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3/24/17 10:38 am Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding...> Re: [Va-bird] Black-headed Gull- Colonial Heights 3/23
3/24/17 9:40 am Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> [Va-bird] Chippie in Falls Church
3/24/17 5:56 am Albright, Tom (USMS) <Tom.Albright2...> [Va-bird] Monticello Park, Alexandria..Pine Warbler
3/23/17 7:06 pm Ziegenfus, Zig - ziegencw <ziegencw...> [Va-bird] FW: Chandler Robbins
3/23/17 6:39 pm Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2...> [Va-bird] Sully Shrike 23 March, and Rock Hill District Park
3/23/17 3:24 pm David Young <lcdyoung93...> [Va-bird] Lake Fairfax highlights, Pine Warblers return
3/23/17 2:51 pm Adam D'Onofrio <bigadfromlb...> [Va-bird] Black-headed Gull- Colonial Heights 3/23
3/23/17 12:45 pm Robert Brosnan via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh
3/23/17 8:20 am Mark Flynn <markkflynn...> [Va-bird] Gang of immature bald eagles
3/23/17 6:59 am ROB SIMPSON <RSIMPSON...> [Va-bird] Black-capped Chickadees, Hearing aids, Backpacks
3/23/17 6:57 am MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] W ALBEMARLE--FOS Louisiana Waterthrush, Field Sparrow, Tree Swallows
3/23/17 4:09 am Jean Tatalias <jtatalias...> Re: [Va-bird] Hearing aids with birders in mind
3/23/17 3:57 am Dave Youker via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Brant at Messick Point in Poquoson
3/22/17 10:32 am Jean Tatalias <jtatalias...> [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Burke Lake Park, Mar 22, 2017
3/22/17 9:42 am m b <marlabeth...> [Va-bird] scaups in tidal basin
3/22/17 8:05 am Suzanne Stewart <suzinotsue...> [Va-bird] FOS Tree Swallow Orange VA
3/22/17 7:01 am Eugene Burreson <gene...> [Va-bird] Great Egrets on the move, Gloucester Co
3/21/17 8:11 pm Howard Wu <howiewu1...> [Va-bird] Sully Woodlands shrike and kestrel
3/21/17 5:28 pm Kurt <kurtcapt87...> Re: [Va-bird] Bird ID needed by rehabber (3rd try to post)
3/21/17 5:25 pm Connie & Wilton Sale <humnchirp...> [Va-bird] Bird ID needed by rehabber (3rd try to post)
3/21/17 10:26 am Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding...> Re: [Va-bird] Hearing aids with birders in mind
3/21/17 9:25 am Joe Coleman <joecoleman...> [Va-bird] Chan Robbins
3/21/17 9:01 am Scott Priebe <falco57...> Re: [Va-bird] Hearing aids with birders in mind
3/21/17 8:14 am Tom Thomas <tomtom218...> [Va-bird] Hearing aids with birders in mind
3/21/17 7:58 am <nanjyoung...> [Va-bird] Junco singing
3/21/17 7:51 am Larry Cartwright <prowarbler...> [Va-bird] Meadowlark at Dyke Marsh Marina
3/21/17 7:23 am <david.boltz4...> [Va-bird] Update Re: Lake Frederick Waterfowl-Frederick Co.
3/21/17 6:21 am <david.boltz4...> [Va-bird] Lake Frederick Waterfowl-Frederick Co.
3/20/17 8:48 pm Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
3/20/17 6:54 pm Joelle Buffa <clyde_joelle...> [Va-bird] Chincoteague NWR Shorebird/Gull Survey March 20
3/20/17 10:12 am pepherup via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] F O S Meadowlarks
3/20/17 7:33 am Robert Brosnan via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Orchard Oriole
3/20/17 6:41 am Robert Brosnan via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Orchard Oriole
3/20/17 4:41 am Julie Anne Cooper <julieannecooper...> [Va-bird] American Widgeons at Silver Lake (Haymarket)
3/19/17 8:26 pm Larry Cartwright <prowarbler...> [Va-bird] Woodcock Display at Huntley Meadows
3/19/17 7:42 pm Pam and Ben via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Songs at Huntley Meadows
3/19/17 6:25 pm Beth Fedorko via eBird <ebird-share...> [Va-bird] Beth Fedorko has shared an eBird checklist with you from Sandy Point Road, Wicomico Church, VA on Mar 18, 2017
3/19/17 5:03 pm Shea Tiller <sheagordontiller...> [Va-bird] Buckroe Beach no eared grebe this afternoon
3/19/17 2:50 pm Cheryl Walsh <wrwccw...> [Va-bird] Late Post, Shenandoah University
3/19/17 1:52 pm Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...> [Va-bird] Sunday walk at Dyke Marsh WP, Fairfax Co
3/19/17 1:31 pm KELLY K <tripacct1...> Re: [Va-bird] European Goldfinch Not Seen Today - Leesylvania SP, Prince Wm. Co.
3/19/17 1:09 pm Dendroica--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Great Falls Bird Walk 03/19/17 Fairfax County
3/18/17 9:23 pm Katherine Cummings via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Fox Sparrows
3/18/17 2:23 pm Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder...> [Va-bird] Birding Halifax County
3/18/17 1:36 pm Elton Morel via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] NVBC walk at Aquia Landing Beach Park and Crow's Nest NAP, Stafford County, Saturday, March 18, 2017
3/18/17 1:31 pm K Bell <karenbell723...> Re: [Va-bird] European Goldfinch Not Seen Today - Leesylvania SP, Prince Wm. Co.
3/18/17 12:22 pm Stuart via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Riverbend Tundra Swans (3/18) afternoon
3/18/17 10:15 am Dolores Crooke <dluv2quilt...> [Va-bird] Bird Identification
3/18/17 10:08 am <david.boltz4...> Re: [Va-bird] European Goldfinch Not Seen Today - Leesylvania SP, Prince Wm. Co.
3/18/17 9:49 am David Matson <wrenpt...> [Va-bird] Baltimore Orioles
3/18/17 7:50 am Kenneth Rosenthal <rosenthal.k...> [Va-bird] Merlin at Barcroft Park
3/18/17 7:35 am John Greenwood via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Red-headed Woodpecker at Luria Park, Fairfax County
3/18/17 5:35 am Walter Hadlock <jaybirdncarol...> [Va-bird] Fox Sparrows for Cornell's Backyard Feeder Watch count day
3/18/17 4:59 am Rob Bielawski <robbielawski...> [Va-bird] Back Bay NWR
3/17/17 3:07 pm Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> Re: [Va-bird] MY TURN: FOX SPARROWS
3/17/17 1:58 pm <david.boltz4...> [Va-bird] European Goldfinch Not Seen Today - Leesylvania SP, Prince Wm. Co.
3/17/17 12:43 pm L. Abigail Walter <lawalter...> [Va-bird] Final Deadline: VSO 2017 Annual Meeting Call for Papers
3/17/17 12:24 pm Cheryl Walsh <wrwccw...> [Va-bird] Broadlands Wilson's Snipe
3/17/17 9:21 am Spears, David (DMME) <David.Spears...> Re: [Va-bird] MY TURN: FOX SPARROWS
3/17/17 6:25 am Ashley Peele <ashpeele...> [Va-bird] Singing Birds on St. Patty's Day
3/17/17 4:24 am Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2...> [Va-bird] Sully Woodlands 16 March - coyotes
3/16/17 7:55 pm Chileddie via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Fox Sparrow Arlington
3/16/17 6:09 pm Scott Priebe <falco57...> Re: [Va-bird] MY TURN: FOX SPARROWS
3/16/17 5:32 pm Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2...> Re: [Va-bird] MY TURN: FOX SPARROWS
3/16/17 2:57 pm Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> [Va-bird] MY TURN: FOX SPARROWS
3/16/17 2:02 pm Deapesh Misra via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Sparrows - snow days - FFx county
3/16/17 9:43 am Thomas Nardone <nardonet...> Re: [Va-bird] Lapland longspurs
3/16/17 9:16 am Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> Re: [Va-bird] Lapland longspurs
3/16/17 8:01 am Candice Lowther <candiceylowther...> [Va-bird] European goldfinch still at Leesylvania, Prince William county
3/16/17 6:39 am pepherup--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Invasion Of The Foxes
3/15/17 4:03 pm akb <arun1bose...> [Va-bird] Richmond Osprey Cam
3/15/17 2:44 pm Vineeta <vineetaa...> [Va-bird] FYI: Senior National Park Pass to Increase from $10 to $80
3/15/17 12:04 pm Apple via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Lapland longspurs
3/15/17 11:52 am Kenneth Rosenthal <rosenthal.k...> [Va-bird] Birding in Arlington, Virginia
3/15/17 11:23 am Dixie Sommers via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Lapland Longspur at Meadowood BLM facility
3/15/17 10:12 am Fred Atwood <fatwood...> Re: [Va-bird] Lapland Longspur at Meadowood BLM facility
3/15/17 9:03 am Larry Cartwright <prowarbler...> [Va-bird] Lapland Longspur at Meadowood BLM facility
3/15/17 8:03 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [Va-bird] Revels Island, back in the day.
3/15/17 7:40 am Fred Atwood <fatwood...> [Va-bird] European goldfinch still at Leesylvania SP.
3/15/17 6:14 am David Farner <dfarner...> [Va-bird] Fox sparrows Fort CF Smith Arlington
3/14/17 7:48 am Ashley Peele <ashpeele...> [Va-bird] VABBA2 Tip - Adding data to heavily birded areas
3/14/17 5:57 am Shea Tiller <sheagordontiller...> [Va-bird] Northeast Reservoir, Lake Anna, Colonial Heights Walmart
3/13/17 4:39 pm Walter L. Barrows <wbarrows...> Re: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
3/13/17 2:58 pm Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
3/13/17 1:25 pm Marshall Faintich <marshall...> [Va-bird] 3 Bald Eagles
3/13/17 9:50 am Pat Carrier <patcarrier44...> [Va-bird] Virginia bird list
3/13/17 8:55 am Tyler Reber <compwiz35...> [Va-bird] European Goldfinch
3/13/17 8:14 am Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding...> Re: [Va-bird] European Goldfinch
3/13/17 7:27 am Albright, Tom (USMS) <Tom.Albright2...> [Va-bird] Phoebes at Monticello Park, Alexandria
3/13/17 7:11 am Diane L via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Breeding Bird Atlasing resource: First Ohio BBA (available on line)
3/13/17 6:25 am Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...> [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh, March 12
3/12/17 5:44 pm Bob Schamerhorn <bob...> [Va-bird] Williamsburg Botanical Gardens - Bird Program March 18
3/12/17 5:44 pm Tony Futcher <tonyfutcher1...> Re: [Va-bird] Fairfax feeder with all black birds, thick bill, need ID help
3/12/17 5:08 pm janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] 30 Tundra Swans in Springfield, VA -3/12/2017at Lake Accotink
3/12/17 3:03 pm Jerry Blondell <jblondell...> [Va-bird] Fairfax feeder with all black birds, thick bill, need ID help
3/12/17 2:07 pm Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> [Va-bird] European Goldfinch
3/12/17 11:38 am Bryan Henson <bghenson23...> Re: [Va-bird] European Goldfinch
3/12/17 10:46 am Dendroica--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Great Falls Bird Walk 03/12/17 (Fairfax County)
3/12/17 9:26 am Larry Cartwright <prowarbler...> [Va-bird] European Goldfinch
3/12/17 7:43 am Howard Wu <howiewu1...> [Va-bird] Leesylvania European Goldfinch
3/12/17 7:37 am <david.boltz4...> [Va-bird] 250 Tundra Swans, et. al. - Lake Frederick, Frederick Co.
3/12/17 6:56 am Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> [Va-bird] European Goldfinch:
3/12/17 5:39 am Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...> [Va-bird] Eurasian Goldfinch -Leesylvania SP
3/11/17 3:29 pm Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> [Va-bird] Riverbend Park:Tundra Swan Delights
3/11/17 2:20 pm Joe Coleman <joecoleman...> [Va-bird] Banshee Reeks and Dulles Greenway Wetlands Bird Walk Results
3/11/17 12:04 pm KELLY K <tripacct1...> [Va-bird] More early migrants at CM Crockett Park
3/11/17 10:41 am Karen Brandt via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Tundra swans at Riverbend Park
3/11/17 10:26 am Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...> [Va-bird] European goldfinch details, Leesylvania State Park, Mar 11, 2017
3/11/17 8:47 am Howard Wu <howiewu1...> [Va-bird] Sully Woodlands shrike and other birds
3/11/17 7:50 am Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...> [Va-bird] European goldfinch, Leesylvania sp
3/10/17 2:26 pm Janet Paisley <janetpaisley...> [Va-bird] Fox Sparrows in Charlottesville
3/10/17 2:24 pm Janis Stone <janis49...> [Va-bird] Question re Chickadee at Huntley Meadows, Alexandria
3/10/17 8:13 am Shipman Nancy <nancy.shipman...> [Va-bird] Guatemala birding tour
3/10/17 8:09 am Andrew Rapp <lax3birder...> [Va-bird] Trumpeter Swan Louisa specimen
3/10/17 6:10 am Ashley Peele <ashpeele...> [Va-bird] Western Atlas Training Session in Blacksburg
3/8/17 12:11 pm Vineeta <vineetaa...> [Va-bird] Chukar partridge in Beverly Hills neighborhood of Alexandria
3/8/17 10:52 am David Matson <wrenpt...> [Va-bird] Red-breasted Nuthatch
3/8/17 9:54 am Dixie Sommers via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows - Fairfax County
3/8/17 6:04 am Ashley Peele <ashpeele...> [Va-bird] On the Hunt for VA's Breeding Birds
3/7/17 7:03 pm MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] OOPS--Purple Finches here March 4, not March 6
3/7/17 6:54 pm MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Wood Ducks in OWL BOX by my driveway!!!!!! (western Albemarle)
3/7/17 5:00 pm Joelle Buffa <clyde_joelle...> [Va-bird] Chincoteague NWR Shorebird/Gull Survey March 6
3/7/17 4:37 pm Jack via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] FW: Lake Accotink Bald Eagle nest
3/7/17 1:48 pm Edward Eder <nutmegz...> [Va-bird] Osprey pair at Dyke Marsh
3/7/17 10:30 am Walter Hadlock <jaybirdncarol...> [Va-bird] Eagle's nest at Riverbend Park
3/7/17 6:35 am Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...> [Va-bird] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, February 28-March 6, 2017
3/6/17 5:51 pm Walter L. Barrows <wbarrows...> Re: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
3/6/17 3:04 pm Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
3/6/17 2:33 pm Stuart via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] OOPS! Great Falls, >VA<. Mea Culpa
3/6/17 11:40 am Gary Robinette <grobinette...> [Va-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR
3/6/17 7:30 am Bill Hohenstein <elliety...> Re: [Va-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR, osprey
3/5/17 8:16 pm Sue Garvin <garvin.sue...> [Va-bird] EnvStudies Bird Walk, Wednesday near Warrenton
3/5/17 7:25 pm Laura Farron <laura.farron...> [Va-bird] Tundra swan flyover, Fairfax
3/5/17 6:40 pm Barbara Houston <rinksyd...> [Va-bird] Malvern Hill, Henrico, VA
3/5/17 6:00 pm Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...> [Va-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR, osprey
3/5/17 5:49 pm Elton Morel via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] NVBC walk at Huntley Meadows Park-Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax county, Mar 5, 2017
3/5/17 5:43 pm Stuart via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Great Falls, Md Sunday (3/5/17) 8-10am
3/5/17 5:30 pm Gerco H <drgerco...> [Va-bird] FW: Highlights NVBC Trip to Highlands Co
3/5/17 5:28 pm janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Birds seen March 5, 2017
3/5/17 5:12 pm Gerco H <drgerco...> [Va-bird] Highlights NVBC Trip to Highlands Co
3/5/17 5:06 pm Sarah Anderson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh Osprey, Fairfax County
3/5/17 1:37 pm Renee Grebe via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Redhead @ Kingstowne Lake (Alexandria)
3/5/17 9:04 am Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh, Mar 5, 2017
3/4/17 11:44 am Jean Tatalias <jtatalias...> [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Silver Lake Regional Park, Mar 4, 2017
3/4/17 11:21 am pepherup via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Red Shouldered, Fox Sparrow, Yellow Rump
3/3/17 6:49 pm <plmhp...> [Va-bird] 3/3 sightings Highland County
3/3/17 9:19 am Carol Evans <evanscarol75...> [Va-bird] wren courtship
3/2/17 4:26 pm Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2...> [Va-bird] early Phoebe also at Cub Run woods
3/2/17 2:55 pm Sue Garvin <garvin.sue...> [Va-bird] Woodcock Walk, this Saturday
3/2/17 12:11 pm Edward Eder <nutmegz...> [Va-bird] Osprey at Dyke Marsh
3/2/17 11:13 am Elizabeth Fedorko <elizabethholcombefedorko...> [Va-bird] Trying to Get a VBBA2 Block, Am I too Late????
3/2/17 8:46 am Thomas Nardone <nardonet...> [Va-bird] eBird -- Long Branch Nature Center & Park -- Mar 1, 2017
3/2/17 5:56 am Albright, Tom (USMS) <Tom.Albright2...> [Va-bird] Monticello Park, Alexandria 2 March
3/2/17 5:39 am Ashley Peele <ashpeele...> [Va-bird] Waterfowl Behavior on Migration
3/2/17 4:19 am Elizabeth Fedorko <elizabethholcombefedorko...> [Va-bird] Merlin In Luria Park, Falls Church, VA
3/1/17 7:18 pm <nanjyoung...> [Va-bird] Fish Crow - Daleville (Botetourt County)
3/1/17 6:58 pm Ed and Helen Morgan <edandhelenmorgan...> [Va-bird] Russell county Virginia
3/1/17 6:47 am Carr, David E. (dec5z) <dec5z...> [Va-bird] Meet the author of "The Genius of Birds"
3/1/17 6:45 am Carr, David E. (dec5z) <dec5z...> [Va-bird] Meet the author of "The Genius of Birds"
2/28/17 6:48 pm Frederick Atwood via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Fw: eBird Report - Leopold's Preserve, Feb 24, 2017
2/28/17 6:38 pm Fred Atwood <fatwood...> [Va-bird] Belated Report: King George and Westmoreland Counties, Feb 26
2/28/17 2:23 pm Brian Taber via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] College Creek Hawkwatch February Total
2/28/17 11:05 am <david.boltz4...> Re: [Va-bird] Greater White-fronted Goose at Belvoir Pond, Marshall, Fauquier County
2/28/17 10:28 am Carol Sottili <carol.sottili...> [Va-bird] Help with hummingbirds
2/28/17 10:23 am Dave Larsen - birding <hirundo...> [Va-bird] Early Blue-winged Teal in Haymarket
2/28/17 10:12 am Joe Coleman <joecoleman...> [Va-bird] FW: DC Area, 2/28/2017
2/28/17 9:05 am Deapesh Misra via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Possible Sand Hill Cranes over Centreville-Chantily
2/28/17 4:19 am Les Willis <lwillis...> [Va-bird] Common Merganser (hen) on Nansemond River, Suffolk, VA
2/27/17 8:40 pm Stuart via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Hypothesis re. 2 RHW Luria park and prov rec. ctr.: Falls Church
2/27/17 5:53 pm Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Woodcocks @ Huntley Meadows
2/27/17 2:06 pm Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk Addendum
2/27/17 1:52 pm Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
2/27/17 9:59 am Dave Larsen - Birding <hirundo...> [Va-bird] Greater White-fronted Goose at Belvoir Pond, Marshall, Fauquier County
2/27/17 7:58 am Gerco H <drgerco...> [Va-bird] Loudoun County
2/27/17 6:24 am Ashley Peele <ashpeele...> [Va-bird] Breeding Codes into Atlas Portal
2/26/17 11:50 pm Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder...> [Va-bird] Test
2/26/17 6:54 pm Vineeta Anand <vineetaa...> Re: [Va-bird] Red-Headed Woodpeckers in Falls Church, VA
2/26/17 6:44 pm Howard Wu <howiewu1...> [Va-bird] Pohick Bay this afternoon - lingering Tundra Swans
2/26/17 6:37 pm janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Red-Headed Woodpeckers in Falls Church, VA
2/26/17 4:18 pm James Winkelmann <james.winkelmann...> [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Dutch Gap Conservation Area/Henricus Historical Park, Feb 26, 2017
2/26/17 3:40 pm Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Merrimac Farm
2/26/17 2:12 pm Scott Byrd via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] American Woodcocks
2/26/17 11:37 am Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...> [Va-bird] Fw: eBird Report - Occoquan Bay NWR, Feb 26, 2017
2/26/17 11:15 am Kevin Shank <birds...> [Va-bird] Rusty Blackbirds, Union Springs, R'ham County
2/26/17 10:38 am Linda Millington <millington.linda...> [Va-bird] Lots of ducks!
2/26/17 9:21 am Dendroica--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Great Falls Bird Walk 02/26/17 (Fairfasx County)
2/26/17 9:04 am Pete & Charm <rwpeterman...> [Va-bird] Fw: eBird Report - Grandview Nature Preserve, Feb 25, 2017
2/26/17 8:56 am Pam and Ben via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Signs (songs) of spring at Huntley Meadows yesterday, and more book recommendations.
2/26/17 8:25 am MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] FOS Pine Warbler Feb. 25--western Albemarle
2/26/17 7:59 am Quinn Emmering <qemmering...> [Va-bird] Pine Warblers Singing Fairfax Co.
2/26/17 7:21 am MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] First-of-season turkey gobbling!!!!
2/26/17 5:58 am Robyn A. Puffenbarger <rpuffenb...> [Va-bird] Wilson's Snipe
2/25/17 7:43 pm nicholas <flicknanders...> [Va-bird] scaup off Chippokes Plantation SP, Surry Co., 2/25/17
2/25/17 5:35 pm <shaphan...> <shaphan...> [Va-bird] Pine Warbler, Union Springs, R'ham County
2/25/17 5:03 pm Gerco H <drgerco...> [Va-bird] Banshee Reeks, Loudoun County
2/25/17 1:09 pm Phil Silas via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Mason Neck State Park, Feb 25, 2017
2/25/17 11:58 am Joe Coleman <joecoleman...> [Va-bird] Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship
2/25/17 9:00 am Howard Wu <howiewu1...> [Va-bird] Sully Woodlands Phoebe and Shrike
2/25/17 5:20 am Dixie Sommers via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Kingbird Highway - another book for the life list.
2/24/17 1:36 pm Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> [Va-bird] Eagles -Waterfowl: Mason Neck SP; Pohick Bay
2/24/17 6:50 am Diane L via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Saw-whet Owls, Shenandoah Nat. Park
2/24/17 4:15 am Brian Taber via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Clay-colored Sparrow in James City County
2/23/17 6:42 pm Ashley Lohr <aklohr...> [Va-bird] Lynchburg Baltimore oriole still here!! New record??
2/23/17 5:47 pm Howard Wu <howiewu1...> [Va-bird] The best way to reply to a thread?
2/23/17 5:43 pm Eric Harrold via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Woodcocks calling at Difficult Creek Natural Area Preserve
2/23/17 5:14 pm Dixie Sommers via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Kingbird Highway - another book for the life list.
2/23/17 3:45 pm Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' <RoweRA...> [Va-bird] Florida Trip Part III - Sweetwater Wetlands Gainesville
2/23/17 3:10 pm Scott Jackson-Ricketts <scottjr...> Re: [Va-bird] Kingbird Highway - another book for the life list.
2/23/17 8:02 am Gerco H <drgerco...> [Va-bird] Yard Birds - Purple Finch and Fox Sparriw
2/22/17 6:47 pm Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Shenandoah National Park
2/22/17 4:11 pm Karen Kearney via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Where the Alcids be?
2/22/17 3:17 pm Bill Hohenstein <elliety...> Re: [Va-bird] Kingbird Highway - another book for the life list.
2/22/17 2:23 pm Ashley Lohr <aklohr...> Re: [Va-bird] Kingbird Highway - another book for the life list.
2/22/17 1:41 pm Lee Atwood via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Where the Alcids be?
2/22/17 1:16 pm Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' <RoweRA...> [Va-bird] Florida Trip Part II - Tarpon Springs Area
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Date: 3/24/17 10:38 am
From: Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Black-headed Gull- Colonial Heights 3/23
Wasn't there this morning when Patty Elton and I tried for it. Gull
numbers seem to be down compared with my last visit at the beginning of the
month, and many of the Ring-bills are looking pretty ratty in their molt.

http://ebird.org/ebird/va/view/checklist/S35393899

Wendy Ealding
Midlothian

On Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 5:50 PM, Adam D'Onofrio <bigadfromlb...>
wrote:

> I stopped by the gull pond next to the Walmart in Colonial Heights after
> work today. I was looking for the Iceland Gull that had been reported
> there recently. Didn't find that but did find an adult BLACK-HEADED GULL
> chilling on the shoreline. The bird was flushed by a person that came to
> feed bread to the gulls and headed in the direction of the landfill but it
> could certainly return. Ebird list pasted below with a couple of photos.
> Good birding.
>
>
> Adam D'Onofrio
>
> North Dinwiddie
>
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35378838
>
>
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Date: 3/24/17 9:40 am
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Chippie in Falls Church
I just had my FOS, and uncommon in my yard, Chipping Sparrow this morning.
So nice to see !!
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Date: 3/24/17 5:56 am
From: Albright, Tom (USMS) <Tom.Albright2...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Monticello Park, Alexandria..Pine Warbler
Flood gates starting to open in early migration after 10 days of northerly flow
12+ E. Phoebe
1 Pine Warbler
5 GC Kinglets
1 YB Sapsucker
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Date: 3/23/17 7:06 pm
From: Ziegenfus, Zig - ziegencw <ziegencw...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FW: Chandler Robbins
I think every birder should thank Chandler.



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From: <tn-bird-bounce...> [<tn-bird-bounce...>] on behalf of Aborn, David [<David-Aborn...>]
Sent: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 3:47 PM
To: <tn-bird...>
Subject: [TN-Bird] Chandler Robbins


21 March 2017

The world of birding and bird conservation lost one of its giants last night, with the passing of Chan Robbins. Many of you have participated in Breeding Bird Surveys, and that is an important part of Chanís legacy. For many of you, myself included, his field guide was the first one you owned and helped get you started on your birding endeavors. Many of you keep up with the life of wisdom, the Laysan Albatross Chan banded in 1956, and who continues to produce chicks to this day. The list of his accomplishments is lengthy. A friend and colleague put together an obituary for the ornithological community, which I share with you below. I knew Chan personally, and he was a very humble, cheerful, and helpful person.

David Aborn

Chattanooga, TN

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Chan Robbins, whose legendary status in the ornithological and birding worlds was well-earned, passed away on 20 March 2017 at the age of 98. Robbins was born and raised in a Boston suburb. There, and at the Gloucester beaches, he watched birds with 3X opera glasses. He earned a degree in physics from Harvard in 1940. Ornithologist Ludlow Griscom was one of his advisors, and that influence may have played a role in Chan's turn to a career in ornithology. He joined the Civilian Public Service during World War II. Fate sent him to the Bird Banding Lab at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in 1943. Two years later, he became an employee of the BBL and went on to develop the Breeding Bird Survey.

This 2014 article from Audubon includes a wonderful video clip of Chan on a Christmas Bird Count at the age of 96! It was his 406th count!


http://www.audubon.o...ndler-s-robbins<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.audubon.org_news_in-2Dmemory-2Dchandler-2Ds-2Drobbins&d=DwMFAg&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=U4jfnKgGWHpE-pKbmqo7BA&m=E-j--2uBa7xal4EJcNippfu7uOwJksNMC2ATYw0DB8w&s=zdlDftCk4NuOqIp2bpgB7Cg-S5XMMxdvSlMemvvK3HM&e=>

Chan is also known for having banded "Wisdom"<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.allaboutbirds.org_qa-2Dchan-2Drobbins-2Dtalks-2Dabout-2Dwisdom-2Dthe-2Dworlds-2Doldest-2Dbanded-2Dbird_&d=DwMFAg&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=U4jfnKgGWHpE-pKbmqo7BA&m=E-j--2uBa7xal4EJcNippfu7uOwJksNMC2ATYw0DB8w&s=iuUzqb7nGrgmLwWM9e5GIroKt70bsdwh2pde8spa7Xs&e=> a Laysan Albatross - in 1956. She is still producing offspring at age 66, having last produced an egg in February 2017.

In the mid-1940s, Robbins became coordinator of the continent-wide collection of bird migration records. These 90 years of records are now being digitized and transcribed as part of the North American Bird Phenology Program.
Robbins co-wrote Birds of North America: A Guide to Field Identification in 1966, more commonly known as the "Golden Guide" , which introduced innovative two-page spreads that integrated text, illustrations, range maps and silhouettes and a range of plumages. The Golden Guide also represented bird vocalizations with sonograms, two-dimensional graphs of frequency and amplitude over time.
Among Chan's many awards:

Linnaean Society of New York's Eisenmann Medal
U.S. Department of the Interior's Distinguished Service Award
American Birding Association, Ludlow Griscom Award
American Ornithologists' Union (now the American Ornithological Society), Elliott Coues Award
National Audubon Society, Audubon Medal

Partners in Flight Lifetime Achievement Award

In 2000, the American Birding Association established the Chandler Robbins Award<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__en.wikipedia.org_wiki_Chandler-5FRobbins-5FAward&d=DwMFAg&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=U4jfnKgGWHpE-pKbmqo7BA&m=E-j--2uBa7xal4EJcNippfu7uOwJksNMC2ATYw0DB8w&s=YKfKVjxQH2YRP-EvK9qOC3lZqnHC7l1PKeKAkHde484&e=> for significant contributions to birder education and/or bird conservation. The Foundation for Ecodevelopment and Conservation (FUNDAECO) of Guatemala named the Chandler Robbins Biological Station, located in its Cerro San Gil reserve, in his honor.

Chan retired in 2005 but continued to work at the Bird Banding Lab on a regular basis. His colleagues at Patuxent created this web page<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.pwrc.usgs.gov_robbins_index.cfm&d=DwMFAg&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=U4jfnKgGWHpE-pKbmqo7BA&m=E-j--2uBa7xal4EJcNippfu7uOwJksNMC2ATYw0DB8w&s=RcoQ57lts2ca_6LdO-SaIqw7qNZyqW2Y3EY2z78bpi8&e=> dedicated to Chan. The slideshow<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.pwrc.usgs.gov_robbins_Slides-5Fweb.pdf&d=DwMFAg&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=U4jfnKgGWHpE-pKbmqo7BA&m=E-j--2uBa7xal4EJcNippfu7uOwJksNMC2ATYw0DB8w&s=6Y3fOwQOfh6o61FIbshMWSEZ79rnFDWt2-ItyzEGKbw&e=> is definitely worth watching.

Selected publications

* Robbins, Chandler S.; P. F. Springer; and C. G. Webster. 1951. "Effects of five-year DDT application on breeding bird population," Journal of Wildlife Management 15(2):213Ė216.
* Stewart, R. E. and Chandler S. Robbins. 1958. Birds of Maryland and the District of Columbia. North American Fauna No. 62. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service.
* Robbins, Chandler S.; Bertel Bruun; and Herbert S. Zim. 1966. Birds of North America: A Guide to Field Identification. Golden Press, Inc., New York, NY. ISBN 978-0-307-13656-5<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__en.wikipedia.org_wiki_Special-3ABookSources_9780307136565&d=DwMFAg&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=U4jfnKgGWHpE-pKbmqo7BA&m=E-j--2uBa7xal4EJcNippfu7uOwJksNMC2ATYw0DB8w&s=JjKjHvLM_Lam-aqfikTM4atxj1U6hwT3-qERDYXcENA&e=>.
* Robbins, Chandler S. and W. T. Van Velzen. 1967. The Breeding Bird Survey, 1966. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Special Scientific ReportóWildlife No. 102.
* Whitcomb, R. F.; Chandler S. Robbins; et al. 1981. "Effects of forest fragmentation on avifauna of the eastern deciduous forest." Pages 125Ė205 in R.L. Burgess and D.M. Sharpe, editors. Forest Island Dynamics in Man-Dominated Landscapes. Ecological Studies 41. Springer-Verlag, New York. ISBN 978-0-387-90584-6<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__en.wikipedia.org_wiki_Special-3ABookSources_9780387905846&d=DwMFAg&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=U4jfnKgGWHpE-pKbmqo7BA&m=E-j--2uBa7xal4EJcNippfu7uOwJksNMC2ATYw0DB8w&s=aXkSv7d_TAQ0EBeICBcAGM0jGoPBrk6U35qVkUn1IF0&e=>.
* Robbins, Chandler S.; D.K. Dawson; and B.A. Dowell. 1989. Habitat Area Requirements of Breeding Forest Birds of the Middle Atlantic States. The Wildlife Society, Wildlife Monographs no. 103.
Robbins, Chandler S., senior editor; E. A. T. Blom, project coordinator; et al. 1996. Atlas of the breeding birds of Maryland and the District of Columbia. University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA. ISBN 978-0-8229-3923-8<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__en.wikipedia.org_wiki_Special-3ABookSources_9780822939238&d=DwMFAg&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=U4jfnKgGWHpE-pKbmqo7BA&m=E-j--2uBa7xal4EJcNippfu7uOwJksNMC2ATYw0DB8w&s=4z77taylrnLWGZantpZq7w6VGVWEGb12YYzrlMxXI0w&e=>.
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Date: 3/23/17 6:39 pm
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Sully Shrike 23 March, and Rock Hill District Park

I visited Sully Woodlands (Fairfax County) today, and ran into another birder taking photos of the Northern Shrike, a nice guy named Tom.

He said the bird had been leading him around the area, covering several different directions from the stables. When I showed up today, it was atop one of the two adjacent bare tree perches where I first saw it, that is, just a short distance SW of the stables. When I left it was on one of the telephone wires just E of them.

Amazing that this bird has stayed here this long - today marks exactly 21 weeks.

At nearby Rock Hill District Park, I saw a flock of 8 Meadowlarks. I also counted 4 there 9 days ago - maybe they're going to stay around for the summer?

Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia



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Date: 3/23/17 3:24 pm
From: David Young <lcdyoung93...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Lake Fairfax highlights, Pine Warblers return
Pine Warblers returned to Lake Fairfax a few days ago, 3/20. That's the
37th year in a row that I've been birding that patch of pines
that they have returned to the upper Tent camping area.
Usually right around 3/1, 3/12 earliest for
me anyway, not a real common bird in this corner of Fairfax County.
The bridge replacement is passable for the first time since December, so
that half of the park is now accessible, still a mess and under major stream
rerouting and structure replacements.
The Red Breasted Nuthatches were still present and the wintering Hermit
Thrush population got a boost by a push of migrants, counted 8 in a short
time in the Virginia pines and Holly. Chipping Sparrows which had a group
that wintered over, were in bigger numbers too and looking sharp.
A lone Killdeer was trying to stake out a territory among all the construction
and heavy equipment.
There has been a Bald Eagle presence all winter but today there was a pair
perched on far side of the lake together. Nesting ??
In the arm of the lake just past the entrance there were 6 Green Winged Teal
early this morning with a male Wood Duck in same area.
A lone Osprey and some Tree Swallow were flyovers.
Should add that I had two Fox Sparrows in hedge by Hunt Club border.
Also large number of small flocks of Fish Crows all over Reston and Phoebes
have been back at a few locations for at least a week. Fun Stuff !


David Young
Reston, Virginia

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Date: 3/23/17 2:51 pm
From: Adam D'Onofrio <bigadfromlb...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Black-headed Gull- Colonial Heights 3/23
ÔĽŅI stopped by the gull pond next to the Walmart in Colonial Heights after work today. I was looking for the Iceland Gull that had been reported there recently. Didn't find that but did find an adult BLACK-HEADED GULL chilling on the shoreline. The bird was flushed by a person that came to feed bread to the gulls and headed in the direction of the landfill but it could certainly return. Ebird list pasted below with a couple of photos. Good birding.


Adam D'Onofrio

North Dinwiddie


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35378838


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Date: 3/23/17 12:45 pm
From: Robert Brosnan via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh
My wife and went to Dyke Marsh this afternoon.  It was nice out and warmed up as we walked.  The eagles were active on the island and saw two Ospreys.  More interesting however were 3 grebe types.  We're not experts but are 95% sure we saw both Eared  and Horned Grebes and the previously reported Red  Necked  Grebes.  Also many Cormorant and Scaup.
Bob BrosnanFalls Church
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Date: 3/23/17 8:20 am
From: Mark Flynn <markkflynn...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Gang of immature bald eagles
Yesterday morning, Charles City County, VA Rt 106, just north of the James
River in open field with dead animal, 6 - 8 immature bald eagles flying &
on ground by kill. I had never seen such a large group of immature balds
together. No, not buzzards, these were big, stocky, strong birds with the
distinctive whitish under-feather (?) markings.

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Date: 3/23/17 6:59 am
From: ROB SIMPSON <RSIMPSON...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Black-capped Chickadees, Hearing aids, Backpacks
We still have our few Black-capped Chickadees around at the feeders. It is always difficult to get an exact date when they leave. We have timed it in the past when we have a massive exodus of Purple Finches the BCCH leave also. Since we have very few and sporadic Purple Finches now they will not be as good of an obvious trigger. If anyone is following BCCH in lowland elevations please email me your BCCH departure dates.
Hearing aids: I shopped around for hearing aids and ended up at Cosco as a final choice. About Ĺ the price of other store brands and they were also very flexible. Four channels to have customized Ė I do: 1 regular voice; 2 crowded conditions (not all that helpful and maybe better programed for another bird group); 3 high range bird calls (warblers, etc. and very effective); 4 low range bird calls (deep hooters, owls, grouse etc).
As a kid I went to sleep every night with the Peterson bird records playing hoping I could learn the songs in my sleep. These hearing aids have added several decades of youthfulness back to my ears Ė if you think your need them donít delay.
I have 2 other listening devices that involve wearing ďear muffsĒ. They lower the calls and are effective at allowing you to hear noise but the calls donít sound like I remember the birds voices. You have to relearn the calls and as you lower the tone the weirder it sounds.
Backpacks: If you are in the market for a backpack, Thinktank and Mindset has offered our college an educational 30% discount and we can pass this along to bird clubs, camera clubs etc. Email me if interested and I will give you the code for 30% discount and free shipping. They have quite a few other items to make field work easier. Rob Simpson - <rsimpson...>



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Date: 3/23/17 6:57 am
From: MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] W ALBEMARLE--FOS Louisiana Waterthrush, Field Sparrow, Tree Swallows
FOS Louisiana Waterthrush singing about 6:50 AM along Moormans River.

FOS Field Sparrow singing about 6:50 AM in field across from where
waterthrush singing.

FOS Tree Swallows in Sugar Hollow yesterday (March 22) near Second Bridge.

Sincerely,
Marlene
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Date: 3/23/17 4:09 am
From: Jean Tatalias <jtatalias...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Hearing aids with birders in mind
Good summary, Wendy, and very similar to my experience. I believe some of the newest aids do go to higher frequency ranges than human speech.

I can amplify the highest range that mine reach for birding. But in addition to birds and music, be aware that machinery and electrical wires can emit sounds in those ranges as well. And as you say, you must be at pretty close range.

Still, I hear more song than I did before I got my hearing aids.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 21, 2017, at 1:25 PM, Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding...> wrote:
>
> Tom
>
> I've got recent experience with this, I got mine last year. I have mild
> hearing loss, at both ends of the range, moderate at the extreme end of the
> upper range. (They only test to 8 kHz).
>
> Yes, if you get the right kind of hearing aid, the audiologist can create
> different programs - for instance, I have one for noisy environments like
> restaurants and parties, as well as the normal setting. It helps some.
> Some things to be aware of.
> 1. Hearing aids are designed for human speech and as such typically only
> have a range up to 8 kHz - a lot of higher frequency bird calls go above
> that. That said, it does help me - Parulas now sound like the way I
> learned them rather than like Chipping Sparrows.
> 2. Because they are designed for human speech, they only work at close
> range. That means when you are birding with a young hot shot, even with
> hearing aids you will not be able to hear the birds they can hear at
> distance.
> 3. If you get a program that enhances the higher frequencies much more
> than is usual for human speech, be aware that there are many common
> background noises that will drive you crazy. Things like rustling paper,
> people blowing their noses.
> 4. If you have had hearing loss for a while, and it's gotten into the more
> moderate range, it will take you a while to relearn "how to hear". Mine
> wasn't that bad because I dealt with it early. But my audiologist said
> that we have hearing memory and it's use it or lose it, the brain forgets
> when the ear is no longer sending signal. It's a lot of the reason why
> people who let their hearing loss get bad and then say they can't "get on"
> with hearing aids.
>
> When I worked with the audiologist, I printed out some spectrograms of
> common species from Xeno-canto as examples of what I was aiming for.
>
> Hope this helps and good luck!
>
> Wendy Ealding
> Midlothian
>
>> On Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 11:11 AM, Tom Thomas <tomtom218...> wrote:
>>
>> Looking for assistance/recommendations from birders regarding
>> selecting a hearing aid. A few years back there was a discussion on
>> Birdchat regarding this, but I understand that technology has improved and
>> wonder if any of the posters here could point me in the right direction.
>>
>> My wife has been gently (sometimes not so gently) urging me to get a
>> hearing aid for normal conversation, watching TV, etc. - the normal stuff.
>> Over the last few years I've noticed that when I go birding with others,
>> I'm missing the songs and call notes that others are clearly hearing.
>>
>> I've heard (!) that some of the newer aids can be programmed back and
>> forth for specific uses, i.e. high frequency, for birds.
>>
>> Before I start going to audiologists and getting sales pitches, I'd
>> thought I'd start here.
>>
>> Thanks in advance for your help.
>>
>> Tom Thomas
>>
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>
>
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Date: 3/23/17 3:57 am
From: Dave Youker via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Brant at Messick Point in Poquoson
Yesterday morning there were 71 Brant feeding on the grassy area at Messick
Point in Poquoson. Also present were 22 Tundra Swans battling the wind as
they flew just over the marsh.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35367044

Dave Youker
Yorktown, VA
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Date: 3/22/17 10:32 am
From: Jean Tatalias <jtatalias...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Burke Lake Park, Mar 22, 2017
Seven birders braved the strong winds for this morning's walk at Burke Lake
sponsored by the No Va Bird Club. As signs of Spring, we had an osprey,
two Eastern phoebes (FOS for many), and many tree swallows over the water.
A mature bald eagle was sitting on the nest before it soared out over the
lake. The winds seemed to be keeping many woodland birds under cover.

Some of the shallower coves obviously had good fishing. In one near where
the trail comes near Burke Lake Rd, we had 5 great blue herons fishing
quite close to us. We watched while several caught sizable fish, aligned
and swallowed them, and used muscle contractions to work them down their
gullets. In one across from the boat launch, over a dozen cormorants were
fishing, with as many gulls overhead hoping for leftovers.

Burke Lake Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Mar 22, 2017 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.3 mile(s)
30 species

Canada Goose 50
Mallard 2
Hooded Merganser 6
Common Loon 1
Double-crested Cormorant 20
Great Blue Heron 6
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 1
Bald Eagle 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 4
Mourning Dove 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 2
Fish Crow 9
Tree Swallow 10
Carolina Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 8
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 4
American Robin 20
Dark-eyed Junco 1
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 5
Common Grackle 10

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S35348870

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Date: 3/22/17 9:42 am
From: m b <marlabeth...>
Subject: [Va-bird] scaups in tidal basin
I was at the cherry blossoms yesterday and saw 20 scaup in the tidal basin. I had not brought binoculars, camera, or any other useful thing, so I could not even try to tell if they were greater or lesser, but they were near the FDR yesterday.


mb

Northern Virginia
















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Date: 3/22/17 8:05 am
From: Suzanne Stewart <suzinotsue...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FOS Tree Swallow Orange VA
I sighted one tree swallow buzzing the nest box yesterday.


Suzanne E. Stewart

‚ÄčLake of the Woods, Orange VA‚Äč
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Date: 3/22/17 7:01 am
From: Eugene Burreson <gene...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Great Egrets on the move, Gloucester Co
FOS 3 great egrets on Jones Creek, Gloucester Co this morning.

Gene Burreson
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Date: 3/21/17 8:11 pm
From: Howard Wu <howiewu1...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Sully Woodlands shrike and kestrel
Hi,

Today I made another visit to Sully Woodlands after work (6-7PM).

At first I did not see the shrike. I walked around the field, but the
recent snow (now melted) and rain made the place muddy and slow going. At
one point I noticed a bird perched in a bare tree in the distance. It flew
from the tree to the ground, apparently hunting some small animals or such,
then flew back to its perch. It repeated this several times. At first I
thought this was the shrike, but to my surprise, in my camera viewfinder
with a telephoto lens I saw that this was an American Kestrel. Its behavior
was quite similar to that of the shrike.

As I was wrapping up, I decided to walk around the stable one last time,
and there it was, the Northern Shrike, perched in a tree, this was 6:53PM

You can see my pictures of the American Kestrel (distant and blurry), and
the Northern Shrike on the following rolling update page:

http://www.travelerathome.com/2016_10_shrike/2016_10_shrike.html

Thanks,
Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
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Date: 3/21/17 5:28 pm
From: Kurt <kurtcapt87...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Bird ID needed by rehabber (3rd try to post)
Wow! Yellow Rail!

Kurt Gaskill


Sent from my iPad

> On Mar 21, 2017, at 8:24 PM, Connie & Wilton Sale <humnchirp...> wrote:
>
> Got a call about a downed bird at a local school. By the time I arrived, bird had disappeared. I do not know what kind of bird this is. Can anyone ID for me? I'm curious.
>
>
> http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj193/humnchirp/songbirds/Mystery%20bird%20great%20bridge%20mid%20school_zpsir94xnxb.jpg
>
>
> Connie & Wilton Sale
> Chesapeake,VA 23322
> <humnchirp...>
> Hummingbirds and Songbirds
> State and Federal Permits
> NWRA, IWRC
> WildLife Response, Inc.
>
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Date: 3/21/17 5:25 pm
From: Connie & Wilton Sale <humnchirp...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Bird ID needed by rehabber (3rd try to post)
Got a call about a downed bird at a local school. By the time I arrived, bird had disappeared. I do not know what kind of bird this is. Can anyone ID for me? I'm curious.


http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj193/humnchirp/songbirds/Mystery%20bird%20great%20bridge%20mid%20school_zpsir94xnxb.jpg


Connie & Wilton Sale
Chesapeake,VA 23322
<humnchirp...>
Hummingbirds and Songbirds
State and Federal Permits
NWRA, IWRC
WildLife Response, Inc.

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Date: 3/21/17 10:26 am
From: Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Hearing aids with birders in mind
Tom

I've got recent experience with this, I got mine last year. I have mild
hearing loss, at both ends of the range, moderate at the extreme end of the
upper range. (They only test to 8 kHz).

Yes, if you get the right kind of hearing aid, the audiologist can create
different programs - for instance, I have one for noisy environments like
restaurants and parties, as well as the normal setting. It helps some.
Some things to be aware of.
1. Hearing aids are designed for human speech and as such typically only
have a range up to 8 kHz - a lot of higher frequency bird calls go above
that. That said, it does help me - Parulas now sound like the way I
learned them rather than like Chipping Sparrows.
2. Because they are designed for human speech, they only work at close
range. That means when you are birding with a young hot shot, even with
hearing aids you will not be able to hear the birds they can hear at
distance.
3. If you get a program that enhances the higher frequencies much more
than is usual for human speech, be aware that there are many common
background noises that will drive you crazy. Things like rustling paper,
people blowing their noses.
4. If you have had hearing loss for a while, and it's gotten into the more
moderate range, it will take you a while to relearn "how to hear". Mine
wasn't that bad because I dealt with it early. But my audiologist said
that we have hearing memory and it's use it or lose it, the brain forgets
when the ear is no longer sending signal. It's a lot of the reason why
people who let their hearing loss get bad and then say they can't "get on"
with hearing aids.

When I worked with the audiologist, I printed out some spectrograms of
common species from Xeno-canto as examples of what I was aiming for.

Hope this helps and good luck!

Wendy Ealding
Midlothian

On Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 11:11 AM, Tom Thomas <tomtom218...> wrote:

> Looking for assistance/recommendations from birders regarding
> selecting a hearing aid. A few years back there was a discussion on
> Birdchat regarding this, but I understand that technology has improved and
> wonder if any of the posters here could point me in the right direction.
>
> My wife has been gently (sometimes not so gently) urging me to get a
> hearing aid for normal conversation, watching TV, etc. - the normal stuff.
> Over the last few years I've noticed that when I go birding with others,
> I'm missing the songs and call notes that others are clearly hearing.
>
> I've heard (!) that some of the newer aids can be programmed back and
> forth for specific uses, i.e. high frequency, for birds.
>
> Before I start going to audiologists and getting sales pitches, I'd
> thought I'd start here.
>
> Thanks in advance for your help.
>
> Tom Thomas
>
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Date: 3/21/17 9:25 am
From: Joe Coleman <joecoleman...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Chan Robbins
The following was posted to MDBirding today - a giant in the birding world
has passed.

Joe



"For those who haven't heard yet, Chan Robbins passed away yesterday. I'm
sure there will be articles and an obituary to follow. The world has lost a
true pioneer in ornithology, and a great human being."



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Date: 3/21/17 9:01 am
From: Scott Priebe <falco57...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Hearing aids with birders in mind
I wear hearing aids, and for general purposes, they help alot. As for birding, mine have a sound compression program, i.e. they lower high pitches to an audible level. This means you have to relearn the songs. Even so, when I bird with people who have decent hearing, they still hear much more than I do, especially high pitched songs. I can only hear a Cape May Warbler if its singing within 20 feet or less of me, and no wind.


My current aids are a few years old, so perhaps there have been advances since then. One issue is that they don't amplify high end of normal human range, at least not without compression, and even with compression, I don't think they compress pitches above human range.


Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA


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From: va-bird <va-bird-bounces+falco57=<msn.com...> on behalf of Tom Thomas <tomtom218...>
Sent: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 11:11 AM
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Hearing aids with birders in mind

Looking for assistance/recommendations from birders regarding
selecting a hearing aid. A few years back there was a discussion on
Birdchat regarding this, but I understand that technology has improved
and wonder if any of the posters here could point me in the right direction.

My wife has been gently (sometimes not so gently) urging me to
get a hearing aid for normal conversation, watching TV, etc. - the
normal stuff. Over the last few years I've noticed that when I go
birding with others, I'm missing the songs and call notes that others
are clearly hearing.

I've heard (!) that some of the newer aids can be programmed back
and forth for specific uses, i.e. high frequency, for birds.

Before I start going to audiologists and getting sales pitches,
I'd thought I'd start here.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Tom Thomas

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Date: 3/21/17 8:14 am
From: Tom Thomas <tomtom218...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Hearing aids with birders in mind
Looking for assistance/recommendations from birders regarding
selecting a hearing aid. A few years back there was a discussion on
Birdchat regarding this, but I understand that technology has improved
and wonder if any of the posters here could point me in the right direction.

My wife has been gently (sometimes not so gently) urging me to
get a hearing aid for normal conversation, watching TV, etc. - the
normal stuff. Over the last few years I've noticed that when I go
birding with others, I'm missing the songs and call notes that others
are clearly hearing.

I've heard (!) that some of the newer aids can be programmed back
and forth for specific uses, i.e. high frequency, for birds.

Before I start going to audiologists and getting sales pitches,
I'd thought I'd start here.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Tom Thomas

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Date: 3/21/17 7:58 am
From: <nanjyoung...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Junco singing
I still have Dark-eyed Juncos at the feeders and yesterday I heard one of
them singing
in a tree across the street. Took me a minute to decide what it was. Never
heard one sing here before.

Nancy Young
Botetourt County

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Date: 3/21/17 7:51 am
From: Larry Cartwright <prowarbler...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Meadowlark at Dyke Marsh Marina
I was at the marina when I heard the bird singing. "That is the oddest Fox Sparrow song I ever heard" I thought. Then it dawned on me what it was. The bird popped up from the marsh vegetation and flew south.

Larry Cartwright
<prowarbler...>

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Date: 3/21/17 7:23 am
From: <david.boltz4...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Update Re: Lake Frederick Waterfowl-Frederick Co.
I went down to the lake. Long-tailed Ducks are 3 beautiful breeding plumage males and 2 females. 3 more RB Mergansers flew in, 2 of which were males. Closer scoped view of Scaup showing them to likely be Lesser. All easily viewable from the boat launch area.

Also added 2 Pied-billed Grebes and 4 first of season Tree Swallows, along with a good number of Canada Geese and 3 Great Blue Herons and a Belted Kingfisher rattling somewhere in the distance.

Dave Boltz

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On Mar 21, 2017, at 9:21 AM, <david.boltz4...> wrote:

On the lake right now, via Bill Parkin.

9 Red-breasted Merg F, 5 Redheads, 4 M Greater Scaup, 5 Long-tailed Ducks, 1 Horned Grebe, 6 Buffleheads, & at least 6 Wood Ducks.

Dave Boltz

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Date: 3/21/17 6:21 am
From: <david.boltz4...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Lake Frederick Waterfowl-Frederick Co.
On the lake right now, via Bill Parkin.

9 Red-breasted Merg F, 5 Redheads, 4 M Greater Scaup, 5 Long-tailed Ducks, 1 Horned Grebe, 6 Buffleheads, & at least 6 Wood Ducks.

Dave Boltz

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Date: 3/20/17 8:48 pm
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
A group of about 30 birders collected for the Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk at our adjusted 7AM start time on the first day of Spring.  We counted a respectable total of 52 species on our 2 hour walk.  Our highlights included our first Osprey of the season losing a battle for a fish to a Bald Eagle.  Hundreds of Red-winged Blackbirds and even larger numbers of Common Grackles entertained us as they rummaged in the woods nearby.  Our duck populations included a pair of Ring-necked Ducks, three  Buffleheads, a dozen handsome Wood Ducks, and 5 Hooded Mergansers among others.
Canada Goose  42
Wood Duck  12
American Black Duck  3
Mallard  12
Northern Shoveler  7
Ring-necked Duck  2
Bufflehead  3
Hooded Merganser  5
Pied-billed Grebe  4
Great Blue Heron  4
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  3
American Coot  9
Ring-billed Gull  12
Herring Gull  2
Mourning Dove  5
Barred Owl  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  11
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  9
American Crow  13
Fish Crow  17
crow sp.  1
Tree Swallow  6
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  9
White-breasted Nuthatch  8
Brown Creeper  3
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  7
Golden-crowned Kinglet  3
Eastern Bluebird  3
American Robin  10
Fox Sparrow  4
Dark-eyed Junco  2
White-throated Sparrow  15
Song Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  6
Eastern Towhee  8
Northern Cardinal  12
Red-winged Blackbird  300
Common Grackle  500
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  6


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

Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Date: 3/20/17 6:54 pm
From: Joelle Buffa <clyde_joelle...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Chincoteague NWR Shorebird/Gull Survey March 20
 Below are the results of our weekly shorebird/gull survey conducted at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Monday March 20, 2017. All water areas (impoundments and beach areas) were covered in the 6 hour survey. All individuals are counted for the target species; other birds seen or heard on the survey are followed by a dash.   
 It was a beautiful day on the Refuge. Winds were strong on the beach but water levels on the ponds were perfect for shorebirds. We counted 2,535 shorebirds of 12 species. The most common was Dunlin 1,436 followed by Willet 411, Sanderling 362 and Black-bellied Plover at 144. We found 16 Piping Plovers (PIPL), which is a big increase over the 1 we saw two weeks ago, which was a first-of-the-year sighting. Interestingly, the first PIPL of 2016 and 2017 were both seen on the same date - March 6th!
American Oystercatchers (AMOY) are ramping up their breeding hormones, with 34 counted - mostly pairs using the Hook and Overwash south of the parking lots. One banded AMOY (MM - Black with White letters) was seen cavorting with an un-banded  AMOY; the pair was 0.1 mile south of the tip of the Hook. We will log our sighting into the on-line database. Eighteen Lesser Yellowlegs is also an increase over the winter population, which may be a sign of the start of their spring migration.
The non shorebird highlights were the following: The first of the year Tree Swallow was near one of their nesting boxes on the Wildlife Loop. A breeding plumage Black-headed Gull was on South Wash Flats. An individual in non-breeding plumage has been seen off and on throughout the winter but this is the first one we have seen in breeding plumage at the Refuge.
The Over Sand Driving area is now closed south of the Coast Guard Lifesaving Station.
Our next survey will be Monday, April 3rd which starts the weekly survey protocol until migration is over in June.
Clyde Morris and Joelle Buffa
| Snow Goose | -- |
| Canada Goose | -- |
| Tundra Swan | -- |
| Gadwall | -- |
| American Wigeon | -- |
| American Black Duck | -- |
| Mallard | -- |
| Northern Shoveler | -- |
| Northern Pintail | -- |
| Green-winged Teal | -- |
| Surf Scoter | -- |
| Black Scoter | -- |
| Long-tailed Duck | -- |
| Bufflehead | -- |
| Hooded Merganser | -- |
| Red-breasted Merganser | -- |
| Red-throated Loon | 3 |
| Common Loon | 16 |
| Horned Grebe | 55 |
| Northern Gannet | 2 |
| Double-crested Cormorant | 2 |
| Great Blue Heron | -- |
| Great Egret | -- |
| White Ibis | -- |
| Black Vulture | -- |
| Turkey Vulture | -- |
| Northern Harrier | -- |
| Sharp-shinned Hawk | -- |
| Bald Eagle | -- |
| American Oystercatcher | 34 |
| Black-bellied Plover | 144 |
| Semipalmated Plover | 1 |
| Piping Plover | 16 |
| Killdeer | 9 |
| Marbled Godwit | 33 |
| Ruddy Turnstone | 3 |
| Sanderling | 362 |
| Dunlin | 1,436 |
| Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher | 42 |
| Greater Yellowlegs | 60 |
| Willet | 411 |
| Lesser Yellowlegs | 18 |
| Black-headed Gull | 1 |
| Ring-billed Gull | 109 |
| Herring Gull | 241 |
| Lesser Black-backed Gull | 42 |
| Great Black-backed Gull | 84 |
| Forster's Tern | 1 |
| Mourning Dove | -- |
| Northern Flicker | -- |
| Merlin | 1 |
| Eastern Phoebe | 1 |
| American Crow | -- |
| Tree Swallow | -- |
| Carolina Chickadee | 1 |
| Eastern Bluebird | -- |
| American Robin | -- |
| Pine Warbler | -- |
| Yellow-rumped Warbler | -- |
| Song Sparrow | -- |
| Northern Cardinal | -- |
| Red-winged Blackbird | -- |
| Eastern Meadowlark | -- |
| Common Grackle | -- |
| Boat-tailed Grackle | -- |

  
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Date: 3/20/17 10:12 am
From: pepherup via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] F O S Meadowlarks

I was outside thjs morning and was treated to meadowlarks singing in the field.Peggy LyonsConcordCampbell County

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Date: 3/20/17 7:33 am
From: Robert Brosnan via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Orchard Oriole
Sorry the bird was in Falls Church and it seemed early and surprising to us
as well.



Robert Brosnan

<brosnanrobert...> <mailto:<brosnanrobert...>

703-966-5190



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Date: 3/20/17 6:41 am
From: Robert Brosnan via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Orchard Oriole
We had an Orchard Oriole in our yard late yesterday.



Robert Brosnan

<brosnanrobert...> <mailto:<brosnanrobert...>

703-966-5190



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Date: 3/20/17 4:41 am
From: Julie Anne Cooper <julieannecooper...>
Subject: [Va-bird] American Widgeons at Silver Lake (Haymarket)
Birding this AM at Silver Lake Regional Park in Haymarket, we found 8 American Widgeons (a first for us), and also the season's first Tree Swallows.


Pictures of Widgeons and complete checklist at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35252889
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Date: 3/19/17 8:26 pm
From: Larry Cartwright <prowarbler...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Woodcock Display at Huntley Meadows
Sasha Munters and I went to Huntley Meadows this evening to check out the
woodcock display and we were not disappointed. The Woodcock Meadow has been
burned and has expanded open space for the woodcocks to display while making
it easier for us to observe. We estimate at least 5 displaying birds. We
had wonderful views displaying both on the ground and in the air and one
female observing the display from the periphery of the field. I assume
female because the individual was not a display participant, but just sat
there while the display was going on. Sasha documented the first peent at
7:37 this evening and activity was still going on when we departed at 8:00.



Larry Cartwright

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





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Date: 3/19/17 7:42 pm
From: Pam and Ben via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Songs at Huntley Meadows
After several weekends traveling, I finally got back to the Hike/Bike Trail
Saturday morning. Given the weather, the foliage looked no more advanced
than three weeks ago. But there were some songs of note. Top of the list
were vocalizing PIED-BILLED GREBES, two pairs and a single. Love their
weird vocalizations. Will they breed again after several decades? Several
of the half dozen FOX SPARROWS I saw were singing-I never get tired of this
song, which I rarely hear. The few singing RUSTY BLACKBIRDS-well, someone
must like it. And in the Woodcock Meadow I heard the first THRASHER song of
the year.



The 48 species I encountered included a decent mix of waterfowl (including a
pair of BUFFLEHEADS, not common at the park), a couple of PHOEBES (not
surprising), and good numbers of TOWHEES and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS. The
two burned areas attracted a lot of action (mostly sparrows, flickers, and a
few robins).



Ben Jesup

Alexandria



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Date: 3/19/17 6:25 pm
From: Beth Fedorko via eBird <ebird-share...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Beth Fedorko has shared an eBird checklist with you from Sandy Point Road, Wicomico Church, VA on Mar 18, 2017
To accept this checklist into your eBird account, click on the link below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/shared?subID=UzM1MjkzMjYx&s=t

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

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

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Lots of waterfowl present at the mouth of the Great Wicomico River in Northumberland County, VA. We had a flock of well over 100 Cedar Waxwings in our front (riverside) yard roosting in the oak trees. A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker gave us a nice view, and two Red-headed Woodpeckers worked the trees on our property that was until a Bald Eagle perched in their favorite beach oak. The RHWO took off to the woodsy part of our property chattering up a storm from two far apart perches in willow oak trees. A great day! I posted a few photos on ebird.
Cheers and Happy Birding!
Beth Fedorko
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Date: 3/19/17 5:03 pm
From: Shea Tiller <sheagordontiller...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Buckroe Beach no eared grebe this afternoon
Hi, all. I made a short stop at Buckroe Beach this afternoon, and only
found gannets, gulls, buffleheads, red-breasted mergansers, mixed gulls,
and pigeons. No grebes. The grebe was seen this morning, just not when I
was there. Does anyone have any tips on when is the best time to go to try
and see it? Or how much longer it will probably be here? I was thinking
maybe through the first week of April.

Anyways, here is a link to some of the other birds I found at the beach and
at Fountain/Boat Lake in Richmond this afternoon (not all are posted as of
sending) :https://www.flickr.com/photos/148002166@N03/

Good birding
Shea
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Date: 3/19/17 2:50 pm
From: Cheryl Walsh <wrwccw...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Late Post, Shenandoah University
We walked around the old golf course along the Shenandoah River Saturday to
look at the progress of the Great Blue Heron rookery and the Bald Eagle
nest across the river. The rookery was very active with herons constantly
coming and going. They are still reinforcing the stick nests. The eagle is
sitting high in its nest but we couldn't see if it had hatchlings yet. We
also saw a pair of Common Mergansers out on the river.

Bill and Cheryl Walsh
Aldie, VA
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Date: 3/19/17 1:52 pm
From: Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Sunday walk at Dyke Marsh WP, Fairfax Co
Seven persons joined me for all or part of the weekly walk at Dyke Marsh WP
sponsored by The Friends of Dyke Marsh, which starts at 8 a.m. each Sunday
morning at the south end of the parking lot for the Belle Haven picnic area
and is open to all. Waterfowl highlights included several REDHEADS in a raft
of LESSER SCAUP, several COMMON MERGANSERS, two female RED-BREASTED
MERGANSERS and a small number of lingering BUFFLEHEAD. Waterbirds also
included 12 HORNED GREBES, including a group of eight individuals, and six
PIED-BILLED GREBES. Raptor highlights included a COOPERĻS HAWK, seven BALD
EAGLES, six OSPREY and a distant resident PEREGRINE FALCON perched on the
Woodrow Wilson Bridge. An apparent pair of PILEATED WOODPECKERS was well
seen near the beginning of Haul Road. Songbird highlights included two FOX
SPARROWS seen and heard along Haul Road and an additional five FOX SPARROWS
at the edge of the picnic area seen by several of us at the end of the walk.
Songbird highlights also included a BROWN CREEPER, WINTER WRENS and RUSTY
BLACKBIRDS in a mixed species flock of blackbirds. For those interested, a
complete list of the 48 species encountered on the walk may be viewed at the
following link: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35277306

Thanks to regular field trip leaders Larry Cartwright, Phil Silas and Ed
Eder and all other persons who were not deterred by the cold, rainy, snowy
weather early this morning and joined me for all or part of the field trip.

Gerry Hawkins
Arlington, VA


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Date: 3/19/17 1:31 pm
From: KELLY K <tripacct1...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] European Goldfinch Not Seen Today - Leesylvania SP, Prince Wm. Co.
I looked for the European Goldfinch on March 16, 2017, from 1pm to 4:15pm
in all areas near the visitor center, picnic area, and boat house with no
success. Apparently, the last birders to see it did so around the time I
arrived. I saw two other birders when I drove in so I am guessing these
were the two that last reported it to eBird. I also tried to locate it on
March 17 in the morning. Both times, I saw plenty of juncos and two
American Goldfinch foraging all through the picnic area to areas by the
boat house. On the 16th, I did spot an American Woodcock in the sun next to
a tree in the picnic area closest to the first boat house parking area. A
first for me in this park and a first for a close up daytime sighting...so
I am glad I made the trip.

Kelly Krechmer
Fauquier County
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Date: 3/19/17 1:09 pm
From: Dendroica--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Great Falls Bird Walk 03/19/17 Fairfax County
Keith Huffman led this morning's walk. A tally of 8 Eastern Phoebes
highlighted the list of 30 species observed. We meet every Sunday morning,
weather permitting, in the visitors center parking lot at 8 AM. All birders are
welcome to join us.

Posted by Ralph Wall

The list:
Canada Goose 12
American Black Duck 4
Mallard 2
Ring-necked Duck 6
Bufflehead 25
Common Merganser 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Black Vulture 2
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Phoebe 8
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 4
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 5
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 5
Eastern Bluebird 5
American Robin 8
Dark-eyed Junco 25
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 7
Red-winged Blackbird 3

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35283938

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Date: 3/18/17 9:23 pm
From: Katherine Cummings via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fox Sparrows
I have 6 Fox Sparrows coming to my feeders since March 14.
Basye, Shenandoah County.

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Date: 3/18/17 2:23 pm
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Birding Halifax County
Greetings all

I started at 0650 hrs at Banister River WMA where I had 2 Woodcocks, an Immature Bald Eagle, three Barred Owls, Wood Ducks and a Great Blue Heron.

I stopped at Runts store to get a candy bar for some energy and had 1500 Grackles along the sides of Dan River Church Rd but no YH Blackbird. One day I hope one shows up.

At Edmunds Park the Ruddy Duck that was there earlier this week was still there as well as 7 Wilson's Snipes.

I next went to Clover and at the Power plant cooling pond there was 8 Red-Breasted Mergansers.

At the pond behind the Visitor Center at Staunton River Battlefield State Park I had Wood, Mallard and Ring-Necked Ducks just two of each.

On the trail to Randolph I had a Red-Shoulder Hawk and a Northern Harrier but I did not see a Bald Eagle on the nest, in the trees or soaring around anywhere which was very disappointing. I hope they haven't abandoned the nest and move on elsewhere.

In the duck impoundments below the park was only one Coot no Great Blue Herons.

Not a bad day but I was hoping to find an American Bittern and disappointed about the Eagles.


From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

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



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Date: 3/18/17 1:36 pm
From: Elton Morel via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] NVBC walk at Aquia Landing Beach Park and Crow's Nest NAP, Stafford County, Saturday, March 18, 2017
 

VA Birders: 
The Northern Virginia Bird Club held a walk this morning at Aquia Landing Beach Park and then Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve, both in Stafford County.  We collectively found 60 species.  Our highlights at Aquia Landing were a male and female Common Goldeneye,  a male Greater Scaup, excellent views of a Brown Thrasher feeding at the grassy edges of the entrance road, Wood Ducks including a female inspecting a nest box, a Northern Harrier over the marsh, both species of swans, Horned Grebes, Ospreys, Canvasbacks, both species of kinglets, Killdeers along the beach and finally, a Winter Wren.
We then switched over to Crow's Nest where a few of us saw a couple of American Tree Sparrows along the boardwalk, flybys of Wilson's Snipe, a good number of Green-winged Teal, and an excellent view of a perched up Belted Kingfisher having just caught a fish.  The most entertaining event was when we were compiling our tally -- a pair of very territorial Red-shouldered Hawks attacked a passing by Red-tailed Hawk and quite the raucous aerial combat ensued.
Both eBird checklists are below.
Elton MorelArlington, VA
 
Aquia Landing Park, Stafford, Virginia, US
Mar 18, 2017 7:40 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: NVBC walk led by David Ledwith and Elton Morel.
46 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 4
Mute Swan 4
Tundra Swan 5
Wood Duck 3
Gadwall 50
Mallard 2
Canvasback 60
Greater Scaup 1
Lesser Scaup 100
Bufflehead 30
Common Goldeneye 2
Red-breasted Merganser 20
Ruddy Duck 70
Pied-billed Grebe 6
Horned Grebe 4
Double-crested Cormorant 50
Great Blue Heron 4
Osprey 3
Northern Harrier 1
Bald Eagle 8
Killdeer 6
Ring-billed Gull 1200
Herring Gull 40
Mourning Dove 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 2
American Crow 8
Fish Crow 2
crow sp. 15
Carolina Chickadee 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Winter Wren 1
Carolina Wren 6
Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 1 Heard only
Brown Thrasher 1
White-throated Sparrow 25
Song Sparrow 30
Swamp Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 15
Red-winged Blackbird 50
Common Grackle 60
House Finch 1 Heard only
American Goldfinch 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35250195

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve, Stafford, Virginia, US
Mar 18, 2017 10:15 AM - 11:55 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: NVBC walk led by David Ledwith and Elton Morel.
35 species

Canada Goose 2 Heard only
Wood Duck 12
American Black Duck 15
Green-winged Teal 20
Great Blue Heron 4
Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 10
Osprey 1
Bald Eagle 4
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 15
Wilson's Snipe 7
Ring-billed Gull 3
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 4
Tree Swallow 1
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 2
Carolina Wren 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin 5
American Tree Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 8
Song Sparrow 20
Swamp Sparrow 8
Eastern Towhee 1 Heard only
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 60

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35252490

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




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Date: 3/18/17 1:31 pm
From: K Bell <karenbell723...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] European Goldfinch Not Seen Today - Leesylvania SP, Prince Wm. Co.
I was at Leesylvania between 2 pm and 4 pm today and did not see it. I saw
one American Goldfinch only at the entrance to Lees Woods Trail.

I chatted with another birder with a scope; he had not see. Any goldfinch.

Karen Bell


On Saturday, March 18, 2017, <david.boltz4...> wrote:

> Did anyone try for the European Goldfinch today? If so, please post ASAP,
> whether success or not.
>
> Dave Boltz
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Mar 17, 2017, at 4:57 PM, <david.boltz4...> <javascript:;> wrote:
>
> Although I encountered at least 6 other birders in pursuit, 2 of whom had
> been there since just after 9 a.m., nobody saw the bird by the time I left
> at 3:20. There were only 2 Am. Goldfinches feeding in the newly planted
> grass in the picnic area near the boat launch end. I believe that this is
> the first day since it was first seen that nobody reported it.
>
> If it is seen later today or tomorrow morning, please post ASAP. I will
> still be in the area and have some time in the afternoon to go again.
>
> Thanks.
>
> Dave Boltz
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 3/18/17 12:22 pm
From: Stuart via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Riverbend Tundra Swans (3/18) afternoon
Hi all:  Saw 20 or so tundra swans opposite from the boat slip.

Unfortunately they flew upstream.  Maybe they will float back down.

Eagle nest is still active.

Good birding all!

Stuart
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Date: 3/18/17 10:15 am
From: Dolores Crooke <dluv2quilt...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Bird Identification
Looking for some help with the bird in the attached pics that showed up at the suet feeder yesterday. I am thinking a young or female American Restart. I have never had one at a feeder before so I wanted to check


Thanks!


Dolores Crooke

"Proceed until apprehended"
Florence Nightingale

<dluv2quilt...>




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Date: 3/18/17 10:08 am
From: <david.boltz4...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] European Goldfinch Not Seen Today - Leesylvania SP, Prince Wm. Co.
Did anyone try for the European Goldfinch today? If so, please post ASAP, whether success or not.

Dave Boltz

Sent from my iPhone

On Mar 17, 2017, at 4:57 PM, <david.boltz4...> wrote:

Although I encountered at least 6 other birders in pursuit, 2 of whom had been there since just after 9 a.m., nobody saw the bird by the time I left at 3:20. There were only 2 Am. Goldfinches feeding in the newly planted grass in the picnic area near the boat launch end. I believe that this is the first day since it was first seen that nobody reported it.

If it is seen later today or tomorrow morning, please post ASAP. I will still be in the area and have some time in the afternoon to go again.

Thanks.

Dave Boltz

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Date: 3/18/17 9:49 am
From: David Matson <wrenpt...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Baltimore Orioles
TWO full-breeding plumaged adult male Baltimore Orioles today are at the
feeders.

*****

We have had one off-and-on for a month--previously to that, this same one
likely was that at a neighbor's house.

Now, this one has been joined by a compadre.

David Matson
--
David Matson
Suffolk and Onancock, Virginia
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Date: 3/18/17 7:50 am
From: Kenneth Rosenthal <rosenthal.k...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Merlin at Barcroft Park
Today two intrepid birders joined me for the Birding Arlington: Barcroft
Park hike at 8 a.m. The highlights of the hike were a FOS Eastern Phoebe
and a Merlin. We watched the Merlin feed on its catch for several minutes,
and it seemed completely unconcerned about us. At the end of the walk we
circled back and it had remained on its perch. It was in a tall tree at the
back of the main (largest) baseball diamond, right above the paved trail.

Ken Rosenthal
Arlington, VA
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Date: 3/18/17 7:35 am
From: John Greenwood via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Red-headed Woodpecker at Luria Park, Fairfax County
A Red-headed Woodpecker was active ON the trail between the boardwalk and the Fallowfield Dr entrance this morning. Excellent views of a Pileated Woodpecker were had near the Holmes Run Dr entrance.

And not to be left out, we've had a Fox Sparrow in our backyard; the first in several years.

Jack Greenwood
Falls Church

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Date: 3/18/17 5:35 am
From: Walter Hadlock <jaybirdncarol...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fox Sparrows for Cornell's Backyard Feeder Watch count day
Good morning,

We have two Fox Sparrows in the backyard. It was nice of them to show up on one of our Cornell Project Feeder Watch count days. Other birds include: White-throated Sparrow, American Robin, American Goldfinch (with males starting to show some color), Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, Downy Woodpecker, and, we can’t forget, some House Sparrows.

Good birding to all,
Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon, VA (Fairfax County)
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Date: 3/18/17 4:59 am
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Back Bay NWR
There are hundreds, if not thousands of both loon species, Horned Grebes,
and Razorbills on the move and inshore this morning. Lots of Bonapartes
Gull in close also. To anyone on the coast, keep your eyes open for Little
or Black-head Gulls mixing with the Bonaparte's. Look for alcids with the
Razors, and maybe a Pacific Loon is around somewhere too. Lots of movement
this AM.
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Date: 3/17/17 3:07 pm
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] MY TURN: FOX SPARROWS
Still two at my house, all day today.
Donald Sweig
Falls church, Virginia

Sent from my iPad

> On Mar 17, 2017, at 12:20 PM, "Spears, David (DMME)" <David.Spears...> wrote:
>
> One Fox Sparrow at the feeder and around the yard this morning (Friday 3/17) in Buckingham County. Must be a big wave of them coming through.
>
> David Spears
>
> Dillwyn VA
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: va-bird [mailto:va-bird-bounces+david.spears=<dmme.virginia.gov...>] On Behalf Of Scott Priebe
> Sent: Thursday, March 16, 2017 9:08 PM
> To: VA-Bird
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] MY TURN: FOX SPARROWS
>
>
>
> First Fox Sparrow seen in our yard today here inSpringfield.
>
>
>
> Sent from my iPod
>
>
>
>>> On Mar 16, 2017, at 8:32 PM, Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2...><mailto:<stevejohnson2...>> wrote:
>>
>
>
>> Ditto, in our yard south of Reston today - single bird sharing the foraging area with a Cardinal and a Song Sparrow.
>
>
>> Steve Johnson
>
>> Fairfax, Virginia
>
>
>
>
>>> On Mar 16, 2017, at 5:57 PM, Donald Sweig wrote:
>
>
>>> Two Fox Sparrows finally showed up in my Falls Church yard this morning. They've been around most of the day.
>
>>> First ones I've had in probably five or more years.
>
>>> So very nice.
>
>>> Donald Sweig
>
>>> Falls Church, Virginia
>
>
>>> Sent from my iPad
>
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Date: 3/17/17 1:58 pm
From: <david.boltz4...>
Subject: [Va-bird] European Goldfinch Not Seen Today - Leesylvania SP, Prince Wm. Co.
Although I encountered at least 6 other birders in pursuit, 2 of whom had been there since just after 9 a.m., nobody saw the bird by the time I left at 3:20. There were only 2 Am. Goldfinches feeding in the newly planted grass in the picnic area near the boat launch end. I believe that this is the first day since it was first seen that nobody reported it.

If it is seen later today or tomorrow morning, please post ASAP. I will still be in the area and have some time in the afternoon to go again.

Thanks.

Dave Boltz

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Date: 3/17/17 12:43 pm
From: L. Abigail Walter <lawalter...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Final Deadline: VSO 2017 Annual Meeting Call for Papers
This year’s Virginia Society of Ornithology meeting is scheduled May 5-7,
2017, and will be hosted by the Richmond Audubon Society at the Wyndham
Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center. The scientific paper session
is set for Saturday, May 6, from 2-4pm. Presentations should be 15 minutes
long, including time for questions. If you are interested in giving an oral
presentation at the conference about your research, please submit the
following information by March 17, 2017 in an e-mail to Abby Walter,
Programs Coordinator (<lawalter...>).

-

Name
-

E-mail address
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Phone Number
-

Names of co-authors (if applicable)
-

Institutional affiliation (if applicable)
-

Title of oral presentation
-

Brief abstract (250 word limit)
-

Audio-visual needs (e.g. laptop and LCD projector, overhead projector,
slide projector)

Applications will reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. The board
will review submissions and applicants will be notified of their acceptance
and time slot by March 31.
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Date: 3/17/17 12:24 pm
From: Cheryl Walsh <wrwccw...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Broadlands Wilson's Snipe
We saw about 20 Wilson's Snipe along the central pond shore from the
boardwalk overlook today at the Van Metre Nature Perserve in Broadlands,
Loudoun County.

Bill and Cheryl Walsh
Aldie, VA
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Date: 3/17/17 9:21 am
From: Spears, David (DMME) <David.Spears...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] MY TURN: FOX SPARROWS
One Fox Sparrow at the feeder and around the yard this morning (Friday 3/17) in Buckingham County. Must be a big wave of them coming through.

David Spears

Dillwyn VA



-----Original Message-----
From: va-bird [mailto:va-bird-bounces+david.spears=<dmme.virginia.gov...>] On Behalf Of Scott Priebe
Sent: Thursday, March 16, 2017 9:08 PM
To: VA-Bird
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] MY TURN: FOX SPARROWS



First Fox Sparrow seen in our yard today here inSpringfield.



Sent from my iPod



> On Mar 16, 2017, at 8:32 PM, Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2...><mailto:<stevejohnson2...>> wrote:

>

>

> Ditto, in our yard south of Reston today - single bird sharing the foraging area with a Cardinal and a Song Sparrow.

>

> Steve Johnson

> Fairfax, Virginia

>

>

>

>> On Mar 16, 2017, at 5:57 PM, Donald Sweig wrote:

>>

>> Two Fox Sparrows finally showed up in my Falls Church yard this morning. They've been around most of the day.

>> First ones I've had in probably five or more years.

>> So very nice.

>> Donald Sweig

>> Falls Church, Virginia

>>

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Date: 3/17/17 6:25 am
From: Ashley Peele <ashpeele...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Singing Birds on St. Patty's Day
Hi Atlas Folks!



Just a quick message on this St. Patty's Day to remind us of the proper use for the S and S7 breeding codes, when reporting your breeding observations to the VA Breeding Bird Atlas project.



Love is in the air for many of our resident bird species. Our woods, fields, and neighborhoods are full of the songs and breeding vocalizations of males establishing their territories and advertising for females. As we enter the second Atlas season, let’s make sure we’re using the S or S7 breeding codes for bird songs and calls that are specifically tied to breeding activity.



S= Singing Male or S7= Singing Male Present >7 days. This code only applies to species that have a song or vocalization directly associated with breeding behavior. Examples include everything from the Carolina Wren‚Äôs classic song to a Barred Owl‚Äôs ‚ÄėWho-cooks-for-you‚Äô call. However, many species of birds make sounds that are not associated with breeding. In some cases, these are actual songs (e.g. nuthatches), but in most cases these are simpler vocalizations or ‚Äėcalls‚Äô. Detections of such vocalizations should not be labeled with the S or S7 code.



Examples of such species include nuthatches, waxwings, kingfishers, shorebirds, waterfowl, wading birds, vultures, terns and gulls, and corvids. It may not happen right away, but if you log a singing Great Blue Heron, eventually an Atlas reviewer is going to be messaging you.



Lastly, there are still a few spots open for the Charlottesville Training session next Saturday, March 25th. If you are a new volunteer or would just like a refresher, please join us for this fun day of birding and learning! Register at: https://goo.gl/forms/DwOOGFUIWCObDvD12  For more info, check out the Atlas Events page on our website.



Enjoy the St. Patty's day revelry and hopefully a weekend of good birding!





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Date: 3/17/17 4:24 am
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Sully Woodlands 16 March - coyotes

late report, Sully Woodlands, Fairfax County, yesterday March 16 morning --

I couldn't find the Shrike, but a few other interesting things showed up.

I saw 3 coyotes there - one healthy-looking pair with a lot of reddish fox coloration; and later, a lone grayer one with poorer quality looking fur. The first pair walked quite close to a herd of deer, which I didn't see until I flushed them minutes later. They were separated by a row of cedars and maybe 40-ish yards, as the coyotes went by. Either the two species were not interested in each other; or they didn't notice each other.

Several Meadowlarks were at Sully Woodlands, and also at Rock Hill Park (nearby). Also at Rock Hill, the usual trio (or so) of White-crowned Sparrows.

Finally to "pile on" with other reports, I found Fox Sparrows spread all around the fields at Sully Woodlands yesterday - 4 total - and another at our home feeders.

"No such thing as bad weather - just bad clothing."

Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia

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Date: 3/16/17 7:55 pm
From: Chileddie via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fox Sparrow Arlington
We also hosted a Fox Sparrow in our yard for about 2 hours today.

Eddie Gomez
South Arlington
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Date: 3/16/17 6:09 pm
From: Scott Priebe <falco57...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] MY TURN: FOX SPARROWS
First Fox Sparrow seen in our yard today here inSpringfield.

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> On Mar 16, 2017, at 8:32 PM, Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2...> wrote:
>
>
> Ditto, in our yard south of Reston today - single bird sharing the foraging area with a Cardinal and a Song Sparrow.
>
> Steve Johnson
> Fairfax, Virginia
>
>
>
>> On Mar 16, 2017, at 5:57 PM, Donald Sweig wrote:
>>
>> Two Fox Sparrows finally showed up in my Falls Church yard this morning. They've been around most of the day.
>> First ones I've had in probably five or more years.
>> So very nice.
>> Donald Sweig
>> Falls Church, Virginia
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Date: 3/16/17 5:32 pm
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] MY TURN: FOX SPARROWS

Ditto, in our yard south of Reston today - single bird sharing the foraging area with a Cardinal and a Song Sparrow.

Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia



On Mar 16, 2017, at 5:57 PM, Donald Sweig wrote:

> Two Fox Sparrows finally showed up in my Falls Church yard this morning. They've been around most of the day.
> First ones I've had in probably five or more years.
> So very nice.
> Donald Sweig
> Falls Church, Virginia
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Date: 3/16/17 2:57 pm
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: [Va-bird] MY TURN: FOX SPARROWS
Two Fox Sparrows finally showed up in my Falls Church yard this morning. They've been around most of the day.
First ones I've had in probably five or more years.
So very nice.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Date: 3/16/17 2:02 pm
From: Deapesh Misra via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Sparrows - snow days - FFx county
blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } Hi,
We have had great luck with fox sparrows these last two days at our feeders at home in Centreville (Fairfax county).

Day before yesterday (march 14 2017) we had 4 FOX SPARROWS and yesterday we had 5 at our feeders.

Other sparrow highlights included the lone CHIPPING SPARROW who came for the first time to our feeder over the weekend and has continued to stay since then.

WHITE THROATED SPARROWS continue to stay around - but I feel that this year we have had fewer and leaner ones !!

We had one TOWHEE yesterday. This winter season I have strongly felt that the number of towhees has been drastically lower than last year's numbers. 

Of course the feeders had the usual 4-5 SONG SPARROWS. 

A couple of HOUSE SPARROWS and about 20 DARK EYED JUNCOS complete the sparrow population at our feeder.




- Deapesh.Fairfax county.
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Date: 3/16/17 9:43 am
From: Thomas Nardone <nardonet...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Lapland longspurs
I went to the area this morning and didn't see the longspurs. I drove the road to the stables several times between trips to other nearby birding spots.

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>
> Hey Rich,
> About the Longspurs:
> Do I understand correctly they are on the entrance road up to the stables from Gunston Road?
> I never use that road; can you give me a better idea where to look sir.
> Also how many birds did you see please?
> I can't go today, but I can go Friday morning.
> Any Fox Sparrows?
> Donald Sweig
>
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>> On Mar 15, 2017, at 3:03 PM, Apple via va-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
>>
>> Still at Meadowood. Along edge of road to stable, near curve. Being flushed occ. by a passing car, but have returned in 5-10 minutes.
>>
>> Rich Rieger
>> Alexandria
>>
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Date: 3/16/17 9:16 am
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Lapland longspurs
Hey Rich,
About the Longspurs:
Do I understand correctly they are on the entrance road up to the stables from Gunston Road?
I never use that road; can you give me a better idea where to look sir.
Also how many birds did you see please?
I can't go today, but I can go Friday morning.
Any Fox Sparrows?
Donald Sweig

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> Still at Meadowood. Along edge of road to stable, near curve. Being flushed occ. by a passing car, but have returned in 5-10 minutes.
>
> Rich Rieger
> Alexandria
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Date: 3/16/17 8:01 am
From: Candice Lowther <candiceylowther...>
Subject: [Va-bird] European goldfinch still at Leesylvania, Prince William county
Dave Larsen and I just spotted the European Goldfinch at Leesylvania in the
picnic area along the river. It is the same area it has been spotted in on
past days. Beautiful male bird!

Good birding!

Candice Lowther
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Date: 3/16/17 6:39 am
From: pepherup--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Invasion Of The Foxes

Good Morning Everyone,

This morning I looked out the window to see if the 2 fox sparrows, who have been here for weeks, were still here and instead of the two, I counted 5. I guess the word is out in the bird world, stop by Concord for breakfast, lots of seeds under the bushes there.
Of course, this also invites the early morning hoard of grackles, cowbirds and red winged blackbirds but they mostly empty the three sunflower feeders.
The cold weather has all the bluebirds visiting their feeder in the field as the insect hatch that occurred during the warm weather have disappeared.
Spring is on the way, no matter what.

Peggy Lyons
Concord
Campbell County
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Date: 3/15/17 4:03 pm
From: akb <arun1bose...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Richmond Osprey Cam
Hello Birders,
Locals will already know about the Richmond Osprey Cam, a project of Richmond
Outside.com <http://www.richmondoutside.com/>. The HD camera is positioned
below the Manchester Bridge on one of the old bridge trestles that Ospreys
now use to nest upon. You can view the stunning live feed and learn more
about the project at

https://www.richmondospreycamera.com/

https://www.richmondospreycamera.com/about/

The camera comes to you courtesy of Richmond Outside.com
<http://www.richmondoutside.com/> and other sponsors including: James River
Association <https://jrava.org/>, Riverside Outfitters
<http://www.riversideoutfitters.net/>, Terrain360
<https://www.terrain360.com/#4.31/39.677/-95.393> and Elwood Thompson's
Local Market <http://ellwoodthompsons.com/>


Arun Bose
Richmond VA
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Date: 3/15/17 2:44 pm
From: Vineeta <vineetaa...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FYI: Senior National Park Pass to Increase from $10 to $80
From another list that I'm on.
Vineeta Anand


The fee for a lifetime pass for citizens 62 and older will go from $10 to
$80. An annual pass will cost them $20, which they can apply to the cost of
a lifetime pass at a later point if they decide they want one.

But if you get a lifetime pass before the change is implemented, it will
cost only $10. Passes can be purchased online for an additional service fee
of $10 or at any of the parks without an extra charge.

National Park Service officials are unsure how long it will take to
implement the change, but it’s expected before the end of 2017. Meantime,
they are spreading the word informally.
http://travel.aarp.org/articles-tips/articles/info-
2016/national-parks-lifetime-pass-cost-increase.html






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Date: 3/15/17 12:04 pm
From: Apple via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Lapland longspurs
Still at Meadowood. Along edge of road to stable, near curve. Being flushed occ. by a passing car, but have returned in 5-10 minutes.

Rich Rieger
Alexandria

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Date: 3/15/17 11:52 am
From: Kenneth Rosenthal <rosenthal.k...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Birding in Arlington, Virginia
Hi All,

Arlington County Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring free,
family bird walks to highlight the great spots to bird in Arlington County.
Please join us for a walk or two! (We do ask for registration so we have an
idea of the number to expect.)

Thank you.

Birding Arlington!

Families ages 8 and up. Register children and adults; children must be
accompanied by a registered adult. Explore Arlington's birding hot spots
with our new bird watching series for families! We’ll visit different
birding spots in Arlington throughout the year and build our County bird
lists. Birders of all experience levels can participate and loaner
binoculars are available. For information: 703-228-3403.


Barcroft Park - 4200 S Four Mile Run Dr

Saturday, March 18, 8-9:30 a.m. #632857-K



Potomac Overlook Regional Park - 2845 Marcey Rd

Saturday, April 15, 8-9:30 a.m. #632857-L



Gulf Branch & Old Glebe parks - 3608 Military Rd

Saturday, April 22, 8-9:30 a.m. #632857-M



Potomac Overlook Regional Park - 2845 Marcey Rd

Saturday, April 29, 8-9:30 a.m. #632857-N



Fort C. F. Smith - 2411 N. 24th Street

Saturday, May 6, 8-9:30 a.m. #632857-O



Free. Register both children and adults; children must be accompanied by a
registered adult. Register by phone at 703-228-4747, or online at
https://registration.arlingtonva.us.


Ken Rosenthal
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Date: 3/15/17 11:23 am
From: Dixie Sommers via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Lapland Longspur at Meadowood BLM facility
still present, with Savannah Sparrows

Dixie Sommers
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On Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Fred Atwood <fatwood...> wrote:
Nice find guys!! Still present now. Glad I checked my email before leaving Pohick Bay where there were lots of close waterfowl.

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> Along the drive to the stables off Gunston Road, Mason Neck, Fairfax County. There are two birds. Being seen now.
>
> Sherman Suter and Larry Cartwright,
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Date: 3/15/17 10:12 am
From: Fred Atwood <fatwood...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Lapland Longspur at Meadowood BLM facility
Nice find guys!! Still present now. Glad I checked my email before leaving Pohick Bay where there were lots of close waterfowl.

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Date: 3/15/17 9:03 am
From: Larry Cartwright <prowarbler...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Lapland Longspur at Meadowood BLM facility
Along the drive to the stables off Gunston Road, Mason Neck, Fairfax County. There are two birds. Being seen now.

Sherman Suter and Larry Cartwright,

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Date: 3/15/17 8:03 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Revels Island, back in the day.
REVELS ISLAND, back in the day, during George Shirasís time.


Curtis Badger has done a good service by calling attention to the pioneering wildlife photographer George Shiras III (1859-1942) and his documentation of birds of the Eastern Shoreís Revel Island. Revel Island is slightly west of the south tip of Parramore Island, Accomack County, Virginia. Curtisí article is in Virginia Wildlife, March/April 2017, pages 26-29, and has 5 of Shirasí evocative photographs, taken over 100 years ago. For much of what appears below Iím indebted to Curtis.


Shirasí Revel Island experiences and writings are also reprised in Seashore chronicles: three centuries of the Virginia barrier islands edited by Brooks Miles Barnes & Barry R. Truitt (U. Press of Virginia, 1997, 248pp.), to which I am also indebted. But much of the analysis and detail below is my own.


In his day Revel Island was much more extensive, boasted several buildings for club members, was staffed by a celebrated African-American woman cook as well as local white guides, grew vegetables, had a resident beast of burden, an ox, and there was waterfowl and shorebird gunning, meals with fresh clams, oysters, and fish, and the good fellowship those old clubs enjoyed. Those were the Halcyon years. However, spring hunting, especially of shorebirds, and egging, especially of Laughing Gull eggs, were still a feature at the time Shiras joined the Revels Island Club, in 1894. Shiras was instrumental in fostering legislation that made such activities illegal.


Shirasí splendid, magisterial book Hunting wild life with camera and flashlight (2 volumes, National Geographic Society [NGS], 1935, 904 pages in aggregate) celebrates his times at Revel Island in 2 chapters: ďChapter V - part I, Eastern Shore of Virginia - earlier visits to Revels IslandĒ pp. 63-82, and ďChapter V - part II, Last days at Revels Island,Ē pp. 83-96. I was lucky enough to come by a set of this title, I think in the 1960s, for a mere $5, but havenít given it the attention it deserves.


Species photographed by Shiras at Revels, and/or their eggs, nests, and youngsters, in his book are: Northern Bobwhite (but Ö a mainland nest), Green Heron, Osprey, Clapper Rail, Wilsonís Plover, American Oystercatcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, Pectoral Sandpiper, Laughing Gull, Black Skimmer, Common Tern, Common Nighthawk (but see commentary below), Northern Flicker, Fish Crow, Barn Swallow, Tree Swallow, Eastern Meadowlark, and Common Grackle. There are 42 Revels Island photographs. It is common for people familiar with such places to give them the possessive, as in Hooperís Island, Fishermans Island, Elliotts Island, with or without the apostrophe, even if the ďcorrectĒ name is not possessive.


Some of the shots show shorebirds coming in to decoys. Shiras has the endearing quality of often referring to birds by their colloquial names: Calico Back (turnstone), Black-headed Gull (Laughing Gull), Robin Snipe (knot), Seaside Finch (Seaside Sparrow) et al. Iíve some familiarity with such names, but Grass Snipe (Pectoral Sandpiper) I hadnít heard before. Many Eastern Shore folks refer to the Loblolly Pine as the Yellow Pine. So does Shiras.


Shiras was no shrinking violet, hunted a lot, was a lawyer, angler, served in the U. S. Congress (1903-1905), was on the board of NGS, and otherwise gathered no moss. His father was a Supreme Court justice. His book rambles all over. Volume 1 concentrates on the Lake Superior region, but Volume 2 has chapters on Newfoundland, New Brunswick, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, the Bahamas, Louisiana, Mexico, Panama, Yellowstone, Arizona, and Alaska. It is a gem. Over a period of several decades Shiras periodically visited Revel Island.


But it does have some mistakes in the Revels Island chapters. The 2 photographs of a ďChuck-willís-widowĒ on pp. 84 & 85 are of a Common Nighthawk. The Virginia barrier island surveys by Bill Williams, Jerry Via, et al., done for many years recently, sometimes found a pair or 2, apparently breeders, on the islands. Up in Delaware they breed in the Cape Henlopen area. On p. 75 ďCalico backs are swift on the wingĒ instead of an all-turnstone cast, shows 2 oystercatchers in the foreground and a rather distant turnstone behind them.


Those were the good old days. In spite of the slaughters going on, this is the sort of remembrance that makes me wish for a time machine. Shiras refers to such obsolete phenomena as kerosene torch, naptha launches, leg-of-mutton sails, and snipe potpies as well as birds being ďawingĒ (on the wing?). The first clubhouse was built in 1885. Most of the later buildings are in a photograph on page 67 and there are photographs of Jerry the ox, a huge pile of harvested Laughing Gull eggs, an old catboat, and a pile of eggshells in a dump created by predatory Fish Crows.


Revel Island, whatís left of it, lies within the Nassawadox Christmas Bird Count circle on its north perimeter. One of my fantasies is to camp there and spend the entire count day on the island, scoping the rough waters of Quinby Inlet and the south end of Parramore Island. Maybe Ö some day. Revels is the only Eastern Shore island Iíve never been to.


Going back even further there is Frank M. Chapmanís Bird studies with a camera: with introductory chapters on the outfit and methods of the bird photographer (D. Appleton & Co., 1900, 218pp.) with over 100 photographs. Itís not that much of a stretch at all to proceed from Shiras and Chapman to a next step: the NGSís Stalking birds with color camera (1951, 328pp., by Cornellís venerable Arthur A. Allen), chock full of great photographs and hundreds of charming captions, such as ďTail erect, air sacs inflated, a Ruddy Duck courts his lady loveĒ and ďLike Ulysses, the Sanderling ĎCannot rest from travel.í ď The chapter ďBirds of timberline and tundraĒ inspired me, eventually, to take the whole family on a trip to Churchill, Manitoba.


Farther afield is An eye for a bird by the great English photographer, Eric Hosking, who lost an eye when attacked by a Tawny Owl (p. 20, Paul S. Eriksson, Inc., 1970, 302pp.). Hosking was the pre-eminent European bird photographer of his time. Allan Cruickshank, Frederick Kent Truslow, Samuel A. Grimes, and Roger Tory Peterson (photos well showcased in his Birds over America [Dodd, Mead & Co., 1948, 342pp.]) were other great American bird photographers, before the days of modern equipment. In our own time Brian Small, Adam Riley, and Kevin Karlson are outstanding. There are many others. Hundreds in these days of sophisticated photographic armamentarium (armanmentaria?).


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.
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Date: 3/15/17 7:40 am
From: Fred Atwood <fatwood...>
Subject: [Va-bird] European goldfinch still at Leesylvania SP.
On ground in picnic area near visitor center. Also present along road and parking lot edges were 22 fox sparrows.

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Date: 3/15/17 6:14 am
From: David Farner <dfarner...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fox sparrows Fort CF Smith Arlington
I've seen recent reports about fox sparrows moving throughout the area. Evidence of that this morning at Fort CF Smith park where there are 9 of them currently under the feeders in back of the house.

David Farner
Fort CF Smith Park
Arlington, VA 22207

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Date: 3/14/17 7:48 am
From: Ashley Peele <ashpeele...>
Subject: [Va-bird] VABBA2 Tip - Adding data to heavily birded areas
Hi Folks,

Recently, some folks have raised questions about whether they should log
Atlas data to the same areas this year OR move on to a new area. I thought
I would address this and a couple related questions.

First, remember that the Atlas is not focused on repeat sampling. Once a
species has been confirmed as a breeder, it doesn't need to be
're-confirmed' the next year. Once an Atlas block has been completed, you
don't need to keep visiting it. In fact! *We'd far rather you move on to
a new Atlas block, once you've met the key benchmarks for block completion*
.

These benchmarks can be found in the Atlas Handbook
<http://amjv.org/resources_vabba2/VABBA2_Handbook_Draft_Final_4.pdf> on
pages 29-31. The most important goals to shoot for are: (1) you've spent
at least 20 hours surveying in your block, (2) these visits were spread out
over the breeding season, (3) included different habitats present within
your block, and (4) that a couple night visits were carried out.

Continuing to add data to a heavily birded area isn't a bad thing, but
generating data for a new area is a huge help to the project. If your
interested in where to Atlas, consider visiting an area, preferably a
Priority block, that has little or no data logged within it. You may be
surprised how easy it is to find such a block near your home base.

To check out what blocks are already signed up for, visit the Atlas Block
Explorer at: *http://vafwis.dgif.virginia.gov/BBA2/BlockExplorer/
<http://vafwis.dgif.virginia.gov/BBA2/BlockExplorer/>*

To see what data has already been logged to the Atlas eBird portal, visit
the 'Explore Data' page at: *http://ebird.org/ebird/atlasva/explore
<http://ebird.org/ebird/atlasva/explore>*

Always feel free to email us with questions about where to Atlas.

Thanks much to all the folks contributing Atlas data this Spring. We're
really excited to see what data we can generate in our second field
season! Stay warm this week and be careful if you venture out to bird in
the icy conditions.

All the best,

Ashley Peele, PhD
Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator
Conservation Management Institute - Virginia Tech
Office: 540-231-9182
Fax: 540-231-7019
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Date: 3/14/17 5:57 am
From: Shea Tiller <sheagordontiller...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Northeast Reservoir, Lake Anna, Colonial Heights Walmart
Hi, all.
On Sun, Mar. 12th I birded the locations listed in the subject header.
At NE Res., the only waterfowl was a horned grebe, which gave pretty good
looks. On the fishing access road, I got very close views of a red-tailed
hawk, and I heard a red-winged blackbird singing.

At Lake Anna, I visited dike 3. I saw a common loon fishing extremely close
to the shore, but it only came to the surface for a brief second each time.
I also saw a male red-breasted merganser fishing near the dike.

At the Walmart pond, I couldn't find the glaucous gull previously seen, but
I did get good looks at 4 lesser-black-backed gulls (lifer number 237).

Here is a link to my photos from these visits on Flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/148002166@N03/

Good birding
Shea
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Date: 3/13/17 4:39 pm
From: Walter L. Barrows <wbarrows...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From this morning's birdwalk, I've added a handful of shots to my Huntley
Meadows gallery.
https://wlb3.smugmug.com/Virginia-Parks/Huntley-Meadows-Park/

Thanks, Harry.

Cheers

*Walt*



On Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 5:57 PM, Harry Glasgow <harry.glasgow...>
wrote:

> Despite temperature readings in the high 30s and low 40s, it seemed
> bitterly cold as we set off for today's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning
> Birdwalk. We identified 49 species, with huge flocks of Common Grackles,
> Red-winged Blackbirds, and Rusty Blackbirds getting the most attention. We
> were delighted with the antics of Kinglets in trees at eye level, and the
> interesting diversity of water fowl, even though the individual counts of
> each were somewhat small. Birders interested in joining us are reminded
> that starting with next week's walk (March 20), we will be adopting our
> summer hours, begining at 7AM.
>
> Canada Goose 11
> Wood Duck 17
> Mallard 4
> Northern Shoveler 6
> Green-winged Teal 2
> Bufflehead 2
> Hooded Merganser 7
> Pied-billed Grebe 3
> Great Blue Heron 3
> Cooper's Hawk 1
> Accipiter sp. 1
> Bald Eagle 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk 2
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> American Coot 9
> Ring-billed Gull 6
> Mourning Dove 4
> Red-headed Woodpecker 4
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 9
> Downy Woodpecker 7
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Pileated Woodpecker 2
> Eastern Phoebe 2
> Blue Jay 3
> American Crow 4
> Fish Crow 1
> crow sp. 1
> Tree Swallow 4
> Carolina Chickadee 9
> Tufted Titmouse 7
> White-breasted Nuthatch 4
> Brown Creeper 1
> Carolina Wren 7
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 6
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
> Eastern Bluebird 10
> Hermit Thrush 1
> American Robin 70
> Fox Sparrow 3
> White-throated Sparrow 35
> Song Sparrow 3
> Swamp Sparrow 4
> Eastern Towhee 4
> Northern Cardinal 12
> Red-winged Blackbird 500
> Rusty Blackbird 100
> Common Grackle 1300
> Brown-headed Cowbird 1
> American Goldfinch 2
>
> The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows
> since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during
> electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 7AM (8AM from November
> through March), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to
> all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701
> Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff
> during normal business hours at (703)768-2525 <(703)%20768-2525>.
>
> Harry Glasgow
> Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
>
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Date: 3/13/17 2:58 pm
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Despite temperature readings in the high 30s and low 40s, it seemed bitterly cold as we set off for today's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.  We identified 49 species, with huge flocks of Common Grackles, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Rusty Blackbirds getting the most attention. We were delighted with the antics of Kinglets in trees at eye level, and the interesting diversity of water fowl, even though the individual counts of each were somewhat small.  Birders interested in joining us are reminded that starting with next week's walk (March 20), we will be adopting our summer hours, begining at 7AM.
Canada Goose  11
Wood Duck  17
Mallard  4
Northern Shoveler  6
Green-winged Teal  2
Bufflehead  2
Hooded Merganser  7
Pied-billed Grebe  3
Great Blue Heron  3
Cooper's Hawk  1
Accipiter sp.  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  9
Ring-billed Gull  6
Mourning Dove  4
Red-headed Woodpecker  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  9
Downy Woodpecker  7
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  2
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  4
Fish Crow  1
crow sp.  1
Tree Swallow  4
Carolina Chickadee  9
Tufted Titmouse  7
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  7
Golden-crowned Kinglet  6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  10
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  70
Fox Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  35
Song Sparrow  3
Swamp Sparrow  4
Eastern Towhee  4
Northern Cardinal  12
Red-winged Blackbird  500
Rusty Blackbird  100
Common Grackle  1300
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
American Goldfinch  2

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

Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Date: 3/13/17 1:25 pm
From: Marshall Faintich <marshall...>
Subject: [Va-bird] 3 Bald Eagles
In Augusta County, VA; 3/12/17. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_03_12.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_03_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: 3/13/17 9:50 am
From: Pat Carrier <patcarrier44...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Virginia bird list
Please send me the Virginia bird to list
--
*Those who love you understand.*
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Date: 3/13/17 8:55 am
From: Tyler Reber <compwiz35...>
Subject: [Va-bird] European Goldfinch
Still present at Leesylvania State Park this morning. I saw it beginning
at around 8:30am. It was right in the same area sort of below and to the
left of the Visitor Center (if you're looking towards the river), hanging
around the playground equipment. It flew into the wood line between the
picnic area and the upper parking area at one point and after that I lost
track of it and had to leave. I got some good looks at it, but don't
expect to be able to get close photos as it and the other American
Goldfinches are very skittish.
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Date: 3/13/17 8:14 am
From: Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] European Goldfinch
Seen Monday morning from 10 - 11AM at Visitor Center

On Mar 12, 2017 5:51 PM, "Donald Sweig" <skybirds.d...> wrote:

> The European Goldfinch, in the pines down from the visitor center at
> Leesylvania state park, was well seen and photographed by myself and
> several other people between about 2:00 and 3:30 this afternoon.
> There were still several people looking at it when I left at 4:00.
> Very attractive little bird.
> Donald Sweig
>
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Date: 3/13/17 7:27 am
From: Albright, Tom (USMS) <Tom.Albright2...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Phoebes at Monticello Park, Alexandria
A big push of E. Phoebes at the park on Saturday/Sunday (7 one day and 5 the next) along with FOS Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Brown Creeper..also Wood Ducks (4) seen today in the park, heading toward 4 mile run
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Date: 3/13/17 7:11 am
From: Diane L via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Breeding Bird Atlasing resource: First Ohio BBA (available on line)
Ohio State’s Second Breeding Bird Atlas was published last year and is a beautiful publication. It's pricey -- about $65.

Their atlas website offers free, downloadable species accounts from their First BBA (1982-1987.) Each species account is a single PDF file that describes breeding and nesting behaviors. While I rely heavily on Cornell’s Birds of North America website, the Ohio Atlas accounts are nice as breeding and nesting information is condensed in one document.
http://www.ohiobirds.org/obba2/newsite/?page_id=48


Diane Lepkowski
Harriosnburg
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Date: 3/13/17 6:25 am
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh, March 12
I guess the combination of the time change and cold forecast kept people in bed Sunday morning, as no one showed up for the weekly walk at Dyke Marsh in Alexandria, sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh.  Larry Cartwright happened to be doing his weekly survey so I joined him and had an enjoyable walk.  Highlights were the pair of ospreys at the nest in the marina, all three merganser species, a merlin strafing sparrows on the ground in the picnic area, 3 yellow-rumped warblers, singing fox sparrow, and winter wren.  The walk is held Sundays at 8am and is open to all.  The complete list is below.

Marc Ribaudo

 
Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Mar 12, 2017 7:44 AM - 10:23 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.6 mile(s)
47 species

Canada Goose 4
American Black Duck 2
Mallard 60
Greater Scaup 4
Lesser Scaup 200
Bufflehead 2
Hooded Merganser 2
Common Merganser 10
Red-breasted Merganser 1
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Horned Grebe 3
Double-crested Cormorant 40
Great Blue Heron 5
Osprey 2
Bald Eagle 3
Ring-billed Gull 100
Herring Gull 20
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
Mourning Dove 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Merlin 1
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 4
Fish Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 8
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Brown Creeper 1
Winter Wren 2
Carolina Wren 5
American Robin 60
European Starling 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Fox Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 4
White-throated Sparrow 30
Song Sparrow 25
Swamp Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 10
Red-winged Blackbird 18
Rusty Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 1
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 3
House Sparrow 2

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Date: 3/12/17 5:44 pm
From: Bob Schamerhorn <bob...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Williamsburg Botanical Gardens - Bird Program March 18
This event is part of the Learn and Grow Educational Series sponsored by the Williamsburg Botanical Garden.

March 18 - 10:00 a.m., open to the public
Williamsburg Botanical Gardens - Freedom Park Interpretive Center

PROGRAM: ATTRACTING BIRDS WITH WATER
Award-winning Nature Photographer Bob Schamerhorn will show us how to bring numerous species of birds to our yards by adding a small water feature. Birds, like all other animals, prefer habitats that meet ALL their basic survival needs: food, shelter and water! They depend on water for hydration, to maintain body temperature, and to condition their feathers for flight. Having a consistent, reliable, clean, running water source in a garden will attract a greater assortment of birds. This is especially true for the many species that do not eat seed at all. Each different season will bring varying species and changed plumages, whether it is winter, breeding season, spring or fall migration. In one central Virginia backyard alone, the addition of this simple birdbath system has attracted over 75 species! It even runs in sub-freezing temperatures, providing this essential resource even when everything else is frozen solid. This highly-favored multimedia program displays proof of that diversity as the birds drink, bath and splash around in the “The Bird Spa". The program will include informative stories from thousands of hours of observation, displayed with award-winning photography, supplemented with bird songs, and HD video clips. It reveals the water features simple design and a parts list, plus demonstrates step-by-step how to install one yourself. Come see how a little water can greatly improve both your garden and your enjoyment of nature, right in your own backyard.


The program is free, although a $5.00 donation to help the Garden grow is appreciated. For more information, contact Bob by email at <bob...>

After the program, Master Gardeners will be in the Garden to answer questions and talk about what is in bloom.

Joanne Sheffield
WBG Program Chair
Our mailing address is:
Williamsburg Botanical Garden
5537 Centerville Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188


Forwarded by Bob Schamerhorn
E-mail: <bob...>


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Date: 3/12/17 5:44 pm
From: Tony Futcher <tonyfutcher1...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Fairfax feeder with all black birds, thick bill, need ID help
Jerry,

those are female Brown-headed Cowbirds. They can look a little
different, depending on the light. Note the rather short heavy beak -
different from most blackbirds, which have longer sharper bills.

Good birding,
Tony Futcher

Hyattsville, MD


On 3/12/2017 6:03 PM, Jerry Blondell wrote:
> Could someone help me identify the all-black birds in the two videos
> from my bird feeder cam this afternoon.
>
> Reply directly to <jblondell...> unless I've stumbled across
> something really rare, then reply to list.
>
> Each video is just a minute long and has close ups of all black birds,
> with black eyes, and a thick beak. Has to be female cowbirds I guess,
> but guide books say they should be paler gray-brown (Sibley) and these
> don't look right?
>
> https://youtu.be/4CfC-1Dzkkk
>
> https://youtu.be/yO8_advIVcI
>
>
> Jerry Blondell <https://youtu.be/yO8_advIVcI>
>
> Springfield, Fairfax, VA <https://youtu.be/yO8_advIVcI>
>
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Date: 3/12/17 5:08 pm
From: janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] 30 Tundra Swans in Springfield, VA -3/12/2017at Lake Accotink
March 12, 2017

After my Brother and I finished shopping in Chantilly, VA and
Springfield, VA , we decided to go to Lake Accotink Park in Springfield, Fairfax
County, VA. We had 30 Tundra Swans on the Lake and the 2 nesting Bald Eagles.

Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Date: 3/12/17 3:03 pm
From: Jerry Blondell <jblondell...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fairfax feeder with all black birds, thick bill, need ID help
Could someone help me identify the all-black birds in the two videos
from my bird feeder cam this afternoon.

Reply directly to <jblondell...> unless I've stumbled across
something really rare, then reply to list.

Each video is just a minute long and has close ups of all black birds,
with black eyes, and a thick beak. Has to be female cowbirds I guess,
but guide books say they should be paler gray-brown (Sibley) and these
don't look right?

https://youtu.be/4CfC-1Dzkkk

https://youtu.be/yO8_advIVcI


Jerry Blondell <https://youtu.be/yO8_advIVcI>

Springfield, Fairfax, VA <https://youtu.be/yO8_advIVcI>

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Date: 3/12/17 2:07 pm
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: [Va-bird] European Goldfinch
The European Goldfinch, in the pines down from the visitor center at Leesylvania state park, was well seen and photographed by myself and several other people between about 2:00 and 3:30 this afternoon.
There were still several people looking at it when I left at 4:00.
Very attractive little bird.
Donald Sweig

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Date: 3/12/17 11:38 am
From: Bryan Henson <bghenson23...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] European Goldfinch
Still here at 2:38pm near pavilion near visitor center.

On Mar 12, 2017 12:31 PM, "Larry Cartwright" <prowarbler...> wrote:

> On ground in picnic area with other goldfinches now.
>
> Larry Cartwright
>
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Date: 3/12/17 10:46 am
From: Dendroica--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Great Falls Bird Walk 03/12/17 (Fairfax County)
Keith Huffman led this morning's walk. Highpoint was 8 male Wood Ducks on
the clay pond. We meet every Sunday morning at 8 AM in the visitors center
parking lot. Birders are welcome.

Ralph Wall

The list (27 species)

Canada Goose 12
Wood Duck 8
American Black Duck 8
Mallard 3
Ring-necked Duck 10
Bufflehead 30
Common Merganser 10
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Black Vulture 7
Bald Eagle 1
Mourning Dove 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 8
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 1
American Crow 5
Carolina Chickadee 14
Tufted Titmouse 18
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Carolina Wren 6
Eastern Bluebird 6
American Robin 8
Dark-eyed Junco 20
Song Sparrow 5
Northern Cardinal 12
Red-winged Blackbird 4

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35130059

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Date: 3/12/17 9:26 am
From: Larry Cartwright <prowarbler...>
Subject: [Va-bird] European Goldfinch
On ground in picnic area with other goldfinches now.

Larry Cartwright

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Date: 3/12/17 7:43 am
From: Howard Wu <howiewu1...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Leesylvania European Goldfinch
Seen briefly at 10:01 in picnic ground near visitors center next to boat
launch parking lot, not since.

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Date: 3/12/17 7:37 am
From: <david.boltz4...>
Subject: [Va-bird] 250 Tundra Swans, et. al. - Lake Frederick, Frederick Co.
When I left at 10:05 this morning there were 250 Tundra Swans, 2 Common Mergansers, 9 Buffleheads, 3 Ring-necked Ducks, 2 Pied-billed Grebes, 5 Horned Grebe, plus Canada Geese.

Dave Boltz

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Date: 3/12/17 6:56 am
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: [Va-bird] European Goldfinch:
Please keep posting if anyone continues to see the goldfinch.
Is it pretty close to the visitor center in the picnic area?
Anymore details?
Thank you.
Donald Sweig

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Date: 3/12/17 5:39 am
From: Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Eurasian Goldfinch -Leesylvania SP
Relocated in picnic area in front of visitors center by Elton Morel and Dixie Sommers.

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Date: 3/11/17 3:29 pm
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Riverbend Park:Tundra Swan Delights
Following up on a tip from my good friend Keith Huffman, I went over to Riverbend park this afternoon to see if I could find some Tundra Swans. I was not disappointed. Swimming quietly and feeding in the middle of the river, just downriver from the visitor center, I found 48 picturesque Tundra Swans "cooing" softly, and well illuminated in the bright afternoon sunshine. What a Treat !!
I also found 3 to 6 Tree Swallows hocking insects in the air over the river, right above the swans. Amazing .

Duckwise, I found about 100 to 150 Bufflehead, and a few Ring-necked ducks, Scaup, and Coots.

But the real show was the Swans, which I watched and photographed for over an hour. The afternoon light on the river and the swans, at Riverbend, was really spectacular.
Just as I was leaving about 4:30, a kayaker entered the river from the boat ramp at the park. The swans, all of them, immediately began to swim downriver, away from the kayaker, and toward the cofferdam. As the Kayaker got closer to them in the river, they all took off and flew. I could only see that happen through the trees.
I don't know whether they will now continue their northward migration, or will be back on the river tomorrow morning.
But, it was certainly wonderful to see and hear them this afternoon.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church,
Va.

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Date: 3/11/17 2:20 pm
From: Joe Coleman <joecoleman...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Banshee Reeks and Dulles Greenway Wetlands Bird Walk Results
Four of us showed up for the regular monthly bird walk at the Banshee Reeks
Nature Preserve this morning. In spite of the beginning (25) and ending (32)
temps it was a very pleasant morning for a bird walk. While there weren't a
lot of species, we did find a first-of-year (for most of us) Eastern Phoebe.
However, except for a few large mixed flocks there weren't a lot of birds.



After we finished at Banshee Reeks three of us went over to the private
(restricted access) Dulles Greenway Wetlands Mitigation Project to see what
work the bluebird trail (managed by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy) might
need. It had warmed up to 35 by then but since the Wetlands is largely
sheltered from the west winds it wasn't bad. Because the beavers have been
very successful in building a dam at the Dulles Greenway Wetlands spillway
there is much more water on the wetlands than there used to be. Not only is
there little exposed mud for shorebirds, the ducks can easily hide in the
extensive scrub, much of which has its feet in water. The ducks that were
there were rather skittish, perhaps because of the active Bald Eagle nest
there or for some other reason. In addition to a Bald Eagle sitting in the
nest we saw a variety of ducks and 2 Am Coots (see below for the complete
list) and a number of ducks we were unable to ID as they darted this way &
that in the sky & the scrub.



For a complete list of the birds observed at Banshee Reeks and the Dulles
Greenway Wetlands pls see the eBird reports below.



The regular monthly free bird walk (every 2nd Sat) at the Banshee Reeks
Nature preserve is sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy (
<http://www.loudounwildlife.org> www.loudounwildlife.org) & the Friends of
Banshee Reeks ( <http://www.bansheereeks.org> www.bansheereeks.org );
information on both and their upcoming events can be found on their
websites. While there are no regular walks at the private Dulles Greenway
Wetlands Mitigation Project which has restricted access we do periodically
survey the birds there and occasionally lead walks there - check out our
website for



Good birding (regardless of the weather)!

Joe Coleman for the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy



Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, Loudoun, Virginia, US Mar 11, 2017 8:00 AM -
10:30 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.4 mile(s)



34 species



Canada Goose 3

Great Blue Heron 1

Black Vulture 5

Turkey Vulture 3

Red-shouldered Hawk 3

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 35

Mourning Dove 4

Red-bellied Woodpecker 5

Downy Woodpecker 4

Hairy Woodpecker 2

Northern Flicker 1

Pileated Woodpecker 3

Eastern Phoebe 1

Blue Jay 5

American Crow 6

Fish Crow 2

Carolina Chickadee 15

Tufted Titmouse 6

White-breasted Nuthatch 5

Brown Creeper 1

Carolina Wren 2

Eastern Bluebird 4

American Robin 50

Northern Mockingbird 2

European Starling 2

Field Sparrow 4

Dark-eyed Junco 30

White-throated Sparrow 20

Song Sparrow 6

Swamp Sparrow 1

Northern Cardinal 8

House Finch 2

American Goldfinch 2



View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35112630



Dulles Greenway Wetlands Mitigation Project, Loudoun, Virginia, US Mar 11,
2017 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Protocol: Traveling

0.8 mile(s)



30 species (+1 other taxa)



Canada Goose X

Wood Duck 2

Gadwall 8

Mallard 2

Green-winged Teal 12

Ring-necked Duck 2

Hooded Merganser 2

duck sp. 30

Wild Turkey 3 seen by one person earlier in the day before the Banshee
Reeks walk

Black Vulture 6

Turkey Vulture 6

Cooper's Hawk 1

Bald Eagle 1 on nest

Red-shouldered Hawk 2

American Coot 2

Red-bellied Woodpecker 1

Downy Woodpecker 11

Pileated Woodpecker 1

Blue Jay 2

American Crow 4

Fish Crow 2

Carolina Chickadee 2

Tufted Titmouse 1

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

Carolina Wren 2

Eastern Bluebird 2

American Robin 2

White-throated Sparrow 2

Song Sparrow 2

Northern Cardinal 1

Red-winged Blackbird 1



View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35112908



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





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Date: 3/11/17 12:04 pm
From: KELLY K <tripacct1...>
Subject: [Va-bird] More early migrants at CM Crockett Park
I headed out to Germantown Lake this morning hoping to find a FOY Tree
Swallow. Got there about 8am. A frigid 28 degrees with black ice in the
parking lot, I wasn't expecting much. The Ruddy Ducks and at least one
Bufflehead were on the far side of the lake as they have been almost
everyday this winter.

New arrivals for 2017:

I spotted a Common Loon (alternate plumage) in the middle of the lake. Then
suddenly a mass of Tree Swallows swooped down over the lake... and as they
went to the right side of the lake they broke apart so I could see them
individually. I counted 67 although there were possibly a few more! They
flew low over the lake back and forth.

On my way out of the park, I spotted a Chipping Sparrow foraging on the
ground of the farm right at the gate. Tried to get a photo but my iPhone
took a super poor shot.

The coldest weather days are best for birding this popular park. Bad
weather usually means few visitors and less maintenance/construction by the
park staff. Hoping for more early migrants.

Kelly Krechmer
Fauquier County
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Date: 3/11/17 10:41 am
From: Karen Brandt via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Tundra swans at Riverbend Park
Just saw 43 Tundra swans down river from visitors center, feeding and preening mid-river by rocks. Making hoh! calls

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Karen

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Date: 3/11/17 10:26 am
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...>
Subject: [Va-bird] European goldfinch details, Leesylvania State Park, Mar 11, 2017
Only 4 people attended the Northern Virginia Bird Club walk at Leesylvania
State Park this morning, counting the leaders, and we found a gem. We found
a male European goldfinch in the picnic area with a flock of American
goldfinches. When first seen its back was to us and what I noticed was two
bright yellow wing panels. It then turned its head and I knew what we were
looking at. Dave Ledwith, Bob Butterworth, Tobin Hardwick and I got good
scope views, and Toby got several good photos that will be added to the
ebird checklist (I got some fuzzy cell-phone shots). We followed the bird
around until the flock flew off. Later, Dave and I met up with Kurt Gaskill
and we refound the bird. We got long, extended views and Kurt also got some
photos. We did not see any leg bands and the plumage showed no signs of
wear. The bird was also singing. Sort of like an abbreviated American
goldfinch that cuts off abruptly. Really cool.

As for the rest of the trip, highlights were a Bonaparte's gull up Powell's
creek, 7 hermit thrushes, and a brown thrasher.

Marc Ribaudo

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To: <moribaudo...>
Subject: eBird Report - Leesylvania State Park, Mar 11, 2017

Leesylvania State Park, Prince William, Virginia, US
Mar 11, 2017 7:37 AM - 11:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.7 mile(s)
49 species

Canada Goose 20
Tundra Swan 3
American Black Duck 200
Mallard 30
Canvasback 3
Greater Scaup 1
Lesser Scaup 14
Bufflehead 1
Ruddy Duck 25
Double-crested Cormorant 5
Great Blue Heron 5
Black Vulture 3
Turkey Vulture 7
Osprey 3
Bald Eagle 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Bonaparte's Gull 1
Ring-billed Gull 300
Herring Gull 12
Mourning Dove 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 10
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 5
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 10
Fish Crow 3
Carolina Chickadee 18
Tufted Titmouse 12
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Winter Wren 1
Carolina Wren 6
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 18
Hermit Thrush 7
American Robin 18
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling 16
Dark-eyed Junco 50
White-throated Sparrow 40
Song Sparrow 8
Northern Cardinal 8
Common Grackle 60
American Goldfinch 20
European Goldfinch 1 With flock of American goldfinches. Same size.
Bright yellow wing panel. Red face behind flesh-colored bill, bordered by
white and then black. Brownish-green back. Dark buffy upper chest and
along flanks. Underside of short tail black at tip, white at the base.
Heard singing; song like an abbreviated American goldfinch with an abrupt
cut-off. No leg bands observed, and plumage showed now signs of wear.

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35104035

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Date: 3/11/17 8:47 am
From: Howard Wu <howiewu1...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Sully Woodlands shrike and other birds
Hi, all:

This morning I took a walk at Sully Woodlands in Fairfax County again,
between 7:45AM and 9AM.

I was immediately greeted by a few singing Eastern Towhees (FOS for me),
although I did not get a good look at them. One would later perch in front
of me to let me get some good shots.

The Northern Shrike -- it was still here! Amazingly, if it stays for
another 10 days, it will have stayed the whole season! I first saw it in
the burned field, and just when I was about to leave, it flew to a tree
right next to the barn, allowing me the closest viewing of it to date. It
was very vocal today, singing and chirping, the first time I heard it
singing (although other birders reported this before). This also reminded
me that despite its viciousness, it is still a songbird.

I walked around the woodland. Notable observations are: a raucous mob of
crows were making loud noises in the northwestern corner of the field, but
I could not see what the commotion was about. I did see a couple of
Red-shouldered Hawks flying out of that spot. A small flock (maybe 2-5) Fox
Sparrows were seen in the field. I also saw a singing Field Sparrow. Most
abundant are Song Sparrows, some singing.

Rather depressingly, when I was leaving, I saw a feral cat moving into the
bushes near the entrance.

You can see some of my photos on the rolling update site below:
http://www.travelerathome.com/2016_10_shrike/2016_10_shrike.html

Cheers,
Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
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Date: 3/11/17 7:50 am
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...>
Subject: [Va-bird] European goldfinch, Leesylvania sp
In picnic area.

Marc Ribaudo

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Date: 3/10/17 2:26 pm
From: Janet Paisley <janetpaisley...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fox Sparrows in Charlottesville
The Fox Sparrow that has been foraging under my feeders for the past week has been joined this afternoon by two more. They are scratching along the garden path amongst the dozens of white-throats, song sparrows, juncos, and a Chipping Sparrow. A nice surprise to come home to.

Janet Paisley
Charlottesville, VA
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Date: 3/10/17 2:24 pm
From: Janis Stone <janis49...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Question re Chickadee at Huntley Meadows, Alexandria
While birding at Huntley Meadows Park yesterday, I encountered a chickadee feeding which looked somewhat different than normal Carolina Chickadees. While I'm pretty sure (maybe) it's a Carolina Chickadee, it looked larger than normal, had significant white streaking on its coverts and tail edges, and showed somewhat buffy underneath. Also the white on the cheeks go all the way back to the nape. Which *could* indicate a Black-capped or hybrid. Or maybe not. I know we're just south of the normal range for Black-capped, but someone reported one here last fall. Can anyone give some insight into this? What I should be concentrating on for ID, given what we can see here? :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nature-flics/albums/72157677859349523

- Janis
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Date: 3/10/17 8:13 am
From: Shipman Nancy <nancy.shipman...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Guatemala birding tour

LAST MINUTE BIRDING OPPORTUNITY: join Virginia Society of Ornithology-sponsored birding tour to Guatemala 1-10 April 2017 led by local Guatemala expert John Cahill; visit lowlands, highlands, three days in/around Tikal. Late cancellation makes one or two spaces available. Contract Bob Shipman for details 703-883-3868 or <ships333...> <mailto:<ships333...>.

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Date: 3/10/17 8:09 am
From: Andrew Rapp <lax3birder...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Trumpeter Swan Louisa specimen
Found the continuing trumpeter Swan in Louisa at goldmine marsh sadly it is deceased. I didn't know if maybe some museum would want him.
Good Birding,
Andrew Rapp
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Date: 3/10/17 6:10 am
From: Ashley Peele <ashpeele...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Western Atlas Training Session in Blacksburg
Hi Folks,

The *fourth Atlas training session* will be held in *Blacksburg* on *April
15th* from 0800-1300ish.

This session will include morning bird walks in the Blacksburg area,
followed by an eBird and data entry workshop at Torgersen Hall on the VA
Tech campus. Local Atlas volunteers will be leading the morning walks and
will focus on tips and strategies for collecting breeding information while
birding. The indoor component will focus on data entry, tips for eBird
use, mapping tools for your smartphone, etc.


We have limited space for this event, so please register today to secure
your spot!


*Register here:* https://goo.gl/forms/N4ObEtUhMTGkleGn2


If you have questions about other training sessions going on around the
state, check out Atlas Events page on our website, www.vabba2.org


All the best and stay warm this weekend, as winter seems to be barreling
back toward us!



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: 3/8/17 12:11 pm
From: Vineeta <vineetaa...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Chukar partridge in Beverly Hills neighborhood of Alexandria
A neighbor in the Beverly Hills section of Alexandria (at Portner Place,
off Portner Road) has a chukar partridge hanging out in her front yard. The
bird is "pooping up a storm," she says.
She's worried that a dog or cat might get the bird. Any suggestions for her?
Thanks, Vineeta Anand



"In the end only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you
lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."
-Gautama Buddha
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Date: 3/8/17 10:52 am
From: David Matson <wrenpt...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Red-breasted Nuthatch
All,

While Red-breasted Nuthatch is not unknown this time of year and reports
have occurred in Virginia this winter, this species last occurred at our
feeders before Christmas, then a single individual, and mention of the
species has been infrequent o the listserve in recent weeks.

Today, one was singing in the pines as I walked the (our North Suffolk)
yard.

David Matson
--
David Matson
Suffolk and Onancock, Virginia
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Date: 3/8/17 9:54 am
From: Dixie Sommers via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows - Fairfax County
On this absolutely perfect morning, 9 birders encountered 36 species on the
wetland side of Huntley Meadows on a Northern Virginia Bird Club walk I led.
We. We had wonderful views of Wood Ducks busy with their courting, including
a male sitting on top of a nest box near the boardwalk, glowing in lovely
morning light. Sixteen Northern Shovelers also showed off their colors,
especially the males' brilliant green heads.



An Osprey circled the wetland and a number of Tree Swallows swooped, early
signs of spring.



While we heard one and saw one Red-Shouldered Hawk, we were unable to locate
the nesting spot along the path from the visitor center to the boardwalk.
Red-headed Woodpeckers put in a good appearance, and a nice group of Rusty
Blackbirds was in the woods.



Huntley Meadows Park--Boardwalk, Fairfax, Virginia, US Mar 8, 2017 8:28 AM -
11:14 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.75 mile(s)

Comments: Northern Virginia Bird Club walk

36 species



Canada Goose 14

Wood Duck 8

Mallard 7

Northern Shoveler 16

Bufflehead 1

Hooded Merganser 4

Pied-billed Grebe 4

Great Blue Heron 2

Black Vulture 1

Osprey 1

Red-shouldered Hawk 2

Red-tailed Hawk 1

American Coot 3

Mourning Dove 5

Red-headed Woodpecker 5

Red-bellied Woodpecker 3

Downy Woodpecker 1

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Pileated Woodpecker 1

Eastern Phoebe 1

American Crow 8

Fish Crow 18

Tree Swallow 5

Carolina Chickadee 5

Tufted Titmouse 3

White-breasted Nuthatch 4

Carolina Wren 3

Golden-crowned Kinglet 2

American Robin 3

White-throated Sparrow 8

Song Sparrow 2

Swamp Sparrow 2

Northern Cardinal 4

Red-winged Blackbird 50

Rusty Blackbird 45

Common Grackle 300



View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35043018



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



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Date: 3/8/17 6:04 am
From: Ashley Peele <ashpeele...>
Subject: [Va-bird] On the Hunt for VA's Breeding Birds
Good Wednesday morning!

Early this morning, I sat on my porch and marveled at the huge upswing in
bird activity around our place. Phoebes are singing and nest-building
under my eaves. Carolina Wrens are doing the same thing. I watched
White-breasted Nuthatch courtship behavior in our woods yesterday. The
season is in full swing and these behaviors are occurring much earlier than
last year.



For those of you who have not yet done so, remember to *switch your eBird
data entry over to the Atlas portal (ebird.org/atlasva
<http://ebird.org/atlasva>*). Spring is upon us and the time for Atlas
data entry has begun.



*Don’t forget that a unique and important element of the Atlas project is
confirming as many species as you can within about 20 hours of effort in a
given block, then moving on! *You don’t need to worry about re-documenting
breeding behavior for the same species in the same blocks this season. If
you feel you’ve completed an Atlas block, notify your regional coordinator
and move on to a new priority block in your area.



Check out a recent article on the Atlas project in *VA Wildlife Magazine*.
Last Fall, I put out a call to gauge how many of our Atlas volunteers were
also hunters or fishermen. We really appreciated your responses, some of
which were used by the reporter in this article.



Follow this link to view the PDF of this article, *On the Hunt for
Virginia’s Breeding Birds
<http://amjv.org/resources_vabba2/On_the_Hunt_for_VAs_Breeding_Birds.pdf>*.



Spring is upon us early, but we’re raring to go for Season Two of the Atlas
project. Don’t forget about our *spring training sessions* being offered
in March, April, and May of this year. Check out www.vabba2.org for
details!


Lastly, don't forget to check out the *new Atlas Facebook group* here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/VABBA2/. If you're a FB user, it's a great
and easy way to share breeding observations and photos with the community.
The group is already receiving some interesting posts and generating good
conversation.


Sorry for the doozy email, but lots to share with the birding community
this lovely Wednesday morning.


A Tree Swallow just flew by my office window... Spring is definitely here!
Enjoy it and happy birding!

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: 3/7/17 7:03 pm
From: MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] OOPS--Purple Finches here March 4, not March 6
CORRECTED REPORT:

Just thought I'd report a Wood Duck pair has decided to use one of my owl
boxes--even though it is probably only about 10 feet from my driveway and
about 1400 feet from the local river!!!!!! The pair was checking it out
a
few days ago and I believe the female has begun to lay eggs! Seems like
such
an unlikely location for them to nest as the box is not well into the
woods nor particularly close to water.

What is fascinating is that there are plenty of snags on my property with
holes made in previous years by nesting Pileateds, yet screech owls (and
now Wood Ducks!) have shown a preference for an artificial cavity. This
has
also been the case for small birds and even flying squirrels--all of
which
could nest deeper into my forest. This says to me that scientists have
under-rated edge habitat for some cavity-nesting species. I believe
these
animals prefer to be on the edge of my nature-friendly yard because it
makes
getting a meal so much easier for them. There's far more food in open,
sunny areas (if the land is covered in a variety of plants rather than
lawn)
than within shady woods.

Oh--I still had a few Purple Finches here on March 4; a Red-breasted
Nuthatch and a Black-capped Chickadee (its presence seems quite upsetting
to my
Carolina Chickadees) on March 6; and a Fox Sparrow was here today.

Sincerely,
Marlene
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Date: 3/7/17 6:54 pm
From: MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Wood Ducks in OWL BOX by my driveway!!!!!! (western Albemarle)
Just thought I'd report a Wood Duck pair has decided to use one of my owl
boxes--even though it is probably only about 10 feet from my driveway and
about 1400 feet from the local river!!!!!! The pair was checking it out a
few days ago and I believe the female has begun to lay eggs! Seems like such
an unlikely location for them to nest as the box is not well into the
woods nor particularly close to water.

What is fascinating is that there are plenty of snags on my property with
holes made in previous years by nesting Pileateds, yet screech owls (and
now Wood Ducks!) have shown a preference for an artificial cavity. This has
also been the case for small birds and even flying squirrels--all of which
could nest deeper into my forest. This says to me that scientists have
under-rated edge habitat for some cavity-nesting species. I believe these
animals prefer to be on the edge of my nature-friendly yard because it makes
getting a meal so much easier for them. There's far more food in open,
sunny areas (if the land is covered in a variety of plants rather than lawn)
than within shady woods.

Oh--I still had a few Purple Finches here on March 6; a Red-breasted
Nuthatch and a Black-capped Chickadee (its presence seems quite upsetting to my
Carolina Chickadees) on March 6; and a Fox Sparrow was here today.

Sincerely,
Marlene


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Date: 3/7/17 5:00 pm
From: Joelle Buffa <clyde_joelle...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Chincoteague NWR Shorebird/Gull Survey March 6
Below are the results of our weekly shorebird/gull survey conducted at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Monday March 6, 2017. All water areas (impoundments and beach areas) were covered in the 6 hour survey. All individuals are counted for the target species; other birds seen or heard on the survey are followed by a dash.   
It was another interesting shorebird survey at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. We counted 1,464 individual shorebirds of 13 species. Dunlin were the most common with 1,150 followed by Black-bellied Plover 130, Willet 89 and Greater Yellowlegs 32. The most exciting for us was our first sighting of the year of a Piping Plover. This handsome male was doing its foot wiggling in the sand as it tested the beach (just north of the Parking Lots) for sub-surface food. The other highlight was an early Pectoral Sandpiper on South Wash Flats.Our next survey will be March 20th.
Clyde Morris and Joelle Buffa

| Snow Goose | -- |
| Canada Goose | -- |
| Tundra Swan | -- |
| Gadwall | -- |
| Eurasian Wigeon | 1 |
| American Wigeon | -- |
| American Black Duck | -- |
| Mallard | -- |
| Northern Shoveler | -- |
| Northern Pintail | -- |
| Green-winged Teal | -- |
| Greater/Lesser Scaup | -- |
| Surf Scoter | -- |
| Black Scoter | -- |
| Long-tailed Duck | -- |
| Bufflehead | -- |
| Hooded Merganser | -- |
| Red-breasted Merganser | -- |
| Red-throated Loon | 26 |
| Common Loon | 122 |
| Horned Grebe | 46 |
| Northern Gannet | 127 |
| Great Blue Heron | -- |
| Great Egret | -- |
| Turkey Vulture | -- |
| Bald Eagle | -- |
| Red-tailed Hawk | -- |
| American Oystercatcher | 17 |
| Black-bellied Plover | 130 |
| Piping Plover | 1 |
| Killdeer | 7 |
| Marbled Godwit | 15 |
| Ruddy Turnstone | 4 |
| Sanderling | 26 |
| Dunlin | 1,150 |
| Pectoral Sandpiper | 1 |
| Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher | 8 |
| Greater Yellowlegs | 32 |
| Willet | 89 |
| Lesser Yellowlegs | 1 |
| Ring-billed Gull | 150 |
| Herring Gull | 182 |
| Lesser Black-backed Gull | 33 |
| Great Black-backed Gull | 44 |
| Forster's Tern | 11 |
| Mourning Dove | -- |
| Belted Kingfisher | -- |
| Red-bellied Woodpecker | -- |
| Northern Flicker | -- |
| Peregrine Falcon | 1 |
| American Crow | -- |
| Carolina Chickadee | -- |
| Brown-headed Nuthatch | -- |
| American Robin | -- |
| Northern Mockingbird | -- |
| European Starling | -- |
| Pine Warbler | -- |
| Yellow-rumped Warbler | -- |
| Dark-eyed Junco | -- |
| White-throated Sparrow | -- |
| Savannah Sparrow | -- |
| Song Sparrow | -- |
| Northern Cardinal | 1 |
| Red-winged Blackbird | -- |
| Eastern Meadowlark | -- |
| Boat-tailed Grackle | -- |
| American Goldfinch | -- |



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Date: 3/7/17 4:37 pm
From: Jack via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FW: Lake Accotink Bald Eagle nest


Who knew? I didn’t. While hiking around the lake on Friday I noticed a very large nest on the opposite side of the lake. Having only my binocs with me I couldn’t get a good view because of the distance. I returned with my scope today to get a better view and do some digiscoping. I observed the nest for about 30 minutes without seeing any activity. However, due to the size of the nest an eagle could have been home without being seen from ground level. I stopped by the visitor center to ask if they were aware of the nest. They were and have a nice photo montage of eagles doing their things around the lake. One eagle was seen on Friday and two today. The other unusual bird species of interest today, at least to me, was a group of seven Gadwalls.

Jack Greenwood
Falls Church

Sent from Mail for Windows 10hings around t
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Date: 3/7/17 1:48 pm
From: Edward Eder <nutmegz...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Osprey pair at Dyke Marsh
Nest building began promptly with the arrival of the female Osprey at Dyke Marsh. The male has been arriving at the site for nearly 8 years and is identifiable by a linear scar defect in his left iris.
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Date: 3/7/17 10:30 am
From: Walter Hadlock <jaybirdncarol...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Eagle's nest at Riverbend Park
Good afternoon,

We took a walk at Riverbend Park (Fairfax County) on March 6. An adult American Bald Eagle was on the nest and was observed by several people. The nest is up river from the Visitor Center. You can go as far as the trail that leads to the Nature Center and still get good looks at the nest that is near the top of Sycamore Tree on an island in the Potomac River.

In addition to the Eagle, we counted close to 100 Bufflehead on the river, a number of Canada Geese, as well as at least 12 Common Merganser‚ÄĒmostly pairs.

For those who like native flowers, the Virginia Bluebells are up, some have flower buds, and there were some Spring Beauty open as well.

It was a nice afternoon for a walk.

Good birding to all,

Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon, VA

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Date: 3/7/17 6:35 am
From: Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, February 28-March 6, 2017
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 3/7/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Gerry Hawkins
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
February 28 and was completed on Tuesday, March 7 at 8:30 a.m.

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

The top birds this week were PINK-FOOTED GOOSE* in DE, GREEN-WINGED
TEAL (EURASIAN) in MD, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in MD, SCISSOR-TAILED
FLYCATCHER* in MD, WESTERN TANAGER* in VA and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD
in MD. In addition, a Neotropical BLACK-BACKED ORIOLE* continues a
short distance outside the reporting area in PA.

Other birds of interest this week included GREATER WHITE-FRONTED,
ROSS'S and CACKLING GEESE, TRUMPETER SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEOEN, COMMON
EIDER, RED-NECKED and EARED GREBES, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, SANDHILL
CRANE, AMERICAN AVOCET, PIPING PLOVER, MARBLED GODWIT, LONG-BILLED
DOWITCHER, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, RAZORBILL, GLAUCOUS GULL, GREAT
CORMORANT, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, TRICOLORED and GREEN HERONS, GOLDEN
EAGLE, LOGGERHEAD and NORTHERN SHRIKES, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW,
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, MARSH WREN, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, RED
CROSSBILL, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, BLACK-AND-WHITE,
ORANGE-CROWNED and NASHVILLE WARBLERS, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, AMERICAN
TREE, CLAY-COLORED and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, PAINTED BUNTING, BREWER'S
BLACKBIRD and BALTIMORE ORIOLE.

TOP BIRDS

A continuing PINK-FOOTED GOOSE* near Prime Hook NWR in Sussex Co, DE
was seen all week in large flocks of SNOW GEESE along Cods Road and
nearby Fowler Beach and Prime Hook Roads. This is the second record of
this species in Delaware, and the first since 1953.

On March 6 a male of the Eurasian subspecies of the GREEN-WINGED TEAL,
which is considered a separate species known as EURASIAN or COMMON
TEAL by many authorities, was found in the wetland across from the
Home Depot on Route 40 in Edgewood, Harford Co, MD.

A continuing young female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in the Wildewood
neighborhood in St. Mary's Co, MD was seen most recently on March 4.

On March 1, 4, 5 and 6 a SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER* was observed
actively foraging at the bay-side ball field bordered by 3rd and 4th
Streets, and to a lesser extent an adjacent ball park bordered by
these same streets, in Ocean City, MD.

A male WESTERN TANAGER* that returned to a residential feeder in
Settlers' Mill, Williamsburg, VA on November 4 for the eighth winter
in a row was last seen on March 5.

On February 28 a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen for the second
consecutive day at a feeder along Raley Road in St. Mary's Co, MD.

A continuing BLACK-BACKED ORIOLE*, a Central American endemic that has
been recorded in the ABA checklist area only one other time, was seen
all week a short distance outside the reporting area at 20 and 21
Indiana Avenue in Sinking Spring, Berks Co, PA.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

On March 4 a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was spotted in a large flock
of SNOW GEESE along Draper Road in Sussex Co, DE. On February 28 and
March 2-5 1-2 ROSS'S GEESE also were spotted in large flocks of SNOW
GEESE in Sussex Co, DE, near the intersection of Fowler Beach and Cods
Roads, the intersection of Cods and 13 Curves Roads and along Prime
Hook Road. On February 28 a single ROSS'S GOOSE was spotted at Bombay
Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE. A continuing ROSS'S GOOSE was seen at Falls
Mills Lake in Tazewell Co, VA on February 28 and along Bell's Lane in
Staunton, VA on March 6. On March 4 and 5 two CACKLING GEESE were at
Broadford Lake in Garrett Co, MD.

A longstanding, tagged TRUMPETER SWAN continues at Lake Churchill in
Montgomery Co, MD, with the latest sighting on March 5.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was reported at Swan Cove and along the Wildlife
Loop at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on March 1 and 3,
respectively. Noteworthy diving ducks included COMMON EIDERS at
several locations, including a single individual at The Point in Point
Lookout SP, Worcester Co, MD on March 3 and 5; a high of seven
individuals at the Ocean City Inlet, Worcester Co, MD on March 2, 4
and 6; and four individuals at Island No. 3 at the Chesapeake Bay
Bridge-Tunnel, Northampton Co, VA on March 4.

A continuing RED-NECKED GREBE at Loch Raven Reservoir-Loch Raven Point
in Baltimore Co, MD was seen most recently on March 5. A RED-NECKED
GREBE also was reported at Island Nos. 1 and 3 at the Chesapeake Bay
Bridge-Tunnel in VA on March 5 and 4, respectively, and at Little
Island Park in Virginia Beach, VA on March 2. A continuing EARED GREBE
off Black Walnut Point in Talbot Co, MD was seen most recently on
March 5. On the same day a continuing EARED GREBE also was seen again
at Buckroe Beach in Hampton, VA.

On March 1 a continuing EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was photographed at 7
West McCabe Street, Selbyville, Sussex County, DE.

On March 4 two continuing SANDHILL CRANES were seen along the
Sanctuary Trail in Algonkian Nature Preserve, Loudoun Co, VA.

Wintering AMERICAN AVOCETS included an area high 111 individuals at
Broadkill Marsh and other locations in Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE
on March 1-6; a high of ten individuals at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co,
DE on February 28 and March 3; and 62 individuals counted during the
weekly survey at the Craney Island Disposal Area in Portsmouth, VA on
March 2. A distant PIPING PLOVER was seen from Castaways Campground
(Eagle's Nest) in Worcester Co, MD on March 4 and 6. A continuing
MARBLED GODWIT also was seen from this location on March 1. During the
week many birders enjoyed encounters with migrating AMERICAN
WOODCOCKS, including at such traditional locations as Bombay Hook NWR,
Kent Co, DE, Sycamore Landing Road in Montgomery Co, MD, the hike-bike
trail at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA and Kenilworth Park in
Washington, DC. Migrating shorebirds also included 12 LONG-BILLED
DOWITCHERS reported at Truitt's Landing in Worcester Co, MD on March 4
and eight LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on
March 6. The early stage of shorebird migration also was indicated by
GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS at several
locations.

Northward moving RAZORBILLS continue to be observed at several
locations in Virginia Beach, VA, including 133 individuals at Rudee
Inlet on March 3 and a high of 117 individuals at Little Island Park
on February 28 and March 2 and 6. RAZORBILLS also were observed a
short distance north at Island No. 4 at the Chesapeake Bay
Bridge-Tunnel in Northampton Co, VA, with a high of five individuals
seen on March 4 and 5. Elsewhere, 1-2 RAZORBILLS were seen at the
Indian River Inlet in Sussex Co, DE on February 28 and March 3-5, and
a high of six RAZORBILLS were seen at the Ocean City Inlet in
Worcester Co, MD on February 28 and March 4-6.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was found at the ponds near the Walmart in Colonial
Heights, VA on March 1 and at the Salisbury Landfill-Naylor Mill Rd.
Pond in Wicomico Co, MD on March 2.

A small number of GREAT CORMORANTS was seen at expected coastal
locations, with multiple sightings consisting of a high of 10
individuals from the Lewes-Cape May Ferry on March 3 and 5; two
individuals at the Indian River Inlet in Sussex Co, DE on February 28;
a high of four individuals at Black Walnut Point, Talbot Co, MD on
February 28 and March 5; and two individuals at each of Island Nos. 3
and 4 at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in VA on March 4.

A high of 27 continuing AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were seen at Hog
Island WMA, Surry Co, VA on March 1 and 6. A single continuing
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen during the weekly survey of
Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, MD on March 6. AMERICAN WHITE
PELICANS continue to winter at and near Blackwater NWR in Dorchester
Co, MD, with a high of 48 individuals counted along nearby DeCoursey
Bridge Road on March 5.

A continuing TRICOLORED HERON was seen at the Indian River Inlet in
Sussex Co, DE on March 2 and nearby at Delaware Seashore SP-Burton's
Island on March 3, which may be the same bird. A wintering GREEN HERON
continues at Ben Brenman Park in Alexandria, VA, with the most recent
sighting on March 4.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was observed in flight from West Old Philadelphia Road
in Cecil Co, MD on March 2 and at the Fort Smallwood Park Hawk Watch
in Anne Arundel Co, MD on March 6.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was found along Walkers Creek Valley Road in Giles
Co, VA on March 6, and a continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE at the Smith
Farm in Lunenburg Co, VA was seen again on March 1. On March 3 a
NORTHERN SHRIKE was found along the Observation Point Trail in Prime
Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE. A NORTHERN SHRIKE* that has been present at
the Sully Woodlands in Fairfax Co, VA since at least early October
2016 was seen most recently on March 1.

On March 4 an early NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW was spotted in
flight with a large number of TREE SWALLOWS at Dick Cross WMA,
Mecklenburg Co, VA.

Confirmed sightings of irruptive BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES included
single individuals at Loch Raven Reservoir-Skeet and Trap Club in
Baltimore Co, MD on February 28; 39 Gammy Drive in Elkton, Cecil Co,
MD on February 28; and Mariner Point Park in Harford Co, MD on March
4. In addition, on March 1 and 6 two continuing BLACK-CAPPED
CHICKADEES were seen at Swan Harbor Farm Park in Harford Co, MD.

On February 28 a wintering MARSH WREN was seen again at Swan Creek
Wetland-Cox Creek in Anne Arundel Co, MD.

On March 2 an apparent wintering BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was seen again
at Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation (restricted access) in
Virginia Beach, VA.

On March 5 a high of 39 RED CROSSBILLS were counted at Briery Branch
Gap in Rockingham Co, VA.

On March 4 a LAPLAND LONGSPUR was spotted with HORNED LARKS at Curles
Neck Farm (restricted access), Henrico County, VA. A continuing SNOW
BUNTING was seen at The Point at Point Lookout SP, St. Mary's Co, MD
on March 1-3 and 5. SNOW BUNTINGS also continue at the Craney Island
Disposal Area in Portsmouth, VA, with a high of 15 individuals
reported on March 2 and 3, and at Fort Monroe in Hampton, VA, where
seven individuals were seen on March 5.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at several locations in Sussex Co,
DE, consisting of a private yard in Selbyville on March 3; along Cods
Road on March 5; a private yard in Lewes on March 1, 4 and 5; and a
private yard in Rehoboth Beach on March 5. In Maryland a continuing
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Masonville Cove in Baltimore Co on
February 28 and Swan Harbor Farm Park in Harford Co on March 5, and a
single individual was found at Bayside Development Marsh in Worcester
Co on March 6. On February 28 an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen on
Kingman Island in Washington, DC. In Virginia a continuing
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen near the intersection of Bayview and
Charlie Roads in Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William Co on February 28
and March 4 and 5. Other sightings of this species in Virginia
included a high of three individuals at Elizabeth River Park in
Chesapeake on March 2 and 4.

On February 28 a wintering NASHVILLE WARBLER was seen again on Kingman
Island in Washington, DC. On March 2 a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was
photographed at Deep Creek Lock Park in Chesapeake, VA and a COMMON
YELLOWTHROAT was found at Fort Holabird Park in Baltimore Co, MD.

A small number of AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS was seen at several
locations, with multiple sightings outside of Garrett Co, MD limited
to 3-4 individuals at the Irvine Nature Center in Baltimore Co, MD on
March 4 and 5, and two individuals at the Oaks Landfill (private) in
Montgomery Co, MD on March 5. A continuing CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was
seen most recently at Big Water Farm (private) in Queen Anne's Co, MD
and at 103 Exeter Court in James City Co, VA on March 6. A wintering
LINCOLN'S SPARROW at Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William Co, VA also was
seen most recently on March 6.

On March 4 a continuing male PAINTED BUNTING was photographed at a
residence along Chesapeake Circle in Chesapeake, VA.

On March 3 ten continuing BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were observed near the
intersection of West Gibbs and Blackwater Roads in Virginia Beach, VA.

On February 28 and March 2 a continuing male BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen
at Barboursville Vineyard in Orange Co, VA. On March 4 another
wintering male BALTIMORE ORIOLE was reported at 188 Farmville Lake
Road in Prince Edward Co, VA. On March 5 a continuing male BALTIMORE
ORIOLE was photographed at a feeder in a residential yard in Berlin,
Worcester Co, MD.

***

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable state records committee



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Date: 3/6/17 5:51 pm
From: Walter L. Barrows <wbarrows...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Folks

From this morning's birdwalk I've added some photos to my Huntley Meadows
gallery. There are also a few shots from last week's Monday outing.
https://wlb3.smugmug.com/Virginia-Parks/Huntley-Meadows-Park/

Thanks, Harry.

Cheers

*Walt*



On Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 6:02 PM, Harry Glasgow <harry.glasgow...>
wrote:

> A large group of over 30 birders collected today for the Huntley Meadows
> Monday Morning Birdwalk. We identified some 52 species, with highlights
> being our first Pine Warbler of the season; a full sweep of Woodpecker
> species; a lone female Bufflehead Duck; and huge collections of Rusty
> Blackbirds and Grackles. Birders who may be thinking of joining us some
> morning should keep in mind that beginning with the walk on March 20, we
> will be starting at 7AM.
>
> Canada Goose 6
> Wood Duck 21
> Gadwall 2
> Mallard 18
> American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) 1
> Blue-winged Teal 1
> Northern Shoveler 8
> Green-winged Teal 13
> Bufflehead 1
> Hooded Merganser 4
> Pied-billed Grebe 3
> Great Blue Heron 3
> Black Vulture 5
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Cooper's Hawk 1
> Bald Eagle 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk 2
> American Coot 7
> Ring-billed Gull 4
> Mourning Dove 8
> Red-headed Woodpecker 6
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 13
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 6
> Hairy Woodpecker 2
> Northern Flicker 3
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Eastern Phoebe 2
> Blue Jay 2
> American Crow 40
> Fish Crow 13
> crow sp. 2
> Tree Swallow 4
> Carolina Chickadee 10
> Tufted Titmouse 8
> White-breasted Nuthatch 8
> Brown Creeper 4
> Carolina Wren 5
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 6
> Eastern Bluebird 3
> Hermit Thrush 2
> American Robin 17
> Pine Warbler 1
> White-crowned Sparrow 1
> White-throated Sparrow 28
> Song Sparrow 4
> Swamp Sparrow 6
> Eastern Towhee 3
> Northern Cardinal 12
> Red-winged Blackbird 40
> Rusty Blackbird 100
> Common Grackle 200
> House Sparrow 1
>
> The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows
> since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during
> electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 8AM (7AM from March
> through November), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open
> to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701
> Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff
> during normal business hours at (703)768-2525 <(703)%20768-2525>.
>
> Harry Glasgow
> Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
>
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Date: 3/6/17 3:04 pm
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
A large group of over 30 birders collected today for the Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.  We identified some 52 species, with highlights being our first Pine Warbler of the season; a full sweep of Woodpecker species;  a lone female Bufflehead Duck; and huge collections of Rusty Blackbirds and Grackles.  Birders who may be thinking of joining us some morning should keep in mind that beginning with the walk on March 20, we will be starting at 7AM.
Canada Goose  6
Wood Duck  21
Gadwall  2
Mallard  18
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)  1
Blue-winged Teal  1
Northern Shoveler  8
Green-winged Teal  13
Bufflehead  1
Hooded Merganser  4
Pied-billed Grebe  3
Great Blue Heron  3
Black Vulture  5
Turkey Vulture  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
American Coot  7
Ring-billed Gull  4
Mourning Dove  8
Red-headed Woodpecker  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  13
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  6
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  2
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  40
Fish Crow  13
crow sp.  2
Tree Swallow  4
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  8
Brown Creeper  4
Carolina Wren  5
Golden-crowned Kinglet  6
Eastern Bluebird  3
Hermit Thrush  2
American Robin  17
Pine Warbler  1
White-crowned Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  28
Song Sparrow  4
Swamp Sparrow  6
Eastern Towhee  3
Northern Cardinal  12
Red-winged Blackbird  40
Rusty Blackbird  100
Common Grackle  200
House Sparrow  1

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

Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Date: 3/6/17 2:33 pm
From: Stuart via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] OOPS! Great Falls, >VA<. Mea Culpa
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Date: 3/6/17 11:40 am
From: Gary Robinette <grobinette...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR
A rather quiet day at the refuge but I did spot an Eastern Phoebe foraging
near the parking lot. I also saw that the Great Horned Owl nest was vacant,
which is probably not good news.



On the way home I noticed that the Osprey are back on the Route 123 Cell
tower (FFX county side of the Occoquan River) across from the entrance to
the Occoquan Regional Park.

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Date: 3/6/17 7:30 am
From: Bill Hohenstein <elliety...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR, osprey
I was also at Occoquan over the weekend. There is an Orange Crowned Warbler in the brushy field across from the intersection of Bayview and Charlie/Locust Roads. It was there on Saturday and Sunday. It will take a bit of patience -- it roams that entire area. I found it both days by listening for its chip call.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/73831614@N00/33113411022/in/dateposted-public/


Bill


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Sent: Sunday, March 5, 2017 8:59 PM
To: VA-BIRD
Subject: [Va-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR, osprey

Kurt Gaskill and I birded Occoquan Bay NWR this morning. We tallied 64 species. I saw my first osprey at the refuge this year, and later saw 2 at nearby Belmont marina. Other noteworthy sightings were 2 tundra swans, 9 savannah sparrows, a tree sparrow, yellow-bellied sapsucker, hermit thrush, 4 winter wrens, and 5000 lesser scaup in Marumsco Bay. We did not see the great horned owl; the nest was empty. Not sure what of make of that.

Marc Ribaudo
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Date: 3/5/17 8:16 pm
From: Sue Garvin <garvin.sue...>
Subject: [Va-bird] EnvStudies Bird Walk, Wednesday near Warrenton
The weather on Wednesday morning sounds delightful! Please join us at 8 am
for a bird walk, led by Todd Day, at the Environmental Studies on the
Piedmont field station. We are located at 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton.
This is the first of what we hope will be a monthly series. Both novice and
experienced birders are welcome to attend. Sturdy shoes and a water bottle
are recommended. RSVP requested to <sgarvin...>

Best,

Sue Garvin

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Date: 3/5/17 7:25 pm
From: Laura Farron <laura.farron...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Tundra swan flyover, Fairfax
Stepped onto the deck to call the dog inside and heard a flock of Tundra
Swans flying over our house in Fairfax, Twinbrook/Braddock area.

I have never been able to claim this species on any yard list, so thanks,
Archer, for not coming in when I called this time!

Laura Farron
Fairfax, VA
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Date: 3/5/17 6:40 pm
From: Barbara Houston <rinksyd...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Malvern Hill, Henrico, VA
I did a quick stop yesterday morning at Malvern Hill. It was cold, but
the sun was shining bright and the birds were everywhere. I was only
able to stay about 30 minutes, but good birds in that short time.
Highlight for me was 20+ Meadowlarks in the cornfields around the
battlefield. Also had a Harrier and a Kestrel.

Malvern hill

Kestrel
Northern Harrier
Red Shouldered hawk
Eastern Meadowlarks
Robins
Blue jays
Mockingbirds
Starlings
Yellow rump
Cardinals
Bluebirds
Mourning doves
White throated Sparrows
Killdeer
Black vulture

Barbara Houston
New Kent, VA



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Date: 3/5/17 6:00 pm
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR, osprey
Kurt Gaskill and I birded Occoquan Bay NWR this morning. We tallied 64 species. I saw my first osprey at the refuge this year, and later saw 2 at nearby Belmont marina. Other noteworthy sightings were 2 tundra swans, 9 savannah sparrows, a tree sparrow, yellow-bellied sapsucker, hermit thrush, 4 winter wrens, and 5000 lesser scaup in Marumsco Bay. We did not see the great horned owl; the nest was empty. Not sure what of make of that.

Marc Ribaudo
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Date: 3/5/17 5:49 pm
From: Elton Morel via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] NVBC walk at Huntley Meadows Park-Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax county, Mar 5, 2017
VA Birders:
This evening, the Northern Virginia Bird Club held its annual woodcock walk at the Huntley Meadows Hike & Bike Trail in Fairfax county. The usual woodcock meadow was again quite productive for woodcocks.  Sunset was at 6:05, 'peenting' started at 6:18 and display flights started at 6:26.  At least a dozen display flights were seen perhaps involving about 8 birds.

Other highlights were flyovers of Wood Ducks, calling Eastern Towhees and a Fox Sparrow, a Brown Thrasher deep in a thicket scolding us and a late flyby of a Barred Owl.
Below is the eBird checklist.  If there is anybody on tonight's walk that I haven't shared a checklist, please send me an email.
Elton MorelArlington, VA
  
Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Mar 5, 2017 5:05 PM - 7:05 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.25 mile(s)
Comments: NVBC Woodcock walk led by Elton Morel, Rich Rieger, Phil Silas.
23 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 2 Heard only
Wood Duck 3 Flyovers
Cooper's Hawk 1 Flyover at the parking lot with a full crop.
Buteo sp. 1 Flyby at dusk behind the tree line; probable Red-tail.
American Woodcock 8 First 'peents' started at 6:18; first display flights at 6:26. Show mostly over by about 6:45. Many display flights. At least 8 woodcocks involved.
Ring-billed Gull 5 Flyover
Mourning Dove 2
Barred Owl 1 Quick flyby late on north side of the woodcock meadow.
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Heard only
Downy Woodpecker 1 Heard only
American Crow 4
Fish Crow 75 Flyover of a flock, calling.
crow sp. 10
Carolina Wren 2 Heard only
Eastern Bluebird 2 At the parking lot.
American Robin 20
Brown Thrasher 1 Found buried in a thicket at the woodcock meadow; scolded us with a series of 'churr' calls.
European Starling 5 At the parking lot.
Fox Sparrow 1 Heard, then seen at the woodcock meadow.
White-throated Sparrow 6 Heard only
Song Sparrow 4
Swamp Sparrow 1 Heard only at the woodcock meadow.
Eastern Towhee 3 Quite vocal and active at the woodcock meadow.
Northern Cardinal 5 Heard only
Red-winged Blackbird 6 Flyovers

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Date: 3/5/17 5:43 pm
From: Stuart via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Great Falls, Md Sunday (3/5/17) 8-10am
Pretty quiet in the park.  Only 2 species of waterfowl in small numbers.  Total:  12 species

2 Downy Woodpeckers
1 White-Breasted Nuthatch
9 Bufflehead
1 Common Merganser
8 American Crow
1 Fish Crow
1 Turkey Vulture
3 Black Vulture
25 Tufted Titmouse
8  Carolina Chickadee
1 Song Sparrow
1 White-throated Sparrow
0  Goldfinch!

Note:  The Great Falls Bald Eagle nest appears to have failed.
           But the River Bend nest is still active - and far closer for viewing. 

We meet every Sunday at 8am, barring dangerous conditions.
All are welcome.


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Date: 3/5/17 5:30 pm
From: Gerco H <drgerco...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FW: Highlights NVBC Trip to Highlands Co
The Northern Virginia Bird Club winter trip to Highlands Co (and the larger Staunton area) faced snow showers, strong winds, sunny moments and a few birds.
Friday afternoon Allen Larner showed us around the Staunton area. Where we found a nice selection of birds. Where all we birded in the Staunton area I do not remember, but it was fun. Despite the strong winds, we tallied over 40 species. Moments of excitement where when we saw two birds that went from Common Raven to Golden Eagles to finally Bald Eagles. ID challenges are always fun and this was one of them. At a local waste station we saw a Common Raven landing and sitting on the nest! Wow, that was cool. I think most people in the group had never seen this. Some of us tallied over a dozen American Kestrels along the way.
Friday highlights: Wood Ducks, Gadwalls, Northern Shovelers, Green-winged Teal, Wilson's Snipe, Tree Swallows, Bald Eagles, and over a dozen American Kestrels
Saturday morning, we stopped at Bells lane (North Staunton) to see if we could find White-crowned Sparrows. We had no luck, but we did see a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and a few Yellow-rumped Warblers. A group of three geese came flying over and one of them was white! Snow Goose perhaps? No, as it turned out it was a Ross' Goose. Nice and unexpected this sighting was. In Highlands County, we searched and found more American Kestrels and a single Golden Eagle (1st year bird). The local trout farm produced not only trout, but we also saw a few common mergansers with a few more Canada Goose. A few interpret birders went out to the local cemetery at night to listen for owls. In the distance a single Great-horned Owl was heard.
Saturday highlights: Ross' Goose (Staunton), Eastern Towhee, Golden Eagle (Highlands County), Common Mergansers, more Kestrels, Great-horned Owl, Black-capped Chickadee
Sunday morning, we spend more time in the Monterey area and found Brown Creeper, Fox Sparrow and a single Purple Finch along Rte 631. A detour to a pond in Bath County produced a nice variety of ducks, including Wood Duck, Gadwall, Mallard, American Wigeon (Male), Common and Hooded Mergansers. At the bridge in Bolar we found several Rusty Blackbird foraging in the water.
Sunday highlights: Wood Ducks, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Hooded and Common Mergansers (Bath County), Rusty Blackbirds (Bolar - Highlands County), Fox Sparrows, Brown Creeper, Purple Finch, and yet more kestrels.
I haven't calculated the total numbers yet, but I suspect to end up with nearly 2 dozen American Kestrels at this trip! Wow, nice to see that many.
All together we saw 65 species. The list in alphabetical order (may contain errors) is shown below
Gerco
Leesburg, VA

American Black Duck
American Crow
American Goldfinch
American Kestrel
American Robin
American Wigeon
Bald Eagle
Black Vulture
Black-capped Chickadee
Blue Jay
Brown Creeper
Canada Goose
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Common Grackle
Common Merganser
Common Raven
Cooper's Hawk
Dark-eyed Junco
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Meadowlark
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Towhee
European Starling
Field Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Gadwall
Golden Eagle
Great Blue Heron
Great Horned Owl
Hairy Woodpecker
Hooded Merganser
House Finch
House Sparrow
Killdeer
Mallard
Mourning Dove
Northern Cardinal
Northern Harrier
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Shoveler
Pileated Woodpecker
Purple Finch
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-winged Blackbird
Ring-necked Duck
Rock Pigeon
Ross's Goose
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Rusty Blackbird
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Song Sparrow
Tree Swallow
Tufted Titmouse
Turkey Vulture
White-breasted Nuthatch
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Wild Turkey
Wilson's Snipe
Wood Duck
Yellow-rumped Warbler

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Date: 3/5/17 5:28 pm
From: janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Birds seen March 5, 2017
March 5, 2017

Took Dad to Luria Park in Falls Church, Fairfax County, VA today. We saw
1 Red-Headed Woodpecker.
and a Pileated Woodpecker.

On the way to taking Dad home, we drove along the Fairview Parkway in Falls
Church. We had a Phoebe. At the ponds, a kingfisher and a few Hooded
Mergansers.

Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Date: 3/5/17 5:12 pm
From: Gerco H <drgerco...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Highlights NVBC Trip to Highlands Co
The Northern Virginia Bird Club winter trip to Highlands Co (and the larger Staunton area) faced snow showers, strong winds, sunny moments and a few birds.
Friday afternoon Allen Larner showed us around the Staunton area. Where we found a nice selection of birds. Where all we birded in the Staunton area I do not remember, but it was fun. Despite the strong winds, we tallied over 40 species. Moments of excitement where when we saw two birds that went from Common Raven to Golden Eagles to finally Bald Eagles. ID challenges are always fun and this was one of them. At a local waste station we saw a Common Raven landing and sitting on the nest! Wow, that was cool. I think most people in the group had never seen this. Some of us tallied over a dozen American Kestrels along the way.
Friday highlights: Wood Ducks, Gadwalls, Northern Shovelers, Green-winged Teal, Wilson's Snipe, Tree Swallows, Bald Eagles, and over a dozen American Kestrels
Saturday morning, we stopped at Bells lane (North Staunton) to see if we could find White-crowned Sparrows. We had no luck, but we did see a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and a few Yellow-rumped Warblers. A group of three geese came flying over and one of them was white! Snow Goose perhaps? No, as it turned out it was a Ross' Goose. Nice and unexpected this sighting was. In Highlands County, we searched and found more American Kestrels and a single Golden Eagle (1st year bird). The local trout farm produced not only trout, but we also saw a few common mergansers with a few more Canada Goose. A few interpret birders went out to the local cemetery at night to listen for owls. In the distance a single Great-horned Owl was heard.
Saturday highlights: Ross' Goose (Staunton), Eastern Towhee, Golden Eagle (Highlands County), Common Mergansers, more Kestrels, Great-horned Owl, Black-capped Chickadee
Sunday morning, we spend more time in the Monterey area and found Brown Creeper, Fox Sparrow and a single Purple Finch along Rte 631. A detour to a pond in Bath County produced a nice variety of ducks, including Wood Duck, Gadwall, Mallard, American Wigeon (Male), Common and Hooded Mergansers. At the bridge in Bolar we found several Rusty Blackbird foraging in the water.
Sunday highlights: Wood Ducks, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Hooded and Common Mergansers (Bath County), Rusty Blackbirds (Bolar - Highlands County), Fox Sparrows, Brown Creeper, Purple Finch, and yet more kestrels.
I haven't calculated the total numbers yet, but I suspect to end up with nearly 2 dozen American Kestrels at this trip! Wow, nice to see that many.
All together we saw 65 species. The list in alphabetical order (may contain errors) is shown below
Gerco
Leesburg, VA

American Black Duck
American Crow
American Goldfinch
American Kestrel
American Robin
American Wigeon
Bald Eagle
Black Vulture
Black-capped Chickadee
Blue Jay
Brown Creeper
Canada Goose
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Common Grackle
Common Merganser
Common Raven
Cooper's Hawk
Dark-eyed Junco
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Meadowlark
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Towhee
European Starling
Field Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Gadwall
Golden Eagle
Great Blue Heron
Great Horned Owl
Hairy Woodpecker
Hooded Merganser
House Finch
House Sparrow
Killdeer
Mallard
Mourning Dove
Northern Cardinal
Northern Harrier
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Shoveler
Pileated Woodpecker
Purple Finch
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-winged Blackbird
Ring-necked Duck
Rock Pigeon
Ross's Goose
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Rusty Blackbird
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Song Sparrow
Tree Swallow
Tufted Titmouse
Turkey Vulture
White-breasted Nuthatch
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Wild Turkey
Wilson's Snipe
Wood Duck
Yellow-rumped Warbler

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Date: 3/5/17 5:06 pm
From: Sarah Anderson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh Osprey, Fairfax County
Both osprey are back on the platform at the Dyke Marsh marina and - ahem - are already engaged in trying to make more osprey.

There was a lot of osprey activity between 4-5pm, during which time the male caught a fish, got hassled by a mob of fish crows, got fooled by a bald eagle into flying with and then dropping its fish and then got mightily aggravated at a great blue heron that had the misfortune to land on a piling near the end of the dock.

Sarah Anderson
Cabin John, MD

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Date: 3/5/17 1:37 pm
From: Renee Grebe via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Redhead @ Kingstowne Lake (Alexandria)
We opted for a walk around Kingstowne Lake (corner of Van Dorn and Kingstowne Village Parkway in 22315) today instead of Huntley since the path was almost all sunny. There were the predictable geese, but other waterfowl included a coot, 2 pied billed grebes, a couple cormorants, about a dozen scaup, and with them, a single redhead! Fun find for this little suburban pond.

-Renee Grebe
Alexandria, VA

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Date: 3/5/17 9:04 am
From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh, Mar 5, 2017

It was a chilly morning at Dyke Marsh, but there were some nice birds encountered by our indomitable group of birders. It was the weekly Friends of Dyke Marsh bird walk held every Sunday at 8:00 AM and free and open to all. The first notable bird we saw was an Osprey that has recently returned for the season. There was not a huge diversity of waterfowl, but we did find Common Mergansers, a female Red-breasted Merganser, both Scaup species, Gadwall, and Buffleheads. A few Bald Eagles flying overhead put on a show for us.

Larry Meade
Merrifeld, VA






Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Mar 5, 2017 8:00 AM - 10:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
37 species

Canada Goose 20
Gadwall 4
American Black Duck 4
Mallard 250
Greater Scaup 5
Lesser Scaup 200
Bufflehead 7
Common Merganser 6
Red-breasted Merganser 1
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 8
Great Blue Heron 2
Osprey 1
Bald Eagle 4
Ring-billed Gull 120
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Mourning Dove 5
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 6
Fish Crow 60
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 3
Carolina Wren 6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin 20
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 7
White-throated Sparrow 18
Song Sparrow 15
Swamp Sparrow 4
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 20
Red-winged Blackbird 15
American Goldfinch 3
House Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34977773

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

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Date: 3/4/17 11:44 am
From: Jean Tatalias <jtatalias...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Silver Lake Regional Park, Mar 4, 2017
Nine birders participated in the ASNV sponsored walk led by Toby Hardwick
at Silver Lake this morning. We were lucky in having great views of hawks,
a pair of red-headed woodpeckers, and a very close killdeer. We were also
lucky that the wind did not pick up until after 10 o'clock when we were
headed back to the parking lot. We were unlucky with waterfowl on the
quarry (none) and in not getting any of the red-breasted nuthatches which
were there last week.

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Date: Sat, Mar 4, 2017 at 2:29 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Silver Lake Regional Park, Mar 4, 2017
To: <jtatalias...>


Silver Lake Regional Park, Prince William, Virginia, US
Mar 4, 2017 7:25 AM - 10:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.2 mile(s)
37 species

Canada Goose 15
Mallard 4
Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 6
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3
Mourning Dove 5
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-headed Woodpecker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 5
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Merlin 1
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 10
Fish Crow 5
Common Raven 2
Carolina Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Carolina Wren 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 16
American Robin 10
Northern Mockingbird 3
Field Sparrow 9
Dark-eyed Junco 25
White-throated Sparrow 20
Song Sparrow 18
Northern Cardinal 8
Red-winged Blackbird 30
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 7

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S34952432

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Date: 3/4/17 11:21 am
From: pepherup via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Red Shouldered, Fox Sparrow, Yellow Rump
Today in the yard among the usual yard birds, two fox sparrows still present, a red shouldered circling and calling, cowbirds, grackles and a lone male yellowrump warbler.Peggy LyonsConcordCampbell County

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Date: 3/3/17 6:49 pm
From: <plmhp...>
Subject: [Va-bird] 3/3 sightings Highland County
220 north of Monterey at the fish hatchery - 1 pr common mergansers, 1 hen 1 drake.
Near Laurel Fork Rd and Heavener Rd on north side of Laurel Fork Bald eagle nest and 1 adult eagle.

Linda Cole


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Date: 3/3/17 9:19 am
From: Carol Evans <evanscarol75...>
Subject: [Va-bird] wren courtship
I have had a Carolina Wren pair performing courtship displays and carrying
nesting material at my house in Richmond. They've been carrying the
material to the support structure under an awning several times a day. So
far I don't see a nest taking shape. This certainly seems early for
breeding behavior!



Carol Evans

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Date: 3/2/17 4:26 pm
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2...>
Subject: [Va-bird] early Phoebe also at Cub Run woods

I saw a Phoebe yesterday 01 March in the Cub Run woods in Chantilly.

Also a Red-headed Woodpecker first year - I think there are some adults in there too, but didn't spot any yesterday.

Two Great Blue Herons standing on complete-looking nests atop trees at the same rookery as last year, and a double date of Wood Ducks (MMFF) in the stream.

Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia


On Mar 2, 2017, at 8:56 AM, Albright, Tom (USMS) wrote:

> Very early E. Phoebe seen this morning

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Date: 3/2/17 2:55 pm
From: Sue Garvin <garvin.sue...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Woodcock Walk, this Saturday
Please join us at the Environmental Studies on the Piedmont field station,
just north of Warrenton, for our annual Woodcock Walk. The program is
scheduled for 5 pm until 8 pm, this Saturday, March 4th. Sturdy hiking
shoes, outdoor appropriate clothing and a water bottle are recommended. We
will hike to a back field and settle in for the show. A blanket, or
portable chair/stool will increase your enjoyment. We will stay out until
after dark, so small headlamps (or a cell phone flashlight) are helpful for
your safe return. RSVP required -space is limited. Please email me at
<sgarvin...>

Thanks,

Sue Garvin

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Date: 3/2/17 12:11 pm
From: Edward Eder <nutmegz...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Osprey at Dyke Marsh
Today an Osprey was observed at its traditional roosting place at Dyke Marsh, near the marina nest platform. The Osprey spotted on February 20 was not relocated at Dyke Marsh despite multiple search attempts. Maybe it was in transit north to another territory.
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Date: 3/2/17 11:13 am
From: Elizabeth Fedorko <elizabethholcombefedorko...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Trying to Get a VBBA2 Block, Am I too Late????
Hello!

I am trying to get two blocks side by side that are not taken, HOWEVER when
I submit my application the website just keeps giving me the "loading"
buffering signal and then nothing.
Anyone have these issues? I have contacted the region coordinators but
haven't heard anything yet.
Any help thrown my way would be most appreciated. Maybe I'm too late to the
party :)

Cheers! Beth Fedorko
Falls Church, VA
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Date: 3/2/17 8:46 am
From: Thomas Nardone <nardonet...>
Subject: [Va-bird] eBird -- Long Branch Nature Center & Park -- Mar 1, 2017
On Wednesday, 12 people participated in the Northern Virginia Bird Club walk at Long Branch Nature Center in Arlington. The group list from the walk is shown below.

Long Branch Nature Center & Park
Mar 1, 2017
8:42 AM
Traveling
1.50 miles
126 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for

4 Mallard
3 Turkey Vulture
2 Red-shouldered Hawk
1 hawk sp.
2 Ring-billed Gull
2 Mourning Dove
6 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
2 Pileated Woodpecker
12 Blue Jay
12 American Crow
12 Carolina Chickadee
12 Tufted Titmouse
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
8 Carolina Wren
5 American Robin
4 European Starling
10 White-throated Sparrow
12 Song Sparrow
4 Eastern Towhee
15 Northern Cardinal
2 House Finch
8 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 25




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Date: 3/2/17 5:56 am
From: Albright, Tom (USMS) <Tom.Albright2...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Monticello Park, Alexandria 2 March
Very early E. Phoebe seen this morning
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Date: 3/2/17 5:39 am
From: Ashley Peele <ashpeele...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Waterfowl Behavior on Migration
A quick tip for Atlas volunteers or those thinking about contributing breeding observations to the VABBA2 eBird portal:



Many waterfowl species get frisky on migration! A relatively small number of duck species breed in VA. But!  Many species of ducks and geese engage in courtship behavior, aggression between males, and even copulation while on migration. If you see something like Ring-necked Ducks or Buffleheads engaged in these breeding behaviors, it is tempting to log these as breeding codes. However, these species don’t breed in VA and therefore shouldn’t be tagged with breeding codes on Atlas checklists.



Here is a list of waterfowl species that ARE known to breed in VA historically:

Canada Goose

Mute Swan

Wood Duck

Gadwall

American Black Duck

Mallard

Blue-winged Teal

Hooded Merganser

Common Merganser



Vagrant breeders are always possible, but please check the Breeding Season Guidelines or your VA Gold Book, if uncertain whether a species is likely to breed in VA.



Almost 1000 new checklists have come in to the Atlas portal in late winter and early spring. We appreciate the folks who are diving back in to Atlasing, even if we weren't quite read you such an early Spring. I think this upcoming field season is going to blow away our 2016 data collection. Thanks so much for your efforts and keep up the good work!



All the best.



Ashley Peele, PhD

Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator



www.vabba2.org | ebird.org/atlasva

www.facebook.com/vabba2

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Date: 3/2/17 4:19 am
From: Elizabeth Fedorko <elizabethholcombefedorko...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Merlin In Luria Park, Falls Church, VA
Hello!

Yesterday afternoon between 3 and 4:30 my husband Dan and I did our usual
daily birding of Luria Park entering from the Fallowfield Dr. end which is
near our house. We observed the two Red-headed Woodpeckers as we do daily,
and then proceeded to the boardwalk. While standing on the boardwalk and
looking northward into the woods we saw a slender long tailed silhouette
flying fighter jet like through and above the trees. It perched on the top
of a very tall slender tree about 250 feet north of the boardwalk. It
perched for about 10 minutes preening and watching. We got clear views
despite the cloud cover and identified the bird as a Merlin. This was the
first time we had seen one in Luria Park. Unfortunately we hadn't brought
our cameras, but since today is sunny we will go back with our cameras and
perhaps the Merlin will still be there so we can get a photo to add to our
neighborhood bird blog: www.raymondalebirds.blogspot.com

Cheers! Beth Fedorko
Falls Church, VA
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Date: 3/1/17 7:18 pm
From: <nanjyoung...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fish Crow - Daleville (Botetourt County)
I heard a Fish Crow today in the Kroger parking lot in Daleville. I stopped
to look and saw it on the top of a light pole. I thought it looked rather
small and, for a second, wondered if it was a blackbird. But it was a crow
and very vocal and flew to another pole before I had to drive off.

Nancy Young
Troutville, VA

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Date: 3/1/17 6:58 pm
From: Ed and Helen Morgan <edandhelenmorgan...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Russell county Virginia
First of season Red Winged Black Birds and large flocks of robins. Also
ring billed gulls flying over the town of Lebanon. Looks like the spring
migration is in full force. Ed Morgan, Abingdon, VA

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Date: 3/1/17 6:47 am
From: Carr, David E. (dec5z) <dec5z...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Meet the author of "The Genius of Birds"
Sorry, I accidentally hit "send" when I meant to paste the link.

Jennifer Ackerman, author of the popular and highly praised book "The Genius of Birds," will be giving a presentation and doing a book signing at Blandy Experimental Farm in Clarke County (home of the State Arboretum of Virginia) on Saturday 4 March 2017 from 2-4 pm.

Details and registration information can be found at: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/render?eid=dHRybWxyaWdpb2dtdTJwNWc4MnV2dmNxcWMgcjBjYmpxdTE0OW5qdDYwM2FhYmdpcmI4amdAZw&ctz=America/New_York&sf=true&output=xml#eventpage_6



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Date: 3/1/17 6:45 am
From: Carr, David E. (dec5z) <dec5z...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Meet the author of "The Genius of Birds"
Listserve moderator, David Spears, granted me permission for an announcement that might interest many in our group.

Jennifer Ackerman, author of the popular and highly praised book "The Genius of Birds," will be giving a presentation and doing a book signing at Blandy Experimental Farm in Clarke County (home of the State Arboretum of Virginia) on Saturday 4 March 2017 from 2-4 pm.

Details and registration information can be found at:


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Date: 2/28/17 6:48 pm
From: Frederick Atwood via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fw: eBird Report - Leopold's Preserve, Feb 24, 2017
 Frederick D. Atwood Flint Hill School, 10409 Academic Dr, Oakton, VA 22124 703-242-1675 http://www.agpix.com/fredatwood http://www.flinthill.org http://tea.armadaproject.org/tea_atwoodfrontpage.html https://www.flickr.com/photos/75425046@N06/sets/


----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "<ebird-checklist...>" <ebird-checklist...>
To: <fredatwood...>
Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 9:40 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Leopold's Preserve, Feb 24, 2017

Leopold's Preserve, Prince William, Virginia, US
Feb 24, 2017 5:40 PM - 6:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.8 mile(s)
Comments:    Loud chorus of spring peepers. Mostly clear skies. 75F today. Moderate breezes. Beavers 2.
16 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  104    60 in V flyover to north. Others flying over low to north in small groups as if going somewhere to roost for the night. Maybe north fork wetlands?
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  22    Pairs flying in to marsh  at dusk.
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  4    Two pairs in marsh.
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  12    Pairs, in marsh and flying in to marsh at dusk.
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  1    Heard only.
Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata)  1    Zig zagging over and into the marsh at dusk. Pointed not rounded wings.
American Woodcock (Scolopax minor)  4    3 Displaying  in the fields in the side of the road away from the marsh. 1 displaying field by marsh side parking.
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  1    Flyover
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  3

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)  3
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  3

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  4

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  700    Staging in trees by marsh.

Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus)  11

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  12

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34773275

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



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Date: 2/28/17 6:38 pm
From: Fred Atwood <fatwood...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Belated Report: King George and Westmoreland Counties, Feb 26
Dear VA Birders
I am sorry for this delayed report, but I thought it might still be of
interest to some of you.
It was a gorgeous day Sunday Feb 26, and rather than dashing all over the
place I took my time savoring every moment of it, visiting only two
locations at King George ponds (LaGrange Lane and one private location),
Washington's Birthplace in Westmoreland, and 2 private locations in
Leedstown (Westmoreland). There was a good diversity of waterfowl, though
goose numbers were way down compared to my last visit. Tundra Swans were
still present in good numbers at Birthplace where I spent a good long time
just scanning them with my scope and enjoying their wonderful calls. There
were a couple new spring arrivals, including Tree Swallows, Blue-winged
Teals and some very early Pectoral Sandpipers. Pine Warblers were singing
in a couple locations but no Ospreys were back yet. A Merlin and some
singing and foraging Rusty Blackbirds were in Leedstown. A flock of
kinglets. and pine and yellow-rumped warblers were foraging for insects
among the red maple blossoms in full bloom. A few violets were in bloom and
one blueberry bush had a few blossoms. During the very mellow sunset, a
Virginia Rail grunted in the marsh in Leedstown where two harriers were
hunting and scores of ducks were foraging or flying in for the night.
Barred and Great Horned Owls were hooting away as the light faded. And one
last stop at Mothershead (RapRivValNWR) in Leedstown had 7 woodcocks
peenting and doing their flight displays. There were also singing Spring
Peepers as well as Leopard and Pickerel Frogs at several locations, and
just one of the vernal pools had a couple of salamander egg masses so it is
still too early for them.

Here are some of the 94 species of birds I found that day.

1068 Canada Geese at 5 locations
328 Tundra Swans at Lagrange, Leedstown and 306 at Birthplace
38 Wood Duck (36 at my property in Leedstown)
158 Gadwall at 3 locations
14 American Wigeon at LaGrange and Leedstown
64 Mallards 3 locations
5 Blue WInged Teal (FOY in Leedstown
28 Shoveler in Leedstown
10 Pintail in Leedstown and Lagrange
135 Green WInged Teal in 3 locations (115 in Leedstown)
79 Canvasback at Birthplace and King George
10 Redhead at Lagrange (9) and Birthplace
226 Ring-necked Duck at 4 locations
Scaup: 25 Greater and 76 Lesser
48 Bufflehead at 3 locations
1 C Goldeneye King George
22 Hooded Merganser at 2 locations
5 Common Merganser (Leedstown)
3 Red-breasted Mergansers (Leedstown)
960 Ruddy Ducks mostly males at Birthplace, mostly females at LaGrange
1 Red-throated Loon Birthplace
7 Pied Billed Grebe at 3 locations
1 Great Egret a LaGrange
3 Harriers in Leedstown
1 Coopers Hawk in Leedstown
15 Bald Eagles in 6 locations
1 Virginia Rail Leedstown
35 Coot LaGrange
16 Killder
2 Pectoral Sandpiper Leedstown
3 Snipe LaGrange and Leedstown
7 Woodcock Leedstown
2 Bonaparte's Gull Birthplace
2 Great Horned and 5 Barred Owls in Leedstown
2 Kestrel Leedstown
1 Merlin Leedstown
1 Phoebe
2 Horned Lark King George
4 Tree Swallow LaGrange
2 Brown Creeper Birthplace
1 Winter Wren
1 Hermit Thrush
1 Catbird
6 Pine Warblers
3 Fox SParrows Birthplace
27 Juncos
29 white-throats
4 savannahs
2 Swamp Sp
6 towhees
23 Rusty Blackbirds Leedstown
1 male Purple Finch along the road to Birthplace. Appeared stunned on the
side of the road. When I stopped to check on it it flew up and spiraled
back down again as if dizzy. After doing this a few times it flew off and
disappeared.

All the best
Fred Atwood
Oakton, Fairfax Co
Leedstown, Westmoreland Co
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Date: 2/28/17 2:23 pm
From: Brian Taber via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] College Creek Hawkwatch February Total

The College Creek Hawkwatch finished it's opening month with 332 birds, just 12 short of the best February in our 21 seasons. We recorded 7 species. We have seen American White Pelicans several times. We covered 14 of 19 possible days since starting on Feb 10. March is typically a very good month with more diversity.

The Hawkwatch is located on the James River, along the Colonial Parkway, about 3 miles southeast of Williamsburg. Data is sent to the Hawkcount.org website.

Brian Taber
Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory
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Date: 2/28/17 11:05 am
From: <david.boltz4...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Greater White-fronted Goose at Belvoir Pond, Marshall, Fauquier County
No Geese of any kind at 1:05 this afternoon. There were still about 250 Ring-neck Ducks (mostly males), 2 Bufflehead, and 1 Pied-billed Grebe. I also looked in the fields and at the other pond on Harrison Road, but no other waterfowl.

Dave Boltz

Sent from my iPhone

On Feb 27, 2017, at 12:59 PM, Dave Larsen - Birding <hirundo...> wrote:

When the pond was allowed to refill this fall after the dam repairs were completed, I made regular trips there in anticipation of all the waterfowl that would be attracted. The empty pond had morphed from a series of muddy pools (great for shorebirds) to a grassy meadow with tall weeds. On each visit I was disappointed to find it empty of birds or at most with a pair of Mallards.

After seeing the report from the weekend of a flock of Ring-necked Ducks I headed out there this morning. Yes, there were hundreds of Ring-necks, and even more Canada Geese. Out of this mob I was able to find two Northern Shovelers, a male Wood Duck, a Ruddy Duck, several Buffleheads, several Coots, and a Greater While-fronted Goose. There were at least two Harriers in the adjacent fields.

Dave Larsen
Haymarket

Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 2/28/17 10:28 am
From: Carol Sottili <carol.sottili...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Help with hummingbirds
My daughter in California is quite concerned about a hummingbird that
has built a nest on a branch above two ripening lemons (please see
link for photos). One expert has opined that a guy wire from branch
below nest to fence may help. Does anyone have any other ideas? The
lemons are still greenish, but afraid they could drop before nestlings
hatch and fledge.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/127041904@N06/?
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Date: 2/28/17 10:23 am
From: Dave Larsen - birding <hirundo...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Early Blue-winged Teal in Haymarket
I had a single drake Blue-winged Teal this morning on a golf course pond
(Regency at Dominion Valley, Haymarket) this morning with Mallards,
Ring-necked Ducks and Bufflehead. The Virginia Gold Book gives March 15th
as the early date for Blue-winged Teal in both the Piedmont and the Coastal
Plain. Red-winged Blackbirds and Common Grackles have begun returning in
numbers.

Photo on eBird report: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34867229

Dave Larsen
Haymarket


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Date: 2/28/17 10:12 am
From: Joe Coleman <joecoleman...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FW: DC Area, 2/28/2017
FYI Joe Coleman

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 11:45 AM
To: <BIRDEAST...>
Subject: DC Area, 2/28/2017

Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 2/28/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Joe Coleman
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, Feb 21, and was
completed on Tuesday, Feb 28 at 11:00 a.m.

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

Top birds this week: PINK-FOOTED GOOSE* in DE, LE CONTE'S SPARROW* in MD,
and WESTERN TANAGER * in VA.

Other birds of interest: waterfowl, NORTHERN BOBWHITE, grebes, RUFOUS
HUMMINGBIRD, SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN AVOCET, shorebirds, DOVEKIE,
RAZORBILL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, MANX SHEARWATER, GREAT
CORMORANT, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, GREAT BLUE HERON, SHORT-EARED OWL,
NORTHERN SHRIKE, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, BLUE-GRAY
GNATCATCHER, SNOW BUNTING, warblers, sparrows, PAINTED BUNTING, and
blackbirds.

TOP BIRDS

A PINK-FOOTED GOOSE* was seen and photographed on Feb 24 near Milford,
Sussex Co, DE; it was relocated on Feb 26 and 27 at the corner of Cods and
Fowler Beach Rd.

A LE CONTE'S SPARROW* was found at Swan Harbor Farm Park, Harford Co, MD,
near the duck blind on Feb 22 and was seen again on the 23rd and 25th.

The WESTERN TANAGER at Settler's Mill, James City, VA was seen again on Feb
22. The one in Virginia Beach was seen Feb 25 and 26.


OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

An inland GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen and photographed on Feb 21 at
Kershner's Pond, Frederick Co, MD; another was at Belvoir Pond, Fauquier Co,
VA on Feb 27. Nine SNOW GEESE flew over North Cleveland Park, NW DC, on Feb
24. The continuing TRUMPETER SWAN at Lake Churchill in Germantown,
Montgomery Co, MD, was seen as recently as Feb 25. Six TRUMPETER SWANS were
seen Feb 22 at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Anne Arundel
Co MD. One of the four TRUMPETER SWANS which were at Gold Mine Marsh, Louisa
Co, VA last week, was seen as recently as Feb 25.

The continuing EURASIAN WIGEON was seen as recently as Feb 23 at Loch Raven
Reservoir, Baltimore Co, MD. A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen Feb 25 at Grandview
Nature Preserve, Hampton, VA. The COMMON EIDER which has been seen at Point
Lookout SP, Saint Mary's Co, MD, was there on Feb 26.

Two NORTHERN BOBWHITES were seen Feb 25 at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve,
Loudoun Co, VA.

A RED-NECKED GREBE continued to be seen at Loch Raven Reservoir, Baltimore
Co, MD throughout the week. A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen Feb 26 at the Ocean
City Inlet, Worcester Co, MD. The most recent sighting of the EARED GREBE at
Black Walnut Point, Talbot Co, MD was on Feb 27. The continuing EARED GREBE
at Buckroe Beach, Hampton, VA was last reported on Feb 22.

The RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in the Wildwood Neighborhood, Saint Mary's Co, MD was
most recently reported on Feb 25.

Two SANDHILL CRANES were seen Feb 24 along Spinks Ferry Rd, Lucketts,
Loudoun Co, VA. The two SANDHILL CRANES at Green Springs NHLD, Louisa Co,
VA were reported as recently as Feb 25.

On Feb 25 two AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at the Blackwater NWR, Dorchester
Co, MD. Fifty-eight AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen Feb 23 at Craney Island
Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA.

A PURPLE SANDPIPER was among the shorebirds at Grandview Nature Preserve,
Hampton, VA on Feb 26. Seven early LEAST SANDPIPERS were seen Feb 23 at the
Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA. Two early PECTORAL SANDPIPERS
were seen Feb 26 on private property near Leedstown, Westmoreland Co, VA.
Displaying AMERICAN WOODCOCKS were observed at several locations this past
week.

Two DOVEKIES were seen from Rudee Inlet, at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA
on Feb 23. The next day two were seen from Fort Story, Virginia Beach and
one from Little Island Park, also in Virginia Beach.

On Feb 22 four RAZORBILLS were seen at Rudee Inlet and two at Fort Story.
Eight RAZORBILLS were observed at Fort Monroe, Hampton, VA on Feb 22 with
three there the 25th, one on Feb 26 and two on the 27th. Three RAZORBILLS
were at Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co, DE on Feb 22; as many as five were
seen there the rest of the week.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen Feb 22 at Wolfe Neck Water Treatment Plant,
Lewes, DE; another was seen at Delaware Seashore SP, Rehoboth Beach, on Feb.
27. One was at Swan Cove, Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on Feb 26. A
GLAUCOUS GULL was at the CBBT, Thimble Island, Virginia Beach, VA on Feb 22.

A MANX SHEARWATER was seen Feb 21 from Rudee Inlet, Virginia Beach, VA.

Ten GREAT CORMORANTS were seen Feb 21 at Bloody Point Bar Lighthouse, Queen
Anne's Co, MD.

A dozen AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were at Hog Island WMA, Surry Co, VA on Feb
22 with 24 there the day before of which 18 crossed over to College Creek,
James City Co, VA. An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen Feb 27 at Hart-Miller
Island, Baltimore Co, MD.

During the regular weekly walk at the Great Falls Park, Fairfax Co, VA on
Feb 26 about 80 GREAT BLUE HERONS rose up out of the trees and circled
overhead for five minutes before settling back on Conn Island.

A SHORT-EARED OWL was still being seen in the fields along Konterra Drive
in Prince George's Co, MD, with the latest sighting on Feb 21; permission
from the owner is required before gaining access to this property.

A Loggerhead Shrike was seen Feb 23 on Smith Farm in Lunenburg Co, VA.
The NORTHERN SHRIKE continued at Sully Woodlands in Fairfax Co, VA with the
most recent sighting on Feb 27. The NORTHERN SHRIKE in the field next to the
Prime Hook NWR (Sussex, DE) was last reported on Feb 21.

A BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE was seen Feb 23 at Mariner Point Park, Harford Co,
MD; another was at Hydes Rd Park, Baltimore Co, MD on the 26th. Single
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES were found in western Albemarle Co, VA, one on the
25th, the other on the 26th.

Three BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES was seen at Southern Park, Charles Co, MD on
Feb 26; two were seen there on the 27th.

A BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was seen Feb 24 at Hard Bargain Farm, Piscataway
Park, Prince George's Co, MD.

Ten SNOW BUNTINGS were at Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA on Feb
23. Six SNOW BUNTINGS were at Grandview NP, Hampton, VA on Feb 24. Nineteen
SNOW BUNTINGS were at Fort Monroe, Hampton, VA on Feb 20.
The SNOW BUNTING at Point Lookout SP, Saint Mary's Co, MD, continues with
the most recent sighting on Feb 26. Approximately 40 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen
Feb 24 in the dunes at the north end of Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co, DE.

The ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at Masonville Cove, Baltimore Co, MD was seen as
recently as Feb 22. One was also in a restricted area of the Swan Creek
Wetlands/Cox Creek DMCF, Anne Arundel Co, MD on Feb 23. Another was also
seen Feb 22 at the Georgia-Pacific Settling Ponds, Bedford Co, VA. The
NASHVILLE WARBLER at Kingman Island South, NE DC, was seen again on Feb 22.
The NASHVILLE WARBLER in Echo Lake Corner, Henrico Co, VA was seen again on
Feb 23 and 26. A PALM WARBLER was seen at Swan Harbor Farm Park, Harford Co,
MD, throughout the week.

The CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at Big Water Farm (private), Queen Anne's Co, MD,
was seen as recently as Feb 28. The CLAY-COLORED SPARROW on Exeter Ct, James
City Co, VA was seen throughout the week. The VESPER SPARROW at Swan Harbor
Farm Park, Harford Co, MD was seen on Feb 25 and 26. The LINCOLN'S SPARROW
at Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William Co, VA was seen on Feb 21, 24, and 26.

The PAINTED BUNTING at Cyprus Point, Virginia Beach, VA was seen Feb 21.
Another PAINTED BUNTING was seen Feb 22 bathing and using feeders in a yard
in Chesapeake, VA and continued throughout the week.

The YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD at the Delaware Wild Lands, Staveland Road, New
Castle Co, DE was seen again on Feb 22. RUSTY BLACKBIRDS turned up at a
number of locations throughout the area. As many as 13 BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS
were seen Breeze Farms, Virginia Beach, VA, throughout the week.

This report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list servers via
the ABA Internet links, and on eBird records.

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable records committee

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Date: 2/28/17 9:05 am
From: Deapesh Misra via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Possible Sand Hill Cranes over Centreville-Chantily
Hi,
Around 10:30 am today, I suspect I saw 5 Sand Hill cranes flying over Centreville (Fairfax county) heading in the direction of the Dulles International airport (IAD).
They were pretty high up and I did not have time to get my hands on my binoculars. So I paid attention to their call (one was calling out as it flew overhead) and snapped a photo and a video. My identification is thus based off the call primarily and I am open to hearing what others have to say.
The photo and the video are now in the VA-bird flickr pool: https://www.flickr.com/groups/va-bird/
Maybe these birds will linger around Chantilly-Herndon-Ashburn area today.
 -Deapesh.
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Date: 2/28/17 4:19 am
From: Les Willis <lwillis...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Common Merganser (hen) on Nansemond River, Suffolk, VA
Don’t think this went thru…

This morning had a female Common Merganser floating alone and later joined by Red-breasted Mergansers.¬† Longest looks I‚Äôve ever had of a female‚Ķ nice scope views from inside my kitchen, warm coffee in hand. I was only a ‚Äúfew‚ÄĚ minutes late leaving for work‚Ķ

Youtube posting:
https://youtu.be/lXc2Uc25rmc

New Yard Bird! #209


Les Willis
Proposal Coordinator/Capture Management

AGVIQ,  LLC
2809 S. Lynnhaven Rd. Suite 200
Virginia Beach, VA 23452-8518
‚ėé:757-213-8582
Cell 757-651-0669
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Date: 2/27/17 8:40 pm
From: Stuart via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Hypothesis re. 2 RHW Luria park and prov rec. ctr.: Falls Church
Hi all:

Last year, I observed a juv. Red-headed woodpecker at the park behind the Providence Rec. Ctr.

I have recently learned that there are 2 RHW at Luria Park.  Likely a breeding pair.

Is it possible that one or both of these woodpeckers have been using the Holmes Run water table
as sort of a singles meeting corridor between the Prov. Rec. Ctr.  and Luria Park.

The water table almost intersects both parks.

Just a thought from my one remaining brain cell.

Good birding all!

Stuart Merrell
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Date: 2/27/17 5:53 pm
From: Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Woodcocks @ Huntley Meadows
Fairfax Co.

Posted up at the "original" Woodcock meadow this evening around 5:30p - thought I might get skunked when I didn't hear anything by six w. overcast skies and no wind...

First peent did not happen until 6;15 then two birds started simultaneously. Third one started on far side of meadow but only picked up flight displays from first two. As I was headed out, another bird was peenting close to or on the bike path. Shined my light that way, but could not find it.

Think this next front might bring in a wave for more action... we'll see.

Rich Rieger
Alexandria
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Date: 2/27/17 2:06 pm
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk Addendum
I failed to include an important announcement in the Monday Morning Birdwalk report just sent:  The Monday Morning Walk will revert to its summer hours on March 20.  Starting on that date, the walk will begin at 7AM. 
Please forgive the omission.   


Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows
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Date: 2/27/17 1:52 pm
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
The Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk attracted another large group of over 25 birders on today's walk.  We detected 45 species, with a number of highlights.  Over 20 Wood Ducks made their appearance after a long absence, and were joined by a pair of Pied-billed Grebes, a Ring-billed Duck, 3 Hermit Thrushes, 35 Rusty Blackbirds, and a large flock of Common Grackles.
Canada Goose  14
Wood Duck  24
Mallard  10
Northern Shoveler  6
Northern Pintail  6
Ring-necked Duck  1
Hooded Merganser  4
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Great Blue Heron  2
Turkey Vulture  1
Bald Eagle  3
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
American Coot  12
Ring-billed Gull  8
gull sp.  2
Mourning Dove  7
Red-headed Woodpecker  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  15
Downy Woodpecker  8
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  10
Fish Crow  3
crow sp.  2
Carolina Chickadee  9
Tufted Titmouse  10
White-breasted Nuthatch  7
Winter Wren  3
Carolina Wren  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet  7
Eastern Bluebird  6
Hermit Thrush  3
American Robin  4
White-throated Sparrow  20
Song Sparrow  3
Swamp Sparrow  7
Eastern Towhee  5
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  25
Rusty Blackbird  35
Common Grackle  250
American Goldfinch  2

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

Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park

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Date: 2/27/17 9:59 am
From: Dave Larsen - Birding <hirundo...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Greater White-fronted Goose at Belvoir Pond, Marshall, Fauquier County
When the pond was allowed to refill this fall after the dam repairs were completed, I made regular trips there in anticipation of all the waterfowl that would be attracted. The empty pond had morphed from a series of muddy pools (great for shorebirds) to a grassy meadow with tall weeds. On each visit I was disappointed to find it empty of birds or at most with a pair of Mallards.

After seeing the report from the weekend of a flock of Ring-necked Ducks I headed out there this morning. Yes, there were hundreds of Ring-necks, and even more Canada Geese. Out of this mob I was able to find two Northern Shovelers, a male Wood Duck, a Ruddy Duck, several Buffleheads, several Coots, and a Greater While-fronted Goose. There were at least two Harriers in the adjacent fields.

Dave Larsen
Haymarket

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Date: 2/27/17 7:58 am
From: Gerco H <drgerco...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Loudoun County
This morning was interesting bird wise.


A male purple finch was seen at the feeder at home.

An early Eastern Phoebe was heard singing in the yard (it also was reported by my neighbor earlier on eBird).

A couple of Northern Harriers were observed while driving to work.

Brown-headed Cowbirds have been seen in the yard. Likewise more Common Grackles have been seen flying over in the past few days.

Eastern Bluebirds are checking out the various nest boxes in the yard.


Winter or Spring? Who knows what it really is.


Happy birding!


Gerco

Leesburg, VA
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Date: 2/27/17 6:24 am
From: Ashley Peele <ashpeele...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Breeding Codes into Atlas Portal
Good morning on this chilly Monday! 



With such unusually warm late winter weather, bird breeding activity is popping up all over VA.¬† As a result, many breeding codes are showing up on checklists, which is great to see!¬† However, many of these lists are being entered into the ‚Äėregular‚Äô eBird or Virginia eBird portals.¬† Please remember that the VA Breeding Bird Atlas project needs any and all of your breeding observations as we enter our second season of the Atlas project.¬†



If you‚Äôre an Atlas volunteer, it‚Äôs time to switch your default eBird portal back to the Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas (on your smartphone or computer).¬† If you‚Äôre not signed up for the Atlas project, we‚Äôd still like to receive your breeding observations!¬† We‚Äôd ask you to also submit any checklists with breeding codes to the Atlas eBird portal.¬† Don‚Äôt forget that you can also shift previously entered checklists into the Atlas portal from your computer.¬† Just open the checklist, click the ‚ÄėChange Portal‚Äô button at the bottom right corner of the screen, and select ‚ÄėVirginia Breeding Bird Atlas‚Äô from the dropdown list of portals.



Check out this eBird article, Atlasing vs. eBirding, for more information on when and how to submit breeding observations to the Atlas portal! 



If you have questions about when it is appropriate to submit data to the Atlas, feel free to email myself, your regional coordinator, or post your question to our Facebook page.  For those folks who are already Atlas volunteers, remember to post questions via our Atlas mailing list or Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/VABBA2/).



Happy birding in this early, incredibly spring-like weather!



Ashley Peele, PhD

Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator

www.vabba2.org | ebird.org/atlasva

www.facebook.com/vabba2

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Date: 2/26/17 11:50 pm
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Test
This is a test to see if I'm back on the list

From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

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



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Date: 2/26/17 6:54 pm
From: Vineeta Anand <vineetaa...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Red-Headed Woodpeckers in Falls Church, VA
I saw the male yesterday morning as well a pair of very active Downy woodpeckers and a Red-bellied woodpeckers. It's a gem of a park. Vineeta Anand.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 26, 2017, at 9:36 PM, janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> February 24, 2017 -
>
> 2 Red-Headed Woodpeckers seen at Luria Park in Falls Church, Fairfax
> County, VA
>
> Janet M. Anderson
> City of Falls Church, VA
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Date: 2/26/17 6:44 pm
From: Howard Wu <howiewu1...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Pohick Bay this afternoon - lingering Tundra Swans
Hi,

This afternoon I made brief stops at Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge
(Great Marsh Trail, not the State Park), then at Pohick Bay Regional Park,
around 3-5pm.

I was expecting to see some eagles at Pohick Bay, but saw none; I wasn't
expecting to see Tundra Swans, and at Great Marsh Trail I scanned briefly
(and not very carefully) and did not see any. However, at Pohick Bay, I was
rather surprised to see a small group across the water from the boat launch
area. They were very far, and because of the wind and water vapor, I only
got very fuzzy pictures of them, but I think they were distinctly Tundra
Swans.

Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
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Date: 2/26/17 6:37 pm
From: janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Red-Headed Woodpeckers in Falls Church, VA
February 24, 2017 -

2 Red-Headed Woodpeckers seen at Luria Park in Falls Church, Fairfax
County, VA

Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Date: 2/26/17 4:18 pm
From: James Winkelmann <james.winkelmann...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Dutch Gap Conservation Area/Henricus Historical Park, Feb 26, 2017
Walked the long loop at Dutch Gap in Chesterfield today, cooler and breezy
but otherwise a lovely sunny day, tallied 52 species. Of note was
diminished presence of wintering waterfowl, a red fox running up the flyash
pond hill, and 3 firsts of year: Tree Swallow, Field Sparrow, and Eastern
Meadowlark.

James Winkelmann
Richmond



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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 7:08 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Dutch Gap Conservation Area/Henricus Historical
Park, Feb 26, 2017
To: <james.winkelmann...>


Dutch Gap Conservation Area/Henricus Historical Park, Chesterfield,
Virginia, US
Feb 26, 2017 10:09 AM - 3:21 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.0 mile(s)
52 species

Canada Goose 25
Wood Duck 7
Gadwall 12
American Wigeon 9
American Black Duck 3
Mallard 16
Northern Shoveler 14
Northern Pintail 6
Ring-necked Duck 85
Bufflehead 19
Hooded Merganser 5
Ruddy Duck 1
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Double-crested Cormorant 16
Great Blue Heron 7
Black Vulture 4
Turkey Vulture 28
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
American Coot 18
Killdeer 5
Ring-billed Gull 145
Mourning Dove 3
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 9
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 5
Tree Swallow 7
Carolina Chickadee 21
Tufted Titmouse 12
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Brown Creeper 5
Carolina Wren 11
Golden-crowned Kinglet 9
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 7
Eastern Bluebird 1
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 7
Brown Thrasher 3
Northern Mockingbird 4
Pine Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 11
Field Sparrow 5
Dark-eyed Junco 11
White-throated Sparrow 35
Song Sparrow 11
Northern Cardinal 8
Red-winged Blackbird 4
Eastern Meadowlark 1
American Goldfinch 6

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch
ecklist/S34820512

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Date: 2/26/17 3:40 pm
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Merrimac Farm
Merrimac Farm was bright and chilly as 7 birders set out on the Prince William Conservation Alliance Last-Sunday-of-the-Month birdwalk.  We tallied 35 species with highlights being one Barred Owl, a dozen Wild Turkeys found rummaging on the Cedar Run flood plane, and growing groups of White-throated Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos looking as if they are getting ready to head north.   
Canada Goose  6
Wild Turkey  12
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  5
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  1
Ring-billed Gull  90
Herring Gull  5
Mourning Dove  6
Barred Owl  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  5
Carolina Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  3
European Starling  7
Yellow-rumped Warbler  4
Field Sparrow  3
Dark-eyed Junco  20
White-throated Sparrow  15
Song Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  3
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  8
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
House Finch  1

The Prince William Conservation Alliance birdwalks at the Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area in Nokesville take place at 8 AM on the final Sunday of every month.  Birders meet at the Area's entrance located at the stonehouse at the end of Deepwood Drive.  Questions may be directed to the Alliance at 703.499.4954,  or <alliance...>

Harry GlasgowNancy Vehrs
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Date: 2/26/17 2:12 pm
From: Scott Byrd via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] American Woodcocks
One of the best things about my home in King George is the large, grassy field that my home backs up to. In the summer the field is home to Eastern Meadowlarks and Grasshopper Sparrows. I love drinking a cup of coffee on my deck first thing in the morning while listening to the calls of both species. Occasionally they even pay me a visit in my yard. Yesterday morning a new (for me) species made its presence known to me from the fields. As the sun began to rise I was standing on my deck and heard the telltale "peent" call of an American Woodcock. Not too long after that I heard its melodic flight song. The cycle repeated itself one more time before the bird went silent. Unfortunately, I didn't actually see the Woodcock, but just hearing it was treat enough. With luck I will hear it again and maybe even catch a glimpse of its decent towards earth.

Good birding to all!
Scott Byrd
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Date: 2/26/17 11:37 am
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fw: eBird Report - Occoquan Bay NWR, Feb 26, 2017
Birding at Occoquan Bay NWR was a pure delight this morning. I tallied 62
species. Highlights were a great horned owl on a nest (can be seen from the
parking lot; a better look with some hiking), the Lincoln's sparrow at the
end of Easy Road, a tree sparrow right next to the parking lot at the start
of Fox Rd., huge numbers of lesser scaup, and an otter fishing in Marumsco
Bay, seen from Deep Hole Point Rd. The list is below.

Marc Ribaudo

Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William, Virginia, US
Feb 26, 2017 7:28 AM - 11:23 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
62 species

Canada Goose 60
Wood Duck 2
American Black Duck 15
Mallard 10
Northern Shoveler 2
Green-winged Teal 4
Canvasback 6
Greater Scaup 2
Lesser Scaup 3000
Bufflehead 30
Red-breasted Merganser 25
Ruddy Duck 9
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Horned Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 4
Great Blue Heron 5
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 12
Bald Eagle 12
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Killdeer 2
Ring-billed Gull 30
Herring Gull 5
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
Mourning Dove 3
Great Horned Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-headed Woodpecker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Downy Woodpecker 7
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 12
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 4
Fish Crow 6
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Winter Wren 4
Carolina Wren 8
Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 6
American Robin 5
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 2
American Tree Sparrow 1
Field Sparrow 1
Fox Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 2
White-throated Sparrow 12
Savannah Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 14
Lincoln's Sparrow 1 Continuing bird
Swamp Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 8
Red-winged Blackbird 14
Rusty Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 4
House Finch 2

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34813830

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

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Date: 2/26/17 11:15 am
From: Kevin Shank <birds...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rusty Blackbirds, Union Springs, R'ham County
We had 4 Rusty Blackbirds feeding around our yard in Union Springs about an
hour ago. New yard bird for us.



Shaphan Shank

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Date: 2/26/17 10:38 am
From: Linda Millington <millington.linda...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Lots of ducks!
Birders,
Yesterday afternoon, Andy Martin, Carole Miller and I visited Belvoir Pond
in Fauquier County. We found approximately 500 Ring-necked Ducks, 2
American Coots, and 3 Bufflehead. Carole had stopped by in the AM and had
seen 2 Northern Shoveler as well.

In addition, we were pretty sure that we had a good-sized flock of Rusty
Blackbirds mixed in with a big flock of Red-winged Blackbirds in the fields
next to Wakefield School just outside of The Plains on the Rt. 66 side.

I had about 200 Common Grackles in my back yard this morning!

Linda Millington
Upperville VA
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Date: 2/26/17 9:21 am
From: Dendroica--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Great Falls Bird Walk 02/26/17 (Fairfasx County)
Keith Huffman led today's walk. The highlight was 80 Great Blue Herons as
described in the listing below.
We meet every Sunday at 8 AM in the visitors center parking lot. All
birders are welcome to join us.

Ralph Wall

The list:

Canada Goose 20
American Black Duck 6
Mallard 3
Ring-necked Duck 12
Bufflehead 10
Common Merganser 1
Great Blue Heron 80 Conn Island on the Potomac River is an annual
nesting ground for Great Blue Herons. At about 8 15 AM an estimated 80 rose
out of the trees and circled overhead for 5 minutes before settling back on
the island. Five walk participants viewed the phenomenon for its duration.
Turkey Vulture 4
Mourning Dove 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 10
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 4
American Robin 4
Dark-eyed Junco 2
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 3

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34814465

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Date: 2/26/17 9:04 am
From: Pete & Charm <rwpeterman...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fw: eBird Report - Grandview Nature Preserve, Feb 25, 2017
Below is the ebird report for the quarterly survey of Grandview Island.
Weather was clear and warm, climbing into the 70s. Tide was going out as
high tide was 8:05 and low tide was 2:29. The flock of Brants remained all
day on and close to shore. Gannets were moving from south to north as there
was a brisk southerly wind.
Pete Peterman
Hampton Roads Bird Club

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Subject: eBird Report - Grandview Nature Preserve, Feb 25, 2017

Grandview Nature Preserve, Hampton, Virginia, US
Feb 25, 2017 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.0 mile(s)
Comments: Quarterly Survey for Grandview Island, part of the
Virginia-designated IBA Western Shore Marshes
28 species (+2 other taxa)

Brant 66
Canada Goose 3
Gadwall 8
American Wigeon 1
Mallard 2
Surf Scoter 7
Bufflehead 140
Red-throated Loon 7
Common Loon 14
Horned Grebe 1
Northern Gannet 120
Double-crested Cormorant 27
Brown Pelican 30
Bald Eagle 2
Clapper Rail 1
American Oystercatcher 2
Ruddy Turnstone 1
Sanderling 300
Dunlin 200
Ring-billed Gull 45
Herring Gull 59
American Crow 3
Carolina Wren 1
European Starling 140
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Nelson's/Saltmarsh Sparrow (Sharp-tailed Sparrow) 2
White-throated Sparrow 3
sparrow sp. 1 Believe it was a Lark Sparrow as it had a white on the
edges of its long tail. Only saw from rear. Flew from long dry grass to
another large area of long dry grass
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 2

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Date: 2/26/17 8:56 am
From: Pam and Ben via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Signs (songs) of spring at Huntley Meadows yesterday, and more book recommendations.
First singing PHOEBE and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET of the season. Deafening
chorus of southern leopard frogs. Two garter snakes, one eating a large
frog that looked to have been dead for a while. A pair of what were
probably question mark butterflies.



Other interesting notes: found a feather pile that was probably a immature
COOPER'S HAWK (wonder what got it). And MERLIN down Barnyard Run.



By the way, can anyone recommend a frog call app?



Regarding the threat about book recommendations, one each obvious and
obscure additions. The obvious: A Sand County Almanac, by Aldo Leopold.
Anyone interested in nature, or the art of writing, must read this book.
The obscure: The Lord's Woods, by Robert Arbib. An elegy to a childhood
haunt by a naturalist who was unable to save it. Beautiful, and
coincidentally written by a friend of the man I was name after, birder and
orchidist Ben Berliner.



Ben Jesup

Alexandria

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Date: 2/26/17 8:25 am
From: MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FOS Pine Warbler Feb. 25--western Albemarle
Hi,

Forgot to mention in my previous e-mail about this morning's turkey (which
was in western Albemarle by the way--forgot to mention that too!) that a
Pine Warbler was singing beautifully at my house yesterday morning.

Sincerely,
Marlene
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Date: 2/26/17 7:59 am
From: Quinn Emmering <qemmering...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Pine Warblers Singing Fairfax Co.
Two (maybe three) pine warblers were singing at Jackson Miles Abbott Wetlands Refuge, Fairfax County, on Saturday, Feb. 25. The two birds were on either side of the pond in pine stands.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34786239 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34786239>

Cheers,

Quinn Emmering
Alexandria, VA
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Date: 2/26/17 7:21 am
From: MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] First-of-season turkey gobbling!!!!
First-of-season turkey gobbling this morning about 6:25 AM!!!!! It
started up just as my local woodcock called it a day (night?). Also a Fox
Sparrow sang once from the woodcock field.

Sincerely,
Marlene
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Date: 2/26/17 5:58 am
From: Robyn A. Puffenbarger <rpuffenb...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Wilson's Snipe
Hello -

I am teaching an every other year elective in biology for Bridgewater College, ornithology, with a full class of 11 students. This is the first year I had to turn away potential students since the one lab (and one van!) was already full. I hope that is a harbinger of things to come for the demand for the class. I have to say that I hope being out last Thursday without gloves, hat or jacket in Feb. with temps of 50F at 7 am is not a sign of things to come!

We are out on Thursdays, 7-10:30 am. This week, at Leonard's Pond (Faught's Road) off Cross-Keys Road on east side of I-81, we had two Wilson's Snipe. One was right close to the van at the pond edge, and both were present again on Saturday. We also had two Eastern Towhees in a walnut tree right at the pull off for Lake Campbell at Masanetta Springs.

Cheers -
Robyn Puffenbarger, Ph.D. | Chair, Biology | Associate Professor of Biology
phone: 540-828-5713 | fax: 540-828-5661 | online: bridgewater.edu
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Date: 2/25/17 7:43 pm
From: nicholas <flicknanders...>
Subject: [Va-bird] scaup off Chippokes Plantation SP, Surry Co., 2/25/17
Hey all, Elisa and I enjoyed seeing a raft of approximately 2000 scaup in the James River (Cobham Bay) off Chippokes Plantation State Park in Surry County this afternoon. Due to distance most were left as scaup sp., although a couple small groups flew in close enough to ID as Lesser Scaup. Few ducks other than scaup were present in the raft: a handful each of Ruddy Ducks and Gadwall, 1 Hooded Merganser. At least 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls scoped from the Park as well.


Nick Flanders

Portsmouth, VA
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Date: 2/25/17 5:35 pm
From: <shaphan...> <shaphan...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Pine Warbler, Union Springs, R'ham County

We had our FOS Pine Warbler today (2/25) in our yard in Union Springs. This beats our previous early date by 17 days!

Shaphan Shank
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Date: 2/25/17 5:03 pm
From: Gerco H <drgerco...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Banshee Reeks, Loudoun County
Today's VMN Class (Banshee Reeks Chapter) birding trip, in conjunction with the Introduction Ornithology class spend a lovely hour exploring birds west of the visitor's center at Banshee Reeks. Many of the participants were new to birding and were on their first trip. Fortunately the birds were very active. A nice large kettle of Turkey Vultures was seen and a few Black Vulture were found too. Many gulls, mostly ring-billed but a few herring were seen flying towards the local dump and the nearby Dulles wetlands. A group of Canada Geese surprised us, because a single Cackling Goose was mixed in. The size difference was noticeable. The biggest surprise I thought was a pair of Northern Bobwhite's. They were probably as startled as we were. The birds (a male and female) slowly moved deeper in the brush and disappeared from sight. Several of the participants got nice looks of these birds, not even 10 ft away from us.

Near the visitor's center a tree was full of yellow-bellied sapsucker sap holes and eventually we did find a sapsucker elsewhere during our walk. As always it is fun to see this woodpecker.

We ended up with 28 species during our 55 minute walk. The full list is shown below.

Gerco
Leesburg, VA


Cackling Goose 1

Canada Goose 26

Northern Bobwhite 2

Black Vulture 5

Turkey Vulture 20

Ring-billed Gull 50

Herring Gull 2

Mourning Dove 3

Red-bellied Woodpecker 1

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1

Blue Jay 4

American Crow 2

Fish Crow 1

Carolina Chickadee 1

Tufted Titmouse 1

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

Carolina Wren 1

Eastern Bluebird 5

American Robin 1

Northern Mockingbird 1

European Starling 3

Field Sparrow 1

Dark-eyed Junco 25

White-crowned Sparrow 5

Song Sparrow 3

Northern Cardinal 2

Common Grackle 1

House Finch 3

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Date: 2/25/17 1:09 pm
From: Phil Silas via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Mason Neck State Park, Feb 25, 2017

VA-Birders,

Twenty birders with the Northern Virginia Bird Club joined me and co-leader David Ledwith at Mason Neck State Park this balmy winter morning. We tallied 51 species, and many saw their personal high total of Bald Eagles. They were very active and scopes revealed many perched across Belmont Bay toward Meadowood. Waterfowl were abundant with a group of Red-breasted Mergansers providing close views from the beach far down the Bay View Trail. On the wetland side, Wood Ducks were seen behind the not-so-shy Mallards. The Red-headed Woodpeckers and Hermit Thrush were a treat, as were the returning Tree Swallows. Complete checklist follows.
Phil Silas
Woodbridge, Va.



-----Original Message-----
From: ebird-checklist <ebird-checklist...>
To: epsdcva <epsdcva...>
Sent: Sat, Feb 25, 2017 2:50 pm
Subject: eBird Report - Mason Neck State Park, Feb 25, 2017

Mason Neck State Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Feb 25, 2017 8:00 AM - 10:47 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.1 mile(s)
51 species

Canada Goose 40
Wood Duck 7
Gadwall 100
American Wigeon 8
American Black Duck 4
Mallard 21
Northern Shoveler 60
Canvasback 10
Redhead 12
Ring-necked Duck 8
Lesser Scaup 3000
Bufflehead 20
Hooded Merganser 6
Red-breasted Merganser 36
Ruddy Duck 80
Pied-billed Grebe 9
Double-crested Cormorant 36
Great Blue Heron 4
Turkey Vulture 6
Bald Eagle 36 About 2/3 were scoped from Visitor Center across Belmont Bay from near Frenchman's Point to where Belmont Landing Rd ends. One nest visible just W of a stand of bamboo. Most were perched but many were fishing. Another dozen were flying over the bay, perched across at Occoquan Bay NWR, or seen flying/perched as we walked the open portion of the Bay View trail. Conservative count.
American Coot 1000
Ring-billed Gull 30
Herring Gull 20
Great Black-backed Gull 11
Mourning Dove 8
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 5
Fish Crow 2
Tree Swallow 8 Just arrived in numbers
Carolina Chickadee 11
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Carolina Wren 5
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 14
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 20
Dark-eyed Junco 24
White-throated Sparrow 12
Song Sparrow 6
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 15
American Goldfinch 4

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Date: 2/25/17 11:58 am
From: Joe Coleman <joecoleman...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship
Twelve people showed up at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental
Stewardship in northwestern Loudon for the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy's
regular (every 4th Saturday of the month) bird walk. After meeting at the
Education Center on the north side we drove to the parking area at the end
of Sawmill Rd. After walking there for a couple of hours about half of us
drove over to where Arnold Rd crosses under the power lines to see if we
could add a 7th woodpecker species to the six we'd already found (while we
didn't succeed we did see another American Kestrel, an Eastern Meadowlark, &
a Red-tailed Hawk). The highlights of the walk included two American
Kestrels, 5 Ring-billed Gulls (unusual in western Lo Co & generally only
seen during migration), numerous flocks of between 150 & 200 Canada Geese
flying north high in the sky for the first hour or so, and a single Eastern
Meadowlark.



For a complete list of the birds see the eBird list below.



Information on the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship can be
found at <http://www.blueridgecenter.org> http://www.blueridgecenter.org.
Information on the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and its many free activities
can be found at <http://www.loudounwildlife.org> www.loudounwildlife.org.

Joe Coleman & Del Sargent



Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, Loudoun, Virginia, US Feb
25, 2017 7:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.7 mile(s)

Comments: Regularly scheduled bird walk at BRCES; met at Education
Center & drove down to the parking lot at the end of Sawmill. After walking
there about 1/2 of us went over to Arnold Rd where it goes under the
powerline & had great views of open fields and saw another Am Kestrel, an
Eastern Meadowlark, a Red-tailed Hawk, and a few more species.

38 species



Canada Goose 800 for the first hr or so observed several flocks of
between a 150 and 200 geese each flock migrating north high in the sky

Black Vulture 10

Turkey Vulture 12

Red-shouldered Hawk 2

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Killdeer 8

Ring-billed Gull 5

Mourning Dove 4

Red-bellied Woodpecker 2

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2

Downy Woodpecker 4

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 2

Pileated Woodpecker 2

American Kestrel 2

Blue Jay 3

American Crow 20

Fish Crow 1

Carolina Chickadee 12

Tufted Titmouse 12

White-breasted Nuthatch 2

Carolina Wren 8

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1

Eastern Bluebird 8

American Robin 2

Northern Mockingbird 1

European Starling 5

Field Sparrow 4

Fox Sparrow 1

White-throated Sparrow 8

Song Sparrow 8

Swamp Sparrow 2

Eastern Towhee 1

Northern Cardinal 5

Red-winged Blackbird 6

Eastern Meadowlark 1

Common Grackle 2

American Goldfinch 2



View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34791563



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Date: 2/25/17 9:00 am
From: Howard Wu <howiewu1...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Sully Woodlands Phoebe and Shrike
Hi,

This morning, before the wind picked up, I made a brief visit to Sully
Woodlands in Fairfax County again (8:15AM - 9AM).

What first caught my attention was a couple of singing Eastern Phoebes near
the barn. These early migrants have arrived and spring is at hand; it also
makes me wonder if the Northern Shrike will stick around for long.

But the Northern Shrike was there. In fact, I got one of the best pictures
of it, in the beautiful early morning sunlight. I've seen and photographed
this bird quite a few times now, but now, with the advancing season, every
time I see it, I know it may be my last, for a while at least. Soon it will
fly north, to its breeding grounds in in taiga and tundra. I bide it
godspeed and wish it well!

My eBird listing is here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34784947

My rolling update of my observations of the Northern Shrike can be seen at
the following location:
http://www.travelerathome.com/2016_10_shrike/2016_10_shrike.html

Cheers,
Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
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Date: 2/25/17 5:20 am
From: Dixie Sommers via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Kingbird Highway - another book for the life list.
I hear the link below for Jennifer Ackerman's presentation on The Genius of
Birds does not work. Sorry. Try this one.

http://audubonva.org/asnv-events/2017/1/24/the-genius-of-birds-with-jennifer
-ackerman

-----Original Message-----
From: Dixie Sommers [mailto:<dixiesommers...>]
Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2017 8:14 PM
To: 'VA-Bird' <va-bird...>
Subject: RE: [Va-bird] Kingbird Highway - another book for the life list.

While we are on bird literature, I'll make a pitch for The Genius of Birds
by Jennifer Ackerman. This book is all about birds' incredible cognitive
abilities, from finches to the amazing crow family.

"There's a kind of bird that creates colorful designs out of
berries, bits of glass, and blossoms to attract females, and another kind
that hides up to thirty-three thousand seeds scattered over dozens of square
miles and remembers where it put them months later. There's a species that
solves a classic puzzle at nearly the same pace as a five-year old child,
and one that's an expert at picking locks. There are birds that can count
and do simple math, make their own tools, move to the beat of music,
comprehend basic principles of physics, remember the past, and plan for the
future."

You can come meet Jennifer Ackerman at the Audubon Society of Northern
Virginia's Audubon Afternoon:
Sunday, March 5, 3:00pm - 5:00pm,
National Wildlife Federation building,
11100 Wildlife Center Drive
Reston, VA

http://audubonva.org/asnv-events/2017/1/24/the-genius-of-birds-with-jennifer
-ackerman

And it is free!

See you there

Dixie Sommers

-----Original Message-----
From: va-bird [mailto:va-bird-bounces+dixiesommers=<cs.com...>] On
Behalf Of Scott Jackson-Ricketts
Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2017 6:10 PM
To: Bill Hohenstein <elliety...>
Cc: VA-Bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Kingbird Highway - another book for the life list.

Bernd Heinrich should be known to all nature readers, especially regarding
his work on ravens. His new book, *One Wild Bird at a Time*, is rich and
worth every minute.

Love this conversation.................

Scott Jackson-Ricketts

On Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 6:16 PM, Bill Hohenstein <elliety...> wrote:

> Any DC area birder should seek out a book by Louis Halle called
> "Spring in Washington". It was published in 1947 and chronicles the
> emergence of spring from a birders perspective. He starts in the dead
> of winter and notes the movement of birds through the DC region, with
> special sections on the Potomac, Dyke Marsh, Rock Creek, and the GW
> Parkway. It is an amazing book and this is the perfect time to pick it
up.
>
> Many of his observations will be familiar to local birders,
> Bonaparte's Gulls on the Potomac and the sounds of thrushes in the
> woods. Others have become too infrequent... marsh wrens at Dyke Marsh
> and Kentucky Warblers inside the beltway. A very cool book and a must
> read for those counting the days until spring.
>
> Bill
>
> ________________________________
> From: va-bird <va-bird-bounces+elliety=<msn.com...> on
> behalf of Ashley Lohr <aklohr...>
> Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 5:22 PM
> To: Jim G
> Cc: VA-Bird
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Kingbird Highway - another book for the life list.
>
> While we're on this wonderful topic, I would recommend "Illumination
> in the
> Flatwoods: A Season with the Wild Turkey" by Joe Hutto. It's about a
> man who raises ~14 orphaned, human-imprinted wild turkeys until
> they're old enough to leave their "mom." They remain wild, but he
> observes and records a plethora of turkey behaviors and personalities.
> It's an eye-opening and thought-provoking book. I just finished
> reading it since I'm studying wild turkeys for my Master's research
> project, and I couldn't believe how absorbed I became in his world! I
> feel like I have a better understanding of my study species now.
>
> There's also a documentary based on the book entitled "My Life as a
Turkey"
> that's apparently on Netflix. It's next on my list. :)
>
> Cheers,
> Ashley Lohr
> Loudoun County/Lynchburg/Athens, GA
>
> Ashley Lohr
> Virginia Tech Class of 2015
> Wildlife Conservation major / Entomology minor <aklohr...>
>
> On Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 7:44 PM, Jim G <jgouldoz...> wrote:
>
> > Good Evening Birders,
> >
> > With work, budgets and other constraints, I don't get near enough
> > time to go birding. Luckily, I have found that reading can partly
> > satisfy my insatiable birding desires.
> >
> > Without going into detail, I can say with conviction that you must
> > read Kingbird Highway by Kenn Kaufman. Considering this was
> > published in
> 1997,
> > some might think I'm a little late, but it was certainly an
> > entertaining, educational and even emotional read for this 31 year
> > novice birder. In fact, using my smartphone to quickly look up
> > unfamiliar birds mentioned
> by
> > Kenn, made the book so much more enjoyable. I recommend that approach.
> >
> > Other books on my list include:
> >
> > The Genius of Birds - Jennifer Ackerman The Thing With Feathers -
> > Noah Strycker Snapper - Brian Kimberling
> >
> > Have fun,
> >
> > Jim Gould
> > Southern Shores, NC
> >
> > Born and raised and still bird in Hopewell, VA.
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Date: 2/24/17 1:36 pm
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Eagles -Waterfowl: Mason Neck SP; Pohick Bay
I arrived at Mason Neck State Park about 8:30 this morning, hoping to get some photographs of the Tundra Swans I had seen last Friday, last Saturday, and last Monday. Regrettably, I found none. I assume that they had left on there northward migration. I did see several large skeins of Canada Geese flying north, as well as one group of Tundra Swans headed in the same direction.

Scoping the bay, I found that more than 50%, perhaps as many as 60% or 70%, of the thousands of ducks that I saw when I was last there, I could not find today. What I did find was a lot of Bald Eagles. Standing by the visitor center at Mason Neck State Park,
I scoped the trees on the other side of the bay from as far up near Keanes Creek as I could see, all the way down and across the mouth of the Occoquan, all of the trees on the Occoquan refuge, and continued up the trees on the same side of the bay where I was standing: I counted 42 perched Bald Eagles and 5 or 6 flying around as well. I did not see any fishing activity.

On the way out, I stopped at the Pohick Bay Regional Park. From the boat launch at the end of the parking lot , I scoped as much of the far side of Pohick Bay as I could see. I found only five perched Bald Eagles ( last year on this date the count was at least 60).
As I was leaving I heard a bunch of "eagle chatter" down the bay, and finally discovered what appeared to be 6 or 8 Bald Eagles In a couple of trees on the point at the very extreme edge of the park, down past the children's play area and where they rent canoes. Because of the sun angle I could only get silhouettes of the birds, but they did all appear to be eagles, and there was lots of Eagle chatter coming from those trees.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Date: 2/24/17 6:50 am
From: Diane L via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Saw-whet Owls, Shenandoah Nat. Park
It's great to have a record of the Saw-whets in the Park.

Food for thought for anyone not aware of, or not considering, the possible risk to Saw-whets: Barred Owls, common in the SNP, prey on Saw-whets. So in exposing a Saw-whet's location or playing a call, we might well be calling in both predator and prey...offering up an unintended dining experience!

Diane Lepkowski
Harrisonburg
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Date: 2/24/17 4:15 am
From: Brian Taber via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Clay-colored Sparrow in James City County
After a few brief appearances over the past 5 weeks, the Clay-colored Sparrow was at my feeder all afternoon yesterday and was there first thing today. If I'm not home, feel free to walk around the right side of the house, where you can see the feeder.


Brian Taber
103 Exeter Court Williamsburg
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Date: 2/23/17 6:42 pm
From: Ashley Lohr <aklohr...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Lynchburg Baltimore oriole still here!! New record??
The Lynchburg adult male Baltimore oriole is still hangin' around at a
private residence! Today potentially marks a new record for overwintering
Baltimore orioles in this area. The longest documented Lynchburg area
oriole previously was 12-15-07 to 2-22-08, so this oriole beat it by # of
days and has set the new late-date for the winter (please correct me if I'm
wrong on this!). We're pretty excited :)

Ashley Lohr
Loudoun County/Lynchburg/Athens, GA
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Date: 2/23/17 5:47 pm
From: Howard Wu <howiewu1...>
Subject: [Va-bird] The best way to reply to a thread?
Hi,

I am subscribed to this mailing list, but I opted to not receive emails.
Instead, I use the following links to browse:

http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=one_list;id=144 (this does not even require
log-in; I booked marked it so I can easily browse)

http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=one_list;id=144 (this requires log-in and it
allows me to browse older emails)

They worked fine .. except when I want to reply to an email thread. Since I
don't receive the emails, I cannot reply, and these sites do not allow me
to do that either.

Given my situation, what's the best way to reply to a thread?

BTW, the MD list is a Google group, so that is easier to reply (not trying
to imply anything, just stating a fact).

Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
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Date: 2/23/17 5:43 pm
From: Eric Harrold via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Woodcocks calling at Difficult Creek Natural Area Preserve
Had 3-4 woodcocks peenting as we finished up our prescribed burn on Tuesday evening. They were calling from the pine thicket on the opposite side of the gas line at the entrance to the preserve units. There is parking space where we stage our equipment for prescribed burns. 
Eric HarroldHays, NC
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Date: 2/23/17 5:14 pm
From: Dixie Sommers via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Kingbird Highway - another book for the life list.
While we are on bird literature, I'll make a pitch for The Genius of Birds
by Jennifer Ackerman. This book is all about birds' incredible cognitive
abilities, from finches to the amazing crow family.

"There's a kind of bird that creates colorful designs out of
berries, bits of glass, and blossoms to attract females, and another kind
that hides up to thirty-three thousand seeds scattered over dozens of square
miles and remembers where it put them months later. There's a species that
solves a classic puzzle at nearly the same pace as a five-year old child,
and one that's an expert at picking locks. There are birds that can count
and do simple math, make their own tools, move to the beat of music,
comprehend basic principles of physics, remember the past, and plan for the
future."

You can come meet Jennifer Ackerman at the Audubon Society of Northern
Virginia's Audubon Afternoon:
Sunday, March 5, 3:00pm - 5:00pm,
National Wildlife Federation building,
11100 Wildlife Center Drive
Reston, VA

http://audubonva.org/asnv-events/2017/1/24/the-genius-of-birds-with-jennifer
-ackerman

And it is free!

See you there

Dixie Sommers

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From: va-bird [mailto:va-bird-bounces+dixiesommers=<cs.com...>] On
Behalf Of Scott Jackson-Ricketts
Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2017 6:10 PM
To: Bill Hohenstein <elliety...>
Cc: VA-Bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Kingbird Highway - another book for the life list.

Bernd Heinrich should be known to all nature readers, especially regarding
his work on ravens. His new book, *One Wild Bird at a Time*, is rich and
worth every minute.

Love this conversation.................

Scott Jackson-Ricketts

On Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 6:16 PM, Bill Hohenstein <elliety...> wrote:

> Any DC area birder should seek out a book by Louis Halle called
> "Spring in Washington". It was published in 1947 and chronicles the
> emergence of spring from a birders perspective. He starts in the dead
> of winter and notes the movement of birds through the DC region, with
> special sections on the Potomac, Dyke Marsh, Rock Creek, and the GW
> Parkway. It is an amazing book and this is the perfect time to pick it
up.
>
> Many of his observations will be familiar to local birders,
> Bonaparte's Gulls on the Potomac and the sounds of thrushes in the
> woods. Others have become too infrequent... marsh wrens at Dyke Marsh
> and Kentucky Warblers inside the beltway. A very cool book and a must
> read for those counting the days until spring.
>
> Bill
>
> ________________________________
> From: va-bird <va-bird-bounces+elliety=<msn.com...> on
> behalf of Ashley Lohr <aklohr...>
> Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 5:22 PM
> To: Jim G
> Cc: VA-Bird
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Kingbird Highway - another book for the life list.
>
> While we're on this wonderful topic, I would recommend "Illumination
> in the
> Flatwoods: A Season with the Wild Turkey" by Joe Hutto. It's about a
> man who raises ~14 orphaned, human-imprinted wild turkeys until
> they're old enough to leave their "mom." They remain wild, but he
> observes and records a plethora of turkey behaviors and personalities.
> It's an eye-opening and thought-provoking book. I just finished
> reading it since I'm studying wild turkeys for my Master's research
> project, and I couldn't believe how absorbed I became in his world! I
> feel like I have a better understanding of my study species now.
>
> There's also a documentary based on the book entitled "My Life as a
Turkey"
> that's apparently on Netflix. It's next on my list. :)
>
> Cheers,
> Ashley Lohr
> Loudoun County/Lynchburg/Athens, GA
>
> Ashley Lohr
> Virginia Tech Class of 2015
> Wildlife Conservation major / Entomology minor <aklohr...>
>
> On Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 7:44 PM, Jim G <jgouldoz...> wrote:
>
> > Good Evening Birders,
> >
> > With work, budgets and other constraints, I don't get near enough
> > time to go birding. Luckily, I have found that reading can partly
> > satisfy my insatiable birding desires.
> >
> > Without going into detail, I can say with conviction that you must
> > read Kingbird Highway by Kenn Kaufman. Considering this was
> > published in
> 1997,
> > some might think I'm a little late, but it was certainly an
> > entertaining, educational and even emotional read for this 31 year
> > novice birder. In fact, using my smartphone to quickly look up
> > unfamiliar birds mentioned
> by
> > Kenn, made the book so much more enjoyable. I recommend that approach.
> >
> > Other books on my list include:
> >
> > The Genius of Birds - Jennifer Ackerman The Thing With Feathers -
> > Noah Strycker Snapper - Brian Kimberling
> >
> > Have fun,
> >
> > Jim Gould
> > Southern Shores, NC
> >
> > Born and raised and still bird in Hopewell, VA.
> > *** You are subscribed to va-bird as <aklohr...> If you wish to
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Date: 2/23/17 3:45 pm
From: Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' <RoweRA...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Florida Trip Part III - Sweetwater Wetlands Gainesville
All - On our way down to St. Pete's we happened to stop at Sweetwater Wetlands Preserve in Gainesville. It was pure luck that we stopped there, and I'll say that it is a fantastic birding spot. Sweetwater was developed as a natural water filtering system and the main in-flow is Sweetwater Creek which runs through Paynes Prairie. The Preserve was built about 3-4 years ago with numerous impoundments and a series of dykes with walking paths. They have planted native wetland plants, so the area looks very natural - plus it has several very large alligators. At Sweetwater we saw Sandhill Cranes (perhaps saw 150, heard many - the count was 1200 by the park ranger), Common Gallinules (lots), Coots (lots), perhaps 20 Wood Storks, 20-30 White Ibis, 10 Glossy Ibis, a few Great Blue, Little Blue, and Louisiana Herons, Great and Snowy Egrets, and best of all - 2 American Bitterns, a Sora in the open and at close range, Limpkins (12-14) at close range, and about 40-50 Black-bellied Whi
stling Tree Ducks. If you are passing through that area, I really recommend stopping. I would think during migration the area is full of birds. The Ranger said that in January they had about 900 Whistling Tree Ducks along with other ducks.

I've posted some, actually quite a few, photos from Sweetwater. Almost all of the photos I took were excellent and it was hard to reduce the number.

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

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology
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Date: 2/23/17 3:10 pm
From: Scott Jackson-Ricketts <scottjr...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Kingbird Highway - another book for the life list.
Bernd Heinrich should be known to all nature readers, especially regarding
his work on ravens. His new book, *One Wild Bird at a Time*, is rich and
worth every minute.

Love this conversation.................

Scott Jackson-Ricketts

On Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 6:16 PM, Bill Hohenstein <elliety...> wrote:

> Any DC area birder should seek out a book by Louis Halle called "Spring in
> Washington". It was published in 1947 and chronicles the emergence of
> spring from a birders perspective. He starts in the dead of winter and
> notes the movement of birds through the DC region, with special sections on
> the Potomac, Dyke Marsh, Rock Creek, and the GW Parkway. It is an amazing
> book and this is the perfect time to pick it up.
>
> Many of his observations will be familiar to local birders, Bonaparte's
> Gulls on the Potomac and the sounds of thrushes in the woods. Others have
> become too infrequent... marsh wrens at Dyke Marsh and Kentucky Warblers
> inside the beltway. A very cool book and a must read for those counting
> the days until spring.
>
> Bill
>
> ________________________________
> From: va-bird <va-bird-bounces+elliety=<msn.com...> on behalf
> of Ashley Lohr <aklohr...>
> Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 5:22 PM
> To: Jim G
> Cc: VA-Bird
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Kingbird Highway - another book for the life list.
>
> While we're on this wonderful topic, I would recommend "Illumination in the
> Flatwoods: A Season with the Wild Turkey" by Joe Hutto. It's about a man
> who raises ~14 orphaned, human-imprinted wild turkeys until they're old
> enough to leave their "mom." They remain wild, but he observes and records
> a plethora of turkey behaviors and personalities. It's an eye-opening and
> thought-provoking book. I just finished reading it since I'm studying wild
> turkeys for my Master's research project, and I couldn't believe how
> absorbed I became in his world! I feel like I have a better understanding
> of my study species now.
>
> There's also a documentary based on the book entitled "My Life as a Turkey"
> that's apparently on Netflix. It's next on my list. :)
>
> Cheers,
> Ashley Lohr
> Loudoun County/Lynchburg/Athens, GA
>
> Ashley Lohr
> Virginia Tech Class of 2015
> Wildlife Conservation major / Entomology minor
> <aklohr...>
>
> On Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 7:44 PM, Jim G <jgouldoz...> wrote:
>
> > Good Evening Birders,
> >
> > With work, budgets and other constraints, I don't get near enough time to
> > go birding. Luckily, I have found that reading can partly satisfy my
> > insatiable birding desires.
> >
> > Without going into detail, I can say with conviction that you must read
> > Kingbird Highway by Kenn Kaufman. Considering this was published in
> 1997,
> > some might think I'm a little late, but it was certainly an entertaining,
> > educational and even emotional read for this 31 year novice birder. In
> > fact, using my smartphone to quickly look up unfamiliar birds mentioned
> by
> > Kenn, made the book so much more enjoyable. I recommend that approach.
> >
> > Other books on my list include:
> >
> > The Genius of Birds - Jennifer Ackerman
> > The Thing With Feathers - Noah Strycker
> > Snapper - Brian Kimberling
> >
> > Have fun,
> >
> > Jim Gould
> > Southern Shores, NC
> >
> > Born and raised and still bird in Hopewell, VA.
> > *** You are subscribed to va-bird as <aklohr...> If you wish to
> > unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit
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> It is a service of the Virginia Society of Ornithology. Va-bird is a forum
> for reporting ...
>
>
>
> >
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Date: 2/23/17 8:02 am
From: Gerco H <drgerco...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Yard Birds - Purple Finch and Fox Sparriw
This morning, the bird show at the feeder was interesting with a few notable visitors, including


Red-winged Blackbird - This is a very irregular visitor

Purple Finch - A lone male is still hanging out

Fox Sparrow - Unexpected nice surprise.


The number of American Goldfinch seems to fluctuate these days. Down to 6 this morning We had 29 a few days ago.


Happy birding!


Gerco

Leesburg
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Date: 2/22/17 6:47 pm
From: Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Shenandoah National Park
Hello all

this evening Elaine Carwile , Penny Warren & I made a trek first up to the Humpback Rocks parking area & here we got two American Woodcock's calling . From there we traveled up to the Shenandoah National Park to see if we can locate the Northern Saw - whet Owl that was found up there in mid January by Gabriel Mapel . Once we got to the Beagle Gap parking area at mile marker 99.5 & when we stepped out of the vehicle we were surprised to hear at least 6 Woodcock calling with at least 3 of the 6 displaying . We left the Parkway by following the trail in the open field . By staying on the path we started to play the Saw -whet tape sparingly . At first with no response we played it for the last time & got a response to the alarm call . At one point the Saw - whet called & it was followed by a Barred Owl . On our way out we saw a Barred Owl in a low tree along side the road . All in all a good evening of night birding .

On another note I am going back in March to see if the Saw -whet is still there so instead of having a field trip up to Hump Back Rocks Blue Ridge Parkway for the Woodcocks . I am changing it to the parking area of Beagle Gap on the Shenandoah National Park at mile marker 99.5 for the Woodcocks & just by luck we may be in for an extra treat by the Saw - whet Owl . My dates for this is March 9th a Thursday evening & if the weather is bad for the 9th then March 11th a Saturday evening as a make up date . We will meet about half hour before sunset . All are welcome to this event .

Allen Larner
Staunton
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Date: 2/22/17 4:11 pm
From: Karen Kearney via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Where the Alcids be?
I checked Rudee Inlet, made a very quick stop at Ft Story, and walked the beach at First Landing S.P. this morning. The only Alcids I saw were four Razorbills at Rudee Inlet and two at Ft Story. Nothing else of interest, but hundreds of RB Mergansers at First Landing. No Western Grebe.

Karen Kearney

Sent from my iPad

> On Feb 22, 2017, at 4:38 PM, Lee Atwood via va-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
>
> Just finished a run from Ft Story to Rudee and not an alcid in sight.OBX?
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Date: 2/22/17 3:17 pm
From: Bill Hohenstein <elliety...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Kingbird Highway - another book for the life list.
Any DC area birder should seek out a book by Louis Halle called "Spring in Washington". It was published in 1947 and chronicles the emergence of spring from a birders perspective. He starts in the dead of winter and notes the movement of birds through the DC region, with special sections on the Potomac, Dyke Marsh, Rock Creek, and the GW Parkway. It is an amazing book and this is the perfect time to pick it up.

Many of his observations will be familiar to local birders, Bonaparte's Gulls on the Potomac and the sounds of thrushes in the woods. Others have become too infrequent... marsh wrens at Dyke Marsh and Kentucky Warblers inside the beltway. A very cool book and a must read for those counting the days until spring.

Bill

________________________________
From: va-bird <va-bird-bounces+elliety=<msn.com...> on behalf of Ashley Lohr <aklohr...>
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 5:22 PM
To: Jim G
Cc: VA-Bird
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Kingbird Highway - another book for the life list.

While we're on this wonderful topic, I would recommend "Illumination in the
Flatwoods: A Season with the Wild Turkey" by Joe Hutto. It's about a man
who raises ~14 orphaned, human-imprinted wild turkeys until they're old
enough to leave their "mom." They remain wild, but he observes and records
a plethora of turkey behaviors and personalities. It's an eye-opening and
thought-provoking book. I just finished reading it since I'm studying wild
turkeys for my Master's research project, and I couldn't believe how
absorbed I became in his world! I feel like I have a better understanding
of my study species now.

There's also a documentary based on the book entitled "My Life as a Turkey"
that's apparently on Netflix. It's next on my list. :)

Cheers,
Ashley Lohr
Loudoun County/Lynchburg/Athens, GA

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

On Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 7:44 PM, Jim G <jgouldoz...> wrote:

> Good Evening Birders,
>
> With work, budgets and other constraints, I don't get near enough time to
> go birding. Luckily, I have found that reading can partly satisfy my
> insatiable birding desires.
>
> Without going into detail, I can say with conviction that you must read
> Kingbird Highway by Kenn Kaufman. Considering this was published in 1997,
> some might think I'm a little late, but it was certainly an entertaining,
> educational and even emotional read for this 31 year novice birder. In
> fact, using my smartphone to quickly look up unfamiliar birds mentioned by
> Kenn, made the book so much more enjoyable. I recommend that approach.
>
> Other books on my list include:
>
> The Genius of Birds - Jennifer Ackerman
> The Thing With Feathers - Noah Strycker
> Snapper - Brian Kimberling
>
> Have fun,
>
> Jim Gould
> Southern Shores, NC
>
> Born and raised and still bird in Hopewell, VA.
> *** You are subscribed to va-bird as <aklohr...> If you wish to
> unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit
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Date: 2/22/17 2:23 pm
From: Ashley Lohr <aklohr...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Kingbird Highway - another book for the life list.
While we're on this wonderful topic, I would recommend "Illumination in the
Flatwoods: A Season with the Wild Turkey" by Joe Hutto. It's about a man
who raises ~14 orphaned, human-imprinted wild turkeys until they're old
enough to leave their "mom." They remain wild, but he observes and records
a plethora of turkey behaviors and personalities. It's an eye-opening and
thought-provoking book. I just finished reading it since I'm studying wild
turkeys for my Master's research project, and I couldn't believe how
absorbed I became in his world! I feel like I have a better understanding
of my study species now.

There's also a documentary based on the book entitled "My Life as a Turkey"
that's apparently on Netflix. It's next on my list. :)

Cheers,
Ashley Lohr
Loudoun County/Lynchburg/Athens, GA

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

On Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 7:44 PM, Jim G <jgouldoz...> wrote:

> Good Evening Birders,
>
> With work, budgets and other constraints, I don't get near enough time to
> go birding. Luckily, I have found that reading can partly satisfy my
> insatiable birding desires.
>
> Without going into detail, I can say with conviction that you must read
> Kingbird Highway by Kenn Kaufman. Considering this was published in 1997,
> some might think I'm a little late, but it was certainly an entertaining,
> educational and even emotional read for this 31 year novice birder. In
> fact, using my smartphone to quickly look up unfamiliar birds mentioned by
> Kenn, made the book so much more enjoyable. I recommend that approach.
>
> Other books on my list include:
>
> The Genius of Birds - Jennifer Ackerman
> The Thing With Feathers - Noah Strycker
> Snapper - Brian Kimberling
>
> Have fun,
>
> Jim Gould
> Southern Shores, NC
>
> Born and raised and still bird in Hopewell, VA.
> *** You are subscribed to va-bird as <aklohr...> If you wish to
> unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit
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Date: 2/22/17 1:41 pm
From: Lee Atwood via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Where the Alcids be?
Just finished a run from Ft Story to Rudee and not an alcid in sight.OBX?
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Date: 2/22/17 1:16 pm
From: Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' <RoweRA...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Florida Trip Part II - Tarpon Springs Area
I was able to bird a few of the local parks in the Tarpon Springs area. There must be 10 local parks and State Parks within about 30 minutes of where we were staying and all have the potential to be good birding spots. Two of the parks, Honeymoon Island and Fred Howard are islands in the Gulf with connecting causeways. Honeymoon Island is a eBird hotspot, but we didn't see much the day we were there. I can see how it would be a great birding spot and worth visiting. There are a number of trails that would allow easy birding if you were looking for song birds. There was one large inlet/bay that had a few shorebirds and a Reddish Egret. Access was limited and I slogged through a lot of oozy mangrove stuff to get some of the shots. Fred Howard St. Park is in Tarpon Springs and really is just an small island with parking lot and a causeway. Along the beach there was a cluster of larger shorebirds that were rather tame (used to people). I was able to walk right up to the
birds for photography. There were about 10 Marbled Godwits, Willets, Laughing Gulls, a single Black-bellied Plover, a few Least SP, and 2 Whimbrels. I've worked hard to get Whimbrel photos at Chincoteague, so to have them at about 20ft and not moving was fun. On our way to Fred Howard park we drove past the water treatment plant - there must have been 1000 Redheads on one of the ponds. I've never seen so many in one place.

We visited Phillipe Park on Safety Harbor (north end of the Tampa Bay complex) in search of spoonbills. No luck with the spoonbills, but there were lots of Wh. Ibis, Little Blue and Louisiana Herons, and a Great Horned Owl on a nest. The owl nest was in a lovely, huge live oak with Spanish moss - quintessential southern sprawling live-oak tree. The tree was literally in one of the parking lots at Phillipe and photos were easy to get. We went to the other side of Safety Harbor - to Mobbly Point/Park to look for a Brown Booby that had been reported hanging out on the high tension towers - there could have been one there but I have no evidence other than a sort of suggestive photograph.

Tarpon Springs is known for the sponge docks (it is a major sponge harvesting port) and for manatees. There is a park in town with an inlet from the Gulf that the manatees frequent in cold weather. It wasn't cold that day but we did see 3 manatees - I took some photos but really they just look like blobs of grey flesh in the water.

I've post some photos from the Tarpon Springs area on Flickr if you are interested:

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

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology
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Date: 2/22/17 10:45 am
From: Thomas Nardone <nardonet...>
Subject: [Va-bird] eBird -- Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve -- Feb 22, 2017
Seven people participated in the Northern Virginia Bird Club walk at Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve this morning. We had a good outing; the highlight was a Merlin seen preening on a snag across the inlet near footbridge on Hull road. The complete list is shown below.


Feb 22, 2017
8:30 AM
Traveling
2.50 miles
206 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

500 Canada Goose
3 American Wigeon
50 Mallard
3 Northern Shoveler
4 Ring-necked Duck
300 Lesser Scaup
5 Bufflehead
9 Common Merganser
5 Red-breasted Merganser
25 Double-crested Cormorant
9 Great Blue Heron
2 Turkey Vulture
1 Cooper's Hawk
4 Bald Eagle
250 Ring-billed Gull
1 Herring Gull
2 Great Black-backed Gull
4 Mourning Dove
6 Red-bellied Woodpecker
6 Downy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
1 Pileated Woodpecker
1 Merlin
12 Blue Jay
17 American Crow
17 Fish Crow
12 Carolina Chickadee
6 Tufted Titmouse
1 Brown Creeper
1 Winter Wren
9 Carolina Wren
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
25 American Robin
1 Northern Mockingbird
7 European Starling
6 White-throated Sparrow
3 Song Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
4 Northern Cardinal
8 Red-winged Blackbird
22 Common Grackle
2 Brown-headed Cowbird
1 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 44


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Date: 2/22/17 10:43 am
From: Brian Taber via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Clay-colored Sparrow in James City County

The Clay-colored Sparrow was again at my feeder today. If anyone has an interest in more details, feel free to email me directly.

Brian Taber
CVWO
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Date: 2/22/17 7:14 am
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Painted Bunting adult male
Hi all, We were fortunate (the right place at the right time) to look out
our living room window this a.m. to discover a yellow-rumped and the
bunting both bathing in our front yard bird bath. The bunting then flew off
to the back of a hedge to preen. I was able to get some so-so photos (sharp
photos of the hedge, not so much the bird). Hopefully the bird will stick
around. Dave Gibson, Chesapeake
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Date: 2/22/17 6:29 am
From: Daniel Joslyn <djoslyn48...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Kingbird Highway - another book for the life list.
I just finished and would recommend Life List by Olivia Gentile, which is a
biography of Phoebe Snetsinger, the woman who was given a year to live with
cancer and decided to go birding around the world and ended up breaking the
all-time record for most species.

Sincerely,
Daniel Joslyn
Arlington, VA

On Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 7:44 PM, Jim G <jgouldoz...> wrote:

> Good Evening Birders,
>
> With work, budgets and other constraints, I don't get near enough time to
> go birding. Luckily, I have found that reading can partly satisfy my
> insatiable birding desires.
>
> Without going into detail, I can say with conviction that you must read
> Kingbird Highway by Kenn Kaufman. Considering this was published in 1997,
> some might think I'm a little late, but it was certainly an entertaining,
> educational and even emotional read for this 31 year novice birder. In
> fact, using my smartphone to quickly look up unfamiliar birds mentioned by
> Kenn, made the book so much more enjoyable. I recommend that approach.
>
> Other books on my list include:
>
> The Genius of Birds - Jennifer Ackerman
> The Thing With Feathers - Noah Strycker
> Snapper - Brian Kimberling
>
> Have fun,
>
> Jim Gould
> Southern Shores, NC
>
> Born and raised and still bird in Hopewell, VA.
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