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1/19/21 5:26 am Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> [va-bird] Test
1/18/21 5:28 pm <badgerboy...> [va-bird] Re: Trash birds
1/18/21 5:06 pm nicholas Flanders <flicknanders...> [va-bird] Common Yellowthroat, Greensville Co., 1/18/21
1/18/21 4:50 pm <barb22030...> <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender barb22030 for DMARC) [va-bird] Superstar River Otter & Sora glimpses @ Huntley Meadows
1/18/21 4:18 pm David Gibson <20cabot...> [va-bird] Re: "Trash Birds" or "Treasure Birds"
1/18/21 2:35 pm Susan Jewell <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender naturewrite for DMARC) [va-bird] Re: "Trash Birds" or "Treasure Birds"
1/18/21 10:15 am Robert Perkins <perkybear...> [va-bird] Winter catbird
1/17/21 12:49 pm Marshall Faintich <marshall...> [va-bird] Woodcock
1/17/21 11:40 am Larry Cartwright <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender prowarbler for DMARC) [va-bird] Rufous Hummingbird at Green Spring
1/17/21 9:38 am Stephen Eccles <stephendeccles...> [va-bird] Green-tailed Towhee still at Sky Meadows
1/17/21 4:41 am Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> [va-bird] Va-bird Posting Problems
1/16/21 8:27 pm Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> [va-bird] Fwd: MORE HOODIES AND GREBES: FALLS CHURCH
1/16/21 8:14 pm Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> [va-bird] HOODIES and GREBES in FALLS CHURCH. RESEND 2
1/16/21 8:07 pm Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> [va-bird] MORE HOODIES AND GREBES: FALLS CHURCH
1/16/21 7:45 pm Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> [va-bird] MORE HOODIES AND GREBES: FALLS CHURCH
1/16/21 6:01 pm Gerco H <drgerco...> [va-bird] Green-tailed Towhee Continuous
1/16/21 3:01 pm Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' <RoweRA...> [va-bird] Snowy Saturday Birding
1/16/21 2:13 pm David Gibson <20cabot...> [va-bird] The Red-shouldered and the Goose, Part 2
1/16/21 10:50 am K Bell <karenbell723...> [va-bird] Common Yellowthroat, Woodbridge
1/16/21 10:48 am Allen Bryan <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender nshrike1 for DMARC) [va-bird] Birding Hopewell and Charles City County
1/14/21 1:29 pm Allen Bryan <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender nshrike1 for DMARC) [va-bird] Birding East of Richmond- Grosbeaks, Gallinule, Ross's Goose
1/14/21 12:56 pm Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> [va-bird] FALLS CHURCH, MERGANSERS/ GREBES
1/14/21 12:49 pm Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> [va-bird] Fwd: MERGANSERS — GREBES near Falls Church
1/14/21 10:20 am Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> [va-bird] MERGANSERS — GREBES near Falls Church
1/13/21 2:24 pm <david.boltz4...> [va-bird] Winchester/Frederick County Waterfowl
1/13/21 12:11 pm Marshall Faintich <marshall...> [va-bird] Old Trail
1/13/21 8:49 am John Geenwood <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jakpak0821 for DMARC) [va-bird] Pied-billed Grebes
1/13/21 4:46 am Fred Atwood <FAtwood...> [va-bird] Walkerton CBC summary Jan 3, 2021
1/12/21 12:25 pm Marshall Faintich <marshall...> [va-bird] Old Trail
1/12/21 9:29 am Karen Strick <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender kstrick2004 for DMARC) [va-bird] Kingstowne lake activity
1/11/21 5:06 pm Allen Bryan <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender nshrike1 for DMARC) [va-bird] Birding East of Richmond- Raptors
1/11/21 8:50 am <dcharlesl...> <dcharlesl...> [va-bird] Cackling Goose - GMU Pond (Fairfax County)
1/11/21 8:11 am James Fox <jmsfox11...> [va-bird] Buff-bellied Hummingbird
1/11/21 6:45 am Vineeta <vineetaa...> [va-bird] Re: Green Spring Gardens hummingbird
1/11/21 6:33 am joann sokol <msjoso...> [va-bird] Re: Green Spring Gardens hummingbird
1/11/21 5:21 am Karen Strick <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender kstrick2004 for DMARC) [va-bird] Bald eagles at Lake Mercer
1/10/21 3:32 pm Stephen Eccles <stephendeccles...> [va-bird] Common Goldeneye at Lake Royal, Fairfax County
1/10/21 2:04 pm KEN LIPSHY <wuzupdoc12...> [va-bird] Re: Black-capped Chickadees vs. Carolina Chickadee
1/10/21 11:41 am Elizabeth Fedorko <elizabethholcombefedorko...> [va-bird] Your Bucket List USA Birding Spots Suggestions
1/10/21 11:05 am Allen Bryan <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender nshrike1 for DMARC) [va-bird] Dutch Gap Visit
1/10/21 10:21 am ROB SIMPSON <RSIMPSON...> [va-bird] Black-capped Chickadees vs. Carolina Chickadee
1/9/21 5:06 pm Allen Bryan <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender nshrike1 for DMARC) [va-bird] Highland County Visit- A Golden Day and Rough-legged Hawk
1/9/21 2:14 pm David Gibson <20cabot...> [va-bird] The Red-shouldered and the Goose
1/9/21 12:24 pm Vineeta <vineetaa...> [va-bird] Re: Green Spring Gardens hummingbird
1/9/21 11:16 am Marlene A Condon <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender marlenecondon for DMARC) [va-bird] Barred Owl broad daylight on top of bluebird box!--western Albemarle
1/9/21 11:08 am Marlene A Condon <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender marlenecondon for DMARC) [va-bird] Re: size of Black-capped Chickadee
1/9/21 11:03 am David White <dizoo...> [va-bird] Waterfowl, Albemarle
1/9/21 11:00 am Anita Huffman <aghuffman...> [va-bird] Re: size of Black-capped Chickadee
1/9/21 10:47 am Marlene A Condon <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender marlenecondon for DMARC) [va-bird] Re: size of Black-capped Chickadee
1/9/21 10:20 am Vineeta <vineetaa...> [va-bird] Re: Green Spring Gardens hummingbird
1/9/21 8:21 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [va-bird] Ocean City, Chincoteague, Cape Charles, Dec. 27-Jan. 1.
1/9/21 7:50 am Robert Ake <rake...> [va-bird] Buff-bellied Hummingbird - Norfolk
1/8/21 8:47 pm Ellison Orcutt <mr.ellyo...> [va-bird] Re: Hummingbird, Chat, Oriole in Norfolk
1/8/21 4:15 pm Matthew Bender <mxbender...> [va-bird] Hummingbird, Chat, Oriole in Norfolk
1/8/21 11:10 am KEN LIPSHY <wuzupdoc12...> [va-bird] Re: Black-capped Chickadee?
1/8/21 5:40 am Terri Cuthriell <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender tcuthriell for DMARC) [va-bird] New Virginia Incidental Take Regulation Comment Period
1/7/21 6:27 pm Anita Huffman <aghuffman...> [va-bird] Re: Black-capped Chickadee?
1/7/21 6:21 pm <nanjyoung...> [va-bird] Re: Black-capped Chickadee?
1/7/21 5:35 pm Anita Huffman <aghuffman...> [va-bird] Re: Black-capped Chickadee?
1/7/21 4:55 pm Judi Booker <judib22...> [va-bird] Re: Black-capped Chickadee?
1/7/21 4:44 pm Judi Booker <judib22...> [va-bird] Black-capped Chickadee?
1/7/21 12:05 pm Marshall Faintich <marshall...> [va-bird] Flicker update
1/7/21 6:28 am Scott Priebe <falco57...> [va-bird] Re: Brief Summary of the Fort Belvoir CBC, 2 Jan 2021
1/6/21 1:46 pm Marlene A Condon <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender marlenecondon for DMARC) [va-bird] Re: article about eBird, in Outside magazine
1/6/21 10:22 am <dcharlesl...> <dcharlesl...> [va-bird] Orange-crowned Warbler - Jones Point Park (Alexandria)
1/5/21 2:05 pm John Geenwood <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jakpak0821 for DMARC) [va-bird] If Bluebirds are your thing
1/5/21 1:08 pm Steve Johnson <falcosteve2...> [va-bird] article about eBird, in Outside magazine
1/5/21 8:54 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [va-bird] wildlife in Osprey & Bald Eagle nests
1/5/21 8:34 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [va-bird] Bull's Ponds sector, Cape Charles Christmas Bird Count, December 30, 2020.
1/4/21 3:48 pm Marshall Faintich <marshall...> [va-bird] Snowy Owl
1/3/21 12:17 pm <nanjyoung...> [va-bird] Re: "Trash Birds" or "Treasure Birds"
1/3/21 10:20 am Ed Wallace <mottledduck...> [va-bird] Cackling Goose at Roach's Run
1/3/21 6:16 am DAVID GASKILL <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender kurtcapt87 for DMARC) [va-bird] Rough-legged Hawk Pr Wm Co Landfill today
1/2/21 1:09 pm John Geenwood <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jakpak0821 for DMARC) [va-bird] Hooded Mergansers, again
1/2/21 10:25 am Allen Bryan <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender nshrike1 for DMARC) [va-bird] Evening Grosbeaks
1/1/21 1:25 pm Jane Beavers <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender pjbeavers for DMARC) [va-bird] Re: Banded Ipswich Sparrows
1/1/21 11:38 am Allen Bryan <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender nshrike1 for DMARC) [va-bird] Birding East of Richmond
1/1/21 9:58 am m b <marlabeth...> [va-bird] Ruby-crowned kinglet
1/1/21 9:01 am m b <marlabeth...> [va-bird] Yellow-bellied sapsucker female
12/31/20 5:31 pm josephine king <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender kingbird10 for DMARC) [va-bird] Re: Banded Ipswich Sparrows
12/31/20 2:10 pm Geraldine Shannon <gashannon54...> [va-bird] Re: Ben Brenman Park (Alexandria) - Common Goldeneye x 2
12/31/20 2:03 pm charlene johnson <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender charleneandpaul for DMARC) [va-bird] Re: Ben Brenman Park (Alexandria) - Common Goldeneye x 2
12/31/20 12:53 pm Bryan H <bghenson23...> [va-bird] 2020 Loudoun Co Highlights
12/31/20 12:44 pm Michael Shank <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender tallwhiteoak for DMARC) [va-bird] Snowy Owl
12/31/20 12:24 pm Geraldine Shannon <gashannon54...> [va-bird] Re: Ben Brenman Park (Alexandria) - Common Goldeneye x 2
12/31/20 12:19 pm Vineeta <vineetaa...> [va-bird] Paid wildlife study internship to study American kestrels with housing opportunity
12/31/20 12:06 pm William Hohenstein <wghohenstein...> [va-bird] Banded Ipswich Sparrows
12/31/20 10:16 am Marlene A Condon <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender marlenecondon for DMARC) [va-bird] Quick nature report from western Albemarle
12/31/20 8:40 am <dcharlesl...> <dcharlesl...> [va-bird] Re: Ben Brenman Park (Alexandria) - Common Goldeneye x 2
12/30/20 1:37 pm David Gibson <20cabot...> [va-bird] "Trash Birds" or "Treasure Birds"
12/30/20 1:19 pm Marshall Faintich <marshall...> [va-bird] Some good photos
12/30/20 12:37 pm Betty Wittman <watershed88...> [va-bird] ID help
12/30/20 7:55 am <dcharlesl...> <dcharlesl...> [va-bird] Snow Goose - Reston (Fairfax County)
12/30/20 6:13 am Renee Grebe <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender grebebird for DMARC) [va-bird] Common Goldeneye @ Occoquan Bay NWR
12/30/20 5:53 am Kurt Gaskill <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender kurtcapt87 for DMARC) [va-bird] Fort Belvoir CBC Count Week starts NOW
12/30/20 5:16 am Allen Bryan <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender nshrike1 for DMARC) [va-bird] Mattamuskeet NWR and Hyde County, NC Visit (Extralimital)
12/30/20 3:38 am Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' <RoweRA...> [va-bird] Evening Grosbeaks and Pine Siskins in Amherst Co.
12/29/20 12:11 pm Marshall Faintich <marshall...> [va-bird] Crozet, VA
12/28/20 4:47 pm Ashley Lohr <aklohr...> [va-bird] Re: Early Woodcocks Continuing - Western Culpeper County
12/28/20 3:23 pm Caroline Heald <cemmetheald...> [va-bird] Early Woodcocks Continuing - Western Culpeper County
12/28/20 2:04 pm Jim G <jgouldoz...> [va-bird] 20 Evening Grosbeaks - Charles City County, Shirley Plantation, VA
12/27/20 7:08 pm Larry Cartwright <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender prowarbler for DMARC) [va-bird] Re: Common Goldeneye at Ben Brenman: Rufous at Green Spring
12/27/20 4:59 pm Karen Fairweather <twofairs...> [va-bird] Late report: Northern Parula and Palm Warblers at Jones Point Park, Alexandria
12/27/20 4:38 pm Vineeta <vineetaa...> [va-bird] Re: Common Goldeneye at Ben Brenman: Rufous at Green Spring
12/27/20 3:31 pm Allen Bryan <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender nshrike1 for DMARC) [va-bird] Birding East of Richmond
12/27/20 3:14 pm Walter Hadlock <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jaybirdncarol for DMARC) [va-bird] Quick note about Riverbend Park, Fairfax County
12/27/20 12:39 pm Larry Cartwright <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender prowarbler for DMARC) [va-bird] Common Goldeneye at Ben Brenman: Rufous at Green Spring
12/27/20 12:27 pm Marshall Faintich <marshall...> [va-bird] Crozet, VA
12/27/20 11:59 am B Jesup <benbreep...> [va-bird] Photo equipment found on Hike/Bike Trail at Huntley Meadows this week
12/27/20 10:42 am John Geenwood <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jakpak0821 for DMARC) [va-bird] Tis the season at Lake Accotink
12/24/20 6:43 pm Bert Harris <aramidopsis...> [va-bird] Initial results of the Plains/Airlie CBC (Fauquier & Prince William counties)
12/24/20 5:00 pm Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [va-bird] Nassawadox Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, December 20, 2020.
12/24/20 2:13 pm nicholas Flanders <flicknanders...> [va-bird] Brewer's Blackbirds, Surry Co., 12/24/20
12/24/20 9:53 am <dcharlesl...> <dcharlesl...> [va-bird] Ben Brenman Park (Alexandria) - Common Goldeneye
12/24/20 8:40 am Marshall Faintich <marshall...> [va-bird] Old Trail
12/24/20 5:41 am Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' <RoweRA...> [va-bird] Rufous Hummingbird in Rockbridge Co.
12/23/20 4:04 pm Allen Bryan <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender nshrike1 for DMARC) [va-bird] Malvern Hill Revisited and Goochland County Birds
12/21/20 2:02 pm Marshall Faintich <marshall...> [va-bird] Stuarts Draft, VA
12/21/20 11:13 am Allen Bryan <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender nshrike1 for DMARC) [va-bird] Birding Malvern Hill Battlefield- eastern Henrico County- Sparrow and activity galore
12/21/20 9:54 am <dcharlesl...> <dcharlesl...> [va-bird] Sully Woodlands Park (Fairfax County)
12/20/20 7:54 pm Kurt Gaskill <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender kurtcapt87 for DMARC) [va-bird] The Glenkirk Espress
12/20/20 2:00 pm m b <marlabeth...> [va-bird] Yellow-throated warbler at Dyke Marsh and the tights have been sold. thanks everyone!
12/20/20 11:41 am Matthew Bender <mxbender...> [va-bird] Blue-headed Vireo (and another surprise) in Herndon (Fairfax Co.)
12/20/20 9:13 am Marlene A Condon <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender marlenecondon for DMARC) [va-bird] Re: Perfect last minute Christmas gift for the woman birder in your life. Extremely warm women's birding tights! No sighting
12/20/20 9:07 am James Winkelmann <james.winkelmann...> [va-bird] Re: Perfect last minute Christmas gift for the woman birder in your life. Extremely warm women's birding tights! No sighting
12/20/20 7:56 am m b <marlabeth...> [va-bird] Perfect last minute Christmas gift for the woman birder in your life. Extremely warm women's birding tights! No sighting
 
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Date: 1/19/21 5:26 am
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: [va-bird] Test
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Date: 1/18/21 5:28 pm
From: <badgerboy...>
Subject: [va-bird] Re: Trash birds
Perhaps the farmers' own very narrow and selfish interest might prevent
him or her from being objective about what is good for the ecosystem,
the natural system, or the entire population of people. The now extinct
Carolina Parakeet and Passenger Pigeon, I understand, were not much
beloved by farmers either, and I have read that their extinctions were
in large part due to indiscriminate slaughter as pests and vermin. And
now we are all the poorer for their disappearance.  Just two examples of
many where economic concerns, or farmers concerns, seem to be at odds
with wildlife survival.

Most respectfully, Guy McGrane

On 1/18/2021 8:06 PM, FreeLists Mailing List Manager wrote:
> Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2021 22:27:05 +0000 (UTC)
> From: Susan Jewell<dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender
> Subject: [va-bird] Re: "Trash Birds" or "Treasure Birds"
>
> Please excuse the monologue. I tried to keep silent but I'm too close to the issue. With due respect to Dave Gibson for showing the beauty of European starlings, I take exception as someone who has been trying for 30 years to get people to understand the harm that invasive species do. Many invasive species are beautiful to look at, and that is why many were imported. But beauty is not just about iridescence, and starlings aren't "trash" just because they compete with native birds that we like to watch.
> The starlings, introduced into Central Park around 1877 and again in 1890, started spreading rapidly and displacing the native birds that devoured crop-destroying insects, and they also ate the crops. In fact, the principally insectivorous starling became omnivorous in the United States (USDA Yearbook 1898). The toll on American agriculture was devastating (but not nearly as bad as it was decades later when it was too late to control the starlings). In the late 1890s, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported to Congress how starlings were introduced around the same time to New Zealand and Australia and how the losses there (and those of several other introduced species) amounted to millions of dollars. The USDA asked Congress to take action to prevent such invasions here, and they did.
>
> On May 25, 1900, Congress passed the Lacey Act, part of which prohibited the importation of the European starling, the English sparrow, the mongoose, and a genus of fruit-eating bats. These species were designated as "injurious wildlife." Injurious is an old term that means harmful. The two bird species were removed from the designation in 1960 because they were so widespread that there was no point in prohibiting their importation anymore. But the mammals are still prohibited from importation now--120 years later--and it worked because they were listed early enough. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service now has more than 300 wildlife species listed as injurious for their invasive traits and prohibited from import. If you want to know more about the 120-year-old conservation law that has been in effect continually since 1900 (and that I work under), you can read more here.
>
> Trash birds? Treasure birds? Injurious birds? Ask a farmer.
>
> Respectfully,Susan Jewell

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Date: 1/18/21 5:06 pm
From: nicholas Flanders <flicknanders...>
Subject: [va-bird] Common Yellowthroat, Greensville Co., 1/18/21
Around noon today Elisa & I were pleased to hear and then see a Common Yellowthroat bouncing around in a wet cut-over off Steel Bridge Rd. near Fountains Cr. in Greensville Co.
Nick Flanders
Portsmouth, VA

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Date: 1/18/21 4:50 pm
From: <barb22030...> <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender barb22030 for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Superstar River Otter & Sora glimpses @ Huntley Meadows
Caught the hooded mergansers & a kingfisher at Fairview Park and saw a sora, pintails,  etc. at Huntley Meadows -- but the real star there was a close-up River Otter that hammed it up as she/he binged on fish.
Private pix are temporarily here: are here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/ivFE4J

- Barb, Fairfax


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Date: 1/18/21 4:18 pm
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: [va-bird] Re: "Trash Birds" or "Treasure Birds"
Thanks, Susan. I appreciate your feedback and enjoy hearing from readers.
Would love to know more about how you've been involved with this issue over
the last 30 years.
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/


On Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 5:35 PM Susan Jewell <naturewrite...> wrote:

> Please excuse the monologue. I tried to keep silent but I'm too close to
> the issue. With due respect to Dave Gibson for showing the beauty of
> European starlings, I take exception as someone who has been trying for 30
> years to get people to understand the harm that invasive species do. Many
> invasive species are beautiful to look at, and that is why many were
> imported. But beauty is not just about iridescence, and starlings aren't
> "trash" just because they compete with native birds that we like to watch.
>
> The starlings, introduced into Central Park around 1877 and again in 1890,
> started spreading rapidly and displacing the native birds that devoured
> crop-destroying insects, and they also ate the crops. In fact, the
> principally insectivorous starling became omnivorous in the United States
> (USDA Yearbook 1898). The toll on American agriculture was devastating
> (but not nearly as bad as it was decades later when it was too late to
> control the starlings). In the late 1890s, the U.S. Department of
> Agriculture reported to Congress how starlings were introduced around the
> same time to New Zealand and Australia and how the losses there (and those
> of several other introduced species) amounted to millions of dollars. The
> USDA asked Congress to take action to prevent such invasions here, and they
> did.
>
> On May 25, 1900, Congress passed the Lacey Act, part of which prohibited
> the importation of the European starling, the English sparrow, the
> mongoose, and a genus of fruit-eating bats. These species were designated
> as "injurious wildlife." Injurious is an old term that means harmful. The
> two bird species were removed from the designation in 1960 because they
> were so widespread that there was no point in prohibiting their importation
> anymore. But the mammals are still prohibited from importation now--120
> years later--and it worked because they were listed early enough. The U.S.
> Fish and Wildlife Service now has more than 300 wildlife species listed as
> injurious for their invasive traits and prohibited from import. If you want
> to know more about the 120-year-old conservation law that has been in
> effect continually since 1900 (and that I work under), you can read more
> here <https://www.fws.gov/injuriouswildlife/>.
>
> Trash birds? Treasure birds? Injurious birds? Ask a farmer.
>
> Respectfully,
> Susan Jewell
>
>
>
> On Wednesday, December 30, 2020, 4:35:46 PM EST, David Gibson <
> <20cabot...> wrote:
>
>
> Some people consider European Starlings "trash birds." Such was the case
> with Joanne, a veterinarian from Maryland. But she changed her mind after a
> brief encounter with one at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. Here's her
> story <http://birdpartner.com/2020/12/30/life-lesson/>. I hope you enjoy
> it. Happy New Year, and thank you so much for taking time to read my bird
> blog this past year.
> Dave Gibson
> https://birdpartner.com/
>
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Date: 1/18/21 2:35 pm
From: Susan Jewell <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender naturewrite for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Re: "Trash Birds" or "Treasure Birds"
Please excuse the monologue. I tried to keep silent but I'm too close to the issue. With due respect to Dave Gibson for showing the beauty of European starlings, I take exception as someone who has been trying for 30 years to get people to understand the harm that invasive species do. Many invasive species are beautiful to look at, and that is why many were imported. But beauty is not just about iridescence, and starlings aren't "trash" just because they compete with native birds that we like to watch.
The starlings, introduced into Central Park around 1877 and again in 1890, started spreading rapidly and displacing the native birds that devoured crop-destroying insects, and they also ate the crops. In fact, the principally insectivorous starling became omnivorous in the United States (USDA Yearbook 1898). The toll on American agriculture was devastating (but not nearly as bad as it was decades later when it was too late to control the starlings). In the late 1890s, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported to Congress how starlings were introduced around the same time to New Zealand and Australia and how the losses there (and those of several other introduced species) amounted to millions of dollars. The USDA asked Congress to take action to prevent such invasions here, and they did.

On May 25, 1900, Congress passed the Lacey Act, part of which prohibited the importation of the European starling, the English sparrow, the mongoose, and a genus of fruit-eating bats. These species were designated as "injurious wildlife." Injurious is an old term that means harmful. The two bird species were removed from the designation in 1960 because they were so widespread that there was no point in prohibiting their importation anymore. But the mammals are still prohibited from importation now--120 years later--and it worked because they were listed early enough. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service now has more than 300 wildlife species listed as injurious for their invasive traits and prohibited from import. If you want to know more about the 120-year-old conservation law that has been in effect continually since 1900 (and that I work under), you can read more here.

Trash birds? Treasure birds? Injurious birds? Ask a farmer.

Respectfully,Susan Jewell



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Some people consider European Starlings "trash birds." Such was the case
with Joanne, a veterinarian from Maryland. But she changed her mind after a
brief encounter with one at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. Here's her
story <http://birdpartner.com/2020/12/30/life-lesson/>. I hope you enjoy
it. Happy New Year, and thank you so much for taking time to read my bird
blog this past year.
Dave Gibson
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Date: 1/18/21 10:15 am
From: Robert Perkins <perkybear...>
Subject: [va-bird] Winter catbird
Carroll County, VA, 1/18/21: a catbird appeared in the yard yesterday and again today. Because we’re at 2600+ feet on the northwest side of the Blue Ridge, we’re way out of the catbird’s winter range. Today I got photos if anyone wants visual proof.
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Date: 1/17/21 12:49 pm
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Subject: [va-bird] Woodcock
Ragged Mountain Reservoir, Charlottesville, VA; 1/15/2021 (American Woodcock
seen there on 1/13/2021); Old Trail; Crozet, VA; 1/17/2021; 26 avian
species. Report and photos:


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Date: 1/17/21 11:40 am
From: Larry Cartwright <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender prowarbler for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Rufous Hummingbird at Green Spring
The Rufous arrived at the trellis about 5 minutes ago, fed at the feeder, and now perched on the trellis.
Larry Cartwright

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Date: 1/17/21 9:38 am
From: Stephen Eccles <stephendeccles...>
Subject: [va-bird] Green-tailed Towhee still at Sky Meadows
Since no-one else has yet reported on the bird today, I shall - though I
was not the first to see it! It was present along the bridal trail at 10
am, for a while sitting up in some woody vines before disappearing into the
undergrowth.

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Date: 1/17/21 4:41 am
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Subject: [va-bird] Va-bird Posting Problems
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Date: 1/16/21 8:27 pm
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: [va-bird] Fwd: MORE HOODIES AND GREBES: FALLS CHURCH
> Subject: MORE HOODIES AND GREBES: FALLS CHURCH
>
>  I went back to check on the water birds at Fairview Park Lake this afternoon.
> The birds were much closer than they were when I was there two days ago and the cloudy afternoon made it easier to see, count, and photograph them.
> I made an accurate count of 21 HOODED MERGANSERS, and 3 PIED- BILLED GREBES.
> Several of the male Mergansers appeared to be exhibiting courtship behavior.
> Interesting and fun to watch.
> Donald Sweig
> Falls Church, Virginia
>
>
> Sent from my iPad
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Date: 1/16/21 8:14 pm
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: [va-bird] HOODIES and GREBES in FALLS CHURCH. RESEND 2
> Subject: MORE HOODIES AND GREBES: FALLS CHURCH
>  I went back to check on the water birds at Fairview Park Lake this afternoon.
> The birds were much closer than they were when I was there two days ago and the cloudy afternoon made it easier to see, count, and photograph them.
> I made an accurate count of 21 HOODED MERGANSERS, and 3 PIED- BILLED GREBES.
> Several of the male Mergansers appeared to be exhibiting courtship behavior.
> Interesting and fun to watch.
> Donald Sweig
> Falls Church, Virginia
>
>
>


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Date: 1/16/21 8:07 pm
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: [va-bird] MORE HOODIES AND GREBES: FALLS CHURCH
 I went back to check on the water birds at Fairview Park Lake this afternoon.
The birds were much closer than they were when I was there two days ago and the cloudy afternoon made it easier to see, count, and photograph them.
I made an accurate count of 21 HOODED MERGANSERS, and 3 PIED- BILLED GREBES.
Several of the male Mergansers appeared to be exhibiting courtship behavior.
Interesting and fun to watch.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia


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Date: 1/16/21 7:45 pm
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: [va-bird] MORE HOODIES AND GREBES: FALLS CHURCH

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Date: 1/16/21 6:01 pm
From: Gerco H <drgerco...>
Subject: [va-bird] Green-tailed Towhee Continuous
The Green-tailed Towhee at Sky Meadows SP - Rolling Meadows trail continues. We visited late Sat morning and found the bird fairly quickly. Good looks we did not have but only for a few fleeting seconds when the bird perched on a small stick. Most of the time the bird was foraging in the understory.
In addition to the Towhee we spotted a few Bald Eagles, several Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, a few Song Sparrows and a Hairy Woodpecker. During mid-day the bird we not that active.

A full list and some photos can be found accessed here: https://BirdersDiary.com/sr/752293.html

Happy Birding
Gerco
Leesburg, VA

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Date: 1/16/21 3:01 pm
From: Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' <RoweRA...>
Subject: [va-bird] Snowy Saturday Birding
I headed out this morning with the hopes of getting some nice photos of birds in the snow. I was somewhat successful. I started out at Old Farm Rd pond, which is near Lexington, looking for the Am. Tree Sparrow that my daughter and I found about 4 weeks ago. After about 30 minutes, I located it and promptly lost it. Finding one sparrow amongst all of the other sparrows, grasses, snowflakes, and the like takes patience (this last point is the key to bird photography). After another 30 mins, I finally re-located the Tree Sparrow and was able to get some nice photos of it feeding in the snow-covered grasses. Also at OFRP was a Harrier, many-many Song Sparrows, many Field Sparrows, several Savannah Sparrows, 2 Ravens, 1 Wilson's Snipe, 1 Mockingbird, 5 Red-winged Blackbirds, 6 Hooded Mergansers, 8 Ring-necked Ducks, a few Canada Geese, and a few Carolina Wrens. I had a long chat with owner the property. He was excited about all of the birds there but asked if I would remind folks
that the pond and cattail marsh is private property and that you shouldn't go to them without his permission.
I wandered around other parts of the county - mainly the back roads of the Brownsburg area. I found several groups of White-crowned Sparrows, Field Sparrows, Song Sparrows, 7-8 Kestrels, a Red-shouldered Hawk, a Cooper's Hawk, a group of Turkey Vultures standing in a field and looking forlorn, and a group of about 20 Meadowlarks.

I've up-loaded some photos of the Tree Sparrow and a few other birds.

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

Dick Rowe
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Date: 1/16/21 2:13 pm
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: [va-bird] The Red-shouldered and the Goose, Part 2
Hi VA birders, This is part 2 of "The Scuffletown Creek Hunters."
<http://birdpartner.com/2021/01/16/scuffletown-creek-hunters-two/> As much
as it's about the hunting party I encountered, it's also about birds and
bird photography. I hope you enjoy it, and I welcome your feedback!
Dave Gibson
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Date: 1/16/21 10:50 am
From: K Bell <karenbell723...>
Subject: [va-bird] Common Yellowthroat, Woodbridge
I saw the Common Yellowthroat at Occoquan NWR this afternoon. It was west
of Deephole Point, on the north side of Deephole Point Road, before the
first stream. It was foraging on the ground in the brush and driftwood.
Overall it was a quiet day at the refuge; the Bald Eagle was working on the
Deephole Point Road nest and I had a nice look at a Kingfisher.

Karen Bell
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Date: 1/16/21 10:48 am
From: Allen Bryan <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender nshrike1 for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Birding Hopewell and Charles City County
I enjoyed a good morning doing a little photography and birding in both Hopewell and Charles City County.  The highlight of the day was a Yellow Warbler.  Some photographs can be found at:
https://visitingnature.com/main/january-2021/
Enjoy each day,
Allen
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Date: 1/14/21 1:29 pm
From: Allen Bryan <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender nshrike1 for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Birding East of Richmond- Grosbeaks, Gallinule, Ross's Goose
An enjoyable morning was had with some photography and birding in eastern Henrico and Charles City Counties.  Birds of interest were Evening Grosbeaks, Common Gallinule and Ross's Goose.
Lesser Snow Geese allowed for some photographic opportunities.
https://visitingnature.com/main/january-2021/

Enjoy each day,
Allen
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Date: 1/14/21 12:56 pm
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: [va-bird] FALLS CHURCH, MERGANSERS/ GREBES
>>  I found at least 15 Hooded Mergansers of both sexes and 2 or probably 3 Pied-billed grebes in the little artificial lake on Fairview Park Drive between Rt. 50 and Lee Highway about 10:30 this morning.
>> They were way out in the lake, over by the ice, so I had to use my scope to see and count them. It was also difficult to see and count the birds because I was looking east into the morning sun. The view would be much better in the afternoon.
>> Unfortunately, they were all too far away to even think about taking photographs.
>> There was also a very noisy and flying around Kingfisher.
>> Winter fun !!
>> Donald Sweig
>> Falls Church, Virginia

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Date: 1/14/21 12:49 pm
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: [va-bird] Fwd: MERGANSERS — GREBES near Falls Church

Sent from my iPad

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
> Date: January 14, 2021 at 1:19:45 PM EST
> To: va-bird <va-bird...>
> Subject: MERGANSERS — GREBES near Falls Church
>
>  I found at least 15 Hooded Mergansers of both sexes and 2 or probably 3 Pied-billed grebes in the little artificial lake on Fairview Park Drive between Rt. 50 and Lee Highway about 10:30 this morning.
> They were way out in the lake, over by the ice, so I had to use my scope to see and count them. It was also difficult to see and count the birds because I was looking east into the morning sun. The view would be much better in the afternoon.
> Unfortunately, they were all too far away to even think about taking photographs.
> There was also a very noisy and flying around Kingfisher.
> Winter fun !!
> Donald Sweig
> Falls Church, Virginia
>
> Sent from my iPad

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Date: 1/14/21 10:20 am
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: [va-bird] MERGANSERS — GREBES near Falls Church
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Date: 1/13/21 2:24 pm
From: <david.boltz4...>
Subject: [va-bird] Winchester/Frederick County Waterfowl
I stopped by the Rubbermaid Factory pond on Rt. 11 at Apple Valley Road in the Kernstown area, just south of Winchester. A nice showing of waterfowl.

2 Snow Geese
500ish Canada Geese
4 Mallards
15 Ring-necked Ducks
3 N. Shovelers
7 Hooded Mergs
2 Am. Wigeon
6 Gadwall

I couldn't pick out a Cackling Goose, but I didn't have my scope and didn't have much time.

A later stop at Lakeside Lake next to the Bowman Library on Tasker Road was a complete bust, as it was completely frozen. Not even a Canada Goose on the surrounding lawn.

FYI, my home turf of Lake Frederick has been devoid of most waterfowl this season.


Dave Boltz

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Date: 1/13/21 12:11 pm
From: Marshall Faintich <marshall...>
Subject: [va-bird] Old Trail
Crozet, VA; 1/13/2021; 30 avian species. A few interesting hawk photos.
Report and photos:


<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2021/2021_01_13.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2021/2021_01_13.htm



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Crozet, VA

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

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Date: 1/13/21 8:49 am
From: John Geenwood <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jakpak0821 for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Pied-billed Grebes
A pair in the mostly iced over pond near 2941 Fairview Park Dr, Falls Church.

Jack Greenwood
Falls Church

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Date: 1/13/21 4:46 am
From: Fred Atwood <FAtwood...>
Subject: [va-bird] Walkerton CBC summary Jan 3, 2021
Dear Virginia Birders
On an overcast drizzly Sunday Jan 3 with wet farm fields and high river
levels, twenty birders participated in the Walkerton Christmas Bird Count
in the Middle Peninsula in King William, King and Queen, and a little bit
of Hanover and New Kent counties. Many thanks to them for their skilled and
thorough work and many thanks to the 30+ landowners who gave us permission
to access their farms, river-shores, lumber tracts, swamps, and private
wildlife refuges.
Our total of 101 species was slightly above the average for the last twenty
years (100). New species for the count were 2 Common Gallinules seen by
Nick Newberry and Maeve & Joey Coker in a private kitty-litter-quarry pond
in Walkerton, and a total of 116 Evening Grosbeaks seen in 5 of the 8
sectors. The grosbeaks were a real treat since they have only been seen
once during count week during the 26 previous years of this count, and they
gave many great views. This brings our all-time count day total to 144
species. Other highlights were Ross's Goose in The Pocket and a nearby
cornfield (2nd count sighting), Great Egret in The Pocket (5th count
sighting), Laughing Gull (3rd count sighting), Blue-headed Vireo (2nd
count sighting), and two Common Yellowthroats (4th count sighting). We also
had new high counts of the following species: Red-shouldered Hawk, Blue
Jay, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, and
White-throated Sparrow.

The evening grosbeaks and the high count of red-breasted nuthatches were
the result of this irruption year as northern birds moved further south
because of food scarcity. Purple FInches had their second highest count.
And the 4 Pine Siskins, another irruptive species, were only the 6th record
for this CBC.

Because of the late start due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, and because
of the rainy predawn conditions, nocturnal birding was minimal and woodcock
counts were lower than usual. We missed Screech Owl for the first time
since 2001. And the only other owls were 5 Barred and 3 Great Horned, both
below average counts. There were also fewer ducks than usual this winter.
We missed Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Goldeneye, and Northern
Shoveler, and had lower than average numbers of several other species. We
also missed Tundra Swan for the first time since 2002. The rainy conditions
also kept many of the raptors "grounded" giving us lower numbers than usual
of Bald Eagles (lowest count since 2003), both vultures, Red-tailed Hawk
(lowest count since 2001) and American Kestrel. We missed Cooper's Hawk for
the first time since 1999. The Ravens that have been seen in the count
circle on the previous two counts could not be found on the count this
year. Blackbirds were much less common this year. We often have tens of
thousands in the farm fields or streaming overhead (sometimes over
100,000). This year our total of all blackbirds was only 6785 (7060 if you
include starlings).

For any of you who might be interested in such details, below are the total
counts from this year compared to other years.
ave = average, max = previous high count, # /26 = number of years it has
been seen on the count out of 26.

7434 Canada Goose (ave 7148, max 17400, 26/26)
3 Cackling Goose (ave 1, max 6, 11/26)
1 Ross's Goose (ave 0, max 3, 2/26)
25 Wood Duck (ave 39, max 172, 25/26)
114 Green-winged Teal (ave 95, max 481, 21/26)
35 American Black Duck (ave 142, max 464, 26/26) lowest count since 2006
378 Mallard (ave 577, max 1372, 26/26) lowest count since Dec 2012
626 Pintail (ave 556, max 1372, 23/26)
124 Gadwall (ave 132, max 420, 23/26)
7 American Wigeon (ave 5, max 20, 20/26)
13 Canvasback (ave 17, max 361, 9/26)
271 Ring-necked Duck (ave 355, max 1144, 26/26)
4 Lesser Scaup (ave 27, max 447, 19/26)
81 Bufflehead (ave 119, max 470, 25/26)
24 Hooded Merganser (ave 40, mac 117, 25/26)
66 Ruddy Duck (ave 78, max 580, 22/26)
18 Pied-billed Grebe (ave 13, max 53, 25/26)
24 DC Cormorant (ave 18, max 91, 21/26)
40 Great Blue Heron (ave 35, max 69, 26/26)
1 Great Egret (ave 1, max 9, 5/26)
117 Black Vulture (ave 140, max 289, 26/26)
140 Turkey Vulture (ave 289, max 649, 26/26)
30 Bald Eagle (ave 40, max 77, 25/26)
16 Northern Harrier (ave 8, max 19, 26/26) third highest count
4 Sharp-shinned Hawk (ave 4, max 11, 26/26)
41 Red-shouldered Hawk (ave 19, max 38, 26/26) New High Count
14 Red-tailed Hawk (ave 26, max 39, 26/26) lowest count since CBC 101
87 Wild Turkey (ave 36, max 101, 26/26)
15 Northern Bobwhite (ave 9, max 28, 20/26) found in only ONE sector this
year
2 Common Gallinule NEW SPECIES for the CBC
12 Coot (ave 54, max 628, 20/26) numbers of this species fluctuate greatly
from year to year
106 Killdeer (ave 168, max 625, 26/26)
2 Greater Yellowlegs (ave 10, max 55, 15/26)
76 WIlson's Snipe (ave 47, max 202, 26/26) 75 were found in farm fields in
Pampatike sector
18 Woodcock (ave 22, max 187, 22/26)
1 Laughing Gull (ave 0, max 4, 3/26)
156 Ring-billed Gull (ave 331, mac 939, 25/26)
5 Herring Gull (ave 2, max 19, 15/26) first since CBC 115
9 Rock Pigeon (ave 21, max 78, 20/26)
295 Mourning Dove (ave 376, max 956, 26/26)
3 Great Horned Owl (ave 10, max 40, 26/26)
5 Barred Owl (ave 7, max 15, 25/26)
22 Belted Kingfisher (ave 20, max 43, 26/26)
9 Red-headed Woodpecker (ave 15, max 60, 25/26)
106 Red-bellied Woodpecker (ave 72, max 145, 26/26) Third highest count
41 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (ave 26, max 43, 26/26) Second highest count
66 Downy Woodpecker (ave 48, max 90, 26/26) Fifth highest count
24 Hairy Woodpecker (ave 14, max 34, 26/26) Third highest count
152 Flicker (ave 126, max 234, 26/26)
38 Pileated Woodpecker (ave 33, max 64, 26/26)
5 American Kestrel (ave 8, max 17, 26/26)
No Merlin or Peregrine
43 E Phoebe (ave 34, max, 87, 26/26) Fourth highest count
1 Blue-headed Vireo (ave 0, max 1, 2/26)
230 Blue Jay (ave 77, max 142, 26/26) New high count smashed previous high.
533 American Crow (ave 565, max 847, 26/26)
85 Horned Lark (ave 65, mac 204, 24/26)
153 Carolina Chickadee (ave 106, max 175, 26/26) Fourth highest count
108 Tufted Titmouse (ave 88, max 161, 26/26)
18 Red-breasted Nuthatch (ave 3, max 11, 16/26) New High count in this
irruption year
24 White-breasted Nuthatch (ave 29, max 58, 26/26)
13 Brown Creeper (ave 9, max 20, 26/26)
214 Carolina Wren (ave 106, max 218, 26/26) Second highest count.
3 House Wren (ave 1, max 5, 11//26)
24 WInter Wren (ave 18, max 43, 26/26)
71 Golden-crowned Kinglet (ave 55, max 103, 26/26)
65 Ruby-crowned Kinglet (ave 34, max 107, 26/26) Third highest count
214 Eastern Bluebird (ave 198, max 482, 26/26)
7 Gray Catbird (ave 3, max 9, 20/26) tied for second highest count
66 Mockingbird (ave 46, max 110, 26/26) third highest count
20 Brown Thrasher (ave 12, max 23, 25/26)
1432 Robin (ave 1599, max 4480, 26/26)
55 Hermit Thrush (ave 35, max 126, 26/26)
196 American Pipit (ave 133, max 365, 24/26)
300 Cedar Waxwing (ave 369, max 1308, 26/26)
275 Starling (ave 680, max 1670, 26/26) Third year in a row below 300 birds.
134 Yellow-rumped Warbler (ave 101, max 290, 26/26)
6 Pine Warbler (ave 4, max 27, 24/26)
4 Palm Warbler (ave 1. max 6, 7/26)
2 Common Yellowthroat (ave 0, max 1, 4/26) New High Count
88 Chipping Sparrow (ave 39, max 209, 23/26)
74 Field Sparrow (ave 31. max 77, 26/26) Second highest count
157 Savannah Sparrow (ave 48, max 127, 25/26) New high count
26 Fox Sparrow (ave 13. max 54, 23/26) Fourth highest count
762 Song Sparrow (ave 327, max 734, 26/26) New high count
105 Swamp Sparrow (ave 51, max 119, 26/26) second highest count
1911 White-throated Sparrow (ave 1038, max 1697, 26/26) New high count
1 White-crowned Sparrow (ave 3. max 33, 18/26)
811 Junco (ave 609, max 1307, 26//26)
50 Eastern Towhee (ave 32, max 71, 26/26)
419 Cardinal (ave 225, max 493, 26/26) Second highest count
6248 Red-winged Blackbird (ave 34994, max 250987, 26/26)
5 Rusty Blackbird (ave 7, max 53, 15/26)
500 blackbird sp (ave 14349, max 150000, 18/26)
7 Common Grackle (ave 18977, max 167452, 26/26) Second lowest count
25 Brown-headed Cowbird (ave 264, max 4562, 26/26) one bird that gave a
quick impression of a bronzed cowbird took off before ID could be certain
100 E. Meadowlark (ave 61, max 176, 26/26) second highest count in past 16
years
39 Purple Finch (ave 5, max 53, 11/26) Second highest count, a finch
irruption year
60 House Finch (ave 5, max 188, 26/26)
116 Evening Grosbeak NEW SPECIES (previously only a count week bird, once)
irruption year
217 Am Goldfinch (ave 147, max 408, 26/26)
4 Pine Siskin (ave 2, max 43, 6/26) missed most years, a finch irruption
year
18 House Sparrow (ave 21, max 78, 26/26)


All the best,
Good Birding
Fred Atwood, Oakton, Fairfax Co.


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Date: 1/12/21 12:25 pm
From: Marshall Faintich <marshall...>
Subject: [va-bird] Old Trail
Crozet, VA; 1/12/2021; 32 avian species. Highlight was two Yellow-bellied
Sapsuckers - a juvenile and a boldly colored adult male. Report and photos:


<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2021/2021_01_12.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2021/2021_01_12.htm



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Date: 1/12/21 9:29 am
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Subject: [va-bird] Kingstowne lake activity
Kingstowne lake 1/12/2021. Noon.
Two great blue herons, one on the Townhouse roof
Buffleheads, several pairs
Ring necked ducks, six
Cooper’s hawk, one

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Date: 1/11/21 5:06 pm
From: Allen Bryan <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender nshrike1 for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Birding East of Richmond- Raptors
I was in the Brandon area of Prince George County and quickly in a few areas of Charles City and eastern Henrico County this morning.  Several raptors allowed for some enjoyable photographic opportunities.
https://visitingnature.com/main/january-2021/
Enjoy each day,
Allen

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Date: 1/11/21 8:50 am
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Subject: [va-bird] Cackling Goose - GMU Pond (Fairfax County)
This morning, I saw a pair of Cackling Goose at George Mason University pond.
https://ebird.org/checklist/S79078158

David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA

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Date: 1/11/21 8:11 am
From: James Fox <jmsfox11...>
Subject: [va-bird] Buff-bellied Hummingbird
Posting this on behalf of Matt Anthony, who is having some trouble posting:
The Buff-bellied Hummingbird was showing nicely today. I spoke with Margie
today, and she would like to clarify some of the access protocols. She is
still happy to host anyone who wants to see the bird. However, the bird has
proven to be skittish and not tolerant of large groups. She would like to
limit visitors to 2-3 at a time, and limit visits to about an hour slot.
Please continue to contact her using the phone number provided to schedule
a visit. If you come and do not see the bird, she is happy to schedule
another visit. Please text her when you arrive and DO NOT let yourself into
the backyard without checking in. The bird visits the feeder, and also
perches in some of the shrubs along the back edge of the yard. If you use
the house as a blind, it is possible to get good views without encroaching
on the bird. An eBird hotspot has been set up at an inexact location.
Please use this and DO NOT post her address.

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Date: 1/11/21 6:45 am
From: Vineeta <vineetaa...>
Subject: [va-bird] Re: Green Spring Gardens hummingbird
Isn't she gorgeous?
I've seen her three times there; I was hoping to get a better photo of her,
but now I'm training my sights on the painted bunting instead.
Vineeta
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On Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 9:32 AM joann sokol <msjoso...> wrote:

> Hi,
> I saw her yesterday around 12:30-12:45. I walked around the park and had
> just missed her again about 20-30 minutes later. I got a good look with my
> binoculars, the next time I'll bring my camera.
> Joann
>
> On January 9, 2021 at 3:22 PM Vineeta <vineetaa...> wrote:
>
>
> Thanks everyone. My friend and I got a glimpse of it today before she flew
> off. We waited for nearly two hours and she didn't return so we left.
> We've
> photographed her twice there but were hoping to get better photos. Oh
> well.
> Vineeta
> "Choose to be optimistic. It feels better.” Dalai Lama XIV
>
>
> On Sat, Jan 9, 2021 at 1:19 PM Vineeta <vineetaa...> wrote:
>
> Does anyone know if the hummingbird has left? I’m at Green Spring Gardena
> and there are no photographers here. Thanks. Vineeta
>
> Sent from my iPhone. Autocorrect may create typos. Some of them may even
> be funny.
> >
>
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Date: 1/11/21 6:33 am
From: joann sokol <msjoso...>
Subject: [va-bird] Re: Green Spring Gardens hummingbird
Hi,
I saw her yesterday around 12:30-12:45. I walked around the park and had just missed her again about 20-30 minutes later. I got a good look with my binoculars, the next time I'll bring my camera.
Joann
> On January 9, 2021 at 3:22 PM Vineeta <vineetaa...> mailto:<vineetaa...> > wrote:
>
>
> Thanks everyone. My friend and I got a glimpse of it today before she flew
> off. We waited for nearly two hours and she didn't return so we left. We've
> photographed her twice there but were hoping to get better photos. Oh well.
> Vineeta
> "Choose to be optimistic. It feels better.” Dalai Lama XIV
>
>
> On Sat, Jan 9, 2021 at 1:19 PM Vineeta <vineetaa...> mailto:<vineetaa...> > wrote:
>
> > > Does anyone know if the hummingbird has left? I’m at Green Spring Gardena
> > and there are no photographers here. Thanks. Vineeta
> >
> > >
> > > Sent from my iPhone. Autocorrect may create typos. Some of them may even
> > be funny.
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Date: 1/11/21 5:21 am
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Subject: [va-bird] Bald eagles at Lake Mercer
Six adult and one juvenile at Lake Mercer Sunday Jan 10 2021
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Date: 1/10/21 3:32 pm
From: Stephen Eccles <stephendeccles...>
Subject: [va-bird] Common Goldeneye at Lake Royal, Fairfax County
There was a single immature (dark-eyed) Common Goldeneye on Lake Royal this
afternoon.

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Date: 1/10/21 2:04 pm
From: KEN LIPSHY <wuzupdoc12...>
Subject: [va-bird] Re: Black-capped Chickadees vs. Carolina Chickadee
I decided to test my local Carolina chickadees to see how the would respond to a BC CH call from the Cornell site. They very quickly adapted by responding with the last half of their chick a DEEDEE being a deeper call similar to the BH.
Their entire call was not exactly the same.
Just thought it was interesting.
Kenneth A. Lipshy
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> On Jan 10, 2021, at 1:21 PM, ROB SIMPSON <RSIMPSON...> wrote:
>
> Black-capped Chickadees vs. Carolina Chickadee
> Here is the chickadee information I have written up for the CBC folks. From Jodi’s ebird pics the wing markings look good for a BCCH but I would like to see the full side view of the cheek.
> Black-capped Chickadees vs. Carolina Chickadee
> Black-capped Chickadees only occur in the Shenandoah Valley in the winter (late Oct to April) although there is a subspecies that breeds and winters in the Appalachian highlands – Highland County is a good spot. Even in invasion years BCCH tend to be rare to uncommon east of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
> Our lowland summer chickadees are Carolina Chickadees.
> Some winters northern “Canadian” chickadees migrate south and some winters they stay put in Canada, like the events that occur with northern winter finches (Pine Siskin, Redpolls, Evening Grosbeaks, Purple Finches, Crossbills, Pine Grosbeaks).
> The winter of (2016/2017) we had a good number of Black-capped Chickadees in the Shenandoah valley (40 to 95 % BCCH at feeders) whereas winter 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 we had none. This winter 2020/2021 we have a moderate number of BCCH in the Shenandoah Valley with most feeders having 1 or 2 to each 10 to 20 CACH.
> Here is what to look for. The BCCH white cheek is slighter darker under the eye then very white as it approaches the nape and large (each side almost touches) and has a fairly distinct border with the gray back. CACH is whitest under the eye then gets grayer as it approaches the nape and blends into the back. I have not seen this in textbooks but is a very good consistent feature to separate the two species.
> BCCH has the primaries and wing coverts white edged making it look like a hockey stick on the wing (hockey fits in with the more northern Canadian BCCHs). The CACH has the primaries light gray or light whitish edged but the wing coverts are not contrastingly edged – no blade of a hockey stick.
> BCCH has the tail feathers extensively edged white, extending down the feather. CACH has only whitish or gray edged tail feathers, mostly restricted to the tip (distal) of the feather.
> BCCH has a more extensive somewhat ragged black bib (the feathers are ½ black and ½ white at the junction to give the ragged effect often with errant black feathers below the bib demarcation line.). CACH has a small very sharply edged neat looking bib.
> The overall effect for BCCH is a very contrasty brighter, slightly larger bird. Once you get the marks down they are identifiable even in flight.
> Black-capped Chickadees have a lower slower “chick a dee dee” song than the CACH but this takes some experience for some people. Black-capped Chickadees are larger, but it takes some people a little practice to evaluate that. When banding them we take a wing measure and tail measure and plug it into a chart that gives a species determination. The BCCH has the larger measurements. Frankly once you get to see a few BCCH the measurements are not needed. I have trained 6- and 7-year-olds to identify them with 100% accuracy. My students who were lucky enough to help me band in a BCCH invasion year, quickly got to the point of being able to identify the species accurately, even while they were still in the net.
> If anyone wants me to check out a jpeg please send the image to <rsimpson...> or <rob...>
> Send different angles if possible but try for a side view with even overcast light for an easy identification.
> Shoot me some more photos if you think you have BCCH.
> See our http://www.agpix.com/snphotos and type in chickadee to see the 2 species taken at the same perch under the same lighting conditions – this is from our 2016 major invasion of BCCH.
> Best to you - Rob
>
> Robert Simpson
> Professor Emeritus of Biology
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> Best form of contact is email: <rsimpson...>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: FreeLists Mailing List Manager <ecartis...>
> Sent: Sunday, January 10, 2021 1:09 AM
> To: va-bird digest users <ecartis...>
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> va-bird Digest Sat, 09 Jan 2021 Volume: 08 Issue: 009
>
> In This Issue:
> [va-bird] Buff-bellied Hummingbird - Norfolk
> [va-bird] Ocean City, Chincoteague, Cape Charles, Dec. 27-Ja
> [va-bird] Re: Green Spring Gardens hummingbird
> [va-bird] Re: size of Black-capped Chickadee
> [va-bird] Re: size of Black-capped Chickadee
> [va-bird] Waterfowl, Albemarle
> [va-bird] Re: size of Black-capped Chickadee
> [va-bird] Barred Owl broad daylight on top of bluebird box!-
> [va-bird] Re: Green Spring Gardens hummingbird
> [va-bird] The Red-shouldered and the Goose
> [va-bird] Highland County Visit- A Golden Day and Rough-legg
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> From: Robert Ake <rake...>
> Subject: [va-bird] Buff-bellied Hummingbird - Norfolk
> Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2021 10:49:21 -0500
>
> A Buff-bellied Hummingbird, a first record for Virginia, is appearing at a backyard feeder of a Norfolk homeowner. She is willing to have visitors, but you MUST call the home owner first before coming to arrange a time for your visit. The viewpoint is only from the backyard. There are kids, dogs, controlled street parking, and limited viewing space. Please observe the protocol. The number to call to arrange your visit is 757-478-9429.
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
> Subject: [va-bird] Ocean City, Chincoteague, Cape Charles, Dec. 27-Jan. 1.
> Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2021 16:20:18 +0000
>
> OCEAN CITY, CHINCOTEAGUE, CAPE CHARLES, December 27-31, 2020 & January 1, 2021. A trip with George in his Nissan. 3 Christmas Bird Counts.
>
> ABBREVIATIONS: cormorant = double-crested cormorant. ESVNWR, Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge. KSP, Kiptopeke State Park.
>
>
> DECEMBER 27, SUNDAY. S of Dover, DE, somewhere, c. 3,000 snow geese. On the way S from Philadelphia c. 12 red-tailed hawks and 2 Cooper’s hawks. Otherwise, at Ocean City:
>
>
> common eider c. 30, king eider 1 imm. male (pointed out by Kevin Graff), American oystercatcher 17, dunlin 95, common loon 6, red-throated loon 6, brant 225, tundra swan 6 (WOC pond), sharp-shinned hawk 1, Forster’s tern 30, Bonaparte’s gull 3, long-tailed duck 14, red-breasted merganser 10, rock pigeon 135, bufflehead 30, sanderling 2, cormorant 35, Canada goose 40, ring-billed gull 300, great blue heron 5, hooded merganser 2, pied-billed grebe 2, American coot 12, a few black and surf scoters, black-bellied plover 2, northern gannet 0.
>
>
> The West Ocean City Pond as barren as I’ve ever seen it. Spent most of the time at the inlet. Things a bit sparse there, too. Tonight and tomorrow night at Comfort Inn. $50/night I assume COVID-19 rates, unbelievably cheap … almost.
>
>
> Common Eiders seem to be taking over the World. I’d heard up to 70 at Ocean City. On Jan. 3, 2021, George estimated 280 at Manasquan Inlet, NJ. For several years they’ve been breeding in eastern Long Island.
>
>
> DECEMBER 28, MONDAY. Ocean City, MD, Christmas count. George and I work Center, the sector leader Lynn Davidson, accompanied by Hal Wierenga. Here are some of the birds George and I encounter, based largely on his eBird reports. Areas we hit, all south of Route 50: OC airport, Castaways Campground, the Walmart Pond, Jerry Mack Rd., and Seahawk Rd. We join Lynn & Hal for an hour at Castaways in mid-afternoon, when it is low tide. There are plenty of shorebirds:
>
>
> brant 60, Canada goose 770, gadwall 6, American black duck 160 (in an inland plowed field !!), ring-necked duck 23, bufflehead 44, common goldeneye 2, hooded merganser 25, red-breasted merganser 25, green heron 1 (seen by George & photographed several times, at the golf course), bald eagle 6 (in sight simultaneously: a pair eating a horned grebe, a 3rd on a piling nearby, that drops down to catch a small c. 6” fish, a 4th perched on the roof of one of the many dozen cabins at Castaways),
>
>
> Cooper’s hawk 1, peregrine falcon 1, black-bellied plover 34, sanderling 1, dunlin 2,000, Forster’s tern 125, mourning dove 25, eastern screech-owl 1, eastern phoebe 1, red-breasted nuthatch 7, white-breasted nuthatch 5, brown-headed nuthatch 5, winter wren 1, semipalmated plover 1, pine warbler 2, chipping sparrow 36, fox sparrow 6, slate-colored junco 50, eastern meadowlark 12, rusty blackbird 8 (good look at perched birds through a scope) & purple finch 1.
>
>
> These are unofficial, incomplete, totals. Earlier in the day Lynn and Hal see a yellow-throated warbler. Haven’t heard what else they see. Early in the day, when the tide is up, I carefully estimate 620 dunlin, counting by tens. George knows this sector well - all the little lakes, the fields, woods, and small roads - having covered it for years.
>
>
> With my bad right leg I spend a couple of hours just sitting and scanning at Castaways, and at the productive Walmart Pond (where I get the shivers), most of the rest in or close to the Nissan.
>
>
> Fair or partly overcast, 41-55 (but with a chilly SW15 wind), 7:15-5. 7 deer, 1 gray squirrel.
>
>
> DECEMBER 29, TUESDAY. Chincoteague N.W.R. Christmas count, the refuge Wash Flats Road, George, Bill Hohenstein, and me. Totals below are incomplete, a combination of eBird reports by George and Bill and my own observations. George and I are only there until 12:30, Bill all day.
>
>
> sora 2 (BH,GA; present earlier). common gallinule 2 (seen by all of us). waterfowl dominate, as expected: snow goose 280, tundra swan 13, gadwall 600, American wigeon 7 (think I heard 4 males were present earlier), American black duck 225, mallard 55, northern shoveler 250, northern pintail 210, green-winged teal 110, bufflehead 220 (big flocks of almost entirely female-plumaged birds inside the impoundments). I feel some of these totals are low.
>
>
> Otherwise: great egret 12, tricolored heron 1, white ibis 4 (lots more seen along Wildlife Drive), bald eagle 11, peregrine falcon 1, dunlin 200, American woodcock 1 (BH), Bonaparte’s gull 1, Forster’s tern 7, great horned owl 2 (BH), Carolina chickadee 11, brown-headed nuthatch 9, marsh wren 1 (BH), hermit thrush 3, orange-crowned warbler 2, myrtle warbler 435 (many observers, in my opinion, tend to overestimate how many there are; but surely there’s a bushel basket or 2 of them present, no doubt), swamp sparrow 15, brown-headed cowbird 1 (with big flock of starlings apparently consorting with ponies).
>
>
> Also: fox squirrel 3 (1 by BH, 1 seen by GLA & HTA, a 3rd heard by GLA). sika deer 1. c. 36 ponies. clear, 31-41, winds NW 10-20. pretty day.
>
>
> DECEMBER 30, WEDNESDAY. Cape Charles Christmas count, ESVNWR area. 7-6, clear, SW10 - calm - SW15-20, temperatures 25-50, tide high A.M., low P.M., both times more extreme than usual (full moon Dec. 29). 56 species, Kristin Klein, Liz Armistead, and me. Highlights, such as they are:
>
>
> snow goose 300, bufflehead 70, hooded merganser 8, wild turkey 30, common loon 1 (loons and grebes scarce hereabouts), brown pelican 9, cormorant 110, tricolored heron 1, bald eagle 9 (2 active nests are in the area), red-shouldered hawk 2, merlin 1, killdeer 33, American woodcock 48 (mostly seen by others at dusk after they had finished covering their assigned areas), great horned owl 1 (Dan Cristol), northern flicker 6, crow unIDd 65, eastern bluebird 16, hermit thrush 2, myrtle warbler 110, palm warbler 2, common grackle 150, purple finch 1.
>
>
> 2 other all-day parties cover different parts of this sector with our combined species total 106, reported previously at length on VA-BIRD. Also, we see 6 white-tailed deer.
>
>
> Most of us stay in the no. 5 lodge of Kiptopeke State Park. Rudy Cashwell brings us a BIG sack of clams he has raised and some beautiful vegetables, which, if Cezanne had seen these first, would have caused him to abandon his apples, oranges, and other fruit. They’re THAT pretty.
>
>
> Today George works the big Ferry sector, as he has for several years, that extends from the north side of Route 704 KSP for 5 mi. or so north, all of it west of Route 13. His very successful day with 86 species include a black-and-white warbler, 5 orange-crowned warblers, 190 cormorants, 2 blue-headed vireos, 162 brown pelicans (on the concrete ships), 13 bald eagles, a peregrine falcon, 28 ruby-crowned kinglets, 5 white-breasted nuthatches, 33 red-breasted nuthatches, and 26 vesper sparrows.
>
>
> Some recent years there’ve been only 1 or just a few vespers here. In big decline as with so many others grassland birds. I remember one year back a ways when we had more vespers than juncos. Imagine that!
>
>
> DECEMBER 31, THURSDAY. After 4 days of sun and moderate temperatures today is overcast with light rain or mist off and on, but the temperature gets up to 50. Something of a relief NOT to have to press hard on a Christmas count today. The pressure’s off. Good to sleep in a little. I see 75 brown pelicans on the concrete ships.
>
>
> At Ramp Lane early, hooded merganser 5, tricolored heron 1, red-breasted merganser 1, bufflehead 7, great blue heron 1. 48, overcast, S15, light rain. Derek Ayres, George and I go along Arlington and Custis Roads late morning to early afternoon: GOOD look at an orange-crowned warbler, wild turkey 3, red-tailed hawk 3, yellow-bellied sapsucker 1, American kestrel 2, red-shouldered hawk 2, fox sparrow 1, hermit thrush 1, bald eagle 2, 100s of Canada geese, American oystercatcher 1, American crow 45, and 13 deer.
>
>
> Ramp Lane, again: 4:30-5:30, 53-55, light rain, overcast, NW5+: bald eagle 1, bufflehead 12, hooded merganser 34, red-breasted merganser 2, and 4 deer . On the way back to the lodge after rampin’ it up, see an eastern cottontail and a small frog leaping, saltatin’, across the wet, warm road, I bet either spring peeper or green tree frog. Rushing the season, little fella?
>
>
> JANUARY 1, FRIDAY. There is a Long-bodied Cellar Spider on the wall of our rest room, identified by George via iNaturalist. He counts 140 brown pelicans at the KSP concrete ships, earlier had a fox sparrow, a bald eagle, and a woodcock from his room at KSP lodge no. 5. He and Kristin see 28 vesper sparrows, Arlington Road, no doubt the same group he saw yesterday.
>
>
> With Liz Armistead on the way home to Philadelphia: MACHIPONGO - BOX TREE ROAD: 10:53 A.M., 43, overcast, calm, tide starting to let out: greater yellowlegs 35, dunlin 110, kingfisher 2, black duck 6. WILLIS WHARF, tide real high: ruddy turnstone 4, herring gull 60 (on Terry’s roof), bufflehead 11, hooded merganser 2, common loon 1, gray squirrel 1. On leaving, run into Gerry Tracy and his lady friend.
>
>
> Best to all. - Harry Armistead.
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> From: Vineeta <vineetaa...>
> Subject: [va-bird] Re: Green Spring Gardens hummingbird
> Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2021 13:19:26 -0500
>
> Does anyone know if the hummingbird has left? I’m at Green Spring Gardena and there are no photographers here. Thanks. Vineeta
>
> Sent from my iPhone. Autocorrect may create typos. Some of them may even be funny.
>>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2021 18:45:47 +0000 (UTC)
> From: Marlene A Condon <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender
> Subject: [va-bird] Re: size of Black-capped Chickadee
>
> Whenever I've had Black-capped Chickadees in my yard, they have always been quite noticeably larger in size than the Carolina, yet I've never seen anyone mention this fact until now. I've always wondered why this feature is not mentioned, as if no one realizes it. I'd be interested in hearing what people's thoughts are.  Thanks so much, Kenneth, for including that bit of info in your comments here.  Sincerely,Marlene   In a message dated 1/8/2021 2:09:59 PM US Eastern Standard Time, <wuzupdoc12...> writes: Having lived up in Northern Indiana I seem to remember that the BC had dark black on its wings that highlighted the white more, the cap is not straight but irregular towards the back and the bird is larger/ heavier and the chickADeeDee is a deeper voiced call.
> I will take a look at the eBird link
> Kenneth A. Lipshy
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>> On Jan 7, 2021, at 9:27 PM, Anita Huffman <aghuffman...> wrote:
>>
>> I'm sorry, but I can't see the picture. I was just making a comment.
>> :) Can you see the front edge of the bib at all? Some Carolinas do
>> have more white in the wings than others .
>> Anita
>>
>>>> On 1/7/21 9:20 PM, <nanjyoung...> wrote:
>>> But you can see there is more white in the wings which indicates it
>>> might be a Black-capped.
>>>
>>> Nancy Young
>>> Troutville, VA
>>>
>>> -----Original Message----- From: Anita Huffman
>>> Sent: Thursday, January 7, 2021 8:34 PM
>>> To: <va-bird...>
>>> Subject: [va-bird] Re: Black-capped Chickadee?
>>>
>>> I can't see the photo on ebird but BCs generally have a ragged lower
>>> edge to the black bib and the Carolinas have a distinct straight edge.
>>> Anita Huffman
>>> Rugby, Va
>>> Gray son County
>>>
>>>> On 1/7/21 7:54 PM, Judi Booker wrote:
>>>> Dave Boltz alerted me that pictures aren't supported, so here's the
>>>> link to the ebird list.
>>>> https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Feb
>>>> ird.org%2Fchecklist%2FS78822424&amp;data=04%7C01%<7Crsimpson...>
>>>> du%7C1aa87e1244d04f048f6b08d8b52e442b%7C635b749ee58c402a9e488ec7c9f2
>>>> 0d1d%7C0%7C0%7C637458557620099653%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC
>>>> 4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;
>>>> sdata=7fU5sLilC0Sttoxz%2B9VCqiA23f6Of01Ov6yvvP1UOyQ%3D&amp;reserved=
>>>> 0
>>>>
>>>> Judi
>>>
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> Subject: [va-bird] Re: size of Black-capped Chickadee
> From: Anita Huffman <aghuffman...>
> Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2021 14:00:02 -0500
>
> I think maybe it's not mentioned much is that it's hard to tell the difference in size unless you have both species at the same time,then it's quite obvious. BCs seem to have a bigger head in proportion to their bodies that does the Carolina.
> Anita
>
>> On 1/9/21 1:45 PM, Marlene A Condon wrote:
>> Whenever I've had Black-capped Chickadees in my yard, they have always
>> been quite noticeably larger in size than the Carolina, yet I've never
>> seen anyone mention this fact until now. I've always wondered why this
>> feature is not mentioned, as if no one realizes it. I'd be
>> interested in hearing what people's thoughts are.
>> Thanks so much, Kenneth, for including that bit of info in your
>> comments here.
>> Sincerely,
>> Marlene
>> In a message dated 1/8/2021 2:09:59 PM US Eastern Standard Time,
>> <wuzupdoc12...> writes:
>>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> From: David White <dizoo...>
> Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2021 14:02:38 -0500
> Subject: [va-bird] Waterfowl, Albemarle
>
> 4 Bufflehead (1M, 3F), a pair of Hooded Mergansers, 6 Canada’s, single Mallard and Pied-billed Grebe on the lake between PVCC and Monticello High School, now.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
> David I. White, Jr.
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2021 19:07:20 +0000 (UTC)
> From: Marlene A Condon <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender
> Subject: [va-bird] Re: size of Black-capped Chickadee
>
> I find the size difference to be quite obvious, even without a direct comparison. Perhaps that comes from so many years of observing these birds. And the Black-capped is always verifiable by its much slower and deeper-pitched "chick-a-dee-dee-dee". Thanks for writing, Anita. Sincerely,Marlene In a message dated 1/9/2021 2:00:54 PM US Eastern Standard Time, <aghuffman...> writes: I think maybe it's not mentioned much is that it's hard to tell the difference in size unless you have both species at the same time,then it's quite obvious. BCs seem to have a bigger head in proportion to their bodies that does the Carolina.
> Anita
>> On 1/9/21 1:45 PM, Marlene A Condon wrote:
>> Whenever I've had Black-capped Chickadees in my yard, they have always
>> been quite noticeably larger in size than the Carolina, yet I've never
>> seen anyone mention this fact until now. I've always wondered why this
>> feature is not mentioned, as if no one realizes it. I'd be
>> interested in hearing what people's thoughts are.
>> Thanks so much, Kenneth, for including that bit of info in your
>> comments here.
>> Sincerely,
>> Marlene
>> In a message dated 1/8/2021 2:09:59 PM US Eastern Standard Time,
>> <wuzupdoc12...> writes:
>>
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> Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2021 19:15:36 +0000 (UTC)
> From: Marlene A Condon <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender
> Subject: [va-bird] Barred Owl broad daylight on top of bluebird box!--western
>
> Yesterday afternoon brought a wonderful surprise--a beautiful Barred Owl perched on my bluebird box in the back yard. I couldn't believe my eyes at first!!!!!! This daylight sighting right in my yard was a first for this species, and made my day! It remained for about 45 minutes, which meant I couldn't do anything but watch until it left--owls enthrall me. Sincerely,Marlene Â
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> From: Vineeta <vineetaa...>
> Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2021 15:22:48 -0500
> Subject: [va-bird] Re: Green Spring Gardens hummingbird
>
> Thanks everyone. My friend and I got a glimpse of it today before she flew off. We waited for nearly two hours and she didn't return so we left. We've photographed her twice there but were hoping to get better photos. Oh well.
> Vineeta
> "Choose to be optimistic. It feels better.” Dalai Lama XIV
>
>
>> On Sat, Jan 9, 2021 at 1:19 PM Vineeta <vineetaa...> wrote:
>>
>> Does anyone know if the hummingbird has left? I’m at Green Spring
>> Gardena and there are no photographers here. Thanks. Vineeta
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone. Autocorrect may create typos. Some of them may
>> even be funny.
>>>
>>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
> Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2021 17:13:49 -0500
> Subject: [va-bird] The Red-shouldered and the Goose
>
> Hi VA birders, This is a piece that contains two different stories <https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fbirdpartner.com%2F2021%2F01%2F09%2Fscuffletown-creek-hunters%2F&amp;data=04%7C01%<7Crsimpson...>%7C1aa87e1244d04f048f6b08d8b52e442b%7C635b749ee58c402a9e488ec7c9f20d1d%7C0%7C0%7C637458557620109647%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=5c5C4J8Qj2UbYIPnqdU4dEL72Wlrbs1rZ6xDlyFEDaQ%3D&amp;reserved=0>. There's the story about the Canada Goose that fell from the sky not far from me as I was out birding on Christmas Eve. There's also a story about a close encounter I had with a Red-shouldered Hawk. I hope you enjoy them both, and I welcome your feedback. Again, Happy New Year!
> Dave Gibson
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>
> Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2021 01:05:24 +0000 (UTC)
> From: Allen Bryan <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender "nshrike1"
> Subject: [va-bird] Highland County Visit- A Golden Day and Rough-legged Hawk
>
> I traveled to Highland County today for Golden Eagle and hopefully a Rough-legged Hawk. Â I was not disappointed except in the distance for the Rough-legged.
> Visit:
> https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fvisitingnature.com%2Fmain%2Fjanuary-2021%2F&amp;data=04%7C01%<7Crsimpson...>%7C1aa87e1244d04f048f6b08d8b52e442b%7C635b749ee58c402a9e488ec7c9f20d1d%7C0%7C0%7C637458557620109647%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=xIttv%2FO2fmOJO2U%2F0YX%2FpMfW0%2BAatcbuT1HIbivvzKs%3D&amp;reserved=0
> Enjoy each day,
> Allen
>
> Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.visitingnature.com%2F&amp;data=04%7C01%<7Crsimpson...>%7C1aa87e1244d04f048f6b08d8b52e442b%7C635b749ee58c402a9e488ec7c9f20d1d%7C0%7C0%7C637458557620109647%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=MrI87%2BNK7EKFbCpYHtp613rOuwDW9UI9p7GKdfB%2BHO8%3D&amp;reserved=0
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Date: 1/10/21 11:41 am
From: Elizabeth Fedorko <elizabethholcombefedorko...>
Subject: [va-bird] Your Bucket List USA Birding Spots Suggestions
Hello!
I have enjoyed reading your emails about various places you enjoy birding
in the Commonwealth. We have been limited to where we bird due to hubby's
job. However I am thrilled to say he will be retiring at the end of April
and we are excited about expanding our birding horizons in the USA.
To date we have birded for 8 years and only in eastern/coastal Va plus a
little in Skyline Drive, Delaware, southern NJ, and the Our Banks of NC.
These are fab places and we want to explore them more when time is pretty
much our own. That said we would invite any suggestions of places that we
MUSt go to in the USA. We are up for anywhere and are planning (God
willing) a western road trip in September to October. I;ve read numerous
birding memoirs, naturalist memoirs and have a decent lay of the "birding"
land but I defer to you all for places we must visit to bird.

Thank you very much in advance and Good Birding to you all!

Cheers! Dan and Beth Fedorko
Falls Church, VA


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Date: 1/10/21 11:05 am
From: Allen Bryan <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender nshrike1 for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Dutch Gap Visit
I visited Dutch Gap this morning for the Eurasian Wigeon.  Before departing Arun Bose had gotten several of us on the bird.  I also located a Mallard/Gadwall hybrid.
https://visitingnature.com/main/january-2021/

Enjoy each day,
Allen

Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 1/10/21 10:21 am
From: ROB SIMPSON <RSIMPSON...>
Subject: [va-bird] Black-capped Chickadees vs. Carolina Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadees vs. Carolina Chickadee
Here is the chickadee information I have written up for the CBC folks. From Jodi’s ebird pics the wing markings look good for a BCCH but I would like to see the full side view of the cheek.
Black-capped Chickadees vs. Carolina Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadees only occur in the Shenandoah Valley in the winter (late Oct to April) although there is a subspecies that breeds and winters in the Appalachian highlands – Highland County is a good spot. Even in invasion years BCCH tend to be rare to uncommon east of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Our lowland summer chickadees are Carolina Chickadees.
Some winters northern “Canadian” chickadees migrate south and some winters they stay put in Canada, like the events that occur with northern winter finches (Pine Siskin, Redpolls, Evening Grosbeaks, Purple Finches, Crossbills, Pine Grosbeaks).
The winter of (2016/2017) we had a good number of Black-capped Chickadees in the Shenandoah valley (40 to 95 % BCCH at feeders) whereas winter 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 we had none. This winter 2020/2021 we have a moderate number of BCCH in the Shenandoah Valley with most feeders having 1 or 2 to each 10 to 20 CACH.
Here is what to look for. The BCCH white cheek is slighter darker under the eye then very white as it approaches the nape and large (each side almost touches) and has a fairly distinct border with the gray back. CACH is whitest under the eye then gets grayer as it approaches the nape and blends into the back. I have not seen this in textbooks but is a very good consistent feature to separate the two species.
BCCH has the primaries and wing coverts white edged making it look like a hockey stick on the wing (hockey fits in with the more northern Canadian BCCHs). The CACH has the primaries light gray or light whitish edged but the wing coverts are not contrastingly edged – no blade of a hockey stick.
BCCH has the tail feathers extensively edged white, extending down the feather. CACH has only whitish or gray edged tail feathers, mostly restricted to the tip (distal) of the feather.
BCCH has a more extensive somewhat ragged black bib (the feathers are ½ black and ½ white at the junction to give the ragged effect often with errant black feathers below the bib demarcation line.). CACH has a small very sharply edged neat looking bib.
The overall effect for BCCH is a very contrasty brighter, slightly larger bird. Once you get the marks down they are identifiable even in flight.
Black-capped Chickadees have a lower slower “chick a dee dee” song than the CACH but this takes some experience for some people. Black-capped Chickadees are larger, but it takes some people a little practice to evaluate that. When banding them we take a wing measure and tail measure and plug it into a chart that gives a species determination. The BCCH has the larger measurements. Frankly once you get to see a few BCCH the measurements are not needed. I have trained 6- and 7-year-olds to identify them with 100% accuracy. My students who were lucky enough to help me band in a BCCH invasion year, quickly got to the point of being able to identify the species accurately, even while they were still in the net.
If anyone wants me to check out a jpeg please send the image to <rsimpson...> or <rob...>
Send different angles if possible but try for a side view with even overcast light for an easy identification.
Shoot me some more photos if you think you have BCCH.
See our http://www.agpix.com/snphotos and type in chickadee to see the 2 species taken at the same perch under the same lighting conditions – this is from our 2016 major invasion of BCCH.
Best to you - Rob

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[va-bird] Buff-bellied Hummingbird - Norfolk
[va-bird] Ocean City, Chincoteague, Cape Charles, Dec. 27-Ja
[va-bird] Re: Green Spring Gardens hummingbird
[va-bird] Re: size of Black-capped Chickadee
[va-bird] Re: size of Black-capped Chickadee
[va-bird] Waterfowl, Albemarle
[va-bird] Re: size of Black-capped Chickadee
[va-bird] Barred Owl broad daylight on top of bluebird box!-
[va-bird] Re: Green Spring Gardens hummingbird
[va-bird] The Red-shouldered and the Goose
[va-bird] Highland County Visit- A Golden Day and Rough-legg

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From: Robert Ake <rake...>
Subject: [va-bird] Buff-bellied Hummingbird - Norfolk
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2021 10:49:21 -0500

A Buff-bellied Hummingbird, a first record for Virginia, is appearing at a backyard feeder of a Norfolk homeowner.  She is willing to have visitors, but you MUST call the home owner first before coming to arrange a time for your visit.  The viewpoint is only from the backyard.  There are kids, dogs, controlled street parking, and limited viewing space.  Please observe the protocol. The number to call to arrange your visit is 757-478-9429.


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From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [va-bird] Ocean City, Chincoteague, Cape Charles, Dec. 27-Jan. 1.
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2021 16:20:18 +0000

OCEAN CITY, CHINCOTEAGUE, CAPE CHARLES, December 27-31, 2020 & January 1, 2021. A trip with George in his Nissan. 3 Christmas Bird Counts.

ABBREVIATIONS: cormorant = double-crested cormorant. ESVNWR, Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge. KSP, Kiptopeke State Park.


DECEMBER 27, SUNDAY. S of Dover, DE, somewhere, c. 3,000 snow geese. On the way S from Philadelphia c. 12 red-tailed hawks and 2 Cooper’s hawks. Otherwise, at Ocean City:


common eider c. 30, king eider 1 imm. male (pointed out by Kevin Graff), American oystercatcher 17, dunlin 95, common loon 6, red-throated loon 6, brant 225, tundra swan 6 (WOC pond), sharp-shinned hawk 1, Forster’s tern 30, Bonaparte’s gull 3, long-tailed duck 14, red-breasted merganser 10, rock pigeon 135, bufflehead 30, sanderling 2, cormorant 35, Canada goose 40, ring-billed gull 300, great blue heron 5, hooded merganser 2, pied-billed grebe 2, American coot 12, a few black and surf scoters, black-bellied plover 2, northern gannet 0.


The West Ocean City Pond as barren as I’ve ever seen it. Spent most of the time at the inlet. Things a bit sparse there, too. Tonight and tomorrow night at Comfort Inn. $50/night I assume COVID-19 rates, unbelievably cheap … almost.


Common Eiders seem to be taking over the World. I’d heard up to 70 at Ocean City. On Jan. 3, 2021, George estimated 280 at Manasquan Inlet, NJ. For several years they’ve been breeding in eastern Long Island.


DECEMBER 28, MONDAY. Ocean City, MD, Christmas count. George and I work Center, the sector leader Lynn Davidson, accompanied by Hal Wierenga. Here are some of the birds George and I encounter, based largely on his eBird reports. Areas we hit, all south of Route 50: OC airport, Castaways Campground, the Walmart Pond, Jerry Mack Rd., and Seahawk Rd. We join Lynn & Hal for an hour at Castaways in mid-afternoon, when it is low tide. There are plenty of shorebirds:


brant 60, Canada goose 770, gadwall 6, American black duck 160 (in an inland plowed field !!), ring-necked duck 23, bufflehead 44, common goldeneye 2, hooded merganser 25, red-breasted merganser 25, green heron 1 (seen by George & photographed several times, at the golf course), bald eagle 6 (in sight simultaneously: a pair eating a horned grebe, a 3rd on a piling nearby, that drops down to catch a small c. 6” fish, a 4th perched on the roof of one of the many dozen cabins at Castaways),


Cooper’s hawk 1, peregrine falcon 1, black-bellied plover 34, sanderling 1, dunlin 2,000, Forster’s tern 125, mourning dove 25, eastern screech-owl 1, eastern phoebe 1, red-breasted nuthatch 7, white-breasted nuthatch 5, brown-headed nuthatch 5, winter wren 1, semipalmated plover 1, pine warbler 2, chipping sparrow 36, fox sparrow 6, slate-colored junco 50, eastern meadowlark 12, rusty blackbird 8 (good look at perched birds through a scope) & purple finch 1.


These are unofficial, incomplete, totals. Earlier in the day Lynn and Hal see a yellow-throated warbler. Haven’t heard what else they see. Early in the day, when the tide is up, I carefully estimate 620 dunlin, counting by tens. George knows this sector well - all the little lakes, the fields, woods, and small roads - having covered it for years.


With my bad right leg I spend a couple of hours just sitting and scanning at Castaways, and at the productive Walmart Pond (where I get the shivers), most of the rest in or close to the Nissan.


Fair or partly overcast, 41-55 (but with a chilly SW15 wind), 7:15-5. 7 deer, 1 gray squirrel.


DECEMBER 29, TUESDAY. Chincoteague N.W.R. Christmas count, the refuge Wash Flats Road, George, Bill Hohenstein, and me. Totals below are incomplete, a combination of eBird reports by George and Bill and my own observations. George and I are only there until 12:30, Bill all day.


sora 2 (BH,GA; present earlier). common gallinule 2 (seen by all of us). waterfowl dominate, as expected: snow goose 280, tundra swan 13, gadwall 600, American wigeon 7 (think I heard 4 males were present earlier), American black duck 225, mallard 55, northern shoveler 250, northern pintail 210, green-winged teal 110, bufflehead 220 (big flocks of almost entirely female-plumaged birds inside the impoundments). I feel some of these totals are low.


Otherwise: great egret 12, tricolored heron 1, white ibis 4 (lots more seen along Wildlife Drive), bald eagle 11, peregrine falcon 1, dunlin 200, American woodcock 1 (BH), Bonaparte’s gull 1, Forster’s tern 7, great horned owl 2 (BH), Carolina chickadee 11, brown-headed nuthatch 9, marsh wren 1 (BH), hermit thrush 3, orange-crowned warbler 2, myrtle warbler 435 (many observers, in my opinion, tend to overestimate how many there are; but surely there’s a bushel basket or 2 of them present, no doubt), swamp sparrow 15, brown-headed cowbird 1 (with big flock of starlings apparently consorting with ponies).


Also: fox squirrel 3 (1 by BH, 1 seen by GLA & HTA, a 3rd heard by GLA). sika deer 1. c. 36 ponies. clear, 31-41, winds NW 10-20. pretty day.


DECEMBER 30, WEDNESDAY. Cape Charles Christmas count, ESVNWR area. 7-6, clear, SW10 - calm - SW15-20, temperatures 25-50, tide high A.M., low P.M., both times more extreme than usual (full moon Dec. 29). 56 species, Kristin Klein, Liz Armistead, and me. Highlights, such as they are:


snow goose 300, bufflehead 70, hooded merganser 8, wild turkey 30, common loon 1 (loons and grebes scarce hereabouts), brown pelican 9, cormorant 110, tricolored heron 1, bald eagle 9 (2 active nests are in the area), red-shouldered hawk 2, merlin 1, killdeer 33, American woodcock 48 (mostly seen by others at dusk after they had finished covering their assigned areas), great horned owl 1 (Dan Cristol), northern flicker 6, crow unIDd 65, eastern bluebird 16, hermit thrush 2, myrtle warbler 110, palm warbler 2, common grackle 150, purple finch 1.


2 other all-day parties cover different parts of this sector with our combined species total 106, reported previously at length on VA-BIRD. Also, we see 6 white-tailed deer.


Most of us stay in the no. 5 lodge of Kiptopeke State Park. Rudy Cashwell brings us a BIG sack of clams he has raised and some beautiful vegetables, which, if Cezanne had seen these first, would have caused him to abandon his apples, oranges, and other fruit. They’re THAT pretty.


Today George works the big Ferry sector, as he has for several years, that extends from the north side of Route 704 KSP for 5 mi. or so north, all of it west of Route 13. His very successful day with 86 species include a black-and-white warbler, 5 orange-crowned warblers, 190 cormorants, 2 blue-headed vireos, 162 brown pelicans (on the concrete ships), 13 bald eagles, a peregrine falcon, 28 ruby-crowned kinglets, 5 white-breasted nuthatches, 33 red-breasted nuthatches, and 26 vesper sparrows.


Some recent years there’ve been only 1 or just a few vespers here. In big decline as with so many others grassland birds. I remember one year back a ways when we had more vespers than juncos. Imagine that!


DECEMBER 31, THURSDAY. After 4 days of sun and moderate temperatures today is overcast with light rain or mist off and on, but the temperature gets up to 50. Something of a relief NOT to have to press hard on a Christmas count today. The pressure’s off. Good to sleep in a little. I see 75 brown pelicans on the concrete ships.


At Ramp Lane early, hooded merganser 5, tricolored heron 1, red-breasted merganser 1, bufflehead 7, great blue heron 1. 48, overcast, S15, light rain. Derek Ayres, George and I go along Arlington and Custis Roads late morning to early afternoon: GOOD look at an orange-crowned warbler, wild turkey 3, red-tailed hawk 3, yellow-bellied sapsucker 1, American kestrel 2, red-shouldered hawk 2, fox sparrow 1, hermit thrush 1, bald eagle 2, 100s of Canada geese, American oystercatcher 1, American crow 45, and 13 deer.


Ramp Lane, again: 4:30-5:30, 53-55, light rain, overcast, NW5+: bald eagle 1, bufflehead 12, hooded merganser 34, red-breasted merganser 2, and 4 deer . On the way back to the lodge after rampin’ it up, see an eastern cottontail and a small frog leaping, saltatin’, across the wet, warm road, I bet either spring peeper or green tree frog. Rushing the season, little fella?


JANUARY 1, FRIDAY. There is a Long-bodied Cellar Spider on the wall of our rest room, identified by George via iNaturalist. He counts 140 brown pelicans at the KSP concrete ships, earlier had a fox sparrow, a bald eagle, and a woodcock from his room at KSP lodge no. 5. He and Kristin see 28 vesper sparrows, Arlington Road, no doubt the same group he saw yesterday.


With Liz Armistead on the way home to Philadelphia: MACHIPONGO - BOX TREE ROAD: 10:53 A.M., 43, overcast, calm, tide starting to let out: greater yellowlegs 35, dunlin 110, kingfisher 2, black duck 6. WILLIS WHARF, tide real high: ruddy turnstone 4, herring gull 60 (on Terry’s roof), bufflehead 11, hooded merganser 2, common loon 1, gray squirrel 1. On leaving, run into Gerry Tracy and his lady friend.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead.



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From: Vineeta <vineetaa...>
Subject: [va-bird] Re: Green Spring Gardens hummingbird
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2021 13:19:26 -0500

Does anyone know if the hummingbird has left? I’m at Green Spring Gardena and there are no photographers here. Thanks. Vineeta

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

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Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2021 18:45:47 +0000 (UTC)
From: Marlene A Condon <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender
Subject: [va-bird] Re: size of Black-capped Chickadee

Whenever I've had Black-capped Chickadees in my yard, they have always been quite noticeably larger in size than the Carolina, yet I've never seen anyone mention this fact until now. I've always wondered why this feature is not mentioned, as if no one realizes it.  I'd be interested in hearing what people's thoughts are.  Thanks so much, Kenneth, for including that bit of info in your comments here.  Sincerely,Marlene    In a message dated 1/8/2021 2:09:59 PM US Eastern Standard Time, <wuzupdoc12...> writes: Having lived up in Northern Indiana I seem to remember that the BC had dark black on its wings that highlighted the white more, the cap is not straight but irregular towards the back and the bird is larger/ heavier and the chickADeeDee is a deeper voiced call.
I will take a look at the eBird link
Kenneth A. Lipshy
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> On Jan 7, 2021, at 9:27 PM, Anita Huffman <aghuffman...> wrote:
>
> I'm sorry, but I can't see the picture. I was just making a comment.
> :) Can you see the front edge of the bib at all? Some Carolinas do
> have more white  in the wings than others .
> Anita
>
>> On 1/7/21 9:20 PM, <nanjyoung...> wrote:
>> But you can see there is more white in the wings which indicates it
>> might be a Black-capped.
>>
>> Nancy Young
>> Troutville, VA
>>
>> -----Original Message----- From: Anita Huffman
>> Sent: Thursday, January 7, 2021 8:34 PM
>> To: <va-bird...>
>> Subject: [va-bird] Re: Black-capped Chickadee?
>>
>> I can't see the photo on ebird but BCs generally have a ragged lower
>> edge to the black bib and the Carolinas have a distinct straight edge.
>> Anita Huffman
>> Rugby, Va
>> Gray son County
>>
>>> On 1/7/21 7:54 PM, Judi Booker wrote:
>>> Dave Boltz alerted me that pictures aren't supported, so here's the
>>> link to the ebird list.
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>>> Judi
>>
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Subject: [va-bird] Re: size of Black-capped Chickadee
From: Anita Huffman <aghuffman...>
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2021 14:00:02 -0500

I think maybe it's not mentioned much is that it's hard to tell the difference in size unless you have both species at the same time,then it's quite obvious. BCs seem to have a bigger head in proportion to their bodies that does the Carolina.
Anita

On 1/9/21 1:45 PM, Marlene A Condon wrote:
> Whenever I've had Black-capped Chickadees in my yard, they have always
> been quite noticeably larger in size than the Carolina, yet I've never
> seen anyone mention this fact until now. I've always wondered why this
> feature is not mentioned, as if no one realizes it.  I'd be
> interested in hearing what people's thoughts are.
> Thanks so much, Kenneth, for including that bit of info in your
> comments here.
> Sincerely,
> Marlene
> In a message dated 1/8/2021 2:09:59 PM US Eastern Standard Time,
> <wuzupdoc12...> writes:
>

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From: David White <dizoo...>
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2021 14:02:38 -0500
Subject: [va-bird] Waterfowl, Albemarle

4 Bufflehead (1M, 3F), a pair of Hooded Mergansers, 6 Canada’s, single Mallard and Pied-billed Grebe on the lake between PVCC and Monticello High School, now.

Sent from my iPhone
David I. White, Jr.

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Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2021 19:07:20 +0000 (UTC)
From: Marlene A Condon <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender
Subject: [va-bird] Re: size of Black-capped Chickadee

I find the size difference to be quite obvious, even without a direct comparison. Perhaps that comes from so many years of observing these birds. And the Black-capped is always verifiable by its much slower and deeper-pitched "chick-a-dee-dee-dee". Thanks for writing, Anita. Sincerely,Marlene In a message dated 1/9/2021 2:00:54 PM US Eastern Standard Time, <aghuffman...> writes: I think maybe it's not mentioned much is that it's hard to tell the difference in size unless you have both species at the same time,then it's quite obvious. BCs seem to have a bigger head in proportion to their bodies that does the Carolina.
Anita
On 1/9/21 1:45 PM, Marlene A Condon wrote:
> Whenever I've had Black-capped Chickadees in my yard, they have always
> been quite noticeably larger in size than the Carolina, yet I've never
> seen anyone mention this fact until now. I've always wondered why this
> feature is not mentioned, as if no one realizes it.  I'd be
> interested in hearing what people's thoughts are.
> Thanks so much, Kenneth, for including that bit of info in your
> comments here.
> Sincerely,
> Marlene
> In a message dated 1/8/2021 2:09:59 PM US Eastern Standard Time,
> <wuzupdoc12...> writes:
>
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Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2021 19:15:36 +0000 (UTC)
From: Marlene A Condon <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender
Subject: [va-bird] Barred Owl broad daylight on top of bluebird box!--western

Yesterday afternoon brought a wonderful surprise--a beautiful Barred Owl perched on my bluebird box in the back yard. I couldn't believe my eyes at first!!!!!!  This daylight sighting right in my yard was a first for this species, and made my day! It remained for about 45 minutes, which meant I couldn't do anything but watch until it left--owls enthrall me. Sincerely,Marlene  


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From: Vineeta <vineetaa...>
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2021 15:22:48 -0500
Subject: [va-bird] Re: Green Spring Gardens hummingbird

Thanks everyone. My friend and I got a glimpse of it today before she flew off. We waited for nearly two hours and she didn't return so we left. We've photographed her twice there but were hoping to get better photos. Oh well.
Vineeta
"Choose to be optimistic. It feels better.” Dalai Lama XIV


On Sat, Jan 9, 2021 at 1:19 PM Vineeta <vineetaa...> wrote:

> Does anyone know if the hummingbird has left? I’m at Green Spring
> Gardena and there are no photographers here. Thanks. Vineeta
>
> Sent from my iPhone. Autocorrect may create typos. Some of them may
> even be funny.
> >
>


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From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2021 17:13:49 -0500
Subject: [va-bird] The Red-shouldered and the Goose

Hi VA birders, This is a piece that contains two different stories <https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fbirdpartner.com%2F2021%2F01%2F09%2Fscuffletown-creek-hunters%2F&amp;data=04%7C01%<7Crsimpson...>%7C1aa87e1244d04f048f6b08d8b52e442b%7C635b749ee58c402a9e488ec7c9f20d1d%7C0%7C0%7C637458557620109647%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=5c5C4J8Qj2UbYIPnqdU4dEL72Wlrbs1rZ6xDlyFEDaQ%3D&amp;reserved=0>. There's the story about the Canada Goose that fell from the sky not far from me as I was out birding on Christmas Eve. There's also a story about a close encounter I had with a Red-shouldered Hawk. I hope you enjoy them both, and I welcome your feedback. Again, Happy New Year!
Dave Gibson
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Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2021 01:05:24 +0000 (UTC)
From: Allen Bryan <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender "nshrike1"
Subject: [va-bird] Highland County Visit- A Golden Day and Rough-legged Hawk

I traveled to Highland County today for Golden Eagle and hopefully a Rough-legged Hawk.  I was not disappointed except in the distance for the Rough-legged.
Visit:
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Enjoy each day,
Allen

Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.visitingnature.com%2F&amp;data=04%7C01%<7Crsimpson...>%7C1aa87e1244d04f048f6b08d8b52e442b%7C635b749ee58c402a9e488ec7c9f20d1d%7C0%7C0%7C637458557620109647%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=MrI87%2BNK7EKFbCpYHtp613rOuwDW9UI9p7GKdfB%2BHO8%3D&amp;reserved=0

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Date: 1/9/21 5:06 pm
From: Allen Bryan <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender nshrike1 for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Highland County Visit- A Golden Day and Rough-legged Hawk
I traveled to Highland County today for Golden Eagle and hopefully a Rough-legged Hawk.  I was not disappointed except in the distance for the Rough-legged.
Visit:
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Enjoy each day,
Allen

Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 1/9/21 2:14 pm
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: [va-bird] The Red-shouldered and the Goose
Hi VA birders, This is a piece that contains two different stories
<http://birdpartner.com/2021/01/09/scuffletown-creek-hunters/>. There's the
story about the Canada Goose that fell from the sky not far from me as I
was out birding on Christmas Eve. There's also a story about a close
encounter I had with a Red-shouldered Hawk. I hope you enjoy them both, and
I welcome your feedback. Again, Happy New Year!
Dave Gibson
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Date: 1/9/21 12:24 pm
From: Vineeta <vineetaa...>
Subject: [va-bird] Re: Green Spring Gardens hummingbird
Thanks everyone. My friend and I got a glimpse of it today before she flew
off. We waited for nearly two hours and she didn't return so we left. We've
photographed her twice there but were hoping to get better photos. Oh well.
Vineeta
"Choose to be optimistic. It feels better.” Dalai Lama XIV


On Sat, Jan 9, 2021 at 1:19 PM Vineeta <vineetaa...> wrote:

> Does anyone know if the hummingbird has left? I’m at Green Spring Gardena
> and there are no photographers here. Thanks. Vineeta
>
> Sent from my iPhone. Autocorrect may create typos. Some of them may even
> be funny.
> >
>

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Date: 1/9/21 11:16 am
From: Marlene A Condon <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender marlenecondon for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Barred Owl broad daylight on top of bluebird box!--western Albemarle
Yesterday afternoon brought a wonderful surprise--a beautiful Barred Owl perched on my bluebird box in the back yard. I couldn't believe my eyes at first!!!!!!  This daylight sighting right in my yard was a first for this species, and made my day! It remained for about 45 minutes, which meant I couldn't do anything but watch until it left--owls enthrall me. Sincerely,Marlene  

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Date: 1/9/21 11:08 am
From: Marlene A Condon <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender marlenecondon for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Re: size of Black-capped Chickadee
I find the size difference to be quite obvious, even without a direct comparison. Perhaps that comes from so many years of observing these birds. And the Black-capped is always verifiable by its much slower and deeper-pitched "chick-a-dee-dee-dee". Thanks for writing, Anita. Sincerely,Marlene In a message dated 1/9/2021 2:00:54 PM US Eastern Standard Time, <aghuffman...> writes: 
I think maybe it's not mentioned much is that it's hard to tell the
difference in size unless you have both species at the same time,then
it's quite obvious. BCs seem to have a bigger head in proportion to
their bodies that does the Carolina.
Anita
On 1/9/21 1:45 PM, Marlene A Condon wrote:
> Whenever I've had Black-capped Chickadees in my yard, they have always
> been quite noticeably larger in size than the Carolina, yet I've never
> seen anyone mention this fact until now. I've always wondered why this
> feature is not mentioned, as if no one realizes it.  I'd be interested
> in hearing what people's thoughts are.
> Thanks so much, Kenneth, for including that bit of info in your comments
> here.
> Sincerely,
> Marlene
> In a message dated 1/8/2021 2:09:59 PM US Eastern Standard Time,
> <wuzupdoc12...> writes:
>
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Date: 1/9/21 11:03 am
From: David White <dizoo...>
Subject: [va-bird] Waterfowl, Albemarle
4 Bufflehead (1M, 3F), a pair of Hooded Mergansers, 6 Canada’s, single Mallard and Pied-billed Grebe on the lake between PVCC and Monticello High School, now.

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Date: 1/9/21 11:00 am
From: Anita Huffman <aghuffman...>
Subject: [va-bird] Re: size of Black-capped Chickadee
I think maybe it's not mentioned much is that it's hard to tell the
difference in size unless you have both species at the same time,then
it's quite obvious. BCs seem to have a bigger head in proportion to
their bodies that does the Carolina.
Anita

On 1/9/21 1:45 PM, Marlene A Condon wrote:
> Whenever I've had Black-capped Chickadees in my yard, they have always
> been quite noticeably larger in size than the Carolina, yet I've never
> seen anyone mention this fact until now. I've always wondered why this
> feature is not mentioned, as if no one realizes it.  I'd be interested
> in hearing what people's thoughts are.
> Thanks so much, Kenneth, for including that bit of info in your comments
> here.
> Sincerely,
> Marlene
> In a message dated 1/8/2021 2:09:59 PM US Eastern Standard Time,
> <wuzupdoc12...> writes:
>
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Date: 1/9/21 10:47 am
From: Marlene A Condon <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender marlenecondon for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Re: size of Black-capped Chickadee
Whenever I've had Black-capped Chickadees in my yard, they have always been quite noticeably larger in size than the Carolina, yet I've never seen anyone mention this fact until now. I've always wondered why this feature is not mentioned, as if no one realizes it.  I'd be interested in hearing what people's thoughts are.  Thanks so much, Kenneth, for including that bit of info in your comments here.  Sincerely,Marlene    In a message dated 1/8/2021 2:09:59 PM US Eastern Standard Time, <wuzupdoc12...> writes: 
Having lived up in Northern Indiana I seem to remember that the BC had dark black on its wings that highlighted the white more, the cap is not straight but irregular towards the back and the bird is larger/ heavier and the chickADeeDee is a deeper voiced call.
I will take a look at the eBird link
Kenneth A. Lipshy
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> On Jan 7, 2021, at 9:27 PM, Anita Huffman <aghuffman...> wrote:
>
> I'm sorry, but I can't see the picture. I was just making a comment. :)
> Can you see the front edge of the bib at all? Some Carolinas do have
> more white  in the wings than others .
> Anita
>
>> On 1/7/21 9:20 PM, <nanjyoung...> wrote:
>> But you can see there is more white in the wings which indicates it
>> might be a Black-capped.
>>
>> Nancy Young
>> Troutville, VA
>>
>> -----Original Message----- From: Anita Huffman
>> Sent: Thursday, January 7, 2021 8:34 PM
>> To: <va-bird...>
>> Subject: [va-bird] Re: Black-capped Chickadee?
>>
>> I can't see the photo on ebird but BCs generally have a ragged lower
>> edge to the black bib and the Carolinas have a distinct straight edge.
>> Anita Huffman
>> Rugby, Va
>> Gray son County
>>
>>> On 1/7/21 7:54 PM, Judi Booker wrote:
>>> Dave Boltz alerted me that pictures aren't supported, so here's the
>>> link to the ebird list.
>>> https://ebird.org/checklist/S78822424
>>>
>>> Judi
>>
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Date: 1/9/21 10:20 am
From: Vineeta <vineetaa...>
Subject: [va-bird] Re: Green Spring Gardens hummingbird
Does anyone know if the hummingbird has left? I’m at Green Spring Gardena and there are no photographers here. Thanks. Vineeta

Sent from my iPhone. Autocorrect may create typos. Some of them may even be funny.
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Date: 1/9/21 8:21 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [va-bird] Ocean City, Chincoteague, Cape Charles, Dec. 27-Jan. 1.
OCEAN CITY, CHINCOTEAGUE, CAPE CHARLES, December 27-31, 2020 & January 1, 2021. A trip with George in his Nissan. 3 Christmas Bird Counts.

ABBREVIATIONS: cormorant = double-crested cormorant. ESVNWR, Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge. KSP, Kiptopeke State Park.


DECEMBER 27, SUNDAY. S of Dover, DE, somewhere, c. 3,000 snow geese. On the way S from Philadelphia c. 12 red-tailed hawks and 2 Coopers hawks. Otherwise, at Ocean City:


common eider c. 30, king eider 1 imm. male (pointed out by Kevin Graff), American oystercatcher 17, dunlin 95, common loon 6, red-throated loon 6, brant 225, tundra swan 6 (WOC pond), sharp-shinned hawk 1, Forsters tern 30, Bonapartes gull 3, long-tailed duck 14, red-breasted merganser 10, rock pigeon 135, bufflehead 30, sanderling 2, cormorant 35, Canada goose 40, ring-billed gull 300, great blue heron 5, hooded merganser 2, pied-billed grebe 2, American coot 12, a few black and surf scoters, black-bellied plover 2, northern gannet 0.


The West Ocean City Pond as barren as Ive ever seen it. Spent most of the time at the inlet. Things a bit sparse there, too. Tonight and tomorrow night at Comfort Inn. $50/night I assume COVID-19 rates, unbelievably cheap almost.


Common Eiders seem to be taking over the World. Id heard up to 70 at Ocean City. On Jan. 3, 2021, George estimated 280 at Manasquan Inlet, NJ. For several years theyve been breeding in eastern Long Island.


DECEMBER 28, MONDAY. Ocean City, MD, Christmas count. George and I work Center, the sector leader Lynn Davidson, accompanied by Hal Wierenga. Here are some of the birds George and I encounter, based largely on his eBird reports. Areas we hit, all south of Route 50: OC airport, Castaways Campground, the Walmart Pond, Jerry Mack Rd., and Seahawk Rd. We join Lynn & Hal for an hour at Castaways in mid-afternoon, when it is low tide. There are plenty of shorebirds:


brant 60, Canada goose 770, gadwall 6, American black duck 160 (in an inland plowed field !!), ring-necked duck 23, bufflehead 44, common goldeneye 2, hooded merganser 25, red-breasted merganser 25, green heron 1 (seen by George & photographed several times, at the golf course), bald eagle 6 (in sight simultaneously: a pair eating a horned grebe, a 3rd on a piling nearby, that drops down to catch a small c. 6 fish, a 4th perched on the roof of one of the many dozen cabins at Castaways),


Coopers hawk 1, peregrine falcon 1, black-bellied plover 34, sanderling 1, dunlin 2,000, Forsters tern 125, mourning dove 25, eastern screech-owl 1, eastern phoebe 1, red-breasted nuthatch 7, white-breasted nuthatch 5, brown-headed nuthatch 5, winter wren 1, semipalmated plover 1, pine warbler 2, chipping sparrow 36, fox sparrow 6, slate-colored junco 50, eastern meadowlark 12, rusty blackbird 8 (good look at perched birds through a scope) & purple finch 1.


These are unofficial, incomplete, totals. Earlier in the day Lynn and Hal see a yellow-throated warbler. Havent heard what else they see. Early in the day, when the tide is up, I carefully estimate 620 dunlin, counting by tens. George knows this sector well - all the little lakes, the fields, woods, and small roads - having covered it for years.


With my bad right leg I spend a couple of hours just sitting and scanning at Castaways, and at the productive Walmart Pond (where I get the shivers), most of the rest in or close to the Nissan.


Fair or partly overcast, 41-55 (but with a chilly SW15 wind), 7:15-5. 7 deer, 1 gray squirrel.


DECEMBER 29, TUESDAY. Chincoteague N.W.R. Christmas count, the refuge Wash Flats Road, George, Bill Hohenstein, and me. Totals below are incomplete, a combination of eBird reports by George and Bill and my own observations. George and I are only there until 12:30, Bill all day.


sora 2 (BH,GA; present earlier). common gallinule 2 (seen by all of us). waterfowl dominate, as expected: snow goose 280, tundra swan 13, gadwall 600, American wigeon 7 (think I heard 4 males were present earlier), American black duck 225, mallard 55, northern shoveler 250, northern pintail 210, green-winged teal 110, bufflehead 220 (big flocks of almost entirely female-plumaged birds inside the impoundments). I feel some of these totals are low.


Otherwise: great egret 12, tricolored heron 1, white ibis 4 (lots more seen along Wildlife Drive), bald eagle 11, peregrine falcon 1, dunlin 200, American woodcock 1 (BH), Bonapartes gull 1, Forsters tern 7, great horned owl 2 (BH), Carolina chickadee 11, brown-headed nuthatch 9, marsh wren 1 (BH), hermit thrush 3, orange-crowned warbler 2, myrtle warbler 435 (many observers, in my opinion, tend to overestimate how many there are; but surely theres a bushel basket or 2 of them present, no doubt), swamp sparrow 15, brown-headed cowbird 1 (with big flock of starlings apparently consorting with ponies).


Also: fox squirrel 3 (1 by BH, 1 seen by GLA & HTA, a 3rd heard by GLA). sika deer 1. c. 36 ponies. clear, 31-41, winds NW 10-20. pretty day.


DECEMBER 30, WEDNESDAY. Cape Charles Christmas count, ESVNWR area. 7-6, clear, SW10 - calm - SW15-20, temperatures 25-50, tide high A.M., low P.M., both times more extreme than usual (full moon Dec. 29). 56 species, Kristin Klein, Liz Armistead, and me. Highlights, such as they are:


snow goose 300, bufflehead 70, hooded merganser 8, wild turkey 30, common loon 1 (loons and grebes scarce hereabouts), brown pelican 9, cormorant 110, tricolored heron 1, bald eagle 9 (2 active nests are in the area), red-shouldered hawk 2, merlin 1, killdeer 33, American woodcock 48 (mostly seen by others at dusk after they had finished covering their assigned areas), great horned owl 1 (Dan Cristol), northern flicker 6, crow unIDd 65, eastern bluebird 16, hermit thrush 2, myrtle warbler 110, palm warbler 2, common grackle 150, purple finch 1.


2 other all-day parties cover different parts of this sector with our combined species total 106, reported previously at length on VA-BIRD. Also, we see 6 white-tailed deer.


Most of us stay in the no. 5 lodge of Kiptopeke State Park. Rudy Cashwell brings us a BIG sack of clams he has raised and some beautiful vegetables, which, if Cezanne had seen these first, would have caused him to abandon his apples, oranges, and other fruit. Theyre THAT pretty.


Today George works the big Ferry sector, as he has for several years, that extends from the north side of Route 704 KSP for 5 mi. or so north, all of it west of Route 13. His very successful day with 86 species include a black-and-white warbler, 5 orange-crowned warblers, 190 cormorants, 2 blue-headed vireos, 162 brown pelicans (on the concrete ships), 13 bald eagles, a peregrine falcon, 28 ruby-crowned kinglets, 5 white-breasted nuthatches, 33 red-breasted nuthatches, and 26 vesper sparrows.


Some recent years thereve been only 1 or just a few vespers here. In big decline as with so many others grassland birds. I remember one year back a ways when we had more vespers than juncos. Imagine that!


DECEMBER 31, THURSDAY. After 4 days of sun and moderate temperatures today is overcast with light rain or mist off and on, but the temperature gets up to 50. Something of a relief NOT to have to press hard on a Christmas count today. The pressures off. Good to sleep in a little. I see 75 brown pelicans on the concrete ships.


At Ramp Lane early, hooded merganser 5, tricolored heron 1, red-breasted merganser 1, bufflehead 7, great blue heron 1. 48, overcast, S15, light rain. Derek Ayres, George and I go along Arlington and Custis Roads late morning to early afternoon: GOOD look at an orange-crowned warbler, wild turkey 3, red-tailed hawk 3, yellow-bellied sapsucker 1, American kestrel 2, red-shouldered hawk 2, fox sparrow 1, hermit thrush 1, bald eagle 2, 100s of Canada geese, American oystercatcher 1, American crow 45, and 13 deer.


Ramp Lane, again: 4:30-5:30, 53-55, light rain, overcast, NW5+: bald eagle 1, bufflehead 12, hooded merganser 34, red-breasted merganser 2, and 4 deer . On the way back to the lodge after rampin it up, see an eastern cottontail and a small frog leaping, saltatin, across the wet, warm road, I bet either spring peeper or green tree frog. Rushing the season, little fella?


JANUARY 1, FRIDAY. There is a Long-bodied Cellar Spider on the wall of our rest room, identified by George via iNaturalist. He counts 140 brown pelicans at the KSP concrete ships, earlier had a fox sparrow, a bald eagle, and a woodcock from his room at KSP lodge no. 5. He and Kristin see 28 vesper sparrows, Arlington Road, no doubt the same group he saw yesterday.


With Liz Armistead on the way home to Philadelphia: MACHIPONGO - BOX TREE ROAD: 10:53 A.M., 43, overcast, calm, tide starting to let out: greater yellowlegs 35, dunlin 110, kingfisher 2, black duck 6. WILLIS WHARF, tide real high: ruddy turnstone 4, herring gull 60 (on Terrys roof), bufflehead 11, hooded merganser 2, common loon 1, gray squirrel 1. On leaving, run into Gerry Tracy and his lady friend.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead.


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Date: 1/9/21 7:50 am
From: Robert Ake <rake...>
Subject: [va-bird] Buff-bellied Hummingbird - Norfolk
A Buff-bellied Hummingbird, a first record for Virginia, is appearing at
a backyard feeder of a Norfolk homeowner.  She is willing to have
visitors, but you MUST call the home owner first before coming to
arrange a time for your visit.  The viewpoint is only from the
backyard.  There are kids, dogs, controlled street parking, and limited
viewing space.  Please observe the protocol. The number to call to
arrange your visit is 757-478-9429.

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Date: 1/8/21 8:47 pm
From: Ellison Orcutt <mr.ellyo...>
Subject: [va-bird] Re: Hummingbird, Chat, Oriole in Norfolk
Hi Matthew,
Not sure if you have gotten any responses on the hummingbird. My first
impression is that it could be a young Buff-bellied Hummingbird. Could you
attempt to follow up to confirm the date and location of this sighting and
see if other photos are available? I'm not 100% certain but it certainly
has that feel to me. That species would be a state record for Virginia.

Thanks for sharing,

Ellison

On Fri, Jan 8, 2021 at 7:15 PM Matthew Bender <mxbender...> wrote:

> Forgive me if these (especially the hummingbird) have already been
> reported.
> I did not see these birds -- a relative in Norfolk sent me images posted
> yesterday to Nextdoor by a woman from the Larchmont area in Norfolk. I
> saved copies of the images at the links below.
>
> I cannot vouch for their authenticity, but I thought it was worth posting
> these here in case those in the Norfolk area can check things out. I also
> don't know enough about winter hummingbirds to have an idea as to what this
> guy might be.
>
> Hummingbird:
> https://1drv.ms/u/s!Aiu4OpBr4ph0hrt4DBcSXzzaD9M8oA?e=elvxaU
>
> Chat:
> https://1drv.ms/u/s!Aiu4OpBr4ph0hrt2gOBUCGfAuq9a-g?e=M1Y8Fs
>
> Oriole:
> https://1drv.ms/u/s!Aiu4OpBr4ph0hrt3m6-bjN8Vj8dlxQ?e=zQ5A56
>
> Matthew Bender
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Date: 1/8/21 4:15 pm
From: Matthew Bender <mxbender...>
Subject: [va-bird] Hummingbird, Chat, Oriole in Norfolk
Forgive me if these (especially the hummingbird) have already been reported.
I did not see these birds -- a relative in Norfolk sent me images posted
yesterday to Nextdoor by a woman from the Larchmont area in Norfolk. I
saved copies of the images at the links below.

I cannot vouch for their authenticity, but I thought it was worth posting
these here in case those in the Norfolk area can check things out. I also
don't know enough about winter hummingbirds to have an idea as to what this
guy might be.

Hummingbird:
https://1drv.ms/u/s!Aiu4OpBr4ph0hrt4DBcSXzzaD9M8oA?e=elvxaU

Chat:
https://1drv.ms/u/s!Aiu4OpBr4ph0hrt2gOBUCGfAuq9a-g?e=M1Y8Fs

Oriole:
https://1drv.ms/u/s!Aiu4OpBr4ph0hrt3m6-bjN8Vj8dlxQ?e=zQ5A56

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Date: 1/8/21 11:10 am
From: KEN LIPSHY <wuzupdoc12...>
Subject: [va-bird] Re: Black-capped Chickadee?
Having lived up in Northern Indiana I seem to remember that the BC had dark black on its wings that highlighted the white more, the cap is not straight but irregular towards the back and the bird is larger/ heavier and the chickADeeDee is a deeper voiced call.
I will take a look at the eBird link
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> On Jan 7, 2021, at 9:27 PM, Anita Huffman <aghuffman...> wrote:
>
> I'm sorry, but I can't see the picture. I was just making a comment. :)
> Can you see the front edge of the bib at all? Some Carolinas do have
> more white in the wings than others .
> Anita
>
>> On 1/7/21 9:20 PM, <nanjyoung...> wrote:
>> But you can see there is more white in the wings which indicates it
>> might be a Black-capped.
>>
>> Nancy Young
>> Troutville, VA
>>
>> -----Original Message----- From: Anita Huffman
>> Sent: Thursday, January 7, 2021 8:34 PM
>> To: <va-bird...>
>> Subject: [va-bird] Re: Black-capped Chickadee?
>>
>> I can't see the photo on ebird but BCs generally have a ragged lower
>> edge to the black bib and the Carolinas have a distinct straight edge.
>> Anita Huffman
>> Rugby, Va
>> Gray son County
>>
>>> On 1/7/21 7:54 PM, Judi Booker wrote:
>>> Dave Boltz alerted me that pictures aren't supported, so here's the
>>> link to the ebird list.
>>> https://ebird.org/checklist/S78822424
>>>
>>> Judi
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Date: 1/8/21 5:40 am
From: Terri Cuthriell <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender tcuthriell for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] New Virginia Incidental Take Regulation Comment Period
At their December meeting, the Board of the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources voted to propose a regulation that establishes a framework requiring a permit for the incidental take of migratory birds in Virginia. It's online now and out for public comment:  
https://dwr.virginia.gov/regulations/incidental-take-of-migratory-birds/
Please make comments to DWR by February 22, 2021, especially positive ones.  DWR has worked tirelessly with limited resources to establish a means to safeguard in Virginia what was for decades a federal precedent for bird protection.  
Thank you,Terri Cuthriell
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Date: 1/7/21 6:27 pm
From: Anita Huffman <aghuffman...>
Subject: [va-bird] Re: Black-capped Chickadee?
I'm sorry, but I can't see the picture. I was just making a comment. :)
Can you see the front edge of the bib at all? Some Carolinas do have
more white in the wings than others .
Anita

On 1/7/21 9:20 PM, <nanjyoung...> wrote:
> But you can see there is more white in the wings which indicates it
> might be a Black-capped.
>
> Nancy Young
> Troutville, VA
>
> -----Original Message----- From: Anita Huffman
> Sent: Thursday, January 7, 2021 8:34 PM
> To: <va-bird...>
> Subject: [va-bird] Re: Black-capped Chickadee?
>
> I can't see the photo on ebird but BCs generally have a ragged lower
> edge to the black bib and the Carolinas have a distinct straight edge.
> Anita Huffman
> Rugby, Va
> Gray son County
>
> On 1/7/21 7:54 PM, Judi Booker wrote:
>> Dave Boltz alerted me that pictures aren't supported, so here's the
>> link to the ebird list.
>> https://ebird.org/checklist/S78822424
>>
>> Judi
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Subject: [va-bird] Re: Black-capped Chickadee?
But you can see there is more white in the wings which indicates it might be
a Black-capped.

Nancy Young
Troutville, VA

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Sent: Thursday, January 7, 2021 8:34 PM
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: [va-bird] Re: Black-capped Chickadee?

I can't see the photo on ebird but BCs generally have a ragged lower
edge to the black bib and the Carolinas have a distinct straight edge.
Anita Huffman
Rugby, Va
Gray son County

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> Dave Boltz alerted me that pictures aren't supported, so here's the link
> to the ebird list.
> https://ebird.org/checklist/S78822424
>
> Judi

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Date: 1/7/21 5:35 pm
From: Anita Huffman <aghuffman...>
Subject: [va-bird] Re: Black-capped Chickadee?
I can't see the photo on ebird but BCs generally have a ragged lower
edge to the black bib and the Carolinas have a distinct straight edge.
Anita Huffman
Rugby, Va
Gray son County

On 1/7/21 7:54 PM, Judi Booker wrote:
> Dave Boltz alerted me that pictures aren't supported, so here's the link to the ebird list.
> https://ebird.org/checklist/S78822424
>
> Judi
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Date: 1/7/21 4:55 pm
From: Judi Booker <judib22...>
Subject: [va-bird] Re: Black-capped Chickadee?
Dave Boltz alerted me that pictures aren't supported, so here's the link to the ebird list.
https://ebird.org/checklist/S78822424

Judi
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Subject: [va-bird] Black-capped Chickadee?

I noticed that Dave Carr had recently seen a Black-capped Chickadee at Abrams Creek Wetland Preserve here in Winchester, so when I was there this morning, I kept an eye out. I'm not very experienced with id'ing them and would love for people's feedback on this chickadee I saw there this morning.
Thanks in advance!

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Subject: [va-bird] Black-capped Chickadee?
I noticed that Dave Carr had recently seen a Black-capped Chickadee at Abrams Creek Wetland Preserve here in Winchester, so when I was there this morning, I kept an eye out. I'm not very experienced with id'ing them and would love for people's feedback on this chickadee I saw there this morning.
Thanks in advance!

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Date: 1/7/21 12:05 pm
From: Marshall Faintich <marshall...>
Subject: [va-bird] Flicker update
Lickinghole Creek/Basin and Crozet Connector Trail; 1/7/2021; 26 avian
species including more photos of the Northern Flicker with red feathers.
Report and photos:


<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2021/2021_01_07.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2021/2021_01_07.htm



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Date: 1/7/21 6:28 am
From: Scott Priebe <falco57...>
Subject: [va-bird] Re: Brief Summary of the Fort Belvoir CBC, 2 Jan 2021
Kurt, Please consider adding Common Raven to the checklist as an expected species.
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Subject: [va-bird] Brief Summary of the Fort Belvoir CBC, 2 Jan 2021

Brief Summary of the Fort Belvoir CBC, 2 Jan 2021
Maryland and Virginia Birders,

Based upon preliminary reporting, the Ft Belvoir CBC tallied 114 species,
about 2 species over the average during my tenure as compiler. This total
is surprising given the pandemic likely depressed participation. Hence, the
results are a testament to the skills and commitment of our volunteers.
Furthermore, this fine showing is also due to the dedication and efforts of
the CBC Sector Leaders. I am grateful for all the volunteer contributions to
the count.

Although I cannot comment on species concentration at this time, I can touch
upon the highlights of which I am aware. Top species was undoubtably the
Clapper Rail at Huntley Meadows and a first record for the count; its
presence, now for over 2 months, is likely unprecedented on the east coast.
Also amazing was the report of Evening Grosbeak in the Pohick Creek area of
the Fort Belvoir base (not publicly accessible); a species not seen on this
count for over 20 years and an indication of the extent of the northern
finch irruption.

Adding to these amazing species was an incredible showing of other rails
across the circle. In addition to the Clapper Rail, Huntley Meadows
delivered a Sora. And, a boat trip into the marshes of Pohick Creek produced
multiple King Rail, Virginia Rail and Sora reports. Plus 2 Virginia Rails
were found in the Jackson Abbott marshes and one was found off the Neabsco
Creek marsh boardwalk. Additionally, the King Rail at Occoquan Bay NWR was
also recorded. To this observer, enhanced effort to learn more about rail
distribution in our area is merited.

The Cackling Goose on the Veteran's Park of Woodbridge ballfields, seen by
dozens, was tallied. A Northern Saw-whet Owl was heard in the early morning
hours at Leesylvania SP (opened for the count by special permission) and
multiple Merlin reports in the Leesylvania/Julie Metz/Huntley Meadows areas
are gladly welcomed. Baltimore Orioles in the Laurel Hill area of Fairfax
County were observed.

Difficult to find, but more regular species were noted such as displaying
American Woodcock at Occoquan Bay NWR and Fort Belvoir, multiple Wilson's
Snipe reports, Laughing Gull at Leesylvania SP, American Pipit off the
Piscataway boardwalk plus Pine Warbler at Occoquan Regional Park, multiple
Palm Warblers, and two Common Yellowthroats. (I note that Yellow-rumped
Warblers were in relatively low numbers this count.) And there were
widespread reports of Purple Finch and Pine Siskin.

Common Raven was reported in a few places, including the Mason Neck
peninsula. This is about 1-2 miles (as the corvid flies!) from the Indian
Head and Chapman Forest areas. The expansion of Common Raven into Virginia
coastal areas has been well-documented by the recent Breeding Bird Atlas.

Lastly, count week species were Horned Grebe and Orange-crowned Warbler.

Again, a major Thank You to All The Volunteers on Count Day!

Kurt Gaskill, Ft B compiler





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Date: 1/6/21 1:46 pm
From: Marlene A Condon <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender marlenecondon for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Re: article about eBird, in Outside magazine
Wow, this is perhaps the most honest reporting of birding culture I think I've ever read! Thanks so much for sharing it. Sincerely,Marlene In a message dated 1/5/2021 4:08:47 PM US Eastern Standard Time, <falcosteve2...> writes: 
Hello birders,Since many of you either use eBird, or know people who use it, I recommendthis  article in Outside magazine about the history, popularity, and"culture" of eBird.  I think it's balanced reporting, including somenegative aspects as well as positive.https://www.outsideonline.com/2419209/ebird-online-platform-app-birding<https://www.outsideonline.com/2419209/ebird-online-platform-app-birding>cheers,Steve JohnsonFairfax, Virginia  You are subscribed to VA-BIRD. To post to this mailing list, simply send email to <va-bird...> To unsubscribe, send email <tova-bird-request...> with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field.  You can also unsubscribe, change your mail delivery settings to digest mode, or temporarily disable emails with vacation mode by going to https://www.freelists.org/list/va-bird, entering your email and selecting the desired option from the drop down. 
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Date: 1/6/21 10:22 am
From: <dcharlesl...> <dcharlesl...>
Subject: [va-bird] Orange-crowned Warbler - Jones Point Park (Alexandria)
This afternoon, I saw an Oranges-crowned Warbler at Jones Point Park in Alexandria. Attached eBird checklist has location details:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S78781808

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Date: 1/5/21 2:05 pm
From: John Geenwood <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jakpak0821 for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] If Bluebirds are your thing
Visit Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna. I saw 10 this afternoon, several in pairs. Close-in views. The “experimental meadow” was full of White-throated Sparrows and a Brown Creeper made an appearance. Two foxes and a rhino (probably fake).

Jack Greenwood
Falls Church

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Date: 1/5/21 1:08 pm
From: Steve Johnson <falcosteve2...>
Subject: [va-bird] article about eBird, in Outside magazine
Hello birders,
Since many of you either use eBird, or know people who use it, I recommend
this article in Outside magazine about the history, popularity, and
"culture" of eBird. I think it's balanced reporting, including some
negative aspects as well as positive.
https://www.outsideonline.com/2419209/ebird-online-platform-app-birding

<https://www.outsideonline.com/2419209/ebird-online-platform-app-birding>
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Date: 1/5/21 8:54 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [va-bird] wildlife in Osprey & Bald Eagle nests
BALD EAGLE NESTS: GRAY SQUIRREL HABITAT?

Bierregaard

Reese

Poole

Mitchell Byrd (surface mail)

Watts

Therres

PA fish & game

DE

NJ

Broley books

HTA BAEA & OSPR books

Bill Clark

Bildstein

VA-BIRD

MDOSPREY

GLA

HLW & LMD

Scarpulla

Bill Williams

Whitbeck, Matt

Holger Pflicke

Reese Lukei

Rudy Cashwell


Hi, Im considering writing an article - IF enough information is forthcoming - on the use of Bald Eagle nests in the Middle Atlantic Region by Gray Squirrels.


Last year George L. Armistead & I saw GRSQs in 2 BAEA nests, the only such nests we examined. GLA photographed a GRSQ in his nest, in NE Philadelphia. My nest was on our property in Talbot County, MD.


Above you will see the list of contacts I have, rather hastily, created. Please let me know of any others that might be helpful.


Perhaps a GRSQ sees a BAEA nest as a potential or actual drey.


Please let me know your experience with this possibility, or lack of it.


I plan to publish the results, if there are any, in Maryland Birdlife, or, if this turns out to be widespread, submit it to the Auk or the Condor. Many thanks for your experiences or ideas.


Also of interest, although secondarily, is the use of Osprey nests, especially those offshore, by House Sparrows, something I have seen numerous times.


Needless to say, full attribution of any information you send will be duly acknowledged, IF a publication results. If it doesnt, Ill acknowledge what ever you send informally anyway.


Henry (Harry) T. Armistead, 8 S. Letitia St., Apt. 202, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3025. 215.913.4785 (mobile phone; seldom used).


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Date: 1/5/21 8:34 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [va-bird] Bull's Ponds sector, Cape Charles Christmas Bird Count, December 30, 2020.
BULLS PONDS SECTOR, 56th CAPE CHARLES, VIRGINIA, CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2020.

snow goose 300. Canada goose 125. brant 0. tundra swan 8. wood duck 5. American wigeon 15. American black duck 19. mallard 33. green-winged teal 76. surf scoter 314. scoter unIDd 20 (dark-winged). common eider 1 (ES,TS; through the grapevine Ive heard at least 3 parties saw common eiders, a record for this CBC; 3 ad. males were off Smith I., fide DC; Ive heard 70 or so are at Ocean City, MD). long-tailed duck 10. bufflehead 310. hooded merganser 31. red-breasted merganser 122. ruddy duck 2.


wild turkey 30 (at start of Rt. 600; LA,HTA). northern bobwhite 1 (GLA; on the cusp of extirpation). red-throated loon 1. common loon 7. horned grebe 3. northern gannet 55. brown pelican 19. double-crested cormorant 232*. great blue heron 8. great egret 1. snowy egret 1. tricolored heron 1.


golden eagle 1 imm. (MB,BT, seen with 10X bins & 20X scope, all dark above and below, but with neatly demarcated white on wings and tail base, dihedral flight pattern, well-seen). black vulture 75*. turkey vulture 698*. bald eagle 30* (at least 2 active nests in this sector). northern harrier 5. sharp-shinned hawk 1. Copers hawk 1. red-shouldered hawk 4. red-tailed hawk 9. American kestrel 4. merlin 5*.


clapper rail 3 (EO). Virginia rail 2 (GLA). black-bellied plover 4. killdeer 108. American oystercatcher 4. greater yellowlegs 26. willet 1. dunlin 24. Wilsons snipe 1 (GLA). American woodcock 48 (DC,NN,GLA,KK).


ring-billed gull 94. herring gull 56. great black-backed gull 82. rock pigeon 200. mourning dove 1. Eurasian collared dove 0. great horned owl 1 (DC). belted kingfisher 3. red-bellied woodpecker 3. yellow-bellied sapsucker 1. downy woodpecker 6. northern flicker 16.


eastern phoebe 2. blue jay 1 (!!). American crow 66. fish crow 1. crow unIDd 65. tree swallow 3. Carolina chickadee 17. tufted titmouse 1. red-breasted nuthatch 1. brown-headed nuthatch 7. Carolina wren 40 house wren 4. winter wren 2. sedge wren 1 (EO). brown creeper 2.


golden-crowned kinglet 4. ruby-crowned kinglet 7. eastern bluebird 26. hermit thrush 5. American robin 78. gray catbird 6. northern mockingbird 18. European starling 294. American pipit 1. orange-crowned warbler 3 (OCWA has been increasingly noticeable on these Middle Atlantic CBCs, and even up to Philadelphia, perhaps, benefiting from global warming. ?). yellow-rumped (myrtle) warbler 620. palm warbler 4.


eastern towhee 3. chipping sparrow 48. field sparrow 9. Savannah sparrow 3. seaside sparrow 1 (EO). fox sparrow 7. song sparrow 47. swamp sparrow 17. white-throated sparrow 47. dark-eyed (slate-colored) junco 14. northern cardinal 39.


red-winged blackbird 447. eastern meadowlark 25. common grackle 150. boat-tailed grackle 60 (EO). brown-headed cowbird 210. evening grosbeak 2 ( ES,TS). purple finch 1. house finch 4. pine siskin 102. American goldfinch 89.


* asterisk indicates wide-ranging, conspicuous species whose totals the compilers may see fit to reduce to try to avoid duplicate sightings. When I compiled Id often reduce these by 20% or 25%. A judgement call.


boldface and underscored species and/or totals are of most interest, but not necessarily unusual.


106 species. 3 sub-parties plus brief visits by Dan Cristol and Nick Newberry, George Armistead, and Ellison Orcutt, all of whom located unique species (total of 9 uniques). Theres something to be said for poaching, in moderation. These 4 observers had all finished their assigned areas before they began poaching.


6 white-tailed deer.


OBSERVERS:


Evan Spears & Ty Smith, west sector (from S side of Rt. 704 down to Sunset Beach Resort and CBBT HQ, south part of Kiptopeke State Park, Taylor Pond, the hawkwatch platform area, and also ESVNWR-Wise Point Road).


Michael Braun & Bob Toner, Magothy Bay Natural Area Preserve and Bulls Drive-Bulls Landing, mostly on foot.


Kristin Klein, Liz & Harry Armistead, ESVNWR, Ramp Lane, Route 600, GATR Tract, S side of Magotha Rd. & CBBT overlook.


The Spears-Smith and Braun-Toner lists contributed the roast beef for our species list total, although, Lord knows, Liz, Kristin and I tried.


EFFORT: hours: on foot 18, by car 13. miles: on foot 12, by car 38. 0.5 hrs. owling, 1 mile owling.


WEATHER: a gem; clear, winds SW10 becoming calm then SW15-20, 32-50 degrees F., above normal tide high at start then below normal low late in the day. full moon Dec. 29.


MISTAKES ?? See any please let me know.


Thanks. The Spears-Smith and Braun-Toner lists received promptly, neat and complete.


I may post a version of this report on VA-BIRD soon.


- Harry Armistead, January 3, 2021.


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Date: 1/4/21 3:48 pm
From: Marshall Faintich <marshall...>
Subject: [va-bird] Snowy Owl
Rockingham and Augusta Counties, VA; 1/4/2021; 25+ avian species including
Snowy Owl, Red-tailed Hawks, Red-shouldered Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, American
Kestrels, and Bald Eagle. Report and photos:


<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2021/2021_01_04.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2021/2021_01_04.htm



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Date: 1/3/21 12:17 pm
From: <nanjyoung...>
Subject: [va-bird] Re: "Trash Birds" or "Treasure Birds"
Thanks, Dave, for the stories you posted.
I've heard that Starlings in England are considered songbirds that are nice
to have around and to listen to.
It's pretty neat to hear a wolf whistle from a Starling as you walk by a
tree. This happened to me at the mall one day a few years ago.
By the way, I've learned not to say, "I love Blue Jays" in public. It's
unbelievable to me how people react. So many think the birds are just awful
pests and can't imagine liking them. What?! Such a gorgeous bird and funny
and smart too. I buy peanuts in the shell for them to keep them coming back
to my yard.

Nancy Young
Troutville, VA

-----Original Message-----
From: David Gibson
Sent: Wednesday, December 30, 2020 4:34 PM
To: Virginia Bird
Subject: [va-bird] "Trash Birds" or "Treasure Birds"

Some people consider European Starlings "trash birds." Such was the case
with Joanne, a veterinarian from Maryland. But she changed her mind after a
brief encounter with one at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. Here's her
story <http://birdpartner.com/2020/12/30/life-lesson/>. I hope you enjoy
it. Happy New Year, and thank you so much for taking time to read my bird
blog this past year.
Dave Gibson
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Date: 1/3/21 10:20 am
From: Ed Wallace <mottledduck...>
Subject: [va-bird] Cackling Goose at Roach's Run
All,
This morning I birded several places along the Potomac River. Miserable - cold rain. However, I thought I saw one or two cackling goose in a group of 60 Canada geese about 200 yards away while I was shivering. I snapped a bunch of pictures. Since I was not sure, I did not post earlier till I had a chance to look at my pictures.

The picture in this ebird record looks like the only on I got.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S78557224

I think this is one of the two I saw in DC on New Year's Day on the other side of the Potomac at Hanes Point.




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Date: 1/3/21 6:16 am
From: DAVID GASKILL <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender kurtcapt87 for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Rough-legged Hawk Pr Wm Co Landfill today
Seen at about 0900 hovering over SE corner of landfill cap; viewing from soccer field parking lot at entrance to landfill.

Sherman Suter and Kurt Gaskill

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Date: 1/2/21 1:09 pm
From: John Geenwood <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jakpak0821 for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Hooded Mergansers, again
Two drakes and a female, possibly the same ones reported 12/13/2020, on the large pond at the entrance to the Fairview Park complex, Falls Church. Excellent views. Another birder indicated hoodies were there in Feb and March 2020.

Jack Greenwood
Falls Church

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Date: 1/2/21 10:25 am
From: Allen Bryan <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender nshrike1 for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Evening Grosbeaks
I returned this morning to Shirley Plantation Road, the first long tree line as you enter off of Highway 5.  The Evening Grosbeak flock was a conservative 100.  Both noisy and impressive.  They can be hit or miss at this location but have been reliable the last two days around 9:15 a.m.
https://visitingnature.com/main/january-2021/
Enjoy each day,
Allen

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Date: 1/1/21 1:25 pm
From: Jane Beavers <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender pjbeavers for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Re: Banded Ipswich Sparrows
Love it!

Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone


On Thursday, December 31, 2020, 8:31 PM, josephine king <dmarc-noreply...> wrote:

Very nice!

Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone


On Thursday, December 31, 2020, 3:06 PM, William Hohenstein <wghohenstein...> wrote:

My son and I came across several Savannah Ipswich Sparrows in the flats
behind the South Beach Parking lots at Chincoteague NWR.  Two of them were
banded and one of those was an old friend. A sparrow we first found in the
winter of 2018-2019 in the exact same spot.  This amazing little sparrow
has flown from Sable Island off the coast of Newfoundland at least three
times and has made the return trip at least twice.  Sable Island is 26
miles long and sits 190 miles off the coast of Newfoundland.
Photos of the sparrows can be found here.  I'll send a report to the
banders later today.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/73831614@N00/albums/72157717652015567

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Date: 1/1/21 11:38 am
From: Allen Bryan <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender nshrike1 for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Birding East of Richmond
I got out to Jordan Point then drove through Charles City County to eastern Henrico and lastly over to Henricus Park this morning.  Activity was decent even though lighting conditions could have obviously been better.
Some birds can be found at:
https://visitingnature.com/main/january-2021/
Happy New Year and enjoy each day,
Allen

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Date: 1/1/21 9:58 am
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Subject: [va-bird] Ruby-crowned kinglet
While waiting for the sapsucker to return suddenly a ruby crowned Kinglet appeared! Write in my holly tree in the front yard
Mb from nova

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Date: 1/1/21 9:01 am
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Subject: [va-bird] Yellow-bellied sapsucker female
Just now there was a yellow-bellied sapsucker at my holly tree! It is more skittery than I'm used to and anytime I try to take a picture it leaves, so I have to quit trying to take pictures so it can feed.

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Date: 12/31/20 5:31 pm
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Subject: [va-bird] Re: Banded Ipswich Sparrows
Very nice!

Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone


On Thursday, December 31, 2020, 3:06 PM, William Hohenstein <wghohenstein...> wrote:

My son and I came across several Savannah Ipswich Sparrows in the flats
behind the South Beach Parking lots at Chincoteague NWR.  Two of them were
banded and one of those was an old friend. A sparrow we first found in the
winter of 2018-2019 in the exact same spot.  This amazing little sparrow
has flown from Sable Island off the coast of Newfoundland at least three
times and has made the return trip at least twice.  Sable Island is 26
miles long and sits 190 miles off the coast of Newfoundland.
Photos of the sparrows can be found here.  I'll send a report to the
banders later today.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/73831614@N00/albums/72157717652015567

Bill


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Date: 12/31/20 2:10 pm
From: Geraldine Shannon <gashannon54...>
Subject: [va-bird] Re: Ben Brenman Park (Alexandria) - Common Goldeneye x 2
Thank you.
Gerry Shannon
Sent from my iPhone


> On Dec 31, 2020, at 5:03 PM, charlene johnson <charleneandpaul...> wrote:
>
> I believe they are both females. Photo attached. C.
>
> [cid:<AA3B6700-DA05-4438-9F77-03934F06F3FE...>]
>
> On Dec 31, 2020, at 3:23 PM, Geraldine Shannon <gashannon54...><mailto:<gashannon54...>> wrote:
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> Hi Dave,
> I was there yesterday and saw only one. What sexes are they?
> Gerry Shannon
>
> ________________________________
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>
> This morning I saw that there are now 2 Common Goldeneye at Ben Brenman Park.
> David Ledwith
> Falls Church, VA
>
> ________________________________
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> A Common Goldeneye is currently at Ben Brenman Park in Alexandria.
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From: charlene johnson <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender charleneandpaul for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Re: Ben Brenman Park (Alexandria) - Common Goldeneye x 2
I believe they are both females. Photo attached. C.


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> Hi Dave,
> I was there yesterday and saw only one. What sexes are they?
> Gerry Shannon
>
> ________________________________
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> This morning I saw that there are now 2 Common Goldeneye at Ben Brenman Park.
> David Ledwith
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>
> ________________________________
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Date: 12/31/20 12:53 pm
From: Bryan H <bghenson23...>
Subject: [va-bird] 2020 Loudoun Co Highlights
Top birds found in the county:
1. Ruff - The Ruff found by Michael Sciortino at the Middlesex Drive
Pond in July was probably Loudoun County's biggest birding attraction of
the year - 220 pictures logged to eBird! - county first -
https://ebird.org/checklist/S71192565
2. White-winged Crossbill - Found by Bruce Hill in his yard in November
- country first, but one day wonder -
https://ebird.org/checklist/S71192565
3. Dunlin - found by Diane Nastase in November at Meadowbrook Farm Ponds
- https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S75611460
4. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - found by Allison G in Sept at Algonkian
Park - https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S73260756
5. Buff-breasted Sandpiper - found by Bryan Henson in Sept at Haverford
Square Fields - https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S73152127
6. Least Bittern - found by Colin Little in May at Bles Park -
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S69049154
7. White Ibis - found by Colin Little at Olde Izaak Walton Pond in
August - https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S72630776
8. Connecticut Warbler - found by Michael Sciortino and Michael Mayers
in October at Dulles Greenway Wetlands -
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S74412297


Birds Just Outside the County (technicalities or high interest):

- Evening Grosbeaks - found by Jane Yocom in November at Cool Springs
Battlefield (Clarke Co, VA) - these birds were enjoyed by many folks as one
of the few sightings of Grosbeaks on accessible property in the area -
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S76281122
- Black Scoter - found by Bryan Henson in November on the Potomac River
(Montgomery Co, MD) from Algonkian Park -
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S76397086
- Red-throated Loon - found by Bryan henson in April on the Potomac
River (Montgomery Co, MD) from Algonkian Park -
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S66474289


Stats

- In all, Loudoun recorded 5 new bird species to eBird in 2020.
- 229 species (9th in the state) were found during 2020 across 7500+
checklists (4th in the state).
- 229 is a bit less than the banner year we had in 2018 where 236
species were found in the county, but certainly one of our most successful
years for finding species diversity.

Allison had a great year - 214 species in eBird, with a handful of those
technically in Montgomery County (Red-throated Loon, Black Scoter) for 212
county species for the year in Loudoun! That would be one more than any
previous county year that I'm aware of.

Personally, I added 14 new birds to my county list, so I was very happy
with how local birding went this year.

I birded Algonkian Park mostly all year. During the initial pandemic
shutdown, they closed the road into the park. This enabled the possibility
of birding the road without concern of being run over by a car and being
able to hear birds along the road. This led to finding a Hooded Warbler (
https://ebird.org/checklist/S67893845 ) in a spot that isn't commonly
birded just off the road. When birding Algonkian Park in normal times, we
often drive down to the boat ramp or the waterpark area and start birding
there. With the road closed, we ended up birding some of the paths that we
might normally skip over in the car. It was a great year in the park. In
total, the park recorded 185 species in eBird. With 10 new species being
recorded, moving the lifetime hotspot total in eBird up to 217 species.
Highlights at the park not mentioned above include Kentucky Warbler (first
found in many years), Cerulean Warbler (
https://ebird.org/checklist/S68035035 ), Golden-winged Warbler (
https://ebird.org/checklist/S68696501 ), Black-billed Cuckoo, Evening
Grosbeak (heard), and Olive-sided Flycatcher (during a NVBC walk!!).

Unfortunately, one of our birder friends, AR, moved out of the area and is
enjoying different birding scenery in Florida. AR birded Algonkian pretty
much every day (informally at least), so we'll miss running into him and
all the wonderful birds he used to find around here.

*Bird Trends I noticed:*
More commonly found than typical years:

- Connecticut Warbler
- Golden-winged Warbler
- Irruptive species (Pine Siskins, Purple Finches, Red-breasted
Nuthatches, White-breasted Nuthatches, American Goldfinches)
- Black-billed Cuckoo
- Wilson's Warbler
- Shorebirds/Marsh birds - Pectoral Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers,
Semipalmated Sandpipers, Ibises, Dulin, Bitterns, etc.
- American Pipits

Less commonly found:

- Red-headed Woodpeckers
- Eastern Screen-Owls

Back to normal-ish numbers?:

- Tufted Titmouse
- Carolina Chickadee

Hope you had a great year birding!

Stay well and Happy New Year,
Bryan


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Date: 12/31/20 12:44 pm
From: Michael Shank <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender tallwhiteoak for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Snowy Owl
      Va Birders,There has been a Snowy Owl reported in the Mount Crawford Va. area. It is around the Smileys Ice Cream store there.
     Michael Shank


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Date: 12/31/20 12:24 pm
From: Geraldine Shannon <gashannon54...>
Subject: [va-bird] Re: Ben Brenman Park (Alexandria) - Common Goldeneye x 2
Hi Dave,
I was there yesterday and saw only one. What sexes are they?
Gerry Shannon

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Subject: [va-bird] Re: Ben Brenman Park (Alexandria) - Common Goldeneye x 2

This morning I saw that there are now 2 Common Goldeneye at Ben Brenman Park.
David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA

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A Common Goldeneye is currently at Ben Brenman Park in Alexandria.
David Ledwith
Falls Church,VA

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Date: 12/31/20 12:19 pm
From: Vineeta <vineetaa...>
Subject: [va-bird] Paid wildlife study internship to study American kestrels with housing opportunity
Sharing from my neighborhood list.
For young people interested in wildlife biology, this opportunity to study
American Kestrels at the beautiful Clifton Institute in Warrenton sounds
like a great opportunity and very COVID safe.
Vineeta in Alexandria
Employment Opportunities – The Clifton Institute
<https://cliftoninstitute.org/employment/>

Employment Opportunities – The Clifton Institute

<https://cliftoninstitute.org/employment/>



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Date: 12/31/20 12:06 pm
From: William Hohenstein <wghohenstein...>
Subject: [va-bird] Banded Ipswich Sparrows
My son and I came across several Savannah Ipswich Sparrows in the flats
behind the South Beach Parking lots at Chincoteague NWR. Two of them were
banded and one of those was an old friend. A sparrow we first found in the
winter of 2018-2019 in the exact same spot. This amazing little sparrow
has flown from Sable Island off the coast of Newfoundland at least three
times and has made the return trip at least twice. Sable Island is 26
miles long and sits 190 miles off the coast of Newfoundland.
Photos of the sparrows can be found here. I'll send a report to the
banders later today.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/73831614@N00/albums/72157717652015567

Bill


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Date: 12/31/20 10:16 am
From: Marlene A Condon <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender marlenecondon for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Quick nature report from western Albemarle
It's been an interesting fall into winter.   I've had a female towhee here pretty much every day (including today), and until just recently, a Hermit Thrush would start every morning off in my front yard by calling while it was still darkish out. 
A Fox Sparrow has put in appearances from time to time this month, along with one or more Pine Siskins. Red-breasted Nuthatches are around every day, and a Brown Creeper shows up occasionally.  On my daily walk I recently heard a phoebe chipping, which then landed on the nearby fence as if to say "hello"!  Heard Canada Geese migrating at dusk on Dec. 14.  Had a Great Horned Owl hooting ALL NIGHT on my property Dec. 16--something I've never experienced before. It called right into the morning when I left to walk so I know where it was north of my house. Strangely, I haven't heard it since.  The local Barred Owl has been rather quiet, but I SAW a Barred Owl on Dec. 10. It was perched low on a tree along the road where I walk, something I've not experienced around here before. It was hard to leave it to come home--I could've stared at it all day!   On Dec. 28 saw a Bald Eagle bringing a large branch to its nest at the local reservoir west of my house, so I guess the pair is g
oing to nest despite construction work taking place on the dam for most of 2021, if I'm not mistaken. I'd seen both eagles on my morning walks a few times before this, something that is unusual. I had thought they might have been scared away from the dam because of the construction activity, but I guess it's not enough to deter them from nesting.  Have been hearing a Red Fox coming by barking on most evenings for weeks. And a surprising discovery is that rabbits come to salt blocks! Have a block up on my porch and saw a bunny come along the sidewalk like it knew exactly where it was going. Hopped right up onto the porch and started licking the salt block!  Heard a Wood Frog (!!!!!) near my little pond shortly after 1 PM on Dec. 4 when the temps were mild. A mama bear was out with 2 cubs of the year on Dec. 11 when it was also mild.   That's all I have time for now. Happy New Year to everyone!  Sincerely,Marlene  
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Date: 12/31/20 8:40 am
From: <dcharlesl...> <dcharlesl...>
Subject: [va-bird] Re: Ben Brenman Park (Alexandria) - Common Goldeneye x 2
This morning I saw that there are now 2 Common Goldeneye at Ben Brenman Park.
David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA

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Subject: [va-bird] Ben Brenman Park (Alexandria) - Common Goldeneye

A Common Goldeneye is currently at Ben Brenman Park in Alexandria.
David Ledwith
Falls Church,VA

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Date: 12/30/20 1:37 pm
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: [va-bird] "Trash Birds" or "Treasure Birds"
Some people consider European Starlings "trash birds." Such was the case
with Joanne, a veterinarian from Maryland. But she changed her mind after a
brief encounter with one at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. Here's her
story <http://birdpartner.com/2020/12/30/life-lesson/>. I hope you enjoy
it. Happy New Year, and thank you so much for taking time to read my bird
blog this past year.
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/


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Date: 12/30/20 1:19 pm
From: Marshall Faintich <marshall...>
Subject: [va-bird] Some good photos
Old Trail; Crozet, VA; 12/30/2020; 34 avian species including my FOS Fox
Sparrow and a juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk. Report and photos:


<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2020/2020_12_30.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2020/2020_12_30.htm



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Crozet, VA

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

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Date: 12/30/20 12:37 pm
From: Betty Wittman <watershed88...>
Subject: [va-bird] ID help
Best educated guess, is this a greater or less or scalp?


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Date: 12/30/20 7:55 am
From: <dcharlesl...> <dcharlesl...>
Subject: [va-bird] Snow Goose - Reston (Fairfax County)
This morning I saw a Snow Goose (juvenile blue morph) in Reston. Here is my eBird checklist for directions:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S78255121

David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA

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Date: 12/30/20 6:13 am
From: Renee Grebe <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender grebebird for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Common Goldeneye @ Occoquan Bay NWR
We took a nice long walk all around Occoquan Bay NWR on Tuesday morning and the most exciting bird we saw was a Common Goldeneye, around 10:45am, close-ish to shore, mid-way between Charlie and Easy Roads, off the Deephole Point Road. It was loosely associating with a raft of ~30 ruddy ducks.
Other noteworthy bird species seen on our walk included:
- Lots of scaup (sp)

- We saw one on land, behind one of the duck blinks mid-way/north on Deephole Point Road. We couldn't tell if it was injured, but it seemed highly unusual to be on land. It seemed to hunker down in between debris - we didn't want to further harass it.

- Ruddy ducks
- Pied billed grebes
- Turkeys
- Golden crowned kinglets
- Ruby crowned kinglets
- Thrasher
- Hermit Thrush
- 4 species of sparrow (Field, Song, White-throated, Swamp)
- Cedar waxwings
- Several bald eagles
- A white plastic bag at the very top of a tree which we tried to make into a snowy owl (it was not - lol)
-Renee Grebe Alexandria, VA


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Date: 12/30/20 5:53 am
From: Kurt Gaskill <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender kurtcapt87 for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Fort Belvoir CBC Count Week starts NOW
VA BIRDers, esp. those in No. Virginia,


Count Week for the Fort Belvoir CBC, scheduled for Saturday, Jan 2, begins
today. Count Week species are typically those unusual or transitory birds
that do not get tallied on count day yet presence is recorded for posterity
in the National Audubon database. This means is if you find an unusual or
maybe hard to locate species, documenting it (Ebird is useful in this
regard) will start the process. An obvious example is the Clapper Rail at
Huntley Meadows (or the Sora, if its still around).



The way to do this is to provide details on why you ID the species or
provide a photo along with information on location and time/date. You can
send the information to me or, perhaps easier, enter it into Ebird.



There are many potential Count Week species. A comprehensive list would be
quite long (and may bore some readers to a deep sleep) but let me provide
some other examples which are known to happen with some (but not yearly)
regularity in the count circle.



Any swan other than Tundra (aka Whistling). Any goose other than Canada.
Scoters. Curiously Horned Grebe as the population has plummeted and is not
quite regular near Jan 1 in our area. And maybe there is a hummingbird
coming to a local feeder? Any Shorebird other than Killdeer; Wilson's Snipe
info is quite useful. All the rails - the only "regular" winter rail in our
areas is King Rail at OBNWR; given recent information as well as sightings
from last winter, it seems likely that Sora, Virginia Rail and King Rail are
likely present elsewhere in the circle. This winter Red-headed Woodpeckers
are at a premium. Eastern Phoebes are usually around, but numbers are
limited so adding to the database is useful. Both Marsh and Sedge Wrens are
valuable to document. We "almost" get Gray Catbird and Brown Thrasher each
year but insurance is always desired with info on these species. Any warbler
other than Yellow-rumped. American Tree Sparrow is getting more difficult
to find and other unusual sparrows are most welcome. And then there is the
ever popular Baltimore Oriole (or even any oriole!). There are many other
unusual species that I have not listed but I suspect if you find one, you
will know it!



The Ft Belvoir Circle roughly covers Huntley Meadows west to Lake Accotink,
south thru Burke Lake and the Lorton area, and then Occoquan Bay NWR, Julie
Metz and Leesylvania SP, north thru Mason Neck, Gunston, Fort Belvoir, Mount
Vernon and Fort Hunt. And east to portions of Maryland from Piscataway Creek
south to the Mattawoman marshes.



Thank you!



Kurt Gaskill, compiler Ft B CBC



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Date: 12/30/20 5:16 am
From: Allen Bryan <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender nshrike1 for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Mattamuskeet NWR and Hyde County, NC Visit (Extralimital)
I traveled to Mattamuskeet NWR and the Hyde County area over the last two days for the CBC and to enjoy some photography.  The highlight of trip was an Ash-throated Flycatcher but the entire area is always a pleasure to visit and get inundated with birds and wildlife.
Some information and photographs can be found at:
https://visitingnature.com/main/december-2020/

I have also included a link to some additional photographs on Northern Red-tailed Hawks at:
https://visitingnature.com/main/abieticola/


Enjoy each day and have a great new year,
Allen

(Note I include this listserv because I know they enjoy an annual visit to the refuge each winter.)


Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 12/30/20 3:38 am
From: Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' <RoweRA...>
Subject: [va-bird] Evening Grosbeaks and Pine Siskins in Amherst Co.
Yesterday, my daughter, Lucy, and I headed over to Amherst Co to a friend's house who has had Evening Grosbeaks and Pine Siskins at her feeders for several weeks. Laura is a member of the Rockbridge County Bird Club who is the conservation biologist at Lynchburg University. On Monday, John Pancake contacted me to let me know that he had been to Laura's and that there were about 40 Evening Grosbeaks and 10 Pine Siskins visiting the feeders. John said that the "trees were dripping with birds", which I took to be a little poetic license, but John was absolutely correct! There are many different species of birds and 3 friendly dogs at Laura's. The birds didn't sit high in the trees to be admired, they came down to Laura's many feeders and posed very nicely.
I have up-loaded some photos of the Grosbeaks and Siskins to my Flickr site. You'll see that the birds allowed us very good viewing and up-close photographing::

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

Laura is gracious enough to allow other birder to come and visit. She asks that you contact her first so that she can be home and give you status of the EVGR. Her contact info:

Laura Henry-Stone
540 - 817-0285<tel:540%20-%20817-0285>

Dick Rowe
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Date: 12/29/20 12:11 pm
From: Marshall Faintich <marshall...>
Subject: [va-bird] Crozet, VA
Lickinghole Creek and Basin/Crozet Connector Trail; 12/29/2020; 24 avian
species. Report and photos:


http://www.faintich.net/Blog2020/2020_12_29.htm



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Crozet, VA

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Date: 12/28/20 4:47 pm
From: Ashley Lohr <aklohr...>
Subject: [va-bird] Re: Early Woodcocks Continuing - Western Culpeper County
I heard at least a couple woodcocks peenting & displaying on November 21
near Appomattox.
Ashley Lohr
Lynchburg / Loudoun County

On Mon, Dec 28, 2020 at 6:23 PM Caroline Heald <cemmetheald...>
wrote:

>
> Heard two peenting this evening while two others were flying, twittering
> and making flight sounds. Heard a single male peenting on November 16,
> December 6, and December 11, but this sounded like full courtship mode. In
> 2017 I heard them regularly starting on New Years Day, but this year is the
> earliest.
>
> Caroline Heald
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Date: 12/28/20 3:23 pm
From: Caroline Heald <cemmetheald...>
Subject: [va-bird] Early Woodcocks Continuing - Western Culpeper County

Heard two peenting this evening while two others were flying, twittering and making flight sounds. Heard a single male peenting on November 16, December 6, and December 11, but this sounded like full courtship mode. In 2017 I heard them regularly starting on New Years Day, but this year is the earliest.

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Date: 12/28/20 2:04 pm
From: Jim G <jgouldoz...>
Subject: [va-bird] 20 Evening Grosbeaks - Charles City County, Shirley Plantation, VA
Hello VA Birders,
I am always amazed that we are so willing to share locations of birds, with
the hope that fellow birders will find and enjoy them in an ethical manner.

Today, I was able to locate a flock of approximately 20 Evening Grosbeaks,
thanks to the emailed guidance of local birder Allen Bryan. The rare birds
were located along a seemingly boring stretch of trees along Shirley
Plantation Road, near Route 5 in Charles City County. I probably would
have driven right by if I weren't told to do otherwise by Bryan.

Although I did manage to get my LIFER Evening Grosbeak on the Outer Banks
(Dare County, NC) this year, where I live. I only saw 1 male on that
occasion. So, to see 20 was amazing, and to get decent photos was "icing on
the cake."

I hope that you all get to enjoy Evening Grosbeaks and other rarities this
winter, and thanks again for all the help.

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Southern Shores, NC
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Date: 12/27/20 7:08 pm
From: Larry Cartwright <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender prowarbler for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Re: Common Goldeneye at Ben Brenman: Rufous at Green Spring
Vineeta,

Yes, it was me. We all looked like a bunch of bandits out there today. 😊 Hope you guys got to see the Goldeneye.

In a communication with Kurt Gaskill, bander Bruce Peterjohn said that it would be highly unlikely, but he wanted to make sure that this Rufous was not the same female that he banded in 2012. So no, he hasn't totally ruled it out.

As far as the banding goes, the permit process will not be completed until Dec 29 at the earliest. The public will not be invited to view the banding, but the POC at Green Spring will send me the report for CBC and VARCOM documentation. You were there, so you know how active she was today, perching, then hawking insects, then hitting the feeder. Then perching some more. The only time she appears to get nervous is when too many folks get too close to the feeder or trellis.

Larry Cartwright
Compiler, Huntley Meadows Eastern Bluebird Nest Box Program
Compiler, Dyke Marsh Breeding Bird Survey
Compiler, District of Columbia Christmas Bird Count
Compiler Audubon Society of Northern Virginia Winter Waterfowl Count
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To: Larry Cartwright <prowarbler...>
Cc: VA Bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [va-bird] Re: Common Goldeneye at Ben Brenman: Rufous at Green Spring

Larry, I think you were there this afternoon when my friend and I got to Green Spring, but with masks on it's so hard to identify people. We were pleased to see her again and photograph her. Does anyone know if she's the same one who was banded back in the winter of 2012/2013 although that would be quite a stretch. I read that the oldest recorded was a female who was at least 8 years 11 months when she was recaught and released during banding in British Columbia.
Regards, Vineeta in Alexandria
"Choose to be optimistic. It feels better.” Dalai Lama XIV


On Sun, Dec 27, 2020 at 3:40 PM Larry Cartwright < <dmarc-noreply...> wrote:

> I took a brief break from reviewing Christmas Bird Count data and went
> to some nearby parks to get outside a bit.
>
>
> I found the hen Common Goldeneye initially reported by David Ledwith
> at Ben Brenman Park diving and quite active today. I found her on the
> far side of the pond (opposite side from restrooms) near the bridge.
>
>
>
> I then went to Green Spring where the Rufous Hummingbird put on a good
> show, hawking flying insects (yes, there were quite a few around) and
> hitting the feeder beside the arbor trellis quite frequently. She
> perches on the Trumpet Honeysuckle, mostly favoring the right side of
> the trellis as you are looking at the house. Please give her some
> space. She comes to the feeders most readily if you stand back from
> the trellis; the outer part of
> the little circle is a good spot. She tends to shy away when you are
> close
> to the trellis or the feeder.
>
>
>
> Larry Cartwright
>
> Compiler, Huntley Meadows Eastern Bluebird Nest Box Program
>
> Compiler, Dyke Marsh Breeding Bird Survey
>
> Compiler, District of Columbia Christmas Bird Count
>
> Compiler Audubon Society of Northern Virginia Winter Waterfowl Count
>
> <prowarbler...> <mailto:<prowarbler...>
>
> 6722 Fern Lane
>
> Annandale, Va. 22003
>
> (Landline) 703-941-3142
>
> (Cell) 571-359-2395
>
>
>
>
>
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Date: 12/27/20 4:59 pm
From: Karen Fairweather <twofairs...>
Subject: [va-bird] Late report: Northern Parula and Palm Warblers at Jones Point Park, Alexandria
Seen about 1:30p this afternoon foraging together in riverside undergrowth off the Lighthouse trail.

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Arlington, VA

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Date: 12/27/20 4:38 pm
From: Vineeta <vineetaa...>
Subject: [va-bird] Re: Common Goldeneye at Ben Brenman: Rufous at Green Spring
Larry, I think you were there this afternoon when my friend and I got to
Green Spring, but with masks on it's so hard to identify people. We were
pleased to see her again and photograph her. Does anyone know if she's the
same one who was banded back in the winter of 2012/2013 although that would
be quite a stretch. I read that the oldest recorded was a female who was at
least 8 years 11 months when she was recaught and released during banding
in British Columbia.
Regards, Vineeta in Alexandria
"Choose to be optimistic. It feels better.” Dalai Lama XIV


On Sun, Dec 27, 2020 at 3:40 PM Larry Cartwright <
<dmarc-noreply...> wrote:

> I took a brief break from reviewing Christmas Bird Count data and went to
> some nearby parks to get outside a bit.
>
>
> I found the hen Common Goldeneye initially reported by David Ledwith at Ben
> Brenman Park diving and quite active today. I found her on the far side of
> the pond (opposite side from restrooms) near the bridge.
>
>
>
> I then went to Green Spring where the Rufous Hummingbird put on a good
> show,
> hawking flying insects (yes, there were quite a few around) and hitting the
> feeder beside the arbor trellis quite frequently. She perches on the
> Trumpet Honeysuckle, mostly favoring the right side of the trellis as you
> are looking at the house. Please give her some space. She comes to the
> feeders most readily if you stand back from the trellis; the outer part of
> the little circle is a good spot. She tends to shy away when you are
> close
> to the trellis or the feeder.
>
>
>
> Larry Cartwright
>
> Compiler, Huntley Meadows Eastern Bluebird Nest Box Program
>
> Compiler, Dyke Marsh Breeding Bird Survey
>
> Compiler, District of Columbia Christmas Bird Count
>
> Compiler Audubon Society of Northern Virginia Winter Waterfowl Count
>
> <prowarbler...> <mailto:<prowarbler...>
>
> 6722 Fern Lane
>
> Annandale, Va. 22003
>
> (Landline) 703-941-3142
>
> (Cell) 571-359-2395
>
>
>
>
>
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Date: 12/27/20 3:31 pm
From: Allen Bryan <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender nshrike1 for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Birding East of Richmond
I got out a little on Saturday and Sunday spending a little time in Hopewell and Charles City and eastern Henrico County.Some photographs and a short write-up can be found at:
https://visitingnature.com/main/december-2020/
Enjoy each day,
Allen

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Date: 12/27/20 3:14 pm
From: Walter Hadlock <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jaybirdncarol for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Quick note about Riverbend Park, Fairfax County
We went to Riverbend Park to check the river for waterfowl. The Potomac is very high, with not much activity. We did see six Common Mergansers and various Bufflehead floating on the river.
The riverside trail—upriver and downriver from the Visitor Center is closed because of recent flooding. No information as to when it will reopen.

We had a productive visit to the Meadow. Lots of White throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White breasted Nuthatch, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Black Vulture, female Red-wing Blackbird.

A nice day for a visit, but we’ll have to save walking the riverside trial for another day.

Good birding to all,
Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon, VA (Fairfax County)
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Date: 12/27/20 12:39 pm
From: Larry Cartwright <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender prowarbler for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Common Goldeneye at Ben Brenman: Rufous at Green Spring
I took a brief break from reviewing Christmas Bird Count data and went to
some nearby parks to get outside a bit.


I found the hen Common Goldeneye initially reported by David Ledwith at Ben
Brenman Park diving and quite active today. I found her on the far side of
the pond (opposite side from restrooms) near the bridge.



I then went to Green Spring where the Rufous Hummingbird put on a good show,
hawking flying insects (yes, there were quite a few around) and hitting the
feeder beside the arbor trellis quite frequently. She perches on the
Trumpet Honeysuckle, mostly favoring the right side of the trellis as you
are looking at the house. Please give her some space. She comes to the
feeders most readily if you stand back from the trellis; the outer part of
the little circle is a good spot. She tends to shy away when you are close
to the trellis or the feeder.



Larry Cartwright

Compiler, Huntley Meadows Eastern Bluebird Nest Box Program

Compiler, Dyke Marsh Breeding Bird Survey

Compiler, District of Columbia Christmas Bird Count

Compiler Audubon Society of Northern Virginia Winter Waterfowl Count

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

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Date: 12/27/20 12:27 pm
From: Marshall Faintich <marshall...>
Subject: [va-bird] Crozet, VA
Lickinghole Creek and Basin/Crozet Connector Trail; 12/27/2020; 29 avian
species. Report and photos:


<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2020/2020_12_27.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2020/2020_12_27.htm



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Date: 12/27/20 11:59 am
From: B Jesup <benbreep...>
Subject: [va-bird] Photo equipment found on Hike/Bike Trail at Huntley Meadows this week
If you lost it, email me a description, and we will figure out how to get
it to you.
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Alexandria


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Date: 12/27/20 10:42 am
From: John Geenwood <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jakpak0821 for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Tis the season at Lake Accotink
At least for the Bald Eagles. Their nest appears intact, surviving the various storms. Both eagles were seen perching on the edge of the nest. One eagle flew away and the other entered the nest; is it too early for eggs? When an eagle enters the nest they can’t be seen from the trail unless they raise their head, and then you only see the top. The usual contingent of crows were seen/heard, many were bathing in the shallows near the island; a behavior I’ve never seen with crows but I guess they do?
Good news: the trail on the dam side has been covered with compacted gravel, very smooth. Bad news, the unpaved trail on the marina side has not been upgraded. More bad news, despite the cold weather there were many hikers/bikers/runners, the majority of which were unmasked!

Jack Greenwood
Falls Church

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Date: 12/24/20 6:43 pm
From: Bert Harris <aramidopsis...>
Subject: [va-bird] Initial results of the Plains/Airlie CBC (Fauquier & Prince William counties)
Hi all,
Not all of the data are in, but we had a great Christmas count last Sunday.
This was the 21st year for the count and we added two new species, Palm
Warbler (4 seen), and House Wren (1). We also had high counts for Rusty
Blackbird (67), Greater Scaup (8), and American Pipit (276). Other
highlights included flyover Sandhill Cranes in Gainesville, views of 5
Short-eared Owls hunting during the day at Harrison Road, and three otters
fishing and grooming each other on the ice at Belvoir Pond.

Thank you to all of the sector leaders and participants!

Good birding,
Bert Harris and Alison Zak, Warrenton, VA

--
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Executive Director
The Clifton Institute
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Date: 12/24/20 5:00 pm
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [va-bird] Nassawadox Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, December 20, 2020.
I wimped out of compiling this year. Bob Toner took up the torch and recruited several others. Next year I hope to return as prodigal compiler. - Harry Armistead.
from Bob Toner: Good Evening All, 53 species -

First of all, Thank You to the volunteers who weathered the rainy Sunday to complete our count.
This email of our results is being sent to all of the folks Harry highlighted in his email. I have no experience in having these findings recorded as an Official Audubon CBC and will follow through with the additional steps required to make our results an Official Audubon CBC.
We undertook this count in 2020 as a continuation of an Eastern Shore VA Master Naturalist Annual Project of participating in the yearly Audubon Christmas Bird Count since 2007 or so.

Following first are the birds counted. At the end of the bird species counts you will find the required additional reporting information. Obviously, please advise whatever additional information may be required.


SPECIES:

Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 6
Tundra Swan 29
Canada Goose 21
American Black Duck 2
duck sp. 3
Black-bellied Plover 78
Killdeer 2
Willet 39
Dunlin 30

Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 107
Bald Eagle 7
Northern Harrier 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red -shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 8
American Kestrel 1
Peregrine Falcon 2 (1 bird notated as a CW spotted 12/18 @ 1:42 PM on a road within our count sector)
Wild Turkey 33
Mourning Dove 56
Eastern Screech- Owl 5
Great Horned Owl 2
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 12
Yellow-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 10
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern ( Yellow-shafted) Flicker 10
Blue Jay 16
American Crow 32
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Carolina Wren 27
Eastern Bluebird 25
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin 134
Northern Mockingbird 14
European Starling 119
Yellow-rumped Warbler 15

Northern Cardinal 35
Dark Eyed (Slate-colored) Junco 9
Chipping Sparrow 11
Savannah Sparrow 7
Fox Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 56
Red-winged Blackbird 50
House Finch 6
American Goldfinch 11
House Sparrow 9

Other Species: Gray Squirrel 1

Count Statistics:
Weather Temperature 34 - 46 F Wind East 0 - 5 MPH Cloudy Light Rain all day from 8:30 AM
Water Open Moving

Mode Of Transportation
By Foot 4.75 hours 4.25 miles
By Car 11.0 hours 38.50 miles

Observers Name & Email Address
Kathy & Bill Bender <benderbk...>
Bill Dyas <wmdyas177...>
Maggie Long <maggie.long55...>
Tony Picardi <anthonypicardi...>
Bob Toner <mbtoner...>


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Date: 12/24/20 2:13 pm
From: nicholas Flanders <flicknanders...>
Subject: [va-bird] Brewer's Blackbirds, Surry Co., 12/24/20
On a family outing to Chippokes Plantation SP this afternoon Elisa & I saw 2 male Brewer's Blackbirds with cowbirds near cows in a muddy part of the cow pasture close to the mansion building. They were still present when we passed back by about an hour later.
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Date: 12/24/20 9:53 am
From: <dcharlesl...> <dcharlesl...>
Subject: [va-bird] Ben Brenman Park (Alexandria) - Common Goldeneye
A Common Goldeneye is currently at Ben Brennan Park in Alexandria.
David Ledwith
Falls Church,VA

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Date: 12/24/20 8:40 am
From: Marshall Faintich <marshall...>
Subject: [va-bird] Old Trail
Crozet, VA; 12/22-23/2020; 33 avian species and Jupiter-Saturn conjunction
photo. Report and photos:


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Date: 12/24/20 5:41 am
From: Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' <RoweRA...>
Subject: [va-bird] Rufous Hummingbird in Rockbridge Co.
All - on our Christmas Bird Count (19th of Dec), John Pancake and Ann Olson visited the Herbery on Decatur Rd to see/photograph a suspected Rufous Hummingbird. I went to the Herbery yesterday and found the bird - it was extremely cooperative. I have sent photos and descriptions of its behavior to Bruce Peterjohn and he is confident that the bird is a Rufous HB. Bruce is hoping to band the bird and at that time he will confirm the ID.
The Louquet's who own the Herbery are gracious enough to allow others to visit and see the bird. To be honest, the are extremely excited about the Rufous HB. Please contact them before coming to visit - there is limited (only 1-2 extra cars would fit) parking. Their email is: <Louquet...><mailto:<Louquet...> or phone is 540-348-1331.

The Herbery is located on Decatur Rd, which is about 1.5 miles south of Fairfield VA. Fairfield is an exit off I-81 and the Herbery is about 4 miles from the exit. Heading south on RT 11 from Fairfield, you would turn right onto Decatur Rd and travel about 2 miles. The Herbery is on the left. It does not show up on my Google Maps but it is just east of Hyde Rd.

Here are some photos of the hummingbird:

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

Dick Rowe
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Date: 12/23/20 4:04 pm
From: Allen Bryan <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender nshrike1 for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Malvern Hill Revisited and Goochland County Birds
I again visited Malvern Hill Battlefield in eastern Henrico County this morning and then I visited Goochland County in the afternoon.  Some photographs and information can be found at:
https://visitingnature.com/main/december-2020/

Enjoy each day,
Allen

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Date: 12/21/20 2:02 pm
From: Marshall Faintich <marshall...>
Subject: [va-bird] Stuarts Draft, VA
12/21/2020; Kestrels, Eagle, Horned Larks, American Pipits, Rusty
Blackbirds, and more. Report and photos:


<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2020/2020_12_21.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2020/2020_12_21.htm



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Date: 12/21/20 11:13 am
From: Allen Bryan <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender nshrike1 for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Birding Malvern Hill Battlefield- eastern Henrico County- Sparrow and activity galore
A very good and birdy morning at Malvern Hill Battlefield in eastern Henrico County.  Sparrows and Blue Grosbeak.
See link below:
https://visitingnature.com/main/december-2020/
Enjoy each and every day,
Allen

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Date: 12/21/20 9:54 am
From: <dcharlesl...> <dcharlesl...>
Subject: [va-bird] Sully Woodlands Park (Fairfax County)
At Sully Woodlands this very foggy morning, I walked down to the burned fields and a flock of American Pipits flew out and headed north.

Next to an Eastern Meadowlark was a Horned Lark. Click on this link for location:


https://w3w.co/mixture.exhales.repairs



Mixed with a flock of Savannah Sparrows and Song Sparrows was an American Tree Sparrow.

Click on this link for location:


https://w3w.co/door.form.loose


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Falls Church, VA

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Date: 12/20/20 7:54 pm
From: Kurt Gaskill <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender kurtcapt87 for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] The Glenkirk Espress
VA BIRDers,


Due to Ben Jesup's recent note looking for help on The Plains CBC I
volunteered to help out. Today I did the "Glenkirk Express" Subsector of
Area 6. This consisted of Glenkirk Rd near Lake Manassas dam and nearby
areas along Vint Hill, Burwell and Owls Nest Roads plus a property on the
Lake; all are in the SE portion of the CBC circle. Since the start of the
current circle about 20 yrs ago, these areas have seen considerable buildup
of ex-urbia housing development.



Highlight were Palm Warblers - three in total - all of the yellow
subspecies. The first was on Rollins Ford Rd and the other two were together
at the "Future Rollins Ford Park" near the dam. Other highlights were
Greater Scaup on the Lake, loosely associating with a group of Pied-billed
Grebes (I saw very few ducks on the Lake). Additionally, there was a DC
Cormorant noted early in the morning but never found again later in the
morning or early afternoon. The most interesting highlight and arguably the
most abundant species of the day was American Pipit. Three flocks were noted
in different locations totaling 233 (80 @ Rollins Ford Rd at 0745, 43 at
Burwell and Fitzwater at 1100 and 110 in wet fields and corn stubble on
Hopkins Lane). In addition, there were 2 Horned Larks at the Future Rollins
Fork Park. A flyover Rusty Blackbird along the private property at the Lake
edge was nice and nearby a Merlin sought out the local sparrows. I also came
across two Red-breasted Nuthatches plus an Eastern Phoebe. The biggest miss
was Yellow-rumped Warbler which was surprising. Also surprising was missing
Purple Finch or Pine Siskin which were present in fine numbers this fall but
seem to be in reduced numbers this CBC season. (I am sure someone got
them!) I finished the day at 62 species in about 6 hrs.



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Date: 12/20/20 2:00 pm
From: m b <marlabeth...>
Subject: [va-bird] Yellow-throated warbler at Dyke Marsh and the tights have been sold. thanks everyone!
Well thanks to everyone who expressed an interest in the winter birding tights. Happily they now have a new home! And I got to find out that there's been a yellow-throated warbler sighted near the bathrooms in the marina at Dyke Marsh. Which sadly I never would have known about if I hadn't sold these tights! Because it's mostly eBird and Facebook these days apparently. Although in some other states I've been lucky enough to visit, the ABA list is still quite active, here in Virginia not so much. But although I didn't see the yellow throated this visit, it was fun looking and I'm going to keep giving it a try.
Thanks again to everyone who expressed an interest in the tights!

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Date: 12/20/20 11:41 am
From: Matthew Bender <mxbender...>
Subject: [va-bird] Blue-headed Vireo (and another surprise) in Herndon (Fairfax Co.)
As part of the CBC, myself and a partner saw a Blue-headed Vireo this
morning. A few pix are below, bad but identifiable.
https://1drv.ms/u/s!Aiu4OpBr4ph0hrsyjr2yvDgteTZhNg?e=VjG4xU
https://1drv.ms/u/s!Aiu4OpBr4ph0hrsjkS0UwPAuOr0QyA?e=sdMZYD
https://1drv.ms/u/s!Aiu4OpBr4ph0hrslWUiLC0GXoDvMXA?e=17XCeM

Another huge surprise was finding a River Otter in a small pond in the
Franklin Farm area of Herndon. Got a bunch of pictures of that as well.

https://1drv.ms/u/s!Aiu4OpBr4ph0hrsXCN91kV1ueGrYNA?e=d58x8x
https://1drv.ms/u/s!Aiu4OpBr4ph0hrsY2md9QBnTy1BRhQ?e=i7FOIO
https://1drv.ms/u/s!Aiu4OpBr4ph0hrsSvddsmCCvCJetjQ?e=AfUY1C

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Herndon, VA

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Date: 12/20/20 9:13 am
From: Marlene A Condon <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender marlenecondon for DMARC)
Subject: [va-bird] Re: Perfect last minute Christmas gift for the woman birder in your life. Extremely warm women's birding tights! No sighting
Hi James, I don't think you're speaking for everyone on the list. It sounds like Marla's extra clothes could be perfect for someone on here!   Anyway, if you don't want to read e-mails that clearly state what's inside, you should just delete them. Sincerely,Marlene  In a message dated 12/20/2020 12:07:09 PM US Eastern Standard Time, <james.winkelmann...> writes: 
Out of scope and definitely out of interest for this list
Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 20, 2020, at 10:56 AM, m b <marlabeth...> wrote:
>
> I have a pair of brand new, with tags, Sugoi Sub-Zero cycling and running tights. I have discovered that these are perfect for standing around in cold weather waiting for things like that darn hummingbird to show up again at Greenspring Park!
> So I bought myself two pairs on sale, buying one of each size because I heard that they had changed the model and that my usual medium might not fit anymore, because they made the sizes more accurate and a medium really was a medium now. I didn't even bother trying on the medium because it was clear just from looking at it that it was not my size. I tried on the other one, and it fit perfectly.
>
> So now I have an untouched medium with tags that I can't return. Why can't I return it? Because it turned out that the store, Sports Direct, that ran this fabulous sale, is in England! And the only place they accept returns is in England.
>
> They are unbelievably comfortable and warm. Durable water-resistant outside, microfleece Inside, gusseted crotch, pocket for your phone or keys or ID. Just the perfect birding tights! And if you also run or cycle, there you go!
>
> Christmas is coming folks! Maybe an early Christmas gift so she can wear them on the Christmas bird count!
>
>
> So if anyone living up here in Northern Virginia needs a last minute Christmas gift for that size medium birder in their life, or a great pair of warm tights for themselves, I've checked, and you cannot get these anywhere for less than a hundred and twenty bucks even on sale right now. So 35 bucks for these is a great deal! Just contact me off list if you want them. They would fit anyone who was a real size medium. (28-30in waist, 38-40in hips,30 in inseam)
>
> Marlabeth at hotmail dot com
>
> Mb from nova
>
>
> sent from my phone so please excuse all typos, gibberish, and horrifying misspellings
>
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Date: 12/20/20 9:07 am
From: James Winkelmann <james.winkelmann...>
Subject: [va-bird] Re: Perfect last minute Christmas gift for the woman birder in your life. Extremely warm women's birding tights! No sighting
Out of scope and definitely out of interest for this list

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 20, 2020, at 10:56 AM, m b <marlabeth...> wrote:
>
> I have a pair of brand new, with tags, Sugoi Sub-Zero cycling and running tights. I have discovered that these are perfect for standing around in cold weather waiting for things like that darn hummingbird to show up again at Greenspring Park!
> So I bought myself two pairs on sale, buying one of each size because I heard that they had changed the model and that my usual medium might not fit anymore, because they made the sizes more accurate and a medium really was a medium now. I didn't even bother trying on the medium because it was clear just from looking at it that it was not my size. I tried on the other one, and it fit perfectly.
>
> So now I have an untouched medium with tags that I can't return. Why can't I return it? Because it turned out that the store, Sports Direct, that ran this fabulous sale, is in England! And the only place they accept returns is in England.
>
> They are unbelievably comfortable and warm. Durable water-resistant outside, microfleece Inside, gusseted crotch, pocket for your phone or keys or ID. Just the perfect birding tights! And if you also run or cycle, there you go!
>
> Christmas is coming folks! Maybe an early Christmas gift so she can wear them on the Christmas bird count!
>
>
> So if anyone living up here in Northern Virginia needs a last minute Christmas gift for that size medium birder in their life, or a great pair of warm tights for themselves, I've checked, and you cannot get these anywhere for less than a hundred and twenty bucks even on sale right now. So 35 bucks for these is a great deal! Just contact me off list if you want them. They would fit anyone who was a real size medium. (28-30in waist, 38-40in hips,30 in inseam)
>
> Marlabeth at hotmail dot com
>
> Mb from nova
>
>
> sent from my phone so please excuse all typos, gibberish, and horrifying misspellings
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Date: 12/20/20 7:56 am
From: m b <marlabeth...>
Subject: [va-bird] Perfect last minute Christmas gift for the woman birder in your life. Extremely warm women's birding tights! No sighting
I have a pair of brand new, with tags, Sugoi Sub-Zero cycling and running tights. I have discovered that these are perfect for standing around in cold weather waiting for things like that darn hummingbird to show up again at Greenspring Park!
So I bought myself two pairs on sale, buying one of each size because I heard that they had changed the model and that my usual medium might not fit anymore, because they made the sizes more accurate and a medium really was a medium now. I didn't even bother trying on the medium because it was clear just from looking at it that it was not my size. I tried on the other one, and it fit perfectly.

So now I have an untouched medium with tags that I can't return. Why can't I return it? Because it turned out that the store, Sports Direct, that ran this fabulous sale, is in England! And the only place they accept returns is in England.

They are unbelievably comfortable and warm. Durable water-resistant outside, microfleece Inside, gusseted crotch, pocket for your phone or keys or ID. Just the perfect birding tights! And if you also run or cycle, there you go!

Christmas is coming folks! Maybe an early Christmas gift so she can wear them on the Christmas bird count!


So if anyone living up here in Northern Virginia needs a last minute Christmas gift for that size medium birder in their life, or a great pair of warm tights for themselves, I've checked, and you cannot get these anywhere for less than a hundred and twenty bucks even on sale right now. So 35 bucks for these is a great deal! Just contact me off list if you want them. They would fit anyone who was a real size medium. (28-30in waist, 38-40in hips,30 in inseam)

Marlabeth at hotmail dot com

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