA on December 19 and 24.
Inland diving ducks also included a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER at
Cumberland-Terminus in Allegany Co, MD on December 24 and 25 and three
RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS at Falls Mills Lake in Tazewell Co, VA on December
20.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was spotted at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD
on December 24 and Fort Monroe in Hampton, VA on December 25.

During the week out-of-season RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS visited feeders at
two locations in Virginia Beach, VA: Camp Pendleton Military Reservation
(restricted access) on December 20 and Cypress Point-North Point Court on
December 25.

A KING RAIL was encountered along Carters Mill Road in Henrico Co, VA on
December 20 and 25. A SORA was seen again at the Craney Island Disposal Area
(restricted access) in Portsmouth, VA on December 21.

A continuing SANDHILL CRANE was seen in a field along 6376-6388 East Jack
Jouett Road in Louisa Co, VA on December 19, 20, 21 and 25, and 1-2
continuing SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Algonkian Nature Preserve in Loudoun
Co, VA on December 22 and 24. On December 20 18 calling SANDHILL CRANES were
photographed in flight above a private farm in Montgomery Co, MD. In
Maryland SANDHILL CRANES also were seen again in fields along I-95 between
Pfeffers and Raphel Roads in Baltimore Co, with four individuals reported on
December 22.

High numbers of AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at Broadkill Marsh in Prime Hook
NWR, Sussex Co, DE and the Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access)
in Portsmouth, VA, with high counts 65 and 197 individuals at these
respective locations on December 21, but only two AMERICAN AVOCETS were
reported at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE during the week, on December 21.
Noteworthy shorebirds also included four continuing BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS on
mudflats along Wildlife Drive at Blackwater NWR in Dorchester Co, MD on
December 22 and one individual at the Craney Island Disposal Area
(restricted access) in Portsmouth, VA on December 21; a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
at the North Beach marsh in Calvert Co, MD on December 24; an AMERICAN
OYSTERCATCHER at the same and at Indian River Inlet in Sussex Co, DE on
December 21; six apparent LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS inland at the Cumberland
Marsh NAP in New Kent Co, VA on December 23; and a SPOTTED SANDPIPER at the
same on December 23 and at the Kerr Reservoir-Tailrace Park in Mecklenburg
Co, VA on December 25.

On December 20 an ICELAND GULL (Kumliens) was found on the beach off the
end of 31st Street and between 39th and 40th Streets in Virginia Beach, VA.

GREAT CORMORANTS were seen at several locations, including 13 individuals at
Point Lookout SP in St. Marys Co, MD on December 19; nine individuals at
Bloody Point Lighthouse in Queen Annes Co, MD on December 22; seven
individuals at Jack Creek Park in Anne Arundel Co, MD on December 24; and
five individuals at Black Walnut Point in Talbot Co, MD on December 19.
Reports of GREAT CORMORANT at the Indian River Inlet in Sussex Co, DE and
Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD were limited to one individual at the
former on December 20. In Virginia two GREAT CORMORANTS were spotted at the
Stumpy Lake pier in Virginia Beach on December 23.

On December 19 a single AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen along Fowler Beach
Road in Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE. The high number of wintering AMERICAN
WHITE PELICANS reported during the week at Blackwater NWR in Dorchester Co,
MD was 28 individuals on December 24. In Virginia 15 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS
were photographed in flight over Chesconessex Schooner Bay in Accomack Co on
December 24.

An AMERICAN BITTERN continues at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington,
DC, with the most recent sighting on December 22. An AMERICAN BITTERN also
was found along the Anacostia River Trail in Prince Georges Co, MD on
December 24.

On December 24 a single CATTLE EGRET was spotted along 9684-9698 Bay Road in
Dover AFB, Sussex Co, DE. CATTLE EGRETS continue in fields along Romancoke
Road and nearby areas in Stevensville, Queen Annes Co, MD, with a high of
five individuals reported on December 22.

A late OSPREY was seen at Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek DMCF (restricted
access) in Anne Arundel Co, MD on December 19; the Dutch Gap Conservation
Area/Henricus Historical Park in Chesterfield Co, VA on December 21; and
Mill Creek-CNHP in James City Co, VA on December 23. A continuing
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen along Fowler Beach Road in Prime Hook NWR, Sussex
Co, DE on December 19-24, and 1-2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were seen at nearby
Broadkill Marsh on December 21, 22 and 24. A continuing ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
was seen at Dulles Airport in Loudoun Co, VA on December 22 and 24.
Noteworthy raptors also included wintering GOLDEN EAGLES in Highland Co, VA
and a GOLDEN EAGLE soaring over the Wisp Resort in Garrett Co, MD on
December 24.

SHORT-EARED OWLS continue at Cedar Point WMA in Charles Co, MD, with two
individuals seen at dusk on December 21.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was found along Richmond Road in Rappahannock Co, VA on
December 19, 20, 23 and 24, and a continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen at
the Smith Farm in Lunenburg, VA on December 24. A NORTHERN SHRIKE* continues
at the Sully Woodlands in Fairfax Co, VA for the second consecutive winter,
with the most recent sighting on December 19.

An out-of-season BLUE-HEADED VIREO was found at Fort Boykin Historic Park,
Isle of Wight, VA on December 24.

On December 21 a single CAVE SWALLOW was spotted in flight at Fishermans
Island NWR (restricted access) in Northampton Co, VA.

A SEDGE WREN was found at Grandview NP in Hampton, VA on December 22 and New
Point Comfort NAP in Matthews Co, VA on December 23.

On December 24 15 RED CROSSBILLS were seen in the Switzer Lake Area in
Rockingham Co, VA.

On December 20, 22, 24 and 25 1-2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were spotted on the
beach at the end of Fowler Beach Road in Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE. On
December 24 three continuing LAPLAND LONGSPURS were found with HORNED LARKS
along 368-382 Resolutions Road in Colonial Beach, Westmoreland Co, VA.
Sightings of SNOW BUNTINGS included a week high 42 individuals reported
along Fowler Beach Road in Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on December 24. In
Virginia, two SNOW BUNTINGS were found at Kiptopeke SP in Northampton Co on
December 19 and 23.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continues at the Laurel Hill Equestrian Center in
Fairfax Co, VA, with the most recent sighting on December 25. A LARK SPARROW
continues at a restoration stream area at the National Arboretum in
Washington, DC, with the most recent sighting on December 19. A continuing
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW (Gambels), a western subspecies that is prone to
wander, was seen at Big Water Farm (private) in Queen Annes Co, MD on
December 20.

A continuing BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen at Dyke Marsh WP in Fairfax Co, VA on
December 21 and along the Jefferson Park Trail in Charlottesville, VA on
December 25. In Maryland a BALTIMORE ORIOLE visited a feeder at 7226 Lasting
Light Way in Howard Co on December 23. On the same day a BREWERS BLACKBIRD
was reported at the Cedar Run Wetlands-Phase 6 in Fauquier Co, VA.

Sightings of ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER included single individuals at the
Gwynns Falls Trail South in Baltimore Co, MD on December 19; Swan Creek
Wetland-Cox Creek DMCF (restricted access) in Anne Arundel Co, MD on
December 19; and Quarry Place in Baltimore Co, MD on December 21 and 23; as
well as a continuing individual at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington,
DC on December 24. Sightings of ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER in Virginia included
single individuals at Daingerfield Island in Alexandria on December 21; the
Hunting Creek area and the Laurel Hill Equestrian Center in Fairfax Co on
December 21; and C. M. Crockett Park in Fauquier Co on December 25, and
three individuals in the City Point area of Hopewell on December 24.

During the week several out-of-season warblers found in the reporting area
rivaled colorful holiday ornaments, including a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER at
Ancarrows Landing in Richmond City Co, VA on December 19 and 21; a
NASHVILLE WARBLER at the Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access) in
Portsmouth, VA on December 21; an AMERICAN REDSTART in the City Point area
of Hopewell, VA on December 24; a NORTHERN PARULA along the Jefferson Park
Trail in Charlottesville, VA on December 20 and 21; a YELLOW WARBLER at
Anacostia Park in Washington, DC on December 21, 22 and 23; and PALM
WARBLERS at several locations, including five Western PALM WARBLERS at 23039
Ninetown Road in Ridgley, MD on December 22.

On December 23 a SCARLET TANAGER was photographed at Lake Taylor in Norfolk,
VA.

Best wishes to all this holiday season and during the coming year!

***

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

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Date: 12/26/17 7:20 am
From: Jim G via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Canvasbacks - Colonial Heights, VA
I managed to get views of 4 Canvasback ducks this morning in, what is being
called on eBird, "The Sleep Inn Pond" in Colonial Heights (perhaps it's
Prince George). The ponds are fenced off, and difficult to view from most
locations. Regardless, the birds were spotted behind the Yamaha dealership
across from the Lowe's on Puddledock Road.

The Canvasbacks were diving in a group that included Northern Shovelers,
Ring-Necked Ducks, and Canada Geese. Nearby, was a Mute Swan.

Someone should really start a movement to open access to the area. For
example, get Vulcan Stone, or whoever owns the property to build a viewing
platform.

Happy Birding,

Jim Gould
Southern Shores, NC
(Mom lives in Hopewell)

Sent from my mobile device.
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Date: 12/26/17 5:59 am
From: Lexi Meadows via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Info requested on Franklin County Snowy Owl
Someone reported a Snowy Owl in Franklin County a few days ago. Does anyone
have any more info on this?? Location details? Does anyone know if its still
there or have photos?



Lexi Meadows

Pittsylvania County

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Date: 12/25/17 7:14 pm
From: Janis Stone via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning, Alexandria, VA
It was a cold (36° F) and very blustery morning at Huntley Meadows as 11 of us gathered for our usual Monday morning birdwalk. Despite the high winds, we did manage to get most of the usual suspects, with the highlight being everyone getting a good view of one of the Barred Owls. While our usual "leader" Harry was still unable to attend, we managed a speakerphone call so he could participate in the effort and so everyone could share Christmas greetings. Our count was 43 species plus 2 taxa, as follows:
Canada Goose 300
Northern Shoveler 9
Gadwall 4
Mallard 50
American Black Duck 2
Northern Pintail 4
Green-winged Teal 2
Hooded Merganser 5
Great Blue Heron 2
Turkey Vulture 4
Bald Eagle 1
Ring-billed Gull 11
gull sp. 2
Mourning Dove 14
Barred Owl 2
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 11
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 6
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 20
Fish Crow 12
crow sp. 4
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 6
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 10
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 5
American Robin 3
Northern Mockingbird 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Dark-eyed Junco 14
White-throated Sparrow 24
Song Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 6
Red-winged Blackbird 1
House Finch 8
American Goldfinch 12
House Sparrow 2

The Huntley Meadows Monday morning birdwalk is held every week (even on holidays!) and is open and free to all. It starts at 8:00am during the winter.
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Date: 12/25/17 5:19 pm
From: David Matson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Alder Flycatcher
All,

Yesterday, upon arriving home before dark, an Alder Flycatcher called
incessantly from the back of our home in Suffolk.

I saw the bird, saw its preferred posture, forward, not as proudly upright
as a Phoebe. 10 feet up.

It was an Empidonax. The call was uniform, two rough notes. No twizzles, no
squeeks. Alder.

David Matson

--
David Matson
Suffolk and Onancock, Virginia
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Date: 12/25/17 3:42 pm
From: Brian Taber via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Black-throated Gray Warbler in James City County
Nice Christmas present...was bathing and preening in the yard briefly this p.m...will post again with more details if it re-appears....photo on Blog at   www.cvwo.org

 
Brian Taber
Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory
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Date: 12/24/17 6:22 pm
From: Kristine Lansing via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 12/24/2017 (Fairfax County)


Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified approximately 34 species and included 10 participants.  Ring-billed gulls and woodpeckers were in particular abundance.  Also spotted, however, were four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in . . . yes . . . a pear tree.     
The walk meets at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, rain or shine, in front of the snack bar/concession stand of the Great Falls Park visitors' center; it does not take place, though, during electrical storms, heavy snows, or when the trails are icy.  All birders are welcome!  
Canada Goose  100
Mallard  13
American Black Duck  5
Ring-necked Duck  18
Bufflehead  12
Common Merganser  8
Great Blue Heron  2
Black Vulture  4
Turkey Vulture  8
Accipiter sp.  1
Bald Eagle  1    Perched in a canopy tree along the trail leading to Riverbend Park, in the general area below the dam.
Ring-billed Gull  180
Mourning Dove  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  15
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  7
Hairy Woodpecker  5
Northern Flicker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  10
American Crow  2
crow sp.  30
Carolina Chickadee  15
Tufted Titmouse  20
White-breasted Nuthatch  12
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  11
American Robin  1
Dark-eyed Junco  1
White-throated Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  10
American Goldfinch  5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41297667

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



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Date: 12/24/17 6:01 pm
From: Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Birding on Kiawah Island SC - Red Knot photos
All - I am on what has become our annual family vacation to Kiawah Island, SC. Kiawah is a golf destination - I think the PGA Championship will be held here is a year or two. There are five 18 hole courses on the island - a sport lost on me. But, the island is a fantastic birding place. We've had two days of dense fog and rain, so birding has been difficult. So far my daughter, Lucy (my partner in crime) and I have birded for 4 days and have 90 species. I've upload a few photos that were taken on Friday - the only sunny day so far - from our birding along the beach. I uploaded photos of a Royal Tern, Red Knot, and Brown Pelican. I'm sure more will follow over the next week or so.

Here's the link to my photos on Flickr

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

Have a Merry and Birdy Christmas

Dick

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept

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Date: 12/24/17 10:06 am
From: Jim Nelson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Preliminary Report on the Seneca MD/VA Christmas Bird Count 12/17/17

Sorry for the delay in getting out this preliminary report on the Seneca Maryland/Virginia Christmas Bird Count held last Sunday. December 17. A big "thank you" to all the folks who participated in this count in Montgomery County, MD, and Fairfax and Loudoun Counties in VA.


The weather cooperated and, based on reports so far, so did the birds. My preliminary count is 96 species for count day. Beyond the usual suspects, we also had several more unusual species. What may be last year's same male Eurasian Wigeon was found again this year in the same place in Montgomery County. Two Sandhill Cranes that probably are the same ones who spent part of last winter in our area, traveling back and forth across the Potomac, were found in Montgomery County. What may be last year's LeConte's Sparrow was found back in the same area in Loudoun County.. We also have reports of American Woodcock in Montgomery County, Horned Grebe (not sure of location) and Cackling Goose, and Rough-legged Hawk in Virginia. There is a report of a Ring-necked Pheasant in Montgomery County, though most likely a released bird since the species has not been reported since 2004 for the Seneca CBC anywhere in our circle, and the only recent reports in eBird are of a single bird t
hat wandered the area of the C&O Canal and the McKee-Beshars Wildlife Management Area last winter. Dog trainers release exotic birds in this general area, and the pheasant may could be from those or an escapee from a private collection.


Jim Nelson, Compiler

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Date: 12/24/17 10:04 am
From: Mike Smith via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Northern shrike
Has anyone seen the northern shrike recently at Sully woodlands ? Please answer off line. My email is <foresmiths...>
Thanks,
Mike Smith

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Date: 12/24/17 9:45 am
From: Leslie via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] No Snowy Owl at West Point Today
Just back from trying to see the owl, but he's obviously moved on. 
Local residents said that it's been there for a week, many saw it
yesterday, but there's been no sighting today.  I also drove over both
the Pamunkey and Mattaponi River bridges to get a better view of the
area, but saw nothing.

Leslie Fellows

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Date: 12/24/17 9:32 am
From: Allen Bryan via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] American Redstart in the City of Hopewell
I enjoyed a couple of hours birding in the City of Hopewell this morning.  The most unexpected observation was a female American Redstart.  Several Orange-crowned Warblers as expected were present.
http://visitingnature.com/main/winter-20172018/

Enjoy each day,
Allen Allen Bryan Winchester & Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 12/24/17 6:38 am
From: Stephen Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Cackling at New Bristow Village - maybe, 2017 Dec 24

Hello Birders,

Lynn and I took a stab this morning at the reported Cackling Geese at New Bristow Village pond (Prince William County).

Good news, the huge flock of 1000-ish Canadas was there at 8 AM. We found a few small-looking suspects which may well have been the Cacklers. The bills might have been proportionally smaller, but the bills and necks were not enough for us, having never seen the species before. These "suspects" seemed to be grouped together, along the SW side of the pond.

I considered just asking them to ID themselves, but the geese were way too busy discussing something amongst themselves. While we were there, groups of 3, 10, 20 or so took off, every few minutes. We had the sense that the whole flock would be gone within an hour or less.

The two great-looking drake Redheads were still there, too. They are really striking, swimming among all the other black-and-white waterfowl.

Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia

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Date: 12/23/17 1:08 pm
From: Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Long - tailed Ducks near Mint Spring
Hello all



This morning I did a little birding in & around Augusta County . The only
good bird that was found was 2 Long - tailed Ducks on a private farm lake in
Augusta County . I am the only one who has permission to enter the property
. On Tuesday of this week there was one but when I checked today there were
2 females . Other bird of interest was aan adult Tundra Swan .



Allen Larner

Staunton .



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Date: 12/23/17 12:28 pm
From: Diane L via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Pine Warbler - Madison Run Fire Rd, Shenandoah NP today (Rockingham)
Hoping for Pine Siskins, Greg Moyers and sorted through a small goldfinch flock.  No luck on the siskins, but we were pleasantly surprised to find a Pine Warbler in the mix.  With lots of yellow and very little streaking, it appeared to be an adult male.   
Other species included YB Sapsucker; Golden-crowned Kinglet; and at least two winter wrens, one briefly singing (love their song!)   No Blue-headed Vireos this time...two were found here on Dec. 3.   
Our hike covered the roughly 2-mile stretch of fire road that parallels Madison Run (entry is at Park's western boundary, east of Grottoes.)
Diane LepkowskiHarrisonburg
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Date: 12/23/17 4:54 am
From: Harry Armistead via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Nassawadox & Wachapreague CBCs addenda.
ADDENDA: NASSAWADOX & WACHAPREAGUE CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS.


Too much of a hurry to get the word out. Slow down, Harry.


I neglected to mention that Nassawadox count is sponsored by Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory. Also neglected to thank Jim Murray for our access to his important Brickhouse Neck property.


Kit Fechtig provided satisfactory details on the Golden Eagle (an adult) and the unidentified hummingbird seen December 19 just north of Box Tree, qualifying for count period birds for Nassawadox count, December 17. Nice going, Kit. I should have boldfaced both.


And thanks to Bob Toner for recording the birds on Cedar Island for the Wachapreague count, December 16.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 12/22/17 1:11 pm
From: Leslie Sturges via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Mount Crawford, VA Snowy Owl
There's been a bird reported in Roanoke the last few days and the pics I've
seen look similar to the Mt Crawford one. When I find one I can share I
will.

On Dec 22, 2017 12:31 PM, "David Gibson via va-bird" <va-bird...>
wrote:

Has anyone spotted this owl recently, either here or nearby? Thanks, Dave
Gibson, Chesapeake
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Date: 12/22/17 9:29 am
From: David Gibson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Mount Crawford, VA Snowy Owl
Has anyone spotted this owl recently, either here or nearby? Thanks, Dave
Gibson, Chesapeake
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Date: 12/21/17 12:49 pm
From: Shea Tiller via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Tundra swan, common loon, greater white-fronted goose and more @Fluvanna (photos)
Greetings all.

This morning I headed out to bird at a few spots in Fluvanna near where I
live.

The greater white-fronted goose is still at the big pond at the Lake
Monticello golf course, and the woods near there produced a red-headed
woodpecker that gave close views, and a red-shouldered hawk that was
equally as obliging.

The Sycamore Landing Pond contained 4 hooded mergansers and 16+
buffleheads, the latter being a nice number for a very small pond like that.

Pleasant Grove Park was rather devoid of passerines this morning, although
I still got close views of a hermit thrush.

Beach 3 in Lake Monticello offered distant views of a common loon and a
coot, and the marina offered distant views of a tundra swan, the
neighborhood's first sighting.

This
<https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1_2_sFL3bX_0O3r9Sn6KweRWohbWghEkz?usp=sharing>
folder
has some photos of many of these birds. If anyone can't access the photos,
please tell me in a follow-up email.

Great birding,

Shea
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Date: 12/21/17 9:26 am
From: Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] LT Ducks @ Dyke Marsh, Alexandria
Two F LongTailed Ducks were still present this morning around 11;30. Viewed from last platform on Haul Rd in channel between the two islands -(Looking toward bridge)

Rich Rieger
Alexandria
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Date: 12/21/17 4:26 am
From: Edward Eder via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Hunting blinds at DM
Two “floating” blinds were active, one tied close to the northern island just off the NPS Dyke north island boundary. The second was south of the boardwalk very close to the boundary. Both are probably in Maryland waters, but barely so. The blinds are both movable and have decoys attached when they are in use.
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Date: 12/20/17 11:24 pm
From: Szybala via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] two active duck hunting bliinds at Dyke Marsh?!!
Is duck hunting really still allowed at Dyke Marsh?

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Today's Topics:

1. no SNOW at Dulles (Russell Taylor)
2. Mt. Crawford Snowy--YES (Ashley Lohr)
3. Gordonsville (section II) CBC, 12/17/17 (Marshall Faintich)
4. Huntley Monday Morning Bird Walk (Stuart and Pam Davis)
5. Birds at Hunting creek and along Mt Vernon trail from
northern Belle Haven parking lot to Stone Bridge (Edward Eder)
6. Snowy and Short-eared Owls (Antonio Quezon)


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Message: 1
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:47:42 -0500
From: Russell Taylor <gnatcatcher...>
To: VA Bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] no SNOW at Dulles
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I had to drop someone at Dulles Airport this morning, so I stopped in
parking garage 2 to look for the Snowy Owl. No luck. Found the Rough-legged
Hawk right away, plus 2 No. Harriers, and 3 Red-tailed Hawks. And one of the
Red-tails put up a small flock of Am. Pipits.

Russ Taylor


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Message: 2
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:56:00 -0500
From: Ashley Lohr <aklohr...>
To: VA-Bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Mt. Crawford Snowy--YES
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Present from 8:30-10am on one of the light posts at the Walmart Distribution
Center. Could be seen from quite a distance at the McDonald's.
Just flew away.

Ashley Lohr
Purcellville/Lynchburg/Athens, GA


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Message: 3
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 13:20:49 -0500
From: "Marshall Faintich" <marshall...>
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Gordonsville (section II) CBC, 12/17/17
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Sandhill Cranes, Barn Owl, Short-eared Owls, and more. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_12_17.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_12_17.htm



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

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

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Message: 4
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:18:54 -0500
From: Stuart and Pam Davis <spdavis5...>
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Monday Morning Bird Walk
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???? Thirty-two birders assembled at Huntley Meadows this cool and sunny
morning for the weekly Monday Morning Birdwalk. We saw a total of forty-two
species on a morning when the boardwalk was a bit slick and there a thin
layer of ice covering much of the wetlands. Notable was one of the largest
assemblies of Canada Geese that we have seen in quite some time. We also saw
all seven woodpecker species that are usually present in the region at this
time of year. Five species of ducks rounded out the waterfowl.
Canada Goose 340
American Black Duck 2
Mallard 62
Northern Shoveler 20
Northern Pintail 13
Hooded Merganser 4
Great Blue Heron 7
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Ring-billed Gull 13
Mourning Dove 16
Barred Owl 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 15
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
Downy Woodpecker 11
Hairy Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 130
Fish Crow 20
Carolina Chickadee 18
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 7
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 10
Winter Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 4
Eastern Bluebird 7
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin 8
European Starling 13
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 22
Dark-eyed Junco 5
Northern Cardinal 21
Red-winged Blackbird 4
Common Grackle 4
House Finch 6
American Goldfinch 6

During the winter months birders assemble in the Huntley Meadows parking lot
at 8:00 am every Monday rain or shine. No reservations are necessary. For
more information call the Huntley Meadows office at 703-768-2525

Stuart Davis, substituting for Harry Glascow


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Message: 5
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:55:28 -0500
From: Edward Eder <nutmegz...>
To: va bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Birds at Hunting creek and along Mt Vernon trail
from northern Belle Haven parking lot to Stone Bridge
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A Cackling Goose was seen north of the Belle Haven picnic area. Very
stubby bill, block head and quite tiny, but easily lost among the nearly
1,000 Canada Geese.
Also had OC warbler, Pine warbler, Baltimore Oriole and BG Gnatcatcher.
Tomorrow should be another good day for observation there.
Unfortunately, two active duck hunting bliinds at Dyke Marsh scattered
waterfowl and made observation very difficult

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Message: 6
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 20:44:15 -0500
From: Antonio Quezon <antonio.quezon...>
To: Virginia Birds Listserve <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Snowy and Short-eared Owls
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There was a Snowy Owl in the OSV of Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
on Friday, 12/15, but we couldn?t relocate it on Saturday. Monday, 12/18 we
saw a Snowy Owl (at a great distance) in the marsh at Fowler Beach,
Delaware. Also at Fowler Beach were several Short-eared Owls, Northern
Harriers and a Rough-legged Hawk.

Regards,
TonyQ
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Date: 12/20/17 8:05 pm
From: Alyce Quinn via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Snowy owl in Franklin County
A juvenile snowy owl has been spotted on private property in Franklin County.  The bird was first seen and photographed this past weekend and was seen again today by several members of the Roanoke Valley Bird Club.
Alyce Quinn

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Date: 12/20/17 7:46 pm
From: Kurt via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Summary of the North Alexandria Sector of DC CBC, 16 Dec 2017
Birders,

I am a bit tardy on this summary note for the North Alexandria Subsector route for the recent DC CBC. We had a phenomenal count with 81 species tallied over a route along the Potomac R that covers the picnic area of Dyke Marsh, north along the GW Parkway to the Stone Bridge, Jones Point, some Alexandria waterfront sites, Dangerfield Island and the old National and Church Cemeteries. This route has a 63 species average (N=18, range=52-72) over 18 years (& 17 of which I have participated). A great uncommon and rare winter species tally coupled with a fine waterfowl show (16 duck species, nearly double the typical productivity) produced this new high count. New species added were Snow Goose and Brown Thrasher (prior species total = 120). Unusual species, as Marc Ribaudo previously reported, were Great Egret (Stone Bridge), Osprey (carrying fish, Dangerfield), Dunlin (Stone Bridge), Laughing Gull (Stone Bridge), Merlin (GC south of Stone Bridge), Peregrine (a pair at Wilson Br), Common Raven (a pair at the Patent Office Bldg area and later near the closed Potomac R power plant), at least two Orange-crowned Warblers (along parkway E and W sides south of Stone Bridge), Pine Warbler (with YRWA in picnic area), and Baltimore Oriole (E side of Parkway +/- from mile marker 8).

Other species somewhat difficult to find along the waterfront were: Greater Scaup, YB Sapsucker, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Hermit Thrush, Fox Sparrow, and Rusty Blackbird.

Overall, most of the passerines were at average numbers, give or take 20%, save for the following: Bufflehead count at new high, Northern Flicker at new high, and American Robin nearly at new low (also no Cedar Waxwings tallied, indicated desired fruit crop for this species in slim abundance).

Best of Luck on upcoming CBCs!

Lastly, (shameless plug) the Fort Belvoir CBC on 31 Dec still needs volunteers to cover holes along the Md sector side, e.g., Fort Washington south to Indian Head, plus the VA Side – please contact me if interested, even for half a day. Thank you.

Kurt Gaskill
Ft B compiler and chief dish washer

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Date: 12/20/17 6:20 pm
From: Peter Robinson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Bath County Highlights
9:15 pm

Dominion Pumped Storage Ponds Rt. 600

1 Tundra Swan
1 N. Pintail (male, breeding plumage)
110 Ring-necked Duck
3 Lesser Scaup
2 Bufflehead
70 Hooded Merganser
1 Ruddy Duck (female)
1 Am. Coot
1 Bald Eagle
1 Kestrel

Peter Robinson
Warm Springs, Va
The You Look, The More You See

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Date: 12/20/17 11:09 am
From: Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Leucistic Cardinal continues
Multiple species in Crozet, VA; 12/18-20/17. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_12_20.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_12_20.htm



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

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

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

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Date: 12/20/17 10:31 am
From: Harry Armistead via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] December 15-18, lower Eastern Shore MD & VA. Nassawadox Christmas count.
DECEMBER 15-18, 2017: Ocean City, Maryland. Gargatha Landing, Cedar Island (Wachapreague Christmas Bird Count), Hog Island (Nassawadox C.B.C.), Willis Wharf, Virginia.


DEDICATION: in memory of John (Bud) W. Taylor, artist, book collector, and gentle person.


DECEMBER 15, 2017, FRIDAY: OCEAN CITY, MD, INLET, 1-1:45, low tide, E 10, 40 degrees F. Sometimes brief visits to a place are the most productive.: common eider 14, harlequin duck 2 (a pair), KING EIDER 1 female, black scoter 8, long-tailed duck 7, RED-NECKED GREBE 1, white-winged scoter 1, surf scoter 9, common loon 6, red-throated loon 3, Forsters tern 81, rock pigeon 55, Bonapartes gull 1, double-crested cormorant 1, red-breasted merganser 1, brant 35, unIDd scoters 45, and boat-tailed grackle 6.


SKIMMER ISLAND as seen from Route 50 near Hoopers: lots of sand flats, hardly any vegetation left, 2 P.M.: American oystercatcher 16, brant 210, dunlin 40, common loon 7, red-breasted merganser 3, great blue heron 1, belted kingfisher 1, and Forsters tern 80.


WEST OCEAN CITY POND (Golf Course Road), 2:15. Good variety but numbers rather low: ring-necked duck 40, canvasback 40, tundra swan 8, mallard 50, northern pintail 55 (a good fall for them in places Ive haunted), ruddy duck 8, American coot 6, American wigeon 2, hooded merganser 2, bufflehead 8, Canada goose 18, northern shoveler 4, American black duck 2, green-winged teal 6, and pied-billed grebe 2. Gray Squirrel 1. How John Dennis loved these freshwater ponds adjacent to the coast.


GOODBYE MARYLAND, HELLO VIRGINIA FOR ALL THE REST OF THIS:


GARGATHA LANDING, ACCOMACK COUNTY, VIRGINIA. 3:45-4:40, 42-37, overcast, SE10, visibility about as good as it ever gets, easy to see the tower on the north end of distant Cedar Island, and the NASA towers much closer on Wallops Island. SHORT-EARED OWL 1 (at 4:08 P.M. EST), peregrine falcon 1, American black duck 28, boat-tailed grackle 19, northern harrier 1 adult female, Canada goose 32, red-winged blackbird 210, bufflehead 2, bald eagle 2, dunlin 85, belted kingfisher 1, great blue heron 1. Moseying on in there at 3:45 there are 41 deer in the usual field, the easternmost one on the south of the road.


LOCUSTVILLE. As I get set up in the Reigers guest house, marshaling my armamentarium for an active day tomorrow, thousands, and I mean thousands, of Snow Geese come in from the east low and right over their house on Finney Creek. Ill see them tomorrow, Saturday, a few miles away.


DECEMBER 16, SATURDAY, WACHAPREAGUE CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT. Now dont get me wrong this list DOES include some stuff, especially the landbirds, seen at or in the vicinity of the Reigers property, but its mostly meant to show what we see from the boat and on Cedar Island offshore. Ruth Boettcher and Jeremy Tarwater operate the boat for Bob Toner, Jackie Howard, Heath Guyette, and me. They course through the marshes while the 4 of us walk the 3-4 miles of the south end of Cedar Island. No big bellringers, but heres the list, 68 species:


snow goose 2,600. blue goose 2. brant 80. Canada goose 2,000. American black duck 256. mallard 4. green-winged teal 18. surf scoter 145. black scoter 4. long-tailed duck 21. bufflehead 288. common goldeneye 1 presumed female. hooded merganser 2. red-breasted merganser 20. red-throated loon 8. common loon 9. horned grebe 35. double-crested cormorant 4. great blue heron 9. black vulture 1. turkey vulture 4.


bald eagle 18 (never used to see ANY back when I first participated in this count, in 1977, when I wore a younger mans hip waders). northern harrier 6. American kestrel 3. peregrine falcon 1. black-bellied plover 347. killdeer 18. American oystercatcher 88 (Ruth & Jeremy able to read the numbers/letters on several marked birds, continuing their long-term studies of these birds). greater yellowlegs 40. willet 51. WHIMBREL 1. ruddy turnstone 3. RED KNOT 4. sanderling 24. dunlin 1,150. ring-billed gull 26. herring gull 220. great black-backed gull 10 (Pete Dunnes Great Imperial Landfill Buzzard). Forsters tern 39.


mourning dove 2. belted kingfisher 1. yellow-bellied sapsucker 1. downy woodpecker 1. American crow 6. fish crow 4. horned lark 1 (heard over Cedar I. by Jackie). Carolina chickadee 6. tufted titmouse 3. Carolina wren 2. ruby-crowned kinglet 2. eastern bluebird 30. hermit thrush 5 (how they love woods with a big American holly understory!).


American robin 65 (and the robins, too). northern mockingbird 2. European starling 1,100 (if you want to chase these theyre mostly in the town of Wachapreague). myrtle warbler 25. pine warbler 1 (suckers for the screech-owl on my iPod). song sparrow 1. swamp sparrow 1. white-throated sparrow 1. slate-colored junco (twitterkins) 10, northern cardinal 2. red-winged blackbird 255. eastern meadowlark 14. common grackle 100. boat-tailed grackle 140. brown-headed cowbird 22 (boo. hiss). American goldfinch 1.


12th NASSAWADOX, VIRGINIA, CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT, December 17, 2017. 115 species. 27 participants in 8 sectors. The grand totals:


*** = species seen only by the boat party.


WATERFOWL: snow goose 0. brant 2,400 ***. cackling goose 1 (CMc). Canada goose 1,134. tundra swan 45. wood duck 6 (2 sectors). gadwall 73 (2 sectors). American black duck 268. mallard 117. mallard X American black duck hybrid 2. ring-necked duck 14 (3 sectors). KING EIDER 1 female (***, NW end of Cobb Island, seen through bins & scope, c. 100 yards; new for this count; RLAn, TT & HTA; one of the 1st birds seen after we disembark from the boat [which is not a bark]; if you WANT to see Poes Nicene barks of yore, well, youre a little late). surf scoter 155 ***. white-winged scoter 10 ***. black scoter 120 ***. unIDd scoters 365 ***. long-tailed duck 6 ***. bufflehead 743. hooded merganser 167 (all 8 sectors). red-breasted merganser 23. ruddy duck 50.


northern bobwhite 1 (continues on the way to oblivion). wild turkey 0. red-throated loon 2,050 (***, big offshore flight going north; we probably missed many before noticing it). common loon 52. pied-billed grebe 5 (3 sectors). horned grebe 41 ***. northern gannet 3 (***, WAY offshore). double-crested cormorant 13. great blue heron 26. great egret 1. black-crowned night heron 1.


black vulture 105. turkey vulture 107. bald eagle 23. northern harrier 6. sharp-shinned hawk 7. Coopers hawk 4. red-shouldered hawk 4. red-tailed hawk 9. American kestrel 10. merlin 5 (new high). peregrine falcon 2 males (***, N end, Hog I.). SANDHILL CRANE 2 (new for the count; Hare Valley; MMc, WE). clapper rail 1. Virginia rail 2. American coot 1.


SHOREBIRDS: black-bellied plover 526 (3 sectors). semipalmated plover 12 (CMcA). killdeer 70. American oystercatcher 426. greater yellowlegs 25. lesser yellowlegs 0. willet 85 (low). marbled godwit 0 (1st miss in spite of 3 sectors visiting Willis Wharf at various times; 5 of us saw none 9:15 - 11:45 A.M., Dec. 18). ruddy turnstone 34. sanderling 18 ***. western sandpiper 4 ***. dunlin 10,521 (most of this total the result of RLAn examining in excruciating detail, after the fact, a series of photographs he took; yes, excruciating). short-billed dowitcher 35 ***. Wilsons snipe 3. American woodcock 2.


LARIDS: Bonapartes gull 16 (***, Revels Island). ring-billed gull 258. herring gull 139. great black-backed gull 20 ***. Forsters tern 32 (***, Revels Island).


rock pigeon 32 (4 sectors). mourning dove 45. eastern screech-owl 4. great horned owl 5 (3 sectors). belted kingfisher 22. red-bellied woodpecker 30. yellow-bellied sapsucker 6. downy woodpecker 11. hairy woodpecker 6. northern flicker 71. pileated woodpecker 14. eastern phoebe 10. blue jay 39. American crow 358. fish crow 46. unIDd crow 60. horned lark 28.


LIL SPRITES: Carolina chickadee 39. tufted titmouse 44. brown-headed nuthatch 21 (2 sectors). brown creeper 0. Carolina wren 56. house wren 3. winter wren 6. sedge wren 1. marsh wren 1. golden-crowned kinglet 16. ruby-crowned kinglet 8.


THRUSH TYPES: eastern bluebird 104. hermit thrush 18. American robin 2,727. gray catbird 23. northern mockingbird 36. brown thrasher 0.


European starling 984. American pipit 0. cedar waxwing 16 (3 sectors). myrtle warbler 1,575 (all sectors). pine warbler 5. palm warbler 40.


SPARROW TYPES: eastern towhee 2 (declining). chipping sparrow 154 (this is a good CBC for them). field sparrow 13. Savannah sparrow 29. Ipswich sparrow 0. saltmarsh sparrow 1. fox sparrow 7. song sparrow 95. swamp sparrow 38. white-throated sparrow 70. unIDd sparrow 6. slate-colored junco 57. northern cardinal 46.


BLACKBIRDS: red-winged blackbird 4,136. eastern meadowlark 55. rusty blackbird 0. common grackle 1,455. boat-tailed grackle 0. brown-headed cowbird 151.


END GAMERS: purple finch 0. house finch 32. American goldfinch 46. house sparrow 10 (4 sectors).


*** BOAT PARTY. About half the years it is too windy for the boat (Hog Island) party. This year conditions were perfect, dead calm most of the day, sunny until early afternoon, and warmish. The best winter boat trip Ive ever been on. To highlight the importance of the boat party for this count, this year it found 14 unique species, as indicated above.


PARTICIPANTS: PARTY ASSIGNMENTS (asterisk * indicates party leader):


BROWNSVILLE & RED BANK area: Bob Ake*. David Clark. Zak Poulton*. Jen Davis. Jack Looney.


BOAT (Hog Island): Bob Anderson, Marcus Killmon, Thuy Tran, Harry Armistead*.


the one, true, CIRCUIT RIDER, kayak route on the seaside, Parting Creek, and to some extent Willis Wharf: Colin McAllister*.


MACHIPONGO, Webbs Island, Red Bank, Box Tree Road: Dot Field*, Richard Ayres, Bob Toner, Bill & Kathy Bender & Laurie Jones.



WILLIS WHARF & town of EXMORE: Curtis* & Lynn Badger, and, in part, Colin McAllister, Bob Ake & David Clark. The Badgers primary coverage: Bell and Upshur Necks.


FRANKTOWN (central west) & UPPERSHIRE: Roberta Kellam*.


SOUTHWEST & BRICKHOUSE NECK SOUTH (Route 621): Marv Rubin*, Margaret Andrews, Bill & Jane Hill.


NORTHWEST & BRICKHOUSE NECK NORTH (Route 620): Grazina & Michael* McClure, Sue & Wes Earp.


NON-AVIAN TAXA: gray squirrel is the winner, as usual, with 17, then muskrat 1, deer just 1, raccoon 1, monarch 2 (1 on Hog Island), dolphin 3 (way offshore), big brown marsh grasshopper 1 (dont know the proper name). No herps.


WEATHER: just about perfect. 30-50 degrees F., some ice in the fields and ditches initially, winds calm most of the day, sometimes SW or SE at 5 m.p.h., fair and sunny becoming overcast by 1 P.M. Tide low most of the day. The dead calm made it so nice and easy to see any birds sitting on the waters surface, to hear any vocalizations. Tides (high then low): Revels I. (N. end of Hog I.): 7:12, 1:33. Great Machipongo Inlet (S. end of Hog I.) 7:42, 2:02. Upshur Neck S. end: 7:46, 2:20. Sunrise 7:12. Sunset 4:46.



EFFORT: 25 miles on foot, 130 miles by car, 20 miles by motorized boat, 5 miles by kayak. 56 hours on foot, 21 hours by car, 3 hours by motorized boat, 3.25 hours by kayak. 6 A.M. - 5 P.M.


I aint gonna repeat the species our boat party found that were unique (indicated by *** above), but here are the other birds we found: Canada goose 80, tundra swan 28, gadwall 3, American black duck 195, bufflehead 620, hooded merganser 16, red-breasted merganser 22, common loon 46, double-crested cormorant 12, great blue heron all of 1, bald eagle 8, northern harrier 2, red-tailed hawk 1, merlin 1, black-bellied plover 450, American oystercatcher 425, greater yellowlegs only 1, willet 2, dunlin 10,478, ring-billed gull 4, herring gull 110, belted kingfisher 1, northern flicker 1, gray catbird 3, and myrtle warbler 85.


COUNT PERIOD REPORTS. The count period extends 3 days before & 3 days after count day. Kit Fechtig reports an unIDd hummingbird Dec. 19 and a golden eagle Dec. 20.



DECEMBER 18, MONDAY. WILLIS WHARF. Its almost a tradition now for some of us to gather, apres Nassawadox C.B.C., on the platform here to shoot the breeze a little and enjoy the hundreds of Marbled Godwits. But, the garbled modwits are still not here. What Grazina & Michael McClure and Sue & Wes Earp and I DO see include a nice immature LITTLE BLUE HERON. With her big rig Sue gets some photographs. Also here: willet 35, bald eagle 4, tundra swans (heard but not seen), Canada goose 420, fish crow 17, greater yellowlegs 2, Coopers hawk 1 (distant), rock pigeon 6, red-tailed hawk 1, ruddy turnstone 30, common loon 4, double-crested cormorant 1 imm., hooded merganser 4, red-winged blackbird 325, and dunlin 1. 9:15 - 11:45 A.M., sunny, SW10, 45-47. High tide gradually letting out so theres a lot of exposed mud by the time I leave.


ISLAND IMPRESSIONS. The S end of Cedar I. used to be rolling typography with high dunes, good sand vegetation, several hundred yards wide, where we used to find Short-eared Owls with some regularity. There were also some trees and a winding road/trail through this area. Most all of that disappeared a few years ago due to noreasters so that now it is most a flat, open, sandy area. The trawler Laura X (I forget what Lauras letter designation was), up on the sand due to one of those storms a few years ago, is now 100 yards out to sea as the island has shifted west and is a rusty, remnant hulk of its former self. Cedar has what I call a depauperate, bland coquillage but there is a near carpet of millions of shells, mostly oysters, clams, and whelks, and with a lot of medium-sized, dead horseshoe crabs.


The N end of Cobb I. is quite different, very wide, jutting out Avalon-like into the sea so that S-bound birds are close to being intercepted by the islands NE side. There are far fewer shells than on Cedar, but by contrast we saw a number of sand dollars, razor clams, and one large jellyfish circa 1 foot across. Going down the sea side a ways there are huge tangles of wax myrtles that have been eroded away and are dead, large enough so that it is sometimes hard to encompass their circumference with my 2 hands. Sandbanks due to erosion stand 5 feet high with various dark bands striating them. Back inland a ways is a morass of lovely, live wax myrtles loaded with berries and attracting as one would expect Myrtle Warblers. On both islands we were impressed with the almost total lack of trash. These splendid places are a world apart.


ON THE WAY BACK to PA: an adult bald eagle over Melfa. Next to the big Tyson chicken plant: Canada goose 340. Those long, smelly, huge chicken houses are springing up all over the Virginia Eastern Shore.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS. Big thanks to Barbara & George Reiger for their as usual inimitable hospitality. The terrific boating trips guided by Marcus Killmon and Ruth Boettcher and Jeremy Tarwater make this one of the highlights of my year, every time. Every time. Bob Anderson (Captain Video) & Thuy Tran shared their ginger snaps, chocolates, and other snacks out on Hog I., and Bob took some vital photographs of the big shorebird flocks. Bob Ake gave me some fine bird monographs, life histories. It was nice of Quality Inn & Suites of Exmore to let us use their continental breakfast area for the Nassawadox compilation. My thanks to the participants who help to chronicle the splendid birdlife of this unique area.


MOST NOTABLE BUMPER STICKER THIS TIME: I miss Ike. Hell, I even miss Harry.


Merry Christmas counts. Happy hollandaise. Have a totally awesome solstice. Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.
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Date: 12/20/17 5:36 am
From: Larry Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] 1,000 Crows - Virginia Beach
There must have been 1,000 crows “swarming” at the intersection of I-64 and I-264 in Virginia Beach last night. I’ve been seeing them most every day just after 5pm for several weeks on my commute home. They roost in the trees there. Traffic is heavy that time of day.

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Date: 12/19/17 6:56 pm
From: Joe Coleman via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FW: DC Area, 12/19/2017
FYI Joe Coleman

-----Original Message-----
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 12/19/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
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Compiler: Joe Coleman
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Voice (Individual $50; Family $65; Nature Steward $100; Audubon Advocate
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http://www.anshome.org.

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, December 12, and was
completed on Tuesday, December 19 about 11:00 a.m.

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

As a result of Christmas Bird Count season beginning this past week a lot
more birders were in the field than usual and as a result there were a lot
of interesting sightings throughout the area.

TOP BIRDS THIS WEEK: KING EIDER* in MD, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* in MD, SNOWY OWL
in DE, MD, and VA, and HARRIS'S SPARROW in MD and VA.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST: waterfowl, RED-NECKED GREBE, SANDHILL CRANE,
shorebirds, gulls, GREAT CORMORANT, AMERICAN BITTERN, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK,
GOLDEN EAGLE, SHORT-EARED OWL, LOGGERHEAD and NORTHERN SHRIKE, vireos,
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, sparrows,
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, BALTIMORE ORIOLES, warblers, PAINTED BUNTING, and
DICKCISSEL.

TOP BIRDS

Two first-winter KING EIDERS* were seen Dec 16 in Triadelphia Reservoir,
Howard Co, MD on Dec 16; they have not been seen since then.

The drake BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* at the Elm's Environmental Education Center,
St. Mary's Co, MD reappeared for its seventh winter on Dec 17 and was seen
again on the 18th. If looking for this bird you will need to use the
hunter's parking lot before the gate and walk about a mile to the bay and
then several hundred yards to the north.

SNOWY OWLS continued to be active in the area with sightings:
- In Delaware: A SNOWY OWL appeared at a variety of venues in Prime
Hook NWR, Sussex Co but primarily along Fowler Beach Rd, with sightings on
Dec 12, 15, 16, and 17. A SNOWY OWL was also seen Dec 16 at Cedar Creek
Marina, Sussex Co, VA.
- In Maryland: A continuing SNOWY OWL seen on top of an old hunting
blind next to Deer Creek in Harford Co, MD with sightings throughout the
week. A SNOWY OWL was in the OSV of Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
on Dec 15.
- In Virginia: The SNOWY OWL at Dulles Airport, Loudoun Co, VA
continued to be seen during the week. The SNOWY OWL in the Mount Crawford
area of Rockingham Co, VA was seen during the week from a variety of
different locations including near the McDonald's and the Walmart
Distribution Center though parking is not permitted on most of the roads
surrounding the latter facility.

The HARRIS'S SPARROW continued near the Anacostia River Trail, Prince
George's Co, MD with sightings Dec 12, 17, and 18. The HARRIS'S SPARROW in
Page Co VA, just north of the White House Boat Ramp, was seen again on Dec
17.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

SNOW GEESE turned up at several inland locations this past week. ROSS'S
GEESE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, and CACKLING GEESE were also seen at a
number of locations this past week. A TRUMPETER SWAN, with P95 wing tags,
was seen at Lake Elkhorn, Howard Co, MD and the nearby Sewell's Orchard Pond
throughout the week.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen Dec 14 from the Observation Tower, Assawoman WMA,
Sussex Co, DE. A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen Dec 17 at Homestead Farm
(restricted access) and on the 17th and 18th at the Poplar Spring Animal
Sanctuary (private), Montgomery Co, MD; permission and directions can be
gotten to see the latter bird if you call ahead. A SURF SCOTER was seen Dec
15 at Lake Arrowhead, Page Co, VA. Two were seen the same day at Lake
Frederick, Frederick Co, VA. A LONG-TAILED DUCK was Centennial Lake, Howard
Co, MD on Dec 13. A LONG-TAILED DUCK was a nice sighting at Silver Lake
(Dayton) for the Rockingham Co (VA) CBC on Dec 16. Three LONG-TAILED DUCKS
were found at Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Co, VA during the DC CBC on Dec 16.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen Dec 12 at Riley's Lock, C&O Canal and on Dec 13
and 14 at Violette's Lock, C&O Canal both in Montgomery Co, MD.

Four SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Gunpowder Falls SP, Harford Co, MD on Dec
14. Two were seen Dec 16 at Algonkian Nature Preserve, Loudoun Co, VA and
two, perhaps the same ones, were also seen Dec 17 in a field opposite the
entrance to the Poolesville Golf Course, Montgomery Co, MD. Two SANDHILL
CRANES were seen Dec 17 along East Jack Jouette Rd, Green Springs NHLD,
Louisa Co, VA.

A PURPLE SANDPIPER was seen Dec 14 at Herrington Harbor, Anne Arundel Co,
MD; eight were seen Dec 17 at the Chesapeake Beach Marina, Calvert Co, MD.

The 1st cycle ICELAND GULL at the Annapolis Junction Recycle and Transfer
Station, Anne Arundel Co, MD was seen again on Dec 12 and 15. An ICELAND
GULL was at Wilde Lake, Howard Co, MD on Dec 12. An ICELAND GULL was at
Shearness Pond, Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on Dec 17. There was also an
ICELAND GULL on Dec 16 at Lorely Beach Meadows, Baltimore Co, MD. The
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE at Stumpy Lake NA, Virginia Beach, VA continued to be
seen during the week. A BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was seen Dec 18 at 4305
Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach, VA.

A GREAT CORMORANT was seen Dec 17 at Cox Point Park, Baltimore Md.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen Dec 12 at the Kenilworth Park and Aquatic
Gardens, NE DC.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen Dec 12 at Fowler Beach, Prime Hook NWR, Sussex
Co, DE. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was also seen flying over the golf course at
Elmer Derr Rd and South Renn Road, Frederick Co, MD on Dec 12. A GOLDEN
EAGLE flew over Copperville Rd near Easton, MD on Dec 17. A ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWK, observed by people searching for the Snowy Owl at Dulles Airport,
Loudoun Co, VA, was most recently seen Dec 18.

As many as three SHORT-EARED OWLS continued to be seen at the Konterra Dr
fields and ponds, Prince George's Co, MD with sightings on Dec 16; please do
not trespass at this location. A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen Dec 17 on Curles
Neck Farm (restricted access), Henrico Co, VA. Nine SHORT-EARED OWLS were
found Dec 17 on Bell's Ln, Staunton during the Augusta Co (VA) CBC. On Dec
17 three SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen in a field along East Jack Jouette Rd,
Louisa Co, VA. Two SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen Dec 17 at the Cedar Point WMA,
Charles Co, MD.

The LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE at the intersection of Burwells Bay Rd and Purvis Lane
in Isle of Wight Co, VA was seen again on Dec 12. One of the continuing
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES was seen at the Smith Farm, Lunenburg County, VA Dec 13.
A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen Dec 16 in Rappahannock Co, VA; unfortunately
there is no place to pull over on the road nearest to where it was perched.
If you do try for this bird, the best thing to do is pull over on Aaron Mt
Rd and use a scope to look for the bird on the power line. The NORTHERN
SHRIKE at Sully Woodlands, Fairfax Co, VA continued with reported sightings
through Dec 16. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was found on private land in Westmoreland
Co, VA on Dec 17.

Late departing birds included a WHITE-EYED VIREO on Dec 16 at Fort Howard
Park, Baltimore Co, MD. BLUE-HEADED VIREOS turned up at a variety of
locations with on Dec 15 at Newtowne Neck SP, St. Mary's Co, MD; another was
seen Dec 17 in the Kingsmill Marina area of James City Co, VA; and another
BLUE-HEADED VIREO was at the York River SP, James City Co, VA on Dec 18.
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS were seen in a variety of locations including at the
Hunting Creek Bridge, Fairfax Co, VA on Dec 14, 16, and 18.

Three LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen Dec 17 at Layton Landing Rd and
Resolutions Rd, Leedstown, Westmoreland Co, VA.

A SNOW BUNTING was found Dec 16 in Mount Crawford, Rockingham Co, VA east of
Dry River during the CBC there. A CBC team found two SNOW BUNTINGS Dec 16 at
the far end of Northend Point at Grandview Nature Preserve, Hampton, VA.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen throughout the week at the Laurel Hill
Equestrian Center, Fairfax Co, VA. A LARK SPARROW was found Dec 13 at a pond
along Meadow Creek Rd, Montgomery Co, VA. The LARK SPARROW at the National
Arboretum, NE DC, was seen again Dec 16 AND 18. A LE CONTE'S SPARROW was
found Dec 17 during the Seneca CBC at The Flag (private property) in Loudoun
Co, VA in almost the same location as it was found last year. The LE CONTE'S
SPARROW at the Princess Anne WMA, Beasley Tract, Virginia Beach, VA was seen
again Dec 17.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen Dec 17 at Sandy Point SP, Anne Arundel Co,
MD.

BALTIMORE ORIOLES turned up at a variety of locations throughout the area
during the week.

An OVENBIRD was seen and photographed Dec 17 in a backyard in Canton,
Baltimore Co, MD. A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER and a NASHVILLE WARBLER were
found Dec 16 at Ancarrow's Landing, Richmond, VA. A NASHVILLE WARBLER was
seen Dec 12 at Fort McHenry NM, Baltimore, MD. ORANGE-CROWNED and PINE
WARBLERS were seen at a number of locations throughout the area.

A PAINTED BUNTING was seen visiting a feeder on Dec 13, 14, and 18 at Bypass
Rd, York Co, VA. Another, visiting a feeder in Chesapeake, VA since Dec 3,
was reported again on Dec 13 and 17.

A sub-adult male DICKCISSEL was found Dec 17 on private property during the
Port Tobacco CBC at Allens Fresh, Charles Co, MD.

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

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Date: 12/19/17 5:12 pm
From: Stephen Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] good sparrow day at Logquarter Lane (Conklin, Loudoun County)

Hello birders,

As Charlie Hagan pointed out to me during Saturday's CBC, powerline right-of-ways can be very nice habitat for us suburban folks.

Today I prowled the powerline cut crossing Bull Run near Logquarter Lane in Loudoun County, and found a boat load of sparrows. Fields, White-throats, and Songs dominated, but I came away with 7 species, which is a lot for me.

This was a very productive habitat for breeding birds last summer, contributing a lot of the confirmations we got for the Priority atlas block known as Arcola SE. It did not disappoint me on this winter day, either.

The most interesting behavior was a Swamp Sparrow, which perched up quite close to me, and then came closer. When I tired of looking at it naked-eye (too close for my binos to focus), and moved on, it moved with me. I have never been "followed" by a wild bird before. That's one instance now of a bird following me, against the trillion times I've stalked them.

The full eBird report is here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41204670

Park at the W end of either Thorley Place or Lincolnshire Drive. There are some asphalt and/or wood chip paths from both of those. But a lot of the best habitat requires either hip waders or very tough, old pants. It helps if you love briars, a sentiment which I have yet to discover. (No matter how many times I hum "Barbara Allen".)

Cheers,
Steve Johnson

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Date: 12/19/17 12:21 pm
From: Gwbirds37 via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] 7 Cackling Geese remain in richmond
Seen yesterday at Shields Lake in Byrd Park - swimming together as a group.
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Date: 12/18/17 5:44 pm
From: Antonio Quezon via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Snowy and Short-eared Owls
There was a Snowy Owl in the OSV of Assateague Island National Seashore, MD on Friday, 12/15, but we couldn’t relocate it on Saturday. Monday, 12/18 we saw a Snowy Owl (at a great distance) in the marsh at Fowler Beach, Delaware. Also at Fowler Beach were several Short-eared Owls, Northern Harriers and a Rough-legged Hawk.

Regards,
TonyQ
Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 12/18/17 11:55 am
From: Edward Eder via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Birds at Hunting creek and along Mt Vernon trail from northern Belle Haven parking lot to Stone Bridge
A Cackling Goose was seen north of the Belle Haven picnic area. Very stubby bill, block head and quite tiny, but easily lost among the nearly 1,000 Canada Geese.
Also had OC warbler, Pine warbler, Baltimore Oriole and BG Gnatcatcher.
Tomorrow should be another good day for observation there.
Unfortunately, two active duck hunting bliinds at Dyke Marsh scattered waterfowl and made observation very difficult
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Date: 12/18/17 11:19 am
From: Stuart and Pam Davis via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Monday Morning Bird Walk





     Thirty-two birders assembled at Huntley Meadows this cool and sunny morning for the weekly Monday Morning Birdwalk. We saw a total of forty-two species on a morning when the boardwalk was a bit slick and there a thin layer of ice covering much of the wetlands. Notable was one of the largest assemblies of Canada Geese that we have seen in quite some time. We also saw all seven woodpecker species that are usually present in the region at this time of year. Five species of ducks rounded out the waterfowl.
Canada Goose 340
American Black Duck 2
Mallard 62
Northern Shoveler 20
Northern Pintail 13
Hooded Merganser 4
Great Blue Heron 7
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Ring-billed Gull 13
Mourning Dove 16
Barred Owl 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 15
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
Downy Woodpecker 11
Hairy Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 130
Fish Crow 20
Carolina Chickadee 18
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 7
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 10
Winter Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 4
Eastern Bluebird 7
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin 8
European Starling 13
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 22
Dark-eyed Junco 5
Northern Cardinal 21
Red-winged Blackbird 4
Common Grackle 4
House Finch 6
American Goldfinch 6

During the winter months birders assemble in the Huntley Meadows parking lot at 8:00 am every Monday rain or shine. No reservations are necessary. For more information call the Huntley Meadows office at 703-768-2525

Stuart Davis, substituting for Harry Glascow
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Date: 12/18/17 10:20 am
From: Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Gordonsville (section II) CBC, 12/17/17
Sandhill Cranes, Barn Owl, Short-eared Owls, and more. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_12_17.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_12_17.htm



___________________________

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Crozet, VA

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

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

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Date: 12/18/17 6:56 am
From: Ashley Lohr via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Mt. Crawford Snowy--YES
Present from 8:30-10am on one of the light posts at the Walmart
Distribution Center. Could be seen from quite a distance at the McDonald's.
Just flew away.

Ashley Lohr
Purcellville/Lynchburg/Athens, GA
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Date: 12/18/17 6:47 am
From: Russell Taylor via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] no SNOW at Dulles
I had to drop someone at Dulles Airport this morning, so I stopped in
parking garage 2 to look for the Snowy Owl. No luck. Found the Rough-legged
Hawk right away, plus 2 No. Harriers, and 3 Red-tailed Hawks. And one of
the Red-tails put up a small flock of Am. Pipits.

Russ Taylor
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Date: 12/18/17 5:04 am
From: Bryan Henson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] RFI: LeConte's in Loudoun County??
Good morning.

Yes, we found a Le Conte's Sparrow in basically the same location in
Loudoun county along the Potomac river as last year during the Seneca CBC
sector.

Last year, I tried to get access to the property and thought I had access
granted for a one time search party, but it fell apart at the last minute
due to the property managers concerns and they asked if we could postpone
until Feb of the following year. I didn't ask in February since it was very
unlikely the bird was still around and the reluctance of the property
manager.

I'm not planning on asking this year due to my personal schedule
limitations (and I imagine the property manager's probabe reluctance), so
if someone would like to represent the birding community to ask for access,
contact me and I can give you the details on who to contact.

Hope the helps,
Bryan

On Mon, Dec 18, 2017 at 7:45 AM, Stephen Johnson via va-bird <
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>
> Hello birders,
>
> I see that a LeConte's Sparrow has appeared in the same private location
> as last winter. Is it just as impossible for the birding public to see the
> bird this year, as it was last year?
>
> Just checking, no real expectations. Thanks.
>
> Steve Johnson
> Fairfax, Virginia
>
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Date: 12/18/17 4:45 am
From: Stephen Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] RFI: LeConte's in Loudoun County??

Hello birders,

I see that a LeConte's Sparrow has appeared in the same private location as last winter. Is it just as impossible for the birding public to see the bird this year, as it was last year?

Just checking, no real expectations. Thanks.

Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia

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Date: 12/18/17 12:12 am
From: Jeff Blalock via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] eBird and CBC
Greetings all

For all those that have the eBird app and helping on CBC and want to input their count into their eBird once you are finished you can go to trips and either use Trips today if you input your data on the date of the count or use Trip Summary note that you will have to change your date and time TO before you can change your date and time FROM

After you have finished you can then email either the report to yourself or your complier but first don’t forget to type in your efforts of time and miles in to the email which you will have to add up but at least this will save you some extra work.

From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
103 Elizabeth Court
South Boston VA 24592
434-572-8619 Home
434-470-4352 Cell
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Date: 12/17/17 3:18 pm
From: Colt Gregory via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Sunday Great Falls bird walk and Audubon Christmas Count
The Sunday Great Falls walk had 10 participants for this the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. The star of the count was a sleepy Barred owl that let us look her over as long as we wished. We spotted 2 eagles with one of the pair sitting on the nest. Over 40 Cedar waxings gave us some striking looks as they perched in the sun near the overlook. The Sunday Great Falls bird walk occurs each Sunday - rain or shine - meeting at 8:00am at the Visitors Center. The walk ends at 11:00. All are welcome!

34 species (+2 other taxa)
Canada Goose 500 Large flocks of various sizes.
Mallard 15
Mallard (Domestic type) 1
Ring-necked Duck 10
Bufflehead 40 One of 40 rafting on the Potomac River - Great Falls
Hooded Merganser 2
Common Merganser 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Black Vulture 6
Turkey Vulture 1
Bald Eagle 2 Two adults on Conn Island, Potomac River- Great Falls. One sitting the nest and other on a nearby branch.
Ring-billed Gull 1
gull sp. 5
Barred Owl 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 13
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 9
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 14
Pileated Woodpecker 8
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 8
Carolina Chickadee 17
Tufted Titmouse 15
White-breasted Nuthatch 11
Carolina Wren 14
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 21
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 12
Northern Mockingbird 2
Cedar Waxwing 41
Dark-eyed Junco 14
White-throated Sparrow 10
Song Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 12

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Date: 12/17/17 3:10 pm
From: Edward Eder via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh Haul Road observation platform today
Even though the Long-tailed ducks were not relocated, the activity south of the Haul road tip was impressive with 284 Hooded Mergansers tallied, including males performing courtship displays.
Four Common loons were also seen from the boardwalk along with Red-breasted Mergs, Common Mergansers, Horned and Pied-billed grebes,Ruddy Ducks and nice rafts of Bufflehead with males displaying.
Seven Canvasback were also diving in the vicinity.
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Date: 12/17/17 2:56 pm
From: Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Augusta County CBC high lights
Hello all

Today I did my section of the Augusta County CBC & our group had a total of 71 species . The High lights are as follows .


Cackling Goose -- 13

Gadwall -- 150

Short - eared Owl -- 9 Bells Lane

Cooper's Hawk -- 1

Red - shouldered Hawk -- 3

Fox Sparrow -- 4


So far as of yesterday for the first half of count week -- unless another team got one of the following today .

Snow Goose -- 1 blue morph

Bald Eagle -- 1


Allen Larner
Staunton


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