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2/22/20 3:10 pm Donald Sweig via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] URBAN BIRDING
2/22/20 12:59 pm Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Northern Virginia Bird Club ventures to Mason Neck today, Feb 22
2/22/20 12:51 pm Scott Jackson-Ricketts via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Breeding Activity Picking Up
2/22/20 8:41 am Jody Vaccaro Lewis via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Breeding Activity Picking Up
2/21/20 1:33 pm Ashley Peele via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Early Birds, new maps, and night birds!
2/21/20 12:54 pm Patrick Malone via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Ft Bennet eagles' nest in Arlington
2/21/20 12:53 pm John Belz via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Ft Bennet eagles' nest in Arlington
2/20/20 8:00 am Ben M via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in Loudoun County 2/20/20
2/19/20 7:34 pm Mark Mullins via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Eurasian Collared -Doves
2/19/20 11:29 am Thomas Nardone via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Feb 19, 2020
2/19/20 8:14 am barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Extralimital: Sylvan Heights Bird Park near VA border
2/18/20 3:08 pm juliekazz--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] [va-richmond-general] Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel - VDOT MEETING THURSDAY
2/18/20 2:44 pm David Boltz via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] 7 Trumpeter Swans, Tundra Swan, 3 Common Goldeneye - Fauquier Co. near Sky Meadows SP
2/18/20 12:20 pm Bob Schamerhorn via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel - VDOT MEETING THURSDAY
2/16/20 1:00 pm krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] ASNV Bird Walk - Clark's Crossing Park 02/16/2020
2/16/20 12:37 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Old Trail
2/16/20 9:56 am Colt Gregory via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Great Falls Sunday Bird Walk 2-16-2020
2/16/20 9:48 am Bryan H via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bles Park group walk results (Loudoun)
2/16/20 9:34 am Walter Hadlock via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Surprise visitor during Great Backyard Bird Count
2/16/20 9:14 am Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Dyke Marsh Sunday Morning Walk
2/15/20 7:27 pm barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] DUTCH GAP (Richmond) EARLY SPRING?
2/15/20 6:16 pm Elton Morel via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] NVBC field trip to Aquia Landing Park and Crow's Nest NAP, Stafford county, Feb 15, 2020
2/15/20 5:20 pm Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Red Crossbills - Briery Branch Gap
2/14/20 8:24 pm Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] FW: Governor Northam Announces Plans to Protect Migratory Birds
2/14/20 2:56 pm Roberta Kellam via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Bird related/Hampton Rds project
2/14/20 2:45 pm Richard Rieger via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bird related/Hampton Rds project
2/14/20 1:01 pm Howard Wu via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Peregrine Falcon @ Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon
2/14/20 9:14 am Daniel Lebbin via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] News on Hampton Roads Tern Colony issue
2/14/20 5:01 am Ashley Peele via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Don't forget to register for the VABBA2 Kick-Off Meeting!
2/13/20 1:31 pm David White via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] C’ville Waterfowl
2/12/20 1:01 pm Thomas Nardone via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Burke Lake Park, Feb 12, 2020
2/12/20 11:26 am Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Hawkamania!
2/12/20 5:00 am Ashley Peele via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Atlas Summer Rally Registrations are now open!
2/10/20 6:36 pm Vineeta via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] No sighting but amazing
2/10/20 3:16 pm Rob Bielawski via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] January 2020 Birding Summary - Virginia Beach
2/9/20 6:02 pm Ben M via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
2/9/20 12:11 pm Phil Silas via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Feb 9, 2020
2/9/20 10:20 am Colt Gregory via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Great Falls Sunday Bird Walk
2/8/20 7:00 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Williamsburg, VA area, 2/3-8/2020
2/8/20 5:49 pm Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Peregrine Falcon in Rockbridge Co.
2/8/20 11:57 am Elton Morel via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] NVBC field trip to Riverbend Park, Fairfax county, Feb 8, 2020 -- Common Goldeneye
2/8/20 11:10 am dcharlesl--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Snow Goose - Occoquan Bay NWR, Woodbridge
2/8/20 5:55 am m b via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] No sighting but amazing
2/8/20 5:06 am Ashley Peele via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Summer Atlasing Article and Registration!
2/7/20 1:45 pm krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Riverbend Park Waterfowl Walk 02/07/2020
2/7/20 12:41 pm Laura Neale via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Rockbridge Bird Club Invitation to Monday Feb 10 Program
2/7/20 11:04 am John Belz via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Ft Bennet (Arlington) eagles' nest
2/7/20 2:13 am Jeffrey Blalock via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Merlin Bird App
2/6/20 1:51 pm David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] A few words about birds
2/6/20 12:50 am Diane Jadlowski via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Cats Pose an Even Bigger Threat to Birds than Previously Thought
2/5/20 6:09 am John Belz via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Eagle nest at Ft Bennet Park, Arlington
2/4/20 4:04 pm Meredith Bell via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] VSO Outer Banks Field Trip Jan 31-Feb
2/4/20 6:54 am Patrick Malone via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] eagle nest at Fort Bennet Park, Arlington Va
2/3/20 6:51 pm Roberta Kellam via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] HRBT Birds - Next Steps
2/3/20 2:44 pm Howard Wu via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] [Off Topic] conservation and photography magazines to give away
2/3/20 8:31 am David Frazelle via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Occoquan - LeConte’s Sparrow - YES
2/2/20 6:04 pm barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] OCCOQUAN Bay NWR eagles, etc.
2/2/20 10:47 am krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 02/02/2020 (Fairfax County)
2/2/20 9:22 am Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Dyke Marsh, Feb 2, 2020
2/2/20 8:52 am dcharlesl--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Ovenbird at Huntley Meadows
2/2/20 6:08 am dcharlesl--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] LeConte's Sparrow--YES
2/1/20 12:43 pm Jody Vaccaro Lewis via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] LeConte's Sparrow--NO
2/1/20 9:01 am Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] LeConte’s Sparrow Sightings?
2/1/20 7:24 am Stephen Hersey via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] No Leconte’s as of 10am
2/1/20 7:08 am Jody Vaccaro Lewis via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] LeConte’s Sparrow Sightings?
1/31/20 12:32 pm Lee via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Occoquan LeConte’s sparrow location
1/31/20 12:30 pm Stephen Hersey via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Occoquan LeConte’s sparrow location
1/31/20 12:12 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bluebird at feeder
1/31/20 11:34 am Stephen Hersey via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] LeConte's Sparrow at Occoquan
1/30/20 5:40 pm barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] WHOOPS: Razorbill album correct link
1/30/20 5:38 pm Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Kestrel survey in Highland County
1/30/20 5:23 pm Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] eastern phoebe--not transient based upon my observations
1/30/20 5:16 pm barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] EXTRALIMITAL: Razorbills in MD & DE ocean inlets:
1/30/20 12:33 pm David White via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Red-tails, C’ville
1/30/20 6:15 am Ines Nedelcovic via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] In Support of the Birds at HRBT
1/28/20 12:17 pm Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Chipping Sparrows
1/28/20 11:23 am Dave Larsen - Birding via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Decoys at Leopold’s Preserve
1/28/20 10:55 am Patti Reum via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Kestrel survey in Highland County
1/28/20 10:17 am Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Peregrine Falcon-Falls Church, VA - 1/27/20
1/28/20 10:14 am Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] woodcock--western Albemarle
1/28/20 10:08 am Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Airlie, Warrenton, VA
1/28/20 10:00 am Phil Silas via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Julie J. Metz Wetland Bank--Neabsco Boardwalk, Jan 28, 2020
1/27/20 12:20 pm Stephen Hersey via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Yellow variant house finch
1/27/20 11:59 am John Greenwood via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Lake Accotink eagles
1/27/20 5:21 am krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] U.S. Fish and Wildlife Solicitation of Input on Cormorant Management
1/27/20 4:23 am Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] EXTRALIMITAL trip report for Australia 2019
1/26/20 3:47 pm John BELZ via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Eagles on nest in Arlington
1/26/20 11:07 am Colt Gregory via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Great Falls Sunday Bird Walk
1/26/20 10:19 am Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Barred Owl screams
1/26/20 10:18 am Anita Huffman via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Woodcock! Barred Owl, GH Owl, 2 questions--western Albemarle
1/26/20 10:10 am STAUFFER MILLER via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Merlin, Frederick County
1/26/20 10:10 am Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Barred Owl screams
1/26/20 9:00 am David Davis via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Barred Owl screams
1/26/20 8:03 am Pj via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Barred Owl screams
1/26/20 7:52 am Sarah Anderson via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Barred Owl screams
1/26/20 7:41 am David Davis via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Barred Owl screams
1/26/20 7:34 am Donald Sweig via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Ben Brenman Peregrine now
1/25/20 5:10 pm Stuart via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Bald Eagle: Arlington
1/25/20 1:26 pm Bryan H via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] BRCES group walk results (Loudoun)
1/25/20 11:21 am Phil Silas via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] eBird Report - Occoquan Bay NWR, Jan 25, 2020
1/25/20 6:22 am Brian Mannix via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Woodcock! Barred Owl, GH Owl, 2 questions--western Albemarle
1/25/20 4:30 am Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Woodcock! Barred Owl, GH Owl, 2 questions--western Albemarle
1/24/20 2:52 pm David Frazelle via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Peregrine Still at Ben Brenman Park
1/23/20 8:14 pm m b via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] possible solution - all you tern ornithologists, please comment
1/23/20 8:08 pm Vineeta via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Virginia destroyed nesting site for 25, 000 endangered terns - update
1/23/20 6:15 pm m b via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Virginia destroyed nesting site for 25, 000 endangered terns - update
1/23/20 11:50 am John Greenwood via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Hawk antics at Mason District Park
1/23/20 4:37 am Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Peregrine Falcon-Falls Church, VA
1/22/20 10:50 am Thomas Nardone via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Jan 22, 2020
1/22/20 8:57 am Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Golden Eagles!
1/22/20 5:22 am Ashley Peele via VA-bird <va-bird...> [VA-bird] Final Season Kick-off Meeting Announcement!
1/22/20 4:23 am Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...> Re: [VA-bird] Bounty of Birds at Construction-Clogged Chincoteague NWR
 
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Date: 2/22/20 3:10 pm
From: Donald Sweig via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] URBAN BIRDING
While driving home from a trip to the food store this morning I was surprised to see a large number of Robins and other birds feeding along side of the road on Fairview Park Drive between Lee Highway and Route 50. I actually turned the car around and came back to have another look. The Robins seemed to be everywhere along the road, probably 100 or more in total, with a group of 30 or so on the ground at the entrance to the large office building.
Mostly they were feeding on the ground and flying up to the trees as the passing cars disturbed them. I also saw some feeding titmice, white-breasted Nuthatches, chickadees, and a couple of Blue Jays.

I went back after lunch to check on the Robins again. I found none at all. However in the little retention pond in the office park on the south side of Route 50, I found seven Hooded Mergansers (four resplendent males and three females). I also found a very active and vocal female Belted Kingfisher, a couple of Canada geese, and a Red-tailed sitting in the nearby trees.
There was also a little creature flying back-and-forth across the pond a couple of times which did not appear to be a bird. I’m pretty sure it was an Eastern Red Bat. The red/rufous color was very obvious in the afternoon sun.
Not too bad for a February afternoon in crowded and cluttered Northern Virginia.
I have never birded that retention pond area before, but I will again. It has a little path around it, a couple of benches, and some nearby woods, so it might be really nice in migration.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Date: 2/22/20 12:59 pm
From: Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Northern Virginia Bird Club ventures to Mason Neck today, Feb 22
Seventeen people participated in the Northern Virginia Bird Club-sponsored
bird walk, led by Phil Silas and me, to Mason Neck State Park with a side
trip to the Great Marsh on the refuge. Waterfowl numbers were low, but
birders were delighted to see nine Wood Ducks in the marsh on the western
side of the State Park. Tundra Swans were present at both Belmont Bay and
the Great Marsh. Passerine favorites consisted of two Hermit Thrushes that
we saw while walking the Great Marsh Trail, both kinglet species, and the
bluebirds at the state park.







Mason Neck State Park, Lorton US-VA 38.64472, -77.19890, Fairfax, Virginia,
US Feb 22, 2020 8:28 AM - 10:46 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.461 mile(s)

37 species (+1 other taxa)



Canada Goose 90

Tundra Swan 80

Wood Duck 12 11 drakes, 1 hen

Mallard 122

American Black Duck 120 Exact count. Well seen.

Northern Pintail 2

Canvasback 12

Ring-necked Duck 10

Lesser Scaup 250

Bufflehead 20

Ruddy Duck 81

Pied-billed Grebe 2

Horned Grebe 1

Mourning Dove 1

Ring-billed Gull 30

Herring Gull 1

Double-crested Cormorant 26

Great Blue Heron 1

Black Vulture 2

Turkey Vulture 2

Bald Eagle 6

Red-bellied Woodpecker 3

Downy Woodpecker 1

American Crow 2

Fish Crow 1

crow sp. 15

Tufted Titmouse 3

Golden-crowned Kinglet 2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

Winter Wren 1

Carolina Wren 4

Eastern Bluebird 4

American Robin 1

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 1

White-throated Sparrow 5

Song Sparrow 3

Northern Cardinal 3



View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S64869896



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



Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck NWR--Great Marsh Trail, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Feb 22, 2020 11:12 AM - 12:30 PM

Protocol: Traveling

0.81 mile(s)

15 species



Canada Goose 4

Tundra Swan 162

Mallard 10

American Black Duck 188

Hooded Merganser 2

Ring-billed Gull 70

Herring Gull 3

Turkey Vulture 3

Bald Eagle 10

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Tufted Titmouse 2

White-breasted Nuthatch 4

Eastern Bluebird 5

Hermit Thrush 2

Red-winged Blackbird 1



View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S64869898



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





Larry Cartwright

Compiler, Huntley Meadows Eastern Bluebird Nest Box Program

Compiler, Dyke Marsh Breeding Bird Survey

<prowarbler...>

6722 Fern Lane

Annandale, Va. 22003

(Landline) 703-941-3142

(Cell) 571-359-2395



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Date: 2/22/20 12:51 pm
From: Scott Jackson-Ricketts via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Breeding Activity Picking Up
Yikes!

On Sat, Feb 22, 2020 at 11:41 AM Jody Vaccaro Lewis via VA-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> Hello everyone!
>
> Breeding activity is rapidly picking up here in Northern Virginia. I
> observed a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks sitting side-by-side in a tree a
> few days ago and then fly off together. House Finches have begun singing,
> and Wren and Cardinal vocalizations have become much more frequent this
> week. This morning, a pair of Bluebirds have been checking out the box in
> my backyard. They are repeatedly going in and out of it, but I haven't seen
> any sticks or other nest material so far. A Carolina Wren and a Tufted
> Titmouse have also checked out the box this morning, and I saw a couple
> chickadees in the immediate area. The TUTI was chased off by the male
> Bluebird. VABBA2 breeding guidelines don't have CAWR or EABL starting the
> breeding season until the first week of March, and TUTI isn't listed until
> the second week of April. Interestingly, this is the same date that EABLs
> first checked out the box last year. I didn't see RSHAs sitting next to
> each other last year until March 1.
>
> Good Birding,
> Patrick Lewis, Loudoun County
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Date: 2/22/20 8:41 am
From: Jody Vaccaro Lewis via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Breeding Activity Picking Up
Hello everyone!

Breeding activity is rapidly picking up here in Northern Virginia. I
observed a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks sitting side-by-side in a tree a
few days ago and then fly off together. House Finches have begun singing,
and Wren and Cardinal vocalizations have become much more frequent this
week. This morning, a pair of Bluebirds have been checking out the box in
my backyard. They are repeatedly going in and out of it, but I haven't seen
any sticks or other nest material so far. A Carolina Wren and a Tufted
Titmouse have also checked out the box this morning, and I saw a couple
chickadees in the immediate area. The TUTI was chased off by the male
Bluebird. VABBA2 breeding guidelines don't have CAWR or EABL starting the
breeding season until the first week of March, and TUTI isn't listed until
the second week of April. Interestingly, this is the same date that EABLs
first checked out the box last year. I didn't see RSHAs sitting next to
each other last year until March 1.

Good Birding,
Patrick Lewis, Loudoun County
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Date: 2/21/20 1:33 pm
From: Ashley Peele via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Early Birds, new maps, and night birds!
A couple VABBA2 updates for the weekend...

First, an early bird PSA! Weekly, I am receiving emails from folks who are
already seeing extremely early, high-level breeding evidence. For example,
a group of eastern birders watched a fledgling robin being fed by an adult
last week near Dutch Gap! This strange, very mild winter may throw off
breeding timing considerably this year. So! I just wanted to let everyone
know that the same rules apply. *If you observe high-level (confirmed)
breeding evidence like feeding young, a recent fledgling, nest-building,
etc, then please log those breeding codes into the Atlas portal.* Since
our project overlaps with an unusually warm winter, we have an opportunity
to document the impact on resident birds behavior.

Now! Let me also say, don't go too crazy. *We still want to hold off on
coding low-level breeding behaviors*, e.g. singing, for now. But let's not
miss out on opportunities to log confirmed breeding attempts.

Second, it's come to my attention that an earlier email may not have gotten
through to the list-servs. A couple weeks ago, we released *an updated
version of the Atlas Block Explorer*, which includes the *most updated
block prioritizations,* as well as block closures, sign-ups, etc. This is
a great resource for planning out areas to target for our final field
season, so please check it out at:
https://vafwis.dgif.virginia.gov/BBA2/BlockExplorer/

Stay tuned for more updates and don't forget that the time for *nocturnal
surveying *is upon us! We have some useful articles about documenting
nocturnal species on our eBird portal. Here are links to a few:
Atlasing After Dark: an intro to nocturnal surveys
<http://ebird.org/content/atlasva/news/atlasing-after-dark-an-introduction-to-nocturnal-surveys/>
Techniques for locating Great-horned Owl and Hawk Nests
<https://ebird.org/atlasva/news/techniques-for-locating-great-horned-owl-and-hawk-nests>
American Woodcock, the forest species few have seen
<http://ebird.org/content/atlasva/news/american-woodcock-the-forest-species-few-have-seen/>

All the best and happy birding!

Ashley Peele, PhD
Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator
Conservation Management Institute - Virginia Tech
Office: 540-951-9378
Fax: 540-231-7019
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Date: 2/21/20 12:54 pm
From: Patrick Malone via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Ft Bennet eagles' nest in Arlington
thanks. keep me informed and i will do likewise.


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

> On Feb 21, 2020, at 12:52 PM, John Belz <jjbelz703...> wrote:
>
> I sort of stopped checking on the nest since I’d seem no activity over the last two weeks or so. I thought it must have been abandoned.
>
> However, I went by today, 2/21, and there was one bird in the nest. I didn't have my bins with me, but it didn't appear to be sitting on a clutch of eggs.
>
> Hope to get my scope on the nest this weekend in the nice weather.
>
> John Belz

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Date: 2/21/20 12:53 pm
From: John Belz via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Ft Bennet eagles' nest in Arlington
I sort of stopped checking on the nest since I’d seem no activity over the last two weeks or so. I thought it must have been abandoned.

However, I went by today, 2/21, and there was one bird in the nest. I didn't have my bins with me, but it didn't appear to be sitting on a clutch of eggs.

Hope to get my scope on the nest this weekend in the nice weather.

John Belz
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Date: 2/20/20 8:00 am
From: Ben M via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in Loudoun County 2/20/20
Single bird feeding with a Ruby-crowned Kinglet along the same tree line at
Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park, where I saw a BGGC on 1/28/20, and another
birder with photo on 1/26/20. Same bird?

Ben Mcilwaine
Leesburg, VA
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Date: 2/19/20 7:34 pm
From: Mark Mullins via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Eurasian Collared -Doves


https://ebird.org/checklist/S64771359
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Date: 2/19/20 11:29 am
From: Thomas Nardone via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Feb 19, 2020
This morning, six people participated in the bird walk at Dyke Marsh Preserve sponsored by the Northern Virginia Bird Club. We observed 31 species; only three duck species were seen. Several participants who arrived early saw the leucistic robin in the picnic area. The complete list is shown below.

>
> Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax, Virginia, US
> Feb 19, 2020 8:30 AM - 11:13 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.27 mile(s)
> 31 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose 300
> Mallard 7
> Green-winged Teal 4
> Common Merganser 2
> Pied-billed Grebe 1
> Mourning Dove 2
> Ring-billed Gull 200
> Herring Gull 2
> Turkey Vulture 4
> Bald Eagle 7
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
> Downy Woodpecker 6
> Northern Flicker 3
> Blue Jay 5
> Fish Crow 5
> crow sp. 1
> Carolina Chickadee 6
> Tufted Titmouse 6
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
> White-breasted Nuthatch 4
> Winter Wren 1
> European Starling 20
> American Robin 45
> Fox Sparrow 1
> White-throated Sparrow 50
> Song Sparrow 2
> Swamp Sparrow 3
> Red-winged Blackbird 30
> Rusty Blackbird 4
> Common Grackle 20
> Northern Cardinal 10
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S64748267
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)

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Date: 2/19/20 8:14 am
From: barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Extralimital: Sylvan Heights Bird Park near VA border

I couldn't get my fill of native & wintering ducks and other jaw-dropping birds, so I ventured a tad south of the VA border for unobstructed, close-up views of wood ducks, mandarin ducks that took my breath away, and hooded mergansers, including one that performed a "top spinning dance" in the water about 12 feet from my widening eyes.  My private photos, which also showcase scarlet ibises, roseate spoonbills, & scores more, are temporarily here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/VrQ53L

- Barb, Fairfax
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Date: 2/18/20 3:08 pm
From: juliekazz--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] [va-richmond-general] Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel - VDOT MEETING THURSDAY
Yes, there is power in numbers.

We had a great turn out of folks at the DGIF meeting back in January. If you feel too shy to talk that is OK.
Be sure to have your ID with you per Terri Cuthriell of the VSO. If you have a shirt or jacket with the logo of your nature organization by all means, wear it!
Bring your signs. We need you. The birds need you. This is not a done deal. There were articles in the Virginian Pilot newspaper over the weekend pointing to many holes in this process.

Hope to see you there tomorrow morning. We can do this. We have to do this.
Thank you for supporting our birds.

"If you think you're too small to be effective you have never been in bed with a mosquito".


JulieKacmarcik

> On February 18, 2020 at 3:19 PM Bob Schamerhorn <bob...> wrote:
>
> While we are grateful and applaud that Governor Ralph Northam has issued a letter announcing the "Plans to Protect Migratory Birds” on the south island of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT), there is a bit of work left to do.
> https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2020/february/headline-851832-en.html
>
> Here is how you can make a difference: SHOW UP, numbers matter.
>
> WHEN: Tomorrow at the VDOT board meeting tomorrow about 11:00 AM (be there before 10:00 AM if you want to sign in to speak).
> WHERE: 1221 East Broad St., RIchmond, VA (building with 2 large urns bracketing the entrance).
>
> WE STILL NEED TO ENSURE THAT THE PROCESS HAS OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY!
>
> Please forward this to anyone you feel would be interested.
>
> Thanks for your interest. Bird Lives Matter.
> Bob Schamerhorn
>
>


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Date: 2/18/20 2:44 pm
From: David Boltz via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] 7 Trumpeter Swans, Tundra Swan, 3 Common Goldeneye - Fauquier Co. near Sky Meadows SP
Bill Parkin and I headed over to Sky Meadows State Park this morning and had quite a treat on the way there. Along Rt. 50/17 just west of Paris there were 2 adult Trumpeter Swans and one Tundra Swan in a pond down the hill from the highway. One of the adults had tag Z656. I got a few distant pics and there is a good comparison shot of the 2 species, showing size difference, back hump difference, and bill difference, although not so much of the latter on these distant shots. Photos and location can be seen on the ebird report at https://ebird.org/checklist/S64724990 .

We then turned the corner through Paris and onto Gap Run Road (Rt. 701) where we found 5 more Trumpeters (3 adults and 2 juveniles) in the largest pond on that road. The adults had neck tags numbered Z652, Z655, Z659. No pics of these (too far) but the scope was very helpful. Location can be found on the ebird report at https://ebird.org/checklist/S64724988 . Also at this location were were quite surprised to find 3 female Common Goldeneyes. What a treat!

Sky Meadows SP itself held nothing unusual, but there were many sparrows. Complete list at https://ebird.org/checklist/S64724984 .

Dave Boltz
Lake Frederick, Frederick Co.
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Date: 2/18/20 12:20 pm
From: Bob Schamerhorn via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel - VDOT MEETING THURSDAY
While we are grateful and applaud that Governor Ralph Northam has issued a letter announcing the "Plans to Protect Migratory Birds” on the south island of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT), there is a bit of work left to do.
https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2020/february/headline-851832-en.html

Here is how you can make a difference: SHOW UP, numbers matter.

WHEN: Tomorrow at the VDOT board meeting tomorrow about 11:00 AM (be there before 10:00 AM if you want to sign in to speak).
WHERE: 1221 East Broad St., RIchmond, VA (building with 2 large urns bracketing the entrance).

WE STILL NEED TO ENSURE THAT THE PROCESS HAS OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY!

Please forward this to anyone you feel would be interested.

Thanks for your interest. Bird Lives Matter.
Bob Schamerhorn

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Date: 2/16/20 1:00 pm
From: krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] ASNV Bird Walk - Clark's Crossing Park 02/16/2020
Following is the count from Sunday's ASNV-sponsored bird walk at Clark's Crossing, which identified 23 species. As might be expected, sparrows were in abundance, as were Northern Cardinals and Blue Jays and, interestingly, a solitary but quite vocal Gray Catbird. 
The next walk is scheduled for February 23rd from 8:00-11:00 a.m. and will offer a tour of Reston lakes. Please refer to the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia website (audubonva.org) for meetup instructions.
Canada Goose 26
Mourning Dove 2 Heard
Black Vulture 4
Turkey Vulture 8
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 One ON.
Red-bellied Woodpecker 8
Downy Woodpecker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 1 Heard
Blue Jay 30
American Crow 12
Carolina Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Heard
Carolina Wren 6
Gray Catbird 1
Eastern Bluebird 9
House Sparrow 1
Field Sparrow 1 Observed perched on a bramble amidst foraging White-throated and Song sparrows. Pink bill clearly visible.
White-throated Sparrow 36
Song Sparrow 12
Eastern Towhee 1 Heard
Northern Cardinal 48

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S64576087

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


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Date: 2/16/20 12:37 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Old Trail
Crozet, VA; 2/16/2020. 31 avian species, not including another 15 avian
species often seen here this winter. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2020/2020_02_16.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2020/2020_02_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: 2/16/20 9:56 am
From: Colt Gregory via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Great Falls Sunday Bird Walk 2-16-2020
This count is from Sunday's weekly bird walk sponsored by National Park Service at Great Falls Park. Our party of 6 identified 32 species + 1 taxa. On this cold and cloudy morning we found slightly fewer birds but got a great look at a Red Shoulder Hawk building a nest. Meanwhile, at the Conn Island eagles nest, we saw an adult sitting quietly inside the nest.
This walk meets at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, rain or shine in the parking lot next to the Visitors Center. The walk does not take place during electrical storms, heavy snows, or when the trails are icy.
All those with an interest in the natural world, beginning and experience birders, or those who just want in a nice walk in a beautiful and historical setting are welcome to join us.

Species Count
Canada Goose,78
Mallard,8
American Black Duck,2
Bufflehead,1
Common Merganser,3
Mourning Dove,4
gull sp.,2
Great Blue Heron,1
Black Vulture,2
Bald Eagle,2
Red-shouldered Hawk,1
Barred Owl,1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker,2
Red-bellied Woodpecker,8
Downy Woodpecker,5
Pileated Woodpecker,3
Northern Flicker,1
Blue Jay,11
American Crow,8
Carolina Chickadee,10
Tufted Titmouse,12
Golden-crowned Kinglet,2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet,1
White-breasted Nuthatch,7
Brown Creeper,2
Carolina Wren,12
Eastern Bluebird,22
Hermit Thrush,1
American Goldfinch,1
Dark-eyed Junco,4
White-throated Sparrow,14
Song Sparrow,3
Northern Cardinal,9
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Date: 2/16/20 9:48 am
From: Bryan H via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bles Park group walk results (Loudoun)
Ten birders participated in the monthly walk at Bles Park in eastern
Loudoun County. We found 35 species (+1 other taxa) on a cold morning. Bles
Park provides a nice mix of riverine forest, marsh/wetlands habitat and
some open fields along the Potomac River.

Most uncommon bird was a Brown Thrasher that skulked in some shrubbery.
Wood Ducks and Red-shouldered Hawks provided some of the highlights. The
full checklist can be found at https://ebird.org/checklist/S64566838 We
also enjoyed good looks at a nice looking red fox - which we first noticed
because of American Crows reacting to its presence.

The Bles Park walk is being held regularly on the 3rd Sunday of the month;
it starts from the parking lot at 8am with no registration required. It is
free and open to all and sponsored by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy. This
event and others can be found on the event page at
https://loudounwildlife.org/events/ .

Thanks,
Bryan Henson
Sterling, VA
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Date: 2/16/20 9:34 am
From: Walter Hadlock via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Surprise visitor during Great Backyard Bird Count
Good day,

We had a brief visit from a Gray Catbird while conducting the Great Backyard Bird Count this morning. The camera wasn’t at hand for a photo.

Good birding to all,
Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon, VA (Fairfax County)
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Date: 2/16/20 9:14 am
From: Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Dyke Marsh Sunday Morning Walk
Nine people joined me today for the weekly Sunday morning Dyke Marsh walk.
The walk is free to all and occurs every Sunday except during the Christmas
Bird Count season. Waterfowl numbers remain low and the sparrow presence
was nothing to brag about either. However, there were a few highlights
consisting of a Northern Harrier cruising across the marsh, a Winter Wren
that popped up singing and providing great views for a few of us at the Haul
Road entrance, Bald Eagles occupying nests along the Haul Road and Tulane
Drive, and 2 Rusty Blackbirds at Dead Beaver Beach. Besides that, it was
great to be in the company of good friends.



Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax, Virginia, US Feb 16, 2020 7:49 AM -
10:39 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.7 mile(s)

34 species



Canada Goose 727

Mallard 27

American Black Duck 2

Bufflehead 1

Common Merganser 5

Pied-billed Grebe 2

Mourning Dove 1

Ring-billed Gull 550

Herring Gull 15

Double-crested Cormorant 4

Northern Harrier 1

Bald Eagle 11

Belted Kingfisher 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 4

Downy Woodpecker 2

Northern Flicker 2

Blue Jay 3

American Crow 5

Fish Crow 40

Carolina Chickadee 4

Tufted Titmouse 5

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

Winter Wren 1

Carolina Wren 11

European Starling 3

American Robin 38

American Goldfinch 1

White-throated Sparrow 2

Song Sparrow 5

Swamp Sparrow 4

Red-winged Blackbird 12

Rusty Blackbird 2

Common Grackle 2

Northern Cardinal 7



View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S64567028



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





Larry Cartwright

Compiler, Huntley Meadows Eastern Bluebird Nest Box Program

Compiler, Dyke Marsh Breeding Bird Survey

6722 Fern Lane

Annandale, Va. 22003

(Landline) 703-941-3142

(Cell) 571-359-2395



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Date: 2/15/20 7:27 pm
From: barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] DUTCH GAP (Richmond) EARLY SPRING?

Dutch Gap Recreation Area near Richmond was hopping today like it was March 15 instead of Feb. 15!
 We found two energetic beavers, lots of early grasshoppers, two kestrels, some hermit thrushes, an eagle on a nest, great blue herons on their nests, ruby-crowned kinglets, sapsuckers, white-throated sparrows, other sparrows, bluebirds a-plenty, yellow-rumped warblers, lots of early tree sparrows, an eastern kingbird, cormorants, gadwalls, wigeons, buffleheads, wood ducks (heard but not seen) & much more. Private pix are temporarily here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/21iFo3
- Barb, Fairfax
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Date: 2/15/20 6:16 pm
From: Elton Morel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] NVBC field trip to Aquia Landing Park and Crow's Nest NAP, Stafford county, Feb 15, 2020

VA Birders,

This morning, the Northern Virginia Bird Club visited Aquia Landing Park and Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve in Stafford county. Despite the 20 degree start but made tolerable by little or no wind, we collectively found 61 species across the two locations buoyed by large concentrations of waterfowl with a good variety of species. The most notable waterfowl at Aquia were Common Goldeneyes, Redheads, Canvasback, Common Mergansers, American Wigeon, Greater Scaups and a single female Red-breasted Merganser amongst the many other more common duck species. Both swan species and Horned Grebes were also present as well as a good showing of a female Northern Harrier hunting over the marsh. While the land birding was rather slow at Aquia, we did manage to find a small flock of Rusty Blackbirds and flushed a Brown Thrasher.

As a side note, when I entered the park at 7:30am, I did hear a King Rail cluck a series of 'keks' where the woods end and the marsh begins on the left side of the entrance road.

We moved over to Crow's Nest NAP in the late morning where we added American Black Ducks, Hooded Mergansers and a quick flyby of three Green-winged Teals while we were viewing from the board walk. A walk on the Blue Trail significantly improved our land bird species count where we added another Brown Thrasher, a larger and more cooperative flock of Rusty Blackbirds plus Hermit Thrushes, both species of kinglets, Yellow-rumped Warblers and Eastern Bluebirds.

The two complete eBird checklists are below.

Elton Morel
Arlington, VA

Aquia Landing Park, Stafford, Virginia, US


Feb 15, 2020 7:30 AM - 10:10 AM


Protocol: Traveling


0.5 mile(s)


Checklist Comments: NVBC walk led by David Ledwith and Elton Morel.


46 species (+1 other taxa)





Canada Goose 30


Mute Swan 5


Tundra Swan 35


Gadwall 40


American Wigeon 3


Mallard 20


Canvasback 100


Redhead 25


Ring-necked Duck 6


Greater Scaup 4


Lesser Scaup 60


Bufflehead 65


Common Goldeneye 5


Common Merganser 20 Flyby of flock


Red-breasted Merganser 1


Pied-billed Grebe 8


Horned Grebe 3


Mourning Dove 4


King Rail 1 Heard along entrance road before start of the walk -- a long series of evenly pitched, slow 'kek-kek-kek'.


Ring-billed Gull 1500


Herring Gull 8


Great Black-backed Gull 3


Double-crested Cormorant 15


Great Blue Heron 2


Black Vulture 4


Turkey Vulture 3


Northern Harrier 1


Bald Eagle 7


Red-shouldered Hawk 1


Downy Woodpecker 1


American Crow 2 Heard


crow sp. 8


Carolina Chickadee 2


Tufted Titmouse 2 Heard


Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3


Carolina Wren 4 Heard


Brown Thrasher 1


Northern Mockingbird 2


Hermit Thrush 1


American Robin 3


White-throated Sparrow 6


Song Sparrow 8


Swamp Sparrow 3


Red-winged Blackbird 40


Rusty Blackbird 8


Common Grackle 6


Northern Cardinal 8





View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S64510959



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


Feb 15, 2020 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Protocol: Traveling


0.5 mile(s)


Checklist Comments: NVBC walk led by David Ledwith and Elton Morel.


37 species





Tundra Swan 12


Mallard 8


American Black Duck 40


Green-winged Teal 3 Quick flyby


Hooded Merganser 5


Common Merganser 3


Ring-billed Gull 650


Herring Gull 4


Great Blue Heron 2


Turkey Vulture 1


Bald Eagle 5


Red-shouldered Hawk 3


Red-tailed Hawk 1


Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 Heard


Red-bellied Woodpecker 4


Downy Woodpecker 1


Pileated Woodpecker 1 Heard


Northern Flicker 1 Heard


Blue Jay 2 Heard


American Crow 1


Carolina Chickadee 3


Tufted Titmouse 2 Heard


Golden-crowned Kinglet 3


Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2


Carolina Wren 5


Brown Thrasher 1


Eastern Bluebird 4


Hermit Thrush 2


Dark-eyed Junco 5


White-throated Sparrow 10


Song Sparrow 6


Swamp Sparrow 3


Eastern Towhee 6


Red-winged Blackbird 20


Rusty Blackbird 30


Yellow-rumped Warbler 2


Northern Cardinal 6





View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S64510949





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Date: 2/15/20 5:20 pm
From: Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Red Crossbills - Briery Branch Gap
I headed up to Briery Branch Gap this morning to look for crossbills. It was as cold up there as it was in Lexington – about 19 degrees. I had hoped there might be some snow up there but there was essentially none. When I arrived at the intersection with the dirt road, which is literally the border between VA and WVa, I could hear the crossbill in the distance, so I waited for them to come in. While waiting, 2 Black-capped Chickadees, a White-breasted Nuthatch, a Downy WP, a Red-bellied WP, and a Raven passed by. The crossbills flew in and after a short period of time landed on the dirt road to eat grit and clay. They were very cooperative. After about 10 mins they flew off. My experience is that they reappear about every 40-60 mins at the dirt road. I drove up to Reddish Knob for the views and hoping for more birds but there were only a few Juncos.

One the way home, I drove up Lumber Mill Rd to Shenandoah Valley Produce. I hoped to see the Eurasian Collared Doves that are in the area, no luck on seeing them, but I did find a few Horned Larks.

I’ve posted some photos of the Red Crossbills, Horned Lark, and Black-capped Chickadee on my Flickr site if you are interested

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


Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept

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Date: 2/14/20 8:24 pm
From: Joe Coleman via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] FW: Governor Northam Announces Plans to Protect Migratory Birds
In addition to the other emails that have already been shared on this site today, I also rec’d this via email today.



It is an incredible victory for all the people who passionately spoke out about this issue. It shows what can be accomplished when people who really care speak out and when officials actually listen.



Joe Coleman



---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Press, Governor Northam <press...> <mailto:<press...> >
Date: Fri, Feb 14, 2020 at 10:31 AM
Subject: Governor Northam Announces Plans to Protect Migratory Birds




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Commonwealth of Virginia

Office of Governor Ralph S. Northam







FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE · February 14, 2020





Office of the Governor

<mailto:<alena.yarmosky...> <Alena.Yarmosky...>





Governor Northam Announces Plans to Protect Migratory Birds





RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced a comprehensive approach to address the loss of habitat for colonial nesting birds on the South Island of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT), and create a backstop against the federal government’s failure to protect migratory birds.



The South Island is where construction equipment will be based during expansion of the HRBT, a project critical for reducing congestion and improving safety in eastern Virginia. It is the largest project ever for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).



The South Island is an artificial island where the bridge transitions to a tunnel. Since the HRBT was constructed in the 1950s, South Island has become the nesting site for as many as 25,000 migratory birds, including terns, gulls, and other colonial nesting species.



Virginia is acting because in 2018, federal officials reinterpreted a longstanding provision of the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, passed into law in 1918, to significantly limit the protections it provides for migratory birds. Had this federal policy remained unchanged, it would have protected the birds on South Island.



The plan for migratory birds includes these components:



* New policy backstop. The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) has initiated the process to develop a regulation to define and permit “incidental take” of migratory birds for major commercial, industrial, and construction projects in the Commonwealth. This rule would make Virginia one of the first states to “backstop” recent federal rollbacks of longstanding migratory bird protections. DGIF will release a discussion draft of the rule for comment in the coming weeks.



* New habitat for nesting. DGIF will provide habitat for nesting waterbirds by preparing an artificial island adjacent to the HRBT, known as Rip Raps Island (The Department of Conservation and Recreation owns the island, which is also known as Fort Wool.). In addition, DGIF will seek authorization to procure and position barges to provide additional nesting habitat in advance of the upcoming nesting season.



* Bird management plan. Before construction begins, the HRBT design builder will develop a bird management plan to ensure effective deterrence of nesting and treatment of nests, eggs, and young that may become established on the HRBT’s South Island. The firm will do this in consultation with VDOT and DGIF.



* Study possible new long-term habitat. DGIF will accelerate its work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to assess the feasibility of creating an artificial island to provide long-term habitat for displaced waterbirds.



* Restoring habitat after construction. Upon completion of construction, VDOT will restore a portion of nesting habitat on South Island to the maximum extent possible.



* Ongoing study: Interactions of Infrastructure and Natural Resources. VDOT and Virginia’s Chief Resiliency Officer commissioned the Virginia Institute of Marine Science to study interactions among transportation infrastructure, migratory birds and other wildlife, and climate change in coastal Virginia.



“This plan demonstrates that infrastructure and development can and must be compatible with wildlife conservation,” said Governor Northam. “It also shows that Virginia is stepping up when federal policies change environmental protections.”



“Infrastructure projects succeed when they are built in harmony with all of the Commonwealth’s priorities,” said Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine. “Working together here in Virginia, I believe we have found an approach that puts us on a path to success.”



“Virginia is a world class outdoor recreation destination, and the birds using the Atlantic Flyway that stop along our shores are a big reason why,” said Secretary of Natural Resources Matthew J. Strickler. “Protecting wildlife resources is challenging under the best of circumstances and it becomes even harder when federal partners weaken longstanding policies.”



The Office of the Governor and relevant agencies will continue this work and will be prepared to accommodate the birds when they return for the spring 2020 nesting season and beyond. Additional details will be provided soon.



Contracts to expand the HRBT include a fixed completion date of November 1, 2025.



For additional information about the Commonwealth’s plan to protect migratory birds click <http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001dUSW32kmE7CrFxHnFHG8MS1Y76k1SvnXluQLtbVmsQwALokwqfQ3gOq8khQbI-YfphuQJDYEZyrnysOPqrwO1rqCG6bA4XTyFn9BT9Gj6hm36hiJYJUqxHgi9ImyMsyDqPZyR5KbVMTstzofOMrWcEQzel7b2lOwUyA-fD46O8wDeanuIuMypgOAkJ-80Su3aHo16Zgjsof0KARhZHiF5VppKWuPPGkhuoMIrJT419kbZnxgY201NNoxh-AIdIpy8CrY46PaCGJnyHSP0dvG6FMP3BnL9BhJyIc95j9VZLZfae3_sBBfaw==&c=4MQfg_zanlikrcc6Vdb0HXqCV7H-Bt0rsJ9AgJKygCUNjABPwuhk6Q==&ch=9AKZjOKludtJgHlQPyHEKYb1LbVOvsGT2h3Zrq0XLUC3waP-Dr6Z0Q==> here.



<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001dUSW32kmE7CrFxHnFHG8MS1Y76k1SvnXluQLtbVmsQwALokwqfQ3gOq8khQbI-Yf5n156P0ZU9KnAQVchCLD5dDQsLugPG4t6_jYvwbgqVbbhPnTUgBUtIWg2cfZ2YHbNZvxzGBQpidRSCn4hLchZnu7q4Xwanx3DR_vGK3h5IdGfCq-UbxOzRDsjyMUEdUlEgtOlq6_UFAbvhmkV3qjpwODF-cdrOn7UmuwbGtdEddvSGqGyGYCKA==&c=4MQfg_zanlikrcc6Vdb0HXqCV7H-Bt0rsJ9AgJKygCUNjABPwuhk6Q==&ch=9AKZjOKludtJgHlQPyHEKYb1LbVOvsGT2h3Zrq0XLUC3waP-Dr6Z0Q==> Full Release



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Date: 2/14/20 2:56 pm
From: Roberta Kellam via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Bird related/Hampton Rds project
THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart, to all who wrote letters, sent emails, shared encouragement, showed up to meetings, etc. to help save the birds at the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel! And to all the leadership from ABC, VSO, etc.

Governor Northam’s outline of proposed actions to protect Virginia’s largest seabird colony at Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel is encouraging. There is still much to learn about the plans for newly created habitat, including a stand-alone island, and post-construction restored habitat and how they will accommodate a colony of this size and species mix.  The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ initiation of a new state regulation governing “incidental take” is a promising step toward filling the void created by the federal government’s  abrogation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. In my opinion, DGIF staff have been amazing in their efforts to come up with key strategies to protect the birds this year and beyond.
I will continue to maintain the Save the Birds at the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel facebook page to post updates on various stages of the Governor’s proposal, starting with the 2020 nesting season. It would be good to see more transparency from VDOT regarding their management plan for the birds this year, as well as funding commitments going forward. Stay tuned for the proposed regulations - let’s show the Administration again how much we care about our bird resources. Again, thank you everyone. Roberta Kellam


On Friday, February 14, 2020, 5:45 PM, Richard Rieger via VA-bird <va-bird...> wrote:

Not sure about including links in a VAbirds email as I never have - but it looks like voices have been heard and some action will be taken to protect nesting birds as the project moves forward.

Rich Rieger
Alexandria

https://abcbirds.org/article/hampton-roads-waterbird-plans-announced?fbclid=IwAR2ihgDiRUnbyEidkry0ZukY2098gGzRjqstleD5fTA0oWgPM9FAW10Vsd4
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Date: 2/14/20 2:45 pm
From: Richard Rieger via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bird related/Hampton Rds project
Not sure about including links in a VAbirds email as I never have - but it looks like voices have been heard and some action will be taken to protect nesting birds as the project moves forward.

Rich Rieger
Alexandria

https://abcbirds.org/article/hampton-roads-waterbird-plans-announced?fbclid=IwAR2ihgDiRUnbyEidkry0ZukY2098gGzRjqstleD5fTA0oWgPM9FAW10Vsd4
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Date: 2/14/20 1:01 pm
From: Howard Wu via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Peregrine Falcon @ Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon
Hi,

Today during my lunch break (if you may excuse me for using that term more
liberally :-)), I saw a Peregrine Falcon at Frying Pan Farm Park eating an
American Robin. I first saw it at around 1:35PM in the corn field east of
the visitor center. At the time I did not see it catching or carrying its
prey, but when it flew to a bare tree next to the horse feeding lot, I
realized it was devouring an American Robin. I got some good shots (from a
respectful distance; it was high in the tree anyhow), which you can see in
my eBird list below:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S64469171

This was only my second time seeing a Peregrine Falcon at this location,
the first time was on Jan. 6, 2020. Incidentally, that time it was carrying
a prey (a Mourning Dove) too. Fierce predators they are!
https://ebird.org/checklist/S63107378

Cheers,
Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
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Date: 2/14/20 9:14 am
From: Daniel Lebbin via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] News on Hampton Roads Tern Colony issue
Thought those on this list-serve would find the following news interesting
and compelling:



*Virginia Announces Emergency Plans for Hampton Roads Waterbird Colony
<https://abcbirds.org/article/hampton-roads-waterbird-plans-announced>*



*edia Contact: Jordan Rutter, *Director of Public Relations, 202-888-7472 |
<jerutter...> | @JERutter
*Expert Contact: Mike Parr, *President, 202-888-7486 |
<mparr...> | @michaeljparr






*(Washington, D.C., February 14, 2020)* The Commonwealth of Virginia has
announced
<https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2020/february/headline-851832-en.html>
plans to help waterbirds displaced by construction on Hampton Roads’ South
Island, which has been used by more than 20,000 birds as annual breeding
habitat since the 1980s. American Bird Conservancy (ABC) applauds Governor
Ralph Northam and the Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources for their
emergency measures, which include the creation of alternative breeding
habitat for this critically important waterbird colony.



First, ABC is extremely grateful to the administration for proposing a set
of measures designed to help migratory birds both in Hampton Roads and
across Virginia. In particular, Virginia’s steps to create a new regulation
to protect migratory birds from future industrial development will position
the Commonwealth as a leader in bird conservation at a time when federal
regulations to protect birds are being weakened.

Second, ABC welcomes the following package of specific measures designed to
help Hampton Roads’ waterbird colony, which is the Commonwealth’s largest
and includes many declining species:

- The creation of breeding habitat at nearby Rip Raps Island (formerly
known as Fort Wool) and potentially on artificial barges, which is
equivalent to the area currently being utilized by terns (Common,
Gull-billed, Sandwich, and Royal) on South Island; and a plan to attract
the birds to the new habitat and to control predators.


- The development of a plan to carefully discourage birds from
attempting to nest on South Island this spring, since paving and
construction activities will render the habitat unsuitable. Instead, the
Commonwealth will encourage the birds to move to the newly created nesting
habitat at Rip Raps Island.
- A commitment to restore habitat on South Island post-construction to
allow birds to return to nest there.
- Plans to create an additional, alternate nesting island in the
longer-term, which taken together with the other alternative breeding
habitats created will represent a net gain for overall bird habitat in the
area.

“We’re optimistic that this plan will effectively provide immediate habitat
for the birds to save the 2020 nesting season, as well as a net gain of
habitat in the longer term,” said Mike Parr, President of American Bird
Conservancy. “Many individuals and groups have participated in the effort
to help the Hampton Roads bird colony. We’re grateful for their concern and
support, and we look forward to continuing our work with the Commonwealth
and other public and private partners to further benefit waterbirds nesting
in Virginia and elsewhere.”

*###*

American Bird Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to
conserving birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With an
emphasis on achieving results and working in partnership, we take on the
greatest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on rapid
advancements in science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate
threats, and build capacity for bird conservation. Find us on abcbirds.org,
Facebook <https://www.facebook.com/AmericanBirdConserve/>, Instagram
<https://www.instagram.com/americanbirdconservancy/>, and Twitter
(@ABCbirds).
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Date: 2/14/20 5:01 am
From: Ashley Peele via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Don't forget to register for the VABBA2 Kick-Off Meeting!
ATLAS PARTY at VDGIF... or at least, a calm gathering of your fellow Atlas
volunteers. ;)

Come out and join us for the Final Season Kick-off Meeting at VDGIF
Headquarters in Henrico on March 14th.

In the morning, we will hear from our guest speaker, Ian Davies, who will
talk to us about the increasingly vital role of citizen science for bird
conservation. Additionally, we will get a brief (I promise!) update from
the Atlas coordinator, Dr. Ashley Peele, and a perspective on the VDGIF's
plans for putting the VABBA2 data into action, by Sergio Harding.

In the afternoon, volunteers can visit mini-workshop tables for everything
from mapping to blockbusting to breeding code questions. Volunteers will
have the chance to chat with Atlas coordinators from around the state,
network with fellow volunteers, and get a jump on planning for our last
summer field season!

Sign up for the event here: https://forms.gle/jakf76SfFwVXLRRY9

Ashley Peele, PhD
Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator
Conservation Management Institute - Virginia Tech
Office: 540-951-9378
Fax: 540-231-7019
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Date: 2/13/20 1:31 pm
From: David White via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] C’ville Waterfowl
2 m. Ring-necked Ducks and a single Pied-billed Grebe on Smith (?) Lake (below Monticello HS) this afternoon. Also a very vocal Belted Kingfisher really belting it out~

Sent from my iPhone
David I. White, Jr.
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Date: 2/12/20 1:01 pm
From: Thomas Nardone via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Burke Lake Park, Feb 12, 2020
Seven people participated in this morning’s bird walk at Burke Lake Park sponsored by the Northern Virginia Bird Club. We observed 31 species. Both the number and variety of waterfowl on the lake were low. The group list is shown below.


Burke Lake Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US
> Feb 12, 2020 8:30 AM - 11:39 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 3.683 mile(s)
> 31 species
>
> Canada Goose 50
> Mallard 2
> Bufflehead 8
> Hooded Merganser 4
> Ring-billed Gull 37
> Double-crested Cormorant 25
> Turkey Vulture 4
> Bald Eagle 2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
> Downy Woodpecker 6
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Pileated Woodpecker 4
> Blue Jay 1
> American Crow 4
> Carolina Chickadee 6
> Tufted Titmouse 12
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
> White-breasted Nuthatch 5
> Brown Creeper 1
> Carolina Wren 3
> European Starling 2
> Northern Mockingbird 2
> Eastern Bluebird 4
> Hermit Thrush 1
> American Robin 50
> Field Sparrow 1
> Dark-eyed Junco 3
> White-throated Sparrow 1
> Song Sparrow 4
> Red-winged Blackbird 1
> Northern Cardinal 4
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S64391484
>
>

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Date: 2/12/20 11:26 am
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Hawkamania!
Seven Red-shouldered Hawks in Old Trail, Crozet, VA; 2/12/2020, including a
pair mating. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2020/2020_02_12.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2020/2020_02_12.htm



______________________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

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

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Date: 2/12/20 5:00 am
From: Ashley Peele via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Atlas Summer Rally Registrations are now open!
If you missed our article last week, you might not know that dedicated
Atlasers across the state boosted total block completion to more than 40
percent in 2019! Priority areas with less than a half-hour of survey effort
dropped from 27 percent to just 7 percent. Meanwhile, data for
underreported species that breed in early successional habitats like
grasslands, pastures, and overgrown fields grew significantly. Compared to
2018, overall detections of species like Yellow-breasted Chat and Northern
Bobwhite jumped by more than 50 percent. Prairie Warbler, Blue Grosbeak,
and Brown-headed Nuthatch also saw bumps.

This progress was thanks to our amazing volunteers. Let’s capitalize and
keep the momentum going into our final 2020 season! One way you can do that
is by signing up to attend one of our Summer Atlas Rally events:

June 5-7 – Fairystone Rally near Martinsville – registration at:
https://forms.gle/xfLYhWs8zdBsC9op7
<https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fforms.gle%2FxfLYhWs8zdBsC9op7%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR1MDUaBgR0RwIfcqNjEkkZz8C3heX4m8-WnZdd_j01KfQChp5FMqEV5LpY&h=AT1Oz1rIqm4q163sScyWLvLkxf1FBKOgVeMQna8BQVVVybp6xke8VYnCYuTam1qdsFZ7DYlveKAAGDjL_3_EooC3QQwO_21lYkZ88qO_bpcMU_s-S-hzaK83CcIdXic2UUdvtBQhZU0aObokS9w1qNH1D8D20HGpMuDJotEsikQj5CkGH663PgSx3QX-aCj8tnKYwjY2RsjIzZmw2VE8Q1Hmz2QpvzKovYPanJQZxO-3ehEFQq3z5rjHbhylh7kkI6q6PbHsRU1ozjnIVjyrYUdrhT_OhQo03vl3jV5WZTedRjMC5eC3LhB0c_GymgTvtyJ4jrJYmRgP6Sz8QkvntIwEc6HDrdL5Or96C55GXekcTcwg4LhK4jEbKJVqO0M9M264sRCurkU8ykEdgwEm9P3LOoFY2zRSCd-5EZUMVoc137Rw6bEWD8Hi1Tkyh4PcmIuS7QH7OW9qvK47LApnfkRNcR1VjYk9zLrLKcGnslLi5q82bLgHpNx9tMXuImwGktSj3hXLyp77SNAQRWyTe2NGHBH-Jy57bP8s_jRrC3balHOeF46CQGnWPepUcuKu5geM4gMG1I8oOzuP_lvkucgerBMt_kj1wK2wB2akJ2Tatw>

June 12-14 – Breaks Interstate Park near Grundy (VSO Summer Field Trip –
registration TBD)

June 19-21 – Occoneechee Rally near Clarksville – register at:
https://forms.gle/8nqaaqEtgSWzGu5Z6
<https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fforms.gle%2F8nqaaqEtgSWzGu5Z6%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR2co2ktzluP8otYhGqZ9LM6F3owJ2BKvv_z-hgcNgvxSQri_-q0eqFWfvs&h=AT2NPF4oJOMUKtVi3kCMVEboE_k4kqylNuC2rKVuFNx5tAY2sixXitMI7Bvav-FQpM4Of_P7rIG-2L_ZMDfqLM3Yg1_5B3hiDKlIuwnWLmyfPYpRvz7fwKamBFZ_5VfBjs7417em7UHpHynmWnflxJPboQvSONiFTI9nXifSAm3aGR6Fgvzd9GR-Tuvl7cun7O6JOoGAlKeVjH2h19GlvJbVysMjG4Sp1FFCJM-1JC4eJWERSEUC1R0G2Q1r7ffYg1j03f021DG_kMAk364su5Ob8ePxi5rfilPmMOrfq-_aA7wsehXw6bdTqgn2bGhgtD5Y9Zmtc9hHyIGyhde8rGXHKAx7RLXBPAy-4fQZjWWsxH0IN7fC9dDsfqpbCNiylPqZb9wSBz5kj0AOzThsnn2co0Jt_ZLaoGZHtrZoXcXHn9gAOBrOXt49YtmCu39fmX6RPqnLuQu5tPwl2R05nPDXbqYXDa3OJ-tBQx7GZmiFJlY8ytoDCwin8YSFBIkG7qtVlTi6r_ekuRu5pxscwv7_KR0dllpYv0MvZnc-4ShKl9QJgNcgFXS55OK6PcpI9WOgklMu_1Cu4zRvIrv9jUhGvuKAOhqLnlkYNS2y3WCaRA>

June 26-27 – Natural Tunnel Rally near Duffield – register at:
https://forms.gle/vaZngHNghC9ivRy19
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Email us, if you have questions about these events!

Ashley Peele, PhD
Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator
Conservation Management Institute - Virginia Tech
Office: 540-951-9378
Fax: 540-231-7019
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Date: 2/10/20 6:36 pm
From: Vineeta via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] No sighting but amazing
Hey Marla, Thanks for sharing that article. Her sculpture is amazing. I'd
like to visit her studio the next time I'm in India.
Vineeta
"The future depends on what we do in the present." Mahatma Gandhi 1869-1948


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wrote:

> https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/paper-bird-sculptures-new-delhi
>
> Mb from nova
>
> sent from my phone so please excuse all typos, gibberish, and horrifying
> misspellings
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Date: 2/10/20 3:16 pm
From: Rob Bielawski via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] January 2020 Birding Summary - Virginia Beach
Fellow Birders,

The fully formatted write-up, with photographs & hyperlinks to all the
cited eBird reports, maps & media is available here:
https://www.beachbirding.com/journal/pe-20200131
<https://www.facebook.com/BirdingVB>

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---------------------------------------------------

The first month of the new year (and new decade) provided fantastic birding
to both visiting & local Virginia Beach birders alike. Temperatures in
January were higher than the prior ten-year average (49.6°F/ 33.3°F for
daily highs/lows). Average daily highs (55.5°F) were the highest we’ve seen
since January 2012 (56.4°F) while average daily lows (39.7°F) exceeded
those of each of the prior ten Januaries. The avifauna observed throughout
the month seemed very reflective of these temperatures. Waterfowl numbers
were very low compared to what we’ve experienced in recent Januaries, but
the quality of species observed still managed to be quite high. This month
also featured perhaps the greatest diversity of waders ever found here in
January, and lingering passerines also caused excitement throughout the
month. Over the course of its thirty-one days, a total of 176 species
produced accepted records in eBird during January, which was an
ever-so-slight drop from the 177 species logged in December. Compared to
recent Januaries, this number proved to be a healthy boost from the 170
species logged in 2019 and to the 167 in 2018. Collectively, eBirders
submitted a total of 1,241 complete checklists in Virginia Beach, which
puts us on an initial pace to eclipse the 10,061 complete checklists
submitted in 2019.

The following species warrant mention for the month of January, as
described below:

The single *CACKLING GOOSE *first reported at Sherwood Lakes on 29 Nov
(vis. Andrew Baldelli <https://ebird.org/checklist/S61838401>) continued
through 1 Jan in the agricultural field just north of the lakes (ph. Tommy
Maloney <https://ebird.org/checklist/S62840891>; later vis. Karen & Tom
Beatty <https://ebird.org/checklist/S62843185>). This is the only known
individual in the city so far this winter season. (Jan 2020 Map
<https://ebird.org/map/cacgoo1?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

An adult *MUTE SWAN *took up brief residency on an impoundment at Back Bay
NWR from 4 Jan (ph. Marlee Morris-Fuller
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S63026188>) through 6 Jan (ph. Robert Ake
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S63100264>, Cindy Hamilton
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S63092973> & Lauren Mowbray
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S63126377>). This made for the first eBird
record for the species at Back Bay NWR since 2017, and only the second for
the city overall since then. (Jan 2020 Map
<https://ebird.org/map/mutswa?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

A drake *EURASIAN WIGEON *was discovered on a small, freshwater pond at NAS
Oceana (Restricted) on 28 Jan (ph. Mark Burns
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S63886067>) and it continued here through 31
Jan (ph. Karl Suttmann <https://ebird.org/checklist/S63974837>). This find
made Virginia Beach the third city/county in Virginia to produce a record
of the species in January, along with Portsmouth & Accomack. (Jan 2020 Map
<https://ebird.org/map/eurwig?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

The female *HARLEQUIN DUCK *first noted at Little Island Park on 16 Dec
(ph. Luke Fultz <https://ebird.org/checklist/S62381244>) continued through
31 Jan (vis. Andrew Baldelli <https://ebird.org/checklist/S63959477>)
around the pier. Only one other record this month occurred in the city,
with a female along the CBBT on 3 Jan (ph. Theo Staengl
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S62980309> & Santiago Tabares
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S62959313>). The female at Little Island Park
proved to be the most southerly-occurring Harlequin Duck along the entire
East Coast during January! (Jan 2020 Map
<https://ebird.org/map/harduc?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

A single *PARASITIC JAEGER *was observed from Little Island Park on 12 Jan
(vis. Wes Teets <https://ebird.org/checklist/S63308143>), making for the
only record in the state this month! The most northerly record for January
along the East Coast overall, reports of this nature from shore during the
winter are exceptional. (Jan 2020 Map
<https://ebird.org/map/parjae?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

Continuing at Lynnhaven Inlet from 31 Dec (ph. Andrew Baldelli
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S62820141> & Lisa Rose
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S62888944>), an adult *BLACK-HEADED GULL*
lingered only through 2 Jan (vis. Kathy Louthan
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S63030084> & Wes Teets
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S62929514>). This was the only record for the
species in Virginia during January, and only North Carolina (2) & Florida
(1) had records farther south. (Jan 2020 Map
<https://ebird.org/map/bkhgul?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

Also at Lynnhaven Inlet, an immature *ICELAND GULL *made a brief appearance
on 5 Jan (ph. Andrew Baldelli <https://ebird.org/checklist/S63048071>, vis. Lou
Rajnys <https://ebird.org/checklist/S63044651>) before flying westward up
Pleasure House Creek. Along with Norfolk, Richmond & Prince William County,
at least four individuals were known in the state during January. (Jan 2020
Map
<https://ebird.org/map/y00478?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

Famous for perching along the railing of the CBBT south of Island One,
a *GLAUCOUS
GULL *first noted on 30 Dec (vis. Gabriel Mapel
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S62776701>) continued through 31 Jan (vis. Matt
Anthony <https://ebird.org/checklist/S63978853> & Erin Chapman
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S63978854>). A second Glaucous Gull was
reported around the CBBT during the Williamsburg Bird Club’s boat trip on
19 Jan (many obs. <https://ebird.org/checklist/S63560265>). No other
records occurred for this species in January elsewhere in the state. (Jan
2020 Map
<https://ebird.org/map/glagul?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

A miraculous *CASPIAN TERN *was observed at Dam Neck NA (Restricted) on 12
Jan (ph. Karen & Tom Beatty <https://ebird.org/checklist/S63316421>),
making for a first eBird record for the state during any January!
Additionally, this was the most northerly record for the species on the
East Coast overall during any January! (Jan 2020 Map
<https://ebird.org/map/caster1?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

A pair of records for *WOOD STORK *surfaced this month, first with a group
of three in flight over Back Bay NWR on 8 Jan (ph. Steve Keith
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S63172729>) and then with an individual found
at Carolanne Farms Park on 11 Jan (ph. Charlie Bruggemann
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S63265362>). The individuals of the former
record were not re-found, but the individual mentioned in the latter record
continued through 14 Jan (ph. Jeffrey Marcum
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S63394278>). These made for the most northerly
reports for the species during January. (Jan 2020 Map
<https://ebird.org/map/woosto?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

Rarely documented away from the CBBT in Virginia Beach, a *GREAT
CORMORANT *that
visited Rudee Inlet from 2 Jan (ph. Gabriel Mapel
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S62928206>) to 4 Jan (vis. Tracy Tate
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S63148238>) made for an exciting record. All
other records in the state this month hailed from the CBBT. (Jan 2020 Map
<https://ebird.org/map/grecor?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

There was two separate records for *AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN *in the city
this month, with a pair flying over Sandbridge Road on 2 Jan (vis. Robert
Wood <https://ebird.org/checklist/S62928075>) and a flock of mixed counts
present at Back Bay NWR on 25 Jan during the Winter Wildlife Festival
(vis. Robert
Ake <https://ebird.org/checklist/S63757977>). Only Northampton & Surry
Counties held records elsewhere in the state this month. (Jan 2020 Map
<https://ebird.org/map/amwpel?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

*SNOWY EGRET* records this month were completely limited to the area around
Lynnhaven Inlet, except for a single report of four at Back Bay NWR on 12
Jan (vis. Marlee Fuller-Morris <https://ebird.org/checklist/S63336878>).
This species is unusual away from the Lynnhaven Estuary during the winter
season. Chincoteague NWR was the only other area of the state to produce
documented sightings in January and there were no sightings in states north
of Virginia. (Jan 2020 Map
<https://ebird.org/map/snoegr?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

An immature *LITTLE BLUE HERON *was found at Princess Anne WMA Whitehurst
Tract on 5 Jan (vis. Tracy Tate), with an adult also present on 12 Jan (ph. Rob
Bielawski <https://ebird.org/checklist/S63307056>) and then only the
immature lingering through to 19 Jan (ph. Rob Bielawski
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S63546708>). The adult was the first to be
photographed in Virginia Beach during any January and the most northerly
adult along the East Coast for the month. Only three other records for the
species occurred in Virginia this month, with an immature in Northampton &
two immatures in Accomack; there were no records in states north of us. (Jan
2020 Map
<https://ebird.org/map/libher?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

Similarly unusual here during January, an adult *TRICOLORED HERON *was
observed at Back Bay NWR on 26 Jan (ph. Prashant A
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S63819908>). As with Little Blue Heron, the
only records elsewhere in the state this month occurred in lower
Northampton (Eastern Shore of VA NWR) and in northeast Accomack
(Chincoteague NWR). (Jan 2020 Map
<https://ebird.org/map/triher?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

Typically absent in the city after the first week of January, a group of
three *CATTLE EGRETS *lingered through at least 26 Jan (ph. Ty Smith
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S63837244> & Evan Spears
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S63837226>) along Munden Road, which was
likely a faction of the eight that had been present since the Back Bay CBC
(ph. Karen & Tom Beatty <https://ebird.org/checklist/S62736979>, Cindy
Hamilton <https://ebird.org/checklist/S62737666>) along North Muddy Creek
Road through 19 Jan (ph. Rob Bielawski
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S63548473>). Only a pair of records in
Maryland were farther north along the East Coast this month. (Jan 2020 Map
<https://ebird.org/map/categr?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

Remarkably, a single immature *YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON *persisted at
Pleasure House Point NA through 22 Jan (ph. Steve Myers
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S63676794>). Typically after October, any
record would be considered noteworthy, and this is the first time the
species has been recorded to eBird in the city during any January! (Jan
2020 Map
<https://ebird.org/map/ycnher?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

Last of the waders, but certainly not least, a pair of *GLOSSY IBIS *lingered
at Princess Anne WMA Beasley & Whitehurst Tracts through 19 Jan (ph. Rob
Bielawski <https://ebird.org/checklist/S63546708>) after one was first
noted here on 7 Dec (vis. Tommy Maloney
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S62112619>) and two were found on the Back Bay
CBC on 29 Dec (ph. Rob Bielawski <https://ebird.org/checklist/S62737593>, Lisa
Rose <https://ebird.org/checklist/S62766638> & Robert Wood
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S62764378>). This made for the record of the
species in the state, and the most northerly record for the East Coast in
January. (Jan 2020 Map
<https://ebird.org/map/gloibi?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

An *ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER *made a very brief appearance along I-264
offramp at First Colonial Road on 24 Jan (vis. Brandon Holland
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S63723844>). This made for the third report
for the species here this winter, with two in December (one at Fort Story
JEB & one along Colechester Road). Only one other record occurred this
month in the state, with an individual noted during the Nansemond River CBC
in Suffolk. (Jan 2020 Map
<https://ebird.org/map/astfly?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

Very near to the flycatcher, a *WESTERN KINGBIRD *was photographed at the
northern reach of NAS Oceana (Restricted) on 14 Jan (ph. Karl Suttmann
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S63804460>), lingering at this location only
through 15 Jan (vis. Andrew Baldelli <https://ebird.org/checklist/S63921594>).
There were no records in adjacent states this month, and only Delaware (1)
and New Jersey (1) produced records north of Georgia along the East Coast
in January. (Jan 2020 Map
<https://ebird.org/map/weskin?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

Continuing since 24 Nov (ph. Rob Bielawski
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S61700842>), a *WHITE-EYED VIREO *lingered
near the parking lot of Princess Anne WMA Whitehurst Tract through 26 Jan
(ph. Andrew Baldelli <https://ebird.org/checklist/S63798054>). This made
for the first January eBird record in Virginia Beach across all years of
data. Additionally, one of only three records for this species in the state
overall this month, only Maryland (3) and New Jersey (1) held records
farther north along the East Coast. (Jan 2020 Map
<https://ebird.org/map/whevir?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

In what has proven itself to not be an irruption season, a single *PINE
SISKIN *found at a backyard feeder in Cypress Point on 22 Jan (vis. Debbie
Schroeder <https://ebird.org/checklist/S63668337>) made for our only record
this month! Amazingly, there was not a single photographed record for this
species in the state during January, and only a few counties saw reports
overall. (Jan 2020 Map
<https://ebird.org/map/pinsis?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

The only such record in the state this month, a *CLAY-COLORED SPARROW *was
found at Virginia Beach National Golf Club on 21 Jan (vis. Andrew
Baldelli), then photographed on 24 Jan (ph. Andrew Baldelli
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S63764375>) among a flock of sparrows near a
series of brush piles. Only a few other records occurred on the East Coast
for this species during January, and North Carolina (2) & Maryland (1) were
the only other states between Florida & Massachusetts to host the species. (Jan
2020 Map
<https://ebird.org/map/clcspa?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

At least four different *WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS *were identified at the
Harris Teeter Retention Ponds off Princess Anne Road during January, with
the latest report on 30 Jan (vis. Karen & Tom Beatty
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S63937356>). Two immatures of the Dark-lored
race have been known to be present, as well as an adult Dark-lored and an
adult Gambel’s, going back to the initial find of a single bird on 27 Dec
(ph. Andrew Baldelli <https://ebird.org/checklist/S62667851> & Mike Collins
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S62723654>). Craney Island DA (Restricted) was
the only other location in Hampton Roads to produce ongoing records this
month, and this was the only known occurrence for Gambel’s White-crowned
Sparrow in the state. (Jan 2020 Map
<https://ebird.org/map/whcspa?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

A continuing *LINCOLN’S SPARROW *first noted at Princess Anne WMA
Whitehurst Tract on 10 Nov (ph. Rob Bielawski
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S61327340>) lingered at the same location
through 26 Jan (vis. Andrew Baldelli <https://ebird.org/checklist/S63798054>),
among a flock of Song Sparrows in the northern half of the tract. A rare
winterer along the East Coast, this is one of only two known records during
January in the state, with the other photographed in Prince William County.
(Jan 2020 Map
<https://ebird.org/map/linspa?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

An apparent wintering *YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT *was photographed at a private
residence in Baylake Pines on 9 Jan (ph. Jamie Todd
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S63229189>)! With only one other record in the
state this month, an individual in Suffolk, this record made for an
excellent surprise. Interestingly, there were no records in Georgia, nor
South Carolina during January, yet every state from Virginia to New
Hampshire along the East Coast had at least one, which seems quite bizarre
for a species that usually moves southward for the winter. (Jan 2020 Map
<https://ebird.org/map/yebcha?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

Unusual along the coast, a single *RUSTY BLACKBIRD *was photographed at
Stumpy Lake NA on 3 Jan (ph. Jack
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S62963117> & Steve
Myers <https://ebird.org/checklist/S62949878>)! Though this species is more
expected inland during the winter season, this made for the only documented
record in the three coastal counties of Virginia during January and the
first at this location since 2017. (Jan 2020 Map
<https://ebird.org/map/rusbla?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

As in other recent winter seasons, a group of *BREWER’S BLACKBIRDS *has
been present at Breeze Farms (Private) since the Back Bay CBC on 29 Dec
(ph. Tommy Maloney <https://ebird.org/checklist/S62734371>), and were most
recently reported on 18 Jan (vis. Wes Teets
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S63513119>). Only one other record for this
species occurred during January in the state, in King William County during
the Walkerton CBC. Additionally, there were no other records this month
east of Tennessee and Georgia! (Jan 2020 Map
<https://ebird.org/map/brebla?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

In what has been another exception winter season for *BLACK-AND-WHITE
WARBLER*, at least three individuals were noted in the city this month. One
has continued at private residence in Great Neck Estates since 5 Dec and
was most recently reported on 30 Jan (vis. J. A.
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S63936993>); one was present at an Oak Springs
private residence from 2 Jan (ph. Carolyn Page
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S62930045>) through 30 Jan (ph. Carolyn Page
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S63942737>); lastly, one was found at Stumpy
Lake NA on 22 Jan (ph. Jonathan Snyder
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S63668520>) and present through 31 Jan (ph. Steve
Myers <https://ebird.org/checklist/S63978423>). (Jan 2020 Map
<https://ebird.org/map/bawwar?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

A continuing *YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER *first noted at a Bellamy Manor
private residence 22 Nov (ph. Una Davenhill
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S61660076>) lingered through 31 Jan (ph. Andrew
Baldelli <https://ebird.org/checklist/S63973042>). Only one other member of
this species was recorded in the state this month to eBird, that being an
individual at Dyke Marsh in Fairfax County. Interestingly, the only records
farther north than Virginia along the East Coast this month were in Maine
(1), New Brunswick (1) and Nova Scotia (2). (Jan 2020 Map
<https://ebird.org/map/yetwar?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

Female/immature male type *PAINTED BUNTINGS *were recorded at two locations
this month, with one in Atlantic Park on 7 Jan (ph. Andrew Baldelli
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S63123087>) and another continuing at a
private residence in Laurel Manor since 23 Nov, most recently observed on
26 Jan (ph. Tommy Maloney <https://ebird.org/checklist/S63798528>). This
has been an exceptional winter for the species on the East Coast overall,
with records dotting Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York & even Massachusetts
in January. (Jan 2020 Map
<https://ebird.org/map/paibun?neg=true&env.minX=-83.85649414062499&env.minY=33.03548803733332&env.maxX=-71.79350585937499&env.maxY=40.22009208121078&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=1&emo=1&yr=cur&byr=2020&eyr=2020>
)

A bit surprising, there wasn’t a single eBird record this month for *Barred
Owl *or for *Northern Bobwhite*. The former was certainly present in the
city this month, and just missed due to a lack of nocturnal effort in the
proper habitat (lowland forest abutting freshwater). The latter might no
longer be sustaining wild populations in the city, and it is difficult to
know for certain if the few records that do occur are simply released
individuals or are descendants of naturally occurring individuals. Any
other species that were missed this month would be considered as “Rare” in
eBird, so the birding community did an excellent job this month at logging
almost everything that was possible here!

For those who wish for their observations to be included in this journal,
please submit your records to *www.eBird.org* <http://www.ebird.org/>, and
ensure that the proper documentation (whether written notes that rule out
all similar species or photo/audio/video that is conclusive to species) is
provided. Thank you to those who have taken the time to enter such
documentation into eBird so these records may be publicly known, and also
to those who took the time to read through this Journal entry. Be sure to
check back early next month to see what birders will have found in Virginia
Beach during February! For further information regarding this monthly,
online publication, please visit the *Journal Overview Page* which provides
an explanation of the current format, layout and composition of the
journal.
Best,

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
www.beachbirding.com
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Date: 2/9/20 6:02 pm
From: Ben M via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
I saw a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park in Loudoun
County the morning of January 28, 2020. It was feeding with a flock of
several Kinglets, both kinds. I have chosen not to carry a good camera to
document out-of-season birds or other rarities. My one iPhone picture
shows a gray blob; my 6 second iPhone video shows a bird with obvious
Gnatcatcher behavior with a long tail with outer white tail feathers. I
was unable to upload the video on eBird; the pic I felt was too poor to be
of value alone.
Interestingly, another birder saw a Gnatcatcher at the same location on
January 36 and uploaded an excellent photo of the bird.
Ben Mcilwaine
Leesburg, VA.
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Date: 2/9/20 12:11 pm
From: Phil Silas via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Feb 9, 2020
VA Birders,The Dyke Marsh Nature Preserve walk this morning was enjoyed by 11 birders as we tallied 31 species. One Bald Eagle was on the Haul Road nest and several others were seen perched or soaring. A few Common Mergansers and a single Horned Grebe were the most remarkable waterfowl. A mostly leucistic American Robin was seen in the picnic area (photo from Joey and Eleri by clicking the blue checklist below). A pair of Raccoons gave an amorous sign of spring high in a tulip poplar, and a Winter Wren gave a brief mouse-like glimpse. For the 2nd unseasonably warm Sunday in February, a garter snake made an appearance. This walk meets Sunday at 8AM at the South end of the Belle Haven Picnic Area, and is free and open to all courtesy of the Friends of Dyke Marsh.Phil Silas,  Woodbridge, VA

Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Feb 9, 2020 8:00 AM - 10:35 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.4 mile(s)
31 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  430
Mallard  320
Common Merganser  4
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Horned Grebe  1
Mourning Dove  7
Ring-billed Gull  160
Herring Gull  5
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron  2
Bald Eagle  8
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  15
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  8
crow sp.  20
Carolina Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  2
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  6
European Starling  60
Northern Mockingbird  1
American Robin  11
American Goldfinch  3
White-throated Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  11
Swamp Sparrow  2
Red-winged Blackbird  44
Common Grackle  10
Northern Cardinal  8

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S64272847


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Date: 2/9/20 10:20 am
From: Colt Gregory via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Great Falls Sunday Bird Walk
This count is from Sunday's weekly bird walk sponsored by National Park Service at Great Falls Park. Our party of 18 identified 36 species on this brisk sunny morning. Expected birds were present and accounted for with an unexpected surprise visit by a female Goldeneye. At the Conn Island eagles nest we witnessed what looked suspiciously like vigorous mating behavior. We will keep you posted on future developments.

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

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



Canada Goose 14

Mallard 4

Bufflehead 6

Common Goldeneye 2

Common Merganser 3

Mourning Dove 7

Ring-billed Gull 60

Herring Gull 2

gull sp. 5

Great Blue Heron 24

Black Vulture 7

Turkey Vulture 6

Bald Eagle 2

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Barred Owl 2

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3

Red-bellied Woodpecker 6

Downy Woodpecker 5

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Pileated Woodpecker 6

Blue Jay 9

Fish Crow 16

crow sp. 3

Carolina Chickadee 9

Tufted Titmouse 16

Golden-crowned Kinglet 6

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3

White-breasted Nuthatch 4

Brown Creeper 3

Winter Wren 2

Carolina Wren 15

Eastern Bluebird 15

American Goldfinch 7

Dark-eyed Junco 12

White-throated Sparrow 12

Song Sparrow 8

Yellow-rumped Warbler 2

Northern Cardinal 9

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Date: 2/8/20 7:00 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Williamsburg, VA area, 2/3-8/2020
48 avian species including Bald Eagles; Virginia Rail. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2020/2020_02_03.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2020/2020_02_03.htm



______________________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

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

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________







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Date: 2/8/20 5:49 pm
From: Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Peregrine Falcon in Rockbridge Co.
This afternoon I headed out looking for birds up on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Willow Lake near Raphine and the farm fields around Brownsburg. As expected, there were very few birds up on the Parkway, but I did see two adult Bald Eagle flying along the Parkway. Surprisingly, I didn't see any Juncos along the road. On the way to Willow Lake I saw a Red-shouldered Hawk and 2 Red-tails. Willow Lake had a few geese and some ducks very far out so they were just silhouettes. Then I headed over to Brownsburg to look for the Peregrine Falcon that John Pancake located recently. I found it, probably on the same tower that John did. At first, the PEFA was sitting on the top of the tower with a Turkey Vulture. I walked up and down the road trying to find an angle for a photo. Suddenly, the PEFA flew and circled overhead and then soared off to the north. It was pretty cool to see it swing right overhead. Overall, an interesting day with a number of raptors.

I've posted a few photos on Flickr, if you're interested.

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

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept
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Date: 2/8/20 11:57 am
From: Elton Morel via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] NVBC field trip to Riverbend Park, Fairfax county, Feb 8, 2020 -- Common Goldeneye
VA Birders:

Fifteen birders of the Northern Virginia Bird Club birded Riverbend Regional Park in Fairfax county. We collectively found 34 species. Waterfowl is the main draw here in winter, however, the selection was rather low on species. Plenty of Buffleheads and the usual assemblage of Common Mergansers and Ring-necked ducks were present, but we found only one female each of Common Goldeneye and Hooded Merganser. We also managed to find just one Pied-billed Grebe, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, a couple of Winter Wrens and the Bald Eagle nest north of the Visitor's Center was occupied by a pair of eagles.

The complete eBird checklist is below.

Elton Morel
Arlington, Virginia

Riverbend Park - CGF11, Fairfax, Virginia, US


Feb 8, 2020 7:45 AM - 11:30 AM


Protocol: Traveling


1.25 mile(s)


Checklist Comments: NVBC walk led by Tom Nardone & Elton Morel.


34 species (+1 other taxa)





Canada Goose 60


Mallard 8


American Black Duck 4


Ring-necked Duck 8


Bufflehead 150


Common Goldeneye 1


Hooded Merganser 1


Common Merganser 25


Pied-billed Grebe 1


Ring-billed Gull 300


Black Vulture 6


Turkey Vulture 3


Bald Eagle 2


Red-shouldered Hawk 1


Red-tailed Hawk 3


Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1


Red-bellied Woodpecker 6


Downy Woodpecker 3


Pileated Woodpecker 1 Heard


Blue Jay 7


American Crow 3


Fish Crow 15


crow sp. 30


Carolina Chickadee 10


Tufted Titmouse 2 Heard


Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1


White-breasted Nuthatch 6


Winter Wren 2


Carolina Wren 6


Eastern Bluebird 6


Hermit Thrush 1


American Goldfinch 8


White-throated Sparrow 18


Song Sparrow 4


Northern Cardinal 8





View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S64235806





This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
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Date: 2/8/20 11:10 am
From: dcharlesl--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Snow Goose - Occoquan Bay NWR, Woodbridge
Seen on old golf course this afternoon from Wildlife Drive at Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA
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Date: 2/8/20 5:55 am
From: m b via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] No sighting but amazing
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/paper-bird-sculptures-new-delhi

Mb from nova

sent from my phone so please excuse all typos, gibberish, and horrifying misspellings
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Date: 2/8/20 5:06 am
From: Ashley Peele via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Summer Atlasing Article and Registration!
Heading into the final VABBA2 season, we wanna give a big shoutout to our
volunteers that participated in the 2019 Rally Series. Your efforts made it
a huge success!

The four, weekend-long events were attended by more than 50 volunteers.
Participants put in serious hours and surveyed an astonishing 76 priority
blocks—most of which were previously untouched. Identifying an average of
67 species per block, breeding code entries numbered well into the
thousands. To learn more, click
https://ebird.org/atlasva/news/summer-blockbusting-rallies-2020/.

This article includes registration information for the 2020 Atlas field
season, so we hope you’ll help spread the word and join us again for summer
2020!

Ashley Peele, PhD
Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator
Conservation Management Institute - Virginia Tech
Office: 540-231-9182
Fax: 540-231-7019
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Date: 2/7/20 1:45 pm
From: krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Riverbend Park Waterfowl Walk 02/07/2020
Following is the tally from a Friday morning waterfowl walk that took place at Riverbend Park, as advertised in the winter Fairfax County Parks Authority "Parktakes" catalogue. The severe weather that passed through the region added a bit of drama, making this quite the "good day for ducks." Waterfowl highlights included a pair of Wood Ducks and a Pied-billed Grebe; but Ring-necked Ducks, Common Mergansers, Bufflehead, and Mallards were prevalent.
Riverbend Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Feb 7, 2020 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
28 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  100
Wood Duck  2    Male and female.
Mallard  2
Ring-necked Duck  18
Bufflehead  75
Common Merganser  8
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Mourning Dove  3
Ring-billed Gull  200
Herring Gull  3
Turkey Vulture  1
Bald Eagle  2    On nest.
Red-bellied Woodpecker  7
Downy Woodpecker  6
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
American Kestrel  1
Blue Jay  3
crow sp.  3
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  12
Eastern Bluebird  18
American Goldfinch  3
White-throated Sparrow  24
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  18

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S64213320

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

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Date: 2/7/20 12:41 pm
From: Laura Neale via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Rockbridge Bird Club Invitation to Monday Feb 10 Program







The Rockbridge Bird Club will host a panel discussion on ?Cultivating a love of the wild (and science ) with the Birds for Thirds program? next Monday evening, February 10, at 7 pm in the Murray Hall of Lexington Presbyterian Church, 120 South Main Street, Lexington.

Can local schoolchildren contribute in a meaningful way to bird conservation?

For children in five local elementary schools, the answer is a resounding yes. They are participating in the Birds for Thirds program, helping to collect data for scientists who track bluebirds and other cavity-nesting birds in Virginia.

Now in its sixth year, the Birds for Thirds program enlists third-graders to monitor nest boxes along trails on or near their school campuses. With help from community volunteers and their teachers, these young citizen scientists discover firsthand the drama and pathos of the season while developing a sense of curiosity, empathy, and wonder.

Panelists for the evening program include Boxerwood education director Elise Sheffield; Waddell Grade 3 teachers Laura Squires, Melissa Rowsey and Mindy Laubscher; and adult volunteers Pete Hamel (U.S. Park Service), Bonnie Bernstein and Aileen Spurgeon (Virginia Master Naturalists).

During the presentation, panelists will share about the project and its findings, and describe how nest monitoring and other birding experiences connect students to nature and its care. The presentation will also include some memorable slides and stories, as well as insights from classroom teachers.





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Date: 2/7/20 11:04 am
From: John Belz via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Ft Bennet (Arlington) eagles' nest
Went by the nest over the GW parkway and Spout Run yesterday, 2/6, and today, 2/7. There was no sign of either of the eagles.

John Belz
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Date: 2/7/20 2:13 am
From: Jeffrey Blalock via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Merlin Bird App
Greetings All

Just wanted to let you know that the Bird App Merlin has added or updated several of their bird packs which you can select to see when birding in a different country or region of the US.

These packs are free and you can select which ones you want to download onto you device.

Even if you have all ready download a pack on your phone an update does not download automatically like an update for the app

To download any packs that need to be updated or that you want to add just open the Merlin app on your device
Tap on the three bars top Left corner
Tap on Bird Packs
Tap on All
Scroll down and double tap on the packs that you want to update or that you want to add

Remember do NOT close the app until you have completely download the packs that you have selected or they will not finish downloading.

Good Birding Always

From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

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

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Date: 2/6/20 1:51 pm
From: David Gibson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] A few words about birds
Hi VA birders, Here's my latest effort
<https://birdpartner.com/2020/02/06/words-about-birds/>. It's a brief photo
essay about birds, bird photography, and one of my favorite subjects: the
aesthetics of birding. Many thanks to those who helped out, and as always,
I welcome your thoughts and your comments.
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/
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Date: 2/6/20 12:50 am
From: Diane Jadlowski via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Cats Pose an Even Bigger Threat to Birds than Previously Thought

Cats Pose an Even Bigger Threat to Birds than Previously Thought

More birds die from cat encounters than from collisions with buildings,
communication tower, or vehicles, or poisoning by pesticides.

https://www.audubon.org/news/cats-pose-even-bigger-threat-birds-previously-thought

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Date: 2/5/20 6:09 am
From: John Belz via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Eagle nest at Ft Bennet Park, Arlington
Re the eagles at the Ft Bennet nest, I’ve seen both male and female together on the nest in the last week to ten days, but the last two times I visited (yesterday and Sunday), there was no sign of them.

John Belz
Arlington

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> Subject: [VA-bird] eagle nest at Fort Bennet Park, Arlington Va
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> Has anyone seen whether the adult eagles have returned this year? I went
> there on Sunday briefly and saw no signs of life but the nest is intact.
> Pat Malone
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> Date: Tue, 4 Feb 2020 19:04:48 -0500
> From: Meredith Bell <merandlee...>
> To: "BIRD, VA-" <va-bird...>
> Subject: [VA-bird] VSO Outer Banks Field Trip Jan 31-Feb
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> Hi VA Birders,
>
>
> Despite a little rain on Saturday and some strong winds, the January
> 31-February 2, 2020, annual VSO field trip to the Outer Banks was
> fantastic! With the combined eyes and ears of 90 participants, we tallied
> 148 species. Our trip leaders Lee Adams, Bill Akers, Jerry Via, Mike
> Schultz and yours truly worked hard to ensure that everyone got to see as
> many species as possible.
>
>
>
> With four of the species, you might have thought we were in Florida! Common
> Gallinule and Wood Stork were seen by several people in a ditch off the
> road about a mile from the hotel. A few scored Sandhill Cranes in Pungo and
> an Anhinga at Lake Mattamuskeet.
>
>
>
> And those weren?t the only specialties. We had Ash-throated Flycatcher and
> Cattle Egret at ARNWR. Then Sunday morning participants had excellent,
> extended looks at a Red Wolf as we followed its movements south along
> Miltail Road at ARNWR. Such a rare opportunity to see this endangered,
> elusive animal.
>
>
>
> AND we scored all 8 woodpecker species, as two participants saw 2
> Red-cockaded Woodpeckers at Palmetto-Peartree Preserve. We also had 8
> sparrow species and 5 wren species throughout the weekend.
>
>
>
> The wind at Jennettes?s Pier was brutal, yet worth the discomfort to see
> Common Eider, King Eider, all 3 species of Scoter, Red-throated Loon,
> Common Loon, Red-breasted Merganser, Horned Grebe and Northern Gannet.
> Other species observed by a few people from the hotel included Dovekie and
> Long-tailed Duck.
>
>
>
> At Bodie Island Lighthouse Saturday afternoon, we enjoyed diverse species
> of waterfowl in the impoundments, along with a Virginia Rail.
>
>
>
> Make plans to join us next year. We always have a memorable time, no matter
> what the weather brings!
>
>
>
> Complete list of 148 species for the weekend follows.
>
>
>
> Meredith Bell
>
> VSO Field Trip Co-chair
>
>
>
> Snow Goose
>
> Cackling Goose
>
> Canada Goose
> Tundra Swan
> Wood Duck
> Blue-winged Teal
>
> Northern Shoveler
> Gadwall
>
> American Wigeon
> Mallard
>
> American Black Duck
>
> Northern Pintail
> Green-winged Teal
>
> Canvasback
>
> Redhead
>
> Ring-necked Duck
>
> Lesser Scaup
>
> King Eider
>
> Common Eider
>
> Surf Scoter
>
> White-winged Scoter
>
> Black Scoter
>
> Long-tailed Duck
>
> Bufflehead
>
> Common Goldeneye
>
> Hooded Merganser
>
> Red-breasted Merganser
> Ruddy Duck
>
> Wild Turkey
>
> Pied-billed Grebe
>
> Horned Grebe
>
> Rock Pigeon
>
> Mourning Dove
>
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird
>
> Clapper Rail
>
> Virginia Rail
>
> Common Gallinule
>
> American Coot
>
> Sandhill Crane
>
> American Avocet
>
> American Oystercatcher
>
> Black-bellied Plover
>
> Killdeer
>
> Ruddy Turnstone
> Sanderling
> Dunlin
>
> Western Sandpiper
>
> American Woodcock
>
> Wilson's Snipe
>
> Willet
>
> Greater Yellowlegs
> Dovekie
>
> Razorbill
>
> Bonaparte's Gull
>
> Laughing Gull
>
> Ring-billed Gull
> Herring Gull
>
> Lesser Black-backed Gull
> Great Black-backed Gull
>
> Forster?s Tern
>
> Red-throated Loon
>
> Common Loon
>
> Wood Stork
>
> Northern Gannet
> Double-crested Cormorant
>
> Anhinga
>
> American White Pelican
> Brown Pelican
>
> American Bittern
> Great Blue Heron
> Great Egret
>
> Snowy Egret
>
> Little Blue Heron
>
> Tricolored Heron
>
> Cattle Egret
> Black-crowned Night-Heron
> White Ibis
> Black Vulture
> Turkey Vulture
> Osprey
>
> Northern Harrier
> Sharp-shinned Hawk
>
> Cooper?s Hawk
>
> Bald Eagle
> Red-shouldered Hawk
> Red-tailed Hawk
>
> Great Horned Owl
>
> Barred Owl
>
> Belted Kingfisher
>
> Red-headed Woodpecker
>
> Red-bellied Woodpecker
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
> Downy Woodpecker
>
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker
> Hairy Woodpecker
> Northern Flicker
> Pileated Woodpecker
> American Kestrel
> Merlin
>
> Peregrine Falcon
>
> Ash-throated Flycatcher
>
> Eastern Phoebe
>
> White-eyed Vireo
>
> Blue-headed Vireo
>
> Blue Jay
> American Crow
>
> Fish Crow
>
> Tree Swallow
> Carolina Chickadee
>
> Tufted Titmouse
>
> Brown-headed Nuthatch
>
> House Wren
>
> Winter Wren
>
> Sedge Wren
>
> Marsh Wren
>
> Carolina Wren
>
> Golden-crowned Kinglet
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet
> Eastern Bluebird
>
> Hermit Thrush
> American Robin
> Gray Catbird
> Brown Thrasher
> Northern Mockingbird
>
> European Starling
>
> Cedar Waxwing
>
> House Finch
> American Goldfinch
>
> Chipping Sparrow
>
> Fox Sparrow
>
> Dark-eyed Junco
>
> White-throated Sparrow
>
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Date: 2/4/20 4:04 pm
From: Meredith Bell via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] VSO Outer Banks Field Trip Jan 31-Feb
Hi VA Birders,


Despite a little rain on Saturday and some strong winds, the January
31-February 2, 2020, annual VSO field trip to the Outer Banks was
fantastic! With the combined eyes and ears of 90 participants, we tallied
148 species. Our trip leaders Lee Adams, Bill Akers, Jerry Via, Mike
Schultz and yours truly worked hard to ensure that everyone got to see as
many species as possible.



With four of the species, you might have thought we were in Florida! Common
Gallinule and Wood Stork were seen by several people in a ditch off the
road about a mile from the hotel. A few scored Sandhill Cranes in Pungo and
an Anhinga at Lake Mattamuskeet.



And those weren’t the only specialties. We had Ash-throated Flycatcher and
Cattle Egret at ARNWR. Then Sunday morning participants had excellent,
extended looks at a Red Wolf as we followed its movements south along
Miltail Road at ARNWR. Such a rare opportunity to see this endangered,
elusive animal.



AND we scored all 8 woodpecker species, as two participants saw 2
Red-cockaded Woodpeckers at Palmetto-Peartree Preserve. We also had 8
sparrow species and 5 wren species throughout the weekend.



The wind at Jennettes’s Pier was brutal, yet worth the discomfort to see
Common Eider, King Eider, all 3 species of Scoter, Red-throated Loon,
Common Loon, Red-breasted Merganser, Horned Grebe and Northern Gannet.
Other species observed by a few people from the hotel included Dovekie and
Long-tailed Duck.



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



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



Complete list of 148 species for the weekend follows.



Meredith Bell

VSO Field Trip Co-chair



Snow Goose

Cackling Goose

Canada Goose
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck
Blue-winged Teal

Northern Shoveler
Gadwall

American Wigeon
Mallard

American Black Duck

Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal

Canvasback

Redhead

Ring-necked Duck

Lesser Scaup

King Eider

Common Eider

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Black Scoter

Long-tailed Duck

Bufflehead

Common Goldeneye

Hooded Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck

Wild Turkey

Pied-billed Grebe

Horned Grebe

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Clapper Rail

Virginia Rail

Common Gallinule

American Coot

Sandhill Crane

American Avocet

American Oystercatcher

Black-bellied Plover

Killdeer

Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Dunlin

Western Sandpiper

American Woodcock

Wilson's Snipe

Willet

Greater Yellowlegs
Dovekie

Razorbill

Bonaparte's Gull

Laughing Gull

Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull

Forster’s Tern

Red-throated Loon

Common Loon

Wood Stork

Northern Gannet
Double-crested Cormorant

Anhinga

American White Pelican
Brown Pelican

American Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron

Cattle Egret
Black-crowned Night-Heron
White Ibis
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey

Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

Great Horned Owl

Barred Owl

Belted Kingfisher

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker

Red-cockaded Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Merlin

Peregrine Falcon

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Eastern Phoebe

White-eyed Vireo

Blue-headed Vireo

Blue Jay
American Crow

Fish Crow

Tree Swallow
Carolina Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

Brown-headed Nuthatch

House Wren

Winter Wren

Sedge Wren

Marsh Wren

Carolina Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird

Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

House Finch
American Goldfinch

Chipping Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

White-throated Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Eastern Towhee

Eastern Meadowlark

Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Rusty Blackbird

Common Grackle
Boat-tailed Grackle

Black-and-white Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Northern Cardinal
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Date: 2/4/20 6:54 am
From: Patrick Malone via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] eagle nest at Fort Bennet Park, Arlington Va
Has anyone seen whether the adult eagles have returned this year? I went
there on Sunday briefly and saw no signs of life but the nest is intact.
Pat Malone
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Date: 2/3/20 6:51 pm
From: Roberta Kellam via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] HRBT Birds - Next Steps
****Urgent Action Needed to Save the Birds at the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel****
We had a fabulous turnout of almost 70 birders at the Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries meeting on January 23rd and we know our voices are being heard! But we have a long way to go!  The next step is to request a public hearing from the US Army Corps of Engineers as part of the HRBT Expansion Project permit process! We want to make sure the HRBT Expansion Project provides an equitable mitigation plan for impacts to the seabird colony.
PLEASE WRITE the US Army Corps of Engineers AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Ask the Norfolk District Commander to schedule a public hearing about VDOT’s plans to eradicate the HRBT South Island Bird Colony. Let them know that the impacts to Virginia’s Royal Terns and Sandwich Terns have not been sufficiently evaluated.  This will be devastating if VDOT continues the project without first creating or restoring nesting habitat for all of the seabirds that nest on HRBT South Island. Time is running out as the birds will be returning in only 6 weeks!
Comments are due by the close of business on February 20, 2020. Comments must be in writing and can be sent either by email to <george.a.janek...> or by regular mail, addressed to Norfolk District, Corps of Engineers, (ATTN: CENAO-WR-R, George Janek), 803 Front Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23510-1011.Reference: Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel Expansion Project, CENAO-WR-R NAO-1994-1166
FURTHER INFORMATION about the public notice for HRBT permitting:
CENAO-WR-R NAO-1994-1166 > Norfolk District Website > Norfolk District Regulatory Public Notices

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CENAO-WR-R NAO-1994-1166 > Norfolk District Website > Norfolk District Regulatory Public Notices

The Hampton Roads Connector Partners proposes to expand the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) by widening Route 64 for approximately 9.9 miles from Settlers Landing Road in Hampton to the I-564 interchange in Norfolk, Virginia. The project involves
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STAY TUNED – We’ll be sending updates about the Commonwealth Transportation Board meeting on February 19, 2020, at 10:00 am at the VDOT Auditorium, VDOT Central Office, 1221 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA. This Board is responsible for VDOT’s actions at the HRBT and they have the authority to ensure that the birds are protected during the HRBT expansion project and that a new island is built for the birds.



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Date: 2/3/20 2:44 pm
From: Howard Wu via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] [Off Topic] conservation and photography magazines to give away
Hi,

I apologize in advance for this one-time transgression, but my reasoning is
that maybe there is enough overlapping of interest in this group to justify
this message, and I am not doing this for profit at all. If you are
annoyed, please kindly ignore.

I am cleaning my house and have put years of magazines in boxes. If anyone
wants any of these, please email me (howiewu1 _AT_ gmail _DOT_ com) before
I recycle them. These are:

Nature Conservancy magazine -- from early 2000s until recent
National Wildlife Federation magazine -- from early 2000s until recent
Sierra Club magazine -- early 2000s
Popular Photography -- 2000s and earlier
Outdoor Photographer -- 2000s and earlier (these are printed on fairly high
quality paper)
misc. (Photographic magazine, some National Geographic magazine, etc.)

You have to come to pick them up (I am in Herndon, VA).

Thanks,
Howard
Herndon, VA
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Date: 2/3/20 8:31 am
From: David Frazelle via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Occoquan - LeConte’s Sparrow - YES
Seen at 1015 today. Max (don’t know last name) found, showed us, and photographed the bird. He said he would post the photo on eBird. Thanks Max.

Dave Frazelle
Alexandria, VA

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Date: 2/2/20 6:04 pm
From: barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] OCCOQUAN Bay NWR eagles, etc.
Didn't find the LeConte's Sparrow today but I was stunned to see Ma & Pa Eagle in their nest on the Charlie Road Trail -- until the LeConte's paparazzi scared them away.  I don't know why the refuge didn't close that trail this year like they usually do -- except maybe because there's construction over so much of the refuge. My private pix are temporarily here:
https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/R265xg

- Barb, Fairfax
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Date: 2/2/20 10:47 am
From: krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 02/02/2020 (Fairfax County)
Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which included 15 participants and identified approximately 37 species. Most of our winter "residents" were out to forage after last night's rain, so the walk featured quite a few nice bursts of avian activity. Sadly, however, no ground hogs were spotted on this very special day.
The walk meets in the main parking lot of Great Falls Park at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, rain or shine; it does not take place during electrical storms, heavy snows, or when the trails are icy. All those with an interest in the natural world - beginning and experienced birders alike - please join us.
Canada Goose 47
Mallard 18
American Black Duck 5
Common Merganser 3
Mourning Dove 3
Ring-billed Gull 48
Herring Gull 6
Great Blue Heron 1
Black Vulture 10
Turkey Vulture 30
Bald Eagle 3 Two adults observed on the Conn Island nest, one immature observed soaring amidst a kettle of vultures downstream from OL 3.
Barred Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 9
Downy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 5
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 9
crow sp. 11
Carolina Chickadee 10
Tufted Titmouse 11
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Brown Creeper 2
Winter Wren 1
Carolina Wren 8
Northern Mockingbird 1
Eastern Bluebird 15
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin 1
Cedar Waxwing 3
American Goldfinch 6
Dark-eyed Junco 32
White-throated Sparrow 10
Song Sparrow 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Northern Cardinal 6

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S64049826

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Date: 2/2/20 9:22 am
From: Larry Meade via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Dyke Marsh, Feb 2, 2020
Twelve birders came out this morning for the weekly Sunday morning at 8:00 bird walk sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh. Once again there was a shortage of waterfowl on the water, but we did see both a Horned Grebe and a Pied-billed Grebe. A flock of Common Mergansers were also spotted in the area. We also enjoyed watching a Ruby-crowned Kinglet bopping around in the bushes near the marina. Bald Eagles were quite active and were traveling back and forth to their nests. We spotted a total of nine individual eagles. One of the eagles on the Haul Road nest was sitting deep in the nest for a while. Maybe there are eggs already?  Another highlight was a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers visiting a large cavity in a sycamore tree along Haul Road.

Larry MeadeMerrifield VA


Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Feb 2, 2020 8:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
36 species

Canada Goose  2000
Mallard  8
Bufflehead  1
Common Merganser  9
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Horned Grebe  1
Mourning Dove  4
Ring-billed Gull  100
Herring Gull  15
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Double-crested Cormorant  10
Great Blue Heron  4
Bald Eagle  9
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  9
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  4
Blue Jay  10
Fish Crow  20
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  6
European Starling  20
Northern Mockingbird  1
House Sparrow  1
American Goldfinch  1
White-throated Sparrow  18
Song Sparrow  6
Swamp Sparrow  2
Red-winged Blackbird  30
Common Grackle  6
Northern Cardinal  15

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S64048157

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
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Date: 2/2/20 8:52 am
From: dcharlesl--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Ovenbird at Huntley Meadows
Ovenbird seen this morning in same area reported below.

David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA
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From: VA-bird <va-bird-bounces+dcharlesl=<msn.com...> on behalf of William Hohenstein via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: Tuesday, January 7, 2020 6:17:15 PM
To: va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Ovenbird at Huntley Meadows

I found an out of season Ovenbird under the feeders at Huntley Meadows in Fairfax County today in the late afternoon. The bird was walking/bobbing around in typical Ovenbird fashion under the feeders during the snowstorm that came through today.

It had the orange spot on the crown, strong eye ring, and heavy streaking. I had to do a double take, initially thinking that it must be a hermit thrush.

There is a link to a poor cell phone video on my eBird report. Of course I didnt have my camera with me (having recently dropped it into the Wekiva River while canoeing in Florida). So it goes...

Bill

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Date: 2/2/20 6:08 am
From: dcharlesl--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] LeConte's Sparrow--YES
Seen at 9am.

David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA
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From: VA-bird <va-bird-bounces+dcharlesl=<msn.com...> on behalf of Jody Vaccaro Lewis via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: Saturday, February 1, 2020 3:42:32 PM
To: <va-bird...> <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] LeConte's Sparrow--NO

The LeConte's Sparrow at Occoquan Bay NWR hadn't been seen by me or anyone
else as of 1:30PM.

I did see 2 Fox Sparrows and about 300 Lesser Scaups while searching, as
well as a Wild Turkey in a tree!

Patrick Lewis, Loudoun County
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Date: 2/1/20 12:43 pm
From: Jody Vaccaro Lewis via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] LeConte's Sparrow--NO
The LeConte's Sparrow at Occoquan Bay NWR hadn't been seen by me or anyone
else as of 1:30PM.

I did see 2 Fox Sparrows and about 300 Lesser Scaups while searching, as
well as a Wild Turkey in a tree!

Patrick Lewis, Loudoun County
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Date: 2/1/20 9:01 am
From: Scott Priebe via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] LeConte’s Sparrow Sightings?
Not as of 10:30

Get Outlook for iOS<https://aka.ms/o0ukef>
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From: VA-bird <va-bird-bounces+falco57=<msn.com...> on behalf of Jody Vaccaro Lewis via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: Saturday, February 1, 2020 10:07:44 AM
To: <va-bird...> <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] LeContes Sparrow Sightings?

Has anyone seen the LeContes Sparrow at Occoquan NWR today?

Thanks,
Patrick Lewis, Loudoun County

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Date: 2/1/20 7:24 am
From: Stephen Hersey via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] No Leconte’s as of 10am
No luck so far on the Leconte’s.
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Date: 2/1/20 7:08 am
From: Jody Vaccaro Lewis via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] LeConte’s Sparrow Sightings?
Has anyone seen the LeConte’s Sparrow at Occoquan NWR today?

Thanks,
Patrick Lewis, Loudoun County

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Date: 1/31/20 12:32 pm
From: Lee via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Occoquan LeConte’s sparrow location
It also looks like it was re-sighted today, but is unconfirmed on eBird.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 31, 2020, at 3:30 PM, Stephen Hersey via VA-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> Hi again, thanks to Rich Reiger and Larry Meade for responding so quickly. Here is the location:
> “ Ed Eder told me that he saw the bird on Thursday 100 yards east of the eagle nest on Charlie Road.”
>
> Cheers,
> Steve Hersey
>
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Date: 1/31/20 12:30 pm
From: Stephen Hersey via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Occoquan LeConte’s sparrow location
Hi again, thanks to Rich Reiger and Larry Meade for responding so quickly. Here is the location:
“ Ed Eder told me that he saw the bird on Thursday 100 yards east of the eagle nest on Charlie Road.”

Cheers,
Steve Hersey

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Date: 1/31/20 12:12 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bluebird at feeder
Old Trail; Crozet, VA; 1/30-31/2020. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2020/2020_01_31.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2020/2020_01_31.htm



______________________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

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

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Date: 1/31/20 11:34 am
From: Stephen Hersey via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] LeConte's Sparrow at Occoquan
Hi all, I saw a LeConte’s sparrow posted on eBird as having been seen at Occoquan. This bird would be a lifer for me and I’d love to see it. Can anyone give a bit more detail as to where it is? Occoquan is a biiiig place.

Cheers,
Steve Hersey
Alexandria



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Date: 1/30/20 5:40 pm
From: barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] WHOOPS: Razorbill album correct link




ALBUM CORRECTED: https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/W4EQ5f




- Barb, Fairfax
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Date: 1/30/20 5:38 pm
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Kestrel survey in Highland County
This post reminded me to report that, for the first time in many years, I've been seeing kestrels on wires along roadways in western Albemarle County. I just saw one last Saturday (January 25).


It's been a pleasant surprise, especially as all fields around here are cut regularly during the growing season.  Thus, they are short at this time of the year, which doesn't make it great habitat for mice and voles.


A question to Patti, please: Do you have past data to know if a count of 11 kestrels is higher or lower or what you'd expect?  Thanks! 


Sincerely,

Marlene
In a message dated 1/28/2020 1:56:00 PM US Eastern Standard Time, <va-bird...> writes:

On Saturday and Sunday, January 25 and 26, 2020, I conducted another wintercar survey looking for American Kestrels in Highland County.  Lisa Hamiltonassisted me.  The weather was in the thirties, overcast skies, with noprecipitation.
Total count of kestrels seen on those 2 days was 11.  Some were perched onwires or poles and other we saw in flight.  We did not see any with preyand we did not see any kestrels paired.  The routes in the northern part ofthe Blue Grass Valley produced most of the kestrels.
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Date: 1/30/20 5:23 pm
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] eastern phoebe--not transient based upon my observations
I watched "my" phoebe eating lots of Winged Sumac fruits today in my yard.  I say "my" phoebe because I feel certain--despite what "Virginia' Birdlife" says--that phoebes may only leave the area in winter during times of severely cold/snowy/icy weather. They certainly don't leave just because winter has arrived.
I take long (an hour or more) walks almost daily around my area, usually very early morning but also at different times of the day.  It's not at all unusual to hear phoebes chipping in their usual locations when it's cold, and singing their name when it's warmer but not necessarily even as high a temperature as the 60s. 

I don't believe these to be migrants because at my house, an unusually warm day will immediately result in a male phoebe doing all the things I observed the resident male doing the summer before--singing from and perching in particular locations (which change in years when a new male moves in--birds are individuals!).
If anyone knows why phoebes are considered a transient species, could you please let me know?  Is this based on very old data, when winter temps were colder and weather more severe?  I've lived in Virginia since 1976, and the idea of transience for this species just doesn't jibe with my personal observations.
Thanks ever so much.
Sincerely,Marlene 

In a message dated 1/20/2020 8:18:38 AM US Eastern Standard Time, <va-bird...> writes:

Hi VA-Birders,Yesterday afternoon at around 4:30, I came across an eastern phoebe at Riverbend Park (Fairfax County). It was up in the trees about a quarter mile down-river from the most down-river end of the most down-river parking lot. Not sure how rare they are in winter around here, but I can't remember the last time I saw one in winter.The river between Great Falls Park and Riverbend Park was birdy but I didn't see anything unusual. 100+ each of gulls, buffleheads, and ring-necked ducks, maybe a dozen common mergansers, and a pied-billed grebe were the highlights.Peter FrechtelFalls Church*** You are subscribed to VA-bird as <marlenecondon...> If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit https://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
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Date: 1/30/20 5:16 pm
From: barb22030--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] EXTRALIMITAL: Razorbills in MD & DE ocean inlets:

If you’ve wanted to see a razorbill without hopping aboard a boat during the teeth-chattering winter, apparently there is at least one at both the Ocean City Inlet (not too far afield from Virginia’s Eastern Shore) and another about 20 miles north of OC at the Indian River Inlet, DE.  I photographed one in Delaware, smack in the middle of the inlet during its extreme tidal rush and not too far from a seal. Pix of that, snow geese, white pelicans, surf scoters, long-tailed ducks, & other cool  birds at Bombay Hook NWR, Blackwater NWR, and Cambridge temporarily here: 





ALBUM: https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/19764v

ENTIRE PHOTOSTREAM: 

https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/vv40wD




- - Barb, Fairfax
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Date: 1/30/20 12:33 pm
From: David White via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Red-tails, C’ville
A pair of vocalizing Red-tailed Hawks over downtown Charlottesville a few minutes ago, along with Common Grackles starting to blitz the backyard feeders, paired with yesterday’s Brown Thrasher in the yard has me thinking that February must be close.

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David I. White, Jr.
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Date: 1/30/20 6:15 am
From: Ines Nedelcovic via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] In Support of the Birds at HRBT
For those of you that may not be aware, there is a Commonwealth Transportation Board Meeting on February 19 at 10AM, at 1221 E Broad St, Richmond, VA 23219.  People will be attending to speak out in support of the birds at the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel expansion site.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/SavetheBirdsatHRBT/
-Ines
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On Thu, Jan 23, 2020 at 11:14 PM, m b via VA-bird<va-bird...> wrote: I have been reading that the reason that they paved over this island in the first place was to use it as a staging area for construction. That seems to me like putting gravel on it isn't going to work as a temporary solution, because the gravel is going to be sharing its space with bulldozers Etc.

However, what about the idea of floating a couple or more barges out there for the nesting season? Tie them together, cover them with gravel and dirt and the necessary vegetation for sun protection and predator protection for the chicks. Put it out of the way of the construction but near enough so the birds will see it. Make the surface of the barges as much like South Island used to be before it was paved as possible. And put enough together so that it's about the same size and shape as south Island. Barges don't cost that much to rent. Unless the birds won't nest on something that's floating?

And this easily could be done in time for them to arrive. And could be done without any permits most likely required from anyone because it's not making an island. It's not filling in water or a wetland or interfering with fish habitat,  Etc.

Possible solution?

What do you tern and skimmer experts think? I'm grasping at straws here but maybe this is a possibility.

Mb from NoVa

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Date: 1/28/20 12:17 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Chipping Sparrows
Old Trail, Crozet, VA; 1/28/2020. 22 avian species, including 7 sparrow
species (about 30 Chipping Sparrows). Report and photos:



http://www.faintich.net/Blog2020/2020_01_28.htm



______________________________________

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Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

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

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Date: 1/28/20 11:23 am
From: Dave Larsen - Birding via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Decoys at Leopold’s Preserve
Does anyone know why there are Mallard decoys on the marsh at Leopold’s (west of Thoroughfare Road) bear Beverly Road?

Dave Larsen
Haymarket
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Date: 1/28/20 10:55 am
From: Patti Reum via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Kestrel survey in Highland County
On Saturday and Sunday, January 25 and 26, 2020, I conducted another winter
car survey looking for American Kestrels in Highland County. Lisa Hamilton
assisted me. The weather was in the thirties, overcast skies, with no
precipitation.

Total count of kestrels seen on those 2 days was 11. Some were perched on
wires or poles and other we saw in flight. We did not see any with prey
and we did not see any kestrels paired. The routes in the northern part of
the Blue Grass Valley produced most of the kestrels.

Patti Reum
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Date: 1/28/20 10:17 am
From: Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Peregrine Falcon-Falls Church, VA - 1/27/20

January 27, 2020

Neighborhood Peregrine Falcon seen sitting on the apartment ledge at the Skyline Plaza Apartment Building in the Baileys Crossroads area of Falls Church, Fairfax County, VA.

Janet Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA

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Date: 1/28/20 10:14 am
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] woodcock--western Albemarle
Heard and saw a woodcock (flying over, not displaying) at my local woodcock field shortly before 7 AM.


Sincerely,
Marlene
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Date: 1/28/20 10:08 am
From: Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Airlie, Warrenton, VA
January 26, 2020

Made a trip to Airlie, Warrenton, Fauquier County, VA (with permission) to go birding.

Mute Swans
Ruddy Ducks
Red Tailed Hawk
Red Shoulder Hawk
Hooded Mergansers
Bluebirds
Ring Necked Ducks
Buffleheads
Bald Eagle
Kestrels
Pied Billed Grebe
Canada Geese
Red Breasted Mergansers

Janet Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Date: 1/28/20 10:00 am
From: Phil Silas via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Julie J. Metz Wetland Bank--Neabsco Boardwalk, Jan 28, 2020
VA-Birders,Eighteen birders enjoyed tallying 39 avian species this cool, breezy morning on the inaugural organized bird walk at Neabsco Regional Park. The park opened last June and incorporates the Rippon Landing Park, Julie J. Metz Wetlands Preserve and the new Boardwalk that is part of the Potomac Heritage Trail that links them together. Raptors put on a great show with a perched Merlin giving extended looks. Gulls and Red-winged Blackbirds were plentiful and took flight intermittently as the eagles stirred them up. The boardwalk allows close looks at great sparrow habitat, where we were also treated to a pair of deer including a reclining 8 point buck. Hairy Woodpecker, Common Raven, and Gray Catbird were other species that seemed to help make folks happy they were there. Complete checklist follows.
Phil Silas,  Woodbridge, VA

Julie J. Metz Wetland Bank--Neabsco Boardwalk, Prince William, Virginia, US
Jan 28, 2020 8:24 AM - 11:04 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.4 mile(s)
39 species

Canada Goose  100
Mallard  80
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  14
Mourning Dove  5
Ring-billed Gull  700
Herring Gull  30
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  12
Black Vulture  14
Turkey Vulture  10
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  8
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  5
Merlin  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  10
Fish Crow  2
Common Raven  2
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  6
European Starling  2
Gray Catbird  1
Eastern Bluebird  3
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  1
House Finch  2
White-throated Sparrow  6
Song Sparrow  60
Swamp Sparrow  15
Red-winged Blackbird  200
Northern Cardinal  8

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S63873730

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
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Date: 1/27/20 12:20 pm
From: Stephen Hersey via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Yellow variant house finch
In ten years of having loads of house finches at our winter feeders here in the City of Alexandria we just had our first yellow-variant house finch. Quite beautiful. I didn’t even know they existed.

Cheers,
Steve Hersey
Alexandria, VA


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Date: 1/27/20 11:59 am
From: John Greenwood via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Lake Accotink eagles
My first trip of 2020 to check on the nest. I was amazed at how much larger the nest is this year, some serious renovation. I did not see any activity but the nest is so deep who knows? A passerby said that birding friends were able to see into the nest from the other side of the lake and reported an Eagle in the nest, likely on eggs. The nest is on the dam side of the lake. Take the trail below the dam up the hill approx 3/4 mile to the second bench. The nest will remain obvious until leaves arrive. Spotted an adult Bald Eagle flying over the lake, a male Hooded Merganser and 10 Double-crested Cormorants on the lake and the usual collection of Canada Geese, gulls and crows.

Jack Greenwood
Falls Church

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Date: 1/27/20 5:21 am
From: krae1010--- via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] U.S. Fish and Wildlife Solicitation of Input on Cormorant Management
Hi, all. This post is simply for the purpose of general awareness. The staff at Great Falls Park would like to call our attention to the following U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service press release of January 22, soliciting public input on cormorant management. At the end of the article are instructions for submitting to Fish and Wildlife any input you might wish to offer; the deadline for comment is March 9, 2020:
https://www.fws.gov/news/ShowNews.cfm?ref=interior%E2%80%99s-fish-and-wildlife-service-solicits-public-input-on-cormorant-&_ID=36511



https://www.fws.gov/news/ShowNews.cfm?ref=interior%E2%80%99s-fish-and-wildlife-service-solicits-public-input-on-cormorant-&_ID=36511




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Date: 1/27/20 4:23 am
From: Steve Johnson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] EXTRALIMITAL trip report for Australia 2019
Hello birders,
For anyone interested in Lynn's and my birding trip in Australia this last November, here's a report. When I was researching our Australia trip, I relied heavily on "trip reports" posted by other birders.  They contain a lot of information you can't find in an ordinary travel guide.  So after our trip, I tried to "pay it forward" with our own report.
https://www.cloudbirders.com/be/download?filename=JOHNSON_Australia_1011_2019.pdf

-- Steve <Johnsonstevejohnson2...>

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Date: 1/26/20 3:47 pm
From: John BELZ via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Eagles on nest in Arlington
This afternoon, I went to check on the eagle’s nest over the GW parkway at Spout Run.

The female was chowing down and the male made a brief appearance before taking off when she didn’t offer him any bites.

John Belz
Arlington
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Date: 1/26/20 11:07 am
From: Colt Gregory via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Great Falls Sunday Bird Walk
Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk sponsored by National Park Service at Great Falls Park. Our party of nine identified 33 species. The group chased 5 different woodpecker species as we consistently found ourselves on the wrong side of the tree. (How do they know?) By contrast, the Hermit Thrush flew in landing on the trail just in front of us.

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

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

Species Count
Canada Goose 32
Mallard 3
Ring-necked Duck 8
Bufflehead 11
Common Merganser 8
Black Vulture 8
Turkey Vulture 3
Bald Eagle 3
Barred Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 8
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 1
Fish Crow 35
Carolina Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 17
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 14
Eastern Bluebird 7
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 12
Chipping Sparrow 4
Dark-eyed Junco 15
White-throated Sparrow 8
Song Sparrow 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Northern Cardinal 14
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Date: 1/26/20 10:19 am
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Barred Owl screams
Thanks so much, Sarah, for all of this information.  It's funny that you mention a Barred Owl putting an extra "sentence" into its repertoire because the Barred that hangs around here now kind of does the opposite!  It doesn't say the whole sentence but rather just, "Who cooks for you, who cooks for you?"!!!!!

I'm so glad I mentioned this owl scream on the list serve as the replies have been fascinating.
Ever so gratefully,

Marlene 

In a message dated 1/26/2020 10:52:30 AM US Eastern Standard Time, <va-bird...> writes:

Not sure if this is the same thing, but last summer we suddenly had a barred owl in our yard that started it's call with a loud, upward "whoop" that sounded almost like one of those old penny whistle toys (dating myself with that reference lol).  I had never heard a barred owl make that sound and I thought I had heard it all what with the monkey-cackling, cawing and whatnot in addition to their signature sound.  I put it down to it being an individual variation.  We had another barred here that always put an extra "who cooks for" phrase in its "who cooks for you all" rendition so ... individuals!  But then later last summer I was in the Poconos and heard a barred owl do the same thing!  I was astonished!  After hearing so many over the years and never hearing that "whoop" now it seems they are all doing it?  What the??!!!???  Birds keep us on their toes, don't they?

Sarah AndersonGreat Falls, VA
www.sarahanderson.net


-----Original Message-----
From: David Davis via VA-bird <va-bird...>
To: Va-bird Listserve <va-bird...>
Sent: Sun, Jan 26, 2020 10:40 am
Subject: [VA-bird] Barred Owl screams

As a kid I spent a lot of time in the river bottom forests and swamps of Southern Illinois which are mostly southern in character.  I heard screams from “hoot owls” from time to time in addition to their typical “who cooks for you” calls.  Sometimes, the screaming seemed to involve two birds, so I suspect that it’s related to territorial squabbles or mating.  I don’t recall ever seeing an owl at the time of the screaming.

As to the screech-owl numbers, we aren’t hearing any now that it’s winter here in the mountains of northwestern Shenandoah County.  However, I don’t consider that unusual, as we normally hear, and occasionally see, them mostly in the warmer months.  Perhaps they call more when they are mating and breeding, as it seems to trail off by late fall.  Frankly, though, we’re also not outdoors after dusk once winter temperatures arrive—vs. sitting on our deck well into the evening in warmer weather—so the data collection may be a bit biased.

Dave Davis

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Date: 1/26/20 10:18 am
From: Anita Huffman via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Woodcock! Barred Owl, GH Owl, 2 questions--western Albemarle
Thanks for the chuckle. Actually outright laughter. I can just imagine
how you felt!
Anita Huffman
rugby, Va
GRayson County

On 1/25/20 9:20 AM, Brian Mannix via VA-bird wrote:
> On Question 2:  Yes, I will never forget it!  Almost a half century ago,
> I was sleeping alone under the stars on a cold winter's night in New
> Hampshire's White Mountains, snug in a down sleeping bag.  Directly
> above my head, without warning, a Barred Owl screamed, and curdled my
> blood.  It sounded so much like a woman's voice that I would surely have
> reported it to the police, except for the fact that it was obviously up
> in a tree.  Two nights passed before I was able to get to sleep again.
>
> Brian
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Date: 1/26/20 10:10 am
From: STAUFFER MILLER via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Merlin, Frederick County
I saw a Merlin January 26 just west of Bowman Library, south side of Tasker Road, Frederick County, atop a large hardwood. In my experience in birding in this county, the Merlin is quite scarce. Stauffer Miller
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Date: 1/26/20 10:10 am
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Barred Owl screams
Hi Dave,

Thank you so much for sharing your remembrances of Barred Owls screaming.  I love hearing about people's experiences.

I know screech owls aren't typically heard in winter, but I don't hear them at all anymore.  I used to host them every year in my bird boxes (for almost 3 decades), but they've not been here for a few years now.  And as I have microphones all around the house and I can hear sounds 24/7, I know they just aren't around as I know when to expect to hear them and the sounds they and their owlets make.

Some horse folks moved in nearby and that's when the owls disappeared.  Because horses (and cows, etc.) get fed grain and the grain ends up on the ground, all kinds of rodents are attracted to it. People think of the rodents as pests and think nothing of putting rat poison out.  Very few folks realize that a poisoned rat or mouse poisons whatever predator or scavenger eats it.  Thus I'm afraid the owls have been killed off around here (I don't hear any on my walks either).  Folks don't understand that the rodents are just cleaning up food left lying around, which is the actual problem.

It all just breaks my heart.  I deeply appreciate your taking the time to write.

Ever so sincerely,

Marlene 


In a message dated 1/26/2020 10:41:10 AM US Eastern Standard Time, <va-bird...> writes:

As a kid I spent a lot of time in the river bottom forests and swamps of Southern Illinois which are mostly southern in character.  I heard screams from “hoot owls” from time to time in addition to their typical “who cooks for you” calls.  Sometimes, the screaming seemed to involve two birds, so I suspect that it’s related to territorial squabbles or mating.  I don’t recall ever seeing an owl at the time of the screaming.
As to the screech-owl numbers, we aren’t hearing any now that it’s winter here in the mountains of northwestern Shenandoah County.  However, I don’t consider that unusual, as we normally hear, and occasionally see, them mostly in the warmer months.  Perhaps they call more when they are mating and breeding, as it seems to trail off by late fall.  Frankly, though, we’re also not outdoors after dusk once winter temperatures arrive—vs. sitting on our deck well into the evening in warmer weather—so the data collection may be a bit biased.
Dave Davis
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Date: 1/26/20 9:00 am
From: David Davis via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Barred Owl screams
I think you may have mixed my comments on the 2 species. My reference to “warmer months” was only for screech-owls. My Barred Owl memories are from 40 or even 50 years ago, and I didn’t keep records then. It is reasonable, though, to suggest that they were mainly in the late spring through late fall which is the period that I was most commonly in the woods (coinciding with fishing and hunting seasons).

Dave


> On Jan 26, 2020, at 11:03 AM, Pj <pjdunn1...> wrote:
>
> May I suggest that since you mention summer time as the period to which you are referring to that you are hearing sounds associated with raising young owls. I have heard that same sound only when there were young nearby, usually in June and July. If you are hearing this sound later in the year (fall/winter) then I am probably not referring to the same sound as you.
> And the monkey call is one of the coolest owl sounds, right up there with whinnying of the screech owl or the barking of the long-eared owl.
>
> PJ Dunn
> Fairfax
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sarah Anderson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
> To: daviszepp2 <daviszepp2...>; va-bird <va-bird...>
> Sent: Sun, Jan 26, 2020 10:52 am
> Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Barred Owl screams
>
> Not sure if this is the same thing, but last summer we suddenly had a barred owl in our yard that started it's call with a loud, upward "whoop" that sounded almost like one of those old penny whistle toys (dating myself with that reference lol). I had never heard a barred owl make that sound and I thought I had heard it all what with the monkey-cackling, cawing and whatnot in addition to their signature sound. I put it down to it being an individual variation. We had another barred here that always put an extra "who cooks for" phrase in its "who cooks for you all" rendition so ... individuals! But then later last summer I was in the Poconos and heard a barred owl do the same thing! I was astonished! After hearing so many over the years and never hearing that "whoop" now it seems they are all doing it? What the??!!!??? Birds keep us on their toes, don't they?
>
> Sarah AndersonGreat Falls, VA
> www.sarahanderson.net
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: David Davis via VA-bird <va-bird...> <mailto:<va-bird...>>
> To: Va-bird Listserve <va-bird...> <mailto:<va-bird...>>
> Sent: Sun, Jan 26, 2020 10:40 am
> Subject: [VA-bird] Barred Owl screams
>
> As a kid I spent a lot of time in the river bottom forests and swamps of Southern Illinois which are mostly southern in character. I heard screams from “hoot owls” from time to time in addition to their typical “who cooks for you” calls. Sometimes, the screaming seemed to involve two birds, so I suspect that it’s related to territorial squabbles or mating. I don’t recall ever seeing an owl at the time of the screaming.
>
> As to the screech-owl numbers, we aren’t hearing any now that it’s winter here in the mountains of northwestern Shenandoah County. However, I don’t consider that unusual, as we normally hear, and occasionally see, them mostly in the warmer months. Perhaps they call more when they are mating and breeding, as it seems to trail off by late fall. Frankly, though, we’re also not outdoors after dusk once winter temperatures arrive—vs. sitting on our deck well into the evening in warmer weather—so the data collection may be a bit biased.
>
> Dave Davis
>
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Date: 1/26/20 8:03 am
From: Pj via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Barred Owl screams
May I suggest that since you mention summer time as the period to which you are referring to that you are hearing sounds associated with raising young owls. I have heard that same sound only when there were young nearby, usually in June and July. If you are hearing this sound later in the year (fall/winter) then I am probably not referring to the same sound as you.And the monkey call is one of the coolest owl sounds, right up there with whinnying of the screech owl or the barking of the long-eared owl.
PJ DunnFairfax


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From: Sarah Anderson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
To: daviszepp2 <daviszepp2...>; va-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: Sun, Jan 26, 2020 10:52 am
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Barred Owl screams

Not sure if this is the same thing, but last summer we suddenly had a barred owl in our yard that started it's call with a loud, upward "whoop" that sounded almost like one of those old penny whistle toys (dating myself with that reference lol).  I had never heard a barred owl make that sound and I thought I had heard it all what with the monkey-cackling, cawing and whatnot in addition to their signature sound.  I put it down to it being an individual variation.  We had another barred here that always put an extra "who cooks for" phrase in its "who cooks for you all" rendition so ... individuals!  But then later last summer I was in the Poconos and heard a barred owl do the same thing!  I was astonished!  After hearing so many over the years and never hearing that "whoop" now it seems they are all doing it?  What the??!!!???  Birds keep us on their toes, don't they?

Sarah AndersonGreat Falls, VA
www.sarahanderson.net


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From: David Davis via VA-bird <va-bird...>
To: Va-bird Listserve <va-bird...>
Sent: Sun, Jan 26, 2020 10:40 am
Subject: [VA-bird] Barred Owl screams

As a kid I spent a lot of time in the river bottom forests and swamps of Southern Illinois which are mostly southern in character.  I heard screams from “hoot owls” from time to time in addition to their typical “who cooks for you” calls.  Sometimes, the screaming seemed to involve two birds, so I suspect that it’s related to territorial squabbles or mating.  I don’t recall ever seeing an owl at the time of the screaming.

As to the screech-owl numbers, we aren’t hearing any now that it’s winter here in the mountains of northwestern Shenandoah County.  However, I don’t consider that unusual, as we normally hear, and occasionally see, them mostly in the warmer months.  Perhaps they call more when they are mating and breeding, as it seems to trail off by late fall.  Frankly, though, we’re also not outdoors after dusk once winter temperatures arrive—vs. sitting on our deck well into the evening in warmer weather—so the data collection may be a bit biased.

Dave Davis

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Date: 1/26/20 7:52 am
From: Sarah Anderson via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Barred Owl screams
Not sure if this is the same thing, but last summer we suddenly had a barred owl in our yard that started it's call with a loud, upward "whoop" that sounded almost like one of those old penny whistle toys (dating myself with that reference lol).  I had never heard a barred owl make that sound and I thought I had heard it all what with the monkey-cackling, cawing and whatnot in addition to their signature sound.  I put it down to it being an individual variation.  We had another barred here that always put an extra "who cooks for" phrase in its "who cooks for you all" rendition so ... individuals!  But then later last summer I was in the Poconos and heard a barred owl do the same thing!  I was astonished!  After hearing so many over the years and never hearing that "whoop" now it seems they are all doing it?  What the??!!!???  Birds keep us on their toes, don't they?

Sarah AndersonGreat Falls, VA
www.sarahanderson.net


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From: David Davis via VA-bird <va-bird...>
To: Va-bird Listserve <va-bird...>
Sent: Sun, Jan 26, 2020 10:40 am
Subject: [VA-bird] Barred Owl screams

As a kid I spent a lot of time in the river bottom forests and swamps of Southern Illinois which are mostly southern in character.  I heard screams from “hoot owls” from time to time in addition to their typical “who cooks for you” calls.  Sometimes, the screaming seemed to involve two birds, so I suspect that it’s related to territorial squabbles or mating.  I don’t recall ever seeing an owl at the time of the screaming.

As to the screech-owl numbers, we aren’t hearing any now that it’s winter here in the mountains of northwestern Shenandoah County.  However, I don’t consider that unusual, as we normally hear, and occasionally see, them mostly in the warmer months.  Perhaps they call more when they are mating and breeding, as it seems to trail off by late fall.  Frankly, though, we’re also not outdoors after dusk once winter temperatures arrive—vs. sitting on our deck well into the evening in warmer weather—so the data collection may be a bit biased.

Dave Davis

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Date: 1/26/20 7:41 am
From: David Davis via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Barred Owl screams
As a kid I spent a lot of time in the river bottom forests and swamps of Southern Illinois which are mostly southern in character. I heard screams from “hoot owls” from time to time in addition to their typical “who cooks for you” calls. Sometimes, the screaming seemed to involve two birds, so I suspect that it’s related to territorial squabbles or mating. I don’t recall ever seeing an owl at the time of the screaming.

As to the screech-owl numbers, we aren’t hearing any now that it’s winter here in the mountains of northwestern Shenandoah County. However, I don’t consider that unusual, as we normally hear, and occasionally see, them mostly in the warmer months. Perhaps they call more when they are mating and breeding, as it seems to trail off by late fall. Frankly, though, we’re also not outdoors after dusk once winter temperatures arrive—vs. sitting on our deck well into the evening in warmer weather—so the data collection may be a bit biased.

Dave Davis

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Date: 1/26/20 7:34 am
From: Donald Sweig via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Ben Brenman Peregrine now
The Ben Brenman peregrine is here now. it’s sitting on the bundle of wires on the back of the building by the white wash where Bill Young first saw it.
Donald Sweig,
Falls Church Virginia

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Date: 1/25/20 5:10 pm
From: Stuart via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Bald Eagle: Arlington
An apparent F Bald Eagle was on the Palisades Tr, Near the new Kiddie park and the Karate School.
nest


Good luck,

Stuart Merrell
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Date: 1/25/20 1:26 pm
From: Bryan H via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] BRCES group walk results (Loudoun)
Five birders attended the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental
Stewardship (BRCES) walk. The morning started with low visibility and ended
with a light rain. We started off near the Visitor's Center and then went
down to check out the Arnold Road area. Highlights of the walk near the
visitor's center included great looks at Hermit Thrush and Brown Creeper.
Arnold Road highlights included Red-tailed Hawk and a decent selection of
sparrows with good looks at Swamp, Field, White-throated Sparrows and
Dark-eyed Junco.

In total, we found 32 species. The eBird checklists are linked below:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S63758698
https://ebird.org/checklist/S63773301

The regular monthly BRCES walk is sponsored by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy
and held on the 4th Saturday of the month and is free and open to all.
Other Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy programs and walks can be found at
https://loudounwildlife.org/events/

Thanks,
Bryan Henson
Sterling, VA
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Date: 1/25/20 11:21 am
From: Phil Silas via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] eBird Report - Occoquan Bay NWR, Jan 25, 2020
VA-Birders,

The Northern Virginia Bird Club walk at OBNWR drew 10 birders this morning where we tallied 48 species. We observed 7 sparrow species on Bayview Road including American Tree and Fox. At Taylor Point we found numerous waterfowl with Canvasback being the most numerous. The high numbers of cardinals and kinglets were a visual pleasure on an otherwise dreary day. Ken Hunt and Phil Silas co-led, and the complete list follows.
Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William, Virginia, US
Jan 25, 2020 7:57 AM - 11:22 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
48 species

Canada Goose  80
Gadwall  1
Mallard  30
Canvasback  500
Ring-necked Duck  4
Lesser Scaup  100
Bufflehead  12
Ruddy Duck  100
Wild Turkey  7
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Mourning Dove  4
Ring-billed Gull  20
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  4
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron  2
Black Vulture  2
Bald Eagle  3
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Great Horned Owl  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  5
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  16
Blue Jay  13
American Crow  10
Fish Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  4
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  9
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  4
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  14
American Goldfinch  3
Field Sparrow  2
American Tree Sparrow  2
Fox Sparrow  4
White-throated Sparrow  105
Song Sparrow  66
Swamp Sparrow  18
Eastern Towhee  5
Red-winged Blackbird  48
Northern Cardinal  29

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S63760669

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
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Date: 1/25/20 6:22 am
From: Brian Mannix via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Woodcock! Barred Owl, GH Owl, 2 questions--western Albemarle
On Question 2: Yes, I will never forget it! Almost a half century ago, I
was sleeping alone under the stars on a cold winter's night in New
Hampshire's White Mountains, snug in a down sleeping bag. Directly above my
head, without warning, a Barred Owl screamed, and curdled my blood. It
sounded so much like a woman's voice that I would surely have reported it to
the police, except for the fact that it was obviously up in a tree. Two
nights passed before I was able to get to sleep again.

Brian

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From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird
Sent: Saturday, January 25, 2020 7:30 AM
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Woodcock! Barred Owl, GH Owl,2 questions--western
Albemarle

Jan. 25--Woodcock displaying this morning over my yard about 7 AM. First
time for 2020.

Jan. 23 & 24--Great Horned Owl hooting 7:42 to 8:03 PM on 23rd, then about 5
AM and again about 6 AM on 24th. Been hearing this quite regularly.


Jan. 23--Barred Owl screamed!!!!! right outside my house at 9:09 PM. Never
heard this sound before, but luckily the owl followed it with a throaty
sound that identified it as a Barred Owl. Very brief activity. First time
to hear one in 2020.

Two questions, please:

(1) Has anyone noticed a dearth of screech owls over the past year?

(2) Is anyone familiar with a Barred Owl screaming? It was quite the
sound.

Thanks for any help!

Sincerely,Marlene

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Date: 1/25/20 4:30 am
From: Marlene A Condon via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Woodcock! Barred Owl, GH Owl, 2 questions--western Albemarle
Jan. 25--Woodcock displaying this morning  over my yard about 7 AM.  First time for 2020.

Jan. 23 & 24--Great Horned Owl hooting 7:42 to 8:03 PM on 23rd, then about 5 AM and again about 6 AM on 24th.  Been hearing this quite regularly.


Jan. 23--Barred Owl screamed!!!!! right outside my house at 9:09 PM.  Never heard this sound before, but luckily the owl followed it with a throaty sound that identified it as a Barred Owl.  Very brief activity.  First time to hear one in 2020.

Two questions, please:

(1)  Has anyone noticed a dearth of screech owls over the past year?

(2)  Is anyone familiar with a Barred Owl screaming?  It was quite the sound.

Thanks for any help!

Sincerely,Marlene
 
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Date: 1/24/20 2:52 pm
From: David Frazelle via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Peregrine Still at Ben Brenman Park
Peregrine flew past his roost spot with prey in its talons at 10:20, and landed on the top of bldg (far left - northern part of T bldg) and proceeded to dine. He was still there when we left at 11:25.
Can be seen from foot bridge.

Dave & Bonnie Frazelle
Alexandria, VA

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Date: 1/23/20 8:14 pm
From: m b via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] possible solution - all you tern ornithologists, please comment
I have been reading that the reason that they paved over this island in the first place was to use it as a staging area for construction. That seems to me like putting gravel on it isn't going to work as a temporary solution, because the gravel is going to be sharing its space with bulldozers Etc.

However, what about the idea of floating a couple or more barges out there for the nesting season? Tie them together, cover them with gravel and dirt and the necessary vegetation for sun protection and predator protection for the chicks. Put it out of the way of the construction but near enough so the birds will see it. Make the surface of the barges as much like South Island used to be before it was paved as possible. And put enough together so that it's about the same size and shape as south Island. Barges don't cost that much to rent. Unless the birds won't nest on something that's floating?

And this easily could be done in time for them to arrive. And could be done without any permits most likely required from anyone because it's not making an island. It's not filling in water or a wetland or interfering with fish habitat, Etc.

Possible solution?

What do you tern and skimmer experts think? I'm grasping at straws here but maybe this is a possibility.

Mb from NoVa

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Date: 1/23/20 8:08 pm
From: Vineeta via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Virginia destroyed nesting site for 25, 000 endangered terns - update
Marla, this is heartbreaking. Vineets

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

> On Jan 23, 2020, at 9:15 PM, m b via VA-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> Sadly, those people who have written in as suggested are receiving shameful responses from the Governor's office - specifically the transportation people on whom he pawned it off. But written on letterhead from the office of the governor. The letter says that birds (for their own sake, not because they cause a problem for the highway) should not be nesting on a man-made highway island. It is not the best situation for the birds. Says the Governor's lackeys. Notwithstanding they have been there 30 years, notwithstanding that, like peregrines nesting on a skyscraper instead of a cliff, they are making do with what they have, and notwithstanding that 25,000 of them will soon arrive with nowhere to nest. They still insist they will not do a thing to improve the island (which they paved over without required permits,) and will remove eggs and nests and birds that try to nest there. In violation of what is left of the migratory bird act. So the people in power do not seem to have a
> grasp on reality, or else they do and do not care. But the response is sickening.
>
> Perhaps, many hunters being conservationists, some of the people who peacefully rallied in Richmond Monday will consent to peacefully rally again at South Island, and bring a few dump truck loads of gravel mixed with dirt and weed seeds. And perhaps, take a volunteer shift remaining at South Island through the nesting season.
>
> mb from NoVa
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Date: 1/23/20 6:15 pm
From: m b via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Virginia destroyed nesting site for 25, 000 endangered terns - update
Sadly, those people who have written in as suggested are receiving shameful responses from the Governor's office - specifically the transportation people on whom he pawned it off. But written on letterhead from the office of the governor. The letter says that birds (for their own sake, not because they cause a problem for the highway) should not be nesting on a man-made highway island. It is not the best situation for the birds. Says the Governor's lackeys. Notwithstanding they have been there 30 years, notwithstanding that, like peregrines nesting on a skyscraper instead of a cliff, they are making do with what they have, and notwithstanding that 25,000 of them will soon arrive with nowhere to nest. They still insist they will not do a thing to improve the island (which they paved over without required permits,) and will remove eggs and nests and birds that try to nest there. In violation of what is left of the migratory bird act. So the people in power do not seem to have a
grasp on reality, or else they do and do not care. But the response is sickening.

Perhaps, many hunters being conservationists, some of the people who peacefully rallied in Richmond Monday will consent to peacefully rally again at South Island, and bring a few dump truck loads of gravel mixed with dirt and weed seeds. And perhaps, take a volunteer shift remaining at South Island through the nesting season.

mb from NoVa
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Date: 1/23/20 11:50 am
From: John Greenwood via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Hawk antics at Mason District Park
This morning a juvie Red-shouldered Hawk provided several minutes of serendipitous entertainment for me. I observed the hawk lunge into the brushy slope behind the theater in the park. After a minute or two bouncing around in the brush it emerged onto an adjacent trail with it’s breakfast, apparently a small rodent. Then the fun began, it would toss its morsel into the air and then pounce on it; it repeated this action several times, all the while ignoring me although I was relatively close by. Mason District Park, located east of Annandale on Columbia Pike, is a small gem. Although not as birdie as you might expect it provides a variety of terrain, many trails, a couple streams and enough hills to encourage a bit of heavy breathing; check it out!

Jack Greenwood
Falls Church

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Date: 1/23/20 4:37 am
From: Anderson, Janet M. DCARO via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Peregrine Falcon-Falls Church, VA
January 22, 2020

Neighborhood Peregrine Falcon seen perched on the apartment ledge at Skyline Plaza in Baileys Crossroads, Falls Church, Fairfax County, VA.

Janet Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Date: 1/22/20 10:50 am
From: Thomas Nardone via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Jan 22, 2020
This morning, four people participated in a bird walk at Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve sponsored by the Northern Virginia Bird Club. There was not much waterfowl other than Canada geese and mallards. We observed 34 species in total. The complete list is shown below.


> Jan 22, 2020 8:25 AM - 12:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.856 mile(s)
> 34 species
>
> Canada Goose 500
> Mallard 50
> Ring-necked Duck 1
> Bufflehead 2
> Hooded Merganser 5
> Common Merganser 2
> Pied-billed Grebe 1
> Mourning Dove 2
> Ring-billed Gull 100
> Herring Gull 10
> Great Black-backed Gull 4
> Double-crested Cormorant 1
> Great Blue Heron 2
> Black Vulture 2
> Bald Eagle 8
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Northern Flicker 3
> American Crow 6
> Fish Crow 20
> Tufted Titmouse 5
> Winter Wren 1
> Carolina Wren 6
> European Starling 25
> Northern Mockingbird 3
> American Robin 6
> House Finch 2
> American Goldfinch 3
> Fox Sparrow 1
> White-throated Sparrow 40
> Song Sparrow 12
> Swamp Sparrow 3
> Common Grackle 3
> Northern Cardinal 10
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S63666228
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)

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Date: 1/22/20 8:57 am
From: Marshall Faintich via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Golden Eagles!
1/21/2020. Highland County: Golden Eagles (2), Bald Eagles (4 or 5),
Red-tailed Hawks (6), Red-shouldered Hawks (2), American Kestrels (6).
Augusta County: Red-tailed Hawks (3), Red-shouldered Hawk (1), Northern
Harrier (1), American Kestrels (2), Short-eared Owl (1). Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2020/2020_01_21.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2020/2020_01_21.htm



______________________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

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

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Date: 1/22/20 5:22 am
From: Ashley Peele via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [VA-bird] Final Season Kick-off Meeting Announcement!
Hey Atlas Volunteers!

If you missed our last email, check out the 2019 field season report here:
https://ebird.org/atlasva/news/a-look-back-at-2019-field-season/

Also, a quick announcement - our *final season kick-off meeting *will be
10am-5pm, *March 14th,* at VDGIF headquarters in Henrico.

*Our guest speaker for this event is coming all the way down from eBird
headquarters to talk with us about the increasing importance of citizen
science, specifically BBAs, for bird conservation both here in the US and
around the world!*

*Ian Davies* is a phenomenal birder, eBird project Coordinator at the
Cornell Lab of Ornithology AND will make all of us envious with tales of
his international birding travel.

We know traveling to Richmond isn't a fast journey for many of our
volunteers, but this is going to be a great chance to prep for the final
field season and network with fellow Atlasers and coordinators. Please
register today and join us for this event!

Registration at: https://forms.gle/x4wQu1Q8eDpBLm5KA

Let's launch our last VABBA2 season with a bang!
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: 1/22/20 4:23 am
From: Larry Cartwright via VA-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [VA-bird] Bounty of Birds at Construction-Clogged Chincoteague NWR


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Even with Chincoteague NWR’s Wildlife Drive loop closed to cars and partially closed to pedestrians due to construction until March, there was a bounty of birds to be seen on 1/21/20 — and an escaped horse!  I saw a tri-colored heron, an eagle pair “courting” in the sky, dozens of brown-headed nuthatches, dozens of buffleheads, scores of northern shovelers, several great blue herons, some tundra swans,  lots of yellow-rumped warblers, a pair of kingfishers, two great egrets that don’t seem to want to head south, and more. Private photos temporarily here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/314C26

- Barb, Fairfax


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