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11/19/17 4:26 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (19 Nov 2017) 1 Raptors
11/19/17 3:36 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Snickers Gap (19 Nov 2017) 40 Raptors
11/19/17 3:17 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (19 Nov 2017) 92 Raptors
11/19/17 3:04 pm Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Possible White-winged Terns
11/19/17 2:57 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (19 Nov 2017) 15 Raptors
11/19/17 2:47 pm Dave Larsen - birding via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] FOS Short-eared Owl, Harrison Road, The Plains, Fauquier County
11/19/17 2:34 pm Allen Bryan via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Golden Eagle in Frederick County
11/19/17 2:14 pm Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Possible White-winged Terns
11/19/17 1:09 pm Kristine Lansing via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 11/19/2017 (Fairfax County)
11/19/17 9:46 am Larry Cartwright via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh Walk for November 19: Northern Pintail arrives
11/19/17 8:42 am James Fox via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Ross's Cackling and Snow Geese Shenandoah County
11/18/17 7:25 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (18 Nov 2017) 1 Raptors
11/18/17 5:05 pm Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Possible White-winged Terns
11/18/17 1:48 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (18 Nov 2017) 7 Raptors
11/18/17 11:58 am Amanda Dymacek via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Flight Deck Ribbon Cutting
11/18/17 11:52 am Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] NVBC at Silver Lake Regional Park, Nov 18, 2017
11/18/17 5:00 am reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (17 Nov 2017) 12 Raptors
11/17/17 4:44 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (17 Nov 2017) 27 Raptors
11/17/17 3:02 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (17 Nov 2017) 1 Raptors
11/17/17 1:51 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Snickers Gap (17 Nov 2017) 2 Raptors
11/17/17 4:22 am reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (16 Nov 2017) 32 Raptors
11/16/17 2:24 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (16 Nov 2017) 62 Raptors (Merlin season record, 3 GE)
11/16/17 2:14 pm Jim Nelson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Seneca Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, Dec. 17-- we need counters and feeder watchers
11/16/17 2:12 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (16 Nov 2017) 3 Raptors
11/16/17 2:02 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Snickers Gap (16 Nov 2017) 28 Raptors
11/16/17 1:50 pm Harry Armistead via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] lower Eastern Shore, November 8-13, 2017.
11/15/17 3:51 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (15 Nov 2017) 54 Raptors
11/15/17 2:19 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (15 Nov 2017) 57 Raptors (3 GE, 1 NG, 15 RS)
11/15/17 11:12 am Phil Silas via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Cub Run Stream Valley Park, Nov 15, 2017
11/15/17 9:19 am Gerry Hawkins via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, Week ending 11-14-17
11/15/17 6:08 am Mary-Carroll Potter via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] a question
11/14/17 3:29 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (14 Nov 2017) 108 Raptors
11/14/17 2:20 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (14 Nov 2017) 52 Raptors (RL, NG, GE)
11/14/17 9:15 am David Farner via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Northern Virginia Bird Club Meeting Wednesday, November 15 - Wood Thrush Conservation and Research
11/14/17 8:43 am Dave Larsen - Birding via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Red-necked Grebe at Belvoir Pond in Marshall, Fauquier County
11/13/17 3:44 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (13 Nov 2017) 9 Raptors
11/13/17 3:24 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (13 Nov 2017) 29 Raptors
11/13/17 2:28 pm Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
11/13/17 11:10 am Brian Taber via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Shorebirds at Chincoteague
11/12/17 5:02 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (12 Nov 2017) 52 Raptors
11/12/17 3:55 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Snickers Gap (12 Nov 2017) 34 Raptors
11/12/17 3:18 pm Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Sedge wren, peregrine, Sully Woodlands
11/12/17 2:56 pm Allen Bryan via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Orange-crowned Warbler in Frederick County and several Red-tailed Hawks (abeiticola)
11/12/17 12:39 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (12 Nov 2017) 15 Raptors
11/12/17 12:33 pm Jack via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Tundra Swans near Dulles Airport
11/12/17 11:46 am Pam and Ben via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows: merlin, fox sparrows, and late tree swallow
11/12/17 11:34 am Kristine Lansing via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 11/12/2017 (Fairfax County)
11/12/17 9:45 am Larry Cartwright via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Merlin puts on a show at Huntley Meadows today
11/11/17 5:24 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (11 Nov 2017) 23 Raptors
11/11/17 3:26 pm Donald Sweig via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Peregrine and Eagle Dispute @ Riverbend Park
11/11/17 3:14 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (11 Nov 2017) 61 Raptors: 5 GE, 7 BE
11/11/17 2:26 pm Marlene A Condon via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] forgot FOS Fox Sp. on 9th with Red-naped Sapsucker, western Albemarle
11/11/17 2:13 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (11 Nov 2017) 121 Raptors
11/11/17 2:11 pm Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Bristoe Station Battlefield, Nov 11, 2017
11/11/17 1:15 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Snickers Gap (11 Nov 2017) 28 Raptors
11/11/17 11:46 am Allen Bryan via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Birds East of Richmond
11/11/17 9:59 am Dixie Sommers via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh (Fairfax County) Walk re-located, Sundays November 12 and November 26.
11/11/17 9:54 am Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Central Virginia; November 9-11, 2017
11/11/17 4:07 am Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Rockbridge Co. Ducks and Other birds on Friday
11/10/17 3:57 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (10 Nov 2017) 23 Raptors: 4 GE and 4 BE
11/10/17 3:50 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (10 Nov 2017) 73 Raptors
11/10/17 2:41 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (10 Nov 2017) 95 Raptors
11/10/17 10:15 am Candice Lowther via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Surf scoter: silver lake park, Prince William county
11/10/17 7:20 am Louis Schiavo via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Winter waterfowl
11/10/17 6:55 am Carol Sottili via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Larry Cartwright’s Tundra swans over Dyke Marsh
11/9/17 3:29 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (09 Nov 2017) 83 Raptors
11/9/17 1:17 pm Marlene A Condon via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Oops! I did mean Red-naped Sapsucker!
11/9/17 12:41 pm David Boltz via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Add Loons and Tree Swallows- Re: Lots of Waterfowl & Spotted SP - Lake Frederick, Frederick Co.
11/9/17 11:56 am Evan Spears via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] LTDU, TUSW, & CCSP at Sandy River Reservoir, Prince Edward County
11/9/17 11:14 am Larry Cartwright via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Tundra Swans over Dyke Marsh
11/9/17 9:53 am dcharlesl--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Surf Scoter - Daingerfield Island Marina, Alexandria
11/9/17 9:45 am David Gibson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Sparrow Field Back Bay NWR location
11/9/17 9:19 am Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Waterfowl fall out Augusta County
11/9/17 9:11 am Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Waterfowl fall out Augusta County
11/9/17 8:39 am Karen Strick via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Eagle in Kingstowne
11/9/17 7:10 am Eirlys Barker via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Sapsucker Gloucester
11/9/17 7:06 am Marlene A Condon via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] adult male Red-naped Sapsucker! western Albemarle
11/9/17 7:00 am David Boltz via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Lots of Waterfowl & Spotted SP - Lake Frederick, Frederick Co.
11/8/17 8:17 pm Peter Robinson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Bath County 11/08 Highlights
11/8/17 7:33 pm Lee via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Tundra Swans today 08 Nov
11/8/17 6:47 pm Dixie Sommers via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Winter coming - Huntley Meadows, Fairfax County
11/8/17 6:05 pm Stephen Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Tundra Swans today 08 Nov
11/8/17 4:38 pm Shea Tiller via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] "Sparrow Field", Back Bay NWR
11/8/17 3:32 pm David Gibson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] "Sparrow Field", Back Bay NWR
11/8/17 12:38 pm Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Tundra Swans McCune Pond in FIshersville
11/8/17 12:29 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (08 Nov 2017) 7 Raptors
11/8/17 8:16 am David via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Buffleheads
11/8/17 6:19 am Saundra Byrd via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] 5 EAGLES Accomack
11/8/17 12:45 am Linda via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] (no subject)
11/7/17 6:33 pm Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Birding Augusta & Rockbridge Counties
11/7/17 2:26 pm Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Birding Augusta & Rockbridge Counties
11/7/17 2:09 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (07 Nov 2017) 42 Raptors
11/7/17 9:07 am Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Augusta County, VA Raptors
11/7/17 8:23 am Gerry Hawkins via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, week ending 11/6/17
11/6/17 4:30 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (06 Nov 2017) 41 Raptors
11/6/17 2:46 pm Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
11/6/17 2:04 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (06 Nov 2017) 40 Raptors & large non-raptor flight
11/6/17 10:49 am Cheryl J Jacobson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Presentation by Dr. Bryan Watts (Director of Center for Conservation Biology)--Save the Date
11/6/17 6:23 am Patti Reum via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Adopt-A Kestrel Box
11/6/17 4:33 am Kristine Lansing via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 11/05/2017 (Fairfax County)
11/5/17 4:30 pm <taberzz...> via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke hawk counts 1977-1985. (O.T.: Hydrogen bomb vs. Sooty Tern)
11/5/17 4:00 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (05 Nov 2017) 145 Raptors
11/5/17 1:59 pm Harry Armistead via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke hawk counts 1977-1985. (O.T.: Hydrogen bomb vs. Sooty Tern)
11/5/17 1:48 pm Ned Brinkley via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Jaeger show in Chesapeake Bay
11/5/17 1:46 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (05 Nov 2017) Raptors
11/5/17 1:28 pm Gerry Hawkins via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Weekly Walk at Dyke Marsh WP, Fairfax County
11/5/17 1:25 pm D'Vera Cohn via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] wood ducks
11/5/17 11:56 am David Boltz via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Common Lions at Lake Frederick, Frederick Co.
11/5/17 9:57 am Scott Priebe via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] eBird Report - Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, Fairfax Co., Nov 5, 2017
11/5/17 9:31 am Shea Tiller via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Stillfreds Pond + Fluvanna
11/5/17 7:36 am David Boltz via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Common Lions at Lake Frederick, Frederick Co.
11/4/17 3:44 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (04 Nov 2017) 136 Raptors
11/4/17 1:00 pm Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Occoquan Bay NWR, Nov 4, 2017
11/4/17 12:23 pm Pam and Ben via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Orange-crowned warbler at Huntley Meadows Saturday
11/4/17 9:36 am Howard Wu via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] 3rd shrike is the lucky one (Sully Woodlands)
11/4/17 8:56 am Scott Priebe via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] [va-bird] eBird -- Sully Woodlands, Fairfax Co. -- Nov 4, 2017 - Northern Shrike, Lincoln Sparrow
11/3/17 6:07 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (03 Nov 2017) 14 Raptors
11/3/17 4:13 pm Saundra Byrd via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Assateague bay from refuge entrance
11/3/17 3:25 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (03 Nov 2017) 50 Raptors
11/3/17 3:05 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (03 Nov 2017) 33 Raptors
11/3/17 2:57 pm Brian Taber via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Jaeger Show in Chesapeake Bay
11/3/17 12:36 pm Kenneth Rosenthal via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Birding Arlington - Gravelly Point
11/3/17 11:56 am Ned Brinkley via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Jaeger show in Chesapeake Bay
11/3/17 11:36 am Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Possible Clay-colored Sparrow
11/3/17 10:51 am Elisa Enders via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Little Creek, VA CBC
11/3/17 6:08 am Bulmer, Anthony via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Common Raven 11/2
11/2/17 8:04 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (02 Nov 2017) 52 Raptors
11/2/17 4:45 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (02 Nov 2017) 11 Raptors
11/2/17 3:57 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (02 Nov 2017) 25 Raptors
11/2/17 12:22 pm David Boltz via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] FOS Fox Sparrow-Blandy Farm, Clarke Co.
11/2/17 6:56 am reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (01 Nov 2017) 6 Raptors
11/1/17 4:21 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (01 Nov 2017) 120 Raptors
11/1/17 6:16 am Stephen Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] It's back .. .. Northern Shrike, Sully Woodlands 01 Nov 2017
11/1/17 6:04 am Stephen Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] It's back .. .. Northern Shrike, Sully Woodlands 01 Nov 2017
10/31/17 3:28 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (31 Oct 2017) 89 Raptors
10/31/17 1:57 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (31 Oct 2017) 76 Raptors (3 GE)
10/31/17 1:57 pm Louis Schiavo via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] FOS Loons
10/31/17 10:52 am Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Eagle, Osprey, Snipes, Winter Wren
10/30/17 5:05 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (30 Oct 2017) 37 Raptors
10/30/17 3:16 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (30 Oct 2017) 37 Raptors
10/30/17 3:06 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (30 Oct 2017) 17 Raptors
10/30/17 2:37 pm Scott Priebe via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] eBird Report - Laurel Hill Equestrian Area, Oct 30, 2017 - Bobolink, a plagiary of Mockingbirds, and several murders of Fish Crows
10/30/17 12:45 pm Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
10/30/17 7:34 am Eugene Burreson via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] FOS Hooded Merganser, Gloucester Co.
10/29/17 3:00 pm Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Merrimac Farm
10/29/17 12:26 pm Kristine Lansing via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 10/29/2017 (Fairfax County)
10/29/17 10:42 am Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Rainy day in Augusta County
10/29/17 5:26 am Brian Taber via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Cave Swallows
10/28/17 5:21 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (28 Oct 2017) 78 Raptors
10/28/17 4:09 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Snickers Gap (28 Oct 2017) 100 Raptors
10/28/17 4:08 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (28 Oct 2017) 12 Raptors
10/28/17 2:37 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (28 Oct 2017) 58 Raptors - RL, GE, NG, BE
10/28/17 2:21 pm Scott Priebe via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] [va-bird] eBird Report - Occoquan Bay NWR, Oct 28, 2017
10/28/17 12:56 pm Nancy Young via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] FOS/first Junco
10/28/17 12:25 pm Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Vesper sparrow, Bristoe Battlefield
10/28/17 12:14 pm Nancy Young via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] FOS
10/28/17 11:52 am nnva4x4 via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] FOS
10/27/17 7:31 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (27 Oct 2017) 76 Raptors
10/27/17 5:24 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (27 Oct 2017) 17 Raptors
10/27/17 4:32 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (27 Oct 2017) 47 Raptors (NG, 7 NH)
10/27/17 3:40 pm Cheryl Walsh via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] VA Arboretum, Blandy, Horned Larks
10/26/17 9:52 pm Linda via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] (no subject)
10/26/17 4:39 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (26 Oct 2017) 10 Raptors
10/26/17 3:43 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (26 Oct 2017) 33 Raptors
10/26/17 2:48 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (26 Oct 2017) 13 Raptors
10/26/17 11:15 am Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Raptor Wars!
10/26/17 7:37 am Deapesh Misra via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] FOS yard birds this morning - Fairfax county
10/25/17 5:48 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (25 Oct 2017) 15 Raptors
10/25/17 4:50 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (25 Oct 2017) 76 Raptors
10/25/17 4:27 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (25 Oct 2017) 30 Raptors
10/25/17 6:33 am Joe Coleman via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] FW: DC Area, 10/24/2017
10/24/17 7:52 pm Howard Wu via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Park this afternoon (10/24)
10/24/17 5:54 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (24 Oct 2017) 5 Raptors
10/24/17 4:20 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (24 Oct 2017) 17 Raptors
10/24/17 3:17 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (24 Oct 2017) 21 Raptors
10/24/17 2:41 pm David Young via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Lake Fairfax- Osprey, Merlin, Blue Budgerigar
10/24/17 9:54 am Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Merlin
10/23/17 2:38 pm Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
10/23/17 2:31 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (23 Oct 2017) 35 Raptors
10/23/17 7:51 am mbrubin via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Red-breasted Nuthatch in Chincoteague
10/23/17 3:31 am Barbara Houston via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Hog Island WMA
10/22/17 6:10 pm David via va-bird <va-bird...> Re: [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 10/22/2017 (Fairfax County)
10/22/17 5:23 pm Kristine Lansing via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 10/22/2017 (Fairfax County)
10/22/17 4:42 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Snickers Gap (22 Oct 2017) 93 Raptors
10/22/17 4:16 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (22 Oct 2017) 34 Raptors
10/22/17 1:57 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (22 Oct 2017) 111 Raptors
10/22/17 1:08 pm Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Oct 22, 2017
10/21/17 8:45 pm Gregory Luce via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Lincoln’s Sparrow at Dyke Marsh
10/21/17 5:45 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (21 Oct 2017) 134 Raptors
10/21/17 4:24 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (20 Oct 2017) 14 Raptors
10/21/17 4:24 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (21 Oct 2017) 17 Raptors
10/21/17 3:38 pm Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Fw: eBird Report - Occoquan Bay NWR, Oct 21, 2017
10/21/17 2:52 pm Allen Bryan via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Birding in Clarke, Frederick Counties
10/21/17 2:30 pm Marlene A Condon via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] FOS Yb Sapsuckers, (family?), Oct. 19, other obser., western Albemarle
10/21/17 2:13 pm Elton Morel via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] NVBC walk at Meadowood Recreation Area, Fairfax county, Oct 21, 2017
10/21/17 1:56 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Snickers Gap (21 Oct 2017) 41 Raptors
10/21/17 1:40 pm Saundra Byrd via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Island nature trail Chincoteague Hallie Whealten Smith dr.
10/21/17 8:19 am Scott Byrd via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Late Bobolinks in King George
10/20/17 6:31 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (20 Oct 2017) 181 Raptors
10/20/17 5:59 pm reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (20 Oct 2017) 16 Raptors
10/20/17 11:09 am reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...> [Va-bird] Snickers Gap (20 Oct 2017) 7 Raptors
 
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Date: 11/19/17 4:26 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (19 Nov 2017) 1 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 19, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 92
Bald Eagle 1 15 134
Northern Harrier 0 1 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 23 246
Cooper's Hawk 0 7 102
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 11 26
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 7665
Red-tailed Hawk 0 123 287
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 0 0 70
Merlin 0 1 13
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 15
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 3
Unknown Falcon 0 1 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 8

Total: 1 186 8692
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter: Randy Doss

Observers:

Visitors:
one hiker


Weather:
Visibility - 5
Wind - 6 - 20/25 mph all day
Temperature - 37-41 degrees, a few snow flurries


Raptor Observations:
Only one raptor was seen all day - A immature Bald Eagle at 11:35 AM

Non-raptor Observations:
Six Ravens played in the wind all day - very entertaining
========================================================================
Report submitted by Randy Doss (<randyd70...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 11/19/17 3:36 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Snickers Gap (19 Nov 2017) 40 Raptors
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 19, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 65
Bald Eagle 11 18 90
Northern Harrier 1 2 31
Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 9 382
Cooper's Hawk 0 2 75
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 8 18
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 5669
Red-tailed Hawk 21 83 153
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 1 10 12
American Kestrel 0 0 28
Merlin 0 0 8
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 9
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 6

Total: 40 132 6560
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Joan Boudreau and Bob Abrams

Observers: Doug Graham, Jon Little

Visitors:
Allen Bryan stopped by to enjoy. A few other visitors and a few AT hikers
with dog companions, a few without. Most didn't stay long enough to talk
because of the cold wind.


Weather:
Colllld! NW winds gusting to 30mph.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Two small flocks of Common Loons, one flock of Tundra Swans, a few flocks
of Cedar Waxwings and Starlings and one small flock of Bluebirds.
Occasional Turkey and Black Vultures. One Pileated Woodpecker.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joan and Bob (<icepeep...>)


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Date: 11/19/17 3:17 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (19 Nov 2017) 92 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 19, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 227
Bald Eagle 21 59 280
Northern Harrier 0 5 45
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 64 982
Cooper's Hawk 2 22 240
Northern Goshawk 1 3 8
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 61 98
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 63 229 401
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 2
Golden Eagle 0 17 27
American Kestrel 0 1 120
Merlin 1 5 53
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 34
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 20
Unknown Buteo 0 1 14
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 2 7 29
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 92 478 24927
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers: Diane Lepkowski, Greg Moyers, Mark Johnson, William Leigh

Visitors:
Tom Hedrich (Deleware), Debbie Harrison, Bert Harris, Betty Mooney, Carolyn
Sedgwick


Weather:
Beautiful day with very strong (50-60km/hr) and gusty WNW winds. 7.1-8.6C
temp. Partly cloudy early and mostly cloudy after 2pm. Terrific clouds
helped searching for those high raptors. Very clear visibility. Lots of
snow showers throughout the day could be viewed out the the west in the
Allegheny Mountains.

Raptor Observations:
A fun Bald Eagle day with many passing through in groups: 8:40 (3rd-YR),
9:25 (three AD), 10:46 (1st-YR, two 2nd-YR), 12:03 (two AD, 2nd-YR,
3rd-YR), 12:20 (AD), 12:31 (AD), 12:40 (4th-YR), 12:53 (2nd-YR), 1:34 (AD,
2nd-YR, 4th-YR), 2:34 (two AD), 3:30 (AD). Adult Northern Goshawk at 11:26.
First raptor 8:20am RT. Last raptor 3:50pm Merlin.

Non-raptor Observations:
We had some fun non-raptors today starting off with a Pine Warbler at
8:30am. 1 Snow Goose. 2 Greater White-fronted Goose, 5 Wood Duck, 123 DC
Cormorant (3 separate flocks), 6 Raven, 133 Cedar Waxwing, 25 Red-winged
Blackbird.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 11/19/17 3:04 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Possible White-winged Terns
I've received several responses that these birds are first year Forster's
Terns. Thanks to all for the help. We don't get many terns here in central
Virginia, and these are the first time I have seen first year Forster's.



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<mailto:<marshall...> <marshall...>

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

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

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________





From: Marshall Faintich [mailto:<marshall...>]
Sent: Sunday, November 19, 2017 5:14 PM
To: <va-bird...>
Cc: Walt Childs (Walt Childs)
Subject: RE: Possible White-winged Terns



I am back from my Delmarva trip, and will try to post a complete report with
photos in a few days. But I posted the photos of the possible White-winged
Terns that I saw at Chincoteague:



http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_11_15.htm



I am not an expert on coastal birds, and would appreciate opinions as to the
species of the birds I saw there.



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

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

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________





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Date: 11/19/17 2:57 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (19 Nov 2017) 15 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 19, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 123 2473
Bald Eagle 3 116 395
Northern Harrier 2 140 488
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 234 2223
Cooper's Hawk 2 191 1427
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 50 68
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 1196
Red-tailed Hawk 3 209 335
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 4
Golden Eagle 0 9 9
American Kestrel 0 36 3351
Merlin 0 36 1384
Peregrine Falcon 0 14 785
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 8
Unknown Buteo 0 1 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 1 19
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 15 1167 14188
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers:

Weather:
Strong winds were from the west northwest, northwest, and west southwest,
with mostly sunny skies and a steady temperature of 59 degrees Fahrenheit.

Raptor Observations:
A mere trickle. An adult Red-shouldered Hawk buzzed very close past the
platform this morning while hunting, which was very exciting, though!

Non-raptor Observations:
One Sandhill Crane was seen this afternoon, among vultures and heading
southwards. Many Northern Gannets were feeding on the bay. An unknown
hummingbird species was seen twice today- it buzzed past the platform and
then later visited a feeder for just a couple of seconds before leaving. I
did not get a good enough look at the bird to identify it, so hopefully it
will stick around tomorrow. Five Monarchs and one Cabbage White were seen.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Date: 11/19/17 2:47 pm
From: Dave Larsen - birding via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FOS Short-eared Owl, Harrison Road, The Plains, Fauquier County
We drove out to Rectortown in late afternoon to check the fields north of
town where I found two Northern Harriers. It was quite breezy, and the sun
was still too high, so we headed back to Marshall and The Plains. We got to
Harrison Road about 20 minutes before sunset and I stopped on the section at
the eastern end, between Gordonsdale Farm and Old Tavern Road. There were
at least six Northern Harriers there, including a "gray ghost". Just at
sunset, I spotted a single Short-eared Owl working along the new wooden
fence on the south side of the road, just east of the farm. While traveling
south on Rectortown Road, heading back to Marshall, I saw a buteo hovering
along the road margin. As happens so often on this road I was being
tailgated and as there was nowhere to pull off the road, and I had to let
this observation slide. I have seen Red-tails hovering, especially in a
stiff breeze, but it is getting to be the time of year when Rough-legged
Hawks visit, so for those birding around Rectortown be alert to this
possibility.

I used the "tracking" feature on the eBird mobile app for the first time
today and once again the eBIrd folks have executed beautifully. It works as
well from the car as it does on foot. It is going to be very useful for
the Xmas Bird Counts, and for the Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas work in the
spring.

Dave Larsen
Haymarket
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Date: 11/19/17 2:34 pm
From: Allen Bryan via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Golden Eagle in Frederick County
I spent much of the last two days looking for a Golden Eagle and finally stumbled upon an adult about 2:00 p.m. this afternoon in Frederick County, Va.
http://visitingnature.com/main/fall-2017-september-through-november/

Enjoy each day,
Allen Allen Bryan Winchester & Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 11/19/17 2:14 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Possible White-winged Terns
I am back from my Delmarva trip, and will try to post a complete report with
photos in a few days. But I posted the photos of the possible White-winged
Terns that I saw at Chincoteague:



http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_11_15.htm



I am not an expert on coastal birds, and would appreciate opinions as to the
species of the birds I saw there.



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

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

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________





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Date: 11/19/17 1:09 pm
From: Kristine Lansing via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 11/19/2017 (Fairfax County)


Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified 38 species and included 7 participants.  Despite the windy conditions associated with the incoming cold front, quite a few birds were moving about.  Highlights included sizeable flocks of cedar waxwings, robins, and bluebirds feeding on berries in the trees, and an impressive murder of marauding American Crows. 
The walk meets at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, rain or shine, in front of the snack bar/concession stand of the Great Falls Park visitors' center; it does not take place, though, during electrical storms, heavy snows, or when the trails are icy.  All birders are welcome!  
Canada Goose  17
Mallard  4
American Black Duck  8
Bufflehead  2
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture  12
Turkey Vulture  11
Bald Eagle  1    Bald eagle was perched just above the nest on Conn Island.
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Ring-billed Gull  13
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  5
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  150
Fish Crow  20
Common Raven  1    Auditory.
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  7
Brown Creeper  1
Winter Wren  2
Carolina Wren  5
Eastern Bluebird  62
American Robin  60
European Starling  1
Cedar Waxwing  100
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Dark-eyed Junco  7
White-throated Sparrow  5
Song Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  3
American Goldfinch  5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40603708

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



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Date: 11/19/17 9:46 am
From: Larry Cartwright via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh Walk for November 19: Northern Pintail arrives
Thirteen birders participated in a rather slow walk at Dyke Marsh today.
The wind suppressed land birds quite effectively. The normal convention of
two dozen or more Mourning Doves at the marina failed to materialize. There
were no Winter Wrens to be found.. or Tufted Titmice even! Nobody seemed to
complain about the absence of European Starlings however. Waterfowl
consisted of Canada Geese, Gadwall, Mallards, two Green-winged Teal, a
single Northern Shoveler, and I believe our first Northern Pintail of the
season. A Bald Eagle circled the marina several times at low altitude,
permitting great views.



Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax, Virginia, US Nov 19, 2017 7:32 AM -
10:20 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.45 mile(s)

41 species (+1 other taxa)



Canada Goose 600

Northern Shoveler 1

Gadwall 30

Mallard 70

Northern Pintail 1

Green-winged Teal 2

Pied-billed Grebe 8

Double-crested Cormorant 3

Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 6

Great Egret 17 Ed Eder and I observed these after the walk. White
plumaged birds roughly size of Great Blue Heron with yellow bills and black
legs and feet near the shoreline at Hunting Creek. An accumulation of this
species at this time of year at this location is not all that unusual

Black Vulture 4

Turkey Vulture 6

Cooper's Hawk 1

Bald Eagle 6

American Coot 23 Ed Eder and I observed these after the walk.

Laughing Gull 200

Ring-billed Gull 310

Herring Gull 15

Great Black-backed Gull 14

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 8

Mourning Dove 4

Belted Kingfisher 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 6

Downy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 3

Blue Jay 1

American Crow 1

Fish Crow 11

crow sp. 6

Carolina Chickadee 6

White-breasted Nuthatch 2

Carolina Wren 6

American Robin 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 14

White-throated Sparrow 15

Song Sparrow 20

Swamp Sparrow 4

Northern Cardinal 5

Red-winged Blackbird 2

House Finch 2

American Goldfinch 10

House Sparrow 3



View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40592824



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



Larry Cartwright

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Date: 11/19/17 8:42 am
From: James Fox via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Ross's Cackling and Snow Geese Shenandoah County
Just found a large flock of geese in the pond along south middle road north
of Forestville in Shenandoah County. The flock included seven(!) Ross's
Geese, 8 Snow Geese and 2 Cackling Geese. They all just took off heading
west but they may still be in the area. I have photos which will be posted
on eBird when I get home.

James Fox
Front Royal
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Date: 11/18/17 7:25 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (18 Nov 2017) 1 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 18, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 92
Bald Eagle 0 14 133
Northern Harrier 0 1 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 23 246
Cooper's Hawk 0 7 102
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 11 26
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 7665
Red-tailed Hawk 1 123 287
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 0 0 70
Merlin 0 1 13
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 15
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 3
Unknown Falcon 0 1 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 8

Total: 1 185 8691
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter: David Brunstetter

Observers:

Visitors:
Nope.


Weather:
Temperature was not too bad (42-52F), but the wind (at a 3-4) made it
chilly. Winds on South end of sight were from the SW, but winds on northern
end were E to SE. Go figure. 100% cloud cover by 12:30p. Visibility was a
5.

Raptor Observations:
First bird 10:55a
Last bird 10:55a

Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
Colder, windier, but wind from a slightly better direction.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Brunstetter (<DRB57...>)
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http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 11/18/17 5:05 pm
From: Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Possible White-winged Terns
I was At Chincoteague Island (Tom’s Cove) on November 15 and photographed 8 terms that look like they could be White-winged Terns but I don’t know for sure. It will be a few days before I can get the photos processed and posted. These terms had black eye patches like a Forster’s Tern, but also had a gray cap and a gray nape, red legs, black bill, short tail with a white rump patch. I don’t know what else they could be. But I’m not an expert on coastal species.

Marshall Faintich
Crozet, Virginia

Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 11/18/17 1:48 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (18 Nov 2017) 7 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 18, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 121 2471
Bald Eagle 1 113 392
Northern Harrier 1 138 486
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 232 2221
Cooper's Hawk 1 189 1425
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 49 67
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 1196
Red-tailed Hawk 0 206 332
Rough-legged Hawk 1 1 4
Golden Eagle 0 9 9
American Kestrel 0 36 3351
Merlin 0 36 1384
Peregrine Falcon 1 14 785
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 8
Unknown Buteo 0 1 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 1 19
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 7 1152 14173
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Joe Beatty

Visitors:
Gary Williamson


Weather:
Moderate winds were generally from the southwest and south southwest, with
mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid forties to low sixties.

Raptor Observations:
Very slow, but the highlight of the day was a dark morph Rough-legged Hawk!
The bird was of unknown age, and it passed low, rapidly, and relatively
nearby on the east side, heading northwards at 11:25 am.

Non-raptor Observations:
A Common Loon was heard calling today. Other observations included:

3 American Pipits
1 American Black Duck
1 Horned Lark
1 Pileated Woodpecker

2 Monarchs
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Date: 11/18/17 11:58 am
From: Amanda Dymacek via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Flight Deck Ribbon Cutting
You’re invited!

This Sunday, (November 19) members of the Margaret Watson Bird Club, Virginia Master Naturalists, and Farmville Community will celebrate the completion of the MWBC Flight Deck. This wildlife observation platform is located on the west end of Wilck’s Lake, on West Third Street in Farmville, VA. Along the trail, you will find interpretive signs for nine of the many bird species found around the lake. On the Flight Deck, three signs explain the habitats that Wilck’s Lake provides and their importance to these bird species.

We would love to have you join us tomorrow to help show our town how important the Wilck’s Lake habitat is to birds!

Where: Park in the Wilck’s Lake Boat Ramp Parking Lot
What: Enjoy a 3/4 mile walk along the Sarah Terry Trail to arrive at the Flight Deck. Fill in your Bird Bingo card for a prize once you’ve reached your destination. Once you arrive, join the group for remarks, ribbon cutting, and refreshments.
When: Bird Bingo Walk starts at 2pm, Remarks and ribbon cutting start at 2:30pm
Who: Everyone! Young folks, old folks, families, students, and strollers are all welcome!


Best birding,
Amanda Dymacek
President, MWBC
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Date: 11/18/17 11:52 am
From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] NVBC at Silver Lake Regional Park, Nov 18, 2017

Fifteen birders came out this morning for a bird walk at Silver Lake Park. Conditions were a bit chilly with the wind blowing, but the sun came out to occasionally to warm us up a bit.Our group walked around the lake and around the quarry. We found 48 species including all seven normally occurring woodpecker species. Sparrow diversity was decent, but we had nothing too unusual. We did see a large flock of Common Grackles which we estimated contained 1000 birds. A later flock of three more grackles upped our count to 1003! No waterfowl was seen with the exception of some flying Canada Geese and a few ducks seen in the quarry early in the morning by one birder, but not by the main group later on. Raptors were few and far between, but we did have nice looks at a Bald Eagle and Red-shouldered Hawk. A Sharpie gave us a brief look as it patrolled the area looking for a meal.



Larry Meade


Merrifield, VA







Silver Lake Regional Park, Prince William, Virginia, US
Nov 18, 2017 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
48 species

Canada Goose 34
Bufflehead 2
Hooded Merganser 1
Black Vulture 8
Turkey Vulture 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 3
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 6
Mourning Dove 7
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 12
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 15
American Crow 3
Fish Crow 1
Carolina Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 5
Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Eastern Bluebird 12
American Robin 100
Northern Mockingbird 4
European Starling 60
Cedar Waxwing 30
Yellow-rumped Warbler 22
Chipping Sparrow 1
Field Sparrow 6
Dark-eyed Junco 20
White-throated Sparrow 35
Song Sparrow 18
Swamp Sparrow 3
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 11
Red-winged Blackbird 5
Common Grackle 1003
House Finch 6
American Goldfinch 8

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Date: 11/18/17 5:00 am
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (17 Nov 2017) 12 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 17, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 227
Bald Eagle 2 38 259
Northern Harrier 0 5 45
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 63 981
Cooper's Hawk 1 20 238
Northern Goshawk 0 2 7
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 60 97
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 3 166 338
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 2
Golden Eagle 0 17 27
American Kestrel 0 1 120
Merlin 0 4 52
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 34
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 20
Unknown Buteo 1 1 14
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 1 5 27
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 12 386 24835
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Observation start time: 10:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter: Dave Shoch

Observers:

Visitors:
Chris Good


Weather:
Strong NW winds early gradually diminishing in strength to mild NW wind by
2pm. 5-11C temp range. Mostly sunny. Clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Two Bald Eagles: 12:55 4th-yr and 1:20 AD.

Non-raptor Observations:
1 Pine Siskin, 2 Horned Lark, 52 Fish Crow, 20 RW Blackbird, 8 Pipit, 2
Common Loon.
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Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
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http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 11/17/17 4:44 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (17 Nov 2017) 27 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 17, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 121 2471
Bald Eagle 12 112 391
Northern Harrier 2 137 485
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 230 2219
Cooper's Hawk 3 188 1424
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 49 67
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 1196
Red-tailed Hawk 5 206 332
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 3
Golden Eagle 0 9 9
American Kestrel 0 36 3351
Merlin 0 36 1384
Peregrine Falcon 0 13 784
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 8
Unknown Buteo 0 1 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 1 19
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 27 1145 14166
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Joe Beatty, Steve Thornhill

Weather:
Moderate to light winds were mostly from the northwest and north northwest,
with clear skies becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon. Temperatures were
in the forties and low fifties.

Raptor Observations:
There was a decent Bald Eagle flight.

Non-raptor Observations:
It was lovely to see a Sandhill Crane this afternoon. The bird was circling
among a kettle of Turkey Vultures, heading southwards. Nine Monarchs were
flying.
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Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Date: 11/17/17 3:02 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (17 Nov 2017) 1 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 17, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 92
Bald Eagle 0 14 133
Northern Harrier 0 1 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 23 246
Cooper's Hawk 0 7 102
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 11 26
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 7665
Red-tailed Hawk 0 122 286
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 1 2 2
American Kestrel 0 0 70
Merlin 0 1 13
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 15
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 3
Unknown Falcon 0 1 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 8

Total: 1 184 8690
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Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Mitch Mitchell

Observers: Dan DeHart, Don A., Randy Doss

Visitors:
Randy brought his good friend Jewel up for a few hours and they were
fortunate to be present when the golden passed over. One gentleman from
the Danville area stopped and asked about the bird activity.


Weather:
Temperature started mid 30s and got as high as 46F. Winds at the beginning
of watch were from the northwest at 5-7 mph, gradually shifted to southwest
and dropped to only 2-3 mph. Cloud cover was near 90% to start but
decreased to only about 20% by the end of the day. Visibility was a solid
5 all day with even the furthest ridges very clear.

Raptor Observations:
Well, only one bird all day but well worth the trip up as it was a golden
eagle that came low, slow and directly over the top of the knob for plenty
of photo ops. Very few vultures seen today. We saw two red tail hawks but
determined that they were locals as they disappeared behind the knob to the
north.

Non-raptor Observations:
We saw one duck come over the knob very high and, unfortunately the photos
were not clear enough to identify it. One pileated woodpecker and a few
blue jays observed. Very little traffic on the Parkway and most appeared to
be commuters. Only a few cars/motorcycles even came through the overlook.


Predictions:
Warmer but looking to be much windier from the southwest. Could we make it
three goldens in three days.
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Report submitted by stan Mitchell (<mitchmitchell7...>)
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http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 11/17/17 1:51 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Snickers Gap (17 Nov 2017) 2 Raptors
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 17, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 65
Bald Eagle 0 7 79
Northern Harrier 0 1 30
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 4 377
Cooper's Hawk 0 2 75
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 7 17
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 5669
Red-tailed Hawk 2 62 132
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 9 11
American Kestrel 0 0 28
Merlin 0 0 8
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 9
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 6

Total: 2 92 6520
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Observation start time: 10:15:00
Observation end time: 11:45:00
Total observation time: 1.5 hours

Official Counter: The Littles

Observers:

Visitors:
None


Weather:
NW wind 10-12 at first but dropped to 3mph by 11am. Clear blue sky.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
9 Black Vultures most active species today.
While scoping a distant Retail, Jon had a very distant Common Loon fly
through his field of view.
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Report submitted by BJ Little (<bluejay48...>)


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Date: 11/17/17 4:22 am
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (16 Nov 2017) 32 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 16, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 92
Bald Eagle 7 14 133
Northern Harrier 0 1 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 23 246
Cooper's Hawk 1 7 102
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 11 26
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 7665
Red-tailed Hawk 21 122 286
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 1 1 1
American Kestrel 0 0 70
Merlin 1 1 13
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 15
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 3
Unknown Falcon 0 1 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 8

Total: 32 183 8689
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Joyce Holt

Observers:

Visitors:
Very few hikers. One bicyclist in summer attire

Observers - Liz, Joyce, Carl, Matt, Bill and Katie


Weather:
Brisk winds from almost every direction. Very few clouds. Cool
temperatures (read many layers for observers). The type of day to get on
the down-wind side of a tall vehicle.

Raptor Observations:
TV
BV (12 going E to W near end of watch)
Raven (five in one group)

10:05 ABE
10:17 ABE
11:15 two ABE
1:04 two IBE
1:05 IGE Woohoo!
1:11 ABE



Non-raptor Observations:
Caroline Wren, Goldfinch



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Report submitted by Joyce Holt (<blueskyjoyce...>)
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http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 11/16/17 2:24 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (16 Nov 2017) 62 Raptors (Merlin season record, 3 GE)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 16, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 227
Bald Eagle 9 36 257
Northern Harrier 0 5 45
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 60 978
Cooper's Hawk 2 19 237
Northern Goshawk 0 2 7
Red-shouldered Hawk 5 59 96
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 37 163 335
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 2
Golden Eagle 3 17 27
American Kestrel 0 1 120
Merlin 2 4 52
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 34
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 20
Unknown Buteo 0 0 13
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 1 4 26
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 62 374 24823
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Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers:

Visitors:
Jennifer Jowdy (happy birthday!), Dave Sharp & Judy Stepenaskie
(Philadelphia, PA), and Lois McKim (I'm glad you got to see your life bird
Golden Eagle today!)


Weather:
Fairly strong and gusty WNW Winds, 6.7-10.7C, a difficult blue sky (0-5%
cloud cover), clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Another very good day with a great Eagle flight. Nine Bald Eagles: six
adults (11:01, 11:35, 12:30, 1:04, 1:43, 1:43), and three immatures (11:15
2nd-YR, 11:51 3rd-YR, and 12:30 unaged immature). Three juvenile Golden
Eagles (12:03, 12:06, 1:57). At 3:44pm a Merlin appeared over "Rockpile
#3" to our north and shot fast and low down the west side of the gap
disappearing to the south past the "plateau". This was our 51st Merlin of
the season, tying last year's season record. Just seconds later Jennifer
spotted another fast flying raptor over "Rockpile #3", and this bird flew
straight towards us, and down the east side of the gap low and close. This
was another Merlin, #52 of the season, for a new season record! First
Raptor: 8:36 RT, Last Raptor: 4:04 SS.

Non-raptor Observations:
1 late season Monarch Butterfly. 186 Fish Crows, 170 Robins, 515 Waxwings,
171 RW Blackbirds, 1 Rusty Blackbird, 40 Grackles.

Predictions:
Cool, sunny, SW Wind
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Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (<birdmangabriel...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 11/16/17 2:14 pm
From: Jim Nelson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Seneca Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, Dec. 17-- we need counters and feeder watchers
The annual Seneca Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will be held Sunday,
December 17. The count circle has a radius of 7.5 miles, centered on
Violette’s Lock on the C&O Canal on the Maryland side of the Potomac
River, and includes important areas of Fairfax and Loudoun Counties in
Virginia. Our count circle is divided into sectors each with a Sector
Leader.

I am the compiler for the Seneca CBC. The Seneca CBC has been conducted
almost every year since 1955. Last year, our 115 counters in the field
and 13 feeder watchers racked up 100 species (including 3 never before
found on this CBC) and 26,640 individual birds. We could not have done
this without the many volunteers who helped us, both old timers and new
participants, counting in the field and in their yards. We always need
new people to help with the count.

The Fairfax and Loudoun County portions of our count circle (described
below) contain lots of interesting habitat and are very important to the
success of our count. We need additional folks, regardless of your
birding skill level, to help count birds in the field. Doing a CBC can
be a lot of fun, a great learning experience, and a chance to meet other
birders. Those of you who use eBird will find the CBC to be a natural
fit. If you are interested in counting in the field, please contact me.
Let me know where you are located and your level of birding experience,
so I can place you in an appropriate sector. We love having newer
birders join us, and we will make sure you are teamed with a more
experienced person for the count.

There is also an important role for folks who can’t get out in the field
on December 17 but live inside the count circle and like to watch birds
in their yards and at their feeders. You can contribute very useful
information to the CBC too.

In northern Virginia, the border of the count circle extends from the
Potomac River just downstream of Great Falls, swinging south through
northern portions of Reston and Herndon, passing south of Oak Grove,
through Sterling, then swinging west and north just east of Ashburn and
Lansdowne, coming back to the Potomac near Elizabeth Mills Park. If you
live inside this area and you are interested in reporting the birds you
observe in your yard and at your feeders on December 17, please let me
know. I can confirm whether you fall inside the count circle and make
arrangements for you to send in your yard/feeder count.

I will be happy to answer any questions you have about the CBC.

I look forward to your participation.

Thanks in advance.

Jim Nelson
<kingfishers2...>
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Date: 11/16/17 2:12 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (16 Nov 2017) 3 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 16, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 121 2471
Bald Eagle 0 100 379
Northern Harrier 0 135 483
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 227 2216
Cooper's Hawk 1 185 1421
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 47 65
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 1196
Red-tailed Hawk 0 201 327
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 3
Golden Eagle 0 9 9
American Kestrel 0 36 3351
Merlin 0 36 1384
Peregrine Falcon 1 13 784
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 8
Unknown Buteo 0 1 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 1 19
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 3 1118 14139
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel, Bob Anderson

Observers: Bob Anderson, Thuy Tran

Weather:
Moderate to light winds were generally from the west, with clear skies and
temperatures in the high forties to low sixties.

Raptor Observations:
Very slow. At least we had a peregrine.

Non-raptor Observations:
Hermit Thrushes were quite talkative today, especially in the afternoon.
Other sightings included:

~29 Horned Larks (including a high flock of ~25 together)
13 Tundra Swans
1 Barn Swallow

17 Monarchs
1 Cabbage White
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Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Date: 11/16/17 2:02 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Snickers Gap (16 Nov 2017) 28 Raptors
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 16, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 65
Bald Eagle 5 7 79
Northern Harrier 0 1 30
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 4 377
Cooper's Hawk 0 2 75
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 7 17
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 5669
Red-tailed Hawk 20 60 130
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 2 9 11
American Kestrel 0 0 28
Merlin 0 0 8
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 9
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 6

Total: 28 90 6518
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Observation start time: 11:15:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 3.25 hours

Official Counter: The Littles

Observers:

Visitors:
None


Weather:
Cold temps with brisk west wind turning more NW after noon. Partly cloudy
skies cleared completely by 2pm. Gusts to 23 mph.

Raptor Observations:
All migrants traveled low along the west side of the ridge, except the
final GOEA, high and impressively steady well above the ridge in the
howling wind.
Two adult BAEA flew close together, curving and twisting in parallel sweeps
and swerves as if dancing, before wafting back to the north, side by side.

Non-raptor Observations:

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Report submitted by BJ Little (<bluejay48...>)


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Date: 11/16/17 1:50 pm
From: Harry Armistead via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] lower Eastern Shore, November 8-13, 2017.
LOWER EASTERN SHORE, NOVEMBER 8-13, 2017 (Nov. 8-9, Maryland; other days Virginia): Ferry Neck, Elliott Island Road, Kiptopeke State Park, Ramp Lane (Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge), Magotha Road, Oyster, Box Tree Drive, Willis Wharf, Gargatha Landing.


partial DRAMATIS PERSONAE & abbreviations: Matt Anthony, David Clark, Joke Colijn & Max Ossevoort (from the Netherlands), C.V.W.O. - Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory, cormorant = Double-crested Cormorant, ESVNWR - Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge, Cindy Ferguson & Norm Jones, Betsy & Chris Foster, Katie Garst (C.V.W.O. educator & also assistant to Anna Stunkel), KSP - Kiptopeke State Park, Kathy Louthan, Scott Priebe, Anna Stunkel (C.V.W.O. Hawk Counter), Steve Thornhill & Janie Henderson.


IN SUM: waterfowl seem late. More than usual Id expect: lingering warm weather species, some of them later than extreme dates in the Gold Book, which, however, IS 10 years old: indigo bunting, ruby-throated hummingbird, red-eyed vireo, yellow-billed cuckoo. This time of year is when western species sometimes turn up, such as the white-winged dove and western tanager seen by participants in the roundup. That weekend is what Pete Dunne calls wildcard weekend. However, no western kingbird or ash-throated flycatcher this time.


NOVEMBER 8, WEDNESDAY. Route 301 milepost 110: 9 deer.Along Route 481 in Queen Annes County not much: 5 eastern bluebirds, 2 American kestrels, and 13 mourning doves. At Cordova a bald eagle flies right over town and over Route 309 a good half mile. Arrive at Rigbys Folly at 5:11 P.M. and see an eastern cottontail at 5:09 on the way in. Theres 1.2 in the rain gauge, fallen since Oct. 30. 49, overcast, NW5+.


NOVEMBER 9, THURSDAY. RIGBYS FOLLY, Ferry Neck, Talbot County, MD: My f.o.s. Tundra Swans coming in high and calling, always a stirring sound/sight experience, 4 flocks totaling 55 on this cool, overcast day with gray clouds, bringing to mind Paul Johnsgards book about the fall arrival of Sandhill Cranes in the Great Plains: Those of the gray wind. Two bucks in Field 1. 2 bluebirds, a phoebe, and a flicker. 46 degrees F. outside. Leave by 7:30 A.M. sprinkles, NW10. On the ground on the driveway near the Waterthrush Pond I find a chipping sparrow nest, very well-cupped, and, in the absence of hair, lined with very fine grasses.


ELLIOTT ISLAND ROAD, Dorchester County, MD. 11 A.M. - 1:30 P.M., NE15-10-5, 55-62 degrees F., fair becoming overcast, high tide falling. 37 species. partial list:


ruddy duck 1,610 (all of them cute), bald eagle 11, canvasback 12, gadwall 4, lesser scaup 40, bufflehead 45, common loon 14, great egret 5, snowy egret 2, boat-tailed grackle 4, Forsters tern 11, greater yellowlegs 18, short-billed dowitcher 22, dunlin 33, lesser yellowlegs 2, American kestrel 1, killdeer 40 (1 flock in a field near Kraft Neck Road), red-shouldered hawk 3, eastern meadowlark 1, eastern phoebe 2, American black duck just 4, tundra swan 17, Canada goose 185, northern harrier 2, turkey vulture 32, black vulture 2, and great blue heron 7 plus 1 monarch and 1 gray squirrel.


Am at KSP 3:30-4:30 where Anna and Katie have seen 46 Northern Harriers today, their season high, plus arrival Tundra Swans and a Lincolns Sparrow. We see a group of 9 Great Blue Herons and one lickety-split male Merlin. A Gray Squirrel runs along the rail next to my quarters, where it has shredded a Loblolly Pine cone.


NOVEMBER 10, FRIDAY. Insomnia has its rewards. Am awake at 4:16 A.M. to hear Tundra Swans going over my quarters. STING-RAYS: 38 Fish Crows 7:15 A.M. and a few minutes later at CAPEVILLE ROAD: 120 Rock Pigeons, and 80 Killdeer in a tilled field. CONCRETE SHIPS (at the end of Route 704 = the old ferry slip): 8 A.M., brown pelican 215, cormorant 200, royal tern 1, laughing gull 8, northern gannet 25, rock pigeon 25, European starling 40, great blue heron 2, tree swallow 35.



KSP, 8:15 - 3:15, clear, NW25+, 51 degrees F. variously falling through the course of the day to 49. Anna & Katie find c. 872 Turkey Vultures (they go back and forth so much; the reason they dont get added to the official count anymore), 18 Bald Eagles, 2 Golden Eagles, a late Broad-winged Hawk, 35 Red-tailed Hawks, 32 Bonapartes Gulls, a late Barn Swallow, 2 Great Egrets, and 191 Tundra Swans. The swans go over very high. 14 raptor species (counting the 2 vultures). Northern gannets in view all day over and beyond the concrete ships. Six shorebirds flash by in a flock, probably semipalmated plovers. On the walk she leads Katie finds 2 woodcock.


RAMP LANE (ESVNWR), in company with Cindy Ferguson & Norm Jones, 3:30 - 5:30, 48-45, N or NE 20, high tide & falling. complete list: greater yellowlegs 70, Bonapartes gull 8, boat-tailed grackle 70, white ibis 3 immatures, hooded merganser 4, surf scoter 3, great blue heron 5, short-billed dowitcher 6, black-bellied plover 1, dunlin 26, great egret 6, snowy egret 2, cormorant 4, bald eagle 3, northern harrier 4, belted kingfisher 1, tree swallow 70, Forsters tern 6, American kestrel 1, gadwall 2, red-winged blackbird 300, tundra swan 3, sharp-shinned hawk 1, myrtle warbler 5, American robin 3, white-throated sparrow 1, American woodcock 1, and red-throated loon 1.


NOVEMBER 11, SATURDAY. MAGOTHA ROAD general area including the GATR Tract, Capeville, Townsend, Magothy Bay, and Dunton Cove Road with David Clark as part of todays Matt Anthonys Rarity Roundup focused on Northampton County. 7:30-2:30; 3:45-4:45. 2 miles on foot, 24 by car. Complete list, much of this due to Davids good eyes and ears:


Canada goose 30, brant 400 (very distant to the N of Magotha Road), tundra swan (heard only), American black duck 4, green-winged teal 2, bufflehead 10, wild turkey 5, Eurasian collared-dove 3, WHITE-WINGED DOVE 1 (Kathy Louthan & Scott Priebe secure an excellent photograph; it flies in and perches on the wire near the Eurasian Collared-Doves), mourning dove 1, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD 1 (GATR Tract parking lot), clapper rail 2, Virginia rail 2,


black-bellied plover 1, semipalmated plover 1, killdeer 32, dunlin 17, greater yellowlegs 22, lesser yellowlegs 2, Bonapartes gull 9, ring-billed gull 3, herring gull 22, great black-backed gull 1, Forsters tern 1, great blue heron 4, black vulture 26, turkey vulture 28, GOLDEN EAGLE 2 immatures (possibly 3; may have been as many as 4-6 in the county today; the the fall theyre almost always immatures/juvies), bald eagle 8, northern harrier 1, sharp-shinned hawk 1, Coopers hawk 1, red-shouldered hawk 1, red-tailed hawk 6,


eastern screech-owl 1, great horned owl 1, belted kingfisher 1, red-belleid woodpecker, northern flicker 3, American kestrel 2, peregrine falcon 2, eastern phoebe 3, blue-headed vireo 1 (GATR Tract parking lot), blue jay 4, American crow 550, fish crow 40, horned lark 12, tree swallow 80, Carolina chickadee 6, tufted titmouse 2, house wren 3, winter wren 1, Carolina wren 8, sedge wren 1, golden-crowned kinglet 2, ruby-crowned kinglet 4, eastern bluebird 22, hermit thrush 2, American robin 215,


gray catbird 1, brown thrasher 1, northern mockingbird 6, European starling 90, cedar waxwing 45, house finch 2, palm warbler 3, pine warbler 3, myrtle warbler 46, eastern towhee 1, chipping sparrow 40, Savannah sparrow 1, song sparrow 13 (2 of them singing), swamp sparrow 2, white-throated sparrow 34, slate-colored junco 1, northern cardinal 6, INDIGO BUNTING 1, red-winged blackbird 115, eastern meadowlark 18, common grackle 12, boat-tailed grackle 100, brown-headed cowbird 400.


2:30-3:45 we poached and at RAMP LANE found some birds wed missed on our assigned area: 1 Osprey, 1 Saltmarsh Sparrow, a cormorant, a Great Egret, and an additional Coopers Hawk. There are 14 areas today covered by 38 observers thanks to Matt Anthonys excellent recruiting and organization. Species seen by others include Northern Parula, Common Gallinule (Oyster landfill), Whimbrel (Box Tree Road), Yellow-headed Blackbird (Indiantown Road), Cave Swallow, Western Tanager, Pomarine & Parasitic jaegers, White-eyed Vireo, Spotted Sandpiper, Nashville Warbler, Lincolns Sparrow, Bobolink, Snow Bunting, and Cliff & Barn swallows. The species total: 158.


Dinner at Sting-Rays with Bob Ake, John Rowlett and John Spahr. The tally was later on at The Shanty. At KSP Anna & Katie find a late Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 3 Golden Eagles, and good buteo numbers: 19 Red-shoulders and 62 Red-tails, plus 14 Bald Eagles.


NOVEMBER 12, SUNDAY. CONCRETE SHIPS: brown pelican down to a measly 115, northern gannet 3, rock pigeon 70, common loon 6, sanderling 5, and bufflehead 16. KSP: a real late red-eyed vireo spotted by Chris. Anna hears a northern rough-winged swallow.


RAMP LANE with Katie and Anna, 4-5;45, overcast, 48-46, N wind 5 or less. Pretty nice conditions; therefore surprising not to hear more clappers. 24 species, complete list: American black duck 30, gadwall 1, northern shoveler 3, northern pintail 7, northern harrier 3, clapper rail 3, great blue heron 3, black-crowed night heron 3, herring gull 60, tree swallow 70, common loon 9, bald eagle 5, bufflehead 3, cormorant 20, belted kingfisher 1, hooded merganser 18, dunlin 200, great egret 2, boat-tailed grackle 65, Coopers hawk 1 immature, American robin 2, scoter unIDd 25, great horned owl 1, and mallard 2 plus 2 deer. No white ibis.


ACCIPITER RATIO: So far, as of the end of Nov. 15, 1,420 Coopers vs. 2,215 sharpies, a ratio that would have been unheard of a few decades ago. Sharpies down, Coopers up.


NOVEMBER 13, MONDAY. The long trip home, poignant to be leaving, but will return soon eno. RAMP LANE, 9 A.M. in the rain, 48 degrees F., NE 10, overcast, raw: great egret 1, great blue heron 2, a common loon flying to the NE, bald eagle 2. In this miserable, cold rain: 14 trucks. Dont know if their owners are hunting, clamming, fishing, or tending the pound nets but you have to admire their grit. Obdurate. ROUTE 600 near Bulls Drive: 25 eastern meadowlarks. MAGOTHA ROAD, 9:15 A.M.: Eurasian collared-dove 4, eastern bluebird 18, field sparrow 6, myrtle warbler 9, belted kingfisher 1, great blue heron 1, bufflehead 11.


OYSTER, 9:50-10:30, rain stops, low tide & falling still. willet 125, dunlin 250, marbled godwit 1, peregrine falcon 1, bald eagle 1 adult, black-bellied plover 1, short-billed dowitcher 75, American oystercatcher 16, great blue heron 1, black vulture 9, red-breasted merganser 1, cormorant 8, Forsters tern 20, eastern bluebird 4, and bufflehead 8 plus, nearby, 7 deer and a wild turkey. Theres a red car with VA tags CHNA DOL. Park next to the square concrete area on the S side of Oyster: it offers a pretty good view of the distant flats, but the view from the portapotties on the N side is more complete. You need a scope, though. EASTVILLE, 10:45: perhaps 3,000 brown-headed cowbirds, to the dismay of song sparrows, indigo buntings, and yellow warblers.


BOX TREE (Machipongo), 11-11:30: bald eagle 6, brant 40, hooded merganser 11, American black duck 12, northern harrier 1, red-tailed hawk 1, Bonapartes gull 1, cormorant 4, and great blue heron 4. 47, VERY low tide. TNC has installed a locked gate here preventing access (which isnt needed) to the rickety dock. Its evocative to be able to view, on a day with good clarity, the distant high tower out on Hog Island, perhaps 9 miles away.


WILLIS WHARF, 11:45-12:15, raw, cold, NW15, overcast. gray squirrel 6, Ballard Drive is squirrel city USA. A feature at Willis Wharf is the group of 12 or so, fat, big, white geese with orange bills. Drive around them with care. marbled godwit 135 (in two impressive, wheeling flocks over the mudflats), cormorant 19, short-billed dowitcher 2, dunlin 6, American oystercatcher 1, common loon 1, bald eagle 1. hooded merganser 6, willet 8, semipalmated plover 1, belted kingfisher 1, Canada goose 130, great blue heron 2, and bufflehead 6.


The panic grass (Panicum) has been trimmed so its easier to get up on the observation platform. Theres a new, large cinder block building in front of the post office with no trespassing signs, making it harder to see whats out on the flats. As Woody Guthrie said: The other side of the sign doesnt say anything. But no pasaran.


PERDUE plant near Accomac. 1 P.M. Oh perhaps 500 Herring Gulls wheeling in a kettle over this facility and an odious adult bald eagle perched nearby, waiting for tenders? TYSON PLANT near Temperanceville (located appropriately enough near Modest Town): great egret 1, great blue heron 1, turkey vulture 10, and the attendant gulls, herring, 200 some.


GARGATHA LANDING, 1:15-2:15, NW15, overcast, low tide but starting to flood in. bald eagle 8, great blue heron 14, northern harrier 1, northern gannet 2 imm. (perhaps 1-2 miles away and plunge-diving), cormorant 11, turkey vulture 8, greater yellowlegs 5, dunlin 2, belted kingfisher 1, hooded merganser 3, American black duck 7, eastern bluebird 14, mourning dove 36, Canada goose 11, Forsters tern 14, scoter unIDd 80, eastern meadowlark 1, red-tailed hawk 2, and American kestrel. Usually see some deer off to the south but not today. Fellow here with bins looking for where to hunt ducks grew up on DeCoursey Bridge Road in Dorchester County of all places. He is impressed with my scope. How much does something like that run?


VOLUNTEER HOURS: Nov. 9, 1 hour; Nov. 10, 7 hours; Nov. 11, 0 hours; Nov. 12, 7 hours (8:30-3:30). total: 15.


MONARCHS. Monarch tagger Clay Bufkins tour of duty is over. He tagged almost 2,000. Theyre winding down with these totals for Nov. 9-15: 2, 1, 0, 8, 0, 10, 0. But on one Christmas count when the temperature soared to 79 we saw 3 plus dragonflies and mosquitos.


NASSAWADOX CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT: Sunday, December 17. Please contact me. TANGIER & SMITH islands C.B.C. slated for January 5, 2018. Canceled but maybe in January 2019.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.
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Date: 11/15/17 3:51 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (15 Nov 2017) 54 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 15, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 121 2471
Bald Eagle 3 100 379
Northern Harrier 2 135 483
Sharp-shinned Hawk 13 226 2215
Cooper's Hawk 15 184 1420
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 47 65
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 1196
Red-tailed Hawk 16 201 327
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 3
Golden Eagle 0 9 9
American Kestrel 2 36 3351
Merlin 0 36 1384
Peregrine Falcon 0 12 783
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 8
Unknown Buteo 0 1 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 1 19
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 54 1115 14136
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Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Katie Garst

Weather:
Light to moderate winds were generally from the northeast, with clear skies
in the early morning becoming partly cloudy. Temperatures were in the
forties and fifties.

Raptor Observations:
Relatively slow. Today was Katie Garst's last day as our educator and
hawkwatch intern. Many thanks to her for an amazing job well done this
season!

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarchs are still flying! We saw 23 of them today. Other sightings
included:

5 Horned Larks
1 Black-bellied Plover
1 Pine Siskin

1 Buckeye
1 Cabbage White
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Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=484


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Date: 11/15/17 2:19 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (15 Nov 2017) 57 Raptors (3 GE, 1 NG, 15 RS)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 15, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 227
Bald Eagle 6 27 248
Northern Harrier 1 5 45
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 57 975
Cooper's Hawk 2 17 235
Northern Goshawk 1 2 7
Red-shouldered Hawk 15 54 91
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 27 126 298
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 2
Golden Eagle 3 14 24
American Kestrel 0 1 120
Merlin 0 2 50
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 34
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 20
Unknown Buteo 0 0 13
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 3 25
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 57 312 24761
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Observation start time: 07:45:00
Observation end time: 16:15:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers:

Visitors:
Lysanne Taylor, Jennifer Jowdy


Weather:
The west side of Rockfish Gap was full of thick smoke this morning, which
gradually cleared out by 12pm. Light SW Breezes early then moderate SE
Breezes after 10am. Quite chilly (0.0-9.2C). Very few clouds early,
mostly cloudy after 11am, becoming completely overcast by 4pm.

Raptor Observations:
A very slow start but it turned out to be quite a good day with plenty of
different species including our best Red-shouldered Hawk flight of the
season. The bulk of today's birds came between 10:00am-1:30pm. A great
Eagle day! Six Bald Eagles (11:05 adult pair, 11:39 3rd-YR, 12:07 adult,
12:15 2nd-YR, and 1:35 adult). Three immature Golden Eagles (back-to-back
juveniles at 11:29 and 11:33, and a subadult at 12:54). The subadult GE
came in low and circled directly overhead giving us some absolutely
spectacular views. Adult female Harrier at 11:21 and immature Goshawk at
2:20. First Raptor: 9:58 SS, Last Raptor: 3:55 RT.

Non-raptor Observations:
600+ Robins, 800+ Waxwings, 50+ RW Blackbirds, 20 Grackles, 1 E. Phoebe, 1
Fox Sparrow.

Predictions:
Mostly sunny, warmer, strong NW Wind
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Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (<birdmangabriel...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=491


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Date: 11/15/17 11:12 am
From: Phil Silas via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Cub Run Stream Valley Park, Nov 15, 2017

VA-Birders,
The Northern Virginia Bird Club & Audubon Society of Northern Virginia birded the central portion of Cub Run Stream Valley Park in Fairfax County today. We tallied 34 species and our group of 11 were treated to easy trail conditions and cool, sunny weather. Highlights included: an aerial display as a group of American Crows challenged a much-smaller Sharp-shinned hawk; good numbers of our common wintering sparrows; and the always colorful Northern Flickers, Northern Cardinals, and Cedar Waxwings. The complete list follows.
Phil Silas, Woodbridge, VA

P.S. Half of us then went a couple miles North on Pleasant Valley Road to Sully Woodlands for great scope-views of the insect-eating Northern Shrike.



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Sent: Wed, Nov 15, 2017 1:21 pm
Subject: eBird Report - Cub Run Stream Valley Park, Nov 15, 2017

Cub Run Stream Valley Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Nov 15, 2017 8:07 AM - 11:13 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: 11 birders, cool, beautiful day.
34 species

Canada Goose 1
Mallard 5
Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 10
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
Bald Eagle 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 10
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 7
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 36
American Crow 10
Carolina Chickadee 12
Tufted Titmouse 8
Carolina Wren 8
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 9
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 26
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 3
Cedar Waxwing 30
Yellow-rumped Warbler 7
Dark-eyed Junco 19
White-throated Sparrow 28
Song Sparrow 10
Swamp Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 7
Red-winged Blackbird 18
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Common Grackle 6
American Goldfinch 4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40519641

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

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Date: 11/15/17 9:19 am
From: Gerry Hawkins via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, Week ending 11-14-17
Below is the Voice of the Naturalist for the current week, whlch was
compiled by Helen Patton and transcribed to Birdeast by Steve Cordle.

Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 11/14/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Helen Patton
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
November 7 and was completed on Tuesday, November 14 at 7:20 p.m.

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

The top birds this week were WHITE-WINGED DOVE in VA, POMARINE JAEGER
and PARASITIC JAEGER in VA, BROWN BOOBY* in MD, HARRIS'S SPARROW* in
MD and WESTERN TANAGER* in MD and VA.

Other birds of interest this week included waterfowl, RING-NECKED
PHEASANT, RED-NECKED GREBE, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, GREATER
SHEARWATER, WILSON'S STORM- PETREL,COMMON GALLINULE, shorebirds,
gulls, hawks, shrikes, swallows, SEDGE WREN, LAPLAND LONGSPUR,
sparrows, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, warblers, BOBOLINK and YELLOW-HEADED
BLACKBIRD.

TOP BIRDS

On November 11 and 12, a WHITE-WINGED DOVE was observed on Magotha
Road in Cape Charles, Northampton Co, VA.

During the week southbound jaegers continued to be observed at the
Cape Charles Coastal Habitat NAP in Northampton Co, VA. The sightings
of a single POMARINE and one to two PARASITIC JAEGERS occurred on
November 8, 10, 11 and 14, a reduction in the numbers seen the
previous week.

A BROWN BOOBY* was seen from northern Assateague Island, Worcester Co,
MD on November 11. Two BROWN BOOBIES* were at the Ocean City Inlet,
Worcester Co, MD on November 14.

A HARRIS'S SPARROW* was on the Anacostia River Trail, Prince George's
Co, MD on November 12 and 13.

On November 11, a WESTERN TANAGER* was at Cedar Lane Rd., Worcester
Co, MD. On the same day a WESTERN TANAGER was at the Hamantown Road
Farms (private) Northampton Co, VA.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was on Executive Blvd, Rockville,
Montgomery Co, MD on November 9. A SNOW GOOSE was at Lake Churchill,
Germantown, Montgomery Co, MD on November 11. ROSS'S GEESE were seen
on Main Chapel Way in Gambrills and Waugh Chapel East, Anne Arundel
Co, MD on November 8. Another ROSS'S GOOSE was on Princess Anne Lane,
Virginia Beach, VA on November 9. TUNDRA SWANS were observed (and
heard) from many locations throughout the area during the week.

A trip to Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on November 7, noted 667
NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 306 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER,
a PECTORAL SANDPIPER plus a WESTERN PALM WARBLER and a WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW. REDHEADS were seen at many venues in Virginia during the
week. November 9 was a good day for SCOTERS. SURF SCOTERS were seen at
Violette's Lock, Montgomery Co, MD; Daingerfield Island, Alexandria,
VA and Silver Lake RP, Prince William Co, VA; WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS
were also at Violette's Lock and North Point SP, Baltimore Co, MD and
a BLACK SCOTER was at Centennial Lake, Howard Co, MD. A visit to Lake
Frederick, Frederick Co, MD on November 9 observed 8 duck species
including: NORTHERN SHOVELER, GADWALL and AMERICAN WIGEON. A
LONG-TAILED DUCK was at the Sandy River Reservoir, Prince Edward Co,
VA on November 8. COMMON GOLDENEYES were seen in a variety of venues.

A RING-NECKED PHEASANT was at Assateague Island NS, Bayside, Worcester
Co, MD on November 10

Two RED-NECKED GREBES were at Flintville Road, Broad Creek Bridge,
Harford Co, MD on November 8. On November 10 and 11 a RED-NECKED GREBE
was at Sherwood Lakes, Virginia Beach, VA.

On November 12, a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was at Back Bay NWR,
Virginia Beach, VA.

On November 10, 8 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent
Co, DE.

A GREATER SHEARWATER and 5 WILSON'S STORM PETRELS were in the sea off
the Mouth of Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach, VA on November 9.

A COMMON GALLINULE was at the West Ocean City Pond, Worcester Co, MD
on November 10 and 12. A COMMON GALLINULE was at Cheriton Landfill,
Northampton Co, VA on November 11.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was at Kiptopeke SP, Northampton Co, VA on
November 11 and 12. A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was at the Swan Creek
dredge containment facility, Anne Arundel Co, MD on November 9. A
PIPING PLOVER was at the Assateague NS, Worcester Co, MD on November
11.

Shorebird highlights also included ten WHIMBRELS at Box Tree Marsh and
30 WHIMBREL at Cape Charles, Seaside Road, both in Northampton Co, VA
and both on November 11; two WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS at Bombay Hook
NWR, Kent Co, DE on November 9; a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER at the North
Beach marsh, Calvert Co, MD on November 14 and a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
at E.A. Vaughn WMA-Central, Worcester Co, MD on November 11.

BONAPARTE'S GULLS were seen at many locations with a high count of 30
at Centennial Lake, Howard Co, MD on November 9. An ICELAND GULL and a
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were at Sandy Point SP, Anne Arundel Co, MD
during the week. A GLAUCOUS GULL was at the CBBT, Northampton Co, VA
on November 9.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on November
10 and 12. GOLDEN EAGLES were observed at all the local Hawk Watches
during the week.

On November 14, a single continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen at the
Smith Farm in Lunenburg Co, VA. A NORTHERN SHRIKE* returned to the
Sully Woodlands in Fairfax Co, VA for the winter, with a sightings on
November 8, 11 and 12.

Two TREE SWALLOWS were at Lake Frederick, Frederick Co, MD on November
9. CAVE SWALLOWS appeared throughout the region this week.

A SEDGE WREN was at Prime Hook NWR, Fowler Beach Road, Sussex Co, DE
on November 9 and 12. A SEDGE WREN was found at the Sully Woodlands,
Fairfax Co, on November 12. Another SEDGE WREN was at Gordon's Pond,
Cape Henlopen, Sussex Co, DE on November 12.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was at Assateague SP, Worcester Co, MD on November
11.

An AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was at Sunset Park in Ocean City, Worcester
Co, MD on November 12. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was at Sandy River
Reservoir, Prince Edward Co, VA on November 9. Two CLAY-COLORED
SPARROWS were at E. A. Vaughn WMA-Central, Worcester Co, MD on
November 11. VESPER SPARROWS showed up at many locations in the area.
A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was at Sunset Park, Ocean City, Worcester Co, MD
on November 12. LINCOLN'S SPARROWS were at Ilia Fehr NP, Lizard Hill
in Bishopville and Deer Run Golf Course, all Worcester Co, MD and all
on November 11. Another LINCOLN'S SPARROW was at the Cheriton
Landfill, Northampton Co, VA also on November 11.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen at several locations.

Several late migratory warblers were seen in Maryland during the week,
including a NASHVILLE WARBLER at Masonville Cove, Baltimore Co, on
November 11; a CAPE MAY WARBLER at Assateague Island NS, Bayside,
Worcester Co, on November 10 and 12 and a BLACK-THROATED BLUE WATBLER
at Club House Road pond, Worcester Co, on November 12.

A BOBOLINK was at Kiptopeke SP, Northampton Co, VA on November 12. A
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen in the Seaside Road vicinity of Cape
Charles, Northampton Co, VA on November 11 and 12. An amazing 10,000
COMMON GRACKLES were at Great Falls NP, VA on November 12.

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

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Date: 11/15/17 6:08 am
From: Mary-Carroll Potter via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] a question
May I ask a question only generally related to
bird sightings on this email address? It
relates to receiving listings of Maryland
sightings.



=================

Mary-Carroll Potter

2003 Bedford Lane

Alexandria, VA 22307

703-768-6590





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Date: 11/14/17 3:29 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (14 Nov 2017) 108 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 14, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 121 2471
Bald Eagle 13 97 376
Northern Harrier 7 133 481
Sharp-shinned Hawk 15 213 2202
Cooper's Hawk 16 169 1405
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 9 44 62
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 1196
Red-tailed Hawk 39 185 311
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 3
Golden Eagle 3 9 9
American Kestrel 0 34 3349
Merlin 3 36 1384
Peregrine Falcon 1 12 783
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 8
Unknown Buteo 0 1 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 1 19
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 108 1061 14082
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Brian Taber, Joe Beatty, Katie Garst, Rudy Cashwell

Weather:
Light to moderate winds were variable, often from the east southeast. Skies
were mostly cloudy, covered with a thin layer of wispy clouds. Temperatures
were in the mid forties to low fifties.

Raptor Observations:
We had a nice buteo and Bald Eagle movement, along with three more Golden
Eagles (one either juvenile or subadult, and two definite juveniles).

Non-raptor Observations:
Observations included:

8 Great Blue Herons
3 American Pipits
1 Dark-eyed Junco

10 Monarchs
1 Buckeye
1 Cabbage White

Predictions:
Please note that Kiptopeke State Park will be closed tomorrow and the next
day for the deer hunt. I have permission to conduct the count during this
time.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Date: 11/14/17 2:20 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (14 Nov 2017) 52 Raptors (RL, NG, GE)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 14, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 227
Bald Eagle 2 21 242
Northern Harrier 0 4 44
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 55 973
Cooper's Hawk 2 15 233
Northern Goshawk 1 1 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 12 39 76
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 32 99 271
Rough-legged Hawk 1 1 2
Golden Eagle 1 11 21
American Kestrel 0 1 120
Merlin 0 2 50
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 34
Unknown Accipiter 1 3 20
Unknown Buteo 0 0 13
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 3 25
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 52 255 24704
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 13:00:00
Observation end time: 16:15:00
Total observation time: 3.25 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers:

Weather:
Good hawk watching weather all day but no coverage available until 1pm.
Moderate NW Winds and overcast all day, 7.2-6.2C during count period,
moderate visibility with some haze in the distance.

Raptor Observations:
A fantastic flight of late-season raptors! Many RS and RT today, almost
all first seen rising up over the ridge to our NE and then flying SW, with
many coming directly overhead. The #1 highlight of the day was the second
Rough-legged Hawk of the season at 1:09pm, and it was a special sighting of
a dark-morph bird! It was first sighted over the ridge to our NE flying
with 3 RT, and it was quite noticeably the largest bird of the group. It
then proceeded to fly SW passing nearly directly overhead, offering great
views of its stunning dark plumage. This dark-morph RL was identified as
a juvenile by its overall dark brown (rather than black coloration) with
black belly and carpal patches, dirty brown (rather than black) border of
trailing edges of wings, all dark tail, and most distinctly pale primary
windows on upperwings.

Another highlight was a subadult Golden Eagle which flew slow, low, and
close down the east side of the gap at 2:40pm giving wonderful views all
the way across. It was in view for 10 minutes from the time it was first
spotted until it disappeared to the south! The final highlight was an
immature Northern Goshawk flying swiftly across the gap at 2:52. Two
4th-YR Bald Eagles flew through together at 3:57.

Non-raptor Observations:
310 Cedar Waxwings, 45 Robins, 55 Fish Crows, 15 RW Blackbirds

Predictions:
Sunny, light SE Winds
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (<birdmangabriel...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 11/14/17 9:15 am
From: David Farner via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Northern Virginia Bird Club Meeting Wednesday, November 15 - Wood Thrush Conservation and Research
The Northern Virginia Bird Club will hold its November meeting on Wednesday, November 15 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington, VA, 22207 at 8:00 pm Directions can be found in the Siskin and on our web page at www.nvabc.org<http://www.nvabc.org/>.

Dana McCoskey will give a presentation about Wood Thrush Research and Conservation.

Dana McCoskey assisted with the research of Wood Thrushes on their wintering grounds in Costa Rica and then conducted her graduate research with the thrushes on their Indiana breeding grounds as part of a larger Smithsonian Institution project. At George Mason University, she used DNA sequencing and barcoding to develop a novel method to study migratory bird diets and identify prey species that the thrushes in Indiana forage on in different types of forests. Dana's presentation will focus on Wood Thrush research and conservation.

Dana McCoskey is a fish and wildlife ecologist who spent over ten years in the field conducting research on migratory animals, monitoring threatened and endangered species, and studying the effects of land use practices such as forestry, fire, and renewable energy development on animal populations. This work took her into the forests, streams, refuges, and back country of Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Nevada, Indiana, Massachusetts, Hawaii and Costa Rica. She is a board member of the DC Audubon Society focused on bird conservation and education. She currently works for Allegheny Science and Technology supporting environmental research initiatives onsite in the US Department of Energy's Water Power Technologies Office

Early bird refreshments start at 7:30. Any contributions of food or beverage will be most gratefully received.

David Farner
Vice President, Programs, Northern Virginia Bird Club
Arlington, Virginia


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Date: 11/14/17 8:43 am
From: Dave Larsen - Birding via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Red-necked Grebe at Belvoir Pond in Marshall, Fauquier County
The RNGR reported yesterday was still present this morning at 11:00 on Belvoir (Bowman’s)’Pond in Marshall, Fauquier County. Seen initially close to the usual pullout swimming alongside a Pied-billed Grebe, it flew to the far end of the pond. Feeding actively, it is down more than up. Report and photo on eBird.

Dave Larsen
Haymarket

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Date: 11/13/17 3:44 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (13 Nov 2017) 9 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 13, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 119 2469
Bald Eagle 1 84 363
Northern Harrier 1 126 474
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 198 2187
Cooper's Hawk 1 153 1389
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 35 53
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 1196
Red-tailed Hawk 4 146 272
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 3
Golden Eagle 0 6 6
American Kestrel 0 34 3349
Merlin 0 33 1381
Peregrine Falcon 0 11 782
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 8
Unknown Buteo 0 1 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 1 19
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 9 953 13974
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Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Katie Garst

Weather:
Rain in the morning, followed by overcast skies, light and variable winds,
and temperatures in the high forties.

Raptor Observations:
Slow as a slug.

Non-raptor Observations:
There were plenty of Tree Swallows, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and sparrows
around today. Not much else was going on.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Date: 11/13/17 3:24 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (13 Nov 2017) 29 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 13, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 92
Bald Eagle 0 7 126
Northern Harrier 1 1 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 23 246
Cooper's Hawk 0 6 101
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 10 25
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 7665
Red-tailed Hawk 22 101 265
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 70
Merlin 0 0 12
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 15
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 3
Unknown Falcon 0 1 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 8

Total: 29 151 8657
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Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Bill James

Observers: Don A.

Visitors:
Nope


Weather:
Brisk 3-4 wind from the NW all day with clouds fluctuating from white to
black and from 10 to 90%. Visibility was a 4 initially but with the
arrival of a cold front became a 5. Temperature ranged from 40 to 45 then
feel to 39; not too pleasant 3 to 5 winds.

Raptor Observations:
All birds on the west side and straight up as expected with NW winds. No
big birds. Don was indispensable today. He doesn't watch from his heel!

Non-raptor Observations:
A couple of soutbound hikers. Hunters noted on the way up. Not many
stoppersby today and no inquiries, unusually.

Predictions:
Less wind, more......
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bill James (<bijam...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 11/13/17 2:28 pm
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
Once again, some 30 birders gathered to take part in the Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk this morning.  We identified 41 species of birds with a number of highlights.  We watched as a pair of Great Blue Herons faced off in what was probably a territorial ballet.  Very graceful, but there seemed to be no discernible outcome - at least to us humans.  The winter duck count is growing, as we saw our first Shovelers, Pintails, and Gadwalls.  A group of Field Sparrows were seen in a larger group of Song Sparrows in the small field behind the Tower, and the usual collection of Re-winged Blackbirds, Northern Cardinals, and Eastern Bluebirds rounded out the morning.  A very pleasant day.
Canada Goose  52
Northern Shoveler  4
Gadwall  4
Mallard  26
American Black Duck  2
Northern Pintail  6
Hooded Merganser  2
Ruddy Duck  1
Great Blue Heron  5
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  13
Mourning Dove  7
Red-headed Woodpecker  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  4
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  5
Fish Crow  1
crow sp.  1
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  7
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  8
American Robin  18
Yellow-rumped Warbler  6
Field Sparrow  4
Dark-eyed Junco  2
White-throated Sparrow  18
Song Sparrow  5
Swamp Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  7
Red-winged Blackbird  19
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  14


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

Harry Glasgow
Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Date: 11/13/17 11:10 am
From: Brian Taber via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Shorebirds at Chincoteague
There's a great article in the VSO's recent RAVEN journal..."Trends in Shorebird Abundance, Distribution and Chronology on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge,"  by Buffa, Laskowski, Morris and Holcomb. There is lots of data and much discussion, as well as a number of important comparisons to the pioneering work there by Claudia Wilds, showing how things have changed over decades. Ned Brinkley edited Claudia's extensive notes and reports into a book, which was published as several hundred copies in 2007 by Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory, entitled "Shorebirds at Chincoteague: Patterns of Migration on the Virginia Coast." These reports are essential in helping provide data for conservation management.
 
Brian Taber
Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory
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Date: 11/12/17 5:02 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (12 Nov 2017) 52 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 12, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 118 2468
Bald Eagle 7 83 362
Northern Harrier 3 125 473
Sharp-shinned Hawk 15 197 2186
Cooper's Hawk 8 152 1388
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 35 53
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 1196
Red-tailed Hawk 14 142 268
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 3
Golden Eagle 0 6 6
American Kestrel 1 34 3349
Merlin 1 33 1381
Peregrine Falcon 0 11 782
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 8
Unknown Buteo 0 1 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 1 19
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 52 944 13965
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Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Betsy Foster, Chris Foster, Harry Armistead, Joe Beatty,
Katie Garst

Weather:
Winds were light and variable, mainly from the east southeast. Skies were
overcast, with temperatures in the mid thirties to high forties.

Raptor Observations:
It was a slow day, but the company was enjoyable.

Non-raptor Observations:
Chris spotted a Red-eyed Vireo which was hanging around near the feeders;
this is a very late bird. Other observations included:

15 Eastern Meadowlarks
2 American Pipits
2 Tundra Swans
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
1 Red-throated Loon
1 Rusty Blackbird

8 Monarchs
1 Gray Squirrel
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Date: 11/12/17 3:55 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Snickers Gap (12 Nov 2017) 34 Raptors
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 12, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 65
Bald Eagle 0 2 74
Northern Harrier 1 1 30
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 3 376
Cooper's Hawk 1 2 75
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 7 17
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 5669
Red-tailed Hawk 23 40 110
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 4 7 9
American Kestrel 0 0 28
Merlin 0 0 8
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 9
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 6

Total: 34 62 6490
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Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Joan Boudreau and Bob Abrams

Observers: Doug Graham, Duane Schilling, The Littles, Wes Hetrick

Weather:
Cold with light wind

Raptor Observations:
Golden Eagles and most other migrants arriving from the NE corner of our
ridge.

Non-raptor Observations:
A few flocks of large numbers of Cedar Waxwings. Only a few waterbirds with
one Common Loon and a small raft of D-c Cormorants. Flocks of American
Crows and Fish Crows, Turkey and Black Vultures, and a small number of N.
Ravens. A few other regulars such as N. Cardinals, C. Wrens, House Finches.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joan and Bob (<icepeep...>)


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Date: 11/12/17 3:18 pm
From: Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Sedge wren, peregrine, Sully Woodlands
Kurt Gaskill and I visited Sully Woodlands this morning to view the northern shrike and explore the area for sparrows.  The shrike cooperated nicely (perched up directly behind the barn) and we tallied some other goodies as well.  While walking in the northwest portion of the property we heard a dry, quick chatter from deep in the grass.  The first thing I thought of was "wren", and sedge was the closest fit we could think of.  The bird did not show itself.  We reviewed calls on Xeno Canto and it was a sedge wren.  We also saw a peregrine fly low overhead, and 2 fox sparrows.

Marc Ribaudo

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Date: 11/12/17 2:56 pm
From: Allen Bryan via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Orange-crowned Warbler in Frederick County and several Red-tailed Hawks (abeiticola)
I located a late Orange-crowned Warbler in Frederick County this afternoon.I observed three (3) different Red-tailed Hawks (abeiticola) today from Goochland County, Culpepper County and Fauquier County.
Photographs can be found at:
http://visitingnature.com/main/fall-2017-september-through-november/
 
Enjoy each day,
Allen
Allen Bryan Winchester & Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 11/12/17 12:39 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (12 Nov 2017) 15 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 12, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 227
Bald Eagle 2 19 240
Northern Harrier 1 4 44
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 55 973
Cooper's Hawk 0 13 231
Northern Goshawk 0 0 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 6 27 64
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 5 67 239
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 1
Golden Eagle 1 10 20
American Kestrel 0 1 120
Merlin 0 2 50
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 34
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 19
Unknown Buteo 0 0 13
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 3 25
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 15 203 24652
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers: Diane Lepkowski, William Leigh

Weather:
Overcast all day. Light NW breeze early switching to SE at noon. 7-10.7C.
Good visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Two Bald Eagles: 10:01 adult, 12:30 2nd-YR. An immature Golden Eagle was
spotted nearly 4 miles out to our NE, and we proceeded to watch with our
scopes as it slowly made its way toward us, sometimes dropping below eye
level. At a distance the white base of tail and white spots on the
underside of wings were apparent, but it often looked like it had a white
head! As it got close and flying directly toward us we could then see that
it had a bright, golden nape that really stood out quite brightly.
Eventually it flew in close and right over the Inn and down the SE side of
the mountain.

Non-raptor Observations:
Orange-crowned Warbler, DC Cormorant, Wood Duck, Ring-billed Gull, 3 Raven,
235 Robin, 108 Waxwing, 54 Red-winged Blackbird, 11 Rusty Blackbird
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 11/12/17 12:33 pm
From: Jack via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Tundra Swans near Dulles Airport
A trio of Tundra Swans were observed flying south over the Dulles Access/toll roads this morning.

Jack Greenwood
Falls Church




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Date: 11/12/17 11:46 am
From: Pam and Ben via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows: merlin, fox sparrows, and late tree swallow
Lovely still morning on the Hike/Bike Trail. The merlin was on Barnyard Run
just downstream of the boardwalk. Also lots of kinglets, yellow-rumps, and
hermit thrushes.



Ben

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Date: 11/12/17 11:34 am
From: Kristine Lansing via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 11/12/2017 (Fairfax County)


Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified 34 species and included 9 participants.  Worthy of mention were sightings of Buffleheads and Common Mergansers upstream from the Park visitors' center.  The highlight of the walk, however, was an exceedingly large migratory flock of Common Grackles -- estimated count of 10,000 birds -- that took literally minutes to pass by (see comment below).  Awe-inspiring.
The walk meets at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, rain or shine, in front of the snack bar/concession stand of the Great Falls Park visitors' center; it does not take place, though, during electrical storms, strong winds, heavy snows, or when the trails are icy.  All birders are welcome!  
Canada Goose  20
Mallard  30
American Black Duck  20
Bufflehead  30
Common Merganser  8
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture  4
Turkey Vulture  2
Bald Eagle  2Red-tailed Hawk  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  6
Pileated Woodpecker  5
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  40
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  10
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  8
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  52
American Robin  10
Cedar Waxwing  24
Dark-eyed Junco  1
White-throated Sparrow  15
Song Sparrow  12
Northern Cardinal  6
Common Grackle  10000    Estimated count of an exceedingly large migratory flock of grackles, flying in close proximity to one another and often in synchrony.  The main body took literally minutes to pass by our group, yet more grackles continued to follow.  Although other species might have been among the flock, participants observed only grackles, aided by a spotting scope as well as multiple binoculars.
American Goldfinch  18

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Date: 11/12/17 9:45 am
From: Larry Cartwright via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Merlin puts on a show at Huntley Meadows today
The regularly scheduled Sunday morning walk at Dyke Marsh shifted to the
Huntley Meadows Hike-Bike Trail today because of the closure of the George
Washington Parkway for a race. It was rather slow, but the absolute
highlight was a Merlin chasing three American Crows around the central
wetland near the water control structure. Although outsized and outnumbered,
the feisty Merlin put on a virtually nonstop pursuit of the three corvids,
stopping to rest briefly before returning to the chase. This thrilling
sight lasted for over five minutes. I'd say the contest was a draw. Both
Merlin and crows were present when we left. We also heard a small, but
vocal flock of Tundra Swans fly overhead. Several species of woodpeckers,
including a sapsucker, were quite active at the parking lot, and it was a
delight to see several Field Sparrows as well as we returned along the
gravel path from the water control structure.



Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia, US Nov 12,
2017 7:59 AM - 11:09 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.0 mile(s)

35 species



Canada Goose 24

Tundra Swan 5

Northern Shoveler 3

Mallard 30

Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 3

Bald Eagle 1

Ring-billed Gull 5

Mourning Dove 5

Red-bellied Woodpecker 10

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1

Downy Woodpecker 5

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 6

Pileated Woodpecker 1

Merlin 1

Eastern Phoebe 1

Blue Jay 12

American Crow 18

Fish Crow 4

Carolina Chickadee 8

Tufted Titmouse 3

White-breasted Nuthatch 3

Brown Creeper 1

Carolina Wren 6

Golden-crowned Kinglet 2

Eastern Bluebird 1

Hermit Thrush 1

American Robin 5

Field Sparrow 3

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 5

White-throated Sparrow 30

Song Sparrow 25

Northern Cardinal 8

House Finch 1

American Goldfinch 20



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http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40465355



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Larry Cartwright

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Date: 11/11/17 5:24 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (11 Nov 2017) 23 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 11, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 92
Bald Eagle 0 7 126
Northern Harrier 0 0 19
Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 20 243
Cooper's Hawk 1 6 101
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 7 22
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 7665
Red-tailed Hawk 13 79 243
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 70
Merlin 0 0 12
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 15
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 3
Unknown Falcon 0 1 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 8

Total: 23 122 8628
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: David Brunstetter

Observers: Bill & Katie James, Dale

Visitors:
Nice to have Dale to help count. Appreciate Bill and Katie stopping by to
help spot.
Had a nice couple from Germany stop by briefly. 2 hikers today, one in
shorts.


Weather:
COLD. Temps started at 24F and went to 35F. Cloud cover was 50-100%. Clouds
were high and made a nice backdrop. Visibility was a 5. Winds were ESE at
1-2. Really only felt the wind when looking into Eastern Valley.

Raptor Observations:
Birds seen on both sides and rarely over the knob. Really far out to the
West, but closer to the East. First bird was at 10:45a , an RT. Last bird
was an RT just after 2p.

Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
Still cold, but a little warmer than today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Brunstetter (<DRB57...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 11/11/17 3:26 pm
From: Donald Sweig via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Peregrine and Eagle Dispute @ Riverbend Park
Mary Kimm, Seth Honig, and I were walking upstream on the river trail at Riverbend this afternoon looking for ducks (we found about 40 FOS Bufflehead). A bit further upstream we decided to look at the Bald eagle nest, even though the birds shouldn't begin to nest for a couple of months yet. We were surprised to find an adult Bald eagle on the nest moving the sticks around.

We walked about 50 feet further up the trail to get a different look at the nest. At that point I saw a raptor perched with its back toward us at the top of a snag right over the nest. I identified it as an Peregrine falcon. It was just sitting on the snag quietly preening itself now and then. When it turned its head to preen we could clearly see the malar/mustache stripe on the side of the face.
Meanwhile the eagle in the nest was staring up at the Peregrine, getting evermore agitated and continually calling. The Peregrine appeared to pay no attention. Eventually, either simultaneously or in quick succession, the Peregrine dived off the nest and flew down river, close to the surface of the water, made a quick pass or over the Bufflehead, and continued on downriver out of sight.

At the same time, or immediately afterwards, the Bald eagle flew out of the nest and landed on the snag exactly where the Peregrine had been. The eagle was still sitting on the snag when we left 10 minutes later, apparently defending its territory.
One can only imagine how agitated the eagle would've been if there had been chicks in the nest at the time. We looked for, but did not find, the Peregrine again.

Bald eagles are fairly seen frequently at Riverbend and elsewhere along this section of the Potomac because, of course, they nest there. However, I have never before seen a perched Peregrine falcon anywhere near where it was perched this afternoon. I assume it may have been one of the birds from the nest underneath the American Legion Bridge.

My friend got some photos including one of the Peregrine diving off the nest. From what we could/can see in that photo (it shows all of the right leg, and the lower part of the left leg) there were no bands on the bird.
A nice little adventure for a winter afternoon.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Date: 11/11/17 3:14 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (11 Nov 2017) 61 Raptors: 5 GE, 7 BE
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 11, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 227
Bald Eagle 7 17 238
Northern Harrier 0 3 43
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 55 973
Cooper's Hawk 1 13 231
Northern Goshawk 0 0 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 10 21 58
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 38 62 234
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 1
Golden Eagle 5 9 19
American Kestrel 0 1 120
Merlin 0 2 50
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 34
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 19
Unknown Buteo 0 0 13
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 3 25
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 61 188 24637
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers:

Visitors:
Bill Lipscey


Weather:
Mild E winds with partly sunny skies early becoming overcast by 1pm. 0-5C
temps.

Raptor Observations:
Another good eagle day. Five Golden Eagles: 1 adult (11:43) and 4 immatures
(10:15, 10:59, 12:15, 12:20). Seven Bald Eagles: 10:25 adult, 11:23 adult,
12:02 adult with immature, 12:15 three adults.

Non-raptor Observations:
A Sandhill Crane was circling with an adult Bald Eagle (10:25AM) out to the
east. They were both constantly flapping and making small circles very
close to one another as they moved southward. It actually seemed that it
was the eagle that wanted to stay close to the crane.

Other sightings: 1 DC Cormorant, 52 American Crow, a single flock of 275
Fish Crow, 4 Raven, 43 Robin.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 11/11/17 2:26 pm
From: Marlene A Condon via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] forgot FOS Fox Sp. on 9th with Red-naped Sapsucker, western Albemarle
I just realized I never mentioned my FOS Fox Sparrow that was here on the same day (Nov. 9) as the Red-naped Sapsucker (which I have not seen since that day).  A Fox Sparrow sang a partial song this afternoon.
 
Sincerely,
Marlene 
 
 
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Date: 11/11/17 2:13 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (11 Nov 2017) 121 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 11, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 118 2468
Bald Eagle 14 76 355
Northern Harrier 4 122 470
Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 182 2171
Cooper's Hawk 9 144 1380
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 19 32 50
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 1196
Red-tailed Hawk 62 128 254
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 3
Golden Eagle 3 6 6
American Kestrel 1 33 3348
Merlin 1 32 1380
Peregrine Falcon 0 11 782
Unknown Accipiter 1 2 8
Unknown Buteo 0 1 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 1 19
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 121 892 13913
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Joe Beatty, Katie Garst, Rudy Cashwell, Steve Thornhill

Visitors:
Thank you to the Eastern Shore Bird Club and Rarity Roundup participants
for stopping by!


Weather:
Moderate to light winds were mainly from the northeast, with partly to
mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures were in the low thirties to low forties.

Raptor Observations:
We had a nice red-tail, red-shoulder, and Bald Eagle flight today. Again,
some northward drifting was going on, but a good number of birds were
heading south. Three Golden Eagles passed this morning (two juveniles and
one either juvenile or subadult). Two of these birds were flying together
and passed right over the platform, relatively high.

Non-raptor Observations:
Hundreds of Turkey Vultures were moving, mostly in the morning. The robin,
blackbird, and Tree Swallow flight was a bit quieter compared to yesterday.
Other observations included:

55 Tundra Swans
6 Wood Ducks
3 Horned Larks
1 Rusty Blackbird
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo (a late-in-the-season find)


========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Date: 11/11/17 2:11 pm
From: Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Bristoe Station Battlefield, Nov 11, 2017
The Northern Virginia Bird Club visited Bristoe Station Battlefield in Nokesville, Prince William Co. this frosty morning. Lots of birds that pretty much kept to cover. We still managed to see 8 species, but views were not the best. A grove of junipers was full of robins, cedar waxwings, and yellow-rumped warblers, with two sapsuckers were also mixed in. All of a sudden all the birds (well over 100) burst from cover and took off. We looked around and sure enough, a sharp-shinned hawk zoomed overhead. A goosebump moment. Another highlight was 6 meadowlarks that popped out of the grass, just when we were wondering where the meadowlarks were. The complete list is below.


Marc Ribaudo
<moribaudo...>




Bristoe Station Battlefield, Prince William, Virginia, US
Nov 11, 2017 7:06 AM - 10:09 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.43 mile(s)
46 species

Canada Goose 23
Great Blue Heron 1
Black Vulture 3
Turkey Vulture 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Ring-billed Gull 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 6
Mourning Dove 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 4
Fish Crow 1
Carolina Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 6
Golden-crowned Kinglet 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
Eastern Bluebird 4
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 70
Northern Mockingbird 6
European Starling 25
Cedar Waxwing 80
Yellow-rumped Warbler 15
Field Sparrow 3
Dark-eyed Junco 25
White-crowned Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 10
Savannah Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 18
Swamp Sparrow 3
Eastern Towhee 3
Northern Cardinal 8
Eastern Meadowlark 7
Red-winged Blackbird 100
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
House Finch 8
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 2

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Date: 11/11/17 1:15 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Snickers Gap (11 Nov 2017) 28 Raptors
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 11, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 65
Bald Eagle 2 2 74
Northern Harrier 0 0 29
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 373
Cooper's Hawk 1 1 74
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 5 5 15
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 5669
Red-tailed Hawk 17 17 87
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 3 3 5
American Kestrel 0 0 28
Merlin 0 0 8
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 9
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 6

Total: 28 28 6456
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:45:00
Observation end time: 15:15:00
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter: The Littles

Observers: Doug Graham, Duane Schilling

Weather:
Cold but nearly calm. High thin clouds at first that thickened throughout
the day. Light wind switched from west to east mid-day.

Raptor Observations:
Afternoon birds flew really high and almost straight overhead. Odd to see
moving Redtails and Golden Eagles doing shallow flaps with the outer
primaries periodically.

Non-raptor Observations:
Waxwings 128, Ravens 5, Fish Crows 3
========================================================================
Report submitted by BJ Little (<bluejay48...>)


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Date: 11/11/17 11:46 am
From: Allen Bryan via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Birds East of Richmond
I visited several areas east of Richmond this morning.Highlights included Orange-crowned Warblers (5), Palm Warblers (11), many Golden-crowned & Ruby-crowned Kinglets and a Red-tailed Hawk (albeiticola).
http://visitingnature.com/main/fall-2017-september-through-november/

Enjoy each day,

 Allen Bryan Winchester & Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 11/11/17 9:59 am
From: Dixie Sommers via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh (Fairfax County) Walk re-located, Sundays November 12 and November 26.
Because of George Washington Memorial Parkway closures, the November 12 and
November 26 Sunday morning bird walks will be held at the Huntley Meadows
Park Hike-Bike Trail.



Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the parking area at 6901 South Kings Highway,
Alexandria (intersection of South Kings Highway and Telegraph Road). The
walk will be canceled in case of extreme weather. We will post cancellations
on the Friends of Dyke Marsh web page https://www.fodm.org/ and Facebook
page https://www.facebook.com/DykeMarsh/

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Date: 11/11/17 9:54 am
From: Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Central Virginia; November 9-11, 2017
About 40 avian species. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_11_11.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_11_11.htm



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

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

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________





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Date: 11/11/17 4:07 am
From: Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick' via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockbridge Co. Ducks and Other birds on Friday
I apologize if this is the second version of this email - my email is acting up this morning.

I went out on Friday to see what ducks remained from the massive duck fallout that occurred on Wednesday and Thursday west of the Blue Ridge. Many of the unusual species that were seen (Tundra Swans in large numbers, Common Loons, White-winged Scoters) had already departed. I headed up to Willow Lake near Raphine VA (exit 205 on I-81) to see what ducks were there. At Willow Lake there were approximately 150 ducks. Ruddy Ducks were the most common. There also Hooded Mergansers (10), Ring-necked Ducks (15), Greater Scaup (4), Mallards, Northern Shovelers (2), Pied-billed Grebes (5), Horned Grebes (6), Canada Geese, American Coots (perhaps 30), Gadwall (10), a Great Blue Heron, a Bonaparte's Gull, and a herd of 8 deer with an 8 pointer (see photo on Flickr).

I drove a few of the back roads near Brownsburg (New Providence, McElwee, Hyde and Ridge Rds) looking for Harriers and other birds. I found White-crowned Sparrows (common), Mockingbirds, lots and lots of crows, WB Nuthatches, White-throated Sparrows, 3 Ravens, 3-4 Harriers, and I heard Horned Larks and had a small flock of Am. Pipits fly over me.

I've up-loaded a few photos onto my Flickr site if you are interested in seeing them:

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

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept

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Date: 11/10/17 3:57 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (10 Nov 2017) 23 Raptors: 4 GE and 4 BE
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 10, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 227
Bald Eagle 4 10 231
Northern Harrier 0 3 43
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 55 973
Cooper's Hawk 0 12 230
Northern Goshawk 0 0 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 7 11 48
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 4 24 196
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 1
Golden Eagle 4 4 14
American Kestrel 0 1 120
Merlin 0 2 50
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 34
Unknown Accipiter 1 2 19
Unknown Buteo 0 0 13
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 3 3 25
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 23 127 24576
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 11:15:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 4.75 hours

Official Counter: Dave Shoch

Observers:

Weather:
Very cold (2-4C temps) with strong N winds all day. Mostly sunny (5% cloud
cover). Clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
The cold north winds brought us plenty of eagles today! Counter Dave Shoch
reported "Golden Eagles will warm you up on a cold day!" Four Golden Eagles
at 12:10 (unaged), 12:59 (immature), 1:40 (immature), and 3:50 (immature).
Four Bald Eagles at 11:58 (adult), 12:10 (adult), 1:59 (4th-YR), and 3:55
4th-YR. Seven Red-shouldered Hawks also helped make it a great day! Most
birds were heading southwest.

Non-raptor Observations:
2 Common Loon, 4 Tundra Swan, 8 Ring-billed Gull
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 11/10/17 3:50 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (10 Nov 2017) 73 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 10, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 92
Bald Eagle 3 7 126
Northern Harrier 0 0 19
Sharp-shinned Hawk 8 14 237
Cooper's Hawk 2 5 100
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 4 4 19
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 7665
Red-tailed Hawk 55 66 230
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 70
Merlin 0 0 12
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 15
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 3
Unknown Falcon 1 1 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 8

Total: 73 99 8605
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 15:45:00
Total observation time: 6.25 hours

Official Counter: Mitch Mitchell

Observers: Bill James, Dan DeHart, Dave Brunstetter, Don A.

Visitors:
Not a lot of folks stopping and very few inquiries. They may have thought
anyone crazy enough to sit out in the cold and stiff wind may be a bit
unbalanced.


Weather:
Clear and sunny with very little cloud cover throughout the day.
Temperature started at 37F and only got as high as 42 but winds ranging
from 7 to 15 mph from the northwest made if feel much colder. Visibility
was a 4 for the first couple of hours before clearing to a 5 the rest of
the day.

Raptor Observations:
With rainy weather basically every day since last Friday's count and
today's conditions favorable for birds we had a very good day with 73 total
counted. There were three eagles counted with an adult at 9:55, immature
at 11:18 and another adult at 2:00. We spotted a pair of adult eagles at
11:25 out over the western valley and thought they would head north after
steadily gaining altitude but they turned northward instead. We watched the
eastern side of the overlook but did not see the pair again.

Non-raptor Observations:
There was a large group of unidentified non-raptors that crossed from the
western valley to the east around midday, possibly starlings. Usual
TV/BV/Raven activity.
Parkway traffic was still fairly heavy with leaf peepers and the color on
the trip up the mountain was pretty nice. Most of the leaves on the trees
around the knob have already turned and dropped off.

Predictions:
Although tomorrow's high is predicted to be in the same range as today the
overnight low is supposed to be much lower than last night. Winds should
be lighter and from an easterly direction.
========================================================================
Report submitted by stan Mitchell (<mitchmitchell7...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 11/10/17 2:41 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (10 Nov 2017) 95 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 10, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 3 117 2467
Bald Eagle 18 62 341
Northern Harrier 10 118 466
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 176 2165
Cooper's Hawk 12 135 1371
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 4 13 31
Broad-winged Hawk 1 3 1196
Red-tailed Hawk 35 66 192
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 3
Golden Eagle 2 3 3
American Kestrel 2 32 3347
Merlin 1 31 1379
Peregrine Falcon 2 11 782
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 7
Unknown Buteo 1 1 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 1 19
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 95 771 13792
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Harry Armistead, Joe Beatty, Katie Garst, Steve Thornhill

Weather:
Moderate to strong, gusty winds were variable, often from the northwest.
Skies were mostly sunny. Temperatures were in the forties and fifties,
cooling as the day progressed.

Raptor Observations:
We had excellent raptor diversity, with a total of 12 species counted.
There was a good red-tail and Bald Eagle flight, and two beautiful juvenile
Golden Eagles passed the platform. It is worth noting that many of today's
raptors were seen traveling northwards (especially buteos), but only
southbound birds are included in the count.

Non-raptor Observations:
Many Turkey Vultures were on the move, with a total of 872 southbound birds
counted. (This is probably an overcount due to the back-and-forth nature of
Turkey Vulture movement on the Eastern Shore.) Northern Gannets were very
active over the bay. Other observations included:

191 Tundra Swans
32 Bonaparte's Gulls
2 Great Egrets
1 Barn Swallow
1 Rusty Blackbird

1 Buckeye
1 Monarch
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Date: 11/10/17 10:15 am
From: Candice Lowther via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Surf scoter: silver lake park, Prince William county
Dear va-birders,

Dave Larsen and I found two female surf scoters at the quarry pond at
silver lake park in Prince William county. They are sharing the pond with
much smaller bufflehead. The white spots on the head and large heavy bill
immediately stood out and we went back to the car for our scopes. They are
still present on the lake at this time.

Good birding!
Candice Lowther, Bristow
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Date: 11/10/17 7:20 am
From: Louis Schiavo via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Winter waterfowl
Saw (and heard) two large flocks of Tundra Swans headed south over the
Piankatank River yesterday, 11/9.

Also, FOS Hooded Mergansers, one pair on our cove off Wilton Creek this
morning, 11/10.
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Date: 11/10/17 6:55 am
From: Carol Sottili via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Larry Cartwright’s Tundra swans over Dyke Marsh
Had a large flock of Tundra swans fly over my house in downtown Leesburg at about 7 p.m. Thursday, heading southeast. Could not see them in dark and clouds, but could definitely hear them!
- Carol Sottili

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Date: 11/9/17 3:29 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (09 Nov 2017) 83 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 09, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 8 114 2464
Bald Eagle 0 44 323
Northern Harrier 46 108 456
Sharp-shinned Hawk 18 172 2161
Cooper's Hawk 6 123 1359
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 9 27
Broad-winged Hawk 0 2 1195
Red-tailed Hawk 0 31 157
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 3
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 1 30 3345
Merlin 3 30 1378
Peregrine Falcon 1 9 780
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 7
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 1 19
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 83 676 13697
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:15:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 6.25 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Harry Armistead, Katie Garst

Weather:
It rained for a few hours this morning. Winds were moderate to light and
from the east northeast/east, with overcast skies throughout the day.
Temperatures were in the upper fifties to low sixties.

Raptor Observations:
We had an excellent harrier flight today, with a new high day count for the
season. Most of these individuals were adults (both females and males).
They were flying very low, often in pairs and trios.

Non-raptor Observations:
Tundra Swans are here! Katie saw approximately 134 of them flying over the
beach on her walk this morning. Sixty two more Tundra Swans were seen
during count hours. Other observations included:

22 Great Blue Herons
8 Horned Larks
6 Dark-eyed Juncos
1 American Pipit
1 Lincoln's Sparrow
1 Pine Siskin

2 Monarchs
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Date: 11/9/17 1:17 pm
From: Marlene A Condon via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Oops! I did mean Red-naped Sapsucker!
Hi,
 
I'm so sorry about the confusion with the name in my previous e-mail.  I was very excited and wanted to get the bird reported, and I was also in a rush as the men had just arrived to put in new sliding glass doors--what a major job!  UGH.  And they did a lot of loud banging, too, so I hope the sapsucker hasn't permanently hightailed it out of here!!!!
 
Sincerely,
Marlene 
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Date: 11/9/17 12:41 pm
From: David Boltz via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Add Loons and Tree Swallows- Re: Lots of Waterfowl & Spotted SP - Lake Frederick, Frederick Co.
This afternoon saw the addition of 12 Common Loons and the number of Tundra Swans was 257 at one point.

The biggest little find was a pair of Tree Swallows flying around near the boat launch.

Dave Boltz

Sent from my iPhone

On Nov 9, 2017, at 10:00 AM, <david.boltz4...> wrote:

Dave Carr sent me a message around 7:30 that the lake was teeming with Swans and lots of other good stuff. 8 species of ducks is phenomenal for this location. Horned Grebes are the first this season. And a very late Spotted SP was very unexpected. A nice flock of Bonaparte’s Gulls were straight out from the boat launch, but took flight while we were there.

I plan to check the lake again several more times today.

Lake Frederick
Nov 9, 2017
8:00 AM
Stationary
30 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.5.4 Build 149

122 Tundra Swan -- Very large flock spread out in several groups on the lake.
1 Northern Shoveler
4 Gadwall
2 American Wigeon
1 Mallard
4 Ring-necked Duck
16 Lesser Scaup
18 Bufflehead
6 Ruddy Duck
1 Pied-billed Grebe
8 Horned Grebe
1 Great Blue Heron
20 American Coot
1 Spotted Sandpiper -- In non-breeding plumage. Flew close to the water with quick flaps and glides. Perched on rocks at dam breast and pumped tail constantly.
50 Bonaparte's Gull -- Nice tight flock right in front of boat launch.
1 Belted Kingfisher

Number of Taxa: 16


Dave Boltz

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Date: 11/9/17 11:56 am
From: Evan Spears via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] LTDU, TUSW, & CCSP at Sandy River Reservoir, Prince Edward County
Lots of bird movement this past week in the south-central Piedmont.
Thousands of AMERICAN ROBINS as well as hundreds of CEDAR WAXWINGS,
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS have been moving through
on their way south. Waterfowl numbers are also way up and still growing.
Cold and wet conditions usually bring the best birds to our large lakes,
and three great birds (and some other good birds) showed up at Sandy River
Reservoir yesterday and today during the unpleasant weather.


Wednesday, November 8:

- Sneaky LONG-TAILED DUCK in with raft of mixed ducks at base of dam.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40377169

- Flock of 25 TUNDRA SWANS flew over southern end of lake.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40381688


Thursday, November 9:

- 12 more TUNDRA SWANS in middle of lake.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40395076

- HORNED GREBE, FORSTER'S TERN, and several COMMON LOONS seen from western
side of lake.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40395068

- CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at bridge causeway may be first county and regional
record.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40395058


I'm sure more birds are on their way.

Evan Spears
Farmville, VA
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Date: 11/9/17 11:14 am
From: Larry Cartwright via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Tundra Swans over Dyke Marsh
Ed Eder and I observed a flock of 185 Tundra Swans flying down river at Dyke
Marsh at about noon today. Perhaps on their way to the Mason Neck Great
Marsh or points further east. Earlier there were many White-throated,
Swamp, and Song Sparrows present on Haul Road. A pair of Bald Eagles was
engaged in courtship displays.



Larry Cartwright



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Date: 11/9/17 9:53 am
From: dcharlesl--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Surf Scoter - Daingerfield Island Marina, Alexandria
Around noon today, I saw a Surf Scoter mixed in with Lesser Scaup and Horned Grebe, between the marina and the airport.

David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA
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Date: 11/9/17 9:45 am
From: David Gibson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Sparrow Field Back Bay NWR location
Thanks everyone for your responses. The consensus is: this field is the
field north of the visitor center and east of the entrance to the Kuralt
Trail and the larger parking lot. Judging from some responses there appears
to be some confusion about its location. Best, Dave Gibson,Chesapeake
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Date: 11/9/17 9:19 am
From: Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Waterfowl fall out Augusta County
Hello all

Let me try this again . This morning I checked out all of the main ponds in Augusta County & the waterfowl is all over the place . I have to work this evening so I will put out a post with numbers later on . For now at McCune's there is at least 250 Tundra Swan , Thru out the County I counted over 400 . The same goes for Bufflehead . Two species of Gull , 2 species of Grebe , all three Merganser's , plus many many more . For now is the time to get out & check out some of these ponds .

Allen Larner
Staunton


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Date: 11/9/17 9:11 am
From: Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Waterfowl fall out Augusta County

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Date: 11/9/17 8:39 am
From: Karen Strick via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Eagle in Kingstowne
I saw a Bald Eagle flying over the lake in Kingstowne today.  Karen StrickKingstowne resident
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Date: 11/9/17 7:10 am
From: Eirlys Barker via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Sapsucker Gloucester
We just heard (9:45) our first Sapsucker of the season here at Pinetta in
Gloucester County.

Eirlys Barker
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Date: 11/9/17 7:06 am
From: Marlene A Condon via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] adult male Red-naped Sapsucker! western Albemarle
Have had another rare migratory yard bird at The Nature-friendly Garden (I've had several over the years, including a male Kirtland's Warbler 3 years ago--whether anyone wants to believe it or not).
 
Have been seeing an adult male Red-naped Yellow-bellied Sapsucker this morning in our Autumn Olives and Photinias! 
 
Sincerely,
Marlene 
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Date: 11/9/17 7:00 am
From: David Boltz via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Lots of Waterfowl & Spotted SP - Lake Frederick, Frederick Co.
Dave Carr sent me a message around 7:30 that the lake was teeming with Swans and lots of other good stuff. 8 species of ducks is phenomenal for this location. Horned Grebes are the first this season. And a very late Spotted SP was very unexpected. A nice flock of Bonaparte’s Gulls were straight out from the boat launch, but took flight while we were there.

I plan to check the lake again several more times today.

Lake Frederick
Nov 9, 2017
8:00 AM
Stationary
30 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.5.4 Build 149

122 Tundra Swan -- Very large flock spread out in several groups on the lake.
1 Northern Shoveler
4 Gadwall
2 American Wigeon
1 Mallard
4 Ring-necked Duck
16 Lesser Scaup
18 Bufflehead
6 Ruddy Duck
1 Pied-billed Grebe
8 Horned Grebe
1 Great Blue Heron
20 American Coot
1 Spotted Sandpiper -- In non-breeding plumage. Flew close to the water with quick flaps and glides. Perched on rocks at dam breast and pumped tail constantly.
50 Bonaparte's Gull -- Nice tight flock right in front of boat launch.
1 Belted Kingfisher

Number of Taxa: 16


Dave Boltz

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Date: 11/8/17 8:17 pm
From: Peter Robinson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Bath County 11/08 Highlights
Dominion Pumped Storage Ponds
2 Green-winged Teal
4 Ring-necked Duck
6 Bufflehead
23 Hooded Megan service
2 Pied-billed Grebe
12 Boneparte's Gull
1 Ring-billed Gull

Lake Moomaw
21 Tundra Swan (flew over fairly high, calling)
1 White-winged Scorer (flew by, close)
19 Common Loon
60 D-c Cormorant
xx Boneparte's Gull (probably same flock seen earlier at Dominion ponds)
12 American Pipit






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Date: 11/8/17 7:33 pm
From: Lee via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Tundra Swans today 08 Nov
I got a small flight of 10-20 overhead in Fairfax Station. Birds were flying firmly south-east (roughly 150 degrees). Unfortunately it was very overcast, so I was unable to get a firm count.

-Lee

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 8, 2017, at 9:05 PM, Stephen Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
>
>
> During a fine bird walk today in Fauquier County today, we saw 2 groups of Tundra Swans both flying generally southward. The first was a line of 16. Later in the morning we were treated to a calling chevron of 180 birds, quite high up and really cool to see.
>
> Todd Day said this is just about when he normally expects to see them coming through. So keep an eye (and an ear) on the sky!!
>
> Other notables included a nice male Hooded Merg and a solitary Rusty Blackbird.
>
> Thanks to Todd and Sue Garvin for a really nice walk today.
>
> Steve Johnson
> Fairfax, Virginia
>
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Date: 11/8/17 6:47 pm
From: Dixie Sommers via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Winter coming - Huntley Meadows, Fairfax County
Six birders participated in the Northern Virginia Bird Club walk at Huntley
Meadows Park this morning. It seemed like the begining of winter. We had a
few Dark-eyed Juncos and lots of White-throated Sparrows, those harbingers
of colder weather. No warblers except Yellow-rumped, which may be here for
the winter. Best of all were 6 Bufflehead on the central wetland, my first
encounters of these winter charmers this season.



But the end of fall was still with us. We saw a very late Osprey flying over
and a Merlin. The adult Red-headed Woodpeckers that have been around this
summer are still present, but additional RHWO seen last winter have yet to
return. Two Eastern Phoebes have missed the memo about migrating south.



Watch for future Northern Virginia Bird Club walks in the Siskin newsletter
at http://www.nvabc.org/updated-field-trips/





Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US Nov 8, 2017 8:27 AM - 10:53 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.75 mile(s)

32 species (+1 other taxa)



Canada Goose 35

Mallard 6

Bufflehead 6

Great Blue Heron 2

Black Vulture 4

Osprey 1

Accipiter sp. 1

Bald Eagle 2

Red-shouldered Hawk 1

Mourning Dove 75

Belted Kingfisher 1

Red-headed Woodpecker 2

Red-bellied Woodpecker 7

Downy Woodpecker 5

Northern Flicker 5

Merlin 1

Eastern Phoebe 2

Blue Jay 7

American Crow 1

Carolina Chickadee 10

Tufted Titmouse 4

White-breasted Nuthatch 2

Carolina Wren 7

Eastern Bluebird 3

Yellow-rumped Warbler 2

Dark-eyed Junco 4

White-throated Sparrow 31

Song Sparrow 5

Swamp Sparrow 2

Northern Cardinal 3

Red-winged Blackbird 6

Rusty Blackbird 7

American Goldfinch 9



View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40376577



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



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Date: 11/8/17 6:05 pm
From: Stephen Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Tundra Swans today 08 Nov

During a fine bird walk today in Fauquier County today, we saw 2 groups of Tundra Swans both flying generally southward. The first was a line of 16. Later in the morning we were treated to a calling chevron of 180 birds, quite high up and really cool to see.

Todd Day said this is just about when he normally expects to see them coming through. So keep an eye (and an ear) on the sky!!

Other notables included a nice male Hooded Merg and a solitary Rusty Blackbird.

Thanks to Todd and Sue Garvin for a really nice walk today.

Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia

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Date: 11/8/17 4:38 pm
From: Shea Tiller via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] "Sparrow Field", Back Bay NWR
Hi Dave.

While I've never birded the sparrow field myself (I live quite far from
Back Bay), I *think* it is simply this <http://36.672168, -75.916217> small
field. Robert Wood gave a presentation on Back Bay NWR at the most recent
meeting of the BRYBC, and he seemed to confirm this info, noting that it
was an oddly small field to get so many species.

Great birding,

Shea

On Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 6:32 PM, David Gibson via va-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> Hi all, I've seen countless references to the above. Where is it, exactly?
> Thanks. Dave Gibson Chesapeake, VA
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Date: 11/8/17 3:32 pm
From: David Gibson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] "Sparrow Field", Back Bay NWR
Hi all, I've seen countless references to the above. Where is it, exactly?
Thanks. Dave Gibson Chesapeake, VA
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Date: 11/8/17 12:38 pm
From: Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Tundra Swans McCune Pond in FIshersville

Hello all

A little while ago I saw on our shenval list serv that there were Tundra Swans flying over McCune's Pond . I went to check it out & sure enough there are 62 Tundra's resting & feeding on this pond . After that I checked out Bells Lane & there are at least 16 + Tundra's there & on a private Lake up in the Mint Springs area there were another 16 Tundra's . Allen Wolf reports that at least 60 Tundra's flew over his house in Crimora . Thanks to Calvin Jordan in the alert of this bird & when he put out the alert he stated that 25 Tundra flew off So far that makes for 179 Tundra Swan in Augusta County today . .

Also on the private pond there were 2 White - winged Scoter , 5 Red - breasted Merganser , 2 Horned Grebe plus all of the waterfowl that was there yesterday .

Allen Larner
Staunton

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Date: 11/8/17 12:29 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (08 Nov 2017) 7 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 08, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 4 106 2456
Bald Eagle 0 44 323
Northern Harrier 2 62 410
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 154 2143
Cooper's Hawk 1 117 1353
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 9 27
Broad-winged Hawk 0 2 1195
Red-tailed Hawk 0 31 157
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 3
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 0 29 3344
Merlin 0 27 1375
Peregrine Falcon 0 8 779
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 7
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 1 19
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 7 593 13614
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 10:00:00
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Katie Garst

Weather:
Moderate winds were from the east northeast, with overcast skies and rain
for most of the day. Temperatures were in the upper forties to fifties.

Raptor Observations:
Only a few birds passed before the count was rained out.

Non-raptor Observations:
Many Northern Gannets were foraging out over the bay. Twenty eight Common
Loons passed over land during the count period.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Date: 11/8/17 8:16 am
From: David via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Buffleheads
Single male Bufflehead on pond behind Dickenson Bldg at PVCC, Charlottesville. Male and two female B'heads plus four Pied-billed Grebes at "upper pond" at PVCC/Monticello H S, now.

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Date: 11/8/17 6:19 am
From: Saundra Byrd via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] 5 EAGLES Accomack
Doesnt seem to be a shortage of Eagles in upper Accomack. Even though ive seen them pretty regularly around Horntown and Chincoteague i was pretty surprised to have 5 adults in a field at the same time on Horntown road on Monday afternoon. There wasnt anything dead that i could see. Not sure what they could have been doing.
Also that eve. A thousand Robins coming out of wooded area behind pocomoke city walmart at dusk .guess migrating south . steady flocks for half hour.
Besides the GH Owl Only Yellow rumped warblers at trailsend.
Saundra byrd
Horntown VA.
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Date: 11/8/17 12:45 am
From: Linda via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] (no subject)
greetings Va

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Date: 11/7/17 6:33 pm
From: Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Birding Augusta & Rockbridge Counties
Hello again
I am resending this because I corrected the Brown - headed blackbird which
should be Cowbird .Sorry for the second sending .


Hello all

Today I ventured out in the rain to see what waterfowl had dropped in on our
area ponds . On a whim I traveled up to Willow Lake to see what waterfowl
was there . First in Augusta County I had the following birds thru out the
county .

CANADA GOOSE -- 200+

TUNDRA SWAN -- 2 BELLS LANE -- TOOK OFF SHORTLY AFTER SEEING THEM

WOOD DUCK -- 7

GADWALL -- 60

AM. WIGEON -- 23

NO. SHOVELER --13

GREEN - WINGED TEAL -- 46

RING - NECKED DUCK -- 23

LESSER SCAUP -- 14

BUFFLEHEAD -- 47

HOODED MERGANSER -- 1

RUDDY DUCK -- 4

PIED - BILLED GREBE -- 10

AM . COOT -- 1

GREATER YELLOWLEGS -- 1 -- SMITH'S POND

PECTORAL SANDPIPER -- 1

WILSON'S SNIPE -- 5

BONAPARTE'S GULL -- 6 -- SMITH'S POND SWOOPE

On my travels in the Mint Spring area I ran into a large group of Blackbirds
. Here is the break down with a guess at each species . I did not see a
single Starling in the mix .

RED - WINGED BLACKBIRD -- 500+

RUSTY BLACKBIRD - 51+

BREWER'S BLACKBIRD -- 4 ONLY COUNTED

COMMON GRACKLE --- 3500+

BROWN - HEADED COWBIRD -- 9100+



Now for Rockbridge County at Willow Lake

GADWALL -- 8

BUFFLEHEAD -- 8

RING - NECKED DUCK -- 23

WHITE - WINGED SCOTER -- 3

RUDDY DUCK -- 4

PIED - BILLED GREBE -- 4

DC CORMORANT -- 16


Allen Larner

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Date: 11/7/17 2:26 pm
From: Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Birding Augusta & Rockbridge Counties
Hello all

Today I ventured out in the rain to see what waterfowl had dropped in on our area ponds . On a whim I traveled up to Willow Lake to see what waterfowl was there . First in Augusta County I had the following birds thru out the county .

CANADA GOOSE -- 200+

TUNDRA SWAN -- 2 BELLS LANE -- TOOK OFF SHORTLY AFTER SEEING THEM

WOOD DUCK -- 7

GADWALL -- 60

AM. WIGEON -- 23

NO. SHOVELER --13

GREEN - WINGED TEAL -- 46

RING - NECKED DUCK -- 23

LESSER SCAUP -- 14

BUFFLEHEAD -- 47

HOODED MERGANSER -- 1

RUDDY DUCK -- 4

PIED - BILLED GREBE -- 10

AM . COOT -- 1

GREATER YELLOWLEGS -- 1 -- SMITH'S POND

PECTORAL SANDPIPER -- 1

WILSON'S SNIPE -- 5

BONAPARTE'S GULL -- 6 -- SMITH'S POND SWOOPE

On my travels in the Mint Spring area I ran into a large group of Blackbirds . Here is the break down with a guess at each species . I did not see a single Starling in the mix .

RED - WINGED BLACKBIRD -- 500+

RUSTY BLACKBIRD - 51+

BREWER'S BLACKBIRD -- 4 ONLY COUNTED

COMMON GRACKLE --- 3500+

BROWN - HEADED BLACKBIRD -- 9100+



Now for Rockbridge County at Willow Lake

GADWALL -- 8

BUFFLEHEAD -- 8

RING - NECKED DUCK -- 23

WHITE - WINGED SCOTER -- 3

RUDDY DUCK -- 4

PIED - BILLED GREBE -- 4

DC CORMORANT -- 16


Allen Larner

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Date: 11/7/17 2:09 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (07 Nov 2017) 42 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 07, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 19 102 2452
Bald Eagle 0 44 323
Northern Harrier 13 60 408
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 154 2143
Cooper's Hawk 2 116 1352
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 9 27
Broad-winged Hawk 0 2 1195
Red-tailed Hawk 1 31 157
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 3
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 2 29 3344
Merlin 2 27 1375
Peregrine Falcon 0 8 779
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 7
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 1 19
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 42 586 13607
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Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Joe Beatty, Katie Garst, Rudy Cashwell

Weather:
Light winds were generally from the east and east northeast, with overcast
skies and temperatures in the mid fifties. There was a bit of light drizzle
this afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
We had another decent Osprey flight for this time of year.

Non-raptor Observations:
There was a huge American Robin flight this morning, with thousands of
birds heading southwards. Other highlights included:

32 Common Loons over land
17 Great Blue Herons
4 Buffleheads
2 American Golden-Plovers
1 American Pipit
1 Dark-eyed Junco
1 Dickcissel
1 Horned Lark
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch

5 Monarchs
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Date: 11/7/17 9:07 am
From: Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Augusta County, VA Raptors
11/6/17; Northern Harriers (6), Red-tailed Hawks (6); American Kestrels (4).
Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_11_06.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_11_06.htm



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Crozet, VA

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Date: 11/7/17 8:23 am
From: Gerry Hawkins via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, week ending 11/6/17
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 11/7/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Gerry Hawkins
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
October 31 and was completed on Tuesday, November 7 at 8:00 a.m.

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

The top birds this week were WHITE-WINGED DOVE in VA, POMARINE JAEGER
in DE and VA, PARASITIC JAEGER in DE, MD and VA, LONG-TAILED JAEGER*
in VA, DOVEKIE* in VA, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE* in VA, FRANKLIN'S GULL*
in VA, PACIFIC LOON* in VA and WESTERN TANAGER* in VA.

Other birds of interest this week included SNOW GOOSE, GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, BRANT, CACKLING GOOSE, TRUMPETER SWAN, EURASIAN
WIGEON, CANVASBACK, REDHEAD, HARLEQUIN DUCK, SURF, WHITE-WINGED and
BLACK SCOTERS, LONG-TAILED DUCK, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, NORTHERN
BOBWHITE, RED-NECKED GREBE, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, SANDHILL CRANE,
AMERICAN AVOCET, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, STILT
SANDPIPER, DUNLIN, PURPLE and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, AMERICAN
WOODCOCK, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, BONAPARTE'S GULL,
COMMON TERN, RED-THROATED and COMMON LOONS, GREAT CORMORANT, AMERICAN
WHITE and BROWN PELICANS, AMERICAN BITTERN, GREAT EGRET, LITTLE BLUE
HERON, CATTLE EGRET, WHITE and GLOSSY IBIS, OSPREY, BROAD-WINGED HAWK,
"NORTHERN" RED-TAILED HAWK, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE,
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, NORTHERN SHRIKE*, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, SEDGE
WREN, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, CLAY-COLORED, VESPER, NELSON'S, LINCOLN'S, FOX
and WHITE-CROWNED (GAMBEL'S)SPARROWS, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and
several other migratory warbler species, and ORCHARD ORIOLE.

TOP BIRDS

On November 4 a WHITE-WINGED DOVE visited the Kiptopeke Hawkwatch in
Northampton Co, VA before a COOPER'S HAWK chased it to nearby pine
trees.

During the week many southbound jaegers were observed at several
coastal locations in southeastern Virginia, especially the Cape
Charles Coastal Habitat NAP in Northampton Co and Fort Story, Little
Island Park and Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach. Highlights included a
LONG-TAILED JAEGER* at Cape Charles Coastal Habitat NAP on November 3;
a total of seven POMARINE JAEGERS at Cape Charles Coastal Habitat NAP,
Fort Story and Back Bay NWR on November 3-6; and over 150 PARASITIC
JAEGERS identified during the week, including 15, 24 and 37
individuals at the Cape Charles Coastal Habitat NAP on November 3, 4
and 5, respectively, and 63 and 22 individuals at Little Island Park
on November 4 and 5, respectively. Elsewhere, single POMARINE and
PARASITIC JAEGERS were spotted at the Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch in
Sussex Co, DE on November 3; a single PARASITIC JAEGER was seen at the
Indian River Inlet in Sussex Co, DE on October 31; and a total of
seven PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester
Co, MD on November 5 and 6.

On November 4 a DOVEKIE* was spotted in flight at Little Island Park
in Virginia Beach, VA.

On November 5 a young BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE* was photographed in
flight at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA. On the same day an adult
FRANKLIN'S GULL* was spotted with LAUGHING GULLS in the James River
from City Point Waterfront Park in Hopewell, VA.

Early in the morning on November 4 a PACIFIC LOON* made a very brief
stop at the Cape Charles Coastal Habitat NAP in Northampton Co, VA
before heading south.

On November 3 a female WESTERN TANAGER* reportedly visited a feeder in
the Alanton neighborhood in Virginia Beach, VA, which hosted a female
WESTERN TANAGER last winter.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

On November 4 two SNOW GEESE were spotted in a flock of CANADA GEESE
flying over the Potomac River (DC waters) from the waterfront in
Alexandria, VA, and 48 SNOW GEESE flew over Dry Seneca Creek Park in
Montgomery Co, MD. On November 1-3 a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was
seen at Western Regional Park in Howard Co, MD, and on November 2 a
CACKLING GOOSE also was seen at this location. Noncoastal BRANT
included an individual seen in flight at Big Water Farm (private) in
Queen Anne's Co, MD on November 1 and three individuals seen in flight
at a residential community known as Cedarhurst in Anne Arundel Co, MD
on November 5. On November 5 a resident of Round Hill, Loudoun Co, VA
saw and heard a banded and an unbanded TRUMPETER SWAN, which likely
are part of the nonmigratory Airlee population of this species about
ten miles south of this location in northern Fauquier Co, VA.

Dabbling ducks included a EURASIAN WIGEON found at the Cape Charles
Coastal Habitat NAP in Northampton Co, VA on October 31 and Swan Cove
at Chincoteague NWR in Accomack Co, VA on November 4. Migrating diving
ducks increased in numbers and diversity during the week. Highlights
included single CANVASBACKS at Eastern Neck NWR in Kent Co, MD on
November 4 and Swift Creek Reservoir in Chesterfield Co, VA on
November 5. Single REDHEADS were found at Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek
DMCF (restricted access) on November 2 and Eastern Neck NWR, Kent Co,
MD on November 4. Sightings of REDHEADS in Virginia consisted of 1-2
individuals at Silver Lake in Rockingham Co on November 4-6; one
individual at Lake Shenandoah in Rockingham Co on November 5; two
individuals at Swift Creek Reservoir in Chesterfield Co on November 5;
and two individuals at the King George ponds (private) in King George
Co on November 5.

On November 6 two first-of-season HARLEQUIN DUCKS were seen at the
Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD. Inland two SURF SCOTERS were
photographed at Chris Greene Lake in Albemarle Co, VA on November 5,
and a BLACK SCOTER was found at Hallowing Point Association Park in
Fairfax Co, VA on November 5 and the C&O Canal-Violette's Lock in
Montgomery Co, MD on November 6. WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen at
several locations, including a high of nine individuals counted at the
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch in Sussex Co, DE on November 1-6; two
individuals at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD on November 6;
three individuals at Black Marsh NA/North Point SP in Baltimore Co, MD
on November 5 and 6; three individuals at Snug Harbor Park (private)
in Anne Arundel Co, MD on November 6; and 2-4 individuals at North
Beach in Calvert Co, MD on November 4 and 5. Sightings of WHITE-WINGED
SCOTERS in Virginia consisted of two individuals at Chincoteague NWR,
Accomack Co, VA on November 5; 1-3 individuals at the Cape Charles
Coastal Habitat NAP in Northampton Co, VA on November 2 and 5; and 1-3
individuals at Fort Story and Little Island Park in Virginia Beach, VA
on November 2 and 4. LONG-TAILED DUCKS also were seen at several
locations, including in Maryland 12 individuals at Big Water Farm
(private) in Queen Anne's Co on November 5; six individuals at Black
Walnut Point in Talbot Co on November 3; five individuals at Snug
Harbor Park (private) in Anne Arundel Co on November 4; two
individuals at Jonas Green Park in Anne Arundel Co on November 1; and
two individuals at nearby Sandy Point SP in Anne Arundel Co on
November 5. In Virginia, a single LONG-TAILED DUCK was spotted at the
Cape Charles Coastal Habitat NAP in Northampton Co on November 4. A
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was observed at Hains Point in Washington, DC
on November 4.

Two continuing NORTHERN BOBWHITES were encountered at Chino
Farms-Foreman's Branch Bird Observatory in Queen Anne's Co, MD on
November 2.

On November 6 two RED-NECKED GREBES were photographed at the Broad
Creek Bridge on Route 623 in Harford Co, MD.

On November 3 and 5 a late young male RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was
photographed at a residential feeder in Virginia Beach, VA.

On November 3 and 5 three SANDHILL CRANES were seen along 5159-6147
Rock Lodge Road and nearby in Garrett Co, MD.

High numbers of AMERICAN AVOCETS continued at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent
Co, DE and the Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access) in
Portsmouth, VA, with high counts of 400 and 200 individuals reported
at these respective locations on November 1 and 6, respectively. A
continuing AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was seen among the BLACK-BELLIED
PLOVERS at Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek DMCF (restricted access) in
Anne Arundel Co, MD on October 31 and November 1 and 2, and two
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were found at Eastern Neck NWR, Kent Co, MD on
November 4. In Virginia, a single AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was found at
the Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access) in Portsmouth on
November 2, and two were photographed near the fishing pier in
Kiptopeke SP, Northampton Co, VA on November 6. In addition, 1-2
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were reported inland at Oakwood Pond (private)
on the west side of the intersection of Routes 11 and 740 in
Rockingham Co on November 3 and 5.

Shorebird highlights also included a late STILT SANDPIPER found at
Back Bay-Campbell's Landing Road in Virginia Beach, VA on October 31
and the Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access) in Portsmouth,
VA on November 6, as well as two late WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS spotted
at the latter location on November 6, which were the only ones
reported during the week. The only PURPLE SANDPIPERS reported during
the week were two individuals at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co,
MD on November 6. Shorebird highlights in DC during the week included
a total of 14 DUNLIN seen in flight over the Potomac River (DC waters)
from Hains Point and the waterfront in Alexandria, VA on November 4
and 5. In addition, a stunned AMERICAN WOODCOCK was found on the
ground at the City Center Complex in DC on November 3, and another
AMERICAN WOODCOCK was flushed at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center
area on November 4. Late SPOTTED SANDPIPERS included an individual
seen at the C&O Canal-Violette's Lock in Montgomery Co, MD on November
2, 4 and 5. On November 6 a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was found at the
Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access) in Portsmouth, VA.

BONAPARTE'S GULLS were seen at many locations, mostly in small
numbers, with double digit counts of 40 individuals at Skimmer Island
in Ocean City, Worcester Co, MD on November 6; 25 individuals at Snug
Harbor Park (private) in Anne Arundel Co, MD on November 6; 11
individuals at the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry in James City Co, VA on
October 31; and a high of 14 individuals at the Cape Charles Coastal
Habitat NAP in Northampton Co, VA on November 2-5. Noteworthy tern
sightings included a single COMMON TERN reported at Sandy Point SP in
Anne Arundel Co, MD on November 1; Ferry Park in Rock Hall, Kent Co,
MD on November 4; and the Cape Charles Coastal Habitat NAP in
Northampton Co, VA on November 3.

Inland migrating loons included 14 COMMON LOONS that visited Lake
Frederick in Frederick Co, VA on November 5 and a RED-THROATED LOON
found in the Rivanna River-Water Treatment Boat Ramp in Albemarle Co,
VA on November 6.

Sightings of GREAT CORMORANT included single individuals at the Indian
River Inlet in Sussex Co, DE on October 31 and November 4; Swan Creek
Wetland-Cox Creek DMCF (restricted access) in Anne Arundel Co, MD on
November 2; and the Hampton River in Hampton, VA on October 31.In
addition, on November 3 two GREAT CORMORANTS were found at Point
Lookout SP in St. Mary's Co, MD.

A southbound AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN and six BROWN PELICANS were
somewhat surprising sightings at the Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch in
Sussex Co, DE on November 2. A high of eight AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS
were seen at Blackwater NWR in Dorchester Co, MD on October 31 and
November 3 and 5.

On November 3 an AMERICAN BITTERN was seen at Kenilworth Aquatic
Gardens in Washington, DC.

Noteworthy herons and egrets included a young LITTLE BLUE HERON
photographed at Black Marsh NA/North Point SP in Baltimore Co, MD on
November 6 and a continuing inland GREAT EGRET at C. M. Crockett Park
in Fauquier Co, VA on November 1 and 4. Sightings of CATTLE EGRETS
included a high of 13 individuals in a field along 321-409 Romacoke
Road and nearby in Stevensville, Queen Anne's Co, MD on November 1, 2,
4 and 6, and four individuals in flight over Assateague I. NS-Life of
the Marsh in Worcester Co, MD on October 31.

A high of nine WHITE IBIS were seen as far north as Gordon's Pond in
Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co, DE on October 31 and November 2. Inland a
continuing young WHITE IBIS was seen at Mill Creek Lake Park in
Amherst Co, VA on November 4 and 5. Sightings of GLOSSY IBIS included
ten individuals that flew by the Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch in Sussex
Co, DE on November 2.

Late OSPREYS included single individuals seen in the southern
Chesapeake Bay from a residence in Crisfield, Somerset Co, MD and over
the Potomac River (DC waters) from the Washington Sailing Marina in
Alexandria, VA on November 2. On November 4 a late BROAD-WINGED HAWK
reportedly flew over the Prospect United Methodist Church in Mount
Airy, Frederick Co, MD. On November 3 a so-called "NORTHERN"
RED-TAILED HAWK, a dark form that generally is not considered a
separate subspecies from the eastern form, was reported at Langford
Crossroads in Kent Co, DE. On November 4 a GOLDEN EAGLE was seen
flying over Fletcher's Cove in Washington, DC and the Oaks Landfill
(private) in Montgomery Co, MD. Raptor highlights at area hawk watches
included a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and a GOLDEN EAGLE that flew by the Cape
Henlopen Hawk Watch in Sussex Co, DE on November 3, and a GOLDEN EAGLE
in flight above the Kiptopeke Hawkwatch in Northampton Co, VA on
November 1.

On October 31 six continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES were seen at the Smith
Farm in Lunenburg Co, VA. A continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE also was seen
at Innisfree Village in Albemarle Co, VA on November 2. A NORTHERN
SHRIKE* returned to the Sully Woodlands in Fairfax Co, VA for the
winter, with sightings on November 1-6.

On November 6 a late young YELLOW-THROATED VIREO was observed foraging
in low vegetation in University Park, Prince George's Co, MD.

A SEDGE WREN was found at Rumbly Point in Somerset Co, MD on November
2, Cape Charles Coastal Habitat NAP in Northampton Co, VA on November
3 and Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach, VA on November 3.

On November 5 a birder heard and briefly saw a LAPLAND LONGSPUR in
flight over a residential community known as Cedarhurst in Anne
Arundel Co, MD.

On November 2 CLAY-COLORED, VESPER and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS were found
at Mount Pleasant Farm-Howard County Conservancy in Howard Co, MD. A
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW also was found at Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek
DMCF (restricted access) in Anne Arundel Co, MD on November 2 and Back
Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA on November 5. A VESPER SPARROW also was
reported at Oxford Conservation Park in Talbot Co, MD on November 2;
Davidson Farm Lane in Queen Anne's Co, MD on November 5; and South
Bakers Lane in Kent Co, MD on November 5. In addition, two VESPER
SPARROWS were found at Kenilworth Park in Washington, DC on November
4. Sightings of LINCOLN'S SPARROW also included an individual at the
Sully Woodlands in Fairfax Co, VA on November 4. Sightings of NELSON'S
SPARROWS included two individuals spotted at Rumbly Point in Somerset
Co, MD on October 31 and November 2. First-of-season FOX SPARROWS
included single individuals at Blandy Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia
in Clarke Co, VA on November 2 and the Rock Creek Park Nature Center
area in Washington, DC on November 4. A couple of sharp-eyed birders
found apparent WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS (GAMBEL'S), a western subspecies
that is prone to wander, at West Regional Park in Howard Co, MD on
November 1 and a location in Charles City Co, VA on November 5.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen at several locations. In DC single
individuals were found at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center area on
October 31 and the maintenance yard at Hains Point on November 4.
Sightings of ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER in Maryland included single
individuals at the Gwynns Falls Trail South in Baltimore on November 1
and along Davidson Lane in Queen Anne's Co on November 5. In addition,
one and possibly two ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were encountered at Swan
Creek Wetland-Cox Creek DMCF (restricted access) in Anne Arundel Co on
November 2. Sightings of ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER in Virginia included
single individuals found along the hike/bike trail at Huntley Meadows
Park in Fairfax Co on November 4 and at Abrams Creek Wetlands Preserve
in Frederick Co on November 5.

Several late migratory warblers were seen in Maryland during the week,
including OVENBIRD in the City of Baltimore, TENNESSEE WARBLER in
Montgomery Co, NASHVILLE WARBLER in Queen Anne's Co, AMERICAN REDSTART
in Kent Co, MAGNOLIA WARBLER in Montgomery and Howard Counties,
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER in Baltimore Co, BLACKPOLL WARBLER in Queen
Anne's and Anne Arundel Counties and BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER in
Montgomery and Wicomico Counties. Late migratory warblers in Virginia
during the week included TENNESSEE WARBLER in Fairfax and Accomack
Counties and two CAPE MAY WARBLERS at Chincoteague NWR in Accomack Co.

Late migratory songbirds also included a male ORCHARD ORIOLE found at
Cromwell Valley Park in Baltimore Co, MD on November 2 and 5.

***

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

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Date: 11/6/17 4:30 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (06 Nov 2017) 41 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 06, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 12 83 2433
Bald Eagle 0 44 323
Northern Harrier 3 47 395
Sharp-shinned Hawk 19 151 2140
Cooper's Hawk 4 114 1350
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 9 27
Broad-winged Hawk 0 2 1195
Red-tailed Hawk 0 30 156
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 3
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 2 27 3342
Merlin 0 25 1373
Peregrine Falcon 1 8 779
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 7
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 1 19
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 41 544 13565
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Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel, Brian Taber

Observers: Brian Taber, Joe Beatty, Katie Garst

Weather:
Light winds were generally from the west northwest and west southwest, with
a bit of fog in the early morning. Skies were mostly cloudy, with
temperatures in the sixties.

Raptor Observations:
Most of the flight was composed of sharpies and Ospreys. Birds were flying
very low.

Non-raptor Observations:
I was frustrated to see a balloon floating over the bay. This is probably
the 8-10th balloon seen floating past the platform this season, adding more
dangerous trash to our environment. Today's observations included:

6 Bonaparte's Gulls
2 Rusty Blackbirds
1 Hermit Thrush
1 Northern Gannet
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
1 Red-eyed Vireo (a very late find, spotted by Brian Taber)
1 White Ibis

12 Monarchs


========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=484


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Date: 11/6/17 2:46 pm
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
 A large crowd of 30 birders spread out this morning on the Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk, and tallied 42 species.  Our Bird of the Week was a lone White-winged Scoter loitering around with some Mallards.  Several of our band took photographs of this bird, confirming the ID.  Other highlights included a large flock of American Goldfinches in low shrubs near the west end of the boardwalk; a couple of Palm Warblers, one showing off very effectively; and a large group of Mourning Doves.
Canada Goose  15
Mallard  26
Northern Pintail  1
White-winged Scoter  1    
Great Blue Heron  9
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  4
gull sp.  4
Mourning Dove  58
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  6
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  5
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  11
American Crow  16
Fish Crow  2
crow sp.  2
Carolina Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  8
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  15
American Robin  8
Gray Catbird  1
Palm Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
White-throated Sparrow  15
Song Sparrow  15
Swamp Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  50
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  30


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

Harry Glasgow
Friends of Huntley Meadows Park

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Date: 11/6/17 2:04 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (06 Nov 2017) 40 Raptors & large non-raptor flight
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 06, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 227
Bald Eagle 2 6 227
Northern Harrier 2 3 43
Sharp-shinned Hawk 23 55 973
Cooper's Hawk 5 12 230
Northern Goshawk 0 0 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 4 41
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 6 20 192
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 1
Golden Eagle 0 0 10
American Kestrel 0 1 120
Merlin 1 2 50
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 34
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 18
Unknown Buteo 0 0 13
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 0 22
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 40 104 24553
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers:

Visitors:
Mary Mapel, Jennifer Jowdy


Weather:
Very interesting and constantly changing weather today! A beautiful fog
ocean on the east side of the gap this morning but the gap itself and the
entire west side were clear. Drizzles between 9-10am. Hazy early becoming
very clear this afternoon. Light SW Breezes early with moderate West Winds
after 11am. Varying 20-95% cloud cover throughout the day with all
different types of clouds. Warm (17.1-19.8C).

Raptor Observations:
Slow but steady with flight dominated by SS. Almost all birds were flying
fast and low down the east side of the gap. Several highlight birds all
gave great views today: two Bald Eagles (12:24 adult and 1:39 3rd-YR), two
Harriers (9:15 IMM and 10:12 adult female), and one Merlin (3:28). First
Raptor: 9:15 NH, Last Raptor: 3:52 SS.

Non-raptor Observations:
A big non-raptor flight today including: 1 Common Loon, 45 DC Cormorants (a
single bird & flock of 44), 1 Flicker, 193 Fish Crows, 1 Horned Lark, 2 GC
Kinglets, 4 Bluebirds, 2,330 Robins, 890 Waxwings, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler,
418 RW Blackbirds, 1 Rusty Blackbird, 29 Grackles, 1 Pine Siskin, 73
Goldfinches, and 8 Monarch Butterflies.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (<birdmangabriel...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=491


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Date: 11/6/17 10:49 am
From: Cheryl J Jacobson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Presentation by Dr. Bryan Watts (Director of Center for Conservation Biology)--Save the Date

November 15, 2017,  7 pm meeting.  William and Mary (get parking pass from our website Williamsburg Bird Club) I am sure you will not want to miss hearing Dr. Watts so I am sending this save the date email.  The speaker will be Dr. Bryan Watts.  See information below. 
 
He has titled his presentation: “Hitting the Waterbird Lottery”.
Dr. Bryan Watts is the Director of the Center for Conservation Biology. He will be talking about the recovery of waterbirds in the Chesapeake Bay and some of the unexpected chapters that are beginning to develop over the past decade or so. 
He will focus on population growth/recovery of bald eagle, osprey, great blue heron, brown pelican and double-crested cormorant (the five big fish eating breeders in the Bay) for the first half of the talk and then focus on some of the unexpected chapters that are unfolding now for the second half. Hope to see you! Cheryl Jacobson

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Date: 11/6/17 6:23 am
From: Patti Reum via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Adopt-A Kestrel Box
*Supporting Breeding American Kestrels in Virginia*

*NESTING BOX ADOPTION PROGRAM*

* Highland County, Virginia*



Breeding Bird Survey data indicate that the number of breeding
American Kestrels has been steadily declining since at least the 1960's
across North America, including Virginia. Scientists studying kestrels do
not have sufficient data to understand what is causing these declines.
Scientists and citizen scientists joined together as the American Kestrel
Partnership to research this decline. One of their projects is to install
and monitor kestrel nest boxes and contribute their findings to their
centralized database as they work to understand why kestrels are declining.



The Kestrel Strike force of the VSO Conservation Committee has been
actively building, installing and monitoring nesting success and survival
at these kestrel boxes for the past three years. They have installed over
300 nest boxes in appropriate breeding habitat throughout Virginia.



The information collected from these nest boxes is providing insight into
the ecology of kestrels in Virginia and population declines across Virginia
and North America.



*You can help this effort by making an annual donation to adopt a nest box
in Highland County, Virginia at one of the following levels (Your donation
is tax deductible.): *



· *Level I:* $ 50.00 provides for the installation and monitoring of
an American Kestrel nest box in Highland County, VA. You will receive an
official adoption certificate.



· *Level II:* $100.00 provides for the installation and monitoring of
an American Kestrel nest box in Highland County where there is a
concentration of breeding kestrels. You will receive an official adoption
certificate. After the nest box has been placed, a digital photo of the
mounted nest box and approximate location will be emailed to you. After the
breeding season, the box will be regularly monitored and you will also
receive a report of any birds nesting in your box.



Please complete and include this form with your adoption donation.


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Project Please print the following information: Recipient’s Name (if a
gift) _______________________________________________ Donor’s Name (if
different) _______________________________________________ Recipient’s
Address _______________________________________________ Recipient’s City,
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out to and mail it to the VSO (Virginia Society of Ornithology PO Box 5994,
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go to the Kestrel Monitoring Program or other kestrel related conservation
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Date: 11/6/17 4:33 am
From: Kristine Lansing via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 11/05/2017 (Fairfax County)
Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified approximately 31 species and included 9 participants.  Although the morning's fog and the mist held steady throughout much of the walk, the birds were nonetheless quite active, attracted by the remaining grapes and poison ivy berries up in the trees.  



The walk meets at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, rain or shine, in front of the snack bar/concession stand of the Great Falls Park visitors' center; it does not take place, though, during electrical storms, strong winds, heavy snows, or when the trails are icy.  All birders are welcome!
Canada Goose  11
Mallard (Domestic type)  22
American Black Duck  4
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture  1
Osprey  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  7
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  6
Pileated Woodpecker  8
Blue Jay  12
American Crow  1
crow sp.  3
Carolina Chickadee  9
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  7
Brown Creeper  3
Carolina Wren  13
Golden-crowned Kinglet  6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  4
Eastern Bluebird  8
American Robin  50
Cedar Waxwing  40
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Dark-eyed Junco  6
White-throated Sparrow  11
Song Sparrow  6
Northern Cardinal  4
American Goldfinch  3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40337754

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



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Date: 11/5/17 4:30 pm
From: <taberzz...> via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke hawk counts 1977-1985. (O.T.: Hydrogen bomb vs. Sooty Tern)






Terrific recap and more...thanks!In the yurt now...Brian
Sent from my LG Mobile



------ Original message------From: Harry Armistead via va-bird Date: Sun, Nov 5, 2017 4:59 PMTo: Virginia Byrd;Subject:[Va-bird] Kiptopeke hawk counts 1977-1985. (O.T.: Hydrogen bomb vs. Sooty Tern)
KIPTOPEKE HAWKCOUNTS, 1977-1985.A few weeks ago Rudy Cashwell, on his own initiative, gave out 2 sets of copies of Kiptopeke hawkcount totals for 1977-1985. I appropriated one. This period was before there was continuous coverage by salaried, professional hawkcounters from Sept. 1 - Nov. 30 each year. Although the results have probably been analyzed in greater depth previously, that may have been a good while ago. It is worthwhile to look back over these pioneering years for the more interesting totals.These years pre-dated the establishment of Kiptopeke State Park, and the building of the hawkwatch platform. Even when one considers that vultures were counted then (they aren’t now because they go back and forth so much, confusing the issue), some of these totals definitely underscore the importance of this place as a concentration point, as does William J. Rusling’s pioneering count in 1936. Throw out the vultures and at most the totals are diminished by a thousand or so, and only in the later years, much less in the earlier ones. In Rusling’s time black vultures were almost unknown hereabouts.Some of these totals, seasonal or daily, grand or for individual species, surpass most of those attained in recent years, partially due to the then greater abundance of sharpies and kestrels. Others are way under modern times, partially because there are so many more peregrines, bald eagles, and Cooper’s hawks now. The greater presence of Cooper’s in urban areas is a fairly recent phenomena, much to the woe of some of the mourning doves in my Philadelphia yard.SOME HIGHLIGHTS BY YEAR.1977: 11 days, Sept. 18-Oct. 31, 8,506 hawks (128 vultures). October 16, 1,780 sharpies, 40 harriers, grand total of 1,967. September 21, grand total of 1,568. Season total of only 28 Cooper’s, 0 bald eagles, 10 peregrines.1978: 6 days, Sept. 16-Oct. 14, 2,047 hawks (33 vultures). September 30, 666 sharpies, grand total of 805 for the day.1979: 8 days, Sept. 29-Oct. 21, 6,794 hawks (16 vultures, none of them black vultures). 1,967 sharpies and 2,048 hawks for the day, Sept. 29. 1,112 hawks on October 6, 1,380 on October 7. 453 kestrels on October 9. Season totals of 3 bald eagles, 36 Cooper’s, 36 peregrines.1980: 12 days, Sept. 21-Oct. 26, 4,909 hawks (102 vultures). October 5 the only day with >1,000, with 2,238 birds, 1,779 of them sharpies, 242 kestrels. Next highest day was Oct. 11 with 567, 68 of them merlins. Season totals of 9 bald eagles, 29 Cooper’s, and 30 peregrines.1981: 24 days, Sept. 1-Nov. 1, 9,780 hawks (976 vultures). Three days with > 1,000. 1,143 sharpies on September 22. Good buteo day October 7 with 580 broad-wingeds, 73 red-taileds (seems high, even if were November), and 4 red-shoulders. Cooper’s high was 96 on October 11. Kestrels peaked at 401 on September 12. Season totals: bald eagle 18, Cooper’s hawk 238 (96 on October 11), peregrine 58. Merlin high of just 38 on September 20.1982: 23 days, Sept. 5-Oct. 31, 12,331 hawks (365 vultures). 3 days with > 2,000!! Another with 1,048. Sharpie high of 2,064 on September 25. 52 harriers on October 10 plus 670 kestrels. Season totals: bald eagle 23, peregrine 38, Cooper’s 143. On each of the 4 highest days - September 25 @ 2,420, October 2 @ 2,552, October 7 @ 1,048, and October 10 @ 2,244 - sharpie was the most abundant raptor.1983: 35 days, Sept. 3-Nov. 19, 19,846 hawks (669 of them vultures). Six days with > 1,000, 3 of them with > 2,000. Birds that show big increases over these early years still scarce in 1983 as shown by season totals of bald eagle 28, Cooper’s hawk 142, and peregrine 49. Sharpie highs of 1,166 (September 28), 2,437 (October 3), 2,240 (October 4), 1,122 (October 9), and 2,081 (on the late date of October 22, though not late by Cape May standards, where “late” big counts of accipiters occur much more frequently than at Kiptopeke). The “best” day was October 3 with 2,582 birds, 2,437 of them the above-noted sharpies.1984: 56 days, Sept. 1-Dec. 4, 28,497 hawks (1,163 vultures). An astounding 9 days with > 1,000, including October 6 with 4,860, 3,738 of them sharpies. Seven days with > 1,000 sharpies. Outstanding merlin days were September 25 with 130, and October 6 with 172. The 3 species I’ve highlighted above that were scarce then but in good numbers now, still that way in 1984: season totals of bald eagle 6 (hard to believe), Cooper’s 291, and peregrine 115. In later years occasional totals such as for these 3 in 1984 have sometimes been surpassed, or nearly so, in one hour, certainly in one day. Season totals of 19,823 sharpies and 4,109 kestrels.1985: 49 days, Aug. 31-Nov. 26, 21,286 hawks (1,033 vultures). Six days with > 1,000. In recent times, in spite of increased coverage, there are years when only once or twice more than 1,000 hawks are counted. Back on these early counts numbers of sharpies were in their halcyon years, before they plummeted, and kestrels hadn’t begun their near catastrophic decline. 2,168 sharpies on September 26 and 1,519 as late as October 17. Kestrel high was1,090 on September 25. Best harrier day was 85 on September 25 also. Peregrine high a mere 25 on October 11. Season totals still anemic for bald eagle (16), Cooper’s (286), and peregrine (156). Highest day was September 26 with 2,715 raptors.RARITIES: goshawks were only reported in 1981 (1), 1983 (2), and 1984 (8); golden eagles in 1983 (2) and 1985 (2); Mississippi kites in 1985 (3); rough-legged hawks 1985 (3).ATTRIBUTION: some of the early counters include Bill Williams (especially), Fred Scott, Paul Baker, Paul McQuarry, Chris Foster, Tom Armour, Myriam Moore, Dot Silsby, Anne & Paul Smith, Ruth Beck, Bettye Fields, Dorothy Mitchell, Emily Moore, Bob Ake, Gisela Grimm, Charlie Hacker, Zelda Silverman, John Willis, Margaret Abbott, Charles Ziegenfus, Reese Lukei, Bruce Reid, et al.COOPER’S HAWK: I’ve heard several say that the most misidentified hawk is the male Cooper’s Hawk. I agree. I’m not saying that the early counts had this problem, just that it does complicate things somewhat even today.IN RECENT YEARS the seasonal number of hawks recorded here sometimes is around 20,000 or slightly higher. In 2017 because of the loopy weather, it will be much less. Commentary by Eric Bruhnke in the Peregrine observer 2017: journal of the Cape May Bird Observatory (256 pages, cf. p. 200, “Summary of the 2016 Cape May Hawkwatch") may be germane also for Kiptopeke: “ … The seasonal trends show that cold fronts are becoming a scarcer occurrence throughout the Cape May area. Unless this trend changes considerably, there is a likelihood that raptor numbers will not continue as robustly as they once have … “ Among the hundreds of fascinating facts and the many articles in the Peregrine observer: in 50 years of raptor banding at Cape May 148,969 hawks have been tagged (p. 215).The current TPO is a treasure with articles on Black Rail, Ipswich Sparrow, winter raptor surveys, the fall hawk count, fall raptor banding, the fall morning watch for songbird migrants at Higbee’s Beach, the fall seabird watch, and fall owl banding. Mark Garland also summarizes the monitoring of monarchs (the 26th year was 2016), with 3,592 tagged; over the years a minimum of 58 have been recovered in Mexico (p. 198). Also featured is an 110-page summary with much analysis, thousands of records, and maximum counts for every species seen in the county in 2016. There is much else in this issue of TPO! I couldn’t put it down. However, the often-mentioned Springwatch is not explained. The Big Sit is not written up either.One of the ways Cape May differs from Kiptopeke is in sometimes having big flights of accipiters well into October plus bigger numbers of red-tailed hawks. Kiptopeke sometimes surpasses Cape May in numbers of merlins and peregrines.NORTHEAST WINDS. Kiptopeke has been plagued in some of the past few years by too many consecutive days with northeasterly winds, days in a row of these. But some of the best counts at Kiptopeke are when there ARE northeast winds, but a day or so following one or two days with northwest winds. The NW winds seem to blow many raptors over to the seaside of the peninsula, then they get blown over to Kiptopeke if winds change to the NE.Even back in 1936 Rusling summarized the direction and magnitude of Kiptopeke hawk flights, the effects of wind direction, in the manner in which we largely understand them now. But mysteries still remain. The first professional hawk counter here, Brian Sullivan, once said to me: “This place is fickle.” October 2017 is one of the worst for raptors in many years with many days with consecutive northeast winds, or to a lesser extent northwest winds. At Cape May northwest winds make for good hawk flights, but at Kiptopeke these winds blow most of the birds over to the seaside.HYDROGEN BOMB vs. SOOTY TERN [a little off topic, eh?] “ … millions of birds [mostly Sooty Terns] were blinded, shattered by the concussion, scorched by heat and fried by the electromagnetic pulse of the aerial bombs … “ cited on p. 24 of a new and excellent book, Birds of eastern Polynesia: a biogeographic atlas by Jean-Claude Thibault & Alice Cibois (Lynx, 2017, 438 pages). The above quote concerns the island of Kiritimati, used for such weapons tests by the UK & USA 1957-1962. The Line Reed Warbler was not completely exterminated there, but the Tuamotu Reed Warbler, present on other islands that were bombed, was. One of the phenomena described that is striking in this fine book are the descriptions of many other species that became extinct due to other human meddling: the introduction of non-native mammals, habitat destruction, etc.Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.*** You are subscribed to va-bird as <taberzz...> If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit https://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
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Date: 11/5/17 4:00 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (05 Nov 2017) 145 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 05, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 41 71 2421
Bald Eagle 19 44 323
Northern Harrier 3 44 392
Sharp-shinned Hawk 26 132 2121
Cooper's Hawk 27 110 1346
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 4 9 27
Broad-winged Hawk 0 2 1195
Red-tailed Hawk 10 30 156
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 3
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 9 25 3340
Merlin 2 25 1373
Peregrine Falcon 3 7 778
Unknown Accipiter 1 1 7
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 1 19
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 145 503 13524
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Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel, Brian Taber

Observers: Brian Taber, Joe Beatty, Katie Garst

Visitors:
Thank you to Dr. Dan Cristol and his students from the College of William
and Mary for visiting.


Weather:
Light winds were from the east northeast and east southeast. Skies were
mostly cloudy to overcast in the morning, becoming partly cloudy in the
afternoon. Temperatures were in the sixties.

Raptor Observations:
We had an excellent Osprey flight for this point in the season, and a
strong Bald Eagle flight as well. Most birds came through during the late
morning.

Non-raptor Observations:
There was another large American Robin flight this morning. Other
observations included:

311 southbound Turkey Vultures
16 Common Loons over land
14 Eastern Meadowlarks
7 Wood Ducks
3 Horned Larks
2 American Pipits
2 Hooded Mergansers
1 Hermit Thrush
1 Pine Siskin

125 Monarchs

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Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Date: 11/5/17 1:59 pm
From: Harry Armistead via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke hawk counts 1977-1985. (O.T.: Hydrogen bomb vs. Sooty Tern)
KIPTOPEKE HAWKCOUNTS, 1977-1985.


A few weeks ago Rudy Cashwell, on his own initiative, gave out 2 sets of copies of Kiptopeke hawkcount totals for 1977-1985. I appropriated one. This period was before there was continuous coverage by salaried, professional hawkcounters from Sept. 1 - Nov. 30 each year. Although the results have probably been analyzed in greater depth previously, that may have been a good while ago. It is worthwhile to look back over these pioneering years for the more interesting totals.


These years pre-dated the establishment of Kiptopeke State Park, and the building of the hawkwatch platform. Even when one considers that vultures were counted then (they arent now because they go back and forth so much, confusing the issue), some of these totals definitely underscore the importance of this place as a concentration point, as does William J. Ruslings pioneering count in 1936. Throw out the vultures and at most the totals are diminished by a thousand or so, and only in the later years, much less in the earlier ones. In Ruslings time black vultures were almost unknown hereabouts.


Some of these totals, seasonal or daily, grand or for individual species, surpass most of those attained in recent years, partially due to the then greater abundance of sharpies and kestrels. Others are way under modern times, partially because there are so many more peregrines, bald eagles, and Coopers hawks now. The greater presence of Coopers in urban areas is a fairly recent phenomena, much to the woe of some of the mourning doves in my Philadelphia yard.


SOME HIGHLIGHTS BY YEAR.


1977: 11 days, Sept. 18-Oct. 31, 8,506 hawks (128 vultures). October 16, 1,780 sharpies, 40 harriers, grand total of 1,967. September 21, grand total of 1,568. Season total of only 28 Coopers, 0 bald eagles, 10 peregrines.


1978: 6 days, Sept. 16-Oct. 14, 2,047 hawks (33 vultures). September 30, 666 sharpies, grand total of 805 for the day.


1979: 8 days, Sept. 29-Oct. 21, 6,794 hawks (16 vultures, none of them black vultures). 1,967 sharpies and 2,048 hawks for the day, Sept. 29. 1,112 hawks on October 6, 1,380 on October 7. 453 kestrels on October 9. Season totals of 3 bald eagles, 36 Coopers, 36 peregrines.


1980: 12 days, Sept. 21-Oct. 26, 4,909 hawks (102 vultures). October 5 the only day with >1,000, with 2,238 birds, 1,779 of them sharpies, 242 kestrels. Next highest day was Oct. 11 with 567, 68 of them merlins. Season totals of 9 bald eagles, 29 Coopers, and 30 peregrines.


1981: 24 days, Sept. 1-Nov. 1, 9,780 hawks (976 vultures). Three days with > 1,000. 1,143 sharpies on September 22. Good buteo day October 7 with 580 broad-wingeds, 73 red-taileds (seems high, even if were November), and 4 red-shoulders. Coopers high was 96 on October 11. Kestrels peaked at 401 on September 12. Season totals: bald eagle 18, Coopers hawk 238 (96 on October 11), peregrine 58. Merlin high of just 38 on September 20.


1982: 23 days, Sept. 5-Oct. 31, 12,331 hawks (365 vultures). 3 days with > 2,000!! Another with 1,048. Sharpie high of 2,064 on September 25. 52 harriers on October 10 plus 670 kestrels. Season totals: bald eagle 23, peregrine 38, Coopers 143. On each of the 4 highest days - September 25 @ 2,420, October 2 @ 2,552, October 7 @ 1,048, and October 10 @ 2,244 - sharpie was the most abundant raptor.


1983: 35 days, Sept. 3-Nov. 19, 19,846 hawks (669 of them vultures). Six days with > 1,000, 3 of them with > 2,000. Birds that show big increases over these early years still scarce in 1983 as shown by season totals of bald eagle 28, Coopers hawk 142, and peregrine 49. Sharpie highs of 1,166 (September 28), 2,437 (October 3), 2,240 (October 4), 1,122 (October 9), and 2,081 (on the late date of October 22, though not late by Cape May standards, where late big counts of accipiters occur much more frequently than at Kiptopeke). The best day was October 3 with 2,582 birds, 2,437 of them the above-noted sharpies.


1984: 56 days, Sept. 1-Dec. 4, 28,497 hawks (1,163 vultures). An astounding 9 days with > 1,000, including October 6 with 4,860, 3,738 of them sharpies. Seven days with > 1,000 sharpies. Outstanding merlin days were September 25 with 130, and October 6 with 172. The 3 species Ive highlighted above that were scarce then but in good numbers now, still that way in 1984: season totals of bald eagle 6 (hard to believe), Coopers 291, and peregrine 115. In later years occasional totals such as for these 3 in 1984 have sometimes been surpassed, or nearly so, in one hour, certainly in one day. Season totals of 19,823 sharpies and 4,109 kestrels.


1985: 49 days, Aug. 31-Nov. 26, 21,286 hawks (1,033 vultures). Six days with > 1,000. In recent times, in spite of increased coverage, there are years when only once or twice more than 1,000 hawks are counted. Back on these early counts numbers of sharpies were in their halcyon years, before they plummeted, and kestrels hadnt begun their near catastrophic decline. 2,168 sharpies on September 26 and 1,519 as late as October 17. Kestrel high was1,090 on September 25. Best harrier day was 85 on September 25 also. Peregrine high a mere 25 on October 11. Season totals still anemic for bald eagle (16), Coopers (286), and peregrine (156). Highest day was September 26 with 2,715 raptors.


RARITIES: goshawks were only reported in 1981 (1), 1983 (2), and 1984 (8); golden eagles in 1983 (2) and 1985 (2); Mississippi kites in 1985 (3); rough-legged hawks 1985 (3).


ATTRIBUTION: some of the early counters include Bill Williams (especially), Fred Scott, Paul Baker, Paul McQuarry, Chris Foster, Tom Armour, Myriam Moore, Dot Silsby, Anne & Paul Smith, Ruth Beck, Bettye Fields, Dorothy Mitchell, Emily Moore, Bob Ake, Gisela Grimm, Charlie Hacker, Zelda Silverman, John Willis, Margaret Abbott, Charles Ziegenfus, Reese Lukei, Bruce Reid, et al.


COOPERS HAWK: Ive heard several say that the most misidentified hawk is the male Coopers Hawk. I agree. Im not saying that the early counts had this problem, just that it does complicate things somewhat even today.


IN RECENT YEARS the seasonal number of hawks recorded here sometimes is around 20,000 or slightly higher. In 2017 because of the loopy weather, it will be much less. Commentary by Eric Bruhnke in the Peregrine observer 2017: journal of the Cape May Bird Observatory (256 pages, cf. p. 200, Summary of the 2016 Cape May Hawkwatch") may be germane also for Kiptopeke: The seasonal trends show that cold fronts are becoming a scarcer occurrence throughout the Cape May area. Unless this trend changes considerably, there is a likelihood that raptor numbers will not continue as robustly as they once have Among the hundreds of fascinating facts and the many articles in the Peregrine observer: in 50 years of raptor banding at Cape May 148,969 hawks have been tagged (p. 215).


The current TPO is a treasure with articles on Black Rail, Ipswich Sparrow, winter raptor surveys, the fall hawk count, fall raptor banding, the fall morning watch for songbird migrants at Higbees Beach, the fall seabird watch, and fall owl banding. Mark Garland also summarizes the monitoring of monarchs (the 26th year was 2016), with 3,592 tagged; over the years a minimum of 58 have been recovered in Mexico (p. 198). Also featured is an 110-page summary with much analysis, thousands of records, and maximum counts for every species seen in the county in 2016. There is much else in this issue of TPO! I couldnt put it down. However, the often-mentioned Springwatch is not explained. The Big Sit is not written up either.


One of the ways Cape May differs from Kiptopeke is in sometimes having big flights of accipiters well into October plus bigger numbers of red-tailed hawks. Kiptopeke sometimes surpasses Cape May in numbers of merlins and peregrines.


NORTHEAST WINDS. Kiptopeke has been plagued in some of the past few years by too many consecutive days with northeasterly winds, days in a row of these. But some of the best counts at Kiptopeke are when there ARE northeast winds, but a day or so following one or two days with northwest winds. The NW winds seem to blow many raptors over to the seaside of the peninsula, then they get blown over to Kiptopeke if winds change to the NE.


Even back in 1936 Rusling summarized the direction and magnitude of Kiptopeke hawk flights, the effects of wind direction, in the manner in which we largely understand them now. But mysteries still remain. The first professional hawk counter here, Brian Sullivan, once said to me: This place is fickle. October 2017 is one of the worst for raptors in many years with many days with consecutive northeast winds, or to a lesser extent northwest winds. At Cape May northwest winds make for good hawk flights, but at Kiptopeke these winds blow most of the birds over to the seaside.


HYDROGEN BOMB vs. SOOTY TERN [a little off topic, eh?] millions of birds [mostly Sooty Terns] were blinded, shattered by the concussion, scorched by heat and fried by the electromagnetic pulse of the aerial bombs cited on p. 24 of a new and excellent book, Birds of eastern Polynesia: a biogeographic atlas by Jean-Claude Thibault & Alice Cibois (Lynx, 2017, 438 pages). The above quote concerns the island of Kiritimati, used for such weapons tests by the UK & USA 1957-1962. The Line Reed Warbler was not completely exterminated there, but the Tuamotu Reed Warbler, present on other islands that were bombed, was. One of the phenomena described that is striking in this fine book are the descriptions of many other species that became extinct due to other human meddling: the introduction of non-native mammals, habitat destruction, etc.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 11/5/17 1:48 pm
From: Ned Brinkley via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Jaeger show in Chesapeake Bay
Yesterday's count of 24 and today's count of 37 put us over the 100-jaeger
mark for the five-week period, with 99 Parasitic, 5 Pomarine, 1
Long-tailed, 9 unidentified. Most of the unidentified were believed to be
Parasitic based on proportions and often behavior (chasing Laughing Gulls
doggedly), with one exception, a bird that looked heavier and broad-winged,
more like a Pomarine.

I think different groups were out counting in Virginia Beach today, but I
heard one report of 22 jaegers, to add to 63 from yesterday (no Dovekie
today but a nicely photographed Black-legged Kittiwake was there).

At Cape Charles, seeing 5 Parasitics in one scope field was a definite
highlight. The weekend produced first-of-season Long-tailed Duck, Tundra
Swan, Red-breasted Merganser, Red-throated Loon. We have not seen here the
massive flight of Black Scoters that Virginia Beach is seeing, mostly still
Surf Scoters in the Bay. No records yet this season here of Horned Grebe,
Red-necked Grebe, eiders, Harlequin Duck, Purple Sandpiper, Snow Goose,
Canvasback, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, alcids, or rarer winter
gulls. Some of these are scarce at Cape Charles proper, though Purple
Sandpipers winter here; watching the Bay is a good way to intercept many
species of migrating waterbirds, especially those that don't winter here
because proper habitat is unavailable (Canvasback, Common Merganser,
Northern Pintail, etc.). A few Greater Scaup have been among the regular
Lesser Scaup flocks, as well as a few Redhead. These "bay ducks" can be
difficult species to find in Northampton County much of the time.

Ned Brinkley
Cape Charles, Va.



On Fri, Nov 3, 2017 at 2:56 PM, Ned Brinkley <23cahow...> wrote:

>
>
> Over the past month, almost 50 Parasitic Jaegers have been noted from the
> Cape Charles/Kiptopeke area over the Chesapeake Bay. Most have been
> traveling southward at a rapid clip but not far from shore. On occasion,
> they stop to harass gulls or terns for a fish, providing a nice aerial show
> for a bit. Yesterday, 8 Parasitics passed Cape Charles, and today, 15
> Parasitics, 1 juvenile Long-tailed (extremely late and thought to be rare
> here), and 1 unidentified were logged between 7 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Surely,
> many more were missed, as they tended to move through the area in just a
> minute or so.
>
> These numbers are quite small compared to Atlantic coastal sites this
> fall, some of which have reported record-high counts of Parasitic Jaegers
> (in some places, 30+ in view at once). But for little-studied Chesapeake
> Bay, these numbers are unprecedented. Normally, to record a few in the fall
> in hundreds of hours of patient watching is lucky here. Perhaps this was a
> very good breeding year for jaegers; or perhaps the baitfish are still in
> the Bay (water temps still in the high 60s F). Many terns were also on the
> move southward today (mostly Royal; a few Forster's, Sandwich, 1 very late
> Common).
>
> For those going birding on the coast this weekend, a scope is ideal to
> enjoy (and be able to identify) jaegers. Most field guides to North
> American birds do not do the three species justice, as they show incredible
> variation in plumages, but several guides to European birds do, and there
> are specialty books as well. I would think that any vantage from a
> shoreline could produce a jaeger sighting in the first few hours of light.
> Normally, jaegers are attracted to groups of feeding gulls and terns, but
> most of today's birds were flying strongly southward, mostly very close to
> the surface of the water.
>
> Ned Brinkley
> Cape Charles, Va.
>
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Date: 11/5/17 1:46 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (05 Nov 2017) Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 05, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 92
Bald Eagle 0 4 123
Northern Harrier 0 0 19
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 6 229
Cooper's Hawk 0 3 98
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 15
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 7665
Red-tailed Hawk 0 10 174
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 70
Merlin 0 0 12
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 15
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 3
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 8

Total: 0 25 8531
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 12:00:00
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter: Randy Doss

Observers:

Visitors:
Alone again naturally - Gilbert O'Sullivan. But at least this time it makes
more sense!


Weather:
The knob was socked in for the entire time I was there.0 temps didn't get
to what my weather report projected. 50 all watch with 0 wind.

Raptor Observations:
Could not have seen a Hawk unless it landed on me.

Non-raptor Observations:
The fog was so thick that standing in front of the Knob sign I could not
see the trash can. It was actually dangerous on the parkway. Visibility was
100-150 feet.
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Report submitted by Randy Doss (<randyd70...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 11/5/17 1:28 pm
From: Gerry Hawkins via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Weekly Walk at Dyke Marsh WP, Fairfax County
Ten persons joined me this morning for the free weekly walk at Dyke Marsh WP
sponsored by The Friends of Dyke Marsh, which starts at 8 a.m. every Sunday
except during the Christmas Bird Count season. Light rain and fog hampered
our efforts early but conditions improved later in the morning. Highlights
included almost 100 GADWALL and small numbers of AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN
SHOVELER, RUDDY DUCK and BUFFLEHEAD among the waterfowl, a large number of
PIED-BILLED GREBES, BALD EAGLES at several locations, including two perched
pairs, an adult RED-TAILED HAWK perched at close range in the picnic area, a
single GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL among the expected gull species, a calling
GREATER YELLOWLEGS and several distant yellowlegs species, a young
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at the edge of the picnic area, many GREAT BLUE
HERONS and GREAT EGRETS, a WINTER WREN, a late TREE SWALLOW, GOLDEN-CROWNED
and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, two groups of CEDAR WAXWINGS in flight, DARK-EYED
JUNCOS, SWAMP SPARROWS, a late TENNESSEE WARBLER and many YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLERS.

For those interested a complete list of the 50 species encountered during
the walk may be viewed at the following link:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/email?subID=S40326532

Thanks to regular field trip leader Larry Cartwright and all other persons
who joined me on this enjoyable walk.

Gerry Hawkins
Arlington, VA


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Date: 11/5/17 1:25 pm
From: D'Vera Cohn via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] wood ducks
A plethora of wood ducks - a dozen or more - were splashing around the wetland pond next to the bike path just south of Daingerfield Island Marina late this afternoon. Also, a great blue heron was up on a tree.


Dee Cohn
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Date: 11/5/17 11:56 am
From: David Boltz via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Common Lions at Lake Frederick, Frederick Co.
Okay, I was just checking to see who was paying attention. The closest thing we have to a Common Lion out here is the occasional uncommon Bobcat. But Common Loons we do get on migration and 3 are still here this afternoon. Interestingly, we had a flock of 14 Loons here this past spring and ditto last fall.

Just for the record, there is a Lions Lake in Lebanon, PA, my hometown. Perhaps that explains my clerical error.

Dave Boltz

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On Nov 5, 2017, at 10:35 AM, <david.boltz4...> wrote:

I got a message from Dave Carr this morning that there were 14 Common Loons, 25 Buffleheads, and 4 Ruddy Ducks on the lake this morning. I checked on the way out of the neighborhood and all were still present at 10:00, plus 5 DC Cormorants.

Dave Boltz

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Date: 11/5/17 9:57 am
From: Scott Priebe via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] eBird Report - Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, Fairfax Co., Nov 5, 2017
On this cold, wet, dreary morning, stopped at Laurel Hill Equestrian Center for pre-Farmer's Market birding.

Fortunately, the sparrows didn't seem to mind. I just birded around the parking lot and along the entrance road nearby. Most of the sparrows were in the shrub/briar patches just before the parking lot on either side of the entrance road.

White-crowned Sparrows tied Robins (13 each) as the most numerous species.

There were at least 50% more sparrows in than I was unable to ID, and also of those I could ID.


Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA


________________________________

Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Nov 5, 2017 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile(s)
12 species

Mourning Dove 3
Northern Flicker 1
American Crow 3
Carolina Wren 3
American Robin 13
Northern Mockingbird 8
Field Sparrow 11
White-crowned Sparrow 13
White-throated Sparrow 6
Song Sparrow 12
Swamp Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 2

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Date: 11/5/17 9:31 am
From: Shea Tiller via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Stillfreds Pond + Fluvanna
Hello, all.

In light of the scoters just reported at Chris Greene (great find and
photo!), let this message serve as a reminder to folks to switch to their
winter birding routine. In particular, it's time to check for waterfowl.

Stillfreds Pond this morning held buffleheads and pied-billed grebes. The
smaller pond across the street from Stillfreds had no birds in it, but the
scrub around it was rather busy with bird activity.

Ruritan Lake in Cunningham, Fluvanna County, was empty, but I'm sure that
will change.

Pleasant Grove Park was busy with winter birds. Sparrow flocks roamed the
fields and kinglets afforded long clear views just a few feet in front of
me at eye level. I also saw a likely winter wren.

The annual winter residents are abounding now; get out there and enjoy our
winter visitors!

Great birding,

Shea
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Date: 11/5/17 7:36 am
From: David Boltz via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Common Lions at Lake Frederick, Frederick Co.
I got a message from Dave Carr this morning that there were 14 Common Loons, 25 Buffleheads, and 4 Ruddy Ducks on the lake this morning. I checked on the way out of the neighborhood and all were still present at 10:00, plus 5 DC Cormorants.

Dave Boltz

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Date: 11/4/17 3:44 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (04 Nov 2017) 136 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 04, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 18 30 2380
Bald Eagle 12 25 304
Northern Harrier 13 41 389
Sharp-shinned Hawk 34 106 2095
Cooper's Hawk 27 83 1319
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 5 23
Broad-winged Hawk 1 2 1195
Red-tailed Hawk 10 20 146
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 3
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 8 16 3331
Merlin 8 23 1371
Peregrine Falcon 1 4 775
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 1 1 20
Unknown Raptor 0 1 19
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 136 358 13379
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Joe Beatty, Katie Garst

Weather:
Moderate, gusty winds were from the northeast and east northeast, with
overcast and mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures were in the high fifties to
low sixties.

Raptor Observations:
There was a decent flight, with many birds nice and low, right overhead.

Non-raptor Observations:
There was good non-raptor diversity today. A massive American Robin flight
occurred this morning, with thousands of birds flying over. There were also
many flocks of blackbirds. A variety of sparrows were in the Dogfennel,
including the usual suspects-- Song, Chipping, Swamp, Field,
White-throated, and White-crowned. Many distant ducks (probably mostly
scoters) were flying today. A White-winged Dove flew by at 2:15 pm EST. It
was first seen on the east side flying southwards, and then a Cooper's Hawk
chased it off to the northeast. It was last seen landing in a pine
somewhere near the Kiptopeke Condos. Other observations included:

34 Great Blue Herons
27 Common Loons over land
2 American Pipits
2 Great Egrets
2 White-winged Scoters
2 Wilson's Snipe
1 Greater Yellowlegs
1 Pine Siskin
1 Wood Duck


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Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Date: 11/4/17 1:00 pm
From: Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Occoquan Bay NWR, Nov 4, 2017
The Northern Virginia Bird Club visited Occoquan Bay NWR in Woodbridge this morning. A nice crisp morning the way fall should be. We racked up a decent list of 63 species. Lots of robin and blackbird flock early on, numerous sparrows and yellow-rumped warblers, and growing numbers of ducks and gulls. Highlights were rusty blackbirds around the marsh, turkeys crossing Deephole Pt. Road, both kinglets, catbird, chipping and savannah sparrows, winter wren, great egret, and Bonaparte's gull. The complete list is below.


Marc Ribaudo


Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William, Virginia, US
Nov 4, 2017 7:34 AM - 12:19 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.72 mile(s)
63 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 9
Gadwall 2
Mallard 6
American Black Duck 4
Lesser Scaup 7
Bufflehead 2
Ruddy Duck 90
Wild Turkey 4
Pied-billed Grebe 30
Double-crested Cormorant 20
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Egret 1
Black Vulture 20
Turkey Vulture 4
Sharp-shinned/Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 4
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
American Coot 500
Bonaparte's Gull 1
Ring-billed Gull 35
Herring Gull 3
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Forster's Tern 5
Mourning Dove 8
Belted Kingfisher 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 8
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 12
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 8
Fish Crow 60
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 1
Winter Wren 4
Carolina Wren 9
Golden-crowned Kinglet 6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8
Eastern Bluebird 20
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 500
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 6
European Starling 500
Cedar Waxwing 50
Palm Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 75
Chipping Sparrow 1
Field Sparrow 3
Dark-eyed Junco 15
White-throated Sparrow 50
Savannah Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 40
Swamp Sparrow 10
Eastern Towhee 5
Northern Cardinal 8
Red-winged Blackbird 150
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
Rusty Blackbird 7
Common Grackle 200
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 4

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Date: 11/4/17 12:23 pm
From: Pam and Ben via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Orange-crowned warbler at Huntley Meadows Saturday
Foraging in the small meadow to the right of the platform at the end of the
Hike/Bike Trail (near the bluebird boxes as far as you can get from the new
gravel trail to the water-control structure). Nothing else unusual-lots of
yellow-rumps and kinglets, a few juncos and field sparrow, a phoebe, and a
red-headed woodpecker visible near the boardwalk on the other side of the
wetland.



Ben Jesup

Alexandria

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Date: 11/4/17 9:36 am
From: Howard Wu via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] 3rd shrike is the lucky one (Sully Woodlands)
Hi,

(To clarify about the subject: there is only one Northern Shrike; I was
just trying to be funny)

I made my 3rd trip of the year to Sully Woodlands in Fairfax County this
morning. I spent about an hour between 10-11AM there. The Northern Shrike
obligingly appeared, very active -- perching in trees, flying about,
hunting insects, giving us (myself and several other friendly birders)
great looks in excellent diffused morning light. It was mostly in bare
trees west of, and behind (north of) the abandoned building.

See my rolling log at:
http://www.travelerathome.com/2017_shrike/2017_shrike.html (of course, it
only has 1 entry now).

Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
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Date: 11/4/17 8:56 am
From: Scott Priebe via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] [va-bird] eBird -- Sully Woodlands, Fairfax Co. -- Nov 4, 2017 - Northern Shrike, Lincoln Sparrow
Had to take my car in for inspection etc in Fairfax, so of course I had to check out the N. Shrike 1st (Thanks Stephan). As a bonus, 9 species of sparrow, including Lincoln's. Very nice start to the day!

Scott Priebe
Springfield

Sent from my iPod

Begin forwarded message:

>
> Sully Woodlands
> Nov 4, 2017
> 7:45 AM
> Traveling
> 0.50 miles
> 110 Minutes
> All birds reported? Yes
> Comments: Northern Shrike was seen off and on from 8:15 to 10:35 just West of the shed and near the shed
> Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.5.4 Build 149
>
> 9 Canada Goose
> 5 Black Vulture
> 3 Turkey Vulture
> 1 Cooper's Hawk
> 1 Red-shouldered Hawk
> 18 Mourning Dove
> 1 Downy Woodpecker
> 2 Northern Flicker
> 1 Northern Shrike -- Continuing bird. Longish bill with pronounced hook. Narrow mask w/top edged in grayish white, continues over bill. Faint barring on breast
> 7 Blue Jay
> 5 American Crow
> 2 Fish Crow
> 1 Winter Wren
> 4 Carolina Wren
> 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
> 31 American Robin
> 9 Northern Mockingbird
> 25 European Starling
> 6 Yellow-rumped Warbler
> 7 Field Sparrow
> 7 Dark-eyed Junco
> 2 White-crowned Sparrow
> 11 White-throated Sparrow
> 4 Savannah Sparrow
> 21 Song Sparrow
> 1 Lincoln's Sparrow
> 3 Swamp Sparrow
> 2 Eastern Towhee
> 3 Northern Cardinal
> 24 Red-winged Blackbird
> 15 Brown-headed Cowbird
> 16 American Goldfinch
>
> Number of Taxa: 32
>
>
> Sent from my iPod
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Date: 11/3/17 6:07 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (03 Nov 2017) 14 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 03, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 92
Bald Eagle 0 4 123
Northern Harrier 0 0 19
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 6 229
Cooper's Hawk 3 3 98
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 15
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 7665
Red-tailed Hawk 5 10 174
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 70
Merlin 0 0 12
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 15
Unknown Accipiter 1 1 5
Unknown Buteo 0 0 3
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 1 8

Total: 14 25 8531
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Mitch Mitchell

Observers: Dan DeHart, Darryl Martin, David Kirk, Mike Crowder

Visitors:
A nice couple from upstate New York stopped and chatted for a good while.
When they told us they were camping near Elon Dan recommended they go to
Woodruff's Cafe & Pie Shop. Randy brought his good friend Jewel by for a
visit and we enjoyed their company for a couple of hours.


Weather:
Mostly sunny day with very unseasonable temps reaching the mid 70s. Steady
winds from the west ranging from 3 to 10 mph. Visibility started at 4 with
some haze over the far ridges of the western valley but cleared within the
first couple of hours to a solid 5 for the rest of the day. Cloud cover
was only about 15% at the start of watch but increased steadily through the
day to about 90%.

Raptor Observations:
First bird was a Cooper's hawk in the 11:00 hour and seven of our total
count were seen in the noon hour. Although it took a while the usual TV/BV
groups made their appearance.

Non-raptor Observations:
A group of Ravens numbering as high as 15 entertained us for a while and
four cormorants came directly overhead slowly spiraling and gaining
altitude as they moved across from the western to eastern valley. Few lady
bugs, no stink bugs but we did have some yellow jackets and honey bees
hanging around most of the day and particularly when Dan pulled out a bag
of very ripe persimmons.

Predictions:
Looks like a rainy day in store for Saturday so, all of Saturday's regulars
should go up and keep Randy company on Sunday. He's beginning to contract
a severe case of Maytag repairman syndrome!
========================================================================
Report submitted by stan Mitchell (<mitchmitchell7...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 11/3/17 4:13 pm
From: Saundra Byrd via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Assateague bay from refuge entrance
Did a brief check of the marsh of Assateague bay from the bridge near the entrance to the refuge this afternoon. 20 pigeons under and on the sides of the bridge. They were quite restless . I think it may have been because of the Northern harrier who was hunting the marsh. 55 semipalmated sandpipers foraging the mudflats with a few yellowlegs. Yesterday Osprey and white egrets on the wildlife loop. Also what looked like a dead young osprey. It was headless so it was hard to tell. Fluffy light brown chest .but dark wings. So sortof owl chest with osprey wings..
Also finally found my great horned owl at trailsend campground today.
Fun day
Saundra byrd
Horntown va.
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Date: 11/3/17 3:25 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (03 Nov 2017) 50 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 03, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 3 12 2362
Bald Eagle 1 13 292
Northern Harrier 1 28 376
Sharp-shinned Hawk 28 72 2061
Cooper's Hawk 8 56 1292
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 20
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 1194
Red-tailed Hawk 2 10 136
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 3
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 2 8 3323
Merlin 3 15 1363
Peregrine Falcon 2 3 774
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 19
Unknown Raptor 0 1 19
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 50 222 13243
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Katie Garst

Weather:
Winds were calm to very light, generally from the west southwest and south
southeast. Skies were cloudless, with temperatures in the fifties to
seventies.

Raptor Observations:
It was a slow day.

Non-raptor Observations:
There was a good flight of blackbirds (mostly Red-winged Blackbirds) this
morning. Other observations included:

27 Surf Scoters
19 Eastern Meadowlarks
17 Northern Cardinals
3 Horned Larks
2 Field Sparrows
1 Pine Siskin
1 White Ibis

153 Monarchs

========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Date: 11/3/17 3:05 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (03 Nov 2017) 33 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 03, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 227
Bald Eagle 1 4 225
Northern Harrier 1 1 41
Sharp-shinned Hawk 16 32 950
Cooper's Hawk 4 7 225
Northern Goshawk 0 0 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 40
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 9 14 186
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 1
Golden Eagle 0 0 10
American Kestrel 1 1 120
Merlin 1 1 49
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 34
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 18
Unknown Buteo 0 0 13
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 0 22
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 33 64 24513
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00
Observation end time: 16:15:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers: Dave Shoch

Visitors:
Andy Fayer (coordinator of the Militia Hill Hawk Watch near Philadelphia,
PA), Jennifer Jowdy, Nelson Lewis


Weather:
A very nice day! Fairly strong WNW Winds, extremely warm (17.3-22.7C),
mostly sunny early then mostly cloudy (85% cloud cover) after 11am. Clear
visibility with some distant haze. Some rain showers visible over the
valley to the west but no precipitation at the watch.

Raptor Observations:
Slow but steady throughout the day. Many, many Red-tails (way more than
usual!) visible all day long but very few in migrating mode. A Kestrel
scooted down the east side of the gap this morning and a Merlin gave nice,
long looks as it slowly made its way southward with lots of circling at
1:15pm. Immature Harrier at 11:15 and adult Bald Eagle at 3:54. First
Raptor: 9:26 SS, Last Raptor: 4:07 RT (x2)

Non-raptor Observations:
1 Ring-billed Gull, 96 Crows, 435 Waxwings, 175 RW Blackbirds, 1 Cowbird,
14 Goldfinches, and 7 Monarch Butterflies.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (<birdmangabriel...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 11/3/17 2:57 pm
From: Brian Taber via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Jaeger Show in Chesapeake Bay
As a follow-up to Ned Brinkley's jaeger post...for those who don't know, he's conducting Year 5 of the Baywatch Waterbird Survey for Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory. We couldn't have a more experienced person doing it. Our survey window of time has been from Oct 1 to Nov 30 each year, though certainly from December into winter we know there is plenty of bird movement in the lower Chesapeake Bay.
 
The Baywatch goal is to provide data about bird usage of the Bay, to share with our colleagues who are also pursuing conservation goals. A summary report will be produced next year. There have been a number of fascinating observations.
 
Brian Taber
Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory
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Date: 11/3/17 12:36 pm
From: Kenneth Rosenthal via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Birding Arlington - Gravelly Point
Hi All,

Arlington County Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring free, family
bird walks to highlight the great spots to bird in Arlington County. This
program is for all ages and birding abilities. If you do not have a pair of
binoculars, you can borrow one of ours. I will have some available.

Please join us tomorrow for a walk at Gravelly Point from 8:00 - 9:30
a.m. Gravelly
Point is the next exit north of Ronald Reagan National Airport, and only
accessible on the northbound side of the George Washington Parkway.


Hope to see you there!

Ken Rosenthal
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Date: 11/3/17 11:56 am
From: Ned Brinkley via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Jaeger show in Chesapeake Bay
Over the past month, almost 50 Parasitic Jaegers have been noted from the
Cape Charles/Kiptopeke area over the Chesapeake Bay. Most have been
traveling southward at a rapid clip but not far from shore. On occasion,
they stop to harass gulls or terns for a fish, providing a nice aerial show
for a bit. Yesterday, 8 Parasitics passed Cape Charles, and today, 15
Parasitics, 1 juvenile Long-tailed (extremely late and thought to be rare
here), and 1 unidentified were logged between 7 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Surely,
many more were missed, as they tended to move through the area in just a
minute or so.

These numbers are quite small compared to Atlantic coastal sites this fall,
some of which have reported record-high counts of Parasitic Jaegers (in
some places, 30+ in view at once). But for little-studied Chesapeake Bay,
these numbers are unprecedented. Normally, to record a few in the fall in
hundreds of hours of patient watching is lucky here. Perhaps this was a
very good breeding year for jaegers; or perhaps the baitfish are still in
the Bay (water temps still in the high 60s F). Many terns were also on the
move southward today (mostly Royal; a few Forster's, Sandwich, 1 very late
Common).

For those going birding on the coast this weekend, a scope is ideal to
enjoy (and be able to identify) jaegers. Most field guides to North
American birds do not do the three species justice, as they show incredible
variation in plumages, but several guides to European birds do, and there
are specialty books as well. I would think that any vantage from a
shoreline could produce a jaeger sighting in the first few hours of light.
Normally, jaegers are attracted to groups of feeding gulls and terns, but
most of today's birds were flying strongly southward, mostly very close to
the surface of the water.

Ned Brinkley
Cape Charles, Va.
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Date: 11/3/17 11:36 am
From: Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Possible Clay-colored Sparrow
Crozet, VA; 11/1-3/2017. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_11_03.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_11_03.htm



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

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

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________





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Date: 11/3/17 10:51 am
From: Elisa Enders via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Little Creek, VA CBC
Hey all,


The Little Creek CBC, held in portions of Norfolk and Virginia Beach, is planned for the date of December 31, 2017. A change for this year is that no compilation is planned.


If interested in helping with this CBC, contact us by email at <elisaenders...> or <flicknanders...>


Thanks for your consideration.


Elisa Flanders
Portsmouth, VA


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Date: 11/3/17 6:08 am
From: Bulmer, Anthony via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Common Raven 11/2
Yesterday around 10 am, I witnessed a common raven playing catch with some sort of trash in Tysons Corner. Amazing, it would drop the trash from where it was perched on the building's roof, pause for a moment, then free fall to secure the catch right before it hit the ground. I have seen this behavior before but not in such an urban setting. Common ravens are my favorite bird for a reason.

Tony Bulmer
Lakefront Naturalist/Historian Senior Intepreter
703-324-8618
"A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature." ~Henry David Thoreau



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Date: 11/2/17 8:04 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (02 Nov 2017) 52 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 02, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 9 2359
Bald Eagle 2 12 291
Northern Harrier 3 27 375
Sharp-shinned Hawk 13 44 2033
Cooper's Hawk 20 48 1284
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 2 20
Broad-winged Hawk 1 1 1194
Red-tailed Hawk 4 8 134
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 3
Golden Eagle 0 1 1
American Kestrel 1 6 3321
Merlin 3 12 1360
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 772
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 19
Unknown Raptor 1 1 19
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 52 172 13193
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Katie Garst

Weather:
Winds were calm to light with a southerly component throughout the day.
Skies were mostly cloudy in the morning and mostly sunny in the afternoon.
Temperatures were in the high fifties to seventies.

Raptor Observations:
We observed some very interesting behavioral interactions today. Early this
morning, we heard frantic crow mobbing calls over by the east parking lot.
Katie went over to investigate, and we both watched a gang of American
Crows chasing a Great Horned Owl towards the campground. A few minutes
later, a Great Horned Owl (probably the same one) appeared with a Gray
Squirrel in tow. (Sorry, Harry; the scampermetric pressure must have been a
little off today.) A Cooper's Hawk began to chase and divebomb the owl as
it flew off into the woods behind the platform. Photos of this interaction
will be up on the CVWO blog:

http://coastalvirginiawildlifeobservatory.blogspot.com/

Hopefully the owl was eventually able to eat his breakfast in peace.

Non-raptor Observations:
There was a massive Yellow-rumped Warbler flight this morning, likely
including thousands of birds. Other sightings included:

2 Horned Larks
1 Brown Creeper
1 Dickcissel

202 Monarchs
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Date: 11/2/17 4:45 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (02 Nov 2017) 11 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 02, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 92
Bald Eagle 4 4 123
Northern Harrier 0 0 19
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 2 222
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 95
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 15
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 7665
Red-tailed Hawk 5 5 167
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 70
Merlin 0 0 12
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 15
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 4
Unknown Buteo 0 0 3
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 7

Total: 11 11 8512
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Joyce Holt

Observers:

Visitors:
Rehabber lady from Australia.

Observers = Joyce, Liz, Bill and Katie, Carl (with sweet treat), Rebecca


Weather:
Pleasant day. But LADYBUGS everywhere. I personally have not experienced
this in quite a few years. Stinkbugs and gnats visible but not a problem

Raptor Observations:
Raven - 14
TV
BV

Interactions between Ravens and RT. Possible migration of TV - high and
numerous per two observers - not reported

10:34 dst ABE
2:28 dst IBE
2:46 dst IBE
no time listed on 11-12 hour bird IBE

Non-raptor Observations:
No great numbers of other parkway, AT usuals. Foliage color has improved a
bit.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joyce Holt (<bluesskyjoyce...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 11/2/17 3:57 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (02 Nov 2017) 25 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 02, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 227
Bald Eagle 3 3 224
Northern Harrier 0 0 40
Sharp-shinned Hawk 13 16 929
Cooper's Hawk 2 3 219
Northern Goshawk 0 0 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 3 40
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 4 5 176
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 1
Golden Eagle 0 0 10
American Kestrel 0 0 119
Merlin 0 0 48
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 34
Unknown Accipiter 1 1 18
Unknown Buteo 0 0 13
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 0 22
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 25 31 24472
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Rose Thomas

Observers:

Visitors:
Mike and Mary Ann Gorman, Walt Childs, Ko-Jen Shih, Joe and Jan Thomas.


Weather:
Mostly cloudy early becoming mostly sunny after 10am. Slight SSE breeze.
Clear visibility. 16-19.5C.

Raptor Observations:
Three immature Bald Eagles: 1:54 1st-YR, 2:22 3rd-YR, 2:33 age unknown to
the west circling with a few vultures. First raptor 9:19 SS.

Non-raptor Observations:
This afternoon, three workmen (probably from VDOT) were observed on
Rockpile 2 where they tore down the two remaining teepees with a chain saw.
Rockpile 2 is now clean.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 11/2/17 12:22 pm
From: David Boltz via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FOS Fox Sparrow-Blandy Farm, Clarke Co.
After a less than rewarding hour and a half of birding at Cool Spring Preserve in Jefferson Co,. WV this morning, Bill Parkin and I stopped by Blandy Farm. Just east of the horse paddock at the sharp turn in the road there are several large brush piles at the edge of the woods. There we found sparrows galore, including White-throated, White-crowned, Field, Song, Juncos, and a lone Fox Sparrow. We also added Chipping Sparrows at the fenced enclosure adjacent to the paddock.

Dave Boltz

Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 11/2/17 6:56 am
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (01 Nov 2017) 6 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 01, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 227
Bald Eagle 0 0 221
Northern Harrier 0 0 40
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 3 916
Cooper's Hawk 1 1 217
Northern Goshawk 0 0 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 1 38
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 1 1 172
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 1
Golden Eagle 0 0 10
American Kestrel 0 0 119
Merlin 0 0 48
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 34
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 17
Unknown Buteo 0 0 13
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 1
Unknown Raptor 0 0 22
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 6 6 24447
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: John Rowlett

Observers:

Visitors:
Elizabeth Hunter (NC), Lisa Billow (eastern shore, VA), Vicky Caminer
(eastern shore, VA)


Weather:
Very slight SE breeze with mostly cloudy skies (90-100% cloud cover).
10-12C temps. Clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Fairly slow day, which is typical when we have a SE breeze.

Non-raptor Observations:
A bear appeared near the teepees, apparently a yearling. 128 Robin, 8 YR
Warbler, 70 Waxwing, 226 Red-winged Blackbird. 1 Monarch.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 11/1/17 4:21 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (01 Nov 2017) 120 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 01, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 7 7 2357
Bald Eagle 10 10 289
Northern Harrier 24 24 372
Sharp-shinned Hawk 31 31 2020
Cooper's Hawk 28 28 1264
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 18
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 1193
Red-tailed Hawk 4 4 130
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 3
Golden Eagle 1 1 1
American Kestrel 5 5 3320
Merlin 9 9 1357
Peregrine Falcon 1 1 772
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 6
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 19
Unknown Raptor 0 0 18
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 120 120 13141
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Katie Garst

Weather:
Light winds were southeasterly, with partly cloudy skies and temperatures
in the fifties to seventies.

Raptor Observations:
We had our first Golden Eagle of the season today, distant and on the east
side. There was also a good harrier flight, with many low and close birds.

Non-raptor Observations:
The local piebald White-tailed Deer made an appearance today. Other
observations included:

20 scoter sp.
6 Horned Larks
1 Dickcissel
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch

103 Monarchs
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Date: 11/1/17 6:16 am
From: Stephen Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] It's back .. .. Northern Shrike, Sully Woodlands 01 Nov 2017

Here's the eBird report with some very poor, but I think ID-able, photos.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40243624
-Steve

On Nov 1, 2017, at 9:04 AM, Stephen Johnson via va-bird wrote:

>
> Other than the subject line here, not sure what else there is to say.
>
> It's back .. .. Northern Shrike, Sully Woodlands, 01 Nov 2017
>
> eBird and photos will be posted shortly.
>
> Steve Johnson
> Fairfax, Virginia
>
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Date: 11/1/17 6:04 am
From: Stephen Johnson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] It's back .. .. Northern Shrike, Sully Woodlands 01 Nov 2017

Other than the subject line here, not sure what else there is to say.

It's back .. .. Northern Shrike, Sully Woodlands, 01 Nov 2017

eBird and photos will be posted shortly.

Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia

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Date: 10/31/17 3:28 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (31 Oct 2017) 89 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 31, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 13 572 2350
Bald Eagle 7 133 279
Northern Harrier 4 168 348
Sharp-shinned Hawk 27 993 1989
Cooper's Hawk 19 739 1236
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 14 18
Broad-winged Hawk 0 106 1193
Red-tailed Hawk 3 81 126
Rough-legged Hawk 0 3 3
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 5 951 3315
Merlin 7 604 1348
Peregrine Falcon 2 591 771
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 6
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 8 19
Unknown Raptor 0 15 18
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 89 4982 13021
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Katie Garst, Rudy Cashwell

Weather:
Winds were generally from the west and started out moderate, becoming light
in the afternoon. Skies were cloudless, with temperatures in the high
forties to mid sixties.

Raptor Observations:
Most activity occurred in the afternoon, and birds were often distant on
the east side.

Non-raptor Observations:
Highlights included:

28 Common Loons
19 Eastern Bluebirds
4 Horned Larks
2 Barn Swallows
2 White Ibises
2 Wilson's Snipe
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch

110 Monarchs
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Date: 10/31/17 1:57 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (31 Oct 2017) 76 Raptors (3 GE)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 31, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 11 227
Bald Eagle 4 52 221
Northern Harrier 0 16 40
Sharp-shinned Hawk 25 343 913
Cooper's Hawk 10 71 216
Northern Goshawk 0 4 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 16 37
Broad-winged Hawk 0 14 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 26 98 171
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 1
Golden Eagle 3 8 10
American Kestrel 0 14 119
Merlin 5 22 48
Peregrine Falcon 0 18 34
Unknown Accipiter 0 5 17
Unknown Buteo 0 5 13
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 5 22
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 76 704 24441
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:15:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 8.25 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers:

Visitors:
Jennifer Jowdy, Reese Taylor


Weather:
Brisk NW Winds and 7.6-9.2C temps. Very few to no clouds. Clear
visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Decent Accipiter and Red-tail numbers as well as another great Eagle and
Merlin flight today. Three Golden Eagles (unaged bird high and distant to
the east at 10:51, adult low and fairly close in to the west at 1:54, and a
juvenile on the same flight path just minutes later at 1:58). Four Bald
Eagles (11:30 adult, 12:32 1st-YR, and adult & 1st-YR together at 1:54).

Non-raptor Observations:
1 YB Sapsucker, a murder of 60 Crows, 114 Robins, 170 Waxwings, a late
Blackpoll Warbler, 690 RW Blackbirds, 225 Cowbirds, 1 Pine Siskin, 19
Goldfinches, 12 Monarch Butterflies.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (<birdmangabriel...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 10/31/17 1:57 pm
From: Louis Schiavo via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FOS Loons
Common Loons on the Piankatank River, one in Fishing Bay, another in
Milford Haven.
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Date: 10/31/17 10:52 am
From: Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Eagle, Osprey, Snipes, Winter Wren
Crozet, VA; 10/27-31/17. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_10_31.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_10_31.htm



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

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

____________________________________________________________________________
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Date: 10/30/17 5:05 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (30 Oct 2017) 37 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 30, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 11 227
Bald Eagle 5 48 217
Northern Harrier 1 16 40
Sharp-shinned Hawk 16 318 888
Cooper's Hawk 2 61 206
Northern Goshawk 0 4 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 13 34
Broad-winged Hawk 0 14 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 9 72 145
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 1
Golden Eagle 2 5 7
American Kestrel 0 14 119
Merlin 2 17 43
Peregrine Falcon 0 18 34
Unknown Accipiter 0 5 17
Unknown Buteo 0 5 13
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 5 22
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 37 628 24365
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 15:45:00
Total observation time: 7.25 hours

Official Counter: Rose Thomas

Observers:

Weather:
Brisk NW winds and chilly temps (5.6-9.8C). Mostly sunny early becoming
completely sunny with no clouds at all after 10am. Clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
A good Eagle day with five adult Bald Eagles (10:13, 10:21, 11:02, 1:23,
2:10) and 2 Golden Eagles (11:41 immature and 3:09 adult). One unaged
Harrier at 1:28 and 2 more Merlins also recorded today. First Raptor: 9:33
RT, Last Raptor: 3:31 RT.

Non-raptor Observations:
6 Monarchs

Predictions:
Slightly warmer, sunny, west winds
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (<birdmangabriel...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 10/30/17 3:16 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (30 Oct 2017) 37 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 30, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 559 2337
Bald Eagle 2 126 272
Northern Harrier 3 164 344
Sharp-shinned Hawk 9 966 1962
Cooper's Hawk 7 720 1217
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 12 16
Broad-winged Hawk 0 106 1193
Red-tailed Hawk 2 78 123
Rough-legged Hawk 0 3 3
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 6 946 3310
Merlin 5 597 1341
Peregrine Falcon 1 589 769
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 6
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 8 19
Unknown Raptor 0 15 18
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 37 4893 12932
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Katie Garst

Weather:
Strong winds were mainly from the west southwest, with windspeed decreasing
a bit in the afternoon. Skies were partly cloudy in the early morning, and
then clear. Temperatures were in the forties and fifties.

Raptor Observations:
The few birds that we saw were flying very low in the strong wind.

Non-raptor Observations:
Passerines were very quiet. We saw 20 Monarchs today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Date: 10/30/17 3:06 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (30 Oct 2017) 17 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 30, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 7 92
Bald Eagle 1 13 118
Northern Harrier 0 9 19
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 118 220
Cooper's Hawk 0 33 95
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 5 15
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 7665
Red-tailed Hawk 13 73 162
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 12 70
Merlin 1 4 12
Peregrine Falcon 0 4 15
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 4
Unknown Buteo 0 1 3
Unknown Falcon 0 1 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 7

Total: 17 288 8500
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:45:00
Total observation time: 6.75 hours

Official Counter: Matt Hosmer

Observers: Bill James, Don A., Katie James

Visitors:
Leaf peepers.


Weather:
COLD, did not have proper equipment to get an accurate reading, however
vehicle read 27F upon arrival. Stiff NWish breeze, light cloud cover,
great visibility.

Raptor Observations:
A.B.E. 3:18
2-3 non migratory Red Tails

Non-raptor Observations:
Some type of gull, 40 Canada Geese, 2 Military Jets, 2 Thru-hikers taking
the "scenic route".

Predictions:
"If you don't scale the mountain, you can't view the plain".
========================================================================
Report submitted by Matthew D Hosmer (<cumberlandmatt1...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 10/30/17 2:37 pm
From: Scott Priebe via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] eBird Report - Laurel Hill Equestrian Area, Oct 30, 2017 - Bobolink, a plagiary of Mockingbirds, and several murders of Fish Crows
Given the wind, I wasn't optimistic about birding this AM. However, I was rewarded with a late Bobolink with a mixed group of sparrows along the entrance road (~9:30). Fish Crows are on the move;four flocks of 30-50 flew by 8:00-8:30. There was a plagiary of Mockingbirds (12) on the Workhouse Loop Trail (had to look that one up).


Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA


________________________________
From: <ebird-checklist...> <ebird-checklist...>
Sent: Monday, October 30, 2017 5:29 PM
To: <falco57...>
Subject: eBird Report - Laurel Hill Equestrian Area, Oct 30, 2017

Laurel Hill Equestrian Area, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Oct 30, 2017 7:40 AM - 10:05 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
27 species (+1 other taxa)

Black Vulture 12
Turkey Vulture 8
Cooper's Hawk 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 6
Mourning Dove 12
American Crow 21
Fish Crow 155
crow sp. 30
Carolina Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 5
American Robin 95
Northern Mockingbird 15 12 of the 15 were in a group, all perched within an area ~ 10 ft across.
European Starling 26
Palm Warbler (Yellow) 2
Chipping Sparrow 2
Field Sparrow 22
White-crowned Sparrow 5
White-throated Sparrow 4
Savannah Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 17
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 4
Bobolink 1 Seen about 15 ft. away in a bramble patch along entrance road (38.701762, -77.245285) with mixed group of sparrows. About same size as a White-crowned Sparrow it perched beside. Overall amber color with streaks on back and flanks, dark cap, streak extending behind the eye, pink bill.
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
House Finch 18

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Date: 10/30/17 12:45 pm
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
A chilly, windy, and somewhat rainy morning greeted 23 birders for today's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.  We tallied 42 species with highlights being a slight growth of duck species with a female Green-winged ear and a Ruddy duck joining the usual compliment of Wood Ducks and Mallards.  Additionally, we spotted 4 Wild Turkeys in a gas line easement, and a large flock of Red-winged Blackbirds.Canada Goose  37
Wood Duck  12
Mallard  18
Green-winged Teal  1
Ruddy Duck  1
Wild Turkey   4Double-crested Cormorant  6
Great Blue Heron  5
Black Vulture  7
Turkey Vulture  4
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Buteo sp.  1
Ring-billed Gull  8
Mourning Dove  22
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  7
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  4
Eastern Phoebe  2
Blue Jay  7
American Crow  3
crow sp.  1
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  20
American Robin  8
Gray Catbird  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  8
White-throated Sparrow  11
Song Sparrow  9
Swamp Sparrow  3
sparrow sp.  6
Northern Cardinal  9
Red-winged Blackbird  100
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  4
House Sparrow  2

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

Harry Glasgow
Friends of Huntley Meadows Park

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Date: 10/30/17 7:34 am
From: Eugene Burreson via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FOS Hooded Merganser, Gloucester Co.
Today, 1 male, 1 female, Jones Creek, Gloucester Co.

Gene Burreson
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Date: 10/29/17 3:00 pm
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Merrimac Farm
Eight birders met at Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area in Nokesville for the October version of the Prince William Conservation Alliance Last-Sunday-of-the-Month birdwalk.  Among these eight were four seniors from an environmental ecology class at nearby Patriot High School.  These young eyes and ears helped locate many of our species.  We enjoyed their company.  Our highlights included a large flock of Cedar Waxwings, many Woodpecker species, and many newly arrived White-throated Sparrows.  

Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker  8
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  12
American Crow  14
Carolina Chickadee  2
Carolina Wren  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  42
Northern Mockingbird  2
Cedar Waxwing  47
Yellow-rumped Warbler  12
White-throated Sparrow  40
Song Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  7
Northern Cardinal  9
American Goldfinch  4


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

Harry GlasgowNancy Vehrs

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Date: 10/29/17 12:26 pm
From: Kristine Lansing via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 10/29/2017 (Fairfax County)


Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified 28 species and included 3 participants.  Worthy of particular note were several flocks of cedar waxwings, a few hermit thrushes, and some white-throated sparrows.  Although the rain held off and the birds were active, the overcast conditions and associated lighting at times made for challenging viewing.
The walk meets on Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m. in front of the snack bar/concession stand of the Great Falls Park visitors' center.  All birders are welcome!
Canada Goose  25
Mallard  4
American Black Duck  19
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  16
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  9
Blue Jay  15
American Crow  10
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  4
Eastern Bluebird  12
Hermit Thrush  4
American Robin  18
Cedar Waxwing  36
Yellow-rumped Warbler  24
Chipping Sparrow  10
White-throated Sparrow  10
Song Sparrow  5
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  8
Common Grackle  83
American Goldfinch  5

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Date: 10/29/17 10:42 am
From: Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rainy day in Augusta County
Hello all

This morning I did my usual pond checks around in the County . Bell's Lane came up with only a couple of ducks & 3 Pied - billed Grebe's . I then traveled out to Swoope & stopped off at Smith's pond where I found about 50 Red -winged Blackbirds & mixed in were at least 23 + Rusty Blackbirds . After leaving Smith's pond , I was traveling up Cattleman's Rd . near the intersection with Livick Rd . I noticed a murder of Crows chasing after something in the field . I stopped & got my bins up & the bird that was being chased was a Short - eared Owl . That group of Crows about 15 not only got one Owl up , I counted at least 5 more Short - eared Owls . The area I saw this taking place is best seen from Livick Rd . It is the field that has the large hill & where the Owls were circling to land again was in between the two top telephone poles . One of the best places is just after you cross the low bridge on Livick & the field is to the right . After all that I traveled out to Stuar
ts Draft to check out the small pond across from Target . Here I found a late Baird;s Sandpiper with 3 Killdeer . To round the day out I stopped by McCune's pond where I had 1 Wood Duck , 1 Gadwall , 4 Pintail , & 2 Ruddy Duck . Not a bad day of birding on a rainy day in Augusta County !

Allen Larner
Staunton
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Date: 10/29/17 5:26 am
From: Brian Taber via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Cave Swallows
A Cave Swallow passed by the Kiptopeke Hawkwatch yesterday. Another was at Craney Island, closed to public access, on the 19th. Ebird doesn't show inland and midwest reports as in many years and Cape Hatteras and Cape May reported some recently as well, so it seems likely they are of the Caribbean group.


Brian Taber
Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory
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Date: 10/28/17 5:21 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (28 Oct 2017) 78 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 28, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 7 557 2335
Bald Eagle 2 124 270
Northern Harrier 11 161 341
Sharp-shinned Hawk 29 957 1953
Cooper's Hawk 14 713 1210
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 12 16
Broad-winged Hawk 2 106 1193
Red-tailed Hawk 3 76 121
Rough-legged Hawk 0 3 3
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 940 3304
Merlin 7 592 1336
Peregrine Falcon 1 588 768
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 6
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 8 19
Unknown Raptor 0 15 18
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 78 4856 12895
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Bob Chapman, Fletcher Smith, Katie Garst, Rudy Cashwell

Weather:
Light southeasterly/southwesterly winds increased a bit in speed later in
the afternoon. Skies were partly cloudy. Temperatures were in the fifties
and sixties.

Raptor Observations:
Despite the general lack of other raptors, it was nice to have a decent
harrier flight again.

Non-raptor Observations:
One Cave Swallow passed on the bayside this morning, heading south, at 8:25
am EST among Tree Swallows. We had a new season high count of 16 Northern
Cardinals near the platform. Other observations included:

45 Killdeer
2 Great Horned Owls calling
1 Dickcissel
1 Field Sparrow

104 Monarchs
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Date: 10/28/17 4:09 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Snickers Gap (28 Oct 2017) 100 Raptors
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 28, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 5 65
Bald Eagle 8 13 72
Northern Harrier 8 13 29
Sharp-shinned Hawk 52 175 373
Cooper's Hawk 5 18 73
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 5 10
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 5669
Red-tailed Hawk 15 33 70
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 2 2 2
American Kestrel 2 5 28
Merlin 1 4 8
Peregrine Falcon 2 4 9
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 5
Unknown Buteo 0 1 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 1 6

Total: 100 283 6428
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 16:15:00
Total observation time: 6.75 hours

Official Counter: Joan Boudreau and Bob Abrams

Observers: Doug Graham, Wes Hetrick

Visitors:
Many "leaf-peepers," most looking up in the direction we're looking then
staring at us for an explanation. We're usually very kind and help them
understand our strange habits.


Weather:
Cool, light easterly-southeasterly breeze, mostly cloudy skies.

Raptor Observations:
Lovely looks at the first Golden Eagle, which came right overhead, slowly,
barely flapping.

Non-raptor Observations:
Small number of non-raptors: Blue Jays, Amer. Starlings, Amer. Crows,
Turkey Vultures (some 20 for a day count), Black Vultures (some 20), N.
Cardinal, Cedar Waxwings, Common Raven, Flickers, Cormorant, Amer. Robins.

Predictions:
Looks like a wash-out.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joan and Bob (<icepeep...>)


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Date: 10/28/17 4:08 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (28 Oct 2017) 12 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 28, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 7 92
Bald Eagle 1 12 117
Northern Harrier 0 9 19
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 116 218
Cooper's Hawk 2 33 95
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 5 15
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 7665
Red-tailed Hawk 5 60 149
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 12 70
Merlin 0 3 11
Peregrine Falcon 0 4 15
Unknown Accipiter 1 3 4
Unknown Buteo 0 1 3
Unknown Falcon 0 1 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 7

Total: 12 271 8483
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: David Brunstetter

Observers: Bill & Katie James, Bill Adams, Dale, Dillard Childress

Visitors:
Several cars stopped to take pictures of the view today. I had lots of help
from Bill and Katie, Dillard, Bill A, and Dale. Really appreciate the extra
eyes.


Weather:
Pleasant day, though we could have used more birds. Temps ranged from
48F-59F. Winds were generally SE, with occasional periods from the E. Wind
speed was 2-4. Lots of cloud cover (70-95%) made spotting the birds we did
see fairly easy. Visibility was a 5 to 4.

Raptor Observations:
First bird was a RT at 9:50a. BE was seen at 1p. All birds, but one, were
seen on the East side.

Non-raptor Observations:
Lots of Ravens today. A group of seven kept us entertained in the
afternoon.

Predictions:
Tomorrow will start out wet, but may get some watch time in the afternoon.
Much windier.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Brunstetter (<DRB57...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 10/28/17 2:37 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (28 Oct 2017) 58 Raptors - RL, GE, NG, BE
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 28, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 11 227
Bald Eagle 3 43 212
Northern Harrier 2 15 39
Sharp-shinned Hawk 30 302 872
Cooper's Hawk 5 59 204
Northern Goshawk 1 4 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 13 34
Broad-winged Hawk 0 14 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 11 63 136
Rough-legged Hawk 1 1 1
Golden Eagle 2 3 5
American Kestrel 0 14 119
Merlin 1 15 41
Peregrine Falcon 0 18 34
Unknown Accipiter 1 5 17
Unknown Buteo 0 5 13
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 5 22
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 58 591 24328
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers:

Visitors:
Betty Mooney, Matt Hosmer (Amherst Co.), Don Aldridge (Roanoke, VA), Diane
Lepkowski, Greg Moyer, Frand Clayton (Kentucky), Jennifer Jowdy, MJ
McMillan (MD).


Weather:
Nice fall day with 10.3-18.2C temps. Moderate S winds all day. Starting at
60% cloud cover increasing to 90% after 1pm. Very dark, grey clouds moving
in from the south filling the sky by 3pm. Clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Lots of highlights today! The biggest was a beautiful, light-phase
Rough-legged Hawk that gave everyone terrific views out to our west as it
circled a few times low over the 'plateau' and 'turtle' as it finally moved
south at 12:01pm. Although this bird was quite distant, Diane got a couple
of photos to document the identification. Another highlight was an
immature Northern Goshawk with a full crop that flew over at 2:05pm.
Finally, two immature Golden Eagles passed through at 11:09am and 1:23pm.
Three adult Bald Eagles (9:23, 1:42, 2:17).

Non-raptor Observations:
20 Monarchs. 95 American Robins.

Predictions:
Rain moving in tonight and throughout tomorrow morning.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 10/28/17 2:21 pm
From: Scott Priebe via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] [va-bird] eBird Report - Occoquan Bay NWR, Oct 28, 2017
Not particularly birdy today at OBNWR except for Robins, Starlings (125 in a single flock), Yellow-rumped Warblers and blackbirds. I suspect the wind kept the sparrows in deep cover. Many sparrows were seen in glimpses crossing gaps in the vegetation.

Highlights were Rusty Blackbirds, Great Egret and a very tolerant Great Blue Heron. The heron was along side Deephole Point Rd. where water came close to the road on the refuge side. As I passed by the heron, at maybe 12 ft away, I was very surprised that he did not croak and bolt. See picture attached to the checklist. The Great Egret is only the 2nd I've seen at OBNWR.


Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA


________________________________
From: <ebird-checklist...> <ebird-checklist...>
Sent: Saturday, October 28, 2017 5:14 PM
To: <falco57...>
Subject: eBird Report - Occoquan Bay NWR, Oct 28, 2017

Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William, Virginia, US
Oct 28, 2017 7:00 AM - 11:05 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.4 mile(s)
41 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 34
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 3
Great Egret 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Bald Eagle 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Laughing Gull 2
Ring-billed Gull 3
gull sp. 25
Mourning Dove 8
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 5
Eastern Phoebe 4
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 2
crow sp. 12
Tufted Titmouse 2
Carolina Wren 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Eastern Bluebird 7
American Robin 51
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 4
European Starling 160
Cedar Waxwing 2
Palm Warbler (Yellow) 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 55
Field Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 7
Savannah Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 16
Swamp Sparrow 11
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 85
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
Rusty Blackbird 5
Common Grackle 27
House Finch 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40169617

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/VA)
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Date: 10/28/17 12:56 pm
From: Nancy Young via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] FOS/first Junco
FOS Junco (male) arrived just now and only a half hour after I sent this message lamenting how late they are this season.

Nancy Young
Botetourt County

-----Original Message-----
From: Nancy Young via va-bird
Sent: Saturday, October 28, 2017 3:13 PM
To: nnva4x4 ; <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] FOS

My White-throated sparrows showed up on October 21 - one week later than last year. But where are the Juncos? In 2016 I had my first one on October 16. So they are nearly two weeks late. I'm guessing the warm weather has something to do with it.

Nancy Young
Botetourt County

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From: nnva4x4 via va-bird
Sent: Saturday, October 28, 2017 2:53 PM
To: <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FOS

Hey yall. A white throated sparrow showed up in my yard for the first time this season. Not sure if others have been showing up but first in my yard. Winter is around the corner and they are coming. Good Birding Stuart Sweetman Newport News VA
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Date: 10/28/17 12:25 pm
From: Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Vesper sparrow, Bristoe Battlefield
I visited Bristoe Battlefield on Nokesville, Prince William County this morning.  Pretty birdy with lots of sparrows about.  The highlight was a vesper sparrow in the closely mown field.  Also saw savannah, white-crowned, field, swamp, song, white-throated and towhee.  Another goody was a pine siskin in the woods near the parking lot. 

Marc Ribaudo

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Date: 10/28/17 12:14 pm
From: Nancy Young via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] FOS
My White-throated sparrows showed up on October 21 - one week later than last year. But where are the Juncos? In 2016 I had my first one on October 16. So they are nearly two weeks late. I'm guessing the warm weather has something to do with it.

Nancy Young
Botetourt County

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Sent: Saturday, October 28, 2017 2:53 PM
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Subject: [Va-bird] FOS

Hey yall. A white throated sparrow showed up in my yard for the first time this season. Not sure if others have been showing up but first in my yard. Winter is around the corner and they are coming. Good Birding Stuart Sweetman Newport News VA
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Date: 10/28/17 11:52 am
From: nnva4x4 via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FOS


Hey yall.  A white throated sparrow showed up in my yard for the first time this season. Not sure if others have been showing up but first in my yard.  Winter is around the corner and they are coming.      Good Birding       Stuart Sweetman         Newport News VA 


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Date: 10/27/17 7:31 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (27 Oct 2017) 76 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 27, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 3 550 2328
Bald Eagle 1 122 268
Northern Harrier 16 150 330
Sharp-shinned Hawk 29 928 1924
Cooper's Hawk 16 699 1196
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 12 16
Broad-winged Hawk 1 104 1191
Red-tailed Hawk 2 73 118
Rough-legged Hawk 0 3 3
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 3 938 3302
Merlin 3 585 1329
Peregrine Falcon 1 587 767
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 6
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 8 19
Unknown Raptor 0 15 18
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 76 4778 12817
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Bob Chapman, Joe Beatty, Katie Garst

Weather:
Light winds were mainly from the southwest in the morning and southeast in
the afternoon. Skies were completely cloudless, with temperatures in the
high forties to mid sixties.

Raptor Observations:
Slow, but with good diversity and beautiful looks at harriers.

Non-raptor Observations:
There was a large movement of Tree Swallows early this morning. At 1:00 pm
EST, ~12 American White Pelicans flew north (number is approximate because
they were spotted just as they were going behind the trees on the bayside).
This afternoon, a leucistic White-throated Sparrow with a piebald head was
hanging out below the cherries near the butterfly garden. Other
observations included:

27 Blue Jays
1 Dickcissel
1 Pine Siskin

109 Monarchs
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Date: 10/27/17 5:24 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (27 Oct 2017) 17 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 27, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 7 92
Bald Eagle 0 11 116
Northern Harrier 2 9 19
Sharp-shinned Hawk 7 113 215
Cooper's Hawk 5 31 93
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 5 15
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 7665
Red-tailed Hawk 2 55 144
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 12 70
Merlin 0 3 11
Peregrine Falcon 0 4 15
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 3
Unknown Buteo 0 1 3
Unknown Falcon 0 1 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 7

Total: 17 259 8471
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Mitch Mitchell

Observers: Dan DeHart, Darryl Martin, Don A., Mike Crowder

Visitors:
A couple from Glenwood Springs, CO stopped in and chatted with us for a
good while. The gentleman was a retired wildlife biologist and he an his
wife had been on the road touring the northeast and headed to visit
relatives in NC. Another young man from Florida stopped in and inquired
about our activity and we supplied him with as much information as a misfit
is capable of (which means he may have actually left knowing less than when
he arrived).


Weather:
Beautiful day on the mountain with the temperature at the beginning of
watch at a surprising 48 F and climbing steadily through the day to a high
of 69. Cloudless skies the entire day made spotting birds difficult.
Winds were from the southeast throughout the day and light at 1-2 mph for
the first few hours then increasing to 5-6 mph after that. Visibility was
a solid 5 from start to finish.

Raptor Observations:
First bird was a sharp shinned in the 10:00 hour and the majority of the
birds spotted were accipiters. As usual the first signs of bird activity
were TVs and ravens and at one point we spotted a group of 8 ravens over
the knob.

Non-raptor Observations:
Tons of traffic from would be leaf peepers on the Parkway with many
stopping in the overlook and some inquiries as to our activities. The
Friday watch has now been dubbed Mitchell's Misfits (not my idea and I'm
not sure what prompted that). A few monarchs, blue jays and swifts seen
throughout the day.

Predictions:
Forecast calling for a chance of rain later in the afternoon. Hopefully
after the watch is complete.
========================================================================
Report submitted by stan Mitchell (<mitchmitchell7...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 10/27/17 4:32 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (27 Oct 2017) 47 Raptors (NG, 7 NH)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 27, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 11 227
Bald Eagle 3 40 209
Northern Harrier 7 13 37
Sharp-shinned Hawk 11 272 842
Cooper's Hawk 6 54 199
Northern Goshawk 1 3 4
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 12 33
Broad-winged Hawk 0 14 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 8 52 125
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 3
American Kestrel 1 14 119
Merlin 4 14 40
Peregrine Falcon 1 18 34
Unknown Accipiter 0 4 16
Unknown Buteo 1 5 13
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 1 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 5 22
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 47 533 24270
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Gabriel Mapel

Observers:

Visitors:
Jennifer Jowdy, Mary & Daniel Mapel, Gillian Preston, Kathy Gilman
(Seattle, WA).


Weather:
A very pleasant day with mild SE breezes, 9.0-12.7C temp, and very clear
visibility. An entirely all blue sky for the whole day (so tough!).

Raptor Observations:
A good day with 10 raptor species and some great views of uncommon birds.
Most raptors were flying fairly low today. An awesome Northern Harrier day
with seven including four adult males. An immature Northern Goshawk flew
close and low down the east side of the gap at 8:52am. 3 Bald Eagles
(adults at 10:10 and 10:18 and one 3rd-YR at 4:14). A distant Eagle out to
the west at 2:52 was on edge and disappeared southward without presenting
any field marks so remained unidentified. We were able to squeeze out a
3-Falcon day with great views of all three species and a good count of 4
Merlins. The immature Peregrine (1:52pm) flew straight through the gap
below eye level! First Raptor: 8:48 NH, Last Raptor: 4:14 BE.

Non-raptor Observations:
Some interesting non-raptors today highlighted by a flock of 30 Rusty
Blackbirds flying through the gap this morning, and a Grasshopper Sparrow
down by the old ice skating rink. Other birds counted migrating over
included: 6 Wood Ducks, 13 DC Cormorants, 1 YB Sapsucker, 3 Flickers, 2 GC
Kinglets, 139 Waxwings, 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 1 Field Sparrow, 100 RW
Blackbirds, 25 Cowbirds, and 17 Goldfinches. 29 Monarch Butterflies.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (<birdmangabriel...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 10/27/17 3:40 pm
From: Cheryl Walsh via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] VA Arboretum, Blandy, Horned Larks
We came across a flock of about 75 Horned Larks in the experimental farm
fields today. Overall Park was birdy with many Yellow-rumps, Bluebirds, a
Blue-headed Vireo, Golden Crowned Kinglet, a small immature Sharp Shinned
Hawk, male Kestrel, 3 Red- Tailed Hawks, Swamp, White-throated, Song, and
Field Sparrows. Did not see Lincoln Sparrow.

Bill Walsh
Aldie, VA
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Date: 10/26/17 9:52 pm
From: Linda via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] (no subject)
hi Va



http://bit.ly/2izOGxA





Linda
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Date: 10/26/17 4:39 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (26 Oct 2017) 10 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 26, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 11 227
Bald Eagle 1 37 206
Northern Harrier 0 6 30
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 261 831
Cooper's Hawk 2 48 193
Northern Goshawk 0 2 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 9 30
Broad-winged Hawk 0 14 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 4 44 117
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 3
American Kestrel 0 13 118
Merlin 0 10 36
Peregrine Falcon 0 17 33
Unknown Accipiter 0 4 16
Unknown Buteo 0 4 12
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 5 22
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 10 486 24223
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:15:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 5.75 hours

Official Counter: Rose Thomas

Observers:

Visitors:
Joe and Jan Thomas.


Weather:
Moderate WNW winds and cool (8.7-10.1C). Partly cloudy with all clouds
disappearing by 2pm.

Raptor Observations:
Adult BE at 9:45. Had one redtail and a raven playing a friendly game of
tag. First raptor: 9:45 BE. Last raptor: 1:40 SS.

Non-raptor Observations:
16 Monarchs.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 10/26/17 3:43 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (26 Oct 2017) 33 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 26, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 547 2325
Bald Eagle 6 121 267
Northern Harrier 8 134 314
Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 899 1895
Cooper's Hawk 5 683 1180
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 11 15
Broad-winged Hawk 0 103 1190
Red-tailed Hawk 1 71 116
Rough-legged Hawk 0 3 3
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 3 935 3299
Merlin 4 582 1326
Peregrine Falcon 0 586 766
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 6
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 8 19
Unknown Raptor 0 15 18
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 33 4702 12741
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Bob Anderson, Brian Taber, Steve Thornhill, Thuy Tran

Weather:
Moderate to strong and gusty winds were generally from the west northwest
and west southwest. Skies were mostly cloudy in the morning, becoming
partly cloudy. Temperatures were in the fifties.

Raptor Observations:
Slow, although we had some nice looks at harriers and Bald Eagles. Bob
Anderson and Thuy Tran saw an immature Golden Eagle in the Jones Cove Rd.
area this afternoon.

Non-raptor Observations:
Observations included:

2 Pine Siskins
1 American Pipit
1 Dickcissel
1 Field Sparrow
1 Nashville Warbler
1 Northern Pintail

only 30 Monarchs
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Date: 10/26/17 2:48 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (26 Oct 2017) 13 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 26, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 6 91
Bald Eagle 0 11 116
Northern Harrier 0 7 17
Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 106 208
Cooper's Hawk 0 26 88
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 5 15
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 7665
Red-tailed Hawk 4 53 142
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 12 70
Merlin 0 3 11
Peregrine Falcon 0 4 15
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 3
Unknown Buteo 0 1 3
Unknown Falcon 1 1 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 3 7

Total: 13 242 8454
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Joyce Holt

Observers: Bill James, Katie James, Liz Williams

Visitors:
Quite a few. Nice couple from Tampa stayed a while. Good to have Rebecca
back.


Weather:
Cold winds early gave way to less cold less windy winds later. Winds 3 to
4 from WSW became variable as humidity decreased from 41 to 10% with
excellent visibility all day. Temp ranged from 7 to 11C with cloud cover
going from 15 to 0%.

Raptor Observations:
Birds high in the blue for the most part - even the ABE at 10:58 was hard
to find and track.

Non-raptor Observations:
A little more color, a lot more people. A great bug.

Predictions:
Spin the wheel.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bill James (<bijam...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 10/26/17 11:15 am
From: Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Raptor Wars!
In Augusta and Rockbridge Counties, VA; 10/25/17. 40+ avian species
including Bald Eagles (4), Northern Harriers (4), Red-tailed Hawks (3),
American Kestrels (3), and some aerial battles. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_10_25.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_10_25.htm



___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

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

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________





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Date: 10/26/17 7:37 am
From: Deapesh Misra via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FOS yard birds this morning - Fairfax county
Good morning,
It must have been great nocturnal migration last night since my yard is hopping with a lot of FOS yard birds.
Here in a Fairfax county backyard I see the following FOS yard birds:
- Dark Eyed Junco- Ruby Crowned Kinglet- White throated sparrow
Hopefully I will have time to go visit my local birding patch today to see what I can see.
Cheers,Deapesh.
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Date: 10/25/17 5:48 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (25 Oct 2017) 15 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 25, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 6 91
Bald Eagle 1 11 116
Northern Harrier 1 7 17
Sharp-shinned Hawk 7 100 202
Cooper's Hawk 1 26 88
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 4 14
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 7665
Red-tailed Hawk 3 49 138
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 12 70
Merlin 0 3 11
Peregrine Falcon 0 4 15
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 3
Unknown Buteo 0 1 3
Unknown Falcon 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 6

Total: 15 229 8441
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter: Bill James

Observers:

Weather:
1 and 2 wind from the West and WSW in a brisk day 46 to 56F becoming
increasingly cloud (5-15-90%) with 4 clarity.

Raptor Observations:
One adult Bald Eagle at 10:58 very high north of the knob - in view about 8
minutes. Birds were in close at eye level and above on the west side
except for the AK over the east top.

Non-raptor Observations:
Many folks looking for color, but not too crowded. A nice lady from the
Netherlands who did not want to exchange leaders.

Predictions:
Colder wind from the NW.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bill James (<bijam...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 10/25/17 4:50 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (25 Oct 2017) 76 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 25, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 6 546 2324
Bald Eagle 4 115 261
Northern Harrier 3 126 306
Sharp-shinned Hawk 16 894 1890
Cooper's Hawk 25 678 1175
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 11 15
Broad-winged Hawk 0 103 1190
Red-tailed Hawk 2 70 115
Rough-legged Hawk 0 3 3
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 16 932 3296
Merlin 3 578 1322
Peregrine Falcon 0 586 766
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 6
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 8 19
Unknown Raptor 0 15 18
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 76 4669 12708
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel, Bob Anderson

Observers: Bob Anderson, Katie Garst, Thuy Tran

Weather:
Light winds were variable, with a northerly component throughout the day.
Skies were partly cloudy, with temperatures in the high fifties to low
sixties.

Raptor Observations:
Slowww.

Non-raptor Observations:
Observations included:

~45 scoter sp. (probably Black Scoters)
1 Dickcissel
1 Greater Yellowlegs
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
1 Red-headed Woodpecker
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Date: 10/25/17 4:27 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (25 Oct 2017) 30 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 25, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 11 227
Bald Eagle 0 36 205
Northern Harrier 0 6 30
Sharp-shinned Hawk 17 258 828
Cooper's Hawk 1 46 191
Northern Goshawk 0 2 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 9 30
Broad-winged Hawk 0 14 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 3 40 113
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 3
American Kestrel 3 13 118
Merlin 0 10 36
Peregrine Falcon 3 17 33
Unknown Accipiter 1 4 16
Unknown Buteo 0 4 12
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 5 22
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 30 476 24213
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Rose Thomas

Observers:

Weather:
Chilly with 14.2-11.2C temps. Moderate W winds through 11am then decreasing
to light W wind. Partly cloudy.

Raptor Observations:
Three unaged Peregrine Falcons 10:41, 11:56, 1:20.

Non-raptor Observations:
27 Monarchs.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 10/25/17 6:33 am
From: Joe Coleman via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FW: DC Area, 10/24/2017
FYI Joe Coleman

-----Original Message-----
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 10/24/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Helen Patton
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, October 17 and was
completed on Tuesday, October 24 at 3:40 p.m.

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

The top bird this week were BROWN BOOBY* in MD and WESTERN TANAGER in VA.

Other birds of interest this week included waterfowl, COMMON GALLINULE,,
shorebirds, PARASITIC JAEGER, COMMON TERN, BROWN PELICAN, TRICOLORED HERON,
WHITE IBIS, hawks, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, PHILADELPHIA
VIREO, SEDGE WREN, kinglets, PINE SISKIN, sparrows, warblers, PAINTED
BUNTING, DICKCISSEL and BOBOLINK.


TOP BIRDS

A BROWN BOOBY* returned to the Baltimore Harbor, MD on October 15 and was
seen this week on October 17, 18 and 20. It appears that a good way to see,
and sometimes photograph it, is to take the Water Taxi from Locust Point.

A WESTERN TANAGER was at the Camp Pendleton State Military Reserve
(restricted access) Virginia Beach, VA on October 21.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

Three TRUMPETER SWANS were at Tenthouse Court, Anne Arundel Co, MD on
October 22. Two SNOW GEESE were at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA on
October 21. A CANVASBACK was at Greenbury Point, Anne Arundel Co, MD on
October 17. Two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were at the Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince
William Co, VA on October 18.

Up to 5 COMMON GALLINULES were at the West Ocean City Pond, Worcester Co, MD
on October 18, 21, 22 and 23.

Eleven to eighteen BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were at the Swan Creek dredge
containment facility, Anne Arundel Co, MD on October 18. Three more
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were at Eastern Neck NWR, Kent Co, MD on October 22.

Shorebird highlights included: two RED KNOTS at Back Bay NWR, Virginia
Beach, CA on October 21 and a WILSON'S PHALAROPE was at Bombay Hook NWR,
Kent Co, DE on October 21.

One to three PARASITIC JAEGERS at the Cape Charles Coastal Habitat NAP,
Northampton Co, VA on October 17, 20, 21 and 23. Another PARASITIC JAEGER
was at the Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA on October 23.

A COMMON TERN was in Ocean City, Worcester Co, MD on October 20.

Three BROWN PELICANS were on Bodkin Island, Queen Anne's Co, MD on October
20,

A TRICOLORED HERON was at Grandview NP, Hampton Co, VA on October 21.

WHITE IBIS were noted in large flocks during the week. A maximum of 103
WHITE IBIS were at Assateague Island NS, Bayside, Worcester Co, MD on
October 21 and 22. One WHITE IBIS was at Point Lookout SP, Saint Mary's Co,
MD on October 20 and seven WHITE IBIS were a Truitts Landing, Worcester Co,
MD on October 22. Another six WHITE IBIS were at Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex
Co, DE on October 23.

Two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were reported from the Kiptopeke Hawk watch,
Northampton Co, VA on October 21. A GOLDEN EAGLE was reported from the Cape
Henlopen Hawkwatch on October 18. Another GOLDEN EAGLE was seen from Chino
Farms, Queen Anne's Co, MD on October 22.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was at the Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA on
October17 and 18.

The two remaining LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES were seen at the Smith Farm in
Lunenburg Co, VA on October 18 and 20. Another LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen
October 23 at Innisfree Village, Albemarle Co, VA on October 23.

A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen October 18 at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach,
VA.

A SEDGE WREN was seen at Cornfield Harbor, Saint Mary's Co, MD on October18.

GOLDEN-CROWNED and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS were reported from many venues
during the week.

A PINE SISKIN turned up at a feeder in Virginia Beach, VA on October 17.

Sparrow migration continued to grow in the area with many reports from
numerous locations. CHIPPING SPARROWS turned up in many places. A
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was in Rickman/Woodstock Equestrian Park, Montgomery
Co, MD on October 21.Two CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were at the Back Bay NWR,
Virginia Beach, VA on October 18 and 21. Another CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was at
the Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on October 21. A VESPER SPARROW was at
the Beltsville Agriculture Research Center (BARC), Prince Georges Co, MD on
October 19 and 20. Another VESPER SPARROW was on St. Louis Ave, Ocean City,
Worcester Co, MD on October 21 and yet another VESPER SPARROW was at
Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, on October 22. A LARK SPARROW was on St.
Louis Avenue, Ocean City, Worcester Co, MD on October 20. GRASSHOPPER
SPARROWS were found in many places including two at the Rickman/Woodstock
Equestrian Park, Montgomery Co, MD on October 19. A NELSON'S SPARROW was on
Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on October 18. A NELSON'S SPARROW was on Ragged
Island WMA, Isle of Wight Co, VA on October 23. FOX and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS
were also found in profusion during the week.

Several warbler species were seen this past week including A TENNESSEE
WARBLER at Snug Harbor Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD on October 20;
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS at Milltown Landing, Prince George's Co, MD on
October18 and the Davidson Farm Lane area, Queen Anne's Co, MD on October 20
and a CONNECTICUT WARBLER at Sand Road Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD on October
21.

A PAINTED BUNTING was at Berlin Falls Park, Worcester Co, MD on October 17.
DICKCISSELS were seen in several places, including: two at Perryman Park,
Harford Co, MD on October 17; one at the Howard Conservancy, Howard Co, MD
on October 20 and one at Meadowbrook Park, also Howard Co, MD on October 21.

BOBOLINKS were also reported from many areas during the week.

***

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable state records committee

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Date: 10/24/17 7:52 pm
From: Howard Wu via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Park this afternoon (10/24)
I made a brief stop at Huntley Meadows Park this afternoon. The light was
wonderful and it was pretty birdy, especially at the swampy area toward the
end of the boardwalk (farthest away from the visitor center). There was a
nice mixture of "coming" and "going" birds -- I saw my FOS Brown Creeper. A
late Blue-headed Vireo popped up fleetingly (I saw it for about 0.5
seconds). Lots of Eastern Bluebirds and Yellow-rumped Warblers, plus
Eastern Phoebes and a Gray Catbird, etc. A Great Egret was foraging in the
shallow water.

What's most interesting is a small group (family?) of Red-headed
Woodpeckers that were busily foraging and burying acorns into the cracks in
tree trunks. The light was perfect and the birds look magnificent!

You may visit my blog (which now I rarely write) for more information and
pictures:
https://travelerathome.wordpress.com/2017/10/24/going-nuts-or-acorns/

Cheers,
Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
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Date: 10/24/17 5:54 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (24 Oct 2017) 5 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 6 91
Bald Eagle 1 10 115
Northern Harrier 0 6 16
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 93 195
Cooper's Hawk 2 25 87
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 13
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 7665
Red-tailed Hawk 0 46 135
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 11 69
Merlin 0 3 11
Peregrine Falcon 0 4 15
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 3
Unknown Buteo 0 1 3
Unknown Falcon 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 6

Total: 5 214 8426
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 11:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter: Don Aldridge

Observers:

Weather:
The Blue Ridge Parkway was closed today-
Probably to clean up from the storms of yesterday.....
But reopened just before noon and Don was there!!
Winds were 1 to 2 from the WSW, temperature 59 to 61, humidity steady at
70%, increasing clouds from 10 to 90%, visibility 5.

Raptor Observations:
ABE about 12:30. Paid for the effort.....

Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
Winds a little more westerly, maybe even WNW (please).
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bill James (<bijam...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 10/24/17 4:20 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (24 Oct 2017) 17 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 10 226
Bald Eagle 0 35 204
Northern Harrier 0 6 30
Sharp-shinned Hawk 7 241 811
Cooper's Hawk 1 45 190
Northern Goshawk 0 2 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 9 30
Broad-winged Hawk 0 14 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 6 37 110
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 3
American Kestrel 0 10 115
Merlin 0 10 36
Peregrine Falcon 1 14 30
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 15
Unknown Buteo 1 4 12
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 4 21
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 17 445 24182
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter: John Rowlett

Observers:

Visitors:
Jennifer Jowdy


Weather:
Mostly sunny day with 14-19C temps. Light SW winds and clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Mid-day was dominated by large groups of Turkey Vultures migrating high and
directly down the Blue Ridge. An adult Peregrine circled fairly low over
the site, gradually moving S at 10:40am. The adult Bald Eagle moved S
between the Shenandoah Valley and the ridge at 11:20am.

Non-raptor Observations:
9 Monarchs. 2 Raven. 1 Pileated Woodpecker.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 10/24/17 3:17 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (24 Oct 2017) 21 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 3 540 2318
Bald Eagle 0 111 257
Northern Harrier 1 123 303
Sharp-shinned Hawk 11 878 1874
Cooper's Hawk 3 653 1150
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 10 14
Broad-winged Hawk 0 103 1190
Red-tailed Hawk 0 68 113
Rough-legged Hawk 0 3 3
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 916 3280
Merlin 3 575 1319
Peregrine Falcon 0 586 766
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 6
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 8 19
Unknown Raptor 0 15 18
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 21 4593 12632
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Joe Beatty, Katie Garst

Weather:
Moderate to light winds were from the southwest, with mostly cloudy skies
and brief sprinkles in the morning. Temperatures were in the mid sixties to
mid seventies.

Raptor Observations:
Very slow.

Non-raptor Observations:
Four American Golden-Plovers passed the platform on the east side this
afternoon, going south. I did not obtain photos, but had a good view of
them and followed them in flight through the scope.

>128 Monarchs
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Date: 10/24/17 2:41 pm
From: David Young via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Lake Fairfax- Osprey, Merlin, Blue Budgerigar
I only went over to Lake Fairfax just get our dog outside
for awhile. When I first pulled in I noticed a raptor perched
in the high snags on the opposite visible hillside to the
right just inside the gate. So I pulled into the parking lot which
borders the Hunt Club, first immediate right ( gravel road).
The raptor was a Merlin, on the highest snag. While watching
that an Osprey flew directly overhead and veered toward the
larger parts of the lake.
In the same parking area I heard and then found a pale Blue
Budgerigar. Call didn't fool me like last Wed., when I saw the

the same bird (did not report). Budgie seems quite content with
it's new found freedom, at least for the moment. Both times it
was in the company of a loose flock of Chickadees, Titmice, Kinglets
and Myrtle Warblers.It is very vocal and moves on along with the
crowd.



David Young
<lcdyoung93...>


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Date: 10/24/17 9:54 am
From: Marshall Faintich via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Merlin
Near the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport; 10/23/17. Report and photos:



<http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_10_23.htm>
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_10_23.htm



___________________________

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Crozet, VA

<marshall...>

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

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Date: 10/23/17 2:38 pm
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
The Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk adopted its winter start time of 8AM on this date.  Of course, there were several of our regulars who got an extra hour of birding because they forgot the adjusted hour.  They, and the rest of the group of 25 birders, tallied 45 species.  Our first Brown Creeper of the season was spotted, as was a late Eastern Kingbird. Perhaps our most spectacular sighting was a throng of about 1,000 Common Grackles formed into an early winter foraging flock scavenging noisely in the woods.  Readers are reminded that today, October 23, is "Half Earth Day", named jointly for the half way point between April 22 Earth Days, and for the E.O. Wilson bio-diversity program to set aside one half of the Earth in conservation easements to preserve the globe's biodiversity.  Get more information from https://eowilsonfoundation.org/
Canada Goose  30
Wood Duck  10
Mallard  10
Great Blue Heron  6
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  30
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  9
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  5
Pileated Woodpecker  5
Eastern Phoebe  3
Eastern Kingbird  1
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  20
crow sp.  2
swallow sp.  1
Carolina Chickadee  11
Tufted Titmouse  11
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Brown Creeper  1
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  8
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
Eastern Bluebird  6
American Robin  22
Gray Catbird  2
Brown Thrasher  1
European Starling  7
Yellow-rumped Warbler  5
White-throated Sparrow  30
Song Sparrow  3
Swamp Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  2
Northern Cardinal  7
Red-winged Blackbird  100
Common Grackle  1000
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  55
House Sparrow  2


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

Harry Glasgow
Friends of Huntley Meadows Park



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Date: 10/23/17 2:31 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (23 Oct 2017) 35 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 23, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 537 2315
Bald Eagle 0 111 257
Northern Harrier 3 122 302
Sharp-shinned Hawk 12 867 1863
Cooper's Hawk 9 650 1147
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 10 14
Broad-winged Hawk 0 103 1190
Red-tailed Hawk 1 68 113
Rough-legged Hawk 0 3 3
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 5 916 3280
Merlin 0 572 1316
Peregrine Falcon 4 586 766
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 6
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 8 19
Unknown Raptor 0 15 18
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 35 4572 12611
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Joe Beatty, Katie Garst

Weather:
Winds were light in the morning and moderate in the afternoon, from the
southeast and east southeast. Temperatures were in the high fifties to high
seventies.

Raptor Observations:
Slower than molasses going uphill in January, as Harry says. Most birds
were hunting back and forth for songbirds and dragonflies.

Non-raptor Observations:
29 Blue Jays
19 Eastern Meadowlarks
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird

hundreds of Monarchs, but fewer than the past few days
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Date: 10/23/17 7:51 am
From: mbrubin via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Red-breasted Nuthatch in Chincoteague
A lone Red-breasted Nuthatch showed up this morning at my back deck feeders in Chincoteague.  This is the 5th year there has been at least one here at least thru Dec and some years until April.
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Date: 10/23/17 3:31 am
From: Barbara Houston via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Hog Island WMA
I spent the morning yesterday at Hog Island. It was a gorgeous morning
to be out and lots of bird activity. I am not sure which there were
more of...yellow rumps or mosquitoes. The mosquitoes were viscous and I
didn't bring any bug spray....so I didn't do many trails. I had 24
species, mostly the normal stuff....no waterfowl other than Canada
Geese. I had ten eagles on the day, two of them adults, the juvies
quite active and flying around. I did walk the trail down at the end
near the water. Lots of sparrows, mostly swamp, amid the many yellow
rumps. If you go, don't forget the bug spray....

If you are on FaceBook, I loaded a few pics there:
https://www.facebook.com/bhouston/posts/10212118076401518


Barbara


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Date: 10/22/17 6:10 pm
From: David via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 10/22/2017 (Fairfax County)
Only one American Crow... no wonder you didn't cry "murder."

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 22, 2017, at 8:21 PM, Kristine Lansing via va-bird <va-bird...> wrote:
>
>
> Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified approximately 33 species and included 12 participants. Worthy of particular note were a plethora of cedar waxwings, yellow rumps, and kinglets -- the latter visible in small groupings across the park. Additionally noteworthy were the gaggles and skeins of geese (both on the water and in the air, respectively), along with a general gatling or descent of woodpeckers and an accompanying guttering of flickers.
> The walk meets on Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m. in front of the snack bar/concession stand of the Great Falls Park visitors' center. All birders are welcome!
> Canada Goose 120
> Mallard 9
> Double-crested Cormorant 6
> Great Blue Heron 1
> Black Vulture 10
> Turkey Vulture 10
> Red-shouldered Hawk 4 One identification was auditory, but the remaining three were visual. Of the three that had "eyes on," one was a juvenile.
> Belted Kingfisher 1 Auditory
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 8
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 4
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 8
> Pileated Woodpecker 4
> Eastern Phoebe 1
> Blue Jay 8
> American Crow 1
> crow sp. 15
> Carolina Chickadee 5
> Tufted Titmouse 9
> White-breasted Nuthatch 5
> Carolina Wren 6
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 14 The 14 kinglets were not spotted together; rather, this number represents a total from several sightings along the walk.
> Eastern Bluebird 1
> Hermit Thrush 1
> American Robin 5
> Gray Catbird 1
> Cedar Waxwing 20
> Palm Warbler 1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 15
> White-throated Sparrow 2
> Song Sparrow 1
> Northern Cardinal 5
> Common Grackle 10
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40071850
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
>
>
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Date: 10/22/17 5:23 pm
From: Kristine Lansing via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 10/22/2017 (Fairfax County)

Following is the count from Sunday's weekly bird walk at Great Falls National Park, which identified approximately 33 species and included 12 participants.   Worthy of particular note were a plethora of cedar waxwings, yellow rumps, and kinglets -- the latter visible in small groupings across the park.  Additionally noteworthy were the gaggles and skeins of geese (both on the water and in the air, respectively), along with a general gatling or descent of woodpeckers and an accompanying guttering of flickers.
The walk meets on Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m. in front of the snack bar/concession stand of the Great Falls Park visitors' center.  All birders are welcome!
Canada Goose  120
Mallard  9
Double-crested Cormorant  6
Great Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture  10
Turkey Vulture  10
Red-shouldered Hawk  4    One identification was auditory, but the remaining three were visual.  Of the three that had "eyes on," one was a juvenile.
Belted Kingfisher  1    Auditory
Red-bellied Woodpecker  8
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  4
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  8
Pileated Woodpecker  4
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  1
crow sp.  15
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  9
White-breasted Nuthatch  5
Carolina Wren  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  14    The 14 kinglets were not spotted together; rather, this number represents a total from several sightings along the walk.
Eastern Bluebird  1
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  5
Gray Catbird  1
Cedar Waxwing  20
Palm Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  15
White-throated Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  5
Common Grackle  10

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Date: 10/22/17 4:42 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Snickers Gap (22 Oct 2017) 93 Raptors
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 22, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 2 3 63
Bald Eagle 4 5 64
Northern Harrier 5 5 21
Sharp-shinned Hawk 58 123 321
Cooper's Hawk 8 13 68
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 3 8
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 5669
Red-tailed Hawk 7 18 55
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 3 3 26
Merlin 1 3 7
Peregrine Falcon 1 2 7
Unknown Accipiter 2 2 5
Unknown Buteo 1 1 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5

Total: 93 183 6328
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:15:00
Observation end time: 16:45:00
Total observation time: 7.25 hours

Official Counter: Joan Boudreau and Bob Abrams

Observers: Doug Graham

Visitors:
Many AT hikers and general leaf peepers.


Weather:
Light Easterly wind with a mostly cloudless, but hazy sky, generally good
for watching tiny birds off in the distance.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Flocks of Cedar Waxwings, American Crows, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Downy
Woodpecker, Blue Jays, Northern Flicker, Amer. Robins, Euro Starlings,
Northern Cardinal, Tree Swallows, Carolina Wren, Northern Ravens,
Brown-headed Cowbirds, Turkey Vulture 14+, Black Vulture 22+
Dog Breeds: Basenji, Bit Bull, Bernese Mountain Dog, German Shepherd,
Scottie, Dachshund, Labs, etc.
Unfortunately one event concerning what appears to have been a heart
attack. The Clark Country Volunteer Fire Department and a Clark County
Ambulance assisted the transport of the victim. We hope he's ok.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joan and Bob (<icepeep...>)


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Date: 10/22/17 4:16 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (22 Oct 2017) 34 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 22, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 10 226
Bald Eagle 2 35 204
Northern Harrier 0 4 28
Sharp-shinned Hawk 22 234 804
Cooper's Hawk 3 44 189
Northern Goshawk 0 2 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 8 29
Broad-winged Hawk 0 14 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 4 31 104
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 3
American Kestrel 0 10 115
Merlin 2 10 36
Peregrine Falcon 0 13 29
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 15
Unknown Buteo 0 3 11
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 4 21
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 34 426 24163
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Vic Laubach

Observers:

Visitors:
Betty Mooney, Jennifer Jowdy, Linda Wachtmeister, David Deal, Sandy and
Jerry Holtz, Greg Moyers, Ken Lambart, Chas Forsman.


Weather:
Nice day. Mostly sunny (0-25% cloud cover) with good visibility. There was
no breeze in first two hours and then Easterly breezes increased steadily
from mild to moderate from 10am-2pm.

Raptor Observations:
Two more Merlin scooted fast down the east side of the mountain. A male and
female pair of Northern Harrier circled for a while and then proceeded SE
at 10:07am, staying close to one another. Two adult Bald Eagles (12:01,
1:05).

Non-raptor Observations:
6 Monarchs. 1 Red-headed Woodpecker, 4 Raven.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 10/22/17 1:57 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (22 Oct 2017) 111 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 22, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 6 536 2314
Bald Eagle 3 111 257
Northern Harrier 3 119 299
Sharp-shinned Hawk 28 855 1851
Cooper's Hawk 27 641 1138
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 10 14
Broad-winged Hawk 3 103 1190
Red-tailed Hawk 12 67 112
Rough-legged Hawk 0 3 3
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 17 911 3275
Merlin 5 572 1316
Peregrine Falcon 3 582 762
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 6
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 8 19
Unknown Raptor 1 15 18
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 111 4537 12576
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Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Joe Beatty, Katie Garst

Weather:
It was calm in the earlier morning, followed by generally southeasterly
winds. Skies were partly cloudy to mostly sunny, with temperatures in the
fifties to low seventies.

Raptor Observations:
Movement was slow, with most birds flying high.

Non-raptor Observations:
Many Yellow-rumped Warblers were on the move this morning. Hundreds of
Monarchs continue to move through. Other observations included:

138 Blue Jays
18 Eastern Bluebirds
1 Blue-headed Vireo
1 Brown Creeper
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch

2 Gray Squirrels
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Date: 10/22/17 1:08 pm
From: Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Oct 22, 2017

The weekly bird walk at Dyke Marsh in Alexandria, sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh, enjoyed beautiful weather and a fairly bird walk. The 14 attendees were treated to 51 species. Waterfowl are slowly arriving, and we saw pied-billed grebes, gadwall, shoveler, and ruddy duck. Many hundreds of gulls were on the flats off Hunting Creek, along with some Caspian and Forster's terns, greater yellowlegs, and great egrets. In the picnic area and along the Dyke Marsh trail we saw many yellow-ramped warblers, both kinglets, eastern phoebe, winter wren, and cedar waxing. At the end of the boardwalk I heard a marsh wren call from the reeds, which was a nice find. The complete is below.




Marc Ribaudo



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Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Oct 22, 2017 7:42 AM - 11:38 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.87 mile(s)
51 species

Canada Goose 120
Northern Shoveler 20
Gadwall 6
Mallard 50
Ruddy Duck 27
Pied-billed Grebe 9
Great Blue Heron 4
Great Egret 22
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
American Coot 50
Greater Yellowlegs 9
Laughing Gull 500
Ring-billed Gull 400
Herring Gull 4
Caspian Tern 6
Forster's Tern 9
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 12
Mourning Dove 30
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 5
Northern Flicker 4
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 18
American Crow 2
Fish Crow 35
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Winter Wren 1
Marsh Wren 1
Carolina Wren 8
Golden-crowned Kinglet 12
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
American Robin 8
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 20
Cedar Waxwing 45
Yellow-rumped Warbler 60
White-throated Sparrow 30
Song Sparrow 10
Swamp Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 6
Red-winged Blackbird 70
Common Grackle 30
House Finch 12
American Goldfinch 8
House Sparrow 4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40063190

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Date: 10/21/17 8:45 pm
From: Gregory Luce via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Lincoln’s Sparrow at Dyke Marsh
Decent birding this late afternoon at Dyke Marsh, the highlight being a
Lincoln’s Sparrow among some Song Sparrows.
--
Gregory Luce
"I put it down. You gotta pick it up."—Thelonious Monk

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Date: 10/21/17 5:45 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (21 Oct 2017) 134 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 11 530 2308
Bald Eagle 9 108 254
Northern Harrier 9 116 296
Sharp-shinned Hawk 24 827 1823
Cooper's Hawk 24 614 1111
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 7 11
Broad-winged Hawk 0 100 1187
Red-tailed Hawk 7 55 100
Rough-legged Hawk 2 3 3
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 13 894 3258
Merlin 23 567 1311
Peregrine Falcon 9 579 759
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 6
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 8 19
Unknown Raptor 3 14 17
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 134 4426 12465
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 10.5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Joe Beatty, Katie Garst, Steve Thornhill

Weather:
Light winds were generally from the west southwest, with clear to partly
cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid fifties to low seventies.

Raptor Observations:
Two juvenile Rough-legged Hawks, a dark morph and a light morph, passed
this morning. The birds were traveling together on the same thermal, and
were seen at 9:28 am EST, relatively distant on the east side. At 3:51 pm
EST, a juvenile Peregrine Falcon with a red-dyed head passed right over the
platform heading south. This was presumably a bird that was marked on
Assateague Island, as a part of the migration study there. The dye is
harmless, lasts about four weeks, and is used in order to prevent attempted
recapture of a bird for which data has already been collected. This
morning, a Cooper's Hawk flew past me so closeby that I could feel the air
rushing past his wings! He then landed in a nearby cherry and sunbathed
with wings and tail spread for a few minutes.

Non-raptor Observations:
Plenty of sparrows, including Savannah, Swamp, Song, White-throated, and
White-crowned, were in the Dogfennel field this morning. There was also a
decent movement of Yellow-rumped Warblers, blackbirds, and some robins.
Other observations included:

57 Blue Jays
14 Eastern Meadowlarks
4 Northern Pintails
1 Dark-eyed Junco
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird

hundreds of Monarchs
2 Red Admirals
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
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Date: 10/21/17 4:24 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (20 Oct 2017) 14 Raptors
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 10 226
Bald Eagle 2 33 202
Northern Harrier 0 4 28
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 212 782
Cooper's Hawk 4 41 186
Northern Goshawk 0 2 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 7 28
Broad-winged Hawk 0 14 22341
Red-tailed Hawk 2 27 100
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 1 3
American Kestrel 0 10 115
Merlin 1 8 34
Peregrine Falcon 0 13 29
Unknown Accipiter 1 3 15
Unknown Buteo 0 3 11
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 4 21
Mississippi Kite 0 0 3

Total: 14 392 24129
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Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: John Rowlett

Observers:

Visitors:
Jennifer Jowdy, Kenny Price with Tessa Anthony Price (Winchester, VA),
Claude Sanfacon (Quebec, Canada).


Weather:
Moderate WNW winds. 8-24C temps. Little to no cloud cover. A big thanks to
counter John Rowlett for helping out today and for helping to fill in some
gaps in our coverage this fall.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
4 Monarchs, 1 Sapsucker, 26 Blue Jay, 9 Golden-crowned Kinglet, 1 Palm
Warbler
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (<laubach...>)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


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Date: 10/21/17 4:24 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (21 Oct 2017) 17 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 6 91
Bald Eagle 0 9 114
Northern Harrier 0 6 16
Sharp-shinned Hawk 11 89 191
Cooper's Hawk 3 23 85
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 13
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 7665
Red-tailed Hawk 2 44 133
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 10 68
Merlin 1 3 11
Peregrine Falcon 0 4 15
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 3
Unknown Buteo 0 1 3
Unknown Falcon 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 6

Total: 17 204 8416
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:45:00
Total observation time: 6.75 hours

Official Counter: David Brunstetter

Observers: Dale, Dillard Childress, phillip ferguson

Visitors:
Lots of people driving in and out of the overlook. Only a few stopped to
chat. Would like to thank Dale, Phillip, and Dillard for their help today


Weather:
We had a beautiful day with high, wispy clouds that eventually covered from
25% to 85% of the blue sky; a really good backdrop for watching hawks.
Temps were comfortable, ranging from 52F-66F. Not a lot of wind: 0-1 with
gusts up to 2. Winds were mostly SE, but there were some Easterly winds as
well. Visibility was a 4-5 with some haze.

Raptor Observations:
Most hawks were seen shooting the gap to the East and generally in a low
flight pattern. First bird was a SS at 9:58a. Last was a CH at 2:30p.

Non-raptor Observations:
45 Monarchs today. Dale reported about 10 Ruby-crowned Kinglets. 3
Double-crested Cormorants were seen to the West late in the day. A few
groups of Blue Jays were seen migrating through.

Predictions:
Similar forecast.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Brunstetter (<DRB57...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 10/21/17 3:38 pm
From: Marc Ribaudo via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Fw: eBird Report - Occoquan Bay NWR, Oct 21, 2017
I birded Occoquan NWR in Woodbridge this morning with Kurt Gaskill and Scott
Priebe. Beautiful walk and a decent bird list. Lots of sparrows, although
nothing unusual, other than a single Lincoln's along Charlie Road. We
encountered rusty blackbirds several times, as well as dark-eyed juncos.
Quite a few yellow-rumped warblers and a single group of 9 palm warblers,
but that was it for warblers. A single indigo bunting was flagged by
e-bird, but indigos are not unusual at Occoquan this time of year. A marsh
wren at the end of Bayview was a bit unusual, but the marsh is nearby. A
large flock of coots on the river with about 100 ruddy ducks and a dozen or
so pied-billed grebes is the start of the winter duck build up. The
complete list of 68 species is below.

Marc Ribaudo

Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William, Virginia, US
Oct 21, 2017 6:45 AM - 11:53 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.79 mile(s)
68 species

Canada Goose 60
Wood Duck 1
Northern Shoveler 3
Mallard 18
American Black Duck 4
Ruddy Duck 120
Wild Turkey 1
Pied-billed Grebe 14
Double-crested Cormorant 20
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 2
Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 1
Cooper's Hawk 2
Bald Eagle 4
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
American Coot 700
Killdeer 1
Laughing Gull 30
Ring-billed Gull 30
Mourning Dove 6
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 8
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 16
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Phoebe 5
Blue Jay 45
American Crow 6
Fish Crow 25
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 6
House Wren 1
Winter Wren 1
Marsh Wren 1
Carolina Wren 12
Golden-crowned Kinglet 5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 20
Eastern Bluebird 14
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 15
Gray Catbird 4
Brown Thrasher 4
Northern Mockingbird 8
European Starling 20
Cedar Waxwing 3
Common Yellowthroat 2
Palm Warbler 9
Yellow-rumped Warbler 56
Chipping Sparrow 2
Field Sparrow 6
Dark-eyed Junco 6
White-crowned Sparrow 5
White-throated Sparrow 25
Song Sparrow 50
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 40
Eastern Towhee 6
Northern Cardinal 8
Indigo Bunting 1 Brown, Finch bill.
Red-winged Blackbird 100
Brown-headed Cowbird 8
Rusty Blackbird 10
Common Grackle 40
House Finch 6
American Goldfinch 20

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40045461

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Date: 10/21/17 2:52 pm
From: Allen Bryan via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Birding in Clarke, Frederick Counties
I visited several areas today from Blandy Farm early to a couple of areas in Clarke County then traveled into Jefferson County, WV and then finally I walked a “regular” area in Frederick County.    The weather was mild ranging from 43 to 75 degrees under sunny skies.  The highlight of the day was an unexpected immature Dickcissel in the woods(?), continuing Lincoln’s Sparrow (4) at Blandy Farm and Rough-winged Swallows (3) in Jefferson County, WV.  Blue-headed Vireos were seen at several times during the day with a total of 5 seen for the day.
Some photographs can be found at:
http://visitingnature.com/main/fall-2017-september-through-november/

 Allen Bryan Winchester & Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Date: 10/21/17 2:30 pm
From: Marlene A Condon via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] FOS Yb Sapsuckers, (family?), Oct. 19, other obser., western Albemarle
FOS Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers less than a mile down the road from my house on Oct. 19 in a Persimmon tree.  The three birds were "talking" and close together, moving around the trunk.  They really were behaving as if they were a family!
 
Great Horned Owls have begun to call more often.  Screech owls started much earlier.
 
Went outside this morning to look for meteors from the Orionid meteor shower.  Never saw a meteor, but instead got to see about a dozen tiny blinking blue-white lights on the ground--firefly larvae!!!!  Needless to say, I wasn't too disappointed by the lack of a sky show when I realized I had quite the show on the ground--a show not often seen! 
 
Sincerely,
Marlene 
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Date: 10/21/17 2:13 pm
From: Elton Morel via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] NVBC walk at Meadowood Recreation Area, Fairfax county, Oct 21, 2017




VA Birders: On a crisply beautiful October morning, the Northern Virginia Bird Club held a walk at Meadowood Recreation Area near Mason Neck SP and Gunston Hall in Fairfax county.  We started at the headquarters aka horse barns and went east through the woods and walked the Mustang Trail loop.  We collectively found 49 bird species.  Our highlights were excellent scope looks at male and female American Kestrels, an immature White-crowned Sparrow near the Mustang Trailhead parking lot, a delightful flyover of a calling Pileated Woodpecker, excellent scope study of a Savannah Sparrow perched up in a tree in good light, many Palm Warblers, getting late flyby of Barn and Tree Swallow, Hermit Thrushes in the woods and finally a mixed species flock containing both Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets. The complete eBird checklist is below.  If I have missed sharing the checklist with anyone in the group, please email me. Elton MorelArlington, VA   
Meadowood Recreation Area, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Oct 21, 2017 7:35 AM - 11:55 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments: NVBC walk led by Elton Morel. Started at the HQs/barns then walked the loop around Mustang Trail.
49 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 20 Flyover
Double-crested Cormorant 2 Flyover
Turkey Vulture 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Late high flyover spotted after the tally.
Sharp-shinned/Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 1
Killdeer 5 Horse pasture field near concrete cistern.
Mourning Dove 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 10
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 3
American Kestrel 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 15
American Crow 4
Fish Crow 8
crow sp. 5
Tree Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 1
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 12
White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Heard only
Carolina Wren 6
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Eastern Bluebird 30
Hermit Thrush 3
American Robin 5
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 25
Cedar Waxwing 5
Palm Warbler 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler 35
Chipping Sparrow 3
Field Sparrow 2
White-crowned Sparrow 1 Immature at Mustang Trailhead parking lot
White-throated Sparrow 12
Savannah Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 15
Swamp Sparrow 2 Heard only
Eastern Towhee 2
Northern Cardinal 5
Eastern Meadowlark 1 Heard only
Red-winged Blackbird 100
Brown-headed Cowbird 3 All perched on backs of horses.
Common Grackle 60
House Finch 12
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 4 Heard only near the barns.

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Date: 10/21/17 1:56 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Snickers Gap (21 Oct 2017) 41 Raptors
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 1 61
Bald Eagle 0 1 60
Northern Harrier 0 0 16
Sharp-shinned Hawk 27 65 263
Cooper's Hawk 3 5 60
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 2 7
Broad-winged Hawk 1 1 5669
Red-tailed Hawk 8 11 48
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 23
Merlin 0 2 6
Peregrine Falcon 1 1 6
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 3
Unknown Buteo 0 0 4
Unknown Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5

Total: 41 90 6235
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: The Littles

Observers:

Visitors:
11 including one Ornithology student from the community college and one
lady from Michigan who got her life Black Vulture today.


Weather:
Mild temps. Wind light, shifting from west to east during the 11 o'clock
hour. High thin clouds built in from the west during the afternoon,
improving visibility.

Raptor Observations:
One adult Broadwing! 11:21. All the birds of the final hour were very
high.
Great close looks at a juvenile BAEA that meandered across the gap from
east to west but didn't migrate.
First bird, PEFA 9:41 am, stooped to say Boo to two TVs that were just
getting up, then scooted on south.

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarchs 6

Predictions:
More terrible mild weather.
========================================================================
Report submitted by BJ Little (<bluejay48...>)


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Date: 10/21/17 1:40 pm
From: Saundra Byrd via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Island nature trail Chincoteague Hallie Whealten Smith dr.
Just did my first walk on this trail since I finally located it . Enjoyable trail winds thru wetlands . Heard a noisy  group of Redwing blackbirds but couldn't find them . Two Eagles flew in and sat atop one of the many dead trees here. Conversing with each other . They flushed as I got closer . Found one again further out atop another dead tree and then a younger one also in flight . So 3 altogether . Had Ruby crowned kinglets , Yellowrumped warblers, Swamp sparrows, bluejays , cardinal, flicker, mallard,
Saundra byrd horntown va.  

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Date: 10/21/17 8:19 am
From: Scott Byrd via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Late Bobolinks in King George
On a morning walk, I spotted two late female Bobolinks in the field that is at the front of my King George neighborhood. Always nice to get a surprise bird.

Regards,
Scott Byrd
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Date: 10/20/17 6:31 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (20 Oct 2017) 181 Raptors
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 8 519 2297
Bald Eagle 9 99 245
Northern Harrier 7 107 287
Sharp-shinned Hawk 51 803 1799
Cooper's Hawk 51 590 1087
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 7 11
Broad-winged Hawk 2 100 1187
Red-tailed Hawk 12 48 93
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 1
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 30 881 3245
Merlin 5 544 1288
Peregrine Falcon 3 570 750
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 6
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 8 19
Unknown Raptor 0 11 14
Swallow-tailed Kite 0 0 1

Total: 181 4292 12331
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Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter: Anna Stunkel

Observers: Joe Beatty, Katie Garst

Weather:
Light winds were generally from the northwest, with clear skies in the
morning and partly cloudy skies in the afternoon. Temperatures were in the
mid fifties to low seventies.

Raptor Observations:
A few red-tails are beginning to move. We had a beautiful look at an adult
red-shoulder this afternoon, and two juvenile red-shoulders also passed.

Non-raptor Observations:
Hundreds of Monarchs were flying. Other highlights included:

142 Blue Jays
36 Eastern Meadowlarks
3 House Finches
1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1 Wilson's Snipe
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (<Taberzz...>)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
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Date: 10/20/17 5:59 pm
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Harvey's Knob (20 Oct 2017) 16 Raptors
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 1 6 91
Bald Eagle 0 9 114
Northern Harrier 0 6 16
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 78 180
Cooper's Hawk 3 20 82
Northern Goshawk 0 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 3 13
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 7665
Red-tailed Hawk 5 42 131
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 10 68
Merlin 0 2 10
Peregrine Falcon 1 4 15
Unknown Accipiter 1 2 3
Unknown Buteo 0 1 3
Unknown Falcon 0 0 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 6

Total: 16 187 8399
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Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 15:15:00
Total observation time: 6.75 hours

Official Counter: Mitch Mitchell

Observers: Bill James, Dan DeHart, Darryl Martin, David Kirk

Visitors:
A nice couple, Bill Hosford and his wife, from Myrtle Beach, SC spent some
time with us in the morning. Bill is a wildlife and nature photographer
and has some very nice examples of his work at hosfordimages.com. Check it
out. Also a couple with a very nicely restored '63 Plymouth Sport Fury
(picture should be posted on the HK Facebook page. Several others,
including a couple from just north of Toronto stopped in and chatted also.
Just a couple of hikers seen and parkway traffic was fairly heavy in spite
of the lack of color change in the trees so far.


Weather:
Beautiful day with temperature starting at 17c and getting as high as 26c
in the 1:00 hour before dropping back to 18 by the end of watch.
Visibility was a 4 at the start but quickly reached 5 and a mostly
cloudless sky. Steady wind through most of the day in the 5-7 mph range
before diminishing late in the watch.

Raptor Observations:
1st bird was an Osprey in the 10:00 hour and the remaining birds were all
seen in the following three hours. A bald eagle was seen in the 10:00 hour
but not counted as it went north and was not seen again. Took a while but
the usual cast of TVs, BVs and our local raven pair made their appearances.

Non-raptor Observations:
Several monarchs throughout the day as well as a Baltimore Oriole observed
immediately on arrival at the overlook.

Predictions:
Appears to be more of the same weather before we may see some rain early
next week.
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Report submitted by stan Mitchell (<mitchmitchell7...>)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Date: 10/20/17 11:09 am
From: reports--- via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Snickers Gap (20 Oct 2017) 7 Raptors
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2017
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 1 61
Bald Eagle 0 1 60
Northern Harrier 0 0 16
Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 38 236
Cooper's Hawk 0 2 57
Northern Goshawk 1 1 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 1 6
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 5668
Red-tailed Hawk 1 3 40
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 23
Merlin 0 2 6
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 5
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 3
Unknown Buteo 0 0 4
Unknown Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 5

Total: 7 49 6194
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Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 12:30:00
Total observation time: 2.5 hours

Official Counter: The Littles

Observers:

Weather:
Clear and bright. Wind NW. High thin clouds and persistant jet trails.

Raptor Observations:
Goshawk 10:25

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by BJ Little (<bluejay48...>)


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