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Received From Subject
5/20/18 7:11 pm Cheryl Coogan via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Common nighthawk, Woodbridge
5/20/18 6:41 pm Sam Simon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Chuck-will's-widow in Reston, VA
5/20/18 5:52 pm Rich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Test
5/20/18 4:48 pm Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Common nighthawk, Woodbridge
5/20/18 2:11 pm Janice Frye via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Anhingas at Lake Accotink (very likely) - Fairfax County
5/20/18 1:42 pm Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Breckenridge Rd - Whip-poor-wills; Leesylvania SP - Gray-cheeked Thrush, waning warblers, Pr. William Co.
5/20/18 11:53 am Kristine Lansing via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 05/20/2018 (Fairfax County)
5/20/18 10:45 am Vineeta Anand via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Monticello Park
5/20/18 10:39 am Michael Mayer via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Forgot the link
5/20/18 9:39 am Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Nesting Pine Warbler, R'ham County
5/20/18 8:56 am Michael Mayer via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Link to E-bird Report (and photos) for Anhinga at Lake Accotink
5/20/18 7:56 am Michael Mayer via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Anhingas at Lake Accotink (very likely) - Fairfax County
5/19/18 7:44 pm Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Roosting Whip-poor-will in Union Springs, R'ham County
5/19/18 5:36 pm barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Warbler Party at Route 50 connector trail to Fairfax's CCT
5/19/18 5:12 pm Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Huntley Meadows in the rain
5/19/18 4:37 pm Kurt via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Black-billed Cuckoo at Upperville SE
5/19/18 2:42 pm Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Birds East of Richmond
5/19/18 12:58 pm Ed Wallace via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Leesylvania - Whimbrels this morning
5/18/18 2:39 pm Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kerr Lake Dam Area
5/18/18 2:27 pm Brian Sykes via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] And then there were fifteen
5/18/18 10:54 am Lucy Uncu via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bay Breasted Warblers still at Eakin Park
5/17/18 6:04 pm Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Least Tern at pond on Middlesex Drive (Loudoun)
5/17/18 5:16 pm Nicole Pool Hutcheson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Nighthawks in Sterling, VA
5/17/18 3:26 pm David Boltz via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Long-tailed Duck on Lake Frederick- Frederick County
5/17/18 3:06 pm Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Chuck-will's-widow Rockingham Co
5/17/18 2:04 pm Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Dickcissels- Charles City County
5/17/18 9:03 am Patti Reum via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Highland County
5/17/18 2:39 am David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bicknell's Thrush Weyanoke Sanctuary
5/16/18 2:34 pm Bill McGovern via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Ft Belvoir--- Nesting Ospreys and Migrating Orioles
5/16/18 1:28 pm Mel Hampton via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Common yellowthroat, Alexandria, VA
5/16/18 10:27 am P 3 via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Tanager ID Question
5/16/18 9:44 am Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Geese raising duckling
5/16/18 8:29 am Nylia via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] (no subject)
5/16/18 5:30 am Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Recent Birding in Rockbridge County
5/16/18 4:37 am Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Monticello Park, Alexandria, VA 5/15/18
5/15/18 3:55 pm Donald Sweig via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Mississippi Kites: No.Va.
5/15/18 3:16 pm barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Clark's Crossing (Fairfax) Indigo Buntings, etc.
5/15/18 12:29 pm Lucy Uncu via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bay-breasted Warblers galore at Eakin Park, Fairfax
5/15/18 10:02 am William Young via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Adult Mississippi Kites near Monticello Park in Alexandria
5/15/18 9:48 am Dolores Keeler via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] apologies for "spam"
5/15/18 9:34 am Rob Bielawski via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Early May Summary of Bird Sightings for Virginia Beach
5/15/18 9:01 am Gerry Hawkins via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, week ending 5-14-18
5/15/18 8:41 am Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Leesyvlania State Park, 5/15
5/15/18 8:31 am David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bicknell's Thrush Weyanoke Sanctuary Norfolk, VA
5/15/18 7:57 am Ashley Peele via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] SW VA hotspots and VABBA2 milestones
5/15/18 5:31 am Bill Bickel via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] good warbler day Falls Church yard
5/15/18 5:03 am Rich Rieger via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] apologies for "spam"
5/15/18 1:58 am Edward Eder via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Occoquan NWR .. American Bittern, Least Bittern, King rails on May 14
5/15/18 12:16 am M Rieger Rich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] (no subject)
5/14/18 9:39 pm P 3 via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Eastern Shore Birding
5/14/18 8:31 pm Herbert Larner via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Eastern Shore Birding
5/14/18 7:27 pm Dave Youker via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Anhinga at Harwoods Mill (York Co)
5/14/18 7:06 pm kurtcapt87--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] On the Atlas Trail, May 12-13, 2018
5/14/18 3:27 pm Thomas Nardone via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] eBird -- Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve -- May 13, 2018
5/14/18 3:07 pm Harry Glasgow via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.
5/14/18 2:50 pm Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] bird behavior fun (Waxwings at EC Lawrence Park)
5/14/18 2:32 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Blackpoll Warblers
5/14/18 9:45 am Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Dickcissel, alder flycatcher, Bristoe Balltefield
5/14/18 6:06 am Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Dickcissel, Bristoe Station Battlefield
5/14/18 5:44 am Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 2 and 3 Mississippi Kites in Alexandria, VA
5/14/18 4:04 am Kristine Lansing via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 05/13/2018 (Fairfax County)
5/13/18 3:33 pm B. Beamer via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Mississippi Kite
5/13/18 12:11 pm Ron Vogel via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] More from Occoquan Bay NWR--King Rails and Cuckoos
5/13/18 11:48 am Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Clarks's Crossing Park in Vienna, Fairfax County: Warblers and more
5/13/18 10:17 am Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR, glossy ibis, warblers
5/13/18 8:47 am Bryan Henson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] LWC Algonkian - Sanctuary Trail group walk results (Loudoun)
5/13/18 8:27 am Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Glissy ibis, Occoquan Bay NWR
5/12/18 5:54 pm Elton Morel via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] NVBC walk at Aquia Landing Park and Crow's Nest NAP, Stafford county, May 12, 2018
5/12/18 5:34 pm Alyssa Freeman via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] loud, paired notes (Indigo Bunting with a megaphone)
5/12/18 5:03 pm Bill Bickel via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Shenandoah Park and Falls Church back yard
5/12/18 1:37 pm Bryan Henson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Banshee Reeks monthly walk results (Loudoun)
5/12/18 1:19 pm Patrick Malone via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] birds on the Potomac this morning
5/12/18 10:30 am David Davis via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Tanager ID Question
5/12/18 9:03 am Peter Frechtel via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kent Gardens Park in McLean: Wilson's and Tennessee warblers
5/12/18 8:03 am Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kentucky Warblers
5/11/18 7:52 pm Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Two Peregrines in Herndon (Fairfax County)
5/11/18 6:28 pm Daniel Joslyn via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] My article about birding in Chesapeake on our new blog
5/11/18 1:16 pm Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Wilson's and Canada Warblers- Fluvanna County
5/11/18 11:49 am Phil Silas via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bobolinks - Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, May 11, 2018
5/11/18 9:14 am Jeff Holmes via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] (no subject)
5/11/18 8:39 am Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Leesyvlania State Park, least flycatcher, warblers
5/10/18 8:25 pm Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Displaying Am. Woodcock, R'ham County
5/10/18 12:08 pm Herbert Larner via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Birding Rockingham County
5/10/18 10:38 am Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Monticello Park, Alexandria, VA - May 10, 2018
5/10/18 8:23 am Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 10+ Red Crossbills; 11 warbler species
5/9/18 5:52 pm Patrick Malone via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] eagles on GW Parkway nest in Arlington
5/9/18 10:12 am P 3 via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Red Crossbills in the Blue Ridge
5/9/18 5:16 am Cabe, Paul via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Red Crossbills in the Blue Ridge
5/9/18 4:37 am Janet Paisley via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Cape May Warblers among others
5/9/18 3:53 am Emily Southgate via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Whip-poor-will in Loudoun County
5/8/18 8:35 pm Mary Ann Good via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Cape May Warblers galore (15+), Saturday in Loudoun Co.
5/8/18 6:40 pm David Davis via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Help with ID - Female Tanager
5/8/18 4:59 pm Jeff Blalock via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Tobacco Heritage Trail - Boydton
5/8/18 4:08 pm Peter Frechtel via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kent Gardens Park in McLean: hooded warbler
5/8/18 1:10 pm Lee Atwood via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fascinating discussion, 'Bird Sounds Decoded', by Nathan Pieplow, author of new Peterson Guide to Bird Sounds
5/8/18 12:51 pm Rexanne Bruno via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] VSO Annual Meeting in Harrisonburg, May 18-20, 2018
5/8/18 9:33 am Rich Rieger via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] yellow-bellied FC at Huntley Meadows
5/8/18 7:32 am Tom Thomas via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Marriott Ranch near Hume VA
5/8/18 6:41 am Sally Knight via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Black-billed Cuckoo, Stafford, VA
5/8/18 4:18 am Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Dora Kelley Park in Alexandria, VA - 5/7/18
5/8/18 3:48 am Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 5/7/18 - Mississippi Kite in Alexandria, VA
5/7/18 8:22 pm P 3 via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Ovenbird nest, Yellow-throated Warbler in Union Springs, R'ham County
5/7/18 8:15 pm Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Ovenbird nest, Yellow-throated Warbler in Union Springs, R'ham County
5/7/18 8:02 pm Les Brooks via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Visit to entrance marsh at James River NWR along Route 10 in Prince George County
5/7/18 7:34 pm kurtcapt87--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Atlasing with Migrants May 5&6
5/7/18 7:24 pm Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] migrants in Fairfax incl. Yellow-throated Vireo
5/7/18 6:15 pm P 3 via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Gray-cheeked Thrush, 15 warblers in Union Springs, R'ham County
5/7/18 4:34 pm Bill Bickel via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Foxstone Park and Falls Church back yard
5/7/18 3:35 pm William Young via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Warblers at Monticello Park in Alexandria
5/7/18 3:11 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 6 warbler species
5/7/18 1:42 pm Harry Glasgow via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning birdwalk
5/7/18 12:49 pm Ralph via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] (no subject)
5/7/18 8:35 am Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Leesylvania State Park, 24 warbler species
5/7/18 7:29 am Joel Martin via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Loggerhead Shrike, Dickcissel at Mutton Hunk Fen, Accomack County
5/7/18 6:58 am mbrubin via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rose-breasted Grosbeck
5/7/18 6:36 am MrNussbaum.com via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Rose-breasted Grosbeaks continue ...
5/7/18 6:28 am Gwbirds37 via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rose-breasted Grosbeaks continue ...
5/7/18 5:02 am Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Raven Loonatics Birdathon
5/7/18 4:31 am Laurie Grant via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Falls Church RBGB pair and indigo bunting
5/7/18 3:02 am Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bobolinks in Gordonsville (Orange) 06 May
5/6/18 3:59 pm Bill Teetz via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] VA-bird Digest, Vol 133, Issue 6
5/6/18 3:51 pm Deapesh Misra via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] UOSA (Fairfax County) - Migrants still present -- also a BBCU
5/6/18 2:59 pm Lucy Uncu via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Eakin Community Park, May 6, 2018
5/6/18 12:42 pm Gerry Hawkins via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Weekly walk at Dyke Marsh WP, Fairfax County
5/6/18 12:31 pm Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Wood Thrush nest, migrants in Union Springs, R'ham County
5/6/18 12:21 pm Colt Gregory via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Great Falls Sunday Bird walk - A banner day.
5/6/18 11:45 am charles barnard jr via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Mississippi Kite at Belle Haven/Alexandria
5/6/18 11:05 am Ann Cline via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] VA-bird Digest, Vol 133, Issue 6
5/6/18 10:23 am Michael Schultz via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Grosbeaks and Warblers
5/6/18 7:32 am Kristi DeCourcy via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at feeders
5/6/18 4:48 am Gwbirds37 via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at feeders
5/5/18 8:30 pm Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Gray-cheeked Thrush, 15 warblers in Union Springs, R'ham County
5/5/18 6:30 pm Bryan Henson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Birdathon - 'Gone Pishing' report (Loudoun)
5/5/18 5:53 pm Herbert Larner via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Big Spring Day Augusta County
5/5/18 5:30 pm Herbert Larner via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Big Spring Day Augusta County
5/5/18 4:18 pm Brian Sykes via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Chincoteague white ibis
5/5/18 2:13 pm Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Goochland County Birding
5/5/18 12:17 pm Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Trillium Trail, Thompson WMA
5/5/18 12:06 pm Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bobolinks, Harrison Road
5/5/18 10:50 am Sam Simon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] More migrants in Reston, Fairfax Co.
5/5/18 9:54 am Linda via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Boblinks
5/5/18 9:43 am Jon Little via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bobolink show/ Warren Co.
5/5/18 9:38 am Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 9 warbler species; 5/4/18
5/5/18 8:42 am Peter Frechtel via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] DC-area birding in the past week
5/4/18 3:04 pm Donald Sweig via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] BOBOLINKS
5/4/18 1:36 pm Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Breckenridge Road - Whip-poor-wills and Barred Owls
5/4/18 1:06 pm Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Leesylvania State Park, 18 warbler sp., other migrants
5/4/18 1:04 pm Lenny Bankester via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] VSO Neotropical Migrants Scholarship
5/4/18 10:55 am Vineeta Anand via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Woodpecker Question
5/4/18 10:37 am Jon Little via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] RN GREBE, COME chicks / Clarke Co
5/4/18 10:20 am William Young via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Black-billed Cuckoo Still at Monticello Park in Alexandria
5/4/18 10:01 am Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Leesylvania State Park, 18 warbler sp., other migrants
5/4/18 9:56 am John Greenwood via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Lake Accotink Bald Eagle nest
5/4/18 7:32 am Ashley Peele via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Top Atlasing Locations: Far Southwest Virginia (and Global Big Day!)
5/4/18 6:50 am Janice Frye via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Woodpecker Question
5/4/18 4:23 am Patty Elton via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Woodpecker Question
5/3/18 8:53 pm Nancy Young via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] White-crowned Sparrow Botetourt County
5/3/18 7:44 pm Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 18 warblers & other migrants, Union Springs, R'ham County
5/3/18 2:34 pm Matthew Bender via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Lots of FOS birds in and around yard (Herndon)
5/3/18 2:08 pm William Young via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Black-billed Cuckoo at Monticello Park in Alexandria
5/3/18 1:26 pm William Leigh via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fw: eBird Report - Paul State Forest, May 3, 2018
5/3/18 11:23 am Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Leesylvania migrants
5/3/18 9:30 am Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 10 warbler species
5/3/18 8:12 am Antonio Quezon via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Cerulean Warbler Song
5/2/18 6:06 pm Sam Simon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Migrants in Reston, FFX Co.
5/2/18 5:43 pm Howard Wu via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] RFI - UOSA (Fairfax County) access
5/2/18 5:33 pm Jay Pitocchelli via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Request for assistance - recordings of migrating Mourning Warbler songs
5/2/18 4:55 pm Sarah Anderson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Wood Thrush, Great Falls (Fairfax Co)
5/2/18 2:19 pm P 3 via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Augusta County area yesterday: 115 species, SB Dowitcher, Philadelphia Vireo, Foxes, Bear and more
5/2/18 1:31 pm Dixie Sommers via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Long Branch Nature Center, Arlington County
5/2/18 12:46 pm Gabriel Mapel via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Augusta County area yesterday: 115 species, SB Dowitcher, Philadelphia Vireo, Foxes, Bear and more
5/2/18 9:55 am Edward Eder via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Cerulean song
5/2/18 9:38 am Deapesh Misra via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fine Migrant day at UOSA (Fairfax County) - CAPE MAY WARBLERS and YELLOW WARBLERS
5/2/18 9:17 am Mark Flynn via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rose breasted - NOT Evening grosbeak
5/2/18 7:51 am Ron Vogel via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] black-billed cuckoo--Mason District Park
5/2/18 7:51 am Mark Flynn via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Hummers
5/2/18 7:49 am Mark Flynn via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Evening grosbeak
5/2/18 6:27 am Jim Nelson via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Bluebird Behavior Observation--Unusual?
5/2/18 6:16 am Kent Clizbe via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bluebird Behavior Observation--Unusual?
5/2/18 4:33 am Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] TUNDRA SWAN!, Spotted Sandpiper, tick -western Albemarle
5/1/18 7:16 pm Ben Jesup and Pam Koger-Jesup via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Tennessee warbler in White Oaks Park (plus highlights from the weekend, and caution about cerulean warbler song)
5/1/18 5:57 pm Jon Little via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bobolink, Yellow Warbler / Frederick Co.
5/1/18 12:40 pm Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FW: DC Area, 5/1/2018
5/1/18 12:23 pm Joanne Laskowski via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Shorebird Survey at Chincoteague NWR for April 30, 2018
5/1/18 11:54 am Deapesh Misra via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] American Pipit, UOSA - Fairfax County
5/1/18 11:32 am Brian Taber via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Sandhill Cranes at College Creek Hawkwatch
5/1/18 9:45 am Stephen Eccles via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] American Pipit, Fairfax County
5/1/18 4:26 am Janice Frye via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] A Great Weekend for the VA Breeding Bird Atlas!
4/30/18 8:07 pm kurtcapt87--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] A Great Weekend for the VA Breeding Bird Atlas!
4/30/18 7:10 pm m b via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Use of playback to see birds
4/30/18 4:28 pm Lucy Uncu via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] April 29 Eakin Park Fairfax Highlights
4/30/18 3:28 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Blue Ridge Parkway
4/30/18 2:07 pm Alyssa Freeman via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Golden-winged Warbler, no
4/30/18 11:22 am Eric Harrold via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Excessive use of owl playback?
4/30/18 10:23 am Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 16 warbler species, Leesylvania State Park
4/30/18 10:12 am Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 16 warbler species, Leesylvania State Park
4/30/18 9:25 am Adrianne Dery via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Warbler Road
4/30/18 9:04 am Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Excessive use of owl playback?
4/30/18 8:58 am Peele, Ashley via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] non sighting AT comment
4/30/18 5:36 am Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 7 warbler species Goshen Pass, Rockbridge Co
4/29/18 6:28 pm nicholas via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Great Dismal Swamp NWR highlights, 4/26-28
4/29/18 6:20 pm Harry Glasgow via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Merrimac Farm, Nokesville
4/29/18 6:05 pm Janice Frye via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] FW: REALLY excessive use of bird call
4/29/18 5:10 pm pepherup--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Spring Birds at my new home in Forest, Va.
4/29/18 2:50 pm John Rowlett via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Excessive use of owl playback?
4/29/18 2:46 pm streamwalk2 via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Sunday Great Falls Bird Walk
4/29/18 1:11 pm Vineeta Anand via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Monticello Park
4/29/18 1:10 pm Colt Gregory via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Sunday Great Falls Bird Walk
4/29/18 1:02 pm grm0803 via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FOY Hummingbird, Burke
4/29/18 11:30 am Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Leesylvania State Park
4/29/18 11:28 am John Greenwood via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Barred Owl at Roosevelt island NP
4/29/18 11:18 am Dixie Sommers via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Cold spring morning at Dyke Marsh, Fairfax County
4/29/18 11:09 am Bill Hohenstein via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Documentation of European Goldfinch
4/29/18 11:09 am Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Enjoyable Morning in Central Virginia- Golden-winged, Blue-winged Warblers
4/29/18 9:11 am Eirlys Barker via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fwd: today's FOS
4/29/18 9:05 am Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 2 FOS Ospreys--western Albemarle
4/29/18 8:51 am P 3 via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] EBIRD- SOOO HELPFUL!
4/29/18 8:48 am LesinSuffolk . via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Owls
4/29/18 8:39 am Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] FW: REALLY excessive use of bird call
4/29/18 8:26 am P 3 via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] (no subject)
4/29/18 7:39 am Eirlys Barker via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] today's FOS
4/29/18 6:55 am Brian Mannix via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Gainesville RTHU
4/29/18 6:44 am Chileddie via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Arlington County RTHU
4/29/18 6:17 am Bill Hohenstein via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] European goldfinch at cockpit rd
4/29/18 6:12 am Bill Hohenstein via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] European goldfinch at cockpit rd
4/29/18 3:21 am Elizabeth Fedorko via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Great Northumberland County Birding
4/28/18 8:28 pm Suzanne Malone via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Yard Birds
4/28/18 7:44 pm Janice Frye via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fwd: FW: REALLY excessive use of bird call
4/28/18 7:38 pm Donald Sweig via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Yard Birds
4/28/18 6:23 pm David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fwd: [MASSBIRD] NYT article
4/28/18 6:17 pm Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] FW: REALLY excessive use of bird call
4/28/18 5:00 pm Janice Frye via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] FW: REALLY excessive use of bird call
4/28/18 4:29 pm P 3 via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Great horned owl in dream
4/28/18 4:09 pm David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] corrected link to NYT article re: shorebirds facing extinction
4/28/18 3:17 pm Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] REALLY excessive use of bird call
4/28/18 12:57 pm Janis Stone via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] REALLY excessive use of bird call
4/28/18 11:37 am David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] heartbreaking NYT article re: shorebirds facing extinction
4/28/18 9:56 am Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 17 warbler species and other stuff, Leesylvania SP
4/28/18 8:35 am Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Yard Birds
4/28/18 7:04 am Suzanne Malone via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] REALLY excessive use of bird call
4/28/18 5:14 am Donald Sweig via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Yard Birds
4/28/18 12:44 am P 3 via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] REALLY excessive use of bird call
4/28/18 12:41 am P 3 via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] REALLY excessive use of bird call
4/27/18 8:04 pm Edward Eder via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Huntley Meadows
4/27/18 2:23 pm P 3 via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] non sighting AT comment
4/27/18 1:46 pm Jeff Blalock via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Indigo Buntings
4/27/18 12:40 pm Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] REALLY excessive use of bird call
4/27/18 12:37 pm Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] western Albemarle--FOS Worm-eating Warbler
4/27/18 12:15 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Crozet, VA 4/27/18
4/27/18 12:02 pm Herbert Larner via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Morning birding Augusta County
4/27/18 8:10 am Deapesh Misra via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Cerulean Warbler - UOSA (Fairfax County)
4/27/18 7:32 am Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Cerulean Warbler
4/27/18 7:14 am m b via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] non sighting AT comment
4/26/18 5:08 pm Jennifer Elmer via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] (no subject)
4/26/18 5:01 pm Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] western Albemarle--female, immature male Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Rc Kinglet
4/26/18 4:34 pm Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FOS Scarlet Tanager & other migrants, R'ham County
4/26/18 4:14 pm Patti Reum via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Highland Co. New Hampden
4/26/18 2:42 pm James Fox via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Virginia Rail - Abram's Creek(Frederick County)
4/26/18 2:08 pm Tom Thomas via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Binocular cleaning
4/26/18 9:44 am Ashley Peele via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Atlasing the Appalachian Trail
4/26/18 7:00 am Gwbirds37 via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] influx of Wood Thrushes overnight
4/25/18 3:29 pm Joanne Laskowski via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Shorebird survey for April 24, 2018
4/25/18 1:21 pm Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Leesylvania State Park prothonotary warbler
4/25/18 11:16 am Jean Tatalias via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Bles Park, Apr 25, 2018
4/25/18 10:17 am Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Crozet, VA 4/25/18
4/25/18 6:05 am Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FOS Rose-breasted Grosbeak!--western Albemarle
4/24/18 2:52 pm David White via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FOS Chimney Swifts
4/24/18 1:51 pm William Walsh via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bles Park, Loudoun County
4/24/18 1:14 pm Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FW: DC Area, 4/24/2018
4/24/18 11:47 am Gabriel Mapel via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Cattle Egret (Augusta County)
4/24/18 9:16 am charles barnard jr via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Northern Shrike at Sully Woodlands/Centreville
4/24/18 8:22 am Peter Doherty via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] American Piping at Back Bay NWR
4/23/18 7:44 pm Scott Rauland via eBird via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Scott Rauland has shared an eBird checklist with you from Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve on Apr 22, 2018 - 8:00 AM
4/23/18 4:59 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] American Bittern
4/23/18 4:17 pm morann--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FOS Hummer
4/23/18 4:04 pm Harry Glasgow via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
4/23/18 3:48 pm morann--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FOS Indigo Bunting
4/23/18 12:17 pm Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] warbling vireo, Leesylvania State Park
4/23/18 9:45 am John Greenwood via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Update: Bald Eagle nest; Ft Bennet/Palisades Trail, Arlington
4/23/18 7:42 am Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Cliff Swallows in Clarke County, VA
4/22/18 6:36 pm Mike McMahan via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Whippoorwill
4/22/18 3:53 pm Les Brooks via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Late report 4/20/18 Visit to Rappahannock River Valley NWR and the National Fish Hatchery in Charles City County off Route 5
4/22/18 3:10 pm Kristine Lansing via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 04/22/2018 (Fairfax County)
4/22/18 3:09 pm philkenny--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fwd: Conway-Robinson State Forest , 22-abr-2018
4/22/18 3:05 pm Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Orchard oriole, Woodbridge
4/22/18 12:16 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Crozet, VA; 4/22/18
4/22/18 11:02 am Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] early Empid, Fauquier, 22 April
4/22/18 10:31 am Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Apr 22, 2018
4/22/18 10:12 am Janet Paisley via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Warblers, Vireos at Observatory Hill, Albemarle County
4/22/18 10:00 am Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Great-crested flycatcher, hooded and wormn-eating warblers, Prince William Co.
4/22/18 9:01 am Constance L Arness via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Blue-winged warbler
4/22/18 8:32 am Saundra Byrd via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Dead GH Owl Accomack
4/22/18 4:45 am Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Saturday birds in Rockbridge Co
4/21/18 12:24 pm Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Huntley Meadows merganser correction
4/21/18 12:14 pm Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Huntley Meadows Hike-Bike Trail: Migrants and Breeders
4/21/18 12:01 pm Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Huntley Meadows Hike-Bike Trail: Migrants and Breeders
4/21/18 11:26 am Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FOS Wood Thrush, Yellow-throated Warbler in Highland County
4/21/18 11:21 am Bill Hohenstein via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Crow's Nest - Stafford County
4/21/18 10:36 am Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Leesylvania State Park swallows and other migrants
4/21/18 10:32 am Herbert Larner via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] VA Shenandoah Wetland Bank
4/21/18 7:29 am Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Cliff and bank swallows, Leesylvania SP
4/21/18 5:32 am George Martin via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Seasonal Overlap - FOY Catbird; Junco Remaining in Burke
4/21/18 5:09 am Scott Byrd via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Cattle Egrets continue in King George
4/20/18 7:24 pm Nancy Young via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FOS Catbird and RT Hummer
4/20/18 4:09 pm Scott Byrd via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Cattle Egrets in King George
4/20/18 4:05 pm Scott Byrd via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Cattle Egrets in King George
4/20/18 1:32 pm David Young via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 2 FOY birds - Reston
4/20/18 1:02 pm Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Meadowwood Recreation Area, Fairfax Co.
4/20/18 12:17 pm Andrew Hawkins via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Briery Branch Gap
4/20/18 11:57 am Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Blue Ridge Parkway; 4/20/18
4/20/18 9:52 am Tom Thomas via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] FOS Indigo Bunting
4/20/18 9:30 am morann--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FOS Catbird
4/20/18 8:03 am Ron Vogel via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Mason District Park 4/20
4/20/18 4:26 am Lori B via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Arlington birding events (ARMN)
 
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Date: 5/20/18 7:11 pm
From: Cheryl Coogan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Common nighthawk, Woodbridge
We saw about 6 nighthawks flying over the Potomac on the Virginia side of
Chain Bridge tonight. Same time around 7.30 pm.

About 15 black and turkey vultures were circling to roost too.

On Sun, May 20, 2018, 7:52 PM Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <
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> At 7:36pm a common nighthawk flew over my house in Woodbridge, Prince
> William Co, peenting and heading north
>
> Marc Ribaudo
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Date: 5/20/18 6:41 pm
From: Sam Simon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Chuck-will's-widow in Reston, VA
This evening I heard a Chuck-will's-widow calling from the Walker Nature
Center in Reston, Fairfax Co. Seems a lot farther north than it should be,
and definitely a bird I never expected to get here. The last Fairfax Co.
record in eBird was in 2006, but there are some more recent ones in
Maryland just across the Potomac.
I got within about 30 feet of it to make sure it wasn't someone playing a
recording. Perhaps it was thrown off by all the bad weather last week?
It sang on and off for about 10 minutes. Below is a link to the recording
I got.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1qm4TzXE99PV54A525eOA9ktYV8M9lnpu

~Sam Simon
Reston, Fairfax Co.
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Date: 5/20/18 5:52 pm
From: Rich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Test
Sending a test from my iPhone

Rich

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Date: 5/20/18 4:48 pm
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Common nighthawk, Woodbridge
At 7:36pm a common nighthawk flew over my house in Woodbridge, Prince William Co, peenting and heading north

Marc Ribaudo

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Date: 5/20/18 2:11 pm
From: Janice Frye via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Anhingas at Lake Accotink (very likely) - Fairfax County
15 were seen 5/6/18 at Dutch Gap during a Va. Tech CMI training event.
Maybe they picked up a few more since then?

Jan Frye
Richmond

On Sun, May 20, 2018, 1:05 PM Michael Mayer via VA-bird <
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> Just had a group of 15 or so birds on my after church walk that I am
> almost completely certain were Anhinga kettling and drifting far overhead
> toward the east. I was on a wooded trail so I didn’t get long views
> through the trees, they were pretty far up, and I had left the camera in
> the car so only poor photos from my phone. Will attach photos to my ebird
> checklist later but not sure either is definitive. I tried to make them
> cormorants but cross-like shape, long pointed bills, and soaring without
> flapping make this unlikely. I believe one had a brown neck and I saw a
> terminal white tail band on one but they were far up and I was scrambling
> to try to get pics. Quite possible they will hit the Potomac and may move
> along it. If this were Florida I wouldn’t doubt the ID. Will repost later
> if pics prove me wrong but wanted to get word out even though they may be
> impossible to chase.
>
> Mike Mayer
> Alexandria, VA
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Date: 5/20/18 1:42 pm
From: Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Breckenridge Rd - Whip-poor-wills; Leesylvania SP - Gray-cheeked Thrush, waning warblers, Pr. William Co.
Reached Breckenridge Rd. around 5 AM, and one Whip-poor-will was singing just past the first right turn. Around 5:30 AM, two more Whip-poor-wills joined the first, one east of Breckenridge Rd. opposite the first right turn and one west very close to Joplin Rd.

Arrived at Leesylvania SP around sunrise, though that was hidden by clouds. Warblers were hard to come by this morning, though I did see 10 species, highlight was 2 male and 1 female Bay-breasted Warblers moving together with, what else, Red-eyed Vireos.

On my way out, I walked back towards the check-in station from the Powell's Creek Trail parking lot, and found a Gray-cheeked Thrush feeding very near three Carolina Wrens.

Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA

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Date: 5/20/18 11:53 am
From: Kristine Lansing via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 05/20/2018 (Fairfax County)
Following is the tally from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified approximately 40 species and included 18 participants.  With the deluge of the past few days having lifted, everyone and everything seemed to be enjoying the sun:  

- the bevy of Blackpoll Warblers (including one tricky female) buzzing in various trees

- the solitary Olive-sided Flycatcher perched atop a snag against an azure sky

- a six-inch skink and a small Black Rat Snake, separately taking advantage of the warmth

- a squirrel performing a pirouette in the grass
- and a Park police horse who really didn't feel like working today and who made a half-hearted break for freedom across the picnic area. 

The thrill of birding is that one just never knows what one might see.

As the river was running high and fast, the upper portions of the park were closed to both foot and vehicular traffic; therefore this tally reflects only the first portion of the standard walk (i.e., the overlooks, picnic area, and Matildaville Basin).
For participants:  if you did not receive, but would like, a shared copy of the original eBird report, please don't hesitate to contact me.  
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  24
Mallard  2
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  9
Black Vulture  8
Turkey Vulture  15
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Barred Owl  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Olive-sided Flycatcher  1    Observed very clearly by multiple members of the group, perched atop a snag in full sunlight.  A photograph was obtained and will be uploaded to eBird for the record, although the image is indistinct.
Eastern Wood-Pewee  3
Great Crested Flycatcher  5
Warbling Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  7
Blue Jay  4
Fish Crow  1
crow sp.  1
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  9
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Carolina Wren  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  9
Eastern Bluebird  4
American Robin  2
Cedar Waxwing  80    Multiple flocks of Cedar Waxwings observed in different sections of the park, and in varying numbers.
Louisiana Waterthrush  2    Auditory
American Redstart  1
Northern Parula  2    Auditory
Blackpoll Warbler  8    Includes one female Blackpoll.
Chipping Sparrow  4
Scarlet Tanager  2    Male and female.
Northern Cardinal  11
Indigo Bunting  3
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Common Grackle  1
American Goldfinch  10

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45862571

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



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Date: 5/20/18 10:45 am
From: Vineeta Anand via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Monticello Park
I saw my FOS ruby-throated hummingbird at the Monticello Park today, along
with a scarlet tanager and a Bay-breasted warbler, kindly identified by
Eric Dinerstein. I missed seeing the Mississippi kites flying overhead by
just a few seconds.

I also saw my FOS pipevine swallowtail butterfly in the park.

The park was packed with birders, despite the mud and the humidity.

Vineeta Anand
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Date: 5/20/18 10:39 am
From: Michael Mayer via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Forgot the link

Sorry...here it is
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45857075

Mike Mayer
Alexandria, VA
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Date: 5/20/18 9:39 am
From: Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Nesting Pine Warbler, R'ham County
Had a Pine Warbler carrying nesting material at our place this morning
before church. Also a Double-crested Cormorant on the lake.

https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S45858935



Shaphan Shank

Union Springs

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Date: 5/20/18 8:56 am
From: Michael Mayer via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Link to E-bird Report (and photos) for Anhinga at Lake Accotink
Here is the link to my E-bird report and photos for anyone interested. Photos were not better than I hoped. Two are crops of the others; I think the birds in the middle of the third photo show the shape the best.


Mike Mayer

Alexandria, VA
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Date: 5/20/18 7:56 am
From: Michael Mayer via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Anhingas at Lake Accotink (very likely) - Fairfax County
Just had a group of 15 or so birds on my after church walk that I am almost completely certain were Anhinga kettling and drifting far overhead toward the east. I was on a wooded trail so I didn’t get long views through the trees, they were pretty far up, and I had left the camera in the car so only poor photos from my phone. Will attach photos to my ebird checklist later but not sure either is definitive. I tried to make them cormorants but cross-like shape, long pointed bills, and soaring without flapping make this unlikely. I believe one had a brown neck and I saw a terminal white tail band on one but they were far up and I was scrambling to try to get pics. Quite possible they will hit the Potomac and may move along it. If this were Florida I wouldn’t doubt the ID. Will repost later if pics prove me wrong but wanted to get word out even though they may be impossible to chase.

Mike Mayer
Alexandria, VA

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Date: 5/19/18 7:44 pm
From: Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Roosting Whip-poor-will in Union Springs, R'ham County
This afternoon I walked up on an Eastern Whip-poor-will roosting on the
ground in the woods near our yard. Of course I immediately wondered if it
was nesting, but I returned later and the bird was not around, with no
evidence of eggs present either.



On another note, the Wood Thrush and Ovenbird nests both had a bird
incubating eggs a week ago, so they should be hatching sometime this coming
week.



Shaphan Shank

Union Springs

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Date: 5/19/18 5:36 pm
From: barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Warbler Party at Route 50 connector trail to Fairfax's CCT

Thanks, Lucy for steering me toward the Cross County Trail's many warblers. The birdiest part of my 4-mile CCT walk this afternoon from Route 50 past Prosperity Avenue and the two Eakin parks was literally at the start: 100 feet off Route 50 on the short connector trail to the CCT.  Another birder there recognized several Bay Breasted warblers.  I think I also photographed black and white, magnolia (?), and others.  Please help me identify them from my pix -- which aren't great since the birds were was in the dark woods. They're temporarily posted here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/DQ07W8


I also saw ovenbirds all along the CCT and an eye-level scarlet tanager between Prosperity Avenue & Barkley Drive. 

- Barb, Fairfax
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Date: 5/19/18 5:12 pm
From: Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Huntley Meadows in the rain

Stacia Novy and i birded a rainy Huntley Meadows this morning with Tim Low, a visitor from Australia. Tim is in town to speak at the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia tomorrow afternoon about his book, Where Song Began. http://audubonva.org/asnv-events/2018/3/26/audubon-afternoon-where-song-began-birds-of-australia


We were wondering how the birding would be such wet conditions, but it turned out to be an excellent morning. We saw 65 species in all with 13 species of warblers. Highlights included a prolonged look at a Prothonotary Warbler trying to eat a large Common Green Darner dragonfly, a nice view of a Red-headed Woodpecker, several Spotted Sandpipers landing on the boardwalk because of the high water, Hooded Merganser babies, and a Green Heron. Thrushes were especially plentiful with Veery, Swainson's Thrushes. Wood Thrushes and a calling Gray-cheeked Thrush. Many of the warblers were found along the boardwalk behind the observation tower. We found Blackpolls, a Bay-breasted, Magnolias, Tennessee, Black-throated Green, Black-and-white and American Redstarts. A Scarlet Tanager and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo were also in the area. At the end of the walk we watched a couple of Ovenbirds hopping around in front of the visitor center.


Larry Meade
Merrifield, VA

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Date: 5/19/18 4:37 pm
From: Kurt via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Black-billed Cuckoo at Upperville SE
VA Birders,

During atlasing today, David Ledwith and I encountered a singing Black-billed Cuckoo along Cobbler Mtn Rd in the Upperville SE block. Needless to say, this was not coded as a breeder as it was likely a migrant. There were a few other warblers along this road including singing Hooded and Kentucky which are in safe date range and hence are coded. Of interest was a singing Gray-cheeked Thrush, another migrant.

We also found a recently fledged Black Vulture in Middleburg SE, on an old house off Logmill Rd. It was with an adult, who gave it a feeding. It was quite touching when the young Black Vulture begged.

Kurt Gaskill

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Date: 5/19/18 2:42 pm
From: Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Birds East of Richmond
I toured several areas this morning including Charles City County, New Kent County and West Point.The highlights for the day were a Mississippi Kite in New Kent, two Ring-necked Ducks and four Dickcissels in Charles City.Some photographs can be found at:
http://visitingnature.com/main/aprilmay-2018/

Enjoy each day,
Allen

Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 5/19/18 12:58 pm
From: Ed Wallace via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Leesylvania - Whimbrels this morning
All,

As I am new to the area and most of you all do not know me, I am afraid to post this as I am sure it will catch the ire of the uber-birders, but here goes. Looking at the few records for this bird this far up the Potomac, I feel its important to get it out. This morning at Leesylvania Park, not long after I parked my car at 7:15, I saw five large rufous colored sandpipers with long curved beaks. Too quick a view to get a picture. They were at the first parking lot flying first toward land and then flying back out into the mist.

Another bird that made e-bird unhappy was a late Philadelphia vireo with a flock of red-eyed vireos.

All in all, my first trip to Leesylvania was great for birding (but otherwise miserable because of the rain). 64 species including 13 warbler species. Blackpolls were almost like Winter yellow-rumps.

Ed Wallace
Arlington, VA
504-343-1433

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Date: 5/18/18 2:39 pm
From: Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kerr Lake Dam Area
Stopped by Kerr Lake dam area briefly today and observed a lingering male Redhead, a female Common Merganser and above the dam one Pied-billed Grebe.
http://visitingnature.com/main/aprilmay-2018/


Enjoy each day,
Allen
Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 5/18/18 2:27 pm
From: Brian Sykes via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] And then there were fifteen
Was just looking at 50 some Glossy Ibis in a Horntown field on Fleming rd.
Accomack. Looked at phone for two minutes and now theres only fifteen!
Possibly same Ibis from several days ago in Greenbackville field. Counted
approx 100 that day. Also in field 100 laughing gull. Small flock of little
shorebirds.

Bsykes
Accomack va.
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Date: 5/18/18 10:54 am
From: Lucy Uncu via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bay Breasted Warblers still at Eakin Park
Well if we wait for the rain to stop we are never going to see anything, or
so I thought as I did my usual 4 mile round trip walk at Eakin Park (Mantua
Section) this morning. Despite the rain I did see a few warblers and heard
a few others plus there were still lots of Swainson's Thrushes around
(they seemed to be impervious to the rain!)

My short list for the walk from 10-12

Bay-breasted Warbler - two males near where the trail splits with one part
going to Rte 50 and the other to Theis Park (Pickett Rd). They were on the
section going to Rte 50

Cape May Warbler - 5 at various places including with the Bay-breasted. 4
males, one female

Chestnut-sided - 1

Common Yellowthroat - 3

Red-eyed Vireo - 6

Acadian Flycatcher- 2

Swainson's Thrush - 7

Robin -2

Bluebird- 1

Cardinals - 10?

Lucy Uncu
Falls Church
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Date: 5/17/18 6:04 pm
From: Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Least Tern at pond on Middlesex Drive (Loudoun)



Apologies for the late post, but for some reason I am unable to contribute to VA-Bird from my cell phone.


Today 17 May at 11:30 AM there was a Least Tern hunting at the pond on Middlesex Drive in Loudoun County, just W of Pleasant Valley Road and S of Route 50. This pond is popular with Terns and Gulls in the winter. The only other shore bird there today was a Spotted Sandpiper. I suppose the Tern strayed there during the recent storms.


Steve Johnson
<stevejohnson2...>

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Date: 5/17/18 5:16 pm
From: Nicole Pool Hutcheson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Nighthawks in Sterling, VA
Approximately 20 common nighthawks circling over Algonkian Park in Sterling, VA this evening.
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Date: 5/17/18 3:26 pm
From: David Boltz via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Long-tailed Duck on Lake Frederick- Frederick County
I came down to the lake hoping for some Terns or Gulls pushed down by the storm, but was more surprised by a lone female LT Duck. Present right now.

Dave Boltz

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Date: 5/17/18 3:06 pm
From: Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Chuck-will's-widow Rockingham Co
A Chuck-will's-widow is singing now at 6:00 p.m. in Fulk's Run along
Hopkin's Gap Road.



Kevin

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Date: 5/17/18 2:04 pm
From: Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Dickcissels- Charles City County
I heard and observed Dickcissels on territory in two different locations today in Charles City County.  6 singing males were noted between the two sites.The birds available to the public can be observed along Sandy Point Road on the power lines as you approach the grain silo (adjacent to the turf farm) on the right heading in.

http://visitingnature.com/main/aprilmay-2018/


Enjoy each day,
Allen
Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 5/17/18 9:03 am
From: Patti Reum via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Highland County
I see that Vic Laubach posted the Green-winged teal on Laurel Fork Rd. I
have been watching that bird, plus another male and also a female, on the
pond that he mentioned, plus a private pond nearby. I think my first
sightings were about 2 months ago.
Also saw a Prothonotary Warbler (also spotted by 2 other birders) along
the shrubs near South Branch in New Hampden. Bobolinks are back in full
force and have been for a couple of weeks.
Patti


Patti Reum
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Date: 5/17/18 2:39 am
From: David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bicknell's Thrush Weyanoke Sanctuary
It appears the Bicknell's has moved on. No sign of it yesterday morning--a
much quieter morning than the previous one. When I shared the sighting the
audio wasn't available. Now it is--and here it is. When the bird sang, I
grabbed my recorder and fortunately was able to capture one song, the very
last song in the series. Whew!! https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45703347
Dave Gibson Chesapeake, VA
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Date: 5/16/18 2:34 pm
From: Bill McGovern via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Ft Belvoir--- Nesting Ospreys and Migrating Orioles
It's May, so the ospreys are nesting on Ft. Belvoir, and, at the same
time, migrating orioles are passing through. Fortunately for birders, most
of the action for these two birds is in one small area---down by the water,
close to the Outdoor Recreation building on Warren Rd, extending from the
archery range to the new RV Park. The ospreys are more skittish than in
previous years, because the center of this area was closed to automobile
traffic about 5 years ago. The birds used to tolerate people and vehicles
quite well---but less so now.



There appear to be at least 11 active osprey nests down by the water,
plus 2 in the upper meadow on Warren Rd. Most of these nests are on
man-made platforms, though one nest is in a tree. Another four nests are in
the center of Ft Belvoir, on the lighted ball field. There are also a
number of failures started by young birds.



About the orioles, I saw more than two dozen, most of them young
orchards, plus a few Baltimores, but they are difficult to count, since they
criss-cross every which way-it's hard to avoid double counting. Also making
things interesting were a few flycatchers, warblers, bluebirds, and many
tree swallows.



For those who haven't been to Ft. Belvoir, it takes about 5 mins to get a
pass at the Visitors' Center, which is accessed by using Tulley Gate (the
southernmost gate).



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Date: 5/16/18 1:28 pm
From: Mel Hampton via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Common yellowthroat, Alexandria, VA

Seeing a common yellowthroat bopping around in a tree in our front yard, Belle View neighborhood of Alexandria, VA, 4:15 p.m., May 16
M. Hampton

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Date: 5/16/18 10:27 am
From: P 3 via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Tanager ID Question
Youre welcome David. There are also a couple of facebook groups where you can post like this for any fans. Every resource helps!

Get Outlook for Android<https://aka.ms/ghei36>

________________________________
From: VA-bird <va-bird-bounces+runningquick444=<hotmail.com...> on behalf of David Davis via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: Saturday, May 12, 2018 10:30:47 AM
To: Va-bird Listserve
Cc: Jo Ann Mills
Subject: [VA-bird] Tanager ID Question

With regard to the ID question I posted on May 9, the jurys verdict is in, and while not quite unanimous, it came out strongly in favor of Summer Tanager. Many thanks to the eleven of you who replied. Ten declared the bird a Summer Tanager; of the half who stated reasons, the common thread was large, pale bill, and wings not significantly darker than the body. The only dissenting opinionthat it was a Scarlet Tanagerwas qualified by the commenters admission of having most of his experience with Scarlet Tanagers.

As is probably obvious, I was 95% certain that it was a Summer Tanager; otherwise, I would not have posted an ID help request. My reasons were the same as those that others stated. Sadly, the bird moved on after only a two-day visit. One can only hope that she found a mate and headed off to greener pastures, er, woodlands.

Thanks again and good birding.

Dave Davis

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Date: 5/16/18 9:44 am
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Geese raising duckling
Ridgeview Park, Waynesboro, Virginia; 5/16/18. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_05_16.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_05_16.htm



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

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

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________





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Date: 5/16/18 8:29 am
From: Nylia via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] (no subject)
http://permit.bbassart.com

Nylia

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Date: 5/16/18 5:30 am
From: Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Recent Birding in Rockbridge County
Yesterday, to my surprise and pleasure, I had a Bobolink singing at my research site, Sky Farm. Their song is so beautiful and it made a lovely background noise while I checked nest boxes. I'm hoping it might stay, but I didn't hear/see a female. As a note, the closest nesting Bobolinks to Lexington that I know of are at Michael Godfrey's farm in Buffalo Gap (west of Staunton). So, Lexington/Sky Farm aren't that far away. In addition to the Bobolink, I had Ravens, a Grasshopper Sparrow, several Orchard Orioles (3-4 males), Baltimore Orioles, one Yellow-breasted Chat, Field Sparrows, too many Tree Swallows (I have 26 active nests with about 125 eggs), Bluebirds (I have 6 nests, 4 with nestlings), Barn Swallows, Red-winged Blackbirds, Grackles, and likely a few others.

At McCormick's Farm near Raphine (exit 205 on I-81), I was surprised to hear Red-headed Woodpeckers. I've never heard or seen them there. They were along the gravel road just past the first little woodlot on the right. One, the male?, was very vocal. Other birds at McCormick's Farm, Great Blue Heron, Spotted Sandpiper, Towhees, 3 Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Baltimore Orioles (sycamores near front pond), Warbling Vireos (in the sycamores near the mill), Barn Swallows and a few Cliff Swallows.

Saturday on the BRP: I birded mainly at Yankee Horse Ridge pull off (mile post 34). It's one of my favorite places to bird. Along the old logging railroad, there were Blackburnian, Black-throated Blue, Canada Warblers, Ovenbirds, Scarlet Tanagers, Redstarts, 3 vireos - Red-eyed, Blue-headed, and Yellow-throated, Wood Thrushes, Veerys, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, and a few Juncos.

If you're out looking for warblers, I'd go soon. The leaves are starting to come out up high along the P'way.

I've posted a few photos on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vmibiology/

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept

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Date: 5/16/18 4:37 am
From: Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Monticello Park, Alexandria, VA 5/15/18

Birds seen at Monticello Park, Alexandria, City of Alexandria, VA on May 15, 2018

Canada Warbler
Black and White Warbler
Blackpoll
Magnolia Warbler
Restart
Black throated Blue
Male and Female Scarlet Tanager
Yellow Rumped
Peewee

Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Date: 5/15/18 3:55 pm
From: Donald Sweig via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Mississippi Kites: No.Va.
I observed, and photographed three Mississippi kites, one perched and two flying near Green Spring Gardens Park in Fairfax County this morning.
The perched kite, a female, was eating some prey, a small bird.
I subsequently saw, and photographed, the perched kite and one of the flying birds copulate.
Later in the afternoon, I saw three Mississippi kites, one perched and two flying, up the hill from Monticello Park in Alexandria.
I saw no indication of a nest, or nest building, in the trees that either the Greenspring or Alexandria birds had used last year.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Date: 5/15/18 3:16 pm
From: barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Clark's Crossing (Fairfax) Indigo Buntings, etc.
I didn't have Larry Meade's warbler eye (or luck) at Clark's Crossing recently -- mainly because I stayed on the W&OD Trail instead of venturing far into the forest -- but I did see a Canada warbler, orchard orioles, and GOBS of male Indigo Buntings.  (One indigo looked strange with lots of orange colors.)  They are staking out the territory on the edge of the soccer field by the equestrian trail. They are also hanging out and singing up a storm all the way to Hunter Mill & nearly all the way to "downtown" Vienna.  Most I've ever seen since I've been birding there for the past few years.  Private pix (temporarily) here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/GnY8a7

- Barb, Fairfax
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Date: 5/15/18 12:29 pm
From: Lucy Uncu via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bay-breasted Warblers galore at Eakin Park, Fairfax
On our usual Eakin Park walk this morning about 10:30 we headed north on
the Cross County Trail from Prosperity and were rewarded with lots of birds
both singing and not.

The highlight was *11 Bay-breasted Warblers!* (in four separate
locations). Up til now I haven't seen a single one in Virginia so this was
really special. They were all males in breeding plumage and were very
cooperative, giving us good looks and even some semi good photos.

We also had several *Magnolia Warblers*, *Chestnut-sided Warblers,* *Yellow
Warblers*, *Common Yellowthroats*, and a single *Redstart *and* Black and
White*.

Besides Warblers we had at least *10 Acadian Flycatchers*, an equal number
of* Red-eyed Vireos* and probably at least that many *Swainson's Thrush*.
(We also saw 10 Swainson's yesterday). We heard but didn't see *Wood
Thrush.*

Of course we had the usual Grackles, American Crow, Bluebird, Titmouse,
Red-shouldered Hawks, Blue Gray Gnatcatchers, Cardinals and various
woodpeckers species.

All and all a great day!

Lucy Uncu
Falls Church, VA
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Date: 5/15/18 10:02 am
From: William Young via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Adult Mississippi Kites near Monticello Park in Alexandria
This morning near Monticello Park in Alexandria, I saw two adult
Mississippi Kites — a male and a female. The two kites copulated before
leaving the area. Photos of the two birds are included in the eBird report
I submitted to the Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas:
https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S45701573. The adults were seen by
people in the neighborhood two days ago, and someone else saw them
copulating yesterday.
Mississippi Kites were first observed last year at Monticello Park on May
14, and many people were able to observe a pair of kites who nested the
same general area. Mississippi Kites build flimsy nests, and while the
birds might be faithful to a particular area, they usually need to build a
new nest rather than trying to reuse a nest in a subsequent year. If you
want to see a video about last year’s kites, go to
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7O1-SWtgdb0.
Best,
William Young
Arlington, VA
www.MPNature.com <http://www.mpnature.com/>
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Date: 5/15/18 9:48 am
From: Dolores Keeler via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] apologies for "spam"
Thanks for the heads up, Rich. I'm not a fan of my email provider, but they did a good job on this--I found it in my spam box.

Lori Keeler

> On May 15, 2018 at 8:02 AM Rich Rieger via VA-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
>
>
> Hi Folks - woke up this morning to see lots of returned emails -
>
> Looks like someone or something go hold of my password and sent out one of those weird emails w. a link attached.
>
> Any Va-Bird emails that come thru from
>
> M Rich Rieger -
>
> should be deleted -
>
> Password has been changed, so hope all is good for now.
>
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Date: 5/15/18 9:34 am
From: Rob Bielawski via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Early May Summary of Bird Sightings for Virginia Beach
Fellow Birders,

The full write-up with ~100 photographs, and hyperlinks to all the
mentioned eBird reports / sources is available on the web here:
http://www.beachbirding.com/journal/pe-20180510 Past entries available
here: http://www.beachbirding.com/journal-index/

The first few days of May were well-defined by the large-scale movement of
thrushes into Virginia Beach, with the expected Veery, Swainson’s and
Gray-cheeked Thrushes all accounted for at numerous locations that boast
proper habitat. Higher counts of warblers, and stronger diversity also rose
during early May, and in general, passerine numbers soared above prior
reporting periods! Bolstered by southerly winds, strong movements of
northbound migrants occurred overnight on 2-3, 3-4, & 4-5 May (the nights
of a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). With this burst of warm weather &
arriving migrants, coupled with eBird’s “Global Big Day” event occurring on
5 May (a Saturday), Virginia Beach saw incredible numbers of checklists
from local birders. Overall, top records for early May in Virginia Beach
included new rarity reports for TENNESSEE WARBLER, WARBLING VIREO,
NASHVILLE WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, PAINTED
BUNTING, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN & WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, along with
continuing rarity reports for COMMON GALLINULE & ANHINGA! At this point in
the season, the volume of new species arrivals has waned considerably, with
early first-of-season (FOS) records for only RED KNOT and with arrivals on
or after average expected dates for GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, MAGNOLIA WARBLER,
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER & BOBOLINK. This is due to most species’ spring
arrival dates occurring by the end of Apr, so by the time we reach the
month of May (in an average year), late spring departures are likely to
produce more reports than new spring arrivals, and as such, this reporting
period we saw records in this vein for RING-NECKED DUCK, AMERICAN WOODCOCK,
AMERICAN PIPIT, PALM WARBLER (WESTERN) & MERLIN!

Among the large movement of warblers and various other passerines on the
morning of 5 May (a Saturday), a miraculous TENNESSEE WARBLER found in the
vegetation lining the “sparrow field” north of Back Bay NWR’s visitor
contact station (ph. June McDaniels) provided our rarest observation for
the early May reporting period! A very rare transient here in southeast
Virginia during the spring season, this report represents the first
individual to be photographically documented in Virginia Beach and
submitted to eBird, outside of the fall season (when the species is also
rare, but slightly less so). In fact, this is only the third spring record
listed for the city, with one record on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
(perhaps during a fallout of migrants?) on 8 May 2016, and the only other
record being an individual noted on 17 May 1997 at First Landing SP. What
was likely this same individual was observed at the park, though along the
Bay Trail this time, on 9 May (obs. Karen & Tom Beatty). Another individual
was reported at Lake Lawson & Lake Smith Natural Area on 6 May (obs.
Timothy Barry).

With only 4 prior records in eBird (all in spring) for the City of Virginia
Beach, a WARBLING VIREO at Back Bay NWR on 6 May (ph. Andrew Baldelli & Rob
Bielawski) made for an exciting spring coastal record! Known as a rare
transient throughout the coastal plain, and even more scarce here in the
extreme southeast due to its typical migration following the Blue Ridge en
route to the northeast, this record is the first and (currently) the only
Atlantic-coastal record south of Cape Henlopen, Delaware thus far for 2018!
Additionally, this is the first photographically documented record for
Virginia Beach in eBird. As far as recent records go, a well-described
individual was noted 11 Apr 2017 at Carolanne Farms Park in western
Virginia Beach (obs. Brandon Holland) and a vocalizing individual was found
at Back Bay NWR on 12 May 2016 (obs. Karen & Tom Beatty) and remained at
the same location through 14 May. Prior to this, eBird records are very
scarce, with only one noted at First Landing SP’s former songbird banding
station on 5 May 2012 (obs. Calvin Brennan), and lastly, a single bird at
Back Bay NWR on 17 May 1996 (obs. Edward Brinkley). The 2018 individual was
noted again later in the day on 6 May (obs. Mike Collins), and was viewed
the following day, 7 May, in the same general area (obs. Jason Schatti), as
well as on 9 May (ph. Mike Collins, obs. Karen & Tom Beatty, ph. Rob
Bielawski & Jason Schatti). All observations of the bird occurred in the
dense vegetation along the western half of the Bay Trail (now with a sign
posted at its base, noting its inclusion in the regional, Reese Lukei
Raptor Trail, but still being individually titled the Bay Trail as before).

With a miraculous two records occurring this period, we increased our total
number of spring records for NASHVILLE WARBLER (in eBird) from one to
three! An individual was noted at a private residence in Hunt Club Forest
on 7 May (obs. Karen & Tom Beatty), and then two days later on 9 May,
another individual was observed on private property near Lake Smith (obs.
Tracy Tate). The only prior spring record for the species here in Virginia
Beach occurred way back on 3 May 2010 at Red Wing Lake Golf Course (obs.
Karen & Tom Beatty). Typically, this species is more expected here on the
coast during fall migration where counts of 2, 3 or even 4 have been
observed on good mornings; this is clearly a rare spring transient worth
familiarizing yourself with and looking for right now!

A second (though at the time of submission it was the first) report for
CAPE MAY WARBLER occurred on 1 May at Back Bay NWR (ph. Mike Collins), and
marked the very first photographically documented spring record for the
species in the city for eBird! Observed along what was then-still-called
the “Bay Trail” (see above note about the new name), what is likely to have
been this same individual was observed again on 4 May (ph. Karen & Tom
Beatty), and in the early morning hours of 5 May (obs. Brandon Holland).
Like the prior species mentioned above, Cape May Warbler’s occurrence in
Virginia Beach during the spring months has been very scarce. The only
prior records listed in eBird are for an individual observed on 17 Apr 2017
(obs. Karen & Tom Beatty), one at Back Bay NWR on 11 May 2013 (obs. David
Clark) and another at the same location on 11 May 1997 (obs. Edward
Brinkley). After this 2018 bird was reported, an earlier report of one
popped up at Lake Smith for 28 Apr (obs. Tracy Tate), and since the Late
April report was written prior to this, I felt it best to mention it here.

Next up on the list of rarities was another second record for the spring
season, and the first to be photographically recorded. A non-vocalizing
YELLOW-THROATED VIREO was observed working through the deciduous canopy
along the marshy side of the woodland trail at Stumpy Lake NA on 1 May (ph.
Rob Bielawski), interestingly staying in close company with a Blue-headed
Vireo. The only prior report for 2018 pertains to a sight record of an
individual at West Neck Creek NA on 21 Apr (Karen & Tom Beatty). Quoting
from last reporting period, “this is a species that we may see one or two
records for each spring in Virginia Beach, and coupled with the difficulty
for many birders to properly differentiate between it and the superficially
similar Pine Warbler, it flags as rare in eBird even in the somewhat
expected months of April & May. In 2017, we didn’t have any records in the
latter half of the year, and only two individuals were noted overall. The
first, found at Stumpy Lake NA on 1 May (obs. David Clark), continued the
following day, but then our only other record was an
audio-recorded-individual on Muddy Creek Road on 3 Jun (aud. Karen & Tom
Beatty), which was quite a surprise since it was the first Jun record in
the city since 1992 in eBird.”

A highly unexpected find here during the month of May, a female or
immature-type PAINTED BUNTING was discovered at Back Bay NWR right near the
stop sign that marks the southern terminus of the visitor center’s eastern
parking lot on 2 May (ph. Steve Myers). While Painted Buntings have become
an annual winter resident in Virginia Beach, frequenting feeders in several
neighborhoods, their occurrence in public spaces has remained scarce and
therefore opportunities for most birders to observe them has followed suit.
Back Bay NWR has been the most reliable public location though, and during
migration, one or two individuals do tend to show up each year. Recent
examples of this include an individual photographed near the final bend in
the entry road before the parking lot on 23 Sep 2017 (ph. Michael Mayer),
and an individual noted in the ‘sparrow field’ north of the visitor center
on 13 Oct 2016 (ph. Andrew Baldelli) that remained nearby through at least
5 Nov 2016. Each of these records also pertain to female/immature-plumaged
birds. The only recent report of an adult male (the more colorful plumage
type) observed in a publicly viewable space was an individual observed
during the Back Bay Christmas Bird Count on 29 Dec 2017 along Muddy Creek
Road (ph. Karen & Tom Beatty).

A very unexpected May record occurred when a flock of twelve AMERICAN WHITE
PELICANS was observed in northbound flight above the entrance causeway to
Stumpy Lake NA on 1 May (ph. Rob Bielawski). A first eBird record for the
park, this also represents the farthest inland report for Virginia Beach,
with almost all prior reports being purely coastal occurrences. Notable
exceptions to this include a single individual resting on the smaller,
southern pond of Sherwood Lakes from 12-13 Jan (obs. Mike Collins), a group
of three birds flying over Interstate 264 on 27 Jan 2016 (obs. David
Clark), and a flock of thirteen soaring over the Lesser Goldfinch stakeout
site on 28 Nov 2016 (ph. Jeffrey Blalock / Adam D’Onofrio/ Mike Stinson /
Clyde Wilson). Also notable, the only other May record for this species in
the city (according to eBird at least) occurred way back on 9 May 1982
(obs. Barry Kinzie) up at JEB Fort Story. Records tend to slide into May
each year at Hog Island WMA in Surry County, and it is possible, perhaps
even likely, that this is where this flock of twelve was heading for.

Last for the list of “new” rarities this period, a single immature
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was reported at Back Bay NWR on 7 May (obs. James
Marcum). With only a few scattered records of individual birds so far in
2018, and the fact that White-throated Sparrows outnumber this species
about 1,000 to 1 in the city, any observation is worth noting. Typically
during the fall, this species is reliably reported (Sep/Oct) during larger
scale sparrow movements, but it’s report frequency in the winter and in the
spring are both quite low. The vast majority of individuals observed are
immature-plumaged birds, and full adults have been very rarely recorded,
which is unfortunate because they are quite striking to see!

In terms of continuing rarities, the two COMMON GALLINULES first observed
at Princess Anne WMA’s Whitehurst Tract on 15 Apr (ph. Rob Bielawski) were
again reported during early May. Thanks in part to the eBird “Global Big
Day” event, this pair of potentially breeding birds were detected in the
early morning (well before dawn) hours of the day on 5 Apr (obs. Andrew
Baldelli & Tracy Tate). For the first time, the pair was heard vocalizing
to one another (likely due to the time of day for the observation, while
other reports have been during daylight hours). Their occurrence in the
park’s heavily vegetated impoundments, which provide an extreme amount of
hiding space and seems to be a perfect habitat for a pair to successfully
breed. Perhaps a confirmation for the 2nd Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas will
come out of Whitehurst Tract this season? As always, please remember that
this is a Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries site, and as such,
it requires all individuals present to have either a fishing license or a
WMA access permit, either of which can be purchased online.

Last for the rarities this period, what is likely to have been one of the
continuing AHINGA was reported at Stumpy Lake NA on 5 May (obs. Andrew
Baldelli & Tracy Tate). First observed over a month prior at this location,
on 2 Apr (obs. Andrew Baldelli), up to three individuals have been noted
this spring (peak count occurred 13 Apr). With counts reaching as high as
18 individuals recently outside of Richmond, VA and a report of 19 in
Fauquier County, it seems likely that many more have passed by us in
Virginia Beach. Stumpy Lake NA has been the most reliable location for the
species in year’s past, and so far in 2018 only one other report has
occurred in the city away from this location, that being an individual at
West Neck Creek NA on 19 Apr (ph. Charlie Bruggemann). Like Mississippi
Kites, this species seems to be reported more often as the years go on, and
is becoming more expected during Apr & May as a whole throughout Virginia’s
coastal plain.

Springtime arrivals have now reached the point in the season where their
diversity has waned considerably. Moving forward, we’ll be seeing far more
in the way of departures than arrivals. That said, we did have four new
“expected” species with arrival dates in early May! These included an early
arrival for RED KNOT when one was observed on 5 May (five days earlier than
average) at Back Bay NWR (obs. Brandon Holland). On-time, or later than
average arrivals also occurred for GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH on 1 May (one day
later than average) at West Neck Creek NA (obs. Karen & Tom Beatty),
MAGNOLIA WARBLER on 7 May (seven days late) at Back Bay NWR (obs. James
Marcum) and for WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER on 7 May (seven days late) found
near Marina Shores (ph. Andrew Baldelli). A final first-of-season species
was BOBOLINK, with a flock of 50+ individuals being found on 5 May (ten
days late) along Back Bay Landing Rd. (ph. Eric Alton & Tamara Conklin).
This flock was present the following day between the two 90° bends in the
road before the boat ramp, and two additional flocks were also found. The
first, another group of 50+ individuals was noted on 6 May in the fields
west of Charity Neck Rd. between Pleasant Ridge Rd. and Robinson Rd. (ph.
Andrew Baldelli & Rob Bielawski), and the third group was found in the
field housing a grain elevator near the intersection of Indian River Rd.
and West Neck Rd. (ph. Rob Bielawski). All three locations featured the
exact same habitat, tall fields of wheat with plentiful seeds at the top of
the roughly 5’ tall vegetation. The initial flock at Back Bay Landing Rd.
was extensively documented, with many other observers from 5-9 May, and
with photographs provided to eBird on 8 May (ph. Lynn Aamodt and Mary
Catherine Miguez), and on 9 May (ph. Andrew Baldelli).

Quite a variety of lingering birds were reported during early May, with a
female RING-NECKED DUCK observed at Princess Anne WMA Whitehurst Tract from
5-7 May (ph. Andrew Baldelli & Tracy Tate, later ph. Rob Bielawski) leading
the way. With an expected departure date of 15 Apr, and the last prior
record occurring 12 Apr, this species stayed 22 days beyond that of an
average season. Next up, in terms of sheer ‘lateness’, was a report for
AMERICAN WOODCOCK in the pre-dawn hours of 5 May, also at Princess Anne
WMA’s Whitehurst Tract (obs. Andrew Baldelli & Tracy Tate). With an
expected departure of 20 Apr, this is certainly a late record, though, this
species is one that often goes undetected due to its nocturnal nature. If
more birders were out seeking this species in the nighttime hours, we’d
likely see more records later in the season, and its even possible that
American Woodcocks might summer here in the city. But, for now, 20 Apr is
the set departure date for eBird purposes. Next up, a continuing lingerer
from the prior reporting period (actually, the last two periods), the
AMERICAN PIPIT first observed at Back Bay NWR on 17 Apr (ph. Karen & Tom
Beatty) remained in the small grassy area east of the visitor center
through 3 May (last ph. Eric Alton & Tamara Conklin, last obs. Michelle
Payne). With 25 Apr being their expected departure date, this individual
was here 8 days beyond that, though it is unknown whether the bird finally
flew northward, or was picked off by a predator of some type at the park
given it hadn’t left the same patch of grass for over a week. Also at Back
Bay NWR, reports of a single MERLIN continued right up to period’s end of
10 May (obs. Tracy Tate, obs. Tommy Maloney & Jason Schatti). Only slightly
late at this point, with an average departure date of 5 may, we’ll see just
how long this individual gets picked up. Last of the late lingerers, 1-2
WESTERN PALM WARBLERS were observed at Back Bay NWR up to the period’s end
(obs. Mary Catherine Miguez, obs. Tracy Tate). The Gold Book notes that the
Western race of this species tends to linger beyond the more common Eastern
(or “Yellow”) race, so perhaps this isn’t so unusual, but under current
eBird setup, the species is at least 5 days late as of reporting period
close.

In addition to all the great rarities, arrivals, lingerers, etc. we also
had some not-necessarily noteworthy, but still interesting reports pop up
this period in Virginia Beach. HORNED LARKS were reported in good numbers
on West Neck Road on 5 May (obs. Andrew Baldelli & Tracy Tate), with the
count of 8 tripping the eBird filter for the city. This species is likely
present in many fields throughout the city, and a breeding confirmation
actually occurred last year at Ashville Park, but it is a difficult species
to track down with most occurring on private property / agricultural plots.
A SEASIDE SPARROW was photographed at Back Bay NWR on 5 May, making for an
exciting find at the park (ph. June McDaniels). Amazingly, this is the
first photographically documented report of the species at the park! With
Back Bay NWR being one of the heaviest birded locations in the state, any
chance to add a new photo to eBird for this hotspot is remarkable. Also at
the park, a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was observed on 4 May (obs. Karen &
Tom Beatty), marking one of very few records here (and a first for this
year). Lastly, an interesting-plumaged PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was
photographed at West Neck Creek on 5 May (ph. Charlie Bruggemann). The
individual showed a black forehead, but it isn’t discernible whether this
is just mud (it doesn’t appear to be), or if it is an actual genetic
variation in plumage, which would be very interesting!

WEATHER: Kicking off the period with a few days of heat following
southwesterly flow was a nice change from late April, though the latter
half of the period was defined by strong northeast winds and lower than
normal temperatures (until the final day), which made finding new species
difficult. Overall, average daily high temperatures rose considerably, 8.9°
from 66.7° F to 75.6° (+0.4° from prior 10-year average), with average
daily low temperatures following suit, 7.6° from 48.6° to 56.2° F (also,
-1.3° from prior 10-year average). Overall, temperatures ranged from a
minimum of 46° F (1 May) to a maximum of 88° (2 May). A total of 1.85” of
rain fell during the period, spread across two days with measurement
amounts, with a maximum of 1.45” falling on Sunday, 6 May. Maximum
sustained winds at Oceana this period were 23 mph (on 4 May) and gusts
reached 31 mph (10 May). No noteworthy tidal surge events affected the
Sewell’s Point tide gauge this period. Sunrise/sunsets varied from 6:10
AM/7:52 PM (1 May) to 6:00 AM/8:00 PM (10 May), which means we gained 18
minutes of daylight during this period with a total of 14 hours of ‘Length
of Day’ to close the period!

For those hoping to view every photograph submitted for Virginia Beach
during this period, please see the complete listing for the month of May
located on eBird’s Media explorer by clicking here! Please remember, anyone
with an eBird account also has the ability to rate these photographs (1-5
stars), and based on the average rating, this is how eBird populates
anything media-driven on the website, particularly the Illustrated
Checklists! So, if you're one of the many folks who enjoy looking at
photographs of birds, take some time to click them all and rate them, it
helps make eBird better and better each day!

LOOKAHEAD: In early May, we bid farewell to Gadwall, Merlin, Ruby-crowned
Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Palm Warbler, Nelson’s Sparrow & Pine Siskin (5 May
expected departures) as wells as Blue-winged Warbler, Broad-winged Hawk,
Blue-winged Teal, American Wigeon, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Wilson’s Snipe,
Bonaparte’s Gull, Blue-headed Vireo, Sedge Wren, White-throated Sparrow &
Savannah Sparrow (10 Apr). Any records for these species moving forward
will flag in eBird as ‘rare’, but really they are flagging for being found
past their usual date of departure. In early May, we have typical departure
dates for Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Piping
Plover, Peregrine Falcon & Yellow-rumped Warbler (15 May) and Wilson’s
Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Rose-breasted
Grosbeak, Whimbrel, Bank Swallow, Solitary Sandpiper, Black-and-white
Warbler, Red-throated Loon, American Bittern, Northern Harrier, Sora, Swamp
Sparrow & Baltimore Oriole (20 May). So, make sure to try for your last
sightings of the season on these species while you can! If you observe any
of these species near or after those dates, please try to document their
occurrence to the best of your ability; it helps make eBird data & filters
more accurate! For annually expected spring arrivals, as of the reporting
period close date, we have not yet logged arrivals for Bank Swallow (15 Apr
expected arrivals), Gull-billed Tern (25 Apr) and Common Nighthawk (30
Apr). Moving forward, we have now concluded the expected spring arrivals
season, and no new species are expected (aside from those listed above that
we just haven’t logged yet). As always, make sure to report your finds to
eBird so the data can be used to adjust the average expected spring
departure dates! LASTLY, for those devoted birders who do follow this
journal, please know that a Facebook Group that complements all these
sightings has been created (and contains close to 100 members at this
point), titled the Virginia Beach Bird Sightings & Discussion group. For
anyone with a sincere interest in our city’s rich tapestry of bird species,
please feel free to check it out, by requesting to join at the link above
(and by answering the three questions required for approval).

For further information regarding this thrice-monthly, online publication,
please visit the Journal Overview Page which provides an in-depth
explanation of the format, layout and composition of the journal. As
always, thank you for reading, and please leave me a comment below (you may
use your Facebook, Gmail or other accounts to easily do so), or just click
the Heart icon to the lower right of this post to let me know you stopped
in!

Thanks All,

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Date: 5/15/18 9:01 am
From: Gerry Hawkins via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, week ending 5-14-18
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 5/15/2018
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Gerry Hawkins
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, May
8 and was completed on Tuesday, May 15 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 PURPLE GALLINULE* in MD, RUFF in MD and
HARRIS'S SPARROW* in MD.

Other birds of interest this week included SNOW GOOSE, MUTE SWAN,
TRUMPETER SWAN, CANVASBACK, REDHEAD, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, LONG-TAILED
DUCK, RED-NECKED GREBE, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, KING RAIL, COMMON
GALLINULE, SANDHILL CRANE, BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS,
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, COMMON TERN, ANHINGA,
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN and LEAST BITTERNS, LITTLE BLUE
HERON, YELLOW CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, WHITE, GLOSSY and WHITE-FACED IBIS,
SWALLOW-TAILED and MISSISSIPPI KITES, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER,
OLIVE-SIDED, YELLOW-BELLIED and ALDER FLYCATCHERS, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE,
PHILADELPHIA VIREO, COMMON RAVEN, BICKNELL'S THRUSH, AMERICAN PIPIT,
RED CROSSBILL, EASTERN TOWHEE, LINCOLN'S and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS,
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, BOBOLINK, ORANGE-CROWNED, GOLDEN-WINGED,
MOURNING and CERULEAN WARBLERS and DICKCISSEL.

TOP BIRDS

A continuing PURPLE GALLINULE* at Fort Smallwood Park in Anne Arundel
Co, MD was seen most recently on May 8.

On May 11 a female RUFF was found along Figgs Landing Road in
Worcester Co, MD.

After a long period with no reports a continuing HARRIS'S SPARROW
along a short spur to a boat ramp off the Anacostia River Trail in
Prince George's Co, MD was seen again on May 9.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

On May 11 a continuing SNOW GOOSE was at a pond along Lake Drive and
two MUTE SWANS were at a pond along Burbage Road in Worcester Co, MD.
Sightings of TRUMPETER SWAN included a continuing individual in the
Moorman River in Albemarle Co, VA on May 8 and two individuals that
were reported again at the Patuxent Research Refuge-North Tract in
Anne Arundel Co, MD on May 8.

Late waterfowl also included two CANVASBACKS at Hart-Miller Island in
Baltimore Co, MD on May 14 and a female REDHEAD along 2438 Bittinger
Road in Garrett Co, MD on May 12. A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen at
Cape Henlopen SP-The Point in Sussex Co, DE on May 11; Indian River
Inlet in Sussex Co, DE on May 12; and Rocky Gap SP in Allegany Co, MD
on May 8. LONG-TAILED DUCKS were found at the Indian River Inlet in
Sussex Co, DE on May 12 (1); North Beach in Calvert Co, MD on May 9
(6) and Lake Holiday (gated community/restricted access) in Frederick
Co, VA on May 8 (1).

On May 9 a late RED-NECKED GREBE was photographed in the Severn River
from the end of Wilson Road in Crownsville, Anne Arundel Co, MD.

For the second consecutive week migrating BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS were
relatively conspicuous, with sightings including single individuals at
Hains Point in Washington, DC on May 13 and 14 and the Rock Creek Park
Nature Center area in Washington, DC on May 11.

KING RAILS continue to be encountered at Occoquan Bay NWR in Prince
William Co, VA, with six heard or seen on May 13. On May 10 a COMMON
GALLINULE was found on Hart-Miller Island in Baltimore Co, MD, and two
were found there on May 14. A COMMON GALLINULE also was found at Deal
Island-Green Dumpster Road in Somerset Co, MD on May 11 and Back Bay
NWR in Virginia Beach, VA on May 14.

On May 9 a resident of Wyoming, Kent Co, DE observed a SANDHILL CRANE
flying over his yard. A continuing SANDHILL CRANE was seen along Rock
Lodge Road in Garrett Co, MD on May 8 and 10.

On May 10 two BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were observed flying up the
Potomac River and briefly veering into Loudoun Co, VA from Violette's
Lock on the C & O Canal in Montgomery Co, MD. Inland plovers also
included a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER spotted at West Potomac Park in
Washington, DC and Mountain Run Lake Park in Culpeper, Virginia on May
13. Sightings of WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER included an individual at a
puddle on the west side of Route 213 a short distance south of the
intersection with White Hall Road in Cecil Co, MD on May 8 and an
individual at a pond at private Oakwood Farm in Rockingham Co, VA on
May 8-13. On May 12 a WILSON'S PHALAROPE was spotted in Shearness Pool
at Bombay Hook NWR in Kent Co, DE.

On May 11 15 COMMON TERNS were seen flying up the Potomac River from
Violette's Lock on the C & O Canal in Montgomery Co, MD.

ANHINGAS were observed at several locations in Virginia, including two
individuals at the Caron Wetlands in Prince George Co on May 11; 11
individuals counted at the Harwoods Mill Reservoir in York Co on May
14; and two individuals at Newport News Park in Newport News on May
13.

On May 9 seven AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were photographed in flight
above the Colonial National Historical Park-Colonial Parkway in James
City Co, VA. A single AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was reported along
Wildlife Drive at Blackwater NWR in Dorchester Co. on May 12.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was encountered at Bombay Hook NWR in Kent Co, DE
on May 9; Little Creek Wildlife Area in Kent Co, DE on May 11 (three
individuals); Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington, DC on May 13;
Occoquan Bay NWR in Prince William Co, VA on May 14; and Swan Harbor
Farm Park in Harford Co, MD on May 10. During the week the uncommon
LEAST BITTERN was reported at a small number of locations: Bombay Hook
NWR and Milford Neck WA-Big Stone Beach Road in Kent Co, DE, Swan
Harbor Farm Park in Harford Co, MD, Gunpowder Falls SP in Baltimore
Co, MD, Patuxent River Park-Jackson Landing in Prince George's Co, MD,
Occoquan Bay NWR in Prince William Co, VA, Dyke Marsh WP in Fairfax
Co, VA and Back Bay NWR and Princess Anne WMA-Whitehurst Tract in
Virginia Beach, VA.

Noteworthy herons and egrets included two continuing LITTLE BLUE
HERONS at Swan Harbor Farm Park in Harford Co, MD on May 10 and a
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON that made an appearance at Kenilworth
Aquatic Gardens in Washington, DC on May 13 and the West Ocean
City-Park and Ride in Worcester Co, MD on May 14.

On May 12 seven WHITE IBIS flew over Burton's Island Causeway in
Sussex Co, DE. On May 13 two GLOSSY IBIS flew over Kenilworth Aquatic
Gardens in Washington, DC and Occoquan Bay NWR in Prince William Co,
VA. A WHITE-FACED IBIS was spotted at E. A. Vaughn WMA in Worcester
Co, MD on May 11, 12 and 14 and along Green Dumpster Road on Deal
Island in Somerset Co, MD on May 11 and 12.

On May 11 a distant SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was spotted at the College
Creek Hawkwatch in James City Co, VA. During the week returning
MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen at several locations as far north as
northern Virginia and farther north in flight over residences located
in Baltimore and Carroll Counties Maryland.

Noteworthy sightings of RED-HEADED WOODPECKER included 1-2 individuals
at the Milford Neck Wildlife Area-Big Stone Beach Road in Kent Co, DE
on May 11 and 12 and one individual along Pickering Beach Road in Kent
Co, DE on May 9.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was encountered at several locations,
including Violette's Lock on the C & O Canal in Montgomery Co, MD on
May 14; Audrey Carroll Sanctuary in Montgomery Co, MD on May 13;
Chincoteague NWR-Woodland Trail in Accomack Co, VA on May 13; James
River Park in Richmond, VA on May 11; and along 289 Woods Lane in
Giles Co, VA on May 13.

A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was reported at several locations,
including Hains Point in Washington, DC on May 13 and 14. Encounters
with migrating ALDER FLYCATCHERS during the week included two or more
individuals at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens in Washington, DC
on May 13 and 14 and Huntley Meadows Park in Fairfax Co, VA on May 14.

On May 9 a continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen at Mutton Hunk Fen
State Natural Area Preserve in Accomack Co, VA.

The uncommon PHILADELPHIA VIREO was reported at several locations,
including Piney Run Park in Carroll County, MD on May 14 and Taylor's
Island-North Point Road in Dorchester Co, MD on May 12.

A continuing COMMON RAVEN was seen at Terrapin Nature Park in Queen
Anne's Co, MD on May 8.

The extremely rare BICKNELL'S THRUSH was heard singing at 710 Dices
Spring Road in Augusta Co, VA on May 9 and seen at Weyanoke Sanctuary
in Norfolk, VA on May 14.

On May 12 a late AMERICAN PIPIT was spotted on a beach at Aquia
Landing SP in Stafford Co, VA.

Multiple RED CROSSBILLS were encountered at several locations in
Virginia, including private Skylark Farm along the Blue Ridge Parkway
in extreme western Nelson Co on May 8 and Paddy Knob in Bath Co on May
13. RED CROSSBILLS also continue at Briery Branch Gap in Rockingham
Co, VA, with 14 individuals counted on May 10.

A pale-eyed EASTERN TOWHEE, a representative of an out-of-range
southern subspecies, was photographed at Back Bay NWR in Virginia
Beach, VA on May 12. LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen at several locations,
including Rock Creek Park Nature Center area and Theodore Roosevelt
Island in Washington, DC on May 14; Susquehanna SP in Harford Co, MD
on May 13; and the Dry Seneca Trail in Montgomery Co, MD on May 13.
Sparrow highlights also included a late WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW at
several locations, including Hains Point in Washington, DC on May 13.

On May 11 a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was spotted in flight at Back Bay
NWR in Virginia Beach, VA. More conspicuous were migrating BOBOLINKS,
which were seen at many locations and in several cases high numbers,
such as the 50 individuals reported at the Underwood Road area in
Howard Co, MD on May 12.

During the week double digits of warbler species were routinely
recorded at many locations in the reporting area, with a high of 25
warbler species reported at Susquehanna SP in Harford Co, MD on May
13. Highlights included late ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS found at Hains
Point in Washington, DC on May 14 and Pennyfield Lock on the C & O
Canal in Montgomery Co, MD on May 13, and a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER
found at Patuxent Research Refuge-Central Tract (restricted access) in
Prince George's Co, MD on May 12. A rare TENNESSEE WARBLER was seen at
Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach, VA on May 11. The always desired
MOURNING WARBLER was found at several locations in Maryland, including
Violette's Lock on the C & O Canal in Montgomery Co on May 11 and 14;
Great Seneca Greenway Trail in Montgomery Co on May 11; Union Mills
Homestead Park in Carroll Co on May 11; Lake Artemesia in Prince
George's Co on May 8; Black Hill RP-Ten Mile Creek area in Montgomery
Co on May 11; Wilson's Mill Trail in Montgomery Co on May 13;
Susquehanna SP in Harford Co on May 13; Patuxent Research Refuge-North
Tract in Anne Arundel Co on May 13; Patuxent Research Refuge-Central
Tract (restricted) in Prince George's Co on May 12; and Big Water Farm
(private) in Queen Anne's Co on May 14. In Virginia a MOURNING WARBLER
was found at Paul State Forest in Rockingham Co on May 10; Clark's
Crossing Park in Fairfax Co on May 13; Bles Park in Loudoun Co on May
13 and 14; Algonkian RP in Loudoun Co on May 14; and Occoquan Bay NWR
in Prince George Co, VA on May 12.

CERULEAN WARBLERS were seen at expected locations, with two or more
individuals reported at a location in Reisterstown in Baltimore Co, MD
on May 12; Manahan Road in Frederick Co, MD on May 14; and the
Underwood Road area in Howard Co, MD on May 11 and 12.

DICKCISSELS were seen at many locations, with multiple sightings
including seven individuals near the intersection of Keysville and
Sixes Bridge Roads in Carroll Co, MD on May 11; three individuals at
the Underwood Road area in Howard Co, MD on May 13; three individuals
along 725 Phelps Road in Bedford Co, VA on May 14; and a week high six
individuals at the Bristoe Station Battlefield in Prince William Co,
VA on May 13. DICKCISSEL is not an easy species to encounter in DC,
but several calling individuals were observed in flight over Battery
Kemble Park and Hains Point in Washington, DC on May 12 and 13,
respectively.

***

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable state records committee



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Date: 5/15/18 8:41 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Leesyvlania State Park, 5/15

Peter Ross and I birded Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge this morning, and migration continues to hum along. A nice group of migrants on the hillside contained most of the warbler species we encountered (16 species for the morning), including Wilson's, Cape May, blackpoll, black-throated blue, black-and-white, parula, magnolia, chestnut-sided, American redstart, common yellowthroat, yellow-throated, and yellow-rumped. A Canada was at the boardwalk, along with the resident prothonotary. Thrushes are pushing through and we had 4 or 5 Swainson's and 2 gray-cheeked. One gray-cheeked was singing, which is a real treat. I tallied 62 species in all.


After leaving Leesylvania I stopped at Metz for a quick visit. The highlight was a pair of willow flycatchers along the edge of the marsh. Willows used to nest there, so hopefully this pair will also. I also added a northern waterthrush to my warbler list for the day.


Marc Ribaudo
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Date: 5/15/18 8:31 am
From: David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bicknell's Thrush Weyanoke Sanctuary Norfolk, VA
The Bicknell's Thrush is still present. It was first found by Ned Brinkley
yesterday. I was able, fortunately, to record one of perhaps 3 songs it
sang. (I always carry a Tascam DR-05 with me. My smartphone just doesn't
cut it.) I recorded 4 or 5 calls as well, but accidentally deleted same. Oh
well. Unlike the Swainson's Thrushes present, this bird is a real skulker.
Will upload the recording to ebird shortly. Good luck, Dave Gibson
Chesapeake, VA
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Date: 5/15/18 7:57 am
From: Ashley Peele via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] SW VA hotspots and VABBA2 milestones
Located in rural Buchanan County, Poplar Gap Park was created in 2001 atop
the site of a reclaimed strip-mine. With 290 acres of grasslands and
early-successional habitat, it’s a haven for Dickcissels, Northern
bobwhites, Eastern Bluebirds, Indigo bunting, and golden-winged, Kentucky,
Black-throated green, Yellow-throated, Black-and-white, and Hooded
warblers.

To learn more about great birding spots in southwest VA or to hear about
one Atlas volunteers summer experience birding Breaks Interstate Park,
check out these Atlas stories:

https://ebird.org/atlasva/news/top-birding-locations-far-southwest-virginia

https://ebird.org/atlasva/news/transplant-atlaser-in-southwest-va

Also, CONGRATS to our VABBA2 volunteer community for reaching an
incredible milestone! The Atlas eBird portal has now received over *50,000
checklists* and has *900+ contributors*. We are so excited to see the rush
of data coming in, during these first early months of the 2018 breeding
season.

Remember to encourage your birding friends to use our portal (
ebird.org/atlasva) if they are willing/interested in reporting breeding
information.

Also! Don't forget to consult the Breeding Timeline Charts
<http://amjv.org/index.php/vabba2/getting-involved> available on the Atlas
website. We're seeing migratory species being inaccurately coded as
potential breeders, so remember to double-check whether a species IS a
Virginia breeder and IF we're actually in their Breeding window yet. This
is especially true of the Piedmont and Mountain/Valley regions, where many
passage migrants are still streaming northward.

Thanks for all that you're doing folks! As more and more data is
collected, we're going to see more Atlas blocks finished and big strides
made for this project. *We're going to knock season three out of the park!
*

All the best,

Ashley Peele, PhD
Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator
Conservation Management Institute - Virginia Tech

Office: 540-231-9182
Fax: 540-231-7019
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Date: 5/15/18 5:31 am
From: Bill Bickel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] good warbler day Falls Church yard
Had some excellent up-close views over the course of the day Monday around the pondless waterfall/steam.
Here is the rundown:

red-eyed vireo
n. parula (m and f)
blackpoll (m and f)
bt blue (m and f)
magnolia
yellow rump
canada
chestnut-sided
bay breasted (m and f)
yellowstart
tennessee

Most of these were bathing in the bottom of the stream. While viewing the Tennesse bathing, the Magnolia flew in next to it. Later, it was the Bay-breasted joined by the “Yellowstart”. The Tennessee sang incessantly in the trees without being viewable, so we were really glad when at last it came in to bathe. These four birds all took baths lasting over 2 minutes.

—Bill and Janet Bickel
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Date: 5/15/18 5:03 am
From: Rich Rieger via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] apologies for "spam"
Hi Folks - woke up this morning to see lots of returned emails -

Looks like someone or something go hold of my password and sent out one of those weird emails w. a link attached.

Any Va-Bird emails that come thru from

M Rich Rieger -

should be deleted -

Password has been changed, so hope all is good for now.

Rich Rieger
Alexandria
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Date: 5/15/18 1:58 am
From: Edward Eder via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Occoquan NWR .. American Bittern, Least Bittern, King rails on May 14
An American Bittern was seen near the pond at the parking lot. Two King Rails were seen on Easy rd and two more sang from the marsh. At the Easy Road culvert a Least bittern called behind a “kekking” King Rail
It was a birdy day with 14 species of warbler including two Tennesees
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Date: 5/15/18 12:16 am
From: M Rieger Rich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] (no subject)

http://sound.popsblogspot.net

M Rieger Rich

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Date: 5/14/18 9:39 pm
From: P 3 via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Eastern Shore Birding
Nice those are all such good birds! Btw everyone, for finding rarities or specialties like say the Chat Summer Tanager Clapper Rail etc here I recommend the target species search on ebird. Alternately on ebird you can get there the same way using a species search. Bar charts will supportthe birds consistency there throughout time.

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From: VA-bird <va-bird-bounces+runningquick444=<hotmail.com...> on behalf of Herbert Larner via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2018 8:31:46 PM
To: <va-bird...>
Cc: shenvalbirds
Subject: [VA-bird] Eastern Shore Birding

Hello all

Yesterday morning on a whim I drove to the Eastern Shore to do a little "fast " birding I left my house at 5 am & arrived at the Shore by 8 :30ish am . First Stop Ramp road

Here I had Clapper Rail , White Ibis about 10 , , Great & Snowy Egret , Little Blue Heron & Prairie Warbler , Yellow -breasted Chat , Summer tanager .

Next stop was on Rt 600 in a plowed field Gulls - Laughing & Herring , Black - bellied & Semipalmated Plover's .

Next stop Willis Warf -- I see that the new building have been built & blocking most of the mud flats but by moving to the platform I could see the area ok . Here I saw Canada Goose , one lone Snow Goose maybe injured , D C Cormorant , Gulls Herring , Laughing , three Gull - billed Terns & Forester's & one Common Tern , Many Dunlin , a few Willet's , about 15 Whimbrel , & 7 + Marbled Godwit's .

Next stop was at Saxis Where I had Marsh Wren & Seaside Sparrow Herring , Laughing , Great Black Backed Gull's , Tern's Gull - billed -- 2 ,Least -- 2 & Forester's Two Black Duck

Next stop was the causeway going into Chincoteague --- here I had Tricolored Heron , Little Blue Heron Great , & Snowy Egret , many Dunlin , Semipalmated plover , sandpiper , Least , Short - billed Dowitcher , Black -necked Stilt , Gulls , Great Black Backed , Herring & Laughing . I know that the level of Laughing Gulls have dropped off because of the rising water levels but I can remember my first spring in 1992 there seemed to be thousands & thousands of Laughing Gulls the noise levels so high with they calls & now today seems to be quite compared to 1992 .

Next stop Tom;s Cove area Many Semi Plover & Sandpipoer , Piping Plover -- 5 , Dunlin , Least , Short - billed Dowitcher , Least Tern , Black Skimmer , Royal , & Forester's & at 3 :30 pm I entered the Wildlife Loop Here I found a Single Western Sandpiper & thousands of Peeps , Dunlin , Dowitcher species ( Short / Long ) too far out & heat shimmers . The regular Terns & Gulls , Mallard , Gadwall pair , Canada Goose , Great & Snowy Egret's , Glossy Ibis about 10+ . With that I left at 5 pm & got home around 10 ;30 last night .

Allen Larner

Staunton

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Date: 5/14/18 8:31 pm
From: Herbert Larner via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Eastern Shore Birding
Hello all

Yesterday morning on a whim I drove to the Eastern Shore to do a little "fast " birding I left my house at 5 am & arrived at the Shore by 8 :30ish am . First Stop Ramp road

Here I had Clapper Rail , White Ibis about 10 , , Great & Snowy Egret , Little Blue Heron & Prairie Warbler , Yellow -breasted Chat , Summer tanager .

Next stop was on Rt 600 in a plowed field Gulls - Laughing & Herring , Black - bellied & Semipalmated Plover's .

Next stop Willis Warf -- I see that the new building have been built & blocking most of the mud flats but by moving to the platform I could see the area ok . Here I saw Canada Goose , one lone Snow Goose maybe injured , D C Cormorant , Gulls Herring , Laughing , three Gull - billed Terns & Forester's & one Common Tern , Many Dunlin , a few Willet's , about 15 Whimbrel , & 7 + Marbled Godwit's .

Next stop was at Saxis Where I had Marsh Wren & Seaside Sparrow Herring , Laughing , Great Black Backed Gull's , Tern's Gull - billed -- 2 ,Least -- 2 & Forester's Two Black Duck

Next stop was the causeway going into Chincoteague --- here I had Tricolored Heron , Little Blue Heron Great , & Snowy Egret , many Dunlin , Semipalmated plover , sandpiper , Least , Short - billed Dowitcher , Black -necked Stilt , Gulls , Great Black Backed , Herring & Laughing . I know that the level of Laughing Gulls have dropped off because of the rising water levels but I can remember my first spring in 1992 there seemed to be thousands & thousands of Laughing Gulls the noise levels so high with they calls & now today seems to be quite compared to 1992 .

Next stop Tom;s Cove area Many Semi Plover & Sandpipoer , Piping Plover -- 5 , Dunlin , Least , Short - billed Dowitcher , Least Tern , Black Skimmer , Royal , & Forester's & at 3 :30 pm I entered the Wildlife Loop Here I found a Single Western Sandpiper & thousands of Peeps , Dunlin , Dowitcher species ( Short / Long ) too far out & heat shimmers . The regular Terns & Gulls , Mallard , Gadwall pair , Canada Goose , Great & Snowy Egret's , Glossy Ibis about 10+ . With that I left at 5 pm & got home around 10 ;30 last night .

Allen Larner

Staunton

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Date: 5/14/18 7:27 pm
From: Dave Youker via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Anhinga at Harwoods Mill (York Co)
There were 11 Anhinga at Harwoods Mill reservoir today...8 males and 3 females.


Dave Youker
Yorktown, VA
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Date: 5/14/18 7:06 pm
From: kurtcapt87--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] On the Atlas Trail, May 12-13, 2018
On the Atlas Trail, May 12-13, 2018

The birds deal with it, so why should a little sun or rain stop us from
Atlasing? Sure, we have all heard the new adage, "a bad day of birding
beats a good day at work" - which I think is mostly true. But this past
weekend really didn't test the adage. Saturday wasn't too bad - a bit warm
by noon but manageable. Sunday was a little tough - rain and showers until
nearly 9 am - which then repeated 45 minutes later! But, the sun came out
and it was beautiful for a few hours before the next batch of clouds rolled
in. And so, the birds dealt with it. And the patient observer will be
rewarded.

Saturday Marc Ribaudo joined me to Atlas two priority blocks - Quantico CE
and Widewater CW; both are less than an hour from my house. These, and other
priority blocks are important for state-wide systematic data analysis when
the Atlas ends, in 2020. I wanted to start near sunrise, but a little wrench
got thrown into the mix. You see, I thought early morning Saturday would be
good to look for owls. So, I left home a tad early to go visit the
Nokesville area. And, as usual, I did not leave nearly enough to give
sufficient time for the owling portion.

I arrived near Nokesville about 10 to 5 am. I headed for an old silo that
Rich Rieger, Sherman Suter and I scouted out about 2 months earlier. Then,
it had an old plywood box mounted in it and there were lots of pellets. I
visited it a few weeks later and heard a Barn Owl. But, subsequent visits
were unproductive. Undeterred, I gave it shot this past Saturday. And wow
did it work! The audio lure brought out 3 Barn Owls which beelined for me
and my car - I shut down the lure and ducked by the car as the birds circled
my location. OKayyyy - that's a good sign. The owls returned to the silo
and one ducked inside after a vocal exchange with either one of the flyers
or an unseen bird. So, I mark it as ON.

I tried a few more places for Barn and Eastern Screech but got nothing other
than a distant Great Horned and Barred (the latter, calling from the nearby
river); I got in about 40 minutes of owling - ugh! Not enough time! I then
left and drove to Possum Point Rd to meet Marc

Possum Pt Rd, and the connecting Cockpit Pt Rd, are not the easiest places
to Atlas. Only a few places to get out and walk a bit - lots of private
properties along Possum Pt Rd and the power plant jealously patrols its
boundaries. Plus, there is also a bit of traffic on the roads in the
morning. Yet, it can be productive, especially on the forested stretch of
Cockpit Pt Rd. We tallied about 80 species in 3 hours, no particularly stand
out migrants although the diversity was seasonal. We managed 3 new species
confirmations with notables being Red-winged Blackbird and a Belted
Kingfisher continues in the probable category, being present and "singing"
for 2 or more weeks running.

We left a bit after 9am and arrived at Widewater CW 20 minutes later. Our
first stretch was along Brent Pt Rd through this forested valley - I call it
Owl Valley for the Barred Owl nest Rich Rieger and I found. The young Barred
was not in the nest cavity having fledged over the last few days. Marc and I
did luck out and confirm LA Waterthrush CF plus a Scarlet Tanager CN. We
also moved Eastern Pewee, Hooded Warbler and Yellow-throated Warbler up to
Probable status due to interactions.

The next morning, Rich Rieger and I started Atlasing the Rectortown SE
block. The showers slowed our start, but we managed using a few cloths to
wipe the water from the car window sills and our arms! After a slow start,
our efforts paid off well with few simple confirms like starlings and
bluebirds. The interesting species were Dickcissel, probably a female,
foraging in a tree in the showers. And a late Ruby-crowned Kinglet feeding
in foliage of an old broken tree that had sprouted twigs anew.

When we came to Rock Hill Mill Rd the wooded edge produced a fledged Barred
Owl - its head feathers quite wet from the recent weather but we could see
the wing feathers growing in well having the brown and white adult pattern.
The young owl perched no more than 20 yds from where the adult attempted to
distract me two weeks earlier. When we moved to a new location a bit to the
north, I saw an adult fly to the wooded grove and hoot a bit, followed by
another hooting at a different pitch - I suppose the adults were re-assuring
the young owl that all was well.

Our new spot found us gazing at 2 Green Herons inspecting a potential nest
site near a pond. We also tallied a Chipping Sparrow near here holding a
grass bit as its mate copulated. Then, both flew off to an unseen nesting
location. When we left, the forested stretch produced a Gray-cheeked Thrush
beating a worm into submission. By the way, this forested stretch also
produced a few other migrants such as Northern Parula, Cape May Warblers,
American Redstart and Chestnut-sided Warbler. Oh, and the Raven nest was
empty. We heard a Raven flying west with another Raven behind it - one or
both were making this low frequency "dup" noise. Very odd to hear.

Further east on Rock Hill Mill Rd we tallied a fledged Mourning Dove and
noted Eastern Phoebe nest building under a bridge. Plus, a Belted
Kingfisher. And more Ravens, likely 2 young following an adult. Our efforts
added 7 species to the Confirm list for this block plus elevated a few to
Probable status.

After Rectortown SE, we drove east and tried Bull Run Mt Rd - a nice
forested track with a stretch into Middleburg SE, which was our ultimate
target. The Bull Run road was productive as we quickly saw 2 or 3 different
Wood Thrush CN. Lots of Ovenbirds, a few Pewees, and some other odds and
ends. Our stretch on Hungry Run Rd which is in Middleburg SE produced more
of the same, plus a Worm-eating, but not confirms. Considering it was late
in the day, 2pm, this did not surprise me.

That's All for Now, Best of Luck Birding!

Kurt Gaskill





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Date: 5/14/18 3:27 pm
From: Thomas Nardone via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] eBird -- Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve -- May 13, 2018
On Sunday morning, eight people participated in the weekly bird walk at Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve. It rained for much of the walk. Nevertheless, the group observed 41 species. The complete list follows.


May 13, 2018
8:00 AM
Traveling
2.50 miles
150 Minutes

15 Canada Goose
10 Mallard
6 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Great Blue Heron
3 Great Egret
8 Osprey
1 Bald Eagle
4 Spotted Sandpiper
3 Mourning Dove
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
1 Acadian Flycatcher
3 Warbling Vireo
2 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Blue Jay
5 Fish Crow
1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
6 Tree Swallow
6 Barn Swallow
4 Carolina Chickadee
2 Carolina Wren
2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
6 American Robin
1 Northern Mockingbird
4 European Starling
1 Black-and-white Warbler
1 Prothonotary Warbler
2 Common Yellowthroat
3 Yellow Warbler
2 Blackpoll Warbler
4 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Song Sparrow
10 Northern Cardinal
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
4 Orchard Oriole
1 Baltimore Oriole
30 Red-winged Blackbird
3 Brown-headed Cowbird
10 Common Grackle
2 House Finch
1 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 41




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Date: 5/14/18 3:07 pm
From: Harry Glasgow via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.
It was what the British call a soft morning greeted 27 birders on today's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk. The fog lifted gently as the morning wore on, and 72 species were tallied.  Part of that count included 15 warbler species, 5 species of Flycatchers, and 5 shorebirds.



Canada Goose  13
Wood Duck  6
Mallard  10
Hooded Merganser  16
Great Blue Heron  5
Green Heron  8
Osprey  3
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Least Sandpiper  4
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  4
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Mourning Dove  10
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2
Chimney Swift  4
Red-headed Woodpecker  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  12
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Eastern Wood-Pewee  5
Acadian Flycatcher  4
Eastern Phoebe  4
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
Eastern Kingbird  3
Warbling Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  11
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  3
crow sp.  5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Tree Swallow  24
Bank Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  8
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  6
Carolina Wren  5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  9
Eastern Bluebird  4
Veery  4
Swainson's Thrush  1
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  2
Ovenbird  1
Northern Waterthrush  2
Louisiana/Northern Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Prothonotary Warbler  3
Tennessee Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  8
American Redstart  3
Cape May Warbler  1
Northern Parula  2
Blackburnian Warbler  3
Yellow Warbler  2
Blackpoll Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  1
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  14
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  22
Common Grackle  14
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  10

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 7AM (8AM from October through April), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at (703)768-2525.

Harry Glasgow
Nancy VehrsFriends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Date: 5/14/18 2:50 pm
From: Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] bird behavior fun (Waxwings at EC Lawrence Park)




Hello birders,

The breeding guidelines for the Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas, Piedmont region, remind us that Cedar Waxwings are still migrating through, for another month or so. That means we shouldn’t record any breeding codes for them in this area until mid-June, unless we see definite nesting activity. And the size of the flocks I saw today at Ellanor Lawrence Park (Fairfax County) were migration-size, probably 100+ birds in the greater area around the S end of the park.

But I’m still going to report some interesting behavior.

Among the flocks, I saw 2-3 different instances of pairs of Waxwings passing food back and forth. The first pair I saw performed quite a ritual. The pair of birds were perched side by side on a horizontal branch, somewhat below the top of a tree.

First, bird A passes a sizeable insect to bird B. B hops one hop further away from A. Then B hops back and passes the bug back to A.

As you might guess, A then hops a step further away from B. Then A hops back and again passes the insect back to B.

I watched this pair perform this sequence for 17 non-stop cycles (34 exchanges of the same insect, and 68 hops) on the same branch. The ritual ended when a 3rd Waxwing flew in and landed about a meter below the pair. After a short pause, one of the pair of birds dropped the insect, flew down, and chased away the intruder. "Three's a crowd", apparently.

OK so we can’t record this as Courtship yet, for purposes of the Breeding Bird Atlas, because these birds are still migrating. But this definitely looked like a honeymoon to me.

The best non-courting bird today was a Nashville Warbler, one of 7 Warbler species. Here’s the full checklist.
https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S45664061

Good birding everyone,
Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia


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Date: 5/14/18 2:32 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Blackpoll Warblers
Multiple warbler and other species in Crozet, VA, and on/along the Blue
Ridge Parkway; May 10-14,2018. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_05_14.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_05_14.htm



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Crozet, VA

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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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Date: 5/14/18 9:45 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Dickcissel, alder flycatcher, Bristoe Balltefield
I had a great walk at Bristoe Battlefield in Nokesville, Prince William County this morning. Highlights were 2 pairs of dickcissels and a calling alder flycatcher, but many other birds were present and I listed 62 species in all. Right from the start I encountered a flock of warblers in the woods next to the parking lot that included blackpoll, bay-breasted, black-throated blue, black-throated green, magnolia, Nashville, and yellow-rumped. A Swainson's thrush was also present. The fields are in excellent shape and full of grasshopper sparrows, field sparrows, meadowlarks, indigo buntings and blue grosbeaks. One pair of dickcissels is in one of the southernmost fields, and a second pair is near where the old silo was, close to the parking lot. This is where I heard the alder flycatcher. A black vulture appears to be nesting in the old barn close to Rt. 619. An adult male rose-breasted grosbeak flew over, heading north.


Marc Ribaudo
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Date: 5/14/18 6:06 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Dickcissel, Bristoe Station Battlefield
3 dickcissel at Bristoe Station Battlefield in Nokesville.

Marc Ribaudo

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Date: 5/14/18 5:44 am
From: Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] 2 and 3 Mississippi Kites in Alexandria, VA

May 11, 2018 -

3 Adult Mississippi Kites seen along Vale Street and Woodway Street in Alexandria, Fairfax County, VA (Off of Braddock Road) near Greenspring Gardens

May 13, 2018 -

2 Adult Mississippi Kites seen along Vale Street in Alexandria, Fairfax County, VA

Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Date: 5/14/18 4:04 am
From: Kristine Lansing via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 05/13/2018 (Fairfax County)
Following is the tally from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified approximately 57 species and included 14 participants.  Although a steady rain accompanied birders for a significant portion of the walk, spirits nonetheless ran high.  Perhaps this was because of the variety of species observed, including the possible sighting of a Philadelphia Vireo.  Perhaps it was due to the challenge of bird identification through water droplets, in diffuse light.  Or perhaps it was simply because of the congenial company.    
For participants:  if you did not receive, but would like, a shared copy of the original eBird report, please don't hesitate to contact me.  
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  40
Mallard  3
Common Merganser  2
Double-crested Cormorant  10
Great Blue Heron  18
Black Vulture  22
Turkey Vulture  10
Osprey  1
Bald Eagle  3    One juvenile and one adult observed in and adjacent to the Conn Island nest; one sub-adult observed in flight at the cut just downriver from the aqueduct dam.
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  4
Chimney Swift  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Eastern Wood-Pewee  4
Acadian Flycatcher  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  8
Eastern Kingbird  4
Warbling Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Philadelphia Vireo 1Blue Jay  4
American Crow  6
Fish Crow  3
crow sp.  5
Tree Swallow  10
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  9
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Eastern Bluebird  4
Swainson's Thrush  2
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  2
Cedar Waxwing  30
Louisiana Waterthrush  2
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Prothonotary Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
Northern Parula  2
Bay-breasted Warbler  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  4
Wilson's Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  6
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  10
Indigo Bunting  2
Orchard Oriole  2
Baltimore Oriole  1
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  50
American Goldfinch  1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45628948

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



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Date: 5/13/18 3:33 pm
From: B. Beamer via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Mississippi Kite
Vic Laubach, Betty Mooney and I just saw and photographed a second year Mississippi Kite at the intersection of Craig Shop and Little Run Road by the airport in Augusta near Weyer’s Cave. The bird slowly made its way south and out of view behind the trees.

Good birding,

Baxter Beamer

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Date: 5/13/18 12:11 pm
From: Ron Vogel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] More from Occoquan Bay NWR--King Rails and Cuckoos
As an addendum to Marc Ribaudo's earlier posts on his sightings at Occoquan
Bay NWR, I heard two king rails in the wetlands where Catamount creek passes
under Charlie Road; two more rails calling midway down Easy Road; and I
observed another two rails-one of which spent time in the middle of the road
preening in full view-at the wetland area near the end of Easy Road. Six
individual rails in all. And a note on yellow-billed cuckoos-I counted at
least six after the rain stopped.



Didn't have quite the warbler catch Marc reported, but I was close w/12
species. Lots of black polls along the river, and I can add a couple of
Canadas to Marc's list.



Ron Vogel

Annandale, VA

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Date: 5/13/18 11:48 am
From: Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Clarks's Crossing Park in Vienna, Fairfax County: Warblers and more

I decided to do my Bluebird trail late this morning after the rain stopped. The trail is at Clark's Crossing Park in Vienna and can be done as a loop traveling down the W&OD Trail and then coming back down a trail that you can enter at the equestrian field. This trail goes through the woods and along a creek. I had an excellent walk with 46 species in just under two hours. It began with a pair of female Bobolinks foraging on the soccer field. Later I found a flock of Cedar Waxwings. The best birds were in the woods, however. I found several warblers including a Mourning, two Canadas, a Black and White, and three Black-throated Blues. I also heard a Scarlet Tanager and Acadian Flycatchers. The Bluebirds and Tree Swalllows were also busy with nine active nests between them. Two nests had Bluebird babies. I also finally saw my first Tiger Swallowtail butterfly of the year.


Larry Meade
Vienna, VA

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Date: 5/13/18 10:17 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR, glossy ibis, warblers
After the rain stopped this morning I went to Occoquan Bay NWR in Woodbridge. I walked the loop of Fox Road to Deephole Point Road to the banding station, blind, Painted Turtle Pond, and back to the parking lot via the main drive. Lots of activity after the rain, as I had hoped. Highlights were the previously reported glossy ibises flying over and 15 warbler species (northern waterthrush, black-and-white, prothonotary, common yellowthroat, redstart, parula, magnolia, bay-breasted, yellow, chestnut-sided, blackpoll, black-throated blue, yellow-rumped, prairie, and Wilson's). Most were along the stretch between the banding station and Painted Turtle Pond. The Wilson's was very obliging and allowed some photos. The 2 bay-breasteds came out of the treetops and were in the understory, allowing great views. The chestnut-sided warbler was doing a fair version of a magnolia warbler song, and the magnolia I saw was imitating a hooded. It sometimes pays to track things down. A
lso seen were veery, Swainson's thrush, and yellow-billed cuckoo. I tallied 69 species in all.


Marc Ribaudo
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Date: 5/13/18 8:47 am
From: Bryan Henson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] LWC Algonkian - Sanctuary Trail group walk results (Loudoun)
As part of Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy's Celebrate Birds! group walks
celebrating migration season, we led a group of 5 hardy birders into a
rainy day looking for warblers. Between the rains and the muddy conditions,
we had amazing looks at several great (often sneaky!) birds, including
Bay-breasted Warblers, Ovenbirds, Canada Warblers, Yellow-billed Cuckoos,
Acadian Flycatchers, Northern Waterthrush and TONS of Red-eyed Vireos. All
told, we saw 57 species of birds, including 12 species of warblers. Not bad
considering that the rain quieted all the birds except for Prothonatory
Warbler at times.

The full list is in eBird at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45625342

Happy Mother's Day!
Bryan Henson
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Date: 5/13/18 8:27 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Glissy ibis, Occoquan Bay NWR
2 glossy ibis just flew over the banding area, heading for the river.

Marc Ribaudo

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Date: 5/12/18 5:54 pm
From: Elton Morel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] NVBC walk at Aquia Landing Park and Crow's Nest NAP, Stafford county, May 12, 2018

VA Birders:
This morning, the Northern Virginia Bird Club conducted a walk at Aquia Landing Park in Stafford county.  A sharp-eyed David Ledwith found two really good birds for us.  First, was a WILSON'S WARBLER in the shrubs at the far western end of the picnic grounds and the second was a late migrating AMERICAN PIPIT that was found and photographed on the beach on the east side of the entrance road. Other good finds were a singing but very skulky KENTUCKY WARBLER at the junction of the entrance road and Thorny Point Road, a Blackpoll Warbler, a White-eyed Vireo, a Laughing Gull and two Bonaparte's Gulls, many Orchard Orioles and Yellow Warblers, and amongst the many Red-eyed Vireos, we had one cooperative individual who was more interested in singing than feeding and in so doing gave us nice photographic opportunities.
We then made our way over to Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve along Brooke Road where we added a few more species to the morning's list such as Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Acadian Flycatcher, Ovenbird, Great Egret, Wood Thrush, Swainson's Thrush and a female Blue Grosbeak. 
In all, we collectively found 65 species on our morning walk despite the rapidly rising heat.
The complete eBird checklists for both locations are listed below.
Elton Morel,Arlington, Virginia



Aquia Landing Park, Stafford, Virginia, US
May 12, 2018 7:20 AM - 10:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: NVBC walk led by David Ledwith and Elton Morel
52 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 2
Mute Swan 2 Residents
Bufflehead 1 Flyby, male
Double-crested Cormorant 4
Great Blue Heron 1
Osprey 8
Bald Eagle 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Bonaparte's Gull 2
Laughing Gull 2
Ring-billed Gull 25
Herring Gull 1
Mourning Dove 3
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 1 Heard only
Northern Flicker 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 4
flycatcher sp. (Tyrannidae sp.) 1
White-eyed Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 6
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 2 Heard only
Fish Crow 8
Tree Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 8
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 5
Carolina Wren 4 Heard only
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Wood Thrush 1 Heard only
Gray Catbird 1
Brown Thrasher 2
Northern Mockingbird 1
American Pipit 1 Found on the beach. Heard the 'slip-it' call a few times as well.
Kentucky Warbler 1 Found at the entrance to the park, mostly on the Thorny Point Road side of the entrance intersection. Mostly heard singing, a few brief looks.
Common Yellowthroat 8
American Redstart 2
Northern Parula 2
Yellow Warbler 10
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Wilson's Warbler 1 Found in the shrubbery at the far west end of the picnic grounds.
Song Sparrow 3
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 12
Indigo Bunting 2
Orchard Oriole 8
Baltimore Oriole 2 Heard only
Red-winged Blackbird 35
Common Grackle 15
American Goldfinch 10

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45583359

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve, Stafford, Virginia, US
May 12, 2018 10:35 AM - 12:05 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: NVBC walk led by David Ledwith and Elton Morel
38 species (+1 other taxa)

Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Egret 1
Black Vulture 5
Turkey Vulture 10
Bald Eagle 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Mourning Dove 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 Heard only
Belted Kingfisher 1 Heard only
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 Heard only
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Acadian Flycatcher 1 Heard only
Great Crested Flycatcher 1 Heard only
Eastern Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 1 Heard only
Red-eyed Vireo 6
Tufted Titmouse 3
Carolina Wren 3 Heard only
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3 Heard only
Swainson's Thrush 1
Wood Thrush 2 Heard only
Gray Catbird 1 Heard only
Ovenbird 2 Heard only
Louisiana/Northern Waterthrush 1
Common Yellowthroat 6
American Redstart 1
Northern Parula 2 Heard only
Chipping Sparrow 1
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 8
Blue Grosbeak 1 Female
Indigo Bunting 1
Orchard Oriole 4
Baltimore Oriole 1 Heard only
Red-winged Blackbird 20
American Goldfinch 3

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45587071

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Date: 5/12/18 5:34 pm
From: Alyssa Freeman via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] loud, paired notes (Indigo Bunting with a megaphone)
A few days ago, I heard in the Wetlands of James River Park a bird sing
three loud pairs of notes, similar to an Indigo Bunting. However, Buntings
typically sing at least 4 paired notes (sweet sweet, here here, where
where, fire fire), are higher pitched than this bird was, and softer in
volume. Plus, this bird was deep in the woods and I've always seen Indigo
Buntings out in the open. It was also quite loud - like an Indigo Bunting
with a megaphone. I saw it fly by me quickly but never got a good look at
it. I've read that Baltimore Orioles can also sing paired notes, though
I've never heard them sing more than one pair. Any idea what it may have
been?

Alyssa Freeman
Henrico Co.
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Date: 5/12/18 5:03 pm
From: Bill Bickel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Shenandoah Park and Falls Church back yard

Highlights of a two-day trip to Shenandoah Park Tues and Wed:

Stopped briefly at Thompson WMA on the way and saw a Kentucky warbler along the fire road not far from the parking area.

At Shenandoah we saw 3 Blackburnian warblers, 2 male and 1 female, foraging together. Later saw a 4th male at Rapidan Camp area, along with 2 Canada warblers. Lots of Ceruleans present along the Bluff trail to Big Devil Stairs.

In our back yard today, we spent a lot of time waiting to see what would come in to our pondless waterfall/stream, and saw the following at close range:

great crested flycatcher
brown thrasher
red-eyed vireo
blue headed vireo
northern parula
black and white
blackpoll (male and female)
black-throated blue (male and female)
yellow-rump
bay-breasted (came twice during the day, I of course missed it both times, but Janet saw)
redstarts/yellowstarts
tennessee (female, i think, really dull bird)
scarlet tanager (three males at once in the same tree by our patio)

Heard little or no song from most of these.

—Bill and Janet Bickel



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Date: 5/12/18 1:37 pm
From: Bryan Henson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Banshee Reeks monthly walk results (Loudoun)
14 birders led by Jane Yocom and Dori Rhodes spent a few lovely hours
walking through Banshee Reeks this Saturday. Highlights of the walk
included good looks at Blue Grosbeak, Chestnut-sided warbler, Scarlet
Tanager, Swainson’s Thrush, Red-eyed Vireos, many Indigo Buntings and
Baltimore Orioles. Several good heard only or poorly seen birds included
Nashville Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Yellow-throated Vireo,
Black-throated Green Warbler, and Blackpoll Warbler. A few of us heard
(only) what we IDed as an Alder Flycatcher - please check out the
recordings attached to the checklist and feel free to weigh in on this
rarity. Several other species have nice photos attached by participants.

The checklist with 62 species can be found at
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45586405

The 2nd Saturday of the month Banshee Reeks walk is free and open to
anyone. It is sponsored by The Friends of Banshee Reeks (
https://bansheereeksnp.org/ ) and Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy (
https://loudounwildlife.org/ ). Other programs and events can be found on
their websites.

Thanks,
Bryan Henson
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Date: 5/12/18 1:19 pm
From: Patrick Malone via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] birds on the Potomac this morning
adult and juvenile eagles, turkey vultures, cormorants, and a little black bird I could use some ID help with: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmfFiend <https://flic.kr/s/aHsmfFiend>


Patrick Malone
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Date: 5/12/18 10:30 am
From: David Davis via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Tanager ID Question
With regard to the ID question I posted on May 9, the jury’s verdict is in, and while not quite unanimous, it came out strongly in favor of Summer Tanager. Many thanks to the eleven of you who replied. Ten declared the bird a Summer Tanager; of the half who stated reasons, the common thread was large, pale bill, and wings not significantly darker than the body. The only dissenting opinion—that it was a Scarlet Tanager—was qualified by the commenter’s admission of having most of his experience with Scarlet Tanagers.

As is probably obvious, I was 95% certain that it was a Summer Tanager; otherwise, I would not have posted an ID help request. My reasons were the same as those that others stated. Sadly, the bird moved on after only a two-day visit. One can only hope that she found a mate and headed off to greener pastures, er, woodlands.

Thanks again and good birding.

Dave Davis

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Date: 5/12/18 9:03 am
From: Peter Frechtel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kent Gardens Park in McLean: Wilson's and Tennessee warblers
Hi VA-Birders,



Highlights this morning at Kent Gardens Park in McLean were Wilson's and
Tennessee warblers. That's my first Tennessee ever in this park.



I also heard my first pewee of the season, and yesterday was our first
yellow-billed cuckoo of the season.



Peter Frechtel

Falls Church

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Date: 5/12/18 8:03 am
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kentucky Warblers
8 warbler species on Skyline Drive (5/11/18): American Redstart, Canada,
Cerulean, Chestnut-sided, Hooded, Kentucky, Ovenbird, and Pine. Report and
photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_05_11.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_05_11.htm



___________________________

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Crozet, VA

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In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
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Date: 5/11/18 7:52 pm
From: Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Two Peregrines in Herndon (Fairfax County)



Hello Birders,


I rarely see a single Peregrine Falcon, but today, seeing a pair of them kettling together really blew my mind. Is this late for migrating Peregrines, or right on time?


I was driving on Towerview Road in Herndon, just E of Route 28. Sorry for the late report, but it probably wouldn't have helped anyone in real-time. It appeared they were just kettling to get up and then (probably) take off somewhere.


No vehicles or pedestrians were injured when I slammed my brakes down and swerved the truck off onto the shoulder.


Steve Johnson


Fairfax, Virginia


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Date: 5/11/18 6:28 pm
From: Daniel Joslyn via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] My article about birding in Chesapeake on our new blog
My wife and I are starting a new blog about travel and other things that we
love. I plan to write about birding a lot, despite not actually being, you
know, good at it. I went birding in Chesapeake this week and wrote this
article. My work takes me all over the state so I'll hope to to write about
some different areas on the future. I hoped some here might be interested.

https://adventurethereandback.com/birding-chesapeake-virginia/

Thanks!
Daniel Joslyn
Arlington, VA
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Date: 5/11/18 1:16 pm
From: Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Wilson's and Canada Warblers- Fluvanna County
Today was enjoyable with some migrants being observed in Fluvanna County.  Two each of Wilson's and Canada Warblers were making themselves known.  Yellow-billed Cuckoos, finally, were calling and hopefully establishing territories.
Some photographs can be found at:
http://visitingnature.com/main/aprilmay-2018/


Enjoy each day,
Allen

Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 5/11/18 11:49 am
From: Phil Silas via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bobolinks - Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, May 11, 2018

VA-Birders,



Bobolinks flew into the area between the Laurel Hill Equestrian Center parking and Lorton Road in Fairfax County late this morning. Details in the eBird report linked below.



View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45553485

Phil Silas
Woodbridge, VA


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Date: 5/11/18 9:14 am
From: Jeff Holmes via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] (no subject)
http://buy.eastlosangeles.biz

Jeff Holmes


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Date: 5/11/18 8:39 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Leesyvlania State Park, least flycatcher, warblers
Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge was very birdy this morning, with 76 species. Lots of warblers coming in 18 flavors. For the first time yellow-rumps did not dominate; I saw only about 5. Most common were blackpolls, American redstart, northern parula, black-throated blue, and Cape May. As others have noted, this has been a good year for Cape Mays, at least in Prince William Co., and I saw at least half a dozen. Other warblers were ovenbird, worm-eating, prothonotary, common yellowthroat, magnolia, bay-breasted, yellow, chestnut-sided, yellow, prairie, black-throated green, and Wilson's. I also saw a chat, rather unusual in the park. My only year bird was a least flycatcher in the open area across the road from the Powell's Creek parking lot. Other notables were rose-breasted and blue grosbeaks, laughing gull, both tanagers, both orioles, and Swainson's thrush.


Marc Ribaudo
<moribaudo...>

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Date: 5/10/18 8:25 pm
From: Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Displaying Am. Woodcock, R'ham County
This evening I heard/saw a displaying American Woodcock in the little open
areas along the Skidmore Fork trail at the base of Shenandoah Mtn. on Rt.
33.

https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S45541377



Shaphan Shank

Union Springs

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Date: 5/10/18 12:08 pm
From: Herbert Larner via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Birding Rockingham County
Hello all

this morning John Pancake & I traveled up to Rockingham to check out Oakwood pond for Shorebirds . We found one Spotted , 3 Least , one of each Semipalmated Plover & Sandpiper , one White - rumped Sandpiper . next we headed up to Reddish Knob where at the intersection 14 Red Crossbills , Several Warbler species passing thru & up at Reddish Knob a couple of Canada Warblers & a few Junco , Blue headed Vireo , Red eyed Vireo . & on the way down several more Warblers & a possible Bicknell's Thrush ( more than likely a Gray - cheeked Thrush ) , Red Breasted Nuthatch .

All in all a good morning birding .

Allen Larner
Staunton


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Date: 5/10/18 10:38 am
From: Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Monticello Park, Alexandria, VA - May 10, 2018
May 10, 2018
Monticello Park, City of Alexandria, VA - All of the Warblers were either bathing or on low branches towards the back end of the park.

Red-Eyed Vireo
Baltimore Oriole
Great Crested Flycatcher

WARBLERS

Northern Parula
Black throated Green
Black Throated Blue
Black and White
Blackpoll
Yellow Rumps
Cape May
Bay Breasted
Blackburnian
Redstart
Worm Eating
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Chestnut Sided

Janet Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA

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Date: 5/10/18 8:23 am
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] 10+ Red Crossbills; 11 warbler species
Highland County and Reddish Knob, VA/WVA 5/9/18. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_05_09.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_05_09.htm



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

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

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Date: 5/9/18 5:52 pm
From: Patrick Malone via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] eagles on GW Parkway nest in Arlington
there are two in the nest in this shot. see if you eagle eyes can spot them: https://flic.kr/p/25CuX4K <https://flic.kr/p/25CuX4K>

here are two from same nest a few days ago, a little easier to see: https://flic.kr/p/25Uqdd5 <https://flic.kr/p/25Uqdd5>


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

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Date: 5/9/18 10:12 am
From: P 3 via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Red Crossbills in the Blue Ridge
Hey paul cabe
Its johntodd
Dont know if u remember me from nature camp got my 248th year nird yesterday swainsons thrush living in washington and been traveling a lot

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From: VA-bird <va-bird-bounces+runningquick444=<hotmail.com...> on behalf of Cabe, Paul via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 5:16:12 AM
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Red Crossbills in the Blue Ridge

Yesterday (8 May) I observed a group of three Red Crossbills at Skylark Farm, a private property along the Blue Ridge Parkway at the crest of the Blue Ridge in extreme western Nelson County. The area is just a few miles north of the where Rt 56 (Tye River Parkway) crosses the parkway.

Although there were three, I only observed two of them closely. One was an adult female and the other a heavily-streaked juvenile plumage bird. This plumage implies that this bird hatched sometime earlier this spring. Although this species is known to breed in the Alleghenies, there are few records from the Blue Ridge, so worth looking out for if you find yourself in that area.

Paul R. Cabe, PhD
Professor of Biology
Washington & Lee University

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Date: 5/9/18 5:16 am
From: Cabe, Paul via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Red Crossbills in the Blue Ridge
Yesterday (8 May) I observed a group of three Red Crossbills at Skylark Farm, a private property along the Blue Ridge Parkway at the crest of the Blue Ridge in extreme western Nelson County. The area is just a few miles north of the where Rt 56 (Tye River Parkway) crosses the parkway.

Although there were three, I only observed two of them closely. One was an adult female and the other a heavily-streaked juvenile plumage bird. This plumage implies that this bird hatched sometime earlier this spring. Although this species is known to breed in the Alleghenies, there are few records from the Blue Ridge, so worth looking out for if you find yourself in that area.

Paul R. Cabe, PhD
Professor of Biology
Washington & Lee University

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Date: 5/9/18 4:37 am
From: Janet Paisley via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Cape May Warblers among others
Yesterday, while working on getting some new plants into the garden, I had to keep stopping to get looks at a wave of warblers in the Oaks above. There were several Cape Mays, Cerulean, Blackpolls, Redstarts, Black-and-whites, Parulas, Great created Flycatcher, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Red-eyed Vireo.

Needless to say, there are still more plants waiting…

Janet Paisley
Charlottesville, VA
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Date: 5/9/18 3:53 am
From: Emily Southgate via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Whip-poor-will in Loudoun County
Last night about 8:30 a whip-poor-will started singing near Aldie. It was
still going strong when I left a bit before 9. I will continue checking on
it in the coming weeks, hoping that it is not just passing through.
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Date: 5/8/18 8:35 pm
From: Mary Ann Good via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Cape May Warblers galore (15+), Saturday in Loudoun Co.
Sorry for the very late report, but it just occurred to me that I meant to
pass this on. Interestingly, while several reports in the interim have
mentioned Cape May Warblers, no one has remarked on particularly high
numbers of Cape Mays lately (which I think of as being one of the less
common warblers here in spring).

I was stunned at the number of Cape Mays I encountered on a 2-hour walk in
the meadows and light woods behind my house just south of Purcellville
(Lincoln), Loudoun County on Saturday, 5/5. I first ran across a flock of
at least 5, which I enjoyed for some minutes as they gleaned in a small
tree near me. Moving on, I kept encountering more and more--they were
nearly as ubiquitous as the Yellow-rumps! All told, I found at least 15
Cape Mays, possibly more. And this was on a route that I don't usually
consider to be very warbler-y.

I'd be interested if anyone else noticed unusual numbers of them in recent
days.

Mary Ann Good
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Date: 5/8/18 6:40 pm
From: David Davis via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Help with ID - Female Tanager
We have been visited for the last two days by a female tanager that I first assumed was a Scarlet Tanager as that is the normal, relatively common species here in Shenandoah County. However, this bird seemed to have some of the characteristics of a Summer Tanager which would be a new species for our site (with 39 years of sightings recorded). I included it in an eBird submission with additional detail and 3 photos. (https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45471863 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45471863>)

I would appreciate thoughts of fellow Virginia birders on the identity of this bird.

Thanks and good birding.

Dave Davis
Arlington and Shenandoah Counties

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Date: 5/8/18 4:59 pm
From: Jeff Blalock via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Tobacco Heritage Trail - Boydton
Greeting all

Starting on 02 April, I started birding at the Tobacco Heritage Trail in Boydton Mecklenburg County an eBird Hot Spot that no one else had yet birded.

After visiting on 20 days, 124.75 hr Traveling with 11.50 Nocturnal and 6.25 Hrs Stationary with 3 Hrs Nocturnal and walking 39 Miles with 3.25 Nocturnal; I reached my 110 species for the Hot Spot today moving it into the #10 Hot Spot for Mecklenburg County.

My first goal was to reach 100 species and after that to reach 110 to get to the #10 Hot Spot for Mecklenburg Co.

There are still some species that with luck and work that should be added to the list by summer or fall.

Follow is list of species seen

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Wild Turkey
Common Loon (fly over)
DC Cormorant
GB Heron
B Vulture
T Vulture
Osprey
SS Hawk
B Eagle
RS Hawk
BW Hawk
RT Hawk
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
RB Gull (fly over)
Rock Pigeon
M Dove
YB Cuckoo
Eastern Screech-Owl
Barred Owl
CW widow
E Whip-poor-will
Chimney Swift
RT Hummingbird
B Kingfisher
RH Woodpecker
RB Woodpecker
YB Sapsucker
Downy
Hairy
N Flicker
P Woodpecker
E Wood-pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
E Phoebe
GC Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
WE Vireo
YT Vireo
RE Vireo
B Jay
A Crow
F Crow
NRW Swallow
P Martin
Barn Swallow
C Chickadee
T Titmouse
H Wren
W Wren
C Wren
BG Gnatcatcher
GC Kinglet (oddly only saw once)
RC Kinglet
E Bluebird
Veery
Swainson’s Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
A Robin
G Catbird
B Thrasher
N Mockingbird
E Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Ovenbird (heard only)
L Waterthrush
B&W Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler ( many great looks)
A Redstart
Cape May Warbler
N Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Blackpoll
BT Blue Warbler
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
YR Warbler
YT Warbler
Prairie Warbler
BT Green Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
DE Junco
WT Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
E Towhee
YB Chat
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
N Cardinal
RB Grosbeak (only one male high in a tree)
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Bobolink (one male flyby as I was scanning field)
E Meadowlark
O Oriole
B Oriole
RW Blackbird
BH Cowbird
C Grackle
House Finch
A Goldfinch

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: 5/8/18 4:08 pm
From: Peter Frechtel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kent Gardens Park in McLean: hooded warbler
Hello VA-Birders,



My best bird this morning at Kent Gardens Park in McLean (Fairfax County)
was a singing male hooded warbler. Other than that, it was pretty slow with
respect to migrants.



I also had another close encounter with the beaver. I thought we were
kindred spirits sharing a tender moment at dawn-until it loudly slapped the
water with its tail and dove. That really startled me. I learned my lesson.
Next time I'll view from a distance. I found a good spot where I can see its
usual hangout without disturbing it.



Peter Frechtel

Falls Church

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Date: 5/8/18 1:10 pm
From: Lee Atwood via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fascinating discussion, 'Bird Sounds Decoded', by Nathan Pieplow, author of new Peterson Guide to Bird Sounds
Nathan Pieplow: Bird Sounds Decoded [video]


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Date: 5/8/18 12:51 pm
From: Rexanne Bruno via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] VSO Annual Meeting in Harrisonburg, May 18-20, 2018
The Second Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas is in its third of five years this spring. Some local atlasers have been busy lately in the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County area. They have confirmed breeding for these species: witnessing nest building by a Sharp-shinned Hawk in the national forest; discovering a Barn Owl nest with eggs; and seeing a Red-tailed Hawk on a nest. They also detected probable breeding evidence for these species: a Yellow-rumped Warbler engaged in territorial activity; a potential nest site of a Black-capped Chickadee near Briery Branch; territorial defense by a Common Raven; and a drumming Ruffed Grouse in the Cows Knob priority block.

On several of the Virginia Society of Ornithology Annual Meeting (May 18-20, 2018) field trips we will be concentrating our efforts on atlasing (looking for breeding activity) as we bird. We are anxious to see how many other species’ breeding can be confirmed on these atlasing field trips. Please join us at the VSO Annual Meeting so you can help us atlas. You do not need to be an experienced atlaser as field trip leaders will be and will share their techniques with you.

A quick check of eBird reports in the Harrisonburg area revealed that these warblers were recently seen at Bother Knob: Nashville, Cape May, Chestnut-sided, Bay-breasted, and Blackburnian. Are any of these life birds for you? Then you’ll want to go on the Shenandoah Mountain - Bother Knob and Reddish Knob field trip to try for a life bird. Blue-winged and Black-throated Green Warblers plus Black-billed Cuckoo are also being reported in the area; you might see one of these on the Switzer Dam, Skyline Drive, or Harrisonburg City field trips.

Time is running out, register now to join us at the Virginia Society of Ornithology Annual Meeting, May 18-20, 2018. Find out more and register at http://www.virginiabirds.org/events/annual-meeting/2018-opening-announcement <http://www.virginiabirds.org/events/annual-meeting/2018-opening-announcement>. One more reason to register soon - boxed lunches for Saturday, May 19, must be ordered by Thursday, May 10.

Learn more about the Second Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas at http://amjv.org/index.php/vabba2/ <http://amjv.org/index.php/vabba2/>.



Rexanne Bruno

VSO Annual Meeting Committee Chair
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Date: 5/8/18 9:33 am
From: Rich Rieger via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] yellow-bellied FC at Huntley Meadows
No big fallout of warblers this morning at Huntley Meadows as I tried to add some to my Fairfax list, but first prize went to a YELLOW-BELLIED FC that I found on my way back to the parking lot.

Saw the bird, small FC, prominent eye ring and white wingbars and my first thought was Least. But then it turned and I saw the yellow wash and started vocalizing so not a Least or Acadian. Had to listen to calls on my playback machine, but all the clues left me w. Yellow-bellied -

Going out from visitor center, bird was about 50 yards down the trail toward the wetland... very good bird for spring in Fairfax Co. - hope someone from the bird-a-thon saw it -

Rich Rieger
Alexandria
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Date: 5/8/18 7:32 am
From: Tom Thomas via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Marriott Ranch near Hume VA
     I'll have a couple of mornings (Sat and Sun) at this bed and
breakfast without any spousal duties. Anyone have any good birding spots
nearby?

My fallback position is to go on the Skyline Drive near Front Royal- any
suggestions for lookout stops good for birding or a good trail for same?


Thanks in advance

Tom Thomas

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Date: 5/8/18 6:41 am
From: Sally Knight via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Black-billed Cuckoo, Stafford, VA
There was a black-billed Cuckoo in the Brooke VRE station parking lot this morning. Perched in a low tree I could easily see the black bill and red eye-ring with binoculars. The underside of the tail showed no white scalloping. The parking lot backs up to a wetland, viewed from the lower lot.

Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 5/8/18 4:18 am
From: Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Dora Kelley Park in Alexandria, VA - 5/7/18
5/7/18

Birds seen at Dora Kelley Park in Alexandria, Fairfax County, VA

Yellow Billed Cuckoo
Redstart
Yellow Rumps
Nashville Warbler
Blue headed Vireos
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Northern Parula
Orchard Orioles
Baltimore Orioles

At the Swamp

Northern Waterthrush
Solitary Sandpiper
Common Yellowthroat

Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Date: 5/8/18 3:48 am
From: Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] 5/7/18 - Mississippi Kite in Alexandria, VA
5/7/18

Adult Mississippi Kite seen soaring over Vale Street and Woodway Street in Alexandria, Fairfax County, VA around 4:00pm. (Same area as last year's sightings)

Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA.
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Date: 5/7/18 8:22 pm
From: P 3 via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Ovenbird nest, Yellow-throated Warbler in Union Springs, R'ham County
Nice i love those

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Subject: [VA-bird] Ovenbird nest, Yellow-throated Warbler in Union Springs, R'ham County

I managed 48 species at our place in Union Springs today, despite having to
leave shortly after 8:00 just as things were picking up and not getting home
until after 6:00 this evening. Had 11 warblers, the highlights being a
Yellow-throated (a first for our place, warbler species #30 for the
property) and a pair of Ovenbirds building a nest. Checklists for the day
are here: https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S45435278 and here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45437143



Shaphan Shank

Union Springs



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Date: 5/7/18 8:15 pm
From: Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Ovenbird nest, Yellow-throated Warbler in Union Springs, R'ham County
I managed 48 species at our place in Union Springs today, despite having to
leave shortly after 8:00 just as things were picking up and not getting home
until after 6:00 this evening. Had 11 warblers, the highlights being a
Yellow-throated (a first for our place, warbler species #30 for the
property) and a pair of Ovenbirds building a nest. Checklists for the day
are here: https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S45435278 and here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45437143



Shaphan Shank

Union Springs



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Date: 5/7/18 8:02 pm
From: Les Brooks via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Visit to entrance marsh at James River NWR along Route 10 in Prince George County
Hello everyone!I am super trilled that James River National Wildlife Refuge has acquired the marsh property along the northern section of this area!  This should keep the area preserved for future generations.  I spent four hours looking and listening and saw the following birds.  Bald Eagle in flight (2), Peregrine Falcon in flight (1), Red-Tailed Hawk in flight (1), Turkey Vultures (6), Black Vultures (5), Great Blue Heron (3), Prothonotary Warbler (4), Red-Winged Balckbird (3), Northern Cardinal (1), Red-Bellied Woodpecker (1), Heard a Pileated Woodpecker, unidentified Sparrow(1)  Wood duck in flight (2 or 4?)..  Also thought I spotted a Green Heron but it disappeared before I got a good look. The Prothonotary Warblers and Male Northern Cardinal allowed me to take photos.  The Prothonotarys Warblers kept me guessing at their numbers.  As one would pop up, I would hear another one calling.  How cool to see several in one area!  (My thanks for your great work results, Julie Kass and team members!)  If you care to have a look at images they are here: http://natures-finest-photography.com/gallery/song-birds-1a/a-prothonotary-in-song---nfp-s/. And here: http://natures-finest-photography.com/gallery/song-birds-1a/a-cardinal-in-the-marsh---nfp-s/. I hope the links work this time.  Best birding!  Les Brooks. Glen Allen





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Date: 5/7/18 7:34 pm
From: kurtcapt87--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Atlasing with Migrants May 5&6
VA BIRDers,

Another great weekend Atlasing. But the migrants made it tough! I started
off on Possum Point Rd (Pr Wm Co, Quantico CE: a priority block) near
sunrise Saturday. I managed a few confirmations, easy species like Carolina
Wren, Barn Swallow, Mourning Dove, and Purple Martin. Yet the migrants kept
me busy with 19 warblers tallied plus the now honorary warbler YB Chat.
Perhaps if I had another set of eyes I could have done a bit better on the
confirmations? I left with 85 species at 9 am so I could travel to the next
block.

I arrived at Widewater CW at 9:18 am until about noon (this is another
priority block for the Atlas; at this point, the priority blocks are, well,
the priority for the Atlas and reports for non-priority blocks are of
limited value). Despite missing the big migrant push, it was quite good
given a confirm for Northern Parula nest building (pulling grass and then up
to a nest site out of sight). There were 2 more confirms for this block,
plus a few upgrades to Probable status. The great highlights were along the
section of Brent Pt Rd through this forest valley (gravel road) which added
Kentucky and Hooded Warblers plus a few Veerys (all coded as migrants
despite singing!). In years past, Veery was a breeder in the DC metro area
in forested stream valleys - we can only hope this is still true and will
continue to monitor the situation. Plus, last week's young Barred Owl is
looking a bit bigger and was more inquisitive Saturday, looking out of his
tree hollow when I stopped to take his photo (I stayed in the car). It won't
be long before this little owl is out and about. (Be sure to Atlas code
your owl sightings! Not to mention the May 5th "Big Day" tallies for the
Atlas!)

I finished the day mainly birding, checking Belmont Bay Marina for late
ducks - I got lucky with a female White-winged Scoter plus Ring-necked Duck,
Lesser Scaup, Ruddy Duck, a Common Loon and a bunch of Coots. Afterwards, I
visited the Lorton landfill site and tallied a Killdeer ON plus some
meadowlarks and Savannah Sparrows. The day was good as I ended with 115
species at 3 pm.

On Sunday, Rich Rieger joined me for a visit to the priority block
Middleburg SE (Pr Wm Co). Another fine day as we confirmed 8 species before
noon and tallied 85 species. This past weekend was the peak period of
migration in No. VA and is the great leveler - so most locations will have a
great showing. Rich and I found 3 different migrant groups and managed 16
warbler species for this block which held highlights of Kentucky, Cape May
and Blue-winged Warblers, plus Blue-headed Vireo and a Northern Harrier. But
I must not forget the flyby Black-billed Cuckoo leaving a nice patch (which
had a Prairie Warbler) and flying north to the woods behind a horse stable.
An adult Coopers Hawk (probably female) was on the prowl flying SW from a
wood lot over a field with Red-wingeds but no success; I think this
mid-morning behavior makes it a local bird and coded it as "H"

Rich and I visited a few more place and although the birding was good, there
were no other big standouts. On the way home we found a couple of YB Chats
singing (if you call that singing!) at the Lorton fields (Fairfax Co) near
the Barrett House. These fields are now getting a bit overgrown so perhaps
the days of Bobolinks are over?

Kurt Gaskill







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Date: 5/7/18 7:24 pm
From: Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] migrants in Fairfax incl. Yellow-throated Vireo



We've been seeing many of the same nice migrants here NW of Fairfax, as everyone else has been reporting on VA-Bird. It sure is fun. Today's winner was a Yellow-throated Vireo, foraging noticeably more slowly than all the warblers. Also a Blackburnian and two Cape Mays. A Scarlet Tanager appears to have hung around the house for 2 days at least.


After a long winter dearth of Yellow-Rumps, during migration we've all been seeing huge numbers. I guess this year they mostly stayed further south during mid-winter.


We were concerned about a group of House Sparrows which we've never had before at the house, growing from one during January to as many as 4 a couple of weeks ago. They were hanging around our Bluebird nest box. But they seem to have left - no sign of them for at least a week. The only change I'm aware of here to explain it, was the arrival of the House Wrens. Right about when the Sparrows all disappeared, is when the House Wrens showed up, started their annual spring din of incessant calling, and built their nest in the nest box.


Steve Johnson and Lynn Rafferty
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Date: 5/7/18 6:15 pm
From: P 3 via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Gray-cheeked Thrush, 15 warblers in Union Springs, R'ham County
Nice gray cheeked are such a treat. Only spots ive seen them are the JMU arboretum wherethey tend to be fairly common and once at big levels.

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Subject: [VA-bird] Gray-cheeked Thrush, 15 warblers in Union Springs, R'ham County

I had a pretty good day today at our place in Union Springs, with a total of
62 species, including 15 warblers (Ovenbird, Worm-eating, LA Waterthrush,
B&W, Common Yellowthroat, Am. Redstart, Northern Parula, Magnolia,
Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, BTB, Pine, Y-rumped, BTG). Also
had Wood, Swainson's, and most notably, Gray-cheeked Thrush. Checklists for
the day are here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45291506

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45320345



Shaphan Shank

Union Springs

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Date: 5/7/18 4:34 pm
From: Bill Bickel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Foxstone Park and Falls Church back yard
May 7---We decided to try a local park in Vienna this morning and were well rewarded. We were lucky to see all the following at close range between 8 and 10 am:

N. Parula
B & W
Black-throated blue
Blackpoll
Magnolia
Yellow-rumps
Cape May
Chestnut-sided
Bay-breasted
Blackburnian
Yellow
Com. Yellowthroat (male and female)

Green-backed heron
RB Grosbeak (male)

Heard but not seen: Hooded warbler and possible Wilson's


In our backyard, we have a pondless waterfall/stream at the edge of our patio. In the afternoon and evening we saw the following either bathing or next to the stream:

Blue-headed vireo
N. Parula
Black-throated green
B & W
Magnolia
Yellow-rumps
Cape May
Chestnut-sided
Yellow (female)
Com. Yellowthroat (male and female)

Scarlet tanager
Rose-br. grosbeak (female)
Indigo bunting
Cedar waxwings

Heard but not seen: Ovenbird, Blackpoll

At one point, the cape may and parula were squabbling over the same spot in the stream, when they were both run off by a landing waxwing.

Seems strange, but have yet to see a redstart!

—Bill and Janet Bickel





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Date: 5/7/18 3:35 pm
From: William Young via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Warblers at Monticello Park in Alexandria
The past two days at Monticello Park in Alexandria have featured many
species of warblers seen at very close range. Yesterday, warblers were
entering the stream to drink and bathe. Today, there were numerous termite
hatches in rotting logs in the park, and people were seeing warblers
hopping on branches 10 or 15 feet away. Among the warblers who were chasing
termites were Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, Cape May, Blackpoll,
Black-and-white, Black-throated Blue and Green, Chestnut-sided, American
Redstart, Northern Parula, and Yellow-rumped. Also in the park today were
Nashville, Tennessee, Canada, and Worm-eating Warblers, numerous Indigo
Buntings, and many Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, including a second-year male
with xanthochroism.

Last night was not a good night for flying, and so some of the birds in the
park today were probably the same individuals who were in the park
yesterday. I do not know if any of these birds will be around tomorrow or
whether there will be more termite hatches. If you want to visit the park,
you can find both driving and public transportation directions on the
Monticello Park website at www.MPNature.com <http://www.mpnature.com/>.

Good Birding.

William Young

Arlington, VA

www.MPNature.com
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Date: 5/7/18 3:11 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] 6 warbler species
On the Blue Ridge Parkway and nearby Ridgeview Park; 5/7/18. Report and
photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_05_07.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_05_07.htm



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Crozet, VA

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Date: 5/7/18 1:42 pm
From: Harry Glasgow via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning birdwalk
A beautiful birding morning greeted at least 40 birders who tallied 77species on today's  Huntley Meadows Monday Morning birdwalk.   We counted 11 Warbler speech; three vivid Scarlet Tanagers; a rather complete inventory of thrushes; and freshly molted Tree Sparrows  presenting vivid pictures and exploring nest boxes -  a truly wonderful birding day.
Canada Goose  12
Wood Duck  11
Mallard  20
Hooded Merganser  16
Great Blue Heron  2
Green Heron  4
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  3
Cooper's Hawk  3
Red-shouldered Hawk  4
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Least Sandpiper  6
Semipalmated Sandpiper  7
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Solitary Sandpiper  11
Greater Yellowlegs  5
Lesser Yellowlegs  4
Mourning Dove  4
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2
Barred Owl  1
Chimney Swift  6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Red-headed Woodpecker  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Acadian Flycatcher  6
Eastern Phoebe  1
Eastern Kingbird  4
Yellow-throated Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  8
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  2
crow sp.  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  10
Tree Swallow  15
Barn Swallow  7
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  6
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  8
Eastern Bluebird  5
Veery  2
Swainson's Thrush  2
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  10
Gray Catbird  7
European Starling  1
Ovenbird  2
Northern Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Prothonotary Warbler  3
Common Yellowthroat  6
American Redstart  2
Northern Parula  4
Magnolia Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  3
Black-throated Blue Warbler  3
Palm Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  12
White-throated Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  2
Scarlet Tanager  6
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  50
Brown-headed Cowbird  7
Common Grackle  19
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  6

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 7AM (8AM from November through April is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at (703)768-2525.

Harry GlasgowNancy VehrsFriends of Huntley Meadows Park


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Date: 5/7/18 12:49 pm
From: Ralph via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] (no subject)

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Ralph

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Date: 5/7/18 8:35 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Leesylvania State Park, 24 warbler species


Leesylvania State Park was fantastic this morning. A four hour visit yielded 83 species, including 24 warblers. The crescendo of sound was great enough at times to make it difficult to pick individuals out. I had nine warbler species along the main road before I got out of the car. As usual the majority were yellow-rumps, but Cape May, black-throated blue, and American redstart were in double digits too, and found at all stops. Other warbler goodies were Nashville (hillside above ruins), Tennessee (start of road to vacation homes), Wilson's (overflow parking lot), magnolia (several spots) and Canada (several spots). Other notables were a late blue-headed vireo, lots of scarlet tanagers (four chasing each other around Bushey Point was quite a sight), and several singing Swaingon's thrushes. A link to my e-bird list is here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45410315


Marc Ribaudo
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Date: 5/7/18 7:29 am
From: Joel Martin via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Loggerhead Shrike, Dickcissel at Mutton Hunk Fen, Accomack County
The recently reported Loggerhead Shrike, found by Jennifer Elmer, was
present on the wires this morning near the parking area. A few yards away
on the wires was a singing male Dickcissel. Both birds were photographed.
The DICK was not in view when I left but there's plenty of good habitat to
hold it. Many other good birds around.

Joel Martin
Chincoteague, VA


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Catonsville, MD
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Date: 5/7/18 6:58 am
From: mbrubin via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rose-breasted Grosbeck
My annual Rose-breasted Grosbeck, at least the male, showed up at my Chincoteague back deck feeder this morning.  Yesterday a male Baltimore Oriole along with the usual Brown-headed Nuthatches were at the feeders.  The winter hangout White-throated Sparrows left last night or the night before.
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Date: 5/7/18 6:36 am
From: MrNussbaum.com via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Rose-breasted Grosbeaks continue ...
Northern Virginia is full of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at suburban feeders as
well. I have seen them at three different feeders in Burke, Sterling, and
Reston over the past three days.

On Mon, May 7, 2018 at 9:28 AM, Gwbirds37 via VA-bird <va-bird...>
> wrote:

> at our feeders as of this am. Arrived April 29th, so this is the 9th
> straight day. Unprecedented. Originally mostly males, but last few days
> ratio is about 50:50.
>
> Gerry Weinberger
> Hanover County - way East of where they breed.
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Date: 5/7/18 6:28 am
From: Gwbirds37 via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rose-breasted Grosbeaks continue ...
at our feeders as of this am. Arrived April 29th, so this is the 9th straight day. Unprecedented. Originally mostly males, but last few days ratio is about 50:50.

Gerry Weinberger
Hanover County - way East of where they breed.
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Date: 5/7/18 5:02 am
From: Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Raven Loonatics Birdathon
The Raven Loonatics (Gerco Hoogeweg, Bruce Hill, and I) did the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy Birdathon yesterday. As a team, we ended up with 124 species including 24 warblers. There were many highlights. We heard an American Bittern at Bles Park in the dark. We then headed to Algonkian Park where we saw Bufflehead, Ruddy Ducks, Barred Owls, Eastern Wood-Pewee (heard), four vireos, Banks Swallows over the river, both orioles, and a flight of Bobolinks. There were also many warblers there including Prothonotary, Cape May, Black-throated Green, and a Northern Waterthrush. Bles Park was productive as we scored a Blackburnian Warbler, a Hooded Warbler and a Sora. A surprise Black-billed Cuckoo also made an appearance. Other notable birds included Bonaparte's Gulls at Beaverdam Resevoir, Bobolinks at many locations, a Kentucky Warbler and Gray-cheeked Thrush near Temple Hall Farm, Blue-winged Warblers a Worm-eating Warbler and an Acadian Flycatcher at Blue Ridge Center, and a Pi
ne Warbler at the entrance to Banshee Reeks. A stop at the Dulles Wetlands payed off with a Virginia Rail and a Marsh Wren. Shorebirds were scattered in different locations and included Solitary, Spotted and Least Sandpipers, plus a Greater Yellowlegs and Killdeer.

Larry Meade
Merrifield. Virginia
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Date: 5/7/18 4:31 am
From: Laurie Grant via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Falls Church RBGB pair and indigo bunting
We had an indigo bunting at the feeders for 2 days last week. Male and
female red breasted grosbeaks, female still at feeder yesterday.

Laurie Grant
Falls Church
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Date: 5/7/18 3:02 am
From: Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bobolinks in Gordonsville (Orange) 06 May
Lynn and I spent some time yesterday (Sunday) looking for breeding bird activity in Atlas block Gordonsville SE. Many returning summer birds appeared to be singing "on territory" well before the suggested "safe dates". We used our best judgment which of those to record as merely "Observed" (assuming they are still in migration; and which to record as "Singing male", which ranks as "Possible" for breeding status.


I'm sure Lynn would agree with me that the highlight was a flock of 60 Bobolinks at a farm field along Black Level Road. I'm sure they were just passing through. But what a great show, both visual and auditory.

Good birding!!


Steve Johnson and Lynn Rafferty
stevejohnson2 at verizon dot net




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Date: 5/6/18 3:59 pm
From: Bill Teetz via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] VA-bird Digest, Vol 133, Issue 6
Is there a point to this?


On 5/6/2018 2:05 PM, Ann Cline via VA-bird wrote:
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>> Today's Topics:
>>
>> 1. DC-area birding in the past week (Peter Frechtel)
>> 2. 9 warbler species; 5/4/18 (Marshall Faintich)
>> 3. Bobolink show/ Warren Co. (Jon Little)
>> 4. Boblinks (<millington.linda...>)
>> 5. More migrants in Reston, Fairfax Co. (Sam Simon)
>> 6. Bobolinks, Harrison Road (Marc Ribaudo)
>> 7. Trillium Trail, Thompson WMA (Marc Ribaudo)
>> 8. Goochland County Birding (Allen Bryan)
>> 9. Chincoteague white ibis (Brian Sykes)
>> 10. Big Spring Day Augusta County (Herbert Larner)
>> 11. Big Spring Day Augusta County (Herbert Larner)
>> 12. Birdathon - 'Gone Pishing' report (Loudoun) (Bryan Henson)
>> 13. Gray-cheeked Thrush, 15 warblers in Union Springs, R'ham
>> County (Kevin Shank)
>> 14. Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at feeders (Gwbirds37)
>>
>>
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>>
>> Message: 1
>> Date: Sat, 5 May 2018 11:36:37 -0400
>> From: "Peter Frechtel" <pafrecht...>
>> To: "'VA-BIRD'" <va-bird...>
>> Subject: [VA-bird] DC-area birding in the past week
>> Message-ID: <003a01d3e486$db8edd40$92ac97c0$@verizon.net>
>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
>>
>> Hello VA-Birders,
>>
>>
>>
>> I've been out five mornings in the past week: four times to Kent Gardens
>> Park in McLean, and once to Roosevelt Island in DC. I haven't had a great
>> morning yet for migrants, but there have been interesting moments. Here are
>> some highlights:
>>
>>
>>
>> * Beaver at Kent Gardens Park at dawn on Saturday 4/29. Haven't seen
>> it since, but we had a good staredown at close range. Not the first time
>> I've seen one here, but it's been a few years. I've heard that some of the
>> folks whose yards border Pimmit Run don't want them around.
>> * Worm-eating warbler this morning at Kent Gardens Park, and Tuesday
>> morning 5/1 at Roosevelt Island
>> * Spotted sandpiper this morning at Kent Gardens Park
>> * White-eyed vireo in the same two locations, all four days at Kent
>> Gardens Park. They don't breed here every year.
>> * Northern waterthrush on all five mornings
>> * Lots of cliff swallows around and under the bridge to Roosevelt
>> Island
>> * Chestnut-sided warbler on two of the four mornings at Kent Gardens
>> Park
>> * Red-shouldered hawk carrying nesting material to an obvious nest at
>> Roosevelt Island. The nest is about 60' up, behind and just to the right of
>> Teddy.
>>
>>
>>
>> Peter Frechtel
>>
>> Falls Church
>>
>>
>>
>> ------------------------------
>>
>> Message: 2
>> Date: Sat, 5 May 2018 12:38:39 -0400
>> From: "Marshall Faintich" <marshall...>
>> To: <va-bird...>
>> Subject: [VA-bird] 9 warbler species; 5/4/18
>> Message-ID: <001d01d3e48f$864e96f0$92ebc4d0$@faintich.net>
>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
>>
>> 33 avian species on the Blue Ridge Parkway and nearby Ridgeview Park,
>> including 9 warbler species: FOS Bay-breasted, FOS Magnolia, Ovenbird,
>> Hooded, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-rumped, Chestnut-sided, American
>> Redstart, and Cerulean. Report and photos:
>>
>>
>>
>> <http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_05_04.htm>
>> http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_05_04.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 !!
>>
>> ____________________________________________________________________________
>> _______________________
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> ------------------------------
>>
>> Message: 3
>> Date: Sat, 5 May 2018 12:43:48 -0400
>> From: "Jon Little" <littlejon48...>
>> To: <va-bird...>, <shenvalbirds...>
>> Subject: [VA-bird] Bobolink show/ Warren Co.
>> Message-ID: <000001d3e490$3e68b770$bb3a2650$@comcast.net>
>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
>>
>> We stopped to enjoy our yearly Bobolink display at Oxbow Farm along Morgan
>> Ford Rd. There were at least 25 total birds singing, chasing, and
>> displaying. At least 2 females were constantly being chased and pursued by
>> multiple males. Twice I saw 3 males after 1 female, plus 1 male chasing a
>> juvenile male that wasn't quite into breeding plumage. Later, we found 4
>> more in regular spots in Clarke Co.
>>
>>
>>
>> Jon & BJ Little
>>
>> Winchester
>>
>>
>>
>> ------------------------------
>>
>> Message: 4
>> Date: Sat, 5 May 2018 12:54:39 -0400
>> From: <millington.linda...>
>> To: <va-bird...>
>> Subject: [VA-bird] Boblinks
>> Message-ID: <1FB6324F-91CD-4D22-A0A8-2B128486A5F7...>
>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
>>
>> Flock of about 20 at start of Rolling Meadows Trail at Sky Meadows State Park.
>>
>> Linda Millington
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> ------------------------------
>>
>> Message: 5
>> Date: Sat, 5 May 2018 13:50:30 -0400
>> From: Sam Simon <samsimon387...>
>> To: <va-bird...>
>> Subject: [VA-bird] More migrants in Reston, Fairfax Co.
>> Message-ID:
>> <CAMOM19ASQEC-NZRYpLs5W2VNyWoPzFGMNR+g+<RFCVYTyixFrrQ...>
>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="UTF-8"
>>
>> Yesterday and today brought lots of new birds. I birded in the woods behind
>> my house in southern Reston and down towards Glade Stream Valley. Loads of
>> warblers, including some new ones for this spot.
>> Nashville Warb
>> Blackburnian Warb
>> Canada Warb
>> Hooded Warb
>> Kentucky Warb
>> Scarlet Tanager
>> RB Grosbeak
>> Baltimore Oriole
>>
>> The Hooded and Kentucky were very exciting.
>> Also so many thrushes, mostly Veery and Wood.
>> At least 15 Ovenbirds and 15 Common Yellowthroats, they were all over the
>> place.
>>
>> Checklists here:
>> https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S45289706?share=true
>> https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S45297668
>>
>> Happy migration,
>> ~Sam
>>
>> Reston, Fairfax Co.
>>
>>
>> ------------------------------
>>
>> Message: 6
>> Date: Sat, 5 May 2018 15:06:49 -0400
>> From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...>
>> To: <va-bird...>
>> Subject: [VA-bird] Bobolinks, Harrison Road
>> Message-ID: <16331b31189-c8b-4510d...>
>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8
>>
>> While returning from the Trillium Trail (report to follow) I traveled Harrison Road in Fauquier Co looking for bobolinks. I found them in a field just east of the intersection with Belvoir Road. It was quite a sight with 17 males sitting in a single large bush. Further along Harrison were several singing meadowlarks and a single grasshopper sparrow.
>>
>>
>> Marc Ribaudo
>> <moribaudo...>
>>
>>
>>
>> ------------------------------
>>
>> Message: 7
>> Date: Sat, 5 May 2018 15:17:29 -0400
>> From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...>
>> To: <va-bird...>
>> Subject: [VA-bird] Trillium Trail, Thompson WMA
>> Message-ID: <16331bcd70f-c88-118d2...>
>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8
>>
>> The Northern Virginia Bird Club visited the Trillium Trail of Thompson WMA in Fauquier Co this morning, and unlike recent years, did not suffer fog, cold, or rain. We enjoyed a great cerulean warbler show, with good looks at numerous birds. We also enjoyed an extremely cooperative Kentucky warbler that was singing from a bare branch over the trail, not far from the parking lot. Several hooded warblers tantalized us, but only one of our party could get eyes on one. We lucked into a pair of blue-headed vireos that appeared to be bringing food to a nest. We also saw a first year male rose-breasted grosbeak trying to build a nest, without much apparent success. Other notables were a couple of Swainson's thrushes, hermit thrush, worm-eating warbler, red-headed woodpecker, Acadian flycatcher, several yellow-throated vireos, and black-throated blue warbler. We tallied 49 species in all.
>>
>>
>> Marc Ribaudo
>> <moribaudo...>
>>
>>
>>
>> ------------------------------
>>
>> Message: 8
>> Date: Sat, 5 May 2018 21:13:48 +0000 (UTC)
>> From: Allen Bryan <nshrike1...>
>> To: Va-bird Birding <va-bird...>
>> Subject: [VA-bird] Goochland County Birding
>> Message-ID: <465330439.261646.1525554828032...>
>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
>>
>> I birded for half a day in Goochland County this morning. ?I tallied 99 species and got to enjoy two Barn Owls and noted a pair of Hooded Mergansers on the James River. ?Migrants were highlighted by multiple Cape May Warblers, Black-throated Blues, Veeries and Swainson's Thrushes.
>> A few photographs can be found at:
>> http://visitingnature.com/main/aprilmay-2018/
>>
>>
>> Enjoy each day,
>> Allen
>>
>> Allen Bryan?Winchester & Richmond, Va.?www.visitingnature.com
>>
>> ------------------------------
>>
>> Message: 9
>> Date: Sat, 5 May 2018 16:18:11 -0700
>> From: Brian Sykes <mysykes01...>
>> To: "<va-bird...>" <va-bird...>
>> Subject: [VA-bird] Chincoteague white ibis
>> Message-ID:
>> <CAPvfx3OiZEdMq+ty_HjMjK60e=g3qJ7KNpYcUA_5H=<nLyrYQPA...>
>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="UTF-8"
>>
>> Had lots of birds yesterday at Chincoteague bridges and Assateague island
>> marshes. Three white ibis flew over causeway east end. Small Falcon flew
>> over main st.near movie theater. Headed to boat launch .Very streaked
>> chest. Peregrine? Two Blacknecked stilts seen from causeway, Osprey at nest
>> near visitor center, black bellied plover same area with willet,
>> yellowlegs, cormorrant, oystercatcher, other marsh areas ,white egret,
>> snowy egret, tricolored heron several unidentified shorebird species.dozen
>> forster terns sitting on bridge railings . Hundreds of laughing gulls
>> chinco bay. Eight glossy ibis seen from pier trailsend. Blue grosbeak,
>> white eyed vireo and redheaded woodpecker area of pier.
>>
>> Bsykes
>> Accomack va.
>>
>>
>> ------------------------------
>>
>> Message: 10
>> Date: Sun, 6 May 2018 00:30:13 +0000 (UTC)
>> From: Herbert Larner <birdergonewild...>
>> To: Nance Lawler <N2Birding...>, <va-bird...>
>> Cc: shenvalbirds <shenvalbirds...>
>> Subject: [VA-bird] Big Spring Day Augusta County
>> Message-ID: <1328714461.269339.1525566613223...>
>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
>>
>>
>> Hello All
>>
>> This morning I started out at 04 :30 & birded till 17 :30 for our bird clubs Big Spring Day in Augusta County . Other groups were out also . I ended the day with 115 species of birds heard or seen . My area was the Blue Ridge Parkway , Rt 610 , Big Levels , Lyndhurst area , Stuarts Draft area , Fishersville area , Part of the Staunton area & up to the Mint Springs area . I traveled a total of 196 miles by vehicle & walked another 2 .5 miles The weather started out cloudy & as the day went by some sun & finishing with total cloud cover . I ran into areas of rain at times . Temps started out with 62 & a high of 67 which dropped quickly back to 60 at finish time . On the Blue Ridge Parkway around mile marker 13 to 15 the trillium is out in full bloom . Below is a list of birds seen or heard by me today .
>>
>>
>> CANADA GOOSE -- 35
>>
>> WOOD DUCK -- 4
>>
>> MALLARD -- 15
>>
>> WILD TURKEY -- 1
>>
>> PIED - BILLED GREBE -- 1
>>
>> GREAT BLUE HERON -- 55 -- MOST AT ROOKERY SANGERS LANE
>>
>> GREEN HERON -- 4
>>
>> BV -- 10
>>
>> TV -- 27
>>
>> BALD EAGLE -- 2 WITH ONE YOUNG IN NEST -- STUARTS DRAFT
>>
>> RED - SHOULDERED HAWK -- 2
>>
>> BROAD - WINGED HAWK -- 2
>>
>> RED - TAILED HAWK -- 5 2 ON NEST WITH ONE HAVING 2 YOUNG IN NEST RT. 776 NEW HOPE AREA
>>
>> AMERICAN KESTREL -- 2
>>
>> VIRGINIA RAIL -- 3 - SHENANDOAH WETLAND BANK -- WRITTEN PERMISSION
>>
>> SORA -- 2 - SHEN . WETLANDS BANK
>>
>> KILLDEER -- 4
>>
>> SPOTTED SANDPIPER -- 3
>>
>> SOLITARY SANDPIPER -- 5
>>
>> LESSER YELLOWLEGS -- 1
>>
>> AMERICAN WOODCOCK -- 3
>>
>> ROCK PIGEON -- 40
>>
>> MOURNING DOVE -- 53
>>
>> BARN OWL -- 1 WITH 3 YOUNG -- SILO ON GUNTHRIE RD .
>>
>> EASTERN SCREECH OWL -- 1
>>
>> CHUCK - WILL'S - WIDOW -- 3
>>
>> EASTERN WHIP - POOR -- WILL -- 25
>>
>> CHIMNEY SWIFT -- 72
>>
>> BELTED KINGFISHER -- 1
>>
>> RED - HEADED WOODPECKER -- 1
>>
>> RED - BELLIED WOODPECKER -- 17
>>
>> DOWNY -- 3
>>
>> HAIRY -- 1
>>
>> NORTHER FLICKER -- 9
>>
>> PILEATED WOODPECKER -- 4
>>
>> EASTERN WOOD - PEWEE -- 2
>>
>> ACADIAN - FLYCATCHER -- 1
>>
>> EASTERN PHOEBE -- 2
>>
>> GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER -- 7
>>
>> EASTERN KINGBIRD -- 5
>>
>> WHITE - EYED VIREO -- 1
>>
>> BLUE - HEADED VIREO -- 3
>>
>> RED - EYED VIREO -- 58
>>
>> BLUE JAY -- 45
>>
>> AMERICAN CROW -- 31
>>
>> FISH CROW -- 5
>>
>> COMMON RAVEN -- 1
>>
>> HORNED LARK -- 3
>>
>> PURPLE MARTIN -- 97
>>
>> TREE SWALLOW -- 63
>>
>> NORTHERN ROUGH - WINGED SWALLOW -- 15
>>
>> CLIFF SWALLOW -- 12
>>
>> BARN SWALLOW -- 105
>>
>> CAROLINA CHICKADEE -- 37
>>
>> TUFTED TITMOUSE -- 32
>>
>> WHITE - BREASTED NUTHATCH -- 7
>>
>> CAROLINA WREN -- 18
>>
>> HOUSE WREN -- 7
>>
>> RUBY -CROWNED KINGLET -- 9
>>
>> BLUE - GRAY GNATCATCHER -- 16
>>
>> EASTERN BLUEBIRD -- 13
>>
>> VEERY -- 1
>>
>> SWAINSON'S THRUSH -- 1
>>
>> WOOD THRUSH -- 11
>>
>> AMERICAN ROBIN -- 279
>>
>> GRAY CATBIRD -- 36
>>
>> NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD -- 21
>>
>> BROWN THRASHER -- 27
>>
>> EUROPEAN STARLING -- 299
>>
>> CEDAR WAXWING -- 10
>>
>> BLUE - WINGED WARBLER -- 1
>>
>> NASHVILLE WARBLER -- 1
>>
>> NORTHERN PARULA -- 1
>>
>> YELLOW WARBLER -- 5
>>
>> CHESTNUT -- SIDED WARBLER -- 2
>>
>> MAGNOLIA WARBLER -- 2
>>
>> YELLOW - RUMPED WARBLER -- 116
>>
>> BLACK - THROATED GREEN -- 3
>>
>> YELLOW - THROATED WARBLER -- 1 ON MY PROPERTY NEW YARD BIRD
>>
>> PINE WARBLER -- 10 -- ONE FEMALE COLLECTING NEST MATERIAL BIG LEVELS
>>
>> PALM WARBLER -- 3
>>
>> BAY - BREASTED WARBLER -- 1
>>
>> CERULEAN WARBLER -- 5
>>
>> BLACK & WHITE WARBLER -- 3
>>
>> AMERICAN REDSTART -- 18
>>
>> WORM -EATING WARBLER -- 29
>>
>> OVENBIRD -- 24
>>
>> LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH -- 7
>>
>> COMMON YELLOWTHROAT -- 5
>>
>> HOODED WARBLER -- 7
>>
>> SCARLET TANAGER -- 17
>>
>> EASTERN TOWHEE -- 49
>>
>> CHIPPING SPARROW -- 13
>>
>> FIELD SPARROW -- 17
>>
>> SAVANNAH SPARROW -- 5
>>
>> GRASSHOPPER SPARROW -- 2
>>
>> SONG SPARROW -- 26
>>
>> SWAMP SPARROW -- 2
>>
>> WHITE - THROATED SPARROW -- 22
>>
>> WHITE - CROWNED SPARROW -- 4
>>
>> DARK - EYED JUNCO -- 3
>>
>> NORTHERN CARDINAL -- 37
>>
>> ROSE - BREASTED GROSBEAK -- 3
>>
>> INDIGO BUNTING -- 7
>>
>> DICKCISSEL -- 5 THREE ON GUNTHRIE RD & TWO ON RT 608 NEW HOPE AREA
>>
>> BOBOLINK -- 25
>>
>> RED -WINGED BLACKBIRD -- 203
>>
>> EASTERN MEADOWLARK -- 31
>>
>> COMMON GRACKLE -- 109
>>
>> BROWN - HEADED BLACKBIRD -- 15
>>
>> ORCHARD ORIOLE -- 3
>>
>> BALTIMORE ORIOLE -- 1
>>
>> HOUSE FINCH -- 21
>>
>> AMERICAN GOLDFINCH -- 132
>>
>> HOUSE SPARROW -- 67
>>
>>
>> Allen Larner
>>
>> Staunton
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> ------------------------------
>>
>> Message: 11
>> Date: Sun, 6 May 2018 00:53:45 +0000 (UTC)
>> From: Herbert Larner <birdergonewild...>
>> To: Nance Lawler <N2Birding...>, <va-bird...>
>> Cc: shenvalbirds <shenvalbirds...>
>> Subject: [VA-bird] Big Spring Day Augusta County
>> Message-ID: <903366384.289634.1525568025233...>
>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> ?
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> SORRY FOR THE RESEND . I FORGOT TO ADD 2 SPECIES OF WARBLERS THE CAPE MAY & BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS TO THE LIST . THEY WERE ADDED IN TO THE REGULAR LIST WITH COUNTS .
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Hello All
>>
>>
>>
>> This morning I started out at 04 :30 & birded till 17
>> :30 for our bird clubs Big Spring Day in Augusta County .
>> Other groups were out also . I ended the day with 117
>> species of birds heard or seen . My area was the Blue Ridge
>> Parkway , Rt 610 , Big Levels , Lyndhurst area , Stuarts
>> Draft area , Fishersville area , Part of the Staunton area
>> & up to the Mint Springs area . I traveled a total of
>> 196 miles by vehicle & walked another 2 .5 miles The
>> weather started out cloudy & as the day went by some sun
>> & finishing with total cloud cover . I ran into areas of
>> rain at times . Temps started out with 62 & a high of 67
>> which dropped quickly back to 60 at finish time . On the
>> Blue Ridge Parkway around mile marker 13 to 15 the trillium
>> is out in full bloom . Below is a list of birds seen or
>> heard by me today .
>>
>>
>>
>> CANADA GOOSE -- 35
>>
>>
>>
>> WOOD DUCK -- 4
>>
>>
>>
>> MALLARD -- 15
>>
>>
>>
>> WILD TURKEY -- 1
>>
>>
>>
>> PIED - BILLED GREBE -- 1
>>
>>
>>
>> GREAT BLUE HERON -- 55 -- MOST AT ROOKERY SANGERS LANE
>>
>>
>>
>> GREEN HERON -- 4
>>
>>
>>
>> BV -- 10
>>
>>
>>
>> TV -- 27
>>
>>
>>
>> BALD EAGLE -- 2 WITH ONE YOUNG IN NEST -- STUARTS DRAFT
>>
>>
>>
>> RED - SHOULDERED HAWK -- 2
>>
>>
>>
>> BROAD - WINGED HAWK -- 2
>>
>>
>>
>> RED - TAILED HAWK -- 5 2 ON NEST WITH ONE HAVING 2 YOUNG
>> IN NEST RT. 776 NEW HOPE AREA
>>
>>
>>
>> AMERICAN KESTREL -- 2
>>
>>
>>
>> VIRGINIA RAIL -- 3 - SHENANDOAH WETLAND BANK -- WRITTEN
>> PERMISSION
>>
>>
>>
>> SORA -- 2 - SHEN . WETLANDS BANK
>>
>>
>>
>> KILLDEER -- 4
>>
>>
>>
>> SPOTTED SANDPIPER -- 3
>>
>>
>>
>> SOLITARY SANDPIPER -- 5
>>
>>
>>
>> LESSER YELLOWLEGS -- 1
>>
>>
>>
>> AMERICAN WOODCOCK -- 3
>>
>>
>>
>> ROCK PIGEON -- 40
>>
>>
>>
>> MOURNING DOVE -- 53
>>
>>
>>
>> BARN OWL -- 1 WITH 3 YOUNG -- SILO ON GUNTHRIE RD .
>>
>>
>>
>> EASTERN SCREECH OWL -- 1
>>
>>
>>
>> CHUCK - WILL'S - WIDOW -- 3
>>
>>
>>
>> EASTERN WHIP - POOR -- WILL -- 25
>>
>>
>>
>> CHIMNEY SWIFT -- 72
>>
>>
>>
>> BELTED KINGFISHER -- 1
>>
>>
>>
>> RED - HEADED WOODPECKER -- 1
>>
>>
>>
>> RED - BELLIED WOODPECKER -- 17
>>
>>
>>
>> DOWNY -- 3
>>
>>
>>
>> HAIRY -- 1
>>
>>
>>
>> NORTHER FLICKER -- 9
>>
>>
>>
>> PILEATED WOODPECKER -- 4
>>
>>
>>
>> EASTERN WOOD - PEWEE -- 2
>>
>>
>>
>> ACADIAN - FLYCATCHER -- 1
>>
>>
>>
>> EASTERN PHOEBE -- 2
>>
>>
>>
>> GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER -- 7
>>
>>
>>
>> EASTERN KINGBIRD -- 5
>>
>>
>>
>> WHITE - EYED VIREO -- 1
>>
>>
>>
>> BLUE - HEADED VIREO -- 3
>>
>>
>>
>> RED - EYED VIREO -- 58
>>
>>
>>
>> BLUE JAY -- 45
>>
>>
>>
>> AMERICAN CROW -- 31
>>
>>
>>
>> FISH CROW -- 5
>>
>>
>>
>> COMMON RAVEN -- 1
>>
>>
>>
>> HORNED LARK -- 3
>>
>>
>>
>> PURPLE MARTIN -- 97
>>
>>
>>
>> TREE SWALLOW -- 63
>>
>>
>>
>> NORTHERN ROUGH - WINGED SWALLOW -- 15
>>
>>
>>
>> CLIFF SWALLOW -- 12
>>
>>
>>
>> BARN SWALLOW -- 105
>>
>>
>>
>> CAROLINA CHICKADEE -- 37
>>
>>
>>
>> TUFTED TITMOUSE -- 32
>>
>>
>>
>> WHITE - BREASTED NUTHATCH -- 7
>>
>>
>>
>> CAROLINA WREN -- 18
>>
>>
>>
>> HOUSE WREN -- 7
>>
>>
>>
>> RUBY -CROWNED KINGLET -- 9
>>
>>
>>
>> BLUE - GRAY GNATCATCHER -- 16
>>
>>
>>
>> EASTERN BLUEBIRD -- 13
>>
>>
>>
>> VEERY -- 1
>>
>>
>>
>> SWAINSON'S THRUSH -- 1
>>
>>
>>
>> WOOD THRUSH -- 11
>>
>>
>>
>> AMERICAN ROBIN -- 279
>>
>>
>>
>> GRAY CATBIRD -- 36
>>
>>
>>
>> NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD -- 21
>>
>>
>>
>> BROWN THRASHER -- 27
>>
>>
>>
>> EUROPEAN STARLING -- 299
>>
>>
>>
>> CEDAR WAXWING -- 10
>>
>>
>>
>> BLUE - WINGED WARBLER -- 1
>>
>>
>>
>> NASHVILLE WARBLER -- 1
>>
>>
>>
>> NORTHERN PARULA -- 1
>>
>>
>>
>> YELLOW WARBLER -- 5
>>
>>
>>
>> CHESTNUT -- SIDED WARBLER -- 2
>>
>>
>>
>> MAGNOLIA WARBLER -- 2
>>
>>
>> CAPE MAY WARBLER -- 7
>>
>>
>> BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER -- 2
>>
>>
>> YELLOW - RUMPED WARBLER -- 116
>>
>>
>>
>> BLACK - THROATED GREEN -- 3
>>
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>> PINE WARBLER -- 10 -- ONE FEMALE COLLECTING NEST MATERIAL
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>> Message: 12
>> Date: Sat, 5 May 2018 21:30:39 -0400
>> From: Bryan Henson <bghenson23...>
>> To: VA-Bird <va-bird...>
>> Subject: [VA-bird] Birdathon - 'Gone Pishing' report (Loudoun)
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>> Our team of three spent the afternoon of Friday May 5th through this
>> afternoon (hoping to void incoming rain) participating in the Loudoun
>> Wildlife Conservancy birdathon. While the goal is to raise money for
>> Loudoun Wildlife, an active conservancy organization that we strongly
>> support (you can donate at
>> https://loudounwildlife.org/2017/03/birdathon-donation-form/ if so moved),
>> a lot of birding is involved.
>>
>> We ended up with a little over 100 species for the 24 hour period. Only
>> birds seen from within Loudoun county were counted.
>>
>> *Highlights included:*
>> Bay-breasted Warbler at Algonkian Park
>> A lone Rusty Blackbird was seen/heard at Algonkian Park
>> A flock of Bobolinks heard and spotted at Bles Park
>> Beautiful Cape May Warblers at Morven Park
>> FOS Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Algonkian Park
>> Yellow Warblers (several locations)
>> Orioles, vireos and grasshopper sparrows were back in force and singing
>> strongly at multiple locations
>>
>>
>> Waterfowl were scare and shorebirds were limited (high water levels?) to
>> Solitary and Spotted Sandpipers.
>> We had several misses: Great Horned Owl, Broad-winged Hawk, grosbeaks and
>> many missed warblers (too many to list!).
>>
>> We wrapped up a little before the rain started and headed to a well timed
>> lunch at a local Mexican restaurant.
>>
>> All the (23!) checklists are in eBird.
>>
>> Happy Cinco de Mayo,
>> Bryan Henson
>> Sterling, VA
>>
>> *Non-avian sightings:*
>> Butterflies: Black Swallowtail, Pearl Crescent, American Lady, Tiger
>> Swallowtail, sulphurs
>> Common Green Darner, Fragile Forktail, probable Carolina Saddlebags
>> Eastern Painted Turtle baby - maybe about an 1 to 1.5 inches long - very
>> cute!
>>
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>> Message: 13
>> Date: Sat, 5 May 2018 23:29:53 -0400
>> From: "Kevin Shank" <birds...>
>> To: <shenvalbirds...>, <va-bird...>
>> Subject: [VA-bird] Gray-cheeked Thrush, 15 warblers in Union Springs,
>> R'ham County
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>> I had a pretty good day today at our place in Union Springs, with a total of
>> 62 species, including 15 warblers (Ovenbird, Worm-eating, LA Waterthrush,
>> B&W, Common Yellowthroat, Am. Redstart, Northern Parula, Magnolia,
>> Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, BTB, Pine, Y-rumped, BTG). Also
>> had Wood, Swainson's, and most notably, Gray-cheeked Thrush. Checklists for
>> the day are here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45291506
>>
>> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45320345
>>
>>
>>
>> Shaphan Shank
>>
>> Union Springs
>>
>>
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>> Message: 14
>> Date: Sun, 6 May 2018 07:48:24 -0400
>> From: Gwbirds37 <gwbirds37...>
>> To: <va-bird...>, <va-richmond-general...>
>> Subject: [VA-bird] Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at feeders
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>> We have had them now for 8 straight days - this am there were 2 Males and 3 Females on feeders at same time. This is the longest stretch of such activity that we can remember; usually we see them at the feeders for 3-4 days in a row. Not this year.
>>
>> Gerry Weinberger
>> Doswell
>> Hanover Co.
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Date: 5/6/18 3:51 pm
From: Deapesh Misra via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] UOSA (Fairfax County) - Migrants still present -- also a BBCU
Hi,
The park still has a lot of ORCHARD ORIOLEs, some WARBLER species (for this park, I will take any warbler in addition to YRWAs) and today I saw my FOS 'for this park' a WARBLING VIREO (WAVI).


BUT...first, for the BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO (BBCU) story , we have to travel back in time to May 3:


May 3, 2018:
I was short on time that day and so had to rush sooner than usual. After I got to the park, I realized that it would have been awesome if I had more time, since the place had a lot of activity ! It was virtually impossible to miss the singing and calling of the Orioles !

Another photographer was present that day. He had great luck with photographing the ORCHARD ORIOLEs who not only allowed him to take their photo using his zoom lens but then also allowed him to take a photo using his cell phone! They were not at all spooked by his presence while they were at a height of about 5-7 feet.

I had better luck with birding than taking photos, since very soon I noticed my FOS YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOs (YBCU) . Also around the same time I heard my FOS for this park - RED EYED VIREOs. I took a few record shots and went about birding. 

Today afternoon, while preparing my documentation for the WAVI I had seen, I decided it was about time to download photos from the camera and have a look at them. And that is when I discovered that, along with the 2 YBCU that I had seen, I also had photographed a cuckoo with its back towards me and which had red color near its eye. And that caught my attention and a little post-processing later, I believe what i had photographed was the BLACK-BILLED Cuckoo (BBCU). 

The photo can be seen either at the VA-Bird Flickr pool https://www.flickr.com/groups/va-bird/pool/or in the eBird list. If you do think that it is not a BBCU, do tell me.

On May 3, I also noticed that the CAPE-MAY WARBLERS (CPWA), who had been silent for the past few days at this location, had started calling out. 

Here is the ebird list for May 3: https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S45214611

( I am happy and sad at the BBCU story. Happy because I was able to document its presence and add it to this place's checklist. Sad because - I dislike finding new "surprise" birds while reviewing my photos. I try to increase my time spent seeing through the binoculars in comparison to the time spent seeing through my camera lens. But it is a constant struggle.)


TODAY:
Coming back to today, it was a fine migrant morning. But he CPWA seem to have all gone! 

If you were at the park today, apart from the usual suspects, you would have heard:
* ORCHARD ORIOLE* NORTHERN PARULA
* YELLOW WARBLER  ---- seems like there was an influx last night* BLACKPOLL WARBLER ---- FOS for this park, glad to have them back!* PRARIE WARBLER ---- easily heard from the backside of the pond* YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER* RED-SHOULDERED HAWK ---- they have become pretty vocal in the past few weeks* GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER* RED-EYED VIREO* WARBLING VIREO
Today's eBird list is here: https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S45374095

cheers,
Deapesh.

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Date: 5/6/18 2:59 pm
From: Lucy Uncu via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Eakin Community Park, May 6, 2018
Great day both today and yesterday!

-----Original Message-----
From: ebird-checklist <ebird-checklist...>
To: luncu <luncu...>
Sent: Sun, May 6, 2018 5:57 pm
Subject: eBird Report - Eakin Community Park, May 6, 2018

Eakin Community Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US
May 6, 2018 2:00 PM - 5:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
42 species

Mallard 2
Turkey Vulture 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Red-eyed Vireo 10
American Crow 3
Carolina Chickadee 10
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Swainson's Thrush 2
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 2
American Redstart 2
Cape May Warbler 5 lots of very cooperative Cape May warblers. Good views
and photos if needed.
Northern Parula 10
Magnolia Warbler 2
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 6
Black-throated Blue Warbler 2
Palm Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
Song Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 26
Indigo Bunting 1
Orchard Oriole 1
Common Grackle 2
American Goldfinch 12
House Sparrow 4

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45380050

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Date: 5/6/18 12:42 pm
From: Gerry Hawkins via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Weekly walk at Dyke Marsh WP, Fairfax County
Highlights of the regular Sunday morning field trip at Dyke Marsh WP today
included a flyover Mississippi Kite in the picnic area; a Merlin in flight
at the end of Haul Road; 12 species of warbler, including well seen Cape
May, Chestnut-sided, Blackpoll, Yellow and Palm Warblers and Common
Yellowthroats; numerous Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, Eastern Kingbirds,
Warbling Vireos and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers; a juvenile Bald Eagle in a
nearby nest along Haul Road; an Osprey in a nearby nest at the marina; a few
Forsters Terns along with many Caspian Terns; two Spotted Sandpipers; two
Laughing Gulls; a single late Lesser Scaup; and a small flock of Cedar
Waxwings. A full list of the 66 bird species encountered during the walk may
be viewed at the following link: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45367948
<https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45367948>

The regular Sunday morning walk is sponsored by The Friends of Dyke Marsh
and starts at 8:00 a.m each Sunday at the south end of the parking lot to
the Belle Haven picnic area. The walk is free and open to all.

Gerry Hawkins
Arlington, VA


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Date: 5/6/18 12:31 pm
From: Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Wood Thrush nest, migrants in Union Springs, R'ham County
I had a few good birds before church this morning: a Gray-cheeked Thrush, 5
Swainson's Thrushes, and 9 species of warblers (Ovenbird, Worm-eating, B&W,
Redstart, Northern Parula, Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, Y-rumped, and BTG).
Other than the Gray-cheeked Thrush, which I first saw yesterday, the
highlight was a pair of Wood Thrushes building a nest. I've heard them
singing through the summer here, but haven't found a nest before.

https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S45349471



Shaphan Shank

Union Springs

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Date: 5/6/18 12:21 pm
From: Colt Gregory via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Great Falls Sunday Bird walk - A banner day.
Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified 71 species and included 16 participants. It was an outstanding morning for birds at Great Falls. Warblers were well represented along with other crowd favorites like the Scarlet tanager, Balitmore and Orchard orioles. We didn't want to go home. 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 National Park Visitors' center; it does not take place, though, during electrical storms, heavy snows, or when the trails are icy. All those with an interest in the natural world, beginning and experience birds, or those interested in nice walk in a beautiful setting please join us.


Species Count
Canada Goose 15
Mallard 5
Double-crested Cormorant 7
Great Blue Heron 22
Black Vulture 19
Turkey Vulture 7
Osprey 1
Bald Eagle 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
hawk sp. 1
Spotted Sandpiper 11
Mourning Dove 2
Yellow-billed/Black-billed Cuckoo 1
Barred Owl 2
Chimney Swift 12
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 9
Downy Woodpecker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 5
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 5
Eastern Kingbird 2
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 3
Red-eyed Vireo 8
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 2
Fish Crow 1
crow sp. 2
Tree Swallow 7
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 8
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 12
Eastern Bluebird 3
Swainson's Thrush 1
American Robin 3
Gray Catbird 5
European Starling 1
Cedar Waxwing 15
Ovenbird 2
Louisiana Waterthrush 2
Black-and-white Warbler 4
Common Yellowthroat 7
American Redstart 3
Northern Parula 4
Magnolia Warbler 4
Bay-breasted Warbler 2
Yellow Warbler 4
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler 8
Yellow-rumped Warbler 12
Yellow-throated Warbler 1
Prairie Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 3
Eastern Towhee 2
Scarlet Tanager 7
Northern Cardinal 4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 4
Blue Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 3
Orchard Oriole 2
Baltimore Oriole 2
Red-winged Blackbird 5
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Common Grackle 12
American Goldfinch 7

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Date: 5/6/18 11:45 am
From: charles barnard jr via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Mississippi Kite at Belle Haven/Alexandria
I was on the weekly bird walk at Dyke Marsh this morning when a
Mississippi Kite came by flying upriver very close to the shoreline at the
Belle Haven picnic area. The bird appeared to me to be an adult female
(darker head on female than male). I will write up a brief description
on an eBird report later this evening.

Charlie Barnard Jr
western Fairfax
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Date: 5/6/18 11:05 am
From: Ann Cline via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] VA-bird Digest, Vol 133, Issue 6

> On May 6, 2018, at 8:50 AM, <va-bird-request...> wrote:
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> 1. DC-area birding in the past week (Peter Frechtel)
> 2. 9 warbler species; 5/4/18 (Marshall Faintich)
> 3. Bobolink show/ Warren Co. (Jon Little)
> 4. Boblinks (<millington.linda...>)
> 5. More migrants in Reston, Fairfax Co. (Sam Simon)
> 6. Bobolinks, Harrison Road (Marc Ribaudo)
> 7. Trillium Trail, Thompson WMA (Marc Ribaudo)
> 8. Goochland County Birding (Allen Bryan)
> 9. Chincoteague white ibis (Brian Sykes)
> 10. Big Spring Day Augusta County (Herbert Larner)
> 11. Big Spring Day Augusta County (Herbert Larner)
> 12. Birdathon - 'Gone Pishing' report (Loudoun) (Bryan Henson)
> 13. Gray-cheeked Thrush, 15 warblers in Union Springs, R'ham
> County (Kevin Shank)
> 14. Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at feeders (Gwbirds37)
>
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Message: 1
> Date: Sat, 5 May 2018 11:36:37 -0400
> From: "Peter Frechtel" <pafrecht...>
> To: "'VA-BIRD'" <va-bird...>
> Subject: [VA-bird] DC-area birding in the past week
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> Hello VA-Birders,
>
>
>
> I've been out five mornings in the past week: four times to Kent Gardens
> Park in McLean, and once to Roosevelt Island in DC. I haven't had a great
> morning yet for migrants, but there have been interesting moments. Here are
> some highlights:
>
>
>
> * Beaver at Kent Gardens Park at dawn on Saturday 4/29. Haven't seen
> it since, but we had a good staredown at close range. Not the first time
> I've seen one here, but it's been a few years. I've heard that some of the
> folks whose yards border Pimmit Run don't want them around.
> * Worm-eating warbler this morning at Kent Gardens Park, and Tuesday
> morning 5/1 at Roosevelt Island
> * Spotted sandpiper this morning at Kent Gardens Park
> * White-eyed vireo in the same two locations, all four days at Kent
> Gardens Park. They don't breed here every year.
> * Northern waterthrush on all five mornings
> * Lots of cliff swallows around and under the bridge to Roosevelt
> Island
> * Chestnut-sided warbler on two of the four mornings at Kent Gardens
> Park
> * Red-shouldered hawk carrying nesting material to an obvious nest at
> Roosevelt Island. The nest is about 60' up, behind and just to the right of
> Teddy.
>
>
>
> Peter Frechtel
>
> Falls Church
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 2
> Date: Sat, 5 May 2018 12:38:39 -0400
> From: "Marshall Faintich" <marshall...>
> To: <va-bird...>
> Subject: [VA-bird] 9 warbler species; 5/4/18
> Message-ID: <001d01d3e48f$864e96f0$92ebc4d0$@faintich.net>
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>
> 33 avian species on the Blue Ridge Parkway and nearby Ridgeview Park,
> including 9 warbler species: FOS Bay-breasted, FOS Magnolia, Ovenbird,
> Hooded, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-rumped, Chestnut-sided, American
> Redstart, and Cerulean. Report and photos:
>
>
>
> <http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_05_04.htm>
> http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_05_04.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 !!
>
> ____________________________________________________________________________
> _______________________
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 3
> Date: Sat, 5 May 2018 12:43:48 -0400
> From: "Jon Little" <littlejon48...>
> To: <va-bird...>, <shenvalbirds...>
> Subject: [VA-bird] Bobolink show/ Warren Co.
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>
> We stopped to enjoy our yearly Bobolink display at Oxbow Farm along Morgan
> Ford Rd. There were at least 25 total birds singing, chasing, and
> displaying. At least 2 females were constantly being chased and pursued by
> multiple males. Twice I saw 3 males after 1 female, plus 1 male chasing a
> juvenile male that wasn't quite into breeding plumage. Later, we found 4
> more in regular spots in Clarke Co.
>
>
>
> Jon & BJ Little
>
> Winchester
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 4
> Date: Sat, 5 May 2018 12:54:39 -0400
> From: <millington.linda...>
> To: <va-bird...>
> Subject: [VA-bird] Boblinks
> Message-ID: <1FB6324F-91CD-4D22-A0A8-2B128486A5F7...>
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> Flock of about 20 at start of Rolling Meadows Trail at Sky Meadows State Park.
>
> Linda Millington
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 5
> Date: Sat, 5 May 2018 13:50:30 -0400
> From: Sam Simon <samsimon387...>
> To: <va-bird...>
> Subject: [VA-bird] More migrants in Reston, Fairfax Co.
> Message-ID:
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> Yesterday and today brought lots of new birds. I birded in the woods behind
> my house in southern Reston and down towards Glade Stream Valley. Loads of
> warblers, including some new ones for this spot.
> Nashville Warb
> Blackburnian Warb
> Canada Warb
> Hooded Warb
> Kentucky Warb
> Scarlet Tanager
> RB Grosbeak
> Baltimore Oriole
>
> The Hooded and Kentucky were very exciting.
> Also so many thrushes, mostly Veery and Wood.
> At least 15 Ovenbirds and 15 Common Yellowthroats, they were all over the
> place.
>
> Checklists here:
> https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S45289706?share=true
> https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S45297668
>
> Happy migration,
> ~Sam
>
> Reston, Fairfax Co.
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 6
> Date: Sat, 5 May 2018 15:06:49 -0400
> From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...>
> To: <va-bird...>
> Subject: [VA-bird] Bobolinks, Harrison Road
> Message-ID: <16331b31189-c8b-4510d...>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8
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> While returning from the Trillium Trail (report to follow) I traveled Harrison Road in Fauquier Co looking for bobolinks. I found them in a field just east of the intersection with Belvoir Road. It was quite a sight with 17 males sitting in a single large bush. Further along Harrison were several singing meadowlarks and a single grasshopper sparrow.
>
>
> Marc Ribaudo
> <moribaudo...>
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 7
> Date: Sat, 5 May 2018 15:17:29 -0400
> From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...>
> To: <va-bird...>
> Subject: [VA-bird] Trillium Trail, Thompson WMA
> Message-ID: <16331bcd70f-c88-118d2...>
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> The Northern Virginia Bird Club visited the Trillium Trail of Thompson WMA in Fauquier Co this morning, and unlike recent years, did not suffer fog, cold, or rain. We enjoyed a great cerulean warbler show, with good looks at numerous birds. We also enjoyed an extremely cooperative Kentucky warbler that was singing from a bare branch over the trail, not far from the parking lot. Several hooded warblers tantalized us, but only one of our party could get eyes on one. We lucked into a pair of blue-headed vireos that appeared to be bringing food to a nest. We also saw a first year male rose-breasted grosbeak trying to build a nest, without much apparent success. Other notables were a couple of Swainson's thrushes, hermit thrush, worm-eating warbler, red-headed woodpecker, Acadian flycatcher, several yellow-throated vireos, and black-throated blue warbler. We tallied 49 species in all.
>
>
> Marc Ribaudo
> <moribaudo...>
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 8
> Date: Sat, 5 May 2018 21:13:48 +0000 (UTC)
> From: Allen Bryan <nshrike1...>
> To: Va-bird Birding <va-bird...>
> Subject: [VA-bird] Goochland County Birding
> Message-ID: <465330439.261646.1525554828032...>
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>
> I birded for half a day in Goochland County this morning. ?I tallied 99 species and got to enjoy two Barn Owls and noted a pair of Hooded Mergansers on the James River. ?Migrants were highlighted by multiple Cape May Warblers, Black-throated Blues, Veeries and Swainson's Thrushes.
> A few photographs can be found at:
> http://visitingnature.com/main/aprilmay-2018/
>
>
> Enjoy each day,
> Allen
>
> Allen Bryan?Winchester & Richmond, Va.?www.visitingnature.com
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 9
> Date: Sat, 5 May 2018 16:18:11 -0700
> From: Brian Sykes <mysykes01...>
> To: "<va-bird...>" <va-bird...>
> Subject: [VA-bird] Chincoteague white ibis
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> Had lots of birds yesterday at Chincoteague bridges and Assateague island
> marshes. Three white ibis flew over causeway east end. Small Falcon flew
> over main st.near movie theater. Headed to boat launch .Very streaked
> chest. Peregrine? Two Blacknecked stilts seen from causeway, Osprey at nest
> near visitor center, black bellied plover same area with willet,
> yellowlegs, cormorrant, oystercatcher, other marsh areas ,white egret,
> snowy egret, tricolored heron several unidentified shorebird species.dozen
> forster terns sitting on bridge railings . Hundreds of laughing gulls
> chinco bay. Eight glossy ibis seen from pier trailsend. Blue grosbeak,
> white eyed vireo and redheaded woodpecker area of pier.
>
> Bsykes
> Accomack va.
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 10
> Date: Sun, 6 May 2018 00:30:13 +0000 (UTC)
> From: Herbert Larner <birdergonewild...>
> To: Nance Lawler <N2Birding...>, <va-bird...>
> Cc: shenvalbirds <shenvalbirds...>
> Subject: [VA-bird] Big Spring Day Augusta County
> Message-ID: <1328714461.269339.1525566613223...>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
>
>
> Hello All
>
> This morning I started out at 04 :30 & birded till 17 :30 for our bird clubs Big Spring Day in Augusta County . Other groups were out also . I ended the day with 115 species of birds heard or seen . My area was the Blue Ridge Parkway , Rt 610 , Big Levels , Lyndhurst area , Stuarts Draft area , Fishersville area , Part of the Staunton area & up to the Mint Springs area . I traveled a total of 196 miles by vehicle & walked another 2 .5 miles The weather started out cloudy & as the day went by some sun & finishing with total cloud cover . I ran into areas of rain at times . Temps started out with 62 & a high of 67 which dropped quickly back to 60 at finish time . On the Blue Ridge Parkway around mile marker 13 to 15 the trillium is out in full bloom . Below is a list of birds seen or heard by me today .
>
>
> CANADA GOOSE -- 35
>
> WOOD DUCK -- 4
>
> MALLARD -- 15
>
> WILD TURKEY -- 1
>
> PIED - BILLED GREBE -- 1
>
> GREAT BLUE HERON -- 55 -- MOST AT ROOKERY SANGERS LANE
>
> GREEN HERON -- 4
>
> BV -- 10
>
> TV -- 27
>
> BALD EAGLE -- 2 WITH ONE YOUNG IN NEST -- STUARTS DRAFT
>
> RED - SHOULDERED HAWK -- 2
>
> BROAD - WINGED HAWK -- 2
>
> RED - TAILED HAWK -- 5 2 ON NEST WITH ONE HAVING 2 YOUNG IN NEST RT. 776 NEW HOPE AREA
>
> AMERICAN KESTREL -- 2
>
> VIRGINIA RAIL -- 3 - SHENANDOAH WETLAND BANK -- WRITTEN PERMISSION
>
> SORA -- 2 - SHEN . WETLANDS BANK
>
> KILLDEER -- 4
>
> SPOTTED SANDPIPER -- 3
>
> SOLITARY SANDPIPER -- 5
>
> LESSER YELLOWLEGS -- 1
>
> AMERICAN WOODCOCK -- 3
>
> ROCK PIGEON -- 40
>
> MOURNING DOVE -- 53
>
> BARN OWL -- 1 WITH 3 YOUNG -- SILO ON GUNTHRIE RD .
>
> EASTERN SCREECH OWL -- 1
>
> CHUCK - WILL'S - WIDOW -- 3
>
> EASTERN WHIP - POOR -- WILL -- 25
>
> CHIMNEY SWIFT -- 72
>
> BELTED KINGFISHER -- 1
>
> RED - HEADED WOODPECKER -- 1
>
> RED - BELLIED WOODPECKER -- 17
>
> DOWNY -- 3
>
> HAIRY -- 1
>
> NORTHER FLICKER -- 9
>
> PILEATED WOODPECKER -- 4
>
> EASTERN WOOD - PEWEE -- 2
>
> ACADIAN - FLYCATCHER -- 1
>
> EASTERN PHOEBE -- 2
>
> GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER -- 7
>
> EASTERN KINGBIRD -- 5
>
> WHITE - EYED VIREO -- 1
>
> BLUE - HEADED VIREO -- 3
>
> RED - EYED VIREO -- 58
>
> BLUE JAY -- 45
>
> AMERICAN CROW -- 31
>
> FISH CROW -- 5
>
> COMMON RAVEN -- 1
>
> HORNED LARK -- 3
>
> PURPLE MARTIN -- 97
>
> TREE SWALLOW -- 63
>
> NORTHERN ROUGH - WINGED SWALLOW -- 15
>
> CLIFF SWALLOW -- 12
>
> BARN SWALLOW -- 105
>
> CAROLINA CHICKADEE -- 37
>
> TUFTED TITMOUSE -- 32
>
> WHITE - BREASTED NUTHATCH -- 7
>
> CAROLINA WREN -- 18
>
> HOUSE WREN -- 7
>
> RUBY -CROWNED KINGLET -- 9
>
> BLUE - GRAY GNATCATCHER -- 16
>
> EASTERN BLUEBIRD -- 13
>
> VEERY -- 1
>
> SWAINSON'S THRUSH -- 1
>
> WOOD THRUSH -- 11
>
> AMERICAN ROBIN -- 279
>
> GRAY CATBIRD -- 36
>
> NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD -- 21
>
> BROWN THRASHER -- 27
>
> EUROPEAN STARLING -- 299
>
> CEDAR WAXWING -- 10
>
> BLUE - WINGED WARBLER -- 1
>
> NASHVILLE WARBLER -- 1
>
> NORTHERN PARULA -- 1
>
> YELLOW WARBLER -- 5
>
> CHESTNUT -- SIDED WARBLER -- 2
>
> MAGNOLIA WARBLER -- 2
>
> YELLOW - RUMPED WARBLER -- 116
>
> BLACK - THROATED GREEN -- 3
>
> YELLOW - THROATED WARBLER -- 1 ON MY PROPERTY NEW YARD BIRD
>
> PINE WARBLER -- 10 -- ONE FEMALE COLLECTING NEST MATERIAL BIG LEVELS
>
> PALM WARBLER -- 3
>
> BAY - BREASTED WARBLER -- 1
>
> CERULEAN WARBLER -- 5
>
> BLACK & WHITE WARBLER -- 3
>
> AMERICAN REDSTART -- 18
>
> WORM -EATING WARBLER -- 29
>
> OVENBIRD -- 24
>
> LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH -- 7
>
> COMMON YELLOWTHROAT -- 5
>
> HOODED WARBLER -- 7
>
> SCARLET TANAGER -- 17
>
> EASTERN TOWHEE -- 49
>
> CHIPPING SPARROW -- 13
>
> FIELD SPARROW -- 17
>
> SAVANNAH SPARROW -- 5
>
> GRASSHOPPER SPARROW -- 2
>
> SONG SPARROW -- 26
>
> SWAMP SPARROW -- 2
>
> WHITE - THROATED SPARROW -- 22
>
> WHITE - CROWNED SPARROW -- 4
>
> DARK - EYED JUNCO -- 3
>
> NORTHERN CARDINAL -- 37
>
> ROSE - BREASTED GROSBEAK -- 3
>
> INDIGO BUNTING -- 7
>
> DICKCISSEL -- 5 THREE ON GUNTHRIE RD & TWO ON RT 608 NEW HOPE AREA
>
> BOBOLINK -- 25
>
> RED -WINGED BLACKBIRD -- 203
>
> EASTERN MEADOWLARK -- 31
>
> COMMON GRACKLE -- 109
>
> BROWN - HEADED BLACKBIRD -- 15
>
> ORCHARD ORIOLE -- 3
>
> BALTIMORE ORIOLE -- 1
>
> HOUSE FINCH -- 21
>
> AMERICAN GOLDFINCH -- 132
>
> HOUSE SPARROW -- 67
>
>
> Allen Larner
>
> Staunton
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 11
> Date: Sun, 6 May 2018 00:53:45 +0000 (UTC)
> From: Herbert Larner <birdergonewild...>
> To: Nance Lawler <N2Birding...>, <va-bird...>
> Cc: shenvalbirds <shenvalbirds...>
> Subject: [VA-bird] Big Spring Day Augusta County
> Message-ID: <903366384.289634.1525568025233...>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
>
>
>
>
>
> ?
>
>
>
>
>
> SORRY FOR THE RESEND . I FORGOT TO ADD 2 SPECIES OF WARBLERS THE CAPE MAY & BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS TO THE LIST . THEY WERE ADDED IN TO THE REGULAR LIST WITH COUNTS .
>
>
>
>
>
> Hello All
>
>
>
> This morning I started out at 04 :30 & birded till 17
> :30 for our bird clubs Big Spring Day in Augusta County .
> Other groups were out also . I ended the day with 117
> species of birds heard or seen . My area was the Blue Ridge
> Parkway , Rt 610 , Big Levels , Lyndhurst area , Stuarts
> Draft area , Fishersville area , Part of the Staunton area
> & up to the Mint Springs area . I traveled a total of
> 196 miles by vehicle & walked another 2 .5 miles The
> weather started out cloudy & as the day went by some sun
> & finishing with total cloud cover . I ran into areas of
> rain at times . Temps started out with 62 & a high of 67
> which dropped quickly back to 60 at finish time . On the
> Blue Ridge Parkway around mile marker 13 to 15 the trillium
> is out in full bloom . Below is a list of birds seen or
> heard by me today .
>
>
>
> CANADA GOOSE -- 35
>
>
>
> WOOD DUCK -- 4
>
>
>
> MALLARD -- 15
>
>
>
> WILD TURKEY -- 1
>
>
>
> PIED - BILLED GREBE -- 1
>
>
>
> GREAT BLUE HERON -- 55 -- MOST AT ROOKERY SANGERS LANE
>
>
>
> GREEN HERON -- 4
>
>
>
> BV -- 10
>
>
>
> TV -- 27
>
>
>
> BALD EAGLE -- 2 WITH ONE YOUNG IN NEST -- STUARTS DRAFT
>
>
>
> RED - SHOULDERED HAWK -- 2
>
>
>
> BROAD - WINGED HAWK -- 2
>
>
>
> RED - TAILED HAWK -- 5 2 ON NEST WITH ONE HAVING 2 YOUNG
> IN NEST RT. 776 NEW HOPE AREA
>
>
>
> AMERICAN KESTREL -- 2
>
>
>
> VIRGINIA RAIL -- 3 - SHENANDOAH WETLAND BANK -- WRITTEN
> PERMISSION
>
>
>
> SORA -- 2 - SHEN . WETLANDS BANK
>
>
>
> KILLDEER -- 4
>
>
>
> SPOTTED SANDPIPER -- 3
>
>
>
> SOLITARY SANDPIPER -- 5
>
>
>
> LESSER YELLOWLEGS -- 1
>
>
>
> AMERICAN WOODCOCK -- 3
>
>
>
> ROCK PIGEON -- 40
>
>
>
> MOURNING DOVE -- 53
>
>
>
> BARN OWL -- 1 WITH 3 YOUNG -- SILO ON GUNTHRIE RD .
>
>
>
> EASTERN SCREECH OWL -- 1
>
>
>
> CHUCK - WILL'S - WIDOW -- 3
>
>
>
> EASTERN WHIP - POOR -- WILL -- 25
>
>
>
> CHIMNEY SWIFT -- 72
>
>
>
> BELTED KINGFISHER -- 1
>
>
>
> RED - HEADED WOODPECKER -- 1
>
>
>
> RED - BELLIED WOODPECKER -- 17
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> DOWNY -- 3
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> HAIRY -- 1
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> NORTHER FLICKER -- 9
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> PILEATED WOODPECKER -- 4
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> EASTERN WOOD - PEWEE -- 2
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> ACADIAN - FLYCATCHER -- 1
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> EASTERN PHOEBE -- 2
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> GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER -- 7
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> EASTERN KINGBIRD -- 5
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> WHITE - EYED VIREO -- 1
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> BLUE - HEADED VIREO -- 3
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>
> RED - EYED VIREO -- 58
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>
> BLUE JAY -- 45
>
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>
> AMERICAN CROW -- 31
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> FISH CROW -- 5
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> COMMON RAVEN -- 1
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> HORNED LARK -- 3
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> PURPLE MARTIN -- 97
>
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> TREE SWALLOW -- 63
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>
> NORTHERN ROUGH - WINGED SWALLOW -- 15
>
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>
> CLIFF SWALLOW -- 12
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> BARN SWALLOW -- 105
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> CAROLINA CHICKADEE -- 37
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> TUFTED TITMOUSE -- 32
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> WHITE - BREASTED NUTHATCH -- 7
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> CAROLINA WREN -- 18
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> HOUSE WREN -- 7
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> RUBY -CROWNED KINGLET -- 9
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> BLUE - GRAY GNATCATCHER -- 16
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> EASTERN BLUEBIRD -- 13
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> VEERY -- 1
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> SWAINSON'S THRUSH -- 1
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> WOOD THRUSH -- 11
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> AMERICAN ROBIN -- 279
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> GRAY CATBIRD -- 36
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> NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD -- 21
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> BROWN THRASHER -- 27
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> EUROPEAN STARLING -- 299
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> CEDAR WAXWING -- 10
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> BLUE - WINGED WARBLER -- 1
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> NASHVILLE WARBLER -- 1
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> NORTHERN PARULA -- 1
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> YELLOW WARBLER -- 5
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> CHESTNUT -- SIDED WARBLER -- 2
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> MAGNOLIA WARBLER -- 2
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> CAPE MAY WARBLER -- 7
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> BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER -- 2
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> YELLOW - RUMPED WARBLER -- 116
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> BLACK - THROATED GREEN -- 3
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> BIRD
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> PALM WARBLER -- 3
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> BAY - BREASTED WARBLER -- 1
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> CERULEAN WARBLER -- 5
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> BLACK & WHITE WARBLER -- 3
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> AMERICAN REDSTART -- 18
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> WORM -EATING WARBLER -- 29
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> OVENBIRD -- 24
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> LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH -- 7
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> HOODED WARBLER -- 7
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> SCARLET TANAGER -- 17
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> EASTERN TOWHEE -- 49
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> CHIPPING SPARROW -- 13
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> FIELD SPARROW -- 17
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> SAVANNAH SPARROW -- 5
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> GRASSHOPPER SPARROW -- 2
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> SONG SPARROW -- 26
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> SWAMP SPARROW -- 2
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> WHITE - THROATED SPARROW -- 22
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> WHITE - CROWNED SPARROW -- 4
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> DARK - EYED JUNCO -- 3
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> NORTHERN CARDINAL -- 37
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> ROSE - BREASTED GROSBEAK -- 3
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> INDIGO BUNTING -- 7
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> DICKCISSEL -- 5 THREE ON GUNTHRIE RD & TWO ON RT 608
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> BOBOLINK -- 25
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> RED -WINGED BLACKBIRD -- 203
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> EASTERN MEADOWLARK -- 31
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> COMMON GRACKLE -- 109
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> BROWN - HEADED BLACKBIRD -- 15
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> ORCHARD ORIOLE -- 3
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> BALTIMORE ORIOLE -- 1
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> HOUSE FINCH -- 21
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> AMERICAN GOLDFINCH -- 132
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> HOUSE SPARROW -- 67
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> Message: 12
> Date: Sat, 5 May 2018 21:30:39 -0400
> From: Bryan Henson <bghenson23...>
> To: VA-Bird <va-bird...>
> Subject: [VA-bird] Birdathon - 'Gone Pishing' report (Loudoun)
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> Our team of three spent the afternoon of Friday May 5th through this
> afternoon (hoping to void incoming rain) participating in the Loudoun
> Wildlife Conservancy birdathon. While the goal is to raise money for
> Loudoun Wildlife, an active conservancy organization that we strongly
> support (you can donate at
> https://loudounwildlife.org/2017/03/birdathon-donation-form/ if so moved),
> a lot of birding is involved.
>
> We ended up with a little over 100 species for the 24 hour period. Only
> birds seen from within Loudoun county were counted.
>
> *Highlights included:*
> Bay-breasted Warbler at Algonkian Park
> A lone Rusty Blackbird was seen/heard at Algonkian Park
> A flock of Bobolinks heard and spotted at Bles Park
> Beautiful Cape May Warblers at Morven Park
> FOS Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Algonkian Park
> Yellow Warblers (several locations)
> Orioles, vireos and grasshopper sparrows were back in force and singing
> strongly at multiple locations
>
>
> Waterfowl were scare and shorebirds were limited (high water levels?) to
> Solitary and Spotted Sandpipers.
> We had several misses: Great Horned Owl, Broad-winged Hawk, grosbeaks and
> many missed warblers (too many to list!).
>
> We wrapped up a little before the rain started and headed to a well timed
> lunch at a local Mexican restaurant.
>
> All the (23!) checklists are in eBird.
>
> Happy Cinco de Mayo,
> Bryan Henson
> Sterling, VA
>
> *Non-avian sightings:*
> Butterflies: Black Swallowtail, Pearl Crescent, American Lady, Tiger
> Swallowtail, sulphurs
> Common Green Darner, Fragile Forktail, probable Carolina Saddlebags
> Eastern Painted Turtle baby - maybe about an 1 to 1.5 inches long - very
> cute!
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> Message: 13
> Date: Sat, 5 May 2018 23:29:53 -0400
> From: "Kevin Shank" <birds...>
> To: <shenvalbirds...>, <va-bird...>
> Subject: [VA-bird] Gray-cheeked Thrush, 15 warblers in Union Springs,
> R'ham County
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> I had a pretty good day today at our place in Union Springs, with a total of
> 62 species, including 15 warblers (Ovenbird, Worm-eating, LA Waterthrush,
> B&W, Common Yellowthroat, Am. Redstart, Northern Parula, Magnolia,
> Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, BTB, Pine, Y-rumped, BTG). Also
> had Wood, Swainson's, and most notably, Gray-cheeked Thrush. Checklists for
> the day are here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45291506
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45320345
>
>
>
> Shaphan Shank
>
> Union Springs
>
>
>
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> Message: 14
> Date: Sun, 6 May 2018 07:48:24 -0400
> From: Gwbirds37 <gwbirds37...>
> To: <va-bird...>, <va-richmond-general...>
> Subject: [VA-bird] Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at feeders
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> We have had them now for 8 straight days - this am there were 2 Males and 3 Females on feeders at same time. This is the longest stretch of such activity that we can remember; usually we see them at the feeders for 3-4 days in a row. Not this year.
>
> Gerry Weinberger
> Doswell
> Hanover Co.
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Date: 5/6/18 10:23 am
From: Michael Schultz via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Grosbeaks and Warblers
I too have been having a great show of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks for the
last few days, including a high count of 9 at my feeders this afternoon,
and there very well may be more.  Male to female ratio is 2:1 males.  I
also had a nice showing of warblers this morning with 13 species on my
morning walk.  I'm located 8 miles west of Blacksburg, in Giles County.

Mike Schultz
Newport, VA

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Date: 5/6/18 7:32 am
From: Kristi DeCourcy via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at feeders
Same here in Catawba. They’ve been here for a week—in a normal year, it’s 1–2 days and a single pair. There are currently 3 males and 2 females vying to perches on my black oil feeder (and being quite vocal about it). I also had a male indigo bunting on the nyger feeder, another first.

> On May 6, 2018, at 7:48 AM, Gwbirds37 via VA-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> We have had them now for 8 straight days - this am there were 2 Males and 3 Females on feeders at same time. This is the longest stretch of such activity that we can remember; usually we see them at the feeders for 3-4 days in a row. Not this year.
>
> Gerry Weinberger
> Doswell
> Hanover Co.
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Date: 5/6/18 4:48 am
From: Gwbirds37 via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at feeders
We have had them now for 8 straight days - this am there were 2 Males and 3 Females on feeders at same time. This is the longest stretch of such activity that we can remember; usually we see them at the feeders for 3-4 days in a row. Not this year.

Gerry Weinberger
Doswell
Hanover Co.
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Date: 5/5/18 8:30 pm
From: Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Gray-cheeked Thrush, 15 warblers in Union Springs, R'ham County
I had a pretty good day today at our place in Union Springs, with a total of
62 species, including 15 warblers (Ovenbird, Worm-eating, LA Waterthrush,
B&W, Common Yellowthroat, Am. Redstart, Northern Parula, Magnolia,
Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, BTB, Pine, Y-rumped, BTG). Also
had Wood, Swainson's, and most notably, Gray-cheeked Thrush. Checklists for
the day are here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45291506

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45320345



Shaphan Shank

Union Springs

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Date: 5/5/18 6:30 pm
From: Bryan Henson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Birdathon - 'Gone Pishing' report (Loudoun)
Our team of three spent the afternoon of Friday May 5th through this
afternoon (hoping to void incoming rain) participating in the Loudoun
Wildlife Conservancy birdathon. While the goal is to raise money for
Loudoun Wildlife, an active conservancy organization that we strongly
support (you can donate at
https://loudounwildlife.org/2017/03/birdathon-donation-form/ if so moved),
a lot of birding is involved.

We ended up with a little over 100 species for the 24 hour period. Only
birds seen from within Loudoun county were counted.

*Highlights included:*
Bay-breasted Warbler at Algonkian Park
A lone Rusty Blackbird was seen/heard at Algonkian Park
A flock of Bobolinks heard and spotted at Bles Park
Beautiful Cape May Warblers at Morven Park
FOS Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Algonkian Park
Yellow Warblers (several locations)
Orioles, vireos and grasshopper sparrows were back in force and singing
strongly at multiple locations


Waterfowl were scare and shorebirds were limited (high water levels?) to
Solitary and Spotted Sandpipers.
We had several misses: Great Horned Owl, Broad-winged Hawk, grosbeaks and
many missed warblers (too many to list!).

We wrapped up a little before the rain started and headed to a well timed
lunch at a local Mexican restaurant.

All the (23!) checklists are in eBird.

Happy Cinco de Mayo,
Bryan Henson
Sterling, VA

*Non-avian sightings:*
Butterflies: Black Swallowtail, Pearl Crescent, American Lady, Tiger
Swallowtail, sulphurs
Common Green Darner, Fragile Forktail, probable Carolina Saddlebags
Eastern Painted Turtle baby - maybe about an 1 to 1.5 inches long - very
cute!
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Date: 5/5/18 5:53 pm
From: Herbert Larner via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Big Spring Day Augusta County




 





SORRY FOR THE RESEND . I FORGOT TO ADD 2 SPECIES OF WARBLERS THE CAPE MAY & BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS TO THE LIST . THEY WERE ADDED IN TO THE REGULAR LIST WITH COUNTS .





Hello All



This morning I started out at 04 :30 & birded till 17
:30 for our bird clubs Big Spring Day in Augusta County .
Other groups were out also . I ended the day with 117
species of birds heard or seen . My area was the Blue Ridge
Parkway , Rt 610 , Big Levels , Lyndhurst area , Stuarts
Draft area , Fishersville area , Part of the Staunton area
& up to the Mint Springs area . I traveled a total of
196 miles by vehicle & walked another 2 .5 miles The
weather started out cloudy & as the day went by some sun
& finishing with total cloud cover . I ran into areas of
rain at times . Temps started out with 62 & a high of 67
which dropped quickly back to 60 at finish time . On the
Blue Ridge Parkway around mile marker 13 to 15 the trillium
is out in full bloom . Below is a list of birds seen or
heard by me today .



CANADA GOOSE -- 35



WOOD DUCK -- 4



MALLARD -- 15



WILD TURKEY -- 1



PIED - BILLED GREBE -- 1



GREAT BLUE HERON -- 55 -- MOST AT ROOKERY SANGERS LANE



GREEN HERON -- 4



BV -- 10



TV -- 27



BALD EAGLE -- 2 WITH ONE YOUNG IN NEST -- STUARTS DRAFT



RED - SHOULDERED HAWK -- 2



BROAD - WINGED HAWK -- 2



RED - TAILED HAWK -- 5 2 ON NEST WITH ONE HAVING 2 YOUNG
IN NEST RT. 776 NEW HOPE AREA



AMERICAN KESTREL -- 2



VIRGINIA RAIL -- 3 - SHENANDOAH WETLAND BANK -- WRITTEN
PERMISSION



SORA -- 2 - SHEN . WETLANDS BANK



KILLDEER -- 4



SPOTTED SANDPIPER -- 3



SOLITARY SANDPIPER -- 5



LESSER YELLOWLEGS -- 1



AMERICAN WOODCOCK -- 3



ROCK PIGEON -- 40



MOURNING DOVE -- 53



BARN OWL -- 1 WITH 3 YOUNG -- SILO ON GUNTHRIE RD .



EASTERN SCREECH OWL -- 1



CHUCK - WILL'S - WIDOW -- 3



EASTERN WHIP - POOR -- WILL -- 25



CHIMNEY SWIFT -- 72



BELTED KINGFISHER -- 1



RED - HEADED WOODPECKER -- 1



RED - BELLIED WOODPECKER -- 17



DOWNY -- 3



HAIRY -- 1



NORTHER FLICKER -- 9



PILEATED WOODPECKER -- 4



EASTERN WOOD - PEWEE -- 2



ACADIAN - FLYCATCHER -- 1



EASTERN PHOEBE -- 2



GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER -- 7



EASTERN KINGBIRD -- 5



WHITE - EYED VIREO -- 1



BLUE - HEADED VIREO -- 3



RED - EYED VIREO -- 58



BLUE JAY -- 45



AMERICAN CROW -- 31



FISH CROW -- 5



COMMON RAVEN -- 1



HORNED LARK -- 3



PURPLE MARTIN -- 97



TREE SWALLOW -- 63



NORTHERN ROUGH - WINGED SWALLOW -- 15



CLIFF SWALLOW -- 12



BARN SWALLOW -- 105



CAROLINA CHICKADEE -- 37



TUFTED TITMOUSE -- 32



WHITE - BREASTED NUTHATCH -- 7



CAROLINA WREN -- 18



HOUSE WREN -- 7



RUBY -CROWNED KINGLET -- 9



BLUE - GRAY GNATCATCHER -- 16



EASTERN BLUEBIRD -- 13



VEERY -- 1



SWAINSON'S THRUSH -- 1



WOOD THRUSH -- 11



AMERICAN ROBIN -- 279



GRAY CATBIRD -- 36



NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD -- 21



BROWN THRASHER -- 27



EUROPEAN STARLING -- 299



CEDAR WAXWING -- 10



BLUE - WINGED WARBLER -- 1



NASHVILLE WARBLER -- 1



NORTHERN PARULA -- 1



YELLOW WARBLER -- 5



CHESTNUT -- SIDED WARBLER -- 2



MAGNOLIA WARBLER -- 2


CAPE MAY WARBLER -- 7


BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER -- 2


YELLOW - RUMPED WARBLER -- 116



BLACK - THROATED GREEN -- 3



YELLOW - THROATED WARBLER -- 1 ON MY PROPERTY NEW YARD
BIRD



PINE WARBLER -- 10 -- ONE FEMALE COLLECTING NEST MATERIAL
BIG LEVELS



PALM WARBLER -- 3



BAY - BREASTED WARBLER -- 1



CERULEAN WARBLER -- 5



BLACK & WHITE WARBLER -- 3



AMERICAN REDSTART -- 18



WORM -EATING WARBLER -- 29



OVENBIRD -- 24



LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH -- 7



COMMON YELLOWTHROAT -- 5



HOODED WARBLER -- 7



SCARLET TANAGER -- 17



EASTERN TOWHEE -- 49



CHIPPING SPARROW -- 13



FIELD SPARROW -- 17



SAVANNAH SPARROW -- 5



GRASSHOPPER SPARROW -- 2



SONG SPARROW -- 26



SWAMP SPARROW -- 2



WHITE - THROATED SPARROW -- 22



WHITE - CROWNED SPARROW -- 4



DARK - EYED JUNCO -- 3



NORTHERN CARDINAL -- 37



ROSE - BREASTED GROSBEAK -- 3



INDIGO BUNTING -- 7



DICKCISSEL -- 5 THREE ON GUNTHRIE RD & TWO ON RT 608
NEW HOPE AREA



BOBOLINK -- 25



RED -WINGED BLACKBIRD -- 203



EASTERN MEADOWLARK -- 31



COMMON GRACKLE -- 109



BROWN - HEADED BLACKBIRD -- 15



ORCHARD ORIOLE -- 3



BALTIMORE ORIOLE -- 1



HOUSE FINCH -- 21



AMERICAN GOLDFINCH -- 132



HOUSE SPARROW -- 67



Allen Larner



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Date: 5/5/18 5:30 pm
From: Herbert Larner via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Big Spring Day Augusta County

Hello All

This morning I started out at 04 :30 & birded till 17 :30 for our bird clubs Big Spring Day in Augusta County . Other groups were out also . I ended the day with 115 species of birds heard or seen . My area was the Blue Ridge Parkway , Rt 610 , Big Levels , Lyndhurst area , Stuarts Draft area , Fishersville area , Part of the Staunton area & up to the Mint Springs area . I traveled a total of 196 miles by vehicle & walked another 2 .5 miles The weather started out cloudy & as the day went by some sun & finishing with total cloud cover . I ran into areas of rain at times . Temps started out with 62 & a high of 67 which dropped quickly back to 60 at finish time . On the Blue Ridge Parkway around mile marker 13 to 15 the trillium is out in full bloom . Below is a list of birds seen or heard by me today .


CANADA GOOSE -- 35

WOOD DUCK -- 4

MALLARD -- 15

WILD TURKEY -- 1

PIED - BILLED GREBE -- 1

GREAT BLUE HERON -- 55 -- MOST AT ROOKERY SANGERS LANE

GREEN HERON -- 4

BV -- 10

TV -- 27

BALD EAGLE -- 2 WITH ONE YOUNG IN NEST -- STUARTS DRAFT

RED - SHOULDERED HAWK -- 2

BROAD - WINGED HAWK -- 2

RED - TAILED HAWK -- 5 2 ON NEST WITH ONE HAVING 2 YOUNG IN NEST RT. 776 NEW HOPE AREA

AMERICAN KESTREL -- 2

VIRGINIA RAIL -- 3 - SHENANDOAH WETLAND BANK -- WRITTEN PERMISSION

SORA -- 2 - SHEN . WETLANDS BANK

KILLDEER -- 4

SPOTTED SANDPIPER -- 3

SOLITARY SANDPIPER -- 5

LESSER YELLOWLEGS -- 1

AMERICAN WOODCOCK -- 3

ROCK PIGEON -- 40

MOURNING DOVE -- 53

BARN OWL -- 1 WITH 3 YOUNG -- SILO ON GUNTHRIE RD .

EASTERN SCREECH OWL -- 1

CHUCK - WILL'S - WIDOW -- 3

EASTERN WHIP - POOR -- WILL -- 25

CHIMNEY SWIFT -- 72

BELTED KINGFISHER -- 1

RED - HEADED WOODPECKER -- 1

RED - BELLIED WOODPECKER -- 17

DOWNY -- 3

HAIRY -- 1

NORTHER FLICKER -- 9

PILEATED WOODPECKER -- 4

EASTERN WOOD - PEWEE -- 2

ACADIAN - FLYCATCHER -- 1

EASTERN PHOEBE -- 2

GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER -- 7

EASTERN KINGBIRD -- 5

WHITE - EYED VIREO -- 1

BLUE - HEADED VIREO -- 3

RED - EYED VIREO -- 58

BLUE JAY -- 45

AMERICAN CROW -- 31

FISH CROW -- 5

COMMON RAVEN -- 1

HORNED LARK -- 3

PURPLE MARTIN -- 97

TREE SWALLOW -- 63

NORTHERN ROUGH - WINGED SWALLOW -- 15

CLIFF SWALLOW -- 12

BARN SWALLOW -- 105

CAROLINA CHICKADEE -- 37

TUFTED TITMOUSE -- 32

WHITE - BREASTED NUTHATCH -- 7

CAROLINA WREN -- 18

HOUSE WREN -- 7

RUBY -CROWNED KINGLET -- 9

BLUE - GRAY GNATCATCHER -- 16

EASTERN BLUEBIRD -- 13

VEERY -- 1

SWAINSON'S THRUSH -- 1

WOOD THRUSH -- 11

AMERICAN ROBIN -- 279

GRAY CATBIRD -- 36

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD -- 21

BROWN THRASHER -- 27

EUROPEAN STARLING -- 299

CEDAR WAXWING -- 10

BLUE - WINGED WARBLER -- 1

NASHVILLE WARBLER -- 1

NORTHERN PARULA -- 1

YELLOW WARBLER -- 5

CHESTNUT -- SIDED WARBLER -- 2

MAGNOLIA WARBLER -- 2

YELLOW - RUMPED WARBLER -- 116

BLACK - THROATED GREEN -- 3

YELLOW - THROATED WARBLER -- 1 ON MY PROPERTY NEW YARD BIRD

PINE WARBLER -- 10 -- ONE FEMALE COLLECTING NEST MATERIAL BIG LEVELS

PALM WARBLER -- 3

BAY - BREASTED WARBLER -- 1

CERULEAN WARBLER -- 5

BLACK & WHITE WARBLER -- 3

AMERICAN REDSTART -- 18

WORM -EATING WARBLER -- 29

OVENBIRD -- 24

LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH -- 7

COMMON YELLOWTHROAT -- 5

HOODED WARBLER -- 7

SCARLET TANAGER -- 17

EASTERN TOWHEE -- 49

CHIPPING SPARROW -- 13

FIELD SPARROW -- 17

SAVANNAH SPARROW -- 5

GRASSHOPPER SPARROW -- 2

SONG SPARROW -- 26

SWAMP SPARROW -- 2

WHITE - THROATED SPARROW -- 22

WHITE - CROWNED SPARROW -- 4

DARK - EYED JUNCO -- 3

NORTHERN CARDINAL -- 37

ROSE - BREASTED GROSBEAK -- 3

INDIGO BUNTING -- 7

DICKCISSEL -- 5 THREE ON GUNTHRIE RD & TWO ON RT 608 NEW HOPE AREA

BOBOLINK -- 25

RED -WINGED BLACKBIRD -- 203

EASTERN MEADOWLARK -- 31

COMMON GRACKLE -- 109

BROWN - HEADED BLACKBIRD -- 15

ORCHARD ORIOLE -- 3

BALTIMORE ORIOLE -- 1

HOUSE FINCH -- 21

AMERICAN GOLDFINCH -- 132

HOUSE SPARROW -- 67


Allen Larner

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Date: 5/5/18 4:18 pm
From: Brian Sykes via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Chincoteague white ibis
Had lots of birds yesterday at Chincoteague bridges and Assateague island
marshes. Three white ibis flew over causeway east end. Small Falcon flew
over main st.near movie theater. Headed to boat launch .Very streaked
chest. Peregrine? Two Blacknecked stilts seen from causeway, Osprey at nest
near visitor center, black bellied plover same area with willet,
yellowlegs, cormorrant, oystercatcher, other marsh areas ,white egret,
snowy egret, tricolored heron several unidentified shorebird species.dozen
forster terns sitting on bridge railings . Hundreds of laughing gulls
chinco bay. Eight glossy ibis seen from pier trailsend. Blue grosbeak,
white eyed vireo and redheaded woodpecker area of pier.

Bsykes
Accomack va.
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Date: 5/5/18 2:13 pm
From: Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Goochland County Birding
I birded for half a day in Goochland County this morning.  I tallied 99 species and got to enjoy two Barn Owls and noted a pair of Hooded Mergansers on the James River.  Migrants were highlighted by multiple Cape May Warblers, Black-throated Blues, Veeries and Swainson's Thrushes.
A few photographs can be found at:
http://visitingnature.com/main/aprilmay-2018/


Enjoy each day,
Allen

Allen Bryan Winchester & Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 5/5/18 12:17 pm
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Trillium Trail, Thompson WMA
The Northern Virginia Bird Club visited the Trillium Trail of Thompson WMA in Fauquier Co this morning, and unlike recent years, did not suffer fog, cold, or rain. We enjoyed a great cerulean warbler show, with good looks at numerous birds. We also enjoyed an extremely cooperative Kentucky warbler that was singing from a bare branch over the trail, not far from the parking lot. Several hooded warblers tantalized us, but only one of our party could get eyes on one. We lucked into a pair of blue-headed vireos that appeared to be bringing food to a nest. We also saw a first year male rose-breasted grosbeak trying to build a nest, without much apparent success. Other notables were a couple of Swainson's thrushes, hermit thrush, worm-eating warbler, red-headed woodpecker, Acadian flycatcher, several yellow-throated vireos, and black-throated blue warbler. We tallied 49 species in all.


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Date: 5/5/18 12:06 pm
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bobolinks, Harrison Road
While returning from the Trillium Trail (report to follow) I traveled Harrison Road in Fauquier Co looking for bobolinks. I found them in a field just east of the intersection with Belvoir Road. It was quite a sight with 17 males sitting in a single large bush. Further along Harrison were several singing meadowlarks and a single grasshopper sparrow.


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Date: 5/5/18 10:50 am
From: Sam Simon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] More migrants in Reston, Fairfax Co.
Yesterday and today brought lots of new birds. I birded in the woods behind
my house in southern Reston and down towards Glade Stream Valley. Loads of
warblers, including some new ones for this spot.
Nashville Warb
Blackburnian Warb
Canada Warb
Hooded Warb
Kentucky Warb
Scarlet Tanager
RB Grosbeak
Baltimore Oriole

The Hooded and Kentucky were very exciting.
Also so many thrushes, mostly Veery and Wood.
At least 15 Ovenbirds and 15 Common Yellowthroats, they were all over the
place.

Checklists here:
https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S45289706?share=true
https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S45297668

Happy migration,
~Sam

Reston, Fairfax Co.
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Date: 5/5/18 9:54 am
From: Linda via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Boblinks
Flock of about 20 at start of Rolling Meadows Trail at Sky Meadows State Park.

Linda Millington

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Date: 5/5/18 9:43 am
From: Jon Little via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bobolink show/ Warren Co.
We stopped to enjoy our yearly Bobolink display at Oxbow Farm along Morgan
Ford Rd. There were at least 25 total birds singing, chasing, and
displaying. At least 2 females were constantly being chased and pursued by
multiple males. Twice I saw 3 males after 1 female, plus 1 male chasing a
juvenile male that wasn't quite into breeding plumage. Later, we found 4
more in regular spots in Clarke Co.



Jon & BJ Little

Winchester

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Date: 5/5/18 9:38 am
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] 9 warbler species; 5/4/18
33 avian species on the Blue Ridge Parkway and nearby Ridgeview Park,
including 9 warbler species: FOS Bay-breasted, FOS Magnolia, Ovenbird,
Hooded, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-rumped, Chestnut-sided, American
Redstart, and Cerulean. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_05_04.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_05_04.htm



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

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

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________





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Date: 5/5/18 8:42 am
From: Peter Frechtel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] DC-area birding in the past week
Hello VA-Birders,



I've been out five mornings in the past week: four times to Kent Gardens
Park in McLean, and once to Roosevelt Island in DC. I haven't had a great
morning yet for migrants, but there have been interesting moments. Here are
some highlights:



* Beaver at Kent Gardens Park at dawn on Saturday 4/29. Haven't seen
it since, but we had a good staredown at close range. Not the first time
I've seen one here, but it's been a few years. I've heard that some of the
folks whose yards border Pimmit Run don't want them around.
* Worm-eating warbler this morning at Kent Gardens Park, and Tuesday
morning 5/1 at Roosevelt Island
* Spotted sandpiper this morning at Kent Gardens Park
* White-eyed vireo in the same two locations, all four days at Kent
Gardens Park. They don't breed here every year.
* Northern waterthrush on all five mornings
* Lots of cliff swallows around and under the bridge to Roosevelt
Island
* Chestnut-sided warbler on two of the four mornings at Kent Gardens
Park
* Red-shouldered hawk carrying nesting material to an obvious nest at
Roosevelt Island. The nest is about 60' up, behind and just to the right of
Teddy.



Peter Frechtel

Falls Church

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Date: 5/4/18 3:04 pm
From: Donald Sweig via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] BOBOLINKS
I found a number of Bobolinks in a field on Harrison Road in Fauquier County this morning. They were in the large field on the southside of Harrison Road just past the Belvoir house and before the intersection with Belvoir Road. They were fairly back from the road, probably 75 yards or more.
I counted at least 12 birds with my scope, but they were many more making noise in the vegetation.
Nice to see and hear them again.
I also checked the large field on the north side of Route 688 (Leeds Manor Rd.) just off of Route 17, where I have seen Bobolinks in years before. I did not see or hear any birds there this year.
Further down Leeds Manor road, I found a nice Yellow warbler, a Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Buntings, Meadowlarks, Barn swallows, and two bushy-tailed Fox Squirrels along the side of the road.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia


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Date: 5/4/18 1:36 pm
From: Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Breckenridge Road - Whip-poor-wills and Barred Owls
Before joining Marc Ribaudo and Peter Ross at Leesylvania, I stopped by Breckenridge Road, arriving at 4:40. When I first arrived, one Whip-poor-will was singing between Joplin Rd and the first left hand gravel road off of Breckenridge (~0.1 mile from Joplin). When this one stopped singing, a second started singing about 100 yds to the southwest. I headed down Breceknridge to the gate (~ 1.2 mi. from Joplin), and drove back, stopping every 0.1 -0.2 mi to listen. Two Barred Owls called back and forth a few times near the gate. Didn't hear any other birds until I returned back to the gravel road turn-off ~5:10, where a Whip-poor-will was singing right at the intersection (west side of Breckenridge). As I walked back the gravel road, a second began singing about 100 ft west, then a third started singing about 100 yds south. Three singing at once as I stood midway between the first two - a recording is attached to the checklist below (I can't distinguish the farther bird). As I
headed back to my car - the first bird still singing - a fourth Whip-poor-will began singing about 100 yds away on the east side of Breckenridge, fairly close to Joplin Rd. Four Whip-poor-wills within 200 yds of each other! Definitely a first for me.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45255703

Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA


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Date: 5/4/18 1:06 pm
From: Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Leesylvania State Park, 18 warbler sp., other migrants
and Veery (Bushey Pt. and Powell Creek trail).

Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA

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Sent: Friday, May 4, 2018 1:01 PM
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Leesylvania State Park, 18 warbler sp., other migrants


A decent morning at Leesylvania. We caught a nice morning wave atop Freestone Point (confederate battery). Warblers seen or heard were blackburnian, bay-breasted, Cape May, blackpoll, Nashville, redstart, yellow-rump (of course), yellow, northern parula, black-throated green, common yellowthroat, yellow-throated, and back-and-white. Also in the vicinity were both orioles, scarlet tanager, eastern kingbird, and red-headed woodpecker. Atop the hillside behind the ruins we added magnolia and black-throated blue warblers. At Bushey Point we added northern waterthrush, worm-eating, and pine. Other migrants/recent arrivals in the park were Swainson's thrush, Acadian flycatcher, yellow-billed cuckoo, and eastern wood-pewee.

After leaving I made a loop through Metz wetlands and added prothonotary warbler to my list. When I got home a white-crowned sparrow was singing in my backyard.


Marc Ribaudo
<moribaudo...>

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Date: 5/4/18 1:04 pm
From: Lenny Bankester via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] VSO Neotropical Migrants Scholarship
Please help spread the word: the deadline for our travel/research scholarship for grad students is May 31st.  More details here:
http://www.virginiabirds.org/education/neotropical-migrants-scholarship
Thank you,
Lenny Bankester
PresidentVirginia Society of Ornithology
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Date: 5/4/18 10:55 am
From: Vineeta Anand via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Woodpecker Question
Good suggestions, Janice. I prefer the test tube type of feeders that have
suction cups for windows. I've seen goldfinches diving into the water moat
in the center of traditional hummingbird feeders, but never a woodpecker.

Vineeta

On Fri, May 4, 2018 at 9:50 AM, Janice Frye via VA-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> Maybe some tiny feeders that are too small for the woodpeckers would help?
> Or a wire cage that only allows the hummers in?
>
> Jan
>
> On Fri, May 4, 2018 at 7:23 AM, Patty Elton via VA-bird <
> <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> > My neighbor stopped me to ask a question to a problem she had last summer
> > and this year it's worse. Both Downies and Red-bellies are eating her
> > Hummingbird food and sitting on the feeders for long periods of time.
> > They've apparently chased off all Hummers. She buys good food, keeps the
> > feeders clean, and provides daily fresh water to other birds in her
> > birdbath. Any ideas?
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Date: 5/4/18 10:37 am
From: Jon Little via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] RN GREBE, COME chicks / Clarke Co
I found a single, rather late Red-Necked Grebe today along Ellerslie Rd in
Clarke Co. As I approached to try for a pic, it got up and flew south 1/2
mile or so, but couldn't be found again. As there were canoes & kayaks
downstream, I assume the bird was nervous because of that.



Shortly after, I found a family of Common Mergansers in the same area. There
were 10 young with 1 adult female, one of the chicks on her back (see my
entry in the Atlas for pics). There is a particular rock in the river that
the birds had been sitting on, but jumped in the water when they saw me. We
had seen a pair of COME on that rock, more than once in the past few years,
so I assume the nest was in that area.



Jon Little

Winchester

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Date: 5/4/18 10:20 am
From: William Young via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Black-billed Cuckoo Still at Monticello Park in Alexandria
A Black-billed Cuckoo was at Monticello Park in Alexandria for the second
consecutive day. A video of the cuckoo can be seen on my Flickr site:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/145890709@N08/41889615161/in/dateposted/

Monticello had a lot of migrants today, including 18 species of warblers,
Scarlet and Summer Tanagers, and five species of thrushes (including
Gray-cheeked). Warbler highlights included Cape May, Nashville,
Blue-winged, Bay-breasted, Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Blackpoll, and
American Redstart.

Good Birding,

William Young

Arlington, VA

www.MPNature.com
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Date: 5/4/18 10:01 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Leesylvania State Park, 18 warbler sp., other migrants

A decent morning at Leesylvania. We caught a nice morning wave atop Freestone Point (confederate battery). Warblers seen or heard were blackburnian, bay-breasted, Cape May, blackpoll, Nashville, redstart, yellow-rump (of course), yellow, northern parula, black-throated green, common yellowthroat, yellow-throated, and back-and-white. Also in the vicinity were both orioles, scarlet tanager, eastern kingbird, and red-headed woodpecker. Atop the hillside behind the ruins we added magnolia and black-throated blue warblers. At Bushey Point we added northern waterthrush, worm-eating, and pine. Other migrants/recent arrivals in the park were Swainson's thrush, Acadian flycatcher, yellow-billed cuckoo, and eastern wood-pewee.

After leaving I made a loop through Metz wetlands and added prothonotary warbler to my list. When I got home a white-crowned sparrow was singing in my backyard.


Marc Ribaudo
<moribaudo...>

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Date: 5/4/18 9:56 am
From: John Greenwood via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Lake Accotink Bald Eagle nest
No activity noted this morning but other hikers report frequently seeing adults and at least one chick. The nest is difficult to locate with foliage on the surrounding trees. A unobstructed view is available approx 50 yds down the trail beyond the bench (past the .5 mile marker). Canada Geese and a couple DC Cormorants were the only waterfowl on the lake. Common Carp were spawning on the surface and along the shoreline near the dam. Getting back to eagles, two adults and a juvenile were seen at Lake Barcroft last week.

Jack Greenwood
Falls Church

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Date: 5/4/18 7:32 am
From: Ashley Peele via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Top Atlasing Locations: Far Southwest Virginia (and Global Big Day!)
Spanning from Tazewell to Cumberland Gap, far southwest Virginia features
some of the wildest, most rugged and beautiful scenery on the East Coast.
With Grayson Highlands State Park to the east and Breaks Interstate Park to
the west, the area is home to Virginia’s three highest peaks and the
deepest canyon east of the Mississippi River.



Here, Region 7 coordinator Steven Hopp gives us the inside scoop on the
area’s best birding spots for a summer Atlasing adventure:
https://ebird.org/atlasva/news/top-birding-locations-far-southwest-virginia/

Also, don't forget about Cornell's Global Big Day tomorrow! Observations
report to the VA BBA eBird portal DO COUNT towards your Big Day rankings,
so be sure to report your observations at https://ebird.org/atlasva/home and
don't forget those breeding codes!

Happy Big Day, Folks!

Ashley Peele, PhD
Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator
Conservation Management Institute - Virginia Tech
Office: 540-231-9182
Fax: 540-231-7019
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Date: 5/4/18 6:50 am
From: Janice Frye via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Woodpecker Question
Maybe some tiny feeders that are too small for the woodpeckers would help?
Or a wire cage that only allows the hummers in?

Jan

On Fri, May 4, 2018 at 7:23 AM, Patty Elton via VA-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> My neighbor stopped me to ask a question to a problem she had last summer
> and this year it's worse. Both Downies and Red-bellies are eating her
> Hummingbird food and sitting on the feeders for long periods of time.
> They've apparently chased off all Hummers. She buys good food, keeps the
> feeders clean, and provides daily fresh water to other birds in her
> birdbath. Any ideas?
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Date: 5/4/18 4:23 am
From: Patty Elton via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Woodpecker Question
My neighbor stopped me to ask a question to a problem she had last summer
and this year it's worse. Both Downies and Red-bellies are eating her
Hummingbird food and sitting on the feeders for long periods of time.
They've apparently chased off all Hummers. She buys good food, keeps the
feeders clean, and provides daily fresh water to other birds in her
birdbath. Any ideas?
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Date: 5/3/18 8:53 pm
From: Nancy Young via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] White-crowned Sparrow Botetourt County
A White-crowned Sparrow was in my back yard most of the day picking up seeds
fallen from the feeders. The only other time I have seen one here was last
November. And that one was an immature. Could it be the same individual?

I had a total of 18 species in my little yard today. One or two
White-throats are still hanging around. The Bluebird box has 4 eggs. We put
the house up this year because last year a pair of Bluebirds nearly killed
themselves trying to find a nesting place in or on our house. We put it
right next to the screen porch and the birds took to it right away. And just
in time too. A flock of 6 or 7 Tree Swallows tried in vain to evict them.
Our neighbor has a tall Martin house in his yard. I was hoping the swallows
would settle there but I haven't seen them. Our back window looks out across
a tiny grassy space into a thick and very tall hedge of Leland cypress. The
birds seem to like the shelter and I'm sure that Robins and Catbirds have
nests in there and maybe the Cardinals too. The hedge is just at the top of
a drainage "pond" that is full of wild growing things- flowers and all sorts
of grasses. It's so deep that the mowers don't tackle it but every other
year or so when the willow trees start to get out of hand. (Or when someone
complains.) When we moved from our large and wooded yard three years ago I
thought I was done with yard birds. But it's been a pleasant surprise to
find so many birds as well as rabbits and other critters in this manicured
neighborhood. Another nice surprise was that many of the neighbors also put
out bird baths, feeders and houses. We're probably breaking some rule or
other but nobody seems to worry about it.

Nancy Young
Botetourt County

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Date: 5/3/18 7:44 pm
From: Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] 18 warblers & other migrants, Union Springs, R'ham County
I had a great day of birding today at our place in Union Springs. Started
before daylight and had 59 species, with 17 warblers, by the time I quit to
go to work at 9:45. After work I got one more warbler and 12 more species
total, making the final count 18 warblers and 71 sp. on our place today. The
warblers were Ovenbird (16), Worm-eating, LA Waterthrush, B&W, Nashville (at
least 2), Hooded, Redstart, Cape May, Northern Parula, Magnolia,
Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Blue, Palm, Pine,
Y-rump, and Black-throated Green. Other good birds (some FOS) included
Osprey, Bald Eagle, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Chuck-wills-widow, Eastern
Wood-Pewee, Acadian Flycatcher, Veery, Swainson's Thrush (2), Wood Thrush
(4).



Checklists are here: https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S45211507

https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S45231994

https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S45235325





Shaphan Shank

Union Springs

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Date: 5/3/18 2:34 pm
From: Matthew Bender via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Lots of FOS birds in and around yard (Herndon)
Only had brief periods to get out and look, but lots of FOS birds around
the yard and in the woods in Franklin Farm, Herndon (Fairfax Co). I also
stopped briefly this morning at Stratton Woods in Reston.

Black-throated Blue Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler (in Reston)
Black-and-white Warbler
No. Waterthrush (in Reston)
Scarlet Tanager
Also, a possible Cape May Warbler (didn't get a good enough look to
confirm, but I think it was)

Also seen/heard today (but not FOS):
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Canada Goose
Red-shouldered Hawk
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
No. Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
E. Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
E. Kingbird
WE Vireo
RE Vireo
Blue Jay
Fish Crow
Amer. Crow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Car. Chickadee
Tufted titmouse
WB Nuthatch
Car. Wren
House Wren
E. Bluebird
Am. Robin
G. Catbird
Br. Thrasher
Euro. Starling
No. Parula
Yellow Warbler
YR Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Ovenbird
Common Yellowthroat
E. Towhee
Song Sparrow
WT Sparrow
No. Cardinal
RW Blackbird
Com. Grackle
BH Cowbird
House Finch
Am. Goldfinch
House Sparrow
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Date: 5/3/18 2:08 pm
From: William Young via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Black-billed Cuckoo at Monticello Park in Alexandria
A Black-billed Cuckoo was seen around the midstream area this morning at
Monticello Park in Alexandria. Over the previous 13 years, an average of
only one Black-billed Cuckoo has been recorded at Monticello each spring.
Other highlights today included a male Bay-breasted Warbler (who foraged
low in the front of the park), a couple of male Cape May Warblers, and at
least four male Blackpoll Warblers among the 15 species of warblers
recorded.



Good Birding.

William Young

Arlington, VA

www.MPNature.com
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Date: 5/3/18 1:26 pm
From: William Leigh via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fw: eBird Report - Paul State Forest, May 3, 2018
All,



Had a nice morning at Paul State Forest West of Dayton in Rockingham County. Top birds were Black-billed Cuckoo and Blue-winged Warbler. See ebird list below.


If interested you can see some shots of the BBCU on my Flickr (smugmug?) page. https://www.flickr.com/photos/34227153@N06/?


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[https://farm1.staticflickr.com/824/41829045272_e117ed265f_q.jpg] <https://www.flickr.com/photos/34227153@N06/41829045272/>
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[https://farm1.staticflickr.com/868/41829046402_c110bb734a_q.jpg] <https://www.flickr.com/photos/34227153@N06/41829046402/>
[https://farm1.staticflickr.com/868/41829046402_c110bb734a_b.jpg]
[https://farm1.staticflickr.com/906/41829046712_cd2a77a9c4_q.jpg] <https://www.flickr.com/photos/34227153@N06/41829046712/>
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[https://farm1.staticflickr.com/943/41829047112_6f621a028b_q.jpg] <https://www.flickr.com/photos/34227153@N06/41829047112/>
[https://farm1.staticflickr.com/943/41829047112_6f621a028b_b.jpg]





William Leigh

Bridgewater VA


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From: <ebird-checklist...> <ebird-checklist...>
Sent: Thursday, May 3, 2018 8:17 PM
To: <leightern...>
Subject: eBird Report - Paul State Forest, May 3, 2018

Paul State Forest, Rockingham, Virginia, US
May 3, 2018 8:02 AM - 12:51 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
49 species

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 2
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 16
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1 White head and tail but dark terminal band on tail. Possible 4 year old
Black-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus erythropthalmus) 1 Red orbital ring, entirely black bill, small white areas on tail
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 1
Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) 5
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 4
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 1
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) 5
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 7
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 3
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 1
Purple Martin (Progne subis) 1
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 1
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 3
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 2
Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) 3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 12
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 1
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) 6
Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera) 1
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 2 1 female
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) 1 Heard
Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina) 1
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) 3
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) 1
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) 2
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) 1
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 7
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens) 1
Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) 1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 4
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) 5
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) 3
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 1
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2

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Date: 5/3/18 11:23 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Leesylvania migrants

Activity at Leesylvania State Park was rather muted this morning, but I still managed 72 species, including 15 species of warbler. Nice finds were blackburnian, chestnut-sided, blackpoll, prothonotary, black-throated green, black-throated blue, and worm-eating warblers. I also had my FOY Acadian flycatcher, several pewees, numerous red-eyed vireos, a veery, a blue grosbeak, and an indigo bunting.

Before Leesylvania I visited Breckinridge Road near Prince William Forest Park and heard one whip-poor-will near the intersection with Joplin Rd.


Marc Ribaudo
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Date: 5/3/18 9:30 am
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] 10 warbler species
Reddish Knob, VA/WVA; 5/2/18. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_05_02.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_05_02.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: 5/3/18 8:12 am
From: Antonio Quezon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Cerulean Warbler Song
I agree with Ed Eder. The difference between Cerulean and Black-throated Blue Warblers is not subtle. I’ve listened to many Cerulean Warblers at G. Richard Thompson WMA and don’t find them to be confusing with Black-throated Blue Warbler.

TonyQ
www.TonyQandSuzanne.com
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Date: 5/2/18 6:06 pm
From: Sam Simon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Migrants in Reston, FFX Co.
Loads of new arrivals in southern Reston this morning. I birded near Lake
Audubon and the Walker Nature Center, and saw 55 species in a couple
hours. First of year birds included:
Spotted Sandpiper
RT Hummingbirds
White-eyed Vireo
Wood Thrush
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Blue-winged Warb
Cape May Warb
No. Parula
Magnolia Warb
Chestnut-sided Warb
BT Blue Warb
BT Green Warb
Wilson's Warb
Swamp Sparrow

Wilson's Warbler was a new bird for this location.
Also found Carolina Wren nestlings, bluebirds carrying food to nest boxes,
and a near-complete gnatcatcher nest.

Good migration,
~Sam

Reston, Fairfax Co.
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Date: 5/2/18 5:43 pm
From: Howard Wu via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] RFI - UOSA (Fairfax County) access
Hi,

I saw a few reports of goodies at UOSA (Fairfax County). I looked it up the
map, it's not far from the usual places I visit, but I have never been
there.

Is public access allowed at this place? Could you please share directions
and/or tips on how to access it, where the best spots are, etc.?

Thanks in advance,
Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
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Date: 5/2/18 5:33 pm
From: Jay Pitocchelli via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Request for assistance - recordings of migrating Mourning Warbler songs
It is year 4 of this project and I am writing once again to post an
opportunity to participate in a Citizens Science Project that involves
recording migrating Mourning Warbler songs.I am interested in whether
different song populations of Mourning Warblers (Western, Eastern, Nova
Scotia, Newfoundland) migrate together or separately to their respective
areas of the species’ breeding range.All you need is a smartphone with a
voice recording app and some luck.The web page link below describes the
project and how to make recordings on your Smartphone in more
detail.There is also a link to the map with previous year’s results
based on recordings from many volunteers.

https://mowasongmapper.weebly.com/

Here is a link to the recent national Audubon Society story on this
research.

Audubon Society reporting

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

Please send song recordings to the Mourning Warbler Sound Lab
(jpitocchATanselm.edu).

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

Dr. Jay Pitocchelli

Biology Department

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, NH 03102

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Date: 5/2/18 4:55 pm
From: Sarah Anderson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Wood Thrush, Great Falls (Fairfax Co)
Am listening to the unmistakable sound of a Wood Thrush in the area behind our house here in Great Falls.

Sarah Anderson
Great Falls, VA

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Date: 5/2/18 2:19 pm
From: P 3 via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Augusta County area yesterday: 115 species, SB Dowitcher, Philadelphia Vireo, Foxes, Bear and more
Nice gabriel

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From: VA-bird <va-bird-bounces+runningquick444=<hotmail.com...> on behalf of Gabriel Mapel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 12:46:10 PM
To: Shenvalbirds; Va-bird Birding
Subject: [VA-bird] Augusta County area yesterday: 115 species, SB Dowitcher, Philadelphia Vireo, Foxes, Bear and more

Hi all,
Vic Laubach and I spent 15+ hours in the field yesterday birding all around Augusta County (with a few stops in Rockingham County and the city of Waynesboro as well). It has become an annual tradition for us to do a "Big Day" in this area during the height of spring migration. Despite an overall lack of warbler and flycatcher diversity, as well as a hot, sunny mid-afternoon, we ended up finding 115 species including a couple big highlights (a Short-billed Dowitcher at Smith Lake in Swoope and a Philadelphia Vireo on Hite Hollow Rd). For those interested here is a detailed account of our day of birding:

We left Waynesboro by 5am and started pre-dawn at Big Levels along Coal Rd and Lake Rd where we found 4 Chuck-will's-widows and 7 E. Whip-poor-wills singing away. We also saw several of the Whips in our headlights. We were at Humpback Rocks along the Blue Ridge Parkway for sunrise but bird activity was quiet with just a few warblers (Ovenbird, Hooded, Redstart, Yellow-rumped, BT Green). We then headed down Route 610 and had a few decent birds: 1 Red-shouldered Hawk, 1 Great Crested Flycatcher, 1 Veery, 1 Hermit Thrush, 6 Wood Thrush, warblers (13 Ovenbird, 4 Worm-eating, 3 L. Waterthrush, 2 B&W, 5 Hooded, 9 Redstart, 2 Yellow-rumped), 7 Scarlet Tanagers, and an Indigo Bunting.

At China Clay Road Wetland we had 2 Green Herons, and the first Solitary Sandpipers, Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs of the day. Almost all ponds/mud puddles we stopped at yesterday held these three species and we finished the day with 34 Solitary, 37 Lesser Yellowlegs, and 25 Greater Yellowlegs total. We also had our first of two Red Fox families with young pups at China Clay Rd. (Along Lipscomb Rd we had our first Eastern Kingbird and Palm Warbler, as well as our only Rusty Blackbird of the day. We added two species (a Merlin and 2 Horned Larks) along Guthrie Rd.

In the Swoope Area we had 47 species with many highlights: 1 Great Egret, two adult & one young Bald Eagles on nest, shorebirds at Smith Lake (the Short-billed Dowitcher, 6 Wilson's Snipe, 2 Spotted Sandpipers, plus Solitary & Yellowlegs), 2 Red-headed Woodpeckers (Livick Rd), 1 White-eyed Vireo (Hebron Rd), 6 Yellow Warblers, 15 Palm Warblers, 2 Savannah Sparrows, and 1 Baltimore & 1 Orchard Orioles. In Swoope we had our second Red Fox family with young pups.

From Swoope we headed south to try and head over the mountain on Troxel Gap Rd but found the entire area burning in a fairly large wildfire or controlled burn, so instead we decided to head north towards Briery Branch Gap, but saw a lot of smoke up there too and remembered Diane's message regarding the controlled burns. Instead, we opted for Plan #3 which was to stay between the two fires and bird at Augusta Springs Wetlands and Hite Hollow Rd towards Deerfield. Augusta Springs was quiet, but we ran into some visiting birders who had earlier found a Blue-winged Warbler in the usual spot back by the power lines. Along Hite Hollow Rd our highlights included: 2 Broad-winged Hawks, 8 Blue-headed Vireos, the Philadelphia Vireo, 1 Black-capped Chickadee, 1 Brown Creeper, 1 Wood Thrush, warblers (8 Ovenbird, 6 Worm-eating, 1 L. Waterthrush, 7 B&W, 1 Hooded, 7 Redstart, 2 Parula, 2 Pine, 9 BT Green), and a yearling Black Bear. Up at Elkhorn Lake we had 3 Spotted Sandpipers, 2 Bla
ck-capped Chickadees, and a Blackburnian Warbler.

At Nazarene Church Rd Wetlands in Rockingham County we had 4 Blue-winged Teal, a Least Sandpiper, and a Hummingbird. We added E. Collared-Dove at the usual spot on Dry River Rd. At Silver Lake there was a Coot. At Leonard's Pond we were pleasantly surprised to find 3 Dunlin.

Back in Augusta County we had some good finds along Craig Shop Rd: 1 Osprey, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Warbling Vireo, 3 Grasshopper Sparrows, and a Blue Grosbeak. The pond along Humbert Rd had two more Wilson's Snipe. We finished the day down in Waynesboro at InVista Pond with a female Hooded Merganser, and finally, a Great Blue Heron!

A few big misses included several warblers (including BT Blue and Common Yellowthroat), E. Wood-Pewee, Acadian Flycatcher, RB Grosbeak, and others. Nonetheless, it was a great day. Thanks Vic, and Good Birding all,
Gabriel Mapel
New Hope

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Date: 5/2/18 1:31 pm
From: Dixie Sommers via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Long Branch Nature Center, Arlington County
On this lovely morning, 21 birders enjoyed a walk at Long Branch Nature
Center. We encountered a Scarlet Tanager, Great Crested Flycatchers, and
several warblers, including a beautiful Cape May and singing Northern
Parulas. There was a Solitary Sandpiper at the pond on the W&OD Trail, where
sparrows and an Orchard Oriole were also seen. A male Ruby-throated
Hummingbird and a Wood Thrush were seen near the visitor center, FOS for
most of us.



This walk was sponsored by the Northern Virginia Bird Club. See the Siskin
newsletter at http://nvabc.org/updated-field-trips/ for upcoming walks.





Long Branch Nature Center & Park, Arlington, Virginia, US May 2, 2018 8:22
AM - 10:48 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.3 mile(s)

Comments: Northern Virginia Bird Club walk

41 species (+1 other taxa)



Mallard 2

Turkey Vulture 1

Red-shouldered Hawk 6 4 chicks on nest

Buteo sp. 4

Solitary Sandpiper 1

Mourning Dove 2

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 4

Downy Woodpecker 1

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 2

Pileated Woodpecker 1

Great Crested Flycatcher 2

Red-eyed Vireo 2

American Crow 5

Fish Crow 1

Tufted Titmouse 3

White-breasted Nuthatch 2

Carolina Wren 2

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 8

Wood Thrush 1

American Robin 14

Gray Catbird 2

European Starling 3

Cedar Waxwing 5

Black-and-white Warbler 1

Common Yellowthroat 1

Cape May Warbler 1

Northern Parula 2

Yellow-rumped Warbler 8

Black-throated Green Warbler 1

White-throated Sparrow 1

Song Sparrow 4

Swamp Sparrow 1

Eastern Towhee 2

Scarlet Tanager 2

Northern Cardinal 10

Orchard Oriole 1

Brown-headed Cowbird 1

Common Grackle 9

American Goldfinch 6

House Sparrow 2



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Date: 5/2/18 12:46 pm
From: Gabriel Mapel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Augusta County area yesterday: 115 species, SB Dowitcher, Philadelphia Vireo, Foxes, Bear and more
Hi all,
Vic Laubach and I spent 15+ hours in the field yesterday birding all around Augusta County (with a few stops in Rockingham County and the city of Waynesboro as well).  It has become an annual tradition for us to do a "Big Day" in this area during the height of spring migration.  Despite an overall lack of warbler and flycatcher diversity, as well as a hot, sunny mid-afternoon, we ended up finding 115 species including a couple big highlights (a Short-billed Dowitcher at Smith Lake in Swoope and a Philadelphia Vireo on Hite Hollow Rd).  For those interested here is a detailed account of our day of birding:

We left Waynesboro by 5am and started pre-dawn at Big Levels along Coal Rd and Lake Rd where we found 4 Chuck-will's-widows and 7 E. Whip-poor-wills singing away.  We also saw several of the Whips in our headlights.  We were at Humpback Rocks along the Blue Ridge Parkway for sunrise but bird activity was quiet with just a few warblers (Ovenbird, Hooded, Redstart, Yellow-rumped, BT Green).  We then headed down Route 610 and had a few decent birds: 1 Red-shouldered Hawk, 1 Great Crested Flycatcher, 1 Veery, 1 Hermit Thrush, 6 Wood Thrush, warblers (13 Ovenbird, 4 Worm-eating, 3 L. Waterthrush, 2 B&W, 5 Hooded, 9 Redstart, 2 Yellow-rumped), 7 Scarlet Tanagers, and an Indigo Bunting.

At China Clay Road Wetland we had 2 Green Herons, and the first Solitary Sandpipers, Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs of the day.  Almost all ponds/mud puddles we stopped at yesterday held these three species and we finished the day with 34 Solitary, 37 Lesser Yellowlegs, and 25 Greater Yellowlegs total.  We also had our first of two Red Fox families with young pups at China Clay Rd.  (Along Lipscomb Rd we had our first Eastern Kingbird and Palm Warbler, as well as our only Rusty Blackbird of the day.  We added two species (a Merlin and 2 Horned Larks) along Guthrie Rd.

In the Swoope Area we had 47 species with many highlights: 1 Great Egret, two adult & one young Bald Eagles on nest, shorebirds at Smith Lake (the Short-billed Dowitcher, 6 Wilson's Snipe, 2 Spotted Sandpipers, plus Solitary & Yellowlegs), 2 Red-headed Woodpeckers (Livick Rd), 1 White-eyed Vireo (Hebron Rd), 6 Yellow Warblers, 15 Palm Warblers, 2 Savannah Sparrows, and 1 Baltimore & 1 Orchard Orioles.  In Swoope we had our second Red Fox family with young pups.

From Swoope we headed south to try and head over the mountain on Troxel Gap Rd but found the entire area burning in a fairly large wildfire or controlled burn, so instead we decided to head north towards Briery Branch Gap, but saw a lot of smoke up there too and remembered Diane's message regarding the controlled burns.  Instead, we opted for Plan #3 which was to stay between the two fires and bird at Augusta Springs Wetlands and Hite Hollow Rd towards Deerfield.  Augusta Springs was quiet, but we ran into some visiting birders who had earlier found a Blue-winged Warbler in the usual spot back by the power lines.  Along Hite Hollow Rd our highlights included: 2 Broad-winged Hawks, 8 Blue-headed Vireos, the Philadelphia Vireo, 1 Black-capped Chickadee, 1 Brown Creeper, 1 Wood Thrush, warblers (8 Ovenbird, 6 Worm-eating, 1 L. Waterthrush, 7 B&W, 1 Hooded, 7 Redstart, 2 Parula, 2 Pine, 9 BT Green), and a yearling Black Bear.  Up at Elkhorn Lake we had 3 Spotted Sandpipers, 2 Black-capped Chickadees, and a Blackburnian Warbler.

At Nazarene Church Rd Wetlands in Rockingham County we had 4 Blue-winged Teal, a Least Sandpiper, and a Hummingbird.  We added E. Collared-Dove at the usual spot on Dry River Rd.  At Silver Lake there was a Coot.  At Leonard's Pond we were pleasantly surprised to find 3 Dunlin.

Back in Augusta County we had some good finds along Craig Shop Rd: 1 Osprey, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Warbling Vireo, 3 Grasshopper Sparrows, and a Blue Grosbeak.  The pond along Humbert Rd had two more Wilson's Snipe.  We finished the day down in Waynesboro at InVista Pond with a female Hooded Merganser, and finally, a Great Blue Heron!

A few big misses included several warblers (including BT Blue and Common Yellowthroat), E. Wood-Pewee, Acadian Flycatcher, RB Grosbeak, and others.  Nonetheless, it was a great day.  Thanks Vic, and Good Birding all,
Gabriel Mapel
New Hope

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Date: 5/2/18 9:55 am
From: Edward Eder via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Cerulean song
The Cerulean warbler has an accelerating “stutter" at the end of its call that is pretty unique. On reviewing some 20 calls in xenocanto the difference with Black-throated blue is not that subtle. The bird at Huntley was also seen.
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Date: 5/2/18 9:38 am
From: Deapesh Misra via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fine Migrant day at UOSA (Fairfax County) - CAPE MAY WARBLERS and YELLOW WARBLERS
Hi,

The migrant birds are still out at the Occoquan Sewage Plant (UOSA)  - Fairfax county. I was short on time today so I did not get to see all the birds :( 

This email is just to inform that today is another good day at UOSA, since the ORIOLES and the migrating WARBLERS are all still there.

I noticed an influx of CAPE MAY WARBLERS and YELLOW WARBLERS today. I wonder if others across Fairfax county noticed the influx too ?

cheers,
Deapesh.
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Date: 5/2/18 9:17 am
From: Mark Flynn via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rose breasted - NOT Evening grosbeak
I wrote the email below this morning. My mind wanted rose breasted
grosbeak, but my fingers insisted on evening. Red breast, not yellow.

---------- Forwarded message ---------

Sad that I found a male evening grosbeak lying dead in my yard earlier this
week. Likely a window strike. Fellow flew all the way from Yucatan
peninsula, only to crash & burn in Quinton area of New Kent.
--
Mark Flynn
804-400-1321 <(804)%20400-1321> c
--
Mark Flynn
804-400-1321 c
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Date: 5/2/18 7:51 am
From: Ron Vogel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] black-billed cuckoo--Mason District Park
Very good looks this morning of a black-billed cuckoo in the pine/oak wood
stand behind the tennis courts. First time I've seen this bird at this
venue.

Was a great morning for migrating warblers, too, including FOS Blackburnian
and Cape May (one each)



Ron Vogel

Annandale, VA

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Date: 5/2/18 7:51 am
From: Mark Flynn via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Hummers
Quinton area of New Kent County. Only 2 hummingbirds have made their
appearance. First came about 14 April. The other is a female, haven't yet
identified the first one. This means I'm down about 8 birds this spring.
Has anyone else noticed a smaller than usual group?
--
Mark Flynn
804-400-1321 c
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Date: 5/2/18 7:49 am
From: Mark Flynn via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Evening grosbeak
Sad that I found a male evening grosbeak lying dead in my yard earlier this
week. Likely a window strike. Fellow flew all the way from Yucatan
peninsula, only to crash & burn in Quinton area of New Kent.
--
Mark Flynn
804-400-1321 c
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Date: 5/2/18 6:27 am
From: Jim Nelson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Bluebird Behavior Observation--Unusual?
This may be part of the mating process where the male feeds the female, rather than this being a young bird. But you describe the reverse with an adult female feeding an adult male, so maybe it goes both ways.


Here is a discussion from Birds of North America online:


Courtship-feeding occurs regularly in some populations, but occurrences and distributions within populations seem highly variable, with females “begging” from males in a posture reminiscent of chick “begging.” Males offer females prey without a visible signal from the female. Feeding of females by males is a regular aspect of breeding biology in migratory populations, but it is often rare or absent in facultatively migrant or nonmigrant populations (Thomas 1946, Hartshorne 1962).



Jim Nelson
Bethesda, MD



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From: Kent Clizbe via VA-bird <va-bird...>
To: va-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: Wed, May 2, 2018 9:16 am
Subject: [VA-bird] Bluebird Behavior Observation--Unusual?

I've observed bluebird behavior for a long time. But this is a first--wonder if this is normal, unusual, or what? In spring, bluebird couples return to the several bluebird boxes in my yard and vicinity. They begin to stake out their territory, elbowing aside tree swallows and finches who covet their boxes. Sometimes the couples have companions--my interpretation has always been that the companions are last year's children, still traveling with their parents. This year, what I thought was a couple staked out a box. They appeared to be just the two of them. They fended off a tree swallow couple that wanted the same box. But then, one day, as they perched on my deck railing, one of the bluebird pair fluttered its wings and knelt with his mouth open, like a newly fledged hatchling. The other bluebird, with a fat worm in her mouth, dropped it into the begging, open beak. I've seen this behavior repeated in the last couple days--as the same couple establishes control of this box. So--the question is: Could the begging-to-be-fed bluebird be a nearly year-old child still dependent on its mother? Or could this be a newly fledged winter-bred baby that was raised in the south, and came back north in the spring? Or something else? Thanks. Kent *** You are subscribed to VA-bird as <kingfishers2...> If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit https://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
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Date: 5/2/18 6:16 am
From: Kent Clizbe via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bluebird Behavior Observation--Unusual?
I've observed bluebird behavior for a long time. But this is a first--wonder if this is normal, unusual, or what? 
In spring, bluebird couples return to the several bluebird boxes in my yard and vicinity. They begin to stake out their territory, elbowing aside tree swallows and finches who covet their boxes. 
Sometimes the couples have companions--my interpretation has always been that the companions are last year's children, still traveling with their parents. 
This year, what I thought was a couple staked out a box. They appeared to be just the two of them. They fended off a tree swallow couple that wanted the same box. But then, one day, as they perched on my deck railing, one of the bluebird pair fluttered its wings and knelt with his mouth open, like a newly fledged hatchling. The other bluebird, with a fat worm in her mouth, dropped it into the begging, open beak. I've seen this behavior repeated in the last couple days--as the same couple establishes control of this box. 
So--the question is: Could the begging-to-be-fed bluebird be a nearly year-old child still dependent on its mother? Or could this be a newly fledged winter-bred baby that was raised in the south, and came back north in the spring? Or something else? 
Thanks. 
Kent 
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Date: 5/2/18 4:33 am
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] TUNDRA SWAN!, Spotted Sandpiper, tick -western Albemarle
Very late Tundra Swan at the Sugar Hollow reservoir early yesterday morning (May 1).


Also a Spotted Sandpiper yesterday walking through the water spilling over the dam and somehow getting something to eat!
 
Lastly, my first tick bite of the season.
 
Sincerely,
Marlene 
 
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Date: 5/1/18 7:16 pm
From: Ben Jesup and Pam Koger-Jesup via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Tennessee warbler in White Oaks Park (plus highlights from the weekend, and caution about cerulean warbler song)
The last few mornings in White Oaks Park (Alexandria) have finally picked
up. The best bird was a singing Tennessee. Unfortunately, I couldn't get a
picture before it flew across Rollins and into a residential area. In
addition, good numbers and diversity of thrushes, vireos, and a few other
non-yellow-rumps (parula, B&W, redstart, ovenbird).



Saturday at Huntley Meadows (Hike/Bike Trail), the highlights were first of
season Swainson's thrush, BTB warbler, and blue grosbeak. Sunday at Great
Falls, beautiful looks at a Blackburnian warbler, a harrier migrating high
above the falls. Also interesting was a song that sounded exactly like
cerulean, but was almost certainly a black-throated blue. I don't know
about others, but I have experienced this before, and I simply won't ID a
cerulean solely by voice.



Ben Jesup

Alexandria

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Date: 5/1/18 5:57 pm
From: Jon Little via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bobolink, Yellow Warbler / Frederick Co.
After checking on one of our Bald Eagle nests today (2 large, brown young),
we stopped to listen for Bobolink, at the only spot we know of in NW
Frederick Co where they breed.



We heard at least 2 songs within a minute, but did not see any flying birds
displaying (grassy hill in the way). Therefore, there was at least 1 bird in
the area.



Tonight, while sitting on our deck, we had 1 male Yellow Warbler singing and
displaying in our cherry tree, only 10 ft away. Spring is finally here!



Jon & BJ Little

Winchester



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Date: 5/1/18 12:40 pm
From: Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FW: DC Area, 5/1/2018
FYI
Joe Coleman

-----Original Message-----
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 5/1/2018
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, questions: <voice...>
Compilers: Rick and Nancy Sussman
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
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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, April 24, and was
completed on Tuesday, May 1, at 9:00 a.m.

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


TOP BIRDS: PURPLE GALLINULE* in MD, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE* in VA.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST: late waterfowl, NORTHERN BOBWHITE, HORNED GREBE,
EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL, VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA, SANDHILL CRANE, BLACK-NECKED
STILT, SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER, WILLET, PARASITIC JAEGER, AMERICAN WHITE
PELICAN, AMERICAN and LEAST BITTERN, egrets and herons, GLOSSY IBIS,
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, LEAST FLYCATCHER, LOGGERHEAD and
NORTHERN SHRIKE, BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, wrens, thrushes, AMERICAN PIPIT,
CLAY-COLORED and SALTMARSH SPARROW, BOBOLINK, warblers, SUMMER and WESTERN
TANAGER, and DICKCISSEL.

TOP BIRDS

A PURPLE GALLINULE* was seen by hawk-watchers at Fort Smallwood Park, Anne
Arundel Co, MD on the morning of Apr 26, and seen again the same afternoon.
It was being seen off and on through Apr 30.

A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE* was seen along the edge of a pond in Bedford Co, VA
on Apr 25, a nice record that far inland.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

The unseasonable spring weather seems to have delayed the migration of many
varieties of waterfowl. A late TUNDRA SWAN (possibly with an injured wing)
was seen on Apr 24, at Kinder Farm Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD. Another was
seen on Apr 26 at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel Co, MD and
another seen on Apr 29, at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens NE DC, flying
over the boardwalk and landing in the main pool.

Late migrating ducks included many species from throughout the reporting
area this week, with NORTHERN SHOVELER, GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN
PINTAIL, CANVASBACK, RING-NECKED DUCK, GREATER SCAUP, LESSER SCAUP,
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, and COMMON GOLDENEYE all
being reported.

Many birders enjoyed a seemingly out-of-place NORTHERN BOBWHITE, of unknown
origin, in the Tenley Circle area of NW DC, with confirmed reports (and
photos of it walking up an alleyway between homes) for Apr 27 and 29.

HORNED GREBES remained in the area, with two seen at Piney Run Park, Carroll
Co, MD on Apr 29, eight at North Beach, Calvert Co, MD on Apr 30, two at
Fort Smallwood Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD on Apr 30, and another single bird
seen from East-Potomac Park-Haines Point, SW DC, also on Apr 30.

At least six EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS were heard at Patuxent Research
Refuge-North Tract, Anne Arundel Co, MD on Apr 28, while one was heard at
Chino Farms-Foreman's Branch Bird Observatory, Queen Anne's Co, MD the same
day. Three EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS were heard calling from a yard in
Northampton Co, VA, also on Apr 28.

A VIRGINIA RAIL was seen and photographed at the Abrams Creek Wetlands
Preserve west of Winchester in Frederick Co, VA on Apr 26. Another VIRGINIA
RAIL was recorded at Chesland Park, Cecil Co, MD on Apr 27. On Apr 30, two
VIRGINIA RAILS were heard and seen together, and two SORAS were vocalizing,
from Hidden Swamp, Albemarle Co, VA.

Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen again along Rock Lodge Road in Accident,
Garrett Co, MD on Apr 25 and 27, holding out hopes of a possible breeding
pair.

A BLACK-NECKED STILT was seen on Apr 26 at the Messick Wetlands in Poquoson,
VA and seen again on Apr 27, 28, and 29. An early SEMIPALMATED PLOVER was
spotted at the Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek DMCF in Anne Arundel Co, MD on
Apr 25. A WILLET was seen at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Queen
Anne's Co, MD on Apr 26, another on Apr 27 at Point Lookout SP, St. Mary's
Co, MD, and on Apr 28 two were seen flying low over the water at the Gala
Wetlands in Botetourt Co, VA.

A PARASITIC JAEGER was seen flying north at the Ocean City Inlet, Worcester
Co, MD on Apr 24.

A flock of ten AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were seen again at Hog Island WMA,
Surry Co, VA, with the most recent report from Apr 26.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen flying across the marsh at Bles Park in Loudoun
Co, VA on Apr 25, and again on Apr 29. On Apr 28, one was heard vocalizing
in wetlands at Potts Ln, Loudoun Co, VA. A LEAST BITTERN was seen and
photographed on Apr 24 at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, NE DC and
continued to be seen (and hidden) on Apr 26-29. Another LEAST BITTERN was
seen at Swan Harbor Farm Park, Harford Co, MD on Apr 25.

A SNOWY EGRET was seen at the Patuxent Research Refuge-Central Tract
(private), Prince George's Co, MD on Apr 25, and another flew in to
Schoolhouse Pond, Prince George's Co, MD on Apr 26. On Apr 28 a SNOWY EGRET
was discovered at Lake Herrington, Herrington Manor SP in Garrett Co, MD,
possibly a 2nd county record this far west, continuing through Apr 29. A
TRICOLORED HERON was seen at Point lookout SP-The Point, St. Mary's Co, MD
on Apr 27, while another was seen the same day at Fort Smallwood Park, Anne
Arundel Co, MD. A pair of YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen carrying
nesting material to a nest in New Windsor, Carroll Co, MD on Apr 24 and 25,
and another was seen flying over a neighborhood in NW DC on Apr 26. A
juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen along the C&O Canal-North
Branch, Allegany Co, MD on Apr 25.

A continuing GLOSSY IBIS was seen again at Hawthorne Hall Road, Botetourt
Co, VA on Apr 24, and another far inland at Sandy River Reservoir, in Prince
Edward Co, VA on Apr 25. Also, on Apr 25, another GLOSSY IBIS was seen and
photographed at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville,
Prince George's Co, MD and seen again on Apr 27.

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was spotted as it flew NE across the bay from the Fort
Smallwood Park hawk-watch, Anne Arundel Co, MD on Apr 27.

An early EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE was seen and photographed at Munden Point Park-
Southern portion in Virginia Beach, VA on Apr 28. A LEAST FLYCATCHER was
seen at Herrington Manor SP, Garrett Co, MD also on Apr 28.

The LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE at Smith Farm, Lunenburg Co, VA continued through Apr
25. The wintering NORTHERN SHRIKE in Sully Wetlands, Fairfax Co, VA
continued to be seen as recently as Apr 24.

While the five BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES seen at Bombay Hook in Kent Co, DE on
Apr 28 were not terribly unusual, the single BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH seen and
photographed on Apr 27 at Cobbs Mountain Road, Bedford Co, VA was notable.

A late WINTER WREN was seen at Swan Harbor Farm Park, Harford Co, MD on Apr
25, and another was seen along Mullinix Mill Road, Upper Patuxent River,
Montgomery Co, MD on Apr 26. On Apr 28, a WINTER WREN was heard singing from
a patch of skunk cabbage at Piney Run Park, Carroll Co, MD and yet another
was seen along the Rivanna Trail in Albemarle Co, VA, also on Apr 28. A
SEDGE WREN was seen and heard in the marsh along Elliott Island Road,
Dorchester Co, MD on Apr 25. A continuing MARSH WREN was seen most recently
at Hughes Hollow in Montgomery Co, MD on Apr 28, while another was seen
skulking at Edward's Ferry-C&O Canal NHP, Poolesville, Montgomery Co, MD on
Apr 29.

A VEERY was seen at Melvin Hazen Park, NW DC on Apr 24. A GRAY-CHEEKED
THRUSH was reported at Monticello Park, Alexandria, VA on Apr 29. A pair of
SWAINSON'S THRUSHES were spotted at Matoaka Lake and Woods, Williamsburg, VA
on Apr 28, a single bird was seen at Patterson Park, Baltimore Co, MD and
another was seen at Theodore Roosevelt Island NW DC, the same day. Yet
another was seen at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center area, NW DC, on Apr
29.

AMERICAN PIPITS were seen at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA with a single
bird there on Apr 27, and from Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, NE DC,
with four heard as they flew over on Apr 26, and six there on Apr 28.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen foraging among dandelions with several
Chipping Sparrows, at the Virginia Tech-Vet School Pond in Montgomery Co, VA
on Apr 24. A SALTMARSH SPARROW was seen and trying its best to stay hidden
in the marsh at Fort Smallwood Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD on Apr 26.

Three early BOBOLINKS were seen along Lloyds Landing Road, Trappe, Talbot
Co, MD on Apr 24.

The real hotspots for warblers this week were the C&O Canal-Riley's Lock,
Montgomery Co, MD and Rock Creek Park, NW DC, though some birds did show
well in other places. On Apr 27, a male CAPE MAY WARBLER fed in a Balsam fir
tree, transplanted from Maine, in a yard in Montgomery Co, MD, and another
was seen at Hughes Hollow, also in Montgomery Co, MD on Apr 29. A CERULEAN
WARBLER was singing from high atop a tree at Westmoreland SP, Westmoreland
Co, VA on Apr 26. On Apr 28 a BAY-BREASTED WARBLER showed well at Patuxent
Research Refuge-North Tract, Anne Arundel Co, MD. Late PALM WARBLERS were
seen at Finzel Swamp and Herrington Manor SP, both in Garrett Co, MD on Apr
28.

A pair of SUMMER TANAGERS were seen at Chincoteague NWR-Wildlife Loop,
Accomack Co, VA on Apr 24, while another showed up to feed at a mealworm
suet feeder at a yard in Hampstead, Carroll Co, MD on Apr 25.
A continuing WESTERN TANAGER showed up again at a feeder in Virginia Beach,
VA on Apr 24.

An early and well-described DICKCISSEL showed up at a birdbath and yard in
Roanoke City, VA on Apr 26, and continued through Apr 28.

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable state records committee

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Date: 5/1/18 12:23 pm
From: Joanne Laskowski via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Shorebird Survey at Chincoteague NWR for April 30, 2018
> Other observer: Hal Laskowski. Birds were observed during the regular shorebird survey at Chincoteague NWR. The following areas are surveyed: Wild Beach (9 mi); The Hook (6 mi); Service Road (10 mi); Beach Rd (2 mi); Auto Tour Rt (3 mi). If numbers were not noted, a (- ) is recorded for presence only.

Date Range 30-Apr-18
Locations Chincoteague NWR
Number of Species 78
Number of Individuals 9,726
Species Name Species Count
Canada Goose --
Northern Shoveler --
Gadwall --
Mallard --
American Black Duck --
Green-winged Teal --
Surf Scoter 3
White-winged Scoter 1
Black Scoter 2
Red-breasted Merganser 2
Common Loon 5
Double-crested Cormorant 118
Great Egret --
Snowy Egret --
Little Blue Heron --
Tricolored Heron --
Cattle Egret --
Green Heron --
Glossy Ibis --
Turkey Vulture --
Osprey --
Bald Eagle --
Black-necked Stilt 4
American Oystercatcher 19
Black-bellied Plover 51
Semipalmated Plover 128
Piping Plover 33
Whimbrel 63
Marbled Godwit 5
Ruddy Turnstone 2
Sanderling 1,138
Dunlin 4,647
Least Sandpiper 50
Semipalmated Sandpiper 61
peep sp. 303
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher 1,197
Greater Yellowlegs 191
Willet 180
Lesser Yellowlegs 795
Bonaparte's Gull 3
Laughing Gull 9
Ring-billed Gull 3
Herring Gull 249
Lesser Black-backed Gull 8
Great Black-backed Gull 33
Least Tern 224
Common Tern 2
Forster's Tern 112
Royal Tern 17
Black Skimmer 60
Mourning Dove --
Belted Kingfisher --
Northern Flicker --
Merlin 1
Eastern Kingbird --
crow sp. --
Tree Swallow --
Barn Swallow --
Carolina Chickadee --
House Wren --
Carolina Wren --
American Robin --
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling --
Pine Warbler --
Yellow-rumped Warbler --
Yellow-throated Warbler --
Prairie Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow --
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal --
Blue Grosbeak 2
Indigo Bunting 1
Eastern Meadowlark --
Red-winged Blackbird --
Brown-headed Cowbird --
Common Grackle --
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Date: 5/1/18 11:54 am
From: Deapesh Misra via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] American Pipit, UOSA - Fairfax County
Hi,
An AMERICAN PIPIT was also seen and photographed today at UOSA (Fairfax County).
It was/is a great spring migration day for this birding site today, since I saw a lot of new migrants to this park. 
The entire list of around 52 birds seen today is here: https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S45142987

cheers,Deapesh.

----- Forwarded Message ----- From: Stephen Eccles via VA-bird <va-bird...>To: VA Ornithological Society listserve <va-bird...>Sent: Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 12:46:41 PM EDTSubject: [VA-bird] American Pipit, Fairfax County
A tad late, and apparently all on its own, an American Pipit seen this
morning at Americana Park playing fields, Annandale.

Stephen Eccles
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Date: 5/1/18 11:32 am
From: Brian Taber via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Sandhill Cranes at College Creek Hawkwatch
Three Sandhill Cranes flew over the Hawkwatch in James City County this morning, seen by Nancy Barnhart, Bill Williams, Dr. Mitchell Byrd and me. Distant photo on the Blog at www.cvwo.org.

 
Brian Taber
Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory
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Date: 5/1/18 9:45 am
From: Stephen Eccles via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] American Pipit, Fairfax County
A tad late, and apparently all on its own, an American Pipit seen this
morning at Americana Park playing fields, Annandale.

Stephen Eccles
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Date: 5/1/18 4:26 am
From: Janice Frye via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] A Great Weekend for the VA Breeding Bird Atlas!
Awesome day! Nice work!

Jan Frye
Richmond

On Mon, Apr 30, 2018, 11:08 PM kurtcapt87--- via VA-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> VA BIRDers,
>
> A Great Weekend for the VA Breeding Bird Atlas!
>
> The weather and timing were great for doing a bit of Atlas-ing this past
> weekend. Typically, for the Northern Virginia area, the last weekend of
> April and the first week of May have the most species diversity. Yet, it is
> also a period where many species are setting up "house" or raising young.
> For these reasons I decided on a bit of Atlas-ing, especially the priority
> blocks which are essential for this project!
>
> Saturday, I started off at Mason Neck SP and NWR in Fairfax Co. The Fort
> Belvoir SE priority block is doing quite well but deserves a few more
> probable or confirmed breeders. Plus, adjacent blocks such as Indian Head
> NW
> or Fort Belvoir SW (although not priority blocks) have excellent habitat
> possibilities for unusual species. I started pre-dawn and added a singing
> Eastern Screech Owl at the same spot as one nearly 2 weeks earlier - moving
> the species up to probable status for Indian Head NW. For the biologist
> who
> analyze the Va Breeding Bird Atlas, probable status is nearly as good as
> confirmed, which means moving a species into this category is desirable.
>
> During the Screech stop, a Veery made a flight call along the Potomac - a
> fine migrant. And migrants would soon dominate the day. The next bird
> heard
> was a gurgling Wood Thrush - perhaps 45 minutes before sunrise. Later, Wood
> Thrush plus other birds sang throughout this day, yet none could be
> recorded
> for the Atlas (such as the Yellow-rumps, Ovenbirds, waterthrush, No.
> Parulas, Blue-headed Vireos, Red-eyed Vireos, White-throated Sparrows,
> other
> warblers, etc.) as these birds are migrants and I do not know if they will
> stay unless other breeding behavior is noted. The Atlas website has charts
> with guidelines on the "safe dates" for coding singing species, especially
> for those that migrate.
>
> I made it to the Mason Neck NWR impoundment and it got interesting. Top
> bird
> was a Great Egret perched on the edge of the impoundment on a small tree or
> shrub. Eventually it flew into the heronry - one of the largest west of the
> Chesapeake Bay - and was lost in the trees. I coded it as appropriate
> habitat as in years past Great Egrets were breeders, but I will have to
> take
> a closer look to find confirmation.
>
> The next interesting sighting was a yodeling Pied-billed Grebe - a common
> call to the north such as in Minnesota or Maine but decidedly unusual in
> Northern VA. I will need to look more carefully for this species on my
> next
> visit.
>
> There were other goodies such as Red-eyed Vireos, both orioles, some Common
> Loons off in the bay, a male Wood Duck floating nearby in the bay (waiting
> expectantly?), American Coot and Ring-billed Duck.
>
> I continued my trek through the NWR and adjacent SP lands and recorded
> species via blocks. Top Atlas bird was a Black Vulture nesting in an old
> greenhouse in SP land. I upgraded Red-shouldered Hawk to a pair on Sycamore
> Rd in the Ft Belvoir SE block. Unusual migrant was a late Winter Wren.
> Totals for the day were good, despite the fog limiting distant viewing (for
> the diver ducks only Lesser Scaup and Ruddy Duck were found). 84 species
> were tallied by noon including 15 warbler species. Top numbers were
> Yellow-rumps (37), No. Parula (27), Ovenbird (16), Common Yellowthroat (6),
> Pine (4), Yellow-throated (3), Black & White (2), Prothonotary (2) and
> singles of Worm-eating, LA Waterthrush, Blue-winged, Magnolia, Yellow,
> Black-throated Blue, and Prairie. The vireos were good with 20 Red-eyes
> noted plus 6 Yellow-throateds and 2 White-eyes. Great Crested Flycatchers
> totaled 10, Wood Thrush topped out at 18, Scarlet Tanagers were 4, and
> White-throated Sparrows were obvious with 54 noted. Only 2 Swamps and 1
> Song
> Sparrow. Orchard (5) beat Baltimore Orioles (2). At the end of the day 2
> Indigo Buntings were near the VC.
>
> Sunday, Rich Rieger joined me for a foray to the Widewater CW priority
> block, in Stafford Co. Although becoming a tad more suburban, it still
> retains some wild character, especially near the new State Park. The gravel
> Brent Pt road through a forested valley stretch from the northern block
> boundary was very good as we chanced upon a Barred Owl near the roadside.
> Knowing it was likely watching a nest site, we found the nest in just 2
> minutes, in a snag cavity very close to the road, and it held a young owlet
> peering at us. Afterwards, we continued down the road, tallying what we
> could.
>
> Past the railroad tracks we got a bit of luck and managed to confirm
> Chickadee, Titmouse, Red-bellied, and Hairy WP. Plus, an Osprey nest and a
> Purple Martin house in business. The process we use is straight-forward -
> we
> tally birds in safe date range that are present or singing. We look for
> other behavior that indicates a higher code - like this male and female No.
> Parula moving together from tree to tree in a tight area - clearly a pair.
> With this approach, our codes for singers, "S", become available for
> consideration during a future visit 7 or more days later. Then, when we
> find
> a singer at the same spot during safe date range, we can consider upgrading
> to the "S7" code - making that species a probable breeder and very valuable
> to subsequent data analysis by the biologists.
>
> Regarding migrants, the day at Widewater CW was reasonably productive with
> a
> dozen warbler species where Yellow-rump (38), Ovenbird (13), No. Parula
> (13), LA Waterthrush (5), and Yellow-throated Warbler (4) were tally
> leaders. Curiously, only 9 White-throated Sparrows were found but Wood
> Thrush was good at 11 tallies. We managed to find 2 each of Yellow-throated
> and Blue-headed Vireos. And our work added 6 more confirms for the block
> plus 4 more probable species.
>
> Despite not trying for a big weekend species total, I still tallied 98 for
> the 2-day stretch. Which means that Atlas-ing has few benefits!
>
> Kurt Gaskill
>
> PS if you see a daylight owl, be sure to add it to the Atlas as "H", in
> appropriate habitat (unless it does something else.). This will be most
> valuable to the Atlas. Thanks!
>
>
>
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Date: 4/30/18 8:07 pm
From: kurtcapt87--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] A Great Weekend for the VA Breeding Bird Atlas!
VA BIRDers,

A Great Weekend for the VA Breeding Bird Atlas!

The weather and timing were great for doing a bit of Atlas-ing this past
weekend. Typically, for the Northern Virginia area, the last weekend of
April and the first week of May have the most species diversity. Yet, it is
also a period where many species are setting up "house" or raising young.
For these reasons I decided on a bit of Atlas-ing, especially the priority
blocks which are essential for this project!

Saturday, I started off at Mason Neck SP and NWR in Fairfax Co. The Fort
Belvoir SE priority block is doing quite well but deserves a few more
probable or confirmed breeders. Plus, adjacent blocks such as Indian Head NW
or Fort Belvoir SW (although not priority blocks) have excellent habitat
possibilities for unusual species. I started pre-dawn and added a singing
Eastern Screech Owl at the same spot as one nearly 2 weeks earlier - moving
the species up to probable status for Indian Head NW. For the biologist who
analyze the Va Breeding Bird Atlas, probable status is nearly as good as
confirmed, which means moving a species into this category is desirable.

During the Screech stop, a Veery made a flight call along the Potomac - a
fine migrant. And migrants would soon dominate the day. The next bird heard
was a gurgling Wood Thrush - perhaps 45 minutes before sunrise. Later, Wood
Thrush plus other birds sang throughout this day, yet none could be recorded
for the Atlas (such as the Yellow-rumps, Ovenbirds, waterthrush, No.
Parulas, Blue-headed Vireos, Red-eyed Vireos, White-throated Sparrows, other
warblers, etc.) as these birds are migrants and I do not know if they will
stay unless other breeding behavior is noted. The Atlas website has charts
with guidelines on the "safe dates" for coding singing species, especially
for those that migrate.

I made it to the Mason Neck NWR impoundment and it got interesting. Top bird
was a Great Egret perched on the edge of the impoundment on a small tree or
shrub. Eventually it flew into the heronry - one of the largest west of the
Chesapeake Bay - and was lost in the trees. I coded it as appropriate
habitat as in years past Great Egrets were breeders, but I will have to take
a closer look to find confirmation.

The next interesting sighting was a yodeling Pied-billed Grebe - a common
call to the north such as in Minnesota or Maine but decidedly unusual in
Northern VA. I will need to look more carefully for this species on my next
visit.

There were other goodies such as Red-eyed Vireos, both orioles, some Common
Loons off in the bay, a male Wood Duck floating nearby in the bay (waiting
expectantly?), American Coot and Ring-billed Duck.

I continued my trek through the NWR and adjacent SP lands and recorded
species via blocks. Top Atlas bird was a Black Vulture nesting in an old
greenhouse in SP land. I upgraded Red-shouldered Hawk to a pair on Sycamore
Rd in the Ft Belvoir SE block. Unusual migrant was a late Winter Wren.
Totals for the day were good, despite the fog limiting distant viewing (for
the diver ducks only Lesser Scaup and Ruddy Duck were found). 84 species
were tallied by noon including 15 warbler species. Top numbers were
Yellow-rumps (37), No. Parula (27), Ovenbird (16), Common Yellowthroat (6),
Pine (4), Yellow-throated (3), Black & White (2), Prothonotary (2) and
singles of Worm-eating, LA Waterthrush, Blue-winged, Magnolia, Yellow,
Black-throated Blue, and Prairie. The vireos were good with 20 Red-eyes
noted plus 6 Yellow-throateds and 2 White-eyes. Great Crested Flycatchers
totaled 10, Wood Thrush topped out at 18, Scarlet Tanagers were 4, and
White-throated Sparrows were obvious with 54 noted. Only 2 Swamps and 1 Song
Sparrow. Orchard (5) beat Baltimore Orioles (2). At the end of the day 2
Indigo Buntings were near the VC.

Sunday, Rich Rieger joined me for a foray to the Widewater CW priority
block, in Stafford Co. Although becoming a tad more suburban, it still
retains some wild character, especially near the new State Park. The gravel
Brent Pt road through a forested valley stretch from the northern block
boundary was very good as we chanced upon a Barred Owl near the roadside.
Knowing it was likely watching a nest site, we found the nest in just 2
minutes, in a snag cavity very close to the road, and it held a young owlet
peering at us. Afterwards, we continued down the road, tallying what we
could.

Past the railroad tracks we got a bit of luck and managed to confirm
Chickadee, Titmouse, Red-bellied, and Hairy WP. Plus, an Osprey nest and a
Purple Martin house in business. The process we use is straight-forward - we
tally birds in safe date range that are present or singing. We look for
other behavior that indicates a higher code - like this male and female No.
Parula moving together from tree to tree in a tight area - clearly a pair.
With this approach, our codes for singers, "S", become available for
consideration during a future visit 7 or more days later. Then, when we find
a singer at the same spot during safe date range, we can consider upgrading
to the "S7" code - making that species a probable breeder and very valuable
to subsequent data analysis by the biologists.

Regarding migrants, the day at Widewater CW was reasonably productive with a
dozen warbler species where Yellow-rump (38), Ovenbird (13), No. Parula
(13), LA Waterthrush (5), and Yellow-throated Warbler (4) were tally
leaders. Curiously, only 9 White-throated Sparrows were found but Wood
Thrush was good at 11 tallies. We managed to find 2 each of Yellow-throated
and Blue-headed Vireos. And our work added 6 more confirms for the block
plus 4 more probable species.

Despite not trying for a big weekend species total, I still tallied 98 for
the 2-day stretch. Which means that Atlas-ing has few benefits!

Kurt Gaskill

PS if you see a daylight owl, be sure to add it to the Atlas as "H", in
appropriate habitat (unless it does something else.). This will be most
valuable to the Atlas. Thanks!



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Date: 4/30/18 7:10 pm
From: m b via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Use of playback to see birds
Luckily, it doesn't matter what any given person thinks about using playback. Especially using it for a non important reason like getting to see a life bird, as opposed to conducting a census.

The aba has ethics guidelines, which include guidelines on playback. Getting that photo or getting to see a bird you'd like to see does not an exception create. The fact of habitat loss and other awful contributors to species decline is not an excuse to do whatever one wants.

Habitat loss, et.al, simply means that, in addition to whatever we can do to create conservation easements and other methods of preserving habitat, it is even more important that we not stress birds who are already stressed.

Birds do not need to spend precious energy reacting to a recorded potential territory invader so that someone can get their photo or see a bird. They need to spend their energy feeding, nesting, migrating, etc. Unless one is conducting research or a census, playback is just for the human, not for the bird. If we get to see them, good for us. If we don't, oh well. Imho, using their declining habitat as a reason to further stress them is a straw man.

And if anyone disagrees with the aba, whose guidelines are even less stringent than the views I expressed here, fine. Just don't contact me about it. Contact them.

Given the personal comments I received last time this topic came up, the demands that I disclose my address, the stalking, and all the other insane rants that came my way for daring to express a view on this topic, all emails to me on this topic will be deleted unread.

Good birding to all, and let's all try not to be selfish if we can.

Mb from nova
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Date: 4/30/18 4:28 pm
From: Lucy Uncu via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] April 29 Eakin Park Fairfax Highlights
We saw a Tennessee Warbler and Black-Throated Blue yesterday in the Mantua
Section of Eakin Park as well as a Broad Winged Hawk.
Lucy Uncu
Falls Church
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Date: 4/30/18 3:28 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Blue Ridge Parkway
32 avian species on the BRP and surrounding areas, 4/30/18, including 4
warbler species and my first of season Yellow-throated Vireo and my FOS Wood
Thrush. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_04_30.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_04_30.htm



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

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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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Date: 4/30/18 2:07 pm
From: Alyssa Freeman via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Golden-winged Warbler, no
While I had an enjoyable morning in the Wetlands in James River Park,
Richmond, I didn't see or hear the Golden-winged Warbler. I did, however,
see and hear 8 other warbler species (Yellow-rumped, C. Yellowthroat,
Blue-winged, Black and White, Northern Waterthrush, Ovenbird, , N. Parula,
and Pine), Scarlet Tanager, Wood Thrushes, as well as FOS Veeries (four, at
least).

Alyssa Freeman
Henrico Co.
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Date: 4/30/18 11:22 am
From: Eric Harrold via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Excessive use of owl playback?
As a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the early 2000s, my graduate adviser and I broadcast 5 minutes of the same recorded BDOW call that 10 million birders surely have on their iPhones and other luring devices. We found that once owls were incubating eggs, they paid little attention to the broadcast. The only thing that seemed to impact their behavior was if we were provisioning them with food to facilitate capture for banding or transmitter attachment. If you broadcast during the pre-nesting period, they were highly responsive as this is the time in which owls come to recognize their neighbors and establish territorial boundaries. 
My two cents on the never-ending debate about the use of audiolures and broadcasting....in the big picture, IT DOES NOT MATTER! Now that doesn't mean that you can't harrass a bird with an audiolure. Sure you can. I don't think most folks abusively broadcast...most are like myself, they get the bird's attention and then they turn off the device. But in a world when 95% of species declines are directly related to habitat loss and alteration, I think there are more troubling matters than the use of audiolures. Some people seem to like to grumble about things they think they can effect while ignoring those they feel powerless to influence. It's easier to heckle folks about playing a tape than it is to save 10,000 acres of a particular intact natural landscape, that is for sure. I've certainly shown a lot of people life birds through the use of an audiolure and I see no reason to regret providing those experiences. 
Birds and bird conservation would be better off if folks would take science-based positions that are founded on evidence rather than base their arguments on raw human emotion and anthropomorphizing wildlife and the natural world. 
Eric HarroldHays, NC
On Monday, April 30, 2018, 12:06:58 PM EDT, Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> wrote:

Hi John,
 
Thanks for your comments, which are polite in nature as opposed to some from others on this list serve who have accused me of things that are not true.
 
 
What folks are missing is how methodical the calling was; they are NOT paying attention to what I wrote.  People are writing with descriptions of behavior that are nothing at all like what happened here last weekend.  This isn't about hearing "Who cooks for you" for a long time; it's about hearing it repeated in a very structured and artificial manner, which is something humans, not animals, tend to  do.
 
 
Many birders are getting angry and just want to blast me instead of allow mention of something that is a serious problem in the birding world. Their strong and bitter words suggest guilty consciences to me!  Anyway, the rudest folks said ages ago that they weren't paying attention to this list serve anymore, but I guess they just can't stop reading me!!!!
 
And now I have work to do, folks, so-o-o-o, I'm not discussing this topic anymore.  I'm glad I brought it up though because it has illustrated very well that not all birders are as nice as people insist they are.  
 
Sincerely,
Marlene    
 
In a message dated 4/29/2018 5:51:05 PM US Eastern Standard Time, <va-bird...> writes:

 
Marlene,

I think Janice Frye's suggestion is a plausible one. A pair of Barred Owls
is holding territory this Spring in my neighborhood (less than a mile from
Charlottesville High School). On April 1, no fooling, I witnessed one of
the owls deliver its classic advertising call every 40 seconds or so for
almost two hours. I was astonished. Last evening one of them began calling
at 5:45p and continued, off and on, for three hours, though not as
consistently or regularly as the April 1 bird. In the piney woods of east
Texas and in the mountains of West Virginia I've heard them call for hours
on end when conditions were right. I don't know the details of your
experience with the putative birder using playback to excess, but I
wouldn't be surprised to learn that you were hearing actual Barred Owls
after all.

John Rowlett
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Date: 4/30/18 10:23 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] 16 warbler species, Leesylvania State Park
Sorry for the prior message-less post. Not sure what happened. Anyway, it was a great morning at Leesylvania SP in Woodbridge. The story of the day was the swarms of yellowrumps. Peter Ross, Linda Chittum and I agreed that 400 was not out of the ballpark, They were everywhere. At sunup the beach and bluffs above them were covered with warblers. So were the Confederate Battery and the hillside above the ruins. Amongst the yellowrumps were other warblers (in much smaller numbers), including worm-eating, black-and-white, northern waterthrush, ovenbird, black-throated green, black-throated blue, Cape May, blue-winged, prairie, palm, pine, yellow-throated, yellow, American redstart, and northern parula. Other notables were 3 flyover broad-winged hawks, 2 warbling vireos, yellow-throated vireo, hermit and wood thrush, Baltimore and orchard oriole, 2 bank swallows, and scarlet tanager.


Marc Ribaudo
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Date: 4/30/18 10:12 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] 16 warbler species, Leesylvania State Park



Marc Ribaudo
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Date: 4/30/18 9:25 am
From: Adrianne Dery via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Warbler Road
Hello,
I will be traveling in SW Virginia next week, and plan to (finally) check out Warbler Road. I printed a map last year and recall reading that it’s “best” to bird from the bottom up. This will be my maiden voyage and I welcome any words of wisdom.

Adrianne
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Date: 4/30/18 9:04 am
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Excessive use of owl playback?
Hi John,
 
Thanks for your comments, which are polite in nature as opposed to some from others on this list serve who have accused me of things that are not true.
 
 
What folks are missing is how methodical the calling was; they are NOT paying attention to what I wrote.  People are writing with descriptions of behavior that are nothing at all like what happened here last weekend.  This isn't about hearing "Who cooks for you" for a long time; it's about hearing it repeated in a very structured and artificial manner, which is something humans, not animals, tend to  do.
 
 
Many birders are getting angry and just want to blast me instead of allow mention of something that is a serious problem in the birding world. Their strong and bitter words suggest guilty consciences to me!  Anyway, the rudest folks said ages ago that they weren't paying attention to this list serve anymore, but I guess they just can't stop reading me!!!!
 
And now I have work to do, folks, so-o-o-o, I'm not discussing this topic anymore.  I'm glad I brought it up though because it has illustrated very well that not all birders are as nice as people insist they are.  
 
Sincerely,
Marlene    
 
In a message dated 4/29/2018 5:51:05 PM US Eastern Standard Time, <va-bird...> writes:

 
Marlene,

I think Janice Frye's suggestion is a plausible one. A pair of Barred Owls
is holding territory this Spring in my neighborhood (less than a mile from
Charlottesville High School). On April 1, no fooling, I witnessed one of
the owls deliver its classic advertising call every 40 seconds or so for
almost two hours. I was astonished. Last evening one of them began calling
at 5:45p and continued, off and on, for three hours, though not as
consistently or regularly as the April 1 bird. In the piney woods of east
Texas and in the mountains of West Virginia I've heard them call for hours
on end when conditions were right. I don't know the details of your
experience with the putative birder using playback to excess, but I
wouldn't be surprised to learn that you were hearing actual Barred Owls
after all.

John Rowlett
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Date: 4/30/18 8:58 am
From: Peele, Ashley via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] non sighting AT comment
Hi Folks, just some quick clarification on a recent VABBA2 article. The misuse of ‘thru-hike’ in the recent article about Diana Doyle was simply an oversight on my part, combined with a different use of the term ‘thru-hike’ by our contributor. In the beginning of the article, he explicitly described Diana Doyle’s hike in the context of ‘thru-hiking’ the Virginia section of the AT, not the entire trail. However, I understand that this term carries different connotations than those implied in the story. For that reason, we’ve corrected the terminology throughout the article.

However! I hope everyone can appreciate that our primary intent was to celebrate the fact that Diana managed to contribute a tremendous volume of breeding bird data for the Atlas project in one summer, b/c she went out of her way to bird throughout a long and strenuous backpacking trip. Little birding data is generated along most of VA’s Appalachian Trail, despite its passing through many important habitats/regions of the state. We really appreciate volunteers, like Diana, who go out of their way to combine summer adventures with field data collection, so a big thanks to her and to all our volunteers who are working to help generate data in the more remote parts of the state.

If you haven’t yet read Diana’s story, check it out and learn more about how and why she participated in the VABBA2 last summer: http://ebird.org/content/atlasva/news/diana-doyle-thru-hiked-virginias-appalachian-trail-while-birding-for-the-vabba2/


Ashley Peele, PhD
Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator
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Date: 4/30/18 5:36 am
From: Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] 7 warbler species Goshen Pass, Rockbridge Co
All - I went out to Goshen Pass yesterday to look for warblers. Goshen Pass is in the western part of Rockbridge Co and includes the forests along the Maury River and Calfpasture and Little Calfpasture Rivers. As a caution, much of Goshen Pass is a DGIF wildlife management area, so valid hunting/fishing licenses or Access Permit are required to be on the wildlife management lands. I only birded in the forests, so I'm sure I missed a number of species that would be lurking along the rivers. I headed back some of the hunter access roads and was hoping to get Prairie Warblers, but all I got was ticks in an area that has had PRWA for a number of years. I would guess the PRWA haven't arrived in Goshen yet. The two trails I birded were west of the pass and our local landmark, the swinging bridge. The first is about mile from the bridge and is on the left as you head west. The gate to this trail is closed, but it is easy walking. The second place was the hunter access - Guys Run Rd - just past the Boy Scout camp. The gate was open for Turkey hunters but it may be closed soon. I drove a couple of miles up the road stopping periodically and walking along the road. The road is gravel and is in good shape, so almost any car could go up it.

Here's what I saw/heard:

Pine Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Ovenbird
Hooded Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Field Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-headed Vireo
Common Raven
Red-shouldered Hawk
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Surprisingly, no Indigo Buntings, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, or Red-eyed Vireos. On the Calfpasture River by the scout camp were 2 pairs of Common Mergansers - they might breed here again this year.

Here are some photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vmibiology/

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept.

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Date: 4/29/18 6:28 pm
From: nicholas via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Great Dismal Swamp NWR highlights, 4/26-28
Hey all, had the privilege to lead bird walks at Great Dismal Swamp NWR on the mornings of April 26, 27, & 28 as part of their annual "Migration Celebration" birding festival. Thursday was Portsmouth Ditch and the new "Black Bear Trail" in Chesapeake, Friday was Jericho Ditch entrance, and Saturday was Washington Ditch entrance, both in Suffolk. Highlights below, thanks to all participants, co-leaders, and refuge staff that make these events possible & successful.


4/26, Portsmouth Ditch/"Black Bear Trail": fly-over American Pipit, Swainson's Warbler singing north of the north trailhead (practically in a backyard of the adjacent neighborhood off Martin Johnson Rd.), my FOY Indigo Bunting & Wood Thrush, and 2 Worm-eating Warblers singing close off the south trailhead.


4/27, Jericho Ditch: 1 Rusty Blackbird, 4 fly-over Pine Siskins, 1 Orchard Oriole (does not breed at this site), 3+ Red-headed Woodpeckers, 1 Northern Waterthrush, 2 Black-throated Blue Warblers, 1 Veery, and 1 Worm-eating Warbler + 2 Swainson's Warblers at the traditional location by the banding station.


4/28, Washington Ditch: 3 Black-throated Green Warblers, nice flock of migrants at the junction of the boardwalk & Ditch road north of the parking area that held mostly Yellow-rumped Warblers but also multiple Black-throated Blue Warblers & 1 Blue-winged Warbler, 1 Swainson's Thrush, 1 Worm-eating Warbler, and 3+ Swainson's Warbler (including one chipping individual seen by a portion of the group).


Nick Flanders

Portsmouth, VA
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Date: 4/29/18 6:20 pm
From: Harry Glasgow via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Merrimac Farm, Nokesville
It was a beautiful morning at merrimack Farm in Nokesville as 15 birders tallied 42 species.  Warblers are making appearances as six species were spotted.  Among highlights were Prarie Warblers; Ovenbirds; many Yellow-rumoed Warblers; a few Blue-headed Vireos and Yellow-headed Vireos.



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Date: 4/29/18 6:05 pm
From: Janice Frye via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] FW: REALLY excessive use of bird call
I can't be the only one wondering what your goal is here. You disapprove
of citizen science, disapprove of leaving the yard to bird, criticize
driving to bird or conduct silent surveys with research protocols, etc. No
one is going to obey all your rules. You disapprove, we know, time to end
this thread.

On Sun, Apr 29, 2018, 11:39 AM Marlene A Condon <marlenecondon...>
wrote:

> I could be wrong, but it seems as if folks are trying hard to deny that
> unethical behavior occurs in the birding community. Yet I'd be surprised
> if there's anyone on this list serve who hasn't witnessed the overuse of
> bird recordings, especially on field trips.
>
> As for whether what I heard could have been an actual owl, I'm very
> familiar with how owls behave as I've had microphones outside for about 30
> years, 24/7. I've never heard an owl of any type repeat itself
> approximately every 30 seconds for 15 minutes straight and then start again
> in a new position an hour later for the next 5 hours!
>
> The calling was much too rapid and the spacing of the "sessions" was much
> too regular. Additionally, the "owl" followed the roadway up the mountain
> and back down again in a somewhat semicircular arc, a route no real owl
> would need to follow.
>
> I might also point out that Barred Owls, I'm sad to say, are no longer
> commonly heard here, which I know from having microphones. Yes, I wake up
> for wildlife sounds--like a mother with a baby--and record anything
> happening at night, from insects to birds to mammals.
>
> What I heard was artificial in nature, and believe me, I do know nature.
>
> Sincerely,
> Marlene
>
> In a message dated 4/28/2018 8:01:03 PM US Eastern Standard Time,
> <va-bird...> writes:
>
> Is it possible that this could have actually been a Barred Owl trying to
> make contact with a missing mate or fledgling? Did you see a human being
> way up on the mountain or driving along the roads to the north of where you
> live?? Sounds like it was sort of dark and far away.
>
> On Fri, Apr 27, 2018, 7:23 PM <kurtcapt87...> wrote:
>
> > Even worse, it encourages people to complain about non-events.
> >
> > K
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: VA-bird <va-bird-bounces+kurtcapt87=<verizon.net...> On
> > Behalf Of Marlene A Condon via VA-bird
> > Sent: Friday, April 27, 2018 3:40 PM
> > To: <va-bird...>
> > Subject: [VA-bird] REALLY excessive use of bird call
> >
> > On Saturday, September 21, starting at 5:37 PM and continuing until after
> > 10 PM, I heard "who cooks for you" for about 15 minutes of every
> hour!!!!!
> >
> > I don't know for a fact, but I am assuming someone was trying to
> determine
> > if there were any Barred Owls in this area as he/she made his/her way up
> > the mountain behind me and along the roadways to the north of where I
> live.
> >
> > This use of the Barred Owl call seems far too excessive to be a birder
> > doing this just for his/her own knowledge, so I'm wondering if it was for
> > the atlasing project that is taking place. A downside of citizen science
> > is that it encourages some folks to believe the ends justify the means.
> > It's sad to say, but I witness this belief way too often.
> >
> > Sincerely,
> > Marlene
> >
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Date: 4/29/18 5:10 pm
From: pepherup--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Spring Birds at my new home in Forest, Va.

It has been an exciting week for me to see what will be arriving or passing through at my new home in Forest, Va.
The humming birds arrived here this week as I tried to get their attention by attaching large red bows to the hooks
on my back deck and front porch. I had one male last Monday, on Tuesday I had two males chasing each other and today
I have seen a female at the feeder.
This location is very different from my former home in Concord, Va. There I had open fields with wooded areas much farther
away. I rarely saw warblers in any numbers. Here my deck is about 10 yards for a large wooded area with a small stream,
sycamores, tulip poplars, maples and oaks in addition to considerable understory. This week in the evening, I have seen
small groups, around 5 or 6 , of warblers pass through high up in the larger trees. With good light I have seen, blk throated green,
chestnut sided, female redstart, black and white, and yesterday a male and female rose breasted grosbeak and a brilliant Baltimore
oriole. I need to add R C kinglets seen every day this week and 2 palm warblers as well as yellow rumps. I eagerly await wood thrush, indigo bunting and hopefully
an ovenbird.
Taking up residence here for the summer are a pair of catbirds which I adore, a pair of towhee, earlier a pair of brown thrashers.
Downy, hairy and red bellied woodpeckers are seen every day.
On the lake I have seen an osprey sitting in a tree but no evidence of a nest and 2 green herons. A pair of mallards with 6 ducklings following
and a pair of Canada Geese with 5 little ones. The air over the lake is filled with swallows, tree, barn, cliff and rough winged. My next door neighbor
has a swallow either barn or cliff, haven't seen it yet, building a nest over the front door light. Lots of what looks like reed grass and then mud forming the nest. Just saw that
today. Need to do more investigating. Other residents tell me swallows build under decks and porches all around the lake..
The problem here is not being able to get anything done because of watching birds all the time. To my way of thinking, it
doesn't get any better than that.
Peggy Lyons
Forest,
Bedford County.
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Date: 4/29/18 2:50 pm
From: John Rowlett via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Excessive use of owl playback?
Marlene,

I think Janice Frye's suggestion is a plausible one. A pair of Barred Owls
is holding territory this Spring in my neighborhood (less than a mile from
Charlottesville High School). On April 1, no fooling, I witnessed one of
the owls deliver its classic advertising call every 40 seconds or so for
almost two hours. I was astonished. Last evening one of them began calling
at 5:45p and continued, off and on, for three hours, though not as
consistently or regularly as the April 1 bird. In the piney woods of east
Texas and in the mountains of West Virginia I've heard them call for hours
on end when conditions were right. I don't know the details of your
experience with the putative birder using playback to excess, but I
wouldn't be surprised to learn that you were hearing actual Barred Owls
after all.

John Rowlett
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Date: 4/29/18 2:46 pm
From: streamwalk2 via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Sunday Great Falls Bird Walk
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Sent from my Verizon Smartphone
On Apr 29, 2018 4:10 PM, Colt Gregory via VA-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> The following count is from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park. On a cool morning with Sunny Breaks our 16 participants identified 41 species. The highlights for us were a Broad-winged hawk circling up over the Falls, some Black-throated Blue warblers, a Northern Waterthrush and a Fox Trotting across the picnic area.
>
> 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 National Park Visitors' center; it does not take place, though, during electrical storms, heavy snows, or when the trails are icy. All those with an interest in the natural world, beginning and experience birds, or those interested in nice walk in a beautiful setting please join us.
>
> Species Count
> Canada Goose 14
> Mallard 4
> Double-crested Cormorant 23
> Great Blue Heron 6
> Black Vulture 29
> Turkey Vulture 3
> Osprey 1
> Bald Eagle 3
> Broad-winged Hawk 1
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Spotted Sandpiper 3
> Barred Owl 1
> Chimney Swift 12
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 9
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Northern Flicker 2
> Pileated Woodpecker 7
> Great Crested Flycatcher 6
> Blue-headed Vireo 1
> Warbling Vireo 1
> Blue Jay 13
> Tree Swallow 70
> Barn Swallow 6
> swallow sp. 30
> Carolina Chickadee 17
> Tufted Titmouse 10
> Carolina Wren 10
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 18
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
> Eastern Bluebird 4
> American Robin 8
> Louisiana Waterthrush 3
> Northern Waterthrush 1
> Black-and-white Warbler 5
> Northern Parula 7
> Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 34
> Yellow-throated Warbler 1
> White-throated Sparrow 1
> Red-winged Blackbird 5
> Brown-headed Cowbird 4
> Common Grackle 15
>
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Date: 4/29/18 1:11 pm
From: Vineeta Anand via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Monticello Park
It was a bit nippy, but an otherwise perfect day for birding at the
Monticello Park in Alexandria, and several birders were out in force,
including Bill Young.

My friend and I saw several black-and-white warblers, a yellow-rumped
warbler, a black-throated blue warbler, a kinglet, a wood thrush, a
white-throated sparrow--they're mostly gone now--and a blue jay
dive-bombing a red-tailed hawk on a tree. The hawk patiently humored the
blue jay for a while before flying off. It was joined in flight by a second
red-tailed hawk.

Vineeta Anand
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Date: 4/29/18 1:10 pm
From: Colt Gregory via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Sunday Great Falls Bird Walk
The following count is from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park. On a cool morning with Sunny Breaks our 16 participants identified 41 species. The highlights for us were a Broad-winged hawk circling up over the Falls, some Black-throated Blue warblers, a Northern Waterthrush and a Fox Trotting across the picnic area.

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 National Park Visitors' center; it does not take place, though, during electrical storms, heavy snows, or when the trails are icy. All those with an interest in the natural world, beginning and experience birds, or those interested in nice walk in a beautiful setting please join us.

Species Count
Canada Goose 14
Mallard 4
Double-crested Cormorant 23
Great Blue Heron 6
Black Vulture 29
Turkey Vulture 3
Osprey 1
Bald Eagle 3
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Barred Owl 1
Chimney Swift 12
Red-bellied Woodpecker 9
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 7
Great Crested Flycatcher 6
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Blue Jay 13
Tree Swallow 70
Barn Swallow 6
swallow sp. 30
Carolina Chickadee 17
Tufted Titmouse 10
Carolina Wren 10
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 18
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 4
American Robin 8
Louisiana Waterthrush 3
Northern Waterthrush 1
Black-and-white Warbler 5
Northern Parula 7
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 34
Yellow-throated Warbler 1
White-throated Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird 5
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
Common Grackle 15

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Date: 4/29/18 1:02 pm
From: grm0803 via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FOY Hummingbird, Burke
FOY ruby-throated hummingbird (female) appeared at my feeder about 1 PM.
George Martin Burke
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Date: 4/29/18 11:30 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Leesylvania State Park
Another good morning at Leesylvania State Park, with 75 species tallied. I had a 5 vireo morning, with warbling, red-eyed, white-eyed, blue-headed, and yellow-throated. I also had 14 warbler species, including FOY blackpoll, yellow, yellow-throated, yellow-rumped, common yellowthroat, black-throated blue, black-throated green, prairie, palm, pine, northern waterthrush, American redstart, northern parula, and black-and-white. Other notables were FOY indigo bunting, hermit thrush, spotted sandpiper, ruby-throated hummingbird, and bank swallow.


Marc Ribaudo
<moribaudo...>

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Date: 4/29/18 11:28 am
From: John Greenwood via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Barred Owl at Roosevelt island NP
Since there’s been much talk about Barred Owls of late I thought I’d join in. Last Wednesday I heard and then saw a Barred Owl near the northern end of the boardwalk, inland side.

Jack Greenwood
Falls Church

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Date: 4/29/18 11:18 am
From: Dixie Sommers via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Cold spring morning at Dyke Marsh, Fairfax County
Nineteen birders put up with a cold wind this morning at Dyke Marsh,
counting 48 species on our walk. We had six warbler species:
Black-and-white, Yellow, Northern Parula, Palm, Common Yellowthroat, and
lots of Yellow-rumped, the latter mostly males in beautiful full breeding
dress. We had a some nice surprises: a male Baltimore Oriole, a first spring
male Blue Grosbeak, and two late Ruby-crowned Kinglets. A Great Crested
Flycatcher was FOS for some of us, and Ospreys seemed to be everywhere,
flying as well as on nests. There was a big complement of swallows,
including Northern Rough-winged, Tree, Barn and Purple Martins.



We were happy to have on the walk two participants from the City Nature
Challenge, recording what they saw in iNaturalist, and a visitor from St.
Mary's County, Maryland.



The Dyke Marsh walk occurs every Sunday (except during Christmas Bird Counts
and occasions when the George Washington Parkway is closed) and is open to
all. We welcome birders to meet in the Belle Haven picnic area parking lot
at 8:00 a.m.





Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax, Virginia, US Apr 29, 2018 7:47 AM -
9:51 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

Comments: windy and chilly

47 species



Canada Goose 13

Mallard 6

Great Blue Heron 1

Black Vulture 2

Turkey Vulture 1

Osprey 9

Bald Eagle 2

Red-tailed Hawk 1

American Coot 2

Ring-billed Gull 24

Caspian Tern 1

Mourning Dove 11

Chimney Swift 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 4

Downy Woodpecker 2

Northern Flicker 1

Great Crested Flycatcher 2

Blue Jay 12

Fish Crow 5

Northern Rough-winged Swallow 6

Purple Martin 2

Tree Swallow 15

Barn Swallow 20

Carolina Chickadee 6

Tufted Titmouse 1

House Wren 1

Carolina Wren 6

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2

American Robin 9

European Starling 4

Black-and-white Warbler 1

Common Yellowthroat 2

Northern Parula 2 heard

Yellow Warbler 4

Palm Warbler 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler 12

White-throated Sparrow 9

Song Sparrow 1

Northern Cardinal 7

Orchard Oriole 2

Baltimore Oriole 1

Red-winged Blackbird 30

Common Grackle 7

House Finch 1

American Goldfinch 7

House Sparrow 6



View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45070170



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



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Date: 4/29/18 11:09 am
From: Bill Hohenstein via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Documentation of European Goldfinch
The European Goldfinch was on Cockpit Point Road near Dumfries VA. The spot is an E-bird hotspot.


I've loaded pictures and videos of the Goldfinch here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/73831614@N00/albums/72157668399996578


The album also includes some birds I saw at Leesylvania later in the morning.


The European Goldfinch was associating with a flock of 8 American Goldfinches and was staying close to one of the males. It was actively feeding on catkins of a tree. Other birds of note include Worm Eating Warbler, Parula, LA Waterthrush, Wood Thrush.


Leesylvania held Yellow Throated, BTB, Yellow, Palm, Parula, Pine, CYT, and W&W warblers.


Bill


For those trying to find Cockpit Point road, here is a map with a pin: https://www.google.com/maps/place/38%C2%B033'01.3%22N+77%C2%B016'45.2%22W/@38.5462943,-77.2788299,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d38.5503722!4d-77.2792161


Note, the bird was just west of the top of the hill. The security guard will make you part all the way at the west end at the circle. Not sure if the bird will stick around.



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Date: 4/29/18 11:09 am
From: Allen Bryan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Enjoyable Morning in Central Virginia- Golden-winged, Blue-winged Warblers
I visited 4 different locations this morning in central Virginia.  I ended up with 91 species in a little over 4 hours.  Highlights included Golden-winged Warbler, 3 Blue-winged Warblers and an assorted cast of other warblers and thrushes (Hermit, Swainson's, Veery).
Some photographs can be found at:
http://visitingnature.com/main/aprilmay-2018/


Enjoy each day,
Allen
Allen Bryan Winchester & Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 4/29/18 9:11 am
From: Eirlys Barker via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fwd: today's FOS
Type -- Rose-breasted . . .
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Eirlys Barker <dreirlys...>
Date: Sun, Apr 29, 2018 at 10:39 AM
Subject: today's FOS
To: "Virginia Birds (E-mail)" <va-bird...>


Finally had two Red-Breasted Grosbeaks on our feeder this morning, about a
week later than usual. Hearing Red-eyed Vireos and a Great Crested
Flycatcher as well as Blue-grey Gnatcatchers and we are awash in RT
Hummingbirds, mostly males.

Eirlys Barker
PInetta, Gloucester
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Date: 4/29/18 9:05 am
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] 2 FOS Ospreys--western Albemarle
Forgot to report 2 FOS Ospreys yesterday morning along the Moormans river in western Albemarle.
 
Sincerely,
Marlene   

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Date: 4/29/18 8:51 am
From: P 3 via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] EBIRD- SOOO HELPFUL!
​Hello everyone,

​For anyone who is a big-time obsessive birder in Virginia- or elsewhere

GET on EBIRD!! It's free and helps so much!
Thanks so much for everyone's help in finding rare birds on it- there are hotspots, regions,
etc.

IT's good to be good! Share and post as add details if you can! Sharing is caring! Good generates good! Let's help conserve the earth and experiencing nature is priceless.

Thanks everyone again!
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Date: 4/29/18 8:48 am
From: LesinSuffolk . via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Owls
Just my two cents worth, whether it is a birder or a hunter, use of calls always affects the behavior of wild birds. And as far as Hunters not being able to use calls past hunting hours. Hunters have  been known to use owl calls at dusk and after dark to determine where the turkeys have roosted for the night so they can plan for the morning hunt.

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Date: 4/29/18 8:39 am
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] FW: REALLY excessive use of bird call
I could be wrong, but it seems as if folks are trying hard to deny that unethical behavior occurs in the birding community.  Yet I'd be surprised if there's anyone on this list serve who hasn't witnessed the overuse of bird recordings, especially on field trips.  
 
As for whether what I heard could have been an actual owl,  I'm very familiar with how owls behave as I've had microphones outside for about 30 years, 24/7. I've never heard an owl of any type repeat itself approximately every 30 seconds for 15 minutes straight and then start again in a new position an hour later for the next 5 hours!
 
The calling was much too rapid and the spacing of the "sessions" was much too regular.  Additionally, the "owl" followed the roadway up the mountain and back down again in a somewhat semicircular arc, a route no real owl would need to follow.
 
I might also point out that Barred Owls, I'm sad to say, are no longer commonly heard here, which I know from having microphones. Yes, I wake up for wildlife sounds--like a mother with a baby--and record anything happening at night, from insects to birds to mammals.
 
What I heard was artificial in nature, and believe me, I do know nature.
 
Sincerely,
Marlene
 
In a message dated 4/28/2018 8:01:03 PM US Eastern Standard Time, <va-bird...> writes:
 
Is it possible that this could have actually been a Barred Owl trying to
make contact with a missing mate or fledgling? Did you see a human being
way up on the mountain or driving along the roads to the north of where you
live?? Sounds like it was sort of dark and far away.

On Fri, Apr 27, 2018, 7:23 PM <kurtcapt87...> wrote:

> Even worse, it encourages people to complain about non-events.
>
> K
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: VA-bird <va-bird-bounces+kurtcapt87=<verizon.net...> On
> Behalf Of Marlene A Condon via VA-bird
> Sent: Friday, April 27, 2018 3:40 PM
> To: <va-bird...>
> Subject: [VA-bird] REALLY excessive use of bird call
>
> On Saturday, September 21, starting at 5:37 PM and continuing until after
> 10 PM, I heard "who cooks for you" for about 15 minutes of every hour!!!!!
>
> I don't know for a fact, but I am assuming someone was trying to determine
> if there were any Barred Owls in this area as he/she made his/her way up
> the mountain behind me and along the roadways to the north of where I live.
>
> This use of the Barred Owl call seems far too excessive to be a birder
> doing this just for his/her own knowledge, so I'm wondering if it was for
> the atlasing project that is taking place. A downside of citizen science
> is that it encourages some folks to believe the ends justify the means.
> It's sad to say, but I witness this belief way too often.
>
> Sincerely,
> Marlene
>
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Date: 4/29/18 8:26 am
From: P 3 via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] (no subject)
Go to lake shen and walk around those woods if u want one. Heard twice this year
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Sent: April 28, 2018 8:20 PM
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Date: 4/29/18 7:39 am
From: Eirlys Barker via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] today's FOS
Finally had two Red-Breasted Grosbeaks on our feeder this morning, about a
week later than usual. Hearing Red-eyed Vireos and a Great Crested
Flycatcher as well as Blue-grey Gnatcatchers and we are awash in RT
Hummingbirds, mostly males.

Eirlys Barker
PInetta, Gloucester
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Date: 4/29/18 6:55 am
From: Brian Mannix via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Gainesville RTHU
FOY male RTHU feeding on bluebells by Broad Run in Buckland.
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Date: 4/29/18 6:44 am
From: Chileddie via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Arlington County RTHU
FOY Female RTHU visiting our Hummingbird feeder.

Eddie Gomez
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Date: 4/29/18 6:17 am
From: Bill Hohenstein via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] European goldfinch at cockpit rd
The security guards from Dominion are around and would like folks to park at the end of the road at the circle.

________________________________________
From: Bill Hohenstein <elliety...>
Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2018 9:12:00 AM
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: European goldfinch at cockpit rd

Just past the top of the hill associating with Americsn goldfinches. Pictures when I get home.

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From: VA-bird <va-bird-bounces+elliety=<msn.com...> on behalf of Donald Sweig via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 10:38:08 PM
To: Va-bird
Subject: [VA-bird] Yard Birds

I had a surprisingly big day at the feeders in my suburban Falls Church yard today. The female Rose-breasted grosbeak made numerous appearances throughout the day. I had good views and actually got a couple of nice photographs of it flapping its wings so that I could see the yellow underwing plumage.
While I often have one or two Chipping sparrows, I had no less than nine at one time pecking around on the patio today. The Chippies were here all day.
And surprisingly, for the first time in 25 years, I had a Yellow- rumped warbler at the feeders. It came numerous times to eat the suet and also seem to be pecking around at the platform feeder where I had put out some mix for the sparrows. Interesting!
And I now have three of my usual four or more summer resident Catbirds here.
Not too bad for a city yard.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Date: 4/29/18 6:12 am
From: Bill Hohenstein via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] European goldfinch at cockpit rd
Just past the top of the hill associating with Americsn goldfinches. Pictures when I get home.

________________________________________
From: VA-bird <va-bird-bounces+elliety=<msn.com...> on behalf of Donald Sweig via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 10:38:08 PM
To: Va-bird
Subject: [VA-bird] Yard Birds

I had a surprisingly big day at the feeders in my suburban Falls Church yard today. The female Rose-breasted grosbeak made numerous appearances throughout the day. I had good views and actually got a couple of nice photographs of it flapping its wings so that I could see the yellow underwing plumage.
While I often have one or two Chipping sparrows, I had no less than nine at one time pecking around on the patio today. The Chippies were here all day.
And surprisingly, for the first time in 25 years, I had a Yellow- rumped warbler at the feeders. It came numerous times to eat the suet and also seem to be pecking around at the platform feeder where I had put out some mix for the sparrows. Interesting!
And I now have three of my usual four or more summer resident Catbirds here.
Not too bad for a city yard.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Date: 4/29/18 3:21 am
From: Elizabeth Fedorko via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Great Northumberland County Birding
Hello!

Saturday was a great day for birding Northumberland County in the Northern
Neck. At Dameron Marsh we saw FOS Indigo Bunting and Yellow Warbler. Lots
of Prairie Warblers, a couple of White-eyed Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo. The
marsh overlook gave us distant views of Glossy Ibis and Great Egret.
We birded our VBBA2 blocks near our vacation home and saw FOS Great-crested
Flycatcher, male and female Blue Grosbeak, and Summer Tanager. Also two
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.

Spring is Bliss!

Dan and Beth Fedorko
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Date: 4/28/18 8:28 pm
From: Suzanne Malone via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Yard Birds

I had similar experience at my feeders in Woodbridge. Lots of view of the grosbeaks. My resident catbird and several chipping sparrows. Have not seen my yellow rumps yet but any day now

Suzanne
Woodbridge, VA



-----Original Message-----
From: Donald Sweig via VA-bird <va-bird...>
To: Va-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: Sat, Apr 28, 2018 10:38 pm
Subject: [VA-bird] Yard Birds

I had a surprisingly big day at the feeders in my suburban Falls Church yard today. The female Rose-breasted grosbeak made numerous appearances throughout the day. I had good views and actually got a couple of nice photographs of it flapping its wings so that I could see the yellow underwing plumage.
While I often have one or two Chipping sparrows, I had no less than nine at one time pecking around on the patio today. The Chippies were here all day.
And surprisingly, for the first time in 25 years, I had a Yellow- rumped warbler at the feeders. It came numerous times to eat the suet and also seem to be pecking around at the platform feeder where I had put out some mix for the sparrows. Interesting!
And I now have three of my usual four or more summer resident Catbirds here.
Not too bad for a city yard.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Date: 4/28/18 7:44 pm
From: Janice Frye via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fwd: FW: REALLY excessive use of bird call
Yeah, sometimes they appear to be reaching out late in the day, perhaps
after being mobbed and separated during the day by songbirds. I did read
somewhere about a GHOW pair that hooted for awhile after a storm destroyed
their nest. Seems reasonable that adult BADO would search for a missing
mate or fledgling for awhile before giving up. Blaming birders for
everything is so easy. Evidence seems to be incomplete here.

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Kevin Shank <birds...>
Date: Sat, Apr 28, 2018, 9:17 PM
Subject: RE: [VA-bird] FW: REALLY excessive use of bird call
To: Janice Frye <byrdnyrd33...>, <va-bird...>


Thursday morning, Bethany and heard a Barred Owl making calls for an hour or
so. We saw the owl fly into a wooded area, and know it was an owl.

Kevin

-----Original Message-----
From: VA-bird
[mailto:va-bird-bounces+birds=<naturefriendmagazine.com...>] On
Behalf Of Janice Frye via VA-bird
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 8:00 PM
To: VAListserve
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] FW: REALLY excessive use of bird call

Is it possible that this could have actually been a Barred Owl trying to
make contact with a missing mate or fledgling? Did you see a human being
way up on the mountain or driving along the roads to the north of where you
live?? Sounds like it was sort of dark and far away.

On Fri, Apr 27, 2018, 7:23 PM <kurtcapt87...> wrote:

> Even worse, it encourages people to complain about non-events.
>
> K
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: VA-bird <va-bird-bounces+kurtcapt87=<verizon.net...> On
> Behalf Of Marlene A Condon via VA-bird
> Sent: Friday, April 27, 2018 3:40 PM
> To: <va-bird...>
> Subject: [VA-bird] REALLY excessive use of bird call
>
> On Saturday, September 21, starting at 5:37 PM and continuing until after
> 10 PM, I heard "who cooks for you" for about 15 minutes of every
hour!!!!!
>
> I don't know for a fact, but I am assuming someone was trying to determine
> if there were any Barred Owls in this area as he/she made his/her way up
> the mountain behind me and along the roadways to the north of where I
live.
>
> This use of the Barred Owl call seems far too excessive to be a birder
> doing this just for his/her own knowledge, so I'm wondering if it was for
> the atlasing project that is taking place. A downside of citizen science
> is that it encourages some folks to believe the ends justify the means.
> It's sad to say, but I witness this belief way too often.
>
> Sincerely,
> Marlene
>
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Date: 4/28/18 7:38 pm
From: Donald Sweig via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Yard Birds
I had a surprisingly big day at the feeders in my suburban Falls Church yard today. The female Rose-breasted grosbeak made numerous appearances throughout the day. I had good views and actually got a couple of nice photographs of it flapping its wings so that I could see the yellow underwing plumage.
While I often have one or two Chipping sparrows, I had no less than nine at one time pecking around on the patio today. The Chippies were here all day.
And surprisingly, for the first time in 25 years, I had a Yellow- rumped warbler at the feeders. It came numerous times to eat the suet and also seem to be pecking around at the platform feeder where I had put out some mix for the sparrows. Interesting!
And I now have three of my usual four or more summer resident Catbirds here.
Not too bad for a city yard.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Date: 4/28/18 6:23 pm
From: David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fwd: [MASSBIRD] NYT article
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Date: Sat, Apr 28, 2018 at 10:42 AM
Subject: [MASSBIRD] NYT article
To: Massbird <massbird...>, Plum Island Birds <
<plumislandbirds...>


Fellow birders, you will find this article from yesterday's New York Times
of interest -- a rather sad commentary on the times.
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/04/27/
opinion/shorebirds-extinction-climate-change.html?action=
click&module=MoreInSection&pgtype=Article&region=Footer&
contentCollection=Opinion

Dave Weaver
Manchester, MA 01944
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Date: 4/28/18 6:17 pm
From: Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] FW: REALLY excessive use of bird call
Thursday morning, Bethany and heard a Barred Owl making calls for an hour or
so. We saw the owl fly into a wooded area, and know it was an owl.

Kevin

-----Original Message-----
From: VA-bird
[mailto:va-bird-bounces+birds=<naturefriendmagazine.com...>] On
Behalf Of Janice Frye via VA-bird
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 8:00 PM
To: VAListserve
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] FW: REALLY excessive use of bird call

Is it possible that this could have actually been a Barred Owl trying to
make contact with a missing mate or fledgling? Did you see a human being
way up on the mountain or driving along the roads to the north of where you
live?? Sounds like it was sort of dark and far away.

On Fri, Apr 27, 2018, 7:23 PM <kurtcapt87...> wrote:

> Even worse, it encourages people to complain about non-events.
>
> K
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: VA-bird <va-bird-bounces+kurtcapt87=<verizon.net...> On
> Behalf Of Marlene A Condon via VA-bird
> Sent: Friday, April 27, 2018 3:40 PM
> To: <va-bird...>
> Subject: [VA-bird] REALLY excessive use of bird call
>
> On Saturday, September 21, starting at 5:37 PM and continuing until after
> 10 PM, I heard "who cooks for you" for about 15 minutes of every
hour!!!!!
>
> I don't know for a fact, but I am assuming someone was trying to determine
> if there were any Barred Owls in this area as he/she made his/her way up
> the mountain behind me and along the roadways to the north of where I
live.
>
> This use of the Barred Owl call seems far too excessive to be a birder
> doing this just for his/her own knowledge, so I'm wondering if it was for
> the atlasing project that is taking place. A downside of citizen science
> is that it encourages some folks to believe the ends justify the means.
> It's sad to say, but I witness this belief way too often.
>
> Sincerely,
> Marlene
>
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Date: 4/28/18 5:00 pm
From: Janice Frye via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] FW: REALLY excessive use of bird call
Is it possible that this could have actually been a Barred Owl trying to
make contact with a missing mate or fledgling? Did you see a human being
way up on the mountain or driving along the roads to the north of where you
live?? Sounds like it was sort of dark and far away.

On Fri, Apr 27, 2018, 7:23 PM <kurtcapt87...> wrote:

> Even worse, it encourages people to complain about non-events.
>
> K
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: VA-bird <va-bird-bounces+kurtcapt87=<verizon.net...> On
> Behalf Of Marlene A Condon via VA-bird
> Sent: Friday, April 27, 2018 3:40 PM
> To: <va-bird...>
> Subject: [VA-bird] REALLY excessive use of bird call
>
> On Saturday, September 21, starting at 5:37 PM and continuing until after
> 10 PM, I heard "who cooks for you" for about 15 minutes of every hour!!!!!
>
> I don't know for a fact, but I am assuming someone was trying to determine
> if there were any Barred Owls in this area as he/she made his/her way up
> the mountain behind me and along the roadways to the north of where I live.
>
> This use of the Barred Owl call seems far too excessive to be a birder
> doing this just for his/her own knowledge, so I'm wondering if it was for
> the atlasing project that is taking place. A downside of citizen science
> is that it encourages some folks to believe the ends justify the means.
> It's sad to say, but I witness this belief way too often.
>
> Sincerely,
> Marlene
>
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Date: 4/28/18 4:29 pm
From: P 3 via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Great horned owl in dream

Really cool thing happened lying out at semiahmoo a couple nights ago. Was asleep outdoorsy and dreamt I was hearing a great horned owl. Woke up and I wasn't dreaming it was a GH owl!!! Pretty awesome
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Date: 4/28/18 4:09 pm
From: David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] corrected link to NYT article re: shorebirds facing extinction
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/04/27/
opinion/shorebirds-extinction-climate-change.html?action=
click&module=MoreInSection&pgtype=Article&region=Footer&
contentCollection=Opinion
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Date: 4/28/18 3:17 pm
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] REALLY excessive use of bird call
Right now hunters are only allowed to hunt turkeys from one-half hour before sunrise to noon.  The recorded Barred Owl usage occurred, as I wrote previously, from after 5:30 PM to past 10 PM when it's dark out!  It was a birder, no doubt about it.
 
Sincerely,
Marlene     
 
In a message dated 4/28/2018 3:58:29 PM US Eastern Standard Time, <va-bird...> writes:

 
Some turkey hunters use a barred owl call to draw the gobblers in.

- Janis

>Message: 7
>Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2018 15:40:04 -0400
>From: Marlene A Condon <marlenecondon...>
>To: <va-bird...>
>Subject: [VA-bird] REALLY excessive use of bird call
>Message-ID: <163089e9ef1-c8c-1bb4a...>
>Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8
>
>On Saturday, September 21, starting at 5:37 PM and continuing until after 10 PM,? I heard?"who cooks for you" for about 15 minutes of every hour!!!!!
>?
>I don't know for a fact, but I am assuming someone was trying to determine if there were any Barred Owls in this area as he/she made his/her way up the mountain behind me and along the roadways to the north of where I live.
>?
>This use of the Barred Owl call seems far too excessive to be a birder doing this just for his/her own knowledge, so I'm wondering if it was for the atlasing project that is taking place.? A downside of citizen science is that it encourages some folks to believe the ends justify the means.? It's sad to say, but I witness this belief way too often.
>?
>Sincerely,
>Marlene? ? ??
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Date: 4/28/18 12:57 pm
From: Janis Stone via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] REALLY excessive use of bird call
Some turkey hunters use a barred owl call to draw the gobblers in.

- Janis

>Message: 7
>Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2018 15:40:04 -0400
>From: Marlene A Condon <marlenecondon...>
>To: <va-bird...>
>Subject: [VA-bird] REALLY excessive use of bird call
>Message-ID: <163089e9ef1-c8c-1bb4a...>
>Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8
>
>On Saturday, September 21, starting at 5:37 PM and continuing until after 10 PM,? I heard?"who cooks for you" for about 15 minutes of every hour!!!!!
>?
>I don't know for a fact, but I am assuming someone was trying to determine if there were any Barred Owls in this area as he/she made his/her way up the mountain behind me and along the roadways to the north of where I live.
>?
>This use of the Barred Owl call seems far too excessive to be a birder doing this just for his/her own knowledge, so I'm wondering if it was for the atlasing project that is taking place.? A downside of citizen science is that it encourages some folks to believe the ends justify the means.? It's sad to say, but I witness this belief way too often.
>?
>Sincerely,
>Marlene? ? ??
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Date: 4/28/18 11:37 am
From: David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] heartbreaking NYT article re: shorebirds facing extinction
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/04/27/opinion/
shorebirds-extinction-climate-change.html?action=click&
module=MoreInSection&pgtype=Article&region=Footer&contentCollection=Opinion

Dave Gibson Chesapeake, VA
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Date: 4/28/18 9:56 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] 17 warbler species and other stuff, Leesylvania SP
The Northern Virginia Bird Club trip to Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge this morning started in foggy conditions, but this did not diminish the sheer birdiness of the park. Lots of yellow-rumped warblers filled the trees throughout the park, and mixed in here and there were other migrants. We tallied 17 warbler species in all: ovenbird, northern waterthrush, blue-winged, black-and-white, common yellowthroat, hooded, American redstart, northern parula, magnolia, black-throated blue, palm, pine, yellow-rumped, yellow-throated, prairie, and black-throated green. Other goodies were a first year male summer tanager (mottled green and red), scarlet tanager, both Baltimore and orchard orioles, veery, wood thrush, blue-headed, red-eyed, and white-eyed vireos, and eastern kingbird. We tallied 72 species in all.


Marc Ribaudo
<moribaudo...>

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Date: 4/28/18 8:35 am
From: Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Yard Birds
One of our resident Catbirds also returned this AM. Now I know Spring has arrived.

Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA

________________________________
From: VA-bird <va-bird-bounces+falco57=<msn.com...> on behalf of Donald Sweig via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 8:14 AM
To: Va-bird
Subject: [VA-bird] Yard Birds

THREE of my resident Catbirds, along with the female Rose- breasted Grosbeak, and the usual suspects, at the feeders in my suburban Falls Church yard this morning. A male Towhee is singing in my neighbors yard.
Theyre coming !!
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Date: 4/28/18 7:04 am
From: Suzanne Malone via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] REALLY excessive use of bird call

Owl calls are often used to locate turkeys during turkey season. Which is now.

Suzanne Malone

Woodbridge, VA



-----Original Message-----
From: P 3 via VA-bird <va-bird...>
To: va-bird <va-bird...>; Marlene A Condon <marlenecondon...>
Sent: Sat, Apr 28, 2018 3:44 am
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] REALLY excessive use of bird call

Although it's not the range for spotted s out east we were keeping strict records of barred pops due to their encroaching on spotted territory

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Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 12:41:29 AM
To: <va-bird...>; Marlene A Condon
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] REALLY excessive use of bird call

Could be barred or spotted owl surveying??In Washington Cali and Oregon I was working just these past two months playing the spotted calls. Maybe they are connected?

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Sent: Friday, April 27, 2018 12:40:04 PM
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] REALLY excessive use of bird call

On Saturday, September 21, starting at 5:37 PM and continuing until after 10 PM, I heard "who cooks for you" for about 15 minutes of every hour!!!!!

I don't know for a fact, but I am assuming someone was trying to determine if there were any Barred Owls in this area as he/she made his/her way up the mountain behind me and along the roadways to the north of where I live.

This use of the Barred Owl call seems far too excessive to be a birder doing this just for his/her own knowledge, so I'm wondering if it was for the atlasing project that is taking place. A downside of citizen science is that it encourages some folks to believe the ends justify the means. It's sad to say, but I witness this belief way too often.

Sincerely,
Marlene

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Date: 4/28/18 5:14 am
From: Donald Sweig via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Yard Birds
THREE of my resident Catbirds, along with the female Rose- breasted Grosbeak, and the usual suspects, at the feeders in my suburban Falls Church yard this morning. A male Towhee is singing in my neighbors yard.
They’re coming !!
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Date: 4/28/18 12:44 am
From: P 3 via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] REALLY excessive use of bird call
Although it's not the range for spotted s out east we were keeping strict records of barred pops due to their encroaching on spotted territory

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Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2018 12:41:29 AM
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Subject: Re: [VA-bird] REALLY excessive use of bird call

Could be barred or spotted owl surveying??In Washington Cali and Oregon I was working just these past two months playing the spotted calls. Maybe they are connected?

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Subject: [VA-bird] REALLY excessive use of bird call

On Saturday, September 21, starting at 5:37 PM and continuing until after 10 PM, I heard "who cooks for you" for about 15 minutes of every hour!!!!!

I don't know for a fact, but I am assuming someone was trying to determine if there were any Barred Owls in this area as he/she made his/her way up the mountain behind me and along the roadways to the north of where I live.

This use of the Barred Owl call seems far too excessive to be a birder doing this just for his/her own knowledge, so I'm wondering if it was for the atlasing project that is taking place. A downside of citizen science is that it encourages some folks to believe the ends justify the means. It's sad to say, but I witness this belief way too often.

Sincerely,
Marlene

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Date: 4/28/18 12:41 am
From: P 3 via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] REALLY excessive use of bird call
Could be barred or spotted owl surveying??In Washington Cali and Oregon I was working just these past two months playing the spotted calls. Maybe they are connected?

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Sent: Friday, April 27, 2018 12:40:04 PM
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] REALLY excessive use of bird call

On Saturday, September 21, starting at 5:37 PM and continuing until after 10 PM, I heard "who cooks for you" for about 15 minutes of every hour!!!!!

I don't know for a fact, but I am assuming someone was trying to determine if there were any Barred Owls in this area as he/she made his/her way up the mountain behind me and along the roadways to the north of where I live.

This use of the Barred Owl call seems far too excessive to be a birder doing this just for his/her own knowledge, so I'm wondering if it was for the atlasing project that is taking place. A downside of citizen science is that it encourages some folks to believe the ends justify the means. It's sad to say, but I witness this belief way too often.

Sincerely,
Marlene

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Date: 4/27/18 8:04 pm
From: Edward Eder via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Huntley Meadows
A Cerulean Warbler was heard singing near the Visitor center at 3 PM.
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Date: 4/27/18 2:23 pm
From: P 3 via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] non sighting AT comment
​As someone who has only done parts, I completely agree! Thru hiking is soo tough in comparison to slack packing. Very detailed and difficult.

​Not that doing some is not difficult I just really agree with your comment!

Thanks

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Sent: April 27, 2018 10:14 AM
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] non sighting AT comment

Not to be picky, but I think that thru-hiking is terminology reserved for people who hike the entire AT from Georgia to Maine or reverse. Hiking a chunk of the AT, or PCT, or Continental Divide Trail, (and some other US and international trails as well) be it under 50 miles, like what I plan to do soon, or long, like what these folks did - all of VA, is called "section hiking." Calling oneself a "thru hiker" when one has completed only a section of the trail in one hiking season, even a very long section like VA, which is about 25% of the AT, is bad form, from what I understand. Having completed a thru-hike is a major accomplishment, and obviously a different one from having completed a section hike, even a very long one. Very cool that they atlased the entire VA section though!

mb from NOVA
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Date: 4/27/18 1:46 pm
From: Jeff Blalock via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Indigo Buntings
Greetings all

So far I haven’t been lucky to have a R B Grosbeak to visit my yard this spring; however, this morning I had an Indigo Bunting and later this afternoon I found two males and they have been busy feeding and then chasing each other around for a few minutes.



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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: 4/27/18 12:40 pm
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] REALLY excessive use of bird call
On Saturday, September 21, starting at 5:37 PM and continuing until after 10 PM,  I heard "who cooks for you" for about 15 minutes of every hour!!!!!
 
I don't know for a fact, but I am assuming someone was trying to determine if there were any Barred Owls in this area as he/she made his/her way up the mountain behind me and along the roadways to the north of where I live.
 
This use of the Barred Owl call seems far too excessive to be a birder doing this just for his/her own knowledge, so I'm wondering if it was for the atlasing project that is taking place.  A downside of citizen science is that it encourages some folks to believe the ends justify the means.  It's sad to say, but I witness this belief way too often.
 
Sincerely,
Marlene      

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Date: 4/27/18 12:37 pm
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] western Albemarle--FOS Worm-eating Warbler

FOS Worm-eating Warbler in Ligustrum by my deck this morning.

 
Also FOS female hummer (2 males already here).
 
Sincerely,
Marlene
 
 
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Date: 4/27/18 12:15 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Crozet, VA 4/27/18
Old Trail: 29 avian species including FOS Eastern Kingbird, FOS Orchard
Oriole, and Great Egret, a new avian species for Old Trail. Report and
photos:



http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_04_27.htm



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Crozet, VA

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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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Date: 4/27/18 12:02 pm
From: Herbert Larner via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Morning birding Augusta County
Hello all

With the weather system going thru last night & this morning , I went out to see what the weather system dropped in on us . below is what I found thru out Augusta County .

BUFFLEHEAD -- 1 SMITH'S POND SWOOPE

PIED -BILLED GREBE -- 2

GREAT EGRET -- 1 SWOOPE

CATTLE EGRET -- 1 BELOW McCUNE'S ( NORTH ) CONTINUING BIRD

OSPREY -- 2

COMMON GALLINULLE -- 1 BELLS LANE PRIVATE POND

SPOTTED SANDPIPER -- 5

SOLITARY SANDPIPER -- 7

GREATER YELLOWLEGS -- 11

LESSER YELLOWLEGS -- 6

CASPIAN TERN -- 2 SMITH'S POND SWOOPE

All in all not a bad morning birding in the rain .

Allen Larner
Staunton
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Date: 4/27/18 8:10 am
From: Deapesh Misra via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Cerulean Warbler - UOSA (Fairfax County)
Hi,
There was one CERULEAN WARBLER at the Occoquan Sewage Plant (UOSA) this morning. It even had two bands on its left leg (a red band followed by a silver metallic one).The eBird list is here: https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S44987999



Generally speaking, for the past few days:
Warblers: Apart from the CERULEAN, I only saw YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERs today. A COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was seen here day before yesterday.
Terns: CASPIAN TERNs have been visiting the pond at least a couple of times. It is amazing to hear their loud calls and see them dive for fish.

Sparrows: Mostly CHIPPING SPARROWs, WHITE-THROATED SPARROWs and SONG SPARROWs. Few days ago, I saw a pair of SAVANNAH SPARROWs but they seemed to be guests of this location for one day only.
Gulls: The RING-BILLED GULLs are not here yet. (I seem to have missed seeing the Bonaparte's Gulls).
Swallows & Swifts: TREE SWALLOW, BARN SWALLOW and NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW are usually present. CHIMNEY SWIFTs are seen occasionally.
The OSPREY pair is busy working on its nest. A BALD EAGLE can be seen at the pond most of the days at the far end of the pond.
WOOD DUCK, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, EASTERN BLUEBIRD are usually seen while CANADA GOOSE, MALLARD, NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, EUROPEAN STARLING, COMMON GRACKLE, AMERICAN GOLDFINCH are usually tough to miss.
cheers,_________ -Deapesh.
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Date: 4/27/18 7:32 am
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Cerulean Warbler
On the Blue Ridge Parkway; 4/26/18. 40 species in Augusta and Nelson
counties, as well as some road work information that may affect birding
there. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_04_26.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_04_26.htm



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Crozet, VA

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

In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
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Date: 4/27/18 7:14 am
From: m b via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] non sighting AT comment
Not to be picky, but I think that thru-hiking is terminology reserved for people who hike the entire AT from Georgia to Maine or reverse. Hiking a chunk of the AT, or PCT, or Continental Divide Trail, (and some other US and international trails as well) be it under 50 miles, like what I plan to do soon, or long, like what these folks did - all of VA, is called "section hiking." Calling oneself a "thru hiker" when one has completed only a section of the trail in one hiking season, even a very long section like VA, which is about 25% of the AT, is bad form, from what I understand. Having completed a thru-hike is a major accomplishment, and obviously a different one from having completed a section hike, even a very long one. Very cool that they atlased the entire VA section though!

mb from NOVA
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Date: 4/26/18 5:08 pm
From: Jennifer Elmer via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] (no subject)


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Date: 4/26/18 5:01 pm
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] western Albemarle--female, immature male Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Rc Kinglet
Had a female and an immature male Rose-breasted Grosbeak at the feeders today.  Heard singing (presumably a male) in the back yard this evening.
 
Watched a Ruby-crowned Kinglet foraging in my Autumn Olive this evening.  Still have at least 3 dozen White-throats here (juncos have been gone a while). Seems strange to see so many winter birds still here at the same time that spring birds are arriving--although these grosbeaks are early.
 
Sincerely,
Marlene
 
  

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Date: 4/26/18 4:34 pm
From: Kevin Shank via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FOS Scarlet Tanager & other migrants, R'ham County
I had a nice variety of birds (46 sp. total) before work this morning at our
place in Union Springs. Had my FOS Great-crested Flycatcher and Scarlet
Tanager, plus a Wood Thrush and 7 warblers: Ovenbird, Worm-eating, B&W,
Blackburnian, Pine, Yellow-rumped, and BTG.



Shaphan Shank

Union Springs

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Date: 4/26/18 4:14 pm
From: Patti Reum via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Highland Co. New Hampden
I have a first winter Rose-breasted Grosbeak feeding at my sunflower feeder.



Patti Reum
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Date: 4/26/18 2:42 pm
From: James Fox via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Virginia Rail - Abram's Creek(Frederick County)
I found a Virginia Rail at the Abram's Creek Nature Preserve near
Winchester in Frederick County this morning. It was in the marsh south of
the railroad tracks, surprisingly it was silent the whole time, I never
heard it call. I have attached a few photos to my eBird checklist here
https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S44954301 I also had my first
Northern Waterthrush of the year a little later at the Shawnee Springs
Preserve in Winchester https://ebird.org/atlasva/view/checklist/S44954929

James Fox
Front Royal
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Date: 4/26/18 2:08 pm
From: Tom Thomas via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Binocular cleaning
       I have always used the local Zeiss field office here in Richmond
to handle my binocular adjustments and cleaning, but sadly that office
is now closed. I would have to send optics to New York now.

Since I don't want to be without optics this time of year, does anyone
know a local technician, camera repair, or other than can cleaning Zeiss
bins?


Thanks in advance

Tom Thomas

Manakin Sabot VA

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Date: 4/26/18 9:44 am
From: Ashley Peele via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Atlasing the Appalachian Trail
Atlas-ing for the VABBA2 while thru-hiking Virginia’s 537-miles of
Appalachian Trail gave Diana Doyle the opportunity to immerse herself in
birding. For nearly 70 days, she lived day and night in the summer breeding
habitat of eastern woodland birds.


“I was fascinated by the idea of collecting data about breeding birds while
hiking through some of Virginia’s most remote and least-birded areas,” says
54-year-old retired mathematics and social sciences professor Diana Doyle.
In the spring of 2017, she and her husband, Mark, 61, thru-hiked 537 miles
of Virginia’s Appalachian Trail. “As long-time conservationists and birding
enthusiasts, when we discovered the VABBA2, we decided to atlas the entire
route.”


To read more about Diana and her adventure, visit:
https://ebird.org/atlasva/news/diana-doyle-thru-hiked-virginias-appalachian-trail-while-birding-for-the-vabba2


Ashley Peele, PhD
Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator
Conservation Management Institute - Virginia Tech
Office: 540-231-9182
Fax: 540-231-7019
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Date: 4/26/18 7:00 am
From: Gwbirds37 via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] influx of Wood Thrushes overnight
None yesterday; everywhere today - on my property and nearby surroundings. Singing incessantly. Wonderful

Gerry Weinberger
Doswell - Hanover Co.
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Date: 4/25/18 3:29 pm
From: Joanne Laskowski via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Shorebird survey for April 24, 2018

> Other observer: Hal Laskowski. Birds were observed during the regular shorebird survey at Chincoteague NWR. The following areas are surveyed: Wild Beach (9 mi); The Hook (6 mi); Service Road (10 mi); Beach Rd (2 mi); Auto Tour Rt (3 mi). If numbers were not noted, a (- ) is recorded for presence only.
>
> Two birds of interest: early arrival date - Indigo Bunting. Late Departure Date: White-winged Scoter

Date Range 24-Apr-18
Locations Chincoteague NWR
Species Name Species Count
Canada Goose --
Blue-winged Teal --
Northern Shoveler --
Gadwall --
American Wigeon --
Mallard --
American Black Duck --
Green-winged Teal --
White-winged Scoter 1
Black Scoter --
Wild Turkey 1
Red-throated Loon 1
Common Loon 14
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Horned Grebe 1
Northern Gannet 52
Double-crested Cormorant 157
Great Blue Heron --
Great Egret --
Snowy Egret --
Little Blue Heron --
Tricolored Heron --
Cattle Egret --
Green Heron 1
Glossy Ibis --
Black Vulture --
Turkey Vulture --
Osprey --
Bald Eagle --
Black-necked Stilt 1
American Oystercatcher 16
Black-bellied Plover 35
Semipalmated Plover 3
Piping Plover 14
Killdeer 2
Whimbrel 23
Marbled Godwit 8
Ruddy Turnstone 1
Sanderling 626
Dunlin 2,791
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher 101
Greater Yellowlegs 125
Willet 249
Lesser Yellowlegs 125
Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs 141
Laughing Gull 7
Herring Gull 232
Lesser Black-backed Gull 11
Great Black-backed Gull 62
Least Tern 25
Common Tern 1
Forster's Tern 52
tern sp. 12
Rock Pigeon 1
Mourning Dove --
Belted Kingfisher 1
Downy Woodpecker --
Northern Flicker --
Blue Jay --
Barn Swallow --
Carolina Chickadee --
Brown-headed Nuthatch --
House Wren --
American Robin --
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling --
Yellow-rumped Warbler --
Prairie Warbler --
Chipping Sparrow --
Northern Cardinal --
Blue Grosbeak 2
Indigo Bunting 1
Eastern Meadowlark --
Red-winged Blackbird --
Brown-headed Cowbird --
Common Grackle --
Boat-tailed Grackle --

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Date: 4/25/18 1:21 pm
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Leesylvania State Park prothonotary warbler
Prothonotary warbler has finally returned to Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  It was at the boardwalk at Bushey Point this afternoon.  Northern waterthrush and white-eyed vireo were also at the boardwalk.  A large flock of yellow rumps was at the north end of the picnic area and at the Confederate battery.  I also heard an orchard oriole.

Marc Ribaudo

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Date: 4/25/18 11:16 am
From: Jean Tatalias via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Bles Park, Apr 25, 2018
In a break in the rain this morning, 4 birders from the Northern Virginia
Bird Club and the Audubon Society of No. VA. enjoyed a walk in Bles Park in
Sterling, VA. Highlights included a brief view of the American Bittern
flying across the marsh, a Barred Owl perched close to the trail, and a FOY
Great Crested Flycatcher giving good looks and calling. We also had two
White-eyed Vireos and a White-crowned Sparrow (last of year?). The only
warblers were numerous Common Yellowthroats and hosts of Yellow-rumped
Warblers, most quite brightly plumed. Full list of 42 species is below.

Bles Park, Loudoun, Virginia, US
Apr 25, 2018 8:15 AM - 10:55 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
42 species (+3 other taxa)

Canada Goose 6
Wood Duck 1
Mallard 6
Double-crested Cormorant 1
American Bittern 1 Seen flying across marsh. Large brown bird, darker
wings with broad wing span, yellowish legs/feet
Great Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
hawk sp. 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3
Barred Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
White-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 3
Fish Crow 2
crow sp. 4
Tree Swallow 6
Barn Swallow 1
Carolina Chickadee 10
Tufted Titmouse 7
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 3
wren sp. 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 10
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 14
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 30
Common Yellowthroat 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler 24
Field Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 12
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 22
Red-winged Blackbird 33
Common Grackle 2
American Goldfinch 3
House Sparrow 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44928231

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Date: 4/25/18 10:17 am
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Crozet, VA 4/25/18
35 avian species at Lickinghole Creek and Reservoir. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_04_25.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_04_25.htm



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

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

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Date: 4/25/18 6:05 am
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FOS Rose-breasted Grosbeak!--western Albemarle

FOS male Rose-breasted Grosbeak at feeder pole April 23.
 
Sincerely,
Marlene
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Date: 4/24/18 2:52 pm
From: David White via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FOS Chimney Swifts
... in downtown Charlottesville, 5:30 this evening.

Sent from my iPhone
David I. White, Jr.
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Date: 4/24/18 1:51 pm
From: William Walsh via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bles Park, Loudoun County
Sorry for late post. Had to straighten out email account. Over the last
week we have taken several walks in Bles Park. Spring migrants include
numerous Yellow-rumped and Palm warblers, a single Black and White, several
Northern Parula, and single Prairie Warbler. We also saw numerous
Ruby-Crowned Kinglets and a few Blue-headed Vireos. Highlight was a hunting
Barred Owl that we came across just as it caught a Gray Squirrel. The Owl
took off with its prey before I could get a picture. When we came back an
hour later it had just caught another squirrel and this time it flew up
into a nearby tree enabling me to get several photos. Must have hungry
nestlings.

Bill and Cheryl Walsh
Aldie, VA
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Date: 4/24/18 1:14 pm
From: Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FW: DC Area, 4/24/2018
FYI
Joe Coleman

-----Original Message-----
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 4/24/2018
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, April 17 and was
completed on Tuesday, April 24 at 9:45 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 bird this week was a WESTERN TANAGER in VA.

Other birds of interest this week waterfowl, RED-NECKED GREBE, KING RAIL,
VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA, SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN AVOCET, shorebirds, LITTLE
GULL, SANDWICH TERN, ANHINGA, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN and LEAST
BITTERN, herons, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, RED CROSSBILL, sparrows, and
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD.

TOP BIRD

A WESTERN TANAGER visited backyard feeders in a yard in Pine Cove, Middlesex
Co, VA throughout the week.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE WAS SEEN April 18 at the Nazarene Church Rd
Wetlands, Rockingham Co, VA.

The TRUMPETER SWAN at Lake Albemarle, Albemarle Co, VA was seen again on
April 17. Two TRUMPETER SWANS were seen April 22 in the Shenandoah River
from River Rd, Clarke Co, VA.

Five SURF SCOTERS were seen April 19 in Deep Creek Lake, Garrett Co, MD. A
continuing WHITE-WINGED SCOTER at Rocky Gap SP in Allegany Co, MD was seen
most recently on April 22.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was reported on Belvoir Pond, Fauquier Co, VA on April
19.

A KING RAIL was observed April 22 at Newport News Park, Newport News, VA. A
KING RAIL was at Truitts Landing, Worcester Co, MD on April 23. With special
written permission a couple of birders visited the Shenandoah Wetland Bank
in Stuart's Draft, Augusta Co, VA on April 21 and found two VIRGINIA RAILS,
a SORA, and an AMERICAN BITTERN.

Between April 18 and 21 a continuing SANDHILL CRANE was seen at several
locations in Garrett Co, MD at and near a pond along Peat Moss Road.

Three continuing AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek
DMCF (restricted access) in Anne Arundel Co, MD April 17-21.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was seen April 18 at the private Lowe's Wharf
Farm, Talbot Co, MD. A STILT SANDPIPER was seen April 23 at Truitts Landing,
Worcester Co, MD.

A LITTLE GULL was seen April 19 at Violette's Lock, C&O Canal, Montgomery
Co, MD. One was also seen April 19 flying over the ponds on Lowe's Island,
Loudoun Co, VA. Another was seen April 21 at the private Loreley Beach
Community Pier, Baltimore Co, MD.

Fourteen SANDWICH TERNS were seen April 17 at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach,
VA. Five were at Grandview Nature Preserve, Hampton, VA on April 18.

On April 18 an ANHINGA was again seen flying over the Carson Wetland in
Prince George Co, VA. An ANHINGA was seen April 19 at the West Neck Creek
Natural Area, Virginia Beach, VA.

Eight AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were seen April 18 - 20 in a private pond
along Peat Moss Rd, Garrett Co, MD. AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were also seen
at Hog Island WMA, Surry Co, VA on the 19thand 22nd and with a high of 27 on
the 21st.

AMERICAN BITTERNS continued to be observed at a number of locations this
past week. In VA, AMERICAN BITTERNS were observed at Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Co
on April 19 and at Bles Park, Loudoun Co on April 22 and at King Family
Vineyards, Albemarle Co from the 21st through the 23rd. The birders who were
given special permission to visit the Shenandoah Wetland Bank in Stuart's
Draft, Augusta Co, VA on April 21 also found an AMERICAN BITTERN. A LEAST
BITTERN was seen April 23 at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, NE DC.

A LITTLE BLUE HERON was at Swan Harbor Farm Park, Harford Co, MD April 20
and 21; at Pennyfield Lock, C&O Canal, Montgomery Co, MD on April 17; at
Green Hills Farm Wetland in Montgomery Co, MD on April 18 and 22; and at
Tydings Memorial Park, Harford Co, MD on April 22. In VA single LITTLE BLUE
HERONS were seen at Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William Co, on April 22 and at
Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA on April 17. The YELLOW-CROWNED
NIGHT-HERON at the National Zoo in Washington, DC, was seen again on April
17.

A continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE at the Smith Farm in Lunenburg Co, VA was
seen most recently April 22.

RED CROSSBILLS continue to be seen at Briery Branch Gap, Rockingham Co, VA
with a sighting on April 20.

Two AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were seen at 90 Weaver Rd, Accident, Garrett Co,
MD between April 17 and 20. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen April 21, 22,
and 23 at the Vet School Pond, VA Tech, Montgomery Co, VA. A VESPER SPARROW
was seen April 17 along Grimstead Rd, Virginia Beach, VA. Two VESPER
SPARROWS were seen April 18 at Aquasco Farm, Patuxent River Park, Prince
George's Co, MD. Another VESPER SPARROW was seen April 21 at Point Lookout
SP, St. Mary's Co, MD. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen April 20 and 22 at
Patterson Park, Baltimore, MD.

A continuing YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was again seen and photographed on
April 18 and 19 with a flock of grackles and Red-winged Blackbirds at
Factory Point, Accomack Co, VA.

***

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,
https://anshome.org/naturalist-shop)is an excellent source for guidebooks
and many other nature-related titles.

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable state records committee

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Date: 4/24/18 11:47 am
From: Gabriel Mapel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Cattle Egret (Augusta County)
Cattle Egret now at pond along south side of Kiddsville Rd just east of McCune's near Fishersville in Augusta County.
Gabriel Mapel

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Date: 4/24/18 9:16 am
From: charles barnard jr via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Northern Shrike at Sully Woodlands/Centreville
It was present this morning at about 11:25 AM and was still present at that
time which is when I left. It was in first first burned field to the left
(South). When you reach Purple Martin houses, stand with your back to the
front of stable and look directly South. Bird was chasing some other birds,
but missed catching them. Northern Mockingbirds also nearby. I got poor
photos of shrike which I will put on eBird later.

Charlie Barnard Jr.
Fairfax
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Date: 4/24/18 8:22 am
From: Peter Doherty via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] American Piping at Back Bay NWR
Sunday afternoon on the closely mowed grass "Island" north of the visitor center, Sheila and I observed an American Pipit foraging in the grass. The bird was not disturbed at all by the many visitors present at BBNWR on a sunny, relatively warm, spring day.
Peter Doherty
Virginia Beach

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Date: 4/23/18 7:44 pm
From: Scott Rauland via eBird via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Scott Rauland has shared an eBird checklist with you from Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve on Apr 22, 2018 - 8:00 AM
To accept this checklist into your eBird account, click on the link below:

https://ebird.org/shared?subID=UzQ0ODI5MTYx&s=t

You will then be able to view, edit, or delete it. Learn more about eBird's checklist sharing process at

http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1010555-understanding-the-ebird-checklist-sharing-process

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While the Friends of Dyke Marsh wisely avoided the hordes of runners along the GW Parkway near Dyke Marsh, about a half dozen of the Distant Acquaintances of Dyke Marsh found a way around the crowds and enjoyed a walk with far fewer non-birders on the trail and boardwalk than normal.

Highlights included splendid views of the nesting bald eagles and ospreys, and an excellent look at a blue-gray gnatcatcher building its nest near the boardwalk. Yellow-rumped warblers were everywhere.

Alas, there was not a scope in sight, so it is quite possible we missed a number of species out on the water. But the least observant member of the group (me) tallied thirty one species, the number seen by the entire group was likely a good bit larger.

Here’s the full list:
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Date: 4/23/18 4:59 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] American Bittern
44 species in central Virginia; 4/23/18. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_04_23.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_04_23.htm



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

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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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Date: 4/23/18 4:17 pm
From: morann--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FOS Hummer
Shoot: I just happened to look up in time to see a male ruby-throated hummingbird trying to find a feeder. I'm caught offguard!


Ann Donaldson
Barboursville
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Date: 4/23/18 4:04 pm
From: Harry Glasgow via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
A beautiful morning greeted about 40 birders at today's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.  We tallied 61 species with several warbler species as our principal highlights.  We also counted a Caspian Tern, a great flock of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, several Green Herons, and a number of shorebirds in addition to the Tern.  A great morning! 

Canada Goose  13
Wood Duck  10
Blue-winged Teal  3
Mallard  5
Hooded Merganser  2
Great Blue Heron  4
Green Heron  7
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  3
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
American Coot  1
Solitary Sandpiper  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
shorebird sp.  1
Caspian Tern  2
Mourning Dove  6
Barred Owl  1
Chimney Swift  10
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  10
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  4
Eastern Phoebe  2
Eastern Kingbird  1
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  5
Fish Crow  2
crow sp.  5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Tree Swallow  18
Barn Swallow  4
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  10
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  7
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  25
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  4
Eastern Bluebird  11
American Robin  25
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Prothonotary Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  15
Yellow Warbler  2
Palm Warbler  5
Yellow-rumped Warbler  24
Field Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  10
Song Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  11
Northern Cardinal  19
Orchard Oriole  1
Red-winged Blackbird  40
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
Rusty Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  60
American Goldfinch  2
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Date: 4/23/18 3:48 pm
From: morann--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FOS Indigo Bunting
...two very scruffy-looking; either first spring or nonbreeding males, not the brilliant breeding attire, eating millet right now; eight chipping sparrows also picking at millet.


Ann Donaldson
Barboursville
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Date: 4/23/18 12:17 pm
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] warbling vireo, Leesylvania State Park
My wife and I found a warbling vireo during an afternoon walk at Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge. It was in the deciduous tree in the circle at the end of the road, near the fishing pier. We also saw a pair of gnatcatchers building a nest.


Marc Ribaudo
<moribaudo...>

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Date: 4/23/18 9:45 am
From: John Greenwood via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Update: Bald Eagle nest; Ft Bennet/Palisades Trail, Arlington
Good news/bad news. Two chicks appear to be thriving. Sadly, the third chick seems to be gone. I would recommend visiting this nest. Although the Dyke Marsh and Lake Accotink nests are closer to the trails they are well about the trails whereas at the Arlington nest you are almost level with the nest which leads to great views with binocs or scopes.

Jack Greenwood
Falls Church

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Date: 4/23/18 7:42 am
From: Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Cliff Swallows in Clarke County, VA
April 21, 2018

On the way back from visiting my brother in Winchester and the Leesburg Flower and Garden Show, I decided to stop by the Route 7 bridge over the Shenandoah River (east bound) in Clarke County, VA to check to see if the Cliff Swallows are back. I saw a lot of Cliff Swallows flying around and going into the nests.

Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Date: 4/22/18 6:36 pm
From: Mike McMahan via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Whippoorwill
4-22 Albemarle County- 1.5 miles SW of Charlottesville city limits in Dudley Mtn proximity. Started about 8:15 and did 3 short duration calls about 10 min apart., First we have heard on property in at least 2 Years.

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Date: 4/22/18 3:53 pm
From: Les Brooks via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Late report 4/20/18 Visit to Rappahannock River Valley NWR and the National Fish Hatchery in Charles City County off Route 5
Hello everyone!.......I saw the following during my cold and windy morning visit to the NWR.  Red-Tailed Hawk.(2), Bald Eagle.(3 in flight)..Immature Northern Harrier..(1)..Osprey.(2)..White-Throated Sparrow.(10)..Male Northern Cardinal.(2)...Red-Winged Blackbird.(3)..White-Eyed Vireo.(1)....During my visit to the National Fish Hatchery I saw the following.  One super looking Yellow-Throated Warbler.  It paid me such a close visit that I could not take any photos.  It perched on my drivers side mirror right next to me and gave me a good look over before hoping on my windshield and the ground.  No photo but that was a cool looker!.  I had 3 photos of a White-Eyed Vireo if you care to have a look..... http://natures-finest-photography.com/gallery/song-birds-1a/white-eyed-vireo-in-song---nfp-s/..........Best birding!.....Les Brooks......Glen Allen



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Date: 4/22/18 3:10 pm
From: Kristine Lansing via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 04/22/2018 (Fairfax County)
Following is the tally from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified approximately 48 species and included 21 participants.  Highlights included:  a Gray Catbird occupying the ideal "catbird's seat" in an evergreen; an Orange-crowned Warbler doing its best not to be counted; a Spotted Sandpiper braving high waters in search of breakfast; a Northern Parula deigning descent to a reasonable viewing level; and an Orchard Oriole basking in the sun.
For participants:  if you did not receive, but would like, a shared copy of the original eBird report, please don't hesitate to contact me.  
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  30
Wood Duck  1
Mallard  3
Common Merganser  2
Double-crested Cormorant  33
Great Blue Heron  12
Black Vulture  30
Turkey Vulture  8
Osprey  1
Bald Eagle  3    Adults in flight and/or at Conn Island nest; also one sub-adult observed in flight over the park.
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Spotted Sandpiper  1
gull sp.  12    Soaring high above the park, too distant to identify with precision.
Mourning Dove  3
Barred Owl  2
Chimney Swift  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Downy/Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  10
American Crow  6
crow sp.  8
swallow sp.  50    Too distant to identify with precision.
Carolina Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  15
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  9
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  12
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  6
Eastern Bluebird  5
American Robin  6
Gray Catbird  1
Cedar Waxwing  3
Louisiana Waterthrush  3
Orange-crowned Warbler  1
Northern Parula  8
Palm Warbler  10
Yellow-rumped Warbler  4
Chipping Sparrow  6
White-throated Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  12
Orchard Oriole  1
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  10
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  50

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44838897

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Date: 4/22/18 3:09 pm
From: philkenny--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fwd: Conway-Robinson State Forest , 22-abr-2018
I birded Conway Robinson in Prince William County this morning.
There were lots of Blue-headed Vireos, and RCKI. I heard a Great-crested Flycatcher, No. Parula and Prairie warblers.
I also found a Northern Waterthrush. Photos are embedded in the eBird list. Please let me know what you think. The eyebrow was fairly short and narrow and the throat had fine streaks. I think it is a bit early for NOWA.
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44819830 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44819830>
Thanks,
Phil

Phillip Kenny
1731 Killarney Court
Vienna, VA 22182-2133
703-255-5423
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> Inicio del mensaje reenviado:
>
> De: <ebird-checklist...> <mailto:<ebird-checklist...>
> Asunto: Conway-Robinson State Forest , 22-abr-2018
> Fecha: 22 de abril de 2018, 6:01:04 PM EDT
> Para: <philkenny...> <mailto:<philkenny...>
>
> Conway-Robinson State Forest, Prince William, Virginia, US
> 22-abr-2018 7:30 - 10:29
> Protocolo: Con Desplazamiento
> 2.697 milla(s)
> 41 especie
>
> Canada Goose 2
> Wood Duck 2
> Black Vulture 1
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Barred Owl 2
> Red-headed Woodpecker 3
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
> Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 8
> Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 2
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 4
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Great Crested Flycatcher 1
> Blue-headed Vireo 8
> Blue Jay 4
> Fish Crow 1
> Common Raven 1
> Carolina Chickadee 7
> Tufted Titmouse 6
> White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 4
> Winter Wren 1
> Carolina Wren 4
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 7
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
> American Robin 6
> Ovenbird 3
> Northern Waterthrush 1
> Northern Parula 1
> Palm Warbler (Yellow) 12
> Pine Warbler 8
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 15
> Prairie Warbler 1
> Chipping Sparrow 3
> White-throated Sparrow 6
> Swamp Sparrow 1
> Eastern Towhee 4
> Northern Cardinal 6
> Red-winged Blackbird 4
> Brown-headed Cowbird 6
> Common Grackle 6
> American Goldfinch 3
>
> Ver este listado en línea en https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44819830 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44819830>
>
> Este reporte fue generado automáticamente por eBird versión 3 (http://www.ebird.org <http://www.ebird.org/>) (http://ebird.org/content/atlasva <http://ebird.org/content/atlasva>)

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Date: 4/22/18 3:05 pm
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Orchard oriole, Woodbridge
I just looked out my window and saw an adult male orchard oriole in a backyard holly, next to a cedar waxwing.  Doesn't get much better than that.

Marc Ribaudo

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Date: 4/22/18 12:16 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Crozet, VA; 4/22/18
43 avian species including American Bittern, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron,
Green Heron, and three warbler species: Worm-eating, Prairie, and
Yellow-rumped. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_04_22.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2018/2018_04_22.htm



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

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Date: 4/22/18 11:02 am
From: Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] early Empid, Fauquier, 22 April



Hello birders,


Can you please advise me on an Empidonax flycatcher ID? Lynn and I were out surveying for the Breeding Bird Atlas this morning 22 April near Markham (Fauquier County). We saw a small bird foraging like a flycatcher at about 8-10 feet above the ground. I looked at it for a long time, studying eye ring, length of primary projection, etc., none of which were probably going to help us anyway. We both listened to try and hear some song. No vocals unfortunately.


I am positive this was an Empid family bird. The family ID is based on giss, overall coloration, wing bars, behavior, bill size and shape, shape of head and crest, and shape and width of eye ring. I had no idea which species it was, except I believe it was too large for Least Fly.


Nearby there was a White-eyed Vireo foraging. Our flycatcher had significant greenish color and yellowish edgings, but subdued by comparison with the Vireo. It struck me as greener than I recall from past years when I saw Alder and Willow.


The foraging behavior was short flights to nearby perches, not returning, and not long flights. The habitat was mixed second growth on a slope; open shrubs under short-medium height deciduous trees, just slightly more open than I would have expected for the Vireo.


So then I looked at eBird reports of Empid flycatchers so far this year. The only one further north is Least, and that has only occurred further west (Ohio). The furthest north of the other Empids (by far) is Acadian, a few reports in North Carolina.



Would Acadian be consistent with the moderate greenish color on this bird? And if so, does the much-further-north distribution this year of Acadians, compared to other Empid species, warrant reporting it as such?


Thanks everyone. FYI before anyone asks -- yes, we did consider all the Vireo species and Kinglets and other flycatcher spp. We saw and heard Great-crested Fly and Ruby-crowned Kings there today, and this was not one of those.


Steve Johnson
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Date: 4/22/18 10:31 am
From: Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Apr 22, 2018

Because of road closures affecting access to Dyke Marsh, the Friends of Dyke Marsh held a walk this morning at Huntley Meadows. Next Sunday will be back to normal with a free and open to all walk at Dyke Marsh at 8:00 AM. This morning we found many of the same birds found by the Northern Virginia Bird Club yesterday. A few notables included a Gray Catbird, House Wren, a heard only Great-crested Flycatcher and Ovenbirds.

Larry Meade
Merrifield, VA






Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Apr 22, 2018 8:00 AM - 11:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.6 mile(s)
Comments: FODM walk
45 species

Canada Goose 15
Wood Duck 4
Mallard 5
Hooded Merganser 14 Female with ducklings
Turkey Vulture 5
Cooper's Hawk 2
Bald Eagle 2
Ring-billed Gull 1
Mourning Dove 6
Chimney Swift 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Blue-headed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 5
Fish Crow 4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Tree Swallow 12
Carolina Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 8
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 20
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Eastern Bluebird 4
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin 9
Gray Catbird 1
European Starling 3
Ovenbird 2
Common Yellowthroat 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler 30
Chipping Sparrow 4
White-throated Sparrow 15
Song Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 5
Eastern Towhee 12
Northern Cardinal 12
Red-winged Blackbird 10
Brown-headed Cowbird 8
Common Grackle 4
American Goldfinch 10
House Sparrow 5 Across the street at the gas station

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Date: 4/22/18 10:12 am
From: Janet Paisley via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Warblers, Vireos at Observatory Hill, Albemarle County
O'Hill is what local birders call the eBird Hotspot, "Observatory Mountain" which is on the UVA Grounds on McCormick Drive where it meets Edgemont Drive at the top of the mountain. It is the highest knob in town, and is along a mountain flyway that brings us migratory birds, both Spring and Fall. I went there this morning to scout for the Monticello Bird Club field trip scheduled there on at 7:00 am on 4/24, as part of the two week long Birding Before Work series. See the monticellobirdclub.org for details. All are welcome.

As soon as I got out of the car this morning, I was into a singing mixed flock of warblers and vireos. Pete came along later for the tail end of the wave.

There is not much parking at the top of the mountain and we have been asked not to pull off on the grass on the side of the road. On field trip days, please park at the bottom of the mountain on Edgemont Drive in the National Radio Astronomy parking lot, and we will carpool to the top at 7:00, and carpool back down at 8:30. You could walk down in about 10 -15 minutes. If you go there by yourself, please park in the pull off areas near the top, which can accommodate several cars. Please be considerate of Ricky, the caretaker who lives up there. We are birding in his yard. Thank you.

Janet Paisley
Charlottesville, VA

Observatory Mountain, Albemarle, Virginia, US
Apr 22, 2018 8:37 AM - 11:10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.846 mile(s)
26 species

Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 6
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 5
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 5
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 3
Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons) 3
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) 2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 5
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 6
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 8
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 7
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 3
Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum) 1
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 3
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) 2
Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea) 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) 8 Actual count as they moved though
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata) 7
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens) 3
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 5
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 4
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2

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Date: 4/22/18 10:00 am
From: Marc Ribaudo via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Great-crested flycatcher, hooded and wormn-eating warblers, Prince William Co.
I helped Phil Silas survey the new Civil War battlefield preserve on Cockpit Point in Dumfries this morning. We encountered a number of migrants and new arrivals during our bushwhacking. These included several worm-eating warblers, a silent great-crested flycatcher, a heard-only eastern kingbird, orchard oriole, and savannah sparrow. Along Possum Point Road we found a green heron and a solitary sandpiper in one of the ponds. Prior to meeting Phil I birded Breckinridge Road before dawn and heard a FOY hooded warbler, along with very vocal ovenbirds and black-and-white warblers.


Marc Ribaudo
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Date: 4/22/18 9:01 am
From: Constance L Arness via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Blue-winged warbler
Jerry Therrien and I had a Blue-winged warbler in the shrubs by the house in Esmont ( southern Albemarle County) this morning.
~Connie

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Date: 4/22/18 8:32 am
From: Saundra Byrd via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Dead GH Owl Accomack
Was heading south on rt 13 this morning and saw large raptor laying in middle of road .Did a uturn and went back to pull it onto shoulder. Was surprised to see it was gh owl. Very sad. In good condition in center median now near churches north of parksley.

Bsykes
Accomack va

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Date: 4/22/18 4:45 am
From: Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Saturday birds in Rockbridge Co
I visited several places looking for new arrivals, yesterday. At Willow Lake, near Raphine, there were 2 Green Herons and 4 Pied-billed Grebes plus the usual Canada Geese and swallows. Nearby at McCormick's Farm, there were a few Ruby-crowned Kinglets still here and there were 5 Blue-winged Teal on the back pond. Along River Rd, south of Buena Vista, I found 3 Yellow-throated Warblers singing and foraging in the sycamores along the Maury River. The Cliff Swallows have returned and are busy repairing their nests. We now have a large colony of CLSW under the Maury River bridge in Glasgow. I would guess there are 50 nests.

I've posted some photos from yesterday on my Flickr site, if you are interested.

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

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept
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Date: 4/21/18 12:24 pm
From: Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Huntley Meadows merganser correction
Thank you Larry Meade for pointing out the checklist era.



That should be 14 Hooded Mergansers instead of 14 Common.



Larry Cartwright

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Date: 4/21/18 12:14 pm
From: Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Huntley Meadows Hike-Bike Trail: Migrants and Breeders
I was on the boardwalk side of Huntley Meadows with the Fairfax Master Naturalists and I can add a few birds to Larry's list for the park today. We had Greater Yellowlegs. Blue-winged Teal, Gadwall, and Green Herons.

Larry Meade
Merrifield, VA







-----Original Message-----
From: Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...>
To: va-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: Sat, Apr 21, 2018 3:01 pm
Subject: [VA-bird] Huntley Meadows Hike-Bike Trail: Migrants and Breeders

Twenty-five birders joined the Northern Virginia Bird Club today for a walk
led by Stacia Novy along Huntley Meadow's Hike-Bike Trial. The walk
commenced with the discovery of a Cooper's Hawk sitting on a nest just off
the entrance road leading to the maintenance building. Both Blue-headed and
White-eyed Vireos were singing at the maintenance building. The group was
delighted by a cooperative Louisiana Waterthrush at the Pond along the Pond
Trail. An equally cooperative Pine Warbler entertained the group on the
Hike-Bike Trail just past the Woodcock Meadow. On the way back we found
over a dozen quite vocal Rusty Blackbirds. The wooded area adjacent to the
water control structure hosted a Prothonotary and Yellow Warbler while a
host of swallows, including Purple Martin, foraged for insects over the
marsh. A hen Hooded Merganser with 13 newly-hatched precocial youngsters
obviously pleased the entire group.





Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia, US Apr 21,
2018 7:43 AM - 11:14 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.25 mile(s)

66 species (+1 other taxa)



Canada Goose 15

Wood Duck 3

Mallard 4

Common Merganser 14 One hen with 13 recently hatched young.

Double-crested Cormorant 15

Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1

Black Vulture 1

Turkey Vulture 3

Osprey 2

Cooper's Hawk 1 Sitting on nest just off the road that runs from
parking lot to maintenance building

Bald Eagle 4

Red-shouldered Hawk 3

American Coot 1

Solitary Sandpiper 2

Caspian Tern 3

Mourning Dove 12

Barred Owl 2

Chimney Swift 20

Belted Kingfisher 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 3

Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 8

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2

Pileated Woodpecker 3

Eastern Phoebe 2

White-eyed Vireo 4

Blue-headed Vireo 1

Blue Jay 6

American Crow 3

Fish Crow 2

crow sp. 12

Common Raven 1

Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1

Purple Martin 4

Tree Swallow 25

Barn Swallow 6

Carolina Chickadee 12

Tufted Titmouse 20

White-breasted Nuthatch 2

Carolina Wren 16

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 30

Golden-crowned Kinglet 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 18

Eastern Bluebird 4

Hermit Thrush 4

American Robin 20

European Starling 3

Ovenbird 2

Louisiana Waterthrush 1

Prothonotary Warbler 1

Common Yellowthroat 7

Yellow Warbler 1

Palm Warbler (Yellow) 6

Pine Warbler 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 8

Chipping Sparrow 4

White-throated Sparrow 60

Song Sparrow 2

Swamp Sparrow 1

Eastern Towhee 18

Northern Cardinal 20

Indigo Bunting 1

Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 42

Brown-headed Cowbird 7

Rusty Blackbird 18

Common Grackle (Purple) 8

American Goldfinch 12

House Sparrow 1



View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44780148



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



Larry Cartwright

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Date: 4/21/18 12:01 pm
From: Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Huntley Meadows Hike-Bike Trail: Migrants and Breeders
Twenty-five birders joined the Northern Virginia Bird Club today for a walk
led by Stacia Novy along Huntley Meadow's Hike-Bike Trial. The walk
commenced with the discovery of a Cooper's Hawk sitting on a nest just off
the entrance road leading to the maintenance building. Both Blue-headed and
White-eyed Vireos were singing at the maintenance building. The group was
delighted by a cooperative Louisiana Waterthrush at the Pond along the Pond
Trail. An equally cooperative Pine Warbler entertained the group on the
Hike-Bike Trail just past the Woodcock Meadow. On the way back we found
over a dozen quite vocal Rusty Blackbirds. The wooded area adjacent to the
water control structure hosted a Prothonotary and Yellow Warbler while a
host of swallows, including Purple Martin, foraged for insects over the
marsh. A hen Hooded Merganser with 13 newly-hatched precocial youngsters
obviously pleased the entire group.





Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia, US Apr 21,
2018 7:43 AM - 11:14 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.25 mile(s)

66 species (+1 other taxa)



Canada Goose 15

Wood Duck 3

Mallard 4

Common Merganser 14 One hen with 13 recently hatched young.

Double-crested Cormorant 15

Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1

Black Vulture 1

Turkey Vulture 3